Dec 18 2014

51-52 Packing up.

Project 52 – A portrait(s) of my child once a week, every week in 2014.

Week 51: Packing Up

15 months

At least someone in the house is enjoying the packing.  All of a sudden there are so many things to climb on and get in to!

We’ve had a major shift in our housing situation due to an unpredictable/unstable landlord that we no longer can feel we can trust or feel safe around.  Packing your house at Christmas isn’t very fun, but in the end we need to do what’s best for our little family.  Fingers crossed we can keep our sanity amidst Christmas celebrations and a disastrous half packed house!

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Dec 11 2014

50-52 Glow

Project 52 – A portrait(s) of my child once a week, every week in 2014.

Week 50:  Glow

14.75 months

I took a picture similar to this last week when Lucy saw the tree lit up for the first time, but the difference in this one, is that the silly little girl is STANDING.  Her one hand is barely touching the tree (for “stability”)  We all know she can do it, but she’s so stubborn it has felt like she’s never actually going to walk.  Then all of a sudden there she is, scooting around the Christmas tree (and not really holding on to anything) like its no big deal.  I wouldn’t count these as first steps really, but dang it she’s so close!  I keep telling her that by Christmas day she better be walking.

She loves the tree and so far has only touched the presents once.  I told her “no” very sternly and she hasn’t even glanced at them a second time.  I’m honestly a little surprised, given her history with our bookshelf, but I’m relieved too.

Only two more weeks left of this project!  How is that possible?!

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Dec 3 2014

49-52 Christmas Helper

Project 52 – A portrait(s) of my child once a week, every week in 2014.

Week 49:  Christmas Helper

14.5 months

On Monday we went out to pick our Christmas tree during Dave’s lunch break.  This is the first year that we have gone when there was snow! (just a tiny bit, but still!)  We went to our favourite little place just down the road from us to cut the tree.  It may not be as fancy as some of the other places out there, but we’ve always found lovely trees there.

While we waited for Dave to come home from work, I got out all the ornaments and tested the lights.  I figured Lucy might like the lights so I let her look at them and she sat there totally enamoured, saying “Wow, wow, wow!”


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Nov 29 2014


A few years ago, Dave and I took a trip over New Years Eve to Banff and Lake Louise.  It has remained one of my most favourite vacations ever.  Seriously, this is probably one of the most beautifully breathtaking places in the world.  With some hints of snowfall in the next week, I find myself longing for a lovely wintery vacation in the Rocky Mountains.  These photos were are film, almost all taken on my Canon FTb.  All are with Kodak Gold 200 on a 35mm, and the last two are on a Pentax K1000, 28mm, Kodacolor VR-G 100, Expired 1989 film.  We are really hoping to make this a regular trip once our family is a little older.  I love this place.

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Nov 28 2014

monthly prompt: “change”

**I am a part of a small blogger collective consisting of other mom bloggers and each month we are given a word “prompt” to write about.  This months prompt is “change””**

I’ve been sitting on this post for a while, writing and rewriting it.  It’s funny that the post itself has changed so much from what I originally intended it to be, considering what I am supposed to write about.

Today is Black Friday.  In Canada, it’s not really as much of a “thing” as in the US, but considering a lot of our stores are American we inevitably end up “celebrating” (can you celebrate a shopping day?) and many of the crazy stories of black friday madness down South (and sometimes here) end up in the news that I read.  I can’t help but feel simultaneously irritated and amused by the disparity between Black Friday and American Thanksgiving.  I know that point has been made often, but every year as soon as the sales hit everyone seems to be selectively forgetful of it.

A few months ago, when frustrated with my postpartum shape and the fact that only about 1/4 of my wardrobe fit me properly, I went on a purging rampage and got rid of A LOT of things.  I made a promise to myself that if I were to buy things, I would make sure that they were long term purchases, or basics that go with many things.  We’ve since been trying to apply the idea of simplicity to other areas of our life (you may remember me blogging about technology a few months ago, and our goal of simplifying it) and let me tell you…it’s HARD to change years and years of habitual cultural excess.  I tend to hold on to things (I have BINS of fabric because, well, I can make something with it!) and I have a tendency to want variety in things like my clothing, and seasonal decor.  Plus, things like iPhones change practically every year and it’s easy to get sucked into that.  I recently cleaned out a drawer that had product boxes in it that I had been holding on (because I can make something with them!) to and was embarrassed at how many iPhone boxes we have.

The thing is, we are a culture that loves change.  I recently watched the new movie “Interstellar” and there was a quote from the grandfather that said something along the lines of “In my day, we had new product coming out every day.  It was like Christmas, and everyone was trying to have it all.”   Dave and I both chuckled because we knew that he was talking about our generation.  Having things for a long time (or for longer than a year!) seems a little bit crazy (part of that is due to planned obsolescence but that’s a whole other can of worms that I won’t get in to).  A few years ago someone I knew pointed out a way that Westerners speak in regards to things they want.  She said that we often say things like “I really need a yellow cardigan” or “I need a new iPhone”.  In reality you don’t *need* a yellow cardigan or a new iPhone; you *want* a yellow cardigan, and the new iPhone has cooler features than your current one and you *want* that.  I started changing my language after that and it’s funny because in doing that you start realizing how spoiled we really are.  Our homes are bursting at the seams with so much stuff that we have to rent storage lockers for whatever doesn’t fit.  New homes are designed to be bigger with more and more storage.

The change that we need to be seeking is not a new wardrobe or the latest technology.  The change that we need is for more simplicity.  Our current rate of consumption is unsustainable.  The future from Wall-E, or Idiocracy doesn’t seem too far off at this point…


“Change” is the November writing prompt of The Mommy Blogger Collective. In addition to a monthly writing prompt, the collective hosts a monthly blogger featurette. This month we are featuring Erica of To the Sea. A few words from Erica — Hello! My name is Erica and I blog at To the Sea. I have a two-year-old daughter and 5-month old son. I went to school for Geography and travel is my passion. I’m also an attorney, but I’m currently staying at home to raise my kids. I love surfing and punk rock. I write about parenting, fitness, and life around the world. I love being a mommy and am stoked to be a part of the Mommy Blogger Collective! You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

/// The Mommy Blogger Collective /// Courteney, Dena, Erica, Erin, Gillian, Katie, Misty, Nicole, and Renée. ///

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