26 weeks in and carrying around this baby in my belly has kind of become my new normal (though a lot of times it feels like the minute I get used to something it starts changing again, so I have a feeling that there are going to be a lot of "new normals" to adjust to for a while to come).
Pregnancy has been a bit of a physical and emotional roller coaster for me; sometimes overwhelming. But I am thankful and in awe of the life growing inside me and that he's come this far; I wouldn't trade some of the moments I've experienced through this journey for anything. 14 weeks til my due date and it's starting to sink in that it's going to fly by and that if all goes well I'll be giving birth before I know it. A little terrifying, but we still can't wait to meet this little guy!
This past weekend, we went camping our friends Julia and Adam at Mt. Madonna County Park. It was about an hour south of Cupertino, but we felt like we felt completely transported somewhere far, far away.
Taylor and I were nervous because it was the first time we have camped in a tent on our own, but Julia and Adam were the perfect people to do it with. They were super encouraging and took really good care of us the entire time! Hopefully it will be the first of many future camping trips- it's hard beat that feeling you get from sleeping under the stars and waking up to a forrest of trees and fresh air first thing in the morning.
This weekend reminds me of the our trip to Big Sur and Monterey last year when our friends Chris and Julie helped us go on our first hike. Now that we've gone on many hikes since then it's funny to remember a time when we thought it was really scary. I am thankful for encouraging friends who have helped us try new things for the first time.
The most relaxing thing about Maui was spending every day in the water - the shore at the beach, the pools at the hotels, the freshwater pools on the Road to Hana, or the deep ocean to go snorkeling and find fish.
I've never thought of myself as a beach bum, but this trip totally opened my eyes to that amazingness of what it would be like to be one. Every morning, we'd eat a delicious breakfast and start exploring. Whenever I got cranky from the heat, we'd jump in the water til we got tired, treat ourselves to delicious shave ice at Ululani's and then jump back in the water and do it all over again - happy to spend the rest of the day in swim suits and flip flops.
Most of these photos were taken during a snorkeling trip we took to Molokini Crater where hundreds of fish were just going about their day amongst the Pacific Ocean's coral reef. It was a pretty awesome feeling, discovering so much beauty that I did not know existed before.