Life Lately

A quick glimpse in to everyday life lately.

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This weekend a dear friend (and her husband) came to visit. We first met in Dr. Beattie’s Calculus class (a subject about which we shared a mutual detestation); I was the *cough* keener in the front row, she was the cool one sitting one row behind. We chatted off and on throughout the term and, for some reason, the morning of our Calculus final she invited me out to lunch (garlic fingers at Jack’s). The rest is just glorious history.

In the eight years that have passed since (where does the time go?) we’ve shared engagements and weddings and births – every elation and heartbreak. She is one of the most determined women I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet – and regardless of her circumstances (this has been a rough year for her family) still manages to be cheerful.

It was wonderful to see her again (we had a fantastic girls weekend on PEI this summer, too!), and though the visit was painfully short (less than 24 hours), it was a great time to reminisce and catch up. Also, there is nothing more special than seeing your friends love your children.

Aside from a quick shopping trip, eating copious amounts of delicious food, and playing Settlers…we also managed to squeeze in time for a walk around a local trail, and Abby was remarkably happy from the confines of her stroller!

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We purchased a potty for Abby a few weeks ago. Though I’m not ready (nor do I think it necessary yet) to start potty-training, I wanted her to get used to the idea. While she refuses to sit on it – even if fully clothed – she loves stuffing all her animals into the seat and pushing it around the house. (*the potty has never been used, so despite appearances, this is quite hygienic!).

Poor Mickey was forgotten…

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Excuse the mess – it was feeding time at the zoo – but I had to share this picture of Abby helping me make a smoothie. She was SO proud to be standing up alongside me. She was incredibly patient, and insisted on putting each strawberry, grape, and banana slice into the blender one at a time.

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Finally, I have to give a shout-out to one of my favourite spots: my alum Mount Allison. Last week, they received another top billing from Macleans!  Proud is an understatement. I’ll have to do a post on all-things-Mountie in the near future.

The picture below spells MtA if you weren’t able to decipher our body letters.

Cape Split Trek

John and I set out this summer with two exercise goals – hike both Blomidon and Cape Split. While we accomplished the first hike mid-July, the latter kept getting pushed further and further into the summer. It’s a long enough distance from our house that it takes some planning, and we knew that we wanted some company for the long walk. Specifically, our close friends the Abriels. Last Monday evening I came home from a run and walked into the kitchen to be very literally “surprised” by the Abriel family, who paid us an impromptu visit. Then and there we decided this would be the weekend! Lunches were prepared, back-packs were filled and off we went.

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Preparing to head off on our hike (Photo courtesy of the Abriels)

It’s a lovely, well-maintained trail. At 16 km round-trip (with no alternate route out other than walking), it’s not for the faint of heart, but we hiked it in record time this year (a little over an hour each way). The views are spectacular, and the weather was perfect – a bit overcast, cool, and calm.

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The view at the end (from Jaydon’s perspective). Photo from the Abriels

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Abby slept for a portion of the hike heading out to the Cape. She devoured lunch, and then had a great time exploring.

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We stayed at the end for about an hour – enough time to eat, enjoy the view, and rest weary muscles. Before long it was time to pack up and head home. Of course, to me at least, the walk back always seems longer (even though it is more downhill walking). I wore Abby in the Ergo on my back (we’re trying to get her used to this carrier since we’ll be taking it to Denmark); the last kilometer or so she was getting less and less happy about her perch on my back, so Stacy, Glen, and I serenaded her with an assortment of Sunday School choruses.

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Beautiful butterfly out at Cape Split.

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We make sure to take at least one picture in this tree during each hike out.

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One of the colourful mushrooms John noticed on the way back.

A bit sore, but feeling successful in our adventure, we headed home. To hold off supper for a while, we headed out (sans John) to the local reservoir. Not quite the water retreat of Grand Lake, but you work with what you have. Again, Abby was thrilled, and refused to get out even when her little gums and tiny teeth were chattering.

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