We had a spur of the moment trip to Tennessee last weekend.  I mean, so spur of the moment that Justin called me at 9am while I was at D's urologist checkup (which was great, by the way) to tell me that he got the day off after all (after showing up to work with the surprise that someone was there to cover his shift).  D and I made it home by about 9:45, we packed and hit the road by 11:00.  That's a record for us!

And I only forgot one thing....my makeup.  Yeah, it wasn't pretty! Ha!

D was excited about the trip.  He only slept for about 30 minutes of the 3 hour trip and was super silly the rest of the time!

For the first time ever, he enjoyed watching his tv in the car.  Thank goodness!!  Every time we put him in the car he would point at it and say, "dis!"  until we turned it on.  {And for the record, it is ONLY in the car for long trips!}

Since we were actually traveling during the daylight, we took our time and enjoyed the scenery.  Once we hit the Tennessee state line we rolled the windows down to enjoy the fresh air.  Seriously, you can SMELL the difference!  It's so, so good!

We decided to stretch our legs at one of the scenic stops. 

"Hold up!" said D.  "You DO remember that I have a low oxygen saturation, right?!  Don't even think about making me walk all the way up there!"

He was sure that he could guarantee himself a piggy-back ride by taking off his shoes. 

But, it didn't work.

The pictures truly do no justice to the hike.  Most of the hike was in the woods, which you can't see from here.  It was LONG and comparable to at least 20 minutes on the stair climber...straight up!    No kidding!  I didn't take pictures on the way up because I was trying to keep my mind off of how much more there was to climb.  Ha! 

But there was finally an end in sight. 

All that work and this was pretty much all that was at the top!  Obviously a lot of people come up here and hang out.  And no, D didn't carve his name in the bench.  We're not going to encourage that.  I'm sure he'll figure that one out on his own.  :) 
He did enjoy playing on the fence though.

Once we got to Aunt Shirley and Nana's D enjoyed lounging in his jammies and playing with toys.  He especially loved the "cah" case.  I think we'll be looking for one of these for Christmas.  What a cute way for him to travel!

We went to dinner at the second oldest church in Tennessee.  Isn't it adorable?!

We were supposed to meet up with Steph and Kevin on Saturday, but D decided to wake up early Saturday morning throwing up.  He was fine by Saturday afternoon, but we weren't taking any chances taking him out all day.  We missed seeing S&K, but we enjoyed our time with Nana. 
Of course no trip to TN would be complete without a visit to Pal's Sudden Service...at least once!

We're hoping to go back up soon for another visit.  There's NOTHING like seeing the leaves change in the mountains!  This time of year makes me miss the year we lived in Virginia. 

Just out of curiosity...when you travel, do you stop and do the roadside scenic things and make them a fun part of the trip, or do you get there as fast as you can?  I'm thinking my idea of getting there as fast as we can is starting to change...



A Day of Golf

We had our first Hope for BraveHEARTS golf tournament Saturday.

It was an amazing success...surpassing our expectations by far!

 We had an incredible TWENTY SIX TEAMS there,

braving the good 'ol 97 degree late September South Carolina heat.

They appeared to enjoy themselves,

and openly celebrated the small victories.
But the largest victory, without a doubt, was the coming together of 103 golfers,

in memory of a special friend, 

to bring HOPE to CHD warriors who are fighting now, 
those to come, 

and honor those who have won the ultimate battle.

Our hearts are full.

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of 
the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17


Two of our heart friends, Joshua and Ewan, are in desperate need of your prayers.  Please pray for them, their families, and their medical teams.  Two beautiful little boys that solidify the intense need for something to be done to fight this beast called CHD.


Tour of Homes: Master Bedroom

We're joining Kelly over at Kelly's Korner again today with the tour of homes.  Today we're sharing the master bedroom. I actually did this post a while back showing the before and after of our bedroom, so if you've already seen it, I'm sorry!  I hope you enjoy!  Thanks for stopping by!!!

We've lived in this house for two years and already we've re-done our bedroom twice.  Call me indecisive, call me difficult to please...I know, I know.  I'm just lucky that when I say, "Honey, I think we should redo.....," he rolls his eyes and says (in that oh my gosh you've lost your mind again voice), "What do you have in mind?"  And then usually he'll go along with it. :)

Here's the room when we moved in.
It was painted an off-white color with lovely brass outlet covers. 

After #1
Please excuse the pictures...they're some random ones one of us took before actually moving the junk (so it must have been Justin behind the lense. ;)  I know we took some before we redid the room again, but they're no where to be found.  The bad pictures just make our real after pictures look even better. :)

We bought this comforter set from Overstock as kind of an impulse buy.  Finding a paint color was a little difficult.  There was no way we could have painted the room very dark with the dark comforter and dark furniture.  It's kind of a dark room anyway and we didn't want to make it feel like a cave.  The swatch of color we chose appeared to have a slight hint of olive in it, but once we got it on the walls it looked like just plain 'ol off-white to me.  Bummer.  We never even got around to putting up window treatments, and I'm pretty sure this "C" on the wall was the only thing hanging.  That's how excited we were about our new room.

So we lived with this bedroom for about a year.  It lasted a whole year only because we had finally finished painting every. single. inch. of wall space and trim in this entire house (including the foyer (which has a 15 ft ceiling) twice because we didn't like the color the first time) and we weren't about to start painting again!   Then Derrick arrived and we were busy for a minute.

By the time Derrick was about two months old we couldn't stand not having a project to do, so we decided it was time to tackle our bedroom.  We really wanted new furniture, but that wasn't in the budget.  This furniture was Justin's that he had been using for the past ten years or so, and it really didn't fit our style. I really wanted to paint the furniture, but he wouldn't let me so we had to get creative.

Here's what we came up with...
After #2
First we found a DIY headboard that we loved in the Lowes magazine.  We enlisted my dad and little brother to help out with that project.  They're carpenters, so they're much faster than we would have been.  (Ok, who am I kidding?  I wouldn't have been much help with that project! ha!)

Anyway,  we knew we were going to paint the new headboard black, so our dilemma was making the new bed and old dresser "go" together.   We thought about buying new black drawer pulls for the dresser, but couldn't find any that we thought would look right.  Instead, we did what we do best and spray painted the old ones black.  Then we removed the mirror from the dresser and found one that we could hang on the wall that combined the two colors of wood to pull it all together.

We moved the end tables out and bought those cheap-o round tables, added a white table cloth and some cool black fabric with white and black circles sewn in and new lamps (bought from Hobby Lobby for 50% off).  For an added touch, we added crown molding along the ceiling.  It made the ceiling feel taller and gave the room a finished, clean look.

Nana (Justin's grandma) used this vase in her house and I loved it the minute I saw it.  When she she moved she no longer had room for it so she gave it to us.  It used to be gold, so again we pulled out the spray paint and gave it new life.  Everything in the vase came from Pier 1 a few years ago and the colors just happened to work out perfectly.

We bought the bedding and picture frames from Belk, the flowers and vase from Hobby Lobby, and curtains, rods, and tie-back-things from Burlington.  For the whole make-over we spent about $350, which we were very happy with.  It's a pretty big change, don't you think?

This guy likes it!



Seventeen Months!

I seriously think someone is playing tricks on me with the calendar. I cannot possibly believe that it's already the 20th again...and you know what that means...

D, you are SEVENTEEN months old today!

You wear a lot of 12 month clothes now, but you can still wear a lot of your 9 month pants.  You wear a size 3 diaper and mostly size 3 shoes, but your new tennis shoes are big fours!  You weigh about 18.5 pounds now and I have no idea how tall you are, but you've definitely gotten taller!

Things have been very entertaining around here lately.  You have become quite the parrot.  You repeat everything!  You say so many new words everyday that we can't keep track.  You'll try to say anything we ask you to, although if someone else is listening, you'll pretend like you have no idea what we're talking about. 

You chew and swallow your aspirin.  This shocked us the first time you did it!  One night as I was getting your medicine ready, I dropped your aspirin and you grabbed it before I could.  You put it in your mouth so we decided to see what happened.  You chewed it right up and the rest is history.  :)  
You've started pitching fits.  We're not fans.

You are a blankie lover!  It's really cute how much you love blankie.  You take blankie to church and MOPS, and you don't get upset as much when we leave you if you have blankie with you.  Blankie makes LOTS of people happy!   

Speaking of being left, you don't cry anymore when we leave you at church, MOPS, or when Ms. Carol comes to keep you.  It makes us happy and sad at the same time...but mostly happy! 

You are obsessed with shoes.  

You have been practicing jumping for months, and you almost have it.  If you could just get those toes up!

Your "fake smile" is one of your favorite faces to make.  It always makes us laugh...even when we shouldn't.

You are such a silly, happy guy.  You love attention and know how to get it.  It's really funny to pay attention to how many people you get to speak to you when we're at the store.  You must be making faces at people and I don't realize it or something...it wouldn't surprise me!

We think you're getting really close to being ready to potty train.  You tell us all the time, "poop!"  Even if it's not poop, but poot...you know something is going on down there!  You'll go and hide when you're doing it too.  You sometimes bring us diapers when you're wet and you're very interested in the potty, but we haven't caught you at the right time to try it out.  We're in no big hurry but you sure seem interested! {Someday you're going to pay me back for putting this online, aren't you! :)}

You still love to dance and do it all the time.

You've gotten into this throwing kick, and that's not very fun for us.  Last night you went to time-out three times for throwing things.  We haven't figured out why throwing things is so entertaining...it's sure not entertaining to clean up after you!

We have officially gotten rid of bottles.  We're a little concerned about whether or not you're getting enough milk, but you are drinking it out of a cup now.  However, you will not drink milk out of your regular cups.  The milk cups must be vastly different than the juice cups or you will refuse them.  Milk does not belong in a juice cup.  The. End.  You will have no part in that.  We've had to buy a bunch of different cups that are strictly for milk.  It's tricky to find straw cups that are nothing like the Playtex cups you drink juice out of that don't spill all over the place.  You are one high maintenance little man!  {But we sure do love you!}

Cheeky, you're just growing up way too fast!  
Can't you slow down please!? :)

We have so much fun with you and can't believe how much you grow and learn every day.  You are such a sweet little guy and we love, love, LOVE being your mama and daddy and spending every day with you.  You are such a blessing and we love you SO much!

To the moon and back, Cheeks!

Mama & Dada