Monday, November 23, 2015

Dance Off

There is no better way than to enter #AlisonsPregnantLadyDanceOff (on Instagram) to announce that... I am PREGNANT! Baby Clover is coming in June 2016 and Jeremy and I can't wait to do this parenthood thing!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Weekend of Girls

The first weekend in November was an exciting one.  There were Girls Weekends happening on my mom's side (aunts and cousins) and my dad's side (grandma and grandkids) of the family all in the same city.  So I did my best to hit up both parties.  It was fun to see eveyone!!  I got to go to delicious places to eat and fun stores we don't have in Vermont.  The weekend also consisted of a lot of chatting, laughing, crafting, games, and some adventures planned by my grandma (riding through the desert and massages).  Here was our desert adventure on the Razors:

I crashed them about 15 minutes into the whole thing.  Ooops!

Crossing the river 14 times and running around in the slot canyons was awesome!!  I kept thinking how much my family would love to do this.  The boys would love it!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

November Letters

Dear November,
Hello there.  I have lots of exciting travels happening this month which means lots of time with my family, extended and nuclear.  I am loving your call for sweaters, scarves, and boots.  There's a part of me that just wants to keep mountain biking forever, but I understand that you need your time to shine, even when you rush in a briskness that means colder months are ahead.

Dear Pumpkin,
I feel like apple season is nearly through (after finally enjoying a caramel apple last night) and now we are onto orangier things.  I can't wait to break out my favorite recipes that involve you as their star ingredient.  I know I will definitely be enjoying pumpkin pancakes and I will try to tweak my favorite pumpkin square recipe to make it gluten free.  I literally don't think I can wait!!

Dear Leaves,
You are covering every space of ground these days and I just love to crunch you.  Jeremy finds it a tad bit embarrassing as I hop from leaf to leaf when we take walks at lunch time, but I can't help myself.  I feel it's pretty healthy to let your five year old self take over on a regular basis.  Life is not meant to be lived so seriously. 

Dear Private Practice,
You are so fun and my clients are great!!  I was most intimidated by the billing I would have to do, and it has all turned out easier than I thought.  I mean it certainly took a lot of work (and endless forms) on the front end, which I tend to forget about, especially when the weekly procedures are way simple.  What a pleasant surprise!! I am loving it.  Therapy is the best!

Dear Dreams,
I feel that you are all really coming true.  I don't quite know what's next and the weird thing is that I am completely content with that.  I am reaching the goals I set for myself when I was teenager and I am feeling fulfilled and just so happy.  Life is a beautiful thing when you reach your goals and you find that the view is just as lovely as you thought it would be.

Dear New Job,
Well, you were unexpected.  I sent my resume to Bennington College in April, they took me out to dinner in September, and last week they called to offer me the job.  Literally their words, "We need you.  Everyone needs therapy and we don't know why."  And so there you arrived!  It's exciting and busy... oh so busy!  I love my work, so why not do it for as many as possible!

Dear Seminary,
Hey there new church job! I get to hang out with the awesome teenagers in our church congregation every morning from 6:30 - 7:20.  It was also unexpected (and it is EARLY) and adds to the crazy feelings sometimes, but all in all it is so fun.  These kids are amazing!!  We are studying the Old Testament and learning all about Moses right now.  What a champ!?!  Anyways... after getting over the intimidation of teaching them daily, I am just taking it one day at a time and that's helping a lot. 

Xoxo, Katie

Thursday, October 29, 2015

London Day 6

Day 5

On Friday, we started with a river cruise on the River Thames (pronounced Tems).  We learned all sorts of things about the many bridges over the river.  We made our way over to St. Paul's Cathedral, where part of Mary Poppins was filmed and then we walked the Millenium Bridge over to the Shakespeare's Globe Theater and the Tate Modern.  We found the original place of the Globe Theater and then made our way to the Borough Market to get some lunch.  It was quite hectic and difficult to see if gluten free was available, so we found a cute little pub on the river instead.  After our late lunch, we took a taxi (we just had to ride in one) back to central London and got in line for the Evensong at Westminster Abbey.  It was a choral service at the church and it was amazing.  This was also one of my favorite things of the trip.  After the service, we headed back to the hotel to try and fit all of our awesome souvenirs into our bags.

Then we said goodbye to London and our dreamy girls trip!!

We loved every minute!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Pumpkin Shopping

Saturday was a pretty lazy day.  We cleaned our place, watched football, and I didn't shower until about 1:00.  We figured we should try to get out of the house and pumpkin shopping was the perfect reason.  We went to the Sugar Shack down the road (where they make their own maple syrup!!) and their pumpkins were beautiful!! Seriously, almost everyone was exactly what you would expect a pumpkin to be.  It was even buy one get one free because the owner couldn't bare to see the perfect pumpkins sitting out there without good homes.  We got three for $12(!!), one for each of us to carve and a cool white one to add some variety.

Then we went to Banana Republic Outlet and got some killer deals with our coupons and Gap rewards, and we always LOVE getting a good deal.  Then we came home, made a delicious dinner, and watched more football in our pajamas.  It was just the Saturday we needed.

Monday, October 26, 2015

London Day 5

Day 4

On Thursday morning, I surprised my mom with a mother daughter portrait sitting with Michelle of My Little Belleville.  It was fun to chat with her about life in London.  My mom said that I will be the lucky one to get the painting when she dies.  Thanks mom.  After our faces were painted in water color, we visited a yarn store we scouted out in Camden Passage.  This is also were we found the perfect vintage tea cup to start my mom's tea cup collection for future tea parties with future grandbabies, except let's be clear, my mom will serve lemonade, not tea (since she discovered she has no interest in the flavorless beverage).  We also found an amazing purse shop and luckily my mom was in a mood of "one for me, one for you" our whole time in London so I got a brilliant blue purse that I just love.  After our shopping, we went to the British Museum to see the Rosetta Stone and a bunch of mummies.  They were pretty awesome.  Then we had some dinner and spent our evening at the theater seeing Wicked.  It was fantastic!!  We loved every minute of it.