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Lily and Marie

I initially planned on sharing a couple stories today…  the girlie had her pre-k graduation ceremony today (no, she won’t be in kindergarten next year, she’ll be in pre-k again – so next year this time we’ll have another pre-k graduation).  She had a playdate too.  I also considered sharing the little tale I shared on FB, which I suppose I still can because it’s short (though I considered telling the elongated version).  But instead I’ll share something else, but only after the story I shared on FB.  LOL

Today, the girlie said to me that she was going to pretend to be a lichen.  But she went on to clarify: “a lichen that grows on trees mom, not the people who turn into werewolves”.  I thought it was pretty cute.  And if nothing else, I think we can safely say that we’ve provided her with a well rounded education thus far.  🙂

So…  early in the evening, I dropped the wee girlie and my husband off at my parents place before heading to a photo shoot.  My parents were heading out and asked if we could watch everyone.  Well, when I came back after my shoot and was making myself a grilled cheese sandwich the girlie came running into the kitchen and asked me to get my camera to take a picture of her and her Auntie Marie (my sister and Lily-Ann Marie’s namesake).

Firstly, Lily-Ann never asks me to get my camera to take a picture of her.  She’s sick of me taking pictures of her.  I have to barter to get pictures of her these days.

Second, Lily and Marie are often not even on talking terms.  They love one another, but they each have a problem with one another too.  With the girlie, it’s the green eyed monster.  Marie gets my attention (or my moms) and the girlie doesn’t want to share it.  With Marie, the problem is that the girlie is three…  and three is chaos.

So, for Lily-Ann to come running into the kitchen asking me to take a photo of the two of them together?  That’s big.  She further elaborated (when I took too long at the hot stove) “Mom, Marie is outside.  I asked her and she said yes.  Go get your camera, I need you to take a picture of us.”  What else could I do?  I turned off the stove and got my camera.  But asking me to take ONE picture?  Nuh uh.

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My little princess…

The wee girlie’s pre-k class is learning about colours…  spending a week concentrating on each.  They’ve had white week, black week, red week, and now it’s blue week.  So, of course the girlie had to wear her Cinderella dress, and a pair of blue stick-on earrings.  My little girl, who loves princesses, singing rock songs (classic’s like “we’re not gonna take it” and “bohemian rhapsody), and thinks she might grow up to drive an excavator.  She’s just awesome!

Mommy's Princess!

Visiting at the Luthercare Home

Today I went with the girlie’s class on a field trip.  I’m always happy to go and help out where I can…  I love doing it, and I know the wee girlie loves having me there.   🙂  Anyway…  LOL

The girlie’s class went to visit the Luthercare Home today.  It’s a seniors home here in Saskatoon.  Many of the little ones  didn’t actually know where we were going or what we were doing, and when they asked I simply explained that we were going to see some Grandmas and Grandpas.  And that not everyone is as lucky as some of us are, not everyone has lots of family.  Which seemed to satisfy, and then they were all eager to visit with these new found grandparent friends.

Here’s a brief video of the class performing for the seniors (they did a song and a poem, but I only managed to capture one of them):

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150089930232353

Lily-Ann is at the far right, behind the girl closest to Mrs. Rhonda.  🙂  She’s awfully big and expressive with her movements, she’s hard to miss.  LOL

It was a nice trip.  The kids had lots of fun, the “grandparents” did too…  and so did I.  I had a nice chance to talk with several of the residents, and most of them were absolutely charming individuals.  Though one did get upset with me for not taking her to her room when she asked.  I did my best to explain that if I had known where her room was I’d have been happy to help, and then made sure to find someone who was capable of assisting her…  after which she shot me a glare.  LOL  Well, you can’t please everyone.  😉  But I did try.

Busy, busy day.

Spent the morning with the wee girlie.  Playing, cuddling, colouring, eating, getting ready for pre-k…  Then the afternoon was devoted to Green Party business, including chairing an executive meeting.  In the evening we picked up my sister Jewles, and headed off to the library.  Following that it was over to my parents for some supper, where we helped my Dad navigate through the maze of uploading media on his Mac and iPod.  Put the wee girlie to sleep.  Then worked on Christmas presents and played on facebook for a wee bit.  Now, laying in bed, girlie beside me, posting on the blog.  Whew.  LMAO

Tomorrow morning will be much the same (and my favourite part of the day because it’s just me and the girl), in the afternoon I’ve got presents to work on as well as some scrapbooking business to attend to.  Then it will be off to my parents place to help decorate the tree.  😀  Sooo looking forward to that.  Because we’ve just got the tiny half tree that hangs on the wall (will share a picture when we put it up) I really do enjoy helping set up my parents tree.  And I’m sure Lily-Ann will too.

Now, I’m going to share a photo of the girlie playing at the library.  Then I’ll be playing a bit of Warstorm on FB.  And nighty night.  LOL  Just me and the dogs awake in the dark (Damon is up on the desktop computer).  😀

Playing at the Library!

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.  😉

 

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.

Scraptastic Saturday – Back 2 School

First off…  I’m so glad you all liked my first attempts at creating my own wordart.  🙂  Each of them has had over 120 downloads already.  That’s awesome!  I’m honestly just tickled.

Secondly…  It might be a little while before I try another challenge.  LMAO  Only one entry.  But it was super cute.  So I’m very happy to offer Michele (mdkscrapper) a code worth three dollars off at Sugar Pie Scraps ESS store.  Drop me a line at td at tobi-dawne dot com to claim your prize.  🙂  And thanks so much for participating.

Thirdly…  I decided that this week I’d share one of my layouts.  It’s one I did this week, and I really am happy with how it turned out.  I have to admit, I was actually really disappointed that it didn’t win Layout of the Day at Enchanted Studio Scraps. I totally thought it was LOTD worthy.  LMAO  But it was chosen as a Gallery Standout by Kat’s Creations Creative Team.  That’s three out of the last four weeks that one of my LOs has been featured on her blog.  🙂  So…  here’s my LO (layout).

a digital scrapbook layout

First Day of School

As I mentioned yesterday, today was the wee girlie’s first day of classes.  She’s in pre-kindergarten.  And she was oh so ready for this… even if I wasn’t.  I’ll admit, walking out of her classroom without her, and standing on the steps outside, I really had to fight to keep my tears from falling in full crocodile fashion (meaning, big and lots).  But I did it…  I kept it together.  At least until I’d walked home.  LOL  She did great though.  I knew she would.  She had loads of stories to tell…  told us all about a boy in her class who was scared, but that she helped him feel better, and then he had lots of fun.  She had songs to sing… all about how one shouldn’t eat green jelly beans as they’ll make you pat your head, rub your tummy, shake your leg, and hop all around.  She had pictures to share…  with an “old fashioned” clock with numbers and hands because it’s school time.  It was a really good day, and that made my day all better.  🙂

With that, here’s two versions of the same image…  one with edits, one without.  What’s your preference for?

Ready to Go! (original)

Ready to Go! (edited)

Labels

The word “label” can be very loaded.  It refers to the way we box one another in, the way we try to keep everyone locked into neat and tidy rows.  Throw a label on someone and you don’t have to dig any  further, you don’t need to learn any more.  Labels can be disgusting and dirty little things put upon us by “polite” society.  But, they can also be a way to help your child… heading off into the big world.  Where, for the first time, they don’t have you holding their  hand guiding them.  Putting labels on the wee girlie’s things probably wasn’t completely necessary…  but it’s my way of helping her to move on to this next step.  Hopefully, when she sees the little hearts, it will be a reminder of how treasured she is, and how important she is to me.

This is the first time that someone outside our family will have such a large and possibly profound impact on our wee girlie.  It scares me a little.  I did my homework, checked out our options.  Met teachers and T.A.s back in the Spring.  And I really do think I picked the best possible program for Lily-Ann.  But the fact remains, we (as parents) really know very little about the teachers we entrust the lives of our children to.  I have no way of knowing what values her teachers will impart… or if they will match our own.  All I can do is continue to guide Lily-Ann, to help her feel secure in who she is, so that as she grows she is capable of making sound, compassionate, loving choices.

I know the wee girlie is going to love this new stage of her life…  but as a parent, it requires a huge trust.  And I hope it is well placed.

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