life lately {june}

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we began the month at reunion resort with the west coast gilbos and grammy who were in town for drew’s lacrosse tournament.

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we loved watching drew on the lacrosse field and hanging with our family all weekend.

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twins.

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summer camp began!

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she loves ucf soccer camp!

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the kids had such a fun time with their cousins.

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a family photo in front of the castle. magical!

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summer is for swimming on a weeknight.

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first swim meet of the season.

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star wars fun at hollywood studios.

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art of animation to celebrate sam’s birthday.

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birthday twins!

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june supper club.

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we celebrated one incredible dad on father’s day!

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another wednesday night swim meet.

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kenley’s third week of camp was golf camp! i was most worried about this camp, but she did so well and loved it!

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movie night!

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meemaw came to stay for a whole week! we loved having her here.

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the girls.

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saturday morning runs.

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the first pool party of the summer!

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little besties.

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week four was ugames camp at discovery church! she did karate!

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summer was in full swing and kenley got to do a different summer camp all month. we had so much fun seeing our family and friends all month! i ended the month with a weekend trip to nashville which i will share more about soon.

life lately {may}

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another month, another lost tooth.

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the kids went to their first orlando city soccer game.

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cheering on the lions!

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may supper club!

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cinco de mayo style.

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mother’s day tea with c.

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we got our saturdays back as the soccer and tee ball seasons came to an end.

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go diamondbacks!

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his second tee ball season in the books!

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another successful season as dugout moms.

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my clan took me to animal kingdom for mother’s day!

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celebrating us moms.

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moms night out!

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crosby’s end of the year class party!

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crosby’s last day of vpk!

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momming so hard on class party day.

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her teacher gave her the class leader award.

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and her classmates decided she would most likely to become president.

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vpk graduation!

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our little graduate.

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kenley’s memorial day weekend was delayed by a day due to the stomach bug. we made it to the beach on sunday while she was still recovering.

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living his best life.

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trying to fish.

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so happy to see spend some time with the suhrs when they were at disney for the week.

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these girls became fast friends.

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swimming at disney!

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her last day as a first grader!

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magic kingdom!

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i’m not sure these kids could be any cuter. what a perfect way to end the month.

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may is the new december around here. the end of the school year came in fast and furious. we had a fabulous month and celebrated all the things.

my weekend in photos

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after being sick for too long, i finally got out for a run on friday.

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kenley says this is her favorite ride in all of disney and she truly loves it, but this is her face every single time, without fail.

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the rock-n-roller coaster group.

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we finally made it on slinky dog dash!

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so excited and well worth the wait.

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slinky!

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sweet girls.

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goofy kids.

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tower of terror!

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this is one of crosby’s favorite parts of hollywood studios.

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vamprina!

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we had such a fun day with this group!

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kicked off the week with four miles!

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we had a great day on saturday and a low key sunday. overall, a fun weekend!

how was yours?

Wine and Dine Half Marathon {race recap}

In November, Heather and I ran the Wine and Dine Half Marathon! This was my second Run Disney race and yet again, it did not disappoint.

I headed down to the expo on Friday night after work. I went by myself which gave me some time to browse the booths and do a little bit of shopping, but the expo closed at 7pm, so I didn’t have a ton of time.

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It was a good thing I didn’t have the kids, because there was a lot of walking involved between picking up the race bib and the race shirt. I’m talking two completely different buildings here…in the rain.

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We did not stay on Disney property for this race as Greg had to work the whole weekend. Thankfully, my mom came to town to watch the kids while I ran. We started the morning around 3:30am and headed down to the Epcot parking lot and finish line to park the car. From there, we hopped on a bus to take us to the Magic Kingdom parking lot to start the race.

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Since I registered for this race well enough in advance, I was able to submit a proof of time earning me a spot in corral C. We started the race after about only 20-25 minutes of waiting. Oddly enough, it started raining when we were in the corral.

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Our first park was Animal Kingdom! We took a slightly different route through the park and were able to run through Pandora at dawn. It was the perfect amount of light, but it was also dark enough to see the glow of the lights through Pandora. The picture doesn’t do it justice.

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From Animal Kingdom, we had several miles of open road before reaching our next park. Along the way, we saw a toy soldier! We were in line to get our picture with him, but then he started making the runners do push-ups, so we were out!

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We entered Hollywood Studios around the ten mile mark. It’s amazing how the worst part of the race (miles 10-13.1) is filled with the most fun stuff! It’s such a great distraction. We ran through the back of the park by the Tower of Terror and saw Mr. and Mrs. Incredible just as we entered. Hollywood Studios is our favorite park, so we stopped a couple times for some pictures before heading out.

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We made our way through the Boardwalk on our way to Epcot and most importantly, the finish line. We saw the Swan and Dolphin resort, the Boardwalk resort, and lots of spectators!

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We entered Epcot at the entrance coming from the Boardwalk and ran down through England. We circled back towards France to run through the rest of the countries around the world.

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As we made our way towards the finish line, we passed the giant golf ball and headed into the Epcot parking lot.

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We unintentionally timed our finish perfectly and headed into Epcot as soon as the park opened at 9am. We celebrated with mimosas in the Wine & Dine Festival Center.

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One of the best perks of the race this time around was that I was able to download all of my race photos since Photo Pass is included with our annual pass. We made every effort to get our picture taken by every Photo Pass photographer we saw!

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It ended up being my worst race on the clock, but my best race on the course. I absolutely love running though the parks, seeing all of the Disney characters, hearing all of the entertainment, and enjoying the entire Run Disney experience!

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!

my weekend in photos

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the kids didn’t have school on friday so we headed to planet obstacle with some friends!

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my little american ninja warriors

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crosby spent hours in the foam pit.

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laura and i took turns doing the high ropes challenge course. i was sure feeling it the next day!

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saturday morning run squad!

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8 miles done which was basically the extent of my training for my half marathon next weekend.

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our five year old!

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we headed to disney yet again for our final birthday celebration. crosby showed off his new watch every chance he got.

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giving olaf warm hugs!

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five.

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we survived our crazy birthday month!

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goodnight hollywood studios!

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we laid low on sunday after church and a grocery run. the weather was amazing, so we played with all of our new toys and spent some time outside.

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we had a fabulous weekend celebrating our boy.
how was your weekend?

my weekend in photos

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on friday we woke up with a seven year old!

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we headed to animal kingdom after school and kenley got her birthday button!

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selfies in line.

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so proud of crosby for being brave and riding everest with us! kenley ended up riding three times! she was on cloud nine.

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we had such a fun night celebrating our girl!

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cheering crosby on at his tee ball game on saturday. and by cheering, i mean telling him to watch the ball and stop playing in the dirt.

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diamondback dugout moms!

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from tee ball we went straight to celebrate lincoln’s second birthday!

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our first birthday party in a few years. we’re ready to celebrate!

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the birthday boy and girl!

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so many awesome friends sporting their favorite teams.

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making their wishes.

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post-party selfie.

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fall has arrived so we enjoyed the evening outside.

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the perfect way to end an awesome weekend, matching pjs with julie.

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our action-packed october continues! three birthdays down, one to go!

how was your weekend?