Birthday and Easter Celebrations

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We had a fabulous holiday weekend! On Saturday, my Birthday, we attended an Easter party at my Pop-Pop’s retirement community. There we met the Easter bunny and got free portraits taken with real live bunnies borrowed from an Amish farm. I had no idea we were going to get such professional photos taken and was blown away by the results. I love my little Wyatt with the bunny, I’m going to be a proud mama here, isn’t he the cutest???

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Later that day we celebrated my birthday at my parent’s house. Wyatt was very interested in the candles! It was a perfect low key celebration. 

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Sunday morning, the Easter bunny was a little late getting things going. (I hear he was also celebrating a birthday with cosmos like me the night before). But I was very happy to present Wyatt’s first Easter basket. We filled it with books, a Jellycat piggy, a fun ball, a rattle chick, and tons of plastic Easter eggs.

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Wyatt was extremely intrigued and couldn’t wait to dig in!

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Timbbbbber!!!

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He liked the Easter eggs the best. We spent the rest of the morning dumping out the eggs over and over again. 

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Next we headed over to my parent’s house where Wyatt was presented with another basket of Easter goodies! Our little guy isn’t spoiled one little bit!

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We then drove down to Philly for Easter with Ryan’s family. Wyatt made quite the entrance as he had an accident all over his fancy Easter outfit. So after a quick and very messy change, we enjoyed more Easter goodies, including this Mickey Doll that sings The Hot Dog song. Wyatt is in love. Mommy will soon lose her mind! 

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It was great to get all the MacDonald kiddos in one place to celebrate! 

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How did you celebrate Easter?

 

 

33 Things for 33 Years

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I turn 33 years old today! This year I kept forgetting how old I was turning. Is that a sign of getting old or just a sign that the number no longer really matters?

This feels like a pretty big year.

This year I decided to choose comfort over in pain in footwear. I finally found some make up that I love and figured out how to use it. We bought our first “real” furniture for the house. (ie not something from ikea and not a hand me down). I gained new respect over my body and stopped obsessing over the number on the scale. And oh yeah, I gave birth to a baby and kept him alive and happy for 6 months so far! 

I love birthdays because I love celebrations. It’s also a great time to reflect on life. So in honor of my 33rd year I decided to make a list of 33 little things that currently make me happy:

Baby giggles

Taking walks

Sweet Kale Salad 

Getting Wyatt outside

Baby shoes

Clean Sheets

That first sip of morning coffee

 Especially  if it is Deathwish Coffee

Fuller House

Thursday night wine

Spring clothes shopping , not maternity

Singing to Wyatt with Ryan

Chicken Salad

Weekend mornings that Ryan lets me sleep in, alone

Cosmos from The Belvedere

Sunday night family dinners

Lazy Sundays

Summer baby clothes

Taking endless photos of Wyatt

Maggie cuddles

Afternoon chats with my Mom

Reading with Wyatt

Finding some time to read myself

Bubble baths with US weekly

Baking cookies

Amazon Prime

Instagram

Outside drinks

Counting down to the beach

The rare girls’ night

Waking up to Wyatt’s big, full face, smile

Jane the Virgin

Naps

Time to celebrate! Cheers to another year of life! 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Happy 30th Birthday, Ryan!

Tomorrow is Ryan’s 30th Birthday! We’ll be busy celebrating with family, so I wanted to share his annual Birthday letter today:

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Dear Ryan,

Happy Birthday my sweet husband! Aren’t you lucky, a Saturday for your big 3 0!

This year I’ve watched you grow so much.

As you closed out your twenties, I witnessed you getting more patience and confidence and take the fast track to accomplishing your dream of graduating law school and working hard at your job. I never thought I’d be able to take on another person’s dreams and goals like I do with you. I’m honored to stand by your side and fight with you. And in return you stood by me through lots of tears this year as we worked together to become parents.

Your 30th year is going to be so eventful! Graduating law school! Quitting your job! Moving! Taking the bar exam! Starting a new job in a new state! And finally, becoming a father!

One of your most favorite things to say is, “I’m just taking it all in”. 

This year there is going to be so much to take in!

You’ll be saying goodbye to law student Ryan and hello to lawyer Ryan and daddy Ryan. I can’t wait to see you growing into those new roles. 

It’s funny how for years finishing school and parenthood seemed so far in our future but now that it’s upon us it simply feels like our life is overflowing. Like this is how it was always meant to be. We are surrounded by so much change, energy, and life. And I’m just going to sit here with you and take every last ounce of it in. 

This is going to be a year to remember and a great kick off to you joining my in the thirties club. Life is good and I hope to keep celebrating all the moments, big and small, with you. 

Happy Birthday, Ryan! Cheers to another year of you!

xoxo Katie

 

89th Birthday Celebration

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On Sunday my Pop-Pop turned 89. We celebrated with a small family dinner at my parents house. 

He is the center of our family. Every important event I can remember from my childhood, he was there. When I think of the type of person I want to be as I continue to grow, I can think of no better role model than my Pop-Pop. 

He’s a friend to everyone he meets, treating strangers like family. He has worked hard for his whole life. He states that if only his vision would be better he’d still be working every day. He puts family first and has never wavered his faith and he has filled his life with love.

Somedays I feel like they don’t make people like Pop-Pop anymore. 

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He does awesome for 89 years! He loves running errands with my mom, going out to dinner, taking long walks, and going on vacation. He joined us in Jamaica this year and is hoping to go on a Panama Canal cruise next year. 

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Last year he got a kick out of the video interview of him I put up on this blog. He’s always laughing that we need to stop putting him on Facebook! When he goes to events or parties or church people always tell him they see updates about him on Facebook that my mom or I post. He keeps up with us pretty well, even toasting his birthday with a shot of Tuaca!

On Sunday evening we gathered in my parents sun room, a place where so many celebrations over the years have occurred. My mom presented him with his favorite cake, a chocolate sugary concoction made with mayo (don’t knock it til you try it!) and a to die for peanut butter icing.

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This is the same cake my mom’s mother used to make. He blew out his candles with a smile of a child. 

Pop-Pop always has the best stories. Even though I may hear the same stories over and over, they never get old. They are filled with friends and family, sadly many passed, and always end with him laughing.

So, I asked Pop-Pop what he’s learned in his 89 years. His response was simple: “Well, Katie, I’ve had a lot of great years, a few hard times, but I’ve had some great years.”

I think we can all learn from that perspective. Life is never always going to be all good. But as long as you see the good more than the bad, you’re going to have a pretty grand life. Soon the bad will be events you can barely fit in your memory because your laughter and smiles of the good times will take up too much room. 

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Hold on and celebrate the good. Have faith in your heart and the kindness of others. Continue living that good life, so when you’re 89 years old you can  fill the room with stories of a well lived life. 

31 Lessons I Learned In 31 Years

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Today I turn 31 and like any good writer I’m sitting here reflecting on my last year. This is the year I got married, starting to feel a little physically older, and grew more comfortable with myself – body and mind. I thought I’d share a fun little list of 31 things I’ve learned in my 31 years.

31 Lessons in 31 Years

1. Don’t make assumptions. You rarely know the full story.

2.  Befriend your parents. It’s a once in a lifetime relationship and a friendship that will teach you the most.

3. Success is always in the eye of the beholder.

4. Take time for you. It’s not a selfish behavour. Take care of yourself and your happiness.

5. The cheaper the wine the worse the headache.

6. It’s okay to make mistakes. At least you’re doing something – like learning.

7. A dog can heal your soul.

8. Pause. You don’t have to make a decision immediately.

9. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else is.

10. A nap can fix a great number of things.

11. I’m not a career woman. My job doesn’t define me and never will.

12. Never say never.

13. Not everyone has to like you. Stop trying to please them and stop apologizing for what makes you happy.

14. Style has nothing to do with fashion.

15. Love is all around.

16. Be present. Listen with 100% of your body.

17. Family is everything.

18. Sometimes you just have to know when to say, “I give up” and pour yourself a drink. It’s okay.

19. Forgiveness is both the most hardest but most rewarding thing.

20. You have to create your own happiness.

21. 99% of people aren’t paying any attention to you.

22. Expensive shoes and accessories are worth it.

23. Never miss a chance to say “I Love You”.

24. Nourish and feed your body well. It’s a vessel not a trash can.

25. Truly focus on the select few things that you are good at.

26.  Respond to phone calls, letters,  texts, and emails. Even if there is no question, if someone reached out to you, respond.

27. You don’t have to look amazing at all times. Relax.

28. Use your voice. Don’t be afraid to speak your mind.

29. Don’t compare, there is always someone smarter, richer, prettier, and “happier” but there is no one else just like you.

30. No one ever has it figured all out, but each day is a fresh start at trying your best.

31. When you have the oppurtunity to dance, dance. Even if you look stupid, you’ll always have more fun than if you stayed in the corner.

Now eat an ice cream sundae and toast with some champagne with me. Cheers!

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xoxo Katie

 

 

 

 

Birthday Celebration in Annapolis

My husband, Ryan and I, have the unique fortune of having birthdays only days apart. He turned 29 on Friday while I turn 31 on Wednesday and you can bet we spent this weekend celebrating. We spent the weekend living it up in one of my favorite cities, Annapolis!

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A while back we decided to book a weekend getaway for our birthdays – something to look forward to during the long and bitter winter. Annapolis, MD was an easy choice. I lived in Annapolis from ages 22-26 and still feel like I’m at home when visiting. I took Ryan when we first started dating and he fell in love with the quaint town as well. We try to make a trip down a few times a year.

What’s great about going to the same town over and over? Since you’ve already seen it all, you can have no agenda and have fun just taking in all the sights, people watching, and enjoying all of your favorite hot spots.

This weekend we stayed in the charming Robert Johnson House (part of the Historic Inns of Annapolis).

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The Inn dates back to 1773. Our street level room faced out to the Governor’s Mansion lawn and the State House. It was an ideal location and within blocks of all our favorite shops, bars, and restaurants not to mention the waterfront.

We kicked off the weekend at my number one favorite spot in Annapolis – Mexican Cafe!

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This may seem strange to some as it’s not a seafood restaurant or even that unique or trendy of a place, and the food is only so so, but you come for the margaritas! Oh the margaritas! They mix in a little everclear and it’s magic. I use to come here at least once a week – dangerous!

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After our lunch we were primed to walk around the historic district. My favorite shop is Paws, a fun pet boutique. Fact: this is the only store that I buy Maggie’s collars from.

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The owners are so friendly and welcoming. You can tell just how passionate they are about dogs and cats. After stocking up on some collars we spent the next 2 hours milling about town, aweing at the architecture and gorgeous historical homes, people watching, and window shopping.

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Next we headed into Chart House to share some Blue Crab Dip and some Manhattans at their waterfront bar. The sun was beginning to set and it was that perfect twilight hour. We were so cozy it was hard for us to leave. But we headed back to the Inn to shower and change for the evening.

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sunset in annapolis chesapeake bay We spent the night bar hopping to other favorites. At the newer, Red Red Wine Bar we ran into a bachelorette party that invited us to partake in their bachelorette party card game (think a card deck with each card instructing you to do different activities like “pinch a guys butt” or “sing a song”) I never turn down a chance to play a game! We had a blast with the girls and a few other people we met at the bar. What always marvels me is the friendliness of the people we meet here. In our hometown it feels like everyone is set in their ways and not keen on meeting new friends, almost like they’re adverse to anyone new. We were having a blast and pretty soon it was past midnight.

katie and ryan birthday in annapolis Never one to want the night to end, I insisted we head over to Level for one last drink….and then I wanted to follow that up with pizza…apparently I was trying to convince myself I was still 21 and not turning 31.

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Sunday was complete with a nice brunch followed by a long chat sitting on a bench facing the water. I couldn’t think of a better way to welcome growing older.

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It was hard going back to work – but I have more birthday fun to look forward to this week. Yay for weeklong celebrations!

Never been to Annapolis? On Thursday I’ll be back sharing my Top Ten Attractions in Annapolis, Md! 

xoxo Katie