Monday

our week: April 17-24, 2016

Sending our college one back to school with a bucket full of clean laundry, chocolate chip cookies from Nana and a belly full of home cooked meals. Miss him. 3 weeks until summer break.
I'm so close to feeling recovered (ha!) from Spring Break at Disney. It was our first time to do a week in Orlando over spring break and I really think our last as we learned we really need a more relaxing spring break vacation!! The days after coming home are full force with patients for hubs, spring sports and all the end of the year school programs.
Girlie sorting through clean but not folded yet laundry and pausing to watch the sunrise. 
Jog-a-Thon this week at school and a surprise day off for hubs. He made it to girlies jog a thon as our second graders was right after drop off. Unfortunately, it was inside the gym this year (we usually go out on the track) as it was raining all day long! We were triple (really quadruple) booked that evening: lacrosse game on the west side, baseball practice and dance on the far north side with girlie needing to be back at school in the middle of all that for a 4th grade lock in! Whew. The lacrosse game was rained out as well as baseball practice. Somehow it always all works out. 
A three day weekend!!! We ALL needed this. The kids slept in on Friday while hubs and I did an early morning Orange Theory class. Then Saturday we all slept in with an afternoon lacrosse practice for our middle one and a baseball game that eve for our youngest. (His first!) We spent time in between at home biking to see the neighbor horse Bo with a tad of yard work throughout the weekend too.

Happy Monday!
xoxo,





Sunday

our week: April 8-16, 2016

Just me and my littlest spending the morning together at Hollywood Studios on our last day of Spring Break!
Dinner at the Hollywood Brown Derby
Home again and a new Lego set put together in two days.
Back to homework and routines.
Love this new rug I've had my eye on for a few months and finally decided to order for the great room.
Flash card testing in second grade. A classroom full of smarties makes my volunteering that much easier. :)
Mom said the ferns were in [andbeautiful!] at Kroger so I squeezed in a trip after school pickup and during math tutoring to get one. I want to go get another!
Second game of the season for our 8th grade lacrosse player. He made the opening shot and three throughout the game. The guys are looking great this year. They won 13-2. (Wish we could've made it on timeout but girlie had dance on the other side of town. Thankful nana and Papaw were there to cheer him on!)
Fri-yay date day with my man. :)
Race day!! We had been working SO hard for this 5k. Hubs had a goal to beat me. And second to that he really wanted to place top three for his age group. Of course I wanted to beat him and I knew his pace so I had a strategy...it worked this race as I beat him by four seconds! I'm not sure I'm going to be able to pull it off next race. ;)

Our oldest has been home all weekend from college. Yay!! I've done lots of laundry and made a few meals, although not as many as I would've liked. 

xoxo,














Friday

When I grow up...

^practicing his cursive spelling

Flash card testing in second grade yesterday. Cutie knows his math facts! (Lucky for me, we don't have to review them. But spelling? That's two nights of review minimum. And the thing he was most concerned about coming back from spring break; having to be prepared to write all cursive. As I was in his classroom yesterday morning I got to watch them put up their folders for their spelling tests. I would have never guessed but second grade mister is very 'all business' about it and so serious while test taking.) Second grade is almost over, 6 weeks to go.✨ "I'm going to college to be an NFL kicker...but if I keep growing and hit 6'1" to 6'3" I'll probably be a wide receiver." 

xoxo,

Tuesday

our week: March 20-26, 2016

It's our oldest ones spring break this week; home from college. We were a little disappointed that his spring break didn't line up with ours but had a nice week home together. 
On the first day of spring miss had her first bloom. She was so excited and squealed when she saw it. :)
Sunrise spring runs are the prettiest!
Sad news for girlie: her swim coach (her most favorite) decided to step down this year. Girlie was pretty sad but I was happy to see the shirt she decided to wear after hearing the sad news: super, strong, epic, brave. That's my girl.
Concert going brothers.
On the grocery list; spirulina. Do you take pics of things so you don't forget?!
Friday night we celebrated our oldest turning 19. We surprised him with a trip to Breakout, we didn't breakout and he said that wasn't a very good birthday surprise. ;)
Aww. Too sweet. I was looking through pics from when our oldest was little (in honor of his birthday) and found this cute pic! My besties oldest with my oldest when they were 1 and 3!

xoxo,




Sunday

10 on 10 // April

Ten photos on the tenth of the month capturing the beauty in our ordinary...I almost forgot! It's day two of our spring break road trip home. We did the biggest part of the drive yesterday leaving only about 6 hours for today. We are glad to be home-sweet-home. The pics:











xoxo,
















Friday

Disney's Animal Kingdom // 2016

When traveling to Disney, Animal Kingdom is our 'down' day. It's a more leisurely feel as you go to this park. We all crave this after having spent a couple of days in the other parks. We look forward to the mostly shaded park with all the animals...
As we went to the park this time with our 14 year old, 10 year old and 8 year old I asked them what they were most looking forward to. Our 14 year old said that Expedition Everest is his favorite coaster and in fact he thinks it's the best Disney ride there is. Thankfully, we had a fast pass to ride as soon as we got to the park. (The wait was already an hour!) 
Our 8 year old mostly likes the animals. He especially enjoys the Safari. The animals are always at a different level of activity depending on the time of day you go and we were especially excited to see a lot of them very close to our vehical. The momma and her baby rhino were too cute as they crossed the road behind our vehicle. 
Our daughter said Aninal Kingdom is her second favorite park and as soon as she saw the entrance for 'It's A Bugs Life' she wanted to deviate from our fast pass schedule and head in. ;) We worked it in later in the day after our lunch reservation at Yak and Yeti's. (The Dim Sum is delicious there and so are the Korean Ribs!!)
It was gorgeous out and moderately crowded. The big kids (including hubs) rode expedition Everest later in the day. Our youngest and I needed a break so we looked through Africa while he enjoyed playing the drums and window shopping with me. 
I was especially looking forward to an early park closure with an evening poolside +the electrical water parade followed by an early bed time so our youngest and I could get up early early to make it to Hollywood Studios in time to get a time for the Jedi Training...

xoxo,

Wednesday

Magic Kingdom // 2016

Spring break in Orlando! We've enjoyed soaking up this Florida sun and visiting the parks. Yesterday was Magic Kingdom. We started our day early, early and finished late! The boys and I made it back to the room by midnight while hubs and girlie stayed at magic kingdom until close. The pics:
Be Our Guest was delicious (our first time!) and we think now the best food in magic kingdom. We had the Tuna, (times 2) Ham and Cheese, kids pork, and kids mahi mahi.
"I woke up like this, how about you?"
--->our youngest to Goofy
My love.
Hey, Mickey!
The People Mover and discussing how when the kids were too little to ride Space Mountain I would take them on this ride instead while telling them this was the space mountain for littles. ;))
Hubs high scorer on Buzz Lightyear (as always, with our oldest usually not far behind that score...missing him so much this trip.)
The view from our room at sunset as we finished rest time (thankfully our youngest slept an hour!!) and getting ready for dinner at the Grand Floridian Cafe then back to the park...

The Castle at night. ♡
Rides at night. Too fun! It was a magical day.

xoxo,



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