Happy Two!

Happy anniversary to us! 20130917-221408.jpgThere wasn’t much time in our day for any type of formal celebration. In between work and Bible study we managed to fit in a few minutes of alone time. We picked up a couple slices of cookie cake (OK, a slice for me and 3 cookies of variety for him) and took them to a nearby park to enjoy together. Between a sketchy truck and the little kids loving life, there was some quality people watching going on.

We seem to have a couple of traditions we picked up for our anniversary–rain and sickness. Sadly, there was no rain today to make it 3 years in a row, but Walker is pretty sick so at least we were able to keep one alive! Today I won’t say too much about marriage and the past two years, as I still hold to what I said here. At times marriage is easy and at times it is crazy hard, but in all times I am thankful for the one I’m journeying with.

Last year’s anniversary posts here, here, and here.  20130917-221449.jpg

And now for a little Blogtember: A memory you would love to relive.

I guess for today it would be fitting to say our wedding, and yes, I would do that day again in a heartbeat. But I think this next picture (or four pictures) better represents the memories I would love to relive. Or at least remember really well. And hold on to. After devouring our cookie cake, we took a few minutes for some pictures to document our 2 year mark. This last set all started with that very first picture. You know, the one where Walker looks blind and REALLY excited about it! I think I eventually stopped laughing 5 minutes down the road somewhere. These are my favorite memories. Uninhibited responses of joy. It’s the ordinary, everyday moments that I would like to relive.

And when I could eat an entire box of Kraft Mac & Cheese without getting sick. I’d totally relive those days.

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Happy New Year!

Well, we’ve finally come to the junction of 2012 and 2013. No, literally, I’m typing this as we ring in the new year in our hotel room in Junction, TX. Only 7 hours left of our drive home from Tucson!

I remember sitting at a sushi dinner with two friends earlier this year discussing the highs and lows of 2012, and we unanimously decided we were eager to welcome 2013. The year so far had already delivered some blows. Walker and I agree that 2012 has taken us to the highest of mountains and the lowest of valleys. I wouldn’t describe it as only a roller coaster but maybe as the Titan.

From two doctors recommending I have a brain scan to check for a tumor or MS to getting to travel to Ethiopia. From our teenage friend getting cancer to bringing home our baby Opal. From saying goodbye to some of our best friends who moved away to welcoming new ones to town. From watching ones we love endure suffering to celebrating with so many friends on their wedding days and pregnancies. We’ve laughed until we cried and cried until all we could do was laugh. From all the scary and disappointing to the joyous celebrations and everything in-between, 2012 has been…well, it’s been a year of real life.

So as we exit this roller coaster here in Junction, having just spent time with both our families and close friends, we choose to see love. We see the love we felt from our family and friends (near and far) when you chose to cry with us and rejoice with us. So, while we hope that 2013 will be full of less medical bills and more trips to Africa, if that’s not the case, it’s Ok, because 2012 was full of love, and so will 2013 be also.

We are armed with a bottle of Martinelli’s, a bed to jump on, a restless puppy and each other. And at 12:01, we will go to bed.

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For Walker’s Love of Christmas Decor

This year I decided to do something I’ve never done before—decorate for Christmas! Walker loves Christmas décor, so I set out with my budget of $0 and attempted to bring some festivity to our home. I managed to stay close to my budget, only spending about $5 on three bags of marshmallows and some thread. Everything else I already had!

My aunt gave us the cutest tree last year with the most incredible vintage ornaments (that are totally out of Opal’s reach, thank goodness). I stole an idea from Danielle and Lynley and gathered paint samples from Lowe’s to make garlands. And I threaded marshmallows on string to look like snowfall in our living room. We made another tree out of mason jars and a string of lights, but I think our most prized decoration is our puppy walking around with a jingle bell around her neck. Her holiday name is Jingle Pup!

I accomplished my three goals: It was festive. It was cheap. And Walker liked it. Plus, I got some good experience for when I teach interior design this spring (yes, that is seriously happening).

snowtreecollagedeerdollcollage2Plus, this year I had the bright idea to make our own stockings. Me, the girl who has never touched a needle or thread. Thankfully, Walker’s mom has been sewing since she had barbies, so our stockings were in good hands. As an added bonus, Walker learned what herringbone is. All three of us cut patterns, pinned and stitched late into the night. Who would have thought Walker knew his way around a sewing machine?

Opal’s stocking was thoughtfully made pink, because oftentimes people forget she is a girl. 20121222-130827.jpg20121222-235557.jpg

Hey, Santa!

We had a wild night out on the town for my first evening away from our flu-ridden bed. I imagine these pics to be pretty accurate of any similar photos taken in the 80s/90s. Walker loving anybody who will be showering him with gifts. Me crying like I did the whole first week of kindergarten…and college.santaI should probably be the one showering Walker with gifts. In the past few days he has proven his ‘I do.’ Thanks for plunging a toilet, tracking my meds, sitting in a waiting room, waking up every hour of the night to pump me full of Gatorade and so. much. more. Without you, I might have gotten ‘the flu that turns into bronchitis, that turns into pneumonia, that kills you.’ That’s what you said, right?  I owe you, dude.

Mondays

Husband has recently been making Mondays the most exciting day of the week!

Last Monday, Walker brought home old photo albums titled “Girls and Me!!!! yesssss.” I’m still laughing about those pictures a week later.

Tonight, I came home from work to find him digging a huge hole in our yard to make a fire pit. He planned us a S’more date. I think I’ll keep him around.

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San Antonio

We’ve been taking these past few days to recuperate from our weekend getaway to San Antonio! One of us (cough cough, me…no really, i’m coughing with every click of the keyboard) went on our anniversary trip and came down with the flu/bad cold/something gross. Thanks to our beloved friends Dayquil and Nyquil, a sore throat and runny nose couldn’t keep us down! Although it did almost keep someone down. I would like to apologize to the man riding a motorized wheelchair that I almost ran over while riding our rented bikes in a Nyquil-induced coma. Ding, ding! Girl with the flu coming through!

We enjoyed biking through downtown, strolling the Riverwalk, visiting sketchy parks at night trying to sneak a peak at old missions, encountering history and culture, spotting mariachis at every turn, hearing lots of Spanish, eating eating eating, and most importantly visiting the Alamo! Walker may or may not have gotten a little choked up. He also made the decision that if he was a duck, he would want to live on the Riverwalk.

We weren’t sure if we’d be able to go to San Antonio like we’d planned, but thanks to an extra job that came up and the generous gifts of some church members and parents, we thrived on four days of adventure and quality time! We even got to put on some fancy clothes and eat at a fancy schmancy restaurant! To echo this post, what gracious and supportive people we have in our lives! Thank you!

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Caaaaake! We’ve been waiting to eat our cake for a year, because it was just that good the night of. Although we were expecting lemon and were slightly disappointed to discover German chocolate, it was still that good! Besides that, we had a pretty laid back celebration tonight consisting of a favorite meal, an exchange of gifts, bow ties and denim, and our favorite bully.

And oh yeah, I put on my dress. It’s just the way I remember it–barbecue stain and all–but I can’t say I felt as pretty in it with my rain boots on. If we’ve discovered one thing, it’s that the rain loves us. Rained on our wedding day. Rained on our anniversary trip. Rained today. Rain on, mother nature!

We received so many texts, calls and cards today, and we are so appreciative. What thoughtful people we have in our lives! Thanks for remembering us!

Ps. One night while in San Antonio we decided to make a list of things we learned about each other during our first year of living together. We sat by the rooftop pool under the romantic moonlight (just kidding, there were about 20 kids splish splashing while another kid pulled the emergency alarm) and laughed about this list. Enjoy down below…

WALKER LEARNED THESE THINGS ABOUT KATELYN:

1. SHE is a minimalist when it comes to paper towels. 2. SHE really loves Opal. 3. SHE thinks there is difference between cleaning and straightening up. 4. SHE has a different idea of what it means to be healthy than he does. 5. SHE is a recently a fan of denim. 6. SHE loves morning talk. 7. SHE can produce smells worse than mine.

Bonus: SHE is against the idea of midnight snacks. What?!KATELYN LEARNED THESE THINGS ABOUT WALKER:

1. HE will milk being sick for all it’s worth. 2. HE believes in using four paper towels every time he washes his hands. 3. HE can always justify spending money. 4. HE thinks all of his jokes are funny. She thinks some are severely offensive. 5. HE loves night time pillow talk. 6. HE douses himself in Axe body spray after he showers. Yes, for real. 7. HE has the realization that we are best friends on a near daily basis.

Bonus: When HE enters the bathroom to do some serious business, you will most definitely hear Journey playing from his phone every. single. time! 

Happy Anniversary!

Happy Anniversary to us! One year ago today we said our vows in front of family and friends in Waco. We have felt love and encouragement from that community every day since we ventured into this marriage thing, and we couldn’t be more thankful.

September 17, 2011 drew to a close with a blessed rainfall that ended a record-breaking drought in Central Texas. Not only did we get incredible pictures in the rain, but the farmers received some answered prayers for their desperate land. We kinda see this as a beautiful way to have started our story–dancing with our loved ones while witnessing a visible sign of God’s presence.

Through this year of countless laughs and a couple of tears, we have realized it can be so easy to long for someone else’s story. To desire a different path– one that might seem more adventurous, more carefree, more romantic–but at the end of the day we have each other and a chance to write our very own unique story, and it can’t get better than that!

Here’s to 365 days of baby bulldogs, Harry Potter, fort-making, youth events, ‘Nilla Wafer parties, traveling, super beds, giant birthday cakes, disastrous meals and polaroids!

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