Growing Out On A Limb


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A Very Canadian Weekend

Last weekend, after all that snow, we set out to enjoy it.  We had waited so long for it after all!  Plenty of snow, mild temperatures… it was an idyllic Canadian winter weekend.

On Saturday, as usual, Emery curled in the morning.  We then met Oliver for his hockey game, where he won the “herd hat” (player of the game).  It was his birthday so we spent the rest of the day celebrating it as a family.

On Sunday, the mild weather meant the snow was perfect for a snowman and Emery built two forts facing each other so he could have snowball fights.  We dug out our fire while the kids played.

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He had a change of hats but it didn’t matter much because he fell over before we went inside.  20170219_113320

That afternoon we invited friends over for a campfire.  We roasted hot dogs and marshmallows and had a few drinks while the kids slid down the hill (over and over and over again).  It was such a beautiful day to just be sitting outside and of course to do it with some of our favorite families made it that much more enjoyable!  20170219_160127Mmm… s’mores!20170219_160929

On Monday (Family Day), the boys and I took off for a snowshoe.  I have been itching to get out since all that snow fell and here was our chance!  We pinpointed a waterfall on the map (another “waterfall hunt”), took our geocache treasures, and strapped on the shoes!

The trail was off of Pockwock road so not far from home.  It was not well used, though you could tell a few people had walked it before us.  20170220_103640Not far off of this main trail we found Pockwock River Falls.  I’m not sure the pictures do it justice because it was a surprisingly substantial waterfall.  20170220_110743_001We parked ourselves overlooking the falls and had our hot chocolate and snacks (and selfie, of course).  20170220_110816This massive rock was just up the hill.  It will be neat to explore in the summer.  20170220_111050We had looked for several geocaches on the main trail but found none – likely they were buried in snow.  We knew there was one by this large rock but didn’t hold out much hope until Emery spied a black box wedged in a crevice in the rock.  We had to dig for this one but we found it!  20170220_112530

20170220_113400The Pockwock River empties into Wright’s Lake.  I can see us exploring this area much more in the summer.  20170220_113816There was a bit of complaining on the hike in and hike out, but this view still fills me with happiness.  I am so glad we took the opportunity because the temperatures have been spring-like this past week and much of that lovely snow has melted.  20170220_115921

On Monday afternoon we visited friends that have a rink in their yard.  This was a treat for the boys, especially skating with their seasoned hockey player of a son.  Even Eleanor put her skates on for a while.  20170220_150832

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The kids didn’t have any trouble falling asleep those days!  What a great wintery weekend!

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Oliver’s 8th Birthday

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My dearest Oliver,

It is so easy for me to think back eight years and remember meeting you for the first time – you, who first made me a mother – that it is sometimes hard for me to reconcile the tall, maturing boy in front of me with that tiny baby they laid on my chest.

You are an amazingly strong kid – so athletic, fast, and competitive.  When you asked to play hockey last year we told you to first learn how to skate – you were so driven and worked hard.  Now you are not only playing hockey, you are scoring goals and holding your own against kids who have played before.

I see how proud you are when you learn a new skill, when you make a great play, to be part of a team.  This sport is great for your self-esteem.  It is discipline, it is taking direction from a coach, it is fist-bumping your team mates when you get a goal, it is rushing the goalie at the end of every game (win or lose) to tell him “good game”.  I was unsure about hockey at first, worried that it would demand too much of us, but it is so many things that are good for you right now that we all happily attend every game.

Today you earned the “herd hat” for good play – it was an extra special birthday gift.  oliverherdhat

We still struggle sometimes – all of your athletic strength is equally matched with strong will and opinions and you have a high spirited energy that sometimes carries you away.  Other times, there is so much love and caring and patience that comes out of you.  It’s hard to know which one we are going to get, but I see all of that leveling out as you mature.

For your birthday this year, you invited your two best buddies for a sleepover and a movie (Lego Batman).  It was a high energy evening with lots of popcorn, laughs (until 11:30), video games (hockey, of course), and late-night cake.  20170217_182832

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On your actual birthday – today – we had hockey, a shopping trip to spend your gift cards (you love being able to choose), ordered pizza to eat downstairs in front of a movie, and more cake. We didn’t get many pictures but trust me – at the end of the day you told me you loved every gift you received and bought, and everything we did with your friends and family.  You felt loved and you were grateful.

I love you more with every day, with every secret kiss…

Mommy


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February Snow

It seems mother nature decided to dump an entire winter’s worth of snow on NS in just a few days!

On Sunday we had maybe an inch of snow covering the ground.  Then a city-crippling snow storm moved in on Sunday night – the city was practically shut down for most of two days.

This picture was taken in the middle of the storm on Monday.  Those are drifts so not necessarily indicative of snowfall amount, but still – from an inch to this in a few hours is pretty impressive!

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These two can’t be happier… 20170214_075228… and this is one of the reasons.  The snowplow pushes a lot of snow from the court directly in front of the house, which makes for awesome play time!  Check out those smiles!  20170214_075428

Eleanor’s three-year-old legs still have a bit of trouble getting around in this much snow, but she still loves to get outside!  20170214_075237

Yup.  I guess we know which way the wind was blowing.20170214_111548Then another storm rolled in on Thursday morning, cancelling school again and adding almost another foot of fresh snow.  Hooray!  20170217_114908On Friday we dug a massive tunnel into the even bigger snowbank at the end of the court.  20170217_123914I’m not sure the picture does it justice, but the snowbank is so thick Emery had to remove the snow from the middle of the tunnel … my arms just weren’t long enough!  20170217_123949

I know this much snow makes it difficult for so many, but it does nothing but please me!  Winter is just so much more fun with snow on the ground!  Who wants to play outside on the grass in their ski pants?


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happy birthday to me

This year, my birthday weekend (because everyone deserves at least a birthday weekend) was a road trip to NB.  The goal was to watch the Superbowl with my dad, but it had a whole lot of added perks!

Like a sprinkle donut break on the road.  20170204_100352Like lovely artwork by these two lovely ladies.  20170204_181938Like a little music-making, a visit, and cake with family.20170204_201002Like a little snowfall.20170205_160759Like snow angels with this angel.20170205_163744Like a little snowy outdoor fun with this beauty (and a few silly-faced selfies).  20170205_163851Like snowy follow the leader.20170205_164427Like a cheering buddy for the superbowl.20170205_172639_014Like watching the superbowl with this guy.  He might not be a cheering buddy when it comes to the patriot, but he’s my favorite guy to watch football with!  20170205_174455

Hubby and the kids also had cake for me on Friday night, so I guess I would call that a pretty full birthday weekend!