Rebecca has been taking piano lessons since the beginning of the school year. She's progressing well and practicing before school in the mornings. Sheena took this picture of her doing a duet with her piano teacher. We're so proud of her!
I thought I'd give a bit of a recap of our holiday break for those that haven't been able to follow along with our twitter (https://twitter.com/DaveMacD0nald) https://twitter.com/SheenaSheena00) or Facebook posts. We typically use all three mediums, although the blog seems to be third fiddle sometimes! It is nice to sit down and type though.
First, the above photo. The dog in the foreground is Willow's new neighbour, 'Jake' as the kids have named him. He visits the now middle aged Willow daily, or Willow makes the trek down to his house for a game of chase and usually ending up with Jake teasing with some food or a toy of Willow's. They seem to be good buddies and Jake being a springer spaniel is fast.
At the beginning of school break, we took the kids to our new favorite spot to eat in Sussex, Sushi Jo's. We enjoyed a nice urban meal in a small town. Rebecca and I over did it with the Udon soup, a story told by her ever since. Abby was a trooper with the sushi rolls and was able to use her chopsticks!
We planned a trip to Moncton for a visit with Sheena's parents and G-Nan, which was fun to catch up prior to Christmas. While on the way, we decided to head down to Cape Breton for a surprise visit to my parent's house. Laurena was also down for the days before Christmas. We arrived for a 3 day visit with only a day and a bit of clothes, but nevertheless surprised everyone when we showed up on a Sunday afternoon. The kids pretended to have taken the bus down to Cape Breton while their parents were nowhere in sight. We were able to have another surprise when Laurena and Mom came home as well. Good fun.
Of course, no trip to Cape Breton can be complete without a trip to the beach. This day was very cold and with high winds, there were spectacular waves. It was difficult to seaglass hunt with the cold weather and Sheena actually abandoned her efforts! Willow seems to be oblivious to the cold.
The girls were able to visit Grampa in the store a fair bit while we were down for the short time. Rebecca took her turn at serving the customers. One customer came in and was having a friendly chat with Rebecca behind the counter. He asked if she was being paid by Grandpa and Rebecca repied, 'no, but paid in juice!' We all laughed and the nice man gave Rebecca a tip for bagging the groceries.
Upon our return home, we settled in for Christmas. One of the latest fun we've been having with the girls is playing the 'Rockband' game on Nintendo. The girls have taken to it well and seem to be learning a bit about timing and beats. They can show their Dad how to keep time with the music for sure. Abby loves the drums and Rebecca is keen with the guitar.
Even though the girls have been absolutely obsessed with Star Wars lately, you may wonder if the below picture is of a Stormtrooper boot or something of the sort. Well, its not, but what it is is a bit of freedom for someone afflicted with a broken leg! After a month in a hard cast, this was great to use and be able to walk around without crutches and participate in a few more activities.
We've had a few snow storms, but nothing like the ones we had in years past. Generally though, Willow is content to stay outside most of the day and despite being covered with snow when she's out there.
We've also been watching a neat outdoor survival show which you've all heard about, but the kids are finally able to enjoy, namely, Survivorman. The girls have been getting into the show and tried making their own shelters in the woods after watching Les Stroud do a few on TV. Today, we headed out and made a nice shelter with left over tree bows from Christmas and outfitted their play fort with some warm floor bows and a roof. Both were excited to make something of their own similar to what they had seen on the show.
We haven't yet elevated to the 'sleep outside' in the home made shelter, but I'm sure I'll be able to convince them to at least try it out one 'warmer' evening.
A newer development has been Sheena's seaglass artwork. She has recently started selling the artwork to friends and on Facebook with definite interest. Here are just two of her works, which she can recreate for orders or anything that she can dream up! Way to go Sheena. :)
Merry Christmas to all our family and friends near and afar. Thank you to everyone for their support and love this year, we are eternally grateful for all our great friends and family near and afar. We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday, take care and stay safe. All the best in 2016.
Here are the girls in their Christmas Dresses we received this week from Ramona and Michael. Thank you! The girls love them! Both girls wanted to dress up fancy for Rebecca's first piano recital. The recital got everyone in the Christmas spirit with many Christmas songs. Rebecca played an awesome rendition of 'We wish you a Merry Christmas', which she has been practicing daily for a few weeks. Here's the group at the end singing Jingle Bells. All did very well, there was some great talent shown that night.
We're catching up on October's photos after a short hiatus. Of course, starting off the month was Abby's birthday. She was lucky to have 2 cakes this year: one at Nana's, one at our house. She was excited to turn 7 and we can't believe how fast she is growing.
Her exciting gift this year was another lego set, which they promptly set up and played with throughout the day. Still during our trip to Moncton for that weekend, we headed out on a beautiful Sunday for some apple picking in Cocagne at La Fleur du Pommier. When we arrived, we were greeted by a scenic orchard and outdoor shop for all your apple and vegetable purchases. It was such a nice day and we even were able to climb ladders into the trees. Needless to say, we left with 30 lbs of apples that were gobbled up in only a couple of weeks.
Ever since starting her biking at the end of the summer, Abby has been a biking fiend. Whenever she can, she will go to the shed, dig out her bike and helmet and ride up and down the driveway. She even wanted to bike after suppers and down to the end of the driveway for the bus in the morning and from the bus in the afternoon. She loves the freedom of biking for herself.
In early October, we had a sudden rain storm in the maritimes. Our area in Belleisle was particularly hit hard with a significant amount of rain (200+ mm). With lots of rivers and streams leading to the Belleisle Bay from hilly surroundings, we actually lost many bridges an culverts overnight. Thankfully there was only one serious accident that night due to the disappearing bridges and those people have since recovered. But for a while, we were taking a series of detours around the main roads that were washed out. The below picture is our bridge which leads to our store and the way to the highway.
It was finally fixed this past week with a temporary single lane bridge. All are happy now and many were taking a trip down to the bridge just to see if the road was finally open. Going to the post office is less of a detour now! During Thanksgiving, we had an enjoyable visit from Gramma and Grampa and Laurena and Nick.
The girls spent lots of outdoor time and we had campfires in the evening with plenty of laughs. Nick wanted to participate in the biking and took Abby's bike for a ride.
And, rounding off the month was Rebecca and Abby's favourite week...Halloween week! We went to a few haunted house tours around the area, trying to get as many scares out of the kids as possible. The haunted house in Norton had the girls screaming pretty near every room, which was hilarious. Even Sheena had a few moments herself. Here' Rebecca with her friend Daniel.