dad’s 80th surprise photo session

my sisters and i decided to surprise my dad {parents} with a photo shoot for my dad’s 80th birthday {and my mom’s, since their birthdays are so close together!}!

we booked a local photographer and kept it a secret until the day before! everyone drove to a nearby park and the craziness ensued. it had rained the days leading up to this and the ground was sooooo wet! it was squishy and muddy but we made it through without it being too much of a disaster.

as usual, olive was fuuuuuuussy. she was uncooperative and it was too close to ellie’s nap time, so she was a bit crabby. from the outside, you freak out that there isn’t a good pic but you always know that your photographer can work some magic. that’s why they’re the professionals!

of course, since my gals were the ones being difficult, there i was  jumping and screaming and making funny noises just to get their attention and stop them from either crying or not listening. oy. what a show! we did some group pics, grandkids with the grandparent pics, just kid pics, and pretty much all sorts of mixed pics.

i couldn’t wait to see them! my sisters and i decided to create a book for my parents and then print out pics and frame them for their house. we surprised them with the book first and still have yet to give them the framed pictures. they were so excited and pleased with the book and all the pictures. my parents loved all the pictures taken!

so, yay! the thought {thanks to my sister kim} and results turned out perfect! our photographer did such a great job and we all love the pictures. great memories captured and beautiful pictures to cherish forever.

via tandeminlove.com

[our hearts]

via tandeminlove.com

[my beautiful, tenacious girl]

via tandeminlove.com

[grandma and ba with their grandgirls]

via tandeminlove.com[the cutest nephews everrrrrr]

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

[kisses]

via tandeminlove.com

[precious…so precious. this picture just melts my heart]

via tandeminlove.com

[the sweetest boys]

xoxo

the hottest alfresco lunch everrrrrrr

one sunday morning, we decided to head out for a late lunch. ellie’s morning nap was running into the early afternoon and we thought that it would be a great idea to get out of the house on this hot, hot day but not do anything too strenuous because it was so darn warm outside.

we headed into downtown dg for a lunch alfresco. it was ellie’s first jeep ride and olive’s second time but the first time she really understood what she was doing! she looooooooves riding in the jeep! oh, she kept screaming and giggling and waving her arms. it was the cutest thing to watch! it’s so joyous to watch your kids be happy!

well, it was sooooooo hot outside that even under a shady umbrella, we pretty much melted. omg it was so hot! near the end of our meal, ellie was getting a bit fussy, so i decided to walk her around the restaurant to cool off and calm her down. the first time we walked up to the window where hc was sitting outside, she said, “dada. dada.” and she looked out the window at hc. i was like, ‘hmmmmm. does she really know it’s hc?’. well, i decided to walk around the restaurant again and see if she would say it again. yup. she did. we walked back up to the window and she said, “dada. dada.” as she looked right at hc. i did it a third time!!! i finally caved in and admitted that was her first word. i wouldn’t have agreed if she really didn’t know what it meant but i have to say, she did and does. wahhhhhhhhhh.

after lunch, we decided to walk around town. gah! what a failure. it was sooooo hot. so hot. we only did one short lap and called it quits. i couldn’t wait to get back into the jeep to have the wind blowing through my hair. all in all, it was still a great afternoon. i am so glad we got outside even tho it was like an inferno. hahaha!

via tandeminlove.com

[ellie’s first jeep ride!]

via tandeminlove.com

[coolest girl in the world]

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

[before i melt]

via tandeminlove.com

[some drink i don’t remember what it’s called but it was delicious]

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

[this precious face]

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

[melting from the heat]

via tandeminlove.com

xoxo

catch up

it was time for another reunion with the s family! we love getting together with kim, brady, brooklyn, and soon to be new addition baby s!

i grabbed a coffee and hit the road. we cruised there, i mean cruised there!!! the kennedy renovations were completed and whoa! what a difference does it make! the roads were open, there wasn’t a construction zone speed limit, and no congestion to fight through.

i arrived in the area so early {for a change!}, i decided to stop for gas and take my sweet time because i always find myself driving like a maniac, hoping i’m not too late {to any engagement}! hahaha!

as i pulled up onto to her driveway, sweet brooklyn was peering out the window! that was so cute and a wonderful first reception. typically, it’s brady looking out the window but on this day, we were graced with brooklyn’s pretty mug.

olive excitedly walked up to the door and we busted through her front entry way! hugs were exchanged and the fun began! brooklyn was obsessed with ellie and olive immediately ran to all the toys. brady was being shy, and kim and i started o catch up with all sorts of life adventures.

let me tell you, kim is so preggo and so darn cute with that baby belly, that it makes me miss mine. well, i still have a bit of leftover pudge from being pregnant but that’s not the same. haha!

i may say this a thousand times but i love hanging out with this mama. she’s a sweetheart, we have so much in common {from similar timelines of life or to our disposition on many subjects} and we truly enjoy each other’s company. brady and olive play together so  well and brooklyn is currently obsessed with ellie…it was too darn cute to watch her ‘dote’ on her as ellie cried about brooklyn’s overly affectionate ways. plus, i found out a cute fact: ever since brady had met ellie when she was a newborn {maybe a week old?}, he’s called every baby he’s seen since, ellie. how freakin’ cute is that?!

after many hours of us chatting, the time had come for us to leave. ellie needed a nap and we didn’t want to be in the thick of rush hour traffic. so, we said our goodbyes – my favorite part because it’s so darn cute to watch brady and olive kiss and hug their farewells!

hopefully we can meet up with kim before she has another bundle of joy {due in july!}! cheers to great friends!

via tandeminlove.com

[the cutest friends!]

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

[brooklyn is obsessed with babies]

via tandeminlove.com

[cutest sequence of pics]

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

[my sweet friend]

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

[hugs and kisses goodbye]

xoxo

a simple outing

we had a quick, casual outing on a beautiful sunny day that turned out to be freezing cold and soooo windy in the early afternoon and then a warm day late afternoon! my, what a difference a few hours can make!

i met my dad and sister, thuy, for lunch out at the mall. we ate at a yummy restaurant and then decided to get donuts and coffee after our main meal. my dad could live off of doughnuts and coffee. ha! we were in a new part of the mall that is now a bunch of restaurants and it was pretty quiet and serene. we did a mini photo shoot with olive {natch}, ate doughnuts, sipped coffee, and enjoyed our peaceful moments together.

since my dad’s leg{s} have been bothering him, we decided to not venture out too far. thuy and i wanted to hit up anthropologie but it was too far for my dad to walk so we decided to call it quits. besides, they had more errands to run and i didn’t mind heading home with the kiddos. it was nice just to get out for a bit but honestly, with two kiddos and one being so young, you’re bound to time frames! well, i choose to be committed because i prefer for my kids to have a routine.

i love that ellie can nap at 10am and 2-3pm and olive will occassionly nap in the afternoon {depending on her wake up time & morning activities}. it limits our outings at times but hey…they are only this little for so long!

anyhoo, it was a great blip in our day. we loved seeing my dad and my sister for a bit and enjoyed the sunshine and fresh air!

via tandeminlove.com

[my sweet  babe]

via tandeminlove.com

[ellie enjoying being flipped around by auntie thuy]

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

[thuy thought it was a good idea for ellie to try her glasses, ellie – not so much. hahaha!]

via tandeminlove.com

[she loved her glasses so much!]

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

[stan’s donuts]

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

xoxo

hotlanta

my oh my! i have been waiting to write this story!

our trip to atlanta was amazing and cray at the same time! the amazing part was being in atlanta with our friends and enjoying the beautiful scenery all around us. the cray part was our traveling debacle and sick kids.

it starts with our uber ride to the airport. i was sitting next to olive and halfway to the airport, i noticed that she formed a red welt on her left cheek. i pointed it out to hc and he said it was probably a bug bite. i was perplexed. a bug bite?! there wasn’t a bug flying around in the cab nor did i really take my eyes off of her on the way there to see a bug biting her. well, it then disappeared. humph, ok.

we were in line at the security check in when olive did the potty dance. she had just come off a very bad bout with diarrhea and when baby girl needs to go to the bathroom, you take her immediately! never in my life did i ever have a reason to get out of the security line and, honestly, didn’t know what the protocol was. so, being in an urgent state to take my daughter to the restroom immediately, i jumped out of line and starting dodging underneath the stanchions. oh myyyyyyy goodness! three security men and a dog almost jumped me and olive! everyone was yelling at us – ‘whoa, whoa!’ and yelling other things at us, i didn’t hear or understand. i turned to the tsa lady manning the line and said, “my daughter needs to use the washroom!”, she then let us through. holy cow! i had no idea you couldn’t do that?!

once we were inside the bathroom stall, i pulled down olive’s pants and noticed her red skin and white raised welts running up and down her leg! i freaked out, i didn’t know what it was, so we walked out to hc and i showed him. he was worried. he went over to the AA counter and asked someone to come over to help us. they said they could call the paramedics and we said yes. we didn’t want to board an airplane if olive wasn’t well. we wanted to make sure she was ok before we went anywhere!

the AA folks were so accommodating. they said to not worry about our tickets and we were free to rebook, they even gave us a cab fare pass just in case we came back to the airport, and the ladies who helped us were so kind. while we were waiting for the paramedics, olive’s ‘rash’ was spreading everywhere. it was on her arm, then her other arm, then her other leg. her fingers and toes started swelling and turning purple. oh it wasn’t good. olive started crying because she didn’t like all the attention on her.

the paramedics came and we agreed to go with them to the emergency room. olive was so upset. they strapped her into the car seat inside the ambulance and she was crying. they were poking at her and trying to get her blood pressure, etc. and she was scared because i couldn’t be by her side. they made me sit across the truck, seat belted in. it was tough to not be able to console her. nothing is worse then seeing your baby upset and you can’t make it better! once they stopped treating her and the sirens were going, she was finally amused and started smiling!

we arrived at the hospital and she was put into a room. the doctors checked her out and basically said that she reacted to something in the environment and asked us repeatedly if we changed anything in her routine. no, no, no. the only thing different about that morning was the uber ride. we then concluded it was the dirtiest car we have ever been in! yuck!!!

we stayed in the hospital for an hour, the doctors wanted to monitor her and make sure her welts and rash settled down. they gave her some medicine and gave us the green light to fly. we checked out and called for a cab, which took almost a half hour to get to the hospital!

when we arrived, we went straight to the counter and gave them our story. they were looking at flights and the next flight out they could get us on was at 5:45! ugh! our initial flight was at 8:30am and we had been up since 5am! then the attendant told us that our original flight was still here! what?! are you kidding me?! they said it was delayed…holy delay! they contacted the plane and said that we were here and on our way. they pushed us to the front of the security line but that was when things got hairy.

one: we have kids, that means we are slower. it’s not like we were two adults rushing through easily. two: we have kids. hahaha. we had a stroller and a gazillion bags. three: they decided to check olive’s suitcase. arghhhhhhh. i forgot that she had full sized liquid items in there and when i packed it, i assumed we were going to check it – we didn’t. four: the gate was alllllllll the wayyyyyyy at the end of the airport. you try running that far with a stroller, two kids, and so many bags! we were running like turtles! once we got to our gate, the plane took off! are you keeeeeeding me?! hc was fuming!

he called AA and was trying to figure things out. we were rebooked onto the 5:45pm flight but they said we could try stand by at a 11:15am flight. bad news? it was allllllll the wayyyyyyy on the other side of the airport. holy cow. so we hauled ass to the other side, i think i walked miles that morning. once we arrived at the gate, we sat down and chilled for a second. i needed to pee but before we knew it, the attendant walked up to us and said we were on! ohmergawd. we then had to break down the stroller and get ourselves together because, honestly, i wasn’t expecting to be on this plane ride! they were giving hc a tough time with something, i really can’t remember what, but hc told us {me and ellie} to go ahead and board the plane.

i walked on with ellie and realized that we all had separated seats. olive was in the back, hc up front, and me in the middle of the plane. nope. that wasn’t going to work with olive. my daughter was not going to sit by herself. the attendants so kindly put hc and olive together and i sat next to this sweet man from romania who lived in london. what was also wonderful was the fact that a few people volunteered to switch their seats so we could be together!

let me tell you, i was so thankful the plane ride was so short. i didn’t get to go to the bathroom before we boarded and seriously had to pee soooooooo bad! ellie was fantastic throughout the first part of the plane ride until she became tired. {i always keep a paci in the diaper bag and didn’t think twice to check if it was still in there, so when we arrived at the airport, i rummaged through to find it and someone had taken it out of the bag!!!!!} i had no paci when ellie got tired, so there i was on the plane with a cranky, tired baby and no paci to soothe her. she screamed, cried, yelled, shrieked and i all i could do was shush her, calm her with my voice, and rock her. i couldn’t calm her down. she didn’t want to nurse. she was so upset! i finally started to forcefully rock her back and forth, back and forth {mind you, this plane we were on was sooooooo small} and it started to work. she started calming down and within minutes, she fell asleep! thank goodness!

we finally arrived in atlanta and that was when the fun began! it was warm, we were finally there, and we couldn’t wait to see everyone! we just wanted our traveling time to be over with! ellie was still cranky and hc and i were just spent. we got our rental car and once we were on the road…we could finally breathe and relax.

we arrived at johnny and janice’s gorgeous house and settled in. they were the most gracious hosts. janice had made little gift bags for both girls {how cute and sweet was that?!} and prepared the room and bathroom for us with fresh linens and towels. after we dropped off our luggage in the room, we sat back with drinks in our hands by their pool. wooooo hoooooo! we were so ready to relax and have fun!

unfortunately, a day later…ellie wasn’t feeling well either. the poor girl was screaming bloody murder when she had a bowel movement. we thought maybe she might have had what olive had prior to our trip, a virus that was causing olive to have severe diarrhea. after another day, we realized it wasn’t the same case and that ellie was suffering from either hemorrhoids or something of that sort. oh my, my poor poor baby girl. she was miserable. we had to take her to the urgent care to give her relief and to hopefully get her on the road to recovery. both olive and ellie were trading nights on who would be most miserable at night. it was a tough vacation. i think i slept less on our trip than i did at home!

well, we made it through. we, honestly, had a terrific time in atlanta! we fell in love with the area they live in and really enjoyed all the shops, restaurants, and quaint corners the city had to offer. it was absolutely gorgeous down there! johnny and janice have a sweet situation going on!

of course they were so wonderful and treated us like family! they were excellent hosts and showed us all the great little spots around town and made fun suggestions for us on the days we explored on our own. i loooooooved it down there, i truly did!

then came the day to leave, i was ready to get these babies on the road to recovery. i was super sad to leave but excited to go home because, truly, there is no place like home! i am sure everyone would agree with me! we headed on over to the airport and found our way around. we were trying to check our bags and check ourselves in but we were having difficulties. hc was trying to check olive in but something was malfunctioning…then a ticket printed out and i grabbed it, thinking it was her confirmation & boarding pass. we walked back and forth trying to get through security when a nice old man said, with our stroller, we could go through the special needs line. ok. soooooo we walked all the way back the way we came. oy!

the special needs line was amazing. everyone was sooooo stinkin’ nice and we basically cut in front of everyone! we arrived at our gate and settled in. we bought food, went to the bathroom, and we were ready! as they called our group, we got into line and when they asked for our tickets, i rummaged through my purse and pulled out what i had. it turns out that a receipt had printed out instead of a boarding pass for olive! we managed to get olive through security without a ticket! whaaaaaaa?! ugh. so hc told me to go ahead and get seated while he checked olive in. gahhhhhhh. he finally sat down with olive and as we were buckling in our seat belts, hc asked me if i put away olive’s suitcase. um, no. suitcase? what suitcase? sh*t. hc ran to the front of the plane and scanned the gate area to see if we left olive’s suitcase behind. nope.

seriously. we can’t do airports without a glitch! we were so perplexed! what the hell did we do with olive’s suitcase?! we back tracked our steps and realized that we left her suitcase on the conveyor belt at security. yup. we just walked away from it and never looked back. omergawd! i can’t believe we did that! so days after we were home, we finally tracked down her luggage and had it sent back to our house!

so, in the end…our traveling experience was freakin’ nuts but our actual vacation in atlanta was da bomb {as you will see in all the pictures}! we loved visiting them, loved hanging out with everyone, loved exploring the city, and love the A family. thank you to johnny and janice for being so generous, kind, awesome, and opening their home up to us! much love to y’all!

via tandeminlove.com

[olive ready to go and having fun at the airport she has a flummoxed look here because i was calling her name from afar and she had no idea where i was. hahaha!]

via tandeminlove.com

[checking out her goody bag]

via tandeminlove.com

*****

W E ‘ V E  L A N D E D

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

[ellie already throwing down beers, literally]

via tandeminlove.com

[johnny and janice’s beautiful backyard]

via tandeminlove.com

[their amazing pool]

via tandeminlove.com

[fitz the cute dog]

via tandeminlove.com

[their gorgeous outdoor dining area]

via tandeminlove.com

[dining area]

via tandeminlove.com

[the beautiful gazebo with a fireplace]

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

[delicious made to order pizza]

*****

S H O P P I N G  T I M E

via tandeminlove.com

[she woke up and found the toys]

via tandeminlove.com

[baby bed head hair]

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

[opening up their welcome gifts!]

via tandeminlove.com

[olive loved watching fitz]

via tandeminlove.com

[her hair was getting wild from the the heat and humidity!]

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

[we loved ponce city market!]

via tandeminlove.com

[how sweet were these girls holding hands?!]

via tandeminlove.com

[apparently this is where you go up in an elevator and there’s an arcade and such upstairs]

via tandeminlove.com

[you can never have too many macarons]

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

[delicious little french bakery]

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

[i loved these pink chairs]

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

[she really wanted the red/pink lollipop]

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

[i told her she could have her lollipop after a bathroom break and she immediately gave me this look! hahaha!]

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

[she was so stinkin’ cute licking it! she licked it almost straight through the middle]

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

[some very cool bikes at a very cool store we were shopping at]

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

[this babe. she did this all on her own! what a model!]

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

[oh these babes! they were all so cute!]

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

[oh how we love this beautiful family!]

via tandeminlove.com

*****

P O O L  D A Y

via tandeminlove.com

[flexing her muscles]

via tandeminlove.com

[poolside babe]

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

[nice sunglasses]

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

[the most delicious nachos, tasty beverage, and must have shades]

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

[she’s sooooooo darn sweet]

via tandeminlove.com

*****

D I N N E R

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

[my sweet girls]

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

*****

G E O R G I A  A Q U A R I U M

via tandeminlove.com

[good morning!]

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

[she was so excited]

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

[this fish was HUGE]

via tandeminlove.com

[this whale shark was freakin’ amazing!]

via tandeminlove.com

[hc had to try the gin and tonic in a can!]

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

[my smiley babe]

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

[waiting in line to get her face painted]

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

[she was talking to the lady but also a bit anxious]

via tandeminlove.com

[she was such a good girl]

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

[the lady said close your eyes…she complied, hahaha!]

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

[beautiful seahorse!]

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

*****

E X P L O R E

via tandeminlove.com

[breakfast at sweet melissa’s]

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

[she thought it was funny to put everything on her head]

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

[little shop of stories]

via tandeminlove.com

[the cutest cards]

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

xoxo

daaaaaana

my darling dana came to visit us!

we were so ready to meet up with her at our favorite stomping ground in chicago but olive had gotten really sick. so there was no going out at.allllll. dana so kindly came to visit us at home and it turned out to be a perfect afternoon.

i ordered food for us to be delivered…i made sure dana had options since she was observing passover and could only eat certain foods. we then giggled, chatted up a storm, and just chillaxed…oh, i so needed that. especially since olive had not been feeling well and it was a bit of a rough week for all of us.

i absolutely love this girl. she’s funny, quirky, real, raw, hilarious, sweet, kind, thoughtful…um, she possesses every quality of a great, true friend. no judgement, no anger, no accusations, no bean counting, just real, awesome friendship. we don’t talk all the time, we don’t see each other all the time, and we don’t worry about it ever. we know that when we do, it’s always the same yet not the same…consistent like a three star michelin restaurant. hahaha!

olive warmed up to dana and ellie just likes everyone so it was a win win situation for everyone! after hours and hours of laying around, dana needed to hit the road and try her best to avoid the terrible traffic back home. she was so brave coming out to us on a friday afternoon and if anyone knows one thing about chicago, no one wants to drive anywhere on a friday afternoon!

i was sad to part ways with her but until next time my darling dana. we will meet again and have the best time together once again!

via tandeminlove.com

[hey girl]

via tandeminlove.com

[pajama day]

via tandeminlove.com

[olive insisted that i took pictures of her gummy bears!]

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

[me and my cutie babe]

via tandeminlove.com

[dana and olive]

via tandeminlove.com

[sweetest ladies]

via tandeminlove.com

[passover perfect meal]

via tandeminlove.com

[hi]

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

xoxo

easter pre-game

we had quite the eventful day before easter!

one, it was hc’s birthday and two, it’s easter! we love to do fun things like decorate easter eggs and participate in fabulous easter egg hunts!

it was all very last minute because olive had been sick for a few days prior to this and we could not get out of the house with her. poor thing was glued to the toilet, so no easter egg hunt outings or anything of that sort due to her not feeling well.

i scrambled to put together something…we didn’t have any food to host with, nor did i even decorate! ha! i thought i was going to get away with not decorating for easter but then we, last minute, decided to have our family over and how could i not decorate to create a little bit of a festive environment?! sphhh, hello…it’s me. so there i was in the morning, hanging banners, pulling out fun decor, and filling easter eggs. {let alone, i had to make a quick or tried to make a quick trip to the grocery store too!}

my family came over and we sipped lemonade, ate a simple lunch, and hunted for & decorated easter eggs! the weather was a m a z i n g!!! seriously, it was so beautiful out! the kids had a blast searching for the eggs and opening up their goodies to find toys, candies, and money inside!

after all that, we then opened up easter gifts! {of course we saved olive’s basket for the morning because the easter bunny needed to drop that one off} the kids were so excited and spoiled rotten. gosh, we tend to do that with every special occasion. when you have that many family members…it can get cray with the gifts!

overall, it was truly a wonderful day! we celebrated hc, we celebrated easter, and we were all able to spend some great family time together! until next year my bunnies!

via tandeminlove.com

[easter prep]

via tandeminlove.com

[my new favorite glasses]

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

[we wished hc a happy birthday!]

via tandeminlove.com

[super aunty thuy created the prettiest french braid for miss o]

via tandeminlove.com

[always the yummiest]

via tandeminlove.com

[hc’s easter birthday cake]

via tandeminlove.com

[tulips are so pretty]

via tandeminlove.com

[easter egg hunt!]

via tandeminlove.com

[the contestants]

via tandeminlove.com

[olive finding the eggs!]

via tandeminlove.com

[this way!]

via tandeminlove.com

[run!]

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

[dada helping olive out]

via tandeminlove.com

[ellie famous face with aunty kim]

via tandeminlove.com

[levitating eggs]

via tandeminlove.com

[checking out her goodies]

via tandeminlove.com

[happy birthday hc!]

via tandeminlove.com

[raspberry lemonade refresher]

via tandeminlove.com[silly rabbit]

via tandeminlove.com

[bunnies]

via tandeminlove.com

[ready to dye easter eggs]

via tandeminlove.com

[i love how excited olive is!]

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

[she did so well!]

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

[she loved her pink decorated egg!]

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

[eggcited for easter gifts!]

via tandeminlove.com

[baby ellie opening her gifts from aunty thuy]

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

xoxo

train station lunch

it was a lazy sunday morning and we wanted to do something fun with olive {and ellie of course, but ellie is just a baaaaaby!}.

we decided to hit downtown glen ellyn and go to the train restaurant. we scored a parking spot right next to the restaurant and there was a tiny bit of a wait but no worries, olive spotted the mechanical horse and became fixated! she was so excited to get on the horse and i was so excited to see her do so! i love it when i see the joy exude from her face. i took so many pics because it made my heart full to see her many expressions, showing the different emotions she was feeling. i chose these two pics that best showcase her joy!

she also loved putting a quarter in the ‘gum’ball machine to receive a toy! i loved all this newness that she was experiencing, it was melting my heart!

we were finally seated and she was loving the train! she was so good, she was sitting right next to the tracks but she never once tried to touch the train or did she ever get in the way of the train when it rolled by. she barely sat down and was so mesmerized by all the quirkiness the restaurant had to give.

after we devoured our mediocre lunch, i ordered ice cream for olive. now, she’s not really into ice cream…yes, i knoooooow! how could that be?! but yes, she doesn’t care for it too much but i couldn’t pass up vanilla ice cream with sprinkles on top! besides that, it also came with a pink train!!! now that was something olive loved! as soon as the ice cream cup was served, her hand snatched up the pink train immediately!

shortly after, we left the restaurant to walk around the downtown area. the downside? pretty much all the shops were closed on sundays…what a bummer! so, we decided to walk around the neighborhood and just enjoy the great weather.

it was a perfect afternoon and we had such a great time hanging out together and exploring the quaint little area. i know olive had a great time at the restaurant and i can’t wait to take her back to enjoy it again!

via tandeminlove.com

[first thing we see…the mechanical horse! olive had to ride it!]

via tandeminlove.com

[she was sooooooo excited!]

via tandeminlove.com

[me and my babe]

via tandeminlove.com

[she’s always so happy!]

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

[first time getting something out a ‘gum’ball machine]

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

[excited for her surprise]

via tandeminlove.com

[she got a mini dinosaur! she loved it!]

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

[here comes the train serving the food!]

via tandeminlove.com

literally loving the bells and whistle]

via tandeminlove.com

[there goes the train!]

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

[mmmm, pink lemonade]

via tandeminlove.com

[my precious babe]

via tandeminlove.com

[olive couldn’t wait to pluck off her pink train!]

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

[she tried to scoop the ice cream but it was a little bit hard]

via tandeminlove.com

[so dada helped out!]

xoxo

children’s museum

a sunday crept up on us and can you believe that we didn’t have anything really planned?! it was a sunny, nice day out and we definitely wanted to get out and do something fun! our initial plan was to go to the zoo but it was just a little bit too chilly to stand outside for hours so we found a local children’s museum.

it was close by and we have never visited it before! we did our usual morning routine – wake, nurse, feed olive, coffee, chill, and repeat. we squeezed in a nap for ellie…well, we tried. she was a bit fussy and didn’t get a good shut eye in, so we decided to leave for the museum.

we arrived in no time and it wasn’t that crowded. we started to explore and honestly, it was a very odd feeling being there. let me explain…i just felt that parents weren’t friendly. i immediately felt a strange vibe from everyone. i would make eye contact and smile and other moms would not smile and look away. hmmmmm. unfriendly!

another annoying factor were the parents that didn’t watch their kids or care that they acted inappropriately…such as not wait their turn, not share, hog an activity, or the one that irks me the most – big kids who overtake the little ones. that gets under my skin. i become super irritated! also, the whole area was sooooo dirty. as expected but i could feel the germs and viruses bouncing off my skin. blech!

i must say, hc and i didn’t have the best experience there. of course olive loved it but we were so turned off. we were blown away at how rude some of the older kids were with the little kiddos around, how removed the parents were. don’t get me wrong, olive did her best to fend for herself and i believe to let her do her own thing and not be a helicopter mom but the big kids were bugging me although not as much as their unaware parents!

ok…venting done. we did stay for a few hours and then called it quits. olive had a ton of fun and really enjoyed herself, honestly – that is all that matters. we were happy we took her there but i don’t know if we will go there any time soon again! eep!

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

[checking out the fishes]

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

[having fun with light and colors]

via tandeminlove.com

[daddy helping her hour]

via tandeminlove.com

[if there’s a hole, she’ll crawl through it]

via tandeminlove.com

[she was having a blast with bar and mirror]

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

[the wind machine]

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

[stuffing the wind machine with kerchiefs]

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

[watching the scarves fly into the air]

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

xoxo

dinner party

our dear friend andrea invited us to a dinner party in celebration of her husband, jaime’s birthday. we love getting together with them; they are fun, funny, smart, and sweet as can be.

we come to find out that andrea had hired a chef for the evening to serve us dinner! how cool is that?! oh, it was going to be a fun, decadent evening! plus, it was a kid friendly party! woo hoo! double bonus!

we arrived on time and were greeted by jamie. olive was a bit overwhelmed and became super clingy and upset so i knew what would calm her down…toys! andrea and jamie have a ‘play area’ downstairs and i knew olive would get lost down there with all the fun items all around her! so, downstairs she went and we never saw her again! hahahaha!

we were immediately served champagne and hor d’oeuvres were plentiful ~ yum! don’t mind if i do! we mingled and visited with everyone while hc and i switched between holding ellie. we love their friends and have such a great time catching up with everyone. the chef was hard at work and i guzzled champagne and ate a lot of cheese ~ my weakness! we periodically checked on olive and continued to enjoy ourselves. did i mention that jamie and andrea have the most gorgeous home in chicago?! let me just say it’s so fabulous!

we were called to sit down for dinner and i was so excited to eat! the chef gave us details of each dish that was served. i loved that we were informed on ingredients of each delicious plate that we were about to consume. each portion served was a combination of wonderful flavors and eat bite made my mouth and mind happy! we had the best time at our table and the conversation was delightful, funny, and entertaining. gosh, i love moments like these!! great food, drinks, and friends, you just can’t go wrong!

oh my! we were having a great time! we made it through the end of the meal with two happy kids but it was almost nine thirty and we were ready to go. the kids were holding up great and were so good but we know our limits. it was almost ten o’clock by the time we left and it was perfect. we had a fabulous night, the kids were in great spirits, and we left just in time!

we had such a wonderful evening! thank you to jamie and andrea for inviting us over for jamie’s birthday dinner! it was fun, fabulous, delicious, and perfect!

cheers to amazing friendships!

via tandeminlove.com

[the pretty table setting]

via tandeminlove.com

[the menu for the evening]

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

[daddy and daughter]

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

[aren’t these ladies by my side so pretty?!]

via tandeminlove.com

[appetizers and plenty of booze…mmmmmm]

via tandeminlove.com

[party time]

via tandeminlove.com

[the chef for the evening]

via tandeminlove.com

[bottomless glass…keep it coming!]

via tandeminlove.com

[feeding ellie before we feast]

via tandeminlove.com

[kathryn and ginger]

via tandeminlove.com

[these babes were being so cute together]

via tandeminlove.comvia tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

[hmmmm, i am so cute!]

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

[the chef explaining each entree]

via tandeminlove.com

[the delicious pomegranate salad]

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

[ellie entertaining herself during dinner]

via tandeminlove.com

[hostess with the mostess]

via tandeminlove.com

[baby, baby, baby!]

via tandeminlove.com

[main course]

via tandeminlove.com

via tandeminlove.com

[andrea with baby colin]

via tandeminlove.com

[creme brûlée]

via tandeminlove.com

[the man of the hour!]

via tandeminlove.com

xoxo