Growing Out On A Limb


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Martell spa

Today while the boys went skating, Eleanor and I had a bit of spa time.

First, a little foot soak!

Then we painted all the nails a lovely rainbow pattern (meaning all colors with no pattern at all)…

And because nana mentioned maple leafs on her fingers in the spirit of the Olympics, I took it as a challenge of course.

I won’t quit my day job 🙂

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A glimpse of winter

Last week Eleanor and I travelled to NB for our annual superbowl/work trip. The bonus to me was actually having a bit of snow to play in! It always surprises me how different winter can be between NS and NB – they seem so close and yet we have next to no snow and the snow banks in beechwood are feet high!

We took advantage and got Eleanor out for her first snow shoe. She seemed to enjoy it and did great!

The company was pretty stellar…

It was lightly snowing and such a beautiful day!

We played a little more when we got back. There was one big drift in the backyard!


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January snow

Well, it didn’t last long – we are back to bare ground – but we had snow for a couple of weeks! The kids love it so much.

We walked down to the lake last weekend to feed the ducks corn and oats. They were waddling toward us before we even got there.

So many ducks it’s almost gross but the kids thought they were pretty amazing!

Vive l’hiver! I think there might be more snow in the forecast for this week? We can hope!


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Holidays 2017

Better late than never… !  We had lovely holidays this year – the perfect mix of friends and family, home and away, busy time and down time.  I was telling a friend in early December that as the day actually approaches, I find myself getting less and less in the Christmas spirit, but this year I was into it… maybe because I got my shopping done early?

We had no grandparents visiting this year so we decided to throw a party for our family friends – an open house, open invitation on the 23rd to all of our friends to just drop in whenever they could, for as long as they wanted.  I have no pictures but we had such a good turnout and such a good time, I think this will become a tradition.

We spent some time with our good friends on Christmas Eve, then went on with our traditions – two of them are new jammies for all and sprinkling reindeer food in the front yard for Santa’s reindeer.

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Christmas morning was fairly typical for us.  The kids never get up too early, we take turns opening our presents (this takes a little bit of cajoling), and then we have breakfast.

Emery asked Santa for a hatchimal, though I’m not sure he really knew how they worked – by the time we got up, the egg was broken through and the chick was hatched (he says it broke when he picked it up, but the obviously forced holes in the shell tell a different story).  Oh well, he loves it anyway.  20171225_064423

We had our tree downstairs this year at the kids’ request.  It was kind of a nice change!

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I love this pic of the kids – they are opening each other’s gifts here.  We always give them hints and ideas, but I think next year we will just give them a limit and let them choose freely.  20171225_070646I love Emery’s face in this one.  20171225_071348

Kitty cat head band… she could not be any more girly if she tried.

20171225_073413Case in point:  taking care of her new doll.

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New game… Jenga!  It’s a winner for sure!  20171225_091728Emery got a dinosaur bone excavation kit… he absolutely loved tapping away at this thing.  It kept him occupied for at least an hour.  20171225_094713

Even Oliver got in on the action!  20171225_100332On boxing day, we packed a few of our favorite new toys and hit the road to NB!  20171226_100622

One of the reasons we went home this year was to see my dear friend Ang who was visiting with her four boys and husband from St. Croix.  One of the first things we did was go to their place to slide together and I am telling you, it was COLD.  It didn’t seem to bother the kids though!
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Here are all the kiddos from oldest to youngest, in all of their post-sliding glory.  We loved getting to know each other’s kids and they played so well together.  DSCF4202

And then my phone camera broke so I only have a few shared pictures.  We spent the next days at nana and papa’s with ali and the girls.  We visited, we slid, we played games, we ate lots of yummy food.

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Any time these kids get a chance to play together and get to know each other is a great time as far as I’m concerned.

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The kids hated to leave so I would consider that a success!  We spent another fun night at Wendy and Rob’s playing cards, then headed home.

New Year’s Eve was a rather impromptu day with friends.  The cold weather made for frozen lakes all around so we headed down the road for what might be the most Canadian winter activity ever.

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Then we hung with friends for lunch and in their hot tub, then to our place for a few more drinks, football, and a sleepover with their girls.

What a great couple of weeks – we couldn’t have asked for anything better.  When it was all said and done I was ready for the return to routine (little did I know the first week of school would have two snow days).