Monday, February 20, 2012

Summer of 2010 | A Back Blog

I've already established how behind in blogging I am. So I thought it might be nice to do some back blogging to make up for some of the lost time.

August of 2010 was filled with two big events for me - my 30th birthday and my 5-year wedding anniversary. My wonderful husband thought of a great way to celebrate both and surprised me with a trip to Maui for just the two of us. Isn't he wonderful! What girl doesn't want a gift like that?!

We flew in family to watch the kids, packed our bags and headed for Portland, Oregon (we lived in Washington at the time) to catch our plane and start our adventure. We landed in Maui, picked up our luggage, grabbed our rental car and drove to our condo for the week. Our fun-filled time was mostly spent sun bathing on the beach (with some Corona's in tow) or snorkeling, but we also took in a few of the sites like the Hana Highway and lava fields.

The Hana Highway winds around the island, through luscious foliage, hugging the cliffs and mountain sides. It truly is beauty to behold. Along the way, there are many pull overs and stops that make the drive even more memorable. One of these stops is Coconut Glen's Big Dumb Coconut Stand. Glen is a character, to say the least. But one thing is for sure, his coconut milk ice cream is AMAZING!

Wouldn't it be sad to travel all the way to an island made from volcanic activity and NOT go see a lava field? Seeing lava rock for miles first hand is an awe inspiring experience. But seeing goats living on the rock is even cooler! Goats aside, we could see where vegetation was starting to grow through the fields, reclaiming the land the lava had laid to waste. It was really awesome to see the land evolving before our eyes - from destruction to life.

Our week in paradise ended quickly but was very welcomed as we missed our children and couldn't wait to be with them again. I hope you enjoy the photos of our trip. They are a great reminder for us of our fun on the island!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

M.I.A. No Longer

I can't believe it has been over 2 months since I last blogged! Where has the time gone? Time is a funny thing. There are some days, or moments even, that seem to stand still and remain unchanged for what seems like an eternity. And others that flash before your eyes and are gone before you had the chance to embrace them.

As a mother to 2 wonderful and energetic children, my time often resides in the fast lane - weaving in and out of the day faster than the drivers on the highways of Detroit. I wake up every morning to my babes either snuggling with me or asking if they can play (this is usually at 6AM). Followed by the chaos that goes with getting ready for school. Inevitably, we are out the door and loading up in the car 15 minutes late. This is when I start to wonder what I am going to do when they are no longer in preschool and being late daily isn't an option. The rest of the day goes by in a blur and before I know it, it is time to call it a night and go to bed. 2 whole months of days like these have gone by and I can't seem to recall any of them individually as they have meshed into one large blob of time - only special moments with my family and projects with clients standing out above the rest.

I want to make changes to how I use my time by utilizing it better and appreciating it more! And I want to spend more time sharing what goes on in my day to day life - both professionally and personally. I will be doing this through more blog posts, Facebook interactions, and Tweets. I would like for you all to get to know the person behind the camera and not just the work that flows from it.

Be on the look out for more posts soon!