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jbdoc Gem loves to play doctor. She sticks things in my ears, wraps my arms to check blood pressure, hits my knee to check reflex, listens to my heart go ba-bum, ba-bum. Oh…and instead of a lollipop, she offers me a mani-pedi. You can only expect the best from Dr. Gem.

posted in just because,kids,personal on January 7, 2015 | leave a comment

bike1-14bike2-14bike3-14bike4-14_bike5-14bike6-14bike10-14 While Gem naps, Stellar and I make the escape. We usually head to the park…one of her favourite spots. For her, it’s been ALL about the monkey bars. This past summer, Stellar has finally conquered the two wheel bike. The journey to and from the park has now become the best part.

posted in kids,personal on November 15, 2014 | leave a comment

smr2 After a long crazy winter, we’re all glad you finally showed up:)

posted in kids,personal on July 1, 2014 | leave a comment

dr1dr3dr19dr15dr17dr4dr6dr9dr10dr11dr14dr20dr27dr21dr23dr22dr32dr28dr33dr26dr13 Feelin’ hot, hot, hot! We left our busy city and allowed the Dominican to recalibrate our mind and body. It was a great trip that had a balance of adventure and leisure:) Zip lining over forests, meeting dolphins and feeding monkeys didn’t allow for the camera but were all amazing to experience. Actually, what I enjoyed most was visiting the local people and getting a glimpse into their simple and challenging, yet vibrant lives. Driving every day on the local roads was an adventure in itself, by the end of our trip Lon picked up some new death defying skills. My only regret is not being able to stay behind and witness the partnership of World Vision Youth and Live Different building a new home for a family with the direct support of their local community. Maybe next time:)

posted in personal on September 1, 2013 | leave a comment

I don’t know about you, but my kids look starkly different from when they’re awake to when they sleep. Something magical happens to their faces…it softens, relaxes and they become absolute angels. For a moment, you somehow forget how they drove you crazy just minutes before:) Loovvve sleep.

posted in family,kids,personal on July 19, 2012 | leave a comment

“A game” face.loves the chasesoaking in the small moments…Even at the young age of 2, she’s already beginning to show her true colours. Gem truly enjoys life, except when she doesn’t get what she wants when she wants it. She doesn’t really look for mommy and daddy’s approval, as Stellar does. Let’s face it, she doesn’t even really notice that we’re around. She’s highly independent and dances to her own beat. What she will aspire to be is a big “???” And so, we’re really curious to see how things turn out. She’s definitely one of those stories where nothing is predictable and is full of surprises. We’re so thankful that Stellar is the bigger sister and can somewhat help guide and navigate Gem through life…we’re hoping–fingers crossed.

posted in kids,personal on June 3, 2012 | leave a comment

all of the following images are shot by kids ages 10 & 11….yeahhh super coolios!This school year has been quite eventful, as it is every year teaching the young minds of the future:P This one has been extra super fun(for me…and hopefully the kids too!) since I started our school’s very first photography club:) As anticipated, many kids wanted to join…some didn’t even have a clue what it was about:P It’s my first year running it so I knew the numbers needed to manageable. Our members include 10 young artists from grade 4 and 5 classes. Most of them started off not knowing where the on and off button was. Now, only after a few short months, they’re handling their point and shoot cameras like young pros. Yup, Ms. Chiu couldn’t be more proud:D If you’re reading this and have an extra point and shoot camera lying around, memory cards, or any other fun camera gear to donate–the kids and I would be forever thankful!!!

posted in personal on May 28, 2012 | 1 comment