It is fall and the stores are featuring pumpkin spice everything, which can only mean one thing….Christmas is coming! I love Christmas, but I am the worst at buying presents. Especially for my 10 grandchildren. They have different interests and keep growing faster than I can track. But I have found one gift that works every time. Pajamas!
Disney offers a myriad of pajamas from beautiful princess nightgowns to cool Stitch onesies. Whatever the interest of the child, there are pajamas to match. I can handle all of the presents in one location and they are shipped directly to their new home. And the children are growing so quickly, I am guaranteed that they will need a new one next year.
Don’t you think Hot Hubby will love personalized Mickey Pajamas?
The Lion King movie was my oldest daughter’s favorite film. It came out on VHS when she was little and she watched it so much that I replaced the worn out tape three times. She loved The Lion King and I loved the lessons that it provided.
Most of the brilliance was delivered by a mandrill named Rafiki. This came to mind this week as Robert Guillaume who was the voice of the Rafiki, recently passed away. He had a distinctive voice and I can still hear him saying, “Remember, who you are!”
There have been times in my life, when I have lost “who I am”. One of those times was when I graduated from college and moved to North Carolina for my first job. I was only there a few weeks, when there was a hostile takeover and the whole division was let go. I don’t think they say “let go” anymore. It is probably more pc to say “displaced.” It felt more like “fired”, “devastated”, “end of world time”.
When I called my mother, she told me to “take 24 hours. Cry, feel sorry for yourself, eat junk food and be gloomy. After that 24 hours, pick yourself up and get to work. You are a strong, capable woman who can find a job, but you have to use that strength.” She was right, it only took a few weeks and I was moving to Atlanta and starting a new job.
Knowing who you are is important and sometimes it takes life’s challenges to really know how strong you are. You are never alone. Family and friends are there to love you when the world doesn’t. Remember to trust yourself, and know that you will never be given a challenge that is bigger than you.
For our first trip to Disneyland I read everything I could get my hands on. Back then, travel guides were the thing…I am showing my age. The popular guide had a “Dumbo in a Day or Die Touring Plan.” It gave a plan that would let you see everything in the park in one day with the best route and order of rides. It was efficient and effective and exhausting. We didn’t die, but we had sore feet and cranky kids by the end of the day.
It is so easy to get caught up in trying to do everything. You want to get your money’s worth and Disney is expensive. But you came to Disneyland to spend time with your family. Enjoy your family as well as Disneyland. Spend a little more for extras like a character meal or a table service restaurant. Families don’t get enough time to just be together.
Take a few minutes and take some pictures. The new PhotoPass allows everyone to be in the picture and the Disney photographers are great. They capture that hug with TinkerBell or when Tigger grabs mom’s head. They have the right filter and lighting and everyone is in the shot. Mom can relax and be part of the fun, rather than being missing from every picture.
Life is getting faster and faster and family time is less and less. For your next trip to the Happiest Place on Earth, relax and take the time to enjoy your family.