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