SJ day: Indoor Track and Hockey

We all headed into Saint John today for a big of a different day.  The girls had an indoor track and field meet called Run Jump Throw Wheel (RJTW) -- put on for the area schools.  The girls were kindly registered by their father for 4 events: 3 running and 1 'field' event.  They did really well at their short and long distance runs.  Both ran with either older kids or ones that were really fast!  Probably the most fun was had at the field events .  They tried a standing long jump, standing high jump and shot put.  All were a big hit.  Abby liked the shot put and came in 3rd and Rebecca did well at the long jumbo coming in first. We had a ball !  The other exciting thing about the day was two of their school friends also went and they were cute in their little team.

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After tiring the kids out , we stuck around for their first SJ Seadogs QMJHL hockey game.  The kids were excited to see all the sights and sounds at the rink.  With 13 goals total and one big fight , they had their fill.  It was funny to see them surprised by the hitting at the boards, with  Rebecca saying, "that's called Checking!".  Hilarious.





New Year news

During our Christmas and New Year break, we had some fun with family and friends.


The girls had a visit from their Aunt Laurena and also took a trip to Resurgo Place, a museum in Moncton, where we all met with friends and cousins Karen and Kelly.  The museum has neat learning play stations, where you can try out experiments and inventions, plus the usual exhibits.  

New Years was a great time for the kids.  They were invited to their first New Years party and got psyched up with New Years movies and music before going.  The midnight fireworks were a big hit -- for some more than others!











We also took a trip to Cape Breton between the snow storms after New Years.  It was a short trip, but we were able to catch up with the grand parents, spending a few family days packed with activity.  The big hit was The snowstorm day where we spend time playing games, watching movies, sledding, 'belated Christmas dinner', snow wrestling and more silly games! 

Of course the beach combing in winter was our outdoor highlight.  

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I took a 11 kilometre snowshoe hike on my birthday as part of my 40 at 40 challenge this year.  Sheena gave a gift of hikes to me, and I just have to do them! I'll post more details on each one as I knock them down.  The first was in Wagmatook, Cape Breton.  I hiked in 3-4 feet of snow to the Humes River, in search of Humes Falls.  I did lose the trail near the end and without map or GPS, decided to turn around as it was getting late in the day.  Poor Willow was tired , not to mention her owner too.  A retry will be necessary. 


Moving into December already!

Seems like time is moving along really quickly this year.  We've already reached and passed first report cards for Grade 4 and Grade 3.  Both girls did really well and had great reports from their teachers during Parent/Teacher meetings.   


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We seem to hold true to our traditions each year at Christmas time, which means we'll have Hallmark Christmas movies playing around the third week of November, attend the Santa/Christmas parade in Moncton, our own house decorated for the Christmas Tree Party we host every year and our own Christmas Tree ready to go the week after.  

 Sheena's mom always enjoys when the kids come to their house and decorate their tree.  Here's Abby with a few smiles and getting into the spirit.  













We'll usually time our trip to Moncton for the Christmas Parade.  You can't beat their floats, marching bands, animals and the crowds for the event.  It was one of the nicer ones we've been to this year and with fireworks no less!








I snapped a quick photo of the kids waving to the man in the red and white suit at the end of the parade!  Both were quite excited to see him after an hour watching the others go by. 







We were introduced to winter this year in one swoop of snow overnight.  We lost power overnight during this storm and had about a foot of snow to play in, ripe for making snowmen and forts.  It seems to have stuck around as well for the Christmas Tree party, which we had this weekend.  Everywhere else in the area has brown grass still!  



With Christmas also comes Rebecca's first piano recital for the year.  This year, she played 'We Three Kings' and did very well playing in front of the crowd.