Rhys: Nine Months.

by katelin on December 13, 2018

UntitledNine months in, nine months out! On Monday, Rhys hit nine months and I went into denial. Seriously, did I really have this guy this year? Have nine months already flown by? Is time moving at warped speed? The answer to all of those is YES.


– Is on the move and doesn’t stop. He crawls so fast it’s near impossible to keep up with him. He’s also into everything (cords, Riley’s toys, outlets, trash cans) and loves to check to make sure that he shouldn’t be doing it, ha.Untitled
– Is cruising. He loves standing up and can cruise along the furniture. I really hope he doesn’t start walking soon, because I AM NOT READY.

– Constantly has his tongue out. So much so, that sometimes I call him pup. It’s pretty adorable, but also, close your mouth kid, ha.

– Has started to wave more and give high fives and it is so dang adorable.

– Doesn’t sleep. Like ever. It’s laughable at this point.
– Snuggles all the time. He’s so snuggly that I love it.

– Is mommy’s boy. It’s a nice change to Riley (who is one hundred percent daddy’s boy) but at the same time, mama needs a break sometimes.

– Is already in twelve month clothing and I think might even be moving up to eighteen month soon. He’s such a chunk, and I love it.

– Loves Riley more and more. They’ve started “playing” together and it’s so cute when Riley’s not being totally crazy. If anything, Rhys tries so hard to keep up and giggles at everything Riley does.

– Is still sans eyebrows. Eventually they’ll make an appearance right?

– Celebrated his first Thanksgiving and was the bell of the ball. Seriously, he was passed around my whole family, it was pretty delightful.Untitled– Is incredibly skeptical of Santa.


– Am loving the holiday season. It’s flying by and I’m trying not to feel overwhelmed for the most part.

– Could use about five days worth of sleep. I guess I’ll just settle for the direct caffeine drip into my veins.

– Survived a solo parenting weekend last weekend. I had the help of my sister, her husband and my parents and aunt, but still. I made it. In one piece. And we even did things (a tree lighting, a Christmas party, puzzles, stories).Untitled– Have read thirty books this year. I’m on book thirty one and should hopefully read at least one more after that before the new year. I’m patting myself on the back for this feat, because I honestly didn’t think I’d make it past twenty.

– Am a bit in freelance limbo. It looks like one of my clients will be going away soon and I’m trying not to stress out and hope that things will work out. Fingers crossed everyone.

– Can’t wait for our Tacky Sweater Party this weekend. It’s our eleventh year hosting it and honestly, I can’t believe we’re still doing it. The party vibe has definitely changed over the years, but it’s still fun to don ridiculous Christmas attire, drink some holiday drinks and mingle with friends and family.


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A Weekend in Nashville.

by katelin on November 29, 2018

Guys. Remember how I went to Nashville?

And how it was the best and how I not so secretly love country music and how a trip with girlfriends was legitimately good for my soul? Right? Right.

So I’ve been back a few weeks but I still want to share some highlights because if you’ve never been to Nashville, it’s like a weird hybrid of New Orleans meets Vegas meets I don’t even know what.

Alas, some highlights:

– I had pulled pork for the first three meals. All in various forms (tacos, bowl, breakfast) and all were delicious. Essentially, I didn’t have a bad meal while we were there. 10/10 would eat all the things (especially the BBQed things) again.

– Honky tonks are my jam. Like for real. Of the five us girls that were there, I knew the most country songs. It was a bit ridiculous. But amazing. I mean, constant live country music? Count. Me. In. I legitimately got annoyed when bands would play stuff that wasn’t country. However, I did make an exception when apparently the norm was for bands to play The Fresh Prince of Bel Air theme song (because that happened more than once) and TLC’s “Waterfalls.” Because, sure, why not?

– We saw the Opry at the Ryman and it was an experience. Besides being an awesome venue, the highlight was that the headliner of the night was Scotty McCreery. Guys, I legitimately laughed when I found out it was going to be him because if you’ve been around this blog long enough you may remember that back in 2011 I went to the American Idol finale. The one where Scotty won. So yes, I saw Scotty McCreery perform for THE THIRD TIME. How does that happen? Ha. I mean, he was good. As were all the other Opry performers. But still, such a random thing. Untitled– It was truly delightful to spend the weekend with four girls. I’m in a house of boys and being surrounded by my college girlfriends was good for my soul in a different kind of way than just a date night or a me-time date. But to catch up on our lives, talk about our kids, have drinks, and do things on our own schedule? Truly priceless.

– Spending the weekend with girls that have known me for over fifteen years was also nice in that they talked me out of wearing sandals when it was 35 degrees outside (apparently I am no longer allowed to do that, this isn’t college any more). And we collectively indulged on late night pizza and wine and bad holiday movies in our Airbnb. True friendship.Untitled
– We went on a plantation tour. It was awe-inducing to see the Fall leaves in action and the range of the house and the history behind it. It was awe-inspiring to visit slave quarters and read about just a smidgen of history.

– We went to a speakeasy and got fancy drinks (mine were gin). And I pretended like I was a cocktail person when real we all know wine is the name of my game, ha.

– I played in all the leaves. Always. How could I not?
– We stopped by Reese Witherspoon’s store Draper James to peruse. They handed out sweet tea and the store was all around so cute. Not my style at all, but I can appreciate the Southern cuteness.

– 100 layer donuts were had and they were delicious.

– My friend Zoe and I both have kids who don’t sleep so we got to share a room, where we slept in. AND THE SLEEP WAS GLORIOUS. Like, legitimately, we were so excited to sleep.

All in all, Nashville was just the trip I needed. I got my dose of Fall with a whole lot of girl time. And I got sleep. And I got country. And just, it was a really really good time.




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Rhys: Eight Months

November 16, 2018

TweetSo last Friday, Rhys turned eight months old. I’m in a bit of denial here, guys. The other day we went to the library and there was a ten month old and Rhys was basically the same size and sweet mercy, slow down baby, slow down! He: – Is on the move! Shortly after last […]

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The Wedding Date.

November 6, 2018

Tweet I have about three drafts waiting to be finished, a book that needs to be read, TV shows I can’t wait to start (House of Cards, Sabrina, Great British Baking Show), dishes that need to be put away and an apartment that desperately needs a vacuum. Basically, I feel like I have a whole […]

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On the move.

October 25, 2018

Tweet See that little face? That is the face of a kid who crawled on over there. He’s CRAWLING. Sweet mercy, help. I knew it would happen soon, he was so close for so long, but as of Saturday, we have a crawler on our hands. And I have to get vacuuming. And baby proofing. […]

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Rhys: Seven Months.

October 17, 2018

TweetShhhhhhhhh somehow my baby is seven months old (as of last week, sorry second kid). I swear, I’m going to blink and he’ll be one. This is going by so incredibly fast and I’m just so grateful this little nugget joined our family. He: – Sits up and is so dang close to crawling it’s […]

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Staying Afloat.

October 9, 2018

TweetDo you ever have that feeling where you constantly feel like you’re playing catch up? Because yeah, that’s how I feel like life has been for the past two weeks. Constantly trying to stay afloat. Don’t get me wrong, it’s been a fun few weeks. But it’s also had hints of stress, an insane amount […]

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The Autumn Bucket List.

September 21, 2018

Tweet You guys, Fall is finally coming. At least it’s supposed to. This weekend marks the beginning of Fall but we’re still supposed to have weather in the 90s for the next week or so (blech). Despite that, I’m revving up and ready for all things Fall (except allergies, my Fall allergies can suck it). […]

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