Saturday, September 5, 2009

One Year Later

I will get back to posting about my exhausting, long drawn out home renovation. Promise.

But another thing has come up.

My blog is one year old today.

I actually started blogging about one month before that, one what I now call my "family blog." Because that's what it is. It is all about my boys, and Hubster, and family activities and get-togethers. It is a stereotypical mommy blog.

I started blogging because I thought it was the best way to keep my family up to date with our lives. The grandparents could see darling photos, my friends could see what we were up to.

But soon, I realized that I wanted to write, and not just about my boys, or the latest trip to the lake. Those things, while still important to share, did not fulfill my desire to share my thoughts. My opinions about books and photos I loves and the complete randomness that is my thought process sometimes felt out of place on an otherwise linear family blog.

So I created this place.

One year ago, I never could have imagined how much this blog would come to mean to me. Many times I've turned to here as a safety valve. I've been able to express, maybe not the darkest, most intimate inner working, but definitely parts of me I felt were worth sharing.

Above all, I never expected anyone to ever read it. Especially not 21 someones, and the occasional wanderer who shows up looking for someone who hated Wuthering Heights. Every single reader has meant so much. Every single comment makes my day.

So, for the little celebration I'm having for my blog, I would like to introduce myself to you. In a much more succinct way than you've been introduced in the past, which has been wandering, rambling "getting to know" process.

But in exchange, you must let me know something about you. I don't care if you are a family member I've known my entire life, a friend I've known for years, a reader who leaves comments, or someone who has just stumbled for the first time across my attempt to be optimistic. I want you to introduce yourself to me. Because it's polite.

And fun.

So here we go.

Hello. I'm Katherine. I'm a 27 year old mother of two. I spent some of the happiest years of my childhood growing up across California, tagging along with my Navy father and my ever growing family. When I was 11 years old, my family moved to Utah. I lived in Utah for most of my life. In fact, when I turned 23, Hubster told me I had to stop telling people I was from California, because I had lived in Utah for longer than I had ever lived in California. I met my husband when I was still in high school. Nearly two years and one year of college later, we got married.

In the eight years that have followed, my life has been a mixture of happiness, chaos, hard work, and magic. We have two darling boys, Bug, age 7, and Monkey, age 3. Not their real names, obviously. But for all intents and purposes, they might as well be.

During the time that Hubster and I were raising two darling boys, I also applied to medical school, got accepted, went to medical school, threatened to drop out of medical school, and then one year ago, graduated medical school.

3 months ago, my family of four packed up our 2 bedroom apartment life and moved 1200 miles away from the mountains of Utah to the corn fields of Iowa, so I could start my anesthesiology residency training.

So, if you're keeping track, I'm a 27 year old, happily married, mother of 2 boys, first time home owner, anesthesia resident-physician.

I also have a serious age complex. I haven't determined whether I'm too young to have all those titles, or too old to still experience the emotions that come with those titles. Or just crazy. A lot of days, we just go with that one.

So now it's your turn. I don't care if it is one line or an entire paragraph.

I've been here a year and I would love to get to know the landscape a little better.


  1. Hi Katherine I'm Emily I grew up in West Jordan with a loving family of nine. I have an Associates of Art which I think is useless as I don't use it in my every day job. But I stuck it out and got it at least.
    My whole life is my family, my fiance Ed who I will be marrying in May, and my cats Dib and Paws.
    I'm a bargain shopper and addicted to Dr. Pepper. I love your thoughts they brighten my day.

  2. I'm Kerree and I am a 30-something mother of 4 (2 boys and 2 girls). I live in Australia and although I think Aus is great, I don't particularly like the part of it that I live in at the moment. I study law and financial administration at uni and my dream is to travel across the USA. I am currently having a lot of fun reading a lot of different blogs (especially yours) and learning how different people live. I like ice skating, cheerleading, horse riding and about once a year I have a semi-major crash on my motorbike. But its all good :)

  3. Hi Katherine,

    I'm Melissa, I'm 31 (did I just admit that?). I currently live just 20 minutes away from Iowa City with my husband and our 2 dogs. We just bought our first home as well and are renovating like crazy. I enjoy reading about your family's adventures in IA city, many of the things you write about we've never heard of so it's fun exploring different parts of the town we've lived in for several years.

  4. I'm Stephanie, 38, which makes me feel old after reading these other comments! I live in Nashville with my boyfriend, dog, and his daughter, whom we have every other weekend. I'm glad I found you!

  5. Hi, I'm Karen. :-)

    I'm a 32-year-old California girl who was born in Idaho and also lived in Canada and Utah. But California is and always will be home.

    I'm the oldest of four and the middle of five. I grew up with one brother, but have a half-sister (16) and a half-brother (18) on my dad's side, and two step-sisters (35 and 31) and a step-brother (33) on my mom's side.

    And I think I've been reading your blog for most of your first year. Happy Blogoversary!

  6. I'm Jessie, and I also have age anxiety. I'm pretty sure I'm too young to be pregnant with a third, so I'm not going to tell you how old I am (though you probably know). I've lived in Utah my entire life, and someday hope to have an adventure where we move away, at least for a while. I've really enjoyed reading your blog, and catching back up with you. I love the house renovations, it's looking great! Especially love the blue.

  7. I'm Annie. I'm a stay-at-home mother of an 8 month old little girl.I've lived in Utah my entire life, and currently reside in Ogden. We bought a "fixer upper", and 3 years later ago, and it still isn't done yet!! I hope that makes you feel better about your progress :) I like to read your blog cause it's nice to know what old friends are doing, and I like to see where life's adventures have taken them. Sounds like you'd had some great ones.

  8. Happy Blogoversary!

    Hi, I'm Lisa. I'm a 22 year old engineering student. Today I had my first official "I might not have enough youth left to accomplish all the things I want to do" freak out. It was scary! I'm the 4th of 9 kids (from the same parents) and I live near Toronto, Canada.

  9. Hi, I´m Thayse, 27 yo, I´m a doctor from Brazil. I love to read blogs, always read yours, but never commented. I hope to start PGY-1 in Anesthesia next year! So I would like that you talk more about your residency, your routine and everything.
    Happy Blogoversary!

  10. Wow! What fun meeting so many amazing people! I'm Bonnie, Katherine's mom. I'm 40 something and a mother of ten amazing talented and loved children. I have never completed college,but did manage to get a private pilot license (a long while back now) though still my greatest pleasure, and have been sky diving twice, and scuba diving once too. So I enjoy adventure, kids, their friends, family, history, plants, the outdoors, beautiful things, heaven, culture, reading and packing in as much living into every moment that I can--and I love reading Katherine's blog(s). Life will never be long enough and I've just started!! .