Kitchen Renovation Progress

Wow, I cannot believe it’s been over a year, and I have not written on here…

Actually, I can believe it, but a lot of our kitchen renovations have been done for quite sometime, and I wish I would have posted the results sooner. As you can see in the previous post, I had several decisions to make: what to paint the cabinets and the walls, what hardware, appliances, and granite to install, what backsplash to choose, etc…

We are still working on the appliances, although we have gotten a new refrigerator and sink (which I loOOve) since we moved in, so I cannot say the kitchen is DONE. But it is sure awfully close :)
Instead of writing an entire step-by-step post on what all we did, I thought I’d let the pictures do the talking.

But before you see the before/after. You have to see the “during”… because it got ugly!

As you may have seen, it looked a little something like this when we first bought it:



A mess, yes. And it got even messier. We lived awhile with it like this:Image

Okay, maybe not that messy (that was a work day) but yes, we did live a few months without drywall! We are very busy people and most of the time we chose to go out on the lake instead of work on the kitchen—sad but true :)

And one fine day, we put our drywall/backer-board back up and got our countertops installed by Heartland Granite.


It was starting to come together and I was on cloud 9. It was INSANE what just getting rid of those green counters did for the whole kitchen.

Next up, striping, sanding, priming, and painting the cabinets.

Thankfully, Josh did 3 1/8 of those 4 steps. (I did most of the painting)

Now, I must say, I kinda like painting and this was a TERRIBLE chore. My husband, on the other hand, HATES painting, so this task was hell on earth for him. I cannot thank him enough for showing his love for me everyday by painting the most awkward places I didn’t want to paint— like underneath the cabinets.


We used a primer Benjamin Moore carries called “Prime Lock Interior Alkyd Primer/Sealer”

And we used Benjamin Moore’s cabinet paint “Advance” in Balboa Mist. Technically, it is a very very light grey, not white.

Finally, we installed the glass backsplash, which I am madly in love with to this day.

Vetro Neutra Listello Sfalsato Glass Mosaic- Bianco


So, all that said, with a little bit sweat, tears, blood, cramps, pain and agony, we ended at this. The best reward a girl can ask for:
A beautiful, spacious, bright white kitchen.



A draft I just found from November:

What’s going on in my world? Well let’s see; almost everything everywhere has changed. Josh changed jobs, cars, haircuts, and is currently working in the Keys with Mastercraft for the next 8 days… boo.
I have moved in with my godmother until the wedding because my apartment lease was up. I bought my moms car and actually have free time for the first time since July because soccer is over. We made it to district and regional championships and are looking forward to taking the championship trophy home next year since we were robbed this year..

I am ridiculously excited about Thanksgiving with my family up North and cannot wait to see everyone!


Faithful like a soldier

I love LOVE love this song. I love how it sounds and I love what it says. Thanks to Ash for getting me the CD :) She loves me.

I found what I want, and “I won’t turn back.”       Take a Listen

Won’t Turn Back: Need to Breath

Lonely like a sailor
Who’s left his girl at home
No storm could overtake the love he knows

So tell me why I should run for cover
At the sound of the coming thunder
All I hear is the cry of my lover
So take your shot
I won’t turn back

Faithful like a soldier
Who’s answered to the call
Even when his back’s against the wall

So tell me why I should run for cover
At the sound of the coming thunder
All I hear is the cry of my lover
So take your shot
I won’t turn back

So tell me why I should run for cover
At the sound of the coming thunder
All I hear is the cry of my lover
So take your shot
I won’t turn back


The first 28 things that come to mind that make me happy:
(I am sure there is more, and I was going to to do 26, my age, but I just couldn’t stop)

  1. My friends; especially my closest ones :)
    even if i don’t get to see them everyday
  2. Love
  3. Patience
  4. Forgiveness
  5. Cookies (and pretty much all good food)
  6. Unexpected  gifts ( Giving them and seeing the receivers smile, and getting them)
  7. Driving with the top (or windows) down
  8. Sun on my skin
  9. Boat trips and wakeboarding
  10. Sweet texts
  11. Visitors
  12. Surprises
  13. When exercising is over.
  14. Music
  15. God’s beauty
  16. Worship
  17. David Crowders “Oh, How He Loves Us”
  18. Dave’s “You and Me”
  19. Grace (from people, and God)
  20. Hugs
  21. Reading a good book
    21.5 Actually having the time to read a book
  22. Laughing
  23. Being silly no matter how ridiculous someone else thinks I am
  24. Co-workers that lend a helping hand
  25. Serving
  26. a completed stack of graded papers
  27. When my students understand… the first time
  28. Honesty.

“Careful child, light the fuse and get away
`cause happiness throws a shower of sparks”

-The Fray.

100 things – Part II


27. I dye my hair dark brown.

28. Bebo Norman’s “Where the Angels Sleep” stopped me in my tracks today.

29. I do not like fans in my face

30. I want cannot wait to get my new car. Actually I can because I do not want a car payment, but i think I have decided on a Nissan Altima Coupe with heated seats and a sun roof.

31. The graduation for my Masters from Lincoln Memorial University is on December 12th at 11:00. You are invited :)

32. I really REALLY hate when people don’t answer my questions. For example, say I ask how to print the grades for each individual in my first block without having to click their names one at a time…and the person replies, “oh, you don’t have to do that for tonight blah blah blah” yeah…. They were no help. I don’t want to know YOUR thoughts. I want to know my answer for something I want to do.

33. I think some of that has to do with my stubbornness and impatience.

34. I am solo teaching a workshop at TCTC this year. I did it two years ago and dad did it last year so I am really excited to do it again. I hope I learned a lot from two years ago.  We will see. But for those young ladies who are interested, it is January 8th a 90 minute workshop on dating, purity and guarding your heart.

35. Life is wonderful, Jason Maraz:  it takes no time to fall in love, but years to know what love is.

36. I have never really been that big of a fan of watermelon

37. I love the rain and thunderstorms . I can remember listening to them when I was little with my family. Dad says they never scared me.

38. When I get to school I do not look in the mirror again until the day is over. I am learning that is not a good thing.

39. I want a chicken coop when I have a house.

40. Sometimes “the classics” bore me.

100 things – Part I

Well, I have been thinking about blogging again for some time, but with a new job, tons of grading, soccer, running, and all the other parts of my life; I somehow have yet to find the time. So, for those of you that are in my family (especially those I don’t talk to as often) here are a few things I am thinking/doing that I thought I’d share to get the ball rolling…

Similar to what many friends have done before me, I am making a ‘100 facts about me’ blog over the course of the next few days to keep you in the know. Here goes—

  1. Speaking of running, I just started again and it is always harder than I remembered.
  2. The most I have ever run without stopping is ten miles.
  3. Sometimes, I get scared on the Greenway, even if it isn’t dark, and I’ll turn my ipod off as I pass people to try to hear if they are going to turn around and chase me.
  4. I still want to run a marathon or half marathon before I am out of my athletic “prime”.
  5. I got a job at Central High school this summer, and about three weeks into the school year (right about the time I was getting comfortable), I was hoisted into a new school in West Knoxville.
  6. It is week six and I am still getting adjusted.
  7. Sometimes I wonder if Central was a test, and since I said yes, God said, “here ya go, have the job you wanted in the first place.”
  8. I actually got really attached to Central and am not sure I know which one I would pick if I had to choose.
  9. Sometimes I can hit snooze for an hour.
  10. I love walking out of my house in the morning knowing I am going to my real job. The one I have wanted for years and years.
  11. I don’t think I am as good of a teacher as I thought I would be though.
  12. Everyone says there’s a learning curve…
  13. There are many days that I cry… not usually from the stress of work, but more often because I see what my students are going through and having to live with…
  14. I wonder if I will ever stop praying the lyrics of “Pieces” by RED
  15. I don’t think I will.
  16. One of my favorite songs right now is “Cover Me” by Bebo Norman.
  17. Every Friday my academy has a Cereal and milk faculty lunch. We are somewhat overzealous with topics de jour.
  18. I am the photographer for my first wedding in November. I am very nervous.
  19. I plan on going to see my family up North again for Thanksgiving and am so very excited!
  20. Sometimes I catch myself updating my status in my head, like “Amy hates traffic” or “Amy still needs grammar lessons”….yea, it’s that bad. But the strange thing is I hardly ever actually have a status.
  21. I figured out good things can come from looking in the rear view mirror after all; to think I might have missed it.
  22. I don’t have any allergies.
  23. I spend way too much time making lists.
  24. I can go without cleaning my house for weeks, but when I start, I will not stop until it is done.
  25. I have a new roommate.
  26. With new furniture and paint job that I love :)

Bad company corrupts good character.

“You cannot play with the animal in you without becoming wholly animal, play with falsehood without forfeiting your right to truth, play with cruelty without losing your sensitivity of mind. He who wants to keep his garden tidy doesn’t reserve a plot for weeds.”
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