I was sitting at my desk thinking about what to blog.  I wanted to write about Thanksgiving and being grateful but for some reason I wanted it to be a little more than that.  I’m going to be taking the next few days off so I wanted to leave you guys with something good before the blog went quiet for a while.  As I was scrolling through Pinterest and trying to think of something spectacular…my phone buzzed.  My best friends and I have this group text that is pretty amazing and Stefanie had texted saying…Have a good day guys…with a picture of a mouse pad and a pencil.  Let me explain…

 

Stefanie texts us randomly telling us how fun it is to bounce her pencil eraser off of her mousepad.  And trust me I realize how weird this is.  But it’s even weirder that she uses a mousepad to begin with.  Or a pencil for that matter.  Hello it’s 2014.  So after I giggled a little I texted back asking what I should blog about.  Everyone immediately responded with Thanksgiving and when I explained I wanted to write about more than Thanksgiving…Sara responded with…Dinosaurs.  And after I collected myself from laughing hysterically I realized how grateful I am for these ladies.  For ridiculous texting that makes my day…every single day.  For the fact that distance hasn’t kept us apart and on days like today I feel like they are right next door.  So while I wanted to leave you with some profound post…I think being grateful is about as profound as it gets.

 

So today…on this Thanksgiving eve…I am grateful for…

 

  • Dinosaurs.
  • Best friends who still use mouse pad and can’t understand why that’s weird.
  • Group texting.  Because I don’t ever want to live life without these girls.
  • My hubby.  This is our first married Thanksgiving and there are few things that I am more thankful for than him.
  • My family.  The older I get the harder it is to be away and I am so excited to spend the next few days with them.
  • Stuffing.  It’s the one day of the year when I can eat as much as I want and not feel the slightest bit guilty.
  • Chestnut Praline at Starbucks.  This might be the best thing ever.  I’m obsessed.
  • Health.  The Truelocks have been through the ringer and I am just thankful to be healthy.
  • The future.  It’s looking very bright and I’m incredibly excited about it.
  • My little pug-man.  He drives me nuts sometimes but Goose is the best dog there is.
  • My corner.  All the friends in my life that constantly have my back and continue to push me down these crazy roads.  I love you all!
  • Hair.  There will never be a day I’m not grateful for the hair on my head.  Even if my roots are a little out of control at the moment.
  • Katharine.  This little girl is the light of my life and I miss her SOOO much it hurts.  Waiting until tomorrow morning feels like an eternity…
  • Enough.  Having enough.  Being enough.  Just knowing that I have everything I need and more.  Everything else is just icing on the cake.

 

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Gary had run out to get my coffee…because…well…it was my birthday.  And this was a huge deal because Gary HATES getting me Starbucks.  He thinks my order is so complicated but he obviously doesn’t know how complicated it could be.  I got in the car when he pulled up and as I sat down…he opened the visor and a card fell in my lap.  It said “Wife” on the front which instantly made me giddy.  I opened it up and read through the card.  Gary always picks out the best cards.  Inside was a piece of paper and when I opened it…I saw that is was a certificate for a cooking class.  And not just any cooking class…a “Trip to the Greek Islands” cooking class!  Which was so appropriate as Gary and I are planning a late honeymoon to Greece next year.  Not that we’ll be cooking while we are in Greece but whatever…it felt festive.

 

Every year our cooking class date night is our favorite date of the year.  It doesn’t sound like it would be nearly as much fun as it is but we always have an absolute blast.  It’s like all the fun parts of cooking without the mess or cleaning up or having to buy groceries.  Everything is just there for you and you just drink wine and do whatever the chef says.  It’s glorious.  And at the end you have a delicious feast that you actually cooked!  And I don’t know how we always get so lucky…but every year we get paired with really awesome people.  They have you cook in fours and and I am always very aware that it’s possible we’ll get paired with not cool people.  But this year especially…we had the best partners and had so much fun.  So here’s a little recap of our cooking class date night…and if you live in Chicago I highly recommend adding this to your to-do list!

 

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I realized when we got home that we didn’t take one picture of the food we cooked.  #epicfail  But it was delicious…I mean we MADE gyros!!! And doughnuts!! I think that means we’re master chefs.  :)

I’ve been trying to figure out how to put this day in to words and all I can seem to come up with is perfect.  Between the beautifully sunny day we got in November…which is so rare.  The amazing ceremony where choir voices filled a church so grand it was felt by everyone.  All the little details that came together effortlessly and so perfectly.  The love that was felt by every person there.  Because this day was meant to be.  This couple…was meant to be.  And there wasn’t a person there who wasn’t giddy with excitement over David and Meg starting their forever.  It’s a beautiful thing to watch so many family and friends come together and this day was no different.  David and Meg not only created a day that was so perfectly them…they created a life that is so obviously full of so much love.

 

David and Meg…thank you so much for making me such a special part of your day.  It was honestly perfect and I am beyond happy for you both!  I know your lives will be filled with so many great things and I am so grateful that I got to be there for the start of it.  Love you both!!!

 

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A HUGE thank you to Tami Paige for second shooting with me!  I couldn’t have done it without her!

And a GIANT thank you to all the vendor’s that made this day happen:

Venue: Cafe Brauer  |  Wedding Planner:  Katie McCarthy  |  Florist: Revel, Randy Ballesteros  |  Church: St. Michael’s  |  Caterer: Food Evolution  |  DJ: Mark Rankin  |  Dress: BHLDN  |  Pies: First Slice  |  Makeup: Maricris Calica  |  Hair: Jennee Miller

I’ve known I needed one for…well…longer than I care to admit.  My laptop has been on it’s last leg for some time now but I could never bring myself to bite the bullet.  Even though it was taking 12 seconds for every photo to load in Lightroom and everything would freeze every other click…I had convinced myself that I could still make it work.  I had tried several attempts to fix it that all failed and last week I hit my wits end.  My ‘to-edit‘ list had reached an all time high and I had several more shoots and weddings on the calendar.  I felt like I literally couldn’t edit fast enough to keep up with the photos that were still coming in.  It was around 5:00 and I was trying to write an email that was maybe four sentences long.  I would type a few words…freeze.  A few more words…freeze.  I just needed to send this quick email so I could get back to editing and this very short email took me over 24 minutes to write.  I know…ridiculous.

 

So I did it.  I put a shiny new computer in my Apple shopping cart and when Gary got home I made him hit the ‘buy now’ button.  I just couldn’t bring myself to do it.  I immediately freaked out about how I couldn’t afford it and I can’t believe I spent all that money…blah blah blah.  But when it arrived a few days ago…my whole life changed.  It kind of reminds me of the time I thought I didn’t like mustard.  I was positive I hated it and wouldn’t eat it on anything.  And then one day I accidentally tried some and my mind was blown!  Mustard was amazing!  And now all the foods that involved mustard were like new foods to me and I had to eat them all immediately.  I could NOT believe what I had been missing.  Same for my computer.  I had no idea what I was missing.  I did all my work from my laptop and thought it was just fine.  Until I got this baby.  The speed…the SIZE…the screen.  Amazing.  I literally edited faster than I ever have yesterday which I’m pretty sure makes me some kind of editing ninja.  Nonetheless…while this is a pretty random blog post…I just had to tell the world about my new life.  My new computer and I are going to spend the day doing really fast, pretty things….and whatever you are doing I hope it’s equally as exciting!  Happy Friday!!!

 

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  • Kim - November 21, 2014 - 10:20 am

    Ohhhh (in the highest octave I can sing) to the beautiful iMac! I’m in need of a new mac to speed up production as well. So I felt your pain! Happy dance for you as you can get your work done 3x faster! Happy Friday!!!ReplyCancel

It’s so interesting to me the things that change as I go along in my business.  I figure out things that work and things that don’t.  I get a little more organized…and in some ways a little less.  But one thing is always true…it’s constantly changing.   With one exception…it constantly blows my mind how completely awesome the couples I get to work with are.  I mean…I honestly want to be best friends with them all and sometimes it seems unfair that I get to call this work.

 

When I met Lauren and Mike it was on one of those freakishly warm days in October.  We even sat outside which if you know me you know that is basically my love language.  Lauren and I had chatted on the phone so I knew going in I was going to love her…but I wasn’t there five minutes and I totally fell in love with them.  Lauren and Mike are just flat out awesome.  The kind of people that you hang out with and you don’t want it to end.  And chatting with them felt like chatting with old friends.  We talked about how they met and sneaking wine into movies and Lauren’s affinity for postit notes.  There may have been some talk about simliarites between her and Amy in Gone Girl.  But hey…you can’t fault that girl for being organized!;) And when we met for their engagement session it just proved all over again how lucky I am to get to work with couples like Lauren and Mike.

 

So enough from me…meet Lauren and Mike.  I have no doubt you’ll love them as much as I do.  :)

 

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  • Kristy Herrell - November 19, 2014 - 5:22 pm

    Amazing pics! They turned out great. Love the fall colorsReplyCancel