Catching up on Summer

IMG_1794We're sharing more photos from the girls wonderful summer.  Here's Rebecca at the Irving Nature Park in Saint John, wandering through the kid's maze.  Below is the girls on Saint's Rest Beach in Saint John,  looking for treasures among the rocks.  


IMG_1794Abby found a piece of seaweed which became a beard.  Not sure who she learned that from (Dad or Grampa!).


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Sheena took the below photo on a drive home from one of their adventures this past week.  Its of the sun going down over Belleisle Bay, about 10 minutes from our house.  


IMG_1794No summer photo collage could be complete without a photo of the girls swimming at the 'Cuts', a local swimming hole about 4 minutes from our house, on our road no less!
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Abby and Rebecca love all the treasures at Grampa's store, including the baby chicks that come in throughout the year. 


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During their three week stay in Cape Breton, the girls ran in the Inverness Days Race.  Rebecca ran in two races that day, the kids run and the 5k!

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This year's beach was West Mabou Beach.  The girls and Sheena loved spending their time there and going for ice cream at the Ceilidlh Cottages Campground.  

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IMG_1561On one of our cousin's days at the beach, a few were covered into the same sand pile by anyone who would join in.  


IMG_1561Rebecca and Abby posed for a few photos for Sheena's collage, including here with the lobster traps in Inverness.


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Here's Abby playing with one of the buddy's they made at the beach in Mabou.  This one is a step-daughter of a cousin's cousin.  :)


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The Mabou Harbour lighthouse is very picturesque. 


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After the kids returned home from Cape Breton, I took them to see a couple waterfalls in the Nackawic and Mactaquac area. The girls had a ball swimming and goofing around.  


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The trail to Coac Falls was a nice walk through the forest.  It was getting fairly hot on our walk.


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Coac Falls were neat, with the gradual steps down to the pool.  The water was incredibly cold, shockingly actually.  That didn't stop Abby or Rebecca though.  
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Summer Photos

 

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Thought I would share some photos from the past couple of weeks of summer.  The above photo, the girls were excited to get dressed up for a dinner with friends at their summer camp.  The background is our lilacs which were in full bloom this year.  

In the below photo, fun in the sun all day resulted in  the girls jumping for joy. :)  This one is taken in Wickham, a beautiful village off the Washademoak (Wash-de-mo-eek) Lake.


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We had our Canada Parade in Springfield/Hatfield Point.  The girls were sporting their Canada Day outfits.  The owl is Abby's new 'beanyboo' buddy.  


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One evening after a rain, Sheena and Willow discovered some visitors to the tree fort.  Three of them were taking shelter in the kids 'country kitchen'.  This one hissed at Willow who promptly ran away scared.  


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I had to post these grassy poses.  The girls look so great and so old!!  


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Yep, that's Abby melting hearts with her cuteness. :)


Summer's coming: Recital, Flowers and Kayaking

Its nearing summer and the end of school for this year.  Time has flown by so far, we all can't believe the hot weather is already here.  With the end of the semester, the piano lessons come to a close with Rebecca's recital.  This year, she played 'Sweet Forget Me Not'.   It's an Irish song, which we first heard from Newfoundland's Great Big Sea before the girls were born.  Now its a special song for us as Abby and Rebecca have requested it sung for a bedtime lullaby for several years now.  Rebecca did very well with her recital in front of everyone.  

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With summer also comes blooming flowers here on our hill.  While clearing the trails and paths around our house and land, I found a neat spot with a patch of Lady's Slipper orchids growing in a small clearing.  I took the girls to see them and spoke about how rare they are to find in the woods, let alone in a grouping.  

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While we have had rain what seems a couple of weeks, yesterday, we finally had some warm sunny weather.  We took the girls out to the Kennebecasis River in Hampton.  Launching at the Rivercentre is a great spot to put in, but also a fun swimming spot for the girls afterward.  We headed down Beamer's Creek which connects with the Kennebecasis just west of the launching spot.  There are always many types of birds to see.  We started with a view of an eagle's nest, going well with the feather Abby found before we launched.  

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Beamer's Creek is a nice relaxing paddle.  Sheltered from the wind, the creek flows through marshland and tall elderly Maple trees which stretch over the creek throughout.  We usually turn around near the large marsh behind Darlings Island, but it can be turned into a loop if you continue along the creek back toward the Kennebecasis.    

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Halifax Trip: Bluenose Run, Friendly Meetings and a Birthday!

 

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Happy 9th Birthday to Rebecca!  She was excited for this weekend for some time as she knew that she would get to visit with her cousins and run in the Bluenose Run along with her sister -- in Halifax!  Rebecca requested a homemade 'chicken fried rice' supper and was happy to have a 'somewhat' surprise cake with her cousins.  She was grateful for the gifts received over the past few days as well and wanted to send a thank you to all!   Our first evening was spent enjoying company and catching up with family.  

The following day, we started off to downtown Halifax to get ready for the kid's well-anticipated Bluenose Run.  Originally, they had learned about it from a beach friend they met last year, who said she runs in it each year.  Both girls had it in the minds they would do the same in the following year and had trained throughout the spring with Sheena.  They've been attending 'kid fitness' at the local gym and practicing runs, even pushing strollers around for their laps inside during the cold weather --  so, just getting there was a big thing for them.  Here's the crew of them lined up to take in some of the pre-event activities.  (Rebecca, Ocean, Summer, Abby)


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A large part of the experience of the Bluenose Run is enjoying it with thousands of others who also attended the race.  For the kids races, they have it set up as a closed course -- so the kids run with other kids sans parents (in some cases) and have a big finish at the Metro Centre.  There they meet back with parents among a large crowd of other kids also meeting their parents.  Needless to say, the organizers recommend finding your meeting spot in the Metro Centre prior to the race and going over the race plan with your kids at the same time.  We were told that this year a record number of people attended the kids races, with 4000+ running at the same time.  We laughed, because 4000+ could easily be 6000+ with parents in the mix.  Here's an example of the starting area prior to the kids run.  

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Abby started first and ran around the Halifax Citadel for her 2K run.  Sheena met her at the finish line and had to try and get Abby's attention several times as she was running with such a determined and business like expression!  Abby was proud of her accomplishment and her coveted blue nose.


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Rebecca ran her 4K run around the Citadel and the Halifax Commons route. I tried to see her at the finish line, but there were so many people finishing that I obviously missed her at the line, seeing that she turned up at the meeting spot and Sheena found her first!  She was also very happy about completing the race.  It was one of their first races alone in such a large crowd.  


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After a celebratory dinner and a well needed rest at home, I enjoyed a 'quiet' evening with Kris and Jean-Paul for a couple of board games.  

The following day, we had plans to meet with friends for most of the day.  One of the visits was with Matthew,  Melissa and meet their 7 month old Millie.  We met them at the new Halifax Central library and had our introductions before heading off for a walk to get lunch and a stroll through the Public Gardens.  The girls really took to Millie and Millie was a delight to see laugh and smile at the attention.  


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Here's Rebecca following Matt down Spring Garden Road.


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