Growing Out On A Limb


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Report card time!

This is how we celebrate good report cards… pizza and milkshakes downstairs in front of a movie! Tonight’s flick? The classic (and always classy) Captain Underpants.

The boys killed their report cards… proud mama over here!

And this little lady will be getting her first report card in the fall! Until then, she dines with her brothers!

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Emery is 7!

My funny, caring, sensitive Emery,

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I am just amazed every day at who you are becoming.  You have always been a thinker, quiet, on the shy side, a little hesitant to try new things or join into something new.  As you get older and as you find your place, you are also finding a confidence that makes you speak your mind and be more assertive.  It makes for more interesting arguments at home, that’s for sure, but it’s also so cool to watch you come out of that shell.

You are perfectly goofy but serious when you need to be.  You are sweet and caring and often think about others.

Some things about you as you turn seven:

  • You are a great friend to your friends.  You have a tight little group of two friends and you are such kindred spirits it is so fun to watch you play together
  • You love jokes (especially funny words) and you love being funny
  • You and Oliver have your (frequent) moments but you and Eleanor play together so well.  You can find common ground and play and have fun with pretty much anyone.
  • You are an excellent reader in both english and french.  You are a great student.
  • You are a curler and are really good at it (but not so sure you’re liking it at the moment… we’ll see).  You also play soccer at school pretty much every day.
  • You still like drawing and crafts
  • You like doing pretty much anything outside, even if it’s just a little walk down the road

I love you and the piece of the family puzzle you fill.

Happy birthday!

Mommy

 

 


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Thanksgiving 2017

We spent thanksgiving weekend camping at South Mountain campground in the valley… last camp of the season and we could not have planned a better way to finish it.  It was the perfect mix of friends (new and old), food, activities, and beautiful weather.

On Saturday morning we went to noggins to check out the corn maze.

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The boys enjoyed running the maze (and consequently being yelled at to not go too far ahead about every two minutes).  Thank goodness they weren’t the navigators!  20171007_105018

I can’t remember why she had a sour puss on her face in the corn maze.  Puss or not, she still looks crazy cute in her troll glasses.  IMG_7313

It was a fantastic day to be outside and visit the farm – the maze, a haunted house, slides, a tire mountain, and so much more!  20171007_111217

20171007_111326Everyone was happy to spend some time there, but we had to get back “home” to get ready for turkey dinner!  20171007_112732_001Everyone pitched in something and we had a delicious meal outdoors, serving twenty seven people spread across five campers (plus a couple extra).  It was an amazing meal and so nice we could eat outside without sweaters!20171007_165611

The campground still had some activities going – the jumping pillow and chocolate bar bingo were the most notable (no, we didn’t win).
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On Sunday we went to the pit races in New Minas.  The picture I had of this in my head did not end up being accurate.  This was a lot of fun – sitting on the edge of a gravel pit in our lawn chairs, eating pizza, and watching trucks tear up a fun course up and down and around the pit.  The kids especially loved the couple of wrecks we saw (this one was a slow topple over).  20171008_111022

20171008_113206(0)Oliver wanted one with the truck parked right behind us.  20171008_115241

Eleanor loved the playgrounds.  This campground has lots to keep the kids busy, even in October.  20171008_161921

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Overall, this is one of the best camping weekends we had all summer!  I think the campground you are at matters much less than the people you are camping with (although this campground was definitely sweet and we will definitely be returning!).  This was the type of weekend that, even if it wasn’t Thanksgiving and we didn’t have thanks on our mind, you couldn’t help but be thankful for the friends around us, for making new friends, for having the means to spend a weekend like that, and especially for having three beautiful children that can run and play and hug and laugh and yes, even fight.  I’m thankful for it all.


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Camping at Plantation

A couple of weeks ago we took the camper out for what we thought was going to be our last trip of the season.  Plantation campground is in the valley and, even though they didn’t have their normal activities running and the pool was closed, it was really lovely.  I believe that camping with the right people can make even the crappiest campground a good time and that definitely was the case this weekend!

We were parked right beside the playground and the kids made a LOT of use of it.  Our camper is right in the middle of this photo.20170916_095248

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Swings, slides, a basketball court, a sand pit… I’m not sure the kids could have wanted for more!  20170916_103402

It was a hot Saturday afternoon so we left the campground in search of a place to swim.  We ended up in Harbourville, where the swimming was not good but the beach was kind of amazing.  The beach is full of rocks that are spotted with gems – mineral crystals leftover from a lava flow millions of years ago.  We all enjoyed beach combing here and seeing the way the rocks sparkled in the sun.  20170916_130210

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Still on the hunt for a swim, we went to Aylesford Lake Beach.  20170916_140522It was a bit of a drive, but we ended up at this beautiful spot.  It was closed for the season so none of the facilities were open (bummer) but it was also really REALLY quiet (awesome).  The water was pretty cold but it felt really good on a 30 degree day.  20170916_14054020170916_140905I can’t remember what was going on right before I snapped this pic but I love the pose!  20170916_155736

What else do you do at a campground on a hot day – watergun fight for the kids (and washer toss tournament for the grownups!)20170916_160357

And of course there were campfires.  Campfires and s’mores!  20170916_203910

It was a really great weekend with friends we’ve known and friends we are getting to know.  Good times all around.  And now we are excited for Thanksgiving weekend, our new last camping weekend of the summer.


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Shubie

On a lovely Saturday afternoon earlier in September, we decided to head to Dartmouth and check out a park we have heard lots about but have never visited – Shubie park.  It seems to be right in the middle of everything – highways and big box stores (like the new Ikea!) – but it’s really quiet and easy to forget where you are once you are on the trails.

The canal runs right through the middle of the park, which makes for some pretty scenery and lots and lots of ducks.
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A kind stranger lent us some of her stale bread and suddenly there were dozens and dozens and even more dozens of ducks flocking around.  They were eating right out of the kids’ hands.
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There were lots of people enjoying the sunshine and getting some exercise.  We barely scratched the surface of the park, but it is a well-used trail that we will definitely visit again.


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Parlee visit

On Labor day we all traveled to Parlee beach to spend a long weekend at aunt Betty’s cottage – Nana and Papa, Ali and the girls, and us!  It was a cold, rainy, and grey weekend so there wasn’t a lot of swimming time at the beach but we still enjoyed walks on the beach and managed to fill the time and have lots of fun!

We took a walk the first afternoon to the pier – it was really windy and the skies were angry but we didn’t get rained on!  20170901_151504

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Cutest lobsters I have ever seen!  20170901_152556

A little walk on the beach, complete with sweaters.  The sand always feels good on the bare feet though!  20170901_184501

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The kids couldn’t resist running into the parking lot which always seems to be filled with seagulls!  20170901_190851This handsome boy… 20170902_135938

The big inflatable made a comeback on this weekend!  20170902_153813

The sun came out for half a minute.  We were only there to have a walk but the boys couldn’t resist getting wet!  20170902_161212

The clouds were dispersing (for a while anyway)… 20170902_161353

The kids really loved combing the beach for treasures.  There were seashells, crabs (well, mostly their shells), and a TON of little hermit crabs in the shallow water.  20170902_162954We did manage to make a couple of campfires, though we dressed warmly for them!  20170902_195212What trip to Shediac would be complete without a visit to the big lobster?  It’s a great playground for the kids!  20170903_110510

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Not sure what he is looking for … hmm.  20170903_110624

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Papa and a few of the grand kids taking a break…20170903_113950

There’s the big ball again.  The kids got tired of rolling in it and decided it would better serve as a landing pad for launching themselves off the deck.  Good times (and no injuries!).20170903_125453

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Ali has clearly been practicing her pitching but I think dad’s batting needs a little work (maybe a new bat would help)!  20170903_130511

We did get one afternoon at the beach.  A few of us got in the water (though briefly) but it was a really good time playing frisbee, wandering the beach, and wading in the sand bar pools.  The only pic I got of the whole afternoon was these two lovely ladies basking in the sun.  20170903_145202

We celebrated Aaliyah’s birthday while we were there, which included opening gifts around the campfire.  And glowsticks.  Lots of glowsticks.  20170903_203634

The weather might not have been what we hoped it would be, but it was still nice to spend time with family and relax – good grub, time at the beach, lots of UNO games.  It’s hard to complain about that!