Is it Fall yet?

I have a slight obsession with pumpkins, pumpkin spice lattes, Ohio State Football and pretty much anything else that happens in fall. For the last 6 years I have worked at the United Way where the fall was our busy season, so I am learning to enjoy the fall now that I am not longer working.I know it’s still in the 90s right now but I guess I am wishful for the cooler temps to be headed our way, so I have been on a crazy fall crafting kick.

Just a little Ohio State football love for this southern home.

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A little rustic pumpkins for the table.
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And of course a picture of the little man. 2014-08-09 15.35.37 

Kasyn’s First Birthday

Wow, I took a little time off from blogging. Well since I forgot to tell you all we had a baby, let’s just skip right to his first birthday.

I think I missed my calling on being a kids birthday party planner or I just had way too much fun putting together a party for our little man. We celebrated at our house and invited way too many just enough people and it was worth every moment of craziness. Although staying withing budget was always in the back of my mind; I’m sure we all had a great time! We had a balloon wreath, yummy chocolate cupcakes, custom banners and lots of food.

Here are a few pictures from the party, enjoy my friends!

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A view into our world

Since I have taken a few months (maybe a year) off of blogging I figured I would just let the pictures speak for themselves.


Last Summer

We joined a co-op this summer and I have loved getting a basket each week. I love the challenge of getting new foods each work to figure out how to cook it.

I shot my first gun

My “new” orange chair that I saved from going to the trash at my grandmas house

A different view of the lawn

New bricks in the front

Braves Game… this seat were amazing.

Braves Game… this seat were amazing.

We hosted a small group party at our house and I of course had to have a ice cream bar.

I love our house

You are the only Ten I see

I love getting to see April in Knoxville every year, I look forward to the few short hours every summer.

A little beer tasting to keep us cool this past summer

Mustache fun

Mustache fun

Anthro Inspried Necklace

I know I mentioned before but I have a love affair with Pinterest! I love crafty projects and it’s a great way to try out new projects.

I found this pin and knew I had to do something similar.

Here is my necklace!

I am still up in the air on if I want to paint it or not!

Let me hear your thoughts?

Upstairs / Final Bath Renovation

It’s hard to believe that we’ve completed our final bathroom renovation in our home! Now that this project is complete people ask us if we’re done; I don’t think we’ll ever be completely “done” improving our home until we move out sometime way on down the line. Here are some pictures and comments talking about the process from start to finish. Enjoy!

This first shot doesn’t show the bathroom in it’s bare-bones status after we pulled out the vanity, toilet, sheet rock, vinyl flooring, sub-flooring, and cultured marble around the tub. What you can see here is the new mold-resistant green-rock as well as the cement board for the tub surround and the first of two 4″ can lights to give the shower a little more lighting. With a short ceiling and a shower curtain it get’s pretty dark in there!

Here are a few more pictures including the huge soffit above the shower area and the new ceiling, the small section of sheet rook above the door that was still decent enough to leave in place, and the corner of the bathroom for the vanity.

The next step, after closing off all the incoming and outgoing water pipes, patching the sheet rock holes and seams, and a few other items considered “prep” work, we were able to start installing the tile. Picking out tile size, color, and pattern can be a difficult task but luckily for us we have a few friends in the business who have seen many other tile installations and can give us a better idea of how the finished product will look. Here you can see we’ve screwed levels to the wall to start the tub surround. The trick here is to make sure that the first row is perfectly level; after that the rest of your rows will be nice and straight!

This is a great picture of the tub surround and ceiling in progress. We decided to do a staggered brick pattern on the walls and ceiling. Even though the tiles are square shape the brick pattern is simply one of our favorites!

Here’s a shot of the finished product minus the grout of course!

You probably notice that there are triangular-shaped shelves in the shower. Here’s a closer look at the left and right hand side shelves:

As we waited for the tiles in the shower to set we went ahead and had the floor tiles installed. This pattern, herringbone, is so awesome! We love how it breaks up the pattern on the shower walls and ceiling. Looking back we may like it better than the brick pattern in our master bathroom but we’re not changing that any time soon!

Here’s a closer look at the herringbone pattern with a the threshold, grout, and (because it’s travertine) a coat of color enhancer:

Here are pictures of the final product including a new vanity and sink, the old / new toilet, a fresh coat of paint on the ceiling and walls, towel hooks, baseboard, shower curtain, mirror, and light fixture!

No more lost socks

I found this on Pinterest (Hi my name is Kelly and I am addicted to Pinterest)

Of course, I sent this picture to Matt so we could add to our project list.If I forgot to tell you all I have a fantastic husband who goes along with most of my crazy project ideas.

It was a very simple project, 1 piece of wood and 3 brackets. I tried to make the project more difficult by losing a screw under the washer.

What do you think?


Matt and I have a date on every other Sunday. We try to be intentional about always dating each other because it’s simply that important to us.

So, Matt’s friend Brian took his kids there a while back and told him all about it. Since we live so close Matt had mentioned several times that he’d love to see it for himself, so I planned a surprise date to take him there!

Matt has no idea where we are going

I provided him with a turn by turn directions to keep the mystery going as long as possible. Of course when started seeing the signs for the Tellus Science Museum he had it figured out!


We went through all 3 exhibits including fossils, science of the future and minerals.


Petrified Wood

Matt went into space

I joined him

I just think he is so cute

T-rex is kinda big

My husband is HOT

The grounds are stunning at Tellus so I took pictures of flowers

30 years of wedded bliss

This past weekend we celebrated my parents 30th anniversary. My sister and I planned a small dinner with a few friends and family to celebrate my parents upcoming anniversary.

The plan was scheduled so that we would pick up my parents and take them to the restaurant for a surprise dinner. Well we were fake running late which turned into really running late! So we had them meet us there. My Aunt, 2 cousins and grandma all came down to help celebrate. We also had a great group of my parents friends there to celebrate as well.

My mom was surprised and my dad said he knew; but I think he is lying! Here are a few highlights.

On our way down to the dinner

The guests of honor

Jim, Jane and Dan


My dad's Mom

Aunt Barb, Michelle and Michael


Harris' without Sawyer (she was sleeping)

Sawyer with her Great Grandma

Celebrating Easter

What? I am actually blogging about something that happened less than a week ago! Don’t get used to it 🙂

We had a small Easter lunch with my family. Since we have Sawyer around everything is a bit more fun.

My niece Sawyer!

She is the center of attention

She seems to like Uncle Matt this time around. She has a slight issue with his beard.

The Harris Family


My parents

I don’t think I have a picture of the outside of our house yet. Here you go!