Growing Out On A Limb


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Looking so grown up!

I’m not sure if it is how he looks or the fact that he is flipping through a book on his e-reader before bed, but he strikes me as so grown up tonight!

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Holidays 2017

Better late than never… !  We had lovely holidays this year – the perfect mix of friends and family, home and away, busy time and down time.  I was telling a friend in early December that as the day actually approaches, I find myself getting less and less in the Christmas spirit, but this year I was into it… maybe because I got my shopping done early?

We had no grandparents visiting this year so we decided to throw a party for our family friends – an open house, open invitation on the 23rd to all of our friends to just drop in whenever they could, for as long as they wanted.  I have no pictures but we had such a good turnout and such a good time, I think this will become a tradition.

We spent some time with our good friends on Christmas Eve, then went on with our traditions – two of them are new jammies for all and sprinkling reindeer food in the front yard for Santa’s reindeer.

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Christmas morning was fairly typical for us.  The kids never get up too early, we take turns opening our presents (this takes a little bit of cajoling), and then we have breakfast.

Emery asked Santa for a hatchimal, though I’m not sure he really knew how they worked – by the time we got up, the egg was broken through and the chick was hatched (he says it broke when he picked it up, but the obviously forced holes in the shell tell a different story).  Oh well, he loves it anyway.  20171225_064423

We had our tree downstairs this year at the kids’ request.  It was kind of a nice change!

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I love this pic of the kids – they are opening each other’s gifts here.  We always give them hints and ideas, but I think next year we will just give them a limit and let them choose freely.  20171225_070646I love Emery’s face in this one.  20171225_071348

Kitty cat head band… she could not be any more girly if she tried.

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New game… Jenga!  It’s a winner for sure!  20171225_091728Emery got a dinosaur bone excavation kit… he absolutely loved tapping away at this thing.  It kept him occupied for at least an hour.  20171225_094713

Even Oliver got in on the action!  20171225_100332On boxing day, we packed a few of our favorite new toys and hit the road to NB!  20171226_100622

One of the reasons we went home this year was to see my dear friend Ang who was visiting with her four boys and husband from St. Croix.  One of the first things we did was go to their place to slide together and I am telling you, it was COLD.  It didn’t seem to bother the kids though!
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Here are all the kiddos from oldest to youngest, in all of their post-sliding glory.  We loved getting to know each other’s kids and they played so well together.  DSCF4202

And then my phone camera broke so I only have a few shared pictures.  We spent the next days at nana and papa’s with ali and the girls.  We visited, we slid, we played games, we ate lots of yummy food.

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Any time these kids get a chance to play together and get to know each other is a great time as far as I’m concerned.

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The kids hated to leave so I would consider that a success!  We spent another fun night at Wendy and Rob’s playing cards, then headed home.

New Year’s Eve was a rather impromptu day with friends.  The cold weather made for frozen lakes all around so we headed down the road for what might be the most Canadian winter activity ever.

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Then we hung with friends for lunch and in their hot tub, then to our place for a few more drinks, football, and a sleepover with their girls.

What a great couple of weeks – we couldn’t have asked for anything better.  When it was all said and done I was ready for the return to routine (little did I know the first week of school would have two snow days).


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Christmas Concerts

Its christmas concert season! Now that the boys are in two schools we had two to go to (and potentially three next year!) But I’m not complaining… it’s better than not having any like last year.

Emery’s group did two songs. The second one was a french version of the twelve days of Christmas where they held up objects when it was their turn. Early on Emery dropped his paper. He reached for it as it fluttered to the floor and I tensed up as I watched him looking at it – what would he do? Would he get upset? Would he jump off the risers to get it? As I waited I could almost see the gears turning in his head.

But it finally came to their turn (he was 12) and he just very quickly and nonchalantly raised his hand up right alongside the boy beside him, as if nothing was going on and that paper was still there. I told him later I was proud for how he handled that and he said that was his plan all along “because that’s what I did when we were practicing without the papers, mommy”. No big deal, mommy!

Oliver’s group also did a mix of French and English songs. He surprised me by wanting to dress up in his shirt and tie (albeit a crooked one). It’s usually a struggle to get him out of gym pants!

I love the concerts – there is nothing quite like singing children at Christmas time (or any time!).