End of Summer Picnic

2020 was so hectic…I think most people can agree with that. The last 6 months flew by so quickly with working full time–adjusting to online teaching and balancing being a mum it was hard to find time just for me. This meant a lot of things ended up on the back burner– one of those things was editing photos. But I’m trying to have more balance in 2021 and make time for my creative and fun outlets–starting off right away I mean it’s only March. So bare with me as we go back to a few fun times that happened in 2020 as I document them here to remember in the future.

Let’s go back to the summer…it was a hot summer night. It was Friday, August 28th. We decided to go have a McDonald’s picnic at Scotsdale Farm and then had an impromptu photo shoot.

There was a filming that was going to start at Scotsdale Farm in the next few days so there was hay bales and some other props that had been brought in. It actually looked more like a working farm and was so much fun to see it in a new light.

She doesn’t have a poker face…I am always so amazed about how what she is feeling or thinking shines through so strong! I hope she never looses this trait.

Sisters! Darcy and Jordy had gone for a hair makeover earlier in the day… so to mark that occasion we decided to take some photos. Jordy was going to go to her new job in Windsor and Darcy was heading on her journey to get married and live in Texas.

They didn’t know when the next time they would see each other would be but they so know how to embrace the moment…and pack in a bunch of memories.

It was so much fun spending 2 weeks with both Jordy and Darcy. Watching them with Katie… reminded me of time I spent with them in Australia when they were 3 and 4!

1, 2, 3… swing!

Anything can become a stage when you are 2 1/2 years old and are wearing your favourite Dinosaur dress that twirls…

Darcy graciously snapped a few photos of Katie and I… reminding me I should be in front of the camera too!

“Sister. She is your mirror, shining back at you with a world of possibilities. She is your witness, who sees you at your worst and best, and loves you anyway. She is your partner in crime, your midnight companion, someone who knows when you are smiling, even in the dark. She is your teacher, your defence attorney, your personal press agent, even your shrink. Some days, she’s the reason you wish you were an only child.”
—Barbara Alpert

I’m so glad that 2020 brought us back together… and I got to spend time with you as adults.

Katie and I miss you. Katie still refers to the one side of the basement as “Darcy’s side” and the big bed as “Jordy’s bed”. But are excited you are off having your own adventures and we can’t wait for you to visit again at some point in the future.

Happy International Women’s Day

I am who I am because of my mother. She was who she was because of her mother. The women in my family have a history of strong, independent women—who live, love and work with all they have!! I miss my mum every day but know she’s watching over Katie & I. My hope is that I will also be the mother & gramma that they modelled for me.

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

My Little Photo-Bug

Today Katie and I went out to one of our favourite spots… Scotsdale Farm. I was taking a few photos for my friend to capture the end of her pregnancy before her baby boy arrives. I will probably share some of those photos soon.

Katie-bug was my assistant. She brought along her camera… and took lots of photos of the trees, and snow! I can’t wait until I get her a real camera. I am often surprised on my iPhone with a bunch of new photos she has taken when she grabs my phone. I got my first camera when I was 8, so I suppose she has a few more years before I can get her a proper camera!

Her camera has a kaleidoscope which makes the images look funny. So she prefers to shoot backwards–because then her subjects aren’t so funny looking!

Every day is a fun adventure with you Katie-bug… I hope you never stop smiling or making silly faces!

Life has been so crazy. With Covid, working from home, raising a 3 year old it’s sometimes a bit of a zoo..but I really miss creating and sharing stories here…so I’m going to try better for 2021. I’m honestly not sure if anyone reads blogs anymore…but I know that I miss taking photos and writing them. So even if no one reads I’m going to keep this creative outlet going!

Happy Thanksgiving

For flowers that bloom about our feet;
For tender grass, so fresh, so sweet;
For song of bird, and hum of bee;
For all things fair we hear or see,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee!
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Even though our holidays look different and it’s just the two of us… we will always have fun adventures my bug.

Thanksgiving day is the perfect opportunity to remind you of how special you are (Little Bug) and how much you mean to me. May all your dreams come true this thanksgiving. My wish for you is that you never stop being your spunky, happy self. That you are always up for adventures with your momma and that we have a lifetime of laughter ahead of us.

I am so blessed and lucky that you call me momma. Little bug, all my dreams came true when you entered my life. I love our adventures together.

Even though the last year has had a lot of change it was the first without Mum/ Grandma. And we did it Katie! We made new memories just the two of us going on adventures all while remembering holidays and memories from the past. Then with Covid and lockdowns this past spring life changed once again and we adjusted. It wasn’t always easy….but I do know one thing. I’m so thankful that through all this craziness I’ve gotten to spend so much more time with you when you were 2! I know I will cherish these memories we have made in the years ahead.

Whenever we saw people on the trail… Katie would declare “I’m invisible” and stay super quiet and still until they had passed. Oh to be two!

Thanksgiving comes once in a year, but may the feeling of gratitude live in our hearts all year round. Sending love and hugs to all our family that are celebrating in their own homes this year! Luv, Sarah & Katie

“A grand adventure is about to begin.” – Winnie the Pooh

In August I met up with Michelle and Mike to take some maternity photos. I’m really glad we met early and didn’t go with my idea to meet up in the middle of September. (Because if we had we might not have gotten any photos!)

Baby Theo was in a rush to arrive and came about 5 weeks early. He arrived on September 15th at 12:18am. He was 5 lbs 12oz and 19inches long. Small but perfect.

I think Baby Theo has been one of the tiniest babies I’ve gotten to cuddle. (I don’t think I’ve ever held a premie before.) Katie felt huge when I went home to cuddle her after this shoot!) The day I came to take photos Baby Theo was 17 days old…but still such a sleepy newborn.

Baby Theo you are so tiny, so small, & so loved by all… I can’t wait to see the person you will grow to be.

“There are two lasting bequests we can give our children. One is roots. The other is wings.” —Hodding Carter Jr.

Enjoy each moment… It’s hard to enjoy the rough days when the little one is fussy or you feel like you can’t keep up with everything you need to do, however, those moments will pass faster than you can imagine. Before you know it, your little one will be not so little and you will be wondering where the time has gone. The days can be long, but the weeks and months speed by so fast!!

“When we encourage new parents to ‘treasure these moments because they don’t last forever,’ we need to remember to also reassure them that they will survive these moments because they don’t last forever.” – L.R. Knost

Congrats again Michelle and Mike–Baby Theo is gorgeous! Welcome to the adventure of parenthood. Thanks again for letting me come and capture some memories the first weeks with Baby Theo. I’m only a text or a call away if you need anything.

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