ice cream man

a favorite childhood memory of mine was the ice cream truck man. i remember living in a neighborhood of town homes, growing up, and there were so many kids that lived within the neighborhood. the ice cream truck frequented our ‘hood and it was always something i looked forward to. the sound of the jingle playing so loud, echoing throughout the streets got me running! all the kids would gather around the truck and pick out their favorite flavors and those moments were some of the most perfect summer nights as a kid!

one day while i was pulling olive and ellie in the wagon, i heard the familiar music! i got so excited! i laugh at this because i was definitely so much more excited than olive, she actually had no clue what was going on. she was probably thinking, “mom, don’t talk to strangers. let alone, you’re buying something edible from a man you don’t know”. hahaha!

she was so scared of the man, that she wouldn’t get out of the wagon to pick out an ice cream cone! so, this mama pointed at pictures and she went in for the kill {the first familiar character she saw}…sponge bob. ok, sponge bob it is! she was still a bit groggy from her nap, so i will blame her lethargic behaviors on that! ha!

anyhoo, we sat outside on the front porch while olive cautiously licked her sponge bob ice cream as it feverishly melted in the heat. olive was super pleased with her choice of dessert and i was super happy that the stars were aligned with us being able to catch the ice cream man on our block on this lovely afternoon.

oh, summer…you give us great memories.

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[isn’t this ice cream truck just the cutest?!]

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[bye bye ice cream truck!]

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[she was so excited!]

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[yummmmm]

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[i love this girl!]

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xoxo

sun, brunch, and ice cream

 i was hoping to see my friend andrea again, while she is on her maternity leave, and we were able to make it happen. i’m so glad we did because this lady {who is a traveling fool} was jetting out {again} and wasn’t going to be home for the rest of her leave!

olive and i started the day with her wellness check up. it’s so cute, just so cute. everything about her. i love her. she is the most precious thing on earth. my heart just melts looking at her. she gets so scared by strangers and clings to me…and i just melt over her cuteness. i love being her momma and i love protecting her.

she did just fine this time…every visit gets better and better as she becomes more aware, wiser, and knowledgeable. she got the thumbs up from her wonderful doctor and we went on our merry way to andrea’s house.

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[my sweet baby girl]

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[my heart melts for her]

it was such a beautiful, perfect day. i was super excited to hang out with andrea and annabelle. after we arrived at andrea’s, we set out to walk the neighborhood and find a place to eat. i love wicker park…it’s such an eclectic, artsy area.

we decided to eat at milk and honey on division. we nabbed a seat outside and enjoyed our delicious meal. the avocado and smoked gouda sandwich was ah-maze. after we finished eating, olive wanted to be out of her highchair, so i let her roam around the table. she is always so good about staying close, it amazes me that she does that {so far…}.

after brunch, we did some more walking. we headed towards the actual wicker park to hang out. as we cruised there on this beautiful sunny day, i soaked in all the city goodness. i love the craziness, the people, the scenery, the energy of it.

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[olive checking out miss annabelle]

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[the beautiful baby girl]

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[mmmmm….juice]

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[such a sassy lady, ootd: shirt by shop childish, shoes by target]

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[no selfie shtick]

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[this avocado and smoke gouda sandwich was deeeeeeelicious]

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[her interest in annabelle peaked and waned]

when we arrived at the park, we found a spot where i could nurse olive. i figured she would be so distracted that she wouldn’t nurse that long and i was right. she ate for a bit but then she wanted to explore her unfamiliar surroundings.

as we walked towards the playground, olive was tagging behind us {and the park was not crowded}. she was, maybe, 15-20 feet away from me {with my eyes on her the entire time, constantly calling for her} when this women on a bench yelled out “she’s too far away from you!”. ummmmm, ‘scuse me?!!! i proceeded to yell back at the women. she said it again and i said, “too far away?! too far away for you. i’m her mom and you have no right to tell me what to do or how to watch my child! how ’bout you MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS?!!!!”. well, i was seeing red and i’m sure what i said came out something like that! as i retorted to this nosey women, another passerby chuckled at our exchange of words. by that time, olive was standing by my side and we moseyed along to the park without a flinch. hahahaha.

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[she looooooves the swing]

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[and the slide]

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[and the tunnel]

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[and the stairs]

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as we were leaving the park, andrea suggested that we stop for ice cream. yay! hooray for ice cream! duh…i can never say no to ice cream! they had just opened up a jeni’s on milwaukee, so it was the perfect pit stop. olive was too stinkin’ cute drinking her root beer float. i ordered myself some sorbets and we were happy campers noshing on our afternoon treats.

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[at jeni’s splendid ice creams]

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[intense root beer float drinking]

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after delicious brunch, a play in the park, and a sweet stop for ice cream, i’d say it was the most perfect, sunny afternoon! i had such a great time with andrea and annabelle. it was so gorgeous out {great weather is the best!} and we had the most wonderful time walking around. we love you andrea and annabelle! muwah!

xoxo

jenis

it was that time of year to get our eyes checked.  i’ve been going to custom eyes since it has opened…10 years ago!  located in the heart of wrigleyville, on southport avenue.  i use to live down the street from them for five years, after getting my eyes checked by them year after year, i couldn’t find another place!  they are so accommodating, honest, professional, nice, and sincere.  they house an amazing showcase of eyewear and sunglasses that are unique, fashionable, and chic.

so, we trekked our way to the old ‘hood.  it was a beautiful day out.  after our appointments, we chit chatted a bit with the receptionists and order our contacts.  one of the girls at the desk mentioned the new ice cream store down the street.  i had walked by it a few weeks ago but didn’t get a chance to stop in.  she told us that there was a really long line at the shop!  i thought “really?!”…of course now i was intrigued.

we walked out and decided to shop around.  we hit a few stores nearby and i had decided that i needed to try the ice cream shop as well!!!  so, we walked down the street…there was a line but not as obnoxious as before.  we waited patiently, as we were given the glorious time to debate on the flavors, accruements, and accents of choice!

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[jenis]

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[selfie]

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[ice cream sammies]

i settled on the pistachio and honey with the buckeye, accented with the house made whipped cream and salty graham!  it was so good!  a perfect combo of sweet and salty!  definitely worth the wait!  we gleefully got our ice cream and sat outside, on this gorgeous day, and devoured our little treats!

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so worth the wait and we will for sure be back!  it was so decadent and divine!  a must eat!

xoxo