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This was the longest week everrrr. No, really.

Samantha was knocked out with a mystery illness that started last Monday. When she was still running a high fever on Wednesday, I took her to the doctor where they could find nothing wrong with her aside from the fever.

Listening to their instructions, we headed back into the office on Friday (that’s us and her new polar bear in the waiting room) for blood work since the fevers hadn’t let up. Still unsure what was up, they tested her for a bunch of things including Lyme disease and West Nile virus.

Cue a weekend-long waiting game. On Saturday they told us her white blood cell count was good and they thought it was a virus. Slight breath of relief.

Since my girl couldn’t do much of anything we spent most of the week playing games. Zingo is one of her favorites (she likes to tell everyone that it’s “Bingo with a zing!”). We had to rapidly throw any chips we couldn’t use at Ellie to make sure little Godzilla didn’t tear our boards apart. She wanted to play so badly!

Come Monday my poor girl was no better. We headed back to the doctor for a physical and a follow up. This time, we saw her actual pediatrician who immediately asked me if she had been coughing when he listened to her lungs. Babycakes has pneumonia.

I never thought I’d be glad to hear that, but it was so nice to know what was going on and what we could do to make her feel better. We picked up her prescription and headed home for more games.

Side note for anyone who doesn’t have children: if you ever decide to have any, they are the perfect excuse to start playing your favorite childhood games again. We’re playing Old Maid here.

When we got bored of games, we turned to coloring. Samantha got a couple of huge coloring books for Christmas and they really came in handy this week. We both worked on this one–with a few stray scribbles from the Ellie monster.

And lest you think my little bean was all subdued and well behaved because she knew her big sister wasn’t feeling well, think again. Miss Elyssa loved having more opportunity for trouble. “Oh, momma is taking Sammie’s temperature? Perfect time to hop in the sink!”

Ellie also seriously enjoyed her first tastes of chocolate pudding. Believe me, I don’t start out with the intention of letting her get filthy. On the contrary, I really tried to feed her myself. But this girl is stubborn. When she wants something she will make a big stink until she gets it. And you know what? Pudding doesn’t cause any harm. I let her go crazy.

As wild as my little one can be, she’s also the sweetest most cuddly little thing. Shots like this are why she’ll continue to get away with murder!



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Last week was Sam’s last at camp for the summer. And I have to tell you, Ellie showed off the drama lessons she’s taken from her sister. On more than one occasion I found her looking at pictures of her sister and pouting (this one doesn’t really count because she’s going through an album of Sam’s baby pictures, but still). On one particular occasion she pouted before cooing at the photo and kissing her sister. The cuteness factor was just about unbearable.

When she wasn’t being equal parts cute and dramatic, she was terrorizing me. She learned that she can push chairs around this week (sidenote: the girl is strong. She was leisurely wandering around the house with my five-pound weight ball the other day, calling me to make sure I saw). Her new favorite activity is pushing the chair up against the counter and breaking into the massive pretzel container we keep there. She likes to take a bite out of one and then put it back in and look for one that might taste better. She also likes to stash them in the KitchenAid mixer that sits on the counter.

We got some cousin time in on Saturday. This is one of the few times these two were smiling. I swear, they’re like brother and sister. They miss the crap out of each other when they’re not together but they are at each other’s throats when they’re reunited.

Side note: I love the little devil plotting her next move in the background.

Sams had a birthday party this weekend. She’s very much into creating her own wrapping paper, which is fine by me! Boredom fighting activity + inexpensive supplies = fabulous in my book.

Speaking of cheap boredom busters, I put together a little Pinterest-inspired boredom jar on Sam’s last day of camp. That morning, all I heard was how bored she was and how there was nothing to dooooo. I had visions of hearing nothing but that phrase for the next three weeks, so I had to do something about it. Thus, my little jar of boredom busters was born.

We had planned on going to the pool yesterday, but it was all dreary and rainy so we had to turn to The Jar. It’s filled with little popsicle sticks that have fun little activities on them (more on this soon, I promise). She picked one that said “design your own t-shirt” and was absolutely dumbfounded. She could do such a thing?!

I pulled out an over-sized white t-shirt and some fabric markers and let her go to town. I’ll post a photo of her finished product soon!

Last but not least, here’s my little bean out cold–presumably dreaming of ways to make us laugh and scare the pants off her poor mother.

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On Friday night, my brother Tommy had a show at a local coffeehouse. It’s been awhile since he had one and I have to say, he rocked it.

It was sort of a running joke (if you can call it that?) that I would end up crying at every one of his shows while pregnant with Ellie. I joked with my mom early on in the show that we could be sure that I’m not pregnant (don’t worry, I’m not) if I didn’t cry.

Well. I cried. Like a baby. He played a song about our dad that I had never heard before and it was heartbreaking and wonderful at the same time. For those that don’t know, my dad died from brain cancer when I was 14 and Tommy (my youngest sibling) was 8. But that’s a story for another day.

In case you can’t tell, I can’t get enough of this messy face! My friend Janine was telling me this morning that when she showed her husband this picture after I posted it on Instagram, he thought he had already seen it. He hadn’t. She’s just that messy and I just post that many pictures of her messiness. The culprit this time was a blueberry smoothie. She loved it, of course!

My husband worked on Saturday, so the girls and I decided to take a walk that morning before it got too hot. Apparently, leaving our house before 9 wasn’t early enough.

We started out with lots of enthusiasm. Sam brought her binoculars to look for birds. She even jogged a bit. But then we hit a wall. A sweaty, cranky, breathless wall. I ended up carrying her on my back for awhile. She was, however, thrilled to do a little “balance beam” action on a fence we passed. Gymnastics is her favorite Olympic sport, with diving coming in just behind it.

Later that day, we met our buddies at the riverfront for a little festival that was going on. We sweat some more, wandered through booths, had an unsuccessful experience with the bouncy slide (it was way too hot!), and found a craft table. The girls made sculptures while Ben tried to make a little print, which would have been more successful if the ladies running that station were more kid friendly. Still, the kids had a blast. We capped it off by stopping in the delicious bakery that was right by where we found parking. Ellie had (and thoroughly enjoyed) her first linzer tart.

Somewhere in our travels, the girls went headband crazy. Sam started giggling wildly when she put on one of Ellie’s headbands and then we all lost it when Ellie put on this headband, which is oversized on adults (I made it for our bohemian Bijou shoot). Ellie will do just about anything for a laugh–especially one from her big sister!

Last but not least, this one was from yesterday. We decided to go back-to-school shopping at Target after picking Sam up from camp (they’re having crazy good sales this week!). Seems she couldn’t keep those little eyes open after gymnastics and ping pong and bouncy castle jumping and whatever else she did at camp.

Follow along all week @atouchoflovely.

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I feel like a couple of weeks have been packed into this last one. We did so much! Let’s start with a typical morning…

Samantha generally gets up with the sun. She just can’t fathom opening her eyes, seeing that the sun is out and going back to sleep. For her that’s just ridiculous. Luckily, she’s finally at an age where she doesn’t (always) wake me up the second she gets up. Instead, she’s been making incredibly detailed drawings. One of my favorites is this mermaid she made this week (she’s still in sea creature mode from our trip to the aquarium). It’s currently framed and sitting on top of our bookshelf.

Then there’s Ellie. I like it when she finds herself in places like this. At least she’s contained…

When she’s not contained, she’s in places like this. We can no longer keep chairs around any of our tables when she’s loose. If you turn your back for a second, she pulls out a chair and stands on the table with a devilish grin.

On Friday, we went to Jumpin’ Jeepers (which is more or less a big indoor playground) with our friends. The kids had a blast. This is Ellie with her buddy Caroline.

And here she is going for a ride with her future boyfriend, Benny. The big girls were too busy running around like maniacs to get a picture.

Later that night we went to our friends’ house for a game night to celebrate Chris’ birthday. How awesome is this cake Janine’s coworker made for Chris?!

On Saturday the girls and I went to lunch with my mom. Since I usually show pictures of the mess Miss Elyssa makes of herself, I thought I’d show a shot of the mess she makes of me. This is her tomato sauce hand print on my jeans.

On Sunday, the girls and I headed out to Long Island for the first stop on our mini-getaway: my in-law’s house. This is Samantha getting serious with her bubble wand while ready for spying action with a new pair of old binoculars from her Papa.

She also got to play cards and get some cuddle time with her Uncle Colin (though their last game of Old Maid was highly contested).

The next morning we headed out to East Hampton, where my husband’s aunts have an amazing house. I have way too few pictures of the fun we had there, but that’s mostly because I spent a lot of  my time making sure my little animal was safe. Samantha did a lot of swimming (and blowing water out of pool noodles) while Ellie enjoyed throwing things into the pool for her sister to fetch.

We also wandered around town and through Sag Harbor. Samantha’s absolute favorite stop (aside from the ice cream place in East Hampton) was a sea shell store in Sag Harbor. She could have spent all day in there.

We also fell in love with this wall of vintage handkerchiefs in the house’s master bedroom. This shot does it absolutely no justice. The entire wall is filled with framed handkerchiefs that Eileen picked out. It is seriously amazing and has me and Samantha thinking of similar things we can do in our own house.

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Why not start off with the obligatory face stuffing photo? This shot is of my favorite little piglet thoroughly enjoying some homemade pizza that Samantha and Tim made the other day.

On Saturday, we headed over to my mom’s (for some more pizza!) for a lunch date with my sister and my fat-cheeked niece, Olivia. This little munchkin was a few weeks early, but you’d never know it. Her briefly skinny little thighs are now big and fat–and those delicious cheeks speak for themselves!

Here’s a little look at Ellie loving on her cousin. She was madly in love–a little bit too in love, with lots of grabbing and belly patting and grabbing for eyelashes. It’s so amazing to see a nurturing, maternal instinct kick in at such a young age.

Speaking of maternal instincts, Samantha has loved to take on a mommy role for as long as I can remember. I love the look on her face as she’s staring at her sleeping cousin. She decided Olivia is the cutest baby in the world–even cuter than her sister! She doesn’t give that award out often!

Because I can’t get enough of these ladies, I had to include another shot. My nephew wasn’t around for this play date, but we’ll get him in there on Saturday when we invade my sister’s house (with Ellie in tow, any visit is an invasion).

This one isn’t the best quality, but it’s my little babycakes out cold after a long day. She looks just like her big sister here.

Once our crazy girls were asleep, my husband and I were on a bit of a board game streak this week. This shot is from the most brutal game of Trivial Pursuit ever. We played for about an hour and probably answered five questions correctly–combined. We stopped after I got a piece of cheese which means I’m the superior player, right?

Yesterday was Samantha’s first day of summer camp and Ellie and I were at a bit of a loss of what to do with ourselves. She’s trying to be a crafty little artist like her big sister here while mommy tries to get some work done. Gotta love Color Wonder markers! She can draw all over herself without leaving a mark–and believe me, she will draw all over herself.

This shot is of one of the sweetest/saddest moments of the week. Ellie escaped from my clutches for a minute while I was cleaning up and this is how I found her: tucked in to her sister’s bed with the book we’ve been reading at bedtime this week with a sad little look on her face. What you can’t exactly see is that she fished a pair of her sister’s underwear out of her closet and put them around her neck before climbing up.

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