life lately {may}

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another month, another lost tooth.

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the kids went to their first orlando city soccer game.

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cheering on the lions!

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may supper club!

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cinco de mayo style.

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mother’s day tea with c.

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we got our saturdays back as the soccer and tee ball seasons came to an end.

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go diamondbacks!

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his second tee ball season in the books!

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another successful season as dugout moms.

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my clan took me to animal kingdom for mother’s day!

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celebrating us moms.

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moms night out!

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crosby’s end of the year class party!

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crosby’s last day of vpk!

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momming so hard on class party day.

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her teacher gave her the class leader award.

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and her classmates decided she would most likely to become president.

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vpk graduation!

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our little graduate.

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kenley’s memorial day weekend was delayed by a day due to the stomach bug. we made it to the beach on sunday while she was still recovering.

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living his best life.

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trying to fish.

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so happy to see spend some time with the suhrs when they were at disney for the week.

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these girls became fast friends.

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swimming at disney!

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her last day as a first grader!

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magic kingdom!

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i’m not sure these kids could be any cuter. what a perfect way to end the month.

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may is the new december around here. the end of the school year came in fast and furious. we had a fabulous month and celebrated all the things.

Wine and Dine Half Marathon {race recap}

In November, Heather and I ran the Wine and Dine Half Marathon! This was my second Run Disney race and yet again, it did not disappoint.

I headed down to the expo on Friday night after work. I went by myself which gave me some time to browse the booths and do a little bit of shopping, but the expo closed at 7pm, so I didn’t have a ton of time.

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It was a good thing I didn’t have the kids, because there was a lot of walking involved between picking up the race bib and the race shirt. I’m talking two completely different buildings here…in the rain.

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We did not stay on Disney property for this race as Greg had to work the whole weekend. Thankfully, my mom came to town to watch the kids while I ran. We started the morning around 3:30am and headed down to the Epcot parking lot and finish line to park the car. From there, we hopped on a bus to take us to the Magic Kingdom parking lot to start the race.

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Since I registered for this race well enough in advance, I was able to submit a proof of time earning me a spot in corral C. We started the race after about only 20-25 minutes of waiting. Oddly enough, it started raining when we were in the corral.

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Our first park was Animal Kingdom! We took a slightly different route through the park and were able to run through Pandora at dawn. It was the perfect amount of light, but it was also dark enough to see the glow of the lights through Pandora. The picture doesn’t do it justice.

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From Animal Kingdom, we had several miles of open road before reaching our next park. Along the way, we saw a toy soldier! We were in line to get our picture with him, but then he started making the runners do push-ups, so we were out!

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We entered Hollywood Studios around the ten mile mark. It’s amazing how the worst part of the race (miles 10-13.1) is filled with the most fun stuff! It’s such a great distraction. We ran through the back of the park by the Tower of Terror and saw Mr. and Mrs. Incredible just as we entered. Hollywood Studios is our favorite park, so we stopped a couple times for some pictures before heading out.

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We made our way through the Boardwalk on our way to Epcot and most importantly, the finish line. We saw the Swan and Dolphin resort, the Boardwalk resort, and lots of spectators!

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We entered Epcot at the entrance coming from the Boardwalk and ran down through England. We circled back towards France to run through the rest of the countries around the world.

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As we made our way towards the finish line, we passed the giant golf ball and headed into the Epcot parking lot.

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We unintentionally timed our finish perfectly and headed into Epcot as soon as the park opened at 9am. We celebrated with mimosas in the Wine & Dine Festival Center.

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One of the best perks of the race this time around was that I was able to download all of my race photos since Photo Pass is included with our annual pass. We made every effort to get our picture taken by every Photo Pass photographer we saw!

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It ended up being my worst race on the clock, but my best race on the course. I absolutely love running though the parks, seeing all of the Disney characters, hearing all of the entertainment, and enjoying the entire Run Disney experience!

my weekend in photos

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on friday we woke up with a seven year old!

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we headed to animal kingdom after school and kenley got her birthday button!

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selfies in line.

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so proud of crosby for being brave and riding everest with us! kenley ended up riding three times! she was on cloud nine.

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we had such a fun night celebrating our girl!

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cheering crosby on at his tee ball game on saturday. and by cheering, i mean telling him to watch the ball and stop playing in the dirt.

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diamondback dugout moms!

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from tee ball we went straight to celebrate lincoln’s second birthday!

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our first birthday party in a few years. we’re ready to celebrate!

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the birthday boy and girl!

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so many awesome friends sporting their favorite teams.

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making their wishes.

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post-party selfie.

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fall has arrived so we enjoyed the evening outside.

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the perfect way to end an awesome weekend, matching pjs with julie.

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our action-packed october continues! three birthdays down, one to go!

how was your weekend?

my weekend in photos

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goooooooooal!

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a fun friday night of soccer!

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a different kind of soccer on saturday morning. she’s back on the field!

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getting warmed up.

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kenley played really well on the larger field. we’re excited for this season.

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the rest of our saturday was spent celebrating lucas and sliding down this monstrosity! we had entirely too much fun.

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celebrating ten years of tracy being a mom.

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quick break from the water slide.

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cute boys.

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a nice little catch up session this morning.

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we spent the morning at animal kingdom.

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dinosaur! unfortunately, crosby wasn’t feeling up for it today.

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on to the next ride!

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checking out the water buffaloes.

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homework time for everyone.

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we had a crazy, busy weekend! how was yours?

my weekend in photos

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kenley started her summer with soccer camp at ucf and finished on friday! she had such a great time.

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lunch dates.

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saturday morning run crew.

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saturday bike ride to the park.

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we headed to animal kingdom on saturday afternoon and evening. crosby was apparently boycotting photos.

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doc mcstuffins!

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our first time riding dinosaur!

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everest!

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crazy kiddos!

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dinner with a view.

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so hot!

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kenley and i saw aladdin on sunday afternoon. cassie was abu!

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another busy weekend! how was yours?

my {long} weekend in photos

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kenley’s new glasses arrived and friday was her first day wearing them!

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she’s not the only one getting new glasses. i got my warby parker box on friday and chose a cute pair to order.

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we stayed at the reunion resort this weekend which put us very close to disney for a couple trips to the parks.

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saturday afternoon we were at animal kingdom.

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we weren’t entirely prepared for how cold it was.

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cheese!

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everest!

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kenley rode everest for the first time then went right back for more and rode it again with me.

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on sunday, we went to epcot before heading home and met some friends!

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after a lot of together time this weekend, kenley and i headed to magic kingdom while crosby and daddy played together at home. the kids definitely enjoyed some one-on-one time with each of us.

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we met up with more friends!

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castle selfie!

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she also rode space mountain for the first time this weekend. she’s quite the thrill seeker!

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minnie ears for the girls. we had such a fun day together.

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we had a great long weekend packed full of disney fun. how as your weekend?

Disney – March 2016

Over the tail end of the kids’ spring break, we packed up the car and headed down to Disney for a little staycation with my parents. It was so nice to “get away” for a few days without having to actually travel anywhere. We had an action-packed long weekend, so brace yourself for a whole lot of photos!

We arrived at the Animal Kingdom Lodge on Thursday after the kids took a short nap in the car. We walked into our rooms to find the most amazing view ever — animals everywhere! We were hoping to have a room with bunk beds, but two full beds is what we got. We weren’t sure what to expect since we would be co-sleeping with the kids for the first time, but it worked out well. Thankfully, my parents’ room was right next door and the monitor worked perfectly!

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Crosby was enthralled with the animals. They were truly amazing to see in action and you could see them from most of the spots in the hotel. He would wake up each morning exclaiming to “see animals!”.

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The rest of the afternoon was spent at the pool and the playground, as well as exploring the hotel.Our friends from Indiana were down at Disney for spring break as well, so they came over to check out the hotel and visit for a little bit. We ended up getting dinner at the hotel and taking it up to our room to eat. The kids loved that there was actually a Disney Junior channel, so they got to watch their favorite shows before bed each night.

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On Friday, we headed to Animal Kingdom! We knew it was going to be a late night considering the Hoosiers didn’t play until after 10pm, but we were up early and ready to go! We took advantage of Disney transportation while we were there, which was so convenient.

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As soon as we got into the park, we headed straight for the African Safari. I truly believe this is the best ride in all of Disney World. We took over 50 pictures on this ride alone. We only waited about 20-25 minutes to ride, which is really great considering the ride itself if 22 minutes long. Almost all of the animals were out and about while we were on the safari and we were able to get very close to several of them.

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After lunch and some kiddo rides in Dino Land, it was nap time. Kenley went right to sleep in the stroller, but Crosby wouldn’t fall asleep until he was in the Ergo. The boys rode Everest in the single rider line while mom and I enjoyed some beverages while the kids slept.

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After the Lion King show, we decided to stop into the baby center since the skies were looking a little dark. Thankfully, we made it just in time. We camped out in the baby center and the kids watched some TV while we waited for the storm to pass. It was still raining, but we decided to head over to the Finding Nemo show. I wish I would have gotten a picture of the six of us under the world’s smallest umbrella because it was pretty humorous. Both the Lion King and Nemo shows were amazing!

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The park had really cleared out after the rain, so mom and I went over to ride Everest in the single rider line and got right on and off. I was stuck in the front row, which is typically not my favorite place to be, but I survived. We lasted the entire day at the park with minimal whining and arguing. It was such a fun day!

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Saturday morning, we headed over to the other pool on the property to go swimming, go down the water slide, and came back to see the animals eating right outside our room!

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Lucky for us, the Mets were playing at Disney that weekend too so we worked that into our plans. ESPN Wide World of Sports is home to the Atlanta Braves for spring training and they played the Mets on Saturday. This was the only spring training game we got to see, but deGrom was pitching, so it was definitely worth it!

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Later that night, we went bowling and had dinner at Splitsville at Disney Springs! It was a fun place, but it was hard to keep a certain 2 year old confined to our tiny area and bowling lane. It was also raining throughout the evening so we were walking very briskly with the double stroller through the masses of people to get to and from the bus stop. Needless to say, we were all in bed by 9pm that night.

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Easter Sunday, we headed down to the lobby of the hotel to partake in the fun activities and meet the big man himself!

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Before heading home, we went back to Disney Springs to have lunch at the T-Rex Cafe! It was a fun atmosphere and a neat place.

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We had such a great weekend. The kids were so good and it was the prefect long weekend away. We are so fortunate to have such great opportunities for weekend adventures like this right here in our backyard.