When we graduated college and started planning our wedding, Grant and I decided to move back to Orlando for a number of reasons. Of all of the places I lived growing up, Orlando feels the most like home. This is where I have so many of my best childhood memories.
One of the best part of having kids is the joy of reliving your favorite memories from something as simple as Play-doh to something as exciting as going to Disney. Raising my own kids here in Orlando has been so special to me. I love taking Benjamin and Lyla on walks in my old neighborhood or going to the mall I went to growing up.
Lately we have started taking Benjamin and Lyla to my favorite park as a kid. We called it the Castle Park. Fortunately, they love this park as much as my brother and I did.
(I love this beautiful purple shirt from the GAP outlet)
Over Thanksgiving, my mom, my only brother Jared, and I all took Benjamin and Lyla to the Castle Park for the first time.
Uncle Jared helped Benjamin get over his fear of slides. He still won't go on any large slide by himself, but now he LOVES going down with someone, especially his uncle.
I especially love these wooden cars at the park. They bounce a little bit, and they are perfect for an almost-walking baby like Lyla.
(On a side note... on a day when I quickly pulled my hair back and didn't have time to put on make-up, I end up in so many pictures. Then a couple weeks ago, I went to a wedding, got all dressed up and pretty, and didn't end up in a single picture. Oh well... I guess this is one of the many sides of motherhood.)