Christmas in Chicago {2018}

We started our Christmas break with a lovely Christmas service at church on Friday night.

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Saturday morning came early and we hopped on a plane to head to Chicago!

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Michael and Rachel showed us around the city while the kids headed back to the house to bake cookies and see Arie.

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We stopped at Macy’s to get warm and check out the Christmas tree and beautiful decorations.

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Afterwards, we hopped on over to the Christkindlmarket which was packed the moment it opened. I got a cute mug full of warm goodness, then we headed out.

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Our next stops included Garrett Popcorn, Ballast Point to taste some beers, and Au Cheval for the best burger in the entire city.

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Finally, we met up with the kids at Forge Brewery!

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The next two days, we had a wonderful visit with family.

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We were hopeful for more snow, but she was thrilled to at least see this much.

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Christmas morning was full of coffee and opening presents before we packed our bags to hit the road.

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Our first stop was in Lafayette for a short, but sweet, visit with the cousins.

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After one more stop in Indy, we were on the road. 14 hours later, we arrived in warm Orlando to continue our Christmas break!

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We had such a wonderful time in Chicago and we already can’t wait to plan our next visit. To say that Michael and Rachel were amazing hosts would be an understatement. We had such a very, merry Christmas!

2018 by the numbers

Our 2018 by the numbers:

1 bowl game attended

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1 new pair of glasses

4 lost teeth

1 new cavity

2 lice treatments

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8 running races

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13 birthday parties attended

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16 breweries visited

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2 trips to Sarasota

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10 years celebrated

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17 flights taken

5 states and 1 U.S.V.I visited

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1 bachelorette party

1 wedding

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3 UCF football games

0 UCF losses

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4 Disney birthdays celebrated

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2 professional sporting events attended

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3 soccer seasons

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1 tee ball season

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1 swim team

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Countless trips to Disney

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happy new year!

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a look back.

my weekend in photos

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friday morning run.

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saturday night movie. i cannot recommend this enough! it was so good and so funny for all ages.

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a foggy six miles on sunday.

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sunday soccer!

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cheering on sister.

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a quick stop at a new brewery.

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our first ucf basketball game of the season. can you tell it’s winter break on campus?

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a fun afternoon with friends!

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knightro!

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we had some festive fun after the game.

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“daddy’s work” from the ferris wheel.

we cancelled our disney plans on saturday to lay low which was a great decision. we were still tired by sunday night! how was your weekend?

my weekend in photos

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lauren daigle at the bobb carr theater. an amazing christmas concert to start the holiday season.

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the perfect girls night.

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christmas party with some friends!

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christmas crafts.

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chili night!

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8 miles from the new starbucks!

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new socks. new shoes. great run.

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thank goodness she plays indoors as it poured all day.

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sweet little brothers

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happy birthday ashlyn!

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we had an action packed weekend with parties on parties on parties. i think i’m still recovering! how was your weekend?

Minnie’s Halloween Dine

Crosby’s birthday landed on a Saturday this year and it was our last birthday celebration of the month, so we decided to do our first character dining experience. I knew we wanted to go to Hollywood Studios for his birthday, so I looked at the options there first. Hollywood and Vine is usually an experience with the Disney Junior characters, which would not be my first preference but for the month of October it turns into Minnie’s Halloween Dine at Hollywood and Vine. I immediate jumped on this because of the character line up and the Halloween costumes!

We opted for lunch so we could start our day around noon and end the evening with the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular show.

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Since Minnie was the star of the show, we were able to get our photo taken with the Disney Photo Pass. All other photos were from my phone on our own.

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Mickey was Crosby’s favorite!

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Goofy asked Crosby how old he was and was being a jokester.

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Donald’s costume was my favorite.

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Kenley’s shirt was the hit of the day! Daisy played with it and she got several comments about it! Daisy and Minnie were Kenley’s favorite.

We had a great time! It was the perfect way to celebrate Crosby’s day and cap our month-long birthday festivities!

my weekend in photos

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s’mores by the christmas tree on friday night while watching the grinch.

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five miles with the girls.

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lego building and beer drinking.

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saturday night fun after watching the intense ucf football game!

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kenley started a new soccer league today, indoor!

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reunited!

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living their best life with matching christmas pajamas!

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we had a great first weekend of december!
bring on all things christmas!

how was your weekend?

Happy Halloween!

We had a great Halloween this year! Kenley started the day as Pinkalicious from Pinkalicious and the Pinkerrific Playdate for the character parade at school.  She was also Pinkalicious last year for the Kindergarten character parade which shows that the girl knows what she likes. Crosby also had a storybook parade at school and he was Dash from the Incredibles.

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By night, the kids transformed into Addison, the cheerleader, and Zed, the zombie from the Disney Channel movie Z-O-M-B-I-E-S. The movie is super cute and the kids love the soundtrack so it was a quick and easy decision on who they would be this year. Unfortunately, Crosby made a last minute decision to go without the green hair and zombie make up, but they still looked super cute.

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We headed around our neighborhood to trick-or-treat and check out all of the decorations. Our neighbors really go all out! It seemed more crowded this year too! The policeman on duty was driving around all night playing the Halloween theme song which was super creepy, yet awesome.

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We had such a fun night!

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