Little gems from a summer date night

It is rare that Mike and I go out on a date night, but I will say we are getting better at it. As time passes and the kids grow it gets a little easier to do and we always have so.much.fun.

We originally planned on going to Summerfest, but after not being too thrilled with the lineup for the night we decided to go out to dinner downtown instead. That was such a win you guys!! With most of the city being down at summerfest, restaurants that normally have the longest waits or that you need reservations to were empty, or in the least had a table ready right away. Β I will definitely be keeping this in mind for next year too!

On the way downtown I suggested we do a progressive meal of sorts where we go get a drink somewhere, get an app somewhere else, entree at a different spot and end with dessert at another spot. Mike was hesitant but agreed and in the end we both enjoyed it! It’s a nice way to get to try some different places out, scope out their menus, and just make date night last a liiiittle longer.

Another first on this date night was that I finally wore my little white dress! I had purchased it from a friend at work a two summers ago and never found the right occasion to wear it. Most events where I would get this dressy would be for weddings and well, you can’t wear white to those can you? But that night as I looked through my closet to find something to wear I thought why not? It’s summer so white looks best on anyone now when you’re Β more tan than winter, it’s not a wedding event, we were going downtown..it was the perfect opportunity! I didn’t want to look too fancy though, we really didn’t know where we were going yet so I needed to dress it down a bit. I wore my tan gladiator sandals and a light wash jean jacket with it and I think it dresses it down juuust enough to be food for grabbing a burger but pretty enough for a nice restaurant as well.

We started the night by stopping at our friend’s house for a drink, a really yummy drink make by the freshest yummiest juices and prosecco. We sat outside and caught up on life and laughed and enjoyed each other’s company and it was so so great!

They suggested we try the restaurant Wolf Peach so we headed there next for an appetizer. The place was sssso cute! The prefect little date night spot. The building and decor itself reminded me of Tuscany and has a very summerry romantic vibe. We sat inside because they had a table right away and it was a 40 min wait for a table out on their patio, but i would Β totally go back again and make reservations just to sit out on that gorgeous space that overlooks the river!! But again, Sat at 7 and we got a table right away, win.

Their menu looked super Italian and yummy, we settled on two apps, I picked their cod fritters and Mike chose a watermelon bruschetta. We both looooved our choices and I wish I had some more right now.

Next we went to Louise’s and shared a plate of short rib ravioli with a sage cream sauce that was also deeelish! They service way great but the vibe there was kind of eh cuz it wa dead empty and really dark, which could have been romantic but we were right next to the bar and all the servers and the bartender hug out there so it was not so much. Also on the way in there was a man outside yelling at people on the street and let’s just say that’s not the best way to start a meal lol. But we still had fun and the food was great and my mojito was even better.

By the time we paid at Louise’s it was too late to make it anywhere for dessert that we would sit down and eat, so we headed over to insomnia cookies on the east side and bought a dozen cookies to take home and share with Mike’s parents who watched the kiddos for us and with Mia and Joaquim the next day.

It was such a fun date night and I’m looking forward to our next one, whenever it shall be πŸ™‚

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Our Bahamas Trip Part 1: Getting There

My parents, bless them, were so kind as to take us on a week long trip to the Bahamas last month. Our original itinerary was to fly out of Chicago in the early evening to Tampa, stay overnight in Tampa, then fly out the next morning to Nassau and then another short plane ride to Eleuthera. Β It was our first time traveling with the kids. Their first plane rides. Ever. I was nervous. Excited, yes of course, but nervous.

Pre-trip I did all the googling, reached out and asked friends that had traveled with their littles what they recommended to bring, made lists etc. etc.

When the day came I was surprisingly calm, I dont know it I was being optimistic or if it was… just straight up denial, but I was not my normal overthinking self. I think having the flight be an early evening flight helped. We still had to drive down to Chicago, drop our car off at the garage and get the shuttle to take us to the airport, but not having to rush out the door right when we woke up made it less stressful.

Dropping off the car went just fine and the shuttle got us there with no problems. We were early, because we planned for the worst scenarios of traffic and such, just in case …but none happened so we had a few hours until boarding. The kids were bouncing around all excited, everything so new and different and worth exploring. At the same time they were pretty well behaved and stuck close to us which was a relief because Joaquim tends to bolt without warning. The ipad as many have said was a lifesaver. Between the shows and movies I downloaded on there and the free wifi use of Hulu, Amazon and Netflix streaming, there was always something to distract them when they started getting tooo stir crazy. Β Also shout outs to Color Wonder for on the plane, Β hot wheels for racing at the gate.

My parents met us at the gate a couple hours later ( they flew in from Minneapolis) and we were all so happy to see them! The flight from Chicago to Tampa went so so well! Mia did so soo good! I was so proud of that girl, she had been telling me for a couple weeks that she was nervous about going on the plane but that girl! She put her big girl pants on and did not show one tiny ounce of fear. She ended up loving it and looked out the window most of the time we were flying πŸ™‚ Joaquim also did really well! He stuck to his trusty ipad and didnt seem all too interested in the whole flying bit. He did look out the window for take off but I dont think he really understood what was happening? And when we landed he said ” Go home?” like ok that was was a fun ride mom now can we go home? lol All in all though I was so relived with how that flight went.Β We arrived at the hotel in Tampa and all hit the hay before having to do it all over again the next day.

In the morning we all met downstairs for a nice breakfast before having to head back to the airport. Mia didnt really get a chance to see Florida since we arrived so the night before and it was dark so I took her out on the patio of the restaurant and showed her the palm trees and banana trees before we headed out. It’s so fun to show your children things they’ve never seen! To see it be discovered through their eyes, and listen to the questions their little brains come up with is just the best.

Once we arrived at the airport we were able to check in pretty quickly and got downstairs to where our gate was without any problems. Then the waiting started. We were there a bit early again, but that was expected. The kids were still kinda sleepy at this point so ipad watching kept them entertained for a while. Then came the first delay….then another…then another… they kept telling us it would be delayed more every hour or so…..so we took the kids upstairs to walk around for a bit and explore the small part of the airport we were in at the time. The gave us some vouchers for food, we got said food and ate it…more delays….more vouchers. Can we talk about how those are only good for food?! If you are going to have people stuck at an airport you can at least let them use the vouchers for a glass of wine or two…I mean I get where that can get dicey but put a limit on the drink vouchers and I think it would be just fine, or how about clothes or souvenirs to remember Β all those lovely hours spent at that airport? Just sayin…

At one point they informed us all the delays were because the plane had an oil leak at the other airport it was at and was getting fixed. At this point we had missed our connection and they were looking at getting us in another flight to Nassau and then finding a hotel for us there for the night since we wouldnt be making it to Eleuthera that day. At this point I think we were all still handling it pretty well πŸ™‚ Another hour or so went by and the plane has arrived in Tampa but when they decided to check on the oil level ( because of the leak they had just had) they apparently broke the oil cap and didnt have another one there soooo they decided they were going to try and have someone drive one over from the Orlando airport…..to Tampa…..at 5 pm….. more time went by and they finally cancelled our flight. At this point people were getting pretty upset but the kids??? They were having a ball! They ran around, they played catch with a tennis ball with their Daddy, at one point Joa took a long nap in the stroller and Mia appeared with a wheel chair and proceeded to do a sort of wheelchair ballet that was equally hilarious as it was impressively graceful.

They finally got us on a flight to Miami where we then needed to take a shuttle to Ft. Lauderdale, stay there overnight and then fly out directly to Eleuthera in the morning. We lost a day in the Bahamas, but I will say I am so so proud of ALL of us for how well we all did!! I dont know if it would have been worse on the way home? When we got to the hotel in Ft. Lauderdale we were all exhausted and we had to get up a few hours later to catch our early flight to Eleuthera so we all went to bed pretty much the second we got in our rooms.

It definitely wasnt what we had planned for our trip down but we learned, we overcame and we are all now seasoned travelers.

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Packing fun

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Beach babe
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Found Vovo and Vovo!

 

 

 

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Waiting to board

 

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First flight!
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My hair was already at Monica levels
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So excited!
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Two peas in a pod

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Over it lol
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Night night

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Killing time in Miami
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During all those delays

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My 34th Trip Around The Sun

 

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I think this 34 year old version of me may be my favorite one yet. She drives a incognito Mini Van a.k.a The Chevy Traverse, she’s writing again, more than ever really, and she’s letting things go more and enjoying /holding onto the moments more ( some big ones, some little ones, all special). She’s really gotten to accept, Β know and love herself and her areas of strength as well as those she constantly struggles with. She’s the most comfortable in her own skin that she’s ever been. She’s probably the healthiest she’s ever been. She eats some veggies now! (#adulting) , makes her own body butter, sugar scrubs and bug spray and loves to cook for her family. Most importantly, she’s happy. And content. And her heart is full to the brim. And on this birthday, far more so than on any other that have come before it, I feel really proud of her. Flaws and all.

 

TAKING STOCK:

MAKING : A lemongrass mint sugar scrub
COOKING : My homemade meatballs this weekend
DRINKING : A San Pellegrino Aranciata Rossa as I type this actually.
READING : Still working on Drums of Autumn. Also this essential oils book is a frequent reference. Β 5 Minute Princess stories with Miss Mia and all the touch and feel animal books with Joaquim.
WANTING : To go strawberry picking, but the season might have come and gone already?
PLAYING : car races, babies, memory and go fish, and for music lots of country, mixed with some songs I’ve had on repeat lately: Everybody’s Talkin- Harry Nilsson, So Lonely- The Police, and I Still Havent Found What Im Looking For- U2.
WASTING : Food at time with the kids when they get picky and I try several different options that end up in the trash 😦
WISHING : For a little more organization. Which seems odd at summertime when most people are looking for the exact opposite. Also for more time, is there any way to add more hours into a day? Anyone? Anyone?
ENJOYING : Sweet summertime with my family. The giggles and tan lines, the meals outside on the patio and farmer’s market trips Sat mornings, these things make me happy.
WAITING : For the time to upgrade my phone because photos with the I 7 plus look amazing!
LIKING : How laid back daycare drop offs have been compared to this time last year. Did I just jinx myself? Seriously tho, Joa does so well and escorts Mia and me hand in hand to the door every.single.day. and makes sure to give his sissy and Mama a hug and beijo before we go. That boy!
WONDERING :What this next year has in store…
LOVING : this transition from vacation! If one must come back from a wonderful beach vacation, make sure it is on a week that starts with your wedding anniversary, ends with your birthday and is followed by a long weekend!
HOPING : to figure out the whole moving situation soon.
MARVELING : At the amazing time we had in the Bahamas with my parents. I am so lucky to have such generous parents that could take us on such a wonderful trip! The kids had the best time and we made so many wonderful memories.
NEEDING : To do a deep spring cleaning in our house….yes its summer already, Im behind.
SMELLING : The RMO Aligning Blend I rolled on my wrists this morning. So good!
WEARING : Β Levis, my gold sandals, a pink and white striped tank and my fave olive green summer jacket.
FOLLOWING : My workout plan and loving it! There have been some weeks that havent worked out but for the most part I still try to go to yoga on Mondays, Pilates on wed and barre on Fridays and I really have come to love it.
NOTICING : That my children grew the week we were out of town! Both physically and cognitively and it feels like we came home to a new phase for us.
KNOWING : That things are exactly as they should be. Even when it may not feel like it, there is plan, a reason, a timing.
THINKING : About what concert Mike and I want to try to catch this weekend at Summerfest.
BOOKMARKING : Not a whole lot lately!
OPENING : A Twix bar at 10:23 am and I’m ok with it.
GIGGLING : At the funny sayings Mia has picked up lately! Β “Aww crumbs!” is a popular one as of late and I have no idea where it came from!
FEELING : Grateful. So very grateful and blessed to be living this life and for another wonderful trip around the sun.