Archive for January, 2015

Strollin

January 31, 2015

Just had to pause and share this shot of my little men taking a morning stroll in the toasty Florida sunshine.

Magic Kingdom

January 29, 2015

If your wondering where we’ve disappeared to this week, then you may want to start your search at The Magic Kingdom. We are currently spending a couple of days in Orlando, Florida hanging with my brother and sister-in-laws family and today we took the boys to Disneyland. There’ll be plenty of photo sharing when I get home but for now enjoy this snap of the moment we bumped into Buzz Lightyear.

I Run For Eddie

January 25, 2015

It was all planned out, our first 5k of 2015 was going to be me and the boys, my friend Rachel and her baby Maya, our mutual friend Mike and lots and lots of chocolate. The Atlanta Hot Chocolate 5k was suppose to be a morning of competitive family fun, until 2 days before the event when we went to pick up our numbers and were told that no strollers were allowed on the course. What the What?? It had to be repeated to me several times before the reality of the message actually sunk in. No strollers?? In all of the 5k races I’ve run, I’ve never heard of a stroller ban. Usually participants who plan to run with their kids are encourage to line up behind all of the other competitors so as not to obstruct the more serious athlete, which is completely understandable and I have no issue with that, but an outright ban on strollers? Never in all of my road running years have I heard of such a thing. Needless to say I was pissed. Primary cos I didn’t know how I was going to break it to my 2 year old, who was so excited about getting to race with momma, that it wasn’t going to happen. We tried to think of every option possible before we finally accepted that the babies would have to sit this one out. As it turned out, it was actually the smartest decision not to involve them as the tempters that morning were baltic. The race started at 7.30am, which would have meant waking them up and taking them from their cozy beds at 5.00am and with 30,000 plus people participating, logistically it was going to be a real nightmare. Yes, at the end of the day the Hot Chocolate organizers knew exactly what they were doing when they decided to exclude strollers.

Another angle to this 5k story is that about 2 months ago my friend Lisa (who’s wonderful family I got to capture on a trip back to Ireland last September) e-mailed me to tell me about a program called “I Run For…” where you elect to run on behalf of a child you know with special needs or disabilities. Lisa asked me if I would consider running for her baby boy Eddie, who was born with spina bifida. Needless to say this was a no brainer, of course I would be honored to run Eddie and this past weekend marked the first of what we hope will be many races in the name of little Eddie.

Boys Oh Boys

January 21, 2015

Playdates are now double the fun. Our 3 originals of Keane, Cannon and Gavin now all have baby brothers. Welcome to the madness Cullen, Harvey and newest member baby Sawyer. The entire supersized crew got together last weekend for what we hope will be the first of many playdates and as you can imagine, it was CRA-ZY. The boys had an absolute blast and right at the end when most of their energy had been burned up, we decided that would be the time to try and get a group shot of the lads. And we were somewhat right. As you can see we got a very adorable shot of all 6 boys.

But in our efforts to secure the adorable shot, we had to work through a little confusion and some emotional moments.

However, the one consistent thing through all the photos was baby Sawyer. He was straight chillin the entire time.

Bye Bye Humongous Tree

January 19, 2015

We’ve finally gotten around to taking down our humongous festive tree and now our lives and our home feel empty. Keane misses tossing all of his toys and bouncy balls into its loosely packed branches and Cullen misses reaching through the rails of our upstairs landing to pull off some of its ornaments and swat at the star topper. But they don’t have to feel too sad, cos what should a family do when a tree that size has served its primary purpose as displayer of festive lights and decorations? Why they should turn it into some sort of lawn lounger, at least temporarily. So thats what the boys did this weekend.

Ah yeah, just chillin in the tree.

Now Daddy is in on the action.

Doing a little airplane spotting.