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Kayaking SMB

Today papa and I headed out in the kayaks in St. Margaret’s Bay.  It was one of the best summer days we have had so far, just a beautiful day to be on the water!  

Gotta love the company too.  Time with my dad is always well spent.  

We spent the rest of this beautiful day enjoying the pool, popsicles, and watermelon.  

The only way to top off a summer day is with a bbq and ice cream!  

Unfortunately nana spent the entire weekend sick with the flu.  She hates to miss out on the fun (especially the pool) but felt awful the entire time.  Rotten luck.  We will have to party twice as hard next Time!  

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High Head Trail in April

A couple of weeks ago, on a Saturday, the sun decided to come out and we headed to one of our favorite spots to hike – the high head trail.  This time, the boys and I started on the other end of the 4 km trail, the end we’ve never seen, while Brian and I started at the other end so we could meet in the middle.

It was breezy and cool but this place forces you to pause and take a deep breath and soak it in.

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The waves crashing on the shore, the rocky landscape, the sun sparkling off the water… it’s just breathtaking.20170430_121530We packed a picnic lunch and the boys picked here to eat it.  20170430_122255

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This little beauty is getting better at hiking on her own… she loves our walks!  20170430_134240

I could hang out here all day.  No wonder we keep going back!


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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 Very Canadian Weekend

Last weekend, after all that snow, we set out to enjoy it.  We had waited so long for it after all!  Plenty of snow, mild temperatures… it was an idyllic Canadian winter weekend.

On Saturday, as usual, Emery curled in the morning.  We then met Oliver for his hockey game, where he won the “herd hat” (player of the game).  It was his birthday so we spent the rest of the day celebrating it as a family.

On Sunday, the mild weather meant the snow was perfect for a snowman and Emery built two forts facing each other so he could have snowball fights.  We dug out our fire while the kids played.

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He had a change of hats but it didn’t matter much because he fell over before we went inside.  20170219_113320

That afternoon we invited friends over for a campfire.  We roasted hot dogs and marshmallows and had a few drinks while the kids slid down the hill (over and over and over again).  It was such a beautiful day to just be sitting outside and of course to do it with some of our favorite families made it that much more enjoyable!  20170219_160127Mmm… s’mores!20170219_160929

On Monday (Family Day), the boys and I took off for a snowshoe.  I have been itching to get out since all that snow fell and here was our chance!  We pinpointed a waterfall on the map (another “waterfall hunt”), took our geocache treasures, and strapped on the shoes!

The trail was off of Pockwock road so not far from home.  It was not well used, though you could tell a few people had walked it before us.  20170220_103640Not far off of this main trail we found Pockwock River Falls.  I’m not sure the pictures do it justice because it was a surprisingly substantial waterfall.  20170220_110743_001We parked ourselves overlooking the falls and had our hot chocolate and snacks (and selfie, of course).  20170220_110816This massive rock was just up the hill.  It will be neat to explore in the summer.  20170220_111050We had looked for several geocaches on the main trail but found none – likely they were buried in snow.  We knew there was one by this large rock but didn’t hold out much hope until Emery spied a black box wedged in a crevice in the rock.  We had to dig for this one but we found it!  20170220_112530

20170220_113400The Pockwock River empties into Wright’s Lake.  I can see us exploring this area much more in the summer.  20170220_113816There was a bit of complaining on the hike in and hike out, but this view still fills me with happiness.  I am so glad we took the opportunity because the temperatures have been spring-like this past week and much of that lovely snow has melted.  20170220_115921

On Monday afternoon we visited friends that have a rink in their yard.  This was a treat for the boys, especially skating with their seasoned hockey player of a son.  Even Eleanor put her skates on for a while.  20170220_150832

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The kids didn’t have any trouble falling asleep those days!  What a great wintery weekend!


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February Snow

It seems mother nature decided to dump an entire winter’s worth of snow on NS in just a few days!

On Sunday we had maybe an inch of snow covering the ground.  Then a city-crippling snow storm moved in on Sunday night – the city was practically shut down for most of two days.

This picture was taken in the middle of the storm on Monday.  Those are drifts so not necessarily indicative of snowfall amount, but still – from an inch to this in a few hours is pretty impressive!

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These two can’t be happier… 20170214_075228… and this is one of the reasons.  The snowplow pushes a lot of snow from the court directly in front of the house, which makes for awesome play time!  Check out those smiles!  20170214_075428

Eleanor’s three-year-old legs still have a bit of trouble getting around in this much snow, but she still loves to get outside!  20170214_075237

Yup.  I guess we know which way the wind was blowing.20170214_111548Then another storm rolled in on Thursday morning, cancelling school again and adding almost another foot of fresh snow.  Hooray!  20170217_114908On Friday we dug a massive tunnel into the even bigger snowbank at the end of the court.  20170217_123914I’m not sure the picture does it justice, but the snowbank is so thick Emery had to remove the snow from the middle of the tunnel … my arms just weren’t long enough!  20170217_123949

I know this much snow makes it difficult for so many, but it does nothing but please me!  Winter is just so much more fun with snow on the ground!  Who wants to play outside on the grass in their ski pants?