my {long} weekend in photos

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kenley’s new glasses arrived and friday was her first day wearing them!

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she’s not the only one getting new glasses. i got my warby parker box on friday and chose a cute pair to order.

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we stayed at the reunion resort this weekend which put us very close to disney for a couple trips to the parks.

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saturday afternoon we were at animal kingdom.

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we weren’t entirely prepared for how cold it was.

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cheese!

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everest!

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kenley rode everest for the first time then went right back for more and rode it again with me.

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on sunday, we went to epcot before heading home and met some friends!

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after a lot of together time this weekend, kenley and i headed to magic kingdom while crosby and daddy played together at home. the kids definitely enjoyed some one-on-one time with each of us.

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we met up with more friends!

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castle selfie!

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she also rode space mountain for the first time this weekend. she’s quite the thrill seeker!

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minnie ears for the girls. we had such a fun day together.

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we had a great long weekend packed full of disney fun. how as your weekend?

my weekend in photos

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kenley and i had a girls night out on friday. we saw my son pinocchio jr. at her school! we knew a few girls in the show so it was super fun.

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on saturday, we headed to hollywood studios! the weather was nice and cool but got colder as the day went on.

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crosby was so excited to meet bb8!

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hanging out with the storm troopers.

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cruz from cars 3!

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greg and kenley rode the tower of terror before we left. kenley said she half liked and half didn’t like it, but then said it was her favorite thing of the day.

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sunday run day with the girls. it was freezing! it felt like 34 degrees out.

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gloves and socks to keep our hands warm. we’re not used to this.

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our advent calendar activity was building a gingerbread village!

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we ended our productive sunday with instant pot chili and chocolate chip cookies with friends.

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these boys are incredible!

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we had a fun weekend.

how was yours?

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.

my weekend in photos

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we started the weekend celebrating crosby’s 4th birthday on friday!

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early morning miles with the girls on saturday, followed by boot camp.

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we had so much fun celebrating this sweet boy on saturday.

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hanging with the birthday boy!

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friends.

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matching monster cookie for the cookie monster.

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date night on saturday at epcot for the food & wine festival.

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sporting our finisher shirts!

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we found more friends.

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giant pretzel in germany!

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we were the very last people on spaceship earth for the night.

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despite the rain, we had so much fun.

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after epcot closed, we jumped on the monorail to head to magic kingdom.

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so magical!

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we finally got onto the seven dwarfs mine train and it was so great! apparently 11:30pm is the time to go to beat the crowds.

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he stayed in his pajamas until about 3pm today, playing with legos.

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we celebrated the kids’ birthdays with some special friends tonight.

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we had a busy weekend.greg and i stayed out way too late on saturday night, but it was a great last weekend of october. we actually had fall weather too!

how was your weekend?

my weekend in photos

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friday night car ride.

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saturday morning run with the girls.

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soccer saturday with a little drizzle.

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and some champagne.

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my little man.

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soccer stars.

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crosby said “mommy, you have to take a picture of this.”

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despite the rainy forecast, it turned out to be a sunny and hot day at magic kingdom.

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in our race car on the speedway.

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kenley was bummed that space mountain was closed, but he loved the robot!

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it’s a small world!

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having a magical day.

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mr. no nap was in rare form on sunday.

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dinner at ten 10 brewery which is our new favorite spot.

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we had a great weekend saying goodbye to september and hello to our favorite month!

how was your weekend?

Friday I’m in Love

Happy Friday and happy new year!

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There is just something exciting about the first week of the year. We were back to work and back to school on Tuesday, so it was great to start the year with a four day week. I think we all were excited about a fresh start. We’ve been diligent about our work-out schedules this week, as well as keeping the house tidy after taking down all of the Christmas decorations. Here’s to making it a habit this year!

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We have been really on top of our game this week with our breakfast, lunch, and dinners. I have been thinking about sharing our meal plan on a weekly basis, but for now, I’ll share it here. We did a lot of food shopping and prepping Monday, so I was really thankful to have that extra day this week to devote to getting ahead. For breakfasts this week, I made Italian Sausage Egg Muffins which been quick and easy to warm up each day. For lunches, Greg and I had jar salads. It was my first time doing these and I am hooked! They are so easy and super filling. Our favorite dinner this week was Buffalo Chicken Sweet Potatoes, but I’m also excited to try our Mexican Chicken Zucchini Boats tonight, inspired by this recipe. In the spirit of keeping it real, I will also share that the guilty pleasure we’ve been loving this week is the Cheez-Its Snack Mix. Oh my, that stuff addicting! I am hopeful we can keep this momentum going past the first week of the new year.

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I have been getting back into podcasts lately. I haven’t listened to many since the first season of Serial, but the two I have been loving lately are Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey and I’ll Have Another with Lindsey Hein. Definitely check them out!

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Attention Florida residents — The Discover Disney ticket is back this year with both 3 day and 4 day options. We are so excited to take advantage of the great deal! Also, SeaWorld is offering the Preschool Pass again!

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I am loving several books right now. Last month, I finished Emily Ley’s Grace, Not Perfection: Embracing Simplicity, Celebrating Joy and it was amazing! I highly recommend it for any woman in any stage of life right now. I am onto The Magnolia Story and loving it so far. I am hoping to get it done before my classwork ramps up. I also got a couple cookbooks for Christmas too which is helping in the meal planning department: Run Fast, Eat Slow and Inspiralize Everything.

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Disney – March 2016

Over the tail end of the kids’ spring break, we packed up the car and headed down to Disney for a little staycation with my parents. It was so nice to “get away” for a few days without having to actually travel anywhere. We had an action-packed long weekend, so brace yourself for a whole lot of photos!

We arrived at the Animal Kingdom Lodge on Thursday after the kids took a short nap in the car. We walked into our rooms to find the most amazing view ever — animals everywhere! We were hoping to have a room with bunk beds, but two full beds is what we got. We weren’t sure what to expect since we would be co-sleeping with the kids for the first time, but it worked out well. Thankfully, my parents’ room was right next door and the monitor worked perfectly!

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Crosby was enthralled with the animals. They were truly amazing to see in action and you could see them from most of the spots in the hotel. He would wake up each morning exclaiming to “see animals!”.

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The rest of the afternoon was spent at the pool and the playground, as well as exploring the hotel.Our friends from Indiana were down at Disney for spring break as well, so they came over to check out the hotel and visit for a little bit. We ended up getting dinner at the hotel and taking it up to our room to eat. The kids loved that there was actually a Disney Junior channel, so they got to watch their favorite shows before bed each night.

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On Friday, we headed to Animal Kingdom! We knew it was going to be a late night considering the Hoosiers didn’t play until after 10pm, but we were up early and ready to go! We took advantage of Disney transportation while we were there, which was so convenient.

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As soon as we got into the park, we headed straight for the African Safari. I truly believe this is the best ride in all of Disney World. We took over 50 pictures on this ride alone. We only waited about 20-25 minutes to ride, which is really great considering the ride itself if 22 minutes long. Almost all of the animals were out and about while we were on the safari and we were able to get very close to several of them.

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After lunch and some kiddo rides in Dino Land, it was nap time. Kenley went right to sleep in the stroller, but Crosby wouldn’t fall asleep until he was in the Ergo. The boys rode Everest in the single rider line while mom and I enjoyed some beverages while the kids slept.

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After the Lion King show, we decided to stop into the baby center since the skies were looking a little dark. Thankfully, we made it just in time. We camped out in the baby center and the kids watched some TV while we waited for the storm to pass. It was still raining, but we decided to head over to the Finding Nemo show. I wish I would have gotten a picture of the six of us under the world’s smallest umbrella because it was pretty humorous. Both the Lion King and Nemo shows were amazing!

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The park had really cleared out after the rain, so mom and I went over to ride Everest in the single rider line and got right on and off. I was stuck in the front row, which is typically not my favorite place to be, but I survived. We lasted the entire day at the park with minimal whining and arguing. It was such a fun day!

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Saturday morning, we headed over to the other pool on the property to go swimming, go down the water slide, and came back to see the animals eating right outside our room!

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Lucky for us, the Mets were playing at Disney that weekend too so we worked that into our plans. ESPN Wide World of Sports is home to the Atlanta Braves for spring training and they played the Mets on Saturday. This was the only spring training game we got to see, but deGrom was pitching, so it was definitely worth it!

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Later that night, we went bowling and had dinner at Splitsville at Disney Springs! It was a fun place, but it was hard to keep a certain 2 year old confined to our tiny area and bowling lane. It was also raining throughout the evening so we were walking very briskly with the double stroller through the masses of people to get to and from the bus stop. Needless to say, we were all in bed by 9pm that night.

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Easter Sunday, we headed down to the lobby of the hotel to partake in the fun activities and meet the big man himself!

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Before heading home, we went back to Disney Springs to have lunch at the T-Rex Cafe! It was a fun atmosphere and a neat place.

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We had such a great weekend. The kids were so good and it was the prefect long weekend away. We are so fortunate to have such great opportunities for weekend adventures like this right here in our backyard.