Thursday, December 4, 2014

Wip brought this home after spending the weekend with his cousins
We had to tease my brother in law as soon as he stepped off the plan for how he never used hashtags or comments when he posts on Instagram. I think it worked. I have noticed some clever hashtags in the making after only 4 short days with us.

Sorry I have been a bit MIA, but lets just call it life. Life is a bit crazy right now and I would not have it any other way. At the same time I really do crave capturing these moments in this crazy life, so I will go ahead and say it...I have missed you!

Without further ado, lets dive into our #thanksgiving2014 fun. My parents and my sister and her family all made the trip down to Orlando so that we could be together on this holiday for giving thanks. We did a lot. In fact a ton. With everything that we did and with all of the fun that was had, I must say seeing how much Lucas, Hunter, Wip, and Duncan loved being with each other was the best part. Hands down. They really, really like each other, and I hope that never changes.

Both boys tried so hard to wait up for their cousins flight to get in

Kelly and I went out early on Thanksgiving morning to run the Turkey Trot (yes, I am bragging). We found these monkeys on the playground after our run

Rather than cook at our tiny apartment, our parents treated us to the most AMAZING brunch ever at the Alfond Inn

This was Wip's 4th plate of meat...he was ravenous 

PJ time

Doodle time

We ventured to LegoLand and it was awesome...beautiful day!

The boys loved seeing all of the lego figures around the park

This was probably the favorite

It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas

We went to a fire safety show

It was silly

Wip LOVED it and went to tell the actors that they did a great job

On to the rides

Daddy and D took a boat 

Poppy and Superheros!

Duncan had an accident when he went to the bathroom (he missed) and so I found these clearance swim shorts (size 18 months) for five dollars....deal!

Singing a little Frank Ocean "Pyramids" (it is one of Wip's favorite songs)

Claiming a successful day at Legoland

Do you want to build a Sandman?

The next day we headed to New Smyrna Beach...another pretty day

Sharing some ice cream

Winter Park Boat Tour!
Thanksgiving this year was filled with family, fun, and good times. While we missed everyone back in Kentucky we had a wonderful time experiencing what Thanksgiving is all about...being together.


Friday, November 14, 2014

This post should be "perspective" instead of Lovin', but I could not resist that smile of Duncan so Lovin' it will remain...

1. Have you seen the ESPN E:60 videos? I have probably posted one in the past. I don't know of one video they have made, that I have not sobbed. Inspiring, humbling, courageous. Just a few of the words that come to mind when you meet Willie Burton (from Louisville!) in this powerful video about his dream of becoming a wrestler...for goodness sake get a tissue and do not say I did not warn you. Will Power

2. Cancer sucks. Two of my friends in the past two weeks have lost their mothers to cancer. My heart hurts for them. This article reminded me of such courage when faced with such an ugly disease.

3. Following directions. Wip is so into drawing and art that our apartment looks like a gallery with all of the drawings hung with painters tape. Earlier this week he created this masterpiece..

4. Inspired. As if Willie was not enough...I went to a breakfast (at the Ritz Carlton...fancy) for National Philanthropy Day. Meet Sadie. She has a chronic illness that has made life not the easiest...so what did she do about it?  Created a nonprofit called High-5-Club that offers support and care kits to other families needing medical treatment. She received the prestigious Youth Philanthropist Award and when she accepted she could not have been gracious. Oh yeah, she is 10. 

5. Breakthrough. The other night I deconstructed the salmon salad I made in hopes that the boys would at least try some of it. I almost passed out when Wip started inhaling the salmon, scarfed down the peas, green beans, and tomatoes and tried the corn (but was not a fan). Pardon me as I go and make a little "successful dinner" check mark in my notebook. 

6. I only wanted to put 5 items on my Lovin' list, but just in case you have not seen Marcel the Shell...you are welcome.


Sunday, November 2, 2014

We had not even made it to our first house on Halloween night when Wip turned around and said "this is the BEST Halloween ever". I would have to agree. Our first October in this new town with new friends and new experiences has been insane and wonderful all at the same time. It is a month that can only be described by pictures. I hope you have your scroll finger ready here is our crazy month at a glance..

We pulled out the decorations on October 1

It was like Christmas morning pulling out toys that they forgot about

Wip loved setting everything up

He even made placemats

Kentucky seems to always be with us...on our way to visit friends staying at Disney we saw this car in the parking lot

Still working on the family dinners...

This was a salad "deconstructed" for the boys

Always nice to get this type of email...even though Duncan has Ms. Peggie wrapped around his finger:)

In costume. Always.

Pumpkin decorating contest at Park Maitland (he painted a fox:)

Wip's yearbook photo...wha? How did he turn into a real boy?!

Baldwin Park Halloween Festival

Duncan in a daze 

Showing off the face paint

This picture makes me laugh...D is always messing with his brother


Brushing a weird puppet's teeth

"I fink Im gonna wear doggie as a scarf today"

Deep thoughts

It looks like there should have been music playing, but it was all in their head

Trinity homecoming was a blast

Playdate with Duncan's buddy Bass

Took some time for a little basketball

Rollins College had the BEST halloween party ever

So much candy

We even went into a "kid friendly" haunted house...who ya gonna call? GHOSTBUSTERS!

Brothers enjoying some candy

Why does face paint put children in a coma? 

Out cold

She was so good (my little triceratops) 

Zoo Boo Bash was a hit

My little tiger

Good times

The boys decided to come home and dress up like mommy and daddy

Duncan hit up the pumpkin patch with his class

There ya go D

I love the expression on his face..hmmmmm

Big pumpkin for a little boy

Wip could not get enough of Halloween and when Auntie sent him a goodie bag he had to replicate the card


Trunk or Treat at church was a hit 

Duncan and Dylan...buds

Best Trunk ever....from Up!

Tuckered out

Today we decided on a skeleton...until I had to take him to a meeting with me (he did not have school) and he had an accident in the office. Embarrassing!

I also had to take Duncan to work with me and this is what I found on my phone after he had been playing with it...what?

A girl at my office was so sweet and set up a trick or treat through the office (he was pretty tuckered out at the end of the day)

On Halloween night Wip was a skunk and D was Mickey Mouse. Wip was helping D get ready for the big night. Adorable.

Happy Halloween!

The only bummer to my month was my phone sliding out of my purse when I sat it down to get my keys...I have only had the thing for 2 weeks. Hoping November will give me some better luck:)