April & May Ramblings

Life happened, and so I’m combining the highlights for April & May together. It’s seems like life is pretty busy, but of course when I am sitting here I’m blanking on all we did. But I think in a way, it’s just the little moments of each day and just keeping on top of things, that make life seem so hectic and full in a good way.

Reading:
All the Lies we Tell – was a quick read, but wouldn’t necessarily recommend it.
A Little Life – this is a long, long book, that is very very sad, but also beautiful, the author was so good at developing each character and it’s worth the investment.
The Goldfinch – finally read this and thought the premise was really good but it just felt drawn out and disappointed in the ending. Felt it had a lot of potential.

Thoughts:
I read this recently and I just love it, “…concerned, but also don’t want to borrow trouble”. I needed to read this because I tend to worry about things a little too often.

For awhile I was broken putting Jonas to be at nights because I’m so so sad I can’t do this forever. It’s mainly because I’m mourning ‘I’m done with kids phase’. But regardless this time has been pretty sad for me.

Events:
Nola had her spring dance recital, which was adorable and we were so proud.

Swimming lessons also ended and Nola learned so much. Can’t express how happy we are with Little Strokes.

Have I mentioned we still have school for ONE MORE WEEK!! It seems like everyone is done or has been done and I can’t even. I’m so over it! Will I say in one month I’m ready for school to start, probably 🙂 but I do live in this vicious/wonderful cycle of life here.

Animal Kingdom

We were told that we would need 2 days in Magic Kingdom and so we bought the 2 day pass right away. But I’m going to be straight up with you all, I just don’t need 2 days at Magic Kingdom. I have so many friends who love Disney and go yearly and for days and days in a row and I really adore these people, but I just don’t understand them. I want to understand you!! I think I’m more on the every 3 year plan (probably more like 4) and thankfully CJ is on the same page with me on this one. We agreed after a full day at Magic Kingdom we didn’t really want to go back and decided to check out Animal Kingdom. If you know our family well, you know our kiddos are animal obsessed so this seemed like the obvious choice. But now looking back we also love food and kind of wish we went to Epcot. Fine it’s just me who loves food, I guess we did the right choice with the animals.

Initially because we didn’t seem to do as much as we did at Magic Kingdom, I felt Animal Kingdom wasn’t worth the money and I would have preferred another pool day. But as the day progressed CJ and I both agreed it ended up being a really laid-back, but wonderful day. The highlights of the day was the safari, The Festival of the Lion King (it was awesome and Nola’s favorite), the Boneyard (playground/sandbox where our kids played for hours and did not want to leave) and Finding Nemo the Musical. I should also mention that the day we went they weren’t doing their brand new show, River of Lights, that’s suppose to be amazing which I was supper bummed about and coming soon is an Avatar ride that looks pretty amazing (yes I am a huge fan of that movie).

Here’s some photos of the day if you care to see:

IMG_2364 Here we are in front of the Tree of Life DSC_0193 It’s a dream of mine to go as a family on a legit safari, but for now this will do!! DSC_0180 DSC_0175 DSC_0171 I love this photo of our little guy DSC_0164 DSC_0161 Cj’s such a great daddy IMG_2368 This time I got the dole whip with rum in it so this was just mama’s treat!! Well done Disney you know how to get the parents through the day at these parks! DSC_0204 Nola was dying to get this treat, I wouldn’t say this is an “un-messy” treat however 🙂 IMG_2373 Basically I was in heaven for awhile holding my napping toddler. I will never sick of doing that. IMG_2372 DSC_0242 This sandbox was really small smooth stones. He didn’t want to leave ever. IMG_2377 We decided going to Disney was their treat, but ended up feeling like jerks and decided they could get a stuffed animal to add to their 100 million ones they have already. But I am glad we got them, they love them and play with them actually, hip hip hooray!

Florida Pool Day

Our Florida trip was really short, too short in fact, so we only had 1 pool day. But our pool day was everything we hoped it would be and it makes me look forward to more days like this this summer. Both kids had fun swimming around and we were shocked when we realized we were out swimming for hours! We ate poolside, had smoothies and then headed to our room for naps. It kind of was a perfect. After naps we headed to Disney Springs, which has tons of fun restaurants and shops. It was actually a lot of fun just walking around, eating, getting treats and listening to live music. I also think we were just on a high because we were able to wear shorts and eat al fresco.

DSC_0084 love these two DSC_0088 Can’t tell you how much I love this photo!! They were just excited to be outside, going swimming and I can only imagine smiles and squealing happening while I took it.
DSC_0091 DSC_0095 DSC_0099 DSC_0113 Clearly from the lounge chairs we were staying in fancy place 🙂 not! But honestly it was a lot better than we had expected!! We stayed at the Disney’s All-Star Music Resort, and though you shouldn’t expect anything grand, it definitely gave us all that we needed: transportation to the airport, transportation to all the parks & Disney Springs and had food and a pool!  DSC_0117 We stayed in the country section, so obviously it was expected to pose by the monstrous country boot.
DSC_0146 Here we are at Disney Springs. Man we loved that place! DSC_0151 DSC_0152 Late night treats at Sprinkles, where only our family opts out of cupcakes to get ice cream and root beer floats. From this photo, as you can imagine, we needed to get home because how much fun and sugar can you really have in one day?!!

March Ramblings

This month has been the month of getting stuff done. We were able to do a quick getaway to FL to give us a taste of summer, which I am not going to lie, is killing me now. We been getting a couple of nice days, and cold weather again, it just isn’t cutting it anymore and I’m sick of it!! We also got our taxes done, had dentist apts, parent teacher conferences and CJ even fit a work trip in.

I still struggle coming up with dinner ideas but I did make the following recipes which were a success: Spring roll bowls, this steak with the most amazing sauce and panzanella salads, which truly is summer on a plate.

CJ and I finally went on a date and ate at Craftsman Table and it was good. The cheese curds live up to the hype and I also liked all the food I ordered.

My goals for next month are getting some photo albums done. I don’t know why, but it’s a task I dread. But I do know I will be so glad I did them later on in life. Plus I don’t know about your kiddos, but my kids love looking at photos of themselves, it’s so sweet.

Hands down I bought my most favorite Craigslist find ever, I vintage daybed and I am soooo happy with it. Currently it’s in our playroom and I love having a place to sit down and snuggle with the kids while reading books. However, this did not fit in our car and it was such a hassle coordinating someone to help pick it up. I promised CJ I would never buy anything from Craigslist that doesn’t fit in our car. I literally was stressed out about the whole situation, but thanks to my dad it all worked out, thanks again dad!!

Watching: This month I watched season 3 of Frankie & Grace (goodness I love that show) and The Great British Baking Show.

Reading: Everything I Never Told You. I’d recommend it, I’m not saying it was the best book I ever read, but it held my interest and I fell into the characters and their relationships.


IMG_2411 I love my time with Jonas while Nola’s in school. Here we are watching the digger out the window.

Disney, the Happiest Place on Earth?!…Kidding It Was Pretty Great!

Am I the only one who gets confused by what to call Disney? I just say we are going to Disney World, but technically the correct terminology is Magic Kingdom. So just know if I say we went to Disney World what I meant is the place with Cinderella’s castle. Even though I know, I know, saying Disney World is the whole complex including Epcot, Animal Kingdom, the list goes on. I honestly think this all happened because when we lived in CA DisneyLand is just DisneyLand. And there you have it friends a glimpse of my inner conversations.

Anyways, I truly believe if you live in the Midwest a getaway is a great idea during the long winter season just so you can remember how the sun feels. So we took a quick trip to Florida in the beginning of March. While we were there the weather was pretty perfect. The best way to describe it was the end of the summer, transitioning into fall weather, mid to upper 70’s. And lucky for us, on our pool day it hit the 80’s. I probably could have been ok with slightly warmer weather, but going to the parks this weather was perfect.

We had no illusions, we know that if  we were going to Disney with a 2 and 4 year old it was going to kick our ass. So we put on our boxing gloves and comfiest shoes and got mentally ready. We got there half on hour before the park opened and left after the fireworks. That’s right friends, 12 hours of magic, er, whatever you want to call it (insert winking emoji). We hit every ride, show, parade, treats we had on our list plus some, so I call it a successful day.

Here’s some photos of the day if you care to see:

IMG_2304 This little dude fell asleep on the way to the park. Love snuggling this baby bear for as long as I can.  IMG_1537 We see the castle!! Get excited people! DSC_0008 Watching the opening show before the park officially opened. IMG_2312 When someone offers to take family photo you never turn that down.  IMG_2321 This is a little blurry but I love this one so much!! My two little Mickey loves! We are in line to the Enchanted Tales with Belle. DSC_0012 DSC_0015 Jonas with Princess Belle!! DSC_0043 After we rode Dumbo. That was such a long wait, but thankfully they have a playground the kiddos can play on and we get paged when the line is only 15 minutes long or so, such a lifesaver. But truthfully it was still too long for me! DSC_0021 DSC_0018 We found the Dole Whip!! And lets just say by the time I looked down from this photo the kids finished this off. Next one I got I made sure had rum in it 🙂 DSC_0062 After the parade we found this area and it was everything we needed and more. We could let the kids loose, eat snacks and relax a little. DSC_0071 DSC_0053 Love this photo, Jonas always snacking, haha!! DSC_0046 I love Jonas’s whole mannerism here, cracking me up. We are waiting to go into the Monsters Inc Laugh Floor. We also went to Mickey’s PhilharMagic which Jonas hated so much. Poor guy was so scared of the spraying of water, etc. At the end he just kept his head in my arm crying, he couldn’t handle it anymore. Nola on the other hand loved it! IMG_1605 This is the best we could get before the fireworks. I can only imagine because we were tired and probably on a sugar high. We were lucky and found an awesome spot to sit and watch the show, we also found out Jonas does not like fireworks either, bless his sweet heart. Lets just say he is very afraid of loud noises. I had to cover his ears the entire time and he kept on trying to leave and saying, “all done!!”  DSC_0079

Overall we had a really really good day and we were so glad we were able to do everything we wanted to do and more. The weather was amazing and the kids were troopers!! Nola loved the castle, the Peter Pan ride and the parade. Funny side note, Nola loves Cinderella’s castle here more than the legit castles we saw in France, though she did state she did like those as well. We were surprised how she so quickly lost the eye for authenticity as far as castles go, but will let it slide :). Disney will do it to you I guess! Jonas’s highlight seemed to be the Peter Pan ride as well! And his dislikes were anything that was loud. My highlight was watching my kids absorbing everything. To see happiness and excitement in your kid’s eyes will fill your heart like no other.