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A few photos, and a brief update.

I’m exhausted.

Seems I start blog posts like that more and more often.  It’s true though.  Halloween is exhausting normally, with all the parties, sewing, crafting, pumpkins, treats, etc.  But add in caring for puppies and trying to get ready for the big move?  Yeah.  I’m exhausted – and being sick all weekend didn’t help.  And yes, I just plowed on through…  too much stuff to do, too many events to take it.  It’s Halloween, remember?  😉

Yesterday we gave the pups a new bed.  Their first “big dog” bed.  It’s still in the nursery, but we took out the Nature’s Miracle litter box that serves as a newborn bed (and containment), and brought in the doughnut bed.  It’s all cute, and pink, and silky soft.  And the boys love having free reign of the entire nursery now.  Mom likes having a nice comfy spot too.  So it’s a win all around.

Today I spent the afternoon working on the girl’s Halloween costume.  Yes, yes, yes…  I know she was Merida…  but that was her Halloween PARTY costume.  On Halloween itself she’ll be dressing up as Fairy Berry – her My Little Pony persona.  For those who don’t live in Saskatchewan, YES.  One costume for indoor parties, and a different one for trick or treating is necessary.  It’s darn cold out there at night with the snow.  Soooo….  LOL  I found these cute little iron on strawberry patches, which ended up saving me some time.  Instead of having to create both the Fairy Berry plant AND the strawberries that grow on it, I only had to create the plant and just iron on the berries.  MUCH easier.  Then it was just a matter of creating wings, sewing them on, upcycling a wig into a tail, and BOOM.  Fairy Berry costume.  Well…  I bought her some pony ears too.  Can’t very well be a MLP without the ears.  So tomorrow it’s pumpkin carving in the morning, ballet in the evening, one more sleep, and it’s the big day.  YAY!

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Oh!  And tonight was the Avenue Community Center’s first Family Mixer…  the Creepy Queer Halloween Family Fun Night.  We had a great time.  Got to see lots of familiar faces as well as many new ones too.  And the kid had a blast playing with the many children all close to her own age.  It really was wonderful.  I’m looking forward to many get togethers in the future.

My BRAVE Family!

For Denyse’s annual Halloween party we decided on a Disney Pixar Brave theme.  However, with our being in the middle of moving house I knew I wouldn’t have time to sew three costumes this year.  So we hit the great “interweb” to hunt down whatever we could find – to help lighten the crafting load.

After a couple of days it became apparent that we weren’t going to be able to find anything movie accurate – which was a bit of a drag, but that also gave us a bit of freedom as well.  So instead of being Merida, Queen Elinor, and King Fergus we are Merida-inspired, Queen Elinor-inspired, and King Fergus-inspired.  LMAO  That also meant I could buy a red tartan to make Damon’s costume at half the price a more authentic blue/green tartan would have been…  and when you’re buying four meters of something, that adds up pretty quickly.  Yay for thriftiness!

With Lily-Ann’s naturally curly red hair, she’s a total natural as Merida.  And she was only too proud to tell anyone who’d listen how she doesn’t need a prince to find her happily ever after.  Now, because kid kid’s curls are all really pretty soft spirals, I had to do some twisties in her hair overnight.  We left the bottom as is, but twisted up six bunches of varying thicknesses up on top.  I just twisted each section until it formed tight little twisty piles and then secured each with two bobby pins.  It gave her the fly-aways, and crazy tight spirals that Merida sports.

Lily-Ann as Merida, a perfect fit with her naturally red curly hair.

The toughest part of my costume was finding a wig.  Seriously, if you need a long brown wig for Halloween you are S.O.L.  I ended up settling for what you see here.  It was the best I could find – even after hitting two Halloween specialty stores and a costume shop in addition to several general stores.  Apparently they figure no-one wants brown hair for Halloween.

Merida and Queen Elinor, I love this photograph.

I have to admit, with ordering our dresses online I was expecting to have to make alterations once they arrived…  but I didn’t have to sew even one stitch on either.  Considering I’m a whopping five foot nothing?!?!?  I was amazed.  If I need a period dress again, I’ll definitely be heading to HolyClothing.com a second time.  The girl’s dress was less of a shocker, but still…  for straight out of the package, it fit pretty darn well.  🙂

So, that’s us this year.  We didn’t go on a photo safari… it was just too darn chilly out.  So these were taken in my parent’s back yard.  Thanks Auntie Risa!

And here’s one more, just a snapshot I grabbed of Lily-Ann at the party, being cute with a stuffed snake:

Oh, and yes…  the little stuffed blackbear is from the Disney store.  You can flip it inside out and it looks like one of the triplets (we call him Hamish) but the girl wanted him to stay a bear for our pictures.  🙂  My mom gave him to Lily-Ann on her birthday.

Our Big News!

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been relatively stressed and eager to share.  This blog is really where I go to hash out things I’m concerned about, to put dreams into reality, to work out problems, to find ideas, and just to get stuff off my chest.  So not sharing THIS?  That’s been really freakin’ tough.

Our New Home

This? Oh, this? Ahhh, it’s nothing. ;P Yeah, just our NEW HOUSE!

 

Yep, what you see above is the MLS listing for our new house.  We signed off on the conditions on Friday.  It was a little stressful there for a bit… see, we’d sold our house in less than a day (with multiple offers) LAST Friday.  So waiting for financing and the home inspection so we could officially call this place ours?  Yeah.  Stressful.

We love our crappy little house.  We really do.  But the girl is ready for her own bedroom, and well, as much as I hated to admit it, we’ve outgrown it.  620 square feet is fine for a couple, or even for a family of three when the third is still tiny.  But Lily-Ann is ready for her own space…  and that’s not going to change.  Thankfully, many of the things we love about our home we’ll still have in the new place.

Our lot will still be a double lot, in fact, we’re adding a couple of feet.  LOL  Our current lot is 50×122, our new lot is 50×124.  😉  And while we’re gaining over 400 square feet of space inside, the house itself is still really cozy, cute, and cottage-like.  We’re also still in the same neighbourhood – which I love so very much.  And get this!  We’re going from having a seven block walk to school to a two block walk.  How fabulous is that???

We’ve got a ton of work ahead of us.  We’ve lived here nine years, so that’s a whole lot of life that needs to be boxed up.  And right during my busiest crafting season (which I’m not thrilled about).  So this year we may end up having to purchase a lot of our Halloween costumes and accessories instead of having home sewn/made ones.  But that’s a relatively little sacrifice.

Our possession date is November 10th, and we hand over the keys for this place on the 15th.  That gives us four days to move house and clean up before we have to be out of here for good.  I’m going to miss this place.  Yeah, I know.  It’s falling down around us.  Heck, the recommendation was to tear it down and build a new place when we bought it – even back then we purchased it for the land value.  LOL  But it’s seen us through a lot.  It’ll be weird seeing it torn down.  I’ll have to take a bunch of pictures after we’re all boxed up…  to remember all those little details I put into it.  I’ll have a new canvas now, a new place for my murals and inspirations.  The girl is already cooking up all sorts of projects for her room, and I’ll only be too happy to oblige.  And…  I have to admit, my wheels are turning already too.  🙂

This house is going to be amazing.  It really is.  I’m so looking forward to spending the next phase of our lives there.  It’s going to be great!

Big thanks to Chris Craik (http://hallmarkrealty.ca/agentdir=3831/index.html) for all his help in finding the perfect place for us, and selling ours so darn quickly.  As well as to Sandra Scheiss (www.leadingedgebrokers.com) and associates for landing us our new mortgage, even when we weren’t sure it would be possible.  Only one step left, and that’s to send everything to the lawyers – which, after everything else, is definitely the easy part.

 

A post political or piratical.

So, apparently the media did not like my photograph of choice for this provincial election.  It was one I chose with purpose.  But the decision has come down – give them a different image or they won’t include one at all.  A frustrating state of affairs if you ask me.  So what else is there to do?  I ran outside this evening, right before it got too dark to do so, and had Damon take a photo:

Tobi-Dawne Smith for Saskatoon Meewasin 2011

 

Now…  being the type who enjoys fighting injustice and ignorance as I do…  and being as intolerant of the misuse of power as I am…  well…  I do have to admit to a certain idea crossing my mind.  I actually did entertain the notion of sending in a photo of me in my Halloween costume.  After all.  If a photo of me, in the riding, holding a baby snake we came across while out at a photo shoot, teaching my daughter about it and encouraging her to value all life is inappropriate?  Then maybe me as a pirate is exactly what they need to see.  😉  But, I behaved.  As seen above.  After all, there’s a time and a place for all things.  Take this blog post.  Me as a pirate may not be appropriate for election night coverage, but here?  Heck ya!  So, here you go.  Me and my family – The Last Saskatchewan Pirates (as photographed by my younger sister Jewles).

Oh!  And yes… my election night photograph will show up again in the slideshow.  I couldn’t see a simple way to remove it, and I didn’t feel it was enough of a priority to spend a bunch of time digging around for the solution… so I just left it there.  LOL

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The Last Saskatchewan Pirates

I’m really hoping that my cousin Jamie will be available for a quickie of a shoot on Saturday.  We have a Halloween party to go to and this year the girlie wanted us to all go as pirates.  Last year we did Cinderella and her mouse friends, and before that we’d been a cave family.  It’s been a couple years since our last family portrait, and I can’t think of anything cooler than us in our pirate garb down beside the Saskatchewan River.  I mean, honestly.  LOL  How much fun would that be?

As I’ve said before… you should never take yourself too seriously.  🙂

Sooo…  Cinderella and her mousy friends were 2010, and the cave family was 2008…  what was 2009…  Oh!  Right.  Dora, Diego, and Alycia.  Now, I can’t seem to find a photo of that trio anywhere.  Hmmm…  might have to go scavenging for one.  I know there are a couple on this hard drive somewhere.  LOL  For now though, here are the other two:

And hopefully, after this Saturday, I’ll have another to share.  🙂

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