Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Farewell guest bedroom

We took the last picture of one of our guest bedrooms. This room is being converted into the new nursery and is now getting a complete new look. We are going from pink to blue for our little boy, and I can't wait to see the finished room.

Friday, December 26, 2008

More visiting

The day after Christmas, John Chris went on his annual hunting trip with the guys. I spent the day with my dad, Clint, and Kristi. It is always nice to visit with my dad since he doesn't live close. We had a great time catching up and having several good laughs.

Also I was able to catch up with my old friend, Suzanne. I miss her so much, and I really had a great time just catching up. She just had a baby girl, Mattison, who is absolutely precious. We just sat and chatted for over 3 hours. We always could talk for hours.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas Day

Late Christmas eve night we drove to Ruston to see more family. We had an awesome visit, and our little boy bambino racked up. We had a baby Christmas! We were so excited to get our stroller/car seat system and swing. John Chris and I were like little kids. We had to open the boxes and put our new "toys" together.

It was cute when John Chris showed his grandparents the stroller. He looked so cute pushing the stroller around the house. He knows how to fold and unfold the stroller and also knows how to latch the car seat into the base. He is going to be a great dad!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Eve

John Chris and I traveled to Texarkana for Christmas Eve. We visited with my mom, Jim, Clint, and Kristi. We had a great visit, but I am really looking forward to next Christmas with our new addition.
John Chris opened several gifts for the baby. We can't decide if this was intended for him or the baby. Either way they both will love it. The horse is super cute and makes horse noises.

More gifts for the baby.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Christmas party

John Chris and I had a few friends over for a last minute Christmas party. It was great to see and visit with old and new friends. We made two huge pots of Gumbo, chili, lots of cookies, and a rum cake. DELIOUS!
Chanda & Brad - aka Branda
Sarah, Anne, and Kristen

LeAnn and Cory

Chris and Kendra

Brad and Morgan trying to distract the competition. Beer pong always brings out the best in this bunch.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Nursery bedding and chair

All of the nursery bedding has arrived. We ordered the bedding from Restoration Hardware Baby and Child. They have the cutest things for little ones. I love all of the blankets, pillows, and mats. TOO CUTE! I am really pleased with the quality, and I can't wait to put it on the bed. The crib is expected to arrive mid January, so until then I will just visualize.
We had a little issue with the first chair we ordered. OK, I had an issue. You all know how I am about furniture.
We re-ordered the chair and ottoman from Ooh Baby in an adorable chocolate and blue fabric. The chair is very comfortable, and I can't wait to get it in the room.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Diabetes and anemia results are negative

The nurse called today to let me know that all of my blood test results had come back negative. I had the gestational diabetes and the anemia tests run earlier in the week. It was a big relief to know that everything is going great, and he is healthy. We are very blessed!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Hanging Christmas lights

John Chris takes Cooper for a ride in the cherry picker. Our house is in the background with the lights finally done. It is so festive. Merry Christmas!
Boys and their toys. I think they like to hang the lights just so they can play with the cherry picker.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Raul & Sharon are married

Our friends, Raul & Sharon, were married Saturday, December 6, 2008. They are an adorable couple, and we are so excited for them. They also are moving to their new home that is very close to where we live.
First dance as husband and wife

Friday, December 5, 2008

Light prep party

We had a light prep party at our house again this year. For the second year, we had the neighbors over to get the lights ready to hang on the homes. It was really nice to visit, eat, drink, and be merry! Doris and I check to make sure all the bulbs are working. Cooper loves babies! He could not get enough of little Brooke.

adding the plastic clips

Who doesn't love to untangle strands of Christmas lights? What a job!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Decorating for Christmas

We had a blast decorating our home for Christmas. We used our crazy, fun red tree again. What started as a joke has now turned into a tradition. As we decorated the tree we talked about our past Christmas holidays together, and how different next Christmas will be for us. Santa will be visiting next year!
Cooper and I take a break to smile for the camera.

John Chris and Cooper love to decorate.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

John Chris can feel the baby move

I have been feeling our little man move and kick for a couple of weeks now. I have been wanting to share this special feeling with John Chris, but he has not been able to feel any movement. I was trying to get comfortable and get some sleep, but our little man was warming up for a soccer game. I decided to wake John Chris to see if he could feel him. The second John Chris touched my belly he could feel the baby kick. It was such a sweet and memorable moment. The best yet!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Trip to LSU game

We made a last minute trip to see LSU play Ole Miss. We had great seats, but it was a terrible game. The Tigers lost to the Rebels.

We had a great time visiting with Cory and LeAnn. It was so nice to spend time with them and catch up.

GRRRRRR. What a hot Tiger!

We passed this fine car during our journey. Gotta love Louisiana!

Mr. & Mrs. Anderson - It's Official!

John Chris and I traveled to Pensacola, FL for Emily and Jeffery's wedding. The beach was amazing, and it was almost empty this time of year. We stayed at The Beach Club, and it was gorgeous.
I was so excited to make Emily's bridal bouquet. It was very special honor for me, and she loved it.

John Chris took this sweet picture of his sister, Emily. He took it in black and white, and it turned out beautiful.

The wedding was at sunset on the beach. It was a romantic setting perfect for getting married.

The weather was great until our last day. A cold front came in, and we braved the freezing temperature for one last chance to be on the beach at sunset.

A great end to an awesome trip.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Nursery furniture

We ordered the crib and dresser/changing station for the nursery. We found a nice solid,sturdy set at Ooh Baby. It is dark expresso brown, and we think it will look great with the bedding we have picked out. It takes 8-12 weeks to come in, so we are not converting the extra bedroom just yet.
We hear that little ones like to chew on their furniture when they are teething. Ummmm. NO!

I can feel the baby move!

I can finally feel the baby move! It is normal to feel early movement between 16 to 20 weeks. I was starting to get concerned the closer to 20 weeks I got. I first felt him move at 181/2 weeks. It is an awesome feeling, and I am absolutely beside myself. I can't wait until John Chris can feel him too.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Quad screen

I went to the doctor last week for my quad screen blood test. The test looks for signs of Down Syndrome, Trisomy 18, and other defects. The nurse called to inform me that the results were negative! John Chris and I were very pleased, and we celebrated by ordering nursery furniture.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Go Cowboys!

To celebrate Brad's birthday, we went to a Dallas Cowboys game. This is the final year for them to play at Texas Stadium.

Chanda found great tickets. We were in the bottom section closest to the field, and we could really see all of the action.

The Cowboys beat Tampa Bay 13 to 9.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

It's a boy!

We just found out that we are having a baby boy. We are both very happy and excited. John Chris has already made hunting and fishing plans with his "little buddy". I guess this officially means I will be a soccer, football, or baseball mom. (I will not drive a mini-van.)
We had a 4 D ultrasound done, and it was so amazing. We have lots of pictures and a DVD of him moving around. We were blown away to see him. He still looks like a little alien, but he is a handsome little alien.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Flower Power for Sarah Palin

I was asked to help with the flowers for Palin's luncheon fundraiser in Dallas on Oct. 3rd. All the arrangements had a mini USA, Texas, or Alaska flag. Now I can say I have done flowers for the future vice-president. :)

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

2nd trimester!

We have reached the 2nd trimester. 14 weeks today! I went to the doctor for a check up and everything looks great. I was able to hear the heartbeat again (160 beats per minute). It is a really amazing sound, and it quickly reminds me how remarkable this experience is. We will keep you updated as things progress.

Trip to Ruston

Cooper was so excited to go to Ruston. He hopped in the trunk when we were loading. Muddy feet and all. (Don't worry we didn't let him ride there.)

We went to Ruston to celebrate Jeffery and Emily's upcoming wedding.
Jeffery, Emily, and Liz greeting guests.

Candice & John Chris

The atmosphere was great at the TL James house. The party had a fall theme complete with pumpkin and fall leaves for decor. The food served was canjun! DELICIOUS! It was nice to see family and old friends again.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

DWeddings & Adolphus Haute Wedding Show

Caid Floral was invited to attend the 2008 Haute Wedding Show sponsored by DWeddings & the Adolphus. We were really excited and honored to be included in this awesome and elite group in Dallas. The show went extremely well, and I met some great brides and several talented vendors. This journey is so fun and exciting. I truly enjoy every bit of it!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Clint & Kristi are married

We spent the weekend in Texarkana for Clint & Kristi's wedding. We are really happy to officially add Kristi to our family. The wedding was perfect. It was so nice to see all of our family and have some time to catch up.

WOW, what beautiful flowers!

The Lachowsky cousins.

My mom gave Clint and Kristi one of these cute shirts.
Kristi was the only one who actually wore one, and we thought it was so cute.