1. This is the day that I will remember from summer 2014:

    Ben, this time last year, You were 1 hour old.  Happy birthday son.  We spent today together as a family and with Kelly and Bruce who made us breakfast and played with us in the park tonight.  

    We took part in all of your old favourite activities  (ceiling fans, toilet paper, the playground) and for your birthday, there were a couple of special ones.  We had ice cream at Atwater Market (you tried both chocolate and vanilla) and, luckily Carmen and Renee spotted us in the park and brought their two pugs over so that you could play with them.  I don’t know if anything could’ve made you happier.  Every time they pug-sneezed, you burst out laughing even though it was far past your bed time.

     

  2. Taken moments (and feet) apart.  In the evening at Jen’s family cottage, the sun goes down behind the hills on the other side of the lake and ‘everything is illuminated’. Procesed in Lightroom, not Photoshop —I swear this is how it looks.

     

  3. As seen at lunch today.

     

  4. Jen on the dock.

     

  5. Shots from the cottage

     

  6. Cottage time with the nuclear family

     

  7. We spent some with Jen’s family yesterday, including her grandmother who is 99 years old. As Jen engaged her Grandma over some old family photos, I snuck a couple of shots as a kind of an unplanned follow up to my last post about my grandfather.

     

  8. Breakfast with Family.  My Grandfather (Pop) who is 91 years old and lives alone in a second floor walk-up. 

     

  9. The importance of Family…

    Our short visit to Ottawa was fantastic -David and Claudia always find ways to make sure we enjoy ourselves.  They are both understanding regarding Ben, and always make us feel relaxed and at home.  This is due in part to the fantastic food that they prepare (artisinal candied smoked salmon was just a part of a great Saturday evening dinner).

    Once you have a you child, you sleep less and get up earlier than most, of course.  We started our Sunday morning by swimming in the hotel pool at 6:15am and had fed Ben before 7:30.  We spent the time after that laughing and playing with our boy until 10:00am brunch.

    It’s the simple things that family does that create and maintain bonds. 

    P.S.  Did you notice Jen’s guns? Pow!

     

  10. Just installed decent lighting in the dining room.  Should have done it long ago but it tool a while to find the right solution.  Additional note: Sippy cups insterted into (candid and other) portraits could be my new stylistic calling card.

    I have found my voice.