Reservation for Crazy: Part Three

So I’ve spent the last two weeks chronicling our crazy month long vacation. If you missed the first two parts and want to catch up, they are on my website or on my Facebook page.

Today’s post will summarize our Disney World experience!

Days One and Two we spent at Magic Kingdom. Most of the rides and restaurants were open and even with the social distancing the wait times were hardly ever longer than thirty minutes. I was worried that my kids were all going to be “stick-in-the-muds” since we have not really ever rode rides before, but they did great!! Capri and Ella even fell in love with the Thunder Mountain Railroad and rode it a couple of times.

Days Three and Four we spent at Hollywood Studios. Other than Toy Story Land and Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway there was not much at this park for us. I’ve seen almost all of the Star Wars movies, and we did ride the simulation rides, but we only did a couple of hours each day and spent the rest of the day swimming at our AirBnB or exploring the town.

Days Five and Six we spent at Animal Kingdom. The kids definitely had the most fun at this park. We did not start on the Wilderness Explorers activities until the second day we were there, but were able to find all the badges and finish the book. Colton was very proud of our accomplishment.

Days Seven and Eight were spent at EPCOT. This park was definitely the most entertaining to just walk around. The rides were fun, but definitely not the main point of the park at all. The kids enjoyed picking up the “postcards” in each country and trying to guess which country was next without reading any signs.

Overall, we had a blast! My only complaint would be the constant “need” to have a mask. I’m very glad we stayed in an AirBnB not affiliated with Disney so we could get a break from what will always be known as the “Mask Nazis.”

Next up on the agenda is Okeechobee to visit family, then on to the Florida Keys!!

What’s on your plate?

What’s on your plate? No, I do not mean your literal plate, this is not a diet article. Maybe one day, I’ll write down my thoughts on dieting, whether it be fad or lifestyle. Today, I want to ask you about what you spend your time on?

I haven’t written for a while (Maybe you noticed, maybe you didn’t, no matter). The reason being I ladled a huge helping of something onto my plate and it literally pushed things like blogs, hobbies, exercising, and free time off the edge.

In May of this year (2019) my husband and I decided to buy a local business. Technically, we decided to start looking into it and researching around February 2018, but the final papers were signed and the decision final on May 6th, 2019. I knew our lives were going to change, and I braced for it. I figured money would be tight and Reed would be more stressed when not at work, but nothing could have prepared me for the craziness that was about to ensue.

To be fair, there were other complications around the same time that led to us losing our church family, so the earth shattering stress and anxiety that hit about a month in was not all due to owning a new business. We found out that a lot of problems were lying under the surface, and it would have been much simpler to do a startup, then to take over a full grown business with a very poor reputation and crazy amounts of drama.

The beginning of July was the low point (which was obviously the turning point as well, if you’ve ever had experience with low points). We had a very full schedule and no employees. So me being the supportive partner I am, I offered to haul the kids to the shop and help run things. I figured it would be a couple of weeks of crazy stress, he would hire a couple of guys, then the kids and I would come back home and pick up normal life again. Boy, was I wrong!!

Months passed. We worked our way through three babysitters. (Because, surprise, trying to run a business with four kids under foot is not possible. For me anyhow.) My perspective on “normal” forever shifted.

I have always admired working moms. Marveled at their passion, tenacity, and what I assumed was copious amounts of energy. It was absolutely the hardest few months of my life! I was working 40+ hours starting a business beside my husband and coming home to clean and cook and homeschool and strive to make the kids feel as if nothing had changed. That plate I mentioned?? Was more like a waiter’s tray full of plates with me struggling to balance it and also make sure all the loaded plates didn’t bump each other.

Friends were worried and wondered when the madness would end. In the midst of it though, I struggled with what I truly wanted. I knew I didn’t want things to stay the same, but I also did not want to go back to the way things were. I loved being a huge part of the business! I got a thrill every time someone asked, “Oh are you the owner?” and I could legitimately say, “Yes.”

I understood the drive and the passion of a working mom, and didn’t know if I could go back to not being involved in the day to day of this baby business I had now poured sweat into.

So what’s happening now? Now, I work mostly from home, keeping books, billing and invoicing and paying taxes. Tracking the expenses and income and running the social media platforms. Have I found a way to balance that waiter’s tray of a plate? Not 100%. But most days I get to have the best of both the business world and the mom world! Also, I’m starting to work my hobbies back into a normal routine, though it’s a slow process.