Sunday, February 28, 2010

Quilt Guild- -Dublin Style

Saturday found me in quilt nirvana with 100 or so other Dublin women.  The Eastern branch of the Irish Patchwork Society meets once a month in the parish hall of St. Anthony's Church.  Pat and Annette were gracious enough to go with me.  I can't wait until next time!  We also enjoyed our first ever Saturday hamburger night in our new home.  Our new friend Emily came home with us after church for lunch and playing.  From the sounds emanating from the second floor it sounds like they are having a good time. 

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

We are live people, in 5, 4, 3, 2....

It works, our internet really works! Here are some shots of the kids and our house on 15 Seacliff Avenue, Baldoyle, Dublin 13, Ireland. (in case anyone wanted to send us real snail mail) We are settling in and getting used to hoofing it to the library (15 minutes) and the grocery store (5 minutes.) We have gotten lost in the car innumerable times but isn't that what brings families together? We survived the immigration office and are now official residents of Dublin along with 500 of our closest immigrant friends. Thanks for all the prayers and well wishes!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love ya tomorrow...

Tomorrow, we are expecting to get internet and phone access at our house. It is amazing what you look forward to and what you miss when there is no communication available. There is no way I could go on Survivor.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Movin' On Up, to the North Side

Today we get the keys to our house. We are super excited to start making our nest and exploring the north side of town. If you have a Dublin map you can find us in Baldoyle on Seacliff Avenue. The Dart station is just down the street and our house backs up to the park. We have 3 fruit producing apple trees in the back garden and a lovely extension to the back of the house that allowed for a large kitchen, dining and den area. It might also become the schoolroom. Bailey is excited about the three, red swiveling bar stools. I am excited about the separate laundry room and 2 bathrooms. There is a soccer field around the corner, some basketball courts by the Dart, a tennis club up the street, a grocery store around the corner and a playground in the park. Several of the church members live near by and we look forward to returning the hospitality they have lavished on us. We think it is a good spot. Pictures to follow as soon as we get internet installed.

Monday, February 8, 2010

We Caved

After walking two miles today from the Coffey's house to Dundrum Town Centre we caved and got McDonald's for lunch.  French fries have never tasted so good.  As most of you know, we arrived safely in Dublin and were welcomed by the church family with open arms.  We have looked for a house and browsed for a car.  We have asked and received advice.  We have Skyped home twice and Jo once.  We have acclimated to the time change mostly.  Davis and Bailey are occupying themselves with reading, awesome playground equipment, their new friends at church, Nintendo, computer games and Irish Disney channel, which looks and sounds amazingly the same.  Scott and I haven't had a fight yet.  (Stay tuned.)  All in all we are doing great.  I'll be posting pictures soon when we get our computers up and running.  Thanks for your prayers and thoughts as we are praying and thinking of you.

P.S.  Thanks for the hat Laura Quigley, it really saved my ears today!