Serenity Now!

Serenity Now!

I was thinking of writing a blog about our week at Disney World, but I’m just not feeling it yet. There are so many “how-to” blogs on planning your perfect Disney experience with tips and advice on fast passes, character dining, etc. For me, the best part by far is eating and drinking around the world at Epcot and people watching. The End.

It’s good to be home. Catching up on laundry, wearing stretchy pants and watching Peppa. I’ll never forget how amazing my in-laws were during the trip, their energy, hearts of service and generosity. I will also always treasure the sweet, tenderness of my fiercely independent girl.

I asked her what her favorite ride was last week, and she said, “the tractor.” Clearly she doesn’t remember anything! But that’s ok. Nathan and I will remember. When we were on the Carousel, she said, “mommy, hold my hand” and I thought to myself the next time, I doubt she would say that to me. But I have that memory and I always will.

The long road trip wasn’t that bad either. We listened to The Magnolia Story on Audible. We stopped at my parent’s house in South Carolina along the way, and the beach at Amelia Island. We ate at a few, really great mom and pop restaurants (Fiddlers in Ridgeland, SC and Back 40 Urban Grill in St. Augustine, FL). Also, if you don’t have the Waze App, you need to get it!! That made the ride interesting to report cars on the side of the road, cop sightings, animals in the road, etc.

My son is at the age where every day we play the “what’s in your mouth?” game. At 10 months old, he finds his way into every room and puts everything in his mouth. My toddler on the other hand plays the “let me drop hidden pieces of food all over the house” game as well. It’s a lot of fun for everyone. SERENITY NOW! I have to shout this at least once a day.

I don’t know how many times a day I say, “your brother is not a horsey!” or “don’t feed that to Griffin!”

The other day, they were laughing and playing so well in my daughter’s room, and all of a sudden I heard a thud. The noisemaker fell from 5 feet atop the chest of drawers to inches away from knocking out my 10 month old son. How did I leave that cord dangling for my daughter to grab and yank it down?

This warm weather makes me excited to start on our gardening and landscaping plans. I’m excited for Easter and thinking of planning a Seder meal. I love this time of year. I love that the Gamecocks (my grad school alma mater) made it to the Final Four! I’m excited for Easter dresses and daffodils and grilling outside.

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