We've lived in Kamloops for almost 4 years now. Anyone who knows me knows that although I wanted to come here, I wasn't quite prepared for what I got, things didn't exactly work out the way I thought/hoped, and I was pretty miserable here. Well, I should say, I was happy for 6ish months, we bought a house, things fell apart, and I hated it and wanted to move. BUT the economy was crap, the recession meant we were stuck with a house that we couldn't sell for enough, and Mat had found a job he was learning lots at and really liking. So I just basically sucked it up, was miserable in "Krap-loops" and was waiting for the time we could move.
Well, long story short, about 8 months ago I was able to shift some of my thinking, and other things have sort of materialized, to allow me to settle here a bit. So although I still don't love Kamloops, there are some things here that work and have helped me settle. Well, settle for now.
One of those things is crafting. Since my shift into settling here a bit, I've started to make the house more of a home with unique character pieces. It makes me happy to re-purpose things, to make things pretty, and contribute positively to our home environment. So take a look at my before....a lovely retro buffet that my neighbours passed on....
And my after....
Yes it was a shiny wood...but bonding primer, and a mouse sander are a girl's best friends !!
Ignore the glare, it was a quick photo- but it's a grey/blue that sits in my dining room ! I love the purple/grey damask. I'm pleased with it... thoughts ??
The little man started soccer right before our holiday started. He hadn't been feeling well, and so he was a bit off. It also didn't help that another child shouted at him- got right in his face and yelled when Dylan went near the net.
Other child's "wonderful attentive" father was busy on his cell phone- too busy or too oblivious to address the issue.
Thanks dad of the year, appreciate that.
I did hear him later explaining on his phone that his son was acting like a typical only child, not listening, being egocentric and rude. I take offense to that- Dyl is an only child- and that other child's behaviour is a function of his upbringing- NOT his status as a single child. Anyway...it was really neat to see Dylan participate.
I did decide however that Dyl will NOT be attending play school in September. I had been tossing it around, but have decided that I'm not ready to send him anywhere without me. He's still a little guy. He's just 2 1/2.
I did also learn that as much as I love seeing him participate in activities- I have a major issue letting the control of the situation go. I want to make sure he's protected. I want to make sure people speak to him in a way that I approve of.
I want to be there to address any issues right away.
Now I know what you're thinking... over protective mother.
BUT, I'm also a social worker with lots of kid experience and know what big bad things can come his way, AND know the life long potential ramifications of them.
It will get easier once he's older.
I'll be able to let go a bit.
But not just yet.
For now he still needs us.
But this half of the "us" won't be able to be there.
Mat and Dylan will be going to soccer without me.
I'll be working Wednesday nights, so they are on their own, which is fine. No worries there.
But I can't see everything that's happening.
And for a mommy who is rarely not with her boy, that's hard.
But I'm also really proud of my little big man.
He's a sweet sweet boy who is turning into a wonderful little guy.
Back from our vaycay in the big city. Jumped right back into the busyness here - photos to edit from shoots in Calgary- started back to work 2 afternoons a week, and just other "stuff". Soooo.... it'll be a bit until I get caught up well enough to blog.
BUT until then, head over to my photography blog and check out some of my current sessions. Slowly chipping away at getting those images ready for clients- and then I can play with my fun photos. Got lots of photos and stories to share....
If you haven't been to my website or my blog, please go.
So the watermark on the pics is added protection.
Once something is out there on the web, it can be used for different purposes. By adding the logo on my images, it helps cut down on the chance that someone will steal my images and use them in a way I don't want. So that's why you see it front and center on pics.
Us- circa 2008 in Mexico... is the logo a bit of overkill?
While I'm goofing around....and looking at Mexico pics, AND because it's my blog and I can do what I want....
here is the next James Bond... I for sure need to protect this photo.... lovin the pose !
I think I need a tropical holiday
(back then we had a crappy camera.. can you tell?)