Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Chris†mas.


Right this second I am watching Despicable Me w/ my daddy and sister. I very much recommend this movie to you. Yes, you! I love it. It's the next Meet the Robinsons. If you haven't seen that either, watch it as well. Great!

I would also like to recommend to you an article from yesterdays homepage. It chats a little bit about being more focused, which I think I could use two spoonfuls of.

Either way. I know I've been a stranger lately. I've been trying to avoid my facebook/blogger a bit because truly, and ironically enough, I notice they leave me feeling unfocused. I wanted to drop in before the new year and leave you with my new years resolutions.

Learn sign language.
Read the bible.
Get a job.
Volunteer (more).
Find a:
Spend more time w/ my dog.
Take less credit/make more annoynomous acts.
Say less, do more.

There's my list. Most of which are self explanitory. Some I would like to explain. Ha. Firstly. Get a job. Yes, I do work. But right now I'm subbing at the schools here, which really would be great if I had a real desire for it. I don't. When I say I would like to find a life, that's where I'm summing up all of my be healthier, work out more, gain weight, get better at birthdays/holidays (not only remembering them, but being creative w/ them), facebook less goals. I always love the good feeling of getting the credit for doing something good/right. My take less credit/make more annoynomous acts is for exactly that. I would like to do great and be great, but I know when I'm doing great or being great it isn't of me, it's of God. I don't need to have credit for my good acts to be good, amen? And my say less, do more which is self explanitory but that is my resolution to hold me to all of my resolutions. To not just say I want to do better, or say I want to do something but to actually follow through. I learned a saying from my Tech. Comm. teacher my senior year of highschool which hits this right on, "The road to hell is paved w/ good intentions." Aka, you aren't going to get anywhere good or do any good by saying you want to do good but not following through. So true.

I don't have much more for tonight, Erik and I have had a great couple of weeks. We had a fun trip to Bismarck last weekend for some last minute Christmas shopping w/ my sister, Chelsey, Jesse and Jesse's brother Chad. It was a really great time! We had a really great Christmas w/ my family. Christmas Eve we were w/ my parents and little sister. Today my dad's brother, his wife and their son my cousin Mike were here, they're always a good time. Love you family. We missed Erik's family. This was Erik's first Christmas here w/ my family, last year spending Christmas away from my family was hard. I know Erik feels very at home here but that doesn't stop you from missing your own family on the holidays.

Growing up is my least favorite.

One more thought. I knew I had something I wanted to share. Erik and I really rock at not getting along. Not always. Sometimes we just don't like each other, mostly because we misunderstand each other. Either way, I just wanted to share a little about where we're at because sometimes when you're struggling it's nice to know someone else understands, or has been there and made it through. (Not that Erik and I are having doubts about each other, so if you're getting the wrong impression please stray away from that thought.) Erik and I both have a strong desire to be good to and for each other. We want what's best for each other. If we were treating each other badly or had negative intentions, I would not suggest compromise to you. But really, truly Erik and I have it great. We've been blessed w/ each other. We really want good for each other. Which I know is a struggle to find. Where he has weakness, I have strength and where I'm lacking he picks up the slack. We have so many differences from the way we were raised, the places we've come from to the foods we like and the shows we watch. We're different in a million different ways and sometimes it's really tough for us. Where I think we should jump, Erik reminds me we should be patient. Vice versa and ect. We have so many differences but what really attracted me to Erik, making him different in my eyes was that our priorities are in the same place. God comes number one for us, the people in our lives matter so much to us. Family is so important. Friends are family. When it comes to the things that really matter we're in step. We're a great team. We have so many personality differences, but I do not think that is a bad thing. I think it keeps things very interesting for us, we're continuously learning more about each other.

Bed time dudes. Love you. Have a very merry Christmas, and if you don't hear from us before, the most blessed New Year!

Sweet dreams! Erik and Kate.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Fight Like a Girl.

The mother of a great friend of ours is fighting breast cancer and will be starting her second stage of chemo in a couple of weeks. The great Bayne couple, Canada and Adam are planning fundraising to help w/ medical expenses. They are selling shirts w/ the above picture. Women's shirts are pink shirts with black logo (as pictured). Men's shirts are black shirts w/ pink logo. Shirts are $15 each. If you're in their (Idaho) area you can order from Canada or Adam Bayne via facebook, email: or cell: 2089418087. If you're closer to Erik and I we will be ordering shirts, let us know if you're interested and we can get them shipped w/ ours. You can get ahold of either of us w/ sizes and money. Please contact us w/ fundraising ideas as well. (:

LOVE YOU. God Bless. (:

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


SO every three months I have to take pills for ten days. I start taking them on the 27th. Normally I have a reminder on my phone on the 20th to go pick up my pills so I have them by the 27th. I also put reminders in my phones on when I'm really for new contacts (every two months). I love new contacts so much so normally when my two months is up I wait until these ones feel like they're ready to go and then I switch them out for new ones.

Either way. As you either know or don't know, ha, I've been having phone issues lately. I finally have a new working phone so the other day when I lost a contact I put in a new pair and marked two months from the date in my phone. I decided it would also be a good time to figure out the last time I had my pills and put that in my phone as well. It happens to be the end of this month that I'm scheduled to take them again. So I go to the 20th on my phone and make a new appointment for that day. I always shorten the wording up and this one ended up saying:

Get Pills. Take 27.

As in, get the pills today and take them on the 27th. Buuut. I realized if for some reason anyone else would happen to see that it probably would be misinterpreted. Bahahaha. So. I changed it in advance to say something to the effect of Get pills take on 27th.

I just wanted to share my laugh with you. I hope you're having the best week.

Today I was a second grade teacher. Fun. Tomorrow is my last day off before Christmas vaca, I'm going to Williston to have a waffle/study/destressCaliannbeforefinals party w/ my WSC Massage Family. Yayy! Thursday I start work as the high school spanish teacher maybe I should say profe de espanol. ;) Either way, I'm starting my countdown to December 22nd at 1pm now. (:

Love you. God bless.
Kate. (:

Monday, December 6, 2010

Our weekend.

We had such a good weekend. (:

Erik had to work Saturday, bleh. So I spent the day doing laundry/cleaning up our room as it was a disaster from us coming home from Idaho. Ha. Saturday evening we had a date w/ our friends Bryan and Jen and their children. Bryan used to work w/ Erik and Nabors. They invited us over for dinner, delicious lasanga! Oooh, and bread! I loved the breah. (: Ha. The pregnancy pact was on lifetime which of course Jen and I enjoyed. Their kids are so beautiful and so much fun.

I was so, so proud of Jen. Our last date w/ them we went to Williston for a movie and we'd tried convincing the men we should see Eclipse, which of course didn't fly. But as we were on our way to their home on Saturday Erik says "Katie, Jen tricked us!" I'm confused and ask what he's talking about and he goes on to tell me that she had just text him and informed him that she rented Eclipse but that we didn't have to watch it if we didn't want to. Bahahaha. Girl power! I was SO impressed w/ her. (: Either way. We had a great night enjoying food and enjoying their family. We love them so much. If you catch this Reuters, we'd like to date you again soon.

Sunday we tried out a new church in Glendive. Erik and I haven't found a church that feels like home to us yet. We've been to various churches in Sidney and Williston and just haven't found one that's caught us yet. It would be SO nice to find a church that we really fit at. To have a solid stable church family and to start making new friends. Erik has been working w/ a Nabors crew from Glendive a lot lately and has become friends w/ a guy on the crew, Jesse. Jess is a blessing. A true answer to my prayers. Jesse is seriously a God send. The oil field is such a dark place. I mean that in no offense to anyone that's a part of it. It's a solid job but it is by no means a Christian environment which is really hard for me and really hard on Erik. Since working w/ this crew from Glendive Erik's been coming home a different person and nights, in such a better mood. This past week Erik found out Jesse's taking online classes and considering studying ministry. So exciting!

I once had a conversation w/ someone important to me who explained that in their work environment there aren't other Christians and that when she goes to work everyday she has to be Jesus for the people she works with. That these other people don't know our Savior and that it was important for her to be different and display her faith, to pray and care for these non-believers. I feel like Jesse and Erik are so much in that position. I'm so glad and so thankful they've found each other.

Either way. Erik explained to his new friends Jesse our church situation and Jesse invited us to go to church and chinese w/ him and his family. We went Sunday morning to the Glendive Aliance Church and will be going back for our second interview (joking) next Sunday. We spent the best Sunday w/ them. Getting to know Jesse, his wife Chelsea (sp?) and their daughter Taylor (again, sp?) (eek). We enjoyed the church everyone was so friendly, so welcoming and cared so much about meeting us! I love friendly people. Jesse and Chelsea have such a great story to share about how God has rocked their worlds, really shaken things up and set them down on their feet pointed in the right direction. God's really changed who they are in the best way and it's such a blessing to now have them as a part of who we are.

I also wore skinny jeans for the first time. Ever. Yesterday. Ha. Just saying.

I need to peace out. I'll have my list of New Year's Resolutions to post soon. (:
Love you.
God Bless.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Glamor and Dishonesty.


I have a million thoughts buzzing around my head. I can't seem to focus on one long enough to blog about it so this post may end up quite congested.

I really feel like I need to take some time and prioritize myself. I feel like I waste too much time on things of unimportance and I don't focus enough on things that really matter to me. It's been leaving me feeling very bland lately. Like I'm not making the difference that I should be. I think I need to work on a list of what matters number one to what matters the least and spend the most time on things on the top of the list and less time on things closer to the bottom (i.e. facebook!). Seriously, sometimes I suck.

Now. What is being a Christian? So many people get stuck on the building and the clothing. But it's so much more. It's more than Sunday mornings. Being a Christian is about having a true, loving relationship with Christ and about spreading and sharing that love. It doesn't have to be going door-to-door to share your beliefs. You don't have to press what you think onto others. It's about living differently. Above the influence, so to speak. It's about doing what's Godly, people will see the difference in you wether you speak to them about Jesus or not. Also. People that do not know Christ will judge Him by the way Christians live. If as a Christian you're being judgemental or unkind to people that do not know Jesus, they will think that He (or everyone that believes in Him) is judgemental/unkind. I helped out w/ a youth group while I was in college and the youth pastor there repeatedly told us two of the most important things we can do as Christians are to love and be real. I couldn't agree more. In life those are two of the most important choices you can make, to love and be real.

I am a huge, huge One Tree Hill fan. My first year of college at Williston, one snowing weekend I started watching Janelle's first season of One Tree Hill and my other Janelle and I spent the rest of the weekend finishing it and soon had the rest of our roommates obsessed. We each bought a season so we could watch them together and would spend days skipping classes and watching episode after episode of OTH. Well. I finally convinced Erik to start watching from season one w/ me and we're now in the third season. The episode we watched last night was about, long story short a bullied high school student bringing a gun to school. Mostly my point from this is that I don't think we realize how much our kindness/unkindness effects others. People really know how to be cruel and it's so sad. I've been working at the middle school this week and they did a poll: 49% of middle schoolers at Sidney Middle School feel bullied at school. There were a lot of other %'s that ended up so sadly high like them feeling uncared about etc. It's so sad. Do you remember that? I was talking w/ other teachers today about those polls and reminicing on what it was like to be in middle school and getting made fun of for what you wore? And anything else the cruel kids would come up w/? Awful. Two things you will not find here: glamor and dishonesty. I'm very about being real and being loving. But I do not believe this life is glamorous. Beautiful yes. Heartbreaking yes. There are so many adjectives to descripe this life. Good and bad. But in honest real life there isn't glam. Sweat yes. Tears yes. Joy yes. I will not try and portray our lives as anything less real than they are. I am a complete optimist so, yes you will more than likely see the positive side of situations but if something sucks it is what it is. I won't try and glam up anything, that isn't. But. I love. I love everyone and everything. I see the best in everyone and every situation.

I'd also like to give a quick shot out to one of my middle school students. Raymond Jolley. If you're reading this one, you're great and you deserve to hear it. Every time I sub at the middle school Raymond has something to ask me that follows up on the last time I was there. Example. The first time I subbed w/ him was while I was coaching cross country and before I had taken my national boards exam. The next time I was there he was asking me how I did on the test and how cross country was. When I was there today he was asking me if I was working at a salon yet and asking questions about Erik because he'd read our blog. He even called Erik by name. Raymond if you're reading this, really you're one of the most considerate people I know. You're so great! I love trying to remember details about people so I can try and bring it up the next time I'm w/ them. I just think it's so kind/considerate and it feels so great when some one takes the time to follow up w/ you and show you they care. Thank you for that! Like Canada and Adam checking in today to ask if I was excited for Grey's. You are such fabulous people.

Since my last post we traveled the 900 miles to Idaho for Thanksgiving, which as Erik said took us so much longer than it should have. We really had the best week w/ Erik's family and our friends. Erik's sister-in-law Amber had a baby shower before we arrived that went we were informed went SO well. (: Later in the week Amber let me look through all of the gifts they recieved. Josh and Amber are so blessed. They recieved so many wonderful gifts! While we were going through gifts I was asking Amber what they had decided on for a name. Lilly Alyssabeth Blair. (They're not 100% sure on the spelling yet). But I think it is the most perfect, perfect name. I've really always loved the name Lilly, it's one of my nicknames for my sister so that may be why I'm so found of it, but it's really so sweet. Amber's older sister's name is Alyssa and Josh and Erik's younger sister's name is Bethany so the middle name is a combo of their sister's names which I think couldn't be more perfect. So great. We also had a little chat about the way relationships have been changing between my friends and myself, w/ us growing up at different rates and having different priorities. To you friends that have completely different lives that me, but we still know how to love each other anyway, I truly appreciate you. But Amber's respones was something to the effect of, just wait until you get married. (: Ha. Really it's so great when you can relate to other people, like they're going through or have been through what you're going through or have been through. It's so nice.

We really had a great trip! We got to see so many wonderful people that matter so much to us! Erik's family. Grandparents, Nancy and Jarvis, parents, Micki and Greg and siblings, Josh, Amber and Bethany. Our friends, Kara and daughter Alyssa (unfortunately no Tanner), Canada and daugheters Addysin and Paysley (unfortunately no Adam), Clint, Ashley and Devin. And all of the great members of Erik's grandparent's church. To everyone else that we didn't get to see, we would have loved to and I'm terribly sorry it didn't work out for us this time around.

I love spending time w/ Erik's family. They matter so much to Erik which I think is a really huge thing and we always have so much fun when we're there. I'm not the best traveler but I always feel right at home in their home. They've always been so welcoming. Spending time w/ Erik's sister and his sister-in-law has always been a scarey thing for me, it's like being in middle school all over again, feeling insecure and not knowing what to expect. Girls are so much harder to get than boys! Ha. But I love getting to know them. I love spending time w/ Bethany and hearing about her relationships. It helps me so much to understand my relationship w/ Erik. They're so much alike. I feel like every arguement Erik and I have Bethany has as well in her relationships, and hearing it from her perspective, from a girl point of view helps me to understand so much more what Erik is feeling. I love the coffee dates I have w/ Amber and Micki when we have girl days together. We always have the deepest convos and I learn so much from the both of them and their relationships. I love that. Erik and I really blessed w/ the greatest examples. Erik's brother Josh is a really great man w/ a great begining to a beautiful family.

I have so much more to share but this is too long to begin w/ and GREY'S ANATOMY JUST STARTED.

Pasta. God Bless. LOVE. Kate. (:

"Love the ones that let you love them and treat the rest the best you can!"
--Clint Smith

"If you judge people, you have no time to love them"
--Mother Teresa

Be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.
--James 1:19

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Thanksgiving, and a BLUE heart

he guys, i'm kinda new at this, but katie told me that it was my turn to write on our blog next, so this will be my sad first attempt at doing so, so bear with me.

thanksgiving was good, but awkward. it all started when we left sidney at 430 am the saturday before thanksgiving, and it just so happened that it was snowing...well, the snow didn't stop until we reached idaho falls, which we were completely relieved about, only to find that the freeway (interstate) was iced over, and made for an even longer trip to nampa. all in all, the trip which should have only taken 14 hours turned into the longest and slowest 18 hours of our lives.

my family doesn't make many attempts to get to know katie, and i know that it bothers her, though she would never mention it to anyone...ok, she mentioned it to me, but that's different...anyway, katie loves and cares about anyone and everyone. she is so involved in others lives whether they like it or not, and wants nothing more than for everyone to be happy...i just feel that others don't really take time to get to know her, and really find what she has to offer. which is completely unfair. she has a great heart, and is so amazing...i just wish my family would take the time to notice is all.

we spent time with some good friends, and enjoyed the company of those around us. shopped a little, bought a new gun, got katie some real sun glasses that she claims she will never wear, and handed out christmas presents early to my family since we won't see them on christmas.

all in all, it was a good trip. fast, but good none the less.

we got home last night, friday, just in time to watch the boise state football game. i must say, i was praying and praying that God would just let them win, but kept getting a feeling that their time had come. as much as i want to blame kyle brotzman, i must say, that it was in God's plan for them to lose, and have come to the realization that we can't win them all. colin kapernick was amazing last night as well as the rest of the nevada squad. as much as i hate to admit it, they deserved to win last night.

my hat is off to them.

and now, it's time for me to go shower so we can go meet up with some friends tonight.

i'll do better at this next time.

erik and katie

Friday, November 19, 2010

Last pre-Idaho sleep. Last pre-Idaho blog.


I don't so much feel up to blogging this evening but I won't have another chance to post pre-Thanksgiving. I found out tonight someone very special to me passed away yesterday. Betty Fowler, 86 of Fargo. Betty was a dear friend of mine. When I went to cosmetology school so many older ladies came into Josef's (our school) to get their hair done in a shampoo set once a week. Betty was my lady. I really loved her. She'd come once a week every week and chat my ear off about her fabulous family and boast about her deceased husband. When I started school Betty was coming to see a girl ahead of me in school her name was Lana. Lana was really great and I really miss her. When I started school I started attending a Methodist church on Sundays which was just a few blocks north of my apartment, which happened to be the same church Betty went to. Betty would come to visit Lana once a week I would spend that hour visiting with them. When it was time for Lana to pass Betty onto a new girl, I was that girl. Lana spent my first couple weeks w/ Betty showing me how she liked her hair done, which side to part her hair on, which direction to roll the rollers in the front/back/sides, which drier she sat at, how long it took her to dry, how she liked her coffee, how to comb her hair out and very importantly how much back combing and hairspray to use. We took good care of our ladies. Betty was my "lady" and I was her "girl". I was blessed with getting to spend that one hour once a week with her. She always had so much to share about her new grandchildren, old stories about her friends (ironically enough) from Sidney, MT, the hockey her family enjoyed and the card games she played once a week.

Betty was very dedicated to Josef's. Joe was an old friend of hers and she enjoyed getting to see him when they happened to be at the school at the same time. Betty was always sure to ask about his wife, who was ill and has since passed away as well. Betty was so strong willed and had a hard time when she could no longer drive herself to her weekly appointments, but her son was so great about giving her rides. She would bring her phone book every week and have me call him at the end of every appointment to come get her. She would tip me one dollar every week as well. Betty would come in every Friday unless if she had plans with her family or a hockey game to attend, then we would move her appointment to earlier in the week. When I was going to school Betty had health problems and ended up in Bethany Retirement Living from where she would ride the senior ride bus to and from Josef's. This only lasted a short while until Betty was ready to go it on her own again and moved back home to her house in north Fargo.

After I graduated school I had a ten day summer vacation before starting school again at Williston State College, moving me six hours from Fargo. I wasn't a fan of Fargo, it wasn't my favorite year so it wasn't hard for me to leave but I did have to say good bye to so many people I'd fallen in love with. Every trip I made back to Fargo to visit friends I always made sure to get in touch with Betty and see her while I was in town. We would go to church, and I would do lunch with her and friends. She moved into Bethany a second time, permanently and I would visit her there at her new home when I made it town. I loved our short phone chats, I'd normally catch her watching hockey. I was added to Betty's Christmas card list which meant the world to me. Betty really cared for and meant so much to me.

We had chatted more than once about Erik on the phone, she'd always ask how that boy of mine was and ask if I was being nice to him. She'd always tell me to say hi for her and she'd always tell me he sounded like a keeper so I needed to take care of him. We moved my sister to Fargo in August for her to start college at NDSU. Erik wasn't able to come because of work so Erik and I went back for Labor day weekend to visit. I'm so happy while we were there to visit Julia, we went to visit my Betty. I'm so glad I got to know her and the people who mattered to her through her stories and pictures. She was always showing off her "greats" and the sweater she received as a gift with all of the great-grand children's names embroidered into it. I'm so glad she got to know some of the people that matter so much to me as well. Betty really had become family to me. She talked so much about her late husband whose nickname was Red. She would always have stories for me about him and was so proud of the hockey arena in Fargo dedicated to him. Once Sidney's hockey team came to Fargo for a tournament and played in his arena. I was so excited to see the story of Red engraved on the wall and to be able to see my Betty the next week and share with her. I loved Betty Fowler and I have no doubts that she's in a beautiful, peaceful. Possibly enjoying a game of hockey with Red by her side.

I know my pre-Thanksgiving blog should be full of excitement for the next week with family and thankfulness for all of the blessings I've received, but I feel blogged out this evening. I love you all so much and I hope you're blessed with so much to be thankful for this holiday season.

God Bless. Happy Thanksgiving. Katie. Erik too. (:

Thursday, November 18, 2010


I love Thursday. Love. Actually, that's dishonest. I don't actually appreciate Thursday at all. Friday-Eve, okay, I can dig that. But more importantly the first thing to come out of my mouth on a Thursday morning is, "GREY's ANATOMY." I love, love, love it. Most days Erik will leave for work and he's lucky to get a "love you" from me before he walks out the door but on the average Thursday morning I'm popping straight up in bed shouting "Are you so excited for Grey's Anatomy?" at him before he can say good morning. Then comes his response of eye rolling. For this reason Thursday is my favorite day of the week. I look forward to Grey's Anatomy. If I happen to be traveling (in the car) while it's on, I'm devistated. If I have to miss an episode I'm watching it online the next morning while I'm eating breakfast and brushing my teeth. I love it. When I do get to watch Grey's Anatomy it is the only time all week that I will sit with in two feet of the tv and ignore everything else that is going on. I love it.

I am not a big television person. I am a fan of Grey's Anatomy, in case you didn't catch that from paragraph one, One Tree Hill and Hannah Montana. Love. I currently switched from Verizon to Sprint which has been a struggle for me. My phone is smarter than I am. Really. It's complex. Everything is new and confusing, but I found last night that I can watch Disney Channel (on Sprint TV) from my phone. Does is get greater than that? This morning as I applied my makeup I got to watch an episode of Hannah MT on my cell phone! Amazing. Honestly, I will always be a big five year old. I promise.

Erik is a fan of The Biggest Loser. And football. Actually, saying he is a fan of football is misleading. Erik is a Boise State University fan. Erik loves his Broncos, "his boys." Those are his tv days. Tuesday and Gameday. Your weeks calander may start with Sunday, (followed by Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday) but ours goes something like: Day, Day, Fat people, Day, Grey's Anatomy, Gameday, etc. Haha. I feel like I'm making us out to be television obsessed. We're not. More like event prioritized? If something is going on that matter's to us, that's how we title our days. Fair? (:


You know how when you're trying to tell a story and realize it won't make sense unless you tell about another previous event and another. I feel that way here. Like I have so many things to say it's hard for me to focus on one subject so I'm going to cut myself off here for today. Have the best _____day. Please fill in the blank with whatever it is for you today. (:

God Bless. Love you. Katie. (:

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Fall into me.

Welcome. (:

Good morning. It's early. Erik always leaves when it's early. I'm always cheerful when it's early. I'm a morning person and Erik works for the big black pague some people call the oil field. Joking. Kind of. Ha. Most days I go back to sleep when Erik leaves for work and wake up again later on my own time. There isn't ever a normal time for him to get up it's between 3am and 6am on a daily basis. Today it was in the 5's closer to 6, so I stayed awake.

Today I need to pack and clean our room. Because. (: We are leaving for Nampa, Idaho to visit Erik's family for Thanksgiving! And my little sister will be coming home to sleep in our bed. This room, which is now inhabited by Erik and I is in the basement of my parents house. So once upon a time, it was my room. Then my sister's room. Now it's our room. Since my Julia moved out and Erik and I moved in we've painted and made it our own and next week will be the first time my sister comes home to see it since she moved away for college. SO excited. I'm excited for my sister see our room and excited to come home from Idaho and see my sister! (: She is my best friend in the whole world. Ever. Her and Erik click like brother and sister, meaning they argue like cats and dogs, intentionally annoy each other, make each other angry and love each other like family. Which is huge.

Erik and I are well aware of the fact that living together in my parent's basement is classy. Ha. It's really what's best for us right now. We pay rent, do our own laundry, that sort of thing. We take care of ourselves like the big kids we are, we just live here for now. Renting any where that there's oil is really unrealistic. 2 bedroom apartments for 1,100 dollars a month. No thanks. It isn't worth it. I just finished college in May and we don't really know if Sidney is the place for us, so it isn't worth it to put money into buying a house if we aren't sure/ready for that. So for now this is where we are. Katie Haase. Erik Blair. Living in my parent's basement. (: Ha. No, we are not married. I know, a big no-no on living together. But again, this is what works and what's best for us right now. We don't feel like everyone has to approve of our decisions for them to be right for us and our living together is for sure one of those things. Erik and I both have very deep relationships with our savior Jesus Christ. Our beliefs come number one for us and because of that we've agreed with each other not to have sex until we are married. It's something that really matters to us. So we don't feel like that condones that fact that we live together but we don't feel like it's awful that we do.

Now that it is the fall of 2010 Erik is 24. Erik graduated from Skyview High School in Nampa, Idaho. Erik is a really great soccer player. Erik's younger sister Bethany told me once she felt Erik was not only the smartest, but the most athletic of their siblings. Erik disagreed on the smartest part, put Erik was obviously talented. I don't know the soccer playing side of Erik. I do know that he was offered a lot of money to play soccer for a lot of big deal soccer playing schools and turned them down to stay closer to his family. Erik is very close with his family. Very close with his grandparents. After high school Erik spent some time working for fed-ex, helped to coach soccer for high school, stumbled across the fact that he had a passion for landscaping and ran a landscaping business. Maybe someday he'll tell you his story, I'm sure he's much better (and more modest about himself) than I am. He's pretty impressive. I like to show him off. He worked landscaping until things weren't working out awesome with his business partners. He sold out of his company and Erik and his older brother Josh moved to Canada looking for oil field jobs. I think they were in Canada less than a week before finding jobs in Sidney. Which is where we are now. I am now 21. I graduated from Sidney High School, here in Sidney, Montana. I attended and graduated Josef's School of Hair Design in Fargo, North Dakota and recieved my Cosmetology license and then went on to Williston State College in Williston, North Dakota where I graduated with an AAS in Massage Therapy and passed my NCBTMB which means I'm nationaly certified. I worked a lot of random jobs in my years going to school: soccer coach, fitness center, roi (working w/ people who had developmental disabilities or mental handicaps), gymnastics coach, softball coach, smart style salon, edc (daycare (: ) and after finishing school this fall I've been subbing at the schools while I coached cross country for my high school.

Erik and I met January 2nd 2009. I was home with a roommate from college at a party at her fiance's apartment and Erik was there with her fiance who was Erik's operator from work. We clicked instantly and after my Christmas break had ended I went back to school to tell all of my room mates I had met my future husband. Which was great, ha, until I pushed Erik away and played my independent card. I really wasn't ready for a relationship and I've never been the fling kind of girl. Erik will tell you for the next ten months I played with his head. I will tell you I don't believe that to be true. I was always straight forward with the fact that I wasn't ready for a boyfriend. But there were always feelings between us that kept us from being "just friends".  My friends have always been and always will be very, very important to me. I was enjoying being single and figuring out who I was and I just wasn't ready to commit to anyone. L-o-n-g story short. Begining of October 2009 two friends and I made a crazy, non-stop trip to Idaho and back to tell Erik I had feelings for him. The trip didn't really go in my favor and the next week was pretty miserable but after a Friday night football game on the 16th of October Erik and I started dating and have been since 1 year and 1 month later.

I'm going to quit with this for today. Here's a first, get to know us, get a view into our sweet life blog. I hope you enjoy.

God Bless. Love. Katie.