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onwards and upwards!

8 May

Tommy Sims

He’s more than just a pretty face.
He’s a kind smile, a big heart, the Mayor of Ashland Ave., the photographer of the year (ie most creative of all the Sims kids), a contagious chuckle, an adventurer, a rad rider that shreds the gnar way sicker than you, Oh, and a COLLEGE GRADUATE!
Congratulations baby brother. I am so proud of you and can’t wait to see where your talent takes you in the future. Colorado has another thing comin’!

flag and back.

24 Oct

Phew. That was quick. Quick but epic

A 10 hour drive through the mountains of the Colorado high country (Glenwood Canyon never ceases to amaze me), the red rocks of Utah (oh Moab, such a special place), and the arid deserts and Indian Reservations of northern Arizona, finally dropped us in the mountain oasis of Flagstaff…aka Tommy’s home.
Tommy played tour-guide as he took us all over Oak Creek, Sedona, and Flag, pointing out interesting geological and historical tidbits (did you know that the mounds that you drive past on your way up to Flag are actually cinder cones from an ancient volcanic eruption?!); as well as adding his own two cents about spots that have special meaning to him. Spots like the first place he camped in Flag (actually closer to Sedona), his swimming hole in Oak Creek, and the house that started it all. 
It was the perfect getaway and it was awesome to see T in his element. Thanks for a fab weekend dude! Oh, and happy 21st! I love you!

hump day.

16 Oct

Wednesday. Middle of the week. Two days in, two days out.

Usually Wednesday has no meaning to me. Usually Wednesday serves as my Monday, no days in, five days out. But this particular Wednesday is a super Wednesday. This particular Wednesday brings me two days closer to a reunion with one of my most favorite people; Mr. Thomas William Sims, also known as my littlest (though tallest…sorry Erik…) baby brother. 

On Saturday (just TWO days from now…HURRAH!) I am embarking on a 10 hour road trip (cue the Hot Tamales, Diana Ross, coffee, and books on tape) to Flagstaff. Lots of bonding, hiking, story-telling, eating, bead shopping, school seeing, and Flagtown exploring will ensue. And you know what? I AM PUMPED.

See ya on the flip side Keystone!


speedy pepper

24 Apr
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I’ve got the two coolest brothers a chick could ask for. Smart, kind, handsome, funny, talented, athletic, you name it they’ve got it.
But today’s Tommy’s day. He’s the man of the hour and I just wanted to take a moment to share the his artistic genius with the blogosphere. You see, he is finishing up his junior year at Northern Arizona University (go Lumberjacks, go!) and majoring in photography, minoring in graphic design. I’ve always known that he was a talented photographer and I’ve always enjoyed learning about the method to his madness; but to see him grow the way he has both in passion for the art-form and in the way he places the world in perspective through his lens, makes my heart swell. You’re lookin’ at one proud big sister over here.
For glimpse of his work, check out his online portfolio.
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