Thursday, October 6, 2016

Lowell Lake

On Tuesday, Catherine and I headed to Lowell Lake to do some hiking.  It's a 3.5 mile loop around the lake and it was a dream.  The leaves were so vibrant and seemed to seriously appear just that day.  It was overcast which made the leaves jump out even more.  We had to keep stopping to try and capture the beauty we were seeing, which of course the pictures never do it justice.  I love these mountains I live in.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Stratton Mountain

Yesterday, Laura and I climbed Stratton Mountain along the Appalachian Trail.
I loooove climbing mountains!  I feel so alive on mountain tops.  It really is one of my favorite things.  Dave dropped us off at the trail head off of Kelly Stand Road at about 7:45 and we were off.  It was cool to hike along the Appalachian trail and think about the many miles and states it covers.  I was hoping to see some really stinky thru hikers (hikers doing the WHOLE Appalachian Trail), but we just saw a slow couple from New Hampshire.  It only took us an hour and half to reach the top and was a much more pleasant hike compared to Mt. Equinox. 

It was overcast and a little rainy. It didn't bother us a bit during the hike because of the coverage the trees offered.  Once we got to the top though we were in a cloud with constant mist.  I climbed to the top of the fire tower - the exact spot where Benton MacKaye had the inspiration to create the Appalachian Trail.  I couldn't see any of the surrounding mountains, but I got an awesome view of the tree tops.  Then we took the gondola down to the ski resort, had a quick snack at the deli, and Jeremy (and Gwen) picked us up in a nice warm car.  It was the loveliest way to start a Saturday.

I can't wait to do it next summer with Gwen and Jeremy!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

October Letters

Dear October,
I can't believe you are here.  I am excited for your pumpkins, amazing leaves, and sweater weather.  What a lovely time of year?!! 

Dear Summer Wardrobe,
I don't know what it is about you... but I am so excited to part ways for the next 9 months.  I think you need a major revamp, because I just get so sick of you. So move over Summer Wardrobe! And let's instead welcome boots, sweaters, and beanies!

Dear Gwen,
We found out a year ago this month that you were possibly coming to join our family.  We prayed and prayed that you would make it safely.  And now you are here and bringing all sorts of happiness and delight to us day after day.  I love you so much my little one!

Dear Vermont,
I am more in love you now than ever.  I feel like you are helping me become more myself as I play in your mountains.  I feel so alive while hiking, trail running, and mountain biking.  It all just makes me so happy.  I feel like I could stay here forever.

Dear Private Practice,
You are becoming what I have always dreamed of.  I can't believe you are my reality and I feel so blessed and lucky to have you.  I love the work I do and that feeling swells within me every time I leave my office.  It just feels so right for me.  I also love only working a day and half and playing with Gwen the other days.  What a perfect thing we have going!

Dear Mother Nature,
You know I am in awe of you... and I really feel like I must express my gratitude over and over.  You are amazing.  You are cleansing.  You are beautiful.  You are liberating.  You are inspiring.  You are my favorite.  You are just what I need.  Thank you for being so generous and kind.  Keep doing your thing, because you are doing a wonderful work. 

Xoxo, Katie

Friday, September 23, 2016

Birthday Weekend

[Birthday Self-portrait at 28]
last year's here

My birthday weekend started out with some morning mountain biking with Tiffany.  It was such a great ride!  I loooooved it.  Then Amber and Evie rolled into town (from Texas!) and we made our way to Mad Tom's Apple Orchard.  It was a gorgeous day to be out gathering apples.

 We got Cilantro for dinner which is always my favorite!

Sunday was a relaxing day.  We went to church, took naps, collected eggs from the Finnegan's chickens, and ventured to Equinox Pond.

On Monday (my 28th birthday), we went out to breakfast at Up for Breakfast where I had a delicious meat lovers omelette.  Then we went to hang out at our local library which is AMAZING!  The kids' room is impressive... I know that Gwen and I will be spending some time there this winter for sure.

Then we came home, made an apple crisp, hung out, and had pizza for dinner.  Then we opened presents and had wafer cake!  It was perfect!
  2 and 8... get it?  Wafer cake is the BEST!!  even the GF version.

 Gwen thought my balloon was pretty awesome... I think she is pretty awesome!

What a year this has been?!  I opened my private practice last October and I brought Gwen into the world in June.  I am really living my dream.  I am truly the happiest I have ever been and I can't believe my life is turning out how I envisioned it.  God is good.  God is so so good.

Friday, September 16, 2016

3 months

This little girl has been Earth-side for 3 whole months.  She is the best!  She started giggling this week and her first all out giggle today.  I about lost it!  Gwen has been sticking her tongue out a lot lately and its also adorable.  She is sleeping like a champ still, going down about 9:30 and getting up around 7:00.  We continue to be obsessed with her.  Jeremy is quite the Gwen-hog when he gets home from work.  Luckily, I usually get her for the rest of the day.  

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Race Day!

On Saturday I ran a 5k and it was one of my favorite things of the summer!
I ran it with Catherine, Tiffany, and Laura.  Betsy and Nicole ran the 1/2 marathon - those super stars.  Here are some pictures from the race:

Gwen and Jeremy came to support me.  Cutest little girl!

 Here we are pre-race on the right: Me, Betsy, Nicole, Catherine, Laura, and Tiffany

 Stretching those muscles!

And then we were off.  The course was awesome.  It was pretty flat and had a section that went through the woods.  I felt really great the whole race.  I have been hiking a lot and running a little, so it was the first time in a about a year that I ran over three miles without stopping.  And I had enough in the tank to sprint to the finish:

 Here are the supporters and 5k finishers:
 Paul(Tiffany's husband), Dave(Laura's husband), Jeremy, and Gwen - Catherine's family got to cheer us on from their house, since we ran right by.  Paul rode next to us for portions of the race and we chatted (mostly about Stranger Things) and he of course also encouraged us as we ran. 

It was such a fun race! I seriously want to run a million more and now I have a time to beat! With 33.47 min, with a 10:15 pace, I placed 4th in my division and would love to medal at some point.  Wouldn't that be cool?!  I think I will stick with 5ks or 10ks.  I would rather focus on getting faster and faster than running farther - plus it's easier on the knees.  Can't wait for the next one! - maybe it will be a trail run.