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Disney’s Frozen

Last night we took our daughter to see the new Disney animated movie, Frozen.  I had heard very little about it besides being an adaptation of The Snow Queen and having been heavily inspired by Norway.  The Snow Queen was never one of my favourites (so I’m happy to report it’s a VERY loose adaptation), but the idea of Norwegian princesses???  I was beyond excited for.  Damon’s family and mine both, coincidentally, hail from Norway…  and I very desperately want to make a pilgrimage there some day.  So this was a movie I knew we’d be seeing shortly after it came out.  Knowing what I know of both Disney AND it’s princesses?  Well…  I was nervous.  They don’t exactly have a history of strong female leads.

While Frozen has it’s issues, one cannot argue the absolute joy I found in both Anna and Elsa’s characters.  Both completely unique, strong, believable, awesome female roll models.  These are princesses I would be happy to have Lily-Ann look up to.  They are truly wonderful, and they are NEVER overshadowed by the male characters who are very much there to support their story vs take it over.  In fact, one of my favourite moments, that made the feminist me shout out with a WOOT, was when the romantic male lead actually ASKS if he can kiss Anna.  He doesn’t assume that his advance would be welcome, he doesn’t just put himself into her space, he is worried and concerned and ASKS – allowing her character to take the reins and remain an autonomous individual.  It looks to me like Disney may finally be listening and realizing that Women are vastly different from one another and we all have different goals and dreams…  but that we ALL deserve to be respected for those very things.

And yeah!  The girl is now absolutely tickled when I call her my little Norwegian princess.  😀  Because while she’s a princess who has enjoyed excavators, lego, and swordplay… she really has always been a fancy dress-up playing princess who happened to be Norwegian.

Disney's Frozen

Picture Perfect Playdate

The girl had a playdate today with her bestie Parker.  They played with Zhu Zhu Pets, had monster pancakes for lunch, played with the Light Bright, made things with the Fazoodles, played with My Little Ponies, got dressed up as royals, played Skylanders, and had just started to play Littlest Pet Shop when his Mom came by to pick him up.  It was a great afternoon.

Oh!  And I can’t forget…  they made some plans for their future too.  You see, they plan to get married, and they have now decided that they should have 100 swimming pools and 100 horses.  Important things for any couple to have.  😉

Downtown Disney

I have to admit… after listening to folk rave about Downtown Disney, I found the shopping district to be a HUGE letdown.  Most of what you find there are your typical stores that you can find at any mall in any city.  I’m shopping at Downtown Disney because I want to find DISNEY stuff.  So while yeah, you’ll find things at Downtown Disney that you won’t find at any of the Disney parks it’s because it’s not Disney related.

Lily-Ann loved the princess store.  She bought herself a purse and gloves set (courtesy of Karla Amaya, our travel agent, who gave the girl some Disney Dollars to spend), and I bought her a tiara.  We also found a thank you gift for my sister and her girlfriend who watched over our furry and feathered family members while we were gone – a very cool mad hatter tea pot and tea set.  Seriously, if we could have afforded two of them, I’d have got one for myself.  LOL

The other cool shop was the Lego store.  It really was neat to see that many sets all in one place – and I loved the create your own figures center as well as the bulk lego pieces.  That was pretty awesome.  And I adored the amazing lego dragon they had built out front.  It was seriously incredible!

Other than that, there were little bits and pieces here and there…  but overall?  It was a pretty underwhelming experience.  We were glad when we decided to head back to our resort.  It was a MUCH cooler place to spend the remainder of our last day.  🙂

The puppies are thirteen weeks old!

The Avengers are thirteen weeks old, and the first will begin his preparations to head to his forever home soon.  I’m bad.  I like to keep my babies long past the time when they are babies.  Heck, I didn’t place Deedee (from Roo’s last litter) until she was a year and a half old.  And I’ll be keeping a couple of these little ones back to show (after completing their Canadian Championships they MAY be available).  So it feels really odd to be saying goodbye to one of my boys when he’s still such a tiny little stinker.  But the home he’ll be heading to?  It’s absolutely fabulous – or he wouldn’t be going there.  So I have every confidence that he will be treasured beyond measure.

That said, here’s a couple videos from the last few days:

Rogers and Bruce playing on our bed a couple of days ago while Damon and I attempted to watch an episode of How I Met Your Mother – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9g20wuLWy8

All four boys playing with Lily-Ann on her bed yesterday as she attempted to charm them into being polite little princes:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MguVgW9Gmeo

After playing for a couple of hours, the girl had most of the boys tired out.  So here we are with what was left of them, it’s mostly a video of Tony:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_nKwZUyWlw

Have a great night everyone, see ya in the new year!

A Photography Preview for Reche & Family

When I first received the booking form filled out by Reche, I knew hers was going to be a fun shoot.  You see, the two of us have a past connection.  Her brother and I were very good friends back when we were still teenagers and young adults.  It seems like a lifetime ago now, but good friends never really stop being friends – even when they lose touch.  So getting to see Reche, meet her family, and work with them all really was a treat.  🙂

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again… the best family sessions, are those when the kids are allowed to just be themselves.  Let them play, let them show off their personalities.  Sure, it’s nice when everyone is looking the same direction, but those captures that really show how a family is together, that shows those connections?  It really is SOOO much better.

Thanks for the chance to work with your family, and reconnect with you Reche.  It really was a treat!

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“And then the princess…”

Tonight the girlie wanted to tell me a bedtime story.  So as we lay together in the black of the bedroom, lit only by the red standby light on the TV and the 9:51 on the clock (way past bedtime), she began her story.  It was a tale of a princess, lost in the forest.  Guided by a new-found friend, she finds peace and contentment amongst the wild things living there.  It started out with such zest and eagerness, but within mere minutes drifted off with “and then the princess…” as my princess fell asleep.

It was so sweet.  Lily-Ann’s words floated away, carrying her to dreamland.  It was a perfect end to a day that was generally lovely.

My parents celebrated their 29th wedding anniversary today, and they spent a gift certificate we had given them for their birthdays while we stayed at their place to watch everyone.  Previous to that I had an afternoon shoot – an outdoor boudoir session, which is always fun and a little risque.  A last minute cancellation of an evening shoot opened up my night which allowed me to spend it with my family (still spent most of it working, but working in their company is always nice).  My sister Riki had even stopped by my parents place while they were out, which was nice too.  She finally got to meet Deedee and Alice, who I had brought along and had set up in a puppy play pen in the kitchen.  Yep.  Just generally a nice day.

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!

…fit for a DIY princess

Wee girlie made a crown today.  🙂  I cut out the shape of the crown, but she did all the cutting, colouring, and sticking for every other piece.  I think she did pretty darn good if I do say so myself.  😀

wee girlie wearing a crown she made from construction paper

Construction Paper Princess

A good day…

We had a nice day today.  Lily-Ann and I played in the yard, enjoying the first day of sun we’ve had in quite some time.  Later we went to the “little tiny library”, the Mayfair branch.  It’s nice to have one so close to home.  It has quickly become the wee girlie’s favourite branch, and I have to admit, it’s one of my favourite’s too…  even before we moved to the area and it became the closest branch.  We ended our day with an evening out.

Donny Parenteau is doing a high school tour,  spreading a message of hope.  Letting teens know that if they work hard enough at it, that dreams can come true.  His tour is all about being true to yourself, and believing in the power of dreams.  A message well worth  spreading.

I’ve blogged about the fact that my dad plays with Donny before…  and having your dad in the band does have special perks.  Like tonight.  😀  At the concert (part of the school tour), Lily-Ann had asked Pop Pop and Donny to play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.  Well, instead of just playing it for her, Donny calls her up on stage.  My sister Jewles jumped up and swept the wee girlie onto the stage, and Lily-Ann made her big music debut.  How many other toddlers do you know that have been invited up to sing during a concert?  😉  Pretty cool.

antique faded photo

Princess Lily

A New Dress for Lily-Ann

As a crafty type, and an environmentalist, I really enjoy working with repurposed items.  So, when I found a tattered old peasant style dress in a bin of things on their way out of my parents house, I grabbed it.  The dress was a size small ladies, in a really unattractive cut.  LOL  But the fabric was a beautiful cotton, wearing through in places, but still lovely.  I couldn’t resist turning it into something new and lovely for the wee girlie.  So here she is…  spinning and LOVING her new “princess dress”.  😀

Lily-Ann in her new dress

Twirling!

The wee girlie in her pretty new princess dress.

Spinning!

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