Vicki and Blair's Pregnancy Announcement Family Session in Austin, TX

What an exciting time! This coming summer, my nephew Braxton will be a big brother! It seems like only yesterday we were preparing for Braxton’s arrival and taking his newborn pictures. We couldn’t be more excited for our growing family. Based on these pictures, you can guess that Braxton is thinking the same thing. We are anxiously awaiting their gender reveal, which happens to be this weekend!

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austin pregnancy announcement family session houston photographer
austin pregnancy announcement family session houston photographer
austin pregnancy announcement family session houston photographer
austin pregnancy announcement family session houston photographer

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Chen Family Christmas Photo Shoot in Houston

Maddox’s first Christmas is coming up and I couldn’t resist taking some family photos. It wasn’t as easy as I had planned, but I ended up with some great shots that we can treasure years from now. Hope y’all have a wonderful Christmas!

christmas shoot houston family photographer
christmas shoot houston family photographer
christmas shoot houston family photographer
christmas shoot houston family photographer
christmas shoot houston family photographer
Attacked by the lights!

Attacked by the lights!

Ball of uncertainty

Ball of uncertainty

Kauai, Hawaii Day 5 and 6

We spent this beautiful morning taking another impromptu maternity shoot by the beach. We incoroporated the lei that we made a couple of days before.

sheraton resort kauai hawaii
sheraton resort kauai hawaii
Little Fish Coffee was walking distance from our hotel. A charming little coffee shop with colorful patio seating. Perfect for fresh local fruit, acai bowls, and breakfast sandwiches.

Little Fish Coffee was walking distance from our hotel. A charming little coffee shop with colorful patio seating. Perfect for fresh local fruit, acai bowls, and breakfast sandwiches.

The Breakfast Bagel: Frittata, bacon, tomato, and cheddar cheese, with house schmear

The Breakfast Bagel: Frittata, bacon, tomato, and cheddar cheese, with house schmear

Shippy’s Bowl: Acai topped with Greek Yogurt, bananas, fresh pineapple, coconut flakes, and granola.

Shippy’s Bowl: Acai topped with Greek Yogurt, bananas, fresh pineapple, coconut flakes, and granola.

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The Tree Tunnel

The Tree Tunnel

Coconut Marketplace Farmers Market

We stumbled upon another Farmers Market, which is located in the parking lot of Coconut Marketplace. The Farmers Market takes place every Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am to 1pm.

We stumbled upon another Farmers Market, which is located in the parking lot of Coconut Marketplace. The Farmers Market takes place every Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am to 1pm.

Another great place to find exotic fruits and fresh vegetables.

Another great place to find exotic fruits and fresh vegetables.

This was our favorite stand in the Farmers Market. We picked out a mature coconut and this guy carved a hole in the top for us to drink the coconut water.

This was our favorite stand in the Farmers Market. We picked out a mature coconut and this guy carved a hole in the top for us to drink the coconut water.

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As he told us, every coconut has a “face.” You can see the mouth here.

As he told us, every coconut has a “face.” You can see the mouth here.

coconut marketplace farmers market

After you're done drinking the water inside the coconut, take it back and he will use a rock to slice open the coconut to carve out the fruit.

coconut marketplace farmers market
coconut marketplace farmers market
coconut marketplace farmers market
coconut marketplace farmers market

Wailua Shave Ice…yes, again

Orange Dream: Orange Juice, Coconut Milk, Haupia Foam & Fresh Cut Orange and Lava Flow (front): Pineapple Juice, Coconut Foam, Strawberry Puree, Pineapple & Strawberry Fruit Topping

Orange Dream: Orange Juice, Coconut Milk, Haupia Foam & Fresh Cut Orange and Lava Flow (front): Pineapple Juice, Coconut Foam, Strawberry Puree, Pineapple & Strawberry Fruit Topping

You can’t leave Hawaii without trying their shave ice.

You can’t leave Hawaii without trying their shave ice.

Poipu Beach

We were lucky enough to see some monk seals sunbathing on Poipu Beach. The monk seals are an endangered species and the only seals native to Hawaii.

We were lucky enough to see some monk seals sunbathing on Poipu Beach. The monk seals are an endangered species and the only seals native to Hawaii.

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Hukilau Lanai

This restaurant is located behind the Coconut Marketplace Farmers Market. We went here specifically for their poke nachos, but were pleasantly surprised by their fresh local foods and atmosphere.

This restaurant is located behind the Coconut Marketplace Farmers Market. We went here specifically for their poke nachos, but were pleasantly surprised by their fresh local foods and atmosphere.

Complimentary focaccia bread with olive oil/balsamic dipping sauce

Complimentary focaccia bread with olive oil/balsamic dipping sauce

“Adam’s Poke Nachos”: ahi poke, local tomato, avocado, tobiko, inamona, wasabi cream, mirin-yake, crispy wonton chips

“Adam’s Poke Nachos”: ahi poke, local tomato, avocado, tobiko, inamona, wasabi cream, mirin-yake, crispy wonton chips

Calamari: panko & furikake crusted strips flash fried, lemon sambal aioli

Calamari: panko & furikake crusted strips flash fried, lemon sambal aioli

Chicken and mushrooms: sautéed boneless chicken breast served on a pesto potato cake with a local mushroom lemon sauce

Chicken and mushrooms: sautéed boneless chicken breast served on a pesto potato cake with a local mushroom lemon sauce

Lappert's Ice Cream

This ice cream shop always had a long line, so we had to check it out…

This ice cream shop always had a long line, so we had to check it out…

Kona coffee ice cream

Kona coffee ice cream

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The next morning, we packed up the car and headed on one last day of sightseeing in Kauai. Since it was so close to our hotel, we went to Poipu Shopping Village for breakfast.

We heard good things about Kauai Juice Co, so decided to start there. They specialize in fresh, cold-pressed juices in glass bottles. You can either keep the bottle or bring it back next time for credit on your next purchase.

We heard good things about Kauai Juice Co, so decided to start there. They specialize in fresh, cold-pressed juices in glass bottles. You can either keep the bottle or bring it back next time for credit on your next purchase.

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Omega This: soursop, orange, dragonfruit, pineapple, chia seeds

Omega This: soursop, orange, dragonfruit, pineapple, chia seeds

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We happened to stumble upon Anuenue Cafe when we walked out of Kauai Juice Co. There was a long line, which is always a good sign. So, we put our names down and waited for a table.

We happened to stumble upon Anuenue Cafe when we walked out of Kauai Juice Co. There was a long line, which is always a good sign. So, we put our names down and waited for a table.

Kalua Pork Fried Rice: slow cooked Kalua pork, rice, pineapple, jalapeño, basil and two eggs topped with shoyu ginger sauce

Kalua Pork Fried Rice: slow cooked Kalua pork, rice, pineapple, jalapeño, basil and two eggs topped with shoyu ginger sauce

Local Anahola Tropical granola and fruit. The granola was so good that we ordered some once we got home.

Local Anahola Tropical granola and fruit. The granola was so good that we ordered some once we got home.

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As if we hadn’t eaten enough, we made one last pit stop at Mark’s Place before our flight home.

As if we hadn’t eaten enough, we made one last pit stop at Mark’s Place before our flight home.

mark's place kauai hawaii
A delicious mixed plate with chicken katsu, Korean chicken, rice, and macaroni salad

A delicious mixed plate with chicken katsu, Korean chicken, rice, and macaroni salad

Kauai, Hawaii Day 4

Due to the recent flooding on the northern part of Kauai, we were not able to visit that part of the island. So, that left us with a few days to relax and sightsee without a specific itinerary. This morning, we took the opportunity for an impromptu maternity photoshoot around our hotel.

maternity pregnancy kauai hawaii
maternity pregnancy kauai hawaii
maternity pregnancy kauai hawaii

We also signed up for a Lei-making class, which was offered by Sheraton Kauai. The hotel offers daily classes, from basket-weaving to learning how to play the ukulele. We were able to sign up for the class that same morning.

These leis were made out of twisting tea leaves together and adding flowers. The leis can be frozen or dried out over time for continued use, just add fresh flowers.

These leis were made out of twisting tea leaves together and adding flowers. The leis can be frozen or dried out over time for continued use, just add fresh flowers.

Beautiful plumeria flowers from our instructor’s backyard.

Beautiful plumeria flowers from our instructor’s backyard.

Ta da!

Ta da!

These plumerias inspired us to buy a plumeria root to plant back home. The roots can be purchased in gift shops and airlines allow you to bring them in your luggage.

These plumerias inspired us to buy a plumeria root to plant back home. The roots can be purchased in gift shops and airlines allow you to bring them in your luggage.

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Shrimp Station

There are a couple of locations. The one we went to was in Waimea.

9652 Kamuali'i Highway Waimea, Hawaii, 96796

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shrimp station kauai hawaii
shrimp station kauai hawaii
They will let you mix two different kinds of sauteed shrimp, which is a good way to try them all. The ‘Got Garlic’ and ‘Thai’ are definitely some of our favorites.

They will let you mix two different kinds of sauteed shrimp, which is a good way to try them all. The ‘Got Garlic’ and ‘Thai’ are definitely some of our favorites.

The coconut shrimp plate was delicious! Crispy, sweet, and steaming hot.

The coconut shrimp plate was delicious! Crispy, sweet, and steaming hot.

Koloa Rum Co

Since we were not on any kind of timeline, we happened to drive by and spot the Koloa Rum Company. Their award-winning rum is highly-rated and used in several of the local bars and shops.

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Gift shop at Koloa Rum Co

Gift shop at Koloa Rum Co

The tasting tour is free, so make sure to sign up!

The tasting tour is free, so make sure to sign up!

The Mai Tai, one of the many rums that we sampled.

The Mai Tai, one of the many rums that we sampled.

Kukui Grove Farmers Market

This Farmer’s Market is held year-round every Monday in the parking lot of the Kukui Grove Shopping Center in Lihue.

This Farmer’s Market is held year-round every Monday in the parking lot of the Kukui Grove Shopping Center in Lihue.

Kukui Grove Farmers Market kauai hawaii
Hawaiian Farmers Markets are the best place to buy exotic fruits, which is something we don’t see a lot of in our local grocery stores.

Hawaiian Farmers Markets are the best place to buy exotic fruits, which is something we don’t see a lot of in our local grocery stores.

Kukui Grove Farmers Market kauai hawaii
Mangosteens were one of our favorites.

Mangosteens were one of our favorites.

Kukui Grove Farmers Market kauai hawaii
Longans, creamy apple, chico, strawberrry guava. The longans were our favorite, very similar to lychee.  A couple of more days here in paradise, and then back to reality. We hope to make the best of them, whatever it is we may be doing.

Longans, creamy apple, chico, strawberrry guava. The longans were our favorite, very similar to lychee.

A couple of more days here in paradise, and then back to reality. We hope to make the best of them, whatever it is we may be doing.