Friday, August 30, 2013

{A New Location}

I'm excited to share with you all that my photography blog has now moved!  The last few weeks I've been working really hard on setting up a website.  And you can now find my photography updates here:

I am going to keep this blog active but am unsure of the direction to take it.  I may just use it to update with personal things.  But for now if you want to see what's happening in my photography world.  Please check out the website!  Thanks!!

Monday, August 5, 2013

{Blueberry Picking}

Last week we headed out after dinner one evening to go pick blueberries.  We found a local farm and spent an hour or so picking these little pockets of flavour!  The kids did great - they even 'helped'.  And now I'm happy to report that my bowl which had around 25 cups of blueberries is now empty!  The blueberries have made their way into jam, two crumble pies and numerous berries for the freezer!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Summertime is one of my favourite seasons (the other being Fall!).  Not only do we have hot days and warm summer nights, summer is the time of delicious local fresh food.  I love the excitement that planting seedlings brings but I am even more excited to watch the plants grow and then harvest that food!

When summer is about half gone it almost means canning season.  Whenever a fruit or veggie is ready to be harvested, it always brings me back to my childhood.  I remember the days that my grandmothers, mothers, aunts and cousins would all gather together and we'd spend the day canning peaches.  We'd have to work through at least a bushel of them if not more so that their deliciousness could be preserved for us for the winter months.  There is nothing better than fresh local peaches! 

Or as I'm ending beans it brings me back to sitting under our tree in the backyard with my mom, brothers and sometimes grandmothers as we ended and cut bags of beans.  At the time I know I didn't like it but those were great memories!

And so as with passing on traditions from one generation to the next, I am making it a priority in our lives to preserve the seasons.  I want my children to know the importance of growing, harvesting and preparing your own food.  I want them to know where their food comes from-- not just from the grocery store but from the earth.  I want them to know that eating locally and eating is season is important.  And you know what-- they are excited!  My daughter eagerly wants to check the plants and how they are doing every day.  She gets really excited when she sees a red tomato or another massive zucchini growing! 

Yes growing your own vegetables and fruit can be time consuming and yes travelling to local orchards and picking your own fruit is time consuming and yes it is more expensive.  But the benefits and richness of getting to know where your food comes from is truly an amazing blessing! 

So get out and pick some local fruit or vegetables, I'm convinced you will be rewarded with some great produce and a great experience!

Oh and our cat wanted to get in on the posing!! Isn't she a natural :)

Friday, August 2, 2013

I clearly do not have enough time in the day to get caught up on posting my pictures!! It has been busy -- with vacation, summer canning and just enjoying the beautiful weather!  I am also in the middle of an exciting development in my photography journey and it will be revealed to you in a few weeks time, so stay tuned!!

We are expected our third baby to arrive sometime in December and this past week we had our ultrasound and our very busy baby is growing well!! We were also able to find out the gender of our baby and we are so excited to announce we are having another Girl! I am excited and nervous at the same time.  Both my husband and I grew up in male dominated houses, with there only being one girl in each family.  I have four brothers and he has one sister and three brothers, so girls is a new thing to me.  But I am up for the challenge and besides girls have way cuter clothes :)

We went out last night for a reveal photo session with the family.  We wanted to use some beautiful summer golden light and we found it!  Enjoy!

 Oh and Roelof wanted to try this one again!  He loves doing these shots!!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

The other day we had some pretty crazy weather!  The day started out hot and very humid but as early evening approached the threatening clouds rolled in along with torrential rains.  As my son and I sat on the front porch watching the incoming storm I captured some memories.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

This was the first time in three years that I was able to view the Canada Day Fireworks.  After a wonderful, event filled day for out family, we headed out to check out the local fireworks.  Our daughter loved them, but she always has loved them.  Back when she was two Roelof took her to her first display of fireworks.  We were still living in Grand Rapids and they were able to watch an incredible 4th of July show and she loved them!  Our boy, well he's a different story :)  He doesn't even like the noise of lawnmowers so we knew he probably wouldn't like them.  Sure enough, the first boom had him screaming.  But he survived and now when we ask him if he liked them he says "Un Huh".

This was my first time attempting to photograph fireworks.  I armed myself with my camera, tripod, remote and a great ClickinMoms blog post found here! 

I had a blast and I'm super excited with how these turned out!