It’s weird to think that this blog is all shiny and new, considering I’ve been a blogger since 2005, and since it’s so shiny and new I thought it would be great to have 12 photos from 2010, to have a little history here.
We took a family trip to Sun Peaks where we did some snowboarding, snowshoeing, and lots of sitting around doing nothing. I started working on rebranding my business while pushing it forward while Adam dug his head into his books to complete his thesis. I knew he wouldn’t be able to hang out all the time so I started making friends within the photography industry, and my social circle has never been the same.
I know it’s only supposed to be one photo per month, but they needed to be side by side. Us on top of a mountain enjoying the view while being completely ridiculous!
We partied, celebrated, and enjoyed the Olympics! Gosh it was fun! We hardly got any work done during the month of February and with an air mattress constantly inflated in our condo we spent a lot of time hanging out with friends. The highlight was being in the stands watching Alex win the first Gold on Canadian soil. I cried as we watched the final Ice Dance with Virtue and Moir and then celebrating with the crowd as they received Gold, and then jumped up screaming after Sydney Crosby won Canada another Gold in Men’s Hockey…right beside us (across the street that is)! Celebrating through the streets of Vancouver singing OH Canada, endless high fives and yelling Woohoo – the 2010 Olympics was one of the highlights of my life!
Saw us coming off the high of the Olympics, me launching a newly rebranded Adley Studio, and celebrating my birthday. I always say March is my birthday month and enjoy celebrating with my family and friends over many dinners and nights drinking wine. My big family birthday dinner was celebrated with a surprise gift from everyone, my much treasured MacBook Pro. It hasn’t left my side since.
Was a quiet month of walks around the city, nights spent indoors working, and cooking dinners. It was a really nice month before the craziness of the summer. My parent’s dog also had a litter of puppies so I spent a lot of time there photographing them and making a video of their cuteness.
Saw us apart from each other quite a bit. Adam first spent just over a week in China for work and seeing the World Expo and then I went on a Family vacation, with his family, while he stayed home to work on his thesis. We discovered that Skype, love emails, and texts are great way to keep the romance and love alive while we were away from each other.
June we celebrated our One Year Anniversary. To be honest, the weekend of our anniversary sucked, we were occupied with commitments and I was a little emotional as I apparently had high expectations for our anniversary that I never knew I had that it was one I wouldn’t want to repeat. I bought myself some flowers, had a good cry, and then felt better. A few weeks after our anniversary we went for dinner over the city on top of Grouse Mountain and took pictures with my friend Cathy Empey to document another day in our wedding garb and celebrating a fabulous year together.
Was another month that we didn’t get to spend too much time together in. Adam was hitting the books hard to finish his thesis, so I made sure I was out of the house as much as possible to give him space. I spent a lot of time with friends, visited Montreal, and endless Photoshoots. When I went to Montreal I took Adam’s Quatchi with me, as this was Adam’s favourite character from the Olympics, as a way to bring him with me.
Another month of celebrations. Adam celebrated another birthday that was overshadowed by him completing his thesis. 5 years of hard work and anticipation by all his family and friends, we couldn’t have been happier to see him get his M.A.Sc! This was also the month that Adam and I knew that Europe was close to coming true, so we spent a lot of time thinking about where we wanted to move and what we wanted to do while we were there.
Started with a bang with us renting out our downtown condo and starting to pack up the first house we lived in into boxes. On top of packing our house, we also were packing for a 3 week holiday in Australia and New Zealand! To say our house had been flipped upside down was an understatement and I vowed to never clean my house again after I move. I’m hiring cleaners next time, even if it’s my friends and I pay them with wine and cheese!
Was spent exploring the East and West coast of Australia with visits to Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, and finally Auckland. We spent a lot of time with Adam’s family having dinners and teas while they played tour guide. We fell in love with the city of Perth and even contemplated moving there over Europe, but once the flies came out we knew we wouldn’t be able to handle it. Plus, Europe has been on our hearts for too long to give it up so quickly. We returned from Australia tanned and refreshed with our passports longing for more stamps so we stepped up the research for our move to Europe. I also attending a wedding in Calgary with my best friend from Montreal and had a fantastic time hanging out with her and eating some of the best food I have ever had from Farm.
We officially moved in with Adam’s parents, and started redecorating Adam’s old bedroom. With our condo occupied we needed a place to call home until we got the call to move to Europe and his parents opened their house to us with open arms. We are eternally grateful. We spent a lot of time selecting the paint colour and going over the major furniture pieces. I wish I had before and after photos, Jessica Simpson and Shania Twain had to come down for my damask decorative plate and modern art. We also spent a weekend in Tofino hanging with our best friends Amish and Natisha, as they are leaving on a holiday of a lifetime to travel around the world over the next 2 years.
Was an emotional month. We said goodbye to Adam’s dad for almost a month so that he could go visit his mom in Australia, to Mike as he flew to Toronto to begin his career at Air Canada, and to each other while Adam went to London and Amsterdam to start interviewing. Adam’s week in London went well and when he was about to come home the Heathrow airport was shut downand all the flights were cancelled. I had to wake his mom up at 5:30 in the morning so that we could tag-team calling any airline we could contact. Adam and Mike both made it home in time for Christmas and with Adam’s relatives from Switzerland in town it was a Christmas to remember. We also signed a contract with a company in Holland and knew that once the New Year was rung in that we’d be back to packing our bags again and moving to another country. So we celebrated on top of the Mountain again, skating.
2010 was just plain awesome! -L.