Love Was In The Air in Tennessee

There is nothing better being in an amazing place, experiencing fun new things. However there is nothing worse then being in amazing place, experiencing fun new things without your whole family. If you couldn’t tell by my Instagram photos,  our favorite person was missing, my husband Gavin. A few weeks ago I told you about his new job and his transition requires him to be there quite a bit so he decided he was going to have to miss the wedding and trip. We missed him terribly and were so thankful for FaceTime. By the end of the trip, Wyatt was looking at any taller male with dark hair saying “Dada” it was quite uncomfortable for both parties and a great indicator that it was time to get on home!! I am typing this post now watching Gavin feed Wyatt peanut butter and my heart is finally whole again being home with him.


Other than him being gone, the trip was amazing. It began with a 12.5 hour travel day from  San Luis Obispo to Knoxville. I was lucky enough to travel with my brother, his girlfriend Sam who I love, my cousins Grace, Madi and Jordan, all who were more than happy to hold, play and entertain Wyatt. It’s not easy traveling alone with babies but with them it couldn’t have been better, and I’m so thankful for their help!


A wedding brought us to Knoxville however my newly engaged best friend from college lives just 2 hours away and no matter what my trip plans were I was going to make sure I saw her! Wyatt and I woke up and got in the car the next day, and headed to meet sweet Anna in Johnson City, Tennessee! We got there just in time to watch her as the morning news anchor for the tri-cities, I was SO happy watching her. I watched her all throughout college work her booty off with internships and jobs pursuing her dream and that moment I was able to witness it all come to fruition, I felt like a proud mother haha!

img_3595After, we met up with her Fiance and ate at the world famous Tupelo Honey! We grubbed on fried pickles and sweet tea then toured the town she now calls home. Driving back to catch the rehearsal dinner I reflected on how grateful I am for friendships, and how important it is to nurture them even when I feel like my own world can be a bit consuming.



Saturday morning we woke up wanting to make the most of the day before the wedding, so I jumped in the car with my sister Jenna and her boyfriend Nick to explore downtown Knoxville. It was THE coolest little place, not at all what I expected. There was a farmers market going on so we got to explore all kinds of little businesses, watch street performers, and play in the water fountain. I absolutely love being with my sister, and her boyfriend Nick is literally the nicest person i’ve ever met so being with them and exploring the awesome downtown made for the best afternoon!img_3715





We met up with my parents, Lori and Rob Gillespie, Madi Jordan and his parents at a great spot called Bar 5. A room full of chandeliers, great drinks, and delicious avocado toast!




The wedding was real reason we were there, and it was the most beautiful occasion. First, my little brother Scotty was there from University of Georgia and he was just a dream to be around. His happy spirit, positive attitude and all around fun demeanor had me smiling THE entire night, he just gets better with age. My cousin Jack got married to my Chi Omega Sister and dear friend Macy, the love was so evident and I am so proud of both of them. Their love is a one of those ones that is so pure and real and we are so lucky to have them as friends. Another highlight of the night was seeing my Chi Omega sisters from  my days at the University of Colorado, they could not have been more darling. We caught up, laughed, and I genuinely loved getting reacquainted with each of them.



I held Wyatt asleep in my arms while dancing around, watched my grandma get it on the dance floor with my brothers as my parents looked on with smiles, and laughed like crazy with my cousins and siblings. It was the best evening, and a great reminder of how much I love and appreciate our family. There is always an amazing feeling in the air when people are brought together to celebrate love, and this past weekend was just that.


Hope you all have a wonderful week! Leave a comment if you can, I love seeing who is on here reading my blog!

Love you all, and in the words of my adorable niece Georgia, HAPPY DAY!




  1. Bouba
    October 11, 2016 / 9:35 pm

    Great job Stef! Love you and proud of you sister! I like the positive vibes you are always sharing with the world.!

    • Kim Hardy
      October 11, 2016 / 11:42 pm

      Thank God for your sharing nature, Stephi! Dan and I were so bummed to have to miss this special event, but because of this blog I was able to live vicariously through you… Almost feel like I too was there! ❌⭕️❌💖

  2. October 12, 2016 / 1:55 am

    So awesome you and Wyatt were able to visit Anna. I read your blog all the time!!!

    See you and your family soon in SLO.

    Love you.

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