Saturday, October 31, 2009

Friday, October 30, 2009

Flashback Friday - Halloween 2008

Tadpole’s first Halloween was a big event in our house. Halloween has always been a big holiday for us.  This was our first year not having a big Haunted House, so we had to make the most of our month with Tadpole.  Every time we went out, we’d put him in a mask or a wig. 


Thursday, October 29, 2009

My friend, the Winner!

I’ve mentioned Pioneer Woman on my blog before... she’s incredible.  And she has such a crazy huge following that it’s a bit beyond belief!

Let’s just put it in perspective here... according to Google reader, I have 20 subscribers.  And PW has 2261. WOW. And that’s just her photography stream! 

Anyways, a little while ago, she started posting photo challenges on her blog – and hundreds (I’m just pulling that number out of thin air... it could be thousands for all I know) of people enter via her flickr challenge group.

I entered the Textures challenge a little while ago (with this photo), and my friend Jenn, entered the rounded edges challenge this week with this pretty image:

And OMG... she came 2nd!  2nd place out of hundreds of entries!  She won a $150 gift card – and of course, the accolades of PW!  I’m so proud of her!

Congratulations Jenn!!  Have fun spending your loot on some new gear :)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Just 2 from Vegas

I haven't had much computer time since I got home from Vegas... I've been spending as much quality time as possible with the Tadpole.
But after he went to bed tonight, I got to sit down and get a few things done.  Just two images for now - they're the only ones I've edited so far - but I LOVE them and I can't wait to get some time to do the rest!

Monday, October 26, 2009

iheartfaces - Week 42: Halloween Dress-Up

Halloween is one of my favorite times of year... and now that we have a Tadpole to dress-up, it's even better!  Last year he was a baby bat, but this year my little Tadpole is going to Trick or Treat as a full fledged frog.

Here's my entry for this weeks ifaces contest entry...

Click over to ifaces to see the rest of this weeks Halloween Dress-Up entries.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Vegas Baby!

I've been MIA from the blog for a few days... the $14 daily fee for internet access in our hotel room was a bit too steep for me... so, instead, I had a bit of a hiatus... but now you're in for it.
As soon as I get home and get some editing done, you can expect a barrage of photos!  In the meantime, here's a quick snapshot of me, Tadpole's Auntie Tulip (this one's from her camera), and her sister Moie.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


A few months ago, Grumpy & Granny took us to visit the new Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre in Sidney.  Mister and I didn't even know that it existed, so we were looking forward to checking it out.
Tadpole was in awe when we first walked in the door... but he was NOT impressed when the "submarine" doors slid open and we stepped inside.  He cried and kept saying "Done now! Done now!" even as we tried to show him the cool bubbles on the ceiling.  Luckily it only lasted a few seconds before the doors slid open again, and we stepped out into the aquarium. Phew!

We all had a good time, showing him the cool different fish.  I loved the jellyfish... the colors were incredible!  Tadpole's favorite part was the area projected onto the floor that moved when you stepped in it. 

Monday, October 19, 2009

iheartfaces - Week 41: Pink Week

It's Pink Week at ifaces right now, so this week's contest doesn't have to have a face in it, but it has to be a representation of the color pink - for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

These are the tulips that pop up in my front yard every year... my favorite!  And I processed them using CoffeeShop's free Pink Glow action.

To see more pink photos, head over to ifaces this week.

And Happy Birthday to my Aunty!  On a somewhat fitting day, since she lost her Mother in Law quite a number of years ago.  XOXO

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Happy Birthday...

... Auntie Tulip!!!

Here's a snapshot from my visit to Calgary a few years ago... It was cold. Is snowed. This year, let's meet in Vegas instead!! 
See you in a few days!!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Flashback Friday - Pumpkin Patch

We wanted to make Tadpole's first Halloween, a special one.  Even if he wouldn't remember it, we knew that we would - and there would be more than a few pictures to document it.

There were many wigs/hats/costumes (which you'll see in a later post), and pumpkins galore. One Sunday before Halloween, we met up with others from our baby group at Galey Farms for a hayride to the pumpkin patch.  Clearly, we were more excited about than Tadpole... this is my favorite snapshot from that afternoon...

We're continuing the tradition again this year and meeting up with our baby group friends at Galey Farms next Sunday... I'm sure that this year will be much more exciting for our Tadpole as he runs through the pumpkin patch with his little friends.

Thursday, October 15, 2009


This post is going to be epic, so I hope you're sitting down...

Unk bought Tadpole his first pair of skates when he was less than a year old... and his first helmet for his 1st birthday. But it took us until Thanksgiving weekend to actually get him out on the ice. Boy, was it ever worth the wait!!

Mister and I packed Tadpole into Betty, and drove to the Oak Bay Rec centre to meet Unk and Winnie. We all laced up our skates and took to the ice. None of us were sure how Tadpole would do, or how long he'd last - and I think it's safe to say that he surprised us all! He went strong for an hour and a half. And it's all he's talked about since we left.
Mister and Unk were pretty sore the next day, and when I talked to Winnie she said that her face hurt from smiling so much!

Tadpole LOVED his first skating trip, and we've got high hopes that if we can find enough time to get him out practicing, he'll be close to skating on his own by the end of the season.