At the end of last month I went back home for the first time since moving out to LA. It was simultaneously great and weird--so much has changed yet so many things were the same, too.
I got to see my brother who returned from living/serving in Peru for the last 2 years; he slips in and out of Spanish without noticing, it's great.
There were wonderful parts of the trip, but one highlight that we have the most pictures from is meeting the other members of my family, or what we now call "the herd." When all of siblings and I started leaving the nest my parents started looking for hobbies that they could enjoy together; eventually they bought a few alpacas so that they can use the fibers (wool) to spin into yarn and weave and knit because they're cool like that.
One thing that should be mentioned is that there is in fact a difference between a llama and an alpaca. Now I am not entirely sure what those differences are apart from the fact that alpacas are quite a bit smaller and I imagine their wool is smoother or finer than a llama's because petting these animals was what I had imagined playing with a warm cloud to feel like. Google also informed me that there is a difference in face shape as well. That is as far as I got on this research topic but I invite you to go down that worm hole and tell me about it once you emerge from the other side.
Without further ado, I bring you ALPACA OVERLOAD!