Nama's Garden | Hawaii Family photographer

There are always so many good things that come from my mom's garden. So many fun decorations that we just don't get to have as a military family.  Whenever we go home to visit, Naomi always hopes it's the right season to pick tomatoes.  So. Many. Tomatoes.  But we were earlier this year, so we experienced them as little plants!  And Ry even stepped on one.  So we planted another.  And then put egg shells around them! Who knew?  

I totally forgot to take pictures of her roses though... Those are the crowning glory of her front lawn spread!  So many rose bushes!  I don't know what I was thinking not taking pictures of them. We'll chalk it up to mommy brain that was jet-lagged.  

The front porch is my favorite.  The perfect place to sit and rock with a cup of coffee. 

I know this house probably won't be around forever - in our family, I mean.  It's a lot to keep up with.  But it's such a good home.  Space for grandchildren to play.  Inviting tables for sharing meals.  And a wonderful kitchen for cooking good food.  


Crab hunting and shave ice eating

I'm just getting around to editing some family photos from these past few months... I'm WAY behind.  Like almost a year.  But there's a new babe to care for, and I still have the two older ones  ;) so we've been busy around here.  

The North Shore of Oahu is one of our favorite places on the island.  Specifically near Shark's Cove.  It's a huge tide pool area you can snorkel in, with a deeper space where there are tons of turtles and fish.  But we can only venture into the deeper water during the summer because the surf gets pretty high during winter.  And across the street there are some wonderful food trucks!  They have a great Thai place there... of course all I ever get is Pad Thai.  But it's delish.   I was about 8.5 months pregnant when we visited... I probably looked crazy balancing on rocks and squatting to take pictures.  I was.  But I gotta get the shot, right?! 

And then of course there's Thai Coffee and Shave Ice at Green World Coffee Farm.  One of our favorite places. <3

With chemo comes shaving of the Head | Hawaii Family PHotographer

After her first chemo treatment, we were all waiting patiently for Cheryse's hair to start falling out.  No need to shave her blond curly hair prematurely!  But she really didn't want clumps of hair coming out all over her bathroom floor!  (PS.  This girl has faced all this crappy-cancer-stuff with a dignity that can only be attributed to Godly Strength.  It's pretty amazing to watch.  There are always the hard times and the dark thoughts, but we know our God is a God of Providence and Provision.  Nothing to fear.)  It worked out so well time-wise! Our family was on a little outing to the North Shore and was planning to stop at Costco to pick up #alltheorganicfood for her when I received her text!

"My hair is starting to come out; are you available anytime today to come over for maybe 20-30 min when we shave it?"

Perfect timing! 

The whole family was involved!  Jokes had been flying for weeks that her head was going to look exactly like her dad's and brother's... Now we get to see! And the kids thought it was hilarious that they were going to shave her head and it was going to look like Papa's!!  It was a great idea to have all the kids involved and helping. Even little M didn't seem to mind the change in mommy's hair.  She was able to watch the whole thing!  Cheryse's sweet head scarf is from Chemo Beanie

In full support, Josiah, Cheryse's husband, shaved his head too. Again - what fun for the kids!  Not your normal experience as a child - shaving your parents' heads.  But a memorable one to be sure! 

Check out Cheryse's Nursing and Life Story Session Here

Find out more about Cheryse's journey on her blog


An image from this session was featured as an

Honorable Mention in Fearless and Framed's Honestly Documented Contest.  

Thank you so much for the recognition!  

Out for a walk, Hickam Officer Housing

So the little one an I decided to take a walk the other day.  He needed to get some energy out - we had just eaten at Fat Burger for a going away on Pearl Harbor - and I always need a walk. Anything to get this baby out.  As we speak, I am 2 days away from DUE DATE.  Which always ends up being disappointing for me cause I usually go over.  And that's fine, you know?  But when you know you're going to see that date come and go, you wish you could be one of those that comes even 2 days early.  Just so you don't have to go ALL THE WAY.  

Anyway.  He's gotten so much better at getting out for exercise!  He's been kind of lazy up till now.  But lately the energy has found him and he loves riding his bike and walking with the rest of the family.  He was going to ride his bike today, but decided to walk with me instead!  Why yes - I'd love that!! Of course he had to bring his little tupperware so he could collect bugs.  We really ended up collecting seeds.  He's either going to grow up to be a gardener or an entomologist.

This kids Loves.  Bugs.  

He calls them "Little Fellas".  

It's the cutest thing. 

So I grabbed the camera!  Always love those chubby fingers.  I grabbed my Nikon d800e with my Nikon 50 1.4.  I have a d750 as well, but that's locked and loaded for the hospital!  I can't wait to take photographs of my little girl.  Can't.  Wait. 

I scream, you scream.... you know the rest

One thing my family does VERY well together is eat ice cream.  Just one of those things that my kids will do anything for!  Here in Hawaii, it's nice all the time.  So you have to force yourself to just get out and go do something once in a while - even though you may not feel like it.  Well, this was one of those days.  After a long week of work and home projects, we all needed out!  So we made our way to Oahu's North Shore and had a picnic lunch... blog post to come!  On the way home we stopped at Scoop of Paradise in Waialua, HI.  We've been to the one in Haleiwa, but never knew there were two! Both AMAZING.  The second one was actually created so they could export ice cream to Japan!  So all their production is right on site - right here in Hawaii!!  Such good homemade ice cream - really homemade.  We had a chance to sit down with the owner and chat.  The way it should be when you visit a family owned store.  Loved everything from the ice cream to the local handmade jewelry displayed.  There's even a massage parlor upstairs.  Massages and ice cream....  mmmmmm.

 Do yourself a favor and check them out!

Scoop of Paradise Website