Wednesday, July 16, 2014

babymoon pt 1

we have finally made it to california!! a month ago when we scheduled this i thought it would never come and now that we are here it doesn't seem real. this trip has been such a light at the end of the tunnel since vaughan had his surgery 4 weeks ago. then the last week with his midterms and grandpa passing, it seemed like it was all catching up on us. my brother in law's mum and her husband have a house up here in laguna. for years she's been telling us to come visit and stay in their new (old) house whenever we wanted. so i finally took her up on her offer and the timing couldn't have been better! 

we left monday morning and when we arrived we planned on taking a taxi to their home since her and her husband, david, wouldn't be around. but when we got down the escalators our names were on a sign and she called to let us know they had arranged for a driver instead. then we get to the house and you guys, it is the cutest old beach house right on thelia street which is less than a mile away from the center of laguna beach. we couldn't have been more spoiled. 

since we got in at 12 in the afternoon we decided to walk around and hit the beach. we went to eat at BJ's pizza and it's one of my all time favorites. then we got vaughan a swimsuit at Hobies? (i can't remember the name but i'll get back to you on it because it is such a great surf shop with lots of stuff for a good price) and found some stuffed animals for baby k's nursery in some other shops along the way. 

we also went to see some family friends for a bbq dinner birthday party later in newport. rio, the birthday girl, has been in love with vaughan since she was like 3 years old haha like she got our engagement picture we sent them (two years ago) and made a decoration out of it for her door nob. and she still has it! and when our aunty asked her what she wanted for her birthday she said to see vaughan. so it was perfect timing that we happened to be here. it was a surprise to her that we were coming so when we opened the door she almost died!  then when we had to leave after dinner she started crying. i had to reassure her that we'd see her again while we were here haha i didn't want her to hate me for taking her man away. 

even though vaughan and i planned this as a "baby moon" we've actually been hanging out with family since we got here. my brother in law had to make a quick trip for a car show so we invited him to bring some of this kids and hang out for a while longer. so today vaughan and i took beckham and bella to the beach while he worked. we then convinced my dad to bring my brothers and hang out too haha so they are coming tomorrow and we're all going to disneyland. all last minute but we wouldn't have it any other way :) 

Saturday, July 5, 2014

happy 8th of july!! (jk).

it seems like i begin every post mentioning how much time has flown by! so why stop now? this week went by so quick. on thursday vaughan, me and some of the family took a long awaited trip to ikea. my sister just bought a house and had never been before so we all went together to help her get through without getting too overwhelmed (i bought basically everything that was priced for a dollar my first time there). we were also able to tackle our nursery list that i've had set up since the first trimester. i have been stressing out about it and been having the weirdest dreams of being unprepared for baby. now that it's mostly set up i can finally relax and start adding in the little details. i'll show you guys some pictures as soon as it's finished! 

friday and saturday we spent with the family. we went to the pool, ate lot's of food, had a bbq and lit up some fireworks in the neighborhood. at around 10 vaughan and i found a church parking lot on top of a hill in orem, got on the car and watched the stadium of fire fireworks! baby was kicking the whole time. so crazy to think that this time next year it will be the three of us :) maybe then i'll actually start being a fan of the 4th! haha 

hope you had a great weekend! xx

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

it's the valveeta

the month of june has seriously flown by so fast. i can't believe that in just one week i'll be in my third trimester and that in 3 months this little one will be here! i've heard people say that the last stretch is always the longest but between a baby moon trip to california, baby showers, setting up the nursery and best friend's weddings i think october is going to be here by tomorrow. a part of me is ready for baby boy to come, i can't wait to see what he looks like, his personality, and mostly just all the snuggles. i also think i'm as ready as i can be for all the other stuff too. the reason why i've read so many books on parenting and babies is because i want to prepare the best i can. i know mother nature steps in and that most of the time i'll be relying on intuition for what baby needs but for the times when i'm absolutely lost, i love that i have this knowledge that i can fall back on and try out. 

the other part of me though is kinda selfish with my time with vaughan. we are in a great routine right now. he's doing online classes, i'm done with school, doing work from home so we get to be together all day everyday. we make eachother breakfast, lunch and dinner. go on icecream breaks in the middle of the day and most of the time find ourselves hours deep into conversations. we're laughing and developing a friendship and love that gets better each day. i can't blame myself for not wanting that to change that ya know? i mean, come this fall vaughan will be back on campus and i'll be in whale form about to have a child! hand this time we have right now, it will be gone. i don't want to lose that. i love my babe and am so comfortable with this point in our relationship. 

growing up is hard. sacrificing this ideal routine of ours for a life-time commitment is even harder to think about. but i have to have faith that adding a mini "us" into the mix is going to be an adventure. one that i was made for and one that i agreed to and was excited about in Heaven. i love baby k already. and i love the father i've already seen in vaughan. 

oh and i also love the 20 pounds i've gained after discovering how to make California Pizza Kitchen's mac and cheese. 

fist bump for valveeta. 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

new look // Rylee Blake Blog as a pre-made template

i can't even tell you guys how many times i have changed my blog design in the last 3 years... but then again i don't really need to tell you cause you've probably seen it. i guess that's the life of being a blog designer though? the more you learn the more you want to implement those improvements and the more your personal style is able to reflect through your designs. i cringe at the thought of my first design!  it would've been so fun to document all the renovations i've made from then to now.  

when putting together this new look, i had such an inner battle between commercial vs. simple. being a blogger all these years, i'm for sure more inclined to keep all those things that seemed so fun before (like sponsors, blog buttons, a million social media links!) but lately i've been drifting to a less promotional display. for me, blogging isn't what it used to be and naturally i'm finding myself not caring about those fun things anymore. it's hard though because i have made a business out of blog designing... and by being "commercial" it exposes my store and services. 

remember when i first started this blog and my posts were like crazy personal!? haha like too personal i'm sure some of you are thinking... but i loved that. i didn't give a rats who was reading or how often i posted or if strategically my cute outfit got in without making it look like an official outfit post. i also miss how there was no pressure. no invisible standard i held myself too. no comparisons. 

anyway, welcome to the new ryleeblake blog. nothing fancy. a little bit commercial but i'm still working on letting go of this idea of "what i want my blog to look like" vs. "what i think my blog should look like". so it's whatevers for right now. i loved my last design too much to let it go completely so GOOD NEWS (finally, here's the point i had in purpose of posting this) if you liked it as much as i did, you can purchase it in my etsy shop (how's that for being less commercial haha also, parenthesis are fun)! 

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

pre-made blogger template // i'm so fancy

here's a little ivana revic inspired blog design for all my boho beachy hommies. 

Monday, June 23, 2014

i call this, redemption. //

the recipe that forever changed my status from "rylee can make mac n cheese?!" to "rylee made THESE?!" sugar cookie crust and cheesecake filling, my friends. you're welcome. 

recipe here


Sunday, June 22, 2014

summer nights //

last night after a friend's reception, vaughan and i drove around the neighborhood and explored all the massive houses in the area. this is something we used to love doing with each other while we were dating and first married. we'd talk about our dream home and pick out certain details from the places we see and add it on to our imaginary house. the past year or so has been super stressful with school, surgeries and family stuff. it seems like whenever we had a free minute we would rather be at home resting. but last night as we drove without any rush to be somewhere, it felt so peaceful to just be with my husband and son. 

we found an empty lot at the top of the hill. surprisingly it was vaughan and not me asking to park and take pictures haha (that's how you know you've trained your husband well!). the picture right above is probably my favorite of me and this belly so far. we're now 25 weeks along and it's so surreal how fast time has gone with this little one. i love sharing space with him. i love feeling him move whenever daddy talks to him. i absolutely love being pregnant and being able to watch him grow each week. pregnancy definitely has moments (like getting winded while trying to put on socks orrr taking that dang glucose test in two weeks) but waking up in the morning to my son stretching inside me is seriously the best feeling ever... and it for sure makes up for all the ramen noodles i had to eat in the first trimester. 

hope you guys have a great sunday and are able to spend it with the ones you love.