Growing Out On A Limb


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Hangin’ out

It’s been too long since we have picked up the camera and taken pictures of the kids just hanging around, doing their thing.  The days and weeks go by, the routine churns on, and if we’re not out doing something “fun” or special, I often don’t think to pick up the camera.  I know the everyday moments involving legos and dominoes and couch forts are just as special as when we get out and do something a little extra, I just need to capture them a little more often.

Lately, the everyday moments often involve legos… because they are played with every day.  Every single day.

IMG_5175 The boys build spaceships and vehicles and blasters and even houses full of gadgets and often play with them for the rest of the day.  When I see how much creativity is put into their building, I completely understand why all the “best toys” articles have them somewhere in the list.  Yup, I find legos everywhere (and I do mean everywhere), but it’s a small price to pay.  IMG_5178Eleanor just watches on but as long as she is where the boys are, she is happy.  And quite a little ham for the camera, it turns out.

IMG_5186 “Mommy, take a picture of my man!”.  IMG_5188IMG_5176More camera!

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July randoms

We have had so much going on in July and August looks like it will be even busier.

We picked Ali and Aaliyah up at the airport in mid July and were super happy to see them!  Nana and Papa came for the weekend too.  It was so nice to see all the kids sitting around the same table, enjoying breakfast, and they played together really well too.IMG_6298 Cutie Aaliyah (and the rest of us) enjoyed the pool that weekend.  It was hot!  IMG_6299 One morning the kids and I hung out at DeWolfe park in Bedford.  It has a nice boardwalk along the basin and a really fun playground too.  It was a beautiful sunny day and snacks in the grass are always fun.  IMG_6322

IMG_6325 Super smile from super Emery!IMG_6328On an overcast afternoon in the middle of a particularly rainy week, the kids and I went for a walk on the St. Margarets Bay trail again.  It was just what we needed after a few days spent mostly inside.
IMG_20140715_150853IMG_20140715_152207While daddy and Oliver were in Fredericton for the week, Emery, Eleanor, and I got up to all sorts of fun.  He took to the Circle Pie game on my blackberry and picked it up so quickly and was so good with it that I called him “rainman”.  IMG_6380

Eleanor was being her super cute self and falling onto the pillows.  Emery and I were laying on the couch at the time so I think she was trying to mimic us.  IMG_6429

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We spent a little time at the playground together.  Eleanor loves the swings, especially when her brothers push her.  IMG_20140720_132946 It was super super hot that afternoon so Emery found us a small patch of shade to lay down in.  Eleanor just wanted to go go go, of course.  
IMG_20140720_134908-001During a little quiet time, I turned this color game on the tablet to see what Eleanor’s reaction would be.  She started putting her open hand on the tablet, kind of slapping it.  I pointed my finger only twice before she started copying me!  I think this is even earlier than her brothers!
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Baby selfie.  She brings the cute factor of the picture waaaaaay up!  IMG_20140725_130138

 


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Spring!

It is so nice to finally have warmer days, sunshine, and to see the leaves opening on the trees.  We have been trying to get out every morning to a playground or trail and spend much of every afternoon outside at home (unpacking a little along the way too!).

Sometimes we walk down to our mailbox, just down the road and by this pretty pond.  The boys love throwing rocks in the water.  Eleanor likes the grass!

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Our subdivision seems very family oriented and friendly.  Today we found a second playground within the subdivision, just as big as the first.  We celebrated with a picnic snack!  And check out those blue skies!

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Yay for spring!  IMG_20140514_102430


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Bad piggies

Recently, Oliver found a youtube video of a boy playing with his angry bird stuffies.  In that video, the boy had a cardboard car that looked like one you would find in the Bad Piggies game.

Oliver will often set up angry birds scenes with his stuffies and wooden blocks so he had to have it.  He went on about it for days.  Me, being an endorser of father/son activities (and not knowing how to build the thing), got hubby right on that!

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The boys thought it was super cool and that daddy was super man for knowing how to build one.

I’m not sure if those are bad piggies or angry birds… it depends on the moment around here (although they look pretty happy here!).  IMG_4005

And of course there had to be two!  IMG_4009

 


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Glow tub

A few nights ago we turned off the lights and threw the kids in the tub with a few glow sticks.  (Total credit for this idea goes to my friend Jill, who did this for her girls a couple of weeks while we were there for dinner).

So simple and easy and inexpensive but the kids absolutely loved it and even humored me with some pics (as always).

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Fall Day at Hunter’s

This week we met some other mommies and kids at Hunter’s for an afternoon of playing and running through the corn maze.  We love going there for corn, ice cream, and other goodies but they also have a great setup outside… slides, huge jumping pillow, go karts, a few animals, and of course the corn maze.  The boys could run around there for hours.  Ali, aaliyah, and nana came too!

Oliver was really struck by this duck race.  You pump the water to make the little duck move down through the “racetrack”.  IMG_4986

Emery found pumping a little harder but he still enjoyed it.  IMG_4989

Fun little pedal go kart.  IMG_4990

And of course there was the corn maze.  Oliver loves mazes so he was pretty excited to give this a try.  We let him lead us through it.  I’m sure we didn’t see 70% of the maze but that’s okay… it made him feel good to choose our path.  IMG_5012

Trying to get artsy with corn.

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These big slides were a hit with them and the grown ups.

IMG_5016It was a beautiful sunny day and the kids left there happy so this mama had no complaints!