Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Hi everyone! So this last weekend I had a rather short, but much needed vacation. And where did I go on vacation you ask? Disneyland of course!  Yes, that place where imagination, wait times and small children run wild. Disneyland, as busy and crowded as it can be, holds many precious memories for me. I grew fairly close to the magical kingdom built by Walt Disney. Sometimes, my parents would take my brother and I after school and we would simply go to have dinner or watch the fireworks. Disneyland is a place that has been close to my heart since I was a small child. So, when I was invited to join my best friends family of 17 people for two days in Disneyland, and then my other friend and her school mates for the third day, it was a trip that I couldn't pass up. One of the best parts about going to Disneyland with people that you get along with is that no matter how long the lines are, there is always a way to keep yourself entertained. We played word games, we talked and laughed a lot, and overall we just enjoyed each others company. On top of the fact that I needed the vacation, this trip really made me appreciate how blessed I am to have friends that I enjoy being around. I also am super thankful for the memories that my family has helped me make. So let me share some moments and pictures from the trip. Some of them are definitely blurry, so bare with me, lol.

This is one of the awesome groups I got to go with. Of course, this was in the morning, so we don't look exhausted yet. Lol

This is the two little munchkins with the other group posing with Cinderella's Fairy godmother. Aren't they freakin precious?

The next few are from the amazing Paint the Night Parade. It's kind of the reincarnated version of the electric parade, for those of you who know what I'm referring to. 

These were the coral dancers that danced in front of the Little Mermaid float. They were so cool! 
(Side note: can you imagine how in shape you have to be to dance through the whole parade with the heavy light equipment on? I am still thoroughly impressed.)

The Little Mermaid herself. She was darling and did a fantastic job. Plus, the float she was on was incredible. 

It's Slinky! And Woody! Best Cowboy around.

This picture makes my heart ache a little. When we were very small, my parents used to put me and my brother in our stroller and buy these exact Mickey cookies from the corner bakery to eat while we watched the fireworks. So, right before the parade and fireworks, I got some coffee and a Mickey cookie. It made me tear up, but it also made me smile.

And of course, there was a lot more to the trip, but these were just a few of the memories I was able to capture on camera. And last but not least, my favorite picture.

As I stood and said farewell to Disneyland, I was left in a state of awe. It amazes me what one man was able to do with an imagination and a mouse. Walt Disney had the heart, spirit and imagination of a child. Because of this, he was able to change the world. I was teary eyed and full of wonder when I thought about the many children, adults, artists and so on that have been inspired by one man's incredible legacy. 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Good almost afternoon! My, what a crazy few days it has been in my world. I have recently started working a new job, on top of all of the other responsibilities I have. I am so thankful for the ability to work and for the awesome people that I have the privilege of working with. However, because my schedule is absolutely insane right now... (two jobs, rehearsals for the play, college classes) the days where I can rest and do things that I want to do are becoming more and more rare. So when my mom left town for a women's conference and my brother went to stay with friends, I kidnapped a dear friend of mine and decided to do what I wanted to do. For the last week or so, I had been feeling very... Pinteresty. I had wanted to go explore out little town and get an awesome picture that had food and coffee in it. So Saturday came, and we did just that; we explored. Well, here were the results of our outing.
It was so much fun!!! We ate way to much and had amazing coffee in a cute little corner booth at a local shop. And, I got a good picture. I felt/feel very accomplished! But the best part of the morning was being able to sit back and relax. I didn't have to constantly check the time or worry about what I needed to do before work. I was able to be in the moment and enjoy the company of a dear sister. It's those moments, the ones where you can sit together and have a meaningful, heart-to-heart conversation, that make life worth while. I am so blessed to lead such a crazy life, but that moment was a reminder that rest is a blessing as well. Thank you Jane for blessing me with a morning filled with food, laughter, great conversation and friendship. To all of you reading this, I encourage you to do something like this. Make time, get together with a friend and enjoy the moment, without worrying about what's coming next. Happy Monday!