Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Dear Bebe is still cute as a button which makes me not care what time it is in the wee hours of the morning. I guess this is why all parents do it. She is already teaching me lessons I never knew I needed to learn. And I am grateful for the opportunity.
I'm going to keep this short as time is like gold now and I will be back with an update sometime soon.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
THANK YOU SO MUCH for the lovely comments. We really appreciate them.
Now for the bad news. I had to have a C-Section! Ugh! But, the baby girl is here safe and sound so that is all that matters. She is of course, the prettiest baby I've ever seen! Tee hee.
She weighed in at 5 lbs and 14 oz....and 19 inches long.
Shouldn't be here much longer...will be home soon and will have another update when able to climb stairs better, etc.
Miss you all in bloggy land! Thanks again for your wonderful words of prayer and encouragement.
Monday, September 22, 2008
And I was really going to post today about how I was due in a couple of weeks and we both felt it was time to "reveal" the nursery room we were decorating and to announce the pregnancy to my bloggy pals. I even made a new blog header over the weekend. (I have added it now, to the top of the blog.)But, things don't always work out like you think they will and last night, my water membrane ruptured. So, we are getting packed up to go to the hospital in an hour....
Am I nervous now or what? I was not planning on going this early...and I'm not even sure what to write about. I've wanted to write about the pregancy this whole time and yet we chose to keep it private. I had terrible morning sickness and well all kinds of other symptoms that go along with being pregnant.
So, I just wanted to quickly type out what is happening and explain why I have been so secretive about my upcoming "life changes" which I hinted to in my post about the changing seasons. Also, I probably will be pretty busy very soon so I may not be available to blog but I did ask dear hubby to bring his laptop to the hospital. We are not completely packed and ready so he may forget... One of the baby's recent ultrasound pictures...look at that yawn!
She was tired from all the testing!
Keep us in your prayers! I have been praying consistently and asking God to keep the baby safe and healthy. I am looking forward to meeting our sweet baby girl and I am nervous at the same time. Be back to write soon. I'll leave you with some pictures of the nursery...
Clouds on the ceiling by Dear Hubby and StepDaughter #1. Subtle but soft and pretty. We went with pink of course and a "shabby chic" stripe pattern with aqua polka dots. Of course, now, this is my favorite room in the house! I will be spending lots of late nights there soon. :-)
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Unfortunately I already have all of these pieces.
(Sharon Pink Gravy Underplate or Pickle Dish)
It is tough to find something I don't have because I've been collecting for 16 years. I thanked him profusely and then we both decided since I already had these we might as well offer them to some other LuRay collectors.
(2 Persian Cream Tab Soups)
They are now available on the Bella Rosa Antiques website if you are a collector and need one of these pieces...or maybe you'd like to start a collection . . . these would be a great beginning!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
What a neat idea. I just have to answer these three questions:
Where: The Kitchen
Style: Traditional? Vintage
Favorite Item: My LuRay Dinnerware Collection!
For this Designing for Your Life post, I just had to show you how we went from a dark and drab seventies galley kitchen to an opened space with light and breezy colors just perfect for my vintage LuRay dinnerware collection. (I apologize for anyone who has seen this already...I know, I tend to show it whenever possible... I can't help it... I love it THAT much!)
This was the view as you walked in the front door. The kitchen is right behind those "Brady Bunch" style spindles and dark oak walls. We loved the house but knew this had to be changed right away. Dear Hubs really got a kick out of whacking at the spindles with his electric saw.
The problem was what to do with the remaining portion of the cabinets and that 1/2 wall left over. We came up with a plan . . .
This little "partition" also came out and went "bye bye!"
We decided to move the remaining portion on the right (behind the half wall is the stove and two side countertops with cabinets) forward, toward the other side of the kitchen, allowing us to add a quartz countertop over the entire thing, creating an island. This allowed more room for us to walk around it. Dear Hubby added the pendant lights as well as the lights in the ceiling. Love those! Some of the cabinets have lighting as well, inside.
Above is an after photo...although it was taken last Christmas and I didn't clear the clutter out of the way for the photo but you get the idea. We painted all the cabinets (some are cringing at the thought of this, I had no qualms whatsoever!) a creamy white and replaced the doors with glass to highlight my LuRay dinnerware collection. I had been collecting these dishes since 1992 and we knew it was "now or never" to display them so we went for it.
We absolutely love the transformation...and it is where we usually hang out, have friends over, sit and chat or work on projects. The new kitchen now is a seamless transition into the family room....making it even better for entertaining.
Thanks for sharing with me in our "Design for Life!"
Monday, September 15, 2008
There is something about the inside of these beautiful and very ornate churches that inspire me. Reminds me of my trip to Italy (on a much smaller scale of course!) with it's beautiful cathedrals, art work and architecture. What a grand setting for a wedding!
Unfortunately we did not get any photos of the couple as they left the church, it was threatening to rain so they were whisked off to their photo destination and finished up just as it started to mist. I did get a picture of them here, dancing at the reception.
The bridesmaids wore elegant and classic black cocktail dresses with beaded trim....and they carried bouquets of roses in this fuschia pink. It was a nice stunning contrast. Each table had it's own set of roses to match. The food was yummy and the reception was a lot of fun.
The father of the bride gave a nice speech and at the end he had words of advice for the groom. Or should I say "words to memorize" ....LOL. They were:
1) "Yes, dear."
2) "You were right."
3) "I was wrong."
And he said occasionally he is told
4) "I'm sorry"
Goes a long way.
I do agree with some of these words...but since I've only been married 4 1/2 years I'm not going to give any expert advice. I just want to wish them much happiness and long marriage. They probably won't be spared any heartache or pain, I think those things come along with life....but it is how you get through the rough times that makes all the difference. Wait a minute....I think I just gave some words of wisdom there! Maybe I have learned something in my first few years of wedded bliss!
I'd love to hear from my fellow bloggers their own words of advice for the happy couple. Anyone have the secret to a good marriage? I think that is the best gift they could receive as they head off today for their two week honeymoon to beautiful HAWAII!
Friday, September 12, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
And here he is in formation receiving his honors from the sergeant or commander. He looks so grown up in his uniform. A very proud moment!!!!
Now he has moved on to his next phase of army training. . . he will be learning to work on helicopters. We have no doubt he will do well! And this time they are allowed to have cell phones...but ironically, no computers....so much for the gift we gave him! When he gets out of this round of schooling I think he's allowed to have one. He really liked it though!
You just don't think about what our soldiers go through to keep our country safe until you know an enlisted soldier. I'd like to thank ALL of the young men and women who take on this challenge and dedication. Bless your hearts and God Bless America! "Give three cheers for the red, white, and blue..."
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
My stepson is graduating from Army boot camp! Yay! We are so proud of him and thrilled for him. I'm sure it was one long, hot summer down at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He is receiving an award, too, for earning top honors in his class. We were thrilled when letters would arrive from him during this nine week period and it was great to read updates on how he was doing. This must have been a wonderful experience but also a very difficult one. The things you have to do at army training!
And with the arrival of a certain tropical storm named Hanna, which may turn into a hurricane, last minute changes were being made to the graduation ceremony. I only found out at the last minute when I called there to make a dinner reservation. Turns out they were canceling the "Family Day" and moving graduation up 24 hours. Hardly enough notice for parents to get there in time but I'm sure it is better to be safe than sorry.
So here is the gift we are giving him tomorrow....which I wrapped...me trying to be patriotic with my colored ribbons! He wanted a laptop computer for his next phase of army training so this is what is in the box. Hope he likes it.
Congratulations on a job well done!
Let's hope Miss Hanna holds off long enough to keep everyone safe in their travels, too. Keep us in your prayers.