I’m Kate! The mama and wife that wants to have a clean house and a Pinteresty summer with the kids and a delicious
Paleo gluten free nutritious meal on the table every night. But I always come up a bit short feeling a frazzled hot mess.
I live life on my latest Kreative Whim. Whether it’s a new painting style I want to tackle, repurposing a piece of furniture for the 13th time, trying out a new recipe or practicing my Momography skills I am constantly hopping from project to project resulting in late suppers, a cluttered house and girls with very flexible (almost non-existent) schedules. That’s just my messy little life. I’m learning to
love live survive in the chaos that comes from being me.
So often I believe my joy as a mama is stolen by the idea of who I think I should be. An idea that is in only my head. One that I will never attain because I am comparing the inside of me to the Social Media version of…you. My hope is to be real with you, to be transparent. To admit that motherhood is hard- but beautiful- and oh so worth it.
I am reaching out to you mamas that are feeling a little like me. A little beat up by this motherhood thing. A little frazzled by the inability to efficiently complete a task. A little overwhelmed by your growing “To Do” list… I want you to know you are not alone… or maybe I want to know I am not alone in this. Either way I hope this little blog will bring us both encouragement and give us an outlet on the tough days and someone to cheer with on the good days.
A Kreative Whim is a place to Thrive, Kreate & Love.
A few of my Whims
(The original) Kreative Whim
When my oldest daughter, Whitlee, was born my husband I decided I would stay home with her for a few years. Because I (apparently) always need a project I began a DIY painting business called… Kreative Whim. I roamed the town helping willing participants create Door Candy and hosting Kids’ Kraft Kamps. I loved this little side business dearly and, while I still do parties occasionally and take private orders, the physical energy and time necessary to prepare for events is more than I can undertake with 2 daughters under 2.
The Fit-Mama Whim
I require exercise like most people require food. Seriously- missing more than a day or two of physical activity makes me a person no one wants to be around (picture the Snickers gimic- “You’re not yourself when you’re hungry”). Four years ago after moving to a new town I was struggling to find my place and my people when I stumbled across CrossFit. My new athletic outlet and friend base was born. Our box (tough name for CrossFit gyms) engages the entire family and I am so thankful the coaches and athletes welcome the Lees each day so I can get my workout in even with kids in tow. The Lees have an endless supply of “aunts”, “uncles”, and friends through CrossFit and this little city feels more like home.
The Momographer Whim
Like most mama’s these days I was gifted a DSLR not long after I had my first child. I definitely don’t consider myself a skilled photographer but I love capturing my girls on “film”. I spend much of my Pinteresting perusing photography “How To’s”. You can check out my favorite photography ideas and tutorials here. It is rare that I walk out of the house without my camera (although I’m working on mastering the whole “fantastic pictures with your iPhone” thing). My family and friends laugh at me (a lot) because my camera has become an extension of my body… but there will never be a day I wish I had fewer pictures of my kids (okay- I may wish I had only kept 1-2 images from a sequence rather than every frame in a sequence… maybe).
How I got into this mess!
Five years ago I was living and teaching in my hometown and needing a change of scenery. I began applying for jobs in north Georgia, Africa, and Wyoming. I was offered a job in north Georgia and an internship in Africa.
Four years ago I packed up my tiny house and my 2 dogs and headed north. Planning to teach for a year and spend the summer in Africa.
On the first day of school I met this cute PE coach:
But he kept referring to how he got married over the summer so I didn’t think much about it. I learned a few days later he was only joking. The last week of school he popped the question.
We were married October 13, 2012 at Berry College.
Mere months later we learned this diva was headed our way August 5, 2013.
And the day after her 1st birthday we were surprised with the news that her baby sister would be arriving April 1, 2015.
I never made it to Africa.
Maybe one day.
It’s been a whirlwind 4 years. We don’t predict any more monstrous life changes in the next 4 but I’m just trying to hang on for what’s around the bend!
BUT THEN LIFE HAPPENED!
And we found out soon after #2 turned 1 that we were expecting #3 on January 13, 2017!
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