Wednesday, December 17, 2014

This Magic Moment...

these two and a half weeks have been the blurriest of blurs… 
so much change and adjustment.  so much adrenaline to get last minute projects/work pushed and finalized.  so much daily anxiety trying to get a little bit of each room a little more organized.  so much stress over getting renos done and finding the money to pay them off.  so much busy-ness followed by late nights of uncertainty as to when this baby will arrive.  so many days of false alarm contractions followed by a confused pool of relief, disappointment and frustration.  so many to do lists, so many of them lost, so many of them incomplete and taking time away from these two little beings...  

there are no words to describe how happy i am for having photos taken with Moses and Chloe.  it was a last minute request from another Mama Photographer, a very talented and amazing soul named Kendra from Love Tree Photography.  i truly almost said EFF IT a bunch of times, but her calm cool and easy energy really put me at ease.  i was so caught up on doing it in my bedroom on a sunny day but i only had 5 days left before my due date and none of them called for sun.  i was panicking.  

maybe it's not worth it…  how will i get the house clean, i have no energy right now…  i look and feel like shit, do i want photos of that?…  moses will have to miss school and he already missed Trhusday and Friday when he was barfing everywhere…  where will we take the photos, i don't want to make it a shitshow for her to figure out, that isn't her job, i don't want to waste her time…  maybe i can just set up the tripod and studio light and take them myself…  and on and on

she made it happen.  she drove 70 minutes to our transitioning house and captured me and the kids together in our last days as a team.  

to think, this belly will be replaced in photographs by an actual human face…
that will grow and change and be loved by two older beasties

i love this shot except for how demonically strange my belly looks
but it's the real deal!  

love the composition of this one
it captures so many of my mornings with the two of them fighting for my attention

this is probably my favourite one of the bunch
it's perfect.  i love the composition, the contrast, the texture, EVERYTHING
look at this guy's extreme head of MANE, he is a frigging Lion King!
(…well, excepting how little and bony he is…)

this one is getting framed for sure

story of my life it seems is snuggling this crazy crazy insane middle child-to-be
she is the biggest headache/pain in the ass and my greatest worry but she has a heart of gold and makes me laugh like nobody else… someone is going to be very lucky/doomed to fall in love with her one day…

i can't believe this is only a sneak of what Kendra was able to capture.  i can't believe how close i was to chickening out and saying "Nevermind!".  i think deep in my heart i knew it just was not possible for me to set up anything that would come remotely close to capturing the things i wanted.  i love Kendra's work because she truly captures the emotion and relationship between people which is what i try to do with my work.  her work is beyond skin deep, she brings out the beauty in people by capturing who they are as people and who they are together.  she anticipates moments and captures the height/intensity of the moment's feeling/emotion.  i couldn't be happier with these and the few others that i had the chance to see.  THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i love meeting amazing people over the internet.  
makes me feel like maybe it isn't the worst place/thing in the world!  

Week 2 - Part 2: Make a House a Home

i can't believe it's only been two weeks… it feels much longer already
absolutely love the sunny days when we get to bask in the afternoon sunshine in the dining and living room

our ghetto bedroom also gets some beautiful light on the sunnier days
yes, that weird basket on the right is the baby's Moses basket hahaha, oh poor third baby…
at least this last little one will get a complete buttload of beautiful photos

the kids have been super creative lately, entertaining themselves
they spent a good while making these hilarious masks in their room

Acorn installed our gas insert for the fireplace!!!!!
i can't describe how warm and cozy it is to have this baby up and running

yes yes, the bricks, the bricks…
all in good time.

on one of our shower trips to my in-laws, i found kevin's Beatles' piano book and played a half dozen songs for the first time on the piano as soon as the fireplace guys vacated the premise.  SO HAPPY.

this guy will have zero problem learning to play piano if he is interested.  he is all about pattern, repetition and has fantastic hand-eye coordination

over the weekend, i painted the ensuite washroom.  the walls were just too horrific for me to bear.  once that was done, i continued over in the dining room area.  this space was used to store all the reno materials and tools which is why it did not get painted with the rest of the main area.  there are a few patches that need some mudding, but it's already looking better.

cut in and did one coat on the ceiling...

one base coat on all the walls except the one on the right where we are still working on smoothing out the large crack

over the weekend the washroom walls were all put up

thanks to our friend James (handy husband of Erin of OLFCO) for dropping by and advising kevin on a few areas!

now it's onto the mudding and hopefully tackling the flooring by this coming weekend

this guy is such a trooper.  

i'm thankful for my extensive mobility at this point in my pregnancy.  with moses and chloe, i was completely incapable of so much physical movement, but i'm glad this time around i am able to still help the family run.  i have been pushing out meals with little difficulty which is surprising.  i'm doing my very best to maintain while still unpacking and organizing.  every time one space gets done, another one falls apart!!!  i'm excited.  this is such a very very exciting time despite all the craziness and all the work and the impending deadline of Baby AND Christmas!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas is Coming: Advent Calendar, Christmas Concerts and Decorating the Tree

Advent Calendar 
Day 8 + 9

snowman paper chain

festive candy cane socks from the Dollar Store for Chloe
Gingerbread Man for Moses

we made this cute little paper chain with these tiny snowman sticker backs that i have had for the last couple of years.  the kids found the package in my craft drawers and have asked me for months if they could play with them.  FINALLY, we put them to use!

he broke in my backpack but Moses was unphased

Moses had his Christmas Concert 

i love how he is tall enough to be in the back row 
whereas i had spent my ENTIRE life in the front row

Advent Calendar 
Day 10 + 11

Nutcracker Ornaments and Candy Cane Scavenger Hunt

they've been curious about nutcrackers.  i found little ornaments for $1.50 at Michaels
they had fun searching the house for the 10 candy canes i had hidden.  i totally thought chloe was going to suck at finding them since she sucks at finding things generally, but throughout the day i heard her get excited as she spotted them around the house.

Miss Chloe had her concert Friday
She was stoked all week to wear her special Sugar Plum dress from my sister

she was a lot more confident and prepared this year compare to last year...
(last year's photos here)

i was having a lot of Braxton Hicks contractions leading up to the concert, during and following…
i was admittedly a little disappointed they did not develop into labour

god i look awful

this last photo here reminds me of when i bust out in the kitchen to Madonna's Like a Prayer…

the weekend was crazy busy with more renos.  the Advent Calendar plan was to decorate the tree on Saturday and put lights up outside on Sunday.  neither of those happened.  the tree went up with lights on Sunday night and we didn't get around to decorate until Monday.  the kids were super stoked to find familiar decorations including ones they had made themselves at school!

they did a pretty good job hanging decorations without any assistance
to be honest, i actually really love how they haphazardly stuffed and layered everything

my mom also bought them their own little trees to decorate

i really hate these LED lights but $2 vs $90 a month 
for 6 hours a day is a huge discrepancy

i love christmas

i love having my own little brood to establish new traditions year after year.  i love how these decorations are going to be around for decades and how they will build their own holiday nostalgia that they can then also pass down to their kids…

life is good.  we are blessed.