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  • Welcome to the Gigi Blog!

    Mother to six Little Women and Two Little Men. Married to a Happy Mortician. Caretaker to goats, chickens and many, MANY bunnies. Photographer. Homeschooler. Lover of Jesus, coffee & tea and all things pink & vintage.

{True} Life.

Yesterday I was chatting with a client and friend of mine who said “Your life is like a fairytale! It’s so perfect!” and I had to quickly explain, um, NO, it is not perfect and I *do* have terrible, awful days, I break out, my husband works late hours and holidays, my kids are early risers and I stay up till 2 a.m. some nights editing … BUT I just don’t blog about some of that stuff because it can be, well, depressing! 😉

But I do have to admit something – a ridiculously  embarassing moment as a woman happened to me a few days ago and I’m still scarred from it …. something that would NEVER happen in a fairytale.

And I know you will all relate … or, come to think of it, maybe not. Maybe I am alone out there in the world of {OH MY GOSH, I am so embarrassed!} moments … I debated writing this on the blog, but c’mon. It’s real life.

So my grandma, my dear, sweet beautiful Grandma was visiting my family last week from British Columbia (she happens to be my favorite grandma ever AND she is moving to Orangeville this fall! Very excited about that!) and while chatting one day, the topic of boobs/breasts/whatever you want to call them came up … I was not “blessed” like my mother, sister or my Grandma in that area … so Grandma showed me an old exercise that one can do to make your breasts, *ahem*,  firmer …

You know the one. …. 

“I must, I must, I must increase my bust …….”

Yeah, that one.  I was impressed with such an idea of, well, increasing my bust – especially after three children .. yes, ladies, you konw what I am talking about. 
Later that day, I was out driving doing errands when I stopped at stop light and looked to my left to see my reflection – neck down – in my car window. Hmmmm …. my hands were on the steering wheel… a few seconds of nothing to do … why not try out this amazing exercise Grandma had shown me?

So I did. Yup. Picture it now. Looking sideways to the left, watching the reflection in the car window to make sure I was doing it properly … “I must, I must, I must increase my bust ….” It was an intense workout, ladies.

There, I thought. That was easy enough. No sweat.

Not really …. until I looked up, past my car window, over to the next lane …. where to my ABSOLUTE horror was a work van, stopped parallel with my car, and through the their tinted windows I could see a van FULL of about 11 construction workers who were, of course, staring at me the entire exercise ritual. Only now, they were no longer staring. No, they were laughing hysterically. At me. At my exercise.


And the light was still red. SCREEEAMMMM! I couldn’t go anywhere. I couldn’t hide. I couldn’t look at them. I didn’t even have any kids in the car to turn around and talk to. 

I nearly died …


And as soon as that light turned from red to green, I high tailed it out of there as fast as I could manage …. 
Note to self: Next vehicle requires TINTED windows. Thankyouverymuch. 

Speaking of which, we are on the lookout as a family for a bigger vehicle. I currently drive a five seater Rav4 – and while it’s lovely and fantastic, it just doesn’t cut it for space. So we are searching for something … something that will suit our family and our needs. 

This is my hubby’s pick: 


Manly. Rough. Rugged. Roomy.


This is my pick:

Fun. Fresh. Fantastic. 



And yes, I am being serious. Can you picture a license plate that says “Gigimobile”?! Seriously!


Think I can convince him?! I would want to paint it pink or incorporate pink somewhere on the vehicle … hee hee … 


Speaking of roomy vehicles, I am off to visit a friend who just gave birth to her seventh baby … yeahhh! How fun is that?! 
But before I go,  I will post some more fun Trash the Dress shots of Jenny – we had such a blast doing this session!



Green is her favorite colour. Sweet. 





I have been having SO much fun with these Trash the Dress sessions – so to make it MORE fun – the next person who e-mails me and book a Trash the Dress session will receive a complimentary 11×14 print of their choice from their session.


Go get that dress out of your closet and e-mail me! Let’s have some FUNNNNN!

July 5, 2009 - 9:32 am

flash Perfect!

July 4, 2009 - 10:57 pm

Grandma Gerr Keep on it, guaranteed to work!!! LOL I am not taking sides on the vehicle!
You need both!! work and fun vehicle!

July 3, 2009 - 9:37 am

Miriam Love your choice of vehicle – go for it!

July 2, 2009 - 10:00 pm

Mich So funny Gillian…your storytelling is amazing I felt like I was seeing it happen with my own eyes 🙂 Is there an exercise to have the opposite effect…cause I feel like with each kid they keep getting bigger! Ha Ha

July 2, 2009 - 8:40 pm

admin Awww, you guys are awesome! Glad my humiliation is a source of humor in this life! 😉
Ohhhhh, thanks for approving of my van choice – now to convince hubby!!!

July 2, 2009 - 7:09 pm

Colleen Oh ya I forgot to add I love the van your choice is way better then Abbys…. But I think it should be in pink…

July 2, 2009 - 7:07 pm

Colleen I love you… I was having a not so good day and I read your blog and could not stop laughing… thank you for that.. I still think you live a pretty amazing life and I enjoyed our talk the other day….

July 2, 2009 - 6:25 pm

Rose:) P.S. I LUV LUV LUV the van….my friend has a red one, It ROCKS & It RULES!

July 2, 2009 - 6:24 pm

Rose:) You make me laugh Gillian….that is funny! What I would have done??? Well I would have blown them all *kisses* and *winked* at them, honked my horn, screamed out the window ‘yahoooooooo’! Construction Men can be such……well I shouldn’t say because my hubby is one but I know he wouldn’t laugh at you cause I do the same exercise from time to time wishing one day my true love will find me, my boobs!!LOL Keep It Up Girl!!

July 2, 2009 - 4:51 pm

Renee Keefe haha So funny Gillian. I almost peed myself! What a great tale to tell the grandchildren!! haha P.S. Don’t worry about it, we all have those moments!!

July 2, 2009 - 4:48 pm

Justine Did the exercise all through my teens (and faithfully I might add)…it did nothing for me…:(…and yes…three children later…I would give anything to have what I had in highschool! Aaaaaahhhhh!

July 2, 2009 - 1:09 pm

Stephanie McGhee P.S. I def. think your PICK of a Van is much more FUN then Abbys! 🙂

July 2, 2009 - 1:08 pm

Stephanie McGhee Gillian I LOVED that story about you and the exercising in your car! lol That is TOO funny! We ALL do stuff like that so don’t worry! haha I did get a good Laugh out of it though! THANKS! xoxox

August 10, 2009 - 9:12 pm

Sun & Sand – a cool giveaway. » Gigi Blog […] and my personal FAVORITE …. (Seriously. Wouldn’t this go so well with the Gigimobile?) […]

Lyla, Lyla, Lyla …

I can barely believe it but my middle L-girlie, Lyla, is turning THREE in less than two weeks. Wow. Insane. 

Speaking of insane, if you have ready any of my blog posts about Lyla, you would know that she is our spirited, full of life, so-much-fun-and-so-much-work, determind middle child. Yes, this week, we installed new locks on all the doors (locks that are WAY at the top of the door so her sneaky fingers can’t reach them) after we discovered – much to my absolute horror! – that she can unlock the doors in our house by standing on her bike seat and reaching up to unlatch the screen doors … sheesh.

This is my child that not only  gets into all the trouble, she finds it.  She finds the baby powder and decorates her bedroom with it. She fakes a sore foot for a week and a half to the point where we got her x-rayed and doctors just shook their head and said nothing was wrong. (Wow.) Her dresses are the only ones from all the three girls that have to run through the wash cycle four times due to stains. Her hair is still crazy after the ridiculous-dreadful hair chopping incident. She’s the one child that has disappeared within seconds on all grandparents during social functions. (Very scary!) She can find anything you hide in the house. She is the loudest girl in the Gauthier home. She is the craziest girl in the Gauthier home. When she was 9 months old, she was tagged with Tarzan Lyla because it suited her so well.

But she makes our hearts smile. She brings so much colour and joy (and grey hairs, I have to admit!) to our life. She makes us all laugh at the dinner table with her silly prayers and humourous tales. She loves to perform and make her sisters giggle. She potty trained herself on her second birthday. She loves her blankie to bits. She loves rides and roller coasters and swinging as high as she can swing in the backyard. She kills all the bugs for us.

She keeps us on our toes – and we love our little dark haired beauty.



She’s such a stinker …


“Who me?”  Yes, YOU, Lyla.


 “What? You want me to do what, momma?”


“Oh, you want me to sit and look pretty? I can do that … Lyla style … pffft. This is a piece of cake.”


Can’t believe her birthday is so soon – we’re having a fairy party. It’s going to be so much fun! 😉 Can you tell I relive my childhood through my girls or what?!

So to celebrate this first day of July – which happens to be Canada Day for us Canadians – I’m going to offer a SPECIAL for today and tomorrow only  …I am offering a special Canada Day price on the purchase of a gallery wrapped 16×20 canvas from any current or past Gigi session! Wahooo!

E-mail me for details!


Happy Canada Day!

July 6, 2009 - 1:13 am

janet i wish i was at this tea party it looks like so much fun. btw that was so funny about the VW van before you wrote it iw as thinking Oh My GOsh this owuld be the best van for gillian if it was painted pink lol

July 5, 2009 - 10:34 pm

stacey woods oh your lyla is absolutely gorgeous! she sounds like so much fun, and such a hoot. that last shot totally made my day!

love her name, btw. we have our own little “dark haired beauty” too, only she’s spelled “lila”. 😉

July 5, 2009 - 5:23 am

Lydia These are adorable!

July 3, 2009 - 11:24 am

Dion Seneca I just spent my morning perusing through your blog…great work! I love it all! And I just had to mention that my sweet baby girl is a little LYLA, too!

July 3, 2009 - 9:47 am

Evelyn These are priceless pic’s…so Lyla for sure…I luv the one “Who me”

July 2, 2009 - 11:16 pm

Elaine I like the “you want me to do what?” I love the way she is looking at the camera, so sweet!!

July 2, 2009 - 11:10 pm

Kari The last one! You gotta use the last one, cause that just captures how you’ve been describing Lyla. It puts it all in one picture..

July 2, 2009 - 9:47 pm

Amanda Keeys Oh my gosh. These are SOOOO darn gorgeous! What a perfect girly setup…!! Not to mention that lovely bokeh too.

July 2, 2009 - 3:08 pm

Lori S You made my day with your story! What a cold, wet drizzly day (And Adam’s birthday no less!) Thanks for blogging! I think that you’ve done an awesome job hiding the fact that Lyla is the world’s most creative hair stylist! Her hair (from the pictures) looks VERY trendy right now! I hope that you’re having fantastic day… keep exercising!! (Funny how you always want what you don’t have. Sis and I have been “blessed”, and I’m doing everything in power to lessen the “blessing”!)

July 1, 2009 - 10:39 pm

Mich The last picture is just too cute…What a wonderful story of your dear sweet Lyla that she can read one day with you and have a big ol’ belly laugh 🙂 Happy 3rd Birthday to Lyla…I hope the fairies make it oh so magical for her!

July 1, 2009 - 8:27 pm

Mom Oh Lyla, Tarzan Jane, how we love you!! You are sooo sweet and we adore you. You do make us laugh and enjoy life! Gillian, I love the pictures …. so Lyla. Can’t wait to see the party and the pics! xo

July 1, 2009 - 7:22 pm

Great Gramma The pictures are wonderful!!
You have really captured the true Lyla!

July 1, 2009 - 3:04 pm

Keri Kitto I can’t believe how much she looks like Abby in the last pic!! what a little Hunny bunny!! *Hugs* to lyla on her third birthday 🙂

July 1, 2009 - 2:34 pm

marcia i agree. the way you describe and photograph your children (especially lyla who cracks me up) is beautiful…they come to life in your words and images. i have to remind myself that i haven’t even met them. happy canada day!

July 1, 2009 - 2:31 pm

Kayla OMGOOODNESS Gillian she is sooo adorably cute in the outfit. Shes having her own little tea party. Sooooo cute.

July 1, 2009 - 2:12 pm

–cherry. OMG gigi — what a beautiful post (the images and your words). She is such a cutie and i love how she’s got such a spunky personality. she sounds EXACTLY like my youngest! sounds like her birthday festivities will be fabulous! can’t wait to see pics.

Mail day.

I’m mailing out some orders today …





Noooooo, not these girlies, but they sure had fun in the boxes from some canvas prints that showed up recently!

July 8, 2009 - 10:09 pm

stacey woods No. Way! That is precious, Gillian! Love it.

July 1, 2009 - 10:14 am

Carry Such beautiful girls Gillian!

June 30, 2009 - 9:08 pm

Tobi Love this!!! those are the best little parcels ever!!!

June 30, 2009 - 5:43 pm

Mich So very cute!! I love the look on Lucia’s face. To me she’s thinking “Mommy why are you taking a pic of me in a box, this is a normal thing to do isn’t it?”

June 30, 2009 - 4:37 pm

Barb Your girlies are soooo ~SwEEt~!

June 30, 2009 - 4:15 pm

Catherine I love how boxes are irresistible to kids (and in my house, to cats!) Isn’t playing with boxes as a kid mandatory before you can grow up?!?

June 30, 2009 - 3:31 pm

Shannon Littrell priceless! cutest thing EVER!

Little one to {Come} …

I think, hmmm, baby girl … what do you think? 


Either way … 



… boy or girl …


…this family will be bursting with love for their new sweet baby …



and their little family will be so complete …


Can’t wait to meet the new wee one, Stephanie! 

Also – it’s time to announce the winner of of a pendant of their choice from last week’s giveaway, graciously hosted by Fashion Refined!




Using a random online number generator, this week’s lucky winner is:

#6 – Rebecca – who wrote: “Ohhhh..I love the stretching baby shot!! Soooo precious! Beautiful necklaces – very creative!”

A big thank you to Katie Russell of Fashion Refined for hosting the giveaway! Ladies, make sure you bookmark her site for your Christmas shopping … her pendants are spectacular!

June 30, 2009 - 7:43 pm

Stephanie Gillian, thanks so much for the sneak peak! Can’t wait to see more!!!

Soak it up.

Summer is here.

Hot sunshine. Lazy days. Blooming flowers. Lush grass. Kiddie pools. Sticky popsicles. Muggy nights. Sandy beaches. Open windows. Afternoon picnics. Warm rainshowers. Sun-kissed cheeks.

Soak it up.



… at the park with the Ls …


in the garden …







What a desolate place would be a world without flowers.   It would be a face 
without a smile; a feast without a welcome. Are not flowers the stars
of the earth?  Are not our stars the flowers of heaven?

–  Clara L. Balfour

February 10, 2010 - 9:02 pm

Genevieve Keep up the good work!

June 30, 2009 - 5:11 pm

Hilary Sturdevant I love pink peonies and your close up photo is gorgeous!

June 29, 2009 - 9:53 pm

Gillian I sooo love summer but are currently in the middle of winter in N.Z, love the photo of your girls, just precious. love the matching bright dresses !!!

June 29, 2009 - 4:27 pm

Tine Mmm yes this is summer! enjoy!

June 28, 2009 - 9:33 pm

Lisa Piellusch Their little faces say it all. Love that first one :))

June 28, 2009 - 6:19 pm

Catherine Celebrate the season! Something about colour means summer! You are so blessed to have your beautiful L’s.

June 28, 2009 - 12:45 pm

Sonya LOOOOVVVVEEE the picture of the girls – so sweet!