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Sometimes my mind spins thinking of how our lives are going to change come this summer. New house in a new country with a newborn! I wonder if it will all be too much, but then again, I remember who I’m on this adventure with. I couldn’t imagine my life with anyone else other than Shane by my side.

As the house progresses and has taken real shape, so has baby and my growing belly. To look down or in the mirror and see how my body has adapted to house a little life inside of it…my mind spins again. There are crazy surreal moments, and then moments when I could almost forget that I’m pregnant. I’m so grateful to be in the second trimester, finding that I have energy and strength and no food aversions. Only cravings…for things like oranges and salads and chocolate chip cookies (the first two have to cancel out the cookies, right?).


Last week, at 18 weeks along


These were taken a little over a week ago at the house. Those dormers look out from our new office!



The snow may be pretty, but I am so ready for Spring!

This morning is an exciting one, for we have our ultrasound booked! Can’t wait to get another look at baby, and see how much he or she has grown and changed. From there we have an afternoon lined up of house errands: picking out a fireplace, countertops, flooring, etc. The decisions we have to make seem endless and really, sometimes I wish I had someone to make them for me. But the day we get to sit down to a meal in our new kitchen, or cozy up in the family room with our little one, those moments will be pretty sweet.

  • Kindrel - March 6, 2014 - 9:33 am

    You are so adorable Mikaela! So happy for you and Shane in this exciting new season.ReplyCancel

  • Emily Crall - March 6, 2014 - 9:56 am

    Ahhh! So excited for you guys! Your house looks amazing and you look stunning. <3ReplyCancel

  • Sharon - March 6, 2014 - 11:24 am

    That is so pretty!ReplyCancel

  • Daniela - March 6, 2014 - 11:44 am

    You look beautiful- congratulations!! And, of course your home is coming along in perfect timing. When will you move in?ReplyCancel

  • Dani - March 6, 2014 - 3:36 pm

    Beautiful photos. I am so excited to be able to follow along on this adventure through your blog. Such an incredible time in your life!ReplyCancel

  • Risa (Mom) - March 6, 2014 - 4:23 pm

    Such pretty photos! But the baby bump one is the most beautiful! :)ReplyCancel

  • Jillian Tree - March 6, 2014 - 5:24 pm

    GLOWING Mama!! So many exciting changes for you two this year, I’m excited for you! So wish we lived closer together <3 Welcome to the club, motherhood is amazing, so much added love that will come into your heart! :)ReplyCancel


I’m excited to officially welcome Lifestyle Sessions into my portfolio and branding! I’ve so enjoyed these types of photo shoots over the past while, that I’m hoping to branch out from simply “wedding photographer” to “wedding & lifestyle photographer.”


The way I see it, a lifestyle session brings more life and warmth to your photos than a typical portrait session. It’s about documenting you and your love/loves as you are…in the comfort of your own home or spending time at your favourite hang out. It’s about having fun and living your life in front of the lens.


Maybe it’s you and your spouse cooking breakfast in your first home together…perhaps you’re anticipating the arrival of a baby…welcoming baby home
…or having fun together as a family.


Have a peek at my new lifestyle gallery on my website. Looking forward to photographing many more sessions like these!


  • Jasmine Star - March 3, 2014 - 2:52 pm

    LOVE it!ReplyCancel

  • Kerensa - March 3, 2014 - 3:53 pm

    This totally suits you Mikaela :) And what better direction for you as you start your new adventure as a parent :)ReplyCancel

It’s been a good few months of reading! Something that the slow season, travels, and being pregnant with your first allows you to indulge in…

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
A decent read that flipped back and forth between Italy, Ireland and Hollywood, between several characters, and across different periods of time. At times super interesting and surprising, and at other times, long-winded and seemingly pointless. I was expecting more from this book but reached the end a little disappointed.

Z: A Novel Of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler
If you read and loved The Paris Wife, you’ll love this book, too! It was such an enjoyable escape of a book, one that sheds light on the fascinating life of Zelda Fitzgerald and what it was to be the wife of Scott Fitzgerald.

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
This book really got discussion going at our book club meeting. For starters, it was amazing, and easily one of my favourites. It takes place in the ’20′s (that era gets me every time) on an isolated island off the coast of Australia, following the young love of a lighthouse keeper and his wife, and the unraveling of an impossible decision made. The story is beautifully written and terribly heart wrenching (tissue alert!) and pulls you in completely.

The History Of Love by Nicole Krauss
I was immediately absorbed by this book, in spite of starting it while waiting at a busy lab for blood work. An intriguing, interesting, and surprising read, one that I highly enjoyed. At times I wondered how the various characters were connected, but the way the story wraps up in the end makes it all worth it.

Unbroken: A World War II Story Of Survival, Resiliance and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
This book. It took awhile before I began it as it’s not my usual read, a book about sports, war, and prison. But this book. It was incredible and at times, incredibly hard to read. I started and finished it while on our trip to Hawaii but more than once I thought about putting it down and picking up something lighter and more beach-read like. But its fascinating and moving story of Louis Zamperini and the fact that it’s all true kept me turning the pages. Now I eagerly await the movie release later this year and hope it does it justice.


  • Falcon - February 26, 2014 - 5:25 pm

    Most of these books are on my to-read list, I loved reading your reviews!ReplyCancel

  • Angela - May 5, 2014 - 1:36 pm

    By your book choices, we should be best friends. Just sayin’.
    I just downloaded Beautiful Ruins, but I won’t rush to read it. Loved Paris Wife, so I’m inspired to read Z now…ReplyCancel