Thursday, August 2, 2018

Disney World Family Vacations

One of the big things on my bucket list was going to Disney World with the whole family.  All 15 of us! I had to face the fact that was never going to happen. It wasn't so much a money thing as it was an age thing. Our grand kids range in age from two to twelve with the possibility of more to come. By the time the two year old was old enough, the twelve year old would be ready for college and would she even want to go then. Then too, would there be younger ones who came along who would be too young?  I had to come up with a new plan and I did. 

June 2017, who took our youngest daughter Abby and her husband Myles and our oldest daughter Cindy and her husband Ryan and we took an adult trip. We had such a great time. I had never been on an adult trip to Disney. We did 12 and 14  hour days and had a blast. Here's a few pictures of our adventure.

Fast forward to June 2018. We were off to Disney with our daughter Sarah and her husband Nick along with our three oldest grand kids, Natalie, Lizzy and Jack. Once again, we had another great trip. The kids were the perfect ages (12, 10, 8) and it was their first time at Disney. So much magic, so much excitement, so much love. It was a perfect week!  Here's some pictures to prove it.

We could have stayed another week and still not seen everything. The girls got to meet princesses, Jack got to do Jedi training, there was almost no rain and the adults had just as much fun as the kids did. It was the perfect vacation!
One last thing, if you are ever thinking about getting the Disney Memory Maker package, do it! It was some of the best money I spent on this trip. There is no limit to the number of pictures that you can get and they are taken by professionals. It takes the pressure off of you to get all the shots and you can relax and have fun. 

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Wednesday Hodgepodge

I have been away from this blog for so long and I've been missing it. I thought I would jump back in with an old friend that I used to do every week. I hope someone is still around to read it!

1. What would you say is your biggest day to day challenge?
Keeping on track! I have so many things going on that I go from one thing to the next and not always finishing the first thing. I think I multi-task too much.

2. May 16th is National Biographers Day. What's a biography you really enjoyed reading? Is this a genre you read regularly?

This is a genre I rarely read. I do like autobiography books more. The only biography that I can remember really liking recently was Robin by Dave Itzkoff. 

3. How important is keeping a clean house? Do you need to de-clutter your life?

I would say it's right up there toward the top of my lists. I don't always accomplish this goal to my liking, but I give it the old college try. I definitely need to declutter my life to a degree. I've been working on this lately and making some progress.

4. You're the 8th dwarf. What's your name?

Grateful 😊

5. What's surprised you the most about your life or life in general?

I think mostly that I could be this happy and that the older I get, the faster time goes by.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

I am fulfilling one of my bucket list goals in a few weeks. We are going on our first Disney trip with the first set of grandkids and I can't wait. Memory making, here we come!!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

The Best Marriage


I don't make new year's resolutions anymore.  I gave that up years ago.  I think those just set you up for failure.  What I have gone to is setting goals.  I have done much better with this.  One of my new goals is to be more present in the moment. To give my best to God, my family, my work, my friends and most importantly to my marriage.  I have a good marriage, but don't you think everyone can use a little reminder of how important the little things (and the big things) are?  I love the website Power of Positivity and this morning I found a piece about marriage and I loved it.  Below you will find the 21 rules they feel every marriage should follow.  I must say that I tend to agree with them.  What do you think?

21 Rules Every Marriage Should Follow

Find the Good

“A happy marriage doesn’t mean you have a perfect spouse or a perfect marriage. It simply means you’ve chosen to look beyond the imperfections in both.” ~ Fawn Weave
It is easy to overlook the little annoyances of our partner when we’re focused on the good qualities that attracted us in the first place. Stay focused on the good

Find Your Happy

“Marriage doesn’t make you happy–you make your marriage happy.” ~ Drs. Les & Leslie Parrott
Do something daily that makes you happy and your relationships will benefit. You can’t be happy in a relationship, if you aren’t happy with yourself.

Forgive the Imperfections

“A successful marriage isn’t the union of two perfect people. It’s that of two imperfect people who have learned the value of forgiveness and grace.” ~ Darlene Schacht
Forgiving is such an important ingredient in relationships. Holding on to things that make you angry keeps you in a negative space and prevent you from being your best self.

It Begins With You

“Success in marriage does not come merely through finding the right mate, but through being the right mate.” ~ Barnett R. Brickner
Trying to change your partner will only backfire so focus on your contribution. Tackle only what you can control.

Make Your Marriage a Priority

“Marriage is not a noun; it’s a verb. It isn’t something you get. It’s something you do. Its the way you love your partner every day.” ~ Barbara De Angelis
Stop looking at marriage as a thing and start thinking of it as part of you. Take care of it, nurture it and let it grow.

Express Your Love Daily

“The greatest weakness of most humans is their hesitancy to tell others how much they love them while they’re still alive.” ~ Orlando Battista
Be open with your expressions of love.

Savor the Good

“Marriage is like a fine wine, if tended properly, it just gets better with age.” ~ Unknown
Appreciating and enjoying the good in your relationship attracts more good and your relationship becomes stronger and better.

Make Self-Care a Priority

“One of the greatest gifts you can give your husband is your own wholeness.” ~ Stormie Omartian
You can’t take care of your relationships if you aren’t taking care of yourself. Make it a priority.

Learn from the Past and Dream of the Future

“Marriage. It’s like a cultural hand-rail. It links folks to the past and guides them to the future.” ~ Diane Frolov
Find the lessons from the past and use them to help you shape your future.

Learn Something New Every Day

“A good marriage is one which allows for change and growth in the individuals and in the way they express their love.” ~ Pearl Buck
Learn to love learning. Learning is the key to growth and evolution. And growth is the key to strong relationships.

Live in the Now

“Love like there’s no tomorrow, and if tomorrow comes, love again.” ~ Max Lucado
Stay focused on what really matters and don’t let life’s distractions keep you from living in the moment.

Celebrate The Best of Each Other

“In marriage, when we honor and celebrate each other, we’re freed up to be the best people we can be.” ~ Drs. Les & Leslie Parrott
Make every day a celebration of the good in your relationship and in each other

Be Kind and Generous

“A good marriage is a contest of generosity.” ~ Diane Sawyer
Do something special every day. A little note, a surprise cup of coffee or simple phone call just to say hi, will go a long way to showing your partner how much you value them.

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

“Married couples who love each other tell each other a thousand things without talking.” ~ Chinese Proverb
Make sure your actions show your love. Often times what you do and how you do it says more than expressing your love with words.

Invest Your Time

“The more you invest in a marriage, the more valuable it becomes.” ~ Amy Grant
Nothing takes the place of spending time on the relationships that matter most.

Give a Free Pass

“Make a list of ten of your spouse’s faults, which, for the sake of your marriage, you will always overlook. You can live with those ten.” ~ J & G Murphy
There are bound to be things that annoy you about your partner. Make a commitment to accept them and let them go.

It’s The Little Things

“It’s the little things that keep us together. Those little things will make me love you forever.” ~ Sonia Schaad
It’s isn’t the grand gestures that say love, it is all the little things we do every day.

Be Supportive

“Lean on each other’s strengths. Forgive each other’s weaknesses.” ~ Unknown
It is easy to be in a relationship when things are going well but it’s the tough times that strengthens the bond. Remember to be there, be supportive and ask for help when you need it.

Maintenance Matters

“A relationship is like a house. When a light bulb burns out you don’t go and buy a new house, you change the lightbulb.” ~ Unknown
Making sure your relationship gets a regular care. It becomes more costly if you wait too long.

Think Freely

“If you want to know where your heart is, look to where your mind goes when it wanders.” ~ Unknown
Fostering your creative, thinking mind will keep you happy and thriving in your relationships.

Be Committed

“Marriage succeeds only as lifetime commitment with no escape clauses.” ~ Dr. James Dobson
It’s simple really, you have to be in willing to go through the valleys as much as you are willing to go through the peaks. Put yourself all in and stay in it for the long haul.