Growing Out On A Limb


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Smiley face cookies

A fun (and delicious) make-busy activity a couple of weeks ago… Eleanor also helped me mix and roll out the cookies!

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Eleanor turns 4!

Eleanor,

Today, you – my little girl – turned four.  Time seems to move so quickly but is it possible that it moves even more quickly for you, my youngest child?  I try to so hard to do what everyone tells you to – to enjoy it, to soak it in while they are little.  And I swear I do, but then, on days like today, I think back on your sweet little baby face and have a hard time believing the time has gone by so quickly.

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You have a sweet, girly, spunky personality.  You hate getting your hair done but you love haircuts and trying mommy’s makeup.  You love being on a pedestal on days like your birthday, but you’re not always comfortable with the attention. You love shopping dates with mommy (even if it is just to sobeys).

You love your brothers but you have no problem letting them know when they have ticked you off.  I think you are going to be a sensitive but strong woman.

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Some things about you as you turn four:

  • You love dresses.  Every day.  And slippery socks.  So you can twirl in your dresses.
  • You are girly in so many ways, but it often happens that you have a doll in one hand and a toy gun in the other, tucking in a doll one minute and wrestling with your brothers the next.
  • You have incredible attention to detail when you are coloring.
  • You are working on sharing – we don’t often have friends your age to visit and when we do, it is difficult for you to understand that they aren’t taking the toys away with them.
  • You love the pool – you jump from the ladder (not the side yet) and swim around with your life jacket on like a fish!
  • Your brothers love you – they play hide and seek with you, family, Emery often plays dolls and make believe with you.

We have had a birthday week of fun (because everyone should have a birthday week!).  On Saturday you and I went on a little date to the mall – we wandered, we picked up a few things, we rode the escalators, and then we had lunch at the food court where there are LOTS of things to look at!

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On Sunday we had a pool party with your friends – it was the first time they were all together outside of Lisa’s house and it was so cool (the moms had fun too)!  We swam, we cupcake’d, we opened presents, we played … it was a great time!

20814870_10156153832311393_1285681533_nToday, on your actual birthday, you had another good day with your friends (your Lisa is so awesome and caring!) and then another pool party with more friends.  How lucky are you – two pool parties for your birthday?!  20170815_180315
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Then it was time for chocolate cake with sprinkles!  20170815_190746And more presents – a tea set, a doctor’s set, and a sweet little stuffie named kiki!  20170815_191558

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After a birthday week like that, I hope you never question whether or not you are loved!

Love,

Mommy


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Camping on the Eastern Shore

Last weekend we went camping on the eastern shore – not far from home but an area we haven’t explored much.  We spent three nights at Webber’s campground with friends.  It is a charming little campground on Lake Charlotte with all the amenities we could possibly need and a nice little beach to boot.

Everyone took a quick swim after the camper was all setup.

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A beautiful girl and a beautiful sunset.  20170804_200624All setup!  It’s organized chaos, I promise.  This was our first time out in our new-to-us camper!  We had two sites side-by-side that were overlooking the lake so we were setup pretty comfortably!  20170804_202856Emery and I went out for a kayak on Saturday.  The smile didn’t last long – we got around the point and the breeze was strong enough that Emery found it hard to paddle back and got frustrated.  We ended up setting up a tow and I paddled us both back.  I hope it doesn’t discourage him from paddling again soon!  20170805_111643On Saturday we played water balloon games setup by the campground.  The kids had so much fun.  I think I ended up wetter than anyone (I’m still not sure how that happened).  20170805_141721Eleanor got a few good shots in!  20170805_142743They also had face painting.  Eleanor was all over it (as were our friends) but this is the first time Oliver or Emery haven’t turned their noses up at face painting.  20170805_150019

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20170805_151148Ice cream… enough said!  20170805_184225On Sunday it rained off and on most of the day.  The kids were content with games and whatnot.  And besides, rain meant the fire ban was lifted for that evening so we were looking forward to marshmallows and not complaining!

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Thank goodness for the umbrella hat!  Everyone took a turn.  20170806_143231Spaghetti supper!  20170806_175550Everyone’s favorite – chocolate bar bingo!  We had no winners at our table but the kind gentleman (and two time winner) at the table next to us was happy to share.  20170806_190132

20170806_193100Finally… campfire!  It’s much better than candles around our feet (although the adults certainly made do with that as well).  20170806_210127

Sparklers – mesmerizing!  20170806_221512_001

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And a final swim on Monday morning after packing up.  It was hot – we needed it!  20170807_104045

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It’s a heck of a lot of work but nothing quite compares to camping.  I have such great memories of camping with my family as a kid – I hope I am setting up my kids for the same.  The bonus is time spent with good friends along the way!


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NB Homecoming

Eleanor, Emery, and I spent last week in NB for Ali’s homecoming!  After years away, her and her family have moved back to NB.  We got to meet Sofiyah for the first time, get re-acquainted with Aaliyah, and spend some quality time as a family.  Home.

I have so few pictures for what I feel was such a busy week, but here are a few highlights.

The kids really wanted a campfire.  It was a super hot week, but we picked an evening to roast marshmallows and make s’mores anyway!

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Sofiyah knows how to pose… clearly her mama owns a camera!  20170720_184629

20170720_184841We had several wheeler rides up over the hill, on the trails I ran over many, many, many times as a kid.  We collected so many wild flowers to place around nana’s house!20170720_192028

Saturday morning we all went to the fields to pick raspberries and strawberries.  It was a beautiful summer morning!

20170722_102251I love showing the kids where their food comes from and the scenery, my old stomping grounds of holmesville, is a special place to do it.  20170722_102554

20170722_102632On Saturday afternoon we had a little walk at the beechwood dam.  They still keep the big clock looking nice (although the time could use a little fixing).  20170722_150644

So many moments not captured – swimming at the bath pool, splash pad, a family BBQ (complete with washer toss tournament), an evening at Fresh with Ali, Phase 10 – but great memories made just the same!


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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!
20170701_110649They had a great pool that even the rain couldn’t keep us away from.  20170701_131448

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

20170702_104209An Oliver goat selfie!  20170702_112158

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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!