Christmas {2016}

Merry Christmas! We have been having so much fun this week and I have so many pictures to share of all of our adventures with all of our visitors.

Before Christmas, we had our friends in town for a few days to play as they were on their way down to south Florida. I had to work until Friday, but Greg and the kids had a great time. They went to the Science Center, the park, and we made s’mores on the front porch after dinner one night.

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As the Mangos were leaving, my parents, Michael and Rachel were arriving for Christmas. I ran 10 miles with the girls on Christmas Eve before we were off to church in the afternoon for our candlelight service. My favorite.

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After putting milk, cookies, and carrots out for Santa and his reindeer, we woke up on Christmas morning to see what Santa brought and exchange gifts. We spent the rest of the day playing with our new toys, inside and outside.

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We headed to Light Up UCF on Tuesday to ice skate! It was the first time ice skating for the kids and the first time in a very long time ice skating for the rest of us. Crosby didn’t like it, but Kenley loved it! We went back out a second time and it was hard to pull her away.

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On Thursday, we got to meet up with our friends who were visiting from Canada! We had a perfect morning. We had breakfast at Townhouse, then went strawberry picking!

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The rest of the week included drinks at the Brass Tap, dinner at Tijuana, gelati at Jeremiah’s, swimming, trips to the park, donut making, and shopping. We’ve had such a good week!

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We had a wonderful Christmas and a great week with family!

Family Photos {2016}

I was determined to make 2016 the year that we got family photos taken again. We hadn’t had them taken since Crosby was born three years ago! All of those photos still filled all of the frames in our house and while I treasure those pictures, I wanted updated ones so that I didn’t have to continue looking at myself just one week postpartum. Not to mention, the kids have changed SO much in three years. So, on my birthday this year, we headed to Baldwin Park for a mini-session with Ashley of Dearly Photography. I am over the moon with how many great shots she got of us in just 20 minutes.

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Thank you so much Ashley!

my weekend in photos

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thursday night, we had greg’s holiday party at enzo’s on the lake. our dinner was amazing and it was a really fun night.

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we woke up on friday to a cool and crisp day. too bad it didn’t stay long.

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after work on friday, we headed down to sarasota!

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after staying up late on friday and getting up early on saturday, these two were a barrel of fun on our run. kenley didn’t feel well which meant they both took a much needed, very long nap.

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everyone was much happier after nap time!

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crazy hair on our boat ride.

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the girls.

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it was a perfect day for a boat ride.

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afterwards, we headed down to the beach to make our sandman! we should have brought a hat with us.

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while i miss the cold sometimes, this isn’t so bad.

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we got fancied up for dinner to celebrate grammy’s birthday!

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gorgeous lights on st. armands circle.

we headed home on sunday for a day of errands and getting stuff done around the house. we got so much done but we were exhausted by the time our heads hit the pillows.

how was your weekend?!

advent calendar activities {2016}

Welcome to another season of Pinterest Christmas!

Pinterest Christmas

My first project for the year was to come up with activities to fill the buckets of our diy advent calendar. I am so excited for all of our fun activities this month. When I sit down to make the list of activities, I always have my calendar out so I know what fun things we already have planned so I can fill those buckets first. Next, I fill in the remaining weekend days since those days are good for more time-intensive activities. I fill in the remaining days with activities that worked well in the past, or with new ideas from Pinterest. This year, my friend Lindsey shared her list with me, so I borrowed some of her ideas to mix in some new ones.

{1} Find Sprinkles the Elf [on the Shelf]
{2} Mail Christmas cards
{3} Go to Disney Springs to see the Christmas decorations
{4} Build a gingerbread house
{5} Make reindeer chow
{6} Have snowflake pancakes for dinner
{7} Get a blizzard at DQ
{8} Wear Christmas pajamas and read Christmas books
{9} Listen to Christmas music
{10} Build a “sand” man at the beach
{11} Donate toys and clothes to others
{12} Kenley shops for Crosby’s gift
{13} Drink hot chocolate with marshmallows
{14} Watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas cartoon
{15} Make a Lego Christmas ornament
{16} Family movie night: The Polar Express
{17} Crosby shops for Kenley’s gift
{18} Go to Sea World to see the Christmas lights
{19} String popcorn for the Christmas tree
{20} Drive around and look at Christmas lights
{21} Celebrate Christmas with friends
{22} Roast marshmallows over the fire and makes s’mores
{23} Make Christmas cookies for Santa
{24} Go to the Christmas Eve service at church

Some activities are small compared to others, but I don’t want to over commit ourselves or feel like we are rushing from one thing to the next. The point is to enjoy the Christmas season together as a family and that is what we intend to do! You can see our previous activities here and here.

Keep an eye out for other fun projects coming soon as part of Pinterest Christmas and don’t forget to check out Misha’s projects at Emerald City Diaries.

You can also see past Pinterest Christmas projects here.

Happy December!

my weekend in photos

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daddy had to work on friday night, so we met up with him for pizza and had a great time at opening night of light up ucf.

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it looks amazing! the holiday season is here!

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my main squeeze.

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saturday morning run with the ladies.

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we headed out to long & scott’s farm on saturday for a fun day of fall activities.

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silly boys!

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greg had so much fun navigating in the corn maze.

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playing on the playground!

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finally, a picture of the mamas!

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enjoying the corn out in the country.

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plaid on plaid on plaid for church on sunday.

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took the cars out for a spin to the park this afternoon.

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we had such a fun and busy weekend. the weather was absolutely amazing. we started decking the halls today too. we’re looking forward to a short, holiday week!

how was your weekend?

my {long} weekend in photos

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three mile run on veterans day to kick off a busy day!

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shopping and lunch on park ave. before it was time to run a lot of errands in the afternoon.

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lots of lego time this weekend on the new lego table.

on saturday morning, we headed down to give kids the world to meet up with the cambridge crew since they were in town for charlotte’s wish trip. we are so thankful that we got to see them and catch up, even if it was just for a few hours. the kids had such a great time seeing each other. give kids the world is absolutely amazing. we had so much fun and here are a lot of pics from our visit. 

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afternoon fun at the park.

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after meeting up with some friends for dinner, we ended up running into kayla and isaac! so happy to see them.

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i got up early for a ten mile run on sunday. it turned out to be a great run with all sub-10 minute miles. it was hard, but i was so happy with our overall pace.

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melissa was in town this weekend! it was so great to see her!

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we found a new park to visit today.

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it was so much fun!

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we had such a busy weekend, but i am thankful we had an extra day in there. we ended up seeing a lot of friends and getting so much done. 

how was your weekend?

Field Trip to the Farm

On Kenley’s birthday, we all took a field trip to the farm! Thankfully, the preschool and VPK classes went on the same day, which meant Greg and I could both go too! This was Crosby’s first field trip…I’m still not sure how he’s old enough to go on a field trip…and Kenley’s second field trip. She was so excited that it landed on her birthday too, just another fun thing to do in the month of October!

We put the kids on their respective buses and Greg and I followed behind in our car enjoying some quiet time together. We went to Green Meadows which is an animal farm and petting zoo. We saw all sorts of animals, rode the train, went on a hayride, and picked a pumpkin at the end of the trip. It was an action packed three hours and we got tons of pictures of everything we did.

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It was such a fun day!