my weekend in photos

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friday night pajama party!

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saturday morning run.

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all the coffees.

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saturday piyo.

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shopping at disney springs.

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incredibles ii! it was so good.

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our first stop on our brew tour.

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celery city craft!

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loved celebrating this guy!

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family selfie.

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dads doing beers.

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sanford brewing company

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wop’s hops brewery. the kids loved it, obviously.

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happy father’s day to all the dads!

 

Hollywood Studios {June 2018}

To kick off the first couple days of summer, we headed to Hollywood Studios on June 1st. This was a much anticipated trip as it was the first ride on the Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster for a few of the friends. The morning started with a trip to Starbucks to fuel the day.

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We thought we may have time for Star Tours before our first fast pass but it took a while to get into the park, so we headed straight for Tower of Terror. We ended up doing child swap and taking turns going up in the tower. Kenley lucked out and got to ride it twice.

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After Tower of Terror we saw the Frozen Sing Along show. This was our first time seeing the show and I am truly disappointed in us. The show is hilarious! I kept telling Greg that I can’t wait for him to see it.

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We hit up Star Tours next before it was lunch time!

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We opted for some indoor activities after lunch and saw the Muppets in 3D! It was a cute show, but not as cool in there as we had hoped.

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Before heading over to what we thought would be our last fast pass of the day, we met Chewbacca!

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Riding Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster with six year olds is the best. The looks on their faces are priceless. They both love the ride so much, but the start of it gets them every time.

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Half of our party were able to snag an additional fast pass for Toy Story in the evening, so Remi in guest relations hooked us all up with fast passes AND free ice cream for the kids. Obviously, we got a selfie with him. Our day had been extended a couple more hours, so we headed back out for some dinner.

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We caught the Little Mermaid show before ending the day with Toy Story! It was such a long day, but so much fun!

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We kicked off summer the best way we knew how and these mamas were tired by the end of the day!

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my weekend in photos

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kenley started her summer with soccer camp at ucf and finished on friday! she had such a great time.

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lunch dates.

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saturday morning run crew.

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saturday bike ride to the park.

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we headed to animal kingdom on saturday afternoon and evening. crosby was apparently boycotting photos.

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doc mcstuffins!

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our first time riding dinosaur!

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everest!

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crazy kiddos!

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dinner with a view.

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so hot!

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kenley and i saw aladdin on sunday afternoon. cassie was abu!

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another busy weekend! how was yours?

my weekend in photos

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we took the {older} kiddos to hollywood studios on friday. more pics to come!

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saturday chores.

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of course it started pouring right before our dinner reservation!

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we hit two stops on the ale trail after dinner.

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first pool party of the season. so many kids. so much fun.

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i can’t believe these girls are first graders!

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selfie.

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the moms.

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the dads.

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mommy time in the pool.

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we had such a fun weekend. we could have used another day to recover from the weekend. 

how was yours?

my {long} weekend in photos

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kenley’s end of year luau was friday. i can’t believe the school year is just about over.

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on our way to sarasota, we made a short detour to stop by concord coffee in lakeland!

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delicious iced coffee in the cutest coffee shop.

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reading during lunch.

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we opted for some indoor fun on a rainy saturday.

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we had a short break in the rain so we headed out on the water.

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this was our workout for the day.

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hot tub for these two…in the rain.

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we headed down to the beach on sunday morning to see what was happening. the skies were ominous and the waves were crazy! tropical storm alberto was passing by.

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my guy.

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my boy.

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we chased this little crab to get a pic.

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memorial day cookout with cousins.

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we had a great time celebrating bobby’s birthday!

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the kids had so much fun.

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we had such a fun weekend in sarasota with grammy. though it rained most of the weekend, we did get to see the sun for just a little bit. we headed back home today to prep for the last couple days of school before summer officially begins!

happy memorial day!

Friday I’m in Love {May}

It’s been a while (an entire year, actually!) since I’ve shared my Friday loves, so I am back! Misha and I will be turning this into a monthly gig, but I definitely wanted to bring it back because it’s some of my favorite posts to write. I also love hearing what you guys are loving, so please share!

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{1} Summer is here and I was ahead of the game in the swim suit department this year. I was impressed with the Athleta catalog that I received in the mail, particularly the shape, body type, lack of airbrushing on the models, and of course the cute suits, so I thought I would check them out. I found the Offshore Reversible Bikini and Tankini and fell in love. I tend to go with more sporty suits and this one fit the bill. I ordered all three pieces online and they fit perfectly! I will definitely keep an eye out for more sales this summer.

{2} I’ve been taking graduate courses for a while now and I am currently on hiatus (hence the impending blog revival), so I actually have time to read for fun! I got the Kindle Paperwhite for Christmas and I’m so excited to get some good use out of it this summer. I recently joined Goodreads to keep track of books I want to read, so please feel free to send me suggestions! Related, we all just got library cards at our local library. The kids were so excited to check books out for the first time. I am planning many trips to the library this summer!

{3} We just finished the season finale of Timeless this week. This show is so good! I will be devastated if it doesn’t get renewed for next season. We’re also getting back into The Crown on Netflix after a hiatus, especially after the royal wedding this past weekend. Give me all things royal family right now.

{4} The kids have been wearing Hanna Andersson pajamas for a while now and I may have already mentioned how much I love them. But, I am here to say how much we are still in love with them. The quality is unbeatable. It’s amazing how well they hold up after being worn and washed so many times. The regular price tag is high, but you can definitely find them on sale (like, right now!), which puts the price comparable to other brands. PS, here is a link for 20% off.

{5} The Letterfolk boards have been all the rage lately. I am currently eyeing the mini boards for my new office. I’ve been using ours for my favorite praise and worship lyrics, mostly because I’m not that creative with the sayings, but I love walking by it each day and reciting what it says. I also love following Letterfolk on Instagram and seeing all of the witty sayings that others come up with. People are so clever, I’m envious!

Happy Friday! What are you loving this month?

 

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USA Beach Running Championships {race recap}

On Cinco de Mayo we loaded up the SUVs and headed to Cocoa Beach for a girls night 10k race. We spent the afternoon getting settled in the hotel, picking up our race packets, and shopping at Ron Jon Surf Shop before heading to the port for dinner.

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We listened to live music, enjoyed some margaritas, and had dinner before heading back to the hotel. Once we arrived back, Vanessa and Juliana were ready to join in on the fun! We stayed up way too late laughing and enjoying our time without having to worry about bedtime routines, considering we had a race the next morning.

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5:45am came very early and we all reluctantly rolled out of bed to make our way to the beach for the 10k. The race had a half marathon option and a 10k option, both entirely on the beach. We all were running the 10k, so we waited for the half marathoners to be on their way fore it was time for our race to start.

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While others have run this race in previous years, it was my first time (spoiler alert, also my last time). Heather and I started off playing catch up with group because it was pretty packed at the start of the race. We ran pretty quick for the first mile and caught up with Cristina and Tracy. That was the end of the quick running. Once we caught up with them, we decided to switch to intervals, which eventually turned into more walking than running.

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It was a beautiful day at the beach. The ocean and the waves were gorgeous, but the part of the beach where the sand was nice and packed was covered by the tide. As we were running, we would creep down to the packed sand only to be dodging the incoming tide in order to keep our shoes dry. The dry sand was loose and slanted. From what I’ve heard, the hurricane really impacted the beach and the race conditions in previous years weren’t as bad.

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The race was 3.1 miles out and 3.1 miles back. As usual, the way out felt longer than the way back. By the time we were at mile 5, I was just ready to be done. The finish line was pretty far up the beach away from the water so the sand was very loose making it that much harder to get the seahorse medal. But alas, we finished, snapped a quick picture, and headed straight for the food.

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We headed back to the hotel for a quick shower before our families arrived to enjoy the rest of the morning at the beach. Overall, the beach race was a great experience. I am so glad that I did it. We had such a great time the entire time we were there. But, with that being said, I’ll be okay not running it again! I think I’m going to stick to road races.