Monday, December 27, 2010

Dear blog,

I regret to inform you that I got a sewing machine. My attention is being pulled elsewhere. No worries, you are my favorite hobby and I assume always will be. Sew sorry. Love you, Katie.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Merry Christmas! vol 2?

Having a nice, slow day here at the Mohrs.

More pics to post later.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Hope you all had a wonderful day/weekend! I'm thankful for you! God bless!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Two little nuggets of fun...

Just in time for Christmas, this little gift arrived in the mail today. From me to you this holiday season. Cross my lap, I swear.

Also, saw this video over at Rage Against the Minivan and LOVED IT. I mean, couldn't freakin' love it any more. Not possible.
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If the video isn't working try this link.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Cookies, round 1!

Aren't these amazing? My mom bought them for us. We had a great (dramatic) time making and then decorating them. Unfortunately, that's where the fun ended. Let's just say we'll never use this recipe ever again. Ack.

Friday, December 17, 2010

I love him.

You can watch the whole thing OR let it load and watch from 11:30 to see E-beast in all his glory.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

A gentle reminder...

St Louis peeps: bring it. Literally.

Other states: send me your pics and your stories! Make sure your state's name in on the pic somewhere!

Currently, Shay is in her 50th state, Hawaii! She will be 100% finished on Friday! I can't imagine!

Not sure what I'm talking about? click here.

(Haven't purchased or donated yet? pop-tabbed cans of stuff they can eat w/o cooking is great, i.e. tuna, soup, fruit)

DUE THIS WEEK. DUE THIS WEEK. Like the 15 babies at our church (not really). DUE THIS WEEK!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Snow, snow, snow, snow, SNOW!

I'm a little behind but chances are high that you are too, so it's all good. We got our first big snow on Sunday! Here's a snippet of our afternoon:

A very committed snow angel here, friends.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Awkward Entertainment for all.


Oh, and this:

Have a good day, friends.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Soap box?

***Warning! I'm not feeling well which leads to crankiness. There's probably a better way to express the legitimate things wrong here, but I'm too tired to think it through.

I stayed home from work Tuesday, not feeling the best. While watching a lame chick flick, I saw this commercial. (go to the 3rd one, with the lady carrying groceries)

Perhaps this was medicine-induced but, it made me mad.

Hey, lady, perhaps you wouldn't need to work 2 jobs if you didn't have that amazing house? And why the heck is your husband home at 2:30 reading a magazine while you struggle to carry all the groceries inside while in between jobs? I'm so annoyed. Maybe he works from home, sure, I get that. Doing what? Reading magazines? Lame, I tell you. Perhaps he could put his mag down long enough to have a good family chat about "living beyond your means" as a problem/solution instead of recommending an energy drink. Way to take care of your wife, mag-man.

Was the advertising team for this product really thinking this was a great family dynamic to portray? You missed it, team-5-hour. Way to congratulate passive men and the prison that is the American Dream House.

Rant over.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Time for Dinner?

Before Thanksgiving, we went to Time for Dinner. We used to go pretty frequently but hadn't in awhile. With all we've had going on, we made the brilliant choice to hit TFD to make the sides for the big meal. Smartest thing I've done since choosing Spanish as a minor. Keep it in mind if you are in charge of Christmas dinner...just sayin'.

And you can bring Anikin to watch, too.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Hodge to the Podge

Is this amazing? I think so. Would it be illegal to roadtrip out and acquire this for myself? Thanks Trena!

Added 2 more states to this list. But seriously, folks. 36 states, where you at?! If we hit 25 before the end of the weekend, I might just sport a Bump-it. I have one, you know, and I'm not afraid to use it.

We started Elf on the Shelf this year. Eliot was 9 kinds of freaked out the first couple days but we're good now. He's into it. He named it Okra. Of course. Russ thinks Okra looks like Gilly.

I don't disagree.

This post hit right where it needed to. I know I haven't talked about it in awhile but sometimes (in)fertility just sucks. Sucks.

This post had me laughing, cheering, crying, whathaveyou.

Go buy some socks and cans. Do it. In love. And watch this CNN video on Shay.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Exercise! (your right to vote, duh.)

Go to Fresh Art Photography and vote! However, PLEASE VOTE FOR DANA AND JOE! (#9, record player shot) We already have oodles of pics of ourselves. Seriously. You might assume we're a little obsessed with ourselves if you saw them all.

Don't feed the beast, vote for Dana and Joe! (If that's not a great campaign slogan, I don't know what is.)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Socks and Can Cans! (dancers optional)

LOVING the responses we've gotten so far! You guys are rocking this mission. Perhaps we should do this every Nov/Dec?

If you're new here, bienvenidos. Click here to get a little background on "The Extra 50". (I just made that up.)

Several of you have asked which states are already signed up so you can get the word out to those we don't have.

Here's the sitch:
YES (14):
New York


everything else. help. please. one can will do. one sock. they don't even have to match.

And I think I over-explained what we're doing. That is just so unlike me to keep talking and talking and not really explain something. It's the weirdest thing. (awkward face)

So, here's the deets for you and yours this holiday season:
1.Gather as many cans and socks as you can (via friends, neibs, fam, church, whathaveyou).

2. Make a simple sign with your state's name on it. (seriously, no pressure to be a graphic designer here. It doesn't even need to be spelled correctly)

3. Take a pic of your collection w/ your state sign and email it to me by December 18 (Shay's official last day).

4. Donate your collection to your local shelter/food bank. DO NOT SEND THEM TO ST. LOUIS. We do not want canned corn from every state arriving at my house. Sorry to be so high maintenance on that. =)

By the way, if your state is already listed, it's okay to still do a collection of your own. I'll bet it would still be useful...

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


As I look back over the last 3+ years of this blog, I'm in love. I'm so thankful we have a record of our life.

But then, I wonder.

What becomes of a child who can wonder to himself ten years from now, "I wonder what I was doing May 28, 2008?" and then look it up. Is that weird? That goes way beyond any baby book I've ever seen.

Couple thoughts:

*Are we blogging moms great historians and story tellers of our families or are we raising a self-centered generation?

*When Eliot starts dating (when he's 25...) his girlfriend won't have to wait to meet us to see baby (awkward) pics of him. She will undoubtedly find this post.

Um...I'm sorry and you're welcome?

P.S. Go to yesterday's blog and shoot me an email. Go.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Project 50/50

(Pic stolen from Facebook, thanks, Shay!)
Back a few weeks ago, we had the honor of housing a new friend overnight. Her name is Shay. Shay is homeless. And amazing. Missouri was her 46th state in the last 46 weeks. Blogees, this girl is nuts. In the oh-my-gosh-I-want-to-be-just-like-her kind of way.

I've hesitated writing this because I wanted to do it right. Then I started a draft and my vision kept growing. Let me back up.

Shay was homeless for about 6 months before she started a journey that truly changed her life and countless others. She calls it Project 50/50. The short version? She's traveling (living out of her truck) to all 50 states in 50 weeks. Along her journey, she's doing can (and sock) drives and then redistributing them to the other homeless she meets as she goes along. Her original goal was 10,000 cans and she hit that a couple weeks ago. She estimates she's collected over 4,000 socks. That's legit. She's proving, to herself and anyone who's interested, that you can truly give all you have and God will keep providing. And God has shown up in some crazy ways. Her stories are amazing. I can't even start one of them, cuz this post will just.keep.going.

And she has a cute dog.

She finishes her project mid-December with a huge celebration in Chicago. While we can't go, I thought of something to do to honor her hard work in this project.

Starting today, I'm collecting cans and socks until December 18th and want you to join me. While you're out getting supplies for Christmas for your fam, pick up a few packs of socks and a few extra cans. Tell your friends/family/blog peeps.

**Checking my blog stats, I've had visitors from 46 states over the last 30 days, any chance we could get all 50 states involved in the drive??? I would normally think this wouldn't be realistic, but this is the same audience that gathered/organized 130 stockings FULL of goodies for soldiers a couple years back. I'm thinking big here. I'm thinking at least 100 cans in each state? Do the math. That would be 5,000 more cans. I like it. 100 pairs of socks x 50 states? I'm kind of in love with that.

Once you pick a few things up, email me so I can keep a running total. Then we can arrange a pick up! Depending on how many we get, I'll figure out where to distribute them (STL peeps only).

If you want to be the host in your state, email me and I'll start a post with links to those taking up the torch. Post it on your blog, do it for your church's give-away pantry, enlist your kiddo's classes, go door to door, whatevs. My email is katie l mohr at g mail dot com.

Some deets: Shay recommends tube socks, and pop tabbed cans of fruit, tuna, refried beans and soup.

You can also follow her journey on Facebook (she's an amazing photo journalist), twitter and her blog.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

More later, too busy soaking up time with these yuk-yuks.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Fresh history.

I've had several people ask how we started our friendship with Jodie and/or Fresh Art. The good news? It's all here. Documented on this here handy blog. yes-sirree. You're welcome. And since my stinkin' pies still aren't done for tomorrow, I'm stuck awake while all the peeps are snoozin' so will compile all of them for you. This is your lemonade from my lemons. (that doesn't sound quite right, perhaps I shouldn't blog so late at night...)

Skim this post from 2007 and make sure to read the comments. That's what started this all...

Shortly to follow: our first family shoot here. (jodie will kill me for this, but I love them.)

A few months later, we met up again here.

Then, one of my favorite sessions here, here and here.

Tired of clicking yet??

Jeez, are we spoiled with great photos or what? This shoot was pretty fun...

And this past spring we got to have these! {Enter Kim/Fresh Art. Adios "Jodified"}

And if you haven't been keeping up with this past shoot, here's a couple of my favs.

But you've got to see Dana and Joe's pics, they're amazing!!! Head over to Fresh Art Photography to see them. They'll blow your mind!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A little side project

Several weeks ago I was texting back and forth with Jodie from Fresh Art and a little project was created. You can read about it a bit on their blog but I wanted to revisit it here.

I've mentioned the Seibel family about 900 times on this blog. They are our family away from family. Our relationship goes back almost ten years. In those ten years their youngest daughter, Dana, and I have become pretty close and I can safely say she's the closest thing I have to a little sister. In good ways and bad ways. *grin* We've had our share of drama for sure but I couldn't be more thankful or honored to be apart of her world. You can imagine my freak out when Dana called to tell me she got engaged.

Some of "my girls" circa early 2000's.

{Dana and Margie came to Guatemala while I lived there! (sidenote: Dana met her fiance Joe while I was away so he sent me an email to introduce himself. Probably the cutest email I've ever gotten.)}

I've also had the major privilege of helping Dana plan her wedding over the last few weeks and I can safely say I'm 12 kinds of obsessed. It's kind of a problem. A good problem. To be honest, it's been my mental getaway during Baby T-Rex season.

Anyway, back to the project. Jodie was talking about new lighting they wanted to try, I'm currently obsessed with weddings, one thing led to another and boom. You have Dana and Joe's engagement shoot. (with Mohr family on the side...)

Jodie and Kim kind of handed over the reigns. And by 'handed over' I mean I snatched those reigns right out of their hands. I brainstormed, I blog stalked, I went a tad bit bananas. For every good idea, there were 14 awkward ones. (I'm just that gifted.) I fell in love with designing, planning, coordinating and brought ol' cRusty with me. If you didn't realize it, he's *somewhat* helpful when it comes to creative ideas.

We love love love working with Jodie and Kim. We're so stinkin' blessed to have this on-going friendship/relationship/thing with them. I hope you all enjoy the shots they captured on Saturday as much as we do, as much as we enjoyed planning for them.

If you hadn't made it over there yet, go check out their blog with the first installment (a couple more to come!) of Saturday's all day photo shoot!

Oh, and did my I mention we got my hair spouse involved? I mean...

Monday, November 22, 2010

Best Friday Night. Ever.

Years ago, friends of ours offered to let us use their cabin whenever we needed a getaway. For whatever reason, we've never made time. With T-Rex back with his fam, Russ pulled the trigger on an overnight respite for the two of us, something we haven't done since Cancun...

We didn't stay long at the cabin on Saturday because of this fun-ness:

Feel free to stalk the Fresh Art Photography blog with me in hopes they post more of our family session and the engagement session Russ and I helped create/style/set up!