December 2016

ICE! at Gaylord Palms ~ 2016

It’s become one of our family traditions at this time of the year to head over to the Gaylord Palms Resort and check out ICE! This is literally two-million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures that we can walk through to a different holiday theme each year. There are also ice slides and the whole scene tells a cute story. Not to mention, the attraction is kept at a super cool NINE degrees!! BBRR!!

You can see our fun from last year HERE.

We were so excited to go this year, as it featured A Charlie Brown Christmas. This is one of our childhood favorites, and of course, now one of Liam’s ❤



As we waited in line to enter the exhibit, the staff member literally reviewed this with us. Seriously, this was hilarious!! 🙂


The details in the ice sculptures are just mind blowing. While the chilly temps will literally, at first, take your breath away, lol….walking around looking at these beauties will, too! So, so pretty!!


While we laughed at being told not to touch the ice, little man kept asking to touch it…I mean, look at it….for a kid, even for us….you really do just want to reach out & touch it!


They did such an awesome job of capturing all of our favorites moments from the Charlie Brown Christmas special. LOVE IT!!


Charlie Brown & Lucy ❤


This was the ice slide room! Super fun!!




Linus …and he was holding a real blanket ❤


Both Liam & Stephen went down the slides (there were four). My hands were so cold that my phone didn’t register my fingerprints to take the video & it messed up (such a bummer). While I was waiting for them to slide down, another lady’s phone froze….THAT’s how cold it was in there! Really!! So, here’s a screen shot of when I tried to 1st start the video 🙂


Say cheese! …It’s the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree!


We were seriously just so in love with all of these vibrant colors & details!




Once again, the last room was the Nativity Scene, and it was breathtaking ❤


Such a fun-filled family day!


Until next time, friends!

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Latest & Greatest News, March 2014

Our Latest & Greatest

Last weekend, we had a whole lotta fun with this little guy. UCF hosted one of the “Touch-A-Truck” events that have been happening across Central FL in recent months, so we took advantage of this fun, FREE event to let Liam explore some of the big trucks that we see in our adventures driving around town. He thoroughly enjoyed it. Although, I will say, that I wish UCF also did the “horn free” times like the down-town event does, but that’s ok. The horns blowing on all the trucks (from the kiddos honking them) kinda scared our little man for a majority of the time, but then, he ended up honking the horn in this forklift 🙂

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Checking out the back of the fire truck….

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Bulldozer….this was as close as he was willing to get at the moment. As I scrolled through these pictures, I couldn’t believe how grown up he was looking. Where is my baby going???

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One of the horses from Orange County Sheriff’s Office was there. Since he LOVES his Mimi’s horses, he was thrilled to see this horse. However, he did not understand why he couldn’t sit on it. Haha!!

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They did have a saddle to test out, though….that was fun!

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One of the K-9’s from the UCF PD was also on hand….another high point for us. Liam was all like, “hi doggy!”. The officer was very kind and let us say hello.

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We also thought it would be extra fun to take Liam someplace “magical” for dinner. So, Daddy decided for us all to go to the Gaylord Palms Hotel because they have the boat restaurant (Sunset Sams), and we could eat there. Liam has been pretty into Jake & the Neverland Pirates lately, so we told him this boat at the hotel was a pirate ship, like from Jake.

When we got there, we explored the hotel for a bit. It’s really a very cool place with so many interesting things to see. Outside, they had a few fireplaces going. Liam was VERY excited about these, as you can see….

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Here is the boat with the restaurant inside part of the hotel…we ate here after exploring the hotel…

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There was a gigantic fishing pole to play with. Liam called it a “crank” 🙂

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In the middle of the hotel, there was a beautiful two-story castle like structure to explore. With waterfalls…and even, small gators & turtles. Liam was amazed!!! So much fun to see through his eyes.

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In other news this week….

I NEVER win anything, BUT this week, I was super excited to win a $50 gift card from Liam’s daycare!!! I completed some online reviews for the daycare and was entered into a raffle.

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Liam’s school celebrated Fat Tuesday with style this week!! Clearly, he was enjoying himself. This snapshot was during their little Mardi Gras parade.

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Several of you have asked about potty training updates. If you follow me on Instagram (@casademurphy) or on my personal facebook page, then you have some update, as I have posted some pics there. I will post on it….believe me, I have LOTS to say. I am just not there yet. I will tell you that, overall, things are going well with Liam,and we are still diaper free. We have definitely had our challenges, though. Potty Training is hard work…no doubt about that.


Until next time, peeps! Hope you all have a fab weekend & Happy Friday!!!