Wednesday, December 30, 2015

WDW Wednesday - Osbourne Spectacle of Dancing Lights


Today for #WDWWednesday I wanted to talk about the Osbourne Dancing Lights in Hollywood Studios.

It began as a single home in Arkansas' display of annual Christmas lights, and then in 1995 was brought to Walt Disney World to be shared with all of us! You can read more about it on the Disney website. This year was the 20th anniversary of the dancing lights, and is sadly the very last year Hollywood Studios will be hosting them.

The first time I saw the dancing lights was for my 21st Birthday, and EVERY year since then I have told my (then boyfriend now husband) that we HAD to go. We never seemed to make it until THIS year, and just like I said he LOVED it!!

We've gone twice since we got our annual passes and have just really enjoyed the show. The dancing lights are only here until Sunday (1/3) and then they become one of those Disney memories from long ago (Like Mr. Toad's Wild Ride).

Here are some videos of the dancing lights from December 19, 2015. Enjoy!

Question of the day: Have you ever seen the Osbourne Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Hollywood Studios?







Monday, December 28, 2015

Weekly Chase - Bye Bye 2015

::Warning - Warning - Warning:: 
Cliche statement approaching
::Warning - Warning - Warning:: 


The year FLEW by! I guess with a 1st birthday celebration, a move, the birth of a second baby and a million milestones in between it is inevitable that the year would pass quickly. 

We are having a relaxing week at home with just a few goals, but before I get into the goals for this week let me talk about LAST week and how I did. 

Goals for Christmas week! 

  • Run 1x  - Yes!! It wasn't pretty, but I ran with the double jogger. 
  • incorporate some strength training into my days - I did yoga 2X but, wish I could have done more. 
  • wrap gifts, Yes. On Christmas Day for some of them lol 
  • finish buying gifts ...I did this on Amazon Prime and had it shipped to the locations we were opening gifts JUST to be safe lol. 
  • pack for family visits!, well, got to Orlando and realized I didn't have half of my clothing BUT everyone ELSE was packed (hashtag: momproblems)

The girls were still a little sick, but getting better so it was nice to get some exercise done. I have NEVER had such a hard time with Christmas gifts as I did this year. I think I should start shopping for next year now... 

Anyone else struggle with Christmas gifts this year? 

I have a couple goals for this week. 

  • Pack for our weekend trip (and remember my clothes this time)
  • Start to find homes for the new toys 
  • Finish thank you notes
  • Shop for Baby girls 2nd Birthday... WHAT? 
  • Run 2X this week 
As always, this is a link up with Mindy over at RoadRunnerGirl.com

What goals are you chasing this week? 


Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas

From our family to yours, Merry Christmas!

Luke 2New English Translation (NET Bible)

Source.

The Census and the Birth of Jesus

Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus to register all the empire for taxes. This was the first registration, taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria. Everyone went to his own town to be registered. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family line of David. He went to be registered with Mary, who was promised in marriage to him, and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

The Shepherds’ Visit

Now there were shepherds nearby living out in the field, keeping guard over their flock at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were absolutely terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid! Listen carefully, for I proclaim to you good news that brings great joy to all the people: 11 Today your Savior is born in the city of David. He is Christ the Lord. 12 This will be a sign for you: You will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly a vast, heavenly army appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among people with whom he is pleased!”
15 When the angels left them and went back to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, that the Lord has made known to us.” 16 So they hurried off and located Mary and Joseph, and found the baby lying in a manger. 17 When they saw him, they related what they had been told about this child, 18 and all who heard it were astonished at what the shepherds said. 19 But Mary treasured up all these words, pondering in her heart what they might mean. 20 So the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen; everything was just as they had been told.
21 At the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was named Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

WDW Wednesday - Port Orleans Riverside

Soooo,... guess what...

WE HAVE ANNUAL PASSES TO WALT DISNEY WORLD!!!!!!!

Anyway, Yes. We have Annual Passes to Walt Disney World and since we will be spending quite a bit of time at Walt Disney World I thought i'd start a Wednesday series called "WDW WEDNESDAY" Basically,... I will attempt to refrain from talking about Disney on any other day because, On Wednesdays, we talk Disney.

For my first WDW Wednesday post I thought I'd share about the most recent resort we stayed at.

Over the weekend my husband and I celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary. I can hardly believe it's already been 7 years. 7 years ago we stayed at Port Orleans French Quarter and simply fell in love with the resort. We have stayed in the French Quarter a few times since then, and even visited the resort for lunch at Sassagula's on several occasions.

Being two adventurous Disney fans, we thought we would branch out and stay at on the Riverside portion of the Port Orleans resort. We recently visited the grounds and were excited to stay there for our anniversary.

Here are a couple of thoughts from our visit.

Service:

  • All experiences with hotel staff was superb, I didn't meet or see a single cast member lacking in Disney magic. 
Comfort:
  • The room was very spacious, the bed was soft, and there was plenty of space for our belongings to be organized. 
Transportation: 
  • Boat service to Downtown Disney (Disney Springs)
  • Bus to all 4 parks 
  • Bus to Downtown Disney (Disney Springs)
Resort Grounds:
  • This was a large resort, so with 4 bus stops it was a little annoying driving around to all the bus stops before leaving for your destination and being dropped off at your bus stop. 
  • Beautiful walkways 
  • Beautiful running pathways
  • Nice pool 
  • Nice playground 
Would you stay again? 
I don't think I'd stay on this side again, I much preferred the French Quarter. I love the ability to easily access the main lobby without walking too far, I just felt the Riverside was much larger and spread out. 

Any pictures? 
I realized when we got home that I only took 1 picture at the hotel... I'm sorry. I do have a youtube video from when our family visited Port Orleans for lunch though. 



Question of the Day:
Have you ever stayed at a Disney Resort? 

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Little Lady at 23 Months.


My Dearest Little Lady,

Someone once told me "the calendar always flips"; that is to say today will end and tomorrow will come. Over the last two years you have taught me more about myself than I can ever express. I thought people were crazy when they told me that I'd want to bottle up your scent and keep it. I thought people were crazy when they told me I'd miss the days of being drenched in your acid reflux vomit. ... okay I don't miss that.

but I do miss your sweet baby self.

We've had some pretty exciting days mixed with some days that bedtime could't come soon enough.

As much as you challenge me, you inspire me to be a better person. I am so thankful for you and all you bring into our lives.

Right after the holidays you are going to turn two years old, and here are a couple of my favorite things about you right now.

What you like...

  • Your family - You LOVE your mom and dad and baby sister most of all. But I love that you love all your Tio's, Tita's, aunties, uncle Brian,  Abuelo's and grandparents and cousin.
  • Playing - You are SO active, you are non-stop from the time you wake up until you fall asleep. 
  • Water - bath time, swim time, shower time, sprinklers, and even DRINKING water you love it all
  • Chocolate Che-Che (Chocolate Milk) - You are obsessed with it. 
  • Animals - live animals, animals in books, toy animals, you love them ALL
  • Mickey Mouse - All Disney really... you just love it. 
  • Exploring - you LOVE to see new places and experience new things
  • Cooking - you LOVE helping me cook in the kitchen and I love watching you love it
What you don't  like...
  • naps
  • sleeping
  • going to sleep
  • bed time
  • the thought of bed time 
Family walk - 2 Months Old 

When mom was training for goofy challenge (7 months)

First Christmas 



1st Birthday!

14 Months 

13 Months













I'm soaking in the last days of having a "1 year old"... and look forward to the excitement life with a two year old will bring.






Monday, December 21, 2015

Weekly Chase - Christmas Week!

I am SO excited that Christmas is here!!! I love Christmas so much and am excited to spend some time with family this week. 

Before I get into my goals for this week I wanted to recap my goals from last week! 

  • Run 3X this week - nope. Both girls were sick plus my husband so I didn't run at all... 
  • Pack for our Anniversary trip to Disney - yes! Took all week but every time one of the girls would take a nap i would pack a little and clean a little lol 
  • Wash / Dry and put away all laundry by Friday morning - yes! 
  • Make baby food - done! Sweet potato and Pea soup! 
  • Christmas picture... Nope. :-( the girls were sick so we didn't even attempt. 
  • Clean / prep house for family visit - done! Baby woke me up st 4 on Friday so I stayed up and got it all done then. 
Goals for Christmas week! 
> Run 1x 
> incorporate some strength training into my days
> wrap gifts 
> finish buying gifts ...
> pack for family visits! 

What goals are you chasing this week? 

Linking up with Mindy, www.roadrunnergirl.com 

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Year 7.

Today we celebrate 7 years of Marriage.

I thought i'd share 7 of our crazy adventures from the last year with you!

1. Goofy Challenge 2015 - I could NEVER have run 39.3 miles 6 months pregnant without the support of my husband. He stuck right beside me and completed 1:00/1:00 run-walk intervals for every single mile.



2. Celebrating Little Lady's 1st Birthday!

3. Resigning from my full time employment to stay home - thanks for (hardly) ever commenting on my terrible cooking babe!

4. The move to Southwest, Florida. - It's not ideal to accept a new job, sell your condo and move while your wife is 9 months pregnant, but the Lord was with us and we are surviving.

5. The Birth of our Love Bug - She's truly a gift.


6. New Orleans Adventure


7. New York Adventure

I can't wait to see what adventures await us in our next year of marriage! 



Friday, December 18, 2015

MESS FREE Infant and Toddler Thank You Notes

Christmas is right around the corner and if you have young children you know all to well that they will soon be showered with gifts from loved ones. One of the values we want to instill into our children is gratitude.

How do you instill an attitude of gratitude when your children are 8 and 23 months old? Well,... the short answer is you live it. Our daughter is approaching two years old faster than I care to admit. I swear I just found out I was expecting... how do I have a two year old?  ANYWAY... I've been having a lot of conversations with my little lady about saying please and thank you, and we have had many talks about the Season and why we celebrate Christmas.

One of our conversations was about how on Christmas we give gifts to those we love; and how it is important to always take the time to acknowledge that someone thought of you. Since my girls aren't able to form beautiful sentences and write lovely letters of thanks to all who have given them gifts I decided to let them make their own note cards.

This is not an original idea of mine, I have seen it on various social media sites. In fact, a quick search of "zip lock bag finger painting" on pinterest will yield lots of cute ideas!

Tools.

  • Heavy Paper or Cardstock
  • Finger Paint
  • Markers
  • Gallon Size Zip Lock Bag 
  • Scissors (to cut the cards out, when dry)
Instructions. 
  1. make dots or designs onto paper with various colors of paint
  2. put paint in gallon size zip lock bag
  3. seal bag
  4. allow children to play with the paint and create designs
  5. pull paper out of bag and let dry
  6. cut out note card shapes
  7. (optional) write a message on front with a marker 
Notes. 
This was SO much fun. My youngest (7 months when we did the craft) LOVED to feel the paint and watch the colors mix. I loved that this was a painting craft that didn't end in me giving baths in the middle of the day or cleaning paint out of my carpet. 

If you are doing this craft with more than one child, I would recommend getting a couple of bags set up in advance. My oldest daughter loved this a lot more than I anticipated and so it was a little hard for her to wait for me to make more bags with paint and paper for her to play with. 

Over all I am extremely happy with the results. I think they are so cute, and will be a fun little way to include the girls in the Thank you note writing fun.  When it is time, I will allow my oldest daughter to help me "write" the notes with a crayon. She loves to send letters, and it will be another opportunity to talk with her about gratitude, and why we are writing letters to our family and friends. 

Question of the day: Do you hand write thank you notes? 


Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Seen on my Run: Central Park

Running through Central Park is beautiful, there is no question about it.

Running through Central park on your birthday... MAGICAL!  We left our hotel room around 7:30 and set out for a run around Central Park. We weren't sure how far we would run, but we knew we wanted to see as much of the park as we could before we got too hungry.



The perimeter of the park seems to be where most people run and there were LOTS of people out running. I wanted to see the inside of the park and explore some of the bridges so my hubby and I turned into the park and went exploring.

We ran 3.70 miles and took lots of pictures. It wasn't a run for time or anything, it was a run for FUN!

Here are some pictures from our run.

Enjoy!









like my new baby hairs? 







Question of the day: Do you run for fun when you are traveling in a new city?

In case you missed it... 30 hours in New York



Monday, December 14, 2015

Weekly Chase - Disney Prep Week.

WHAT.A.MONTH.

December is always a crazy busy month for our family. Between my Birthday, our Anniversary, Christmas and Christmas events I always feel like we blink and December is over. It's not a bad thing to be busy once in a while, but I do find it hard to soak in the season when we are always busy.

Last week I worked to get all the New York laundry cleaned and the suitcases unpacked. I started to put the sweaters away but the weather forecast for our upcoming Disney trip keeps changing. It's going from 70/80's to 40/50... So, I'm not putting the sweaters away just yet.

Who knows... Florida weather is so unpredictable.

My goals for this week.

  • Run 3X this week
  • Pack for our Anniversary trip to Disney
  • Wash / Dry and put away all laundry by Friday morning
  • Make baby food 
  • Christmas picture... 
  • Clean / prep house for family visit
Weekly Chase is hosted by Mindy, (RoadRunnerGirl)

What goals are you chasing this week? 

Friday, December 11, 2015

30 hours in New York!

 I have started to type out the details of the most magical Birthday ever (and I've been spoiled by my husband a few times before), but I just couldn't find the words. I am so thankful for my family and friends who made this trip possible. My in laws who sacrificed sleep to drive us to the airport and watch our babies, my parents who gave us gift cards to use for food and trinkets from our travels, and all the wonderful Facebook comments and text messages wishing me a Happy Birthday.  I am one loved girl!

I picked a few pictures to show you the adventures we took during our 30 hours in New York!
9/11 Memorial 

Carousel in Central Park

Central Park 


Central Park 

Niketown

Niketown 


Broadway
Times Square Disney Store! 

Ready to explore after the show




Birthday Run

Run

I liked this tree... Central Park. 

Central Park 

Nike Store 


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