Friday, December 19, 2014

Day 4....

Sorry, just tooo tired to post....



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musicsongbird

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Day 3...

Christmas is my most favorite time of year...

It's the retelling of our saviors birth, the gift giving and the special times we spend with our loved ones... It's a time of blessings and love...

Last night I spent an amazing evening with my Core Team Family...

Our Core Family Matriarch recently had emergency surgery and so we had to postpone our original party night... On Thanksgiving Eve she was not feeling well and by early Friday morning she was feeling so terrible that her husband had to take her to the ER, where they discovered her appendix had ruptured... She immediately prepped for surgery and taken in... After her surgery she asked her husband to please call the training trailer to let the Core Team know that she would not be able to join us for the Party... That totally touched my heart and the hearts of the rest of our team, that she thought of us in the middle of all of her own problems...

We immediately decided to postpone the party because we really wanted her to be a part of our festivities because she had retired from Disney at the end of October and we were missing her something awful... We all sent many thoughts and prayers her way for a speedy recovery and once she was out of the hospital and feeling better she graciously opened her beautiful home to us so we could all be together before Christmas....

We laughed, we toured her beautiful home, we shared a delicious assortment of goodies and we laughed some more and lots of hugs all around...

I am so blessed to be a part of this wonderful group of friends and am blessed to call them my Core Family... It makes me smile to see how much we care for one another and I look forward to the many Christmas Core Family Dinners to come...

Merry Christmas... Musicsongbird


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Day 2...

What an incredible day...

Our Training Team joined the challenge to help collect toys for the US Marine's Toys for Tots Campaign that Disney is a part of each year... Two years ago our team collected a mere 24 toys, last year we collected 50, so I figured being the champion for our team, we could strive for a goal of 75... That would average about 2 to 3 toys per person in our office...

So I began sending out messages to our team encouraging everyone to donate a new unwrapped toy... To mark our progress I got creative and took something we all enjoy watching and our toy sponsors for this year... I took the cliff hanger from The Price is Right and replaced his face with the face of our one Ops training Manager and then took Elsa from Frozen and replaced her face with our other F&B/Merch training manager.... As we collected toys the cliff hanger would make his way up the hill to reach our 75 toy goal...

Not long after we started collecting toys our Ops Manager said that he would dress up as the cliff hanger if we reach our goal... Not to be outdone, our F&B/Merch manager said that if we reached 100 toys she would dress as Elsa... I then innocently asked, what would happen if we were to reach 150? Then our Ops manager laughed and said that he would then dress up like Princess Anna...

The bet was on and once it was announced the toys began pouring in... It was like someone added gas to a flame... People who may not have donated in the past were suddenly inspired to go above and beyond... By the end of the 3 week collection period we went into the final day short about 19 toys of the 150 goal... Slowly the toys came in and we were just 5 toys short when our Ops Manager came in with 5 toys... His donation put us up to our goal and pushed him to go looking for an Anna costume...

In the end, we collected 155 toys to go to children that might otherwise go without a Christmas... We also had our opportunity to meet with "Anna and Elsa" in our very own special meet and greet during our annual Christmas party... Our leaders we such good sports and it really showed what lengths they will go for us as a team...

Today also reminded me that you shouldn't always doubt others because sometimes they may surprise you...

I just know I need to keep being the cheerleader, the encourager, the shoulder to cry on or the person to laugh with, because when people are around happy people, it can help them to be happier... And with that the world becomes just a little bit better...

Musicsongbird

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Day 1...

I have been thinking a lot about this time of year lately... How it is not only about the celebration of the Birth of Jesus but how it's the end of one year and the beginning of the next... I know there are a little over 2 weeks still remaining but so much has happened over the course or this past year...

I started off this new year with a trip to the emergency room... Since then I have had 3 EKG's, 2 CT scans, a sleep apnea test, multiple x-rays of my knee as well as an MRI, and a chest x-ray just to round out the year...

My borrowed family grew by one nephew and he is adorable... I love him so much....

One of my oldest and dearest sister friends came to visit and along with Mom and BFF we journeyed to Jupiter to meet up with my oldest brother, sis-in-law, niece and great niece for a day...

I had a record summer of receiving new Disney babies in my areas and can't wait to meet my new ones this next year...

My middle brother, sister-in-law, niece and nephew came to visit for Moms birthday week and we had many exciting adventures during their stay... My oldest brother and sister-in-law returned for Thanksgiving and despite sickness I really loved having them here...

I had a car accident and my guardian angel protected me and made sure my car was sent to the right place where they were able to save it from being totaled.... I feel like I have a brand new car again!!!

As I sat and listened to the Candlelight Procession this evening I pondered so many of these things and I realized despite the craziness and the pain I may have gone through this has been another exciting chapter in my life and it made me appreciate everything a little bit more...

When we are young we wish to be older and for time to hurry up and so we didn't always appreciate the time we had... Now that I am older, there are many moments where I wish time would slow down so we can enjoy more things...

I know I can't slow down time... but what I can do is appreciate the time I have and make more of it than I do... Life is for living and serving and laughing and crying and adventure and worship and dancing and relaxing and enjoying the world and the people around you....

Strive to learn and learn to dream...
Musicsongbird