Its Supposed to Snow Soon..

A few days ago I was with my sister and The Captain and we were up near Wild Man’s work so we decided to pick up some lunch and take it to him and eat with him in the car. When we lived in our old house we were closer to his work so we were able to do this a lot more often, so I was excited this was going to work out.

Wild Man got in the car and suggested we go eat at a nearby park instead. It just made me laugh that we are in mid-November and are able to have an enjoyable picnic!! I love this Fall weather. But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t looking forward to the snow that I’m assuming will eventually make its debut…

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xoxo

ceeceesparkles

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Magical Monday: Your Baby/Toddler Can go to Disneyland

I talk to a lot of people about their upcoming Disney vacations. I’m very open minded (usually) to letting people do Disney how they want to, but one thing that always makes me a little sad is when people tell me they’re leaving their baby or toddler back home while they go to the happiest place on earth with their other kids. I know everyone has their reasons – sometimes its just not in the cards for your little one to come and thats fine, but the phrase I hate hearing is when they just write Disney off completely for babies/toddlers all together and say, “there is nothing for them to do in Disneyland.” YES THERE IS! Haven’t you heard? Disney is for kids of ALL ages, people! ALL ages – which means one week old to 150 years old!

To prove this point that I am very passionate about, I have decided to dissect both Disneyland and California Adventure for you and tell you what rides your baby and toddler can do in both parks. I hope this will be helpful for you and if you’re deciding whether or not to take you little one to Disneyland, hopefully this can be the push to help you decide to take them!

WHAT YOUR BABY/TODDLER CAN DO IN DISNEYLAND RESORT

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MAIN STREET USA:

  • Disneyland Railroad: (ok, this is closed right now while Star Wars Land is being built but when its open – this is pretty much a must for your little bud) This train takes you around the whole park with plenty to look at and see. Its a great place to sit and relax and eat a snack. If you’re a nursing mama, its also a great place to nurse.
  • Main Street Vehicles: These are the cars or horse-drawn streetcars and carriages you see going up and down Main Street. Its another fun way to get off your feet and really be able to look at all the exciting things on Main Street. Little ones love this and riding behind a horse is always a big hit.

TOMORROWLAND:

  • Astro Orbiter: This is basically Dumbo, but in a rocket. Its exhilarating and exciting to little ones! My son loved this/Dumbo even when he was a few months old.
  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters: Its a fun ride with bright, glowing colors. Whether your LO can shoot the gun or not, its an exciting one.
  • Monorail: There are stops for the Monorail a couple places but we’ll cover that here. Its cool and out of the sun, another great place to nurse, eat a snack, get off your feet and let your LO look out the window at the magical park.
  • Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage: This is a long, unique ride. You board a submarine, take your seat then take 15-20ish minutes looking our your own personal little window and watching Nemo and friends as they have an adventure under the water. Its so fun and there is so much to look at. Your baby/toddler would love this ride.

FANTASYLAND:

  • Alice in Wonderland: A bright, exciting ride that takes you through Alice’s story. Its both indoors and outdoors and you ride in a caterpillar.
  • Casey Jr. Circus Train: An outdoor ride with sights and sounds galore. All the cars are different and provide a slightly different riding experience.
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant: Everyone knows this one, right? You ride in Dumbo and fly around in circles. Its a must-hit classic. Your LO will adore it.
  • Small World: If I could only recommend one ride to you and your LO this would be it. Its a fairly long ride, its bright, there is a happy song and there is so much to look at, point at and get excited about.

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  • King Arthur’s Carousel: I think this was H’s favorite ride last time we went. As with all these rides, lots to look at, fun music, etc.
  • Mad Tea Party: The teacups always spin but if you don’t manually spin them you won’t go nearly as fast as you think you will. Which can make for a fun ride for you LO. And have you seen all the colors around the Teacups? Perfect.
  • Mr. Toads Wild Ride: A short little indoor ride in a cute little car with a steering wheel and lots to look at.
  • Peter Pan’s Flight: Another classic. You ride in a Pirate Ship suspended in the air, looking down on London and Neverland. This is a must do. Your LO will thank you.
  • Pinnochio’s Daring Journey: Very comparable to Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride.
  • Snow White’s Scary Adventure: Very comparable to Mr Toad’s and Pinnochio.
  • Storybook Land Canal Boats: You ride a boat while a Cast Member gives you a little guided tour around Storybook Land where you’ll see princesses castles, Monstro the Whale and much more.

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TOONTOWN:

  • Gadget’s Go-Coaster: A roller coaster (thats actually really fun) for small children – however there is still a height requirement, its just much shorter than your average roller coaster.
  • Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin: A ride through Roger Rabbit’s story – and your car spins!
  • You can also meet Mickey and some of his friends at their houses in Toontown and visit the Fab 5’s houses.

FRONTIERLAND:

  • Mark Twain Riverboat: You know that huge white boat out on the Rivers of America you always see? Thats the Mark Twain and you can actually ride it! (however it is closed currently while Star Wars Land is being built) Its different, there is sight seeing and its a great time to eat a little, nurse and all that good stuff.

CRITTER COUNTRY:

  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: What LO doesn’t love Winnie the Pooh and all of his friends? You board a beehive and ride through the Hundred Acre Wood’s and go on an adventure with Pooh and his pals.

NEW ORLEANS SQUARE:

  • Haunted Mansion: This gets a wrap for being a scary ride. Smaller babies don’t seem to care that its ‘scary’ and its possible your LO will be a little frightened, but I know from experience that you can talk your LO through it and help them realize its only pretend scary. Try and give it a shot if your little buddy will let you.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: There are two smallish drops on this ride, but considering a teeny tiny baby could still ride this, that tells you its not too dramatic. This is another that may seem a little scary, but is likely more exciting and has lots to look at.

ADVENTURELAND:

  • Enchanted Tiki Room: This is a show where you get to sit and listen to the birdies sing, chant and thoroughly entertain you. Its bright, loud and lots of fun.
  • Jungle Cruise: A cruise through the jungle with a  hilarious Skipper and lots of animals (and the backside of water!) to look at. Super exciting for a little one!

CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE 

  • King Triton’s Carousel: Another carousel! Read my description for King Arthur’s carousel – same thing.

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  • Toy Story Midway Mania: Ok, admittedly this rides a little rough for some little ones. Last time we went H hated how rough and fast it was. But my niece was a couple months old last she went on this and didn’t mind at all. Depends on the baby, I guess. Lots to look at – and its indoors.
  • Mickey’s Fun Wheel: A big, fun ferris wheel! You have the option of a swinging gondola or a non-swinging one. It gives a great view of California Adventure and for me, its an excellent time to breast feed (and sometimes not have to fully cover up!)
  • Little Mermaid’s Undersea Adventure: One of my personal favorites. You ride in a big sea shell and basically go through the movie, Little Mermaid. It is bright with so much to look at and there are songs throughout the whole ride.
  • Red Car Trolley: This is the Trolley that rides on tracks around Buena Vista Street. Its a fun way to sit and let your LO look around.
  • Disney Junior – Live on Stage: Ok, its not a ride but I had to mention this one. Its a bunch of the Disney Junior shows on stage! If you have little ones (especially ones who love Disney Junior) then this is an absolute must.
  • Monsters Inc. Mike and Sulley to the Rescue: A fun ride through Monstroplois. Its short, air-conditioned and bright. The outside of this ride is an awesome photo op too, by the way.
  • Flik’s Flyers: The rest of the rides are in Bugs Land which is a mandatory area to visit if you are visiting with little bugs. In Flik’s, its a lot like Dumbo. You board a food container (because you’re shrunk down the the size of a bug) and go around in circles.
  • Francis’ Lady Bug Boogie: Very comparable to the Mad Tea Party in Disneyland – maybe a little rougher, though.

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  • Heimlich’s Chew-Chew Train: We always joke that this is Wild Man’s favorite ride. You board the caterpillar, Heimlich and he takes you through a path and you eat your way through watermelon, animal cookies, candy, etc. There are lots of sights and smells. Its a fun little ride.

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So there you have it. The rides in Disneyland and California Adventure that even newborns can ride on! (there are some that little shorties can ride on but not teeny tiny babies that i excluded because i was talking strictly rides everyone could go on) There are so many rides they can ride on, plus so much more! There are shows, parades, characters to meet, shops, places to eat and much more. Maybe it’ll be a little extra work to bring your LO’s, but it would be worth it! If you’re anything like me, the second your child hugs a character or gets excited in a ride you’ll start bawling and the entire trip will have been 10000000% worth every single penny.

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

 

H’s Birth Story

My sweet baby H is almost one (can you believe it?) — so I guess now is as good of a time as ever to finally share his birth story, right? I have a private blog where I typed out his story in full detail and I had every intention of sharing it here as well but obviously I didn’t. But alas, here I am finally blogging about the most special, incredible day of my life.

On November 18th I started not to feel well. It was different than the usual discomfort I was used to and ::not to get too graphic:: that day I had passed my mucous plug. My body was getting ready for a baby!

On November 19th I was in pain all day but there wasn’t anything that stood out to me as signs of labor. Plus I had myself 95% convinced I was going to go over my due date (the 24th) so I was pretty sure it was nothing. We went to bed and not too long after falling asleep I woke up to the most excruciating pain in my hips — and it wasn’t stopping. We downloaded a contraction timer app and started timing the pain on the chance they were contractions. I had all my Braxton Hicks contractions in my stomach/hips/back and I’d always heard contractions happened in your stomach, so the fact that the pain I was feeling was only in my hips made me think it was just pain and not really contractions. As time went on the pain spread to my back and lower stomach and it was the same time that the pain AKA contractions were getting closer together and more intense.

I was awake all night and I kept Wild Man up all night with my restlessness and constant moving, whining and panicking. It was time for Wild Man to get ready to go to work and the entire time he kept asking if he needed to stay home and I kept insisting I was fine and he should go. He kept trying to help me find a comfortable position in bed but before I could take a deep breath, the pain would return. After a while I kept throwing up with about every other contraction and was miserable, but still sent Wild Man off to work. As he left I remember sitting on the coffee table and just thinking what the heck is this?!

A lot of the night and into the morning I had been texting my mom and one of my sisters in law about what was happening. They both were giving me advice and such and my mom kept telling me “the only way you’ll feel better is to have that baby!” …she knew I was in labor but I was being stubborn and not accepting that.

Wild Man hadn’t been at work a half hour before I called him and told him I needed to go to the hospital. He came straight home (luckily he worked really, really close to the house we lived in) and he came home and we grabbed our bags, he put a few things away and we left.

I was terrified I wouldn’t be admitted into the hospital and maybe this wasn’t really labor and I was just a baby. After trying to figure out where we were supposed to go we finally got to the labor and delivery area and they checked me. I was at a 6 and my cervix was ‘paper thin.’ HALLELUJAH! They hooked me up to the monitor to track babies heart beat and my contractions and we were admitted around 9:30am.

My contractions were coming every 45-60 seconds when we got there and the nurse strongly suggested if I was going to get an epidural to get it quickly so I wouldn’t be completely warn out when it came time to push. Even though my plan was to feel my contractions for a few hours, I was in a lot of pain and agreed to the epidural.

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After a little while the families started showing up. My mother-in-law, then my mom and sisters, then my dad, then my father-in-law and one of our cousins. I was progressing pretty decently and never had to be given Pitocin! At one point they decided to call in a doctor to break my water because it wasn’t breaking on its own. The doctor came in and had that tool to break my water, but before he used it he wanted to check me and ended up breaking my water with his hand. Also, the rumors are true – that is the strangest feeling.

As I said, I was progressing great but our baby boy wasn’t descending very quickly so they didn’t want me to push quite yet because he was so high so I’d be pushing for a long time. So we waited and waited and waited.

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During this waiting I started to notice something terrifying. My epidural wasn’t working anymore. I could feel everything again. Everything except my thighs down. I really needed it to be working a little higher and it wasn’t. Cue the panic. I told my nurse and she pushed the button that was supposed to give me another dose. But guess what? Nothing. It didn’t help.

Around 3ish I was informed it was time to push. I have a vivid memory of looking at Wild Man and my mom and saying “I can feel everything!” Wild Man squeezed my hand and my mom just said, “Yep!” I mean, what could she do?

So low and behold I had a natural birth. As scary as it was in the moment and as intense the pain was – it was actually pretty incredible and empowering and made me feel tougher and stronger than I’ve ever felt in my life.

Anyway. I pushed for about an hour. I had my family surrounding me and most importantly, Wild Man by my side holding my hand and my leg. Having him beside me was incredible. He was so supportive and I noticed during the pushing a lot of the time I would zero in on Craig and listen to his support and cheering and coaching and it was how I was somehow able to zone out the pain. Thank goodness for that great man.

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At 4:12 pm on November 20th on a Friday, our sweet and perfect baby boy was born. He weighed 8 pounds 12 ounces and was 20 inches long. That moment was so spiritual and perfect and raw and one I will never forget. Our sweet baby was perfect and healthy and we couldn’t have been happier.

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I had a major episiotomy (woof!) and the stitches were pretty painful to get. For the beginning half of getting them, my son was getting weighed and a basic cleaning and it was so hard to sit there and feel everything (stupid not working epidural) but as soon as they gave me my baby and I got to hold him and snuggle him again, I was able to look past the pain again. Thank goodness. You know those sweet babies are special when they can mute all pain.

Holding this fresh, tiny baby was so incredible. This little squishy, beautiful baby boy filled my heart so full and he put a happiness into our life that nothing else ever could.

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We spent the next few hours in the labor room while our family stood around us and stared at our sweet little guy. It was very special. After a little while everyone started leaving and it was just the three of us. Our little family of three. I can’t begin to describe the feeling we felt as it was just us. Everything became so real and raw. Our family felt whole. It was such a terrific moment.

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I was so excited when I learned I was able to go into the nursery with Wild Man and our newborn. They were very cautious about if I would feel ok and told me what to look out for but I knew I’d be ok to accompany my boys to the nursery. It was interesting. It was the first time I was really able to study him and take him all in. He was very red so they had to run a couple tests on his red blood cells (all was well) and then they cleaned him and bundled him up and put him back in my arms and we were taken back to our room.

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We didn’t name him until the day after he was born. We wanted his name to be absolutely perfect for him so we had to think on it a little longer than most people, I guess. It was fun though for a while to be the only two people who knew his name.

We were released on Sunday. We would have been able to leave sometime in the morning but they wanted us to stay until evening because they were keeping an eye on my episiotomy and bleeding. Sometime around 5pm we were released. Going home with our sweet new baby boy was the most wonderful and exciting thing I think we’ve ever experienced. It was all so real and beautiful. We are so, so very happy to be this perfect little boys parents and feel that Heavenly Father has blessed us tremendously with this sweet little one.

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xoxo

ceeceesparkles

Kindness Begins With Me

I’ve never loved politics. I think politics are incredibly important and special and should be valued. But I have never liked the way politics make people act – especially towards each other. This is the main driving factor why I nearly never talk about anything political. But as the entire world knows now, yesterday was the Presidential Election and Donald Trump won and there are lots of mixed feelings. Some people are excited, some are devastated, some wouldn’t really be happy either way. But the fact is what happened – happened. The thing that has been the hardest for me is seeing the way everyone is now treating each other (mainly on social media). My heart was being crushed repeatedly last night as I’d scroll through Twitter. Finally I had to turn my phone off and do my best to forget the things I’d read and seen. People were telling each other to go die! People were accusing people of being horrible and supporting terrible things! It got nasty fast and it felt like a battle field. I couldn’t take it. It literally broke my heart. I hate how mean and hateful people can be towards each other.

In the wake of all of this I can’t stop thinking about a few things, but the main one is KINDNESS. A big change has happened. To some its exciting and to some its upsetting. Some people are happy, some people are upset, some people are torn. America is always striving to be better. Thats why people voted the way they did – to make America the best America it can be. So why not start by trying to be kind, loving and accepting?

I challenge myself and anyone else reading this to be kind. Say something nice to your neighbor, be loving and nonjudgmental, accept people for who they are – no matter how different or similar to you they are. The world will never get better if we are all hating and fighting.

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xoxo

ceeceesparkles

Woes of a Thin-Skinned Momma

As you prepare to become a mom you hear a lot of stories and receive a lot of advice. I heard many times that you would get a lot of opinions, unsolicited advice and suggestions – much of which could end up sounding more like insults. While I was pregnant I wasn’t too worried about this because I figured it’d just roll right off my back and I’d pay no mind to it. My kids are just that – mine – so it didn’t matter what anyone else thought or told me. Now that my son is here I still totally believe that and I believe that my husband and I are the only two people who really know whats best for our son, but I was wrong in thinking that everyones comments wouldn’t effect me. They do not just roll right off my back. Instead I internalize everyones comments, their advice and their questionable looks. I’m sure a lot of it I’m making a bigger deal than it actually is, but I know for a fact that other times I’m not. Its so upsetting to me that people think they know how to raise and nurture your child better than you, the parents, do.

I have struggled with not letting peoples words get me down. Poor Wild Man hears me complain about this all the time. But as I’ve been thinking more and more about it I have realized something – I can’t change people (dang) There are just those people you have in your life or you’ll meet randomly in Target that are going to say things that are going to sting and make steam shoot out your ears. Thats just how it goes.

The only thing I can do is change myself.

I am very thin-skinned. I am a softy, I’m very sensitive and fragile (ew that sounds dumb). Somehow I need to work on thickening my skin when it comes to motherhood drama. I’ll be honest, I’m not entirely sure how I’ll do this, but I know I’ve got to. Thank goodness for prayer, right?! I also plan on reminding myself each night as I wind down (hopefully in a hot bubble bath) that I am my sons mom and he was sent to me and I know whats best for him and I do what I believe to be best for him. And most importantly, he loves me and he is happy and healthy.

I know I’ve said this before in past blog posts but I’m saying it again because its so important to me:

Be careful with moms. It doesn’t matter if they have one kid or ten – they feel pressure to be the best mom they can be. Maybe some are tougher than others and maybe some cry all the time, but either way they are doing something really special and really tough. Think about how neat the world would be if we could all support and uplift each other in motherhood rather than tear each other apart and make mothers feel inadequate or wrong. Just some food for thought.

Thanks as always for listening to me vent.

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

Magical Monday: So Many Disneyland Pictures and Stories

On October 19-22 we were in Disneyland and it was so magical and perfect and if we’re being honest I may be shedding a nostalgic tear or two because I miss it so much and there was no better feeling than seeing my son take in the entire vacation and just love it. Oh, Disneyland – thank you for truly being the happiest place on earth. I love you forever and always.

I was debating how I wanted to go about blogging about this trip. I’m going to do some how-to posts and some posts offering Disney advice and expertise, but for the first post I just wanted to sort of journal our experience. We took so many great pictures and we have so many happy stories that I just wanted to share. If this isn’t your jam I won’t be offended if you don’t read. Or if you just want to look at the pictures I get it. But if you care to get a little taste of the most magical week of my year (because this was by far my favorite Disneyland trip thus far) then keep on reading.

On our first day we had Mickey’s Halloween Party (i wrote a small post about what the party is here) and it was so much fun. I think I’ve kind of become the Scrooge of Halloween at home because I’m constantly comparing Halloween at home to Halloween at Disneyland – and it can’t be beat. It just can’t, guys. We went to Disneyland with my family and there were seven of us total, so we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be the Seven Dwarfs from Snow White. We all had our own character (wild man – grumpy, H – dopey, me – happy, my mom – bashful, my dad – doc, my sisters – sleepy and sneezy) and if I do say so myself, we looked awesome (thanks to my mom and sister for making the costumes) We had a lot of compliments on our costumes, we had complete strangers ask to take our pictures and whenever anyone saw The Captain dressed as Dopey they’d all melt and I sure can’t blame them. CUTEST Dopey ever ever ever.

Disneyland does not mess around with treats when you Trick-or-Treat. Each stop dumps handfuls of candy into your bag and there are tons of stops. Its a sugar-lovers paradise. During the Halloween Party there is a special parade and special firework show and also a special Cadaver Dans (Dapper Dans) show among other special things you can only see during the party. My favorite was the parade. We didn’t go to the Halloween party last year (i was giant pregnant) but the year before I wasn’t super impressed with the parade. It was really short and just underwhelming which really pains me to say, but its true. However this year was incredible! Disney went above and beyond. It was spooky, it was entertaining, it was exciting and it was perfect. I’ve watched it on YouTube approximately 1,000 times since returning home and I don’t regret a second of it.

H was awesome on this whole trip. He stuck to his sleep schedule really well and still napped good in the park. Some of my favorite pictures from the four days in Disneyland were the ones of him sleeping on someone in the family. I can only assume that he was having really magical dreams. He was so good and well-tempered. He was happy, he went with the flow, he pointed and squealed at everything and he genuinely enjoyed himself. I am so grateful for my sweet Disney-lovin’ baby boy! He’s a good boy and has set the bar pretty high for our future kids.

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On our second day my bangs were bad – so please disregard them.

Wild Man was really excited to take The Captain on Pirates of the Caribbean. Towards the beginning of the ride there are two drops in the dark. He did not like them! His little arms would spread out wide as he’d startle and he’d make this little whimper and then hold onto Wild Man’s arms tightly. It was sad he was scared but also totally sweet.

H also found a new found love for Carousels. We went on King Arthur’s Carousel in Disneyland and King Triton’s Carousel of the Sea and he was crazy for them. He loved holding onto the pole, patting the horse/sea creature he rode and you couldn’t wipe the big smile or look of complete curiosity and amusement off his face.

On this day we ate at Carnation Cafe (a restaurant on Main Street in DL) and my day was completely made because we were seated under the gazebo! It was so magical. On top of that the food was phenomenal – I highly recommend the chicken-fried chicken, fun fact it was Walt Disney’s favorite – and the Soundsational Parade went by while we ate our dessert and it was a great view. When H saw his BFF Mickey Mouse on top of a float he was so excited and stared at him for as long as he could. I bawled. It was a really perfect experience.

We found out H hates Toy Story Mania and also 3D glasses. However Wild Man and I killed it on that ride and both got our high scores!

Something else noteworthy was that my youngest sister rode Jingles on King Arthur’s Carousel. It was Walt’s wives favorite horse. To learn more, please go watch Saving Mr. Banks.

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We started our third morning off with breakfast with Minnie Mouse and some of her friends at Plaza Inn. Here we saw Minnie, Chip and Dale, Eeyore, Winnie the Pooh and Captain Hook. This was H’s first real encounter with characters and he did not disappoint. Oh my gosh! He was so in love with them because I’m pretty sure he viewed them as giant stuffed animals that moved (and gave him lots of kisses). He was flirting with Minnie, snuggling with Pooh and Eeyore and laughing with Chip and Dale and sleeping while Captain Hook stopped by our table. It was so much fun and there was so. much. magic!

Captain Hook tried to steal my wedding ring and seemed very disappointed that I was married. Sorry, Hook, shoulda found me sooner. Jk, I’d never marry Captain Hook because he actually secretly terrifies me.

I took a picture with Wild Man in front of Matterhorn this day because I had to give him a special shoutout. He was not particularly a Disney fan before he met me. I am so lucky to have married a guy who found out me and my family were insane Disney crazed humans and decided to embrace the lifestyle and take it head on. I can say with 100% certainty now that he too, is a crazy Disney guy.

We ate at Cove Bar in California Adventure and the food was delicious. I had the Cotton Candy Lemonade to drink and our table shared the lobster nachos and the steak nachos. So good and I so recommend this place.

Oh and you’ll see that giant Mickey Pumpkin a few pictures down. THAT IS CAKE! Its in the lobby of the Grand Californian and is a site to behold. Its so perfect – also where do I sign up to eat it all?

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Our last day was my favorite day I think. Wild Man, H and I wore our Haunted Mansion shirts and were looking pretty cute (if i do say so myself) and it was a really perfect day.

We rode Tower of Terror for the last time ever because unfortunately I don’t think we’ll be to Disneyland again before January 2nd when it closes to transform to Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout. That ride is so good. I’m still completely heartbroken that its closing down, so lets not talk about that. After dark Tower of Terror changes a bit and the entire ride is pitch dark…thats all I’m going to say because I’m not going to give away anything, but it was incredible! So clever. There was also a cute photo spot outside of Tower of Terror that we took advantage of, hence all the pictures of us outside of ToT.

Wild Man’s brother and his wife celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary in Disneyland and they were there the same time as us! They live in San Francisco and we miss them dearly so we knew we had to meet up with them. We all had lunch together at Cafe Orleans (POMMES FRITES!) and it was so fun! Too bad H was tired and really ready for a nap and pretty fussy during the whole meal. It was such good company and fun to get off our feet and socialize for a while all together.

We went to Pooh Corner to meet Winnie the Pooh, Tigger and Eeyore and it was the best. We were there with my family and Wild Man’s brother and wife and there was just something about the experience that was perfect and so magical. My sister-in-law is a crazy Winnie the Pooh fan and H is recently a huge Pooh fan, too, so that probably had something to do with it. We got some really fun, happy pictures from it.

Wild Man and I rode Big Thunder Mountain with his brother and wife and we got stuck on the train for 20-ish minutes and were escorted off. Our train apparently didn’t hit its mark and stopped the whole ride so they shut it down. It was fun to sit and then be able to walk the track for a little while and we’d basically finished the ride by the time it shut down so we didn’t miss anything.

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Its always a bummer to be done with a Disneyland Vacation, but the memories we made will hopefully be enough to hold me over until next time!!

Congratulations to making it to the end of this post — if you did! haha

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

Spiritual Sunday: Love at Home

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Being a mother and a wife is such a special, sacred calling. I feel like I have this incredible responsibility to make sure my husband and children are happy, loved and nurtured. A reoccurring job wives and mothers often hear they need to implement in their home is assuring that it is a place where love is felt and the spirit is strong, making it a sanctuary and a place of refuge. This thought is quite daunting, but I also feel so honored to have this task placed upon me. I want my husband to come home from work and my children to come home from school or play and feel the spirit in our home and I want them to know how loved and cherished they are. As I have been thinking about this lately I have been setting some goals for myself on ways to make sure our home is full of love and full of the spirit.

  • Say morning prayers, evening prayers and lots of prayers in between – blessing the food, prayer for others, family prayer, etc
  • Make sure the scriptures are read daily by everyone in the home
  • Keep the house clean, organized, bright and happy
  • I love the quote, “there should be no yelling in the home unless there is a fire” – I want to be a wife and mother who doesn’t yell and who is still able to keep order without raising my voice
  • We will hold weekly Family Home Evening
  • We will treat all our family members as equals
  • I can pray as a mother and ask that our home be blessed with the spirit and with love

These are just a few simple things, but I truly believe that as we really make sure to hold ourselves to these goals that our home will be a place of love, happiness and most importantly, a place where the spirit dwells.

xoxo

ceeceesparkles