Thanks for stopping by. I am so happy you are here. I would love for you to pull up a chair and your favorite drink and stay awhile. I always love reading more about the person and their family behind my favorite blogs. So I’ll share a little about myself and my family with you today.
I’m Kristy-wife to a wonderful husband and mom to two sweet kiddos. If you were to drive by my house right now you would see me under our gabled roof writing, crafting, cooking, baking, cleaning, organizing and hanging out with my family. I welcome you to my little corner of the internet where you’ll find me chatting about these topics with a few extra thrown in for good measure. I particularly have a fondness for being real and showing you the true way a project comes together…not just the pretty and easy. Don’t you just hate it when you try something from a blog or Pinterest only to have it fail miserably or be way harder than the post let on? Yeah, me too!
I am perpetually struggling with losing that “baby” weight (OK, I know that was five years ago…). You’ll definitely hear about this on the blog with my own thoughts, struggles, and tips along the way. I am committed to making my lifestyle a healthier one and doing the same for my family. It is a daily struggle.
My husband and I live in Chattanooga, Tennessee where we met 15 (yikes!) years ago. Funny story on how we met! We were at a luncheon for young professionals when Michael introduced himself to me and told me he was a graduate of the University of Virginia. I politely said hello but immediately ended the conversation. You see, while I was an undergrad at the University of Georgia (Go DAWGS!), I had dated an underclassman at UVA. Needless to say, I was not impressed with that pedigree at this point and wanted nothing to do with those pompous Wahoos (Sorry!). Well, of course my reaction intrigued him. A couple of weeks later we were both invited to dinner and met again. I was trying to set one of my girlfriends up with him but God had other plans. Apparently on his drive home, he called his mom to say he had met the girl he was going to marry! I can’t even!! Eventually he asked me out and the rest is history! We were married two years later.
So who is this husband of mine-My co-conspirator and apparently future seer?
Michael is a real estate/business attorney by day, soap box derby king by night and weekends. Michael is a wonderful husband who is always game for my latest adventure and for the most part, goes along with all my plans. He is so laid back! An awesome Dad who loves to hang out with our kids and teach them all things handy, especially building soap box derby cars. This hobby hails to his childhood where he spent countless hours with his own father building these gravity powered cars and racing all over the eastern US. He never won the illusive All American Soap Box derby race in Akron, Ohio as a kid; so here we are, trying our hand at it with our own kiddos. His favorite family time together is either at soap box derby race (especially if we are winning), at the beach on our extended family vacation, or hanging out with Mickey and the gang at Walt Disney World. (Shhh, don’t tell the kids but our next Disney adventure (January 2016) involves a very big boat, water, and a private Disney Island! I’ll be sure to post all about that process, surprise, and the voyage).
Growing Up, DAWGS, Type A and Disney
I was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. My parents divorced when I was about 5 so I spent time in both households growing up and have a younger brother. I adore his family and don’t see them nearly enough even though they transplanted to Tennessee too and live just an hour away. I graduated from the University of Georgia and am an avid Georgia DAWGS fan. The only TV I watch is football….seriously, just ask my kids. They retreat far, far away when I have Georgia football on lest they want their ear drums busted from my yelling at the screen. I transplanted to Chattanooga get my Master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and never left. My career began while I was still in graduate school.
I am definitely a creature of habit, an introvert, and Type A. I mean seriously, I had a laminated list for every day of our first family Disney trip that had the order of the rides planned out! In my defense, I had just received a laminator for Christmas! And, it was the best trip ever to Disney…it had to be since my hubby did not want to go….and now he is hooked for life. I definitely can laugh at myself….I mean really, laminated list for Disney, geez!
I struggle every day to overcome these tendencies. My kids definitely “help” me in this area.
About 3 years ago I jumped ship from a 12 year career in human resources to be a stay at home momma to my kiddos. This was hands down the best decision for our family. Props to you mommas working outside the home, I could no longer hang! Going back to my Type A and creature of habit personality this was seriously a crazy thing for this girl to do. So crazy I devoted a whole page on my blog to it. Check it out!
Fast forward to today and I am working part time for my church putting my gifts and talents to use for a greater purpose and enjoying the flexibility this opportunity affords my family. I also spend a great deal of time carpooling to gymnastics practice, gymnastics meets, going to derby races, and co-leading our Girl Scout troop. I am also getting ready to add baseball to this mix for my kids too. I definitely found a way to stay busy!
Speaking of kids!
Parker is my eight year old daughter—going on 30!
She is so mature for her age and very intuitive. She keeps us on our toes daily. She is an avid gymnast and has been since she was three. She competes for our local gym and when not competing or at practice, can be seen in a handstand watching TV or doing flips in the living room. She.never.stops!
She also enjoys racing. This is her first full year of racing and we are super proud of her for her tenacity in the race car. That gymnastics is paying off….she can get down low in those suckers! It took my husband several years to win his first derby rally race….she did it her first year racing! She had a great crew chief though.
Chase is my five year old son. He is aptly named…I spend a great deal of time trying to keep up with him. He has a twinkle in his eye and a grin like you would not believe. He also can cross his eyes better than anyone I know! I would not be surprised if he landed a gig on Saturday Night Live. He keeps us laughing.
Good thing he is adorable and can turn on his “sweetness” in an instant or, well, you know, he would be grounded for life by now. He is in Pre-K now and though I hate to wish my days away, I am looking forward to Kindergarten in the Fall. Baseball starts soon for him and he is so ready…he does this every time we go to a sporting store!
I can’t wait to see him play and blossom on that field.
It is my biggest accomplishment in life being a momma to these two. They bring me joy daily and truly do help me be a better person. I love this journey I am on with my husband and could not have planned it more perfectly that day we said “I do”. I thank God every day for his abundant blessings!
So, why a blog?
Ever since I can remember I have loved the process of writing. Even in grade school I looked forward to our writing assignments and loved it when we went to a special program about four times a year just for our writing. As an adult, I love the feel of a keyboard under my fingers. Thoughts streaming out….hitting the backspace bar (a lot!). I also love to share information with others. When I learn something useful, find a great product, or learn a DIY project the hard way, I just have to share it! And these are my favorite blog posts to read from other great bloggers! Put all that together with my desire for community and the creation of Under My Gabled Roof was born.
Phew! That is more than you ever wanted to know about me! I’d love to know more about you too! Please hang around and comment so I know you’re here. I do my best to read and respond to every one. You can also connect with me via email at kristy(at)undermygabledroof.com or via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, and Pinterest.
Thanks for reading! “Talk” to you soon!