She made her way up into the gazebo where he stood waiting.  You could feel the anticipation around them as he slowly turned to meet his future wife.  Their faces instantly lit up and within seconds tears welled up in his eyes.  And he gave her that look.  That look that says a million things and one thing all at the same time.  That look that says he has found his everything and today…she becomes his wife.

 

Eric and Courtney’s wedding was full of love and laughter.  Every person in that room relived their love story right along with them.  Laughter and tears all mixed together into one giant feeling of excitement that was undeniable.  As flower petals filled the air and they made their way up the aisle…there was no doubt that these two were right where they needed to be.

 

Eric and Courtney…everything about your day was just spectacular.  I have loved getting to know you guys and feel so grateful to have been a part of your special day.  Here’s to a lifetime of happiness.  Love you both!  xoxo

 

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An ENORMOUS thank you to my amazing second shooter, Tami Paige.

And a huge thanks to all the vendors that made this day happen:

Venue: Metropolis Ballroom  |  Florist: Town and Country Gardens  |  Caterer: Elegante  |  DJ: Toast and Jam  |  Cake: Gladstone Bakery  |  Videographer: Mike Staff Productions  |  Hair/Makeup: Angel Face Makeup

 

 

You’ve been sick.  And I’ve been sick.  We’ve both been going a million miles an hour and I admit…sometimes I forget to look up for the few seconds we do pass.  You’re up early and I’m working late.  And when we finally land in the same bed it’s been in a NyQuil fog that’s covering up the stress of the day ahead.  It’s weird how you can be inches from somebody and still miss them.  When I kissed you goodbye this morning my mind was on a million other things.  Admittedly…it’s been on a million other things a lot lately.  But as the door shut behind you and I made my way to the coffee maker, I had this rush of happiness come over me.  Life right now isn’t date nights and same side of the couch.  It’s not walks to Starbucks or making dinner together.  Honestly…life right now is barely getting the chance to ask how your day was.  But I think that’s what makes it great.  Because in the middle of this chaos there isn’t a second that passes that I’m not absolutely positive you have my back.  I know that even though I’m out late at meetings and you may be asleep when I get home…that I get to wake up next to you in the morning.  I know that when it all gets to be a little too much, you’ll be there to hold me up and make sure my glass of wine is always full.  Because you’re not just my husband…you’re the rock that makes all this possible.  That makes it worth it.  I have no idea when our next date night will be…but I know every single second of every single day that you’re in my corner.  That we’re in this together…no matter what.  And honestly babe…that’s all I’ll ever need.

 

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My brother didn’t have a lot of girlfriends growing up (or any) so when he brought Kasey over to meet to the family I, of course, ignored her and decided she was going to have to earn my affection.  Fast forward a few hours to us playing Photo Hunt at the Alley Cat and from that point on…she was my sister for life.  I say this all the time but I honestly don’t think if I would have created her from scratch I could have made a more perfect person for my brother.  I hit the sister-in-law lotto and when I think about our family before Kasey it just doesn’t seem complete.

 

I could tell you about how hilarious she is and how it’s so easy to sit and talk to her for hours.  About everything.  How she cares about things (like people and animals and family) so deeply that is makes you care even harder.  How she likes all the best shows and never turns down a white wine spritzer.  But since her post is about her life as a parent, I’m going to focus on that.  I know I may be biased, but Kasey is raising two of the best humans I know.  She is so patient with them and every single time I am around them I am of awe at how smart and funny and polite and just all around awesome they are (Ok…Emmy is just a baby but I have no doubt she will be all of those things one day).  She may not know this…but every little thing I watch her do I store away for when I have my own kids.  Because she’s the kind of mother I want to be.  If my kids are half as cool as hers I will be doing alright.  And on top of how she somewhat effortlessly juggles five thousand things at once while always looking pulled together…she’s never too busy for the people in her life.  In a nutshell…she’s one of the best people I know and it’s just icing on the cake that I get to call her family.

 

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KASEY WAKEFIELD

 

When Lauren asked me to write for her Woman Crush Wednesday (WCW) blog segment, she told me to describe what I am like in real life.  Since my life has mainly been consumed with children for the past 3 years I thought I would focus on what it’s like for me to be a parent, because that is really what consumes most of my time and thoughts these days.  I have had so many new experiences with my two daughters, Katharine (3) and Emmy (6mos.).  I have read more parenting blogs and books than I’d like to admit.  I know everything that you are “supposed” to do as a parent.  I also know that I fall short in many areas.  But today I wanted to give you a glimpse into my hectic life and share some of the joys and worries I have as a parent each day:

 

– Sometimes I let my kids watch too much TV just so I can have a little bit of quiet time. 

– I get distracted at work because I am worrying about things like if I packed my daughter’s ballet leotard and what day “show and tell” is.

– 60% of my time with my kids is spent trying to figure out if my 3 year old needs to use the bathroom.

– There are ALWAYS bottles to wash and laundry to do.  I feel like it will never end and I will never ever catch up.

– I worry that my sweet and easy baby Emmy isn’t getting enough attention, it’s hard being a 2nd child.

– I spend way too much money on matching outfits for my girls that I’m sure they will hate me for later.

– I feel terrible when I get upset with Katharine for whining too much, tough love doesn’t come easy.

– I pray every day for patience and fear that there is never enough to handle an infant, a toddler, and a husband.

– Snuggle time with my kiddos is my favorite.  I dread the day that they think they are too old or too cool for it.

– I worry daily that I am doing or not doing something that will totally screw my kids up for life….I guess time will tell.

– Some moments I want time to stand still so my kids will stay little forever.  Then Emmy spits up on me and Katharine pees her pants and the moment is gone.

– I feel like my mind is racing and I am always missing something.

– I fear I will never lose these last 15lbs of “baby weight” but I still eat that cookie.

 
My real life as a parent has truly been the most chaotic and awesome journey of my life.  The mix of emotion and exhaustion that I feel everyday can be overwhelming but also pretty incredible.  I am far from perfect but I am trying my best and enjoying the ride.  I am grateful for times like these where I can reflect on life as it is now.  I treasure this time when my life is busy and full and hope I am able to appreciate all of the imperfect moments along with the spectacular ones.

 

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  • Macy - August 26, 2015 - 10:08 am

    Kasey- you amaze me, love you!ReplyCancel

 

Let me tell you an quick story on my experience in childcare.  I grew up on a cul-de-sac with 10 houses on it.  As an early teen I was dying to babysit.  You know…playing with human baby dolls sounded like the best thing ever.  I made flyers and listed all my qualifications…which in retrospect were nothing.  Other kids at my school took safe sitter courses and I was listing things like “punctual” and “passionate about children.”  I’m not positive, but I think it’s impossible for any 14 year told to be passionate about children.  I would walk from mailbox to mailbox dispersing my flyers just waiting for the jobs to roll in.  I was ready to take the babysitting world by storm.  Days turned into weeks turned into my entire life…and no one called.  I never once babysat anything.

 

Fast forward to last week when I agreed to babysit my two perfect little nieces.  Now…I’ve watched Katharine multiple times.  She’s easy peasy.  But this was my first time with both of them…by myself.  For an entire evening.  So as any seasoned babysitter would do…I took them to the State Fair.  Seems like a good idea…right?  We had been parked for maybe 3 minutes and I was already melting down trying to get the double stroller unfolded.  I mean do they make these things for rocket scientists?!  All I kept thinking about was how you can’t leave kids in a hot car so after every 2 minutes of trying to get it to work, I would make sure they were both still breathing.  Finally it unfolded and we were set.  Now honestly…the rest of the night went great.  We rode rides and ate fried things.  We saw baby pigs and giant horses.  And had an all around blast.  A few minor meltdowns but who’s counting?  Bed time was a bit hectic…much like collapsing the double stroller.  But both children ended up asleep…fed…clean…and most importantly…alive.  However…Aunt Lala has officially pushed back parenting by at least 5 years.  😉

 

To all mothers and nannies and people who watch children alone…cheers to you.  You are a modern day superhero and have absolutely earned that glass of wine.  Or 20.  😉

 
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Hey guys!  Sorry it’s been a little quiet around here.  It’s that time of the year and I’ve been all over the place trying to squeeze in a little summer fun where I can (more on my babysitting and extreme tubing adventures later this week).  It finally turned into summer in Chicago which means it’s been a photo session explosion around here.  I’ve been spending lots of time with my favorite families soaking up all the little baby love I can.  Which includes the adorable Elise.  David and Mary are two of my favs and it was so fun getting to document this cutie.  Their little family is just the cutest.  But enough from me…I’ll let you see for yourself.  :)

 

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