Wednesday, December 10, 2008

BEST NEWS EVER...

It's a miracle!  After 8 1/2 years of marriage, Adam and I are proud to say that we will be having a BABY!  We are so excited, nervous and anxious!  I have been wanting to be a mother for years and had almost given up the thought that I would ever get pregnant.  We are so thankful and feel so blessed.  I almost can't believe it's all real (well, except for all the nausea which is NO FUN)!


I have watched as my family and friends have had kids over the years, each time wishing that I could "join the club."  Well, I am ready for all puke-poop baby talk.  All advice is welcome, just keep the gross pregnancy stories to a minimum, please!


Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The most embarrassing costume ever...

I was bound and determined that Adam and I would dress up for Halloween this year.  We haven't been that great at dressing up and I thought if we are going to do it---we are going all out.  So, I tried to think of the most ridiculous costume and ended up making these beauties:
Go Oompa Loompas!  This was the most unflattering piece of clothing I have ever worn (this may be because they were made by yours truly).   It has taken me so long to post these pictures because I wasn't sure if I wanted anyone on the net to see us looking this way--but, who cares right?  Hopefully this made your day...you're welcome.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Hodgepodge..

I'm not really sure what exactly this post is about, other than showing some pics of recent projects with the fam:

This is a before and after pic of our headboard.  My grandma bought us our bedroom furniture set when we got married and so I had to choose a "conservative" style since she was a little appalled at the furniture I really wanted to get.  Don't get me wrong, I liked it (8 years ago) but it needed a little refreshing..
I used an old curtain to recover the headboard from our house in D.C. since there wasn't a good spot in our new house for it.  It still needs some funky pillows to add color, some pulling and straightening, but it's an easy change if I get sick of the pattern..

Next up was our dresser.  After a lot of debate on color choice, I decided to do something with a little color.  I couldn't have taken the plunge without the help of my sis, Rachel, since she gives me a good kick in the butt to just "make a choice!"  

Before (honey oak and old school handles-- blah!):

After (zing!):

We changed out all the handles and painted it "Sea Song" and then finished it with a dark glaze. I don't think the pic gives it the full effect, but it sure does brighten our room!  Shout out to Rachel who probably ended up doing most of the work (hah!), to my Dad who acted as our overseer to make sure we didn't sand it too much, who let us use his garage and tools, and who helped put the finishing glazed touches that only he could master with his perfectionist eye, to TJ for measuring/drilling and installing the new handles and to Adam for making sure I stuck to my decision.  (That sounded like a speech for a major award, but for someone who isn't too handy with these kinds of things, it was quite the feat!)

Friday, October 10, 2008

Give me the original!

I am always suspect of American versions of British and Australian TV shows.  I was upset when I found out there would be an American version of "The Office" since I had been a fan of the Brit original and couldn't possibly see how they could make it as funny.  Well, I was wrong and the American version is just as funny, in a different way, as the original from across the pond.  So, I was curious to see how the US version of "Kath & Kim" would turn out.  It's on Thursdays, right before "The Office" so it must be good....right?  WRONG!  It was horrible! Everything about it was disjointed. Although, I must give a shout-out to John Michael Higgins from "Best in Show" and other awesome Christopher Guest movies, he was the only funny part in this crapper. Give me the original!  I have been a true "Kath & Kim" fan for a few years and could not believe how horribly written and cast this show was!  I know most, if not all of you haven't experienced one of the best shows ever on television, so check out their website and you will understand my fury.  Here's the original cast, in all their glory: 



U.S formats of the DVD's are not available, but will be soon.  So, party at my place for all you foxy ladies and hunks-0-spunk?  Seriously, you don't want to miss this show.  (Oh, sorry for those who read this post and think I don't have anything better to do with my time....you may be right, but you'll thank me in the future).  For now, I apologize to all Australians and will understand if you don't speak to any U.S. citizen for at least a week.  I may be crazy, but at least my sisters know what I'm talking about!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Playgroup mama drama..

Rachel (my sis) and I went for a little walk by her house the other day to the park and I could not believe the lion's den we encountered.  Packs and packs of "play groups" congregated every where.  I don't think I've ever seen this little park so dag-blasted full.  Rachel and I were in full work-out gear as we approached and immediately realized we were severely underdressed.  It looked like most the mothers were decked out in what I would call "my very special going out, outfit."  So, we decided that the next time we venture that way again, we will either wear our wedding gowns or prom dresses (circa 1997).  I think I may even break out a Jody dress or two.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

We are still here...

...we just haven't blogged for a long time.  I am working on a new blog to share with Adam---maybe.  He doesn't really have any extra time these days so I figured I could try to keep everyone updated.  Check back soon for a better entry and possible new blog address!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Fun in Utah!

I know it's been a long time, but we have been busy hangin' with the fam and getting used to our beautiful Utah surroundings! Here is a quick rundown of some of the stuff we've done...

...hiking Timpanogos Cave with some of my nieces and nephews


...boating with Matt & Lisa
(Adam's idea of romance...too much water in the face for me!)


(Thanks to Matt for being the ultimate boat driver!)


(Lisa and Annie...aren't they gorgeous?)


(Adam showing us his skiing skills...)

...camping near Bryce Canyon


I'm sure Rachel will be posting some more pictures from this trip soon since I took hundreds of her little boy Koy! Until then, I have a few of him that are my fav..


Sunday, July 13, 2008

New Life, New Home?

Adam and I just put in an offer for a cute little 1920's victorian in Salt Lake, near Westminster. Hopefully this was a good decision, but we couldn't stand to waste money on rent.  Adjusting to the slower pace in Utah is a good, but odd feeling.  D.C. was a growing experience for us both and we miss it a lot.  I must say though that the 10 minute commute for Adam beats the 45min-1hour ride into work in D.C. each way (and we only lived about 12 miles from it)!  


We'll see what happens.  Sorry for the long pause in blogging--I'm still adjusting to our new lives!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

I HATE PACKING FOR THE BIG MOVE!!!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

A little Flickr fun..


The concept:

a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
b. Using only the first page, pick an image.
c. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd's mosaic maker.

The Questions (my answers are in parentheses):

1. What is your first name? (Kathryn)
2. What is your favorite food? (Frozen grapes)
3. What high school did you go to? (American Fork High School)
4. What is your favorite color? (Purple)
5. Who is your celebrity crush? (Neil Diamond--awesome!)
6. Favorite drink? (Sprite)
7. Dream vacation? (Prague)
8. Favorite dessert? (Strawberry Shortcake)
9. What you want to be when you grow up? (mother)
10. What do you love most in life? (Family)
11. One Word to describe you. (Awesome)
12. Your flickr name (I don't remember)

Le me know when you all have tried it!  You can tell I'm a bit bored...

Friday, June 6, 2008

Last day at work!

Today was my last day at work. It was really hard to say goodbye to the wonderful people I have worked with for the past 4 years. I have had so many amazing experiences and had the opportunity to travel to places I never, EVER thought I would go. I've met people from all over the globe and will miss those crazy interactions. I think I've said this before, but Adam and I will be really sad when we leave D.C. We've had such a blast, but I am excited to see what will happen in the next few years.

We plan to pull into the land of Zion (that's our loving term for Utah for all you non-Utahns) on the 4th of July. We figured that would be a great day and could pretend all the fireworks are set just for our arrival.

Now, where on earth will we live out there? I'll let you know when we figure that one out...

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

TAGGED!

Thanks Nat for this one:


10 years ago: 1998--Well, I had just tried a year at Ricks College and realized that I did not fit in AT ALL--so, I went on down to BYU.  What a big change huh?   I was also busy writing a certain guy who was serving his mission in Brazil.  Turned out I married him 2 years later!

5 years ago: 2003--  Wow, I don't really remember much of this year.  At the end of 2003, Adam and I were preparing for our big move to D.C.

5 months ago: December-- Just getting used to having my hubby back after his year in Iraq.  I found myself just staring at him and pinching him all the time.  I guess some things never change...

5 things on my to do list today:-- 1. Pick up Adam from the airport (he was in Germany for the past three weeks).  2. Prepare some bogus documents for our fascist home owner's association to pass on to the people who are buying our house.  3.  Study up on how to work my new camera.  4. Find a place to live when we move to Utah.  5.  Plan some going-away parties.

5 snacks I enjoy:-- 1. grapes  2. frozen grapes  3.  granola bars (only the crunchy kind)!  4. crepes with strawberries and Nutella (okay, that's not really a "snack" but I have a craving for it right now).  5. Goldfish crackers.

5 things I would do if I were suddenly a billionaire (other than the obvious of paying tithing):  
1. invest 2. buy a home 3. buy homes and erase any debt for all my family and friends 4. travel, travel, travel 5.  donations to epilepsy foundation and parkinson's research.

5 of my bad habits:  1. I rarely make the bed in the morning  2. I spend way too much time stressing over other people's feelings  3.  I don't return phone calls as quickly as I should!  4. I stay up too late  5. I get easily frustrated with my commute to and from work every day.

5 places I have lived: 1. American Fork, UT  2. Rexburg, ID  3. London, England 4. Sierra Vista, AZ 5. Alexandria, VA

5 jobs I have had: 1. Zuka Juice 2. Target (ugggh) 3. Barnes & Noble 4. Jorgensen Appraisal 5. DIA

5 things people don't know about me:
1. I bungee-jumped off a tram in the Swiss Alps when I was 18.

2. A bouncer confiscated my sister's I.D when I tried to get into a 21-and-over club in Salt Lake when I was 18.  The other girls had "fake" I.D's too and walked right through, but when the guy looked at my sister's card and then my face, he just laughed and said "nice try."  I guess it didn't help that my sister had blond hair and blue eyes and I had dark brown hair and dark brown eyes.

3. I didn't graduate from seminary.  All I have to say is that it wasn't my fault....

4.  I, just like my friend Natalie, sluffed a lot in high school and still managed to get all A's.  Funny thing is I would usually just go home and sleep.

5.  I was in the Fred Savage Fan Club--and proud of it!



Monday, May 5, 2008

SOLD!


Yikes, our house sold over the weekend. The first people who saw it made an offer for full price. We went ahead and still had our open house the next day because that would help our realtor's business. I didn't like the idea of people walking through my house all the time anyway. I even signed the papers for Adam since he is still in Germany and I have power of attorney. This was really unexpected, but I guess we got lucky. I really feel that something will happen between the home inspection, the appraisal and closing which will turn this contract sour. I know, you're thinking I'm a Debbie Downer, but I can't help it. Oh, and I even parked across the street for a bit and gave the evil eye to those walking through my house....hah!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

I can't believe it...

...our house is officially for sale! We have loved being in D.C. for the past 4 1/2 years, but soon we will be making our trek to Salt Lake for law school. It's a really weird feeling. I actually cried when we came home from work and saw the realtor sign in front of our house. We will miss our little lake and neighborhood so much. I must say this house is cleaner than it has ever been! You can check out our listing here.

For all you in Utah--we'll be seeing you soon. In the next few weeks, I think I am going to be mighty emotional...

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Diamond Spotting

I hear the robots from American Idol will be singing all Neil Diamond tonight. I don't know if I can watch them desecrate such amazing work by the Master Songwriter. I've loved Neil since my parents blasted his music in our station wagon when I was a young girl. Yes, I had great taste in music even then. For all you haters of Neil, let me help you see the light--

He was a master then:

And now he is KING:

He's one well preserved guy. I love him. Adam begs me to throw away my "Diamond Head" t-shirt that I bought at his concert a few years back. It has holes and the letters are faded, but I can't seem to part with it. All the Barney girls were on the second row of his concert and he even winked at me (from his awesome revolving stage). So, if you haven't unearthed your love of Neil, I'll make you a playlist of his "must-haves" and it will blow your mind. Once you've turned--Rod Stewart is next....:)

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

I think this is the first time I have been tagged, thanks to my sis Rachel!

A-attached or single: Attached, at the hip mind you..
B-best friends: Adam, my mom, Melanie, Dana, Rachel and Larry
C-cake or pie: CAKE.
D-day of choice: Friday!
E-essential item(s): a good book and DVR (thanks Rachel)
F-favorite color: Purple
G-gummy worms or bears: Not really fond of either of them
H-hometown: American Fork, UT
I-indulgence: Masterpiece Theater
J-January or July: July
K-kids: None, but lots of OPK's ("other people's kids" Nat, do you remember when your dad first said "OPK's? I've used it ever since!)
L-life is incomplete without: Family, Niel Diamond and Bret Michaels :)
M-marriage date: 16 August 2000
N- number of siblings: 3 sisters, 1 brother
O-oranges or apples: Oranges. I once told my younger sister, Rachel, that the inside of an unpeeled orange is the coldest place on the earth. I don't think she believed me...
P-phobias or fears: Guns. I freeze up whenever I see one.
Q-quotes: I guess whatever Andy Bernard from "The Office" says, especially the conversation he has with Dwight about his TransAm (you can find it here)
R-reasons to smile: My nieces and nephews.
S-season: Fall is my fav!
T-tag friends: Nat and Adam.
U-unknown fact about me: I want to start taking violin lessons again.
V-very favorite store: Barnes & Noble.
W-worst habit: Never making the bed in the morning.
X-x-ray, ultrasound, or mammogram: Ultrasound--can I order a baby?
Y-your favorite food: Anything associated with a BBQ (answer stolen from Rachel...I happen to love BBQ's too!)
Z- Zodiac: Aquarius

Travelin'

***I meant to post this a couple weeks ago, it's a little late--oh well***

(4 April 2008)
I am so happy to be back in the USA! After an extremely interesting and memorable trip, I finally made it home and am just now getting back to D.C. time. We visited Bucharest, Romania and Tbilisi, Georgia for about a week.

Bucharest was our first stop and the city was charged with energy and anticipation for the NATO meetings.





Cops and soldiers were stationed on every corner and official motorcades zipped through every street. The NATO meetings were held in Parliament Palace--the second largest building next to the Pentagon. Sheesh, it is huge:






After my boss and I were finished with our meetings, we were able to explore the city again and meet up with a few of our Romanian friends. Ricky, who I met last year in Romania for a conference, and his wife, Kristina, spent time with us on the weekend and helped me buy a lot of trinkets and souvenirs! They are a wonderful and hilarious couple:

We were also able to spend a lot of our time with Nicole (her last name is too long for me to remember)! She was so gracious to spend most of her free time from work with me and Larry.




I had mentioned to Nicole that if there was enough time, I would like to go visit one of the LDS chapels in Bucharest. To my amazement, she knew exactly where one was and what time the service started. I didn't think I would have time to go to church on this trip, but was so excited when we arrived and a baby-faced missionary from Pleasant Grove, Utah was standing outside the church greeting the members and visitors. I was able to stay for a couple hours and it was wonderful to see the Church in action in a foreign country:


The chapel was surprisingly big!




Another favorite stop was the Bucharest Library. Go figure--Katie liking a library! I wish my mom could have seen this beautiful building. She's the reason I am such a book lover and would have loved this!



The last night in Bucharest we had a dinner with many of our friends at a traditional Romanian restaurant. Don't mind the hostage-looking photo with the newspaper....they all thought it was pretty funny that this would be my photo if I was ever kidnapped.






Next stop was Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia (just across the Black Sea from Romania). After a quick flight and layover in Istanbul, Turkey, we arrived for our extremely short stay in this beautiful country. Here's a map of the country to get a better idea of where we were. Georgia is the country in brown--it's as close to Iraq as I ever want to get:

We stayed at the Marriott in Tbilisi and just as I suspected, there was a Book of Mormon in the night stand. It was great to see, even if many of the people there haven't even heard of LDS.


Right outside the window of my room was the Freedom Square, which is crowded at all times-day or night. This square is supposed to function as a round-about, but there really is no rhyme or reason to how people drive. Our taxi's didn't have any seat belts and many windows were cracked or had holes in it. Pedestrians also don't have the right of way--something I learned very quickly. I decided to follow the old people whenever I needed to cross the street. I figured they have lived this long so they must know the secrets of survival. Here are a few pics from my window and the streets around the hotel--







The last night of our visit, our friends took us to a traditional Georgian restaurant. It was such good food--a lot of meats, breads and cheeses.

The best part of the night were the Georgian dancers and singers. Here, again, are a few pics--



..yes that is a real bottle of wine on his head!--and here are some short (and poor quality) video smidgets. First up--the singers are warming up (I think)...

video
Okay, now they're crackin'--take a listen..
video
Oh boy, the first dancer of the night. He really gets down at the end ...
video

Here's a bit of a beautiful lady at the first of the clip..yes, I realize half of it is sideways :)
At the end is the dude with the bottle on his head. Now where in the world can you watch a guy dance with a bottle of wine on his head while still looking semi "macho?" Here, at the end of the clip, the dancer gets ready--
video


..and off he goes.....!
video



..and finally, two beefcakes for my sis, Mel-

video
...yes those were real swords and I was a tad too close for comfort.

Okay, I think I'm done with this entry, finally! I wish the videos were easier to see, it was quite amazing. I'll be back soon with a report on our California trip--lucky you.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

What's going on lately...

A few friends have wondered what has been going on in our lives lately. Well, let's see--- Since Adam returned from Iraq late last year, we have been slowly returning to our normal routine. It was so difficult to be apart from each other for over a year and neither of us will ever be the same again. It's amazing how two people can grow closer to each other with thousands of miles between them. Okay, I'm not a sap, but I love that Adam and I are together again. (Okay, yes I am a sap..) Other families who have been through the same thing will understand.

As many of you know, Adam and I have been wanting to have kids for a number of years now. We can't wait to start our own little family unit and hope to be blessed in the next couple years. Speaking of babies..my little brother and his beautiful wife, Lauren, just had a daughter a few days ago. Congratulations! I love Avery Claire Barney! I'll post some pics soon of their little bundle of joy. I can't wait to meet her.

Adam and I will be in and out of the house over the next couple of months. I am going to Romania again this week and also on to Tbilisi, Georgia (the country, not the state). It's as far from home as I have ever been, so we'll see what kinds of adventures my boss and I will have! Adam and I then go to California with my sister's family and will spend a couple days in San Diego to visit Adam's side of the fam. A few weeks after that, Adam will be in Germany for a while and I hope to get in a quick trip to Utah during that time too.

Let's see, what else can I tell whoever reads this blog about our lives? Well, I finally went to one of Adam's church basketball games this morning. Tis the season for March Madness--they won their first game, but were eliminated the second game by one of the single's wards. I must say that it wasn't necessarily fair that they made the old married farts play two games in a row--but I kept my mouth shut. Adam was smacked around quite a bit, but boy is he quick on the floor! There is hope yet for our kids! Here's a picture from my phone (I only have the back side of Adam, #15)..
Well, that's it for tonight. I promise to update more often...;)

Monday, March 17, 2008

If I were a Jane Austen heroine, I would be....

I am Anne Elliot!


Take the Quiz here!



I guess that's about right...