I’m Still Kickin’

Oh hey! Long time, no see! Remember me?

Its been a while. But I don’t regret it. I feel like 2019 has already been the year of learning about myself, my limits, my strength, my weaknesses and my boundaries – and its only May! There has been a lot of soul searching and a lot of great realizations. I’m thankful for it, but I’m also exhausted by it. But its all good. It really is.

I’m hoping to start blogging semi-regularly, again. Will I actually? Yeah, who knows. Hopefully. But if I don’t, I’m not going to guilt trip myself. But if I do, then awesome! I’m excited!

Mostly I just wanted to drop in and say hi and remind you all that I still exist and that I’m just a happy little camper who hangs out with my boys all day and am living the mom dream.

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Spider-Fam

On Sundays we take a family picture. We’ve done this every single Sunday since before H was born and its one of my very favorite things I’ve ever committed myself to. Want to have the coolest documentation of your family growing? Do it. I dare you.

Anyway, yesterday we decided to be Spider-Man…Spider-Men? for our Sunday picture and I’m just really happy with it. H is currently incredibly obsessed with The Avengers, especially Spider Man (and Hulk), so when I saw these adult pajamas that were Spider Man and knew our boys both had multiple pairs of Spider Man jammies… I mean how could I not?

You know what they say! A family that Spider-Mans together, stays together!

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More Disney Love

I’ve already posted about going to Mickey’s Halloween Party during our most recent Disneyland trip, but I hadn’t posted about any other part of it. I don’t post about all of our trips to Disney, and I wasn’t planning on posting about this one (besides some specific posts for specific Disney topics) but some of these pictures are just too cute not to share. So here we are.

This trip has been anticipated since 2017’s October trip and it did not disappoint. I’m not going to go into detail because if you’ve read this blog for a while then you’ve heard me gush about Halloween time in Disneyland billions of times. But just know that it was exactly what I wanted. We had an amazing, magical time and my love for Disneyland is as strong and as passionate as ever.

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Dad

A very Happy Birthday to the very best dad!

Everyone loves this guy – especially my boys! I’m grateful for his amazing example of humility, service, kindness, hard work and family love. My dad is so hilarious, so happy and so fun. Happy Birthday, Pops! Love you!

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Mickey’s Halloween Party 2018

On October 19th it was finally our time to get down to Mickey’s Halloween Party this year. I plan to do a post at some point about the whole trip, but before Halloween happens then passes us by, I wanted to make sure I got a post up about our spooky, fun evening celebrating Halloween in Disneyland!

Lets start with costumes. For Halloween this year, we dressed up as some of the characters from Ratatouille. I was Colette, Wild Man was Linguini, H was Remy and E was Emile. If you ask me, it turned out great! It always feels good when you walk the park and get countless comments of admiration from people. (oh also, H had just woken up – very unhappily – from a nap when a lot of these pictures were taken)

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My mom and dad dressed up as Steam Boat Willie and Black and White Minnie. One of my sisters was Kuzco from Emperors New Groove and the other was Bo Peep from Toy Story (we found Woody and he loved her).

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The Cadaver Dans (regularly the Dapper Dans) perform out on Rivers of America during Mickey’s Halloween Party and its always one of my highlights of the party.

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The decorations and spooky effects, as usual were incredible. There is something extra magical about the park during the halloween party. Its amazing what Disney can do to the park. Ugh, I love it.

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The Trick-or-Treating was fun, but H got tired of it kind of fast so we didn’t hit all the different spots (ok by me) and instead we got in a bunch more rides! We still ended up with tons of candy too, so it was a win-win.

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Then there was the parade and firework show, also special to Mickey’s Halloween Party. The parade is my very favorite. The fireworks are also incredible. Its totally worth it to sit around for a while to claim a good spot for both of these events because you’re not going to see them anywhere else but during this party!

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It was a frightfully fun evening. I’m so glad we have this tradition of going to Disneyland Resort during Halloween time. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it a million times more, the best time to go to Disneyland Resort is during Halloween.

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MOM

Happy Birthday to the mom of all moms! I love you lots!!

  • My mom is my best friend and she always has been. I never went through the phase of thinking my mom was the worst or so embarrassing. We have always been very close.
  • She is the reason I’m the Disney-crazed human that I am. She may be the biggest Disney fan I know.
  • She is super Grammy. I knew she’d be a wonderful grandma but she exceeded all expectations I had of her. She loves my kids so much and that is a really awesome feeling.
  • She is humble. I’ve always admired that and always tried to be like her in that way.
  • She makes everyone feel good about themselves. She uplifts and raises spirits easily.
  • My mom is hilarious. Some of the greatest laughs I’ve ever experienced in my life come from laughing at/with her.
  • She leads by example. She’s never been one to yell the rules at me and my sisters, but she always taught us the rules through her actions (does that make sense?) and I feel like it was really affective and powerful.
  • She is the most supportive mom. I could go on for hours with examples. I always think about high school and how she always supported what I wanted to do, who I wanted to be, etc. She let me make mistakes and helped me learn from them. She never made me do it her way, she let me learn for myself. I didn’t realize how much I appreciated that until recently.
  • My momma is a smarty-pants. Things just stick with her naturally. You know, thats how my dad is too — really wishing those genes would have been passed along to me!
  • She genuinely cares for others. She’s kind and compassionate.
  • She loves the gospel and she’s dedicated to it.
  • She is one of those naturally crafty, artsy, DIY people. Everything she touches turns to gold basically. She always makes the cutest stuff and does so quickly and makes it look so easy. She’s very impressive.
  • She is one of the most selfless people I’ve ever met.
  • She listens. She keeps secrets. She’s understanding. She remembers things. She makes me feel heard.
  • She has way too many great qualities to list in one blog post. I’ll end here, but just know – my mom is amazing. I hope you all have someone in your life like her.

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Happy Birthday, mom! I love you!

Refreshed and Reconnected

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We spent several days last week in Meeker, Colorado in a big cabin on a bunch of beautiful property up in the mountains. It turned out to be one of those family trips that we needed, but we weren’t even sure just how much we needed it until we returned home. It felt so, so good.

Though I had my phone with me (pictures!), I hardly ever checked my phone. If I left it in a different room I wasn’t worried about it. We were breathing fresh (non smoky- thanks utah) air and really bonding with our family in a way that we just can’t do when we’re home. It was so rejuvenating to play outside or in the cabin with the boys and let them explore, get dirty and be adventurous. It was just what the doctor ordered.

After those great days spent in the mountains I am feeling so recharged, relaxed and motivated. Things I didn’t even realize I needed so badly in my life right now. So thanks, Colorado. I can’t wait for next year.