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17 Jul

Soooooo…yeah. If you take a look at the post just below this one, it says March 8. Without a year. That would be March 8 of last year. I think I kind of burned out on the personal blogging thing and then life got crazy and then I felt massive amounts of guilt for neglecting my poor little family blog and then life got crazier. And then…I started hearing the “inner blogging voice” again! During this whole time, I stayed active posting on Facebook, but I realized there were things that weren’t conducive to the Facebook format. I also realized that while Facebook has a record of all my memories during my blogging breakdown, I don’t know if they can be salvaged and that’s kind of been my journal for the last year and a half. So much has gone down in the last little while and I need to have a better record of it.

There’s no way I can possibly go back and blog about everything, so I’m just starting over. Hi. I’m Kate. But you probably know that. Since March of 2010, this is what’s gone on in our lives:

Clark lost a whole bunch of teeth, our crazy cat Charlie ran away, we got a new cat named Willow, Meredith turned 3, Sam’s mom and brother came to visit, we had a really, really, really hot and hellish barbecue with our friends and family for Sam and Meredith’s birthdays, I cleaned the church all by myself because I love my husband that much (and because I wanted a family shopping day in Lafayette), the kids and I went to New York City for two days and made banana splits with Kelly Ripa and stayed in a posh hotel and ate room service at the expense of Electrolux, I called Aaron Mangum at the butt crack of dawn on the day I left for New York City because I had the most unbelievable toothache, seriously on par with back labor with a side dish of Pitocin, and discovered I had an abscessed tooth, I got another abscessed tooth 2 weeks later in New Orleans (ironically enough while I was with the Mangums for Youth Conference), I got two root canals for my abscessed teeth, our hot water heater leaked onto our oven and we had to replace the water heater and the electrical panel of our oven and we still have a water stain on our kitchen ceiling (all of this happened last June and July, by the way–it was awesome).  I was released from the Young Women’s Presidency at church and Clark started Kindergarten, Meredith started preschool, Clark started playing soccer (I’m using the term “playing” loosely here), something possessed me to get a haircut at Fantastic Sams where a surly hairdresser (again, using the term “hairdresser” loosely here) gave me the Layers from Hell. Sara and I went to Des Moines to see the Better Homes and Gardens Test Kitchens and we won their blogger cook-off. We turned in our manuscript for our book, Meredith got strep throat on Thanksgiving day, I got called to be the Primary President in our ward, we had Christmas here in Louisiana, I quit tutoring, Clark turned 6, I flew to Utah with Sara (well, not with her–I met up with her there) and stayed with my faraway BFF Adriann while we shot a cover for LDS Living magazine. Three weeks later, I was back in Utah to celebrate the launch of our book, then I was back again in another two weeks for more book signings. Because we’re insane, we got a little doggy named Mala. She looks like a Wookiee. Sam spent a week in the hospital with a very diseased gallbladder–a good time was had by all! Clark ended his first year of school as one of two kids in his class who never got a behavior mark (he was sure to inform his teacher that he was plenty naughty at home). Sara and I went to Scottsdale at the end of May for a Thermador event, then the day after we got home from that, Sam, the kids, and I drove to Houston and then flew to Seattle for 9 days. After a book signing in Houston, we came back to Louisiana and then I flew to Idaho to speak with Sara at the BYU-Idaho Business Summit. We haven’t gone anywhere since and I’m okay with that.

So yeah, that’s our year-and-a-half in a nutshell! But I’m back, baby. And on WordPress, so change your feeds and bookmarks (that is if anyone is still reading…)


>Houston for Memorial Day

28 May

>As you probably deduced from my last post, we spent the long weekend in Houston. And it was really, really fun. So fun, in fact, that I really didn’t get that many pictures. But I managed to snap a few here and there. We hit Ikea (always an adventure; essential Ikea story to follow), a bunch of stores that we don’t have in Louisiana, ate yummy Mexican and Chinese food, stayed in a great hotel with a fun pool, I got an hour of uniterrupted workout time WHILE watching America’s Next Top Model, saw the Houston Temple (gorgeous), went to the Children’s Museum of Houston, and I went to Penzeys Spices (which was awesome).

I know the composition in these pictures suck, but it’s hard work getting two kids to look cute inside when they REALLY want to be swimming. I really didn’t get as many pictures as I wanted, but hey, we had fun!

Yeah, that’s not fog in the Ikea picture; it’s condensation on the lens from the humidity! My hair was a mess. Let’s just say the bangs I cut on myself a few weeks ago were a bad, bad mistake.

So I can’t make a trip to Ikea without watching someone do something stupid. This time, the couple had a very large potted tree. The girl sat in the passenger’s side and her significant other handed her the tree (the pot was on the floor, the tree trunk between her legs, the top sticking out the door). What did they try to do? Shut the door. Shockingly, it didn’t work.

>Carving Pumpkins

29 Oct

>So we carved pumpkins tonight for the first time since Sam and I have been married! Yes, we’re a couple of Grinches. But honestly, holidays are just more fun when kids are old enough to enjoy them!

>Weekend Fun…

28 Oct

>We’ve had a busy weekend so far, but it’s been really fun! Yesterday, my stepmom came to see us and we had a great time with her (aside from a major meltdown on Clark’s part as we were trying to leave the mall.) It was fun to just hang out and also to have another grown-up to talk to! And she folded my laundry for me…awwww! 🙂

Tonight, we went up the canyon and roasted hot dogs and made s’mores. We all had a great time, but Clark in particular thought it was awesome. It’s been a few years since we’ve done that and it brought back all sorts of memories. I have a warm, fuzzy memory of when I was pretty little and going up Logan Canyon with my family and doing the same sort of thing. This was where I first learned Irish drinking songs like “Rickety Tickety Tin.” It wasn’t until several years later at Girl’s Camp when Ann Smith informed me that “Rickety Tickety Tin” was morbid and inappropriate for a spiritual setting and that most families sing campfire songs like “Kumbaya.”

As I got older, there were more campfires–at Scott Hoffman’s cabin with my amazing high school friends, most of whom I’ve lost touch with; that makes me sad. We always said that would never happen, but it pretty much always does. In Provo Canyon during my first few years at BYU–with Becky, Sara, and Chris our freshman year, Dutch Ovening with dates during the summer…lots of happy memories!

I can’t wait until my kids get bigger and we can actually go camping. For now, I’m too much of a wuss to try and imagine doing that with a baby and a toddler and I’m totally content to pretend camp for the time being!

>Fun With Caramel Apples

10 Oct

>Since Sam’s gone most nights, we try to do something fun every night to keep things interesting (and to keep me from going nuts!) This afternoon, we made caramel apples. Well, they’re actually caramel apples rolled in macadamia nuts and drizzled in chocolate. Here are some pics:

Even though Meredith wasn’t an active part of the caramel apple-making process, we will include her as well just because she’s cute: