Saturday, August 25, 2012

Family Time


Fun Time

Yesterday was the last day of The Bates Of Clonsilla's visit. We took time off to just enjoy the day.

My sister brought our grandniece Sophia over for a swim and my brother's daughter came over again to chill with our Irish nieces. 

Luckily it was a perfectly wonderful pool day at the Bates Estate.

Sophia loved the pool. We all pulled her around.


And around, and around.


She can be a bit timid with new people but she loved playing in the pool with Ali and Caroline.

By the time we got out, we were singing Sir Mix A Lot....'I like big butts and I cannot lie'.


Luckily our family had a late flight so they were able to enjoy the whole day before heading off the airport.

Of course, I had to get our 'traditional' leaving shot of the girls in front of the lilacs. I've been taking their picture like this when they leave since they were very little.


Do not adjust your monitor. That is Carolina's real hair color. She's a Ging. No denying it. We chalk that one up to Granny O'Toole, who nobody knew had red hair because it was gray. That was until one day when Garrett was making fun of the girl next door with red hair and Granny O'Toole set him straight, telling him she had beautiful flame red hair when she was young.  Which he found eventually for himself when his beard grew in red. Just his beard. Weird, huh?

Back to the visitors.


They were all sad to go.  Lucan was sad to see them leave.

Goodbye for now Bates of Clonsilla.

The Bates of Lucan will be arriving on Wednesday for a longer stay.  Yup, Bates of Lucan. It's a town just outside of Dublin's city limits. That's where the hound got his name.

Oh, I almost forgot. The girls got to be the first to put their John Hancock's on our new chalkboard wall. Stay tuned for the chalkboard reveal in the coming days.  Either tomorrow or Tuesday. We'll see how the chips fall.

Monday's post will be my picks from the current Gotta Have It/Gotta Blog It Link Up Party. If you have an online shop or blog, be sure to link up your stuff. If you don't, you're still invited to the party. Have a look around, you never know where it might take you and what you might find.

Sunset Meadows

I've said it before and I'm sure to say it again. We're so blessed to have the most beautiful sunsets right at our front door. I never get tired of them.




What's hot for your Saturday?  I'm doing laundry and general prepping for the next wave of Dubliners. I'll be heading into the pool later, then we're planning on a campfire and burgers if all goes well. Doesn't get better than that.

Ciao for now,


14 comments:

  1. Great times with family and beautiful sunsets --- aaah! Looks like you've had a perfect start to the weekend.

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    1. It was a perfect start. The pool got more use this weekend. Great way to wind down after housework sat and sun.

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  2. I love your tradition of taking the picture in front of the lilacs. It would be fun to look at all of them in chronological order. It's funny that you mention red beards. 2 of my brothers are blonde and have red beards. We are not even Irish--unfortunately. :)

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    1. I should put them in order....of course, that would mean going through my photo box! god forbid I put them in albums like my mother does for all of us each christmas. That's pretty darn funny about the beards.

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  3. Those sunsets get me every time! I've got two redheads myself! Irish definitely in this blood!

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    1. I know! Every evening I take a peak and still always in awe that we are so lucky to live at Sunset Meadows. Ah yes, chalk two more up for the redheads!

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  4. That little Sophia is too stinkin cute! Looks like you guys had a great time:)

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    1. yup. punky brewster. you should see her shake her tailfeather when she dances. pretty funny.

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  5. Sophia is so precious!! Loving that red hair, my mom and brother have the same red hair, funny how only certain people get it and my hair has always been dark brown, oh well, I'm still Irish =) The O' Casside clan =) Wishing you the most wonderful of weeks lady!! Xo, Ashley

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    1. Well hello there Miss. I do hope you're feeling better. Our niece Leah, who arrives this Wednesday has the same red hair. You have a great week too Ashley, and don't be doing too much too soon.

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  6. That sunset is incredible. Glad you all had fun!!!

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    1. Cayd and sophia have to come and swim with Leah and Harry when they arrive. 2 more days!

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  7. Ps its Nicole! I think I just made a blogger profile. Gonna start the 'lady X files'

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    1. glad you said that Ms. Incognito. How would I have known it was you?

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