Feeling down, but not out…

The end of September and most of October I found to be difficult. I didn’t really talk to anyone or do much of anything, other than work on Christmas presents. I was feeling pretty low. Work was getting unbearable, the worst it had ever been. The impending take over by the new company and not having any information about what was going to happen was really stressing everyone out and lead to everyone pretty much treating each other like shit. Not a very fun environment to be in. I started to push people away. I avoided talking whenever I could, it just seemed easier. Kara started acting out a lot. She stopped listening, started throwing the worst temper-tantrums she has ever had and cried over any little thing. I think it might of been just a part of the transition to school, and having to wake up early. We made sure she got enough sleep. Still haven’t figured out exactly what was wrong, but she is much happier now. Part of that might have to do with me being happier too. I got invited out for lunch with some girl friends a couple of weeks back and my entire mood just brightened up. Even when you’re a pretty big introvert, like myself, you should never count out a talk with your friends, it does the mind and soul some good. Thanksgiving was really good too. Kara asked if we could give her cousins Alyssa and Madison the owl hats I had crocheted for them that weekend. So we did and they loved them. And now it seems like nearly everyone wants me to make them one. Oh boy. I’m not sure if I will, but they definitely have to wait until after Christmas, I have enough to do and my hands are going to want a rest.

Now that the takeover has officially happened, the mood at work has eased up a lot, at least from what I’ve noticed. And it is quite a relief.

Now that I’m feeling better,  I’ve made plans to do things for pretty much every weekend in November and I am looking forward to every single one. Friday is date night for hubby and I. We’re going to see Thor: The Dark World and we’re really looking forward to seeing it. It looks super good. And next weekend I’ve got a Lia Sophia party with some friends and a Just for Laughs show. I’ve got a week off of work starting Saturday and I am really looking forward to it. I plan on getting most of my Christmas presents all done. We got Kara’s Christmas shopping all done, so that’s a big thing off of our list for Christmas. It’s a pretty good feeling.

I now this post wasn’t written super well and was a little all over but I felt I needed to just get this out. Thanks for bearing with me through this post and I promise some crafty goodness in the next one, and photos! Happy Thorsday every one Winking smile

School days are just beginning

I’m finding it a little bit hard to believe Kara has been going to school for three weeks already. I am really glad however, to have school started. Ever since she finished preschool at the end of June, she has been asking when kindergarten starts. I’m really happy she was so excited to go to school and I’m even happier that she has maintained her excitement. The night before her first day of school, she just bounced around and talked our ears off about going to kindergarten. It was cute and annoying all at once. I was surprised she actually went to sleep with her being so excited.

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All ready for her first day

Kara’s already made friends with a little girl. In her second week, when I came to pick her up, she came running up to me and asked if she could play at the playground with this girl. Since then, she has asked pretty much everyday. I’m am thankful she made a new friend so quickly. I was a little worried because she kept talking about her preschool friends, especially her bestie Ava. Now Kara won’t line up unless S is there. It’s cute.

Just like the previous two years of preschool, most of the time Stephen or I ask Kara what she did at school that day, we get the classic “I don’t know”. It’s still very annoying however, if we ask her a few hours later, we’ll actually get an answer. She’s getting better about it, or at least I think she is. Who knows, perhaps she’s just good at it now and next week she won’t answer again. She’s like that. Anyways, through these little conversations, I’ve learned she loves when they go to the gym and that the centres she likes and does the most are reading and drawing. She’s a girl after my own heart. I really loved gym class when I was younger. It was so much fun and it wasn’t competitive or about fitness tests. This kid really loves arts and crafts too.

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The snail she made out of clay
on her first day

Getting Kara into the school routine has been a little difficult. She has no problems with her morning routine, it is pretty much the same as the one from preschool, just earlier. After school is another story. She doesn’t like to empty her lunch kit, she just likes to whine about it. She is getting better about putting her backpack on the hook. Getting Kara ready for bed is usually a bit of a fight, but it is a little better when it’s a school night, just because she loves going to school. If her aunt or someone is over though, then she doesn’t want to go to bed because she doesn’t want to miss anything and I totally understand, but bedtime is bedtime.

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On our way home from the first day

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Being silly while waiting to line up

I know school is going to be great for her and I can’t wait for her to learn so many things and have fun doing it. My heart just swells when I think about it. And geez, now I’m tearing up just thinking about it. I can’t help it, I’m just so proud. I hope her excitement school continues, not only through kindergarten, but through most of her school years.

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Happy first day of Fall!

Egg-cellent experiments

Sorry for the eggy pun, I couldn’t resist. So if you couldn’t guess, today’s post is about the egg experiments I did with Kara in April. I’m not really sure how I stumbled on to the experiment, but I think it was via craftgawker. It is where I find lots of craft inspiration and sometimes there is fun stuff like this.

The first experiment, which can be found here, was to dissolve the egg with vinegar.

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After we left it for 48 hours, it looked like this:

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Kara thought it was weird feeling and rubbery.

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We compared the egg to a normal egg, it was a little bigger (left). The egg was slightly translucent so we could see the yolk inside. Kara thought it was pretty cool.

Next, we took the egg and put it in a glass of corn syrup, as described here. I only had the dark stuff but the result was the same.

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Here’s our egg at the start and here’s what it looked like after:

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It shrunk to be just a little bit bigger than the yolk and shrivelled.

The next step was to reverse the process. Here’s the instructions. Kara and I decided to dye the water purple.

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Our egg turned a gorgeous, rich purple. It was so pretty we were kind of sad to see it go.

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Bye, bye awesome egg.

Days gone by

Half of the year has come and gone (and then some) and I’ve only blogged once this year. It’s not like I had nothing to blog about, there was plenty. I just never sat down and did it. Which is kind of lame.

But let’s not dwell on what I didn’t do and focus instead on what I did do. Well, where to start? The last time I blogged was February 15, so I’ll start there.

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In March, we went bowling and Kara finally tried all by herself. And did pretty good. More importantly, she had an awesome time!

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At Easter we went up to Mom’s for a couple days and coloured and hunted for eggs.

In April, Kara and I did an experiment with an egg, which was totally cool. But I’m saving that for the next post.

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I stitched up Hawkeye from the Avengers for my sister’s birthday, though it was a wee bit late. I need to work on getting my embroidery in the frame properly i.e. put backing board in behind.

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I also embroidered this tea towel for her too. I found the pattern here on Flickr.

Stephen and I went to Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo and had a blast the entire weekend.

Kara turned 5 and it’s kind of crazy to think my little baby girl will be heading off to kindergarten at the beginning of September. When did she get so big? And if that wasn’t enough to make me feel old, my baby brother graduated in May.

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In June, I really got into crochet and started crocheting granny squares. I’m going to make them into a blanket for Kara. She’s pretty stoked for that. And it’s a good thing she has some patience, because I’m not the fastest at crochet and I have to stop when my hands start to hurt. I also stitched up a family of birdies for mom. It was a late mother’s day present (things were a little late this year).

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I also picked up something new and fun for my photography hobby. I bought myself a film camera! A Diana F+ from Lomography. It’s a pretty fun plastic camera.

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Kara at Laurie's Birthday

This is one of my fave photos I’ve taken so far. I was experimenting with double exposures and this is the what happened. It’s fun and exciting not knowing what your photos are going to turn out like.

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Happy New Year and Happy Chinese New Year! Yep, I have ‘t written a post since just before Christmas. Wow, looks like my goal to post more cleary hasn’t worked. I did try to post last week but it failed when I hit publish and I lost the whole thing. It being right before bed meant I didn’t redo it. Sleep is important, no matter how little I actually get. The post itself was more of a photo dump, so it probably failed because of the amount of photos.

I hope everyone’s year is going well. Things seem to be alright so far. Hubby’s getting over a nasty cold/flu thing. Thankfully neither Kara or I have gotten it. It’s nice that sickness doesn’t usually spread through the whole house as much as it does with most people.

I got a sewing machine for Christmas and it’s easily one of my fave gifts. I’ve made Kara a pair of capris and redashioned one of my old tops into a top for her. She thought it was the coolest thing to have clothes made for her. I have other projects I want to sew and you can bet there will be posts about them.

Kara modeling her refashioned shirt

We made Valentine’s for her preschool class, which took a while but she did enjoy making them. Hubby and I have never really celebrated the holiday but we do with Kara because she enjoys it.
Hopefully there will be more of a post this weekend, and there might be a few spelling and grammar mistakes in this post. It is 1:52 a.m. and I’m on my break at work.

Update: I fixed the picture sizes so now they’re actually viewabl. I don’t think I’ll be posting that late again. I don’t remember being able to change sizes in the tinydesk app, I’ll have to check that out before I use it again.

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