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BeTA 2014

Last year I stepped out of my comfort zone and went on a retreat to meet a bunch of moms who are raising/have raised very challenging children. I was frightened, but in the end it was worth it. And then this year, I signed up again…and almost backed out. See, I tend to be an introvert. I wasn't always this way. ANYONE that knew me before I had children would NEVER describe me that way -- but it happens...after years of raising a child with *issues*.  It comes from the rejection, the judging, the pain that other people cause because they don't understand. You learn to build a wall around yourself; a big THICK, TALL wall. And you become determined to never let anyone in, so that you will never be hurt again. Of course, this isn't so much a Continue Reading

Walt Disney World Character Greetings, 2013

I mentioned in my previous post that I am planning Dee's 5th birthday celebration at Disney. She is the one who really desires to meet a lot of the characters, so I want to make sure she gets to this time. I mean she has met some her absolute favorites over and over, but she told me recently that she'd like to "meet them all"... Alrighty then. Good thing we have an annual pass. Here's a round-up of some of the great characters Dee had the privilege of meeting in 2013: Dee's reaction when she saw Cinderella was priceless! Generally she walks up to her chosen character, says "hello", and poses for a picture…but with Cinderella, she ran up and hugged her and wouldn't let go. It was such a Continue Reading

Walt Disney World Character Greetings, 2011-2012

I've been preparing for our 2014 Disney February birthday trip (Dee is turning 5 [this blows my mind] and Boo is turning the big 1-3!). It will be our first time using Disney's new MagicBands and FastPass+ service (I like the idea of the MagicBands - not sure yet how I feel about the FastPass+. I have heard positives and negatives from friends.)  I noticed that some of the character meet and greets are listed as FastPass+ experiences, so Dee and I discussed it. I was curious as to which, if any, characters she'd like to meet on our upcoming trip -- and was also wondering which characters she has already met. (Don't judge me for not remembering; we've been to Disney a least a dozen times. And usually Dee is the only person in our party Continue Reading

Independence Day 2012

Yes. 2012. Yes, I know it is now 2013. I was actually uploading photos from Independence Day 2013 when I realized that I had never posted any photos or anything from Independence Day 2012. Yeah, I go without posting a lot of things (not on purpose, mind you), but I can't let this one go...because it was the last holiday that we have spent together as an entire family. I can summarize just about every one of our 4th of July holidays in a few lines: Temple Terrace 4th of July Parade (with at least one child riding on or walking next to the Masque Theatre float) Cookout at a fellow cast member's house Masque kids performing at the Golf and Country Club, followed by fireworks Rain (always rain), at some point But on July 4, Continue Reading

Chicken Pox Outbreak of 2013

Finally! All 10 children are immune to the chicken pox! Our first outbreak, in January 1996, affected our first two children. Our second outbreak in 1999 (or was it 2000?) got the next three...and finally (FINALLY!) the last five were exposed this spring. Anyone who has read my blog for any amount of time knows just how I feel about vaccines -- (Mad science, scary dangerous list of ingredients [including neurotoxins and aborted fetal tissue], inefficiency, etc, etc) -- but the chicken pox vaccine really ruffles my feathers. Seriously. Let's make a vaccine for a COMMON CHILDHOOD ILLNESS; one that causes a week or two of discomfort and inconvenience. JUST SO PEOPLE GET THE ILLNESS ANYWAY LATER IN LIFE WHEN IT'S MUCH MORE DANGEROUS!!! (And, Continue Reading