Disneyland…The Happiest (?) Place On Earth…

I just returned from taking my kids to Disney for the first time (it was only my second time ever experiencing a Disney park) and boy was there amazing people watching. I wish I could of taken some pictures to share with you, but even I thought that would be rude (heh, heh). So instead I shall describe the people of Disney…

The Maker-Outers:  What is it about amusement parks that make people feel the need to make out? It’s the most unromantic atmosphere I know of, yet I counted at least three couples in every line that couldn’t stop sucking face. It’s just awkward for everyone.


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Custom Minnie Mouse Disney Autograph Book by Three Paper Tulips


The Parade Route Seat Hoarders: While trying to find a place to sit and watch the Disney Christmas parade with my two young kids, an ADULT woman ran over and nearly pushed me down while yelling, “I was just buying popcorn! Those are my seats…” Chill lady, chill.

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Storybook Cinderella Prestige


The Excessive Wavers: You know them. You may even be them. I in fact became one until I realized what I was doing. There I was, on the Disney train, when I found myself waving at strangers like some sort of lunatic. I can think of no other place where I would randomly start waving at a group of people I don’t know. (This also gives you insight into the fact that I have never participated in any sort of pageant. Obviously.)

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Retro Disney Inspired Cross stitch embroidery by Satsuma Street


The Photo Bomber (Definition: An otherwise normal photo that has been ruined or spoiled by someone who was not supposed to be in the photograph.): This was quite possibly my most favorite activity at Disney. There’s nothing more satisfying than watching a mom coax her four kids into smiling for the camera and then sneaking into the background to make a funny face. By the way, I overheard a mom say to her teenage son, “Look like you’re having fun or I’ll punch you.” Ummmm, what would Mickey say about that?

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Disney Parks New DELUXE R2D2 Mickey Ears Hat

The early arriving, super strategic mom bloggers: OK, I first found out about this subculture while researching Disneyland. There are people out there who plan their entire trip down to the second. And then write about each one of these seconds. I think one of them actually tried to push me over when I took too long taking off my backpack in the inspection line at 7:45 AM. I totally get wanting to maximize time spent at the park, but I personally feel it takes some (all) of the magic out of the day if you’re literally running from ride to ride without taking time to let yourself get sidetracked…

And this, my friends, is a philosophy I live by.


My daughter dresses like a Unabomber/Witness Protection Program person.

Text conversation between me and a friend this morning…

FriendLove your daughter’s Unabomber look today. Tres chic!

MeOh gawd. Gary took her to school today and I’m afraid to ask.

FriendWish I had a pic. To be fair she looked more like she was going into the Witness Protection Program than the Unabomber 😉 Love that girl.

MeThat makes it way better. Oy.

This is what I’m dealing with people. A daughter who dresses like a Unabomber/Witness Protection Program person.  One thing’s for sure though, no one will ever describe her as a wallflower. So instead of denying her of the fashion faux-pas, I’ve chosen to embrace it. Encourage it actually, which is why I went on the hunt for Unabomber/Witness Protection Program person sunglasses. I guess her crazy doesn’t fall far from my crazy tree.


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White Vintage Style Pearl Sunnies by Pies Custom Creations
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Amazon.com Girl’s Round Frame Fashion Sunglasses Etsy Blog

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Sunbelt Girl’s Sunladies 10 Resin Sunglasses

This morning Taylor woke me up with a tattoo on her forehead and a snickers bar in her mouth.

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I think it’s time to hide the Halloween loot.  I mean it’s sort of hard to reprimand them when there may or may not be candy wrappers hiding under my pillow. Oooops.
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Gymboree Gingerbread Cookie Footed One-Piece Pajama 

Because my house can’t get the sugar consumption under control, I’m insisting on excessive tooth brushing after getting into their cozy pajamas at night. And then again in the morning. And possible five more times during the day.

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Forked Up Art | Toothbrush Cup Holder | Etsy
And as for me, I think I’m going to turn into one of those lunch brushers. You know the ones at your office. It’s always a tad awkward walking into the bathroom only to find a coworker flossing her back teeth.
Yep, that’s me. Judging you lunch brusher.

And just so you know, I’m also picking up some new pajamas from Layla Grayce.  Hey, they’re offering 15% off site wide through 11/8 with promo code HAPPYDAY.

5 Tips (And Tricks) To Get You Through Halloween

  1. If a house is handing out beer or wine, it’s for the parents.  I’m lucky because I live in that kind of neighborhood.
  2. Take photos first! I cannot stress enough how much of a hot mess your children will turn into as the night goes on. 5:00PM = Happiness and Excitement  8:00PM = Craziness and Screaming for more candy.
  3. It’s not too late to buy a costume.  One year in college I bought a pumpkin trash bag, tore a hole in it for my head and voila!
  4. Go to the houses on hills. Children tend to avoid these homes so when you show up, I guarantee you’ll be showered with candy. We live in a house on a hill so you can trust me on this.
  5. After your kids go to sleep, hide their most delicious candy in your mouth. Really it’s for their own good.

And just in case you were wondering, here are some of my favorite Halloween items!

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Etsy Children’s Minion Hooded Towel Etsy Stalkers
Etsy Children’s Minion Hooded Towel 

Café Press Halloween Candy Tote Bag Etsy Stalkers

This weekend I attended a Roller Girl match. Oh boy.

Ira Red | $50
Have you ever been to one of these? No? Let me sum it up:
(1)Ladies on roller skates
(2)Men with mullets
(3)Women with mullets
(4)Women skating in circles while pushing and shoving each other
(5)Food on sticks
(6)Alcohol but no glass bottles
(7)Various men in top hats
(8)Various girls in patterned tights
In conclusion, it was pure Saturday night people-watching awesomeness (in my opinion, a very close second to the Georgia State Fair).
Not only was attending the match fun, it also inspired me to hunt down some roller skates for myself. It always about me, right? Well lucky for you I found multiple Etsy shops that sell vintage roller skates.
Now we can all meet at the rink and push each other. Or just go for a nice skate around the ‘hood. Whichever.

That’s my boy…

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I’m going to try to capture the most perfect weekend with words so bare with me.

I feel so extremely lucky that my parents felt it was important to send me to overnight summer camp for 10 years of my life. Those who have had the opportunity to attend anysummer camp for even one summer can most certainly relate. And while it’s nearly impossible to put my emotions into words (even for a writer), I’m going to try because I want to catch this emotion in a jar, close the lid so tight and hope it lives forever.
Camp is the place I became the person I am today. It’s where I was given silent permission to find myself beyond my family unit. It’s the place where I made life-long friends that to this day remain some of the best people I’ve ever known.
This past weekend my camp held it’s 50-year reunion. It was the first of it’s kind being that past campers and staff were invited up to sleep in cabins, eat in the dining hall and canoe in the same lake.  Children were invited up for afternoon activities but I, along with most of my friends, decided that we would leave our spouses and kids behind for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become bunkmates once again and live out the ultimate fantasy of being able to go back to camp again.
It turned out there were 9 of us from our age group that attended, many of whom I hadn’t seen in over a decade. Even though we’ve all aged (except for me of course), been through happy times and times of tremendous sadness nothing had changed. There we were sitting side by side on the lake dock at 3AM laughing so hard that we convinced ourselves we would most likely wake up with six-packs. 20 years has passed since we all sat on that dock together, but it literally felt like we hadn’t skipped a beat.
Yes we’ve changed, but not really. We’re all the same people who grew up together, talked about everything under the sun and moon, and (hardly) ever passed judgment on each other. These people were and still are my family. My camp was and will always be my home. I’m so glad and humbled that I was given the opportunity to remember that.
We talked about old memories and made new ones. We created arts and crafts, ate in the dining hall and attended Shabbat services. We skipped programs and we went for midnight walks around the lake. We caught up on how our parents are doing and we bragged about our kids. But most of all we laughed. And laughed. And laughed. And laughed.
It seemed like the past 20 years were all bottled up, aged to perfection and then opened for this past weekend.  We were completely our old-new selves.
Driving down the dirt road on our way out of camp yesterday, I felt the same mixture of joy, sadness, satisfaction and longing that I used to feel all of those years ago. Of course I did, because why wouldn’t I? Even if there are hundreds of camps just like it, there is literally no place that could compare.
I want to say again how fortunate I am that my parents sent me to summer camp.  I don’t know who I’d be today without it. And the first thing I said to my kids upon returning home? One day, you’re going to summer camp.

Last night Darren asked me the question that literally no one has an answer to…

Mom, why does homework exist?
Ummmm, because your teacher assigned it.
No mom, why does homework exist ever?
Go ask your dad.

As the mom of a first grader I’m just starting to experience the wrath of nightly homework. And let me just tell you that I’m not looking forward to the next 12 years of it.
I know, I know that he should be doing it on his own. But he’s just learning to read fluently and frankly many of his assignments include reading.  And it’s not like he is going to willingly put down his bayblades, legos, pirate costume, tennis racquet, etc. for the chance to do math! And read!
In order to help psyche Darren up for homework (for the rest of his life) I’m getting him a personalized dry erase chart for his desk from OCD.  This way he can feel the satisfaction of checking things off or just erasing the assignment and pretending like it never existed.
Is it wrong that I’m sort of OK with either one?


I’m so excited I could burst. But I won’t because that would be messy.

Next weekend I’m attending the Writer’s Digest Conference East in New York City with the hopes of learning lots, meeting other writers and chatting with literary agents about my little book I would love to get published. The most exciting part is that I’m surprising Darren and taking him with me! Darren will hang with my bro-in-law while I’m learning, meeting and chatting. Then we’ll hit the city, go to a Broadway Show and eat dirty hot dogs from a street cart.

I’ve been trying to think of a creative way to tell him where we’re going once we’re at the airport and I think I’m going to give him some of these NYC cookies from Peapods.
I’m just hoping he looks at the cookies before shoving them in his face. That goes for me too. I promise to keep you posted if anything comes from the conference. In fact, I’ll make you buy the book.
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