Round Two!

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Hooray! We are finally announcing that I am pregnant with our second little bundle of joy! Come November, we will have another sweet little thing to love on and snuggle with and we are overjoyed. Funny enough, this babies due date is H’s birthday! So our kids will be pretty much exactly two years apart!

Just like with H, I have been feeling pretty miserable. Sick sick sick. Throwing up. Losing weight. All that fun stuff. But hey, you just keep on trekking because these babies are so worth it! Its different being pregnant with your first compared to being pregnant with your second. With my first pregnancy I could lay on the couch 24/7, sleep in, nap whenever I needed to and was just 100% lazy. Now its a different story because, though I’d love to be 100% lazy, I have a busy little boy to chase around and care for. Its actually nice. Its made time pass a little quicker and forces me to get up and be even kind of productive.

I’m actually really relived to be announcing that I’m pregnant because now I have an explanation for why I have been so flaky and absent when it comes to blogging and other social media. I felt like I had writers block when it came to blogging because all I wanted to talk about was being pregnant but I couldn’t say anything yet so I’d start a post and then just fizzle out and end up deleting the post. Now that we have gone public with this though I feel like I’m going to be a lot better at posting frequently, even if it has nothing to do with being pregnant. Does that make sense? I don’t know, but thats how its working.

And now I can post about our magical Disneyland trip from a couple weeks ago! I was hesitant to post pictures because my belly is in that is she pregnant/is she chubby phase and I didn’t want to post the pictures before you guys knew that its a baby in there!

Yay for Baby #2! We are very blessed, excited and sleepy!

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

Magical Monday: Some of My Favorite Easter Eggs

Disney movies are very well known for their cleverness. If you haven’t heard of Disney movie easter eggs, allow me to explain what these are – no they’re not literal easter eggs hidden throughout movies, instead they are little hidden secrets (such as characters, disney history, etc) hidden throughout Disney films. I wanted this to be a list of my favorite Easter Eggs, but after really thinking about that – I’m not sure if I could ever choose however many favorites because I love them all. So instead I chose some of the ones I love the most. And I’d love to hear which ones of yours you love that I didn’t include!

This one is from Up. You can see the Pixar ball (yellow ball with red star) that is actually in a lot of Pixar films, and if you look in the bottom left corner by the bed, you see Lotso from Toy Story 3!

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This is from Hercules. At one point Hercules is posing for a man who is painting him on a vase and he’s wearing Scar as a headdress. Scar is from Lion King. I remember seeing this when I was younger and thinking it was so sneaky and clever. I still think that, actually.

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This next one is from Tangled. When Flynn takes Rapunzel to the Snuggly Duckling, there is a wide shot where, if you look quick, you can see Pinnochio hiding up near the ceiling!

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This is from Aladdin and another one that really impressed me as a youngin’. When the Sultan is building his little animal pyramid, you quickly see the Beast from Beauty and the Beast!

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This one is for sure in my top 5. This is from Ratatouille. When Remi is running around the city you see the shadow of who? Dug!! My favorite Disney dog! Dug is from Up. And now I want to watch Up. (but skip the first half because I’m not in the mood to cry my eyes out currently)

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In Tarazan when Terk and her friends sing Trashin the Camp – while totally trashing the camp, you get a glimpse of Mrs. Pots and Chip from Beauty and the Beast!

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This one is from Finding Nemo and I love it. At a scene at the Dentist Office when things appear to be getting crazy in the office, you see the waiting clients in the waiting room. The boy who nervously looks up is reading a Mr. Incredible comic!

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And ending this post with one of my all time favorites – another from Hercules. The Muse’s are lined up just like the signing busts in Haunted Mansion – my very favorite Disney attraction. How can this not just make you smile?

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So theres a few I love. Maybe I’ll have to do another post like this in the future so I can include even more I love. Which are your favorites?

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

Weekly Happy

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One: The other day I sent a Snapchat to Wild Man that was of me holding H while he slept. Wild Man responded with, “I wish I could hold him when he naps,” and it was one of those things that kind of struck me. Like I’m really lucky that my ‘job’ is to hold the worlds cutest baby while he falls asleep and spend pretty much 24/7 with him. Sometimes its really nice to be reminded of how fortunate and blessed I am.

Two: You know Costco’s giant muffins? Lately I’ve had a deep obsession with them. The chocolate ones are everything to me and don’t tell me they aren’t healthy – I don’t care. They make me happier than any other food currently so I will keep proudly devouring them.

Three: Its Prom season and I have had the cutest high school girls coming into my spa to get lash extensions, brow waxing, etc and its so much fun!

Four: Disney planning. I’ll leave it at that for now. (woo!!)

Five: H is at such a fun stage. All the sudden he’s acting so much older and more mature. His personality has always been strong but its coming out even bigger and bolder now and I love it. He’s getting even better at reading people and knows the exact moment when someone could use a kiss or a snuggle. He is a little joy and is honestly happy 98% of the time (that 2% is while we are at church, i swear) and we are just smitten by this funny little dude.

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

Magical Monday: My Fear of Captain Hook

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Disney is known for their amazing story telling and producing incredible characters. Some characters are scarier than others. Growing up I had reassuring nightmares about Horace and Jasper (Cruella Deville’s henchmen on 101 Dalmatians) kidnapping me so I obviously had a fear of them – which now is pretty funny to me because they really aren’t very scary. Dr. Facilier from The Princess and the Frog is pretty creepy. And you’re lying if you don’t think Oogie Boogie from Nightmare Before Christmas is terrifying. I grew up watching Peter Pan quite frequently and Captain Hook is the villain – but he’s not a very intimidating villain in my opinion. I actually have always enjoyed him. He’s funny, he tries hard, he has some kind of charisma about him. So as far as villains go, he’s not a very scary one to me.

Until I go to Disneyland. I don’t know why but every time I see Captain Hook in Disneyland I feel like a little kid who’s terrified of that big character looming around them. My family really likes going to Plaza Inn for breakfast and having breakfast with Minnie Mouse and some of her friends. One of her friends thats always at breakfast is (as I’m sure you’ve guessed) Captain Hook. From a distance he is fine, but when he comes and visits our table its like he can smell my fear. Here are two examples of why I have a fear of this hook-handed man. One time he stood by me while I finished my breakfast and he didn’t care that I told him I was full. He would point at what to take a bite of next then clap and laugh. Its funny right? Right! So why was it scary to me? Last time we were there, he had me stand up to take a picture with him and he was kissing my hand and not letting me get too far away from him. Then he noticed I had a wedding ring and he wasn’t too happy with that – if you look closely at the picture above, you can tell he is actually trying to take my ring off! (sorry Captain Hook, we aren’t going to play with my wedding ring – thats valuable) Not to brag, but Captain Hook has a thing for me — and I guess it scares the heck out of me!

So there you have it. That is the reason Captain Hook (just at Disneyland) is the Disney character I fear. Is it weird and irrational? Yep. But it is what it is.

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

Its April! (also i hate april fools day)

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Here is a fun fact about me: I have always loved April. Its my favorite month name. Its the month that brings color back to the world and its just pretty.

If 2017 has taught me anything so far, its been not to expect anything from the coming month. It goes a lot better when I just let things happen and take them in stride. That is what I plan on doing a lot more of this month. ::fingers crossed::

I don’t really have any plans for this month and while that feels weird, it also feels really refreshing and freeing. But some of the things I’m counting on doing/enjoying are:

  • WATCHING GENERAL CONFERENCE! Oh my heck I’m so excited. General Conference weekends (there are two in a year) are some of the weekends I look forward to the very most. I can’t wait to hear council from the leaders of our church and to be able to apply the council to my life and to set new goals for myself based off of what I hear during Conference.
  • Playing outside even more. H and I have been loving the nice weather and I won’t go into a lot more detail because I feel like I talk about this in every post lately.
  • Watching Dancing with the Stars. A new season started. I’ve already got my favorites and I’m invested.
  • Keep on going on this healthy train. You guys. I’m proud of myself! I have been eating so well lately and I have actually even cut out a lot of Diet Coke (gasp!) from my diet too. I have been exercising and I just feel good!

And thats really all on my to-do list. Like I said, I’ll let the month take me where it will. I’m excited to spend time with my family, relax and enjoy the weather.

Now lets talk about something very important to me. Today is April 1st, also known as April Fools Day. I despise this day. Why do we have to have a day where we tease each other, pull pranks and scare the heck out of people? I have just decided on this day to believe, trust and confide in no one. I just have to get through this day with my head down and anxiously look forward to April 2nd. Who’s with me??

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

March GBOMB

March has been a breath of fresh air. Oh, glorious March. Yes, there has still been a lot of weird, hard stuff but somehow this month I’ve been much better at clearing my head, calming myself down, embracing the moment (not trying to change it) and trusting that everything happens for a reason that will benefit me. Is it sad that sometimes I forget that I get to choose my attitude and my attitude decides how my day will go 99% of the time? Anyway, lets get on with this. (once again, thanks Danica for encouraging people to do GBOMB – its been the best thing for me)

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GOOD

  • We have spent so much time outside this month because this weather is incredible. Its funny because I’ve always loved the cold months and bundling up and staying inside where its warm and cozy, but since having a child who adores going outside, I have realized that I got a little bit of the winter blues this year. I was so, so ready for warm weather so H and I could play outside and get a change of scenery. Our favorite thing has been to go to nearby parks and spend a few hours. H just explores, touches everything, gets real dirty and lets his curiosity run wild and I happily follow along and really wish I was able to know what he was thinking. IMG_4885.jpg
  • H isn’t teething nearly as badly anymore so we have a much more happy, much more ‘himself’ baby back and we are very glad about this!
  • Picnics! I forgot how fun it is to pack a lunch and eat outside. Why is that so magical?
  • We went to the zoo a few weeks ago and we’re still on a high from it (or at least I am). I knew H would love seeing all the animals (or, dogs, as he called most of them) but I didn’t know just how much he would. I can’t say enough what a perfect day it turned out to be and I’m so glad Wild Man had the idea to get out of the house and go do something different than we normally do. A6AD5DB6-B346-4EA7-B779-CD6BA24B5C05.jpg
  • Our cousin had a sweet baby girl in March and we got to meet her before she was even 2 weeks old. There is something so special about a newborn. They are literally fresh from heaven and have the sweetest, most peaceful spirit about them. I held her for quite a while and every second was bliss. If anyone has a newborn they would like me to hold, I will gladly oblige.

BAD

  • Pirates of the Caribbean celebrated 50 years on March 18th and I was literally heartbroken that I wasn’t in Disneyland to take part in the special events, special food and to go on the ride. I know the line was like 70 years long, but it would have been worth it to me to have been able to ride such a great, iconic Disney ride on its anniversary.
  • My motivation to keep my house clean is gone. Where’d it go? Who knows? I clean my house but do so with the worst attitude and battle my thoughts the whole time about things that I’d rather be doing. It also is hard to clean the house though when you practically live outside with your adventure-son. So I don’t feel too guilty because we’re making memories instead.
  • Freaking bugs. The weather is getting warmer and bugs have the NERVE to come into my house! Ugh. I hate bugs with all of my heart. There have been so many spiders in my house lately and this is NOT OK!
  • Isn’t in so annoying how people want to get all up in your business and find out all your secrets then go spread them? This is very vague I know. Sorry. But lets just say we had something happen and some people have shown their true colors in that there was a long period of time where they wouldn’t leave me alone, asking over and over about the ‘thing’. A few did find out (not through me!) and I’m like 99% sure they went and spread the news. If it doesn’t directly affect you, ITS NOT YOUR BUSINESS TO KNOW OR GOSSIP TO SPREAD.IMG_5011.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ON MY BRAIN

  • General Conference is SO SOON and I’m freaking out – in a good way. I love General Conference! I feel really ready for it. There aren’t any real specific questions I have going into it yet (i’m hoping to pick 2-3 soon) but I’m so excited to just sit, listen and take notes and hear things that are being said for my benefit. I’m excited to set new goals because of the talks I heard during these sessions. I’m so pumped for that spiritual, exciting, junk food filled weekend.
  • Family is so important. And I am so grateful for mine. IMG_5019
  • On most Mondays on my blog I post a Magical Monday. Its just a blog post about Disney. Sometimes about the park, sometimes about movies – just something Disney. But I am wanting to up my game in this department. I’m not 100% sure what I’ll be doing to change it up but I have a few ideas up my sleeve and I’m getting excited about it.
  • Speaking of change.. I may start a YouTube channel. Or is that a horrible idea? I just think it’ll be a million times easier to talk about my favorite products and such through a video instead of through pictures and typing. I get a lot of questions about favorite face products and skin care I use and make up I like and how to use it so I’m thinking YouTube just may be the answer. Lets just hope I can make videos that aren’t dreadful!
  • People are good and are trying to do good for the most part. I hate how its so easy to focus on negative things, negative people, negative actions, etc. But the other day I read a blog post and the girl was talking about how if you mindfully look for good – you will find it and if you mindfully look for bad – there bad will be. This isn’t a mind blowing or earth shattering concept, but it hit me in a different way than it had in the past. So I have been mindfully looking for the good in the world and I love that there is actually a lot more good in the world and surrounding us than there is bad. You just have to look for it. Its refreshing.

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

 

Magical Monday: Top 10 Disney Quotes

Like as soon as I started this post I immediately started feeling anxiety because HOW am I supposed to pick just 10 of my favorite Disney quotes? Its impossible. So you’ll notice that I didn’t include the word ‘favorite’ in the post title. Instead these are ten Disney quotes that I love a whole lot.

1. “Adventure is Out There” (from Up)

  • Ok. I know for a fact that this is my #1 favorite Disney quote of all time. This quote was something Wild Man and I said to each other a lot while we were dating, this was the theme of our engagement and its our family motto. I love this quote.

2. “Around here we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” (Walt Disney)

  • This is my favorite quote by Walt. Its so inspiring and motivates me to keep on moving in a forward direction. Its one of those you read and immediately feel good. I have this quote hanging in H’s room – I want him to commit this to memory because its that good.

3. “A true hero isn’t measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart.” (Hercules)

  • I have never been a big, tough, brave, strong person. But I have always wanted to be some kind of hero but (especially when i was little) I always felt defeated that I wasn’t the strong, outspoken ‘hero’ type. This quote helped me realize I can be a hero through kindness, my acts and through my heart.

4. “No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing the dream that you wish will come true.” (Cinderella)

  • This is just inspiring. Keep on believing and have faith your dream will come true. Thanks, Cinderella.

5. “If your heart is in your dream, no request is too extreme.” (Pinnochio)

  • Much like the quote above, this is one of those that just makes me feel good in always dreaming and believing. Nothing is too crazy to reach for.

6. “I want adventure in the great wide somewhere.” (Beauty and the Beast)

  • I had to include a quote from Belle in this post because she’s my favorite princess and one of my favorite characters in the whole Disney universe. I love this one. Its been something I’ve said to myself a lot too, when I’m just wanting more – to be a little more adventurous and spontaneous. Also, everything Belle says is gold.

7. “I keep wishing it could be that way because my world would be a wonderland.” (Alice in Wonderland)

  • Alice is my favorite character and I love this movie so much. I love her imagination because I was always the girl (still am) who gets lost in my own thoughts and have created a little world of my own just like Alice.

8. “Ladies don’t start fights but they can finish them.” (The Aristocats)

  • Marie (the kitten who says this) was one of my childhood favorite characters and I still have a real soft spot for her. I love this quote. Its fiesty and tough. Don’t underestimate a girl.

9. “How do you spell love?” “You don’t spell it, you feel it.” (Winnie the Pooh)

  • Because love is so much more than a word and I am always and forever a hopeless romantic.

10. “To all who come to this happy place, welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams and the hard facts that have created America with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.” (Walt Disney – Disneyland dedication speech)

  • I get goosebumps when I read or hear this. This is the speech Walt Disney gave when he dedicated Disneyland. These are special words here, people!

xoxo

ceeceesparkles