Thursday, December 31, 2015

Another Birthday, Another New Year's



Boo Boo got MARRIED!!


Sauvie Island Half Marathon on the 4th of July


Sunriver with the Fam


Creekside Camp with my Girlies


Adriana's Baby Shower :)
Baby Owen Derrah was Born on November 3rd!


2015 was a good year. I got to witness so many wonderful events and spend time with family and meet personal goals. It was a good year, but it also brought some hard times. We lost some family friends this year and one of my dearest friends lost her husband to cancer. At the same time, my cousin got married so our family expanded and my dear friends Adriana and Ryan had a baby! We lost loved ones, and we gained new ones. I guess that is life. Constantly changing, and evolving and finding peace no matter your circumstances. Peace in knowing that God is there and that He is in Control.

My 2015 Goals Recapped:

-Stay with the same company for a minimum of a year (November was my 1 year mark!! This was a proud moment for me)
-Run at least one half marathon (July 4th, 2015- Sauvie Island Half)
-Focus more on fashion for my blog featuring my outfits and where I found my clothes/ accessories (I did a lot of Fashion Posts this year, and had so much fun with it!!)
-Start a bible study with my Young Life girlies (November)
-Grow closer in community with my YL leaders (Definitely a success! Love my fellow leaders and am so thankful for their dedication and friendship)
-Do something I have never done before (Can't say I accomplished this really. Or at least nothing big comes to mind. Might have to keep this one for 2016)
-Go somewhere I've never been before (I hiked Punch Bowl Falls for the first time with my cousin Christian!)
-Try lots of new recipes! (I would say this was successful, I used my crock-pot finally, and tried several new recipes when I would have friends over for dinner!) 
-Invite new people over for dinner ( I did have new people over for dinner! I had some dinner parties, which I loved and intend on doing more next year)
-Keep the same hair color for a full year (FAIL... We all knew I wasn't going to make this one, but the good news is, my last hair color has been my favorite in a long time so I plan on keeping it!! At least for a few more months ;) )
-Go to a Timbers Game (May!)
-Go to a Seattle Mariners Game (Fail)
-Plan my trip to PARIS!! (This one is complicated. I did start planning it, but some plans fell through with my travel partner. So still aiming for July 2016 but working on the travel partner part... holler if you are interested in a trip to Europe... and are female..)


Goals for 2016

-Actually go to Europe!! (London, Paris and Italy- July 2016)
-Move into Management in my Industry
-Run a Half Marathon I have never run before
-Create more Tutorials for my Blog
-Continue to Incorporate Fashion in my Blog
-Learn how to use my new camera and maybe take a photography class?
-Do something I have never done before that is really out of my comfort zone
-Go to a Mariners Game
-To always be kind to people (I could elaborate but I'm going to choose to leave it at that)
-To learn even more what it means to Follow Jesus
-Stick with one Church and call it Home

I am going to spend my birthday with family and friends today and celebrate tonight! Wishing you all a Happy 2016 Everyone- May your New Year's Eve be as fulfilling as you have dreamed it to be, and may you Uber wherever you go so you don't drink and drive... That concludes my PSA.

Love and Auld Lang Syne

-Kate

Monday, December 28, 2015

Christmas Outfit & a Moon Family Christmas

Featuring my new Kate Spade Clutch from my cousin Christian! My first designer anything to be honest...!
Shirt: Express; Skirt: H&M; Over the Knee Socks: Fred Meyer; Boots: Fergie- Fred Meyer


What I Wore to Christmas Eve Service
For Christmas I got my brother what he always wanted... A puppy calendar and a picture of me, his favorite baby sister...Clearly he loved it...I was crying I was laughing so hard!! Ok I got him a gift card too.
Merry Christmas from the Moon's!
Grandpa!!
Love and Christmas oh How I Love You!

-Kate

Friday, December 18, 2015

Celebrating Christmas

I still have so much to learn about my new camera and lighting. These photos did not capture the detail I wanted them to. 
Shirt: Old Navy (this season) Skirt: H&M (this season) Boots: Steve Madden, Nordstrom Rack (last season) Necklace: Charming Charlies (last season)




I am such a sucker for Christmas. I love it. LOVE it. The traditions, the decorations, the food, the gifts, and still the feeling of waking up on Christmas morning with a smile on my face. I know I know... I'm a 4 year old at heart. I miss sleeping on bunk beds with my brother on Christmas Eve, and him getting upset with me for keeping him awake with my excitement. I was always awake before him on Christmas morning. Sometimes I think he did it on purpose just to make me mad. But regardless the child in me comes out strong on Christmas. I am upset if traditions are messed with, and I get so giddy to unwrap gifts and to give gifts. This will be my 26th Christmas, and I am just as in love with the day as I was when I was young and got a Razor Scooter as my "surprise gift." on Christmas morning. I lost it, I was so pumped!! My two best friends got Razor scooters too and starting the day after Christmas we scootered (not an actual verb I don't think..) up and down the streets of our neighborhood. That was a good Christmas.

I was listening to the radio a few days ago, and the radio DJ asked a question to the listeners. He said, "What if you received one million dollars, but were never allowed to celebrate Christmas again, would you take the money?" It didn't take long for me to compose my answer. NO! A million times over, no way! But in that moment I realized something. As I have gotten older not only do I still love the actual day itself, but I love the season and above all else the very reason we celebrate: Jesus' Birth. I love giving gifts, and putting on pretty Holiday outfits and singing carols, but above all I am so thankful that Jesus was born that day. I am thankful that he was born, that he died and that he now lives in me because of his life.

My prayer this Holiday Season is that above all I am kind to those I interact with. I want to be gracious to people because this time can be difficult and full of heartache for some. I want to wake up every morning with thankfulness on my lips because I am healthy, I have a job I love, a roof over my head, food in my stomach and family and friends who love me and let me love on them. I hope that for you too, this season is more than just collecting presents. I hope that this season you too can find purpose in being kind to others. Purpose in remembering there is so much more to this season than just longs lines at the mall and extra traffic when you leave work. I hope you can take time to reflect on the gifts God has given you and that there is where you start your celebrating.

Love and the Reason for the Season

-Kate

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

What I Wore for Thanksgiving and my Black Friday Finds!

Very thankful for this cousin/best friend of mine. Glad she's local for Holidays again
Thanksgiving with my second family The Wells'. Literally had stomach cramps from all of the laughter

Finally purchased a DSLR Canon Camera!! I got this puppy for half off!!

Added this cute elk head over my bed!



Pretty much lived in this flannel hoodie all weekend from H&M

I hope you all enjoyed your Holiday weekend! I certainly did. I got lots of rest and spent a couple evenings by the fire with family. I may or may not have done a large amount of shopping too...

I have been wanting a nice DSLR camera for when I go to Europe, but also for my blog! So I have been waiting and waiting for Black Friday knowing they would have some good deals and sure enough! I got my camera for 50% off at Target for $400.00. I can't wait to start editing pictures and the noticeable difference it will make compared to my I-Phone. I ordered my memory card yesterday on Cyber Monday, so once I get that in the mail, you know what I will be doing with all my spare time! Aside from buying myself a camera, I got a few great gifts for family. I also got to go to Nike, and I plan on doing a " Nike Haul," but first I want to get my memory card so I can take the pictures with my Canon :)

Overall it was such a nice weekend with family and friends, decorating for Christmas with my roommate and amazing food!! Hope you all got to rest and enjoy family time and down time.

Cheers to December and the Count Down to Christmas!

-Katie