All in a day

All in a day
Tis the season

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

It's Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas

Hmm where to start?  I'm done my Christmas baking 
...if I quit giving it away this is.  Here's just a few photos of some 
of it to tantalize taste buds, I've done way more
than this, but to post it all would be overdoing it. 

 These shortbread cookies literally melt in your mouth, my new
favorite Christmas goodie! 

 I've been to two Christmas parties, the first being the family
Christmas party and the other was this past weekend
at a good friends house. I've been having the time of my life!

This is a dear friend and I'm on the right... even got my hair 
done for this party! 

I've got my outdoor lights up, not all that I wanted to but such is life. 

I volunteered at one special event held not too far from home,
and one that hits home with me.  It was taking photos for the
monthly Aboriginal Family Night and there was an awesome turnout.
They had a couple of traditional dancers as well as two drummers,
 here's one of my shots of one of the dancers. 

I have another function to shoot photos at, more volunteerism and
this next one will be the children with Santa... one event I LOVE doing! 

Oh, and last night I went to visit a dear friend, he'd called me and
asked me to come over but wouldn't tell me why. So I went over
and WOW!  He bought me a gift and wanted me to open
it early, he said he figured I could use it before Christmas...

I am so excited to start working with these lights, and he's
so right. With the photo shoot coming up on Thursday, 
you bet I'll be setting these up!  I'm so excited, I've been
playing with them and tonight the only model I had available...
yup, poor Abbie! lol 

So as you can see, even though I'm finished with my studies
for this year, I've still been extremely busy. Tis the season to
get out and be active, be involved and to give back within 
community. It's a time for me to spend time with friends and
family and to experience the true joys of Christmas. 

My hope is that you're all doing the same... 
taking the time to make new memories. :-) 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Family Christmas

This past weekend we had our annual family Christmas party, 
and what a party it was!  I love getting together with family 
I haven't seen in some time, and the laughter we share, priceless.  
Here's the crew who could make it this year...

Right, I guess this is where I should mention that
we do a theme each year, this year as you can
probably guess it was a pajama party.

We play games and one of the games this year involved
a team of 3, each team was given white and red tissue
paper, one black garbage bag and a roll of tape.  We
had 5 minutes to turn one of the team members into
Santa.  Here's how this one turned out... 

 It was hilarious! I'm on the left, turned out my
oldest son standing next to me was one of the
Santa's, and my other son, who is on the far right
also turned into a Santa. 

A princess showed up at the party as well, I asked
her what she did with my granddaughter and she
told me "She's under the dress!" 

And for those who have been following my blog for
some time now will be familiar with Awesome Austin, 
he is doing amazing!  Our miracle boy without a doubt. 

And back at the ranch, it's time to get my home decorated
for the holidays.  I had a helper tonight and the work isn't 
quite done, but there's always tomorrow and with this
kind of help we'll get it done. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

The Festival of Trees

Yesterday I went with my oldest son, his wife, and my granddaughter
to the Festival of Trees.  I sure enjoyed myself, the decorations were 
amazing and naturally I was toting my camera.  Here's just a few shots
from this event...

There were tons of beautifully decorated trees
 yet I chose to go after the close ups to avoid taking
photos with people in them. There was a super high
attendance and at times it was even difficult to get
the close up shots, but I managed. 

I adore this next one...

The thing which I absolutely love about this 
Festival is that there's plenty for the children to do,
and Elyssa sure enjoyed herself.

She first of all got to ride the train, the LRT, to the Festival.
After we arrived she decorated a tree, 
took some shots at a net, listened to stories,
got to see tons of amazing gingerbread houses,
and she even got to write and mail her letter to Santa.

The big surprise was Santa was there and she was more
than excited to sit on his lap! 
The joy for me, I got to shoot her Santa 
photos for her this year... now that's a treat for me! 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow... Somewhere else!

We've been experiencing relentless snowfall, I'd shoveled the walks today, 
paid one young fella to do them later in the day and currently they look
like they haven't even been shoveled. 

Last night as I was writing the conclusion to my final
paper of the semester I was exhausted and just couldn't
write any more... 

Once I got carried away with this mess I quit for the
evening and finished it up this morning. I'm done with
the writing for this semester, what a wonderful feeling!

It feels so good I thought that I'd try something a wee
bit different, I cleaned off my desk, put the books and papers
away and did this to my desk... I've just begun and
have more ideas dancing in my head
 for decorating my desk. 

Well the clock on my computer says it's bed time, I sure hope
none of you are experiencing this snow we're getting, 
it's plain out crazy making. Highways are shut down, busses
in the city are running way behind schedule and it's
slick driving.  Stay safe if you're experiencing this, might I 
suggest don't go out if you don't have to. 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

I've Been Away Far too Long

Once again I wonder where time slips away on me.  I have fewer courses
 this semester, then one final course next semester and I'm 
done with this education.  Seven years of studies
 and what a journey!

 The lightbulb just went off!  Maybe what I'm doing is finding myself in life, 
outside of the classrooms and exploring what life
may be like once I'm done. Yup, this could easily be it.  

Hmmm so now what have I been up to? I'll take a look into
my photos and they'll tell me a story...

We finally have the bike photos framed, my friend
made the frames from the old barn wood which is
in the lower photo and do these ever
 look awesome!  Better than they do in these photos. 

 Mommy and Daddy went to New York so Elyssa spent 
some time with me...we had a blast! 

We baked...

Made Christmas decorations...

and spent an afternoon at the Treehouse playing!

As I've mentioned I've been busy, busy living, loving, laughing
and learning... right and I've even started the Christmas baking. 

So with all that is happening in my life, I often wonder, 
why I'm feeling so lonely these days?  Too much time on my 
hands possibly, or is it time to (gasp) think about possibly
getting into a relationship? When it's meant to be it'll happen,
or so I keep telling myself. 

I hope you're all doing well and life is filled with many
blessings, both big and small. 


Saturday, October 11, 2014


Hi there, it's been far too long once again since I've
posted, soon enough I'll be settling in for winter and hope
to be back on a more regular basis.  Hmmm now what have
I been up to?  Right, I've purchased a new camera, the Canon
Rebel T5i and I'm still learning the camera.  I've been doing
more portraits and my latest was a pregnancy photo shoot, a first
for me but what fun! 

Here's a few of the shots from this shoot...

Another photo shoot was my niece, those who 
have followed my blog for some time know my 
niece Cheryl who lived with me, well she's back
temporarily and we've been up to our usual Auntie/Niece 
sort of things...

Playing in the hat store

After the mall it was out playing in the leaves, a friend
of mine's daughter joined us as well and we had 
such a fun afternoon. I think it's hanging out with these
young people from time to time which keeps
my spirit young! 

Today I went down to the Farmers Market, it's a quaint
market which has everything from soup to nuts, clothes,
to various forms of artwork. I started to chat with this
one artist who makes beautiful pieces of work out of
metal.  I love his work and he's in need of photos for 
his website.  I love the barter system so I struck up a deal, 
for a piece of his work I'll take photos for his website. I shot
a few photos, came home and played on my computer and
sent him a few photos, he's impressed so now
my Christmas shopping just got easier!   

Here's a couple of the shots I sent to him. 

As for university, I'm down to the two courses and still am 
the PRO of procrastination as you can tell. I'd rather be
playing with my camera than writing papers but the papers
still have to be written so on that happy note... it's time to
dive into a textbook and read at least one chapter tonight. Sigh, 
but at least the end is in sight, I can feel it coming! 

To my Canadian friends and those who celebrate
Thanksgiving, wishing you and your loved ones a 
blessed and Happy Thanksgiving. I know I sure have a
lot to be grateful for! 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Tic Tock

... where is the time running away to?  I've been quite busy,
but the 18th already? Woah.  I'll share some of the things I've been
doing, so grab a cuppa tea, or a beverage of choice, and lets see if I 
can keep up to myself here. 

Friday evening I'd won two VIP tickets for the grand opening
of the Renaissance Airport Hotel, what a hotel it is! I won 
the tickets for a photo I'd entered to depict my 
hidden gem in our city, I chose a Rundle Park sunset.

There was a fashion show, a short ballet show and 
the main feature was the band USS.  My daughter
came with me and we had a blast!

I shot a wedding for a dear friend of mine. 
I'm not done with her photos just yet, however,
this is the intro to her album.  They got married
in a park under a beautiful gazebo. 

Tuesday I did another photo shoot for a
local artist, she's a phenomenal singer. 
Danita Lynn is her name if you'd like to
listen to this beautiful lady sing, she's also a
part of the Dirt Road Angels band. I have yet to hear
this band live, but  from what I've heard online..WOW!

This is Danita Lynn, she's such an amazingly 
beautiful lady, both inside and out. 

I had my friend bring his bike out for a few shots. 

I love the nature shots...

 Wardrobe change...

It's so hard deciding which photos to post of Danita, I shot
over 700 of them but what fun that was!  Just one more...

Me taking a bit of a break...

Hmmm, now I'm wondering when I made my 
applesauce ... I think it was Monday. 

And today I went to watch my precious Elyssa at her
skating lessons, she's so adorable! 

I also upgraded today to a T5i, now I have to learn what I
can all do with this new camera... but other than that,
well I have a paper due in the very near future and I'm about
out of procrastination excuses... so tick tock, it's time
to get writing once again. 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

A Girls Gotta Do What a Girls Gotta Do

Where in the heck does time slip away on me?  First I blink and the beautiful 
long sunshine days are now turning to grey, overcast, short days.  
Then I blink again and it's back in the classrooms.  I finished up a 
grueling block week yesterday, 5 consecutive days of social policy
 and then home to do homework.  These crazy making weeks don't 
leave much time for anything which doesn't involve books, computers, 
or sifting through notes.  

I gave it my best shot to eat healthy, honest I did, with 
one day taking a delicious salad for lunch, the following day
no time to even be bothered with eating so the following day I was 
super hungry. With no time to cook I walked across the street 
and ordered a small donair, this always lasts me for two meals...
not this time, I ate the whole darn thing! 

My stomach wasn't too impressed with me, but a girls gotta do
what a girls gotta do!  Thank goodness this is my final
year of studies, I'm getting educational burnout
and the academic year has just begun! 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Fun Continues

Now that I've returned home a bit of a catch up here.  I went out
to the country to isolate and have some quiet time, time to 
read and do what must be done to prepare myself for the
block week course I have coming up starting on Sept. 2. I ask,
where did summer go?  

I started out staying with a friend, the one who has the gorgeous 
horse, but this horse has been limping a bit so I got to meet
one of my second cousins who is a farrier. I've chatted with this
cousin via facebook, but never met him til now.

Handsome young man who knows his horses! 

Then it was off to a family pig roast, what an awesome time
seeing family I haven't seen in eons. 

There was something for kids of all ages... 
as you can see from the top right photo my inner 
child even came out to play!  Yup, it's been an awesome
week, good people, good food, tons of fun and I even
managed to knock off about 3/4 of my readings. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Cariwest Parade

Last Saturday it was the Cariwest Parade, I love going to this
event as it's so vibrant and colorful.  You'll see what I mean 
through the photos I choose to share...

I am guessing this is Miss Cariwest of this year, she's
absolutely gorgeous! 

There was plenty of dancers and lively music. 

Plenty of pretty ladies...

Young and the young at heart...

Hmmm I have about 50 photos I've kept, too
bad I try to limit myself here to only a few, ah what 
the heck, here's a few more. 

I'm having a real tough time stopping myself 
from adding more, as I mentioned there was so 
much energy, I LOVED it! 

And one final photo...
this is exactly how I felt when I rushed back to my car
only to find the meter man leaving a $50 parking ticket
on my car and there was no way he was going to
let me talk him out of it. 

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend, 
my bags are packed and I'm leaving 
town... again! :-)