Growing Out On A Limb

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Emery’s First Skate

While Oliver, Eleanor, and I enjoyed the sun and snow, hubby took Emery for his first skate.  Sometimes I feel so very un-canadian because our boys, at 4 and almost 6, have barely been on skates.  We tried a couple of times when Oliver was little and it didn’t go well – heels dug in, crying, not wanting to try, that sort of thing.

So I guess we were gun-shy about skating in general.  But Emery is different… easy going, eager to try things (especially when he has heard his school friends talk about hockey), not easily frustrated… so I figured it would be a whole different experience with him.  And it was.  He definitely did well for his first time.

Look at him go!

He makes me so proud.  And the next day, as hubby was driving him to school, he said, “Daddy… when can I play hockey?”.  We may have created a monster.  An extremely cute and very canadian monster.


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Snowy walk

It might just be an inch or so, but we take advantage of the snow when we can.  And we had a beautiful, mild sunny break in between cold snaps, which made it even easier to get outside and enjoy winter!

Hubby and the boys found this trail very near our house a few weeks ago, a wheeler trail that runs along the back of our subdivision.  This was my first time on it and it was beautiful:  sun shining, trees draped with snow, and the good company of Oliver and Eleanor (while daddy took Emery skating for the first time!).

Eleanor had the best seat in the house and was happy to be there (at first).  IMG_20150111_134501 Oliver liked knocking the snow off the branches.  When he found a rock in the path, he called it a “power up” and threw it at the trees to knock the snow off.  IMG_20150111_134711 IMG_20150111_140804 Can you spot the wildlife hiding in the trees?  IMG_20150111_140932After a half hour or so of walking, we came to Land of Laziness lake.  Frozen solid.  The boys like to run and slide on the ice.
IMG_20150111_142502 It’s beautiful.  IMG_20150111_143002Eleanor started fussing just before we got to the lake and didn’t stop so we didn’t spend much time there.  We packed her up and headed back up the long, long, long, long hill.  Eleanor cried the whole way back and there was no end of complaining from Oliver as we trudged up the hill.  It didn’t matter… I left that walk feeling great from the fresh air and quality time with the kids.

And then there was this.  The cherry on top!

DSC_0020 (1)(This was ice cream on nana and papa, who sent us a lovely thank you note in the mail, along with money to go get the ice cream we didn’t get a chance to get while they were visiting.  Thanks, nana and papa!)

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Snow in NS!

Finally… what we’ve all been waiting for … our first decent snowfall in nova scotia!

Other people dislike it, dread it, curse it.  I figure if it’s going to be winter and it’s going to be cold, there might as well be snow on the ground so you can get outside and have some fun in it!

We have been (not so) patiently waiting here.  Moving closer to the ocean means a warmer climate and means, while scrolling by post after post in my newsfeed showing snow, snow, and more snow, I’ve been looking out the window at rain and the odd wet flurry.

On Sunday we got a couple of inches.  It started as nice, fluffy snow.  Eleanor was just amazed by it but she didn’t last long… she couldn’t get around real well and kept taking her mittens off (yes, that stage).

IMG_5158-001It rained all afternoon, which turned the snow into sticky snowman-making snow.  IMG_5162 Oliver loves making snowmen.  It is always his idea.  But the second we have it done he wants to drop-kick it.  It must be a boy thing.  IMG_5163 Emery is keen too.  He’s always a good helper.  IMG_5165And then it warmed up and melted most of the snow overnight.  It was short-lived but really nice while it lasted!



Hatfield Farm in December

Every time we drive to bedford, we go by Hatfield Farm… the sign makes it look like horseback riding lessons, a wedding venue, etc.  All things that make my hayfever flare up.  But with the wannabe cowboys in town (nana and papa), I looked a little closer and found a christmas special… bouncy houses, mechanical bull, hotdog lunch, wagon/sleigh ride, petting zoo.  It seemed like the perfect thing to do before nana and papa left town.


The one thing I missed this Christmas was having snow on the ground.  A sleigh ride would have been much more holiday-ish.  But the weather was beautiful and the wagon ride was neat and the boys giggled pretty hard when the horses left some poo behind.  IMG_5108

Nana and papa were all smiles.  IMG_5114IMG_5125IMG_5132The wagon ride took us to a little village of a half dozen or so buildings that looked like they were right out of a western.  We spent a half hour or so in a big building with bouncy castles and… a mechanical bull!  I couldn’t convince the boys to give it a try but papa was chomping at the bit.  I have the evidence!

(Brian named the video ‘rodeo clown’.  Not me.  Just so you know, dad!)

We had an all-you-can-eat lunch of hotdogs and veggie burger and hot chocolate, then spent the rest of the time outside on the playground.  They had a zip line too but the boys weren’t having anything to do with it.  It was such a nice day, no one minded hanging out while we waited for the wagon to come back for us.

IMG_5138So what started off as an unknown turned into a really fun time… bouncy house, hotdog, and running around outside.  I can’t wait to go back and have a sleigh ride when we have snow (fingers crossed for this weekend!).


Point Pleasant on Boxing Day

Given that christmas day was full of wind and rain, by the time boxing day rolled around we were ready to get outside for some fresh air.  We headed to point pleasant park because so many of the trails nearby are full of roots and rocks and were wet and slippery.

We weren’t the only ones with the idea.  The park was crowded with people.  It has been a long time since I’ve visited point pleasant and it was a beautiful day to do it – cool but not cold, windy in spots, but warm sun.  And great company… let’s not forget about that.

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