Photographing a Wedding & A Thank You to My Body

Hi! I wanted to take a quick break from Tubie Pad Features this week to share about a really cool thing my body helped me do a couple weekends ago! I got to photograph a wedding!Thompson Wedding-Paul8701Web

My friend Paul, who was my teammate in capturing this wedding, was really kind and took some shots of me (or shots I was accidentally in, ha!) so I thought I’d share those throughout this post, along with some of the photos I captured from the wedding day at the end!Thompson Wedding-Paul9534Web

If you know much about weddings, you know they’re pretty stressful. Add in being the photographer of a wedding, I’ll just be honest and say the stress is very high. Being all places at once, making sure to get all of the very important moments (which is honestly all of them, ha!) and just the general stress on your body to run around for an entire day, it’s a lot! Continue reading “Photographing a Wedding & A Thank You to My Body”

My 15 Reasons to go to the Oley Conference

Are you familiar with the Oley Foundation?  If not, and you rely on nutrition support in any way, they’re a great organization to get to know. I love the way they state who they are on their website, “…the Oley Foundation is a national, independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that strives to enrich the lives of patients dependent on home intravenous nutrition (parenteral) and tube feeding (enteral) through education, advocacy, and networking.”  Learn more about Oley here.

They put on several conferences throughout the year, but their big annual one is the hot topic for discussion today.  While I’ve only been to one conference in 2016, it was absolutely life changing and I cannot wait for this summer’s conference in Memphis, Tennessee.  Here are my top fifteen reasons you should go to the Oley Annual Conference this June.
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Our Wedding Day!

Ding ding ding!  Wedding day picture and story time!

I have so been looking forward to writing this.  Any reason to go through the photos and flip through the memories in my head from this day is a good enough reason for me!

I left you all last week with our hospital engagement story.  As you might have assumed, there was a lot of planning that happened between then and our wedding day later that October.  But I’m just so excited to share about the actual day, that I’m skipping all of that for now!

The day started with us getting ready with our sweet friends.  Anthony and his friends got ready in a cabin that was on the lake we got married at.  While I got ready at the venue!  Anthony decided it would be silly to have the photographer with him because he was, “only going to take five minutes!”

Here are some shots of us getting ready that morning.  Just try your best to imagine the best mix of TLC, Shania Twain, and T-Pain songs playing in the background!

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I made these “Team” shirts for us to wear!
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I really took the “something blue” and ran with it. My shoes and petticoat were blue as well.

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Good ol’ Sacramento

Hey you guys!  Anthony and I were invited to go out to Sacramento to attend a focus group and a half day seminar, we had such a fabulous time!  I’m so excited to share our experience here with you today!

The time we spent getting there and getting home held some of the most intense action (not in a great way, ha!) so I’ll start with a (now) funny tale from our journey out there!

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So on our way out on Thursday, we were going to be on a small plane on the first leg of our flight.  You know how that goes, right?  They always call out that they’ll, “check your bag at no charge to get to your final destination.”  I always jump at this opportunity, because I HATE having to tote my bag around.  So we went ahead and took them up to the desk.  The gal asked quickly, ‘any blah, blah, lithium batteries, blah, blahs in either of these?’  My blah’s are not used in a mocking notion, just to emphasize the size of the list!

I ran through my bag in my brain, and didn’t believe I had any guns or any of the other items, so off they went!

Well surprise, this was the first time I’d traveled with my camera.  On the plane while we were in the air, I leaned over to Anthony and asked, “Um babe, are camera batteries lithium batteries?” Continue reading “Good ol’ Sacramento”

My Story Part Eighteen: The one where I get my life changing G-tube

Hi everyone!  This is the last post of this “My Story” series.  Thank you all for your support in my telling of this story, it means the world to me.  I know it’s hard with this being a chronological story and a blog posting it backwards.  But I’ve made a list of links on this page and this page that will help guide you through them in the correct order!

I am so excited to get to this part of the story!  This is where things finally start to look up and it makes me so happy.

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This obviously isn’t me in the hospital! Just me being happy! (Wouldn’t it be amazing if hospitals were as cute as this place though?!)

Just a recap, I’m still hanging out in the hospital from the same visit as the end of Part 17!

After being in and out of the hospital and getting tube after tube shoved down my nose to drain my stomach, we all knew something had to give.  One morning, my doctor came in and asked what I thought about having a draining G-tube placed.  She knew that had been the initial plan at Mayo Clinic and that it didn’t end up working out due to my anatomy, but she was thinking about asking a surgeon if he would be so kind to place it for me. Continue reading “My Story Part Eighteen: The one where I get my life changing G-tube”