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First day of school 2017

These two were ready to go this morning!

Oliver is starting grade 3 in a new school (with a computer lab and a cafeteria!)

Emery is starting grade 2!

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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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Tall Ships Festival

Tall Ships Festival 2017 … the boys and I are home alone this weekend and I wanted to do something fun and special, just my boys and I, so we headed to the waterfront!  20170729_153201

This is so cool… a bunch of really big beautiful ships docked right here.  And they’re RACING.

And the Bluenose was here (pic for hubby)!  I thought the boys might like taking a tour of some of the ships, but the lines were super long and not really little-boys-that-like-to-pick-on-each-other-friendly.  20170729_155743We took a little tour of the harbour on the Harbour Queen.  I wish it had been on a tall ship and I’m not sure how impressed the boys were with the ride, but it was neat to see the tall ships and the city from the water.  20170729_170738This was by far the coolest ship – from Spain and totally a pirate ship.  It even had cannons sticking out the sides.20170729_171831

20170729_183543The boat ride may have been over-shadowed by anticipation for this – the bouncy castles.  Several to choose from, all of them a blast, but this may have been the favorite – the Toxic Drop.  20170729_191750

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So pretty.20170729_200048We spent the rest of our time eating pizza, at the playground, having ice cream (that we were able to completely eat in a very long line while waiting to pay), riding the wave (if you’ve been, you know what I mean).  We tried to take in the concert with Natalie McMaster and the symphony, but after five minutes (and as I’m standing there wow’ed by the energy) Oliver said, “Mommy, this music doesn’t even have words” and they both lost patience (and this after almost being crushed by the crowd to get in there).

This was what we were waiting for.  The fireworks were shorter than I expected, but still cool.  Location, location, location.  20170729_213816_001

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And who doesn’t love being downtown at night?  The people, the live music, the lights… and I got to do it all with two of my favorite people.  I’m a fortunate gal.


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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!