Archive for July, 2016

Gettin Our Reunion On

July 28, 2016

Here’s to the weekend. We are headed to Massachusetts for The Husband’s family reunion. Dozens and dozens of Doyle’s are are rolling into town, Cape Cod town that is, and we are ready to get our reunion on. People of Cape Cod, if there’s any unusual activity/trouble in and around the area this coming weekend, there’s a good chance the person responsible has the last name Doyle. We apologies in advance and assure you that we’ll all be gone by Monday morning.

Flash back photo to the newest generation and 4 of the youngest Doyle’s on a visit to the Cape 2 years ago.

Old Friends With Kids

July 25, 2016

We did a little math, and between sips of wine figured out that we’ve actually been friends since she was 6 and I was 8. Both of us competing for our town in the local Community Games. This makes total sense to the Irish, but for the Americans reading, just know that the Community Games is the Irish kids equivalent of the the Olympics. But now we’re grown, physically that is, with kids of our own, but somehow when we get together, we’re just a couple of teenage girls with access to wine, and are probably completely annoying to everyone but each other. Over the past couple of years Caitriona and I have been making a better effort visit each other. She’s in Texas, me in Georgia and last weekend she and her little girl Roisin flew in for 3 days of family friendly fun (during the day light hours) and 3 nights of “Momma’s Gone Wild”, well, as wild as 2 mommas who are house bound can get with 3 kids asleep upstairs, dressed in their comfy sweats, rocking matching top-knots and sucking down a bottle each of their favorite wines. Yes, girls in your 20’s, this may sound like your worst nightmare right now, but lets talk again when you hit your mid to late 30’s or when the off-spring start to show up.

A visit to the Fern Bank Museum has been on our summer to-do list, and this weekend we made it happen.

Life sized and legit dinosaur bones.

Roisin and Keane are definitely impressed, Cullen, well he looks like he’s seen it all before.

Am sure the touching of the dinosaurs is frowned upon, but I don’t think anybody was watching, and besides, wheres the proof???

So this was random, a music making section, at a Natural History museum.

Future DJ’s.

Roisin on drums.

Keane on vocals.

Keane got some dinosaur babies at the museum gift shop and the next morning decided to build them apartments, out of lego.

Roisin and Cullen were busy making everyone a lovely breakfast from play-doh.

After breakfast it was off to the lake for the day.

One minute I’m paddle boarding, the next I’m being swarmed by children.

Who then start using my paddle board as their diving board.

Caitriona and her very first time paddle boarding.

It only took her minutes to progress from sitting, to standing.

Back on the boat with a wave from Keane.

And there he goes.

The ladies.

Mad jumping skills from Roisin.

Cullen and I and his trucks (he’s got one in each hand) off for a row.

After a little lunch we took the boat out to the deeper part of the lake.

But suddenly everything start to turn grey. We heard the first rumblings of thunder in the distance and saw the first flashes of lighting. It was time to return to the boat and haul ass back to the the dock.

Swim children swim. Keane takes an every man for himself approach.

While Rosin keeps a grip on Cullen.

And here’s where the photos end, cos now the focus is getting everyone back on boat and out running the fast approaching storm.

Tick-Tock

July 24, 2016

Just in case you’ve been lying awake at night fretting, wondering where all the blog posts were this week, worry no more. For 5 mornings this week I was kid free, so all of my focus and energy went into packing in as much “me stuff” as I could in each of those 4 hours of freedom. I ran miles fast so that when I finished, I still had time to drive like a mad women to the coffee shop, order a coffee, maybe even have a second to sit down and enjoy it in the way it was meant to be enjoyed, hot. Not reheated 4 times in the microwave over a 2 hour period cos sure as sh#t every time you try to take a sip, “someone” (the children) needs you for something. I’d race from the grocery store, to the post office, back to the house to pick up the dog and take him for his walk. Basically each day I wore myself out trying to pack in as much me-time and errand running as I possibly could before the boys had to be picked up. My freedom hours were definitely not for relaxing, they were for racing, nay, sprinting, me versus the clock, “how much can you get done Shinks? Lets see you go, remember tick-tock-tick-tock”.

Then it was the weekend, a very exciting weekend cos we had some friends fly in to spend 3 days with us. There’ll be more on that in a day or 2, but for now, let me share these 3 smiling cuties.

Kid Free

July 19, 2016

A little quiet on the blog this week cos this momma has sent her boys to summer camp. Wahoo! For this entire week my mornings are now kid free. Its so exciting. I can’t even prioritize what should get my focus and attention for those 4 hours I’m that excited. Having the ability to go through the supermarket a leisurely pace is a luxury I haven’t experienced in 4 years. Usually I’m racing though at a panic pace, trying to get everything I need before 1 or both of them demands to get out of the trolley, grabs something off a shelf, wants to taste test everything, starts fighting with each other or starts telling everyone how bored they are and how they hate the grocery store. Honestly some trips are barely survivable. Now however I’ve been gifted the time to get things done, kid free, yet I’m feeling so under pressure to enjoy that time that I’m actually panicking about not enjoying it enough. Motherhood, eah? But I still prefer this type of panic to the one I have when the kids are tagging along.

And in the absence of any new photos to share, and just to prevent a long stretch of blog silence, here are a couple more photos of the boys celebrating 4th of July with a patriotic tandem slide.

Boys Toys

July 14, 2016

Keane got a remote control boat for his birthday and he can’t get enough of it. Its been over a month now and driving it around the lake is still one of his favorite things to do. Yep, its a pretty big deal. I wouldn’t say his driving skills are excellent, or improving at any great speed (he yells at it for going backward when he wanted it to go forward, never mind that he was mashing on the backward throttle), but theres not really a lot of damage he can do to the boat or anyone else on the open lake, so no need to take his lack of boat driving skills on as a genuine concern.