Saturday, July 31, 2010

The best day ever

Thank you Rhonda Thompson for capturing the best day of my life.  I will always treasure these photos because it is the day my miracle happened.  

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Happy Birthday Grayson!

Happy Birthday!!! 

Grayson Kelly Allen
Born at 1:25pm
7 pounds 7 ounces

Monday, July 26, 2010

Nursery Tour

We finally finished Gray's room yesterday.  Oopps.  I just could not commit to putting things on the walls..but with a little urging of a few people (Rebecca and Kelly) we got it done.  I love it how it turned out.  It is fun and young but not too baby-ish.  That was the important thing for me.  Little boys are cute and sweet until they can walk.  Then it is dirt, dump trucks and dinosaurs, so I wanted to give him something he could grow with (not out of).   So with out further ado, Grayson's Room!

 I love how his name turned out above his bed! 
It is a vinyl wall piece and my good friend created it. 
Thanks Bec! 

 His crib and bedding again

I can not wait to get this baby home so I can rock him and read him stories

Here are some prints I made.  
I really like how they turned out and it made decorating more cost effective. 
(Have you priced children's wall art recently...YIKES!)

 The hutch...I love all of his little things.
My stylist made the pail with his name on it.  Thanks Kelly!
(remember her name-I have a fabulous story about her coming soon)

The armoire

The top of the armoire.  The black frame has his first ultra sound picture in it 
and the orange frame is waiting on him to wear his UT outfit. 
I made the ABC canvas as well. 

The side table..I think I am going to get a taller lamp.

The monogram on his lamp is another vinyl piece from Rebecca.
The cow is VERY is from his birth mother.
 (We both have a LOVE of cows)

More canvases with a Dr. Seuss quote
"Today you are You,
that is truer than true. 
No one alive is youer than You"

There are a few other little things I will be working on.  My husband is going crazy for something UT in his room.  I am on the look out for something that matches the style of the room.  Luckily-we added orange touches every where so it will fit haha.  I am also working on the brown space behind his changing pad.  It is a cork board, which will be great when he is older.  For now I have no idea what to do with it.  I though about tacking up some scrapbook paper but not sure what would look good with his VERY busy changing pad cover.  I am open to suggestions!  

I am tickled pink about this little guy and counting down the hours-that's right hours!-until I get to meet him.  What a blessing this process has been and I do not take any of it for granted.  I know people on adoption waiting list who have been there for YEARS.  Our journey seems pretty short compared to that.  Keep checking back in.  I am finishing up his story to be published wednesday and I will have pictures the second he comes out.  Please say a prayer for the surgery to go ok.  We have to be there at 10am and the delivery will be around noon.  The birth mother is scared to pieces of needles (as am I) and I know it will be a very emotional day for her.  Pray that she is comforted quickly and her recovery is brief.  Well I am off to finish the one million things on my never ending to do list! 
See you tomorrow!!! 

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

2010 Cupcake Party

Sorry I have been gone so long!  July is so very crazy for me, even without preparing for a baby.  I have been gone from sun up to sundown most days.  I know I will be exhausted once he is here but I will be glad to be at home for a while.  Grayson is scheduled to be born via c section on Tuesday and we have been going CRAZY!!!!!   There are so many things that I feel I need to accomplish and there is never enough time.  I am still working on getting his room together (grrr) and we (Artie) have a few things that we (Artie) need to put together.  Ha!

We had our very last appointment today and all the doctors and nurses involved have been so understanding and helpful.  It seems that with adoptions everything is hurry up and wait.   In the end the only thing that will matter is that baby in my arms.  
Ok.  Update on to the fun! 

Last week, the majorette's annual cupcake party was held at my house.  Normally the party is after the first home game but this year I will be a little busy in the middle of August ha!  One of the majorettes could not attend and we missed her dearly but a fun time was had by all.  Artie came in the living room after they left and says "I could tell when the sugar kicked in, they kept getting louder by the minute!"  Whoops.  Here are some pictures from the night.  

These towels inspired the theme.  
I found them at the dollar tree and added the bows! 

Gotta have the cute puffs! 

It would not be a party at my house without candy

The yummy cupcakes on the stands I made-
another dollar store craft! 

The snacks! 
Polka dotted place mats from the dollar tree too! 
(notice a theme?)

(I do not have a stand so i used a cakestand)

The group

I even made a cupcake wreath for the door! 

Love this picture of the girls...they are so pretty! 

I hope you all have had wonderful few weeks.  I am looking forward to sharing Grayson's story with you and his birthday!  Blessings! 

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy 4th of July!

I hope you have had a wonderful holiday weekend.  I am so thankful to live in a country that I can worship exactly how I wish.  I am thankful for the women and men who leave their families behind to fight for my family.  I am so very grateful to live in America.

The Christmas Shop has been busy busy with the 40th annual Jonesborough Days.   It is a weekend filled with fun, food and bluegrass music capped off with fireworks.

Sorry I have been absent this week.  I have been taking some time to prepare my heart for the gift I am about to receive.  It is so unbelievable.    We have a doctors appointment this week and will maybe get to finalize a few details.  The room is almost complete...there are just a few more things to add.  I will do a full tour soon.  Oh! My friend Rebecca is hosting a shower soon and I can not wait!  She has done a fabulous job planning it all out!  

Have a great July 4th!