3.5 Years Old

Crosby is officially three and a half years old as our month of half birthdays comes to an end.

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He is doing so well in school and receives great academic reports from his teacher. The not so great reports come in the form of “jumping from cot to cot during nap time”, “climbing the bookshelf”, or “standing on the chair”. There was a solid week this spring where we received a call every day due to some sort of incident report that needed to be signed. He also gave us a scare this past weekend at Disney which resulted in a visit from the paramedics (stretcher and all!) at the resort. He got a nice goose egg on the back of his head coming down the water slide and ended up acting very strange around dinner time. Thankfully, we think he was just dehydrated and there was no need for the stretcher. I can’t say enough about how amazing the Disney staff and paramedics were though!

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Crosby started his first season of soccer this spring! I’d be lying if I said it’s been a fun experience. After seeing how interested he was in the fall with Kenley’s team, we thought he would go out, practice, play, and love the sport. Our expectations were way too high. Unfortunately, there have been a lot of tears during both practices and games. He will occasionally play in the game if Greg or I run around with him. He will even run up and kick the ball, but is upset when someone takes it away. We have a few games remaining, so hopefully he turns a corner, but I am not getting my hopes up!

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Below are some of Crosby’s favorite things:

Color: red and orange
Food: apples and pears
Thing to do: go to school
TV show: Paw Patrol
Book: Cars
Part of school: the swings
Dessert: gummies
Sister: Kenley
Construction truck: bulldozer
Song(s): Tooty Ta!
Lunch: sandwich
Animal: tiger
Outfit: bathing suit

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3.5 years notes
Weight – Probably around 35 pounds
Height – Around 38 inches according to the theme park rides
Hair – Light brown/dark blonde
Teeth – A full set of 20
Eyes – Brown
Clothes – 3T and some 4T; size 10 shoes
Diapers – Size 2T/3T undies
Likes – Legos, taking apart Legos, doing puzzles, Moana and Maui, sleeping, swimming, ice cream, the Moana soundtrack, school, Paw Patrol, Mickey Mouse, reading books, picking up sticks, brushing his teeth, pancakes, riding his balance bike, playing at the park, doing whatever Kenley does, dinosaurs, cuddling, hugging
Dislikes – soccer, throwing up, getting woken up in the morning, getting into trouble

Happy birthday to our favorite little man!

5.5 Years Old

Kenley is five and a half!

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She continues to thrive in school and VPK. We are rounding out the end of the year in just over a month then she will officially be a kindergartner. Registration and orientation  at her new school are just a couple weeks away. While she is thrilled, it’s going to be an adjustment for me. They’ve been talking about going to kindergarten a lot at school. Her teachers encourage drop off at the door to help start the transition and her class has been eating lunch in the cafeteria, rather than in their classroom. Each little thing she tells me, I get tears in my eyes. We also have been reading Kindergarten, Here I Come and The Night Before Kindergarten. Both of the books are super cute and I highly recommend them. She rarely takes a nap anymore at school, but will still take nap at home if she’s tired enough.

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Outside of school, she’s currently playing soccer. This is her fifth season! I can’t believe that it’s already been two years since her very first season. She is playing with the same team that she played with in the fall and it’s been a really fun season so far. Once soccer is over, we’re considering starting basketball or gymnastics in the summer. If you ask her, it will be gymnastics. She loves to be outdoors, ride her bike (without training wheels!), and swim in the pool.

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Continuing with the half birthday tradition, here are some of her favorite things:

Color: purple and pink and violet
Food: candy, carrots, apples, and stawberries with sugar on it
Thing to do: find Easter eggs
TV show: the cartoon Rapunzel
Book: the You Choose book
Part of school: run on the playground
Dessert: chocolate cake with donuts on top
Brother: Caleb
Construction truck: a purple dump truck
Song(s): Fight Song (Rachel Platten)
Lunch: peanut butter and jelly (sunbutter)
Animal: cheetah
Outfit: a dress

Happy half birthday Kenley!

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.

advent calendar activities {2016}

Welcome to another season of Pinterest Christmas!

Pinterest Christmas

My first project for the year was to come up with activities to fill the buckets of our diy advent calendar. I am so excited for all of our fun activities this month. When I sit down to make the list of activities, I always have my calendar out so I know what fun things we already have planned so I can fill those buckets first. Next, I fill in the remaining weekend days since those days are good for more time-intensive activities. I fill in the remaining days with activities that worked well in the past, or with new ideas from Pinterest. This year, my friend Lindsey shared her list with me, so I borrowed some of her ideas to mix in some new ones.

{1} Find Sprinkles the Elf [on the Shelf]
{2} Mail Christmas cards
{3} Go to Disney Springs to see the Christmas decorations
{4} Build a gingerbread house
{5} Make reindeer chow
{6} Have snowflake pancakes for dinner
{7} Get a blizzard at DQ
{8} Wear Christmas pajamas and read Christmas books
{9} Listen to Christmas music
{10} Build a “sand” man at the beach
{11} Donate toys and clothes to others
{12} Kenley shops for Crosby’s gift
{13} Drink hot chocolate with marshmallows
{14} Watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas cartoon
{15} Make a Lego Christmas ornament
{16} Family movie night: The Polar Express
{17} Crosby shops for Kenley’s gift
{18} Go to Sea World to see the Christmas lights
{19} String popcorn for the Christmas tree
{20} Drive around and look at Christmas lights
{21} Celebrate Christmas with friends
{22} Roast marshmallows over the fire and makes s’mores
{23} Make Christmas cookies for Santa
{24} Go to the Christmas Eve service at church

Some activities are small compared to others, but I don’t want to over commit ourselves or feel like we are rushing from one thing to the next. The point is to enjoy the Christmas season together as a family and that is what we intend to do! You can see our previous activities here and here.

Keep an eye out for other fun projects coming soon as part of Pinterest Christmas and don’t forget to check out Misha’s projects at Emerald City Diaries.

You can also see past Pinterest Christmas projects here.

Happy December!

Field Trip to the Farm

On Kenley’s birthday, we all took a field trip to the farm! Thankfully, the preschool and VPK classes went on the same day, which meant Greg and I could both go too! This was Crosby’s first field trip…I’m still not sure how he’s old enough to go on a field trip…and Kenley’s second field trip. She was so excited that it landed on her birthday too, just another fun thing to do in the month of October!

We put the kids on their respective buses and Greg and I followed behind in our car enjoying some quiet time together. We went to Green Meadows which is an animal farm and petting zoo. We saw all sorts of animals, rode the train, went on a hayride, and picked a pumpkin at the end of the trip. It was an action packed three hours and we got tons of pictures of everything we did.

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It was such a fun day!