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.

Stand Tall and Face the Sun

Last night Katie and I went to meet up with Take a HIKE Caledon Ladies Hiking Group. Last week Mira organized a hike at Campbell’s Cross farm in their sunflower fields to help fundraise money to place a bench on the Caledon Trailway “The Great Trail” in memory of Karolina, Klara, Lilianna, and Mila Ciasullo.

Photo Credit: Darcy-Rea Theriault

Together with Campbell’s Cross Farm, the Take a Hike Caledon Ladies Group and Mom and Daughter Yoga with Bella and Anna raised a total of $1855.00.

The hike was sold out within hours and 45 members of the Take a HIKE Crew plus their families joined. (As normal Katie and our crew brought up the rear…stopping to take photos amongst the flowers while the rest of the group marched on!)

Together with the Town of Caledon and Glen Echo Nurseries the bench and plaque will now be ordered and the bench will be placed in a spot favoured by Karolina. Thank you so much Mira for organizing this hike plus the bench to be placed on the trail.

As we socially distanced and waited for everyone to join Katie go to check out the chickens…she was mighty comfy and didn’t want to leave this spot, but sunflowers awaited!

The sun was just started to set and it was a perfect August evening. We met up at 6pm… to take this little hike. I’ve been so thankful that on our adventures this summer Darcy has been able to capture some special memories of Katie and I.

Photo Credit: Darcy-Rea Theriault

Sometimes you just need go on a sunflower hike and dance in the field.

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows. It’s what the sunflowers do.” — Helen Keller

Photo credit: Darcy-Rea Theriault

“Dance is the hidden language of the soul.”
Martha Graham

“The job of feets is walking, but their hobby is dancing.”
Amit Kalantri

“Those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” Friedrich Nietzsche

Thank you Mira so much for capturing the next three images…it was nice to see you. I’ve missed doing hikes, but totally understand how they have been postponed because of COVID.

Photo Credit: Mira Dimovski Budd
Photo Credit: Mira Dimovski Budd
Photo Credit: Mira Dimovski Budd

It was the end to a great day!

Thank you Campbell’s Cross Farm for opening up your Sunflower Fields to us last night! If you are local they are still open to go see them until August 19th… *you have a few days! (check out their website for details).

Waiting for Baby Boy…

I first met Michelle about 14 years ago in the fall of 2006. I was a youth group leader at my church in Toronto and Michelle was in Grade 10. In 2009 I left the province to work in Nunavut but over the years we have kept in touch via social media. When She and Mike announced their pregnancy I was so excited for them. We have started chatting more in the last few months via social media. Last night we met up to take some photos-because of COVID I kept my distance…but it was such a nice night to walk and talk with Michelle and Mike.

‘Life’s biggest miracle is the gift of having life growing inside of you.’

Michelle was such a trouper Mike and I had her walking over rocks…and into field over holes to capture some of these photos!

I am so excited to meet your baby boy this October!!!

‘The love for your baby really is like no other. It fills places in your heart that you never even knew were empty.’

The countdown is on…but take time to enjoy these days ahead just the two of you.

Michelle you are radiant…pregnancy really looks great on you! It was lovely to get to know Mike a bit better. I am so excited for both of you as you embark on life’s biggest adventure…parenthood! Thanks for letting me capture this moment in time for you. Wishing you all the best today & always.

Terre Bleu Lavender Farm

Yesterday afternoon went to Terre Bleu Lavender Farm for an adventure. It is located just a short car ride from home on Sideroad 25 just west of Guelph Line. I have been wanting to visit here for a few years but the timing just wasn’t right until this summer. Visiting the farm right now is a little bit different-but still an amazing time. For this summer tickets can’t be bought at the gate…each week Terre Bleu releases tickets via their email subscriber list. This is to control how many people are arriving at the farm in capacity etc. We picked 3-4 to arrive…which mean Katie could finish her nap before we went off on our adventure!

It was such a fun afternoon adventure–it was hot, but honestly I hardly noticed! The smells of the fields…and just walking around taking photos made me so happy.

Photo Credit: Darcy-Rea Theriault

The first stop for our crew was to head to the Yellow Door Field…this was the part I had been waiting for…I had seen beautiful photos of people standing at this yellow door in the middle of the lavender field. However, I didn’t know that in order to get there we had to walk there on the “Yellow Bench Trail” through a 200 year old Cedar forest.

The Yellow Bench was occupied each time we passed through the forest…so we didn’t stop to take a photo…sometimes when you are adventuring with a toddler you pick the places you will wait to take a photo. Some day I’ll be back Yellow Bench–but today was not the day for a photo shoot!

Photo Credit: Darcy-Rea Theriault

My Bug…waiting for her turn to walk through the door.

The wait for the yellow door was pretty short…there were just 2 groups ahead of us! We had fun striking a pose in front of the door. Katie at this point had her camera out and was taking photos too!

“When you walk through the door, your worries are behind you and your joys are ahead!” this was a quote from one of Points of Interest Cards that are all around the Farm. The historian in me is a sucker for information and plaques at places I visit–but the ones around the farm have so much added info about the history of the farm. Also right now if you answer a few questions from the “Bleu’s Clues” you can get 10% discount in the store! So it’s worth the time to go seek them out and read…

At dinner every day I have started a tradition to talk to Katie about what her Favourite thing was she did that day. Today it was “Playing Peek-a-boo with the yellow door momma!” (I think this needs to be printed for my house).

Being a single mum and a photographer…I always have these photos in my mind I want to capture with just myself and my bug…but often after wrangling a Toddler–setting a timer, setting up a tripod etc is just too much work! I must admit I have a great stash of selfies of the two of us. But I’m so thankful that Darcy was able to capture these shots of the two of us on this adventure!

Photo Credit: Darcy-Rea Theriault

The smell of the lavender is so amazing…Katie was really good to smell, and not pick (except for this clover).

I LOVE this photo that Darcy captured of me taking a photo of my bug.

Photo Credit: Darcy-Rea Theriault

What do you do when your toddler takes off across the Lavender field? Well first you take a few photos…then you go collect them!

*She was walking between the plants, but I also encouraged her to RUN down the open rows between the plants after these photos were taken!*

There also was a little bit of wrangling, and convincing the toddler in our group which direction we had to go!

Sometimes when you set your camera up with a timer to attempt to do a group photo–your toddler decides that they have a better location to be captured in the group photo… so you just go with it!

One of the things I didn’t know.. is that there are a few art installations to take your photo at… this giant circle is pretty awesome and is at the far end of the Yellow Door Field.

Photo Credit: Darcy-Rea Theriault

I love this series of photos of my Bug and myself.

Photo Credit: Darcy-Rea Theriault

Today was the first day in a very long time that I actually felt like myself again. I was happy…I actually put on contact lenses for the first time since September of last year. I stopped wearing them at some point last fall around the time of mum’s death. It felt good to wear them & sunglasses again…I felt more like me than I had in a long time.

Photo Credit: Darcy-Rea Theriault

“Children are great imitators. So give them something great to imitate.” I know I have my many faults…but if I pass along a love for photography and capturing the perfect image my job is done!

Photo Credit: Darcy-Rea Theriault

It was so great to see all the bees–hard at work making honey!

We explored the farm and found the Herb Garden & Bee Apiary & Essential Oil Distillery…some of these places weren’t doing typical things like serving refreshments–but it still was lovely to wander around and see the areas.

We also stopped at Farm B for a visit on the way home. There are some pretty ruins you can sit in..we found a table with an umbrella to sit at and enjoy some Lavender ice cream…

Katie had more fun feeding me ice cream…then eating it herself. (You will have to go watch the video on my Instagram feed…it’s hilarious!)

Photo Credit: Darcy-Rea Theriault

She also explored the ruins…and quietly placed little rocks into this circle for a few moments…until she discovered I was watching. Then she promptly got up and ran away!

If you are in the area…I really strongly recommend going to the farm for a visit. The fields are lovely…the staff is friendly and helpful (from a distance). Masks aren’t mandatory in the fields…because you can keep a 6ft distance. But if you go in the store it’s limited entry–one group at a time & masks are mandatory.

Photo Credit: Darcy-Rea Theriault

When we went into the store… Katie was in the stroller and immediately said, “Oh Momma–look at all those Teddy Bears–I’d like one please.” I couldn’t say no… and I’m not sure what toddler would resist the gorgeous display of teddy’s. So “Milton” has come home with us… he is filled with a lavender sachet…and smells amazing! (I’m secretly hoping the lavender will help her sleep too!)

When the woman in the store asked her what the Teddy Bear’s name would be…Katie said, “Elephant!” and started to laugh. Then she declared, “I’m funny-I just joking!” We also talked about naming him “Lavender” or “Milton” (his actual name on the tag…) time will tell what this little guy’s name will be!

Photo Credit: Darcy-Rea Theriault

Playing in Galena -Sky Window… the plants are all starting to grow up and into this cool structure…

We didn’t walk up the giant swing…this visit…but next visit we definitely will!

Photo Credit: Darcy-Rea Theriault

Thank for a great visit Terre Bleu Lavender Farm…we will return again! Maybe in August when your sunflowers (new for 2020) are in bloom!

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