Andrew & I are feeling extraordinarily blessed these days. We had SUCH a fabulous time in Hawaii, and we could not have had more perfect timing for a vacation. God is so. very. good.
I took 2000 photos and kept about half of those, but don’t worry – I won’t show you all of them. ;) Let’s start with a few things I learned while in Hawaii…
1. Kauai (the island we stayed on), hands down, has the most beautiful views I’ve ever seen, and 75% of them can only be seen from the air. Much of the island is inaccessible on foot, so we took an airplane ride to get views like these.
Recognize that river from Raiders of the Lost Ark?
They played the Jurassic Park theme song when we flew over the falls, and I’m reluctant to admit I got nerd goosebumps.
Andrew was really excited about getting to wear a headset. :)
2. Across the ocean right now is a group of adorable Hawaiian people making pancakes the size of my face in a place called Kountry Kitchen. And they’re making the best pancakes ever. We did some research and found Kountry Kitchen online before we left, but I had no idea that they were going to have GIANT chocolate chip pancakes. One of the most delightful surprises of my life. ;)
3. If I could only look at one view for the rest of my life, it would be the Na Pali Coast.
4. I really loathe roosters. They are everywhere, and I don’t like them. They made for interesting photos though.
5. Back in the day, Hawaiian royalty was buried in the nooks and crannies of the cliffs of Na Pali Coast when they died. The slaves that buried their bones would then jump off the cliffs so the secret would die with them and no one would find their royal bones. Freaky, right?! On our last full day, the whole family took a raft tour by the Na Pali Coast and soaked in pretty views like these. :)
You can see the crazy huge Facebook album by clicking here, but I’ll be blogging some more this week. :)
I’M BACK! I have 2000 pictures more on my computer and 4 pounds more on my hips. ;) Before I do a recap of all the crazy wonderful memories and overload you with pictures, I had to post a people blessing post that I’ve been saving for the brains behind the Hawaii trip. :) This is my old man, and this is why he rocks.
1. He is creatively and insanely generous.
I’m 100% certain Dad’s primary love language is gift giving. He is forever the king of Christmas and always buys us too many presents. He LOVES to surprise people. He gets a crazy smirk on his face and gets a kick out of the reactions. Our Hawaii trip was obviously a huge surprise, and I think half of his excitement over the trip was getting to see us enjoy it. He has a generous heart and loves to make people happy.
2. He’s an adventurer.
Out of the three kids in our family, I’m definitely the most like Dad. I’m the biggest Fogelberg fan, the biggest lover of sleep and food, and I have the best jumpshot. ;) Perhaps one of the more dangerous qualities we share is adventuring. My dad likes to explore, and he likes to explore whether or not the sign says “DO NOT CLIMB PAST THIS POINT” or “BEWARE: SHARP ROCKS AHEAD.” And while his sense of adventure may give my mother anxiety attacks, it gives me a sense of pride. I enjoy the exploring and the curiosity and the underlying mild danger. Dad is always up for adventure, and it’s fun to watch.
3. He is a man of integrity.
My parents are the funniest, most genuine people, and I’m so thankful they raised our family in the Lord. Dad has worked in ministry for as long as I can remember, and everywhere he goes – people love him. It’s funny to watch actually. When he tells stories, people listen on the edge of their seat. When he makes jokes, people laugh their heads off. When he meets new people, they automatically like him. He is a genuine man of integrity and tries to make everyone around him comfortable. He’s honest, loves the Lord, and makes good decisions.
(Even dogs love him.)
4. He loves my Mama.
These two. They’re still in love after 30 years of marriage, and I just can’t get over the cuteness. I’m so blessed by their example. If you ever want to hear an abundance of cute stories, hit up my Mama. She loves to tell them. Dad wooed her with yellow roses and a killer corvette. ;)
5. He is an encourager.
I’m a photographer because Dad encouraged me to be a photographer. He bought me my first camera, helped me research what lenses I would need, bought me “how to” books, and told me I could make a living out of something that initially terrified me. I remember asking him countless questions and being scared of dropping out of college to work full-time, and he helped me feel better about every decision. He has always been in my corner encouraging me.
Love you old man! ;) Thank you for everything you’ve done and all you continue to do.
I’m 75% done with my Christmas shopping for this year. (HOLLA) I have a few things to get when we get back from Hawaii, but I knew I would feel rushed and panicked if I waited to do all of it after vacation.
If you’re having trouble getting started with your Christmas shopping, here. Allow me to show you ridiculously good ideas. ;)
1. J Crew jewelry tray – $19.50
2. Old Navy moccasin slippers – $22.94
3. Old Navy “Oh Deer!” top – $10
4. Old Navy pajama pants – $10
5. OPI nail polish – $4 – $10
6. Forever 21 lightning earrings – $1.80
7. Forever 21 glam bib necklace – $12.80
And for the fellas…
1. Old Navy flannel – $15 – $25
2. Target v-neck shirts – $10
3. Man of Steel on blu-ray – $23
4. Tabletop foosball – $20
5. Space Shooter – $10
6. OKC Thunder shirt – $21.95
7. Target Batman pajama pants – $16.99
Clearly, Old Navy is on point this year. They always have a boat load of random little gifts that are perfect for stocking stuffers too. Also, men – you can almost never go wrong with getting your lady pajama pants. They are a valuable gift that says, “I want you to be comfortable.” People…am I the only one who wants to buy their husband tabletop foosball? Hats off to Target. And Forever 21′s jewelry section was designed for frugal people with compulsive shopping disorder – go buy 10 things and don’t feel bad.
Happy shopping. :)
I sometimes take it for granted, but most days I think I have the best job ever. I have the privilege of sharing in people’s memories, helping them freeze laughter and capture their happiest and some of their most emotional moments. Those memories go on their walls and in their homes to (hopefully) remind them how blessed they are. I’m grateful for the meaning I find in my job and for the sweet people who trust me with their memories! I blogged a smorgasbord of favorite images from the year over at the CaitPhoto website. Go check them out by clicking here. :)
I’m also thankful for the opportunity my job has given me to capture my own little family’s memories…even if it’s posed with a tripod in the backyard and shot with a remote while trying to wrangle a German shepherd into staying still when there are frisbees to be chased and sticks to be chewed. ;)
I like to think I’ll be looking back at all these five billion pictures we take one day with my kids, telling them stories of how hyper Jack was as a puppy and how Andrew was forced by me to take pictures. I know some of you probably think we take too many, but I’m just making memories, people. ;)