Summer Home Tour

S U M M E R  Ahh.. it’s my absolute favorite, you guys! The memories we make each summer – Porch swinging, fishing, swimming, going to Drive – In movies, catching lightning bugs, watching fireworks, picking and cooking garden food and roasting s’mores, those days are just the best. I also think I love how my home looks the most in the summer time. So I thought it would be fun to join some friends for #HowWeSummerHomeTour and do a Summer home tour of Sweet Kentucky Holler for you y’all! I even threw in a quick recipe! Usually I like to decorate with mostly whites and neutrals year round but in the summer I get to throw in lots of pretty florals and lighter more airy textiles too. But This summer we just finished painting the exterior of our home white and adding a larger front porch, so of course I had to share a quick photo of that on the tour for you guys! If you follow me on Instagram you may have already heard all about it. I got pretty excited to finally have a front porch to decorate. I used lots of pots and buckets and crates out here and we got a couple of comfy new rocking chairs too. I keep changing things around!

Okay y’all, grab a Mason jar of sweet tea or an Ale8 and come on in! First space up on our Summer Home Tour is our living room. It’s where we spend most of our summer days anytime we are not outside. Simplicity + White + Vintage + repurposed is kind of the theme in here. I kept it really simple this summer with white throw pillows and white florals. The coffee table is an old Kentucky Military ammo box dated over 60 years ago I found junkin’ for $30! I wanted to keep its history and character but I also didn’t love the color it was originally. It had some orange tones, so I chalk painted the top and added a little bit of pickling stain to all the sides so this way all of the stamps and history were all still visible. Another repurposed item is the flower vase. It’s actually an apple juice jug. We get those from Whole Foods for the kiddos and when they are empty, I wash them, and save them for decor. I always add a little bit of water to the vase even with faux flowers and I think it makes them look so much more realistic!

Next up on the tour is the kitchen/ dining nook. Our kitchen and dining room area is also where we spend a lot of time year round! Summer is no exception, we love to eat around here and my little Belle loves to help me cook and bake. She’ll run and get her apron and say she’s ready to be my little monster chef haha. She usually ends up with more ingredients on her apron and clothes and in the floor than actually in whatever we are making. Bryce always switches to my little helper when it comes to cleaning up and putting dishes away. My kitchen table always has some sort of center piece and I’m always switching things around. I got this Mason jar caddy recently and decided to use it filled with faux ranunculus stems for my summer center piece and I really love it so far!

In the summer we love to grill out but I also still cook lots of meals in our kitchen. One thing I love to make in the summer is Fried Green Tomatoes! It’s a classic, southern, summer favorite around here! 

My simple and classic “Fried Green Tomatoes” family recipe is:

• Fresh garden green tomatoes sliced

• 1/2 Cup flour

• 1 Cup corn meal

• 2 eggs

• 1/4 cup milk

• cooking oil or to make them southern style (bacon grease)

• Salt

• Pepper

• Ranch dressing for dipping

Directions: Heat up your grease in a large skillet. In one bowl add your flour and cornmeal together and stir it up. In another bowl add your eggs and milk and whisk together. Cover tomato slices with salt and pepper. Next dip the tomato slices in the egg + milk mixture, then immediately coat in the flour and cornmeal mixture. Then place each tomato slice in the hot grease. Cook until golden brown on each side. Serve with ranch on the side for dipping and enjoy!

Last up is our bedroom. White, cozy, ruffled textiles mixed with rusty and chippy patina is a favorite of mine in here. This old iron bed was a flea market find for $40 bucks and I just immediately fell in love with it! Brandon added a bench to the footboard and our Little’s sit there and eat snacks and color before bed lots of nights. Our bedroom is small so we don’t have a lot of room for decor in here. I use an old wooden crate to store extra pillows and I have the night stand styled simply, with some white corbels and vintage books.  I found this old vintage door recently while out junkin’ and even though I didn’t know what I could possibly do with it, I knew I couldn’t just leave it there.. So when I got home I left it propped up beside the bed until I could figure things out and I ended up kind of loving it here! Those happy accidents end up being some of my favorite decorating ideas.

That’s it y’all! I hope you enjoyed visiting Our Summer Home Tour! Thanks for stopping by!

Be sure to check out my Instagram to see a list of my incredibly talented friends on the #HowWeSummerHomeTour

 

10 Years Today Married to my best friend

“Grow old along with me.. the best is yet to be”

Today we celebrate a milestone – Our 10 Year Wedding Anniversary! My sweet sis took some photos of the two of us. These are the first photos we’ve taken since our wedding day just by ourselves, without our babies in them. It was so strange just the two of us and no kiddos running around, but I know we will cherish these photos as much as we do our wedding photos. Right before we took these, Brandon took me to dinner at The Abbey, a nice little restaurant in town. Before our dinner came, we talked a little bit about life stuff, and then he rolled a past present and future ring off of his pinky finger and put it on mine. I cried like a baby. It is the most precious ring I own. More precious to me than even my wedding ring I believe, because it represents all of us.. The things we’ve been through, our life right now, raising our sweet littles and the days ahead as we grow old together and where he is sure to always be by my side. I don’t know how I got so lucky to deserve his sweet heart. I hope ya’ll don’t mind, but I want to share a few of these photos and a little bit of our story for my sweet husband today.

It really is so hard to believe it has already been ten years since we said our vows and made promises to each other in front of God and family and friends. Time really flies.. It seems like just yesterday that we were 15 years old and falling in love. I remember I spent just about every single day that first summer at the baseball fields, in the stands, watching him play ball with butterflies in my stomach every time he looked my way and daydreaming about our future.. It’s hard to believe, that was 17 years ago. We were just babies.. I can’t believe how much our lives have changed in those years. If I could tell myself at 15 all the things I know now in my thirties, I would have a long list, but the first thing I would tell myself is how incredibly blessed I would be to be able to call this sweet guy – my husband. There have been hard times, but through faith in God and love for each other we have been able to get through it all together.

We dated all through high school and looking back, we had no clue how young we were. Just kids thinking were grown. We were always making plans for the future. We talked about getting married one day and having a life together. But I really thought we were just mostly talk until he completely surprised me when he got down on one knee in front of all our friends Senior year and proposed! This was the same guy that would gladly take a zero for his grade before he would get up in front of class to do a speech.  So you can say I was really surprised! I couldn’t even say anything. I just stood there shocked, and nodded my head up and down with my hands over my little red face. We still joke that I never actually said – Yes! haha!

After high school we saved up some money for our wedding and enjoyed house hunting. We looked at quite a few houses but as soon as we saw this sweet little house, down this beautiful little holler, we knew it needed to be ours. We made an offer and ended up buying our home a few months before we got married.

We wed on June 9 2007. It was a sunny, windy, beautiful day and I remember us being so beyond ready to be husband and wife. We drove around back roads in his pick up truck the night before the big day, just talking for a long time about how excited we were to be married and have babies and make our house a home. We both teared up with happy tears about how much life was ahead of us and how much we couldn’t wait to spend every second of the rest of our life together. If there had been a preacher in that pick up truck, I really think we would have just went ahead and skipped the big ceremony and got hitched right there. But the next day, I walked down the aisle in my pretty white dress and veil to my future husband and my uncle sang “When you say nothing at all” as we said our vows and promised to love each other forever.

That was the beginning, but we didn’t know the most incredible kind of love of all existed until our babies were born. They are by far our greatest adventure. Being parents made us stronger and closer than ever. There have been so many beautiful memories and blessings in our life and also some really hard times that we wouldn’t have been able to have survived without The Lord, and each other. I’m so greatful for our little family.. Bryce and Belle are pure love and the very best of us.

When we first started out, I knew we would try our best to live a good life and that he would take care of me, but I honestly am amazed at the kind of husband God blessed me with. He’s more than I could have ever hoped for. He works so hard to provide for us, he helps me with homeschool, and the house and kids even when I know he’s exhausted.. he makes me feel safe and loved and important..  He shows love in so many different ways, but one of the biggest blessings in my life is that Brandon is such an incredible father.. The kind of daddy I only had ever dreamed about. He loves his babies more than anything in the world. They are his whole life and that makes me love him more than I ever imagined I could. I thank God every single day for letting us live our life married to our best friend. Happy 10 years babe. I can’t imagine doing life with anyone else.. I love you so much. Thanks for being the rock of our family and the best husband + daddy in the world. I am so proud of you and so blessed to be your wife. Here’s to the next ten years together!

Remember When
Remember when I was young and so were you
And time stood still and love was all we knew
You were the first, so was I
We made love and then you cried
Remember when
Remember when we vowed the vows and walked the walk
Gave our hearts, made the start, it was hard
We lived and learned, life threw curves
There was joy, there was hurt
Remember when
Remember when old ones died and new were born
And life was changed, disassembled, rearranged
We came together, fell apart
And broke each other’s hearts
Remember when
Remember when the sound of little feet
Was the music we danced to week to week
Brought back the love, we found trust
Vowed we’d never give it up
Remember when
Remember when thirty seemed so old
Now lookin’ back, it’s just a steppin’ stone
To where we are, where we’ve been
Said we’d do it all again
Remember when
Remember when we said when we turned gray
When the children grow up and move away
We won’t be sad, we’ll be glad
For all the life we’ve had
And we’ll remember when
Remember when
Remember when