Growing Out On A Limb

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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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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


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!


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!




A Day Downtown

Saturday was a downtown day. ¬†We normally don’t wish away winter but, with very little¬†snow, it hasn’t felt like much of one and I think we are all looking forward to the sunshine being warm again.

We started off at the Discovery Centre.  It was my first time and they have so many fun things for the kids.

Legos (are everywhere!)…


… headless Olivers (which, he says, was the day’s highlight) …

… two-headed Emerys …¬†IMG_20160409_113524

… mechanical T-rexes that the boys could drive…¬†IMG_20160409_113955

… and a T-Rex named Sue!IMG_20160409_121346

They even had a bubble room (where, miraculously, the boys did not get wet)…¬†IMG_20160409_114813

… and – not pictured – a hurricane simulator that made us laugh and laugh. ¬†What a fun place! ¬†The grown ups most definitely tired out before the kids did, because they could have run around there all day.

One of the coolest things – in all of our opinions – was the fundraiser they have on now for their future building. ¬†For $5 each, you get a 6×6 lego plate. ¬†We each chose a pattern, filled it out, and then got to stick it onto the gigantic lego wall mural that they are building. ¬†Coolest fundraiser ever.


This is what they have so far, so they’re just getting started, but it is going to be HUGE and look super amazing. ¬†IMG_20160409_120748

Then we walked up the block and had lunch at Durty Nelly’s. ¬†Really, everyone was just super-excited to be drinking chocolate milk for lunch. ¬†IMG_20160409_124053


After lunch, we waddled to the public library.
They also have a lego table, lots of fun toys, and of course we left with a big stack of books.  Eleanor had a great time playing with the pretend kitchen and made a couple of girl friends.  I love watching her share and interact with kids other than her brothers.  IMG_20160409_134139


On the way from the library, the boys wanted to pose with ol’ churchill. ¬†They also¬†had fun chasing the pigeons around and making them fly. ¬†IMG_20160409_142355

Emery picked some purple crocuses that were popping up on a lawn.  I told him it would be really sweet to give them to the lady at the ice cream store since they would be wilted by the time we got home anyway.  I was pretty surprised that he said yes!  And she adored them.  IMG_20160409_142532

Now this is a sweet spot to have some ice cream! ¬†And finally… a sunny afternoon to enjoy it! ¬†IMG_20160409_143409