Growing Out On A Limb


Emery is 5!

Dear Emery,

This post is all about you!  It’s all about you as you turn five.


You can certainly be rambunctious and silly, like any other 5 year old boy, but you are also quiet and pensive.  You ask a lot of questions and then I sit and watch as your wheels turn.  You often sit and play by yourself – puzzles, playing with cars or characters.  I think you need the downtime.

You do push your limits sometimes but, for the most part, you are carefree and happy to follow and do what you are asked.  You are a sensitive soul so when you are disciplined, you take it much harder than your brother does.

You are the perfect balance between your hard-headed brother and your busy two-year-old sister, which means you can roll equally well with star wars or paw patrol.

Here are some other things about you as you turn five:

  • You like superheroes – spiderman and batman especially.  You also like transformers (your birthday party theme), although tonight you told me minecraft and star wars are also high up on the list.
  • For your birthday supper, you want egg mcmuffins.  And bacon.
  • You are quiet about your school days but share information when asked.  More and more you are using the french words that you are using (and you are so proud when you do).
  • You love playing video games (“joining worlds”) with Oliver; in fact, you love it anytime Oliver involves you in his play.  You’re figuring out minecraft and terraria, though you also like to play jigsaw puzzle games.
  • Recently you figured out how to pump your legs when you swing, so you tell me often how much you like to swing now.
  • You are a beaver this year and doing all sorts of cool things like attending the remembrance day ceremony, going to the fire department, and visiting the veterinary clinic.  You are often shy at first but join in pretty quickly.  I think it will serve you well.  (Here you are at your initiation ceremony for beavers.  You had to memorize the motto, the promise, and the vow and recite them.  It was very intimidating for you but you were brave.  And I was so proud.)


  • You are learning to read and like pointing out words that you know as we are reading
  • You enjoy coloring, but would rather draw or do crafts
  • You like climbing – rocks, furniture, whatever

I love you and the big boy you are, my sweet Emery!

Love, Mommy


… Next up … a Transformers birthday party!




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High Head Trail

Back in October, we had a really fun visit with nana and papa.  On Saturday afternoon, we went to one of our favorite hiking trails – High head trail in Prospect Bay.  (I thought I had posted these… sorry, nana and papa!)IMG_20151024_141131

The boys love this trail because they can scramble over the rocks (I do too, to be honest).  IMG_20151024_152754High head is a coastal hike so the air smells salty, there’s always a nice breeze, and the view is always spectacular.  On this day, the sky was blue and the air was warm and it was the perfect fall afternoon.  IMG_20151024_151804IMG_20151024_144745

Stopping for a snack might be everyone’s favorite part of the hike!  IMG_20151024_144624

IMG_20151024_144320Nana and papa enjoyed the salt air.  IMG_20151024_142245IMG_20151024_141935Super strong man…IMG_20151024_135748Super thinking man… IMG_20151024_142908IMG_20151024_140659

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Light Saber Duel 2015

I think the Hal-Con light saber duel is becoming a tradition around here!  It’s so much fun … costumes, fake light sabers, the city at night.

There were more kids this year, which was fun, and it was warmer than last year.  And Emery came too!  He was a little shy about “dueling” with the adults but we found lots of kids to play with.

IMG_20151030_192437Stormtrooper on stormtrooper!  IMG_20151030_191732  Duh duh duh … big Darth is always a sure thing at the light saber duel.  IMG_20151030_192836 This little guy’s yoda costume was so cute, and he was about the same age as the boys.  They had fun with this guy!  IMG_20151030_193113 IMG_20151030_193239 I like the city building in the background of this batman pic.  IMG_20151030_193519 Oliver looked forward to this all year.  I think it’s as much fun for them to stay up late and go downtown as it is to walk around in their costumes and hit strangers with foam light sabers.  I just like seeing them have fun.  IMG_20151030_194013

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Halloween 2015


We had so much fun this year… a stormtrooper, batman, and a bunny.  IMG_20151031_165602Wayne and Garth were completely lost on the kids but they didn’t care.  They just like that we dress up.  IMG_20151031_165653IMG_20151031_170400Much like last year, we spent Halloween with friends… trick or treating and snacks/drinks later.  The kids had a ball and got a load of candy that I am already not staying out of.  IMG_20151031_181140And of course, prior to Halloween we decorated our pumpkins.  The make-your-own faces are fun for the kids but next year… the boys and I are carving!  IMG_20151018_094936 oli