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!

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?

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?