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March Break in NB

We all visited NB for the later part of march break.  We had lots of fun visiting family and friends and taking it easy, with a healthy dose of UNO, bingo, and homemade french fries in the mix!  It’s always fun to visit nana and papa, no matter what we end up doing.

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We didn’t do a whole lot on Friday (which was nice), but Saturday was such a beautiful day that we spent as much time as we could outside.

We started with a really nice walk on a skidoo trail in glassville.  20170318_101924

The sun was shining, the morning was warm, the view was beautiful, and the company impeccable!  20170318_102004

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After that we went to Sugar Moon for a maple syrup breakfast.  They include taffy on the snow.  Oddly enough, Emery didn’t want anything to do with this at first – I think the idea of pouring maple syrup on the snow was weird to him – but once it hit his lips he was converted pretty quickly!  20170318_121554

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Then we had some sliding fun at nan’s house!  20170318_135458

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Dad said he used to slide on this hill by himself for hours at a time.  This view and this house (though it has changed) must bring back great memories.  20170318_132321

Even Gabby got in on the action!  20170318_135312

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We try to make the most of these trips because they always feel too darn short – I think we managed it this time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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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?


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Snow storm

These pics are actually a few weeks old.  The snow from that storm didn’t last long (insert sad face) but we sure enjoyed it while it lasted!  

Emery and went for a walk the evening the snow started.  It wasn’t far but it was really beautiful.  


Emery made a fort in the trees.

Eleanor is getting around in the snow much better this year and seems to enjoy it!  

Please… more snow!!  


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Waterfall and Geocache Hunt

The kids and I set out today on a waterfall hunt.  I found a map of waterfalls in NS and realized there is one right off the St Margaret’s Bay trail near our house.  (I think this would be a fun thig to plan our hikes around this summer!)  And the geocaching is just a fun bonus to all of our walks/hikes lately! 

So the kids packed their bags with geocache treasures, snacks, and who knows what other items they felt were critical at the time… and off we went!  

The waterfall ended up being right on the trail and just a few minutes from where we parked, but we realized there was a trail through the woods that ran beside it … and who doesn’t like walking in the woods?!  We sure do!  

The brook was a series of little waterfalls called Smelt Brook Falls.  The kids were super impressed!  

Oliver was pretty stoked that he could get so close!  

After briefly losing emery, we were back on the trail and hunting for Geocaches.  

We found one Geocache along the trail…… and another super sneaky one hidden in the guard rail where we parked.  

What a nice way to break up a lazy Sunday morning!  


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Our First Snowshoe!

The boys were lucky enough to score two (TWO!) snow days earlier this week.  After a fresh foot or so of snow, it was high time we got the boys out to try the snowshoes that Nana and papa had bought them for Christmas.

We drove to a golf course down the road and just wandered around for almost two hours.  Honestly, I was expecting a lot of whining and arguing about keeping them on, but they loved it!  The snowshoes stayed on, they were easy for them to walk in, it was a nice mild day… it was fun for all of us.

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I told Oliver that I wanted the snowshoes in the picture so nana and papa could see them and this is what I got.  Silly kid.  IMG_20160209_141926
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Now that they know how they work, I hope to get out with them several more times while we have snow!