Things Ollie Says

This kid of mine!  Life with him keeps getting better and better.  Two and half is the best age!  Oliver can carry on a conversation.  The silliest things pop into his head at any given moment.  He can't hang up any FaceTime call without hugging and kissing each and every person on the other line.  Oliver is about 90% potty trained!!  Woo Who!  He thanks me every day for making him dinner and he is obsessed with baseball.  His favorite toys are the silly little toys he gets from McDonalds or Walgreens.  Ollie takes the better part of an hour to put to bed.  He likes to fake cry then watch himself doing so in the mirror.  Seriously.  He is just so fun and I am so lucky to be his mama.  Now, some of the silly and hilarious things I've heard come out of Ollie's mouth lately.

Kids are funny

We went shopping at Old Navy the other day and he told his dad: "We went to Old Lady, Dad."

We sat down to dinner the other day and Ollie say's, "Okay guys, let's talk."  /   we say: "what do you want to talk about?"  /   Ollie: "school."

I came home from work the other day and he ran up to me and said, "Oh!  I like your dress, mom!  Nice dress!"

A muppet came on a comercial and Ollie says: "Name!(?)"   /  I say: ugh...Bob.  /  Ollie: Bob Seger!  

Not sure where he got this one, and I've been trying to get to the bottom of it.  When he is having trouble climbing on to our bed he says, "I'm not drunk, mom."

The other day he was driving is battery powered VW bus around, abruptly stopped and exclaimed, "I got to get gas!"

Kyle talks about baseball to Oliver on the daily.  When asked who his favorite Tiger is, he has said "Ian Kinser" (lead-off batter and 2nd base) since the beginning of the season.  The other day, Kyle got him out of bed and unprompted the very first thing Ollie says: José Iglesias, favorite Tiger.  /   Kyle: What about Ian Kinsler?    /   Ollie: Huh...No.  José Iglesias.

photo: A. Fatouros Photography

 

5 Kitchen Styling Essentials

Do you look at at beautiful photos of impeccable kitchens on Instagram, Pinterest and the internet at large on the daily?  Do you wonder how these styling magicians take it to the next level?  If you look closely at some of your favorite pins they have a few key pieces in just about every kitchen.  These items are often functional, they add texture, color and height and symmetry.   Below are my recommendations and picks for five must-have kitchen styling accessories.  


FRUIT BOWL

5 Kitchen Styling Essentials


ART

5 Kitchen Styling Essentials


VASE

5 Kitchen Styling Essentials


UTENSIL VESSEL 

5 Kitchen Styling Essentials


WOODEN CUTTING BOARD

5 Kitchen Styling Essentials

photos: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

Summer Bucket List

Next week it's officially summer, this week I sat down and came up with a little list to tick off in the next two and a half months. 


TAKE A BIKE RIDE WITH MY BABE

Summer Bucket List

Wish this were something that was easier to do on the regular.  Unfortunately, we live on a dead end street off the main road, that's on a pretty steep hill.  Leaving from our house and starting the ride is a challenge, and the other little issue is that we don't have a baby seat or even bikes that are in riding condition.  


VISIT STORM KING SCULPTURE GARDEN

Summer Bucket List - Storm King

Storm King is a 500 acre sculpture park and widely celebrated as one of the world's best!  And it's right in our back yard, just 30 minutes away.  Looks like a fun place for an art-loving mom to take her babe to burn off some energy!


ATTEND AN OUTDOOR CONCERT

Summer Bucket List - Outdoor concert

One of my favorite summer activities as teenager was going to outdoor summer concerts.  Always on the lawn.  There's something so magical about laying your blanket down and settling in for some good music.  


GETAWAY TO A CLASSIC NEW ENGLAND DESTINATION

Summer Bucket List

I've been to Cape Cod once, when I first moved to New York, but never since.  I am feeling like I haven't taken advantage of living on the East Coast.  I've never been to Martha's Vineyard.  I've never been to Nantucket.  I've never been Block Island.  I think it's time to explore!


MAKE AN OUTDOOR MOVIE THEATER

Outdoor Movie Theater

A few years back I bought a little projector to make this a reality, but so far I've only used it for craft projects. #DIYBloggerProblems

photos: bike ride / Storm King / concert / Nantucket / outdoor movie theater 

What's on your list?