my {long} weekend in photos

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kenley’s new glasses arrived and friday was her first day wearing them!

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she’s not the only one getting new glasses. i got my warby parker box on friday and chose a cute pair to order.

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we stayed at the reunion resort this weekend which put us very close to disney for a couple trips to the parks.

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saturday afternoon we were at animal kingdom.

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we weren’t entirely prepared for how cold it was.

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cheese!

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everest!

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kenley rode everest for the first time then went right back for more and rode it again with me.

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on sunday, we went to epcot before heading home and met some friends!

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after a lot of together time this weekend, kenley and i headed to magic kingdom while crosby and daddy played together at home. the kids definitely enjoyed some one-on-one time with each of us.

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we met up with more friends!

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castle selfie!

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she also rode space mountain for the first time this weekend. she’s quite the thrill seeker!

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minnie ears for the girls. we had such a fun day together.

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we had a great long weekend packed full of disney fun. how as your weekend?

Christmas Break, cont.

My favorite photo floating around social media this year included the phrase “the bit between Christmas and the New Year when you don’t know what day it is or who you are”. I definitely felt that this year. It was a weird week coming back from Christmas in Sarasota on Tuesday, then going back to work the following Tuesday. We had a jam packed week and it honestly flew by!

Crosby spent most of his time out of school in his pajamas and the kids loved their new sleeping bag/pillow combos they got for Christmas. There was a lot of cartoon and movie watching done from them.

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On Friday, Heather and I got our 26.2 tattoos and Michelle got her nose pierced! Kenley was pumped that Livie came over to play during that time. Also, don’t let my smiles fool you, that little sucker really hurt even though he was done in less than two minutes.

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Greg and I snuck out for happy hour on Friday to celebrate Ryan’s new job!

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On Saturday, we got to see our friends in from Montreal! I love seeing these kids together again around our table. They picked up right where they left off from their last visit in July. It was so good to catch up over Moscow mules and instant pot chili.

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Greg worked a few days during the break, so we headed out to Light Up UCF on NYE to do some ice-skating while he was working. They also got me on the ferris wheel which I was not a fan of, but the views were pretty good.

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Greg and I capped off our Christmas break with a trip to the Peach Bowl in Atlanta which I will share more about this week. Thankfully, my parents stayed until the 2nd and were able to watch the kiddos for the day. We had such a great break and were so thankful to see both of our families and lots of friends.

 

my weekend in photos

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family movie night! we watched despicable me 3.

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by the doctor’s order, i put my leg into the cold pool to ice it on saturday morning…when it was 46 degrees out. thank goodness for hot coffee.

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they thought it was hilarious.

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crosby and wyatt… i mean, batman and spiderman in the house.

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a little game time before bed.

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post-church lunch at rock & brews.

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we celebrated jackson’s birthday with a chicago and airplane party. i had to sport my chicago shirt for the occasion.

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i’m not sure when he got this old.

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back at it on sunday evening. kenley was excited to take my picture again.

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we had a much needed relaxing weekend. i spent most of the day on saturday cleaning out our kitchen and packing up boxes for donation, thanks to a simplified life. it was a perfect weekend to kick off the new year.

how was your weekend?

Florida Christmas {2017}

We headed down to Sarasota this year to celebrate Christmas in Florida with Greg’s family. We had an amazing five days filled with family, fun, and sun.

The kids spent a lot of time in and on the water. It was way too cold for me to even think about getting in. The boys caught several fish from the dock and I paddle boarded with the manatees!

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We had dinner out on the circle on Saturday night and spent some time at the beach on Christmas Eve.

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We opened presents on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The kids spent the rest of our time playing with their presents.

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We had such a great visit and a wonderful Christmas with Greg’s family. We loved seeing the Gilbos in Florida and the kids especially loved seeing their older cousins!

so long 2017

January

Our new year started with a trip to the new and improved Orlando Science Center.
We went up in the Orlando Eye and visited the Sea Life Aquarium and Madame Tussauds.
Greg built floating shelves and we updated our pantry.
We went to Legoland to check out the new Ninjago ride.
Kenley mastered how to ride her bike without training wheels!
The kids celebrated their 100th day of school.
Kenley and I ran the Lady Track Shack 5k and I ran the Celebration half marathon.

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February

We celebrated lots of birthdays this month including Kyler, Caelyn, and Caleb.
Greg and I attended the Chef’s Gala at Epcot with Heather and Nathan.
We have a lovely Valentine’s Day.
Mary Beth was in town so we got in a quick visit together!
Greg and I got away for two other date nights.

March

I ran the BDR half marathon in downtown Orlando.
We went to Legoland for one of the Lego Batman movie days.
We spent the night in Jacksonville and I ran the Gate River Run 15k.
Megan and her crew visited Orlando, so we played at the park!
Both kids started playing soccer through the YMCA.
My parents came down for spring break and we sailed the Disney Dream!
We saw the Mets and Braves play a spring training baseball game at Disney.
Greg and I saw the Magic play the Thunder, including Victor Oladipo.

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April

Soccer season was underway.
We celebrated Hudson’s third birthday and Luke’s fifth birthday.
Kenley was down for three days thanks to the flu.
Greg and I attended the third annual UCF Celebrates the Arts.
We used our Seaworld annual passes one last time before they expired.
Easter Sunday was celebrated with church and brunch with friends.
Kenley turned five and a half and Crosby turned three and a half.
We played at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort and I ran the Dark Side half marathon!
We stayed at the Legoland Beach Retreat with the Herolds!

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May

Kenley got registered for kindergarten and took a tour of her new school.
Meemaw came to visit for the weekend.
The kids had a field trip at Seaworld.
Maggi and Greg were in town and we spent time with the newly engaged couple.
We had a triple date night at the Orlando City Soccer game and loved it!
Kenley started gymnastics.
The school year ended for the kids with water day!
We headed to Sarasota for Memorial Day weekend to enjoy the beach and see family.
Kenley graduated from VPK at the Orlando REP Theatre.

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June

The kids started summer camp!
Our city mourned the loss of the 49 lives one year after the Pulse shooting.
We hit up the Orlando Science Center and Greg and I went to our first Science Night Live!
Greg and I went to another Orlando City Soccer game.
We celebrated daddy for Father’s Day and saw Cars 3.
Kenley got her ears pierced!
I started training for the Chicago marathon.
We headed to Sarasota for a visit with Grammy.

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July

We celebrated 4th of July with friends. food, and fireworks.
Greg and I celebrated our nine year anniversary at the Metallica concert.
Kenley and I went back to school shopping for school supplies and school clothes.
We had a hot trip to Legoland.
Greg and I had several date nights including our first time at Paddlefish in Disney Springs.
The Burnetts were visiting from Canada!
We hosted a back to school pool party.
Marathon training continued. I ran a lot of miles in the month of July.

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August

The summer flew by and the kids finished summer camp.
I took the kids up to Indiana for a long weekend before school started.
Kenley started kindergarten and Crosby started at his old school, then started a new school two weeks later.
The fall soccer season began for Kenley.
I ran, a lot.

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September

We headed to Sarasota for Labor Day weekend.
Hurricane Irma through our month all out of whack.
We were without power for four days and became Disney annual pass holders!
I saw Mumford & Sons at Amway with the girls.
Marathon training continued and I did a lot of running.

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October

We headed up to Chicago and I ran the Chicago Marathon!
Maggi and Greg got married in Cancun, Mexico!
We headed to Leogland for Brick or Treat.
Kenley turned six years old and Crosby turned four years old.
Greg and I also celebrated our birthdays, too.
We got our family pictures taken with a gorgeous red truck.
The kids were Batgirl and Batman for Halloween.

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November

We celebrated Friendsgiving with friends from both of the kids’ schools.
Sesame Street Live was at Daddy’s work!
The Mangos visited so we went to Legoland.
The Petittos visited and we went to Disney on Thanksgiving.
My parents came down for Thanksgiving weekend.
Greg and I went to Philly to for Melissa’s wedding!

December

We celebrated Fenn’s birthday the same day UCF went undefeated for the season!
We worked our way through our advent calendar activities for the Christmas season.
Kenley and I saw My Son Pinocchio, Jr. at her elementary school.
We spent a Saturday at Hollywood Studios.
Crosby and I celebrated Cari’s birthday by roller skating!
We walked through the Christmas Tree Trail at Disney Springs.
We celebrated Christmas in Sarasota with Greg’s family.
The Burnetts were in town for a visit from Montreal.
My parents were in town to end the year and ring in the new year.

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2017 was pretty amazing.

A look back: 2016 // 2015 // 2014 // 2013 // 2012 // 2011

monthly miles {december}

Total miles:  43.37 miles — I started off the month really strong, but ended the month with a sore calf, yet again.

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Fun places I ran:  Sarasota, along the beach, along with the normal spots in our neighborhoods. Thank goodness for several cold runs this month!

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Races I ran: No races this month.

Favorite running thing this month:  My brand-spanking new 26.2 tattoo.

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Longest run:  8 miles, though it should have been more.

Non-running workouts:  The elliptical, boot camp, and piyo at Y as well as stand up paddle boarding in Sarasota.

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Next month: I am registered for the Celebration half marathon and the Lady Track Shack 5k. Kenley will also be running the 5k, so I am excited to run it with her.

2017 was a great running year… here’s to 2018!

 

Family Photos {2017}

In the midst of our crazy, busy month of October, we had our family photos taken for 2017. I jumped at the opportunity to have them taken with the cutest red truck I’ve ever seen. I am so thrilled with how they turned out. Our sweet friend, Michelle, was seriously amazing!

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May your days be merry and bright!