Wednesday, November 16, 2016

5 months

Oh this girl is a delight! She is grabbing things right and left and she can almost roll over.  She's a smiley little thing and tries to talk to us all the time.  I feel so lucky to be her mom.  She sleeps well and eats well and is just a happy girl.  This adventure with her is the best one yet!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

November Letters

Dear November,
I can't believe you are already here.  You bring the beginning of the holidays which I am so excited about.  We are staying put this year for the festivities, which I of course have mixed emotions about.  Let's make it a good one!

Dear Election,
You have torn my heart apart, as well as divided this country.  I am not excited about either candidate.  I'm still waiting to wake up and have it all be a joke.  How did it come to this?  Can America have a re-do?

Dear Girls Trip,
Oh hooray!  Gwen and I are excited to spend some quality time with my mom, aunts, and cousins.  We will be crafting it up, laughing, and chatting for days and days.  Hopefully our plane rides are uneventful.  I'm pretty sure they will be... Gwen's a champ.

Dear Thanksgiving,
I love you more and more every year.  You are a wonderful reminder about the importance of cultivating gratitude as a practice in our lives.  Becoming more thankful has been a game changer for me.  You can shift your whole life by recognizing the tiny miracles its made of. 

Dear Traditions,
I look forward to you around the calendar, but even more so this month and next.  Pumpkin waffles, thankful trees, movies, and festive treats.  And now we have Gwen to share them with!!  What a magical time of year!

Xoxo, Katie

Sunday, October 16, 2016

4 months

Her weight has doubled since she was born and so has the size of our hearts!
Gwen is such a fun person.  Her hair is growing, which we are all excited about, and you will always find her hands in her mouth.  She is generous with her smiles and stingy with her giggles.  She continues to love being outside and is the sweetest little thing.  We love her!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Kelly Stand Road

Yesterday while Jeremy napped, Gwen and I went exploring to check out the fall leaves. Kelly Stand Road is a good one for this sort of thing.  It was just what I needed.  The colors were unreal.

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.