Monday, August 31, 2015

Favourite Summer Moments- Weekend in Belleville

As I sit here with the most miserable cold ever (in the summer no less), with only one more week before school begins, I'm only thinking about the wonderful summer we've had! Though I'm linking up today for  My Favourite Summer Moment with Andrea,  I feel like it's like asking me to choose my favourite child. Who can choose from NYC, Magic Kingdom and the Wonderful Disney Cruise (though I might have a very strong bias)? We've had pool time, park time, play-dates and lots of fun outings! So, I'm going to cheat a bit and talk about our weekend in Belleville with friends-- about three hours north of where we live as 1/ I haven't blogged about it yet 2/it was to me the perfect summer weekend with that combo or family, friends, food and fun! 

The pictures will tell all…...

Friday: a backyard BBQ and out-door fun for the kids

Ice cream…you scream...

Movies and popcorn before bed

Most of Saturday was spent at the Sandbanks

Look what we saw on the beach

Some members of our crew did us proud also.

Smash sand castle party!!

Then we headed to the Beer and Ribfest and the kids had some park-time.

The kids watched movies and after the went to bed, the adults had some yahtzee time-- because we apparently are all sixty.

The kids also had some pool time in on Sunday and drove four wheelers with their dads while the moms packed and got ready to come home. 

We stopped for some Japanese/Thai on the way home. (and playtime for the girls)

Such a simple, fun summer weekend!!!! Thanks Kate and family for being such wonderful hosts!

Also linking up 
Biana for weekending

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Friday Favourites- Cruising with Disney!!

After our very hot, busy, fun Magic Kingdom adventure, we headed to a four day Disney Dream cruise (because apparently my family of four can't get enough of Mickey). My parents joined us - and fun was had by all!!
Warning- picture overload…. thank you insta-frame and Picmonkey for the collages created so you guys won't have to look through thousands of pics of what was one of our best family vacations!

I'll preface this by saying that I thought I wasn't a cruise person--- I went on one before and it really wasn't my thing. But Disney has changed my mind. So much so that I booked us to go again sometime in 2017-- well we paid a deposit so we would get a 10% off for future cruises. And though I was super excited to take my kids to Magic Kingdom, they preferred the cruise by a long shot-- it was the perfect combo of relaxation, excitement, food and fun.

The ship was so beautiful and the staff so friendly and accomodating!

There was always so much to do for both the adults and kids. Lots of kids clubs, a dine and play option (where the kids are picked up and taken to the kids club, we used it twice), a Broadway quality show every night, teen and tween clubs, adult only bars, dance parties and lots of of games/activities/ movie theatres every-single-hour of every-single-day we were there.

Lots of character signings/picture opportunities throughout the day with way less lines than Magic Kingdom

Special tickets were needed for Anna & Elsa- obvs. Think almost an hour long line up the day we boarded the cruise for a two minute meet & greet- Crazy!!

Pirate night was lots of fun. A huge dress-up deck party before dinner with characters and then dancing after dinner and fireworks!

We celebrated our anniversary at Palo-- an adult only restaurant. The food was so delicious.

We stopped in the Bahamas one day where my dad, D and I headed to the beach-- it was one of the most beautiful beaches I've ever been to- with warm, sky blue, clear, calm seas…. I didn't have my camera but took these pictures of the Bahamas from the ship after.

We also stopped at Disney's private island. Castaway Keys for another day of sun, sea, sand, BBQ and some time at Disney's very own splash-pad!

So much to do!!

The food was so  very yum-- with something to eat every single hour of every single day. I'm not an all inclusive fan as I get sick of it after a few days but this-- this was so yum!! And it was a la carte at night which to me speaks to the quality of the food as well.

Every night we were assigned to different a la carte restaurants with so much to choose from on each menu.

My parents had so much fun with their grandkids.

So there you have it. A special vacation for all--  us four preferred it to Magic Kingdom. Way more relaxing but all the Disney Magic included as well.

Can't wait for 2017!

Linking up for my favourite vacation this year with 
AndreaErika and Narci for Favourites on Friday
Amanda for Friday Favourites

Have a wonderful weekend!!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

What's up, Wednesday?!

Happy Wednesday! Can anyone else believe that we are almost done with summer-- by far my favourite season? Only a few more days for my babies to be at home with me :-) I've enjoyed my girls so much this summer! Here's what's happening with us….

What we're eating?
After the extremely abundant cruise and Disney french fry eat-fest, (I gained three pounds) it's time to sugar detox and get those veggies into myself and my kids. So lots of summer veggies, lean meats and fruit…. but come on'- summer's about to end--- so weekends are filled with get-togethers, white wine and indulgences! 

What I'm reminiscing about?
The fun my babies are having this summer. Where is the time going?!

What I'm loving?
Insta-frame for those vacation pictures! Collages are an easy way to bombard your friends/family/blog followers with your pictures without having to upload 93,345 pictures.
Also, I've been loving how C says 'Ahem' to remind us of herself in our conversations! 

What we've been up to?
We've had such a hectic week last week, we are now in wind down mode… Summer play dates, easy meals, ice-cream, back to school organising and unpacking--- still!

What I'm dreading?
Cassia starts Grade 1 in a 'big' school next week and this momma is NOT ready. #mamatearsforsure

What I'm working on?
I've neglected all my organising/upkeep this summer-- yeah, my house is still clean but inside my closets/cupboards-- another story--- time to take control!!
And I need to start back paying some more attention to my blog… I've missed you, friends!

What I'm excited about?
Fall is so much fun--- pumpkin soups, cosy evenings in, apple picking and Halloween for the win!! 

What I'm watching/reading?
I'm rereading Baby Proof by Emily Giffin-- love re-reading good books. Also, I just finished Who Do You Love by Jennifer Weiner on my vacay…. such a sweet, poignant book!! 
And I'm getting my fix of guilty summer shows: Bachelor in Paradise, Mistresses and The First Astronauts Club

What I'm listening to?
Let's Marvin Gaye and Get it On…. shamefully, my girls have caught me singing it and though they don't know what it means, I've caught them singing it #parentingfail

What I'm wearing?
I'm squeezing out the very last uses out of my summer dresses, rompers and sleeveless tops! Until we go somewhere warm in the winter (ahem, D)

What I'm doing this weekend?
It's Raksha Bandhan this weekend--- an Indian Brother Sister celebration-- and for ONCE, I have a brother around to celebrate with… so I am hoping to meet up with him. We are also meeting up with a huge group of friends for a picnic at a park. 

What's my favourite back-to-school tradition?
Front of the door pictures…. I upped it a notch (thanks Shay) and bought a 'first day of school' chalkboard for this year…. things are about to get fancy :-)

 Linking up with the lovely Mel, Shay and Shaeffer

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