Monday, March 23, 2009

Keira's Room Progress

Here are a few new pictures of Keira's room. We are just about finished!! All we have left to do is hang the curtain rods and curtains, finish the floor in the closet, and find some pink pillows for the window seat! I absolutely love it!!

Please excuse the mess; the pictures were taken after all our shower loot was taken to her room! :)

Her name above the crib
Shelves above the double dresser with changing pad. The elephants on the shelves are actually my Grandmother's. She has collected elephants for a very long time, and has given some of them back to us.Mirrors

Corner Shelves







Our First Baby Shower!

Saturday, Delana and Alyssa hosted our first baby shower here at our house. It was so great! They really did a fantastic job making really "me". I must say that these girls know what I like! The decorations were adorable, the food was fantastic, the cake was too cute. And we really raked in some great goodies for Keira! Opening all the gifts made me very anxious to meet her and get to use them all! Stephen came home from work and was elbow deep in presents! Thank you all for your thoughtful gifts; they are greatly appreciated!!

And extra thanks to Delana and Alyssa! You two did such a fantastic job making my first shower amazing!

Here are some pictures of the shower and our goodies!
Alyssa, Me, and Delana

Grammie, Me, and Grandma

Me and the super cute cake!

The Ellie Cake

The cake table

The sign-in table
The hanging onesies with Keira's name
The diaper cake






Her first dress from Great-Great Granny

Her Glo-Worm! Every child of an '80s girl needs a glo-worm!

Her quilt from Grammie
The Loot!






Not Me Monday

As another Monday rolls around, instead of venting all the things I did not do, I would love it if you would go to Mck Mamma's blog and pray for her youngest child Stellan. He is the Mck Miracle baby who shouldn't be here. He should have never shown us his cute little face. To quote Mck Mamma, "In the womb, he was diagnosed with heart failure: premature atrial contractions at 20 weeks; supraventricular tachycardia, hydrops, and intermittent advanced secondary heart block at 23 weeks; and enlargement of the heart at 32 weeks. When the doctors told us at 24 weeks that our very ill baby would surely die, we chose to give our son completely to God, for He alone knows best."
Stellan was born happy and healthy, but as of this Sunday is not doing too well. It seems his heart problems have reared their ugly head. Please take the time to go over to her blog and get caught up, and of course pray pray pray for baby Stellan and his family.
Thanks!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Keira Stuff Update!

Here's a few pictures on some of Keira's new stuff. We got her bedding and after a little struggling we finally got it on! It seems her crib makes putting on a bumper a little difficult! I have also started her letters that will hang above her crib.







This week Stephen is taking some time off while I am on Spring Break and we are planning on getting her shelves hung and other things finished in her room. My baby shower is this coming Saturday so I want to have as much done by then as I can. We only have a little over 7 weeks until she gets here!!

Delana's Baby Shower

Last weekend was Delana's baby shower. It turned out super cute. I, of course, was stressed out since I hadn't let go of things and let Delma help! But it all went great. The house was nice and spotless (and kinda still is for my shower this coming weekend!) and was very pink and girly! There were 10 of us, just the right size! She got a lot of great stuff for Madelyn! Thanks Delma for all your help making this so special for Delana!


Delma putting on Delana's corsage.
The onesies and socks. Too cute!

The cake table.Delana cutting the cake.







Wednesday, March 11, 2009

March 10th was quite a day

Yesterday I attended my Nannie's funeral. She would have loved the entire day, except for the dry beef at lunch! Ha! (If she had cooked it she would have told us not to eat it and throw it out!) The service was great, not the usual preachy funeral. There was singing, which she would have sat back and took in and then talked about for days, beautiful flowers, and memories of the fantastic woman she was. My only complaint... the words crap-fod were not said. Those who know Nannie know what I mean. I'd love to hear her say it one more time.

Nannie you were an amazing, loving, caring, thoughtful, God-fearing woman. You will be missed!

And on a happier note, 'cause she wouldn't want us crying ALL the time.... I also hit 32 weeks yesterday. When we told her that we were expecting, she said that she had prayed for me to get pregnant for years. Maybe that is why I got pregnant so quick and have had such a problem-free pregnancy. I've had her stocked up prayers on my side! Keira has been moving around a lot in the last couple of days, and the rib kicking has begun. I think I am going to start fighting back! She needs to know that Momma is boss! :)

Sunday, March 8, 2009

My Nannie

After 82 years of life, my Nannie passed away. She was such an amazing woman to all those who knew her. I have so many amazing memories of her like watching her sew, singing on the swing, taking long walks, making mudpies, fishing in the park, playing church, picking green beans, making popsicles and playdough, eating late night snacks, sitting with her in her chair before bed, watching the price is right, eating hot cakes and crispies, being her model for all the holiday dresses, finding pins in all the clothes she made us, and SO MANY MORE! Nannie I will miss you so much, and I wish that Keira could have had the chance to meet you. Please watch over me.


FAYE JANELL BARRE APRIL 19,1926 – MARCH 5, 2009

A joy to all who knew her in her Christian life. Her kindness, gentleness, and her guiding words left a lasting impact on each person she knew. She served as an example of all that is good. Faye was loved by all, and will be deeply missed: never to be forgotten. Her joyous ways will be carried on through the memories of her family any many friends.

Faye was born in Las Cruces, New Mexico, on April 19, 1926 to Milburn and Nettie Lankford. She was a 1945 graduate of Modesto High School, Modesto, Ca. and resided , since 1966 in Karnes County, Tx. She was a homemaker and mother, with an unwavering faith in the Lord. As a member of the Church of Christ in Kenedy, Tx. she served the Lord as a Sunday School teacher and attended ladies bible study weekly in addition to volunteering at a local nursing home, singing and providing baked goods for the residents. For many years, Faye worked from her home doing custom sewing for many in the Karnes County area, including many of the cheerleader uniforms for the local schools. She enjoyed each summer at her second home in northeast Washington gardening and growing beautiful flowers. Faye will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who always had a song on her lips and a helping hand for any who needed.

She is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Lawrence Barre; sons Larry Barre (Judith) of Rockport, Tx.; Stanley Barre (Vera) of Hobson, Tx.; Chris Barre of Coeur d’Alene, Id.; Kim Barre ( Jeannie) of Katy, Tx.; 12 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; and sister Hazel Jones of Cusick, Wa.

She was preceded in death by brothers Hobart Lankford, Ted Lankford, sister Mildred Pemberton, all of Modesto, Ca. and half brother Noah Lankford of Fresno, Ca.

A “Celebration of Life” is scheduled for Tuesday, March 10th at 11:00am at Thiele Cooper Funeral Home in Yoakum, Tx.. Interment will be at Oak Grove Cemetery following the “Celebration of Life”.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

More Than Your Ordinary Week

Well, this week was a stressful, busy one. Here's the re-cap.

Heather Work: Your typical work week. Busy, busy, busy. My kiddos are the only class who has not gotten the flu (thank goodness I got the flu vaccine!). We have been talking about the USA, and they are loving the unit. The weather this week was beautiful, so that has helped with the cabin fever of it being almost Spring Break. Just two more weeks. This week we will continue talking about the USA and the next week will be Texas/Cowboys. We also will have Cowboy Day on the 13th, so that should be nice and crazy. But, I know the kids will love it.

Stephen Work: Another Motif week. They are managing to stay afloat with our crappy economy which is good news. There are great selling days, and then there are not so great ones. All I can do is hope and pray that things pick up and stay up.

Keira: One crazy girl! She is moving around so much! At times I think she is doing gymnastics! Now we have gotten to the point that you can see my stomach moving each time she moves. She is getting heavier and heavier which is making my back really hurt. As for her nursery progress, the floor is still at the same point it was. Stephen still needs to finish the entryway and the closet. She does now have a mattress (Thanks David!) and her bedding should be in this week. Stephen has ordered curtain rods and I think we have chosen curtain, they just need to be ordered. We need to hang shelves and her name (which I still need to make!) and a few other things including a beautiful framed poem and her first ultrasound that Delana made for me.

Stephen: Wasting away!! He seems to lose as much weight as I gain. He really needs to quit that! I got him an Ipod and Nike+ chip for Christmas so he has been running quite a bit. This Wednesday he ran 9 miles. I could NEVER do that! I am so proud of him for keeping up with his schedule. He is still on his stupid diet as well. There are days I just want that boy to eat some carbs! But he feels that he needs to stay on it, and I'd rather have him happy and thin than unhappy and overweight. The running has started to irritate his knee, but that is just one of the drawbacks of running 9 miles straight.

Heather: Tired. The added weight of Keira really has made it hard to function! I am officially past my pre-diet weight and that really has me down. I know that it is all for a good reason, and that I will lose it again, but it is still hard to deal with. To those women who say beign pregnant is fun.... you are insane. Please seek medical advice. I have loved experiencing Keira growing inside of me, but the side effects of that really suck! Sleeping is uncomfortable, my back aches, I can't breathe (and allergies with no allergy meds doesn't help), I can't eat much and when I do I get heartburn almost immediately, and normal everyday activities take every bit of energy out of me. Thank goodness I have sweet kiddos at work that will do just about anything for me if I ask them to! We are almost at week 31, so just 9 more weeks until my body can begin to go back to what it used to be. The end is in sight!
I went to the doctor on Friday for another normal boring 15 minute appointment. I am still measuring a week behind, but I have been the entire time. I am okay with her being a little behind (maybe she'll be a little late and I can save a few days off). Missing work is one of my biggest worries. Everything else is looking completely normal. Her heartbeat is in the 130s. I go back on March 13th for another pointless visit. We won't see her again until April, when they will do an ultrasound to see her position and how big she is. We are trying to decide if we are going to do Childbirth classes or not. Stephen would have to take off from work for three Sundays, and we really need to save his days as well. We'll see.
I went to Delana's this weekend to help her get stuff ready in Madelyn Elizabeth's room. We were able to get her letters finished, ribboned, wall knobs painted and then hung onto the wall. (Thanks for the help Aaron!) We also hung her ultrasound frame, set up her crib with all the bedding (that missing sheet was too much for my OCD to handle), made a decision for her curtain rods (Delana stay on Aaron to get it fixed), and organized her clothes. The new dresser should be in in about two weeks and then Delana can put in all her clothes. Once that is done, the curtain rod hung, and the shelves put in the closet, sweet Maddie's room will be done!! If you need another Heather day Dee, just let me know. Its so much easier to get stuff done with a partner in crime!

Other Stuff: Delana's baby shower is in 6 days. EEEE!!! Mixed feelings of excitement and stress. I have so much to do here at the house (Stephen as well) and so many things to get ready still! Thank goodness I have Delma helping out! I will spend the week cleaning until the house is spotless and then Friday I will get all the food stuff and start preparing what can be prepared that night. Saturday I will pick up the flowers, cake, and balloons and put it all together. It is going to be such a sweet girly shower. I can't wait for Delana to get all her goodies!

Family: Found out Thursday that my Nannie had been taken to the hospital in Corpus for trouble breathing. She has been in a nursing home in Rockport since January. Found out that she has fliud on her lungs. She was moved to Critical Care Saturday morning since the fluid wasn't coming off like they had hoped and she was continuing to need 100% oxygen. My Mom and Dad went down there Saturday to see her and she is not remembering anyone anymore and is of course having trouble breathing. Delana and I discussed options of going down and seeing her, and Delana decided that she needed to. When we drove down to Rockport to see her in January, I kinda saw it as my last time to see my Nannie. Just something told me to say my goodbyes. Delana felt that she needed to see her this weekend to do the same and so my AWESOME brother-in-law packed up the family and drove down there. Thank you Aaron. Her status today is pretty much the same. Still not breathing well, and her blood pressure is low. Hopefully she will pull through and get back to her new normal life. I'm glad Dee went down there to ease her mind, even though it was a crazy adventure.

To My Skister: I love you bunches and you know that. Thank you for loving our family like you do. I could never have asked for a better sister/friend than you. I can't wait for our girls to love each other like we do.