christmastime in new mexico! mainly, SNOW!

my family and i are now in new mexico for christmas! we drove in yesterday, the 22nd, and tonight we will hang out with auntie steph, and tomorrow is christmas eve and the day after tomorrow is…. CHRISTMAS!  and, also, it’s snowing!  or was.  lovely large flakes (unromantic word… how about fluffs?) falling from the sky.  this  clara and i woke up to uncle david making coffee, and then clara sits up and is like “look out the window! it’s snowing!” so i do, and of course, it is.  and it’s beautiful! after waking up more, we bundled up and went outside.  we made snow angels, and snow flowers, and a snow man.  and then auntie steph drove up in her new car, which we didn’t recognize, honked at us, and we ate breakfast with her and stuff.  she brought reindeer antlers, and chocolate.   and then mom and dad and amy and melissa came out, and we had a lovely giant snowball fight.  we all threw snowballs at  dad, because he was the worst, or best, at hitting us.  getting hit on the behind with a rock hard snowball hurts.  but, i got him back.   and when i had my little digital camera and film slr, i was immune from getting hit by snowballs.  it was great.

^ this is chad, the snowman.

^ mom giving chad bunny ears

^dad threw a shovelful of snow on her.

after you have waded through that slog of words, here are some pictures for you!

^when auntie steph came, she brought reindeer antlers!

^melissa and i

^mom and dad

^amy and i

^ catching snowflakes!


amy came home this weekend with kameron and casey  to do a carwash to raise money for their second years at the honor academy.  at the beginning it was rainy, but at 11 (we got there at 8) the storm was cleared up and we started getting business.  we washed 30 cars in all, and raised way more money than we expected!  praise god.


^ making signs


^ kameron made this sign so that when he’s a homeless person he can raise money


^ amy standing by the road advertising


^ while it was raining we went to Hmart accross the street to marvel at the strange things there.


^ we had one sign that was a box and i wore it.  standing on the median.


^ washing cars



^  all our sunburnt legs at the end of the day.   kameron has the most dramatic sunburn.


^ ice cream lips at braum’s

mmm, pesto.



^ before


^ during: friend came over put henna in amy’s hair!



^ henna hands


^ it’s like dying your hair, but not, because it’s still totally natural.  and looks like that.


^amy went home on sunday night… we miss her lots!  and melissa too, since she’s in boston with choir.


^ my vivitar pn2011 that clara found in a box. it’s kinda my diana.

daniel kirkley

best bookstore in the world


^ books


^ more books



^ melissa.  i’m realizing how amazing this picture would be if i cropped out the ceiling.  i’m gonna have to do that.


^ melissa’s favorite little room


^ amy’s chair.  yes, she is home! if only for the weekend.  she brought many fun/crazy/awesome  friends.



^ my Diana F+ lomography book


^ melissa’s dress is so perfect for taking pictures of.  she is too.  and, of course, there’s the guy with the cool beard.


the bookstore, called Recycled i think, is on north locust street in denton.  it’s in an old opera house.  it’s really mazy, like the antique store in downtown carrollton.  but more so.

so this week my aim is to take photos on a roll of film… with only  my fisheye lens on.  yeah.

road map.

la de da

here are some faves.

me and my bag and coat and shoes.  yes, coat in arizona.  it was cool and windy.


this photo represents our food parties.  #1  m&m’s and water.  #2  ramen and bread and water.  #3 jello and ramen and water.


we picked grapefruit and tangelos from our grandparents’ trees.

i love this photo because:

the focus is on the orange one.

the orange one pops.

the orange one, i guess i shall say the tangelo, is in a visual sweet spot.


this one is rather cool.


bit of enlightenment:

putting a jug full of water outside will detract dogs.  like un attract them.  bother them so they don’t come to the front of your house.  supposedly.  it works, i think.  i didn’t witness it work, but i heard first hand accounts from reliable witnesses.


family photo!