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An afternoon at the Oval and the Museum

A couple of weeks ago we took the kids downtown to the Oval and the Natural History Museum.  It was such a fun “city” afternoon!

The oval is an outdoor rink located downtown.  The kids are just learning and didn’t last long on the ice but I know hubby loves teaching them and watching them learn.  And that place was packed!  The nice weather brought lots of people out but it was setup so well that the scads of people didn’t seem to be bothering anyone.  We were all just enjoying the nice afternoon.

We will definitely go back.  IMG_5325IMG_5328 IMG_5330The Museum of Natural History was just a walk from the car and has a dinosaur display right now so we went there from the Oval.  We spent hours there because the kids were loving running from exhibit to exhibit.

They had a few live animals, including the kids’ favorite – snakes!

IMG_5333 They have a marine section that I think is always there – whale skeletons, aquatic animal displays, and this cool sand table.  As the sand shifts, the mountains and valleys change colors and the contour lines change.  I thought it was really cool and so did the kids.   IMG_5337 And the dinosaurs were cool, of course.  I didn’t get good pics of them because their displays were dark but the dinosaurs moved and roared and were quite realistic looking!  IMG_5340 Then we decided on an impromptu trip to montana’s for supper.  Why not.  IMG_20150308_170409 IMG_20150308_170444A fun family day!


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Winter campfire at Land of laziness lake

We have been to Land of Laziness lake before, but we recently discovered that we can park at the end of a street in our subdivision and it is just a few minute walk to the same spot, which is nice – the long walk in is welcome on some days but too much for the kids on others.

On this day, we took along winter supplies – stuff to make a campfire, hot chocolate in a thermos, and the fixings for s’mores.


The kids like to run across the wide open space of the lake, which was perfectly safe, of course … it’s a novelty, I suppose.  IMG_20150301_141628IMG_20150301_141742IMG_20150301_142235 IMG_20150301_142734 IMG_20150301_142820 I’m looking forward to seeing this place without the snow!

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St Margaret’s Bay Trail in winter

It seems like it has been a long winter but a few weeks ago it started warming up and was easier to get outside and enjoy the snow and sunshine.  Yup, I said ‘enjoy’… we love winter.  And why not?  We can’t change the weather (we do, after all, live in eastern Canada), so why dwell in negativity and complain about it when you can spend the afternoon outside in the beautiful, warm sunshine and make fun memories with the kids?

A few weeks ago I took the kids to the St Margaret’s Bay trail just down the road for a little walk.  It is well used, which is nice to see … we saw a couple of wheelers, a ski-doo, and cross-country skiers.

IMG_20150228_154110Emery had scored some sweet ‘eagle eye’ binoculars at value village earlier in the day so he was on the lookout for anything interesting.  IMG_20150228_151613 Eleanor chilled in her carrier, as usual.  She was happy (as was I) to watch the boys run the trail.  IMG_20150228_152818 Emery is my daydreamer.  IMG_20150228_154610 IMG_20150228_155101

Enjoy the winter!  rga