Get Ready!

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Get Ready!

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Get Set!

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GO! GO! GO!

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 Wasn’t that fun?!

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Let’s

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Let’s make time for snow angels & warm cups of cocoa.

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Let’s take a moment to be cozy together.

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 Let’s take a long nap after watching snowflakes by the window.

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Let’s oooohhh and ahhhhh over a pretty little things!!!

(THANK YOU so very much for this box box-o-magic AMANDA!!!)

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Let’s embrace the good times and the hard times.

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Let’s stay inside and read

and play

and cry

and love

on a sick day.

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 Let’s throw snowballs and build snowmen and run in the crisp white snow.

  Let’s enjoy this day.

xoxoxoxox!!!!

Snow Day!

We woke up this morning to the most beautiful blanket of snow, freezing temps and best of all…

a day off school!!

You know what that means.

A SNOW-DAY-PARTAY!!

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Snowman Breakfast.

Get it– the toast shovel?! :)

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Snowball (Marshmallow) Painting


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 Afternoon Snack & Craft— a Mini Snowball Buffet!  Cups h/t Pinterest

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Kids can get pretty creative with marshmallows and play-dough… trust me!  :)

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Squishy Snowman h/t Pinterest idea via Mollie’s Mom!

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Beware this one can get messy!

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We ended the day with a SNOWBALL FIGHT!

 To play “Super Speedy Snowball Spelling” —  1.  Divide into two teams  2.  Team A makes up a word and hides each letter inside a snowball   3.  Team A throws all the snowballs to Team B  4.  For time, Team B opens up each snowball to find letters and attempts to guess the mystery word   5. Speediest team win the round

I’m not-so-secretly hoping for another snow day tomorrow.  I might just like snow days as much as my kids…  Okay maybe even more!

Hope you get a SNOW-DAY soon!

xoxoxoxo!!!!!

The Chef

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Oranges in. Oranges out.

Baby in. Baby out.

She brings sunshine into my heart and silliness into my days.

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Enjoy your day!!!!

xoxoxoxo!!!!

When skies are gray

we will just stay inside and play!

Fall and winter are my two favorite seasons.  Cold temps outside means we get extra time to COZY up inside.   More time for cuddling, reading, creating, playing and relaxing!!!  (hehehe… did you catch that– RELAXING!?  Absolutely none of that going on around here, but it’s fun to dream.)

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Winter might mean that the most exciting part of the day is watching big brother make a turkey sandwich.  And that is A-okay with me!

 Hang on winter…  don’t you give up on us yet! We’ve got more cuddling to do!

xoxoxoxoxoxo!!!!!

Even more reasons to smile [2012!]

Part two of my YEAR-IN-REVIEW!

You don’t even want to know how long it took me to pick my favorites!  I was up until three am last night. :)

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THANKFUL FOR…  1.  summertime collections   2.  sleeping baby photographs   3.  bubbles and balloons in the kitchen sink   4.  freedom   5.  mud puddles & rain boots   6.  tender hugs   7.  Christmas crafts   8.  Birthday traditions   9.  our annual whip cream fight

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 THANKFUL FOR… 1. ideas from Pinterest   2. family fun   3.  this photo! I had planned to take a grocery store like this when my oldest was a baby and I finally did almost 17 years later!!  even thought I only got it on iPhone I will treasure it always.   4.  visits from St. Nick   5.  mother-daughter shoes… Emerson’s wanted these for her first day of K   6.  cupcakes   7.  reminders of my childhood   8.  everything CHRISTMAS!   9.  the person who designed this recycling center

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THANKFUL FOR…  1. traditions   2.  mini celebrations   3.  a trip to the beach   4.  learning    5.  shoes   6.  Blaise’s New Year’s Eve party station   7.  my yearly Santa suit shot   8.  cookie plates   9.  hearts &  flowers

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THANKFUL FOR…  1. a stroll through a vintage camper rally  2.  goodies from my dad   3.  Jollay Orchards    4.  rocks to climb   5.  books, books, books!   6.  oil cloth   7.  a trip with Kate and her crew   8.  our first drive in movie   9.  antique shops

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THANKFUL FOR…  1. creeks to wade in   2.  silly pancakes   3.  FALL!   4.  a lemonade stand kit for cousin Zoe   5.  love   6.  pumpkin’ carving   7.  putt-putt with my boys   8.  God never ending love and grace!  The challenges of this year have become blessings and made us stronger!  9.  the best moment of 2012!!!!!

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THANKFUL FOR…  1.  kite flying lessons   2.  the bride-to-be   3.  care packages    4.  treats and sweets   5.  walks on the beach   6.  baby food   7.  my favorite time of the year   8.  tea parties   9.  the colors of Autumn

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THANKFUL FOR…  1.  every single moment we create together   2.  our first ever banana split   3.  festive pictures   4.  cross-fit   5.  a loving God who never gave up on me   6.  baby legs   7.  summertime strolls   8.  photographs   9.  adventures

copyrightkatherinemarie-010913dand if i had to pick my very favorite iPhone pictures from 2012 it MIGHT be these four! maybe! maybe not?  I just love them all. :)

All photos via iPhone/Instagram–  @katherinemaries.com

I hope 2012 was filled with many many moments that made YOU smile too!

xoxoxoxox!!!!

81 reasons to smile [2012]

whooooo hooooo!

What a year it was!

2012:

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THANKFUL FOR…  1. a blossoming reader   2.  my favorite season   3.  day trips    4.  parties   5.  kisses   6.  this man   7.  the moment when the promise of Christmas becomes a reality!    8.  bubble baths in the kitchen sink   9.  that little tush

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THANKFUL FOR…  1.  Thanksgiving    2.  story time   3. antiquing with my kiddos   4.  happy mail from my dad  5.  a Savior who blesses me more than a deserve   6.  time to make Christmas cookies   7.  this lady who helped save my life   8.  my favorite bookstore   9.  time inside that bookstore!

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THANKFUL FOR…  1.  art time  2.  my silly sweetheart  3.  every single friend who sent a card (and the ones who didn’t!)   4.  the kid’s enthusiasm when they met this kitty cat   5.  waffles for dinner   6.  fall activities   7.  camp K and K!   8.  a sense of humor   9.  treasure hunting

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THANKFUL FOR…  1. sweet moments    2.  creative time   3.  summertime swingin’   4.  the fair!   5.  September mornings    6.  family time   7.  God’s glorious sky   8.  little chefs   9.  a beautiful beach and wonderful friends

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THANKFUL FOR… 1.  making it to 41   2.  smiles   3.  our teachers    4.  another year!   5.  birthday planning time   6.  healthy food   7.  the moment when we found this doll house   8.  happy colors   9.  this moment

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THANKFUL FOR…   1.  frilly bums   2.  quiet moments at the bookstore   3.  tutus   4.  day trips   5.  happy lunches   6.  time at the park   7.  celebrations   8.  a-picture-a-day   9.  Mother’s Days treats

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THANKFUL FOR…   1. pink cheeks   2.  creative moments   3.  knee socks   4.  every moment (even the messy ones!)   5.  friendships   6.  gorgeous weather   7.  girly time   8.  every picture   9.   old toys

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THANKFUL FOR…  1. A BIG birthday!  ONE!   2.  colors   3.  holidays   4. time with friends    5.  God’s love notes   6.  two girls   7.  artsy craftsy projects   5.  an excuse to dress up and eat lots of candy   6.  an excuse to play with little people

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THANKFUL FOR…  1.  artists in training  2.  the excitement of the first day of school   3.  all of them   4.  beautiful people to worship with   5.  God’s loving grace, mercy and forgiveness   6.  pictures   7.  custard with friends   8.  our little swimmer  9.  pumpkins!

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Photos via INSTAGRAM (KatherineMaries)!

xoxoxoxo!

Superheroes

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Superhero day!

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“Adults need children in their lives to listen to and care for, to keep their imagination fresh and their hearts young.”

Margaret Mead

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“We superheroes bruise easily, you know.”

Supergrover, from Sesame Street

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“Little boys (AND GIRLS) are just superheroes in disguise.”

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Have a SUPER day!

xoxoxoxoxo!