This month’s 10 on 10 project shows you what an average day looks like in our world.  It’s back to school which means a return to routine and I think everyone is relishing the ‘freshness’ of the familiar.

IMG 0003 10 on 10   The September EditionKicking off the day with a blueberry smoothie.

IMG 0291 10 on 10   The September EditionThe walk to school. My favourite part of the day:)

IMG 02981 10 on 10   The September EditionPretty socks are always a welcome accessory.

IMG 0307 10 on 10   The September EditionChipped nail polish never stopped anyone from manoeuvring on the monkey bars.

IMG 0342 10 on 10   The September EditionShadow play with friends. “Is that a fox on your head?”

IMG 0346 10 on 10   The September EditionNever enough sidewalk chalk!

IMG 0344 10 on 10   The September EditionThe sun is setting but the chalk is not.

IMG 0333 10 on 10   The September Edition Daddy love.

IMG 0198 10 on 10   The September EditionI’m six and a half and I read comic books, okay?

IMG 0277 10 on 10   The September EditionBefore I lay my head down to sleep I am given one last piece of goodness from the day.  A sunset with ribbons of colour and the hope of what tomorrow will bring.

Follow the blog circle. Up next is Annie Otzen.

Until next month…

September 1, 2013 Harvest.

When I was younger I often heard “older people” (anyone not in their 20′s) talk about how much they loved gardening and I always thought that quilt making and gardening were – well – for “old folks.” While I always enjoyed keeping my house plants alive, I just never quite imagined I would enjoy sowing seeds, loving the smell of fresh earth and finding joy in growing and tending to my very own garden.  But, here I am, 38 years old and I can honestly say that I’ve eaten my words, and proved you should ‘never say “never”.’

I often think of my grandmas and how they each had very large garden’s their entire lives.  They fed their families with their harvest and worked past many sunsets to keep their beautiful produce alive and plentiful. I know how much they loved to share their harvest with friends and family. As I pick tomatoes I feel like packing them up and going door to door to my neighbours and offering them up.  ”Hi, I’m Cherish, your neighbour, would you care for some fresh kale?” It somehow feels like a natural part of the process of tending to the earth is sharing the rewards.  I think my grandmas would agree.

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August 27, 2013 Dog days of summer.

For three blissful weeks we rented a house on a lake.  Those three weeks provided an endless supply of fun, sun, family and friends and all the goodness that comes from mixing those things. It’s fair to say we played HARD.  We swam every single day in the lake, hot-tubbed, rode our bikes, hiked, kayaked, lounged, napped, cooked, yodelled (why not?), danced, laughed, laughed some more, star gazed, moon gazed, loved and created a substantial amount of ah-mazing memories to pocket away for the years to come.  I have to say we’ve become rather good at this sort of R&R.  This was our fourth year coming to this magical spot and every year we bring new guests to share the love.  That’s what it’s all about.  The people – the relationships and the connections.

I have no more words this place. The photos will have to speak for themselves.  Till next year….

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August 17, 2013 Simple fun.

Sometimes the entertainment is as simple as a stick and some bubbles.  All the fancy toys are left aside for the pleasure of popping bubbles with your treasured stick collection. Pure unadulterated joy.

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This month’s 10 on 10 project finds us happily nesting at a lake house on Vancouver Island.  These happy days involve getting in and out of the lake multiple times a day, long bikes rides, boardgames, walks in the forest and the general freedom that comes with being in the country.  The girls relish the familiarity of this place and the new adventures and stories that inevitably unfold each year we visit.

The sights and sounds of being away from city life start to seep into my bones after a week and I start to feel the real benefit of a lengthly break from our busy everyday lives.  We wait all year for this trip and now that I am here I am so glad I have my camera around to capture the essence of easy summer days to tide me over during those long, wet winter months.

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Now follow the blog circle of 10 on 10 and head on over to see Annie Otzen’s piece of the world.

 

July 31, 2013 Summer in the city.

This has been a record breaking summer.  We are going on to something like our 34th day of straight sunshine here in Vancouver. As any pacific north coaster knows – this is unheard of!  We are relishing this heat and I can honestly say it’s a pleasure waking up to sun every single morning.  I now have a wee idea of why my Cali and Florida photographer pals always have such brilliant light in their photos:)

Summer in our little part of the world is looking like this so far.  Good bye July and we looking forward to lazy days at the lake in August.

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Well, that’s what I was calling it, anyway.  A jamboree might be stretching it, but the Bryck side of my family did all gather in the place we know as home – Saskatchewan, earlier this summer.  At one point there were 19 of us under one roof (including a camper and a shed renovated into a guest house!) at my aunt and uncles farm.  It was a weekend full of family lovin’, story telling, loud laughing, late night chats, bbq’s, bonfires, dancing, horseback riding, and so much more.  My girls loved every single minute they were there.  As we were riding back from “Big Ben” (see below) in the back of a pick-up truck (what else??), My oldest daughter turned to me as she gazed out at the vast prairies and said “they are so lucky they get to live there and be so free”.  She gets it and I love it.  There is something so tangible that happens to my little city girls when they head out to the farm.  The letting go and unencumbered exploration gives way to a new found sense of freedom.  I love watching it happen and I look froward to many more trips back to the farm.

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Of course there was a little riding tractor!

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Back of the pick up truck smiles.

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On our way to “Big Ben”.

Through the beautiful canola fields.

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This is the top of the world – otherwise known as “Big Ben.” The best place to watch the sunset and listen to my cousin Alishia play her violin.  One of my favourites places to be.  After all, it’s become an annual tradition.

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So many amazing memories from our trip. Thanks again to our family for making us feel so lucky. xo

Well, yesterday marked my 38th trip around the sun.  Upon reflection, I decided I am one very lucky gal so it was time to pay it forward and share some love.  That means I will be giving the gift of capturing the precious memories of  YOUR life.  One *free* lifestyle photography session with moi is up for grabs.  All you have to do to play along is “like” my Facebook page  (www.facebook.com/CherishBryckPhotography)  AND share this post with all you friends.  Easy peasy.  It’s time for you to win!  Contest is open until end of  day on July 28th.  Happy sharing, my friends!

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