Saturday, January 16, 2016

a year of favourites

This year I will not be participating in a 365-day photo challenge, but I will certainly be grabbing my camera and capturing my perfectly ordinary, beautiful life. Today I thought I would share my favourite picture from each month last year. I love that my favourites come from both my big camera and my phone, in the end, it's about the memories, not the perfect capture! 

January



 February


March

April


May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December



Thursday, January 14, 2016

365/365 - the end of 365 days!

December 31
Wow! I made it! It's the end of the year and the end of my 365 days of pictures. It has been quite the challenge, thankfully, for the most part, I've enjoyed it, but I have to admit there were certainly those days when I felt completely uninspired. Now that I sit here on day 365 I am so happy that I have a whole years worth of memories. I am glad that I took the time to stop my busy life and search for something worth photographing each day. 

Photography is such a gift to me. It affords a place to express myself creatively; it documents the lives of my family, and it reminds of all the beauty in my life.

So without further adieu here is day 365.




Tuesday, January 12, 2016

364/365 - aquariaum

December 30

Our main reason for travelling to Boston is for our hockey lovers to spend some time with their favourite team. However, today we squeezed in a trip to the Aquarium. Despite the crowds, we had plenty of fun and managed to learn a thing or two. By all accounts, I'd call this day a success!






Sunday, January 10, 2016

361-363/365 - for the love of the Bruins

December 27
They are off to see their first Boston game of this holiday season.

December 28
We are on the road to Boston so the two Bruins Fans can take in a few hockey games, including the Winter Classics.

December 29
Proud daddy is taking his girl to the Boston TD Garden for the first time. 

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Friday, January 8, 2016

359/365 - christmas morning

December 25
Merry Christmas!
Although the girls don't wake as early as they use to on Christmas morning, the excitement still feels just as palpable. We take our time, unwrapping one gift at a time trying to be fully present. It's a special and sacred morning.

Their Christmas list were pretty modest this year. However, we had a couple of surprises up our sleeves.

This precious girl was moved to tears of gratitude.

And this hockey loving girl was one over the moon with joy.

It was a beautiful Christmas morning, and, after all, the gifts were unwrapped my heart overflowed with joy. I am eternally grateful for my sweet family and the great memories we are making together.


Tuesday, January 5, 2016

358/365 - christmas eve

December 24

For me, Christmas Eve is the most magical day of the year. All the presents are bought and wrapped, the house filled with beautiful warm light and thoughts of Christmas morning whisper of joy. 

My love of Christmas Eve dips back into my childhood when after church friends and family would gather around the Christmas tree in my childhood home. We’d sip punch, eat goodies and my brother would fill the room with his gorgeous guitar music. We’d sing (or, at least, try to sing) Christmas carols and the magic of Christmas filled our souls.

That magic still lives within me, and my intention is to sprinkle some of those happy memories in our little family. While there isn’t any guitar music, we do have Christmas carols coming through speakers. We join great friends at church, and they come back to our home where we sit in our living room around our Christmas tree. We sip wine, eat goodies and share an evening of great conversation. 

At the end of the night, after our guest had returned home, the four of us climb into our bed and read Twas the Night Before Christmas


It is a night that indeed feels a little magical and certainly rich in tradition.