Growing Out On A Limb

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On her feet!

Three days ago I wrote this post about Eleanor and how she likes to climb, getting her upper body up on little boxes and such.

Two days later (yesterday) and…


She started the day by getting to her knees and I said to hubby, “Watch her stand up before the day is out”.  And she did.  Her eyes seem to say, “Just watch me”.

She is so proud of herself and when I sit her on the floor she seems to make a beeline for something at the right height to lean on and get her feet underneath of her.  This kid can’t even sit up for long on her own yet!


Hubby and I can’t stop laughing at this picture.  Today I noticed she does this open-mouth pose for the camera consistently.  So cute. IMG_5779

Pretty girl.

She is also doing this scrunchy face for the last days, sniffing in and out.  She’s looking a little angry here but she wasn’t.  IMG_5794

Just more cute.  Serious cute.  IMG_5796
More scrunchy-faced goodness!  IMG_5810I tell her that if she is going to get up to shenanigans like these at 7.5 months old …

… she has to expect the occasional fall.  (This one was a slow, soft fall by the way … no crying).  IMG_5809

And, as if to make mommy’s words hold some weight, not an hour after those pictures she took a more serious spill, bumped and scratched her head, and cried and cried.  IMG_5823Poor muffin… but she’s still smiling!  Any bets on how long it will be before she is walking?


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We have a climber on our hands… Eleanor likes to get her belly up on little boxes, shelves, the first stair.  And she looks so proud when she does!  I have no doubt she will be another early walker.  IMG_5770


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A March Storm

We have had one mother of a storm.  It snowed for over 24 hours (and might still be snowing … it’s too dark to see) and has blown all day to build these massive drifts.  They stink if you have to shovel them but the boys have had fun in them all day.

This was the view out our front door this morning.  IMG_5737

Oliver loves to shovel.  He was really proud of shoveling out the walkway all by himself (unfortunately it blew back in in a couple of hours).  IMG_5742There is a really tall drift on our back deck, about as tall as I am and well over the railing.  Oliver was excited to play in it.  IMG_5745



This is when Emery decided to go outside too.  How could he resist?!  IMG_5759

The drift was so high that Oliver could easily get on top of the railing and jump into the top of the drift.  It reminded me of jumping off the top railing of the deck when I was a kid.  They were safe and having a ball… a helicopter mom I am not.  IMG_5761

IMG_5764They were in and out four times today.  I love snow days… the energy in the air as the storm looms, how calming it is to watch the snow fall, and the fun playing around in it as it falls and after.  I don’t even mind shoveling (although I admit I rarely have to).  We are definitely a winter-loving family around here!

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A Winter Day at the Camp

Oh how I love these days at nana and papa’s camp… the temperatures were mild, the camp was cozy warm, the company was good.  Even the snow was lightly falling for a while.  It was perfect.


The snow was just right for sliding!  IMG_5683


This is the best pic to show the hole we dug for the fire (and it doesn’t show it well).  The snow was up the backs of the chairs and even with the firepit ring (at first, at least).  So much fun!
IMG_5696Hot dogs taste soooooo much better when they’re cooked on a stick over the fire.  And chips have no calories. IMG_5694


Eleanor likes being outside too, even though she’s a little too small for sliding.  She did have her first ride on a snowmobile though (strapped onto mommy) and wasn’t a bit bothered by it!  IMG_5702

She got tuckered out sitting around the campfire but she’s certainly in good company with these two lovely ladies.  They’re so important to me.  It was so mild we could have sat there all afternoon.  IMG_5706 But we went into the camp after a while to warm up and Oliver treated us to story time.  Yup, he read to us and that one is not even a level 1 reader.  He has been reading a lot lately but is usually shy about it so I was proud of him for reading out loud to the room.  IMG_5712

I like the way Emery is looking at Oliver in this one.  IMG_5716

And wherever we are, whatever we are doing, it is always the right time for baby sister kisses.

IMG_5721It isn’t all that often that all the factors line up to produce a wonderful day like this so we are appreciative when it does.  Days like this also make me feel a bit sorry for people who can’t get outside, appreciate nature, and enjoy winter.  To each their own but sometimes I think that they can’t enjoy winter because they’ve never had the chance to spend time in winter like we did at the camp on Saturday.

Hubby decided to stay out at the camp and spend the night with the boys.  I admit I was a bit worried about how they would make out … it is a few kms walk back to the car if there isn’t a snowmobile handy… but they had a good night, good breakfast, and managed the walk just fine (despite a bit of a wrong turn!).  And that makes me thankful for a hubby who is brave enough to take the boys on adventures like that.  He’s super.



This past weekend Oliver went snowshoeing with hubby.  We borrowed a pair of really light-weight and small snowshoes from a friend because we knew anything difficult and clunky would turn him off immediately.


He just motors on them!  He and daddy just went into the woods behind the house but it was enough for him to get a feel for them.  I think we need to get a couple of pairs for next winter!  IMG_5673