Growing Out On A Limb


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Kayaking SMB

Today papa and I headed out in the kayaks in St. Margaret’s Bay.  It was one of the best summer days we have had so far, just a beautiful day to be on the water!  

Gotta love the company too.  Time with my dad is always well spent.  

We spent the rest of this beautiful day enjoying the pool, popsicles, and watermelon.  

The only way to top off a summer day is with a bbq and ice cream!  

Unfortunately nana spent the entire weekend sick with the flu.  She hates to miss out on the fun (especially the pool) but felt awful the entire time.  Rotten luck.  We will have to party twice as hard next Time!  


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Canada Day at Yogi!

We spent Canada day with Yogi!  Our first camping trip of the summer was a great one spent with great friends and new friends.  Camping – it’s a ton of work but it’s totally worth it to get away for a few days and watch the kids have fun.  It’s great that the boys are at the age they can just take off on their bikes for a while, roam and have fun on their own.

It was a wet weekend but the pouring rain was mostly not during the waking hours, so we were able to make the most of it.  Thankfully Eleanor had her lovely pink umbrella!

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We played quite a bit of washer toss, kids and grown ups alike.  Hubby and BJ even won 2nd place in the washer toss tournament, so obviously all that practice really paid off!  20170630_211304

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Like I said, it was soggy!  Thankfully we all had our rubber boots packed!
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The boys put water bottles in their bike tires to make their bikes sound louder.  They saw one boy doing it and pretty soon all of the bikes going by had them.  It was the fad of the weekend… like a biker gang!  20170701_183329

The glow stick parade attendees… 20170701_212315

20170701_215327Early morning sillies while the rain died down.20170702_084742-001On Sunday morning we went to the Oaklawn zoo.  It seems to be in the middle of nowhere so I wondered how good it could be, but it blew me away!  We were there early so the animals were up and about and we almost had the place to ourselves.  Lions, tigers, a cougar, monkeys (so many monkeys), zebras… it was amazing!  Oliver manned the camera during the trip so there are a million animal pics, but here are a few.

We called this porcupine Ash because it reminded us of Ash from the movie Sing!20170702_103627Oh my gosh, the goats.  There were so many goats!  I love goats so much, I think they are my spirit animal.  They are really friendly because of course they think you’re going to feed them.  The babies though… adorable!  20170702_104013

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On the jumping pillow at Yogi.20170702_141340Yes, more washer toss!  20170702_173146

It was such a great weekend!  The camper is cleaned up, laundry is done… we are ready for the next one!


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Downtown in June

Yesterday we headed downtown for something a little different.  

We all love the market, especially before the summer crowds get too big.  We all said how the market is a nice place to be because everyone seems to be in a good mood.  

Smoothies…

… and cookies are a great treat!  

It was the 150th anniversary of the public gardens so we went there for a picnic lunch.  We have been there for other celebrations and it’s always a good time – live music, treats for the kids, period costumes, and the prettiest setting. 

It was finally one of those beautiful summer days we have all been waiting for.  Sitting there on the grass was so lovely!  

We topped off a lovely day with a lovely afternoon in the pool!  


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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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