Christmas Crafting – Day 4

“He’s making a list and checking it twice, gonna find out whose naughty or nice”…on day 4 we are making a Naughty & Nice sign. I bought a naughty and nice sign a few years ago at Target (while they made their brief appearance in Canada), but someone naughty broke it. So I made a new one and pointed at the naughty party.

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Christmas Crafting – Day 3

On the third day of Christmas my true love made for me…JOY. For a few years I have been photographing my friends and their families for Christmas. I make props and setup photo areas in my house. I made these JOY letter last year for the photoshoot, after which one of my kids broke the J. Which promoted me to yell “stop breaking my JOY”.

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A Light in the Storm

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Packing up this piece today, to send it to the “Inner Workings” art show at The Gerry & Nancy Pencer Brain Tumor Centre in the Princess Margaret in Toronto. Last year I participated in the “Brain Cancer Got Me Thinking” art show in Vancouver with this quilling piece which kept me busy during recovery from brain surgery.

On March 18, 2015, I was diagnosed with a brain tumour while standing in the hallway of the emergency department. It was an emotional journey while I battled with what it meant to have a brain tumour and the decisions that I had to make as a result. On August 7th, 2015, I had surgery to remove the tumour.

Learning that you have a brain tumour is a dark experience. Having a brain tumour is not something that we patients do alone, we need life guards and beacons of light in the storm. One of the people that brought me light was my neurosurgeon. He was patient, kind and gave me hope. I also see him as a life guard who protected me through surgery. I dedicate this photo to him, and as I no longer need his services there is no longer a life guard on duty.

“A Light in the Storm” is my entry to the “Inner Workings” show.

Moat Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

Florida has been on my mind of late with all of the news about Hurricane Matthew. While we were there earlier this year we visited the Moat Marine Laboratory & Aquarium in Sarasota. I hadn’t been there before but my parents had, and they suggested it as a good place to spend the day with the kids, and it was. The kids got to see fish and marine mammals that they can’t see locally. My oldest pet a sting ray which was a pretty big deal for him, and there was lots and lots of talk about the sharks. My favourite was the jelly fish, I can watch them all day.

Thankful

Today and everyday I am thankful for many things. Most of all I am thankful for these guys. They make me laugh, they make me mad, they make me cry, they make it possible to run through a full gamut of emotions in an afternoon.

Yesterday we hit the beach with the intention of taking some new family photos. We have been documenting the growth of these kiddos with an over abundance of photos, but they don’t seem to mind. Taking photos at the beach allows them to play while I snap away, and for a few moments we ask them to sit still, which typically has mixed results.

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So Long Summer

My Making A Life blog was getting a little overloaded with photography posts so I have created another website specific to photography here it is…

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Today celebrates the last day of summer. I can’t think of a better way to close off an excellent season than sunsets. As the sunsets on summer 2016 tonight, I am going to keep the excellent memories of summer warmth alive until next year. So long summer, welcome fall.

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Victoria Fly By

I have been out and about taking more photos. I also have a photography website if you are interested in photography check it out. http://www.sarahpattersonphoto.com

Sarah Patterson Photography

I had the opportunity recently to do a fly by over Victoria, BC. It was a beautiful day even with the wind. I literally bounced around in my seat and more than once collided with the window while snapping at the landscape below. Even with the turbulence I managed to capture a few shots which I am pretty proud of. Please let me know what you think in the comments below.

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Kayaking with kids

thetis-11-making-a-lifeWe are so fortunate to live surrounded by so much natural beauty. Thetis Lake is one such place just outside of Victoria. We made it to Thetis twice this summer, once for a hike and the second time for a paddle. The trails around upper and lower lakes are classified as moderate, and I was so proud of our youngest hiker who walked the entire trail without complaint.

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Pickle Pub Crawl – Victoria

Last weekend, I got pickled. I spent Sunday with a group of moms on the Victoria Harbour Ferry Pickle Pub Crawl. Unfortunately, we picked the only rainy day in Victoria all summer, but we weren’t going to let a little rain stop us!

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Third Times A Charm

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After the first disastrous camping trip three years ago, I didn’t have it in me to try for a second time. When my husband decided to give it another go I wimped out and took our not quite 2-year-old home to sleep at night. Last year I used the “I have a brain tumour” excuse (which got me out of just about everything that I didn’t want to do) and we didn’t go. This year I took one for the family, pulled up my big girl panties and went camping.

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