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spring trip | part two: disney- with four kids! a few tips.

So this post is a couple months late- but better late than never right?! :) The last part of our trip in March, we went to Disney…with four kids. I was a little nervous because when we went last year it was SO crowded, as in, one of the most crowded days of the year. I was nervous that was going to happen again, and wasn’t sure how that was going to work with Audra only being a few months old. Thankfully, the two days we went to the Magic Kingdom it wasn’t super crowded! We had so much fun, bringing Audra was a piece of cake honestly and we all took turns and can’t wait to go again whenever we get the chance. There are a few things I learned this trip that hopefully can help someone out who has a large family (with a baby) going to Disney :)

 

1. Staying at a Disney Hotel. Last year we stayed in a hotel off of the Disney property and, while it was cheaper, it was such a pain traveling to and from the park. Especially when it is so late at night and you’ve left the park, tired, and hungry, and babies are crying…having to take all of the transportation back to your car is so not fun. Staying at a Disney resort (we stayed at the Old Key West resort) was so worth it! Being able to take the bus to and from the park was so worth it! Especially with kids. We loved it.

 

2. Using Fastpass Early…then over and over. One thing we did this trip was planned all of the Fastpasses as early as possible- that was after 2pm or so, as all of our Fastpasses were gone, we were able to fill them up again as rides opened up. The boys and Jay got to ride roller coaster after rollercoaster because we scheduled the Fastpass accordingly and used them up quickly so we could schedule something else right after. Jay usually took the boys and I stayed back with the girls. Audra did get to go on a couple rides with us though ;)

 

3. Renting two strollers. Even though 3 out of 4 kids were 3 and up, we still rented two strollers and I’m SO glad we did! Audra could only fit in an infant stroller, so we rented that along with a double stroller. They all took turns through out the day instead of walking and it was worth the price. We did this both days.

 


4. Take a ride on the train. I had no idea that the Magic Kingdom has a train…maybe this is common knowledge but I did not know this! It was late afternoon and we were in between rides and the kids needed a break (so did we) so we found the train (at the front of the park) and took a nice, long ride. It takes you around the entire park and it is also relaxing- win win!

 

5. You don’t have to do all the things. Last year, when we took 3 kids to Disney I think 1. it was just too crowded and 2. we tried to cram so much into one day. By the end of the day, we were utterly exhausted. This year was different. We didn’t try to do all things- we didn’t meet all of the characters- but we did meet a lot! We didn’t want to wear the kids out, we wanted them to have fun! So we let the boys ride the roller coasters they wanted to multiple times, etc. I’m sure there are areas we didn’t see or check out, characters we didn’t meet… but we didn’t really care. We had fun-no strict schedule…there was no pressure and the kids were in better moods.

 

We had a lot of fun and can’t wait to go again soon! I thought bringing Audra might be a little tricky but I truthfully think bringing a younger baby may be easier than one that is mobile. Audra napped a lot and just wanted to look around at everything which made it easy on us! Maybe next time when we go she’ll be able to actually enjoy something and not just ride around in a stroller ;) We really did have a great time!

  

These are awesome tips, and so reassuring! You make it look so easy… And I love all the Mickey outfits!

spring trip | part one

As I look back through these photos that were taken a little over a month ago, the memory is still so fresh in my mind. I remember this evening so, so well. We visited this tiny little island (well, sort of like an island)…it was beautiful, peaceful, and we mostly had this spot to ourselves. I watched the boys pick up driftwood and Reagan look through the sand. I saw my husband showing them the sunset, and my tiny four month old sleeping away in her carseat. We took some pictures, of course, and left this spot as the sun was setting. It was such a beautiful evening. I remember afterwards getting in the car to run down the street by myself and listening to Hillsong’s “So Will I” with tears streaming by my face. A year ago during this time when we were on vacation in this same spot, things were uncertain for our family. We were a little (ok, a lot) stressed and were trying to make some really big, scary decisions. So that night, when these pictures were taken, things had come full circle for us as a family. Such different feelings than those that were felt a year ago. I couldn’t help but feel such peace and such gratitude.

 

“If creation sings Your praises so will I…”


….gosh, I love this little man (because he’s 7 going on 17..) so, so much.

…a kind of out of focus picture but I don’t care….I love him!!…I was only able to get Audra with me holding her because it was kind of chilly and she just wanted to be held :) (and I’m sure she didn’t want to lay in that sand! ha!)…We asked Leland to take a picture of us with my camera… he didn’t do too bad ;)

 

….going to post more from our trip soon. xo.

  

sisters & books.

One of Reagan’s favorite things to do is bring a pile of books right next to Audra and start “reading” them to her. It is the sweetest thing. A lot of times Audra will be laying on her play mat, and Reagan immediately comes to lay next to her. When Audra was born, I was honestly afraid that Reagan may get a little jealous (she is only three) but so far I haven’t seen that.

I hope that as these two grow up, they will be close and friends :) Leland and Beau always play together and are constantly around each other so I’m excited for (hopefully) the same with these two girls. Here’s a few photos we took the other day in their dress and romper from She Loves Her Mama – from her new vintage inspired spring line which releases soon.

…those little ruffles! so sweet. And we love the small Beatrix Potter books so much <3


  

Aw, this is so cute, I did this for my kid since their in my tummy, reading a book and play music for them, now they’re in 10 and 12 years they love to read and also, an avid reader in their class. Your girls are so adorable, love their clothes too and the ruffle tent behind them is so unique. Great post! XO

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2017 video!

2017 was a beautiful year. I wanted to put all of my imperfect and shaky iphone videos together to remember this past year. We traveled a lot this year, we found out we were pregnant with baby #4, we traveled some more, Jay had a career change, and we welcomed Audra into our family! We are so, so thankful for this past year.

  
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LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Arielle!

audra’s newborn photos.

The name Audra means “noble strength” which is the same meaning of Reagan Brielle. I thought that having my girls’ names mean the same meaning- strength- was a beautiful thing. I want to raise strong girls…where they find their strength in Christ. We used the name Jamison because my grandpa and Jay’s grandpa’s name is James (it’s also the middle name of our brothers) so it seemed fitting :) We love you little one!

 

 

 

  

Oh friend, she is pure perfection! x

apple orchard.

It’s November, so it’s technically still fall right? I’ve had these photos saved but never hit publish with this post! Definitely wanted to post these before I start posting Christmasy photos :) We took these in the early Fall, when we went to the apple orchard and pumpkin patch. We picked sooo many apples and pumpkins, we couldn’t bring them all home- ha ha. The kids are all at such a fun age, and it is so much fun taking them to do things like this!

…the sweetest!!

….until next year ;)