Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Oh yeah!


 photo courtesy of : no. 22 by hannah.aviva on flickr


Oh yeah! We're there.. big #22!! :) :) :) 

The list is moving every week.. praying for more movement in the referrals and in the court & embassy process!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Beach Vacation Violet Ribbon :)

Destin, Florida.. Alyssa and Kitty!

Thanks for thinking of baby Violet while on your vacation, Kitty!! You're awesome :)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Handmade Black Baby Dolls

As the future parent of a black daughter, I have been searching for cute, non-commercial black baby dolls. Of course, I have read that it is quite important to have many ethnicities represented in her toys and dolls but we wanted to start the collection with a few cute black dolls since, sadly, its the most difficult type to find.. etsy.com has been a fantastic resource as always and I have several of my finds listed below.
So for any other adoptive parents and anyone else needing a few ideas for black baby dolls.. here are a few super-cutesies for you!  

Sophia in Polka Dots African American handmade cloth rag doll
Handmade African American Rag Doll
Goodbyebluemonday's Cara doll
Kora - hand knitted doll, traditionally inspired and unique - 12 inches tall
Boobiloo's Kora Handknit doll
Little People - Girl

Hasenpfeffer's Little People - Girl


We have a similar version to the first doll, Sophia.. it was a gift from my sweet sister, Dawanna :) That little cutie sits on our living room bookshelf at this very moment. We also have the 3rd doll, Cara, because Violet's nursery simply would not be complete without her! She is presently sitting snugly in Violet's crib, waiting for her to come home, just as we are..

Etsy finds I love! :)

So maybe we do only have one nursery and maybe it is already mostly decorated... but that doesn't mean I can't equally adore all of the many sweet things on etsy.com!  
For the fun of it, here are just a few of my recent favs for baby Violet  :)

Sunny Sun
Sugar Pop Baby Blanket
BoBo the monkey
Rainbow -Giclee Print of Original Watercolor Painting 8x10inch
Free domestic shipping with code FREESHIPPING LIMITED EDITION - Peony - The Woodland Bear - Made to Order
Hug A Cloud in navy and red
Subliminal Baby Letterpress Art Print Series. Crying is for babies. (Other babies.)
Snugars May Flower spring HAT beanie BABY toddler INFANT girls

etsy.com  ...   Snugars May Flower spring beanie 



I know, so many super adorable things.. so how could I choose just a few?! 
I will post many more cutesies in the future!!

Muffins with Mom & Donuts with Dad

A client of mine is a preschool teacher in Nashville and recently told me about their super cute events called "Muffins with Mom" and "Donuts with Dad"..
The kiddos gave their mom a "pedicure" and "shaved" their dads' faces.. So hilarious.

For mom, it basically included a baby wipe, followed by a fruity lotion, and then polish. Can you imagine all of those 4 y/o's polishing toes? lol.
She said it was funny how you could see the parenting style of each mom by her reaction to the polishing.. some of the moms were so laid back and complimentary to their child even though they now had polish all over their feet. Other moms were very sort of controlling and overly "helpful", wanting to make sure their child did it "right" and some actually helped to the extent of doing the polish themselves while their child sat quietly and watched.
Kind of interesting..

"Donuts with Dad" usually goes much differently though, she said. The kids apply shaving cream to their dads' faces and proceed to "shave" them with a tongue-depressor. She said the dads are hilarious, eating it up because very rarely is your child inches from your face for that length of time. She said they are trying so hard to get all of that shaving cream off :)  and that the dads are so funny and interactive with the kids, saying stuff like- oh you missed a spot! pointing to where they clearly have a beard or goatee.. and even kissing their child's face, getting shaving cream all over them too, which their child loves, of course!

Anyway, I thought it was a good story and something worth sharing..
Not sure what kind of mom I will be but I hope to be more like the laid-back mom, looking down at my ankles covered in polish and telling my child what a great job they are doing :)
I mean, its just nail polish, right?

I think for a lot of women, we have a tendency to want things done correctly and its hard to break from that mind-set.. in many instances that is important but definitely not at the cost of us missing such sweet and special moments..
Anywho, that's the story! :)


Monday, May 9, 2011

The Violet Ribbon returns to Asia for a 3rd round!!

At this very moment, The Violet Ribbon is, amazingly, in Asia for the 3rd time!! Wow..
This time it is with my great friend, Kim.. The Ribbon will accompany her to the Great Wall of China, to Tokyo.. and who knows where else! :)
Can't wait to see those pics soon!

And please remember us when you travel this summer :)  We would love and appreciate your effort so much!!
If you need a violet ribbon for your photos, just send us a message @:

Sum and Stu

Tega's Violet Ribbon

Grove, Oklahoma.. Tega :)