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Friday, September 16, 2011

Hi. I'm Katie.

Between my Fall Bucket List printable and my Erin Condren Giveaway, some new people (hi!) have found my blog. Because most of my readers have always been pretty organic, as in, they come by, read something, make the decision they want to stay, or whatever, I always get a little worried (if I'm being honest) about a sudden influx because of something like a giveaway, for example.

Yesterday, while on the phone with my Sister, I said, "Well, I hope the new people actually like my stuff and wanna stay," And she was all, "Um, Katie...they will. People get know you, and love you, they aren't going anywhere." But I was definitely feeling a little....self conscious about it. I guess you could say.

So I decided to tell you about myself a little bit. I had this blog post in the works even prior to this last big week around here, because I noticed more people stopping by. But, then I didn't do it. So now it's the perfect time. 

Hi. My name is Katie. I'm a 26 year old wife and momma to a 16 month old little girl. And this is, so far, the most boring introduction ever.

Starting over.

My real name is Katherine, but my parents called me Katie from day 1. I'm not gonna lie, that type of thing confuses a kid. I often wonder why they didn't just name me Katie straight from the womb. I go by Kate, Katie, and Kater (to close family, so don't try it, tehehe). I'm married to the guy (Declan) who told me at age 15 he was madly in love with me. I was newly 17 at the time. Call me a cougar. Go ahead. I dare you.

He stole my heart. Okay, I totally stole his, too. Thinking about our young love story gives me goosebumps. Declan proposed to me when he 19 years old (go ahead, GASP! shock! the horror!), and I was 21. We were married by the time we were 20 and 22, freshly graduated from college, and broke. [For the record, the age difference is 1 year and 8 months. I think.] 

We just celebrated four awesome years in August. I'm not lying when I say that marriage has pretty much been awesome to us. And that we've made a pretty great life for ourselves. Got ourselves great jobs, bought the house. He is a manager of an Embroidery (for uniforms, gear, etc) department and I was an Elementary Art Teacher in the public schools for three years where I got squirted with paint daily, and asked the silliest but most annoying questions. I'm kidding. About the paint-squirting part. I managed to stay pretty clean most days.

We started trying for a baby in 2009. I had a heartbreaking miscarriage, and blogged my entire way through it. Thankfully, my story reached out to many women, and everyday made me stronger. In August of 2009 we got pregnant with our baby girl. On May 10, 2010 we welcomed the sweetest, most darling, squishy newborn into our lives: Miss Emeline Kay.

I ended up taking the school year off on one-year leave to stay home with her. I couldn't have imagined it any other way, truly. Mainly because I had to function all on coffee because God knows my kid did NOT sleep for 11 months. And during that year I started my headband making business (which has now come to an end). However, in it's short little life, was a success and I have most of my blog-friends to thank for that. I kept busy taking care of my new!little!baby!, crafting, making fabric flowers, blogging, writing over at The Poop Whisperer, discovering my love for photography, starting my weight loss journey, and enjoying my new family. 

I joyfully turned in my resignation letter at the end of the past school year, as my principal's all wished me the best, took one look at my daughter, and said, "How could you leave that face anyway?" And with only a little sadness (mainly missing co-workers, and well, that affiliation with being a teacher. I was always so proud of that.) left that day as a real stay-at-home-mom.  Although, I'm actually a WAHM. I work from home, blogging corporately for a business (and no you cannot read it, it's not the same, trust me), and spending my days doing that and wiping snot. I love it. Although it's a juggling act. But then again, what isn't, anyway?

I'm a christian and my faith is very important to me, but I'm not into broadcasting that or tattoo'ing it on my forehead--because I'm working on just living it rather than just saying it. My husband and I are part of a start-up Church in our local city, where we're very passionate about seeing the racial divide come down, bringing different cultures together, and acknowledging that we have a lot to learn from each other. All of us. And I love that. I love that my daughter has a love for all people, all of our friends, and Church Family, regardless of race. It's a beautiful thing. We keep very busy with our commitments there. 

Other random things. I dislike showering. So, I'm dirty. Just kidding. I just hate the after-shower-routine. We are family people. We love them, and see them often. All (pretty much) of our immediate family lives within 10 minutes. We have a spunky, yorkie named Mac. We call him Mac-a-Boy. We are suckers for shows like Big Brother, Parks and Recreation, The Office, and I typically always watch the Bachelor/Bachelorette even though I tell myself every season that I.will.not.watch. Lies. all Lies. I like to be alone more than I like to admit. I can be pretty funny in real life, too. I start out pretty nervous-like with new people, though. I lost 44lbs this year and I actually love my new body. I hate to exercise. I love taking a good family-walk. Oh, and my camera, pretty much always in my hands if I can help it. 

Shockingly, this post has no pictures. But I figured I'd spare you. I blog almost daily here. About anything and everything. Just remember one thing, this blog is just a glimpse of my life. It may seem like I share a lot, but like everyone else, I have personal boundaries (although I'm not one to spare you about pregnancy realities, or poop, vomit, etc. Yea. Gross stuff.) No, really I do. I've written in some form of an online journey for about 11 years. It is a habit and a deep-rooted part of my life. 

I don't care about materialistic things. Name brands? What are those? I mean, yea--I like the occasional cute things. My girl has Tiny Toms, for example. But I don't give a crap about Tory-whatever her name is shoes, or Missoni (don't shoot me), or cars with a fancy label that cost you more than my mortgage a month. That's just not my thing. We are target, kohls, sometimes Old Navy, and Gap-outlet shoppers. Straight to the clearance rack, mainly-shoppers. And we look pretty good most of the time, if I do say so myself. 

Hopefully you'll like it around here. I've found blogging to bring me some amazing friendships. Girls I chat with on the phone, text, email with often. Real, true friends have come out of this community, and I'm so grateful for that. 

So, this is me.

Now that I wrote The Longest Post ever. 

Happy Friday :)

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If you're pretty new around here, care to tell me about yourself?? I'd love to learn. 

74 comments:

  1. Love your blog, and have been reading since before Emeline was born! I love how you're honest, and funny! You have a great blog!

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  2. Katie,

    You're sister is right. The new folks, they'll stay. Cause your you. You're real. You're honest. You take great photos. Not to mention, you've got a cutie pie of a little girl! I"m so glad I found your blog. I do hope to become better friends over the years! Happy Successful Friday!

    XOXO
    Annie

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  3. Found your blog from a tweet from Erin (Blue Eyed Bride) about your Fall Printout. I'm a 28 year old CPA from Tennessee with a 13 month old baby girl Adelyn. Glad to have found your blog!

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  4. I've been reading for a few months now, but I liked reading the introduction to you. Have a great weekend!

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  5. I also agree with Susan, every person I have shared your blog with has stayed :) You're a great writer and easy to relate to. You're REAL. I love that.

    Also love your blurb about LIVING AS a Christian instead of broadcasting it. Amen sister.

    After hearing more about you, I guess I'll keep sticking around ;)

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  6. Your blog was one of the first I started reading when I decided to start blogging and I absolutely love it...I never get around to commenting as much as I would like to but I love reading about you and your fam!!

    Your weight loss story has been such an inspiration to me as I too try to shed the dreaded pre-preggo pounds...not to mention the additional 30 I put on between pregnancy and the my wedding:(

    Thanks so much for sharing all that you do...and keeping it light and funny:)

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  7. you're super awesome and I'm so inspired by your weight loss journey!!! I'm on a similar journey, and about 16 lbs from my goal (eee!!) and its so refreshing and inspiring to hear of women who have successfully lost a large amount of weight, and keep living normal, cheerful lives! cheers!

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  8. OMGosh! We're like, almost the same person! Exept I'm a few years older & just had twin girls. :)
    Loving your blog. Glad I found it!

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  9. I found your blog at the beginning of August, and I feel like we are BFFs (or maybe you're just my imaginary friend. BFF sounds less pathetic).
    I am (was?) a middle school language arts teacher. My son was born in November 2010, and when I returned to school in Jan, I sank into a deep depression. So like you, I am taking a year long leave with the intentions, hopes, and prayers of not returning next school year.
    My husband is the youth pastor at our church, and we spend a lot of time there. I am learning each day how to live my life so that it pleases God. I fail all the time, but I'm trying oh-so hard.
    I have extreme baby fever again, but I know it's not time yet for another baby. I started getting the fever in February when I thought I was pregnant again. When I learned I wasn't, I was relieved but also very very disappointed. Lord willing, we are going to start trying for a #2 at the beginning of the year.
    I think that's probably way more than you would ever want to know about me.
    And I juset have to say, Miss Emeline is adorable. I love seeing her pictures!

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  10. I've been reading since just before you had Emeline, and I will admit, I learned some new things about you today! Regardless, the newbies should stick around, you make everyone feel welcome and write great stuff! :)

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  11. And you are all kinds of awesome, you forgot to mention that! But it doesn't take long to figure it out, anyhow. Love your blog and you dearie!

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  12. I think I introduced myself once before, but I loved this post and your honesty in all your posts. Sounds like we have the same shopping and tv preferences. :)

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  13. I love these re-introduction posts. It seems like no matter how long you've been reading, you always discover something new about the blogger.

    Keep at it! (And I've seen your bucket list ALL OVER Pinterest, lately! I'm sure new people will keep coming over!)

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  14. I honestly don't even remember how I stumbled onto your blog, but I THINK it was shortly after my own miscarriage. I was looking for other women that had gone through the same thing because lets face it, no matter who surrounds you, dealing with miscarriage is lonely. I stuck around because it's not the only thing we have in common, and I like making new internet friends:)

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  15. I'm new{ish} here, but I love the blog and you are the sweetest thing ever! Keep up the good work! Loved that you "re-introduced" yourself to the newbies... wonderful, considerate idea! :)

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  16. Fun! Loved reading this. I'm new(ish) around here. Started following you on The Twit then, of course, here.

    Hope you have a fantastic weekend!

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  17. I've been reading for a little while but I don't think I've ever commented. I love how real you are on your blog & enjoyed your introduction. I'm here to stay. :)

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  18. I love your blog, I just started reading a few months ago. Your weight loss journey has inspired me to lose weight. I have a 3 year old daughter so I completely conntect to most of your posts. I loved that you say, "I am living as a Christian and not broadcasting it". That is totally how I feel. I think you are so funny - and people will stick around, promise!

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  19. New to your blog this week and I already love it! You seem so personable and funny and alot like me. And I like me, so of course I'll like you too!! ha! But really, I'll be sticking around!

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  20. Great post!! I've been a follower for a while and don't plan on going anywhere!! Hope you have a great weekend!!

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  21. whoa. i've been following your blog waaay before Emmeline was born and I soooo didn't realize your name was Katherine and not Katie. :/

    LOVE your blog; 1st one I check everyday!!!!

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  22. I didn't know you got married that young! :) And no worries, I'm a "cougar" too. Brad's almost a year younger than me, and we also fell madly in love at 15. :)

    I think every blogger oughta do something like this every so often. It's fun to read.

    ps. We may be diehard Target fans, but I'm not all that crazy about Missoni either. The floral stuff isn't too bad, but I prefer it on the plates and home stuff. :)

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  23. I'll admit I first came to your blog just a few days ago because I caught a glimpse of Erin Condren giveaway in the title post on someone's blog roll (even though I had already ordered mine weeks ago!). Don't shoot!

    I read through most of your blog, though, and quickly found you may be an entertaining read so added you to my follow list :)

    Looking forward to reading more about you!

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  24. So here I am...a lurker! I don't keep my own blog because truthfully, I'm pretty boring! I love the idea of blogging though and have been reading yours for awhile. I've found other great blogs through you (like Dudes and Sweeties). I love your writing style and hearing about your life...is that weird? It's part of my reality tv obsession blog style. So anyway Hi! (waving)

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  25. I've been reading your blog for awhile, and loved this post! So fun to learn new things about you!!!

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  26. Katie! Susan is right :) People love your blog because you're honest, fun, and a lot more! That's what kept me reading for about 3 years now! I am happy I found your blog and your new follower will love it too! Happy Friday :)

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  27. Katie, I've been reading your blog for a while now and really enjoy it. I have a daughter who is just a couple months younger than Eme, I think they'd get along smashingly! Thanks for being real, sister!

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  28. I've been reading your blog for awhile and your sister is right, the new ones will stay. I really enjoy reading your blog and love how real and honest you are. I'm a SAHM in NC that worked in healthcare pre-baby. Our little guy, Mason, just turned one!

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  29. Alright, I JUST found you last night. I'm so happy I did, because I have never read a blog post that sounded so much like me! I've also never met anyone else who will admit they hate showers. lol (I do however take one everyday ;)) Looking forward to reading more from you :)

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  30. Hi Katie! I've been reading your blog for a little while, but I don't think I've ever commented. You are just the sweetest and you are so real in your blog posts. It's nice to "meet" you!

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  31. Your re-introduction post was such a good idea! I've been reading for probably a little less than a year and love how you are honest and fun! I'm 26 and my hubby and I have been married for 5 years. No kids yet, but hoping to change that soon ;) I live in Oregon and do the ambulance billing at a fire department in our small town. Nice to meet you!

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  32. Hi Katie, I'm a new reader, not just a follower. Love your blog. I am also a new Erin Condren luvr too. Thanks for sharing. I'm hear to stay. Stop by and visit me at www.BellaBud.com. Crissa

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  33. I havent been around for long and just read about your love story with your hubby. It is so great to hear. I get tired of people making assumptions about marriage based on how old the people are. Happy for the both of you. I love how when I read your blog, I know that you are a Christian but it isnt all in your face because I know a lot of people dont like the all in your face deal but I know you live the life of Faith. It is nice to read a blog like th at. Thanks for sharing your WW journey with your sister. I read her blog too and so far my favorite was the post about Moses!! I also love photography, I just need to do it more often!!

    Thanks for sharing yourself with us!

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  34. Loved reading about you! I decided to do something similar today...let's see, I've been a follower for awhile now -- through Gina. I'm another SLP, though I stay home with our little one at the moment. We moved within the past year b/c of my husbands job and currently are in georgia. We'll have at least one more move. While I like new places, settling in isn't easy for me. Aaaannnd, I love reading your blog - its a fun way to start the day!
    Becky

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  35. Hi I'm Rashell. I've been lurking for awhile and recently found you on twitter (@seashellster). I just read your miscarriage posts. I had a miscarriage 5 weeks ago at about 11 weeks along, and I am definitely in the angry stage. Thank you for writing and sharing your way through your feelings. I know I am not normally this angry/bitter, but my mind keeps thinking these bad thoughts and it just keeps building with nowhere to go. Phew. (I have an 18 month boy who reminds me that there is still beauty and hope in the midst of pain and bitterness.)

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  36. Hi Katie!
    I've been lurking for a while! I'm in the beginnings of starting my own blog and would love some visitors. I enjoy reading your posts and almost always get a good giggle! Come visit my blog!

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  37. Hi! I have been reading your blog for a while now! My sister got me hooked on lots of good blogs, and I am just starting to write my own. I think that your blog is great because of how honest you are. Right now I am a college student. I love taking photos, spending time with my family, friends, and my dog! (who is my baby) I also love to cook, DIY crafts (addicted to pintrest) and trying new adventures.

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  38. I love that you and your hubby married at that age. My niece is 20 and has been with her boyfriend for 4 years and I often think she's too young to get married right now but you may have changed my mind. ;) I don't REALLY think age has that much to do with it, I just can't believe I HAVE A NIECE that could get married soon, you know??? ha!

    (I got married at 24 so I REALLY don't know what I'm talking about... lol.)

    Anyway, loved getting to know you better from this post, what a great idea. And you must know I think you are great and love your place here. xo

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  39. Oh p.s. You know my daughter is Katie right? She's Katelyn but my hubby calls her Katie and I primarily call her Kate. :)

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  40. just found your blog today! perfect timing...loved reading your story!! i'm meg, 27, texan, wife, pug mama, and praying to be a real mama one day :-)

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  41. Hi Katie! I'm newer to your blog but I always love your truthful posts! I hate showering too (because of the routine to follow)!

    Your weight loss journey has been so inspiring! I finally convinced myself to begin excerising recently.

    And your daughter is so cute!

    Guess I'll stay around ;)

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  42. I just love reading your blog. I must say you are one of my favorites even if I don't comment all the time!!! You are so honest, down to earth, and real. I absolutely love how you say you live your faith instead of broadcasting it. If you live it, people will see it. I don't think you have to blog about it all the time. Your blog makes me happy. I don't think you have to worry about anyone leaving. Just keep being yourself...because it is very likable!

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  43. I've found your blog through a tweet about your Fall Printable but I have heard ALOTTTTTTTT about you through tweets from Gina and Biz and I would be lying if I totally didn't want in on your blog/tweet friendship : )

    Hopefully you'll get to know me as well and not one to toot my horn but I have some pretty awesomei qualities myself. But if you want to know a little more and make this the longest blog COMMENT evah than here's the rundown:
    - 25 year old little lady
    - Dog mama to Mia Martian
    - Just married my handsome man 3 weeks ago
    - Been together 5 years but act like were an old married couple already
    - Moved back to PA (originally from PA)from Florida and brought my lil island boy with me.
    - Didn't know how I planned my life before the EC planner...loves it.
    -Should probably stop putting on my to do list to write a to do list.

    I think that is enough for now, but please believe you have a lifetime blog friend here...I already love what I've read :)

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  44. I love your blog :)

    Thank you for sharing your story with us!!

    Tiffani

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  45. omg too funny about your name! when i was little my ENTIRE family only called me by my middle name (which happens to be fanny - love it now, rough when i was 7). anyway, i started school and was super confused when the teacher kept looking at me but talking to elizabeth. who was elizabeth?!?! now i go by liz - and only liz - and that just makes things oh so much easier!

    love your blog - keep on keeping on!

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  46. Reading this has reminded me why I love reading your blog and started reading in the first place. You're honest about who you are and are real. That's MUCH appreciated. And keeps me reading :)

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  47. I love this post, thanks so much for introducing yourself! I've been around for a month or so lurking and I love your blog!

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  48. Nice to meet you! :-)

    I've been lurking for a few months - love love love your blog!

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  49. hi katie,
    i have been reading your blog for a little bit now. i was married june 2007, had my first baby jan 10, 2010 so i am close to the same timeline as you in that sense. i am also a 5th grade teacher, this is my 14th year. love your photos! i just got my first dslr for christmas so i am learning how to use it. i hate diets but need to lose some weight and now i am considering weight watcher because of your story. thanks for sharing your life with us.

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  50. i am 26 and my name is also katie. very popular name at the time. my name is really katie, not katherine b/c my mom knew she would never call me katherine. love your blog. i have been following for about a month. i have a 3 month old daughter!

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  51. I like being alone every once in awhile too! It's nice to have the quiet! And I can do things with no one watching me!

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  52. I always love reading your blog! I know our little girls are only 18 days apart. I feel like we have so much in common that I didnt even realize. I thought I was the only mom that didnt seem to care about name brands and getting all fancy. I love the clearance racks they are wonderful!

    We are also party of a church plant that has grown tremendously since we have started in 2007. Its really awesome to see what God can do.

    Im a teacher so I guess we have that in common also. Well its good to know more about you and I look forward to continue to read your blog that has great posts.

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  53. Found your blog from the fall printout. I am 29 (almost 30!) and have a 19 month old son.
    Your blog is funny and I love reading it :)

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  55. I am one of the new ones :) I don't remember how I found your blog but I love it! I will definitely be a consistent reader and I also follow you on Twitter :)
    I hate the after shower process also, and the stores you named...my favorite!
    Have a great weekend :)

    ~Savannah @ www.savsmilesblog.blogspot.com

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  56. I will say the same thing everyone else has...your sister is right and besides who cares if we don't like you! (tehehehe) you have an awesome sister, a beautiful little girl, and a rockin husband!

    On another note, I too HATE the after shower process. I also hate that my nearly 3yo monster must talk to me the ENTIRE TIME I AM IN THE SHOWER.

    My parents are the only people that call me Kathryn but I've never allowed Katie or Kathy. I go by Kate, k8, Mommy, Kit Kat, or Kat...anything else and I give you evil eyes. hehe

    LOVE your blog!

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  57. Hi! Found your blog off of Ramblings, and I stop by to look at your beautiful photos and read what you have to say. I also stay at home now, I have 2 year old twins, but used to work in education (I was a school counselor). I love being at home, but I miss that too.

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  58. Done! I follow you on Google Reader also :-).

    -Seasun8@ymail.com

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  59. That's such a great intro for your new readers.

    And I don't get Missoni either. Raids on Target on opening day? Weird.

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  60. I've been reading your blog for a bit but have never read an 'about me' post. We're Parks and Rec and Target lovers over here, too! And love what you wrote about your faith and start-up Church. We'd be so into that if we lived in your city!

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  61. Katie,

    I'm a new blogger but I have been reading your blog for several months. My husband and I have recently made the leap and decided we want to start a family. I started blogging to document that journey and my thoughts in general. So far it has been a great creative outlet for me and has reminded me that I actually do love to write (as long as it's not for school). Reading your blog has been a great insight and encouragement as I start my own path toward motherhood--I love how you share both the joys and challenges of parenting. Thanks for encouraging me to come out of the woodwork and introduce myself!

    Sarah

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  62. Wow! I was reading this and realized we have alot in common...i am 2 years older than my hubby, we are part of a missional church plant community, we like the same shows and shop at the same places too(clearance rack forever!). I even agree with the whole shower thing! Just have never admitted it out loud. :)

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  63. Oh, and how do you pronounce your sweet daughters name...EmeLYN or EmeLEEN? I know you spell it Emeline. I was just curious. I wanted to name our 3 daughter Emmalin Jane after a girl on Army Wives, but ended up with Olivia Jane.

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  64. I found your blog from Life after Dew. I love reading about you and your family. My name is Stacey. I am a full time working outside of the home mother and wife. I have two boys 13 and 11. I am from Iowa and enjoy your ideas and postive attitude. You have sorta "this is who I am deal with it kinda attitude" and I love it. I am jealous of all your creativity...I have absolutely NONE! Thank you for writing and allowing me to read!

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  65. Hola! Not even sure how I found your blog....connected through another blog like 2 weeks ago maybe? Anywho, since then I've been on here most every day. Love it. Have the bucket list already printed off and I've already sent your link to a friend :)
    I'm Allison. 33 (almost 34) and my husband and I have 1 little girl named Emerson (just shy of 10 mos) and work as a meeting and event planner. Just about to start weight watchers again too so umm yea, rock on with yourself. Anyway....This is probably longer than intended. Love your posts :)
    http://allieandmatt.tumblr.com/

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  66. If you're a cougar then I'm DEFINITELY one. My husband is almost six years younger than I am!!

    And I don't get the Missoni thing either. My weakness is bags. I love bags. Messenger bags. Cute purses. Can't get enough of them.

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  67. Hi Mrs. Katie!

    I loved the re introduction! I have been reading your blog for most of the summer. Found you through LYMTC- I'm her neighbor lol. Not only do I love seeing and hearing all about Eme, but I love reading your pre Eme post as well. I'm in that current stage and I relate to those so much! I'm ahead of most of my friends and most of them think I'm crazy! You have become my "friend" so to speak. Our stories are so similar sometimes its makes me question if you are writing about me. Your realness and honesty- allows me to relate to you and know that I'm not nuts, this can work- you guys are proof. So despite not even knowing it you have helped me and given me someone to turn to when others don't seem to understand. So keep doing your thing girl!

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  68. I am new to your blog and I appreciate the introduction. I can't tell you how many times I've happened upon a blog for whatever reason and if there's not an immediate connection, something to make me scroll to that next post, I'm a goner. I guess I just timed yours right because I already feel connected with you, like I "know" you. I can relate to you on so many things and I look forward to following you.

    I'm Danielle and I'm a working mom of 2 young sons, Colin (4) and Sawyer (1). I've been happily married to the man who wore a heinous Tommy Hilfiger hockey jersey the first time I met him 14 years ago. I love to cook and eat and I probably talk about that more than I should. Oh and I dislike showering as well. I used to pretend to shower when I was a kid - down to wetting the towel to make it seem as if I had dried off. That's enough space. I hope to see you over in my neck of the woods some day.

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  69. Have been reading your blog for a while, and meaning to comment. Love reading you blog, I'm a SAHM of a little girl born on the same day as your daugher. Thanks for writing!

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  70. I'm a new reader and so happy to find another, keeping-it-real mom blog. Not everyday is peaches and sunshine! Sometimes I actually feel bad to write about the hard-mundane stuff, but it's life!
    Excited to follow along on all of your adventures.
    P.S. congrats on the weight loss, and most importantly, that you feel great.
    Meagan@Keeping up with the Jenks

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  71. New reader here! I found your blog on a friend's FB page and I'm enjoying every minute of it :)

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  72. I really like your blog! :)

    I'm Holly, I'm 24 and from Christchurch, New Zealand. Hmm, I wonder whether I'm your only Kiwi reader. I bet I am. :P

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  73. Hi Katie - I did find your blog through the Fall Bucket List printable, but I LOVE it!! I too am a newish mom (my baby boy is 13 months old) and doing weight watchers to lose the final baby poundage. Your blog not only gives me hope that it's possible, but gives me lots of laughs and "I've been there" moments along the way. You're officially on my blog roll! :)

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  74. Hi Katie! Like a lot of others, I found your blog through the Fall Printable from Erin at Blue-eyed Bride. I am about to turn 30 (gulp), married with two of the cutest boys ever, Kaden 27 months and Logan 6 months. I blog as a way to let our family know what is going on and like you always have my camera right next to me. Actually started my own little photography business during my last maternity leave. Haven't been here long but have loved reading so far and will certainly be sticking around!

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