Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Memorial Day Weekend Recap + Purchases

Ellie's words on Saturday were, "I'm so excited to have a family date!" And, we did just that. We went into the city to Franklin Square. There is a big fountain with an outdoor carousel, train amusement ride, mini golf, and a big playground. Steven Starr also has a burger shack there, Square Burger, which makes for a 5-star lunch. My Dad told Ellie about the milkshakes so she was looking forward to having one. We all shared a black and white milkshake and Nick and I had burgers and crinkle fries. Delicious. It was during lunch that Ellie made this statement out of the blue and it was just too sweet. We had so much fun. Nick and I mentioned we had to do this more often- make more trips into the city. We found meter parking so it only cost $4 to park for 3 hours (lots can be expensive). When I asked Ellie her favorite part of the day in bed that night she said the milkshake (can't blame her). Second, was the playground- we literally had to carry her out of there. And, third, the carousel.
The weather was perfect and in the 60s so the girls and I wore pants and tanks. Ellie wore a tank by Matilda Jane I got months ago and paired it with Gap white skinny jeans (similar here) I bought on sale the end of last summer. I love the little bow detail on the bottom. Her light pink Toms she got for Christmas matched perfectly. Summer wore a Roxy tank I got on major sale on Amazon months ago (I also borrowed a dress from my friend in the same print). Her leggings I have in a bunch of colors. I always find them on sale. I wore Forever 21 jeans, which I bought two years ago for $11! My tank is American Eagle and I love how light and flowy it is. I don't see it online anymore (I bought it in store a couple months ago), but this is similar.

Sunday and Monday we went to the pool for the first time of the season. The water was a little chilly, but of course the kids don't mind and it was actually refreshing. Monday was hot- in the 80s here so it felt great. We go to my parents country club and on the weekends we are there with my brother and his family, too. The girls can play with their cousins and it's nice to be able to catch up in person with my parents and brother and sister in law. Ellie was so happy to swim on Sunday. She was smiling all day and definitely in her happy place. Last summer Summer was only a few months old so it was fun to see her enjoy the water, too. Both girls are wearing Gap swimsuits. I love Summer's bright neon suit.
Summer is walking so much more now. She had been walking more and more steps each day, especially last Friday when we were home most of the day. Sunday night she walked about 10 steps at my parents, then yesterday she stood up and walked over and over with about 10 steps at a time. I love this beginning stage of walking. It's so cute to watch!

Sunday night we had dinner at my parents and my Mom made a new lentil dish that was so good. I plan to get the recipe and will share with you once I make it. Yesterday Nick golfed with my Dad while we were at the pool so when we got home in the late afternoon I went to the mall to do some shopping- alone. I bought a maxi dress at Nordstrom Rack by Sweet Pea. It's so lightweight and will be perfect in the summer. I love the colors.

I also bought this tank, which I'm planning to wear with my black maxi skirt. I bought new dish towels since we needed to update ours. While I was there I fell in love with these floral canisters and bought my Mom the small one as a little gift. I tried on this dress at Forever 21 I mentioned I loved online, but the dress had too much fabric and the ruffle was too big. This is a size small and it doesn't come in an XS. The blue and white striped dress hanging I did really like and it was only $11. I didn't buy it, but I definitely recommend it. It would be a great summer pregnancy dress or beach cover-up, too.

Of course, being Memorial Day, I told Ellie why Daddy got to be off work today and why we should thank everyone who served and serves our country (her grandfather and Aunt Mia included)! Hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday weekend!

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