Friday, April 4, 2014

Ultimate Blog Party 2014~ Who am I?

It's here!  The 8th annual Ultimate Blog Party hosted by Janice and Susan from 5 Minutes For Mom is finally here!

Some of you may be asking, "What does this mean?"  I'll tell you... it's a week long, online, blog hopping, friend making party!  Bloggers from all over are joining in on the fun in hopes to make new connections and new friends.  In addition to making connections, these bloggers can win prizes and grow their own network.

At a real party, when I meet new people we always cover the basic "tell me about yourself" questions. So, here's who I am!

My name is Beth.  I love God, my family, my friends, Disney, Walt Disney World, Auburn, chocolate cupcakes with white icing, taking naps, baseball, traveling, my Nana's spaghetti sauce, a clean house, planning birthday parties and being outside... to name a few things.  I've been writing this blog for 4 years.  Obviously, I love Disney since I've been able to write almost 1,200 posts about Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and Disney in general.  You can read here why I started my blog.  Or you can go here to read all about my DisneySide.  


I'm in the beginning phases of reimagining my blog.  I want need a change.  I want to still write about Disney majority of the time, but I want to branch out in other territories too.  I want to do more reviews and giveaways.  I want to write about other things I love and use.  I want to make more money.  I want to find a new name.  There are lots of fun changes on the horizon for this Disney Mom! 


Until then, you can still find a plethora of information about Disney.  This year, my plan is to write a review, with tips, for each attraction at the 4 parks at Walt Disney World.  I also plan to provide a review of all the resorts on Walt Disney World property.  You'll also find my weekly Wordless Wednesday and WDW Freebie Friday posts.  I'll be joining my friends at the Magical Blogorail each month for a special post and I can't forget the "Kill, Refurb, Marry" post each month!

Enough about the blog.... here's my story!

I'm the oldest of three kids and the only girl.  I'm not sure what that says about my personality!  I'm a preacher's kid and I swore as a child I would never be in ministry.  More on that later...  I grew up in North Alabama with 2 years in Atlanta, GA thrown in there.  I graduated from Bob Jones High School in Madison, AL and went straight to Auburn University 2 weeks after graduation.  After 4 wonderful years at Auburn, a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority, and at least 5 major changes, I graduated in 1996 with a degree in Early Childhood Education.  I went on to teach 1st grade for 7 years in Birmingham, AL and received a master's degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  

During my last year teaching, I knew I had to get out.  I did not agree with the "No Child Left Behind" idea and did not like the bureaucracy of education.  But, what is a single, 28 year old female with a master's degree in Early Childhood Education to do... besides teach?  That's where God had a sense of humor.  Remember when I was a child, I swore I would never go into the ministry??  That's what I did.  I moved from Birmingham, AL to Decatur, AL to become a youth minister.

I've been the youth minister at Decatur First United Methodist for the past 11 years.  It's bee AMAZING!  I love my job.  I love my God.  I love my youth.  I love my church family.  It's all good!  

About 2 years after moving to Decatur, I met Jonathan.  We fell in love.  We dated for a year and a half before he proposed to me on top of the Rockefeller Center in New York City (my favorite city)!  Three months later we had a small family wedding at Yeilding Chapel at Birmingham Southern College- where my parents got married.  Three months after the wedding we spent 2 weeks in Italy for our honeymoon.  I still want to return!  

When I married Jonathan, I was lucky enough to become JAG's mom.  In January of 2009, we welcomed our little big (9 lb. 13 oz) baby, C-man.  In September of 2012, we welcomed our last baby, Big E.  He only weighed 8 lbs. 14 oz.  Runt.  These three boys are the light of my life!  I had no idea how much my mom loved me until they were born.   I also think I now have a teeny tiny understanding of how much God loves me!  As much as I love my boys, I know God loves me even MORE!  Amazing.

Our family loves being outside.  We will play any sport thrown at us and we love going to KK and Papa's lake house.  While Jonathan and JAG are "Bama" fans, the rest of us are cheering for Auburn!  We love the Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics, and Pittsburg Steelers.  We watch way too much Disney Junior and ESPN.  We eat dinner together at least 4 nights a week.  We worship together and we have fun.  C-man and I enjoy making new crafts and trying new recipes together.  We are currently planning my 20th, C-man's 3rd and Big E's first trip to Walt Disney World.

You can find me all over social media!

Google + blog
Google + personal

If you are participating in the Ultimate Blog Party 2014, please link up below so I can make sure I don't miss meeting and following you!
  

26 comments:

  1. What a great post Beth! Please don't re-imagine your blog too much. It's perfect and so are you!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. awww! Thanks Deb!! I won't re-imagine too much! :)

      Delete
  2. This post is totally you - and I love it!! I am so thankful for your friendshop - thanks for reintroducing yourself today! War Eagle!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. sweetness Donna Kay! I am thankful for our friendship too!! you're the best- WDE!

      Delete
  3. I know I've "known" you for a little bit now, but I learned so much about you from your post. We have so much more in common than I thought. You were smart to get out of education when you did (me not so much). Thanks for sharing your story!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. :) we do have lots in common!! Sometimes I question my decision to get out of education... but it's too late now. If I go back, I have to get recertified.

      Delete
  4. We watch WAY to much Disney Junior too! We're heading to DisneyLand (we live near Seattle) this May to introduce our 20 month old to Disney. She LOVES Minnie Mouse and her daddy and I can't wait! I already have all her outfits planned out!

    Stopping by from the UBP14!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That's so exciting! We'll be taking our youngest to WDW when he's 26 months. I can't wait! I hope he's not too scared of the characters! :) Thanks for stopping by!

      Delete
  5. Good morning! Stopping by from #UBP14. I've never been to Disney even once. Someday...
    Your boys are handsome.
    http://www.heckofabunch6.com/2014/04/ultimate-blog-party-ubp14.html

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Terra! I'm glad you stopped by. I believe everyone needs a little Disney at least once! It's a great place! :)

      Delete
  6. Yay another Disney mom! I love Disney, my kids are only 15 months old and we've taken them to the World twice already! Gonna follow you on Twitter and G+ so I can keep in touch after the party.
    Hopefully you'll stop by my place for a visit too!
    http://www.supermommyclub.com/welcome-ultimate-blog-party-ubp14/

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Awesome! My youngest went twice in utero and I can't wait for him to experience it for real! ;) Thanks for stopping by!!

      Delete
  7. What a beautiful, spiritually inspired life you have had Beth! And you've only just begun! I know the same is true for your blog. I can't wait to see where you go next, and how you and your boys grow. It is an honor to link up with you!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. :) Thanks Didi!! I agree- it's an honor to be associated with you and to have you as a friend!

      Delete
  8. Hello fellow Disney lover! Glad to have found you with the UBP! Enjoy the party

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hey! I'm so glad you stopped by! It's been a fun week. :)

      Delete
  9. Hi! Stopping by from #UBP14. Will be following you on twitter for more updates on your blog redo. Good luck!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks. It'll be quite an undertaking... not sure I"m ready for it! Glad you stopped by!

      Delete
  10. Beth, it was so nice to get to know a bit more about you and your family!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Amy! I'm so glad we've been able to connect recently! I look forward to what is to come! :)

      Delete
  11. Hi! Found your blog on #UBP14. We're going to DisneyLand soon so this is perfect! I'll be checking your blog out more for good tips!

    I hope you'll stop by my blog and connect.

    Mom 4 a Difference http://www.mom4adifference.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Disneyland is awesome! It's so cool to actually walk where Walt did and ride what Walt created! thanks for stopping by.

      Delete
  12. Hey, Beth~ I learned so much more about you by reading this post. I know I've said it before, but you have 3 of the most handsome boys that I have ever seen. What a beautiful family! You are blessed!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Heidi, you're too sweet!! They are the light of my life! :) thanks for stopping by- again! ;)

      Delete
  13. Hi Beth – I’m stopping by from #UBP14. I am a newbie & its a lot of fun…. great blog…beautiful family. We are going to Disney this July so I am going to look through some of your post. I am a mom and I have my own business. Stop by my blog (http://spaglo.blogspot.com/201… & Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/spagl… if you get a chance. Have a great day!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope you have a fabulous trip to Disney!! I enjoyed reading about your ski care business- sounds great! thanks for stopping by!

      Delete