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The Outtake


I’m not a traditional family portrait kind-of gal. I, more often than not, enjoy the silly, quirky, candid pictures much more. I like pictures that are more telling and open and vulnerable, ones that show personality. However, I feel it is my duty to at least once a year make an effort to take a nice picture. Of course, I forgot to take one while my husband was around (he’s working this week) but at least I remembered before it was too late! I’m shocked that we actually got a nice one with every set of eyes looking at the camera. So this is our prim and proper picture for Christmas 2013:


And this is the outtake:


She’s so much like me it’s frightening.


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All’s Well

Do you ever have those moments where it seems as though the stars align, even if only for the blink of an eye, and you take a deep relaxing breath and you are once again reminded that all is well?

I had one of those fleeting seconds today. Surrounded by piles of laundry and baby toys, I was stitching-up some moccasins for Eli. The Christmas lights were glimmering, the snow was lazily falling as though it had nowhere important to be. My worries didn’t seem so heavy for those few breaths. Things slipped off my shoulders and I remembered that everything will be fine.

I’m looking forward to Christmas this year.

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Feeling the Christmas Spirit.

{all while listening to my favorite Christmas song}


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Pink Lego.

Ammie asked for two things this Christmas.

1. a pink scooter.


2. pink lego.

I was fortunate enough to actually find a pink bin of pink lego, not duplo…lego! I was so excited because I knew that she would be so excited. She sits and watches her older brother play with his lego all of the time. Every once-in-a-while he’ll let her play with him, but it’s all boy stuff and boy colours. The thought of her being able to pull out her own bin of pretty lego made me happy. No more asking, no more dissapointment.

She was THRILLED when she tore off the wrapping paper to see that mommy had indeed listened to her requests and found what her little heart wanted. She’s been building and building and building. Granted, that is Rhys’ hand in the picture but Ammie has it made now. Rhys loves to build and she loves to play with his creations. Now he can build her tractors and kitty cats and he can be the farmer and she can be the horse. It’s worked out rather well.

And, I’m not gonna lie, I enjoy building with the ‘girlie’ colours way more than with the gross ‘boy’ colours.  So much prettier. (And I have to point out the lovely flat screen tv that is sitting behind the yellow house. Those lucky lego people…)

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A Glimpse of a Christmas.


{rhys and ammie in their christmas jammies}

{decorating our itty bitty tree}

{james as the designated gift passer-outer}

{one of the many christmas craft projects}

{starwars + lego + video games = one very happy boy}

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Step-by-Step Guide On How to Ruin Your Child’s Stocking.

Hello and welcome to my EASY step-by-step guide on how to successfully ruin a thoughtfully put together stocking.

Step One: Purchase fun stocking stuffers your little girl (or boy) is sure to love.

Step Two: Pull out the stocking from the Christmas bin.

Step Three: Keeping with tradition place a mandarin orange in the toe of the stocking.

Step Four: Top-up stocking with all of the girlish goodness.

Step Five: Place filled stocking on a flight of stairs with the intention of hiding it later on.

Step Six: Forget stocking has been placed on stairs and, a few hours later, make a dash up said stairs to grab something.

Step Seven: Mid-way through your stair-climb plant your foot forcefully onto the toe of the stocking.

Step Eight: Stop and take a moment to ask yourself why your foot is all wet and squishy.

Step Nine: Slowly look down to see that you have, in fact, flattened that traditional Christmas orange, successfully shooting mandarin goo all throughout the child’s stocking.

Step Ten: Kick yourself for being so stupid.


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