Wednesday, August 29, 2007 we come!!!

Just wanted to keep all of our blog readers up to the minute....

Amber will no longer be able to post for a few weeks because she is about to deliver our little girl.

Without getting too much into the details, as of last night Amber has been experiencing some "new" things. This morning she went in, and she is 90% efaced, 1.5cm dialated, and the baby's head has dropped significantly...and the midwife said we should be seeing our little one between now and 3 days from now! Just waiting for the contractions to start becoming more consistent and closer together....and then we're off to the hospital....

I promise I'll post pics of our precious baby when she arrives, but until then....keep Amber and I in your prayers!

Friday, August 24, 2007

Baby Girl's Room

We were hoping to have it COMPLETELY ready before the "reveal." But, time is running short, so I might as well show off what we have done so far!

Jason did a great job painting this dresser! It was a great find at a local church garage sale. God had it ready just for us - I saw it on the church lawn on my way to work. We also bought the matching twin bed frame that Jason will eventually paint for her. I think we paid a total of $20 for both the dresser and bed frame!

The Goodwill lamp base and shade we found stopping there on a whim. With two dance teacher moms, I had to add my own spice to the lamp with some rhinestones! I love bling and anything that glitters! I also sewed the runner with leftover fabric from her quilt.

The quilt I made is large enough for a toddler bed, so it doesn't quite fit in the crib. I had some extra blanket binding and fabric, so I made her a little blankie that she can have as her "special" blanket if she so chooses to have one! Also, this pic shows the beautiful way that the crib skirt turned out - my Mom and sister Autumn made it over their July 4th stay! I helped pin!

This is a pretty good shot of the curtains - they match the crib skirt. Also courtesy of Mom and Autumn! I have to point out the wicker hamper - $3 garage sale find! And, the changing table, $15 garage sale find! Oh, and if you don't remember, the crib was Craig's list. I love to see all of my deals and steals in there!

We want to paint pink, purple, yellow, and orange daisies on the walls. We have the paint and home-made stencils (made from enlarging the scanned daisies from the curtain and crib skirt fabric) ready to go. Maybe this will be a Labor Day labor-inducing activity! :-)

Hope you like it! We sure do! We also purchased a rocker/glider with ottoman off of We are very happy with it. It is in our living room for now, but it will eventually find a home in her room. I figure I might want it out in the living area for when we first come home from the hospital for all of those feedings!

Congrats Meg and Adam!!!

The happy couple during their beautiful and quaint ceremony!

The reception was HOT, but so much fun! Beautiful setting in Meg's parent's backyard with delicious food and great company. We especially thought that the favor - a pine tree sapling from the Arbor Day Foundation - was great! SO Meg!

A picture of the three amigas from college...ah, seems like ages ago! Julie, Meg, and I have many, many fond memories of our college days. It was great to reunite for such a happy occasion!

Congrats and Best Wishes again to Meg, Adam, and Rosie (Adam's daughter) - you make a wonderful family!

Elliot's Birthday!

Happy 6th Birthday, Elliot (our nephew)! We were glad to be invited to your Playmobil Pirate party!

Little bro Nate!

Elliot and his friend in their pirate ship! Andrea always creates such neat games for the kids! Not to mention, the extremely creative pirate foods - gold nuggets mac 'n cheese, ship hotdogs with sails, cannonball grapes, and more!

Big sister Hannah concentrating as she "walks the plank."

Thanks again for having us at your party, Elliot!

Jason's Family Baby Shower

The following weekend, July 29th, Jason's sister Andrea, Mom Sharon, and sister Sarah threw us another splendid shower! Andrea did a great job decorating her home. We had been there the previous evening for Elliot's 6th birthday party - a pirate theme (see pics above - I blogged out of order). So, it was quite the transformation as we arrived the next afternoon for the shower!

Lots of delicious food - as always!

Some of our guests: (Great to the baby) Grandma Diane at bottom left, Pat, Auntie Rita, Auntie Elaine, Roxanne, Auntie Loni.

Andrea, the goregeous hostess with the mostess! I will never live up to her parties!

Hannah (baby's oldest cousin) was a great helper during gift time! She kept all of the gifts together! Hannah also did a great job with the fun games we played - baby BINGO, guess the baby food in the jar, and a memory game of a basket full of baby goodies.

The shower was so wonderful and once again filled with so many blessings! Our baby has everything she needs due to everyone's generosity. Most importantly, she has so many people that already love her!!!

Baby Shower #2

Okay, okay... We have not fallen off of the face of the earth! I am going to attempt to make several posts this afternoon and get y'all caught up! First off, these are pics from our shower 7.21.07 with my families. This is adorable preggers Alix on the left and rock star Anne on my right (she is a reader, but I am still working on getting her to become a blogger! They are both friends that live back in my home state - great to see them!

Pictures of all of the guests! What a great crowd!

We were blessed with many wonderful gifts! Here is Mom and her girls - L to R: Trinity, Moriah, Brittany, Autumn, me, Summer. We usually try to get one of us in age order - didn't happen this time!

My Mom on the left and the main hostess, her sister, My Auntie Johnna on the right.

Generations for the baby: Great-Great Grammy Jean, Great-Grandma Jane, Grandma Jeanne, (mommy) and miss Auntie Hannah!

It was a success and we were very blessed by all that attended. I was a little hot and wiped out by the end, but it was SO great to have so many family and friends there!

We love you all!

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Bible Study Baby Shower - 7/11/07

A post has been a long time coming. It seems as though many bloggers are a little "sluggish" in the heat of the summer... My friend from church, Alicia, planned us a fabulous baby shower last month! I wanted to share some pictures from the event! It was held at our "Young Married Couples" Bible study leaders' home. We are very thankful for the many blessings we received there! Not only were people from church there, but my friend from college, Meghan, her sister, mom, fiance and his daughter were all there, too! We have had two more showers since then - one with each family.
This is Mary Jo and me with the beautiful "diaper cake" that she made for me! She is so talented! I really appreciate the hard work that she put into the cake! I was so thrilled to be receiving one - as I have admired the many that she has made for many of the gals at church. It was finally my turn!

A close-up of the cake. It is sitting in baby's room right now. I can't bear to disassemble it!

One view of the room during present opening!

Me and Meghan. She gets married on Sunday! Woo hoo!

Me elated after opening our "shopping cart cover." I am such a germ freak that I was thrilled when we received this off of the registry!

Our beautiful and tasty cake! Also see the delicious banana cake that is next to it - courtesy of Meg's mom, Colleen!

Me and Alicia. Doesn't she look great!?! Just had baby boy #2, Blake!

Overall, it was really an awesome shower and we felt very blessed by all of the generous gifts! Thank you!!!