my weekend in photos

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friday night sunset.

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friday was parents’ night out at the y, so we went out for dinner and drinks while the kids had a blast playing.

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our run on saturday was a struggle, but at least i got to see these lovely ladies.

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we headed to legoland in the afternoon.

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riding the horses!

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after an unsuccessful attempt to ride the new ninjago ride, we headed back towards the end of the day to try one more time and walked right on! it was super cool.

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rawr!

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after a morning of homework and meal prep, we headed outside before the storms rolled in.

when we got the bikes out, i asked kenley if she wanted to take her training wheels off. she ran inside to ask greg to take them off. after two tries, she was on her way! she did such a great job!

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we had a good weekend! today was hit or miss due to some poor listening ears, but kenley is so excited about her training wheels coming off!

how was your weekend?

Friday I’m in Love

Happy Friday! I apologize for missing last Friday, but now that the semester has started, my Friday loves may not happen each week. I’ll do my best! The good news about skipping a week is that there is more to love, so let’s get started!

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The Gap x Disney collection was released right after Christmas and it is absolutely adorable. There are so many cute things for babies, toddlers, and kids. It seems there are some items that are already out of stock, but I am eyeing a couple of things for the kids.

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I have shared a couple good books recently and I am always adding to my must-read list. Here are 7 books to help you feel fabulous right now.

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We have been trying a lot of new, healthy recipes over the past couple of weeks. Michelle and I have been testing them out and swapping the good recipes that we find on Pinterest. This week we had BBQ Chicken Zucchini Boats which were a huge hit! We are really loving zucchini boats. They are a great alternative to carbs and surprisingly really filling. I highly recommend if you’re looking for a new recipe next week.

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I also am loving my Instant Pot. I have had it for almost a year now and I am finally feeling comfortable with it, even though I haven’t even scratched the surface of what it can do. I frequently use it for hard-boiled eggs, quinoa, brown rice, sweet potatoes, and chicken. It’s been clutch on our big meal prep days on the weekend. I am excited to expand my horizons and start using more of the settings. Ha!

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my [long] weekend in photos

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friday date night.

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10 miles on saturday with the girls. we headed to the cross seminole trail for a change of pace. it was a great run.

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we had these crazy kiddos over for dinner on saturday night. they had such a great time.

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sunday park time!

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after a hard workout at the y and a trip to aldi, i spent a couple hours in the kitchen doing some serious meal prep. i knocked out some breakfasts, lunches, and dinners for the week.

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this is where greg spent most of the weekend, with a special appearance of one of our rental cars (that’s a story for another day). we took on a big project and it looks great! i’ll be sharing soon!

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just in case you needed a smile going into the week.

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we had a great long weekend. we did some work around the house, watched football, and saw some friends.

how was your weekend?

my weekend in photos

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my morning run got cancelled due to the nasty weather so we headed to the y, which was crazy packed. greg and i headed out for a run in the rain after dropping the kids off and it was so fun.

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we had some gloomy weather on saturday, so we headed down to i-drive to do some touristy things.

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our first stop was the orlando eye! it was our first time up in the eye and it was really fun. we’ll definitely go back when the weather is nicer to hopefully see more.

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our next stop was the sealife aquarium. kenley and i have been on a field trip, but it was the first time for the boys.

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checking out the scuba diver!

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our last stop was madame tussauds which was actually really cool. i definitely would like to go back when it is less crowded.

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the rain brought in some chilly weather which made for a cold run this morning. it was 36 degrees, which felt like 31 and i now realize i do not own warm running clothes. brr.

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warming up with hot lattes!

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after church and lots of meal prepping, kenley talked us into going to the park. these florida kids didn’t last long.

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we didn’t either.

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we had a good weekend with some great winter weather. how was your weekend?

Friday I’m in Love

Happy Friday and happy new year!

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There is just something exciting about the first week of the year. We were back to work and back to school on Tuesday, so it was great to start the year with a four day week. I think we all were excited about a fresh start. We’ve been diligent about our work-out schedules this week, as well as keeping the house tidy after taking down all of the Christmas decorations. Here’s to making it a habit this year!

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We have been really on top of our game this week with our breakfast, lunch, and dinners. I have been thinking about sharing our meal plan on a weekly basis, but for now, I’ll share it here. We did a lot of food shopping and prepping Monday, so I was really thankful to have that extra day this week to devote to getting ahead. For breakfasts this week, I made Italian Sausage Egg Muffins which been quick and easy to warm up each day. For lunches, Greg and I had jar salads. It was my first time doing these and I am hooked! They are so easy and super filling. Our favorite dinner this week was Buffalo Chicken Sweet Potatoes, but I’m also excited to try our Mexican Chicken Zucchini Boats tonight, inspired by this recipe. In the spirit of keeping it real, I will also share that the guilty pleasure we’ve been loving this week is the Cheez-Its Snack Mix. Oh my, that stuff addicting! I am hopeful we can keep this momentum going past the first week of the new year.

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I have been getting back into podcasts lately. I haven’t listened to many since the first season of Serial, but the two I have been loving lately are Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey and I’ll Have Another with Lindsey Hein. Definitely check them out!

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Attention Florida residents — The Discover Disney ticket is back this year with both 3 day and 4 day options. We are so excited to take advantage of the great deal! Also, SeaWorld is offering the Preschool Pass again!

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I am loving several books right now. Last month, I finished Emily Ley’s Grace, Not Perfection: Embracing Simplicity, Celebrating Joy and it was amazing! I highly recommend it for any woman in any stage of life right now. I am onto The Magnolia Story and loving it so far. I am hoping to get it done before my classwork ramps up. I also got a couple cookbooks for Christmas too which is helping in the meal planning department: Run Fast, Eat Slow and Inspiralize Everything.

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my weekend in photos

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before my parents left on saturday, greg and i headed out for a date night on friday night. we enjoyed our wine tasting and dinner at cooper’s hawk, then a beer at brass tap.

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as soon as we were up on saturday morning, the christmas decorations started coming down. we took a short break to celebrate jackson’s 5th birthday at the park, complete the light sabers!

the weather was nice and cool and the kids had a great time. once kenley showed crosby how to put his leg over the top of the tower, he continued to climb over and over again. it’s so fun watching him learn new things.

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after ringing in the new year, we headed to the science center on sunday morning to check out the new kidstown, as well as toytopia before it ends. the new kidstown is amazing!

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greg and the kids had already been to toytopia, but i really enjoyed learning about the history of so many toys.

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minifigure goals.

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just a little water table action on new years day.

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today was full of grocery shopping and meal prepping! so excited to start the year off on the right foot.

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balance bike ride around the block. no one was smiling by the time we got home. who’s ready to go back to school tomorrow?!

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we had a great weekend, but we’re all anxious to get back into the swing of things now that all of our visitors have gone home.

happy new year!

2016 in a nutshell.

January

We rang in the new year with my parents in town and went swimming on New Year’s Day!
The Orlando Moms Blog team got together at Bridle Oaks Barn for our Favorite Things event!
We celebrated Jackson, Lyla, and Kyler’s birthdays!
We renewed our Seaworld passes thanks to a Christmas gift from my grandparents. Greg and I went for a day date while the kids were in school.
Greg enjoyed working the Tool concert at the arena.
I ran the Lady Track Shack 5K and the Celebration Half Marathon.

February

Peyton Manning & the Denver Broncos won Super Bowl 50!
We celebrated Kennedy’s first and Caleb’s 4th birthdays.
Greg and I went to the Magic vs. Spurs game.
I went to Salt Lake City, Utah for a work conference.
Meemaw came to visit and they went to Touch-A-Truck at the arena.
I ran the MRTT Winter Virtual 5K.
I got a promotion at work and started in my new role at the end of the month.
Greg had jury duty and was on a five day civil case.

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March

We saw Disney Live! Mickey’s Magic Show at daddy’s work.
I ran the Best Damn Race 10K.
We spent the weekend at Grammy’s house and I ran the Sarasota Half Marathon.
We had some spring break visitors! The Coles were in town from Colorado, so it was great to see them. My parents arrived for our staycation.
We stayed at the Animal Kingdom Lodge for the kids’ spring break and did a lot of fun things around Disney, including Animal Kingdom.
We said au revoir to the Burnetts as they headed north to Canada.

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April

We celebrated Hudson’s second birthday and all of our half birthdays.
Greg headed up to North Carolina to visit Mango & co.
Kenley’s third soccer season started and we loved her coach and team.
Our new floors were installed in the house.
We spent two evenings at the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center for UCF Celebrates the Arts!
Crosby had his first trip to the dentist and his first trip to the ER for four stitches in his mouth/lip.
We survived our last potty training bootcamp!
It was my turn for jury duty and I was on an intense four day criminal case.

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May

I finished my two classes of the spring semester.
Kenley had two cavities filled on two different days this month.
I celebrated Ashley and baby Wall at her baby shower.
I had a wonderful Mother’s Day with our little family.
We jumped around at Skyzone Orlando and visited the Artegon Marketplace.
We saw Sugarcrash Kids and the Forgotten Island as part of the Orlando Fringe Festival.
Alicia came to visit for Memorial Day weekend.

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June

The kids began summer camp and we went to Legoland.
49 people were killed in the attack at Pulse Nightclub.
Greg celebrated Father’s Day.
Greg and I went to Crooked Can Brewry with friends, as well as a craft beer competition at World of Beer with our friends who competed.
We saw Finding Dory.

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July

We spent a long, 4th of July weekend in Indiana.
I said goodbye to my childhood home.
I ran the Outrunning Autism 10K while in Indiana.
Greg and I celebrated our eight wedding anniversary.
Grammy came to visit, as well as Sally, Charlie, and Margot from Canada!
We spent a lot of our free time swimming, playing outside, and going to Seaworld.

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August

We watched a lot of the summer Olympics from Rio.
The kids were home from school for about ten days so we had Camp Gilbo!
The Petittos were in town so we visit with them at Disney.
We splashed around the Legoland Water Park for the first time.
Kenley started VPK and Crosby started preschool.
Fall soccer started for Kenley and meemaw came to visit!
We celebrated Sagan’s third birthday at the Orlando Science Center.

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September

We started the month with a long weekend visit to Grammy’s house and went to the Mote Marine Aquarium for the first time.
Soccer Saturdays continued and Kenley scored her first  soccer goal!
We celebrated Wyatt’s third birthday.
Katie came in to town for work, so we got to meet up for a drink.
Greg worked hard on updating Kenley’s bathroom.
I wrote my last post for Orlando Moms Blog.

October

Our crazy month started with a date night at Cooper’s Hawk.
My parents came into town the same weekend as Hurricane Matthew, so we didn’t get to go on our Disney cruise. It was a bummer, but we are thankful that the storm came and went with minimal damange.
Instead of the cruise, we went to Sea World.
We saw Garth Brooks in concert which was amazing!
I ran the U Can Finish Distance Dare at UCF and the Lighthouse Loop Half Marathon.
We all celebrated our birthdays and got family photos taken.
Soccer Saturdays continued and came to an end. Kenley scored a goal on my birthday.
Kenley turned five years old and Crosby turned three years old. We had a super small little celebration with a couple of friends.
We also celebrated Huck’s third birthday and welcomed baby Lincoln.
The kids had a field trip at Green Meadows Petting Farm.
We went to Brick or Treat at Legoland.
Greg got to see President Obama speak at his building.
We were the Incredibles for Halloween!

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November

After 108 years, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series.
We got to see the Cambridges at Give Kids the World resort in Kissimmee since they were in town for Charlotte’s wish trip.
Melissa was in town for a conference so we got to visit with her.
We went to Long & Scott’s Farm to do the corn maze!
Another season of Light Up UCF started and the kids loved going to daddy’s work.
We celebrated Thanksgiving weekend with Grammy at our house.
I ran the Space Coast half marathon in Cocoa.
The kids and I saw Sesame Street Live!

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December

My parents were in town, so we played at Epcot, Disney Springs, the Grand Floridian, and the Contemporary at Disney.
We headed to Sarasota for a long weekend to celebrate Grammy’s birthday.
We enjoyed all of the Christmas festivities at Seaworld.
The Manganillos came to visit for a couple of days.
We hosted Christmas at our house with my family.
We ended the year celebrating Jackson’s 5th birthday!

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Thanks for a great year 2016, now bring on 2017!

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