And I mean, I hardly have time to breath!!! So here's a catch up post!!
Ashleigh: She starts her second year of preschool in a couple weeks! I am so excited and so is she! She misses school a lot! She was a flower girl in my cousin's wedding last weekend and just looked plain adorable!! She just stole the show as she walked down that aisle all by herself. I was also photographing the wedding and you can imagine that taking photos while blinded by tears proved to be quite tricky! LOL
Her printing skills are just excelling! I can't believe how much better her fine motor skills are getting! That was the only area last year that her teachers said she may need to focus on a little more. But I think the thing that makes me smile the most about this girl these days is her singing. I made her a cd with princess songs on it and that girl just belts it out! I love it!! And the songs she makes up herself are just so darn adorable... i wish I could capture it on film! I'll try!!
Jake: Every day this boy amazes me. He's just turned two and potty trained already (well... for the most part anyway). 6 months ago he was hardly saying a word and now he can have a full on conversation with you and compose multi word sentences... it's just crazy! The terrible twos have definitely hit but I love his passion, his drive, his determination and his spirit. I love it! Have I mentioned he's just goshdarn adorable too??
Ted: Well... what can I say about my dear husband? He is plugging along doing his best to support me while I run out of mind busy. All I can say about this man of mine, is that I consider him one of my best accomplishments... I made HIM the father of my children... and man is he a damn good daddy. Thank you hun, for supporting me through this crazy time right now! I LOVE YOU!!!
Me: It's just insane... I truly cannot express how busy my life is right now. I am so excited to say that I am going into business with a fellow photographer named Shannon Stevenson. It's going to be fantastic! Our business is called La Storia Studios and we launch January 1st, 2009 when we kick off our careers together photographing a New Year Wedding and Polar Bear swim! LOL
So between about 16-20 sessions a month, being a mommy to my kiddos, attempting to control the household, getting La Storia off the ground and TRYING to be somewhat social, I have absolutely no spare time. To give you an idea, this past weekend, I had two regular shoots, I shot a birth at Langley Memorial Hospital all night Saturday night/Sunday morning, and then shot a wedding Sunday (in the POURING rain no less!). Whew.
All I can say is thank god for family support! Our parents have soooo been there for me, taking the kids for me when I have sessions, errands, editing, packaging, or paperwork to do. My mother in law, Helen, bought me these beautiful flowers this weekend, just because "I had her grandchildren". Wow. Thank you Helen!!
So basically for any of you who are feeling ignored.. I love you! I really do!! I just can't see straight these days and I am hoping with La Storia opening in January, things are going to slow down!
Luckily, we've still had time to have some fun this summer. The kids have had fun sleepovers at the grandparents houses, we've made it down to White Rock, out camping for the weekend, up to a family reunion, had two kids' birthday parties, and worked in the yard! We're also keeping our eye out for the "perfect" home in Murrayville as we're looking to relocate there. We're in no rush, but Ash will be going to kindergarten there and it would be nice to be in the area. So we have one eye on MLS at all times! ;)
Ok, so that's all I can think of right now but thanks for reading if you've got this far! I hope to see you all soon and I also hope to post some past images from the summer that I haven't gotten up here yet!
In the words of my late Nana: