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Dear E,

Spring has sprung! Hooray for that! We’ve all spent so much time in close proximity to each other through the winter that now we all seem to be stretching out our arms and throwing our heads back to soak in the sun and breathe deeply. What a relief.

This is just a short note this time, since with the coming of spring there has been A LOT to do outside to make up for the lack of prep we did before winter, and not a lot of time to sit and write. I’ll come up with something better next time, I promise! I secret handshake swear!

I got to stick around and watch you play tennis last weekend, which was so cool! Normally it’s a Dad thing, but since I didn’t have to be at the pool I took the chance to take my camera to catch you in action. Of course that meant you were being silly, but that’s ok- I know you were having fun. I just wish I had thought to take my longer lens…

Playing Tennis in the Carleton Bubble

I’m really looking forward to when you start playing in the spring baseball season, too. I know you love that, and I am sure that this year will be great! You were so proud of yourself when at the tryouts you caught EVERY fly ball that came your way, since last year the fly ball was your nemesis. You’ll get it this year for sure! But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. It’s tennis time now… maybe this year you’ll convince me to get out onto the court with you?

What a Backhand

I’m not so sure! With that stroke you’re sure to “crush [me] like a grape”…! Yes, even though you’re goofing around with some weird backhand action in that shot. It won’t be hard. Just ask Nanny… 😉

Love you love you love you my great big kid. Always will.

Mum xoxo

If you liked this little letter to my boy, please head over to Becky’s blog to read her letter to her little man Sebastien. It looks like they had a lot of fun this Easter! Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to leave some love in the comments.

Till next time…

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Real life. Real love, real joy, real emotion… A group of truly amazing photographers who I met through the Pinkle Toes Alums have decided to get together through our blogs each month to explore what’s REAL to us. For our first go at this we’ll have a look at Real Life. I’m really looking forward to continuing on with this lovely group of girls. This is going to be so much fun! I can’t wait to see what everyone posts…

Our Real Life

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Real life in our family, as with so many families, is a combination of careful planning (maybe not as much as there should be!), utter chaos, fun, not so much fun, and lots of love. Okay, and the occasional “Why did we have kids?” moment, but the love always wins out! Of course, here in Ottawa, our “fun” for the last few weeks has been watching Mother Nature s.l.o.w.l.y sweep winter out of the way… Sound like watching paint dry? It sort of is! Only it’s a lot more exciting if you’re 2 and you can watch sticks float down the river of runoff at the end of your driveway.

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It’s even better if your brother gets into the excitement as well, and helps by creating dams and waterfalls along the way. And listening to the ice lumps land in the water at the bottom of the drain? That’s the BEST!

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Neither of my kids are particularly interested in smiling for the camera (especially that scruffy little one with her boots on the wrong feet!), so I suppose Real Life in this sense also means a post full of photos of them not looking at the camera. But that’s ok with me. Kids need to be allowed to be themselves even when the camera comes out- maybe especially when the camera comes out! Some of my absolute favourite photos of my two are when they’re not looking at the camera, or when they’re not smiling. There’s something much more genuine about them. Don’t get me wrong, I need the beautiful full face smiling ones too, but these are all about seeing who they really are, right now. And really, how much fun are they going to be to look back on in the future? So much fun!

If you’d like to have me capture some Real memories of your kids and family, I’d love for you to get in touch. We’ll put together a session that’s just perfect for you!

I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into my Real Life. I encourage you to continue on to Kami’s blog at Kami Friday Photography to read about her Real Life down in New Hampshire. She’s such a talented photographer, I’m sure you’ll love her post, too.

‘Till next time…

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Dear Kiddo,

I love it when you let loose and show your silly side! I was watching you play with your sister this morning, and it dawned on me that I while I have been trying to be more present in your lives these last few months (rather than always having the camera in front of my face), I was missing what would be some wonderful evidence of the relationship that you two are building!

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Our Chublet is so in love with you. She asks for you every day; when she wakes up in the morning, when she gets up from her nap, and whenever I mention going to get groceries. “We’ll go and get groceries-” she’ll say, “And then we get E!”. If she sleeps late in the morning and misses seeing you before you get on the bus for school (at 7:15am… Yikes!!) she’s really bummed. And I know you can hear her from outside when she starts squealing as she realises you’re home from school!

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The best part, as far as J is concerned, is that you’re up for just about anything… as long as it makes her laugh! I still can’t make her laugh like you do. But you know? I’m so glad of that! I love that you have a special power. Isn’t that the best thing about brothers?

I think this last photo is my favourite of you two from the last little while. I love that Hurricane J is running around you like a crazy orbiting satellite while you sit serenely in the centre of her chaos.

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I’m not sure if you really know how much I love and appreciate how great you are with her, and what a lovely relationship you’re building with her. You’ve had a lot of changes and upheaval to deal with in your life, and I worried when I was pregnant with The Peanut that this might not go so well. After all, you did ask me once before she was born “Why did we decide to have a Peanut…?” You’ve such a gentle soul, and I should have known that you would shine in your role as Big Brother. I’m so proud of you.

Love you love you love you my kiddo, and always will.

Mum xoxo

It’s blog circle time again! I’d love you to head over to Sara’s blog to read her letter to her son. And please leave some love here in the comments. I’d love to hear from you! Till next time…

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Dear E,

It’s 2014! As you told me recently, this is the year you’ll turn 11. It’s a funny year, this, as you’re growing up and getting older, but there’s still a lot of the younger you to be seen beneath the mop of long hair (still haven’t convinced you to cut it shorter, have I?). You’re playful, which our Chublet just loves, getting her to chase you in circles around the kitchen and living room (which I’m not so fond of…) or getting down on the ground and  building towers out of Duplo or racing Playmobil cars until the cows come home. J is still your number 1 fan, and looks up to you with big wide eyes.

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You’ve been through some big changes this year, with your first year of summer league baseball and a week (far) away at baseball camp, a switch to a new school, and not to mention learning to manage having a toddler in your space; I have to tell you you’ve impressed me so much with how you’ve dealt with the new challenges!

Watching you navigate your move to a new school, leaving your friends behind and starting something new, unknown, and certainly more challenging, has made me so very proud of you. I don’t think you really knew what you were in for with the switch. You’ve had to pick yourself up from a few stumbles, but I love that now you don’t give up. Where you used to get so down on yourself and be convinced that you just couldn’t get something, now you see that yes, maybe you made a mistake, but you can correct it and keep going. I love seeing you grow in your self-confidence! And I’m so grateful to your teachers for helping you to see your potential.

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You had so much fun working on that photo! My Love I have so much more I could say, but I’ll save it for another letter. For now just know that I love to you pieces, and I always look forward to your hugs even if they threaten to break me in half! It won’t be long before you really can pick me up off the floor, but if you don’t mind, could you pretend for a while longer that that’s not the case? You’re growing up so fast, and I’d like to hang on to the “little” you as long as I can.

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I love you love you love you, for always,

Mum xoxo

I’m pleased to be part of a blog circle of photographer mums of sons. I invite you to click on over to Jodie Faulder’s blog, all the way over in New Zealand, to read her letter to her little man! You can find her letter here. And do join in on the conversation in the comments. I’d love to hear from you! Till next time…

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