Liam 2/24/17

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On February 24th at 6:30pm after 24 hours of labor followed by an unplanned C section, Liam Michael Horgan was born. Although it's only been 3 weeks, it's hard to imagine how things were without our squishy faced finger toed little man. Leading up to the big day you receive plenty of advice and hear all the cliches, but it truly isn't something that can be put into words. Hopefully these images do a better job of telling the story of how little Liam Michael came into the world and the crazy first few days of his life. 

-Mike

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Ireland

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Our trip to Ireland was almost a decade in the making before it actually happened. I’d say there’s a 50/50 shot Kate and I talked about it on our first “date”. Motivated by the knowledge we’d be having kids soon we finally pulled the trigger in the spring of 2015. Kate and I along with my brother Pat and sister in law Becca spent 10 days in a rental car bouncing from B&B to B&B making a circle from Kilkenny clockwise back around to Dublin. Then Kate and I headed North to spend the last few days in County Antrim with Kate's relatives. The Clichés are true. The greens are greener, the Guinness is creamer (Smithwicks too) and the people are friendlier . It’s hard to explain how amazing the trip was so I’ll put it this way. I gained 10 pounds in 10 days and already have an itinerary for our next trip.  We used a mix of digital and film. Enjoy! 

 

Sláinte,

Mike.

Home away from Home

I don't remember how old I was when we first started driving down to topsail with the entire family, but I know I was young.  I know it was over 20 years ago... I know that the original nintendo was the most current game system... and I was young enough that I had to make my cousins do all the 'jumps' when I was mario.  year after year, our family grew up together down there, so it's a very special place to me.

a quiet beach town, topsail is one of the greatest places on earth.  as a 'barrier' island, it's about 26 miles long and only a half mile wide... in many places you can see the shore and the sound at the same time.  this year we decided to do a friends trip, and we stayed on the sound for the first time.  our sweet little community had its own dock and access to the sound - a wonderful place to watch the sunset with a beer in your hand {see mikey doing just that pictured below}.  

there's some great history to the island too.  in the 1700s, pirates used the sound to hide and wait for passing merchant ships.  over time, merchants learned that they could tell if these pirates {including blackbeard} were hiding because you could see their 'top' sail from the shore.  many believe that blackbeard's treasure was buried on the island.

During WWII, the island played a key role in the military 'operation bumblebee', including the production, storage, and launching of rockets.  concrete observation towers which still stand today were constructed to monitor the experimental launchings.

I am happy to share this amazing place with you... enjoy!

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