I struck gold the first time when I was born into the family that I have. My parents are awesome, I love my sister, and basically I’ve lived a charmed life.

      I struck gold the second time when I married into Walt’s family. They are all amazing people and we recently visited Tulsa, where Walt’s grandparents live. Most of Walt’s dad’s family gathered for this family reunion and I shot a few photos :)

      I was commissioned to take a giant family portrait (and inadvertently stuck myself in the corner of a 24mm shot… mehhh)!


      But mostly I hung out in the pool without my camera.

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      On this trip, I learned:

      • My “new” Prius can go almost the entirety of the trip between Tulsa and Austin (about 450 miles, give or take) on one tank of gas — Oh, I haven’t written about my Corolla’s wreck, have I? That’ll be another day.
      • That aquariums, while pretty awesome-looking, are also kept at pretty cold temperatures — seriously, y’all, I was freezing in there.
      • That audiobooks on long drives are amazing. Gone are the squabbles about changing the song on the iPod. Walt and I contentedly listened to the second book in the Kingkiller Chronicles, The Wise Man’s Fear. We’ve both read the books once already, so the fact that the drive only used up about 25% of the book didn’t disappoint. Maybe when I make a trip to Marfa next year I’ll convince my passenger to listen to Harry Potter.

      We too stuck gold when you joined our family, Elissa, adding so much extra talent, fun and intelligence to the family group.
      Thanks for being you !!!! Grandparents in law in tulsa.
      PS love, love the wedding shots, beautiful

      I’m so glad you struck gold a second time!

      Steven and I totally listen to StarTalk the entire time we’re on long distance drives. We also fight about the music. :-D

      That’s reunion looks like so much fun and is so awesome. I love that you love Walt’s family. ((Hug))

      Fun! I love the audiobooks for long road trips. Didn’t listen to any this year, but previously have listened to “The Year of Living Biblically,” and the first two Harry Potter books… by the 3rd book you’re moving into like 13 hour road trips, haha!