My kids drive me, they push me to become a better person, a better mother, a better listener. They also push my buttons and make me wonder if I am even cut out for this role of motherhood. But they are each incredible beings with strengths and weaknesses all their own. Getting to watch them grow and develop their own interests and talents is an honor and a joy.
Being a mother is both the hardest and greatest thing I have ever done.
Photo by Hannah Brooks Photography
I grew up with cats and never thought I would in a million years have a dog, but now Fiona is my baby and I don't even know how I ever functioned without her!!! She is the fluffiest, sweetest little pup I ever did see and she made our family complete. If you are a dog person, I finally understand you and would love to get your furry little one in some photos with you during your engagement session or maybe even your wedding!
"Fiona is my baby and I don't know how I ever functioned without her"
I may not live in Chicago or even technically in a suburb, but I do consider myself a city girl. Some of my favorite family weekend getaways as a kid were spent downtown Chicago. Staying in a boutique hotel, shopping up and down Michigan Avenue, hanging out at Navy Pier, and hitting up the Taste of Chicago. We always had a great time and now I love to take my own kids downtown to explore the Windy City.
"Some of my favorite family weekend getaways as a kid were spent downtown Chicago"
Any chance I get to explore a new city is an opportunity to learn a little more about other cultures - and myself. To me, each city has its own personality - from the hip and lively NYC to the laid-back and friendly Nashville, to active and cheerful San Francisco. Each city brings out a different side of the human personality and spirit.
"Travel is the best way to learn about yourself"
Every summer for the past few years we have taken a trip up to Lake Michigan at the Indiana Dunes to get away for a weekend and stick our toes in the sand. There's this little diner we stumbled upon when we got lost our first visit there and they have the best BBQ we've found in the north. If you ever head up there shoot me a message and I'll get you the restaurant info.
"Sun on your face, sand on your toes"
My BFF and I celebrated 30 years of friendship this year. (We met when we were 5, so I'll let you do the math on our age ;) ) Our friendship is so special to both of us that we decided to do a big trip to celebrate. Neither of us had been to San Fransisco before so we headed out west to visit the City by the Bay (and see the Full House house, duh). It was an AMAZING adventure together and I wouldn't have traded it for the world!!
"When you're lost out there and you're all alone, a light is waiting to carry you home"
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