Four Things About Me

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I’ve seen this post floating around blog land for a bit and thought I’d jump on the bandwagon.

I’ve been busy lately and my mind is running in 5 different directions everyday. I’ve come up with multiple blog post ideas but have had no time to actually sit down and write a decent post. I’m feeling very unmotivated by blogging lately and questioning, what’s the point. This happened last summer as well. My blogging goes through cycles and it’s just a down time right now. 

That’s my little disclaimer to say, I wish I could write more authentic and heartfelt posts lately, rather than the bumpdates.

Until then, here are some categories of my life broken out into fours:

Four Jobs I’ve Had
1. Lifeguard
2. Nanny
3. Promotions Director for boating magazine
4. Program Manager for Creative Thinking training company

Four things in my bag:
1. Phone
2. Protein bar
3.  A mess of crumpled receipts dating months back
4.  Too many chap sticks, lip glosses, and lip sticks

Four movies I have watched more than once or ten times: 
1. Breakfast at Tiffany’s
2. Gone With The Wind
3. It’s A Wonderful Life
4. Father of the Bride

And a bonus number 5 in honor of the 15 year Anniversary of the masterpiece Center Stage.

Four places I’ve lived:
1. Lancaster, PA (place where I was born and where I currently live)
2. Chestertown, MD (college!)
3. Annapolis, MD (4 years post college!)
4.  Hinsdale, IL (a very temporary living situation before moving back to PA)

Four places I’ve visited:
1. England
2. Ireland 
3. Maui, Hawaii 
4. Jamaica

Four places I’d rather be right now:
1. The beach in NC
2. Anywhere in the Caribbean 
3.  Sipping wine on a dock somewhere
4. At home reading in bed

Four favorite foods:
1. Crabcakes
2. Ice Cream
3. Macaroni and Cheese
4. Chocolate covered pretzels

Four Favorite Drinks:
1. Iced water
2. White wine
3. Very strong cosmo
4. Lemonade and vodka

Four Favorite Places to Shop for Clothes (when not preggo):
1. J. Crew Factory
2. Old Navy
3. Banana Republic
4. Express ( to all of the above: my goodness, am I basic or what!)

Four More Totally “basic” Things I Love:
1. Taylor Swift
2. Wine
3. The Beach
4. Maxi Dresses

Four Current TV shows I watch:
1. Call the Midwife
2. Pretty Little Liars (yep)
3. Nashville
4. Modern Family 

Four things I’m looking forward to this year:
1. Baby Mac arriving this September! (really is there anything else?!)
2. Ryan’s graduation next week and having him home this summer
3. Family beach trip to NC this August
4. Taylor Swift concert in June!
Four Books I Would Recommend
1. The Light Between Oceans –  M.L. Stedman
2. All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
3. Song of Solomon – Toni Morrison
4. Blonde – Joyce Carol Oates

Four things (not people or animals) I couldn’t live without

1. iPhone
2. Books
3. Comfy pj’s
4. Chocolate

Happy Friday!

Top Ten Movies From My Childhood

I think preparing to be a mom is making me nostalgic for my childhood. No, I take that back, I’m always in a mood for a walk down memory lane. 

I was thinking back on my favorite movies from my childhood.The ones I watched over and over. The ones that if they happened to air during a free preview weekend of HBO we were sure to record them on our trusty VCR. Remember recording onto a VCR? You could fit one or two movies on a tape, it was just unfortunate when you wanted to watch the second movie on the tape and you had to slowly fast forward through the first one.

These are the ones that were always pulled out on sick days or rain or snow days. The ones I still have memorized. 

Oh the late eighties and early nineties, what a charming time for cinema. More heart and less cgi and action. 

It was hard to choose so I limited myself to movies from my first decade from 1983-1993. 

Did you love any of these same movies? 

1. Curly Sue

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 A homeless man and young girl con a rich lawyer. She provides them with lodging and food and eventually a whole lot more. Hubba hubba!

2.  Ladybugs

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In order to impress his boss and get a promotion, Rodney Dangerfield signs up to coach a girls’ soccer team. However, the team is terrible, so he recruits soccer star Jonathon Brandis to cross dress as a girl in order to help the girls’ team win. Hilarious.

3. Troop Beverly Hills 

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Shopaholic Shelly Long decides to become her daughter’s “Den Mother” in order to show her husband she still has heart and spirit that exists outside of Rodeo Drive. From designing new uniforms, new assignments and badges, and only a desire to show the girls how to survive in the “wilds” of Beverly Hills, Long looks like she’s going to fail. But her heart, passion, and support of a lively group of girls makes her turn a new direction. We used to watch this all the time during Girl Scouts. Our troops version of camping was staying at a condo at the beach in Rehobeth. 

4. The Cutting Edge

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Kate is a rich, spoiled Olympic ice skater. Doug is an arrogant Olympic ice hokey player. When both Kate and Doug fail at the 1988 Olympics, Kate’s coach sets the two up as an ice skating pair for the 1990 Olympics. Kate’s prima dona attitude and Doug’s oafish demeanor clash. But their determination to win pushes them to try their hardest. And of course they fall in love. 

5. Annie

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Charming and spunky Annie, who never gives up hope of finding her parents, wins over the heart of grumpy ole Oliver Warbucks. Winning herself a loving family while also saving the country from the Great Depression! (by inspiring Roosevelt’s New Deal of course!) I know every single word to every single song. 

6. Adventures in Babysitting

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After her boyfriend cancels their date, Chris (Elizabeth Shue) is forced to babysit 10-year old Sara. A quite night at home turns into a wild escapade in Chicago. Chris, accompanied by Sara, Sara’s brother, and his friend, goes to pick up a friend. However a flat tire derails them and they are set off on a night of odd character, hijinks, and adventure. 

7. The Adventures of Milo and Otis

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A simple story about a curious cat and a loyal dog who are the best of friends. There is no dialogue, only music and a narrator. Milo, the curious orange cat experiences every type of wilderness adventure and trauma you can imagine. Otis, the pug, chases after him, always an hour or two behind. Finally the two meet up, find mates, and raise their families together. (oy that birthing scene!)

8. My Girl

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 11-year-old Vada is coming to age in the seventies. A daughter of a funeral home director and still reeling from the death of her mother (who died during Vada’s death), Vada is struggling with complex emotions. Her best and only friend is Thomas Moore and they explore the pre teen years together. I’ve shed so many tears over this movie! “Where are his glasses? He can’t see without his glasses!”

9. Big

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12-year-old Josh wishes to be “big”. The next morning the kid wakes up in the body of 30-year-old Tom Hanks. He heads off to NYC and works for a toy company. His child-like imagination scores him a promotion and a love interest. But soon, Josh sees life as an adult isn’t all it’s hyped up to be. 

10. The Witches

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 Based on the book by Roald Dahl, The Witches tells the story of Luke, who happens upon a meeting of England’s witches while vacationing with his Grandma. The evil witches, led by Angelica Houston, plan to turn all children into mice by feeding them poisonous chocolate. Luke soon falls prey to their magic and now he, as a mouse must fight back against the cruel (and so scary and ugly for a child) witches!

What were some of your favorite movies from this time period?

xoxo Katie

32 Happy Things for 32 Years

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Today is my birthday! So I thought what better way to celebrate my 32 years than by listing 32 things that make me happy throughout the years:

1. My baby and everything it holds for our future

2. Ryan

3. Family that loves me no matter what

4. Friends that grow with me

5. Maggie

6. Warm fuzzy blankets

7. Sunshine on my face

8. Diving into the ocean

9. Long walks

10. Chocolate chip pancakes

12. Sand between my toes

13. Porch sitting

14. Wine

15. My Pop-Pop’s laugh

16. Clean sheets

17. Ice cold water

18. Appetizers

19. Online shopping

20. A mom who is a best friend

21. Legs that let me run

22. Singing badly at the top of my lungs

23. Exploring somewhere new

24.  Reading

25. Dunking cookies in milk

26. Coffee

27. Taking a nap while it’s raining outside

28. The first warm day of the year

29. Foot massages

30. Dresses

31. Hand written notes

32. A world that is ever changing

I think this is going to be the best year yet!

xoxo Katie

 

 

Thoughts During A Yoga Class

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Last week I started a pre-natal yoga class. I was a little intimidated, being a first time preggo and not an expert yogi. A recount of my thoughts:

Wow this place reeks of incense.

Where should I go? Ooops! There’s a class there sitting in complete silence in the dark. 

Guess I’ll just quietly sit over here in the corner.

Woops, dropped my water bottle.

Am I in the right spot? This is what I get for always being super early to things like this. 

Ah here come two other pregnant women! I’m in the right place! I’m going to make new friends!

Shoot they know each other already.

“Hi! I’m new here!”

“Hi…”

Where should I sit? Is it brazen of me as the new girl to take the center room spot? Hell, I’m doing it!

I’m the only new girl here. Wow, everyone else is really further along in their pregnancy’s.

Ok, I’ll guess I’ll just sit here and stretch and act like I know what I’m doing.

Everyone is sitting cross legged. I still call it Indian style.

Sitting like this hurts my legs, I’m going to suck at yoga.

Ok we’re starting! Yay!

Ok we’re just sitting here breathing.

Very heavily.

Amazing! I’ve been breathing wrong my entire life.

The woman next to me sounds like she’s in the beginning stages of labor, she’s breathing so hard. How do I make myself breathe like that?

Wow, I hold my breathe a lot.

Damn these women are flexible. How is the woman in her 38th week of pregnancy more flexible than me?

Ok, so we’re still holding this position.

Please don’t fart.

What do I need to pick up from the grocery store?

Shoot I forgot to breathe again.

Yes child’s pose. I know this one!

Why is she coming over to me? How could I be doing child’s pose wrong?

Oh she’s just making it feel better. Yes stay here with me. No, don’t go!

So now we’re using those foam blocks to balance on.

Don’t fall. Don’t fall Don’t fall.

Damn’t I’m holding my breath again!

How does she make her wrists bend like that?

Ouch! No, this is not a natural position.

My wrists have never felt so weak. How do you strengthen your wrists?

She said this position makes the baby very happy. Hi baby!

Omg I forgot to send that one email at work today.

Focus! Damn’t, forgot to breathe again.

Now she’s telling us to set an intention for our birth and focus on that through the pain of holding a move.

Intention for birth? Stay calm? How in the hell am I going to stay calm?

Ok that’s that. I’m going to keep coming and turn into a crunchy pregnant woman and be so flexible and amazing and be able to stay calm and….

OMG how does she bend like that? Ouch!

Breathe, Katie! Breathe!

Oops, I just realized everyone else is barefoot and I’m the only one wearing socks. 

Oh I like this stretch. This feel goooood.

Wait, we’re done already? That was a quick hour!

Ah yeah quiet meditation time! I could fall asleep. 

But wait, what do I have to get done tonight?

How long am I supposed to lie here in the dark?

Is it weird if I’m the first one to get up?

Ok good she got up.

Yes, I’m coming back next week!

Um interesting! (but no, I don’t think I want to capsulize my placenta!)

See ya!

 

 

Currently: Freezing

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It’s freezing outside and my brain is barely working. 

-20 degrees with windchill and no signs of approving. My garage door is smart. It refuses to work when it is this cold. My car doesn’t even have a chance to warm up and start pumping out heat by the time I get to work. Everything is frozen. And I’m over it. What was it like to wear stylish clothes? Shoes that are not Uggs? Have clean hair every day? (I’m procrastinate washing my hair because it’s too cold to have wet hair). Our gas company called and kindly requested we keep our thermostat at 65 degrees of below. They are worried about outages. Meanwhile, my face hurts and breathing feels like death. Over it. 

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

Reading: I just finished Jodi Picoult’s newest book, “Leaving Time”. It wasn’t one of my top favorites of her books but still a good distraction when the only way to stay warm is bundled up in bed. I’ll be sharing another “recently read” next week.

Watching: With Parenthood officially over (and I’m still crying, so many babies!) I needed a new family drama. There really isn’t that many real life family dramas on TV anymore. It’s all action pack, crime filled, mystery fueled, shows. I like a good emotionally charged drama. I was surprised to find it in ABC Family’s “The Fosters”. This show is good! Sure it has it’s moments of overly teenage drama but on a whole it’s a good show. I binged on Netflix and am now caught up. 

Wanting: Isn’t this obvious? Warm Weather. Now. 

Thinking: About where we will be moving to this summer. I wish I knew what was in store and we could anticipate what housing will available come June/July.

Needing: I know it’s wrong to want to skip ahead and I should really be enjoying the moment, I want winter to be over so that, yes, we can experience some normal temperature. But also because we are almost near the end of Ryan’s law school career. His last day of classes is on April 27 and he graduates May 21. This last semester seems to be dragging out for him and he’s experiencing some major “senioritis”. Let’s just get through these last few weeks! Freedom is so close.

Cooking: I’ve been on a big pizza kick lately. I think because it’s easy and warm.  Also not cooking and eating a lot of Mexican food. See also, warm, cheesy, carb heavy. Perfect winter food. 

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Listening: To the Jimmy Buffett Margaritaville station on Sirius Radio. I don’t care if that makes me a 50-year-old, I love how it makes me feel like I’m at the beach sipping a fruity drink and listening to the waves crash. I try. See margarita above.

Planning For: Birthday month in March! Ryan turns the big 3-0 and I turn 32 (yikes!)

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

 

 

Ryan’s New Career Plan

It’s been a long week so I thought I’d share a little fun on this Friday:

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So the other day, over drinks, Ryan started enthusiastically talking about taking a new path in life. Here was the enlightening conversation:

Ryan: Maybe I should quit law school and open up a brewery.

Katie: uh huh…

Ryan: I can make beer for a living and name them after my favorite TV characters.

Katie: 

Ryan: There would be a Ryan Hardy Ale from The Following. and the Rick Grimes from The Walking Dead. But, I’d just call it The Rick. It would taste like regular beer when you first drink it, but then it will change after a while into a different flavor.

Katie:

Ryan: Like a zombie changing. You know?

Katie: Sounds like a great plan…

Anybody ready to invest in this business venture?!

I hope you all had a good week and thank you for all your support and feedback on my blogging post. I loved reading all of your comments. 

We’re headed off for a weekend away in the Shenandoah Valley in VA. The trip was my Christmas gift to Ryan. We’re looking forward to a weekend of relaxation, reading in front of the fireplace, winery and brewery touring, cavern exploring, and overall coziness.

I’ll be taking off from my Think Positive Monday post. But follow along on Instagram for fun trip pics!

2014 A Year in Review

Another year come and gone. I feel it’s important to reflect back on what the past year has given us, before we start anticipating what we may receive in the new year. I had fun looking back at 2014 via my blog.

 I wanted to thank each and every one of my readers. You don’t know how much I appreciate your comments, thoughts, and support. Thank you for following along on this adventure with me!

2014 was busy. Sometimes it felt like we were never home. We took multiple weekends away to Philly, DC, Annapolis. And a few more trips to Avalon, Scranton, Gettysburg, the Finger Lakes, and a big trip to Jamaica. I celebrated the shower, bachelorette party, and beautiful wedding of my best friend. 

I watched less movies but read 29 books. I tried countless new recipes and finally mastered my half broken oven and didn’t burn every cookie I baked. We powered through another school year for Ryan and I grew to appreciate my job more. We experienced disappointment and loss and debated what our future would hold. Ryan accepted a new job for after graduation. 

We made family time (both our little family and our extended family) a priority. We learned to love with bigger hearts through our mistakes. And through it all, we kept our hearts full of hope. Although this year did not hold any huge milestones, I feel the little ones, the ones full of simple moments of joy and hope, are the paving stones to our future. 

So here’s a look back at our 2014:

January

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In January we celebrated a simple New Years Eve where I decided to make my word of the year be “Respect”. I vowed to value my personal choices and opinions and to schedule me time throughout the year. 

While we were surviving one of the snowiest and coldest winters in PA record, I learned that I really need to Stop Apologizing so much and was also very brave and did my very first vlog

February

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In February we survived more snow and cold and battled some cabin fever. I survived by doing lots of baking and cooking and reflecting on everything love related. (In honor of Valentine’s Day). I shared some love lessons I’ve learned since becoming a newlywed as well as what my favorite romance movies have taught me about love. One of my most favorite posts share “Why We Work” as a couple.

I also reflected a little bit on the weirdness of blogging

March

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In March I attacked my closet and addiction to clothes and did a massive clean out. We celebrated with friends for St. Patrick’s day and I longed for warmer months.

The celebration continued as I wished Ryan a Happy Birthday in this letter (my most read post of all time) and followed that celebration with me turning 31. Ryan and I had a getaway in Annapolis, MD and I shared 31 things I’ve learned in 31 years

April 

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My mom underwent some surgery and it pushed me to take some pressure off of myself when it came to this blog. And I haven’t look back since. I discovered where my inspiration comes from and decided to only post when I felt like it, not 4-5 days a week like I used to.

This month I did a lot of bridal shower planning for my best friend and spent time with family. But I did manage to write an article in Defense of English Majors like myself, interview Ryan, and share a blast from the past, talking about growing up in the 80’s and the 90’s

May

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In May I threw my best friends “Love Birds” themed bridal shower. One of my decorations was this Tissue Paper Garland that I shared a DIY video tutorial for. I also celebrated my Mom’s on Mother’s Day and shared some of the best advice she has ever given me. 

I discussed my Fear of the Unknown as Ryan wraps up his third year of Law School and we begin to think where we will be living next year. And along the same lines, I shared how I think Marriage is always Like a Seesaw. 

June

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This summer I took a big break from blogging to enjoy the season. After such a long winter I wanted to do nothing else but sit outside and read and bask in the sun. 

We celebrated our first wedding Anniversary in the Finger Lakes region of New York and I made this video highlighting our first year of love

Next I honored my Dad on Father’s Day and praised the merits of summer. before heading off to celebrate my besties bachelorette weekend!!!

July

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On July 5 I was was Matron of Honor in my best friend’s wedding! So much fun!

Then I finally got around to sharing our anniversary trip recap and photos and also got deeper with a talk about the role Social Media plays in our lives.

As I prepped to go on vacation to Jamaica I dived into some body issue talk

August

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JAMAICA BABY! It’s safe to say that this family vacation, recapped here and here, was the highlight of my 2014. We spent a week at a resort in the beginning of August. 

After returning to real life, I celebrated my one year blogging anniversary. The rest of the summer was filled with fun day trips and time with friends before Ryan headed off to his last first day of school

September

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September was good to us. Maggie turned 8 and I celebrated by sharing 5 ways she makes me a better person. We had a great weekend at my best friend’s lake house in Scranton. And then we then had a beautiful weekend at the Jersey Shore I love the beach in September, followed by a weekend in Annapolis and DC with my best friend from college.

I also discussed how being a newlywed isn’t always unicorns and roses. And, I made a point of celebrating the small things and trying to take life one day a a time. 

October

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October was a big month!

In October I was excited to start a new series: Recently Read and Think Positive Mondays.

We also celebrated Pop-Pop’s 89th Birthday as well as surprised Ryan’s mom for her birthday.  I discussed books a lot with another blast from the past  and talking about my love of real books over e-books (that’s backed by  science!)

I also took a girls’ trip to NYC for a weekend and to see Beautiful.

But most importantly we celebrated Ryan accepting a job offer in Wilmington after graduation! 

November 

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 November seemed like a slow month, as we crawled into the busyness of the holiday season. We threw Ryan’s parents a surprise Anniversary party. I talked about making time to do what you love every single day. For me it’s reading and finding quiet time. I questioned my identity in relation to my hometown and where I live. I wrote Ryan a Love Letter of Gratitude and also expressed gratitude on Thanksgiving

December

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This December was one of the fastest on record for me! We selected our Christmas tree, got it all decorated, and had it crash into our piano a few days later. Which made me write this post comparing Christmas Trees to Marriage. We saw Tedeschi Trucks Band in concert and did Karaoke and dancing in Philly for a good friend’s Birthday and I discussed more books

An increase of violence in our nation and in our small town had me reflecting on community, neighbors, and trust. 

We baked and decorated hundreds of cookies, sang our hearts out, and celebrated Christmas to the fullest. Family came in town for a week and we had a lovely family Christmas. 

Once again, thanks for being a good friend and following along! I hope you’ll join us for 2015!

Happy New Year!