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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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March Break Bowling

Oliver had a super fun hockey tournament in dartmouth over march break, which created some time to fill in between games.  We had a super yummy brunch/lunch at cora’s.
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Then we went bowling!  Emery was visiting nana and papa so it was just the four of us, but we rocked it!  We bowled for a while and then spent a little time in the arcade (spending $15 to win enough tickets for $1 worth of candy).  It was a fun few hours and a good way to pass the time.

Eleanor’s form progressed as the game went on.  Thank goodness for bumpers is all I have to say.

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A Very Canadian Weekend

Last weekend, after all that snow, we set out to enjoy it.  We had waited so long for it after all!  Plenty of snow, mild temperatures… it was an idyllic Canadian winter weekend.

On Saturday, as usual, Emery curled in the morning.  We then met Oliver for his hockey game, where he won the “herd hat” (player of the game).  It was his birthday so we spent the rest of the day celebrating it as a family.

On Sunday, the mild weather meant the snow was perfect for a snowman and Emery built two forts facing each other so he could have snowball fights.  We dug out our fire while the kids played.

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He had a change of hats but it didn’t matter much because he fell over before we went inside.  20170219_113320

That afternoon we invited friends over for a campfire.  We roasted hot dogs and marshmallows and had a few drinks while the kids slid down the hill (over and over and over again).  It was such a beautiful day to just be sitting outside and of course to do it with some of our favorite families made it that much more enjoyable!  20170219_160127Mmm… s’mores!20170219_160929

On Monday (Family Day), the boys and I took off for a snowshoe.  I have been itching to get out since all that snow fell and here was our chance!  We pinpointed a waterfall on the map (another “waterfall hunt”), took our geocache treasures, and strapped on the shoes!

The trail was off of Pockwock road so not far from home.  It was not well used, though you could tell a few people had walked it before us.  20170220_103640Not far off of this main trail we found Pockwock River Falls.  I’m not sure the pictures do it justice because it was a surprisingly substantial waterfall.  20170220_110743_001We parked ourselves overlooking the falls and had our hot chocolate and snacks (and selfie, of course).  20170220_110816This massive rock was just up the hill.  It will be neat to explore in the summer.  20170220_111050We had looked for several geocaches on the main trail but found none – likely they were buried in snow.  We knew there was one by this large rock but didn’t hold out much hope until Emery spied a black box wedged in a crevice in the rock.  We had to dig for this one but we found it!  20170220_112530

20170220_113400The Pockwock River empties into Wright’s Lake.  I can see us exploring this area much more in the summer.  20170220_113816There was a bit of complaining on the hike in and hike out, but this view still fills me with happiness.  I am so glad we took the opportunity because the temperatures have been spring-like this past week and much of that lovely snow has melted.  20170220_115921

On Monday afternoon we visited friends that have a rink in their yard.  This was a treat for the boys, especially skating with their seasoned hockey player of a son.  Even Eleanor put her skates on for a while.  20170220_150832

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The kids didn’t have any trouble falling asleep those days!  What a great wintery weekend!


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happy birthday to me

This year, my birthday weekend (because everyone deserves at least a birthday weekend) was a road trip to NB.  The goal was to watch the Superbowl with my dad, but it had a whole lot of added perks!

Like a sprinkle donut break on the road.  20170204_100352Like lovely artwork by these two lovely ladies.  20170204_181938Like a little music-making, a visit, and cake with family.20170204_201002Like a little snowfall.20170205_160759Like snow angels with this angel.20170205_163744Like a little snowy outdoor fun with this beauty (and a few silly-faced selfies).  20170205_163851Like snowy follow the leader.20170205_164427Like a cheering buddy for the superbowl.20170205_172639_014Like watching the superbowl with this guy.  He might not be a cheering buddy when it comes to the patriot, but he’s my favorite guy to watch football with!  20170205_174455

Hubby and the kids also had cake for me on Friday night, so I guess I would call that a pretty full birthday weekend!


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New Year firsts!

Nana and papa visited after Christmas and over New Year’s … it was a visit full of firsts!

Papa wanted to go geocaching.  He has heard us talk about it and was curious to see how it worked, so we went for a walk to find one.  It was a big box but there wasn’t much inside of it.   20161229_162549

We were the barker’s beauties cheering him on.  20161229_162542

Oliver had his first hockey tournament last week – four games over two days.  He got these new “dressy” clothes to use for his hockey games.  I can’t get this kid to put on jeans for school but he proudly dresses up for his hockey games!  20161230_111753

On New Year’s Eve we curled in a family bonspiel – nana, papa, emery, and I.  It was a lot of fun.  Emery has never curled the full sheet of ice and had to use the heavy rocks, but he did great.  I think he used some of the skills he has learned in the Ice Cubes program and learned more about the game.  20161231_101141

We had a great visit with nana and papa but today we are all back to normal business!


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Christmas 2016

The kids had been staring at the gifts under the tree for over a week because I, in a lapse of judgement, set them all out as soon as we had our tree up.  The gifts were shaken, sorted, used as ramps, and smelled over that week.  At times it seemed like a bit of torture for the kids.

But they made it through and Christmas day arrived!  We had such a great day – the kids were patient while everyone opened their gifts in turn and spent the rest of the day playing together so nicely.

Hubby took this time lapse of us opening our gifts… a photo a second.

A few separate pics…

The kids opened their stockings and checked out their gifts from santa first.  20161225_070435Everyone was so excited to see the kids’ reactions.  They slept in until almost 7 am.  (That’s the short version of the story.  The long version involves one or more of them up and out of bed three times through the night).  img_7144
The kids all got beautiful, special quilts made by nana.  img_7156

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img_7158Eleanor was so much fun to watch this year… every single gift opening was accompanied by a huge gasp and “I love it!” in a high-pitched squealing voice.
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Eleanor modeling her new robe and toque…img_7179… and playing with her new play doh set.  img_7187This isn’t even a Christmas day picture but too funny to not put somewhere – Emery honing his selfie skills.  20161226_090746

Every year I post Christmas pictures and wish I had taken more.  But then I think the lack of pictures really shows that I was present and enjoying the actual moments that much more.  I like that.

It has been a really wonderful holiday season – lots of games and fun and food between Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day.  Now we are settling in to a visit with nana and papa, which I’m sure will generate more pics!


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Duncan’s Cove

So beautiful and breathtaking and every other adjective you can think of that describes something that makes your jaw drop as you take it in.

We visited Duncan’s Cove for the first time in the spring when nana and papa were visiting.  Hubby was jealous of the pics and has been itching to go so we took a beautiful sunny and relatively warm Sunday afternoon to revisit.  The waves were crashing too.  Bonus.

We even found three geocaches along the way.  It was Emery’s first time and he really enjoyed it!  20161016_140923

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Eleanor is getting a lot more stamina on our hikes, which I’m sure makes her feel more independent (and is easier on our backs).  I asked her for a picture and she sat right down on this rock and said a really long cheeeeee – <breath> – eeeeeeese.  20161016_141942My thinker.

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What a poser.  He knows how to frame a shot, I’ll give him that!  20161016_142946The water was churning here!  (Nana, this is not quite as cliffy as this picture makes it look!)20161016_143919This was almost where we turned around.  Even Oliver was commenting on how beautiful the scenery is.  20161016_144801I don’t think there could be a bad time of year to hike this trail, but all of the red low foliage puts this time of year right up there on the list.
20161016_150945There are old abandoned bunkers in a couple of places on this hike.  The boys thought it was neat that soldiers would have sat in those bunkers at some point.  20161016_151729I thought the graffiti was artsy.  20161016_152043

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So stunning.