Guys I just realized I never blogged about our latest Disneyland trip! WHAT?!?!?!?! Who even am I now? Don't worry, it is now fixed!!
We had so much fun but I will admit that the weather was a real downer when we went. It was randomly super nasty humid, we were all sweaty before we even got on the tram people!
BUT it was a lot of fun hanging out with our little family, my family and even part of my extended Bowler family!
One super highlight of the trip was Rory deciding she wanted to do Jedi Training! I was one super proud mama!! When they initially said who was gonna fight whom, she was in the line to fight The Seventh Sister (from Star Wars Rebels) but halfway through the lines, Darth Vader came down so she got to fight the ultimate Sith Lord! When she saw him walking down her eyes got so big! But she went up to him and fought him so well! I definitely teared up a bunch cuz yeah, I'm THAT Star Wars mom hahaha
Immediately after that, Jade begged me for a lightsaber like her sisters, so she and I went and built her a lightsaber that lights up and makes noise! Yeah, I only a little regret anything hahaha
We were exhausted by about 7 each night so we would go home a little early but get to bed and get to decompress a little.
CAFE ORLEANS will probably always be my favorite hahaha can't beat that Monte Cristo sammich friends. The Grey Stuff from Red Rose Taverne is ALLLL of the heart eye emojis! Redd's Apple Freeze in DCA is amazing! (honestly, I love the regular frozen apple juice too, but holy cow!)
This trip was one for the books and we loved it so much!! I'm already planning the next trip whenever we can go again haha Jade wants to do Jedi Training now too and Rory's begging to do it again so that's a definite must for any kid that likes Star Wars! Rory'd been begging to go back on Big Thunder Railroad which is now her favorite ride just like her Daddy.
So who's up for sponsoring another trip for me?? ;)
Social Media and Righteous Women
More often than not we hear about the evils of social media, or that there's just more bad than good.
Well I'm here to attest to the absolute goodness that exists BECAUSE of social media, blogging, and networking. And no, not for profits (though for some that is a huge blessing as well).
I am here to show you some of my dearest friends. All of them I've met through blogging or social media. And THEY are the good in the world.
I attended an event recently that talked about the positive force of righteous women. And how powerful we can be. As women I know we can sometimes be more harsh with ourselves and others than needs to be. A lot of us are self conscious about something or other. BUT we are also the caretakers, the peacemakers, the fighters, the drive behind some amazing things.
I have become such a better person after getting to know these amazing women (and more) in MY life. I sat with a few of them at this event recently as we also talked about the upcoming Light The World campaign for Christmas. The Savior taught us how to be compassionate, serving, loving, and above all to think of others before ourselves. All of these women have taught me something that helped these values become a part of me.
These friends of mine have shown me how to become a better mother, wife, writer, influencer, and human being.
There IS some good in social media. If I hadn't started blogging in 2008 I never would have met these amazing ladies and learned so much about myself. I've learned to stand up for things even if they aren't popular. I've learned to be myself no matter what. I've learned empathy and compassion
for those who experience different trials than my own. "The world needs righteous women" - I couldn't agree more and these are some of the most exemplary ones I know.
Pirates: Dead Men Tell No Tales
I don't know if y'all remember that I'm a huge Disney fan? Slipped your mind did it?? Hahaha of course you didn't forget!
Well I had the amazing opportunity to see the newest Pirates movie (and all its bonus features) before it released! I had my own little Pirates party while my two girls were at school (Mommy LOVES Tuesdays and Thursdays)
Now I am a HUGE fan of the original Pirates movie. As in "Curse of the Black Pearl". And I'll be honest, I didn't really like the other 2 afterwards. So my hopes were kinda low for this one and I was pleasantly surprised! This one had humor, suspense, a good plot, a good "twist" if you will and it wrapped everything in a nice pretty bow at the end which I LOVE!
Look at how fun these little trinkets were that I was sent?! The girls were so excited to play with the jewels and the telescope is a huge favorite. Plus that Pirates Booty is a HUGE favorite in our house, my grandpa always keeps a bowl or two at his house of it for the kids so they affectionately call it "Papacorn"!
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales comes out TODAY! Be sure to grab the blu ray with Digital Copy so you can watch it on the go anywhere! Such a great way to end the movie franchise and now I'm ready to go back to Disneyland and ride Pirates over and over while I eat my favorite taffy!
Here you will find love, magic, bookworm favorites, Disney tips, and a family on their journey to Happy Ever After!