Happy Mother’s Day!05.12.14

I am late with this but took me a bit to get a picture with all three in and looking happy to have their picture taken.  Even the dog does not like having his picture taken.  There have been a few times he has grabbed the camera strap with his teeth…I make sure it is around my neck around him!

So each year, I take a Mother’s Day picture for my mum because I know it would be what she would want.  Amazingly it has been 7 years since she passed and it does not get easier.  Probably because this has definitely been one of the most challenging parenting years we have faced so far and I could have used her expertise in so many areas.  Thankfully we are making it through these challenges though and no doubt they have made me stronger and a better mother having gone through them.

I am SUPER thankful for all of the motherly influences in my life though.  I have truly learned so much from so many people over the last 7 years and I look forward to continuing to learn and try my very hardest for my little people!

Had to include a picture of the chaos and then one my mum would have appreciated more:).

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“Cuteness overload”03.31.14

It is a very rare occasion that one of my children asks me to grab my camera…so you would imagine my shock when this one came running in tonight yelling “Mom, come on out here and bring your camera…it’s cuteness overload”.  What is a girl to do:).

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Course03.03.14

I put myself on course over the last little while to learn Lightroom (a photo organizing program).  Sadly it has been sitting in my closet for a couple of years now and although I knew that it would improve efficiency, I did not want to mess with the process that I had in place for years.  Some days you would never know that at one point my job was to improve efficiencies for companies:).  Anyways, I am sooooo glad that I finally took the time to start to learn this program.  It has made so many aspects of my job much more efficient.  One of them being putting together blog posts…sizing and organizing for a blog post can be a pain.  Hopefully setting up a few templates for myself will make this process much easier and save me some time.  Here is just a few from the last couple of months to make sure I like how this template looks:).

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Lazy Saturday03.01.14

Soccer games got rained out…

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My annual book…and a reminder to print02.26.14

Over the past few weeks I have been going back through last year’s pictures for my in-laws Christmas gift (yep, it is feb:) and my own personal book.  I typically begin each year very organized and having gone through my personal pictures, selecting favourites but then busy season happens.  My personal images from August until the end of the year do not get a lot of attention…I do, however, continue to shoot a lot:).  So the last couple of weeks has been narrowing down from the latter part of the year.

The book has become one of my favourite things to do as it really is so fun to go back and see what the year looked like.  It is easy to get wrapped up in the day to day but to see that “snapshot” of the year come together is amazing!  I also realized when “flipping through” the virtual copy of what I was sending to print with the kids, that sometimes they don’t see what I have shot.  They had a blast looking through their year and reminiscing.  That was always one of my favourite things to do as a child so I love to see that they enjoy this as well.

So I am also using this as a reminder to print your pictures…if you have not already done so with me:).  Enjoy them, let your children enjoy them and see how much they are loved…as well as all of the little things that you love about them:).  I use Blurb for this book (and they have 30% off right now;).  It is best to upgrade the paper so that it can take a lot of flip throughs.  I print a couple of copies so each of my children have one.

Just a couple…will share a few when the books come in.

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