Baby info!

Posted in Uncategorized on January 3, 2010 by katiejessen

Hey there,

We’ll have baby pics and info on Chris’ blog, so make sure to keep up with the following link:

Love you all!


Big Weekend

Posted in Uncategorized on November 4, 2009 by katiejessen

Friday night our church had their second annual Fall Family Frenzy. Thousands showed up to trunk-or-treat, climb a climbing wall, play games, eat free food, win prizes and much more. Chris was the “MC” and I helped pass out  fliers and free cookies for MOPS, so Oliver enjoyed most of the evening in the stroller.  It was fun for him to see his cousins, aunts and uncles and Mamaw and Papaw there. I loved him in his little frog costume that I borrowed from a friend.




The next day we drove to Ohio for my sisters wedding shower but first Oliver had his first trick or treating experience. I took him in a wagon to three houses in his soon to be uncle’s neighborhood. The adults dressed up too for the big night.



The next day Susan was showered at an amazing luncheon hosted by our family friends. It was great to be able to celebrate her and anticipate the big day in less than 3 weeks. My sister is so BEAUTIFUL and photogenic so I can’t wait to see pictures taken on her wedding day.




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Circus Circus

Posted in Uncategorized on October 30, 2009 by katiejessen

The circus came to Knoxville


A friend gave us tickets


So we went


Enjoying Fall

Posted in Uncategorized on October 28, 2009 by katiejessen

Fridays are our family day so this past Friday, we drove to the mountains to see all the beautiful foliage. Unfortunately it was rainy and windy so we didn’t get to hike. We  did, however, get to drive a short loop around Cades Cove and took some fun pictures.

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The wind started blowing








The crawling stage doesn’t last forever so I want to remember it!

Happy 87th Birthday Grandpa Great

Posted in Uncategorized on October 28, 2009 by katiejessen


Happy Birthday Shorty



Chris, Katie, Oliver and Baby J {no name yet but soon}

Burlap & Canvas Curtains

Posted in Uncategorized on October 26, 2009 by katiejessen

I finally finished my family room curtains and curtain rods. I feel like I’ve spent months trying to figure out what I was going to do, then how I was going to it and then doing it! The four windows attached by a corner was the biggest challenge on a tight budget so I decided to make my own rods too.

Here is how I did it:


Rods- Home Depot sells 1 1/4 inch dowel rods by the foot. So, I had 4 rods cut by the staff at HD and spent approx. $1.40/ foot. I bought the corner attachment from the JC Penny Catalog for $9 and had it shipped to the store. When I went to pick that up, I found 3 sets of finials for $6 each (originally $24). My biggest problem was finding inexpensive brackets that would hold 1 1/4 inch rods. So, I found 3 sets of sconces at Ross for $4 each that would hold the rods. Then everything was painted white. When it came time to hang the rods up on Saturday, my husband and I realized that the sconces wouldn’t hang the rod far out enough from the wall because of the finial. So, I headed to Lowes and spent $30 on 8 white wooden brackets. This was more than I wanted to spend but it actually looks a lot better. Now I need to find places to use the sconces.


Curtains: I bought all my fabric at Jo Ann’s. I love this store because you NEVER have to pay full prices with all the sales and coupons. I had to make 9 panels so I bought 1 bolt plus approx. 3 yards of burlap. The burlap was very difficult to work with so I ended up trimming it with canvas. To make the tabs I bought 3 rolls of Jute ribbon that matched the burlap perfectly. This was much easier than trying to sew tabs out of the burlap or canvas (both difficult fabrics to work with). Making your own rods and curtains saves at TON of money but it doesn’t save time but I know it was still worth it.

So, the curtains are now hung and our room looks different. It smells a lot different too….but I’m hoping that will go away. Burlap is a perfect casual and comfortable look for our house and it fits our budget too.




A Day In A Patch (Pumpkin that is)

Posted in Uncategorized on October 23, 2009 by katiejessen

Yesterday some of the ladies from our MOPS (Mother’s of Preschoolers) group headed to Maple Lane Farms to pick pumpkins with our kiddos. It was a BEAUTIFUL day and a fun time to spend with friends, new and old.  We took a hayride to the field, picked pumpkins and then rode the hayride back to the farm and ate lunch together. Oliver loved riding in the backpack until we got to the pumpkins. I think everyone left that day muddy and tired but it was very fun.

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Oh and I cut my hair and LOVE it!

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Digging in the dirt!


I LOVE these curls