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It’s amazing how much can happen in a year.

When this little guy was born there were circumstances that prevented us from celebrating as a big family.  Over the course of a year those circumstances have been resolved (hallelujah) and we continue to grow closer and closer.   While I wish we got to know him sooner, I am so thankful for where we are today.

HAPPY FIRST BIRTHDAY ARIC!

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We celebrated a day early this year.  Really, does it make a difference?   I got to spend the day with my Dad and Kenny…. My 2 favorite Dad’s.   I can’t believe how lucky I have been since birth to be blessed with such amazing men in my life.     I am a lucky girl.

We had an amazing dinner of Dad’s Hamburgers, with Roasted Corn Salsa and Grilled Pesto and goat cheese veggies.  The men had Polish beer and I had Margaritas.  We ended the night sitting out on the deck watching a fabulous sky before it got dark and we went home to bed.

A couple entries ago I talked about playing with my friends daughter and maybe that’s more along the lines of the right post for this week’s I Heart Faces challenge HOWEVER… Let me introduce you to my new friend.  Her name is Tassimo and she and I have been playing all weekend.   We played “Coffee for one”, we played “cappuccino by the fire”, we even played “Hot Chocolate just because I SAID SO”     I’m pretty sure this little thing has seen more action this weekend then my Easy Bake oven did when I was 6.

This was my first experience photographing a wedding.  I did this as a favor for a good friend and in the process I learned why photographers charge so much!  This was a LOT of work.

I started by renting another camera just in case mine happened to break or something happened.  Could you imagine if my camera broke and I couldn’t take any pictures… This day only happens once people!  It was too much of a risk.  Since I was already renting equipment, I decided to rent a lens too.   My lesson learned was that I rented the 85mm instead of the 50mm which made close up’s a little more difficult.  Since I had both cameras though, I ended up putting a short lens on one and the longer on the other.

I had been browsing Wedding photography websites for weeks and had a list of pictures I wanted to take.  Since Leslie’s parents live right on the lake in Toronto I had some really great ideas.. Unfortunately, Toronto experienced record breaking rainfall on May 7th (insert pout here).  We ended up doing all her family pictures in her parents house which was beautiful anyway and fairly well lit so it wasn’t a huge issue other then I didn’t get to take a lot of the shots I had hoped to take.

The wedding itself and the reception were both held at the Palais Royale on Lakeshore.  I was so excited to be there because my Great uncle used to go there dancing and picking up chicks.   The building has since been restored but a lot of the same features remain.   There are pictures all through the basement showing the buildings history and the dance floor has been restored to its original bouncy splendor.  Again, lighting was an issue.  This entire day I remembered why I had stopped taking indoor photographs and had moved to almost strictly natural light.   Although I had a super flash, the ceilings were very high and dark which made bouncing the light pretty difficult.


When I got home I started editing.   Between everything else I have going on and my regular day job, this took a lot longer then I had hoped.   I just passed Leslie a disk with her pictures on it this weekend and am just getting around to sharing some with you now.    I have however posted all of them on a weebly website… if you are interested, take a peek:   www.leslieanddave.weebly.com.

I don’t know what’s going on lately, I can’t quite put my finger on it.  I feel like things are just too unsettled at home lately.

With Ken gone it leaves only weekends to catch up on things like Grocery shopping, laundry, cleaning, Gardening, etc.  Our weekdays are filled with Lacrosse, Lacrosse and more Lacrosse.  We usually don’t even get home till around 11pm.  The Dogs are confused, the house only stays clean for a day or two and I’m left feeling like everything is upside down.

A week ago I took a Friday off.  My plan up until Leanne showed up was to finish editing the wedding pictures I did for my friend Leslie and then clean and organize for our Lacrosse Tournament weekend.  This was my plan, very exciting right??  Leanne stopped by and convinced me to come with her and her daughter Maisie to the park…… I’m so glad she did!

We got in Leanne’s car and headed for the park beside the lake.  I sat in the sun, took some pictures, and pushed Miss Maisie on the swing.  We looked for squirrels, fed the birds and I loved every minute of it!  It’s been so long since I got to go outside and “play”.

Thank you Miss Maisie and my dear friend Leanne for a great morning.   Let’s do it again soon.

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