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!