Sunday, April 13, 2014

River Walk

The weather is starting to warm up, it is not hot by any means, but warmer.  I will say this, I am typing this with a blanket wrapped around me and sitting by the fire...  There is a river that runs by the house and it has a trail that you can walk along the river.  We went for a walk this morning along the river.  We decided to see where it took us and how far we could go before the kids wore out.  The path still has a lot of snow on it and we would sink into some of the soft spots.  It made for some uneven footing.  At one spot in the trail was a bridge that went over the river, but you did not know that was the case because of all the snow, Paul stepped off of the bridge part and he sunk his entire leg into the snow, his foot never touched water, but it was a long drop.  We went past a little lake and the kids were excited to see the ducks.  Nathan had a good time naming the different types of ducks there are.  There was a large portion of the lake that is still frozen.  Along the path there was a park that we stopped at and let the kids play at for a while.  It will be nice when the snow is gone and we can walk without falling into soft pockets of snow and sinking! 


frozen lake
 



Male pintail


 


Saturday, April 5, 2014

Day Off

    Yesterday was Paul's EDO (earned day off), he is given one day a month off every month.  When the kids are at school we take the day to get a cup of coffee and muffin then go shopping.  Since the past two have been during lent we have gone for fish and chips at lunch.  Yesterday we drove to the coast and ate at a restaurant that overlooked the water.  It as a beautiful day and was good food.  It has been nice to have a day a month with just the 3 of us. 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

NO Foolin'

I know today is April fools day however this is no joke!!  It started snowing yesterday mid morning and has not stopped.  Suppose to snow through the night and some tomorrow morning.  We are suppose to get 10 to 20 inches.  I am pretty sure we have passed the 12 inch mark.  The kids are home from school and Paul did not go to work, snow day all around.

I use to love the snow and cold, but I have had enough of it.  It is April and I am ready for some grass, flowers and birds chirping.  Hopefully soon, this will all stop and we can get outside for walks and enjoy it all.   The locals keep telling us that this is not normal and normally by this time the snow has melted and there may be some snow flurries, but nothing like this.  Hard to believe it is April!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Hockey

This week Nathan and Emily started doing power skating after school.  Emily does it on Monday and Nathan on Wednesday.  Power skating is a beginning level of hockey.  The kids do drills and scrimmage.  Nathan is actually doing it with a younger group as they do not offer it to the 5th grade, the 5th graders are on the hockey team.  The coach has agreed to let Nathan do it with the 2nd and 3rd graders to help him get comfortable and gain some confidence.  Emily is so much fun to watch, it is right up alley.  She loves getting out there and sliding on the ice and skating.  Nathan plays hockey very much like he plays soccer, speeds up to get the puck and works it to the goal, I am amazed at how similar the two sports are.  They are both getting a workout and I am building up my tolerance to the cold.  IT is FREEZING in the ice rink!
Emily

Nathan

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Bannerman Park

This morning we took the kids to Bannerman Park to go ice skating.  Bannerman Park is a park in town and in the winter the put in a skating rink.  It is open to the public at  no charge.  The kids had a really good time.  They are really enjoying ice skating and the snow.  I am impressed at how well they are getting on the skates. 
           




 

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Gone Sledding

       Today we took a break from working around the house to take the kids to Pippy Park and go sledding.  There was quite a few people there and kids were being taken out by sleds left and right.  It is one hill and the kids go up and down at will.  For the most part people are careful, but some of the older kids are not as careful and sometimes you can not always predict which direction your sled will go once you start down the hill.  Emily kept trying to miss kids but she kept going right at them and would tip over to avoid hitting them.

Kayla and Reagan

Nathan going over the hills

Kayla getting ready...

Paul and Nathan

Griswold

Emily, with no obstacles (other kids)

Reagan with Emily, Reagan about to fall off.

Catching some air!




    After sledding we went for a "hike" around the lake.  The kids enjoyed the sledding and the walk however Maddie and Reagan were DONE halfway through the walk. There are a lot of people that go out for walks and take their dogs.  I am excited for the snow to melt so I can really see all the walking trails that I can take Reagan for walks on. 






Saturday, February 8, 2014

Gone to Town..

   This morning we went to town to get post cards, which the kids have been wanting to do for weeks.  While we were down there we walked around a little.  Some of the kids were not dressed appropriately and there was a lot of whining so when I say we walked a little I stress the "little" part.  It was a beautiful day, COLD but beautiful.  
Girls sitting on a Newfoundland and Labrador

town behind Kayla and Reagan

Notice who is NOT wearing a jacket...

Signal Hill