Wednesday, July 29, 2015

What's Up Wednesday

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

I'm linking up with some of my favorite bloggers today for What's Up Wednesday!

Let's get right to it...

What We're Eating This Week
We have been living with my in-laws for over a month so I have been missing cooking for Ty and I! However, Ty's mom is a great cook so we've been eating whatever they eat! We've had grilled chicken and potatoes & hamburger steak and potatoes this week. Last night I had dinner with some of my best girlfriends and we had chicken pot pie (YUM) and some salted caramel brownies (thank you Duncan Hines) for dessert! It has been nice not having to worry about dinner plans but most of the time I enjoy cooking so I am excited to get back into the swing of things when we move into our house!!!

What I'm Reminiscing About
Last week my timehop (do yall have this app? I am highly obsessed with it!) was filled with pictures from our honeymoon. I got all sentimental and the whole week kept thinking "last year we were swimming with dolphins and watching beautiful sunsets and snuba diving and taking seaplane rides!!!" We literally had the best week and I couldn't help but wish we were back in The Keys!!!

My view the whole week (insert heart eyes)

After we went snuba diving - which started off quite dramatic for me. I felt like they didn't really explain what to do & just threw us in the water and you aren't wearing life jackets so I may have freaked a little. Then my mask kept filling up with water every time I tried to go under and I freaked out every time. Ty came back up with me the first time (along with the instructor) but the second time it happened, my husband left me for dead kept going down and I was left with the instructor who totally thought I was an idiot. She ended up giving me her mask and she took mine and all was good after that. 

The sunsets were breathtaking, Every single night they looked like this.

Seaplane ride to Dry Tortugas where we went snorkeling!

What I'm Loving
Anything and everything house related. :) Mom and I hit up an Antique Mall Monday and I got a cute wine rack, a piece for the bathroom, and some decorative jars for our bathroom as well! 

What We've Been Up To
We've been going to the lake as much as possible...

sunset gets me every time. so stunning,

Emma hates when Ty leaves the dock. Here she is watching him paddle board.

My sweet best friend Jessica spontaneously drove to Birmingham on Saturday morning to spend the weekend with me! I am so  blessed by our friendship. We had so much fun together!

What I'm Dreading
Unpacking all our stuff when we move. I am so so so excited to move but I HATE unpacking. Anyone else??

What I'm Working On
I've been trying to get my classroom ready! We go back for teacher workdays next Friday and we also have Meet the Teacher that day so I need my room to be ready before those babies come in!!! I am so sad summer is almost over but the beginning of the school year is always so fun! I can't wait to meet my new loves!

What I'm Excited About
Being in our new house, School Starting, Ty's 30th Birthday, Football (I saw on 37 more days!!!), pumpkins, cooler weather, and fall!

What I'm Watching/Reading
Watching - Has anyone seen Tiny Houses on HGTV yet?? It's so neat. I could NEVER live in a tiny house but my goodness it is interesting to watch other people pick them out and live in them. More power to ya!

I've also been really into Chopped on Food Network lately. Molly's husband, Brian, is a chef and when I was visiting them in Florida in June, he got me into it! 

Reading - I started a bible study last week with a friend of mine and her Sunday School Class and I am LOVING it. 

What I'm Listening To
Right now I'm listening to Ree Drummond whip up some yummy Chinese food on her show Pioneer Woman. She's my favorite. :)

What I'm Wearing
My new ALB goodies!!!!
Basic Tanks! ($10)

LOVE this comfy maxi. This one is sold out but we have lots of other fun summer dresses!

Love this color block tank as well! It is also sold out but we have other fun tops!!!

Go check out the website and use my code KATHLEENREP for 10% off your order!

What I'm Doing This Weekend
Hopefully MOVING!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is also Ty's 30th birthday on Friday! I am throwing him a big birthday bash next Friday so on his actual birthday we may just go to dinner to celebrate. I have a workshop all day on his birthday so I am super bummed about that. 

What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month
School Starting and making our house a home!! :) Oh, and its my birthday month!

What Else Is New
Not much :)

What Will You Miss Most About Summer
The Lake!! It's definitely my happy place. And of course sleeping in. I can sleep in like its nobodies business. 

Go Link up and share what's up with you!!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Living Room Inspiration

So I have totally been MIA this summer but I promise it has been for a good cause! If you haven't figured it out yet (from my kitchen post a few weeks ago), we are under contract on a house! We are supposed to close on Wednesday and we are so excited! The whole process has been a dream and we couldn't have asked for anything better.

Our house hunt started off very rocky. I was being very picky particular about where I wanted us to live in Ty's hometown and it did finally pay off. Houses in this area were selling before they went on the market which made it even more difficult! Then we got in a bidding war in May on a house and some things were done on the agent's end (the seller's agent, not ours - we don't have one) that were umm, well - illegal. Yes, you heard that right. But we won't go there because God's plan was so much better for us. Our house is much better than the one we got in a bidding war on so I think we came out alright.

This verse has always been my favorite & I have gone back to it time and time again throughout my life. It has been so fitting throughout the last few months of our life as we were house hunting!

The sellers are just the sweetest and since the house was empty (they had renters in it that had moved out) they let us go ahead and paint and rip up the carpet. I was starting to stress big time about us moving in right around when school was starting back and I am so thankful they let us go in and do stuff before closing because if they hadn't, I would have been trying to start school and do house projects all at the same time and it wouldn't have been too fun.

Our family and friends have so graciously helped us paint, rip up carpet, pull nails out of the hardwood, paint, and paint some more. We couldn't have completed all that we did in a week without their help!

When we ripped up the carpet we knew there would be 80 year old hardwoods underneath but I wasn't expecting them to be so gorgeous.

Just look at these beauties...

I just can't help but think of all the history in these floors. The sellers said that they have been covered up with carpet for a long time (why would you EVER cover these babies up??), but the creeks and marks on them just make my heart happy. I can't wait til we make more memories on them.

The floor guys came this morning and started to bring them back to life. I can't wait to show yall how they turn out!

Ok, back to the purpose of this post...

Living Room Inspiration!

We wanted to paint before the carpet was pulled up & the floors were redone so I had to hurry and make paint choices last Sunday. Sherwin Williams was having a huge 40% off sale so we went ahead and bought paint for the living room, kitchen, kitchen cabinets, and the master bedroom. We decided to leave the guest rooms, bathroom, and hallway as is for now and I will tend to those as time goes on. I cannot say enough wonderful things about the guys at our local Sherwin Williams. I was in there about 7 times last week and each time they were so helpful and knowledgeable.

I knew I wanted a shade of gray for the living room based on what I was pinning on Pinterest. What did we do before pinterest, I mean seriously??

I really want our living room to be warm, cozy, and inviting.

Here are some of my inspirations (all taken from my pinterest board)...

This is probably more pillows than I would like on my couch but I love the neutral colors.

This one is just perfect. Grab a cup of cocoa and come join me. 

Ty is not on board with one of these oversized couches but I am totally in love. I mean, why would you ever want to leave your living room if your couch was this comfy?

Again with the oversized couch. Heavenly.

We ended up going with Sherwin Williams Unique Gray as the paint color. Some people have said it has a hint of lavender in it but I am hoping once we get some furniture in there and some light blue accent pieces, it will look more gray. I fell in love with the color as soon as I saw it on the walls. 

Here is a picture of it before & after the carpet was ripped up. 


(hey mom!)

And After...

It's a small space so we will not have a coffee table but I am picturing a nice cozy couch, an end table or two, a bench right when you walk in the front door (on the wall leading to the hallway doorway), and a basket of blankets. I am one of those people who loves blankets (even in the hot Alabama summer), so a basket of blankets is a must, right? 

I can't wait until it all comes together! I am looking forward to doing some before and after posts of every room in the house as they evolve so stay tuned!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Our 4th of July Weekend

Whew! I think I'm still catching up from the busy weekend we had! Every year we go to my Uncle's big red barn for lots of yummy food & fellowship! We play games, take a group picture, eat all day, and then eat some more. ;) 

We had a wonderful day even though it rained for a little bit during the afternoon! 

Mom & I went to get our nails done on Thursday so my nails were very patriotic for Saturday. :)

I saw this adorable fireworks craft from Andrea at Momfessionals and I thought it would be perfect to try with the kids on Saturday! It was super easy and the kids loved it. I am totally a crafty teacher and love doing any type of craft with my kids at school but never get to do any summer craft so I was in heaven! 

Uncle Ty and Ryce watching cornhole!

Cousins with their papa!

This little stinker is at such a fun age! She is so expressive and so sassy. 

Hagen sure does love his nana!!!

I am so glad all my sisters were there and we got to spend time together! 
(Me and my sister Christen {we are on the outside} are both wearing new ALB shirts!!) 

Speaking of ALB, my niece Aubrey is also wearing her new American Collection tank! Her and my sister were matchy matchy and she ended up ordering Kate one too!! We love us some Amanda Lee Boutique! 

After we left my uncles house, we went back to Ty's parents house & hung out for a little bit before it was time to go see fireworks! Ty asked if anyone wanted to go on a golf cart ride and as you can see, it was a popular idea. ;) 


We got some stares driving down the road! I am happy to report everyone stayed on the golfcart the whole time!

Then it was time to walk to the fireworks! I am so in love with this little town. Especially on days like the 4th. I love that we can walk to the little "mall" area (it's a big grassy area - if you remember, that is where Ty proposed!) and they have food trucks, bouncy houses, games for kids, a band, and more! We found a spot to lay our towels down and let the kids have some fun before the fireworks started! 

I'm sad to report I have no pictures of the fireworks but I loved watching the kids get so excited over them! 

I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th! I am always so thankful for the men & women who fight for our freedom but weekends like this where we celebrate our country always make me appreciate them more. They are true heroes!!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Dreaming. <insert heart eyes here>

So for the last week I've been glued to Pinterest. Dreaming of this...

(Please excuse my screenshot pictures, I blog from my phone...ha!)

And this...

And this too..

And this..

Give me all the white kitchens. And all the subway tile (colored is my favorite but the white is dreamy too). And give me all the farmhouse sinks. ALL OF THEM.

There's something about those farmhouse sinks. They're homey. And gorgeous. And make me want to be a farm girl.

And even though I don't think I'd be brave enough to put a turquoise sink in my home, this is just perfect....

I know, a little bold. But if you know me, it kinda makes sense doesn't it? :)

So why have I been pinning and dreaming and researching all the kitchen things for the past week? 

{stay tuned}