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Disney World Day 6

November 23, 2016

Day 6 was our last full day at Disney and the day one of the events Jillian was most looking forward to… Breakfast at Cinderella’s Castle. It did not disappoint. This is the best character meal by far because the food is excellent and it’s not a buffet. Jillian LOVED meeting the princesses and was over the moon ecstatic to meet her favorite princess in pink, Aurora (Sleep Beauty). We also got to meet Merida before leaving Magic Kingdom. Mommy and Jilly were both big fans. Merida and Jilly talked about how their brothers pestered them. Ha!

We finished our last day back at Hollywood Studios. Owen got to make a light saber and the kids got fun light up drinks at the 50’s Prime Time. Great restaurant.

Oh – and as you can see in the one picture, Jilly is crying. She was sad it was her last full day at Disney. She said she wanted to stay for 100 days. Bless her heart!

Disney World Day 5

November 22, 2016

Day 5 was a hot one in Florida. We spent the day at Magic Kingdom, took a break and went swimming in the pool at our resort, then went back at night. This was quite an experience because we were able to see Magic Kingdom turn from Halloween to CHRISTMAS!  I’m not a huge Christmas person, but there is just something about being there at that time of the year that totally gets you in the spirit.  And this is going to sound silly, but when we went back at night, we were able to see them light up Cinderella’s castle for Christmas and it was breathtaking. Like, it gave me goosebumps and and my jaw dropped. Nothing much “wows” me in my adult like, but that certainly did.

Oh – and we had a small brush with a famous football star.  I was having Mike take a picture of Jilly and I in about the same place as our last visit when she was a baby. We noticed there was some production event going on behind me and it was Charles Woodson with Mickey and Goofy filming a segment of some sort.  Pretty neat!


Disney World Day 4

November 21, 2016

Day for at Disney was a full day at Epcot. We must have had too much fun riding rides, meeting characters, exploring the World Showcase, and eating yummy food at the Wine and Food Fest because I hardly took any pictures. Wine and Food Fest is amazing. I want to go back and do it again some day!

Disney World Day 3

November 20, 2016

Day 3 at Disney was a full day at Hollywood Studios followed by a nightcap at Epcot. Our first Fast Pass that morning was Star Tours. Jilly was very apprehensive, but her brothers, Dad, and I assured her she would love it. Once the ride started her face lite up like the sun. She was hooked. I think we rode it 7 more times that day. We got to see all kinds of Star Wars stuff and meet Chewy and Kilo Ren. Jillian was very excited to meet all the Disney Jr characters and all the kids (and PeePaw) thought Pluto was pretty cool.

It’s no secret that one of Jilly’s top favorite Disney movies is Frozen. The Frozen Sing along was great and very very funny. Elsa even sprinkled us with snow, in Florida! Jilly and I also got to meet Olaf. What a pal.

Owen participated in a side show with the green army men. They liked his red hair and called him “Copper Top”. He was a very good cadate and showed he does indeed know how to follow directions so he has no more excuse not to listen at home! Ha!

The kids enjoyed our Halloween themed dinner at Hollywood and Vine and really soaked up getting to meet Minnie and her pals in their Halloween costumes. The dinner even came with special seating for Fantasmic!

The best part of the evening was riding the newer version of Soarin’. IT.WAS.WONDERFUL! I was totally amazed. It’s beautiful, fun, and relaxing. And the aromatics during the ride are the best. I kept saying they should turn them into candles. I wish I could ride it weekly!

Disney World Day 2

November 19, 2016

Day two, which was Halloween, started out at Animal Kingdom and ended past midnight at Magic Kingdom at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. I mean, what better way to spend Halloween night than at the happiest place on earth at the funnest Halloween party ever dressed as a family of super heroes! The party was so great. Very very crowded at first, and a little dicey, but after the fireworks it started to clear out and it felt like we had the park to ourselves. We walked right on rides, got TONS of candy, and had a special character meet with Belle at Gaston’s Tavern. It was the very end of the night and we saw the line was short to get pictures so we hopped in line. We were told we were the last for the night. Whoo… well Jilly was afraid to go up to Belle b/c Gaston was there too and he’s a villain. Jilly doesn’t like villains. Well, Belle walked over to her, knelt down to her sitting in the stroller, and coaxed Jilly over. She took her hand and it was so sweet. Belle took her time and they had a nice, special moment. Definitely a memory I won’t forget.

Disney World Day 1

November 17, 2016

At the end of October went headed to Disney for a fun filled week. Jilly was always promised she’d get to go back to “Rella’s Castle” when she was the “number 5”, so off we went.

We flew out pretty early in the AM and were up at 4:00, so it was a long day, but we enjoyed ourselves at Magic Kingdom. Benny didn’t say much about the trip leading up to it, but he was up first and so exited to leave. His exact works were “I’m as excited as heck to go to Disney!”. We road the Mad Hatter Tea Cups, Buzz LightYear, Tomorrowland Speedway, the carousel, the People Mover, the Ariel ride, and got to meet 3 princesses… Rapunzel, Tiana, and Ariel. Jillian was shy at first, but as the week went one she loved meeting as many characters as she could. We ended the say with a yummy dinner at the Liberty Tree Tavern. Jilly was at her limit by that point and fell asleep at the table. Our little sleeping beauty.

Jilly is 5

August 31, 2016

All About Jillian – Age 5

Mommy and Daddy’s special names for me: Jilly, Jill, Jilly Bean, Bean, Boo Boo Chicken

Biggest accomplishments in the last 6 months: Taking a shower, learning more of her letters, writing her name very well, and coloring inside the lines.

Favorite foods are: Fruit snacks, mac-n-cheese with broccoli, sweets, cheese curls, fruit – especially mandarin oranges, pancakes, waffles.

Don’t like to eat: Meat. She is still not a big meat eater. She’ll eat chicken nuggets, hot dogs and Lunchables on occasion, but she is pretty much a vegetarian.

Favorite toys: Anything she can color or draw with, her iPad, her little princesses, and her newest obsession is Shopkins and blind bags.

Favorite books: She still loves all books, but her favorite book we have is Ten Little Puppies because the first dog in the book looks like Maxie.

Favorite things to do outside: Ride her scooter and play ball with her dad and brothers.

Favorite things to do inside: Play her iPad, watch Netflix, color, and cuddle with mommy and daddy.

Vocabulary includes: The things that come out of her mouth are hysterical, but some of her funniest sayings are when she uses big words. Like, “That is hideous.” Or when she sees something that will be exciting to her or her family she says “My brothers would freak out if they got that game.”

Likes to “help” Mommy & Daddy around the house by: Helping with the laundry, helping to cook dinner, basically anything we ask her to do, she will. She’s a big help when I need something and I ask her to go get it. She’ll bring it right back. No detailed directions like her brothers would need. Ha!

Loves to travel to: Mexico and New York City

Favorite movies are: Ninja Turtles, Zootopia, Inside Out, Frozen

Favorite TV shows: Odd Squad, Fuller House, Goosebumps, My Little Ponies…basically a lot of what is on Netflix.

Couldn’t live without: Her iPad, having her back patted at bedtime, juice and fruit snacks in the car, hugs from mom and dad.

Doesn’t like: Having her hair pulled up in a pony tail, having her hair brushed, getting up early in the morning for school, and boys stuff.

Favorite characters: Ninja Turtles (mainly Raphael), Disney Characters (Princesses, Dory, Judy Hops, Anger), Cookie Cookie (Shopkins), Pinkie Pie (My Little Pony)

Right now she’s learning: The last of my ABCs, letter sounds, counting to 20, and my sight words.

She gets very happy and excited when: She gets to go grocery shopping with Dad, it’s the weekend and she has stay at home days, new coloring books, opening blind bags, she gets to go somewhere new.

She gets mad when: I have to wake her up for school, she has to stop what she’s doing to take a bath.

She is scared of: Monsters, zoombies, skeletons, and spiders.

The best part about being 5 years old is: She gets to go back to Disney. She always asked when she turned the number 5 if she could go back to Rella’s Castle. And she is…Disney is book for Halloween time!

During the next year she hopes to: Learn to read, count to 30, write and spell some words, basically master Kindergarten.

Comments from Mommy & Daddy:
Our Favorite “Jilly-isms”:

  • How she loves to sing in the car.
  • Her imagination, especially when she is playing in the bath tub or pretend talking on the phone.
  • How she still reaches up for my hand when were in a parking lot or in a store. I never have to ask her.
  • How when I pat her back at night she always like me to scratch her bare back under her shirt, never through it.
  • How she will ask me if we can do something together, just her and I for “quality girl time”.
  • How she always wears her rain boots to play outside, even if it’s not raining, or snowing, or if it’s 90 degrees outside.
  • Her love for bows. When we went to NYC the main thing she was concerned about was that I packed her bows.
  • How she says she’ll protect us with her Ninja moves! 😉

And just like that, my baby girl is a whole handful – 5! Jillian, you have no idea how much you are loved. You have stolen my heart since the say you were born and fill my soul with unmeasurable happiness. Because of you I laugh a little harder, cry a little less, and smile a whole lot more. I thank my lucky stars every day for the gift of you in our lives.

These pictures from your birthday night sum up your personality perfectly. You are silly, sassy, a princess, our comedian, and you continue to be our breath of fresh air. Happiest of birthdays to you our dear Jillian!

Last Sleep as a 4 Year Old

August 29, 2016

One of my favorite traditions with this little girl… her “Last Sleep Before Her Birthday” picture. The next day our Jilly Bean woke up as a 5 year old.

Check out last year:

First Day of School

August 23, 2016

It seemed like I had a long time to wait until all three of my kiddos would be in school. But man, did those 5 years fly. Jillian was born on Owen’s very first day of Kindergarten and as I laid in the hospital looking at my newborn baby girl, time was on my side. I had months and years before I had to send her off to school like I did that day with her big brother. Well, this week that day finally came. I wasn’t emotional when I sent the boys off to school. I was with her. Weeks leading up to the first day of K I’d find myself shedding tears. For almost 5 years she went with me daily to work. I got to carry her or hold her hand into and out of work every day. I got to listen to her stories and her songs on our commute. Once I sent her off to school, it was the first time in 7 years that I had a future ahead of me of a daily journey to work solo. Before Jillian there was the boys and even then, I use to commute to work with Mike. The car is very lonely now.

And not only did I have to send my baby girl to Kindergarten, I had to send my big guy to Middle School. A whole new world of lockers, changing classes, organization, waking up earlier to catch the bus, etc. I was just as nervous for Owen as I was for Jillian. I knew Benny would be fine. He’s got EPE down pat. This was the first year the first day of school had me filled with more nerves and mixed emotions than the kids.

They all did fine. Benny held Jillian’s hand as they walked onto the bus and as the bus pulled away she had a smile on her face awaiting the adventures of the bus ride.

The only big positive of all kids being in school is no more daycare payments. But that money now just gets funneled to pad the savings account back up after paying for braces, etc.

So, here are my 3 little loves on their first day of school. No pic of the boys together this year. Since they are no longer at the same school, that picture is now of the two EPE kids.

Jillian now gets her own daily communication folder!

Her spiffy new backpack and lunch box.  Unicorns and rainbows of course.

On the boys first day of school I bought them cards.  Well, they can read and Jilly can’t so I had to come up with something different.

I made a note like was in one of the “First Day of Kindergarten” books we read.

And this was the first year I had to buy Owen school supplies.  The elementary teachers always supplied them at EPE.

3 Back packs. CHECK. 3 Lunchboxes. CHECK. 1 Chromebook for Middle School. CHECK.

This years new kicks… a Men’s size 8!

And he wanted a new backpack for Middle School. First day of school outfit matches too!

Time to quickly get some pics of all 3 together before the Middle School bus comes.

Benny – off to 3rd Grade!

He loves neon and he wanted high tops really bad for back to school, so mom granted his wish!

And if the other two got new backpacks, so did this guy.

And here she is… our Kindergartner!

Excited and nervous all at the same time.

And of course, our Croc lovin girl got new PINK crocs for the first day of school.

Ready or not. Here she comes.

The two Thomas kids of EPE.

Silly picture is a must!

Flag Football

August 4, 2016

We just finished our third summer of NFL Play 60 Flag Football. Mike coached Benny’s team, the Steelers. He was also the Pony Commissioner. Owen was in his last year of Midgets playing on the Cowboys. The difference in their play was so much better than last year. Both boys started to grasp the game better. Lots of flag pulls, good defense, great job in the pocket as QB, and Owen had a few really nice touchdowns at the end of the season. Good job, boys!

When Benny plays QB, he gets really passionate and loud when yelling “Set. Hut”. I thought it was funny I caught it in a picture.

The boys and their biggest fan. She was a trooper going to all those games.