Growing Out On A Limb


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High Head Trail in April

A couple of weeks ago, on a Saturday, the sun decided to come out and we headed to one of our favorite spots to hike – the high head trail.  This time, the boys and I started on the other end of the 4 km trail, the end we’ve never seen, while Brian and I started at the other end so we could meet in the middle.

It was breezy and cool but this place forces you to pause and take a deep breath and soak it in.

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The waves crashing on the shore, the rocky landscape, the sun sparkling off the water… it’s just breathtaking.20170430_121530We packed a picnic lunch and the boys picked here to eat it.  20170430_122255

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This little beauty is getting better at hiking on her own… she loves our walks!  20170430_134240

I could hang out here all day.  No wonder we keep going back!


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Pockwock Falls in Spring

This is becoming my new favorite spot!

The boys and I went to pockwock falls in the winter, but this time we took daddy and eleanor too because the trail in was mostly clear of snow.  And this time there was a ton of water coming over the falls!  20170415_134336It was a warm day so we packed a picnic lunch and hung out for a while!  20170415_130118The only thing better than a picnic lunch is a picnic lunch in a hammock!  20170415_130528
The only thing better than a picnic lunch in a hammock is having a picnic lunch and sharing a hammock!   20170415_133753

20170415_130900And the only thing better than a picnic lunch in a shared hammock is a picnic lunch in a shared hammock with fruit loops!! 20170415_131022

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This time we followed the path upstream a bit.  I love these woods – mossy and big boulders.  I’d love to bring a fishing rod back here soon!
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Spring in SMB

It has been looking like spring around here (well, until the last day or two where it is around 0 degrees again).  A couple of weeks ago, on an afternoon sunny enough and warm enough to make the water run, we took to the SMB trail for a little walk (and geocaching of course).

We told Eleanor that this was “old man’s beard” and she had to try it out herself!

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Putting a stick in one end of a culvert to see it float through the other… who didn’t do that as a kid?!  20170408_160421

The kids were in super silly form!  20170408_160810

I guess Emery was feeling very ninja-ish on this particular walk!  20170408_161340

Here’s to more warm spring weather!

 

 


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March Break in NB

We all visited NB for the later part of march break.  We had lots of fun visiting family and friends and taking it easy, with a healthy dose of UNO, bingo, and homemade french fries in the mix!  It’s always fun to visit nana and papa, no matter what we end up doing.

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We didn’t do a whole lot on Friday (which was nice), but Saturday was such a beautiful day that we spent as much time as we could outside.

We started with a really nice walk on a skidoo trail in glassville.  20170318_101924

The sun was shining, the morning was warm, the view was beautiful, and the company impeccable!  20170318_102004

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After that we went to Sugar Moon for a maple syrup breakfast.  They include taffy on the snow.  Oddly enough, Emery didn’t want anything to do with this at first – I think the idea of pouring maple syrup on the snow was weird to him – but once it hit his lips he was converted pretty quickly!  20170318_121554

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Then we had some sliding fun at nan’s house!  20170318_135458

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Dad said he used to slide on this hill by himself for hours at a time.  This view and this house (though it has changed) must bring back great memories.  20170318_132321

Even Gabby got in on the action!  20170318_135312

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We try to make the most of these trips because they always feel too darn short – I think we managed it this time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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March Break Bowling

Oliver had a super fun hockey tournament in dartmouth over march break, which created some time to fill in between games.  We had a super yummy brunch/lunch at cora’s.
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Then we went bowling!  Emery was visiting nana and papa so it was just the four of us, but we rocked it!  We bowled for a while and then spent a little time in the arcade (spending $15 to win enough tickets for $1 worth of candy).  It was a fun few hours and a good way to pass the time.

Eleanor’s form progressed as the game went on.  Thank goodness for bumpers is all I have to say.

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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?