Hello friends, life this Spring is flying by. I’ve been busy enjoying the sunshine and being outside and doing less computer work and blogging, as it should be.  

My biggest news is shown above. Yes,I went and got a big girl car! This past Saturday,Ryan and I purchased a Kia Sorento. I feel so adult! Ryan’s old Corolla wasn’t going to make it another year past inspection, it was time to say goodbye to it and get a car we could grow into over the next few years. So far I’m liking the space and the ride.

Here’s a more of peak into my current world:

Reading: I’m currently reading Tell The Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt. I’m only about 50 pages in but already love the writing and characters.

Tell the Wolves I'm Home

Before starting this book I read the Divergent Series…and was completely disappointed in the three books. I didn’t really even get invested in the story or characters until the very end of book two. You know how sometimes you want to prolong a book because you’re not ready to say goodbye to the characters yet? I experienced the opposite with Divergent series. I couldn’t wait for it to be over so I could move on to another book. The writing was dry and I just didn’t care too much about the characters.  Am I in the minority here? 

Watching: All my favorite shows finales. Revenge left me gasping, Nashville had me all emotional, Reign had me wanting more teenage ancient history drama, The Mindy Project had me bawling and smiling at the same time, was that not the cutest episode ever?

Wanting: The weather to make up its mind, one day it is beautiful and 70 and the next it’s 60 and pouring all day. But I do have to say that there have been more warmer days lately than not. Other than small things like the weather, my wants are more centered around where we’re going to be in the next year or two. But I’m coming to terms that whatever will be will be.  

Thinking: Why do the winter months have to drag and then once the sun comes out the days fly by? I can’t believe that it is almost June…and our one year anniversary on June 2. I’m reflecting a lot back on our first married year these days. Also about how cute and happy Maggie is to be running free outside.

maggie may running outside
Needing: To get away. Really looking forward to our first anniversary trip to the Finger Lakes in two weeks. A whole weekend of nothing to worry about except what wineries to go to and what book to read lakeside. 

Smelling: All the loveliness of outdoors (and the unloveliness too, fresh manure in the fields anyone?)

Loving: Having Ryan home in the evenings since he is not taking any classes this summer. Also ice cream. I can’t get enough ice cream these days. My favorite is at a local creamery with over 20 flavors. 

katie ice cream at carmen and davids
Cooking: Really not cooking anything too intricate these days. It’s been busy busy busy leaving less time in the kitchen. Prepping some of my basics like my favorite chicken salad, sweet potatoes, and spaghetti squash and enjoying fresh fruit. 

Listening: To soft folksy music like James Taylor as well as to my heart.The music is easy on my soul and gets me relaxed and happy feeling. “Up On The Roof” as been on repeat lately. I’m trying to slow things down and really be in the moment rather than constantly just thinking about what’s next and being anxious about our unknown future. 

Planning For: All sorts of summer fun including our one year anniversary trip, my best friend’s bachelorette weekend, summer weddings, and our family trip to Jamaica! And for my mom to recover from her surgery so she can be out and about and we can do things together again. 

I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to lately! Let me know below!

xoxo Katie




  • i am with you on the ice cream! oh and also the divergent series, in a big way. i liked each book less than the last, which is the worst! i was so happy to be done.

    • kwalshmac

      Oh good, I’m glad someone else agrees with me about Divergent basically being terrible. I’m so happy to be reading a book I enjoy now! While eating all the ice cream 🙂

  • Pat (Mom)

    I’m glad that I passed the love of ice cream and James Taylor to you.

    • kwalshmac

      Two beautiful things!

  • I need to get away too! I am tired and I feel like I could use 15 hours of sleep!

    • kwalshmac

      I hear ya! I’ve been so tired all the time. I blame allergies too. But getting away from it all with no reminders of all the things that need to get done is a necessary need a few times a year!

  • I used to hate having to get my car inspected when I live in PA. We had to get rid of quite a few cars growing up because of that. Your new car looks awesome though! Congratulations on your soon to be first anniversary! We’ll be celebrating our second in July.

    • kwalshmac

      Thank you! And yes, having to pay to get your car inspected every year bites too. But I’m loving the new car! Congrats on your second anniversary, any special plans?

      • Thank you! We don’t have anything planned right now. We’re going on vacation this weekend and my parents are coming from PA to visit the week before our anniversary, so we may take it easy this year. Do you know where you’re going yet?

  • I know, isn’t the weather just ridiculous?! I totally enjoyed this weekend though and sat outside on the deck with my dog and just soaked up being outside. It was lovely!

    • kwalshmac

      Awe that sounds perfect! Dog and deck! It’s supposed to be beautiful this holiday weekend, hope it sticks around!

  • That ice cream looks delish! Congrats on your new car :))

    • kwalshmac

      Thank you! And cheers to ice cream, I had peanut butter cup. Yum! But my favorite is thei chocolate cookies and cream.

  • Congrats on the new car! So exciting! I can’t wait to watch the Nashville finale, but so sad it’s the end of the season. Have fun in the Finger Lakes!! It is absolutely beautiful there right now.

    • kwalshmac

      Thank you and congrats to YOU! Isn’t the music on Nashville the best?! I wish my favorite shows played year round, I hate saying goodbye.

  • Yay for slowing things down and being in the moment. I’ve been trying to do more of that too and it is a really freeing feeling! 🙂

    • kwalshmac

      It totally is, if I can remember to stay in it for more then two days at a time! A slow work in progress. Summer is a great time to do it, so many distractions outside!

  • Hi Katie! Congrats on the new car!:) I completely agree with you on the ice cream cravings…I just can’t get enough these days. Also, when are you heading to Jamaica? Do you know exactly where you’re gonna stay yet? If you need any ideas, let me know! xo Donna

    • kwalshmac

      Thanks, Donna! We’re headed to Jamaica at the end of July. I sent you an email with specifics 🙂

  • Ahhhh, didn’t the Revenge finale just wreck you!? Poor Aiden. I’m still scarred by the image of him and his face while he sat in front of the fire. Ugh 🙁

    • kwalshmac

      Yes, I kind of got bored in the middle of this season and I’m SO happy the story line came back to season one full force! Poor Aiden, but Emily needed something else to be revengeful about, right?! So sad though. I was smiling to see Victoria in the mental hospital though. Finally!!

  • Lauren

    Loooved tell the wolves I’m home in a sort of odd way. The story itself was very foreign to me, but the characters and anticipation to find out more sucked me in. Can’t wait until you finish reading so we can discuss xx

    • kwalshmac

      Oh awesome!! I’m loving it so far but only on page 84. Can’t wait to discuss it with you!

  • mary

    Ahhh revenge! I was gasping too. Gosh, the twists and turns they come up with! Love the new car, looks so big and spacious. And also a little jelli of all your future trips coming up. So fun! Thanks for linking up! // Mary

  • REVENGE. I need answers immediately. Why must we wait until fall?!