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Happy Canada Day

Happy Canada Day folk! Hope your celebrations were fun and safe. Here are a couple snapshots I snagged with my iPhone during the concert at the community stage here in Saskatoon. That’s the girlie dancing, my Dad (Blaine Yandt) on bass, and Mike (a family friend) on guitar.

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Saying goodbye to pre-k

The girls class, for their very last day of pre-k, did a grand wind-up at the spray park and playground half way between our house and the school. The kids all had an absolute blast! But I’ll admit to some mixed feelings.

On one hand, I’m super happy for Summer to finally be here. I was so busy as camp co-ordinator last year that I missed out on a lot of regular Summer holiday stuff with the girl. I really have been looking forward to spending this Summer doing all the stuff I missed last year.

On the other hand? Rhonda and Tracy have both become such a huge part of our lives over the last two years, saying goodbye was awfully difficult. They really were so wonderful, and the girl and I both looked forward to seeing them four days a week. They will be sorely missed.

Okay, onto something cute before I cry. 😉
Here’s the girl and her buddy Parker, cuddling to warm up.

Well, scratch that… My attempts to upload have failed repeatedly. Oh well. Guess I’ll have to try another day.

Night all! Be good to one another.

I love Sundays!

So, because I’m a little ahead in the alphabet blog challenge, I figure I’m taking today to just blog the way I LOVE to blog…  about whatever strikes me as worth sharing.  🙂  And today?  Today, that’s how much I love Sundays.

Sundays are our family day.  It’s often just the three of us, but sometimes we head out with one of my siblings, and this particular Sunday we met up with my Sister-in-law and her daughter – our only niece.  We hit a big children’s consignment sale (where, because it was the last day, a lot of stuff was on for 50% off).  We totally scored, getting five paperback chapter books for a total of $1.50!  And a few cool new outfits for the kid, as well as a pair of adorable orange PJs.  They also had baked goods for sale, so we bought cake pops for all five of us.  😀  Super yummy treat!  Red velvet dipped in white chocolate.  MMMmmmmm….

Next we hit DQ to pick up some Strawberry Lemonade Chillers – one of my favourite drinks.  Frozen lemonade with great big strawberry hunks mixed in?  Sooo tasty!

Then it was off to the Forestry Farm Park and Zoo (but we hit the zoo, then the park).  LOL  Last month we were there almost every weekend, this month we didn’t make it there quite so often…  the lion cubs grow at such a fast rate, it’s been crazy watching them these last months.  I remember when they first brought their parents to the zoo – their daddy was too young to have a mane, and oh what a glorious one he has now.  😉  We got to watch them grow too (but not from quite so young).

The girl was thrilled that the chickens and roosters are now out and about on the grounds.  Of all the wild and amazing animals she can connect with up close and personal at the zoo, one of her favourites to interact with is always the poultry.  Though I can’t say I blame her.  I love them too.  If the city would allow it, we’d have a few hens ourselves – but alas, we aren’t as progressive here in Saskatoon as they are places like Toronto.

I took a short video of the girl checking out the “bock bocks”, along with her cousin (who was far less interested):

After the zoo we hit the playground for a half hour or so.  We then said bu bye to Tabs and Eliana before running to the co-op for some bbq worthy fare…  which Damon grilled up while the girl tore around the yard.

We were thrilled to find Damon had uploaded a copy of the royal wedding to our hard drive, so the girl and I watched it twice in a row before bed.  Oh!  You didn’t know there was a royal wedding recently?  Well jeepers, where have you been dahling?  It was the wedding of the century – Princess Cadence and Shining Armor!  And yes, it was on My Little Pony, Friendship is Magic.  It was a two parter that aired partly on my birthday.  We don’t watch TV on TV, we wait until we can stream it, download it, borrow it, or buy it…  so I’m thrilled we didn’t have to wait too terribly long for this one.  LOL  The girl and I love a pony-fix.  😉

As the second viewing came to an end, it was time for PJs and chapters.  And now my baby is fast asleep beside me.  The perfect way to end a lovely family day.  I really am a lucky mommy.  🙂

the wee girlie, fast asleep

sound asleep

 

And now, as we stand on the precipice of the most interesting leg of the A to Z April Blog Challenge, I have one thing to say:  HELP!

LOL  So yeah…  I could definitely use some title suggestions for U V W X Y Z.  I’ve got a couple ideas, but they’re looking… well…  more creative than I’d like.  If you’ve got something that might work, please let me know.  From here on out I can use all the suggestions I can get.  😉

Night everyone!  Hope your Sundays were as lovely as mine was.

A Wintery Day in the Park – a photography preview for Pat Kilgour

I had a lovely time with Pat and her family on Sunday afternoon out in Gabriel Dumont Park.  It’s one of my favourite spots to do family photographs ANY time of year, even when it’s -20 out.  Thankfully it was substantially warmer than that, as we’re having the warmest Winter Saskatchewan has seen in my 34 years, so while we were all starting to get red cheeks and cold hands by the end of our hour together, we managed to get all the way through without complaint.  Well…  except for Shmee, who was unimpressed by the whole thing.

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Saying Goodbye (a photo of a girl and a chihuahua).

Well, today the girlie and I took Neddie to the airport.  After a year of being a part of our family, it was time for him to go home.  It’s a long time to welcome a dog into your lives only to have to say good bye.  We’ll miss him (I already do).

I just took the girlie to school… and coming back downstairs alone, without Ned there to greet me was kinda weird.  Usually he’s the first one to start “talking” with me when I come home.  Well, after the parrot anyway.  This time, the dogs all just stayed laying down.  Hardly any of them even looked up to say “hey mom!”.

A couple of days ago we took Lily-Ann and the Nadster out to one of my favourite dogs-allowed parks here in town.  The river is really high right now, flooding over many of the banks – including the banks at the park.  Walking along the path in one area, the girl was able to stroll right into the river without ever leaving the path.  Ned thought she was nuts.  He gave the water a sniff, but there was no coaxing on her part that would get him to put even the tiniest tip of his toe in.

On our way back to the car, the girlie sat down with the boy – on a ledge that now overhangs the river (but usually just edges the path).  I stayed out of the way, and so did Damon.  And the two of them just had a private chat.  Their own personal goodbye.  I was able to sneak out my camera without interrupting the moment:

a girl and her Chihuahua, saying goodbye

I absolutely love how Ned put his paw onto her leg – as if to tell her that it’s okay.

Today, when she and I took him to the airport, Lily-Ann told me “It’s okay Mom.  We still love him, we’ll always love him.”  She was a lot stronger than I was.  I think having that special time with him at the park really did make a difference for her.  Afterwards, in the car, she said “I miss him already”.  And yeah…  I do too.  It helps to know that very soon (May 27th) Rooty-Toot is expecting his progeny.  It will be nice to have a couple of his mini-me’s running around in no time.

Thanks Emilie, for lending us your wonderful boy.  Make sure to give him a big hug from his Saskatoon family as soon as he arrives.  Ned is an absolute love, and he’s definitely left a hole here.

I took lots of pictures that day in the park – but the rest will have to wait until I’m finished editing all my other work related shoots first.

Today’s Joy

Wanna know where I found today’s joy?  It was in something unexpected, that I’ll admit started out as a chore.

I host scrapbooking challenges at both PDP and ESS, and I normally love creating things for them.  But the date kinda snuck up on me, and this afternoon I suddenly realized that I needed to have a wordart piece finished, uploaded, a layout built around it, and all of it posted by tomorrow.  ACK!  That’s more stress than fun.  And seeing how my focus is “personal joy”, stress is rather contrary to that in most every possible way.

With this stress hanging over my head I began looking through my photographs hoping for some inspiration to strike.  I find it nearly impossible to create anything worthwhile when it’s forced.  Muse is essential for me in the creative process.

Stumbling upon a series of images I took at the Forestry Farm Park and Zoo back in September, everything started rolling.  And soon I had created, not only a wordart, but an ENTIRE mini-kit.  Even better?  This mini-kit (unlike my first kit) is almost completely created using original elements.  Items created from scratch, by me.  Only a button and a bow were designed using CU products from other designers.  Not too shabby for my second kit.

I have to admit, I’m super excited about this one.  I really do think it’s beautiful.

With my first kit I had a lot of trepidation, and I was concerned about whether anyone would like it, download it, or use it.  This time?  I KNOW it’s a good kit.  I’m very proud of it…  and it all centers around my photography.  This kit was created with heart.  I can’t wait until tomorrow when I can share it with the world.  Until then?  We have to make due with one of the photos that inspired the kit.

Sika Deer

At the playground, again.

Stopping at the playground on our way home from school is becoming habit.  😉  But I figure we might as well take advantage of the mild weather while we’ve got it.  Soon enough the sand will be covered by snow, and it will be too cold to do much of anything.

Playground Sand.

Slipping and Sliding

We stopped by the playground on our way home from school today.

Slipping and Sliding

If you look close, you’ll see this one is a self-portrait too.  😉

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.

Family Day in the Park

Yesterday was the official kick off to PRIDE week here in Saskatoon.  It began at 6:30 with a flag raising at city hall, followed by the opening of an art show at Lydia’s.  Today was family day at Kinsmen Park.  Lots of stuff going on all week (will include a schedule of events below the picture for today).  If you see me out and about, don’t hesitate to yell “Hey!  Tobi-Dawne!”.  😀

It was nice to see Trae and Jaden out today, even though we didn’t get to visit for long.  Boy oh boy has that boy grown.  LOL  I can’t believe how big he has gotten over the last few months.  They were the only folks we recognized, however Lily-Ann was recognized by someone…  and they figured if she was Lily-Ann, then I MUST be Tobi-Dawne.

So, here is the wee girlie – with her freshly painted up face.

Lily-Ann with her "princess spider man" face paint.  LOL

Painted faces.

PRIDE EVENTS still to come:

Gay Latte, a celebration of the written word – 6:30 on June 7th @ Prairie Ink Restaurant in McNally Robinson.  No charge.

The Gayest Bingo Ever – 7:00 on June 8th @ Cosmo Civic Center.  $20 for a 12 up book of cards.

Welcome to the Gaybourhood, block party & BBQ – 11:00 on June 9th @ Avenue Community Center on 21st Street West.  No charge.

Movie Night at the Roxy – 7:00 on June 9th @ the Roxy Theatre on 20th.  No charge.

Karaoke with Rock Bottom (80’s theme) – 9:30 on June 9th @ Diva’s.  No charge.

Positive Passions Pint Crawl – 7:00 on June 10th starting @ Lydia’s.  $20.

Amateur Comedy Night, hosted by Crystal Clear – 9:00 on June 10th @ Diva’s.  No charge.

Positive Passions Martini Crawl – 7:00 on June 11th starting @ The Barking Fish.  $25.

High Energy Drag Show – 10:00 on June 11th @ Diva’s.  $5.  The martini crawl will end here, so you can do both.

PRIDE Parade, Community Fair, Community Stage – 11:00 on June 12th @ Saskatoon City Hall.  Free to attend (there will be drinks for sale).

Illuminate, the 2010 PRIDE Dance – 9:00 on June 12th @ the Odeon.  $15.

Diva’s Annual PRIDE Wrap Up Dance – 8:00 on June 12th @ Diva’s.  $5 for non-members, members are free.

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