I’m going to be honest.  Memorial Day weekend in Indy is the best weekend of the year.  You think Christmas is exciting?!?!  Try being a Hoosier on the greatest weekend of the year.  I mean if this tells you anything…I, a wedding photographer, don’t work on Memorial Day weekend.  Usually the most popular weekend of the year.  Because it’s just that great I can’t miss it.  So needless to say this week has been NUTSO!  I made to-do lists by the day so I was sure I was on track to get myself to Friday.  Monday…edit, pay bills, work out, got to Walmart.  I had no idea moving here would mean I would spend so much time at Walmart.  Tuesday…edit, book flights, Costco.  You get the idea.  The beginning of the week seemed so promising…I was right on schedule.  But then between some unexpected obligations….things breaking around our house…and who knows what else I’m finally to Friday and I have more to do than can possibly fit in one day.  I mean my grocery list is two pages.  Real life people!  But nonetheless…today will happen one way or another and the best weekend ever will commence!

 

We have a house full of friends coming which makes me want to explode with happiness.  As soon as 5pm hits today it’s officially a holiday in the old Hoosier state and ‘this girl‘ is pumped.  Until then I will be running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off.  Literally.  It might be a Chardonooner kind of day.

 

Make sure you follow along with all the shenanigans on Instagram (@lwakephoto).  Hilarity will ensue.  See you Tuesday!!!!!!!

 

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During my last trip to Chicago I got to spend time with some of my very favorite wedding couples turned friends turned families (look out for a lot of cute photos coming in the next few weeks).  Which as you know is my new favorite thing.  It just gives me all the warm and fuzzies to see their lives grow and explode with so much happiness.  It never gets old.  So it’s safe to say getting together with Marissa and Jay and their ADORABLE son Everett…made my whole day.  I love getting to see this little guy grow up and of course…spending some time with two of my favs.  🙂

 

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I always measure the year by certain events.  New Year’s Eve.  Beginning of a new year.  Gary’s Birthday. Warm weather is coming!  My birthday.  FALL!  Our Anniversary.  Spring is here!  The beginning of wedding season.  The end of wedding season.  But in my head it’s race weekend that officially kicks off the summer.  It’s a little crazy to me that it is already here.  I swear it was just January.  But nonetheless I am so ready for hot days and that little burn of sun on your skin.  Lots of patio nights and sunshine.  So much sunshine.  But Memorial day creeping up on me made me realize that so much life stuff has happened over the last few months that it was time to take a little trip down memory lane.  Life is flying by so this is my attempt at slowing it down and savoring all the little moments along the way.

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Packing up our life in Chicago.  I have a lot of mugs.  |  Gary retires from the military and I am one proud wifey!!  |  Driving towards our new Indy life with a car full of who knows what.

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Dad schooling Gary on the art of the Green Egg.  |  Living in Indy = all the niece time I can handle.  |  Goose adjusting nicely.

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Aunts will be aunts.  |  A special spanish birthday serenade for a very special birthday girl.  |  Children’s museum fun.

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Goose so excited about his visit to the puppy salon.  |  Cutting my hair…deep breaths.  |  Six inches gone.

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Easter brunch while house sitting for my brother and sis-in-law.  |  I made a strata!  |  And then we walked 500 miles to get ice cream.

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More Katharine selfies.  Can’t stop won’t stop.  |  Back to Chicago I go.  |  In a blizzard.

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Erin and I babysat the Tyler twins and of course fell madly in love.

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Then took care of a little Healing Heels business.  |  Healing Heels had a pop up shop at Dancing with Chicago Celebrities which was so much fun.  |  On the road again.  Real excited about it.

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Back to Indy.  Houseless.  Personal space-less.  Wine glass labeled accordingly.  |  My master chef skills.  |  Ice cream date with my boo.

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We went to Nashville for Gary’s birthday and got our first housewarming gift!  The cutest basket ever!  |  Then we honkey-tonked our way around Nashville with two of our favs!  |  Home cooking.  Mmmm, mmm good.

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WE BOUGHT A HOUSE!!!!!!  Officially official.  |  Then we had a dance party.  |  And popped some bubbly.

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Our first brunch excursion in our new hood.  |  Painting…so much painting.  |  The finished product.

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Back to Chicago for one last hoorah.  |  Angry crab with the besties.  |  We blindfolded Stefanie and surprised her.  She really likes crab.

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Babysitter extraordinaire.

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Sometimes I have help.  |  Celebrating our 2nd wedding anniversary.  Such a great night.  |  Making our house feel a little more homey.

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My diy bulletin board creation.  |  The first thing we hung up in our house…which made me all kinds of excited.  |  This may look like a simple spice rack but this was the most complicated thing to hang up and I still feel proud every time I open the pantry door.

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Feeding my Gilmore Girls obsession.  |  Space for a car!  Such a big deal.  |  Decorating…little by little.

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Another amazing housewarming gift.  |  Our old couch didn’t fit in our new living room so we sold it…before we had bought a new one.  Not an ideal situation.  |  Goose loving our patio nights.

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Patio nights.

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We went to an event at the Indy Speedway called Rev.  It was so much fun I can’t even tell you.  We got to ride around the track and eat lots of yummy food and it was just so much fun.

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More Rev.

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Emmy testing out her swing at Mimi and Cap’s.  |  New throw pillows!!

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Our official welcome to Indy party.  Popping some Napa bubbly!

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Baaaaack to Chicago for some more baby snuggles and a beautiful kick off to my wedding season.  |  And I said one final goodbye to the place I called home for 9 years.  🙁

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A long, busy weekend working means a nice, big glass of Chardonnay when I get home.  |  Broccoli cheers.  |  Found this gem.  I mean…can I get an amen!

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Look closely.  A coffee invader…aka the day I decided we had to move.  |  We got a couch!  And other living room things.  |  Figuring out all the good running spots.

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FINALLY hung up my favorite shelves.  |  What every night around here looks like.  |  Be still my heart.  My protege in the making.

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This little mishap turned into such a headache.  FYI…if your key ever breaks off don’t stick it in the ignition and try to start your car.  It will get stuck.  |  A little gym photo fun.  |  My and my Em’s.

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Sid visiting for the weekend!  We love friends!  |  Katharine turning 17.  I can’t handle it  |  Taco party fun.  Ahi poke tacos are where it’s at.

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Sunday Funday!  |  Family 3k on the canal.  Indy sure did put on her pretty face last weekend.  |  Enjoying a little me time after a long day.

 

 

Do you ever have one of those moments where you have a day or evening or hour of free time and you feel like you are forgetting something incredibly important.  That’s me just about all the time these days.  Like…wait a minute…I have nothing to do in this particular minute…what am I forgetting?  Between running two businesses and wedding season in full force…there are a lot of balls flying around in the air.  So for my sanity I thought a little Friday update was in store (full disclosure: I had to double check that is was actually, in fact, Friday).  All the things that are going on around here that are hopefully super exciting for you!  And if I am supposed to be doing something else right now…I fully admit I have forgot.

 

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$100 off Indy sessions in May!

It’s not too late to schedule your May session with a killer discount!  There are still a few slots left!  If you live in Indy and want to get in front of my camera, shoot me an email and let’s make it happen.  The weather is FINALLY beautiful and I want every excuse possible to get out and enjoy it.

 

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Chicago Beginner Class

Registration is open for my Chicago Beginner Class!  This is a great chance to learn how to use that fancy camera you bought and take photos that you can really be proud of!  It will be a fun day of knowledge, shooting…and probably a little wine.  😉

 

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Indy Beginner Class

Save the date!  I will be hosting an Indy Beginner Class on July 17th.  Lots of fun will be had…I promise.  🙂

 

Healing Heels

There is some fun stuff on the horizon for us.  Some big changes and fun events….and we can’t wait!  We are looking for volunteers in Chicago on June 4th to help be a part of our Avon walk cheer squad.  We’ll be decking ourselves out in blue…rocking our Healing Heels and cheering on our Sole Sisters as they walk those grueling 39 miles.  If you are interested in helping out shoot us an email at info@healing-heels.com.  It will be a blast…I promise.

 

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Also…our newest style, The Janet, is on sale!  I know I’m partial but they are sooooooo pretty!  And for every shoe you buy…we give a pair to a woman fighting cancer.  Shoe shopping never felt so good.

 

We’re going to be releasing some new t-shirts and tote bags this summer that YOU get to design.  Follow along on social media (Instagram : @healingheels | Facebook) for all the details!

 

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If FOMO had a mascot….it would be me.  I am very guilty of running myself into the ground so I don’t miss anything.  I want to be at every party and see every person and go to every event and say yes to anything that is asked of me.  I stay up the latest just in case there is any fun I might miss.  I spread myself as thin and I’ll go to be able to be a part of everything I possibly can.  One time…I woke up super early to drive to Chicago for a Healing Heels event.  Worked the event.  Then proceeded to stay up until 5am enjoying myself with some old friends.  I woke up too early for a 5am bedtime…crammed some brunch in my belly and drove back to Indy for a party at my brother’s.  More old friends were visiting so I couldn’t miss it.  Stayed up until 2am at which point I literally couldn’t be a human anymore.  My point being…I don’t want to miss anything.

 

During one of my many hours on the road that have been happening lately, I started thinking about why I am this way.  Why do I want every second to be so epic?  Surely there is something to say for an early bedtime and a mundane day.  But here’s the truth…after the whole cancer thing…I sort of got a new perspective.  Now I’m not trying to be all deep and say I realized every second is precious because we don’t know how many we have left…but it gave me this outlook on life that I don’t want to waste it.  A Tuesday night could be a boring Tuesday night or it could be a chance to stay up late and binge on Netflix and have one too many glasses of wine.  I could go to bed early and probably be so rested and full of energy the next day or I could stay up until 4am with my best friend and plan the most epic trip ever to see the Northern Lights.  And actually do it.  I just have this insane need to make every day as big and as full as I possibly can.  I realize this basically sounds like I just don’t sleep but what it really boils down to is the need to make life memorable.  To look back and say…man, that was fun.  

 

You have one life so why not make it epic.  Show up.  Go the extra mile.  Do all the things you want to do because you only get one shot at it.  One long, beautiful, adventurous, fun, exhausting, incredible shot.  Make it count.

 

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