Taking the Mountain

The Journey of a Mom in Motion

Author: Katie Page 1 of 9


I’m just warning you, this post may be a little all over the place.

Crazytown, if you will.

I was thinking earlier today that I’m really not sure if I’m cut out for this whole parenting thing. Why didn’t you think of that four children ago, you ask?

Well, that’s a darn good question.

I guess what I’m getting to is that we are entering new territory as parents. We have two tween girls. A man child stuck in the middle. And a tasmanian devil rounding out the bunch. LAWD help us.

The whole tween girl thing is getting hard. Yes, there is yelling, fighting over breeches (better than boys…I’ll take it), egos and attitudes, and so much undercutting you’d think Grayson Allen was their big brother.

And then there’s Renn, stuck in the middle of these three girls and just trying to get a word in. He is such a sensitive little (er…big) guy that I know he gets upset when he can’t be heard. I mean, we all do.

Allie broke the mold. Y’all, she may be the baby but she’s a boss.

I get so overwhelmed with the day-to-day that sometimes I just can’t breathe. And add a couple of “acute” situations and I just don’t know which direction to turn.

Caroline had Flu A 2 weeks ago.

LC has a cast on her right arm (NO, THIS IS NOT RIDING RELATED).

Allie broke out in full body hives.

Caroline cut her finger slicing an apple and had to have that closed up.

Renn is having surgery Monday on his salivary gland.

I have a stress fracture and cyst in my right foot.

And then the news came out today.

A 15-year-old girl is missing in our community.

My heart sank.

I cannot even imagine what this girl’s family is feeling right now.

Everything in my little world now seems so insignificant.

And while parenting is hard work, it is now a part of me that I can’t imagine living without.

So I will leave this post here, feeling grateful for my family and hopeful that Emma is safe.

Here is some information according to our local news website.

This hits so close to home and is right down the road in our neighborhood.


PARKER, Colo. (CBS4) — Parker police are working with federal agencies to find a missing 15-year-old girl. Emma Manzonie was last seen at approximately 12:35 p.m. Thursday, walking near the intersection of Mainstreet and Newlin Gulch Boulevard.

Emma is approximately 5-foot-1 and weighs approximately 110 pounds. She has blue eyes and long blonde hair. Emma was last seen wearing black pants, black jacket, black shoes and a black hat. She also had a black backpack.

Parker police have set up a hotline and are asking anyone with information about Emma to call 303.805.6911.

A Piece of Me

It’s been a while.

There’s really no other way to say it.


Because I’ve kind of lost my focus – myself – lately.

I guess the main thing that’s changed is that I now work part-time at Allie’s preschool. And while I only work Monday, Wednesday and Friday, it is so draining that it feels like more than what it is. More on this in a different post.

Do you ever get to a point where you’re just so broken down with day-to-day life that you just feel like you’re treading water? That’s basically how I feel right now. Now, don’t get me wrong. I love my babies. I LOVE my husband. I love this general phase of busyness. School. Baseball. Dance. Riding. Work.

But along the way, Katie has become less and less of a priority.

No, I’m not talking about a mani/pedi.

Although that would be nice.

No, I’m not even talking about a trip to the grocery alone.

That would be way too luxurious.

What I’m really talking about is space. Physically, mentally, emotionally.

This is not a “POOR ME” post, but rather a post to help me refocus on me just a little bit.

And one thing I realized that I missed was this little corner of my thoughts. Sometimes a girl just needs to vent — on a blog.

So here I am, working on me, piece by piece.


Right now I’m wondering what this morning will bring.

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If I’m Honest

Sometimes I’m not really sure how honest/blunt/direct to be on here.

I mean, everything I write is obviously my opinion and I’m very sincere in those thoughts.

But today I’m going to be pretty direct.

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Resolutions for 2018

It seems that people don’t really make resolutions.

It’s not cool.

Or they call them something else.

Like, “musings” or “thoughts.”

Well, not this girl.

I’m making official resolutions and sticking to them, by golly!

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Horse Update

I hope this little space of mine doesn’t turn in to a blog just about postpartum depression and horses.

No promises.


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Holiday Wrap Up

This is a little holiday wrap up from 2017.

No pun intended.

Ok, maybe just a little.

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A Little Time

I’m taking my time this morning.  Or trying to.


It is currently a wind chill of 9 and lightly snowing.

RJ says there is a layer of ice on the road.

Am I driving my kids to school the day before Christmas break in 9 degrees and potential ice?

Maybe not.

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Another One Bites The Dust

It was only a matter of time.

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Phone Photo Roll

First of all, I have been up most of the night.

Officially since 3:32am.

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