Friday, January 11, 2019

Sledding At Mooney's Bay 2018

We spent Christmas in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada this year. Boogs really missed the snow when Grandmaman (GM) and Grandpapa (GP) came down to Texas for Christmas last year. We arrived at my in-laws' house at 1:30 a.m. on Christmas Day. After a few hours of sleep, we had breakfast, opened presents, and then the call of snow to my son's heart was so strong that we had to go sledding at Mooney's Bay. There were not that many people sledding on Christmas Day.
Decisions to make: toboggan or saucer, big hill or little hill
Daddy and Boogs racing down the little hill

Boogs and me on the little hill. I had my knee brace on and couldn't bend my leg to fit all the way on the saucer. 

It was a long tough climb back up the big hill. My guys went dow the big hill many, many times. I only went once. It was too hard for me to climb back up.

Much easier to get back up the little hill

The weather was perfect for sledding, 12 F (-11 C), cold and sunny.
Boogs wore a smile like this for the entire three hours we were at the hill.

Sledding on New Year's Eve was an entirely different experience! There was pure ice at Mooney's Bay Hill. You did not even need a sled to slide down the hill. We had so much fun! I can't remember the last time we all laughed so hard or for so long. We only went down the little hill.
Boogs was our guinea pig, we let him try out sledding without a sled before we tried it out. In case you were wondering, it was a water bottle that fell out of Boogs' jacket pocket on his way down the hill.

Boogs chose to twist and spin all the way down the hill. He loved it!

I tried to film Daddy sliding down the hill. His pants were more slippery than mine so he was able to catch up and bang into me before we made it to the bottom of the hill. I could not control which way I was facing and kept spinning backwards.

Our view going down the hill.

Family Slide - Daddy was facing backwards to film us, Boogs in the middle, and I was the caboose. Boogs pushed us both away so he could slide on his own. He is so funny. We did not get a lot of pictures/video of him this day because he was so fast to go back up and then down the hill.

We each tried the hill on the saucer. Man, was it fast! It sounded like an airplane was flying overhead. This was my second time down the hill on the saucer. The first time, I didn't bail off the saucer fast enough and hit the hay bales pretty hard. The hay was supposed to protect you from hitting the fence but the hay bales were frozen as hard as rocks.
What a fun way to endure enjoy a cold day!
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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Mer Bleue Feed the Birds Hike

Every year that we are in Canada for Christmas, we go on a hike to feed the birds. This has been a tradition since before Boogs was born. Mer Bleue is about a ten minute drive from Grandmaman and Grandpapa's house in Ottawa, Ontario. It was -10 C (13 F) during our hike. That is really cold for a Texas native.
Grandpapa always takes us to our favorite spot for feeding the birds. Grandmaman did not join us on our hike this year. She was worried about the conditions on the trail being too icy. It turns out there was enough fresh snow to make the trail easy to navigate. Boogs really missed Grandmaman on this hike.
My husband and Boogs decided it would be a good idea to walk over the frozen creek on this log. Luckily, the ice was thick enough not to break when they each fell off. While one of them was on the log, the other was at the end bouncing up and down trying to make them fall.
When we made it to our favorite spot, the chickadees did not hesitate to swoop down and grab a few seeds out of our hands. Often, there was more than one bird visiting your hand at once.
Look at that smile on Boogs face. He would stand here for hours if we let him.
It is hard to be still and quiet while you wait for the birds.
 We tried a few different spots near the little bridge on the trail.
It's always fun to see what will happen if you put a few seeds on your head.
This little chickadee posed with me for a selfie.
I took this slow motion video of a chickadee landing on my hand. Boogs watched it later and gave me a sports announcer voice playback of the chickadee's moves. It was hilarious. I can't remember all that he said, but he was adamant that the bird was angry with "the fool who dared to supply inferior seed". This little bird appeared to be giving me dirty looks after he rejected the last two seeds in my hand.
Of course there were squirrels around raiding the bird feeders.
 This little squirrel made a fantastic leap from the tree to the feeder.

Boogs likes to make me nervous. This log had a layer of ice covered by a thin layer of snow. I was down the trail trying to help a fallen cross country skier while Boogs was climbing this. Just before the second picture, he had been walking up the log. I was too slow the get a picture until he was ready to jump down.
Mer Bleue is such a beautiful place to hike in the winter. There are too many mosquitoes to enjoy hiking here in the spring or summer. We came in May a couple of years ago. Each step on the trail sent hundreds of mosquitos flying up from the ground. Winter is much better.
Boogs and Daddy like to wrestle in the snow, chase each other with big sticks, and push each other off of the low walkway bridges.
We always enjoy our family tradition of feeding the birds. Here are a few pictures from previous years. I guess we like to buy red snowsuits for Boogs.
We love going on this hike every year. It is always better with a beautiful layer of snow.
What traditions do you do as a family during the holidays?

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Monday, December 24, 2018

Cutesy the Elf Days 19 - 24

We are still enjoying finding Cutesy every morning. The month of December has flown by. I can't believe tomorrow is Christmas Day. Merry Christmas!

Day 19: Cutesy was hanging out by the back door with a riddle. Boogs had to crack the code by solving Algebra problems. Boogs was not thrilled with Cutesy's math assignment for him. Ha!
Day 20: Cutesy was hard to find. He was hanging out on the light fixture above the dining room table.
Day 21: Cutesy was sitting on the bookshelf in the playroom with a dancing elf to celebrate the last day of school in 2018. Unfortunately, Boogs was feeling a bit under the weather. Boogs did not go to school this day. Instead, he went to the doctor's office. Extra rest should fix him right up.
Day 22: Cutesy was snuggled on the couch with a few friends to read The Polar Express. We have read this book every year since Boogs' first Christmas. Cutesy also had a Grow A Train package with him.
Day 23: The Purple Minion has had it out for Cutesy for many years. He has dangled Cutesy from a ceiling fan, trapped him in a Lego cage, helped a troop of Army men capture Cutesy, trapped him in a spiderweb, taken his Fun Dip candy, used a penguin popper to shoot ping pong balls at Cutesy, and even cheated at Monopoly. It was no surprise to find the Purple Minion sitting on Cutesy while saying, "What Elf? I don't know anything!" Boogs laughed when he saw him this morning and said, "I'm having an internal struggle of whether I want to upwrap him or not." Boogs gave in and unwrapped him about 20 minutes later. 
Day 24: It took Boogs a long time to find Cutesy this morning. Cutesy was hiding with a box of 25 Magic Card Tricks this morning. Boogs can practice these tricks before we see Grandmaman and Grandpapa for Christmas.
You can see why he was so hard to find, Cutesy blends right into the tree.

What are your elves doing this year? You can find all of Cutesy's adventures for the past seven years on my Cutesy the Elf Pinterest board or by clicking the "elf" tag after this post.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Cutesy the Elf Days 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Cutesy has been very busy lately.

Day 14: Cutesy was hiding in a great spot. It took quite a bit of time for Boogs to find him under the console table. Cutesy had a big yarn ball with a note, "I thought you needed to unwind. Pull here."
Boogs had a great time unwinding the yarn ball. He ran around the house while the ball unraveled in his wake. Boogs eventually started throwing the ball to make it unwind faster. He had to give that up when the ball narrowly missed knocking down the manger on top of the curio cabinet. Eventually, the last bit of yarn was removed to reveal a light up bouncy ball.
Day 15: Boogs awoke to find his doorway blocked by a giant balloon Christmas tree. The tree had to be relocated to the closet door in Boogs' bedroom so Boogs could get in and out of his room.
Every year, Cutesy the Elf tries to trap Boogs inside his room. This is what he did last year:
Boogs kept the lights on his door for weeks. But, he did have to rearrange them around the door frame to get out of his room.

Day 16: Boogs found Cutesy lounging in a deflated beach ball hammock with The Boys' Book of Adventure (I think Cutesy found the book at a used book store). Cutesy had bookmarked four pages. It looked like Cutesy had worked on the ideas from those four pages. He made himself a hammock, started a heroic saga for Boogs to finish, left a riddle to solve, and started designing a maze for Boogs to complete.
Day 17: Boogs did not finish the maze or the heroic saga, even though Cutesy asked him to. So, Cutesy decided to spend one more day with his hammock. Boogs found Cutesy trying to climb back in the hammock.
Day 18: Cutesy was hanging out in the curio cabinet with the Playmobile guy next to Nonnie and Papa's picture. That Playmobile guy has been hiding all over the house for three years. We went to a scuba diving museum in Florida several years ago. The museum had Playmobile figures hidden in each display room. It was like a treasure hunt to find them. We took that idea home with us. Since then, Boogs and I take turns hiding the Playmobile guy.
A week ago, Cutesy brought Boogs a gingerbread house. We finally got around to decorating it. I thing Boogs did a great job this year. It probably really helped that this house was pre-assembled. We always have so much trouble getting our walls to stay up.

What are your elves doing this year? You can find all of Cutesy's adventures for the past seven years on my Cutesy the Elf Pinterest board or by clicking the "elf" tag after this post.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Cutesy the Elf Days 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

On day 9 of Cutesy's visit, Cutesy left a note on the back of the snowman that said he was a little homesick for snow. Cutesy used his magic to make a little bit of snow. He asked Boogs to help him make some more.
On day 10, Cutesy built himself a little car to race down the banister.
It looked like Cutesy had been reading Greek Myths on day 11. Cutesy had a tiny Origami Trojan Horse and a kit for Boogs to make his own Trojan Horse.  Cutesy propped up the wooden horse and left a few other pieces and some nails for Boogs to use. 
Here is a closer view of Cutesy's Origami Trojan Horse. Boogs said it looked more like a dog than a horse. Doesn't he realize that Cutesy basically has mittens for hands?
On Day 12, Cutesy was feeling cold and warmed up with a few pair of cozy socks.
On day 13, Cutesy was captured by a bunch of Lego mini-figures. We think Elfy was behind this bit of mischief.
What are your elves doing this year? You can find all of Cutesy's adventures for the past seven years on my Cutesy the Elf Pinterest board or by clicking the "elf" tag after this post.