my weekend in photos

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friday night soccer practice.

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i got to hang out with this sweet boy.

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saturday morning miles with the girls.

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soccer saturday!

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living his best life.

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saturday afternoon, we headed to epcot for the flower and garden festival.

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shark!

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enjoying our time with grammy!

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elsa and anna!

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we finally got fast passes for the frozen ride and spent some time in norway!

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it’s the circle of life.

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ice cream treat!

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we had such a fun day at epcot and the weather was gorgeous!

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after errands and food prep, we had our first official swim of the season today!

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we had a great visit with grammy this weekend.

how was yours?

Hollywood Studios {March 2018}

We ended spring break with a day trip to Hollywood Studios. We decided that we would maximize our time at the park and planned to stay the whole day, which is not something we normally do.

My original plan was to meet Buzz and Woody before our first fast pass, but Donald and Daisy were right by the entrance, so we stopped for pictures and autographs. Kenley is really into having the characters sign our character book. I love the picture of she and Daisy together.

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Our first fast pass was put on hold since Toy Story was down (an important detail later), so we headed to Star Tours and were able to get right on the ride. Star Tours is Crosby’s favorite ride so I was happy to have him be able to do it twice in one day.

After Star Tours, we watched the March of the First Order and headed to the Launch Bay to meet Kylo Ren.

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Toy Story ended up opening again, so we were able to use our fast pass later on in the morning (along with every other person in the park), but we were excited to get on it. It is one of our absolute favorite rides of all the parks.

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In hindsight, it probably wasn’t the best idea to get on a ride that had been down all morning because we got to the end of the ride and it stopped…then it stopped again, for good. Several very nice cast members came to get us out of our seats and walk us out of the ride. They had already cleared all of the guests in the 2+ hour waiting line and gave us an extra fast pass to use that day. We were making memories, that’s for sure!

After lunch, we headed to Tower of Terror. Greg and Kenley rode this together once, but I hadn’t been on it in so long. Kenley talked about it all week long, but started to get nervous as we boarded our elevator. I forgot how cool and thrilling it is! Kenley likes it but definitely had a death grip on my arm the whole time (as you can see in the picture).

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We used our extra fast pass on the Rock ‘n Roller Coaster! Kenley was adamant that she wanted to ride it but I wasn’t sure she would be tall enough. She stood very tall and was so excited to ride it. She and Greg wanted to make silly faces, but you can see the surprise in she and Jackson’s eyes as we took off. They both loved it and Kenley can’t wait to do it again. I love that she is fearless with roller coasters because I definitely wasn’t like that when I was her age!

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I went for a second time with mom so she could use her fast pass too. Crosby was so good while he waited for us, so we happily went back to ride Star Tours again for him.

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We had such a fun day at Hollywood Studios. The weather was amazing, the park wasn’t that busy, and the company was great!

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We’ll see ya real soon, Goofy!

my weekend in photos

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friday night soccer.

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finally dyeing some eggs.

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celebrating luke’s birthday!

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date night, which ended at the arcade playing jurassic park.

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happy easter!

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such a fun morning at action church!

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brunch!

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after many attempts, we finally got a good picture!

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so happy to have my parents here to celebrate today.

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flights at red cypress brewery!

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game time for the kiddos.

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we had a wonderful weekend and a very happy easter.

he is risen!

Christmas Break, cont.

My favorite photo floating around social media this year included the phrase “the bit between Christmas and the New Year when you don’t know what day it is or who you are”. I definitely felt that this year. It was a weird week coming back from Christmas in Sarasota on Tuesday, then going back to work the following Tuesday. We had a jam packed week and it honestly flew by!

Crosby spent most of his time out of school in his pajamas and the kids loved their new sleeping bag/pillow combos they got for Christmas. There was a lot of cartoon and movie watching done from them.

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On Friday, Heather and I got our 26.2 tattoos and Michelle got her nose pierced! Kenley was pumped that Livie came over to play during that time. Also, don’t let my smiles fool you, that little sucker really hurt even though he was done in less than two minutes.

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Greg and I snuck out for happy hour on Friday to celebrate Ryan’s new job!

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On Saturday, we got to see our friends in from Montreal! I love seeing these kids together again around our table. They picked up right where they left off from their last visit in July. It was so good to catch up over Moscow mules and instant pot chili.

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Greg worked a few days during the break, so we headed out to Light Up UCF on NYE to do some ice-skating while he was working. They also got me on the ferris wheel which I was not a fan of, but the views were pretty good.

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Greg and I capped off our Christmas break with a trip to the Peach Bowl in Atlanta which I will share more about this week. Thankfully, my parents stayed until the 2nd and were able to watch the kiddos for the day. We had such a great break and were so thankful to see both of our families and lots of friends.

 

my weekend in photos

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family movie night! we watched despicable me 3.

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by the doctor’s order, i put my leg into the cold pool to ice it on saturday morning…when it was 46 degrees out. thank goodness for hot coffee.

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they thought it was hilarious.

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crosby and wyatt… i mean, batman and spiderman in the house.

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a little game time before bed.

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post-church lunch at rock & brews.

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we celebrated jackson’s birthday with a chicago and airplane party. i had to sport my chicago shirt for the occasion.

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i’m not sure when he got this old.

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back at it on sunday evening. kenley was excited to take my picture again.

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we had a much needed relaxing weekend. i spent most of the day on saturday cleaning out our kitchen and packing up boxes for donation, thanks to a simplified life. it was a perfect weekend to kick off the new year.

how was your weekend?

Florida Christmas {2017}

We headed down to Sarasota this year to celebrate Christmas in Florida with Greg’s family. We had an amazing five days filled with family, fun, and sun.

The kids spent a lot of time in and on the water. It was way too cold for me to even think about getting in. The boys caught several fish from the dock and I paddle boarded with the manatees!

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We had dinner out on the circle on Saturday night and spent some time at the beach on Christmas Eve.

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We opened presents on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The kids spent the rest of our time playing with their presents.

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We had such a great visit and a wonderful Christmas with Greg’s family. We loved seeing the Gilbos in Florida and the kids especially loved seeing their older cousins!

my [thanksgiving] weekend in photos

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we headed to hollywood studios on thursday for a nontraditional thanksgiving.

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thankful for this crew.

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the gilbos and petittos reunited!

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kiddos!

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we loved seeing the storm troopers out and about.

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mickey and two turkeys.

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minnie!

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jake!

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black friday shopping!

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greg and i headed to philly on saturday. it was my first time in the city.

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melissa and conor got married!

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the wedding venue was gorgeous!

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orlando friends in philly!

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the girls.

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so cute.

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enjoying their time away from mommy and daddy.

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dinner at tijuana flats, their favorite!

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the kids had so much fun with meemaw and grandpa. we are so thankful they were able to come down for the weekend.

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it’s beginning to look a lot like christmas!

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we had such a great long weekend. it was a little out of the ordinary, but so fun. we had thanksgiving dinner on friday before watching the insane ucf football game!

we have so much to be thankful for.

Maggi & Greg’s Wedding // October 2017

After arriving in Mexico on Friday, we woke up to wedding day on Saturday! I had breakfast with Greg and the kids before the wedding day activities.

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I spent the day with the bride and bridesmaids getting pampered, drinking champagne, and taking pictures. Everything was absolutely perfect and we had such a good time.

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After we got all beautiful, we headed downstairs to hop in the golf cart to be transported to the site of the wedding.

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We all got some last minute touch ups before it was time to walk down the aisle.

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We walked down the aisle directly onto the beach. You couldn’t ask for a better backdrop for a wedding ceremony.

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During cocktail hour, we headed out for pictures on the beach with the amazing photographers from Parasol Photo.Graphics.

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The reception was on the terrace that overlooked the site of the ceremony, the beach, and the ocean. We spent the rest of the evening eating, drinking, dancing, and celebrating the happy couple.

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It was an honor to stand up with Maggi while she married Greg. It was an absolutely perfect day during a perfect weekend. We are so happy to officially welcome Greg to our crazy family!

Mexico // October 2017

We arrived home from Chicago on Monday and were back at the airport on Friday to leave for Mexico! To say we had a busy October would be an understatement. We were off to Cancun to celebrate Maggi & Greg’s wedding.

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The flight to Cancun was quick and easy! As soon as we arrived at the resort, we started seeing family and friends. The kids wasted no time getting their suits on and heading to the beach.

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The welcome reception was Friday night in the main bar of the resort. It was so good to see a lot of friends and family who we hadn’t seen in a long time. We had an Asian dinner at Lemongrass before heading to bed to get ready for the wedding on Saturday.

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The kids were up early each morning so we had an early breakfast before the wedding festivities began on Saturday. I have so many pictures from Saturday, so I will share those in a separate post. Greg and the kids played at the pool and beach while I was with the bride-to-be before the wedding ceremony.

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The entire wedding day was so much fun. We woke up on Sunday and it was my birthday! Greg and the kids ordered me cake for breakfast, which was awesome.

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We spent the entire day at the beach and the pool while the kids enjoyed some time at the kids camp. Michael and I went out on the stand up paddle boards which is all I wanted to do all day. It was so much fun.

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Kenley got her hair braided and the kids jumped on the trampoline as part of kids camp. The camp was such a great feature of the resort, the kids were begging to go while we were happy to have some time to ourselves.

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After such a relaxing day, we headed out for a birthday dinner with more dessert!

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We headed back to Orlando on Monday kicking and screaming (mostly me). We could have used another day on vacation but the real world called us back. We said our goodbyes and hopped on the shuttle to head to the airport.

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We had such an amazing time in Mexico celebrating Maggi & Greg. The entire wedding weekend was absolutely perfect and being able to celebrate my birthday on the beach in Mexico was an added bonus!

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Kenley started her day with a Character Parade at school with the kindergarten and 1st grade classes. She chose to be Pinkalicious from the book Pinkalicious and Aqua, the Mini-Mermaid. We also have the book Aqualicious which has the same characters in it. She was excited to be able to take her pink mermaid to school with her and dress in pink from head to toe. Crosby had his Storybook parade yesterday and was Spiderman.

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Tonight, we headed out for trick or treat fun with the Jenkinsons. They kids were all superheros! Kenley was Batgirl and Crosby was Justice League Batman.

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Greg and I keep talking about how much fun we had tonight. The kids had such a great time too and crashed as soon as we got home.

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Halloween through the years.

2011 // 2012 // 2013 // 2014 // 2015 // 2016