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!

Minnie’s Halloween Dine

Crosby’s birthday landed on a Saturday this year and it was our last birthday celebration of the month, so we decided to do our first character dining experience. I knew we wanted to go to Hollywood Studios for his birthday, so I looked at the options there first. Hollywood and Vine is usually an experience with the Disney Junior characters, which would not be my first preference but for the month of October it turns into Minnie’s Halloween Dine at Hollywood and Vine. I immediate jumped on this because of the character line up and the Halloween costumes!

We opted for lunch so we could start our day around noon and end the evening with the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular show.

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Since Minnie was the star of the show, we were able to get our photo taken with the Disney Photo Pass. All other photos were from my phone on our own.

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Mickey was Crosby’s favorite!

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Goofy asked Crosby how old he was and was being a jokester.

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Donald’s costume was my favorite.

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Kenley’s shirt was the hit of the day! Daisy played with it and she got several comments about it! Daisy and Minnie were Kenley’s favorite.

We had a great time! It was the perfect way to celebrate Crosby’s day and cap our month-long birthday festivities!

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

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 {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!

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!

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