8.30.2016

we went to the circus!






















We went to the circus last week and it's honestly one of our favorite nights of the year. Scarlett has such an awesome time - and so do we! She loves that before the show, the kids are invited up to the stage and they get to learn about the circus! This year they learned to balance tall feathers on the palm of their hand - and Scarlett got a secret tip from the ringmaster: put the very tip of the feather in between your fingers so it looks like you're balancing it but you're really holding it.  She was so proud of herself! 

We had such a great time. Scarlett developed a bit of a crush on the clown. He waved to her at the very end and she got all swoony and shy. So cute! And I even got to wear my super sparkly circus makeup! I love it! We can't wait for next year.

love & cupcakes, 
elissa



8.26.2016

currently...



Happy Friday!! I'm so happy the weekend is upon us - I feel like I need some downtime! Lazy Sunday - you're calling my name! Here's what I'm up to lately...

Reading - I only have a few pages left in Winter and I'm sad to see the series end! At least I still have Stars Above to read next and I managed to snag a copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child from the library so I have some binge reading to do! 

Watching - I'm literally watching Gods of Egypt as I type this and I have a stack of DVDs from the library that I need to get through before I have to return them. Looks like today is a movie binge day! 

Anticipating - I'm looking forward to Sunday - I really want to have a relaxing family day, especially since Nick is headed to Maryland on Monday for a job interview. We need some family time! 

Listening To - There is a new Two Tongues album coming soon! I'm so happy... 

Working On - I'm still slowly going through stuff and trying to downsize little by little. It's slow going, but I'm making progress. 

Wishing - I'm still wishing for Nick to find the perfect job - and soon! Our time to renew our lease at our current apartment is coming up very soon and although I've really been wanting to leave and move somewhere new, lately I've been wanting to stay put. Scarlett really likes her school and I could settle in for another year here. We'll see what happens. 

I hope your week has been awesome. What are you up to lately?

love & cupcakes, 
elissa


8.25.2016

isabelle-tastic thursday!






For today's piece of writing, I will be talking about going back to school. 

Back to school may not seem fun to some kids, but it is fun for me. My favorite parts are when we start all over, get new supplies and a bunch of other stuff. 

Thanks for reading my fourth piece of writing.

Have an Isabelle-tastic Thursday! 


8.24.2016

scarlett style...



So much blue lately... Poor Scarlett is getting so used to her uniform, she's even thinking about wearing it for her first "free dress" day at school on Friday. Although, it might be the most stylish thing she does, as she'd be the ONLY kid at school wearing the uniform that day. Maybe she's on to something... 







Happy Wednesday! 

love & cupcakes, 
elissa




8.22.2016

the new normal...




Right now it's 7:58pm. Scarlett and I are settled on the couch; she's freshly bathed and smelling like cinnamon buns, all ready for sleep. I'm tired, have a headache and am in serious need of a shower. 

This is our new normal.

Scarlett is now a full-time Kindergartner and I really underestimated how that change would affect our day to day lives. I'm ready for bed - like NOW - and my body has already acclimated to having to wake up at 6:30am each morning, even on weekends when I have a little extra time to sleep. We wake up in the morning and gone are the glorious lazy mornings where I had plenty of time to get myself dressed and ready for the day while still enjoying a nice, hot cup of coffee and a warm toasted bagel. Now, I'm lucky if I even have time to make some coffee and it will be cold for sure by the time I actually get around to drinking it. Scarlett is getting good at eating her breakfast in the car or even just waiting until her first recess to have a "morning snack" instead. 

We're still settling in to our new routine.  We could definitely use a bit more organization in the morning and better time management, but we're figuring it out. I finally asked the front office at Scarlett's school to explain to me how the hot lunch option works and it's super easy. Scarlett is looking forward to her very first hot lunch at school tomorrow! I'm excited to hear how she likes it! 

I think this new chapter in our lives is going to work out just fine. As soon as we get the kinks figured out - probably by the time she starts junior high, right?? 

love & cupcakes, 
elissa




8.20.2016

Scarlett Style - A Study in Blue...



So, since Scarlett has started school and had to wear a uniform everyday for the past week, this week's Scarlett Style is a bit weird... It's only uniforms. All blue and white - all the time. Enjoy! 










Even with such strict uniform guidelines, somehow Scarlett still managed to make her own unique style known... She's embracing the whole uniform thing and running with it. 

love & cupcakes, 
elissa



8.19.2016

currently...





Reading - I'm still reading Winter. It's slow going, but I'm finding more time in the day to sneak some reading in. And sacrificing some sleep to finish a few more pages! 

Watching - I'm bingeing on Private Practice lately. I'm loving it! 

Anticipating - Nick and I are having a date night this weekend - it feels like it's been such a long time since we've had one. I can't wait! 

Listening To - The girls have been making their own Spotify playlists and they're just getting more and more filled with Kidz Bop songs... Blargh. 

Eating - I made pulled BBQ chicken sandwiches the other day and they're were awesome! I'm glad that I tried to make something new and a bit different. I might have added something new to our recipe rotation. 

Working On - I made the girls some car binders for when we're in the car. They're full of coloring pages and drawing/writing assignments and I'm working on adding new pages to it every few days to keep it fresh. They seem to really enjoy it! 

Wishing - I'm still wishing for Nick to find the most amazing new job. He's been on a few on-site interviews and even has another one scheduled for a little over a week from now. Hopefully amazing new opportunities are on the horizon for us! 

How has your week been? I'm so glad that it's Friday - it's been a looooong week... What are you up to?

love & cupcakes, 
elissa


Isabelle-tastic Thursday - On a Friday!


[Sorry! I got busy yesterday and completely let the day get away from me. Here's Isabelle's post - a day late!]









Today, we went to the beach. When we go there, people expect us to go into the ocean. But guess what? We just swim in a little like pond. We played with our sand toys, a kid like surf board, and a thing for sliding down hills. We had a total blast!!!!!!!!!
We also stayed there around three(3) hours. Hope you liked my third piece of writing.

Have an Isabelle-tastic day!