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A sweet story and a building project!

I had three completely unrelated things to share seeing how I needed to post a photo for challenge days 18, 19, and 20…  but then I realized I could very honestly share a project the three of us worked on today and have it fit for all three topics.  Yeah, it may be a bit of a cheat – but it’s not a huge one, especially considering I did grab snapshots on both Friday and Saturday, even if I’ve decided to only share a series of images from today.  LOL

But first?  First I have to share a really quick little story that is super cute and totally warmed my heart.  😀

On Friday I was over at my parents place – watching everyone so Mom could go with Dad to an out of town gig.  When Marie, my sister (whom Lily-Ann is named after), got home she came upstairs as usual then asked for my attention.  I stopped working on supper and looked over at her:  “Yes Marie?”

“Moby.”

“Yes.”

“Moby, look.”

And with that she held up the index finger on her right hand as if to say just one second.  Then she bent WAY down to where little Thor (one of my puppies from the Avenger litter whom is now my Dad’s puppy) was standing, and gave him a little pat.  She then stood back up.  “Moby.”

“Yes Marie?”

My sister, who has never been much of a pet person and who does her best to just ignore the other two dogs in the household, gave me a great big grin and an enthusiastic thumbs up.  To which I replied “Awwww….  Marie!  I’m so glad you like him.  He’s a cute little guy, isn’t he?”  She nodded in approval, which made me feel awfully wonderful.  😀

Okay…  now onto my challenge photos.  😉

So, I need to share for something I bought, sweet, and someone I love.  Well…  here are the girl and her Dad working together to put up the last couple of shelves in her room (which he and I started putting up while she was out with my sister Riki earlier today).  I think this series of pictures covers all three challenge topics pretty darn well.

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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.

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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The puppies are five weeks old today.

Well, today marks the puppies fifth-week-irthday.  Yep.  They are five weeks old today.  And while it’s never something you hear about well bred Chihuahuas, I’ll say it anyway…  They are getting SOOO big.  LMAO

Okay, so yes.  “Big” is relative.  But they are sooo much bigger now.  And they are running around.  Using the pee pads.  Giving kisses.  Climbing things. Wrestling.  Squeeking (they are trying to bark, but it comes out more like little squeeks).  They are way too adorable.

Today we took both Deedee and Alice for their first play date.  Granted, they were being held more than they were being played with, but that’s good for them too.  🙂  You won’t find a guy who adores tiny puppies more than my dad – and every Chihuahua who has ever been through our doors has made it’s way into his arms at some point.  Well…  every Chihuahua except Nico (but he was a special case).  LOL

Here are two quick snapshots I nabbed (I was too busy being a mother hen to snap more than a couple):

My younger sister Jewles holding Deedee the Chihuahua puppy.

Deedee and my sister, Jewles.

My Dad, just home from work, holding Alice our Chihuahua puppy.

Alice and my Dad.

Tomorrow = another day.
Another day = another playdate.
This time at my friend Yolanda’s place… where I will TRY to hover less, and try to photograph more. LMAO But I can’t promise anything.

Puzzles with Marie

Sundays are our family day, so it’s unusual to find us somewhere with more than just the three of us.  But we ended up stopping in at my parents for about a half an hour.  Here’s a picture of one of my younger sisters, Marie (yes, the Marie in Lily-Ann Marie).  🙂  Doing puzzles… and even better?  Doing a My Little Pony puzzle.  I’ve said it before, and I’m sure Marie would back me up, sometimes joy is simple.

I try to forget that it’s Remembrance Day.

On November 11th, every year after 1993, I do my best to forget that it’s Remembrance Day.  It may not seem appreciative, it may be politically incorrect, but it’s what I do to try to cope.  My sister was killed on Remembrance Day in 1993.  She was twelve, I was sixteen.  And in that instant the meaning of the day changed for me.

It was seventeen years ago now.   After that many years, it’s easy to get through the day to day.  After that many years her not being a part of my life is normal.

But on Remembrance Day it’s a whole different story.

One day a year those feelings become fresh, become new, and I experience the loss all over again.  One day a year I remember the annoying kid who drove me up the wall, yet who, at the same time, I loved totally and completely.  One day a year I remember my sister who never got to grow up.

I am so appreciative of all those men, women, and canines who have given so completely of themselves to ensure our freedom and safety. I am so grateful of the sacrifices made in the past, the sacrifices currently being made, and the sacrifices that will be made in the future.  So many amazing individuals giving of themselves in a way most of us can barely comprehend.  For the greater good – an idea, a concept that for so many has very little real and concrete meaning – but for our veterans and soldiers means everything.  Thank you!  To all of you!

Canadians have done amazing things worldwide, I am proud of our peacekeeping efforts.  We are a nation that believes in equality and in inalienable human rights, and our troops have given of themselves to ensure those rights for all people.  So please do not think that my attempts to forget, and ignore the date have anything to do with what Remembrance Day is supposed to be about.  It’s just that, for me and for my family, it is about remembering something entirely different.

It’s about my sister, Regan.

It’s about having someone you love ripped away from you.  It’s about all the things she had yet to do, and had yet to become, all the things she had hoped for.  It’s about the small moments we remember and that we now cling to… because they are all that’s left.

She was only twelve, and now she’s gone.

I will be glad when it’s November 12th, and we’ll have made it through another Remembrance Day.  Because, for a family to move on from something like this, you need to forget.  To cope, to survive, sometimes you just need to forget.

 

She can dance and draw…

We spent much of our afternoon and early evening with my family.  Visiting, eating, playing…  it’s always a nice time.  🙂  I’m so thankful to have them near by.  I can’t imagine the wee girlie growing up without family all around her,  I’m happy she can grow up like I did, with a strong supportive extended family.  I really do feel very lucky.

I couldn’t decide between two images today.  One showing off the wee girlie’s drawing skill, and the other showing Lily-Ann and my sister Marie “getting down”.  LOL  So here’s both.

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Lily & Marie playing "Just Dance II" on the Wii.

Happy Birthday Bug!

My little sister is 16 years old today.

Jewles, you make my travels interesting, and keep me laughing.  Thanks so much for being such a great Auntie, and for sharing with Lily-Ann even when you don’t always feel like it.  Here’s hoping the next 16 years are as wonderful as the last.  Love you tons…  now and always.  Happy birthday Bug!

Lily-Ann and her Auntie, opening the present the wee girlie picked out.

Happy Birthday Bug!

Bond. Jewles Bond.

It’s our last night before heading home.  I’m kinda tired, and very much looking forward to seeing my husband and wee girlie.  🙂  So I’m going to keep this short.

My sister Jewles (who will be turning 16 on the 23rd) cracked me up this evening.  There was a wedding reception being held in a room at our hotel.  After having a swim, we had to pass by the open door to the room where the reception was taking place.  We were both dripping wet, wearing swimsuits, towels, and shoes…  WAY under-dressed compared to everyone we were having to pass by.  So Jewles switches into Bond mode.  LOL  She starts rolling from corner to corner to avoid detection by any wedding guest who may happen to look our way.  I cracked right up.  She’s such a hoot.  🙂  Here she is, being goofy in the room post-Bond.

Giving me a goofy grin.

Bond. Jewles Bond.

What a day…

My motto, based entirely on the fact that I seem to say it an awful lot, is “there are worse things in life.”  And our experiences today definitely fall into the category of my being grateful simply because things could easily have been worse.  LOL

Today, Jewles (my little sister), Ned (the champion chihuahua), and I, headed out for the Shamrock Kennel and Obedience Club Dog Show in Yorkton.  It’s  a three or three and a half hour drive depending on traffic and the like.  We got onto the highway uneventfully at about five.  We are now settled into our hotel room at almost eleven.  So, obviously, things didn’t go exactly as planned.

Here is proof that we are safe and sound…

Ned and Me... in our hotel room

Ned and me... see? We're A-okay!

Anyway… a few things went wrong (including our hotel having to move us from the room we are in now to a different room tomorrow WHILE we are at the dog show tomorrow)…  but the biggest one was the tire blowing.

We were driving along, thankfully only about 1/2 hour outside of Yorkton when it happened, and the car suddenly pulled to the left.  I kept it under control.  Smelled burning rubber, and knew we blew a tire.  With the sudden difficulties and the smell there was nothing else it could be.  Even though it had never happened to me before, I knew what was going on.

I got us onto the shoulder – thankfully it was a nice wide safe shoulder.  Sent my husband a message on BlackBerry Messenger.  And emptied our stuff out of the trunk to give us access to the spare.  Years ago I learned how to change one…  but it’s been a LOT of years.  I simply didn’t feel up to the task, so hoped desperately someone would stop.

We were helped by a WONDERFUL couple traveling from Thunder Bay to  (I think) Fort McMurry.  I’m totally having a brain fart here though…  I think they said Fort McMurry, but I wouldn’t bank on that.  LOL  Anyway…  They had been driving for a few days straight.  Today they’d covered part of Ontario, all of Manitoba, and part of Saskatchewan…  They had passed us going the other way, turned their vehicle around, and came to our rescue.  Truly wonderful folks.  I had asked for their new address (they’re moving to Alberta) to send them something to say thank you… but they insisted that they didn’t need a thing, and were just so happy  they could be there when we needed them.  Like I said, really wonderful people.   I wished them safe travels, and hope their future is full of folks as generous and good natured as they are.  🙂

So, we got on our way…  moving a lot slower seeing how there’s a doughnut on our car vs. a real tire.  LOL  But we got here just the same.

Will share more of our adventure tomorrow.  Hopefully nothing nearly as exciting happens.  LMAO  On the road anyway.  Exciting things AT the show would be more than welcome.  😉

Night all.

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