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.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

We went to Animal Kingdom this past weekend with my mom. My parents were staying at Disney because my dad was attending a conference and Greg was working on Saturday, so we made a day of it. The kids and I got up on Saturday and headed down to the Grand Floridian to pick up Meemaw and we made our way to the park.

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We had reserved our fast pass for the African Safari through the My Disney Experience app (which I highly recommended), but the wait was only 20 minutes when we arrived, so we got in line. I would say it was probably a little over 20 minutes by the time we got on the ride, but the kids were pretty good in line. We’ve been having a heat wave, so it felt like it was 90 degrees out and about 100% humidity, so we were dripping after about ten minutes in the park. The safari is the best ride at Disney, in my opinion, and probably the longest ride. We saw so many cool animals!

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After the safari, it was already time for lunch! We walked through other areas of the park, including DinoLand where we rode some kid rides, and Asia. I had a fast pass for Everest, so hopped right on and rode it quickly by myself.

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It was then time to see Mickey and Minnie! The kids were all about it, but I know they didn’t know what to expect. Once we got in there and saw how big they were, they were not as excited. Kenley reluctantly gave Minnie a high five after the picture was over and Crosby wanted nothing to do with them. Of course, afterwards, they kept talking about seeing Mickey and Minnie again. I am sure next time will be much better.

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We hit up The Lion King show back in Africa which gave us a chance to sit down in the cooler temperatures. Crosby took a 15 minute snooze in the Ergo and that was all the napping that either of them did that day. The show was absolutely amazing and was Kenley’s favorite part of the day. Side note: she will tell you that her least favorite part was the It’s Tough To Be A Bug show which was a 3-D show with special effects (thrill level: loud, dark, and scary). In hindsight, we probably should have passed on it, but oh well!

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We ran into Tarzan on the way out and Kenley was excited about getting her picture with him. I’m pretty sure she doesn’t know who he is, but that’s okay.

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At the end of the day, we got a couple much-needed drinks and walked through the shops before heading back to the Grand Floridian to meet up with Grandpa and have some dinner. The kids loved hanging out at the hotel and by the time we hit the highway, they were both passed out in the car.

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It was such a fun day!

my weekend in photos

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the kids learned about fire safety on friday at school when a few firemen visited. kenley came home talking about stop, drop, and roll and was so excited that they got to go to the cafeteria for the event.

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we got word that crosby loved the fireman and gave him a huge hug when he left.

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greg and i had a quick date on friday for lunch at mcalister’s deli which just opened by campus. we are so excited!

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saturday morning, the kids and i headed to disney to meet up with meemaw and explore animal kingdom! unfortunately, greg had to work on friday and saturday nights, so he missed out on the fun.

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we got to see mickey and minnie while we were there! the kids were all about it until we actually got in there to see them, then they didn’t want anything to do with it, but we all got a picture anyway!

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we headed back to the grand floridian for dinner and to see grandpa before heading home. we had such a fun day and i have a lot more pictures to share this week.

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sunday morning play time. kenley was the baker and crosby was the taste tester.

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as the day went on, it was obvious that we all had a disney hangover. and greg had a work hangover.

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and i should also add that our air conditioner is on the fritz. fun times in the gilbo house today.

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we had such a fun, busy weekend!
how was your weekend?