I hiked to my first waterfall in Hawaii yesterday!

DSC_1999 The trail leading up to the falls is well shaded (which my healing sunburn appreciated very much), and very lush.

DSC_2023 Look at how green the canopy is! It was wet, as it is a rainforest, and that made the trail slippery and very muddy at some points. It also makes the perfect conditions for mosquitos. There were swarms of them, and I took home plenty of welts as a souvenir of this trek. But we managed to slip and slide our way up to the falls without donating too much blood.

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The way back down was even more challenging, so I grabbed a piece of bamboo lying along the side of the trail and used it as a walking stick. I left it at the beginning of the trail for the next hiker to use.

I would definitely do this hike again, but with bug repellant!




Aloha, friends!

So, yesterday I went on my first hike in Hawaii, and it was a challenge! The trail zig-zagged up a mountainside.

IMG_4993 It felt like walking up a very long flight of stairs. Now, I can take a movie theatre size flight of stairs like a gazelle (am I right, Grant?), but Holy Hannah, this one had my calves screaming and my lungs kicking my ribcage for air!

Note the warning signs at the beginning of the trail. DSC_1649 Nothing here warning about jelly legs.

This is a gently sloping part of the trail, designed to lull you into a false sense of security.

In all seriousness, though, the hike was a fun challenge, and the reward at the top was worth it. Check out the view! DSC_1671 DSC_1684


Today is another, much flatter hike. I’ll see you on the other side.




Well, after an entire day of travel yesterday, which included layovers in Dallas and LA, I finally made it to beautiful Honolulu, Hawaii! photo 2 photo 1 photo 3

Before even heading to what will be home for the next two months, Kelsey insisted on showing me the beach closest to her place.



Devlin and I dropped Kelsey off at work this morning, and this is the sunrise that greeted us along the way:

photo 4 After we left Kelsey, we decided to head out to the North Shore. We made a few stops along the way.
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Today, my two brothers graduated high school (they grow up so fast)! As the photos from the day were downloading, I was perusing the web (wasting time on Facebook) and stumbled across a link from Huffington Post’s Weddings section, which I did not know existed, but there you go. Plenty of articles tell you how to choose your wedding photographer, but this one makes some good points on how NOT to choose:

How NOT to Choose Your Wedding Photographer

And because it wouldn’t be a good blog post without a photo, here’s one from today:

130531Graduation-86 Stay tuned for more photos from the graduation…tomorrow.


So as you all know, I will be headed to Hawaii in less than a week, so I’ve been doing a little research and getting inspiration from some local photographers over there. One photographer in particular stood out. Her name is Jenna, and she runs Creatrix Photography. Reading through her blog, I found a post with some wedding-day suggestions for her brides, which included where to buy a custom dress hanger and cute tank top so that your getting-ready portraits look just as elegant as your ceremony and beyond portraits!

Here’s the link to an Etsy shop for the hanger: click.

And here’s for a pretty, lacy tank top: click.

I’ve decided to create a page dedicated to tips like the above to help make your wedding day memorable and comfortable!