New Beginnings in the New Year.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

This post is a long time coming, but I often think back to New Year's Eve night and am overwhelmed with what it represented to me. The ushering in of a new year has always been a magical time in my life. I love to reflect on what I've been through, think about the changes I want to make in the future and embrace the joy of what is to come.

This year, more than any other, was a celebration of the biggest change that will ever take place in my life. And don't get me wrong - it's not all rainbows and butterflies. It's keep-you-up-at-night terrifying, but it's also the most beautifully surprising and joyful experience I've ever known. When my baby girl kicks me, I am overwhelmed with a feeling of peace I haven't experienced before.

Back to New Year's Eve... This was a night where I was surrounded by some of the people I love most, my hair really couldn't have looked better (let's just keep it real here), I downed Shirley Temple after Shirley Temple and even when I had to drag my pregnant self to make it until midnight, I was filled with happiness.

Then there was that second right after we had counted down and the first moment of the new year was upon us. Jenner kissed me and then knelt down and kissed my baby bump and I just thought, this is one of those moments I'll never forget.

And just like that moment, this is going to be one unforgettable year.

If I Had the Chance,
I'd Ask the World to Dance.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Do you guys have a Kinect? Neither do I, but - let me tell you - I sure do need one. Every time I go home to Seattle and stay with my sister, we not only bust the Dance Central disk out, but our best moves, too. In fact, I wouldn't have thought it was possible, but Dance Central has replaced even playing our beloved Rock Band. (A game we played so often that I started telling people I couldn't do things because I had "band practice" - a phrase I will never, unless you count the years I played the alto sax in junior high and high school, get to use seriously.)

If you haven't played, you should. Consider it a gift to your mental health. I know I plan on getting a Kinect and both versions of Dance Central as soon as possible.

Joy (and unabashed pregnant dancing) documented below.

Happy 1st Birthday, Samson!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Today is Samson's first birthday!

Happy birthday, baby man. From the first day we brought you home, we adored you. You sure gave us quite the scare that first week, but you're a strong little boy and you survived to grow into our favorite companion and very best friend. And, luckily, this blog has been here to chronicle it all. From falling in love with your first puppachino from Starbucks, to stealing the spotlight in your first photo shoot, to being named The Daily Puppy, to your first hotel stay, to putting up with your mother dressing you as a bumblebee and Santa Claus.

And somehow you found the time to grow a mustache, a beard and the world's longest eyelashes.

We love you, Sammy. What a wonderful year it has been with you in it.

Happy birthday!

Great Expectations:
We're Having a Baby!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

So, I've been keeping a little - er, um, maybe not so little anymore - secret. By the end of May/early June - Jenner, Samson and I will be joined by a little bouncing bundle of joy.

That's right, folks. A baby. It's overwhelming and life changing and, even when I'm crying over a song on the radio or knee deep in my favorite ice cream, simply magical.

It turns out, life doesn't always follow the same plan we so painstakingly make and map out, but I have never been more at peace with where I am.

Much, much more to come.

Lots and lots of love and joy, Kathleen

PS) Oh, and it's a GIRL!

"So this is Christmas..."

Friday, January 6, 2012

This is Christmas joy.