Life as a Writer, Disney World Cast Member, and
Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
Welcome back to Taylor Talks!
What a nice day we've had today! Though we didn't think we had plans for the day, we started out the morning making our own fun and things grew from there.
My mom wanted to get some painting done today, so when the twins were going to get dressed, she gave them some overalls because they wanted to help out. They looked absolutely adorable, so of course I wanted to take a picture of them.
Here's the thing about taking a picture of my little sisters... They love the camera. Between posing, making silly faces, and thinking that stills are videos, you can never actually just take a single picture. Usually, a few will suffice. This morning though, I don't know what happened, but suddenly we were all very invested in an impromptu "twinnie" photo shoot.
I'm not kidding... I took over forty pictures of the girls. My mom would pose them, and then I'd try to get a nice picture but they were being silly so I just kept snapping away. It was hilarious, and a much better way to spend a Saturday morning than just sitting around watching the news. The girls know when they're being funny, and they both love an audience, so the more we laughed and said how cute they were, the more they played it up. I obviously had to upload the whole photo shoot to my Facebook page to remind everyone that I have the absolute cutest little sisters in the world.
After the photo shoot and the painting were taken care of, my mom was on her own Facebook page just looking at what was going on for the day. Somewhere she found information about a free concert happening in Orlando, and it was early enough that we had plenty of time to get ready and make the drive to be there in time. When she first asked me about it, I said that I didn't want to go. Yes, I love music, but I just wasn't into it today. But we kept talking about it and my mom was going to let me just stay home with my brother because we were the only two who didn't want to go. Then, like ten minutes before they were all about to leave, I suddenly decided that we should go too. I didn't actually consult my brother on the topic, but without talking to anyone I rushed into the bathroom to get changed, hair and make-up done, and re-emerge in time to leave. I ran into my brother's room and told him that we should just try to enjoy ourselves, and he didn't argue with me.
I could hear my mom telling the twins to say good-bye to us, and I walked out saying that I was going to come. My mom was totally amazed that I was completely ready to go. To tell you the truth, I was surprised that I had pulled it off! If only I could get ready that quickly in the morning before work! But I grabbed a water bottle, a blanket for the kids to sit on, and we threw beach chairs in the car for the adults. And then we were off!
The concert was pretty good, and I was glad that I had decided to go with the rest of the family. While the sun was a bit hot, there was a beautiful breeze and it was gorgeous out. The music was good, and we found out about a bunch of other events that are held at the same area throughout the year. We were so glad that we had found a new place to go!
The other nice part about the concert, aside from the actual singing, was that there were sign language interpreters there as well. They signed whenever someone spoke, and then they performed each of the songs. It was beautiful, and I found myself watching them instead of watching the singers.
Since we were already in Orlando for the concert, it wasn't too much further to Disney. I suggested Disney Springs for dinner after the performance was over, and I was surprised to get the okay. So we didn't tell the kids and the girls especially were shocked when we drove under the Disney World sign. There ended up being a lot of construction and traffic, and then it was a bit crazy trying to find a place that had dairy-free food for the girls, but we really enjoyed the evening.
There was music playing down by the water, so after we finished eating, we walked over to enjoy the DJ. My brother and sister liked the music, but the twins loved the music... they were dancing up a storm and making us all laugh in the process! They certainly have some good moves for six-year-olds! Plus, they feed off of each other's energy, so the more one starts moving, the more her twin goes as well.
I was really glad that I decided to go out tonight with the family. It may not have been the most exciting evening we've ever had, and it was weird just going out like that without actually making plans ahead of time, but it was a really great night. I'm looking forward to doing more like this in the future, especially now that we know about this place with the concerts and shows. It was nice just to get out of the house and have fun together.
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My family has been doing foster care since I was three years old. I'm the only biological child in my family, though I now have five permanent siblings. Having nineteen siblings over the course of my lifetime has been an incredible experience, and I'm hoping that by sharing some of the ups and downs of being the only bio kid in a foster family, other foster families or people looking into doing foster care will be able to learn a bit of what life can be like. I also like to share what life is like on my journey to becoming a published author, as well as where my schooling and career choice are taking me.