Tag Archives: Children

The Year Ahead

9 Dec

Our family has a lot to look forward to in 2014….

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My wife and I are thrilled to announce that we are expecting our fourth child, due June 5, 2014. What an unexpected, but incredible blessing this is. We told our family over Thanksgiving, and after the initial shock everyone is very excited. 😀


Another magical addition for the upcoming new year is that I will be serving on the 2014 Disney Parks Moms Panel. After six years of applying, I am honored and overwhelmed to say that I have been invited to join the 2014 Disney Parks Moms Panel! Thank you all for the support and chEARs over the years! I still can’t believe it has happened. Uncle Walt was right….

“All of our dreams can come true — if we have the courage to pursue them.” —Walt Disney

I look forward to helping others plan their practically perfect Walt Disney World vacation.


Kids Get It

5 Feb

Last night while we were sharing our best and worst parts of the day, Robert told us that his best part of the day was spending time with God. He told us that he played with God outside and felt God while he was at the Writing Center in his class….

I felt something warm and I thought, “is God in my shirt?”

I am thankful that our oldest son already feels God’s love and gets it, even at 5-years-old. ♥

What’s in a name?

19 Jan

I’ve been meaning to write a post about our children’s namesakes and decided that a Saturday morning is the perfect time to do just that. Since some of you have asked if we’ve named our kids after certain Disney characters (After all, we are big Pirates fans and we do have a William [Turner] and an Elisabeth [Swann]), here is a breakdown…..

Our oldest child: Robert Douglas Aycock IV

Snuggles with my big boy

Snuggles with my big boy

Before Jen and I were married, we discussed possible baby names. We both appreciated passing on family names and agreed we would do so when we got married and started to have children. Being the firstborn son, Robert, was named after me and I after my father and grandfather.

Our middle child: William Fountain Aycock


William’s bedhead is awesome.

William is named after Jen’s dad, who is William Fountain VI. Grandpa Fountain (as our kids call him) was named after his father, however, he was not able to pass on the William Fountain lineage, as he had two daughters. Jen wanted to honor her father, as well as her Grandpa Fountain (William Fountain V) by naming our second son after them.

And finally, our youngest: Elisabeth Bennet Aycock

Hello, gorgeous. Daddy loves you!

Hello, gorgeous. Daddy loves you!

Jen’s middle name was Elizabeth (with a Z), a family name that goes back to Germany on her paternal grandmother’s side. Jen’s great aunt Beth was originally named Elisabeth (with an S) after her mother. When her family moved from Germany to the United States, her name was instantly “Americanized” and the S was replaced with a Z. Jen owns a locket that belonged to her great grandmother with Elisabeth engraved on it.

Bennet comes from my maternal grandmother, whose middle name was Bennett (with two Ts). Elizabeth Bennet also happens to be the name of a literary character Jen and I both like from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. When Jen and I were deciding how we wanted to spell Elisabeth’s middle name, we asked Robert and he said he liked two Ns and one T. We thought it would be a special story and connection for him and Elisabeth if he had a say in naming her.

There you have it. The stories behind our children’s namesakes. 🙂

Photo of the Day | Three Weeks Old

14 Jan

Our little princess is three weeks old today.  It’s amazing how quickly the time goes by and how much she has changed already.  What a blessing you are, Elisabeth!

Hello, gorgeous. Daddy loves you!

Hello, gorgeous. Daddy loves you!

Exciting News to Share!

1 Aug

Jen had her 19 week prenatal appointment this past Monday and we were able to find out what we’ll be having this December!  To announce this to our extended family and friends, Jen wrote a very creative poem…

Will it be sugar and spice?
Oh, wouldn’t that be nice?!
Or snips and snails?
All the pirates could set sail!

We DO have exciting news to share.
We know what clothes this baby will wear.
It looks like we’ll have extra shopping to do,
To buy some pink for our sea of blue.

Robert is thrilled that he’s getting a sister,
Even though he’s not quite sure what to do with her.
Mermaids are what he says her favorites will be.
Mommy is hoping for a princess or a fairy.

William doesn’t know what to think.
He’ll just have to get used to the color pink.
Daddy is certain he won’t get much sleep,
And vows when she’s older, he’ll lock her in a keep.

We’re all excited to have a princess
And an additional kiddo to add to the mess.
Ribbons, and bows, and dresses galore
Should be making their debut on December twenty-four!

It’s a girl!

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