It was ROUGH going without internet for almost a week but we survived. It ended up being a faulty cable modem that I could fix myself. Now I'm not a techy girl, but if the computer or sewing machine goes down, I'll do just about anything to get it back up. LOL I apologize if I didn't return an email that was sent over this time. There were just soooo many and I wasn't able to get to them all. I'm still working on it, but if you sent one that needs a response soon, email me again and I'll be certain to reply. :)
Sweet little Liv's birthday was a success. I can't believe my baby turned 4!! I swear it was just last month that I was laid up on bed-rest with this little peanut. It was an adventurous pregnancy, and a very painful c-section and recovery...but from day 1, Miss Olivia has been nothing short of an angel. I am still not sure how I lucked out to have her as my little girl, and I'm so proud of the sweetie she is. *sniff* Okay, here are some highlights~
She was delighted to get new sparkly "high heels" from Grammy! To be honest, she was in gift HEAVEN! She's so spoiled with lots of people who love her. I fizzled out on my motherly party planning duties this year and ordered a Cold Stone cake. *gasp* It was good, but I promise to get back into my true baking form for the next one. :) We had such fun and all the partying wore Olivia right out. I even caught the birthday princess sleeping in her crown. LOL Oh, and see that little cutie up there in the right corner? That's Mr. Gray! Yes, I do in fact have TWO children, despite the fact that I tend to neglect blogging about him. (It's entirely coincidental that it happens. But when other people started noticing and asking about him, I realized that I DO tend to leave him out. Poor little dude.) Isn't he looking so big?! At 16 months he is AAAALL boy. Rambunctious, spirited, and as fearless as he is handsome. With the longest eyelashes you've ever seen...literally, they've got to be over half an inch! Amazing.
Okay friends, I'm asking for some help again. (Remember our white kitchen debate? Yep, I won that one. *wink*) We are now in the midst of choosing lighting. We've chosen everything: chandeliers, sconces, pendants...but just our regular flushmount ceiling fixtures have yet to be decided upon. (For the hallways, and laundry room, etc. Hey, we can't have draping crystals EVERYWHERE. LOL) As with most decisions involved in building, *Henry* and I disagree till we are blue in the face....yet when we walk into a space, we agree on everything. It's ridiculous! So I thought I'd conduct an unofficial poll and call on my blog friends for some help. Here are 3 simple and uncluttered options that have been discussed. I, of course, have my favorite....*Henry* has his. Of these 3, which do you like best? :)
Note: all the finishes would be the same- Polished Nickel. (It's beautiful...like a little warm sparkly bling accenting your ceiling.) The style of our home is quiet eclectic, but if I had to categorize it, I'd say the architecture is Transitional....basically the best of both modern and traditional. Clean lines, lots of floof. (My typical OliveJuice style. LOL) And quite undeniably there is definitely a sense of Granny-Chic. Very Brocade Home-esque. (Which, BTW, have you seen their latest catalog?! Be still my beating heart!) So, this being said, an opinion of the fixtures above would be much appreciated. :)
I need to run....still not showered for the day. ACK! Thanks in advance for your help!!
ETA: I nearly forgot to tell you where you can get the digital goodies used in this post. The curled frames are by the wonderful Nancy Comelab. And the birthday accents are by the super talented Natalie Braxton.