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A Year Gone By

Well, we had our last of the real firsts… we missed our first Jimmie birthday party, which is  rather appropriate as the very last thing we did in Canada before we turned to this new chapter in our lives is go to the Tyrell Museum for his birthday. My nephew is now 8 and as he turns 8 we mark our year as uprooted Canadians working on placing our American roots. 

After a year we have found our rhythm. A year of homeschooling in a whole new system awaits the yearly test and on we go with a second year already in the works. We have learned about the platypus, enjoyed the penguins and experienced the neighbourhood…

Ken has been working for nearly 6 month and is grounded and enjoying himself along with his beer league soccer (they are first in their league right now) and his weekly boardgame nights with friends from his youth. Grounds have been revisited, memories unearthed and cheese curds eaten. 

Echo has grown (some) and matured (tons) and become even more precocious. With her words in her chatter, her ringlets and smile are all over the house. 

I have fallen into crochet myself (finally) with the help of reconnecting with my bestfriend from high school (Shandai). I have my all new American baby Lily Bean and a laundry list of Minnesotan landmarks to see. My status is on going and my plans fluctuate but… it is becoming home here. We have home plans! It is good! 

A year after we have had to loosen up on our 2 years in the US plan… what with the whole wanting to buy a house (or so I am told I want to… hehe) and Ken’s wonderful job. BUT I have trips north to look forward to, once I have my status cemented of course! 

We have had a year of American holidays and learning to celebrate our Canadian (and international) one a little more low key. The change has been different but our horizons have been broadened as has our creativity in keeping our Canadian experiences alive. In the wake of a year away I am proud of how our relationships with those up in Canada have continued strong. And of course all new events to enjoy and create traditions around!

We are not exactly where I imagined we would be a year later but we have a plan to be proud of, memories to hold dear and a present that is glorious. I don’t think I will ever stop missing my family, friends, slurpees, poutine… our every day life in Canada completely BUT it is becoming easier and easier to be here… and to be happy and not missing everything up north as much.

When I look back through this year I see a lot of change, and most for good, a lot of adaptation and growth. We have a future to look forward to with lots more change, adapting and learning to go. I just want to say I love and miss you to everyone back up north and thank you to everyone here who have assisted in the process of making us more at home! 101_3526

Reasons, Not Excuses

I totally did NOT realize that I had not posted a blog entry last night until well after I had gone to bed. It has been quite the weekend. My birthday is on Monday so I did attempt some pre birthday fun (attempt as weather interacted negatively to either cancel or alter plans) but even more so… I am sure that most of my readers are aware that I am originally from Canada, Alberta in fact… this has been a rough weekend for Southern Alberta. My brother James and his family (Holly and Jimmie) live in Calgary as do many of my Reinsch family relatives. Thankfully all in the higher portions of the city. Likewise my friends Esther, Kathy, Bianca… all safe and relatively dry. Starting late Thursday a flash flood warning went out for Calgary and area… It was much more extreme than expected (rain on the mountains facilitating melt). The city of High River is basically underwater as is Black Diamond I am told. Other towns have also been affected. 

Calgary has been hit hard. Downtown (which is where my brother works) is shut down, underwater and without power… Stampede grounds (Stampede is in 2 weeks) are also underwater… the zoo is looking at 2 weeks closure to fix the mess they are faced with, though there have been no animal losses. There has been 3 confirmed losses of life, thankfully there was some signs so people were able to start evacuating in time. BUT there is always the chance of a surge of water or a dam giving up. Add to that Medicine Hat (where my Aunty Becky and Uncle Lyle live) going under flood warning and it has been a round time all round in southern Alberta. 

It is very surreal to see locations we had previously considered renting in (before the big move here) now underwater… to realize that that could have been us! Not only do I feel very grateful that my family are safe, friends sound but I am equally aware that we really are where we need to be here in Minnesota. Although we too were under a flash flood and storm warning Friday night… my brother in law Joe and his family have downed branches and their neighbourhood has seen worse. Power has been off for AGES! 

If you are able to help HERE is a list of drop offs and ways to financially donate to help all the different people (and animals) who are in need after the flooding… Thanks to Huffington Post. Life is not going to go back to normal in these areas any time soon… again I am just thankful that for the most part everyone is ok… and saying a prayer that this is the end of the flooding and wonky weather! 

Picture thanks to Roman Sotelo

Picture thanks to Roman Sotelo (HERE is his Facebook page)

Christmas Crafts Revealed

Now that our gifts have been received I can FINALLY share some images of the items I made and gifted! So sit back and enjoy the creations… of varying complexity!

For Trinity!

These were a lovely and relatively quick creation. I got the pattern from the Crochet Spot. You can either purchase patterns from them, or do what I did and do the monthly membership so I can come and go and take what I please. I made all of these using Red Heart yarn. You can find the actual pattern right HERE.

Also for Trinity

I have to admit to some over stuffing on this tea set but Trinity LOVED it! The pattern is available for purchase right HERE. Again Red Heart yarn.

Jimmie’s Penguin

When I asked Holly what I should get her family (my brother’s wife) she suggested this little gem. He is tiny and quick but oh so adorable. I used Red Heart yarn and a Lion Brand pattern. (I think you need to sign up with them to see it, but it is free). I am not a huge fan of button eyes… as you will notice with Echo’s pieces later, but he is adorable don’t you think?

James’ “hot chick”

This was made to go with the sock owl I made my brother the year previous (an Emo Owl)… Another Crochet Spot pattern, this little duckie is tiny and quick but oh so cute! (again Red Heart yarn)

Holly’s Cupcake

I could not resist the cupcake for my sister in law. Sadly I think I over stuffed this cutie but still, I think it looks rather yummy! Another Crochet Spot pattern, of course! I hope to make some of these to go with Trinity’s Christmas stuff… maybe in varying colours and play around with beads as sprinkles?

Echo’s bunny

Another Crochet Spot pattern, I skipped the features (I simply COULD NOT find the right buttons) and made this sweetie up in the usual yarn choice. The hat is removable and it has the cutest tail!! Mine is a little stiffer than the example but Echo is quickly squishing it into submission.

Echo’s snowman

Now I had to alter this pattern a bit, well more leaving things out, as it was for a 2 year old to snuggle. So no features and NO arms. I also made my own pattern for the scarf and played around with the hat. BUT you can find the original pattern HERE. Thanks again to my Facebook friend Keith for pointing this pattern out!

One of the soap savers

I think this one went to my brother and his family. But I tried various ones out to give away. You put the bits and pieces of soap bars you have left over in these and use them like a soap bar. Very cute! And, another Crochet Spot pattern!

Same colours as the old style large bulb outdoor lights

Ok so I favoured Crochet Spot with my gifts this year! There were two long strings of these Christmas lights for Ken’s parents. Ken researched the original colour pattern and everything. You can purchase the pattern for these HERE.

Pato inspired

My first original creation – that tiny hat on Pato’s head!!! Of course I used the same pattern for the bird as the one for my brother, I just made the beak longer.

This is a portion of Karyn’s Christmas present

This is a FREE pattern off of Crochet Spot. It is a Half Round Mini Bag. Listed as an intermediate pattern, I actually found that as long as I TRUSTED the pattern it all went rather smoothly!

Two felties!

The rest of Karyn’s gift from an Etsy purchase. There are 4 in the pattern set, so two more to make for another holiday!

And that is the bulk of my creations!