Friday, October 30, 2009

Colin's Birthday, Part I

Poor Colin is getting a bit shafted this year since my duedate is only three days after his birthday. We can't predict exactly when this new baby will arrive so we've been up in the air about when to celebrate the Big Guy's 6th birthday. Luckily, MaryKate was happy to share her family party this weekend! Colin wanted a jack-o-lantern cake this year because he is currently missing his own front teeth! They're growing in fast though so we figured this was our only shot to photograph the two jack-o-lanterns together! This year was all about Star Wars Lego sets for Colin. He is really phenomenal at putting the tiny little pieces together and Liam loves them too! We let Liam and Eamon have a mini-celebration for their Half-Birthdays. Liam really only wanted to blow out some candles so, again, MaryKate obliged! The cousins tend to spoil the boys, can you tell? Colin is going to have another party at the end of the month for his school friends so I don't think he'll feel too left out. Plus, he seems pretty excited about having a new brother or sister so we hope that salves the pain a little bit!

Inclement weather!

Last week, we did our local walk to raise money for Juvenile Diabetes. Unfortunately, it was freezing cold and pouring rain out, but the good news was they shortened the route a bit and I DIDN'T go into labor! A big thanks to Kelly and the kids for coming out in the cold to walk with us and to everyone who donated money to the cause. We're hoping for big things to happen during Eamon's lifetime, and any little bit helps!

By that afternoon, the rain had turned to snow which thrilled the boys to no end! They actually found a way to make snowballs from the dusting we got.

And they discovered that wet, slippery leaves are just as good as snow for sledding! I wasn't quite ready for snow in October, but the boys will take it any way they can get it!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Apple Picking

Our yearly outing to the orchard was as good as ever! The boys must have eaten a bushel out in the orchard, nevermind the ones we're still snacking on at home. I fully admit, we'd go to this particular orchard for the dumplings alone and they're always worth it!
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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Disaster Weekend

Christopher's buddy persuaded us to go up to Loon Mountain for the Highland Games this year which was a fantastic idea... in principle. Unfortunately the whole week started off on the wrong foot when Eamon got sick and couldn't keep any food down which necessitated our first-ever usage of his glucagon, an event I hope never to have to repeat. That same night, Colin got the pukies as well, a lovely gift from the cesspool we are discovering is Kindergarten. Luckily all he required was some cleanup and he was back to 100% bright and early the next morning. As the weekend approached and we were on day 5 of the Puke-Free Zone, we thought we were in the clear. However, after driving 3 hours and making it up to the mountain, Little Liam tossed his cookies in front of the entire crowd waiting to get on the shuttle to the Games. I figured I'd just take the kids to the hotel, wait for it to pass and then enjoy the rest of the weekend after Chris got done with the Whiskey Tasting he and his friends had tickets for... which would have been LOVELY if the hotel hadn't messed up our reservations... and we discovered there were NO HOTEL ROOMS AVAILABLE IN A ONE-HOUR RADIUS. While Chris tried to secure housing, I did what any mom of three boys would do (right?) and took the boys mini-golfing! Liam held up pretty well and enjoyed most of it, but didn't make it more than a few minutes after the 18th hole before he was sick again. Homeless, still, we spent some time on a local playground with a train theme which just thrilled Eamon. So, the day was not a complete bust. Thankfully Chris' friends gave up their hotel room for us and bunked with some locals and we had a bed to call our own that night. The next morning started out lovely, Liam seemed to be ALL BETTER. Until he threw up in the hotel pool (ooops). We still trudged up the mountain after that and he did perk up a lot and we got to see some of the Highland pipers. Mostly, however, the boys mostly enjoyed non-Game related events... like a random golf cart they found and running up and down bleachers. The crowning moments included going up the gondola to the top of the mountain where we went on a hunt for the Lost Loon Gold Mine through some glacial caves. The big boys really enjoyed it a ton, and Eamon and I did as much as his mini legs and my non-so-mini belly could manage. Not a completely HORRIBLE weekend, but I wouln't like to recreate it anytime soon, I can tell you that...

Friday, October 2, 2009

First soccer game of the season

The boys had a great showing in their first soccer game. They both scored multiple goals and had a lot of fun! Eamon mostly enjoys running around the rest of the playing fields being his usual nutty self.
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You know it's October when...

the hats come out of storage, you can't stop making pumpkin cupcakes, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin pasta, pumpkin everything, Master Yoda gets his costume, the Halloween jammies make an appearance, and cuddling up on the couch requires blankets again!
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