Sunday, December 21, 2008

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Nowell F.

Nowell F.
Originally uploaded by HighlandGhillie
I am making progress.... Nowell is almost done...
Time is running out though!! Flight out is Monday 7am (goodness!! That's early with a 2.5 month old baby!! YIKES!!) Today I (we) rec'd a WONDERFUL surprise - a parcel from my beloved family on the East Coast - what a nice surprise. I miss them very much, and feel very blessed that they thought of us and our new baby ♥

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

3:00 pm yesterday's post turned into 10:49am today's.

It seriously CANNOT be Tuesday Wednesday!!! I am NOT READY... I am close, but not quite there yet.
I have been working away at editing photos and creating this years Christmas pressies. I am happy to say that very few things are store bought (I might be happy about that, but I'm not sure how the people getting them feel...)
I have really enjoyed doing the handmade this year. Probably because for the most part, while doing the computer work, my boy has either been on my lap, or I was rocking him in his bassinet. I will miss it when he moves into his crib, but that is a little ways off yet.
We managed to get over to Scott & Cindy's place yesterday. Their place was warm and welcoming. And we were treated to a delicious brownie, and a really cool Japanese book - the ISBN number is 'ISBN4 05 402 100 x' - it's a book with instructions for fo9lding paper etc to make wee boxex, envelopes etc - very cool, can't wait to try some out. She also gave us this adorable card - I didn't have the time/patience to even do cards this year (emails for everyone!!)
We had a good time and stayed longer than the hour we were going to - so, the baking suffered as a result.
I only managed to get one batch of cookies done. And if I don't stop eating them, there will be NONE LEFT!
I am just about done this hat for _____'s pressie.
And I'm (we are) just about done with this years balls - they look adorable on our tree, so we're keeping them all ☺ yay!

I finished (for the most part) a big project - just a few minor tweaks left, and another project I finished is the Photographic Alphabet...I am quite happy with the way it turned out, and I don't want to part with it - a sign of a good gift?? I hope so. I spent an unbelievable amount of time on them!
Today the boy and I are enjoying his first real snowfall... gonna head out shortly to take some photos ♥

Saturday, December 13, 2008

10:52 pm

What is with this wind and where did today go?? I must say, I am really enjoying the blustery weather! If I can't get snow in these western parts, at least there is windy weather entertain me.

Today I noticed that my boy looks so different than when we first brought him home. and he's only 2 months old. I am so glad I decided to do the 365 blog. He is just changing so much, so fast, it's exciting and yet heartbreaking at the same time.

I went out for an hour (sans baby) today, the usual places, the library to return (what I think are 1 day late) books - I had a hard time letting go of the cheerful Christmas mags. and then to 2 of my *favorite* 2nd hand stores - one of them has baby clothes for 50 cents a piece ☺

I found (much to my delight!) a half (maybe quarter) size fiddle. $20. Including case, bow and rosin... now, granted the strings are off and it needs a bridge, and the bow could do with being re-haired, but the sounding post is standing and even if it wasn't, $20 is the deal of the century. Now I will be able to teach my boy to play (and I'll have someone to play with ☺)

At the other thrift store I found 2 baby crib sized quilts, one was $3.50 the other was $2.50.
Perfect for snuggling up in, or throwing in the car. They will get excellent use for sure.

Then the rest of the afternoon was spent making Cranberry Marmalade, then cleaning it up. This is where I got the recipe, I did make some changes to suit me ☺
Here's what I did:
Cranberry Marmalade
2 med. orange
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 lb. cranberries (4 cups)
1-1/2 cups sugar
2 cups apple juice (real juice)
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 pkg of pectin *I used Dr. Okter's Jam express*
Zest the oranges,
peel and cut oranges up

Combine cranberries, zest, sugar, pectin and juices in large pot and bring to a boil.
Boil, uncovered, until berries pop, about 8 minutes.
add cinnamon and oranges

Simmer, stirring often, until thick, about 15 minutes.

Ladle into jars.
(Made thirteen 125ml jelly jars).

Friday, December 12, 2008

12:10 am

I should be sleeping... Baby is sleeping, so should I right? I'm tired, yet I am sitting infront of this bloody computer. Why?? A few reasons... Christmas pressies, and editing.
I did a shoot today with my boys ☺
I managed to get 45 min (and almost 200 pics - love digital and the remote) before he started to meltdown. I love shooting babies. I liked the weddings too, but when I start booking them again, I want to gear my shoots more toward capturing natural moments...more photo journalistic less "posie" - I'd like to start shooting more babies and children if you've got em, I want em... - let me know, my prices are reasonable - while I fill my portfolio, then they'll skyrocket! lol.

The baby's room used to be my photo studio, it gets the best light...I miss having all my lighting in there, I find I am still using it for shooting - good thing the little man isn't in there full time yet.
here are a couple. I want to edit them as soon as I am done with the 5 other things I have going on...The boy has been sleeping so sweetly allowing me to craft away ♥

Tuesday, December 09, 2008


After being up since 4:30am yesterday my sweet fella took the baby so I could enjoy this:
A hot bath, cup of hot chocolate and some Christmas crafty magazines - it was awesome. And I managed to stay puke & pee free for a whole hour afterward - I've still managed to keep the puke out of my hair so far :) - not a great photo, but I was eager to take that bath...

as a direct result of my bath (and the Martha mag) I decided I should knit the boy a stocking for his first Christmas, it's on the needles, but I have so many other things to finish - we'll see how it goes...I envision myself leisurely knitting away on the plane - this is where my lack of sleep allows me to think that I will actually be able to do just that on the 4 hour flight with a 3 month old baby (we are crazy, yes... but it's not as crazy as me deciding to drive across Canada at 7 months pregnant, now that was crazy - fun but crazy)

I would be working away right now, but the little man needed some grub and a cuddle (and I needed coffee...) He's finally into his Halloween sleeper (from his Aunite S) it is so cute, I don't care if it's not very Christmassy... He's wearing it! (click pic to see other photos of this little lamby)I am almost done the body of the WeeWonderful doll I am making I am looking forward to going thru my stash for the clothes, the doll is for my niece's Christmas pressie (was that not clear?) she's 2 already! hard to believe...
Ok, the little man is back to sleep, I've read some of my daily read blogs and I'm almost done my coffee (cup #1) so, I'd best get to the arms of this doll...

Monday, December 08, 2008


My day started at around 4:40 this morning...I've already had a cup of hot chocolate, and am now drinking a coffee/hot chocolate/whipping cream concoction - very tasty (and almost like a meal)
Baby boy and I have been listening to Christmas carols since about 5am. He was not interested in sleeping...I even tried the swing, he'd sleep on and off for about 10 min at a time.
Sleep when the baby sleeps, yeah right. at around 5:30 I thought I was going to get to go to sleep, but then he leak through his diaper, pj's onto me, the pillow and the (ugly-on-the-way-out-anyway) couch, so onto the 3rd set of jammies for the night (must remember to point the fire hose DOWN)
I have a pile of unfinished Christmas pressies to complete.
He's been asleep for almost 30 min now (in a row!) He must've puked on me caz I can smell sour milk... what to on pressies, sleep or take a bath... The choices are ENDLESS!!
as tired as I am, I wouldn't trade my milkbaby and the sleepless nights for anything

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Christmas Greetings

Christmas Greetings
Originally uploaded by HighlandGhillie
A bit early I guess, but I am getting ready to make and write out my Christmas cards Babies are good fun for this. This little man makes me so happy... even in the middle of the night.....

Monday, October 27, 2008


A photo blog for friends and family far and near that are interested in watching our boy grow.
Thanks Cindy for the sweet little boy quilt (and the food, and the pie and the baby pressies... you've really spoiled us - and the boy!)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


Originally uploaded by HighlandGhillie
we love him

Monday, October 20, 2008


20 days post c-section and I am finding that day by day it's much easier to get around and get stuff done. I hate that I had to have a c-section - it's a weird statistic that I didn't want to be part of - but seeing as there was no other way to get my baby to come out safe and sound, it was totally, totally worth it. I love watching him stretch with all his little boy might.
One of the nice things about getting around easier - besides being able to take care of baby boy :) myself - is having the energy to start taking pictures again.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

sweet baby feet

Baby boy is now 19 days old. Granny left today :( we are going to miss her very much. It's very hard to be so far from loved ones.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

On the needles

Baby boy is eating lots and growing fast. He's such a good baby (so far anyway!) very easy going, and loves a good snuggle. He's been 'helping' me complete UFO's (like this little doll size sweater) the pattern for it can be found at The Purl Bee - it's an easy cute pattern. I (hopefully) am on the mend - it's almost been a whole day with no bleeding from the c-section stitches. I can't wait to get out of the house more with this cute little fella.

Monday, October 13, 2008

12 days of Thanks Giving

This has been the craziest 2 weeks of my life.
The most exciting and happiest - by far - but the craziest too.
I can honestly say I don't mind the diapers, middle of the night feedings or the crying - not that there's much crying...mostly just me crying... hormones, ya know.
I can live without c-section aftermath... the popped stitches, gushing blood, hospital visits. It is all worth it, but I still don't have to like it.
Yesterday was spent with family enjoying a fine turkey dinner and taking in the beautiful fall day with Baby. He is over 'the jaundice' and is starting to grow good now. He is such a lovable little fella.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Happy Birthday Andrew

Today is my baby's due date. October 8.
But he didn't quite make that date, he arrived 9 days early. I am thankful that he is safe and sound and at the end of my life I will always be thankful that I got to have 9 extra days with him :)
We finally named him:
Though I can't stop calling him baby boy.
We are as most (if not all) new parents are:
tired, exhausted, happy, and overwhelmed.
We are grateful to those around us that are so supportive. As I type this, at 5:29am I have freshly fed sleeping baby nestled against me, and I am enjoying homemade chicken corn chowder soup - thanks Cindy. With our little Bella Dog sleeping/keeping watch at my feet.
a perfect moment in my life.

Friday, October 03, 2008

17.5 hours old

17.5 hours old
Originally uploaded by HighlandGhillie
My water broke 10 days before my due date.
An interesting experience.
it was 2:30 am.
I was at home - good.
I was alone - not so good.
Well, alone sort of - I had Bella there.
Bella the dog.
I get myself together,
and off the 3 of us (me, baby belly and bella) go
I didn't have time to take Bella the dog anywhere, so we all went together - I drove.
after 3.5 hours of calling - I finally got baby daddy on the phone at his work. Got Bella to the doggy sitters and after 42.5 hours, much drama, dropping heart rates and an emergency C/Section... here is the much awaited baby boy.
So much for an October baby.
September is good too :)
we are very tired, but very very happy

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Goodbye Summer

Fresh Flowers
Originally uploaded by HighlandGhillie
Today is the last day of summer.
I am sad to see it go, what we had of 'good' weather that is, but I do love those fall soups, stews, sweaters and knitting mitts and hats. Baby is due in 17 days - it's hard to fathom really, It's been just me for so long, then it's been 'us' for the past 7 years (really?? that many already?) and now it's going to be the three (four if you include Bella...and who wouldn't?) as I type this, baby is wigglin' up a little storm...protesting my sitting still no doubt... urging me to finish up with the nesting

Friday, September 19, 2008

The Drawer Boy

A while back, I was contacted by a theatre group in England asking if they could use one of my photos for their upcoming production "the Drawer Boy" I guess it's almost show time, my is on the production webpage. I'm looking forward to seeing the print material when they send it to me.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Summer's End and Parking Lot Carnivals

The summer might be coming to an end, but there are other things to look forward to.
I love the changing of the seasons - the smell of a crisp fall morning; fall soups and stews, the first fire of the season, and parking lot carnivals and fairs.
My baby is due in 3 weeks, we are very excited for that - I am looking forward to tying my own shoes again. The past few weeks has been spent getting ready for baby. I think we are mostly prepared (as much as you can prepare for the unknown) I will miss having baby all to myself, but I can't wait to meet him/her and see my fella hold his little baby. I won't miss having to pee every 20 min and being unable to breath because some little peanut is squishing my lungs.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

the forgotten wagon

the forgotten wagon
Originally uploaded by HighlandGhillie
It's been quite a while since I've done any Ttv work - or any sort of photography (other than weddings) I shot a wedding yesterday, the bride requested my viewfinder camera for some of the pics. It's nice to bring out the old Argus again. The little bean I'm growing has been moving around like crazy, he/she likes the wee hours of the morning...

Friday, July 11, 2008

rainy day wedding

rainy day wedding
Originally uploaded by HighlandGhillie
I actually had two weddings last weekend. Both outdoors * love that * it poured for one of them, the 3 little girls had the cutest umbrellas. The weather was beautiful for the 2nd wedding. I love photographing the pretty details that weddings provide.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

25 weeks 1 day

I love being pregnant, feeling the little creature wiggling around while I think of baby names and the day that I will get to hold and snuggle him or her. I've always thought I wouldn't want to know if baby is a boy or girl, but I find it's driving me crazy... I just want to know. I've been nesting away, and really am enjoying baking and sewing and knitting and crocheting... when I'm not (still) nauseas that is :)

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Fifteen Weeks, One Day.

Fifteen Weeks, One Day.
Originally uploaded by HighlandGhillie
So this is what I've been up to. Growing a baby.
Until about a week ago, I've been spending most of my time sleeping and trying to keep from barfing. nice.
I had an ultrasound a few weeks ago to find out how far along I am.
It was amazing. An ultrasound makes pregnancy real in a way that sore breasts, throwing up and peeing on a stick never could.

Monday, January 28, 2008

sweet, sweet memories.

I have been traveling through time this past month. I had some [serious] computer issues. They are mostly resolved now, but while backing up photos - photos that I was about certain were lost forever... all of my work from the past year - seeing old photos again makes me a bit heartsick for home and people that are far away or gone from this world. I know it's a part of life, but I can't help but long for them.