Rock climbing adventures with Ancy Nancy

I LOVE my nephews who are now 4 and 5 years old. When I moved to Ontario in 2006, they lived in Ireland. I never flew home all that often and two summer’s ago they finally made the big move over to Newfoundland. Now? I fly home as often as possible which is just 2-3 times per year. But it’s still better than waiting over a year to meet my nephew, ever.

I almost forget to see the rest of my family and friends when I’m home because I’m so busy hanging out with the lil’ dudes.

I surprised Kelan at kindergarten and from there we spent the day with his Mom/my Sister-In-Law and was downtown for the majority of it. I carried him on my shoulders most of the way. CrossFit muscles put to use. Ugh, just adorable. I also surprised Ruairi at school but I think I spooked him a little since he thought I was someone else until I smiled at him and spoke his name. Oops.I even made asked Kelan carry my brand new Fossil purse for a while. He rocked it… and told me he loved the color. This kid’s got style, I mean look at his pose.

I took them to the local climbing gym for their first rock climbing experience. Sure I’m an ol’ hen at this gig. Can you believe I’ve been climbing for 17 years? I shouldn’t say that too loud, makes me feel old.

Ruairi giving it a try. Look at his little baby hands going up the wall in his lego sneakers. He was a pro! :)

Kelan is bouldering here, and I’m spotting him in case he falls! Serious face at all times are in order, for spotting ;)

Here he is going again on his own! Little monkey.

One way to tire kids out? Take them climbing. These fella’s climbed for over two hours! Exhausting on my end, too. I needed a nap.

That wasn’t the only time I popped into the climbing gym when I was home. I met up with my three climbing friends!

Johanna and I…yay buddies! She’s now engaged — wahooo!!! Aw man. I just noticed you can’t see her blingy ring in the photograph. Can’t be hiding that rock Johanna.

What time is it? …. It’s time to climb! Bam. Love my shirt? This is Kerry and I below. She reads my site every so often, so hello Kerry! Miss you already!

Lori and I have known each other since we started climbing together back in 1995. Woah.

My new favorite photo of the three of us. All finished climbing and getting ready to head out.Whewf. Busy climbing days for sure. I’ll be back with another re-cap. Most likely all about my nephews no less. Hope ya don’t mind!

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St. John’s, my home.

My Mom sent me this YouTube video not too long ago of St. Johns, Newfoundland. My hometown, my neighborhood. She sure does know how to make a girl homesick.

If you’d like to know what the beautiful scenery looks like around back home you should watch this video. :) The music is a typical kind of song you’d hear downtown at the bars. Of course there are other bars that play popular music. But this is Newfie music you’d have a dance to. I love it.

Whenever I call home whether it be to my parents house, or my Brother/S-I-L’s place. They always ask me when I’m coming home next. I haven’t been home at all during the summer for quite a few years. Perhaps I’ll make the trip come Labour Day. We’ll see…we’ll see.

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Thanksgiving in Newfoundland

I flew home from October 7-12 last week to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family back home in Newfoundland. The trip was fantastic and I spent the majority of my time with my two youngest nephews who are 3 and 5.  It was also a damp, drizzly windy cold weekend when I went home, and of course the tropical flowers were not wilting/dying in Ontario where the weather was hotter than the hottest day of summer. Half jealous I missed it. I ended up getting to Toronto airport two hours before I needed to be there. There was an incident with the Security, which held up lines for hours and hours. I thought that going there early I’d at least make my flight. But by the time I got there, everything was cleared up and I had 2 hours to kill. So I picked up some supper. It was disgusting. I also did a bit of Christmas shopping at Lush. It was wonderful. Except for the fact they charged me for an extra bath bomb and I didn’t realize it until I was in another province.

I got little sleep on Friday night as I arrived home at about 4am. I couldn’t contain my excitement so I woke up at about 7am so I could drive over to my Brothers house to hang out with my nephews. First, my Mom and I got a few groceries, then headed to the broski’s house where I played with my nephews for hours til lunch time came along. We made mini-pizzas!

Kelan enjoyed it! He’s also sporting the purple Dinosaur shirt I gave him for his birthday a few months back. Score 2 points for Ancy Nancy. Kelan LOVES the color purple and also likes Dinosaurs. Dude. Wicked.Ruairi also loved his pizza. Mister Chatster-McChatty didn’t make a peep at all when he was chomping down.

After lunch I strapped the kids into their car seats and headed out on an adventure to the mall! Ruairi has the best names for his stuffed animals, and ended up naming the Sock Monkey I gave him: Mr Murphy. Except he calls it Mistuh Muh-fee. So cute.

At the mall Kelan spotted this kids cart. I told him to go claim it. It was literally across the hall and he was darting, weaving in and out of “traffic” (people) and hopped right in until I walked over. I almost keeled over in tears laughing at him racing through to claim the fire truck cart.

Isn’t it super cute? It definitely kept them from running away from me at least.

The boys got thirsty so I bought them a cherry slushie. I took the first sip, just to test if it was safe enough for them to drink ;) Of course, it brought back memories… and I wanted to drink it all on them. But I shared.

On actual Thanksgiving Day everyone came over to my parents house and of course I took a monstrosity amount of photos, to show you all. I’m tellin ya, this is going to be one lengthy blog post! ;)

Ruairi was pretending to be asleep. Hey! It’s time to smile, boy.

There we go.

Kelan loves his photo being taken. My little superstar has a hollywood smile! :)

Hanging out with Ancy Nancy on the loveseat. Look at them both cuddled up to me.  Ha! I win.I’m pretty sure they’d do anything I’d ask them to. Speaking of which, I asked if I could put Ruairi’s hair in a pony tail. He agreed. I later asked if I could paint his finger nails. He surprisingly agreed with that too, but unfortunately I didn’t bring any hot pink nail polish with me ;) Little rosey cheeks on him!

The next day I went climbing with a few friends back home.

Oops! Everyone loves a good candid shot.Here we all are, smiling :) Good friends for 10+ years!Going up….coming down!I tested out my friends new (t0 me) harness. Arc’teryx has automatic double-backing harnesses which I do not like at all. But here I am on the wall testing it out, lol.

I’ll spare you the details and just supply you with a handful of the many many photos I took over my weekend trip. Here are some of my favorite photos.

I had a fantastic trip and I’ll be back home for Christmas in less than 10 weeks! I can’t wait to see everyone again :)

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