Good morning Ladies ! I am coming a day late as I didnt get to write yesterday morning. The weather has turned cooler as you would expect for this time of year . Some mornings are down to the low 40s but the days warm up afterwards. We had 2 rain days which is nice for our newly seeded grass.
Last Saturday was spent doing chores around the house that were in need of getting done. We got a bunch of old pallets cut up for firewood to use in our backyard pit. We also offered some to our neighbors 2 doors down who we met for the first time, Eric and Wendy with their 2 boys. They took some and had a fire that night! Then there was general house cleaning. on Sunday after Church they had coffee and donuts which are always a nice treat! In the afternoon we had friends come over and their kids went swimming in our pool along with ours for the last swim of the season ! Another sign of the changeover to fall !
It was back to school On Monday for the kids , and work for the adults ! On Wednesday evening I attended a church class meeting for parents. This year they want the parents to get involved in the kids classes and helping them deepen their faith along with us parents, so we can continue to an extent where they leave off from. It will be an exciting development!
Early Yesterday morning I set an alarm to see my beautiful Niece Grace make her first holy communion via live streaming video. It was a lovely ceremony , It got delayed from May due to covid but they had a nice day for it and had a family celebration later back at their house . I was able to chat with Grace and her parents afterwards, the power of online video chatting ! Then at 11am our new washer and dryer arrived !! The ones that were here were not able to perform well enough for a family of 6 so we did have to invest in new . So far so good ! In the evening we went to a local park by a lake where they had done improvements to the facilities. It was a grand opening day event with games music and ice cream !
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Good morning Ladies ! We are over halfway through September and we are still experiencing warmer than usual temperatures for this month. As long as it stretches fall into our long winter I will be ok with it. I am looking forward to getting out to some orchard for our annual picking , and just being out in nature in comfortable temperatures will be a great time for all.
Last Saturday morning I watched an event I always did growing up , the All Ireland football , It is their version of the superbowl. I was hoping Mayo would win it as they had been in the final for 6 times in the past decade but had not won any. As it turns out they came up short again , I feel so bad for them, but congrats to Tyrone. A friend came over and watched with me so that was fun.
After the game ends, lovely photo!
Mayo player with his daughter.
In the afternoon we went to see our daughters volleyball tournament, they tried hard but did not get the wins they wanted to advance. Its all about trying again , they will get there! My in-laws also came for the volleyball and before they left in the evening we went for pizza. On Sunday we went to Church , and after had a pretty relaxing day. The Monday to Friday was a pretty typical week of school, work and just all the things we do every week ! There were storms Thursday night and some places had power outages. Funny thing is our middle school had a power outage on Friday morning after the storms and our son had to come home early, there were no tears though, none !
Today we are going to do some organizing in our storage room and pack away some items still in boxes after our move. It is a process ! I also have to take my phone in as yesterday a crack appeared across the screen for no apparent reason.
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Good morning Ladies . Today is a poignant day here in the states, the anniversary of 9/11 . It was a day where thousands of innocent souls went to work or flew on a plane but did not come home. I was living in New York at that time and was working 2 miles north of the twin towers that day. Before it happened I heard the hum of a low flying plane and thought it was really loud or low flying and then moved on. A few minutes later someone got a call that a plane had crashed into one of the towers. The rest sadly will go down in history. All we can do is pray for those who died and their families .
Last Saturday we tackled some organizing of the garage. We still had boxes there since we moved in late June and I am glad to say we made enough room so we can get our other car into it! In the evening our friends Brandon Josette and Maddi came over for dinner . The kids love having Maddi over and she likes coming also being an only child. We had a fire in the backyard until the bugs started to get bad. Then the adults watched a movie on netflix, Adrift based on a true story . Do you like truelife movies? On Sunday morning we went to Church and then in the afternoon the kids had friends come over for swimming. One of them stayed for a sleepover. The swimming days are coming to an end very soon!
On Labor day we did a bit more organizing and I also got to watch the solheim cup, the Ladies golf tournament between Europe and the USA . I was delighted to see an Irish young lady Leona Maguire star in the tournament ! Tuesday was back to school for the kids after the long weekend. the week went pretty fast with our daughter playing volleyball a few evenings after school. Today she has a tournament to play in as well, whew so much playing, better her than me!!
My in-laws are coming later and staying over so the kids will be delighted with that! They will also watch some of the tournament. There is also another sports event I have an interest in, The All Ireland mens football final where Mayo will play Tyrone in the final. It starts at 11 am my time today. I grew up with the game , and it is the superbowl comparisson for Irish people!
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Good morning Ladies and welcome to September !! August just went by so fast I felt . Last Saturday with the help of all 6 of us we did some house cleaning. It is amazing how many hands make light work At 2pm after a little packing we left to stay at a hotel 2 hours 30 minutes away. As I said last week we were travelling for our nephews baptism.
As we were driving on interstate 94 we went through many downpours and nearly had to pull over as visibility was very low and the wipers were on highest speed! But the showers dissapated we were able to arrive at the hotel in sunshine . We arrived at 5.30 pm and the kids of course went to the pool right away! It was a nice pool and it was not too busy. They swam for over an hour and then went across the parking lot to AJ’s for dinner. It was a nice place and the food was good. After dinner the boys went back to the pool before bed for an hour. The hotel was pet friendly and it was the first time we brought our dog Tucker to a hotel ! He did really well but felt he had to protect us by barking a little when seeing strangers! It was cute really.
We were up early on Sunday morning as the baptism was at 8:30 am and was also a 25 minute drive from the hotel! WE got breakfast , packed got dressed up and were ready to leave just before 8am. On our way we went to this scenic overlook at the nearby lake
The baptism took place during the church’s morning service and it was a beautiful event. He did very well and there were no tears as the water of Baptism was poured over his head! They used a family gown as his outfit. Afterwards we went back to their house and had lunch and conversation. We did not stay too long after as we wanted to get back a little early for the next day’s event : SCHOOL!
Our daughter started High school (yikes!!) and is settling in well. After school there has been a lot of volleyball games both home and travel. Our oldest son started middle school and is meeting new friends as well as the kids he was with at elementary school. Our two youngest started in a new elementary school and were made welcome by everyone ! We have a week done now and I am happy it has all gone so well.
This weekend being labor day , the kids will be off Monday. We are staying home with friends coming over today and on Monday. I am happy to have a pretty relaxing weekend ! The weather is cloudy today with sunshine promised tomorrow.
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