Jessie’s

[as per December 10th, 2018]

Starts her day off by asking where all of her important people are: ‘where’s Mommy’ ‘where’s Daddy’ ‘where’s Binny’ ‘where’s Floydy’ etc.

Stuns us every single day by spouting off new words, phrases and/or sentences.

Went from no vs. noooooo (yes) to 
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Occasionally walks with her hands clasped behind her back like a little old Asian man. Also enjoys wearing hats.

Had her first Mommy haircut not too long ago. Got bangs and looked super Asian.

Finally allows ponytails to remain in her hair… which is still chocolate brown and still stick straight.

Currently a TERRIBLE sleeper. Not quite sure what happened there. But at some point she falls asleep on Craig or I… and often both, multiple times a night. It is wildly inconvenient, but we are trying to soak it in… for now.

Still livin that soother life.

Is thoroughly enjoying ALL of the holidays this year: decorating a spooky house and going trick or treating at Halloween. Eating all of the delicious food at Thanksgiving. Since putting up the Christmas lights, has put her clammy little hand in someone’s to ‘see yights’ multiple times an evening.

Loves ‘Santan’ from afar (sounds more like sun tan)

Being the 2nd born, religiously picks things up and deems them as ‘Jessie’s’

That being said, she is totally enthralled with her big sis and wants to do whatever Brynlee’s doing.

Loves to clean and hates having dirty hands. Will pick up the tiniest crumb, place it in your hand and say ‘garbage’

Favourite books: Toot, Goodnight Moon, Where’s Baby, and anything with bunnies

Enjoys giving her pup treats… but sometimes tries to eat them herself.

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We took the girls to Christmas Glow, an indoor lights festival last Friday and they had an absolute blast! Brynlee was thrilled to be able to run around as she pleased and Jess just kept exclaiming ‘yights!’ everywhere we went.

From the magical LED swings to the beautiful hanging lights, the hopscotch pad was definitely the girls’ favourite. We will likely visit again since it is a fantastic indoor activity and open until January 19th!

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A Gift: Zaremba

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Last winter I was incredibly honoured when the PICU social committee reached out to see if I would donate a session for their Christmas Party. Of course I said yes! And the beautiful and insanely compassionate nurse, Katelyn was the one to receive it. Her and her boyfriend met me out at my parents’ place one beautiful fall evening and brought along with them their gorgeous pup Abby. I had such a blast photographing their connection and love for one another. It was a great opportunity to see my two worlds collide!

Here is a glimpse of their gorgeous session,

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Brynlee Goes to Preschool

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Brynlee started preschool this September and she couldn’t have been more excited. As a natural people person she was enthralled at the idea of playing with other kiddos and making new friends. It has been a wild ride watching her learn and grow these past three years but damn am I ever proud. She is vibrant, thoughtful, determined and always full of energy. She has taught me the power of unconditional love, patience and to see the fun in the world around us.

PS- only 32 days until she gets to be the special helper!

Height: 40.5 in          Weight: 37.5 lbs          Shoe size: 8          Clothing size: 5


Favourites as per Sept. 23, 2018

Book: Where’s Waldo

Song: Happy Birthday

Food: pizza

Treat: chocolate

Thing to do: play with Daddy in the basement

Animal: elephants and horses

Place to go: the zoo to see Lucy

Thing to wear: dresses

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The Extended Monk Family

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Last fall I asked Kylie if her mom would sew our family a quilt. The idea was that each year we would have our family photos taken with it. Then when our kiddos were all grown and having families of their own, we would still have this precious quilt to remind us of all of the beautiful memories.

Instead of paying Sharon for her amazing work and attention to detail, Kylie suggested we ‘trade labor’. Therefore, this summer I took some photos of their beautiful family.

I think we each got a hell of a deal… if you’d like to see the gorgeous quilt Sharon made, check out this post.

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The Littles & I

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Back in May my littles & I spent the afternoon with a beauty of a human and super talented photographer Tracey Jazmin. She was mentoring another photographer and needed a family to capture during the session. Craig was working and wasn’t able to make it but Tracey was so kind, helpful and amazing with my girls that it was just so easy.

After the shoot Tracey very graciously sent over some photos that I will cherish forever. It reminded me of how important it is to get in front of the camera every now and again. Plus to think that she captured these amazing moments while teaching another photographer and helping me wrangle two small children…

So if you’re looking for a mega talented photographer or mentor, she is definitely your girl!

Check out her website HERE

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All photos courtesy of TRACEY JAZMIN

Cake Smash: Elwood Finnie

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I love photographing this family. They are such beautiful people inside & out, lots of fun to be around and have a stunning home that I have had the pleasure to shoot in three times now.

Click here to see their lifestyle newborn session & here for their fall family session.

A kid’s reaction to cake is always a bit of a surprise. Parents may think they have an idea of how it will go but most are shocked. I think Elwood certainly surprised his parents when he dove head first into his first pile of sugar and was covered head to toe in whipped cream. Anyways, it was an absolute blast and I can’t wait to share this amazing session with all of you!

Keep on scrolling to see Elwood’s priceless introduction to CAKE.

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Jessica Today

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[as per Aug. 22, 2018]

Weighs 24 lbs

Preferred mode of transportation is walking and will climb up the stairs any chance she gets

Absolutely adores her big sister & pup and calls them ‘Bee-uh’ and ‘Flo’

Loves climbing up onto the couch to bounce and wrestle with Brynlee and Daddy

1 ER visit for a lip stitch (a bit of a reckless daredevil)

Still loves ALL the food but has a special place for cookies and ice cream

Throws everything off her highchair and enjoys scavenging for crumbs and leftovers once she’s out

No interest in watching TV

Essential oil & tooth brushing enthusiast

Reorganizer and decorator of the house

Nap time bandit but sleeps through the night

Nudist & fresh diaper pooper

Climber, whiner and swim suit steeler

Obsessed with books

Recently visited Dad at work but just ate mini wheats

Snuggler & lover of Mommy

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Baby Fletcher

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You know those people who are put in your life for a reason? The ones who keep you grounded and can talk you through anything… the ones who get you through that first nursing clinical… the person who will come with you to your kid’s art class on their day off… the friend that your kids call Auntie…

Well now I can officially call that person family.

The world works in mysterious ways & I can’t wait to meet the newest member of the family! #babyfletcher

Here are a few more photos from my session with these two beautiful souls!

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