We went to Cancun at the end of January. It was amazing.
We stayed at the Gran Caribe and have no complaints. Zilch. It was fabulous, as is their resort in Playa Del Carmen, where we stayed a year and a half ago.
Here are my favourite pics from the trip. (And a video of Abby flipping off a yoga ball in the sand on the beach!)
Never can I remember ever shooting, editing, posting and blogging a session all in the same day…but today it happened. I was so in love with this session. Great models make for great shoots. And 6 month olds make for great models! It’s my absolute favourite age to shoot.
So, I’m running a promo!
From now until April 1, 2014 – book a 6 month session (baby must be sitting) and get 50% off the session fee. That’s only $100 (plus the files & prints you choose). Submit the form below the pics to contact me!
Take a look at today’s sweet princess:
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Abby is turning ten on Saturday. Double digits. I’m not sure where the last ten years went, but they passed so quickly. I can’t believe that in another ten, she’ll be 20. She’s probably have a couple Olympic medals by then. Kidding.
I’m so proud of this kid. From being born at 4.5 pounds in 2004 to what she is now in 2014…I’m in awe. 2013 was rough – you can read about it here, but I’m excited to see what she accomplishes this year, and who she becomes in the next ten years.
Happy 10th Birthday!
(This is the video I did for her last year, with some additions to the end. The song, “Trouble” by Pink, still fits her perfectly. And we’re seeing Pink in concert tonight…how fitting!)
This year’s Valentine Mini Sessions will be on Saturday Feb 8. Pick any 1/2 hour time between 9am & 7pm!
Because it’s so late, I’ll be making it a Digital File special.
$100 gets you the session and 1 digital file. Additional files are $40 each ($20 off the normal price).
Files can be individual images, or any of the cards below (1 image per card). You can get them printed yourself for class Valentines, or for gifts for the Grandparents. (They don’t have to be Valentines. You can use the session for a family portrait too!)
Here are some examples of the Valentine’s cards:
Or here’s a cute idea I did a couple years ago for my girls:
I’m big into Gratitude and the Law of Attraction. I believe strongly that what you think about comes about, and that the best way to predict your future is to create it. These are my favourite quotes (coincidentally, they are both Oprah quotes):
I try to teach Gratitude to my kids. One of the ways we’ve done this in the last few years is doing our “Bucket List Tree”. Every New Year’s Eve, we sit down and write down a bunch of things we’s like to do or accomplish in the next year, and beyond. We write them on tags, and hand them on our Bucket List Tree. It’s visual (like vision boards), crafty, and starts great conversations.
You can see more on The Bucket List tree in my blog post from last year.
In addition to the Bucket List Tree, we also did a Gratitude Jar this year. Throughout the year, we wrote down things we were grateful for and stuck them in the jar. On New Year’s Eve (or Day) we will open it, and read through them all.
We also do High/Low every night at dinner – going around the table and saying our favourite thing and least favourite thing from the day. This year Charlie has taken the reigns from Bella being the one who starts it off every night, and I was so proud when he started it on our Christmas Day dinner at his Auntie & Uncle’s house – for a table of eighteen people. That was awesome.
I’m also working on my Vision Board. I do one every year and stick it in a frame on my desk so I see it every day. I love the DreamBoard on Oprah’s Website. It saves your work automatically, so it’s easy to go back and update it. I put things on it that I want to accomplish this year, and in my lifetime. Things like doing some kitchen renos and going to Bali. Both would be nice if they happened within the next year, but they might not!
And to balance the ‘wants’ with ‘gratitude’, this year I am starting a Gratitude Journal. A real, live, paper journal. I toyed with the idea of doing another Project365 with pictures of something I was grateful for every day, but I already take so many pictures, that I want to force myself to actually sit down and write stuff down. If you are interested in an app though, check out HeyDay. It takes your iPhone’s images and puts them into an electronic journal automatically. You can go in and add text if you want. I really love this.
I made my Gratitude Journal after I found the ARC notebook system at Staples. This is really cool people. It’s like a binder, but cooler. I bought a leather cover one that I use as a catch-all on my desk. It holds all my important papers and notes.
This is the hole-punch thing you buy to punch papers to fit in the disks. The disks come in 3 sizes depending on how thick you want your book:
For my Gratitude Journal, first I made and printed off the sheets. I bought really nice, heavier stock paper for this, and printed off about 100 pages. I’m not going to write in it daily (too much of a commitment), but I’ll be happy with 100 days of Gratitude!
Then I made the front and back covers from cardboard and fancy paper:
The ARC System has different type of insert pages that I also put in the journal to hold little keepsakes:
With the hole punch, I can also punch photos or just about anything to add as I go as well. Can’t wait to get started. Hope I can keep it up. I’m leaving it beside my bed to remind myself to do it before going to sleep. Might cut into my Candy Crush time, but it’s for the best.
I also did another ARC book for our Christmas Journal. I’ve kept a Christmas Journal since 2004 – Abby’s first Christmas. I write in it every year – things like when we put up the tree, what we did throughout the holidays and it’s where I keep a copy of the Santa picture and a copy of our family portrait or Christmas Card. I was able to take the pages out of the old journal, and punch them to fit into the ARC disks. I also made tabbed dividers with pockets to hold letters from Santa, or whatever!
Our old Journal. Yes, those are foam stickers. I wasn’t all that crafty back in 2004:
I cut the pages out of the old journal:
The tabbed dividers with pockets:
Old Christmas Cards and Photos with Santa:
And the cover:
Back in 2011, when we first brought Henry the Elf home, I was very excited. I plotted and planned, and came up with some pretty neat ideas for that darned Elf. I took pictures every morning, and sat around basking in the glory of being such a creative genius.
He came on November 7th the first year. Yes, NOVEMBER 7th.
I wrote a blog post about it here.
Admittedly, by December 24th, I was happy to see him go. I was exhausted. And you know what? I dreaded his return in 2012, and this year as well. The ‘beacon’ for the elf to come is the Christmas tree being set up. So I would’ve been happy to put it off as long as possible this year, but my super awesome helpful husband surprised me last week, and put it up while I was out. Wicked.
You see, I set a precedent that first year. My kids have expected brilliance from ‘Henry’ ever sense. I wasn’t going to be one of those ‘slacker’ parents, who just moved their elf every night. Oh no. I was way too clever for that. And now I’m paying for it. Every.dreaded.night.
Today, on the inter webs, my life with my elf has been featured on two major blogs. Check them out!
SheKnows – featured 5 of my ideas in a blog post about 25 Hilarious Ways to Pose your Elf.
Babble – my Friend Buzz Bishop wrote an article about the Unofficial Elf on the Shelf Rules. In which I play the poor sucker who overdid it the first year.
So far this year, Henry has been tied up with Loom Bracelets, left Christmas jokes and word searches, hid behind a tower of Kuerig Cups, and donned a Jersey for ‘Jersey Day’. Not overly creative. The best was on the first morning, he wrote a letter, specifying that if the kids rooms weren’t tidy, or their beds weren’t made, or if Charlie didn’t stay in his own bed, that he might not come. They are putty in my hands, let me tell you! That is about as much brilliance as I have left; manipulation.
It’s time for my most popular sale of the year!
Today through Monday at midnight…
Buy any Gift Certificate for $200 or over, and I will add $100 to it, for FREE.
These Gift Certificates are good after January 1, 2014, for Calgary or Sylvan Lake.
Book & Pay for a 2014 Session and receive 2 Digital Files FREE from that session.
Purchase any digital files from past shoots from October 1, 2013 & Earlier for $25 each – that’s almost 60% off! (Regular price is $60 each).
Email me right away!
All deals must be paid for by Monday at midnight, to qualify.
Deals cannot be combined or used with Friends & Family discount, or paid for with Gift Certificates.
Follow me on Facebook to keep up with other news & promos. Also – registration for my Get Off Auto courses in Cranston opens this week. Classes are also planned for Cardel Place for Adults & Kids. See www.calgarycameraclass.com for more info.
I think it’s over! At just over 4 years old…I think the tantrums are over. Now that I said that, I might be cursing it, but he hasn’t had a fit for over 2 months. Fingers crossed. Here, is what I’m hoping is my last installment of #CharlieLoves:
-Charlie Loves the Dentist’s Office
-Charlie Loves Dinner
-Charlie Loves high quality face painting
-Charlie Loves colouring
-Charlie Loves Cheerios
And it ended abruptly with this one, which was a rough one for Mommy too!
-Charlie Loves Going back to School
The entire collection of my #CharlieLoves images can be seen here.