Tuesday, September 2, 2014

day 2 - the little things

I'm linking up with Bailey from Brave Love for the blog-a-day challenge during September! Day 2: Write about what makes you happy, from the little joys to the huge game-changers.

Austen & I were talking the other day how it's the little things in marriage, and in life, that can mean the most. I really feel like it's the little things for me that make me happiest. 

It can be sneaking back to bed to snuggle Shiloh (who goes back to bed and burrows herself under all of the blankets, every. single. morning.) while she has that sweet, puppy smell first thing in the morning. Or when Austen brings me home more children's flavored toothpaste (being pregnant, this is a big one for me). It can be the little positive notes parents send me on class dojo. 

Or how Lilly comes and curls up by my belly every morning for the last hour or two before we wake up. It's date nights with Austen to go grocery shopping at Whole Foods, and picking out a muffin afterwards. Since I can't drink this school year (bummer), it's lemonade after school on those tough days. Sometimes, taking off my shoes at my desk during prep, and just sitting while I check emails. 

Or when friends randomly surprise me with Scentsy's "cashmere" bars (which are discontinued, but my fav). It can be b&bw candles lit, or the Amish fireplace turned on, or piano music. 

Sometimes, it's felt balls on a string. Bringing out autumn and Christmas decorations, and listening to Christmas music. It can be drinking hot chocolate or tea out of Polish pottery mugs, or curling up under a favorite quilt. 

Really, I'm not a tough person to please. Pretty much anything thoughtful or sweet. 

Monday, September 1, 2014

day 1 - about the author

I'm linking up for the blogtember challenge with Bailey from Brave Love. The first prompt is: Imagine the front sleeve of a hard cover novel. Give us your "About the Author" so we can get to know one another, and for fun tell us what your imaginary novel would be about.

So, here's a little about me - 

I'm Katie, and I'm married to my Airman, Austen. I originally grew up outside of St. Louis, MO but moved to Fort Worth, TX just three weeks before my senior year of high school. I swore I'd leave Texas for college, but stayed. I went to the University of North Texas for 3 1/2 years, and that is where I met Austen. He wasn't attending college there, but we had a mutual friend. I'll tell ya'll more about our little love story later this month, because it's kind of a funny one. Needless to say, I broke all the girl code. 

After knowing each other and dating for 15 months, we got engaged. After 5 days of being engaged, we got married. He was in tech school with the Air Force, and less than 2 months later, we made the 18 hour move from Denton, TX to Las Vegas, NV. Nellis Air Force Base has been home to us for the past 3 1/2 years, and it's starting to settle in on me. I hate the heat, and I hate the lack of trees and grass, but I love our friends here. I love the school I teach at and the home we've made together. 

On that note, I teach second grade at the elementary school on the AFB. That means, all of my students have one or both parents in the military. It's a unique bunch, and I love all of their life experience at just seven years old! 

We're also expecting our first baby!! A little girl, due right around Valentine's Day. We are so, so excited and thank goodness, we can agree on a name because we can't agree on nursery colors. I was told to go for whatever, but apparently radiant orchid as an accent color is a no go. He'd like more of greens. We'll see how this turns out... ;)

We also have two sweet fur babies, Lilly & Shiloh. They photo bomb a lot around here, and thank goodness, because they're pretty dang cute. 

So I guess that's pretty much me in a nutshell! Oh, and if I had to write a novel, I have no idea what it'd be about. I love reading, but don't know what I'd actually write a book about if someone told me I had to. Probably something military related, sort of like Army Wives. 

Can't wait to read ya'lls who are linking up, and keep coming back for more posts from the link up this month! 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

colorado family vaca

As I go back to work this week, I thought I would share a little about our last vaca of the summer with my husband's side of the family. I am so lucky to have such a great relationship with my in-laws, and really always have a great time with them! Spending it in Colorado (aka: where the weather is gorgeous and I feel 10x better!) was definitely a plus.

We drove out to Colorado Springs first for a quick visit, where essentially everyone met up to drive out to Crested Butte together. Austen's sister is a news reporter and weekend anchor there, so while the boys all went to a condo the night after everyone got in town, my mom-in-law and I went to see Maddie anchor, then go out for dinner together. Last time I saw Maddie at her work, she was at a teeny station in Sherman, Texas and it was the weekend after Austen & I got married. That was nearly four years ago...

The girls drove up the next day, and while the boys spent the afternoon mountain biking, Maddie and I took the dogs for a walk on the mountain. Crested Butte is so precious! We were right at the base of the lifts, and not far from their little town in the valley.

While the boys took to the hills the next morning, my mom-in-law, Maddie, and I went for a walk through main street. The one goal was to find the chocolate factory. They make a delicious mint truffle, ya'll. Seriously, so good. The town was adorable, and we scouted out somewhere for us to all eat later that night in celebration of my father-in-law's belated birthday.

Maddie's boyfriend had to leave a day early to go back to work, but that afternoon, our cousin drove in from north of Salt Lake City, Utah to hangout for a few days! It was so, so good to catch up with him. He had everyone doubled over in laughter, and at the same time, is one of the best listeners I know. We were all so glad he could make it!

One of the great things about Kris coming was that he drives a land cruiser, and us "kids" had plans for a backroads trip with it... Thank goodness, he was completely on board for it!

So the next morning, all six of us piled in and went on a little adventure up and around a mountain. It was gorgeous. One moment that stood out to me was when we were driving through a bunch of pine trees and Austen & I noted how good it smelt. Kris pulled over, cut off a piece of a branch and hung it from his rear view mirror calling it "natural air freshener". This pregnant desert girl was sure happy about it!

We had to leave later that day, and got stuck in a couple of different rain storms. One was so bad, Austen asked me to pull up the weather and see if there was a tornado nearby because you could barely see in front of your car, the rain was so thick. We made it home in one piece, though, and without having to pull over for me (thank goodness).

I'm also pretty convinced that I could live in Colorado and never complain. Gorgeous mountains, and perfect weather (in my cold-loving opinion). I cannot wait for Thanksgiving to see all of the family again, since we're all going to try to make it back to Texas to spend the holiday together. (plus, I'm hungry right now and really want some turkey, mashed potatoes, and green bean casserole with a  role or two on the side...)

Friday, August 22, 2014

little pea is a...

This week was a big ultrasound for us. Due to my heart condition, I'm in dual care with the hospital on the Air Force base, and a perinatalogist off base. My doctors on base have been wonderful, but we especially love our doctor off base. I see him about every 3 weeks, and they usually don't match up with the same weeks I go to the doctors on base. Needless to say, I have frequent appointments! 

On Monday, our ultrasound was an exciting one though, because we were able to find out little pea's gender!! Yes, I'm only 14 weeks, but the doctor said we're about 90% sure, while the ultrasonograph said she's 99.9% sure on this one. After seeing the ultrasound in person, we agree with her! 

Let me give ya'll an update though on pregnancy:

how far along: 14 weeks, 3 days

baby size: Little pea is measuring right around 7-8 cm long, which is about the size of your middle finger.

baby's progress: So far, everything looks great! The ultrasonographer had a residential assistant in the room with her, and she was able to show her (and us) where most of little pea's organs are. She said she could almost do a full anatomy scan (which isn't until 20 weeks).

weight gain: 9 lbs, but I used to eat like a bird and now I eat almost constantly... almost everything I eat is fruits and salads, though, so really it's a number on the scale to me right now, and I know it'll come off post baby.

stretch marks: No, but I have started using Burt's Bee's "mama bee" belly cream. The smell alone is amazing.

sleep: Eh. I wake up a lot to go to the bathroom. I tucked Austen's memory foam pillow between my knees before he came to bed on Wednesday night, and it was like a dream. Definitely getting a body pillow this weekend!

movement: Little pea was having a dance party at the last ultrasound! Lots of flips and kicks, and even some fist pumping at one point. I can't feel any of it yet, but am excited to!

best moment this week: Finding out little pea's gender!

looking forward to: Registering! We're doing all of it through a website online, which I'll share more about later. We've put a few things on there, and I'm looking forward to adding more of the big stuff. 

food cravings: Fruit, and thank goodness it's not insanely priced yet. Also, apples dipped in cream cheese frosting is kind of amazing... But I got in maybe 2 swipes before I realized there is nothing healthy about that, and just ate the apple plain. Still delicious.

weirdest food I ate this week: I think the apples in cream cheese frosting. I might have weird cravings, but I don't usually give in to any of them.

anything making you queasy or sick: Red meat. And our homemade dog food. 

labor signs: No

what I miss: My old jeans. I can still hide the bump (but not for much longer) and have the urge to walk around talking about something pregnancy related so people realize I'm not chunky, that it's a baby! ;)

symptoms: Still nausea in the evenings, but my doctor prescribed me zofran so I'm hoping that'll help. Lots of mood swings and exhaustion.  

things that suck: Work started back up this week, so those early mornings are rough. At least my new school starts later than last year, so I get an extra hour of sleep than I did before! 

things that don't suck: Setting up the nursery! Austen's going to put together the crib, we need to get a crib mattress still, but everything else is in place which is so exciting!

And, the most exciting piece of news this week is that little pea is a...


We could not be more tickled pink (pun intended) to have a sweet daughter. Let the fun of buying all girly things begin... :)
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