The Evolution of Lazar Wolf

I’ve just realized I am horribly overdue for an update on my pet turtle, Lazar Wolf (so named after Tzeitel’s almost-husband in Fiddler on the Roof). Last you heard, he was a tiny baby with four feet. A lot has happened since then.

Most remarkably, his foot fell off. You can kind of see in the last photo from the post I linked above–his front left foot had gotten crushed. Once we noticed how bad it was, he weren’t sure if he was going to make it through. Then the foot started decaying, and we tried to not get too attached. He was so, so tiny I didn’t see how his body could keep going.

But Lazar Wolf made it through and keeps growing. He is a pretty dexterous guy with his little nub and loves to swim.

Lazar Wolf as he is today:

Lazar Wolf in his tank in March 2011:

He is much too big for that tank now:

Fitting on top of his log is a bit of a struggle as well:

Since he doesn’t have much room to move around (and has a pretty tiny brain), he gets himself into sticky and frustrating situations. Sometimes he looks at me accusingly.

Despite being overdue for a new tank, Lazar Wolf has a good life. We weren’t overly enthused when my dad recommended we take him home as a pet, but things have changed since then. I never would have expected myself to appreciate him for his personality–he is a turtle, after all–but he really is pretty funny. His grumpy little face is so endearing!

Genevieve & Ash

Saturday I got to see my wonderful friend Genevieve again, and she enlisted me to take photos of her and her boyfriend Ash. We met me in Denton (where I had an all-day class) and walked around the square. I always love spending time with Genevieve, and her 10+ years of modeling and recent years working as a photographer in McKinney means she’s a breeze in front of the camera. Ash was a model as a chid as well! Genevieve and I are both lucky to have snagged former child models (Joseph was also a talent pageant pro–let’s all make fun of him for that later) ;)

Katie & Ben: The Engagement Portraits

Katie and I have known each other since we were awkward pre-teens, so I was beyond thrilled when she asked me to take engagement portraits for her and Ben, who are getting married this summer. They are an absolutely lovely couple, and I had a blast spending a few hours with them!

We had a lot of great outtakes because they are both so funny!

A Not-Actually-Very-Late Holiday

I made a point this year to visit our families in Houston close to the holidays rather than waiting until February and March, so we made a quick trip the weekend before New Years. A very quick trip–we left after I got off of work on Saturday and drove back home on Sunday night. It was so nice to see everyone, even if rushed!

Brian and Lori–my brother and sister-in-law, parents of Alena, Daphne, and Lennon.

Lennon’s mom and I were both looking forward to my photographing the most beautiful baby in the world again this year (last year’s photos: here; the year before: here), but he was feeling a bit under the weather. But I can report on his remaining beautiful and continuing to age at rapid speeds. This boy isn’t even two years old yet!

Alena and Daphne (Lennon’s sisters) hanging out in a tree. This looks sweet and casual, but getting Daphne two feet off the ground and into that tree was a huge ordeal because she is very dramatic.
Second: My sister Tori and Joseph with their new My Little Pony shirts.

My parents; Avery, me, and the two-headed cat on my sweater

I’m proud to say I’m the only adult to be inducted into my niece’s club (wherein they watch movies and eat popcorn in the garage apartment). Daphne wrote my name on a soda can to make it official.

Joseph’s sister Lerin and I met over 10 years ago (long before I knew Joseph), and spending time with her always makes me feel like I’m in middle school again. In a good way.

Creepy Couple Pictures 2012. Lerin and Chris are getting married in two months! Joseph and I were providing them with marriage wisdom in the first photo. Then Chris nearly broke Lerin’s legs in the second photo, proving they really do need our help.

Expressions of Daphne

Meet my niece Daphne. What can I say about her? Daphne has a lot of thoughts that simply must be vocalized. This means it’s easy to get caught on the phone for over 20 minutes as she tells you about the caterpillar she saw that day. When we visited last weekend, Joseph made the perfect wall to bounce her thoughts off of.

I couldn’t help but photograph their very animated (albeit one-sided) conversation. At the time she was talking about breakfast nachos.

This is how the night ended. Daphne hugged Joseph like this for about 20 minutes.

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