Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Kenley started her day with a Character Parade at school with the kindergarten and 1st grade classes. She chose to be Pinkalicious from the book Pinkalicious and Aqua, the Mini-Mermaid. We also have the book Aqualicious which has the same characters in it. She was excited to be able to take her pink mermaid to school with her and dress in pink from head to toe. Crosby had his Storybook parade yesterday and was Spiderman.

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Tonight, we headed out for trick or treat fun with the Jenkinsons. They kids were all superheros! Kenley was Batgirl and Crosby was Justice League Batman.

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Greg and I keep talking about how much fun we had tonight. The kids had such a great time too and crashed as soon as we got home.

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Halloween through the years.

2011 // 2012 // 2013 // 2014 // 2015 // 2016

 

Four Years Older

Crosby is four years old today! I know it seems like I say this every year, but I’m not sure how this is possible. He is quickly changing from a toddler to a little boy. He’s fun-loving, ornery, wild, and loves to give hugs.

The biggest change from in the last few months is that Crosby has started at a new school! This was an abrupt decision after the school year started, but we couldn’t be happier with the surprising turn of events. We love his new school, new teachers, and new friends. We had our first parent-teacher conference last week and he’s doing so well. The Gilbertson children thrive when they are in a routine and on a schedule. Crosby had been without a solid routine for majority of the summer and into the start of the school year and his behavior wasn’t great. After a few weeks getting into a good routine at his new school, he’s been doing so well.

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I will let Crosby tell you a little bit about himself with our birthday interview.

What is your name? Crosby
How old are you? Four
What is your favorite thing to do? Play outside with Kenley
What do you want to be when you grow up? An officer and fight bad guys
What is your favorite food? Pancakes
Who do you like to spend your time with? Kenley
What do you do really well? Jumper
What makes you laugh? Kenley in the bathroom saying poop
What is the best time of day? Me and Kenley playing inside our house
What are you afraid of? A bear eating my head
Who is your best friend? Kenley
What do you like to do with your family? Play toys
What do you love to learn about? School
Where do you like to go? With Kenley to church
What is your favorite book? Dracula’s Last Birthday
If you had one wish, what would it be? I wish I would be a witch
What is your favorite color?
Red and orange
What is your favorite TV show? Paw Patrol
What is your favorite animal? Uh, I don’t like animals
What is your favorite movie? Cars
What is your favorite drink? Strawberry daiquiri (still reliving vacation over here)
What is your favorite holiday? Halloween
What is your favorite restaurant? Chic-fil-a
What is your favorite place to go? I like to go to my school
What is your favorite song? Uh, I don’t know
What is the best part about school? Playing in Lions (his classroom)
What is your favorite cereal? The pink cereal (very berry Cheerios)
What is your favorite snack? Cheese and crackers
What do you like to take to bed? Clean movies
What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play on the play set
What is your favorite fruit? Grapes
What is your favorite ice cream? Vanilla, I mean chocolate
What is your favorite outfit? The one that I am wearing (pajamas)
Where do you live? Florida
What is your favorite sport? I don’t know

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Crosby is hilarious. Not a day goes by that Greg and I aren’t cracking up about something he does or says. He loves to give hugs and knows no stranger…though we frequently talk about stranger danger. He also loves Legos. He has a very creative mind and will build and re-build creations all day long. He’s also very symmetrical when he’s building with Legos. He will tell you all about the car, spaceship, rocket, boat, or plane that he’s built. He has a long list of things that he is going to do when he’s four years old, like play soccer again and ride his two wheel bike with pedals. I’ll keep you posted on how both of those things go.

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Happy birthday Crosby Martin!

Brick or Treat 2017

After our trip to Legoland for Brick or Treat last year, I was sure to put it on our calendar for this year. It’s such a fun event and this year did not disappoint. Even better, the Herolds joined us for the fun.

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We started with The Groovin’ Graveyard which was a show similar to STOMP. It was super cute, but I think Greg and I enjoyed it more than the kids. We also met Frankenstein!

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After riding a couple rides, we headed over to Brick or Treat! The line looked crazy long, but it moved way faster than we expected. The girls loved walking from station to station while the boys opted to ride in style. We loved looking at all the decorations. Greg really wants a pumpkin Lego head for our front yard.

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After Brick or Treating, we went back to ride some rides. Crosby got to ride the horse ride for the first time! You must be four years old to ride the horses, but since he was less than a week away, I led them to believe he was already four. Kenley was sure to correct me on the fact that he wasn’t four quite yet. Either way, Crosby was a happy camper.

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We had a quick dinner and stayed for the 3D fireworks show. Afterwards, we loaded up the car in our pjs and headed home! The kids fell asleep pretty quickly in the car after a long day.

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We had such a great time!

6 Years Old!

Kenley Dee is six years old today! I will let her tell you a little bit about herself with her annual birthday interview.

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What is your name? Kenley
How old are you? 5, I mean 6!
What is your favorite thing to do? Going on roller coasters
What do you want to be when you grow up? A hotel keeper (Can you tell we’ve been traveling?)
What is your favorite food? Donuts
Who do you like to spend your time with? Caelyn and Caleb
What do you do really well? Jumping on the couch
What makes you laugh? When daddy tickles me
What is the best time of the day? I don’t know. Afternoon because you don’t nap in the afternoon
What are you afraid of? Monsters under my bed
Who is your best friend? Kyler
What do you like to do with your family? Go on roller coasters
What do you like to learn about? That you have to listen
Where do you like to go? Amusement park
What is your favorite book? The spooky spooky book
If you had one wish what would it be? To hug Mommy and Daddy 100 times in the night
What is your favorite color? Purple and pink
What is your favorite TV show? Sophia the First
What is your favorite animal? Zebra
What is your favorite movie? Trolls
What is your favorite drink? Strawberry daiquiri (She still thinks we’re on vacation).
What is your favorite holiday? Halloween
What is your favorite restaurant? Wendy’s
What is your favorite place to go? Kyler’s house
What is your favorite song? Fight Song (Rachel Platten) 
What is the best part about school? Playing computers
What is your favorite cereal? The square things (Frosted Mini Wheats)
What is your favorite snack? Muffins
What do you like to take to bed? Minnie!
What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play hide and go seek
What is your favorite fruit? Grapes with no seeds in it
What is your favorite ice cream? Mint chip
What is your favorite outfit? Dress, a long long dress
Where do you live? (says street name), I mean Florida, United States
What is your favorite sport? Soccer

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Kenley started gymnastics at the beginning of the summer and has really enjoyed it. She’s taking a little break now with the craziness of October, but we’re planning to start it back up again soon. She also just finished her soccer season. This was the first season with goalies, so it was a little more challenging. She had a great time despite missing a couple games due to the hurricane and our trips.

The transition to kindergarten has gone really well. We meet with her teacher next week for our first parent/teacher conference. It’s hard to believe she’ll get her first report card this week! She really likes school, her teacher, and recess. She’s been making new friends but also mentions that she misses her friends from her old school (who all go to different elementary schools now). I sometimes forget that we are “elementary school” parents. It doesn’t quite seem possible! I am excited to get involved with the school this year.

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Happy birthday sweet girl!

first day of school {august 2017}

The kids are officially back in school!

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There was a lot of anticipation, discussion, and nervousness (on my part) leading up to the first day of school. The kids would be heading off to two different schools for the first time ever. We started the morning with pictures, of course, then all loaded into one car to make the rounds for drop off.

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We took Crosby to his school and we all went in to drop him off. I was really nervous about leaving him there without Kenley, but he marched in there like he owned the place and was perfectly fine! On the ride home at the end of the day, he told Greg “I like this school” like it was the first time he was ever there. He also asked where Kenley was… ha!

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After Crosby’s drop off, we headed back to drop Kenley off. Greg and I had the opportunity to walk her into the school and into her classroom since it was the first day. When we arrived, I realized this was allowed for all parents, not just kindergarten, so it was a party! We saw Kyler and snapped the cutest picture ever before the girls headed to their classrooms.

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We said goodbye once she was in her classroom and headed to work. She was quiet and was taking it all in, but she was excited and not sad at all!

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They both had great first days and they’re ready to tackle the 2017-2018 school year!

SeaWorld Field Trip

Last month, we all headed to SeaWorld for the kids’ field trip day! We were so happy that their classes went on the field trip on the same day which allowed us to make a day of it. Greg and I went as chaperones and drove down ourselves so we could stay a little later in the day.

With their classmates, they got to do two rides: Antarctica: Empire of the Penguins and Wild Arctic and see two shows: Clyde and Seamore’s Sea Lion High and One Ocean. The kids also touched the sting rays and watched the dolphins. We had never seen the sea lion show so that was something new and fun to experience. After their classes left, they rode the Shamu roller coaster twice before we headed home.

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It was a hot and exhausting day, but it was educational and we all had so much fun! We chose not to renew our annual passes this year, so it was a perfect way to end our time with SeaWorld, for a little while at least.

Kenley’s VPK Graduation

Kenley has officially completed VPK (voluntary pre-kindergarten)! Her little graduation ceremony was held on Wednesday at the Orlando Repertory Theatre in downtown Orlando. It was our first time at the Orlando Rep and I have already decided that we’ll be back this year to see a show. It was so nice and super kid friendly.

The ceremony was at 1pm so it was just the three of us since Crosby was still at school. As a little gift, we got Kenley the Oh, the Places You’ll Go! book. I’m not sure I’ve ever read the book or it’s been quite a while since I have, so I got a little teary-eyed reading it to her before we headed into the ceremony.

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The ceremony was quick and adorable. All of the graduates got to walk or roll across stage to get their diploma and their photo taken. Kenley was so nervous and was fidgeting with her hands and dress the whole time. All of the classes from the two campuses sang a little song together at the end to close the ceremony.

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After visiting with her current teachers and former teachers, we headed out for a bite to eat and a drink with some friends. It was such a fun and bittersweet day. We’re so excited for the next step into kindergarten at a new school, but also so sad for her to leave the amazing school that we’ve been with for the last five years. We are so thankful for the amazing teachers, staff, and administrators that have made our experience there so great.

Kindergarten, here she comes!