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Love and Laughter

I had a photosession last weekend with this gorgeous and hilarious two-year-old.
I just love everything about her…her attitude, her eyes, her curly hair, her smile…and her laughter is crazy contagious!
I love so many styles of photography, but I have to say that I really enjoy images like this- planned, but spontaneous- letting the child take the lead and capturing those natural expressions and fun moments.

Gananoque children's Photographer

Gananoque Childrens Photographer

Gananoque Children's Photographer

Gananoque Children's Photographer

Gananoque Baby Photographer

Gananoque Baby Photographer

I think her mom is quite lovely too…
Gananoque Family Photographer

Gananoque Family Photographer

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My FAVOURITE time of year in my FAVOURITE colour- PINK!!!

Wishing you a Christmas full of joy…and all the pink and purple you can imagine!
I love traditional colours…but sometimes a season needs a hint of something in a different shade…..
…and this year I asked my husband if I could decorate the Christmas tree in PINK and he said YES.
(and my boys are teenagers and only care what’s UNDER the tree)
Pink Christmas Tree
I did leave a few sentimental ornaments of the non-matching kind- some family photo ornaments, including a red bell made when my youngest was only 2.

Cousins through the years

Back in 2001 my sister in law took a great photo of my neice and my son.
A few years ago, we thought we’d reproduce it… and now it has become a tradition. My plan is to STILL be taking this photo when I am old and grey and they each have kids of their own.

Labour Day Weekend (this is why I drive a minivan)

I had a bad August.  I was sick for most of it.  My gall bladder is the most likely culprit.  I am feeling much better now though, and a bit stir crazy.

So this weekend, Labour Day Weekend, the last official summer weekend… I decided to pack a whole lot of fun into a short time…..and a whole lot of stuff into my van.


Yesterday, I spent the afternoon with my very best friend  (since we were 10) at my parents house by the pool… every day with her is just what I need to restore my soul.  After dinner, I accepted a last minute invite from another good friend (since highschool) for a waterfront bonfire at his parents home. (yes, we are all in our 40s, but our parents have awesome houses, and we all love each other’s moms and dads).  Nothing like a bonfire on an early September night!!!  The discussion there, however, led to plans for today.  I do my best to NEVER say no to an adventure.  SO… I said yes.  

That is why today I loaded my van with my kayaks, and my husband’s bike (mine has a cranky chain), some paddles, lifejackets, a beach bag, my camera (not even used… I was too busy!) and some snacks.


ImageI feel obliged to point out that I am not athletic on a good day- not to mention after 3 weeks of not eating due to gall bladder issues.  (I’ve been eating light for about 3 days now).  We started out on a planned 10km bike ride, off road, and then down the road to a cute little ferry to Howe Island  I made it about 3km (maybe close to 4km) before deciding that I was done.  It was fun, but I am weak.  Instead, 3 of our group went to the island by bike, and 2 of us paddled across by kayak (much more my style).  The sun was lovely, there was a nice breeze, but the river wasn’t too choppy.

I got to look “cool” in 3 awesome ways:

#1. driving my van with kayaks on the roof is always WAY cooler and more SUV-like than just driving a boring grey minivan.  I go from boring mom to sporty mom just like that. (in my own head anyway)

#2. today I got to be one of a group of cyclists pedalling along the highway looking all athletic and awesome. (again, this is in my own head… I may ACTUALLY have looked clumsy and stupid…lol)

#3. ANYTIME I am in my kayak and I get to wave at the people going by on tour boats or power boats, I am immediately the coolest person I know. (for the moment at least) When I was a kid and rode the Gananoque Boat Line tour, I remember looking at the people on the big river in their kayaks and canoes and dreaming that I would be one of them someday. Now I am!!! I absolutely LOVE the rolling waves coming from the wake bouncing me around on the water.

I am now pleasantly tired, with tired muscles, but nothing painful.

I have worked up an appetite, and I am more hungry than I have been in almost a month.

And, I think I really crammed a whole lot of summer into just two days.


My best friend and I in the pool.  I am brave enough to show myself with pool hair!!! (I’m on the left)

I might even add a cool shot of my in the kayak when my friend emails me the pictures from his phone.

Teaching Mark to Cook…. just a mom in the kitchen with her son & her camera.

This probably (ok this DEFINITELY) won’t be the beginning of an uber domestic cooking blog. I’m more of an eccentric, artistic free spirit than I am the domestic blog type…. I envy the domestic godess…. But I can find my way around the kitchen enough that my family will not starve. I know that tonight […]

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