Happiness is ______ {2014-W26} #happinessis

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We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day.Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you do [...]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W25} #happinessis

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We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day.Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you do [...]

The Best Friend Surprise

best friend surprise - the reaction

He didn’t know I’d secretly contacted his best friend’s mom to invite his best friend to the water park with us. He didn’t know that, while I was finishing up the AdventureCon conference, his best friend was being driven to the park.  He didn’t know that I was done at my conference, and that I [...]

Happiness is ______ {Week Twenty-Eight} #happinessis

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2013 is going to be a fantastic year – a year where we collectively focus on the happy and the joy in our lives. What makes you happy? What is it that you do that you can’t get enough of? What makes your soul shine, your eyes beam, and your insides sparkle? Happiness is so [...]

Happiness is ______ {Week Twenty-Seven} #happinessis

sesame street at seaworld san antonio

2013 is going to be a fantastic year – a year where we collectively focus on the happy and the joy in our lives. What makes you happy? What is it that you do that you can’t get enough of? What makes your soul shine, your eyes beam, and your insides sparkle? Happiness is so [...]

Happiness is ______ {Week Twenty-Four} #happinessis

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2013 is going to be a fantastic year – a year where we collectively focus on the happy and the joy in our lives. What makes you happy? What is it that you do that you can’t get enough of? What makes your soul shine, your eyes beam, and your insides sparkle? Happiness is so [...]

Bucket List Item Crossed Off: SeaWorld San Antonio Aquatica Stingray Interaction

stingrays at aquatica

A couple weeks ago, we got the chance to cross off a bucket list item with the kind SeaWorld folks – we did the Stingray Interaction! Ahh! It was SO! FREAKING! AWESOME! They were quite squishy feeling, brushing along your legs like they did. They were excited to see us, swirling around, splashing in the [...]

Happiness is ______ {Week Twelve} #happinessis

stingrays at aquatica

2013 is going to be a fantastic year – a year where we collectively focus on the happy and the joy in our lives. What makes you happy? What is it that you do that you can’t get enough of? What makes your soul shine, your eyes beam, and your insides sparkle? Happiness is so [...]

How a Fever, Sleepless Nights, & Obnoxious Kids Changed Me as a Mom Forever

baby v at seaworld

After getting sick late Wednesday night, I spent the last part of the week in a fever-induced haze. Tired, rundown, haggard, vacillating between sweating and freezing, all while battling a suspicious fever that persisted with no other symptoms or ailments to warrant or explain its existence. I did my damnedest to scrub the evil fever from my [...]

Happiness is ______ {Week Eleven} #happinessis

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2013 is going to be a fantastic year – a year where we collectively focus on the happy and the joy in our lives. What makes you happy? What is it that you do that you can’t get enough of? What makes your soul shine, your eyes beam, and your insides sparkle? Happiness is so [...]

The Day We Became Models for SeaWorld

seaworld family model

A few months ago, the Douglas Family got to cross something off their family bucket list – being models. (No, we did not walk a runway. Heh.) We had been asked by SeaWorld San Antonio if we wouldn’t mind posing for their photographer so they could get some new, updated pictures of their new cabanas [...]

Making It Count

feeding ducks at SeaWorld San Antonio

Some days are more frantic than others – when no matter how hard I run after it, I can’t catch my breath, I can’t find where I last placed my sanity, and a quick whiff under my arm tells me I’ve forgotten more than my first name and whether or not I had breakfast. But [...]

Big Families: How Do You Do It? {Travel}

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“How do you do it?” Series hosted by Lolli from Better in Bulk, Lisa from Crazy Adventures in Parenting, Christine from From Dates to Diapers, Kadi from Our Seven Seeds, and Kate from The Guavalicious Life. Join us each week for more tips from moms of big families! As I’m making “pack” piles from the freshly folded laundry, my five-year-old brings [...]

My Twelve Year Old Photographer. Look! It’s a Tree!

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My oldest son had an important task this weekend. He was the camera-holder while I held Baby V and the diaper bag. He took his job quite seriously, and I could see how eager he was to use it himself. He’s always been interested in the camera, just a little itchy on his trigger finger. [...]

Sunburnt But Soul-Filled – SeaWorld’s First #AdventureCon

baby dude at aquatica

SeaWorld San Antonio threw their first little-big shindig this weekend called “AdventureCon.” A weekend of learning for bloggers, like myself, along with under-the-sea family fun for our families, spanning both SeaWorld AND their new baby, Aquatica. We had plenty of time to work AND play (and get sunburnt, ahem). From the second I laid eyes [...]