Kelly Tuohey | » Lifestyle photography in Ashcroft BC. Joyful, authentic & real.

Today was a kicker of a day.  It started two days ago when I “accidentally’ didn’t go to bed until 12:30am and was then unfortunately woken up about 4:30 by a little someone scared of shadows in her bedroom…and on and on and on.  Yesterday I was grumpy.  Today I was downright bipolar.

Woke up and immediately started arguing with the middle child about how she cannot have a kitty face drawn on her face before she goes to school and then, when she realized it was a school day, why she had to go to school when really she just wanted to stay home so I would take her to the store to buy her presents.  (Where do these ideas come from???)

On the flip side, she did make both her and her brothers’ lunches…

Nobody listening, having to yell, resulting in crying and whining all the way to school.

Not eating properly…Trying some new vitamins that probably made me feel sick…or maybe it was the Dairy Queen burger and blizzard combo…

Kids immediately wanting to go to the bakery after school but having not eaten all their lunches….saying no…arguing…saying yes to thrift store shopping and becoming irritated when they can’t find anything but still need to buy SOMEthing…just because we are there.

Wanting to cry on the way home when they realize I won’t take them to the bakery and the “you’re the worst mom ever” starts again (I hear that multiple times a day)…

Freaking out when one trips over a cord that I’d already explained twice to be careful for and knocks over the newly acquired crayon melter-maker thing…not really spilling anything major (thank goodness) but being exasperated all the same.

Telling them I need just 10 minutes to lay down but the minute I do, I have a bum to wipe and an argument to settle.

Having one beg to use his computer but instead convincing him to read only to find him downstairs watching mindless cartoons 5 minutes later.

Letting them have hot chocolate and then having to wipe up the spills.  Arguments over who gets which cup and can I please get them straws to drink their “lukewarm” chocolate with…and spoons…and bring it to the table for me…

Not having anything planned for dinner nor feeling like making anything remotely healthy but remembering I fed them Alphaghettis last night and knowing I’d better come up with something better today.

Running upstairs to grab the computer only to be “mommed” halfway up…

Fighting with the oldest who is complaining about the lasagna I pulled out of the freezer…and it being the fourth time we’ve had pasta this week so he’s not eating it and will instead have a popsicle.

In the midst of it all, trying to find what to be thankful for….

Kids enjoying the new items they bought at the Thrift Store…being able to rest while the older two were at school and the younger played on the iPad for a bit.

Having them watch TV just so it was quiet enough to enjoy a small glass of wine.  Having two hours of amazing conversations this morning with good friends.

The beautiful sunshine that allowed us to go coat free most of the day.  The littlest happily joining me on our errands of mail and groceries and not complaining at all.  Receiving photos in the mail.

Having frozen lasagna in the freezer and finding it early enough to make a dinner out of it.  Having wine on hand…getting three things crossed off my 10 item to-do list.   Receiving multiple compliments on client images.

Two different ways to approach the day.  I try not to let my life and feelings be dictated by the first version.  I try to focus on the second.

I remind myself that every story has two sides and there is always a different way to view any given situation.

And so today, when I feel I’m failing as a parent and trying to decide between homeschooling or running away to a deserted tropical island, I simply choose to sigh, sit down and have a glass of red wine, remembering tomorrow is another day and God is full of grace.

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When life gets crazy, I find it always helps to pick up my camera and head outside. That thin sliver of glass I place between myself and reality immensely helps me put things in perspective. I slow down. I notice more. I see where the light falls. I observe the small joys of childhood that I would otherwise miss while washing up the leftover dishes. Little moments. Like these. Everyday moments…but so important!

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We took our cousins to our favourite place the other day. As much as I’d hoped for the seriously hot weather we’d been enjoying a few weeks ago, we arrived to gusting winds and a chill off the water. Did I mention kids don’t feel the cold, like, ever? Today was no exception. Although no one actually went all the way in the water, they did get changed and dip to their hips!

Of course the sun came out and we all complained how hot it was!

I can’t get enough of those swings though. Each picture I take, I long for the childhood love of swings I so deeply felt. Funny as an adult, they tend to make me ill. Instead, I live vicariously through my children’s love of the swings. And these swings do not disappoint!
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PINIMAGEIsn’t this place just absolutely gorgeous??? *sighs*
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“Hey guys, want to go to Savona Park this morning?” Although I’ve lived around here for almost 40 years, I only found out about this fantastic playground/beach/boat launch approximately two months ago.

I’m not quite sure how I even survived before this knowledge!

Resounding yeses all around, we packed up and headed out.

It’s this beautiful mixture of calm and crazy, petunias and sunscreen, mud and metal. The lake is completely swimmable, and when we arrived, the place was deserted. Does Savona not know the golden treasure they have here?

The highest swings I’ve ever seen. The tallest metal slide within 50 miles. An old orange tugboat rooted deep in the sand. Gravelly beaches with crazy cool driftwood and just the right amount of sticky mud to make slime balls. Enormous weeping willow trees that provide gorgeous shade over the playground and picnic area, while still leaving the beach in the full sun. A large grassy area, a beautifully covered BBQ/picnic area. This list is endless.

This is our new favourite place.
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“Mama, can we bring out the slip n slide?”

It’s dangerously close to bed time, but I say yes anyways. Afterall, it’s so warm out, and hey, it’s water right?

Who can resist the kid-only squeals that accompany cold spraying, uncontrollable water? Not I…

After all, it gave me a chance to practice my free lensing technique using my 85mm prime lens.  Techno-geek speak, but it was so much fun….right up until about image 5…you can guess what happened there. It’s only water, right?

 

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