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Our Trip to Disney World–Animal Kingdom

Day 2!

We headed to the Animal Kingdom.

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First stop: African Safari.

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oh my goodness. it was so cool! we saw crocodiles.

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and giraffes.

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I didn’t take too many pictures because Jake was sleeping and I was trying to hold him tight to me with all the bouncing to keep him asleep.  .. but we also saw elephants – including a baby one! Lions, hippopotamuses, rhinoceroses. This “ride” is a must do it you go to AK.

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my only complaint was that the ride was so fast! It would have been nice to slow down a bit. . . but I also understand they are trying to get lots of people thru fairly quickly.

Then, we got to meet Mickey and Minnie.

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Iced white chocolate mocha was #necessary.

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And then after a super scary, horrible dinosaur ride (according to Luke), we met Pluto and Goofy.

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And ended our day with one more ride.

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After some souvenir shopping. . .back to the hotel for showers, PJs and bedtime!

Day 3 at the pool and Day 4 at Magic Kingdom coming up next!

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Our Trip to Disney World–Magic Kingdom

Wow.

What a trip!

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A friend told me that when you have kids, if you take them with, you call it a “family trip.” If you go alone, it is a vacation. Winking smile 

No, seriously, we had a great time. Luke had such a fun time, Jake was a trooper and Scott and I had some fun too.

I wanted to share a few recaps from our trips. . . because holy pictures. And I also plan to share a recap of some tips and tricks from our first time for anyone planning to go with young kids.

So, today, I’ll share pictures from traveling and our first day at Magic Kingdom.

Excited to hit the road. . . best decision ever, spending a bit more for a early afternoon flight. Everyone was in a much better mood than when we try to do an early morning flight!

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Jake did great on the flight. . . slept most of the way there.

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How we roll thru the airport. Winking smile 

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We stayed at a Disney resort, so the transportation from the airport couldn’t have been easier. <—more details in my tips post.

I booked dinner at a Character Buffet dinner at the hotel. It kicked off our trip perfectly. Luke got to meet some characters and eat some dinner.

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Prince Charming.

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Cinderella.

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The evil stepmother <—she was awesome!

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Here she is trying to convince Luke to come work for her in the castle.

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Those faces.

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And we didn’t have to travel very far and were able to get the kids in bed at a decent hour so we were ready for our big day at Magic Kingdom. And again, I cannot say enough how easy transportation was from the Disney Resort.

We hit Magic Kingdom right when it opened at 9am. . .

We started the day at Beast’s Castle with breakfast.

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And then we went to meet Ariel.

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Jake pretty much fell asleep after breakfast and took a great nap in the Baby Bjorn.

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So, Scott and Luke checked out Dumbo.

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And then we popped over to meet Donald and Pluto.

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Had to check out the Mad Hatter spinning cups.

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well. . . they did. Jake and I don’t do spinning rides. Winking smile 

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It was on my Disney bucket list to meet Gaston.

Jake started crying immediately when we got to our turn. Gaston said to him, “It’s ok, I know I can be overwhelming!”

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Ahhhh I cannot believe I forgot to show my guns. Winking smile 

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Family selfie with the castle.

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And then probably my favorite thing of the whole day..  . meeting Belle. She. was. awesome.

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One more ride. . . the magic carpets.

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We finished the day with dinner at the park and then picking up treats from the candy store. We didn’t stay for the fireworks the first day . .. a quick boat ride and we were back to our hotel room to shower, put on PJs and collapse into bed.

It. was. wonderful.

Day 2 coming up!

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Life Favorites–Jumping into the BIG pool!

Happy Wednesday! I am a busy bee today trying to get ready for the family to head to Disney World! This will be my first time at Disney World and I could not be more excited. . . full recap next week when we get home! If you have any suggestions for our first time, please share!! Smile 

It’s been a while since I’ve checked in, so I have lots of favorites.  ..

One of the biggest ones was Luke jumping into the BIG pool at swimming lessons all by himself {to a noodle}. He was so excited and proud of himself. . . and I’ll be honest, this Mom was too!

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Nice weather! It appears that spring has finally made an appearance in MN. I am loving the 50s and 60s and running outside!

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Baby smiles and coos. Heart melting every day.

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He is getting too big too fast!

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And he looks just a little bit like his brother. . .
Luke on the left, Jake on the right!

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Aunt Jenny came to visit!

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Mom and Dad selfies with Jake.

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A little too much fun with snap chat filters.

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Luke continues to be the best big brother. It is amazing how much he thinks of his baby brother and how he wants to make sure that all activities include him!

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Back to teaching at the YMCA. Both BP and CXWORX.

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Aunt Laura came to visit!

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Cupcakes from the new place in town – Bluebird Cakery. Delicious! The cookie dough one was amazing.

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Sunday morning coffee run in PJs.

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Framing the newborn pictures of Jake {print from Shutterfly} . . it already seems so long ago that he was that little and new. It seems like he has been part of our family for a long time already! <—that might be part of the sleep deprivation. Winking smile And I am loving my new Easter bunny sign. ..

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I am looking forward to the weekend at Disney. . . and hoping that I don’t melt in the 90+ degree heat!!

Hope you are having a great week – any highlights to share? Plans for the weekend? Have you ever been to Disney? Advice for us??

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Spring Break with the boys

Happy Monday!

I just dropped Luke off at school. Jake is snoozing in his car seat. And I am soaking in my last two days of maternity leave before going back to work on Wednesday.

We had a great week over Luke’s spring break. . .

Lots of brother time.

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My favorite cheap activity. Water play time in the sink! He played for over an hour! #parentingwin

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Trips to the library. We recently started reading chapter books together before bed and I LOVE it!

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Perler beads for hours of entertainment.

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Smiles.

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milk coma.

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Abby!

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Getting so big! And why are animals on feet so adorable?

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Fun at the Children’s Museum.

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And fro yo.

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The bummer of the week. . . everyone getting colds. Sad smile 

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Living off of these balls. And I added shredded unsweetened coconut. Life changing.

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Celebrating Scott’s birthday on Saturday.

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Sunday morning.

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And if you need me over the next two days. . .you can find me right here. Smile 

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Hope you had a great weekend! Anything super fun??

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Life lately–update!

Hey there! Happy Tuesday. . .

I am enjoying my last full week of maternity leave. I know all Moms will agree with me on how fast the time flies! I am happy that I won’t have to deal with daycare drop off for a few more weeks. . . my Mom is coming down to watch Jake for the first day I’m back at work plus Scott has more paternity leave to use! Much easier to leave a baby at home with Grandma or Dad vs. daycare drop off!!

And it is spring break for Luke. So, I have both boys home with me all week! We’ve already played “house” more times than I can count. <—Luke’s favorite right now. . . Thank goodness for Legos, Perler beads (kid is obsessed with these), and the occasional episode of Jake and the Neverland Pirates. Smile Also, looking forward to some play dates at the Children’s Museum, the library, and a movie!

Anyway, I thought I’d pop in quick this morning. . . Jake is chilling in his swing and Luke is finishing up breakfast. . . and share a picture update of life lately.

Reading books. . .

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Swim lessons.

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Teaching early morning CX class. . .

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Smiles!

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Hanging out at the YMCA.

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Seriously. My favorite.

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Treadmill miles.

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Legos.

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Big boy napping in his crib!

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Because I just can’t get enough. . . <love>

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And that’s my time. . . Luke is done with breakfast and Jake is telling me he is done with the swing. Smile

Oh, one more thing. Make this meal. We had it again last night for dinner. SO good!!

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I’m hoping to check in with some of our spring break adventures later this week, and I’ll for sure check in after going back to work with an update!

Hope you are doing great! Anything new??

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Friday Favorites–2 months + sunshine

Happy Friday! It has been a crazy weather week here in MN. 66 degrees on Tuesday and 20 degrees and snowing right now. . . we are supposed to get 10+ inches!

Jake and I have been enjoying the last few weeks of my maternity leave together.

This is my current favorite photo.

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2 months old!

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First stroller ride outside in the sunshine!

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Life.

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Family run.

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And this photo from Luke’s school Valentine’s Day. Adorable, right?!

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And I could not resist when an adorable girl scout stopped by the house this week to sell cookies. I’m most excited about the s’mores cookies!

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It’s going to be a low key weekend around here. . .  Dinner with friends tomorrow night. I’m making this amazing Chipotle corn dip that my friend, Leah, made when she brought dinner shortly after Jake was born. I’ve made it three times already because it is SO good. I’ll be sure to snap some pics to share the recipe with you next week! Otherwise, planning for some play time in the snow and baking something yummy – any suggestions? I am thinking cookies. Maybe these??

What are you up to this weekend? Favorite thing from the week??

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Friday Favorites – first smiles + Pinterest

Hey there. . . happy Friday!! Smile

Super excited for the weekend. . . well, as soon as we are finished with getting our taxes done this morning. meh.

But then, we are celebrating with a trip to Trader Joe’s. Winking smile

And my sister is coming tomorrow!

And now, because of Friday, here are my favorites from this week . . .

My treadmill. And baby nap time. I am so thankful that running just feels good right now and I’m slowly starting to build my distance back up.

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Luke 3 months vs almost 5 years old in the same bouncer.  . .

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And this boy. Jake giving me some serious looks before. . .

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giving me his first smiles. heart melting.

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Daydreaming about building our next house. . . thank you Pinterest for stealing hours of my life. ..

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Including a 2 story great room.

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an amazing kitchen with a huge island.

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and keeping track of all good ideas. an extra storage area for garbage bags right next to the garbage bins?! = genius.

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random favorite, but super important for my dry, cracked winter skin. darn Minnesota winters.

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and spark. helping mothers function every day. Smile

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and now off to the tax guy. . .

and then Trader Joe’s! –> any favorites I should make sure and pick up???

Plans for the weekend? Favs from the week??

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Friday Favorites–Twizzlers and Treadmill

Friday?!?

Time is just flying by. . . but life is good. Smile

Looking forward to another low key weekend around here. The benefit to having a newborn in the winter is that you can stay home and snuggle and not miss out on anything. . .  or at least that is what I am telling myself!

Here are some of my recent favorites. . .

This mug that I got my sister for Christmas. . . and yes “aisle” is spelled wrong. Thankfully the lady that I ordered it from on Etsy sent me a new one. But #truth, right?!

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Movie date.

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The fact that he calls Twizzlers “radishes” for some reason just makes me laugh.

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Playing in the snow.

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How is my boy old enough for chapter books?? I have heard good things about the Magic Tree House books, any other suggestions for a almost 5 year old??

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This.

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Treadmill for the win during baby and puppy nap time.

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Having extra time with Luke in the mornings to play with him at school.

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6 weeks old. SO big!

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Valentine’s Day decorations. It’s no secret that pink is my favorite color so it’s totally my favorite holiday to decorate for. . . my favorite is the hurricane glass filled with candy hearts! So simple and so cute!!

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Alright I’m off to kick off the weekend with coffee Friday (#necessary) and baby snuggles. #momlife

Hope you have a great one! Any plans? Favorites from the week?

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Friday Favorites – One month, snow and return to bodypump!

Happy Friday!! I’m typing this from the living room floor.  .. baby on one side, caramel latte on the other. #necessary

I’ll start by saying that watching Jake kick his little legs is one of my favorite things right now. Smile

I survived my first week at home with two kids. Keeping it real by saying that Luke goes to preschool during the day, so it’s mostly just Jake and I, but getting two kids fed, dressed and out the door is a new experience!

I finally took Jake’s one month pictures. . . a few days late #secondkidproblems

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Isn’t his Wisconsin onsie adorable? Thanks Aunt Laura!

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I made it to a BODYPUMP class at the YMCA. It felt good to be back! Now, I just have to build my strength back up. . . it’s amazing how quickly you lose your strength!!

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Couch sharing.

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Date at the Mermaid store (Starbucks). Winking smile

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Snow day + coffee = winning

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Trying to shovel while wearing a baby = not winning.

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Yesterday my friend Leah came over to visit. She was amazing and brought dinner + this “kitchen sink” cookie from Panera. Let’s just say it didn’t survive the afternoon. Smile

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Now. . . on to the weekend! I’m not sure what’s on tap yet. . . maybe a movie, some baking, running, and of course, baby snuggles. Smile

What was your favorite from the week? Plans for the weekend??

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Friday Favorites–Newborn Photos

Happy Friday!

This week flew by! Jake is officially one month old tomorrow. Time. slow. down.

The highlight of my week was getting Jake’s newborn photos back. . .

I am totally biased but I am in love with these boys.

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And how adorable are sleeping babies? heart melting.

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almost makes me consider having another one. almost. Winking smile 

I am super excited for the game on Sunday. My Mom made sure to dress Jake appropriately for the game last weekend. . . go Pack!

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First post-baby date night and margarita.

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And when did my first baby get so big??

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And it feels so good to be back to running. Man, I missed it!

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Looking forward to another weekend with very little plans. . . date with friends tomorrow night with the kids, baby snuggles, and playing Legos with Luke. . . and some couch time with Scott. Smile 

What are you up to this weekend? Best thing about your week??

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