Friday, June 29, 2012

it's the little things:: lost socks and fizzy root beer

Happy Friday!! Ya ready for a hot, holiday weekend? I am (okay, I could do without the hot thing, especially with this heater in my belly, but I'll take what I can get!)

This week actually was a pretty darn good one. It went by pretty fast and I spent time with friends and Chris even got to come home for lunch breaks a few times. That's a pretty big deal when he's working until 8:30  each night. 

So here are my little things for the week:: 

A perfect cantalope. Or as we call it sometimes (well, mainly I do...) a 'lope. Perfectly sweet, firm and juicy. Yum. 

Visiting Hobby Lobby for the first time ever! They don't exist in Maryland or Hawaii, so I got to check it out for the first time this week. LOVE it. 

My shelf belly. So convenient. I'm gonna miss that thing. (But I think the trade-off is pretty good.)

Time in the Word. Do you ever notice how much better your days are when you start them off focusing on Jesus?

Tiny socks. And losing one to the dryer on the first load ever. No worries, it's been rescued. 

Fridays!! Seriously, Fridays are so much sweeter when we barely get to see each other all week. That's looking on the bright side for ya. 

Coffee dates with new friends and free wifi at Starbucks. There's something so peaceful about browsing the web with a caramal machiatto in hand. 

A sweet indulgence. I love IBC rootbeer. 

A $4 tank. My wardrobe is getting stretched literally and figuratively lately, so it's nice to spend just a few bucks for a new top! 

Okay, so what about you, friend? What little things made you smile this week? How was your day blessed by something seemingly simple? 

And did you download the free Little Things printable?? Check it out here.  I made it just for you! :) 

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2. Grab a button and/or include a link back to this post so your readers can come see what the fun is all about! You can find the code for the button on the sidebar or on the "little things" page.

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

oh baby:: 34 weeks!

Wowza. 34 weeks! There were many points early on in this pregnancy when I feared I'd never get this far. God is most definitely SO good and I'm feeling more and more blessed each day I get to feel this little boy wriggling inside of me.

Things are getting pretty real over here. In two weeks I'll be full term, but I technically could have him any day. Freaks me out just a wee bit. We have so much to get done before he arrives, so I won't mind if he cooks in there a little bit longer. (but not too long, okay, Si??)

Things didn't work out for us to take that accelerated Bradley class, so I ordered the above book to glean some wisdom. I'm liking it a lot so far. Lots of naked lady pictures and I'm not sure about the idea that birth is, or can be "painless", but it's not as hokey as many books I've read.

I've been thinking a lot about birth lately. I've always said that I'd ask for an epidural as soon as possible and  happily go the way of medicated labor. But after getting pregnant and starting to read a bit, I thought I might like to try this natural labor thing. The thing is, I don't get why people are so hung up on "this is the best way to birth" or "this is the right way". If there's a healthy mama and baby at the end of it all, isn't THAT a successful labor/birth? So, I'm doing my research, making a list of preferences, but definitely staying away from a birth plan. For me, I see no need to get hung up on doing it a certain way, because if Silas is anything like his father, I'm sure he stubbornly has his own plan anyway.

 I'm actually excited to go through this with Chris. He's such a good teacher and coach in so many ways, I think he will be a magnificent encourager for me through labor.

In other news::

I'm perfecting the pregnant waddle. It's pretty comical.

I was told at our last ultrasound that Si has lots of hair! Question is-- is it dark like mine or light like Chris'??

Apparently I'm on the verge of gestational diabetes. Ugh. So, I've been working hard at limiting my carbs/sugars. I never realized how many carbs I eat in one day until now!


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

a free HelloHue printable for you!

I've really missed making and sharing my artwork with you guys over the past few months. It was tough for me to close up shop, not knowing when I might be able to get back into painting again. I love having that creative outlet and art is such a part of who I am. It makes me feel like 'me'.

I shared in this post about how I was sketching to keep my creative juices flowing during this hiatus and I've also been playing around with digital art as I start to put Si's nursery together. 

Soooo...all that being said,  I thought I'd share my very first free printable with you tonight! :) I've been wanting to share printables forever because I love spreading the ooey-gooey art love and I think it's a great way to thank my beautiful readers and friends for your continued support.

In honor of the Little Things link-up starting back up, I made this sweet print as a reminder to soak up those little things throughout the week!

To download and print this guy, click here. You may have to play around with the percentages on your printer to get it the size you'd like. I am a total noob at this stuff, so bear with me on the technicalities. If you ask me about resizing and whatnot, I may not know the answer. But hopefully I'll learn these things so I can share more pretty printables for your home.

Please let me know if you print this off and use it in your home-- that would make me the happiest ever!  And please remember to link back and give credit-- this print is for personal use only. :)


wanna hang out next month?

I've quit doing sponsor announcements the past 6 months or so because, well, it's not very interesting content, honestly. But, I thought I'd take a second to let my fellow shop owners and bloggers know that I'm taking sponsors for the month of July. I really love introducing creative people and their products to my beautiful and sweet readers and hope that I'll get to do that some more next month. We just got internet in our apartment today (wahoooo!), so I can do a better job keeping up with sponsors, emails and blogging than this last month of snagging internet from Starbucks, Chickfila and the like (not that I had any problem spending time there and indulging in a frappucino or sweet tea! ;) 

If you have  a handmade shop or blog that you think would be a great fit with Hello Hue, check out my sponsor stats page and shoot me an email this week! Ads go up July 1st! 


Thursday, June 21, 2012

it's the little things:: tiny tees and your emails

This week has been chock full of little blessings. Yes, I've had one or two breakdowns. Things are still hard and Chris' new schedule has been brutal. But, that's when the little things shine the brightest, I think. 

I started washing all of Si's tiny clothes, blankets and bedding. Putting away his tiny onesies and diapers in the nursery is a bit surreal and I can't wait for him to be here. 

Today I found some wire baskets that I've been looking for to use for the nursery. I figured I would find them while thrifting somewhere, but they showed up at TJMaxx and for just the right price! Don't you love when that happens?

My old fedora was getting a bit squished and worn down so I picked up this guy from Forever21 last week. I think I wear it every other day lately. 

Wanna know a BIG little thing? I got to hang out with two (two!) new friends this week. God is good, y'all. (I can say y'all now that we live in the South, right? ;)

I've also been feeling so thankful for the emails that have been coming my way from my awesome readers-- suggestions for things to do in the area, friends to meet and offerings of prayer. Wish I could hug each one of you! 

We're still without internet, so I'm slowly working at emails and reading your blog posts when I can get to some wifi. Can't wait to see your Little Things posts this week! 

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1. Only link to your specific blog post, not to your blog's main page. See here for more explanation. 

2. Grab a button and/or include a link back to this post so your readers can come see what the fun is all about! You can find the code for the button on the sidebar or on the "little things" page.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

getting settled... sort of.

It felt like Christmas morning when the movers knocked on our door Thursday morning and started hauling boxes into our apartment. They even grabbed one of our kitchen chairs from the crates for me to sit on. That was heavenly.

We've unpacked all the boxes, but that just means there are piles of stuff everywhere. It feels pretty chaotic, but I'm trying to carve out a few spaces for to rest both our eyes and our butts.

Our apartment has tons of space, but half the storage space of our house in Hawaii, so it's been quite a challenge figuring out where things go. The pantry items are in the hall closet and our bikes are in the guest closet. 

So, we're getting settled physically and working on getting settled emotionally here. We've found a church that we like and bought an annual pass for a beautiful state park/beach near us. Still haven't found a coffee shop near us and praying for God to send some friends our way. Praying that we would use this year in Florida wisely-- not sure what that looks like right now, but I'm trying to use this temporary lonely time to draw near to Him and prepare for our growing family.


Friday, June 15, 2012

it's the little things:: let's get it started again!

First of all, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your comments, tweets and emails after my post on Tuesday. I feel so encouraged hearing your similar moving stories and just knowing that so many of you are praying for us.

I was thinking this week that it would probably be really helpful to start the Little Things linkup back up. With so much stress, unsettled-ness and homesickness, I think it will do this heart good to focus on the small blessings that God sneaks into my week and to share them with you. I hope you'll join me in posting about your Little Things each Friday! To read more about it, check out the page here. 

This week, though I had to look hard and get past my frustration with this move, I found many "little things"that blessed me through the week. 

The view from our front door. We live in an apartment community where most of the houses face the parking lot. Our unit "happens" to face the little lake and doesn't have any other houses peeking right in our windows. 

A new watch. Yes, a very little thing, but something that makes me smile each day! 

Chickfila. And their free wi-fi! I survived three years in Hawaii without Chickfila and it's so nice to have one down the street. Especially nice when I can chomp on some nuggets while using their free wi-fi since we haven't set ours up yet. 

A gourmet salad dinner, sitting in chairs loaned to us by a sweet friend

Chris takes amazing care of me. Including tying and untying the laces of my Blowfish boots since I can't reach them anymore. 

I found some of my favorite candy in Publix the other day! This 'liquorice' is from Australia and I didn't think they sold it in the states! 

I had my appt with my new midwife yesterday and got to peek in at my sweet boy. He's getting so big and my heart leaps thinking about the fact that I get to be mama to this precious face. 

This weekend, I'm looking forward to getting our things unpacked (SO many boxes!), and a family picnic with the guys Chris will be working with. 

Can't wait to see your little things! Check out the guidelines below and link on up!

party rules.

1. Only link to your specific blog post, not to your blog's main page. See here for more explanation. 

2. Grab a button and/or include a link back to this post so your readers can come see what the fun is all about! You can find the code for the button on the sidebar or on the "little things" page.

3. Make sure you visit (and comment) on other posts linked up-- what fun is a party if no one talks to each other? Make some new friends! 

4.  Please make sure your post is relevant to this party and is actually a "little things" post (ie. no giveaways, random posts from last month, etc.). 

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

oh baby:: 32 weeks!

So, yeah. 32 weeks, people.

I've got swollen elephant feet (my left sandal actually broke the other day!) , ridiculous heartburn (still) and a baby that loves to dance. Or do somersaults. Or swim laps. Whatever he's doing in there, I'm so glad that he lets me know that he's growing strong and healthy. I've heard that a baby's movement patterns hint at their schedule after their born. If that's the case, I wonder when this child will ever sleep!

I'm excited to have my first visit with my new midwife tomorrow! God does a pretty incredible job of working out the details and I actually have the same midwife that my sister-in-law had when she gave birth here three years ago! We're looking into an accelerated Bradley method class too. 

It's doing this mama heart good to be able to start setting up Si's nursery this week. Chris put together the crib on Sunday and I found the perfect dresser on Craigslist for his changing table. It's already my favorite room in the house. Every time I walk by it, I can't help but peek in and dream about the joy that will fill it in the months to come.


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

can i keep it real?

Can I be honest here for a few minutes?

 I sometimes struggle with a balance between keeping the blog light and happy and keeping it real. Well, in the effort of keeping it real today, I gotta tell ya-- the past 6 weeks have been some of the hardest I've ever had to go through. And more specifically, the last two since we got down here to Florida. 

It seems like nothing can go smoothly with this move. I won't bore you with the details, but it's been rough. We've been sleeping (and sitting, and eating) on the floor since last Thursday, which wouldn't be a big deal if I wasn't 32 weeks pregnant and if we hadn't been without our things for 5 weeks already. 

Besides the stresses of moving (while pregnant!), I've been missing Hawaii like crazy. I'm doing my best not to compare our new hometown with our hometown in Hawaii, because I know they are apples and oranges. But I find myself feeling homesick each day-- for our friends, our church, the familiar places and people. I think once things become more familiar here, it will get better, but for right now, my heart is stuck across the Pacific. 

Last night, we wanted to get out of the empty house, so we set out in search for a coffee house where we could sit in comfy chairs and spend time together. After driving for twenty minutes and searching online, we couldn't find anything in our area. Seems like such a small thing, but it was one of those "last straw" things that left me feeling that this will never feel like home. 

I'm trying my darndest to see the bright side of things and find joy in those "little things". I know there are many, but my heart is overwhelmed with the stress and frustration of the move. I know that it's no accident that we are here at this time and that God must have great big, beautiful plans for us. He must. 

Hopefully things will improve after our household goods arrive on Thursday and we can make it feel more like home. I know many of you have been praying for us, through our conversations on Twitter and Instagram. Thank you thank you for those prayers and the kind words. They mean more than you know. I completely believe in the power of prayer and the inexplicable peace that comes through it. 

So, that's a little bit of "real" for you today. I'm struggling here, but trusting in the goodness of the Lord, and His awesome plans for us. 


Monday, June 11, 2012

a whirlwind trip to NOLA

A few months ago, we were told that we'd have to pick our car up in New Orleans, since it couldn't be shipped to Florida, for some reason. On Friday, we got a call saying that our car *might* be coming in that day and we could pick it up if we got there before 4:30pm, when they closed for the weekend. We packed up in about 10 minutes and jumped in the car for the 5.5 hour car ride. The whole way there (through crazy thunderstorms and blinding rain), we prayed that the car would be there when we arrived and that we would make it on time. 

We got there with three minutes to spare and were able to pick up our car-- a little piece of home. 

And then we got to spend the night in New Orleans, a first for both of us. We got a fabulous hotel on and stayed right downtown, within walking distance of the French Quarter. I don't have any pictures from Friday night, but it was a pretty magical night, as we slogged through the pouring rain, ate at a fabulous brewery and enjoyed crawfish ettouffĂ© and a shrimp po'boy. We skipped through puddles and headed to Cafe du Monde, where we people -watched and savored beignets and hot chocolate. 

We spent Saturday morning wandering around the French Quarter, checking out the gorgeous architecture, colorful buildings and soaking up a bit of the New Orleans history. We ate breakfast at The Camellia Grille where we made fast friends with our server, Ricky, and soon the whole cafe knew our due date, baby name and moving woes. Those Southerners are friendly people! 

We were excited to start a new tradition for our kiddos when we picked up a children's book at a local souvenir shop. We plan on writing about our trip in the front cover and picking up more books as we travel around the world together. I can't wait to have shelves of children's books filled with tales and memories of our travels. 

I'm sure we didn't hit a fraction of the sites to see in New Orleans, but it was a pretty wonderful whirlwind trip and great to get away from the stress of the move. We are in our apartment now, but still waiting on our stuff. Three more nights of sleeping on the floor...


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

sushi party.

While at my parents' house, I discovered a dusty sushi making kit that had been gifted to my little brother and sister for Christmas. They hadn't gotten around to using it yet so we declared that a sushi making party was in order! 

My little bro's girlfriend and sister's fiance came over and the kitchen filled with yummy aromas and a bit of chaos. We made sushi rice (kind of complicated the first time around) and deep fried panko crunchy shrimp (time consuming, but so easy and delicious!) and chopped up fresh avocado, cucumber and imitation crab. We also snagged some spicy sauce from our favorite sushi restaurant for a more authentic flavor. 

Holy moly, was it yummy! Chris and I are already scheming our next sushi party. First, we should probably work on making some friends here. Then again, maybe not. I wouldn't mind keeping all that sushi to myself. 


Monday, June 4, 2012

letting my creative juices flow.

When we were in Annapolis last week, I had to stop by my very favorite art shop and grab some new supplies. A new sketchbook and some pens made their way into my bag and I've been doodling up a storm since then.

I'm trying to keep my creative juices flowing even while my shop is closed. Thoughts of new designs and products are floating around in my head for when it opens back up after baby. I really miss having my shop-- thinking of new designs, sharing them with you, spending precious painting time in my studio. A fresh start is so exciting to me though-- new product photography, revamped packaging, new designs! I'm excited to see how my creative time changes when this sweet boy enters our world.

How are you letting your creative juices flow this week?

PS. Once we get set up in our apartment, I'm thinking of offering a few free printables for you guys-- keep your eyes peeled!


Friday, June 1, 2012

oh baby:: 30 weeks!!

My weddings rings came off this week. Actually, that makes it sound a lot easier than it was. It was quite an ordeal. They started to feel tight on Wednesday morning and began to be super painful. Long story short, we wanted to get them off before our plane trip and after an hour or so of using every trick on the web and many many tears from me, they were off. Chris worked at them patiently and as gently as he could, and I think it was hard for him to see me in such pain. I kind of hate that my hand feels so nekkid without my rings, so I think this week I'll go get a plain band to fill the space.

I've had so many comments from strangers this week telling me that I look like I'm "about to pop". One person declared loudly as I passed their dinner table "THAT'S due soon!" People can be so weird with what they let come out of their mouths. I kind of enjoy seeing their faces when I tell them I have 10 weeks left. Ha.

As Si grows bigger and bigger, I'm pretty much in a constant state of discomfort. I've been taking lots of warm baths and swimming in our hotel pool yesterday afternoon felt glorious. Despite the heartburn, itchy belly, difficulty breathing, etc. etc.... I'm so thankful. So many little things have happened this week that make me even more excited for Si's arrival.

Here are just a few::

We bought his crib! After seeing that it was out of stock online last week, I was a bit devastated. I checked again the other day and saw it was back in stock! Into the cart it went and we get to pick it up in the store in a few days! We also bought the most perfect dresser on Craigslist yesterday for his changing table. It's pretty exciting having all the main components of his nursery. Now we just get to fill in the blanks!

We toured our future apartment complex yesterday and fell in love with the cute apartments. We're going to have lots of space and I can't stop daydreaming about how to organize and decorate for this new home.

I have an appointment not only with the OBGYN practice that I wanted to get into, but also the midwife I was hoping to see! I feel such peace about it and love seeing evidence yet again that God has this whole thing in His Hands.

have a happy weekend, friends!