movies on the green II

we did it again! this time with the legos movie. annndddd it was actually bennett’s birthday!

we gathered on the green to hang out, ‘watch’ the movie, and eat some food. kim’s friend, helen, came along with her family…gabrielle, sam, and her husband mike! so it was a picnic party in full swing!

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[my chunker]

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[tete a la tete]

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[mimicking]

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[awww, so cute]

hc ran to macy’s and picked us up some grub. it was actually quite delicious. he had picked out salmon, mashed potatoes, sautéed green beans, and carrots. i wolfed my meal down…i was so hungry! we were chatting it up, we ate, and we all played with miss olive while we hung out. helen was loving olive! i must say…she is quite the doll! gosh, i love her too! 😉

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[a really good meal from macy’s]

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[she wears short shorts]

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[feeding miss olive some fruit]

since it was bennett’s birthday, i had purchased cupcakes so we could celebrate!  i brought plates, flatware, napkins, and a candle. yes, i was going to light a fire right on the grass. hey, it was his birthday, and birthday cupcakes and the birthday boy deserved a lit candle!

bennett picked out his cupcake {chocolate}, i lit the candle and he made a wish! perfect! i passed out the cupcakes and plates…they were a success {yum, yum}. perfectly sweet and delicious. we devoured our cakes and continued to have a swell time together.

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[happy birthday bennett! make a wish]

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after the cupcakes, the kids and boys ran amuck within the mall. the kids wanted to play at the fountain and go to the microsoft store, while the boys went into the tesla dealership. oh boy…hc came back with a plethora of information around the cars…he droned on and on about it but it was actually quite interesting and informative learning about these cars!

once the movie was over, we gathered our belongings and headed home. it was another wonderful night with movies on the green and celebrating mr. bennett’s birthday! yay!

xoxo

a really great day

the past couple days off i have had, i was prepared with the idea of me and olive spending it together. but we have been blessed and surprised with hc’s presence the last few times! that really makes us happy!

this morning, hc came back to bed and announced he was spending the day at home, he wanted to spend it with his family 🙂 i love having days off together. it’s so rare since our schedules are so opposite! olive woke up and we played with the little one in our bed for awhile. i then got ready, hc made coffee, and we relaxed. we did our usual morning routine. olive wakes, olive feeds, olive plays, and then olive naps for an hour or two. once olive awoke, we headed out to enjoy our beautiful day.

we chose to go to 2toots restaurant, in downtown glen ellyn. it’s a fun kid’s restaurant that serves your food on a train! so cool. we parked and walked our way to the place. it’s a kitschy little place with lots of adults and lots of kids. actually more kids than adults. we got a highchair for miss o {yeahhhh, i wiped that thing down good} and perused the menu.

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[2toots train whistle grill]

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[don’t mind her teenage mutant ninja turtle tattoo on her arm…courtesy of cousin reagan]

i ordered the grilled cheese and hc ordered a burger. we played with olive, enjoyed our surroundings, and talked about our lives together. we are a good happy bunch. i love my hubby charming and i love my baby girl. life is really good.

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[here comes the food!]

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[yummy grilled cheese and fries]

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[cheeseburga]

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[sophie and pie hanging out]

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[vintage posters]

after our lunch date, i wanted to check out a store we drove by, on our way there. we didn’t have much time because, although hc took the day off, he still had to jump on some conference calls that day. of course, what caught my eye as we were driving through was a paper store! i love all things paper!

 we walked from the restaurant to the paper store, papier girl. it was sunny out so we put olive’s sunglasses on. oh my goodness. she looked soooo stinkin’ cute! oh, i couldn’t get enough of her in these sunglasses. and the little diva was working it!

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[such a funny lady, she’s working it!]

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[such a ham]

once we got to the paper store, i browsed around for a bit and hc decided to sit outside on the bench with olive to watch for ‘chicks’. lol. i snapped the cutest pic of them through the store window!!!! i finally decided on some purchases {hc signed for me to hurry up!} and we went on our way home.

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[daddy and olive waiting outside for mommy]

oh what a glorious day! we were sooo happy to have spent the morning and afternoon with hc. i love summer! and i love summer days off even more with my two favorite peeps!

xoxo

movies on the green

i was super excited to find out that oakbrook was hosting movies on the green! i immediately texted my sisters to let them know about it. we agreed on hitting the event on the first night. engaging in this qualified us to check off another fun activity on our summer list!

oakbrook erected a forty foot screen to host this event every wednesday throughout the month of august. the first wednesday was despicable me 2. i sped home to pick up miss olive from mary’s house {my awesome daycare neighbor!}, i had to change clothes myself, get her solids ready, nurse her, pack the stroller, pack her bag, and speed back to oakbrook to meet up with the fam.

we got there just a tad behind the start time and we excitedly walked over to our little picnic spot. my sisters and nephews were already there, we plopped down and joined the fun. i ran over to starbucks to grab a bite to eat and then fed little miss olive her food. kim so kindly took over the act and fed olive the rest of her broccoli, potato, and chicken puree.

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[excited for movies on the green!]

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[i looove b’s expression towards olive]

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[bennett trying to get olive to clap]

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[auntie/godmother kim loving o’s cheeks]

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during the movie, thuy and i took the boys to macy’s to get them some froyo. being with them is always fun and goofy! they are kids and they are boys and they are so full of energy!

thuy grabbed us some coffee from starbucks and i ordered the boys some yummy frozen yogurt.

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[goofing around]

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[getting their froyo]

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[bennet’s red white and blue star sprinkles]

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[reagan’s twist aka swirl]

we came back to our spot and enjoyed the rest of the movie. it was such a beautiful night. so many people were out enjoying a perfect evening together. it was so great to be part of a fun family event at the center. what a great idea!

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[movies on the green]

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[show’s over!]

once the movie was over, we trekked our way back to our cars. of course we had to make a pit stop at build a bear! reagan picked out a ninja turtle and bennett could not make up his mind! little o started to get grumpy tired, so we said our goodbyes at the store and headed our way home.

it was a great way to spend our evening. i love hanging out with my family and we are super excited oakbrook is hosting such a fun event this entire month! we can’t wait to for movies on the green next week!

xoxo

boating

it was olive’s first time on a boat {one of our summer to do’s}!!! we were super excited to head up to dick and jane’s house on a beautiful summer day. there was a chance of rain but we crossed our fingers to hold it off…and it worked!

the morning started off very serene. we woke up to miss olive’s cries, after her feeding she chilled in our bed for a bit. i got up to get ready and hc went out to the grocery store with miss olive to pick up some ingredients for our morning breakfast. once he came home, it was time for another feeding. so while i fed olive, hc ran out to starbucks for our usual coffee.

while olive slept, hc whipped up his famous breakfast burrito. yum! we ate, i cleaned, and we waited. and waited. and waited for miss o to get up. she slept for quite a bit {thank goodness, sometimes her naps are so short!}. once the little one was up, we packed up, and left to head up north.

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[my favorite]

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[my yummy breakfast burrito by hc]

we made a pit stop at a reclaimed wood shop {all american reclaim} to pick out panels to remodel a room in our house. it was a fairly new business {hidden behind a bunch of shops} and we drove in circles for a bit to find it. we finally did locate it, parked, and checked out what they had to offer inside. it was pretty cool. we looked at several colors of wood and settled on a lovely color. it was a perfect blend of tones we wanted in our room. we were very excited it was a batch that just came in. after the boys decided how much we needed, we paid, and then they helped us load it into our car. we are super excited and can’t wait to start this room!

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[shopping for reclaimed wood for a home project!]

we finally arrived at gramma and papa’s house! we meeted and greeted with everyone there {papa, jean, and aunt wendy}. jane was at her bridge session, so she was on her way home. olive and daddy checked out the boat before we went out for a ride. it’s a brand new boat and super clean and nice. we were all so very excited to 1. go for a ride 2. that papa bought a new boat! 3. that is was a beautiful afternoon.

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[checking out the new boat!]

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[getting ready to be captain!]

after we checked out the new digs, grace and annabelle arrived. this was the first time grace got to hang out with both her sisters! they have been together before but only in passing, so today was a fun, special day!

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[gracie with her sisters]

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[gearing up to go boating]

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[nom nom nom, i love my life jacker {not!}

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[annabelle loving olive]

we geared up and everyone got on the boat. olive was not loving her life vest. oh noooo. it was bulky and awkward and she wasn’t comfortable in it unless she was standing up. poor thing, it wasn’t coming off so she had to make do!

we were ready to go! hc was captain for the day and off we went. we cruised along the river for miles. just enjoying the scenery, weather, and water. it was very relaxing and olive was enjoying herself. when we first took off though, she was not happy. she was a bit startled and wasn’t sure what was going on. after a few minutes, she settled in and enjoyed the wind blowing through her mane.

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[going fast on the river, the wind blowing through her hair!]

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[loving life]

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[gramma loving olive]

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we cruised serenely for miles, it was terrific. the boat was awesome and there weren’t a lot of folks on the river so it was rather calm. when we got on the boat, everyone said olive would fall asleep, all babies do! so we waited, and waited, and waited for o to fall asleep. um, not happening!

hc offered to take her {we probably had been cruising for almost an hour}, we were almost home. she sat merrily on hc’s lap {2nd captain!} and enjoyed the ride. then, being just a few minutes away from home, the little bella finally fell asleep!! it was too precious! she sat in her upright position and zonked out! oh, we were so delighted. it was too adorbs of a moment.

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[captain of the boat!]

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[the captain fell asleep at the wheel!]

we docked the boat and everyone climbed out. hc and i successfully passed olive over and she remained asleep! a miracle. i walked her up the yard and into the house. she was still asleep in my arms but then a few minutes later, she woke up. we hung out at dick and jane’s for only a few more minutes {enough time to feed her} and then left. we needed to get the little bugger home, bathed, and to bed!

we thanked dick and jane for a wonderful afternoon. it was fantastic to take a boat ride along the river on this lovely day.

xoxo

cruise night + dq = perfect summer night

it was a wonderful summer evening. the rain held off; it was the perfect temperature, warm, and sunny. hc and i decided to hit another cruise night, this time in downtown downers grove.

we headed out in the early evening and found a parking spot right at the start of the show. hc drooled over the first car we saw. leave it to me, to not even know what kind of car it is! hee.

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[hc’s car of choice]

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[it was soooo bright i couldn’t even look up!]

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[cruising]

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[we got one!]

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we started to stroll down the street, looking at car after car. it was very relaxing and chill. we were both hungry and it was great because a lot of the vendors set up shop out on the sidewalks! we were able to use our nose to find our food! pizza was on my mind, i saw a man walk by with a slice and that was what i wanted! we walked a bit more and found the pizzeria serving their slices outside. yum.

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[pizza on the go]

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[yum]

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[daddy daughter]

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grace wasn’t feeling the pizza so we walked a bit more and, of course, she wanted a hot dog! hc had dinner with me and then he had dinner with grace. we also pit stopped into a pet store and they had kitties for adoption! i begged hc for one but that was a no go! boo.

while we were sitting down and eating dinner, we decided that we would stop at the dairy queen on our way home! yay!

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[hotdogs]

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[admiring]

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***

dairy queen, here we come!

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[decisions, decisions, decisions]

i got a cone. simple. tasty. perfect. i actually could have gotten a smaller one, i didn’t realize a medium cone was so much ice cream! but nonetheless, it was delicious. we sat outside in the great weather to enjoy our delectable treats.

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[soft serve me some good ice cream]

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[guess what they are eyeing??]

as we were relaxing with our desserts, a family walked up with a boxer. grace and hc were intrigued. he was a cutie. they bought him a cone and he chowed it down. it was so adorbs. he ate it down to the bottom and gulped down the last bit of his cone. it was so fun to watch!

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[a boxer ready to eat his cone!]

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[yum, yum]

it was a very lovely evening together. we had a great time observing all the cool vehicles, getting a chance to eat greasy food, and finishing it off with some sugary treats. all in all, it was a successful evening full of not so good foods for you! hehehe.

here’s to checking off some more good stuff on our summer list!

xoxo

sunny funday

our sunday funday consisted of great weather, warm temperature, church, brunch, furniture shopping, and long walks {a summer to do!}.

after mass, hc, olive, and i took a lovely stroll to our brunch restaurant of choice, frances. we love eating there and for some reason, after the 9:30am mass, there is always outdoor seating {any other time, there’s a wait}! we love brunching alfresco on sunny sunday mornings!

olive happily sat in her stroller while hc and i enjoyed a delicious brunch. i ordered the lox sandwich and hc ordered a spicy egg thingy breakfast. as usual, i wolfed down every delectable bit of it.

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[going for a walk]

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[olive in her beloved bugagoo]

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[trekking along on this beautiful day]

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[eating alfresco]

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[me and my babes]

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[lox and bagel]

after a very relaxing time outdoors, we strolled our way back to the car. we were in debate of hitting a spot in the city to walk around a little bit more {and shop, of course!} or heading back to oakbrook to do some outdoor shopping there. we decided on the latter because we wanted to furniture shop and it was more convenient because all the furniture shops there were consolidated, therefore it was easier!

we hit a bump in traffic {perfect timing for baby o to take a nap!} and finally made our way to the mall. it was so darn lovely out! we nabbed some starbucks {of course} and hit all the furnishing stores. we were mainly shopping for side chairs. we need a few {some for the kitchen area and maybe some for the living room} and exchanged ideas on color, style, and size. oooohhhhhh, the options! it’s a lot fun until you have to really decide on what you are going to buy!

we found a piece or two at crate and barrel and restoration hardware but i am also a fan of online shopping. it’s a bit more difficult that way because you can’t see it live…the way it feels, sits, and the dimensions, but i love gaining ideas that way to help with the decision process and clarifying the aesthetics.

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[bar globe at restoration hardware]

anyhoo, the day was perfect. i loved seeing familiar faces at mass, being outside enjoying the beautiful weather, and spending time with my lovely family.

it was a happy sunday funday!

xoxo

cruise night

hc and i were able to check off one of our summer activities: looking at classic cars on a cruise night. it was a wonderful, warm, summer day. earlier in the morning, we had a great brunch with friends and later that evening, we wanted to do something summer fun!

we looked up several options available and decided to check out the lombard cruise night {we definitely want to check out other town’s cruise nights, we have all summer!}. right when we got there, it started to rain…hard. we sat in the car {watching 007} until the rain stopped.

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we got out and started walking towards all the classic cars. we cruised up and down the street and ogled all the fun vehicles. lombard’s cruise night was much smaller than we thought! we’ve done cruise nights at other towns before, so this one was tiny to us.

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there were a few cars that hc really liked. unfortunately, i don’t remember the names of any of them {haha} 😉 i only took pictures of them 🙂 so, go ahead and figure them out!

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[i scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream]

after we checked out all the cars, i insisted on ice cream! you can’t go to a cruise night {or any outdoor summer activity} and not get ice cream to eat outside! there was a band playing by the ice cream shop, so we bought our ice cream cones, sat on a ledge, conversed with each other, and listened to the live music.

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bonus part? olive was suppose to go with us but my parent’s insisted on watching her so we kinda had an impromptu date night {even though it was just a few short hours!}.

we really enjoyed ourselves and can’t wait to check more fun stuff off our summer list! oh, warm weather…please stay awhile!

xoxo

longest day of the year

summer is here! summer is here!!! yaaaaaayyyyyyy!

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i’m so stoked about warm weather and lazy days. here’s our official must do list for the season…

1. take as many walks as possible

2. go to a carnival

3. eat popsicles outside

4. sit outside and enjoy sunsets

5. go to the pool

6. make ice cream sandwiches

7. attend music in the park

8. classic car shows cruise nights

9. take boat rides & visit friends on the river

10. catch fireflies

11. blow bubbles

12. pick berries at a farm

13. buy ice cream from the ice cream man

14. make s’mores

15. buy fresh produce at the farmer’s market

there ya go my lovies! we are very excited to complete this list over the next few months. it’s going to be a swell time here at the heintz household!

happy summer y’all!

xoxo

rainbow

somewhere over the rainbow…

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what a pretty surprise!  as i was driving home, i was caught in the middle of a major downpour!  it was so heavy, you could barely see out your window {those black windshield wipers just looked like squiggly lines on my window as my car was engulfed in water}!  after a few minutes of heavy rain, it started to stop.  within a minute, a beautiful rainbow appeared {yippee}!!!  it lasted quite a long time and it just made me smile!  i rarely see rainbows and i was so delighted with this one!

i was searching for my pot o’ gold but all i got was faster moving traffic…you just gotta find the luck somewhere!!!

xoxo