ORC: Week One - Built-Ins & Overthinking

 Well, here we are at week one of the One Room Challenge and I have officially wasted a full week overthinking my base cabinets.   I was so excited.  Ordered them online from The Home Depot, got curbside pick up.  Got them home and placed them in their new spots and instant buyers remorse.   What had I done?   I started sending pics to those closest to me and asking their opinions.  The icing on the cake was when the hubby got home and immediately said, "Holy smokes those things are HUGE!" I went on Instagram Stories and asked for your opinions, which was 50/50, so that didn't help at all....hahaha    I  then started using painters tape to fuel my vision.  I am such a visual person that I really need to see that what was currently in my home was not too large, cumbersome, bulky, and literally ruining my vision for built-ins.    I asked friends to check it out when they stopped by.  Friends!!!  It was still 50/50 with everyone's opinions!!!  At the end of the day I ne

One Room Challenge: Starting Week

 I did it!  I can't believe I signed up for the One Room Challenge !!!   Holy smokes!  This is going to push me to get, the one project I have been wanting to do for a while, done.   The best part?  It'll be done before Thanksgiving!!! Welcome to our living room/entry way.  This is one of the first rooms you see when you are welcomed into our home.  I have been stumped by this room for a long while now and I finally feel like I have a solution that makes complete sense.  I have 6 weeks to complete this list of items.  I'm sure that as I go along I will think of new things to add to my to do list.  Isn't that the way it always works out?  You get started and then its a domino effect and spirals into a much larger project.  Who's with me on that?  Here is a started to do list that I currently am thinking of that needs to be done, not necessarily in this order.   I am a very transparent person, so this is it.  This is my room without any staging.  This is real life peo

Making A Comeback

Guess who's back, back again....Katie's back, tell your friends, guess who's back, guess who's back, guess who's back......(please tell me you sung that in the tune of Slim Shady) It's been a hot minute since I've jumped on this ol' platform and shared a little about our lives.   I can go with the whole "life has been so crazy busy" which isn't a lie, but who's life isn't crazy busy?!  Right?  We all have our own kind of crazy busy happening in our lives. Let me get you caught up over here with both life and this little home of ours. Kids are....big.  They've grown a ton.  We have two that have officially graduated from high school now.   One has gone on to start her college career at a local community college in the dental field.  Our oldest is working full time and thinking about heading back to school to work on furthering his education in the field that he's desired for a while and his employer is offering to help with

Family Funday Sunday: Camping Style

Hey Guys!!!  I know it's, only been nearly a month, since our camping trip but I still have to tell you all about it, because it was wonderful!!  It's so hard coordinating weekends and family fun-days when you have 2 kids working.   Luckily those two kids, actually work for the same company.   They were both able to get the weekend off and we were finally able to go CAMPING and DIRT BIKE RIDING!!!  You guys, this is something we haven't done in, what feels like, forever.  Two years to be exact.  So we left Friday morning (kids didn't have school on Friday) and we headed over to our favorite part of Oregon.  East.  When we got there, we were shocked.  There was nobody there.  It was like that all weekend.  I couldn't have been more thrilled.  It was exactly what we needed as a family.  Just us.  Alone.  Laughing.  Playing.  Goofing.  Loving each other the way we know how, as a family. Tension has been so high at our house lately.  Please tell me other famili

Family Funday Sunday: At the Zoo

Family Funday Sunday! Our lives have been super crazy busy.  The weekdays tend to get out of hand, so on Sunday's we always try to regroup as a family and at the very least, get a family dinner in together.  A family dinner where we all sit down at the table, converse, and share our lives with one another. I know, that sounds ridiculous, since we have all of our kids living at home with us, but these kids are all over the place.   Whether it's scouts, soccer practice, soccer games, work (their jobs - not ours), babysitting, vision therapy, parent/teacher conferences  (at two different schools & for three kids) , or basketball camp.....which, by the way ALL of that did happen last week....we don't always get to eat as a family during the week.    The Mister and I share cooking duties, and the kids know that they will always have a meal ready for them when they get home.  Whether it's before or after their activities, it's there and ready. Lately

The Day Heaven Gained Another Angel

Today marks 2 years.  Two years ago my Mother-In-Law left this earth and became our Angel Mama.  Two years of my kids terribly missing their Nana.  Two years of my Father-In-law being a widow and two years from the day my husband lost one of THE most important women in his life…his mama...who really was, one of his best friends. To say that the last two years has been easy, would be a lie.  Because it hasn’t been.  It has taken nearly a year for my husband to get back into his groove.  To get back to living and loving life again.  Her loss didn't just take the wind out of his sail, it sunk his boat.   Two days ago, one of our daughters was having the worst time missing her Nana, she asked if we could just stay home today; from school, from work, and be a family remembering our lovely Mother and Nana.  To say that request didn't sucker punch me right in the gut and bring on all the feelings I had been bottling up and trying so hard to keep it together, it would be anot