Saturday, January 31, 2009

wee diapers


wee diapers
Originally uploaded by HighlandGhillie
I have about 12 or so small diapers that my boy no longer fits into.
So, I heard about someone giving some (they had left over) as part of a baby gift. I've decided I am going to use mine in a similar way, tied with a pretty ribbon and my business card attached for my prenatal and newborn clients. I think it's really cute!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

:: Gingerbread Latte and bartering ::



Today I had made something yummy - a gingerbread latte. It was so good.
Here's the recipe for any of you brave enough to try it (it's so easy, and good)

I read the other day about a photographer that trades her services for, well, other services...I love this idea and while I don't know how I could work it, but I am thinking more and more about it. If you have any ideas of how to go about this (or even something you'd trade, let me know)

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Little Boys keep strange hours

It's now 6:47 am. I've been up since just after 5. The boy is sleeping again, but I have decided to clear some (much needed) space on my computer (sorting old folders can take forever). And while I wait for my dvd backups to burn, I'm reading some photography blogs - One I've been reading lately is {this one} I enjoy her stories about her kids, and crafts. I like her style of photography, it's similar to my own. She made these cute {little hearts} she mentions that she traded a photo session for the felt to make them...what a good idea. It gives me something to think about (in my sleep deprived state) and consider!

I had a very good time when my MIL was here to visit over the weekend (is that weird? any movie I have ever seen that has a "mother in law" she's always evil and awful. I am so glad that mine isn't that way.) We had loads of fun going to all the local thrift stores. we found this adorable wagon at the very first one we went to. I wish she was a bit closer so we could get together more often. I went to my fav one again yesterday (hard to resist when baby clothes are .50 cents a pc) and I got the boy a ceiling light for his room when he's a big boy and has outgrown the adorable {fish light}. The one I got yesterday was $3 and the shade looks like a map/globe thing - pic to follow in my next post (I hope!)

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Photography

Over the last few weeks I have been renovating my {website}
I am glad to be almost done, the only section(s) left to update are the fine art photo gallery and the prenatal online portfolio. I have started accepting session bookings, but my availability is limited to about 4 sessions per week, I will only be available one Saturday per month.
I want to be able to focus on my boy while keeping the quality of my work high.
So, if you are at all interested in booking a session with me, I'd book early (spots are filling up!)

Response has been positive and I look forward to all my upcoming sessions!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Gingerbread and FTP

Yesterday (ok, not just yesterday) I was lamenting about gingerbread cookies.
mmm gingerbread... I ate so many of them when I was making Christmas pressies that I have been craving them. You can imagine my surprise when the doorbell rang and there was {Cindy's husband} with a dish of yummy gingerbread cookies. - I wonder if he made them.
I thought that was awesome! So nice of her! Thanks Cindy! I should've taken a photo but they've all been eaten!

I finally won the battle with my FTP program, well, sort of.
While trying to upload, the FTP program wouldn't overwrite the old file. I wanted to add this photo to my {Services Offered} section of my website. no go.

I ended up having to change the main index page and create and entire new directory, and deleted the old one (boring eh?) Well, it finally worked, and I'm sick of fooling with it. I want to do something more creative than stare at web coding.

Now, I don't have the recipe Cindy used, but I do have the one I use -
I half this recipe, that way I won't eat twice as much!!

It's a Martha Stewart Recipe:

Ingredients

Makes about 16 large cookies

  • 6 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup dark-brown sugar, packed
  • 4 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground clove
  • 1 teaspoon finely ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup unsulfured molasses

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
  2. In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Mix in spices and salt, then eggs and molasses. Add flour mixture; combine on low speed. Divide dough in thirds; wrap in plastic. Chill for at least 1 hour.
  3. Heat oven to 350 degrees. On a floured work surface, roll dough 1/8 inch thick. Cut into desired shapes. Transfer to ungreased baking sheets; refrigerate until firm, 15 minutes. Bake until crisp but not darkened, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cookies cool on wire racks, then decorate as desired.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

:: Thankful for small miracles ::

Anyone that knows us, knows we have had a dog (a Craig'sList treasure) for just a little over a year now. We love her so much. When I got pregnant we hoped that she would love and protect the baby. She does both. When we got her, she was quiet (very quiet) well mannered, wouldn't set foot on carpet or furniture... now she's sleeping wherever she wants barking her fool brains out at her nemesis, the birds at the feeders and giving the farm dogs a hard time when we go there. basically, we've ruined her. We don't mind, she's quite a little ham and we love her so much.

Tonight we had a bit of a scare - make that a big scare.
We thought our beloved dog Bella was done for.
Gone.
Not just gone.
Eaten......
by coyotes.

Bella M and Bella did their nightly 'go out for a pee before bed' the next thing I know, he's rushing around looking for a flashlight saying "I think the coyotes got her".
Even typing this out makes me shiver.
He goes flying out the door, I wrap up the boy and go out on the deck and start calling for her.
nothing. Just a flashlight in the darkness.

What I don't know is that before M even came in, he heard her yelping, and coyotes yipping like they do. And he could hear it getting further and further, then nothing.
Bella is a Cairn Terrier, she thinks she's a big tough dog... and when she hears the coyotes, she likes to give them a good barking at.

I put the boy in a safe spot and head out to the back, I can't see a thing, so I head back, and get the truck, throw it in 4x4 and head back to the fields where I give the truck to M and go back to see about the baby. By this time I've decided that I should put something other than my "fresh out of the bath" house coat and slippers, then I scoot across the street and ask the (nicest) neighbors to watch the boy while I holler for B-dog and M drives around looking for any sign of anything.

I was still in the back crying and calling for her when M comes back without her.

she's gone.

I can't quit though. I am now going through the fields behind the other neighbors calling for her...
did I mention the time??
around midnight.
C'mon Bella!
TREAT!! (usually the *magic* word)
we've been at this for about 45 min.

There is nothing. the only sound is M as he follows me up the road.

Then there is nothing. I keep walking, searching, looking. hoping. praying.

Then I hear M say "I have her"

sweet words.
She went right to him, and there isn't even a scratch on her - just mud.

BAD DOG! Electric fence for you.
I wanted to spank her and hug her all at once.

M was embarrassed that I woke the neighbors (though they assure me that they weren't sleeping) We went to get the baby, had a short visit and came home to snuggle our bad little dog.

I know she's "just a dog" but she has wormed her way into our hearts, and we are so thankful for this small miracle.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

somebody loved


somebody loved
Originally uploaded by HighlandGhillie
my sweet boy - 100 days old.

Somebody loved - The Weepies

Rain turns the sand into mud
Wind turns the trees into bone
Stars turning high up above
You turn me into somebody loved

Nights when the heat had gone out
We danced together alone
Cold turned our breath into clouds
We never said what we were dreaming of
But you turned me into somebody loved

Someday when we're old and worn
Like two softened shoes
I will wonder on how I was born
The night I first ran away from you

Now my feet turn the corner back home
Sun turns the evening to rose
Stars turning high up above
You turn me into somebody loved

Friday, January 09, 2009

day 100

I cannot believe my {sweet boy} is 100 days old. He is currently napping...getting ready for today's photo shoot (lucky boy!)
I have been busy around here - my {website reno} is nearing completion, only the Bellies section of my online portfolio is left to be done - that will have to wait, due to space limitations on my 'puter. I've had to find alternate hosting for all my pics (ie: I had to burn them onto cd) and am still labelling and re-organizing.
In other news, it has FINALLY stopped raining here...nearly 5days of steady rain - we did have some wonderful snow, this is what it looked like when we got home:So pretty...to bad that now it looks like this: The mountains are still beautiful, but the fields are soggy messes. and thanks to all the rain, we are now enjoying a "boil water" advisory...so I had to boil the baby bottles etc and boil up some water for us to drink/brush our teeth with. sure wish we had the snow still.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Website Renovation

My boy is now 3 months old. for those of you that don't know, I am also doing a {photo a day} blog of my sweet boy. In doing so, it has sparked my desire to 'get back at it' sooner than I thought I would want to... So, between feedings/diapers/laundry/cleaning I am renovating my {website} I love the fresh look of it.Session time slots are limited - I don't want to miss too much of my sweet boy's life! - I am also changing the way I take photos - no more "posie-posed" photos. I am more interested in 'real life' photos - couples hanging out on benches, walking, talking, holding hands... I want to capture little moments and the details of life.
I also prefer to use natural light, so keep that in mind when picking out your session location!

Monday, January 05, 2009

My Very Own WestJet Commercial!

We started out at 5am on the 22nd for what was suppose to be 7 days on the road (5 days of visiting, 2 days of travelling) we got to the airport to find our flight was delayed for 4.5 hours. That wouldn't have been so bad if it didn't cause us to miss the connecting flight. (can you tell where this is going?) and with it being Christmas time, every single flight was sold out. So, my baby had his first Christmas in a hotel. (insert crying mother at an airport here)
It actually wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. We were given accommodation and meal vouchers and we were put up in a very nice room (I've never stayed at a Best Western that had down duvets before... nice!) It was while we still at the airport waiting for our luggage to surface that I realized the meal vouchers were great for the 2 'grown ups' but what was my 2.5 month old boy going to have...fries? I had packed his diaper bag with enough supplies for the 5 hour flight, and perhaps a 4 or 5 hour delay (if we had to await another flight..yeah right!) but I didn't have anything for 3 nights... So, off I went - babe in tow - to stand in another line to get some vouchers for diapers and formula for him. It was while I was standing in this line that a very nice lady (Gail) that worked for WestJet offered to hold the boy (so I could rest my arms)
After a bit of small talk, she asked me what I was waiting for, so I say my funny (to me) line "what's my boy going to eat... fries?" When she found out that we had limited diapers and formula, she took it upon herself to ensure that we didn't go without. She took the boy and me right over to the Pharmacy in the airport (I never even knew that some airports had pharmacies!) and made sure my baby had everything he would need for his 1st Christmas adventure! Gail even made sure we had something to eat before we left the airport by taking the 3 of us weary travelers for dinner - which turned out to be doubly helpful as it allowed time for our luggage to be found - then she not only arranged for her husband to come to the airport and take us to our Hotel, she came in to the hotel to make sure we were taken care of right away! now that's service! It's hard to be mad at WestJet when they went did so much for us - Everyone I spoke with at the hotel that was a stranded WestJetter had only great things to say about the airline, myself included..
We were even invited to go over to Gail's and spend some time with her and her family on Christmas Eve. right down to sweet pressies for our sweet boy.
totally above and beyond!
It really was an amazing time. and we totally did feel like we were in a WestJet commercial!
So a BIG BIG BIG thank you to Gail and to westjet for taking care of us and our boy - it's truly appreciated and the people we've told about our experience have been telling others about it - great customer service=good word of mouth advertising I guess!

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Happy New Year

We are finally back home.
We had a terrific visit - it was longer than we expected to be away, but it was so nice to see everyone and to have so many people meet our sweet boy.
I have many photos to share and a bit of a story to tell.
I will get to that later. Here are a few pic's from a fun hour at the farm yesterday.
I have just got them sorted, and haven't had a chance to edit any of them yet!