Growing Out On A Limb

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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.



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


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


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.


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…


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!


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!



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It was a great weekend for a couple of marathon events!

We started with the 2 km youth run, which all of the kids participated in – the boys ran with papa while Eleanor and I came behind. It was a beautiful day!

Eleanor was a little nervous leading up to the race and didn’t care for all the noise, but she took off running and finished the course running, so she got into the spirit of it after all!

And post-race ice cream just tastes better!

On a rainy Sunday morning nana, papa, and I took off for the 10 km race – papa ran while nana and I walked. (I am always amazed at my mom and dad and their energy!)

The sun never shone but the rain cleared off once the race started.

At the finish line…

And here we all are, feeling proud of our medals! It was a great weekend and a great event!

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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!