Tuesday, November 30, 2010

So...here is the floor plan!
Well, more or less
This first photo is the addition plan
Split into two rooms
The left side is a pantry / sewing room
The right is the new front entry
with closet space & storage!!
This second photo is the current
kitchen & dining room but
somewhat reconfigured!
The dining room will be my new sitting area
with space for my recumbent bike!
This is a shot of the
two spaces put together!
To the right of identified sitting area
is the current front entry!
It will become the new laundry room
with loads of more hanging space!!!
In the end it is only 10' x 18'
Rather small by some people's standards but...
when you are increasing your space by almost 1/3
it is really rather impressive!
I'm am SO excited!

Monday, November 29, 2010

The snow will fall,
the wind will blow
and the mercury will hit rock bottom,
but nothing can stop
that guy of mine

he really is that great
hummm...now for the roof
I can hardly wait

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A Yukon resident, this young photographer
takes talent to a whole new level!
Being raised with a camera in her face,
Adelaide Anne finally had had enough.
She decided to get BEHIND the lens to get even ;)
Now hooked, this young artist has discovered
that there are no boundaries
once the batteries are charged &
the camera is in her hands!
It is no wonder that she is so talented...
Her Grandad is a well know photographer
within the family circle & her mother...well,
she tries...
So, look forward to future shows
where this talented
camera wielding toddler's
work is featured...
most likely on a Blog near YOU!

"Are you SURE Mummy won't mind you
playing with that &
by the way,
how the heck did you turn that thing on anyways??"

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Finally it arrived!
Honestly, I didn't think they could
take another night of waiting
as their anticipation mounted...
for their first kick at Trick-or-Treating!!

Brenda's was the first house...safe and familiar.

Here they practiced their "Tricks"
Sarah sang "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"
Adelaide blew her whistle...
The delight of their first Jack-O-Lantern
was magical...

and their building confidence
made me proud!

Sarah took it all with quiet excitement while
Adelaide had no time for photos....there was another house just next door
and chances were, they'd have candy there too!!

It was fun to watch our little Giraffe approach
the strange things...and discouver the magic of Hallween!

We had a blast, as a family, going from house to house...

and Sean & I could not have been
more proud of our litle troopers...
They took great joy in singing & entertaining folks
and remembered their manners, at every stop,
without ever the need of a reminder or prompt!
I loved this Jack-O-Lantern
It was full of humour & personality

And finally, we reached the last house...
Here, our friend took us in, warmed us up

and entertained us with live music
while Daddy went to pick up the truck!
I was extremely grateful for this welcome!

With bags full of candy and toes toasty warm,
it was off to the community bomb fire!

Where the sky filled with magic!

The fireworks were splendid,
though, they proved to be too much for Adelaide.
She retreated to the truck with Daddy
where the booming noise was tempered
and once safely snugged in, she had a grand time yelling "BOOM!"
with every explosion of light & colour~

Sarah, on the other hand, was front & centre,
gazing into the night sky with a look of awe that
truly defies any worthy description!
After every explosion,
she asked me,
"Is there more?"
Much to her delight,
the show lasted a very long time!

Much to my delight,
they survived their first Halloween
with flying colours...
In fact,
the very next morning they announced
"It's Trick-Or-Treat day again!"


WOW...365 days must
feel like an eternity,
at least, to Princesses & Giraffes.

Monday, November 1, 2010

My 45th Birthday brought many surprises
and each was wonderful!

Sean & I drove to Whitehorse & if the mountains were not enough to sooth the senses, three moose were there to pull up the slack!

And while Sean was to drive to the airport to pick up a package
while I was in an appointment,
he failed to tell me that the package was being hand delivered!!
What an awesome surprise to be greeted by non other than....
the infamous UNCLE IAN (aka: the delivery boy)!!!
Upon our return home, we had just enough time to
get dinner fixings together & head back out the door!
Friends gathered to enjoy candle light and laughter
our family's favourite spot, Kathleen Lake :)
I was excited to make Grandee's scrumptious
Carrot Cake, because in doing so,
I was honouring on an age old Dodds' tradition...
and Adelaide & Sarah did a fantastic job of
decorating it, don't you agree??!!
(oh Grandee...it tasted as if you'd baked it yourself:)

The day that followed was just as awesome!
Ian pulled out his guitar & played & played & played
much to the delight to all !!
Adelaide & Sarah absorbed every note, and danced...
Music is magic & this very important detail is not
lost to my two girls thanks, largely in part, to their marvelous Uncle!
There is nothing like family!!
If you look closely, at the photo above,
you'll see Adelaide playing along with her much cherished whistle
(of course...a gift from her Uncle Ian!)

The visit was all too short.
Heck...with the abundance of new snow on the ground
(yet another birthday surprise, from Ol' Jack Frost)
I was starting to wonder if the family visit might be extended...
In the end, Aunt 'Reen & Uncle Ian did make their way
down the wintery roads.
In my little cabin, back to it's quiet state
only the girls & I at home...
I found the space somewhat empty.
I always do at the end of a family visit!
It isn't my own need for their company,
though I do love each of them ,
it is my overwhelming need to see my children
wrapped in the folds of family...

My girls are so loved,
and for that, I am eternally grateful.