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Saturday, August 10, 2019

summer train of thought

Tea with friends. Fires on the beach. Many kms clocked. Jumping in the ocean. Cold prickles all over my arms. Sand everywhere. People who know you best. Changes are hard. Accepting changes can be harder. Ask yourself the tough questions. Summer is fleeting. Grieving what was once. Crying is ok. Back to school shoes. Beginning to plan ahead. Sleep interrupted. Goals and dreams. Overwhelmed and unsure. Tired AF. Envy. Water your own grass. Should we go away? Be intentional. Slow the fuck down. Don't feel pressured. Mint tea from the garden. Chives stored away for the winter. I want slow and simple. My priorities won't change.


Sunday, July 14, 2019

summer thoughts

It's mid July. Summer had a cool and wet start to it, but we are now starting to kick it up a notch, with hot days and all sorts of summery things. 
We just returned from a 5 day camping trip to Ingonish, Cape Breton. We had gone there 2 years ago, when Wes was one and a half. We had only spent two nights there in 2017, so this time, we chose to stay four nights, and it was very nice. 
Lets be honest here, camping with three kids and a dog is not exactly a relaxing vacation by any means, but as the years go by, it becomes more and more apparent, that time is moving by far too quickly, and that these memories that we are making with our children will last forever in their minds. It's hard to believe that we just have a handful of summers with Noah before he becomes too old to hang out with us. Of course I'll still drag him to places with us- but it won't be the same. He's getting older, and I need to enjoy this time that we have. 
As hard as camping was (lack of sleep due to the 5 am wake up call from the crows, bright sun at 5:30 AM), I also see the value of camping with kids. On top of their excitement for sleeping in a tent and having campfires every night, camping made them see that we have to work together as a family to make it enjoyable. We all found ways to help - setting up camp, cooking, washing dishes, making a fire, watching Wes, tearing down camp - as family we had to work together to make it successful. Definitely an important lesson to take from it. 
Over the next few weeks we will be busy, but we will also find time to just relax. Katia will be doing tennis camp, Noah will be attending overnight camp, we have the Nimans coming to visit, a cottage booked with Winslow's sister and family in PEI, and then my sister is coming to visit us for the last week of August. In amongst all that, I hope there will be days at the beach, days in Halls Harbour, ice cream and BBQs, reading, painting and crafts, and just hanging out. We have our little pool set up in the backyard, and we're just waiting for some really hot days so that we can enjoy it. Also, one of my most simple summer pleasures? Drinking coffee on my back deck, first thing in the morning.
Happy summer dear friends, may there be many simple summer pleasures for you! 

Thursday, April 4, 2019

hi there

Oh hi there! It's been a while hasn't it? Life is busy in our household, and while I try to pick up my camera almost everyday, it's seldom that I come here to write. That makes me somewhat sad. I was so good about documenting Noah and Katia's early years, but for Wes, I don't get to do it as much. I should add though, we do have our fun, and I share it quite a bit on Instagram- but a good blog post is definitely in order. 
So what's new in our lives?
This past winter was full of basketball for Noah and hockey and Brownies for Katia. It's definitely been a song and dance, trying to juggle our busy schedules, but somehow we make it work and the kids have had fun with their activities.
I began substitute teaching this past Fall, and continue to do it every week. Right now my schedule only allows for 2-3 days a week, and to be honest, it's a nice amount for us … for now. I would love to get a contract at somepoint, especially if it is for Art, but for now, substitute teaching is just the right amount of work for me.
Over March Break we had a little 2 night family getaway to White Point Resort. We played old games (table tennis, foosball), did crafts, had walks on the windy beach, found bunnies (they are everywhere), enjoyed the music, the bonefires, and swam. There was a lending library of DVDs and card games... and the food! Oh the food was amazing!
What's new with Wesley? Well he's a busy boy, who loves trucks, riding his bike, playing with and BUGGING his older brother and sister. He loves his dog "Ay-wee" (Ryder), and I think it's cute that he gets to spend so much of his time with Ryder. Wes is a bit of a homebody, and takes some coaxing to go out and do things, but more recently he has been up for adventures such a library trips, playing at Cottontale (a local indoor play café) or out with friends.
And for me? I've been challenging myself to be in more photos with my kids. I came up with the lofty goal or producing one Motherhood selfportrait a week, so that is keeping me busy. My goal stemmed from the idea that I really don't get in the frame very often with my kids. Somedays, my shots are of me and the kids, doing regular stuff like drawing with chalk, having breakfast, or skating. Other times, my shots are of just me, down by the water or drinking my coffee- alone! It's just about letting go of my insecurities, and embracing myself as I am (extra weight, grey hairs, leggings and all!).
I also feel the need to share, how over the past year, I have found a real sense of peace and happiness within. I've done a lot of self work over the past year, and feel that I am in such an amazing place in my life. I've made friends here, that truly are the types of people I want to be around, and give my energy to. I'm at a place, where my spending days with my kids, no longer sets me into stress mode- I enjoy our time and days together. Yes, there are still stressful moments- but the way I react (for the most part) is much better. Most important though, I have found a self acceptance that no longer makes me feel like I have a deep void in my life. I used to long for family, someone to help me (us), and I never wanted to be alone. Now I am at this place where I am very happy with the life I/we have. And it feels so good!
The days are turning longer, and we've had a few days of warm sunny weather. We've had our first icecream at Hennigars and two trips to Baxter's Harbour to explore the shoreline. Spring is around the corner and I'm feeling like this is going to be a good one. Hope everyone is having a lovely start to Spring.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019


We're at the end of January, and I am just squeezing this in, before the month is over. 
Every year, for at least the last 4 or 5 years, I come up with one word, that is meant to help guide/influence me in the coming year. Past words have included: Peace, Adventure, Quiet, Journey. 
This year, as I was thinking about it, one word kept coming up in my thoughts, and so my word of 2019 is going to be Focus
Last year brought growth and new accomplishments to me. I gained a tremendous amount of confidence in myself, which I feel funneled into my relationships, photography work and family life. 
Last year, I reached some goals and found a sense of focus that had been missing for quite some years, in all honesty, I blame post partum hormones and exhaustion on those foggy years. 
And so for 2019, I want this sense of focus, drive and clarity to continue. 
Focus to me means knowing what I want for myself personally and professionally. It means having a sense of trust in myself. It means not having control over the situation, but having control over myself- knowing that I am responsible for myself, my actions, my reactions. It means calling myself out on my own shit, but also being my own bestfriend. And so 2019 is my year to Focus in on my self and goals. It is to continue on this journey of learning about myself, and to be the best version of myself... for me and the ones I love. 
Happy New Years (on January 30th). 

Saturday, December 29, 2018

christmas magic

We spent a lovely Christmas in Ottawa, surrounded by family and friends. It was busy and loud and we ate a lot. We enjoyed parties and food and visits. As per usual, we packed a lot into our 6 days in Ottawa, and here are some of the highlights.