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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

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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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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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March Break Bowling

Oliver had a super fun hockey tournament in dartmouth over march break, which created some time to fill in between games.  We had a super yummy brunch/lunch at cora’s.
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Then we went bowling!  Emery was visiting nana and papa so it was just the four of us, but we rocked it!  We bowled for a while and then spent a little time in the arcade (spending $15 to win enough tickets for $1 worth of candy).  It was a fun few hours and a good way to pass the time.

Eleanor’s form progressed as the game went on.  Thank goodness for bumpers is all I have to say.

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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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Oliver’s 8th Birthday

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My dearest Oliver,

It is so easy for me to think back eight years and remember meeting you for the first time – you, who first made me a mother – that it is sometimes hard for me to reconcile the tall, maturing boy in front of me with that tiny baby they laid on my chest.

You are an amazingly strong kid – so athletic, fast, and competitive.  When you asked to play hockey last year we told you to first learn how to skate – you were so driven and worked hard.  Now you are not only playing hockey, you are scoring goals and holding your own against kids who have played before.

I see how proud you are when you learn a new skill, when you make a great play, to be part of a team.  This sport is great for your self-esteem.  It is discipline, it is taking direction from a coach, it is fist-bumping your team mates when you get a goal, it is rushing the goalie at the end of every game (win or lose) to tell him “good game”.  I was unsure about hockey at first, worried that it would demand too much of us, but it is so many things that are good for you right now that we all happily attend every game.

Today you earned the “herd hat” for good play – it was an extra special birthday gift.  oliverherdhat

We still struggle sometimes – all of your athletic strength is equally matched with strong will and opinions and you have a high spirited energy that sometimes carries you away.  Other times, there is so much love and caring and patience that comes out of you.  It’s hard to know which one we are going to get, but I see all of that leveling out as you mature.

For your birthday this year, you invited your two best buddies for a sleepover and a movie (Lego Batman).  It was a high energy evening with lots of popcorn, laughs (until 11:30), video games (hockey, of course), and late-night cake.  20170217_182832

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On your actual birthday – today – we had hockey, a shopping trip to spend your gift cards (you love being able to choose), ordered pizza to eat downstairs in front of a movie, and more cake. We didn’t get many pictures but trust me – at the end of the day you told me you loved every gift you received and bought, and everything we did with your friends and family.  You felt loved and you were grateful.

I love you more with every day, with every secret kiss…

Mommy