Growing Out On A Limb


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Christmas Concerts

Its christmas concert season! Now that the boys are in two schools we had two to go to (and potentially three next year!) But I’m not complaining… it’s better than not having any like last year.

Emery’s group did two songs. The second one was a french version of the twelve days of Christmas where they held up objects when it was their turn. Early on Emery dropped his paper. He reached for it as it fluttered to the floor and I tensed up as I watched him looking at it – what would he do? Would he get upset? Would he jump off the risers to get it? As I waited I could almost see the gears turning in his head.

But it finally came to their turn (he was 12) and he just very quickly and nonchalantly raised his hand up right alongside the boy beside him, as if nothing was going on and that paper was still there. I told him later I was proud for how he handled that and he said that was his plan all along “because that’s what I did when we were practicing without the papers, mommy”. No big deal, mommy!

Oliver’s group also did a mix of French and English songs. He surprised me by wanting to dress up in his shirt and tie (albeit a crooked one). It’s usually a struggle to get him out of gym pants!

I love the concerts – there is nothing quite like singing children at Christmas time (or any time!).

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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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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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Spring in SMB

It has been looking like spring around here (well, until the last day or two where it is around 0 degrees again).  A couple of weeks ago, on an afternoon sunny enough and warm enough to make the water run, we took to the SMB trail for a little walk (and geocaching of course).

We told Eleanor that this was “old man’s beard” and she had to try it out herself!

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Putting a stick in one end of a culvert to see it float through the other… who didn’t do that as a kid?!  20170408_160421

The kids were in super silly form!  20170408_160810

I guess Emery was feeling very ninja-ish on this particular walk!  20170408_161340

Here’s to more warm spring weather!

 

 


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March Break in NB

We all visited NB for the later part of march break.  We had lots of fun visiting family and friends and taking it easy, with a healthy dose of UNO, bingo, and homemade french fries in the mix!  It’s always fun to visit nana and papa, no matter what we end up doing.

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We didn’t do a whole lot on Friday (which was nice), but Saturday was such a beautiful day that we spent as much time as we could outside.

We started with a really nice walk on a skidoo trail in glassville.  20170318_101924

The sun was shining, the morning was warm, the view was beautiful, and the company impeccable!  20170318_102004

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After that we went to Sugar Moon for a maple syrup breakfast.  They include taffy on the snow.  Oddly enough, Emery didn’t want anything to do with this at first – I think the idea of pouring maple syrup on the snow was weird to him – but once it hit his lips he was converted pretty quickly!  20170318_121554

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Then we had some sliding fun at nan’s house!  20170318_135458

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Dad said he used to slide on this hill by himself for hours at a time.  This view and this house (though it has changed) must bring back great memories.  20170318_132321

Even Gabby got in on the action!  20170318_135312

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We try to make the most of these trips because they always feel too darn short – I think we managed it this time.