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Lily, Damon, Keegan, Rob, and the Bear.

Friends of ours were in town this weekend to spend Thanksgiving with family, and we were happy that most of us were able to make some time today to get together.  The  five of us headed out to the Forestry Farm Park and Zoo.  We were there all afternoon, and time went much too fast.  Between the zoo, the new playground, and the fishing pond, we could have easily spent another couple hours hanging around.

For those of you in Saskatoon who haven’t made it to the new playground at the Forestry Farm yet, now is the time to do so.  There is free admission to the park (not to the zoo, just to the park) until late Spring/early Summer… and with the mild weather, you couldn’t ask for a nicer time to go play.  🙂

With that said, here’s the gang hanging out with a bear.

Damon, Lily, Rob, Keegan, and Pooh.

Princess Pinky, the Maiden in the Middle, and other finger friends.

A handful of fun friends came to visit with the wee girlie during a break at our Collective Kitchen leadership training today.  And they all fit onto her Auntie Riki’s hand (who also happened to be taking the training).  🙂

Four Friends

 

You can click the image above to bring it up larger if you’d like to see a little more of our four friends.  LOL

Girlfriends!

This  week I’ve been taking the Collective Kitchen leadership training.  And, yay for me, it’s being offered at the Carpenter’s Church only seven blocks from my house and two blocks from the wee girlie’s school.  🙂  Anyway, I left to walk Lily-Ann to school, and on the way we ran into Carissa and her mom.  So the two girls got to walk the whole two blocks together – hand in hand.  It was so sweet.  Us mom’s have exchanged contact info, as we’ve both noticed over the last month how close the girls have gotten.  They hit it off at orientation, and their bond has just gotten stronger as the weeks have gone by.  So hopefully we can work things out for the girls to have a couple play dates at the park before it gets too chilly out for such things.  🙂

Girlfriends!

 

Aren’t they WAY too cute?  😀

It’s Library Day!

We love Tuesdays.  🙂

Why?

Because Tuesday is Library day!  And we LOVE going to the Library.

This week Lily-Ann asked to go to the “big Library”… which is what we call the three level, main, downtown branch.  Because, well… it’s pretty darn big.  LOL

Today the wee girlie made a friend.  I ended up picking out her books, her CD, and her Daddy and I picked out her movies.  She was too busy reading, and playing.  Which is just fine by me.  It was nice just peeking around corners watching the two girls play.

Two Girls... Fast Friends.

Catching up. :)

Okay, here’s the last several days.

The Ninth – The wee girlie waits in the front yard for her Pop Pop to pick her up for an overnight at the lake.

Waiting for Pops.

The Tenth – Jennifer and Jacob’s wedding.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…  I HATE shooting posed portraits.  They are lifeless and stale.  Not at all my style.  But it was their wedding day, and posed portraits are what they wanted.  Who am I to argue?  So I smiled and laughed with them as I arranged the traditional wedding portraits, one, after another, after another…  I started getting a little buggy…  so I flipped them around.  LMAO  It made things much more fun.  😉

Say Cheese!

The Eleventh -“I can do it myself Mommy.  I don’t need your help.”  Here’s the wee girlie, putting in a quiet time DVD without my help.  😉  And for those who are wondering, it’s Slim Pig…  on loan from the library.

"I can do it!"

The Twelfth – The beginnings of Lily-Ann’s “Strawberry Day” dress.

Strawberry Day is the wee girlie’s birthday.  I’ve called her my little strawberry since the day she was born… and so it just seemed like a natural to refer to her birthday as Strawberry Day.  This year she has requested a princess party.  Two of her favourite things right now are princesses and excavators…  a princess party is much easier than an excavator party so I wasn’t about to argue.  😉  That said, we needed a princess dress, complete with sparkles and tulle galore.  It should be quite lovely.  I’ve devoted two evenings to it so far, and easily have another full one ahead.  I can be so domestic at times that I scare myself.  LMFAO

The beginnings...

The Thirteenth – Mommy’s Day!

Yep, I took a lunch date with a couple of my dearest friends today.  Damon is home on holidays for the next couple of weeks and was here to watch the wee girlie…  so when asked, I jumped at the chance.  It’s not to often I get time like this to visit with friends.  So here we are; Jenn, Susan, and myself (of course they stuck me out front) heading back home after a great lunch.  A much needed treat that I’m very appreciative of.  Thanks so much Susan, thanks so much Jenn.  I love you guys.  Today meant a lot.  🙂

Girlfriends!

So… there we are.  All caught up.  Take care everyone, and don’t forget to tell those who matter most to you that they make a difference in your life.  It’s always a good thing to hear, and something many of us don’t take the time to say enough.

Night.

Amber & Ainsley

The wee girlie and I headed out just after an early lunch to meet our dear friends Amber and Ainsley at the park today.  Amber is my most trusted friend, and Ainsley is one of Lily-Ann’s favorite buddies.  It just kinda worked out that Amber and I met, and met again (a couple of times) before becoming friends.  By chance we are on the exact same page as one another on pretty much everything, from politics to parenting.  LOL  And we both had baby girls three months apart…  (just before becoming good friends).  Fate kept throwing us together until we took the hint.  😉  So it’s super awesome that, through our friendship, Ainsley and Lily-Ann have a built in buddy.  😀

Anyway….  I took my camera along with us to the park.  Only snapped about ten pictures, and two of my favorites happen to be of Amber and Ainsley.  Look at Amber’s face.  Nothing more wonderful in the world than the way she is looking at her baby girl.  You know that wee girlie is treasured and loved beyond measure.  🙂  Lovely!

Amber Jones and her daughter Ainsley playing at the park

Amber & Ainsley

Royalty

It’s always a great thing when your wee girlie is best friends with your friend’s wee girlie.  🙂  Such is the case with Lily-Ann and Ainsley….  seen here as the royal duo.

two little girls dressed up as princesses

Friends

Amber (Ainsley’s mom) and I had stuff to do this afternoon.  Thankfully, with the girls being such great friends, we got a lot acomplished while the girls played and played.  🙂

The Lentil Ladies

Our Collective Kitchen Group - The Lentil Ladies

The Lentil Ladies

Welcome to our Collective Kitchen group.  We’re the Lentil Ladies.  🙂

From the left we are Janice, Colleen, Sarah (our group leader), Riki (my sister), and Michelle.

We get together once a month to cook vegetarian meals for our families.  Today we made Dahl (which was wonderful), an amazing pasta sauce with a veggie soup stock base, hand-made ravioli and spaghetti, and an apple syrup (for deserts or pancakes, or well… to just eat).  😀  It’s a great chance for everyone to make some incredible food, gab away, and just feel at home.

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