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July 9th. It was a perfectly sunny, summer day in Indiana. We spent the day eating, lounging by the pool, talking and laughing, watching the kiddos play water games, and then ended the day with a fireworks show. To many, July 9th is just another summer day – but to us, it’s the day our family celebrates a great woman. And this year, it was extra special. My Great Aunt Jean just celebrated 100 years of living.

Now, I know that we had only been in Maryland 5 weeks, but this is one of those family events you just can’t miss. And to make it even better, we didn’t tell Aunt Jean and surprised her! So we made a long-weekend trip back to Indy to share in such a special day. It was so great to spend time with family, and Aunt Jean came up to me multiple times throughout the day to tell me just how happy she was that we came all the way back just for her. And that right there made the 10 hour drive with 3 kids (5-yrs and under, no less) worth it.:)

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  • Aunt Janet HopewellJuly 31, 2017 - 10:06 am

    Katie and Brandon, beautiful job capturing Auntie Jean’s very special day, but most of all it wouldn’t have been the same great celebration without you!❤️ReplyCancel

  • Susan & Keaney SloopAugust 2, 2017 - 9:54 pm

    Great pics of a wonderful celebration for Aunt Jean! Your kids are so cute! It is always good to have a great day with family around the pool! Susan & KeaneyReplyCancel

Sooooo, I was in Indy a couple of weeks ago – not many people knew. We made a surprise trip back into town for my Great Aunt’s 100th birthday party (I’ll be sure to post some pics in an upcoming blog post), and while in town I stopped by Lacey & Tyler’s house to meet Baby Jetsen, as he was just 4 weeks old. And I can’t forget to mention their sweet pup, Cora, who loved to be in on the action. It was adorable.:)

I’m so glad we had the chance to get together – it was great to catch up with this fun couple, and to be honest, it felt great to be shooting again! I MISS IT. We’ve put a bit of a hold on shooting with the move and such…and now I just need to figure out how to market myself in Maryland…meh, next week’s project. 😉

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I’m fiiiiinally getting around to blogging this fun senior session I had with Emily before leaving Indianapolis. She is a remarkable young woman and has so much going for her. Emily is determined, self-driven, wise beyond her years, and just a joy to be around. She plans to study history at Manchester University in northern Indiana later this fall.

It was such a great evening spent wandering around the IMA’s grounds – except for the pesky mosquitos. Those guys are just the worst. 😉 Emily, I wish you all the best over this next year – you’re gonna do awesome things.:)

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We’re 4 weeks in and surviving. That’s all you can ask for, right?! Ha! Honestly, we’re doing well. It’s taken a bit to get settled (will the boxes ever be fully unpacked?!) but we’re slowly making this rental house a bit more like home.

The first couple of weeks here were rough. Just being honest. We definitely felt like Maryland was rejecting us…(maybe it is?!)

When we arrived, we assumed the utilities would just be transferred into our names, but come to find out, they had completely turned the gas off and we couldn’t get someone out to turn it back on for another 5 days. Sooo, that meant no hot water. Luckily, our friends nearby had us over for dinner and hot showers (ha!) that next evening so we could feel a bit better after the stressful move.

Then the next morning, Brandon woke up with an eye swollen shut, so he had to go to the Minute Clinic nearby to see what happened. He has recurring eye issues (mainly styes), but this was a whole different level. Turns out it is was blepharitis (probably due to stress and getting dust/dirt in his eye while moving). The nurse practitioner gave him an ointment to help out, but the swelling lasted for a few more days after that. Oh, and did I mention that the very next day was his first day of work at his brand new job with VIVA? Soooo, he showed up with a swollen eye and wearing his glasses. But he showed up and still managed to work well and fit in with his coworkers right off the bat – so that’s a win!

Within 3 days of our arrival, we ALL got some sort of stomach bug. Charlie had the worst of it – she couldn’t keep anything down for about 36 hours. The rest of us were queasy with no appetite for a couple of days – not to mention other bathroom issues. And this all happened while we still didn’t have hot water. So to attempt to wash the kids, I had to boil water on the electric stove and rag-wash them. Not the easiest thing to do. Once the gas man finally came out to turn on the gas that Wednesday, he discovered that the hot water heater needed repaired before we could use it. Seriously!? So, I promptly called our landlord as we needed hot water, like, yesterday. HA! She said her plumber was unavailable that day, but gave me the go-ahead to call another plumber to get it fixed that day. After calling 5 different plumbers in the area, I was able to secure someone to come out that afternoon. You better believe I took the longest and hottest shower that evening. It was amazing.

So after a really rough first week, we made the most of our second/third weeks by finally cleaning and unpacking the house! Also, Brandon was able to attend a Washington Nationals baseball game (in a suite!) with his VIVA team as they finished a project for them. And he was asked to help produce a video shoot in Albany, NY that week for Audi, so he’s getting exposed to all sorts of things right off the bat, not to mention some cool business perks and connections!

This past week, we got Oscar all signed up for kindergarten and were able to tour the school. He seems excited about going – about every other day he asks when he’ll get to go there with all the other kids. Charlie is sad that she won’t get to go to school with him, but I think she’ll be a good helper with Benjamin once Oscar heads out to school during the week. School here doesn’t start until after Labor Day, so we’re excited to make the most of this summer, doing and seeing as much as we can.

Benjamin finally cut those bottom two teeth over the last week. So he’s been WAY grouchy. Like, baby-turned-Devil grouchy. (Don’t let the photos below of his smiling face fool you…) And he’s fully crawling now and pulling himself up on things. He’s definitely learning a lot really quickly (yay!) – but that just means he hasn’t been sleeping really well (boo!) Hopefully we’ll get back to our regular sleep schedule soon, I’m not sure my coffee consumption is at a safe level these days.

We have done a few fun things over the past couple of weeks. We visited the National Zoo. The kiddos had their first ride on the metro, which they thought was really cool. We’ve been to a couple of nice parks in the area. We had Brandon’s parents out for a weekend visit. We’ve had some nearby friends come over to visit. (Which I’ll openly admit has made life much, MUCH easier being able to see those friendly faces!)

All in all, we’ve had some ups and downs, but who doesn’t? We’ve definitely had some “learning experiences”, that’s for sure. We’re trying to stay positive…it’s not always easy. But we’re thankful for awesome family and friends, and the technology that keeps us connected. And if all else fails, I just sing that song from “Trolls” (anyone else have kiddos that are obsessed with that movie?!)

“If something goes a little wrong
Well you can go ahead and bring it on
‘Cause if you knock knock me over, I will get back up again.”

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  • LeahJuly 6, 2017 - 11:28 am

    Bless your hearts!! Praying the worst is behind you and it’s smooth sailing from here!! Hugs! Love those precious faces!ReplyCancel

    • BungalowJuly 17, 2017 - 8:37 am

      Thank you so much, Leah! :)ReplyCancel

  • Sharon FullerJuly 6, 2017 - 10:57 pm

    Your kids are just beautiful!
    Glad you have gotten the first month in. It should be a piece of cake from here on.ReplyCancel

    • BungalowJuly 17, 2017 - 8:38 am

      Thank you, Sharon! Hope you are doing well!ReplyCancel

Before leaving town, I made sure I had time to capture this amazing family. Whitney & Adam and their 3 little sweeties had me over to their home in Greenwood a few weeks back, and we had a great time catching up, drinking coffee, and playing trains.:)You may remember Whitney & Adam’s story – how a little over one year ago, Adam was diagnosed with incurable brain cancer. And now, being one year out from brain surgery while he was awake(!), his scans are stable showing no signs of progression. Incredible news!

Their world has been turned upside down, and yet they persevere with smiles on their faces. Whitney & Adam are incredible examples of strength and love to their 3 boys, who are just some of the sweetest I’ve ever met. Isaac, who will be starting kindergarten in the fall, is a budding photographer himself. He followed me around “taking photos” with his own toy phone stating he got a keeper (multiple times). Noah is an avid lover of trains and still has that goofy and sweet nature about him – I hope that never changes. And Gideon is really coming into his own – but let’s face it, he is, by far, Adam’s mini-me.:)

Adam & Whitney continue to share their story – Adam has been doing some public speaking about his journey, and they both share their thoughts and reflections in their blogs (his and hers). If you are able, please consider giving to this sweet family to help support them through this time in their lives.

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