Sunday, November 25, 2012

peas in a pod

"three peas in a pod" was written on the invitation to the baby shower for these tiny triplets.
Beautiful little sweet peas indeed!

Three babies boggles my mind:  three car seats, three cribs, three times as many diapers, etc. but then I realize that there is three times the love and snuggles too.  These lucky babies are much wanted and loved.  And their lucky parents have lots of family to help out too.
Mom and both grandmas are here posing for photos at the shower.

Can you smell their sweet heads just by looking at this picture?  I can.  It won't be long before I have my own sweet grandbaby to cuddle and I can hardly wait.

If you're on Facebook you can take a peek at these little ones on the Campbell Girl Photography page.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

another winter storm

Another storm system rolled through here bringing a lot of rain followed by freezing rain followed by a lot of snow.  What a mess!

As always, though, there is beauty in nature.
I took these pictures last night in the back yard.
Yet another mound of snow on the deck today.

The eaves of the sun room look like they're on a gingerbread house.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

teaching compassion

I was sent a link to this article about teaching young children to be nice to animals and am happy to share it with you.  I feel strongly that children should learn compassion and caring at an early age and interacting with pets is a great way to do it.  We know that children who don't empathize with animals often become teens and adults who are aggressive toward not only animals but people too.

I tried to make my classroom an animal friendly zone so that the children could experience caring for pets even if they didn't have any at home.  Over the years we had a variety of small animals as pets (gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, and birds) and the children had clearly defined responsibility of them (with supervision of course).  I also took my dogs to school on a regular basis (good for the kids and for the socialization of my dogs).  One of my favorite teaching units was based on the incubation and hatching of chicks.  There's something very magical about viewing the chick embryos through the egg shells by holding them up to bright light; it was always a highlight to watch the embryos moving within the shell and see the blood vessels at work.  Once the chicks hatched, the kids would sit in a circle with the chicks in the middle.  They were taught how to hold the chicks safely and they also knew that if chicken poop happened near them, they were responsible for getting wet paper towel to clean it up.  It was a terrific way to teach Family Life Education, Science, and Social Studies in one fell swoop.

For the child in your life, this article has ten great ideas to help you teach compassion and sharing and is worth reading.

The Big Bang Theory Flash mob!

Sunday, November 11, 2012


holy snow, Batman!

The snow finally stopped and this is what my deck looks like.  The sky has cleared allowing cold air to follow the snow storm.  It is -13 C with a windchill of -24 C (-11 F).  Brrr......

Friday, November 09, 2012

snow and then some

We are in the midst of a good old-fashioned snow storm.

I took this picture two days ago on my deck (I'm selling my Majacraft Suzie Pro and the photo shoot was for advertising purposes*).

Here's the same deck now and the forecast is for snow most of the weekend.

Cooper is very, very happy.

The snow is deeper than B is tall.  Good thing he was wearing his little red coat.
As you can see, while the shelties were happy in the snow, Bentley waited patiently at the door to go back into the house.

*If you are interested in the wheel here's a link to my destash page on Ravelry.