Savouring the crazy | Klutch photographer | Vancouver family Photographer

Why is May and June such an overscheduled shitshow in elementary schools? It literally feels like every single missed activity throughout the year is scheduled in the last 40 days of school! From the PAC sponsored events to the "need parent helpers" EVERY FRICKEN DAY, and the field trips, parents drivers required please, appreciate your teachers week, and let's not forget to keep your wallets open folks because you're not done yet buying goodies etc. for your kids!

Today was what some people might call "their personal nightmare", being a parent helper on a school bus, at the beach, all day long with grade 3's. I was volunteered by Amara (second time she's done this). That was so kind of her.  Of course, I said yes but I literally begged her not to have to go on the school bus. She refused to appease me, it was kid leverage at it's finest... "Do you love mom, then you should go on the bus"!

The sad part is when your daughter offers up to sit beside you but then goes "Actually mom, I want Cam to sit with Kayla and me".  Yep, grade school rejection all over again! 

The ride was rather uneventful (praise the Lord) and Centennial Beach was perfect, no rain, no wind! 

Now the irony is I'm there to watch over the children, just like the other amazing parent helpers and guess who loses track of their own child. Yep, that's me! Awkward. Parent. Moment. And no this wasn't a way for me to "not be selected" next year, it's just I know my kid well and this one's never really lost...find the goodies, you'll find her!

I actually did savour the whole crazy day.  All of it! 


My mini boss also requested (more like demand)that  I make a video like I did when I took her people to the aquarium!

Little People Life Unscripted Session below







Please don't there be any pukers on the bus! | Vancouver Zoo | Klutch Photography | Vancouver family photographer

it's that time of year again...field trips!  this years journey- the vancouver zoo. 

i'm always guilted in to chaperoning by my daughter!  part of me is always game to go, but another part of me has a DEEP fear of spontaneous bus puking caused from ONE motion sick kid. this one puker can set a chain reaction (similar to dominos) that can trigging others to release a partly eaten breakfast or return trip lunch. the thought of smelling another persons half digested food in a save on foods grocery bag for a 1.5 hours (there and back bus trip) is enough to say NOPE, not going! 

BUT i always do. i'm a sucker for my freckle faced daughter wanting me still. so while she still thinks i'm "cool" i'll suck back the fear and do it anyways.

and by the grace of god, there has not been any pukers! can i get an amen. knock on some wood people, it's a miracle.


(the kids loved the zoo and were exhausted after a long day.  the best part for me, is always being able to capture it!)


Vancouver Aquarium | Klutch Photography |Vancouver family photographer

have you ever volunteered to go on a field trip as a parent helper and then afterwards you think to yourself WTF have i done!?

welll, that was me!

 so i signed up for an hour+ bus ride into vancouver (there and back), to visit the vancouver aquarium with 40+ kids, probably going to be hot as hell, with potential for pukers, puking into ziplock bags.


man, i love my child to have signed up for this.

well if that's the case, i might as well document it (shocker) and make it funner (yes i know there is NO such word but dam it, i like using it, ask greg,lol).

here's my "short clips" video montage (with stills, of course). sorry for the camera shake, first time trying this crazy method out. 

btw, it was great trip, no pukers and amara only got 40 lines for NOT listening to me several times during our visit to the aquarium (shocker).



Song credits....

Mikey Wax "Counting on you" & Chad Van Herk "Day in Summer" 




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