Growing Out On A Limb

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Sidney & Stanley

Last weekend we headed to dartmouth for the stanley cup parade.  It was really neat to see Sidney Crosby in the news all week, popping up all over the city with the cup – Tim Horton’s, the waterfront, a senior’s home.  It really is difficult to imagine how it feels to come home and have thousands of people line up to see you and celebrate with you.  Or to imagine how proud you must feel as a parent to know that your kid is a hero to so many other kids out there.

Oliver really wanted to go.  He and his friends talk a lot about hockey and, though he doesn’t play, it seems to be heading that way.  And who knows when we might get the chance to see a stanley cup parade again?  So we packed up and headed over early for the 10:30 am parade.

Heading over early meant there was plenty of time to kill.  I can’t believe we fit all five of us in a selfie!  And only two of the kids look like they’re picking their noses – bonus.  20160716_094716


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Extreme closeup #3 – Eleanor needed to get in on the action too.  20160716_095010

The pics are the best I could manage.  Look at the row of guy standing in front of me, all with their phones up!  It makes me chuckle a little bit.  20160716_105052We were very near the beginning of the parade route so we could stand right up next to where the truck rolled by.  Most people walked behind the truck for the whole parade, which ended a few blocks away and they did speeches and more celebration.  That was a little too much for us this time and it was really hot so we opted out.  20160716_105059



Honestly, I’ve been feeling really “meh” about encouraging Oliver to get into hockey.  He has friends that do and he talks about it all the time so I know he wants to, but I (maybe selfishly) dislike the idea of hanging out at an arena and early morning practices on the weekends.  It just seems to take over your life (not to mention your wallet).  But Oliver is an active and athletic kid.  And a competitive kid.  And he could stand to learn how to be competitive while being fun and fair and a good sport all at the same time.  So we have signed him up for a week of hockey summer camp so he can try it out and we’ll go from there.

And after watching Crosby in the news all week – making people happy by visiting the IWK, senior’s homes, and all the rest – I figure that there are far worse people that my kids could hold up as their heroes.


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Canada Day Weekend

We were so lucky to have a bunch of family in town last weekend – nan, dawn, scott, gabby, chris, cindy, madison, and abby!  It was great to have all of them to do Canada day stuff with, as well as the typical Halifax touristy things.  We definitely hit the highlights, which is fun for me to do now and then as well.  It kind of reminds me of what makes this city really great.

The Canada Day parade.  Honestly, it was kind of the pits this year – it seemed short and kind of boring, but I guess it’s still fun to gather with so many people for the same purpose.  Especially when the purpose is to celebrate how great Canada is.  IMG_20160701_102642


Check out the teeth (or lack thereof!)… IMG_20160701_103256




After the parade we wandered the waterfront and had lunch at RibFest.  An odd place for a vegetarian, yes, but man… those fries were good!  IMG_20160701_123552

Nan and the littles.  IMG_20160701_165452

Saturday was rainy so we headed to the market (yay!) and hit the mall.  IMG_20160702_105904

After supper the kids played beanboozled.  This was our first time and it was hilarious to watch the kids.  Emery was very somber and quiet through the whole thing – honestly, I think he heard the word “game” and then wondered why we were making him taste vomit-flavored jelly beans before the game started.


We also spent some time at Peggy’s Cove and Queensland beach.  It was a beautiful day to be hanging with the family at the beach!  IMG_20160703_125031

It was a busy and tiring week but I’ll take visitors any day of the week, especially when it’s family!

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Last Day of School 2016

Clearly I missed the flurry of ‘last day of school’ pics a couple of weeks ago.  Better later than never!

Oliver’s last day of grade 1 and Emery’s last day of primary!

I am so proud of how Emery has come out of his shell this year.  He started this year very quiet and shy to respond when spoken to.  In fact, the teacher commented on his mid-year report card that he definitely knew the answers, but he would respond so quietly she couldn’t hear him.  He lacked confidence.  Fast forward to the end of the year and he is more confident with the school and with himself and less shy to participate in class.  He will probably never jump out of his seat to be first to answer (that’s more Oliver’s style… a la Horshack), but those are some giant steps he’s made and it fills me with pride and happiness for him.

Oliver is really strong academically and he had a great teacher this year that challenged and pushed him, yet knew to pull back when he needed it.  He amazes me with how clever and he is and how quickly he picks up on things.  His real challenge is with relationships – he is a big personality and sometimes doesn’t know how to resolve conflicts properly and take responsibility for his actions.  None of this surprises us – we see it at home too – and we are working on it.


A goofy picture … just because.  IMG_20160629_100548

Here’s to a great summer of fun and sun!

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Shubenacadie Wildlife Park field trip

Before school ended, I finally got to go on a field trip with Oliver (darn work).  It was to the Shubenacadie Wildlife Park.  It was a fast and furious trip around, but a good one – since it wasn’t too hot, we got to see some of the bigger animals up and around.

This duck followed Oliver around and was not at all shy about letting him know that he was into his food!  Oliver wasn’t shy at all about giving it to him either!  IMG_20160622_103736

IMG_20160622_110539Oooh… a wolf!  Insert minecraft wolf references here (and believe me, we did!).  IMG_20160622_112121This mama bear and her cub were really active too!  IMG_20160622_114150Other favorites were the minks (they seemed to be into wrestling that morning) and the otters (the boys have been slinking into the pool like otters ever since).  IMG_20160622_121734

It was a fun day that even included ice cream and a swim with friends afterward!

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Girls’ Weekend

A couple of weekends ago, Eleanor and I found ourselves with an entire weekend to ourselves… no boys.  We did one special thing, a few of our favorite things, and a lot of just hanging around the pool since it was such a nice weekend.

First off, Eleanor and I got dressed up in pretty dresses and went to the Frozen musical.  It was so cute – Anna and Elsa on stage and retelling the Frozen story.


Kristoff and Olaf joined partway through.


The finale was ‘Let It Go’ one more time and “snow” being shot out of … something.  Eleanor stayed put but there were older girls up front dancing for this part.  It was so cute.

The whole theatre full of people and the loud music was a little overwhelming for her and she sat on my lap the entire time, folding my arms tightly around her the whole time, but in the end she told me she loved it so I think it was worth the trip.


We got a little shopping in (one of our favorite things – really, she loves to go shopping with me) and had friends over to swim with us one afternoon.  The next day was a bit of work around home and more pool time for us.


Partway through the afternoon she put on her cap and backpack and spent about 45 minutes getting in and out of her little truck.  I guess she was headed to school!


IMG_20160626_151043We were pretty happy to see the boys come home but I always enjoy our one-on-one time.  She really is quite a character – her innocent little mind comes out with the funniest things!  We will have lots of mother-daughter times to come!