March Break

 

 

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 I thought I would share a few photos of the girls on their March Break, which Sheena ensured was full of fun activities.  Nearly every day, they went skating and swimming at the Sussex Pool.  Both girls are becoming quite the skaters now.  Abby is actually using both feet and concentrates very hard on her technique.  Rebecca spends most time flying around the ice and has yet to learn how to stop.  

Sheena also took them on a group snowshoe/hike in Sussex at the Bluff Trail.  The photo below is Abby and her dear friend Kim.  Abby was demonstrating her caring self by taking care of her friend.  Sheena said they walked most of the trail hugging each other!


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Here is the group shot from the look off at the turn around point.  There were quite the lot of them!

 

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Sheena with the girls at the look off.  Poley ski hill can be seen in the background. 
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Rebecca enjoys a nice view from the look off.

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Our snow is piling high!  This sign is about 5 feet in the air.  We've been constantly shoveling it out the past month.

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Rebecca easily sitting on top of the well cover. There is a good 4 feet below her.

The girls also started a little play spot in the woods beside the driveway.  Here's Abby falling into a hole that Sheena made when trying to walk on top of the snow. 


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What have I been doing during March break? Well working of course, but also for the past 4 weeks I've been taking a kayaking safety course at the pool in Saint John.  Here's a few photos of me trying to practice the movements for rolling a kayak.  We use river runner/white water kayaks for practice, with nice neoprene skirts to prevent the water from coming in.  Notice my technique is a bit wrong with my head up instead of down!  

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Thanks to Bob Vlug of Eastern Outdoors for the photos.


Snow and more snow!

That's been the theme in the Maritimes for the last month. We've had about three and a half metres in as many weeks.  Despite the need for constant shoveling it seems, once the weather warmed up, the abundance of snow has made for excellent snow play.  

We spent the morning and afternoon digging out tunnels in the snow piles that have built up over the winter.  

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We also dug out their tree fort tunnel which has been buried almost to the four foot wall.


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We all contributed to another tunnel in the side yard.  The girls learned persistence pays off when digging a long tunnel (even though Dad had quit after Willow demolished his side!).  In the end, it was reminiscent of a movie we watched recently:

		LUKE (Dave) 
                
"You want the impossible.'
(focusing, quietly) All right, I'll give it a try. YODA (Sheena) No! Try not. Do. Or do not. There is no try.

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Yesterday, Sheena and I had a date (day) in the Fredericton area.  We first headed to Mactaquac Provincial Park for skating and snowshoeing.  We also found that there are many more activities there (sliding, cross country skiing) , necessitating another visit to explore more of them.

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The 'Murch' trail had seen little visitors due to the deep snow, well other than the deer and animals which had highlighted the trail for us.


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As always, the way back is easier.  We also found the spot where they have the 'Treego' (summertime zipline fun high up in the trees).

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Afterward, we dried off and headed to downtown Fredericton for some more skating before our dinner out.  This time, we found ourselves at Officer's Square on Queen St near the water.  In a neat setup, they have a warming hut/change room and ice all the way up to the door, which was convenient. 

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We ended off our evening at a great restaurant, Isaac's Way.  Best described as fancy dressed up pub food in an artsy atmosphere (an old courthouse, even with a vault as private dining room).   Here we are enjoying the night while waiting for our friends to join us for the meal. 

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Winter sets in, finally!

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With our first month of winter past us without much consistent snow, we've been hoping for some winter weather to stay so we could start our winter activities!   In the meantime, we had been taking the kids skating and swimming (indoors) as winter activities. 


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There's a couple of rinks in our area.  The rink in Norton is an outdoor rink and great for a quick skate outside as its open most of the day.  Abby has been picking up on skating very quickly.  She's gaining confidence with each time out.

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On Sundays, we've been heading to Sussex for the free skate at the Hussars arena.  The girls really appreciate the smooth ice and music to practice speed skating!
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Our second last snowstorm had some ice mixed in with it, making the trees glint nicely in the afternoon sun.   As for snow, we're certainly into it now with our first blizzard of the year.  Hopefully we'll get some quality snowshoeing in no time now.