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Naza Surf Camp - Ormond Beach, Florida

"I love surfing even more than video games!" Coming from my 7 year old, that was music to my ears. We keep a tight leash on technology in our house but Finn was always most excited at the prospect of playing video games. We've done swim team, hiking, all kinds of things, but he was never that stoked on any of it. Once he had caught his first wave with our amazing friends at Naza Surf Camp, he was HOOKED!

I've been learning to surf over the last couple years too and having at least one of my boys be as excited about it as me is seriously a dream come true. All the groms (surfer speak for kid surfers) and teachers at this camp were beyond rad, always encouraging each other and so excited when someone had a really great ride. These super cool kids even cheered me (a mom kook!) on when I paddled out with them. It was really just a crazy amazing week and we're going to do it every year from here on out!! 

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Naza Surfboards - Ormond Beach, FL

I'm the daughter of a contractor. I grew up with the smell of soft sawdust and the sound of power tools. Seeing the care my father put into his work gave me a deep respect for people who create with their hands. So when I had the opportunity to buy a CUSTOM surfboard from Jason at Naza Surf (which I'm picking up this week!!! EEEP!!), I knew I had to photograph the process. Jason cares so much about every board he shapes, and using his knowledge of the ocean and people, he meticulously handcrafts each one.

As talented as he is in the world of surfing (he is also an amazing surfer and teacher), his family and walk with God always come first. This sweet bunch just glows and totally embodies the Aloha spirit! I can't wait to photograph all 8 of them once the weather warms up. In the meantime, I'll be staring at my phone waiting for the text message that it's time to pick up MY OWN BOARD!! And no, I'm not excited. ;)

Christmas Past

Something about the tangled christmas lights, our downtown getting all decorated, and the anticipation (and SUGAR!!!) in the air always makes me so nostalgic.  In my ongoing battle for dominance over my computer desktop, I found the photos I took from our Christmas tree hunt last year.  It's amazing and terrifying how much Finn has grown! *sniff sniff* And Grey was so little that he slept through the whole adventure strapped to me in his baby carrier.  We had no idea then how different things would look for us this year and, while we will miss getting our tree at Young's, we are so excited and grateful for all the new adventures here in Ormond Beach, Florida.  Maybe we'll just have to decorate a palm tree this year. ;)