Halloween at Edworthy

We didn't set out to make this a Halloween walk, but the dreary skies and bare black trees made it a bit spooky! I love going somewhere where Sloane can lead the way and pick the trail, probably because exploring new trails with few people on them is one of my favourite things too.  At one point on our walk I sprained my ankle and had to take a breather on the ground.  She watched me...

Weight & Pregnancy. I’m over it.

Here’s a topic I’ve simultaneously been wanting to ignore (because seriously, I’m so over it) while also wanting to contribute my voice to changing how we think and speak about it. Weight gain in pregnancy. Weight loss post pregnancy. Pre-baby body. All THAT. So I gained around 60 lbs last time around. This is over what most websites will quote as healthy weight gain by at least 20 lbs. I...

A love letter to Running

“Nothing is fun until you’re good at it. To get good at anything you have to work, and children on their own never want to work, which is why it is crucial to override their preferences....Tenacious practice, practice, practice is crucial for excellence; rote repetition is underrated in America. Once a child starts to excel at something-whether it’s math, piano, pitching, or ballet-he...

I’ve Got a Bird that Whistles

I've been able to look back at several blog updates I did when pregnant last and it's been so nice to see the similarities and differences between the two, so I've decided to keep it up, even if to a lesser degree.  Things are different, new things are being learned, and this baby is worth celebrating!We had the big anatomy ultrasound a couple weeks ago, and I am past the halfway mark. ...

The Waiting Months

“We wait for the seasons to come around again, for gardens to grow and flowers to bloom. Just as a gardener keeps vigil with the seed in the ground we, too, can keep vigil with the seed that wants to sprout in our lives.Anxious, fretful, impatient waiting is nothing more than waiting. Waiting with purpose, patience, hope, and love, is vigilant waiting.” — Macrina Wiederkehr...

Saskatoon Farm

A friend who has a kid the same age and is also a photographer is a rare gift.  Who else understands the need to stop in every cool spot to take 20 photos of your kid from every possible angle?  Who else is unafraid to request a photo of themselves with their kid since they are almost always behind the camera? Who else risks almost getting hit by a tractor just to get the...

Morning at the Greenhouse

Our Gardenia is struggling.  Apparently this is very Gardenia-like, to struggle unexpectedly.  It's a plant with unique needs, but it won't tell you forthright.  So you must close a window and open another, turn it just so, fill it to the brim and parch it, feed it coffee and pickle juice and egg shells and give it its own humidifier and you must wait.  It is particular....

2016: The Year in Photos

My favourite moments captured in image form...The process of choosing both significant memories and creative favourites was way more emotional than I expected. A common theme of beloved memories were times when we were simply exploring: our backyard, a creek, a waterpark. Allowing space for a child to move at a child's pace in a natural setting is a deep value of mine, because it benefits my...

Christmas in Dover, 2016

Snow Day! from Alexandra Chubachi on Vimeo. My brain is in a million places these days.  I'm working on several different projects, both personal and professional, that are exciting but in varying stages of incomplete.  I know that I am an excellent starter but when it comes to 'wrapping things up' I dilly dally and procrastinate and wonder why I feel so scattered...As per the last few...

Vancouver 2016: Experience Conference

Last month I had a chance to attend the Experience//Arc conference in Vancouver.  While it primarily was geared towards photographers, it was more a collection of creatives challenging each other to push the limits of their craft, love their work, and really see and listen to the people for whom we work.  After the first couple days I felt my creative spirit implode and I was...