The Year of Nurturing Pt. 2



In my previous post, I discussed how I plan to nurture my relationship with God.

The next area I want to spend energy nurturing is my marriage.


While my husband hasn’t actually completed the test to determine which is his particular “love language,” I feel pretty confident in saying his #1 would be “Physical Touch.” Me? Not so much and I tend to pull away from physical touch a lot of the time. Touch just isn’t that important to me. Mine is “Words of Affirmation.” I want people to acknowledge when I’ve done something well. However, I need to remind myself that it’s ok to be physically close to my husband any time, and that it’s totally normal to want to physically touch someone. It’s also ok if he wants to just wrap his arm around me or lay a hand on my back as I drift off to sleep.

I also want to work on being a really great wife. I have my moments where I rock at being an awesome wife. But most of the time I feel like I just get by on the minimum. Our marriage is incredibly important to me and I’d hate to lose it because we end up not knowing each other once all of the kids move out and we’re left alone together. I do not want to wake up one day, look at him and say, “Who the heck is this man I’m living with?”

I need to keep practicing the art of not being a nag. I need to be patient and remember he’s my husband, not my child. I need to treat him with the respect he deserves as well as the way I want him to treat me.

So far I’ve discussed nurturing my Faith in God as well as nurturing my marriage. Come back soon to see what else is on the agenda. There are plenty of more areas for me to work on.

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.

31 Little Things – A Failure?

The project got away from me. At this point I’m so far behind I can’t imagine catching up. So does that mean I failed? Yes and no. I’m not going to beat myself up for letting it get away from me. I wish I had been able to complete my month long project, but that just wasn’t meant to be this time.

However, I did document 20 things that make me happy.

I’ll try again sometime next year. That’s the best I can do at this point.