New Brunswick, Canada

Oh hey, blog, it’s been a while!

Last month we took a family vacation up to New Brunswick, Canada. One morning I took my camera down to the beach with us and filmed the kids a bit so I could put this video together. Honestly I prefer photography over videography by far, but I always find that I watch the old videos I’ve made so often because the capture the kids’ phases so well. There’s nothing like seeing their little mannerisms that they’ve outgrown and (as much as I promise myself I won’t) I’ve forgotten about. So I’m hoping to make more little films to preserve these memories and perhaps I’ll actually start recording them in this space again as well.


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/233659779″>New Brunswick, Canada</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user53028696″>Allison Howe</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>




Breakheart Reservation

On Tuesday we headed to Breakheart Reservation with a few friends and their kiddos, and it’s since become our new favorite place. Since the kids are at a tough age for me to hike with them alone – Henry being too heavy for me to carry on my back for long, especially with a pack – this place, boasting a paved trail, allows me to take the stroller and give us easier access to nature without destroying my back. It’s a mile walk to the lake and a mile back, a perfect distance for us.

Nora’s currently obsessed with playing “Snake!” which involves pointing out fallen logs, pretending they’re giant snakes and running away from them. We also collect sticks and rocks along the way, pause here and there to explore off the paved path and jump from stumps and climb hills.

The swimming hole is perfect – nice and shallow with lifeguards present and plenty of shade to spread out blanket out in. I have a feeling we’ll be spending some quality time here this summer.

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Father’s Day in the City

(I apologize for the super cliche song. I couldn’t help myself.)

On Sunday we had a make-up Father’s Day for Chuck since the entire family was hit with a nasty cold on the 19th and we did nothing but sit on the couch, watch tv, and complain the entire weekend. But we did a good job making up for it on Sunday, hitting some of our favorite spots around the city and hanging out with our one and only favorite guy. He’s a good one – the best – and he makes life full and happy.

Part of my desire to film our day was due to my slowly building anxiety about our impending move and channeling that into an effort to record our city memories. Although I’m super excited to live in a new town and have a house of our own, this city has been our home for a long time and I know I’ll miss it. (I’m acting like we’re moving out of state – the new house is only 40 minutes away. Change is hard!)

 

 


Weekend Exploring

 

A little weekend adventure in Essex, MA. Since my lovely husband bought me a new computer for Mother’s Day, I’m finally able to edit properly again and not just on my phone (perhaps breaking my instagram addiction and redirecting some of my photography here?). Anyhow, this is the first video I’ve edited in a long time and the first I’ve ever shot on my DSLR. I have quite a bit to learn but it’s fun to do and there’s nothing like recorded videos of the kids to look back on (and cry about) years from now.


Life Lately

Crummy weather, a cold making it’s way around the family and a tediously slow house search have us all feeling a bit of cabin fever. But we’re trying to make the best of it and as a bonus I think the boredom has really jump started Nora and Henry’s playfulness with each other. Nora’s favorite game lately has been to try and make baby laugh, and Henry has begun to figure out peekaboo which they both adore. Now if only spring would truly arrive so we can take this energy outdoors!

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Portraits 10/52

Yes, I skipped weeks 7, 8 and 9 of the 52Project. Of course, it’s mostly due to my inability to adhere to any kind of schedule, but it’s also due in part to the fact that Nora has recently developed a pretty strong aversion to the camera. I’m trying to respect her choices; she’s suddenly at an age where she notices everything and has an opinion on, well, everything. So snapping candid shots without her noticing is no longer possible. As always in this digital age, it’s a balance between connection & privacy. So fewer photos of her in the future, but still enough to remember her beautiful little toddler stages.

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A thousand things I want to remember

 

These baby phases are flying by so quickly with Henry and sometimes I just want to hold him still in time for a while. But the best I can do it take some photos and try to remember how perfectly full of energy his little giggle is, so much so that it borders on shrieking with joy – especially when you kiss his belly or when he spots the dog.

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