every day’s a sundae

our casual ice cream outing turned into a mad mess. LOL

i thought, oh – we should head out to every day’s a sundae! it’s so warm out and an ice cream treat would be perfect! hahahaha!

because of the limited number of people allowed inside the shop, we waited outside for a bit. so there we were, waiting in line…tick tock tick tock. it really did seem like a long time! then we read that only three people were allowed inside at a time. there was four of us, so i relented. i wasn’t feeling it for some reason…and i was the one who wanted to get ice cream! LOL really, it’s for the girls…it’s always for the girls.

anyhoo, it made sense for hc to go inside with the girls and let them pick something fun and yummy. after a few minutes, out they came with their cool treats! we decided to walk across the tracks to the fountain so the girls could enjoy that while eating their ice cream.

right as we got to the train crosswalk, a freight train came roaring by! it was so fun to watch and feel the energy and power of it whizzing by. the girls thought it was so cool!

we finally made it to the other side and that’s when all the ice cream craziness broke out. hc’s ice cream was spilling over the edge of his cup like it was running water. it dripped everywhere! out. of. control. i kept yelling ‘unprofessional’! i said to him, the first thing you do with a full ice cream cup is to scrape the lip of the cup and get all the ice cream that could melt over. he kept telling me he did. shyeah.

then ellie started dripping her ice cream everywhere! oh em gee. so i took over and was feeding her the ice cream. while i was scooping ice cream up for ellie. olive was like, ‘uh oh’. i turned around and she has tried to place her cup full of blue ice cream on the ledge but ended up putting half of it on the edge and it flipped over onto her dress and all down her leg and shoe. gahhhhhhh!

what. a. disaster. hc and i had to laugh. a scenic thought of getting ice cream on a warm summer day turned into a war with melting ice cream. haha! well, regardless, they finished their ice cream, we wiped our hands down, and proceeded to walk around downtown and soak in the gorgeous weather.

indeed it was a beautiful evening.

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[she’s so silly!]

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[enjoying some ice cream with dada]

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march, april, may oh my!

and the beat goes on!

14 weeks later and we’re still at home! well, kind of…we’ve enjoyed more playdates, dinners out, and general social distance get togethers {more on that later}. it’s now june and we’re in phase 3 of reopening illinois. my emotions are mixed because there’s so much we don’t know in general and such high emotional energy stirring. there are a lot of questions and not enough answers. this moment in time we are experiencing is unprecedented and ever evolving. we’re doing our best to keep up, keep sane, keep educated, and keep positive!

on a great note, we’ve done so much while at home and i love it. i’m sharing a gazillion pictures with you, as it captures some of the things we were able to do but not everything! there were moments i needed to be and not snap away constantly at the situation but i’m happy with what little snippets i was able to take and share! these are all picutres from phase 2, before we hit phase 3 in june.

the biggest moment we’ve experienced during quarantine was olive learning how to ride a bike!!! she mastered it last month after three tries! she practiced on a balance bike for a few weeks and then boom! she was riding on her own. i introduced the big girl bike and she was nervous practicing on it. i then worked with her another day and she was still scared {the bike is a hand me down from her big sis…so it was an inch or so too high. which didn’t help her fear factor}. i saw her balancing but the multitasking overwhelmed her. a few times she was riding on her own but still afraid. then she asked me to try, for a third time, on another day. this was it!!! she did it! i was so proud of her!!! she was ecstatic and couldn’t believe she was riding a bike! total proud mom moment right there.

i hope you enjoy the pictures as much as we enjoyed living the moments!

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[playing lots of games! this was a spin off of the princess and the pea. we supported our local shop called fair game!]

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[supporting their aunt and uncle in their mask making business: miss tashina.com]

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[the new way to celebrate – birthday parades. sass not included]

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[i was taking a pic, so she decided to do some tricks. LOL]

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[getting fancy and ready to decorate cookies]

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[yummy yummy cookies!]

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[she’s so darn sweet]

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[the goodies]

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[always so detailed and careful]

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[she’s always so proud of her creations]

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[she’s really good at eating what she decorates. LOL]

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[the final products]

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[her riding outfit of choice]

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[she loves her balance bike]

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[i’m singing in the rain…just singing in the rain. what a glorious feeling, i’m happy again!]

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[flower shopping on mother’s day]

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[ellie is definitely olive’s shadow]

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[give a squeeze…she loves her big sister]

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[wash yer hands!]

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[fort building every day…she loved her bed one and her toes sticking out couldn’t be cuter!]

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[how cute are they and their shirts?! they tie dyed it themselves!]

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[i love them so much]

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[ughhhh, please don’t mind the artificial light ruining the color of the picture but notice how darn cute these two bakers are!]

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[testing out the cookie dough]

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[loving the cookie dough]

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[proud of their results]

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[olive was like, “i don’t like chocolate chip cookies” uhhhh what? she loved it]

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[cookie monster]

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[i can’t with these shirts]

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olive’s kindergarten promotion!

wow! my girl has been promoted to first grade! hooray!

as a broken record sounds, the end of the school year was not as expected but we made the most of it! olive didn’t have her typical promotion ceremony at school, as they prerecorded the event and we logged on to view it.

nevertheless, we celebrated at home, together. as i watched the video, i didn’t expect to cry but i totally did! it filled my heart with joy to see the memories displayed, to hear the teachers and administrative’s words, to know that my girl was going into the big school was too much to handle!

olive worked so hard during the school year and with her home learning. i can’t express enough how amazing she was with her school work and how she woke up every day excited to learn. she was determined, she applied herself, and she really enjoyed everything we did. i hope her attitude, excitement, and joy never fades with anything she encounters.

to commemorate this special occasion, i bought a cap and gown, balloons, and made a balloon arch to capture this milestone in her life. we had fun taking pictures and she loved throwing her cap into the air! we did it over and over as she laughed every time it hit the ground. she squealed in laughter when the cap landed on a balloon and popped!

olive, you are kind, sweet, thoughtful, inquisitive, mindful, honest, patient, loving and beyond amazing in every way. i am so blessed to have a daughter like you and i am truly honored to call you mine. as you start your new journey this coming school year, i pray that it is filled with just as much hope, laughter, and joy as you give those around you.

congratulations my dear! you will accomplish many great things!

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[she’s ready for first grade!]

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last day of…school?!

we ended our season of home learning!

march 13. the day our school announced that we would be taking a longer break. spring break turned into a three week break to be exact. it was two weeks before our actual vacation and we thought…we’re not cancelling…yet. bahhhhahahaha! little did we know.

sadly we did cancel our trip and olive was so disappointed. poor thing cried and that broke my heart. she was looking forward to beach time, pool time, hotel time. i don’t know anyone in life that loves a hotel more than this girl. she lives for vacations. hahaha!

well, bring on the home learning life. in my previous post, i stated how easy it was for us. i, we loved it. really, olive and i loved it. ellie was along for the ride. LOL she was interested because her big sister was and that’s enough for me.

i am so grateful for this time spent with my two daughters. i absolutely enjoyed it. i always say this before i say what i am going to say next. of course i am biased but i am extremely aware on how they behave and i will always be the first to ensure they are polite, nice, kind, thoughtful, and inclusive of others. it’s so important to me and if they are not…i will be the first to say something. i’ll call my kids a** holes, yes i will, but the truth is, they are so freakin’ good. yes, they are. they are such wonderful kids. yes, they bicker, yes they cry, but yes, they are so pleasant and so fun to be around. i could sit with them non stop {as i do because i am their parent and we aren’t going ANYwhere without them right now} and loved almost every second. when i needed some time to myself…they gave it to me. i am so amazed and thankful for them.

anyways, the last day of school was bittersweet. i loved having something to do every day and was so excited to have nothing to do all day. i am not very good with waking up early nor i am good if i have something to do in the morning. truth be told. so no school was so cool! yes, cheesy…i know but seriously i cherish our slow days.

we ended the last day of school with relaxation, time outside, and fun times together. we’re excited for a fun filled summer with pool time, popsicles outside, and lazy days!

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[no words! though she did grow almost 3 inches between september through may!]

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daddy daughter dance date night

with all that has been going on and so many things being cancelled or put on hold…we were looking forward to the daddy daughter dance but alas, that was cancelled as well with our shelter in place going until the end of april {at least} – side note – LOL i wrote this post just the other day…ahem…we are now SIP until the end of may!!! so, no loss there…we decided to host our very own daddy daughter dance!

again, what to do when you don’t go out to get anything or more so, nothing is really open. LOL thank goodness i love hoarding party stuff. i rummaged through my stash and found that i have a billion tassel garlands! how pretty would that look?! i hung them from the ceiling with my new wall safe tape that hc so lovingly loves. i pulled the balloon garland in from outside that i got for hc’s birthday and and put up some honeycomb balls to make it feel festive!

i ordered a corsage from a local flower shop too! i felt that made it feel real and complete. i thought about it last minute and searched for a shop that was open and found one a few miles away. i called them and the lady on the phone was so sweet, despite the fact that they were closing up in an hour. she walked me through the options and we landed on a peach corsage that would be a great match to olive’s dress. she said that if i came in 20 minutes, she would have it ready to be picked up and that if i came then…she would go home afterwards! LOL i gathered the girls and rushed over. i called her 5 minutes earlier than expected and she had it ready and ran it out!

we got home and waited until early evening to start our dance party. hc got ready, olive got ready and ellie and i stayed in our pj’s. hahaha! olive was so excited to receive her corsage…she thought it was so beautiful and it matched her dress perfectly!

we got the party started! they slow danced, fast danced, break danced, had dance off’s and i got to judge! hc was full of laughable moves, like the running man, walk like an egyptian move, moonwalking and the worm. i think that last move knocked him out {physically…cause he is old popcorn} and he was pretty much done for the night. hahaha! while they retired their dancing shoes on the couch, i made a pasta carbonara with pancetta dinner and for dessert, the girls had pink cotton candy and chocolate treats!

overall, it was a pretty successful night! we had the best time and i know olive did too! cheers to making memories no matter what the situation may hold!

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[she’s the cutest]

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[she loves to pose]

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[she’s so dramatic]

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[olive’s corsage]

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[ready to boogie down!]

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[dancing away in her pj’s]

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quarantine easter ’20

first easter in my life where i did not spend it with my extended family! as you saw in the previous post about our situation with covid-19…it’s been several weeks of unknown, unfamiliar territory.

let’s be clear…i am not scared. i am not upset. i’m not living in fear but i understand that what we are doing is for the greater good of our world. i’ve loved our time home and if that’s what we need to do to flatten the curve, then so be it. i’m quite content.

celebrating the rise of Christ was so good. we started the morning off with easter baskets and gifts. the girls loved their presents! they spent some time opening up their treasures and then we ran outside for the easter egg hunt!

it had rained the day before, so we figured it would be safe to have the hunt outside and it was suppose to be 55 degrees, which was a great temp for us to hold this outdoors.

after the egg hunt, we came inside to open up all the colorful eggs to see what toys or candy it held inside! after playing around a bit with their egg hunt favors, we all got dressed up for the day and watched sunday easter mass via online.

we had our easter brunch catered through foxtail in downtown downers grove and all we had to do was heat it up! while we were preparing our meal, we were also waiting for the easter bunny to arrive!

a month back, our favorite shop, waterlemon offered easter bunny visits through their site! when i saw that, i thought hell yes! how awesome would that be with us not being able to visit the bunny this year but to have the bunny come to us?! i was on it.

as we were waiting for our food to warm up, the bunny arrived! we started screaming for the girls to come upstairs! olive rushed up and ellie was perplexed. we said, ‘the eater bunny is here!” and ellie was like no thank you. she said, “i scared! i scared!” well, we didn’t care. LOL we all rushed out and left ellie behind and she had no choice but to follow us outside.

oh what a treat! the bunny was waiting with balloons and gifts and asked if olive and ellie were around! olive was SOOOO excited! she was jumping up and down, so ecstatic to see the easter rabbit and so excited the bunny knew their names. the bunny was so sweet and loving towards the girls. they exchanged a few words and ellie busted out, “where are your carrots?!” hahaha! the bunny so wisely responded with, “i ate them for breakfast!” the visit was short, sweet, and socially distance. what i loved most was that ellie has always been afraid of life sized character costumes and she totally warmed up to the bunny…we are breaking through!

wow…it was such a fun 10 minutes of our day! the neighbors all came out to catch a glimpse and the bunny visit put a smile on everyone’s face!

afterwards, we all went inside to a delicious easter brunch and relaxed on the couch, in our jammies, for the rest of the day!

check out all the pics from our easter week!

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B U N N Y  C R A F T

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[ready to paint!]

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[blue…her FAVORITE color]

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[my sweet girl getting so big!]

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[full focus]

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[this girl is full of funny faces…she knew i was snapping a pic and wanted to display how hard she was concentrating and working on her artwork]

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[finished product]

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E A S T E R  W E E K  F U N

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[ellie’s easter shelfie]

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[easter bunny lunch]

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[easter basket goodies]

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[i love creating their baskets]

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B U N N Y  C I N N A M O N  R O L L S

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[yummy cinnamon bunny rolls]

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[olive’s creation]

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[ellie’s creation]

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[she’s like – what you looking at?! LOL]

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E A S T E R  E G G  D Y I N G

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[she’s been on either a cat kick or purple hair kick]

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[i was very surprised at how well ellie did with dying her eggs!]

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[she’s wild and sweet]

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[first batch]

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[painting]

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[working hard with the glue, glitter, and confetti]

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[olive’s batch]

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[watercolor]

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S A T U R D A Y  M O R N I N G  F U N

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[i had this donut decorating kit delivered to our house!]

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[they ate more than they used on the donuts]

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[working so diligently on her creations]

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[the girl’s works of art]

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[thumbs up yummy!]

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[we packed up donuts for our neighbors!]

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E A S T E R  S U N D A Y

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[easeter goodies]

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[excitement]

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[she loves her walk a lot unicorn]

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[she was excited to get this minnie mouse phone]

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[olive’s glitter chalk easter eggs]

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[gummi’s]

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[easter dress]

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E A S T E R  E G G  H U N T

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[ready to hunt eggs! i told hc to make it easy but i didn’t expect him to just dump the eggs in the middle of the yard. LOL]

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[going through her goodies]

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E A S T E R  B U N N Y

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[my sweet babes]

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[here comes the easter bunny!]

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[waving from afar]

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E A S T E R  B R U N C H

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[bunny cookie from foxtail]

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[bb’s baby donuts! so good!]

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[grapefruit mimosas]

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covid-19 hibernation

well, this isn’t necessarily a fun post to write about but definitely worth documenting, as this unprecedented moment in our lives will permanently change how we will forever interact.

we had our first public cases in the u.s, in january, a few here and there. then it really started to gain traction in february…we all had heard about the virus ravaging china and of course, with us being so far away, you don’t think it will effect you. typical, right? it started in wuhan, china and soon it was spreading across the world, within a month, hitting countries like italy, iran, spain, and germany hard.

come march and it was getting serious. the cases were popping everywhere and the virus was spreading fast across the united states. washington state’s cases were multiplying and soon you could see that densely populated and urban travel areas were becoming hot zones.

governor pritzker officially closed all illinois schools starting march 17th but olive and ellie’s school closed that friday before on the 13th. we were told to socially distance ourselves. stay home if possible, don’t gather in large groups. keep 6 ft apart, person to person. then after that, with st. patrick’s day weekend upon us, pritzker was upset that too many people were out and about celebrating in large groups, bar crawls, full restaurants, etc. he then closed down all the bars and restaurants! he mandated a shelter in place starting march 21st. we were to stay home, unless you worked for an essential business. you could go to the grocery store, get gas, help care for an elderly person, or take a walk outside but he stressed how we should limit our exposure to others and remain inside our homes if possible.

well, we’ve been home now for several weeks and literally at home. i ventured out to the grocery stores, maybe twice but haven’t set foot in one in weeks. hc works for an essential business so he’s been at work everyday and he’s picked up groceries if we needed to get a supply of milk or eggs.

i started homeschooling olive the first week she was out and i was a mess. just trying to find our routine, what was right, and what worked for us. i questioned how i was going to be effective, was i suppose to keep the same routine? there was a lot of grey and no answers and with the weight of the world coming down; there were definitely some sad, hard moments. i know a lot of mamas out there were thrown for a loop with school being out. we became teachers overnight, there were those of us who were working from home and trying to homeschool. we are moms {and that’s a full time job!} who all of a sudden had to juggle a lot more with kids being home 24/7!

come the second week of us hibernating, we found our niche. we started a great ‘schedule’ and it’s completely worked for us. we or should i say i am not an early riser. never was, never will be. when i finally get up…sometimes the girls are just doing their own thing {hc will usually get them ready in the morning with breakfast} and i will get ready, start a cup of coffee {yes, i gave up starbucks…S H O C K I N G} and then i get the girls to do some e-learning {usually by 10 am}. they usually do this for an hour {sometimes they are so excited that it goes on for longer…they really love the program we use!} and then we take a snack break. after snack time, we move onto worksheets provided by the teacher. i have ellie write out her name while olive completes her worksheets. we do everything the teacher asks…so if there is a story to be read, video to be watched, game to be played, we do what’s on the teacher’s agenda. i also had and purchased some additional learning activity books for olive, so we do that too!

as a group, one of our mom friends suggested that the kids zoom together once a day to help break up our day, for the kiddos to see each other, and just feel like we are in this together! so every day, for a couple weeks. we log on at 1pm. while olive is on the call, i prepare lunch and then after the half hour call, the girls take a lunch break and ‘recess’. we then move onto more worksheets or activity books that we didn’t finish. depending on the day or we will do her ‘special’ classes, such as p.e., art {which is pretty much every day}, music, spanish, and technology!

while olive is working on her schoolwork, ellie is typically learning how to write her name, learning the alphabet, colors, or words. while olive works on her own, i will do flashcards with ellie and help her practice her writing. ellie is usually engaged 2 hours a day…which is more than what she experiences with her regular school schedule. i feel great that she is involved and will keep her interested as long as i can!

once that is all complete, we then do the hail mary or the our father together {mainly to teach ellie…olive has it down pat}, the sign of the cross, read a chapter in the bible, pray together and then call it a day!

i’m pretty happy with our routine and every day is different. i have found i’m not very montessori and prefer a more structured day/routine but, overall, it feels great to see the girls love for learning and inspiration to work.

there are days were it feels surreal and moments were it hits me like a ton of bricks that this is our new reality. at this point, imo, staying home is the only true defense we have to stop the spreading of the virus as there isn’t a vaccine, yet. i miss my parents, mom, sisters, brothers, friends, school, pretty much everything we did on the daily. but i love, love, love this time with my girls…this family time is amazing. the girls are so sweet and special and melt my heart. i am so fortunate to be blessed with this tribe i call my family.

here’s a little questionnaire i asked olive to answer!

what’s your name? olive

 how old are you? {and 4 months}

how old is your mom? 99

what’s your favorite color? rose gold

what’s your favorite food? toaster strudel

who’s your best friend? madison and leyah

what’s your favorite song? elsa in frozen II, into the unknown and show yourself

what do you like to watch on t.v.? ryan’s world

what’s your favorite animal? cheetah

what makes you happy? hugs and kisses

where is your favorite place? all aboard diner

what do you want to be when you grow up? an artist

who loves you the most? family…dada, kiki, ellie, ba, rimma, gramma….people i love

what does your mom do all day? clean, work on the computer, on her phone, drinks wine

where does money come from? dada! kiki only has a credit card!

where do you live? illinois

where did you come from? from inside kiki but God made me

what’s your favorite number? 9

what’s your favorite toy? bunny

where do babies come from? mommy’s tummy and God

if you could have one thing in the entire world, what would it be? my family…God’s family

what kind of car do you want? blue

why are you so cute? cause of my parents and God loves me

what does daddy do all day? lay down, never move, text, and play games

what is your favorite thing you got for christmas? ryan’s world treasure chest

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[zoom fun with her classmates!]

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[lots and lots of snuggle time!]

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[spreading some love and hope while we stay in]

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[at home shenanigans]

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[their new thing is reenacting everything they watch]

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[t.v. time]

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[she totally looks up to her sister]

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[working hard on writing her name!]

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[completing her school worksheets]

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[yay to learning]

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[a lot of time like this…]

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[heading out to a doctor’s appointment]

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[southport avenue…desolate and quiet on a sunny, warm day]

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[olive said she was making an angry bear face…LOL]

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[bubbles alllllll day]

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[christmas pj’s, messy hair don’t care]

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[finding random treasures in the yard]

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[crafting galore…we’re always trying something different and fun with what we have on hand!]

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[ellie saw a kids ghoul movie and became obsessed with the main character’s purple hair…there you go.]

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[a lot of chalk time!]

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[e learning with vids from her teacher!]

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ellie’s first haircut

ellie had her first haircut! {pre-shelter in place}

at 3.8 years old…girlfriend had her first cut! olive had hers at 5 years of age but things go so much faster when you have an older sister to inspire you!

olive had been wanting to get her haircut for awhile. she likes it long and her hair grows so fast, but it was getting too long and dried at the ends that it was so hard to brush! every time i brushed her hair, it sounded like a scene out of a horror movie and someone was getting axed to death. LOL

i promised her we would go to get it cut. week after week and month after month went by but it was so low on my priority list, i kept forgetting to make an appointment. i finally put a reminder in my phone and called the shop and secured an appointment for olive. while we were talking about it, miss ellie said she wanted to get her haircut too! i asked her repeatedly because there are so many times she tells me she wants to do something but it all ends up being a farce.

we arrived for their appointments and i asked ellie if she wanted to get her haircut. she said no. typical. i coaxed her and she continued to say no. when miss keisha was ready for her, she reluctantly went. miss keisha was super reassuring and enticed ellie with shows on an iPad and ellie gingerly got into the chair.

she started smiling, seemed comfortable and ready to get her hair chopped! miss keisha asked us how much we wanted to cut off and we showed her where. she measured how much we wanted to cut lop off and it was 7 inches! miss keisha got her scissors warmed up and off went her hair! ellie was quite happy and it looked great! oh, i really loved how it looked! her hair looked so short, cute and fresh!

afterwards, olive had her haircut and she cut off seven inches too! now they both have shorter hair and they both look adorable. i do love how easy it is to maintain the shorter do! the girls love it and olive is not screaming bloody murder when i brush her hair in the morning either! hahaha!

of course, the girls didn’t leave the ‘salon’ without lollipops and a toy! no wonder they love that place so much!

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[ready but not so ready for her first haircut!]

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[here we go!]

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[she cut off 7 inches!]

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[happy with the results]

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[my sweetie…super happy with her haircut experience]

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[she had 7″ chopped off too!]

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goldfish party

we had such a fun goldfish party at the elmhurst location {pre shelter in place}! they invited all social partners with the brand in the chicagoland area in, just to celebrate – it was so sweet and thoughtful of them! the kids got to swim with a ton of creative fun floats, take pics in a photo booth, eat pizza, down rootbeer floats, color, paint, and see the goldfish mascot! they put together a serious party! i adored how much effort and thought went into it and all the details were so festive.

again, i apologize for the picture quality, as i downloaded the wrong size and had no effort to re do. LOL

ellie had no interest in swimming and olive was ready to go. she had a choice to take the swim test and pass or just choose to put on a floatation vest. olive chose to take the test. the lifeguard had her do a series of different techniques and she…….passed! now, she isn’t the strongest swimmer and if it was all deep water, she would have a vest on but she was in an area where she could stand and hc had his eyes on her at all times too. they did have three lifeguards watching all the kids, which was fantastic.

while olive swam, ellie and i spent some quality time together having fun watching her or taking pics in the photo booth. they let the kids swim for 45 minutes or so and then called them out to get ready for some grub. they served pizzas and juice and everyone was happy except ellie. she doesn’t like pizza. at. all. so i offered to pay for a bag of pirate’s booty they had in their case and they so graciously gave it to us. so sweet of them!

while olive ate pizza, she painted and i chatted with all the wonderful moms i got to meet at the event! while they were serving pizza and juice, the goldfish mascot came out and ellie just about lost it. she cannot, cannot stand human sized characters. it just freaks the shiznit outta her. i asked the goldfish mascot to stay away from her, in which it complied. LOL

i continued to socialize with the moms while our kids ate and had fun. they were then serving up root beer floats and olive was in heaven. ellie consumed one right away and olive savored hers. it was hilarious cause olive was insistent, super insistent that i try one. she would not rest until i tried the delicious root beer float. she was like, “try it kiki, try it!” “did you try it yet?!” “it’s so yummy, try it…go get one!” LOL i then asked the server to fill it with paper and just put whipped cream on top to appease olive that i was having one. i was too full and could have told her that but just relented the easy way. haha!

everyone started wrapping up and of course, we were the last ones to leave! not without snagging some extra goodies for the kids, we grabbed some paint and paper sheets and balloons and headed to our car. the girls had a great time and we had a great time too. we were so pleased at how wonderful the party had turned out!

thanks so much to goldfish swim school family and sara at 2 moms media! we hope everyone is sheltering in safely and we send visual hugs and love to everyone!

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[the cutest table spread]

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[me and my babes]

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[olive is such a ham]

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[she’s so sweet]

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[seeing her in her goggles makes me laugh in a really goofy, sweet way]

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[my silly girl]

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[rootbeer float]

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lucky charms

holidays are so much more fun with kids.

i didn’t really celebrate st. patrick’s day before kids…being irish and all. LOL i don’t drink a lot and going out to crowded bars to get hammered drunk wasn’t my gig. so, now that my kids love anything fun, crafty, or sweet…going full force with projects and activities is my jam.

also, {side note} these pics are so small. i saved them small but didn’t realize they was so tiny! ha! i am way too lazy to re-download and upload again. so, to anyone who follows along on my blog…they will be this pint size until the next batch activities! LOL

we don’t do a whole lot for st. paddy’s day. we decorate, we make a few fun treats leading up to it, and the leprechaun visits the eve before the holiday. this year, i decided to have the girls help me make lucky charm rice krispy treats…they’re easy to make and yummy!

the girls first picked out all the marshmallows in the cereal. they found this so fun! i created a challenge for them…with each bowl, could the accept the challenge of picking out every single marshmallow?? no marshmallow left behind! when they felt that they had plucked every last one, they would call me over, anxious if they were successful. they were so determined and they succeeded! i know you can buy bags of similar marshmallows but as stated, it’s not the same! we need the rainbows and unicorns!

i melted the butter and marshmallows and the girls mixed it all together. they helped push it into the pan and decorated it with marshmallows. ta da! that was it! i love making these treats…so simple and so good!

the girls loved it! everyone devoured it within days!

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[helping her big sister pick out the lucky charm marshmallows…i heard that you can just buy a bag of that stuff?? but this is much more fun!]

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[stirring the marshmallows in]

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[the pan of goodies]

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on st. paddy’s day…we always make green pancakes with green milk! the girls love it. it’s something special they look forward to and i love seeing their faces light up when it’s time to eat!

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[lucky charm green pancakes and green milk]

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[nom nom nom]

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