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Berry, KY

My mom grew up in a small town in Central Kentucky called Berry. Small as in there were only 300-400 people total. My Grandmother and her husband lived in the old family house on a tobacco and cattle farm. Since it was just about an hour and a half away, we used to visit often and always would go on Christmas Day. Well, my Grandmother passed away ten years ago, so the tradition obviously stopped. Shortly after her death, because no one in the family wanted/could move into the family home they auctioned it off which was pretty sad because it was built by my great-great-grandpa (or something like that). We still have the farm in the family between my mom, her brother, and my great Aunt, but it’s managed by a family friend.

Anyway, that’s the backstory. I hadn’t visited for probably seven years but we met my sister and Uncle about a half an hour away from the farm, so I decided to take T.J. and Eva on a slight detour on our way home so they could see it all. When the farm and house first came into sight, I have to admit, I teared up a bit. I hadn’t been for long and that place holds so many memories, but they’re all in the past now. Well, we pulled over and got out for a minute or so. It was too cold to get out for too long, but I took them into the barn where they hang the tobacco and showed them around a little bit. There was even a little pony which pranced around for us, like he was showing off.

It was a good time and fun to reminisce.

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Pioneer Day Video

I was importing my videos from Disneyland off of my phone and computer when I realized I never uploaded my Pioneer Day trip video on Youtube! It’s terribly edited, just tons of little clips but I still love it. We had a great trip to Utah back in July to visit family… enjoy! Better late than never, right? Oh, and the clips of TJ and Dustin on the trampoline with their little girls kind of melts my heart!

Here is my 4th of July video. It turns out we are big fans of parades and sliding into pools.


Disney Wrap Up

For documenting’s sake, here are the instagrams and a couple other random photos from the trip!




Thanks for a wonderful trip, Derrick clan!


Huntington Beach

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Beach in November? Oh man, California really pulled on my heart strings! We even saw a bunch of dolphins catching waves, which is probably no big deal to all you west coast guys… but I LOVED IT!


Disney Characters

We met a lot of the characters on our trip. In the past, I’ve never really cared to do this… but when you have a toddler who’s whole world is Mickey and all of the princesses, you’ve GOT to see the characters.

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On Thursday (our last day at the parks) after dinner, we realized we hadn’t seen any princesses! In the past, I had remembered seeing them out on the street but never saw any of them out! I got so worried… Eva would be so disappointed if we didn’t see any of them! Well, we randomly came across the princess building where there was NO ONE in line since the parade was going on. It was a Christmas Miracle! Eva got to see some of her most favorite princesses, there was no wait, and we got to check that off our list before our trip ended!

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It was so cute… Cinderella took Eva’s hand (since there was no one in line behind Eva, remember?) and took her to see Snow White. They then all twirled together. Adorable.

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Eva was a litttttle more timid of Snow White… probably because her voice was so bizarre. haha! But overall, it was a great experience!


Thanksgiving Break (part 3)

Thursday was Thanksgiving and it was a high of 90 degrees or so! Almost too hot, but I’ll take anything over freezing! It was really another beautiful day back over at Disneyland. We did a lot of fast passes and stroller passes that day so we got to ride everything else we wanted to ride. FYI-a stroller pass is the best secret at Disneyland, at least it was a secret to me until this time! When you go through a line that is too big for little kids, ask the first person you see who’s working the ride for a stroller pass. They will give you (or direct you to the person who distributes them) a stroller pass which allows three people to get in the fast pass line after you exit. Worked like a charm!

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We had Thanksgiving dinner at Goofy’s kitchen, which is at a hotel in Downtown Disney. The food was great, Eva even ate her dinner, despite all of the distractions! As you eat, characters (Goofy, Minnie, Chip & Dale, and Pluto) walk through so you can talk to them and take pictures with them. It was great! To end the night, we celebrated Eva’s birthday a little early… can you believe she’s almost 3?!?! Ahhh… don’t get me started!

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Disney during the holidays is MAGICAL! You must try it sometime. It was very crowded, but it didn’t phase me too much because I’ve been to Disney World at Spring Break once and am in NYC often. My brother went to Disney World last Thanksgiving, but a week before… I think next time I might do that! The lights are already out but no one is there! I’ve also heard the second week of December is another great time to go. Honestly, I don’t think there’s ever a bad time to go to Disneyland with your little ones, especially when they’re 3 and are amazed by everything they see. <3 <3 <3


Thanksgiving Break (part 2)

On Wednesday, we went to California Adventure. I was always under the impression that it was like MGM at Disneyworld, which it did have a could similar rides, but there was so much more there, including the new Cars Land! Eva loved the Bugs Life Land and rode many of the rides with her Nana since she doesn’t get as motion sick on spinning rides… haha!

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For lunch, we went to the Rainforest Cafe! Eva loved watching the fish during lunch!

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Usually when I take Eva on carousels, she is so excited before it starts and then doesn’t love it during the actual ride. But this Little Mermaid themed carousel was a hit! She did it all by herself and smiled the whole time!

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My favorite ride at California Adventure was, by far, the Cars ride! Thankfully it was smooth, didn’t make me too motion sick, nor did it scare me with heights like some of the other ones. Great day with a great bunch of people!


Disneyland (Part 1)

Oh, guys. Thanksgiving break was perfect. We went to California with T.J.’s parents, his sister, and her family. We stayed at Disneyland for pretty much the whole time, except for the last day when we checked out Huntington Beach. The weather was perfect the entire time, the kids all did great, and even though it was very busy, we still got to see/ride just about everything!

Monday night after our longggggg nonstop flight from JFK to LAX, we walked around Downtown Disney. I literally cried because it was so wonderful-lit up with Christmas lights, Christmas music playing in the background, reunited with family!


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Tuesday morning, we all went to Disneyland. We had park hoppers, so the plan was to go back to the hotel when we were tired, but we never could make ourselves leave because it was so much fun! When Eva was tired, she just hung out in her stroller. Just about every day she would go ALL DAY LONG and wouldn’t fall asleep until the evening. But she was happy, so it was fine with me! By the time we got back to the hotel each night, she was so exhausted, she’d sleep through us getting her ready for bed. Easiest time sleeping at a hotel with a toddler.

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Later in the afternoon on Tuesday, we hung out around the castle and waited for the parade to start. We got to be on the front row, which was really nice since we had the little kids. I thought the parade was so great! It was Christmas themed just like the rest of the park, so all the floats and characters were decorated and dressed for the holidays. Disney + Christmas = magic! And I’m pretty sure it was the best time of Eva’s life. She was waving like CRAZY at each character that passed and was just SO excited. It was amazing to see all of Disneyland through her eyes!

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I know the picture above is blurry, but it still shows how excited Eva was!


Lacey and her family left soon after, but we decided to go on a couple more rides with T.J.’s parents. The exterior of It’s a Small World was incredible… it was lit up with an insane amount of lights and then every 30 minutes or so there was a light show to music. It made the wait for the ride very enjoyable!

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Eva was so tired ^ but still enjoying the ride! “Are their witches?” She asked me if there were witches on just about every ride, about 50 times each. The first ride we took her on was Snow White, which turns out is actually quite horrifying! Haha, so it made Eva a little weary from there out. She was still a champ and pretty brave though. If she ever got scared on rides, she would just cover her face with her blanket.

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Eva, as usual, cracked me up with funny one-liners. I showed Eva the pretty Christmas tree, that was SO big, thinking she would be impressed. But instead she said, “It’s TOOOOO big!” Apparently, she’s 100% okay with our teeny Christmas tree at home.

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Disneyland Memories

Right now we are taking Eva to Disneyland for the first time (don’t worry, I scheduled these posts last week). Words can’t describe how excited we all are! Last time we were in Disneyland was for our Honeymoon! We were such babies! And I was thin! Oh… so much has changed!











This was the last day of our Honeymoon after we had fallen asleep on the beach all day long. T.J. face was SO burned… hahaha poor guy!