Connor, Class of 2014

I walked down the path to the beautiful ranch house at Leo Carillo Ranch, and I reminisced about my senior year of high school.  Connor is graduating from my alma mater (SM you KNOW!), and while my old high school looks completely different, I remember the all the excitement that pulses through your veins as a senior, especially in the last semester.  Connor is going away for college, and I remembered what that was like for me. Everything you've known for most of your life, all your routines, most friends, hang outs... they all change when you graduate. There is a new sense of freedom, but with is a huge responsibility.

Talking with Connor came pretty easy.  He's like an old soul.  He was humble, quiet, and I would bet he is one loyal friend.  I know that Connor will succeed, and I also know that he will fail, because moving out and growing up promises both. But I think his humbleness and loyalty will help him navigate those failures and successes with grace. It was great to get to know him, and I am excited to see him  conquer life.

Connor and his little sister, Rylie. She still has a few years left of high school. Life will be far different for her also!

I love the next few.  The 'tough guy' look comes so easily, so catching a few of him smiling and laughing was rewarding.  I'm pretty sure the question I asked him related to a girls :)

Connor is a talented baseball player, so it was only fitting to have him bring along his base ball gear.  I remember the guys who played ball in high school, and you could almost never find them without their hat.  What I find interesting is that each guy had a certain routine they followed when placing the hat on their head. Shimmy-ing it around for a good fit, pulling the brim up just a bit, smoothing the hair down in the back. Connor was no different.

Congratulations Connor!

Alyah, Class of 2014

Meet my cousin, Alyah.  She lives up in the bay area, but usually every summer, she comes down to San Diego and hangs out with all of us.  We love it!  I seriously can't believe she is a senior this year!  I remember spending time with my Aunt up in San Francisco right after Alyah was born.  Now, she is this stunning and incredibly smart young woman, who is about 6 inches taller than me!

Alyah, I'm so excited for you this year. I can't wait to see all that you will accomplish, and which college you choose. You are awesome!

 Seriously? Gorgeous!