because i can’t stop with the disney pictures. and they’re just too cute.
so. Disney came and went. and it was.. interesting. to say the least.
Thursday morning I hit the road to meet up with the BFF and fam so we could load up on a plane to Orlando. everything went smoothly and we were checked into the hotel in the evening, we grabbed dinner at the quick service place at our restaurant and went to bed early.
we woke up early Friday for a day of Magic Kingdom! character breakfast at the Crystal Palace, so delicious. Damian enjoyed the characters from afar, not so much up close though. we spent the day walking around MK, going on rides and enjoying our time in Disney.
I wore my Rainbows, which have never given me a problem, but for some reason this time they decided to make my feet blister-ville. It would have been fine if they were anywhere other than the ball of my feet, but oh no no, there they were. I duked it out through the expo and dinner with the whole of team Damian, wish we had taken a picture!
MH was sick on the morning of the half and we powered through, blisters and sickness and all. We got to the end and collected our bling, we went back to the hotel to crash until about 4pm. I woke up with a slight cough but didn’t think much of it. at this point I had decided I wasn’t going to do the marathon 1. because my blisters only got worse and popped during the half and 2. because i didn’t think it would be a good idea to crush my feet in attempting a marathon i might not even finish. i wanted to enjoy my vacation and completing a half marathon in itself is nothing to be ashamed of. so i wouldn’t be doing goofy.
this turned out to be a very good decision because around 1am, we were all woken up with the news that mh’s mom was being taken to the hospital for stitches. the original plan was for me, her, KJ and mh’s brother to take Damian and cheer for the runners. since mh’s mom and brother were in the hospital for most of the night, they came back and went to sleep and i was on Damian duty for the morning. I met up with KJ (who also ran the half) and we cheered on the marathoners! it was quite fun and only reinforced my desire to volunteer for a Disney race one day.
we spent the rest of the day puttering around Epcot and ended up at Magic Kingdom until they closed around 10pm. Monday morning we ate the most delicious breakfast buffet in the world at the Animal Kingdom Lodge and spent the day there. I ended up at Hollywood Studios later where I went on Tower of Terror four times (favorite!)
all in all, I had a grand time walking around the parks, taking pictures, enjoying rides and basking in some quality time with great friends. I can’t say i’m upset that I didn’t complete Goofy, I think God works in mysterious ways and knew it would be better for me to enjoy my time and help out with Damian considering all the circumstances.
In other exciting news, we’ve raised over $7000 for Smith-Lemli-Opitz Syndrome/RSH Foundation this year, which brings the total for this year and last to almost $10,000. Words cannot thank you enough for all the love and support y’all have shown us, Damian, and the foundation through this journey.
So. Disney next year? ha, that’s still up for debate.
I am a perfectionist.
If I can’t do something perfectly, I tend to give up or not try at all. (Let me just start with how many times I’ve written and rewritten this blog post…)
most new year’s resolutions tend to lead to failure. too ambitious, too much to do.
this year, number one. i’m resolving to let go. to do the best I can, with what I have, where I am.
I’m going myself permission to not have it all together. My life doesn’t need to be Pinterest pretty.
the most important thing to me is spending time with the people I love. And I intend to do as much of that as possible.
and if that means not blogging for four months, so be it. If it means collecting more books than I will ever have time to read, let it be. If it means my new years resolution starts on january 2nd, it will have to be good enough. I will not freak out about the little things.
I read this article today and i think it sums up my thoughts quite nicely.
kindness, relaxation, nature, gratitude, & prayer.
Happy New Year.