Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Rich Kid Problems.

There's trouble in Suri Cruise's paradise and it doesn't have anything to do with her parents recent split.  Mom Katie Holmes is no longer letting her wear designer duds, heels, lipstick, etc.

Momma Katie better watch out or she will soon find herself HERE.

She's issued instructions to remove Suri from all freebie lists. She's also put the word out in LA to stop any mini-me diva products being sent her way. "Tom loved to spoil Suri and indulge her, but Katie has other ideas."

Uh-Oh, what's a girl to do?

Friday, July 27, 2012


My friend Sasha over at House Dressing Style had an Olympian Blue post today in honor of the Opening Ceremony tonight in London.  I thought I would follow her lead.  I love the summer Olympics, I love watching gymnastics in particular.  I used to want to be Shannon Miller.  I also LOVED red, white and blue. I had my room done in red, white and blue when I was younger.  My bedspread was Joe Boxer teddy bears wearing red, white and blue striped shirts.  I had a red headboard, white dresser with red and blue handles.  Needless to say, I love the U.S.A.  Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA" gets me every time.  Nerd alert?  Maybe :)

Here are some of my favorite red, white and blue items right now:
Western denim shirt

36 Weeks.

The week Dawson weighs around 6lbs - about the size of a Crenshaw Mellon.  At this rate, she's gaining about an ounce per day - and I'm definitely feeling it.  My stomach is heavy.  If she comes out anything less than 8lbs, I'll be totally shocked.
Yesterday I had my first weekly appointment with Dr. R.  She checked me and my cervix is softening, but I'm not dilated at all.  She wanted to double check that Dawson was head down, because she didn't think what she was feeling was her head.  She scanned me and low and behold, Dawson is sitting head up, bottom down with her legs crossed Indian style.  Dr. R said normally if babies haven't flipped by now, usually they won't, but there's still a chance she might.  She is going to check Dawson's position for the next two weeks and if she hasn't flipped, we will schedule a c-section the week before Dawson is due - I'm guessing somewhere between the 10th and the 13th?  I really don't have a preference whether I have a vaginal birth of c-section.  I won't feel like less of a woman if I never have a vaginal birth.  I just want her to arrive safely.

I was actually breach and my mom had to have an emergency c-section with me (she said I was by far her worst delivery, thanks mom).  I'm also left handed.  Does this mean Dawson is already taking after her momma?  Will she be a lefty?  That would be great for her golf game - am I about to give birth to a female Phil Mickelson.... :)

I'm feeling good this week.  I haven't had any pre-labor pains.  No contractions or Braxton Hicks that I am aware of or have felt.  Things seem to be going pretty well.  It sure is hot out there, but I'm just trying to stay positive about the heat - I don't have much longer, why start complaining now!  But a big 'ol girl in this heat that is outgrowing her clothes by the second isn't a pretty sight.  I was talking about this the other day with some other pregnant friends.  I'm starting to outgrow my clothes but I am determined NOT to buy anything else.  I will make what I have work until I have this little babe.  You really do get much bigger at the end.

On another note, I'm wearing all black at work today and keep looking down to find white Tank hairs on me.  Is it weird it kind of makes me smile :)
Tank, Dawson and I taking a break this past weekend.
Happy Friday, Everyone!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Family of Three.

Last night I was telling Jack how crazy it is that any day now, our family of three will become a family of four.  For the past 4 years, it has just been Jack, Tank and I.  I told Jack it's crazy to think that we are about to be given something that we will be responsible for, to love and care for, the rest of our lives.  There's no returning a baby.  You can't get pregnant, test it out, see how you like it and if it doesn't work out - simply return.  A child is forever.

I went to bed last night thinking about that.  Thinking about how our family of three will soon become four.  I get emotional thinking about it.  Jack and I are so ready to become parents.  I've been waiting for this moment for so long.  To be here - at the end.  Waiting on her to come.  We are so excited to welcome Dawson into our family.  I've so enjoyed every second I've had alone with Jack and Tank.  I wouldn't trade that time for anything in the world - but I am anxious and looking forward to what's to come for our family.  I'm excited to see Jack with his baby girl - and Tank as a big brother of course :)  I'm thrilled beyond belief to start making Family of Four Memories!  Annnnnd to finally have two girls in the house so I'm not out-numbered anymore :)

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Childhood Memories.

The past two summers I have seen Icee Pops / Fla-Vor-Ice in the store and snagged them up.  They are never on my grocery list, but when I pass them at the front of the store in the seasonal food section - I can never pass them by.  How good are these things?!  They remind me of growing up at our old house in Choctaw.  My favorite is red of course, but I also really like the green.  Our freezer is now stocked with them, along with the freezer at Jack's work.  I bought a bunch for the guys out in the machine shop.  What a nice way to cool off after welding a huge job!

36 icee pops for about $2.99.  You can't beat that!  Stay cool, peeps!

Friday, July 20, 2012

The little things.

It rained at our house for about 45 minutes last night.  What a nice surprise.  My flowers and plants enjoyed the fresh drink of water.

Love this pic.  My two favorite guys just watching it rain.  Happy Friday!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Dawson's Nursery.

I'm so excited to show these pictures to you all!  We have been working on the nursery little by little now, and it has finally all come together!  Special thanks to my Mom and sister Lindsay who came to help us paint!  Jack and I are so pleased with the way everything turned out.  Now we will just have to wait for Dawson to make her grand entrance! 
Wall Color - Sherwin Williams "Greyish"
Crib - Restoration Hardware
Elephant Quilt and crib sheet - Pottery Barn Kids
English Bulldog in the crib - FAO Swartz in New York
Bedding & Matching pillow in the chair- All white eyelet fabric from Mood.  Beautifully made by Lynda Strayhorn.  Contact me if you would like her info.  She's amazing.
Monogram Initial Wall Decal over crib - etsy.com
Elephant Rocker - Restoration Hardware
Yellow canvas bins in the closet and next to the crib - Pottery Barn Kids Outlet
White Rug - Wayfair.com
Metal Yellow and White Wall Flowers - Pottery Barn Kids
White Shelves - Pottery Barn Kids
Pink and white polka dot piggy bank - Hobby Lobby
DCJ on the shelf - Hobby Lobby.  Originally hot pink, spray painted yellow
Frame on shelf - Hobby Lobby
All the dolls on the shelves - Vintage from Grammy, GG and Great Grandma
Silver Cup - Vintage, Jack's dads silver baby cup
Drapes - Restoration Hardware
Curtain rods - Hobby Lobby
Chair and Ottoman - poshtots.com - Fabric: Links Grey
Dresser - Land of Nod
Changing pad cover - Land of Nod
Bully Puppy in the swing print - etsy.com
Mirror - Garden Ridge
Yellow Lamp - Made by me!
Musical Noah's Ark Pillow on the door handle - Kathleen's Kids
First Golf Set - Babies R Us
Pacifier Jar - Mason Jar with yellow ribbon
Side Table next to Chair - Pier1
Let me know if you have any questions on where things are from!  A lot of the clothes in the closet are Baby Gap, Carter's, Zulilly.com and from different Smocked Facebook Pages. 

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

35 Weeks.

5 more weeks?  Am I hearing this correctly?  Actually, it's 4 weeks and 5 days to be exact... but who's counting :)

Things seem to be going smoothly.  I hope I am not speaking too soon!  Jack and I have been working on getting our house organized and deep cleaned so we aren't slamming everything into the week before she comes.  And of course she could always come early, so we want to be prepared.  I actually washed all of her clothes, blankets, towels, boppy covers, changing pads, etc. this past weekend through last night.  Yikes, that took forever.  And everything is soooo small.  Folding a 0-3 month size onesie is quite the challenge.  And then of course you have stuff that says to wash by itself, wash on delicate, lay flat to dry, etc.  It's not just "wash and dry" like I do most of my clothes!

I should have nursery pics up hopefully next week :)  I'm so excited to share with you all!

This week Dawson is over 18 inches long and over 5.5lbs - about the weight of a honeydew (according to BabyCenter).  She's running out of room, so I don't feel her moving around as much as I feel big jabs or kicks.  I am getting more and more elbows and feet in my side than I am fluttery little movements :)  Most of Dawson's physical development is complete and now she will just spend the next few weeks gaining weight.
I monogrammed about 10 burp cloths last week for Dawson.  Remember me saying I hadn't really done ANYTHING for her?  Well I am catching up.  I am going to monogram a couple of onesies this weekend and then I think she will be set for now.  I love the little ruffles and eyelet on the burp cloths below:
Jack, close your eyes.  Haha, just kidding.  He knows my obsession with Christmas.  I ordered Dawson a couple of holiday pieces in the past two weeks.  It's going to be very challenging for me to resist a lot of the adorable outfits I've been seeing online.  SO. CUTE.  Here are three I've already purchased -  I can't wait to take Dawson to the pumpkin patch with her shirt on and little skinny jeans and boots:
One last thing - my bestie Nicole had her little boy Wyatt James yesterday morning.  This big boy weighed a whopping 11.1lbs!  So much baby to love.  I can't wait to squeeze his cheeks off.
Identical to his dad :)

Friday, July 13, 2012


One of my besties since I was little is getting married in October.  We threw her a wedding shower a few weeks back and I want to share some of the pics!  All of the decor was made by the 4 hostesses and it all turned out so well!
The gorgeous Bride-to-Be!
Another view of the table with the poms and decorated mason jar flower vases.
The mantle was decorated with tissue poms and her future last name.  We bought 99cent wooden letters from Hobby Lobby and then wrapped them in burlap.
Beautiful flowers in vases made by hostess, Jackie :)  She wrapped mason jars in burlap string / twine and added fabric flowers she made.  So crafty.

Another shot of just the vases/mason jars.

Wreath Jackie made for the front door with Brooke's "future" last name initial.  The "O" is a wooden letter wrapped in fabric with fabric flowers glued to it.

The invitations were purchased on etsy.com
Super cute hostess gift idea.  Brooke gave us all personalized serving platters!
(Nicole, Kylie, Jackie and myself)