Christmas at Seaworld // 2016

Another item on our advent list this year was to see the Christmas lights and decorations at SeaWorld. We went last year for the first time and absolutely loved it. Instead of the Polar Express this year, the main attraction was Rudolph and friends. I was a little bummed that the Polar Express wasn’t back because it was really so cool last year, but Rudolph was a nice change of pace and something new for us to see.

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Unfortunately, it was pushing 90 degrees when we arrived. Nothing says happy holidays like sweating like crazy walking around to look at the decorations. Luckily, when the sun went down it was a little better, but it was still really humid.

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We only rode a couple of rides since the lines were a little long. The kids could have looked at the train display all day. We watched them go around and around during the day and then again at night when they were all lit up. It’s such a cool display.

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We were ready for the Sea of Trees show which had a cute little introduction and skit before the light show started. Crosby joined the other kids to sing a Christmas carol and was asked to participate in the show!

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The show did not disappoint and Crosby did such a good job ringing the bell. He was all about it! After the show, we headed over to see the Rudolph in the Christmas village.

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The line for Rudolph and Clarice was a bit long, so we met Bumble instead before we walked around to see the lights.

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The park was beautifully decorated and the lights were amazing. We had such a great time once again this year.

my weekend in photos

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it was crazy hot this weekend so we took advantage and played outside.

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greg and i headed out on saturday to the winter park farmers’ market for a wedding!

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pre-ceremony selfie.

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my date.

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the happy couple! so happy for these two amazing ladies.

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in between projects today, crosby decided to read all the books.

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sweet, sleeping boy.

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we headed to seaworld this afternoon to enjoy all of the holiday goodness. i’ll share more pictures this week!

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we had an eventful weekend! how was yours?

my weekend in photos

our long weekend technically started on wednesday evening and the rest of the week/weekend didn’t exactly go as we had planned. my parents arrived wednesday night and thursday morning was spent preparing for hurricane matthew.

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hunkering down, playing legos before bedtime.

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we watched hours upon hours of hurricane coverage on thursday and friday while we were home under a mandated curfew. the city and east side of the state prepared for the worst and prayed for the best. thankfully matthew took a little jog out east and didn’t directly hit florida.

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we had very high winds and rain, so we resorted to having the kids ride their scooters in the house. thankfully, we didn’t lose power at all!

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the curfew ended earlier than expected which meant that we were able to get out and go for a run on saturday morning! those 12 miles were much needed and it was so good to get out with this crew and assess the storm damage.

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the weather the rest of the weekend was amazing, so we took advantage of a free day on saturday and headed to sea world!

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i think he was happy to get out of the house too!

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i love these little guys.

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brr!

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we weren’t able to go on our disney cruise, but we made the most of our day and had a great time. apparently, the day after a hurricane is a good day to visit the parks because there were no lines whatsoever!

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we were also so happy to have meemaw and grandpa with us too!

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our thursday night garth brooks concert was also rescheduled so that’s what we did on sunday afternoon. we rocked out to garth like it was a saturday night.

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the show was unbelievable. absolutely amazing.

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the temps were in the 60’s this morning, so heather and i got out for a quick three mile run before work. bring on the fall weather!

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it’s been a whirlwind for sure! we had such a great weekend which i do not take for granted considering that it could have definitely turned out differently depending on the path of the hurricane. even though we didn’t get to cruise the caribbean this weekend, we are incredibly thankful!

how was your weekend?!

my weekend in photos

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five miles on friday morning. it was slow and steady.

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we headed to the townhouse restaurant on friday after work. the kids were so excited to see charlie and margot who were visiting from canada!

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so thankful for a quick dinner with these girls. it’s been way too long.

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i was back on campus on saturday morning to work while greg and the kids hit up the y and the park.

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after crosby’s much needed haircut, we headed to sea world!

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shamu!

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we thought for sure that we would be the only fools who wanted to go to sea world on saturday evening when it was 95 degrees outside. wrong. it was packed. there are apparently a lot of other crazies out there aside from us.

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greg and i collapsed on the couch once we got home and watched london has fallen. it was pretty good!

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sunday included church and errands. kenley and i did a little back to school shopping at target this afternoon too.

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it’s not a weekend without a quick swim and popsicles.

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we had a great weekend! our summer weekends are quickly winding down, so we’re making the most of them.

how was your weekend?

my weekend in photos

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my workout clothes were on point on friday morning at the y.

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after work on friday, greg and i headed down to the dr. phillips performing arts center for opening night of ucf celebrates the arts.

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cheers to a date night!

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we woke up saturday morning to chilly temps. perfect for early morning soccer!

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we headed down to sea world to soak up some more of the amazing weather.

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the boys being all cute.

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it felt like we had the place to ourselves, so the kids got to ride all of their favorite rides.

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after a long day, greg and i headed back downtown for another date night celebrating the arts. we had an amazing dinner and drinks and saw a great show with friends. we had two late nights in a row, which is extremely rare for us, but it was totally worth it.

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after lots of chores around the house, we had to get outside to play today!

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these two lost their listening ears several times today, but overall, we had a great weekend!

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i hope your weather was as nice as ours.
how was your weekend?

my [long] weekend in photos

crosby is reluctant to do the slide by himself, but he was happy to go with kenley!

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greg and i finally watched jurassic world on friday night. it was so good!

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saturday morning came early and we knocked out 12 miles, which is my longest training run to date. if i’m running anything close to 13.1 miles, i want to be getting a medal for it, however, heather suggested 12 and i agreed. it was hard and i moaned and groaned the rest of the day.

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we headed down disney to help celebrate lyla’s birthday and hang out with some friends. these three were brave enough to get in the water and i was happy to take pictures.

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we had so much fun playing, swimming, eating, and chatting. can you tell it was way past nap time for our kids? they fell asleep as soon as we got in the car.

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we did a whole lot of nothing on sunday and ended the day at tijuana flats. needless to say, this boy loves that place.

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greg and i both had today off so we started the day at sea world!

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we rode two roller coasters and enjoyed a snack before heading to lunch and to the mall. we had such a fun day together!

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we really enjoyed having an extra day this weekend. how was your weekend?

my weekend in photos

greg took the kids to the park on friday after school and apparently kenley has mad monkey bars skills. neither greg, nor i had seen this before and she claims they have no monkey bars at school, so i am not sure where it came from. but, it’s awesome!

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saturday morning, i rocked ten miles these these lovely ladies and this gentleman. it was nice and cool and a great start to the day.

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later in the day after our errands were over, we headed down to sea world for a couple of hours. we got to visit the penguins right before the park closed, which was super fun.

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we stocked up on a lot of food this weekend and did a lot of meal prepping for the week including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. i don’t think our fridge has looked this full in months. it feels great to get so much done in advance!

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later in the day, we had some friends over for dinner. the kids had such a great time running around and playing.

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these two had a great weekend.

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how was your weekend?