Friday, April 17, 2015

Friday happies!!

This week has been a roller coaster, I've been busy every night and while its been crazy, its been worth it. It's in these moments that I remember that life is always blessed, I just have to stop and remember. Like when my husband had his first softball game of the season and I chose to stay home "in case of rain", and he texted me begging me to come watch...I felt like a bad wife, and I really did want to see him play, so I closed the computer and chose to enjoy REAL moments with people. My husband is so cute!!

-On an exciting note - I think I'm leaving work a bit early to finally go meet baby Norah! One of my friends, Becca, is being induced today and this lil babe could arrive at any moment! I've charged the camera and can't wait for some baby snuggles!!! I'm not a mom but I can't imagine waking up this morning and having that realization that; okay, this baby is coming TODAY! Ahh!

-We didn't do much cooking this week, not that we ate out a lot, but we took the easy way out. Mac and cheese for dinner, frozen fish, Wendy's (okay so we ate out some...). My body is feeling kinda crummy lately and I'm going to be honest this week has been so hectic I haven't made time for a single run. I'm excited though that this weekend we're going for a 9 miler! I need all the encouragement I can get.

-I think I got to bed BEFORE midnight only once this entire week. Hence the few energy drinks I had at the office...

-My mom and I went to a women's group with my dear friend, Marie, on Wednesday, and it was just amazing. There is something so freeing about being in a room with a dozen strangers and opening up about your issues, insecurities, past, etc... and the healing and forgiveness that comes through that? It's unreal! Can't wait to hopefully go back in a couple weeks.

-I GOT MY WEDDING RING BACK, finally! I will just say this - if Caleb and I ever look into upgrading (like, 10 yrs from now) I won't be going to Kay Jewelers...their customer service is just under par, and I feel like an inconvenience every time I walk in. But other than that, I'm so happy my left ring finger has its shiny bling back :)

I'm aware this was a random, weird, short post, but I ask that you just go with it! I also want to ask for some prayer for some of my best friends going through some sad/unexpected situations. It would mean the world :) happy Friday!!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Standard is spectacular.

Life has been really busy lately. Recently we've spent some time with our favorite little gals, filed our taxes, and been having a ball. Nothing spectacular has happened, life has been pretty standard...but sometimes, 'standard' is spectacular.

My heart... its melting.
Momma and I decided to have a makeover night last week, and it was awesome. She recently just got a ton of Mary Kay product so we tried it out ;) we've spent a ton of time together lately and it makes my heart insanely happy. Movies, moon pies + lots of chats.

We're starting to get busy shooting weddings! Yay! This weekend marks wedding #3 of the year and we're excited about it. It's mostly outdoor and I'm excited to get pretty creative with our resources. New ideas are brewing! Also, can we talk about how gorgeous this dress from last weekends wedding was??

Spring time = storms = enjoying the view from the living room = trying to snap a successful lightning bolt shot = a happy Kayla!

Indulging in one of the most delicious homemade rice krispie treats ever! The youth leaders wife made some snacks for the car for us and I definitely reaped the benefits!!!

For a while Caleb and I had been so good about not watching a ton of TV since its been so nice out, that we would take walks instead... until one of us got the idea to start The Following and O-M-G. There go our evenings!!! Already on episode 6!!!

Most of the time I keep my shots pretty bright and fun but for some reason this week I was so drawn to the more edgy feel for this street shot of this couples feet. He was SO in love with his socks and making sure they looked even, it was precious. I seriously love this gig!

It was a year ago today that my grandpa Phil passed from a very long battle with cancer... please say a little prayer for my family today! Look at his baby blues! Miss you, grandpa.

I hope you'll take a minute today to just enjoy whats around you - even the little things.  Enjoy your weekend, friends!!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Another jam packed (insanely fun) weekend!

This weekend was going to be jam packed...that much I knew, and sometimes that can stress me out before the weekend even begins. However, we enjoyed every last stinkin second!! Friday evening was kinda stressful (and annoying - boo taxes), but the rest of the weekend proved to be amazing!

We got to the wedding Saturday, turns out I knew a couple of the bridesmaids! The group was a blast to work with all day and let us go outside of the box a little bit, which I always love. The whole day seriously flew by and we even managed to sneak a shot during our make-shift photo booth at the reception!

Thought I'd sneak in a few shots from their amazing day!

Sunday I had to wake up before the sun to drive to Anderson, IN for a youth conferences with a few of the teens. It was a 2.5 hour drive over, a full day of worshipping our awesome God, listening to the messages, and even playing around on the football field that the Colts practice on during the off season! No one else was around, so that was awesome!!

Sorry for the short post today, I've hardly slept any the past two nights....eating crappy on the road + staying up too late = tired eyes Monday. But I can't complain, overall the weekend was pretty amazing. I hope yours was as well!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Opening Day Recap - finally!

Happy Friday, friends!

I don't know about your town (for those of us who have MLB teams), but Cincinnati celebrates Opening Day like its a stinkin' national holiday!! Every year I'm so envious that I'm stuck at work and not downtown celebrating in the sea streets of red... but finally, I was able to join in on the fun!!! My brother's band would be playing in the opening day parade and my mom and Caleb planned on going to watch. So, I decided to take a sporadic vacation day and join them!!

We got there just as one of the connecting roads was closing, so we snagged a spot right up against the railings and it was PERFECT! Sure, we stood there for about two hours, just watching things go by, but it was so much fun!

You KNOW I had to sneak in a photo with the Chickfila cow... :)


..we were hoping that my brother would be on the right side of the march line and thankfully, he was! We had A GREAT view of him and when he saw us - he couldn't help but have an adorable little smirk! So thankful I decided to take my camera!!

I'm sure everyone says amazing things about their siblings, BUT I just have to brag on my brother. He's really good at drum, really stinkin' good. Last year, as a sophomore, he was getting solo's during concerts...he choreographs friday night football halftime performances, he's gone to judging events at major universities and received perfect scores. His fingers move like lightning - its so neat. Guys, he is CONSTANTLY playing the drums. Watching him do something he loves so much is so neat, as an older sister!

After we were done geeking out over my bro, we headed back towards home to grab some Skyline. Everyone knows its free coney day!! -- jealous, Becky? ;)

Then we picked my brother up from school and snagged some fun photos with him for the heck of it.

It's really is so fun to celebrate moments with your family...big or small. This was a really cool moment for me, as his sister, and I'm excited I was able to be a part of it! Hope you all had a great week!!!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

A few things in fours.

I wish I could have a 3 day weekend every weekend. The fact that its already halfway through the week makes my heart really, really happy. However, Wednesdays seem to have a recurring theme. It's either a random post, a post in list format, etc... and I decided to keep it going. Since Julie got a great idea from a friend recently, I loved it so much I asked if I could "borrow" here I am, sharing a few things about myself in fours.

Four things about my appearance
Natural brunette.
Weird shaped fingers.
Short girl for life.
Green eyes.

Four jobs I've had
Financial Planner.
Bath and Body Works.
Penn Station Subs

Four places I've been
Riviera Maya.
Dominican Republic.
Mall of America.
Siesta Key.
Can we go on another honeymoon!?
Four things in my purse
A hair brush
Business cards
Chap stick

Four things I couldn't live without
My planner
My husband
Water (I love water)

 Four favorite things
Chickfila (duh)
Sweet tea
My camera

Four things I don't eat/drink
Cottage cheese
Green olives
Milk (unless its in cereal, or its chocolate)

Four favorite foods
Funnel cakes
Chickfila (can I say that again?)
Marshmallow fluff

Four posts of mine you should check out
Our engagement story
Your flaws are awesome
My 25 before 25 list
On being a real adult

Now its your turn -- I want to know something random about YOU!!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Our Easter weekend!

Our weekend was fantastic. So fantastic, I decided to make it a 3 day weekend! Friday after work, we went by my Great Grandma Agnes' for a visit on her 85th birthday! We were also celebrating her birthday ON Easter but wanted to make a quick visit and drop some flowers off. I'm so glad we did, she said it absolutely made her week :) -- its the little things, people!

Caleb's parents were in town so we went to breakfast the next morning, then went bowling as a family! It had been so long, and I did surprisingly well on my first game (for me)... scored a 110!!

We went on a 45 minute walk hand in hand, we were so happy to have some free time! I even had time to journal, and the windows were open all afternoon, so I was one happy gal!

THEN! That evening we saw Into The Woods. Caleb is so NOT a musical guy by any means but lately we've been watching a ton of his movie choices, so he stuck it out. I HAVE to know what you all thought of it. I freaking love Anna Kendrick so I thought the movie as a whole was good, but when it came to what I thought was the end - turns out there was 30 more minutes. To me, it was totally unnecessary. I loved how they tied all the fairytales in together, but the last 30 minutes were just a little odd. For those of you who have seen it, waddya think?!

Sunday came, and it was Easter! I love this holiday, and am always so emotional at church hearing about the resurrection. I can't fathom what Jesus went through for us and it makes me SO thankful for the many blessings in my life! The church was packed and the worship was incredible!

We headed to my Great Grandma's party after, and she not the cutest?! We celebrated her all afternoon long!

We spent some time with Caleb's family again for a spontaneous dinner, and then we turned in early. Like I said earlier, I decided to make it a 3 day weekend. My brother marched in the Opening Day Parade yesterday, and it was a blast to be a part of, and support him at the same time! I'll post more on that tomorrow, maybe! Hope you all enjoyed your Easter weekend!!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Wrap up of my week!

Happy Good Friday! I'm so thankful for this day, and what our Savior did for us, and am looking forward to this entire weekend!

To be honest? I've been a sick mess the whole week. It got really bad Wednesday night before bed, I could hardly breathe...but woke up yesterday with a little less congestion, so I headed into work anyway, just like always. Well, before lunch my boss saw me and told me to go home and get some rest. I wanted to kiss her face. Not that I wanted to feel this way, but if it was inevitable, I'd way rather be home in pants that are made of elastic ;) I'm still feeling really crummy today but luckily my cough is mostly gone, but I want to focus on some good parts of my week.

A spontaneous picnic date with my husband by my side and Subway in my hands. Love that man! Just having conversation with him by the lake, listening to the fountain was so relaxing! Even if I felt like poop.

Walks after dinner w/ my family. My brother's been on Spring Break this week so he stayed with us a few nights. It's been a blast! Already checking things off our Spring list!!

I woke up extra early Tuesday to squeeze in a run and this sunrise on my way back home just made me stop in my tracks. So insanely beautiful! Some days getting up before the sun is hard, but this makes it totally worth it, every time!

Caleb decided to play a mean joke on me on April Fools. WHY did I fall for it? In my defense, this happened when I woke up, with one eye open, reading/responding via my mind hadn't quite caught on to the fact that it was April 1st! I'll get him back next year.

The majority of my day yesterday looked like this...and I didn't hate it one bit. Grilled cheese + tomato soup is the best medicine, in my opinion.

I'm so looking forward to this weekend. A good mix of free time, one of the best holidays ever, and family time. My great grandma Agnes' 85th birthday party is ON Easter and we can't wait to celebrate her! I hope you guys had a great week, and have lots to look forward to this weekend!