KATYMARIA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KATYMARIA KATYMARIA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Has it Really Been a YEAR? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825924 What happened people? I have been letting the end slide! Well that is DONE. I just signed up for another half marathon so here comes training. I would like to loose 10 pounds before it as well so we shall see how this goes! I am up to doing 10 miles on my long runs again so I am pretty close, and the race isn't until the end of January so there is some time. It is hard to let go of your old speeds though, I know I wont be as fast as I was last year, but that is ok (I keep telling myself) it i... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 17:11:05 EST December Check in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5557844 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1414889121.jpg"> <BR> Hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving! We did, and did some major Thanksgivakkah celebrating as well. I just got finished with the Seattle half, it didn't go quite as planned. My last race I ran about 8:30 miles, so this time I was hoping for more like 8 minute miles. But with getting sick a bunch and life in general I ended up running a 1:58 over the half marathon which is more like a 9 minute mile. I have mixed fee... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 19:02:53 EST October (yeah it is a little late) update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5548507 Here are some fall activities: <BR> <BR> At the pumpkin patch! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l885024954.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l568355017.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1264903721.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1056931506.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l877733947.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And a little Halloween fox: <... Sat, 23 Nov 2013 15:29:52 EST Running Injury (and baby pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5496333 Actually it isn't so bad. After 5 months of steady training with no injuries and wondering what all the fuss was about, I managed to give myself bursitis of the hip from my race. I tried to ignore it and even though I told myself I was going to take it super easy the week after the race of course I failed, and ended up making it worse. <BR> <BR> So I "grounded" myself and said NO RUNNING for a week. This is KILLER for me. I run almost every day and I am so miserable. I tried hot yoga, I tri... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 22:01:40 EST 30th Birthday 1/2 Marathon Recap! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5487857 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1270797096.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ran my first half marathon on my 30th Birthday and it was AWESOME! Finished in 1:51 and guess what, second in my (new) age group and 16th overall! Not bad for a birthday girl! I felt great until mile 11, and then it was a major mind game. My last two miles were way slower. I can tell I need to up my mileage for my next one (yes, next one, I already signed up for my next half in December!) <BR> <BR> I actually s... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 01:19:07 EST Mud and Chocolate Run with pics! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5452905 This weekend was awesome! I had my mud and chocolate trail race at one of the local parks, it was a great trail and my first time competing in a trail run. I ran the 4.5 mile distance. I thought of it as a "speed workout" with the benefit of chocolate at the finish line while I am training for my 30th b-day half marathon. <BR> <BR> Here I am acting tough before the race: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1260322473.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Because I ended up rather alone out ... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 13:18:27 EST Still Running! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5449180 I did my 10k at the end of July, but then I just kept on going! <BR> <BR> ...11.5 miles this am, pushing Eliza in the stroller! It wasn't easy but then, it sure was easier than labor! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1725464211.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Why you ask? Because I signed up for my first half marathon- it is on September 15th- which also happens to be my 30th birthday! <em>208</em> <BR> <BR> I am struggling a little bit to find the right balance of what ... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 19:56:54 EST Running, Running, Running... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5402477 I have run 70 miles so far this month, and that includes the week I took off when I was sick. I have made a lot of progress. I am loosing weight, getting faster, and my husband keeps on shouting "you are looking amazing!" every night when he gets home. <BR> <BR> I am not back to my fastest pace yet, but I am ok with that. Actually my fastest run EVER was the day before I found out I was pregnant. <BR> <BR> I will never forget that day! I had taken a pregnancy test the day before, and it was... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 13:20:04 EST 10k Training Progress & Some 6 Month pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5397475 So we are now about a month out and I can feel myself getting stronger for sure. I try to run 6 days a week, but I am not following a training plan, or doing pacing runs or all that. In an ideal world I would LOVE to come in under an hour, but as the course is ALL hills, I am not so sure I can do it! <BR> <BR> I have found something wonderful though, friends! One of my friends from Highschool (back 10+ years ago) is training for a half, I connected with her over facebook (ah the joys of the... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 14:36:58 EST 10k Training! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5370947 So, I may have lost my mind but I just signed up for a 10k- and I am 5 months postpartum (after a c-section). I have been slowly getting up to running again but I really have only been able to do about 4 miles, and that has lots of walking breaks in it! Yikes! <BR> <BR> But I have until July 20th to whip myself into shape. I went on the first "training run" today! I ran 5.9 miles in 68 minutes. Longest run in a LONG time. But I absolutely walked the last mile, I am not gonna lie, and there ... Tue, 28 May 2013 23:17:32 EST 3 Month Baby Pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5297205 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1659862678.jpg"> <BR> Spring Time Baby! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1118731951.jpg"> <BR> Someone Loves a Bath! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l679159876.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l293502678.jpg"> Sat, 23 Mar 2013 12:57:17 EST Naming Ceremony http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5254903 What a great party! I made a traditional christening cake from the UK and she wore the christening gown my grandfather wore in 1910 (and my mum wore, and I wore!) <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l540132427.jpg"> <BR> Eliza Jane with my parents <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l476091854.jpg"> <BR> with my husband and I <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1064682546.jpg"> <BR> In her short dress and bonnet <BR> <BR> <... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 13:13:36 EST Growing Eliza Jane http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5186426 A video of the weeks leading up to our baby girl's arrival! Wed, 2 Jan 2013 15:09:07 EST She is here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5178012 On December 19th we welcomed our little girl into the world. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1019188660.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Eliza Jane was born weighing 7 pounds 8 oz, at 9:58 am. We are all doing well and just loving this sweet one! Thu, 27 Dec 2012 18:36:00 EST 39 Weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5170310 Well I am afraid we are still hovering in baby limbo. Although I am all set to go at any possible second, Sproutlette is taking her sweet time. I have been dilated to a 4 for the last 3 weeks, and as of my appointment last Thursday I am, not surprisingly, exactly the same. This makes sense because more than that and it would be fairly unheard of to be walking around like a normal person. Although the midwife says you can technically get up to 7 before you start being in serious labor generall... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 16:19:37 EST 34 Weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5130808 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1592837145.jpg"> <BR> We have made it to 34 weeks. A bit of a milestone as most babies born before 34 weeks need some kind of additional care in a hospital, whereas "34 weekers" on up do very well on their own (though are usually still monitored in the hospital for a few days). Three more weeks until full term. We are rushing towards the finish line, legs crossed, hoping she will not make an appearance for at least another 3 weeks so we can... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 18:52:29 EST 33 Weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5121292 It is amazing, frightening, and wildly exciting that in just a few weeks we could be holding our daughter. Just 4 weeks until "full term" (at 37 weeks, when we can deliver at the birth center instead of going to a hospital!) and 7 weeks until her due date! This week our baby girl is right around 4 pounds and so big and strong in there it is really feeling like there is a baby trapped in my belly (not just a little fish like during the second trimester!) <BR> <BR> So far I have stayed super b... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 10:05:49 EST 25 Weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5051217 Hello Everyone, we are now closing in on 6 months of pregnancy, just one more week to go. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l800358912.jpg"> <BR> This week baby Sprout Silk is the size of a cauliflower, and hovering somewhere close to 2 pounds! It took so long to get to this point I feel like 2 pounds is huge, and from here on out it is about a pound of weight gain a week! Up until next week if Sprout was born she would still be a micro-preemie, but by week 27 she would ... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 15:49:41 EST 20 Weeks! Halfway there! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5007123 We have made it to the half-way point! That is, it is halfway according to the books. I am hoping that our actual half-point was some weeks ago: my Mum went a month early with my sister and I, and my Grans was a month early with my Uncle- so I am trying to convince Baby Sprout that 37 weeks is absolutely full term, and just about enough time. <BR> <BR> Really, she ought to come meet the world on the early (but not too early) side. I tell her the first week of December would be perfect, any ... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 18:37:37 EST Gender Reveal Vlog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4983599 How we shared our baby's gender with the world; please leave mysterious comments so people can find out by watching the video themselves! Mon, 23 Jul 2012 17:13:43 EST Week 16! 4 months and counting... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4964143 Today Sprout and I are 16 weeks along, a whopping 4 months. This week Sprout is supposedly as big as this: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l62962745.jpg"> <BR> One green avocado. I think an orange (from last week) sounds a lot bigger, but who am I to argue with those who impose the your-baby-is-a-fruit list? <BR> <BR> This week went by at breakneck speed, probably because I did not have to work and instead spent the week lounging around eating ice cream and chee... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 15:33:31 EST Week 13 (and 4 days) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4933708 With all the excitement surrounding the ultrasound, I guess I fwent past the 13 week mark to post. Though, on an upside, I had an appointment with the midwife yesterday so I can include that recount along with the typical weekly growth. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l891635489.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This week Sprout: <BR> --Is still working on teeth buds (aka the teeth under the gums, ready to shoot through at any point causing misery for both Mum and Babe alike). ... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 20:04:16 EST Week 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4913048 That huge lime, yeah that is the size of our baby. HUGE! Somewhere between 1.5-2.4 inches at this point, which also makes Sprouty the same size as this: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l575030906.jpg"> <BR> One green tree frog. I dont know why but somehow this makes it more real. Things that are ALIVE are this size- alive and that DO THINGS. Kind of like the things that Sprout can do now such as: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l352074152.jpg">... Tue, 5 Jun 2012 11:09:43 EST 9 Weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4896048 At nine weeks pregnant, Sprout and I have made two big accomplishments: I have made it to month three, and Sprout is no longer an embryo -- how he/she is officially a fetus(at the end of this week!) Basically that means Sprout is becoming more and more baby-like, and I am inching closer and closer to leaving the nasties of the first trimester behind. Just one more month to go, and frankly, and I will NOT be sorry to leave the nausea and vomiting behind me! <BR> <BR> Plus this week we got to ... Thu, 24 May 2012 11:33:58 EST 7 Weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4874305 Baby: The week Sprout is the size of a blueberry- which is twice as big as last week and 100,000 times bigger than at conception. As long as I don't grow 100,000 times in the next 7 weeks, this first tri will probably be a success. <BR> <BR> Sprout is "teething"; forming tooth buds this week and it’s arm and leg buds have grown longer and are beginning to segment into future fingers and toes. The pancreas, appendix (not that it is necessary) and eye lenses are developing (maybe that's why I... Wed, 9 May 2012 16:43:45 EST 5 Week Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4843939 This has been a big week for us! We met with the Midwifes at the Birthing Center and absolutely fell in love. Washington has very strict rules regarding training and qualifications to be a midwife- and all of the midwifes at the center went to the best school in Washington. They are very professional, knowledgeable and friendly. <BR> <BR> Oh and the birth center, don't get me started on their birthing rooms! They are only two minutes from the hospital, and the rooms are almost like a spa, th... Fri, 20 Apr 2012 10:57:40 EST 4 Week Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4833464 Today I am officially four weeks pregnant. That means Silk Sprout (my last name is Silk- so this is what we have been calling the baby) has been alive, making itself quite comfortable in my belly, for the last 2 weeks. Sprout gets the official title of "embryo"; a very notable achievement! <BR> <BR> How am I doing? Fine! Not too many symptoms so far but here are the few that made the list: <BR> <BR> Cramps:Well, really light- almost more like just pressure or a squeezy feeling. These have ... Fri, 13 Apr 2012 13:14:43 EST And baby makes three.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4831705 My husband and I could not have been more excited to find out we are expecting. I am 4 weeks pregnant (as of tomorrow) and confirmed with a blood test at the doctor's yesterday. We are not letting work or many of our friends know until our first doctors apt (at 12 weeks) but I figure I can let all my spark friends know! <BR> <BR> About 9 days past ovulation I took an early pregnancy test, I thought I saw a tiny tiny SUPER faint line, and I asked my husband about it. After waiting about 5 mi... Thu, 12 Apr 2012 10:47:13 EST March Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4795589 My motivation has been seriously dragging. It has been a crazy crazy month with lots of ups and downs. On the pro side, Kyle and I have been looking at houses to buy which has been exciting and scary! We have been to look at a few and get an idea of the market here (which is so small!) <BR> <BR> I have been going in major roller coaster with my weight. I was at 138 (which is an 11 pound increase since the wedding) and then decided that was WAY too crazy. My "max" is supposed to be 132 but ... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 19:18:09 EST Pause Button http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4727002 So my husband and I have decided to push the pause button on our TTC efforts for now, after all the ups and downs I need a little break to focus on getting my body back in order, and more importantly, getting my relationship in order! Maybe you ladies aren't like me but I have a very hard time not obsessing- constantly charting and wondering and making myself miserable during the 2ww. <BR> <BR> Also although Kyle always said he would "be very happy" if we were to get pregnant he was not wha... Tue, 7 Feb 2012 11:43:57 EST Feb Update (aka the death cold and weight gain!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4718719 Well, contrary to how it may appear I am actually still alive. I feel like I have been sick for months, but really it is more like a month. On the weekend of January 21st I actually felt better, I cleaned my whole house (it was beyond needing it) and was very productive but then the week after that the cold/sore throat/cough came back with a vengeance. <BR> <BR> Every night since then I have been in bed before 8. Last night I stayed up "late" until 9- amazing. But I just feel like I am livi... Thu, 2 Feb 2012 13:52:49 EST TTC #3 (update re drs visit) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4572609 Update from visiting the dr. Oh! I forgot to add that I got my shots; flu and tet and we had a talk re folic acid and prenatal vitamins. Mon, 7 Nov 2011 10:40:57 EST TTC Vlog #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4561714 Got Test strips in the mail, super excited! Mon, 31 Oct 2011 15:55:24 EST TTC Vlog #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4545572 An introduction to my journey in trying to conceive, charting, and what is coming up. Thu, 20 Oct 2011 21:32:06 EST TTC woes (-wish me luck!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4545400 So, for those of you who don't remember (see my "Bad News From the DR" post from march). The last time I went to see my Dr was not fun. She told me we would likely have difficulty conceiving (she estimated 2 years) based on irregular periods and tipped uterus issues. <BR> <BR> I have been tracking my cycles for the last few years. I use my fertilityfriend.com and take temps and all that. Even though my cycles are normal(ish) between 30-36 days (with the odd 65 day one thrown in once a year ... Thu, 20 Oct 2011 19:13:20 EST Meet Sawyer! Our New Puppy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4534100 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l979322735.jpg"> <BR> Here he is at 6 weeks, we couldn't take him home for another 2 weeks <BR> <BR> Here he is when we first got him: at about 8 weeks <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l586598081.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l29676832.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Making himself comfortable! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l650419569.jpg"> <BR> <BR> He is a Brittnay Spaniel, and i... Thu, 13 Oct 2011 16:22:43 EST Wedding Stress dreams! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4282868 Last night I had the craziest dream- a bunch of wedding guests came early so we decided to dance- which made me forget to change, go to my hair appointment or take any pictures. <BR> <BR> I was so upset about not getting my hair done on my wedding day I was freaking out trying to do it myself and I just couldn't get it right. It kept getting later and later and later and I was so worried that my fiance would think I stood him up. So ridiculous! <BR> <BR> It is only 26 days aways now and I... Tue, 7 Jun 2011 10:41:05 EST Wedding is gettin closer! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4160232 <img src="http://www.weddingfavors.org/wedding-countdown/countdown.php?width=500&height=160&bg=589a&date_month=07&date_day=03&date_year=2011&un=Kate %26 Kyle&un2=tying the knot in" alt="" /> <BR> <BR> <BR> Its getting close! We sent our invites out last week and have already started getting RSVPs back, it is feeling real now! Here they are all ready to go out! It took a lot of work! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l468799764.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here is Kyle worki... Tue, 12 Apr 2011 09:56:31 EST Bad news from the Doctor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4123666 I went to the doctor on friday because I haven't had my period in 59 days and I was starting to freak out. The Dr said I "don't feel pregnant", but offered to take a blood test. I said no, I am sure I am not --as I have done 3 at home ones and plus, I have no symptoms. <BR> <BR> She agreed with me. She did the pap and said I feel normal. Generally, they make you wait 6 months without a period before they start doing blood tests. Six months!! However,she said if I still dont have it in a mon... Mon, 28 Mar 2011 11:03:23 EST Reasons I Want To Be Fit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3827788 My goals are long term; I want to be fit and healthy. But lately I have been loosing focus so in gearing up to the new year I have decided to take the lead of some of my fellow sparkies and remind myself WHY I am doing this. <BR> <BR> <em>208</em> REASONS TO BE FIT IN 2011 <em>208</em> <BR> <BR> (1) Look Hot. <em>212</em> <BR> I am getting married in July. Normally I would just do a crash diet a month or two before and exercise like crazy- but I want to feel fit and healthy inside and... Mon, 6 Dec 2010 14:14:29 EST Hair and Make Up Trial Pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3812089 We are having a family friend do my hair. She is British and has actually done some of the hairstyles for the royal family's weddings (I am not going to name any names) but I am super excited about it. I love how the trial turned out, even though it wasn't what I had asked for in terms of the picture I showed her, it actually looked way better than the picture would have. This pictures dont really do it justice, the best part about it was how soft she kept the hair around my face. <BR> <im... Mon, 29 Nov 2010 12:52:45 EST Wedding Shoes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3790977 I am super excited about my new shoes for the wedding!!!! They areSeychelles "Ring In The New Year" Mary Jane Pumps. I had been looking for something that I could wear again, had a little bit of a retro feel and had a wide enough heel that I could wear it outside. My sister is very crafty and she is going to help me make a little shoe clip to put on them (on the toe part where the white band is at it's thinest). I am not sure if it is going to stay white/tan/grey or if I will do them in the r... Wed, 17 Nov 2010 20:12:55 EST Breakfast! (256 calories and 25g of protein!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3739133 I got some local eggs at a farmer's market here so I have been looking for a great way to use them. This recipe is perfect! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l224292475.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 2 eggs (small) <BR> 1 egg white (large) <BR> 1/4 cup chopped turkey breast <BR> 2 tablespoons chopped basil <BR> 1-2 slices of tomato chopped <BR> a little salt <BR> 1 slice of bread (I used Dave's Killer Bread, the Good Seed Light variety) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spa... Mon, 25 Oct 2010 13:20:03 EST Proposal Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3717857 I realized I never ACTUALLY told you guys how Kyle proposed, so thought I would go ahead and paste what I put on our wedding website on here so as not to deprive you all! <BR> <BR> The Proposal: As a belated birthday present for Kyle, the couple took a trip to Vancouver, BC, just after the 2010 Olympics. They stayed in a 5-star hotel (after scoring a killer deal online, since no one wanted to be there AFTER the Olympics) and were upgraded to the presidential suite which had a magnificent vi... Fri, 15 Oct 2010 18:22:39 EST The stress is killing me! (plus a recipe for lavender/rosemary sugar scrub) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3710687 So I just finished up with my contract work, and am now officially jobless- I have been looking for work here in Eastern Washington but started to take it a little easy when I began interviewing with a possible DREAM job- working with immigrant victims of domestic violence (at a not-for profit law firm). Anyway, I went to the interview and adored the people, and was SO excited to get a call back. <BR> <BR> The second interview was scary! Me at the front of the conference table with 8 people... Tue, 12 Oct 2010 15:15:33 EST My Sister's Etsy Shop! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3704763 I am supper excited to announce my little sister has just opened her shop on etsy.com! She is uber talented and you should all check it out! She only has one of her prints up there now, but watch for more to come! <link>www.etsy.com/shop/Shenelligans?ref=s<BR>eller_info&order=price_asc&utm_source=<BR>Facebook&utm_medium=PageTools&utm_camp<BR>aign=Share </link> Sun, 10 Oct 2010 01:24:15 EST cake topper check (with pic) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3702054 So as most of you know I am getting married in July- I saw this little sweetness on ebay and just couldnt pass it up. It is vintage 1940's and stands about 4 inches tall. I love the brides sideways, mischievous smile! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l945430762.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l224315721.jpg"> Fri, 8 Oct 2010 15:35:34 EST Apple cake! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3672786 To celebrate being in Wenatchee, the apple capital of the world I had to bake something. It is miserable being on a diet, but at least I have something great to do with it, send it off to my fiance's work to temp everyone there instead of me :) <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l568077608.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>mskatecooks.blogspot.com/2010/09/aut<BR>umn-harvest-apple-cake.html </link> Sun, 26 Sep 2010 23:16:10 EST First Run In a LONG time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3662933 Well, as you know I am trying to get back in the swing of things year. After the bar, the month long trip to Mexico and the mega-move my life has been seriously lacking in routine! But the day after my birthday I decided to get back on it and I have been trying to watch what I eat again. I have a wedding dress to fit into after all. <BR> <BR> More importantly though I just want to feel healthy. Anyways, I went on my first run which is always a bit nerve wracking. It was more of a run 2 bloc... Wed, 22 Sep 2010 19:59:38 EST ABC's of Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3659415 A - Age: 27 <BR> <BR> B - Bed size: Full :( I REALLY want a new one! <BR> <BR> C - Chore you hate: cleaning the shower <BR> <BR> D - Dog's name: Marley <BR> <BR> E - Essential start your day item: a cup of tea <BR> <BR> F - Favorite color: yellow <BR> <BR> G - Gold or Silver: depends :) but I have a lot more silver! <BR> <BR> H - Height: 5' 6" <BR> <BR> I - Instruments you play: a little violin, but I need to get back into it. <BR> <BR> J - Job title: Attorney <BR> <BR> K - Kid(s):... Tue, 21 Sep 2010 19:32:58 EST