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DISNEY!

A few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to attend a Disney Event in Orlando because I became a Disney Social Media Mom this year. WHAAAAAAAT?

Anyways, these are the photos from that trip. We were able to spend a few days at Disney World and then go on a Disney Cruise to Castaway Cay! It was amazing to escape the freezing cold winter weather and warm up in sunny Florida. Plus that humidity worked wonders on Eddie’s hair! That kid just kills me with cuteness. Read through our experiences or just scroll to the bottom for my recommendations, as usual 🙂


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This week was a pretty good one! Here’s what’s been going on at our place 🙂

This week:

We have been slowly packing things up and getting rid of things in preparation for our move in June. Gordon leaves in just a few hours for training for his new job (I just cannot escape the training curse!!) and the next time I see him, we will be moving into our new home on the East Coast! 87 days away….not that I’m counting or anything.

It feels a little unreal, but putting our house on the market tomorrow will probably make it all way more real! Ha! It’s a big and beautiful dream house we live in that we feel blessed to afford BUT we will be giving it up for something waaaaaaay smaller in a much busier city. We’re just setting our sights on a different dream.

Our children continue to thrive, mostly. Eddie has stopped grabbing at his ears and has started becoming a little more content (still hard to please…what else is new) but way better than before. So that’s great news.

Brooke on the other hand has been fading fast and continues to be quite the sick little girl. Wednesday afternoon, she started feeling tired with a very bad sore throat. Thursday morning, she woke up with a fever of 103! Over the last few days, it’s progressed into a bad cough and a consistently stuffy nose. On top of that, she’s pretty devastated that her Dad is leaving for 3 months. I’m right there with ya, Brooke!! I’m not sure she will be going to school very much this week.

Blake continues to bounce around and be his regular old silly self. We were going through all our toys in the playroom, packing some, getting rid of others. I made him a pile of all his toys and I told him to go through everything and pick out what he’d like to keep. He hardly kept anything!! I tried to persuade him to keep the small Batman figurine that goes with the Batmobile, but he refused. All that really will be coming with us are his hot wheels cars and large variety of construction vehicles that I don’t know the ‘proper’ names of.


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I’ve got another cream-cheese-filled dinner for ya today! Remember this Italian Crockpot Recipe? Well, I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback from that, so I decided to throw cream cheese into this southwest-inspired chicken dinner! (Except, I’m actually throwing cream cheese into everything, so you had it coming?) Every so often, I can’t stop cooking dinner in my crockpot and these past few weeks have kicked my slow-cooking addiction back into gear!

Not only is this a relatively healthy dinner, but I’ve forgotten how much I love egg noodles! They are light and wonderful and work really well with the creamy sauce. And did I mention that you throw everything into a crockpot, then set it and forget it? Crockpot meals are where it’s AT!

Here’s how to make it:


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Yesterday evening, Eddie slept 13 1/2 hours…as in he didn’t wake up once!!!!!!!!!!!!! There are not enough exclamation points in the world to convey the joy I feel.

I’m a new woman.

Also: hallelujah!!

Since the moment I found out I was pregnant, I’ve been waiting for this moment. Is that awful? Don’t answer that.

The first 11 1/2 months of his sweet little life were touch and go to say the least. He had a rough time figuring out what sleep actually meant. Anything past a 3 hour stretch was amazing for him. That happened maybe once every two weeks. The bags under my eyes were a little out of control.

But we’ve turned a very obvious corner and the older he gets the better he sleeps. It is glorious.

I know I keep bringing this up, but I thrive on a good nights’ sleep. If I don’t get it, my day that follows is AWFUL. According to my mother, I’ve always loved my sleep since I was a baby. A trait that Eddie and I do not share.

Getting a solid 8-9 hours means I have a teeny tiny bit more energy to use towards: going to the gym, making a better dinner, playing with my kids or watching Netflix without falling asleep.

Gordon used to make fun of me for falling asleep on the couch every night, but now I can stay awake!! (mostly)


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Gordon was able to go see his brother graduate from the Mayo clinic this week! He flew out to surprise him, so that was super fun for him.

Eddie is getting more and more cranky so I’m taking him to the doctor, probably tomorrow morning for a quick ear check. I think he might have another ear infection. At what point do little ones get tubes put in their ears? My little brother had tubes put into his ears. Is this a genetic thing? I have so many questions!

I thought of a brilliant idea for a streusel cake that I’m going to test…this gift of mine is evil sometimes.

I gained two pounds this week, probably from stress. And the big bag of jelly bellys I bought.
It was a sunny 60 degrees a couple of days this week and we were in heaven! Playing badminton and volleyball in the backyard and jumping on the trampoline! Eddie also loves crawling around in the grass. When we first moved in last spring, he couldn’t even crawl yet. Time is flying by!

Blake is getting really good at recognizing most letters in the alphabet and writing them out too! He also likes using a sharpie on things that you’re not supposed to use sharpies on. But generally, I’m impressed with him. He’s such a fun little guy to have around!

Eddie is getting really good at standing, not quite on his own, but leaning onto things to help him stand! It’s pretty hilarious to see him lean back onto the wall or the couch just so he can stand up and see the world! Ha! What a cutie 🙂

And finally, probably the biggest and most exciting thing that happened this week is Gordon got his official official job offer for his dream job so HOORAY and holy moly and wait a second, what does this MEAN?? Everything just got super-duper REAL! He partly can’t believe that this is actually happening and partly is super excited. He leaves for training one week from tomorrow! Yes, that’s soon.


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