Not Quite Zen

{But Working On It}

Just a modern day momma trying to find the balance between life's craziness and zen, with a little bit of fun along the way.

Finding What's Right For You

Remarkable. That's Me.

Many people look at me, I wonder what they see. Do they see a woman, a wife, Or a simple mother of three? A remarkable being, Is what I hope to be. I’m not built like a model, Or as tall as a tree. But I am as rare as a gem As sweet as a honey bee. I am a remarkable woman, My loved ones would agree. It’s the love that I give, The hugs they receive. The food that I cook. And the goals I help them achieve. I am classy, intelligent, Ambitious and sexy. I am charismatic, creative, Selfless, and sometimes cheeky. When people look at me, I already know what they see They see a remarkable woman, a dutiful wife, And a wonderful mother of three.

The Center of Your Own Universe

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A #DisneySide Weekend

So one of my girls had a birthday last week.  My little firecracker turned 6 years old and she wasn't going to let any of us forget it.  The morning of her birthday I did a silly little birthday dance for her.  Of course she thought I was crazy. But I didn't care. I love her so much that I would dance to the moon and back for her if I had to. Her big sister was so sweet that she wrote her a birthday poem highlighting how old her little sister was getting.  We all thought it was sweet.  But not the Diva.  She couldn't believe that her sister was calling her old, hahaha. I had to go see what all the commotion was about because all I could hear was Brookey telling Lexy "How dare you call me old. I cannot believe what you just said. I AM NOT old. This is ridiculous!". You see why I had to assess the situation? Once my oldest explained to me what was going on, because she was too in shock to do anything else, I couldn't help but crack up. And then my little firecracker repeated that she could not believe she was being called old.  Honey, if you had any idea how many times you will be called old once you have kids. I have been called "ancient", and I am ONLY 31 years old.  She is in for a rude awakening, haha.

Since I have already made a family rule about birthdays (Ages 1-5, they get a party. Ages 6-9 we go out and celebrate. On their 10th birthday, they get to choose if they want a party or celebrate in another way. The rest we will play by ear.) my little firecracker decided she wanted to celebrate her 6th birthday at Olive Garden. I was fine with that. I didn't have to cook so it was a win for me. Of course she still got her birthday song, Olive Garden style.

Birthday Ice Cream Sunday at the Olive Garden

Since the only thing Brookey wanted to do for her birthday was go to Disney, we did just that (thank goodness for these annual passes). Friday after school we got ready and headed to Magic Kingdom. Getting the Fast Passes days in advance makes things so much easier. Fast Passes are "reservations" for rides.  You pick the ride you will want to go on and are given a time slot in which you can arrive to bypass the long line. Brookey had so much fun. Because the weather was a lot chillier than we anticipated, actually I don't think anyone thought it was going to be that cold, there were certain parts of the park that were not busy. Buzz Lightyear is always a family favorite. And with Daddy's help, Brookey was able to achieve "Galactic Hero" status by getting the highest score possible.

Galactic Hero status on Buzz Lightyear in Magic Kingdom

The Haunted Mansion ride is such a classic and she loves it.  We were able to get on The Barnestormer twice. This little rollercoaster was perfect for her.  It had just the right amount of intensity for a 6 year old.  She though she was living dangerously. Brookey had a great time at Magic Kingdom.

It's A Small World

It's A Small World

Next item on her birthday weekend...Smile Mile Kids Run. Saturday morning we all woke up early because the girls had a track meet.  They each ran a mile with their age group. We were so proud of the girls. They gave it their all and they did great. They were so proud of themselves and I couldn't help but shed a couple of tears (shhh, no one knows) because I was just so very very proud of them.  Huge shout out to all the participants this year.  Those kids did a wonderful job.

My girls crossing the finish line

Our little athletes in between races with Daddy

After their run, we were headed off to Part Two of our Disney World adventure. I know, we must be crazy right? This time we decided to do Epcot since I figured it would be a little more laid back after a long morning. Again, Fast Passes made the day go by so much easier.  We were even able to get a fast pass for Soaring, which is almost always a 60+ minute wait time. Epcot has the World Showcase which is a lot of fun.  The good thing about this is that they have these little stations called "Kidcot Fun Stops" in every country. So your little one can create a personalized souvenir and collect stamps from any or all the  World Showcase craft stations. So it gives them something to do while you are sampling a drink or food from each country.

Kidcot souvenirs all decorated

Each country attendant signed the back. A fun passport.

All in all it was a great weekend. Having the Disney annual pass makes things so much easier.  If you are a regular at the parks and do not own a pass, I highly recommend you get one. It is really worth the money.  For those of you who are planning a trip to Disney World, it is a great idea to go online once you have your tickets and secure your fast passes for the rides you absolutely want to hit.  That way you won't have to spend 75% of your day waiting in lines. Remember, stay hydrated in the heat. Take advantage of the baby care centers. They make changing and feeding your infant so much easier. Visiting Disney World is about making magical memories, and I think we all did just that.

Happy Birthday baby!



  1. Ahhh, this is good as usual. You write so well. I think you should consider writing a book. The children are so adorable. The firecracker is too much. lol

    1. Thank you for reading. Glad you are enjoying it.

  2. What a great way to celebrate a birthday. She is going to remember that one for a long time! I also like how you change how you do birthdays based on the ages, ultimately leaving it up to them when they're older!

    1. Thanks Emily. I just figured I was not about to host a party every year. Too much work, lol. So we get to change it up every year. Thank you for reading!