..Falling Into Photos..

I love pictures. I love fall. There’s no better combination in my opinion than those two.  Add in a fall challenge and I’m in heaven! Fall is hands down one of the best seasons for photography – the colors, the colors, the colors!!!  Did I mention the colors?  Just breathtaking!  I’m also new to the photo taking world.  I’ve been wanting to learn for many years now but have never had the time or the proper equipment to do so.  So when my sister asked me if I wanted her old Canon Rebel DSLR I couldn’t say no!  I just won’t say WHEN she actually gave me that camera though.. 😉

My first challenge is called Project 52.  I basically take photos once a week for a year.  I wanted to do a 365 challenge but there’s too much going on right now and I didn’t want to overwhelm myself right off the bat.  I may take pictures more than once a week or maybe even less (hopefully not!), learn a bunch of new techniques along the way and hopefully get good (and bad) criticisms on my photos.

Without further ado..

..Falling Into Photos..

 

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Kids (well, babies) are by far the most difficult to photograph.  I really struggle with how to capture Gabriel without it being blurry or disjointed.  I’ve read to keep the shutter speed at around 1/125 for children but it doesn’t always happen indoors with the lack of light.  I’m trying to work with it but it’s a big learning curve for me.  If only he would just.sit.still!!!  At least for a minute…or two…

Having said that, older children are great!  Sofia is awesome to photograph (when she’s in the mood that is!!) and we’ve been able to capture a lot of great shots.  She doesn’t like to admit it, but she enjoys looking at the pictures and posing.

..Falling Into Photos..

..Falling Into Photos..

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I just realized all my photos posted are to the ‘right’ of view.  This was NOT deliberate and I promise, I DO have other views.  They just didn’t turn out..

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What happens when you roll around in the leaves, weeds, and grass to shoot.  It’s an itchy job, but I’ll take it!

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My loves ❤

 

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..Sofiaisms, Walks, Parks, and.. Sharks?..

We have a lot of conversations on our walks.  A lot.  Honestly, half the time I can’t understand half of them.  Sofia has her own little language and stories and we discuss what seems like a million topics at once.  We go through them so quickly I have trouble keeping up some times.  Add in Gabriel, whatever he’s doing (which is mainly whining from budding teeth lately) and I’m completely lost!

Lately conversation has focused primarily on sharks.  I don’t understand why either.  We don’t live by them, or even remotely close to the ocean.  Either way, it’s an amusing topic that creates a lot of laughter and discussion.

The first time sharks entered the conversation was while walking home from a small park in the neighborhood next to us earlier this month.  We happened to see a bunny sitting on someone’s lawn, completely not moving and continued camping out even after we walked by.  Of course Sofia was excited and immediately wanted to approach it.. Continue reading

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..Our Food Story Begins..

It’s coming.  Solids. Those confusing, messy, time consuming solids.  Apparently things have changed since we first started feeding Sofia and now we’re to start with meat.  Poor babes. Gritty, plain chicken does not sound like a yummy window into the world of foodie eating.  So I’ve decided to take things slow (G isn’t 6 months old yet) and introduce some fun things before the boring.  Today we started with some watermelon, mainly thanks to the hot hot weather we’ve been having.  It’s the best way to cool my babe down and hydrate at the same time!  Needless to say, it was a hit!

I think I’m starting to feel more comfortable with the idea of feeding my wee man food.  He’s just growing too fast and I’m not ready!  Seems he is though…

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..Summer of Fun..

I love summer.  I love waking up to the sun shining, birds chirping and the smell of flowers.  Know what else I love?  Sofia sleeping in.  It’s 8:56 and where is my 5 year old?  Still in bed.  WOOT!  Best morning ever.  Both Fi and baby are sleeping, leaving me to enjoy my morning coffee and Gossip Girl addiction all by my lonesome.  Ok, ok not entirely alone, Mya is snoozing beside me on the couch.  Looks as though I’m the only one not sleeping.  For once, that is a-ok with me.

..Summer of Fun..

While the kiddies sleep and I’m being entertained by Blair Waldorf and Serena Van Der Woodsen (which btw, after the 5th season the acting and story plotlines just get cray cray!!  I still watch for some reason that I’m unsure of) I’ll entertain you with my ‘Summer of Fun Must-Bring List’..

During my first few park outings I discovered you need to carry essentials with you everywhere/every time you venture out.

Summer of Fun Must-Bring List

Snacks:  Because even though you may have eaten breakfast/lunch before heading out, kids are always hungry.  Always.  Actually, just bring your fridge and pantry with you.  No matter what snacks I bring alone, the child will inevitably want something I don’t have.  Or something others have. Like ice cream or sno-cones.

Blanket: This one I’m still having issues remembering but it should be the first thing I pack.  It’s so handy to whip out and lay the baby down on.  Without one, things like this happen.. at least he was protected from the weeds, right?

..Summer of Fun..

Sunscreen: I’m crazy about sun protection, applying and reapplying it during the day.  It’s become a staple item in the diaper bag these days. The thought of developing skin cancer scares me and I don’t care if that means staying nice and pastey white.

Water: This seems like a given but I’ve been known to have forgotten it. This must must must never happen as chaos is bound to ensue.. and not just by the kids either!

Diapers, change of clothes, extra shoes: These seem like no brainers as well but trust me, even on little walks they need to be with you.  Guaranteed ‘someone’ will decide it’s poop day and it’ll get everywhere. We MAY have had to dress Gabe in Sofia’s clothes, a pair of panties, and a woman’s pad in the past..you know, because we forgot.  Poor guy!

At any rate, we try try try to make sure all items are present on walks.  Ok, I try.  I like to think it’s a group effort but it’s mainly me.

Let the summer of fun continue on!

..Summer of Fun..

..Whoops..

I can’t believe it’s July 2 already!  I’m incredibly behind in my park challenge and updates.  We have been checking out parks but not once a week like I had initially intended to and not different ones either.  Whoops.  It’s come to light that hanging out at the splash park is one of the best ways to pass the time, get a break from the heat, and let Sofia play, play, play.  I’ve also discovered that my little man sleeps quite well in the fresh air.

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Needless to say, we’ve spent a few days at the splash park already and Sofia just finished kindergarten a week ago.  And don’t get me started on that.  Let’s just say it’s a whole other post for another day. Lots of tears from me and disbelief that she’s going to be starting Grade 1 in the fall.  Full time school?  My baby is growing up and I’m not ready!!

Anyhoo..summer has officially started and there’s nothing like a little park fun in the morning to kick things off!  Today we visited a park close to home for us, literally a 10-15 minute walk up the road.  Sofia loves this park.  It’s huge, has lots of fun slides, bridges, and twirly-whirly swings to play on and climb up.  It’s a big hit around here!

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Gabriel also feel asleep on the way home, Sofia was all tuckered out, and it was only 11 am!!  Win-win for everyone!!  Stay tuned for more updates!

 

..Project, Parks..

I’m realizing I’ve become my own worst enemy.  I’ve let myself hide inside my house, hibernating the days away, afraid of venturing outside and messing up my routine.  Which, mind you, isn’t much either.  Sitting all day on my couch is NOT a routine.  Ok ok, yes it is but it’s not a good one!  I am lacking energy to work out a ton but I figure you don’t need energy to enjoy the outside, and there’s no better way than experiencing the many parks my beautiful city has to offer!

That being said, in an effort to get myself outside and off the couch, I’ve decided to challenge myself to a park project.  What does it entail?

At least once a week I’m going to visit a new park,whether to take Sofia (and Gabe) to play, meet up with friends, or just enjoy the outdoors, relax, and read… There’s really nothing better than sitting on the grass and soaking in the sunshine.  Some days I still miss my lunch hours at work where I’d sit for an hour, without being plugged into my phone or computer and just enjoy being outside.  It was the best feeling!  I’d go back to work feeling rejuvenated and ready to take on the afternoon.  I am determined to feel that way once again.  No more feeling down and frustrated with life!  I’m going to grab life by the horns and ENJOY IT.  We only have so much time before it’s snowing again and I need to appreciate every moment of it.

Yesterday was the first day of my new challenge.  I met up with a good friend for lunch at the University and we sat outside.  I know it’s not technically a ‘park’ but it’s a beautiful green area and one of my favourite places to be (we had both our engagement and wedding pictures taken at the University, so it’s quite evident that it’s one of my all-time favourite spots in the city). It was awesome to sit in the sun and catch up!  Next time though I need to remember to bring a hat.  Gabe’s bald spot was put to the test today by being exposed to the sun rays…and his skin too, of course.  Bad mommy moment for me!

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Not to mention we got caught in a sudden rain shower shortly after leaving and I neglected to put on his jacket. Whoops!  It was sunny when I left, how was I to know?!  😛  Another thing I learned was to always bring a blanket (to sit on, or you know – sudden rain coverage!!), just in case it’s needed!!

..Project, Parks..

Later on yesterday evening I decided to take a walk with Sofia and we ventured out to a park by our house. We stopped to watch some kids playing soccer and softball.  We didn’t stop for too long but enough to enjoy ourselves.  We typically frequent this park as it’s fairly close to our place, so I’m looking forward to visiting some other ones and discovering new favourites!!!

..Project, Parks..

..Sofiaisms, it’s all about poo..

It pretty much literally is as the title says.   I swear, one thing I never thought would happen before becoming a parent was the constant talk of dirty diapers… did he poop?  How much?  When was the last one?  Is it all over?  So gross, yet pretty funny at the same time.  Also never thought I’d talk so much about sleeping either.  Or eating. Or how tired I am.  Did I mention how tired I am?!  Of course it’s times like this when I reflect back to Sofia as a baby and how easy of a sleeper she was.  Ohhhh, the good ol’ days.  Why do babies have to be so different? In case you haven’t picked up on that, Gabe is a crap night sleeper.  He’ll start sleeping longer stretches and then it goes back to 2-3 hours.  Then the one time I get 5 hours straight, I feel more tired because I’m not used to the extra sleep.  Doesn’t make much sense, does it?

It’s been awhile since I last posted and I’m finding it difficult to know what to write about (you know, besides poop and the tiredness :P).  I haven’t been in the best of head spaces lately, battling some depression again and starting to hibernate at home a lot.  I know it’s important to get out and do things, but some days just getting dressed is a major task.  Never mind doing my hair/makeup, getting Gabe set up to go out, and Mya organized.  I’d just rather not bother.  The best days are the Fridays Jordan is home and he can take over for a bit.  Some days just changing Gabriel’s diaper is a challenge for me.  Add in Sofia to that mix in the evenings and I’m exhausted and overwhelmed.  It’s honestly a good thing she’s older as it would be a million times harder if she were a toddler.  I swear some days she cries more than the baby does.

But we continue on…just try to take each day as it comes and not look too far ahead.  It’s a challenge but I’m working on it…

Farting in the bathroom..

Hahaha, I’m just like brother!!!

Farting in public..

I farted.  It’s okay, Mom, people do that.  If it smells bad just don’t breathe it.

On forgetting..

I don’t forget cause I think every day!

The stubborn factor..

I want to do lots of things, just not what you want.

Ohhh, so funny..

It’s funny to you but not to me.

Size matters..

My brother is soooo fun.  And so heavy.  SOOO heavy.  I can’t even push him!

..Sofiaisms, it's all about poo..