Six Years Old!

Crosby is six years old today! I am not entirely sure how this is possible. I’ll first let the birthday boy himself tell you some things about him.

What is your name? Crosby
How old are you? Six
What is your favorite thing to do? Be with you. [heart melted]
What do you want to be when you grow up? A firefighter or a policeman.
What is your favorite food? Tacos
Who do you like to spend your time with? You
What do you do really well? Climb stuff
What makes you laugh? Jokes
What is the best time of day? Lunchtime
What are you afraid of? Nothing!
Who is your best friend? Christina
What do you like to do with your family? Play with them.
What do you love to learn about? I like to learn about Legos.
Where do you like to go? I like to go to Disney.
What is your favorite book? My favorite book is dinosaurs.
If you had one wish, what would it be? To be Spider-Man.
What is your favorite color? Red
What is your favorite TV show? Star Wars
What is your favorite animal? Cat
What is your favorite movie? Jack Skellington (The Nightmare Before Christmas)
What is your favorite drink? Apple juice
What is your favorite holiday? Halloween
What is your favorite restaurant? Tijuana Flats
What is your favorite place to go? Animal Kingdom
What is your favorite song? Kidz Bop Halloween
What is the best part about school? Lunchtime
What is your favorite cereal? Blueberry Cheerios
What is your favorite snack? Flavor blasted Goldfish
What do you like to take to bed? Nothing
What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play with Kenley
What is your favorite fruit? Pumpkin
What is your favorite ice cream? Mint Chocolate Chip
What is your favorite outfit? Dinosaur shirt
Where do you live? At my house
What is your favorite sport? Baseball

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Crosby started kindergarten in August! We really like his teacher and his classroom is Harry Potter themed. I think we’re still in the transition process into kindergarten and elementary school in general. He has had a few really good weeks recently, but the start of the school year was rough. We had a few days off from Hurricane Dorian right after the start of the year, then there was some shuffling of kindergarten classrooms so it took about a month to get into a good routine in his classroom and during extended day. The first nine weeks just ended so I am excited to have his first official parent-teacher conference.

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He’s now in this third season of tee ball and really starting to enjoy it! This season he’s on the Red Sox. He’s learning more about the sport and hitting the ball hard off the tee. He certainly has had a few moments this season where he wasn’t as into it but we’ve seen really good improvement over the last few games.

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Happy birthday to our incredibly smart and funny little guy!

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Eight is great!

Kenley is eight years old!

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Our birthday interview tradition continues.

What is your name? Kenley
How old are you? 8
What is your favorite thing to do? Go on water slides
What do you want to be when you grow up? A doctor
What is your favorite food? Watermelon
Who do you like to spend your time with? My family
What do you do really well? Math
What makes you laugh? Sometimes Crosby and sometimes Aiden
What is the best time of the day? Going out to recess
What are you afraid of? Snakes
Who is your best friend? Ashlyn and Brenna
What do you like to do with your family? Go in the pool
What do you like to learn about? Math
Where do you like to go? To a hotel
What is your favorite book? Junie B. Jones
If you had one wish what would it be? That I could fly
What is your favorite color? Pink, purple, blue, and green
What is your favorite TV show? Rapunzel
What is your favorite animal? Unicorn
What is your favorite movie? Descendants 1, 2, and 3
What is your favorite drink? Pink lemonade
What is your favorite holiday? Halloween
What is your favorite restaurant? Tijuana Flats
What is your favorite song? Happier
What is the best part about school? Going on the computers
What is your favorite cereal? Lucky Charms
What is your favorite snack? Granola bar, peanut butter kind
What do you like to take to bed? My blanket and pillow
What is your favorite thing to do outside? Run around
What is your favorite fruit? Watermelon
What is your favorite ice cream? Strawberry
What is your favorite candy? Sour Patch Kids
What is your favorite outfit? A dress
Where do you live? Says exact address
What is your favorite sport? Soccer

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Kenley just finished her fall season of soccer on her first all-girl team. She played really well and scored two goals (in the same game!). She continues to show a lot of potential and played forward majority of the season. Since last year, she can successfully do a cartwheel and a handstand!

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She had a crazy busy summer going to several different summer camps, including the UCF soccer camp, Double Down sports camp, golf camp, UGAMES church camp where she did karate, and gymnastics camp.

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Second grade is off to a great start! The first nine weeks just wrapped up. I said the exact same thing last year, but I think we’re just now starting to get into our routine for the school year.

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Happy birthday sweet girl! Looking forward to seeing what this year brings for you!

Indiana {March 2019}

To kick off spring break, we headed up to Indiana for a long weekend. The weekend was full of family, friends, and celebrations before heading back home.

We were so thankful to see so many family members in such a short time, most of which made the trip to visit us.

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On Saint Patrick’s Day, we ran the Shamrock Beer Run 5k in downtown Indy. It was our first beer run and probably our coldest run to date. It was freezing! Thankfully the beer stops helped us warm up. Downtown Indianapolis was absolutely beautiful on the brisk day.

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We ended the day celebrating Grandma Sue’s 80th birthday! We had a lovely dinner with family to celebrate our special lady.

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We also got to visit with several old friends and meet new little friends while we were there! Again, we were so thankful that everyone made room for us during their busy weekends.

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One major highlight of the long weekend was the snow! Yes…in March…during spring break…the kids saw snow for the first time! They loved playing outside as the big snowflakes fell to the ground. It didn’t last long, but it was memorable.

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We made one more quick stop to visit the birthday girl before heading to the airport. 

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We had a great, long weekend which was action packed. Needless to say, it took a bit for all of us to recover.

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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!

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!

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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Five Years Old

Crosby is five years old!

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He started VPK (voluntary pre-kindergarten) in August which is his last stop before moving to elementary school. We had his parent-teacher conference last month and got a very good report. He’s doing well in his class and is a sweet boy when he wants to be.

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He also started tee ball last month! This is his first sport since we tried soccer a couple years ago. I’m happy to report it has gone much better than his soccer days, though he’s had his moments. At times, it’s a struggle for him to concentrate on anything except playing in the dirt. He also doesn’t like it when his teammate takes a ball that is remotely close to him. Overall, I think he’s had a good time and I’m hopeful he’ll play again in the spring.

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Crosby’s first love is still Legos. He is obsessed with anything and everything related to Legos, including building, taking apart, and rebuilding. He talks about them, reads about them, and probably dreams about them.

What is your name? Crosby
How old are you? Five
What is your favorite thing to do? Ride Star Tours (at Hollywood Studios)
What do you want to be when you grow up? A policeman, I mean, a Power Ranger?
What is your favorite food? Pineapples
Who do you like to spend your time with? Mommy and Daddy
What do you do really well? Listen
What makes you laugh? Telling jokes
What is the best time of day? When we go on trips
What are you afraid of? Bears
Who is your best friend? Elliot
What do you like to do with your family? Go to Disney
What do you love to learn about? Um, I like to learn about trees
Where do you like to go? On field trips
What is your favorite book? Hark! A shark!
If you had one wish, what would it be? I can’t tell you.
What is your favorite color? Red
What is your favorite TV show? Ben 10
What is your favorite animal? A woodpecker
What is your favorite movie? Star Wars and Jack Skellington
What is your favorite drink? Hot cocoa
What is your favorite holiday? Winter
What is your favorite restaurant? Tijuana
What is your favorite place to go? Tijuana
What is your favorite song? Jack Skellington
What is the best part about school? Going on field trips
What is your favorite cereal? Those chocolate cereal
What is your favorite snack? Cheese dip and breadsticks
What do you like to take to bed? I don’t know
What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play
What is your favorite fruit? Pineapples
What is your favorite ice cream? All the kinds
What is your favorite outfit? The one that I’m wearing right now
Where do you live? At home
What is your favorite sport? Baseball

Happy birthday to our sweet boy!