Life as a Writer, Disney World Cast Member, and
Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
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Happy Speak Like A Whale Day! Or should I say... Helloooooo, weeelcooooome to Taaaylorrrr Taaaalks!
What is Speak Like A Whale Day? It's in celebration of Disney-Pixar's "Finding Dory" that comes out next week. Remember in "Finding Nemo" when Dory said that she could speak whale? Look up a clip if you forgot or haven't seen it... I promise you that it's worth it.
Well today, I knew that this day was being celebrated at Epcot, so I figured it was the perfect excuse to go to Disney. We didn't rush around in the morning and just got down there in the afternoon. We didn't make a whole big day of it, but we enjoyed ourselves and had time to do a lot while we were there.
We got to explore the World Showcase a bit, with plans to visit more of the countries on a future visit. We even got to see Aladdin and Jasmine in Morocco, and we saw Belle in France. My little sisters were so excited to meet some princesses, and I even showed them how to sign their names in ASL.
Speaking of ASL, we had to use it a lot today for Twin A. It was harder for her to hear with the large crowds and so much background noise. But between signing what she knows, and getting in close to her ear and speaking loudly, she was able to enjoy the day as much as the rest of us.
We all felt so relaxed today since we weren't spending the entire day trying to squeeze every single attraction in so we didn't miss anything. Now that we're here and we can go to Disney whenever we want, we can take our time doing just a few things each visit. We didn't have to bring the dogs to Doggie Daycare, we didn't have to rush to Disney early this morning, and we didn't have to run around while there. Of course, the twins don't really understand this concept yet and were pretty upset when we had to leave ("Just one more ride?") because we had to get home to walk the dogs. Still, we told them that we'll go back very soon.
The absolute best part of today was that we got to go on Soarin'. This is my favorite ride at any of the Disney parks, and I haven't been on it in nine years. In fact, I was only ever on it once. In eighth grade, when we went to Disney with just four kids (my little brother was three at the time), we went on Soarin' for the first time. It blew me away, and I fell in love with the ride immediately. Unfortunately, the line was way too long for us to go on a second time, and I couldn't wait to go back on another Disney vacation and ride again. But when we went back in 2013, the twins were too little to get on the ride. The line was too long for us to wait and do a rider swap because the girls would be bored. So we skipped it. And then after we moved here and we went to Epcot back in February, the ride was down for refurbishment already. It just reopened and of course I couldn't get a Fast Pass for the ride when I went to Epcot with my dad and brother (and the standby line was like 210 minutes). But somehow, by some kind of Disney magical miracle, I got Fast Passes for Soarin' today. The ride was as amazing as I remembered it being so many years ago. Now I just can't wait to go on again when we go to Epcot another day!
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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.