The Shut In Life

Wow 2020 has come to us with vengeance. This year has brought something I never thought I would see in my life or something that I have only seen on the silver screen. .

COVID-19 has rampaged through the U.S. and the rest of the world and has left a terrible trail of death and carnage in its path. So many of us have been seeking shelter at our homes as our offices are forcing us to work from home or, for some of us, we are on the front lines serving the public and the infected as we all navigate through this pandemic.

We actually had an entire Disney vacation planned for the week of Spring Break and were super excited to head to Florida. Then everything was shut down and we were forced to reschedule our trip for September. We were able to recover our funds and actual reschedule our new trip for cheaper thanks to Disney for giving us our dining plan for free.

So what I been doing since being quarentined at home? Like most of you I have tried new hobbies, caught up on shows, and have added the title of teacher to my resume.

Here is what I have been up to…

I have picked up baking.

Like most of us I have turned to stress baking as a way to deal with all the recent changes and also eat my feelings. I know this is not the most super healthy way to live and is a recipe for disaster but I find it helpful in multiple ways. It is a great way to past the time with my 7 year old and also teach her something new that she may become interested in. It also gives me a chance to master a challenge and try something new at the same time.

I made some homemade chocolate chip cookies about two weeks ago. They were a little flat but eatable. My recent post on the gram was all about my lemon pound cake that I made from scratch. As it did look very good in the picture with all that tasty lemon glaze on it, I must be honest and explain that I left 1 and 1/4 cup of flour out of the recipe by accident and the inside was as dry as the Sahara and we ended up throwing it away.  I am still very happy with how it turned out and I plan on making another one soon… with the correct about of flour in it.

I started air frying everything! 

My wife and I decided to eat healthier a few months back( I know I just said I was baking but stay with me) and we both love fried food on occasion. A coworker of my wife suggested that we get an air fryer and try some of our recipes in it like fried chicken, nuggets for the kids, and cheese sticks. So after looking and looking we finally found one in our budget.

I must say…WHY DID I NOT GET ONE OF THESE SOONER? This appliance is a game changer and I love it! I made fried chicken in it on Easter and it was so crispy and juicy that even my kids ate it and did not complain. This was very much worth every penny and I am excited to make buffalo cauliflower soon in it.

I have become a highly UNQUALIFIED teacher!

Like all parents today, my kids school is closed and my wife and I have had the pleasure of entering the world of home schooling with our 1st grader. It has been both fun and difficult at times. Sometimes I find myself questioning my own intellect and if I really know what I am talking about. There are times where it gets frustrating and I have to walk away and then come back an hour later or I have to say to wait on Mom to come home to help.

It makes you realize that you take your kid’s teacher for granted and all that they do and for the little amount of pay and respect they get. If anything, the take away from this experience is to treat your kid’s teacher with more respect and to be there for them when they need help and be more involved in your kids education. This is something that at least with this school year I have dropped the ball on. Looking forward to changing that once this is all over.

I just hope that my ability to explain fractions to my child did not seriously screw up her future success in academics as I ate most of the example pizza.

One of the cool things about this is that my kids can still do their dance classes  and even a craft class with their friends via Zoom and I am impressed with how easy it is to set up. They made lava lamps out of water bottles yesterday in craft class and they do virtual dance parties and yoga sessions for the kids. I am so thankful for the digital age we live in.

I have watched a lot of TV and movies!

I think I speak for everyone on this when I say that the TV has become by best friend. I recently started binging both new and old shows. I watched the entire first season of Mystic Quest on Apple TV+  in one day and I am one episode away from being done with Home Before Dark. I have also started to rewatch Friends, which is always a fun show to go back to and it never gets old. I was not that young when the show went off the air(I was a senior in high school) so rewatching it lets me understand some jokes I did not pick up on the first time around. I watched IT: Chapter Two a few nights ago and I will say that I should not have waited to watch it at night.

I also downloaded Quibi and have become obsessed with Most Dangerous Game and Murder House Flip. Both are amazing shows and the best part is you can watch them on the go in under 8 minutes. They have a free 90 trial so if you want to try it then now is a great time.

I have also become obsessed with Disney+ and have made my Fridays dedicated to watching all the new content that has come out. I am watching the final season of Star Wars: Clone Wars, Shop Class, Be Our Chef, and Running Wild. I also binged watch most of the Disney Nature movies in one weekend like Born In China and Elephant. My kids love the original Ducktales and Gummi Bears which makes me happy as I loved those as a kid and rewatching them has been a joy.

I am always open to suggestions on shows so if you have any, please send them my way.

I have been running long distance again.

Since recovering from heart surgery I have put running on the back burner and started to pick it up slowly over the past 6 months. I have worked my way up to 5 miles and have been treading the pavement after dinner the past couple of weeks. I feel great and it feels good to be back at it again. My only complaint is that I wish the weather would make up its mind if it wants to stay warm or stay cold.

Other things include… at home spa days

Night time bike rides

A trip to the drive thru zoo.

Family game nights.

 

and fun trips to the outdoor pool when it is warm outside. 

These times are hard but one thing that I always keep in the back of my mind is that we all must be support one another. I am a believer in acts of kindness and how it affects people. So although we are all practicing social distancing, please remember that some people don’t have it as easy as you and we all must do our part to help one another. Even if is a cup of coffee,  taking care of your neighbors electric bill, or even providing a meal for family member. Kindness goes a long way.

Please stay safe out there and please wash your hands.

Back At It Again

It has been a long time since my last entry. There really are no other excuses other then life happens and that sometimes breaks are a must. That does not mean that I am not ever coming back. It just means that my time was spent on more important things like my kids and family.

There last entry I posted was in February and so many things have happened since then. Let me take a second and update you.

K-Dub is getting big. I sometimes cannot believe she is five cause I swear in the last few months she has hit a growth spurt. She looks more like she is 7. In my last update I told you she was starting dance. She has since had her first ever recital and loves it. We have plans for her to re-enroll in the fall.

Speaking of enrollment… K-Dub is starting Kindergarten in less then three weeks! Where did the time go? We were very lucky she got accepted at one of the local charter schools near where we live. She is excited and this weekend I am going to start gathering her school supplies while BrittWhitFun gets her school uniforms. I just can’t believe that we are finally at this moment and it makes me sad and joyful.

Evie is a force of nature. She has been getting big also. She has really come around on the loving Dad front and now she never wants to leave my side unless Mom is around. She has been really trying to grasp this whole potty training thing. She has #1 down by #2 has been a really struggle for not only her but for Mom and Dad. I may have stepped on poop while putting her on the potty. It just kind of rolled out of her underwear. Sorry. I hope you were not eating when you read this.

We have tried to transition Evie from her crib to toddler bed but it was a disaster so we decided to keep the crib a little longer. She is just not ready and until she is fully potty trained she really needs to stay in her crib.

Here are some of the other highlights of the past few months:

My SIL got married back in April. 

K-Dub learned to swim

My brother and I could not be better

My brother dressed like a lady for charity

I decided to take on swimming

Easter was a lot of fun.

We went to the Zoo

I won Coordinator of the Quarter

Had a great Mother’s Day Mingle At The Mint Event

Got a Vasectomy and my wisdom teeth out in the same month

K-Dub graduated from Preschool

BrittWhitFun and I celebrated 7 years of marriage

I tried float therapy and like it and did not drown

I did a build for Habitat for Humanity

Enjoyed 4th of July with friends

What is next for the family? We have a lot of things coming up. K-Dub starting school, Evie is turning 3 and we are heading back to Disney World in less then 90 days and I am not even close to being ready!

As always comments are appreciated and I can’t wait to here from you.

 

Disney Mug Tuesday- Pluto Mug

If you read yesterday’s blog then you know that I just finished the Disney Virtual Race Series for 2017 and I am thrilled to have done it. Yes, it was only three 5k races and I have ran a marathon but it was nice to run a race at my pace to get me warmed up for my fall races I have coming up.

The best part about these races are that they were Pluto themed. Each month you got a piece of Pluto and if you signed up for all three races you got the medal with Pluto on it. Everyone knows I am a Disney freak ever since going to Disney World for the first time back in March.

To go along with my favorite Disney dog I got this mug and I have to say it has become one of my favorite ones. It holds a lot of coffee first and foremost and it is also really easy to drink out of thanks to the lip on the rim.

When I use this mug I think of meeting Pluto and how happy my kids were to meet him.

Disney Mug Tuesday- Mickey Mug

This week we are talking about my favorite mouse. I don’t have very many mugs with Mickey on them but I do have. a few. When you go to Disney world your are surrounded by all things Mickey which is great. Some of my favorite memories was meeting this guy in Epcot. The first time you see Mickey at Disney World is very surreal. You see pics and videos of other people but until you are right there beside him and hugging him it is a different ballgame.

As you can see we met Mickey a few times but each time was just as magical. I am so looking forward to seeing this mouse in 2018.

For now I will just drink out of this mug.

Disney Take Two

I am happy to announce that we are heading back to Disney in 2018!

This week I have been in touch with my travel agent and we are in the process of planning another epic trip to Disney World in April 2018. I am already registered to run the Star Wars Half Marathon a weekend in April so we decided to turn that weekend in a extra long trip as a family.

This time around it will be just the four of us going. That makes me sad but I feel we can manage an extended stay with only two adults. I am so excited to be planning this trip. I already have selected some of the places I want to make dining reservations at. I have been reading the food blogs like crazy. There was still so much to do that last time we could not squeeze it all in.

I am very excited to get back down there and I know my kids are.

Disney World here were come…again

Disney Mug Tuesday- Poison Apple Mug

You might have seen this mug on my Instagram page or on my Facebook but it is one of my favorite mugs cause it s so cool looking. One of my favorite Disney movies is the OG herself Snow White. It is just a classic. I tried letting K-Dub watch it but the Evil Queen scared the crap out of her.

It was also really cool when we were at Disney we met the same Snow White twice and she was so nice. She even recognized us the second time we met.

Also The Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train was in fact K-Dub’s first ever rollercoaster.

Disney Mug Tuesday- Starbucks Animal Kingdom Mug

Well we made it to my last Starbucks mug. Animal Kingdom was not any favorite park at Disney World but it was still fun. I think once the Pandora opens this week then that my change my mind when I visit again in the future. We shall see.

There were some cool things about this park. Here are some of my favorite memories.

Disney Mug Tuesday- Grumpy Mug

I have to be honest here. I did not buy this mug while I was at Disney World last month. I actually got after I got back by ordering it on the Disney Parks app.

It has become one of my favorite mugs and that is saying something cause I like all my Disney coffee mugs. I find it very charming as Snow White is one of the coolest and most classic Disney movies there is. Grumpy was always my favorite seven dwarf cause of his no BS attitude and the fact that he was the most bravest out of the seven. With that being said the word on the mug on the most fitting.

The Last Day

Well we finally got to the last day of our trip it was one of my favorites. We really ended our trip to Disney with some great memories and you will see why.

We got to the park early as we had reservations at Be Our Guest, which is the Beast’s castle from the movie. First, we had to stop and take a few pics while the park was almost empty.

Being inside the Beast’s castle was awesome. We got to eat in the main ballroom. It was decorated just like the movie.

You could even go into the West Wing and see the rose and the magic mirror.

If you ever eat there you must try “The Grey Stuff” cause it is really good.

After we got done with breakfast we took some family pics in front of the castle.

After that we went our separate ways as everyone wanted to do different things. I took K-Dub to meet Princess Elena and Cinderella.

After we met the princesses we met Cinderella’s evil stepsisters. They were funny and fun to talk to.

Then after that we got on The Haunted Mansion and got some snacks and watched a show in front of the castle.

After the show, K-Dub went and got a special makeover at The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.

She then had some cute pictures made at her photoshoot.

She looked so cute. I had to get my picture taken with her.

After her make over we watched the parade that was going through and I tried to get the sword out of the stone with no luck.

Even K-Dub danced around cause she was so happy.


Then it dark and I managed to get some cool shots.

Before heading to dinner I took K-Dub and we met the last two princesses on her list… Tiana and Rapunzel.

Then it was time for dinner and it was the meal I was looking the most forward to and that was in Cinderella’s Castle. When we got there we were greeted by none other then Cinderella herself. We changed K-Dub into her Cinderella dress so she could meet her favorite princess for the third time.

Then after you meet her you are sent to your table. The restaurant is rather small but it is pretty cool to be eating dinner in a castle.

Before dinner you are greeted by more princesses. We met all of them already except for Jasmine so we were glad to finally meet her.

Then the food came. Let me tell you that the pan seared chicken was on point.

My best friends beef and shrimp looked good to. He said his steak was cooked perfectly.

The it was time for desert and I got the chocolate mousse and it came out and looked like a clock. It almost looked too pretty to eat. It tasted better then it looked.

After dinner the fireworks started and we watched them from inside the castle. It was a memory I will never forget and a great finale to our trip.


I must say that this trip was everything I wanted it to be and more. I got to spend time with my family and make my little girls dreams come true. I am now a Disney fanatic and can’t wait to plan my next trip.