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Showing our Disney Side

*Disclaimer-I have received free products in order to host the Disney Side @Home Celebration. The opinions expressed here are my own.*

I had the pleasure of hosting a Disney Side @Home Celebration. This was a wonderful way to reconnect with memories from our recent DisneyWorld trip in July of 2013. The same gang that all went together on the trip celebrated in style at the celebration! I am going to have this post be a gallery style post, because the pictures are so cute, I want them to be the highlight as I explain everything we did!

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This is a picture of all of the supplies packed up and ready to head to my mom’s house where we held the celebration. (Please ignore my table that obviously needs to be refinished!) The supplies came in an American Tourister piece of luggage which was my special gift for hosting a Disney Side celebration. American Tourister is the official luggage of Walt Disney World Resorts. This is a great little piece of luggage, very sturdy with great wheels that spin 360 degrees. This may not seem like a big deal but it is very handy when maneuvering in and out of tight spaces such as airports or hotel lobbies that are packed with tourists.  And fun enough, it is black on the outside and red on the inside, which reminds me of Mickey Mouse himself!

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Here is my brother and sister-in-law assisting with the decorating. My brother was doing more sitting and talking than helping but that’s ok, we were all having fun reminiscing about DisneyWorld!  One of my nieces decided to sit at the table while we were decorating, she was so excited to get started!  She waited so patiently!

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Here is the table in all of its Disney fundom! Each setting was packed with lots of goodies for each child, as well as Disney napkins, cups, and plates. Some of the other goodies they received were Disney tattoos and stickers, an HP photo card pack, Craisins Dried Cranberries, a Disney Bingo card and a Hanes t-shirt. I bought Mickey and Minnie hats for each child to wear along with some other party store goodies I found like ring pops in Mickey Mouse or TinkerBell.

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These are a few of the pictures of the children attending the celebration. In our family, there are 12 nieces and nephews ranging from (then) 11 to 4 mos (now 12 to 1) and we all went to DisneyWorld in July of 2013 courtesy of my parents. It was such a wonderful family vacation, and those memories are priceless. Below is a picture of all of the kiddos together (minus one, who didn’t make it into the picture) standing outside Tower of Terror at Hollywood Studios.

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It was hard to get everyone to look at one camera, be still, smile and have focus but this picture came out pretty great, all things considered. It was hot, had just rained and it was time to eat for most of them.

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Here I am explaining what all of the goodies are at the table. They were ready to dig in to the activities!

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Well, maybe except for my son Joseph. He wasn’t happy that I wanted to take pictures of everyone before we got started.

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My mom made rice krispie treats that we used the Mickey Mouse cookie cutter on for each child to make their own MM shaped treat. Here’s a picture of the result…

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We played a round of Disney Bingo, and I had bought a small prize for that.

Lastly we let them all move into the living room to decorate their Hanes t-shirts with the Crayola Fabric Markers included in the celebration kit. The children had fun designing their own t-shirts, and everyone took turns sharing the markers which was great!

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Here’s a picture I posted on Instagram of the fun.  The kids had such a ball.  We celebrated with cupcakes at the end that I brought from a local store for the end of the celebration.

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I can’t let you go without posting a picture of the children’s finished products!  They worked so hard on their shirts, and they all came out so great.

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We all had such a wonderful time showing our Disney Sides.  Only the youngest one, Eli, my third son, wasn’t able to participate as he fell asleep before the festivities began.

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Now I’d love to hear from you! Tell me, what is your Disney Side?

*Disclaimer-I received free products in order to host the Disney Side @Home Celebration.  The opinions expressed here are my own.*

Organizational Woes

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Sometime in the next two months we need to move.  This isn’t one of those, oh my house is too small and I wish to have something bigger type moves.  This is – we live in a two bedroom apartment and Indiana fire codes dictate that once you have a third child you are only allowed to stay in that apartment until the child is twelve months of age – type of moves.  He turned 10 months yesterday.  I feel incredibly disorganized.  I want to start packing and be ready for this move, whenever it does come, with everything that I have.  Yet, I really do act as if my feet are stuck in the mud.  I can’t process in my head what needs to happen and I can’t sit down and get done what needs to get done.  Dishes, and work, and being present in my children’s lives, and this or that or what not seems to rule, and then there’s those dishes again!  Thank goodness my precious husband helps me with the laundry most of the time.  It’s all in a pile sitting next to me on the floor right now.  This will be a short post, so that I can tackle that pile since Jeff will be playing basketball tonight and I really want the house to be clean for this weekend.  Nothing is going on this weekend except for Samuel’s basketball game Saturday morning.  This is a first in a long time it seems.  Our calendar has been booked since last October with various activities.  What better than to have a weekend to relax and enjoy each other as a family without having a huge pile of dishes and laundry staring at me!

So, I contemplate what it is I can tackle each day and am attempting to just focus on that.  Focus.  That’s probably the key word in what I am lacking right now.  A big jar of focus.  I am also trying to be more present in the boys’ lives with focus and intentionality on just them!  (I think I just created my own word there, hehe) Less of the technology stuff like phones and tablets and video games, and more of playing together, and reading and learning together.  Enjoying them each moment before they grow up and leave our little household, wherever it is that we move to.  Today as I rocked Eli to sleep I remain thankful that I have these three amazing little boys and that they are healthy and rambunctious as ever.  Just as Eli leaned into my arms and knew he could fall asleep safely, I will lean into my Savior’s everlasting arms and remember who I serve.  I am also not allowing the worry and fret to creep in like they can tend to do.  I won’t worry about where it is we move to, I know God has a plan for us.  I won’t worry about how we will get the things done that we need to get done, God will give us the strength we need to get it all done.  I will focus on Him, I will focus on Jeff and the kids, and I will tackle this big pile of laundry next to me so that it will eventually look like this

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Who knows, maybe I’ll even put a smile on my face while I’m folding the laundry like the woman above!!

And those who know your name put their trust in you,
for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you. Psalm 9:10

Commit your way to the LORD;
trust in him, and he will act. Psalm 37:5