Tuesday, October 27, 2009

we all have our reasons....


DISNEYLAND WAS AWESOME!!!! There are few memories I treasure more than my honeymoon with my sweetheart to Disneyland nearly a decade ago, but bringing my young family back there and seeing them experience this magical place was a VERY close second!

I know most people I mentioned my plans to, thought I was crazy taking a 4 month old to the theme park along with my 3 year old and 6 year old. I got a lot of "What are you thinking?" and "You'll regret that decision" but I was determined and, Man, did it pay off! I had a blast!!! There is something so refueling about experiencing something new with your children - their energy's just intoxicating! Don't you wish you could bottle it?!?

My 6 year old had sooo much fun, he rode everything and kept his poor daddy running, while I wrangled the 2 youngest, their nap times and feedings. I definitely got a workout in, I never went anywhere without a kid strapped on or in my arms :) but as we drove home (a 9 hour drive - but we saved $1200 on airfare) all I could think about was the memories we were creating and how lucky we were to have the opportunity to go.

We are a humble family, and I stay at home now while the kids are young which makes this trip even more rare and wonderful. I have a renewed sense of why I want to live a healthier life, and who makes every denied dessert worth it..... why do you want to lose weight... get healthier? What is your motivation... or who? I know I want to have the energy to be there always with them, and I watched as other mothers sat back and didn't participate - not the life for me. I know exactly why I work out, why I try to eat better, sleep more etc. and that motivates a hundred times more than anything else I could imagine.

the pics above - a rare monemt of my and my hubby alone (this lasted like ten minutes and only occured once :) and the second pic me chasing down kids - any shot from behind is motivating... wouldn't you agree:)

6 comments:

mr. nonis said...

That's so great, Nat! I'm really glad you got to go to Disneyland, have fun, and come back with a renewed vigor for your journey. And so glad you family all had fun, too!

Oops! Is it okay if I call you Nat? Or should I stick with Natalie?

South Beach Steve said...

Natalie, this sounds like the vacation of a lifetime. I am so glad you took the opportunity to do it. By the way, I think there is something special about moms who choose to stay home with their kids. It is a sacrifice, but one that is worth it.

Staci Dombroski said...

I am happy to hear that you had a good time! Like I have said before, we love Disneyworld. As for the staying healthy, I am doing it for my family. I want to be a good role model and show them the benefits of a healthier life style.

diane, Fit to the Finish said...

We love Disneyworld and are sad we don't live anywhere near it anymore. Sounds like you had a great time!! Love the pics.

Friend of the Bear said...

So glad it was the holiday of your dreams and you're now reinvigorated and remotivated. Perfection!

Bearfriend xx

Angelia Sims said...

Good for you! I never regretted a single trip! They were all very memorable!
The kids may not remember it, but you will always remember their joy and excitement! I heart Disney!