Tofino: III

blog_2016_08_tofino-10after a day of playing, rowing, snacking, swimming, digging, and running a proper refuel was required at the end of the day.  There were many wonderful meals shared, as it should be when camping.  And somehow even a simple roasting of hotdogs tastes that much better here;  on a sandy surface, listening to crashing waves, with special people, and with the fancy food basket. blog_2016_08_tofino-16blog_2016_08_tofino-18

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Tofino: II


The rain did not manage to put a damper on us being able to fully enjoy our day.   A warm layer of clothing, rubber boots, and we were ready to take on what the coast had to offer us that day.  Every time we walked along the ocean’s edge we’d discover and see something new and different.  blog_2016_08_tofino-85 blog_2016_08_tofino-12 blog_2016_08_tofino-11 blog_2016_08_tofino-13This is where Barnacle Bob made his first intrusion on our holiday, i believe … oh, he wasn’t going anywhere for the next 10 days. ha!blog_2016_08_tofino-14 blog_2016_08_tofino-15

Tofino: I

This trip was a dream!  A family trip … our kids experiencing an awe-inspiring place, for themselves, for the first time this summer!

Ferries really are as exciting as the airport;  anticipating what’s on the other side to see, experience, learn, and share with some of those we love the most.  The littles sure loved the front row view they got, with their personal tour guide (ferry attendant) chatting with them, as we sailed into Nanaimo.

blog_2016_08_tofino-1A breath of fresh air was very welcomed to relieve the queezy feeling after that long twisty drive … and a swim in the ocean, fully clothed, was apparently the cure.  The following day explorations with Grampa started their daily tradition.  Grampa always has one or some of the littles on his side … or close behind.


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So many new interesting creatures and plants the kids got to see and feel for the first time, in their natural habitat.

any type of project together is fun.  collecting kelp out of the ocean … is no different.blog_2016_08_tofino-5 blog_2016_08_tofino-6 blog_2016_08_tofino-8

The days often started off with low clouds, and a bit cooler temperatures.  But the blue skies found their way through almost daily!!  We engaged in a game of hole ball, every so often.  I unfortunately noted that my aging body aches longer with minor injuries than i remember.  the sand was deceivingly hard and compact, and barefoot soccer has it’s challenges.  Even so, it was, not only memorable, but such a blast.

October Camping

oh, October, the camping days were unbelievable!  it’s one of the places every little one of ours is the happiest.  outside.  tent family sleepovers.  fires.  family.  explorations.  all day.  i could do it every month.  OCTOBER_GRIDcamping


how could this session not have gone beautifully?!  three incredibly lovely girls … inside and out … right along with their amazing parents.  i was so glad to have had the opportunity to travel to them (a couple of months ago), even in their incredibly cold and white world ;), to be able to capture a couple of their early days with their precious new little Jade.newborn_JADE-1 copy newborn_JADE-3 copy newborn_JADE-5 copy newborn_JADE-2 copy newborn_JADE-6 copy newborn_JADE-7 copy newborn_JADE-8 copy newborn_JADE-11 copy newborn_JADE-10 copy newborn_JADE-12 copy newborn_JADE-13 copy newborn_JADE-14 copy newborn_JADE-15 copy newborn_JADE-17 copy newborn_JADE-16 copy newborn_JADE-18 copy

Maleena : NEWBORN

NEWBORN_Maleena-9 copythis little babe has been in our prayers before she was in the arms of her family.  she’s a pretty special little girl, and such a precious gift.  and on this day i think particularly of her mommy, my friend, and her strength to lean on God, and trust in the Lord with all her heart.  being a mom is not always “happy”, n0t always easy, but we’re still ALWAYS a momma to the treasures entrusted to us.  Maleena is sure a blessed little one to have an amazing mom like you, Shari!NEWBORN_Maleena-4 copy NEWBORN_Maleena-7 copy NEWBORN_Maleena-11 copy NEWBORN_Maleena-12 copy NEWBORN_Maleena-8square copy NEWBORN_Maleena-10 copy NEWBORN_Maleena-1 copyNEWBORN_Maleena-6 copyNEWBORN_Maleena-5 copyit was a such a honor to have the opportunity to take these pictures for this wonderful family!  they were staying at the Ronald McDonald House, which gave me an inside look at how this organization serves families from all over the country, by allowing them to stay together.  thank you for entrusting me to capture these memories for you!

Happy Mother’s Day!