There are so many things I love about this time of year.  Once the gifts are bought/made and under the tree, I feel as though the stress is gone and I can just enjoy.  Well, aside from the guests, cooking and keeping everyone happy and healthy.  Then the holiday is completely stress-free! Winking smile

Just for fun, I thought I’d share a few of my favourite things that I love about the holidays.  So here we go!

1.  I LOVE sitting in the dark beside the glow of the Christmas tree.  There are a few special ornaments and decorations that make me smile each year they come out.  I love my fat Santa!  My hubby bought him for me the first year we were married.  And he his just the cutest! (Santa’s not bad either…haha!)  And then there’s my little cardboard Santa troop.  My first Christmas after I moved from home I didn’t have very many decorations to put on my tree.  So co-worker had given them to me.  They still make me smile.  Even more so now that the kids have taken to placing them ALL ON THE SAME TREE BRANCH!  They know how much that bugs me.  (I’m a bit of a Monica Geller when it comes to my tree decorating!)  But this year I have just decided to….let it go.  Haha!  (But I did turn that side of the tree to the back so I don’t have to see that branch every day.)

Santa

2.  And when it comes to decorating….I like to spice up EVERY room.  And what a better excuse to decorate your bathroom??  My toilet paper tree is a big conversation piece whenever my sons friends are over.  I swear they think his mother is nuts! Open-mouthed smile

Xmas bathroom

3.  And if it looks like Christmas…it might as well smell like it too!!  I admit, I can get lost in Bath and Bodyworks for a good hour or so smelling all the various scents in there.  But I was so happy with their holiday selection this year.  This is one of my favourites.  And while I think I’m a relatively decent cook; and I CAN bake.  When it comes to Christmas baking…I am just no good at it.  I don’t know if it is the added pressure or what.  But I currently have about a 5% success rate at ANY recipe.  So now my house SMELLS like baking!  And all I have to do is wash my hands.

Christmas scents

4.  And if it LOOKS like Christmas, SMELLS like Christmas…it must SOUND like Christmas.  These are a few of my favourite Christmas albums this year.  As well as a multitude of OTHER songs of course.  I usually have a playlist going on the computer of all my favourites.  I have found that I seem to really like the song “Little Drummer Boy”.  It makes me laugh when my shuffle lines them all up and I have various artists singing the SAME SONG over and over.  Haha!

Christmas tunes

5.  I am so happy to have a flexible schedule for this alone.  I LOVE to participate in the school’s craft days!  The little ones made Christmas ornaments and the bigger guys made gingerbread houses.  It’s so neat to see all the kids creativity go wild.

School crafts

6.  CAUGHT YA!  Even kitties get excited about Christmas!  I swear they think I put this stuff out just for them.  So many new toys to play with when they think no one is watching.  If she could read, she’d know that present is NOT for her.  Haha!

bad kitty

7.  And while I am NOT a big fan of COLD.  I do love how pretty the snow is when it’s mild and the flakes are so big and fluffy.  I have been very excited to have had a couple of brave families to run out in the snow for their family photos this year.  I hope to have more opportunities in the new year.  Nothing is prettier than a nice white blanket of snow.  Smile

Snowy wonderland

Well, it will be 2014 before we know it.  I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season…and I can’t wait to hear from you in the New Year!!

– Kim

I was advised that this little guy was a sleeper.  He had been sleeping for quite a while before I arrived.  I quickly set up and was ready to go before he needed a feeding.  As soon as I positioned him and we were ready to go – BOINK!  He was WIDE awake!  I was so happy to be able to capture those beautiful blue eyes!  He was just so interested in what was going on.  Eventually the excitement got to him and he fell into such a deep sleep – I’m sure we could have done anything with him.  Haha!  And well, BECAUSE he was so cooperative, I had so many favourites…I had a hard time deciding what to share!  So this is what I came up with.  Open-mouthed smile

Lil Sens fan

sleeping baby

baby blues

new family

Dad had this incredibly old trunk that we decided to use.  I love the contrast of the old trunk and new baby. old trunk new baby

sugarplum wishes

Fingers Toes

New babies photograph best when they are brand new.  Therefore it is best to reserve your session while you are still pregnant.  Now accepting clients for 2014.  I can’t wait to meet all these new babies!! Smile

– Kim

I absolutely fell in love with this little cutie’s mop of dark hair.  While hidden under her adorable hat most of the time.  She kept whipping it off to show me!  Then that became a fun game.  “Take my hat off and give it to that crazy lady who keeps giggling at me.”  It has been a while since I have seen this wonderful family.  I can’t believe how much she’s grown since her newbie session.  I’m so happy she’s kept those beautiful blue peepers!! Smile  (And Mom and Dad are pretty cute too!!)

park bench

cozy family

Miss Smiles

cuddles

As 2013 is coming to a close, I am beginning to book for 2014.  Please contact me if you would like to talk about a session for yourself.  Or even for someone else!  Gift certificates are available in any amount, and are the PERFECT gift idea.

– Kim

It’s been a few years since I’ve seen these cuties.  But my oh my…how they have changed from their newbie and even their one year sessions!! They were so cute and chatty.  I love hearing kids little stories.  They have such a neat perspective on the world.  And they always keep me laughing!!   Smile

twins

boy in fall leaves

hugs

girl in hat

Christmas deadlines are fast approaching.  If you’re thinking of re-ordering some past photos for gifts, please contact me as soon as possible!

– Kim

Always a good time when I get together with these guys.  Those kids are growing up WAY too fast!!  Their middle boy was one of my first newborn clients!  And well this time around he talked my ear off!  I loved hearing his little stories about the squirrels and how they’re actually afraid of people.  That’s why they’re always running!  Didn’t you know that??  Haha!  We managed to squeeze in some smiles in between the rain showers.  And the kids kept me going with their jokes.  Seriously amazing to see them grow up and turn into little people with their own personalities.  Winking smile

First snow in 2012, a baby sister, baby on the way, the fam.  Huh….I guess their first baby shoot was so long ago I wasn’t even blogging then.  But take my word for it…he’s pretty darn cute! Smile

family on bridge

telling stories

little girl

the boys

family with fur friend

Holiday deadlines have just been announced.  Please get all orders in by December 7th, 2013 to guarantee a Christmas delivery.

– Kim

This year was definitely a strange one.  I was cold in August, and then back to shorts in September.  Who woulda thought that still, the END of September we would be wandering around in t-shirts?  This couple was super fun to work with.  And a definite change from all the children and families I had been photographing earlier.

This first image is by far my favourite.  And I knew it the minute I clicked the shutter.  They’re so cute!!  All the best in your wedding planning!! Smile

happy couple

engaged

tall trees

Christmas deadlines are fast approaching.  If you wish to place an order from a previous session, or book a new one…please do so ASAP to avoid disappointment.  Smile

– Kim

I was packing up some of the kids old books just last week and came across one of their little board books about a monkey, called HUG.  Well, I guess it was fresh in my mind when I saw this image.  I just adore these little munchkins!! And since I’ve made these fall mini sessions an annual thing…Mom and Dad find an excuse for me to see them at LEAST once a year.  They’ve changed so much from just last yearSmile

sibling cuddles

sister

brother

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– Kim

It’s been a while since I’ve seen this cutie.  But she’s still got those big brown eyes!!  (I just love ‘em!!) I was happy to have the chance to meet up with this family again and see their little one grow into a little lady.  Smile

family of three

giggles

Owl hat

Now booking into 2014!!  Please contact me to reserve your session.  Smile

– Kim

So happy to see this smiley family sign up for my 2nd annual Fall mini sessions.  Can you see where he gets his killer smile from?  I swear, he was one of most smiley little boys I had ever met last year.  Even though he was fighting a bit of a cold, he flashed me some of his brand new teeth anyways.   Open-mouthed smile

fall family

Smiles

boy in leaves

Cuddle time

Daddy's boy

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– Kim

Oh man….those baby blues!  Have you ever seen such beautiful blue eyes?

I have to admit, I was slightly nervous with all the warnings as to how MESSY this little guy was.  Mom and Dad planned for 2nd, and 3rd outfits “just in case”.  Even an exact replica of outfit #1 (because it was clearly the favourite.)  But I was pleasantly surprised!  This little guy was so good…although he DID make us work hard for those little grins.  But well worth it in my opinion.  Winking smile

big boy

red trees

giggles

serious little dude

flying high

Still taking a few more “fall” sessions before that white stuff comes around.  Please contact me to reserve your spot!

-Kim