FIVE

I don’t know how it happened, but my first baby, the perfect little boy who made me a mother is FIVE! Thats just so big!!

Harrison is pure good. He tries so hard to choose the right. He puts others needs before his own and he’s very in tune with how people are feeling. He is kind and gentle and so full of life, energy and curiosity. He is incredibly smart and so very handsome. He is just the greatest and being his mom is a true blessing.

Five years of the greatest joy, and its only getting better. I love you, my big five year old! I love you to infinity and beyond.

THREE

Yesterday this dreamboat boy turned THREE and we had such a great day celebrating him!!

I wish everyone had an Emmett in their lives. Emmett is joy, light, optimism, happiness and smiles all bottled up in one adorable body with big blue eyes and his signature mohawk. He is an exquisite human being and the fact that I get to be his mom baffles me every day. I AM SO BLESSED.

Its been three absolutely magical years. I am happy every day that Emmett is my little boy! Happy third Birthday cutie boy!

A Woman in Office

Wow, is Chelsea getting political on a post?!

No. I am not.

Just hear me out.

I am writing this on November 7th, and today, Joe Biden became the 46th President of the United States. Which also means that today, Kamala Harris became Vice President. Today, a woman got into the office after a long, long, long line of men before her.

I’m going to be honest. The whole feminism thing has never been something I’m super, super passionate about. I mean, I wholeheartedly believe that women should be treated equal and can do anything a male can do. I don’t believe for a second that women are a lesser power or the weaker species. I’ve just never got all worked up about it before or gone out of my way to be any kind of vocal about women’s rights and things like that. I always supported it, but I didn’t put much into it after that.

Then I had a daughter.

When I look at my sweet baby girl, I daydream about her future. I look into her big hazel eyes and wonder who she’ll be. I wonder what she’ll stand for. I wonder what she’ll pursue. I wonder in what way she will change her part of the world. I wonder how she’ll impact those around her. There is so much I don’t know about her future, but one thing I know for certain is that I don’t want her to have to face any obstacle that her brothers wouldn’t have to face just because she is female. I want her to be able to be whatever the heck she wants to be and I want her to be able to do whatever the heck she wants to do.

Kamala Harris being in office is a step in the right direction. Its proof to these little girls (and big girls) that women can do whatever they put their minds to. Truly, I love what Vice President Harris said in her victory speech when she said, “While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last — because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities.”

I hope Flora is one of those little girls. I’ll make sure she’s one of those little girls. I want her to know that yes, she is a woman, and she can do anything she puts her mind to. I’m happy that, though she won’t remember the time of Biden and Harris, she’ll be able to look at history and see that a woman was in office. Who knows how many more will have been in as my daughter continues to grow older. I hope it doesn’t stop. I really don’t. Because little girls, whether they’re paying attention to politics or not, still pay attention to what other girls are doing.

I’m very close-lipped about politics. This post is in no way indicative of who I did or didn’t vote for and I have no intention of getting into that. I’m just looking at this, this moment, as a win for girls. The symbolism and significance of a woman, no matter what she stands for or claims she’ll do, is pretty amazing, empowering and exciting. I don’t speak out about much stuff like this, but people being treated equally is something I’ll always be in favor of.

And my daughter can do and be anything she puts her mind to.

Weighted Down

UGH

The world is heavy right now. Well, maybe not the world. But America certainly is. This election stuff hurts my heart and jumbles my brain. Its frustrating and hard. Most of all, it makes me really sad about how people can treat one another purely based off of their own opinion.

The phrase, “love one another,” keeps rolling around in my mind. I wish more people repeated that phrase to themselves lately. Maybe, no matter if Biden or Trump wins, and we all vowed to love our neighbor and the random stranger who’s opinion is different than our own, then things could turn out ok. I mean yeah, no matter who wins, things will change. People will still disagree and all that.. I just wish we could be kind. I wish we didn’t have to be afraid to put who we are voting for on social media for fear of terrible backlash and ridicule (not saying everyone fears it, just fyi, but some definitely do)!

I just want to get this off of my chest.

I still love you. You still have a seat at my table. Even if Trump wins. Even if Biden wins. I will still think you’re great. I will still be kind and respectful. I’ll teach my kids to do the same.

I know I’m saying all of this as a privileged, white, straight woman. I’m fully aware this election, and daily life, for that matter, isn’t as hard for me because of those facts. But I want you to know, my respect for a person doesn’t change because of someones political views, religion, race or orientation. I strive to treat everyone with kindness. I judge off of character, not individuality.

I believe we can be ok. But I also believe that for that to really happen, we need to BE KIND.

Magical Monday: First Look at Disneyland

Fun Fact: On this day in history in the year 1954, LOOK Magazine gave its readers a first look at Disneyland. There weren’t any pictures of the park or any pictures of what was going on – but there was this incredible map that I can’t get over. I want this framed in my house. Its incredible. This is said to be the map that Walt Disney used to sell the idea of Disneyland!!

The text on the left side of the map reads:

“Walt Disney’s imagination is running wild again

At Anaheim Calif., 25 miles from Los Angeles, bulldozers are piling up miniature mountains for a new product of Walt Disney’s fertile imagination — a fabulous playground called Disneyland. At present, Disneyland mainly exists in drawings, models and the color map on these pages. But already its four major areas (see map) are backdrops for the Disneyland TV show, making its debut October 27. The areas are: Adventureland (lower left), with riverboats churning along tropical rivers; Frontierland (left center), with Indians, stagecoaches and a paddle-wheel steamer; Fantasyland (top center), home of Sleeping Beauty and site of Never Never Land; Land of Tomorrow (upper right), with spaceship rides and exhibits by major American Industries. Of the park, Disney says, “Its something of a fair, a city from the Arabian Nights, a metropolis of the future, a show place of magic and living facts.”

The text on the right side reads:

“Disneyland Park, “magic” show place, permanent fair, will cover 160 acres, cost $9,000,000; it will open in midsummer of 1955″

I love seeing history of Disneyland. This new development had to have been so exiting for the people paying attention to it! Now look at it, a super successful, super magical, super wonderful, super visited place. I know Walt Disney would be and is so, so proud of this land he created.

Eight Years!

Eight years ago this handsome fella and I tied the knot for time and all eternity. You know, on November 1st, 2012, I knew I was making a good decision by marrying Craig. But I’ve got to say, eight years later, I can honestly say I had no idea just how smart I was to be taking that big step in life. (imagine what I’ll be saying in 8 more years!) Wife-life with Craig is beyond words. I am a hopeless romantic and I also over romanticize things in life – such as marriage. But honestly, Craig’s made all of my dreams come true and then some. I’m not sure how I lucked out so much with him, but I am thankful for that blessing every. single. day.

Our marriage is a really, really good one. Definitely not perfect. Far from perfect. But we try really hard to continually work on it. We are happy together. We have made a really good life for ourselves and it continues to get better. We have been through a lot. Some days are plain ol’ awful. Some days hurt. Some days we communicate terribly and there is tension. But I’m so thrilled to say that most of the time, we are living our own little kind of fairy tale. We have three beautiful children together and we love them both so, so much. Our adventure as parents is our greatest joy. We have some similar interests and some vastly different interests, but we take the time to listen to, and support each other in all of their interests. We get better every day at understanding one another and how best to help and support one another. We laugh a lot. I feel especially lucky to be married to Craig because of the humor. He’s the funniest person I’ve ever met and he has me rolling more often than not. We have incredible conversations. We talk about anything and everything and its thought provoking, energizing, therapeutic and so bonding.

I love Craig with all my heart and I’m not kidding in the least when I say I’m honored to be married to him. Its been eight amazing years and my love for him only grows with each day.

A Necessary Change

For the first time, I am feeling it.

Last week I finally hit the point where I felt like social media was weighing me down more than lifting me up. I’ve done a good job at only following accounts that make me feel good and I’ve always tried to be aware of my time spent on my phone verses the time I’ve spent with my kids/family.

But last week I felt like even though all the content on my phone was good, I wasn’t feeling good. I wasn’t giving my kids all the attention I should be. I wasn’t giving Craig and the attention I should be. Same with my house, dogs, work, etc. Then, when Collin Kartchner passed away (ugh), it made me reevaluate my relationship with my phone even more and made me see even clearer that I needed to reprioritize things in my life.

The time I was spending on my phone/social media wasn’t bad or excessive, but I realized that it was more time than I should be spending at this time. I was giving a little too much energy to the apps and a little less to my kids – and it felt as wrong as it sounds. So I did some pondering. Social media really is a source of joy for me. I really do like it and it is a good outlet for me. I’m definitely not giving up social media – no way. I’ll still be on daily and posting often, but I’m going to be a lot more mindful of the time I spend on it, scrolling mindlessly, etc. I’m going to be more intentional with my time and I’m excited! But the fact is, as much joy and as many highs as I can get through my phone and computer screen is absolutely nothing compared to the joy, the highs and the happiness I get from my real life and my family – and its time I give that more of my energy, again.

Magical Monday: Disneyland’s Updates/Buena Vista Street Opening

Alright. I’m tackling it. Here are my abbreviated thoughts and feelings on the ‘openings’ at Disneyland Resort.

Lets start with the very basics in case you aren’t aware. Disneyland is closed due to COVID-19. It has been since March. Downtown Disney opened back up to the public in early July, but Disneyland and California Adventure remain closed. The governor of California has frequently made it sound like big updates would be coming for the opening of Disneyland Resort, but ultimately, not a whole lot has happened to progress the situation (in my opinion). Not very long ago, the Governor announced that Disneyland Resort could not fully open until California had reached Tier 4 (yellow/minimal) and it would run at a limited capacity of 25%. It has been said, “No indoor queuing is allowed for any attraction or ride. For indoor attractions and rides, develop an outdoor queuing system prior to entry into the attractions indoor operation.” So really, realistically, Disneyland won’t be able to reopen for months. Until that area can reach a minimal risk level, things won’t be happening. Who knows how long this will take. Who knows how long it’ll take for COVID to be as under control as the Governor would like in order to open theme parks. Its frustrating and a little infuriating if you ask me. Thats the basic gist of things.

So now onto even more recent things.

Maybe you’ve heard, maybe you haven’t, but the newest news at Disneyland is that Buena Vista Street is going to open! Downtown Disney District is going to extend to Buena Vista Street, which is inside California Adventure (think Disneyland’s Main Street). Though this doesn’t open up any attractions or anything, it does open up a few new opportunities for Disney-goers! The thing I’m most excited about is the opening of Elias & Co. Thats their biggest, main store in DCA. Having it open is really, really awesome. On top of the great shopping that will now be opened up, there will be food options, too!! Carthay Circle and Smokejumpers Grill offer places to sit down and dine, while plenty of other treat options will tempt you (you should give in) as well.

Its probably important to note that Buena Vista Street is the only thing that will be open in DCA, because remember, technically California Adventure is still closed. We are lucky to have this little piece of it opened back up. Its a little bit more of the magic to grasp.

I think this is great news. Its a step in the right direction, for sure. Also, the thought of walking inside DCA gives me chills, especially since its been so long since the park has been open. I can’t help but hope that Disneyland’s Main Street won’t be too far behind in opening up to the public. A girl can dream, right?

So what are your thoughts on this? Good? Bad? Too soon? Not soon enough? This is a judgement free zone, I’m just genuinely curious what your thoughts are!! Also, if you’re out of state like me, does having Buena Vista Street and Downtown Disney District open make you think you’ll plan a trip there just for those things?

Lets chat about it!!

I hope your week is magic!

Mom

Yesterday was my moms birthday. She is all things wonderful, amazing, good, happy, peaceful and magic. She is the best of the best. I try so dang hard to emulate all that she is. Did you know I’ve never been embarrassed of my mom? Never. She’s always been my best friend and I’ve always been proud of that. I always wonder HOW she somehow managed to have that same relationship with all of her kids. We are all so close to her and tell her our deep secrets that I don’t know if its super common for kids to tell their mom. My mom knows everything about me and I know that all those things I tell her and pieces of me are safe with her. She has always been a safe space for me. She listens, understands and doesn’t make anyone feel bad for feeling or thinking what they do. She understands everyone is different. She doesn’t try to change people to fit her liking – she likes them for who they are. She is patient. She is the perfect balance of mom and friend.

I want to be her when it comes to mom. I hope and pray my kids love and adore and trust me in the ways that my sisters and I do with her. I want to be the kind of mom she is so I can have the same phenomenal relationship with my kids that she has with us.

She is the grandest. I adore her. I love her and I am so proud to be her oldest daughter.

Love you mom. Happy Birthday (yesterday)!

Big News!!

Eeeeeeee!!!! I am so happy to be able to finally announce this! We moved!! We are in a different home!

It’s so crazy. Honestly, a few months ago if you would have asked us if we had moving on our radar, you would have for a big ol’ NOPE for us! We planned on staying in our home for several more years. We knew how we could make it work and we felt good about it. But then an opportunity came up with the new house. It was an opportunity that truly, we would have been absolutely idiotic to have turned down. We didn’t make the decision quickly, and we discussed the heck out of the pros and cons. We came to realize that both options were right. Staying in our old home would have been fine. So would moving to a new house. So ultimately we just had to just decide which was more right.

We knew we’d be silly not to do it. So we did. We chose to move. This new home has so much more room. It is a good home in a good area. We feel good about our decision. It’s exciting!

We are still in the phase of trying to get used to it all. Quite honestly, it feels like it happened really fast. So now that we are in our new home and slowly making it our own and personalizing it, it’s all starting to really set it.

We feel really fortunate. We feel blessed and excited. Our kids (and dogs) have transitioned into the new home really well and things are going great. Now if only I could figure out how to decorate my new living room!!

I’ll be sharing more about the house and some of the projects we are tackling as we go. Thanks for following along! I really do appreciate you being here.