Hollywood Studios {March 2018}

We ended spring break with a day trip to Hollywood Studios. We decided that we would maximize our time at the park and planned to stay the whole day, which is not something we normally do.

My original plan was to meet Buzz and Woody before our first fast pass, but Donald and Daisy were right by the entrance, so we stopped for pictures and autographs. Kenley is really into having the characters sign our character book. I love the picture of she and Daisy together.

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Our first fast pass was put on hold since Toy Story was down (an important detail later), so we headed to Star Tours and were able to get right on the ride. Star Tours is Crosby’s favorite ride so I was happy to have him be able to do it twice in one day.

After Star Tours, we watched the March of the First Order and headed to the Launch Bay to meet Kylo Ren.

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Toy Story ended up opening again, so we were able to use our fast pass later on in the morning (along with every other person in the park), but we were excited to get on it. It is one of our absolute favorite rides of all the parks.

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In hindsight, it probably wasn’t the best idea to get on a ride that had been down all morning because we got to the end of the ride and it stopped…then it stopped again, for good. Several very nice cast members came to get us out of our seats and walk us out of the ride. They had already cleared all of the guests in the 2+ hour waiting line and gave us an extra fast pass to use that day. We were making memories, that’s for sure!

After lunch, we headed to Tower of Terror. Greg and Kenley rode this together once, but I hadn’t been on it in so long. Kenley talked about it all week long, but started to get nervous as we boarded our elevator. I forgot how cool and thrilling it is! Kenley likes it but definitely had a death grip on my arm the whole time (as you can see in the picture).

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We used our extra fast pass on the Rock ‘n Roller Coaster! Kenley was adamant that she wanted to ride it but I wasn’t sure she would be tall enough. She stood very tall and was so excited to ride it. She and Greg wanted to make silly faces, but you can see the surprise in she and Jackson’s eyes as we took off. They both loved it and Kenley can’t wait to do it again. I love that she is fearless with roller coasters because I definitely wasn’t like that when I was her age!

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I went for a second time with mom so she could use her fast pass too. Crosby was so good while he waited for us, so we happily went back to ride Star Tours again for him.

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We had such a fun day at Hollywood Studios. The weather was amazing, the park wasn’t that busy, and the company was great!

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We’ll see ya real soon, Goofy!

my weekend in photos

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our friday family movie was moana! it’s been way too long since we’ve watched it.

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slowly getting back into it… six miles with the girls!

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finally got some new beauties!

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followed by some beer tasting at our local brewery.

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sunday meal prep. i just love how pretty our lunches look!

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i snagged a fast pass for mine train which is next to impossible, so we headed down to magic kingdom on a school night!

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we finally rode dumbo!

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cuties.

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this was his first time riding it!

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can’t beat this view.

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tea cups!

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i think it’s safe to say she liked it!

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he looks skeptical, but he said he loved it!

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we had a great weekend. how was yours?

 

my weekend in photos

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the friday family movie was monsters vs. aliens (not my favorite) and crosby watched the entire thing from his little cocoon of pillows.

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it was hard to get out of bed on saturday, but i was so thankful that i did. it was so good to catch up with these mamas over some early morning miles.

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the boys finished the lego disney castle this weekend. we’ve all been hard at work on it since christmas, but crosby has been the main supervisor and has encouraged us to keep working on it. he absolutely loves it!

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date night at disney springs. drinks, shopping, and dinner.

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dinner at morimoto asia!

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we had a couple fast passes at hollywood studios this afternoon, so we headed down for a couple of hours. when we arrived, there were several characters hanging out by the entrance with no lines! kenley got her picture and they all signed our book. it was super fun.

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dopey!

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aladdin and jasmine!

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pocahontas!

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crosby loved the star tours ride. i think this is his favorite ride so far. he was so pumped off once it finished.

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disney junior live!

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storm troopers at the launch bay.

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we had a great weekend! how was yours?

my weekend in photos

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friday night trip to chuck e. cheese’s to celebrate kyler’s birthday!

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playing all the games.

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sporting our medals after kenley’s first 5k on saturday morning! more photos to come.

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we headed to magic kingdom after the race and chelsea the (class) chimp came with us!

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buzz lightyear!

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riding on the people mover!

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goofy girls.

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excited to meet belle after the enchanted tales!

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crosby asked belle if all the books in her library were real. she said they were!

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such a fun day with these two.

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chelsea also joined us at church!

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celebrating four years!

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quick trip to the park before the rain started.

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sunday night date night.

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we had a busy weekend! crosby was excited to share it with their class mascot, chelsea. how was your weekend?

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?

my weekend in photos

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we kicked off the weekend with crosby’s soccer game on friday night at 6:15pm… the perfect time for three year olds, right? oy.

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kenley’s team play on saturday morning after another game for crosby. her team played great and she scored her first goal of the season!

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crosby loved bulldozing anderson’s cheerios as he dropped them.

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post-soccer shopping and lunch at lucky’s market.

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we headed down to disney on saturday afternoon. the first stop was the expo at wide world of sports to pick up my packet.

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kenley and the storm trooper!

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ready to hit the pool at the caribbean beach resort.

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this morning i ran my first run disney race, the dark side half marathon. it was so fun and i’ll be sharing more pics soon!

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another fun time at the pool today before heading home. we had so much fun playing at disney this weekend.

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we had a busy weekend, it was so fun, but also exhausting!

how was your weekend?

Disney Dream // March 2017

Over spring break, we headed over to Port Canaveral to finally embark on the Disney Dream! We originally booked our trip for October 2016 but didn’t board the ship due to Hurricane Matthew. We opted to re-book for spring break since the kids would be off school, so we waited another five months to set sail. For the whole month of March, I spent a lot of time on Pinterest reading all about the ship, what to do, what not to do, etc. and I still didn’t feel prepared for what was to come.

We drove over to the ship on Monday morning. The embarkation process was super quick and easy. We got checked in and right on the ship. I carried Crosby on my back in the Ergo so we didn’t have to worry about him wandering off. It worked out great for getting on and off the ship.

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Once we were on the ship, we scoped it all out, had some lunch, and went to our rooms. We had connecting rooms with my parents and the rooms were huge! We lucked out when we re-booked and these rooms must have just opened up. They were twice the size of the other rooms on the ship and we had two windows! We are certainly spoiled for future cruises. I didn’t ever get a picture of it, but the couch turned into a bed and the top bunk came down from the ceiling. The kids took turns sleeping in the top bunk which was big fun for both of them.

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We spent the rest of the afternoon at Nemo’s Reef splash pad and the pool until it was time for our muster drill. After that was over, we headed up for the sail away party and waved goodbye to Florida for the week.

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Dinner the first night was at the Enchanted Garden. We didn’t end up seeing the show the first night because the kids (and adults) were already exhausted, so we figured we wouldn’t push our luck on the first night.

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On Tuesday, we docked at Nassau, Bahamas, but we decided to stay on the ship. We took advantage of all of the fun activities planned throughout the day. The daily schedule was action-packed! The kids went to the Oceaneer Lab and Oceaneer Club, which we referred to as “kids camp”. They absolutely loved it! Crosby’s favorite part was Andy’s Room and Kenley liked Pixie Hallow.

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One of my favorite things throughout the week were the random character sightings. We saw so many characters, but some of them were by happenstance and those were way more fun! On the way to breakfast on the first morning, we ran into Pluto and Goofy! We also saw Stitch, but weren’t able to snap a photo with him.

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After naps, the kids were off to kids camp again and the adults headed to a mixology class. We made a variety of drinks and it was very informative. We ended up back in the same bar that night to order one of the drinks we made.

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We also did some swimming on Tuesday and enjoyed shorter lines on the AquaDuck since some passengers were still at the port. I was surprised that we didn’t do more swimming throughout the week, but we rode the slides as often as we could. The Mickey pool was shallow for the kids, but there was also no jumping allowed, so Crosby got called out a few times (I know that doesn’t surprise you!).

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Kenley got to meet Belle before we had dinner in the Royal Palace on Tuesday night. Dinner each night was amazing!

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Instead of seeing the villains show, the kids went to camp for a little while after dinner and we headed to the Pink Wine & Champagne Bar and Skyline for some after dinner drinks.

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I’ll share about Castaway Cay, pirate night, and our day at sea in the next post!
Stay tuned!