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Nov 09 / 2014

Alright!  Here is my first post since moving my blog over from my old site into our new website.  If you’ve been subscribing to posts at paraphrasesblog.blogspot.com, you’ll need to switch over and follow here now as I won’t be writing in two places! I hurriedly finished building this site over the weekend and beginning […]

Photography 365 Project: (Days 306 – 312)

Nov 03 / 2014

Friday, I remembered one of the many benefits of teaching piano after work almost every day:  You don’t CLOCK WATCH.  Oh man, having nothing to do Friday evening other than hang out with awesome friends made the day just drag by.  Eventually the clock finally hit 3:55pm, and I was out of there!  My husband […]

Photography 365 Project: (Days 297 – 305)

Oct 30 / 2014

Okay, so we’re officially three weeks into our month of no purchases.  Since a month has slightly more than four weeks, we actually have 10 days left.  We’re done on November 9th.  I’m trying hard to think of what to update on since week three was pretty similar to week two.  We did, however, make […]

One Month Without – 3 Weeks In

Oct 24 / 2014

Tuesday, October 14th, I tried to shoot a bit more deliberately.  I’ve been preparing an application for the last half a year or so and had a friend review it for me before submission this month.  Turns out I have a bit more work to do, so I threw out a bunch of images and […]

Photography 365 Project: (Days 287 – 296)

Oct 23 / 2014

So today marks almost the half-way point in our One Month Without (buying anything) challenge.  There’s been a lot of reactions as people find out what we’re doing.  I’ve had people question my motives, my resolve, and my sanity.  I’ve had people feel inspired and write to tell me how their lives were being impacted […]

One Month Without – Half Way

Oct 14 / 2014

Tuesday, October 7th, I started a new project at work and we had two days of orientation.  I’ll be working at a different location every Tuesday and Wednesday from this month onward until, at the very least, next Summer, helping test new software for the hospitals.  I’m excited for both the change in task and […]

Photography 365 Project: (Days 280 – 286)

Oct 10 / 2014

It’s amazing how 5 years can feel like forever and an instant all at once.  It’s amazing how when you feel like you can’t love someone any more than you already do, but you find yourself more in love every year.  No one told me marriage would be this wonderful.  It was supposed to be […]

5 Years: An Anniversary Post

Oct 09 / 2014

We had an interesting question at our Life Group last night:  “How do you determine what is a need in your life versus what is a ‘want.’”  I feel like we answered the question quickly.  Too quickly.   We need food.  We need water.  We don’t need the latest renovations on our home.  We don’t […]

Need vs. Want: One Month Without

Oct 07 / 2014

  Sunday, September 28th, I enjoyed a nice sleep in after getting up so early the previous day to accompany my dad to the shooting range.  Nick was an absolute sweet heart and let me rest while he prepared scrambled eggs with avocado, bacon, sliced salami, fruit, and toast for us with jam he brought […]

Photography 365 Project: (Days 271 – 279)

Sep 30 / 2014

I think I post about “adventures” a lot.  I call them adventures because I’m pretty easily amused and even going to the grocery store counts as an adventure to me.  An adventure, in my mind, is anything that is different or out of the ordinary.  Anything that isn’t working or sleeping.  But in my eagerness […]

Ordinary Days and Adventures

Sep 29 / 2014

This Friday my dad came down from the interior for a visit.  It was a very quick trip, with him arriving Friday after work and leaving Sunday morning.  We went and grabbed some groceries, came home, put some pizza/wings in the oven, and played a couple rounds of Ticket to Ride.  After staying up chatting […]

Family Weekend

Sep 28 / 2014

  Friday, September 20th, I “only” had to do a little bit of correspondence and exporting photos.  9.5 hours later, I was still right where I started (physically) :P.  So much for an almost day off! Sunday, I headed over to a wedding shower after church and it had all my favourite goodies that I’m […]

365 Photography Project: (Days 263 – 270)

Sep 21 / 2014

Somehow in my daily postings on this blog, I didn’t actually put up September 4th’s photo!  Well, here it is.  I had to dust off the old guitar to learn a duet part to play with a piano student.  🙂  Turns out it was in a pretty hard key, so I’m glad she just asked […]

Photography 365 Project: (Days 253 – 262)

Sep 11 / 2014

  Friday, my husband took me on The Most Amazing surprise date!  I won’t elaborate more here as I wrote an entire blog post just about the awesome experience, and if you’re interested, you can check it out HERE. Saturday I was hired to shoot my very first Romanian baptism.  I read a little about it […]

Photography 365 Project: (Days 247 – 252: Summer Adventure Recaps)

Sep 11 / 2014

Sometime in the Spring of this year, Nick and I were sitting in a restaurant lobby waiting for seating for Wing Wednesday.  We were talking about how last year we didn’t get to do anything fun really because of the work hours we kept.  We were talking about how we wanted this year to be […]

End of Summer Date

Sep 04 / 2014

Just a short post to say I was recently honoured when fellow photographer, Jill Camacho Quash, asked to feature me in her blog!  If you’re interested in the read, you should head over and check it out!  Plus, her blog / website is gorgeous, so you should go look just for that alone 🙂 Check […]

Photography Interview

Sep 04 / 2014

  Thursday, I came home and iced my feet as they were bugging me after a weekend of shooting and I had another two-day wedding coming up: Friday, we went over to some friends for dinner, board games, and hot chocolate.  We haven’t gone out in the evening together to play games with friends in […]

Photography 365 Project: (Days 240 – 246)

Aug 29 / 2014

Thursday, I had a request from an upcoming wedding to do some cool photos using sparklers.  I wanted to make sure I had ballpark camera settings ready, so I borrowed Nick for a quick test drive.  It’s hard to remain perfectly still and draw a heart in the air, so it isn’t perfect, but it’s […]

Photography 365 Project: (Days 233 – 239)

Aug 22 / 2014

It’s still August.  It’s still Summer.  But it’s changing.  The light is disappearing noticeably faster each day.  It’s taking on its Autumn-gold tinge too early.  I swear I saw my first red leaf yesterday boldly announcing that school buses will soon be retracing familiar paths and Pumpkin Spice Lattes will be gracing office desks. The […]

Photography 365 Project: (Day 232 – Summer’s End)

Aug 20 / 2014

I’m not going to lie, it’s getting tough to keep up with a photo for every single day.  I still haven’t missed or had to make up any, but I’m really glad we’re 231 done and only 134 to go!  I love shooting, and I love this project, but boy is it time consuming to […]

Photography 365 Project: (Days 223 – 231)

Aug 11 / 2014

Tuesday, August 5th, I was looking back through my photos from this project so far and feeling pleased that, as a whole, they really do seem to represent our lives in 2014.  This was always my intent – to have a daily photo journal of the year.  I found a picture of Bacon from back […]

Photography 365 Project: (Days 217 – 222)

Aug 05 / 2014

Last week Nick offhandedly mentioned that the summer camp we both worked at together ages ago asked him to go over and spend a couple days shooting a video for them, and they offered that I could come along as well.  Since Nick works Saturdays and I had used up all my holidays at work […]

Photography 365 Project: (Days 215 – 216: Island Adventures)

Aug 03 / 2014

Thursday, around 8pm, we packed up the car with some snacks, an air mattress, camera gear, and a computer pre-loaded with a movie to watch.  I took Friday off work, so I knew we could stay out late.  We headed West to drive along the ocean to find a good location to see the stars. […]

Photography 365 Project: (Days 212 – 214: Star Gazing)

Aug 02 / 2014

Ever since I moved down to the coast just over 5 years ago, we have had a summer tradition of going to  one night of the Festival of Lights, which is an international fireworks competition held in our city.  We did miss last year due to the craziness, but we’re back on track this year […]

Photography 365 Project: (Day 211: Festival of Lights)

Aug 02 / 2014

I’ve been a little absent lately online.  The end of July proved to be a bit busier than expected.  A few more piano students popping in for summer lessons, a heavier workload at the office, and a lot more photography gigs than anticipated, and way too many late nights.  All mostly good things.  Just busy […]

Photography 365 Project: (Days 199 – 210)

Jul 22 / 2014

Just for fun, I’m not going to post a picture today.  Nick is finishing up my June recital DVDs for the kiddos.  I won’t post all of them, but here’s one of a dear friend and myself playing one of my favourite pieces: The Dallas Tango by David Karp  (Password, if required, = “Laura”):

A Little Video – Dallas Tango

Jul 18 / 2014

Thursday night, Nick had a meeting, so I had the place to myself and not much to do.  It was really nice! Friday was the beginning of a heat wave in these parts: Saturday I spent the entire day home alternating between editing photos and napping while Nick was off on a wedding: Sunday, after church, we headed out […]

Photography 356 Project: (Days 191 – 198)

Jul 10 / 2014

Wednesday, July 2nd, was a pretty ordinary day.  A little bit of piano teaching (to make up for not teaching on the Statutory Holiday the day prior), and still enjoying finishing my day in the daylight!  I so love Summer with my whole heart. Thursday, I had every intention of going to bed early.  Bringing my […]

Photography 365 Project: (Days 183 – 190)

Jul 03 / 2014

I can’t believe that by the time I hit “Publish” on this blog post I will be officially half done my 365 project.  Craziness!  The people that I’ve met and the friendships that have formed through this are just a bonus to having half of 2014 documented in a photo book I’ve been creating as […]

Photography 365 Project (Days 174 – 182: HALF WAY!)

Jul 03 / 2014

Yesterday, Nick and I decided to play tourist in our own city.  He has lived here for 7 years and I have lived here for 5, and yet we have never done much that is truly “Vancouver”.  We were either always too broke or too busy.  This year has been a year of finding a […]

Aquarium, Sea Wall, and Fireworks (Canada Day)

Jul 01 / 2014

I think there are two dangers in blogging, or sharing through any form of social media really.  I think there’s the danger of publicly declaring every emotion that pulls at your heart.  I’m bored.   I’m upset.  I’m frustrated.  I’m angry.  I’m hurt.  Etc.  And there’s also the danger of portraying your life as some […]

Behind the Scenes

Jun 24 / 2014

Tuesday, June 17th, I may have set a record for how late we ate dinner.  Actually, scratch that.  (We ate dinner at 11:00pm last night).  Ironically, part of the reason for the delay was because I was working on this photograph.  I didn’t want to control my camera from my phone.  That would be too […]

Photography 365 Project: (Days 168 – 173 with a LOT of extras!)

Jun 17 / 2014

I never used to be a huge fan of black and white photography, but I have to admit that it’s growing on me.  I find it especially useful for the times my husband’s face is lilac-coloured from a purple computer screen.  Here is my lovely SOOC (straight-out-of-camera): This is what the photo looks like in […]

Photography 365 Project: (Day 167: Converting My Everyday)

Jun 16 / 2014

Tuesday night, after teaching, we enjoyed some nice BBQ’d steaks for dinner, and cuddled on the couch to catch up on t.v. shows.  Watching t.v. is always better with a 7-11 break to run for candies, don’t you know 😉 Wednesday night I didn’t have any piano students after work as the three I would normally teach […]

Photography 365 Project: (Days 161 – 166)

Jun 15 / 2014

Thursday evening felt a lot like a mini holiday.  After work, I walked down to my in-laws’ hotel room, since the conference they were in town for had put them up relatively close to my office.  I grabbed a few shots from their awesome 23rd-floor room, and then we headed off to dinner on a […]

Five-Hour Holidays