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I am not ready to give her up!

It may be ridiculous, but all I can be right now is sad.

Summer hasn’t even started yet, and already it’s too short.  Two months?  That’s barely enough time to picnic, forget finishing our unpacking, fixing up the house, gardening, heading to the lake, and all the other things we want to do.  We’re going to blink and it will be time for school again.

Autumn used to be my favourite time of year.  I loved the weather, the leaves, the fact that most folk stopped coming to the lake – leaving it just for us…  I loved everything about it.  Now I’m dreading it.

Autumn this year means my baby is leaving me.  And the kicker?  I’m the one who convinced her to give grade one a try, she wanted to stay home and have me teach her.  But Ms. Jackson, the grade one teacher at Mayfair?  She’s fabulous.  Is so obviously passionate about her kids, and I just know Lily-Ann could learn so much from having her be a daily part of her life.  I’m just so not ready to give her up.  Not even close to ready.

Moving from Pre-k to Kindergarten was hard enough.  I still miss our Friday afternoons.  But the idea that come Fall I will only have my girl for a few hours every day???  It’s just too much.  I honestly cried myself to sleep last night.  It’s ridiculous, I know.  I can’t help it though.  I am not ready to give her up.

We haven’t even started Summer holidays and already I’m depressed and upset over Summer coming to an end.  How the heck am I going to make it through?  There isn’t enough time in the world to prepare me for giving up my daughter full time to the school system.  Can’t she go part time?  Honestly?  Truly?  Is that an option?  Because THAT would make it all better.

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Chihuahua Beach!

I was looking through my photos, getting ready to begin edits on the next shoot, when I stumbled upon a couple shots I took of Sweets – the old man Chihuahua.  Totally blissed out at the beach.  Ever since we made it out to my parent’s cabin a couple weeks ago, I’ve been doing my best to get us back out there…  and I think these images explain why.

Sweets really was completely blissed right out, he’s a lake dog if ever I’d met one.  Totally and completely in his element, exploring, sunning, and just generally enjoying everything about being at the cabin.  And there is little that makes me happier than seeing someone I love so very happy.  I have to admit, sometimes I forget just how short a time this old man has been a part of our family.  Seems like he’s always been here.  🙂

Exploring the Beach!

 

Siesta in the Shade!

In other news…  keep your fingers crossed that our little old man chi may soon be a Daddy (again).  Knock on wood, we’re hoping to have puppies this Autumn.

Summer Birthdays Stink!

I don’t care what some folk try to say (generally in a reassuring fashion to a child), it stinks having a birthday in the Summer.  Seriously!

Kids who have their birthday during the school year get to enjoy celebrations at school with their classmates.  When they are young their teachers always make a big deal about their special day, when they are older their chums decorate their locker and arrange surprises during the day…  Kids born in the Summer don’t get any of that.  Heck, they’re lucky if they get to even have much of a party.

The girl’s birthday is tomorrow, and her party is on Saturday.  She’s going to be five.  Which, honestly, I can hardly even believe.

Before school let out we gave out cards to her school friends with her email address, asking them to drop us a line so we could invite them to her party once we had plans in place.  Only two of the eight kids she gave her address to actually contacted us with their mailing addresses.  Thankfully she’s got friends from the year before whom she still loves, as well as lots of cousins.  Except that only one friend has actually RSVP’d saying he’d be there… one friend, one cousin.  Like I said, birthdays in the Summer stink for a kid.  We’re hopeful that some people just don’t know what “RSVP” means, and that some people will just show up on the day.  We’re actually banking on it.

My birthday was always awesome.  Every second year it would fall on a school day, and on the alternates it would be during Easter break.  So half the time I was on holidays and half the time I got to celebrate at school.  It really was the best.  I absolutely loved it.  And even as a kid myself, I always felt bad for those kids who had their birthday during Summer vacation.  In theory it may seem like a great time to have a party, but as a kid?  Those parties pretty much always fell flat.  😦

sad and lonely birthday bear

lolz cat - why no one comes to mai party

Crazy weather and feeling down under.

I wrote this post yesterday, but it failed to upload. I’m out and about briefly right now so am attempting to send before I’m back home and cuddled into my bed again. We are still without Internet after the storm, but as I mentioned below we’re better off than many.

I’ll admit, if this actually posts? I’ll be shocked. We’ve had some rather severe weather here the last couple of days. It all started yesterday around 11:00, but it looks like we’re mainly in the clear now.

We had tornados, super intense winds, hail storms, lots of thunder and lightening… It’s been a little intense. I’m surprised we have as many trees still standing in our yard as we do.

We actually got off pretty lucky. Aside from a lack of Internet starting at about 2:00 today, and a bunch of huge branches down in our yard, we’re a-okay. Some towns have been without power since yesterday, and some folks don’t have much of their houses left. With me being sick in bed all day it was almost like today’s craziness never even happened.

My being sick ended up being a bit of a blessing in disguise. It was the girl’s first day of Summer vacation, so she had big plans. She would have been upset over Mother Nature ruining her day, but was okay with it being wrecked because I was sick.

The two of us grabbed her crafting buckets and spent the day in bed. Drawing some “old school” G1 My Little Ponies, coloring pictures she printed out, and playing games of X’s & O’s (that’s tic tack toe for those not in the know).

The girl is fast asleep beside me now, and I plan to join her as soon as I attempt to submit this post from my iPhone. No late night TV time for me tonight. I need to get better so we can start her Summer holiday’s “for reals”. 😜

Saying goodbye to pre-k

The girls class, for their very last day of pre-k, did a grand wind-up at the spray park and playground half way between our house and the school. The kids all had an absolute blast! But I’ll admit to some mixed feelings.

On one hand, I’m super happy for Summer to finally be here. I was so busy as camp co-ordinator last year that I missed out on a lot of regular Summer holiday stuff with the girl. I really have been looking forward to spending this Summer doing all the stuff I missed last year.

On the other hand? Rhonda and Tracy have both become such a huge part of our lives over the last two years, saying goodbye was awfully difficult. They really were so wonderful, and the girl and I both looked forward to seeing them four days a week. They will be sorely missed.

Okay, onto something cute before I cry. 😉
Here’s the girl and her buddy Parker, cuddling to warm up.

Well, scratch that… My attempts to upload have failed repeatedly. Oh well. Guess I’ll have to try another day.

Night all! Be good to one another.

Summer with the Kzyzyk family – photography preview

It may seem like some cruel and unusual punishment to share photographs taken on such a gorgeous Summer day on a day like today, but better today than mid-January when it’s -40 out.  😉

Wow.  Okay.  That’s really all I’ve got to say.  LMAO  I’m still having trouble fighting off that stomach bug and I’m about ready for bed right now.  So instead of dwelling on that, let’s focus on something lovely – a gorgeous family enjoying the sunshine and one another:

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I’m sorry not to write more.  The Kzyzyk family were absolutely lovely to work with, and I don’t meant to downplay that in the slightest.  I really am just too exhausted and too ill to form any more cohesive sentences.  Hope you’ll forgive me.

Thank you for noticing!

In my role as photographer, I often go out of my way to help ensure the comfort of my clients.  And that includes trying to keep them out of the scorching, midday, summer sun.  I try to keep afternoon shoots indoors at this time of year, but occasionally a client will have their heart set on being outside.  So, I’ll put myself in the line of fire trying to keep them as cool as possible – a family photo shoot that ends in the E.R. dealing with sunstroke or worse is hardly the type of memory I’d like to leave people with.  Most of the time, folks don’t notice.  And honestly?  I’m okay with that.  But when you do notice, and you take the time to inquire as to my comfort, I do appreciate it.

One of my shoots today was outside, shortly after high noon, with the blazing heat beating down on us.  And as always, I did my best to keep the family comfortable and feeling good about things.  This time though, my efforts did not go unnoticed.  They saw me in the direct sunlight after ensuring they were in the shade, and though I laughed it off…  I appreciated their concern.  It’s nice that they noticed.  It’s nice that my efforts were appreciated.  I am glad I could help make them feel more at ease, and I’m glad I was there to help capture a few special moments for them.

Exciting times ahead…

I just got home from a Programming Committee meeting with Camp fYrefly SK.  Super exciting things on the horizon.  The next couple months are going to be pretty amazing, and camp this year really is going to the best yet.  If you haven’t got your application filled out yet, I strongly urge you to hop on over to the Camp fYrefly website as soon as you’re done reading this post.

Application deadline for Youth Leaders and Adult Volunteers is June 15th – that’s only a couple of weeks away.  And the camper deadline (though it hasn’t been officially set yet) will not be much past that.  August may feel like a world away at this point, but it’s closer than you think.

It’s going to be a crazy busy Summer for me.  So very much to do, but such exciting work towards such an amazing end!

camp fyrefly saskatchewan - a leadership retreat for queer and gender variant youth

Starting to get busy….

It looks like my “lazy” dayz are coming to an end.  I am going to have six months of pure busy, completely immersed in the things I love.  Photo sessions galore, meeting and working with amazing LGBTTQA youth, dog shows every few weekends, and with only a few more months till Summer – I’ll have the wee girlie home with me all the time.  It’s exhausting thinking about it.  LOL

This won’t be a pace I could keep up indefinitely, but with a concrete end in sight?  It will be one amazing time.  For a while, it was all on the horizon…  but as of this weekend, it’s happening now.  I’m exhausted, laying in bed next to my baby girl, but given a little time I know my body will get used to this new level of busyness.  For now though?  I’m happy to be laying in bed rather than laying in snow – like I was doing earlier today.  LMAO  Anything for the shot, right?  It’s not the first time I’ve been in snow up to my neck to get the photograph I wanted, and it won’t be the last.  😉

Chuga chuga chuga chuga choo choo…

Soon the Kinsmen Park rides will be shut down until next Summer.  It’s an event that marks our passing into the dark half of the year, every year.  It’s been something I’ve measured time against all my life (because, yes, I’ve lived here in Saskatoon my entire life). I always find it a little sad, but as Winter comes and goes, and Spring returns… sure as anything, the rides open up again every Summer.  🙂

So here’s the wee girlie on the train… what is sure to be one of her last trips of 2010.

Choo Choooo

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