Disney Fantasy Seven Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise – Tortola (Day 4)

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After three days at sea, we were eager for the sight of land which came on day four in the form of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands.  We had arrangements set for a shore excursion that included  a morning of exploration (via open air van), beach time, and a little snorkeling.  Although not a destination that we might have sought… Read more »

Disney Fantasy Seven Day Summer Cruise – Days at Sea (2 & 3)

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Disney Fantasy Eastern Caribbean Day 2 – Day at Sea There is just something fantastic about waking up on a Disney Cruise Ship!  We eased into our day as Emily got some reading done and Hunter caught up on some Bunk’d episodes on demand, while Sawyer slept and I got some time to blog about the prior day’s activities.  We… Read more »

Disney Fantasy Seven Day Summer Cruise – Day 1

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One of our absolute favorite vacations was finally upon us, a seven night Eastern Disney Cruise on the Fantasy!  We booked the trip about six weeks prior, and Emily had been packing ever since. I got up early so I would have enough time to load the 26-foot U-haul truck that was just barely able to contain our luggage for… Read more »

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!

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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 »