Take Five

I forgot how much September kicks my butt. Hooray for all this client work (’tis the season for annual reports!), but boo on the blogging front. Here’s a quick five on what’s been going on in our world.

Birthdays. Oh yeah. Luke’s sixth birthday (what?!) is happening in two weeks and he asked for a Shark/Beach party. Fins and chum it is. I’m having a ridiculously good time planning it. I promise to share pictorial proof of that glee on Instagram over the next few weeks. Here’s a quick peek. I am having a tough time coming up with functional party favors. So if you have any ideas, I’m all ears.


First Mass. Both the high school and elementary/middle school where my kids attend held their first school Masses of the year. At first read, that may not seem so monumental since they attend a Catholic school. But, BUT, for years the Mass has been held in the school gym. After many meetings with the administration and some serious prayers to the Holy Spirit, our prayers were answered and we’re now in the church. In a word? Awesome sauce. Okay, two words. It is such a tremendous blessing to be in a sacred space.

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The Torture Chamber. Some call it physical therapy, I call it torture. Thankfully, I love my PT. She makes the hour-long pain session a little more enjoyable. As much as I abhor the pain, the stubborn German in me is determined to make serious progress and power through the pain. My primary motivation? A pedicure. Vanity, sorry. And, our trip to Chicago at the end of  October is incentive, too. Anna-Laura and I have a tenth birthday to celebrate and ain’t nobody got time to be hobbling down the Magnificent Mile. I started PT being able to (painfully) bend my knee to 66-degrees. Last Friday, after 9 days of therapy, I was holding my own at 92. Going up stairs isn’t too bad, but coming down is still a no-go. Walking isn’t back to 100% yet, but at least I’m driving again. I just don’t think I realized how much I use my knee, especially bent, in a day’s work, nor did I factor in how long it was going to take me to recover. This has been such a lesson in patience for me. I didn’t say I was a good student!

Touch of Grace. Saturday, September 26, I’ll be joining three other women at the Mom’s Turn event for Touch of Grace. It’s from 9am-noon at St. William Catholic Church in Round Rock. I’d love to see you there!Flyer

Fun Surprise. On Thursday morning I’ll be doing something super fun. I promise to share details soon!

Happy to be back on the blogging horse again. I’ve missed y’all.


  1. Hannah on September 8, 2015 at 10:59 am

    Maybe Swedish Fish for a party favor? Not exactly useful or good for you, but they sure are delicious (and addictive!) 🙂

    • Julie on September 8, 2015 at 1:56 pm

      Exactly what I was going to suggest, something with Swedish fish or gummy fish!

  2. Pamela A on September 8, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    Love the shark theme for Luke’s party. Maybe plastic beach pails to fill up with goodies. We use them for sand play, collecting leaves & rocks, and scooping up snow. also, they’re great at corralling all those little toys little boys seem to have. I love Swedish fish too & goldfish crackers come in some pretty fun favors too. Can’t wait to see pics of the festivities! My kiddos attend Catholic School too and have always had Mass in the Church. So glad your kiddos get to experience that now instead of the gym?

  3. Whitney H on September 8, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    The pic of Luke’s party goodies is such a tease. It looks SO cute.

    Sunglasses as party favors? Maybe a tube of travel size sunscreen? A roll of Life Savers? Blow up beach balls?

    • Kathryn on September 10, 2015 at 10:09 pm

      Life Savers. YES!!! Thank you so much, Whitney.

  4. Verdina on September 9, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Can’t wait to see photos of Luke’s party. I can definitely relate to your PT adventure! I’ve always had Lynne Niers;and, although she is a real task master, she is very kind. Good luck on mastering the stairs!
    God bless you!

    • Kathryn on September 10, 2015 at 9:57 pm


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