Mom & Ben Disney Trip!

Last weekend Ben and I headed to SoCal to spend the last four days of his winter break with my family in Long Beach and then did a Disney trip. We had so much fun and I wanted to share with you guys all about it.

So we headed to Long Beach and spent the first day eating, walking downtown and shopping with my sister. We ate a this cute little falafel shop called The Hippea where I tried some delicious falafels and fries, all vegan , too! It was super yummy and they had really yummy dipping sauces as well. We went into some shops as well, one of which was making me so nostalgic I could hardly handle it. It was a super cute Roller Derby shop called Moxi and I was left day dreaming about my derby days. We also hit up a cute little place called SongBird, which has just about any pop culture item and neat little knickknack you could envision. We ended the night with a stop to PIZZANISTA!!! I love that place so much my heart exploded from happiness. I always try to eat there when I visit Long Beach. they have vegan options as well, and beautiful cacti out front.

After a fun family day out Ben and I were ready for a Disney date the next morning. We dropped off our stuff at Motel 6 Maingate, our go-to hotel of choice, ad hopped on the ART to Disney! We spent the morning riding rides, eating beignets, and visiting Mickey in Toontown! We also got to have a nice lunch at the new Lamplight Lounge in DCA overlooking the Pixar Pier. We split a cheeseburger and watched people ride the Incredicoaster before finishing our meal with some delicious mini donuts. Then we hit the hotel for a power nap. After a well deserved rest we met up with some friends (Gina, Alex, Jaycee, Jacob and Daniel) who rode more rides with us and had a nice dinner. Ben was over the moon and told me it was such a fun day! I was really happy we got to see some of our friends and even met a few new ones. Gina even gave Ben his own churro money for the trip, it was so sweet!

Our second Disney day we rope dropped with some of my good friends, Arica and Ray, and our new friend Tina. It was a DAY. We had a lot of fun for sure, but it was pooooouring rain and we learned that ponchos and waterproof shoes were invented fro a reason. Let’s just say Disney got a lot of my money that day for some dry clothes….and that I should not ride Thunder Mountain in a downpour. Memories were made though, and that’s the most important thing in my opinion. I can honestly say Arica has become on of my closest friends and even if we didn’t do Disney stuff we would still be having a blast because we just connect that well. Highlights of our day were probably running to Zocalo for a table white getting drenched, riding the train around the parks in our ponchos, exploring the Disneyland hotel in the morning, and just being with the people I love.

I think our last day was by far the best of the trip, despite having to leave and head home at 2pm. Ben and I packed up and ubered to Disney for DCA rop drop. we have always done rope drop at Disneyland but never DCA so we were beyond excited, and it was worth it! The very first thing we did was meet the Mayor of Beuna Vista Street and she made Ben a lifetime honorary Disney citizen to Infinity and Beyond! She proclaimed it to all the passersby and Ben was so excited, I was living in the moment so I didn’t get photos but it was so fun! Then we met up with some friends, and ended up with a pretty big group! Natalie, Alexis, Katie, Peter, Alexa, Marisol and the two of us. We started at Flo’s Cafe fro breakfast, and it was so cute. We had never eaten there and it was delicious, we tried the Lightning McQueen waffle breakfast and loved it. Then we had some fun taking photo pass pictures and being silly. Peter was able to get us all on so many rides that day. We rode Radiator Racers, Little Mermaid, Star Tours, Buzz Lightyear, Indiana Jones and more. We also did the Redwood Creek Challenge and Ben is definitely in way better shape than I am. I genuinely feel like we all had such a fun time. It was great to spend so much time this trip around truly loving and positive people who treated Ben like family. I wish I could share every single detail about our trip but we has so many magical moments it was insane. I miss everyone so much already. I am hoping we are able to head back in April and that Chris will be able to join us this time.

It was a great way to end our winter break. Now Ben is back to school and I am in the middle of a major house organizing project as well as a shop restock! I hope you’re all doing well.

Shop Update: Princess Collection

I just released my Disney Princess Collection on Etsy…headbands and scrunchies with Disney princess fabric! I wanted to use a selection of fabric I don’t see often in the Disney small shops so some is special ordered. I also had removable bows on the headbands (they can be tied onto scruchies!) and the bows are all neatly top-stitched. The headbands are lightweight and don’t pinch you while wearing. My goal was to create items that were affordable, comfortable and beautiful!

The sale is live on the site now: Click Here to Shop

Hello Again!

Hello Again!

I am finally carving out some time to do a little blogging. I have really taken a step back and learned a lot from my hiatus and I am looking forward to sharing more about my Disney life and things I feel are more personal. I really want this blog to be about the things I enjoy and not just trying to “compete” with lifestyle bloggers. I see so many people out there making the whole blog thing and Instagram thing about the numbers, the likes and comments, etc…I have no desire to be internet famous and I am definitely not bashing anyone who wants to live their life this way, but it is EXHAUSTING trying to please other people. I am one person and I have so many things happening in my actual, real life that I have no time to try to look cool or perfect. I am who I am.

In other news, I have been making and selling some cool stuff on my Disney Etsy Shop, DizCactus Designs. I have been releasing collections of Headbands and Scrunchies, as well as designed a new pin currently up for pre-order. I have really been enjoying sewing and creating new products, especially when it comes to fabric selection. I spend hours searching online and in store for just the right fabrics for my customers. And I try to listen to what they want, as well as look ahead to what could be popular within the Disney community (seasons, movie releases, ride and parade updates). I genuinely want to make quality products for reasonable prices that people can use and enjoy. I have been doing well so far and I can only hope to improve.

Headbands with topknot bows that are removable in Mickey and Minnie collection fabrics

I am going to be headed to the parks in about a week with my son, Ben, and we will be creating a bucket list of things we want to do while we are there, including snacks we want to try. If you have any ideas for our list please send them my way! Robyn@DizCactus.com

My Mini Studio

This fall I decided I needed to try and build my own at home mini studio. I have a great space in my garage and could see potential but I was never brave enough to go for it. One morning I woke up with a client who needed a space to do a specific kind of session and I was inspired once again to create that space for myself. 

This was my garage before:

My husband and I cleared out a substantial area and then we went shopping for some supplies. We bought two bike hanger hooks, some PVC pipe and caps and a roll of seamless backdrop paper. Then we installed the hooks on the garage wall. 

 

Then I hung the roll of seamless paper on the PVC pipe and used the hooks to hold it. When I unrolled it I used clamps to hold the paper in place and painters tape to secure it to the flooring. My backdrop roll isn’t very wide so I put up some white cloth behind it on the wall and laid some out on the floor beneath my staging area.  I used the lighting I already owned, purchased on amazon. 

It only takes up about 1/4th of my garage space, and I can roll it up and have it out of sight when it’s not in use and park my car inside again.  But this small mini studio has the potential for so many creative sessions. 

before editing:

after some very basic editing:

I am extremely pleased with the outcome of this low cost, 2 hour project (including shopping time). I can’t wait to utilize it on many more projects!

Quick update!

Hello Friends! I am so sorry I haven’t been very active on my blog. I have been focused on school, work and family…all very important (albeit time consuming things). I hope you have all been great.  I will be resuming blogging very soon, just need to get my life a little more organized…until then feel free to catch up with me via Instagram: Eventful Magic   DizCactus (Disney account)

 

Hope you all have a fantastic week, and don’t forget to vote!!!

also, be sure to check out my latest photography special for the holidays:

Disney Halloween Trip!

Early this month my family and I took a trip to Disney to enjoy The Disneyland Halloween event. My in-laws were kind enough to gift us with Mickey’s Halloween Party tickets and we were all able to go together! We have been to Disney several times during the Halloween season but have never been able to attend the actual party, so we were really excited to see it all. The kids had such a great time in their costumes while they were trick-or-treating in the parks! They give you SO MUCH CANDY!! And there were so many rare villains out at the end of the night for the parade. Villains are Ben’s favorites and he was able to meet and interact with quite a few while we waited for the parade to begin.  They had the Headless Horseman in the parade and dancing ghosts from the Haunted Mansion, it was really awesome. I didn’t bring my good camera that night because I was trying my best to take everything in and not distract myself from making memories. 

The next morning our group met up for breakfast at this really fun spot called Pann’s Diner. It was a really neat old school style diner with REALLY yummy food. We enjoyed our big family breakfast and then the boys went with the grandparents for the Hot Wheels Convention!! My Father-in-Law collects Hot Wheels and the boys were stoked that they got to go to their first convention together. While they did their thing Chris and I met up with our Disney Family! We have met so many amazing people through my Disney Instagram account and now we look forward to seeing them and spending time together each trip. Our group met up and we went on a bunch of rides and just spent time goofing around and doing some photography and Instagram stuff together. They even talked us into going on The Incredicoaster! Chris and I are huge chickens when it comes to the big fast rides so we were really nervous but it was so fun! You can even smell cookies in one of the tunnels on the coaster. I am definitely planning on going on it again. I don’t really know how to describe all these people, but I can say with 100% confidence that they are accepting of all kinds. They didn’t have to hang out with us and put up with our awkwardness but they have been amazing. They really make me feel like apart of their circle, and I am a better person for having met them. 

Our final day of the trip was really neat! I took my camera into the parks to get some shots for myself, and of some pins for a company that  I Brand Rep for (CastelBabeCo). Then later in the morning i met up with some other Instagrammers for the first time. It was very fun to host my own little meet-up! I had goody bags for everyone with Halloween treats and I was fortunate enough to have 5 ladies show up and come hang with me at Disney. We went on some rides and took some cute castle pics and even spotted a Backstreet Boy while getting off The Jungle Cruise! It felt great getting to know these girls and spending time with them, and I hope to see them again soon. I am not able to get back to the parks for a few months so I am in the process of planning a Central Valley Disney Meet-Up here in Fresno and I am excited to see who shows up! Later in the day Chris and Ben joined me and we went on our all time favorite family ride, Pirates and then did a little shopping before getting back on the road and heading home.  Ben wanted me to include that he was extremely happy he got to eat at Burger King on the way home.

We had such an amazing time and I miss everyone already, but we made a lot of family memories and I feel so fortunate to be able to do things like this. Until next time, have a great week!

If you’d like to see more on our trip: IGTV TRIP VIDEO

Morning Ramblings w/Robyn

Hello, happy Wednesday! Hope you have all been doing great and enjoying your summer. We had a lot of very exciting things happen in the last week and a half and I am so tired from it all, but very happy. 

Ben came home on the 22nd and we were so glad to see him again. Two weeks can feel like an eternity with this kid not around. Chris’ parents had a really cool surprise planned for him and his younger cousin at their house. They had rented the boys a bouncehouse style water slide and did a treasure hunt with them! They even made them a cute little sign for the day, “Camp NonPop”, after their nicknames of Nonnie and Pops. while the boys were at their little camp adventure I took Chris to his favorite Barber shop, Grizzly Barber in Merced. If you live in the Merced area definitely check them out! They’re a combo shop with haircuts and screen printing. They frequently put on art shows and I am very excited to be participating in the next one.  After Chris got a trim we went home to set up for Benjamin’s birthday party that was happening the following evening. 

I cannot describe how insanely lucky we are to have such amazing friends and family. They all came to hang with Ben and celebrate his birthday at our place. We grilled burgers and hot dogs and Ben even got to smash his face in some cake. The kids had fun breaking open the donkey pinata and attacking each other with silly string (we even found environmentally friendly kind!). We got to see some friends we haven’t been able to visit in awhile, and one of his friends from school was able to come, and he received a lot of very special gifts that he really loves. He ended up having a couple of the kids sleepover and we made s’mores and watched Disney movies all night. He said it was his best birthday ever! I had such a nice time just being around all the people I love, it reminded me how rare it is to have so many people around who care about our family. I know that not every day can be a party, but when you get the chance to spend time with people you care about it makes the days you are with them feel like one. 

The next few days were a little wild. We had our new washing machine delivered after our old one finally died on us. I hated spending the money on a new one, but it is pretty awesome. We found it on Amazon Prime and it included delivery and installation! I also had a biopsy done of a lump my OBGYN found in my breast. I have had this happen before, same side and it was nothing. I am happy to say that it is benign and I am doing great. I HIGHLY encourage you to see a doctor if you find a lump, always put your health first. It may be scary to wait and see, but it is better than doing nothing. Our family went to see Ant-Man and the Wasp finally! Happy to report that it was eve better than we expected and we are really excited to see what happens next in the Marvel universe. I also want to address the fact that I previously talked about MoviePass and the fun we were having using it. That has changed. I am sure a lot of you have heard about the issues and updates, as well as horrendous business practices this company has been involved in. If not, please look into it. We will most likely not be using our MoviePass any longer and we are very disappointed in their company overall. I realize most things like this are too good to be true, but we had hoped that wasn’t the case with this. Live and learn. 

This past Saturday we headed out to our family Disneyland trip with my Mom! It was so much fun. We had a really nice stay at the Motel 6 Maingate near the parks, the staff and management there are amazing, they go above and beyond for their guests. I used Booking.com and got a great deal on two rooms there. If you’re looking for a hotel this summer feel free to use my Code and get $25 off your next booking: r0chrs16 . Our first day at the parks was fantastic! We got to ride a lot of rides before we had a nice lunch at Cafe Orleans. My Mom had her first beignet and tried the pomme frites. Then we headed back to the hotel to swim and rest before hitting the parks again. When we went back that evening we were able to meet up with Disney friends and it was very cool to spend more time with them, and even meet some new friends. We did group ride of Big Thunder Mountain, which was exciting because  there was 11 of us! It was especially cool to see the fireworks going off while we were on-board the wildest ride in the wilderness.  The next day my Mom got to experience the changes to Star Tours and It’s a Small World. We also had a nice dinner at Tortilla Jo’s in Downtown Disney. Finally, Monday was Ben’s actual birthday and in honor of him turning 9 my Mom treated us to a special breakfast at Goofy’s Kitchen, which is Ben’s favorite place to eat. We had a giant buffet style breakfast while the characters stopped by to see Ben and say Hi. It was a great way to end our family trip before we headed back to the valley. 

Since we’ve been home we have been pretty motivated around here. Chris and I started early on our new Vegetarian….ok maybe pescatarian for now….meal planning.  Yesterday we did a family trip to the grocery store to pick up some smoothie prep stuff and Ben asked to try some vegetarian stuff as well once he saw the stuff we were buying. I am happy to report that he had plant based ‘chicken’ nuggets and ‘hot dogs’ and really enjoyed them and said he would love to have them in his school lunches this year, so that’s a win in my book! Chris grilled some scallops in the shells last night for dinner and we looked up different recipes and lunch prep stuff for the future. I am excited to start eating healthier and not DIET. I have always struggled with over-eating and fasting in response to it and even our very small venture into weigh watchers was ultimately just stressful. I just want to start eating more delicious healthier options instead of limiting calories and denying myself things that taste amazing. If you have any vegetarian recipes send them my way!

Tomorrow I will be at the featured artist at Root Access Hackerspace here in Fresno.  If you have time come check it out! I will have some prints available as well as some Disney small shop merch, including my newly released Thunder Mountain Goat pin! 

Hope to see you guys there. Have a great week and stay cool!

Friday Morning Catch Up w/Robyn

Life has been crazy lately! I feel like everything is so rushed in the summer for some reason, but I finally found a moment to write. Today I am in full on preparation mode. I am picking up Ben for his two weeks home with me this afternoon, and I am cleaning my house top to bottom for his impending 9th birthday party. Still in denial that I am about to have a 9 year old young man for a son. 

I am getting way ahead of myself though, let me catch you up on the last week and a half. My friend Fernando, who recently graduated from UC Santa Cruz, came to have dinner with us. It was so much fun catching up with him and planning future hang outs. Chris and I made a vegetarian dinner in his honor,  which was also fun. We have been talking about going vegetarian for awhile and finally decided starting August 1st we would make the switch for a healthier lifestyle. Can you tell how old we are feeling yet? Honestly I feel like we will have fun making new things and learning new recipes together, as we already enjoy cooking as a family. Benjamin, however, will probably not be as excited. I am not going to force a vegetarian diet on him, but I will continue encouraging him to choose healthier options. But he is at the picky eater age so only time will tell.

Thursday if last week I was lucky enough to take some pictures of my all time fave, Tawona! She debuted a summer vacay look that I had so much fun photographing. She did a blog of the look on TheWellDressedCurl.com and I have to say I am eyeing those accessories. check it out if you have a chance.  I am learning so much about style from her. 

Over the weekend I did my Coffee & Convos on my Disney Instagram account and had a great time talking with my Disney friends. I went over a cool guide map from 1993, discussed upcoming products for my Etsy shop and the re-manufacturing of my Thunder Mountain Goat fantasy pin. I honestly feel so lucky I have gotten to meet and connect with people from all over the world who share the love of Disney. I can’t wait to go back and show my Mom all the exciting changes made in the last decade and celebrate my son’s birthday at the happiest place on earth! 

Chris and I got out of the house as well this past weekend. We did some window shopping at the mall and looked for back to school supplies for Ben’s adventures into the 4th grade. We also went to target and Old Navy for the billionth time and found some cute pieces for a Disneybound I have been working on. We had a nice lunch together and we came home and watched scary movies and just enjoyed our air conditioning honestly. I am so over the triple digits! There are some days where I wish I could run away to Monterey or somewhere nice and cool, but until then I will enjoy the comforts I am fortunate enough to have at home. 

Some less exciting things happened this week, unfortunately. Our washing machine of 6 years finally died on us. We got her used and she was a great washer but we finally had to shell out for a new one, via Amazon. Fortunately they deliver and install which is included in the price, so that’s awesome. Taking the old one out and cleaning up the laundry closet was a pain but it reminded me that I am a real adult and I can deal with the things life throws at me. I washed a ton of towels in the bathtub and dried them on the line out back, fingers crossed that my dryer lasts 6 more months.  Thankfully I was able to book some clients to help cover some of the costs of a surprise washing machine purchase, and it helped me focus on the positive. I am excited to meet new clients and take their photos and share my art with the world. I have 2 more spots available for my special, email me if you’re interested in booking. 

Upcoming stuff: Some of my  Disney Small shop items will be included in the next Blind Box from The Mouse Merch Box! I am really excited for people to see my small shop stuff and I love being in a collab with other Disney inspired small shops.  I am also going to be a featured artist at the next ArtHop here in Fresno! You can find me at Root Access Hackerspace in Tower District The first Thursday in August (8/2/18) and I might be having a special guest with me, so stay tuned for more info on that! There will be an upcoming look into the July Target Beauty Box which looks Amazing!! And much, much more.

I hope you all have a fantastic week, and thanks for catching up with me.

June so far…

June has been a whirlwind of things happening! From school field trips, to summer vacation, to family visiting and work trips I am definitely ready to tell you all about some of my adventures and misadventures.

my awesome boy

The first week of June was interesting. I was pleased to watch my son receive an award at a school assembly for Academic Improvement. He has really worked so hard this school year. Third grade isn’t what it used to be, honestly. It is full of so much homework and research projects and learning

Third Grade Group

how to be organized and confident on top of the social demands that are so much more difficult nowadays. Ben was literally beaming on that stage when they called his name and he had the biggest smile. To say I was proud is an understatement. He was also lucky enough to accompany his class on a field trip to our local planetarium at Fresno State. It was so exciting to watch the kids learn about space and our solar system. We were also able to go into the school library and see how big and interesting the building is. College is so far away but to see the kids interested in furthering their education is really awesome.  It was a really great way to end the school year.

Liz and I

The same week we also had some visitors! My sister Liz and our family friend Dom came and stayed with us. 

Face Mask Crew

We were all able to go out to La Nita’s with my mom and some other family, which was really fun. We also had a face mask night as a family, because obviously group exfoliation is always a good time. Movie nights, sitting around the fire pit in the backyard and just spending time together before Ben left for two weeks was just what we all needed.  Ben has a summer schedule that includes two weeks on and off with his father throughout the summer. I choose not to discuss Ben’s other family so as to give them privacy and honestly it is extremely personal. I miss Ben a great amount when he is gone but thankfully he is at the age to have his own phone so we can maintain contact and stay in touch.

When Ben left for his two weeks, Liz and I went to her home in Long Beach and I was able to see her wife and spend a day getting our nails done and trying some awesome vegan food. We went to Pizzanista, which I love so so much, and then we tried a new place for a treat! We ended up at Hug Life in Garden Grove.  It is a plant based vegan ice cream shop! I tried the mint chip and it honestly felt like I was eating regular ice cream, but it had no dairy at all! I am definitely going back. I love trying new things and I respect that my family has a vegan diet, it is encouraging me to be healthier and more conscientious.

Erika, Mickey and I

On Sunday I had a very special photo session at Disney with one of my good friends and past clients, Erika! I was able to take photos of her in different outfits throughout the parks and spend time with her for the first time since she moved to So Cal.

@DisneylandGrammers and @Retro.Magic

  My sister and her wife, Tiffany, also came to meet me at the parks for awhile before I had to check into my hotel. I appreciate that they endured the heat and the crowds just to see me for awhile.  I did have a few hiccups that afternoon but headed back to the parks around dinner time and met up with some Instagram friends and was overwhelmed by their kindness. They not only invited me to join them for dinner but they spent literally all night with me going on rides and park hopping before ending the night with Fantasmic! I loved their positive energy and the fact that the Disney community has enabled me to meet with some spectacular people.

The next morning however, I woke up with the worst swollen tonsils ever, complete with a fever and cough.  I honestly think spending four weeks on antibiotics really messed with my immune system. As we know, antibiotics kills bacteria, good and bad.  My body clearly wasn’t ready to handle being at a theme park. I holed up at my hotel until Tuesday when I finally felt well enough to drive the 5 hours back to Fresno. My husband has been taking care of me since the moment I walked through the door.

Best Husband

I am truly lucky to have him.  I am seriously disappointed that all my other plans fell through and I wasn’t able to get any other photo sessions in. I have been having the most difficult time getting back to working on a regular basis this entire year and it can be extremely depressing. I know this too shall pass, and I plan on continuing to be an optimist despite the setbacks. Dreams also take hard work, and I plan on working very hard to make them come true.

Other highlights from the past couple weeks: I finally sat at The Liars Club booth at The Rodeo Coffee Shop and learned it’s origin story.  Chris and I took Ben to Japanese Kitchen to celebrate his award, and it was just as good as we remember. I sold more pins the last two weeks than ever before and it was super motivating, I love my customers. I have 700 followers on my Disney Instagram and I know it isn’t a huge amount but I just think it’s cool that many people want to see my photos. I attempted doing my own nails to save money and actually did pretty well, but I definitely need more practice.  I also took Dom antiquing, which apparently he had never experienced. Last but not least, Ben and I were able to enjoy Oswald the Lucky Rabbit classic cartoons.

I hope your summer is off to a great start!

Tuesday Morning Ramblings w/Robyn

Good Morning and happy Tuesday! I hope you have all been doing well and have had a good week. I’m starting mine a little slow and tired, but still starting. Last week started off great! I was chosen to be a brand rep for a really cute Disney small shop, Best Day Ever Co., and I am really excited to be working with them.  Most of the past week or so I have been majorly focused on my health, and I’ve been struggling with some minor issues and doctor visits but ultimately I am doing better today, but just frustrated because I am not someone who likes to slow down.

On Thursday we had our very last Friendship Club of the school year and it was so emotional for me. The teachers and administrators all signed a card for me and gave me a gift and I literally cried, it was such a sweet thing.  I was so proud of these kids and how far they’ve come, especially my own. I watched them work together, learn from each other and talk to each other with a positive attitude. I started this club because although my son’s school has a zero-tolerance bullying rule, it is IMPOSSIBLE to police children and hear everything they say and see everything they do all the time, and kids do get bullied. My son was bullied and sometimes still deals with tough situations at his school, but now he has the tools to know what to do in these situations. He talks to me, he talks to his teachers and administrators about it immediately and he includes other kids in the conversation and he isn’t afraid to stand up and say something. Not every kid feels brave enough to do this, and I want to show the kids there is a safe and loving place at their school where they can tell someone and play together without fear of bullies. It means something to me, especially now in the world we live in where bullies can lead to something as scary as a school shooting. I have been at the school during lock down drills, and believe me, you haven’t known true fear until you see your own small child quietly sitting against a wall, underneath a table, silently mouthing the words, “please don’t be real” over and over until the drill is over. I will never stop talking to my son, or these kids about how to handle bullying and communicating with each other and the adults in their life. I am not a hero, I am just a mom who desperately wants the world to change so these kids have a chance.  I know I don’t usually go into heavy topics but this is so important and we can’t hide from this topic just because it makes us uncomfortable. If any of you ever need to talk I am always here, Robyn@EventfulMagic.Org . There are a lot of resources as well if you’d prefer to talk to professionals, I would be happy to share links with you. Contact me anytime. 

After a busy school week my husband and I went away for the weekend to Disneyland, and it was a lot of fun, but unfortunately it was cut short as I got food poisoning and we went home immediately. It definitely didn’t help my other health issues so i spent a lot of time sleeping and trying to recuperate the last couple days. Chris refurbished my old netbook for Ben to use for his school work and Ben was able to use it to do his math work for the first time, and it was kind of cool to see him so excited to have his own computer for school. Yesterday, I was able to take Ben to get some new dress clothes and a nice  haircut for his field trip today, which I will talk about next week. 

I am still not feeling 100% but I know healing takes time. If you’re ever feeling run down or sick remember that self care is not selfish, it is vastly important to being YOU and you deserve to feel healthy and well.  I hope this week can be a good one for my family, and for all of you!