Jonah and I took a trip out to Upstate New York to see my eldest sister Amy this April. Visiting upstate at any time of the year that I’ve been has always been an inspiring place to be. It’s beautiful and nothing like the west that I am used to. Something about the weather, the scenery, and the overall feel of this trip seemed to be read so perfectly in black and white.
You know how else NY is different from the west? Thrift stores are actually thrifty. I know, a crazy concept… in the west you are just getting something used and tossed out for just under the price you can get something similar but brand new at your basic market. So as per tradition when visiting NY we hit up all the thrift stores at a reasonable driving distance and really made out like bandits. Love.
Fritz and Jonah were buddy’s immediately… both were happy to have company in the back of the car. However, it didn’t take long before Mr. Fritz was begging for his own personal space. The champ that he is just couldn’t shovel down treats fast enough for Jonah. He kept putting them in his mouth one after another – and if he didn’t open his mouth J was sure to chase him down and keep trying until Fritz relented (this continued all week long). No Jonah, Fritz isn’t a toy… You could see it in that poor dogs eyes just begging Amy to explain to Jonah that he just can’t keep this up… Please… oh the pleading… But friends they were none the less.
Pet store madness I say. There were three levels of excitement going into that pet store. One was the average adult (Amy and myself) that looked around at the animals briefly with common enjoyment, the second was the small kid (Jonah, of course) entering very possible for the first time a place filled with new smells and little moving critters that caught his curiosity. He would point and giggle and all that, you know. But then there is the dog. We are talking nothing can get any more exciting than a pet store with little animals swimming, crawling, and even sleeping. So simple, yet very entertaining.
I found these pictures from back in January on an SD card that I had completely forgotten about. I was so happy since I have so very few pictures of this last year. These are a sweet blessing. I only wish I had understood my camera better back then because I had been saving all of my files in L and RAW so it was basically creating two LARGE files for every picture taken… a 2GB SD card fills up quickly like that. Just think of how many other pictures I may have saved just by understanding my settings better.