The other morning the child and I were hanging out and taking it slow.
I lament her early rising (she’s up by 530a without fail) but the busier she gets the more Im enjoying the fact we *always* have time in the morning to BE.
By way of full disclosure– this was not one of my best mornings.
I was a little tired. A lot distracted (by her stuff. camp stuff. but that made no difference to her.). And a slathering of sad.
As we sat on the floor playing Baltimore’opoly she stopped for a moment, jumped to her feet and grabbed the framed photo above.
Mama I miss this time. We need to take more pictures of you and me smiling. We need more smiling times. We should make smiling times.
It surprised even me my initial reaction was *not* to grow defensive & launch into a long
ass list of all the fun stuffs we’ve done recently.
I heard what she said.
I took what she said at face value and as merely information. Neither good nor bad.
It didnt matter if every.single.second. of her past seven years had been smothered in smiles—-all that mattered was how she felt in that moment.
Another full disclosure?
Ive probably leaned on that poor child a tad too hard over the past five months. It’s not so much Ive turned to her for support—Ive just been very very transparent and honest.
Ive told her how much I miss Austin and each time she patiently responds:
It’s ok. Lets just pretend we are still in Texas. Just think in your head youre still in Texas and you wont miss it.
Shes my tiny Buddha covered in pink.
And, in celebration of that, Im kidnapping her.
We’re heading off to re-find our smiling-time hopefully in a way which is lasting.
To my delight this trip—unlike the last—she has absolutely no idea we’re leaving town.
- Ive packed her carry-on & have her favorite stuffed animal & blankey ready to go.
- My carry-on is packed.
- Ive procured us a BAG FULL of skull beads for on-the-plane necklace making:
- The kitchen is stocked with
frozen pizzahealthy snacks to satiate the Husband till we return.
Im snagging her from school tomorrow & we are off to the airport.
To a place where appropriate attire is this (except the elder will don a shirt) and which rhymes with SCHMANAHEIM:
She’s been this for years:
It’s time she finally sees her (finger-quote) homeland (unFQ)!
- Have you been to the place which rhymes with Schmanaheim? Any must do/must see tips for our less than 48 hour whirlwind tour?
Im not bringing the laptop but shall be unable to resist instagram’ing Im sure. This trip has been seven years in the making and, while shortshort, I plan to photodocument the whole shebang.
Angela @ Happy Fit Mama saysMay 22, 2013 at 3:13 am
I’ve never been to that place that rhymes with Schmanaheim but plan to one day just to make the kiddos happy. Have fun!
Adelyn saysMay 22, 2013 at 3:38 am
We took the sweet girl (age 7) there this spring break. GREAT trip. It was my first time. Taking the advice that I got and adding my own…
1. Go early
2. Go to the back of the park and start back to the front…fewer people, fewer lines, more enjoyment.
3. Stop and buy MM ears right away…so much fun to walk around with them for the day rather than “just” a souvenir.
4. Fireworks at the end of every day is well worth it.
5. It makes for a long day so we had a nice sit down meal about 3 o’clock. Some of those require reservations…which you can make ahead or on that day by stopping by the restaurant.
There is a place called the Bibbity Bobbity Boutique where you can get a princess makeover. It is toward the front of the park. We thought it was a little expensive and the sweet girl was more into running around than getting her hair done so we didn’t do it…but it is there. You can do packages that range from hair and sash to full costume, hair, crown, etc.
Excited to hear how you both like it! So fun!
Adelyn saysMay 22, 2013 at 3:39 am
PS. I was shocked at the number of choices for MM ears. If I remember corrected some even had pink and skulls. You will love it. 😉
Andrea saysMay 22, 2013 at 3:44 am
HOW FUN!!!! I wish my mom could kidnap me so we could have smiling times. Am I too old for that? I hope not. Time with mom is the best time EVER and I can only imagine that time with daughter is even better. I hope hope hope one day I can have my own little pink buddha. Have a wonderful time!!!! And SMILE!!!
Barbara saysMay 22, 2013 at 3:48 am
Fantastic! Have so much fun. Will be watching Instagram for many smiles. 🙂
Marcia saysMay 22, 2013 at 3:58 am
Ahhh your tiny Buddha will have so much fun! We have been there, why do I not remember any highlights to hit? Maybe because it was all highlights. Enjoy smiling time!
Ida saysMay 22, 2013 at 4:00 am
You are such a great writer, Miz.
Have a wonderful trip.
Runner Girl saysMay 22, 2013 at 4:01 am
I love how you appreciate your daughter as she is.
You make me want to be a mother.
Jenny saysMay 22, 2013 at 4:10 am
YAY!! Enjoy your time away!
Mackenzie has said things such as that in the past. I felt this immediate guilt like I don’t do enough and then I take a count in my head of all the fun things we do/done. But even still feel a tad sad like I’m not doing enough.
Your words above put it in perspective for me so for that I thank you.
Olive saysMay 22, 2013 at 4:14 am
It struck me when you said it was just information.
I tend to personalize everything and end up hurt and angry.
Have a great time.
Olive saysMay 22, 2013 at 4:14 am
Is your hubby jealous???
misszippy1 saysMay 22, 2013 at 4:32 am
Love this! you must snap a picture of her reaction when she learns you’re off on the adventure. I’ve only been once and that was for a work conference, so I didn’t see much! Have a ball!
MizFit saysMay 22, 2013 at 4:38 am
I SERIOUSLY CAN NOT IMAGINE HOW HER MIND WILL BE BLOWN 🙂
the car is coming to pick us up and zip us to the airport and Im not telling her were we are going…till she realizes on her own.
Coco saysMay 22, 2013 at 4:34 am
Gosh that child is wise, and you are too for taking her wisdom to heart.
Gigi saysMay 22, 2013 at 4:50 am
Tiny Buddha indeed! How wonderful the two of you have such a close relationship. Enjoy the 48 hrs in Schmanahiem. We’ve not been there but visited Schmorlando – bring comfortable shoes and sunscreen. Oh yeah – and don’t forget that camera for all your new smiley times!! Have fun!!
Kierston @candyfit saysMay 22, 2013 at 4:51 am
It’s amazing how much we learn from our little ones (in my case siblings). I find they really bring you back into the moment. Right here. Right now. The present. Life.
I can’t wait to follow your trip and see all the smiles you and The Tornado will be sharing with us…In turn, it will make me smile even more 🙂
p.s. I know not of this Schmanaheim…or perhaps I do but I can’t for the life of me figure it out lol
mimi saysMay 22, 2013 at 4:53 am
Have only been to the place in Florida, and if this one has Fast Passes, use them.
MizFit saysMay 22, 2013 at 4:53 am
(((WHISPERS))) Anaheim. Like CALIFORNIA. like DISNEY 🙂
Krysten Siba Bishop (@darwinianfail) saysMay 22, 2013 at 4:56 am
AHHHHH DISNEY!!!!! AMAZING!!
Linz @ Itz Linz saysMay 22, 2013 at 4:58 am
she sounds wise beyond her years – def a mini buddah! 🙂 🙂
Kat saysMay 22, 2013 at 5:01 am
YAY! I WILL BE THERE LABOR DAY WEEKEND and you gals WILL come ride the teacups with MEEEEEEE 😉 (hubby is a wuss) xoxo
Katie @ Peace Love & Oats saysMay 22, 2013 at 5:11 am
Have a wonderful trip full of smiles!!!!
Maureen saysMay 22, 2013 at 5:40 am
Oh, the Big D!! How exciting! We used to go every other summer as a kid. I’m pretty sure what kept my mom’s sanity was making sure we would come back to the hotel for a few hours in the afternoon to nap/relax, swim in the pool and just rest our feet before heading back out in the evening. I cannot wait to see pictures….I WILL be stalking your IG this weekend! 🙂
Kim saysMay 22, 2013 at 5:43 am
Y’all are going to have so much fun (and so many smiles!!!).
I love the fact that you surprise her with such cool things – the memories y’all are creating now are priceless!!!
lindsay saysMay 22, 2013 at 5:45 am
forget face time.. we need SMILE TIME> I love her. Her little buddha wisdom! Have a BEAUTIFUL time rekindling that smile.
Jody - Fit at 55 saysMay 22, 2013 at 5:54 am
You make me think so much that my head hurts!!! 😉 What an amazing post Carla!!! LOVE!
OK< you are headed my way – right? You did not tell me!!!?? I know, a short one for Tornado – I understand!! Will get you next time!!! 🙂
Carrie @ FamilyFitnessFood.com saysMay 22, 2013 at 6:01 am
We are about 45 minutes from Schmanaheim. And went to that happiest place on earth just 3 days ago 🙂
Adelyn has great advice. If you’re staying in a hotel that has ‘magic morning’ early entry to the park, MAKE sure to go. Not that the early riser part will be a problem.
Get a “First Visit” button from the City Hall right as you get there.
Have an amazing time!
Bonnie saysMay 22, 2013 at 6:08 am
No way! How exciting for you guys! I’m so glad you’ll be photo-documenting…can’t wait to follow along. Have an awesome trip! 😀 So glad you have each other.
Kristina saysMay 22, 2013 at 6:18 am
wait, are you ALSO going to bust out with the Anchorman quotes on me!!?? oh, Carla. the FUN we will have <3
I am so excited for you two and Schmanaheim!! I have not been in far too long (parents took three of us kids when we were teenagers – what a crazy time THAT was…). Cannot wait to hear of your adventures.
TriGirl saysMay 22, 2013 at 6:25 am
Oh my gosh!!! There will be smiles for miles!! Best idea ever!!
Tamara saysMay 22, 2013 at 6:36 am
I can’t wait to see the photo of her surprised face when she realizes where she is!
My advice? Make sure you let yourself be a kid that day! Ignore the lineups and ooh and ahh over the gift shop trinkets (I dragged m kids out too quickly…)
Laura @ Mommy Run Fast saysMay 22, 2013 at 6:54 am
Oh, you two are going to have so many good SMILING times! Can’t wait to see the instagram pics!
Kari saysMay 22, 2013 at 6:54 am
Character breakfast! Totally overpriced and totally worth it! We didn’t wait in long lines in the park to see Minnie because we knew we’d see her and all her friends at the breakfast. They come to each table for a photo op and a visit. BEST.DECISION.EVER!
Erica saysMay 22, 2013 at 7:00 am
I can feel your sadness in your posts. Enjoy every smiling, wonderful moment on this trip!!!
Elizabeth J. saysMay 22, 2013 at 7:10 am
My husband and I have season passes. We always bring food (sandwiches, etc.) and a camelpack filled with water. They have allowed this through security many times in past. Surprisingly they have lots of fresh fruit and veg available at snack stands too! But you can also take monorail out to downtown Disney to eat.
Richard saysMay 22, 2013 at 7:16 am
What a fun trip. She will be walking on air with this ‘surprise’. Yes lots of pictures with BIG smiles 🙂
HappinessSavouredHot saysMay 22, 2013 at 7:27 am
Awww… love a nice mother-daughter post. 🙂
Melanie @ Nutritious Eats saysMay 22, 2013 at 7:47 am
This is so sweet and you are such a good mama, she is going to be so surprised and thrilled! Love that place- the happiest place in the world!
Christine @ Love, Life, Surf saysMay 22, 2013 at 7:51 am
I love love love her wisdom. Yes! We all need more smile time!! ohmygosh she’s going to be so excited. Have a wonderful time.
Melissa saysMay 22, 2013 at 8:25 am
She’s going to love this! If you’re planning on dining at the park book your reservations NOW. Even with a dinner res. you may be kept waiting a bit.
Dr. J saysMay 22, 2013 at 8:58 am
My brother has lived in California for years! Most of his real friends there are from where we were raised in the Midwest, but now live in Cal.
Maybe they have an Austin club out there, or at least UT grads?
Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie saysMay 22, 2013 at 9:13 am
Ahh how exciting! I love your daughter! I’ve only been to the one in schmorlando but I love it. Enjoy your smiling times!
GiGi Eats Celebrities saysMay 22, 2013 at 9:29 am
I love how close you and your daughter are! When I was that age my mother was never home, neither was my father, so I hung out with baby sitters. When my mother finally was home more often, I turned into a rebellious B-OTCH, which led my to go to boarding school… Where I then revolted again only because I actually wanted my parent’s attention – I’ve got some issues, AHH HA HA HA!
Christine saysMay 22, 2013 at 10:09 am
Ahh, you’re gonna be in my neck of the woods. Have a brilliant princess time!
Yum Yucky saysMay 22, 2013 at 10:14 am
At this time, I reserve the right to enter the “sock monkey contortionist pose” and go hide from my childrens.
Can’t wait to hear more about the trip. You girls are gonna have such giggly-fun
Daisy Anne saysMay 22, 2013 at 10:29 am
I visited Schmanahiem last year with my little sister and spend good time over there. The tiny Buddha is quite fascinating and a memorable thing for me. I will go again and take some snaps to keep my family album.
Roz@weightingfor50 saysMay 22, 2013 at 11:01 am
You are raising one special, intuitive and caring little human!!! Have a wonderful time with your little pink adorned buhdah!! Hugs to you both. Safe trip to the place that rhymes with ‘schmanaheim’. Rhymes with “house” ears for all!!!
Kelly @ Cupcake Kelly's saysMay 22, 2013 at 11:20 am
Gosh you are supermom! I can’t wait to take little man on surprise trips! It’s so amazing how awesome our kiddos are at reminding us of all the good stuff!
Fran saysMay 22, 2013 at 11:38 am
Hope you guys had fun and created many new smiles. Thats awesome
Mary Slagel@Fitness Kings saysMay 22, 2013 at 11:50 am
How fun of a mom are you?!?! That is just too stinking cute. She is going to have a great time!!! I’m so excited for the both of you!!
Andy saysMay 22, 2013 at 12:03 pm
You are the best mom ever. What a fun idea that she will never forget. It’s one thing to go on a fun trip that you KNOW about but to have one be a complete surprise, that is so special. I think you are raising a beautiful young girl and you should be very proud of yourself. Can’t wait to read more of your updates.
Elle saysMay 22, 2013 at 12:39 pm
Please give Minnie my love!
And have a fun time with your smiling Pink Buddha. I love the place that rhymes with Mannaheim!
Heather saysMay 22, 2013 at 12:48 pm
LOVE smiling pics. and of course the princess dress 🙂
Jennifer S saysMay 22, 2013 at 3:35 pm
Sounds wonderful – I’m sure I will be smiling the rest of the day thinking of the fun you two will have. My (college-aged) Buddha will be home tomorrow and I cannot wait to share some smiles with her. 🙂
Natalie saysMay 22, 2013 at 5:17 pm
When we used in live in SoCal we went to the place that rhymes with Schmanaheim all the time. Oooh how I miss it. Enjoy every minute.
Kristina Walters @ Kris On Fitness saysMay 22, 2013 at 5:37 pm
Sounds like fun!
Andrea@WellnessNotes saysMay 22, 2013 at 6:29 pm
What an awesome surprise! Have lots & lots & lots of fun & smiles! 🙂
Cammy@TippyToeDiet saysMay 22, 2013 at 8:04 pm
Aw, have an awesome weekend!
Melissa (@TheDailyMel) saysMay 22, 2013 at 8:38 pm
OMG! You’re coming to my ‘hood of SCHMANAHEIM! Have an awesome weekend. I promise not to stalk you. 😉
Katie saysMay 22, 2013 at 9:57 pm
Have a fantastic time!!!
Jasmine saysMay 22, 2013 at 11:21 pm
OMG- I loooovvveeees me some D-land. It truly is my happiest place on earth. I know your Tornado will love it!
Honestly if you just do what you like as you go you will find that the day(s) will end up magical.
I will be there too the day after Memorial Day and I just went in March. So you see that I just cannot get enough. And I currently live in Seattle, so yeah I have an addiction and I need to move… 😉
Janet saysMay 23, 2013 at 8:08 am
Ugh, your little Tornado tugs at my heart strings, tiny Buddha indeed. You.are.the.best.mom.ever! Enjoy your time together, definitely lots of smiling pictures!
P.S. Share any park tips you may garner, we’re heading to D-land later this year.
Kerri (@KerriOlkjer) saysMay 23, 2013 at 10:47 am
Heather @ Better With Veggies saysMay 23, 2013 at 10:51 am
So much good in this post, children are SO incredibly insightful sometimes. Have an amazing trip – I haven’t been to Disneyland, only Disney World, & it’s on my (very long) list!
Abby @ BackAtSquareZero saysMay 23, 2013 at 4:28 pm
Most fun mom! (Don’t tell mine I said that.)
AlexandraFunFit saysMay 23, 2013 at 5:20 pm
My tip: Get that pass that lets you get in line at a specific time. You’ll save time in the end. And do the submarine Nemo ride. It’s really fun, even though fairly staid. Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride was too scary for my kids when they were her age.
Gaye saysMay 23, 2013 at 7:49 pm
Have big fun! Glad you’re getting away with your beautiful little Buddha. 🙂
Amalia saysMay 25, 2013 at 3:46 pm
Have the greatest time.
It’s these memories you are making now she will remember forever!
Simon Victor saysMay 30, 2013 at 8:43 am
She has such insights – I hope that will never change.