It’s Almost that Time!

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What time? Halloween time in Disneyland!!

This year, instead of the usual and wonderful Mickey’s Halloween Party in Disneyland, it will be Oogie Boogie Bash in California Adventure! Totally not going to lie – I am bummed it isn’t being held in Disneyland, BUT several years ago when the Halloween party was in California Adventure I still loved it, so I have no doubt I’ll still love 2019s Halloween Party!

We are getting our costumes all cooked up and ready and we are bursting at the seams we are so excited to get to our favorite place during our favorite time SO soon!

How about some facts now:

  • Tickets cost $110 a person ages 3+ (I know, I know. Lots of $$$, but worth every penny)
  • Oogie Boogie Bash goes from September 17 – October 31
  • Since we don’t get the amazing firework show behind the castle, we get Villainous! A World of Color show that is sure to be amazing!
  • Mickey’s Trick and Treat – a show which is said to be an interactive Halloween party with Mickey and pals!
  • Our tried and true Frightfully Fun Parade will be there!
  • One of my personal faves, Guardians of the Galaxy: Monsters After Dark will be going!!
  • There will be spooktacular overlays, decorations, photo ops and so much more!!

If you’re wanting to go, act fast and buy your tickets soon!!

And happy almost Halloween in Disneyland time!

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Our Happy 4th of July

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Our Independence Day was just wonderful. It was simple, quiet and so, so happy and exactly what we needed. You know how somedays you just realize how badly you need a small break from reality? I think Craig and I were both definitely at that point, so having a day dedicated to fun and family was exactly what we both longed for.

We spent the morning at home not doing much special. Then we headed over to my families house where we had a barbecue and swam for several hours (i think it should be our new family rule that we must swim on 4th of july), and caught up with my mom and sister who had spent the last few days in Disney World with some friends – lucky.

Next, we packed up our van and drove up to Craig’s parents cabin up north. There, we had dinner, went 4-wheeling (my favorite), spent time outside, watched the fireworks from up in the mountain which was really neat, then we spent the night! The next morning we had a delicious breakfast, did some more 4-wheeling (still my favorite), then went back home.

It was just the best. It was revitalizing and exciting and best of all, a bunch of time with my sweet family and our extended families.

I hope you all had a wonderful Fourth of July, as well!! You all deserve it.

Fathers Day!

Sunday we celebrated Fathers Day, and it was giving me all kinds of feelings. I’m pretty outspoken to people close to me that I think fathers are greatly underestimated and not nearly as valued as they should be. Moms get a lot of credit, and rightfully so, but know who else works hard and does awesome? DADS! Especially the dads that I’m surrounded by.

My dad has always been my hero and he still is. He is all things good. He has a heart of gold, he’s humble, he’s very generous, he’s happy, he’s freakishly smart, he’s supportive… just all things good. Being one of his daughters is something I don’t take for granted – I’m fully aware of just how lucky I am.

My father-in-law is incredible. He is hardworking, optimistic, so friendly, helpful and happy. I knew him before I knew Craig and I adored him, so I feel very lucky that somehow I was able to sneak my way into his family. He is a great man I’m lucky to know.

Then there is Craig. The father to my children. I could go on and on, but I’m going to try and keep this brief, especially because I just gushed about him recently on his birthday post. He is the best. I mean that. I spent pretty much my entire life dreaming up my ‘perfect man,’ and as cheesy and cliche as it sounds, Craig easily beat out my dream guy. He is amazing. Celebrating him as a father, will forever be something I love. He is the most amazing dad. He is so hands on, so involved in their lives and best of all, he never ever, ever lets his kids forget or question how valuable, important and capable they are. My heartstrings can hardly handle the love I have for him when I watch him with our boys. He excels at a lot, but nothing will ever surpass the father that he is.

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Happy (late) Fathers Day to all of you men out there! Whether you have kids, want them someday, are trying for one, have fur-babies, or are content being the fun-Uncle, I celebrate you! You’re making a difference in these kids lives and I am grateful for that!

Valentines

Oh, Valentines Day!

Tomorrow is the big, romantic holiday and…am I a Valentine’s Day Grinch if I say that I am not super in love with this holiday (pun, intended)? Don’t get me wrong, I love love. I’ve got to be one of the cheesiest, hopeless-romantics on earth. Wild Man can attest to how ooey-gooey I can be and how love stuff sucks me in. But I have this problem with thinking this day needs to be special for love. I guess I’m in the group of people that think, shouldn’t we celebrate love like this every day?? However, if you are one of those people who are crazy about Valentine’s Day, then go you! If I’m being honest, I think I’d like to be a Valentine’s Day crazy person. I admire those people. Maybe someday. But not in 2019, at least.

Know what I do love, though? My husband. Since this is the day of love I just feel like I need to say

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY WILD MAN!

He’s great. I’m glad he is my forever Valentine. Even though we keep our Valentine’s Days super low-key and uneventful, he still makes them special for me. I am a lucky lady to have him. Now, in an awkward attempt to wrap up this dull-feeling blog post (does it feel that way to anyone else? yeah, probably), here are some old pictures of the two of us. One from our wedding and two engagements. P.S. I kind of miss my blonde hair.

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Have a happy, happy Valentine’s Day tomorrow – no matter how you celebrate it!

Theres So Much to Be Grateful For

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I hope your day is wonderful and I hope you eat so much delicious food that your pants fit a little too tight, but your stomach has never been happier (thats my goal)!

I am grateful for you. I’m thankful for you for taking the time to read my blog, no matter how inconsistent I am or how odd and scattered my posts are. Having readers means a lot to me and I’ve been delighted and overjoyed to watch the number of my followers and readers grow, especially within the last few months. I’m thankful for your time you spend with me here on my blog or other forms of social media.

I am grateful for my family. You know this by now, but I couldn’t post about gratitude without mentioning them. I am grateful for my wonderful, selfless husband who is my rock, my sanity and my happy place. I am grateful for my sons who are my greatest source of joy, my light, my inspiration and my little best friends. My family is amazing and I’m in awe every day of just how blessed I am to have them and be theirs.

I am grateful for my family and my in-laws. I’ve been so blessed to be raised by such an incredible family and marry into an equally as incredible family. I’m so very lucky. I’m thankful that I genuinely like and love each member of these families and have good relationships with them all. I’m grateful for their examples and the memories I have with them all.

I am grateful for my friends. As I sit here and think of this incredible group of friends I have, I can’t help but smile. They’re all so different and unique and they are helping me daily become who I am. They’re all such great supporters, listeners and they just get it. They help me feel like a good mom when I don’t feel that way and they cheer me on as I go through this mother/wife journey.

I am grateful to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Later-Day Saints. I’m thankful to know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love me, care for me and know me. I’m grateful for prayer and the peace that it brings. I’m thankful for church, the Holy Ghost, the people in my ward and for the overall sense of happiness the gospel has brought me throughout my life.

Throughout my life I have been tremendously blessed. I don’t take these blessings for granted. I’m very aware of just how lucky I am. My heart could explode because of how grateful I truly feel today.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!!

Self Respect Journey

You are kind. You are smart. You are a friend. You are worth it.

I tell my kids this at least once every day. I don’t miss a day saying this because I want my children to remember this. They are young and likely aren’t comprehending what I’m saying yet, but I believe that the more they hear it, the more it will become a part of them. I want them to always love and respect themselves. I want them to believe in themselves. I want them to have confidence in themselves and in turn, I want them to make other people feel good about themselves. I want them to have the ability and the knowledge that they can change their little corner of the world by being a good person. I know there will be days when confidence and self-respect isn’t the easiest thing for them, but I hope they have the tools to combat those negative feelings and I hope they know they can turn to their parents and siblings for a boost in the way they are feeling and the way they are viewing themselves.

As I was thinking about all these things I want for my kids, the thought popped into my head that kids learn by example and they copy what they see. I need to practice what I’m preaching to my babies. I need to be kind. I need to believe I am smart. I need to be a friend. I need to believe I am worth it. This kind of sent me spiraling into this idea that I need to start on a self-respect, self-love journey that my mind, body and soul desperately, desperately are in need of.

And I am so excited.

I’ve been doing some planning and have set up some goals for myself. I’m going to finish the year out strong so in 2019 I can begin the year feeling confident, refreshed, capable and have the self-love and respect for myself that I deserve, want and need. Its also going to focus on serving others and being kind to others, which I feel like is an awesome way to kick off the holiday season!

If this sounds like something you’d like to do with me, join me! I’ll post my ‘schedule’ below – you can switch it up to better cater to you, but I think this would be a fun little journey to go on together during the remainder of the year!

The Weekly Goals

Week 1 Nov. 18-24: Focusing on body love – verbally telling myself things about my body I am grateful for. Doing yoga twice a day, focusing on love and appreciation for my body. I am perfect the way I am right now – I am beautiful the way I am right now. 

Week 2 Nov. 25-Dec. 1: Every day write down 5 good things about my character (no repeats)! Read the list throughout the day and believe those words. At least 10 minutes of quiet  meditation a day (whether that be yoga, laying in bed, sitting in the spare bedroom in the basement, in the bathtub, etc). 

Week 3 Dec. 2-8: Be extra friendly and give service. Every day do something/say something kind to someone else (outside of immediate family) – do this however you think would work best for you and others (in person, on social media, a letter, treats delivered, etc). Be mindful of how many times I say sorry and stop apologizing for my actions that don’t need an apology. For example, sometimes before I start talking or make a comment on something, I’ll start with, ‘sorry,’ or if I feel like I’m in someones way I’ll apologize. I’ll apologize for the way I look, sound, act, etc. Don’t feel embarrassed to have an opinion or to want to speak up or say something. Not all of this needs an apology! I can exist without having to feel like I’m bothering people! 

Week 4 Dec. 9-15: Learn something new each day. Whatever you want to learn about, do it. Want to know more about history? Read about it! Want to learn about constellations? Study them! Want to learn how to paint your nails better? Watch some tutorials. Want to learn how to clean the tile on your kitchen floor? Learn that! Just expand your knowledge every day with something new. Then tell someone what you’ve learned! Don’t feel embarrassed – be proud!

Week 5 Dec. 16-22: Every day write down 50 things you’re grateful for. Yep, 50. They can repeat, just really focus on what you’re thankful for that day. Express your gratitude to the people around you, to yourself and even to objects (haha – you don’t have to, but I’m going to!!) Donate! Find things you can donate to the people around you in need – that can be to people effected by the fires in CA, people who don’t have enough money to have Christmas gifts, people who can’t afford a yummy Christmas meal, etc. Donate and help peoples burdens feel lighter. 

Week 6 Dec. 23-31: Learn more about the Savior. Study the birth of Christ in the scriptures as well as His life. Every day focus on an attribute that Christ has that you want to apply to your life. Strive to be more like Him. Fight the negative thoughts that come to your mind – whether they be about yourself, others, the current situation, etc – and actively replace them with happy thoughts. 

I am so excited to do this. I really am! I have high hopes for this challenge and I’m hoping it really resets my mind. I hope it makes me happier, more positive, more confident and respectful of myself and of others. I believe that if I really do this I will come out a much kinder, happier and content person – and I don’t know about you but that sounds like a dream come true to me!

Holidays in Disneyland!

They’re here!

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The holidays are officially at Disneyland!

The holidays in Disneyland are as magical as you’d imagine it to be. There is extra magic in the air. The Festival of the Holidays goes from November 9th to January 8th.

Some holiday fun happening in the park during the holidays are:

A Christmas Fantasy Parade

It’s a Small World Holiday

Festival of Holidays (in DCA)

Mater’s Jingle Jamboree (DCA)

Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl (DCA)

Haunted Mansion Holiday (is still going)

Believe in Holiday Magic fireworks

Holiday Time at Disneyland Tour

Don’t forget all the amazing holiday themed food and the incredible decorations and overlays!

Happy Holidays!