“We’ve got ears! Say cheers!” If there is one thing I know for sure, one can never have too many mouse ears. My daughters and I have a small collection thanks to our adventures at the happiest place on earth. But mouse ears don’t have to be limited to days spent at Disneyland. There are plenty of occasions that warrant an extra pair of ears. From beach days to every day outings wearing them will result in you bringing a touch of Disney Magic wherever you go.
Throughout history, people have marched for so many of the things that they have believed in. They’ve opted to unite declaring their commitment to a cause, to a community, or even to an individual. For those of us who have marched in the name of something we believe in, most often each step we took was rooted in love, carrying with it a memory and/or a mission.
This spring, my family and I hope to join the Disney Baby team and march in support of premature babies.
“Bloom Where You’re Planted” ~ Mary Engelbreit
Right now I find myself planted in the midst of a challenging time in life determined not to become stagnant, to wither in the midst of adversity. My babies — they are the rays of sunshine that replenish me when I feel weary. They remind me of how quickly the seasons change and to find the joy in each one.
My love for them and desire to teach and guide them helps me to stand tall reaching upward toward my dreams — toward my tomorrows — the way a flower seems to chase the sunshine.
This month in celebration of my 30th birthday we headed to the happiest place on earth. Days at Disneyland are some of the fondest memories from my childhood. We’d get to the park as early as possible and stay well into the evening, sometimes until closing. We were on a mission to experience as much of the Disney Magic as we could. Back then I wore a sailor hat embroidered with that classic gold thread. For the past several years; however, I’ve opted for sparkly mouse ears.
As I grown, my Disney side has evolved becoming the best it had ever been when I became a mother. See as magical as Disneyland was when I was a little girl seeing it through the eyes of my children has been the most wonderful experience. Today Disneyland is even better than I remember it.
This past trip was my most favorite trip since Lola was born. We had been a couple times before but this was our first time going with just the four of us. Here are a few (iphone) photos from our latest adventure at Disneyland and California Adventure plus a few tips
Once upon a time in a land not all that far away lived a pint-sized princess. Lucky for me, she was all mine. For our family, not expecting to grow any further (at least not anytime soon), her anticipated arrival was the most beautiful surprise. Many of nights I lied awake, a little scared of what laid ahead yet so grateful for the gift that was bestowed upon me. Sprinkled amongst dreams of what life would be like was an underlying excitement for a second helping of all things girl! Another Princess to nurture, love and dress in a frilly frock or two. More bloomers, tiny blankets and booties.
In an effort to compromise with my husband, in a house full of ladies, I tried to not go crazy with the fancy dresses and pink everything. But I couldn’t resist a tutu or two.
To my delight doting loved ones gifted our littlest princess a layette fit for a little lady, items with ruffles and blooms, crowns and bows and special details that were fit for a queen — or in this case a very tiny princess. Since it had been years since I had given birth and I had given just about everything away (with the exception of a few keepsakes) these items weren’t just appreciated they were needed.
As the situation would have it during the first few months my baby’s royal attire was for the most part a layette consisting of bodysuits, sleepers and leggings. Clothing that was comfortable, easy to take on and off and able to take us from a nap indoors to school to pick up big sister or to the store to run errands.
I remember these days fondly. And while we’ve already given most of the clothing from those early months away, I still hold onto a few pieces. And from time to time in the midst of folding and putting away laundry I take them out and reminisce. I remember the once upon a time. I remember where our story began. She’ll forever be my little princess although now no longer as little as she once was.
These days, when I’m in the store shopping for her I can’t help but resist peeking in the section for the littlest princesses of the land. I oh and ah and rejoice for my loved ones who are welcoming babies of their own.
The Disney Princess Layette Collection from Kmart is just perfect for sweet baby girls. Whether you’re looking for a gift for a baby to be or shopping for your own little one, the collection features all of the essentials in soft colorful fabrics and special details. Take a look: