Fun Weekend Getaway

June 10th, 2014 Melanie Posted in Family, Hailey, Hunter, Rich, Vacation No Comments »

We took a last minute weekend getaway over the weekend.  I like being able to plan ahead and Rich likes to be spontaneous.  Rich asked me on Friday evening if I wanted to go away that weekend and I really didn’t want to, but I knew it would be fun for Hailey and Hunter.  So, I said yes and then rushed around the house getting ready to go.

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Our hotel had an indoor water park.  We have been to the Great Wolf Lodge before, so I think we were all kind of expecting it to be like that.  It was much smaller, but still a lot of fun.

There was also an amusement park across the street, which Hailey and Hunter loved!  Since I’m about 7 months pregnant I couldn’t actually go on any of the rides.  But it was still fun to watch Hailey and Hunter have fun.

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Posing by a train ride.

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Rich and Hailey ready to ride…

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I can’t believe my little miss is all the way up there!

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A mini version that Hunter could ride.  He looks very nervous.

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Hunter did not like it!

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Hailey was awesome and went on all the little kiddie rides with Hunter.

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Playing in the little houses

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Checking out the village

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It was pretty hot out so we decided to head back to our hotel to try out the water park.

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Hailey trying out the surfing.

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Hunter loved the water slides in the toddler area.

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Later that evening we got ready for story time- Hunter did not want to wear his pajamas out of our hotel room, so he wore his clothes to story time.

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Scooby Doo helped out with the story.

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Hunter and Hailey posing with Scooby.

The next day, we headed back to the theme park for more fun:

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We saw Scooby as soon as we got there.

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Hailey posed with a Sasquatch.  Hunter didn’t want anything to do with him.

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Riding the trucks

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Tea cups

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Fun little car ride

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Rich and Hailey on the Comet.

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The water area at the theme park.

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We played for a little while there.

Afterwards we did a few more rides and then went back to our hotel for more fun in the indoor water park.  It was pretty empty and Haiely and Hunter were able to just do what they wanted without waiting.  They had a very fun weekend and even though all of the walking was really hard on me, I was glad I agreed to be spontaneous!

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Disney Trip 2014- Day 1

May 21st, 2014 Melanie Posted in Disney World, Family, Hailey, Hunter, Me, Rich, Vacation No Comments »

Time for our yearly trip to Disney World!  This year we decided to go in May since I am due to have a baby at the time we usually go (late August).  We have never been before during May so we were really excited to try going at a new time.

The night before we were set to leave we drove to the airport we were leaving from.  It was several hours away and we were not familiar with the area, so we decided to stay at a hotel the night before.  The great part was our hotel stay included parking for our whole trip to Disney World, so we could leave our car there while we were gone and not have to worry about parking at the airport.

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The next morning we got all ready to leave for the airport to go to Disney World!  Hailey and Hunter were both so excited!

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On the airplane… headed to our favorite place.

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Finally at the Orlando airport!  We always stop here for a picture.

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We arrived at the Wilderness Lodge- I love the lobby!!

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Amazing fireplace in the lobby

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We checked out our room

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I loved the shower- so cute!

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The view from our balcony

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Another view from our balcony

It was dinner time at this point, so we went down and ate dinner at the food court- The Roaring Fork.  We were so close to the food court- it was perfect!!  We had to walk a few steps down the hall to the elevator and then a few steps from the elevator to the food court.  Our room could not have been in a better location (well, unless it was right in Cinderella’s castle ;-) ).

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Then we went down to the boat to head over to Magic Kingdom for a little while.

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This was definitely one of my favorite parts of staying at the Wilderness Lodge- we loved the quick boat ride to Magic Kingdom.

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When we got there we rode the train first- one of Hunter’s favorite rides!

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Hailey on Splash Mountain- her favorite ride.

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We all love the Haunted Mansion.

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Rich and Hunter on Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin- Hunter really loved this ride- I’m pretty sure this was his favorite ride.

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Hunter had been asking where Mickey was ever since we had arrived, so we had to stop to visit him.

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We finished up the evening by watching the fireworks before we headed back to our hotel to get rested up for our the next day.

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Family Pictures

June 12th, 2013 Melanie Posted in Family, Hailey, Hunter, Me, Rich, Vacation No Comments »

We took some family pictures while we were at the beach.  I’m convinced that when you see pictures of families on the beach that they can’t really be taken on the beach.  It was so windy, so all of us had hair blowing every which way.  And everyone was either squinting or wearing their sunglasses.  Anyway, I still think we got some good pictures!

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Grandma and Pa with Hunter and Hailey

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All of us

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All of us again

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Me, Rich, Hunter and Hailey… this represents Hunter perfectly ;-)

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Ellie and Matt

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My parents, with Rich photobombing

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The girls

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The guys

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Uncle Mike and Hunter

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Us

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Trip to the Beach

June 10th, 2013 Melanie Posted in Family, Hailey, Hunter, Me, Rich, Vacation No Comments »

A couple of months ago my sister in law had this great idea- we (my family, my brother Matt and his wife Ellie, and my brother Mike) would all rent a house near the beach and surprise my parents on their anniversary weekend.  My parents have been trying for years to get everyone to rent a house near the beach, so it would be the perfect surprise.  Since Rich and I live near my parents we kidnapped them and took them away to their surprise.  We told them the weather report and gave them some instructions for what to bring.  They had a couple of ideas of where they thought they might be going, but I don’t think they actually knew.  They seemed surprised- so either they are good actors and we surprised them :-)

We arrived at the house in the evening and got all settled in and had some dinner.  Then we headed out to the beach.

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Hailey at the ocean for the first time.

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Hailey and Rich

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Hunter with Aunt Ellie

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Hailey loved it!

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I love this expression as a wave was coming in.

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Hunter loved it too!

The next morning we got up and got ready and headed back to the beach.

I love these little footprints in the sand:

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Hunter and Pa

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Hailey and Uncle Matt

Hunter enjoying the beach:

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Hailey enjoying the beach:

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Hailey, Rich and Hunter

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Hailey burying Uncle Matt

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Hunter “resting”

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Rich and Ellie worked pretty hard on this sand castle :-)

The next day I didn’t take very many pictures at the beach, but here are some that I did take:

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Mike- “I am smiling.”

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Hunter enjoying the ocean

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Mike tried to take a nap, but woke up and found he had been buried.

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Hailey loved being at the ocean!!

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