Owl spit

Markus won a championship and dissected an owl pellet in the same week. He is on the top of the World.

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He is Mr. Goalie-pads

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This is too cool except for the bit where I now have a dead mouse that an owl spat out on my kitchen table…

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Trev and Owie have been doing a lot of reading and art.

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Chris: I have a lot of songs in my head.
Owen: If you mix them all together, you’ll get one big song called life.

Winter

We have had a very nice winter so far. Markus got serious about hockey and skating. He is playing defence and trying out playing the net. He is super motivated

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With Trevor and Owen I have been going xcountry skiing. Chris and Markus join us when they can.

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Though we usually go to the lovely trails near Kanata, I have been taking them to ski to cabins in the Gatineau park.

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They are not terribly enthused about it, but usually do enjoy the experience.

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Mont Sainte-Anne

This October we enjoyed a lovely vacation from our base camp in Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré.

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Close to Quebec City where St Lawrence widens into the ocean, we enjoyed both hikes and the feeling of being at the sea. Owen run up Mont Sainte-Anne and Trevor carefully inspected every cargo ship on the horizon.

Summer, part I

It has been summer around our house and things have been absolutely crazy (in a good way).

Here are some fun things we have done…

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We went on our annual Beaverbrook camping trip and had a great time paddling on the Kemptville Creek.

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While paddling we stumbled onto the Kemptville festival and checked out a retired hot air balloon

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Then Trev went on an awesome vacation…

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And the rest of us stayed home and partied in our backyard.

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We went on some nice walks.

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And even rode our bikes a bit.

Lego races

The boys had a Lego car race. This is Trevor’s report: “Today we had are first weekly V6 race for me I sadly lost my tire and got eliminated Markus won p.s. the Balb Guy is Markus the robot is me and the guy in the jacket is Owen”
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The winner, Markus, got to wear the victory suit

I don’t know if they had any more car races but they did build a big boat.

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Meanwhile, Markus is all about making ridiculous statements.

M: Oh, new Chirp magazine! Ages 3 to 6. If I get any older I am doomed.
I don’t even want to have a birthday, I just want to continue reading Chirp

C: “Screen time has been proven to ruin children”…
T: I resent that!
M: I reject that! Even though I never actually married it….

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He has grown his hair so it is almost as big as mine.

April

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Markus gos an owl shaped kite. I had to rescue it from the roof of the school but it is still good.

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Trevor has passed the babysitting course. This is Tweet, his first charge.

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Owen at the optometrist’s office.

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Markus helping with with coffee biking.

Eleven!

It has been a mild, easy February.

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The boys did some concept work. Here is Owen’s plan for a cat robot:

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Trevor is making plans for a large house. He is going to build a model of it during the March break.

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Markus has been watching the Olympics and wants to do a lot of sports. His current favourite is figure skating, but others will do as well.

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Winter Break

Tomorrow these boys go back to school after the two week break. We are all refreshed and ready for 2018.

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The temperature during the break was -20C on the average so we did not got to do too much outside.

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A few forts maybe…

We started skiing and snowboarding and went to a few museums.

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Trevor has gotten into building model airplanes and Markus still loves owls and angles. He asked me to make him owl mittens. I tidied up his room and he was so happy he said it was the best day of his life. He doesn’t even need to clean his room any more – he can just put things where they belong!!!

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Owen’s favourite book series is the Grumpy Cat graphic novel. He even got few posters of Grumpy up on his wall.