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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

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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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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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A Martell kid sandwich! 20170318_103959

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!