Monday, June 23, 2014

Mini Milwaukee Adventure

To Milwaukee we went for a little half day adventure! PK had some work thangs to take care of and I decided, why not come along? While he worked, I romped around the city! It's a win-win if you ask me. Well, it would've been an extra double scoop, cherry on top kind of win if PK didn't have to work and it was instead a vaycay. But, we took advantage of the time we had and it was so fun! If you're ever in Milwaukee, hit up the Third Ward. That's where we were. Here are some photos documenting the sweet day:
He's usually dressed a bit fancier than me on work days. 

I dropped PK off and headed to a darling coffee shop to spend some much needed time with Jesus. 
Iced chai? Yes please!

We need more art like this in the world, don't you think?

Every city needs a public market. So cute. And yummy!

Lunch together: buffalo chicken wrap, come to mama.
Well, whaddya know, another cute coffee shop.
Found a cute paper shop. Bought Washi tape, duh.
And I was inspired by everything. I especially needed this reminder. It will be ok. 
Milwaukee, you are lovely and just what we needed. 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Pregnancy: Hilarious advice & comments I've received.

Pregnancy. It has been such a gift. Such an experience. 
I try to soak it all in each day. The little kicks. The look of my tummy as it grows. My senses. My emotions. How sweet it is to lay next to PK and hear him talk to our boy. The things he says to our baby send my heart to the moon and back. He is already such a good papa. 
{Here he is chattin' it up with Eddy}

Over these past couple of months, I've received advice, comments that have tried so hard to be compliments, and pretty much everything in between. I thought I'd share some of these priceless treasures with you because they are too good to keep to myself. Enjoy them thoroughly. I know I did, and I wish you were there with me during the moments they happened. 

A man on the el who was under the influence of something other than just life: You married?
Me: Sure am. We've got a baby on the way too.
Man on el: You're using cocoa butter on your tummy, right? 
You gotta make sure you're using that cocoa butter.
Me: I actually am. No stretch marks for this girl. 
(Side note: sometimes I wonder why I say things)

Multiple people when I was about 23/24 weeks along. 
(Which was in April):
You look like you're about to have that baby any day now. When are you due? 
Me: Thanks. Middle of August. 

Man who will forever remain nameless: Man, Christine, you used to be one of the thinnest people I knew and when I saw you today, I almost didn't recognize you. 
Me: Yeah, me and baby are growing!

Woman who will forever remain nameless who asked: 
How much weight have you gained?
Me: I never answered her because I slyly changed the subject.


Woman in Uptown: There is somethin' bout a pregnant woman. I tell ya what, I'd keep havin' kids if I didn't have to keep 'em. 

Man on Sheffield & Armitage: Congratulations to you!
Me: Aw! Thank you so much! 
Man: You're elevating those feet, aren't you? You gotta make sure you're elevatin'.
Me: Sure am. Trying not to get those kankels. 

Lady in Uptown the other day: You look like you're about ready to pop! 
Do you have two growing in there?!
Me: Nope, just one. Must be a big boy.

I post these to give you a good laugh. I in no way was offended by some of these comments. I feel like the Lord has made this such a sweet season of life, and I am in awe of Him and how He makes it all work to allow this little human to grow in me. It's a privilege and I'm willing to do whatever it takes on my part to continue to make that happen. Baby and me are doin' our thing, and I think we're doin' our thing pretty well. And I feel really good. And I'm really, really thankful for that. 

In these moments, I stop and lift my glass of water with Sonic ice in it and cheers to all of you who have made my jaw drop, caused me to laugh and (true confessions) pee a little, and have made my day with the conversations you've had with me as I walk around carrying our little bun in the oven. 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Freeze Frame Friday.

So, I always have these good intentions to start a series on this lil blog, but let's just say I'm still a work in progress at following through and continuing things. "Better to start than to not have at all" will be my motto for this one, and we will take it week by week and see what happens. 

All this to say, welcome to Freeze Frame Friday. It's my end of the week wrap up where I take moments from the past 6 days that were sweet or meant a lot, or that challenged me, and document them. Freeze time for a second and be able to look back at these little (or big) points in time that I don't want to forget. Or that will remind me when I do forget. 

Last weekend we watched our friends' dog, Louis. 
He was fun to have around and really was the most chill dog. Except when going up and down our stairs. He refused at first. Like, refused. And my pregnant self had to carry him up all three flights one morning. Louis taught me patience and reminded me that sometimes we all just need a little nudge and some encouragement to face our fears. Here he is playing in the backyard. Lovin' life. Sippin' water. 

PK and I have been prepping for parenthood.
Let us pause for a moment and notice my one crossed eye. America's got talent right there. Un pause. 
PK and I have been reading up on all things baby. I've got all the opposing baby sleeping theorists who have been fun to read as well as some birthing books with pictures of people from the '70s. Those pictures are quite a treat when you're least expecting them. Can we just say blonde man in a tank top with a gold chain necklace, chest hair included? Once I got passed that, the book is really informative. And we've got some fun ones too, like Bringing Up Bebe about an American woman's observations of how the French raise their kids. I know when our little one comes, there will be some tidbits of information that are pure gold and some we will throw out the window. It's been so fun to be first time parents with PK. 

Cooking brings me such life.
I've really been a slacker as of late in the cooking department. Just kinda been lazy. I knew it had to change when all we had were sweet potatoes, pasta noodles and vodka spaghetti sauce. And I made them for dinner. And while all those things are great, it just wasn't the best main dish and side dish together and really all I wanted was Five Guys or something that tasted satisfying. This week was different, thank ya Je-sus. I forgot how much joy it brings me to take the time to look up recipes, shop for the ingredients, and cook everything up. I'm glad I'm back in the swing of things again! 

The Simple City Shop is in full swing!
I am aaaaaaalmost done with a huge order that I've gotten to hand-letter for a sweet bride in NYC. You guys, having this little Etsy shop has been hard work and time consuming in the best of ways. I've had to create and re-do, and create and re-do. For every. order. I've. created. It has reminded to be a woman who creates and produces beautiful things with excellence and if I'm not, what's the point? As I started this little business, I thought I would just whip something up, easy peasy and that would be that. But it's so much more than that. I want to care and love my clients by creating exactly what they dreamed for their wedding, or a gift for a loved one or a print to decorate their home, and most importantly, I want to honor the Lord with the gifts He has given me. So if that means re-doing something what seems like 50 million times, so be it. I believe this has made me better at what I do on so many levels and I'm really thankful for what I'm learning and how I'm growing.

Alright my friends, that's all for this week! Dinner guests are coming over in an hour! What are some moments in your week you want to freeze and remember? Happy Friday! xo