Sep 13 2014

37-52 A Basket of Baby

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

Week 37:  A Basket of Baby!

11.75 months old

Lately she has taken to playing inside the basket of toys that sits next to my desk.  Sometimes she just lounges in it, on top of her toys, staring at me.  I always pull the coffee table aside in the living room and give her as much space as possible to play, but she chooses either to be inside her toy basket, or under my chair as I work.



Sep 8 2014

oh, deer lake.

We went camping!

Dave and I have always loved camping, and this year was our first chance to bring Lucy with too!  We are so fortunate to live in one of the most beautiful places on earth, and to have our pick of amazing campgrounds right nearby.  I had never been to Deer Lake before, but it was close to Harrison (which was nice incase we needed anything, or wanted to go in to town for ice-cream-which we did!) When I booked it, the reservation map showed that it was almost completely empty and I liked that!  There’s nothing more annoying than being at a busy campground and having babies crying all through the night–something I didn’t really want to inflict on other people.

Originally, Dave and I had budgeted our summer vacation for a trip to go down to Seattle, but the more we thought about it, the more we were nervous about the logistics with a baby (who has too many feeding issues to list) and trying to plan days around that.  Spending time at a quiet campground seemed much more relaxing.  So we used some of the money that we set aside for hotels and food to buy ourselves a nice new tent (after all, our teeny pup-tent probably wouldn’t be too comfortable with a baby and a dog) and a few other camping accoutrements.

Lucy seemed to really enjoy herself, and loved to crawl through the dirt and pick up pinecones and leaves.  We were really relieved at how well she did.

A typical morning at Camp Rodda.

All of a sudden, Lucy decided that not all food was poison and did really well eating.  She at half a piece of bread for breakfast one morning which was pretty crazy!

Typical afternoons.  Note, the look on Minnie’s face.  She hated camping.  This is why she looks terrified in most of the pictures.  To add insult to injury, when we were walking through the campground, some doofus had two unleashed pit-bulls who charged at Minnie (she was leashed).  One had it’s mouth entirely around poor Minnie’s back, and the other was grabbing at her ears.  Dave was trying to get Minnie away, but he also had Lucy in the baby carrier and didn’t want to get too close.  The owner (who ran over almost right away and eventually got them off) said they were not being aggressive–but seriously guys. Seeing your dog in the mouth of a pit-bull is not pleasant.  Poor Minnie.

Case in point.

“Let’s please go home…please?”

We loved our new tent.  It was two rooms, that could be made in to one giant room, which we did.  It fit our play pen perfectly, and in the evenings when Lucy got kind of squirrelly just before bed we had a big quilt on the ground to let her bomb around and get some energy out.

The lake was lovely and quiet.  It looks like it was cold that week, but it was actually very hot and humid!  We just didn’t go in the lake because none of us felt like putting on our bathing suits.  Haha…

Lot’s of games were played.  Dave totally schooled me at risk, but in my defence, I have only ever played it once before this time.  I beat him at Skip-bo though, so it was ok.

And lastly…because Dave said no one would believe us if we didn’t take a picture…I did indeed make eggs Benedict from scratch on a camp stove.  And yes, they turned out lovely, thank-you very much.
I also did a lot of video and if I’m diligent enough, you may see some highlights soon!
 See our pictures from our 2012 camping trip here (we didn’t go last year because I was gigantically pregnant and not in the mood to sleep outside!)


Sep 5 2014

36-52 Splish Splash!

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

Week 36:  Splish Splash!

11.5 months old

I absolutely love how much Lucy loves the water.  She has so much fun in the bath, and it’s hilarious watching her splash herself all the time.  She also thinks it’s hilarious, which makes it even better.

On a slightly related note…we have the most awkward bathtub on the planet for bathing a baby (it’s raised up on a ledge and is really big) and I can not wait to find a new house with a normal bathtub.  House hunting is hard.  And I’m impatient!


Sep 3 2014

becoming outmoded.

(Above: Dave dressed up as “Outmoded Technology Man” at a Superheroes and their Alter Egos party we went to a few years ago)

Dave and I have always had a bit of a love/hate relationship with technology/media. I’m sure that’s true for a lot of people, especially those who have to work with it on a daily basis.  When we were first married we did (what some considered) a crazy thing and never bought a TV.  Keep in mind, this was almost 10 years ago– far before Netflix, and when YouTube barely even had cat videos on it.  The idea of even owning digital versions of movies or TV shows was just barely starting to become a thing.  People would say everything from “Wow, I wish I could do something like that”, to “What are you going to do all day?”  Well, somehow, 9.5 years later we are still alive, we still have no TV (although we do have a Netflix subscription, but it’s used mainly for our regular evening Star Trek episode) and we have generally entertained ourselves pretty well I think.  Lately though–and this could be because I’m now a stay at home mom–I’ve found the internet/iPhone is eating my time up.  Facebook stays on a tab on the computer and gets refreshed often, and when I have a spare moment (when Dave and I are driving and I’m bored) I’m checking instagram on my phone.  And it’s become exhausting.

Here’s the thing:

I don’t think humans were meant for this kind of overload of information/constant stream of conversation.

As an introvert I especially find myself overwhelmed by the end of the day if I had spent too much time on Facebook.  There’s no time for my own quiet thoughts when I’m scrolling through everyone else’s.

I’m tired of a thousand articles being shared telling me that everything that I’m eating is wrong.  Do I feed my child formula?  You bet.  Do I eat food that contains gluten in it?  I do.  I’m also tired of all the facebook debates over politics/religion/whatever-the-heck that don’t actually serve any purpose.  Because, for real people, do facebook debates make anyone ever feel good?  Have you ever walked away from a facebook debate going “Wow, that internet stranger really changed my mind on that subject.  I feel so good that we had that debate.”  I’m not saying debating is bad, but I feel like most of the time internet debates get bad fast and no one wins.  Because it’s easy to say something nasty on the internet when you are safe behind your computer, but it’s not so easy to go out and do something about it.  Every day on the web we are inundated with a crap-load of opinions and voices.  I’m not sure how our brains haven’t exploded already.

I see how damaging and addictive technology can be and it’s starting to loose it’s lustre.  I used to say that I neither liked nor disliked Facebook, because for all it’s flaws I could see how valuable it was for keeping in touch with friends and family from far away.  I saw that for a small business it had huge potential for advertising, especially as a photographer.  The tool can’t be evil–it’s how you use the tool, right?  But the problem with Facebook is that even if I’m using it just to keep up with friends and family, there’s still 300 other people on my friends list that might decide that the best way to use Facebook is to share Fox New clips. (No thank-you).  Also…I don’t really want to see what everyone is commenting on.  Unless a friend of mine shares it with me, why do I want to see their other conversations?

Most of all, I’m concerned over how this will affect Lucy as she grows up.  If she sees that her dad and I are dependant on all our devices, she will assume that it’s only natural.  I’d rather wean ourselves off of being so dependant on technology while she is young so that we never have to say “Put that phone away and spend some time with real people!” while at the same time we are itching to get on our phones.

So I have decided to start a technology wean.  Dave and I have already been talking about getting rid of our smart-phones when our contract is up.  In the meantime (so it won’t be such a shock) I’ve installed an app called “moment” that counts the minutes that I use the phone and when I reach a certain number (30 minutes, for example) it tells me my time is up for the day and sends me constant reminders to put my phone down.  I also cleaned up my facebook newsfeed to a small amount of family/friends.  Also, because I have a few ongoing projects that are shared on Facebook (project 52, for example) I plan on using it till the new year, and then I hope to only use it for business purposes.  Another program that is useful is called “Self Control” where you can either “blacklist” a list of websites you don’t want to see for a set time, or “whitelist” a list of websites that will be the only available sites.  You can set the time limit, and that’s it.  It is a pretty crazy program though–even restarting your computer won’t shut it down!

I’m looking forward to reseting and using technology as a tool instead of a crutch and I encourage you to do the same.


Sep 2 2014

august in review

August has come and gone and I am eagerly awaiting fall to show!  It’s my favourite time of year for sure, so I’m not even going to hide the fact that I’m happy summer is pretty much over.  There!  I said it.  Goodbye summer!

We had a busy month, with the biggest thing going on being that we are now house hunting!  It’s all come very fast, but long story short, we are going to be buying a house with my parents where they will live in an in-law suite and we will live upstairs.  We are VERY excited for this transition.  It’s all hinging on my parents selling their house though, so if you are looking to buy a home in the Fraser Valley, check out their listing!

Above:  Lucy has taken to standing in the shopping carts.  It’s either she stands, or we strap her in and she screams.  We’d rather just walk a little slower with her standing than suffer through her screaming the entire time.

Feeding has all of a sudden gotten pretty bad again.  It’s made for some frustrating days (and nights, as she is now hungry between 3-4AM again.) I’m guessing she’s just been going through a growth spurt, as well as working on some new teeth.

Lucy loves to blow raspberries on the baby gate.  It’s hilarious.

I can’t get over how grown up she looks in this picture!  She will be ONE in two weeks!  What?!

Always getting stuck on her toy basket.  Nice mommy to take a picture first and help later, right?

Attacking her popsicle.  Which I ended up eating.

All gone!  She had maybe two small “bites”

We went camping!  I’m still working on the pictures, but I’ll be sharing soon.

Minnie HATED camping.

There has been A LOT of tantrums this month.

I feel like it’s important to share this photo of my favourite food.  We eat a lot of brussels sprouts in our house and I’m planning on sharing a few of my favourite recipes in the next few weeks.

Quiet time after a bath.  Except that this is a complete lie and she was a total monkey the entire time and I took about 1000 pictures to get one where she was still. Ha!

I’ve been doing photos on Instagram with the hashtag #lucyssundaybest since January.  Here is a new favourite of her in her pretty vintage dress from a dear friend that she got as an early first birthday present.

I can’t wait to see what September has to offer!  Lucy’s birthday is this month and I think it’s going to be a crazy month!

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