This week I’ve spent putting together lots of new items to put into the shop. I’m pretty excited about them! Some of them will be those long-promised items that I think I was planning on having available before Henry was born (it’s never too late, right?) and I can’t wait to show you. I just need to snap some photos of them and get them listed. Henry is turning one soon and is getting more and more independent. I’ve been waiting and waiting for the time when he’s more than happy to play without me so I could use that time to get more things done with the Shop and blog. I think that time has finally arrived! Let’s see how this goes!

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On a personal note, remember when I mentioned Henry going through some major teething pain? Well, it turns out it was much more than that. The poor guy had a case of Roseola and a cold/flu following — all on top of his teething aches and pains. Knowing all this, I have a much higher appreciation for my little guy. Through all the suffering, he certainly was cranky, but not as cranky as one would expect. I know I certainly would have been much more cranky than him if I had all that tumble upon me at once. I’m happy to say that he’s been super chipper for a week now. Love seeing him back to his old self.

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It’s been a while since I’ve been active on here and I just wanted to give you all an update. Spring has been in full force over here for a few weeks now even though it doesn’t officially start until later this month. The hubs and I started spring cleaning and I’m dreaming up how I want to start landscaping our yard this spring/summer. Nothing like spring to get you excited and inspired. I hung up our spring wreath a couple weeks back (a quick diy project for myself, results shown here) and it’s certainly keeps things spring-like around here, even when the weather is pretty blah for a bit. We have a few DIY home projects lined up and I’m hoping I’ll remember to take photos to show you guys the results. We’re excited to try new things out and I’m crossing my fingers for success.

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On the other hand, Henry has been suffering. His top teeth have been coming in for nearly a month now. He’s been having fevers on and off, mostly in the middle of nights. Needless to say, he’s cranky during the days and sleepless during the nights. We’re all exhausted and looking forward to having our little guy feeling comfortable and happy again. I’ve beens spending my days snuggling with him, taking him on outings outside, feeding him his favorite blackberries, napping with him with every nap time — anything to take his mind off the unhappy. The teeth finally broke through four days ago and I’m hoping the sensitivity and swelling will go down soon. I’m definitely looking forward to that break before the next set comes.

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PS: Aren’t these cherry blossoms amazing? I snapped these photos last week just after sunset.

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Taking photos of people is a very intimidating thing. I think that’s why I stick to things only. Nature doesn’t care if the shadows are a little off or the bloom of the flower isn’t quite perfect. People, on the other hand, care. But when my sister and her fiancee asked me to do a little session for them, I agreed but told them to find a professional as well because I was sure to disappoint. In the end I warmed up to the idea, even got a little excited — and we came out with several snaps that I think didn’t turn out so bad that I wanted to share simply because I think my sister and her new man are just too adorable.

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The kids are huge fans of coffee, so it was only just to snap a few during our coffee break. It was freezing when we decided to do the shoot, so the coffee (and hot chocolate for some) was a very welcome thing. Here I quickly realized that taking photos of people indoors is a completely different ballpark than being outdoors.

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The historical Vancouver Fort area here is one of our favorites places to go to. My husband and I have had many a sushi date in the grass, many a stroll around the grounds reading up on the history behind each building, and so forth. It holds a lot of meaning to us. Not to mention that my younger sister was married here as well.

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  • Eva

    Stacey these are fantastic!!!???? you did an incredible job capturing these two lovely people!

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On the first day of November, we had our family photos taken. Really wish we had done one of these sessions when Henry was a firstborn too. Love getting his cute face captured. These photos were done by The Manchiks and there are just way too many good ones to choose from. Here are my faves:

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By the time we hit the outdoors, Henry was 99% tuckered out. There was absolutely nothing we could do to get more than half a smile out of him. So yes, he has his little spaced out look in pretty much all the photos. I love them just the same though.

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  • Andrea Perullo

    These are all beyond gorgeous!

  • Angela

    Stacie you look darling! Such sweet photos of your little fam!

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Happy Thanksgiving from the Mika family!
PS: I’ll be sharing more photos from this family photo shoot next week.

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