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do kittens eat popcorn?

Mia chats with a pretend friend on her plastic phone.

happy Super Bowl Sunday!

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07. Feb, 2010
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Johnson City

for Christmas and New Years the gang and I are in Johnson City, Tennessee, visiting Yvonne’s brother Robert. When we first got here we got to play in the snow a bit, but it quickly melted and since then it’s been pretty mild.

as far as life is concerned, things are status quo, and the new year is almost upon us. 2009 has been a pretty good year – the kids are great, Yvonne has been doing well, work is good (we had several successful releases of Blackbaud Direct Marketing this year, plus I got PMP and ScrumMaster certified!) and I’ve been getting back into playing and producing music, which has been a blast and I feel has enriched my life.

and that’s it for the annual recap – at least ’til this time next year!

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Ireland in pictures

it has been quite a while since I have posted any updates; I promised myself I would take some time tonight to ftp some photos to my web site and post them to my journal so that everyone could see what we’ve been up to lately!

we are still living in Dublin of course, and have been taking every opportunity to tour the surrounding countryside. During August we took a trip to Northern Ireland; I stayed in Belfast for one night and then met up with the rest of the family in County Antrim (we stayed in Bushmills, where they make Bushmills Whiskey at the oldest licensed Whiskey distillery in the world) for the rest of the long weekend. Some photos from that trip:

a rainbow over the coast of Ballycastle, Northern Ireland. In the bottom right hand corner of the picture you can see the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.

a path along the cliffs leading to the aforementioned rope bridge.

in early September my parents came to visit us for two weeks; for the first week of their visit we took a trip to County Galway on the west coast of Ireland. We stayed at a 150 year old farmhouse (in Ireland it is quite popular to rent a vacation house for a week or two) near Headford, close to the border of County Mayo. Some photos from that week:

Connemara. As you can see, Connemara is a very beautiful part of Ireland. I was fortunate enough to capture three swans in that photo.

the family on a beach near Roundstone.

the cliffs of Inis Mór. My father and I took a day trip to Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands, where we went to Dún Aonghasa, a well-known fort constructed in the Iron Age several thousand years ago. The fort is basically a stone construction right on the edge of the cliff (it forms a half-circle around the cliff face which then drops into the sea). It was quite an amazing thing to experience.

the chevaux-de-frise surrounding Dún Aonghasa. You can see here jagged stones placed several thousand years ago to slow potential attackers from reaching the fort (these were especially effective against those on horseback).

finally, here are some photos from life in and around Dublin:

me, Callum and the guinea pig. Taken at Glenroe Open Farm in County Wicklow.

swingin’. Similarly taken at the Glenroe Open Farm, which also featured a good sized playground for children (not to mention a nice walking trail with a SECRET GARDEN).

snails. Okay, if you must know, there are a ton of snails in Dublin; after a rainy day (and in Ireland most days are rainy days) tons of snails come out of the woodwork to crawl around willy nilly. At any rate, one day Callum and his minder walked up and down our street collecting as many snails as they could find; they ended up finding over 30 snails (not to mention a few slugs) which they then deposited in our front yard. 20 minutes later and the snails had all disappeared – strangely enough they all took off (relatively speaking – I suppose it was more of a meandering off than a taking off, these are snails we’re talking about here!) in the same direction. That would of course be the direction away from Callum and his minder.

that’s all for now!

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happy first birthday Mimsy!!

let them eat cake…

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here is a picture of Callum and Amelia taken this afternoon at my parents’ place. Callum (who needs a haircut, I know) is saying “cheeeeese!” which he does now whenever he sees a camera (regardless of whether or not his picture is currently being taken with it). Amelia is 7 weeks old today and very healthy (aka chubby).

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27. Aug, 2005
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26. Jun, 2005