Growing Out On A Limb

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An Icy Walk

We have done this walk several times now – it is one of our faves!  This afternoon was beautiful and sunny, but rain a few days ago left the trail icy in spots – just more fun as far as the kids were concerned.


These woods are so beautiful… tall soft wood.  20190217_141204-001

Snack on the bridge!  20190217_142506-001

It was a great day for a Vitamin D fix!  20190217_142815_001-001

There might not be much snow here, but we still try to make the most of the beautiful outdoors in winter!



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December II!

We had lots of family over the holidays – Nana and Papa Logue came for a few days over Christmas morning, then Uncle Todd and his family came between Christmas and New Year, which brought a lot of other Martell family members to the area.  Add to that the fact that we had two boys in a hockey tournament and it made for a crazy but fun few days!

On Christmas eve, among all the Santa prep, we went for a little walk behind the subdivision to get the stink blown off of us.  Being outside is always good!

20181224_140547After the snacks, the snack out for Santa, the reindeer food sprinkled on the lawn, the stockings laid out … it was time for Santa to come!  20181224_231008


Everyone was very happy at the end of the day.  This might have been one of Emery’s favorite gifts – a mini google home for his bedroom!  He likes chilling in his room with the music on.  20181225_082532

Emery liked this gem-digging kit (Papa too!).20181225_170918


On boxing day we needed to get out of the house for some fresh air.  One of my favorite trails goes around a lake out on the bowater land.  It’s a beautiful walk and just what we needed!  20181226_140842





All calories burned were given back to McDonald’s 🙂20181226_152930

20181227_093419We got on a friend’s outdoor rink one afternoon – that was a fun day, as it started to snow while we were there.  It is so fun for the kids!  20181228_112733Oliver’s hockey team ended up winning all of their games and getting to the gold medal game – he had quite the cheering section!  They ended up getting second and he took it a little hard, but it’s all part of the game and it was close!  20181230_181543Emery had a lot of fun in his first tournament too!  20181231_145617

With the Martells we also went to a Mooseheads game, celebrated Grampy’s birthday at Montana’s, a New Year’s Eve party, and a few of us even did the polar dip on New Year’s day!  Now THAT was a great way to kick off the new year 🙂

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December I!

Given that January is nearly over, I figured it was now or never to get some of our December pictures posted.  It was such a busy month with lots of Christmas-y things and company visiting, I just didn’t keep up with blog posts.

Here are some highlights from December!

We went to get our tree a little early this year because we heard there might be a shortage.  There wasn’t, but we got to enjoy our tree at least a week longer than normal so the bonus was for us.


It was a beautiful day and this place even had hot chocolate and fresh-out-of-the-oven cookies when we were done!  20181208_141857

Oh, Christmas concerts – we won the lottery this year!  Two different elementary schools and three kids meant the potential to be out three nights for three different concerts… and we were!  I think these concerts are adorable and would go every night in December if I had my choice.

This year Oliver played his cello in the strings performance too (no pic of that) and here he is with his class!

20181211_193205Emery was super pleased with his fancy duds… it turns out he likes to be dressed up!  20181212_074054


This little girl could not have felt more like a princess on her concert day.  20181219_171546

During the daytime concert she had a difficult time on stage and left the stage for the second song.  But when she came home we talked about being brave and went early so I could have a seat near the front and make eye contact, and she had no issues at all!  20181219_184204

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PD day walk!

This little walk is becoming a yearly tradition in itself… taking a little woods walk for boughs to decorate the planters on the front step!

It’s a tad cold but otherwise a beautiful day and a great one for tramping around outside! The boys found three little trees that they want to put in their rooms this year … maybe another tradition in the making?

Of course we had to have a little creative inspiration in the form of donuts and hot chocolate!

Parent teacher and haircuts up next!

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Curling 2018

Today was this guy’s last day of junior curling for the year.

He is a good curler and loved doing drills but they switched to games a couple of months ago and he isn’t loving it.

Sadly, I think I am losing him to hockey next year but there is a lot of time between now and the fall. As long as he is happy, I will be too!

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A glimpse of winter

Last week Eleanor and I travelled to NB for our annual superbowl/work trip. The bonus to me was actually having a bit of snow to play in! It always surprises me how different winter can be between NS and NB – they seem so close and yet we have next to no snow and the snow banks in beechwood are feet high!

We took advantage and got Eleanor out for her first snow shoe. She seemed to enjoy it and did great!

The company was pretty stellar…

It was lightly snowing and such a beautiful day!

We played a little more when we got back. There was one big drift in the backyard!