Thursday, June 22

Surrounded by Creativity + Product Photography

Over the last several months I have been feeling creatively drained. I haven't reached for my crocheting in an awfully long time, my camera has been sitting out collecting dust, even my blog has suffered from lack of writing. I have longed for and loved the idea of getting back into the swing of everything, but with lack of energy and creative oomph, I took a very long break from it all.  

Fortunately, I have formed a circle of friends who are amazing, creative human beings here in Alberta. They have filled my heart and brain with their thoughts, goals, and ideas. I have seen their projects become something over time, coming to life, and bringing joy to others. I have enjoyed talking about a certain craft and project with these women, and even though I have not yet picked up a hook, I have been feeling the inspiration to be a maker again. This community that we have created here, whether formed in person or online, has been so crucial to my creativity break. It fed me when I was tired, and now it is filling me with excited passion to make something from nothing once more. 

One thing I have been blessed to do, during this time off away from creative things, was to take photographs of some of the lovely baby blankets that my friend had been making. Wanting to make a portfolio for herself, and me, completely longing to use my camera again, we became the perfect team one afternoon. With tea in hand, music in the background, and awesome props to use, we documented two baby blankets, and I rediscovered my love for product photography. I hope you enjoy. 
Above is a lovely chevron blanket. 
Below is a gorgeous hexagon pieced blanket.

Wednesday, June 21

What Bug Has Been Loving Lately

 Riding her bike and playing in dirt. 
 Planting flowers with friends. 
The zoo is one of her favourite places. She loves that she can pet animals, watch animals, and go on the train. Last time we were there we celebrated the birthday of our Little, and both girls blew me away by walking around without needing strollers or wagons. They are getting so big!
Collecting flowers and getting faster on her balance bike. 
Helping with cookies and playing with letters.  

Some of the Things That She Has Been Loving Lately :

- She loves to explore. Asking to go on a walk is a daily occurrence.
- She loves helping and being involved in whatever it is that I am doing. She enjoys doing her chores and she loves watching and helping me with meals.
- She loves to plant, collect, and smell the flowers. Flowers are her love language and she loves being around them.
- Riding her balanced bike has become a huge favourite since we bought her a helmet. She is getting faster every time she goes out and she continually talks about how much faster she wants to become.
- If you listen closely, you will hear her say hello to the ants and explain her actions to the birds.
- One of her favourite places is the zoo. She loves to watch and learn about animals.
- Her biggest accomplishment at the moment has been mastering the climbing wall at the park. She loves to climb and being able to do it without the help from mommy & daddy is huge. I managed to take a video of her climbing without help and she loves to show everyone she can.
- When she wants some extra daddy snuggles or after a long day of going, going, going, she will ask if she can either watch or help daddy play Zelda.
- She loves getting mail. We are in the process of trying to learn how to enjoy sending mail also.
- Singing and dancing is another daily occurrence. Her favourite song to sing is How Far I'll Go from Disney's Moana or she will make up the song.
- She loves to learn and she loves to ask questions.
- She loves to read.

What is your favourite ... Answered by Bug

Favourite Colour : Pink
Favourite Animal : Elephants
Favourite Thing to do : Climbing at the park.
Favourite Tv Show : Paw Patrol
Favourite Movie : The Little Mermaid
Favourite Disney Princess : Ariel 
Favourite Song : Little Sir Echo
Favourite Cereal : Fruit Loops
Favourite Book : it's just so hard to pick one!
Favourite Vegetable : Pickles
Favourite Fruit : Pineapple
Favourite Flower : The little ones that turn into strawberries. 
Favourite thing to do with mommy : Going on walks. 
Favourite thing to do with daddy : Playing Zelda.
What do you want to be when you grow up : a bunny. 
What are you really good at : building with wood and fixing the car. 
Who is your best friend : Foxy. 

Monday, June 19

Our Japan 06 - Disneyland

Disneyland!! The magical place where dreams come true! I became a little girl again, roaming around the streets and seeing all of the Disney characters come to life. I wouldn't be surprised if I had more fun than my husband and Bug combined. I don't care if I looked like a crazy person with my Duffy ears, grinning from ear-to-ear, dancing and singing along to all of the music. I was in Disneyland Heaven.

I discovered that Bug was the perfect age for Disneyland as well. With her being three-years-old she was old enough to know a bunch of the characters, to get caught up in the excitement of it all, to be able to walk by herself for the majority of the day, potty-trained, and just excited to have fun with mommy & daddy. She did pass out for a brief nap in the early evening, however, we were waiting in line for the last ride of the day, so it was a perfect time for her to rest. DisneySea and Disneyland was such a great part of our family holiday.
 Bug found a ladybug friend on the way to admission. Even ladybugs visit Disneyland, I suppose.
Before we even entered the park we realized that people were lining up to hug and take pictures with Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Only being able to choose one, we quickly went into the line of Mickey Mouse. It was a very long wait, and we probably ended up waiting for over an hour, however, Disney decided to bless us all by bringing out so many other characters that didn't have lines at all. Husband and I took turns grabbing Bug and running out of the Mickey line so that she could meet Donald Duck, Twiddle Dee & Dum, Piglet, Jimmy Cricket, and many others. This boosted our line moral and got us very excited about the day ahead. 
Bug knew who Mickey was before we came on this trip, however, I never expected her to run up to him and give him a hug without us being there with her. I don't know if its because she saw so many other little girls and boys hug Mickey, or if she general was excited, but these photos have to be some of my favourites! 
Me spotting Cinderella's castle for the first time. I am wearing my Duffy ears, of course. 
We were just in time for the Daytime Parade "Happiness is Here!" Gosh, it was wonderful. So many amazing characters. I find it kind of odd that the only picture that really came out of the entire parade was Genie from Aladdin - one of the husband's favourite movies. haha. 
Next thing on our list was to explore Cinderella's castle. What a dream! 
Those murals though!!! LOVE! 
Bug got to sit on the throne and try on the glass slipper. She felt like a Princess! 
First ride of the day was picked by me. I don't know why, but It's A Small World just seems like a classic Disneyland move. I have always wanted to go, and my husband supported my crazy notion. The expression on my face says it all!! Disneyland Heaven, you guys!! 
Then I took a million photos of all the Alice in Wonderland statues and gardens!
Olaf was part of another parade that we happened upon! There was just so much to see and to do!
Suppertime!! mmmmmm
After supper we climbed the Swiss Family Treehouse! It was so cool seeing it in the dark and the view of Cinderella's castle was gorgeous! We also witnessed another awesome parade from this view.
We took the nighttime Jungle Cruise and it was so much fun. We got to float around in a river boat and see many "animals" as they played around in the wild. Bug was only slightly scared of the crocodiles, their eyes were glowing though, so I mean, that is kind of freaky. haha.
Our last ride for the day was a Winnie the Pooh ride! Oh gosh it was fun. Bug slept as we waited in line and I loved looking at the ride designs - it was so fun to be able to walk around pages from the book. Bug did say that she was scared of the Hufflelumps, but we bounced around like Tiger and got stuck in honey with Pooh, so in the end it was also her favourite ride. Afterwards we treated ourself to honey flavoured popcorn! Bug loved it. 

We walked around the park a little bit more and slowly made our way back to the lockers to gather up our things. Another day gone fast. Our plan was to stick around for the fireworks, but they were cancelled for the evening last minute. A shame, but we will catch them next time I am sure. 

Have you, dear readers, been to Disneyland? What was your favourite moment? What was your favourite park? I would love to hear all about it. We now know the magic of it and plan to come back one day, hopefully, very soon. 
Japan was amazing. There is so much to see and experience it was honestly the perfect family Holiday. My family and I are hoping to go back there soon to revisit a few places (like DisneySea and the Shinjuku Gyoen) and we want to see all the new. In the future I would love to be able to put together a must-visit places or our top go-to restaurants for this blog for Tokyo and other cities, and so much more. The creative juices are just flowing. I have felt so much excitement being able to put these blog posts together, it makes me want to do it all over again. Immediately. 

For now, however, I will be working on my Japanese and doing a lot more research for our next trip. I would love to hear if you have any place recommendations or if there are any books that you recommend that we check out about Japan. Please let me know and leave a comment down below! 

Thank you so very much for reading about our Japan vacation. If you missed any of our posts, click here, and it will take you to all of them. I am also still gathering and going through all of our museum photos, so if you are curious about seeing those, let me know and I will post about them another day. xo 
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