Orange Beach 2018 – Days 4 – 7

The rest of our days were spent as the ones before…sand, sleep, repeat! You would think this would get old after a couple of days, but we were just as excited as the first day to get to the beach. The water became clearer everyday.

Since I took over 800 pictures, I’ll just leave my favorites here :)

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One of their favorite days was when we rented surfboards for them to “ride” the waves. The girls caught on very quickly!

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Of course Easton did not sit back and watch everyone have all the fun…. Superman wanted to do it “himself”. Uncle Jo rode the back while he took the front – all smiles!

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One day, Dad found a dead crab in the water, and Easton wanted to hold it “by himself.” He held on to that poor crab for a long time – he was even throwing the ball holding that crab. I had to break the news to him that it was not coming home.

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Just like the years before, we took the annual airbrushed t-shirt photo with all of the our kids combined. We had 20 littles this year, and they were so well behaved. We are blessed!

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Orange Beach 2018 – Days 1-3

Has it really been almost one week since we left the beach!? We were there for 8 days, and the kids enjoyed every minute. We traveled with a huge group (20 kids in all)…er could not have asked for better memories.

We pretty much did the exact same thing every single day: head to the beach in the morning, boogie board and play in the sand all day, then come in to eat at night!

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The first night we headed to the Flora Bama Yacht Club across the street from our condo. The kids loved to play in the sand and bay area at this restaurant – and the adults loved to listen to the live music and sip on cocktails :)

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The weather and jellyfish were good to us every day. It was beautiful, and the water got more clear as the days progressed. Easton loved to dig with the shovel everyday, but he could not stay awake when he heard the waves! It was the same thing last year – he slept about 3 hours on the beach every day. What a beach bum!

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Some days we would bring sandwiches on the beach for lunch. Other days, we would walk to the Flora Bama for a lunch date – we had no plans and it was wonderful!

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Jules’ 6th Birthday Party – PAINT!

We invited the neighborhood girls over for some painting fun to celebrate Jules turning 6 years old. It was the easiest and most quiet birthday party ever!

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I bought blank canvases and wooden initials for each girl to paint. Our summer babysitter is super talented and drew a picture on each canvas for the girls to color. They came out so precious.

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Nana and I helped the girls get what colors they needed. They literally just sat there and painted. They were so well behaved! I had to get a radio to play some music since it was so quiet. Birthday win!

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We made Jules hide her eyes for her present from Mom, Dad, Kennedy, & Easton. Poor baby has been needing a new bike for a while. She was super surprised! She does so well riding that big bike!

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When the painting portion was over, we called our boy cousins and neighborhood friends over for cake. This was my first year at attempting a cake on my own. I decided on a cupcake pull-apart cake. I’m proud of myself for my first time trying – but I will stick to ordering them from now on :)

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The finished products came out super cute – I have ours hanging in the playroom. They did such a good job on their little masterpieces. I hope you had a fun party, Julesy Wulsey!

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To Jules on your 6th Birthday

My sweet girl,

The more I watch you grow, the more I tell myself to be more like Jules! You don’t let many things bother you, you adapt to any situation, and you always have a smile on your face. I hope you never lose your carefree spirit, because it’s one of your best traits!

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If anyone is sitting on the couch with me at night…it’s you. You are my “snuggle bunny” and you love to hug and cuddle with mommy. Our spot on the sofa is getting smaller and smaller as you grow, but there will ALWAYS be room!

You are such a great friend. You always think of others, and always play nice with everyone. No wonder everyone loves that Julesy Wulsey!

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I love to just watch you when you don’t notice I’m there. You say and do really random things, and you make me laugh so much.

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I love that you don’t have to follow what everyone else is doing. You could be in the middle of a game with your friends, and then just say “I’m going take a nap!” You love your food and sleep! That’s why you are such a happy girl…always rested and always full :)

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We are so proud of you, Jules! You are such a good girl…rarely getting into trouble. I know you will rock first grade pretty soon! You are the sweetest sister and daughter, and we are lucky God put you into our family. I hope you enjoyed your painting party and your new bike! I cannot wait to continue celebrating with you when we are on the beach in a couple of days.

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Love you, snuggle bunny!

Mom

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2018 Invitationals – SWIMACON

Finally getting to post about my girls’ achievements at the 2018 Swimacon Invitational. This three day event is held every summer. All the teams in the league come together to find the best of the best!

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Friday and Saturday were preliminary rounds. Both girls made it the finals in all of their strokes! Kennedy swam freestyle, breaststroke, and butterfly. Jules swam freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke. I love their huge smiles when they get out of the pool – they come straight to their mom and dad for congratulatory hugs.

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On the day of the finals I was a nervous wreck. I knew it would be extremely close judging from the preliminary times. I told the girls to just have fun and swim like a fish!

Jules did not place; however, she improved drastically over the season. She even won the award for “most improved in backstroke” – we are so proud of all the hard work she has been putting in at practice.

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Kennedy’s freestyle race was one of the best races I’ve ever watched her swim. Everyone was screaming for her…she was behind most of the race (as you can see in pictures) – she came back right at the end and placed first overall in freestlye! We were jumping and screaming when she got out of that pool!

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Jules swam backstroke next. She went a little sideways and hit a ladder towards the end. She must have thought she hit the finish wall, because her feet came down and she stood up (which is a disqualification in backstroke). Aunt Lisa just so happened to be stroke judging that session, and had to write a slip for Julesy. I just smiled, because that is so Jules. The girl still doesn’t realize…she walked out of the pool and headed straight for the snowball stand.

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Kennedy’s next swim was breaststroke. She placed 3rd overall!

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We knew the final points would come down to her butterfly swim. She placed second overall!

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While we waited for the all-around high point awards to be tallied, we watched the alumni relay races. The girls enjoyed cheering for Daddy who swam butterfly!

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At 7 years old, Kennedy won the gold high point trophy in 7-8 girls! We are extremely proud of how she has grown in the past year, and how much work she puts into everything she does! (while we were in a rain delay, she apparently drew all over her body)

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It was long and hot, but a wonderful weekend! Thanks to everyone who kept Easton busy at home while we were watching Kennedy and Jules! GO GATORS!

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Schools Out! – Kindergarten Graduation

My calendar is a hot mess right now – between everyone’s schedules, extra curricular activities, and my jobs, it’s been so hard to think straight lately! I’m a little late on our end of the school year postings, but better late than never, right!?

Jules finished Kindergarten a couple of days before Kennedy (who obviously was not happy about that!)

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A couple of weeks before school ended, Jules failed her eye screening at school. I brought her to a pediatric optimologist who confirmed Jules is near-sighted. She was able to choose whatever glasses she wanted, and I think they look adorable on her precious face. She is doing surprisingly well at taking care of them!

She sure has grown in the past school year! My baby girl is catching up in height to her big sis.

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We can’t thank her teacher enough for everything this school year. We were blessed to have the same Kindergarten teacher Kennedy had…so we’ve been with her for two years straight! We will surely miss her!

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Kennedy finished the year with all A’s…she has really grown mentally and physically. Her toes were busting out of her shoes, her skirts were getting shorter, and her shirts were becoming shorter! She will pass momma up in no time.

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We were blessed in the teacher department in first grade as well. Her teacher would lend her chapter books throughout the year, and she enjoyed reading “the whole thing!” She loves Language Arts just like her mom!

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Later in the week, we all dressed up to attend Jules’ Kindergarten Graduation.

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Jules was so excited for all of us to attend – she kept asking, “how many more days!?”

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Their class sang a couple of songs on stage, then received their certificates from Father Vincent. My girl could not stop smiling.

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We stayed for refreshments and small talk with her friends – a lot of whom she will be seeing all summer!

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We are extremely proud of both girls who are doing so well in school. They deserve the best summer break ever! They are already enjoying spending so much time in the pool. They are both darker than me already! Happy summer, ya’ll!

 

 

Lock Up Your Princesses (Disney Day 5 – Magic Kingdom)

Our last day was by far our busiest. We did not stop all day until we rode everything and saw everything we wanted! We were there when the park opened and watched the opening show on the castle stage.

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We then headed to Haunted Mansion (one of Daddy’s favorites.) Kennedy & Jules rode with Dad while I stayed out and had a snack with Easton. He was tall enough for this ride, but I was not about to traumatize him again like the pirates.

We walked to our next adventure….Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid. The girls have seen this one before, but they love it just as much every time. Easton LOVED “the fish!” throughout the ride.

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We walked over to meet Ariel at her grotto. Her tail was so beautiful, and they all wanted to touch her fins!

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We then shot lasers at some aliens on Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. This was another one of Easton & Dad’s favorites.

We used our FastPass for Space Mountain. This was the first time the girls rode Space Mountain…and they were able to go twice!

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We then rode another favorite…Dumbo the Flying Elephant (or “Gumbo” as Easton calls it). While we rode, Seth was able to enjoy his turkey leg he had been eyeing.

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We took a snack break and parked ourselves on the sidewalk for the Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! Street Party. The characters came in the street and everyone was up on their feet dancing. All the kids LOVED this parade. They could not stop smiling.

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Not long after we grabbed a quick lunch, ALL of the kids took a nap in the strollers. Seth and I kept walking and looking at everything. We went to a couple of souvenir shops…and no one even flinched. They were exhausted.

They all woke up just in time for Disney’s Festival of Fantasy Parade. I love this parade, because SO many characters ride and wave to everyone.

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The highlight for Jules was when Rapunzel’s float passed. She noticed Jules had a dress on just like hers….she pointed to Jules and smiled, waved, and raised up her skirt to show the similarities between the dresses. Jules’ face was priceless.

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We then headed to one of Mom’s favorites…Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Since Easton was too short, the girls were able to ride twice. We kept Easton occupied with some ice cream :)

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Our next stop was Fairytale Hall where we met Rapunzel & Tiana. DSC_2444g

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I knew Easton liked all the characters at Disney, but he LOVED the princesses. His eyes would just light up, and he would look at them with this shy side eye. Seth and I kept laughing so much. He was such a charmer and surely the perfect Prince Charming.

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When we got to Tiana, I told her that our family was from Louisiana, too. She said “oh really, what part!?” I told her where we were from, and she looked at me with huge eyes. She said “Are you serious? I’m from St. James Parish!” She asked the girls if they were going to be St. James Wildcats when they were older. We were shocked! How awesome that Tiana was from our area! (She couldn’t say too much more since she was in character, but it was so awesome to meet her and have that connection.)

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Tiana loved Easton. She said she wanted to take him back to her house! She asked if she could give him a kiss, and I told her absolutely. She left the perfect red kiss mark on his chubby cheeks. He wore that lipstick mark so proud! What a ham! He knows the tricks with the ladies :)

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For dinner we had reservations at Liberty Tree Tavern. Oh. My. Goodness. This quickly became one of our favorite places to eat in Disney. It was like eating a Thanksgiving feast…salad, rolls, turkey, roast, mashed potatoes, green beans, macaroni, & dessert. We were STUFFED. It was the perfect last meal!

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As if we didn’t have enough excitement that day, Kennedy pulled out her fifth tooth on our last day in Disney. She put her tooth under her pillow in hopes the Tooth Fairy would make it all the way to Disney World…..but the tooth Fairy did not come. Tinkerbell came instead! That little green fairy snuck into our room and left Kennedy a note under her pillow (written on a zip loc bag, because obviously she couldn’t find paper).

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The note read, “I hope I didn’t leave too much pixie dust on the floor! P.S. Check your autograph book!” Both girls jumped out of bed to check Tinkerbell’s page in their books. To our surprise, she signed BOTH of their books next to her picture! To Mommy’s surprise, Tinkerbell spelled her name wrong. (OMG) She added an extra “E” just like Belle has on her name. (She must have been rushing or half asleep) No one noticed, so all is well in the magical world :)

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We had the most wonderful time in the most magical place in the world. It was hectic with three kids and two parents, but we made some really good memories I know they will remember. Thanks again, Disney :)