Tuesday Morning Ramblings w/Robyn

The past week has been full of ups and downs and I am glad to be starting fresh this morning and reflecting on the things I’ve learned. I’d like to start by saying, last week I mentioned starting the Weight Watchers program and I have decided against continuing down that path. I am pretty confident in my own abilities to eat healthier and be more active, I just need to work on the motivation. I think WW can work for a lot of people, but I just felt more stressed out by it than anything else. Our family has definitely started the journey of eating healthier though and it has been fun thinking of new meals and shopping for different ingredients. 

On Tuesday night we went to see Avengers: Infinity War. It was a lot. I have seen almost every marvel movie integrated with this Marvel Universe and I have never felt this way after watching one of them before. If you are a Marvel fan I suggest you see this, but be warned…do not wear mascara. Much like Pixar’s CoCo, it can be an intense emotional roller coaster that you probably won’t be prepared for. No spoilers, just check it out for yourself. 

On Wednesday I mostly just worked, I had so much editing to do and I have been trying to find a way to make this blog and my main website/portfolio more mobile user friendly. It is going to take some time but eventually I will work out the kinks so please bear with me.  Thursday was extremely eventful, and of course we had Friendship Club. I have been slowly accumulating sidewalk chalk and managed to get over 300 pieces to bring for Friendship Club on Thursday and I do not regret this decision at all. The kids had a blast! It was a bit warm out, because we don’t get seasons in California haha. But the kids flocked to the chalk and began drawing things and having so much fun. I saw rainbows and hearts and hopscotch grids and school mascots, but most of all I saw these amazing kids sharing and working together to be creative. I was so proud of them and enjoyed watching them creating their mini masterpieces with chalk. I hope we can have another chalk day before the end of the school year. After school Ben and I hit the Mall for some snacking and shopping. He is obsessed with Wetzel’s Pretzels dog bites so I got him some and we had a nice talk while snacking. Then we were on a mission to find a Teacher Appreciation gift. Ben chose a Daisy Duck Tsum Tsum from the Disney store and a fancy candy from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. We also browsed Box Lunch and found some awesome shirts. Ben got a BB-8 Star Wars button up and I scored a cool Lando Calrissian tee featuring Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino. Can you tell I’m a fan? I am so stoked for Solo, coming out May 25th!! I also got my nails done and Ben picked the colors out, black and purple (“Haunted Mansion colors Mom!”), and he made some friends at the salon. I love that he is so confident to try and talk to other kids now, he is so much fun.

Friday was May the 4th! As in, May the 4th be with you!! Ben was decked out in his Star Wars gear for school and off to have a fun weekend. Chris and I spent the day working and made plans for the weekend. On Saturday we went to see Blockers at the theater and had a late lunch at Dai Bai Dang’s in River Park. It was nice to get out of the house together. On Sunday we did a little shopping together and made plans to get Chris a new bike so we could start riding together and continue to become a more active family. Sunday night I picked up Ben in Merced with my Mom and we had dinner together before heading home. I have really loved seeing my mom more often and we talked about our upcoming Mother’s Day trip. 

Monday was a good day in terms of getting a lot of work stuff done and being creative. I made my first ever pair of Mickey ears! I have so much respect for people who make them to sell in their small shops because it is NOT an easy task. I will try to post a How-To sometime soon. Ben came home and we had a lot of homework, which lead to a long talk about responsibility. Ben was not in a great mood by the end of the talk but this morning was a fresh start for us. We got up, had breakfast and got back to our discussion with a more positive attitude. We did our AR reading in the morning and I selected a book I felt would help him understand that bad days do not last forever, “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No good, Very Bad day” by Judith Viorst. He got the message and told me he was happy to try again and make today a good day. He also spotted a hidden Mickey in the book, because he is 100% my child.  I am so happy that Ben and I have the type of relationship that we can talk through our problems and I can guide him to make better choices and learn life lessons. No matter how hard the day is, and how hard it is to be patient, it is always worth it in the end. 

I hope you all have an amazing week, thanks for following along with me and my crazy adventures!

Tuesday Morning Ramblings W/Robyn

Hello and good morning, Happy Tuesday! This past week has been a giant adventure! I have done so many fun and exciting things that I am so happy I get to share with all of you. 

As most of my friends know I have been getting back into my workflow and that means being back behind my camera again, aka my second baby. I was able to do a really fun photo walk with my friend Robert (local tattoo artist). We headed to the heart of Tower District and focused on the wall murals. There are so many different pieces of beautiful art on every corner in Tower and I love finding hidden gems. It was great having a friend along with me on the photo walk because I rarely get to see someone else’s take on the same subject by working together. I definitely can’t wait to do another walk again and try out some new ideas and techniques. 

Friday evening Chris and I headed to the best place in the world, Disneyland! We spent the weekend there and it was AMAZING! So many things were happening at Disneyland Resort that weekend and we got to experience the magic of it all. As soon as we arrived we hit the parks and rode on Pirates of the Caribbean, which was especially cool this trip because it is was our last opportunity to see “The Read Head” before they refurbish the ride and turn her into a pirate!! I cannot wait to see her become a pirate, it is going to be so awesome. I love when changes come to Disney because Walt was always expressing his interest in change and innovation.

Saturday morning we did rope drop and it was pretty calm all morning, but it was Dapper Day weekend and everyone looked so beautiful and amazing in their Dapper outfits. If you don’t know what this Dapper phenomenon is I highly suggest you check it out on Instagram. People come dressed in period piece clothing representing something with a Disney character or attraction; for example I saw a woman in a 50’s style gown with parrots and pineapples all over it and a little clip in her beautifully coiffed hair shaped like a Dole Whip treat! So basically she was dressed as “The Enchanted Tiki Room”. People get so fancy and creative and I loved seeing the details in everyone’s attire. While at the parks I was also able to meet some of my friend’s from Instagram! I am always so inspired by the Disney community and it was nice to interact with them and meet them face to face. 

It was also PixarFest at the parks, where Disney had everything from Pixar decorations and food to Pixar parades and fireworks shows. It was insanely fun and it is going on until September so if you are able to go you should! We rode so many rides and ate at our favorite spots and just spent time together doing all the things we love to do. I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend with the love of my life. I am glad I have a huge Disney nerd to share my experiences with.

It was back to real life on Monday, but I honestly had a great day. I was able to do a Grad photo session for some of my favorite clients in Old Town Clovis and I am beyond excited to finish the edits and send the, because they turned out so nice.  Ben worked on a lot of homework in the evening and I could see so much improvement in his writing which makes me very proud. He used to think writing wasn’t fun and now he is actively working on opinion essays and trying to make his work exciting as well as communicative. (#ProudMom ) Yesterday was also interesting for me because I went to my very first Yoga Class at Perfect Balance Yoga. I found them on Groupon and got a 5 class voucher for $35. I don’t know what to expect but I went into the basic beginners class with an open mind. It was amazing! I have been having lower back pain and I woke up this morning with it feeling so much better. I also had a very emotional experience during the class because I realized that I am always tense and it was the first time I had allowed my body to completely relax in years. I was so overwhelmed by life and it all melted away in those moments and I will be going back again for my next class soon!!

I wanted to share with you some info about the street fair I will be apart of this coming weekend as well. The ChinaTown Bazaar in Fresno will be Saturday the 28th 10am-3pm. I will have my booth set up all day and be selling some pieces and scheduling photo appointments at a special rate for the event. I hope you guys can make it out to support your local small businesses and say hi!

I hope you all have an amazing week, thanks for catching up with me on mine!

Wednesday Morning Ramblings with Robyn

Trying to get back into the swing of things around here so I am a day late for my weekly blog post, hope you don’t mind. The past week has been really fun, actually. I’ve been able to do a lot of family stuff and I got back to work!

I made a stop a my friend Robert’s place to pick up some original art pieces. He is the artist that did our Pixar tattoos in February. I love having my friend’s art around my work space, it is so inspiring. I also recently commissioned a piece from my friend Chloe, who was on the blog in October of last year talking about being an artist in the Central Valley. I feel so lucky to have such creative and interesting people in my life and I can’t wait to have more of their work around my home. 

I went back to work this past week as well. My first client back was Tawona from The Well Dressed Curl! I was able to photograph her in some pieces for her latest blog post, and I am so excited with how they turned out. I also have a few spots booked for this month with past clients and I can’t wait to see them and help capture their special moments. I missed being behind a camera.  It was important for me to take time off for my family, but I am an artist at heart and I am happiest doing what I love.

 

My family spent the weekend doing some fun stuff together, and my Mom even came down from Merced to join us! We spent the morning Saturday at the mall shopping for swim trunks because Ben is having a swimming field trip this week! We found a great pair at the Disney Store, star wars themed.  Afterwards, we took my Mom downtown to experience the deliciousness that is Quesadilla Gorilla! We were in quesadilla heaven, any excuse to eat there is a good one. Then we checked out the record shop next door and did some shopping at the marketplace nearer to my home. On Sunday we took Ben to his volunteering orientation at the CCSPCA here in Fresno. He is so interested in caring for animals and the orientation was awesome. We learned about the organization and all the ways they help animals in Fresno and we even got to tour the grounds. Ben was over the moon about all the animals and learning how he can be apart of their future. I am proud of this kiddo for having such a big heart and willingness to help others. 

This week has been pretty cool for me personally so far because I am starting some new projects and doing some stuff to make myself a happier person.  I went shopping for myself, which I don’t typically do because I hate trying on clothes and I get overwhelmed with style and choices. I managed to pick out some cute items; I found some overalls, a dress and because I am a mom I scored some cool shorts for the kid. I also went to Ulta and had my hair done and my nails done by the amazing Carissa! She is so down to earth and makes me feel like a queen when I leave the salon. I have also started a new business venture that is in the very early stages, I am making pins! If you know me then you know I am Disney obsessed, and we collect and trade Disney pins. Well, I designed my own and it is currently being manufactured as we speak and it is up fro Pre-Order on my Etsy site! I also have some fun Disneyland Guide Map pin-back buttons for sale as well. i will be working on new designs whenever possible and I hope you guys can check them out.  

I am also going to be apart of a fun street fair in Chinatown at the end of the month! The Chinatown Bazaar is a new event focused on bringing people down to that area and reviving it. It is super close to our all time favorite taco spot, La Elegante, and I am so excited to be apart of the excitement. I will be posting the info as soon as I can so you can join me downtown and see my booth! 

Thanks for catching up with me and I hope you’re all having an awesome week!

Tuesday Morning Ramblings w/Robyn

Good Morning! This has been an eventful week and I am happy to say I have shaken the weird funk I was in from last week. The kid went back to school and we enjoyed the three day weekend by taking a fun adventure to So. Cal to see our family! Unfortunately my husband caught a really bad cold and wasn’t able to come with us on the trip but it ended up being a great Mother-Son trip! Plus his aunties got to spoil him with affection and video games as well as playing with their dogs and cats (Ben is such an animal lover). We enjoyed some time at the Pelican Pier Pavillion in Long Beach where we played arcade games and did a little window shopping. Ben’s aunties finally got to open their Christmas gifts now that we were in the same town….it’s never to late for presents! We had such a nice time just being around the people we love and spending time with each other. We ended up at our favorite place on Sunday…..Disneyland!!! Obviously, when in So. Cal! It was honestly one of the best trips I’ve had to date. We rode pirates and ate churros and pin traded. My son won a sword fight with a cast member and got his Auntie Liz a cool “Honorary Citizen” badge.  Ben got to test his skills on the coke corner piano and we tried our hand at being artists at the Animation Academy in DCA. Liz also got to see her very first show at the Enchanted Tiki Room. It was all we could have asked for and more. When we got back to Fresno I was able to make some very needed purchases for my home. We invested in a new sectional couch and we are on pins and needles waiting for it to be delivered so we can break it in with a family movie night. I also bought myself a letter board…ok, so that wasn’t really a “much needed” purchase, but I love it already.  I have quite a bit planned for the remainder of this month and some new exciting projects in the works that I can’t wait to share with you all! I hope you have an amazing week! Check out more moments from this week below:

Thanksgiving at Disneyland

This year my family spent Thanksgiving at Disneyland. It was a very different choice for us in terms of how we typically spend our holiday, but with all the stuff happening in our lives we decided we needed a break from reality. We were even joined by our Elf, Spot, on the trip.  Santa gave my son permission to hold him on the trip as Disney is magical enough to sustain his Elf powers, or whatever. It was very cool.

I have never seen Disneyland dressed up for the holidays and I was basically enthralled every minute. From the moment you enter the parks you are met with decorations and smells and smiles that transport you into the land of Christmas.

During our first night there we were able to walk down Main Street and it ‘snowed’ on us….a fine bubble mist that smelled of gingerbread and candy rained down on us under purple glowing lights as Christmas music played. I think I saw 200 people crying tears of joy, my husband and I included. It was very magical and very emotional. As we walked down Main Street to exit the park under the mickey shaped garland and wreaths hanging overhead we had our eyes glued to the gorgeous tree with a million twinkling lights. It was beautiful.

We had eaten at Cafe Orleans and slept like babies that night after being stuffed with delicious New Orleans inspired food and Holiday Magic. 

The next day was Thanksgiving Day and it was somehow, even more magical than the first day of our trip. We went on the Walk in Walt’s Footsteps Tour and it gave us a very amazing perspective on Disneyland and Walt Disney’s dreams coming to fruition. The tour included 3 hours of walking through the lands of the Disneyland park and hearing Walt’s recorded words played to us on a device as well as being educated on Walt’s history by our amazing tour guide (Shout out to very tall tour guide Adrian!!). We were able to go on two rides and into one attraction without waiting and the tour included a lunch at private tables in the tour garden as well as a special pin commemorating the tour.

 

Possibly the best part of the tour, the day and maybe our entire year so far in general, was having the opportunity to go inside of Walt Disney’s private apartment in Disneyland above the fire station on Main Street. It was the place Walt stayed while he was at the park, where he visited with his grandchildren and watched the parades down Main Street. It was where he sat and came up with some of his most amazing and magical ideas. It was a place we never thought we would be able to see with our own eyes. 

If you aren’t a Disney fan, a true hardcore fan of the history and legacy of Disney, I can see why you might not understand the excitement about all of this. My family is a pack of hardcore Disney nerds. For us Disney is a way of life, not just some animated films and a theme park. We like to follow our dreams and spend time as a family experiencing magic whenever we get the opportunity. My son was blown away by the ability to stand where Walt stood and to learn about his life from his youth to his death and legacy. I don’t think we could have asked for a more amazing experience.

 

The next day and a half we tried going on the rides we typically didn’t take time to enjoy on past visits. We went on the Casey Jr. train, the Storybook canal boats,  and Snow White’s ride. We also went on the Nemo submarine ride and of course, experienced the fun of It’s a Small World with it’s Christmas makeover.  Then we headed to California Adventure and took some time to explore the Bug’s Life area and eat some delicious food from the Festival of Holidays. We also had fun watching Fantasmic with all of it’s exciting updates. 

All in all I’d say our trip did exactly what we needed it to do…it refreshed and recharged us for the holiday season. Our family has been going through so many difficult things the last few months and being able to get away and spend time in such a magical place with the people I care the most about has made the future seem more exciting. Learning about how Walt Disney overcame so many challenges and followed his dreams despite the obstacles in his way made me feel like I can do anything to reach my own goals and follow my own dreams.

I will be doing a Giveaway soon with a very cool Disneyland Holiday exclusive item…so stay tuned!

Turning 31 Didn’t Suck

My Birthday at Disney

 

I had a fantastic birthday and took some very cool photos! I also made an obnoxiously long photo journal post about it (above) and I hope you enjoy reading all about it and looking at my Disneyland photos.

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-Robyn