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A Big Reason to be Festive!

In case you can’t tell by my photos, I had some fun with this week’s Christmas Light Bokeh Prompt for this week’s Good to Wow: Shoot and Edit. Christmas lights are so pretty! And happy! And Fun! But that in itself is not the big reason I have to be festive.

I’m assuming that you want to know because you’re still reading. Here it is:

I’m no longer unemployed Bean; instead I’m going to be E.I.T. Bean! (That stands for engineer in training.) That’s right! I have a job!

It’s awesome because a) it was totally a God thing as I didn’t actually apply for the job, they just wanted to interview me and b) it’s a job I actually want! I’ve talked about my previous potential job angst before and about how I was hesitant to really go out and get myself an engineering job. This opportunity literally fell into my lap (praise the Lord!) and who am I to say no when that’s where God wants me to be?

How has God shown you his providence lately?

All these shots are Straight Out of the Camera (SOOC).


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Bah Humbug?

To be honest, I really haven’t been feeling terribly Christmas-y yet despite the snow on the ground and it being Advent and all. Mr. Bean can attest to how annoyed I was that my favourite radio station started playing Christmas music on American Thanksgiving. (It’s not even advent yet! Why are they playing Christmas music already!??! Why can’t they wait until Advent starts or until it’s December?!!?)

When I was growing up, we didn’t really start celebrating Christmas itself until basically Christmas Eve. I especially loved that some of the first Christmas Carols we’d sing were at the Lessons and Carols service at Church as well as on Christmas Eve instead of at the end of November. It made it seem so much more special! My family celebrated Advent and would do the Advent wreath/calendar things in December but we wouldn’t really put up any decorations, including our Christmas tree, until the 20th – 23rd (depending on how organized we were! haha. For what it’s worth, my family is usually one of the families whose Christmas cards arrive after Christmas.) Some of you probably think we’re crazy, which is fine, but we’ve always believed that the 12 days of Christmas start at Christmas and so that’s when we’d really celebrate Christmas and enjoy the Christmas atmosphere. So, I guess one of the reasons why I’m not terribly enthused for Christmas at the moment is that I’m afraid that I’ll be tired of it by the time it actually comes around – do you ever feel this way? Plus, from being in university, I learned quickly that as much as I might have wanted to get into the Christmas Spirit, I couldn’t if I wanted to do well on my finals! Old habits die-hard I guess!

View of the Rocky Mountains on Saturday Morning

That being said, given that it’s now actually December and we’re now in the second week of Advent, Mr. Bean and I have put up our mini Christmas tree, our Christmas lights and our door wreath and that helps make me feel a bit more in the Christmas spirit. I have been listening to the Christmas songs on the radio occasionally while I drive to tutoring because I like the DJ in the afternoon, they give good traffic updates and sometimes secular music annoys me more that 24/7 Christmas music. (I’m really picky, aren’t I? I guess that’s what happens when you enjoy listening to Christian music and then it’s taken away from you – that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it! haha.) Despite that, I’m still trying the “dip your toe in first” method instead of the “just jump right in!” method when it comes to enjoying Christmas in hopes that when Christmas finally gets here, I still want to celebrate it! Maybe like Scrooge I’m not so Bah Humbug-y after all; I just take a bit of time to get into the Christmas spirit! 🙂

When do you start celebrating Christmas? Are you sick of the Christmas atmosphere by the time it actually comes around?

These photos are Straight Out Of the Camera (SOOC) and are my submission for this week’s Christmas/Holiday themed Good to Wow: Shoot and Edit over on Jill’s Blog.



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Helping Create Memories

I mentioned that I had a bunch of photoshoots last week. One of these was my friend D and her two kids G and B (who was 5 weeks old!) I was so happy that I was able to get and capture this moment in time for them as B will only be small for such a short time!

We first headed out to the park, where I took some shots of G. He was pretty cute as he would either run away from the camera or smile “like a monster.” (Basically a fierce variation of cheese.)

You know what else was super cute? How much G loves his new baby sister. He was quite content to sit with her, hold her hand and snuggle a bit with her.

I hoped that once G went down for his nap after lunch, we would be able to take some newborn-esque photos. It’s funny because she was really sleepy and calm all morning but once I tried to take photos of her sleeping, she refused to pose and was quite fussy. I guess that’s why they recommend taking photos before 4 weeks and doing it when the babies are sleepiest. Maybe she knew that I needed to leave before 3:15 so I wasn’t caught in traffic? Who knows?

I think that’s my favourite photo of her as she’s actually kind of sleeping. I thought that she would have enjoyed not being dressed a bit more (as I thought most babies liked that,) but maybe she was too cold despite it being SUPER hot in the room? Live and learn!

Have you ever tried to take Newborn photos before?

These are my Straight Out Of the Camera shots  for this week’s Memories themed Good to Wow: Shoot and Edit. See the rest of the SOOCs over at Jill’s blog.


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With Much Thanksgiving

Today is Canadian Thanksgiving, so Happy Thanksgiving everyone! (I know, way to early for any Americans, but our growing season is much shorter up here!) Especially around this time of year, I am reminded why I have a ton of reasons to be thankful! The first one I’ll start with has to do with these photos: one day last week, Mr. Bean brought me flowers “just because.” This wasn’t really your average bouquet of flowers as it had two elements that bouquets don’t normally have:

That’s right – Kale and peppers. I bet you’ve never had a bouquet like that before!

Besides that, I know that I am a very blessed person! I am so grateful for all the people in my life – Mr. Bean, my family, friends, people at my bible study and church, kids that I teach Sunday school to and tutor, my counsellor, and so many more! And finally, I am thankful for all of you lovely people who read my blog – for your support, encouragement and being able to visit your blogs and get to know you more!

I’m also so thankful for God’s provision – for the roof over our heads, the abundance of water, food and support we have and that we’re able to live in such a great country as Canada, where we can freely worship God, be able to speak our hearts and minds without fear of disappearing in the night, can be friends with whomever we please and that views every human life as having value.

I’m also grateful that this Thanksgiving Mr. Bean and I are able to spend time with both of our families as well as being able to make and share food and good times which each of them!

I hope that you have a blessed Thanksgiving! (Or at least a blessed Monday if you aren’t celebrating thanksgiving for a while.)

What are you grateful for?

The Straight Out Of the Camera (SOOC) shots are my submission for this week’s Leaves themed “Good to Wow: Shoot and Edit.” Sorry, no fall leaves over here – if you want to see some, please look at the engagement shots I took of my brother and his fiance or of my hike in Buller Pass a few weeks ago. 🙂


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Summer Fun: Swimming in the River

5 pm

Ah… Summer. One of my favourite things about summer is swimming. I LOVE water and I’ve always been a water baby. So much so that I’ve gone swimming in alpine lakes and glacier fed rivers like the one at my parent’s cabin. Luckily it’s been super hot over the last two days, so swimming in a cold river is more of a treat that anything. (Who am I kidding? I’d probably be in the water as long as it was above 15C and not raining.)

8 pm

Our usual “swimming hole” is a whirlpool deep enough that you can’t touch the bottom. Yesterday, I went swimming by myself while my mom did a bit of work. Unsurprisingly, she had to come and tell me to stop when was time to head back into town. I was having too much fun!

Who knew my leg went that high while I dived?

Tonight, Mr. Bean and I headed out there for dinner and to cool down. However, our plans to be cooled down by swimming were foiled as a thunderstorm came through and did it for us. Being me, I was still determined to go swimming despite it being cooler and much later in the day, so understandably our swimming was much shorter than the day before!

I’ve been on a bit of a panorama kick lately, so I couldn’t resist making one of our swimming spot. I really like it, but I’m curious to see if anyone can spot evidence that the panorama is a composite.

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What is one of your favourite things about summer?

See all the other summer themed Straight Out Of the Camera shots for this week’s Good to Wow: Shoot and Edit over at Jill’s Blog!


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