A little sunshine amidst the snow // State of Kate

Rest is good. Sunshine is great. Vacation is the best. I was so glad Stephen and I got to get away for a cruise with his family right after the holidays. It was wonderful to experience the beauty of the islands, spend time with family and relax. Our ship took us to the Grand Cayman Islands, Jamaica, and Labadee. My favorite moment was when we were in Labadee, surrounded by the mountains I grabbed a floaty mat and just drifted around in the still ocean. Talk about great - it was. I didn't take my professional camera for the sake of relaxation, so I roughed it with my iphone, I was bummed at the quality of the photos I got, especially people pictures. But I'll always remember the snapshots I took in my mind of the beautiful shining sun, tall green mountains and sand beneath my feet. Oh and did I mention the food ... I ate A LOT.

MiniVaca // Florida Getaway

My Mom's favorite spot is to be on the beach - slight breeze, hot sun and a book in hand. That is her safe space. When my family takes a little getaway we really relax! So it was fun to meet my family down in Florida for a visit. My brother and I had some time to ourselves on Friday night and spent a few hours on the beach with cameras in hand. Matt is a pretty talented videographer, but he also loves to take landscape, scenic photos as well. So we took photos of each other and the beach and discussed technical and artistic aspects of photography. It was so fun!

Here is the result of our brother-sister time together: