Sunday, 31 January 2016

iphone photos from january

The first month of the year is a clean slate. 2016 will hold so many wonderful memories for our family -- it'll be the first year we have as a complete family of four! (plus Weezy, of course...)

Goals and objectives? 

1. Take some sort of trip, whether it's just a weekend away for Ry and I, or a little day trip with the babies.
2. Swimming lessons for both little ones (check! already started!)
3. Shoot a beautiful wedding season (counting down the months already).
4. Finish the fireplace makeover in the living room.
5. Spend lots of time outside this Summer!
6. Throw two beautiful birthday parties <3

Sweet little Jillian started developing a personality this month.

Her bathing suit just KILLS me.

Prepping for the luxury wedding show, Engage, that'll be held on Valentine's Day at the Chateau Laurier. I'm crazy excited to be involved :) It was so fun to send out some of these tickets to a few brides-to-be.

Okay so the Simplicity Challenge is something new for January. 30 days of little tasks that totally change your day-to-day life. I've been trying to keep up with all of them, switching around the order to make sure I'm making the most of my days when Cooper is in school. 

I honestly think the biggest change was Day 2. Setting my alarm and waking up before the kids has allowed me to do a little something to my hair, sometimes put on a bit of makeup, and get the morning started in a productive way. 

Let this photo act as a little "before" image for Cooper's big boy haircut that happened later in the month. He makes such a mess of my desk but I love him anyway.

Post haircut, all smiles.

Picking up the first draft of my Engage handouts!

This is a lovely lavender blanket that I made for Jillian. It's actually HUGE (this photo was taken when I first started it) and she loves it in her carseat. 

This photo is proof that I sometimes get the iron out... I'm actually terrible at laundry/ironing, so this was a major win. 

First photo of Jillian with her pierced ears!! <3

This month's read. It's SO LONG you guys. I have a week left to finish it. Stress.

AHH I love this photo!! This is the day that baby Gia was born!! I waited in the hospital while Loraleah had her c-section, and met her in the recovery room with my camera to take a few photos for her. I will never, EVER forget Bob finding me in the waiting room and telling me that the baby was a girl. I cried! I am so incredibly happy for Loraleah!! Having a girl is the best thing ever <3

A little gift for Baby Gia <3

A photo from bubs' second swimming lesson, right after his very first jump into Ry's arms! Cooper is a very cautious little boy. He weighs his options, thinks about the potential risk, and then makes his move. I was so proud when he leapt off the edge! 

Then there's Jilly in her bathing housecoat. And I'm dead.

From a coffee date with Kimberly <3 Loving the Quitters lifestyle.

Okay this stamp is amazing. I love seeing what my clients do with their wedding photos! 

New photos in the barre studio! It feels like FOREVER since we did that first shoot. Looking very much forward to the second shoot with the Dailey Method family.

Final draft of the Engage handouts, yay! These babies have my pricing info on the back and hopefully reflect my style and my love for photographing happy people <3

I'm getting super excited for the workshop that's coming up in a few weeks!

I have to end this post with a Jilly photo, because...well...she's wearing a fuzzy snowsuit with ears. Happy end of January!!

Friday, 29 January 2016

temporary mom-office

In the old house, the office was this beautiful white room with double doors and dreamy natural light pouring in beside the computer. I miss it. 

In the new house, there's a room that's JUST as beautiful on the main floor, that would be perfect for a dream office space. The only problem is that with my two little ones running around (well, Jilly isn't quite running yet...), my work has to get done in the playroom. So we've carved out a little space in the loft where I can set up shop. 

One day I'll take the front office under my wing and give it a facelift. Until then, this is where the magic happens <3

jillian in the sunshine

Sweet Jilly girl. Happiest baby around... We simply can't get enough of you. How appropriate for you to bask in this beautiful sunshine, when you're the sunshine of our lives.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

client meeting space

With Jilly in one arm and a bag of groceries in the other, I walked into the house and smelled that lovely clean smell that only seems to happen on cleaning-lady day.

The light was right, Jillian was headed for a nap, so I grabbed my camera and took a few shots of the client meeting space. My goal is to one day complete an entire home tour, slowly but surely. Get ready for lots of teal, white, and water-inspired decor! 


Couch - Home Sense
Floor Lamp - Structube
Pillow - Ikea
Canvas - Home Sense
Rug - Rugs USA
Wooden Crates - Gendron Antique Barn (now closed, unfortunately)
Small decor pieces (candles, florals, etc.) - Home Sense

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

jillian is five months old!

Sweet, sweet Jilly. You're five months old and solid as a rock. We change your diaper and say, "suck in your thighs, Jilly!" You smile and melt our hearts. 

You like to sit, although you still need some back support. You like to stand even more; your chunky legs holding you super strongly. Those legs serve you well in your swimming lessons, kick-kick-kicking all over the place. Swimming is one of your favourite things. Dad dunks you more times than the swimming teacher asks for (that Dad of yours, he's a funny guy). You're the youngest in your class and I just can't resist your little rolls tucked into a sweet pink striped one-piece. You're getting cuter and cuter every day.

You had your ears pierced over the holidays! You were such a champ :) It makes you look even girlier, which helps because your once thick(ish) brown hair has now been replaced by wisps of blonde. Personally, I think your hair is going to turn out to be the exact same colour as your brother's. We've never been asked if you're a boy or a girl, though, probably because of the endless pink and purple blankets I cover you with while we're out and about. Most recently you've taken a liking to a purple crochet blanket I made for you. You like to get your fingers stuck in the holes :)

Other things you love? FOOD! That's what gives you those chunky legs, I'm sure! Sometimes you'll drink a bottle, have a burp, and decide that you're ready for bottle number two. You rub your eyes when you're sleepy, and laugh when we tickle under your chin. You fight with us when we try to change your shirt, grabbing at every piece of fabric you can find on the way down the sleeves. Most of the time when we come into your room to pick you up, you've pulled your shirt up so that we can see your belly. There are so many little things that make you "you." 

We love them all.