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!