Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Hawaii

Arriving in Hawaii.


View from our room.

Day 2 driving towards the North Shore and La'ie.

Dole Whip

Canoe ride

Day 3 Beautiful Chapel.

Somewhere along the North Shore.

Hawaii Temple

Mike and I at the Temple.

Beautiful Flower at the Temple.

Somewhere between the North Shore and La'ie.

Sunset

Last year Mike and I were driving around listening to the radio, when I heard that a local station was giving away trips to Hawaii to promote the new Hawaii 5-0. I jokingly told Mike we should call in, and the next day, we did. I won the very last trip they were giving away, which consisted of a 4 day 3 night stay in Waikiki, and airfare to Oahu, plus some spending money. We finally used our trip on September 2.

We arrived in Hawaii Friday afternoon, went to the beach, and then to eat. On Saturday, we woke up early, and headed out to do some shopping. I brought 3 pairs of shoes with me, and managed to break 2 of them on the first day, so shopping was a must. Plus, we had to get some souvenirs.

After that we drove up to the Dole plantation, to do a maze, and get some Dole whip. Honestly, there wasn't much to do there, and I wouldn't recommend it. We spent the rest of the day at the Polynesian Cultural Center. I wish we had more time there. It was beautiful and entertaining! We went to some demonstrations, took a canoe ride, and watched their show.

On Sunday, we went to the local ward, but completely missed sacrament. Even with a GPS, we drove right past the ward building. I have never seen a church like that! It was so beautiful and unique. After church, we drove back up to La'ie, but this time to visit the Temple. Hawaii has the most beautiful temple grounds. We made a quick stop at BYU, just so we could see it, then headed back to the beach. Since it was Sunday, we didn't get to swim, but we took lots of pictures, and sat and relaxed till it became to dark to see.

Monday we only had a few hours to spend till we had to leave, so we swam at Waikiki. I couldn't get over the beauty of Hawaii, especially the color of the water. The whole trip was so quick, but we were thankful for it. I don't think Mike and I would have ever spent the money to do this, so we are grateful for the chance we had.

Friday, August 19, 2011

6 Months



It's so hard to believe that this beautiful baby is already 6 months old!





Although she isn't too smiley in these pictures, Harley is one of the happiest babies I have ever seen. She is constantly smiling, but on this day, she was making the funniest faces, as she tried to crawl across the couch.






I love this baby, and I am so thankful to Breana and Jordan for letting me play with her!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Baby Addison



This beautiful girl is the newest addition to our extended family. Little Addison was born to Lisa and Brian on July 26. What a joy and a blessing she is to our family. We have all fallen head over heels in love with her already!





I love being an Aunt. I love being able to be at the hospital to see my nieces and nephews (most of them) right after they are born. I love watching my siblings and their spouses ease into parenthood. I love to see the immediate love they feel for their babies.




Congratulations Lisa and Brian!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Hettinger Family Pictures


A few months ago, I took some family pictures of David, Julie and Noah, and somehow I forgot to post them.
I am thankful for patient family members that let me practice on them.



Lots of kissing going on in this shoot, but I can't blame them. I kiss Noah every chance I get too!




Another beautiful family, that I love, and am so thankful to be a part of!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Holmes Family Pictures.


It's no secret that I love this family! Last week Breana and Jordan let me take pictures of their beautiful family. Proof that great looking couples make beautiful babies.






You have never seen a happier baby than one of these little Holmes, they are such a joy to be around, and I am so in love with them!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Lisa's Maternity Shots








Some of Lisa's belly shots. Only 1 month left till my newest niece arrives! I can't wait!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Houseguests


Mike's cousin Brendon, and his wife Stephanie have been staying with us for the past couple of weeks, and will be here for a couple more. It has been so much fun having company every day. We just love having people at our home!


It doesn't hurt that we get to see this adorable little boy every day either! I know you're jealous...





Sunday, June 5, 2011

Los Angeles Bridges









My final project for my landscape class: pictures of bridges in L.A. I noticed while driving on the 110, that there are some awesome bridges in L.A., that have been really neglected and destroyed. I wanted to show how beautiful they are.
However, L.A. is one of my least favorite places. I got lost more than once, and the bridges smelled really bad. Luckily a friend (Kimi) went with me, because I never would have braved this area alone.
Despite the trouble though, I am thinking I would like to go photograph some others.