2014 in a nutshell

January

We had our annual dinner at Disney with my parents and family friends!
My first race of the year was the Color Run 5K. Ann and I ran together at a nice leisurely pace.
We celebrated Kristen & sweet baby Brady at her sprinkle shower.
So thankful we got to see several friends from out of town! Samios, Abrahamsens, and Katie!
We celebrated at two birthday parties, Lyla’s and Kyler’s!
Greg got to see Stone Sour in concert and also built a barn door. It so weird to see the before pictures because it seems like the door has been there forever!
I became an Orlando Moms Blog contributor!

February

As usual February was low key, we watched the Super Bowl and the Winter Olympics.
We celebrated Caelyn’s birthday at her party.
We also celebrated Valentine’s Day with our two little valentines.
The girls and I threw Michelle a baby sprinkle to celebrate baby Hudson!

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March

More out of town guests visited! The Manganillos came and we got to meet baby Dillon!
My grandparents were also able to come down for a visit, which I am so thankful for.
Kenley and I headed to MyGym to celebrate Caleb’s birthday.
We caught a spring training baseball game and I took the kids to see Disney Live! at daddy’s work.
We met baby Hudson!
Of course, there was a lot of March Madness watching happening too.

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April

We upgraded to the BOB Duallie and enjoyed our first run as a family of four. That may not seem like it’s newsworthy, but looking back, that was the first of many runs together this year and many more to come.
I shared our playroom which was have been enjoying immensely this year.
Crosby and I made a trip to Indiana to celebrate the life of my uncle. It was C’s first trip on a plane and he did awesome!
Greg and I hit up a Magic game before the season ended and enjoyed a date night together.
Crosby celebrated his half birthday and I finally shared our first pictures as a family of four.
Britton & Ashley were in town so we got to see them at Disney.
Lindsey and I enjoyed a girls’ night out for the Darius Rucker concert!

May

Gary & Lauren got married and we celebrated at Quantum Leap Winery, then celebrated Cinco de Mayo with friends.
I celebrated my first Mother’s Day as a mama of two!
I ran my second race, the Wounded Warriors 5K, which is when I first met Kayla (my eventual running buddy).
We were thrilled that Dana, James and Lucas came to visit! We also had a quick surprise visit from Katie, which was awesome.
Crosby Martin was baptized at Summit Church!

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June

We kicked off summer with a trip to Grammy’s and hit the beach!
We had two birthday parties very close to each other. Carly & Margot both turned 2!
Greg celebrated his first Father’s Day with two kiddos.

July

My parents were in town for the 4th of July weekend.
Greg and I celebrated our sixth anniversary!
Sally and I ran an unofficial 10K together which marked my longest run since Crosby, and the start of my running addiction!
I took some pictures of the kids just three months before their birthdays.

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August

The summer course I taught wrapped up. My second semester teaching is in the books, it was a busy six weeks.
Since I was working so much this summer, I made a lot of slow cooker meals.
We went to a different MyGym to celebrate Liam’s birthday.
This was our first trip to the Orlando Science Center and got a season pass.
The kids went “back to school” and each in a new classroom.
I ran my first 10K and my first virtual race, the MRTT Summer Safari 10K.

September

We headed up to Indiana for Labor Day weekend to celebrate Michael & Rachel’s brew bash.
Disney on Ice! was in town.
We celebrated Wyatt’s first birthday and met baby Molly.
Kenley started her Healthy Kids Running Series, five weeks of races!
I ran the Miracle Miles 15K downtown, which was my first 15K race.

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October

We headed up to Chicago for a vacation in the city.
Michael & Rachel got married in Oak Park, Illinois!
Greg and I each celebrated our birthdays.
Kenley turned three years old and we had a rainbow birthday party.
I ran my second half marathon, the Inaugural Lake Nona 13.1.
Crosby turned one year old and his birthday party was under construction.
The kids were Mike & Sully from Monsters, Inc. for Halloween!

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November

We celebrated Charlie’s birthday at his minion party, which Kenley loved.
We beat the crowds this year and saw Santa before Thanksgiving!
Greg and I had a date night at the Magic game against the Clippers.
Megan & her family were in town so we saw them at Disney.
Our Christmas tree went up earlier than usual this year too. We were ready!
We celebrated Thanksgiving at home with just the four of us.

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December

My parents were in town at Disney, so we got to see them for the weekend.
I ran my third half marathon, the OUC Half Marathon downtown.
The girls and I shared our Pinterest Christmas projects (here, here, and here).
I went to my second Meet + Make with the girls and we did a triple date with our hubbys.
The Manganillos were back in town, so Crosby and Dillon got to play with each other again!
We headed down to Grammy’s house for Christmas.
My parents visited and we went to Legoland for the first time!

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We had a fabulous year and are looking forward to 2015!

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Here is a look back.
2011 // 2012 // 2013

Christmas 2014

We had a wonderful Christmas this year! We headed down to Grammy’s house on Monday night after I got off work. The kids were out of school all week and their cousins were already in from Colorado.

The days leading up to Christmas were filled with swimming, canoeing, and boating. We took walks, hung out with the family, and got some running in.

Christmas Eve Eve swimming sesh! #gilbochristmas2014 #cousins #kenleydee

We got dressed for Christmas Eve dinner and of course, had to sneak in a photo shoot with the kids. After our photo shoot, the kids got to open a couple gifts from Grammy.

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After dinner, the kids made and decorated cookies for Santa!

Christmas morning arrived and the kids opened their gifts. We had a great brunch, including mimosas, and then it was time for the adults to open their gifts. Conveniently, the kids were all playing with their toys and Crosby was down for his nap.

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After everyone else had their nap time, we all headed down to the beach. Drew was determined to jump in the ocean on Christmas Day. It was the first time any of us had our feet in the sand on Christmas. It was a lot busier than I expected, so I guess everyone else had the same idea. Everyone got in the water except for Crosby and I. It was a tad cold for my liking and he took a little nap in the Ergo while everyone played.

After the beach, Greg and I snuck out of the house and took the canoe out. It was extremely relaxing and peaceful out there.

After a great Christmas dinner and then game night with the fam, we headed back to our house the next morning. It was so so great to see Greg’s family and spend Christmas with them. When we got back home, my parents were already there and we celebrated Christmas with them.

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We finished off the night with a steak dinner and a very early bedtime for everyone. We had such a fun week celebrating Christmas, but it was also exhausting. The kids had a blast with their cousins and the holidays keep getting more fun as they get older.

I hope everyone had a great Christmas!

14 Months

Crosby is 14 months old today!

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This little man is ALL BOY. This is the first month that we have really noticed a big difference between he and Kenley. It’s more little things, but differences nonetheless. First, Kenley took her share of spills when she was in the early walking months, but Crosby takes it to a whole new level. He has busted his lip open three different times… Each time I hold my breath and quickly say a prayer that we won’t need to go get stitches. That may sound dramatic, but it’s hard to decipher how bad it really is when he’s screaming and there is blood all over his mouth and teeth. Next, the climbing. I’m sure this is also partly because he is the second child and he sees Kenley doing all these things now, but climbs up the stairs, onto the stool, on top of the IKEA table, onto the TV stand, over the Anywhere Chairs, and is constantly finding new things to make hit taller (blocks, books, etc.). This week, he scooted an IKEA chair across the kitchen and to the gate to go upstairs, then proceeded to climb on top of the chair in attempts to get over the gate. Greg told someone the other day that the difference he has noticed is that Kenley would happily take things out of the drawer, make a mess, and play with it while Crosby will take things out of the drawer, make a mess, play with it, then get IN the drawer. That pretty much sums it up.

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He has turned into quite the toddler this month too and I know that will be the case each month for probably the next year. His vocabulary is coming right along. He now says “baby” which is his first two syllable word! He can tell you what a duck, dog, cow, and sheep says thanks to the book Moo, Baa, La La La. He is very particular about the books we read at night and has no problem slamming the book shut if he doesn’t want to read that one. He is signing more and more too. He does eat, more, and we are working on milk and please.

Speaking of milk, as of two weeks ago, he is off breastmilk and onto whole milk completely. I have too admit I am still a little sad about this. It is the end of an era and I now have nothing left to show for all of my hard work. However, I am so thankful that it lasted as long as it did! Even though he stopped breastfeeding before Kenley did, he was still on breastmilk for longer than she was. He had no issues transitioning to the whole milk and he loves it just the same. I really cannot remember how much Kenley was drinking about this point, so I’m going to bring it up at our doctor’s appointment next month, but he has milk for all three meals and a little bit in his sippy cup right before bed. For snack time and throughout the day, he has water. Crosby continues to eat like a champ and there are some nights that he definitely will eat more dinner than Kenley. Again, all boy.

We had such a fun time celebrating the holidays with this little guy. He is more fun each and every day and I know it will continue to only get better. He’s a sweetheart and is constantly making us laugh. We love you little man.

Fourteen month notes:

Weight – 23 pounds 8 ounces (as of today)… solid.
Hair – He’s had 2 hair cuts!
Teeth – 8 total, 4 on top, 4 on bottom and working on a molar
Eyes – Brown
Clothes – 12-18 month, some 18-24 month pajamas
Diapers – Cloth diapers by day, disposables by night, size 4
Likes – cars, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, climbing, push toys, splashing in the bath, almost running, being tickled under his arms, stacking & sorting puzzle, clapping, making a mess with the Duplos, milk
Dislikes – clothes/diaper changes, green veggies, having his nose wiped, taking medicine

my weekend in photos

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santa paid a visit to the kids’ school on friday. kenley was a little skeptical.

merry christmas from crosby!

friday night quiet time after crosby went to bed.

after being sick this week, it was great to get out for six miles on saturday morning.

the perk of getting a run in early was beating the crowds at target. i was in and out by 8:30am and i even scoped out the clearance christmas decor!

greg’s best friend was in town this weekend!

we love seeing out of town guests and their friends. this is the second time this year we’ve all gotten together!

crosby and dillon. buds.

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we had an afternoon triple date today and hit up a new place!

food, beer and friends.

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i was finding peas everywhere.

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we had a great weekend seeing friends and we’re getting ready for a fun week ahead.
have a wonderful holiday!

Friday I’m in Love

Happy Friday and cheers to the last Friday I’m in Love post of 2014! How is it possible that this year is almost over?! This week I’m loving ALL OF THE THINGS Christmas.

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Kenley had pajama day yesterday at school. There is nothing better than wearing pajamas all day, especially Christmas ones!

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Christmas cards! Getting the mail is the MOST fun during the month of December. I love seeing all these beautiful faces all month long.

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I am officially hooked on the Serial podcast! I was home sick this week (which was not so fun) so I literally laid around all day and listened. I am up to episode 7 and I am already plotting when I will be able to listen next. If you haven’t heard of it, check it out here. It’s so good!

What are you loving this week?

Don’t forget to head over to see what these other lovely ladies are loving too!
Misha // Mary Beth // Amanda // Laura

diy Christmas ornaments + decor

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This week I’m sharing a hodge podge of different little crafts I did to decorate this season. You know how much I love to make ornaments, so I continued that tradition this year. After finding this adorable fabric scrap ornament, I dug up a pack of styrofoam balls that I had purchased way back for probably a very good reason, which I cannot remember now. I also had a little bit of scrap fabric left over from my Christmas garland I made last year, so this project was a freebie! I started with the ribbon and a stick pin so I could hang my ornament. I then cut the fabric into (approximately) one inch squares and started poking them into the styrofoam ball. The fabric stuck on its own, so I didn’t need any pins. I would imagine you could use any tool that has a sharp point. I ended up using a this little cleaning gadget that came with my sewing machine. I love how it turned out and I definitely want to make more in the future.

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The other ornament I made this year was Crosby’s birth announcement ornament! Misha also made one for Eloise and did a little tutorial on it, so check that out here!

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This year I felt like I needed more festive decor for our TV unit in the family room. I had my eye on these waterless snow globes and felt like they would be perfect. I picked up a few extra Ball jars at Jo-Ann Fabrics (they also make smooth edge jars too!), as well as the fake snow. I found the trees on Amazon for $12. The small globes are candle votives that weren’t getting used in the house, so I decided to use them. I used the flat lids of two other Ball jars and attached them to the votives with spray adhesive. They look great from a distance, but not the best up close. I should have spray painted the lids white, but I’m not losing any sleep over it. They look great where they are!

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Along with the snow globes, made a little festive vase. The (p)inspiration came from these JOY bottles and I just modified it a little bit. If Santa were to bring me a Cricut machine for Christmas, you will probably be seeing these JOY bottles again next year. For this project, I used one of the many frappucino bottles I have tucked away and painted it with the frosted glass spray paint. I put three rubber bands around the bottom of the bottle to make three stripes. I filled the bottom of the bottle with fake snow and put in two stem of cranberries.

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Thanks for keeping up with our Pinterest Christmas projects this season. For more projects and inspiration, check out the other blogs in the A Pinterest Christmas series [Emerald City Diaries | Greg & MaggiThe Gilbertson Family | The Pena Family | This Grey House | Without A Doubt]. Share your Pinterest Christmas projects with us! Comment on one of our blogs, link back to a post, or use #PinterestChristmas2014 on Instagram!