Thursday, September 30, 2010

Take a Guess!

At my baby shower in August, guests were asked to guess Baby Rives' birthday and sex. I wonder who the winner will be? I really can't believe that October is here....I'm going to have a BABY this month!! What is your guess??

In my "free time" lately, I've started working on baby's 1st year scrapbook/baby book...
At my 37 week doctor's appointment this past Monday, my doctor said he would induce me anytime after Oct. 10th. This really took me by surprise since my due date is not until Oct. 18th! As excited as we are to meet our little one, Josh and I think we're going to wait it out and hope that I go into labor naturally (that is the only thing I really want to do naturally....that epidural will be calling my name as soon as I can get it)!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Baby Shower!

This past Sunday I was blessed by another amazing baby shower! It was such a fun party and baby Rives received a ton a fabulous things...we are definitely ready for baby now!

The shower was at Connie's house in Coppell...her home is beautiful! The sign-in table...
The adorable invitation! The guests were asked to bring their gift unwrapped....I loved this because I was able to spend more time chatting with my guests (instead of unwrapping presents for half of the party) and everyone got to look at all of the gifts displayed.
Beautiful table and delicious treats!
Precious cake that matched the invitation...
How cute are these candy favors?!
Mom and I with the hostesses...Connie, Ashley, Alisa, Debbie and Patti (we're missing Jackie and Courtney in this pic) These ladies definitely know how to throw a great party!! So very thankful for them!
Here is miss Jackie!
My book club girls...Julianne, Jennifer, Shelbi, Erin, Sarah and Karen...LOVE these girls!
Me and Corinne...
Me with Holly, Erin and Ellie (Erin's sweet little one). Doesn't Ellie look beautiful with her lip gloss and jewels on?! :)
Baby Rives' Great Grandmother....I am so thankful that Granny (Josh's Grandmother) came up from Houston for the shower!
Aunt Jill and Cousin Kalie...
Cynthia, Me and Sommer...
My cousin Amanda and her little one, Jake!
Margaret, Granny, Julie, Kathy and I...
Mom, me and Becky...
These two think they're hilarious...they showed up with matching shirts!
They say "No, I'm the Favorite Grandma"

I am so grateful for all of my amazing family and friends...THANK YOU for celebrating Baby Rives!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Maternity Pics...

A VERY BIG thank you to the extremely talented and gracious David Edmonson of Edmonson Photography for taking maternity pictures of Josh and I last week. He got some great shots of the nursery too!

Monday, September 20, 2010

36 Weeks...

Exhaustion = no commentary for this week's belly pic.

{36 Weeks}

Even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.
Psalm 139:10

Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Nursery:::Revealed

The nursery is 99.9% complete, so I thought it was time to finally reveal it to the world! I'll start with my inspiration for the room....JLo's nursery for her twins. I saw this picture in People Magazine a couple of years ago and instantly fell in love with it. I made Marina tear it out and save it for me....I scanned it and have had it in my "important documents" folder on my computer ever since!

And so without further ado, I present to you Baby Rives' nursery...

The nursery colors are mixtures of cream and white, with a few funky pops of turquoise and gold
The details...

The chair was in the guest room (now nursery) previously and we had it recovered with some of the same fabrics used in the bedding. We found those fabulous pillows at Z Gallerie and the funky lamp came from a lamp outlet store...we got a killer deal on it! The clear and turquoise crystals hanging off of it are magnetic!
The glider was Jimmy and Jill's...they rocked both Kalie and Cole in it, so I think it's really special that our babies will be rocked in the same chair! It was white with denim painted it turquoise and we had the cushions recovered. The side table was a table I already gave it a fresh coat of white paint (it was brown).
Glider ottoman...this pattern is monogrammed on my crib bumpers too.
The crib and bedding! A big thanks to my dad and Corinne for purchasing the crib for Baby Rives. The bedding was made by June Jantze, a good friend of my moms.
This satin ribbon was used at our had a lot left over, so we decided to use it for the bumper ties. If baby is a boy, we'll lose the bows and do flat ties!
The framed mirror behind the crib was also a steal of a deal that mom and I found. The area with white was mom covered it with some of the left over bedding fabric.
My mom found these beautiful frames...they were gold so we got the spray paint after them! Josh and I chose 2 of our favorite hymns ("Praise to the Lord the Almighty" and "In Christ Alone") to go inside. Debi Sementelli of Lettering Arts Studio did the calligraphy.
This hymn was sung at our wedding...
The found this gem as well! I thought I wanted a traditional looking chandelier, but mom convinced me to go more modern and I'm so glad that I took her advice. We added some magnetic crystals to give it a little sparkle! A very special thanks to Claudia Nelson for purchasing the chandelier for Baby Rives....thank you Claudia! What a sweet surprise!
The changing table...this table was donated to Josh's parents and they passed it on to us! My dad painted it black and we added crystal knobs to give it a fresh new look. I still need a changing pad and cover....that will come eventually!
Accessories on the other side of the room. You may have noticed that we chose 2 different for this wall and a different one for the wall that the crib is on. Again, my mom's creative idea!
I found the rocking chair for $10 on was red so I had dad paint it white. The ceramic vase under the chair was made by my mom's mom ("Gran") in 1964...she engraved her name (Marie Redden) and date on the bottom of it. The owl is from Z Gallerie...I had to have a little Chi O love in the room...and funny enough, my Gran loved owls too. The small picture is of Agness rubbing my baby belly in Zambia and the big picture is a shot of Josh and I on our wedding day...after all, the nursery "is all because two people fell in love!" :)
Fun mirrors my mom found...
The sconce was initially black...again, we got the white spray paint after it. And the gold boxes are gifts from my mom from over the years from her travels to England and Israel...
Clock with magnetic crystals we added!
The fabric for the curtains was the first thing mom and I found for the nursery...we immediately fell in love with it! And I think they may be one of my favorite things in the nursery.
It was definitely a family affair in preparing the nursery! Thank you dad for all of the painting you did! I LOVE YOU!!

And mom, words truly cannot express how grateful I am for all of the planning, organizing, creativity, shopping and hard work you put into making the nursery just what I wanted. Thank you for all of the items you purchased (a lot of them) and for making each detail special. I am so thankful for you and will always cherish the memories we made planning and preparing the nursery together. I love you so, so much! THANK YOU!!

Now, all we need is a baby!!