Thursday, May 26, 2011

new home!

Hello - you can now find me over here

Saturday, May 7, 2011


These two girls break my heart when I see their love for each other.  I never had a sister, or brother, for that matter, but witnessing these girls grow up more than makes up for it.  I feel their love for each other and it warms my heart that they will always have each other to lean on.

I LOVED her knee high socks.  Seeing those chubby little legs peek out from the socks nearly killed me.  Her cuteness is brimming.

Lila has such adoration for her big sis and Annie, oh Annie, is one protective big sister.  She guards her little sister fiercely.  Did I mention they melt me?

We moved back into our house today.  What a culmination of a few wild and tumultuous months.  It feels so good to have conclusion.  Ahh, home sweet home.  It's not what we had envisioned, but I'm okay with that too.
As I unpacked our things from storage I realized that there are no more baby things being kept.  Everything that Lila outgrows is given away.  I remember so purposefully keeping things when Annie was young for her future sibling.  Every dress, shoe, coat she outgrew, I put it away in case we had another little girl.  Lo and behold, we did.  Now I find myself mourning the disappearance of this purposeful task of collecting for our non-expanding family.  Our family is complete and I couldn't possibly be any happier.  I'm still allowed to get a bit mushy as I watch my girls grow out of babyhood, toddlerhood and into the rites and rituals of childhood, right?

Happy Mother's Day.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

lowering my blood pressue

I could feel the pull.  It had been brewing.  I couldn't quite put my finger on it, but then finally today it hit me.  It's been a few days since I've shot anything.  I need to get behind the lens.  It was an itch that I needed to scratch.  If I'm not shooting something daily, I get antsy.  It's like runners that say they just NEED to run.  I sure wish photography was a better cardio workout.

As luck would have it, I had some time to myself this afternoon, the sun was out and the temperature was ripe for me and my trusty Rebel.  I wasn't quite sure where to head, so I let myself find the way.  I found myself out at UBC near Wreck Beach.  As I descended the steep stairs down towards the beach, snapping away, I could feel the pressure release.  By the time I was down at the beach, which was soggy, full of reeds and hazy, I was lost in the beautiful details.  It felt so could to be lost.  I can't describe what this means, unless you've experienced it.  I crave the creative outlet and desire to explore my world through my lens.  As I walked around in the reeds, breathing in the salt air and letting go, I knew it was exactly what I had needed.

I'm feeling much better - much more grounded.  It's amazing what a little time away can do for a gal.

Off to bed to finish this good book.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

flurry and a wee bit of worry

Well, amidst the busy daily goings-on, there seem to be a high level of "other" activity in our lives.  Lots of uncertainties regarding our home, my parents just bought a home in Vancouver and are planning a move across two provinces.  There are realtors calling us everyday and people to talk to, things to see, decisions to make and life to live.  However, despite the high intensity of activity, there is always time to stop, have a cuppa (or 4), get dirt under my finger nails, jump for joy, grab breakfast with my momma and relish in wearing sandals! 

The hub and I even managed to get away for a roll up to the local pub for a beer to watch the playoff game.  We left before it was over (and went into double OT!) and wandered down to the foreshore to watch the skyline light up in front of the mountains and sea.  I couldn't help but be in awe of the juxtaposition of nature versus urban that was laid out in front of us.  There were waves lapping up against the shore, ducks mating (right beside us!) a darkening sky full of snow covered mountains and the twinkling lights of the city skyline.  As I watched the city become aglow I realized I've been here for 16 years.  The city sure has changed, just as I have in a decade and a half.  I'm so lucky to call this beautiful place home.

This evening an impromptu dinner party happened at our place.  Laughing, squeals, food and drink were all a part of the night. I even managed to get a few pix this sweet little girl...

We finished up the festivities with wine, and some yummy goodness.

Tomorrow is D-Day on the house.  More to report when it's all said and done. 

Good Night.