One wild year… 

Our little man turned ONE in February! He is a walking, talking, tornado of a toddler and we wouldn’t trade this experience for anything! His is our heart and makes life more fun. Being his parents is the most amazing blessing!

Beau’s a WILD ONE! Cake smash.

Beau’s a WILD ONE! First birthday bash.


Love, Lindsey & Darren


And then there were 3…

14 hours of labor starting at 10:00am, ending with 3.5 hours of pushing and the most amazing ending at 11:57pm on February 25, 2017. You should know that the majority of this post comes from writing on my wordpress phone app during 2am nursing sessions. I apologize in advance for typos and grammatical errors… let’s […]

via A birth story…  — lindseyogabliss

The nursery…

I’m 39 weeks today and the nursery is finally finished! We’ve had most of the must-haves ready for a while but now we feel that it is fully finished and ready to meet this baby boy!



The crib is Lindsey’s from childhood and we had it painted white and updated a few safety standards. I love the character of this 1980’s Jenny Lind style crib! 

Darren built the frame for the changing pad and stained it to match perfectly!

Beautiful Moses basket bassinet for when he’s newborn and sleeping in our room.


  • Wall color – Sherwin Williams – Repose Gray
  • Crib, dresser & bookshelf – antiques
  • Crib bedding, skirt & blanket – Pottery Barn Kids
  • Changing table diaper caddy (wicker basket) – Pottery Barn Kids: Sabrina diaper caddy
  • Elephant rocker – Pottery Barn Kids: Plush elephant rocker
  • Window curtains & double curtain rod – Pottery Barn Kids
  • “You are our greatest adventure” artwork – Hobby Lobby
  • World map – Michael’s craft store
  • Rocker – Babies R Us: Sutton Upholstered Swivel Glider in Linen
  • Moses basket & stand/rocker – Restoration Hardware Baby
  • Rug, arrow lamp, side table & ottoman pouf – World Market
  • Diaper pail – Ubbi diaper pail – steel gray


Love, Lindsey & Darren

Home improvements…

We were recently looking through photos of the house from when Darren first bought it in 2012 and realized these before & after pictures are family-blog worthy! The “before” pictures are from the real estate listing in 2012.

Living room before & after… Just a little wall paint and re-decorating and it looks like a completely different house!

Living room panorama: (yes, dog beds are a part of our style)


Kitchen before… (Check out that lighthouse mosaic and stellar wall paper!)

Kitchen after… (A little tile paint and wa-lah! Lighthouses be gone.)

New kitchen lighting! (you know you’re old when you get excited about a light fixture)

Dining room before & after… (a chandelier make-over is in the near future)

Master bedroom… (This one doesn’t even look like the same room!)

Guest bedroom before…

Guest bedroom after…

Office/bedroom before & after…

Office panorama…


Guest bathroom before & after… (We don’t have a listing picture from before but here it is before we re-decorated… (featuring Bailey)! New paint, hardware, light fixture, mirror, shower curtain & towels!)

Deck space before & after…

Projects to come…We are currently working on the bonus room downstairs (aka. Darren’s man-cave) and plan to give the master bathroom a face-lift similar to the guest bathroom!

Paint colors: Our style is definitely neutrals/grays! Sherwin Williams – Sea Salt (in the living room, dining room & hallways) & Sherwin Williams – Repose Gray (in the bedrooms)

Happy, happy, happy!

Love, Lindsey & Darren

Adventures in furniture painting… 

I don’t know why I (Lindsey) love this coffee table so much. Maybe it’s because my parents bought it when they got married in ’77… Maybe it’s because it has traveled with me from townhouse to apartment to house to apartment and back again in my 20’s… Maybe it’s because it has been in my living room my entire life. No matter my attachment to this piece of furniture; it needed a make over. Big time.

I have painted a few small things over the last year but this was my first time staining. My project space was is the garage which is a good thing because I kicked over the can of stain the first time I used it… Whoops.

first coat of stain on the top


second coat of stain and distressed base (all waxed and complete!)

final product in our living room!

morning light

And now I love it even more! It goes well with the style of our home and makes the living room feel complete!

past projects: dining room

past projects: guest bedroom mirror

Products used (coffee table):

  • Base:
  • Annie Sloan chalk paint: old white
  • Annie Sloan: clear wax & dark wax
  • Top:
  • Minwax espresso stain (oil based)
  • Minwax polyurethane (clear)


Love, Lindsey & Darren

A year later…

It’s so hard to believe it’s been a year! We love looking back over our amazing wedding photos and reminiscing about “the year of craziness,” This year has been a lot more relaxed than last year! I (Lindsey) am much more relaxed in my second year of teaching and Darren is busy studying for his PE (professional engineering license) exam.

Heather Durham Photography

We spent our anniversary weekend in the mountains at Darren’s family cabin and despite all the rain, had a great time! We hiked in the rain with Bailey and Emma, walked around the Highlands shops and had some great local food.

Loaded up and ready to head to the mountains!

Loaded up and ready to head to the mountains!

The next weekend we raced in our first team race! The Coosa River Challenge is a 4 mile trail run, 8 mile mountain bike, 7 mile kayak/canoe down the Coosa with obstacles and more running and extreme challenges throughout. We finished in 6 hours and 12 minutes! We plan to race again next year and try to beat our time! Here’s our race video… (Lindsey’s first time editing and putting together a GoPro video!). Grab some popcorn and treat it like a short film because it’s 15 minutes long! We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!


Love, Lindsey & Darren

The couple who bikes together…

We both love to bike. I (Lindsey) grew up biking with my brothers. I also remember taking family bike rides from our house in Forest Park to Johnny Rockets in 5 Points. Being a biking family, the boys (ahem. men.) have taken a yearly bike trip to Tsali, NC since about 2004. When Darren and I started dating he was invited on the trip and after a couple of years he invested in a new bike. We were talking recently about how convenient Oak Mountain State Park is to our home and how it would be fun to bike together but it was an ordeal to borrow a bike for me and then trek all the way back to the park. So…. we bought a bike for me! We have been biking Oak Mountain and it’s so fun! The weekends that we have biked together were amazing weekends. It’s so much fun to do something where we can be active and laugh and give each other praise and support. We also have rented paddle boards on the lake at Oak Mountain and it’s really fun! I would love to eventually purchase our own paddle boards too!

We are currently training for the Coosa River Challenge where we will mountain bike, trail run, and river paddle as a team in a 6 hour race!

Just purchased Lindsey's new bike and ready to ride!

Just purchased Lindsey’s new bike and ready to ride!

Love & sweat,

Love, Lindsey & Darren

Yearly ski trip…

For the past 4 years we have taken a yearly ski trip out West with a group of friends. It is the highlight of our winter every year! Here are a few pictures from our adventures in Keystone, Colorado.

*Coming soon: video footage from Darren’s GoPro camera!

The whole group on day 3 of skiing

The whole group on a very windy day of skiing

Kurtis and Darren taking a break on the slopes

Kurtis and Darren taking a break on the slopes

Very windy on day 3!

Very windy on day 3!

The boys: Triple, Darren, and Kurtis

The boys: Triple, Darren, and Kurtis

The girls: Mallory and Lindsey

The girls: Mallory and Lindsey

So bright on the ski lift!

Bright and sunny day on the ski lift!

Happy skiing,

Love, Lindsey & Darren