Monday, January 26, 2009

The Art of the Cake

This weekend I had the privelage of photographing a cake decorating contest. Wow...these cakes were OFF THE HOOK! There was a special category called "tasting cakes". Of course when we photographed these, it was very important that the slice for the shot was "clean". Needless to say, we had to make a clean cut the slice. YUMM-O!

Becky Rink from About The Cake even let me take home the fish cake for my boys!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Show Enlargements

Yea...I finally ordered my 24x30's for the show this weekend. Better late than never!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Well, at age 39.8 I am constantly fighting getting old. When the boys wanted to go sledding at Cascade Park yesterday I have to admit I thought "maybe your dad could take you...". I have always loved sledding but for some reason it seems like something I can pass on the older I get.

As soon as we arrived at the park, the boys jumped out and hit the hill without even looking back to see if I had gotten out of the van. I thought "awesome...they said they wanted me to go but maybe I'm off the hook". As I sat in the van answering e-mails on my blackberry I fought intense feelings of guilt. I swore I would never be one of "those" moms. Finally after about 20 minutes Taylor started heading to the van and said he was done...."WHAT? I haven't even gone down yet!!! (trying to sound all like the cool mom)." So as soon as Trevor made it up the hill I said, "let's race", Taylor on one sled and Trevor and I on the one pictured here.

It seemed like all was going well until I realized Trevor was dragging one foot on the ground which proceeded to spin us 180 degrees until we were going down backwards. No problem...I've done that before. What I didn't realize is that some IDIOT had left HALF OF A TRUCK BED LINER they were using to sled down the hill on right at the bottom of the hill.

What I have illustrated in the diagram here is what a normal girl might tatoo on her back (commenly known as a "tramp stamp"). On the other is my new tatoo!!!

I think I'll just accept growing old...

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Vivers 10 Months

She's so big!!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Colorful Cookies and Monopoly

I love snow days...I mean "cold" days. I guess snow is better than cold because you can sled or ski but we made due with cookies and Monopoly. 5 HOURS OF MONOPOLY...

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Vivian's Announcement

She's such a big girl. She just started signing "more" this morning. I'm sure that is such a relief to my sister that she will be communicating better now since there's a new baby on the way!

Sunday, January 11, 2009


My word of the day "smtten". Who hasn't been smittten? I love that word...

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Winter Wonderland

This is what I'm grateful for today...I love the snow!! I had a hard time sleeping in today because Noodle was barking as if a serial killer had ripped the boys to shreds. When I came downstairs she was looking out the window freaked out by a snow covered van. I brushed it off, drove it into the garage and she calmed right down.

Friday, January 09, 2009

Sports Photography

Well, as of yesterday I am now into sports photography. It's something I've always done for my boys but now I'm going to actually sell the images. Eveytime I photograph a football game or wrestling tournament I get these great shots but sometimes I don't even know the parents and don't have the time to work on them at home as I'm very busy with portraits and weddings. Now I'm going to do it all right at the wrestling matches. Anyone involved in wrestling knows that in 2 hours your son wrestles for about 2 minutes. It will keep me busy. Wish me luck!
...just one of the many things I'm grateful for today :-)

Thursday, January 08, 2009


Today I started a gratitude journal. It's so easy to get wrapped up in the negatives of life (especially in today's economy) that we need to make a conscious effort to concentrate on the good things in life. I started by writing down all of the negative things that have consumed my mind for way too long. Now that they are on paper, I don't have to think about them anymore. I am going to just share a couple of things I am grateful for just this morning:

1) My sister just found out she's having a baby!!!! The baby (Vivian) in the post below will be 18 months when she becomes an older sister. And her older brother Sam will be 3.

2) Terry, my neighbour down the street just plowed my drive and walks and I never have to ask. He is truly a gift from God!!

3) I have 2 awesome boys (shown here with my friend Susan and me on New Year's Eve) that make me proud every day!! (a little blury but it was dark, with no flash and handheld).
4) The Browns just hired a new head coach!!

Be grateful today!



Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Happy New Year!!

This year in my family the boys and I celebrated "Festivus". For those of you not familiar with the holiday, it was made up by George's dad on Seinfeld. It's celebrated on Dec. 23rd and it's all about NOT buying gifts, airing your grievences and wrestling. I thought it was very appropriate considering we were all sick and had much to complain about. It also happens to be the first year the boys have wrestled (and they're doing fabulously by the way).

Anyhow...we had no Christmas tree this year. We had a festivus pole (which is supposed to be aluminum but we had to make due with what was in the garage) that fit perfectly in our tree stand. Needless to say, we are glad the holidays are over and we really did enjoy each other and realize that there are many people worse off in the world.

Well...I am determined to stick with my New Year's Resolutions, 1 of which is to keep up with blogging. I am starting just by posting a few of my favorite images from the past few months. I've just quickly scanned my files so when I have nothing else to blog about, I'll post more.
I also wanted to wish all of my friends, family and clients a happy and healthy new year!!!
Thank you for all of your support.