It’s Daddy’s way … or the snowbank

It was great having Paul at home with us between Christmas and New Year’s. The kids loved having him around and I loved having him around. I was able to have a couple of nice breaks to shop by myself or do house work (decluttering!) by myself. During one of these little breaks, Paul had the kids outside. When I finally looked out, I saw that he had them up to their waists in snow!

Claire and Ren thought it was hilarious to be buried in snow as Paul shovelled more and more snow around them. It was fun to see Paul have fun on his own – in his own way – with the kids. Now the joke around here is that if the kids don’t behave (or maybe even if they do), he’s going to throw them in a snowbank.

The kids were also excited to show me the playhouse that Daddy had helped “winterize” for them. All of the windows were completely blocked by snow. It was actually pretty cozy in their little house that way!
My computer is back to a good speed again, thankfully. We have always had backups (including one offsite) but I was not yet comfortable deleting anything from our hard drive. During Paul’s holidays though, he finally had time to install our new home server and do a couple of additional backups. Whew!
In other news, I bought an external flash on boxing day (huge sale at Don’s!). We get very little natural light in our house and, with even less daylight hours over winter, I knew I’d have to get one sooner or later to avoid having to use my internal pop-up flash (I don’t particularly like the bright yet flat lighting it creates). I have been experimenting a little with the external flash – not as a direct flash but rather, bouncing the flash off a wall or the ceiling to diffuse the light but I definitely need more practice. I used it for the skating photos I posted recently, to supplement the natural light. I also used it for the bathtub new year’s photos since it was night-time and needed more light than our one bathroom light fixture was able to provide. I will always prefer natural light but when there isn’t enough (or any), now I’ll have my handy speedlight to assist me!
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  • I love my speedlight. The pop of flash just wrecks a good picture. I have such great memories of playing in the snow as a kid. What fun!

  • Looks like a great time. It's fun to see the kids in their element just hanging around with Dad. I'm envious of all the snow. We really need some here. Feel free to send it on.ReplyCancel

  • Enjoy your speedlight… it makes such a huge difference in photos… I just need to learn how to use mine properly!ReplyCancel

  • Hilarious! All that snow!!! I love the little winterized house too — so cute. Almost like an igloo ;p Your flash shots look great too.ReplyCancel

  • Listen, that first picture is pure delight. I look at their faces and can't help but grin just seeing their anticipation!


    And yeahhhh for the new speedlight! I got a nice chunky giftcard for blacks photography ffrom my sweet husband for Christmas, now I just need to get out there and buy it! Especially since it is $80 off at the moment. šŸ™‚ I just knew those bath pictures must have been taken with a 'real' flash, they are absolutely beautiful! You are doing a fine job with it already!

    Love this set! And like you, I love cleaning out and decluttering! Ahhh, makes you feel SO good!


  • Who knew Paul could me such a meanie?! šŸ˜‰

    Looks like tons of fun!ReplyCancel

  • Great pics! I like the new winterized cabin! And the new time-out spot šŸ™‚

    I'll have to check out speedlights. My good Nikon is in the repair shop now getting a new flash unit installed–youch. I don't like the artificial look of the light either, but my interior shots are dark without it. Thanks for the information.ReplyCancel

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