It’s Hot in Herrr

I sit here writing on one of the hottest days of the year–it supposedly reached 92° today and I couldn’t be happier…that is, if I wasn’t sick. Our apartment thermometer is at around 80° right now (inside) and I have a 99.9° fever. Awesome, yes? I seriously wish I wasn’t sick on one of the most beautiful days of the year. You guys didn’t stop by to hear me complain though, right? Instead of me rambling about my current misery, I will show you some more film photos I have been taking out and about.

The birthday girl at River Ranch Lodge on the way home from Tahoe


shopping around downtown

my photo taken to celebrate the sun!

the local lunch spot

Brandon and I had dinner on the roof to escape the heat of our apartment. It was glorious! The “ghost” in the righthand corner is due to me forgetting that I hadn’t wound my film. Whoopsies. That’s called exposing your roll…lesson learned. For now.


This weekend Brandon and I escaped for a quick trip to Lake Tahoe to hang with the family and celebrate my Grandmother’s birthday. It was a splendid time–lots of beach time, playing in the sand, beach bbq, family…what more could you ask for (aside from more time)? I shot mostly film this weekend, so there will be a lot more photos as long as they turn out. For now, here are some photos of our time…

Claire and her best friend, Uncle B


2010aug14_054Conor met cousin Erin for the first time


I had made flags as decorations, but Claire thought they were much better as a part of her parade than stuck in the ground.





Cousin Clint was doing a hand-shoe dance for Claire–she wasn’t really sure what to make of it.


Oh Tahoe, how I love you…I must go back soon.



The previous post would have gotten WAY too long had I included my pictures of Claire, so I decided to dedicate one to her alone.



Claire is growing up so quickly and becoming quite the little talker. Mixed in with a lot of general “babytalk” (i.e. noises and sounds that aren’t yet words), Claire has mastered quite a few words and animal noises. Thanks to a few of her books, she knows what sounds ducks, dogs, cats, elephants, lions, monkeys, and chickens make, along with a few others. It’s quite adorable to hear her answer when you ask her what a kitty says (“meooooow”).



She also enjoys saying “hiiiiiiiiii” to everyone, as well as “snow? snow!” when she looked outside, as well as when she saw someone gearing up to go outside. She’d also say “side?” when she wanted to go out. She’s long mastered “up!” but will occasionally even add a “peease (please)”. While the process of gearing up wasn’t fun, the moment she got in the snow all her cares were forgotten. She also had a permagrin while on the sled–she would have been happy getting pulled around all day.



Claire loves singing, and getting others to sing. Sometimes she’ll start a song, prompting you to join in with her. She also liked to come over and play with my phone, pushing buttons and looking at pictures. She’d walk over and meow, indicating she wanted to see pictures of Ben and Stuart. How cute is that?



It has been such a joy to see this little girl grow and change, and I’m looking forward to meeting Jen’s next baby and seeing him/her grow and change and interact with Claire. How could I not be a proud aunt of this little face?