Day in the Life {A 30th Birthday}

Two days before my 30th birthday I was having a rough morning. The kind where you just want your own mama to come and make it better. JD was extra attentive, and I was thankful for his presence when he came home for lunch at noon. Or so I thought. He led me outside our house, saying he wanted my help with something. Not finding anything to help him with, I turned around and there was. my. MOM. !!!!!!

An ocean separates us and there are many times, many days when I wish my mama was close by. It was so cool to have one of those moments and then bam! Magic. Mom’s there.

She flew out for my 30th birthday as one of many fine surprises that week. In terms of celebration – no birthday (Well, except my super awesome 21st) has come close. On my final eve of 29, a pins and needles type nerve pain started at my finger tips and crawled its way up to my shoulder. A feeling I’ve had before  (including on my face) and felt very anxious about. The next morning, on my 30th, my arm was still pins and needles and remained that way the entire time. I suffer from anxiety from time to time, and this sensation triggered some pretty frustrating emotions that I battled throughout the day. To make my month long story into a very short one – I saw a neurologist, had a brain MRI, got results and they are normal. Praise Jesus. Photography has been an incredible endeavor for me – but has also led to some pretty gnarly health issues which I’m still working through after a very busy season, including a pinched nerve, carpel tunnel, and some other issues. I’m working hard to take care of myself in order to heal and prevent further injury, including not being weak. (aka- we joined a gym).

My birthday started off with flowers and coffee and a super fun play date with our mama’s group at the botanical gardens where my friend Jen and I celebrated our birthdays with a surprise brunch!!

Next, mama and I went to lunch, a local chocolate shop, and shopping while our friends Kenji and Amy watched the young ones. This part of the day was so special because it was crammed with my favorite things to do with my mom!!

After a quick after school shower and lots of kisses from my girls, my mom and I headed out to meet 13 of my favorite island gals for our very own, private sunset cruise. SO. GOOD. I think every gal on that boat needed a night on the ocean, because we were in heaven. I actually would like to be on that boat right now. There is something so therapeutic about the ocean and sailing its waters. We capped our evening with drinks and pupus at a gastro pub in walking distance. It was perfect.

Even more perfect? The next day my man surprised me with an overnight stay in Waikiki. We met up with one of our favorite couples and enjoyed kid-free entertainment until as late as we wanted. The end.

Enjoy photos from my day – as you can tell, the camera was passed around by friends so that my face wasn’t always in the viewfinder, which was nice. Sometimes I’m more present with my camera, sometimes I’m less – I’m thankful that I enjoyed a little bit of both for 30.


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A Day in The Life {a 2nd birthday}

One day a month, from wake to sleep. A day in the life project, something new and purposeful. Seeing beauty in the everyday, seeing us. Follow us as the Foto Fifty group journeys into another project together.

August {a 2nd Birthday}

Sweet, sassy Melia Jean turned two in August 2014. And yes, I’m super aware it’s January 2015 and that I’m MONTHS behind in my Day in the Life posts. I’m carrying on anyhow. We celebrated Melia’s birthday a week after her actual birthday, so this post is more or less a typical Sunday with some extra Meme (pronounced May-May) love. She is all about that sass, this one. And we love her for it.IMG_9835IMG_9867IMG_9940 IMG_9930IMG_9960IMG_9969IMG_9973IMG_9979IMG_9984IMG_9990IMG_9989

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A Day in the Life {Wednesday}

One day a month, from wake to sleep. A day in the life project, something new and purposeful. Seeing beauty in the everyday, seeing us. Follow us as the Foto Fifty group journeys into another project together.

July {Wednesday}

On this particular Wednesday IN JULY, I hit the ground running with working my two jobs – as a kids ministry coordinator at our church, and photographer. I had a boudoir session scheduled for a dear friend, which ended up being too much fun as our other friend Katie the Makeup Artist joined the fun as well. My parents were also in town this day (yay!!!) and spent the evening with us after their morning of island exploring. This was a good day.

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Hey Two Year Olds…


I promise it’s ok to get excited about your birthday cupcakes.

These two are hilarious together. Almost identical personalities, born 4 weeks apart. We had a mini dinner celebration on the night of Hurricane Iselle (that thankfully bypassed us) and served them up some red velvet cupcakes. They wore these expressions almost the entire time.IMG_6455 IMG_6456IMG_6464IMG_6467IMG_6482IMG_6524

A Day in The Life {A 6th Birthday}

One day a month, from wake to sleep. A day in the life project, something new and purposeful. Seeing beauty in the everyday, seeing us. Follow us as the Foto Fifty group journeys into another project together.

June {Elianna’s 6th birthday}

I think I mentioned earlier, but this is the year of the non-party. That being said, we did invite a few of El’s best buds for dinner so that she could see her friends on her special day. Being the most extroverted extrovert I know, this suited her well. Elianna is a scientist, a lover of all sea creatures – but especially sharks and turtles, and her friends. We love this girl so much!

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A Day in the Life {Tuesday}

One day a month, from wake to sleep. A day in the life project, something new and purposeful. Seeing beauty in the everyday, seeing us. Follow us as the Foto Fifty group journeys into another project together.

May {Tuesday}

Soooo we’re a bit behind. This is May’s Day in the Life post… which ended up being shot in June, because such is life. I hope to catch up asap, as I have June, July, and August waiting in the wings.

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summer blog break

I have THREE days in the life worth of photos waiting to be processed. Unfortunately, they are lost in the line up of fun business shoots that currently occupy almost the entirety of my hardrive space. I keep thinking that a break will come in photo shoots and that I’ll find the time to sort through and edit the beauty in my own home. In the meantime, I’m working toward creating more margin in my life, allowing for one thing at a time and trusting that there is wisdom in soaking up this last week of summer before I send my FIRST GRADER back to school and my youngest turns TWO. Until I finish catch up – here are our three little lovely flower girls from a wedding I shot last week: