Sunday, October 22, 2017

It's Been a While....

And this little man is growing. 
This photo was taken a week or two ago by his Mama.

We went away on a vacation with some of the kiddos.
This was at the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk.

 Some of the wildlife was kind of familiar.

On the way back from the zoo I got to play photographer.
We stopped at our favorite beach...Buckroe Beach.

Jonathan and Darcey....

Chadd and Chelsea

It was a very fun vacation filled with games, shopping, time with extended family,
a trip to urgent care for me because of a run in with a toxic
caterpillar the day we left and much Grandma time with Roy.

Recently we attended a gorgeous wedding held in a delightful country church.

The day couldn't have been more perfect.
The mini groomsmen....adorable!!

That moment with Dad...just before he gives her away....

And then they were married!

The bride is our own Emily's sister.
We have been friends with this family for many years
and were delighted to see her find her prince!

 Our friend, Susan, who did the flowers for Chelsea's wedding
also did Liza's flowers.
She is truly gifted.

Liza and Todd shared communion together
during the ceremony.
It was lovely.

The reception was very nice as well.
Great food and lots of good fun.
Emily gave a very sweet Matron of Honor speech 
about things Todd needed to know about Emily's best friend, Liza.

This is a very scant catch up post....
I have sooo many more photos.
However, we have just concluded weeks of a strong and successful
Best Kept Secrets Tour in the shop.
We have greeted and enjoyed hundreds of new customers.
While we loved every moment of it....
our bodies are weary.

Tonight we spent the evening with Chelsea, Chadd, Jonathan, Darcey, Mom and Georgia.
Again, the games were brought out and the competition continued.
I got to play with my favorite little guy while his parents
reclaimed the title of Dirty Marble winners.
This had been lost to Jonathan and Darcey while on vacation.

Hope all is well with you....
I will do my best to be back sooner.
But no promises.  
Life is hopping!

Friday, September 8, 2017

So Thankful

This little stinker gave us quite the scare by quickly losing a bunch of weight
and having a rather large lump on his head.
However, with the addition of formula, weight is going on.   And 
a brain scan says his bump will go away without any 
interference... we are quite relieved.
His brain is completely normal according to the test.

The worry was that he had a severe syndrome
that would manifest with those two symptoms.
That would have been unfortunate.
But Praise God.... that wasn't the problem.

We love being Grandparents.
I think it suits us.
I'm now bonding with every Grandma 
who comes to the shop.
It's a sweet club!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Sweet Little Man

Roy is such a good baby.  He is very good tempered and is only now beginning to wake up much during the day.  He had a lot of catching up to do after the long delivery and stress of the hospital.
But I had the privilege of holding him on Friday evening as he explored the world around him with his eyes.  I think he is going to be pretty expressive.  I don't have photos from then but I do have some from the days following his birth.

My Favorite Photo 

Close Second

Or maybe it is this one. 

Loved seeing these two together.

But not enough to remember to share Roy with Warren the other night.
I just completely forgot to offer for Warren to hold him.
It hit me later.

There will be more opportunities. 

Things are busy at the shop, especially without Chelsea.
I think she might be looking forward to sneaking in after hours
to begin our change from Summer to Fall.

Mom and I are working well together to keep the hours covered
and love on our customers and artisans.

It is unbelievable that on the 15th we will have been open for 
six months.
Just crazy!!

But so good!!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Introducing Roy Davis Pham

So much has happened since my last post.
I have photos lined up to share but this preempts all of them.

A quick trip to Baltimore's Inner Harbor to celebrate 
Chelsea's birthday allowed me to capture them at 38 weeks.

Over the past couple of weeks we have known something
wasn't right with the pregnancy or baby.
He wasn't growing.
Tests were being run.
We were nervous.

But on Tuesday morning a doctor
showed Chadd, Chelsea and Myself problems with 
the placenta and recommended delivery begin
within 24 hours.

The time was set for 8 pm that evening.
And so we went to the mall to gather some last minute
items and I took this photo as the happy couple
approached me in the food court.
They were so nervous and so excited at the same time.

We arrived at Women and Babies Hospital around 7:30 pm and were
told things were very busy and there would be a wait.

Well....there was.

Around 10 pm a room became available and we thought things were
going to get started immediately.
Not until 2 am did induction begin.

So now we have all been awake since early Tuesday morning and it is 
2 am Wednesday.
I will spare you the details.
Sorry to those who love them.
But suffice to say that Chelsea was amazing!
She had no meds until near the very end.
By then she was just so exhausted that she needed some rest
to be able to finish up.

Labor went on until 4:47 pm when....


This is Chadd's face as he sees his son for the first time!

And the following morning.


 Great Grandma Georgia meets Roy.

Great Grandma Ruth meets Roy Davis Pham. 

First book!
Read aloud by his daddy.

This tiny little peanut weighed 5 lb 7 oz and is 19 and a quarter inches long.

We are so thankful that he got here safely and look forward to 
getting to know him.

If all goes as planned I will take them home this afternoon 
and spend a couple of days providing support
as they adjust to life with a newborn.

It has been so much fun to see the great grandmas, aunts and uncles
react to his birth.
Jonathan is so looking forward to meeting Roy today or tomorrow.
His work schedule is difficult for these things
but he will be done with this week's hours this morning.

Warren and I are smitten....of course!

I was so very, very thankful to have been included 
in this wonderful and miraculous experience.
I don't take it for granted.
For sure!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Chelsea's Baby Shower

What a beautiful evening!  Chelsea had wanted an outdoor wedding....but it rained.  She wanted an outdoor baby was delightful!  We decided to go with a June date, with six weeks to go, hoping the temperatures wouldn't be crazy high.  As it turned out the day before was hideous in heat and humidity, plus dangerous storms.  But shower day was just perfect.  Grandma Ruth offered up her back yard.  It was great!

Jonathan's girlfriend, Darcey, holds another guest's baby.
Yes...that is news. 
Jonathan is dating and we love her!

Two of my dear friends.  
Kelly in pink and Melissa in sunglasses.

 Chelsea's precious flower girl, Jocelyn.
She is such a mini Chels.

Jocelyn's big sister, Arizona.

 Jocelyn's mom, and our long time friend, Kandi.
Have you noticed the clothespins?
It was part of one of those dreaded games where you can't say 
a word, in this case the word was baby, or you lose your pin.

I love this photo of my friends, Deanna and Jennifer.
And behind them, Chelsea's former co-workers who
still love and support her so well.
In the forefront is our friend, Laura.


Our precious daughter in law, Emily, put sooo much into this shower.
She is so very good at these things.
This was a photo booth.
Kelly went straight for the purple boa.
The others are deciding on colors for their masks.

 They were so much fun!

The little girls wanted in on the fun.

They shared the boa with their mama.

 Then it was time to open gifts.
Sweet Chelsea was so tired by this point.
She worked with me all day to her choice.
She loves event planning. 

 Precious guests....generous guests.
Sue is waving....and trying not to be distracted from watching Chelsea.

As I review these photos and look at the precious faces who attended
it strikes me how Chelsea's connections cross generations completely.
She loves each and every one in attendance, dearly.

This was a surprise we kept.
Three friends came into the shop one day while Chelsea and I 
were on a buying trip.
Grandma Ruth knew that they had purchased this awesome mobile
for Chelsea and we knew HOW much she would be thrilled 
by that generous act. 
When our artisan, Corrie, first brought this to the shop
Chelsea expressed how very much she would love to have it 
in her baby's nursery...but the price tag was a bit over her budget.
There is a lot of work put into this mobile.

Funny story....One day while coming out of the restroom at the shop
one of the hot air balloons got caught and ripped off.
Chelsea was devastated.
Corrie took it home and fixed it....and then brought it back.
So it was after that when the friends came in and purchased it for Chelsea.

 She was genuinely surprised to see it again!!
And pleased.

Melissa had "a bit" of fun shopping and wrapping her
gifts to Chelsea.

Because of her brief time with red hair as a teenager, Chelsea had the nickname
Carrot with one group of friends.
Bibs were available to decorate.
Mindy brought back the nickname in the cutest way.
She also found a little bow tie with carrots on it.
That was mind boggling.
Good one, Mindy!

More of our guests creativity on the bibs.

A few of the flowers.
Mom made simple but pretty arrangements of flowers 
from our yards.

We brought some air plants from the shop.

How could I not make candle favors for my daughter's shower?
Took me an hour to decide on the theme.
But this was perfect, both for color and for Chelsea's history
of time in Australia.


Emily and Michael gave many gifts.
This one is very special.
A baby photo shoot!!
They will love that.

 My cutie pie!

So beautiful...with just six weeks until her due date.

So many thanks to all who helped make this evening
such a success.

It was a blessing!