29 July 2012


Ok! It has officially begun! The Hubbs had his first class on Friday, and suddenly things are feeling a little more real!
Orientation was interesting... Orientation, right? Totally expected that. Did not expect to be oriented personally. There is a separate orientation for spouses/significant others of students. Crazy, but very helpful. I learned a lot of things that are going to be a great help, and I met some great people. I won't lie... I still had a bit of a meltdown afterwards because I am still 535 miles away from my nearest friend and 2,400 miles from my best friend.
It is a daunting thing to move to a place that is so far away. It is completely overwhelming when you realized you have moved away from everyone you know and now you are the sole source of entertainment and care for your whole little family. I didn't melt down long. Well... certainly not VERY long...

After being oriented I spent Wednesday hanging out with the girls and picking the house up. Thursday I made six little skirts for Lily. No, it isn't a typo. Six. She is outgrowing clothes so fast that I am barely keeping her in anything. The beauty of skirts? Lasting power. Make them long-ish and with an elastic waist and they will last you through two or three sizes. :o)

I found some striped shirting at Jo-Anne's a week or two ago that happened to be on sale... You know the rest. I bought some of every color they had.

LOVE THEM. I made two more the next day out of some really cute cotton prints I found at a local shop, but I haven't been able to get Lily to stand still for me to get a picture of them yet. She's busy. I can't fault that.

Right now I have two more shirts cut out and two dresses almost done. Sewing has been productive.

Friday I pulled out The Beast and started working on it the other night while the girls were in bed. I have been working on this silly blanket for *cough* 10 *cough* years now... It was the first thing I started when I learned to crochet. It's been a decade. I aim to finish it before the end of this year. I'll post a pic of it soon so you can see why it is worth the effort. It really will be a pretty blanket... Not award-winning, but pretty!

That is all of my crafty news. In family land there is quite a little bit of news though! Little Alice decided she would make friends with the cat...  Oddly, the cat was very pleased with this development. Nikki just sat and loved while Alice poked her in the eye and pulled her fur. She wasn't all bad. She did a fair share of grinning and petting and giggling. There were lots of giggles when Nikki's tail would swish by to catch Alice's cheeks.

Speaking of Alice's cheeks... She's getting to be quite the little chubber. She was so small for so long and now she is fluffing right up. :o) She's perfect. It's true. I won't deny it.

Little Lily Bear has been such a sweetheart since we got here. She is laying down for naps AND laying down at night without anyone in the room. I was worried when we left Arkansas that we weren't ever going to get back to a normal bedtime routine, but we have! She has been rocking the nightshirts I made her, and I can't help but think those old tee's are enjoying some fresh blood in them!

She has been loving the church we are going to now. She's been a very good girl... busy, but good! There are several kiddos that we have met around her age. That's nice. She's such a little social creature.

What else? The hubbs had a birthday yesterday! For the better part of four months we will be the same age, and then I will be back to being older and wiser. LOL Riiiiight.

I think that's all I've got for the moment... Not a super exciting post, but a much quicker turn-around time for sure!

I hope you are having a wonderful day!

Wear your seat belts!
Katie Jo

17 July 2012

About that...

What do you mean I haven't posted since May of 2011? That's absurd.

Nah. I totally buy that. I'm lousy. I always have these extended hiatuses and then come back with problems and grand declarations that I am going to better and I am going to keep up and... "blah blah blah."

Let's face the facts. I am a sucky blogger. I try. Really I do, but at the end of the for some reason I just don't stick with it. I like to say that "life gets in the way," or "I just haven't had time." That's crap. I have time. I simply use it for other stuff. By stuff I really mean sitting. Hey, at least I am honest.

Well. No grand declarations here. Simply going to say hello because I am here now, and give you a little update.

Since my last post the hubbs and I have

1. Bought a house.
2. Gotten pregnant.
3. Had a lot of fun with Lily.
4. Had a baby.
5. Named previously mentioned baby 'Alice'.
6. Celebrated Lily's second birthday.
7. Applied to med school.
8. Interviewed for med school.
9. Been accepted to med school.
10. Decided to go to med school.
11. Mentioned to our family that we were going to med school.
12. Attempted to figure out why we bought the house mentioned in item number one.
13. Packed up Lily and Alice and moved to Tennessee.
14. Learned to spell "Tennessee".
15. Kicked it for a couple of weeks without the interwebs.
16. Sat down to write this blog.

There. See. Now you are caught up in less than 20 sentences. I left out some details, but hit the finer points I think. OH! I also opened up my Etsy shop again. Crazy. I'm sure if I get back here sometime soon I will post all about it.
Right now I am going to go snuggle with a baby and then head off to bed. It will be lovely!

Sweet dreams!
Wear your seat belt!

 PS> Lily and Alice Love You!!!