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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

I heart Gallery Walls

I think that I am up to 7 or 8 gallery walls in my house! I love them! I thought I would show you our stairway walls today! These stairs are right off our living room. I have a collection of black frames, some with mats, some without. I love adding to this series as our family grows and more memories are made. I love how gallery walls are personal, show our history, and speak Cass Life. 

view to our living room.

as the days and year go... I continue to build on these walls!

looking up.

The bottom left is me, 9 months pregnant with Zion. 

above:  Zion at 5 days old (we used this pix for her birth announcement). top right is Zakiyah at 2 days old with her sister and cousin, Ryder. The bottom right is Zion on my first Mothers Day 2010

The art work on the top left is my Christmas gift 2012 from Zion. The top middle is Zakiyah at one week old (birth announcement). All of the photos here at taken from Fagan's. 

Some fun pix up close. That cute red head on the bottom is my all time fav of my sister, Cara. Pepsi shirt, pulling barbie hair. Perfection. circa 1988? The baby with the bonnet is Zion at 5 months. She is so cute!

The top left is our family pix at Zion's one year shoot with Fagans. 

Wedding pix. 2005- with our families.

The middle pix is Andy and I in 2006! The maternity pix is me pregnant with Zakiyah/ July 2012. All of the professional pix are Fagans. 

Do you have a gallery wall in your home? I think it is the best way to display a collection. Whether it is art, photos, kid art or words! Do you have a favorite way to display your items?

Monday, March 18, 2013

Kitchen Update- Shine your LIGHT!

Winner Winner. Chicken Dinner. We have new lights! I am love!!!! Thank you West Elm for always providing me with glorious beauty! Seriously, I love love love our lights. Our old ones are for sale if you are interested in purchasing them.....email me! I have been wanting to get something more fresh, modern and light. With our kitchen being more classic and mission style, I wanted to add some elements to play off it. Below- is a before picture to remind y'all. 

After- with my new buddies!

We have two pendants hanging over our island and one over our kitchen sink!

In love with Edison light bulbs. I got them on Amazon.

Aren't they beautiful?

Over our kitchen table, we hung a big drum shade! It is so pretty at night when it glows. I love how it has southwestern flare mixed with ikat. Praise.

at night time...they glow so beautifully.....

Do have a favorite trend or style right now with lights? There are so many looks right now that I am loving!

Sunday, March 17, 2013


this song is soooo good. my friend Kati showed it to me and it has been my anthem as of late. enjoy. 


Bethel Live- Loft Sessions- Jenn Johnson
"come to me"

Saturday, March 16, 2013

What a day!

Do you ever have those days that go so fast that you look at the clock and it has been 8 hours in a "feels like" 1 hour time period? Today was that day for us. It was unplanned. Carefree. and perfect! Last night , we had a Gate Lock In (youth group) at church until 6am. I only stayed until 11:30pm, while Andy roughed it until 6:30am this morning. So when the girls got up, I hit up Target with them and just hung out while Andy slept. When the husband got up, I  made scrambled eggs and chocolate croissants from Trader Joes (go buy them! freezer section. amaze-) After chowing down some food, our friends, the Rowans texted us and came over for sledding/lunch....but it turned out to be an all day thing. Which was so much needed for all of us. Our neighbors hung too! We had a sledding party, (the dads handled that) while Jody and I hung with our babies! Then 8 kids piled inside with red faces and runny noses and spent time playing, "swimming", tea parties, chasing each other, warming up by the fire, and having a blast. The kids needed it as much as us adults. We had a couple rounds of roasting coffee at our neighbor Mike's and Luke's amazing Moka Coffee. I made some yummy Cafe Miel's and Americanos. Oh my word, too much coffee! We had a casual supper with 7 littles around the counter for Chef Andy to serve chicken nuggets, fries, apples and black beans! Bliss. No agenda. No organizing. No running errands. It was a great day. Thankful for our friends. Thankful for snow (for my husband's sake and Zion) :) Here are some pix for you! 

My precious Zakiyah having tummy time this morning!

My amazing croissants. Heaven!

Zi and Lila!

Sydney gettin air

Mike giving it a try

Luke rockin it out

Collin getting lots of air.

The kiddos playing on the playground!

Beautiful Sydney!

Luke being backup support :)

The hill.

Luke and Sydney

Sophia and her daddy

Wouldn't be right if the dad's didn't give it a try.

Caroline trying to hitch a ride. She is over this....ha.

Love her hat!!!

Sean and Mike keepin' it real.

Braum getting air!

Zion is living the life! (for those of you that followed my Instagram today, note her hand is ok here) :)


Daddy time.


Zion. Sophia. and Lila cuddling when they came in by the fire.

What a day. I am tired. Have you taken advantage of the weather lately? Do you have a favorite winter activity? Hope you had a great Saturday! Can I just say, I loved it being light out til 7!