Archive for August, 2014

Pool Progressions

August 22, 2014

So I thought I’d sneak in 1 last blog post before we take our 2 week virtual break. The morning before we flew to Ireland Keane had his weekly swim class with his good friend Bryson. Now I know I’ve shared photos from the boys swim class before, but they have made so many improvements that I thought it would be nice to share again.

Keane is now gliding through the water and perfecting his turnovers, all by himself.

Ms. Jacki was so excited to see Keane nail his glide and turn, so they celebrated with an air toss.

Bryson’s turn and he too nails it.

High-fives for a job well done.

Next they had to swim from the platform to the edge. Keane first.

Followed by Bryson.

Last thing they worked on was their rocket roll into the pool.

To end the class the boys had a little fun on the floating mat.

Today it rained. But the good thing about that is we got to test out our rain jackets. Thankfully they are in fine working order and ready for our trip to Ireland. Yes, this week we are headed to the homeland for 2 weeks of family, friends and everything Irish. This will be Keane’s 6th trip over, I know shocking, and he’s only 2, but its Cullen’s 1st. And because I am no longer in possession of a laptop, the blog will be taking yet another 2 week hiatus. But fear not, I’m sure I will return with lots of photos to share from our Irish endeavors.

Get ready Ireland, the Shinkins-Doyle boys are armed with rain resistant jackets and ready for whatever you have to throw at us.


August 16, 2014

Its been a long time since we got to catch up with everyone from our little boys playdate group, but today Keane and Cannon were back to their playful ways like no time had past at all. They even brought along the baby brothers, Cullen (Keane’s bro obviously) and 10 month old Harvey, Cannon’s bro. The only one missing was Gavin, who was on a family trip to the lake, but we’ll get to see him again soon.

This peek-a-boo sculpture was a big hit with all of our boys. Keane and Cannon check everything out and decide that they will definitely be able to squeeze themselves through the little hole.

Keane first.

Then Cannon.

A synchronized crawl.

So cute, Keane helps baby Harvey over to the hole.

Harvey repays the act of kindness by giving Keane some gentle assistance.

Harvey and Cullen get busy investigating the ground.

Cullen and a standing Harvey.

Love these last 2 shots of the big boys playing peek-a-boo with the little boys.

Career Crossovers

August 12, 2014

I truly believe my previous career as a professional track athlete is now a true asset in my new career as mother of 2. The years of hours spent on the track and in the gym, training and pushing your body and mind to perform beyond what you thought you were even capable of, crosses over well into motherhood. I’ve have a really challenging couple of weeks with the boys, with numerous trips to the doctor for not one but both of them. Upset stomachs, infected bug bites, ear infections, all of it.  As a result there hasn’t been much happening in the sleep department. These days if I can piece together enough minutes of sleep that add up to a full 2 hours, then thats a good night. I’m tired. So very tired, and there is never a chance to catch up. Its not like I can put my head down on my desk for a cheeky little 15 min power nap during the quieter parts of the day. Or use my lunch break to run to the car and sleep for the hour instead of eat. No, being a mother doesn’t gift you moments like this in your day. You still need to show up and perform, even when you have nothing left to give. This is where the professional athlete kicks in. You are depleted, your body is tying up, you don’t think you can take one more step, yet somewhere deep inside, you find the drive and determination to keep going. This is what I’ve been doing the past few days. Digging deep, trying to keep the daily performance level up and the children dressed, fed, happy and entertained. The good news is, I think we have turned a corner. Both kids are now showing signs of returning to their happier, healthier selves, so here’s hoping there is a night or two of 4 or more hours sleep in my future.

A couple of photos from today where I was juggling drawing with Keane, with playtime for Cullen. Here I was teaching Keane to draw circles, I drew the orange circle on the right and he was to copy it.

Deep concentration.

Ta-Dah! He may have gone a little crazy, but he got the idea.

Next he decided he wanted to draw a forrest. So we brought out the poster paper for this project.

I drew the tree on the pink page and from that Keane drew the tress numbered “1, 2 & 3″ (a sneaky way of getting in some number learning too). So proud and impressed by his efforts. And if your wondering what the red drawing on the far left is, with the letter “K” above it, its a man. Now that I’ve pointed it out, hopefully you can see the head, belly, arms and legs.

Once I had Keane absorbed in his project, it was over to Cullen to give him a little playtime attention. And with babies you can never go wrong with a cardboard box as a source of entertainment and fun.

Inevitably, Keane wanted in not only on the fun, but into the box too.

Love Cullen’s face here, “Seriously momma? Your letting this happen?”

Inside Playground

August 9, 2014

The great thing about having so many friends with kids? Parties. Yes, all of our little babies have to grow up, which means plenty of milestone 1st and 2nd birthday parties to celebrate. Last week it was baby Grayson’s moment to turn the big 1! He’s the baby boy of our good friends Dominic and Gianne, and to celebrate they threw an Elmo themed birthday party at Catch Air, or as Keane likes to call it “the inside playground”. Plenty of slides, rides, balls and things of bounciness for all the kids to enjoy.

Cullen and Keane ease into all of the fun with a ride on the carousel.

The birthday boy, Grayson giving the place a thorough inspection.

The boys hit the ball pen.

This face, hostility or confusion?

Gianne takes Grayson for a birthday slide and he HATED it.

Thinking he’d be happier sliding down by himself, wrong, HATED that too.

Cullen, Birthday Boy Grayson and Keane.

The boys take on the spinning tops.

Hands down Cullen’s favorite.

Dada was a fan too.

Dada and Keane go climbing in search of slides.

Found them.

Birthday cake time.

Dominic wishes it was his 1st birthday again.

Mmmm, pizza.

Big birthday cake moment.

Time for some cake smashing.

Poor little fella was so confused.

Full of sugar and ready for some more playground action.

Someone needed a recharging power nap.

Family shot! Happy 1st Birthday Baby Grayson.