Monday, February 16, 2015

Meet Steph :: The Kat Almanac

Hello Wife Mommy Me readers! I'm so excited to be sharing with you today! My name is Steph and I blog over at The Kat Almanac where I talk about all my crazy adventures of a SAHM to two little boys!

I'm married to my high-school sweetheart and we have two boys A & M. I like to say that I'm been keeping the SAHM game real since 2012. Do I wash my hair once a week? You bet. Do I get to go to the bathroom alone? Not a chance. Have I slept through the night in the last 9 months? No way. Do I love my job? Absolutely! I'm an expert at Mega Blocks, can change a baby with one arm tied behind my back. I'm always thinking about my next meal (always). And I'm a Stitch Fix lovin' fool (even though most days I wear yoga pants).

Like Stephanie (coolest name eva by the way), I'm also an adopted Texan by the way of the Midwest. We've been here almost 9 years and I still can't believe it's been that long. We just love it here! I know that Stephanie already shared some of the things that she will miss about Texas, but I thought I would share a some of our favorite things about Texas!

The FOOD! I like to say I love my kids, my husband, and FOOD! In that order. Texans are serious about their food. If you want to piss someone off mention that you think "wet" bbq (aka like a saucy Memphis bbq) is better then a dry rub and you will have one hot Texan on your hands. So much good stuff here guys. Before we moved to Texas I had never had smoked brisket, breakfast tacos, Cajun food or anything spicy. There is so much diversity in the food too - Czech kolaches, German kebap, and Cajun etouffee. Some of our favorites are Hard Eight BBQ, Torchy's Tacos, and Gourdough's Dougnuts.

Weather. Our biggest draw. 60 degrees in January? Yes please! Sure it's like the devil's sauna in July. But I explain it this way. In Illinois, we had 3-4 months of really nice weather and 9 months of potentially crappy weather the rest of the time. And in winter you mostly hunker down at home and find indoor stuff to do. Here it's the opposite: you have 3 months of hot weather in the summer (where you hunker down at home) and 9 months of awesome! Even when it does get "cold" it's usually in the 40s. I can handle that! Plus, when we do get winter weather in the form of sleet, ice or even a little dusting of snow, it's an event and the whole city shuts down! Most of the time, we are outside ALL THE TIME! From hiking, to walking, to playing at the parks, train rides, kayaking, to just sitting outside to eat lunch in February, being outside is a way of life in Austin.

We took this picture a few years ago in January for A's first birthday. January!!

Football! "Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose." Don't get me wrong, we will always be Chicago Bears fans, but it's been fun going to games around Texas from the Alamodome, Texas Cotton Bowl, Texas Stadium, and The University of Texas! And don't forget high school games! Those Friday night lights are king here in small town Texas! 

Regions. Where else do you have the deserts of West Texas, the piney woods of East Texas, Hill Country rivers of Central Texas, the state fair in DFW and the tropics of Houston/Gulf? We love to day trip Fredricksburg, Gruene, and Salado. Weekend jaunts to Port Aransas and Dallas are our favorites! So many possibilities and we don't even have to leave our state.

The legacy (disclaimer - before I was a SAHM I was an Architectural Historian so I'm nerdy about history stuff)! Any native will be quick to tell you they are a Texan. Most can tell you what generation they are. In my work, I researched 5th and 6th generation families that were part of the original Old Three Hundred. Everywhere you turn, the legacy of Texas abounds. I'm so proud to say that our sons are Texans!

We miss our friends and family back home but we've really made Texas our place, our home. And I can't wait to see what it has in store for us next!



  1. Texas is awesome! We lived there for about a year and a half and I miss it all the time! And the food is AMAZING! So many good BBQ and Mexican food places!

  2. What an adorable family!! Anyone who can get down with that kind of food is a winner in my book. Loved "meeting" you Stephanie and will be following you for sure!

  3. beautiful family. I would love to visit Teas one of these days

  4. You have a gorgeous family! It was really fun reading about you! I'm definitely going to hop on over to your blog and become a new follower!

  5. Texas definitely sounds amazing -- we would love to visit there one day! We live in Washington and I joke that it rains 364 days of the year ;D

  6. Texas is on my bucket list of states to visit! I want to see it all! And now after your post, I want to go even more.

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