Summer & Tyler

crazy in love...

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Growing up

Posted by Summer

I've been without a rental car the last few days here in New York, so I've taken advantage of the time after work while Ty has been studying for sales school to throw together a new blog!

I thought it was due time for us to move on to a big girl/boy blog that focuses more on big, beautiful photos rather than my horrible writing. If Tyler would post more that would be a different story, but I'm really excited about it and hopefully it will motivate us to grow in photography together (Ty could be part Asian too you know).

It is still a work in progress, but come over and check it out. Now that things will be slowing down I'll have lots more tlc for it.

{I know so original right?}

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Melanie Rice and our Utah reception day

Posted by Summer

Mel, our awesome, amazing photog cousin was sweet enough to take pics with our newbie baby cousin strapped to her front. You mothers got talent to multi-task like that!

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Here and still kickin'

Posted by Summer

I'm sitting here on my couch (just barely found room to sit on it today) staring at the mass amount of items that still need to find their way to a designated spot of their own.


Last night it was staring at piles of boxes, so really we're making progress here.

Thanks to my mom, she kicked our butts into gear when she came down on Sunday to help get us settled. She's been a huge help (if we forget about the two glass items that shattered in the past 24 hours..but you didn't hear that from me) and am so grateful for her organizational skills, especially in the kitchen.

Even though we've totally downsized, I think we scored in this little apartment. Upgrades from our last house in the kitchen, closet, and bathroom department, I'm pretty stoked. It's starting to feel like home already. Duds may be a little depressed from the move, but I heard there's a great doggie park close that I promised we'd get to visit soon.

Saturday was my first real day out of the house and Ty and I went to visit Casey and Justin. I've been dying to see Layton before he got any bigger and I jumped at the chance to do a little shoot.

He is a doll and it's so cute to see how they're enjoying being parents already. I think it's the greatest and strangest thing to see one of my best and longest friends have a child of her own. It only seems like yesterday when we were playing together in elementary school...and look at her now with her beautiful family! It makes me so warm and fuzzy.



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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

I hate blog titles

Posted by Summer

Sometimes I'm WAY too lazy and uncreative to come up with a good title for a post. Forgive me.

I'm finally getting around to sharing the pictures from our "wedding". The first up of three different photographers is Weddirazzi. I love how different and unique each photographer is-it always amazes me how their style shows through their pictures.

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Saturday, October 09, 2010

We're moving to OC!

Posted by Summer


This Friday is the big day. I can't believe it. After 7 years I'm finally going to be a Californian again. I've even acquired a strange accent living here (from what my customers at work tell me), my skin can't hold onto a tan for more than a week, and I'm not really remembering what it's like to sit in traffic for more than 10 minutes, or how to drive in said traffic.


A big adjustment it may be, but I'm so proud and happy for Tyler and his new job. It seems like it's a perfect fit and he's loving it already.

What am I going to be doing you ask? Well, it is truly a miracle. I get to keep my job and I'll be the first person in the company to be given the opportunity to work in a remote office in the comfy, cozy, confinement of my own home. I was just given the official go ahead last week and it couldn't be a bigger blessing. I am so grateful because I love what I do and everyone knows how expensive California is!

We will also be within 10 minutes of my brother and sister-in-law and their two kids, and many, many close friends will be stone's throw away. We couldn't be more stoked to be close to the beach, get our style more in line with Cali, and be able to go to Disneyland whenever we want. :)

I won't even get started on how much we will miss our friends and having Tyler's family so close...but we will be coming back so frequently that we won't have time to be sad. Good thoughts only right?

Cali here we come! So excited to start on this new adventure together!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

9.13.10 Waipio Valley

Posted by Summer

This is an already long post with lots of pictures. Take one look at this place and you can see why. This side of the island is pure tropical paradise. I would love to go back and hike to the falls and the black sand beach...ahhhhh...so beautiful. Instead we went on a private horseback ride with a tour guide down in Waipio Valley. Didn't plan it that way but as luck may have it this island is not very touristy and I guess they were slow for a Monday. Score for us.


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We were a little early, even after our 1 hour plus drive to the other side so we admired the fruit. Fruit trees everywhere you go. Just look at those bananas!

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WOH Ranch (Waipio On Horseback)
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I wish I didn't love animals so much. They sure can win me over. If I could have snuck this ranch dog off I totally would.
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The only way into the valley by way of a 4 wheel drive vehicle. It's steep grade of 25% (if it were classified as a road) would be the steepest road of its length in the United States. We went down in a huge van very, very slowly. I thought I'd be more scared but the view had my complete attention and any anxiety I had about going down was completely gone when I handed Ty the camera. Lucky guy had shotgun with the window rolled down while I was in the back so he was on picture duty.
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{This is my horse Journey. He's been doing this tour for over 20 years.}

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{Ty's horse named Pono}
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{We weren't joking around.... but I don't remember that river looking that deep}
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We got an awesome hands on tour from our guide Dava who showed us all the different edible fruits and flowers. The honeysuckle below was my favorite to taste.
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Dava was telling us about the 100 wild horses that supposedly live in the valley and that we would be extremely lucky to see one. At the very end of our ride, one came out of nowhere and started following me!
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{Lotus gift from the little local girl Elena}
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{Dava}

After our ride we went back to the Waipio lookout point. A much better way to photograph than during a bumpy ride.
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In the 1800s many Chinese immigrants settled in the Valley and even at one time there was a jail & a post office. But in 1946 the most devastating tsunami in Hawaiian history swept the valley. Today there are only about 50 people who live there with no running water and no electricity. They enjoy their simple life and do not like people trespassing on their land. A bit glad we went with a guide. Some crazies live back their.
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We made a wrong turn and ended up at this monument.

From Parkerranch.com....Between 1942 and 1945, Waimea was home for 50,000 Marines from the Second and Fifth Marine Divisions and the V Amphibious Corps as they prepared for the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. Parker Ranch played an integral part in hosting the Marines at what became known as Camp Tarawa. A monument to the Marines who trained here can be seen along the highway near the entrance to the Ranch Historic Homes attraction.


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