You are now six. What in the world?!?

I know I say this all the time but, where did the time go?

This last weekend, we celebrated Memorial Day & your birthday at the beach.  Your ultimate favorite place to be, well other than playgrounds.

You flashed me your biggest and most adorable smiles before we headed out.

You ran up and down a monstrous sand dune at Cape Kiwanda & splashed in the 50 degree waters while looking for sea anemones & starfish.

You happily watched outside your window as we drove the loopiest & longest way home.  “This is such a fun trip!” you exclaimed.  And I started to see your talent ooze during out venture into the woods.  “I don’t need to be carried and you don’t need to wait for me, I’m a photographer!”

Happy SIXTH Birthday Malia Janelle!  I can’t imagine my life without you.  I adore you and will love you until the end of time.

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Fancy Nancy party!

Our awesome neighborhood library threw a “Fancy Nancy” party the other day and the girls were so excited about it!  They dressed up, Malia in Little Mermaid of course and Jenna picked a ladybug costume.  We added a ton of accessories like necklaces, bracelets & rings.  But we didn’t forget the stunna shades!  We arrived on time and the room was filled with little girls and boy dressed up in their fanciest!  The girls colored some pictures of Fancy Nancy, got a pretty flower temporary tattoo put on her hand, made a beautiful butterfly with coffee filters and pipe cleaners, created a pencil with a plume (that’s a fancy word for feather) and finally had a parfait (that’s a fancy word for an ice cream sundae) that they ate with their fingertips.  Here’s a photo (taken with the iphone) of the girls in their most fancy iridescent, positively radiant outfits!

They will indeed be looking forward to the next “Fancy Nancy” party next year!

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I’m real.

I’m not perfect.  I make mistakes.  I feel guilty.  I am human.  I’ve had a hard life.  I’ve had a great life.  I’ve hurt people’s feelings unintentionally.  I’m sorry for that.  I’ve made people laugh uncontrollably.  I’d love to do that again.  This is my life.

Let me let you in on a secret about me.  I’m real.  Things haven’t been the same for me the past couple years.  It might have been everything leading up to this that has caused it.  Sickness, death, life, pain, sorrow.  All of it.  It’s made me a different person inside.  I used to blog a lot.  I used to laugh a lot.  I used to get up from bed happy and sprightly.  But a lot has changed.  I’m fighting that bad feeling.  Not fighting change because that’s what’s made me, me.  I just need to look forward, be happy with what God gives me.  Even if it is bad, because it teaches me lessons and that life needs lessons.  Good, because it teaches me to live life to the fullest.

If you’re still with me, I thank you.  I thank you for following me on my journey.

Every year, we make it a tradition to go down to the downtown waterfront to take photos at the cherry blossoms.  I thank God for the blossoms, for the beautiful city, for my wonderful family.  Spring is here to tell us that it’s time to grow again.  To spread your wings and fly and make life worth living.

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Jenny - March 21, 2010 - 2:05 pm

I am thankful that you’re real. Honest emotion is hard to come by…most people hide behind a mask and it’s refreshing to find someone who really wears their heart on their sleeve – not just says they do. You’re a wonderful person inside and out, troubled or joyous, every part of you is loved.

Emily - March 21, 2010 - 2:09 pm

Still here & still lovin’ on ALL of you!!! XOXO Beautiful pics (as always!) XOXO

Barbara Hill - March 21, 2010 - 2:53 pm

Beautiful post & pics my dear. Just remember: there is no pit so deep that God is not deeper still.

Michelle - March 21, 2010 - 3:15 pm

Life has a funny way of humbling us, bringing us to our knees. It’s these times why we often ask God, “why me:? We ought to be saying “what would you have me do next Lord”? Only then can he pick us up and carry us through each obstacle…all the while, loving us. God bless you, your sorrow and your joys! Much respect for what you do and who you are and will become.

Amy - March 21, 2010 - 3:33 pm

I never thought you were perfect, I always thought of you as the embodiment of a genuine human being, an amazingly beautiful and kind mother, a passionate friend, sister and wife, and a talented and generous, giving photographer. I’ve watched you struggle over the past few years from a distance, and secretly wished I had a magic want to help you heal and make your dreams come true. Even through it all, you push past the tears and always come away like a beam of light. I love who you are, Maricar, and you are an inspiration! I hope you know how many people truly love and honestly adore you. <3

Is that spring coming?

The weather is starting to warm up, the sun is out longer & the flowers are starting to bloom!  I brought the girls out to a park this afternoon and the field was filled with yellow blooms.  Here are a few that I took of the girls. :)

Oh and just to note, a great friend of mine, Andrea R. was able to resurrect my old blog posts from waaaaay back.  So please excuse the mess if you are heading back to my earlier posts.  There seems to be a \ or a / next to any apostrophe or quotation mark that was made.  I’ll hopefully have some time in the future to fix all that up.  :)  Thank you Andrea.  You are amazing.

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lroah - March 12, 2010 - 4:44 pm

Nice to meet you at WPPI – I think it was Jenifer Johnston who is our mutual friend. I couldn’t remember earlier. Your children are beautiful!!!!

Perpetually and completely in love

16 years ago, I was attending the University of Guam.  I was working on getting my degree to become a middle/high school science teacher.  It was my second semester and I was determined to finish up my general requirements first.  A class called “Culture and Education in Guam” opened up.  It was just a trial course but it did satisfy as a general course.  So I took it.  Fast forward to the first day of class.  It was in a room in the university library.  Air conditioned and I was bummed I forgot to bring a jacket or light sweater.  The tables were formed into a big U shape.  I took my seat.  Our instructor, when through the syllabus and then we were put into groups.  He was in my group.  Let’s fast forward a couple weeks.  He decided to call me one night.  To ask if we had any homework.  I was perplexed.  We’ve never been assigned homework in this class.  Hmmm.  We ended up talking a lot the next couple days.  We shared information about our likes, our dislikes, our dreams and aspirations, our family, our friends.  He asked me to marry him two weeks later.  No really.  We were on the phone in the early morning and he just asked.  I said, “Yes.”  We married 4 years later.  Now here we are.  Our life hasn’t been all roses & smiles.  There have been some very difficult times.  But we’re still here.  It’s made us stronger.  It’s made us love each other more.  It’s made us cherish our lives together.

Taken when we were still dating.

Taken two years ago on our 10th wedding anniversary.
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Mrs Soup - February 24, 2010 - 8:22 am

Congratulations! What a great story you guys have!

This is what it’s all about… – Oregon Washington and Hawaii Photography

I attended the Sandy Puc Family Tour last night and was once again pleasantly happy as I drove home.  This is my third seminar.  I attended the Bellies & Babies tour two years ago and the Tots to Teens tour last year.  Every year, I leave with a wealth of information & inspiration.   Last night was no exception.  I left knowing what I’m doing.  What I’m put here to do.  What my role as a photographer is.  It’s to capture memories.  Freeze a moment in time.  I need to remind my clients & friends that THIS IS IMPORTANT.  You don’t purchase the paper the photo is on.  You purchase the memory printed onto it.  And I thank you.  I thank you for allowing me into your lives.  For allowing me to do what I love.

all smiles
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tender kisses
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for moments like this
it was THAT fun

Thank you.

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Jerry - February 23, 2010 - 4:07 pm

Keep doing what you do sweetheart, capturing memories for family generations to share.

Jenny - February 23, 2010 - 5:24 pm

You are so very good at what you do!

She’s officially old… – Newberg Oregon Family and Maternity Photography

but still as hot as can be!

Just wanted to wish one of my BFF’s Emily of emily g photography a very very very happiest of birthdays today.  In a few days she’ll be adding another sweet thing to her brood.  A great week for her indeed.  Another decade older & the arrival of Griffin soon!

Here’s some photos I’d like to share of my sweet friend, her family and her belly. :)

From our photo swap back in October last year…

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I adore her family so.

And from her maternity session taken December of last year…

The lady is stunning inside and out. I’m honored to call her my friend.

Happy Birthday Em. You are loved.

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Mrs Soup - February 19, 2010 - 7:16 pm

Happy Birthday Emily! I adore both of your photography! Wonderful!

emily - February 22, 2010 - 5:43 pm

thank you thank you thank you
one of the best thing of my late 20′s has been our friendship sugar. I love you!
mwah

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