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A full life, a good life.

Tonight is one of those nights where if I were someone who actually planned out their blog posts I might have something to write about.  LOL  But I’m not.  The fact of the matter is that my muse is pulling me in a few different directions and I’m feeling somewhat scattered because of it.

I want to write about the fabulous Father’s Day crafts the girl and I have been working on…  but if either my Dad or hers actually read the post it would ruin the surprise.  I want to write about a MW friend of mine who’s ghost hunting stories got me thinking about all the things out there we don’t really know about.  I want to write more about Skippyjon Jones, and my surprise at how few people I know have heard about this fabulous series of books.  I want to write about the fact that kid-kid is going to be “graduating” from pre-k this month, and what choices we’ve made about our next step.  So… yeah…  kinda being pulled in a few too many directions just now.  😉

Do you ever have one of those days?  When you’ve spent time working on so many different projects, and thinking about so many different things, that you’re just left feeling kinda scattered at the end of it?  The girl and I do so many fabulous things (today we actually drew our own chalk zoo on the sidewalk in front of our house – complete with lion, 2 crocodiles who’s heads we created by tracing our butts and legs, a baby elephant who’s nose is too big for her face, a hippopotamus, a bear wearing blue jeans and loafers, and a bunch of people who came to see them all), and I always have so much on the go that the problem is rarely coming up with something to write about – rather it’s narrowing down to ONE thing to share.

I really do love everything I’m involved in, and the fact of the matter is, I’ve actually cut back a great deal.  I’m no longer the President of the Green Party of Saskatchewan, nor am I associated with Camp fYrefly, and I haven’t been dedicating the time to scrapbooking that I used to.  I’m also done with dog shows (at least for the next month or so – I doubt I’ll ever actually be done with them, I love them too much).  Yet my plate is still happily full.  And of everything I do?  I love the things I do with, or for my daughter the best…  and that includes a LOT of things.  😉

Whenever Lily-Ann and I get talking, I can’t help but emphasize to her how lucky we are…  in so very many ways.  But one of the simplest is that our lives are full of love.  We both have so many people who love us and care about us.  And that is a very big deal.

Yep.  It’s a good life.

The girl, posing on her “sitting rock” on our way to school today.

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Chalk on the Walk

Chalk on the Walk

spending a few minutes drawing on the sidewalk, waiting for Grams to pick her up for a trip out to the lake.  I’m busy with a dog show this weekend, and hoping to get some construction done here at home too.  So while I’ll miss her, I know she’ll be just fine, and will likely have a whole lot more fun than she’d have here.   🙂

Staying in Saskatoon this long weekend?  Why not swing over to the Soccer center to watch the SKOC Dog Show?  It will be going from about 9-5 all three days.  Any time is good on Saturday or Sunday… but if you’ll be swinging by on Monday, try to get in before noon, as everyone heads for home as they finish up on the last day of a show.  So the longer you wait, the fewer dogs will be there.

And then the shark came…

The wee girlie and I shared many adventures today.  We went for a walk to the spray park near our house.   We pretended to be acrobats, doctors, and soccer monsters.  We crafted up a storm.  But the picture I ended up choosing to share was of an entirely different adventure.

The things Lily-Ann remembers often astounds me.  I’m not sure where she comes up with half the things she does – but obviously she heard or saw something at some point that made things come together in just the right way for her.  LOL  Today was one of those things.  Obviously she got the idea from some place…  but I have no idea where.  LMAO

Our adventure goes something like this…

Lily-Ann is playing in her playhouse, when she leans out the window and says to me:  “I’m going down to the river.”

Me:  “Where’s the river?”

Girlie:  (pointing)  “Right over there.”

Me:  “Okay.  Should I draw a river on the sidewalk over there.”

Girlie:  “Good idea mom!”

I set to work drawing waves with two different shades of blue sidewalk chalk, stopping from time to time to ask her if there are enough waves yet.

Girlie:  “Good work momma!  That looks great!”

Me:  “Thank you Lily-Ann.  I appreciate your good manners, and I’m so glad you like it”

Girlie:  “Wanna go swimming?”

Me:  “I was thinking I’d sit on the bank and do some fishing.”

With her approval, I go digging around the yard to find just the right “fishing pole”, and find a comfy spot beside the chunk of sidewalk that is now a river.  While I’m pretending to fish, the girl decides to swim…  but announces that she isn’t a girl any longer.  She’s a fish – so I should try to catch her.

After a little while I catch my quarry.  It appears I’m pretty good at fishing.

I get to talking with my little fish, and we decide that I couldn’t possibly cook her for dinner, seeing how we get along so well.  😉

The game then evolves a little, and Lily-Ann figures we should do some more drawing.  She passes me a piece of chalk and asks me  to draw some fish…

We draw cute fish, and scrawny fish, and tiny fish too.  And then she draws a shark.  Oh my!  So what do you think happens next?  Well, the wee girlie grabs a piece of pink chalk and begins to draw circles around all the fish we’ve drawn.  LMAO  The shark, it appears, was hungry.

The wee girlie then lays down on the river, announcing it’s safe to do so, even for a fish like her – because the shark is full now.  LOL

Gotta love a shark-infested-sidewalk-chalk-river.  😉

playing in a sidewalk-chalk-river

And then a shark came...

busy week…

Well…  it’s been a busy week.  Not so much because I had a full schedule, as there should have been plenty of time to get everything done that I normally do…  but it was super busy in that the wee girlie needed me a lot more than she usually does.  I think she may be gearing up for a developmental leap, and just needed a ton of mommy time.  It didn’t seem to matter what we did or where we were, she just craved the one-on-one… and who am I to say no when she needs me?  She wasn’t trying to be bothersome, or just being a pest, she needed mommy time – so I obliged.  I figured everything else would wait.  She’s only going to be my little girl for so long.  Every time I blink she’s a bigger kid who needs me less and less…  one day soon I imagine she’ll be telling us to leave her alone.  LOL  So yeah…  if she needed a bunch of extra mommy time this week, you bet I was going to oblige.  🙂

So…  here are our pictures from the last several days.  I am sorry I didn’t get them posted promptly, but I was busy being mom.

April 14 – We went shopping.  Lily-Ann bought a new pinwheel for the front yard.  This was right after we put it into the ground.  She had to inspect it to make sure it was working well, and looking just as it should.

the wee girlie, closely inspecting her new pinwheel

Inspecting her Pinwheel

April 15 – Have found several of these little bugs hanging out on the wee girlies play center the last few days.  Thought I’d snap a shot of one.  See if anyone can identify it.  It’s an odd looking little thing… probably about 1/2 cm long.  They just sit there.  I’ve never seen one moving.  Any thoughts?

an ugly bug just hanging out

BUG

April 16 – We rode home (me on my bike, Lily-Ann in her trailer) after our collective kitchen group finished up, and realized there wasn’t too long until Daddy would be home.  So figured we’d just stay out in the yard.  We pulled out the bubbles and the sidewalk chalk for the first time this season, about which the wee girlie couldn’t be happier.  She LOVES both.  So here’s her first chalk drawing of the year.  She was writing a message for our neighbours who might happen by during a walk or bike ride.  🙂

first chaulk drawing of the year

Sidewalk Chalk!

April 17 – The wee girlie had a sleep over with her Grams on Friday night, so I snapped this picture with my blackberry when we picked her up on Saturday.  She has her very own playground.  LOL  Years and years ago my mom ran a daycare, and still has the kid-friendly yard to prove it.  It was designed for a half a dozen kids to all be able to share… lots of space, lots of things to do… but now, it’s all for one.  🙂

my parent's extensive play area

Her very own playground.

April 18 (today) – We took our bikes out (Damon’s, mine, and the wee girlie’s bike trailer) and headed to the grocery store.  First day with t-shirts and shorts.  It felt great.  On the way back we took a detour and hit the park.  We stayed for quite a while, and a few different families came and went while we played.  We even pulled out some of the groceries and had an impromptu picnic… nothing fancy, just some raw veggies, fruit, and other yummies.  🙂  It was a really nice afternoon.  And I’m glad it was one we got to share with our whole family (rather than just Lily-Ann and myself).  It’s always nice to have Daddy home for outings that don’t always start off special, but end up that way because we’re together.  😀

little girl with a gleam in her eye... obviously up to something.

Up to Something.

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