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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

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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!

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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!

 

 


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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!)…

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

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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

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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

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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














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Spring campfire

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!  IMG_20150412_160303IMG_20150412_155655 The mighty shoveler, taking a break.  IMG_20150412_160234Campfires 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!  IMG_20150412_164057

Five days has made a huge dent in that snow.  Now we’re looking forward to spring!


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Kearney Lake

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.
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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!  IMG_6114 One of many pails of sand that were filled!  IMG_6118

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.  IMG_6100

My little lady.  IMG_6124 The view from our blanket was pretty sweet today!  IMG_6128


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Nana and Papa visit

A couple of weeks ago, we were happy to have nana and papa come for a visit!  I’ve never played host to them so it seemed slightly strange but we enjoyed showing them around our neighborhood a bit and playing a few of the places we have discovered so far.

But first… a jump on the trampoline!  DSC04485
Taking time to smel… err, blow the old dandelions.  DSC04497 Papa loves his boys but I think he has a soft spot for his girls too.  DSC04498We showed them a couple of the playgrounds we go to through the week.  This one is Buckingham Commons.  We had a great game of catch, which is something dad and I haven’t done in (too) many years.

After being pushed by nana and papa…

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… Oliver wanted a turn pushing (or papa wanted a turn swinging, I can’t remember which).  DSC04521 Eleanor couldn’t stand all the action so decided to take a nap.  I think she makes it look comfortable.  DSC04523It was sunny and warm so we took a drive to Queensland beach which, on that day, was not at all warm.  The boys splashed in the waves but got cold pretty quickly.
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Cool chick.  Always.  DSC04542 On Saturday morning the boys went hiking on a new trail, the Wilderness Bluff trail in Hubley, while the girls went shopping (which we thoroughly enjoyed!).

Handsome boys.  DSC04544

We still haven’t been back to this trail since but it looks gorgeous so I’m looking forward to it. DSC04554

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Good looking boys I have there!  DSC04561The first of many visits by nana and papa I think!