Wednesday, September 30, 2009
"We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same."- Anne Frank
Sunday, September 27, 2009
"Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one." - Jane Howard
Oh, I have one alright. And it is about to get bigger! Yesterday I heard some wonderful news: my brother Brian and his lovely Kerry are engaged. I am so happy for them and for all of us. She is sweet and funny and seems to make my brother very happy. I love when there are family events in "the hopper".
Friday, September 25, 2009
"I find that it is only when the people we love are silenced that we really begin to listen." - Margaret Ward
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
"Children love and want to be loved and they very much prefer the joy of accomplishment to the triumph of hateful failure. " - Erik Erikson
This reminds me that I want to re-focus a little. Yesterday, Danny was laid out on the sidewalk screaming in our way to school, and then Tommy shoved a little girl off the couch at school. OK, I can't say that Danny has never thrown a tantrum (he has, by God, he has) but Tommy shoving anyone besides his brother? I was very surprised to see that rage.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Hello from our house! Yes, as I posted eight days ago, our shipment (our stuff) came in and we were able to move. Moving is such a mixed bag of excitement, accomplishment, menial dreadful tasks, disorientation, hope, frustration, and in our case, a small flood, a broken refrigerator and a bunch of unidentified beeping noises. The house that we rented is very old, but renovated. It is obvious from the appliances, floors, light fixtures etc., that the owner of the house put a lot of thought and money into it. And so far, he has been great, very concerned and responsive. He even brought in a guy to teach me how to use the "cooker". The biggest challenge has been the technology. I have to admit that I am desperately attached. The TV was up and running yesterday, and I used the house phone for the first time today. We were literally on the phone in the garden (backyard) so that we could get reception, trying to set up our Sky TV. Turnaround time is a little slower here, and my sense of urgency is a little stronger.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
This is actually a sunset, a picture that I took with my phone on our way home from a restaurant last night. I kept asking the boys to look at it, and they did, but I know that they didn't understand how beautiful it was. The reason that I quoted the lyrics to "Here comes the Sun" is because, WE ARE MOVING ON FRIDAY! I was just telling Tom on the phone this morning "yeah, I want to get out of this temporary apartment and move into the house with all of our things, but I am even more excited to move into our new town!"
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
"Education commences at the mother's knee, and every word spoken within the hearing of little children tends towards the formation of character."- H.B
This posting is dedicated to: MY MOM! It was her birthday yesterday, and although we were not able to be with her, we celebrated by taking a trip to Bray. I love you Mom! We miss, you, and we can't wait to see you!
Bray is a seaside town that that, in Victorian times, was a vacation destination for Dubliners. It took us about 35 minutes on the train, and it was a very scenic ride along the coast. Luckily, it was a beautiful day and the boys had a great time running along the promenade.
Oh and there is an aquarium right at the seaside as well. The boys saw lots of sea creatures that they have been reading about in their books such as lion fish, stickelbacks and hammerhead sharks!
Can you see the cross on top of this mountain? Apparently it was erected in 1950 for the Holy Year. I am still trying to find out more about that.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
I am sure that Freud would agree with that, but I am not sure that I would classify Hurling as order. Tom and I went to the All-Ireland Championship Match this afternoon at Croke Park between Tipperary and Kilkenny. This game is a HUGE deal here. The father of a good friend of ours, a guy Tom has known for many years, was kind enough to give us the tickets. Our friend's Dad is from Ireland, and was a well known Hurler in his day! Lucky for us, he comes to Ireland from New York to see some matches and is here this weekend.