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Archive for February, 2011

Jack Jack Jack.  I love that name…and for such a little man it seems like such a big name – yet suiting!  Love this one…”put your dukes up”…lol

Just hangin around looking out the window.

and though Jack didn’t sleep the entire session, as you can see he still pretty much let me do whatever 🙂

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I can’t believe it’s already been a year since I got to photograph and meet this adorable little Miss Chloe.  For those of you who don’t know what Wee Piggies and Paws are – you should really go and check it out HERE!

Miss Chloe a whole year ago…

…and the beautiful little smiles a year later..

To wear…or to eat…

again…to wear or to eat…lol!

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This was one of the greatest newborn sessions.  This little man stayed asleep for the entire session (all of the only 1-hour it took) and didn’t leave me with any laundry?  Unreal! He was adorable, had the cuttest little old man hair and has thi little wrinkle between his eyes like he’s always angry…lol.   Just like dad 🙂 (not always angry but has the same marking lol)

Mom really wanted the rings…so mom gets the rings 🙂

Still sleeping zzzzzz

so tiny ❤

 

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Marvellous Monday

Well, it’s been a week of craziness around this house.  Lots to to think about, lots to just sit back and take in.  As most of you know from Thursdays post, my husband was involved in a head-on collision on hwy 6 just outside Caledonia and was one of the luckiest people I know to have been able to walk away from it!  Our family has been in touch with the family from the other vehicle and we ask that prayers continue to go out for them.  His condition is still critical but he’s stable.  His injuries are such that he fractured his femur, elbow, ribs #3-9, his spine (same as ribs)…he’s intubated and has a chest tube.  Among other injuries – this is what he is suffering, so please keep him in your prayers.

This past week there were a few occasions that past as well…my daughter turned 12 ! I can’t believe I have a 12-year-old!  It’s crazy to say TWELVE?!  It feels like just yesterday I was holding her and taking my first pictures of her…

1999 was the year Mia was born.  February 2nd at 6:20am.  After only 4 hours of labour, she was finally here!  I dreamt I was having a boy…I could see him in my dreams exactly what “he” looked like.  I can’t tell you how excited I was she was a girl! SO EXCITED!!!  A few months later, I got one of my first cameras and you will laugh when you see this next picture, but this was my first attempt at photographer 12 years ago…LOL!

One of my younger days with my new baby 🙂

This past week would also have been my moms 53rd birthday.  She died in 2002 of stomach cancer.  It’s so strange without her here and yet because she lived in London and I lived here…I just feel like we don’t speak on the phone  like we should.  Just like we haven’t talked in a while.  Today I grabbed a scrap book that I made for her and gave to her the week before she died.  I loved looking at the pictures and seeing the styles back in her day…but this wedding picture is the ultimate!  From left to right…my Grandma and Grandpa Kinch…then my dad, my mom and then Grandma and Grandpa Allison.  ❤ ❤ ❤

Lol…this one is a funny one to! I think I was 12 in this picture?

One more for the archives.  In 1998 we went on a cruise through the Make-a-wish foundation.  My sister got it because at the time she had leukemia and obvioulsy the end result was unknown.  She’s alive and well and doing great (and still the biggest pain in my $*&)!! hehehe….

What a week.  I’m finally getting around to beating this cold, Will is healing fabulously and over all we just love our family time and are trying to enjoy every moment.  I also want to send out a big congratulations to one of my best friends…Larin and his wife Jana welcomed a healthy baby boy into the world Saturday afternoon! Can’t wait to take pictures!

Thanks to all my clients in January who have been patiently waiting for their galleries.  I really appreciate your constant encouragement and faith in me.  You are all so wonderful 🙂  Happy Monday everyone!!! Oh – and here is my 12 -year-old playing with our 5-month-old dane….LOL!

Step one…snuggles…

Step two…taste…

Step three…EAT!  BAAAAAHAAAAAHAAAAA

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That’s the song that pops into my head when I look at this lovely baby belly.

I absolutely LOVE working with parents-to-be when they are HAPPY as these two!  You can see there excitement as they walk in the room and it literally lights up!

I also love it when they are relaxed and just enjoy the session as it unfolds.

Dad is so excited to meet his son…daughter…son…daughter…no idea lol…

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A very original name as I’m sure there won’t be a single baby that comes through here again with that name.  I love unique names – and this is one I have never heard before.  this little princess wanted to stay awake, then when she fell asleep she really didn’t want to be touched, moved, cuddled…just left alone.  But we managed to sneak our way through this session and capture her newborn-ness just perfectly.

Another little peanut born at only 6 pounds 10 ounces – was a wee 7 pounds at our session.

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Not only an awesome name (aka “fin”) but now my most favourite age!  DAY FIVE is the BEST newborn age for your session.  This little peanut slept the entire time and mom and dad will end up with a ton of pictures to choose from!  Bring on the day fivers!

Lol…we had him resting on all four limbs!

Requested by mom..

TINY !

…and what’s a sneak peak without one for dad 🙂

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I promised some sneak peaks in January and given this past week have not been able to put them up, but here I am with some quiet time able to catch up 🙂  Last week I got to meet the adorable miss Caleigh.  I got to photograph this families first newborn almost two years ago now and so thankful that they were able to make it back with their second daughter 🙂

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Thankful Thursday…

Wow – where do I even begin?  I am really trying to keep up with my “Marvellous Monday” postings by getting a little more personal in my blogging, therefore forcing myself to actually look over the past week of my life and relive the events, the pictures in my mind and to sit back and just say “thank you Lord” for everything that has happened.  As it turns out this past week has been pretty crazy, and pretty much a blur.  So being Thursday – I have a lot to be thankful for!!  So sit back with a warm cut of coffee, or hot chocolate and enjoy the read (enjoy? We’ll see…lol).

Monday morning I woke up feeling horrible.  Flegm buliding up, chest congestion, coughing…chills.  Just felt like crap.  With a newborn session scheduled for 9am, I cancelled the session – a session that had now been cancelled for the third time (one twin was sick, then the other twin got sick, then when I cancel because I’m sick – I find out the newborn is sick too).  I just don’t think that newborn session is going to happen 😦  Then Monday afternoon we take the kids out of school because we planned a trip to Great Wolf Lodge partly as a birthday gift for both my husband and my daughter.  I wasn’t well, but it’s Great Wolf Lodge so it’s going to be fun no matter what right?  So we head down to the Falls and hit the pool.  What a fantastic place!!

Not feeling top notch – we still had a ton of fun!

At 10 that night, I went to bed while the family stayed up and played Monopoly.  Not just ANY monopoly though…they played Law Enforcement Monopoly! LOL!!  Great game…and it took them 3 1/2 hours to finish!  I slept all night – solid.  Woke up Tuesday with my head feeling like it was going to impload.  Full and sinus’ just killing.  Our day carried on as we spend the rest of the morning and afternoon in the pool and on the slides and just had a blast.  We picked up our dogs from doggy day care at Pet Center and as we drove home, I called in sick to work for Wednesday.  I sounded horrible, I looked like death and there was no way I could work on an ambulance caring for sick people – when I was sick.  So we get home Tuesday night and I go to bed at 8:30.  We had some more family come over to play games, but I just couldn’t so I hit the hay early hoping that tonnes of rest would make me better.  Afterall, the next day was going to be a huge snow storm, it was also going to be my daughter’s 12th birthday and I wanted to feel better.  Mia (my daughter) went to her friends house for a sleep over since school was already cancelled.

Wednesday morning rolls around, I didn’t even hear my husband get up at 4:30am to get ready for his day shif  – a busy shift it was sure to be as I figured O.P.P would be responding to call after call due to the weather.  Off Will goes to work.  At around 8am, I got up to let the dogs out and as I come into the livingroom, there’s my daughter laying on the couch??  What on earth is she doing home so early when she was at a friends house the night before?  So I ask what she’s doing…it’s her birthday now…and she came home because she had thrown up 😦  Poor thing.  It’s always so sad when your children are sick.  Especially when they just aren’t the type to get sick.  Mia is always healthy.  Engergetic, outgoing kid who loves Mr. Noodles, Nutella and watching Friends.  There she is laying on the couch dizzy, and sick.  A lot of good I am going to be as I’m sick too…man I hate seeing sick kids.  I can’t imagine the parents that make regular hospital visits because they are REALLY sick…

Me and my girl on a much healthier day a year ago 🙂

So after checking in on Mia and making sure she’s okay, I head back to bed.  I have to beat the crap out of this cold!  Then at 10 (ish), my father in law comes into my room.  I’m very foggy but thinking “why is he in here” “did I book a session for today and he’s coming to tell me someone is waiting in the studio”?  “Does he want me to get up and come up for coffee?”  You know, when your tired and your sick, and just waking up, all these things go through your head – your almost confused as to whats going on? And my father in law, never comes into my room?  Then he sits at the side of my bed and puts his hand on my shoulder…and says “first…he’s okay”….still foggy and unsure what to think of this I’m not entirely aware of what’s happening yet.  “he? okay? who’s he?” (all going through my mind)…OH MY GOSH WILL!!!  “Will was involved in a head-on collision – he’s banged up, but he’s okay and there are two officers on their way to come pick you up”….well, my heart!  I was calm because Dave started with “he’s okay”, but once I was up out of bed, I realized i couldn’t function – I’m trying to find my clothes (which are EVERYWHERE)…I’m picking up shirt after shirt…it was just crazy!  Finally, I gather myself together, and I go out to give my sick little girl kisses, wish her a happy birthday, – and off I go to the hospital to find my husband with minor cuts and scrapes, but in a lot of discomfort.  His entire left side of his body was internally bruised and causing him great discomfort.  He couldn’t sit up without feeling like he had to vomit and he ended up with sutures to a cut on his head.  He had glass fragments everywhere and we are still finding shards of glass from the windsheild in our bed, on the floor, in the bathroom…

I found this picture on line today through the Dunnville Chronicle…but just before i get to the picture (very low res so not sure if it will come up pixeled or not)…I have to say that Will never drives this truck when he works.  He normally takes a cruiser, or the tahoe (both of which suck in bad weather).  But because the call he was about to attend to where the snow wouldn’t allow other vehicles to get to, he ended up in this truch which ultimately saved his life.  Without going into details, he was hit head on on hwy 6 and his truck was thrown into the ditch.  He was trapped in the vehicle with his legs pinned and he could hear the driver of the van screaming in pain – and there was nothing Will could do but wait for the ambulance.  The ambulacne that I WAS SUPPOSED TO BE ON!  But – I had booked off sick.  I can’t imagine hearing that one of our officers was hit head on – and from what I hear the call sounded horrendous over the air.  THEN to arrive scene and see it to be my husband…I thank God that I was sick.  I thank God that Will took the truck and not the cruiser.  I thank God that no one DIED!  I thank God for sending angels down for both the drivers of the vehicles involved…

here is the truck my husband was driving (both pictures are from the Dunnville Chronicle -found on line).

Will, did not break a single bone.  If you were to look at him – you wouldn’t even know he was in an accident (until he walks)…but just to look at him – it’s amazing.  The road conditions were horrendous, and the vehicle coming towards Will – well lets just say that driver is in need of some prayer.  He has fractured bones, internal injuries and he is critical!

Remember last week when I spoke about my pastor and my church?  Well in that weather yesterday, our amazing, wonderful pastor came to the hospital to pray for Will.  He is truely a man of God! I ask you to come to church on Sunday! This Sunday – Gateway church on hwy 6 just outside Caledonia.  There are two services:  9:15 and 11:15 and there is free day care so bring the kids!

So no, I didn’t get around to my “Marvellous Monday” posting, but I think there is a lot to be Thankful for this day and I am happy to share.  Also…I have been away from my computer until now.  I have over 70 emails to answer, orders to put together, appointments to book and phone calls to return.  Please be patient.  It’s taken over 3 hours to even post this with the caring of both my husband and daughter…I sit in a messy house with laundry to be done and a kitchen to be cleaned…the “to do” list just gets bigger.  But one step at a time 🙂

Thank you so much to Hotsy and Christy for staying with us yesterday at both West Haldimand and Hamilton General Hospitals.  Thank you to all the OPP officers to who responded to this call and who took care of Will before I got there.  Thank you to the paramedics who were on scene and cared for both patients involved. Shannon of Shannon Archeibald photography – thank you for the muffins and soup you so kindly made and dropped off at the house (God bless you!!!)  Thank you for the phone calls today and the texts, the emails and the constant gift of kindness coming our way.  We are surrounded by love and encouragement and we are so thankful and so blessed!!!  Please keep your prayers going – especially for the other victim of this crash.  He needs your prayers more than we do! Thank you, thank you thank you everyone! And Dave – thank you for waking me in the calm, cool, collected way that you did.  I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way 🙂  Will – your my rock!  I love you ❤

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