Monday, February 28, 2011
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
So, here ya have it, my two biggest insecurities about myself and my chin, or lack there of and I have a huge issue with wearing my hair up when I am wearing my hearing aides, unless I am with Ken. Then I could care less. It was such a big insecurity for me that we kept it a secret from most family and friends for four years before anything was said. I got sick of hiding it.
I can be very anal about picture angles and hate pictures being taken of myself, especially from the side. I feel like I have 5 chins that all blend into one another and into my neck and that my face is super flat.
Then a couple weeks ago Ken and I were all set to go to the movie theater to see Sanctum and I forgot I had my hair up. I insisted I had to redo my hair before we left. Ken, bless his heart said "Kat, your hair is great up, you're not the only one to have hearing problems ya know, wear em loud and proud" That loud and proud part was his way of making me laugh. I will tell you this, I had my hair partially up and the rest down. So I guess if people really looked into my head they would have noticed. But guess what? If they did, nobody said anything and we had a great time. =)
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
I don't think Ken even knows how much he inspires me. He is the kindest, most gentle, patient man I know. he is not afraid to follow his dreams and make them come true. He is also very forgiving. He loves his family so much and will do anything for them. He inspires me to be a better sister, daughter, auntie, cousin, niece and sister in law.
A part of me died when Nana did. She is still with me in my heart but I miss her soo much. She said it like it was, she strived to be the best person she could be, she was frivolous, loving and funny. One of the biggest ways she inspired me was through yarn. Yup, yarn. My mom taught me how to crochet when I was 5. I did little odds and end projects and as the years went by and I missed my Mom more, I put the hook away. Then Ken & I married in 96 and we went to meet his grandparents in Massachusetts. I took along two skeins of yarn and my crochet hook. During our stay I would sit on the chair crocheting, Nana sat down by me, told me I was holding my hook wrong, I should be using different colors (remember Nana said whatever was on her mind) She also showed me two new stitches. She inspired me to try new stitches, which lead to more involved projects. You see, without Nana knowing it, she gave me part of my Mom back that I missed sooo much and inspired me even further. It is from my mom and Nana that my love of yarn and crocheting came from.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
I have many goals, aspirations and dreams but I don't say "I need to do such and such before I die." I seize the moment and live life every day. If an opportunity arrises, I take it. I hope when I die people say I lived, loved, helped, laughed, dreamt, never gave up, inspired and that I made a difference. What kind of difference? Well I don't know for certain. But I can tell you this, I am too occupied with living and conquering what I can while I am here to worry about what I want to do before I die.
"Yesterday is History, Tomorrow a Mystery, Today is a Gift, Thats why it's called the Present" ~Bill Keane
Enjoy your "present" Don't live your life thinking what you want to do, DO IT!!
Monday, February 21, 2011
We all know how much I love and admire my husband, Ken. I can't imagine a Kathy without a Ken. He is the part of me that was missing, before I ever knew something was missing.
These three men amaze me, inspire me and make me want to be the best me I can possibly be.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Saturday, February 19, 2011
This past summer for my 35th birthday we went on a week long camping adventure on the east coast of Upper MI. What can I say? I LOVE Lake Superior. Our andventure took us to several places on the shores of my Superior and we finaled in Munising, MI for the last few days. While there we went to our favorite place on the rocky cliffs of Superior to watch the sun set and the moon rise. Our babies memorial carving was not far from where friends, family, my hunny and I watched mother natures show.
Front Row: lil Cody, Zack, Shelli, myself, Hunter, Ellie
Back Row: Dave, Derek, Bruce, Ken, Lindsey, Jay & Jen
Friday, February 18, 2011
Above is a picture of colon cancer cells. What I hate is cancer. I hate that it took my dad, Gpa, Uncle Leonard, Brian, Amy, and Max...just to name a few. I hate that cancer has invaded my friends and several family members bodies and is forcing them with a battle of their lives. But get this cancer, they HATE you too and they will kick your ass to hong kong fooey!! Cancer makes my problems sooo miniscule and makes me angry at myself for getting so bent out of shape over something so little. Yup, I HATE cancer!! I hope my public confession of my hate for the evil C-word scares the bazoinkels outta it and it takes the hint that it's not wanted or needed! Fly the coop, just vanish Cancer, nobody likes you!!!
Thursday, February 17, 2011
I cannot even express what doing this race means to me. It means I am not giving into being out of shape, I am chasing my dreams and NOT letting Meniere's take over my life. My goal has always been to run a marathon. I know it's just a few miles, 3.1 to be exact. But it's a start and I can already tell you I will be shedding tears when I cross that finish line!! I know I won't be the first person to cross the finish line but in my heart I will be a winner! Hmmmpf, take that Meniere's!
Carpe Diem! Seize the day! Make your lives extraordinary! Go For a Run!
With that being said, I am off to the gym! Happy Thursday folks!!
Like, we get inspired by Walmart and Menards bags and make ourselves a wardrobe, complete with bonnets!!
Oh, and then there's times that we go to the local thrift store and try stuff on. Like these stylish swimming goggles. Jamie kept shouting, "everything is orange, I can't see!! Kathy, can you hear me? I cannot see! Take the picture, I cannot see!" I reminded her that the goggles were orange tinted. I almost peed my pants that day. Which would have been ok because they had a whole wall of adult diapers. Not that I want to wear them. But they had them nonetheless.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Ken has gotten me through some of the deepest darkest and saddest days of my life. He has also been there for the countless awesome days. One of the very darkest days was the day I met him. It was March of 1994. I had been in a relationship for a few years and it went bad. It was not a good breakup at all. I did things, said things, saw things I never thought I'd see or do. I. was. a. mess. A lost confused ball of teenage mess. I didn't even feel worthy of love or life. That day, the guy driving that bullet hole riddled Chevy pickup truck with his best friend was the day my life changed. =)
He's laughed and cried with me through the happy times and the sad times. Even though I didn't meet him until I was 18, it feels like I have known him my whole life. We share everything and by doing that he has gotten me through chapters of my past just by allowing me to talk and just listen. I was dealt with numerous obstacles that would make a lifetime movie seem like a comedy. But, I have always had the motto "life happens" Sometimes one of those past obstacles comes to the surface again and Ken is right there by my side to let me vent, cry or whatever I may need to do.
He's held my hand and at times he forces me to stand on my own, reminding me I am indeed the strongest person I know. Together we can and have gotten through every single obstacle that has come our way.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
No, that is not his hat, and no he doesn't normally throw up the Nixon fingers either. Truth is, we were camping with his family at camp and my dear Kenif had a couple drinks and let his true wackadoodle self out. Scary part? Ken rarely if ever drinks and this is the type of goofball he is pretty much 99.999678% of the time.
Side note: That is me looking at him like "oh my hecklets, cat's out of the bag now hun."
Monday, February 14, 2011
~Family and Friends~
Sunday, February 13, 2011
But, before it was presented to Bruce we tried it on. I can totally see how we derived from our primate ancestors...I think.
Day six is a picture of someone you would like to change places with. Well.....not to sound rude or anything, but I wouldn't want to trade places with anybody. I never get bored and I am always learning new things about myself and I've become pretty ok with the person I am and am becoming. It's an ever changing, exploring adventure being me. Why would I want to be anybody else?
These two quotes sum it up nicely...
"It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are." ~e.e. cummings
"Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else." ~Judy Garland
Saturday, February 12, 2011
On Day five the subject of the picture challenge is "your favorite memory." Now, I have sooo many memories. The day I met Ken, our wedding day, seeing my niece Jordyn being born, being given custody of our niece...I'm the type of gal that loves life and every moment is cherished. But, on April 1, 2010 I met Hank. Hank was one of the men who helped save my life when I was 5 days old. I was in a car accident with my Mom & Dad and their friend. Their friend, Joe, was killed instantly by the drunk driver who hit our car head on. Jim (my real dad) was ejected from the car and tossed into the ditch, Karen (my real mom) was crushed in the back seat and I was on the floor smushed behind the passenger seat. I have searched for the man or men who saved my life pretty much my whole life. Last spring when the maple trees were tapped at camp my brother bruce poked his eye with a stick. That got the guys talking about gruesome things. Hank (my brothers friend and neighbor) went on about this accident scene. All the pieces fell in place and I recieved a phone call that the man who pulled me from the car was up at camp.
On April 1, 2010 Ken & I went to Hanks house. He filled me in on what happened and told me there were three men there. On May 15, 2010 we had a picnic in honor of Hank and Doug, two of the men who saved my life. It was a dream come true meeting my heroes. I was surrounded by family and friends and these two wonderful men. It is because of their actions that I have had the pleasure of making many more "favorite memories"
Friday, February 11, 2011
Day 4 is a picture of my night. Well, the handsome hubby got home. I had a pot of chicken noodle soup on the stove and his Valentine present on the bar. He got a movie and a spoon. Yup, a spoon. Truth is, Ken loves to cook and has had a thing for this spoon for sometime. Like everytime we went to the store he looked at it but I refused to pay $6 for one stinkan spoon when I can get a whole bag for $3. I gave in.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
I met Ken when I was 18 and he was 16. We have been together for almost 17yrs. In those short 17yrs I have shared every single bit of my past, present and future with him. He is not only my best friend, he is my husband and my biggest cheerleader in life.
We have gone through losing two babies, failed adoptions, sicknesses, losing our house and all of our possessions and traveled the 48 continental United States and 4 Providences in Canada together. We are open with everything in our life and cherish one another. He supports my dreams and loves me even though I am no walk in the park. He doesn't stand behind me, he stands beside me. He knows my heart inside and out, upright and upside down. He is my Ken =)
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
So start off by making a photo album and naming it "The 30 Day Photo Challenge"
It's all about being creative everyone!
Day 01 - A picture of yourself with ten facts
Day 02 - A picture of you and the person you have been closest with the longest
Day 03 - A picture of the cast from your favorite show
Day 04 - A picture of your night
Day 05 - A picture of your favorite memory
Day 06 - A picture of a person you'd love to trade places with for a day
Day 07 - A picture of your most treasured item
Day 08 - A picture that makes you laugh
Day 09 - A picture of the person who has gotten you through the most
Day 10 - A picture of the person you do the most ****** up things with
Day 11 - A picture of something you hate
Day 12 - A picture of something you love
Day 13 - A picture of your favorite band or artist
Day 14 - A picture of someone you could never imagine your life without
Day 15 - A picture of something you want to do before you die
Day 16 - A picture of someone who inspires you
Day 17 - A picture of something that has made a huge impact on your life recently
Day 18 - A picture of your biggest insecurity
Day 19 - A picture and a letter
Day 20 - A picture of somewhere you'd love to travel
Day 21 - A picture of something you wish you could forget
Day 22 - A picture of something you wish you were better at
Day 23 - A picture of your favorite book
Day 24 - A picture of something you wish you could change
Day 25 - A picture of your day
Day 26 - A picture of something that means a lot to you
Day 27 - A picture of yourself and a family member
Day 28 - A picture of something you're afraid of
Day 29 - A picture that can always make you smile
Day 30 - A picture of someone you miss
Day 31 - A picture of yourself
Ok, so today is Day number 1. A picture of yourself with 10 factoids. You know how hard it was to come up with 10 facts about myself that maybe some may not know? LOL
1. I have 20 siblings. Chris, Darryl, Bruce, Joe, Jim (who is also my bio dad), Pat, Mike, Laurie, Kelly, Jamie, BJ, Elizabeth, Bobbie Jo, Amber, Aaron, Je...ssica, Josh, JJ, Jesse and Madison.
2. I am a huge sports nut and can scream and holler with the best of the boys.
3. I prefer a big Chevy truck over a BMW, Vette, Mercedes or any other fancy schmancy vehicle.
4. I have meniere's disease that is making me lose my hearing and wanks up my balance. So if you see me with a stagger don't think I'm hitting the bottle hard.
5. I am terrified of octopuss' and cannot look at a picture, an item or eat a gummy octopus without gagging.
6. One March 23, 2011 Ken & I will celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary.
7. I do not judge others bytheir looks, what they have or do not have, what they do or do not do. Nor do I believe in teasing others. I believe we should all embrace one anothers differences.
8. We cannot have children. I had two tubal pregnancies which left me unable. One on 8-23-95 & the other on 8-31-97. Our babies names are Angel and Alex and they have a special memorial carving on the shores of lake Superior.
9. My dream is to write a book and to own a dog/cat boarding kennel.
10. I have been through a fair share of sadness, dissapointment and struggles in life but wouldn't change a thing. Those events have helped form me into the bullheaded, strong willed, loving, compassionate, goofy, beautiful imperfect person I have come to love.
Stay tuned for day two tomorrow...the person I have been closest to the longest.
Monday, February 7, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
The day was riddled with two falls for me and another fall for Ken. On my first fall I was going down an uneven hill, fell flat on my butt, eyes up at the sky. There was a bald eagle soaring above. Ken was at the bottom of the hill and he noticed another eagle circling above. We stood there for 5-10 minutes. Took pictures, video and just marveled in the gorgeous place we call home. It's good to be a Yooper!!