my {long} weekend in photos

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after an uneventful friday night, i started my saturday morning with my first trail run!

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we were a little nervous and probably a little too ambitious since we thought we were going to do five miles, but we happily ended at 3.3 since it was super hot and humid. overall, it was a great time and we ended up having a huge group, which made it even better!

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cleaning out some toys, which of course made him want to play with them even more.

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alicia came into town on saturday morning, so we went out to cooper’s hawk for dinner and drinks; then to headed to target to stock up on party supplies for sunday.

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sunday morning stroll to starbucks!

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sunday swim time!

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fun with alicia!

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watermelon by the pool, summer is here.

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enjoying the great weather this weekend.

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sporting their red, white, and blue!

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after a hot monday morning run, we jumped right into the pool.

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after naps, we headed down to vanbarry’s to celebrate our sweet friends’ engagement!

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we had such a fun long weekend and were so happy that alicia was in town for it!

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happy memorial day!

Friday I’m in Love

Happy Friday! I have two weeks of loves to share since I inadvertently skipped last week. My apologies!

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Kenley had her first field trip last week and I was lucky enough to get to go with the class! We went to the SEA LIFE Aquarium on I-Drive and it was super fun. I think the highlight of the trip for the kids was riding the big, fancy bus where they got to watch cartoons on the ride to and from, but the aquarium was really cool too. It was our first time there, but it is actually included in our Legoland passes we just got, so we will definitely be back. It’s also right under the Orlando Eye so it was cool to see that up close and personal too. Overall, it was a super fun morning with her preschool class.

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We tried a new recipe this week that I had pinned a while ago — Sweet Potato Noodle and Kale Casserole. I am not sure what took me so long to make it, but I had two sweet potatoes on the counter so it went on the menu for Monday. Greg was apprehensive because the word “kale” was in it, but we both loved it!! You could barely taste the kale, for the record. I was even pleasantly surprised with how good it was. The kids had some of it, but weren’t in love with it like we were, and that’s ok. It’ll be back on the menu soon enough. Speaking of, I’m over at Orlando Moms Blog this week sharing about how much I love meal planning! Check it out.

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Thanks to not taking courses right now and not teaching quite yet, I have ample time in the evenings to catch up on what’s on TV. In the last week, I have watched about ten episodes of Grey’s Anatomy and I’m only three episodes away from being caught up. Shew, that is not an easy show to binge watch, my emotions can’t handle it! We also caught the first episode of the new season of Wayward Pines! I know that I’ve mentioned this show before and it was supposed to only be one season, but much to our surprise, it’s back! Yay!

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My new Simplified Planner has arrived and I’ve already started filling in the pristine white pages. This is my fourth Simplified Planner and I switched it up for this coming year. For the past year, I have been using the daily, academic planner, which I love, but the smaller, weekly planner looked too pretty to pass up. I am excited to have something new to try! Yes, I realize my level of excitement over a planner may be a little much, but it really helps me stay as organized as possible.

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Happy long weekend!

my weekend in photos

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after an uneventful friday night, we were up and out the door for an 8:15am soccer game on saturday morning.

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crosby loved watching his sister play, ha!

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it was a great season! we had such a good time and kenley ended the season playing so well. we are already looking forward to playing in the fall again!

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after soccer and the y, the kids played in the water table until it was time for lunch.

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after nap, we took the kids to see sugarcrash kids and the forgotten island, as part of the orlando fringe festival. the show was super cute and kenley was really into it. unfortunately, parking was terrible, so greg missed the show, but enjoyed watching the mets game in the car instead.

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dinner at 4 rivers!

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after church, we were on a mission to find a new park, and we did just that.

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family selfie while watching the turtles in the pond.

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after naps, we swam all afternoon. first in our pool, then we headed down to swim with the jenks! it was a beautiful afternoon.

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we had a great weekend! how was yours?

my weekend in photos

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our friday night consisted of reading and the mets game. thrilling, i know.

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the little monsters had a great game on saturday! kenley played the best she has all season.

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after the y, we headed to target and chic-fil-a for lunch. if you could have seen us at target…it was quickly approaching lunchtime, so in order to avoid meltdowns, we were literally throwing things into the limo cart as we went through each aisle. it wasn’t really my idea of a fun trip to target, but we came out with more than we needed.

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greg and i got a lot done around the house during nap time, which meant we got to play in the pool in the afternoon!

crosby is a little fish!

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unfortunately, our double date plans were postponed, so greg and i had a sitter and absolutely no plans. we ended up at ikea, then to rocco’s tacos for dinner!

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it was a great night out and we were home and in bed by 10pm.

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this morning, heather and i got in six miles before 7am.

after naps, we headed down to skyzone to jump with some of the other orlando moms blog families.

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afterwards, we explored artegon marketplace. it was so cool!

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the kids took a little break from browsing the shops to play legos. we will definitely be back!

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we had a packed weekend, but it was so fun! needless to say, we were all exhausted tonight.

how was your weekend?

Friday I’m in Love

Happy Friday the 13th!

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We started the week sporting our LOVE * PEACE * CHARLOTTE REECE shirts! We said a lot of prayers and lifted up praise for this sweet girl as she had successful surgery on Tuesday. Please follow along and continue to pray for her as she continues this fight!

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I am positive that everyone else in the world is loving JT and his new song “Can’t Stop The Feeling”. It has been in my head all week!

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I was so excited when I read Amazon launches one, two-hour shipping in Orlando through Amazon Now (for Amazon Prime customers). However, once I went in to find our zip code, I was severely disappointed that our zip code is not included yet. Wah. Greg said because traffic is so terrible, which is honestly probably the truth. Hopefully soon though!

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This is a wonderful read: How “Mean” Parents Raise Grateful Kids: 5 Things to STOP Doing”. I agree with the author, this is a long and hard process (and we’ve only been working on this for a short number of years), but thankfully I had “mean” parents to lead the way.

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Our Favorites // Feeding

I have shared some of these items on our previous must have lists, but I wanted to do a full roundup of our favorite feeding items. We have retired most of these items since we have moved out of the baby stage, but they will still go down as some of our favorites.

Thankfully we didn’t have to do a lot of shopping around for bottles since both of the kids took to Tommee Tippie bottles immediately. They were very easy to clean and there were no issues with the kids going from breast to bottle and vice versa. The Tommee Tippie sippy cups were good, however, not as easy to clean. They did the job for Kenley, but for Crosby, I was introduced to the Nuby No-Spill Sprout sippy cups and they were by far the best. They were easy to clean, didn’t leak, and Crosby really liked them. Once the kids transitioned to straw cups, we found the Thermos Foogo insulated straw cups and then the slightly larger Thermos Funtainer straw bottles. I cannot stand when cups sweat, so these have been my favorite so far. Since they are both insulated, they keep the water and ice cold for much longer. Another bonus is that they don’t leak! I foresee us using the Thermos brand for a while.

When Kenley was born, there was only the Boon Grass drying rack which was perfect. Later, the larger Boon Lawn came out and once we added another child, we added another drying rack. I love the modern, nontraditional look to these drying racks. They are cute, as well as functional. There are also cute accessories such as the Boon Twig that are great for hanging pacifiers and bottle nipples to dry. We now only use the lawn and it is great for both the kids’ cups, as well as wine glasses. The only bottle brush we’ve used is the OXO Tot Bottle Brush and it is great. Again, still useful for cups and wine glasses even though we haven’t used baby bottles in quite a while.

Feeding Favorites

We registered for the Fisher-Price Spacesaver High Chair due to the lack of space in our kitchen area of our first house. The high chair sat directly on one of our chairs at the kitchen table and it did just that, saved space. We had the option to slide the chair around the kitchen as needed, but most of the time we all sat at the kitchen table for meals. It worked out perfectly. You can also buy different covers, so it it was nice to have a back up when one was in the wash. Once the kids grew out of the high chair, they moved into the OXO Tot Perch booster seat. Both of the kids have their own now and I love them because they aren’t bulky and they are easy to move.

When we first started solid food, the Munckin soft-tip spoons were by far the best. They are cheap, soft, and easy to clean. For plates, we loved using the OXO Tot Plate and Divided Plate. These are really good quality and the rubber bottoms were great for the younger years. We have since transitioned into the Re-play Recycled set, including the flat plates, divided plates, bowls, sippy cups, tumblers, utensils, and snack stacks. I could go on and on about how much we love this brand. They are very durable and there are so many fun colors. This is the only brand we use for meal time.

At school and on the go, there are a few items that we couldn’t live without. The OXO Tot large and small bowls have been in the rotation for years. They are great for sending snacks to school, such as fruit. They are also very durable as we’ve had our current set for well over three years now. Another item that we didn’t learn about until Crosby was born was the Dr. Brown’s Snack-A-Pillar cups. These were so useful when we were sending smaller snacks to school in the infant room because we could just stack them all together. We still use them, but they are pretty small now that the kids are bigger. Finally, we use the Bentgo lunch boxes for the kids. They are perfect for packing bento style lunches with a lot of variety. We use it every single day and they do not leak! They are well worth the money if you pack lunches regularly.

There you have it! Our feeding time favorites!

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my weekend in photos

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on friday, i had a great morning with c man, his friends, and their moms at the mother’s day breakfast at school.

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saturday morning, kenley had soccer pictures, followed by an 8:15am game. it was an early morning!

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the upside, we made it to the 9:15am piyo class at the y!

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i scored kenley a $20 balance bike this week to help her practice balancing. she’s getting the hang of it, but she’s not thrilled that crosby is so much faster than she is.

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in the afternoon, i had the privilege of celebrating a sweet friend and her baby boy on the way this summer. it was such a nice shower and the weather was absolutely gorgeous!

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greg and i headed out for a date night which included wine tasting, dinner, and crashing on another friend’s date night. it was a great night!

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we started the mother’s day celebration this morning at church.

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after church, we ran some errands and picked up some plants at the nursery. we spent the rest of the afternoon outside swimming and grilling. it was a nice mother’s day!

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we had a great weekend. how was yours?
happy mother’s day to all the moms out there!