PIRATE FAIL (Disney Day 1 – Magic Kingdom)

On our arrival day, we left our house at 2:30am for our 5:15am flight. The kids did amazingly well. Once the plane took off, they all napped until the plane landed. We were banking on these naps, so I am so glad they went as planned!

We left our bags at our resort, picked up our double stroller rental, and headed to Magic Kingdom! We started on the left side of the park and made our way around. We had two days planned in Magic Kingdom, so we planned the left side on arrival day and the right side on our last day. Easton sat at all times in the stroller, and the girls took turns walking (they were not happy about this).

The minute we walked into the park, the kids were smitten with a family of ducks. These ducks were everywhere in Magic Kingdom!

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Our very first ride was Jungle Cruise. We took the slow boat ride through the “exotic” rivers. Seth and I laughed at the corny jokes throughout the tour – the tour guides make this attraction!

We kept walking until we passed Pirates of the Caribbean. I’ve been on this ride multiple times and never once thought about categorizing it as “scary.” I did not think twice about bringing the kids on the ride. What a fail! The girls said they enjoyed it; however, their attraction picture proved otherwise.

Poor Easton is scarred for life. He started out in the front with Seth, and then quickly dove over the seat into my arms. His whole body was literally shaking. He cried the entire time. For the rest of the trip he talked about those pirates. “I don’t like pirates. I don’t like dark. I don’t like pirates.” My poor buddy!

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We agreed on no more dark rides for Easton!

We took a break after that catastrophe and stopped at Aloha Isle to try the famous Dole Whip!

We kept walking through Frontierland to make our way to Splash Mountain and Thunder Mountain Railroad. Of course we had to stop at the Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade for Seth :)

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Thankfully, Easton fell asleep just in time for our FastPass to Splash Mountain. Kennedy & Jules LOVE this ride!

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Next, we had a FastPass to Thunder Mountain Railroad, and we used the parent swap option. Seth rode with the girls first, then I immediately went on and rode with them…so they were able to ride most rides back to back. Fearless little beauties!

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We had lunch at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Café. It’s a very tasty Mexican quick service restaurant! I would recommend!

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On our way out of the park, we ran into Merida! Kennedy & Jules brought their character books, and each character signed by their own picture.

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After we finished the left side of Magic Kingdom, we took a boat ride to Fort Wilderness Lodge for supper at Mickey’s Backyard BBQ.

Before checking in, we walked the grounds to see some of the donkeys and horses on the property. This area is SO nice (and quiet).

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We fixed plates from a buffet of BBQ fixings, and the kids had a hoe down with Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and Chip & Dale.

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The first day was by far our longest day during the trip. We were up since 2:00am and did not stop all day. We made sure to rest up that night, so that everyone was nice and energized for Day 2!

 

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Surprise!

Sometimes I think we have lost our minds completely. That’s how I felt when we booked  a Disney vacation 30 days out. We were having a conversation about vacations and decided, “lets go to Disney next month!”

We decided we would not tell the kids until the day before we left. On Easter morning as I was drinking my coffee, I checked my secret countdown. It was 10 days closer. I talk to Seth and told him I wanted to tell them that day. He agreed.

After the Easter Bunny hype died down, we dressed for the day. Before we headed out the door, I sat the kids down to tell them some bad news. I told the girls they would not be going on their field trip which was coming up. They look devastated. “Why!?” I told them that they would be going some place better. Seth then walked up with a box to reveal our Magic Bands. I had goosebumps all over when they just stared wide eyed. The top of the box read “10 days.”

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Seth and I received the tightest hugs – it was the best moment. We all could not stop smiling!

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This will be Easton’s first time meeting the mouse, and I think I’m more excited than the kids. It’s just a magical place, and I can’t wait to see their little faces light up.

Bunny Days

We had a wonderful Easter filled with friends, family, and too much candy. We spent Easter Eve at Nana & Grampi’s house. The kids played games, had an Easter egg hunt, and dyed eggs.

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Easter morning the girls were up bright and early to see what the Easter Bunny put in their baskets. Easton likes his sleep, so he just waited until later :)

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We then got all dolled up to head to Aunt Lisa & Uncle Jason’s house to celebrate Uncle Jason’s Baptism! The kids stayed this clean for about 10 minutes!

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The highlight of their day was when Aunt Lisa pulled out two boxes of silly string for all the kids. They were in Heaven!

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Easton loved to shoot the silly string; however, he DID NOT like when he would be the target!

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The weather was perfect, and the company was even better! Happy Easter to everyone!

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LA Lower Level Gymnastics State Championships

We packed the car and headed on a 3 hour road trip to the gymnastics state championships in Lake Charles. Jules came along for the trip; however, we left Easton with his grandparents. He’s not a fan of sitting and watching :)

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We arrived Saturday afternoon (she competed on Sunday morning), so we spent our time in the arcade and by the pool area.

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We had breakfast with some fellow gymnasts the next morning, and then we were off to the arena. It was a lot bigger than her normal meets. She seemed fine, but my nerves were all over the place!

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The first event she competed on was beam. I was shaking. My husband does not understand why I get so nervous. I said you grew up playing baseball…you don’t understand!

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She looked so smooth, and she scored a personal best on the balance beam….a 9.600! She tied for first place in this event.

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Her next event was Floor where she scored a 9.375…placing 3rd overall!DSC_0979

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By the time she got to Vault, we could tell her nerves were really starting to show. After the vault, the gymnast should go into a handstand and hold it…and then fall flat on the mat. For Kennedy’s first vault, instead of going into a handstand…..she did a cartwheel! I was just staring…what in the world did she just do!? She quickly recovered and did the handstand to finish the event. LUCKILY, the gymnasts get two vaults…and the judges take the highest score of the two. She rocked the second vault and ending up scoring a 9.650 placing her first overall for vault!

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Later that day in the car she told me, “Mom I was so nervous…all of a sudden I realized I was doing a cartwheel!” I told her at least she got up and finished!

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The last event was bars. She had a little slip on one foot (you can see clearly in the picture), but she had a GREAT save and recovery. She basically did her discount using one foot! She scored a 9.325 placing her 5th on Bars.

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When award time came around, she was all smiles. She scored All Around 2nd Place for Level 1 (E)! We are extremely proud of all of her hard work. Not too shabby for her first year competing!

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Here she comes, Level 2! Jules says she can’t wait to compete herself!

 

 

 

 

Jules’ Kindergarten Field Trip – Strawberry Farm

For Jules’ Kindergarten field trip, we visited Liuzza Land Farms – a strawberry farm with so many activities for kids. I went on this trip with Kennedy last year…it’s one of my favorites!  The farm is decorated so perfectly, and everything is so organized. When it was time to leave, Jules said, “already!?”

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Our first activity was picking some delicious strawberries. We were able to get in the fields and pick a crate for each of us to bring home – the kids enjoyed eating them when we got home!

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Our next stop was AgVenture Land where the focus was “farm to table”. The kids became farmers and had to collect their goods to sell to the market. They  collected milk, wool, and eggs. They had to bring their goods to the market and sort them in baskets. After their hard days work, they were treated to an apple!

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Next we met some goats and donkeys around the farm. Jules fed them apples…they were eager to eat anything! We then took a mule ride around the farm.

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Next we headed to the enormous jumping pillow and hill slide – these were Jules’ favorites!

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Lastly, we took a relaxing guided wagon tour around the fields – over 500 acres! We learned about fertilizing, harvesting, packing & cooling, and delivering the produce.

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I had such a fun day with my Jules. I loved spending some one on one time with her! I know she enjoyed it just as much as I did :)

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Annual EGGstravaganza!

The kids were counting down the days until Aunt Connie’s Easter party she throws at her house every year. The crew just keeps growing, and everyone has a good time.

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Our annual visitor, Mr. Easter Bunny himself, made his appearance. The kids all ran up to him when he came around the corner.

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After the bunny hopped away, it was Easter Egg Hunt time! They had one yard for the older kids, and one yard for the younger kids. Easton picked ONE SINGLE EGG. He opened it, found a candy, and sat down and ate it while watching the others finish the hunt!

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Jules found the GOLDEN EGG! Her little eyes lit up when she came running with that egg.

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After they were nice and sugared up, the kids enjoyed sack races around the tree. Even Easton wanted to play! He did surprisingly well!

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Next up was piñata time! More candy to add to their bags!

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The girls enjoyed stacking hoola hoops together to see how many they could balance at one time. I told them they should join the circus! They did great!

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Amidst all of the excitement, Kennedy lost her 5th tooth! I love that crooked , holy smile!

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It was a WINDY, but pretty day. All of the kids were in bed early from all of the games and excitement. We can’t thank Aunt Connie enough for putting this on every year. They surely look forward to it every Easter!

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To give you an idea of how our crew has grown, I went back and pulled the first Easter party picture. Don’t drink the water around here!!!

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March Madness

What a bad Mama I am for not updating in almost one month! The days are rare when we can just relax lately. The older the kids gets, the busier they get – I have deemed myself a professional taxi/Uber driver.

Our Harley Marley turned 10 years old this month! He still gets into trouble, but he is the sweetest. He is slowing turning grey/white on his neck and back. We love that old man! The kids in the neighborhood sang Happy Birthday to him wearing Paw Patrol masks!

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Now that the weather is a lot warmer, Dad takes the crew fishing after school during the week. They each have their own pole, and are oh so proud!

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Jules is still practicing gymnastics, and has mastered her backbend kickover! She has a pretty good teacher ;) They play gym class almost every night.

Kennedy went to the eye doctor, and landed some pretty cool frames. They are for classroom use only (not full time), and she is taking really good care of them, surprisingly! Jules was upset she didn’t get a pair!

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They all had a blast at their school’s Spring Festival. The rain held out for us on the day we attended. We came home with about 7 goldfish (Easton won two by himself)…we let the fishies go swim with their other fish friends in the pond ;)

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Jules has been practicing for her upcoming Kindergarten Graduation, Kennedy has been practicing for her upcoming gymnastics state meet, and Easton has been “trying” to practice on the potty.

We are anxiously awaiting the Easter Bunny’s arrival…and some surprises for the kids in the near future!

I literally look at my calendar day by day nowadays and just pray it tells me where to go next LOL. Living the busy life, but loving every minute!

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