Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Black and White Wednesday - "Where'd my baby go?"

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Yesterday morning, while Dan and I were still fast asleep, I gradually felt someone crawling into our bed. Doesn't happen every day but often enough. I wear an eye cover at night 'cause I like it dark and a certain little intruder always tells me that before she's halfway up our bed, I have a big smile on my very sleepy face.

I then scoop her up, still blind under my mask, and cuddle her in.

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But something has been changing lately. I always scooped her up and she would fit perfectly in the crook of my tummy. But yesterday I realized - she just doesn't fit anymore. I tried to pull in all the parts and there was too much left over. I couldn't get it all.

I'm not ready for this big person - doesn't anyone have a way to keep 'em small?

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Even when we're reading in our glider at night, she use to fit so perfectly on my lap. Now her legs and arms are all over the place. She slips off and has to sit up on the arm.


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My 1st "baby" will be 8 years old next week. Heaven help me when she hits double digits.

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I guess I need to get ready!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Black and White Wednesday......with some RED thrown in!

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I needed something red for the iheartfaces photo challenge this week so I grabbed this hat and had a little fun.

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Here's a little Dahlia quote.

The other day Dahlia was munching on some chocolate as we began her homework and I asked her a question. A long pause ensued - and with eyes still closed she held up a finger and said

"I'm having a moment"


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I'm like that chocolate in her mouth when I look into those eyes.

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Zizi is not one to be left out.

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And neither is this nutball!! (a.k.a. joy bucket, whirling dervish, screaming banshee, love cup......)

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the long road

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Daddy's Valentine offering!

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I'm not very chatty - for no good reason.

Sometimes words are superfluous. Don't you think?

Monday, February 14, 2011

TODAY! Baby it's cold outside.

.....and snowy and blowy and....isn't it time for spring? Just sayin'.

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I found some blue in the sky. I love me some blue skies.

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This (above) is where I buy flowers and fresh veggies and fruits in the summer. (whimper.) Not far from our place - down a country road.

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See!! Too much snow.

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Some berries the birds forgot.

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Even though it's a 30 minute drive to downtown Montreal - we can still see it from up here. That's Mount Royal off in the distance.

That's my little corner of the world.
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I ♥ Faces - "Red" !

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Milana - wearing my fancy schmancy red hat!

This week's challenge is all about heart and red and women. It's the "Go Red For Women" campaign for the American Heart Association. Click on the button for more info and for some great photography.


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Black and White Wednesday - "Ta Da !! "

I did the dreaded deed today.

No....not that one (??!? Huh, what's that? Well.....what were you thinking?!).

Yes, I set up the camera in front of a mirror and took a mug shot.

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I need to print up some business cards and flyers so I needed a picture that sort of tells the tale.

I used a big silver reflector and sat under our big sky light in my loft and other than some minor touch-ups (usually I have to really work it) this was almost SOOC.
(Forget diamonds....reflectors are a girls best friend! )

I'm showing my camera and paint and brush in this profile picture so all my bases are covered.
(My apron and scullery maid gloves are hidden. haha) enough about me.... here are some shots I took from the inside of my car as I was driving (shhhhh....) downtown last Friday.

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I had to circle 3 times waiting for a red light to get this one of the Chinese gate. It was green all 3 times so I got this on the fly.

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This little trip really gave me a taste to get out more and explore this city. I can't wait for spring when me and my Nikes will become one.

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So, I'll end with a color version of the aforementioned "mug shot".

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I think I like the black and white better.


Happy Wednesday to you!

Monday, February 7, 2011

TODAY......and a few more party pictures.

Our little gang!

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Last week I talked about our annual Chinese New Year celebration, so I'm posting a few pics from that. My camera went a bit wonky on me - does that ever happen to you? I think it was having a "mood". All the settings got mixed up - it even froze for a bit and I panicked I know why I need a back-up camera.

All was well in the end and though I didn't get any good images I did get a few sketchy ones. They will have to do to keep the memory alive.

So, here's the recipe for our celebration.

Take 4 families, 8 adults (kids at heart) and 8 kiddos and mix well in a small but cozy house. Add unstoppable playing, arts and crafts, snacks and plenty of laughs. Add little gifts exchanged and beautiful Chinese music playing in the background. Watch as one of the fabulous Dad's runs around the backyard (in the snow) lighting fireworks. Mix in some home made dumplings (hundreds of them) in a variety of preparations, ginger-peanut dipping sauce, a stir-fry and a slow leechee/sake martini...........for the big kids!


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Dahlia and her BFF - Angel.

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These two are inseparable and have been together since wee babies in the same orphanage in China. Their bond is deep and rich.

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Every year, this Dad risks his life (or at least his hands) lighting a fabulous fireworks show

- just for us!
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And have I mentioned lately how much I love my girlies? (Oh....I have?)
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That's my little corner of the world.
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