JMJ96 *Create happy spots at your home, to hang out with your family, a place to forget your troubles for a while, like the other so-called “happiest place on Earth”, Disneyland. One of my favorite things to do at Disneyland is to just hang out, especially if it is a year where we own season passes, and the pressure is off to go on all the A-list rides.
Ring the School Bell 96/180 days
We were a group of 19, four families in all, enjoying Disneyland, the happiest place on Earth (besides our home), and California Adventure together. Remarkably, with so many people, we still had an awesome time.
My neck was especially sore from all the yard work at home, which was kind of peculiar, because Kristi’s neck was also bothering her, so I stayed off of the major rides. Kristi had a sore neck too, so John, my chiropractor husband, adjusted her on the spot. I felt a little too shy for that, so I continued with the soreness all day. Kind of my fault.
The best ride at the California Adventure theme park, located directly in front of Disneyland, in my opinion, are the Auto Racers in Carsland. The entire area is based on the movie Cars, and the Disney people have done such a wonderful job. The Wonder of Colors water show proved to be quite spectacular also. The best part, though, was hanging out with everbody, with not a care in the world, except keeping track of our kids!
With so many kids in tow, it was not surprising when we noticed one was missing. We could not locate young Dominic, and after a frantic 2 minutes or so, we found him innocently gazing at the ducks off of the pier, where we were eating. Thank goodness.
Crowds were minimal today, so we basically did what we wished, an extremely rare occurrence at Disneyland. We closed the place down as usual, completely spent, but happy.
Some ways to make your home “The Happiest Place on Earth”
- Happy moms make happy homes. Look at your own attitude. I have noticed when I start the day in a negative fashion, it rubs off on everybody. It does take effort to stay positive sometimes, but it is worth it. During my ten years as a classroom teacher, it was the same. Students sense the mood of the teacher, and respond accordingly, not always in a good way.
- Create happy spots to hang out with your family, a place to forget your troubles for a while, like the other so-called “happiest place on Earth”, Disneyland. One of my favorite things to do at Disneyland is to just hang out, especially if it is a year where we own season passes, and the pressure is off to go on all the A-list rides. I love to sip my mint julep at New Orleans Square, and people watch. At home, hang out on a bench swing, lounge chairs, a blanket on the grass, and ponder life together. It is very predictable that whenever I sit down at one of these places, someone soon finds me!
- Unplug your family. Technology doesn’t need to be the constant companion. Sometimes I feel it is a very unwanted guest. It is under your control. Set the rules and parameters. Spend time together uninterrupted by social media, television, and computers. Just be with yourselves for a while.
- Respect and appreciate each other. Use scripture as a model for good behavior.
- For me, a cluttered house translates to a cluttered mind. The house gets cluttered when there are just too many things going on. It is very calming to me, and gives me a sense of well-being, to have a well-ordered house. An added bonus, is you have more “happy spots” to hang out in together if your house is nice and tidy. Having a chore day, where everyone pitches in, is a very practical way of keeping the house reasonably clean and looking good.
- Have meals together as much as possible. My husband has always worked long hours and so he is not available for dinner on weekdays, but that doesn’t stop the rest of us from having mealtimes together. Make it a decent meal, with whoever happens to be home. The whole family enjoys a Sunday brunch together, which is nice.
- Let nature in, or go find nature outdoors. Let in the natural light, and pick flowers from your backyard. Plant or buy some if you don’t have any. You are certainly worth a bouquet!
I know there are a gazillion more ways to create a happy home. What has worked for you?
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** Note to the Reader- Today’s narrative is an excerpt of our family’s school journey from a few years ago, during my eldest daughter’s senior year in high school, a rather emotional year, with its many ups and downs.
May God shower blessings on your family as he has on mine. Annette