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.

Christmas in Chicago {2018}

We started our Christmas break with a lovely Christmas service at church on Friday night.

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Saturday morning came early and we hopped on a plane to head to Chicago!

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Michael and Rachel showed us around the city while the kids headed back to the house to bake cookies and see Arie.

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We stopped at Macy’s to get warm and check out the Christmas tree and beautiful decorations.

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Afterwards, we hopped on over to the Christkindlmarket which was packed the moment it opened. I got a cute mug full of warm goodness, then we headed out.

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Our next stops included Garrett Popcorn, Ballast Point to taste some beers, and Au Cheval for the best burger in the entire city.

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Finally, we met up with the kids at Forge Brewery!

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The next two days, we had a wonderful visit with family.

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We were hopeful for more snow, but she was thrilled to at least see this much.

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Christmas morning was full of coffee and opening presents before we packed our bags to hit the road.

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Our first stop was in Lafayette for a short, but sweet, visit with the cousins.

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After one more stop in Indy, we were on the road. 14 hours later, we arrived in warm Orlando to continue our Christmas break!

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We had such a wonderful time in Chicago and we already can’t wait to plan our next visit. To say that Michael and Rachel were amazing hosts would be an understatement. We had such a very, merry Christmas!

Happy Halloween!

We had a great Halloween this year! Kenley started the day as Pinkalicious from Pinkalicious and the Pinkerrific Playdate for the character parade at school.  She was also Pinkalicious last year for the Kindergarten character parade which shows that the girl knows what she likes. Crosby also had a storybook parade at school and he was Dash from the Incredibles.

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By night, the kids transformed into Addison, the cheerleader, and Zed, the zombie from the Disney Channel movie Z-O-M-B-I-E-S. The movie is super cute and the kids love the soundtrack so it was a quick and easy decision on who they would be this year. Unfortunately, Crosby made a last minute decision to go without the green hair and zombie make up, but they still looked super cute.

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We headed around our neighborhood to trick-or-treat and check out all of the decorations. Our neighbors really go all out! It seemed more crowded this year too! The policeman on duty was driving around all night playing the Halloween theme song which was super creepy, yet awesome.

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We had such a fun night!

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A look back… 2011 // 2012 // 2013 // 2014 // 2015 // 2016 // 2017

my weekend in photos

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crosby had a rough week with croup, but he had his first tee ball game on thursday! overall, he did well all things considered.

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after a short work day on friday, we were back on campus to tailgate before the ucf game.

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knightro!

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friday night lights!

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the knights win!

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five miles before our busy morning.

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between the four of us, we were three different places on saturday morning. work, soccer, and tee ball. so thankful for friends who treat my kids as their own, cheer for, and take pictures of while we weren’t there. it takes a village!

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fort building on a lazy saturday.

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another lazy afternoon on sunday. just what we needed.

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i wish we would have started this on saturday. now i’m determined to finish!

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after a busy friday and saturday morning, we did nothing the rest of the weekend. i really wanted it to be a true fall weekend with football and pumpkin spice everything, but it was still 90 degrees out, so we stayed inside. it was still glorious and a much needed chance to regroup before a crazy busy season that is right around the corner.

how was your weekend?

4th of July {2018}

We kicked off our 4th of July holiday with the Firecracker 5k in our community! Kenley and I signed up the morning of, so there wasn’t much training involved in this 5k. My expectations were low and I knew there would be a significant amount of walking involved. Kenley was excited that her friends were there too!

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She did a good job but you can definitely tell the difference from a 5k in January versus a 5k in July. It was hot and humid!

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After the 5k, we had some friends over for food, frose, and fireworks!

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We had such a fun and eventful day celebrating our independence!

my weekend in photos

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friday night pajama party!

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saturday morning run.

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all the coffees.

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saturday piyo.

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shopping at disney springs.

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incredibles ii! it was so good.

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our first stop on our brew tour.

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celery city craft!

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loved celebrating this guy!

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family selfie.

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dads doing beers.

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sanford brewing company

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wop’s hops brewery. the kids loved it, obviously.

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happy father’s day to all the dads!

 

my {long} weekend in photos

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kenley’s end of year luau was friday. i can’t believe the school year is just about over.

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on our way to sarasota, we made a short detour to stop by concord coffee in lakeland!

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delicious iced coffee in the cutest coffee shop.

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reading during lunch.

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we opted for some indoor fun on a rainy saturday.

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we had a short break in the rain so we headed out on the water.

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this was our workout for the day.

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hot tub for these two…in the rain.

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we headed down to the beach on sunday morning to see what was happening. the skies were ominous and the waves were crazy! tropical storm alberto was passing by.

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my guy.

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my boy.

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we chased this little crab to get a pic.

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memorial day cookout with cousins.

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we had a great time celebrating bobby’s birthday!

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the kids had so much fun.

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we had such a fun weekend in sarasota with grammy. though it rained most of the weekend, we did get to see the sun for just a little bit. we headed back home today to prep for the last couple days of school before summer officially begins!

happy memorial day!