Saturday, July 4, 2015

Independence Day

When I think about Independence Day, what first comes to mind is the sacrifices our troops have made in the past, and continue to make, so we are safe and have freedom to live in peace as the United State of America. We have freedom of religion, speech, the right to bear arms, the right to protest, the right to stand trial with a jury, freedom of commerce, and freedom to elect our government officials, just to name a few.

We are a country of underdogs who can make something out of nothing and become successful through hard work, sweat and tears. Think about our odds of becoming independent from Britain as a group of colonies. Britain was mighty and had every resource to fight against us to keep us part of their empire. Somehow we found a way to come together to fight and beat them to be free and autonomous, one Nation under God.

They key phrase is we came together. Now 239 years later, we still need to come together. We need to unite to make this country even better. Americans are strong. We know what this country needs. It takes hard work and that is what we, Americans, are good at doing. 

We take pride in doing things the right way, and we don't quit until the job is done and done well. We innovate. We are pioneers. We are not afraid to try something new. We create and we continue to make improvements.  We have a love of life and laughter. We know how to dream and we go after it with all we have. We dream big because that is the only way to dream. 

But most of all we have the right to pursue happiness and we do. I think our founding fathers would be very proud of where we are and where we are going!! We are the UNITED States of America and I want to wish us a very Happy Independence Day. 

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Disney World and Cocoa Beach

Disney World. It certainly is the happiest place on Earth!!! It's Magical.  It's Adventurous. It's Cultural. It's Futuristic. Going to Disney World was one of my favorite trips. Going to Cocoa Beach was also a great highlight. As I mentioned in my previous blog post before, Kyle, James Kyle, my dad, my brother and his family all went with me.

We stayed at Summer Bay Resort. Kyle, James Kyle and I had a two bedroom condo and my dad and brother's family shared a three bedroom house. Summer Bay had three pools with poolside bars, tennis courts, activity centers, and it was also set on a couple lakes. Disney World was only about 15-20 minutes away, which was really convenient too.

Monday we all went to Magic Kingdom. Since it was Kyle's first time too we wanted to do the adult rides. My dad and brother took turns watching James so we could ride the rides without James. James did the Tea Cups. He was happy watching all the people, the characters and the parade. I look forward to returning when James is big enough to do more rides. He is so little. When he is bigger he will also remember more.

We spent Tuesday at the resort, resting and spending a lot of time at the pool. James was such a natural in the water and loved playing in the pool with us. That was his first time in the water, except for baths of course! Then we went to the T-Rex restaurant in Downtown Disney for dinner.  Every 15 minutes the lights went low and all the dinosaurs lit up and moved around.  Then there were a lot of birthdays and the staff clapped and sang. That was the first time James started clapping too. It was really cute!

Wednesday we went to Animal Kingdom, where James was more able to do more things than at Disney World. We did Expedition Everest right before they closed. We saw the Finding Nemo show, It's a Bug's Life, and we rode the Safari and lots of other attractions! I think James liked the Safari the best. He kept pointing to all the different animals and was waving at them too! Animal Kingdom was Kyle's favorite.

Thursday we went to Cocoa Beach, which was only about an hour away. The first stop was to the famous Ron Jon's Surf shop. Then we went to a hole in the wall restaurant on the beach that was yummy. Then it was off to the beach. Kyle took James' left hand and I took his right and he walked out into the water while he was wearing his little blue crocks. As he was getting splashed by the waves he laughed and made the sweetest noises. It was the type of moment Kyle and I will both never forget. Then we built a big sandcastle and James loved playing in the sand. It was special for me to build the same sandcastle we built to announce I was pregnant almost two years ago.

Friday we went to Epcot. We did everything with James. He liked riding in the boat on Living on the Land, the Lion King show and many others. We met Mickey, Goofy, and Minnie. Minnie ignored me and wouldn't give me a hug. I was hurt but it's ok. :) Then we had an awesome early dinner at the Biergarten. It was in the German area of the World Showcase. They had all the famous German entertainment, including alphorns, Alpine bells, singing, and dancing.

Then Saturday we ate lunch with our friend Sean at Bubbalous Bodacious BBQ. It was delicious! Best sweet tea in Florida. Then we hung out with my dad at the pool. My brother and his family left and we stayed until Sunday. My dad stayed the extra night with us. James did so well the whole trip, especially at Disney World. He didn't even have one melt down or temper
tantrum. He is our little angel baby. Over all it was an awesome trip and I can't wait to go back!!!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Excitement of our Trip to Disney World

Updated: The cutest thing about our trip so far is James Kyle's reaction when we tell him we are going to Disney World. He starts smiling and gets really happy. He must know instinctively that it is the "happiest place on Earth."

This trip to Disney World comes at a perfect time emotional for me and our family. My dad, my brother and his family are also coming with us. With my mom passing away so suddenly, we have all been mourning since April and will continue. Now, we all need happy memories to start moving on and accepting she is gone.

With all my health issues since James Kyle was born, Kyle and I haven't had a week long destination vacation since I was pregnant. We went August of 2013 to Destin, so almost two years ago. I am not trying to complain because I know we are so blessed!  It just makes this trip very special!!!

I am so looking forward to going to Magic Kingdom, especially. We are also going to Animal Kingdom and Epcot after. We are going every other day to the Kingdoms and then to Epcot. That way sweet baby James Kyle doesn't get too worn out. We're hoping he can nap in the stroller or in one of the indoor baby/kid areas that they have. We'll just have to see how it goes and of course let James Kyle lead the way.

One of the things I am really pumped about is taking that iconic picture in front of the Disney Castle. So, I know what our yearly Christmas card is going to be!! ;)

Here is our daily FastPass+ Itinerary
Monday at Magic Kingdom
Thunder Mountain
Splash Mountain
Space Mountain
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (got an extra FastPass ��)

Wednesday at Animal Kingdom
It's Tough to be a Bug
Finding Nemo- The Musical
Kilimanjaro Safaris

Friday we don't know where we are going to go!! Stay tuned!!

So that's it for now, more blog posts to come as we explore Disney World this week!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

My first Mother's Day without my mom and second as a mom

My first Mother's Day without my mom and my second as a mom. First I'd like to say a BIG Thank You to all my friends and family that have personally reached out to let me know they are thinking about me and praying for me. It is truly the comfort of the Holy Spirit that is helping me find joy in such a difficult day, which is so close to my mother, Doris Beardsley's, passing. 

To be honest, I am still kind of in shock that she is gone even after a month. I still call her and leave her messages. It feels like I am just waiting to hear from her until she calls me back. When the Lord calls me back we can finish our conversation. We sure will have a lot of catching up to do. 

When we talk in Heaven, I can tell her, again, how much she meant to me. How brave I knew she was, to fight through her pain everyday and never let anyone know how bad it was. She taught me that no one was perfect and to show myself grace. I'll tell her how much I learned from her: being kind and helping everyone as much as I can, being strong and courageous, living my life to the fullest, acting like a lady, learning and improving my knowledge constantly, and most of all loving with my whole heart!!!

Even as I write this I am starting to get emotional, thinking about how I won't hear her voice or her fun laugh again, in this lifetime. Heaven is eternity which will make this lifetime seem short, anyway. It still hurts and everyday it gets a little easier to live with the fact that she is gone. 

I am always going to remember all the memories we had together. Growing up knowing she would do and did anything for me and our family. Respecting her for working so hard to get her PhD in education. All the fun places we went together, traveling abroad and locally. Spending time at the lake on the weekends or even just watching Law and Order at nights growing up.

I am taking comfort that she is  with Jesus and with our Heavenly Father and Lord. She also is resting in such a beautiful place with such a great view overlooking the Atlanta & Buckhead skyline. It is a nice peaceful place to sit and hang out with her.