The Advent Activity Calendar: Year 5

by katherine on December 2, 2016

This marks our fifth year of the Advent Activity Calendar. I love the tradition this has created. Rylee remembers it now and has asked for it for the last 2 years. Reese isn’t there yet, but when she got home from daycare last night and saw it all set up, she was super excited. And […]


It’s FriYay! – Pacific North WET Edition

by katherine on July 8, 2016

It was a short work week… why do short weeks always screw with me so badly!? I can’t believe it’s Friday. If you remember last week, I was looking forward to planning our first camping trip as a family of 5! But now it’s raining and it’s supposed to continue all weekend. So we’re not […]

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Christmas Magic

by katherine on January 14, 2014

The moment of Christmas Magic officially hit me this year. It came at about 10:30 PM on Christmas Eve as I flopped myself down on the couch after the last gift was assembled…completely exhausted. I pictured the look on Rylee’s face when she saw the pile of gifts under {and around} the tree. How she […]


Let’s Talk Christmas {Cards} – A Review

by katherine on November 29, 2013

When it comes to all things Christmas in my house, I have the following rules: No Christmas until after Thanksgiving. Simple rule, right? Now that it’s officially after Thanksgiving I can let you in on a teeny, tiny secret…I broke my own rule. I started looking at Christmas card designs last week. I couldn’t help […]


Yup. Thankful.

by katherine on November 29, 2013

Holy crap just realized I almost missed posting today! I guess I got too caught up in sleeping in until 8 am, not showering until 11 am, cooking a perfectly timed and quite delicious thanksgiving spread ready at 5:30 PM sharp, then eating dessert and playing board games for the next two hours. Today was […]


Short Work Weeks

by katherine on November 27, 2013

I swear every time there is a short work week due to a holiday is the slowest, yet busiest week ever. Like, I’ve packed so much work crap into these last three days I feel like it should be Friday. I’m literally the last person left in the office. And I’m the one quitting in […]


Teaching them the tough stuff

by katherine on November 11, 2013

I hate the term “teachable moments” but I’ll be the first to admit that I almost never let one of those opportunities go by…particularly when it comes to “tough stuff”…but you never quite know when it sinks in or not. Take our visit to Pearl Harbor, for example. We took that as an opportunity to […]

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Halloween twenty thirteen

by katherine on November 1, 2013

So. Halloween. Let me just say that every year for me since having kids it’s been the same. Living in the country is great for so many things but in Halloween night it makes trick or treating a touch difficult. I rush out the door of work to go get the kids them rush into […]


Punkin’ Guts

by katherine on October 30, 2013

Part two of Halloween overload comin’ atcha. Seriously, I don’t think I’ve ever posted this much Halloween in one week. Not to mention I’ll be back Friday with actual Halloween photos. Reese was super into pumpkin carving. She thought the fact we put plastic down on the floor was super cool. She thought sticking her […]


Pumpkin Patchin’

by katherine on October 29, 2013

Saturday we hit the pumpkin patch with some friends. Both girls were super into it and I remembered to bring my “big camera”. Rylee was off pumpkin hunting out in the middle of the field so most of these photos are of Reese, but holy cute., amiright!? She was SO excited about the pumpkin she […]