forest children

One rainy morning last week, we drove north for just under an hour and went to one of our favourite spots in the forest. There we explored.

I happened to grab my camera on our way out the door, and this is what I documented.

Saskatchewan, you are surprisingly and unassumingly beautiful.

Emory

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happy father’s day

“A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty.”
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Happy belated Father’s Day to all dads (in whatever form that may encompass). You are important in your children’s lives, and so you deserve to be celebrated!

I hope that you enjoyed your special day. :-)))

Emory

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remy is four

I have been putting off writing this post for several reasons. One is because it is a daunting task to sum up just how much Remy has grown, mentally and emotionally, over the past year. Another part of me is in disbelief that my oldest child is now four. At the same time, I am so incredibly proud of this four-year-old.

If somebody told me to write one last letter to my daughter, this is what it would say.

To Remy on your birthday week,

You are one smart cookie. You can count to 100, forwards and backwards, can spell too many words to keep track of, know the words to an immeasurable amount of songs, can name almost any dinosaur, and have started writing on your own. You love to learn and it shows. I have a feeling that you will easily excel in school.

You are the sweetest girl and do not have a mean bone in your body. Sometimes you get frustrated and yell, but it’s more out of not understanding your big emotions as opposed to hate or malice. If you get a time out, you come out of your room saying “I’m so sorry mum, or I’m so sorry dad.” You have never physically harmed any living thing. I’ve witnessed a few children hit or kick you and run away and you never defend yourself. It is always me who runs over to you to tell you that they shouldn’t do that. I’ve also seen Po knock you down countless times, and you just get up and brush yourself off. You are so strong and so gentle.

You are polite. You always say please and thank you and ensure that everyone has what you have.

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You are sporty. If I had to choose a favourite right now I would say that it was either swimming or gymnastics. But you also love to dance, your trampoline, your aim and power with kicking a soccer ball is incredible, you love running, jumping, climbing “snow mountains,” parks, and our daily walks. You’re just an active girl.

You have never come across an animal that you didn’t love. Or want to take home. You beg me everyday to go to the zoo and a pet store. Sometimes I catch you watching hamster videos on YouTube during your afternoon quiet time, which is probably why you ask us now for a hamster.

You also love reading, travelling, dinosaurs, toys, running errands, playing, vehicles, music, clothes, crafts, baking, family, and children. You honestly have such a zest for life and there isn’t really anything you don’t like (except strange men).

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You went from being one of the biggest introverts I had ever seen to blossoming into a social butterfly. You are every child’s biggest cheerleader (see above) and “best friend.” You do not discriminate. You make sure that everyone is included in all things and at all times. You lead the way and ensure that everyone follows. Please keep up that attitude throughout all of your years.

You are still shy around adults that you don’t know very well, and need to practise sharing with your brother. Aside from that, and even with that, you are perfect.

I could go on and on about you. You are one of my greatest achievements, and I just know that you are going places. I love you I love you I love you. Happy fourth birthday, darling girl!

Love Mama

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museum of natural sciences

On a cold Monday morning not too long ago, we were looking for something fun to do with our children. We had planned on going to the Western Development Museum, but as luck would have it, it’s closed on Mondays. Instead, I googled museums in and around Saskatoon and one of the results was the Museum of Natural Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan.

I have been to that museum many times. I would pass through it a few times a week on my way to class when I was a university student. I also used to work in that building as a research assistant five days a week prior to having children. I would drive to the university, park for free using my step-dad’s spare parking pass, grab a coffee from Tim Hortons, and head on up to the quiet library, staying for as long as I needed to. Oh, those were such easy and care-free days! How things have changed.

As for the museum itself, I had never thought about visiting it again because I had always regarded it more as a lobby filled with dinosaur bones- a place that you happen to pass through on your way from A to B, as opposed to a museum that you would take the time to visit. However, there is no admission fee and Remy is slightly obsessed with dinosaurs, so I thought that it would be an exciting adventure for both her and Wilder.

It didn’t matter to them that it is not that big from an adult’s standpoint. Because to children, it is! All that mattered was that there was so much to look at, open spaces to run around, and people to interact with.

While I was nervous about how loud and excited they were, the students and teachers seemed to find them amusing. We received so many laughs and comments. It was a fun and educational 45 minutes, and I recommend it to anyone living in Saskatoon that has young children and an hour or so to spend doing something fun. Best of all, it doesn’t cost anything.

Emory

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oarsman photography

Last week I had mentioned very briefly that I started working as a freelance photographer again. This is true! Although I never truly “gave it up” (I do submit articles with pictures for a magazine every two months), and occasionally I get paid for my blog posts, I have decided to seriously dive into it again.

It seems like almost a lifetime ago that I was operating as a new photographer under the name Prudence & Me. In my mind, it was a temporary name for a part-time job that I was only just finding my footing in. I began it to help pay the bills, only to stop when I became pregnant. Every session I learned new techniques. I tried to keep the moments candid and gave little direction. My photos were becoming darker with greater contrast and I hadn’t yet found a niche that I wanted to focus on. The name bugged me, but I didn’t want to change it until I was certain that I was going to keep going with it. I had also been saving up for a new camera and lens, only to eventually use that money elsewhere.

After months of mulling it over, I finally feel as if it is time to start it up again. The first thing that I did was change the name to Oarsman Photography (after Remy, whose name means ‘oarsman’ in French). I wanted a more masculine sounding photography name so I could appeal to a wider group of clients. Then I made a website and an Instagram page.

In the last month I have shot a couple’s session, engagement, wedding, mother and son, and family. I feel like my style is still evolving and even though I got a new camera and lens, I am saving up for a better lens. Until then, here are a few pictures from those sessions.

Emory

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