Oct 31 2014

44-52 Happy Halloween!

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

Week 44:  Happy Halloween!

13.5 months

I was just about to post a different picture this morning when I realized that it was halloween and maybe I should do something a bit more themed.  I had not planned to do anything because, well, she doesn’t really care so why bother?  But when I had some extra time this morning I thought “Maybe I should just make some critter ears for her…” and then that turned into making her a whole mouse costume.  I made the sweatshirt too because I had the fleece and didn’t want to wreck a sweatshirt she had already.  She wasn’t too pleased about the makeup and I had to distract her with a toy while I quickly drew it on.

We just went to grandparents and then one of my brothers house before she melted down and we had to go home.  She was a sad mouse.

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May 6 2014

19-52 water baby

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

Week 19:  Water baby!

7.5 months old

This weekend we took a little vacation to Harrison Hot Springs for the annual BCMB Conference Pastors and Spouses retreat.  It’s always such a lovely weekend away, and this time it was especially fun with Lucy.  It was her first time in a pool, so we weren’t too sure what to expect (although we suspected she’d like it at least a bit).  We were SO happy to discover that she LOVED the water.  She tread water, splashed, laughed and squealed with delight the whole time.  It helps that the springs are like a gigantic bathtub with the perfect temperature water for a little baby.  We stayed in the water for over an hour with her, until we decided to go for a walk.  I suspect she would have been perfectly happy to be there all day though.

Below are a few more from the weekend.  There’s a couple iPhone shots thrown in here (because it’s more accessible sometimes.)

Tiny bathrobe–tiny baby!

Her toes were SO wrinkled when we came out.  So cute.

Hanging out on the room before breakfast time.  She preferred to sit and talk to her toes rather than eat.  Each to their own…

The weather was threatening to be gloomy when we first got out, but it quickly turned quite beautiful.  On the last day out, I walked the loop around the lagoon to try and get Lucy to sleep while Dave was in one of the sessions (she wouldn’t let me sit in the sessions…way to boring for such an exciting baby.)  Of course…she was wide awake and only slept once we got home. 

PS: This is the first time we have really used our Phil and Teds Vibe stroller (that we got from my brother) and LOVED it so much.  One of our favourite things was that the seat folds down flat so she could nap and we could still be out and about.  Such a great stroller.

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Apr 25 2014

lucy’s easter dress

I never got to make a dress for Lucy’s first Christmas due to our lives being complete chaos at that time.  But I was determined to make her something sweet for Easter.  I have a ton of this fabric that I bought to use in her nursery, and only lined the back of a bookshelf with it.  I may make something else next summer for her out of it.  The dress itself is designed to grow with her.  I did an elastic waistband that can be let out, as well as a tie on the back to fit the bodice.  The arm holes are adjustable with the ties at the shoulders.  I hope she will wear the dress all summer.

I had planned to make something different (and had even started a different dress) but it didn’t work out so I sketched out the shape of this one on the fabric and just kind of improvised from there.  I’ve been getting a lot better at doing the finish work in dresses as well, and this has a fully lined bodice, french seams and a proper hem (no exposed edges on the inside) Essentially, the dress looks as good on the inside as it does on the outside.

I made two headbands for her–one is the small one that she wore all day on Easter, and the other is the “extended version” that fit in with it that I used just for pictures.  Those were just simply cheapo silk flowers that I hot glued to felt (as a base) and decorative elastic.

Is she not the cutest thing you ever did see?  She’s gotten so good at sitting on her own since these.  This was the first time she sat by herself long enough for me to take her picture.

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Aug 17 2012

campy camp

Let me just preface this blog with this statment:

I am not a pansy.

Contrary to what many people think, I do like camping.  I spent many summers camping with family and friends.  Yes, in a tent.  Yes, with outhouses.

This weekend Dave and I went camping for our holidays.  We were both very excited because we haven’t camped together for quite some time (well, other than the week that we spent in a tent in the mosquito infested jungle drilling a well in Bolivia…that doesn’t count for camping.  It counts as torture. Wait…I mean…”Yay! Well drilling!”) Anyway…the last time we camped was the second year of our marriage, and it was a great trip.  So obviously we were stoked to go again and make a tradition of it.  Some friends recommended a lake called “Ross Lake”.  It sounded super (and it was free) so we went.

As we pulled up we saw how pretty it was, and oohed and ahhed and talked about how fabulous this was going to be.

And then…

We got out of the car.

I’m not joking when I say that we were swarmed.  SWARMED. by mosquitoes.  I mean…it felt like we were back in South America. (except there was no fear of malaria or dengue fever mosquitoes)

I ran back into the car and told Dave that we were going home. (You may or may not know of my monumental fear of mosquitoes, brought on by our time in South America, as well as our time in Egypt.  I also swell up more than your average bear when bitten.  It’s gross.)  Dave, being the practical one (“We did not drive two hours out here just to go home.”) reassured me that it would be okay and we should set up camp.

So we did.

And then we sat in our tent.

The next morning we decided to drive to the nearest town and pick up some mosquito essentials.  A tent for around our picnic table.  More bug spray.  Citronella.

And then we sat in our tent around the picnic table.

It was seriously so bad that even being covered head to toe, and having bug spray wasn’t enough.  They were relentless.  Poor Minnie didn’t know what to do either.  That afternoon we decided to go for a bit of a drive to find the beach area of the lake, and possibly get away from the mosquitoes (we were told that they weren’t so bad in some places).  Then as we approached our car, I heard Dave let out a sigh and a “Ohh no…”

Flat tire.

This trip was not winning any points for being awesome.

Luckily Dave is a handy dude, and it was fixed in no time.  But still.

That night we stayed up late drinking cheap wine and smores, while I tried my hand at night photography. (be kind when you see my shots…I’m still trying to figure this all out).  And we decided that we would go home the next morning.

It was the best decision ever.  I can’t say I’ve ever been more happy to go home and shower (wash off the layers of bug spray) and sleep without the sound of a mosquito in my ear.


I was pretty stoked.  Can you tell?

Car games.

This bird tormented Minnie the first day.  We couldn’t chase it away.  It kept coming back and walking within inches of Minnies leash.

Dave forgot a long sleeved shirt and had to borrow my hoodie to keep away the mosquitoes.

Yeah! Mosquito nets!

Citronella.  Romantic.

Rockin’ our Mennonite Brethren conference mugs.

Angry pug is angry.

Swimming!  We later took Minnie in.  She was not a fan.

Waiting for the sun to go down.

Dave read dystopian sci-fi to Minnie.

Being a creeper.

The one shot of a shooting star that I got.  There were many, but I only managed to get this one.

Good night!  Sleep tight!  Don’t let the mosquitoes bite!


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Jul 1 2011

happy canada day!

I wore my sweet new red gingham bathing suit from Mod Cloth, (with a skirt overtop, of course) and a prototype Chatty Budgies headband, with red lipstick in honour of my favourite countries birthday.
Happy Canada Day, everyone!
Huzzah for holidays! :)