We’ve come so far for this. And all things missed left behind to build this.

Disney World Family Vacation 2013 (I’ll have a normal blog coming soon…)

I’m not entirely sure how this trip was even brought up. I think it was just a spur the moment, “you know, if we are going to go to Disney World, we should do it before Kiara gets too old to enjoy it.” And then a couple weeks later we had a trip booked.

So we waited until almost the last minute to tell the kids. Which resulted in lots of this type of behavior.

And then a couple weeks later we were off to fly. The kids (and Stefanie) did great on the planes both ways. Relatively sure Stefanie whined about her ears more than either of the kids.


We had done a good bit of research on which parks to visit on each day and what rides to hit first so we had ride lists and schedules all ready to go every day and it worked out great. We were able to be done at the parks by 11 or noon each day and then go back to the hotel for naps, swimming, lunch or whatever else we wanted to do without a big crowd. (This web-site is a Disney lifesaver.)


Disney had their Garden Festival going on at Epcot so there were some cool grass statues all over that made good picture opportunities. I tried a decent amount of the world beers throughout the world showcase. Nothing really stuck out though.


We stayed at the Art of Animation family suite and it was really nice. Stef and I had our own room/bathroom so we had privacy away from the kids. Was disappointed in the channel lineup on the tvs though. Disney definitely has a stranglehold on that. No kids entertainment channels like Nick or Cartoon Network, only Disney and Disney XD which are close to the worst. And of course Disney doesn’t even carry Disney Jr. in their own resorts. Makes total sense.

We were in that building in the far back down there. Past all of the Cars characters.
We were in that building in the far back down there. Past all of the Cars characters.

The rides are your typical theme park rides, just Disneyified. There are some highlights though, Toy Story Mania is really fun interactive ride that works great if you are competitive. Space Mountain is a pretty fun coaster as is Rock N Roller Coaster besides the fact it blasts Aerosmith in your ear the entire ride. I don’t think we really missed any rides at all thanks to all our planning.


Here’s a graph of our spending throughout the trip. As you can see, just the room/park tickets/flights are the bulk (81.3 %) of all costs. Food came in at 7% and something as silly as bag check took up 3%. Alcohol came in below budget at 4% because let’s face it, you can never budget enough for that.

graphAnd now here are a few pictures of the over 200 that we took. Yay Family Vacation!

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You don’t know yourself, how could I know you?

So the last blog was on June 18th. Since then I’ve turned 27 which wasn’t much of a thing but Stefanie did make me some delicious cupcakes flavored to be like Blue Moon.

Then Stefanie graduated LPN and got pinned and I am super proud of her!

Then we went down to Clearwater for my brothers wedding where Stefanie and Penelope got all caught up on sleep.

Then we got some time with the saltwater which is just gross.

Kiara found a new pet for a day or so. Believe it or not the leash did work.

Then it was time for the wedding which was fast and quick like all weddings should be.

The kids got to ride a horse which I guess is a big deal if you’re a kid.

We got some good pictures of us and the kids taken over the summer as well.

Which I think brings us up to October which means my wife and I celebrated our 3 year anniversary which is a total shocker to all of us including me. Just kidding. It’s been great and she is great and I’m so happy that is has only been 3 years because that means we have many more years together.

I got to meet a huge inspiration as well. The creator of Pearls Before Swine which I have loved ever since it started showing up in the STL Post. Super nice guy and it was at a bar which is just the best thing ever because that means that I got to spend an awesome night with my wife.

Before Halloween we went to a pumpkin patch to get pumpkins to carve.

We dressed up as the best 4 person group ever for Halloween.

Have you ever wondered what books are on my book shelf? Well now you know. Anything girly is my wife’s.

Then here is some other random pics.

Also, the new Circa Survive album Violent Waves is my pick for album of the year. It’s fantastic.

I once was missed but now I don’t exist.

Went down to Austin for a work conference in February or March or sometime. Drank a lot of new brews and got to check out one of the Drafthouse locations.

Oh again, I forget to blog about anything. Stef got me tickets to a Blues game for some reason that I honestly can’t remember right now but it was a good time and we slaughtered the Blackhawks. That I remember. Oh and how cute we are as a couple.

For Kiara’s birthday we had a big sleepover here and then we went to the Arch the next weekend. It was a fun family time.

Which I think brings us up to around Easter which was another good family get together.

It’s getting warmer out finally so we have been hanging out outside way more often. We put up a tent in the backyard and built up the fire pit one night just for fun. Because why not?

My sister and brother in law came home last weekend to help my parents move which was fun. not. But our little ones did get to play together so I got to snap up some cute pictures like this one.

Stefanie and I spent a great weekend at the beginning of June in Nashville just by ourselves. It was really great to get away and just be with each other. When we do get those moments it reminds just how great we are as a couple and just how much I adore her. I mean look at that sleeping face. So adorable!
But we did have a great time. We both really love the Flying Saucer and I hope that someday we can go back and enjoy it’s fine beer selection once again. She found a new favorite margarita at the Margaritaville down there so now I have another recipe to learn. Here is some more pics from the trip. How beautiful is she?

I had a great fathers day. We spent most of the day in the pool and it was just a good fun day of lounging and being with my girls. Here’s a pic I snapped up that day.

Here’s one last cute pic of my two little ladies. They are getting so big.

And here’s one from today where we straightened Peej’s hair. It made her hair so long and pretty. It’s crazy how when it’s curly it looks so much shorter.

What if it was true and all we thought was right was wrong?

We went on vacation back at the beginning of August up in Milwaukee. It was a fun time for sure. We stayed at a really nice resort and went to a couple different amusement parks and ate some good food.

Penelope turned one back in September. It continues to amaze me how much she grows everyday. Continue reading What if it was true and all we thought was right was wrong?