Wow, I can't believe we've only got just over 30 days until Elaina is due to join us! Now that Christmas is over, Steve and I both have started the nesting. Yes, I know Christmas was only 2 days ago, but we've already gotten a lot accomplished in the past two days! Yesterday, Mom and I went and purchased the changing table/dresser. We get to pick it up on New Year's Day. I can't wait! I can then put away all the clothes and goodies Elaina got for Christmas! Can I just say I'm so glad Belk was having great sales on baby clothes! We got several outfits for under $10 each! Today I've been working on getting Emily's room cleaned out and re-organized with all the new stuff from Christmas. I actually came out with 2 bags of garbage from all the stuff that needed to be thrown out. So there's only a few more things I want to get accomplished at the house before Elaina comes. Mainly, organize her room. Also, there's two closets I want to orgainize. And Steve's mom is sewing me some curtains and cushions for my glidder. I can't wait to see it all together!!! I'll post pictures when we get it all completed. I'm so excited!
Emily got a new jewlery box from Me-maw and Pe-paw. She absolutely loves it. We've already filled it with all her jewlery.
This was the scene on Christmas morning. I've never seen so much stuff!
Seeing Christmas through a child's eyes is so amazing! Emily has really enjoyed this Christmas, and she actually sat on Santa's lap without crying! This is the first year - I couldn't believe it.
After Christmas morning at our house, we went to Steve's parents house.
Steve's grandparents sent this table for Emily. It is so cute! It came with 2 chairs and a bench.
This is Steve's dad's reaction to our gift. We had a great day at their house. After opening gifts, his mom sat out some amazing snack food and then Steve and I took about a 3 hour nap on the couch. Somehow, every time we go over there we end up asleep. Then we woke up in time for dinner, prime rib and ham. After dinner, Steve went and got our Wii and we played it for a long time. The girl's loved playing it! Emily played and actually knocked a guy out boxing! It was a great day and the best thing was being able to spend time with both of our families!
I'm back to the blogging world thanks to my sweet husband. I'm sitting here on my bed, in my PJ's, typing on my brand new LAPTOP! I'm so excited because now I can update the blog without having to worry about my work schedule! YAY! I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas! I will update more about the happenings of Casa de Barrios later, right now I have a 4 year old begging me to feed her.
Posted by The Barrios Family at 5:58 PM
Emily was a princess for Halloween of course. And she had to show off her pink high heel shoes she was wearing under her dress (just like Holly at her wedding) she thought she was something else. Which of course she was, because she is the cutest kid in the world.
And here is a picture of the 3 mario brothers. I had no idea this costume would be such a hit with the kids. And yes, my overalls were way too little and my belly was way too big! I had to have them all the way unbuttoned the whole night.
I have more pictures to post and lots more to update, but I just realized I don't have the photos downloaded yet. Dang it! I actually have time and have no pictures....well, I guess I'll have to put it on my to do list for tomorrow.
It seems I have hit the nesting stage of the pregnancy. This weekend all I could think about was getting the room ready for Elaina and making room for her things. Emily and I worked on cleaning out her toy box on Saturday. I don't know why I didn't do it earlier. She has been so good about keeping all her toys put away and keeping them organized while she has them out. She had a ton of Polly Pockets and Little Pet Shop stuff, so I just put each set into it's own Ziploc baggie. Now all she has to do is get out whatever bag it is she wants to play with and then put it all back in the bag when she is done. It has been a life saver! No more little pieces thrown every where you turn. We ran out of time before we could get to her dress up drawers, which includes make up and purses. So, that is on the agenda for next weekend. This is probably going to be the toughest task probably. Who knew that my daughter would own more bags/purses than me!!! Since I am the queen of bags! And once the dress up drawers are finished, we are going to be moving onto the bonus room closet, which is not only Emily's stuff, but mine and Steve's too. I also worked in the nursery this weekend. I've folded up clothes and put them in the chest. The crib is ready. We want to get a different crib sheet since we're having Elaina and not Elijah. I want a chocolate brown one, but I haven't seen one yet. So, we may have to stick to cream. We picked up my Grandaddy's chest from my parents a week ago, so it's in there. And I've been finding little knick knack's to add some fun to the room. I've got lots of ideas for the walls and stuff, but I haven't gotten that far yet. We still need a changing table. I'm looking for a cream one, so if anyone out there knows where I can find one on a budget let me know. So, here are the pictures:
This is Grandaddy's chest. It was actually his dad's, so that will make it Elaina's great-great grandaddy's. I love the fact that she has a piece of our family history in her bedroom. Especially because I feel like she is God's way of giving my family hope during probably the worst year my family has been through since I was a little girl.
I'm planning on painting the mirror cream and distressing it. The lamp is going to hopefully be replaced with a very frilly, grilly lamp. And maybe a little silver tea set or something else very girly, if I can find it.
These are two of my finds from Home Goods. They have a ton of stuff that I liked for the room. I have a feeling I'm going to be doing a lot of shopping there in the months to come. The funny thing about the giraffe - that's what people used to call me in middle school because of my freakishly long neck. I hated it and it would upset me so much - but now, I just laugh about it and love my freakishly long neck. So, when we decided to use the animal print bedding, I decided we had to have a few giraffe accents to go along with it.
This is the crib, of course, like you couldn't tell that. I'm going to do Elaina's monogram over it. Along with two picture frames on each side. I'm going to try to find some animal print ribbon to hang the frames from and have people sign the mats when they visit her for the first time.
This is an outfit Emily picked out for her baby sister. She was so excited, so I had to share. I hope everyone liked the nursery update. If you happen to have any cute ideas for making it a little bit more girly, I'm all ears.
This is just a quick post to talk about how AWESOME God is! He amazes me with how He works! This takes a little background for the story to have it's full effect, bare with me. As many of you know, Steve and I suffered a miscarriage at the beginning of the year after having tried for a baby for over a year. So, of course, it was a difficult time for both of us. Just shortly after the miscarriage, Brother Dave, our pastor, did a series on praying for each other and out specific problems/issues/struggles. At the end of the series, he gave each of us a slip of paper. Blue for the men and pink for the women. We were to write on it what we were struggling with and what needed prayer in our lives. If we wanted we could write our name and contact information. So, I wrote about the miscarriage and for God to show us what directions he wanted us to follow, and I put my name on it. So, now to the present time. I am taking a Wednesday night class that is "For Women Only". It is all about women trying to learn how to love and respect their husband as Jesus loves and respects the church. It helps us become more aware of how our husbands think, so that we can communicate better with him, which turns into us loving and respecting them more. So, last night as I was heading out of class, one of the ladies was walking with me. And all of sudden she said "Do you know I have been praying for this baby before it was born?" And I have to say, I was a little perplexed with that. And then she went on to explain how she had been the one to receive my slip of paper so many months ago. And that she had started praying for me right then, and hadn't stopped. She even said when she goes into stores and happens to see baby clothes she would stop and pray for me. How cool is that!!! She also said that's the first time she has done anything like that and how amazing it is that it has turned out the way it has!!! I just can't believe how wonderful the power of prayer is! Here's another testament to how amazing our God works and the power of prayer! This is a friend from church's blog. When I saw the pictures from the day she picked her princess up, I was crying like a baby! http://introvertedextrovert.blogspot.com/ I hope you have a fantastic day! And if there's anything you need prayer about, please comment and I will definitely pray for you! Love you all!
Posted by The Barrios Family at 10:27 AM
As you can see from the picture of Emily and me, the belly is definitely starting to pop out. There is no doubt our lives are about to change drastically! I think it is finally starting to hit us straight on top of the head - we are having a BABY in just over 100 days! It doesn't seem possible!
The end of Steve's weeklong birthday celebration, we had lunch with my parents and then went to Gentry's Farm for some Pumpkin Patch fun. Emily loved it. Her and dad went last year, but this year they wanted to take the whole family. Now, I know why! I can't believe dad could keep up with her by himself while there. There was so much to do and to see! Emily remembered everything that was there from last year. We went on a sort of hay ride -which was Steve's first. I couldn't believe he had never been on a hay ride, but then I remembered - hello, he grew up in LA is there even hay in the middle of Los Angeles? I say it was a sort of hay ride, because there was no hay, there was a wagon pulled behind a tractor with seats on it. But it was a fun ride and it showed a lot of farm land in the middle of Franklin. It's what Franklin used to be, before all the development. And it went by all the old houses on the land, which was right up my alley. And then it took us through a cow field, and we got to see some cows up close and personal. Emily really liked that, she has a fascination with cows because she sees them in the fields around our subdivision. Okay, so enough jabbering, here's pictures. And check out the belly now! WOW!
So, I think that catches us up. We did get the chest from mom and dad's house for the baby's room. And I have the crib out, so I will try to get some pictures this weekend of it all. I had a nightmare last night that Steve and I were at the hospital and I was in the middle of delivery. All of a sudden, I looked over at him and screamed out "We don't even have a car seat yet!" Then I woke up and couldn't go back to sleep for a while, so I think the nesting is going to start happening soon. I swore I was going to have everything started and organized before the holidays, but they are just around the corner. I better get started on it all!
Okay, since we still don't know what this baby is that is growing inside of me, there's a possibility Steve and I just might wait until it pops out to see what we are having. I think it would be kind of fun - and I'm definitely not a suprise kind of person. But I kind of feel like God is telling me just to wait and enjoy the journey and the suprise and definitely not to WORRY about what the sex is.
I had some bedding picked out, but Steve felt it was too boyish. So, I went to Babies R Us during lunch yesterday just to kill some time and to browse a little. It's really hard to browse on the weekends, because I have a certain inquisitive 4 year old in tow. Low and behold, I found some bedding that I fell in love with. Steve still thinks it's a little boyish, but I think it would be precious for a little girl too. We could definitely add accents that would "girl" it up. I think I'm going to have to have help convincing Steve this can be girly too. Here's a couple of pictures of the bedding, what do you think?
Of course, take into account the difference in the wall color and our crib/furniture is going to be a dark mahogany color. Here's some more pictures of the accents:
Posted by The Barrios Family at 2:49 PM
Thank you so much girls! You both are such awesome friends and I couldn't imagine not having you around! I love you!
Posted by The Barrios Family at 10:22 AM
And here Emily is dancing while they sang Happy Birthday to Holly:
After all the excitement of dinner, I think we were all a little slap happy. We went back to Sam & Holly's apartment for cake and presents. Holly has done so good at explaining everything that happened next, that I'm just going to let her share her story on my blog. Here are the links:
We had so much fun! I don't think I have laughed that much in a long time! Love you Holly & I hope you had a great night saying good bye to your teen years and hello to the wonderful world of twenties!