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And the pool has water!

Yep…  you heard me.  The pool has water.  😀  And it was WAY too dark out to take a picture to share my triumph.  LOL

I’ll admit, spending a few hours out in the yard getting the space prepped, putting the pool together, and erecting the screen house was time I could have spent editing photos or working on Camp fYrefly stuff…  BUT…  this was all part of the plan.  Mwahahaha.

Okay, so it’s not an evil take-over-the-world-pinky-and-the-brain-type-scheme-of-a-plan.  But it’s my plan.


girlie home with mommy all day = mommy having no time to actually work all day

Our friend Yolanda upgraded to a larger model of this particular above ground pool, so offered us her old one.  YES!  Definitely an offer we couldn’t possible even consider turning down.  So, today (while the girlie is at the lake with my mom) after a couple of photo shoots and after eating a bit of supper, the hubby and I set to work.  And yes, there is still some work to be done (it is just WAY too black out there to keep mucking about) but we are a large part of the way there.

For a long while now, when I give someone our address I say “You can’t miss the place.  It’s the tiny, ugly, square, white house with all the kids stuff in the front yard.”  Well, that’s about to change too.  Okay, well… we’ll still be the tiny ugly square white house,  (and don’t belittle my tiny ugly square white house, I happen to love my tiny crappy house) but the kid stuff will be hitting the back yard.

When the girlie was tiny we made the decision to keep her play stuff to the front yard.  Wee kiddies put everything in their mouths, and, well…  the back yard was dog domain.  And there are certain things that you don’t want to make it into your baby.  The girlie is past that stage now though, and is looking for more freedom.  She doesn’t always want Mom or Dad right on top of her, supervising every move, as she plays in the yard.  Sooo…  it’s time to move her play equipment and toys into the back.  That way she can have a little freedom (the yard is fenced, and we can just sit in the corner on the patio furniture), AND I can get some work done while she plays.  Okay, so that’s the plan anyway.  Don’t knock it.  It might work.  It NEEDS to work.  LMAO  Wish me luck.

And I SOOOOO can’t wait to see the girlie’s face when she sees the pool set up and all of her toys in the back yard.  She’s just going to light up like a little old fire bugs butt.  (if that isn’t the prettiest imagery ever)

For now, it’s off to feed puppies, get some Chihuahua kisses, and hit the hay.

The Magnificent Flying Wee Girlie

Ever since seeing Cirque du Soleil the wee girlie is all about being an acrobat.  She still wants to be a doctor when she grows up, but figures she can be an acrobat in the mean time.  😉  So here she is, still perfecting her latest trick.

Lily-Ann, demonstrating her prowess on the swinging bar.

The Magnificent Flying Wee Girlie!

A weeks worth of photographs

I know… it’s been a little while since my last post.  And I was doing so well too.  LOL

You know, I think I may continue this blog even past the project 365 challenge.  But I’ll make a bit of a change.  The whole reason I haven’t posted was because I’m photo’d out.  I’ve been working on my new photography site, which means combing through thousands and thousands of old photos from the last couple of years.  So honestly?  I just wasn’t up to looking at any more photographs.  I took pictures every day, but I just couldn’t bring myself to pull them up on the computer.  So I didn’t.

We are now past the half way point in the year.  And I really have come to enjoy my daily blog time.  The only obstacle that keeps me from it occasionally is the photography end of it.  There are times when I’m just feeling like my brain is made of mush…  and while I’d be able to post while feeling this way (today for example), I don’t feel creative.  And, for me, photography requires muse.  So perhaps, next year I’ll continue posting every day, but follow the example of others, and share in “Wordless Wednesday” with a purely photographic post.

Anyway.  Lots has been going on this last week, and I’m a little burned out.  I’m coming down with a cold, which is never fun.  So I’ve ramped up the intake of herbs to try to keep the virus at bay.  LOL  At the very least it should help lessen the severity of it, and perhaps shorten it a tad too.

Okay… on to the photographs.

Oh!  heh heh…  one more thing.  For those of you who do check in on me regularly, what keeps your interest?  Are you here for the photos, or are you here to read?  You don’t have to share, but I am curious.  And it may help decide the future of the blog, past this year.

Friday, June 18th

We had a busy day.  Lots of running around, including a doctors appointment for the wee girlie (who, thankfully, loves going to see the doctor).  We couldn’t get in to see our GP (funny thing?  GP, depending on the circles you’re in, can mean general practitioner, guinea pig, or german pointer) so headed to the minor emergency clinic we use.  The doctor we saw thinks the wee girlie may have asthma.  She’s too young for the test, but he said her symptoms point that direction… especially considering there is a family history.  Not sure how I feel about this yet.

beautiful sleeping girlie

Sleeping Beauty

Saturday, June 19th


Natasha (my cousin) came into town this weekend, so the whole family got together at my parents place.  It was so nice to see the babies (Clyde and Hudson) who are on either side of the one year mark…  well…  they were last weekend.  Both are now over one.  🙂  I love family gatherings, I always have.  So this was a really nice treat.

The wee girlie was so good with the boys.  She shared all her toys, and even bounced them on the trampoline.  She really enjoyed having them around.  Well, until Hudson borrowed her highchair.  LOL  Of all the things in the world for her to hold sacred, I never would have expected it to be her highchair.  As soon as Natasha put him in it, she came over to me with this indescribable look on her face.  She tugged the sleeve of my shirt (to ensure she had my attention I suppose), and said in a very serious tone “Momma, that baby has GOT to GO.”

Picking a photograph to mark the occasion was really difficult.  So many wonderful new memories formed today.  In the end though, I had to go with this one.  Jamie (my pregnant cousin) and Ron (who lives at my parents place) comparing bellies.  I’m not sure Ron really understood why everyone was so excited about Jamie’s belly, after all, he’s got a nice one himself.  ;D

comparing bellies...

Baby? Bellies!

Saturday, June 20th

Happy Fathers Day!  We had a lovely day today.  Spent the afternoon and evening with my Dad.  I feel very fortunate to have such wonderful men in my life.  My Dad is awesome, my Grampa is amazing, and my husband is fabulous.  Without them, I wouldn’t be who I am today.  I love them all very deeply, and am so grateful they are so involved in my life.

Here’s Lily-Ann and her Pop Pop (my dad) filling up the bird feeder we got him.  The wee girlie was being a little goofy, but that’s just par for the course.  😉

Lily-Ann and her Pops

Monday, June 21

Here’s the wee girlie putting some stickers on the poster she got from the library last week.  Stickers she got at the co-op of Cooper the bear (their mascot).

Not every day can be super interesting.  😉


Tuesday, June 22nd

Okay… now I’m just getting tired of sitting here.  LMAO  So here are the pictures, a la wordless wednesday tradition (and yes, I know it’s not wednesday).

Swingset (taken from the car window).

Wednesday, June 23

Another of a sleeping girlie

Thursday, June 24th

Okay, technically this isn’t a picture I took…  but I the wee girlie knew I was pulling out my phone to snap a quick shot of something, and she asked if she could do it instead.  So I said sure, and handed her the phone.  She took a picture of me sitting in the car.  🙂

Me (by the wee girlie)

So that’s the last week.  🙂  Will have something else to post tonight, but I haven’t taken a photo for today yet.  LOL  See you then.



Yay!  Swing set parts!

Yay!  Swing set is set up IN OUR YARD!

Yes…  that means we stood out in the rain, totally soaking wet pulling apart the swing set.  Then drove across town (still in the rain) to our house, granted across town here means 15 minutes, but still.  LOL  And yes.  That means we continued standing in the rain for another hour and a half, completely drenched, as we put it back together again.  But we have a very happy wee girlie…  and it was SOOOOOOO worth it.  😀

Now we just have to wait for the rain to stop so she can actually play.  😉

A new-to-us swing set?

Well…  here we are, heading out the door.  The wee girlie showing me how her shirt sparkles as she moves, totally unaware of her Daddy and my plans for the day.  All she knows is she’s going to Pop Pop and Grams house.  🙂

showing mommy the sparkles


What the wee girlie didn’t realize was that I found a used swingset through the Full Circles network (full circles is just like free cycle).  The only stipulation was that we needed to disassemble and remove it ourselves.  No problem, I figured.

We dropped the wee girlie off with my parents, where she spent the day playing outside – jumping on the trampoline, swinging, climbing monkey bars, sliding, and splashing in her paddling pool.  There is never a lack of things to do there.  Oh!  They also checked on the garden, to see what veggies and flowers were starting to sprout.

With tools in hand, and a borrowed vehicle (we needed something bigger than our car) we headed across town.  Things started off, just as they should…  until our screwdriver broke.  YIPES!  So we tried a relative who lives pretty close to where we were.  No luck.  Which is when we hit the nearest store.  Bought a new screwdriver for five dollars…  we would end up needing it anyway, even if we had managed to borrow one today.  Well, it didn’t help.  A couple of the bolts are rusted right onto the screws, and now those screws are stripped.  EEEPS!

So, with many apologies for not removing the swing set today as we’d intended, I’ve promised we’ll figure it out in the next day or two.  I’m thinking hacksaw…  and then replace the nuts and bolts we end up cutting through.  Any other thoughts?  LMAO  This is definitely NOT my area of expertise.  ;D

One thing I am grateful for today, is that we DIDN’T tell the wee girlie about the swing set.  She’d have been so disappointed.  This way it can still be a wonderful surprise once we do get it all worked out.  LOL  And if you don’t have any advice for us, how about just wishing us a little luck.  😀

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