February 6, 2019
I am not sure, and I can only speak from experience BUT, I think you are either inherently a “winter sports” person or you’re not. And…..I am not…HOWEVER, now that I have my little one, I am trying, “trying” is the key word – to give her new and exciting experiences, even if they don’t appeal to me. Why? The answer is twofold : one, because my parents did it for me and two, because, she has never had that opportunity before and if I, as her Mother, don’t expose her to unique adventures – who will ? As a parent, I feel it is my duty AND commitment to expose her to all things stimulating and intriguing. And perhaps I have a little bit of an ulterior motive as well – because “new” experiences means AMAZING photo opportunities for me !
So, even though we have been having a Canadian Winter – LATELY – to date there hasn’t been a lot of snow. For Christmas, my Dad gifted Sophie her very first sled! And until the end of January, we haven’t been able to use it, due to the lack of snow.
It was a gorgeous, sunny, clear and frigid day….perfect tobogganing weather ! The snow had finally fallen and the lake up at the cottage had frozen over – so out we went ! We got all bundled up, which was actually half the fun – because Sophie was fascinated that both her and my Dad were putting on their snow pants ! So out the camera came, EVEN before we made it outside…because I wanted to capture her surprise and happiness as she said “Papa, you’re putting on your snow pants too?”.
Once we finally ventured outside, more pictures of course, “before” sledding – I could not resist the gorgeous sunshine !! Which made for amazing natural light…then we walked down to the lake, which is just a short walk down the driveway.
We picked our hill, she jumped onto the sled and Sophie finally got to experience the exhilaration and freedom of literally FLYING down the hill….She had a blast and immediately said she wanted to go forty-four more times! Not sure where she got that number ?- but I knew that in her little world – that meant… SHE LOVED IT !!
I alternated between incredible pictures and videos, to capture every sweet moment of those thrilling tidbits of her life, which go by, oh so fast in our busy busy existence.
It was truly a glorious occasion. Was I cold ? Sure ! Were my fingers frozen from taking my mitts off so many times to take pictures ? YES !! But the sun was shining, I was with my family AND there is something truly magical about being on a frozen lake. Aside from the WONDERFUL photos, being out there, looking around at all the ice fisherman with their huts set up – I couldn’t help but be so grateful for having these extraordinary opportunities to experience life and nature and the beautiful world in which we live.
And the BEST part of all – is that I managed to capture as MUCH as I could on camera – because as you will learn about me – I am all about the savoring the moments, which will turn into memories.
I urge all of you, to take the plunge – literally – get out there, make some memories and capture them, so you will always have them to look back on.
Ann-Marie lives in Vaughan with her husband, and her beautiful 4-year old daughter, Sophie and is usually seen with her camera in her hand!