Happy Friday! I’m really looking forward to this long relaxing weekend since we have so much coming up towards the end of Sept/beginning of Oct. It’s so crazy to me how much difference a month makes with babies. Seeing Kennedy’s personality evolve more and more is the best. One day we were sitting there playing peek-a-boo and she grabbed the blanket and started putting it up over her own face. Now anytime she is around a blanket or towel she grabs it and wants to start playing peek-a-boo all on her own. It’s really fun to see her pick up on things. Kennedy also started to get SUPER excited to see the dogs. Anytime we are out at the store and come back home, (or anytime she doesn’t see the dogs for more than like 15 mins) when she sees them again she will scream excitedly, almost at the top of her lungs. It’s too cute! As much as I don’t want summer to end, I am starting to get excited to wear boots and sweaters soon. Even though we aren’t matching here, I featured a few matching outfits that will be good to transition into fall.
A few posts back I said I wanted to make an effort to spend more time outside and really enjoy summer before it ends. Now that Kennedy is always on the move, it’s increasingly getting harder to keep the apartment in order. Some days I feel like all I do is pick up her little blocks she loves to scatter seriously all over the apartment. It’s really nice to sometimes just forget about my to-do list for a little bit and get some fresh air. There is a really cute area just a few blocks west of us. We walk past the most amazing town homes and there is a really nice park with a playground at the end of the street. Kennedy likes the swings, but most of the time she gets so distracted and loves watching all the other kids run around and play. I’m also trying to really enjoy living downtown. We aren’t planning on moving anytime soon, but possibly in the next year or two we may want to move a little further north towards Lincoln Park to get a little more space. I know once we move out of downtown we won’t be coming back so right now I love summers in the city and being able to walk everywhere. I know I will miss this someday.
Looking in my closet, I’ve realized gravitate towards neutrals. All I wear are whites, grays, blacks, and sometimes shades of blue. This summer, I’ve definitely made an effort to add more color to my wardrobe and I’m loving yellow. I usually just go for yellow accents or pops of color here or there, but I instantly fell in love with the sleeves of this top. It was Kennedy’s nap time while we shot this and they were taken back in the beginning of summer when the mornings were a little chilly (hence why she is bundled in the stroller). I also included some more recent photos of Kennedy at the beach (since they fit with the yellow theme). She is still so funny in the sand and is just so amazed/confused when she tries to pick it up and it falls through her fingers. I’m still in denial that it’s the middle of August so we’re going to try to soak up every bit of summer that is left.
I’ve felt so fortunate the last 9 months because Kennedy has been such an easy baby. I kind of hate talking about it because I don’t ever want to sound like I am bragging or Russell and I are expert parents. This is our first so we clearly are just learning as we go, but we’ve really truly lucked out with how chill and what a good sleeper Kennedy has always been. I will probably talk about her sleep schedule in a later post, but Kennedy started sleeping through the night 2 days after we brought her home from the hospital, (I don’t know what kind of magic happened or what we ever did to deserve that).
Happy Tuesday! The weeks have been flying by and I can not believe next week will already be August! I feel like summer just started and although I do love fall, I’m not ready for summer to be over anytime soon. We’ve had a lot going on these last few weekends. I was just looking at our August calendar and we have something planned every weekend. I shouldn’t be complaining (it’s all fun stuff!), but I feel like the weeks fly by so much faster when we have a lot planned. Kennedy is at such a fun age now, she loves exploring and crawling around, but she isn’t fast enough that I have to chase her all over the place. I’ve been trying to make it a point to take her outside a lot more during the day. We always go for a walk with the dogs, but I’m going to try to take her to the playground to swing or have picnic lunches over at the beach more often during the last few weeks of summer. Here are some photos taken before we went to the beach last week.
I wanted to share some family photos we got done recently in Olive Park (one of our favorite spots in the city). Our first apartment when we moved to Chicago was in Streeterville. It was a 5 minute walk to the lake and I would take the dogs to Olive Park to play everyday. This park has a great view of the city and has plenty of grass for the dogs to run around. Buster has problems and thinks he is bigger than Ari. Let’s just say he is super defensive of his frisbee and almost tried to fight a 130lb mastiff so we can’t take him into dog parks anymore. Now we don’t live as close to the lake, we don’t make it to Olive Park as often, but we still try to go once or twice on weekends. I thought for this post I would share 10 random things about us…
One of my favorite things about living downtown, other than being so close to everything, is the energy you feel when you walk outside. I usually go for 2-3 walks a day – taking the dogs out after lunch, sometimes if Kennedy is fighting her afternoon nap I’ll stick her the stroller and do a few laps around the block, and then we usually do a family walk when Russell gets home from work. I’m obsessed with my UPPAbaby Vista stroller, but sometimes walking 2 dogs and pushing a stroller by myself can get a little crazy. I have been using the Baby K’tan carrier since Kennedy was a newborn.
TGIF! It actually doesn’t really feel like Friday to me because of the short week from 4th of July. I am loving gingham for summer. This off the shoulder top with bell sleeves is super comfy and looks great untucked or tucked in. Unfortunately, Kennedy’s onesie from Old Navy in the photos is sold out already, so I linked a similar one.
Happy 4th of July! Here are a few photos from this weekend. Saturday we spent all day at the beach and it was the perfect day. It wasn’t too hot and the beach wasn’t super crowded. Kennedy napped on the walk there and played in the sand for hours. Our friends just moved into a brand new apartment a few blocks away from us and we spent a lot of time at their pool. The rest of the weekend we took the dogs for walks or just relaxed. It was the perfect mix of beach/pool activities and just hanging out.
One of our favorite summertime activities is to hang out by the lake on the beaches. Before moving to Chicago, I knew the city was right on Lake Michigan, but I had no idea how awesome the lakefront really is. You step out onto the beach and kind of forget you are in a big city. Pretty much every single weekend since living here, Russell and I have woken up early in the morning on the weekends and taken the dogs over to the lake.