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!

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!

Friday I'm in Love Linky Party

What have you been loving lately?!

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?

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!