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Life is an adventure.  Last year was full of them.  I had friends die, was introduced to new babies fresh to the world, and went on journeys that I entered into with trepidation and left feeling excited and renewed.  In my personal life and in my professional life, I tried and continue to try to be better than I was before, to focus on the stuff that counts, to be open to new things, and to get sh** done.  To share food with strangers, laughter, and being surrounded by joy is a true gift.  Thank you to all the people who choose to have me join them on their days of celebration.  Here are 100 images from last year.  Most are wedding images and a few are family portrait images.  May you enjoy your days, laugh often, and eat yummy food.

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My daughter, Zelda, turned one last month.  She was born at home, in our bathroom, bursting into our lives with so much sweetness and feistiness.  I was so astounded that she was a girl (I really thought we would be having a second boy).  A completely different creature than her brother, I am so curious to see how her personality evolves.  It is crazy how frustrating, exhausting, difficult and at the same time wonderful, joyful, and full of love my kids can be.  They are such great teachers.  I am amazed by how much love I feel for them.  On Ellis’ first birthday, we gave him a cake and sang to him.  He cried.  He did not crush the cake.  He is a fastidious one.  Zelda, on the other hand, went whole hog into her cake(s).  And when our friends and family sang happy birthday to her, she squealed in delight.

We had a pretty fantastic birthday weekend with her.  On the anniversary of her birth, Zelda got her first cupcake.  She obliterated it.

I have been taking a picture with my growing family for our “Holiday” / “New Years” card for three years now. We have a blast getting dressed up and creating the picture. We tried really hard to get them out by the end of the year the first year, but that didn’t seem to happen. So on year two, we decided that they would be New Years cards so that we could buy ourselves a little time – I think we had them in the mail by the end of January or February. No matter when we get the cards in the mail, when people get them, they love them. The bottom line is that the joy that your friends and family get from receiving fun pictures of you is not determined by what day of the year they are received. They are a big hit at SF General Hospital where Loretta works (her co-workers have been on her case for some time to get a copy of this year’s card). Loretta pointed out to me as I was stressing about the tardiness of our card dispersal that people love to get them whenever they arrive. It is true. There really is no “too late” to send fun pictures of yourself and your family to friends and loved ones. These are the images that we used for our Holiday, New Year, Chinese New Year, Valentine, Presidents Day, family card. In case you were wondering, I don’t have a 22 year old daughter. The young lady in the middle on the color image is Loretta’s sister (she has been living with us since Zelda was born). Enjoy.