The World Turned Upside Down.

by katelin on October 19, 2017

So yes, last week was weird. And tinted with sadness.

But by the weekend, it was a bit on the up and up.

On Saturday I got to celebrate one of my best friend’s son’s 11th birthday. I remember when that kid was born and holy moly, being at the birthday party for an 11 year old boy was an eye opener into my future (HOLD ME).

It was fun to watch Riley try and keep up with the big kids while simultaneously staying in his own little car-playing heaven. It was also nice to hang out with Katrina and her family and Matt and just relax.

On Sunday we spent the morning together at a little Fall Festival. It was too cute watching Riley and his cousin run around and explore the place and enjoy the petting zoo. We also ran into some friends and had a great time hanging out with them as well. Untitled

And then. Sunday night. WE. SAW. HAMILTON.


Remember back in April when I put together a birthday wishlist and seeing Hamilton was on there? Yeah well my BFF Megan remembered and when she magically got tickets, invited me and Matt to join her and her husband.


I had been listening to the soundtrack for the past year, so I knew a lot of the songs but I didn’t really get the whole story. I definitely needed to see it to get it. AND I GET IT.

It was just so damn good.

I couldn’t stop singing along and I felt invigorated listening to the message in the songs. Admittedly, Wicked is still my favorite musical ever, but this is pretty high up there now.

So yeah, the week ended on a much better note than it started. And I am just so grateful.

And how have you been? Have you seen Hamilton? Did it give you feelings? Are you inspired?



happy thursday!

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On Loss.

by katelin on October 17, 2017

A week ago Monday my grandma passed away at the age of 104. She would have been 105 this Friday.

So needless to say, last week was a weird one.

I saw her the Sunday before she died and basically just spent an hour holding her hand while she slept. I didn’t really even say anything, I just sat there and took it all in. I was by myself with the sounds of her sleeping and the sounds of the nursing home.

It was a weird day.

When I got the call on Monday morning the she had died I cried, of course, but I also think some of it was tears of joy. I knew she was finally at peace.

The rest of the day went on like a bit of a blur. And then more days happened and it was just a big big blur. I know I did things last week. But I really couldn’t tell you what all of them were.

Between pregnancy hormones and overall weird emotions of loss, I felt so out of it.

Her memorial was Friday and I loved hearing the stories that people shared about her. Her friends from church shared touching tidbits, my older cousins had different memories than I did, my dad and his brother broke down while simultaneously sharing stories of their mama. It was beautiful.

It was also amazing that I was reminded of how amazing her life was. For example, Duke Ellington asked her to go on tour with him (TWICE) and she turned him down to focus on school (TWICE). I also learned that her first meeting with my grandfather involved her tripping him because she couldn’t think of anything to say (which may be my new favorite thing about her).

After her memorial the weekend was a blur of family. But I also feel like it was a blur of starting to get back to normal (whatever normal is). As much as I will miss my grandma, I’m just so grateful I had her in my life for as long as I did.



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Oh Right.

October 5, 2017

Tweet I’m seventeen weeks pregnant and every day kind of feels like 50 First Dates, where I wake up and have to remind myself that this is really happening. It’s weird. You’d think I’d remember that I was pregnant. And you’d think I wouldn’t have to double check every day that I didn’t make it […]

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Strike a Pose.

September 26, 2017

TweetGuys, I did a thing. A few months ago I randomly won a boudoir photo shoot. For a long time I really hesitated as to whether or not I’d even go through with it. I am not a sexy person. AT. ALL. It’s like a running joke that I cannot do “sexy” faces or “sexy” […]

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Five on Friday.

September 22, 2017

Tweet 1. A few months ago our bubble machine broke. We kept telling Riley we’d get it fixed and we could never fix it and ultimately tossed it out and hoped he wouldn’t notice. And luckily he didn’t. About a month ago Matt found a new bubble machine and we’ve just had it. On Tuesday […]

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FAQ: Baby Bannan 2.0

September 14, 2017

Tweet Guys, thank you. I seriously feel so overwhelmed with love and excitement right now and I’m just so glad we could share our news with everyone. Similar to when I announced my pregnancy with Riley, I figured there are probably a few questions and some of you feel a little weird asking them. So […]

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Party of Four.

September 12, 2017

Tweet Surprise! 

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It’s a Good Day for a Good Day

September 8, 2017

Tweet Guys. I feel like every day when I wake up something more horrible has happened. Whether it be a hurricane, a fire, a shooting or some new asinine thing our ridiculous president has said or done. It. Is. Exhausting. And between world news and some personal life ish (a child who wakes up too […]

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