Tuesday, May 12, 2009

First - I wanted to let you know in case you haven't heard .....little Kayleigh went to be with Jesus last night. She was a little baby born who was just around 1 lb and has spent the last 11 months in the NICU. After some recent surgeries, she had become brain dead and last night she left this world for a much better place. Please keep her family in your prayers. I can't imagine all they have been through. The pictures from yesterday will break your heart - but their faith is strong.
I was excited today to have lunch with Melissa and Ashley. Melissa is my neighbor and she knows Ashley from church and her husband works with Ashley's dad. I have been reading Ashley's blog for a while before I ever knew she knew Melissa. Small world. Ashley is this very colorful, fun person and she was just as nice in person as I imagined. She is about to have baby Avery just any day! You have to go check out her nursery and all the cute things Ashley has for her - she could make a great friend for Harper. Melissa is so sweet and is that neighbor that always has the perfect house and is the perfect hostess. I am so glad to get to know both of these girls! (Next time we'll do dinner and daddy can babysit!)
Unfortunately, Miss Harper was NOT thrilled to be at lunch - she cried and screamed the whole time. I think she is teething possibly. She just drools buckets and constantly reaches for our fingers to chew on them and she has been pretty fussy. Bless her heart!

But she still looks cute!

You know how much I love big bows, right? No really, did you know I like big bows? ha!

Well - there are two web sites I wanted to tell you about.

A girl who lives her locally, Robin, made Harper some flower bows before she was born. She recently launched a web site and she wanted to offer all of you a 10% discount through the end of May. Just use the code "kelly10". So go and check them out! You might even see a baby you know in her gallery!
http://www.mckenzieoriginals.com/

And then there is sweet baby Bentley who is having heart surgery in about a week.
Glam R Baby is having a special sale to raise money to help her! Check it out here - she has 3 bows to choose from and one is the MOTHER of all bows!
http://glamrbaby.blogspot.com/2009/05/bentley-bows.html

And finally - how many of you have looked through all the living rooms??? There ought to be a prize if you have. I have only made it through the first 200.........I've got to get a move on it. But I've LOVED looking at all of your homes and I've got a lot of great ideas!

I've had a change of plans so this Friday - we will be touring GUEST BEDROOMS.
(Just a note - from here on - there may be rooms that not everyone has - you may not have a guest room or you may not have kids rooms or you may not have a home office........so just play when you can and enjoy touring the others until you can participate again. )
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OH And how could I forget???? Tonight is the Biggest Loser finale - I don't really care who wins but I love watching the final show when they all come out and blow me away with their transformations! And it's American Idol! Can't wait to see Kris coming home to ARKANSAS!!! (it's also the NYC housewives reunion show! ha! - why don't they do an Arkansas housewives show or a Mississippi housewives show or Alabama? Now THAT might be good. At least the women would hopefully be sweet and would actually do housewife things like cook and clean and take care of kids - someone contact Bravo for me.)

77 comments:

Pink Slippers said...

Love the bows..I'm off to shop.
Wendy
Mommy to six soon to be seven!

Stuart and Sarah Creamer said...

We are all praying for Kayleigh's family right now.
Harper looks precious in her pictures and I too love the big bows!

The Stain Family said...

So many tears for Kayleigh's family. What a precious baby.

I'm really enjoying peeking into everyone's houses...and I'm getting so many good ideas! So glad you're hosting all this home fun!

OH! I was in NWA this wknd and found Oops...so much BIGGER than I had imagined and can hardly wait to go back!! :)

Stafford Moments said...

Thanks for the lunch today. It was great getting together. I hope you and Harper have a great afternoon. Maybe on a nice day this week we can go walking.

Elle's Mom said...

Praying hard for Kayleigh's family.

What beautiful bows! Harper is such a doll!

Anna said...

Thanks for the update...I don't have a guest bedroom right now, but will stay tuned to participate in future rooms! And I'll definitely enjoy touring all of your guest rooms! :)

Katie Spinks said...

do you have an email address I can send you an email too rather then post it all here? thanks!

Matt and Cristin said...

Oh darn! I was hoping I could use the excuse of 'Nursery Friday' to have a reason to get the nursery done! :) I guess I just have a little more time! :)

Andrea said...

My daughter Emma started teething around 2 months. She drooled SOOOO much that we had to double bib her with a plastic backed bib under a normal bib just to keep her dry and happy. I hope Harper cuts her first tooth before Emma did because Emma didn't get her first tooth until she was 13 months old!!! She's almost 2 now and is cutting her incisors but the drooling has subsided and we don't need any bibs anymore other than eating.

I love all of the bows, Emma won't keep them on, maybe I will have more luck with my newborn.

Sarah said...

I couldn't agree more about the housewives. I was sooo disappointed when they came to my stomping grounds, Atlanta, and they had those housewives. I was like, those ladies are great and all, but nothing like the housewives I know!

Danielle said...

I started following your blog to join the Show Us Where You Live Fridays (which is sooo much fun!) Ashley and I used to work together. She is the sweetest thing ever with so much personality! Small world...although I think Ashley knows EVERYONE! Thanks for the update on Kayleigh. My eight year old and I were looking through kitchens together and I left the room for some reason and when I came back she had Kayleigh's blog pulled up. It had caught her eye and then her heart. She made the whole family read through and watch a video on the blog. We have been praying for her since.

Thanks for giving us another reason to look forward to Fridays! I just switched our guest room to a playroom so I will just get to enjoy looking this week!

Elizabeth said...

I can't wait for the Biggest Loser finale, either. I love watching it this season and last season!

Chris & Whitney said...

Teething tabs are the BEST!!! Totally natural. They are behing the pharmacy counter at Target and beside the pacifiers/baby toothbrushes at Wal-Mart. Hope Harper feels better soon!

Ruth said...

I need to go back and check out the living rooms. Maybe I will get some ideas. I freely admit I have trouble figuring out how to put it all together.

John and Susan Combs said...

Hey Kelly, I hope you read this. I've been following your blog since Harper was born. You and your family are such an inspiration. Well, I know another family who is an inspiration also. My best friend, Michelle, and her husband, Gregg just found out their 13 month old has a rare sex chromosome abnormality. To raise awareness about this condition, my husband and I are helping them create a foundation in their daughter's (Kayla Reese) name. We're doing this by running a 1/2 marathon, blogging and fundraisers. Please take a look at our blog and give us a 'shout out' sometime if you feel like it ;)
Susan @ http://www.race2chi-town.blogspot.com

Carrie said...

Thanks for the updates on the prayer requests, we'll be praying.

Did you know the BL finale tonight is 3 hours! I'm way too pregnant to stay up until 11 PM, so I'll have to read about it tomorrow.

Just wanted you to know- I am giving your blog the One Lovely Blog Award. Details here: http://growingababyinseattle.blogspot.com/2009/05/one-lovely-blog-award.html

Katie said...

I love Harper's little green shirt! So cute! :)

Coach's Wife said...

Hi Harper's Mommy! Happy late Mother's Day! Just wanted to tell you about teething tablets, but I saw someone before me already did. They are wonderful, and as she said all natural. They immediately dissolve in their little mouths and with tylenol, seem to make a huge difference! Good luck because even though they show signs early, sometimes its awhile before they cut through. And I also didn't know the finale was 3 hours until I saw your comments! GO MIKE!

Claire said...

I would so watch an Arkansas hosuewives show.

Cxx

Collier Chronicles said...

Sopanet has a new show about single girls is KY! It may be interesting to catch!

Try giving her a cold wash cloth to chew on as well.

Bama Girl in AZ said...

You love bows? I had no idea!!! Harper looking cute always. I am very excited about the BL finale tonight! Thanks so much for hosting the home tours, I am loving them!!

Jenny said...

My heart breaks for the Freeman Family.

Those bows are so cute, too bad I don't know any baby girls close by.

Heather said...

I am heartbroken for little Kayleigh. My heart goes out to the Freeman's. Lifting them up in prayer. Thank for updating and Harper looks so cute in her bows!

Michele said...

Kelly, I've followed Kayleigh's story for several months and just fell in love with her! I am so broken hearted for that sweet family - I was sort of a mess today at the church! I didn't get to talk to you Sunday at baby dedication - I was so happy for you and Scott - and to see Harper in person - she's a doll!!! I enjoy your blog so much, my husband calls me a stalker, but I don't care! :)

Jordan Sanders said...

Are those Marketplace cups that I see? Dreaming of sweet glazed, sweet potato fries!

Kristin said...

Harper always looks so super cute in her bows! I am praying for Kayleigh's family and Bentley's family. I live near TX Children's, where Bentley's having her surgery, so I'm hoping to be able to visit them!

If they did a housewives show with you on it...that is something I would definitely watch! LOL

AKat said...

My goodness, that WAS the mother of all bows! Ha! So cute!

Jillian said...

I love Ashley and I really wish I lived in the area so my Emerson could be friends with Avery too!! I love the bows for the babies and I think I will have to buy a few for my baby!! As long as they are affordable of course!!

Brittney said...

SOAPNet is about to have a show called Southern Belles: Louisville. Maybe you can convince them to move their next show to Arkansas?

Ashley said...

Kelly lunch was fabulous! I loved meeting you and spending time with you and can't wait for more fun days ahead!!! XOXO!

hibnerfamily.com said...

I hope you had fun at your lunch! Lunches with friends are my saving grace when I'm getting cabin fever.

Todd and Courtney said...

I cried and cried w hen I read about Kayleigh earlier today. Her story will be featured on the show the Doctors tomorrow in case you didnt know!
Cute picture of Harper. LOVE that bow!

Rachel said...

You are such a cute momma!

I am SO pumped for the BL finale tonight! I love that show!

number17cherrytreelane said...

Thank you for updating us on Kayleigh. Praise the Lord for her life and He will use her death. He is so good to us, even in our pain.
My love to you,
Rachel

Jenna said...

Too fun about your lunch date! Harper is looking so cute in her bumbo with her big bow! That girl knows she can rock a bow. :-)

Hope ya'll are having a good Tuesday, my dear!

amanda said...

ohhh i'm super stoked for the biggest loser finale. i'm rooting for one of the purple team members to win the at home. they're from our area of wisconsin. i don't really have a preference on who wins the finale. each one of them has done something to irritate me. :0)

Amy said...

Hi Kelly,
I am glad to hear about someone else who watches Bravo's Housewives show. I always feel a little guilty watching but I can't seem to stay away. I agree, they really do need some "real housewives."

dg darling said...

Just had to tell you how absolutely adorable you looked at the dedication! Your hair is so cute and have you lost weight? One hot Mama!

Heather said...

Bow shopping is something I cannot WAIT to do for Avery Kate! She is going to be a bowhead, no question!! I just love cute bows!!!
Sorry Harper is teething...seems like you just get one thing figured out and then there is something else...but I think that is normal!! :)
Thanks for praying for me and Avery Kate...I absolutely CANNOT BELIEVE she will be here in less than a week!!!!!

glam R baby said...

Thank you so much Kelly! I really appreciate it and so does Crystal!! Thanks again!! Miss Harper is a beauty as ALWAYS!! :o) XOXO

So sad to hear about Kayleigh...I can't even imagine. I will be keeping their family in my prayers!!

Thanks again!!

XOXO
noelle

www.glamrbaby.com
www.glamrbaby.blogspot.com

Shelby said...

I can't help it... I love the drama of NYC Housewives... but yes.. they have way too much money and time on their hands. :)

The Simmons Family said...

You crack me up!! Agree with the houswives... the Atlanta one just about did me in. Who lives like that???? REAL Housewives is what they call it... it's not REAL. A lady in her barefeet, chasing babes and cooking for her hubby.. that REAL!!

Love the bows.. maybe Owen wouldn't mind it if I slipped one on his head every once in a while!! HA!

Cindy said...

Have you tried wetting a washcloth and then putting it in the freezer. Then let Harper chew on it. This worked wonders for my daughter when she was teething.

Michelle said...

Poor Harper - Teething can be a bummer. We use Hyland's Teething Gel and Laila seems to calm as soon as we put it on her gums.

Fran said...

Watched AI tonight and am voting for Kris Allen! FABULOUS!!!

And...I'll be watching the reunion show with you. :)

Mama Llama said...

am I the only person who thinks you look like Blair from facts of life?? Or have you been told that a BILLION times???

I sent the gift to my friend... anonymously though. A secret little encouragement. I haven't heard if she got it. You can pray for her... her name is Lauren.

So sad about Kayleigh. I live in disbelief that anything like this could ever happen to my children, but when I read about it it just breaks my heart and causes me to just squeeze my babies SO tight.

Mary Beth Etherton said...

I read your blog every day, I also love your recipe blog. I have never commented before but just felt it was time to say how much I enjoy reading it. I am sure we would be very good friends if we lived near by. It seems we have lots in common. I also love your recipes and Paula Deen. I have tried several of the recipes and they are great! Thanks for the hard work you put in this blog. Its fantastic!

Shaila Creekmore said...

I'll echo about teething tablets. They are so safe that my Ped. said you really can't give them too many. It's amazing how they work.

I think reading all these blogs is like "watching" a real housewives show. LOL I think Bentonville would be a great place to do one of those shows.

And your picture of the green bean bundles makes me hungry every time I see them. I haven't made those in a long time, maybe I'll find an excuss this weekend to do so.

Melissa Miller said...

~Wonderful photos of you all!

I'm so sorry to have read the sad news about the baby. Prayers are being said.

harmonysong said...

Didn't Kristen look AMAZING?!! I was so proud of all of them!!

Lynn said...

Am so sorry for the family...to have made it so long....
When I read this passage and it speaks of enemies, my thoughts are that they aren't just people, but can also be applied to horrible diseases and even death. Know that I'm praying!
2 Samuel 22:2-4 And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence. I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.
Prayer BearsMy email address

Brittany and Charlie said...

Harper looks adorable as usual! THere is a show premiering next week on the Soap channel called Southern Belles that is kinda like those housewives shows. You should watch, maybe you will like:)

Lianna Knight said...

You would be GREAT...I can see the headlines...The REAL Housewives of Arkansas, starring KELLY!!!! Too funny!

creative gal said...

Love the bows!!

Tickled Pink Talk said...

Oh Man, you mean I have to clean my guestrooms now???? I just got the boys room ready.... ;) This is such a good motivation for me to get my house clean haha!!!

Luv a Bargain Sherri said...

I heard about little Kayleigh yesterday and my heart sank. My prayers are with her family.

Another real housewives fan here! Me, the southern one, living around all my new northern friends (NH)have laughed about having our own version too. I think it's great that so many here have fun enough lives that could make a TV series:)

Have a great day!

Luv a Bargain Sherri said...

Oh...and speaking of shopping. I don't know if you are need of any Gymboree shopping fun.....but they have a great 30% off everything coupon, good from 5/14-5/17.

I have it posted on my blog to print out if you're interested:)

Preppy Coastee said...

hahaha i saw that green dress! I bought the white one w/ the little pink flowers sewn up it that was right next to it for a friend.

xoxo love amanda

we are praying for miss kayleigh too. we miss her very much!!

Lauren Kelly said...

My heart just breaks for Kayleigh's family.... can't even fathom what they must be going through right now.

Precious picture of Harper as always :)

Love ya!

Jennifer said...

Awesome, thanks for switching the rooms. (no baby room yet, since we have no baby yet...) We have a UNIQUE housing situation right now and I've been wanting to "show it off" and the guest room is a great place to start. I'll take pics tonight!

Kristina said...

I love the bows!! I don't think my 18 mth old son would love me too much if I started putting them in his hair!! I watched the Biggest Loser finale, I was amazed!!! And Idol??? Kris deserves a top spot, he's great..especially last night!

I also wanted to let you know that I pilfered one of your recipes for my Midweek Morsels weekly post. I featured both of your blogs! Stop by if you want to take a look =)

http://kristinasfavorites.blogspot.com/2009/05/midweek-morsels_13.html

Krista Lynn said...

Harper sure is growing up! She is just too precious!! Lovin' seeing the pictures as she grows!

Carlos and Jamie said...

I love the big bow! Now if I can just get a baby girl to put the bow on!

Jamie

Mary said...

LOL at your suggestion to do a southern housewives show. Those women (I confess I did watch the OC ones faithfully--how crazy are those people??) seem like they are on a different planet!

Mary said...

Okay forgot to ask you a question: Once you started working with BlogHer did you have to change your blog format?

Melissa said...

Harper is just so precious and getting so big. It is crazy how fast they grow. My little ones are already 2 months and I cannot believe it. THank you so much for posting the bows for Bentley. I ordered one and will be so proud for my sweet angel Brynlee Grace to wear it. Thanks again for giving those of us who do not know Bentley the opportunity to support her and her family.

momma rayne said...

we love teething tablets for teething , they are usually located on the bottom shelf near the viatmins at walmart we love them and way do the trick..

Denise said...

I just happened to turn on the tv show "The Doctors" and Kayleigh's parents were guests on the show. It was so heart wrenching.

XXDenise

Jennifer said...

My heart breaks for Kayleigh's family. I cannot even imagine what they are going through.
Lunch looks like a lot of fun! I didn't know Melissa was your neighbor. I read her blog and her house looks perfect in pictures! I added her to my list of girls to pray for daily.
And what did you think about BL last night? Helen lost some serious weight. And so did Jerry! I couldn't believe that. That show makes me cry! And I ate a ton of chips and salsa (Chili's recipe) during the show. I would make Bob so proud!

Stephanie said...

Hi Kelly,

Just stumbled upon your blog from a friends. Just wanted to give you another "bow dealer". My friend Emily makes awesome good quality bows super cheap! you can check them out here.... www.freewebs.com/rosebudbows

She makes these things called "spikey ikeys' that are just too cute, and I think you will love.

Tres Chic Texas said...

Hi Kelly! I'm a new random follower and I love your banner! Did you design it or have it outsourced? My blog is http://wellbred.blogspot.com

Love your blogs!

Emily said...

you are starting to convince me that I love big bows on lil girls.. bec harper looks soo stinking cute:)

Connie said...

Hi Kelly! Just wanted to let you in on what our pediatrician told us. Our 6 1/2 month old daughter, Emily Rhyse (pronounced Reese...people have trouble w/it!), started drooling buckets around Harper's age and chewed on EVERYTHING in sight including us! Our pediatrician said it's just that age!Their mouth is like a leaky faucet and if it'll fit in their mouth it's going in :) If she's not already sucking on those toes look out...it's coming soon!!

I LOVE to read your blog! I'm an Arkansas girl, Crossett to be exact :) My husband is a Marine and we are stationed in Beaufort, SC...beautiful coast :) But I do miss Arkansas quite a bit. Even though I'm still in the South it's so strange at how very different people are!!

Jessica said...

I love the bows on the headbands. She looks cute. My daughter has just asked me to buy her one. =)

NeverEnoughTime said...

WOW, Thursday at 6:15 and I just finally got through all of the living rooms! Thanks for sharing your home and having others join in. It has been so fun and I have gotten so many ideas to help me decorate(which I am NOT good at!)
Have a great night!

Ashley said...

When I saw Kris on Idol I thought of you and my grandparents so close by! Also, I thought the EXACT SAME THING about Housewives...they SO need a Southern version!!

Ann's Page said...

Hi Kelly
I wanted to let you know I love your blog.I am so gald Harper is Healthy!! I will say a prayer for you freinds...Ann