Thursday, October 8, 2015

Ikenberry Orchard Field Trip

This morning our homeschool co-op took a field trip to Ikenberry Orchards! 
It was a beautiful morning and the kids were so excited to spend time in the sunshine! =) 

We had a great time visiting the different classes: discovering what life was like on a farm in the olden days and learning how apples and pumpkins are planted and harvested. I think we all learned some fascinating things! The morning ended with a hayride and a little apple picking. 

The kids kept thanking me for the "best day ever!" 
(Three weeks into school and a morning out of the house feels like summer break, ha!) 

Looking forward to more "best day ever's" in the coming days...
a perk of homeschooling with a great community of friends! 

Monday, October 5, 2015


I just returned from our annual girls trip  - this year - CHICAGO! 

Mom, Meghan and I had a FUN long weekend together exploring the windy city 
(which definitely lived up to its name!

We stayed at the Peninsula Hotel (amazing!), 

enjoyed yummy treats throughout the day (including the best $11 hot chocolate in the world!), 

and experienced the culture of Chicago =) 

We walked along the Navy Pier,

ate some deep dish pizza at Giodornio's, 

and took a river boat cruise downtown to capture the sky-rise buildings from a different perspective. 

(Willis Tower - formally Sears Tower)  

We went to the top of the John Hancock Center for an AMAZING 360 degree view of the city. 
It was incredible! 

One night we saw the "Million Dollar Quartet", a Broadway show featuring Elvis (so fun!) 

We walked the Magnificent Mile - and shopped - a lot...

and ended the weekend here - at the Peninsula Spa - where we indulged in massages! 

It was the perfect end to a wonderful 'girls weekend' away! 

(Thanks, Windy City, for the memories!

Monday, September 21, 2015

The Internet's Last "First Day" Photos!

We FINALLY started school today!! 

It was a good day - a little stressful - but fun! 

Think over-excitement, lots of noise, everyone wanting a worksheet at once, a pacifier stealing 2 year old and a precious baby that just wanted to be part of the crew... 

even with the disruptions it was good! 

Excited to learn along side these little ones this year =) 

Thursday, September 17, 2015


You eat Oreos for breakfast.

You make silly faces. 

And sweet ones, too. 

 Sometimes your photo sessions fail. 

And sometimes you get the best candid! 

Sometimes you capture laughs, 


and FUN. 


you look at your growing babies... 

and realize how fast time goes... 

and sometimes you want to freeze time and remember every little thing. 

(Even the times you paid way too much to play putt-putt on vacation (twice)...

to make your kids happy!!