Our past few days have been filled with high highs and low lows!
On New Year’s Day, we went to a wonderful party up in Santa Barbara. Grandma Pat watched the littlest two kids and we took Paprika (7) to the party with us. It was awesome! The kids are all at an age now where they can handle a road trip for a few hours at a stretch. I can’t tell you how much easier that makes everything. Just a year ago, it felt almost impossible to take car trips and now – boom – it’s a piece of cake (sorta). Ginger and Violet had a great time with Grandma, and Paprika had fun pretending to be an only child for a night. 😉 And Mr. M and I got to enjoy a fun night out. Win-win-win!
Since Mr. M is still off work, we decided to go to Disneyland on Monday and Tuesday. We figured everyone would be back in school and we’d have the whole place to ourselves. But we would be WRONG. 😉
It was packed on Monday – I guess a lot of schools are still on vacation, believe it or not! But even a packed day at Disneyland is still a great day. Thankfully, we’ve been there enough that we know which rides to avoid and which ones are almost empty.
We had a great FULL day on Monday – and even made it home in time for Paprika’s 8:00 piano lesson! We were feeling so good that we decided to go AGAIN on Tuesday.
It was a gorgeous day – and the park was much less crowded. I wouldn’t say we had the whole place to ourselves, but a little more wiggle room. 🙂 We ended up riding a lot of rides, and stayed until after the park closed! A full day! Then on the ride home (at 10pm) – the girls wanted to stop at Krispy Kreme for a treat. And so…yes, we did. You only live once.
I swore I wasn’t going to have any donuts, but then they gave us three free extra donuts because they messed up our order- so you know…I figured it was meant to be. Or something like that. 😉
The girls had an amazing time at Disneyland. How could they not?!
We were at the top of Tarzan’s Treehouse at sunset. Doesn’t this picture just say it all?
The park was still decorated for Christmas. We rode It’s A Small World twice – and in fact, we were the last people in the park on the ride! It has some of my favorite Christmas decorations.
So, it was a good couple of days. 🙂 I felt so thankful to be healthy enough to walk the park with my little family and enjoy the simple pleasures in life like these. I love days like these when time seems suspended, and the magical moments are woven together like a tapestry.
But then, it was back to reality…
Last night, we found out that the show Mr. M is working on (and currently on unpaid vacation) was cancelled out of the blue! Ay-yay-yay!
Also, at Disneyland – another park goer decided to give me the FLU. Yes- so I’ve been totally miserable and in bed all day…sick as a dog!
Also, I went to the doctor today for some suspicious moles (I had the appointment planned for a month and couldn’t cancel). While at the doctor’s office, I got some iffy news about two (possibly four) moles – will know more in a week or so. I don’t like to jump to conclusions…so I am staying away from Google and putting it all in God’s hands (where it is anyway).
Then, today we got Ginger’s bloodwork back and it was not good news. I had actually been calling about it for DAYS (even when we were at Disneyland)- and anyway, the results came in today. Her thyroid is not working properly (high TSH/hypothyroidism) and her Vitamin D levels are really low. So…her doctor wants to do further testing.
It’s hard for this mama’s heart not to panic – so I am trying NOT to panic (but I am kinda, too). Praying for peace during this tumultuous time. We should know more after further testing and meeting with an endocrinologist.
That is life – as my sweet Paprika would say: Ups and Downs, just like the Jellyfish ride at Disneyland. 😉
So yes – lots of ups and downs lately. Here is the view of the sunset from Tarzan’s Treehouse at Disneyland. I thought it was pretty gorgeous and told the girls I just might move in. That was right before I found out Mr. M lost his job, I got the flu, my mole drama, and Ginger’s labs. At that moment, it did feel like the Happiest Place on Earth. I am so glad I have that memory of the calm before this little storm.
These words have been going through my mind all day:
When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to know,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.
Do you know the story behind that song? It’s a beautiful one (tragic, heartbreaking, and beautiful). If it can be well with the soul of the writer of that hymn, then I know these little trials I am going through are just ripples in otherwise peaceful waters.
It is well with my soul.