MAUI Part 4 // The Other Side of the Road to Hana

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These photos were taken on the second half of the Road to Hana. This side of Haleakala was really dry and barren - not what people typically think of when they think of Hawaii, but I thought it was really beautiful.



NEW NORMALS // 26 Weeks

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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!


MOUNT MADONNA // First Ever Camping Trip

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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.