After months and months of holding in the biggest secret, the hubs and I were finally able to surprise Lil’ J with the Disney Cruise she’s been dreaming about.
We drove down to Galveston the night before and told her we were taking a fun trip to a hotel. She loved the hotel room and the next morning, as we ate our Texas shaped Belgian waffles she exclaimed “This is the best hotel ever!! Can we please stay here two more days?”
I told her no, we had other plans.
We went to the store to kill some time before it was our time to meet at the port. Did a little shopping.
To be honest, at this point the kids were driving us nuts. Big T kept trying to run away in the store. Lil’ J was getting moody. We all had to sit in the parking lot for a moment to collect ourselves before we drove over to the ship.
We put in the directions and as we got closer I spotted the Disney Wonder first. Lil’ J was in the back playing a game on my iPad but dropped it as soon as she saw what was ahead. Her Walt Disney World and Disneyland surprise reveals were a little anticlimactic, but this Disney Cruise surprise reveal is a little better. Still not the “OMG I’m freaking out and so happy I’m going to cry!!!” reaction I was sorta hoping for but what can you expect from a 5-year-old?
There’s a funnier part I didn’t catch on this video that my husband and I will forever tease her about but we’re keeping that between us.
The cruise was a TON of fun and so relaxing but I’ll get into more of that later including tips and comparisons between the Disney Parks and Cruise. I’m dying to tell you all about it and share a million more photos. If you have specific questions you want me to answer let me know in the comments so I can make sure I address it in an upcoming post.
For now I’ll leave you with one of my favorite photos of my little girl on our trip taken from the beautiful Castaway Cay!
Over the last seven years I’ve written about my baby making machine being off, switched on, back off, and on again. Now I have no idea if it’s off for good, or if there’s one more good run in me. I’m about 50/50 split right now. … But more on that later.
For the last several of months I’ve been thinking a lot about my blog, where it started, and where it’s going. My pregnancy journey has been a HUGE part of this experience, and though it’s not the main focus now, it still plays a part. So do my experiences as a wife and mother, career-woman and semi-domestic wannabe person.
One theme that’s remained consistent through all of this has been my desire to document my journey creatively so that I can look back on it with my family and enjoy it for years to come.
“Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes but when you look back, everything is different?”
That quote by C. S. Lewis. perfectly states a big part as to why I do this. And hopefully, in the process it gives you inspiration for making your own memories last.
I’ve made some upgrades around here. For one, you’ll notice my navigation menu got a facelift. Now it’s way easier to locate certain posts or topics within my blog by selecting from the main categories. Featured are the 5 main focuses of my blog, and underneath I break it down into more specific topics within each category.
Making Beautiful Memories are my personal journals from TTC-contemplation to pregnancy, he says/ she says debates, and my favorite motherhood stories.
Making Strong Roots is where I share stories pertaining to our multiracial family, traditions and religion.
Oh, and one last thing. Notice that little symbol at the end of my new blog header? I asked a half a dozen people to confirm I wasn’t the only person who still knew what a movie reel was. When my 18-year-old sister passed the test I figured we were good to go.
This means I plan to bring a lot more videos to this space. I’ve already started doing this the last few months and I plan to keep them coming.
Last week I made a video to quickly share what I’m all about, and what you’ll get from me here and on my YouTube Channel. My husband even cooperated and makes an appearance!
I’m telling you, as much as I love pictures, I love video more. You can’t display them around your house like you can with photos. But nothing brings you back to a memory like a video of that moment. I want YOU to make videos. You won’t regret it.
I’ve been video recording and editing since high school, and professionally doing it since college. Now I want to share what I know with you.
It’s ok if you don’t have a video camera. I’ll show you how you can make short movies on your phone too. (Though I may have to get my hands on an Android to be fair to my non-iPhone users.) And other tips and prompts to get you going.
I’m planning to start off with a new video about what’s in my camera bag, and what lenses I use for certain situations. Then I’ll move on to a tripod demo, or my recommendations for movie editing. Of course there will still be our silly and special family videos along the way.
I’d love to hear topics you’d like to learn about. Let me know in the comments or send me an email. You can also subscribe to my youtube channel. It’s free and you’ll be the first to know when I share something new.
Whether you’re here for the stories, the lessons, or because you have nothing better to do, thank you for reading! I hope you enjoy the improvements.
What do you think of the new look? What’s something you hope to read or learn more about?
A few weeks ago my son could hardly sit still for a book. I wrote about it being National Read Aloud Month and realized I could be doing better myself. That night I started pulling books from his shelves and reading a few to him each evening. At first he could sit for one, then he’d ask for his bottle and chill through the rest. Now he keeps handing me things to read and yelling “MORE BOOK!”
He has a favorite, I have to read it every night. We read it last right before he goes to sleep. Sometimes I even catch him “reading” it to himself during the day. I never want to forget his cute little voice and excitement as we read this book together.
I pulled out my phone the other night to record this little moment. I did it twice, once with the rear camera facing the book, then again with the frontal camera facing us.
A little video recording/editing tip: Recording something that’s going to repeat multiple times and getting multiple angles gives your story more dimension, and makes you feel like you’re there in the action when you watch your video back later. It also makes editing easier because you have more video to choose from.
I'm a part-time journalist, full-time wife and mother striving to make the world a better place and inspiring others to do the same. This is the space where I share my journey in making the most of every day.