Let the nesting begin...

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.


Third time's a charm....

I guess what they say is true, a picture is worth a thousand words....

My God, so AWESOME...

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!


So much to blog about....

...so little time to do it in.
There has been so much going on around our house, and I haven't had time to even think about blogging. I'm starting to get into my busy season here at work, so it's definitley cutting into my blogging time. I seriously think I will be slammed at work until after I come back after the baby is born. It's a little crazy for me right now.
We've been pretty busy at home as well. October is a month of lots of birthdays which means lots of fun and parties. Unfortunately, I have no pictures of any of the festivities. Steve, of course, had his week long birthday celebration. Nikki did take some pictures of his actual birthday, so I will blog about those once I get those from her.
At the end of September, Steve was having to work on Sundays, so Mom and Dad took Emily and I to a Titans game. They are so much fun. But I have to say, I did a yard sale the day before the game, and man was I tired after that weekend! We won the game and were 4-0 for the first time in the history of the Titans. We ate lots of good food while we were tailgating, and of course Emily just had to have some nachos as a half time snack. I didn't take the camera into the game b/c I could barely carry myself in, much less adding any extra weight to me. Here's some pictures of the festivities.

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!