September 24, 2015

photo editing apps

i'm over on hellobee today writing about how to edit your pictures on your phone using some cool new apps.  

September 2, 2015


i am officially a PTA mom.  jaden started kindergarten last week and he absolutely loves it!  with both kids in school all day, i am no longer a diaper bag toting mom!  okay, so my kids have been out of diapers for quite some time now but i still carried around extra clothes, sunblock, and snacks everywhere we went.  it feels so liberating not lugging around a heavy bag.  and i am now able to finish my cup of morning coffee while it's still hot, use the bathroom in peace, and maintain a relatively tidy house (at least until the kids come home.)
first day of kindergarten
i hate to admit it but jaden's first day of school was more nerve wrecking for me than it was for him.   while he was full of excitement, i worried that he might get lost or that he wouldn't be able to open his lunch thermos or that he would be too shy to let his teacher know when he needed to use the restroom.  who would he play with at recess?  who will he sit next to at lunchtime?  will he be able to introduce himself and make friends on his own?   i realized that day that i might be a slight helicopter mom. haha.  i totally expected myself to do a happy dance after drop off and party it up at Target like these hilarious moms but i left feeling a tad bit empty.  then, as soon as i got into the car, i got a facebook timehop notification that said "we thought you'd like to look back on this post from 5 years ago" and i saw these images:
and that lead to looking at more pictures from the past and then suddenly i became that mom sitting in her car in the school parking lot crying after the first day of school drop off.  i blame facebook.  but seriously,  just look at how small he was...
first day of preschool //  first day of kindergarten

it's amazing how much he's grown.  i can't believe i now have an elementary aged kid.  i remember my first day of school like it was yesterday.  nothing makes you feel older than realizing that kindergarten was 27 years ago!  

now that my afternoons are free, hopefully i'll have more time to give this much neglected blog some love and attention.  ;)

hope everyone is having a wonderful week!

July 24, 2015

back to school!

thank you Famous Footwear for sponsoring this post. #ohsofamous is Famous Footwear's style gallery featuring beautiful shoe photos to get you inspired for any occasion, including back-to-school! 

everly started full time preschool a month ago, a few days after we moved to florida.  i was hoping to start her in the fall, after she got adjusted to the move, but her school has a notoriously long wait list and we didn't want to risk losing her spot.  we've been on the wait list for over a year (apparently, some people submit applications as soon as they conceive!), so when they called about an open spot, we immediately accepted.  everly's only been to part-time school (6 hours a week) so i was worried that it'd be too much for her but she happily dived right in and has been loving it.  her personality has been shining and she is more talkative and outgoing than ever.
it's always amazing to see the personality differences between my two kids.  when starting a new school or class, jaden gets super nervous and usually needs extra time to adjust.  everly, on the other hand, rarely gets nervous.  even when she needed to get her physical and immunization shots for school, she didn't shed a single tear.  in fact, she claims that the shot tickled and asked when she can get another one!
with everly now in school all day, i've been able to spend some much needed one and one time with jaden.  he's been experiencing slight regression and reverting back to toddler behavior.  i don't know if it's because of the move or because he has a rambunctious little sister that usually takes up everyone's attention but we've been slowly working on it.  it's hard not to get annoyed when a five year old acts like a two year old but i've found that ignoring his negative behavior and focusing on all the positives has been beneficial.  hopefully he'll feel more comfortable and secure in time for kindergarten.  next week, i plan to take him shopping for back to school and start checking off items from his school supply list which i think will help him prepare for his first day. 
as i've been writing this post, jaden's been coming up to me every two minutes asking if it's time to go pick up his sister from school yet.  so, we are going to head out now and pick her up early today!  i'm so glad it's friday.  hope everyone has a relaxing weekend!  

everly + jaden's shoes c/o famous footwear.  check out their style gallery here: #ohsofamous is a fun place to get inspiration, explore what others are wearing, and see the variety that Famous Footwear offers.

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July 20, 2015

hello from florida!

hello, hello!  has it really been 4 months since my last blog post?!?!  yikes.  it's been a hectic and busy summer but i'm happy to report that we are officially unpacked and settled in!  we still need to buy a few big pieces of furniture but we're in no rush as i've been enjoying the open space and simplicity.

gainesville has been a bit of an adjustment for us - i don't think i'll ever get used to the big bugs or humidity- but it's not as bad as i expected.  while it is pretty podunk compared to chicago, there's something very relaxing and peaceful about a slower paced town.  the people here are super friendly, the only noise i ever hear outside is the sound of crickets and beetles (no sirens, no trains, no helicopters), the air is fresh and clean, and the stars are so bright and visible.

we've had family visiting us back to back over the last month but now that everyone is gone i've been slowly getting back to the real world (and virtual world of social media).  back to the daily grind and hopefully back to blogging since both kids will be in school all day soon.  what will i do with all my time?!?  i've never been without at least one kid for more than a few hours over the last 5 years so i'm totally looking forward to cashing out on some ME time.  i mean, i'll definitely miss them while they're at school, but i'd be lying if i said i wasn't slightly excited.  in the meantime, i'll be posting our summer adventures here in gatorville!

and because i rarely do a post without pictures, here's what we've been up to, via my lens:

hope you all are enjoying your summer!

March 1, 2015

everly says....

"happy new reindeers!"  (happy new years!)

"i want jungle smarsh mellows."  (i want jumbo marshmallows)

at the zoo, pointing to a gorilla:  "it's a chimp-boon!"  (chimpanzee + baboon)

when making a mistake:  "oopsy doinks!"

after passing a house that was being painted:  "mommy, they need a time out!  you don't paint on walls!  you only paint on paper!"

"my brain is not thinking..."

"what's today?  is it tomorrow or still yesterday?"

while slurping her noodles:  "hey! stop spitting at me, noodles!"

"i'm mad at jayjay!  he keeps cleaning all the toys!  i don't like it clean!"

February 15, 2015


how is it already mid-february?  i've been pretty lazy about carrying my camera around the last two weeks but i did take it out last weekend when we went sledding for the very first time.  it was so much fun and the kids can't wait to go back!  winter is usually so dreadfully long but i've been thoroughly enjoying each and every snowfall and hope that we'll get at least one more snow storm so we can take the kids sledding again.  this is our very last winter in chicago so we got to make the most of it!
hope everyone had a love-filled valentine's day and relaxing long weekend!

January 31, 2015

picture a day | day thirty one

{"papa, do you have to work today?"}

woohoo!  today is the last day of my picture a day for a month project.  it's always exciting wrapping up because it's not easy lugging around my heavy camera all day long!  i still do plan to carry my camera with me as much as possible....just probably not everyday. :)  thanks for following along!

goodbye january!