Old Town Scottsdale, Family Time & More – Spring Break 2016

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After leaving Disneyland, we set our sights for the second half of our spring break 2016 adventure, Scottsdale Arizona. We spent time with family and Hunter and Sawyer had a blast playing with their cousins from Wisconsin that they don’t often get a chance to see. We enjoyed perfect weather, delicious food and plenty of time swimming in the pool. A great way to end our fantastic spring break trip!

Our Last Day at the Disneyland Resort – Spring Break 2016 Trip Day Five

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Our last day at Disneyland… let the tears commence.  It is always sad the last day of the theme park vacation because there are so many things that you wanted to do before you arrived that you ultimately didn’t have enough time to do.  Although we have Walt Disney World right in our backyard, there is still something about being… Read more »

Beautiful Florida Sunset Time Lapse Fun!

Florida Sunset Time Lapse Setup

I have been fascinated by time lapse photography for a while, but never really took the time to try my hand at capturing the images and putting them together.  Recently I took my Nikon D7100 camera down to the neighborhood lake and captured a few hundred still images of a really beautiful sunset over the water (video shown below).  One of… Read more »

Another Disneyland Resort Day – Spring Break 2016 Trip Day Four

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After our early morning success yesterday we agreed to take advantage of Disney’s California Adventure Park early extra magic hour today as well.  We decided to save ourselves some steps and wait in the Grand Californian Hotel park entrance line which was equally as long as it had been the prior day.  This time we headed for Toy Story Midway… Read more »

Disney’s California Adventure Park – Spring Break 2016 Trip Day Three

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Having battled the crowds across the Disneyland Resort yesterday, and the fact that we were still kind of running on EST, team Hayes agreed that it was in our best interest to take full advantage of the early extra magic hour at Disney’s California Adventure on Hunter’s birthday.  We arose around 6 am, got the boys some cereal, and made… Read more »

A Day Around Disneyland Resort – Spring Break 2016 Day Two

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The first full day in California is always an early awakening due to the time change from Florida.  The boys and I woke up at 3:30 am.  Lucky for Emily, she doesn’t always have the jetlag/time change problem, so she was able to sleep in a little extra. Our first stop of the day was Emily’s absolute favorite breakfast spot at… Read more »

Travel to Disneyland Resort – Spring Break 2016 Day One

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The first day of our spring break 2016 trip involved a lengthy flight from Orlando to California but once we arrived we were ready to explore. We arranged a limo ride from the airport to Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel where we checked our bags and headed out to the parks to explore. We enjoyed the afternoon at Disney’s California Adventure park where we made plans for all the things we wanted to do the rest of the week. Because of the time change we retired to the room early, excited for the rest of our week.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Guys’ Day!

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It was another absolutely gorgeous day in Central Florida, one of the main reasons I moved down here from Wisconsin almost 20 years ago (hard to believe I have been here half of my life).  Since Emily gets more than her fair share of quality time with the boys, coupled with the fact that she had a ton of things… Read more »

Harvest Classic 2016 – Saddlebrook Golf Resort, Wesley Chapel, FL

Saddlebrook Golf Resort Wesley Chapel, FL

It was time once again for the Hayes brothers, family, and close friends to head down to Florida for a long weekend of golf, storytelling, and a little bit of fishing.  The setting this year was a familiar site to all who were in attendance as the group returned to Saddlebrook Golf Resort in Wesley Chapel, FL.  I was only… Read more »