Another Disneyland Resort Day – Spring Break 2016 Trip Day Four


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


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


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


Video of Day 1 – Travel from Orlando to Los Angeles, Explore Disney’s California Adventure It is not often that I set an alarm to wake up in the morning, but being that our departure time from the house was 5 a.m., I didn’t trust myself to wake up at 3:30. Having woken up that early, I don’t think anyone… Read more »

Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Guys’ Day!


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 »

Shopping in Cocoa Beach, Disney Cruise Ship & Trains – A Fun Valentine Birthdayfest


Our long weekend shopping in Cocoa Beach, watching the cruise ships at Jetty Park, and a Sunrail trip to Winter Park, all got started Sunday morning as Emily prepared her delicious Chocolate Chip Scones and I went to get her morning go-juice from the local Starbucks.  I returned home to the delicious aromas of baked breakfast goodness.  To accompany her tasty… Read more »

Delicious Breakfast Scones & Korean Bahn Mitzza – Savory Sunday

Grilled Korean Pork Pizza

Although we didn’t initially set out for a full-fledged cooking day, it ended up finding us.  Emily went to bed Saturday night with the thought of making homemade chocolate chip scones for a sweet breakfast treat to start out our Sunday.  Lucky for Emily, she successfully arm wrestled me and won prior to our last garage sale, allowing her to keep… Read more »

HayesPlays 407 Launches on YouTube

Lego Youtube Profile

Over the last few weeks Hunter and I have been having a lot of fun photographing and editing stop motion Lego videos.  Hunter decided that we should create a YouTube channel for he and Sawyer so they could share their video creations with the world. With a little brainstorming we decided on the name HayesPlays 407 (Orlando area code) for… Read more »