my weekend in photos

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my mom and i kicked off the (long) weekend at epcot on friday. we rode rides and went through all of the countries. the weather was absolutely perfect and we had such a fun day!

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wine and cheese in germany. gewurztraminer, my favorite!

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on to the next country…

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moracco!

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london calling!

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we celebrated fenn’s 5th birthday on friday night and we were so happy to see ms. jackie too!

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we spent saturday at disney springs and had lunch at the rainforest cafe.

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oh christmas tree, oh christmas tree.

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waiting for the kids to ride the train.

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enjoying all the holiday goodness.

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the boys played at the lego store while the girls shopped.

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mr. cheeseball with his nice footrest

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the gingerbread house at the grand floridian.

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the gorgeous tree!

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we rode the monorail around and ended up at the contemporary to see their christmas decorations too. the kids loved the monorail and we got a great view of cinderella’s castle all lit up.

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we got to see meemaw and grandpa one more time today before they headed home. we loved seeing them this weekend!

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our advent calendar activity on sunday was to decorate a gingerbread house and that we did! the kids loved it.

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crosby, show me your muscles!

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we had such a fun and busy weekend, but loved spending so much time at disney with meemaw and grandpa.

how was your weekend?

so long summer 2016

Just like that, August arrived, summer camp came to an end and Camp Gilbo began. The kids were out of school and home for ten eleven straight days. We did our best to keep busy and overall the week went well…but it was still very exhausting.

On Monday, we started the week of watching the Olympics!

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We also went the Orlando Science Center in the afternoon, which worked out well since it turned out to be a rainy day…and also a rainy week.

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Aside from many trips to the YMCA, we also hit up several parks in the area. Greg took them to the “yellow and blue” park twice, they went to our normal park twice, and I took them to a new park after we went to Baby Bootcamp on Wednesday. These kids live for parks.

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The kids had Meet the Teacher on Thursday so we went out to dinner with some friends afterwards. We are super excited about the kids’ teachers and classes this year. Kenley is excited to be back in the same class with some old friends.

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On Sunday, we played at the Grand Floridian with some friends who were in from New York.

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We had a busy week and it was hard determining what day it was at any given point.

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The kids headed back to school on Monday, but it was short lived. They were home by 11:00am due to no air conditioning at the school, a true state of emergency in Florida. Day one, take two, was a success on Tuesday!

my weekend in photos

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this has been our life for the last week. olympics all day, every day.

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we had a busy saturday, which included a trip to the y in the morning, swimming, nap time, then to the grocery store while daddy went to work.

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afterwards, we headed to starbucks for a little afternoon treat.

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saturday night math problems.

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after church on sunday, we headed to disney to see our friends who were in from new york.

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we loved seeing lucas and ivy! we wish we could have stayed and played all day, but daddy had to go to work again.

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they sat up there most of the weekend playing with “daddy’s legos”.

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we had a good weekend and a good end to camp gilbo. i’ll share more pics this week from our week at home, but we’re excited for the kids to go back to school tomorrow!

here’s to a new year!

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.

my [long] weekend in photos

crosby is reluctant to do the slide by himself, but he was happy to go with kenley!

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greg and i finally watched jurassic world on friday night. it was so good!

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saturday morning came early and we knocked out 12 miles, which is my longest training run to date. if i’m running anything close to 13.1 miles, i want to be getting a medal for it, however, heather suggested 12 and i agreed. it was hard and i moaned and groaned the rest of the day.

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we headed down disney to help celebrate lyla’s birthday and hang out with some friends. these three were brave enough to get in the water and i was happy to take pictures.

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we had so much fun playing, swimming, eating, and chatting. can you tell it was way past nap time for our kids? they fell asleep as soon as we got in the car.

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we did a whole lot of nothing on sunday and ended the day at tijuana flats. needless to say, this boy loves that place.

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greg and i both had today off so we started the day at sea world!

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we rode two roller coasters and enjoyed a snack before heading to lunch and to the mall. we had such a fun day together!

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we really enjoyed having an extra day this weekend. how was your weekend?

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?