Duke ran in to a grocery to grab a few things for our family outing and he returned with treats for everyone in the car.
My little sister Emily was with us and Duke knew exactly which candy-bar she would love. I didn't even know she liked them. I asked him how he knew and he said, "I noticed that she eats 'almond joy' bars at grandpa's house but she always spits out the almonds."
He listens and he remembers. He is always making everyone feel special. I know it sounds simple, but he is doing sweet things like this for people all of the time.
There is a sort-of age gap between my sisters and I. I'm 8 1/2 years older than Tamsin, and 15 1/2 years older than Emily. So we were never really fast-friends. I was busy with school and friends, and only ever spent enough time with them to be bossy and mean.
Tamsin and I became friends when she was about 11 years old. I had already moved out of the house for a while, and I moved back home. I realized that up to that point I had been missing out on getting to know one of the coolest girls around. We shared a room and stayed up late each night reading Harry Potter out-loud together. I am so glad for that time we had.
When Emily was born, I felt weird holding her in public, just because people assumed she was mine. For a totally prude, little girl, it's a bit embarrassing. So she was always just the baby.
She was the cute-little-flower-girl at my wedding. 5 years old. Duke and I left for school then, just a couple of days later, and we've only been around for shorts visits since. Somewhere along the way, Emily grew, a lot. She reminds me of my mom. She makes me laugh. But I haven't quite figured out who she is yet. I'm determined to discover her. I guess that's the number one reason we've moved back to Oregon.
She fits like a glove.
She's a bit of a mystery.
But two things I know:
It's never too late to become friends with sisters.
It seems I will be shooting with a younger group of ladies. My sister Tamsin is 15. She has an incredibly beautiful and photogenic look, plus a variety of very silly friends who have been getting excited about photoshoots.
Here is my Tamsin.
Here is her friend, McKayla.
I have another darling baby sister, Emily. So again, a young clientele for silliness. It comes so naturally for her!
And as if that wasn't exciting enough, I have Marissa, my little brother's girlfriend. What a pleasure it is to photograph this young lady!
It feels awesome to have instant girl-friends. I have to say, though, they make me feel a little old. And top-heavy.
I hope to find some mommy-friends soon. :) I need to get some other pregnant chicks in front of the camera, so I don't feel so lonely!
Usually I play this game with Duke on our road trips. Well, he was in the moving truck. Iggy is not much for conversation, so I played alone. I start with "A" and go through the letters of the alphabet. Rules: the word must START with the letter (or the letter must be alone), letters must be spotted in alphabetical order.
Stupid Z. I dislike you. Where were you when I really needed you???
In further news, Sparky is adjusting. He loves his aunties, and has been having all sorts of fun testing the boundaries of a new household. He'll be fine.
I don't know if Iggy really cares what's going on. He seems pretty happy here.