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Today, my mum would have been 65.  I wish that she was here for us to throw her a party.  Although she would have said that she would not have wanted one because she never wanted anyone to fuss over her.  Funny, as she ALWAYS fussed over everyone else.  I wish she was here to see my kids (and to give me advice), I wish she was here to see my brother get married next month (she would be so proud), and I wish she was here to enjoy retirement with my dad.  I wish she was here…so we could fuss over her.

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Victoria09.01.11

As I mentioned a few posts ago, I went to visit my maternal grandparents in Victoria a few weeks ago.  Although I am pretty sure that they would not care to have pictures of themselves posted on my blog (despite the fact that at 89 and 90 they look fantastic!), I had to share some of the images of their gorgeous view and the peacefulness of the ocean.  The rose is planted outside my grandparents’ condo in memory of my mum.

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CIBC Run for the Cure | Calgary Photographer05.27.11

As many of you know, Tot Shots has sponsored a team for the CIBC Run for the Cure for the last couple of years in honour of my mum.  For the second year in a row, our team was recognized as one of Calgary’s top fundraising teams.  So, again, I thank all of my teammates and everyone who donated to this cause.  I am excited to do this again!

I recently learned that one of our teammates from the last two years was diagnosed with breast cancer – a young mom like most of us.  It has actually been a brutal couple of months as I have learned a number of people that are close to me have loved ones that have been affected by cancer.  This just makes me want to do more for this cause.  So I have set up the team again for 2011 and increased our goal to $10,000 (we raised over $8,500 last year) and I am kicking it off with a Social Series event this weekend to start raising funds in honour of my mum and of our teammate.  This Social Series event is the 5th in the series and the second focused on photography (based on last year’s response to this event).  Due to the response for the event this year, I will be hosting a second one in September.  A note will be sent out to clients in August with the details.

I invite you to join our team this year for the run/walk on Sunday, October 2nd – http://www.runforthecure.com/site/TR/RunfortheCure2012/PrairiesNWT?px=1064204&pg=personal&fr_id=1294.  It is an amazing day for a great cause.  I look forward to working with you on this!

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Loose tooth | Calgary Child Photographer05.05.11

So I have been MIA for the last couple of weeks. I scheduled last week and this week to work on my business rather than in it. There are a couple of things that I am working on and needed to focus as much attention on them as I could. I apologize for being cryptic at this point. I am hoping that everything will come together in the next month and I can finally share!

Of course, I never really take a break from shooting because there is always something awesome going on with my kids. My son has his first loose tooth! This is big news at almost 7 and MUST be captured:) This was a quick shoot before school one day because that was all he would give me;) Fortunately I did a shoot with them laughing a little while ago to really capture his awesome toothy smile/laugh. I am shocked as to how much this milestone is affecting me. My little boy is getting so big!

As I was prepping for this weekend sessions, I got the little one to come and test the lighting with me. I will add she was not thrilled to model but I ADORE what we got. This picture is totally her! Her very mischievous self! This picture was a result of her shaking her head in protest – which, of course, I captured as well:)

I will be back with regularly scheduled blog posts now with lots of things to share.
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Dog Sledding | Calgary Family Photographer04.14.11

A few weeks ago we headed out dog sledding for the first time.  I tend to be a fairly mainstream winter activity person…skiing mostly…so this was a bit different.  The funny part was that I probably would not have even thought about it, if a friend (from NY) had not recommended it when they were here visiting at Christmas.  It is pretty sad that it takes visitors from another country to recommend activities in your own backyard but that is typically how it goes.  Although I will totally take her recommendations in New York:)

I have to give a shout out to the company that we used – Snowy Owl Tours.  They run a fantastic operation and it absolutely apparent how well the dogs are cared for and how much the employees and dogs love their jobs:)  It is encouraged that everyone give the dogs some love for the great job they do.  Well, you did not have to tell my children twice!  I totally would have thought that the dogs would be a little skittish but I was wrong.  They were rolling over on their backs taking in the belly rubs (my lab does not even do this:)

My son even had the opportunity to drive (with my husband’s help).  He loved it!

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