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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Well fall is here. Tomorrow is October 1st and I feel like the official beginning of the holiday season. Now if only mother nature felt the same way and sent some cool weather our way, I am very over 90 degrees in Southern California. Anyway, I LOVE the holidays and do everything and anything with my kiddos to celebrate the season. 

One thing that we feel very strongly as a family is teaching our children to give back. We are very blessed in so many ways and I do not ever want to take that for granted. One event we look forward to is the CHOC Walk (Children's Hospital of Orange County). The walk is on October 11 and covers three miles throughout the Disneyland Resort. This year is its 25th year!!!! The walk has raised millions of dollars and is a wonderful experience. Last year was our first year, we met an amazing family at our daughters preschool and joined Team Kyle Lee with them. Tears were brought to my eyes to see all of the support in the very early morning hours. 

Little did I know that about a year later our family would experience CHOC and put our little 3 week old into their hands when he spiked a 103.5 fever. It was our 3rd little guy and Jason and I felt pretty confident at the whole parenting thing.... well..... at 5pm on a Monday I noticed that we had a warm baby who was getting hotter by the minute. Of course everything happens after hours and after a frantic call to the doctor I was on my way to the ER while my husband stayed at home with the older two. Our ER trip turned into a week long stay of tests, medicine and fluids. To see your little helpless baby laying in a crib so sick and then to know that your two older kids are at home needing mommy was a feeling of complete and total helplessness that I cannot even begin to explain. Thank goodness for a loving husband who's an amazing daddy and a support system of family and friends that was there for us. In the hospital I found support that I never thought I'd find in the nurses and doctors. Each and every one of them handled my baby like he was their own. They were gentle, loving and patient. They asked me how I was holding up and feeling and they were never too busy to stop and listen if I needed to talk. We now have a chubby 3 month old who's smiling, cooing and trying to hard to sit up and be big like his sister and brother. I will never be able to express my thanks to the nurses and doctors that work so hard to take care of children and families in need. This is my families way to rally, fundraise and get up at the crack of dawn to walk thru the Happiest Place on Earth. 

Please take a quick minute to check out how you can help a charity in your area and lets teach our children to be kind, loving and compassionate. 
http://choc.convio.net/site/TR?fr_id=1110&pg=entry


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

WHEW.......

Took a long weekend off and went to Arizona to visit with some fabulous family friends. Our 3 kiddos had a fantastic time playing, swimming and just being kids and my 4th child... aka... my husband was with his dudes and had tons of fun also.


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

My new favorite app.......

I have a little princess that will be 4 in January and she's at the age where she says the darndest things. There were so many times she said something and I want to tell my husband cause its so funny or out there or just weird and by the time he gets home from work I totally forget what was said. Well my problem is solved folks by an app I downloaded on my phone (which is usually where I can find it) LITTLE HOOTS.

The way it works is you can record what child said what and the date. You can even do things like order books, prints, mugs, etc with the quotes.

One of my favorite to date is I was 37 weeks along with Trouble #2 and my princess looks at me and says "Mommy how's the baby gonna come out Are we just gonna pop your belly like a balloon?" I just couldn't hold that smile in.

What are some funny things you kids say???


You can download "Little Hoots" from the app store. 

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Bruschetta

With the warm weather we have been having in Southern California..... Hello 90+ at the beach.... who wants to cook? NOT ME....

I came up with my own version of Bruschetta while back and after a few attempts I finally came up with what my family thinks is the perfect blend. This is just a guide feel free to add things or omit to make it your own.

1/4 onion
3 large tomatos
1 bunch basil

1/4 cup olive oil
2-3 cloves garlic
2-3 tablespoons balsamic glaze (already reduced and sweet)
salt and pepper to taste
4 slices of prosciutto
2 tablespoons parmesan cheese

Chop tomato, onion, basil and garlic. Add olive oil, balsamic glaze and salt and pepper. Allow to sit in the fridge for about a hour so all the flavors blend and start to create a delicious juice. Right before serving chop the prosciutto and add to the mixture. Sprinkle a little parmesan cheese on the top for garnish.

Serve on toasted bread, over grilled chicken or toss a few spoonful's on lettuce and you have a refreshing salad.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Hi there and welcome. I am a busy mommy, wife and dreamer. I have 3 beautiful children, a 3 1/2 year old princess, 16 month old trouble 1 and 12 week old trouble 2. I have a loving and supportive husband, Jason who supports my crazy ideas and dreams.

Oh and did I mention we are a HUGE Disney family. I am a former cast member and now we have annual passes and are lucky enough to go all the time.

I started this blog as a way for me to connect with others out there and also as a small release to my crazy/wonderful life. I hope you enjoy my tips for doing Disney with kids or fun date nights. Sharing recipes for quick meals or fun stuff we do as the active family of 5 that we are.

Feel free to contact me at anytime with questions or even just to chat. I do not label myself as an expert in parenting but I do have 3 under the age of 4 and have been there done that with a lot.

Nice to meet you all,

Misty

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