It’s been a year and a few days since our major remodel started and look where we are now! It’s (luckily) easy to forget how stressed we were, starting this project when I was a little over 7 months pregnant. But it was all worth it. At least weekly Cody and I say out loud to each other how we can’t believe how well it turned out, and daily I see all of the light flooding in and am so happy that we decided to take the project on. (Swipe to see beginning stages of construction).
Would you have guessed that the real feel at this moment was practically 0 degrees??? Finishing up this gorgeous fall wedding this week and I’m having a lot of heart eye moments re-living every detail. 💕
This little man is almost exactly one month older than Cole, so watching him stomp around Lincoln Park was making me scarily aware of how our little babies go from 0-60 way quicker than we are prepared for. 😭
I’ve been spending a lot of time with sweet families like this and I couldn’t be happier. While there will never be anything quite like the experience of shooting weddings, spending time capturing families feels SO important to me... I’m sure it has nothing to do with the 10 month old who has currently given himself the role of “mama’s shadow”, who seems to be getting bigger with every sunrise. I feel a sort of desperation to capture families right now in the moment as they are, because that moment in time will be gone before we know it. 🧡
We’ve got the tree lit and the Christmas tunes playing. Don’t judge. Last year I waited until after Thanksgiving and at the end of the season remember thinking I wished i would have just given in and started embracing Christmas early November. Not mad about it at all. 🤶🏻🎄🎅🏼
I can be an overly ambitious grocery shopper, full of good intentions but not so great at the follow through. This leads to throwing out more food then i care to admit (it’s actually embarrassing). SO In an effort to have less food waste, I’ve been trying to get creative with the ingredients I’m using. I’m on day 3 of eating this soup (butternut squash curry soup from @minimalistbaker ). Each day I’ve added an extra ingredient to (in one case literally) spice it up. Today’s addition is pomegranate seeds (that I hadn’t opened yet but expire in a few days) to add even more crunch 💃🏻 #creativecooking #stopfoodwaste #bucktown #homemade #chicagolifestyle #inmykitchen #foodshouldtastegood
And just like that, everything is different in the best kind of way.
I wrote down my birth story and sent it off to @theeverymom four months ago. Today they published it and I cried because I will always cry (happy tears) thinking about the most insane time in our lives. Link is in my profile. 💕 #birthstory #mswarrior #lifewithms #chicagolifestyle #chicagogrammers #theeverymom #sharetheeverymom
Photographing families. Something I would have shrugged off a few years ago, but now nothing makes my heart happier. Especially when I get to photograph my friends. During my favorite season. 🍁🌾🍂
Does anyone else peel their bananas from the bottom? I saw this “hack” years ago and can’t go back. Also this is a current favorite combo. True story- I didn’t care for bananas before I got pregnant (except for banana bread, obviously). Then while I was pregnant I discovered banana sugar wafers and it was game over. Still loving the flavor (and that I get to eat my kids left overs 🙌🏼 with a side of this magical stuff).
I like the sunshine and warmth... but if I had to have one season all year long it would be fall. It’s not because of pumpkin spice lattes (still not actually sure I like them or if i just drink them for the sake of nostalgia) Its not because of Halloween (never actually been that much of a fan - maybe that will change now that I have a kid?). It’s because Fall reminds me of so many happy things. Fall tailgating in college, playing in the leaves as a kid, musicals in high school (#theaterkid), snuggling under a blanket in front of a fire, the smell of the change of season (there’s a smell to fall - if you live in the Midwest you know what I’m talking about), and the COLORS. Maybe it’s because I’m a visual person but I could drive around and look at fall colors every day and never get sick of it. I will always be that person who makes their kid take a picture in front of pretty trees 💛🌾🍂🍁🧡
Yes, the Wrigley Building is and always will be my favorite spot for bridal party photos. Why? SO MUCH ROOM FOR ACTIVITIES!!!!!!!!!!