Jul 25 2014

30-52 Caught in the act!

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

Week 30:  Caught in the act!

10 months old

If I were constantly carrying around my camera, there would be several different “caught in the act” scenarios to choose from.  Getting at the books is just one of many things she gets to.  She has only wrecked one book so far and I’m hoping that because many of them are packed in tight she will have a hard time wrecking more.

Just a few things we’ve caught her doing this week:

- Scaling the side of her high chair.  As in…she climbed halfway up it.

- Climbing halfway up the baby gate (and falling…)

- Eating dog food.

- Playing in the dogs water

- Chewing the dogs toys (a theme, perhaps?)

- Chewing on power cords

- Almost pulling down the mirror that hangs above our bed on our heads one morning when we had both dozed off.  We have now learned that she can climb the head board to reach the mirror.

- Pressing all the buttons (and chewing on the knobs) of Grandma and Grandpa’s stereo and cable box.

Needless to say she is keeping us on our toes.  We plan to fasten as much furniture to the wall as possible to ensure her NOT pulling bookshelves down on herself.  I never thought I’d end up with such a mischievous child!


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Jul 22 2014

{♥} inside our house: mid century rocking chair refurbish

A few months ago I was cleaning out Dave’s sock drawer and found his old watch.  Upon showing it to him, he remarked “I forgot how much I loved wearing a watch!”  And all of a sudden, this spawned a whole new obsession interest in watches for Dave.  (**this is going somewhere, I promise**) One day, after he had just bought another vintage watch online, I told him that I didn’t think it was fair for him to be buying watches when I had been asking for an arm chair for the living room for two years.  Our old ikea tub chair was okay, but the slipcover was wrecked and in our tiny living room it made that corner feel very cramped.  Dave told me that if I could find a vintage armchair like I was wanting for under $50 (the price of a vintage watch) I could get it.  I think Dave sometimes underestimates how determined I am.

I kept a constant craigslist window open on my computer with two tabs: one searching “vintage armchair” and the other “retro armchair”.  I refreshed them regularly (read: hourly) and it paid off:  I found this one for $20!  Although…it didn’t look like the picture above.  It looked like this:

The vinyl was not only in bad condition, but it was a really poor upholstery job.  They made no effort to hide staples, and it was just all around gross.  The wood had also been “refinished” at one point and though you can’t see it in the picture it was pretty terrible.

So somehow** I convinced Dave to strip off the finish of the wood and refinish it.  I bought fabric to recover it (from the thrift store no less!  It cost me $5!) and though it was the first time doing a reupholster that was more than just stapling (ie, dining room chairs) I think it turned out pretty nice!

Our tub chair now lives in Lucy’s room which is a bonus for when she wakes up at 3:30 in the morning and we need a comfy place to crash.


**I told Dave that if he wasn’t going to refinish the wood, I would.  Because, after all, how hard can refinishing wood really be?


Jul 15 2014

29-52 yuck

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

Week 29:  YUCK.

10 months old

This is basically her response to 99% of the food we give her.  I made her a blueberry smoothie and as soon as the liquid would slid towards her lips she would pull her head away (getting blueberry everywhere). I also gave it to her in a sippy cup with a big straw and she just spat it out as soon as it got to her mouth. We’ve tried spoon feeding (that’s a big giant “NO”) self feeding with all kinds of food, but in the end the only thing she will willingly put in her mouth is a baby mumum cracker…and dog food.

Anyone else experience a baby that refuses all food?  We try every day three times a day and three times a day she refuses (usually after trying a tiny bit).  It is NOT fun.



Jul 15 2014

a new season

On Saturday, I photographed my last wedding of the season.

No, not just of the wedding season, but for this season of my  life.

It’s been something I’ve been wrestling with for quite a bit since Lucy has been born.  Last fall when I was getting all my inquiries, I was also spending 99% of my time beside a hospital bed with my daughter.  To say I was distracted and uninterested in furthering my business was an understatement.  I did my best to respond to potential 2014 clients but in the end I only booked a meagre 3 weddings.  I never advertised, my page sat un-updated for quite a while, and I often was late in responding to inquiries.  I told Dave that I was done with the stress of the wedding industry and trying to compete in such a flooded market but he encouraged me to at least wait it out one season with Lucy to see how I could handle it.

In the end I decided it wasn’t fair to either my clients, or to Lucy to be doing both.  I feel like wedding photography is in a category of crazy that is so different from any other genre of photography.  People plan for two years ahead for a one day event, and it’s my job to make sure it looks like the most perfect day that ever happened.  No pressure, right?  I used to be able to deal with it, but since Lucy’s birth I found myself constantly anxious about things like “how will Lucy be the day of the wedding with someone else?” (she doesn’t eat for anyone but me generally), or “how the heck am I supposed to edit a cohesive wedding story if I can’t sit down at the computer for longer than an hour at a time?” (she doesn’t nap well…at all).

It’s been a difficult decision because I love being a wedding photographer.  I love capturing such an important day for people and telling their stories, and it’s always an honour to be trusted with such an important role.

I am not planning on closing my business though.  I have a vision for a style of more candid family photography in and around clients homes that I’m hoping to launch in fall.  I’ve always had the package for this on my website, but with no examples to go by it hasn’t been something that people have been able to see my vision.  This summer I will be working on getting that figured out.

I’m feeling very relaxed about this decision to bow out of the wedding industry.  I can’t wait to explore some new avenues of my photography business in the future.


Jul 14 2014

word prompt: HEAT

**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 “heat””**

When I was thinking about this post, I couldn’t help but get all nostalgic for the summers of my childhood….

Like most others, when I was a little girl, summertime was my favourite time of year.  Our family spent a lot of time camping and playing outside in the sunshine.  We lived in the country for most of my life and always had a great big yard to play in.  Many summers my dad would make the worlds biggest slip-n-slide out of a large roll of black plastic and it took three sprinklers to wet it all.  We loaded it with dish soap and would fly down it all day long.  One of my brothers and I built a treehouse in a big old maple tree (complete with a tire swing) that many hours were spent playing in it.  We had a wooded area to the back and side of our house  and we were always out exploring the woods (and getting covered in stings from stinging nettle).  We also spent most summers up at an old cabin near 100 Mile House on a lake called “Crystal Lake” (the picture above was taken there) where free range cattle would roam around, and treasures were always to be found in the old cabin.  I wish I had a more pictures of the cabin because it’s perfection.

At some point though, I decided summer was lame and too hot and I would wish it away and wait eagerly for the cooler weather.

Since Lucy was born though, I find myself looking back on all the amazing summertime activities that I did as a girl and I am, for the first time in a long time, really welcoming the summer heat.  We’ve already been spending plenty of time in the sunshine (well, the shade-shine for me and Lucy, as the pale ones) and the pool is getting plenty of good use.

Dave and I are planning our first family camping trip for in August.  We’ve gone several times as a couple but this will be Lucy’s first time.  We are so excited to get away and start our own family summer traditions.  I’ve started a pinterest board of camp food recipes and of course I’m building it up in my mind to be the ultimate quintessential summer experience.  We all know there’s a good chance that this will backfire on me but I can still dream, right?

I can’t wait to share with you all about our camping trip.  Click here to view the blog post from our camping trip two years ago (we didn’t go last year because I was hugely pregnant).

“Heat” is the July 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 Renee of oh renée. A few words from Renée — Oh Renée started as a creative outlet for me a few years ago, a happy place to share creative and fun projects or fashion. Since then, it has evolved into one of the best things I could ever have done with my time! The last few years of blogging have become much more personal to me- more of a way to document this life of mine, with my husband, with my little boy and with the world around me. I enjoy sharing glimpses into our days and sharing in other mom’s lives as well, as part of this wonderful world of social media. Being a mother is better than anything I could have expected! Truly. I call Ohio my home, I keep the joy of traveling and exploring new places close to my heart, i spend my evenings knitting and am never without a book in my hand or in my purse. My blog is much of the same! You can find me on Instagram at instagram.com/ohreneedesign.

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

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