Disneyland Day 2 – Part 1

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We visited Disneyland for the second time this month – the last day of our 3 day SoCal pass. This was by far one of the best times I’ve ever had at Disneyland. Since we’d already seen the parades and done the few rides we really wanted, there wasn’t pressure to do anything specific. That left us free to chase after characters and go on rides when convenient. There’s this super cool Disneyland app, so you can now track the ride wait times and location of characters throughout the park. Since we could see all the characters for the day, we figured out how to see as many as possible. This led to some really special moments for us.

We were able to get in a bit early using the magic hour on our tickets. We were going to head over to Peter Pan’s Flight since there’s always a long line and no fasspass. But at 8:05 – 55 minutes before the park actually opened – the like was 45 mins long. Ten minutes later (45 mins before official opening) it was 65 minutes long. Soooooo… We skipped that. We booked it over to the submarine and waited five minutes. Much better. We made it out just the park officially opened and hot to see all the corralled people start RUNNING once the ropes opened. It was hilarious.

We then walked around Fantasyland a bit before finding the Evil Queen and Snow White. I’m not a huge fan of Snow White, but these two were awesome. Snow White nailed the voice and was chirping on about baking pies and the dwarves. Later, we saw her skipping across the park. Just a few feet away, the Evil Queen was holding and condensing to take photos and sign books. My son (D) looked at her and noped out. She looked at him and commandingly said, “come here child. I am not scary” (She was.) D almost cried. When she’d signed his book, she held it with disdain towards my husband and said, “take this. I don’t want it.” She insisted she was a good queen not mean, and that the true evil queen was Elsa because she freezes people: my daughter (S) was dressed as Elsa. S laughed. When we left and said thank you, the Queen replied, “yes, the pleasure was all yours.”

We rode It’s a Small World, visited Mickey on Toon Town – D poked him in the eye after squeezing his nose – and then grabbed lunch. I couldn’t eat in Toon Town, so once the kids were feeling better, we went to the updated Rose tavern in Fantasyland. I had to wait forever for a gluten free sandwich, but I did pick up the gray stuff for the rest of my family to eat. Apparently it was pretty good – red velvet cake and chocolate mousse.

Then came naptime for D, so S and I wanted to meet Tinkerbell (but instead saw Rosetta), then wandered over to Frontier Land to see Tiana and Dr Facilier. We were there just as Tiana was leaving, but hung out and chatted with her handler, who was so fun (he reminded me of Moss from IT Crowd); he ended up letting us sneak into see Tiana before she left. Tiana was very nice and she has a beautiful dress! We explored the ship Columbia whole we waited for Dr Facilier. We somehow came down right as he went up, so we played a bit of hide and seek to find him. When we did, S walked up to him with her autograph book. He had his hand out for a handshake and she put the book in it. He said, “I don’t want that; I want a handshake” (very much in character – it was perfect!). While he was signing, his handler (Moss), asked if there was any chance Dr Facilier and Tiana could reconcile. Dr Facilier replied, “what’s the chance of Ray coming back?” Oooh, brutal! Then as we were leaving, Dr Facilier  S, “now don’t you go freezing nobody Miss Elsa.” He was fantastic – exactly like you’d expect of Dr Facilier actually jumped out of the screen. Plus, he signed his name with a skull, which is awesome.

We headed back to meet my husband and D, who had woken up. We were just in time to see Mary Poppins and Bert, who made a joke about my son’s literary name. I was super excited to see them, but Scarlett couldn’t care less. We then headed over to Buzz lightyear’s ride, which both kids love. (That takes us to about 3pm)

#MikeWon party

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Just about a year ago my brother-in-law passed away. Young, married, baby – Cancer sucks. At his memorial last year, the theme of the eulogy was #MikeWon – not only did Mike always love to win games, he beat us all to heaven and is therefore the true winner. My husband misses his brother Mike a ton, and so we decided to throw a remembrance party in his honor. One of Mike’s favorite things was playing games, so we had a game day with friends and family. We spent a few hours playing a variety of games, had dinner together and had a nertz tournament (one of Mike’s favorite games). 

Other than the fact that our toddler fell after a collision with another toddler, banged his head hard and earned him a cautionary trip to the ER, everything was great. My kid is fine, but the doctor said it was good I came in to check – he’d been dizzy and crying about how much it hurt. When I asked him what was wrong, he said, “I’m broken.” It really was heart breaking. But about two hours after the fall he was back to normal. So yay!

Bonus: trip to the ER got me out of cleanup! Really though, it was nice to spend time sharing memories and playing games. Miss you Mike!

Crazy

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Life had been crazy lately. But I guess that’s always the case. Back in January, I realized that my seizure medication was causing some nasty side effects – anxiety and depression mainly. I’d just switched neurologists and the prior year had been so busy (especially emotionally) that I had attributed the anxiety and depression to life circumstances. 

Anyway, I slowly began the transition to a new medication, which is ridiculously scary when epileptic – if the medicine doesn’t work, I could land in the hospital then have my license yanked for six + months. Majorly inconvenient. It took three months to completely switch over, and I cannot express how awesome I’ve been feeling since then… With the exception of the bronchitis, insanely long (different) cold, and multiple glutenings. I go through a few days if feeling amazing, then something strikes me down for a week or two. 

At the moment, I’m beyond fantastic. I had an awful migraine yesterday (Tylenol took the edge off, but the sunlight will bothered my eyes). Turns it is been eating pumpkin seeds that had been processed on equipment with gluten. Accidental glutenings suck.

So for today at least, I’m wonderful. Caught up on Etsy orders, clean house, and time to work on new items for WhedonConWhedonCon.

Life is Good.

Website is up again

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I have no idea what’s up with my site, but I keep having issues. Thank goodness I’ve got a good host who helps fix my problems. I think I know just enough to get myself in trouble. I did set up the site but myself, but after that I completely forgot how I did it. Ah well. It’s fixed now!

Sick.

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Y’all, I’m so sick. I haven’t been this sick in a very long time. Grateful that I was sick over the weekend so my husband could watch the kids. Luckily, the pink eye is clearing up! Still have the nasty productive cough and the headache and achiness though. Hopefully over it soon!

WhedonCon!

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I’m so thrilled to be invited to be a vendor at this year’s WhedonCon! I’ll be there all three days with my awesome husband selling my handstamped stuff. I’ve watched (and loved) a ton of whedon things, but I never had time to watch Dollhouse or Agents of Shield. I’m super excited Netflix has them because I’m catching up! I’m also looking for quote suggestions if you have any!

Mission Trip to France

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We were super blessed to have our mission funded! We traveled as a family with 5 other members of our church to Toulouse, where we connected with the local church, spent time having meals with new friends, did some sightseeing, and threw 2 awesome events: CA Cafe (a big party with trivia, food, and other things) and Thanksgiving Dinner (a full meal for 100 people with presentations about Thanksgiving as well as a testimony by one of our team). It was incredibly challenging with the kids, but it was so worth it. Our daughter made some friends there – she even had a playdate without us! Our son was a bit harder, but we thought it was important to go, showing that there is no ideal time for a mission; when you are called, you go, no matter the difficulty.