Hello, we are famous

On Monday I made waffles for breakfast and my husband text me he took my minivan because his car wouldn’t start.

Then by dinner time we became famous.

Alice wrote a lovely article on her website My Modern Met about Instagram photos I post of my boys. Then Design Taxi picked up the story. After that my husband’s car was towed to a garage. By Tuesday morning we were featured on Buzzfeed and the spring soccer season started.

As you can imagine our lives have changed tremendously. I can hardly keep up with responding to requests about press releases and Little J had to cope with cereal for breakfast two days in a row now. At the drive through my barista was so excited that she saw my name on MSN this morning when she signed in to check her emails, she could not stop talking about it and forgot to pour my usual pack of sugar in the raw into the latte. And you all know how long it took for her to finally get my daily lattes right ( tall soy latte with one sugar in my own cup-in case you were wondering )…

The best part about all this newfound fame is the amazing response I have been receiving from everyone. From lovely comments on the articles to wonderful emails that have filled up my inbox people from all over have been saying that my photos made them smile and think about the good in life, about their pets, relationship with their children and taking photos to celebrate it all. Surprisingly nobody mentioned garage doors, but I would like to take this opportunity to thank ours for being the perfect background for my pictures.

This morning I was reading a heartwarming email from a fellow newfoundland owner and I got all teary. I grabbed Bengay cream from the drawer instead of toothpaste and put it on my toothbrush. Please don’t try this at home. It was the most uncomfortable 7 seconds of my life. As you can see all this exposure is overwhelming. In the best possible way of course, but it is a big deal and demands a lot of attention and work. I am in the middle of editing three photo sessions and struggling to decide which black running tights to wear for my first 5k this Saturday. Not to mention Little J’s dentist appointment, soccer practice and checkers tournament he is hosting. Also my husband’s car is still in the shop.

So to all new friends: welcome. This is my good life. It is just like everyone else’s except I like to take a lot of pictures of it. To all my old and dear friends I promise you this instant fame has not changed me one bit and once I restock my pantry with chocolate and respond to all my emails I will be back to my regular scheduling. And to all the media who featured us, thank you. I knew all along that people like happy news. And we love being happy.

As for the boys, they have no idea what is going on. They just keep indulging me in my quest to document our good life.

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  1. Alison April 11, 2013 at 03:04 #

    Twitter: AlisonSWLee
    I am so happy and thrilled for you, Little J and Big M. I have the pleasure of saying, I have known the 3 of you when Little J was still shorter than Max. :)
    Alison recently posted..On Writing

  2. Nandi Appleby April 11, 2013 at 03:40 #

    Whee! This is so fantastic, and of course, absolutely deserved. Your photos always make me swoon and wish for a little boy, exactly like Little J. Huge hugs to you, your human boys and of course, the lovely Max ♥

  3. [email protected] April 11, 2013 at 05:20 #

    Twitter: bestillaminute
    Well-deserved! Your photos never fail to put a smile on my face. :)
    [email protected] recently posted..At Last…

  4. [email protected] April 11, 2013 at 05:27 #

    Twitter: southmainmuse
    Woo. How fun for you and not at all surprised. Tebow, my black lab, is looking at me as if to say, “see where we could be if you’d only been taking snaps of me this entire time.” Enjoy it all Stasha!
    [email protected] recently posted..Cycling on beautiful day, who cares if the bridge is out?

    • Stasha April 11, 2013 at 20:18 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      Tebow we will share bones with you if we ever get any sponsors. I promise!!
      Stasha recently posted..Hello, we are famous

  5. Kate April 11, 2013 at 06:02 #

    Twitter: KateWhineHall
    Congratulations, Stasha! Those pictures were so cute and clever. Loved them!
    Kate recently posted..Caption That! (Round 28)

  6. Steph April 11, 2013 at 06:36 #

    Absolutely gorgeous pics :)

  7. sarah reinhart April 11, 2013 at 06:37 #

    Twitter: sundayspill
    so happy for you Stasha. So well-deserved. You inspire me daily. Thanks for sharing what you share. :) :) :)

  8. Susi April 11, 2013 at 07:40 #

    Twitter: bocafrau
    Stasha, I was so happy for you when I saw you on msn and buzzfeed… How cool is that? And you so deserve it. I agree with you about spreading happy and good! I’m right there with you. Enjoy every minute! :)

  9. Ally April 11, 2013 at 07:56 #

    Twitter: normalmomally
    I’ve told several people to read the articles – first on Buzzfeed, then MSN! I am so excited for you! It’s very exciting and you are most correct – people DO love happy news. Because of the way you document your life and your family, I never think of you without a smile on my face. Thanks for being awesome, Stasha!
    Ally recently posted..Repeat After Me, “No”

  10. Runnermom-jen April 11, 2013 at 09:50 #

    Twitter: runnermomjen
    Oh Stasha, I am so happy for you. I love you and you are awesome. It pays to be happy!
    Sorry about the Bengay…ewww. And your coffee barista story made me laugh.
    Runnermom-jen recently posted..Making Lemonade…

  11. Giulia April 11, 2013 at 14:36 #

    well the news of your photos travelled as far as Italy (I guess even further) that’s the italian newspaper I read it from: http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/gallery/2013/apr/11/julian-max-boy-dog-in-pictures#/?picture=407033277&index=9

    love your pics!!! love your boys! they are really cute. I’ll start following you on instagram! and I hope I can get a dot too for my not yet born baby (daddy is not really happy about the idea of a dog right now)!!!

  12. Kaz April 11, 2013 at 14:46 #

    Just to let you know, you made the front page on the main news site here in New Zealand – http://www.stuff.co.nz

  13. Madeleine April 11, 2013 at 16:19 #

    Twitter: amazonmad
    Wow! Going viral – how does it feel? Love the series of photos that highlight your days with Max and J.

    Exciting times for you! x
    Madeleine recently posted..Shit happens

    • Stasha April 11, 2013 at 20:16 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      A bit scary. I feel this overwhelming pressure to have my hair brushed now, just in case people recognize us 😉
      Stasha recently posted..Hello, we are famous

  14. Julia April 11, 2013 at 16:47 #

    I was feeling a bit sad today, remembering my parents who died last year. Came across your blog and it brought a smile to my face. Thank you for brightening up my day. xxx

    • Stasha April 11, 2013 at 20:17 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      Julia thank you. I am so glad we made you smile. And we are smiling right back xo
      Stasha recently posted..Hello, we are famous

  15. Jessica April 11, 2013 at 19:43 #

    Twitter: goaliej54
    I had no idea! Congratulations! I hope they get your latte right next time, though. 😉

  16. Rach (DonutsMama) April 11, 2013 at 19:51 #

    Congratulations to you Stasha!! Your pictures are indeed wonderful. You should be SO proud.
    Rach (DonutsMama) recently posted..Rest & Happiness: I’m Doing it Right

  17. Felicity Bezer via Facebook April 11, 2013 at 20:22 #

    Yes, yes you are!
    Alice’s article has been shared by an Aussie site called JustB, which is where I discovered you.
    We have a rescue dog who we’ve recently discovered is a Newfie cross (he’d be a third of the size of Max!) so I’ve been on the search looking for anything I can find out about them as he has THE sweetest, gentlest, happy disposition.
    Looking forward to exploring your space.
    Happy day!

  18. Natalie April 11, 2013 at 20:22 #

    Twitter: corp2domestic
    You totally deserve this! Your photos always make me smile as I am sure do for everyone else. We all love seeing your son and Max together and not to mention the beautiful landscapes. I know I don’t comment all the time but I truly enjoy your photos! Thank goodness I finally jumped on IG!
    Natalie recently posted..A Little Party Planning

  19. Janie Koch via Facebook April 11, 2013 at 20:24 #

    How exciting! So happy for you all, Stasha!

  20. Terri Sonoda April 11, 2013 at 20:31 #

    Twitter: tsonoda
    Congratulations Stasha! Well deserved! So happy for you!
    Terri Sonoda recently posted..I got nuthin’

  21. Marie Gettel-Gilmartin via Facebook April 11, 2013 at 20:40 #

    This is fabulous, Stasha!!! Love the photos!!! Sharing now on my wall!

  22. Brandee April 11, 2013 at 20:49 #

    I am so thrilled and proud of you, my friend. This is all so well deserved.
    Brandee recently posted..Love is love

  23. Eschelle April 11, 2013 at 21:09 #

    Twitter: Eschelle
    All it takes is a little spark 😀 nice to meet you

    • eschelle April 11, 2013 at 21:12 #

      Twitter: Eschelle
      ** nice to see you !!!! sorry stupid freaking ipad and my fat fingers!!
      eschelle recently posted..As a mother what did you expect??

      • Stasha April 11, 2013 at 23:05 #

        Twitter: NorthWestMommy
        No need to panic, I am famous for leaving the oddest comments on people’s blogs cause I hit send before I proof read :) anyways: Hi!!

  24. Diane April 11, 2013 at 21:15 #

    Twitter: dkotucker
    SOOOO happy for you! You so deserve the recognition. I love your photos of Little J and Max…such great models. Congrats Stasha!!!
    Diane recently posted..Colours of the Month

  25. Paige April 11, 2013 at 21:32 #

    Twitter: paigiegrl
    So happy for you all, we can say when knew you when. You inspired me to start writing again with Listicles, and now you can inspire tons of others as well! I always tell everyone about your “Where’s Waldo?” posts because they are so fun to see!! Congrads!! <3 <3 <3
    Paige recently posted..ENOUGH!! Mixed Messages from Female Leaders

    • Stasha April 12, 2013 at 00:39 #

      Twitter: NorthWestMommy
      Thank you so much Paige. I just read your listicles and I love your thoughts on the man/woman in leadership position blog. Great stuff. I must return this weekend to write you proper comments 😉

  26. Kirstan Sanders via Facebook April 11, 2013 at 22:16 #


  27. Liz April 11, 2013 at 22:50 #

    This is wonderful!!! You were already famous in my neck of the woods, as I mak a point of showing all my Instagram friends your wonderful shots of your boys… and the clever “Where’s Waldo?” snaps.
    Your pics always, ALWAYS bring a smile to my face even on the thoughest days!
    Thank you, my friend for brightening my day… and for bringing a smile to the rest of my family when they need it most.

    I still want to know, have you printed a Where’s Waldo book, yet??? I’d buy a copy in an instant!! :)
    Sending love & happy thoughts all the ay from Brisbane, Australia!!
    Liz recently posted..Wild Bird Wednesday: Australian Magpie

  28. darcelle April 11, 2013 at 23:05 #

    Hey I know someone famous! Woowho! Great photos!

  29. Barbara April 12, 2013 at 00:53 #

    Dear Stasha, I’ve just discovered your blog and I’m so thrilled about it! Your photos show a beautiful tenderness and I think all your blog posts convey a very strong and important message: the deep love of a woman for her family. Thanks for sharing all this with us.

  30. Laverne April 12, 2013 at 03:22 #

    WOW!!!! Our Stasha!!! Well I won’t say I didn’t already know how fabulous you are or what an incredibly talented photographer you are…not to mention the awww I am left in seeing your stunning artistic talents. I am just so very very happy for you. Not only have you always been just so wonderfully kind to me, your pictures have inspired me for a very very long time. You are an AMAZING talent. I am just so very happy so many more people are it! XOXOXOX
    Laverne recently posted..Meet My Muses and Fred too

  31. Lenore Diane April 12, 2013 at 04:28 #

    Twitter: Lenore_Diane
    Congratulations, congratulations, and finally – congratulations. I am so thrilled to see you and the boys getting the props. Actually, I’m more thrilled you share the good life with us – the props were just icing on the cake.
    Thank you for brightening my day time and time again. Your Where’s Waldo series are one of my favorites. I suspect a book is your future.
    Lenore Diane recently posted..Wednesday’s “What is it?”

  32. Kathryn Zabrocki Strode via Facebook April 12, 2013 at 05:22 #

    Max, you are giving “Clifford, The Big Red Dog” a run for the money because you are the real deal.

  33. JoAnn April 12, 2013 at 06:46 #

    For some reason this cracked me up. Congratulations on being famous, glad it’s not letting it go to your head. Let me know if you get a garage door sponsorship.
    miss you on IG!,
    your luddite friend 😉
    JoAnn recently posted..Sugar Highs and Snot

  34. Rose Sauquillo via Facebook April 12, 2013 at 10:23 #

    Great stuff!

  35. Kim Pugliano April 12, 2013 at 15:56 #

    Twitter: GisSilent
    HOLY WOW STASHA! It’s about freaking time.

  36. [email protected] April 13, 2013 at 06:57 #

    I knew you were something special long before my husband, the photographer, started following your blog and instagram. I hope some news media outlet does a proper bio on you that includes a Listicles mention 😉
    [email protected] recently posted..iVillage Cooking Adventures: Lasagna Roll Ups

  37. [email protected] Mom April 13, 2013 at 15:09 #

    Twitter: copilotmom
    Congratulations, Stasha! So happy for you and Little J and Max! Your photos always make me smile.
    [email protected] Mom recently posted..Fly

  38. Stacey April 13, 2013 at 17:51 #

    Twitter: staceysmoments
    Wow! Look at you being all famous! Congratulations! It is attention well deserved for sure!

  39. Lynne April 13, 2013 at 21:56 #

    Congrats! You are offically world famous! Loving the pics here in New Zealand too!

  40. Mamaintheburbs April 13, 2013 at 23:03 #

    I love seeing your pictures on Instagram! I just shared the MSN story on my Facebook so other people can experience the joy I get from looking at your pics!! Congratz! Well deserved!!!

  41. Jackie (@notwifezill April 14, 2013 at 05:22 #

    Twitter: notwifezilla
    I got so super excited when I saw the post and link on my feed on FB! How very awesome for you my friend. What made me even more happy was seeing other friends pass it on.
    Great job Mama!
    Jackie (@notwifezill recently posted..Five

  42. Mary Gilmartin April 14, 2013 at 08:40 #

    What a wonderful story and photographs. Congrats..

  43. Carpool Goddess April 14, 2013 at 11:48 #

    Twitter: carpoolgoddess

  44. Christine @ Love, Li April 14, 2013 at 17:55 #

    Stasha – I’m so happy and excited for you. Your photos of Little J and Big M (oh how I love Max!!) truly do warm my heart every time that I see them. So well deserved
    Christine @ Love, Li recently posted..Friday Round-Up: Voice

  45. Rorybore April 14, 2013 at 18:09 #

    Twitter: rorybore
    so well deserved my dear….so well deserved.
    And I just knew deep down that people really really wanted happy stories too. Thank you for giving us all our daily dose!
    Rorybore recently posted..Friday 4 Fill In: A Weekend Getaway

  46. christine April 15, 2013 at 09:20 #

    Oh my word, Stasha! That is so wonderful. And well deserved. Your photos have always made me smile. You have a great way of looking at the world, and you capture it beautifully with your camera.
    christine recently posted..Meatloaf

  47. lisacng April 15, 2013 at 13:45 #

    Twitter: lisacng
    Congrats on all the wonderful recognition, very well deserved because your photos really are just an enjoyment of life and the relationship with your son, and your son with his dog. I love how you intertwined your “rise to the top” with the every day occurrences that plaque the rest of us ;).
    lisacng recently posted..National Cherry Blossom Festival: Part 1 {photos}

  48. Bridget April 17, 2013 at 23:59 #

    Twitter: twinisms
    Oh! You’re famous!! Congrats! I love you!!
    Bridget recently posted..Don’t Ever Have Teenagers

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