Monday, February 27, 2017

Another fun, but busy weekend!

Friday evening we had no real plans, but we wanted to drop something off at Erin & Jared's house quickly! So we stopped by, then they asked us to stay for dinner (so sweet!) which turned into a full blown game night! We loved it and had such a blast!

Saturday morning Caleb and I got ready for a wedding we had been really excited for! It was in Lawrenceburg, IN (which was surprisingly less than an hour drive), and Libby, the bride, was a sister of one of our previous brides. She said that choosing us to photograph her wedding was a no-brainer, and we couldn't have been more excited!!

It was COLD outside - but these ladies were troopers!!!







That adorable couple on the right is Katie and Seth, and we photographed their wedding a few years ago! Libby, the bride, is Katie's younger sister. I was beyond excited when I found out Katie & Seth welcomed a sweet baby boy into the world just 6 little weeks ago! How precious is he??!! My heart was honestly so happy all day! This family is the sweetest! Caleb and I get so much more from wedding days when the families are so accommodating and friendly all day. They made us feel like part of the day, not just "hired help" :) we're so grateful!

Sunday, after church, I did some serious grocery shopping and did some meal prepping. I pre made taco salad for lunches and tonight plan on pre-making more meals so we can stay on track throughout the week! We've slipped up a bit the last couple weeks, not doing terribly, but that always seems to happen when we're working a lot. I'm remembering to give ourselves some grace and just try harder the next week!

Hope everyone has a good Monday! Make it a great one!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Be who you needed

I've been making my way through February just fine. Actually getting to work early every morning, not drinking my extra-sugary coffee too many times a week, and editing sessions like a boss. BUT, wait. We only have 5 more days in the month?!!? UM. How did this happen? I still have so many goals I haven't finished/worked on. Why is it that this month flies by WAY quicker than the rest, I mean, it only has a FEW less days than the rest of 'em!

Sometime last month Caleb was listening to one of our favorite singers and came across a song of his that he hadn't heard before. He texted me right away to tell me about it and said it reminded him of the youth ministry. In the song he talks about how God will never stop pursuing us, our hearts, our lives...and how it was a good metaphor for how we should be with our teens/young adults, and really anyone we love.

Recently, I came across a quote (I must've been very emotional that day), but it really stopped me in my tracks. Disclaimer: I'm totally a sucker for quotes, shoot me. There was something about this one though; it was SO simple, but so profound.


It really hit me because if I had someone constantly loving on me, pointing me in the right direction, feeding me life advice, I can almost guarantee I wouldn't have made so many bad decisions as a teenager. Looking back, I definitely wouldn't change a thing, because it molded me into who I am today, and I'm able to better love on others, and understand what they are going through because of my experiences as a teenager/young adult. It wasn't until I met a friend my senior year of high school, Marie, who changed my life. She encouraged me, pursued my heart and invited me to events (one of which would turn my life around).

I guess I'm just really excited because since Caleb and I started this young adult ministry, it's grown! We've heard some really cool stories, seen some of them step up to tell us what's been on their hearts that week, and most importantly we're building an awesome community full of new friends for them through this weird transition stage of life (not quite a kid anymore, but don't necessarily feel ready for adulthood). We're planning so many fun events, and I'm totally a fan of themed parties (taco party, game night, trivia night, Hawaiian luau, etc.).

I'm not sure where this post is going, but it's all good. I really just sat down to write, which I feel like I don't do much of lately, and this is what came out today. I'm excited to be able to spend so much time encouraging the youth in our community and if you guys ever have ideas for topics we can discuss, or themed nights, we would love your input! This has been such a cool new endeavor for Caleb and I, and we're thankful we get to do it together!

Anyway, hope you have a great day! We're so close to Friday!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Things you might not know

Things you might not know about me...
-It takes a LOT of cream and sugar for me to actually enjoy coffee.

-I get serious anxiety over a lot of things that would seem so trivial to most.

-If someone is short in their response back to me, I always wonder if I did something wrong.

-My obsession with donuts is real.

-I'm super adventurous at heart. I loved skydiving, white water rafting, canoeing, but there's still so much more I'd like to try (ahem, bungee jumping, Caleb?!)!

-I don't care how bad it is for me, Mountain Dew will always be my favorite drink.

-My parent's didn't get married until I was 4, and then got divorced when I was 9.

-I never finished my college education and still struggle with feeling inadequate when it comes up in casual conversation with strangers. BUT I know it wasn't God's plan for me at the time, and there's no saying I can't finish someday if I felt like it.

-My mom is a traveling nurse so unfortunately we don't get to spend a lot of time together, and I miss her to pieces!

-I overthink everything.

-Caleb and I both have a big heart for youth/young adult ministry. We're so grateful God has given us an opportunity through our church to help lead and encourage the amazing teens/young adults!

-I have a VERY small family. One brother. My Dad is an only child. My mom only has one sibling, so I only have two first cousins (and they are both much younger than me)! So it was fun marrying into a family MUCH larger than mine!

-I got baptized on my 18th birthday, then went skydiving. One of the coolest days of my life!

-I'm a receptionist by day, photographer by night/weekend.

-Caleb and I love our Bengals, even when it's not easy to be a fan!

-I absolutely love to encourage people, especially when they least expect it. You never know how much a simple text message or hand written note can change someone's day!

-We'll finally be out of debt this year, and it feels AMAZING!

-I have green eyes and have learned to love them as I've grown older! My freshman year of high school my mom let me get colored contacts and I got the most fake looking deep blue color. I look back on those photos with embarrassment ;)

-I hardly ever paint my nails -- maybe once/twice a year (and that's usually when I decide to spoil myself and pay for a manicure)!

-My favorite Bible verse is Romans 8:18, and I love how simple this translation is.

Well there ya have it, hopefully you learned something new ;) what's an interesting fact about you??
Happy Hump Day!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Our weekend: donuts and photo shoots!

Friday:  We attended the Basketball Senior night for one of our youth group students. It was epic! They CRUSHED the other team!

Saturday: Caleb woke me up and said we were going to the flea market! I didn't feel that those plans required clean hair so you know this girl threw a hat over her leftover curly hair and called it a day ;) The day got even better when Caleb agreed to DONUTS on the road! Then, the lady made my weekend when I asked for a regular glazed donut and she told me she had a hot fresh one in the back. Legit the best thing I've ever tasted.

Later that evening Erin and I had a girls night in! Including some of the best things on earth: coloring books, buffalo chicken dip and a hilarious movie. I love nights like that. Just talking for hours, catching up on life, and unwinding!

Sunday: I did something a little bit outside of my comfort zone by photographing a head shot/brand session for a new friend, Carly! She owns Surcee Florals. She's so so talented and seriously SUCH a sweetheart! I couldn't help but edit a few right when I got home, so here's a sneak peak!


After that, we shot a sweet session with this adorable family! Tara is one of Caleb's (many) cousin's, and it was so fun hanging out with them - they live over an hour away so we don't get to see them as often as we'd like! We had a great time during their session, and seriously, how cute are they!?


I hope everyone had a great weekend. Happy Monday, lets make it an awesome one!!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Suck {and sweet}

Suck || Being so busy. We have something going on every evening this week and I'm a little exhausted.
Sweet || Having all these plans has given me the chance to spend time with SO many people that I love!

Suck || Being irritable.
Sweet || Convincing myself I deserve some fudge so I'm not so irritable.

Suck || How expensive a bouquet of flowers can be.
Sweet || How pretty they are anyway.

Suck || Working until 5:00 this new year, and not getting off at 4:30 anymore
Sweet || Being thankful I have a day job.

Suck || How long it takes to prepare a homemade dinner.
Sweet || When Caleb went back for seconds. #winning

Suck || Having to throw your hair in a greasy ponytail because you woke up late.
Sweet || Getting those few extra minutes of sleep.

Suck || Hitting traffic every morning.
Sweet || Being grateful that everyone on the road is safe; including me.

Suck || Sweating my butt off trying to make a silly fort in our living room before Caleb got home.
Sweet || Seeing his face when he walked through the door!

Suck || Not having President's Day off of work.
Sweet || Still having a mostly obligation free weekend, woo!

*borrowed this post idea from my sweet blog friend Shelley long ago! Thanks, girl!
I hope everyone has had a great week, so far! Enjoy your Thursday!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Dear Caleb,


Caleb,
Thanks for pursuing me, even when I'm not very nice.
Thanks for kissing my eyes when I have a bad headache.
Thanks for cleaning the house on your days off.
Thanks for encouraging me when I'm feeling down.
Thanks for making me laugh every. single. stinking. day.
Thanks for gifting me my first Bible 8 years ago today (wow)!
Thanks for being a kid at heart, and reminding me life isn't always serious.
Thanks for lighting my favorite pineapple candle before I come home.
Thanks for explaining movie plots to me when I'm totally lost.
Thanks for your morning texts.
Thanks for always making me feel safe.
Thanks for always cooking breakfast on Saturdays.
Thanks for being the most selfless person I know.
Thanks for being my best friend.
Thanks for being you.

You're amazing, and I not only LOVE you, I really, really like you, too!
-K

Monday, February 13, 2017

Snap happy weekend!

Friday consisted of not making dinner so we had a quick little date night then a walk over to Petco but of course, no puppies were there to cuddle. We made our way back home and popped in a movie and fell asleep on the couch. I kind of love when that happens; even though we wake up at 3am with kinked necks.

Saturday was our very first wedding of the year and I have to tell ya, the butterflies were doing circles in my stomach. I don't know why I was so nervous because once I saw the bride and started photographing her details, all the excitement and skill came back to me! We had a long day, but it was worth it! The bride even had a donut waiting for me and said she "knew I loved Holtmans" - umm can you say IDEAL CLIENT?! ;)


Sunday we heard a great message at church about being the hands and feet of Jesus and showing compassion/kindness like He does - and it really inspired us going into a new week.

I had a fun session scheduled with some friends to capture her cute belly, as they are expecting their first baby girl!


That evening I skipped out on youth group because I had WAY too much work to catch up on, and it was much needed. No distractions (except The Office, of course), and it was great!

I'm feeling refreshed and ready to tackle another week!
Hope everyone had a fun weekend!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Friday, but kind of not.

Today is Friday and the office is filled with chocolates, donuts, cake pops and homemade goods. I really thought this wouldn't happen until Valentine's Day, but hey, I'm not complaining. As the Receptionist at my company, I've been thinking about "stepping up" my receptionist game (reminds me of The Office, every time) by bringing in homemade goods, planning fun little events, etc.!

Yesterday at the all-employee quarterly meeting, I was given a plaque for my 5 year work anniversary. I have to say I never thought I would be here for 5 years, but I'm super thankful I have been. It was super sweet to hear the CEO's talk about me so highly and to get the quick little "congrats" from my co workers throughout the day! Although answering phones and keeping track of the conference room schedule isn't my life calling or anything, I'm super grateful God planted me here all those years ago. I've made some really great friendships and have some awesome memories, too!

Transitioning into my other work life now, we have our first wedding of 2017 on the books tomorrow! I have to say Caleb and I are both excited, but a little nervous. This happens every year, before the first wedding, the feeling of "what if we forget how to do this" kicks in. Yet somehow we end up picking up right where we left off and enjoying ourselves and before we know it the day is over.

This week was rather uneventful...if you don't count the night I cut my finger open while cleaning a kitchen knife, ugh.

Some highlights of the week?
Ordering a pizza because who cares on a Monday.
Forgetting responsibilities and starting a new show together.
Getting more paid-time-off because I hit my 5 years at work!
Making my first cup of coffee for the year!

I hope everyone has a fun weekend ahead of them! Make it awesome!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Anxiety.

God is a pretty good matchmaker. Back in 2012, after Caleb and I got engaged we stumbled upon Joe & Amanda's website. We instantly clicked and they became our wedding photographers. Fast forward to 6 weeks after our wedding and they hired us as their first associate photographer team. We're so grateful for their friendship and how awesome they both are. We've learned so much from them as photographers, and friends! Today, I wanted to let Amanda take over my blog and share her heart on the topic of anxiety. I struggle with anxiety a LOT and this hits close to home for me, so I hope you'll tune in and say hi!
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Worry. 

We all do it.

We all have anxieties because we are wired this way. Anxiety is typically defined as a restlessness, an uneasiness, an “anticipation of a future threat.” It’s normative, biological and meant to be a defense mechanism to keep us safe. But sometimes  we worry excessively and things get out of hand. We have intrusive thoughts, we don’t leave our home, we avoid certain people, we resort to self-harm.

I remember the day I casually commented to my husband how every time I drive over a bridge, I think about what I would do if my car went into the water. He just stared at me. Apparently, this was not the way everyone thought. 

All this worry takes up precious space in our days and our minds. Why can’t we just trust?

Isn’t that what it boils down to? It’s an issue of trust and fear and control.

We are untrusting that things will work out. We fear a scary ending. We respond by attempting to control and manipulate and mold the outcome. Otherwise, the world falls apart, right?

When I see a patient for the first time with concerns for anxiety, I teach that a certain amount of holistic self-examination needs to take place. What might I be anxious about? Am I reflecting on a past trauma? Am I dealing with another chronic illness? Am I getting restorative sleep? What has my diet been like lately? Am I becoming too dependent on a particular substance (or behavior) to help me cope? Am I getting consistent exercise? What state are my finances in? What state are my relationships in? Could there be a medical reason for my anxiety? Am I neglecting my spirituality practices? Am I overwhelmed because of the demands on my time? What am I doing that brings me joy? Excellence in all of these areas contribute to happiness and peace.

Once this self-reflection takes place, then we can get on with tacking the healing.

So, these are my recommendations for dealing with anxiety (I use all of these myself DAILY). 

Maintain perspective. Let’s consider the true gravity of all this and put this thing into perspective. Is this really a catastrophe? What are the chances of my fear actually coming to fruition? What will the actual, true result be of the situation that I’m stressing over?

Have a plan. When I’m in a situation where the outcome is unknown, I try to envision the worst possible ending and plan my reaction. If the worst does actually happen (chances are it won’t), I’ll be ready. Having this plan in place gives me another tool in my tool-belt. Increases my confidence. Makes me a little less scared.

Pray your little butt off. Well, really this should be thing #1. But let’s be real. It isn’t, even though it should be. Philippians 4:6-7 tell is this: Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.

Interrupt anxiety with gratitude. This is one of my absolute favorite Truth Bombs and really a great way to re-wire your brain. Every time a “what-if” comes to your mind, replace it with a “thanks-God.”

Weed out the sources, if possible. What sparks your anxiety? That negative person on Facebook? Hide her. That doomsday co-worker of yours? Limit your conversations. Recognize your sensitivities and restrict your exposure.

See someone about it.  If you think your anxiety might need the help of a professional, consider seeing a therapist or mental health practitioner. There is no shame in this and you are in no way a failure if you have to be on medication to stabilize your anxiety. At the same time, medications are not magic pills and cannot solve all your problems. Remember, the key is holistic treatment.

I’m reminded of one of my absolute favorite worship songs called Sinking Deep by Hillsong United. Speaking as someone whose anxiety seems to be extremely rooted in fear, this is a mantra that I repeat to myself every time I feel that trickle of worry. It incorporates elements of deep breathing, mindfulness, giving over trust, giving up control, and remembering that God’s got me.

All fear removed, 
I breathe You in, 
I lean into Your love.
Oh, Your love.


DISCLAIMER: Thanks for reading the above, but whoever you are: unless you are living in my household (which I think I would have noticed), it’s very unlikely that I have any idea what sort of medical history, medication regimen, allergies, and any other health intricacies you carry. Therefore, you should NOT interpret the above as medical advice for yourself, and instead present this information to your personal clinician for consideration.

RESOURCES:
Anxious: Choosing Faith in a World of Worry by Amy Simpson
The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook By Dr. Edmund Bourne
Crash the Chatterbox: Hearing God’s Voice Above all Others by Steven Furtick
The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Dr. Bessel Van der Kolk
Truth Bombs by Danielle LaPorte

BIO:
Amanda practices at the Lindner Center of Hope in Mason and writes at AmandaPorterNP.com

Monday, February 6, 2017

Great tacos, better friends.

Friday I had a fun evening out at Olive Garden with a few ladies from church to celebrate a soon to be momma of 3! We "sprinkled" her with diapers/wipes and some cute little girl outfits :)

 Caleb went to play basketball with some friends on Saturday, so I did some editing while jamming out to some music for HOURS. As in, the 3 hour playlist I created? Yeah, I heard a few songs twice...which means I listed to the playlist in its entirety, ha!

Early in the day, we got a text-invite from our good friends, Josh and Marie, to see if we wanted to come by that evening (along with my Aunt and Uncle). Somehow the stars aligned and we were all able to make it to their new home - about 45 minutes away. After dinner Josh even said "I can't believe I just randomly texted all of you this morning to make plans, and now you're in my living room!". We haven't seen Josh and Marie (and their amazing little gals, Nora and Charlie) since my birthday last August, so it was awesome to spend some time together. They made the tastiest tacos (pork + pineapple salsa + feta cheese); holy deliciousness! Marie - I need that recipe!

The night was full of long conversations about anything and everything. Nora and I put on a "show" for everyone and sang a few songs because she was too nervous to sing by herself, she called me her best friend in the entire world, and told Caleb multiple times "I'm your girl, Caleb" I MEAN?!!?! Melt my stinkin' heart.


Sunday, we had a morning photography consultation, so sadly we missed church, but it paid off because the sweet couple booked! We talked for nearly two hours in a crowded Starbucks (the Bride is a fellow lover of skydiving and donuts, so you could say we were fast friends)! We spent the rest of the afternoon lounging around before hitting up my in-laws for a homemade pizza bar and the Superbowl. I have to say, I'm sad the Falcons couldn't pull out a win, but it was a great game to watch! Also I LOVED Lady Gaga's halftime performance. As crazy as she used to be, she kept it somewhat modest and girlfriend has incredible pipes.

I hope you all had a fun weekend and aren't TOO sleepy this Monday morning! Enjoy your week, friends!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Friyay!

Random fact for your Friday: NSync's Just Got Paid came out SEVENTEEN YEARS AGO. That's enough to make me, at 25, feel old. Anyway, I can't be the only one who sings this to themselves every other Friday when they get paid?!

This week was a good one! Caleb started working on our taxes. If you follow me on instagram you'd know that Caleb and I seem to have made a silent agreement for the rest of our lives. If I provide the dinner, he will do our taxes. If you ask me, I definitely got the better end of that deal ;)

Most evenings after work (either after a workout, or just after an exhausting day) this is what I changed into. My matching skills are on POINT.

But I think my favorite moment of all was going out to dinner with Erin & Natalie! Natalie is Caleb's cousin and I just have to say, I married into the best family. She is so incredibly sweet, and she recently got engaged!! So we wanted to take her out to celebrate - and of course we chose our favorite Mexican restaurant! We were there for HOURS. Nights like that are my favorite; just having the most random conversations over some delicious food with even better friends!


Tonight I'm heading to dinner with another group of ladies from church to celebrate a soon to be momma of 3! She is pregnant with their 3rd so we're taking her out for a "diaper dinner" (which sounds kind of funny to say out loud). The rest of the weekend will be spent unplugged with my man, and I cannot WAIT!

Hope you have a fun weekend ahead, friends! Blast some N'Sync and have yourself a dance party today!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Goals: a look back & a new list

So we all survived our first month of 2017! It's still insane to me that we're smack dab in 2017. I remember when I was younger and my baby brother first started going to school; they deemed him the "Class of 2016" and I basically laughed out loud like "seriously that'll NEVER get here" just because it was so far away...and here we are! PAST that!

I decided to make quite a few goals for January that I'd been putting off for no particular reason and make them happen; no excuses! So before I dive into my new goals for February, I'd like to recap how I did on my January goals!

Lose 4-5lbs  || YES! I actually lost 6 from my starting weight and I'm feeling great. I know the scale isn't everything, but that accomplishment sure feels great!

Book a new wedding || We actually booked TWO new ones and potentially a third coming up! It feels good to be praying intentionally over our business; for God to bring us the right couples and for our business to flourish for His glory!

Track what I eat || I'm going to call this one a win. I did this for the majority of the whole month in my "Fit Happens" journal. At least 25 out of the 30 days were tracked. Some days just got away from me, but this is a HUGE improvement from last year! Intentionally writing down my meals/workouts gave me something to look forward to every day and helped me to stay on track!

Workout 15-20 times || Success! 17 times to be exact. I know I mentioned previously that I was following the Tone It Up challenge. I'm pretty proud of myself because the first 15ish days of the challenge I absolutely crushed it! I fell off the workout wagon a bit in week 3 due to our busy evening schedule but picked it right back up in week 4 and am feeling great again!

Cook more often || YES! I've been loving how much we're cooking at home. A huge accomplishment has been meal planning and STICKING TO IT, especially on the weekends. We used to eat out a lot, and that's been cut down SIGNIFICANTLY. Some nights I'll cook solo, but I really enjoy the nights Caleb and I can cook together. A few yummy things we've made; Enchilada Soup, Garlic Shrimp Spaghetti Squash, Chicken Alfredo BakeBBQ Chicken Stuffed PeppersChicken w/ Asparagus & Sweet Potato Skillet, Creamy Herb Chicken & a few one sheet recipes (my fav)!

No coffee || I did it! No coffee at all this month. Anytime I had a meeting at Starbucks I'd get a non-coffee drink and it wasn't so bad. Now I'm just trying to decide if I want to keep my streak going or enjoy a small cup of french vanilla at work this week! ;)

Finish a book || womp womp. This didn't happen. I feel like anytime I make a book related goal it doesn't happen, so maybe when I stop making book goals, it'll happen and I'll actually finish a few? 

Pay off a good chunk of debt || Caleb and I put our biggest payment ever towards debt this month and we're so so grateful to be able to say that. One step closer!!!! We should be out of debt by summertime and can finally start looking for a house!

Overall I'd say it was an amazing month. I'm learning to be better about giving myself grace when necessary and remember that not every day will be perfect! Moving on to my goals for February!

File our taxes || Caleb does this for us every year and I do a lot of the back-end stuff like totaling up business expenses/etc., but it's always a great to have that behind us!

Plan a Valentine's date-night in for Caleb and I || Self explanatory. We love staying in and since we're trying hard to keep paying down debt I'm going to be planning a fun themed night in for us!

Prep some posts for our photography biz blog || Which can be found through our website here! I'd love to recap some recent weddings we've photographed and also highlight some sessions/seniors/etc.! I definitely won't stop blogging here, but if there's anything wedding/photography related that you would like to hear about, please let me know!

Wake up earlier || I'd like to get a few workouts in throughout the month BEFORE work. I'd also just like to enjoy my mornings more and not feel so rushed. My Nanny used to always wake up a few hours before she'd need to be ready for her day; she'd make coffee, read the paper, and just relax. I've always envied that, but there's nothing stopping me but myself! So, time to make a change!

Schedule a photo session for Caleb and I || Recently, I was asked to find a photo of Caleb and I that was of "good quality" but not a wedding photo, and I basically had NONE. We have plenty of selfies, and well, that's about it. We're photographers who preach "hey, get your photos taken every year" and hardly make time for our OWN sessions - so this Spring we're changing that finally and I'm SO excited!!

Order a photo book || I've made this a goal PLENTY of times, and for some reason I never make it a priority. THAT HAS TO CHANGE! I was recently looking through some of my SIL's photo books and realized how I really need to do this asap!

Whoops. That ended up being a really long post! If you made it through that list of absolute randomness, I seriously applaud you. Reward yourself with a box of Girl Scout cookies ;) and have a great day, friends! It's almost the weekend!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Currently {February}

February is here! This seems crazy to me. I shouldn't be surprised, every month goes by as quick as the last and I'm starting to realize that's just life! Anne and her co-host Erin are back with another Currently link up so of course, I'm taking part!

Currently I'm...
Packing: on the muscle ;) well, trying to at least! I worked out 17 times total in January and I can feel my body getting stronger day by day, move by move. Sure, I had a few off days but that's just life, and I'm learning to give myself some grace here and there.

Jonesing: for some cookies. I don't normally crave cookies in particular but this Girl Scout season is killing me! So far I've refrained from buying any boxes, but there's nothing in the world like frozen thin mints!! Am I right?!

Texting: my sweet friend Olivia. She was our bride model for the styled shoot on Sunday and I can't stop sending her sneak peeks. I try not to do that TOO much, so the "wow factor" is still there when clients receive their full galleries but I MEAN HONESTLY, how can you NOT share images like this?! So much beauty. She and Sean are too stinkin' cute!

Reading: like three books at once. I've got to just stick to one and finish it! I'm also trying to get back in my regular groove of blog reading!

Hearting: my hunk of a husband. Seriously, there are so many things I could say about him but I'm just so thankful he continues to love and pursue me day in and day out. This will be our 8th valentines day together - WHAT!?!! I'm pretty excited this year because I called dibs on planning our evening and I'm planning a fun date-night-in for us! I can't wait!

I hope everyone has a great day - make it count! I'll be back tomorrow with my goals post, and to find out how I did on my January goals!