Where to Next: California

Flights booked!

We are going to California in August!

When my husband Wes and I got married, we made a list of all the places we want to travel to together – then prioritized.

California was second on my list, as I have been obsessed with that state since I was little.

I’ve always loved traveling there – the food, the laid-back culture, the beautiful weather. It’s all pretty fantastic.

Previous California trips include:

    • Rose Bowl Parade/LA trip with my family
    • Father/daughter trip to San Francisco
    • Brother/sister trip to San Diego

Wes has never been to California, so I’m pretty excited to show him some of my favorite places in the world. (I’m looking at you, Carmel- by- the Sea).

When we sat down to figure out where in California we wanted to explore, we read a lot of blogs about the scenic drive along the Pacific Coast Highway.

So that’s exactly what we’re going to do.

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We’ll start our trip in San Francisco, visit friends, make a few stops along the way (including Big Sur, Santa Monica, Disneyland) and end in San Diego.

Still figure out the itinerary, but for anyone who has done Pacific Coast Highway, let us know some good stops/restaurants/ect. in the comments below!

And if you live in any of those places, let’s grab coffee!

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A Letter to Bridesmaids: Be There for Her

Never have I ever felt more lost and confused as I did during the 8 months of our engagement.

And to be honest, it was kind of my fault.


I was so busy planning a wedding that I unintentionally drifted away from friends. Perhaps subconsciously I avoided interactions to protect myself from unwanted opinions from acquaintances about my wedding.  Or perhaps I was in a gloomy mindset of, “They’re probably too busy to hang out with me” or “They wont care about my stress.”

Whatever the reason, I spent most of my time with family who helped with checklists, deadlines, color swatches, invitations, etc.

While I was thrilled to have this kind of support and all the planning was going well, I was still clueless about how to handle the emotional aspect of getting married. I had little to no newly-married friends I could ask, “Are you feeling how I’m feeling?”

So I secretly begged for the comfort of a fellow bride, a bridesmaid, a friend… anyone around my age who identifies as a female who could hold my hand through some tough conversations about preparing for marriage. Not the wedding.

And while I had all the support and love in the world as far as the wedding planning goes, I still felt alone at times. 

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Waving Through a Window

I’ve been trying to paint or sing or write words that express all the emotions I’ve been feeling lately. And for the past few days I couldn’t find it.

When I woke up this morning, this song was stuck in my head.  I heard it in my dreams. And I realized it was the art I have been looking for to match whatever it is I’ve been feeling. I know it is considered a “sad song,” but for some reason it makes me so, so happy.

I sat outside in the sunshine and listened to it on repeat.  There is just something magical about it. I wanted to share it with you.

“I’ve learned to slam on the brake
Before I even turn the key
Before I make the mistake
Before I lead with the worst of me
Give them no reason to stare
No slipping up if you slip away
So I’ve got nothing to share
No, I got nothing to say”

We start with stars in our eyes
We start believing that we belong
But every sun doesn’t rise
And no one tells you where you went wrong
….
– Dear Evan Hansen

Top 10 Things My Husband Said in His Sleep

It was a glorious evening when I found out my husband regularly talks in his sleep.

We had been married for just a few months when he said in the middle of the night: “Which way is dinner – left or right?”

Ever since then, I’ve been posting all the goofy stuff he says while asleep on his FB wall for our family and friends to enjoy.

I’ve posted approximately 50 of our conversations (#sleepchats) in the past year and a half. It has become pretty popular and has a great following!

After a few requests from his fans to make this a blog post, I finally sorted through my favorite #sleepchats.

So (drumroll, please)

Here are the Top 10 Things my Husband Said in His Sleep:

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Learning to Fly: Confessions of an Irish Dancer

For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to fly. 

And when I was 7 years old, I figured out how I could do it. 

I was sitting in the audience of a local Irish dance show at a small theater across the street from the Grand Ole Opry. My neighbor just started Irish dance lessons, and I was excited to see her on a big stage.

As soon as the stage lights turned on, I was mesmerized. The dance number was titled “Dance Above the Rainbow,” and I sat at the edge of my seat, enviously watching girls my age twirl and leap in colorful capes across the stage.

I quickly caught myself bouncing out of my chair and tapping my black dress shoes on the floor, making up my own beats to what I described as, “fairy music.” The dance was the most magical thing I had ever seen, and my mouth dropped as tears filled my eyes.

These girls could fly.

I wanted to fly.

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A Very Happy Birthday: Catie Bee Style

AREN’T BIRTHDAYS JUST THE BEST.

Celebrated my 24th birthday over the weekend with my twin sister, parents, friends, and of course, delicious Mexican food.

My husband organized a birthday party for me at Uncle Julio’s in Brentwood, which was a blast! I picked a Catie Bee theme that included gold, black, and white decorations. My mom even helped me bake a Catie Bee cake, which was scrumptious and turned out WAY better than I expected.

It was a hap-bee birthday indeed!

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“Look Mom, I’m on ‘Walt Disney World Jobs’!”

First of all, Happy (belated) New Year!

The first fews weeks of 2017 has been pretty exciting for me.

Last week, one of my Instagram posts ended up on Walt Disney World Jobs AND Walt Disney World – LinkedIn.

(Truly a dream come true).

It has inspired me to write a blog post about Disney Traditions Tips… coming soon.

But for now, I’m going to enjoy this:

“Traditions, our cast member orientation, is where your Disney journey starts!”

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Photography: Ashlyn Lillibridge

Happy Holidays from Catie Bee

Happy Holidays to YOU!

My husband Wes and I are thrilled to be celebrating Christmas and Chanukah with loved ones.

Last week, Wes found a Groupon for a holiday family/pet photoshoot.  Our cat Abu was a little scared of the whole thing, but we love our photos + our little family. What a precious gift.

For the past few days we have been visiting my husband’s family in West Virginia. Today we travel to Nashville where my siblings and parents are baking Chanukah cookies and belting Christmas jams with the karaoke machine. We look forward to opening gifts from Santa and lighting the menorah!

Wishing you a peaceful and joyous holiday! May your days be filled with yummy food, fuzzy socks, and good people.

Love,
Catie, Wes, and Abu

Dirt Figure Skating: A Memory

In third grade I spent most of my recess time alone, dizzy and sweaty from spinning on the tire swing that hung from a giant tree on the playground.

“Dirt Figure Skating” is what I called it, as I pretended to be a champion figure skater like Michelle Kwan or Sasha Cohen with my own peculiar versions of axel-jumps and carry lifts above the dirt. My teachers observed from a distance, chuckling and shaking their heads, “There goes Catie…”

I coughed as my lungs filled with the cloud of dust and dirt that enveloped me, but I continued to make up new moves and turns. My stomach against the core of the tire, I felt the delicate touch of the warm sun on my neck while humming tunes from The Little Mermaid II.

Closing my eyes and then opening them again quickly, I wished my fairy god-mother would show up on the playground and change my black Mary Janes into beautiful white skates. I had this idea she would only grant my wish when I wasn’t looking, and so I kept my eyes closed hoping I’d have something to brag about when I returned to class.

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