Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Happiest Place on Earth

It's finally here. We leave tomorrow morning to fly down to Southern California and eventually, visit Disneyland. I've made lists of everything to pack and I think I'm 95% sure what I'm going to wear. Allie keeps emptying the suitcases though so I can't say that we're packed. I also found her sitting in my suitcase trying to chew on my straightener so I think it's safe to say she's not the most effective helper when it comes to packing.

I don't think my excitement can be matched. And I totally get it, some people hate Disneyland. I'm not sure why... maybe they had a bad experience with happiness as a child? Just kidding... it's obviously not for everyone. Maybe it's like how I feel about puppies. Smelly, messy and not worth the trouble. Don't hate me, it's pretty much how I feel towards all animals.

But I digress. My feelings toward Disneyland are not like something that just recently happened. I remember being much younger (like 6 years old) and hardly being able to sleep a wink the night before going to Disneyland. My outfit would have been planned down to my matching socks and underwear. (Yeah, I started that habit at a young age.) I would be wearing my spiffy new L.A. Gears with the double laces. I would have my fanny pack ready to go with my autograph book, an assortment of Disney character pens and my special flavored Bonne Bell lip gloss that I'd been saving for a special occasion. I would mentally plan out how the day would go, what rides we'd hit, the junk food I'd eat, the souvenirs I'd buy with my saved up allowance.

Speaking of souvenirs... One that I ALWAYS wanted was a Disneyland charm bracelet. It didn't look exactly like the one below because I remember it had Tinkerbell and the Sleeping Beauty castle. I also remember it was always out of my price range. I never did get that charm bracelet. Not that I'm bitter or anything but... someday I'll force one on Allie so I can live vicariously through her.
All that to say on a more serious note, I'm sitting here reflecting on what a blessing it is. God has made it possible for us to enjoy something that we entirely don't deserve or need, but He's allowing it just the same. In fact, it's because of His blessing us with Brian's new job and loving parents that spoil us that we are able to do this at all. It's just a good reminder of who causes all things to happen, good or bad and who pours out His grace on us -- even when we don't deserve it.

And because ending on a serious note is so not me...


P.S. You can follow me on Instagram to see the pics I'll be posting of our trip (aka pics of Allie wearing Disney gear, cool decorations at Disneyland, and me being overly excited and eating yummy food)

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Friday List on a Thursday

Another Friday list on a random day of the week!
  • This time next week, I'll be packing last minute snacks and toiletries, doubting my wardrobe choices and hyperventilating. Can you believe it? It was like 6 months ago that we planned this Disneyland trip and now it's finally here! I haven't started packing yet, but I am mentally working on outfits already. Also, Brian says he can tell I'm excited because instead of listening to Christmas music I've had this playlist on YouTube looping for the past 2 months...
  • Allie had some garlic hummus this past weekend. She loved it but oh my word, the girl had the WORST smelling breath! I brushed her teeth twice that night and gave her a bath and she was still breathing her stinky garlic dragon breath all over my face for 3 days. It was awful. Never again.
  • Brian is working during the day for the first time in a month. He's been working 6 pm - 4 am which has been pretty rough on us but we're thankful that it's brought it's own blessings and it's finally over! The down side is now I'm back to running errands with Allie again. Try explaining to a tired, cranky toddler that you have to make a real quick stop at Target after a play date. Yeah, that goes over really well.
  • I made these oatmeal raisin cookies (just the cookie part, not the filling) for Brian and his reaction was "I've had better." Now granted, he really enjoys saying that because he thinks it's hilarious, but he did really think they were missing something. So I turned to the trusty Pioneer Woman. I used this recipe but didn't do the whoopie pie part. I added nutmeg and raisins and his eyes lit up when he took his first bite. He then proceeded to eat half the batch and decided that instead of a sandwich for lunch, he'd just pack the rest of the cookies. Success!
  • I think I've put on a few pounds and you know what really helps? Maternity jeans. Why anyone would ever go back to wearing normal pants is beyond me.
  • Allie learned to give Brian kisses. It's really cute because he'll make the "mmmm" sound so she'll do it too and lean in and smack him on the lips. I tried to get her to give me kisses the other day and she leaned in... and licked my cheek. 
Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Sayeth what?

Allie is starting to be able to communicate better. I didn't teach her sign language or anything, being the huge procrastinator that I am, so mostly she just points and grunts. But she's finally started to nod her head 'yes' when I ask her questions. I'm also 100% sure she knows what I'm saying... Here's a few scenarios:
  • I smell poop. There's obviously only one culprit. I ask her "Allie, did you poop? Do you need a clean diaper?" She says "Umm.... yeah" and nods her head. And then runs away because she knows exactly what's coming next and there's nothing this girl hates more than getting her diaper changed. 
  • She's being really cranky. It's close to naptime, but a little early. I ask "Allie, are you tired? Is it time to sleep?" She says "Ummmmm...." and nods her head. She grabs her pacifier (which she's only been into recently) and raises her arms for me to pick her up. I put her in her crib and she sings and talks to herself for about 15 minutes before falling asleep. 
  • She'll walk over to the cabinet (where I keep her snacks) and start grunting and pointing. Then walk over to me and grunt and get this huge, cheesy smile on her face. So I'll ask "Allie, are you hungry?" Again, "Ummmmmmmmm.... yeah" and nods her head. 
Now in all of these scenarios, she might shake her head if she doesn't want food, or a clean diaper, or sleep. The funny thing is the "Ummm..." and look on her face like she's actually contemplating what she wants. I have no idea where she picked that up but it's the cutest thing ever.

Also, if you try to get any of this on video, you'll just end up with a blank stare and then she starts trying to grab the phone. So I have no evidence of this all actually happening...