Saturday, August 29, 2015

Visits with My Brother and Family - AKA The Foozball Game

My brother and his family was in town last week and it was such an awesome visit. My nephew's football team was going to be playing a game at Wide World of Sports and I was beyond excited because it was my first time seeing him play.

We started out the visit by going to dinner at Trails End over at Fort Wilderness, which honestly, we had never been to before. Definitely check it out, it's a fantastic buffet (and I hate buffets). The only downside was that the bathrooms were on the other side of the building, next to Hoop De Doo. Normally, this would not be an issue, but there was a monsoon that night and someone (Jill) had to pee twice during dinner. One of those times was during a downpour. Aside from the rain, it was an awesome dinner.

We met up the next day at Magic Kingdom and it was hot. Like really hot. Like I'm sure we were melting at one point. The visit definitely required a visit to the Plaza ice cream shop. Jill discovered a new favorite flavor while we were there, birthday cake.

While hanging at Magic Kingdom was awesome, the real reason why everyone was there was to see Jeffery play the foozball. We planned our arrival at Wide World of Sports perfectly because we were able to watch the team walk in. Aaron literally lost his mind when he saw Jeffy. He ran up, high fived him and was upset that he couldn't hang with the team.

We had a lot of time to kill before the game, so we grabbed some dinner and then...the rain came. Thankfully we were able to hang out in the field house and watch a basketball practice.

But then the rain didn't stop...

It kept raining....

And raining...

And lightening...

And thundering....

And raining....

3 hours. It stormed for 3 hours.

Needless to say we were inside for the 3 hours waiting out the storm. Every time we thought the storm was passing a flash of lightening would appear. It was brutal.

When the storm was starting to die down, they brought the team out to start warming up. Aaron lost his mind when he saw Jeffy in his uniform. My brother snagged an awesome video of him cheering for Jeffy and asking to wear his helmet.
We finally made it out to the field after 10 pm and kickoff was around 10:15ish, I think.

We didn't stay too long though, Scott and I had to work the next morning and the kiddos had to go to camp. The team ended up winning, which is awesome!

We met up with my brother and his family on Saturday for a quick dip in the pool and then another afternoon at Magic Kingdom.

Again, it was really hot and humid, but still a ton of fun. My brother, niece and Jill went on Splash Mountain and were soaked! Jill kept reminding me throughout the day that her pants were in fact still wet.

We also went on the speedway. I think my sister-in-law was the smartest one in the group because she rode solo. Aaron and Art rode together, Kaitlyn and Jill were in another car and Scott and I paired up. It was a fun little trip around the track, with only a hint of whiplash.

We knew Jeffy was coming with his group so we headed to the front of the park to meet up with him.

Again, Aaron was just beyond excited to see him. He was also with some of his teammates and Aaron was ready to be one of the boys. At one point he walked up to me and said, "Bye Mom, I'm going with the boys."

After we met up with Jeffy, we made another visit to the ice cream shop and settled in to watch the parade. Kaitlyn and I were also able to sneak away and ride Space Mountain (Kaitlyn actually rode it twice).


It was such a fun visit with my brother and his family. I love when they come to town and cannot wait to see them again at Thanksgiving.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Thanksgiving Thursday



For those of you that don't know what Thanksgiving Thursday is, it is the one time during the week where you stop and basically count your blessings. Even if you've had one of those weeks, I promise you can find at least one thing to be thankful for, no matter how big or small.

This week I am thankful for...

  • Scott who is my hurricane reporter and voice of reason when the media is telling me to buy the entire store, just in case.
  • Aaron who cooked with me all weekend. 
  • Jillian who is impressing me every day. 
  • Family all around us.
  • An amazing visit with my brother and his family.
  • Being able to watch my nephew play football and being able to watch my son cheer him on.
  • The effect a good workout has on a bad mood.
What are you thankful for this week?

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Thanksgiving Thursday



For those of you that don't know what Thanksgiving Thursday is, it is the one time during the week where you stop and basically count your blessings. Even if you've had one of those weeks, I promise you can find at least one thing to be thankful for, no matter how big or small.

This week I am thankful for...

  • Scott. Nothing more to add to that, just thankful for him.
  • Aaron and his little chef skills. 
  • Jillian and our girl chats in the morning.
  • Family all around us. 
  • A visit with my brother and his family.
  • Back to school. 
  • Afternoon tea.
What are you thankful for?

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Thanksgiving Thursday



For those of you that don't know what Thanksgiving Thursday is, it is the one time during the week where you stop and basically count your blessings. Even if you've had one of those weeks, I promise you can find at least one thing to be thankful for, no matter how big or small.

This week I am thankful for...

  • Scott who lead project clean the playroom this weekend while I was at work. I know it was not an easy task, but he handled it beautifully.
  • Aaron and his love of cooking. I love cooking with my little dude.
  • Jillian and our sing a longs to "Fight Song" in the car.
  • Family all around us.
  • Online school shopping. 
  • Scott getting a flat tire in a safe location rather than in the middle of the highway. 
  • Free towing with our insurance.
  • Afternoon cups of green tea.
What are you thankful for this week?

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Aluminum Chef Aaron

Aaron has been in to all things culinary since he was little, like really little. We watched a lot of Iron Chef America when they were newborns and we dubbed him the aluminum chef because it was the one show that always caught his attention.

When we had a play kitchen in their playroom, he was the one that always played and made up different dishes. It was definitely his thing.

He is also a fan of food in general. He has never been afraid to try anything and definitely has a taste for the finer things. This past year Scott took him to Food and Wine with our friends and Aaron tried EVERYTHING. No, really, he tried everything and loved everything. Lamb? Loved it. Shrimp tacos? Devoured it. Kerrygold cheese plate? Never stood a chance.

Lately our new thing has been to watch Food Network, specifically Ina, Giada and Ree (the holy trinity of Aaron's life). He is always pointing out dishes and asking if we can make them. For the most part I agree, unless it's Ina's lobster potato salad, because no. He has even asked for the Pioneer Woman's cookbook. The kid is obsessed. OBSESSED.

The past couple of nights he and I have made dinner together. Sunday we made a polenta dish with a homemade sauce and chicken sausage. It was ridiculous. Tonight we made salisbury steak meatballs (with ground turkey) with homemade gravy, mashed potatoes and asparagus.

He was involved in every part of the process. He peeled potatoes, gathered ingredients, mixed the meatballs, formed the meatballs, cleaned the asparagus and stirred the gravy. I will give it to him, he tastes everything. When I went to add the breadcrumbs he wanted to taste them because he wasn't sure what panko breadcrumbs tasted like. He sampled the asparagus while we were cleaning it, sampled the gravy, sampled the fresh parsley and tasted the first meatball that came out of the skillet.

To see how proud he was when the meal was completed was the best feeling in the world. He was so thrilled with his dinner and told me that when he opens up his own restaurant that would be on the menu.

He also asked to call his Dzia Dzio to tell him what he made. He then promised to cook for him when they visit. Aaron also said he would make him pork butts and dumplings (which is my Dad's favorite meal of all time) for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I don't know if any of us would be able to move if we ate all of that in one day.

I love his excitement surrounding the culinary world and am trying to find new ways to get him involved in that community. I know there are a few seminars we want to try and take him to during Food and Wine this year. I think him meeting any of those celebrity chefs would just ignite that fire even more.

I am so proud of my aluminum chef and cannot wait to see him become an iron chef!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Thanksgiving Thursday



For those of you that don't know what Thanksgiving Thursday is, it is the one time during the week where you stop and basically count your blessings. Even if you've had one of those weeks, I promise you can find at least one thing to be thankful for, no matter how big or small.

This week I am thankful for...

  • Scott and all that he does. He has been slammed at work and still makes time to hang with us.
  • Aaron and his morning snuggles.
  • Jillian and our girl time.
  • Family all around us.
  • Wrapping up a project this weekend (even though there are more to come, it's always nice to see one finish up).
  • A trainer that pushes me, even when we do not have a session.
  • Saturday morning runs.
  • Tax free weekend!!!!!!!!!!
What are you thankful for?

Monday, August 3, 2015

Mother/Daughter and Father/Son Days

I cannot believe the summer is almost over and the kiddos will be going back to school. We have had a jam packed summer, too. 

Last weekend we had father/son and mother/daughter day. Scott and Aaron headed out to go fishing with his friend and the miss and I went for her first pedicure.

Jill was a little apprehensive to sit in the chair, but once she was in, she was set. 


She was excited about picking out her polish (purple sparkles, naturally) and giggled the entire time they were scrubbing his feet. They even painted her fingernails while she was waiting for me to finish up. I think I may have created a monster, she has already asked if we can go again.


After our pedicures, we went home, popped some popcorn and watched a chick flick (Ever After). Then we met up with Mimi and PawPaw for dinner. It was a pretty awesome girls day.

As I mentioned, the boys went fishing. Aaron has been asking to go fishing for a long time now and Scott's friend invited them out for a day on the lake. 


Look at that face! He caught 6 fish and had the best time. The boys also went to dinner and he still had a smile on his face when he came home.

I love these one-on-one days with the kiddos and cannot wait for more to come!

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