the landlords daughter

i have the three most amazing grandfathers ever. i really do. every time i see them, they all have something cute to say.

grandpa jim: "the landlord's daughter. ties a red ribbon in her long, dark, hair."
(it's from a poem, although i'm pretty sure he changed the words for me.)

grandpa john: "katey-did what katey does, oh no, what did katey-do?"

grandpa keith: (in his perfect singing voice)
"k-k-k-katey! beautiful katey! your the only g-g-g-girl that i adore!
when the m-moon shines, over the cow shed,
i'll be waiting for you at the k-kitchen door."



^ i was trying to show landon which goose had his eye on me. about 10 seconds after this picture was taken he started flapping his wings wildly, honking, and running after me. i swear. red ears and cold noses are what we get, but we try to take at least one walk a day. there are some pretty places around here


i drove on the sidewalk today because i thought it was the road

driving in the snow really isn't as bad as i anticipated. i've only slid through one stop sign. the man in the car coming towards me simply swerved, smiled and waved. i think it happens a lot. and sometimes sidewalks look convincingly like roads.

i got the job! (part-time) i start tuesday!

the university of denver sweater, was my dad's. i love how soft and big it is. the bottom half is what i wore running today, landon asked if i was heading to jazzersize. i told him no, then jogged for 50 minutes today! i swear there is something about the snow, i feel so good.

oh, and i'm going to get a diet coke to celebrate. (we needs a qt... do you think there is anyone i can threaten or something?) did you know i went off soda for 9 months last year? yeah, it did nothing. so i just limited myself to one a week, and i know diet coke kills you. but i'd rather die happy.

jack-o-latern light

i sincerely hope these frequent posts end. because it will mean i have a job. yes, still no job. i've sent in 20+ applications, heard back on 3, and finally have an interview tomorrow! do i look like i could be the newest employee on the gap crew? i hope so. i've always wanted to work there. (don't crush my retail dreams with horror stories.)


we bundled up and snowshoed 6.5 miles

^where would i be without a picture of my feet? aren't snowshoes so becoming?
.p.s. falling in a 6ft snowdrift and panicking until your husband comes to the rescue, is perfectly okay while snowshoeing.


i was born with the sun shining

(^these are my great grandma gerdas shoes. i wear them probably twice a week and they fit my feet perfectly.)

yesterday, while finishing my application, i came to section 2 question 14. hometown ____________?
and, i didn't know what to put.
slidell louisiana (2 years), middletown maryland (7 years), snowflake arizona (9 years), mesa arizona 3 1/2)
it was an odd feeling.

i was born in louisiana, but all i remember is the visits years after we lived there. bike rides through the woods and tube rides on the river with dad.

maryland holds a special place in my heart. it's where my dad was, where all my memories of him live, where memories of my family live in a two story, rectangle house with blue siding and red shutters and a big front yard. a gray van parked in the driveway with a yellow toyota next to it. 3 trees to the right side, and i was probably in the middle one, sitting on the very top branch.

my first few years in snowflake were not as special. my dad passed away, we moved while on vacation and i never said goodbye to maryland, i went to a small town school where everyone knew each other and we lived with my grandparents. but after and because of those years, i grew to love snowflake. my mom is there, my best friends are there, my family is there. i had my first job there. i graduated there. my dad's grave is there. i left home there.

and came to mesa, where i met landon. landon filled a void i forever thought was empty. we started our life together there. we lived in our first apartment there. i was kate lines there. i gained a new family there. i made best friends there.

so. section 2 question 14. i propose you add 4 blank spaces to your question, hometown?

because i'll never pick just one.


today i woke up at 7:00, and took lanny to school, came home to a workout video, took a long shower and shaved my legs, tried on 3 outfits, curled my hair, ate raisin bran while studying next weeks relief society lesson, cleaned the bedroom, organized myself a photo shoot^, made a healthy lunch and ate it while i watched house on hulu, swept my kitchen floor, finished 2 photo shoots and got them sent away, picked up lanny from school, a mission friend came to visit, and i just put dinner in the oven.

jobs are overrated, so i might as well enjoy being unemployed while it lasts.


when you float like a cannonball

being home most days, alone, and going on a long jog in the snow permits a lot of time for thought. i really love running in the cold. fresh, clean air, and everything is white. i wear a hat, gloves and a scarf around my neck, and when i get home my nose is bright red. i love it here so far.
i applied and (hopefully!) will be starting in april. although i can't decide which major. music? art education? those are the two i am debating over. once i get in, i'm going to go meet with both departments because i'm determined to stick to something this time. i've been in school for 4 years and have a completely sporadic transcript. i'm really leaning towards music though, singing makes me so happy, music makes me so happy.
taking photos makes me happy, but its not something i see myself doing in 10 years. i'm feeling kind of in a funk with photography lately. i have a hard time with trends, i like some, do some, hate some, but still do them. i find when there are no expectations, i'm at my best. i decided to only set one goal for myself this year. and that's to live each day. with everything in my life, i constantly look at the long run. school, temple attendance, prayer, weight loss. i always think "by next year i'll be here..." or "by next year i'll be able to say..." and i realize if i want any of that to actually happen i have to take it one day at a time, be calm and prioritize. be content with where we are. strive for progression, but don't obsess over it.

just a few of them, anyway...


i've found a new dress

we were welcomed with white, and a new year.


they don't love you like i love you

we shared a bread bowl at lacey's wedding (reception) i love this boy more then anything.

we aren't liking the byu grooming standards, who says beards are unkempt? not me.but if that's all we don't like about college, we'll take it.