Thursday, August 21, 2014

Thanksgiving Thursday


For those of you that don't know what Thanksgiving Thursday is, it is the one time during the week where you stop and basically count your blessings. Even if you've had one of those weeks, I promise you can find at least one thing to be thankful for, no matter how big or small.

This week I am thankful for:

  • Scott and his constant support.
  • Aaron and our Saturday morning cooking show marathons.
  • Jillian and our bedtime snuggles.
  • Family all around us. 
  • The ability to take my kids to school in the morning and be home earlier. I love my time with them.
  • A company that is really accommodating to families. 
  • Great friends.
  • A great first week of school for the kiddos with great teachers.
  • Coffee...lots and lots of coffee.
What are you thankful for this week?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

First Day of First Grade

I know, I'm a few days late on this! 

I still cannot believe my babies are in first grade! It seems like yesterday we were bringing them home and now they're big kids. 


The first day did have some hiccups though. The parking lot was a HUGE mess and I couldn't walk them in on their first day. I had to drop them off in the car line, which they didn't mind and they didn't even give me a kiss :( 

As if I wasn't emotional enough about not being able to take them in Alan Jackson's "Remember When" came on the radio as I pulled out of the car line. Yeah, thanks. 

They had a wonderful first day and second and third day. Their teachers seem fantastic and I cannot wait to see what this year has in store for them.

I hope all of you had a wonderful first day of school, too!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Celebrating Running with Some Fireworks

It's the last weekend before school starts. Um, didn't summer just start? Didn't we just go to graduation? I'm pretty sure we did...

Anyway...We made the most of our last weekend. Scott and I started it with the Celebration of Running 5k through downtown Orlando. It was a course neither of us had run before and it was a ton of fun. I hung with Scott the whole time and told him we were crossing together. Scott said I pushed him at the end, and I was happy to do it!


How cute are we?! And how cute are those medals?!

After the race (and after the rain let up) we all went to EPCOT to just enjoy the afternoon. 


We went on a few rides, had some dinner, some dessert and settled in to watch the fireworks. We usually are not in the parks late enough for the fireworks, so it was definitely a treat for the kiddos. I'm not going to lie, Scott and I both needed coffee to make it through. 

Today we all slept in well past our normal wake up times and then just hung out for the rest of the day.

I'm not even ready for tomorrow. I cannot believe my babies are going to be in first grade. Where has the time gone?!

Wishing all of you a happy first week (or maybe it's your second, or you're lucky and haven't gone back yet) of school!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Thanksgiving Thursday


For those of you that don't know what Thanksgiving Thursday is, it is the one time during the week where you stop and basically count your blessings. Even if you've had one of those weeks, I promise you can find at least one thing to be thankful for, no matter how big or small.

This week I am thankful for:

  • Scott and his new found love of running/racing. I love that we can do this together! I also love our post race breakfast tradition.
  • Aaron who loves to help me in the kitchen and plan the menu for the week.
  • Jillian who loves to snuggle up with me after a long day. I love our chats.
  • Family all around us.
  • A great summer at camp for the kiddos. They really had a fantastic time and I'm thankful for places that truly love the kids that come through their doors.
  • A workplace that is family friendly.
  • Coffee and lots of it.
  • Finally discovering Orange is the New Black. I know, I know! Took me forever!
What are you thankful for this week?

Sunday, August 10, 2014

A little bit of this...a little bit of that...

Summer is winding down over here and we are trying to pack in as much as possible during these last precious moments. Last weekend the kiddos went to their first major league baseball game and had a total blast! Since it was family day at the park, they could run the bases. Jill opted out, but Aaron ran them as fast as he could!


The kid could have literally burst from excitement. It was pretty awesome being able to just hang out on the field. Naturally, we had to snag a family photo:


I feel like the rest of the week was a total blur. I'm finally getting into the swing of things at my new job, Scott was in training all week and then Jill, of course, caught strep. Never a dull moment over here, right?

Scott and I also ran a 5k this weekend. I love that this is something that we do together now, not just something I do and they all come to cheer me on. I told him the next 5k in this series we will cross together. He's catching up to me and was only 2 minutes behind. I think he can definitely hang with me!


That's all over here, for right now anyway. I promise I will start blogging more! 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Thanksgiving Thursday


For those of you that don't know what Thanksgiving Thursday is, it is the one time during the week where you stop and basically count your blessings. Even if you've had one of those weeks, I promise you can find at least one thing to be thankful for, no matter how big or small.

This week I am thankful for:

  • Scott and his constant support. It's been a crazy week of readjusting to new schedules and various events and somehow we are still rolling through unscathed.
  • Aaron who made the baseball game on Sunday so much more special than it already was.
  • Jillian who has made me smile every night with the simplest squeeze of the hand.
  • A few weeks with family in town. It was great spending time with my parents, my brother and my niece and nephew.
  • New opportunities, new challenges and just new everything. While it is absolutely terrifying to start over, I love the challenge.
  • A fun filled Sunday with our friends and their family at the ball field.
  • The opportunity to watch my son run the bases on a major league field. I cannot wait to possibly see that again in the future! 
  • Snapchats with my niece that make my laugh hysterically almost every time.
What are you thankful for this week?


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Review: Sofia the First: The Enchanted Feast DVD

We are HUGE Sofia fans in this house, so when the opportunity arose to review the latest DVD, I jumped at the chance! Here's some quick info on the DVD:


There's more than meets the eye when you join Sofia the First for this royally scrumptious adventure! All the monarchs from Enchancia's neighboring kingdoms have come to watch a dazzling display of magic: First, Cedric will conjure up a fabulous feast. Next, he'll transform the banquet room into a hall of amazing ''morpho-mirrors.'' But before the fun begins, wicked Miss Nettle (disguised as ''Sascha the Sorceress'') crashes the party with a scheme to steal Sofia's magical amulet. Can Sofia foil the bad fairy's plan before it's too late? Perhaps . . . with help from Snow White, who reminds her it's important to trust your instincts.

There are 5 episodes on the DVD including: The Enchanted Feast, The Buttercups, Tea for Too Many, Great Aunt-Venture and Two Princesses and a Baby. I am well versed in all of these episodes. I have to say though, the recent favorite in our house has been Tea for Too Many since we went to the afternoon tea at the Grand Floridian. 

The DVD is pretty fantastic and Jill's copy came with a mirror (just like the Enchanted Feast!) which was right up her alley! Aside, from the obvious natural love of Sofia (I mean, she is a girl from the village who was doing all right after all) I love the lessons that it teaches. I often find myself referencing episodes of Sofia to the kids and it helps drive the lesson home.

Sofia the First: The Enchanted DVD is available now in stores and at the Disney Store online
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