Story of a Summer

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As we roll into the first school days, I have not entirely been ready to accept the end of summer. This is new for me, normally I am more than happy to see the warm weather end, to bring over my favorite seasons. But this year, we got to spend a lot of time together, and two adults taking care of kids is always better than one (for me anyway…). We found new-to-us spots just outside the city for river swimming and camping, we saw our families, had fires, rode bikes, read, and played. Summer stuff. This was the best summer I’ve had since having kids, which I think speaks to everyone in our little family always growing up in ways needed. So thank you summer, and welcome here September, time to reign it all in a bit closer to home.

Photobook Love

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For the past four years I have taken some time, usually at the end of December or January (though I seemed to have dragged the most recent one right into spring…), and gathered up our digital photos from the year. It started after my brother gave me a gift certificate for Christmas to have photo books made, and I now think it was one of the best gifts ever. It does take hours and hours to sort and choose and play with the layout, but I think it’s so worth it. It is rare that I print out photos at all anymore, but my kids love seeing our family, friends, and themselves as littler people – I keep these books on a low shelf and they pull them out often. I have had the thought before that, if our house was on fire and I could grab one thing, it would be these books. No joke.

{There are likely an overwhelming number of options for creating photo books (everything from here is so lovely) – mine were all made here, they are these ones (check their promos!). The photo quality is good enough for me, and I like the ability to customize the entire book. I don’t write any captions inside, deciding against it after reading the ones in my teenage scrapbook. Yikes embarrassing}

After going through all my old print photos recently and tossing loads and loads of them, I wish I’d always been able to sit down after the year and choose my favorites. I am so hoping to keep this little collection growing over the years.

What do you do with your photos?

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Winter, Don’t Go…

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For the last few years, about this time, I feel uneasy about the idea that there is so little of winter left. I love winter – everything about it, and you’ll never hear me complain about the cold. I realize that this is not the popular opinion of those living on the Canadian prairies in February. I know that most people are planning their gardens and dreaming of summer (or living it temporarily somewhere with a warmer climate), but I am completely soaking up the last weeks (months I hope!) of winter. The warm blankets, nightly tea, rosy cheeks, shovels and ski pants. The bright sun even on the coldest days. The ability to snuggle in and hide inside my house like a cat for six months of the year. That is key.

So winter, I’ll keep you a bit longer. Thanks.

Many Weeks In Photos

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The weeks before and after Christmas, they were bits of creating here and there and last minute getting together of gifts. They were made up Christmas trees and made up traditions and late bedtimes. They were spent inside around food and outside around snow – spent with family and some precious moments alone. Both stressful and carefree, getting us to the end of the year. And now I can’t think or read or write fast enough about everything that I want this next year to be, it feels good to be at the start again.

Happy New Year~

Week (or two, or three) in Photos

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These last weeks have been full of little fingers and toes, leaves, the last of Grandma’s carrots, and dress up (an old one that I found of me and my big brother). I once again had the pleasure of taking photos for a few lovely families. We had the perfect yellow light afternoons and I remembered just what it is that I love about people + photos. Really simple moments, really beautiful faces (always). If I could keep fall all year…

Happy Thanksgiving

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Our Thanksgiving was yesterday, here in Canada. We saw both of our families in one weekend, spent hours in the car and possibly just as much time over food. Our children were miraculously well behaved (which is certainly not always the case), can that be the first thing I’m thankful for? I am thankful for my little family, that we put up with each other and love each other all at once. I am thankful for the fall and its colors that make you pay attention, for store bought pumpkin pie and a big fat warm blanket at night. I am certainly thankful that I have work that I love and places like this to be creative – for imagination, tiny little things that people make with their hands, the school bus driver, and hot lemony-ginger-honey water. It’s a good thing to think about – good to have a long long list.

* Happy Canadian Thanksgiving *