A little over a month ago I posted my summer bucket list.  Somehow every summer seems to fly by and before I know it fall is here and I have forgotten to enjoy some of the best months of the year.  I made my bucket list to try to remind myself to get out and enjoy life…even when busy season is in full swing.  And last weekend that is exactly what I did.  I lived life and had one hell of a good time.

 

Sara…one of my very best friends…moved to Kentucky a few years ago.  It was so sad to see her leave but we all promised that the distance wouldn’t matter.  And we made good on that promise.  We talk every day and see each other as often as we can.  And we do whatever is necessary to stay in each other’s life…even though we are hundreds of miles apart.  When I posted my summer bucket list, Sara told me she could knock “go on a boat” off the list if I planned a trip down to see her.  The idea sounded amazing but I knew with my schedule that would be next to impossible.  Between weddings and Gary’s schedule and just life in general there would never be a weekend that worked.  But then miraculously I was going to be in Indy on a Friday with a completely open weekend following it and we made it happen.  The stars aligned and the Truelocks headed to Kentucky.  For what ended up being the perfect summer weekend.  We went to the lake and I wakeboarded (sort of).  I have the insanely sore muscles to prove it.  We grilled chicken burgers an laughed until our sides hurt.  And spent a weekend where busy schedules and to-do lists didn’t matter…because we were enjoying life with some of our favorite people.

 

Summer is far from over but it makes me so happy to know that when it is…I can honestly say I enjoyed it.

 

Go out on a boat

 

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Yes…that is Brandon taking a selfie while wakeboarding.

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Proof I at least stood up.  Even if it was for 10 seconds.  lol

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My attempt at not getting burnt that totally worked.

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My <3.

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Sara and Brandon…thanks for spending such an amazing weekend with us!!!  We love you guys soooooooooo much!!!!  Now…who’s ready for a white russian????

When Amy emailed me and told me her entire family was coming to Chicago for a celebratory anniversary trip and wanted to schedule a photo shoot, I was so excited.  I know how much having family photos has meant to me in the past, so I was so couldn’t wait to be able to give them that same happiness.  A few days before our session I got a phone call from Amy telling me that her son was planning to propose during our session and asked if I would be down with photographing it.  I’m pretty sure I jumped up and down and let out a squeal-like YES!!!!  We schemed and plotted and came up with a fool-proof plan.  I was so nervous going in because I didn’t want to mess up or give anything away.  And I was sure the sweat dripping down my forehead was going to be a dead giveaway.  But I held it together and went about our “normal” family session.  And shot by shot I fell more and more in love with this family.  So much so I kind of wished I was part of it.

 

When the time came for our plan to go into action…all the family gathered behind me and I put Jacob and Miriam into position for their “couple shots.”  Then I stepped back and let it unfold.  As if a proposal in front of the skyline wasn’t amazing enough…having all of their family there to witness and cheer when she said yes really made that moment one for the books.  Jacob and Miriam I am SOOOOOOOO happy for you guys.  And to the entire Arnold family…you guys are beyond awesome.  Let me know how I go about becoming an honorary Arnold.  ;)

 

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And then the proposal happens…

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Group hug!

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  • Abby Grace - July 24, 2014 - 10:48 am

    Welp, this is about the sweetest thing I’ve seen all week. What a thoughtful mom + son!ReplyCancel

  • Emilia Jane - July 25, 2014 - 9:48 am

    What an amazing proposal idea!!ReplyCancel

One of the things I love most about Gary is that he is always trying for more.  Always trying to be better.  If I tell him I really want to keep our room clean he honestly tries his best to put everything away.  Even though we both just want to throw everything on the floor.  And when he wasn’t happy with his career…he decided to go back to school at a point in his life when most people just would have settled for mediocrity.  He worked nights for 6 months because he knew those were the dues he had to pay to get to where he wanted to be in his career.  And any time something stands in the way of the next step he needs to take…he tackles it.  Head on.  It’s a part of him that I love so much and it makes me proud to call him my husband.

 

Last Monday started that next step.  That next thing he needed to tackle to achieve his goals.  Gary started taking a class in the evenings to get some certifications that I don’t fully understand but I know they will make him extra special in his field.  :)  When he told me about this I was so excited for him.  And once again so proud of him for doing whatever it took to get to the next step.  But Monday, when I was adding his class dates to the calendar, I realized just how time-consuming this next step was going to be.  It was every week night for basically the next 3 months all while he is still working a 40 hour week.  Which means Gary leaves the house between 6:30am and 7am and I don’t see him again until about 10pm.  And when I realized that would be our life for the next 3 months…it sort of knocked the wind out of me.  It just felt like as soon as we get into a good groove in life…something throws a wrench in it.  Like a normal life isn’t meant for us.

 

But this morning kind of jolted things into perspective for me.  I woke up with that feeling like it was later than it should be.  I knew Gary had to go in early and the sun was too bright to be that early.  When I realized he was gone I got a little mad.  Like how could he leave without saying goodbye when I only get to see him for an hour a day anyways.  But I rolled over and grabbed my phone to check the time and saw a text message from “husband.”  He said that he came to say goodbye but I was sleeping so peacefully that he couldn’t wake me up.  So he took care of Goose, shut the door and let me sleep.  My anger instantly melted away and I realized just how lucky I am.  Lucky to have a husband that always…no matter what…does what’s best for me even if I don’t know it.  That betters himself so that he can better our lives.  That loves me enough to do anything and everything to give me the life he wants for us.  And all the sudden that 3 months didn’t feel so daunting.  And that pit in my stomach turned into an incredible admiration for the man I get to call my husband.

 

So no…maybe our life isn’t normal.  And maybe it never will be.  But I’ll take this life with Gary any day…because it’s ours.  And I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.

 

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  • Christy Tyler - July 23, 2014 - 11:21 am

    He knew you needed rest more than a morning wake-up kiss from him. :) So sweet. Love you guys :) ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn Denelle Stevens - July 24, 2014 - 3:56 pm

    So so sweet!!ReplyCancel

When I met Maggie and Shaun over three years ago I knew there was something different about them.  I was just starting my business and I felt so lucky to find a couple that really believed in my vision and ultimately turned into really amazing friends.  They are both so artistic and creative and especially when it comes to photography…they just get it.  Their engagement session.  Their wedding.  They were both perfectly unique.  And when they asked me to photograph their new family for Khyle’s first birthday…I knew this would be no different.

 

We walked around Wicker Park and played in the grass.  We found little spots that were perfectly them and as I drove home that night…I felt so lucky to still be the one that gets to document their lives.  Maggie and Shaun (and Khyle!)…you know I love you guys!  Thanks for believing in me back then and for continuing to invite me into your lives.  You guys are two of my favs.  :)

 

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It’s always such a struggle when someone I love gets married…because I, of course, want to be the one to document their day.  I want to be there to make sure every single moment is captured.  I want to make sure every second is going according to plan and ultimately, I want to be able to give them the lifelong gift of having photos they love.  But what ends up happening…is I never go to weddings.  I mean sure…I go to them.  But I never experience them because I am behind the camera.  Which don’t get me wrong…I absolutely love.  But on Saturday when I got to be a wedding guest…I felt like a kid at Christmastime.  I wore unreasonable shoes and ate so many hors d’eouvres.  I drank wine during cocktail hour and mingled with all my family and friends.  I sat at a seat with my name on it (which I keep forgetting is Lauren Truelock now and I totally thought they forgot about me…lol) and danced until the DJ told us to go home.  And I had so. much. fun!  I wouldn’t trade my job for anything…but every once in a while I think hopping on the other side of the fence is just what the doctor ordered.

 

So here’s a little look at my amazing weekend as a wedding guest.  It’s just further proof that weddings really are the best…

 

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I’ve known these boys for decades.  Which makes me feel very, very old.

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Katharine loves to cheers.  And my mom loves to photobomb.

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I was going to write…The Wakefield ladies…but I’m not a Wakefield anymore.:(So we’ll just say…The Wakefield ladies plus the Truelock lady.

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My little princess.

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Congrats Kelly and Kevin!!!  It was an amazing weekend!!!!!!!!!