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.  I have no idea how or when that happened.

There’s Tori walking in!  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 as 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.


  1. Ah, I’ve been to Kemah! We’ll be making another trip to Houston relatively soon since Dan’s brother lives there now. Just not in the summer :) That’s when we went last time and it was the hottest I’ve EVER been!

    • Alyssa Reply

      When are you guys planning a trip? Though we might both be super busy with family visits, I would absolutely live to meet you! If course we don’t go very often but I would be willing to make a special trip for you!

  2. Joseph has always been so good to play games or whatever with his younger siblings. I have a feeling you both will make great parents someday. And…. *Jealous!* of the cameras – that is beyond awesome! I too started a collection, but I only have 2.

  3. It looks like such a lovely weekend! I think it’s so telling how men are with kids. =}

    Can I ask what this awesome new comment thingie you have on here is? I like it a lot! Is it part of your theme or a plugin perhaps?

    • Alyssa Reply

      I didn’t even notice it! I guess my theme just updated that on its own.

  4. i’m so jealous! i want to go to tx so bad, but kevin’s hospital stay ruined the july trip we had planned, so now we have to wait until christmas. i almost wished my brother graduated so it would give us an excuse, but alas, he didn’t.

    • Alyssa Reply

      Aww poor Kevin. Is he feeling any better?

      Don’t come to Texas now–it’s too hot (though not quite as hot in Houston as it is here)! I am envious of you up there.

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