Janine & Brian

I absolutely loved my last bride and groom. Loved them.

Let me introduce the rest of you to them:

Janine: She is just a ball of energy. She is has this amazing, huge smile. She laughs loud, loves hard and is just plain excited about life.

Brian: He isn't shy or quiet, but is more laid back. He is peaceful and very kind. He is so gentle with Janine and often I would watch them together - she would be talking, and laughing, and moving all around, and he would stand there, smiling, just watching her.

They were just so sweet!
(and the story of how they met! jeez, seriously like a movie! I'll have to post that soon)


Farewell :D

*EDIT* I was tagged by Sarah to do an "8 things" post. I posted on the Staying at Sarah's blog, if you feel like checking it out :D *

I am leaving for Chicago once again. I shall return, in 17 days, a much better photographer and business person (we hope...).

To all of my clients who are patiently waiting for pictures - thank you!
I so appreciate your understanding as I am working through this very abnormal summer!

And, I thought I would share a little story:

Since I was not at home for my birthday, my family had my birthday dinner tonight.
Mom made my favorite dinner, the Ladies set the table, Shannon prayed (she was very concerned about safety tonight.... "Please keep Kristen safe. I hope she is safe. Help whoever drives her be safe. Thank you for keeping us safe. Amen.")
Then we began the Alphabet game tradition.
I'm not entirely sure when this tradition began, but it feels like a really, really long time ago.
Basically you go around the table, starting with Dad, saying something you like, appreciate or remember about the birthday child.
Dad starts with "A", the person next to him does "B", etc, etc

So, here are some of my "honorings" (This is pretty much why I just adore my family)

Dad: "Always cheerful"
Shannon: "oBeys."
Mom: "Your word is Beys, Shannon? That does not make sense"
(we laugh)
Mom: "hmmm. C...? Cheerful always. No I'm kidding."
Kevin: "Oh! I know one for C! Do 'Christful'!"
Dude: "That is not a word, stupid."

Katie: "Hahahahah! Yes! I am F! I know what my word is. Fat! But, it's your birthday, so I will say funny, instead"

Kevin: "I can't think of anything for H. Wait, I know, I know. Grateful."
Mom: *rolls eyes*
Kevin: "Hold on. H. HOLY!"
Me: "That doesn't...."
Mom: "Only God is holy. Say happy or something."
Kevin: "oh. Happy."

Dad (on Q): "Quick to judge. Juuust kidding. uuuh, Quiet and gentle spirit."
Me: "Wow. Thanks Dad."
Dad: "I take that back. Quick to judge. I'm keeping that one."

Kevin: "X is too hard."
Mom: "eXciting, or eXtra special."
Kevin (whispers to me): "But you aren't."
Dad: "Xylophone!"
Katie: "foXy!"
Kevin: "Fine. eXtra eXciting, kind of."

I love 'em!

Two wedding posts are coming up, and make sure you see Gage's post below!


They are coming! I promise!

Don't lose hope in me! I have some amazing, amazing pictures to show you :D


For those who want to know....

So, I made a little blog to update all my friends about to stay in Chicago.
Feel free to follow along right here :D


I have some bad news.

I have a new best friend. Sorry old best friends; you have been replaced.
My friend's name is Olivia (also affectionately known as "Oli" "O's" and "Livi")
She is Sarah's little sister
(By the way, Sarah has a good re-cap on her blog of what we have done so far...)
I baby-sat her while the rest of the Barlow's were out.
We read books, played duck-duck-goose-capture (?) and did a photoshoot, of course!
We have a Panera date planned soon. Should be awesome.
From the moment I arrived she has been my little shadow - helping me in ANY way she can. She is a joyful servant!I love you Little Miss!(ps. Isn't she a cutie?)

(pps. DudeMan - Happy Happy Happy 8th Birthday! I will never forget the day you were born. You are more precious to me than you will ever know and I am so sad I am not there for your birthday. I love you!)


Reeeturn to me...

Hi everyone!

I am gone :D

Chicago is my home for the month!