Friday I’m in Love…on Saturday

Happy Friday and happy April! Apparently I haven’t shared my loves in about a month (and I can’t even get them posted on the right day), so we have a lot to catch up on, let’s get started.

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In the world of sports, college basketball and March Madness has come to an end. I am sad to see basketball go, but I am excited about the new regime at IU. UCF ended their season in the final four of the NIT tournament, so that was exciting! Unfortunately, we didn’t make it to any games this year, that’ll be a goal for next year. Greg is thoroughly excited that baseball is back. He also opted to sit out of fantasy baseball this year, so watching games has been more laid back than it has been in years. Let’s go Mets!

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This just in, parenting is hard. Here are a couple of good articles I’m loving lately: 9 Reasons Why I’m The Mean Mom, Not The Cool Mom and Dear Working Mom. Also related, I’ve been listening to the Simple Families podcast and Denaye has some really great episodes.

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I don’t know why it took me so long to try coconut milk, but I’m obsessed. I’ve completely replaced my coffee creamer with it and I had it on my cereal this week. It’s delicious! My new drink at Starbucks is iced coffee with vanilla and coconut milk. I swear I’ve been talking about it all week. As far as dinners go, we’ve been having a lot of our usual favorites, but we are definitely adding these grilled shrimp tacos with avocado salsa in to the rotation. Yum!

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We were late to the game with watching Moana, but Greg randomly brought it home a few weekends ago so we finally watched it. It is SO good! I think Greg and I may have liked it even more than the kids. We’ve also been listening to the soundtrack nonstop on Spotify, which is just as amazing as the movie. If you haven’t seen or listened to it, I highly recommend it. We also saw the new live action Beauty and the Beast the day before we left on the cruise. It was also really good!

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my weekend in photos

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we got off the disney dream on friday and headed back home after an amazing spring break. i have so many pictures to share! 

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saturday morning, i met up with the girls for an 8 mile run before heading into work for a few hours.

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we headed down to disney for the braves and mets game on saturday afternoon and we couldn’t pass up another picture with mickey!

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ready for the game with meemaw and grandpa!

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our seats were so good! we right by the mets dugout in the third row.

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let’s go mets!

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our little island girl with meemaw.

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we ventured down to lake nona to check out canvas for dinner.

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the girls.

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my date.

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dinner with a view!

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back to our sunday grind. vacation is definitely over.

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we had a good weekend, but i think we’re ready to get back to school and work tomorrow.

how was your weekend?

Friday I’m in Love

Happy Friday! What a week…so much to love!

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On Halloween, the kids had a vocabulary parade at school. Crosby’s class dressed up as community helpers and he was so excited to be a garbage man. Kenley’s class dressed up as Chica Chica Boom Boom and she got to be the G.

Speaking of Halloween, we had a great one! We also ended up with WAY too much candy in our house considering we went to five different Halloween events this month. We now have no more candy thanks to the kids’ dentist! The dentist’s office did a buy back event again this year and paid us $10 for our TEN pounds of candy. All candy is being sent overseas to our troops! How great is that?

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We play Legos a lot around these parts and the kids never cease to amaze me with their creations. Crosby built this car this week and he was SO excited to show me when I got home. He could build for hours, brick by brick.

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GAME 7.

That is all. I said last week that all we were rooting for was a good series and after game 4, we weren’t sure we were going to get that, but dang. The Cubs pulled out three games in a row and WON THE WORLD SERIES for the first time in 108 YEARS. Unbelievable.

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We tried a new recipe this week and loved it — Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sweet Potatoes. It was the perfect mix of sweet and spicy and it will definitely be going into the weekly rotation.

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The holidays are right around the corner and I’ve already started thinking about Christmas gifts. I saw this great article, thought-provoking article this week surrounding gift-giving.

A Friendly Holiday Suggestion From a Mom with Too Much Stuff

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Happy Friday! I cannot believe it’s the last Friday in October. Where did this month go? I am not loving that, but here is what am loving this week.

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Brand new babies! The Jenkinsons welcomed their third baby this week, a boy! I was able to visit them at the hospital and snuggle him the next day. Gosh, newborns are so sweet! Welcome to the party Lincoln, October is the best month!

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We finished the Gilbo birthday celebrations this week with Crosby’s birthday on Thursday. How in the world is he three years old?! We had an action packed day, but it began with a donut which is the best way to start the day.

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Another fun thing about Thursday was the Fall Festival at the kids’ school! It’s such a fun day for the kids and they had so much fun getting into their costumes again.

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We are definitely not Cubs or Indians fans, but what a fun World Series this is! Game three is tonight at Wrigley which I am sure is going to be insane!! We are rooting for a good series and exciting games and I think we’ll definitely get that.

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Have a great 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.

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Happy Friday and happy April!

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College basketball has come to and end and what an ending it was. Unfortunately, neither Greg, nor I could stay awake to watch the end of the game, so I was pretty bummed when I woke up the next morning to find that we missed an unbelievable finish to the National Championship game. However, I’m not going to lie, it did hurt a little bit seeing North Carolina there in place of our Hoosiers, but there’s always next year. My favorite part of the whole tournament is One Shining Moment and I was happy to see that Yogi made it in there. Thank you #11, you will be missed!

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I got my first pair of Sanuk flip flops a few weeks ago and it is safe to say that I am never going back. They are SO comfortable and very reasonably priced. Kenley also got her first pair of big girl flip flops (with out a strap on the back) and she loves them! They ice cream is too cute, if I do say so myself.

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I have mentioned Snapchat here before, but I don’t think I’ve shared this article. If you’re new to Snapchat or have no clue what I am talking about, here is A Complete Guide to Snapchat. Find me at kendradee03.

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Greg would be sad if I didn’t mention something about baseball… opening day has come and gone and the MLB season is officially underway. Let’s go Mets!

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my weekend in photos

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the kids wore all of their blue on friday for autism awareness day at school.

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saturday morning, greg hopped on a flight to north carolina to visit mango!

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kenley had her first soccer game of the season on saturday! she did really well. it’s amazing what a difference a year makes.

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cheering on his sister at soccer aka me feeding him snacks so he would sit still.

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it finally cleared up on saturday so the kids got to play on “kyler’s park” during hudson’s birthday party.

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these no-nap ninjas wouldn’t let me get a picture of them… happy birthday hudson!

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meanwhile, greg was visiting the durham bulls stadium. triple A baseball holds a special place in our hearts.

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i am proud to say that the kids and i made it to church this morning, but thank heavens for the drive thru starbucks on the way home. ps i love snapchat.

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kenley loves when she and crosby match, so it was christmas pjs tonight.

it’s that time of year again! let’s go mets! & crosby has mad ups.

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this weekend was exhausting, but it was fun! happy april!