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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Christmas {2016}

Merry Christmas! We have been having so much fun this week and I have so many pictures to share of all of our adventures with all of our visitors.

Before Christmas, we had our friends in town for a few days to play as they were on their way down to south Florida. I had to work until Friday, but Greg and the kids had a great time. They went to the Science Center, the park, and we made s’mores on the front porch after dinner one night.

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As the Mangos were leaving, my parents, Michael and Rachel were arriving for Christmas. I ran 10 miles with the girls on Christmas Eve before we were off to church in the afternoon for our candlelight service. My favorite.

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After putting milk, cookies, and carrots out for Santa and his reindeer, we woke up on Christmas morning to see what Santa brought and exchange gifts. We spent the rest of the day playing with our new toys, inside and outside.

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We headed to Light Up UCF on Tuesday to ice skate! It was the first time ice skating for the kids and the first time in a very long time ice skating for the rest of us. Crosby didn’t like it, but Kenley loved it! We went back out a second time and it was hard to pull her away.

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On Thursday, we got to meet up with our friends who were visiting from Canada! We had a perfect morning. We had breakfast at Townhouse, then went strawberry picking!

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The rest of the week included drinks at the Brass Tap, dinner at Tijuana, gelati at Jeremiah’s, swimming, trips to the park, donut making, and shopping. We’ve had such a good week!

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We had a wonderful Christmas and a great week with family!

Family Photos {2016}

I was determined to make 2016 the year that we got family photos taken again. We hadn’t had them taken since Crosby was born three years ago! All of those photos still filled all of the frames in our house and while I treasure those pictures, I wanted updated ones so that I didn’t have to continue looking at myself just one week postpartum. Not to mention, the kids have changed SO much in three years. So, on my birthday this year, we headed to Baldwin Park for a mini-session with Ashley of Dearly Photography. I am over the moon with how many great shots she got of us in just 20 minutes.

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Thank you so much Ashley!

Christmas at Seaworld // 2016

Another item on our advent list this year was to see the Christmas lights and decorations at SeaWorld. We went last year for the first time and absolutely loved it. Instead of the Polar Express this year, the main attraction was Rudolph and friends. I was a little bummed that the Polar Express wasn’t back because it was really so cool last year, but Rudolph was a nice change of pace and something new for us to see.

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Unfortunately, it was pushing 90 degrees when we arrived. Nothing says happy holidays like sweating like crazy walking around to look at the decorations. Luckily, when the sun went down it was a little better, but it was still really humid.

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We only rode a couple of rides since the lines were a little long. The kids could have looked at the train display all day. We watched them go around and around during the day and then again at night when they were all lit up. It’s such a cool display.

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We were ready for the Sea of Trees show which had a cute little introduction and skit before the light show started. Crosby joined the other kids to sing a Christmas carol and was asked to participate in the show!

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The show did not disappoint and Crosby did such a good job ringing the bell. He was all about it! After the show, we headed over to see the Rudolph in the Christmas village.

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The line for Rudolph and Clarice was a bit long, so we met Bumble instead before we walked around to see the lights.

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The park was beautifully decorated and the lights were amazing. We had such a great time once again this year.

my weekend in photos

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it was crazy hot this weekend so we took advantage and played outside.

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greg and i headed out on saturday to the winter park farmers’ market for a wedding!

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pre-ceremony selfie.

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my date.

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the happy couple! so happy for these two amazing ladies.

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in between projects today, crosby decided to read all the books.

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sweet, sleeping boy.

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we headed to seaworld this afternoon to enjoy all of the holiday goodness. i’ll share more pictures this week!

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we had an eventful weekend! how was yours?

Friday I’m in Love

Happy Friday!

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On Tuesday, the 5am running crew got together for a little holiday get-together. It was great to actually see each other in real clothes and make-up. It was also the same day that the Chicago Marathon announced who was accepted through the lottery, so we celebrated! Majority of these ladies are running the marathon in October and I am so excited to be on that crazy journey with them. Related to this, I came across this great article this week: 8 Reasons Why Mommy Needs to Run and I love it.

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Greg and I went to the Magic game against the Clippers on Wednesday. We knew more players on the Clippers than the Magic this year and I’m still bummed that Oladipo is gone, but we had a good time and loved spending some time together! We headed out early to run a few Christmas errands…’tis the season!

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These crazy kids had pajama day at school yesterday. It is hands down the best day of the year in their eyes (and I don’t blame them). They also got to watch a movie, eat popcorn, and drink warm cocoa. The week before holiday break is the best! Pajamas are from Old Navy, here and here.

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my weekend in photos

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thursday night, we had greg’s holiday party at enzo’s on the lake. our dinner was amazing and it was a really fun night.

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we woke up on friday to a cool and crisp day. too bad it didn’t stay long.

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after work on friday, we headed down to sarasota!

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after staying up late on friday and getting up early on saturday, these two were a barrel of fun on our run. kenley didn’t feel well which meant they both took a much needed, very long nap.

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everyone was much happier after nap time!

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crazy hair on our boat ride.

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the girls.

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it was a perfect day for a boat ride.

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afterwards, we headed down to the beach to make our sandman! we should have brought a hat with us.

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while i miss the cold sometimes, this isn’t so bad.

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we got fancied up for dinner to celebrate grammy’s birthday!

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gorgeous lights on st. armands circle.

we headed home on sunday for a day of errands and getting stuff done around the house. we got so much done but we were exhausted by the time our heads hit the pillows.

how was your weekend?!