Archive for April 2011

day 120 - six kids and a photo shoot

Saturday, 30 April 2011

Have you ever had a spot you've come across where you've thought "I should take pictures here some day." I do it all the time and today I managed to cross one of those locations off the list.

This afternoon, I gathered a group of willing participants with the help of my good friend Lisa and we went out for an afternoon photo shoot. My apologies in advance because I am going to go crazy with pictures here.


Towards the end of our shoot I went to the other side of the barn and discovered the following.

Please GOD tell me their dog's name was Momma.

It was at this exact point that we left.

Next stop: walking to the windmills again along the old rail line and past the sewage lagoons. The walk there had to have been at least 2 km each way and Lisa and I carried the boys most of the way there and back.

Now for four years I've been blogging and every day I wonder what will I take a picture of and what on earth am I going to talk about today. Some days are a challenge and then there are days like this where this blog practically writes itself.

I don't usually give a name to my photographic creations, but this one seems fitting. So without further ado, I give you:

Wait for it....

Cue the Marvin Gaye...

Drum roll please...

Sewage lagoon love.

SERIOUSLY?! What is wrong with people?!

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day 119 - nice hat - does it double as a toilet seat?

Friday, 29 April 2011

What a day. I saw a prince marry a princess. I saw David Beckham in a tux and he didn't say a word (very important) and when Cindy Loo Hoo arrived at Westminster Abbey I almost fell off my couch I laughed so hard. Duuude.

The dress.
The kiss.
The palace.
The convertible.
Prince Harry the bad ass.

Being descended from one side of the family that is entirely British and being a girl, I ate it up. I'm still watching it.

Marchioness Ava Pippa McDougallcott and I even designed our own hats for the occasion.

I spent a lot of time explaining the ins and outs of the royal family to Ava, but at the end of the day it was kind of sad. She wouldn't believe me that these people really exist. She told me they were fiction. Try as I might to convince her they were real, she went to sleep thinking that they are something that exists only in fairy tales. Damn you, Disney.

As the day closes I really only have one burning question left unanswered by today. How on earth does a five year old not only know the words fiction and non-fiction but know their proper usage?


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fabulous friday challenge

Once again it was a hard week to get outside to take pictures. The weather has once again been rainy and miserable.

On Easter Sunday I had some fun with the kids at my parents' house. We were practicing our jumps for the awesome sunset silhouettes we're going to do should we ever find a small exercise trampoline (anyone...anyone...). Gotta love the concentration on Ethan's face.

This is the Easter Sunday outfit Ava wore to church. She picked it out. It was not the hill I wanted to die on, so I caved. At least she had a jacket over it.

Just a reminder of the rules:

1. The picture has to be taken by you.
2. The picture has been taken during the past week and it can be a picture you have posted earlier in the week.
3. Link up using the link to your individual blog post and not your main blog address.
4. Please include the Fabulous Friday button (below) in your post to link back to my site.
5. Leave feedback for five other participants. Let them know what you think!
6. By linking up you are okay with me re-posting your photo here if you are chosen for the top five.

Thanks for participating everyone! Have a fantastic weekend. The linky closes Sunday night and winners will be posted Monday.

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day 118 - princess jennifer ticky mcdougallcock

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Did any of you watch American Idol last night? It was Carole King night and I was confused. I couldn't remember exactly who she was or what she sang. All I knew was she was absolutely terrifying in Alice in Wonderland.

Wait a minute -- wrong Carol. Great. Now I'm going to have nightmares.

Anyway, I give this week a fail. It was horrible. Once they launched into their montage, I remembered who Carole King was and I think my parents even had the Tapestry album. Turns out there were very few songs I ended up knowing and the arrangements were horrible. Here's hoping next week is Led Zeppelin week and that the country guy goes home. I'm putting in my wish list early.

On to more important things. Have you determined what your royal name is and what are you doing to mark the royal wedding tomorrow?

Princess Jennifer Ticky McDougallcock of Arthurshire plans to sit on the couch, eat a few cheesies and drink a pile of tea.

I don't know where you find this stuff Mary & Stephen, but you rock.


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day 117 - i stepped in a pile of sssssh.......

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

aving cream.

Three years old and shaving already. Words can't describe how much I love these kids' shaving kits from my aunt (thanks Auntie Gail).

I know that most of you can't tell my sons apart. I'll help you out by giving you the rationale that Ava gave me the other night: "Ethan's face is always mad and Owen's face is always silly."

Does that help you at all?

I didn't think it would. The first one is Owen and the second one is Ethan.

Remind me to check my bathroom to figure out what Owen did and why he looks so surprised.

Oh my god - could you imagine four of them?! Thank you god of multiple births. I love them dearly, but two of them is PLENTY.

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day 116 - somebody pass the brain bleach

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Running season is officially here. It's time to set goals and figure out what I want to achieve this year. To get this down so there's no backing out, my plan is to run an 8 km race in August, a 10 km race in October and run 100 km total between now and when the snow flies in the late fall.

As I type this, I have run 5 km and I am a broken woman. I'm apparently out of shape, but I don't have to start from square one this year so hooray for that. For now as I build up, there are two key objectives: 1. Don't swallow any bugs; and 2. If you're not going to run the whole thing, at least run past the houses of the people you know.

Check and check. Bravo.

Here's the driveway as I headed out for tonight's run with Michele. The graffiti starts to take shape. Random shapes and letters now form sentences.

Tonight as I walked to meet up with Michele I realized something. Yesterday I bugged my sister relentlessly for downloading Christopher Cross songs to her iPod. In looking at my own iPod I realized that last week I had two downloads: Alvin and the Chipmunks and Hannah Montana. She has the iPod playlist that would make a 60 year old envious and I might get my pocket picked when I drop Ava at school.

Great. Not only do I have Arthur's Theme in my head but I now have a visual of Dudley Moore and Liza Minnelli in bed together.

Somebody pass the brain bleach.

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fabulous friday - top five and a winner!

I am so sorry for the delay in posting the top five - the Easter weekend was far busier than I thought it would be. Here is this week's top five. Once again it was so hard to judge. What I love most about the weekly link up is that there is such a variety of shots each week. This week, for example, had everything from kids to sunsets to a blond wig wearing Jesus. I am loving this so far. Thank you so much to everybody for linking up!

It was a week where I really wish there was a top six. Please do me a favour and pop over to Kimberly's blog and read her post. This week she took to the street for her entry. Reading her post was inspiring and something I will never forget. Thank you Kimberly. Your post and your shots rocked.

Here are the top five:

This beautiful sunset is by Heather. What we loved about it is that it is straight out of the camera and hasn't been enhanced. It's absolutely beautiful.

Andrea and I loved this one by Jaymi. It's peaceful and absolutely perfect.

You need to check out this awesome series by Dina. The processing is truly fabulous.

The thumbnail in the gallery really doesn't do this shot by Marla justice. Love, love, love the framing and how she managed to capture so much in one shot and that the tree line draws your eyes down to her daughter on the swing. Very cool.

And this week's winner is (drum roll please): Tiffany's awesome shot below. The composition is beautiful as is the processing. It looks like a shot out of a Martha Stewart magazne. We also loved that she gave detailed info as to how she achieved the look and she posted a before and after shot. Love that.

That's one of the greatest things about blog hopping. Everyone is so willing to share and there is so much you can learn just by looking around. Thanks, Tiffany!

Congrats and thanks again everyone! And a big thanks again to Andrea for once again helping to judge. Hope to see you all again this Friday!

Make sure you grab your buttons ladies:

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