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


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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.

discovery bay part a: hello casey

this weekend i got to enjoy some sunshine and heat with some of my closest friends, and i cannot even begin to explain how wonderful and rejuvenating it was. the occasion was a welcome back/going away party for my high school bestie and her brother (she’s leaving, he’s returning). brenna and i were inseparable in high school, casey and i went to college together and he basically mentored me, kept me sane and acted as my stand-in brother. i went early on saturday morning with brenna, casey, and their friend doug to help set up and prepare for the barbecue.


it was just like old times–being there with the family, just hanging out, relaxing. we were able to knock out the veggie/fruit chopping for master chef bryan in record time, which left plenty of time to chat, lay out, swim, paddle around in the battle boat, and soak up some much-needed sun. i was reminded of the lazy high school days of summer, laying out on the dock, having care-free laughs with some of my nearest and dearests. i feel like i’m rambling on, but it truly was a much needed and very nostalgic day for me!

the first wave of guests was the parent crowd…i got to enjoy some kid time, including carpet surfing with linden (get on your board, paddle, pop up, surf, wipe out!).


later in the afternoon the rest of the guests began arriving for a low-key and very fun backyard barbecue. there was lots of food, LOTS of fruit salad (no hidden joke–we just made the worlds largest fruit salad), friends, family, catching up and laughter. it couldn’t have been a better day!




casey was in australia for grad school, i must admit i didn’t realize just how much i had missed casey until i saw him again–i mean, i knew i had missed him, it’s just different when you see someone again. i’m looking forward to having him back in the city, especially in light of the fact that his sister is leaving the city. i am determine to help remind him of how lovely san francisco can be, so he will be less tempted to move back to australia–selfishly, i’d like him to stay put!   as far as brenna’s leaving, i’ll go into more detail on that in the next post…

Happy Birthday, Dad!

Today is my dad’s birthday, and I have to say he’s the best dad around.  He’s put up with me for 28 years with patience I can only strive to have.  On Saturday, after the family portraits, all of us kids went over to my parents house for a relaxing afternoon of pizza, champagne, kiddie pools and sunshine.

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Claire thoroughly enjoyed playing in her kiddie pool, and Jen and I enjoyed soaking our feet in it. She loved pouring water on herself and splashing us, keeping us cool in the summer heat.

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Her favorite game, however, was one that involved “Uncle B” (which she now can say, instead of calling the two of us “aunt b” collectively). Uncle B would fill up the watering can and create a shower over the pool. When his water came out, Claire would promptly say “Shower? More water please?”



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After shower time, it was sandbox time. Uncle B was fun there, too…

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Of course, after she got sandy she needed shower time again

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All in all, it was a wonderful day full of laughter and family fun–I couldn’t have asked for a better day. Hopefully Dad had just as much fun! Happy birthday, pop-pop!

Family Portraits

On Saturday, Brandon and I went out to the east bay to hang out with my family to celebrate my dad’s birthday. On the way there, we took a little detour with Jen, Josh and Claire to snap some family pictures before the baby is born. While the wind and Claire didn’t always cooperate, we still got some good photos. I can’t believe “Hank” is almost here! Aside from her baby bump, you would never know Jen is pregnant–she walks normally, is energetic, and still carries Claire around. I don’t know how she does it!

Here are some photos from the family shoot:






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we tried to get Claire to wear her matching white sandals, but she insisted on her bright pink shoes (that she picked out herself)

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