Saturday, March 21, 2009

Welcome!

Welcome to my own little online nesting spot! This is where I blog about my efforts to create a place of refuge and retreat for my family, where we can raise our daughter to be a happy, creative, and indpendent kiddo aka ER. I blog about our everyday life with a two and half year old, our attempts to cook at home more, crafting, learning, and homemaking. Here's a bit more about me:
I love to travel, going to Hawaii with my husband was a favorite trip and...
Read history books, especially ones about British royalty. Here I am meeting my all time favorite author Alison Weir at a book signing for her latest biography. I spend a lot to time crafting, scrapbooking, and am currently teaching myself to sew. My crafts can be seen here.I love to take pictures of nature and animals. I enjoy visiting National Parks, hiking, and being outdoors, but at the end of the evening I really like winding down in a hotel room. The picture above is from Yosemite, a favorite place to spend the day.We still like the great outdoors, but now someone else factors into our travel plans. Note the raspberries ER is making. Guess we know her opinion of the Grand Canyon!
I miss living in California, we lived in Northern CA outside of San Francisco and explored all up and down the coastline. When we stayed in Malibu, this was the right outside of our room. In my heart, I will always be a Californian!
I have two sweet kitties, that we adopted when we lived in New Mexico...
That's also where we added our newest member...we've since moved again to be back "home" to MI where our families are. It's good to have the grandparents nearby!
I used to be a teacher and really enjoyed teaching kindergarten especially, but...Now I only have one student, but she is the most important one I've ever had. I feel privileged to be a SAHM with her. We love doing learning activities and art projects together, you can find some of our activities here. It was my love of teaching and finding great new ideas that led me to start my other blog ABC & 123: A Learning Cooperative with my partner, who is also named Katie. I hope you enjoyed stopping by, please leave me a comment so I know you popped in and so I can visit you too!

More About ABC & 123: A Learning Cooperative:

I also blog at ABC & 123: A Learning Cooperative? I'm one of the founding Katies and we gather and share the best learning activities, lessons, and projects from around the web. We especially like to feature what our readers are doing and would love for you to be the next one!

Email us direct links to your learning activity at abc123learning.gmail.com. Not a blogger? Send us: your name - first only is okay, a short written description of your lesson and any objectives, include a photo if you have one. We'll fit it into our posting schedule as appropriate.

We ALWAYS give credit where it is due and will direct link to your post, blog, or provide your email if you'd like.

36 Friends Said:

Vickie said...

I love the picture with ER giving rasberries.

I liked Hawaii too. My trip to California was less eventful. I'll tell ya later:)

Tara said...

Wow...you are quite the MOM/WIFE!!! Amazing things you're doing...pat yourself on the back!!

Have a great party and come visit my party too! ♥

L Harris said...

a very nice blog! just stopping by to say hi. i'm gonna go by and check out your other blog too.

Julie D said...

Great pictures!

k-e-household said...

I have no idea what the blog party is (but will go now and find out!). I love your little life story in pictures!! So cute. Your first photo you look so young and full of energy :)

McNew Family said...

You are lucky that you are able to be home with your daughter - yes the time does go by SO quickly!

Blessings

http://mammadandcrew.blogspot.com/

Aunt LoLo said...

Oh wow...I never noticed ho much ER looks like you!!

Happy UBP 09!

April said...

Just doing the rounds on my tour of the UBP! Fabulous blog. Seriously lovely. And the baby ain't half bad either. :) We recently moved from Chico down to the desert of CA to be near my parents, so I can relate. I also work from home full time with three boys and one husband.

Swing on my blog, Diary of a WAHM and have a Blogging Betty cocktail!

A Psych Mommy said...

Nice to meet you! I checked out your crafts and ou are super talented! I'm impressed that you won TWO things from the SITS Spring Fling--you must be lucky! I'm hoping some of your luck rubs off on me through this comment!

Christina said...

Christina - xristya@rock.com - Hello Katie! What beautiful pictures on your site of a wonderful family and a very rich and varied life! I'm a blog reader rather than a blogger right now because I do a lot of writing at work, and this is my first UBP which led me here!

Holly said...

Aw, ER looks so adorable giving her Grand Canyon tour! And her little hat!!! ☺

Mama King said...

I love the overview. I feel I get to know you even better! Cali & Hawaii are just the 4 Kings cup of tea! We considered moving to N. Cali but it was too far from family. I studied art photography as an undergrad and love taking pictures of nature too! Thanks for sharing! I don't know what the Ultimate Blog Party is - I'll have to go and check it out.

Joan@openhouse.homegoods.com said...

Nice to meet you at the Ultimate Blog Party. I'll be joining the party on Tuesday via openhouse.homegoods.com so would love you to come and see me there.
I had to comment on your Brown Bear, Brown Bear post. That was the first book my neice ever read. She is hearing impaired and some very discouraging teachers said we couldn't expect her (a deaf child) to ever become much of a reader. Don't ya' just love a challenge? Anyway, her parents and I and others worked with her and I am delighted to report that at 22 years of age she LOVES to read -- I gave her a copy of Brown Bear, Brown Bear (and the stuffed bear to go with it) this year for her birthday as a reminder of that magical moment I first heard her read aloud. She said it was very "touching" -- Whenever I see that book I remember that moment. It will be in my heart forever as a reminder that when all the world says 'can't' God might have other plans.

Mama King said...

Hi Katie, We are celebrating Emme's 1 year Gotcha Day this week. I am featuring adoption, traditions, ideas, stories centered on celebrating/honoring this day (some celebrate their Swearing in Day - either way). If you feel comfortable, can you share how or if your family celebrated this event. What would you have liked this day to be - when you were growing up. I understand if you don't feel comfortable, no problem! Thanks, Kim

Tina said...

Hey thanks for visiting - yup daisy d's is going bye bye in June - I think...I loved all their lines too. Bummer - You have a great blog and a sweet family...I love your scrappy projects. Let's stay in touch.

tina

sunnymama said...

Thanks for stopping by at my blog. I love the photo of your daughter at the Grand Canyon, so cute!

LollyChops said...

What fun this post was!!!

I think my fav pic has to be the one of your daughter blowing a raspberry! Totally cute!!!

Rhonda said...

Good to see you on the party trail. Have fun.

Mike said...

Hello there. Knocking on your door from the blog party. Hope you don’t mind.


Mike
http://somethingaboutparenting.typepad.com

DomesticDivasFancy said...

Boo, I didnt get to do this...I love your pictures though. It makes me wish I was at the beach! I too love taking pictures of nature and animals, I am not that great of a photographer but I try! ;)

Wendi said...

Great blog, I'll have to check out your other one also. I'm a homeschooling mom to 3 kiddos, and I am always on the lookout for creative ideas to use with my "students".

Heidi @ Blue Eyed Blessings said...

Great post to share for the party! Love the JULY letters...I have letters to do that for Christmas (JOY), but I never got to it! Looking at your inspiration, makes me wish I would have...I have 8 months to get it done for next Christmas. No excuses!! ;)

Household Tips and Mom Blog said...

I love your colors and design! Just stopping by from the UBP!

Kath @ Funny Picture Blog said...

I wish i could craft... I am a "crafter wannabe" LOL... but my daughter is "crafty" so I guess it skipped a generation.

Pregnancy Blog said...

What beautiful pictures! It looks like you have a lovely family and life! Just stopping in from 5 minutes for mom!

growingsage said...

Fantastic pictures...looks like you have a fun family!

When you have a moment, you're invited to stop by my blog at growingsage.wordpress.com. I write about green and simple living, faith, family, and other stuff.

Enjoy the rest of the party!

purple squirrel said...

Hi~ Visiting your blog through the UBP~ Beautiful! It is so much fun to be home with your own "little". Love your pics, too!

Feel free to stop by my blog...:)

Baba said...

HI! Gorgeous pictures. I love the beach and reading about history too! Party hopping and participating too so stop in for a visit.

Chris said...

wow, you have a very interesting blog here... and you have a toddler too. i have a 2 year old too :)

anyway, it was great meeting you! do drop by my place too! see you around!

Comfort Joy Designs said...

Hello! Poppin’ in from The Ultimate Blog Party…all the way from Queensland, Australia! G’Day! I hope you have time to visit my party soon.

I'm giving away Pink Champagne Shower Syrup from Jaqua Beauty...stop on over and enter! Ends April 8. Open to USA.

Ta!

I want to invite you to the Mommie Daze Virtual Baby Shower that I am hosting May 15 to June 8. This is an international even and there are prizes! Stop by my blog for all the details.

Pamela Kramer said...

Here comes the prize train....TOOT TOOT!!!! You're a winner, stay tuned!

*Noelle* said...

great post!!

Alyice Edrich said...

Lovely family. Lovely story.

TripMomma said...

Just found your blog, I can tell already that I will be visiting often. Great job, I look forward to trying to recreate some of your great crafty stuff with our triplets and new baby. Nice job!

Andrea said...

Just found your blog :) I am new to blogging and just started my own a few weeks ago. I found you through the linky party page homepodge. In reading your about it is so funny that I was also a teacher. I taught Kindergarten and 1st grade until my 1st little man came along. Now I love having the oportunity to stay at home with him and do some of the fun activities I did with my students at school. I look forward to checking out our other blog abc and 123s:) I am at www.myblessedmess-4.blogspot.com

[Whatever U are, be a good one!] said...

Awww! I love your online nesting spot, and your beautiful pictures, too! I really enjoyed reading your lovely story!
Thanks for sharing it!

Fiona N

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