I am too old to be writing this letter even though sometimes I feel like a 12 year old trapped in a 40 year old’s body When you are a mom and especially a special needs mom (my 6 year old has Down Syndrome and my 12 year old has Tourette’s –oh and I homeschool them both) your wants and needs sometimes get put on the back burner, heck there are some days I am lucky I get a solid 5 hrs sleep and a shower. But that’s how it should be right and Christmas is for kids but this year Santa can I be a little selfish and ask for some things for myself and my husband.
Okay since I know this is just a silly letter and probably is never going to happen I guess I can just go crazy with it.
Well big guy that’s all I got and it’s a doozy. Even though I know this isn’t a reality it was still fun to dream for a bit.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
An Exhausted but Happy and Hopeful
Special Needs Mom
We are a Disney Family, we love all things Disney and when I say this I really mean it. We even moved to Central Florida just so we could be closer to Walt Disney World, okay there were a few more reasons, but it was one of the top 3. You can imagine my family’s excitement when we were chosen to host a Disney Preschool Playdate and partner with Disney and Mom Select. We were sent some wonderful products from Disney, American Tourister, Soft Soap, Pillow Pets, HP and Popsecret all to use at our party.
My wheels started spinning so of course what do you do when you need some Disney inspiration? You go right to the source of course. So off we went to Disney World to enjoy a day at Magic Kingdom where the magic truly is endless.
My daughter is 5 and has Down syndrome and my son who is 11 has Tourette’s Syndrome. When we go to Disney we escape all our hardships, all the medical things, all the everyday stresses and we just escape into the magic.
It’s the smell of the cotton candy lingering in the air, the sight of all the mickey balloons floating above, the sounds of laughter and music and the feeling of true magic that help us to feel like we have escaped even for just a few hours. We are a family at Disney, and nothing else in the world matters for that moment in time.
Leaving the park gave me the inspiration I needed to host a great party. I decided to stick with the Mickey theme because after all it did all start with a mouse. From the decorations, to the crafts, to the snacks, my inspiration was Mickey and his pals. My daughter absolutely adores Mickey Mouse Clubhouse on Disney Junior and my son loved it when he was her age.
I stuck with the classic Mickey colors of black, red and yellow. I used printables for invitations and signs from Frugal Coupon Living http://www.frugalcouponliving.com/20-free-disney-printables-crafts-coloring-creativity/and Catch My Party http://catchmyparty.com/blog/free-mickey-minnie-mouse-birthday-party-printables-from-printabelle/
We have lots of Disney friends and toys in our house so we used all the things we had along with all the things sent to us to create a magical Disney party. Instead of playing games at our party we actually went to Epcot later that evening to look for some hidden Mickey’s using the cards that were sent to us. We had so much fun. We had the hidden Mickey game a little easier for my daughter because she is special needs. She just had to look for Mickey anywhere she saw him and we filled in the Mickey head for her.
I want to thank Walt Disney World and Mom Select for providing My Hands and Heart are Full with this wonderful opportunity. It was so much fun. Disney is a part of our lives and always will be. It was fun to show everyone our #Disneyside and bring the magic home from the parks and throw a super fun Disney party. We love the Walt Disney World Resort where the magic is endless, especially for our family.
Check out a video of the party on my Youtube Channel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBTIQPT5nzQ
I couldn’t wait for the day when I had a little girl and my own home to be able to decorate the most beautiful room for her. This past weekend my husband and I did just that. We chose the most beautiful mint green, cream and coral color scheme. We got lots of decorations that just pulled the room altogether.
We love her new room and so does she check out our tour on youtube.