State Champs

WOW, what a weekend. I over did it, that’s no secret. My baby brother, Kyle plays basketball for Covington Catholic High School. He’s a sophomore and starts JV. He started dressing for varsity near the end of the season. After they won region, the team headed to Rupp Arena in Lexington for the state tourney. SO exciting! I love basketball (go cards!) and Kyle playing high school ball is no different. I begged someone to come in at 3pm for me at work so I could head down to Rupp for the first round Thursday at 8pm.

Everyone was so excited to be here, from the students, to the players, to the parents. This was a text I recieved from my mom at 530pm: 

She cracks me up. I was hoarse after the win from the screaming and cheering. Home at midnight and back to work on Friday, off at 3pm and headed back down to Lexington for the second round at 8pm. We met up with some friends Jeff, Andy, and Sara had cocktails and headed to the game. Another win!

Afterwards, we went to the local brewery, West Sixth, to finish watching the UK game. We got home around 2am. I was exhausted! I had planned a wedding shower for months at my house for Angie who is marrying my favorite cousin, Erik. Johnny and I are both in the wedding. I spent all day Saturday cleaning my house and preparing for the shower on Sunday at noon. Semifinals were held at 8pm on Saturday, and we headed back to Lexington.

Another awesome win. The JV team played for about the last 17 seconds because we were up more than 10 points. It was then back home we went. Sadly, I had to miss the finals as the shower was right in the middle of the 2pm game time. Thankfully, I was able to watch it online. I got up Sunday at 9am to pick up cookies my friend Emily made for the shower. Everyone came over at noon. Shower was great.  Turned the game on at 2pm for me and my family. My mom missed the shower and rightly so. By 4pm, Cov Cath had won their first ever state championship and I cried. A selfie:

These boys just played 4 games back to back on a college sized court. What an effort! A homecoming was celebrated at school at 7pm, and of course we went. The bus was escorted by firetrucks, police, and ambulances back home. It was incredible. Coach Ruthsatz handed each player and coach their state medal back at home.

So proud of those boys and their efforts. Seriously. Their hard work was rewarded on Sunday. I’m hoarse and tired, and way behind on school work, but goshdarnit, it was worth it! Thanks for the memories!!


Days after I post this, YHL (who I just adore) announces they are partnering with Target to sell a new collection of hooks and hardware. Target is killing it and I would be rich if they didn’t exist!


And everyone wonders how I have enough stuff to host garage sales.

My Jam

Two of my favorite things are coming together!

Target Emily Henderson


Seriously, this is amazing. Emily and Target are my jam and I cannot wait.


I bought this adorable hanging planter from Ikea, but can’t decide where to put it! I thought the colors would go great in the office, but with the vaulted ceilings it’s not working out.

RISKORN Hanging planter IKEA A plastic inner pot makes the plant pot waterproof.

Once my generous cousin does my taxes, I’m hoping to re-do the first floor bathroom with my returns. Paying off student loans or redoing the bathroom? Easiest. decision. ever. Not really, but I’m 90% sure it’s happening. Maybe this cute planter could hang from the ceiling in front of the window in there.

The bathroom needs a new floor, paint and removal of the tiled walls. They are cracked and sunken and ugly. We’ve lived with it for almost 3 years. The toilet, sink and tub are newer, and the tile in the shower has been updated. This is what I’m thinking:

Better After | Bathroom Makeover. Love the wall color & board and batten together.

Similar floor, paint and wall coverings. Not sure on the paint, but I’m loving the moody grey-blues. This 2 inch marble hex tile is so dreamy, but would probably cost $500 alone. AmIinsane? I want to tackle all the this with my dad. I’ve been dying to learn to tile, everyone else is doing it!

The paneling will hopefully make it easier to hide the mess we’ll remove off the walls. I’m sure there will need to be some patching of drywall, especially if I want to achieve this desired look:

floor to ceiling board and batten bathroom - Google Search

Lastly, if time and money allow, I’d like to make the ceiling above the shower as high as the ceiling in the rest of the room. Not much light gets into the shower because the opening now is so small. Hopefully this will make the room look bigger and I will be able to buy a longer shower curtain as well. A new mirror will be in order, and maybe a new light. I’d love a pendant… I’ll keeping stalking Pinterest for ideas.

I’m hosting 2 showers at my house this spring. It’d be a miracle if this was complete for at least one of them!

Do you think I’ve exceeded my tax return yet?