Sunday, May 6, 2018

end of the season soccer

friday night soccer
After listening to Lexie beg to play soccer for a couple of years, we finally let her play rec soccer and she just wrapped up the first season.  The last weekend of the season is their big tournament so she had a game Friday evening, Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon-- a full weekend of soccer!

playing goalie
In their last game she started out as goalie and did a great job making sure that the ball never made it into the goal!

soccer one
She moved up to forward (her fave place to be) for the rest of the game.

soccer two
She shoots.... she scores!!!

soccer three
For it being her first season, she's been surprisingly good at footwork-- and isn't afraid to go after the ball.

soccer four
She shoots... she scores again!!

soccer five
And again!!!  She had an awesome first season and is looking forward to continuing to play!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

carowinds with the gaubs

too short
We took Auntie Janne and Hannah to Carowinds for the first time and now even Hannah is a season passholder just like us (ok, fine, it's the free Pre-K Pass, but still, she's a passholder nonetheless!).  The little girls had to sit out for the first ride of the day and stood around pouting since they were too short.

lunch break
We had our usual Panda Express for lunch... and recreated scenes from "Lady and the Tramp"

meeting snoopy
So excited to see Snoopy!

The little girls finally got to go on a ride-- the swings!

mud buggies
Like our kids, Hannah loved Pig Pen's Mud Buggies!

wilderness run
And her first time on a roller coaster was a success!!

funnel cake
To celebrate Ben's birthday weekend, we ordered the World's Largest Funnel Cake-- and even with two extra people, we STILL couldn't finish it!

naps and uncle jacob
The little girls fell asleep for awhile and I pushed them around while everyone else went on the big rides.  Hannah wanted a picture with Uncle Jacob since their shirts coordinated!

cotton candy
The little girls convinced Dad/Uncle Jacob to buy them cotton candy since they couldn't go on many rides-- he's such a pushover!

And we wrapped up a fun day at Carowinds with a spin on the horsies!  Can't wait until we can take them again!

Saturday, April 28, 2018

happy birthday ben: cupcakes and firepit

making cupcakes
Hannah's favorite thing to do at our house is make cupcakes and it's always the first thing she asks about when she gets here!  We went to the store and picked out cake mix and frosting and came home and the little girls set to work.  I'm sure they'll be making them on their own in no time!

Cupcake decorating and tasting!

roasting hotdogs
Jacob and the kids built a new firepit in the backyard so we were excited to try it out while Auntie Janne and Hannah were here!

eating dinner
We roasted hotdogs for dinner...

... and s'mores for dessert!

birthday boy
And spent the evening celebrating sweet Ben's ELEVENTH birthday!!

soccer and strawberries

watching soccer
Auntie Janne and Hannah came to see Lexie play soccer and while I didn't get a single picture of the game, I did get some of the spectators!

patterson farms
After soccer we went to Patterson Farms to pick strawberries- the girls loved going up and down the rows picking the biggest ones they could find.

she loves strawberries
Such a sweet strawberry lover!

So many strawberries!!

auntie janne and hannah
It was fun being able to share with the experience with Auntie Janne and Hannah.

patterson farms truck
- Patterson Farms -

cow train
After we picked a couple gallons of strawberries, the girls wanted to ride the cow train.  I was impressed at how extensive the train ride was-- they were gone for almost ten minutes!!

ice cream
Post-strawberry pickin' ice cream.

The little girls loved the playground and did NOT want to leave!

Friday, April 27, 2018

april randoms-- food edition

two scoops opening
We went to the Grand Opening of Two Scoops Lake Norman and the kids got a kick out of the two scoop cones!

firestorm pizza
- Lunch date with just the girls at Firestorm Pizza -

firepit fun
We love having a fire and dinner with our neighbors when the weather is nice!

lunch and a movie
Lunch at Costco and "Geostrom" for pizza and movie night.

tacos 4 life
We went to the soft opening at Tacos 4 Life-- officially my new favorite tacos in North Carolina!!

lunch date
Lunch date at Pei Wei-- we were so excited to find one only 30 minutes from our house!!

ice cream after lunch
Ninety's is right by Pei Wei so we HAD to stop there after lunch!

lunch date
We try and go to lunch once a week to try out new restaurants - it's much cheaper to go when the big kids are all in school!  This week's lunch date was at the newly opened Davidson Ice House with a stop at Whit's Frozen Custard afterwards.

Monday, April 16, 2018

girls' weekend: bon voyage breakfast

the boardwalk
After we checked out of Shades of Green, we headed to Disney's BoardWalk for the Bon Voyage Adventure Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno.

yum at bon voyage!
- Pastries, Abigail with the King Triton's Shipwreck (with Triton that was taken back to the kitchen immediately after we took a picture!), and the Golden Frittata -

character breakfast
The highlight of breakfast is meeting Rapunzel and Flynn Ryder as well as Ariel and Prince Eric.  While they did not come to the table in pairs, they did all make it around and were great fun to talk to while we enjoyed our breakfast!  It was the perfect end to a wonderful, whirlwind, girls weekend!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

girls' weekend: magic kingdom

magic kingdom morning
We spent our last day at Magic Kingdom and we arrived bright and early!  Even though the park officially opened at 9am, they opened up Main Street at 8am so people could shop or grab a cup of coffee.  After using the Passholder line (the little perks make us happy!!) we made our way towards Cinderella Castle to get a spot to watch the Welcome Show.

- Magic Kingdom Welcome Show -

rides and snacks
- Jungle Cruise, Haunted Mansion, the new Buffalo Chicken tots from Friar's Nook, and Under the Sea -

While the weather started out fairly nice, big thunderstorms filled the afternoon forecast.  We snagged a great spot on the curb for the 3pm Festival of Fantasy parade and then secretly hoped for the storm to move in and the Rainy Day Cavalcade (also known as the Rainy Day Parade) to take its place.  We chatted with the Cast Members as we waited-- they were also hoping for the Rainy Day Parade as none had seen it yet.

It sprinkled for about thirty seconds and then started POURING!!  We quickly opened up our ponchos, got covered up (some of us had them on backwards at first!), and held our curb.  The Cast Members said that we looked like the three fairies (Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather) from Sleeping Beauty and after awhile, we had our own little crowd of CM's to hang out with.  Every 15 minutes there was an announcement that due to the storms, Festival of Fantasy would be delayed, and we kept waiting for the announcement switching to the Rainy Day parade.

flora, fauna, and merryweather
-Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather -

Our fun little group of CM's all chipped in and bought us a Mickey balloon and then offered to take pictures of us (while still holding our curb!) in front of the Castle.  After several delayed parade announcements, and a whole lot of fun and laughing on our part, one of the CM's asked us if we'd like to give up our curb spot and move to the VIP Parade seating on the Liberty Square Bridge and of course, we jumped at the chance!

vip parade seating
They went and got towels to dry the benches off for us and then we had the most amazing view of the Festival of Fantasy Parade!

festival of fantasy!
- Festival of Fantasy Parade -

Because we were in VIP seating, the character interaction was amazing!!  Everybody wanted to talk to us and waved and smiled!

under the sea
Under the Sea!!  We got high fives from the performers as they passed by.

lost boys
The Lost Boys were particularly enamored with our group!

Off to Neverland!  Peter Pan and Wendy were so excited that we were wearing matching colors!

Prince Charming and Maleficent coming over the bridge.

The Maleficent Dragon is one of my absolute favorite parts of the parade!

merida and snow white
- Brave and Snow White.. and six of the seven Dwarfs -

mad hatter and jiminy cricket
- the Mad Hatter and Jiminy Cricket -

mickey and minnie
- Mickey and Minnie -

end of the parade
Handshakes and high fives at the end of the parade!

free balloon
I snapped a few pictures of Abigail with our Mickey balloon before we passed it on to a little kid.

skipper canteen
We enjoyed a delicious dinner at Skipper Canteen-- another first for all of us and one that we'll all repeat on future trips!

happily ever after one
The rain did a great job clearing out the park so we were able to easily get a spot on the hub grass to watch Happily Ever After.

happily ever after two

- Happily Ever After -

The projections are one of the best parts of this new show!

happily ever after three
- Happily Ever After -

- Happily Ever After -

goodnight mkAfter the fireworks, we headed to Fantasyland and rode Peter Pan, It's a Small World, the Little Mermaid and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (THREE times!!) in a little less than an hour!  Once the park closed, we slowly made our way to the front after stopping to take pictures of the Castle one last time.

- The Kiss Goodnight -


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