Friday, March 30, 2012

This Post Has No Point*

*Except to make you smile.





Just a normal day around here.

Any big plans for the weekend? We are seeing The Hunger Games tomorrow night and I am SO excited!

Have a great weekend! xo

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Spring Across the Country

Last week, I put out a plea to y'all for picture of Spring and you definitely responded. You see, in Monterey, we have no real spring, and spring has always been one of my favorite seasons. Spring is full of hope and a sense of renewal; it is a time to start over and take a deep breath into the new life which lies ahead. And I am thankful for all you sweet blog friends who helped me get through my spring-less season by sending picture of spring where you are. Please stop by each of these lovely ladies and tell them how awesome they are!

First up, sweet Meyer smelling the Daffodils in Indiana. Thanks to Katie from The Happenings of the Hermans for sending this in.
My non-blogger, but good friend Renee, with her hubby and future baby girl under the Cherry Blossoms in DC.
 A fellow mommy of boys blogger, Cynthia, has just started to see spring in Colorado.
A Bradford Pear, one of my favorites, from Eloquent English.

 And Eliza sent me this tree from her parents' front yard. She says it always seems to bloom during Lent and is a great reminder of the new life that is coming.
 My bloggy BFF (it is ok if I call you that, right?) Lauren sent me some blooms from Portland. She also mentioned that the next day it was snowing in Oregon, so she was thankful for a few blooms ahead of time.
A beautiful shot of spring in Dc from my mom.
 A big thank you to Pam, at The Simple Details, for sharing this beauty, also from Colorado.
 Beautiful tulips from Heather of High Heels and Flip Flops.
Big props to Jenn who took this picture in Kentucky after leaving her 40 week baby appointment. She had the baby this week, so you should definitely go say hi to Baby Molly!
 I'm not really sure how to express my thanks to Malisa for sending the next two pictures. My beloved Auburn Plains. O, hello old friend. Spring in Auburn started way before it did on the upper East Coast and ever since college, I have wanted Spring to start March 1st.
 Best of all, Malisa gave an Auburn fan the best news of all: our Toomer's Oaks are budding this Spring, despite their poisoning last year. Thank Malisa for these pictures by ordering goodies from her bakery!
 Please also visit Kristen for other pictures of Alaska in the spring (which is actually still all snow!). She was kind enough to send pics, but for some reason, when I uploaded, the pictures were gray. Please still show her some love.

Thanks to everyone for bringing Spring a little closer to me.



Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Cousins and Cannon Beach

For the past few days, my boys and I were up in Washington State visiting my sister and brother in law and their 3 boys. Much of the time looked like this:

 Except for a date night on Sunday were the adults got to go out (and the babies didn't quite get to bed)
 On Monday, we loaded the boys up in the RV and headed south to Cannon Beach, Oregon for a day on the {very cold and windy} beach.

The boys had a ball playing trains
amd sticker books
 and looking out the window.
Bennett got a little love
Amd spent a little time wondering what in the world we were doing now.
Cullen and Brock reflected on their young lives
And 3 and a half hours later, we were there!
I took Bennett for a little walk toward Haystack Rock
while the big boys got the rain boots on and prepared to brave the water. 
 Fearless.

 And cute.
 Cade, Beth, Brock, Josh and Colt
 Beth caught a sweet moment (with sleeping Bennett under the towel)


 And we took heading back home, with a sign of success from a few boys.

And now, back to home. Thanks for a great visit Bookouts!

PS- If you sent me Spring pictures, Thank You, and I will be posting them tomorrow!


Monday, March 26, 2012

Things I Never Expected to Say

I know I have a tendency to share all the cute things that happen during my day, but there are are phrases that come out of my mouth that are definitely not so glamorous. So recently, every time I find myself thinking, really Kate, this is your life?, I've been writing it down in hope that it would eventually make sense. Instead, it makes a great blog post of Mommy-phrases for your entertainment.

These boys, they are trouble.

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Bennett, OUT of the bathroom!

Cullen, Mommy needs two sips of coffee before she can rebuild Misty Island.


Seriously child, I can not watch Curious George again.


Um, birds don't have toilets, that is why the poop on windows.

{In my excited voice, on a date with Kev, no kids in site) LOOK! A digger and a scoopy!!


Bennett! Out of the wine cabinet.
Yes, you are right, your poop does look like a rhino horn today. Yaaaaaay!


We are still in the classroom, you can't take your pants off.


No buddy, that's not water, that's mommy's special mommy drink.


I need to make Bubba his ba-ba, baby.

O, you made us a card at school, how nice. I'm glad that is why you love us.

But I don't feeel like walking around Target and looking at trains today.

Did you like Frankie's dog food?
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No you can't have a Happy Meal, but I can make you chicken nuggets and fries at home.

{to Kev} You know that 'A is for Alligator' song on Cullen's kid's song CD? I want to punch that girl in the throat.

How did you get poop on your socks?

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It is a good thing they are cute, isn't it?

PS- Thank you so much for all the well wishes on our 5 year anniversary! We flew up to Washington State over the weekend and are spending time with some family.
 I will get back to all your comments and blogs soon!


Thursday, March 22, 2012

Our Wedding Day

Tomorrow marks Kev and my 5th wedding anniversary. Time has flown by, and yet in 5 years, we have been through 1 deployment, lived in 3 cities, made 2 beautiful children and have continued to love each other and strengthen and grow our relationship. In that time, I have been a high school teacher, a pre-k teacher and a mommy (with a side of photographer). Kev has considered getting out of the Army but remained true to his calling and had to opportunity to serve overseas, in a university setting and now is furthering his knowledge in grad school. We have learned how to work together as parents, while maintaining a relationship with each otherin dependent of our children. And through all of those changes, our love has remained constant and only flourished.

 I figured today would be the perfect day to let you in on our celebration 5 years ago.

But before we get in to it, you must know that I was the worst bride ever. I'm not talking bridezilla bad, I'm talking about I had an anxiety attack and threw up the first time I tried on a wedding dress because I was tired of strangers asking me what my 'vision' was bad. I was not interested in wedding details, I just wanted to get married and then celebrate. To me, the vows were the most personal thing I would ever say and I hated that it was seemingly overshadowed by the fluff surrounding the 'big day'. So whenever we went off to meet with vendors, I would sulk in the corner while my mom made everything really nice. Thank goodness. I did, however, pick out my dress (at a very small boutique on a Tuesday afternoon with strict instructions that no one was to say the word 'big day' and pushy dress sellers were not allowed to touch me until I had the gowns on), the open bar and the big dance floor. With that said, please go thank my mom for handling the details and making it o so special.

We started the weekend with the rehearsal on Friday afternoon. Look what babies we are (I was 23 and Kev turned 26 the following week).
 And we had the rehearsal dinner at our favorite crab shack on the Potomac.
We kept our wedding party simple, just having family and long time best friends, but my college girlfriends were my 'non-bridesmaids' and did everything from throwing my bachlorette party to coming to our rehearsal. They were also in the room as I got ready and I presented each of them with a flower and small gift.

 With our parents at the rehearsal dinner.
 O I did pick out the bridesmaids flowers (daffodils, duh) and told the lady I wanted a bunch of different colors in my bouquet. She made the rest of it happen and my mom picked out all the flowers for the reception. My bridesmaids were my little sister in law Kate, my best friend from high school Bridget and my older sister in laws Beth and Kyle.
 My Dad preparing to walk me down the aisle.
Kev and I saying our vows. My good friend Father Matt married us. He was the chaplain when I was in high school and then the principal there when I returned to teach. He had all of our pre-cana meetings at an Irish Pub. He got me. He continued to be a great friend and mentor while Kev was deployed.
 Married! And being welcomed to the Army. We debated on whether or not to do the military wedding, but it was (and continues to be) such a big part of our lives and it is pretty special to be able to add these traditions to the ceremony.
With our MOH and best man, Kev's brother Mike.
My brothers, taking my marriage very seriously.
Then, it was on to the reception, held at the Hilton in Springfield, VA.

 My dad and I danced to Little Miss Magic by Jimmy Buffet and it was just uncomfortable enough for us inwardly emotional people, to be really funny.
 And like I said, I picked out the big dance floor and open bar, both of which were thoroughly used.

 Our parents. I've told you that they were friends long before Kev and I met, right?
 We did take a brief dancing/drinking pause to eat cake (which my mom also did a beautiful job of picking out, didn't she?).
 Annnd the dancing continued. I think the DJ gave up on wedding music at one point and just turned it in to a house dance party. The Ying-Yang twins happened. Classy.



 And even though I was the worst bride ever, we did have a great time and I am glad everyone convinced me to have a big wedding.

 Best of all, I turned out to be a pretty good wife and that is what matters most.
  Happy Anniversary, honey!

*All images are mine personally or courtesy of Bruce Larrabee Photography.
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