School is almost over. Temperatures have been in the 80’s a few days a week. Some playgrounds even turned the sprinklers on! Just like that, spring is on it’s way out and summer is almost here. We moved to Brooklyn last year in July so seeing the city the way it was when I first arrived brings back a lot of memories. Luckily, I feel a lot more confident getting two kids around have I already have a long list of fun activities I want to check off.
Summer to us is…
time at the beach // Mr. Softee ice creams // sundresses // saltwater sandals // sidewalk chalk // bubbles // the smell of sunscreen, lots of sunscreen // wearing this hat everyday // fireworks on the 4th // BBQ everything // staying at the playground until 8pm // iced coffee // overalls // rooftop picnics // babies in rompers // eatings macaroons in Central Park// taking the ferry // the splash pad at Pier 6 // maybe even a new haircut?
Everyday I pack Edith’s lunch for school. To be honest, in the beginning of the year, I thought this was going to be a huge pain in the butt. But now that the year is almost over I can look back and say I actually enjoyed it. I tried to be fancy with bento supplies but Edie didn’t like my flower shaped cheese or star shaped ham. Great, less work for me! To make it simple, I just pack leftovers from her dinner the night before and add one or two things I have on hand in the fridge. She mostly eats all of her lunch everyday (dinner, on the other hand, is another story). I thought it would be fun to share last week’s meals because I’m always looking for new food ideas for my toddler!
From Top left: blueberries, glazed carrots, pita w/ edamame hummus, avocado, roasted chicken
From top left: penne pasta, grapes, roasted brussel sprouts with bacon, kiwi, sweet peas
From top left: raw carrots, mango, sunflower butter & jelly sandwich, golden raspberries
From top left: cheese quesadilla, raspberries, rice, black beans, raw carrots
From top left: salami, strawberries, mixed veggies, spinach tortellini with marinara
Yesterday I woke up to breakfast in bed, the sweetest cards, and tons of baby kisses. Then we headed into Manhattan where Aaron had arranged for me to sneak away for a manicure. Afterwards, we played at Washington Square Park and had a small picnic of Mamoun’s falafel (which is pretty much the best thing ever). I hope everyone celebrating got a little extra sleep and a few moments where they felt extra appreciated and loved. Being a mama is hard work!
Here are a few pictures from my Mother’s Day:
lately she has been stopping and asking me “take my picture here mama”. she is too much!
stealing my food, and my heart.
seriously the best falafel sandwich i’ve ever had!
this one was in a bad mood ALL day, everything was a fight but how cute does she look mad?
Tonight I’m heading out for my weekly girls “date night” dinner in the city at this new restaurant. I haven’t been filled in on Mother’s Day plans but I’m hoping it involves a little extra sleep and a cup of coffee that I don’t have to reheat three times. Here are few things that caught my eye this week:
I am so excited to finally be able to share the pictures from Lilah’s first birthday! I loved every minute of planning her party. Picking a theme was easy because, let’s be honest, who doesn’t love donuts. My second step was contacting the girls at Yeti & The Beast to help me design the invitations. I wanted them to be something fun, unique, and enjoyable for my guests to open. Lastly, I knew I had to have Nicki Sebastian capture every last detail. Nicki photographed us for our holiday cards last year and working with her is so effortless and fun. She even helped set up some flowers for me last minute because everything takes longer than you think, especially with two kids running around.
I am so honored that 100LayerCakelet featured her pictures yesterday. Here are a few of my favorites including some that they didn’t share: