Monday, April 18, 2011

Cailyn is 4!

Her birthday was last week actually, but really she's had it pretty good this year. A few posts ago, I showed some pics of the 1st birthday party she got to have while we were in Arizona with our families. Then there were different days of opening presents with family. So, once her actual birthday came around, we had a nice small celebration. But overall, she had a pretty good day. Her friends at school had made a card, and she got to go to a story time at a local library. That portion actually has a funny part to it:

If you've seen the movie, "The Italian Job" there's a part where the computer tech guy wants to be referred to as "The Napster" and won't do anything until he is called by that name. Well, Cailyn had similar thing that day. When Jen was introducing her to the other moms at the story time and they would as her her name, her reply was, "Birthday Girl." LOL! It was really the first time she's made that much of her birthday! It was so sweet to watch and it was a great day. Here's some pictures of her with her cake (as usual, crafted by Jen!)

The request this year was a Tinkerbell cake. Pretty good, huh??

Blowing out the candles

I asked her which piece she wanted. Of course, she wanted Tinkerbell. So...I cut her out!!

...and she couldn't wait for a bite

I was reminded that I never posted a picture of Hannah's cake earlier in the year...another masterpiece by Jen

Saturday, April 9, 2011


Organized sports have begun in our household! Hannah is old enough this year to begin playing the sport of Camogie. This is a sister sport to Hurling, which is an ancient sport; estimated to be about 2,000 years old. It's fairly straight forward - two teams line up and try to hit a little ball called a sliotar (pronounced, shli-tur) in the opponents goal using something called a hurl that resembles a hockey stick. There aren't too many rules, other than you pretty much can't intentionally bash an opponent with your hurl and the ball has to stay in between the lines. It really does resemble hockey, which ultimately are shared in origin.

Today was just a spectacular day; absolutely beautiful outside, and perfect for going and playing some sports. She was a bit behind today being that they actually started when we were in the states, but she took to it right away. Immediately she began drills on how to hit the ball, and then moved to some practice throwing and catching, then they actually played a scrimmage. And the best part is, Hannah scored a goal!!! She was so excited and happy to be out there. Though there was a little nervousness as she began the day not knowing how to do it, she really took to it well!

Learning to hit the ball

Catching drill...not going to well yet ;D

Hannah got right into the action!

She may have just been as excited to run around on a nice day as she was playing!

Proud girl after her first practice!!