Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Three (amazing) years!

Today, Caleb and I celebrate our 3rd anniversary. I can hardly wrap my mind around it! It seems like just a few months ago we were at our rehearsal dinner and I was cracking up at Caleb's burnt nose from golfing with his groomsmen that day to begin our wedding weekend.

Marriage is something that Caleb and I knew we always wanted. We knew very early on in our relationship that we'd spend our lives together. As cliche as it sounds, there was something about Caleb that made me weak.

I'll be the first to tell you that marriage isn't always a walk in the park like we thought it would be, but I wouldn't trade it for ANYTHING. Not even unlimited sunshine and soft puppies and marshmallow fluff.

Excuse me while I write a quick note to my one and only;

Caleb, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! These 3 years have been the best of my life. I absolutely love coming home to a husband who gets off the couch the second I walk in the door to hug me hello. You continue to make me feel beautiful, even when I look like a total dump truck. I love that we both get a kick out of the simplest of things, like new kitchen utensils, taco bell runs, post it notes and clean laundry.

 I secretly love that you still spell my name wrong on purpose to remind me of our first few weeks together. I pray that one day, our future children will grow to be leaders like you, with the cutest eye wrinkles and dark brown hair. You've made me into a better person. I strive daily to be more selfless and to give more, like you. I am so proud to call you my best friend and my go-to person. 

I have to thank you, though, for your never ending grace. Some days, I know I come home grumpy from work, but you deal with me anyway. Or when I lose my temper in the kitchen because a recent Pinterest find turned into a giant fail, you are quick to remind me of all the things I'm amazing at. I can't thank you enough for always leading us to Christ, and keeping Him at the center of our marriage.

I hope that you know how much I love you, today, and always! Stay awesome, you hunk!
Your thankful wife.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

One great weekend!

It was so nice having a free weekend. I guess its not a "free" weekend when its filled with plan after plan, BUT it was nice getting to pick my camera up to document our lives, not just someone else's. Don't get me wrong, shooting weddings is one of my favorite things in the world, but everybody needs a break!

Friday night my mom came over to help me with this giant 2016 tissue paper sign I wanted to make for my brother's family party the next day. It took us hours and hours...oh and MORE hours, but it was so worth it. It really became a focal point of the party and Brandon loved it! It was also a blast hanging out with my mom all night We ordered a pizza and blasted the Mumford and Sons pandora station until midnight. Time like that with my mom doesn't come by very often, so I savored every second. I love laughing with her!

The next morning I ran around picking up a few things for the party, and then we celebrated my bro some more! This party wasn't his "official" grad party - but since my mom was in town, and Caleb and I will be working during his big one (its a joint party with 3 of his other friends), we wanted to do something more intimate for him!


My Grandpa made these biscotti "diplomas"! How adorable?!


I also printed a ton of photos and hung them up between the beams in the building!






I actually ended up getting a pretty terrible headache that afternoon so we both took our own naps when we got home! Once we woke up, we popped in a movie to start our night and just had ourselves a blast spending some quality time together!

Sunday after church we met up with my Dad and his wife, along with our Great Grandma for lunch! The weather was amazing!! Brandon even got his first piece of Miami apparel!

We relaxed for a bit once we got home, and then had a "friendly" game of kickball with our church!

I hope everyone had a great weekend, too! Do anything fun?

Monday, May 23, 2016

Congrats, Brandon!!

Thursday night, I got to watch my baby brother graduate high school. I may or may not have shed a couple of tears, especially when I finally got to squeeze him after they threw their caps outside!

Brandon went around and hugged everyone in our family and personally thanked them for the impact they've had on his life, and we were all in tears. I'm so grateful Brandon has a heart after the Lord, who is so grateful and humble! I'm lucky to have him around! I had so many emotions watching him cross that stage. The speaker even mentioned Brandon in his speech. It's such a cool thing to hear other people talk about Brandon and how awesome he is!



Our Dad!
We LOVED having our Great Grandma Agnes there, she was the life of the party, truly. Everyone wanted a photo with her!

Dad & Amy//Uncle Phil
a new favorite photo!




Brandon keeps saying how happy he is in life right now - and that's all I want for him! I'm just so stinkin' excited to see where life takes him! I know he'll do great things, and we couldn't be more proud of who he is! Looking forward to a fun summer before he hits the books for college in the Fall!

We spent the majority of our weekend celebrating him with lots of fun, photos, and FOOD! More to come on that later. I hope everyone had a great weekend!!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Things I'm Loving {Volume 2}

A few weeks ago I wrote this blog post about some random things I was loving. Since I love blogging for discovering lots of new things, I thought it would be a fun way to showcase the random things I've found that I'm loving every month; whether that be online, in our home, or anything in general really. Here we go!

-Dying over this Carrie Underwood video... BTW Erin, time to buy tickets?!! ;)

-Absolutely drooling over this yellow maxi skirt and am trying to convince myself that I NEEDED IT LIKE YESTERDAY.

-Spending way too long calculating how much it would be to rent a nicer camera for a few days to play around. Photography is expensive y'all! But for good reason!

-This coloring book Caleb surprised me with a few weeks ago. It's SO soothing to me! Most of the time we use kids coloring books (no shame), so this was a fun change of pace.

-This article about how to deep clean your kitchen without scrubbing too much. Umm yes please.

-If I haven't mentioned it 1,000 times before, my brother graduates high school tonight. I could NOT be more proud of him!!! It has me all nostalgic, looking back at old photos. Can't wait to see him walk across that stage!
First day of Freshman year//Last day of Senior year
-Avocado hummus?? I need!!

-Squeezing my mom today! YAY! Hoping to sneak out of work a few minutes (since I was here late last night, ew) early to start graduation celebrations w/ my fan early!

-This hilarious (but amazing) Beard Mat for men. I feel like this is a weird, but great idea!

-Our iron. Actually my husband. Let me rephrase that. Catching my husband iron every shirt he owns. It's so adorable. He spends so long ironing every small wrinkle out of every crevice of his nice button up shirts. I love when he dresses up...but I also like when he wears his favorite sweats. Basically, I just love that man.

-The quick dry feature on our dryer. YES! It gets things done in about half the time.

-Cheetos Cheddar JalapeƱo Crunchy chips... OMG. We've gone through two bags since the weekend. We have to stop!!

I hope everyone has a great Thursday! Tell me about some things you're loving!!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Dear 15 year old me,



Dear 15 year old me...

I know you.
I know you think you're ugly, since you've got a few extra pounds around your waist and your ankles aren't sticks like all of your friends.

I know you think you're not worthy of a good boyfriend because of your middle part, glasses AND braces...and your first "real" boyfriend got all of his friends to call you fat as he broke up with you over AIM.

I know you stay awake at night wondering if you'll ever have "the look" that everyone else seems to have.

I remember the struggle like it was yesterday; doing almost anything for some attention.

I know you pretend to know what everything means to fit in, and that you're lying about still watching Nickelodeon.

I know that you know some of the things you've done aren't okay, but you do them anyway to fit in, or to make yourself feel like you belong, or who knows.

But, if I could tell you how wrong you are, I would. I really would! I wish you could understand how truly AWESOME you are! How unique you are! How beautiful you are! If I could only show you a glimpse of your future, you'd understand how silly it is to be treating yourself so terribly. To be doing so many selfish, silly things!

Would you believe it if I told you the guy who hurt you (and who you also hurt) countless times throughout your youth would eventually be gone and you'd actually meet a guy worthy of marrying after graduation? Or that you'd end up finally being more confident in your personality? Or that some of your wildest dreams will come true!?

Would you believe me if I said you would be able to forgive yourself for all those not-so-great decisions you made and have the confidence to truly know that God has a bigger plan for you?

I so wish that I could shake you, tell you how worthy you really are, and make you understand His love for you!!! To make you understand that all the things you're going through are all for a reason. It's all molding you into the person you were made to be.

So 15 yr old Kayla, believe me when I say things will get better. No, life will NOT always be easy. I know you can't wait to grow up, but you should know your early 20's will prove to be some of the hardest years of your young life. You'll learn a lot, and grow like crazy...spiritually, emotionally, mentally, but its all part of your story. So you'll learn to love it.

Stop wishing the time away and live each day for what it is. Stop wishing for college (because that definitely doesn't go as planned), stop wishing for a man to complete you (because only God can do that), and stop trying to be someone you're not (cause you're actually pretty great). Remember who you really are, because you're perfect that way. Flaws and all.

Love,
Your older, wiser self.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Exhausted but thankful!

Friday, Caleb and I took another half day from work to photograph another amazing wedding. The couple (Nic and Kayla - yes, her name was Kayla and she was pretty stinkin awesome) was amazing, the location was insanely cool, and the weather couldn't have been better. I love when the bride and groom make photos a priority! It makes our job so much more fun!




Their reception was so much fun. Kayla basically forced us to enjoy ourselves (and put our cameras down) when her entire family called us onto the dance floor - it made our night! So many guests thanked us for being there and paid us SO many incredible compliments. We honestly left feeling so humbled and so thankful! We headed to a hotel in Dayton where we stayed the night - since our Saturday bride would be getting ready there!


Alyssa and Nathaniel had such a beautiful wedding! Seriously everything was gorgeous. Her dress, her hair, her cathedral veil, and AH! She even made her own bouquet. I couldn't believe how gorgeous the peonies were. My pupils were replaced with tiny red hearts all day!





We got to ride around in the venue's Gator for our shoot with them and had ourselves a blast!


Sunday morning, we slept in. Kind of felt bad skipping church, but we didn't even set an alarm to wake up. It was much needed, though! Imagine my surprise as Caleb and I are cleaning the main floor, and our doorbell rings! It was my brother with the prettiest YELLOW roses!! He also brought Caleb some candy. He walked in and thanked us for being some of the most prominent people in his life. I couldn't help but cry! How thoughtful?! I'm so grateful for the man he's becoming! I just couldn't believe he was getting ME a gift even though he's the one graduating this week! Thursday can't come soon enough!!

We also spent our afternoon relaxing with Erin and Jared - playing some of our favorite board games! It may have been our last one before their sweet babe makes his arrival, so we really enjoyed ourselves!

Hope everyone had a fun weekend!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Hooray for Friday!

A few favorites from my week;

1. My brothers senior drum solo // I wrote this on my Facebook and thought I'd share it here as well;
Words cannot describe my love for you, baby brother. Tuesday night, as I and watched you absolutely rock your senior drum solo, I sat there in the stands just as amazed and enamored as everyone else. You’ve worked so hard for this, and your moment finally came. I had tears in my eyes as the entire auditorium rose to their feet in applause to congratulate you on a job well done. You knocked the roof off that place, Bran! The amount of time that you pour into the things you care about is extremely admirable, and I’m unbelievably proud of the drummer, the leader, and the man that you’ve become over the last few years. As I prepare to watch you graduate high school next week, I just wanted to take a second to let you know how much you mean to me. I’m thankful to not only call you family, but one of my best friends. 

2. This adorable boutique // a co worker took me to the cutest little boutique near work. Think Anthropologie - but actually AFFORDABLE. This is dangerous, folks.

3. Brides that I meet with who share a love of all things Disney and the color yellow // getting excited for the 2017 wedding season!!

4. Mexican Food // after a late night at Starbucks meeting a few bride and grooms, I hadn't eaten dinner and it was going on 8pm! Picked up my favorite - cheese quesadillas!

5. Free webinars // holla for free business/photography tips. Never stop learning, people!

Happy Friday the 13th, friends! ;)


I hope everyone has a fun weekend planned. Caleb and I have our first double header wedding weekend (one today + one tomorrow), but we're excited about the location of these new venues! Although I'm already exhausted, I'm happy to be pouring myself into something I love! Have a fun weekend!