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Saturday, August 20, 2016

our boy

It's been a two day celebration around here for Noah's birthday. Our boy is now 7 years old, and has entered into the world of being a mid aged kid. He's no longer a little boy, not quite into his preteen years, he is in the middle. 
Growing up is hard sometimes. Everyday, he is faced with new challenges and is learning more complex ideas. Some days are hard on him (learning can be hard and tiring) and some days are amazing (success!) but always, it's honour to witness him navigate through it all. 
Noah is a good boy. He is such an easy going, helpful, responsible, and kind kid.  He is an amazing big brother, who sets the bar quite high. He's so amazing this boy. 
These days, Noah is into animals, especially the beaver. He loves to read about mammals, loves to learn about them and play make believe with his stuffies. He still loves his lego, loves to ride his bike, loves to play soccer, and is even learning to love to swim. 
Noah's birthday this year included, presents of lego, stuffy beavers, books and a painting I did for him. We had breakfast in bed, swimming lessons, all you can eat sushi, a water balloon fight, a movie, dinner and cake! 
His party was held at an indoor wall climbing gym, and included friends from the neighbourhood, school, and beavers. We played games, climbed and climbed, ate too many sweets, and had a blast.
We wanted Noah to have an epic birthday, and I'm pretty sure, that is what it ended up being! It's been a special celebration, just for him, just for our boy. 
We love you so much Noah. 

Monday, August 8, 2016

one last ....

It's early August and the days are long and hot. We are more than half way through our summer vacation, and this is where we (the parents) are having to tap into our reserves. Our patience, energy and enthusiasm is running low. The kids know it, and are fighting more than usual. It's hard to find the momentum to continue on with the day trips to the beach, the pool, the library. It all seems like so much work, and it all falls on us. 

Each day, I scan my phone weather app, looking for a hint of cooler Fall weather. I am weary of taking Wesley (and the older two for that matter) out on those hot and muggy 30+ degree days. I wish to take my kids into the forest for a long walk, or down to the dyke. Instead, I find myself resorting to the cool air we have at home thanks to our heat pump, but at home, we all crowd each other. 
It's always at this point in the summer, that I yearn for the turn in seasons to happen. Tapped out, I begin to feel tired and ready to slow down. I crave slow days. I wish for cool weather. I want permission to be at home and be cozy. While my heart wants all these lovely things, summer isn't done yet, and I know that I must keep going. 
Somewhere in there, I need to muster the momentum to have those picnics, take those day trips, and most importantly enjoy this uninterrupted time with my children. It's not easy, with us all on top of one another, but soon we will be finding a new rhythm to our days, and I have a feeling I will miss my long hot days with them.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

island living

 If you know me, you know that I start to look for signs of Fall nice and early. Of course I squealed with delight upon finding some leaves that were ready to change. 

There's something symbolic about travelling onto an island, I think. To travel onto an island, is like leaving one world behind, to enter a new one. 
Islands have always held that sort of magic for me. I have early memories of taking the ferry to Prince Edward Island and to Grand Manan Island, and there's something so special about the passage of time that it takes to get there, the water that surrounds it and the feeling of being isolated (in a good way). 
This past weekend, we had two island experiences, here in Nova Scotia. 
Our first experience was a 3 night glamping (yes, we have a camper) trip to Graves Island Provincial Park. A small island, just off the mainland and connected by a small cosway, this spot was absolutely beautiful. Views of the Atlantic ocean, wild berries to pick, paths and walking trails to discover. It was a beautiful spot, and I felt a real sense of peace and calm while there. 
Our second island experience, was a long anticipated, day trip to Big Tancook Island. 
This trip required some planning on our part and a 1 hrs ferry ride too. It was a lovely spot, but I'm not quite sure that it is such a "young children" friendly trip, as it required more walking than we expected. It was a very hot day, and the kids were pretty exhausted from it all, as was Ryder. 

Despite being tired, we still had fun exploring the island, and again, the views were breath taking. The highlight for sure was the ferry ride, and the abundant beach glass at the beach. 
This summer has so far turned out to be one giant vacation, and almost daily,  I am reminded of how blessed we are to live here. It used to be, that I would get to enjoy the East Coast once a year for a week or two over the summer. It would be something I craved and dreamed about throughout the year, and now, at the risk of sounding cheesy, I am living that dream. To see my littles play in the ocean, bury their toes in the sand, and chase the surf ... well, really, it is so special. This is our home. This is our life, and we are beyond blessed.  

Weekend memories ... 

~ wild blueberries and raspberries ~ bike rides and walks on the trails ~ campfires ~ white sand ~ crashing waves ~ sea salt air ~ wild roses ~ picnics on the beach ~ salt and vinegar chips ~ a boy and his dog ~ stunning sunsets ~ games of "go fish" ~ family time. 

Friday, July 22, 2016

east coast summer visit

Confession. It's 5:30 am and I may or may not have snuck a bowl of left over lobster mac' n cheese. There I said it. Hungry? Perhaps. Emotional eating after Sarah has left? Probably. 

We just capped a short but sweet 4 day visit with Sarah and her 4 amazing girls, Abby, Hailey, Robin and Summer (we definitely missed having Rich here).
To have them here, was so special. We spent 3 solid days by, near or in the ocean. We explored, played, ran, ate, drank, and pretty much lived up summer on the East Coast, the best way we knew how to.
If I had to sum up our trip in words, this is how it would go. 
Beach, sand, sun, play, run, discover, epic, soul satisfying, shells, bathing suits, hats, sunglasses, bbq, wine, heat, bags and bags packed for the beach, ice cream, friends. 
The effort it took Sarah to get here does not go unnoticed. She drove for 2 days to get to us, alone, with her 4 girls. It means so much to us, that they came all this way to see us. It means so much to us to have these beautiful memories, stored away in our hearts. 
The nature of the RCMP lifestyle takes us all over the country. It allows us to see places we would never see and make friends who become more like family, than anything else. The Nimans are our "chosen family". We have shared some pretty profound moments in our lives with them, and it's been a blessing to watch our children grow together. 
When we moved to Nova Scotia, I wondered if we had made the right decision. While I was torn that we hadn't moved back close to family and friends, I hoped that our beautiful location would entice our friends and family to come out and visit us, and so far it has!
This morning upon waking up, the first words to come from Noah's mouth were, "Life was better with Abby." I hear ya buddy. Saying goodbye is hard.