Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Celebrating, Answers, & a Giveaway!

I can not believe that I have posted 100 times on my blog!!  I am absolutely in love with bloggy land and I am so, so thankful that I have this to look back on as we grow and change.  This is my way of documenting our lives and it just so happens that a few others share in our memories with us! :)

Therefore, I want to celebrate!!!  I am soooo excited to do my first giveaway!  To celebrate my 100th post, I'm giving away a beautiful monogram necklace from Tabetha.

All you have to do to enter is leave me a comment on this post and I will enter your name in the drawing.  You should be able to comment even if you don't have a blog, but if, for some reason, you can't leave a comment, just send me an email and I'll put your name in with the others.  Also, if you post about my giveaway on your blog, let me know, and I'll enter your name twice!  It's that easy....and these necklaces are gorgeous!  (I may just get one for myself when I get yours!) I'll let Harper draw the winning name next Friday, and then I'll hit you up to see what monogram you would like!  Doesn't that sound like fun???  I'm soooooo excited!  I hope lots of you enter! :)

Now for the questions....only one person asked questions on the blog.  So, I'll answer those along with others that I get asked here goes!

1. What was the best part of your pregnancy?  All of it!  Seriously...I had the best pregnancy ever!  If you didn't know, I'm a type 1 diabetic.  So getting pregnant itself was a little bit of a risk and super scary.  However, I just tried to stay positive as we decided to begin trying for a child.  Luckily, we didn't have any trouble.  Then, I was terrified that something would go wrong or that I would be on bed rest the whole time....nothing happened.  NOTHING!  It was fabulous!   I did have to go to the doctor a lot.....A LOT!  But, in the end, it was well worth it.  But, if I had to choose, the absolute best part of our pregnancy was hearing Harper's heartbeat everytime and having ultrasounds...which I had many!  I just loved seeing her little face and how much she was growing.  It seemed like everytime we had an ultrasound, I would say, "That's just so weird that she's inside of me!"  Anyone who doesn't believe in God is just crazy!  Childbirth is truly amazing!

2.  What was the scariest part of your pregnancy?  I would have to say the scariest part was the anticipation and not knowing what to expect.  When we would go to hear the heartbeat, I was fine once we heard it.  And, once I was able to feel her move, that subsided a little bit!  If she was moving, I knew she was okay!  Then, childbirth was probably the scariest.  I thought I was going to be sick as we pulled into the parking lot on Sunday night to be induced!  I just didn't know what to expect!  However, it wasn't too bad once we got inside.  Everything kind of moved quickly after that and they kept us occupied for the most part!  I was just terrified of the epidural....but I quickly learned that that thing could be your best friend! ha:)

3.  Where do you buy Harper's clothes?  Everywhere!  I have found stuff for Harper many different places and a lot of her stuff has been given to us at our showers.  However, some of my favorite places to shop are local boutiques.  Ready, Set, Grow has beautiful baby things for boys and girls and is a great place to find smocked dresses and cutesy little things.  Probably the place where I spend the most money (and time other than at home) is Sew Sweet.  It is a little embroidery shop in our hometown, but they have some of the cutest little outfits and dresses.  And, if I find anything that needs just a little something, I take it up there for a little monogram to spice it up!  If you're around here, you should definitely stop by!  (I just bought Harper a few little outfits for fall/winter, some cute stuff on clearance for next year, and the absolute cutest Halloween bucket you've ever seen to come later!)  Basically, anywhere that has cute stuff for a good deal, I'm up for shopping there....I'm definitely a bargain hunter!

4.  Where did you come up with the name Harper?  This has probably been the MOST asked question since we decided on her name.  NO, we did NOT name her after Kelly on Kelly's Korner....NO we did not name her after anyone in our family....and NO it's NOT a boy's name!!!!  Honestly, about three years ago, a lady that I went to church with and taught with was pregnant.  She had twin boys whose names started with an "H" and she was trying to come up with a girl's name just in case it was a girl.  After church one Wednesday night, I was sitting at home watching MTV and a commercial came on and one of the guys said, "I mean look at her man.  Her name is hot is that?"  And I was like, "Oooh...I LOVE that name!"  But, at the time, I was no where near ready to have kids.  I picked up the phone and called my friend and told her...she loved it too.  But after she thought about it for a while and put it with her last name, it totally did not work!  So, jokingly, I told her it sounded fabulous with our last name! lol  I truly intended to name our little girl Kenadie.  BUT, as we started looking for names when the time came, it seemed that everytime I looked in our local paper, there was a least one little girl in there with the same name and I didn't like that!  I like names that are different that no one else has.  Also, we had our little boy name picked out a long time ago, so we had to find something that sounded good with his.  So, we went back to Harper and it's the only name that Brandon had really liked and I loved we decided to go with it!  Not long after that, Kelly had her baby and that's why I started reading her blog...because she had a little girl with the same name as mine!  Now, it seems like there are tons of Harpers out there....oh well!  Mine is still special! :)  AND, just in case you're wondering.....our little man's name (whenever and if we have one) will be Knox William.  Knox after a cousin of mine and William after Brandon's family.  And, now that I have one baby....I am wanting tons more! ha:)  So, I've already been looking at baby names again because it truly is addicting.  Our other boy names are (and in this order):Mattox (B's middle name is Matthew), Kipton, and Kellan.  Some girl names that I love (but no one else in my family really cares for! ha!): Harlow, Stella, Finley, and Piper...but I'm still looking for girls names!  If you have any weird/funky names that you love and you're finished having kiddos....tell me what they are!  lol

Well, I hope that answers some of your questions!  I am loving this post!!!

Now, enter a comment for your chance to win an awesome necklace!  I can't wait to see who wins!

Have a wonderful weekend!

xoxo, Kara C:

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Trying to get ready...

Well, since I have to go back to work in a few days, we are trying to get caught up on sleep...And, as you can see, we are doing a pretty good job! :) Speaking of sleep.....GUESS WHO SLEPT THROUGH THE NIGHT LAST NIGHT????You're right....this beautiful little baby girl!  When I woke up this morning and it was light outside, I was so, so excited!  But, then I got a little sad too...that means she's getting older...and I want her to get older...just not so quickly! ha:)She has been such a good baby lately.  She rarely fusses unless she's hungry and she just looks around and at you like she really knows what you're saying.  She is a huge fan of her play mat and her changing pad too...If there's ever a small thing you need to get done quickly, you can lay her either place and she'll just lay there and look around and coo!  It really is the sweetest thing I've ever heard!  My heart just melts to see her so happy and content.
On another note, who has been keeping up with the Bachelorette?  I was once a huge fan of that show, but I like it when they stay together...which you know is rare!  BUT, I loved Jillian when she was on the Bachelor.  She was always one of my faves, so I really wanted to watch this season.  However, we had a little something that kept us from watching several times...
Harper just was not into the show that much! ha:)  But, she did let me watch it Monday and Tuesday.  I was rooting for I'm very pleased with how it turned out!  However, I feel so sorry for Reid!  I didn't care for him too much on the show, but he seemed genuinely hurt on the after show!  Oh well, guess that's part of it!  Who were you all rooting for?
Other than that, I have just been trying to finish things up in my classroom and get back in to the swing of things.  I already know that Monday is going to be H-O-R-R-I-B-L-E!!!!!  I am dreading it terribly!  I know I have to go back to work, but it's going to be rough leaving her for the first time!  
I broke the news to Harper that Mommy had to go back to work on Monday....and I don't think she wants me to either.  What do you think....
:( Bless it!  Pray for us! lol

Saturday, July 25, 2009

As promised....

Don't you just love them??? Andi designed them just for us, and as always, she did a magnificent job and we are super pleased! She is in the process of launching a new website where she makes templates to purchase or will custom design cards, layouts, etc. just for you! Check it out at Also, she's running a great special right now for 10% off your photography session if you book during July or August! If you're interested, go here to find out more and contact her....and tell her Harper sent you! :)

Q & A

So, I have some questions and I hope you do too!  I have seen several people do this on their blogs and I just think it is so I'm going to give it a try.  If no one has any questions, I promise I won't bore you with it again! ha:)

But, I'm open to anything....if you have any questions about anything...ASK!  I'd love to answer them.  People ask all the time where we buy Harper's clothes, if I'm going back to work, what my classroom looks like and how I keep it organized....I'd love to answer all of your questions if I can.  

Some things I wanted to ask are:

1.  Have you tried to leave me comments and have not been able to?  I had someone stop me in Wal-Mart the other day and tell me that she constantly tries to comment and can't.  We don't know if it's an issue w/ her computer or mine.  So, if this has happened to you, please drop me an email and let me know so I can get it fixed asap!

2.  Who are you???  I LOVE blog-hopping and reading about other people and their lives.  It has also led me to meeting some great people and making some great friends as well.  I'd love for you to just leave me a comment and let me know who you are and where you are from.

And, I just wanted to say that there have been some things said to me this week that have really, really made me happy.  First of all, I had a phone call yesterday telling me that she had given someone my blog address and they had called her telling her how much they loved reading it and how uplifting it was!  WOW!  That makes me feel so great!  I can't believe people actually want to read about us! ha:)  But, I am so, so glad that you do!  Thank you for visiting and sharing our special times in our lives with us!  We feel honored! :)

So, roll up your sleeves, and throw the questions out there!  I'll answer them all in a few days.  AND, I have a very, very special post coming up very shortly that you'll want to be sure to check back for!  It's something I am super duper excited about! 


My favorite outfit....EVER!

Kelly over at Kelly's Korner is hosting a 'Show Us Your Life' series and this week it is all about the wedding gown! I just loved planning our wedding and looking for the perfect gown! I kinda knew what style I wanted and I knew that I wanted to blow Brandon's breath the hunt was on! The weekend we got engaged, I bought a bridal magazine and the first dress in the book was the one that I had to have. I searched far and wide and finally found out that a little boutique in Franklin had one! We went the next day to see was not as beautiful in person as it was in the magazine. It had all these huge pleats going around it and anyone w/ a fuller behind knows that those do NOTHING for your figure! ha:) So, I left there devastated and crying! lol I had just known that was it and it wasn't....oh well! So, after hours of looking and trying on countless dresses, I loaded up one Saturday with my bestie and my mom and headed to our tenth shop! I tried on and tried on and had it narrowed down to two dresses. We decided to go eat lunch while I made my decision. During lunch I kept looking at pics we had made and I made a decision...I didn't like either one of them that well! So, my best friend, Angela, said, "We are going back to that shop and we are going to find YOUR dress."  Well, we walked in and this time, we got to work w/ another consultant. She asked what exactly I wanted and I told her...."sweetheart neckline, halter, heavy beading on the bodice, A-line, long train, corset back, and beading on bottom"...I was very specific. ha:) She said to give her a minute and then she goes over to the rack that I had gone through numerous times and she pulled "the gown"!!! I was like, "Where did that come from?" She said it was part of the trunk show and they had just put it out on the floor and hadn't even had time to steam it. I said, "Well that's it!"  She said, "Do you not want to try it on first?" lol Of course I did, and even though it was the wrong color and about 6 inches too short, I came out of the dressing room jumping up and down saying, "This is the one! This is the one!" We ordered it right then and I've never regretted my decision!Some people just buy the first gown they see, and I wish I could've been so lucky!  But, I knew what I wanted and I knew that I would know it when I found "the one," just like I knew it when I found Brandon!  I needed the perfect gown to marry the perfect man!Here's a picture of the back so you can see the gorgeous train and corset!  The train was pretty long already.  BUT, I had imagined having this huge train that flowed behind me as I walked down the long I added 3 feet to the length of my train when they custom ordered it.  It was just p-e-r-f-e-c-t!!! And here you can see the detailing better on the bodice.  It was silver and crystal beading with silver thread.  Our colors were a pretty sage and silver with all colors of pink and green flowers!  This day is still one of my favorite days in my life...with childbirth being close up there! ha:)  Next week is wedding party and I'll be hunting for those pictures next!


Don't you wish.... could sleep this well? ha:)We were gone all day on Thursday and Harper was pooped yesterday.I was sitting around working on paperwork and on the computer and I just couldn't quit staring at her wishing I slept this well. Since Harper has arrived, I hear every peep she makes and I wouldn't trade it for the world.

I had my post partum visit Thursday and everything went very well. Next on our agenda is Harper's two month visit in August! Just typing that makes me so sad....why does time have to go by so quickly?!? We have waited our whole lives for this and it just seems to be flying past us! While we were in Murfreesboro, I decided to call Harper's dr. back because she has had a little cold. We took her to the walk-in clinic two weeks ago today and he told us to do little noses and suction her out before every feeding. We've been doing that and she really hasn't gotten better. I even went and bought some Baby Vick's the other day and tried that...nothing. So, on Thursday, her eyes began to matt together. Well, of course, they wanted to see her, so luckily we were already down there and got right in. He said to keep doing what we were doing and to give her a little Pedialyte after each feeding....and I'm happy to say she's doing a little bit better. While we were there, they weighed her again....and guess what....she weighs 10lbs. and 13oz.!!!! I couldn't believe it. I knew she was really beginning to fill out, but I didn't figure she had gained that much!

Some people are always asking how things are going. Well, let me just tell you....I feel like I have a different baby on my hands! I haven't wanted to post about this because I was afraid people would criticize me....but I don't care anymore. She is happier and so am I!

So, we are 100% on formula now! She was just fussing all the time and was having a lot of trouble with belly aches and not being content. SO, since I have to go back to work soon, I decided to start trying to get on a routine where I could feed her in the morning and at night and put her on formula during the day. WELL, she was soooo much more content after the bottle feedings that I decided to try just formula on Sunday to see how she did. Oh my...we had a different baby on our hands! She didn't fuss...she ate and slept. It was so nice! It makes us both much happier!

Along with that note, she has been sleeping for 6 hours at a time at night! We have finally figured it out a little bit. Brandon stays up with her and I go on to bed. He usually put her down between 11 and 12 and then she sleeps until anywhere between 5 and 6. Hallelujah! :) Then I get up with her and we go back to bed after her feeding. Once I start back to work, I'll just stay up and get ready after this feeding.

So, like I said before, we are much happier....

Who couldn't be happy with this adorable baby by their side?

Also, I have something very, very special to me that I wanted to share with you. On our anniversary and Harper's one month, we ate dinner over at Brandon's parents house before church. When we walked in, there were two gift boxes laying with Harper's name and one with ours. Well, Aunt Randi had bought Harper a bib that says "I love my Auntie." Too, too cute! I bought one for my niece as well when she was a baby, so I'm glad Harper has one now too.

Then, we opened our was from Harper! ha:) It was a poem written to us. (I think she probably had a little help from Aunt Randi writing it all out!) Well, I was a teary mess after reading it. It was so sweet and so special and I still get teary-eyed every time that I read it. It's something that I will always cherish and I asked Randi if I could share it with all of you and she said I could. I wish I could write this well!

Here was our anniversary present from Miss Harper....

Mom & Dad,

Look at me a month old today
If I could talk, what would I say?

I’d probably start with how I’m glad you two decided to date,
And that Dad popped the question and chose Mom as his mate.

Without those marriage vows you took three years ago tonight,
You wouldn’t have me lying here with eyes so blue and bright.

I know I have lots of things: books, toys, and clothes,
But more importantly I have love more than anybody knows.

I know you two are great parents; you love me with all your might,
You’ll be a good example, and always raise me right.

The truth is that I’m growing up and time is going fast,
I can’t believe that one month has already come and passed.

So when everyone tells you that the house and dishes can wait,
It’s true, let’s play because before long I’ll start to date.

No, that will be a while if Dad has any say,
But that’s okay because I’m his girl and wouldn’t want it any other way.

And, Mom, you know we have this bond that only we will know,
So enjoy our time together, sit back, and watch me grow.

So Mom and Dad you see, you have a love so rare,
And I just want to say “Happy Anniversary” and I love you, Harper Claire!

The Lord has blessed us way beyond what we deserve!


Monday, July 20, 2009

Special post...Part 2

Since last Wednesday was such a special day at our house, I had high hopes of blowing you away with this amazing post about why our day was special....well you already know that didn't happen.  BUT, I did still want to post about our day, so here's part 2!

Last Wednesday marked 3 years since I became Mrs. Fuston!  What a wonderful day this was.  Brandon and I began dating in July of 2003 and quickly knew that there was something different about our relationship.  After probably a month, maybe two, we began talking about marriage and life.  I would've said yes if he had asked me to marry him then!  BUT, he didn'!  We knew we'd get married after dating only a short while, but it took him 10 months to propose.  I know that doesn't sound like a long time to many, but it seemed like an eternity at the time.  The night he proposed, I had been at work and looked terrible! ha:)  But, after the shock wore off and I pushed him over, I finally managed to say yes!  (By the way, I didn't really push him over, but he loves to tell it that way.  I grabbed him around the neck to hug him and I think he fell over....that's my story and I'm sticking to it!) lol

ANYWAY, after we were engaged, we began discussing when to get married.  I dreamed of a beautiful fall wedding...I just love the fall and all the colors and mums, pumpkins, leaves....everything about it.  WELL, it didn't go exactly as planned.  I was wanting to get married the next summer, but I still lacked 2 years to finish my degree and he really wanted me to finish school first.  So, as bad as I hated to, we decided to wait until I graduated and boy am I glad we did?  That would've added that much more stress to being a newlywed.  So, after we knew it'd be 2 years, we began looking at dates.  We began talking on July 15th and it just so happened that July 15th fell on a Saturday in that had to be our wedding date.  Let me just tell you....I know it was ours....but it was the most beautiful wedding I have ever seen!  We got married in the beautiful Woodbury Church of Christ and our flowers were GORGEOUS!  I still love everything about that day....especially the memories.  That is something that I will always cherish and remember for as long as I live.  I'm so thankful to have such wonderful parents who gave us such a glorious day and for family and friends who were with us and supported us each step of the way!

SO, last Wednesday brought back so many wonderful memories.  I just sat around all day looking at our beautiful baby girl and thinking about how far we've come in 3 short years!  God has blessed our little life more than I ever thought imaginable!

Here are a few pics from one of my favorite days.....enjoy!I love this pic of the modern!See....I told you our flowers were gorgeous...or at least I think so! ha:)This was one of my fave pics of myself from that day...I love the effect of the lighting in this photo....LOVE it!Yes...I tripped on my dress walking back down the aisle.  Oh well...all was good by then and he was stuck with clumsy old me! lolLoved the rose petal exit!

My cute little daddy...My beautiful mama....I picked out her dress and it was less than $50! ha:)  However, her jewelry cost more than her clothes. lol  Oh well...If you know me at all, you know I'm an organizational control freak....I believe they would title me OCD! lol  Anyway, I was terrified that Brandon's friends were going to do something during the ceremony or forget something....WELL when it came time  to make pics of me w/ the guys they walked in and they all had on these CRAZY ties....some were horribly ugly and others had cartoon characters on totally cracked me up.....but I was oh so glad that was all they decided to pull!  You never know with that group of guys! :)

And here's my handsome hubby...I know you're all  jealous! :)  But he's mine!  Dear Brandon,

WOW!  I don't know where to start....we have been through so much together in the past 6 years.  You are my rock and my soul truly complete me and I don't know what I did before I found you.  Although we have both changed and grown over the past 3 years, we are still connected!  There aren't many couples who can say that they love each other more now than they did when they were married....well I can and truly mean it.  You are the best thing that has ever happend to me.  If it weren't for you, I wouldn't have the best God-given gift imaginable.  You are my best friend, support system, shoulder to cry on, and the one whom I confide in the most.  Thank you for always being there for me through everything...from going back to school, to coaching and going to all the games, to being dedicated to eating w/ my family every Friday night, letting me cry and whine when I didn't feel well, to holding my hand through child birth.  Our journey makes me love you more and more with each passing day!  Thank you for the best years of my life and I hope there are many, many more to come!  You and Harper are my life and I love you more than anything.  Happy 3rd Anniversary....just a few days late! :)  Love you!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Part 1 of my extra special post....2 days late!

So, I am finding it extremely difficult these days to get anything accomplished on a schedule or as planned.  WELL, Wednesday was our anniversary and a special day for our little lady as well.  So, here's part 1 of my special post and I'll get part 2 up soon...eventually...whenever I can! lol

Part of my Wednesday was a bittersweet day for one reason...We are so thankful and blessed to have this angel in our lives; BUT has it really been a month already?!?  I can already tell that time is going to go by waaayyyy too quickly....WAY too quickly!  But, on the other hand, we are so, so fortunate to have such a beautiful, healthy baby girl on our hands.  She is really beginning to fill out and stay awake more so that's a lot of fun.However, that also means that I've had to get creative. She has to go where I go....SO she hangs out in her swing while I shower and get ready, and for the first time.....she hung out in her bouncy seat while I cooked dinner.  I don't know if she was super crazy about it but she did really well.   We are finally getting in a little routine and getting the hang of things and it is such a nice feeling. :)

Well, she is bathed and ready and now it's my turn. lol We are headed to shop a little and have dinner for our anniversary!  So, I'll try to get my part 2 up soon.

Happy one month baby girl!  Momma & Daddy love you more than we could've ever imagined!  You have brought us more happiness in the past month than we ever knew possible!  hugs & kisses,,,,muah! C:

xoxo, Kara 

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

I just loving getting the mail....

....especially when there's a disc with lots of cute pics of an adorable baby!  I mean...just look at these....OH, I JUST LOVE THESE!!!  Andi did a fabulous job!  She is the greatest....if you are looking for an affordable photographer with lots of talent and great have to go see her.  

Thanks again Andrea!

p.s.-She's in the process of designing her birth announcements and I'll upload a pic of those when they're finished.....just an fyi....they are FABULOUS! :)

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

I know....

I know, I know.....I have the cutest, most precious baby in the world!!!  Doesn't everyone agree? ha :)  I find myself having a hard time getting anything accomplished these days because I just want to sit and hold and stare at her!  

These days I am really dreading that cursed 4-letter word that I'm going to have to face sooner than I'd like.....W-O-R-K!!!!!  It's just around the corner and I know I'm not ready and tht I'm going to be a hot mess my first day/week/month keep me in your prayers! lol

I can't believe my baby girl is already 4 weeks breaks my heart!Also, she is enjoying her baths more now that we've put her in her whale bathtub.....I think it's cause she can see how pretty she is in the mirror....ha:)Look at those big blue eyes....Daddy time....Oh , how I LOVE this face....

Hope everyone is having a super week!  I have a extra special post for tomorrow, so be sure to check back then!

xoxo, Kara C: