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A look back at the many blessings of 2012!

Aloha!!!  So sorry that it has been WAY too long since I last blogged!!  A TON has happened since I last blogged in April!!

2012 has been filled with challenges, along with MANY blessings!!

Dave & I started out 2012 by doing a 60 day juice fast/reboot (well, February to be exact), inspired by the film “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.”  Here is a before and after picture!

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Since then, we’ve gone plant strong (aka vegan)!  But . . . one exception we’ve made is seafood!  Since we live in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, we’re surrounded by AMAZING seafood!!  So hard to give that up!! 🙂

Those of you who know Dave, you know what a tremendous change he has gone through!!  I have always been a veggie girl, and never much of a meat eater.  Dave was the COMPLETE opposite!!  So needless to say, prior to February, cooking for him was a challenge!!  He kept on telling me that I needed to cook healthier, and I kept on telling him that he needed to eat veggies!!  After viewing several other documentaries (oh, how we LOVE our Netflix!), Dave is a changed man!  Lately, we have been eating a ton of “vegan junk food.”  We plan on starting off 2013 with another juice fast/reboot or going back to the Eat To Live plan, which we’ve HIGHLY deviated from!!  So I guess you can say our New Year’s Resolution is to get back on track, and to get healthy again! 🙂

During our juice fast, Whole Foods Kahului was celebrating their 2nd birthday, which happened to also be my birthday!  They were running a drawing for a dinner for 2, with the authors of Top Maui Restaurants, at one of their top Maui restaurants!  Guess what a surprise I got, when I got the call that I WON!  I’m one that NEVER wins ANYTHING!!!  So that was an AWESOME birthday gift, except for the fact that we were on our juice fast!!

When I contacted Molly Jacobson, she said that it was no problem to wait until after we were done!  We rewarded ourselves on a successful juice fast by joining them for dinner at Honu (they had given us a list of places, and we got to pick one!).  I usually try to take pictures of everything we eat at restaurants, but totally forgot!!  Sorry that I have no pictures to post!!  Everything was so DELISH!!  If you ever come to Maui, you HAVE TO TRY HONU!!  Also, you really should pick up a copy of their book!!  They’ve done an AMAZING job of reviewing MANY eateries!!  Thank you, James & Molly!!

In April, I got to photograph my very first wedding!  Boy, was I scared!!  I learned a TON from this experience, and look forward to many more weddings!!  I also got a chance to assist in another wedding in May.  Many thanks to John Henry of John Henry Photography for allowing me to tag along!  I learned so much (like composition, lighting, settings, logistics, working with vendors, making the experience memorable for the bride & groom, etc)!!  I look forward to assisting you with other weddings/events, if you ever need assistance! 🙂

In May, I photographed Mothers and their families, as a gift to the Mothers in our church, for Mother’s Day!  Boy, was that a quick moving, and hectic day!!  But SO much fun!!  I learned a TON from that experience!!  I look forward to doing it again, but using the knowledge that I’ve learned to make it a less time consuming task! 🙂  Here is a picture of my siblings and I.  I am the oldest, but seem to be the shortest (but only because my sister was wearing her huge slippers!). 🙂Kaneshiro_8174-2 (1 of 1)

The Sunday after Mother’s Day, May 20, our family had a HUGE surprise!!  My brother and his wife had a baby BOY!!!  Grayson Timothy Kaneshiro surprised everyone, as we all thought he was a girl! 🙂  But what a treasured blessing he has been!!

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Today, Grayson is a healthy boy at just a little over 7 months old!!  I treasure the moments, though far and few in between, that I get to spend with him.  Can you say, PROUD AUNTY?!!

In August, Dave and I took a vacation and visited with family and friends in Washington and Idaho.  We had a TON of fun!!  We absolutely LOVED the lake lifestyle in Sandpoint, ID!  In Washington, we had a blessed time of fellowship with family and friends!  Here are a few of our pictures!

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In September, we celebrated my Sister’s upcoming wedding with wedding showers!  Here are some pictures from Keri’s VIF Wedding Shower, and the Family Wedding Shower!

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At the end of September, on Monday, September 24th, as we were preparing for my Sister’s big day, we discovered that  Dave had a detached retina in his right eye.  That was late afternoon Monday.  By early Tuesday morning, we were on our way to Oahu for an emergency surgery.

We had a morning consultation with the surgeon, then surgery in the late afternoon, Tuesday, September 25th.  Boy, has this been a challenge this year!  Dave is finally back to work, but trying to get used to the distortions that are still present, and the changes that have taken place with his vision due to the surgery.  We still have a long road in front of us.  If you EVER experience any changes in your vision, PLEASE go have it checked out!!  We were very blessed to have been able to catch the detachment before there was a complete retinal detachment.

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Dave can be so dramatic!! The pictures on the left are pre-surgery. The picture on the right is of him during recovery. For the first week, he had to keep his head down as part of the healing process.

On Saturday, October 6th, my Sister married Kawika Kiesling at the Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm.  It was a blessed day!!  Here are a few snapshots from the day!

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Thanksgiving and Christmas this year was a blessing, in that we got to spend it together as a family!!  My whole, entire immediate family is back on Maui!!

And . . . I guess that brings this year end blog/update to an end!  I had planned to close out with a picture of the last sunset of the year.  But I didn’t make it out to take a picture!!  Just ending the year, hanging out with my Hubby, relaxing!  Boring, I know, but it’s us!!  Simple, and easy going!  Happy New Year!!  We pray that you are growing in the knowledge and grace of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!!  Have a BLESSED 2013!!

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Reboot Time!!

So, I guess that I now have no excuse to NOT blog!!  For those of you who have been wondering what we’ve been up to, I’ll try to start from the beginning!

Through the Sovereignty of God, Dave came across a documentary on Netflix (background: Several months ago, to save some money, we got rid of our cable and decided to try streaming Netflix through our Wii console; Netflix was offering the streaming only for $7.99/month; to our surprise, it works beautifully!!), and finally got around to watching it!  The documentary is called, “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.”  Here is the trailer:

Praise God!!  After viewing this, Dave was finally starting to grasp the fact that he needed to start consuming vegetables!!  Those of you who know Dave, know that he is a proclaimed veggie hater!!  The only thing he’ll eat is a salad.  So this was a BIG PRAISE!!

Praise God, Dave continued to dig deeper!!  Dave also watched “Forks Over Knives,” “Ingredients,” “Food, Inc,” and “Engine 2 Kitchen Rescue.”

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YAY!!  So, we are finally incorporating a TON of veggies into our diet (unlike Dave, I’ve always LOVED my veggies!!)!!  Dave has been wanting to do a 60 day Reboot (it is recommended to do at least a 10 day reboot to get the benefits).  Dave has gotten so excited about this that he’s been sharing it with everyone he can!!  He’s been able to convert one of his co-workers (who started his reboot before we did), and have convinced other people to consider it, or do a modified version.

We are doing something a little different- a smoothie fast instead of a juice fast.  We are using our Vitamix to make our drinks.  Since it liquifies everything (the pulp), it is considered a smoothie.  The difference between juicing and making smoothies is that in juicing, the pulp has been removed, so your body can immediately absorb and make use of the nutrients.  With smoothies, because the body has to first work to break down the fiber, the nutrients aren’t as readily available.  But the plus for us, is that it helps to make us feel fuller longer, which is good since we can’t constantly be drinking juice throughout the day.  Here is a good article that I found explaining the differences.

Dave didn’t want to start our reboot until after he finished his annual training (due to circumstances, it would’ve been hard to keep the smoothies cold since he wouldn’t have access to a refrigerator).  But we were drinking smoothies as a supplement to our diet.

We officially started our reboot this past Friday (February 3, 2012)!  Unfortunately, I experienced some side effects of the detox stage, my first two days.  It’s normal for people to have that, but it affects people in different ways.  Praise God that we started it on Friday!  Since it was the weekend, I could just veg! 🙂 I was feeling blahhh, and had a headache my first two days.  Praise God, I felt much better on Sunday!!  I did experience a headache at the end of the day, but didn’t have the blahs that I previously had!

Luckily for Dave, he didn’t experience any side effects, and as of yesterday morning, he’s already lost about 6 pounds!  So, we’ll see how this continues to go!!

You might be wondering what our plan is after we finish our reboot.  Well, we are planning on implementing a whole plant lifestyle (some people may call it a vegan diet), like outlined in Forks Over Knives and Engine 2 Diet (Engine 2 Rescue).

I’ll try to keep you updated, but you can also follow me on twitter! 🙂

1st Vitamix Smoothie!
Filled fridge!! Looks so different!!

Whole Food Shopping Trip! Everything is washed, cut and ready to go!! Makes smoothie making go quicker!

Example of how the Vitamix is LOADED up! A bunch of different stuff!! I'm starting to figure out what are good combinations! Unfortunately, this wasn't too successful! Tons of tasting and adding to do! But I finally came away with a good smoothie!

We have a lot of reading to do!!

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Win FREE Wedding Photography!!

Will you be getting married, here in Hawaii, in July?  If so, you may just be able to win FREE photography!!  Candice Benjamin, a gal that I met (well, I didn’t actually MEET her, but I found out about her) through Creative Live, will be giving away 2 FREE wedding photography packages, and 1-1.5 hour photo sessions with the runner-ups!  All this while she is on vacation with her family on Kauai!!  Candice was part of the in studio “class” for the Jasmine Star course, “Building Your Wedding Photography Business with Jasmine Star.”  What an AMAZING and GENEROUS idea!!  I know, from personal experience, how hard it is for us locals to be able to afford a good photographer for our wedding!  It ain’t cheap, to live here in Hawaii (“Paradise” as others call it)!!  Check out the below video and “meet” the lovely Candice Benjamin!

Isn’t she great?!!  Check out her blog to get the 411!  Another option is that you can go to The Oceanside Bride to view their complete rules (she is working with Oceanside Bride to find the lucky couples!).  🙂

Can’t wait to see who the lucky people will be!!  You’ll walk away, with stunning and AMAZING photos, I’M SURE!! 😀

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Hump Wednesday

Boy has today/this week been a doozy (is that really a word?!!) of a “Hump Wednesday”!!  It’s been hard to be back at work, after 2 weeks off.  One big HUMP to get over, was getting back into my “regular” (if you can even call it that!) sleep schedule!!  I’ve been able to fall asleep at my usual, time, but I’ve found myself waking up throughout the “night.”  Thankfully, once I get out of bed and get going, I’m okay.  It’s just once I get home, that my tiredness takes over!!

Through the grace of God, I’ve been able to keep my promise to my Hubby!!  We bought a Nordictrack incline trainer from Sears, and just got it on Thursday.  Boy was it a workout in and of itself, to bring it home and set it up in our house (boy was it HEAVY)!!  I had promised my Hubby to make good use of it!!  Ever since Friday, I’ve been getting on it and doing my daily workout!!  It’s been hard to get on it, but once I get going, I feel good!!  Getting back into an exercise routine again, has been good for me!!

I hope that your “Hump Wednesday” has been a good one!!  On a side note, I don’t usually watch too much network tv since I’m usually asleep!  I heard about NBC’s “The Voice,” and decided to check it out since they have the show online.  Last night was the second show, and it’s turning out to be good!  Such a neat concept!  You should check it out!

Okay, since I know from experience that a picture makes a post better, here are a few that I took even before I thought of doing photography professionally!  I just wanted good pictures to use for PowerPoint backgrounds (I used to help out with PowerPoint for a church we used to attend).  These are pictures that I took while checking out the Hamakua Coast of the Big Island, with my brother!

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Girls Day and Eskimo Kisses

3/3=Happy Girls Day!!!  I hope that all you Gals out there have an amazingly, BLESSED day!!! 😀

My Hubby has been sick lately.  So my days have consisted of work, and being a nurse to him.  Poor guy, he’s absolutely miserable!! 😦

Today, he insisted on sharing Eskimo kisses with me.  What a great guy!  He can be so silly, yet, TOTALLY lovable! 😀  I love you Dear, and am praying that you are better soon!!

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