Friday, April 27, 2012


Today I am linking up with Jeannett at Life Rearranged for another InstaFriday.
InstaFriday was created to share those everyday moments you capture on your cell phone camera.

I love using the Instagram App and capturing random, fun, moments from my day.  You can follow me onInstagram at lifewithkate.

Once again it has been a while since I have done an InstaFriday post.  Here are a few of my favorites from the past couple of  months...

This sweet girl melt my heart.
This picture was taken on the day of one of the worse doctor appointments ever.
(I'll blog about that soon.)
Her smile reminds me that everything will be all right.

A special reward for being brave at the doctor's.

Returning to school after a fun field trip.
The bus looks empty but I promise all my kiddos were on there. 

Taking after her Aunt Kim.

Kate's first soccer practice and game.
She spent most of her time standing on the field unless an adult took her by the hand.

Our IKEA bedroom furniture!
It only took about 9 hours to put together.
I'll share photos soon! 

Oh this girl.
She brings a smile to my face daily.

Kate's third soccer practice and game.
She is getting so much better and doing a great job at participating!

Making time for myself.

I often see often see images that I think are beautiful and photo worthy but I often don't pause to take the photo. On this day I did just that. I truly had no excuse. I was at a red light and I had two cameras within reach.
I am reminding myself to pause and capture more.

Dandelion Wishes

A beautiful Tuesday morning sunrise in Colorado.

What moments have you captured on your cell phone lately?

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

turning four

Kate had a fabulous fourth birthday! On the evening of her birthday we had a family celebration. She had a very yummy dinner of macaroni and cheese (her request), yummy cupcakes with purple sprinkles, and lots and lots of presents.

We are so thankful and blessed to celebrate this sweet girl and her life!
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Sunday, April 22, 2012

dandelion wishes

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making time

Over the past few years I have allowed life and work to get in the way of what I love. It has kept me from truly taking time to pursue my passion.

Now I am taking time to find my way back to my passion.

For as long as I can remember I have loved to write. When I tell people I love to write they look at my like I am crazy. (Which I find funny.) For as long as I can remember I have had a passion for writing. In high school, I filled journals and took as many writing classes as I could. In college, I continued to write and take a class here and there if it allowed. In my early years as a teacher, I continued to write for pleasure. I loved writing short stories and poems. I loved finding rhythm in words and phrases. I loved putting down a moment that was on my heart on paper. I simply loved to write.

I am not sure when my passion died away. I think pursuing a masters degree while teaching full time had something to do with it. Becoming a mother had something to do with it. Giving my all to my family and my students probably had something to do with it. None of these phases of my life are bad. I have no regrets about any of them but while I was/am going through these phases I put my passion on the back burner. Slowly, over time, the passion burned out.

This past week I read this blog for the first time, read all of Hayley's Pursuing Passion posts, and had a passionate conversation with my building coach. All these things started to the light the fire for my passion once more. All these things reminded me to be good to myself and allow myself to pursue my passion once more. I was reminded to seek my passion and look for the beauty in my life.

So here I sit at my desk in the early hours of Sunday morning. Here I am once more pursuing my passion.

I have realized that if I don't make a set time to pursue my passion it won't go anywhere. This weekend I am trying something new. I have started afternoon rest time and getting up early to write and edit photos. Ideally this will give me three hours twice a week to really pursue my passion. I am excited. I am ready. I want and need my passionate fire to burn again.

I need to take this time for me. I need to pursue this passion. When I write I am calmer. When I write find joy. When I write I find that inner happiness that has been gone. When I write I am me.

So here I sit making time to pursue my passion once more.

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

getting our feet wet

Pelican Point
Newport Beach, California
December 2011

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