Growing Out On A Limb

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Video Games Live

A couple of weeks ago Oliver and I went to see Video Games Live… a mash up of the NS symphony and music from classic and current video games. It is a city by city tour created by a famous video games composer and I thought it was the coolest possible way to introduce Oliver to the symphony.

He didn’t recognize some of the older games (not did I) but he still enjoyed the videos and when I pointed out the different instruments.

It was high energy and a lot of fun, complete with giant bouncing pokeballs at the end. The symphony was amazing as always – it’s the coolest job ever, right? – and was super fun for both of us.


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Easter hike

Yesterday the boys and I escaped to Crystal crescent for a nice walk and time at the beach. It was a beautiful day – the first day we have had where you can really believe spring is on its way.

We have swam here before but never hiked. We walked and scrambled over the rocks along the shoreline for a while, looking for sea glass and sea creatures in the tidal pools.

After a while we stopped and ate our lunch on the rocks.

We sent daddy a selfie to make him jealous.

We walked the trail back.

And then we just enjoyed the main beach, looking for more sea glass and listening to the waves on the shore.

It was such a soul-feeding time. Ore than once Oliver said, “I love nature!” as we were walking, so I think even they were feeling the sun and warmth seep into their bones.

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This guy had a great year of hockey. He started the year with a broken wrist so didn’t even get to try outs.

He really enjoyed the team he was placed on. They only had one goalie so they often needed someone to fill in. Oliver was more than happy to try it out a few times.

He is a great skater too and scored often. I’m not sure which one he likes better but he is already excited for next year!

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Oliver turns 9!

My fun and fierce Oliver,

Another year goes by (far too quickly) and here you are… Nine years old! You are the same fun, intense, straight shooting kid and are killing grade three, the new school, and kicking butt at hockey.

You definitely see things black and white (you’re welcome) – there’s not a lot of grey in your world. You definitely want what you want when you want it. That makes you hard sometimes, especially on your siblings, but we are working on softening up the hard line you take sometimes. As hard as you can be on them, I know you can be an equally great friend to your buddies – funny, playful, helpful, and loyal – and we also see that sensitive side that makes you slow down and play a game with eleanor or clean up the basement without being asked.

That personality also makes you take on everything with ferocity. When you are playing hockey, you chase the puck down hard. When you are goalie, you’re diving on the puck. When you are playing a video game you look up tricks that help you advance more quickly. You definitely go after what you want.

Here you are in goal…

You are still smart as a whip – an excellent reader and so good at mental math it is borderline “rainman”. You like to help the teacher a lot. You love the computer lab and are looking forward to next year when you might be able to play basketball and instruments.

You are a natural born piano player (it isn’t any wonder with long fingers like those) and like to fiddle around even when I am not telling you it’s piano lesson time.

For your birthday we had three of your buddies here for laser tag and a sleepover. I love watching you hang out with your friends.

Happy birthday, Oliver.. double digits next year!

I love you!


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January snow

Well, it didn’t last long – we are back to bare ground – but we had snow for a couple of weeks! The kids love it so much.

We walked down to the lake last weekend to feed the ducks corn and oats. They were waddling toward us before we even got there.

So many ducks it’s almost gross but the kids thought they were pretty amazing!

Vive l’hiver! I think there might be more snow in the forecast for this week? We can hope!