New Year, New Blog Post

I’m really terrible with blogging. Every January I feel the familiar pull of Hey! It’s a new year! Why not start blogging again?

Chances are, I might write a few posts this month and then forget about it. Then the next thing I know, it’ll be January 2016 and I’ll think, oh yeah, I have a blog. I should write something.

Whoa, wait. I just looked and I didn’t write even 1 single blog post in 2014.

So! What’s been up over the past 2 years? Oh, nothing much. Just doing life.

As of now, I have a daughter that is 20. She’s living her life on her own now. She’s got a full time job and big dreams for her future. I love her to pieces.

I have an 18 year old son going through his final year of high school. In 7 short months, he’ll be shipping off to boot camp. I’ve been asked a lot lately how I feel about my son enlisting in the Marine Corp. This isn’t something he decided recently. I’ve had a lot of time to get used to the idea. I’ve been feeling pretty good about it until last night. My cousin came over for dinner and a movie, and to spend a bit more time with us before he leaves for boot camp next week. He’s going into the Air Force. I couldn’t be more proud of him as well. But, I walked out with him to his car, gave him one last hug and watched him drive off into the future. He’s not even my kid and I was a mess. I can’t even begin to imagine what a total wreck I’ll be in July when it IS my own child. For now, I’ll just try and appreciate the last bit of my son’s “childhood,” and yes, I know he’s technically an adult. But, he’s still a high school student and my baby boy. He’s my man-child.

Then there’s the 9 year old. She’s in 4th grade and I’m starting to realize she’s going to be out of elementary school very soon. We only have the rest of this year and next. What? How? When… oh man. The days are long but the years are short. Too short.

Jason and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary in September. Come July, we will have been together 15 years. I’m still crazy about him.

So yeah. That’s about it. I can’t think of any other things to share right now. If I don’t make it back here until January 2016 allow me to say, Happy Easter, 4th of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas!


The Year of Nurturing Pt. 3


Now that I’ve discussed my intentions to nurture my faith and my marriage, I bring you to the next area I’d like to spend energy focusing on.

My next area is our home.


I don’t know if I’m actually a terrible housekeeper, or if I just can’t keep up with the mess that 5 people living in a fairly small space create. Every surface is usually covered with random stuff. Dishes tend to sit in the sink longer than they really should. This is a direct result of having to hand wash the dishes. That’s the #1 job I absolutely hate doing. I put it off which (of course, duh!) makes it worse which makes me want to put it off some more. More often than not, the dishes from the previous night get washed as I’m making dinner. I’m not proud of that.

I don’t think I”ll ever have a totally clean and peaceful as long as our bedroom doubles as Jason’s office. I try to keep “my side” fairly clean, but it’s so easy to let clothes pile up on the floor when the rest of the room looks like a mess anyway. I know it sounds like I’m blaming my husband for the mess, but I’m not. It’s just the way it is. He spends all day at his desk and the very nature of his “office” is organized (sometimes) chaos.

Honestly, I could go on and on about how messy we are. I won’t do that to you. But what I intend to do is be more mindful of my surroundings. I’m trying to create the habit of taking something with me that doesn’t belong when I leave a room. I also try to remember to look around and if a task will take less than 5 minutes, just do it. It’s not easy, but I’m pretty tired of living in a mess all the time. I mean come on! I’m a stay at home mom and wife. All 3 of my kids are gone a large part of the day 5 days a week. It really shouldn’t be too difficult to stay on top of the housework during the week. I want to do better for me, for my husband and for my children.

I’ll have one more part in this series soon. It’s probably the area I struggle with the most. It’s the area of my life I’m least proud. It’s one of the most important aspects of my life that I really need to nurture.

Oh, a quick little update. I just want to share that so far (I know it’s only been 21 days) I’ve managed to do my daily bible reading. The reason I’m proud is that I’ve hit my first milestone. I lasted longer this year then I did last year.


A Year of Nurturing

I completely forgot I had this blog. I’m a really terrible blogger. But I’ve got something rattling around in my brain and it doesn’t fit on the ol’ Disney blog.

I’m not one to make New Year resolutions. I never have been, and likely never will be. But this year I’m feeling a theme.


1. to feed and protect: to nurture one’s offspring.
2. to support and encourage, as during the period of training or development; foster: to nurture promising musicians.
3. to bring up; train; educate.

4. rearing, upbringing, training, education, or the like.
5. development: the nurture of young artists.
6. something that nourishes; nourishment; food.
2013 is the year I want to spend nurturing my relationships and passions.
There are several areas I intend to focus my attention.
Today I’ll talk about the first area:
My relationship with God – I want to be more in tune with God’s word and his will for me and my loved one’s. I want it to be second nature to go to Him not only when I’m in distress, but when I’m not and things are fantastic. I tend to run to Him when I’m overwhelmed or scared or hurting. In those times it’s easy to remember to ask God for help. But I want to go to God all the time, not just when things feel too hard. I want to talk with Him and not just ask, ask, ask for something.
One way I intend to work on this is to once again attempt reading through the Bible in a year. I have one of those fancy Bible in a Year Bibles. Last year I made it to January 18. Wow. This year I want to do better.
I also need to more consistently get myself up and ready for church on Sunday mornings. I’m not going to lie. It’s hard. It’s not even sleeping in I struggle with. I’m an early riser. It’s just the act of finding what I want to wear, actually applying make up… Oh I can come up with a million reasons I don’t want to go. Once I’m there, it’s great! I’m happy to be there. It’s just getting there I struggle with.
So that’s the first part I want to nurture. My relationship with my God.
I’ll touch on the other areas that need nurturing in the coming days.
What about you? Any words to guide you through the year? Resolutions? Anything you’d like to share? Just leave me a comment!

Disney Friends and Family

Otherwise known as stepping outside of my comfort zone.

I don’t know how many people that read this know my husband (and I, kinda) started a Disneyland Resort centric website. Well, it really began with a twitter account. Jason and I were in The Golden Horseshoe one afternoon waiting in line for ice cream. While waiting, a woman near us was ranting about something, I can’t remember what her beef was anymore, but somehow that encounter turned into Overheard at Disneyland. You’d be surprised by some of the things you hear people say while visiting the parks. The twitter account has grown from 2 followers (myself and Jason) to 4733 users at the time I’m writing this.

It was really exciting when Jason and I weren’t the only people using the account to post things they’ve overheard. We’ve met a lot of great local people (and annual passholders) just because of the twitter account and website.

Anyhow, fast forward another year or so, and meeting fellow Disney fans, and the DLR Network (DisneyLand Resort) was born. Our goal is simple. To bring together true fan websites and create a hub where we can all link together and help each other grow.

Yesterday we had our first “TweetUp.” I have to be honest, I was so uncomfortable with the idea simply because I’m a bigtime introvert. And here’s my husband asking me to step out of my comfort zone and attend this thing. I didn’t want to. I really didn’t. But there was no way I wouldn’t go because it was important to Jason. He’d be seriously annoyed with me if I didn’t go. So I went. And I’m SO glad I did. I met some very cool people and participated in some really fun events.

One of the highlights for me was the Pirates of the Caribbean group ride. We somehow managed to stuff 22 or so people into 1 boat. The moment we left the dock and started passing the Blue Bayou, the entire boat erupted into an extremely loud rendition of Happy Birthday, everyone singing to Jason since his birthday was the day before.

We all did a Jungle Cruise group ride and a group picture on the Rivers of America. From there it was the Tiki Room and then over to Village Haus for dinner. At this point it was getting dark and some attendees were drifting away or going home. We were left with the guys from Days In The Park, Finding Mickey, OriginalD, our favorite castmember Jason and his lovely girlfriend Julie and Jessalyn’s newest ride buddy, Jenna   We spent quiet a while at the Village Haus chatting it up. After that we went over to Pinocchio so the little ones could have their turn on little kid rides. It was at this point I thought we’d lose the group from OriginalD. There were 4 of them. all college age, and I really thought they wouldn’t want to do kiddie rides. Turns out I was wrong and they rode Pinocchio as well as Casey Jr. Train. From there it was off to Big Thunder Mountain. Jenna convinced Jessalyn to go on the ride which she absolutely loved. By then it was late and we needed to get Jessalyn to bed. Jason and Jess really didn’t want to leave. Heck, I didn’t want to as long as the others were still there, but I had to insist we go home.

The day was absolutely Magical. Every single person I talked to, whether I met them officially, or just had a conversation with without ever getting their name was great. Everyone was really great. I stepped out of my comfort zone and I was gobsmacked by what an amazing time I had. I’m still basking in the warm fuzzies from yesterday. I absolutely can’t wait until the next TweetUp. I’m sure it’ll be even better than yesterday.

So for those of you that read this and were there, thanks. Thank you for making Jason feel special by singing to him, thank you for being awesome people and thank you for coming. I look forward to our next meeting.

I can’t wait to see where else this Disney adventure takes us!

Goodbye 2010 And Good Riddance

A lot of year in review type posts have been going up all over the “blogosphere.” (Does anyone even say blogosphere anymore?)

To be honest, I can’t wait for this year to be over. We’ve had two first time ER visits, one for me, one for my son. I had my first broken bone ever, and my son squeaked by with no issues when he fell off his skateboard and hit his head on the street. Talk about a scary moment getting that call. And then there’s the “little” thing with my husband being laid off for the third time in 4 years. 2010 hasn’t been particularly kind to us. I’ve seen other people say the same.

My hope for our family in 2011 is that everyone stays healthy and OUT of the ER, and that my husband can get a good GREAT job. That’s the thing, he’d like something better than a job for the sake of having a job. However, we may be getting to that point anyway. Employment is proving to be very difficult order to fill. This is the longest he’s been out of a job yet, and it’s starting to get a little scary.

My hope for you is that 2011 is kind to you and yours. May you be blessed beyond measure.