On Easter Monday the kids and I filled the afternoon by going to the beach and to the park. It was a nice day to get the toes in the sand even if the breeze and water temp is still very “spring-y”.
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! It was a warm day so we packed a picnic lunch and hung out for a while! The only thing better than a picnic lunch is a picnic lunch in a hammock!
The only thing better than a picnic lunch in a hammock is having a picnic lunch and sharing a hammock!
And the only thing better than a picnic lunch in a shared hammock is a picnic lunch in a shared hammock with fruit loops!!
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!
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?!
The kids were in super silly form!
I guess Emery was feeling very ninja-ish on this particular walk!
Here’s to more warm spring weather!
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 …
… and a T-Rex named Sue!
They even had a bubble room (where, miraculously, the boys did not get wet)…
… 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.
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.
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.
Last weekend was the best shot of spring we have had yet. It was warm and melt-y and sunshine-y and one of those days that pull you between ski pants to stay dry and t-shirts because you’re too warm … a perfect spring day.
We jumped at the chance to make another campfire in the backyard, complete with hot dogs and cheesies. Campfires are fun, even if you have to dig out the firepit! The mighty shoveler, taking a break. Campfires are always better with friends. We had some good ones over for this one. The kids enjoyed sliding on the hill behind the firepit, though it’s too soft now for us parents to get around easily!
Five days has made a huge dent in that snow. Now we’re looking forward to spring!
The kids and I went to Kearney Lake on Monday, the hottest afternoon so far this spring, and ever since the word of the week has been ‘lake’. We’ve enjoyed it three times this week!
The beach is smaller than I expected but it’s nice and sandy, which the kids love for sand castles and whatnot. The water is a bit chilly but it is exactly what you expect for a lake in June (if not for being there alone with Eleanor, I would have swam in it) and definitely warmer than the ocean.
I hear this beach gets quite crowded in the summer so we probably won’t visit frequently once school is out but we have enjoyed it without issue so far.
Eleanor mostly plays on the blanket with me but it was so hot on Monday and Tuesday that I put her in the water to cool down. It’s not hard to tell she loves the water! One of many pails of sand that were filled!
Unlike the ocean, which is too cold yet, Oliver can actually get in this water and swim. He has not been swimming long so is still really proud of himself for doing it.