Thursday, July 25, 2013

Cautiously Optimistic!

We've gotten such great news lately and me and Mr. Bee can't stop talking about how incredibly blessed we are. I wish that life always felt this optimistic!

Our surrogate went for her first screening appointment today and got a great report! She'll have blood work on Monday, and then hopefully get a tentative transfer date. 

From where we started to where we are now is just a miracle. To think that just a few months ago I uttered the words, "I have no hope." And I literally felt it. We'd tried everything and to be denied every time just wears on your soul. This weekend should have been my due date with my chemical pregnancy, and I'm trying to just focus on the great things that are going on and how we've found such a selfless person to help us become parents. Even though it's not on our timeline and not the way we would have liked to have had children, we're just happy that it looks like there is hope.

A (our surrogate) texts me sometimes a few times a day and I always tell her how excited I am, and I literally am. To think that there really is someone out there willing to do this for us is so amazing that it breaks my heart. I am so indescribably grateful. 

It's weird to go from enthusiastically excited to coming back down to earth and realizing that this has never worked for us, and may not. I feel like I have to be honest with myself and know that it's a possibility. I know that this post sounds so bipolar, but that's how my life has felt for the past 3 years. But honestly, I feel the most hope knowing that someone we trust will safely carry our baby, and I can only pray that everything works out and we get to go home with a baby in the next year.

Babysitter's Club Forever

Lots of good things in the works right now - one of them being a fabulous eBay auction I won...

Were any of you obsessed with Babysitter's Club books? I was such a nerdy child, and I literally had every book. Then I got to high school and was way too cool for them, and donated all of them (along with Sweet Valley High and basically every other awesome YA book). 

Look what came in the mail today! I just organized all of them in numerical order, so they're all ready for an all-out nostalgia weekend.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Shabby Apple Gift Card Giveaway

I was so excited when Shabby Apple contacted me to do a $50 gift card giveaway! Shabby Apple is an online dress boutique that specializes in vintage and retro dresses, all of which are swoon-worthy. Check out their vintage dresses and be ready to be wowed by the selection!

I'm giving you 4 chances to enter for a chance to win a $50 gift card!

Here's how to enter:
1. Follow Shabby Apple on Facebook. (Mandatory)
2. Leave a comment letting me know which Shabby Apple piece is your favorite. (Mandatory)
3. Tweet about the giveaway.
4. Follow Bees and Bows on BlogLovin'.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I'll choose a lucky (random) winner on Wednesday, July 24 at 11am PST. These dresses below are my absolute favorites:
Seven Seas Dress (in seersucker!)

Gondola Dress
North Shore Dress

Good luck!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Summertime and the Living is Easy

When it's not ridiculously hot outside, I like to pretend that I do summer-y things. Honestly though, I'm counting down the days until fall. I can't wait for chai lattes, pumpkins, sweaters, and pretty leaves. But I'm getting ahead of myself, and I probably have 2.5 months until any type of fall weather.

I'm trying for the millionth time to grow sunflowers. For some reason, my favorite flowers refuse to live for me. Mr. Bee and I filled a planter with sunflowers from the local nursery, and if you saw them now, you'd cry. Regardless of the amount of water, sun, shade, etc., these suckers want to die.

Don't bother, we're going to die. 
We also had Mr. Bee's mom and grandma over for dinner a few nights ago. I made a summertime strawberry salad and it actually turned out pretty good.

Strawberry Salad
If I had to list one goof thing about summer, it's the summer storms and sunsets. I love that I get to look forward to beautiful sunsets like this one every night.

Taken from our balcony
Who else is counting down to fall?

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Signed, Sealed, Delivered!

I guess everything really does happen for a reason, because I can officially say we have the best surrogate in the world! And I can say that safely because we have a signed contract!

After the last time I was so nervous that things would fall apart again, and I'm so incredibly happy to report that we're official. More details to come, but I can honestly say that I didn't think I'd be able to find someone who is such a great fit in our lives already.

Onward and upward!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Octopi in Paris

I've been back on a book binge and devoured "The Paris Wife" over the weekend. I've always found Ernest Hemingway to be an interesting, sad, and awful person, and this book gave really interesting insight into his first marriage.

It's been a bit too hot for me so I've been doing lots of indoorsy things lately, but I did get to wear one of my most favorite Lilly Pulitzer dresses to an awards dinner recently.

Yep, it's an octopus dress.
I also got over a really lame upper respiratory infection/bronchitis, and boy, it's not fun to be sick during summer! I spent most of the time cuddling with the dogs, who feel like lava when it's hot outside. It's a good thing they're cute!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

I still don't know how to fold a fitted sheet

My most favorite Canadian, MaryBeth, is a big deal. Last month, she was featured on HelloGiggles with a video on how to fold a fitted sheet. I am the worst at folding fitted sheets. Honestly, it usually takes me 4 tries to even get the fitted sheet on my bed.

Truth be told, even with her fantastic tutorial, I still don't know how exactly to fold one. But I'm one step closer.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Instagram Videos, Pinatas, and Portland

I know that the new Instagram video is getting a lot of hate, but I've been having way too much fun with it. Here are some of our adventure videos on the way to San Francisco (pinata included).

Rolling in the deep with our buddy.

I love Chipotle, and the pinata does too!

Me and Jane from In the Pink and Green

Jane and I became friends when I stalked her blog one day and saw that she had also recently moved to the area, and was an Alpha Phi (true story). Since she lived in Tahoe, we got to hang out a few times in person, and I was bummed to find out that she's moving to Portland (although I'm so jealous!) I can't wait to read about her Oregon adventures!