Palm Springs.

April 19, 2011

Sorry for the late posting. Life has been picking up pace the last couple weeks — busy with work, busy with projects, busy with baby. I am a little frazzled & feel like my brain is going into overdrive, but Steven tells me that it’s times when I’m busy like this that I am happiest. Who knew? Sometimes you need someone on the outside looking in to tell you who you really are.

So. No complaining.

Here’s a quickie photo update from our weekender to Palm Springs a couple weeks ago. The weather was pleasantly warm but not hot — perfect for walking around downtown & lounging by the pool. It was definitely a “Steven” type of vacation — lots of relaxing, tanning, napping, eating, etc. We don’t go on too many of these — I am always wanting to go explore different cities, try a billion & one places to eat, hit up all the museums & galleries, and of course, shop. So it was a good change of pace for us. :)

Again I was lazy & did not lug my camera around, so here’s a photo recap via the iPhone:

Me & my monster pillow that I cannot sleep without. I lurve it. And detour at Frostbites Riverside on our way to PS. I was bummed they did not have my fave mint chip. :(

Cheeky’s for breakfast. The line was massive, but it was so worth it (thanks for rec, Angie!).

Lounging at the outdoor bar / waiting area. Cause we had time. And nothing on our agenda.

Our awesome hotel room at the Ace. We loved it. Steven says it may be his favorite hotel he’s ever stayed at.

Favorite hangout of the weekend.
Samurai hair & big belly. This is pretty much what I look like everyday.
More evidence that the Ace is the coolest hotel ever.
Tandem biking in the desert! Which was #1 on our list of things to accomplish, hoorah! It was kind of scary — I couldn’t see anything in front of me except Steven’s back — but very cool & exhilarating nonetheless.
Sitting in every single comfy chair at Design Within Reach Annex. I love furniture stores.
Matchbox Pizza per Joan’s recommendation. SO delicious & the happy hour was awesome.
Took the Aerial Tramway up to the mountaintop without realizing how high up it was. It was dang scary. And cold. But the view was incredible & it felt like we were in a completely different world. A very short part of our trip, but totally made it feel like we did so much more than we actually did.
More sun, more pool. :)
And last but not least, a decaf caramel macchiato. Because I was craving coffee & it was my very first coffee since I got pregnant. And it was delicious. And it made me think of my very favorite Cindy C Su. And how can that be a bad thing? ;)

And that wraps up our weekend in Palm Springs! Till next time :)


Shop Update.

April 8, 2011

Hi friends! I have been hard at work designing new stamps for my shop & finally got them all up & running. I also updated prices, descriptions, and my policies page, so go take a peek. :)

To celebrate, I’m offering 15% off everything in my shop until next Friday 4/15. Just use coupon code SPRING15 at checkout. Thanks for all the support! <3

30 Weeks.

April 7, 2011

Dear Baby,

You’re getting big. And strong. Right now I can feel you moving around, punching furiously, almost like you’re trying to bust out of my belly. Sometimes your movements hurt me & sometimes they make me feel like I’m going to pee my pants, but I still think they’re so precious. Supposedly you are the size of a head of cabbage now & weighing in at almost 3 lbs. I can’t believe how much you’ve grown over the past 6 months, from a tiny poppy seed to this strong & active little boy in my belly. It’s amazing.

To be honest, the times I reflect on your two older siblings are few and far between. Life moves so quickly & it’s easy to get swept up with the events & worries of today. But occasionally I remember & am just so grateful for how far the Lord has brought you. I remember an older sister sharing with me after my first miscarriage her own experiences with multiple miscarriages. After three miscarriages she gave birth to a healthy baby girl, and she knew that she was the one the Lord wanted her to raise. It brought me a sense of comfort at the time to hear that from her, but I kept wondering if I would ever experience the same thing. Lord-willing, you’re the one He wants us to raise. In His wisdom He chose this particular time to give you to us & we couldn’t be happier at the thought of raising you. You’re a gift, a miracle. And your very existence will always point us to the kindness & mercy of our Father.

Just two and a half months left till we welcome you into this world. The nursery is slowly coming together. I am on craigslist everyday, searching for good deals on all the big-ticket items we have yet to purchase. Gifts from our registries are slowly being bought. Your grandparents are getting more excited & even starting to buy you outfits here & there. You have some awesome aunties at church who are planning a celebration for you even while you’re still in the womb. And what’s even more fun is that you’ll have tons of new friends to play with this year, as well as your two cousins! Such exciting times. :)

I’m still feeling pretty good. Maybe not as ambitious as I felt during the peak of my second trimester, but not really weighed down by fatigue yet. I still have some projects that I want to get done (like this, this, and this), along with designing your baby announcements & helping plan some parties here & there. Your pops & I are driving out to Palm Springs tomorrow for our last little weekender before you come. We’re excited for lots of yummy food & warm sun! Maybe one day when you’re older, we’ll take you back there. But for now, you can enjoy it from the inside.

Alright baby (don’t worry — your dad says he will decide on a name by the end of the weekend!), I’ve gotta get some work done. I’ll be writing you another letter before you know it.

I love you for always,
your mama.