Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Our First Geocaching Adventure| Sarnia Lambton County Lifestyle Photographers

We bought a handheld GPS for Christmas. Actually we bought it with Canadian Tire money. (Great stuff that Canadian Tire money)! It's last year's model, so it was on sale yet too. The Engineer and I were a couple of happy shoppers :o).

On Monday we decided to try it out. It was a snowy and blowy morning, but we dressed warm and headed out.

There are geocaches hidden all over the county and many are only minutes drive from our house.  The Engineer went on www.geocaching.com the evening before to get coordinates for a bunch of caches. Our first one was just down the road from us in one of the farmer's wood lots. After we arrived in the van, we kind of cross countried it on foot until we found the path. We're new at this ;o)! We discovered that the coordinates on our GPS are accurate within ten feet.

After a little roaming we found the cache! This one was a regular sized cache.

We checked out all the trinkets left inside by other geocachers. Do you see the camel? I guess some wisemen had been by earlier :o)! Then we signed and dated the book with a little note that said "our first find!"

Just up the road a bit is a really old graveyard. There is a micro cache hidden in it somewhere, but we did not find it. We wandered and poked around, and wandered and poked around. We looked up, down, and under. No success!

So we moved on to another one hidden in a grave yard. (There is actually an entire series of caches hidden in graveyards all around the county). This time we were successful! Now that we have a better idea what we're looking for, we'll have to go back to the other one sometime and see if we can find it yet.

We figured we were getting the hang of this, so despite beginning to feel a little chilly, we headed off to a series of caches around the old gravel pits. It was snowing like crazy by that point, but so beautiful!

This camouflage cache was a little bigger and it even had a couple trinkets in it including a geocache coin! Once we signed and dated this one. We put it back and raced back to the van! We'll finish the rest of the loop another day. It was time to warm up with some hot chocolate that our SIL made for us for Christmas!

We got stopped in our tracks though to admire the wildlife. Isn't he/she cute? I think he was very unimpressed by the snow, but it sure looked pretty landing all over him.

What a marvelous way to end our first geocaching adventure!

Because we remember moments, not days...

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry CHRISTmas! |Sarnia Lambton County Lifestyle Photographers

From our family to yours, we wish you all the joys of Christmas time! Merry CHRISTmas!

***Photo mat compliments of Nicole V Photography's Flourish Emporium You have to see her work! It's beautiful!

Because we remember moments, not days...

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Eve | Sarnia Lambton County Lifestyle Photographers

Our only set tradition for opening gifts is that it is NOT on Christmas Day. This year, Christmas Eve was what worked the best for us, and we made it a special morning.

The kids let us sleep in just a little. Then we opened the gifts and had fun watching their surprised faces and listening to their excited laughter.

Then we went out for breakfast at our favorite little cafe in town and had a delicious leisurely breakfast. After breakfast we watched the Olympic flame come through (see post below)  and then spent the rest of the day playing games, eating treats and watching a movie before it was off to dreamland, and CHRISTmas Day!

Remembering moments, not days...

The Torch Runners| Sarnia Lambton County LIfestyle Photographers

The Olympic Torch was going to be in our area today -- well sort of. Both of the places that there would be runners were about fifteen minutes drive from our home. So, we opted to go to the town where it was apt to be much less crowded simply because it's a small town.

The torch's appearance in this bustling little town was to be all of eight (yes, eight) minutes long. It was short but sweet and the crowd that turned out for it was huge!

It was neat to be a part of the support to the Olympic Games. It was even cooler to see how many people braved the -2C weather to stand on the roadsides and cheer the runners on.

Because we remember moments, not days...

Monday, December 21, 2009

J and M Engaged! | Sarnia Lambton County Portrait Photographers

It was a chilly Ontario day, and I was happy to see some snow on the ground too for these photos. M and J are one of the most photogenic couples Murray and I have ever had the pleasure of doing photos for. They were naturals in front of the camera -- very relaxed and beautiful smiles. We are looking forward to their spring wedding and wish them all the best in their wedding planning!

A warm thank you to the two of you for asking us to do your engagement portraits and for braving the chilly weather.

We wish you God's richest blessings on your wedding day and the days to come!

Because we remember moments, not days...

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Rosy Cheeked Faces| Sarnia/ Lambton County Children's Portrait Photographers

I love the smell of icy fresh air of winter. When the children have spent time playing and running in the slush snow. They come in rosy cheeked and asking for hot chocolate.

Much to my surprise, I captured a snowflake on one of those rosy cheeks!

Remembering moments, not days...