my travels thus far have been... well.. that's another story... and i do promise to tell it. but for now, this is where it started...
a road trip from portland, or to carmel valley, ca.
this is day three of my journey.
after a good 6 hrs of driving and a tour of the redwoods, i spent the evening in Berkeley with my cousin michelle, her boyfriend and their two pups. i hadn't seen her in years, but time stands still with family you love. and it truly felt like no time had passed at all.
i didn't grow up knowing my cousins.. in fact i only met michelle and her brother and sister when i was 24 and and freshly moved to PA from CA. i had moved to PA to follow my dreams of being a horse woman and trainer, and found a family i didn't know i had. and even thou i had never met them before.. her dad (the fabulous cousin rob) mum (his wife ... the amazing ana) and ALL my relatives (hi aunt lillian!! :) took me in as family. it was my first experience with being fully accepted and embraced as family by relatives i barely knew... it is something i've never forgotten and has etched itself indelibly on my heart.
michelle has since followed her heart and moved from PA to CA. i am so proud and honored to call michelle family.. she is gorgeous and has a heart big enough to save the world.
that night we chatted for hours... giggled, reminisced about the past and caught up on the last 10 years. after a sleeping for a good 9 hrs i woke to puppy kisses, blue skies and plans for a rigorous day of lounging, brunching and shopping. phew! before we left thou.. just one thing.... i wanted to photograph their two furr kids, ninja and maggie.
love you cousin michelle.. you are the best!
|o pleeeeeze throw that ball.. pleeze pleeze pleeeze...|