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Feb

The Lanes in Wales

2017

We woke up to a gorgeous site the morning after we arrived. Lush green rolling hills out the window greeted us as we adjusted to the day.

The boys stayed asleep for a long time, Max was finally awake around 10am, eager to be in grandma Kay’s kitchen. He quickly spotted the birds outside and he needed out there. Jammies still on, jam his feet in his boots, and he was out. Grandma Kay was very close behind.

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Once Max had explored their yard it was time to hit the lanes.

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Callum woke up around 11:30 am, and after breakfast/lunch, he suited up and got out there too.

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Opening the gate for grandad to get in at the end of the day.

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It’s so, so nice to be back.

26

Feb

The Journey to Wales

2017

We left on Sunday afternoon to start our journey to Wales. We flew out of Edmonton, to Calgary, and we were scheduled to fly out of Calgary at 6:30pm.

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The flight to Calgary went great! The boys were excited and happy and strapped in their car seats. It was a juggle to get both boys, us, and all of our gear including the car seats through the airport, but was worth it.

We had a ton of stuff with us – life of a traveling photographer. We had:
1 rolling suitcase full of the boys stuff – backpacks, stuffed animals and blankets
1 rolling camera bag
Diaper bag
Laptop
2 car seats

I laugh to myself – how did we get through it all?! Did you know there’s no luggage trollys after security? We sure didn’t.

Gareth put the laptop over his shoulders and carried the car seats.
I had Max on my back, rolled the two rolling bags and had the diaper bag sitting on top of that.

We made it through the airport in no time and we were ready for the long flight. Callum kept up no problem.

We got onto the second flight, boys were settled, Callum watched a show and then asked for a story, he was ready for bed.

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And then we got deplaned. In the end we waited 8 hours while they had our plane repaired. The boys dealt with it better than I ever expected they could. They found a little friend, and a play area, and they played and ran and laughed for hours. In the end Max fell asleep on me at 1 am, and we were back on the plane at 1:30am. We took off at 2am.

The flight went well – there were some groans and moans and a few cries, but both boys were so good overall. They got nothing but praise from the other passengers.

We arrived in London at around 5pm local time. Off the plane, Max strapped on my back again, Callum hustling along. We didn’t stop the whole way through the airport. We split up at customs, the boys with me, Gareth and the car seats through the EU line. But the customs lady was having none of that. She wanted to know where the children were that belonged in Gareth’s car seats. They called us over, and then shuffled us past the lines and up to the front of customs. A boy on my back got us some special treatment I think.

Through customs, we walked up and our suitcases were coming out. What timing! It was the fastest we’ve ever heard of someone getting through Heathrow airport.

Down to the rental car (a shuttle bus away) – the boys were strapped back in and we were off. The leisurely drive we had anticipated when we booked everything had turned into a drive, after dark and in the rain. The boys were back asleep within half and hour and so we drove straight through for the next 4 hours (with one quick stop to get Gareth some snacks to keep him going).

And we were there! Into grandma Kay and grandad’s house, and we got the boys to bed at 2 am (7pm Edmonton time)

PHEW!

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Feb

Busy Day

2017

Staying true to this project I am taking a photo every single day. We were so busy with sessions and editing and packing, so at 11pm I realized I hadn’t taken a personal photo.

The boy’s carry ons are packed, almost ready to go.

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I do want to note, for myself, that we celebrated Max’s birthday yesterday. The beauty of having young children is we could change the date in all of our minds and spend the day celebrating. Callum and Gareth made birthday brownie, Grandma and Grandpa brought smartie ice cream, and we sang Happy Birthday more times than I can count. Max loves that song so much! This allowed us to work all day Saturday in preparation for our trip.

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The little boy who is determined, and headstrong and hell bent on getting his way. The boy who hugs more than any other child I’ve met. Who has developed an incredibly cheeky sense of humour really early in his life. The boy who is passionate and loving and who can push Callum’s buttons like no other. You are two today. But you still fit in my sink, and that counts for a lot in my books. I love you so, baby boy. Happy birthday Max.

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Feb

Cooking Boys

2017

If I know one thing these boys will be when they grow up, it’s self sufficient. It’s our job to teach them that. (They’re also going to make damn good pizza from scratch)

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Feb

Mowing the Kitchen

2017

I don’t even know how he managed to get his favourite outside toy into the kitchen, but alas…he did.

Also…he makes quite the fashion statement, doesn’t he?

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Feb

Smoothie Time

2017

Early mornings with Max and he usually asks for a smoothie. He can name most of the ingredients before we pull them out and loves pushing the button for the blender. smoothie time

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Feb

The Proposal

2017

My promise for this 365 challenge was that I wouldn’t use any work for my photo a day. I wanted this challenge to consist of personal photos.

But watching my cousin’s proposal, after being in on the plan for the last several months…well, it doesn’t get more personal than that.

I was honestly shaking and crying when I took this photo, so I’m super happy it’s in focus. What an incredible honour to document something so monumental for someone I love so much.

Congrats Karley & Adam, love you both!

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Every year when my parents are away on holidays we seem to need help with the boys, and every year when we ask my brother, he has a basketball tournament.

So he packs these boys up and takes them to O’Leary, where they run the halls, steal some basketballs, and generally cause some havoc.

I don’t know many uncles who would take two busy toddlers out to such a busy place like that. But that’s my bro.

Garth Brooks for us meant a day out that wore all three of these guys out.

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