Life as a Writer, Disney World Cast Member, and
Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
Welcome back to Taylor Talks!
It was a very productive day for me today! Though the morning was off to a weird start, the day went very well.
I woke up about 15 minutes before my alarm was supposed to go off this morning. No, not woke up, more like jumped up. I went from dead asleep to eyes wide-open and thinking that I had slept in two hours later than I was supposed to sleep. It was weird. I then fell asleep again, and when my alarm actually did go off, I turned it off and then fell asleep again for another half hour. It's a good thing that my little sisters are loud in the morning, because I finally woke up when I heard their voices outside my bedroom door.
Luckily, even with the rocky start, I still managed to help out with everything that I normally do before school, like breakfast for the girls and stuff. The only thing that I had actually missed was them getting dressed, but that just meant that the first thing I saw when I walked into the living room was the two of them in cute little dresses.
Once the kids were all at school, I got myself ready so that I could head down to Disney. I had some important things to take care of on property, and I just can't fit anything else in on a work day. As it turned out, I not only took care of what I planned to do, like exchanging a pair of pants in the costume department, but I also got a few goodies in one of the Cast Member stores. A while back, I had purchased a shirt that is only available to Cast Members, and isn't sold anywhere for the public, but it doesn't actually say anything about being a Cast Member on it. Today, I was able to get a shirt that actually said "Cast Member" on it with a picture of Mickey Mouse, so I was really excited. I also picked up these two shirts for the girls that they absolutely loved. I wanted to get shirts for everyone in my family, but I haven't found the right ones just yet.
When I got home, it was just about time for the kids to start coming home from school. So once everyone was home, my mom decided to take all of the kids in the pool... yes, it's April and it's hot enough to go swimming. It's awesome. But since I knew that I was going to be working tomorrow, and I had already showered, I didn't want to go in the chlorine. Instead, while everyone else had fun in the backyard, I stayed in my bedroom and got some work done for my newest book project. I fixed up a picture that I had started yesterday and really loved the result. I even started coloring it in to see what it would look like with all of the little details completed, and I'm really happy with it so far. I also got the seal of approval from my best friend who said that it looked much better than it had yesterday, so that was good to know.
The night ended with what could have been a scene from a movie. I walked outside to the lanai to sit and chat with my mom, when I realized how weird it looked in the backyard. I yelled for my sister to grab the dog that was inside still, and I took the dog that was outside, and we ran to walk them before the downpour started. I just knew that it was coming at any moment.
Once my sister was in the backyard, I left her with the two dogs for a minute and ran in to grab my iPad... I needed to get a picture of what the yard looked like. It looked as though you had taken a picture and then put a filter on it, or turned it to that "sepia" setting or something. It was kind of eerie. My mom said that it kind of reminded her of old photos, how they're kind of yellow-ish. It was just so strange.
It was a good thing that we took the dogs out when we did, because only a minute or two after we got inside, the sky just opened up and let loose. It was such a heavy downpour that it started bouncing off of the ground and getting the inside of the lanai wet through the screen. It was so loud that we couldn't even hear each other talk in the lanai, even though we were just a few feet away from one another.
Thunder and lightning completed the evening, making us all jump more than once because it would come without any warning. Though we try to tell the girls that there's nothing to be afraid of when it comes to rain storms, it's still kind of cute to see them jump into our arms for safety after a big clap of thunder. I don't mind the extra squeezy hugs!
The funny thing about this particular storm was that it lasted for such a long time. Usually when it rains down here, it lasts for just a couple of minutes at the most. This was such a crazy storm; it was anything but usual!
Overall, today turned out to be a pretty good day. I got a lot accomplished and we had some fun with the weather. I love the days on which we don't do anything extraordinary and yet it leaves you with a good feeling at the end of the night.
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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.