Friday, June 25, 2010

It seems so Pharr away....

On June 21st we were the happy couple walking into Republic Title in McKinney to close on the Pharr House.  I would love to say we will miss that house but the truth is we were ready to move on.  Don't get me wrong, that house was good to us and we have many wonderful memories from the eight years we owned it.  BUT, we could NOT be more in love with our new home then if you told us we were getting it for free.  It is in the neighborhood I have wanted to live in since I was a child and now I have the pleasure of raising our son here.  I am constantly amazed at what a truly blessed life I lead!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Hunter's Lodge

Today my mom and her close friend, Sandy, came over to transform Hunter's nursery into a log cabin.

When Joe and I started looking around at the different options for nurseries we were surprised to find so few choices.  Of course our list of criteria didn't help simplify the process at all:
1) No Disney or cartoon characters
2) Not in the stereotypical 'boy' colors
3)Wanted to use the colors that the room was already painted in when we moved in
4) Something unique-didn't really want to result to the 'bed in a bag'

Put limited options and our list of criteria together and we were definitely up for a challenge.  As we started to think outside the box, we came up with the lodge theme.  Once we made the decision things just seemed to begin falling into place.

First, my sister told us of a little boutique in Plano that had a lodge nursery theme.  The scouting mission was made by my mom and I and we fell in love with the idea, just not the price! The boutique actually wanted over $800 for the crib bedding. 

Second, I am lucky enough to have an arsenal of Martha Stewarts in my life.

Martha Stewart Number 1: Jennifer Hill

Jennifer has the amazing gift of being able to sew and create beautiful bedding, curtains, pillows, etc.  The other important part was she was willing to make the bedding and all I had to do was get the fabric and supplies!!

Martha Stewart Number 2 and 3: Mom and Sandy

The boutique walls were painted to look like a log cabin and the creative juices of my mom were on overdrive.  She ended up taking her friend, Sandy, to the boutique and together they decided that they could paint the nursery.

Martha Stewart Number 4: My brother-in-law

This year Joe shot the biggest buck of his lifetime and we decided that we were going to have the head stuffed.  As we were thinking of where we were going to hang this deer, I got the idea of creating a faux fireplace that could proudly display the buck.  My brother-in-law is a talented wood worker that was up to the task of building it.

Martha Stewart Number 2 and 3: The Return of Mom and Sandy

To complete the fireplace, my mom and Sandy returned to paint it.  They created a beautiful river rock style fireplace with a roaring fire 'inside.'  These two women could definitely go into business together with their talents. 

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Couples' Baby Shower

On June 4th, our dearest friends, Stephen, Jennifer, Steve, and Ainslee, hosted a beautiful baby shower for us.  This was our first baby shower and they definitely set the bar high for the others to follow.

                                                              The Beautiful Hostesses

We feel extremely blessed to have so many wonderful friends who gave up a Friday night to help us celebrate the upcoming arrival of Hunter Alexander.  We received so many wonderful gifts and thoroughly enjoyed the time spent with friends.

Thanks to all of our friends who came and made it a baby shower we will never forget!

The delicious cookies-n-creme ice cream cake made by Luis and Sheryl.  Gotta love friends who own a Coldstone when you are pregnant!

 Some of our wonderful friends looking on as Joe and I opened gifts.

Liz, Christina, Sheryl and Monique enjoying the Hill's beautiful patio.

I think this speaks for itself!

Monica and I

And what baby shower wouldn't be complete without the daddy-to-be drinking out of a shoe!!!

Watch out world!! Hope you are ready for another Joe!!