“I need to be able to remember…”

Mom, I need to be able to remember my childhood…

I grew up with my mom and dad and three brothers and a sister. All of our extended family lived over-seas so most of what we knew about our family was thru letters and photographs. Anytime we would get to go to Europe to visit there was always a camera in somebody’s hand. Anytime family would come to Canada to visit us there was a camera in somebody’s hand. My mom who; farmed with my dad, managed the household and kept a large garden somehow also found the time to organize all of these photographs and she had made photo albums for each of her five kids. These weren’t just a drag and drop your images and hit the check-out button and ten days later the album is waiting at the post office for you. This was serious business. Developing film, cutting and pasting, strategically placing and removing and re-glueing and letting pages dry and re-ordering from sorted negatives and purchasing album refills and so on and so on. Now as an adult, every once in awhile I’ll sit down with my own children and share some of the memories in those albums with them.

This morning I was just tidying up after photographing a newborn session and Nate came running into the house. He questioned why someone would come and have their baby photographed so I explained to him that photographs are a great way to remember our past, our growing up years and so on. He disappeared and came back dressed like a “cowboy.”

“Hey mom! Maybe you could take my picture outside looking like a cowboy.” I smiled at him, I didn’t want to go out – my to do list was a mile long. Then a little voice told me I needed to take advantage of the little guy wanting to have his photo taken. So we headed out the door.
As we wandered around the farm, going to all the places Nate wanted to go, he looked up at me and said, “Mom, I need to be able to remember my childhood. Like when I go to college and my brain is full of learning new things I might forget about all the good memories and how I wanted to be a cowboy. That’s why I need you to take these pictures. Maybe you could make me a photo album. Also mom, maybe you could post this on the internet.”

So here we are. Capturing Nate’s happy childhood moment of wanting to be a cowboy, in the event that he forgets about this when he’s in college. And we have posted it on the internet – should the internet still exist when he’s in college. I’ll be sure to work on that photo album as well … after all, it’s so much easier to do these days then it was when my mom was busy making albums for our memories!

Western Jersey Junior Spring Show 2017

One of the neatest little dairy show events has to be the Western Jersey Junior Spring Show!  My husband was invited to judge this show back in May and he asked for myself and our 3 children to join him for the trip to Canby OR.  Continue reading

Columbia Basin Fitting & Showing Challenge 2017

This weekend we took part in our 4th Annual Columbia Basin Fitting and Showing Challenge.  Each year we set out on a mission to teach kids how to properly fit and show their 4H or FFA dairy projects.  It’s a day and a half event packed with washing, clipping, showing, learning, meeting new people and for many kids stepping out of their comfort zones and pushing themselves to be better than they were the year before!  Each year that we have put this on has been so different, but this year has been my favorite by far!   Continue reading

Nine months down the road to Slowly Going Crazy!

There are two things I always challenge myself to avoid talking about: the weather and the speed of time.  It’s something we all have in common and it’s so incredibly boring.  So we’ll get those two out of the way real quick.  Today we had a beautiful sunny day, the wind blew and the dust flew but looking at my images from today you’d never know it.  And as for time, well our darling, sweet baby girl is nearing her 9th month of blessing us with her giggles and easy going disposition and I have no idea how it’s already been this long.  Seriously, where has the time gone?! Continue reading

Jacob turns One!

Cake smash sessions are delightfully messy and I don’t think anybody loves them as much as the one who is celebrating their first birthday!  This week Jacob came to visit me, he brought a delicious looking cake, big brown eyes, a smile that just melted my heart and a very big appetite for a whole pile of sugary goodness.   Continue reading

A night of fun at the Greater Othello COC Annual Banquet!

How many country songs can you think of that speak to the charm and love, the can’t get out of here fast enough, the simplicity of a slower-paced life, the impossibility of keeping a secret and the inevitability of dying famous in Small Town, USA.  Before I moved to Othello WA I used to daydream about living in a place that those songs were made of.  I’ve lived here for four years now and have learned there is a lot of truth to those lyrics. But then, Chris and I found ourselves at the Greater Othello Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet and I learned so much more about this tiny dot on the map! Continue reading

the rest of the family is get’n hitched

When I left Ontario to move to Othello with my husband I left behind three brothers, a sister and two sister in-laws (and my parents).  Since then the family has grown, I’ve gained two rambunctious nephews, a spunky little niece and another little niece or nephew en route.  My sister found herself a man and is engaged to be married AND my brother found himself a sweet lil something and is engaged to be married!  All in the space of four years.   Continue reading

Valentine’s Mini Sessions a Success!

So that was fun!  Two days of little children, hearts, chocolates, lots of smiles and giggles and only two almost toddler temper tantrums.  I’m going to call this a huge success! Thanks so much to all of my clients who came out to Ironworks to have a few photographs snapped!  And to Ironworks Cafe & Market, your venue was so perfect and I so appreciate how accommodating you were to me and all my camera gear!  I’ve shared a couple pics of some of the adorable faces I got to see!  Continue reading

Valentine’s Mini Sessions 2017

Red hearts and hershey kisses, happy thoughts and lovely wishes.  Who can’t resist a little bit of fun for Love Day?!  I sure can’t, and to celebrate the occasion I am offering Valentine’s Day Mini Sessions! Continue reading

You’re gunna miss this!

This past weekend my husband and I packed up our three kids and headed over the mountain for the annual Washington State Holstein Convention.   This year’s event was held at the Bellevue Hyatt, a gorgeous hotel, located in the midst of a tonne of amazing places to dine and shop.  Anyone who knows which hotel I’m talking about, knows that it’s a place frequented by people in fancy cars, holding fancy job titles, who live fancy lifestyles.  So basically not really people like us.  Had we made the trip without our darling little bambinos we might have stood a chance at blending in!  But then again I wouldn’t have a story to tell either. Continue reading