Show & Tell: Stranded Island

1. Tell us, if you could only take 5 people with you to a deserted island, who would it be, and why?
 Now, what kind of deserted island are we talking about? Like a Bora Bora/Tahiti/Maldives type of island…? Because if we are, then I’m totally down for being stranded. When does the S.S. Minnow leave?! I’d for sure bring my husband. For one, he’s my husband; and two, he’s basically a doctor, so he’d bring the Band-Aids and hydrogen peroxide. IF I decided to bring Emmalyn with me, I’d also have to bring my parents… you know, to babysit. With views like Tahiti, you better believe we’ll need a babysitter 😉

 
On the other hand, if we’re talking about a deserted island, Hunger Games style (except without The Capital controlling everything), then I’d still bring my hubby, but would definitely also bring professional survivalist, Steven Rinella from The Travel Channel, because, well you know… the guy’s made a career out of surviving. Bear Grylls, from Man vs. Wild would be an exceptional addition to my Stranded Island Crew, too–just in case Mr. Rinella needed some assistance. That leaves us with two more recruits… Hmm, I think I’d bring Zooey Deschanel for comedic relief & random interpretive dance moves. I swear we were twins in another life. Lastly, I’d probably bring my mom so I could be babied–HA! There are times when I ‘just want my mommy’ and I feel like being on a deserted island would be another one of those times.

 
You’re probably thinking, “You wouldn’t bring your own daughter?” Hells to the no. If I can’t get her to eat avocados, how the heck do you think I’m going to get her to eat bugs and trees?! Plus, she’s not potty-trained. Enough visual.
 
 
2. Show us which island you’d like to be deserted at. 
 
 
3. Tell us, if you could only bring 3 items with you, what would those items be. And why?
Feminine products. Why? Well, imagine not having them. Again, enough visual. I would bring a journal and pen. (Wait, does that count as one or two items?) I think I would go insane if I couldn’t jot down my random thoughts/feelings. Plus, it would make for really good memories. For my third item, I’d bring sun cream. I’m huge when it comes to protecting my skin!
 
4. Show us 3 pictures that you would take with you.
 
This is my favorite picture from our wedding:
 
 
A newborn photo of Emmalyn:
 
 
To make me laugh:
5. Tell us what you envision life would be like on that island. Do you think you would go into survival mode? Would you be like those Survivor people and eat bugs? What qualities do you possess that would help you survive. Do share.

I would not survive… I’m super optimistic, huh? I don’t even weigh enough to donate blood, so how could I live off of bugs and leaves?! Damn. So much for enjoying a deserted island…
So what about you?
Do tell!
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Show & Tell: High School Memories

I’m linking it up with…

1. Tell us what kind of student you were in high school {popular, nerd, sport obsessed, choir, etc}

Freshman year was hell. I had come from a verrrrry small private middle school. Verrrrry small, meaning 11 kids in my graduating class. Yes. Eleven. So needless to say, I knew no one going in to high school. & to top it off, I was painfully shy. & had braces. & frizzy curly hair. Freshman year was so bad that one time I even ate lunch in the bathroom because I couldn’t find anyone to sit with. [please tell me I’m not alone on this one, or I might just have to go crawl under a rock with embarrassment…]

In HS, I was really involved in competitive dance, practicing for hours every day after school. I would do my homework in class since I would barely have time to do it at home. Honestly, I really just went to school to get it over with. I made decent grades (except in math), excelled in my Early Childhood elective class (go figure), but never pushed myself to be better.

By the end of sophomore year, my looks had started to change {see: question 2} and I was starting to fit in better; although by no means was I ever popular. I was dating the “cutest” boys, which was fun at the time, but totally unnecessary! I would go to house parties on the weekend, doing the stupid things you do at stupid high school parties, when parents are out of town {gasp! not me! no, never!}

My husband and I joke now that we would not have *clicked* in high school. He was a straight-A guy, focused on college, friends with everyone… and I was well, not.

2. Share with us some high school pictures. We know you have them somewhere.

  {yes…. I had blonde hair throughout most of high school. crazy, right?}

 
3. Tell us about your school. Private? Public? How many in graduating class? Mascots? School colors?
 
I went to a very nice, newly renovated public high school where there were roughly 900 in my graduating class. Yes. 900. Our mascot was a Patriot, with our colors naturally being red, white, and blue. 
 
4. Tell us about some of your favorite memories of high school. Or what stands out the most? Any teachers? Specific classes?
 
Nothing about high school stands out the most. How terrible is that?! I dreaded going to school, and wished it away almost every day. My best memories were of dance, after school, where I could just be ME.
 
5. Tell us a piece of advice you would pass on to your children or any child entering high school.

Ohh geeze… there’s so much I could say… PAY ATTENTION IN CLASS!!! There will be plenty of time for chit-chatting and finding out all the latest gossip. In the end, it’s more important to get a great education than it is to wear the cutest clothes or date the cutest boys.

High school is just a short four years in the grand scheme of life. Yes, you evolve and learn a lot about yourself, but they’re definitely not the “best four years of your life”.

& most importantly…. BE NICE TO YOUR PARENTS!! ’nuff said.

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What about you? What were you like in high school?

loyally,
katie

I Believe.

I believe in back rubs before bedtime.
I believe in sending snail mail.
I believe in Mary Poppins.
I believe in orange nail polish.
I believe in a good cry.
I believe in a sweaty run.
I believe in my husband.
I believe in green tea.
I believe in waking up early.
I believe in blogging.
I believe in teaching.
I believe in learning.
I believe in dancing.
I believe in random acts of kindness.
I believe in setting a good example.
I believe in extending dignity to every human being.
I believe in Girls Nights.
I believe in a great tube of mascara.
I believe in gratitude journals.
I believe in taking risks.
I believe in praying.
I believe in laughing ’til it hurts.
I believe in singing out loud.
I believe in looking on the bright side.
I believe in chocolate fudge.
I believe in me.
What do you believe in?
:::
loyally,
katie

Today. Raw.

This ticking of the clock

The thoughts running through my head

Heart beating

Mechanical air briefly brushing over my hair

Blue and white aged quilted blanket,

wrapped tightly around my legs.

Soft dog, smells of baby powder,

also wrapped around my legs.

Thoughts ticking

Heart beating

Rumbling of cars go by

Heavy eyelids,

staring out into nothingness

Mind is blank

Honestly, blank

Sighing

Tanned skin tingles

Legs crossed, toes entwined

Half-full water is still

Nose itches

Fingers move swiftly across the keys

No editing, no rewriting

Just me and my thoughts

today.

:::

loyally,

katie

Summer Lovin’

*Family Vacation
**2nd Wedding Anniversary Getaway
***Art of Animation Resort @ Disney World

:::

loyally,

katie

My Cherry Has a Butt!

1. My cherry has a butt! aka CFA’s banana pudding milkshakes are back in season! Oy! They’ll be the death of me.
2. Daddy came to music class. Hooray for Daddy’s day off!
3. The Mom Cave clutter. My newest project…. Organizing 101 {also the death of me}
4. Cousins park date. They love each other so much.
5. My New Bible. 1/2-way through and it’s ahhhmaziiing!
6. Springtime fun. Doll face. Just sayin’

7. Chocolate banana pound cake balls. Yes. {Insert.Drool.Here}
8. Bubbles & baby pools. Gotta love Florida weather!
9. Friday night golf. Just a little 9 holes with the hubs.
10. Pre-Easter egg huntin’ Practicing for the real deal.
11. Bye-Bye Winter! Glad to space bag our winter wear. Good ridden!
12. Cutie Patootie. The Easter Bunny Mimo & Papo put quarters in Emmy’s eggs! She was very particular about counting them for days.

I’d say April is off to a great start!

loyally,
katie  

Do I Dare?

What do Phil Dunphy, Schmidt, Rachel Berry, Dan Humphrey, Karen Cartwright, Sheldon Cooper,  and Dwight all have in common…???

They’re taking over my life!

Goodness gracious, y’all… I watch a lot of TV.

I hadn’t really given it much thought until people shared on FB that they were giving it up for Lent. My yoga instructor gave it up for a whole month (and counting) just to better herself.

I don’t know if I could do the same. Could you?

I watch TV so I don’t have to think. & to have a good laugh. After a long day, my husband and I like to vege and cuddle on the couch, while watching our DVR’d shows.

Taking my writing class made me see how much TV sucks up my time!

My TV Lineup:

Monday
Two Broke Girls (3o min)
Gossip Girl (1 hr)
Secret Life of the American Teenager (embarrassingly, yes; 1 hr)
Smash (1 hr)

Tuesday
Glee (1 hr)
New Girl (30 min)
Last Man Standing (30 min)

Wednesday
Whitney (30 min)
Are you there, Chelsea? (30 min) 
Modern Family (30 min; although I wish it were an hour!)

Thursday
Grey’s Anatomy (1 hr)
Big Bang Theory (3o min)
The Office (30 min)

That’s 9 hours!

Now, I never watch these *live* so let’s take away about an hour’s worth of commercials, ‘kay?

So that’s 8 hours…

BUT–let’s not forget sporadic bursts of TV throughout the day… Today Show, Live with Kelly, House Hunters, Ellen Degeneres….

So let’s add on 10 more hours (2 hours a day, per 5 days a week)…

Now we’re at 20!

Oh, wait… what about the weekend?

Let’s add 4.

THAT’S 24 HOURS OF MY LIFE…. gone!

Do you know how much I could get accomplished in 24 hours?!?? That’s like adding an 8th day to my week!

For one, I could read and comment on all of your blogs! Ha!

Orrr…. I could clean house, work out, write, change the world, shop, bird watch, …

Granted, I don’t play catch-up on my DVR until Little Miss is either napping or down for the night, so my time isn’t taken away from her. However, The Fresh Beat Band may just be my new BFFs. They’re life savers for letting me switch over the laundry, cook, pee…

Anywho! Do I think I could ever give up TV?

Hmmm….

Ummmm….

Hmphh…

yes

no

yes 


Aw, who am I kidding?!

I do think I need to be a little *choosier* with my time spent watching TV.

But who would I give up?! LonelyBoy? Schmidt? Cameron & Mitchell? Mr. Schu? Amy Farrah Fowler?

Ohh the agony!

😉

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So what shows take over your life? Which are your absolute faves that you could not give up?! What would you do with all that *extra* time? Or, if you’re my idol not a TV watcher, how do you do it?

Loyally,
Katie

Things to Remember About Life

I’m not sure where this is from (besides my MIL’s fridge), but I copied it and tacked it up on my refrigerator, too, for a healthy & daily reminder. Thought I’d share! 🙂
The most destructive behavior …………………………………………………………………………………….. Worry
The greatest Joy ………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Giving
The greatest loss ………………………………………………………………………………………. Loss of self-respect
The most satisfying work ………………………………………………………………………………… Helping others
The ugliest personality trait …………………………………………………………………………………… Selfishness
The most endangered species ………………………………………………………………………. Dedicated leaders
Our greatest natural resource ………………………………………………………………………………….. Our youth
The greatest “shot in the arm” …………………………………………………………………………. Encouragement
The greatest problem to overcome …………………………………………………………………………………… Fear
The most effective sleeping pill ………………………………………………………………………… Peace of mind
The most crippling failure disease………………………………………………………………………………. Excuses
The most powerful force in life ……………………………………………………………………………………… Love
The most dangerous pariah ……………………………………………………………………………………. A gossiper
The world’s most incredible computer ………………………………………………………………………. The brain
The worst thing to be without ……………………………………………………………………………………….. Hope
The deadliest weapon …………………………………………………………………………………………… The tongue
The two most power-filled words ……………………………………………………………………………….. “I Can”
The greatest asset …………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Faith
The most worthless emotion …………………………………………………………………………………….. Self-pity
The most beautiful attire …………………………………………………………………………………………… SMILE!
The most prized possession ………………………………………………………………………………………. Integrity
The most powerful channel of communication ………………………………………………………………. Prayer
The most contagious spirit ……………………………………………………………………………………. Enthusiasm

Video: A Little Pick-Me-Up!

Need a little laugh? Emmy wants to cheer you up!

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Thanks for the compliments on yesterday’s pics.
To answer your question, Yes! I did the hair myself.
{the first photo was my friend Lauren’s hair & the second was mine}
I visited the land of Pinterest [follow me!], and have officially moved there indefinitely.
Here’s the link I learned from.
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Loyally,
Katie