“I’m The Daddy”

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I'm so excited to have my awesome hubby guest post today!  As we celebrate Father's Day, I thought it would be a great time for him to tell a few stories of his favorite memories with our boys.  We are so blessed!

 

What's up, this is Gena's husband, Ben. I'm the daddy of the Captain, D, and and Baby Brother. One of my favorite labels I wear is the "daddy" label. I even have an awesome sticker that my wife gave me that is plastered on my work laptop. It says "I'm the daddy." I'm so proud of that title.

I spend all of my moments away from work with my family.  We plan lots of activities for the boys, plan lots of fun events and pose them for the "perfect" picture, but most of the time, it's the simple, unscripted moments that are the best.  When it comes to unscripted moments with my kids, it's much harder to pick just a few of my favorites.  I take tons of photos of unscripted moments, so I'll try and give you a glimpse into these moments through a few photos.

Daddy's Unscripted Moments
Here, me and my sons are training for our first 1-mile fun run. The boys took the "race" so seriously that they asked if they could train every day for a week leading up to the race.  I was so proud of them for being excited to exercise and work hard.  When they put their game face on, I had to snap a pic before we started the training race. They both ran hard and made me proud in the race.

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You've gotta hear the story behind this photo! So, recently my son has figured out the front camera on my phone. He noticed that I've taken selfies of a goofy face, just to share with the family. So the Captain grabs Gena's phone from her at HEB and snaps this gem.  They come home and he shows it to me with pride.  I took one look and laughed so hard because it's purely his personality. He came up with the face on his own, and I was so proud of this unscripted moment that I tried to match his face and Gena put them side-by-side. We pull it up once a week and just reflect on that moment and have a good belly laugh. 

DaddyOne thing you must know about me is that I like to eat. If eating were an olympic sport, I would qualify every 4 years.  One of my favorite cuisines is Chinese food.  My favorite Chinese restaurant is a place called "Little Panda" in Abilene, Texas. Gena and I fell in love around this exact dish from the picture. It was a lunch order of orange chicken with fried rice, for $4.28. I didn't plan on sharing this particular lunch, but the Captain walked up curiously, and actually showed interst in trying.  I was so proud that I immediately fed him a bite, and waited for his verdict.  It was spicy, so I was worried he was going to spit it out.  HE DIDN'T! He loved it, and ended up splitting the rest of the chicken with me.  It was a special moment, that I'm glad Gena caught on camera.

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Another very important part of my parenting is reading the bible to my boys.  They were so proud to get their first bible from their grandparents, so here I was reading it to all three of them.  It's hard to get all 3 boys captivated at the same time, but there is power in this book like no other, and it kept the attention of all of them for a good while. I'm thankful to God for His word. That He thought it was important enough to captivate children, orchestrating some of the most amazing stories for us to tell to our kids.

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In this last picture, their faces say everything. You don't get any more candid and real than the sheer joy that was emanating from my boys this particular afternoon.  If you look at the top of the picture you'll notice there's a toy quad-copter suspended in the air. They had never seen such a thing, and couldn't believe that my dad was flying it right above their heads.  It was a proud moment for me because my dad was showing me how to be a good dad to my kids. He ended up leaving the quad-copter for my kids to have. 

This Father's Day, I hope you have enjoyed reflecting on my life's most beautiful unscripted moments.  I challenge you to pull out some photos of your children when you shared moments like these.  Show the pictures to them and relive those memories so they never fade.  More importantly, don't spend too much time reflecting on the great past, but go and have new unscripted moments with your children. 

An AVEENO survey found most parents say that “unscripted” moments are more beautiful than those that are perfectly planned. At the end of the day, it’s sharing candid, unscripted moments that build authentic relationships. 

AVEENO is creating an #UnscriptedBeauty Movement, encouraging parents to embrace the natural beauty of a life that doesn’t always go as planned.  Visit the AVEENO Facebook page to see more moments of #UnscriptedBeauty and submit your own.  You can even enter to win by uploading your favorite moment to Instagram and using these hashtags: #AVEENO #UnscriptedBeauty and #Contest.  The winner will receive a photo shoot with acclaimed photographer, Danielle Guenther!

What was your favorite #UnscriptedBeauty moment?

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gmoviesAs the boys get older, we are becoming more and more aware that what they see on TV can greatly impact them.  Their attitudes and behavior can change just from watching one commercial!  We try to stick with kids' channels, but even those are iffy sometimes.  We  have tried other instant streaming services, and the Captain quickly learned how to navigate and select which show he wanted.  But even with the parental controls in place, I wasn't happy with the selections.  

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Watch Disneynature’s “Monkey Kingdom,” Learn, and Give Back!

monkeykingdom54877da023d63I am so excited about the newest movie from Disneynature!  "Monkey Kingdom" is coming to theatres on April 17, just in time to celebrate Earth Day 2015.  My boys are excited about this movie, because they are in love with animals!  

About the movie:

Life is an adventure for Maya, the clever and resourceful blonde-bobbed monkey in “Monkey Kingdom,” Disneynature’s new feature film set among ancient ruins in the storied jungles of South Asia. Maya’s world is forever changed when she welcomes her son, Kip, into her complicated extended family. Like all families, Maya’s has more than its share of colorful personalities—and she’s determined to give her son a leg up in the world. When their longtime home at Castle Rock is taken over by powerful neighboring monkeys, Maya's whole family retreats, and she uses her street smarts and ingenuity to uncover untapped resources amidst strange new creatures and unsettling surroundings. Ultimately, they will all have to work together to reclaim Castle Rock, where Maya can hopefully realize her dreams for her son’s future.

 

Featuring a rich variety of characters, including a mischievous mongoose, simple-minded langur monkeys, predatory leopards and monitor lizards, “MonkeyKingdom” is narrated by Tina Fey (“30 Rock”), directed by Mark Linfield (“Chimpanzee,” “Earth”) and co-directed by Alastair Fothergill (“Chimpanzee,” “Bears”). With music from award-winning composer Harry Gregson-Williams ("The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," “Shrek” movies), Disneynature’s eighth True Life Adventure—the follow-up to 2014’s “Bears”—swings into theaters April 17, 2015.

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Did you know?

  •   For every ticket sold opening week (April 17-23, 2015), Disneynature will make a donation to Conservation International to help    protect monkeysand other endangered species in their natural habitats. 
  • “Monkey Kingdom” is the sixth theatrical release for Disneynature, the first new Disney-branded film label from The Walt Disney Studios in more than 60 years.  The label was launched in April 2008 to bring the world’s top nature filmmakers together to capture a variety of wildlife subjects and stories.
  • The first five big-screen releases under the Disneynature label—“Earth,” “Oceans,” “African Cats,” “Bears” and “Chimpanzee”—are among the top six highest grossing feature-length nature films of all time.
  • Walt Disney was a pioneer in wildlife documentary filmmaking, producing 13 True Life Adventure motion pictures between 1948 and 1960, including “Seal Island” (1948), “Beaver Valley” (1950), “The Living Desert” (1953) and “Jungle Cat” (1958). The films earned eight Academy Awards®

Watch this "Thank You" clip from Disneynature:

Will you be seeing "Monkey Kingdom" this weekend?

Six Tips To Help Parents Get More Sleep

 Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Restonic and I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own. #GoToBed  Six tips to help parents get more sleep

I frequently joke that I haven't gotten a full night's sleep for about 7 years now.  I used to be able to sleep through the night, but then around the second trimester with the Captain, I had to wake up multiple times a night.  I either had to use the restroom, or my hips or back were hurting.  Then, of course, he was born and my sleep was interrupted by a crying baby….often.  He did not sleep through the night until he was about 18 months old, and even then, it was not every night.  Through three pregnancies, three newborns, multiple moves, sicknesses, and more, I can honestly count on one hand the nights I have slept 6 consecutive hours.  Baby Brother, at 16 months old, is working on sleeping all night long, and does great sometimes, but other times, not so much.  I crave a 20 minute "siesta" after lunch on most days!  

People do not realize how your sleep takes a drastic hit once you have kids.  Now, if you are one of the lucky ones who has a baby that sleeps through the night consistently, do know that you ARE lucky!  I have heard stories of parents with six year olds who still wake up in the night.  

The Captain did not sleep through the night consistently until D moved in his room when the Captain was 4 1/2!  It seems he just needed to know someone was nearby and thankfully, his little brother sleeping in the same room helped.  Hallelujah!  But there have also been nights when everyone is sick and we are up multiple times a night.  When Baby Brother was a newborn, I made this meme to add humor to our situation because for awhile, this was all too true:

wake up our parentsWe are on the verge of it all being behind us (hopefully!) but it isn't quite funny yet.  Some kids just don't sleep well and unfortunately, 2/3 of our sons are like that.  That's okay…we have learned to make the most out of our son's sleep habits and are counting our blessings for our one good sleeper.

Six Tips To Help Parents Get More Sleep

We have spent six and a half years thinking about, craving, and not getting enough sleep.  So, I consider myself a professional of parenting while not getting adequate sleep, and I have compiled a list of five tips to help every parent get more sleep, no matter what kind of sleeper you were blessed with!

1. Reevaluate bedtimes.  We found that no matter what, the Captain would wake up at 7:15 on the dot, most days.  We discovered that he was sleepy by 8 PM and so I started aiming for 8 for their bedtime.  This gives us more time to catch up on chores, veg out in front of the TV for a few minutes, spend time together, and finally, get to bed at a decent hour.  Every parent needs a little downtime, and bedtimes don't have to be super early or super late, just do what works best for your family's sleep needs.

2.  Don't be afraid to train kids to help themselves in the morning.  I know, I know, this might sound horrible, but there comes a time when kids are old enough to be independent.  We told the Captain that if he couldn't help waking up at 7:15, that he didn't have to wake us up until 8.  Call us lazy, but those extra 45 minutes are blissful, especially after the baby has been up during the night!  I sat down with the Captain, who is 6, and wrote out a list of things he could do in the morning.  He isn't allowed to watch or use a "screen" until 7:30, to allow his body to wake up naturally and so he doesn't think he can get up at 6 AM and watch TV.  He can pour himself a bowl of cereal, read books, color, etc.  Now, it took some training and a lot of worrying on my part.  I checked on him a lot during those first few mornings, and coached him through it.  He loves this special time when he is the only one awake and he knows what he cannot do.  I trust him to be safe and he likes the independence.  And on the days when D wakes up before we do, the Captain loves taking care of him and helping him with his cereal.

3.  Go to bed!  Set a timer for the time you want to be in bed.  Get everything you need to get done before that time and if you're not done, save it for tomorrow.  And, either leave your phone in the other room, or set another timer so that you will only spend 5 minutes on your phone and then turn it off (or silence it.)  Smart phones are a great convenience, but really do mess with sleep!  Go to sleep!

4.  Use a sound machine and put the baby monitor in the other room.  I leave the monitor in our bathroom, close the door, and I still hear him when he gets up.  I don't need to hear every single sleep noise, only when he needs me.  And the sound machine drowns out the annoying noises like birds in the morning, kid's sleep talking and noises, and more, but isn't so loud that it drowns out crying and yelling "Mommy!" when someone has a nightmare.

5.  Don't be afraid to nap.  Naps save me, no lie.  I am both lucky and cursed that I can only sleep for about 15-20 minutes and then I'm up.  Naps are a great way to recharge midday.

6.  Most importantly, don't take your sleep for granted.  It's simply not true that you can ever "catch up" on your sleep, so sleep when it's time and don't sacrifice your sleep for things that just don't matter and can wait until tomorrow.  Because you never know when the kids will be up sick or having a nightmare in the middle of the night!

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Remove the Chemicals and Clean Up Your Personal Care Products

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For about three years now, I have been trying to eliminate chemicals and unnatural additives in the products that we use.  I was very intimidated with this huge task when I first began, but it is easy if you take it one product at a time.  The first thing I did was take a look at my personal care products.  You would really be surprised with the amount of stuff is in the products we use most often, like toothpaste.  I love a good minty toothpaste and was frustrated when looking for a toothpaste that made my teeth and mouth feel fresh and clean without the additional chemicals that I felt I did not need.  I soon found a toothpaste that I love and is my favorite – Tom's of Maine Antiplaque & Whitening Peppermint Fluoride Free Toothpaste.  It has not let me down.  I used it through my pregnancy with Baby Brother to keep my mouth feeling fresh and clean and felt better about using an all natural toothpaste.

Another personal care product that contains a crazy amount of chemicals is anti-pespirant.  We lather the chemicals and aluminum on our armpits and create a big mess when it's really not needed.  Did you know that by practicing good hygeine (using soap and water), a good deodorant like Tom's of Maine Long Lasting Apricot Deodorant, drinking lots of water to flush the toxins out, and eating a healthy diet, we can eliminate our addiction to anti-perspirant?  I have not used an anti-perspirant in a few years and sure, there are those hot summer days that are a challenge, but a little sweat never hurt anyone.  It's really not even the sweat that makes you stinky, it's the bacteria.  Most people adjust quickly to switching from anti-perspirants to natural deodorants.  And there are many tricks to get you through the process, too, because believe me, I know it's an addiction that we all have!  We think we need anti-perspirants, but we really don't!  Tom's of Maine makes it easy and smell good, too!

toms2I love the Tom's of Maine products because I know I'm getting high quality, effective products that offer different options for different needs.  And, they're readily available at Walmart, which beats having to special order them or go to a special health store to buy them.  They're right there on the toothpaste and deodorant aisles!

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Not only do I use Tom's of Maine eco-friendly products for me, but the kids use them, too.  They like to have their choice of toothpaste and flavors, but sometimes they need a little bit more motivation.  They love to use a tooth brushing chart and check off the days they remembered to brush.  They also need a reminder of how to effectively take care of their teeth.  Do you have kids that think they can fool you by  just wetting the toothbrush?  No?  That was fairly common when we were working with teens and preteens at the children's home.  And they always thought we would buy it!  We know that the boys need to get into the habit of effectively brushing with toothpaste, flossing, and taking care of their precious teeth.  Good habits start early!

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Print this free toothbrushing chart to help your kids remember to take care of their pearly whites!  Just click on it to open up a printable PDF.

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We are constantly making new changes to live a green lifestyle.  What changes has your family made or what changes are you hoping to make soon?

Pick Up “More Than Just ‘The Talk'” If You’re Dreading The Sex Talk – Great Gift for Parents, Ministers, Grandparents, and More

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Our kids are fairly young – 6, 4, and 1, so I figured that we had a few more years to worry about the "sex talk."  I should have known better, though, because my boys have noticed a LOT in their short lives and have asked many questions that have definitely made us squirm.  There is no better time to fully equip ourselves for the ongoing "talk" that needs to happen.  Kids are literally bombarded with confusing messages and images and they need to have a safe place to go with their questions.  It is so important that their parents or guardians are the ones they are going to, or they might get the wrong messages and information.

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I gave the book More Than Just "The Talk" by Jonathan McKee, to my youth minister husband to read first.  He was excited because he had been following McKee for years and had actually considered purchasing this book for his ministry and for his role as father to our three boys.  He provided the following discussion about the book:

More Than Just "The Talk" by Jonathan McKee, is an excellent tool for parents and ministers of toddlers to teenagers. This book provides readers with encouragement and the tools to engage in meaningful conversations with their kids about sex. As a full-time youth minister for over a decade, and parent of 3, I thought I was ready to have conversations about sex with my kids. It turns out I was wrong. There are so many factors and intricacies of the sexual culture our kids are growing up in, that I feel I need help. Not only that, but everything about our sexual culture is changing. That’s where this book comes in. The premise of the book, is that there is more to successful parenting than just giving your children “the talk.” Successful parenting requires a lifelong conversation with your children about sex, and acute awareness of the environment your children are living in.

The great thing about what Jonathan does in this book, is that he breaks down each factor and corresponding tool into chapters. He’s not afraid to go into detail about some of the gruesome facts, and awkward conversation terms, that parents are afraid to hear about. And after giving us all the honest truths about our children he helps us stay calm, and gives us a Godly plan, based on scripture, about how to address our concerns without “freaking out.” He wants us to turn “overreaction” into “interaction.” I have followed Jonathan’s ministry research for the last 10 years of my ministry, and this book is one of his best works. I can’t wait to put these new tools into practice with my own kids and with the students in my ministry.

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This is an absolutely great gift for parents or guardians with children of any age.  It can never be too early to start thinking about the lifelong discussion and trust that needs to happen between parents and their children.  We can shield them from the oversexualized world, but we can prepare them.  Head over to Family Christian online store, or find a store near you to pick up a copy.  It's a great investment for parenting success!

Family Christian is also giving one lucky reader a $10 appreciation certificate to go towards the purchase of this book, that has a retail value of $13.  Giveaway closes on April 12th, 2015.

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Easter Gift Ideas for Families to Enjoy Together {giveaway, too!}

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.  Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.  All opinions in this Easter gift ideas for families post are mine.

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If you have been to any retail store in the past month, you have surely seen the plethora of Easter themed gifts for kids.  Chocolates, candy, stuffed bunny rabbits, shirts, Easter baskets, and more.  All of this is fun, for sure, but I like to include the entire family so we can all enjoy our time together.  Five gifts that would be great for family togetherness and fun follow:

1. Raised garden bed kit (or any garden themed item) – gardening is a great way to involve the whole family and get outdoors this Spring and enjoy God's creation!  There is nothing more satisfying than preparing the ground, planting seeds, and watching a garden full of delicious vegetables and fruits grow.

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2. Zoo passes – we absolutely love having a family zoo membership!  We can go any time and spend as much time as we want and we do not feel like we have to stay all day to get our money's worth.  The boys love animals and every time we go, there are new surprises!

3. Picnic basket – eating outside is super fun for the boys.  The times we get to have a picnic is very special, so having a dedicated picnic basket would be such a fun surprise!

4. Tickets to a movie or show – We don't get to the movies very often, but there are many great plays, musicals, and shows to choose from where we live.  Pick an age appropriate movie or show to attend and you will create some great memories with the kids!

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5. A good book about the true meaning of Easter – Easter Stories: Classic Stories for the Holy Season is a collection of classic tales that bring Jesus to the forefront.  Each story was selected for the spiritual value and literary quality.  Authors such as C.S. Lewis, Leo Tolstoy, Selma Lagerlof, Oscar Wilde, Elizabeth Goudge, and more are included in this 383 page book.  

When we received this book, I was excited to begin reading a story each night to the boys.  The Captain has been captivated with these read alouds and hangs on to each word.  He particularly loved a story by Laura E. Richards entitled "The Coming of the King," about a group of kids who want to clean their dirty playground because a king is coming by.  The comparisons and thought provoking details of each story are just wonderful and we have really enjoyed reading this book together!  Read more about this great collection at the Plough website.

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Hubby and I have been married for almost ten years and have never had our own landline, we have always relied on our cell phones.  This has saved us a lot of money over the years, but now we are realizing that another phone besides our personal cell phones might be a good idea.  While we do not leave the boys with a sitter often, I think it is important that the Captain, especially, have a way to get in touch with us if he needs us.  While he is far too young for a phone, having communication available for a text or a call when we are away is reassuring to him.  Also, if our regular provider is down or something goes wrong with our phones, it is always important to have a backup.  When looking at landlines or other plans, however, we were overwhelmed!

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I have read a lot about the Walmart Family Mobile plans and have seen the in store display, but been a little too intimidated to try it.  When I finally took the time to look into it at Walmart, I had to give it a try.  I was already shopping for groceries, so it was quick and easy to check out what was available in the electronics section.

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We decided to treat ourselves to a little St. Patrick's Day gift and see what kind of lucky deal we could get. With the help of the nice man in the mobile department, I bought the Alcatel Evolve 2 at a great price – $39.83, down from $59.88.  He also let me know that we needed the $25 starter kit since we were not already using the Walmart Family Mobile plan.  The starter kit includes a standard and micro SIM card for your phone.  After I checked out and finished my shopping, I was able to easily set up our new phone within 10 minutes at home.  I chose to set it up on the phone with a real person, although you can do it online.  The woman was very helpful and gave me my choices of plans and informed me about when I would be billed, etc. I went with the $29.88/month Unlimited Talk, Text, & Data plan which includes up to 500MB of 4G LTE data.
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Important things to remember about Walmart Family Mobile plans:

  • plans are NOT prepaid, but postpaid
  • you must cancel the plan at any time and you will receive one final bill after you cancel
  • unless you are currently a Walmart Family Mobile customer, you must purchase a $25 starter kit
  • there are many phones to choose from, or you can use your own phone
  • you have options – prices, plans, phones – you can surely find just what you and your family need!

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Our family has enjoyed getting to know our new family mobile phone.  We have looked up St. Patrick's Day recipes and crafts, played fun games, and more!  I have also loved the extra security of a helpful back up phone that doesn't break the bank.  We definitely found the "pot of gold" with Walmart Family Mobile!
 
How would this plan be helpful for your family?

Frozen 2 is Officially in Development!

We are still loving Frozen in our house, especially after our trip to Walt Disney World last week.  We were able to watch the Frozen Sing Along at Disney's Hollywood Studios.  It was JAM packed and pretty difficult to reserve a Fast Pass for.  But, we did and we loved it!  Well, our biggest Frozen fan, Baby Brother, was exhausted, so he fell asleep mid show, but the rest of us really loved the live show!  BUT he was able to enjoy seeing Princess Anna, Queen Elsa, and Olaf in the parade!

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So now…for the news we have all been waiting for….Frozen 2 is officially in development at Walt Disney Animation Studios!  The news was announced at Disney's Annual Meeting of Shareholders this morning by Bob Iger, chairman and chief executive officer of The Walt Disney Company; John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Walt Disney; and actor Josh Gad, who of course is "Olaf" in Frozen.

John Lasseter said:

We enjoyed making 'Frozen Fever' so much and being back in that world with those characters.  Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck have come up with a great idea for a sequel and you will be hearing a lot more about it and we're taking you back to Arendelle.  We are so excited about that.

Release date and productions details are yet to be announced, but this is super exciting!!

What do you think the story line behind Frozen 2 will be?
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Our Disney World Adventure (Including How We Told The Boys!)

Back in October, we decided to plan a trip with a homeschooling group on their Disney World trip.  Families from all over the country planned to venture to Walt Disney World in Florida the first week of March, and we were very fortunate to be able to go.  We somehow managed to wait until two days before we left to tell the boys, and we did so with a fun scavenger hunt and final reveal…a video of Daddy and I telling them we were going to leave the cold weather and go to Disney World on Monday!  We had an absolute blast and I'm sure you will hear more about it later, but first…check out this fun video of our boys learning they were going to Disney World for the very first time!!  

So many people have said to wait until the boys were older so they could remember the trip, but this was just a perfect opportunity and in all honesty, they were the perfect age.  The Captain and D both love Disney Junior, still, so they were able to enjoy that part of Hollywood Studios together, along with Baby Brother.  D was too short for a few rides, but he's also very agreeable and happily went to other rides with Baby Brother and me.  Baby Brother was very easy going and made this whole experience the more wonderful.  And yes, he won't remember this trip, but his brothers will, and we will, and those memories are ones to cherish.  We didn't like the idea of having to wait until our youngest was 8 to enjoy a family vacation.  We are SO GLAD that we went.  It was magical, fun, and such a great vacation!

Disney World

And by the way, if you insist on waiting until all of your children will remember….my husband went to Disney when he was 11 and does not remember much, at all.  ha!  So sometimes, you never know!

Have you been to Disney World or Disney Land?  I'd love to hear about it!