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.

Leonardo’s Christmas

Another blog post from your favorite and most handsom internet cat, Leonardo.

My Christmas was horrible. To quote the wise words of William Shakespeare:
“O, horrible! O, horrible! most horrible!”
from Hamlet (Act 1, Scene V).

See how much rest I got the last couple years? It was not the same this time. I was on edge:

Firstly, Joseph gave Alyssa a flash reflector (which she is giving very positive reviews, by the way), so they were playing with it all day long. So annoying.

My only present… a pair of used shoes. They don’t even fit me.

I was also given a used box. It doesn’t fit well either.

Worst of all, it snowed that day. As an indoor cat, the weather itself doesn’t bother me. But bad weather means my nemesis Cory is brought inside.

I hope everyone else had a better holiday.

Love always,

Season’s Greetings from Leonardo and Cory

It’s not worth asking how these photos happened. Let’s call it a Christmas miracle. Joseph helped me prop them up on boxes in front of the Christmas tree, which was highly confusing, and then we made all sorts of strange noises to keep their attention. The end result was so much better than we could have predicted!

I took photos of Leonardo first, and he purred the entire time. I don’t know if he just likes the attention or what. After a few minutes when we were about done he made one small meow, as if to ask if he could get down now, and then jumped down and walked off after I consented.

I’m amazed I was able to get these photos and am incredibly impressed with their expressions! Look how full of hope they are! We loved these so much we sent them out as our Christmas card, which I imagine some of our family members found strange. But most of the envelopes were addressed to cats or dogs, so it’s okay.

I have been getting a lot of grief for not including our beloved Lazar Wolf in the portrait session, but he is stressed out too easily to handle. Can this crude photoshop make up for it? He is obviously overflowing with warm thoughts of the holiday season.

Anniversary #5

Joseph and I celebrated our 5th anniversary last week! Also known as the day a lot of people lose bets because they have no faith in a 19 year old marrying a 25 year old (honestly, who could blame them?).

Although the date feels kind of arbitrary–it was picked for convenience alone, and since we got married by proxy while he was in Iraq, we didn’t even see each other until almost a month later–it reminds us of all we’ve done together. We adopted a few animals, took the trip of a lifetime to Egypt, moved to Italy and then back to Texas, and even survived a horrible and poorly-planned winter drive through the Dolomites without snow chains (a trip that took 8+ hours instead of the 3 hours we anticipated).

Joseph surprised me with the most beautiful bouquet of flowers, plus two pounds of chocolate caramels!

A few days later something else arrived–a beautiful sapphire necklace from Angara. You know jewelry is too fancy for you when the box holding it has its own light.

Needless to say, Joseph has much better taste in jewelry than I do, which I really appreciate it. If it weren’t for him all my accessories would be in the shape of various animals or pinecones or something (which I still have plenty of, of course).

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