Monthly Archives: November 2010

Drive Safe!

Every time we drive past a fender bender (like this) or worse…  It can’t help but serve as a reminder of just how quickly things can go bad on a slippery Winter road.  So please be careful out there.  Plan an extra few minutes for even a short drive.  Take your time, and just be safe.  Lots of people are counting on you.

winter fender-bender

Winter Fender-Bender

Snowman II – The Remains

Within a couple of days, the girls’ snowmom, snowowl, and snowbaby had been destroyed.  Pushed over, trampled on, and left as nothing but piles and clumps of snow.  Then provided with an ever growing blanket of snow to cover their exposed remains, there is not much left to see.

a field of snow blanketing snowman remains

A snowy blanket to cover the remains of a murdered snow family.

 

And if you can’t see the little piles under the blanket of white, here’s another try from a different angle:

little lumps and clumps under the falling snow

Snowmen No More

Scraptastic Saturday – What do you think?

Before jumping into all the scraptastic fun…  What do you think?

Do you like the new look?  Any thoughts as to what YOU’d like to see in the title image?  I realize this blog was created to allow my participating in Project 365, but it will continue into the new year.  Sharing my thoughts, rants, photos, and stories has become a regular part of my life, and it’s not something I’m going to give up just because the year has come to an end.  So I really could use some thoughts on what you’d like to see.

Okay…  Scraptastic Saturday.  🙂

I’ve been scrapping like crazy the last couple of weeks.  And this week I got to work with a bunch of new designers…  which is always a treat.  I’ve found several new favourites and I highly encourage you check them all out at Polka Dot Plum.  Lots of gorgeous kits, templates, and other goodies to be found.  And this weekend there are a ton of 50% off sales there too.  So it’s the perfect time to stock up.

There is still time left to jump over to Enchanted Studio Scraps to take part in my definition challenge for November.  The word art I’ve created centers around the word SPECIAL, and it’s perfect for scrapbooking all those wonderful holiday memories from last year.  The download link can be found at ESS in the challenge thread (just look for November’s Definition Challenge).  Hope you’ll play along.

Since Kat (of Kat’s Creations) dissolved her creative team, I’d been on the lookout for a new spot…. and I’ve found it.  When Crystal (of Sugar Pie Scraps) opened her new store at PDP I met a bunch of new scraptastic ladies who are as quirky and as fun as I like to think I am.  LOL  It was a natural fit, and I was thrilled when they accepted me as a member of their creative team.  So now, not only am I a Sugar Pie Chef, but I’m a Sugar Plum too.

I’ve been scrapping layouts featuring my siblings with Lily-Ann.  And I’m proud to say I’ll start to work on the last one on Monday.  They’ve got super smoothly, and I’m really happy with how they’ve all turned out.  I guess the key is to figure out which one to share here today.  LOL  Hmmm….

Okay, you know what?  I’m not going to share any of them.  LMAO

Here’s Lily-Ann with her cousin Eliana:

Lily-Ann and Eliana

Lily-Ann Marie and Eliana Marina

The kit is by Brine Designs and is called Tayla, General Girl.  It’s available over at PDP…  so hop on over there and check out their Black Friday sales (going on all weekend).

Take care everyone, it’s cold out there.

Be good to each other.

Wii Time (and a holiday gift wish).

Today I managed to sneak in with the camera phone while the wee girlie and her daddy were playing on the Wii.  Usually as soon as they see the camera it’s all about avoiding being captured.  LMAO

I absolutely love that the two of them can play together on the Wii and have so many options.  Singing games, dancing games, kids games, sports games…  and that so many of them require them to get up and move.  Of course, with the camera phone, there was no chance in heck of me actually capturing a shot of them dancing to “hot potato”.  So I settled for them playing a sit down game.

Playing videa games.  ;)

Wii Love to Play!

 

Now, this photo leads me to my holiday gift wish.  Notice all the blur caused by the laughter?  They laugh, they move, and the moment is gone.  I love my big camera.  As a photographer, I NEED my big camera.  But sometimes (like going on school trips, taking the girlie swimming, or for snapshots like this one) I’d really like one of those pocket sized, point and shoot cameras.  As long as it has a quick shutter speed, and image stabilization I’d be happy…  but add on a bit of water or weather proofing and I’d be THRILLED.  LOL  So, any holiday elves out there?  That’s my holiday gift wish.  😉

The Festival of Trees!

Today I helped Lily-Ann’s teachers take the class to the Festival of Trees at The Western Development Museum here in Saskatoon.  Both the morning class and the afternoon class came, and we had a number of parent helpers… So each adult had three little ones to escort through the displays.  I took the wee girlie, Tahani, and Austin.  They had a wonderful time, and did pretty good with my holding hands rule.  I only had to threaten to “get medieval” a couple of times.  😉

I had a hard time narrowing down my photos today.  There were so many cute moments and lovely things to see.  But in the end, I had to go with this one:

peace ornament reflecting faces

PEACE

 

I just love how you can see bits and pieces of the children’s faces reflected in the mirrored ornament.  🙂  It was just a really nice moment.

I’m sure I’ll upload more to a facebook album, and when I do I’ll share the link here.  But again, you’ll only be able to see the photos if you are on my friends list.  Sorry all.  It’s about protecting the kids.

So…  time for me to go look in on my sleeping girlie.

Peace.  😉

 

Jack-o-lanterns, and racism, and chihuahuas… oh my!

So yesterday I didn’t post my photo.  Sorry everyone.  I wasn’t feeling great in the evening, and by the time we got home from doing a bit of grocery shopping (that we had to stop early because of how I felt) I just crashed right out.  I did take a picture though, so am posting it now.  🙂  Believe it or not our little pumpkin head is still in one piece on our front step.  LOL  I guess he doesn’t have to join his “friends” in the compost just yet.  😉

Jack-o-lantern in the snow

Jack froze his buns off (and everything else off for that matter).

 

Now onto something more serious…

I’m always surprised at the comments that people feel completely entitled to make as long as it’s prefaced with “I’m not racist, but…” or “I’m not homophobic, but…” or “I’m not _____, but…”.    To some  degree I’ve come to expect things like this from earlier generations, it still bothers me BUT I’ve come to accept it.  I don’t agree with it, but I realize there is likely little I will do to change their views.  However, to hear this from someone who is younger than I am just shocks me.  Perhaps it shouldn’t, but it does.

Why do I bring this up?  It’s been bugging me for a few days.  I was having a polite conversation with an acquaintance who prefaced a statement with one of the aforementioned qualifiers…  then proceeded to blurt out several racist stereotypes (which I won’t repeat).  I probably had a completely dumbfounded look on my face as I stood there in shock for what felt like an eternity, because he nudged me and asked “ya know?”

Well…  actually?  I don’t know.

I really thought this type of thing was something people my age (and especially those younger than me) had moved beyond.  The idea that someone who would have grown up in the same culture I had would still be holding onto ideas like this just totally threw me for a loop.  You can complain about a specific person, a specific incident, without complaining about an entire race of people who are as diverse and eclectic as night and day.

I actually debated about whether to blog this or not.  The fact that I’m still bothered by it a few days later is what decided it for me.  It really hurt my heart.  I hope these things aren’t something my daughter ever has to hear.  The only  “I’m not ____, but…”  she should ever be faced with is this:

I’m not vegan, but I can’t argue with vegan baked goods… DELISH!

 

My rant over, here’s a picture for today.  Marnie (the cream and white Chihuahua puppy) tattling that the other Chihuahuas (blue tri-colour Roo and black tri-colour Ned) won’t share the pillow.

The Chihuahua pack.

"I'm not a tri, but I deserve some pillow"

 

Scraptastic Saturdays – Then and Now

I have been a scrappin’ machine this last week.  Seriously, I’m usually content to get a LO or two done every week…  this week though?  I think I’ve finished SIX of them.  Like I said, scrappin’ machine.  LOL

So…  what I decided to share, are two layouts.  I didn’t plan them together or anything.  But  when I looked back through the week, I realized I created two that focused solely on the wee girlie, and both utilized templates by ScrapElf from the Silly Side collection.   One features pictures I took on Thursday, one features pictures her Daddy took the day she was born.

Without further ado.  Here’s Lily-Ann.  Then and Now.  🙂

Lily-Ann, when she was brand new.

Then

A fun and exhuberant three year old girl.

Now

 

Then – Sweet Baby kit by Missy’s Bits and AliSarah  & Silly Sides Template by ScrapElf.

Now – Potty kit for girls by Sugar Pie Scraps & Silly Sides Template by ScrapElf.

Slurpee!

It’s time for a frosty treat!  😀

Slurpees are something all three of us enjoy on a regular basis.  And to help make this treat a little more eco-friendly we all have reusable cups.  Tonight though it was just DH and I (as the wee girlie is off at a sleepover with her Pop Pop and Grams).  So here are our two reusable cups.  Can you guess which one is his and which is mine?  😉

His and hers slurpee cups

Mommy’s Little Yogi!

The wee girlie and I both enjoy Yoga.  So it was a proud mommy moment today when I caught the wee girlie teaching one of her stuffies a few basic poses.  🙂

Tree Pose

After demonstrating how Tree Pose is done, Lily-Ann helps move Rudolf into proper form (reindeer style), as a good Yogi should.

Next she demonstrates how to move from Downward Facing Dog into Cobra:

Moving from Downward Facing Dog into Cobra.

Cobra Pose

She finished up with Lion Pose – but asked that I put down the camera to join her for that one.  LOL

Nothing like a kitchen floor, impromptu, Yoga class.  😀

Like I said…  very proud mommy moment.

Wild about the wee girlie

So you’ve all had a chance to see the wee girlie looking cute, looking precious, looking darling, looking adorable, looking sweet, looking picture perfect…  well… here’s proof  that she can look downright goofy too.  LOL

Goofy Kid

It’s the only way  she’d let me take her picture today.  LMAO  So I just went with it.  I’m sure there will come a time when photos like this will make excellent blackmail material, but for now?  They’re just plain fun.  😉

On another note, the wee girlie took home her first report card today.  Of course, it’s just pre-k, so it’s nothing that warrants any worry.  And not a thing on it that surprised either her Daddy or myself.  It was just kind of neat…  a bit of a milestone, one of those “firsts” that you recall with fondness once they are passed.  Here’s how it read:

Now keep in mind, it’s not a standard report card…  it’s a little kid version.  LOL

I am…

– a good friend to my classmates

– very friendly and outgoing

– good at puzzles

I can…

– follow directions and complete a simple worksheet with little help

– actively participate in circle time

– share and take turns with reminders

I need to practice…

– using an inside voice, especially at circle time

– helping at clean-up time and putting toys away when finished

 

So, yeah…  No surprises there.  LOL

Wish us luck tomorrow.  We’re taking Marnie (our Chihuahua puppy) to the wee girlie’s class.  She’s a good puppy, excellent with people, so I have high hopes.  But like anything, a bad socialization outing can set you back in your training goals.  So positive vibes are appreciated.  😉

Night all.

Be good to each other.

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