Growing Out On A Limb


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Pumpkins!

I love fall! We didn’t get to an actual pumpkin patch this year but Farmer clem’s will do just fine!

Emery and Eleanor were still good with the stick-on faces this year.

Eleanor picked one out that was just her size!

Emery’s pumpkin… some might think it’s a little overboard… to emery it is just the right amount of goofy!

Oliver wanted to carve this year… it’s my favorite too!

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Another first day of school!

Today oliver is starting grade four, Emery is starting grade three (at the big school!), and Eleanor is in her first day of primary!

We had mixed emotions at the bus stop today as we watched our little girl jump on the bus for her first day of primary – so excited for the things she will learn and the new people she will meet but a bit of sadness that this will be our last first day.

Yesterday I asked her if she wanted me to meet her at the school (like I did for the boys) or have Oliver show her to her classroom… she picked big brother! He was proud and realized what a big deal that was!

Those are her cray cray pants by the way!

I expected some hesitancy getting on the bus (mostly because our test bus drive was full of tears), but she hopped right on and didn’t look back! I will be anxiously waiting for that bus to pull up this afternoon and hear all about it!


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Tatamagouche on Father’s Day

I have a LOT of catch-up to do with posts going clear back to June.

This weekend was a father’s day weekend trip to Tatamagouche with some great friends.  We picked somewhere relatively close that none of us had been to before and the fact that the Tatamagouche Brewing Co. is there didn’t hurt either.

It was a quaint little campground right on the ocean.  No beach but beautiful views, beach combing, and really beautiful sunsets.

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On Saturday a few of us went to the market.  It was really quaint, lots of booths, and lovely lady statues that Eleanor thought were impressive.  20180616_113546

We took a short walk from the market to the train station – a restaurant (like my home town) and rooms for rent on old train cars.  Neat!  20180616_115533

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That day we also headed to the nearby beach.  20180616_145937

It was warm but the water was cold so no one swam for long.  It was still nice to sit in the sun though!  20180616_152535

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The days were warm but my goodness, the evenings were COLD.  It was a combination of being right on the water and the time of year but we literally could have sat around the fire in snowsuits.

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I think this is a morning shot of Oliver on the rocky beach at the campground.  20180616_081557


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Eleanor is 5!

My lovely…

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We have been talking about this birthday for months but this morning when I said, “Happy Birthday, you’re 5!”, you said, “I don’t want to be 5!”.  Maybe in this case the build up was better than the moment?

If you had asked me six months ago if you were ready to start school, I wasn’t sure… you still seemed so small!  But in the past six months you have grown and matured and seem to be saying and doing older and smarter things – Five-year-old things!  Now I can’t wait to see you jump on the bus with that massive backpack on your back.

You are sweet as pie but can be spicy as cayenne!  You love hugs and snuggles and all things girly, but you also love farts and making faces and walking through mud puddles.  You love your brothers so much and love to laugh and be funny with them.  When they bite you are definitely not afraid to bite back.

Here are some things about you as you turn five:

  • You have a pretty goofy sense of humor.  You love to be funny and to hear funny things.
  • You just learned to swim and within one week went from wearing a life jacket to diving to the bottom of the pool.
  • You love LOL dolls, shopkins, and all of those hold-in-your-hand collectibles.  You also love Fancy Nancy books.
  • You are a great friend to your friends.
  • You have known your letters for a long time and like to practice writing; you are also very anxious to learn how to read so I’m sure that will come soon!
  • You like dancing and singing and seem to be musical.
  • You are a really adventurous eater but when you don’t eat something, you really don’t like it!  Your birthday supper was … pizza!  Oh, and you love candy.
  • You like secret kisses and secret handshakes.  Recently, you often look at me and mouth the words “I love you” like it’s our own little secret.
  • You love to color and draw and being creative in general.

Today you celebrated with your friends (we will miss Lisa!) and at home we had cake, ice cream, and presents.  On the weekend we will have a party for your closest friends!

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I am so excited to watch you start school and navigate your way through a new routine and making new friends.  You’ve got this, girly!

Love,

Mommy


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First Bike Ride

The plan was to bike to Hubbard’s on the trans Canada trail. We were heading there to check out the market that we have heard is really nice.

In hindsight it was a lofty goal, both for Emery who who needed many breaks and for me, who hasn’t really biked since I was a teenager.

But we biked about 11 km, stopping for breaks and chatting the whole way. The morning was beautiful, the trail was great, and the company was even better.

We got bailed out and headed to the market anyway. We enjoyed some coffee and treats and will definitely be going back… maybe next time on our bikes?