Archive for October, 2009

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

In Memory of Pam

Posted in Uncategorized on October 15, 2009 by katiejessen

A week ago today I got sad news that my supervisor at my last job, Pam, passed away suddenly the night before. She was such a wonderful person who loved others really well but more importantly she LOVED THE LORD like crazy. I’m so thankful to know that I will see her in heaven one day.

Two years ago Pam taught me how to crotchet but since having Oliver, I haven’t done any new projects. So, a few nights ago I started again. I can’t help but to think of her every time I pick up the needle and yarn. Pam, you will be missed!

Our BIG trip to TEXAS (Part II)

Posted in Uncategorized on October 14, 2009 by katiejessen

Oliver and I left the farm and headed to Dallas to visit my best friend, Katie and her family. We packed a lot into 5 days….all very fun stuff.

The night we arrived, our good friend from middle school, Shelly, drove up from Austin to have dinner with us.  There was a lot to catch up on after 12 years of not seeing each other.

Shelly, Me & Katie G

Shelly, Me & Katie G

The next night we had Katie’s brothers and their girlfriends over for dinner. It was so much fun to see them so grown up! We all enjoyed reminiscing about all the times Katie and I harassed them as little boys. Unfortunately, I didn’t take any pictures that night though.

Wednesday afternoon we drove to Denton to have lunch with my Aunt Marilyn in her home. She was at the farm with us for one night but I wanted to take Katie to see her house and new art studio she had built. James stayed with his Grandma so we just took the babies. It was a short visit because her home is not “kid proof” and full of very breakable one of a kind pieces of art from around the world.  Growing up my sister and I used to spend time with her in the summers and she always made it interesting. In fact, I give my Aunt credit for giving me some of my creativity. She taught us how to make soap, paint, can jelly, fix anything and drive her stick shift Peugeot on the farm. Yes even at 10 years old I was driving.


Wednesday night was $1 admission with 3 can goods to the Texas State Fair. I timed this trip so perfectly, two fairs in two weeks….life can’t get any better. This fair is the “Biggest Fair in America” and is UNBELIEVABLY HUGE. Katie’s parents came with us and I told them I felt more comfortable having our parents with us because it was a little intimidating.

Every kid got an arm band with contact information

Every kid got an arm band with contact information if lost.

Notice the HUGE fairis wheel and all the games stretched for a 1/2 mile

Notice the 212 foot Ferris Wheel and all the games stretched for at least a 1/2 mile

Big Tex is a 52 ft. cowboy that talks. Mexico was playing Columbia at the Cotton Bowl that night (can see behind him)

Big Tex is a 52 ft. cowboy that talks. Mexico played Columbia in soccer at the Cotton Bowl that night.

Newest food addition...FRIED BUTTER. Everything is fried at the fair

Newest food addition...FRIED BUTTER. Everything is fried at the fair

Katie, her Dad & James getting ready for a parade

Katie, her Dad & James getting ready for a parade

Watching pig races. They raced to oreo cookies.

Watching pig races. They raced to oreo cookies.

Our last BIG thing was Canton Markets, “First Monday.” This is a flea market that takes place once a month on the weekend of the first Monday (Fri-Mon.). I actually planned my whole trip around this because I’ve heard about it since I’ve lived in Kansas. This was also HUGE and very fun. We started out in the outside “old/antique” area to get the best bargains. I had luck finding things for Oliver’s big boy room and baby J’s nursery. I wish I could have taken an areal picture of this place because it does go on for miles. In fact, it’s so big that they rent motorized scooters (like at the grocery store). We ate lunch in a food court but before we left I bought some delicious kettle corn!

Katie headed up a hill to some more shops

Katie headed up a hill to some more shops

Standing in line for candied pecans

Standing in line for candied pecans

Our trip ended with a very enjoyable breakfast on Saturday with no kids. Clay was very kind to keep all the kids for us. The Garden Cafe was only a few blocks away so we enjoyed a nice walk and delicious breakfast on a back patio overlooking their gardens. The place filled up soon after we arrived.

Clay took some pictures of us together before my Dad, Oliver and I got the car to travel 13 hours home. I’ll post those once I get them. Thank you ALL so much for making this an amazing trip. Gaspard’s, thank you for enduring our wild boy and being great hosts! Dad, you were brave to agree to drive us that far so thank you. Hopefully you’ve recovered by now.