When we moved to Arizona, we brought a little piece of Hawaii along with us. . . meet the Hannemann family! They lived in Hawaii during the last couple of years we were there, and then, as luck would have it, they moved to Arizona just a couple of weeks after we did! It’s such a wonderful blessing having them close! I hope you can feel their love for eachother (and my love for them) through these beautiful images. Enjoy!

 

This next one made me laugh so hard. Those sweet, squishy faces! Agh!

 

 

The Lindblom family is quite possibly the most adorable family on planet Earth. They’re everything that’s wonderful. In fact, I kinda wish we were neighbors— between they’re awesome kids and mine, we’d own the street, the neighborhood, the town. Thanks for the fun y’all!

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love having family close. It is something we rarely experienced over our 12 years in Hawaii.

We have pseudo-family there—you know who you are, and we love you just like the real deal! And (not “but”) it sure has been fun to get to know our blood. . . especially now that they are all grown up and making babies of their own.

These two became parents a few weeks ago. . . remember perfect baby Hadley? It has been a dream to watch Chelsea become a mom. She’s a natural—it’s beautiful to watch. And I’ve been absolutely inspired watching Ben become a daddy. He dotes. It’s breathtaking the way he cares for his girls (yes, Chelsea included), while still kicking butt in medical school. We are so proud of you “Red.”

Here are some images of the two of them—about a year before Hadley Girl came along—doing what they still do best, being blissfully in love.

Enjoy!

Above: Chelsea was only 16 when Richie and I tied the knot, and look at her now!

We spent the last week in San Diego with these crazy kids.  It was wonderful. (Eh hem . . . yes, these are pictures from our trip in . . . um. . . MAY—just add an inch or so to the babies and warm up the ocean by a few degrees, and you’ve got the idea.)

I miss the ocean fiercely. FIERCELY. I can’t find words for how it felt to smell that salty air. . . or for how it ripped at my heart to leave.

(I think I’m really a mermaid. Mom?)

Visiting the rock at Waimea is an Oahu vacation must!

Don’t be fooled by his bravery. A) It’s higher than it looks. B) My kids are always the youngest jumpers (generally by at least a decade). I’ve seen many a grown man humbly climb back down the way he came.

JUMP AT YOUR OWN RISK. I am not endorsing this activity for any individual (except for myself, because I love it) or for any family (except my own, because it’s awesome).

Aloooooha!

PS. Woke up at 3:30 this morning and figured out my silly computer mess. Bam. Take THAT technology!

Per request: PHOTOGRAPHER INFORMATION: Canon 5d MK II, 24 mm 1.4 lens, set at f 5.6 and 1/500th of a second, AI Focus.