My Website bio picture
  • Aloha!!!

    Hi! This is the photography and lifestyle blog of Sheena Bean of Photography In the Light. I am a lifestyle photographer based in Kauai, Hawaii. I moved here with my family in January of 2015. My husband is the youth pastor at Lihue Missionary Church and we are raising three little world changers, Noakea, Banyan, and Avenlea Wren. This is His story, our story, and little snippets of life on a 562 square mile rock in the middle of the Pacific.

  • We would love to hear from you! Please call, email, or facebook us if you have any questions.

The Bean Family Chronicles – Favorable Winds and Stifling Humidity (or, sailing in the south)

At one time in our lives, every second of free time was spent surfing.  This was before kids, before houses, before pets and school and work, ect., ect.  Times have changed, but it’s still important for us to keep our kids (and ourselves, for that matter) connected with the water.  While the ocean isn’t really that far from us (only about an hour), more often or not, we find ourselves taking advantage of our proximity to the river instead of making the haul to the beach.  A couple years ago, Austin and his dad found this great sailboat for a super good deal, and they made an arrangement together to buy it (his dad) and maintain it (us).  It has been a great treat to us and a way to bless others to be able to use the boat and spend time on the water.

All that to say that, today, we went sailing.  Being on a 28 foot boat with 3 kids is both joyous and tumultuous at once.  Noakea is great onboard.  He is helpful, interested, and overall a good first mate.  Avenlea, too, is pretty chill underway, for the most part.  She fusses here and there, but she is pretty genial as long as she has somewhere to crawl and stuff to get into.  Banyan, though… well, our 2 year old has a way of making a sailing voyage of any length feel like a Pacific crossing.  He complains.  A lot.  He’s hot.  He’s hungry.  He’s tired.  He wants mommy.  He wants daddy.  He wants to swim.  He doesn’t want to swim.  And on, and on, and on.  I tell myself that one day we will look back and be glad that we went through the hassle of taking young kids on board.  That day is not here yet.  But, we do it.

All these pictures came off my iphone, so don’t critique them too hard.  I’m too scared to bring my DSLR on the water, because i’m a clutz and it wouldn’t be cheap to replace….

Post-swim naked time.  It felt so wrong to let him swim in that cast, even though I know it’s waterproof.  95 degree heat, however, left us no other option but to jump in!

“I have to pee!” – Banyan

My brave son (total sarcasm there) clung to daddy for fear of getting bitten by crabs.  That live at the bottom of the river.  10 feet below him.  Sigh.

Little Mamma <3  This rascally thing slept for about 40 minutes of the voyage.  She spent the other 2 hours getting into everything she could get her hands on.

The sailing portion of our morning was cut a bit short when the captain ran over a crab pot and got the buoy hung up on the rudder.  Good thing Mr. Bean is a champion breath holder and untangler.

Watching Daddy work, pre-swim.  

Is it still a selfie if she’s in the picture too?

The boat is named “Dad’s Dream.”  Do they look like dreamers?

Looking introspective as he sits in time out…..

August 10, 2013 - 8:02 pm

Kristy Hall - I love all these pics… I’m nowhere near as good as you but LOVE taking pics of my kids too. Maybe all of our kids will one day appreciate all these memories we are capturing:)

August 10, 2013 - 8:06 pm

Ally - You and your little lady….so cute!

August 10, 2013 - 8:07 pm

Nikki Umphlett - Ha ha. Great pictures! I ventured to a waterpark for two days just me friend and 4 of our kids. I too have a complainer. I have one who believes he is invincible. I have one who “didn’t do I.” Lastly, I have one that is now too cool to have fun. :) I too am hoping I’m making lifelong memories. Family time definitely isn’t a piece of cake but worth it!

August 10, 2013 - 8:12 pm

Annette - I wanna sail on that boat some day!! :)

August 10, 2013 - 8:38 pm

Sarah - I love seeing your pics of you all out on your boat! One day, I hope to have a sailboat of our own(=

August 10, 2013 - 8:57 pm

Denise Lane - So cute!!! These pictures makes it look like the day was absolutely peaceful and perfect (if I didn’t read ahead of time). Though later on you can tell Banyan, as your are looking at the pics, what really was going on! ;) even with all the craziness, you’re making great memories. :)

August 10, 2013 - 9:04 pm

Sarah Sandusky - So stinkin hot, did you manage to find a breeze for the sail? I personally like some cell phone shots shown in there, it captures a different vibe

August 10, 2013 - 10:00 pm

Jennifer Storie - You make it look so easy!

August 11, 2013 - 12:40 am

Nicole - Love that last one of Noa!! So handsome – he looks so much older all of a sudden. And I’m actually glad to hear you say that about Banyan because Jake is the same way anytime we’re outside. “I’m hot, I’m thirsty, I don’t want to walk, blah, blah, blah…” It makes me feel better that it’s not just him!

August 11, 2013 - 1:08 am

Melissa Mitchell - So jealous of that boat and that your iPhone pics look that great! Your babies are adorable and you appear to be super mom through the eyes of the internet :) I enjoy keeping up with your beautiful family!

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *



M o r e   i n f o