10 on 10 april

Last week i took the girls out to do some location scouting for my cousins up-coming wedding. the first photo i took, i asked them to pose like a bride and groom and this is what i got - haha... (susan & rob - take notes!)  after that, they were busy collecting shells, looking for seals and climbing all over the rocks.

the beach had these adorable blue adirondack chairs that overlooked to open ocean, it was truly breath taking being there. ruben and i agreed that one evening we should go back sans kids and have a coffee together. you know... without the screaming kids that scare you to death that they will fall off the cliff side.

so anyways - while i took these i thought of all my lovely canadian friends who are not having such great weather. jodi, sonja & geneve - anytime you want to come visit, you know you have an island travel guide right here! :)

maria - you are just as spoilt as i am with the weather we are having!

so head on over to maria's blog and check out her 10 on 10 for april! thanks for following along...

mar: elise is 8

my personal challenge theme for march was - elise! my lovely sweet firstborn. my first pancake.

i remember the day she was born it snowed. i held her in my arms and she looked strait into my eyes as if she knew everything about us. i always felt elise was wiser than her years. which isn't always a good thing. there is no persuading or distracting her once she has set her mind to something, no fooling this kid - trust me!

but she is also one of the most thoughtful people i know. always thinking of her sisters and wanting to do good. you can usually find her in her room drawing images to a story she has written or making a friend a rainbow loom bracelet. 

her favourite bedtime story would be any story from my childhood where i would tell her all about growing up in jamaica, and all the silly things i used to do at her age - she loves it! and while i love all my kids the same, i know that when i'm old and grey that elise will be the one out of the three girls driving me around town to fill my old lady prescriptions. olivia will probably be on a concert tour - but that's a whole other blog story...

here are some random facts on elise as of now:

favorite food - chicken pot pie

favorite animal - wolf

favorite thing to do - play hockey with daddy

what will you be when you grow up? - a traveller

favorite colour - blue

favorite movie - Rio

what is something you wish for? - a dog 

what makes you happy? - when someone tries to make me laugh

what age do you look forward to and why? - 12, because then i can walk home by myself

why do you like being a kid? - because math is easy

what advice would you give your parents? - nothing, i don't really give advice to people

what do you love most about your sisters? i can play with them and i'm not alone

what are you good at? - writing

what do you hope you will get to do before your next birthday? - have a sleepover at lizzy lee.

what is your best memory? going to hawaii with my family!


feb: hearts!

well february has come to an end and it's sad that i can't think of anything interesting to report. kids were sick all month, so now we are just looking forward to spring and our trip to hawaii next week!

my personal theme for feb was hearts, and if we didn't have this hallmark holiday to get us through the month, i'm not sure what would have. the girls had lots of fun making valentines cards for all their friends at school. olivia told me that she is a love expert. i asked her what a love expert means and her response was - someone who knows everything about love and can give advice. so if anyone is having a crisis, you know where to get some sound advice ;)

Hope everyone had a great february! now lets bring on some warm weather!


jan: all that glitters is....


gold was my personal challenge theme for january. i tried to capture as many gold images as i could for the past month, but my project didn't end up being as great as i thought it would be. first off - the lighting is pretty sad in january, by the time i got home from work, i barely had any time to take any photos. and second - the kids have been so so sick it isn't even funny. so here are my overdue images of january. our sad, gloomy sick month. i'm hoping february will be better to us!

10 on 10 january

portraits of my middle child. january 10 on 10.

This year I am taking part of a 10 on 10 project with 4 other Canadian photographers, where we will post 10 photos on the 10th of every month. you get to take a little trip across canada and follow our little blog circle to see what the lives of 5 photographers looks like. I feel very lucky to be a part of this group of ladies. not only are they extremely talented - they are kind, supportive and just lovely! so when you are done reading make sure to click on the next link at the bottom!

i wasn't planning on using these photos of olivia for my january post. i took them a few days ago when the sun was pouring in - something i have missed over the dark holidays. i played with the light and shadows while she watched tv and captured my 10 photos. by the end she figured out what i was up to and started hiding her face.

now head over to maria's blog to see her 10 photos for january....  maria angerilli photography 

summer 2013 | victoria bc photographer

we have kicked off our summer vacation with a little trip up island. i would love to start off by saying how magical the trip was with the kids. but honestly - it was a lot of bickering and fighting...are we there yet?...i'm cold... i'm hot...this sucks...the list goes on and on. we didn't have an agenda set or anything, we knew our favourite spots and found ourselves at combs daily enjoying ice cream and bee-stings. we also visited tiger lily farms and went at the end of the day when it was quiet and got to milk goats, feed baby farm animals and ride on ponies.

olivia was quite a treat this vacation. i'm hoping it's just a 5 year old thing and something that will pass, because seeing englishman river falls to her was 'the worst day of her life ever' LOL. our favourite stop was the kinsol trestle off shawnigan lake road. the trestle is the largest in the commonwealth - it's huge! and has been rehabilitated from its original condition so safe for everyone to walk across. 

i didn't realize how many photos i actually took until i got home and uploaded them up. so here they are - my favourite shots from our trip :)


my on the go baby sippy cup - a hole in the cap of a water bottle ;)




we found a bridge | victoria bc photographer

We found a bridge the other day not even two minutes from our house. Well - Ruben, who is training for his half marathon mentioned the bridge after one of his nights running and how neat it was... so the girls and I went there for a walk. I brought my camera to try and get some photos but Elise was being moody and didn't want her photo to be taken. Olivia always loves getting her photo taken, maybe a little too much. Here are some picures from our little walk...


Penelope's first year - a snapshot

I was looking through my computer the other night, and stumbled across one of these photos which reminded me that I had it in my head to put together a collage of Penelope's first year. Well, we are a little past her first birthday, but I set aside sometime tonight to make it anyways. I have a few versions of these images, some with the girls and some by herself. But this was the easiest to put together. I will need to start doing these yearly now, because I can't believe how fast the year went and how much she has changed.

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hello sunshine

I'm loving the warm weather these days, and the evening light is so pretty. 


nothing better than a cardboard box

It's crazy how much my kids love playing with things that are not toys. They can play for hours with blankets, a stapler and some paper, tape, flowers and cardboard boxes to name a few. I picked up a little car for Penelope from Costco a week ago and one evening when we got home the box got played with for over two hours. It's now dead in the car port. The box was a room, a tunnel, a slide, a privacy screen and much more.

Here are some not so perfect photos of the girls playing, and a few of Elise with her newest obsession - making daisy chains.