This past Spring Break, we sprung a surprise on Nikk.

But let me backup for a moment....

We decided to go to Disney, kind of on a whim. My husband had always been hesitant about Disney because of the cost, so it rarely came up in vacation conversation. But somehow, it came up and literally my husband and I were saying, "Let's do it!" (of course, the husband had a caveat that this will be a one-time trip and we probably won't ever go back... remember he said that)

Our first trip to Disney World consisted of our me, my husband and son (naturally), my Mom & Dad and my Father-In-Law. But the more the merrier right? So we planned the trip along with our close family friends who have a son the same age as Nikk, and so they had a set of Grandparents to come along.

Considering the large group we were planning to go with, it really went smoothly.

My friend and I had an absolute blast planning everything from the drive down, to the Fast Pass selection to dinner ideas. I don't know, I love planning these types of things. It's exhilarating to see a plan come together.

So, the way our trip worked was that we left on a Saturday, just around noon. We drove from Greenville, SC to Jacksonville, FL. We stayed at the Hampton Inn - Airport in Jacksonville that night, which was a nice layover spot for us. The next morning we promptly checked out and made our way to Disney World. Of course, upon getting there we surprised the kiddo.

We stayed checked into Disney's All Star Sports Resort that Sunday afternoon and got settled into our room and hung out by the pool and got acquainted with the resort that evening. Starting that Monday, through Friday night - we partied hardy Disney style. I have so much that I could talk about with each Disney Park that I honestly think I could dedicate a post or 2 to each one. Then that Saturday morning we checked out, and drove home.

Fast forward about 4 months (to today)....

I'm about to book our next trip to Disney World again. My husband came back from our vacation totally pumped about Disney and was probably more gung-ho about booking again from the minute we stepped back into our house.

So.. here we are again... we're going to Disney!!

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Last Wednesday night was the Spartanburg 2nd's New Beginnings for our Young Women. New Beginnings is a wonderful way to start the year (I know, it's March), and welcome any new Young Women that may be entering the program this year.

This year's theme for Young Women is Mutual Theme is "O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day" D&C 4:2

The theme of "Embark" is really a neat one because you can encompass into so many things. Our Young Women President really found a beautiful way to use it in this year's New Beginnings and to help us with our Young Women in Excellence program that happens in November. She made all of the girls "Spiritual Passports" to use as we "Embark" upon our journey in Young Women this year. She tied the video below into the program and I think it was perfect.

Our Young Women's Second Counselor created a beautiful, big ship (like the one in the Embark logo) and the Young Women introduced the Young Women values on flags and hung them on the ship. It was a great introduction into my talk, about what a fun way to start "sailing" through Personal Progress!

Also during the night, we had three Personal Progress Recognition Awards and medallions handed out. Myself, and beautiful Young Woman who recently moved into Relief Society and her mother! I loved doing Personal Progress and frankly, I'm a little sad that I've completed it. Although, I supposed my Personal Progress journey isn't ever really over, even if I'm not recording it all in my book. However, I can say from my heart that it is a wonderful program that I would welcome any Young Women (or in my case, not so Young) to strive to finish. You will come out at the end with so much growth. Spiritually, educationally, physically. The church truly knew what they were doing when they put this program together and I'm grateful for it.
My Young Women necklace and my Medallion
I am grateful to be serving these beautiful Young Women. I'm grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow along with them. We have a small group of girls but each one of them have touched my heart and blessed my life in ways I can't even begin to go into in this forum.

Now.. time to work on getting my Honor Bee!

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I'm just totally failing at blogging.
It's not that I don't have things to talk about.. it's just I don't have time to compile all of these thoughts and get them down.

However, I am writing in my journal much more... you know, those paper things that we used to all keep hidden under our pillow where we talked about how much we loved Bobby and couldn't live without him (spoiler alert... we lived).

I usually keep up with friends and family on Instagram and FaceBook and Twitter so I feel like my poor blog is just neglected.

I'm a bad blog-mommy.

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