Tuesday, December 30, 2008


Another one bites the dust....and will be moved to the deck, aka the "grave yard" as soon as possible. This is my third "nice" plant to die. I obviously do not have a green thumb AT ALL. I really used to laugh at people who said they couldn't keep plants alive. I mean really, what could be so hard....water, sunlight?!?!?! I have one peace lily in the house now (which is actually my second peace lily) and it seems to be hanging in there. Keep your fingers crossed!

On a lighter note....A $3.99 bottle of Merlot.....that is good! If you are a wine conniseur: just stop reading now! It goes down smoothe and has a great flavor. However, Brent says its watered down and it has been known to have little bits of cork in it-----as he takes a sip!! Brent and I have enjoyed many a bottle! It's definately worth it.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Christmas 2008

Honestly, the most wonderful time of the year!! Brent and I had the whole week off before Christmas and were able to head back to Mississippi on Friday to celebrate our Three Christmases! We got to Carrollton late Friday night and stayed until Wed. morning (Christmas eve). Then we headed to Hattiesburg to celebrate with my mom and the family. Christmas day around 5ish we left for Meridian to celebrate with my dad.

We got back to Knoxville around 10:30p on Friday due to some slow, still traffic thru Chattanooga. Brent had to work Sat. morning for a couple of hours and then had to work Sat. night. We spent today cleaning up and putting all our new stuff in its perfect place. We really racked up on great gifts. Brent used his new power drill to organize our garage.

Merry, Merry Christmas!! Thanks everyone for everything! We love you.

Friday, December 12, 2008

It's beginning to Look a lot like....

So much fun decorating with Brent for our first Christmas--married that is! We made it a little celebration with a bottle of wine and chicken fajitas because Brent's 27th birthday was the next day, Monday Dec. 1st. Thanks goodness we did since Brent started on trauma/general surgery for the month and was gone from 3:30a-8p on his birthday. Needless to say he came home exhausted (and a little grumpy)! He is such a trooper. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY LOVE!!
Next year we'll have to get a taller tree to go with our vaulted ceilings instead of the short, fat type. And after buying the essential Christmas decorations (well maybe a little more) I have decided to wait till after Christmas when everything is half off to continue to add to our collection. Considering we really started out with nothing, not even an ornament, it was getting a little expensive!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Fall FELL....

And Brent spent this afternoon raking up all the leaves. He actually used his new "blower." Which works great and puts the rake to shame. It looks so much better! I just hope we weren't too premature and will have to do it all again. This is BEFORE...


Winter here we come!! There were actually snow flurries yesterday here in Knoxville!! Just a little, but they sure make a Mississippi girl happy. It also got down to 22 degrees last night, burrr. However, this weather change has also brought about a little sore throat for both Brent and I. We are hoping a lot of orange juice and some Airbornne will stop it before it gets too bad! Anyways, hope everyone is doing great. Christmas will be here before we know it!!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

More WonderFALL!

WonderFALL also included a visit from Brent's parents. We had a great time exploring the Smokies. There was also tons of great food and conversation. It was so good to catch up on all we've been missing. We were also able to tackle some home improvement projects that haven't been possible without Dr. Hardin's handy work and a power drill! Thank you Dr. and Mrs. Hardin for everything. We love ya'll!!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Hotty Toddy!!

Brent's new toy!

Christmas came early this year!!

Brent has seriously asked for a kayak for his last birthday, Christmas, graduation, and wedding gift. And me being the more practical one, could always think of so many other things we could use than a ONE person kayak! Anyways, i gave in....how can you tell this cute face no for that long AND live in east TN where there are so many opportunities to use it. I can't lie---I'm pretty excited too!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

UT vs. MSU

We had a blast and enjoyed having a house full of company/family (we love you Mark) for the State game. Brent had previously worked 30 something days straight before this weekend. Needless to say, he was ready to let loose, which he did (and deserved to)!!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Enjoying the Fall

IJAMS Nature Reserve.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

5 MONTHS of pure bliss!!

We celebrated our 5 month anniversary Oct. 3rd with friends at "Wine on the Water." It was a charity event to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Over 100 different kinds of wine to taste and many samples from local restaurants and vendors set up along the river. We had so much fun.


Brent and I became first time homeowners August 29, 2008, YEA!! We are so excited. We live in a great little neighborhood called Westwood. We are less than 10 minutes from the hospital and downtown. The neighborhood reminds me a lot of Belhaven in Jackson. Most of the houses are older with tons of character. I love old homes, however as we searched for homes I quickly learned that all the old, charming homes (we could afford) had very little closet space and only one bathroom, so when we found this one....which was built in 1995 it was truly a dream come true, the best of both worlds!! I will try to post pictures of other houses in the neighborhood just to give you an idea. Below is a tour of our new home---this is not for people with weak stomachs (remember the blair witch project)?!? HOPE YOU ENJOY!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

These past 3 months...

Wow, where to begin?! We are loving living in Knoxville. The mountain view, friendly people, and mildER climate! We are renting a downtown loft right now which has been so much fun. We get to walk to restaurants and bars and enjoy plenty of free entertainment (farmer's market, concerts, etc) right outside our door, no driving!

We've enjoyed a weekend camping trip atop Chilohowee Mnt. with the Moore's, Meredith and Ben (Ben graduated from UMC with Brent). They are our closest neighbors in Chattanooga. This included campfires (my favorite), hiking, fishing, and just relaxing as much as you could while roughing it!!

Most notable, Brent started his surgical career July 1st. Words can't really explain this experience so far. A true learning experience for both of us, all in a good way. I am so proud of him! Here are some fun pics from the first morning like 2:30am!

I am officially a clinic nurse, woohoo! I work 4 days a week NO WEEKENDS for a neurosurgeon at UT. I do approx. 3 manual blood pressures. Other duties include scheduling, phone triage, insurance stuff. Basically, a glorified secretary! I can't complain 12 hour shifts at UMC ER were taking there toll....however, I eventually might have to pickup a part-time job that includes needles and medicines! We'll see.

And that should catch everyone up!

Monday, March 17, 2008