Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Co. Clare, Ireland

The First weekend in June we went to Clare. My friend Megan, found a groupon for a holiday home in Co. Clare. So it only costed 50 euro for three nights! It had a kitchen so we took our groceries with us and it ended up being a great trip that did not cost much at all. The boys were so excited to get to stay at the holiday home for three nights. It seemed like a really long time for them! Some of the highlights were going to Spanish Point Beach which is part of the Wild Atlantic Way, visiting The Burren and The Poulnabrone Portal Tomb, and driving around County Clare-- which was beautiful. Seeing the sights was wonderful, but I also enjoyed just sitting around the holiday home on Sunday playing board games and visiting with our boys and with our friends. It is nice to take time to just relax. I really enjoyed this weekend, it got me excited for summer.

Spanish Point Beach

The boys really had a good time with this beach because the driest sand was on the hill. Although it made for a slightly uncomfortable picnic spot, they boys loved it. They ran around up and down this sand hill, they slid down it, ran up it, and dug into it. They found a lot of seashells as well. 

Driving in Co. Clare

We were able to visit lots of adorable villages and see beautiful countryside. I loved the scenery. Ireland is a beautiful island, and especially Co. Clare.

Holy Island

The Poulnabrone Portal Tomb

I really don't know much about this other than it is very very very old. Here's what wikipedia has to say about it. Poulnabrone dolmen (Poll na mBrón in Irish, meaning "hole of the quern stones" (bró in Irish)) is a portal tomb in the BurrenCounty ClareIreland, dating back to the Neolithic period, probably between 4200 BC and 2900 BC. 

The Picnic at the Lake

This was a nice place to stop on our way home for a picnic. After the kids were done eating they took the leftover bread and fed it to the ducks that were on the lake. They loved feeding the ducks and other birds that began to gather around them. 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Happy Birthday Gregory, 6 years old!

Star Wars is Gregory's new love (besides Minecraft). So this is my best attempt at a Star Wars Cake, Master Yoda. Gregory loved it, so I was happy! Gregory got a bunch of Star Wars stuff and Star Wars Legos. He and George also got wet suits and sand toys, which will make going to the beach this summer even better.

Gregory has grown up so much this past year. He has almost completed his first year of school, at the CETNS Junior Infants Class. He has done very well, always is willing to go, and making the best of it even though he is the only American. It is challenging for him, because his school is like an international school. There are children from all over the world, and so many of them form groups and speak their own language which has been hard. However, Gregory is very social and does his best to be nice to everyone and make friends. Gregory has begun to read books. He loves to read. We are going to read all summer long, and if he reads 15 books we will do something fun as a reward. George is right there learning, and I think will be reading books soon.

For Gregory's birthday, I went to his school and we had a little party. I had the class sing Happy Birthday to him, and then we handed out a little party bag to each child. Each bag had a cupcake, toy, and candy. I think the class enjoyed that, and I know Gregory loved it.

Gregory and George have found some new friends in our little neighborhood. That has been great for both of them to be able to play outdoors with a group of kids. Right now they love playing in our house and outside in our backyard. I like them playing here so that I can keep an eye out for them. Gregory and George also have amazing friends from our Cork branch at church, and we constantly get to do fun things with them.

Gregory loves his two brothers, and the three of them will grow up best friends. They are lucky to have each other, they hopefully will always love one another and look after each other.

Master Yoda Birthday Cake

 Birthday Presents

Skyping Grandparents 

It was nice that Gregory received birthday presents all the way from America from his grandparents! Both Gregory and George loved all the fun toys and candy inside!

Gregory is holding up 6 fingers, he now can use two hands to show his age!

Party No. 2

The more parties the better. A few days after Gregory's birthday we had another birthday party. His friends got him Legos and Minecraft toys... pretty lucky! Gregory is blessed to have so many people who love him. Happy Birthday Gregory, Mom and Dad love you sooooo much! I cannot believe that you are already six years old!

Star Wars Cupcakes