Wednesday, December 19, 2012

me and my girl

her: age 3yrs and 8 months
me: age 37 years and 4 months

a friend saw a similar picture on pinterest.  
that picture was of both full faces, of mother and daughter.
suggesting the idea to take one each year to watch the changes.
this was the one i did by myself.  
i may still do the other one at some point.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Santa's Claus Parade

My kids look so forward to the Santa Claus Parade.
They love the lights.
They love the floats.
They LOVE the fire trucks and Police cars.
they, however, do not like the cold.
it was a great night, at the end of November.
it was cold.
the parade was a lot of fun.
but by i put my camera away quite quickly.
my hands were cold.
my kids were cold.
no picture of Santa..or any of the floats...just the first fire engine.

so excited

Thursday, December 13, 2012


last winter
Huntsville had the opportunity to host the OFSAA nordic ski.
what a great opportunity for this town.

on day 2 of the events main street was covered with snow.
lots of snow.
i had a chance to get downtown to watch and cheer on our HHS students.

my husband, daughter and dog came too.
my son was up the street with his class.
(the benefit of attending the school right downtown)

it was a snowy, winter day.

main street.

racing down main street

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

CN Tower

i went to a Jay game, a few years ago.
while there, the dome began to open.  
that's right.

this was my view of it.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012


this blog is about my photography.
today my computer is driving me mad.
so i will not be sharing part 2 of the engagement sesh of JW +CE.
part one see here

today i am going to post the link to one of many photographers that inspire me daily.
this is a friend of mine.
Shelley K.
i have known her since she was a wee lass coming, as a camper, to the camp i worked at here in Muskoka.
she has grown into a beautiful woman..wife..mother.  
and a gifted photographer.

check her out.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Engagement Sesh (JW+CE) *part 1*

So, i know these 2 amazing people.
my husband and i were their youth leaders
and they have grown from youth into great friends of ours.
they got engaged this summer.

i was asked to be in the wedding!
so excited!!
i offered to take some engagement photos for them
and they accepted the offer.
what a fun day we had down in Bracebridge, 
along the Wilson's Falls trail.

Stay tuned for part 2...
and the ring.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Friday, November 23, 2012


on the weekend my family went for a walk in our back bush.
my husband is making some bike trails out there.
he has one small jump made.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

on this day in 1943

on this day, in 1943.
John Edward Boyle was born in Northern Ireland.
who is he?
he is one of the most amazing men.

i have the honor of calling him DAD.

he loves me unconditionally.
his family..
his clan, is the world to him.
why clan?
he's from Ireland.
and i believe that the clan attitude..
the you care for your clan, 
your family no matter what.

He was always the one his brothers and sisters called on.
when his father passed away he took over the role of caring for his brothers, sisters, and their offspring.
all while caring and providing for his wife and children...
and 'adoptive' family.

he is the eldest of 9.

in a generation when men were holding kids at arms length.
when the men were allowing the women to take charge of the kids..
my dad held us within his arms.
(which he does with any baby now)
he worked with my mom.

i believe it was naturally within him, 
but also became ingrained when he came over on the ship from Ireland.
his mother was sick on the travels and his dad was already in Canada.
who does caring for the siblings fall to?
the eldest.

my dad is amazing.
my son admires his PAPA.
my daughter adores her PAPA.
my husband appreciates and loves his Father-in-law.
i admire, adore, appreciate and love my DAD.
happy birthday dad. 
my favorite thing to do with my dad.
go for a walk.
my kids now love to do that with him.
*Flashback photos*
my dad, my brother, me.  
dad, my brother, mom, me.
in Northern Ireland.  dad was like a little kid, being back HOME.
it had been his first time since he left as a young boy.
my dream is to take my husband, and kids to Ireland with my dad, so they can see it through his eyes.
taking his grandson, my son, on his first GO Train ride.
i think my dad was just as excited as my son.

running the Terry Fox Run, pushing his granddaughter, my daughter.
little did we know he had cancer in his neck. 

after the cancer was removed.
he was declared cancer-free. we ran the Terry Fox run.
me, my daughter, dad, my husband, my son.

to see a little more about this amazing man check my blog here

Friday, November 16, 2012

at a Snail's Pace

These little fellas were outside of my parents' house.
such fascinating creatures.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012


i miss our truck.
it was so much fun.

*this picture taken with...
i only know it was a 35mm. i believe it was an Olympus.
taken probably 9-10 years ago
 i had to scan the photo into the computer.*

Monday, November 12, 2012

We Will Remember

Yesterday was Remembrance Day.
the hubby and i brought the kids to the ceremony at the Legion.
Then we went downtown for the parade.

Here they come.

The government appointed day has come and gone.
may we remember, every day, the sacrifice given.

Thank You
to all the men and women who have sacrificed their lives for the freedom we have here in Canada.
(i'm a dual citizen, so i'm thankful for the freedoms here and in the States.)

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Photo idea

Yesterday i saw this idea.

i took a favorite photo
(taken with my Samsung phone)
i took this when my boy was little(er).  
and added some script today.

i'm not extremely thrilled with it, 
but i did it quickly.
i don't have a super editing program.

it was still fun, 
to show the idea.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

re*dress (me) *part 2*

*to view part 1 click here*

another big thank you to Cailagh for helping me with these photos.

Just under 2 months from now 
my husband and i will be celebrating 10 years of marriage.