Toes in the Sand

Today I leave for Puerto Rico with Ruben! This is our first trip since our honeymoon to Costa Rica in 2010! Costa Rica was incredible. Endless amounts of amazing food, new friends, and of course, lots of sunshine, sand, and salty water. Pardon the haze in this photo, but it was taken with a really really old point and shoot and both humidity and ocean spray are rather insistent photobombers. :) I'll be back March 2nd recharged and ready for a super busy spring and summer wedding season!

Happy (almost) spring!

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My favorite time of year.

When the days are long, the sun is bright, and the wind is warm.

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So much happens in one year - it's impossible to remember it all, and even more difficult to pinpoint a favorite event, moment, or feeling. I'm lucky to live a life packed to the brim with friends, family, snuggles from my cats (Sharkbait, and Meatball), Ruben's amazing cooking, taco perfection (I really like tacos - and the perfect ones are entirely thanks to Ruben :), music, rainbow colors galore, and countless other small pleasures, but there is one place/event/tradition that I think about and long for all year long - a week with my family at the beach.

Maybe it's because we relive these moments ever year at Christmas when I deliver a photo book of the week's events to my brother and sister-in-law, my parents, and my grandma, but it's just my favorite.

A week with my family and best friend relaxing, reading books, digging giant holes in the sand, and cooking the best food ever. It's really hard to beat. :)

This year I tackled my first rolls of film on the beach with my whole family as my test subjects. It was crazy not getting to see a photo right after I took it, and kind of maddening, but when I saw them after they'd been developed - one after another, each one different from the one before, I had an immeasurable appreciation for those moments.

Each photo was imperfect, yet completely perfect at the same time. I didn't take 5 photos of my brother with Gavin trying to capture his perfect little smile - instead, I had one shot, and the expression of the moment. It's amazing how often that single opportunity was my version of perfect - I wouldn't change a thing about 99% of the photos.

These photos mean so much to me. I don't have a picture of every single moment, but I have a beautiful selection of images that tell the story of the week to me each time I view them.

Hope you enjoy. :) Happy 2014!

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Camera: Canon EOS 1V Film: Combination of Kodak Portra 160, Kodak Portra 800, and Fuji 400h