Haunted Mansion Holiday

“‘Twas a long time ago – longer now than it seems,
In a place that, perhaps, you have seen in your dreams.
For the story that you are about to be told
Began in the holiday worlds of old.
I know you’re curious to see what’s inside.
It’s what happens when two holidays collide!

Welcome, my friends, to our Christmas delight!
Come witness a ghoulishly glorious sight.
It’s time for our holiday tale to begin.
There’s no turning back now—please, come all the way in.”

Halloween is fast approaching (YESSS!!!!) and as such, the celebrations are beginning at Disney Parks! On September 20th, Mickeys Halloween Party in Disneyland starts and I’ve blogged about this before, but this is something you have to have on your Bucket List. My very favorite time to go to Disneyland is when all their Fall/Halloween decorations and overlays are up and then when you add the Halloween Party (which is a separate ticket event in the evenings) and its the cherry on top of an already very magical, not-so-scary time. I can’t wait for our trip down there soon!

One of my very favorite things Disneyland does during this time is transform Haunted Mansion to Haunted Mansion Holiday – which opens today! Jack Skellington (from Nightmare Before Christmas) takes over the Mansion and creates the most spooktacular Christmas setup you’ll ever see! Its still very much the original Haunted Mansion, but with lots of new Christmas/Tim Burton twists. The music and audio are incredible. There is a gingerbread house thats real (so its different every year) that smells up the Ballroom with that delicious scent. There are new, unfamiliar surprises around every corner. Its incredible.

Coming from someone who calls Haunted Mansion their favorite Disney attraction and does’t love change – this should speak volumes for what a fun little change this is. I highly suggest you check it out someday. Just so you know, it runs through December then will go back to the amazing, original Haunted Mansion we all know and love.

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xoxo

ceeceesparkles

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Happy Birthday Wild Man & GENDER REVEAL

Yesterday was my darling husbands birthday! It was such a fun day and was surprisingly relaxing and rejuvenating. Wild Man is truly the greatest man ever. I have never met a more selfless, helpful person. Without fail he is always putting others and their happiness first. He is the first to offer assistance and he genuinely loves helping people and easing their burdens and lightening loads in any way he can – and it makes me so proud of him. He’s incredible. He makes me laugh harder than anyone else can and the happiness he makes me feel is amazing. He reminds me every day that I am special, valued and worth something. He is a phenomenal husband. So many women talk about how their husbands aren’t helpful around the house, how they’re lazy and whatever…but I always feel so lucky because Wild Man really isn’t that way. Especially as I have been sick with this pregnancy, he has been amazing in taking over some housework that I’ve neglected. He does laundry, dishes and knows where everything goes in the house. I don’t know what I did to get such a handy, helpful guy but boy am I lucky! And I can’t go without saying how much I love that he’s fully embraced my Disney lifestyle and has even taken it upon himself and he really does love love love Disney now too! I married an amazing man and I’m so glad that yesterday was a day to celebrate him, his birth and his wonderful existence in the world.

For his birthday we have always had a pool party at my parents pool with his family, my family and close friends. Its one of the things I look forward to the most every year. Last nights pool party was another success!

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Two years ago when we announced H’s gender, we did it at Wild Man’s pool party and pulled a boy swimming suit out of a gift bag. So we decided to do the exact same reveal this year since it was ironically working out the very same with timing and everything. Its always so exciting to tell friends and family what our baby is! It makes things feel a lot more real somehow.

Anyway…

ITS A BOY!!!!!!

We are THRILLED to have a little brother in a few more months! I cannot wait to see H and this little guy grow up as best friends. As soon as our ultrasound reveled that he was a boy my heart nearly burst with excitement for us, but especially for H. Oh I love my boys!

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xoxo

ceeceesparkles

Memorial Day Weekend Fun!

Our Memorial Day Weekend was so, so great you guys. As I’m sitting here and looking through pictures and thinking back to how amazing it was my heart is pretty darn full at how special and fun our weekend was. We got to spend a lot of time together just as our family of three and also with Wild Man’s family. Also, life was a little extra special because for whatever reason I didn’t feel nearly as sick as I have been this weekend!

Wild Man’s brother and his family camped up the canyon and we popped up there to visit and have dinner quite often. It was a lot of fun and H was obsessed with running around with his cousins and throwing rocks and sticks into the creek. We got dirty and stinky and if you ask me, thats the sign of a good time up in the mountains! We also spent a day with Wild Man’s brother and family at our local Reservoir which was awesome. Again, H loved hanging out with his cousins. I thought the water was beyond freezing cold and it was kind of unbearable (maybe I’m just a baby) but H didn’t seem to mind it at all and would wade knee deep with no hesitation. He was also a big fan of playing in the dirt/sand. I am loving this phase of life and watching him be more independent, curious and explore so much. He’s the best.

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On Memorial Day the three of us swam at my parents pool just by ourselves for hours and hours. It was so much fun and our day was so special and bonding. We were out at the pool pretty much all day and every second was great. H loves floating by himself (with the assistance of his lifejacket, of course) and going down the slide and just hanging out with his parents.

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It was a fun weekend of play, but I also wanted to express my gratitude for the people who have made it so I can have this special time with my family. I am so thankful for the brave people past and present who have fought for my freedoms – some even giving their lives for the betterment of our country. What a great life they have so selflessly created for all of us!

Hope you all had a happy Memorial Day!

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! I am a huge fan of love, oozy-gooey-ness, all things cheesy and romantic so Valentine’s Day is kind of my jam. Also, to make my Valentine’s Day even better I was able to guest post over on my friend Danica’s blog while she is taking her maternity leave (she makes the most ADORABLE baby girls) and I discuss some methods I use to try and cope with not being in a Disney park. Feel free to hop over to her page and read my post by clicking here.

I’ll be honest, I had amazing intentions of doing some creative Valentine’s Day posts leading up to the big day of love. But so far February has thrown me for a loop and nothing has really gone as planned. I have been a giant ball of anxiety, I cry at…everything, and H has been extra needy so I have been much more attentive to him. I was going to have a post or two about some Valentine’s Day make up looks (i was even going to possibly do a video!), I was going to have a post dedicated to my Valentine’s Day inspired outfit and I was going to write a post about how Wild Man and I met and maybe something talking about our engagement story. I was also going to do a post about my home decor, because I’m not going to lie, my Valentine’s decorations are bomb. I had so many good ideas and I was so excited. But family always comes first — and honestly so does my sanity so I had to sacrifice some things to make sure my family was ok and to make sure I was ok. Does that sound so lame? Maybe. But that is why this is my Valentine’s Day post. This is nothing special or fancy – but ironically, thats kind of how our Valentine’s Days go. And I love it.

Wild Man and I like to stay true to ourselves on Valentine’s Day. It is really fun to go out and go somewhere fancy for dinner, but nothing makes us quite as happy as when we stay home in our comfy clothes, watch some tv, eat a homemade meal and watch H play and laugh at the cute little things he does. That sounds like an amazing night to me. I know thats now everyones cup of tea, but that is ours and I couldn’t be more thrilled. I am excited to cuddle on the couch and eat some junk food and drink a few Diet Cokes. Oh, what a great day. And don’t worry, I’ll still be wearing pink and red and rocking a red lip. Its Valentine’s Day, after all.

I hope you guys all have a great day. Just a reminder, Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be a downer if you don’t have a husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend. You can celebrate the love you have for your family, for your friends, for yourself, for your dog! The options are endless.

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

#NewYearNewMe

HAPPY 2017!

Can I just start by saying that our family had such a great New Years Eve day? If ringing in the new year was any indication to what kind of year 2017 will be, then I am pretty darn excited.

The beginning of a new year is equal parts exciting and scary (for me) but I am really looking forward to this new year and all it has in store for our little family. I’ve made a lot of goals for myself this year and am trying really hard to focus on self improvement and being the best version of myself. I also have several work/money/business related goals this year – something I don’t think I’ve ever really added to my new years resolution list before. Then as always I have some health goals and fun goals. As I was looking at my New Years Resolutions I realized a lot are actually quite personal, so I will be sharing my revised list on what I feel comfortable sharing — until further notice.

MY 2017 NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS

  • Hold weekly Family Home Evening
  • Bear my testimony in church at least once
  • Kneel to pray
  • Use my time much more wisely
  • Continue reading scriptures everyday
  • Give an act of service at least once a week
  • Read scripture stories daily with H
  • Read/watch/listen to at least one General Conference talk a week
  • Really strive to give my full effort in my church callings
  • Keep a Gratitude Journal
  • Exercise 3-4x a week
  • Improve my blog
  • Read at least one book a month
  • Find and make a new recipe at least 2-3x a month

Like I said, the rest I’m not comfortable sharing just yet. But hopefully as I get to work on them I’ll be sharing bits and pieces of them as the year goes on.

A few of my friends and other bloggers I follow started this thing where they choose a word for their year. I always loved this and was really excited to choose a word for myself in 2017. It turned out to be a major struggle. I wanted to pick a word that was motivating, clever and helped me set goals for myself. I cycled through several words throughout the month of December but I always kept going back to one word and I always fought it because it wasn’t the type of word I had in mind. But nothing else ever worked for me and I’ve decided to stop ignoring the word that keeps popping into my brain.

So my word for 2017 is: KINDNESS

To be honest there is a part of me that thinks this is a boring word, but there is another part of me really excited because its a powerful word. The world always can use more kindness and its never a bad idea to always try and be a little kinder.

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I hope you guys have an amazing 2017. I’m so excited to start on this clean slate, work on goals of bettering myself and being more kind and seeing where the year takes my cute little family.

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

Last Post of 2016

I wanted my last post of 2016 to be something really cool. You know, go out with a bang type post. I thought about doing an in-depth review of my year, or the typical New Years Resolutions post. Then yesterday H and I went to the aquarium with my family and as I was watching him oo and aw at all the different fish I was hit pretty hard with the obvious realization that he was my whole year. 2016 was our first full calendar year with our little guy and it completely consumed us.

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I think Wild Man and I changed a lot in 2016. We went from being 2015 people with no parenting experience or knowledge, to being these 2016 people who have this new little person in their lives that they’re completely obsessed with and want nothing but the best for. We changed the way we thought, the way we made decisions, the way we cleaned, decorated and organized, we changed our daily rituals, we changed our priorities and our hearts changed the very most. There is nothing quite as bonding as having a child together and working together the best you can to ensure that you’re sweet little one lives a good life. Its exciting and terrifying all in one, but there is nothing comparable to it and though its only been 13 months, its been the best 13 months I’ve ever lived. I turned into a different person this year (ok, last November) when I took on the title ‘mom’ and theres no greater joy to me.

Our family is small – just the three of us and in time it will grow, but I couldn’t help but think about what a great year its been with just our little crew. We have made so memories and we’ve all taught each other so much. I get real emotional thinking about the future as we add on more children, more memories, more lessons and more experiences – life is awesome! It has its downs, yes. Every year does and some are greater than others but I am feeling so fortunate to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-Day Saints and to have faith in God’s plan for me and my family. I don’t know what 2017 has in store for our family but I’m excited (and as always, a little worried) to find out. As I say goodbye to such a nice, happy year I can’t help but thank 2016 for the great memories – and definitely for the entire year I’ve been able to spend with my husband and son. Those two fill my heart and bring me all the joy and happiness I could ever wish for and the more I think about it I know that as long as I have them, then my life – and 2017 – will be good.

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

Christmas 2016

I’m pretty sure there aren’t even words to describe what a perfect Christmas we had yesterday. To be honest I’m getting teary just thinking about it. Everything went perfectly, so smoothly and having our sweet one year old totally into it made everything so much more magical. I laughed because on Christmas Eve night when I went to bed I realized I felt like a little kid again and could hardly sleep because I was too excited to see H see what Santa brought him and open presents from mom, dad, grandparents, aunts/uncles and cousins. At one point I woke up and thought for sure it was six or seven in the morning and I laid there impatiently waiting for H to wake up because I was so excited to start the day. After a while of waiting I looked at the clock on my phone at it was 1:30am! It was a total flashback of my childhood.

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Its almost like H knew it was Christmas. He woke up extra happy and was adorable when he walked into our living room and saw everything. He actually had a decent attention span when it came to opening gifts and was really cute and had a few specific toys that he really loved. We had Christmas morning just the three of us for the first time this year and it was perfect. It made the holiday more special and meaningful somehow – and also made me feel like an adult, big time. We spent a little over an hour opening gifts, taking pictures and playing with our new things then we got ready for church. We went to my families ward with them at 9am. I originally had a bad attitude about church on Christmas and now I’m embarrassed I ever felt that way. Hellllllloooooooo? Isn’t that what this holiday is about? Church was only an hour long and it was filled with choir numbers, congregational hymns and one speaker. It was a really neat way to remind me of the spirit that should be in our hearts on Christmas day. It put the day in to perspective for me and honestly because of going to church I felt a different spirit with me throughout the day.

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After church we went to my parents house for several hours. They hadn’t had their Christmas yet so we were able to join them for all of that which was really fun. I truly think I’ll be kind of sad the day I don’t get to be there to see the looks on my little sisters faces when they open their gifts. We exchanged gifts then pretty quickly started my FAVORITE Christmas tradition – we broke open a bunch of the new games we received and started playing! Games and Christmastime just go together in our family. It was a blast playing games and eating Chinese food.

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Then we made our way (five houses away) to Wild Man’s families house where his entire family was there for the first time in a few years! We socialized, exchanged gifts, played a couple games, ate a delicious Christmas dinner then played some more games. We got tired but it was well worth it.

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When we got back home H couldn’t stay awake and went down so good. Wild Man and I looked through the pile of gifts we got and reminisced on our amazing day. Like I said I seriously cannot put into words how great of a day this was. I knew it would be good – Christmas always is – but this was better than I imaged it to be. I hope you all had an equally as amazing day and that no matter who your day was spent with that you felt love and were able to remember the real reason why we celebrate Christmas.

xoxo

ceeceesparkles