Sunday, May 29, 2016

Ellie's Last Day of School

Friday was Ellie's last day of school and her last day of Pre-School. I was really feeling emotional about it because she is going to Kindergarten in the fall. I don't want to think about this until the end of the summer when I need to. I told Ellie that I was sad it was her last day and she replied, "But, Mommy, I will spend all summer with you." I am going to soak up these days! 

I love the side by side pictures from the first day of school to the last:

She still loves to pose for the camera!

To celebrate her last day I took the girls to a Farm that we had never been to before. It's known for its ice cream and I wanted to treat them. Ellie convinced me to get the strawberry and I'm still thinking about it. It was so good! We also played a round of mini golf. Summer got a hole in one on the first hole! I wish I had captured her reaction on video. She screamed and jumped up and down. It was really hot that afternoon- in the high 80s and sunny. It was a fun day!

It is officially summer time for us!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Day In Our Life

Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day in the 80s. It went from rainy and chilly to summer weather in a week. I'm not complaining- we needed it! Yesterday was a really good day. A preview to what our summer will look like as my girls are now 5 and 3 years old. I started out in the morning painting my nails (I realize if I get a manicure every few weeks I can maintain them myself and change the color when needed). The girls came in and wanted their nails painted, too. Since they are impatient with drying I turned on one of Ellie's favorite songs, "Uma Thurman", and we danced while shaking our hands to dry. It was quite a funny scene.

After dropping Ellie at school Summer and I went to Corner Bakery since I hadn't eaten breakfast yet. She is always so fun to hang out with. I really have enjoyed our one on one time together when Ellie has been in school this year. Overnight she started talking in complete sentences and her new phrases at the moment are "nothing" and "actually, yes" and "actually, no." But, in the cutest voice, of course. She is always making me smile. Next door is a nail salon and I was thinking we didn't have too much time that morning and I really needed a pedicure so I decided to take Summer with me for one. I was surprised by how good she was. She sat next to me the entire time and hardly made a peep.

I love my new sandals!

We picked up Ellie a little early from school because they had 12:00 hair appointments. Summer did great sitting on my lap, but was so serious and not loving it. Ellie was the perfect client. They both got about 3 inches off! Healthy for the summertime.

Summer has started copying Ellie with the hands on her hips. Too cute!!

Summer's shorts / shoes / Ellie's dress / shoes

We went home to use Summer's new sprinkler, but I couldn't get it to work so we just used the hose. As I was spraying them (and they were so excited) Ellie said to me, "Mommy, if you don't get wet you aren't having fun." So, I put on my bathing suit and they sprayed me with the freezing cold water. We had a lot of laughs. Then, the girls had lunch and Popsicles outside while I got some stuff done in the house. 

Summer's swimsuit
 Ellie's swimsuit

I am looking forward to our summer break, which starts next week. Ellie's last day of Pre-K is tomorrow! 

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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Mother's Day Recap + Motherhood Lately

As I've said many times becoming a Mom was the best thing that ever happened to me. The girls have made me a better person. I'm happier than I've ever been in my life and I love life more now that they are in it. I am more patient, loving, forgiving and overall more positive because of my girls. With motherhood comes tantrums, sleepless nights, whining and crying, and the girls hitting me or each other. It's not easy! Recently there have been a couple times when Ellie just does not listen to me at all and will refuse to do something when I ask her to, which makes it extremely difficult and frustrating when we are trying to get out of the door for school in the morning. Twice she has hit me and it really upset me- not actually because she hit me, but because I didn't know how to help her. As I always do during a tantrum, I told her I am here for a hug when she is ready. It just made me really sad that I didn't know what to do to calm her down. Both times I told her later in the day that we are not allowed to hit anyone and when she hits me it really hurts and makes me really sad. She seems really apologetic and after the tantrum clings to my side and tells me how much she loves me. These situations are very challenging, but it's so important that we (her and I and my husband and I) find ways to help her express her feelings in a better way. One thing I haven't done in a while is have a date with just Ellie. I think both girls need that and I want to do that as soon as I'm able to with my schedule. I also promised her that her Daddy and I would take just her to buy her a new bike (her big birthday present) and she is excited for that time with us. Summer also has a new thing where when she gets upset she sits down, crosses her arms and pouts. It's actually pretty cute. However, 80% of the time they are great listeners and very helpful and fun to be around!

My Mother's Day gift to myself was a massage Saturday evening. It was so nice and relaxing. Afterwards, I ate at my favorite sushi restaurant. Sunday we went early to my favorite brunch spot, Cake. They opened at 10, but they do not take reservations so we knew we had to get in line early. We were second in line and as they opened the line was down the block. The food did not disappoint (my favorite is their French toast). It was delicious and filled me up till dinner. After breakfast we walked to the playground to let the girls burn off some energy. Plus, today was the first day it hasn't rained in over a week. We missed being outside! This afternoon I had to get some cleaning and wash done and I went to the plant store for our new planters on our porch. We ended our night with dinner at my parents with my brother and his family. 

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Weekend Recap

Friday Summer and I spent the day together while Ellie was at lunch bunch. We went to my new favorite coffee shop for lunch and sat outside since it was beautiful out. Summer looked so cute I had to get a picture. She loves wearing her sunglasses. This is one of my new favorite Matilda Jane dresses. 
And, had to snap a pic of her favorite way to wear her hair- a braid. 
At lunch. Notice her nails...I painted them with a polish I found at Whole Foods. I love the color. 
Promised her the carousel after doing a few returns at the mall. I love her smile. We have so much fun together when it's just her and I. I love spending time with each of my girls. 

Friday night we had my mother in law come babysit so we could attend a charity event for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I had previously mentioned that a few Philadelphia Eagles would be there and I was most excited to meet Brian Westbrook. It was such a fun night for a great cause. Here are a few pictures.
 AJ Feeley, Eagles former quarterback
 Connor Barwin
 Brian Westbrook!!! 
 Jon Dorenbos giving a magic show

Saturday afternoon at Ellie's lacrosse
Me going for my long run this afternoon. It wasn't a good run at all. I had a little too much fun this weekend and I was exhausted, but had to do it anyway. It was a tough 8.5 miles. I had to stop a mile from my house on a street with no shade for a rest and I saw a guy on his lawn. I asked him for a glass of water and he gave me a cold bottle. I was very thankful! This evening I dropped off a gift card to Dunkin Donuts as a thank you gift. 
I love these Oakley sunglasses- they are a must in sunny weather. I love that they don't slip down my nose when I sweat. I bought them a year ago from Athleta, but this pair is a similar style. 
I also just got this Nike tank that I love!
 My husband took the girls to a birthday party while I was running. I was also able to fit in a very relaxing pedicure. He was working tonight so the girls and I went to the playground this evening, then to Corner Bakery for dinner. 

Hope you had a great weekend!
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Friday, April 22, 2016

Friday Favorites + Paint Colors

First, my husband took this picture last night as Ellie got down on the floor to do push-ups with me before bedtime. Then, I did the plank and both girls did it with me. I love when they join me! I love how Summer's hands are folded just like mine. 

I just noticed my favorite handbag is now on sale. I have it in black and love it, but am thinking about the light gray for spring. The handles are starting to fray on mine. It's been well loved!

I also love this

I love Madewell tees. I just ordered this one.

I ordered these shoes this week. Can't wait to get them in the mail. Hoping they are light so I can wear them throughout the summer. 

// Home Favorites //

I love this pitcher to add color to your table or to hold flowers. A variety of colors to choose from- I love the red and peach. 

I picked up these frames this week to add to our stairwell wall gallery. It's looking more complete!

I have decided to paint our great room a light gray. It's currently beige and I need a change. I bought a couple samples and have to go back today for a few more, then I hope to choose the color this weekend. Here are some I am looking at (the top 2 I already have the samples).

Sherwin Williams "Repose Gray"

Sherwin Williams "Knitting Needles"

Benjamin Moore "Horizon"
Benjamin Moore "Moonshine"

Tonight Nick and I are going to a charity event for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I'm really excited because former Philadelphia Eagles players will be there, including my favorite, Brian Westbrook! I'm hoping to get a picture with him. Summer and I are doing errands today while Ellie is at school and lunch bunch. Hoping to be productive! Have a great weekend!

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Happy Birthday, Ellie!

Ellie has been asking for weeks when she will be 5. Yesterday she asked, "Mommy, tomorrow when I wake up will I be 5?" Today is the day! Happy 5th Birthday to my love!

'5' Shirt / Skirt / Leggings / Shoes

On Sunday we celebrated her birthday with family and friends at our local YMCA. She had a princess party. Ellie wore a new Elsa dress I had gotten from the Disney store last summer and saved for a special occasion (this one is similar). She loved it! Summer also wore an Elsa dress and her girl friends also dressed in costume. Her boy cousins wore super hero outfits.

She told me she was wishing for a "wagon." This has been on her wish list for a year now. I think we should cave and just buy it for her. However, she is getting a new bike for her birthday!

Last Friday I took the girls into the city to see the musical, Freckleface Strawberry, at the Walnut Street Theatre. We have been taking Ellie the past couple years for her birthday and this year I took Summer, too, now that she is almost 3. The girls were so excited and Summer kept calling it the "movies." I wasn't sure how she would react to the hour long show since she is not a fan of television or movies, but they both surprised me and sat in their seats the entire time. They clapped after each segment and were captivated. The show was great. I enjoyed it, too, and even more so than the previous years. There was lots of singing and dancing and the storyline was great. It was about being happy with who you are and not comparing yourself to other people. Everyone is different and that is what makes each of us special.  

Summer's Dress (similar) / Ellie's Dress

It is a rainy day today, but the girls and I are heading out shortly for pink manicures, lunch, then swimming. I gave Ellie a list of things we could do inside today and she chose swimming at our gym. I recently ordered these goggles for her that she will finally get to try out. Tonight we are going to dinner at Jules Pizza (her choice) and cake for dessert!

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Monday, April 4, 2016

Weekend Recap

Last Friday Ellie did lunch bunch at school and Summer and I took a trip to King of Prussia mall. I had to return a pair of shoes at Nordstrom and I wanted to go to Athleta. We ended up staying only in Nordstrom. Summer napped in her stroller for an hour (she was up a lot the night before), then woke up very happy. She helped me try on shoes and enjoyed a lollipop. Ellie was also up the night before so I decided to put her in lunch bunch so that she would be happy with friends instead of cranky with me!

On Saturday morning I had lacrosse in the pouring rain. Then, it cleared up for Ellie's first lacrosse session that afternoon. I don't know who was more excited- her or me. She actually said she didn't want to do it, but I told her how I played and how much fun it is and that she had no idea what it was. As soon as we got there she was excited and had fun for the entire hour. The coaches are great and taught them skills (cradling today) while playing games. 
 Summer and I playing catch:

After lacrosse we played at the playground, then went to hang out with cousins for a while, which was so nice since we haven't seen them in a while. The girls were starving when we left and it was dinner time so we stopped for pizza and frozen yogurt before heading home. 

Sunday morning I went to Whole Foods for breakfast (fruit, oatmeal and coffee) and happened to run into my Mom who was also grabbing something to eat before the gym. So, we got a table and had breakfast together, which was so nice and a great start to my Sunday. I was picking up ingredients for dinner. It is a crockpot dish (Skinnytaste Maple Dijon Chicken Drumsticks) and was really good! In the later afternoon we all went to the gym. I needed to get in a run since it was so cold and windy and I didn't want to run outside. My husband took the girls swimming. I can't believe I was able to run for an hour on the treadmill and I got in a 7 mile run. I felt great, too. 

Have a great week!