How can it be April already?  The weather has all of a sudden decided we can have a spring after all!!!!  It’s a sloppy, goopy, muddy mess out there, but I DON’T CARE!  It is NOT -25c, it is NOT currently snowing, this is so fabulous 🙂

I’m thrilled to be joining some sweet, talented women for our April edition of Our Life is Here.  My post will be a short one (really, we had kind of a boring month) but make sure to continue on through the circle to see what everyone else has been up to.

In order to celebrate the change in the weather, we threw rubber boots on the kids (they still had to wear mittens, it’s not THAT nice here yet 😉  ) and ran out after dinner to see if we could find any puddles.  We had two TINY puddles in the driveway, so the kids went to town – it took G a while to figure out what exactly he was supposed to do in a puddle, but once his sister showed him, he was good to go 😀



Please follow our circle to peek into the lives of some of my favourite people 🙂  Up next is the fabulously talented Carla Thompson of Carla Thompson Photography!



  • Heather Floyd - Haha! I love this! We need rain boots here!ReplyCancel

    • Jana~Photography2204 - Thanks Heather! Every kid needs some rubber boots 😀ReplyCancel

  • Angel - I love these Jana! It’s so fun to see the kids jumping in puddles. And the colorful rubber boots are too cute! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Jana~Photography2204 - Thank you Angel 🙂 The had SO much fun in those 2 teeny tiny puddles lol!ReplyCancel

  • Emily Poston - Jana, these are so fun! I love how you captured the activity so creatively. Their little rain boots are so cute. I hope your snow melts soon!ReplyCancel

    • Jana~Photography2204 - Thank you Emily! The snow has almost completely disappeared in the last 2 days – I’m SO excited 😀ReplyCancel

I’m thrilled to continue with the second month of Letters to Our Sons, and would love for you to click on the link at the end of this post to check out the rest of the circle.  I promise it’s worth it – these women are talented with both their words and their photos!

So, the things I’ve learned this month are as follows:

My bum is toooo big (that will teach me not to lie, I told you once that mommy was too big for the tub, because I didn’t want to get in with you, lesson learned).

On any given day, you are either not ‘cute, dowable (adorable), sweet, or nice’ or you are, depending on your mood.  I, however, happen to think you are all of those, every day.

Baby Ritz crackers are now ‘gwoss’ but fishy crackers are still ‘gooooood.’  You like cooked green and red peppers as long as you can pick them out of my wrap.  You like cooked green beans.  You say you like mac & cheese, but you don’t eat it and just play with it.  You are basically surviving on a few bites of meat, oatmeal, peanut butter toast, apples, blueberries and grapes.  Oh, and the previously mentioned fishy crackers.

Disgusting is ‘ungusting,’  granola is ‘angola,’ ketchup is ‘checkup’ and accident used to be ‘annicent’ until today.

Your sister is now the preferred kisser of boo-boo’s, hugger, and cuddler in the rocking chair when you are hurt or just generally upset because things are not going your way.

You think mommy is a ‘bossy little lady’ and that is ok, because mommy happens to think that some days you are a ‘bossy little boy’ lol.

Potatoes are ‘umtatoes,’ computer is ‘umpooter,’ girls are ‘goils’ (which makes me giggle and reminds me of when your sister was your age and used to say Tim Horton’s with some random accent that sounded like she was from the Bronx, or maybe Boston, I don’t know which lol).

You repeat things.  A lot.  ‘You nice mommy, you nice.’  ‘Daddy at work mommy, at work.’  ‘You love puppies mommy, you love puppies.’  You=me or I by the way.

You have suddenly decided you don’t want to nap in your bed.  I can usually get you to sleep in my bed, but that becomes a problem when I have your little friend in a playpen in my room, or if I actually have things I need to do during naptime because our bed is so high, and I’m afraid you’ll hurt yourself flipping off it.  What to do?  Get you a toddler bed?  Mommy isn’t ready for you to have a big boy bed.  Neither of us is ready for you to give up naps!  So we got you a big boy bed, and Daddy put it together today, complete with your McQueen bedding even though character bedding makes me cringe.  It’s worth it to see how excited you are!   We found you late this afternoon, sitting in your new bed, reading to your ‘dudes’ 🙂  Fingers crossed we all have a good night’s sleep tonight!

I catch you playing little games with your ‘dudes’ – making up stories or chattering to your teddy or puppy.  Tucking them in under blankets, snuggling with them on the rocking chair.   Giving them hugs when you say they are sad.  You love books more than ever, especially when daddy reads them to you with funny voices.

You are still the sweetest, cuddliest, most amazing little boy I know.  Love you so much xoxox.PINPINPINPINPINPINPINPINPINPIN

Please click through to Rachel McConoughey’s blog to read her beautiful letter to her son 🙂

  • Rachel Mc - What a cutie! I love the toddler pronunciations, they’re adorable.

    I really like the second couch picture with him sleeping, such a great shot!ReplyCancel

    • Jana~Photography2204 - Thank you so much for the sweet words Rachel! I’m not a great record keeper, so I’m so glad I will have these posts to remember his silly words 😀ReplyCancel

It’s hard to believe a month has gone by already since the last letter I wrote you.  Maybe because the weather hasn’t changed in almost 5 months.

You brought home a fabulous report card!  Daddy and I are so very proud of you.  You work so so hard at your school work, and you are disciplined about doing any homework or studying.  I know some of this stuff comes easily to you, but it is so important that you are developing good study habits now.  You said you don’t like math right now, and that is ok 🙂  Just keep trying your very best!  I loved reading the comments from your teachers.  What I love the most is hearing that you are always willing to try, and give it your all.  All A’s!  (Except music and phys. ed – B+ in both and sweetie, if you are trying hard then to me, those are A’s as well!)  You should be proud of YOURSELF for all your hard work.

You have a new friend, a little girl who is 1.5yrs younger than you.  You both seem to enjoy each other’s company and have a lot of the same interests.  You and K have been discussing the elusive ‘sleepover’ for several weeks, and I know you are both just so excited and it’s hard to wait, but you need to understand that K’s mom (and I!) may not be quite as ready as the two of you are!  Hopefully playdates will suffice for now.

There were a few difficult days for you this past month.  Days where you cried in my arms, and not the whiny, attention-seeking crying.  The real, from the belly sobs that break a mama’s heart.  I know it feels too much some days, and there are likely days where life stinks and if feels like you can do no right, but I promise you that learning to deal with this will help you be a stronger, empathetic adult.  Sometimes we need to feel the sting of disappointment to recognize the joy of triumph.   I hope you know that my lap and arms are always open for you, and even though I can’t (and sometimes won’t) fix all the problems for you, I will always comfort you when you hurt.  I love you beyond measure.

Some moments from our month (and please follow the link after the pictures to the next letter in our circle!):


Please follow through to see the gorgeous words and work of Yazmin Wickham of Yazmin Wickham Photography!  I promise it will be worth it 🙂

  • Sneha - So beautiful! It is so true, as long as they try, that in itself seems more than sufficient. Hoping for a different “climate” by the time your are writing next months letter.ReplyCancel

    • Jana~Photography2204 - Oh me too Sneha – spring has got to get here eventually! Looking forward to reading your letter next month 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Yazmin - Oh it’s so hard when your baby is crying… much less when it’s for a valid reason. I hope she comes out stronger in the end. 🙂

    Love the snow throwing photo and the dinosaur poster photos!ReplyCancel

    • Jana~Photography2204 - Thank you Yazmin! I thought I had a few more years before all the girl drama started, but no such luck lol! She has always been a sensitive but strong little girl though 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Kate - Your pictures, and your words. ugh. You make me want to cry and smile at the same time that one day i will have these experiences with my girl. I will put money on the fact that I will react so similarly to you it will be disturbing. 🙂 Your pictures are to so emotional. The shadows that fall on your girls face are so deep. I love them all Jana. Great job girl. I can’t wait to see whats next.ReplyCancel

    • Jana~Photography2204 - Oh Kate! Thank you so much 🙂 I love seeing your sweet baby and remembering what it was like when my daughter was that age 🙂 And yep, it gets crazy hard and I’m sure it will get harder (my dd is 8 going on 15 lol!) but it’s so amazing to see how they grow into these fantastic big people!ReplyCancel

  • Stacy - Beautiful letter and photos! It’s so heartbreaking when our babies are crying and we can’t make everything better for them!ReplyCancel

    • Jana~Photography2204 - Thank you Stacy! And I so agree, it’s one of the hardest parts of being a mom 🙂ReplyCancel

I can’t believe it’s our third instalment already!  Make sure to follow the link at the end of this post to see all the fabulousness from some of my favourite women!

We’re just finishing up March break this week, and somehow we lucked out and my husband had several days off too!  The kids spent some time at Gramma and Papa’s one day, we took them to see Backyardigans live (huge hit!  but FYI don’t get balcony seats if you are scared of heights 😀 ) and then we decided to spend the afternoon at the Thunder Bay Historical Museum.

Warning to my photographer friends!  The light in the museum was torturous for me lol.  I am clearly not an event photographer and kudos to those who are!  (Although this is yet another reminder why I need to learn my speedlight.)  Please excuse the less than stellar shots 😉

I loved seeing my daughter’s interest in all the ‘old things’ we saw.  Her favourite exhibit was definitely the replica Albertosauras though.  I agree that it was pretty amazing.  Even my son thought it was ‘sooooo cool!’


The drawback of the afternoon out was the messed up naptime, which resulted in some dinner drama, although lately that is nothing new.  I’m happy to report he finally ate, and was thrilled to cap off the day with ‘farties’ (Smarties, and not the kind my sweet American friends eat, the kind that are similar to M&M’s 😀  ).


Please hop on over to visit the very talented Emily Poston of Emily Poston Photography (and you should absolutely check out her facebook page too)!  She is sure to have some gorgeous photos to share.

  • Melissa - Jana, these are fabulous! so many great photos with fantastic compositions. love each and every one—what a fun day!!ReplyCancel

  • Emily - Jana, this looks like so much fun! Your daughter’s face cracks me up in the one of all three of them. 🙂 I love the pictures and can’t wait to see more about your adventures.ReplyCancel

    • Jana~Photography2204 - Thank you Emily – I LOVED reading your post too. And yes, she was probably fed up with my at that point lol, her expression definitely shows it 😉ReplyCancel

  • Melanie - These are great! And I looooove Smarties. My best friend growing up was from England. She would bring them back for me when she went there to visit. Yum!ReplyCancel

    • Jana~Photography2204 - Oooh you will have to send me your address! I will send you some Smarties 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Seija - What a fun day out! I love that you brought your camera along and choose to share here!ReplyCancel

    • Jana~Photography2204 - Thank you so much Seija <3ReplyCancel

I am still so unsure of all of this, but I’m eager to move forward!  For all my friends and family and fellow photographers, I am beyond grateful for your support, patience and help during this transition. I feel like I need to give a big thank you to any fans who have followed over from Bo & The Bean – I still have trouble believing that I HAVE fans lol!

What started out as a way to improve the photos I take of my children has moved forward into a love of photographing food, friends, family and everything in between.  I absolutely know that I will never stop learning and improving, but I also know how much I love taking photographs.  For those of you who have been asking, I will start taking clients in the spring 🙂  Keep your eyes peeled for some portfolio building model calls!  Moving from a hobby to a legitimate business is a huge step, but I can’t imagine myself doing anything else.  There are some very talented photographers in Thunder Bay (a couple of whom have been so gracious and I am incredibly thankful for your advice and any kind words you have offered), so I hope I can measure up!

I am going to share a few shots from our last couple of months, most of which have been taken inside (something about the constant -30c weather has kept me from venturing out 😉 ) – I really, REALLY hope that changes soon!

I would love to hear from you, so feel free to use the contact form to reach out or ask any questions!

Much love and gratitude ~  Jana


  • Jen - I’m excited for you, Jana! I can’t wait to see where this journey takes you. Since I’m also just starting out, I have many of the same feelings you are having I’m sure.ReplyCancel

    • - Thanks so much Jen! I love your new site and I’m sure you will be a fabulous success! Can’t wait to see more of your work – congratulations!!!ReplyCancel

  • Nadia Leigh Fuchs - WAY TO GO!! you’ll be great, just as you always have J! I enjoy looking at all your photos and will continue to! Much love! <3
    Dia. 😉ReplyCancel

    • Jana~Photography2204 - Thank you so much Nadia xoxoxo!ReplyCancel

  • Darran - I am so proud of what you have accomplished. Great job!!! You are an amazing mother, wife, photographer,and person. I love you.ReplyCancel

    • Jana~Photography2204 - Thank you so much for letting me do this <3ReplyCancel