Usually January is a pretty slow time. This year my parents surprised us with a visit from the States to our home in Ireland. It's been around 5 years since they last were here, and they were keen to spend some time with the kids since they last saw them in the summer. We hung out at home a lot, but also made a few trips to historical sights like Trim Castle above (was used for some scenes in the movie Braveheart). And also to see the 8th century Celtic High Crosses nearby in Castledermot, County Kildare. Grandma even brought some little castles for the kids to make from Lowe's. This summer, it's our turn to visit in sunny warm Pennsylvania and Colorado.