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Shannon Peakes
04 January 2012 @ 11:57 pm
Trying to write with one hand while holding an almost-two-year-old with your other is kind of a challenge. Just saying.

Guess who caught some kind of a cold as is now miserable and wide awake and therefore not letting either of his parents get any sleep? Again?

At least this is the middle of the week, because there is no way I would be able to properly focus on a match while my kid is sick. Hopefully he's on the mend soon, as we have our final match of the season (!) on Saturday.

I can't believe the end of my first full season as a starter is coming to an end. It all went so bloody fast. It'll be fun to see where things go next year, though. I'm looking forward to another good season for the Wasps. And, admittedly, the summer off. Maybe a vacation out of the country, or something. It might be nice to relax a bit away from all of the obligations we have here. Not to mention the fact that I am craving some time at an actual, proper warm beach.

Not long until Hogwarts is out, and Niamh and Kieran (and the younger cousins) are due back home. I've heard lots of good things about their Quidditch seasons this year and I imagine they're going to spend the bulk of the summer preparing for next year (I can't believe it'll be Niamh's last. My little sister is getting so old!). It's making me nostalgic for my time on the Hogwarts team.

And that is Jimmy declaring he wants another story, so off I go!
Shannon Peakes
26 March 2011 @ 11:35 pm
Wellllll. Today is a good day.

Part of me can't believe that Don and Anne are actually married now, and I mean that in the nicest way possible, you two! (And I swear to Merlin if you actually reply to this, I'll come over there, and- actually, no, I'm staying far far away)

Why I'm writing and not enjoying in the party with everyone else right now (and it is seriously a party... can't think of a better way to clue up the summer), is because Jimmy began to get fussy, so I took him over to Devin's mam's for the rest of the night (Cynthia, really, you're a godsend). I'm trying to get him settled down before I head back, and I think he's wearing himself out by playing with some of his toys. He won't let me leave just yet, so. The bugger is going to be eleven months old on Monday and I don't even know where the time has gone. He's gotten so big and he'll be walking soon and oh my god I can talk about him forever. I swore I wouldn't be one of those mothers who talks all the time about her kid, but... I am, I guess!

ANYWAY. Point is, soon enough he'll go to sleep so his parents can enjoy the rest of the evening. Brilliant night for a wedding, did I say that already? The weather threatened to give way earlier during the actual ceremony, but things held and now it's nice and warm outside. August weddings are brilliant, if I might say so (Devin and I passed the two-year anniversary mark a few days ago and it was a fabulous day, thank you for asking). Anne, welcome to the family. I do hope you know what you're getting yourself into! Then again, you've survived this long, so I'd say you're doing pretty well with it!

There's also OH LOOK QUIDDITCH STUFF to talk about, but I don't want to say anything just yet, and this isn't the proper day to make it all about me.
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Shannon Peakes
31 January 2011 @ 11:45 pm
Well, I'm happy to say that Jimmy absolutely LOVED the match I took him to earlier this month. Like, he actually got fussy when we had to leave, and everything. It was so cute and I'm so relieved that we might have a future in this. HA.

It was a good Quidditch season for both Portree and the Kestrels (and absolutely not a shocker that no one could catch Puddlemere, see, early season stuff IS important), but I think I'm looking forward even more to next season. If you know what I'm saying. Summer training will be fun, too.

My sister is still pregnant and my brother-in-law is still being a bloody arse and I don't care if he ever sees this (highly unlikey, all things considering, but) because he is treating Mary Clare and Tia and his future son or daughter like SHIT and if I knew exactly where he lived you can bet I would be hexing him to next week and back.

I should probably get to sleep before Jimmy senses I'm still awake and goes all "MAM! PLAY!" with that face I can't refuse.
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Shannon Peakes
31 December 2010 @ 11:49 pm
I am taking Jimmy to his first Quidditch match on Sunday, June 9th. Portree versus Tutshill. I (we?) don't even really care if Devin gets to play (although it would be absolutely brilliant if he got to go in). Though since it is the last match of the season it would be nice, but. Whatever.

I'm just so excited that I finally get to take him to a match. Hopefully this is the start of something good. Because a kid of mine and Devin's has to like Quidditch. It would be a cruel, cruel thing if he does not.

But I'm not thinking about that. Nope.
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Shannon Peakes
31 October 2010 @ 08:18 pm
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Wow, what a weekend. Neither Devin nor myself had a match (and I didn't have to work at the inn past a Friday night shift), so we spent most of the weekend at home, with Jimmy.

Now, I could write pages and pages about Jimmy (he's six months old now, good Lord), but seeing as how I feel a nap coming on any second now, I'll spare the gory details and just say that he's basically on the mark for where he should be at this stage of the game. His new favourite activities? Babbling (even more than usual) and picking things up for the sole purpose of dropping them. He thinks it's hysterical.

The Kestrels won yesterday, so that's also good.

Hogwarts lets out in a few days, so I imagine I'll be either making a couple of trip over to my parents', or having some visitors because I know Bridge and Niamh will want to see Jimmy before the have to go back to school. Kieran too, though he's less vocal about it.
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Shannon Peakes
27 September 2010 @ 11:57 pm
I was supposed to go Portree's match yesterday, but someone decided that he didn't want anyone else to look after him for a couple of hours. Seriously, I don't think I've ever seen Jimmy fuss so much before at me trying to leave. So I didn't, and we listened to the match over the wireless. I'll let him know when he's older that he made his Mam miss the match where Ludo Bagman famously became best mates with a bludger. If he makes me miss the Portree/Kenmare match next month, then... well. We'll have to have a little talk.

I just realised that he's five months old tomorrow. That's terrifying.

I have a light practice schedule this week. Making up for last week in spades, let me tell you. I still don't think my shoulder's recovered properly.

I'm tired, but Mr. Cute and Adorable is still having a ball with his toys. I think we need to revisit the whole 'bedtime' concept, because this is a bit ridiculous. I really do not want to be raising a nocturnal kid.

(Oh, and my favourite cousin got engaged a while ago, blah blah blah. Kidding, Don. We're all rooting for you.)
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Shannon Peakes
23 August 2010 @ 02:59 am
Jimmy's awake and playing with his toys (it's late, of course he is), and it's my turn to get up with him, so... here I am. I figured it less stressful not to fight with him on the whole sleep thing, it just means my schedule is now warped to fit his warped view of waking hours. We're trying to get him to operate on the schedule that most human beings work on but he's just not interested most of the time. Oh well.

I just hope this won't affect me later today when I have to go into the inn for a shift! I've been back to work there for a couple of weeks now, and it's really like I never left. I've fit right back in. Brendan hasn't even been a problem, because my aunt, bless her, has been careful to schedule his work either far away from me or on days when I'm not even around.

It's been a great weekend for Quidditch. Devin and I went to see the Kestrels match yesterday (while Jimmy spent some quality time with his paternal grandmother) and were treated to quite a show. Everyone was dead on with their shots and Dee almost looked a little bored at the goal hoops because most of the action was up in the other end of the pitch. I just love a good Kestrels win; it puts me in a good mood for awhile. And Saturday, I watched Devin play against the Cannons and damn he was good. I wish the weather was warmer so I could bring Jimmy out to see, but we'll have to wait until the spring for those sorts of outings, I would imagine.

All that aside, I have some Quidditch news of my own. Guess who is no longer a reserve for the Lambasters, but has her starting spot back as of Saturday morning? OH YES. I am SO EXCITED to actually be back playing and not sitting on the bench (because playing reserve in the minor leagues is not exactly the same as playing reserve in the regular league)! My first match is next Saturday (no time like the present to get the ball rolling again) against Cork. Which is funny, because I actually live in Cork but play for the Limerick team. ANYWAY. I'm back to playing again, which is what I wanted to do after Jimmy (and he's nearly four months old now, we figured the time was right) and I am going to do everything in my power to get on some radar screens and see if I can make the jump to the big leagues next season in some capacity. Between this and U21 I figure I have a shot if I play my cards right.

I wonder what this week will bring, after all of that.

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Shannon Peakes
21 July 2010 @ 01:18 am
Well, my birthday (twenty-one, oh my) was yesterday and it passed without much fanfare, I am happy to say. With all the stuff that my family does over Christmas the last thing I wanted was for them to make a big deal out of this one (dinner on Christmas Eve with the clan is more than enough for me, thank you very much). I believe I even specifically asked them not to, actually. Or risk the wrath of the sleep-deprived new Mam who hadn't, up until yesterday afternoon hadn't even washed her hair in three days.

However. Devin took Jimmy for a couple of hours and let me take a long, extended, uninterrupted nap. It was heaven (Jimmy was well-behaved yesterday anyway, which was certainly a nice touch). And then, for dinner, Cynthia came over and watched Jimmy while Devin and myself actually went out for once. And Bridget volunteered to look after him for a couple of hours at some point while she's home from school, so that's great as well. Honestly, at this point, just some time to myself or to relax is the best present I could get. Not that I can really stand to be away from Jimmy for very long (nocturnal as he still is, and I still curse when he cries at four in the morning ready to go for the day), because anyone who's seen me with him since he's been born knows that I don't really like him out of my sight for very long. It's true what they say, in that having a kid changes you in ways you never really thought possible. Because here I am, at the age of twenty-one rambling on and on about stuff that most people my age don't want to touch with a ten foot pole.

The Kestrels have had a really good month and I'm excited for their next match. I've hinted at a couple of people for tickets for the new year. I'm looking forward to when the weather warms up so I can bring Jimmy to a match (have to start him on the proper foot, and all).

I hope everyone has a good holiday. This is Jimmy's first Christmas, so I know that I will certainly enjoying mine.
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Shannon Peakes
28 June 2010 @ 04:55 am
Devin and I are definitely blessed (or would that be cursed?) with a nocturnal baby, sweet Merlin. The bloody sun's not even up yet, and he is rearing and ready to go for the day (and has been for some time now). We've been trying to get it across to him that nighttime is for sleeping but clearly it isn't working, is it?

I'll likely be asleep at lunchtime. Two months in (Jimmy is exactly two months old as of today, which is a little startling) and I have definitely figured out now that I really do need to sleep when he does, little as it is, because I'm sure as hell not going back to my regular routine any time soon. But he's a good kid and sometimes I still can't actually believe that he is mine.

I was going to go watch the Hufflepuff/Ravenclaw game over the weekend, but Jimmy decided that he wasn't having any of that, and so I stayed home. From what I hear it was a good match, though not so much so if you happened to play Chaser. Bridget survived her first game as Captain, which is brilliant.

I did manage to see The Kenmare/Portree game last weekend (a million thanks to my mother for looking after Jimmy so I could go), and although my team did lose, I'm always excited when I get to see Devin play, so that was that.

It's going to be a busy couple of months around here, what with Christmas (Jimmy's first one! I can't wait), moving into the new flat and me going back to work in January, but I do know that I would certainly rather be busy than bored.
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Shannon Peakes
23 May 2010 @ 06:45 pm
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First off, let me just say that it has been so, so good to be able to fly again. So good.

I think the schedule for Quidditch is a bit messed up so far this year, because it's nearly the end of October, and the Kestrels played just their fourth game today. But whatever, they WON so who really cares? Since I wasn't able to go (sadly), I had it on the wireless. Right up until the start of the match no one seemed to know if Dee would be staring or not. But she did and played absolutely brilliantly despite the obvious HUGE distraction she has in her life right now. I am so proud of her and so happy that the Kestrels finally got one in the win column.

Jimmy seemed to enjoy it, too. I mean, he's obviously has no idea what's going on, but he was making happy gurgling noises all afternoon while the match was on. That's my boy, getting an early start to appreciating Quidditch. He'll be a month old in five days, which is a bit mental to think about. He's already growing like a weed, but all he seems to want to do is bloody eat, so I'm not surprised. And he still hasn't quite figured out that his mam (and da) would like to sleep more than a couple of hours at a time. But he's doing well, all things considered, and I'm happy to report that.

Devin's birthday was last week, and we were able to get some time, just the three of us, to celebrate, which was nice. We took Jimmy to the park for a bit, and he was absolutely enthralled by it.

And speaking of Jimmy, he's definitely making it known that nap time is now over.
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