searching for a highschool that you know doesn't exist

today i found a shoe box marked "love letters."

i think there were two from boys who liked me a long time ago (i've never liked another boy other than ty, of course). and they were the funny ones.

you know the ones.

but most of them were from my best GIRL friend. yes, almost an entire box of notes scribbled on the back of church programs, math homework, value village reciepts, and even one dirty napkin.

i read all of them. most just funny stories that happened. i laughed a lot. i shed a tear or two. some lessons we learned i wish i remembered. other lessons we learned i wish i could forget (don't get carried away. we never did anything wrong). all evidence of why i am who i am today.

i'm glad i kept them.

to secret love notes between best friends.


picture taken with my iphone. this was too good to wait to develop...


enough is enough

i have twenty-one rolls of film to develop. and then scan.

do you know how long it takes to scan twenty-one rolls of film???


but i found some pictures of our last couple weeks in toronto. we have been so busy back at home that we've almost forgot that we are missing some things. 

not enough to want to go back, but enough.


ps. if i had all these outfits, i would be a happy girl, and ty a happy boy. and we would learn to dance like this.



the house elves got a job

well, i am all grown up and gots a real job.

and tyler gets to play all day at school.

i guess its a bit more work than that, but i am slightly jealous that i don't get to go back to school this semester. 

although getting a paycheck is rather nice...

we pre-bought tickets and dressed up for opening day of the last harry potter movie. both my nephews dressed up as malfoy; one even had a dark mark painted on his arm. when the first movie came out, our entire family dressed up. my dad went down in history as wearing the single best hagrid costume of all time, complete with a full beard and wig made out of raw brown wool and a humongous sheep skin coat. he only made it about twenty-five minutes waiting in line for the show before he was sweating buckets and peeling off layers... but it was the best part of the movie. and even though i haven't liked any of the movies (yes, i'm one of those "the books are so much better!" kinds...), i found myself dressing up, once again, to say goodbye to daniel radcliffe and all his friends... i even cried. a lot.

another part of our growing up was moving into a place of our own. we're house-sitting and helping to clean a house this year.

funny that we dressed up as house elves, and now we ARE house elves...



ps. to prevent any more of this growing up business, i will listen to this and wish that i could grow up and be a rockstar so i could sing with the muppets.

nephew pictures taken on a yashica 35mm with fugifilm 400 (with light leaks...), ty and i on our mamiya 120mm with portra 400.