Sunday, September 29, 2013

House Tour: Dining Room

This spring, we started talking more seriously about moving out of the suburbs and closer to downtown. We went on vacation in April, and when we got back we decided to look at a house "just for fun". We had no idea that looking at that one house was about to start the ball rolling on actually moving. That house was on a very busy street, but the realtor who showed us that house sent us some other listings, one of which we loved and was having an open house. We went to it that weekend and really, really loved the house. And the realtor selling it. We told him we had our own home to sell, and he told us he could make both happen. It all became very real all of a sudden. He came to meet with us and actually brought us the listing for another house by the same builder that might have better timing. We loved it. Like really loved it. We looked at it that week, and as soon as we turned down the beautiful tree-lined street Warren said "this is it. This is our house". We hadn't even walked in the doors yet. But, it turns out he was right. It was the perfect house on the perfect street in the perfect neighbourhood.

We put in an offer that night and listed our house. Our house sold in 2 days, and we were really doing this thing. We were so nervous at first; we were making a huge neighbourhood change. Out of the suburbs where we'd always been and joining the inner-city ranks. It was the best move we have ever made. Warren's commute when from 1-2 hours EACH WAY to a 20 minute bus ride. We love being able to pop downtown to eat or explore. We love the big trees and established neighbourhood. It was the most impulsive decision we've ever made, but the best one.

We have been here since August and are starting to make some decorating decisions. I want to take our time and choose pieces we really love. I'm going to share the process here as we take our perfect house and turn it into our home.

The dining room is right when you walk in the front door. It is the only room that is 99% completed. We'd love to upgrade the table and chairs down the road, but right now with 2 little boys who like to smear their dinner on every feasible surface it just doesn't make sense! All in good time. Here it is!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Baby Adele

I first met Krista when we worked together a few years ago. Since then, I have watched her family grow. First with Brinley, and now with Adele. There is no stronger family, no more committed to each other and no girls who are luckier to have such an amazing support system around them. Life doesn't always take the turns we expect it to, but this family has embraced their detours with love and an unmatched sense of humour.

They have just moved back to their home after being displaced for 3 months due to the flood in High River. They left with one baby, and are returning with two. I can't even begin to imagine the stress and upheaval they have been through, but being around them you would never know. All you see is their amazing strength.

Krista writes a blog about her family's journey and it is a must read: It is filled with honesty and hilarity, just like Krista. Here is a sneak peek at our session!


Sunday, September 22, 2013

Baby Owen

I first took their pictures when they were newly engaged almost 3 years ago. Now they have a beautiful baby boy and a home filled with love and laughter.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Boys' Fall Finds

Anyone who knows me will know that I love dressing my boys...maybe a little bit too much! I figure I'll take advantage of it as long as they don't have an opinion on what they want to wear ;) Here are a few items for fall that have caught my eye:
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It's Been Awhile...

A couple of years to be exact! But I am back, with a new blog design and a new determination to keep up with my recent sessions, as well as some personal things! It's funny that my last post, almost exactly two years ago, was of Deanna and Steven when they were just dating. And now, my most recent sessions was their maternity shoot after a year of marriage! Here's a few from an amazing night in Cochrane.