A New Blog Home

Posted June 27, 2008 by katiestooksbury
Categories: Uncategorized

Well I am moving and I hope all my friends come see me at my new blog home.  You can find me at http://thelifeofmarkandkatie.blogspot.com/

Please be patient as I try to figure out the ins and outs of blogger.  I will be a pro in no time.  🙂  See you soon!


Family time in the Smoky Mountains

Posted June 25, 2008 by katiestooksbury
Categories: Fun Times, Personal Thoughts, Travel

This past weekend Mark and I went to Gatlinburg to stay with his family in a cabin in the Smokies.  It was so nice to be lazy and hidden in the mountains.  We had a few days of games, fun, laughter, conversation, fellowship, and eating.  We arrived Saturday night just in time for dinner and had a nice lazy day on Sunday.  Then Sunday afternoon my parents came out to the cabin, we grilled out and went to play a round of Hillbilly Golf.  It is always so nice to get our families together.  We had such a great time!  Monday we drove the Roaring Fork Trail and went to Ober Gatlinburg to ride the alpine slides.  We had a great time but I am still ready to just be at home for a while. 

Rachel loves her uncle Mark


The whole crew


We loved getting our hands and feet in the water.


We saw a black mam bear and his cub


Still on the go…

Posted June 24, 2008 by katiestooksbury
Categories: Fun Times, Personal Thoughts, Travel, Work Related

This time to the west coast to San Francisco, CA!  Last week I was in San Francisco all week.  I hate flying to the west coast but it wasn’t too bad this time.  I can say that now that it’s over. 🙂  I went out for work but did have one day to do some sightseeting.  I was very excited about this trip but once I saw some of the city I was not that impressed.  I am so glad that I did get to see some of the things but not sure I will go back for pleasure.  Again, we only had one day of sightseeing but I think we covered a lot of ground.  If we had had any more spare time, I’m not sure what we would have done.  I just didn’t see that much to do there.  We took the double-decker bus tour through the city, saw the Golden Gate Bridge, visited Alcatraz and rode the cable cars.  Those things were fun and I’m glad I was able to experience it.  We had a great time touring and at the conference but I am so glad to be home.  The time zone really messed me up too.  I have been staying up until at least midnight every night since I have been home.  I’m sure I will be back on schedule in the next few days.  

Fisherman’s Wharf


The “Full House” Homes but I’m not sure which one the Tanner’s actually lived in.


Golden Gate Bridge


On the cable car


Lombard Street – the crookedest street (8 sharp turns on one city block)


Hanging onto the cable car as we go up and down the streets of San Fran.  

The skyline




Hot Diggity Dogs

Posted June 17, 2008 by katiestooksbury
Categories: Fun Facts, Fun Times, Personal Thoughts, Yummo!

Jim took us to a fun little place for lunch last week.  We went to Hot Diggity Dogs.  They have every kind of hot dog you can think of, the New York dog, Chicago dog, Nashville dog, etc.  It was so delicious!  I definitely will go back soon.  The place is ran by a woman who has about 3 others helping her in the kitchen every day and they all are so nice.  Jim goes there enough that they even recognize him.  🙂  Another thing I loved was the ketchup cups.  They are so handy.  They are much larger than the paper cups you get at McDonald’s, they have lids and are stackable!  They were just so nice. 🙂  Random, I know but nice.  They would be great for picnics! 

Father’s Day!

Posted June 17, 2008 by katiestooksbury
Categories: Being an aunt, Fun Times, Personal Thoughts

This weekend was so nice spending time with my parents and Drew and then having lunch with my extended family on Sunday.  We got to keep Drew all day and all night on Saturday and we had a blast.  He has gotten so big since I saw him on Mother’s Day!  He is smiling ALL the time, laughing, and playing.  He is the sweetest thing ever!     

Some pool time with Drew


Grandad is so funny!


Spending some time outside


What a happy baby!


Happy Father’s Day!


Drew and I had so much fun on his play mat.

Bradley’s first Father’s Day! 

Another visit to the Big Apple!

Posted June 17, 2008 by katiestooksbury
Categories: Full of Information, Fun Times, Travel

At the first of June, my friend Katie and I went to visit our friend, Laura in New York City.  It was too bad that I was soooo sick.  I had a bad case of allergies and felt awful.  I had a great time seeing all the sights and spending time with friends.  I wish I had felt better but overall we had a great time! 

Each time I have been to NYC we have yet to see the Statue of Liberty so we did that, along with the hop-on, hop-off bus tour, good eating, the wax museum, and more.


Congratulations Brett and Hillary!

Posted June 17, 2008 by katiestooksbury
Categories: Fun Times

Whew, I am so far behind, I have just been going non-stop for the past couple of months.  Anyway, here are some updates.

Mark and I were able to celebrate the marriage of a long time friend Brett and Hillary.  The wedding was beautiful, it was great to see old friends and celebrate this special time with a wonderful couple.  Congratulations!