Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Our Trip to Disney (day one)

 A few weeks ago, our little crew hit the road and headed to the "most magical place on earth"!!! To say we were excited would be the understatement of the year. We were ecstatic!! We had only been saving and talking about taking this trip for like... well, for years!!!!
Finally, the day arrived, and we were Disney bound!
 We stayed on Disney property at the Allstar Sports Resort. Staying on property allowed our family  to participate in the "free" dining plan...which was AWESOME, by the way! I don't think we could EVER do Disney any other way.
 Our first night there, we enjoyed dinner at the 'Ohana.

The restaurant is located at the Polynesian Hotel and is known for it’s Hawaiian-style, all-you-can-eat feast, of grilled meats and Hawaiian specialty sides.
It was absolutely DELICIOUS and the perfect way to kick start our week of FUN!
The next morning, we were up bright and early and ready for our first park day!
 Magic we come!!!
Orlando had unseasonably cooler temps than what's normal for that time of year, so we were glad we had some winter wear with us to keep us warm;)
 Cooler temps didn't hinder any of the fun though, and our crew had a blast riding so many of the iconic Disney rides!
The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Peter Pan's Flight, Seven Dwarf's Mine Train, and, of course,
 Dumbo the Flying Elephant were just a few of our favorites!
 Although, Addy-Kate would be quick to tell you her favorite ride was "It's a Small World"! 
She was completely mesmerized the entire time and asked to ride it again and again!
 We planned on spending two days at the Magic kingdom, so day one was devoted to Fantasy Land. That's where it tends to be the most crowded, and where rides can have longer wait times. Thankfully, my sweet friend, Juli (who is the ultimate Disney guru) planned my entire trip for me and knew how to guide our family through the park(s) with ease and avoid as many long lines as possible.
 Lunch that day was at the Crystal Palace where we enjoyed a buffet style meal with Winnie the Pooh and gang!
Character meals were one of the BEST parts about our trip. We LOVED meeting the characters (and met almost 30 of them) all while enjoying a nice sit-down meal!
We LOVED having the characters come to US instead of waiting in long lines to greet them.
 And what characters we didn't meet during our meals, we got fast passes to see!
The kids LOVED meeting Rapunzel...

 and going under the sea to meet Ariel!
And what would a day at the Magic Kingdom be with out watching a parade (or two)!
 Such FUN!!!!
 By early evening, we decided to call it a day, and head back to our hotel for dinner and a swim. It was only about 40 degrees out, but that didn't stop my crew from suiting up and enjoying the heated pool.
I, on the other hand, sat on the pool deck all bundled up, sipped my hot cocoa, and savored all the sweet smiles on my kids (and hubby's) faces.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Saturday, November 22, 2014

A "Toy Story" Halloween 2014

 The day after Halloween, our family left for our much anticipated trip to DISNEY WORLD!!!!
{Lots more about our trip, coming soon}
 So in honor of "all things Disney", we chose to dress up for Halloween like the characters of Toy Story this year!
 Meet Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head!
 A Toy Soldier!
Buzz Light Year!
and Little Bo Peep!
 My sweet Mom
 and sister, KK, joined us for an evening of trick-or-treating FUN!
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this picture of these two!
Shane's sister, and my precious niece's came over for the night too!
 The kids always have a BLAST running door to door with their friends and cousins!
They love filling their bags with as much candy as possible!
 And just as the evening was coming to an end,
 an ENORMOUS rain storm blew in out of NO where. 
 The kids and I were quite a ways from the house, so we had to high tail it home as fast as we could. We were DRENCHED by the time we made it home, but even a little rain couldn't put a damper on such a fun night!

October in a nutshell

So... needless to say, I am VERY behind in my blogging! Life is full and the days seem to fly by faster than I can type;)
FALL is my very favorite time of year, and I would be so sad if I didn't take the time to document just a little bit of what's been going on in our lives during this season.
So here is a little glimpse of what we've been up to lately...
SOCCER (and lots of it)
Corban and Riley both played for Charlotte Soccer Academy this year and have had stellar seasons.
We are so proud of them!
And speaking of PROUD, Corban was nominated by his classmates as October's "terrific kid"of the month. He was chosen for best displaying the character trait of responsibility!
 And what would OCTOBER be without PUMPKINS, right?!?!
Well, I was blessed to accompany one of my littlest pumpkins on his class trip to Hunter Farms!
We had the BEST day together! I just love that boy!
And just as soon as we pick our pumpkins out of the patch, our kids start asking WHEN the pumpkin carve party will be!
They look forward to THIS get-together EVERY year!
And who could blame them?!?! Carving pumpkins is always more fun with friends!
Throw in our neighborhood 5K, and the Chosen 10 miler we did,
 and you can see that October has literally kept our family running;)
But we wouldn't want it any other way!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Sophie turns SIX!!

So last week, my sweet Sophie Lu turned S-I-X!
Crazy right!?!?
Six years ago, the world became a sweeter place when this five pound, blue eyed, blond haired beauty made her grand debut! She is a true blessing from above and a constant reminder of the Lord's goodness and faithfulness to us!!
Sophie woke up to streamers dangling from her bedroom door and all of us were there to greet her with hugs, kisses and birthday wishes. 
She asked to sleep in sponge rollers the night before so she could sport sweet ringlets on her big day!
She begged to open a few presents before heading out the door to school.
What did she get?
Anna and Elsa, of course!
Later that afternoon, I headed up to school to enjoy lunch with the birthday girl. 
 I stopped by SAS cupcakes on my way to school, and surprised the new SIX year old with a special birthday treat! 
Last Sunday afternoon, our family and friends gathered at our home, and the birthday celebrating continued!
Our sweet friend, Leah, blessed us by making Sophie an ADORABLE Olaf cake. 
It was quite the hit;)
It was soooooo cute...and delicious too;)  
Sophie LOVED it!
This girl is so blessed to have so many friends and family who love, adore, and treasure her. 
Happy Birthday, Sophie Lu!! We praise God for the work He is doing in your life and are so thankful for a front row seat as we watch His plans unfold!!