life lately {january}

I have been slacking on my blog posts in the last couple of months, so here is a quick (or, not so quick) recap of what we’ve been up to this month.

We kicked off the new year with the Fiesta Bowl! Unfortunately, the Knights started the new year with their first loss in a long time. We hoped for a better outcome but celebrated a great season and winning streak.

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Christmas break ended and we resumed our regularly scheduled programming. Meemaw had to go home, and we headed back to Disney for the first time in a over a month.

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Kenley played indoor soccer every Sunday in January and wrapped up her season this past weekend. She had a great time playing and it was exciting to watch.

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We celebrated Tracy’s birthday with a chilly run and surprised her to cheer her on at the Disney half marathon over the weekend.

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We had one brewery stop this month at Orlando Brewing.

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We had several chilly runs this month, which was amazing!

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We celebrated at four different birthday parties this month, two of which were at Double Down! Kenley got to go to Drive Shack and I am now realizing we need to get clubs in her hands more often.

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Kelly was in town for work, so we got to hang out and run the Shark Bite half marathon together! I’ll share more pictures from the race soon.

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We had a great family day at Epcot and enjoyed the winter weather.

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The kids celebrated the 100th day of school! Crosby made a necklace out of 100 different Legos and Kenley dressed up as a 100 year old grandma… a stylish one, I may add.

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Kenley and I joined some other girlfriends to run the Lady Track Shack 5k. She did awesome! I’ll definitely share more pictures from the race soon.

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Greg headed up to North Carolina to see Mango and go to the Metallica concert this week. They had a great time!

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We ended the month with the flu taking down Kenley. She’s on the mend now, but she missed four days of school! I did a lot of purging of a lot of things in the house while we were home on those sick days. It feels great to start the year off with less stuff laying around.

I hope to resume normal blog posts soon! I also have a bit more catching up to do, so stay tuned.

Wine and Dine Half Marathon {race recap}

In November, Heather and I ran the Wine and Dine Half Marathon! This was my second Run Disney race and yet again, it did not disappoint.

I headed down to the expo on Friday night after work. I went by myself which gave me some time to browse the booths and do a little bit of shopping, but the expo closed at 7pm, so I didn’t have a ton of time.

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It was a good thing I didn’t have the kids, because there was a lot of walking involved between picking up the race bib and the race shirt. I’m talking two completely different buildings here…in the rain.

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We did not stay on Disney property for this race as Greg had to work the whole weekend. Thankfully, my mom came to town to watch the kids while I ran. We started the morning around 3:30am and headed down to the Epcot parking lot and finish line to park the car. From there, we hopped on a bus to take us to the Magic Kingdom parking lot to start the race.

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Since I registered for this race well enough in advance, I was able to submit a proof of time earning me a spot in corral C. We started the race after about only 20-25 minutes of waiting. Oddly enough, it started raining when we were in the corral.

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Our first park was Animal Kingdom! We took a slightly different route through the park and were able to run through Pandora at dawn. It was the perfect amount of light, but it was also dark enough to see the glow of the lights through Pandora. The picture doesn’t do it justice.

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From Animal Kingdom, we had several miles of open road before reaching our next park. Along the way, we saw a toy soldier! We were in line to get our picture with him, but then he started making the runners do push-ups, so we were out!

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We entered Hollywood Studios around the ten mile mark. It’s amazing how the worst part of the race (miles 10-13.1) is filled with the most fun stuff! It’s such a great distraction. We ran through the back of the park by the Tower of Terror and saw Mr. and Mrs. Incredible just as we entered. Hollywood Studios is our favorite park, so we stopped a couple times for some pictures before heading out.

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We made our way through the Boardwalk on our way to Epcot and most importantly, the finish line. We saw the Swan and Dolphin resort, the Boardwalk resort, and lots of spectators!

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We entered Epcot at the entrance coming from the Boardwalk and ran down through England. We circled back towards France to run through the rest of the countries around the world.

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As we made our way towards the finish line, we passed the giant golf ball and headed into the Epcot parking lot.

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We unintentionally timed our finish perfectly and headed into Epcot as soon as the park opened at 9am. We celebrated with mimosas in the Wine & Dine Festival Center.

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One of the best perks of the race this time around was that I was able to download all of my race photos since Photo Pass is included with our annual pass. We made every effort to get our picture taken by every Photo Pass photographer we saw!

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It ended up being my worst race on the clock, but my best race on the course. I absolutely love running though the parks, seeing all of the Disney characters, hearing all of the entertainment, and enjoying the entire Run Disney experience!

my weekend in photos

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friday morning run and a holiday drink at starbucks.

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i headed down to the expo on friday after work to pick up my race packet!

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baseball ready!

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end of the season pizza party!

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saturday shopping. he was so excited about his new jacket that the cashier scanned the tag while he was wearing it.

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13.1 miles through disney! many more pictures to come!

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i found the balloons i picked up at the dollar spot a while ago, well after their birthdays have passed, so they are just playing with them now.

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our first weekend in november was packed! the weather was great and we had a lot of fun.

how was your weekend?

my weekend in photos

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we headed to cooper’s hawk for date night and apparently had not been there in a while since we had eleven bottles of wine to pick up!

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when it’s date night, but you also have to run errands.

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then, we finished the puzzle!

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we packed up the car for our day away from the house. 12 hours away and we apparently needed all the things.

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our first stop was kenley’s soccer game! the mighty warriors played a great game.

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next stop, crosby’s tee ball game!

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after their games, we headed down to the beach club at disney to celebrate the twins’ 4th birthday!

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ucf game by the pool.

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the kids take on food and wine… for a little bit.

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my big girl.

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smoothies before dinner.

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sweaty and tired but still smiling.

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our saturday was crazy but our sunday was a little more low key. it was a solid final weekend of september.

how was your weekend?

my weekend in photos

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soccer saturday!

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determination.

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my boy. waiting through soccer before it was time to head to tee ball.

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he got his jersey at practice and is ready for game day!

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we headed down to epcot on saturday for the food & wine festival.

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the girls.

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more girls.

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love our date nights.

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group selfie!

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elsa!

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anna!

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we jumped on test track in the single rider line and lucked out with fun passengers who like to dab.

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goodnight, epcot.

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we had a great weekend though i didn’t take many pictures. the kids fell in love with the zombie movie and we spent the afternoon today in the pool since it felt like 100 degrees outside. where is the fall weather?

how was your weekend?

my weekend in photos

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date night on park ave.

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four miles with the girls on saturday.

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kenley swam in the sunshine league championships on saturday with her swim team.

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backstroke is her favorite!

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she swam five individual events and two relays!

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i think it’s safe to say she had a great time.

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she placed first in points for the six and under females! we were so proud of her!

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if you’re going to be outside, you may as well be in the water.

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she was a fish all day.

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impromptu saturday night barbeque.

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we headed to epcot for a few hours on sunday afternoon.

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we rode a few rides, had some drinks, then headed home.

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our summer weekends are winding down. this one was busy, but it sure was good!

how was your weekend?

my weekend in photos

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friday night soccer snack duties.

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six miles before the royal wedding!

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royal wedding watch party!

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sweet cupcakes for the big event.

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one last game in the rain and mud.

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celebrating a great season!

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the mean green team!

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ready for a disney date, pretending that we weren’t going to get rained on all evening.

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love these girls.

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meeting baymax!

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taking cover from the rain with a maple bacon stout.

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goodnight, epcot!

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after church, we had a lazy, rainy sunday. 

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we had a great weekend! the perfect mix of busy and lazy.

how was yours?