Sunday, September 17, 2017

Kerry and Dan's Wedding

  Brendan and I flew up to Massachusetts this weekend to go to Dan and Kerry's wedding.  It was a beautiful day and everything was perfect!  It was so nice to see everyone and to take a little vacation by ourselves.  We stayed in a cute Bed and Breakfast in Plymouth and enjoyed relaxing and recharging!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Admirals vs. Fairfax Police

Todays' game vs Fairfax Police did not end well.  The Admirals lost 41-0 to a much bigger and older team.  The boys did a great job fighting through the entire game and not giving up but it was tough for them.  Crossing our fingers for a good finish to the season like we had last year!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Gramma and Daddy Jim's New House

 Today my parents closed on their new house in Alexandria!  They are finally back in Virginia where it all started and away from those cold New England winters!  We are all so happy to be close together again and the kids are so excited to be able to see them all the time and especially be able to sleep over at their house!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

First Responder's Cup

Aidan is on the 115C Admirals team this year and they won their first real game against Alexandria.  They all did great and we can't wait for the rest of the season!  Unfortunately this is the only picture since the battery on my camera was dead when I got to the game although it seemed fine when I left the house! 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The First Day of School

 It's finally here - the first day of school! Aidan is in 7th grade, Emmy is in 5th, Aoife is in 3rd and Declan is in Montessori Kindergarten. Aidan's bus comes early but today the other three got up earlier so they could say goodbye to him. It's so sweet that they love each other so much!
Everyone got on the bus so quickly that I barely even got pictures. They were all so excited to see their friends that they practically ran onto the bus!!
At the kids' elementary school, parents are allowed to walk their kids in to their class on the first day so I met them coming off of the bus and walked them in and then I went to the first day coffee. It was nice to see my friends again too!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Fossil Hunting at Purse State Park

 It's the last day of summer vacation.  How did that happen so quickly? This year the summer just flew by and I'm totally not ready for fall!!
Today we drove to Purse State Park in MD for our annual fossil shark tooth hunting expedition!  It was a beautiful day and we were pretty successful in our hunting. Brendan made a lean-to shelter for the kids out of driftwood which they loved.  Aidan made swords out of driftwood.  Emmy and Aoife played in the water and Declan preferred to stay out of the water and on the sand. Declan found a deer femur which was the best thing of the day!
We found bunches of shark teeth. It was lowish tide so the hunting was a little easier than when the tide is high. We didn't stay too long. Everyone was getting anxious for school the next day. It was nice to be able to relax outside one very last time before the crazy starts all over again!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Jamestown Open House

Today we had the open house at the kids' school.  Emmy and Aoife got to see their new teachers and Declan got to see his Montessori teacher - although he has the same teacher as last year.  Emmy is going to be in 5th grade this year and has Ms. Monfasani and Aoife is in 3rd with Ms. Manchester and Ms. Pike.  Declan will be doing his Montessori Kindergarten year with David which will be followed up by traditional Kindergarten next year.
It is hard to believe how fast three years here in Virginia has gone. Everyone is getting so big so quickly.  I have to say that I am a little sad for the summer to end this year.  It's been tough balancing work and having the kids home.  I didn't get as much work done as I should have and I didn't get to do as much fun stuff with the kids as I would have liked to.  I guess I just have to get used to the reality of never really being as good as I'd like at any one thing. After all - it is much better to have all of these wonderful things - even if nothing is perfect!
Open house 2014
Open House 2015 
Open House 2016

Aoife and her teachers:

 Emmy and her teacher:
 Declan and his teacher:
 Playing on the playground:

Monday, August 28, 2017

Great Country Farms

We took a trip to Great Country Farms today to pick some apples.  The kids swear that they had never been apple picking and I couldn't believe it - another mom fail!!
It was an hour drive into the country but it was so worth it!  The kids had a great time on the wagon ride to the apple orchard and apple picking and an even better time playing on all of the slides, playgrounds, mazes and bouncy things that they have there!  It was seriously so much fun - I would totally go back!