I have a strong desire to call this post My First Blog Post Ever, but all the advice says not to do that. I guess I’m supposed to act all tough like this doesn’t scare me, like putting myself out there is totally natural. But in reality I want you to know I’m new at this. My friends say I’m fearless, but the truth is, I just do it scared.
This is going to be a blog about being a Disney World Mom. For years, I have gone to Disney World almost every single month, most of the time with my kids (ages newborn to seven). I skipped a couple months once when my annual pass ran out and I thought I’d take a break because it was super hot in Florida, and then I didn’t go in June or July this year because I was too pregnant (Cyrus was due July 24th, but didn’t come for weeks, but that’s a whole other post…) I’ve spent more than 80 days on property in the last two years. I counted it up once, but I can’t remember exactly. 18 trips. I mostly stay onsite and have stayed at almost every Disney World Resort. I’ve done offsite too. Hotels, condos, vacation homes.
People ask me how I do it because we aren’t rolling in the dough to be honest, and the truth is that I’m really really good at planning Disney trips. Someday I’ll do a post about the amazing deals I’ve scored, but suffice it to say, I do my homework. I’m pretty much always mildly in the market for good Disney deals. It’s a hobby. Kids are homeschooled, I’m self employed so when something comes up, I go!
People ask me why I go to Disney so much too. That’ll take more to explain and I can’t do it justice here, but I will say that it’s a part of who I am. It makes me happy to be there. It makes me happy to spend time with my kids there. It makes them happy to be there. Even planning the trip can put me in a great mood. You probably have something in your life that’s difficult, but you pull it off with style? There’s nothing quite like doing something very difficult, well. They call that talent and I have it for planning Disney trips. Weird, right? I guess God got sick of handing out perfect pitch and great baking skills and He was like, “I need someone super good at Disney World…Ah, LJ. You’ll do.”
Probably most of you know me at this point. I have about a hundred followers, but most of you are my friends or family. For those of you who aren’t my husband (hi, babe) or my besties from high school, I wanted to make this first post introductory. It’s possible that tons of people will one day care what I have to say and they’ll scroll back to My First Blog Post Ever to see who I am.
So I’m LJ. Really Lauralyn, but that’s a mouthful and no one calls me Lauralyn except my mom and my in-laws. Which is kinda funny for me. Trying to remember to answer when they say “Lauralyn”. For the record, I do really like the name Lauralyn, but my husband gave me LJ and it’s near to my heart. I’m 32, a mom and an entrepreneur. I feel a little phony saying that I’m an entrepreneur, since it’s what I’ve aspired for my entire life and I’m so far from my dreams still, but I did start a company that makes enough money so that my husband and I can stay home with our kids so I guess that’s really what I am. I also know that God was with me the whole time and He handled all the hard stuff, so He’s the real entrepreneur. You didn’t even know He was in the property management business, did you?
Anyway, being a mom is the biggest part of my life. I homeschool my big kids and breastfeed my baby. I’m fairly naturally minded, but I don’t let it get too inconvenient. Like I cloth diaper, but not at night. You feel me?
Husband: Mike. He is a farmer. We live on a 20-acre farm in Kentucky and he handles everything. I’m not a farmer. I live on a farm. There is a difference. Most aspects of the farm find me mildly interested. I’ll fund it because I think it’s important that we know where our food comes from, but I’m not butchering any chickens. Mike does everything and he does it well. He doesn’t waste. He uses everything. We have cows, pigs, meat chickens, laying hens, and one random duck. I’ve been rooting for that duck for a while. She’s a fighter. Mike and I have been married for thirteen and a half years and we have four kids. I’m going to introduce you to them now because they’ll play a big part in this blog I’m sure, because they are my life. And they are at least half the reason I love Disney World.
Seth, 7: My big son is a sweetie at heart. He is a great help to me and I’m not sure I could wrangle my two-year-old without Seth. He is very smart, knows a lot about life for his age but he struggles with his school work. I’m focusing on the stuff he absolutely needs (math, reading, writing, life skills) and ignoring the rest. I figure he gets history from Liberty Square, Frontierland and Spaceship Earth, Cultural Studies from World Showcase, science from Future World and Animal Kingdom and we’ll fill in the rest as we go. He was nine months old on his first trip to Disney.
Ezra, 5: My best girl. She is spunky and self contained. She can play by herself for hours, but would rather get her brothers involved. She is just starting to learn to read. She loves babies and kitties and Minnie Mouse. Out of Ezra’s 5 birthday parties, only one was not Minnie Mouse themed. I picked that one- it was her first. Since then every time, “What kind of birthday party do you want?” “Minnie.” She is pretty quiet until bedtime and then she talks and talks and talks until she falls asleep. Very bizarre. Ezra was 18 months old on her first trip to Disney.
Asher, 2: Ash is my Wildman. He is loud and demanding and incredibly intelligent. He can talk like a champ. The things he says crack me up every day. He is obsessed with backhoes and other construction tools. He loves Mickey Mouse. He called Mickey “Minnie” for about six months which was adorable. He was 28 days old on his first trip to Disney and “Disy Wold” was one of his first phrases.
Cyrus, 3 months: My doll baby. Cyrus is a smart little cutie. He is the only one of the kids to ever convince me to co-sleep. I tried to talk him out of it, but nothing doing. He went to Disney at 12 days old and he’s been two other times already. So far, his best talent is converting breast milk into baby fat, but I see a lot of potential.
Ok, now that you know the cast of characters, in the next post I can move on to a more fun topic: DISNEY WORLD!
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