Wow, it has been over two years since I've posted on this blog. I can't believe it. What started out as a daily blog turned into a weekly blog, and at some point it just became too much to do on a regular basis... or at all I guess.
I never planned to stop blogging. In fact, after I hadn't posted in a while, I just took the blog down and said that my website was "down for maintenance" because I figured I could fix it up a bit, give it a makeover, and start up again. Sadly, that just didn't happen.
I'm back now though, and I'm hoping to pick things up again. There's so much going on in my life now that I still don't have a lot of time, but blogging has been on my mind for a while. I really miss getting out my feelings! So while I don't have a set schedule for how often I'll blog yet, here's a bit of a recap to catch you up with where my life is at right now.
I'm 26 now and have been keeping busy. Last year, my sister and I got to road trip to New York, which was the highlight of the year. I was in my best friend's wedding, so we drove back to our hometown and saw just about every friend and family member possible while we were there. The whole trip lasted about three weeks and the travel bug definitely bit us both. We can't wait to be able to go on another trip back home again someday... or maybe out to California to go to Disneyland for the first time!
I'm still working at Epcot! In fact, I got a promotion almost two years ago, in May 2018!
I had been at my first location for about two and a half years when my proprietor came to me and urged me to apply for a position at a neighboring location. She knew that a spot was opening up for a full-time Coordinator, basically middle management, which was something that I was already doing on a substitute basis. Although I wasn't quite ready to branch out from my location, I applied for the position anyway and was thrilled when it was offered to me a few weeks later. Not quite sure if I was making the right decision, I transferred to my new location and began life as a Coordinator.
I've been at my new location ever since and have absolutely loved being there! I've learned so much about the company and management, how to be a good leader and work with many different people; this has been an incredible journey and I am lucky to have grown so much since transferring.
Right now, we're in the midst of this Coronavirus pandemic, which means that for the first time ever, Disney is closed globally. I've been home for the past three weeks, missing my work family and making Magic for our Guests.
As if I wasn't busy enough, I also started a small business... The Write Creations: Custom Gifts with a Personal Touch! I craft custom, personalized goods ranging from wooden signs to wine glasses, hair bows to t-shirts, and key chains to pot holders. You can see more about what I do by visiting my Facebook page or finding me on Instagram: @TheWriteCreations on both!
I'm currently pursuing my Master's Degree! After Disney announced that the company would cover tuition costs for Cast Members looking to further their education, I jumped at the chance to get my Master's. I just started my third class with the University of Denver, through which I'm taking classes online. I'm in the Professional Creative Writing program, with a focus on Fiction, so I'm learning a lot that can help me with my writing career.
Wow, where do I even begin? I guess I'll give a brief recap in age order...
My dad retired from his 40+ year career as a plumber and has been working at Disney for a little over a year now! We used to both make Magic at Epcot, but he transferred to Magic Kingdom and absolutely loves seeing people from around the world experience their first glimpse at Cinderella's castle.
My mom has been sick for almost two years now. After I convinced her to let me take her to the hospital one day (she wasn't breathing normally... it ended up being pneumonia or something. I know, I'm a bad daughter for not remembering, but it was two years ago!), we discovered that she had underlying health issues. She was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, among other autoimmune disease issues, and life has changed drastically. There are good days and bad days, but she's still always there for us, no matter what.
My now-24-year-old brother has been back in touch with my family, though we still haven't seen him. He did bless us with the most incredible Christmas present last year though... my nephew was born on December 25, 2019! It's still surreal that I'm an aunt, and I love getting pictures of our sweet little boy. We just video chatted with my brother last week and my nephew stared at us the whole time. We can't wait until things calm down around the world and travel can resume as normal so we can go to New York to finally meet the baby!
My sister is 21 now and has tasted her first sips of alcohol... damn, does that make me feel old. She does a lot around the house since my mom got sick, because most nights my dad and I are working. She has become an excellent cook and loves spending time with the kids and pets.
My other brother is 16 and is seriously becoming a man. He's way taller than almost all of us now and his voice has gotten pretty deep. It's hard to believe that he's still the same little boy who I used to carry around all of the time when he was two.
My twin sisters are now 10 years old... yep, double digits. No more babies in the house! They're both maturing so much and impress us daily with their sarcasm and wit. They're still attached at the hip. We've tried multiple times to separate their beds, but they somehow keep ending up side by side again. They've even told us that they plan to live in the same bedroom together forever haha.
You thought our house was full already, right? Ha, let me keep going... we have 5 pets now. That's right, 5.
Our dog, Copper, passed away at the age of eleven in the summer of 2018. It was a devastating loss for all of us. But our other dog, Zola, missed him too and was very lonely. So we decided to get another dog after a while.
When we fell in love with one little dog, we also fell in love with his twin sister. Yep, we ended up getting two puppies at the same time. Dash and Periwinkle, who we call Peri for short, will be two at the end of the month. The pups are loving, rambunctious, and a handful... we absolutely love them. They're a Bichon/Shih Tzu mix called the Teddy Bear, and since Copper was a Bichon, we felt like we were meant to take them home.
So we're up to three dogs, right? Okay, well Twin A has always loved our dogs, but has ALWAYS been obsessed with cats. One day last summer, we saw that someone in the next town was giving away kittens. Well I'm always showing my little sisters cute animal photos online, so I showed these to them. When my mom found out which kitten was Twin A's favorite, she sent me and my sister on a secret mission to buy cat supplies and bring the kitten home. We brought Nani home in a little box and surprised the girls... they were absolutely in love!
When my dad found out about the kitten (he was at work when we took her home... surprise!), he couldn't believe that we only brought one home. He was half joking, but my mom and I hadn't been able to stop thinking about the other sweet faces in the litter. We were especially worried about the runt of the litter. No one ever wants the runt, so we were concerned about her. So two days later, my sister and I got to go on another secret mission... we left the house early while my mom got my sisters ready for school and came home a little while later with a "present for Nani." Once again, my little sisters opened the box to find a tiny kitten! Maya was the perfect addition to make our family complete.
With all of the animal antics in our house, my mom decided that we should be one of those cool families who has an Instagram account for their pets, and thus, Puppies and Purrs was born. So if you're ever in the mood for cute pet photos, feel free to check us out: @PuppiesandPurrs!
And drum roll please...
Now, ready for the biggest news?
I'm adopting a baby!
I'm in the midst of completing my home study and hope to adopt a baby by the time I'm 30! I always dreamed of adopting one day because, well, you know my family's story... I felt like this was the right time to start the process and am excited about the future. I'll hopefully be sharing many adoption updates here as I go along, but in the meantime, I do have a Facebook page set up as well, so you can follow along there.
Thanks for coming back to catch up with me after all this time. I hope to connect with all of you more moving forward... it feels good to be back!