Sunday, August 17, 2014

Celebrating Running with Some Fireworks

It's the last weekend before school starts. Um, didn't summer just start? Didn't we just go to graduation? I'm pretty sure we did...

Anyway...We made the most of our last weekend. Scott and I started it with the Celebration of Running 5k through downtown Orlando. It was a course neither of us had run before and it was a ton of fun. I hung with Scott the whole time and told him we were crossing together. Scott said I pushed him at the end, and I was happy to do it!

How cute are we?! And how cute are those medals?!

After the race (and after the rain let up) we all went to EPCOT to just enjoy the afternoon. 

We went on a few rides, had some dinner, some dessert and settled in to watch the fireworks. We usually are not in the parks late enough for the fireworks, so it was definitely a treat for the kiddos. I'm not going to lie, Scott and I both needed coffee to make it through. 

Today we all slept in well past our normal wake up times and then just hung out for the rest of the day.

I'm not even ready for tomorrow. I cannot believe my babies are going to be in first grade. Where has the time gone?!

Wishing all of you a happy first week (or maybe it's your second, or you're lucky and haven't gone back yet) of school!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

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 his new found love of running/racing. I love that we can do this together! I also love our post race breakfast tradition.
  • Aaron who loves to help me in the kitchen and plan the menu for the week.
  • Jillian who loves to snuggle up with me after a long day. I love our chats.
  • Family all around us.
  • A great summer at camp for the kiddos. They really had a fantastic time and I'm thankful for places that truly love the kids that come through their doors.
  • A workplace that is family friendly.
  • Coffee and lots of it.
  • Finally discovering Orange is the New Black. I know, I know! Took me forever!
What are you thankful for this week?

Sunday, August 10, 2014

A little bit of this...a little bit of that...

Summer is winding down over here and we are trying to pack in as much as possible during these last precious moments. Last weekend the kiddos went to their first major league baseball game and had a total blast! Since it was family day at the park, they could run the bases. Jill opted out, but Aaron ran them as fast as he could!

The kid could have literally burst from excitement. It was pretty awesome being able to just hang out on the field. Naturally, we had to snag a family photo:

I feel like the rest of the week was a total blur. I'm finally getting into the swing of things at my new job, Scott was in training all week and then Jill, of course, caught strep. Never a dull moment over here, right?

Scott and I also ran a 5k this weekend. I love that this is something that we do together now, not just something I do and they all come to cheer me on. I told him the next 5k in this series we will cross together. He's catching up to me and was only 2 minutes behind. I think he can definitely hang with me!

That's all over here, for right now anyway. I promise I will start blogging more! 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

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 his constant support. It's been a crazy week of readjusting to new schedules and various events and somehow we are still rolling through unscathed.
  • Aaron who made the baseball game on Sunday so much more special than it already was.
  • Jillian who has made me smile every night with the simplest squeeze of the hand.
  • A few weeks with family in town. It was great spending time with my parents, my brother and my niece and nephew.
  • New opportunities, new challenges and just new everything. While it is absolutely terrifying to start over, I love the challenge.
  • A fun filled Sunday with our friends and their family at the ball field.
  • The opportunity to watch my son run the bases on a major league field. I cannot wait to possibly see that again in the future! 
  • Snapchats with my niece that make my laugh hysterically almost every time.
What are you thankful for this week?

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Review: Sofia the First: The Enchanted Feast DVD

We are HUGE Sofia fans in this house, so when the opportunity arose to review the latest DVD, I jumped at the chance! Here's some quick info on the DVD:

There's more than meets the eye when you join Sofia the First for this royally scrumptious adventure! All the monarchs from Enchancia's neighboring kingdoms have come to watch a dazzling display of magic: First, Cedric will conjure up a fabulous feast. Next, he'll transform the banquet room into a hall of amazing ''morpho-mirrors.'' But before the fun begins, wicked Miss Nettle (disguised as ''Sascha the Sorceress'') crashes the party with a scheme to steal Sofia's magical amulet. Can Sofia foil the bad fairy's plan before it's too late? Perhaps . . . with help from Snow White, who reminds her it's important to trust your instincts.

There are 5 episodes on the DVD including: The Enchanted Feast, The Buttercups, Tea for Too Many, Great Aunt-Venture and Two Princesses and a Baby. I am well versed in all of these episodes. I have to say though, the recent favorite in our house has been Tea for Too Many since we went to the afternoon tea at the Grand Floridian. 

The DVD is pretty fantastic and Jill's copy came with a mirror (just like the Enchanted Feast!) which was right up her alley! Aside, from the obvious natural love of Sofia (I mean, she is a girl from the village who was doing all right after all) I love the lessons that it teaches. I often find myself referencing episodes of Sofia to the kids and it helps drive the lesson home.

Sofia the First: The Enchanted DVD is available now in stores and at the Disney Store online

Sunday, August 3, 2014

A Quick Catch Up

It's been another busy week, so busy I never wrote a Thanksgiving Thursday! Don't worry, I will write one this Thursday, it will obviously be an extended one. Until then, here is a quick catch up on what we've been doing.

Monday was my last day at UCF. It was a very bittersweet day. I absolutely adored by coworkers and the faculty, so it was hard to say goodbye. I mean, maybe I had to leave the room during my luncheon because I couldn't pull it together. Thankfully, a few faculty members were missing, otherwise someone would have had to wipe me up off the floor.

Thursday I started my new position and I am loving it. New opportunities/challenges are always a welcomed change and I cannot wait to see what develops in this position.

My parents left this morning. The kiddos (both human and fur) loved having them here and spending some quality one-on-one time with them. I'm so glad they came down and hope that next time they come down it's in the cooler months so we can go on a few more adventures.

Hope y'all have been doing well, too!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Where Have We Been? Disney, of course!

To say we have been busy the last week would be an understatement. Why have we been busy? Well, for starters, these two crazy kids are here:

It's awesome having my folks in town and I've been able to take some time off to spend it with them. Last Saturday us ladies went to the afternoon tea at the Grand Floridian. None of us had been and I couldn't wait to make some memories. 

The tea was wonderful! They even brought out a small tea pot for Jillian. I hope to make this a tradition for us ladies. 

That night we went to Maggiano's to celebrate my new job. 

Aaron decided to have family style with us and ate until he almost burst. 

My parents checked in to their Disney hotel on Tuesday and my brother Kevin and his family joined them. We all met up on Thursday at EPCOT and had a beyond delicious lunch at Via Napoli. 

I promise my nephew smiles, just not in photos. I guess the same could be said about my Dad. Hmmm....

The next day we started our morning at Chef Mickey's. Now, let me tell you what happened and how much my life has changed in the 6 years since I have had these kiddos. I was walking back from the buffet, plate in hand, and the child in front of me blew chunks everywhere. I sidestepped the mess and my first thought was, "Oh crap, I didn't grab any eggs..."

Aside from that display, the breakfast was awesome and the kiddos were able to see all of the characters. 

We headed out to Animal Kingdom after breakfast and I was able to snag this photo on the way to the buses:

Animal Kingdom was fun. We headed back before the storms hit and then headed out to dinner with my cousin Mike and his son. While we were waiting for them, my niece and nephew were hanging with Jill. My nephew was busy teaching Jill how to spit over the railing. Memories, people, memories. 

The next day we all headed out to Hollywood Studios. I'm not totally sure what my most favorite part of the day was, lunch at Sci Fi, riding Tower of Terror with my Mom and niece, riding Tower of Terror with my nephew, niece and cousin or the moment we found my Dad sitting on a bench at the front of the park because, you know, we would have to walk by at some point. 

The kiddos spent the night at the hotel with their grandparents and all I know is they stayed up later than Scott and I. 

We all met up for breakfast this morning at Kona Cafe and then spent the day poolside. We ended it on a pontoon cruising the lakes. 

The visit has been awesome and unfortunately, really fast! Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to catch up on some sleep. 

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