Thursday 31 December 2009

Oh dear lol!

Faucher Family Christmas Lights ExtravaganzaGoodbye , Christmas, hello 2010!!!!!!!!!!!!
Alex Goodwind Christmas Lights for 30000 GBP
Boston's House of Dominic Luberto
Smith's House with Xmas Lights
Clot family Xmas Holiday Lights
Christmas lights on house in Philippines
Magic Christmas Display

Alex Goodwind Christmas Lights for 30000 GBP

Middle age list!

Ruth has posted a blog about middle age and it is VERY good. Please check it out here. Below I have posted a list from her post... I can relate to quite a few of these! Well done Ruth:0)

1. You have learned how to roast a turkey.
2. You are an experienced driver.
3. You are not a slave to peer pressure.
4. You are past the pregnancy days.
5. You are past the getting-up-many-times-in-the-middle-of-the-night days.
6. You have some life experience under your belt.
7. You can afford to do some of the things you've always hoped to do.
8. You don't have to go to school.
9. You know what you are good at.
10. Your kids can tie their own shoes.
11. Your kids don't need any help with bodily functions.
12. Your kids sleep longer than you do.
13. Your kids can drive and sometimes even pick things up for you at the store.(!!!)
14. You can have intelligent conversations with your kids.
15. People sometimes say, "Ma'am" to you and mean it.
16. You understand Dickens.
17. You can go out with your spouse and not hire a babysitter.
18. Your tastes are defined.
19. People judge you on things other than your appearance.
20. Rather than thinking you are wiser than you really are, you are probably wiser than you realize.

New Year

It is a holiday so I will tell you what I am doing...
I am sitting up in bed with the electric blanket on roasting my 'you know what!'
I am blogging, blogging, blogging and visiting my blogger friends... great!
I am munching, munching, munching the contents of one of three selection boxes I had hidden under the stairs since Mac Day, tee, he, he!
Sean is on top of the bed with me munching too, watching Jaws (but not certain parts) lying on his belly with his toy shot gun ready to take a pot shot at the big fish, again, (he did this very same thing last night in the sitting room!)

I suppose I will have to return to the reality of ironing, lunch etc. But not yet;-)

Today Niall is out working away and later he will be found at the local radio station from about six through to twelve, his usual for New Years Eve. Sean and I will be home in front of the fire doing our usual thing, watching movies and playing board games. At midnight we will go outside where we have quite an old fashioned and traditional New Years tradition considering the neighbourhood is only 7 years old. A lot of us will come out to our doors, waving and greeting each other while our children set off fireworks and enjoy the freedom playing on the green with each other in their pyjamas so late in the night:-)

Thank you for visiting me this past year on my blog. May God bless you, your relationships, your families, your work and most of all, your relationship with Him.

Happy New Year!

Monday 28 December 2009

HOME-SCHOOLING: Socialization not a problem

The Washington Times published an interesting article in relation to studies about home schoolers and their ability to socialize.

Check it out here, it's very good.

Saturday 26 December 2009

MacCarthaigh Day

It's still MacCarthaigh Day... It's been a long day with a 4;15 start. It is so unlike me but I will explain later. So far we have had a great day and are just after having our evening meal. We are sitting in the foyer playing with some of Sean's toys and are just about to watch The Muppet Christmas Carol with some other kids that are staying here.

God bless.

Friday 25 December 2009

Christmas Day

Well, my day has started peacefully. Niall and Sean had their sleep in and I had the chance to have breakfast on my own and then go outside to see who was about. On Christmas morning lots of children come out to play with their new bikes/skates/prams and this morning was no exception. I had a chat with some of them and took a couple of pictures to show you.

We have our 'White Christmas', it may be with frost but it is still white!

Last week I sent this photo to Jean in Virginia telling her it was the first snow of our winter here in Ireland and she said 'You call that snow?!' and sent me this....!

We are all packed up and just about to head for Galway to have out family day tomorrow. We are very excited and very glad, seeing that our car broke down on Sunday and we just got it back yesterday, however, that's for another post:0)

Happy Christmas everybody. Talk soon.

Wednesday 23 December 2009

The cross

I have just listened to a version of the Old Rugged Cross and one of the lines really struck me. It went something along the lines of swapping the cross for the crown.

It's like times like now, fresh from a disagreement with Niall that I feel the weight of my sin. It is almost as if I can feel the weight of it on Jesus. Like every time I sin I am hurting Him. I have to remind myself of what He said on the cross... 'It is finished.' His pain is finished and I am not still hurting Him.

I got forgiveness, help to live my life now and the crown/Heaven to come.

What did He get?

Wednesday 16 December 2009

20 things.

Over in Inspired Room you will find a post called 'Twenty Little Things
I’m Looking Forward to This Christmas'

It's quite a nice list to read through.
Although we are not celebrating Christmas we do celebrate our family day. So here is a list of things I am looking forwards to on MacCarthaigh Day. Not sure if I'll make 20 though;0)

REALLY looking forwards to staying in a hotel room on Christmas night and St Stephens night in a very nice hotel in Galway!

REALLY looking forwards to watching all sorts of TV! (we don't have regular tv here at home)

Looking forwards to watching Hitchcock's Rear Window (?) on St Stephen's morning... MacCarthaigh Day.

Looking forwards to NOT blowing up 400 balloons this year!

REALLY, REALLY looking forwards to the hotel swimming pool, but mostly the sauna etc, mmmmmmmmm!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Looking forwards to a fab meal served up to me.

Looking forwards to breakfast in bed/room service on Mac Day.

Looking forwards to coke & chocolate for breakfast... Wait a minute, can I have this and room service/breakfast in bed? You bet! It's traditional;0)

Looking forwards to enjoying Niall and Sean enjoying Mac Day.

I don't care what I get, looking forwards to lots of tv. Did I say that?

Looking forwards to having time with my family praying, Bible reading and talking about what happened during 2009 and what may happen in 2010. Being thankful and remembering things...

What are you looking forwards to?

Family Date Night

Over in '50's Housewife' I found a post about family dates. It's very good and well worth visiting this blog and reading the post.

50s Housewife: Family Date Night

It has reminded me of some things I have done to have family times.

Recently a friend told me that on the odd occasion she and her son have a 'Coco Pop' day. They stay at home watching DVDs, playing games etc., and eating Coco Pops! It doesn't seem to do her son any harm for he is as big as a house:0)

A few months ago Niall came home late from work and decided to take Sean and me out in our pj's to buy us an ice cream out at the beach! It was dark and the street lights were on, the atmosphere was good and it was a lot of fun!

Cassie over at 'Home Schooling Four' posted about their tradition of eating junk food while decorating their Christmas tree. You should pop over, if only to see the kids in their matching nighties... very cute:o)

When we have out MacCarthaigh Day we usually spend the day in our PJ's, eat whatever we like (Niall and Sean likes having coke for their breakfast drink) and watch movies.

Jeff, Jean and the kids has been known to celebrate Snoopy, their dog's birthday by putting up balloons and having a party! They rescued him on St Patrick's Day while living here in Ireland. However, he is living in America now so it must be even more fun for them:o)

Every now and again we put up the projector in our back garden and have what seems like a million kids around to watch a movie. Now that is fun!

Sometimes Niall and Sean camps out in Sean's toy shed, watch a movie, eat junk food and sleep there all night. Not my cup of tea! No thank you. I stay in my own bed, with my own electric blanket watching my own movie, than you very much.

Anyway, there are some things we and others do with their families...

What do you do?

Home schooling in Smyth's... You've gotta love it!

Recently Sean has been learning all about percentages in his maths studies. He knows how to figure out a percentage of a particular figure, say 34% of £17.54 but it's not sticking. He just keeps forgetting how to do it. We have been working on it for a while now, so today I took him to his favourite toy shop to work on some prices there.
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I am interested in seeing if it worked and if the whole concept sticks this time!

My goodness, you should have seen the amount of shoppers that were there this morning! I saw two young men, students perhaps, buying a toy. There were single men out buying gifts, grannies buying DVD's and mum's with trolleys. That's something I never saw before; a shopper with a trolley full of toys... a bit surreal...

Thursday 10 December 2009

Women's Christms night out.

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Here are a few badly taken photos of our night out for the women of the Church along with a few friends. I took my proper camera along but I can't seem to load them so I had to post these photos from the iphone. It's a great phone but not such a great camera. However, I love it because I can take a snap and send it, via email to my friends straight away :0) I keep promising myself to post better quality photos but it never quite works out, as I am sure you have noticed.. Ah well!
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Sunday 6 December 2009

Love this!

Somebodies idea of fun Christmas decorating....

Well, there is good news and bad news about my Christmas decorations this year.
Good news is that I truly out did myself this year with my Christmas decorations. The
bad news is that I had to take him down after 2 days. I had more people come screaming up to my house than ever. Great stories. But two things made me take it down. First, the cops advised me that it would cause traffic accidents as they almost wrecked when they drove by. Second, a 55 year old lady grabbed the 75 pound ladder almost killed herself putting it against my house and didn't realize it was fake until she climbed to the top (she was not happy). By the way, she was one of many people who attempted to do that. My yard couldn't take it either. I have more than a few tire tracks where people literally drove up my yard.
Kind of feel like I gave in to the man by taking him down but my neighbor did confirm t
wo near miss accidents on the busy street next to my house. I think I made him too real this time.
So it was fun while it lasted

Saturday 5 December 2009

Christmas shopping.

Around this time last year I posted a few silly gifts that Dunnes were selling. Well, today I was walking around the same shop and found some fun and silly gifts for sale. What do you think?

I would be tempted to buy this for Seán but he hates nail clippers and prefers to bite his toe nails
Just kidding!

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Hand size pool table, a 'must have' I guess... for somebody?

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A fun way to wake up in the morning:o)
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These were my favourite; hot water bottles the size of my hand, very cute! One would come in very handy for when I go to the movies:o)
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I bought this set of bowls etc. They were €58 down to €15! Nice for both Summer and Winter, I think.
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I was in Costa and couldn't help notice these lovely seasonal goodies. I settled with a skinny latte though:o)
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Saturday 28 November 2009

Wednesday 25 November 2009

Mountain of Spices

Do not try to hold life's joys,
Or the past years golden store,
Love it is Who this destroys,
To make room for so much more,
Love it is, with radiant face,
Leading to a wealthier place.

Do not let self pity bleed,
Bitterness, nor fierce regret.
These are worms which kill the seed,
And sad misery beget.
With a willing heart let go,
God will richer gifts bestow.

Learn this lesson fast or slow,
This is Heaven's law,
We must let the old things go,
To make room for more.
We shall reap in some glad way,
Fairer joys than lost today.

The Mountain of Spices
Hannah Hurnard

Saturday 21 November 2009

Marley & me? Not even close...

It's a long story and it started six months ago with a question. Did Sean pick Koke, or did Koke pick Sean? We prepared for Koke getting him a box, dog licence. food etc. We dug up one of the grass plants my mum gave me as a wedding gift... and placed chicken wire all around the front garden so he wouldn't escape. The big day came and all the neighbouring children were waiting with great anticipation for the new arrival. A new born baby wouldn't have caused such interest! He was a big hit, especially with the boys.. ..and we introduced him to our neighbours dog. He made himself at home and became a part of our family very quickly. We have had some fun times... and some interesting times...We grew to love him...And he grew... and grew... and grew... and grew... ... and grew... and he grew.
(this is him with his sister) Circumstances changed. Niall ended up in hospital and he hasn't been able to walk Koke much since then... and Koke learned how to jump over the front gate and into a street full of children... We were faced with the choice of giving him up or changing the back garden for him. So we cancelled plans for our family holiday to Italy...and decked the garden. Koke developed a love for chewing and chewed everything. He devoured plastic bottles, wood, toys and my plants. Some of which went from this... .. to this... And my apple trees went from this... this... Hard to believe this was an apple tree. He started barking at the many birds that fly around the area where we live. Last Sunday a neighbour texted us while we were at the Church service because he was barking so much. He started to bark very early in the morning waking us all up. The last straw came when he growled and barked at Sean during the week... He is as big as Sean now and it scared him.
Very sad.
We gave him up yesterday.

However, while driving home from the dog pound Niall and Sean were listening to the radio. The English Ambassador to Ireland was being interviewed and he said that he was visiting different pounds looking for a dog to go hill walking with him. Immediately, Niall texted in to say where Koke was. Even if he doesn't pick Koke, the thought of it cheered Sean and Niall up. Regardless of who gets him, we hope he will go to a good home. I sent a letter with Koke giving lots of information about the dog to his new owners.. along with a Christian tract:o)

So, the moral to this story is...
When you see this... and think of this... be wise and pick this...