Thursday, April 17, 2014

Two lines changed it all. . .

HA! I Love E-cards!

I have been writing and editing this post for a while now, but I think I am finally ready to share it. . . . 

I rang in the new year, at home...in bed...sicker than I've been in a LONG time! I couldn't stop sneezing or shivering. I felt AWFUL! By January 3rd I started to feel a little better but something just felt ''off'''.

I decided to take a pregnancy test. Around 9pm my boyfriend, Josh, and I bought two pregnancy tests and quickly headed home to find out our result. I wanted to wait until morning, since the instructions insisted that first morning urine is the most accurate...but I was just too impatient. I took the test and before I could walk out of the bathroom I was pretty sure I saw a two lines quickly appearing. I was too nervous to read the results so I asked Josh to read them.

"Uhm it's positive...Literally, your test looks like it could be the sample test pictured on the box.."  And we both started laughing really, really hard. 

We have been graduated from college less than a year, still not employed in stable jobs (at the time we found out) --> no health insurance and we're living in the tiny hole-in-the-wall apartment we've shared since college. What in the heck are we going to do? We both entered shocked mode. Suddenly, we had A LOT to figure out!

Josh had to work at 11pm. Life changing news and we spent the night apart. I cried. I cried hard, for most of the night. I am mostly type-a personality, a planner, I need an answer for everything type of girl! This was a quite the curve ball. I had so many emotions running through my head but the one that never changed was my love for this tiny fetus growing inside me. Incredible. <3 <3 

When Josh came home from work that next morning, he was much more talkative. He was so optimistic and even excited about our expanding family! His excitement quickly melted away most of my anxieties and I became excited too! He is so so so wonderful and I am so lucky to have him <3

I so want this shirt! <3 

Friday, March 7, 2014

Feeling Fabulous!

o n e  

Uhmm, let's not talk about the heartbreak that was the "Superbowl" : (  Ohhh, broncos.... maybe next year?

Alienssssss!
t w o

Pleaseeee, someone tell me that I was not the ONLY person in denial about Leo losing out on yet another Oscar! I'll be honest, I did not see Wolf of Wall Street OR watch the Oscars -- but somebody give the man a damn Oscar already. Have you not seen his acting? Good grief!


t h r e e

Any Juan Pablo fans? Who am I kidding -- it's like a rule, all bloggers must follow the bachelor/bachelorette series! My heart was broken when he sent Renee home after hometown dates... Potentially the next Bachelorette? I kinda hope so!

As for the last three ladies standing, I can't really choose my "favorite"? Who are you rooting for?

f o u r 

Health care in America. Is there anything more frustrating????? I've been researching so much on this topic and feel so sad about how many go without proper care because of insurance or lack of, in this country. : (  How do people afford to get sick? Suffer an injury? or have a baby in this country?  






Okay, let's end this on a positive note: 
f i v e

OMG! You guys/gals/beings on blog-land: I, me, this lady here has finally got a big girl job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don't know about you, but I've never experienced such pride in myself! This new job marks the beginning of my next life chapter. I have so many emotions. I've mentioned it in a previous post or two, but I interviewed in early Nov. 2013 for this position and finally got hired and I start tomorrow night at the County Jail as a Booking Clerk!



Enjoy your weekend, friends! 
<3 KC

Monday, January 20, 2014

March 20, 2012!

O N E    Can I just say, I can't stand how much anger is involved in the sports world. My world would not have been crushed if the Broncos had blown last nights game...nor do I crap talk my friends who are fans of other teams. I like all of the teams really, I just love football. The Colts - and Peyton - just happened to be my first favorite team. Both my boyfriend and my dad LOVE Peyton Manning...so when I started watching and enjoying football, I too became his fan! Isn't that how everyone becomes a fan? You grow up rooting for a team, you live near the team, etc.? I can't stand all the "bandwagon" talk! Who really cares whom someone else is rooting for, which team they like or when they became a fan?? Not this girl! I know I didn't care for Tebow and didn't know much about the Denver Broncos before March 20, 2012. AKA The day Peyton signed to play with them after being released from the Colts!

With that rant over being said, The Broncos are going to the Superbowl and I am SO excited for February 2nd. I love Peyton Manning!!!!!!! <3



T W O    My 23rd birthday was great. The best weather I've had in YEARS! And I spent all day being lazy with my love. He even took me to Red Mango for Frozen Yogurt Parfaits. yummm

T H R E E    Santa brought us a surprise for Christmas, I can't wait to share photos and more info on that!

F O U R    I am STILL waiting to hear back from those two job interviews I've had... phew! In my next life someone remind me to choose a career that doesn't involve such extensive background checks...takes FOREVER!

F I V E    I have obviously taken a break with blogging...I enjoy getting my thoughts out there and looking back on my past posts but I have a lot to figure out when it comes to blogging. It's a hobby and I never intend to make money or have a "religious" following of readers, I just simply enjoy venting, or sharing my thoughts!

S I X    Valentine's Day is so soon. Haven't even begun preparing for that...ooh I'll have to share the neat date idea I did last year with my boyfriend. so fun and best of all FREE! ; )

S E V E N    Sadly, I have yet to see Wolf of Wall Street. : ( but I am pretty hopeful that Leo may FINALLY receive an Oscar. Seriously, how does the man NOT have one yet???? 


"
If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward." -- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  


Here's to a great week! 
Happy Monday, friends! 

<3 KC

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Kristen Lately. . .

Christmas was great, I enjoyed spending time with my mom and grandma. We baked cookies and just got to hang out all together, which is too rare these days. Then I spent time with my dad and we even went sledding -- SO MUCH FUN!!!  : )

New Year's Eve, well that's a whole other story! J and I had plans to drive down to our hometown and play cards against humanity and ring in the New Year with our best friend and his family. I woke up feeling just awful. Full blown sinus mess, I was sneezing and sounded almost as terrible as I felt. But I convinced J I was okay enough to go, I really didn't want to be a party pooper; so got bundled up and started towards the highway. My mom called and said a guest she just checked in at the hotel said if a person didn't have 4 wheel drive they were crazy to travel in this weather! He was right, the closer we got to the highway the worse the road conditions got. We made the call to turn around and spend the night at home resting being lazy and safe after all. . . I am finally beginning to feel better.
Ahahaha.
Jobby-Jobs: At this rate, any job in my field will make me more than happy. I got a call from the background investigator assigned to me through the county jail, they're still moving forward with me as part of the hiring process . . .*fingers crossed* And I also have an interview Monday tomorrow morning for a Parole Agent Position. What a killer first job out of college? I can't even imagine...but I truly want it and I'm hoping for the best!  Then J also got a call from the Sheriff's Office, he did really well on the national dispatchers exam and they want to interview him!!!! I am so excited for him. He's such a hard worker and while he actually has a full time position in his field, the company he has worked at for two years and currently works for is just not where he wants to be. Soooooo, fingers crossed that 2014 is finally our year. . .  I have a sneaking suspicion that it will be a fantastic year for the two of us ; )

My birthday is January 13th. Yayyyyyyyyyyyyy.
I never know what my plans will be, but one thing I can count on is crazy weather!
This year? The snow storm came early and I hope there isn't going to be a repeat the week of my bday. . .
Holy cow! Basically everything is closed already, for tomorrow!
Every school, colleges included, banks and many other businesses.
Ohhhh, Michiganders. ahaha 
I know the southern states are freezing their arses off in the chilly-for-them weather, but this arctic mess is no joke!

Wind chill temps in the negative double digits?
So much snow cars are stuck in the middle of the road?
Multiple cities issuing state of emergency and asking for help to remove snow?
Governor Snyder and the Michigan State Police issued a statement/warning saying do not venture out if at all possible...

Yep, and I love the Mitten state! I mean, I don't always love the cold temps and I may complain about shoveling or even wish for Spring to come early but I would sure miss all this snow and cold if I didn't get to live and experience this season every year!

So that's all I got for this post, hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday evenings! Stay warm, friends

<3 KC

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmastime

My GG (great grandmother, Sarah Zielke) passed away August of 2012. I came home from college to visit GG as I knew she was ill and during my visit home see passed away. A week later I came back down from college to help out/lend a hand to my grandma and her siblings as they cleared their mother's apartment. 

My GG had some books by an author I like (Mary Higgins-Clark, if you're curious) and she would give me a new book of MH-C's to read some times when I came to visit her. As no one else wanted to keep any of the books from her collection, they were all boxed up and set aside to be given to me. I didn't really want the books but felt guilty just giving them to goodwill. 

We finished cleaning it all out and headed home. When I got home, I decided to open the box of books and pick out the ones I would keep then donate the rest. The first book that caught my attention looked more like a little gray journal. It read "COLLECTED WHISPERS" in shiny gold font with a a bunch of butterflies on the cover. I opened it and read the subtitle: The International Library of Poetry, CopyRight 2008. Intrigued, I turned the page and read this:  
Christmastime

All things are hopping
We're Christmas shopping, 
Baking cookies too
Addressing card and wrapping gifts, 
Doing tasks long overdue

Trying hard to keep in touch 
With new friends and those from the past
Making sure not to miss those we love,
Although sometimes they're last

It doesn't mean we love them less
Quite often, it is more
It's just doing things are slower now
Than they've ever been before

We still take time to remember
Our gift from God above
It makes things so much easier 
When we also share our love

- Sarah Zielke


I started to cry.
To think, I almost donated this box without much thought . . .
Who knew that it held treasures,
 a poem my great-grandma had written, published and on the first page of a book. 
Nobody knew this poem or book existed. 
If I would have donated it, we may have never known about the poem/book.
I am so glad nobody else was interested in her books and I was the one to discover her poem.

Merry Christmas, friends! 
<3 KC

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

A white Christmas after all

We left our apartment and headed home for the Holidays, I can't believe tomorrow is Christmas! This year was a terrible, no good, very bad crappy year, so I'm not sad to see it go. Helllllllo, 2014.

Since I forgot my camera, I borrowed this photo my Aunt posted this to Facebook of her back porch!
It's beginning to look a LOT like Christmas here in the Mitten State. . .   : )

Birthday Countdown: 20 days until I am 23! 


My mom only had one day off of work during the time I am visiting so I am staying with my Gram. We've had a great visit and I love the QT with my favorite ladies.

Saturday was my mom's only day off, so she came over to help us bake Christmas goodies. She invited her best friend(same best friend she had in high school) to come join us in baking! It was a great time and we have more than a ton of cookies to show for it.. Candy cane, peanut butter blossoms, chocolate drop, pecan crescents, neiman marcus, white chocolate macadamia, and sugar cookies! And 3 varieties of fudge. Don't worry, we aren't keeping it all, I've already eaten MORE than my share...

Yesterday we had plans to shop for groceries for a traditional Christmas dinner for 6 families facing difficult times. My gram, mom, & I are all members of the American Legion Auxiliary under my grandpa who served as a Marine. My Gram and her friend Nona led this project. They contacted local area school social workers to find 6 families who needed a little help this Holiday season and had a member of their family who has/is serving in the U.S. Military.. One of the families we helped, the mom had tears in her eyes and hugged each of us. Her husband just returned home from Afghanistan and will be home for Christmas this year! As her eyes welled with tears, mine did also. What an amazing Christmas her family will have now that her husband is home and they will have a Christmas meal together as family.    :  )

We spent less than $25.00 per family and purchased a lot: a ham, yams, green beans, corn, mac n cheese, bag of potatoes, stove top stuffing & a bag of oranges! My gram and I were in charge of delivering to 3 of the families and Nona had the other 3 families. In place of a pie, we gave each of the six families a platter of all the Christmas cookies my family baked. They were so appreciative and it felt great to help others. My favorite thing about this time of year is giving to others!

This has been the best week of Christmas I've had in at least 5 years! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season!  I may or may not hop on here for a quick post tomorrow but in case I do not...


<3 KC

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Holy rant, Batman!


Random and Hilarious Batman & Robin dancing to 'single ladies'
You're welcome.  : )
One of my biggest pet peeves -- that does not involve people driving like idiots -- is hearing/reading ignorant arguments statements... yeah impossible to avoid, I know! But specifically religious or political based beliefs. I think it may be of importance to note that I am not easily offended and I am a very tolerant person.

Aside from racism/hate, engaging in criminal activity that harms others, etc. I do not waste my time worrying about what others believe in or spend their time doing. 
YOUR Religion? Doesn't matter to me. 
YOUR Sexual orientation? Doesn't matter!
You get the idea. . . if it's YOURS and doesn't involve harming others, then I don't care.

I am 100% for freedom. That includes choice of religion and personal opinion/belief systems! That being said, I die a little inside when I hear/read a hypocritical or overtly ignorant statement/discussion/argument!

I have never watched A&E's hit series Duck Dynasty. 1) I do not have cable. 2) It just never seemed like something that would interest me. Having said that, the increase in social media discussions of this show, caught my interest. 

I HAD to know why so many people were debating free speech, religion, anti-christian debates. I am a fan of the Phillip DeFranco Show on YouTube and when I saw his new video included this topic I quickly pressed 'play'. I think he summed up my opinion of the situation perfectly!  

I aimlessly browsed Facebook today and couldn't stand to read anymore comments/statuses about this situation. . . I literally was disgusted after reading so many misinformed and downright ignorant remarks. Remarks ranging from "There is a reason the TV remote has a channel changer, if you don't believe in the bible or support this shows views, you don't have to watch it" duly noted. to America is anti-christian. . .

1) I am ALL for freedom of speech. Unfortunately with that, comes good and bad speech. If you support this right, you support both speech you agree with and speech you do not agree with. 

2) Religious freedom and Freedom from religion. As Americans, we all have the right to choose our own belief system.  
      >  >  > As a 'good' person, I also personally believe in respect. This includes respecting the beliefs of others even when they differ from my own. I believe the true issue at the center of this situation, is the way his answers were recorded. While I am not part of the LGBTQ community, I was slightly offended that "gays, drunks and terrorists" were lumped together in one of his interview answers. I thought he sounded very offensive and believe his message could have been relayed a lot simpler with " I believe in the bible ", enough said! Often people disregard feelings of others and speak unfiltered, but that is their right. 

3) As an American who enjoys the freedoms and rights we have as citizens.
       > > One last note of the DD debate, yes the Duck show guy expressed his personal views in a GQ interview, despite being offensive, had that right as an American citizen to believe in Christ and the bible & to speak freely of his views when asked! On the same token, as an 'employee' of A&E Television Network, his "bosses" aka the network, also have rights. The right to hold their own beliefs. The right to disagree and speak out against the Duck Dynasty member for being offensive. 

In summary, I copied & pasted my comment on a friend's Facebook Status:  


I have personally never seen the show. His comments were kind of offensive, and definitely could have been stated in a better manner but it's no secret that he's a christian and holds the same beliefs as the bible. I also think it's rather silly that A&E is so worried about his comments causing damage to their fan base who do not share the same views as the duck guy. A simple statement from A&E about "not supporting some of his views" would of sufficed. Who cares THAT much about TV? So many people just jump at any chance to battle it out over politics or religion. Annoying.
Haha, This post could have been shortened to that comment alone. Happy Thursday, friends! 
<3 KC