On the way to school today Joshua was playing with his umbrella and said “Mom I’ve got my gatling gun full of happiness, it’s my mission to shoot it into the sky. And rid the world of depression!!” – oh you do Joshy, you totally do! HAHA
It’s time to briefly recap Labor Day and our visit with Nathan’s parents who came out to help us settle into our new life on the Island. Nathan’s Dad drove all the way with us, we honestly couldn’t have made it across the border, and then across Idaho, Washington and the ocean on the ferry if it weren’t for him! The trip was long, Dad drove our Audi with Dylan and occasionally Nathan as his company. We had fun driving and camping in our tent trailer along the way, we even stopped in for a quick visit with Grandma Earl in Moses Lake! The kids swam in her pool and she fed us the most scrumptious lemon bars. Nathan’s Mom arrived a few days later by plane to Victoria and they both assisted us in making our house a home. Incredible efforts were made on our behalf and we are so grateful! The bonus is that we really enjoy being together and so even when we are working it feels like a gift just to be together. We’re so lucky!
On Labor Day we took a much needed break from the cardboard menagerie and everyone piled into the cars to visit Fort Rodd. We put together a beautiful picnic lunch and enjoyed the sunshine. Fort Rodd was a fun family outing, the kids were in heaven – especially when they saw the sprawling fort and the lighthouse. It was a hit!
For Mom and I the best part of our labor day was sacrificing our arms, clothing and legs in pursuit of Blackberries. They were plump and gorgeous berries, the timing was perfect! I have never harvested blackberries before and had no clue that they were so brambly and thorny – those bushes will kill you. Luckily Mom was super brave and we managed to collect enough to leave me with several beautiful jars of blackberry jam. She loves me most!
One of my favorite things about Nate’s parents being here with us was waking up each morning and walking downstairs to find Dad working at the kitchen table, overlooking the gorgeous vista of ocean and palm trees. “Another crappy day in Victoria!!” he would say each day. I loved it!
I had so many pictures from this day, Click on the individual shots for a larger image.
Oh my heavens! Wendy and Tyler of Blue Lily Photography came to Alberta before our move to The Island and we were able to snag a family photo session. I “patiently” awaited on our session for a year knowing that they would be coming to the Calgary area and we could finally meet in person and capture our family in photos.
On the day of the session it was crazy – we weren’t sure we could even make it in time driving up from Lethbridge. But made it we did, and in spite of reports of possible rain we had beautiful evening light. The only major issue were the millions of biting and nasty mosquitos threatening our very lives. I joked with Wendy that she would have to spend hours photoshopping them off of our faces.
Between the travel time, and the time of night our kids were crazy monster children ready to pounce. Lola wouldn’t stand still and was constantly escaping and running down the paths yelling “RUNNNNNNNN!!!” Noah was freaking out about ants on his shoes, and Joshy and Brigs were trying to behave but couldn’t sit still or resist trying to parent the other kids. It was a gong-show comedy playing out right in front of my photography blog icon friends! I could die! Wendy in spite of all the chaos was cool, collected and darling – all the time telling me how precious my children were and how perfectly we were dressed. I love her!
Seeing the images today brought tears to my eyes. These are the last family pics of our family in Alberta, they are treasures to me. I love and stand in awe of how Wendy was able to capture such beautiful shots of our family. We love each other and she was able to get that, despite all of the chaos. I can’t tell you how much I recommend the Blue Lily experience, they are the travelling vagabond photographers who just might be in your neck of the woods next. I have many more images I couldn’t share on here, but I love them all – the shots of my individual children are beautiful too. Come over and I’ll show you all the shots! Thank you Wendy + Tyler – we loved being “Blue Lily-fied” and can’t wait to do it again. XOXO – Daria, Nathan and family
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