Friday, December 7, 2012

Dear Friday!! (it's been a while!)

Happy Friday everyone! I cann't believe it's been two weeks since my last post!! My only excuse is that with the transition into a new job, my normal routines and days have been thrown off, but I'm once again beginning to settle back into normalcy...so in keeping with the "usual" Friday routine, here's my letters!
 
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 Dear Friday, so far you have been a great day! I got in my early morning workout, the hubs won tickets on the radio AND was on the radio (so cool!), I grabbed a Starbucks before work, AND the winter banquet (our office Christmas party!) is tonight! Dear new job, you are such a blessing and I like to call you an early Christmas gift! The people I work with are super friendly and inclusive and I LOVE everything that I am learning! Everyday in this office is different and I find that fascinating! Dear Macy, I'm glad you are a fan of our Christmas tree (and it's ornaments), I just wish you would leave the tree skirt alone. I get it's fun like helping me make the bed, but dive bombing it everytime I fix it, is starting to get...old. Good thing you're so cute!! Dear friends, I'm sorry if any of you have felt neglected this past two weeks...I'm so off my normal routine with the new job that it's taken me time to get back into the swing of things, but I promise, I'll resume normalcy soon!! Dear family, I miss y'all like crazy! The thought of not spending Christmas with you is still utterly devastating to me, despite much prayer and effort...I guess new fazes of life come with their own challenges...Dear mom, I'm beyond thrilled that AFTER Christmas I WILL be seeing you!! Dear husband, thank you for your constant patience with me in every area of our life, especially with me during this upcoming Christmas season. I know I haven't been easy, much less kind...you're so patient and I'm so blessed that you're mine! I also can't wait for our "date" tonight and for you to meet all my sweet co-workers! Dear blog, you will be getting some good attention real soon!!
 
That's it for now, dear readers! Now, in the name of playing catch-up, here's some pictures from this past week!!
 

All ready for work! Cute outfit that day! Dress, ankle boots, and blazer!



A float from the Christmas parade last weekend! (even though it was 70 degrees...boo Texas.)


Advisor Symposium! I felt so official with a name paper!


Our precious Christmas tree! It's on the smaller size (about 6 ft.) but adorable!

 
 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Time for a New Adventure!

First of all, I cannot believe it's been over a week since my last post! Last week I kept putting off writing, then Thanksgiving rolled around, then Black Friday, then the weekend, then Monday, and now well, here we are!
 
While I'd like to post about Thanksgiving and this past weekend, most of my pictures are still on my camera so that post may come later today! For now I'll say, we had a fabulous Thanksgiving, saw A LOT of family (on both sides), ate wonderful food, and got A LOT of Christmas shopping done! (I think the bug to shop just bit me and now as we enter December almost ALL of it is done! Praise God!)
 
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Now onto what I really want to share today...
 
Today is a special day because it's my last day at my current job. It feels like one of those school days right before a holiday where your mind is everywhere but where you are and you're just itching to be done. Today I broought in brownies for everyone in the office and even tins of cookies for some of the girls I've really connected with over the last 6 months.
 
 Leaving this job is a good thing because tomorrow I embark on a new job! It's not just any job either, it's a job that truly marks the beginning of a career and more than that, it's a job that I truly believe God has put on my heart! Now that's an AMAZING feeling!
 
To back track a little...I graduated with my Bachelor's of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (Eduction) this past summer. My intended goal (and maybe later down the road) was to pursue a career in speech pathology starting with applying to grad school next year. When I graduated, I figured I would stay at my job (doing office work) for the next few years while in grad school. Well, a few months ago I felt like God began to put the idea of advising on my heart. It was something I had never really thought about before, but the more I thought about it, the more I loved it. Here I had a degree in education and I could actually be doing something that makes a difference! After applying for maybe 30 advising positions, God totally opened the right doors for the right position for me!
 
I truly have to attribute this new position solely to God because the process of applying, interviewing, 2nd interviews, phone interviews, etc is overwhelming. I mean hundreds of people apply and the odds are definitely not in your favor (thank you Hunger Games!). I had family and friends praying hard for me because they knew that I wanted this position to help students, offer hope and guidance, be an encourager, and because I've been there I can completely relate! I am so excited for tomorrow because I am part of an advising team with extremely welcoming women who share my heart for this job!
 
It seems so rare nowadays to be given the chance to do something you enjoy or have a heart for and I'm not taken one ounce of this opportunity for granted! God was so good to share this chance with me and I'm excited to see what the future holds!
 
All I can say over and over since I was offered the position is GOD IS SO GOOD!! and it is so TRUE!
 
Thanks for sharing in my joy!
 
I leave you with a pic of my fav little girl helping me unpack this past weekend!
 
 
 
 
 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

It's OK!

It's Thursday!!! This has been such a fantastic week for me, full of blessings! I'll be sharing more on that in a later post, but for now, let's get to work! Linking up with Amber & Neely! Here's what I'm OK with this week!
 
 
It's OK...
 
-that I've worn the same (super cute) brown riding boots to work everyday this week! Somehow my Uggs didn't seem work appropriate and it's too cold for flats!
 
-to praise God in every situation, especially when he drops a HUGE blessing on you!
 
-that I'm obsessed with my mini space heater at work! It's basically running all day everyday this week cuz my desk area is so cold!!
 
-to skip washing my hair after the gym (for the 2nd day in a row). It was cute enough to pass for another day (thanks to my seriuosly amazing flat iron!)
 
-that I get to see my wonderful, amazing mother tomorrow (we live 2000 miles away, so seeing her is always a treat)!!
 
-to make a Christmas list for your parents so they know what you want (and because they asked me to make one)
 
-to have a Twilight date lined up for next week!
 
-that our (Taylor and I) nonprofit organization website is up! We're still ironing everything out, but please check it out! The Hope Mission
 
-to tell the hubby I want a Sam's Club size supply of orange Tic Tacs as one of my gifts this year (yeah I know strange, but I only like the orange ones!)
 
-that my cute tote bag/purse for work is actually a bag I got for free at Ulta with a purchase 6 months ago
 
-to need new dress pants because all of mine look rediculous (they're tooooo big in the legs and butt...so I look like someone who needs What Not To Wear help)
 
-that I live for Macy snuggles at night and that by the time we wake up, she's somehow taken my entire side of the bed (silly kitty!)
 
-to be seriously considering using a tanning bed (not a lot) just to get a little color...my Italian olive skin is not a good look when it's pale...
 
-to give everything over to God...i'm talking plans, hopes, dreams, etc...because if I've learned anything this week, He really does a plan and a lot of time, it's more different and cool than you ever imagined :)
 
That's what I'm OK with! How about y'all?!
 
-Kate
 
 
 
 
 


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Fact Is...

Good morning!! I'm enjoying this amazing Texas cold front on this fabulous Tuesday...o except for the fact that my hands are freezing and I thought I might die when I walked out to my car at 6am to head to the gym (now that's committment!)
 



So today I'm linking up with Nicholl @ The Chiffon Diary for "Fact Is" Tuesday! This should be fun!

Fact: this whole week is supposed to range from the 40s-60s and while I'm excited, it makes me realize just how much my blood has thinned since moving to Texas...I swear I'm a New Englander!!

Fact: I'm still ending up with too many left over calories at the end of the day...I'm like a calorie hoarder...I basically eat skimpy most of the day (so I can snack after work or whatever) then after dinner (which is almost always super low cal) I still have like 400 hundred left...= me eating random stupid food at night to hit my target and a nice lecture from the hubs "You need to be at 1000 before dinner" "You told me 800"..."why are you leaving 600 for the end of the day? that's too much"...o well, I'll keep trying.

Fact: My body is officially used to waking up at 5:30am...it does it now without an alarm (today was an exception because our house was freezing so it was hard to leave our cozy bed!)

Fact: I just realized on Sunday that my first payment on my college loans are due. Doesn't make sense since I graduated in August...I think the Dept. Of Education thinks I graduated in June. Guess I need to get on that.

Fact: I'm not as excited about this weekend as I was yesterday. My mom will be in town (meaning Houston, a few hours away) and I thought we'd get the weekend together...come to find out, everyone and their cousin will also be around. I get it's great to see people, but when it's your mom who lives 2000 miles away, sharing her is not exactly on my "to do" list.

Fact: my new (as in 6 months) healthy life style now requires me to buy a new bra...a smaller bra...boo. Guess I can't pride myself anymore (if you get my drift) til I get pregnant...o well, it's worth the smaller body!

Fact: I'm so excited to be starting a non-profit with Taylor to help the victims of Sandy, along with others in need as well! Check out our facebook page for info!

Fact: I still can't figure out how to really make the most of my DSLR...all I know is that I want the next upgraded lens for Christmas...hence, I gotta be able to actually take pictures first.

Fact: I'm super pale and while I'm not an advocate for tanning beds...I think I need one...a few times wouldn't hurt right?? Seriously y'all, I'm gross pale...

Fact: My mother in law told me yesterday that she has always thought of me as her child. Definitely made me smile and helped soften my heart a little more towards the idea of spending christmas with the in-laws (let me clarify, they're great, I'm just dreading being away from my family-2nd married Christmas-first with my family, so now it's the hubby's turn-only fair)

Ok ok, I could probably continue on, but I'll wrap it up! These are my facts for the day and I hope you enjoyed reading the randomness that is this post! Have a great Tuesday!!

What are your facts today??

-Kate

Friday, November 9, 2012

Friday's Letters!

I'm pretty sure every Friday when I begin my blog post, the first thing that comes to mind is "It's finally Friday!!" and I'm sure having that feeling today. It's been a good week overall, but there's just nothing like Friday! Here's my lovely letters for the week!

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Dear weekend please be restful and relaxing! After the chaos of last weekend, I could use a weekend full of naps and catching up on stuff around our house. Dear God you truly are my rock and my everything. I think I need you even more as we approach the Christmas season. You know the struggles of my heart, and I thank you for your abundant grace for me. I want to be a woman, wife, sister, friend, etc who reflects you and your heart at all times, so please continue to help me with that. Dear Mom I'm soooo excited that I'm less than a week away from seeing you! It's been about a month since I last saw you and that's just too long! I don't know how we'll ever be ok with living so far away...I'm pretty sure I'll never come to terms with it...but for now I'll savor every minute I get with you! Dear A&M Professor, you have been a God send to me! Your encouragement, advice, and cheerleading has been so inspirational and I hope to pass that on one day! Dear Andrea, you will forever and always be my best friend, no matter the distance between us or the time that passes between phone conversations. I love that you get me, know my heart, and ALWAYS have my back. I love your honesty, your encouragement, and YOU! Dear Macy, even though daddy wants you off the bed (your cat danderness doesn't help his breathing), you can still sleep in your bed next to me! This way we kind of still get our nightly snuggles! Dear Taylor, I'm so excited for the things ahead for our non-profit! It was so fun working on the website last night and I can't wait to see how everything develops! Dear husband, I'm soooo ready to spend the weekend together! I'm so proud of how hard you work and your dedication to healthy eating! Thank you for being my best friend, perfect fit, leader of our family, prayer partner, and so much more!
 
Thanks for reading! Who/what are you writing letters to today??
-Kate

Thursday, November 8, 2012

It's OK!

Happy Thursday! This week is flying by and here's what I'm OK with!

 
It's OK...
 
-that I workout for my own sanity, as well as my health. I always tell my husband by me working out, everyone around me stays safe :)
 
-that I'm considering getting a temporary gym membership while we're in Houston around Christmad (see above reason)
 
-that my definition of family is different from my hubby's
 
-to bring break and bake cookies to Bible study; sure they weren't homemade but they were still a hit!
 
-that I have to make sure I'm getting enough calories in the day! I tend to conserve all day and barely hit 1200...no bueno.
 
-I double check that our house is locked up for fear of Macy getting out- would hate to ever lose my furbaby
 
-that Macy WILL be traveling home with us next Christmas to see my family
 
-to have serious anxiety about this Christmas...my fellow married friends tell me it's totally natural
 
-that I took a nap in my car during my lunch break yesterday and ate goldfish as my afternoon snack...felt like a little kid
 
-to keep checking my phone waiting for a certain call :)
 
-that I have a wonderufl coffee pot and still drink the coffee at work instead of making my own
(thinking I want a Keurig for Christmas)
 
-to decide that sometimes laying low and staying quiet is my best option
 
-that we have no plans this weekend...actully it's more than OK! I LOVE being home and not having to be anywhere or do anything!
 
So these are some of the things that I'm OK with! How about you?!
 
-Kate
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

What I'm Loving!

Good morning all! I couldn't be more happy that it's Wednesday...well maybe if it was Thursday...but still! We're already halfway through the work week! After a long, bumpy weekend, this week has actually been nice. My Monday night included a much needed kickboxing class (a great way to realease...everything!) Our Tuesday night included a birthday dinner for a good friend and tonight is Bible study so we're moving right along! As always, linking up with Jamie for What I'm Loving this week!


I'm LOVING...
 
monogrammed necklaces! I don't have one, but it's definitely on my Christmas list!

Monogram Necklace 1 1/4 Inch Personalized Initials Three Letters Monogrammed Sterling Silver 925 Customized Pendant Custom Made Name Message
 
 
I'm loving this creamer! I dsicovered it last week and it's revolutionized my coffee (for real)
 
I'm loving things like this that are poppiing up on my facebook
 
I'm loving that we had the chance to get together with a bunch of friends last night to celebrate our friend/pastor's birthday!
 
 
I'm loving my early morning workouts! Once they become part of a routine, they're not too hard to get up for and I feel soooo much more refreshed in the mornings!
and on that note y'all are probably thinking...
 
I'm loving long conversations with my best friend! We may not live close or talk super often but after a nice catch up/venting to her, it really reminds me how much she loves me, understands and gets me, and ALWAYS has my back! Love you Andrea!!


So that's what I'm loving this week!! How about y'all?!
-Kate
 
 


Monday, November 5, 2012

Weekend Update!

Happy Monday y'all! I'm personally ok that it's Monday because it means it's a NEW week & a fresh start! I normally like to recap our fun/exciting/not so exciting weekend, but this time I'm going to make it brief...mainly because this weekend wasn't so bueno...by any means...

Friday night we headed to Houston to spend the weekend there, celebrating my cousin's birthday and catching up with family since it's been a whole 3 weeks since we werenn't there *sarcasm*. We made it into town a little that, but still managed to have dinner with Andrew's grandmother and his cousins. Saturday, we got up and visited with my grandparents over breakfast then then went to catch up with Andrew's sisters...after that we spent the evening with my cousin and his girlfriend celebrating his birthday. It was a lot of fun! We went bowling and ate at this AMAZING Italian restaurant and I'm talking AMAZINNNNG! Sunday we spent the day at my cousin's just hanging out and watching football! The way Sundays should be! Finally, Sunday night we arrived home, grabbed the most insane subs at Firehouse Subs (a new discovery of ours!) and watched Sunday night football in the comfort of our home, which is by far my favorite place to be: in our home, with JUST us, and our sweet Macy! ahhhh

So what made it not so bueno? Well, without a crazy detailed story...I've learned a lot about myself this weekend from some events that happened:

-this Christmas has given my HUGE anxiety...it'll be my first one without my family (since married couples switch off) and I've honestly never dreaded anything more. I have so many emotions, that complete dread has started to really set it.
-the way I view family is definitely not how everyone does (although I think everyone views family in their own way)...maybe because I didn't grow up with my relatives, just my parents, brother, and our church family.
-I don't do confrontation well...
-I'm SUPER sensitive (although I already knew that)
-I truly LONG to live back home in New England, where I fit best...with my family, friends, and a culture I call my own...
-I've also realized just how amazing and patient my husband is. He is beyond sweet and has always treated my family with kindness and respect...I truly admire that. He is the only reason I would ever have moved 2000 miles away from my heart home. And because I love him, I WILL make it through this Christmas...hopefully with the most sincere smile I can muster.
-I've got A LOT to give over to God within the next 2 months (before Christmas)...

So for now that's it...this weekend was absolutely emotionally exhausting and I will be so ready to be home next weekend and truly catch up! Tomorrow I'm going to be a little more "real" with my "real linkup post" with Becky, so stay tuned! Any and ALL prayers would be appreciated! And maybe any advice or words of wisdom in regards to the holidays after you got married would be great!!

-Kate

Friday, November 2, 2012

Friday's Letters

Good morning everybody! Good FRIDAY morning, in fact! Whew, made it through another week! For me, this week actually went by pretty quick, thank goodness because I love me some weekend time :) Here's my letters this Friday!

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Dear Friday I'm so glad we are reunited even though it is foggy and muggy out! I hope you are  leading the way for a great weekend. Dear gym it was so nice to see you this morning! I'm glad we have gotten back into our 5:30am routine (well 2 days in a row so far!) and it's feels great! Dear self (yes that's right) why on earth do you get so grumpy when you are hungry. You kind let your hunger/low blood sugar get the best of you, leading to a not so pleasant night at home with the hubby (which is the whole reason to workout so early...to have time together). Maybe today you can do better. Dear Taylor, I'm so excited for this nonprofit we are working on together. I'm looking forward to seeing where it goes and what difference we, along with fellow bloggers & the social media world, can make! Dear Meredith, I love that the last few mornings I have been up early with you! It's nice to not feel like the slacker, sleeping in :) Dear God,  you have been the biggest highlight of my week by far. The doors you have begun to open for me have been so encouraging and I'm finding myself drawn so much closer to you. Thank you for your provisions and your blessings on us. Dear Andrew, I'm sorry for letting my grumpiness rub off on you last night. Thanks for fixing my seat belt problem in my car (long story but the entire piece thats connected to the car came off while I was driving!) I'm glad we get another weekend together. This one should be pretty busy, but I'm okay with that as long as it's spent with you!
 
Alrighty, that's my letters for this fabulous Friday! What/who are y'all writing to?
 
-Kate




Thursday, November 1, 2012

It's OK Thursday!

Yay! It's already Thursday! Which means tomorrow is Friday...which means it's almost another weekend! But before I jump the gun too much, let me share what I'm OK with this Thursday!


It's OK...
 
...to LOVE the feeling of leaving the gym at 6:45am knowing I can check "work out" off my list for the day!
 
...to realize that I still have yet to do a post about my visit home...3 weeks ago...woops! Still gonna write it!
 
...that I still haven't given my DSLR adequate attention. I think its because I'm a little overwhlemed...especially since I'm teaching myself via websites how to use it!
 
...to refuse to leave the house for a weekend trip until it's CLEAN
 
...to have lazy hair days and wear my hair curly
 
 
...that I dressed up my cat for Halloween. It's not weird...ok maybe it is...but she's as close to a child as I have for a while so there ya go! Plus I only made her wear it for maybe 15 minutes!
 
Photo: My little pumpkin!
aww my little pumpkin! Clearly she's thrilled...or maybe not.

...that we didn't dress up for Halloween but instead hung with friends, grilled dinner, and watched Zombieland!
 
...that I'm beyond excited to see my sweet mom in 2 weeks!
 
 
That's my OKs for today! Super random, but hey...It's OK!
What are y'all ok with??
-Kate

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

What I'm Loving!

Happy Halloween everybody! I hope y'all do something fun today/tonight! I grew up NOT celebrating Halloween because of our Christian faith, but as I've gotten older I've learned you can celebrate it but you don't have to emphasize things like witches, demons, etc etc...plus my husband grew up trick-or-treating so when we have kids it'll be a fun holiday to tackle...but I digress...back to the normal routine so today I'm linking up with Jamie for "What I'm Loving Wedneday!"


I'm loving these Halloween themed cupcakes I made for work today! They're Halloween funfetti with a homemade buttercream frosting! I was nervous to make my own frosting, but it turned out great and I was very impressed!


Ran out of sprinkles, hence the "balding" cupcakes!
I'm loving these fingerless gloves I found at Kroger! This week has been chilly (for Texas) and since my New England blood has thinned out these past 5 years, my hands we're freezing at my desk! The gloves make me feel like a 14 year old who shops at Hot Topic, but hey, they did the job I'm loving them!



I'm loving Macy's halloween costume! She's my little pumpkin! Yes I know I'm a crazy cat lady, but I don't children so I'm dressin' up my fur-baby :)


 
 
I'm loving these two amazing friends of mine! Taylor is a blog buddy and now an IRL friend! and Meredith is an IRL friend and now a blog buddy! These two have been especially encouraging and uplifting through sweet texts and facebook messages!
 
I'm loving that I voted early and it took a whole 5 minutes! Gotta love small town Texas on a Tuesday! Plus I'm loving that this election is about over! I'm so tired of reading people's facebook status with their overtly strong opinions and ideas...
 
 


I'm loving that I won a giveaway from Katie's blog! This is what my subway art looks like! Can't wait to frame it and hang it in our room!

So that's what I'm LOVING! How about y'all?!
-Kate

Monday, October 29, 2012

Skinny cooking & Pumpkin Carving!

Happy Monday everyone! I hope y'all had a nice relaxing fall weekend! We sure did. We spent Friday night at home relaxing after a long work day. On Saturday, the husband and I decided that we wanted to get a jump on Christmas shopping this year instead of waiting til mid-December to start rounding up everyone's gifts and getting overwhelmed. Andrew took me to breakfast then we shopped around town, mostly getting gift ideas for family/friends (I think that's a good first step) and quickly deciding we'll probably be online shopping for everything. Much easier! After shopping and grocery shopping, the rest of Saturday included rest, working out, and I made this amazing, delicious, skinny (lo-cal/healthy) recipe: Chicken pot pie soup! Yep, that's right! Here's what it looked like:


 
You can find the recipe here! It's basically A LOT of veggies and chicken! It's healthy AND tastes great! Andrew said it'll definitely become a staple in our house!
 
 
On Sunday, we devoted half the day to rest, cleaning, and cathcing up on Walking Dead. We went for a nice bike ride around town, took a coffee break, and headed up for yummy roast! (It cooked in the crockpot all day so our house smelled amazing!) After dinner, we carved pumpkins with our neighbors, which is progress from last year!( Last year, we both bought pumpkins and let them sit at our houses and never got around to carving them!) So here's a photo dump of the carving process!
 
Blank canvas!
 
The husbands cutting the tops out!
 
pardon the no makeup/weekend look: me pulling out the guts!

so attractive...not...
 
battery powered pumpkin carver! it cut the time in 1/2! sadly it died after one use!
 
Our finished product! "H" for our last name :)
 
Our neighbors did a "T" for their last name and we put them outside of our doorway!
 
So there ya have it! That's our weekend in a nutshell. Clearly we are some of the most exciting young married couples ever ;) I honestly live for the weekends that are low key, relaxing, and productive because then there are the weekends we are out of town, and going constantly that are exhausting. Here's the another productive week! How was y'alls weekend spent??
 
 
-Kate
 

Friday, October 26, 2012

FRIDAY'S LETTERS!

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Dear Friday I'm glad your here, and clearly just in time given my morning (Long story short: coffee spilled on way out the door, went back in to change, realized I left my purse at home when I was halfway to work, turned around and got my purse, head back to work, gas light comes on...=10 minutes late)...so really not that bad...but thank the Lord it's the weekend! Dear cold front, I love you even more than Friday! I love coming to work in boots and a cute cardigan and not sweating to death! It's like Texas Christmas weather today! Dear fall boots,  I'm so happy I got to pull you out again! I forgot just how cute and comfy you are! Dear husband,  I love how sweet you are to me in the morning when you are leaving for work. Makes my day start off right :) Dear Taylor (y'all check out her awesome blog!), I had sooooooo much fun on our blate last night! You are beyond awesome and I can't wait to hang out more! oo and thanks for my wreath! It blessed me so much! Dear God thank you again for being in everything that has gone on this week. I can feel your grace and favor in our life and I'm so thankful for it! Dear husband, I'm so glad we have another low-ley *crossing my fingers* weekend ahead! I promise, we can finally carve our pumpkins this weekend! Also, I want to say how proud of you I am! A new job, a new desire for health, and a fresh focus! You amaze me everyday!

So those are my letters for this fabulous Friday! Who/what are you writing letters to this week? Do share!

-Kate

Thursday, October 25, 2012

It's OK!

Ok, so I'm onto my 2nd linkup of the day! I don't know if that's a good or bad thing, but I couldn't resist the pinterest linkup and I always love "It's OK Thursdays!" Plus who doesn't want to hear more from me?? (I kid.) 

 
 
It's OK...
 
-to have 2 blog posts in a day!
 
-that I left myself 20 minutes to shower, get ready for work/pack my breakfast and lunch, and get out the door
 
-that my hair is styled in an awesome wet braid this morning...due to said rushing.
 
-that even though there's 2 of us, we have 3 cars because inevitably only 2 work at a time...point made yesterday when we left for Bible study and the van decided it didn't want to cooperate...
 
-that I've been on a baking kick lately
 
-that I'm truly putting effort into my friendships in a way I haven't before...and it feels good!
 
-that I've had my DSLR camera for two days now and have yet to "play with it"...I think it's because I know I don't know what I'm doing yet :)
 
-that I have my first blate tonight with the fabulous Taylor
 
-that I feel dumb when I tell my non-blogging friends about my blate...and it's ok that they all say "are you sure it's not a 40 year old man?"...awesome, thanks for the encouragement.
 
-that I don't fully get the concept of validated parking and ended up paying for parking yesterday because I was panicked with people waiting behind me...wanted to yell, "but it was validated!"...yeah, I'm a mess.
 
-that I look up the calories in food at the restaurant before I get there (it's good to be prepared!)
 
-to fully recognize that God has complete control over this crazy life of ours and I'm so thankful!
 
-to already be thinking about what I want to take for food to our family Thanksgiving
 
-to be slightly dreading Christmas...only because it's my first one NOT with my family...oh marriage, why must we share Christmas??
 
-that I hit 50 followers yesterday! Wow, such a long way from the 7 I had going steady for a year! Thanks to everyone who reads!
 
What are you OK with today??
-Kate
 
 
 
 
 
 


Saw It. Pinned It. Did It!


This morning while catching up on blog reading, I came across this neat linkup and since I had a week of pinterest baking I thought it would be fun to participate! I, like everyone else, am addicted to Pinterest but definitely pin 90% more than I actually "do" the pin...So last weekend I attempted some pinterest recipes and that's what I'm sharing today!
 
On Pinterest I came across this:
 

 
OREO COOKIE BROWNIES (yes, that's right!) and I actually had them at a party and thought I saw this on Pinterest and I'm making them!
 
Here's my pictures of the process:





They were the hit of our friends game night!
 
Also, last weekend I attempted another dessert but this time...Lo Cal! (had to make up for those brownies!)

This recipe is great because it's so simple (you only need 2 ingredients -7up and funfetti cake mix dry- for the cupcakes! and the 2-ff cool whip and dry vanilla pudding mix- for the frosting) and it's SUPER lo-calorie!
Bonus: makes pretty pink batter!
 
My 1st attempt and making pretty frosting!
 
and Finally...I came upon this recipe and made it for our Bible study!

 
And here's how mine looked!
They came out more "bready" or scone like because I let the kitchen aid run, making them thick (but GREAT with coffee!)

 


 
Thanks for reading! Have y'all ever baked any of these before? I LOVE baking and since we eat pretty healthy in our house I don't bake that often...thank goodness for game nights, bible studies, and any other party reason to break out the pinterest goodies!

-Kate