Friday, May 27, 2016

Facebook Fridays. (A weekly roundup)

 Often life is so busy that I don't get time to write full blog posts but I do post smaller blurbs on Facebook and Instagram. Since one of the reason's I started blogging in the first place was to have an online journal of family life I've decided to have Facebook Friday's here on the blog. It will be a place to gather my weekly social media posts altogether and make them easier to look back on. Some weeks you my even get the 'Directors Cut/Extended Version of those posts! :)

Have a lovely weekend.

May 27:

 What I found when I came home from a quick grocery run.... THAT will teach me to start cleaning up after myself! 😳😝 (what you can't see is the flour paste coat all over her legs and the thick layer of gluey flour on her tongue... She can't stop licking.

May 27:

 I had such a wonderful afternoon yesterday. Amanda brought her sweet little girl over and gave me the chance to practice my grandma skills. Of course, I couldn't resist taking a few pictures as well . . . ;) Blog post with the rest of the photos next week.

May 29:

 Oh my, this will melt your heart!

May 30:

I'm not so sure she believed me when I said "Just ONE more picture" . . . ;D

May 30

I love, love peonies in floral arrangements and each year my peonies get larger and I have more and more flower buds. I saw Barb's post last year and thought it was worth a try. I was still taking peonies out of my fridge in September! The flowers themselves don't get near as large as they do on the bush but they are still lovely. I've got one crisper emptied out so I can fill it up with my peony buds again this year.

Keeping With The Times post on peonies

May 31:

 I'm starting to find places to display some of the goodies Stephanie from LifeCreated gave me from her new Etsy shop, even this tiny business card. How sweet is this?

Life Created Etsy Shop

June 1:

Bread's on the go.... Meatball soup and homemade buns for supper today! 😋 #baking #bread #nomnomnom #yeg #blessingsabound

June 1:

My search for the perfect cinnamon bun recipe is up on the blog today.
** Warning this post may cause drooling . . . ;D

Click for the link to my blog post
 June 1:

A lovely lady in the drive through line at Tim Hortons bought my hot chocolate for me! ‪#‎peoplecanbeawesome‬ ‪#‎yeg‬ ‪#‎nomnomnom‬ ‪#‎simplethings‬

June 2:

I'm taking a new class this week on how to use Composite photography to create fantasy worlds! So much fun! :D :D

Link to Karen Alsop's CreativeLive class.
(Which was awesome by the way!)

June 3:

Early morning in the back garden. It's an allium extravaganza.

June 4:

The peonies are starting to bloom! I'm so excited. I've got a big project planned with them. Fingers crossed that they burst into full bloom this week...

 And that was my week on Facebook. :D I hope you all had a fabulous week!
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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Why I'm so Excited. (Kim's Maternity Shoot)

I love kids. I always have. I 'get' kids in a way I often don't with adults.

I'm not only an introvert, I'm also quite shy and find myself tongue tied and fumbling for things to say when I'm around people I don't know really well. I am not good at casual conversation!

I don't generally have that problem with kids. Of course, it still takes time for them to get comfortable with me, and to feel safe enough to be themselves, but the thing with most kids is, they want you to see them for who they are.

I love how they can be wildly funny one minute and then turn around and be endearingly earnest and concerned about the serious things going on around them. When you really and truly connect with children you can forget, sometimes, how young they are.

For years I had my own kids and then, as they grew older, a parade of kids who rode my school bus. Most of them will never know how deeply I cared about them. How much I celebrated their joys and had my heart broken as I saw them struggle with difficulties through the years. How often I prayed for them. I loved the kids who would sit at the front of my bus chatting about their lives, stuff going on in school, kids who bothered them, best friends they delighted in and, of course, stuff their moms and dads did and said at home. (Not to worry though . . . those kinds of things I kept to myself. ;D)

I've missed having kids in my daily life since I've retired. I've borrowed my sisters' grandkids when I visited, arranged the occasional playtime with younger nieces and nephews and even sent out calls on Facebook for kids (and their moms) to come and craft, bake, or dress up and pose for the camera with me. (Most kids still love to get in front of a camera and play pretend games.)

But now, (*D.V.) a new stage of life is about to begin. In no time at all I hope to be a grandma and to once again have a small child around regularly. (Don't worry Kim, I won't drop by everyday, I promise!)

The things we are going to do, the pictures I'm going to take . . .

My sister Tamara's favourite hashtag says it all . . . #blessingsabound

I'm still going to be borrowing other peoples kids once in a while though, I won't be able to help myself! ;D

I'll leave you with the rest of Kim's maternity images. How lucky am I that she still loves to dress up, pretend and is willing to do it in front of my camera?

Hair and makeup Holly Anne

(*deo volente)

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