Last weekend Joseph and I drove down to Houston for my sister’s high school graduation. I’m not even going to discuss the fact that my annoying chubby 9 year-old sister turned into a stunningly responsible 18 year-old overnight. Â I have no idea how or when that happened.
There’s Tori walking in! Â I’m glad she recently became a redhead as it made her much easier to spot. Don’t worry, I won’t bore you with any more ceremony photos. I was sitting very far away and am amazed I got such good shots–a testament to my Tamron lens! I didn’t think it capable, but it’s a constant surprise.
I entertained myself during the ceremony by taking photos of my nephew Lennon. He has grown so much since the last time I saw him.
He was in shock here because the family seating in the row behind us suddenly erupted in screams asÂ their graduate walked across the stage.
Napping in his dad’s arms
Family gathered at my parents’ house after the ceremony, and Joseph played Candyland with the girls. Avery (blonde on the left) told her mom that she hopes she has a husband like Joseph someday because “he’s nice to everyone.”
Iced mocha coffee my dad made the next morning. He can cook anything better than anyone else. I don’t know how he does it–he never even uses recipes! The quiche he made for dinner was incredible, and I don’t even like quiche.
My parents are exceptionally kind, and I left with quite a few gifts! This was my grandfather’s Agfa Billy Jgetar 8.8, made between 1928-1930. It’s now passed from his camera collection to mine.
My dad also gave me his old SLR–a Nikon F601. I filled up one roll of film and will have it developed today! I’m really so excited. I have been wanting to play with film for a while but was too intimidated, so this was the perfect push. This camera traveled all over the world with my family when we lived in the U.A.E. It was in a closet for years, so I’m happy my dad is letting me give it a second life. I have a feeling it will go on a few international trips with me as well (I’ve already picked out a second lens for it–maybe a birthday present next month?).
We spend Memorial Day with Joseph’s family in Houston. We saw their new house, marveled at his mother’s impeccable decorating skills, ate lunch, and walked around Kemah Boardwalk (which I didn’t realize has been completely redone since Hurricane Ike). Joseph took his little sister on her first roller coaster at Kemah! As a coaster enthusiast, this was very exciting for him. Thankfully, Audree had a good time too.