Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Disneyland 2019

Every year we take trips on our birthdays. What last longer... cake or a memory of travel? In my book... it's travel so every year we take a trip on my birthday and my husbands. This year for the second year in a row we packed our bags and headed to Disneyland. 

Presley loved all of the characters. He met Minnie, Mickey, Donald Duck, Chip and Goofy. We also saw so many other characters and in different outfits. He met two different Mickey's, two different Goofy's and two different Minnie's. We saw Winnie the Pooh, Gaston and so many other characters this was the most we had ever seen in one trip. We also rode a ton of rides. Presley in one day rode seven. 

We had a great time and already trying to figure out when to take him back to see all the characters again.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

New Number, Who Dis?

There's the saying, "The older we get, the harder it is to make new friends".

I think that's crap. 

Honestly, I don't want to make new friends. I want to cultivate the ones I've had for years. I want to weed out the toxic people, the unsupportive people and keep the really great ones and if that means I only have 5 friends in my life then that's the number it is. Who's with me? 

This sentiment has really taken ahold of me since having my son. I get that things change with your friends when you have a baby and your the only one who does. I was shocked to see how some of my friends behaved. They literally fell off the grid. I still haven't heard from one of them and it's been at least a year. I couldn't believe over a decade of friendship went out the window the moment I had a baby and couldn't text you back in 2.5 seconds to talk about a movie, etc. 

That right there made me sit down and really think about it. I am known for posting a daily photo of Presley everyday to facebook for all of my friends and family to see. I figure living so far away in California it gives them an opportunity to watch him grow up everyday even when they can't be here and see him all the time. The amount of my acquaintance friends who love it shocked me! I've become better friends with my acquaintance friends that I had some of my friends that I talked to all the time. They interact with me about Presley, they talk about how cute he is, how big he's getting, who he looks like etc. That's what I appreciate. I'm a sucker for a good, How are you doing text or message. 

So for now... I think I'll keep my five friends and call it a day. How about you? How many people are you close with an interact with on a regular basis? 

Friday, September 20, 2019

Life 7 Months Later

At the beginning of the year, I had this great goal to bring the blog back to blogging. Well here I am and I haven't written anything since February during Oscars season. I feel this quote is pretty accurate...

Having a now 19 month old child, a full time job and a house to run is no easy feat. Did I mention I brought back my fabric ornament business back to life? Well I did and in the spring I resurged back into the fabric ornament making so add that on top of everything else I mentioned in that first sentence. 

As we approach fall, I'd like to reflect on our summer. We went to the zoo several times, played with the water table in the backyard, had cousin playdates, went to Tennessee on vacation and made some pretty big life changes. 

Presley at Easter...

 Presley last month at 18 months old...

I promise to do better and write more. I think the only people who pop on here every now and then is my mother and my husband but hey you have to build an audience somewhere. Ha! Until then enjoy each day. 

Monday, February 25, 2019

Oscar 2019

The 91st Oscars Ceremony is in the books! 

I think this might have been my favorite one since Ellen hosted. For me and millions of others, the highlight of the show was Lady Gaga and Bradley's performance of Shallow. What a great song, performance and couple. If only they were officially together. 

The best speech in my opinion was Olivia Coleman. Like everyone else on the planet, she too was shocked that she won! She clearly didn't think she had a chance because she had no speech written and was going completely off the cuff. It was super cute and heartfelt though and everyone in the room was in shock with her. 

Now... the fashion...
These were my favorite top 4 looks

First up, Jennifer Lopez aka JLO

I loved everything about this look. The dress, the color, her bag, her hair! I have a hair appointment on Friday and I'm about to show them this picture and say make it happen. 

Next up, Emma Stone...
I loved the color and design of this dress. Not that many people can pull off shoulders like that but Emma sure can. 

Third, Emilia Clark, aka Queen of Game of Thrones. 

The soft coloring and the design work on this dress was stunning on the carpet. I loved it but her brown hair threw me for a loop! I'm so use to seeing her as a blonde. 

Last but not least... Lady Gaga!
This dress was amazing and the gloves were a nice accent but let's talk about that diamond. At first I did a double take! 
The famous Tiffany yellow diamond has only been worn three times and this was the first time at the Oscars. It comes with two bodyguards as well. Not to be mistaken for the Isadora diamond. 

What were some of your favorite looks at the Oscars this year? 

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Presley’s First Birthday

Last week Presley turned ONE! 

We didn’t celebrate with a huge, blowout party. We just had a few family members over and friends. We didn’t even do party invites that’s how small we kept it. We did eat cake though!
We opened gifts all day long, we played with our new gifts then we would repeat that cycle. In true fashion, Presley was having so much fun he refused to take his last nap so by the end of the night he had been up for almost 8 hours. I was rewarded with him sleeping the majority of the night and getting up at 6:25 a.m. 
The weather was not cooperating on his birthday so we had to wait till President's Day to take him to the Zoo and boy did he LOVE it! He got to see all kinds of different animals and reptiles, take part in the Giraffe encounter and even saw some real life water hogs from the Lion King. 

I think for a first birthday party we did pretty good! Next year will be completely different because he will be so much more aware. We will have to start planning a great birthday theme and plans!

Friday, February 15, 2019

Happy Birthday Presley

Today Presley turns ONE!

I can’t even begin to wrap my mind around the fact that my tiny, newborn son is now a year old. It feels like just yesterday I was being rushed in for that emergency c-section. I can remember how scared I was when they handed him to me, swollen, red, dark eyes and crying. I didn’t know what to think. All I knew was that I had this tiny, little human to care for and keep safe. I have a confession... before Presley I had never changed a diaper, never fed a baby, never dressed one. I was never a baby sitter. I only had a few cousins growing up and I never watched them. So Presley was it for me. 

Those first few days in the hospital were scary and even scarier when he had to go into the NICU due to his sugar. I don’t think I had ever prayed that hard in my life or even asked people to pray. Thankfully, he was able to get control of his sugar and we were discharged. Due to being in the hospital for so many days my poor mom had to leave the evening that we were discharged and my husband had to go back to work the next day (the joys of owning your own business). That next morning it was just Presley and I and for the next three months we had to find our rhythm. 

I would be lying if I said those days were easy because they weren’t. Presley cried a lot. The doctor even called him colic. I would walk him up and down our long hallway and sing to him and call my mom and cry because I didn’t know what to do. I was getting up every 90 minutes in the night and breastfeeding was/is so hard. But then three months hit and we started to get past the colic. That’s when I think a lot turned around. It was like I had this happy, little baby who wanted to start playing and loved everything I said and did. It’s still that way most of the time but now it’s the teething. You can tell when he doesn’t feel good because of his gums. 

We got pretty lucky with Presley because he’s usually a pretty happy guy. I can’t imagine the world without him and while it’s the most exhausting thing I’ve ever done in my life, I love him with all my heart and wouldn’t change my days with him. 

Happy Birthday My Precious Presley

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentines Day

From our Presley Bear! Sharing some of his Valentines Day Photos!

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Valentines Day Gift Guide

Last year, I went into labor on Valentines Day. Luckily for us it wasn't until around 11:00 p.m. and we were home. This year is clearly very different! While we will be celebrating Valentine's Day, I'm sure I'll also be getting things ready for Presley's birthday the very next day. Plus it’s Presley’s very first Valentines Day! 

I’ve even included a little gift guide for him as well. Here’s a few things that I wouldn’t shove a bow up Cupid if he were to drop on my doorstep...

1. A puffer Coat I have been wanting a puffer coat for a few winters now. I know, I know... you think California doesn’t get that cold well guess what? I live in Northern California and it still gets very cold. This one that I’ve included is a made for Macy’s DKNY with faux fur trim hood. While it isn’t grey it makes me think of Joan Wilder in Romancing the Stone. 

2. Keds I got a pair of Keds two Christmas’s ago and I literally wear them almost every day. As I’ve gotten older my feet enjoy only being in certain types of shoes and my feet love these keds. I wish I could get the exact same pair that I have now because their a salt and pepper blend and they go with a lot of the black pants that I wear but they don’t make that design anymore. 

3. Ped Egg At Christmas I said I wanted a Ped Egg but apparently no one took me seriously. No really! I want a Ped Egg! Maybe it was having a baby but my feet have taken a toll lately and I have so much extra dead skin. I have seen so many people raving about the ped egg and since I have no time to actually go get a pedicure this might be the next best thing. 

4. A Vacation I have always wanted to go to Hawaii and stay at the Royal Hawaiian. I use to watch Gidget Goes Hawaiian growing up all the time and she stayed at this hotel. While I’ve been to Hawaii, I didn’t stay on this island so the dream continues on. Also... Pigeon Forge because that’s my home away from home and I love it there. I wouldn’t snub my nose at either of those!

1. Mickey because Presley loves all things Mickey and we’ve got him the Christmas one and several others.

2. Books Presley loves all books but we haven’t tried pop ups yet!

3. Shoes Presley is currently standing himself up and cruising a little with the furniture but soon he’s going to walk. I think these would be great first shoes for him and they will go with a lot of outfits.

4. Drum Presley loves to beat and thump his hands on stuff and he loves all of his musical toys. I think this would be good for him.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Disneyland 2018

When I was on my hiatus from blogging, we took Presley to Disneyland and California Adventure. It was also my husband's birthday trip. Usually we head north to Seattle but this year we decided to do something a little different. My husband's birthday is just a few days before Halloween and for years now he always makes a comment about how it would be nice to go to Disneyland at Halloween. Well... we never go because we go to Seattle instead and the cycle repeats of me hearing about how we should go to Disney for the Halloween d├ęcor.

Well October 2018, I booked the annual trip to Seattle and then promptly cancelled it. I then rescheduled a trip to Disney and told my husband that this year we were in fact going to Disneyland.

Since I had never been to Disneyland this was going to be my first trip there and clearly Presley's first time as well. Presley was already very familiar with Mickey Mouse because he gets taken to the Disney store several times and gets to pick a new Mickey each trip. His eyes light up and he gets so excited so I knew he'd like meeting the "real" Mickey at the park.

If you've never booked a trip to Disneyland then you are in for a price surprise! Even before the increase in ticket prices, the happiest place on earth will give you the blues once you've spent all your money on the trip. I enlisted some of my husbands family and we rented a large house via AirB&B to stay at. The owners were crazy but that's a whole different story.

We did three days in the park with 1 park each day and 1 magic morning. Maybe we didn't do our Magic Morning right but half the park's rides weren't even running during the magic morning. The restaurants weren't open nor were the gift shops so unless you just wanted to take photographs or ride the ride It's a Small World then I didn't get the point of Magic Morning.

I did appreciate the nursing room located in both parks. It was clean, easy to locate and air conditioned! They also have baby supplies in case you run out and a place to feed and change Presley who of course had many poop explosions while we were there. I also appreciated the rider swap on the maxpass (which cost extra by the way) because that did save us several minutes when we had to switch off. If you were like me, and knew nothing about Pirates of the Caribbean ride, when they offer to let your family sit in the front row- decline as you have a small child who doesn't want to be splashed. Wish I would have known that it was going to have a dip at the beginning....

The price of food, water, mickey ears etc.. well you can go bankrupt without ever leaving the park. BUT they do take your photos!

I was clearly unimpressed by this ride lol! Also I loved the new COCO ears! And Presley even got in on wearing them...
Our It’s A Small World Ride. I’m glad we rode it when we did because it shut down the next day to star the refurbishment.

Clearly my husband wasn’t digging the ride either.....

What’s your favorite part of thing to do in/at Disney?