Saturday, January 31, 2009

Texarkana Baby Shower

I had my first baby shower in Texarkana, TX on January 31, 2009. It was nice to see family and friends and not be rushed. We celebrated the upcoming arrival of our little baby boy. The cake was adorable and tasted great. I crave all kinds of cake these days.
Kristi and my mom sipping on some punch. Non-alcoholic of course!

Liz and Emily made the trip from Louisiana to celebrate. I was really happy that they were able to come.

This picture did not come out clear, and I absolutely hate that because it is of me and my mom. The shower was awesome. Thanks for all of the handsome boy gifts. I am going to have so much fun playing with them all.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Childbirth class

Epidural to Episiotomy. Need I say more?

The nursery gets painted

John Chris's mom came this week to help us get the nursery prepped. We painted the nursery in Sauteed Mushroom, which is a warm light brown. Liz is a great painter and can really "cut in" well. After painting the nursery, we attacked some much needed cleaning projects. Carpet upstairs, wood floor downstairs, rugs, wood blinds, and ceiling fans are all clean and shinny. It is a great feeling of accomplishment, and we can't wait to get the nursery furniture.
Cooper went home with Liz to play with Doodle for a couple of days. We miss our little pup, but I have really been able to get some projects done without his help.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Dallas Bridal Show

Caid Floral participated in the Dallas Bridal Show this weekend.
I came across an article that said 85% of brides request a white/ivory floral bouquets for their weddings, so I decided to create all white/ivory bouquets with a touch of greenery. The color scheme turned out perfect, and I really liked the dramatic look of all one color of bloom. The attendees really liked it as well. We had so many nice and complimentary comments on how beautiful the booth was. I was very flattered.
The show was a huge success for business. I have had so many emails and phone calls about booking wedding dates. I love working with the brides, and I look forward to what the future brings. I am on cloud 9 filled with happiness.

I could not have pulled this show off without my dear friend, Chanda. She stood on her feet, talked to potential clients, and made me laugh for two straight long days. I can not begin to thank her enough. She is a doll!
Thanks also to John Chris and Brad for helping with set up and tear down.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Nursery artwork

We found an awesome photo for the nursery. For those of you who didn't know, we have this very cool model airplane that we are going to hang from the ceiling. It is a Sopwith Camel airplane, like one flown by Eddie Rickenbacker. He was an American fighter ace in World War I and Medal of Honor recipient. He was also a race car driver and automotive designer. (Yes, I researched the plane. I am a dork.)

Monday, January 19, 2009

Doctor's appointment

I went to the doctor today for my check up, and everything looks great. I have gained 2 pounds since my last visit; the baby's heart rate was 135 bpm; and my belly bump is measuring 29 cm. My doctor went on and on about how perfectly textbook this pregnancy has been. I am hoping and praying that it remains this easy.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Dallas Market

We have some old friends from high school that own a wholesale jewelry business. They travel across the US doing wholesale shows, and they were in Dallas this past weekend. I often help out, and I really have a blast! Who wouldn't like being at market and selling fabulous jewelry? Check out their website at

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Childbirth video

So John Chris and I had our weekly childbirth class tonight, it was interesting to say the least. We watched natural childbirth videos. Between all the moaning, massaging, and blood - what the hell have we gotten into? We knew we would watch the videos, but I don't think John Chris was prepared to SEE them. He behaved really well during the videos. As soon as we could go on break, he looked at me and said "Did you see that vagina?" I had to laugh, but I doubt I will be laughing in a couple of months. OUCH!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Childbirth class

John Chris & I started our childbirth classes tonight. The classes go for 6 weeks at the hospital where we plan to deliver Baby Allison. The class has about 10 couples that are expecting their first baby within the next 2 - 4 months. Our first class included group introductions and a few general things to expect in pregnancy and labor. We watched a funny skit by Bill Cosby from back in the day. It was hilarious! We look forward to learning more and getting prepared for our new family member. Stay tuned....

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Third trimester!

I can't believe we have made it this far along already. I went to the doctor this week and everything is progressing right on schedule. I am now entering my third and final trimester. I can't stop thinking about how quick it has gone by, and how we will soon have a precious little boy. It is starting to hit me that I am not prepared, and I sometimes get a little panic attitude. The furniture is not here, the nursery isn't painted, we haven't packed for the hospital, we haven't decided on a name, and on and on. John Chris is really great about stopping my worries and reminding me that everything will come together.

We are so very fortunate that we have not had any health issues or problems come up along the way. We are excited to meet Baby Allison!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009


Paint, the decision continues.....
Which paint color to choose? We keep buying different shades and just looking at them. It is funny, during the day we like one color and in the evening we like another color.