Tuesday, May 31, 2011

guess who's in labor?

this girl!

see y'all on the other side :)

family.


If it weren't for my sisters and my family sometimes, I don't know where I would be.  My head isn't in the right place today.  I was up all night with contractions, back and hip pain, nightmares and dehydration.  I woke up today feeling anxious and with a splitting headache.  For some reason, something is off in my body and I'm not sure what it is, or how to fix it.  I feel alone in this battle.

My day came to a close last night tied with a pretty little bow I like to call, "the awkward 60 seconds of realization at a gas station in Braidwood".  I just wasn't ready for that.  I feel like everything is happening so fast, this entire month of May has been one big giant whoosh that I can barely see.  June will be even faster than that.  I don't feel prepared.  I'm sure this is normal, but still.  

I have two doctor's appointments today, and as soon as I'm done I am going to go somewhere.  I don't know where yet.  Just somewhere.  Maybe the beach?  The nasty, disgusting "beaches" of Chicago?  Bleh.  It's the only thing I could think of.  I need to relax for a few hours.  Hopefully I'll snap out of this soon.  Maybe I need a nap.


But really- I can't believe my littlest sister is almost eleven.  Crazy.
- kate 

Monday, May 30, 2011

inspiration 5.30.11




These are my very own Pinterest picks this Memorial Day.  Hope you're enjoying the sun and... dare I say it... nice weather! ^_^  I'm going to visit my family to lay by the pool today.  Can't wait.  See you soon!

- kate

Sunday, May 29, 2011

it's officially official.

Thank goodness for iPhones.

Words can't describe the happiness I feel in my heart.  Short, simple, intimate and sweet-- our courthouse wedding was exactly how we had hoped.  Our iPhones captured a few special moments afterwards and I hope soon to be able to post them for you to see.  Time is unfortunately "of the essence" still, as bub's due date is quickly approaching.   So, to any of you feeling left out, shocked, surprised, confused, etc... I understand.  Truly, I do.  And I apologize for that.  Just know that this was the perfect decision for our growing family, and we're happy to have gone about it this way.  

Aside from having a few small get-togethers with our own families to celebrate (SOON!!)  I wanted to let you all know that we also have plans to have a big outside party-rager with food, drinks and dancing as well as having our vows blessed in an actual church sometime next year.  Friends, coworkers, extended family-- I promise to keep you posted.  I'll still wear a pretty white dress.  We'll still get our first dance.  My body won't weigh 188 lbs.  Honestly it does.  I swear I'm carrying a whale.

Anyway, my sincerest thank you goes out to everyone that sent well wishes and congratulations.  I am overwhelmed and overjoyed.  I am still in over my head (help me please!!) with the thank you's from the THREE SHOWERS we've so graciously had, and gifts are still randomly appearing at our doorstep.  I can't believe it!  I've had so much to do that resting has been out of the question, but hopefully all of those cards will be finished up and mailed this week.  (If you're one of the many waiting for a thank you-- I promise it's on its way!  They have all been handmade or illustrated by me, so it's taken more time than I would have liked but I really wanted them to be special.)

All in all, I've found that marriage, and everything that comes along with it, to be an indescribable feeling.  Having so many people that I work with watch this love story of ours unfold in front of them is even cooler!  I am so unbelievably lucky to have found Erick and to continue to share the life we've made together.  And something else that makes me feel even luckier?  Having DOUBLE the amazing family.  How is that even possible!?  I think many people overlook that part of marriage- you get a second family.  And combined, you have one great big support group to lean on and keep you laughing.  I feel so grateful to have been welcomed into the Delarosa family from the start and feel so blessed to be surrounded, doubly, by great people.  (Not to mention being surrounded by great food on both sides) Mmm!!  

Now the next goal?  Dust off that Rosetta Stone.  No way my daughter will be telling secrets about me in spanish to her papa. ;)  

  - kate 

Friday, May 27, 2011

opinions needed.


Alright, so this is my fourth day in a row of waking up crazy early- (7:30!!) and if there is one thing that keeps a smile on my face it's knowing that the last few days haven't been a dream.  This is one hundred and fifty percent real, people.  I'm so happy.

I have a lot of running to do today, think I am going to hit up Oakbrook for a simple, pretty dress for our Saturday courthouse date and I may get some more organizational things for the desk.  Groceries are number two on the list- fridge has been pretty barren these past few days.  I feel bad for Erick.  This is where I need your help guys... I'm running out of ideas for quick meals!  We were watching our first set of childbirth class dvds and they talked about one early preliminary sign of labor being a "burst of energy" where I would just clean and cook and reorganize everything.  Well.... yeah.  I'm still waiting on that one.  The poor man just needs me to cook!

Hopefully if I get an early enough start today I'll be home in time to clean up a bit and get dinner started. What have been your go-to dinners lately?  It's getting harder and harder for me to come up with new ideas so I figured I would try and get some inspiration from you all. :)

- kate 

inspiration 5.27.11


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Found these over at Creature Comforts.  Love how they use a color swatch-- I'm all about that.  Now go enjoy some of my favorite color today!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

the next chapter.

and it all started at this moment.

Please if you have the time, I'd love to tell you all a story.  I knew I was going to have a surprise happening for everyone soon, but I didn't even know how to expect a surprise for myself!  Part of me is still in shock so I'm hoping I can still be a good storyteller through this.  I guess I'll just have to write it out and go from there.

Yesterday was miserable-- it rained harder than I've seen it rain in a while.  All of these storms have been plummeting the midwestern states for the past two days and unfortunately, Illinois was no exception.  Right now I have been starting to enjoy the first three days into my maternity leave, the time for kicking your feet back and getting a chance to relax my pregnant body, yet every day I've woken up early.  Why?  Doctor's appointments, driving Erick to work (long story), and errand running.  I have a problem.  I just can't stop.

We had a nice break yesterday and Erick and I were able to catch Bridesmaids and some grub over in Willowbrook.  Getting out to catch a movie, let alone a nice dinner, is something that has been proving to be more of a rare occurrence lately with our busy schedules and not so hefty bank accounts.  And if you haven't seen Bridesmaids yet, I recommend seeing it-- it's fricking hilarious.  Anyway, we get home and kick our feet back, watch some TV and snuggle as the storm continues to ravage our outside window.  Let me tell you-- there are not too many things in this world that are better than curling up on the couch with the greatest man and love you've ever known.  Except for completing this already perfect scene with an Oreo McFlurry in hand.  Nom.

We go downstairs to eat some more (I know...) and we chow down some homemade, fluffy mango bread.  I then realize I forgot milk, so Erick runs back up to the apartment to grab two glasses.  We finish our mango bread as my eyes start to take a droopy, heavy, 'you need sleep now' look and I'm ready to head in for the night.  Erick has already ran upstairs, and I wash my plate and head up after him.

Umm.  The lights are off.  Every single last one of them.
Great.

I'm sitting here thinking one of two things:  either our electric went out, because I could still hear the rain hitting the rooftop or he was lurking behind a corner to scare me.  (Pretty common because I'm scared easily and he gets a kick out of watching me scream.)  I begin to think it's the latter option.

"Babe?  Where are you?" ..... I listen for a response before I even think about taking a step further.  Trust me.  I've learned my lesson after one too many racing heart beats and frightened screams.

"Over here"  ..... His voice is coming from our bedroom.  Alright, I think.  He's not going to jump out at me and is probably half way passed out already.  Awesome.  I'm in the clear.

I walk into our bedroom in the complete darkness and find a million tiny candles covering our floor.  I'm in shock.  I'm trying to regain composure as I see the man that I love down on one knee.

oh my god. oh my god. oh my god.

He says some of the nicest things that he's ever said to me and asked if I would make him the happiest man ever, if I would marry him.

I said yes.


You can never really prepare yourself for a moment like this.  As women, we all dream of this day.  We play it over and over in our minds thinking about what it would be like.  Would it be the classic fancy dinner proposal?  A proposal in front of your entire family or a bunch of strangers at a basketball game?  Would it be cheesy outside your window with a cardboard sign?  Would it even happen at all?  

I couldn't have ever imagined it any other way.  It was perfect.  All I could do was sit on the floor between his legs, head on his chest and cry.  All of those happy tears multiplied while the candles burned around us and the rain whipped against our bedroom window.  Everything we've created together-- this life, this apartment, our family-- it all started here at this tiny apartment on the southside of Chicago.  

And seriously, once you think you know how much you love someone, that can all change and be multiplied by a million percent in a moment like this.  I'm sure it will quadruple again once our daughter is born.  All of these new chapters unfold every day like a favorite book and keep me consistently on my toes.  I'm experiencing new levels of happy.  A kind of happy I've never felt yet.  Unchartered territory.


And of course I'm going to show off my ring!  It is the most beautifully perfect, dainty and sparkly thing I have ever laid eyes on.  I am such a lucky woman.  If you have never met me, I'll paint you a quick picture so I explain why this ring is so great:

Okay, so I have these really tiny hands with even skinnier fingers.  Most rings I would ever wear growing up would just overpower my whole hand so I never even bothered.  I knew that eventually if I was ever getting married I would need something simple, yet still elegant and not overbearing.  

I think Erick nailed this one perfectly.  What do you guys think?  Go ahead and take a peek because I am still seriously in shock.  SHOCK! Gah! This is so amazing!

This is truly a dream come true.  


classic threads.






Pretty sure this is perfect for the transitional weather we've had lately.  
All items found at ZipIt.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

36 weeks.

my little whale.

Today's routine doctors appointment proved to be a little more uncomfortable than I had originally expected-- let's just say I'm happy Erick didn't have to be at this one.  So, immediately upon arrival I was told to undress from the waist down.  Great.  Well at least I could expect to get violated at this appointment.  Wrong.

So Dr. Kim does her scheduled 36 week testing for something that baby could potentially contract from me during her arrival, called GBS or Groub B Streptococcus.  Here we go, legs up in the air with giant q-tip enroute straight for my lady parts.  

WHAT THE?

Then, I get swabbed in the butthole.

Didn't anyone ever teach doctors to let you know when they're entering that specific area?  You can't just do that.  It's common courtesy.  You have to use your directional before you switch lanes.  And this is how I begin my day.  What about you guys?





fresh spring stationary.


Aren't these colors from Fig. 2 Design Studio just amazing?  I have been really into stationary, handmade, and letter pressed cards recently so I figured why not share some inspiration I found this morning!


 I'm really hoping I can whip up a few designs of my own soon so that I can start up a small shop and get my website back up.  I'll be having more time to spend at home and making stationary is something I'll totally be able to sit at my desk and enjoy doing when baby naps!  






Monday, May 23, 2011

illustrations.


Erick, Baby & I through the eyes of artist friend, James Green.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

handmade tutorial.


If there is one thing that really makes you feel old, it's your little sister's graduation day.  Oh my goodness!!  I am so proud of her, and know she is going to be ridiculously famous sometime soon.  Check out her videos.  They're really cool.  


In honor of her awesomeness, I decided to get crafty before my work shift and put together a very simple congratulation card for her.  All you really need is some Bristol art paper, a Micron pen, gluestick, scissors and some form of patterned or colored scrapbook paper.  Here's what I did:


Go craft something today!