A-May-Zing

It all started with a cold.  David fell ill on May 1st, and took a week or two to recover fully, though he wasn’t down and out.

Unfortunately, this lead to me getting sick a few days later, and in typical fashion, I was much, much worse.

Thankfully, however, we succeeded in getting better just in time for a much looked forward to visit from some of our best friends!

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Jared, Jeremy, and Amber, enjoying Pieology with us
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Jeremy is my non blood related brother, and it’s never a dull moment when he’s around ❤
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We went to World Market. There were umbrellas.
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Amber looked perfect with this umbrella. 
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We also went hiking.
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It was a very long hike.
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David climbed a tree.
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Then we got Popsicles at Steel City Pops! These were a huge hit 😀 
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All too soon, though, we had to say goodbye… </3

After that amazing time together, we worked on getting back to the normal swing of things for a few days. And by normal I mean David was normal while I was running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off trying to get stories written and submitted before deadlines and figure out packing for my big Orlando trip which was approaching very fast. (I also had a story published on Splickety’s Lightning Blog, which you can read Here.) But before I left, another very special event took place…

My baby sister turned 18!!!

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Isn’t she lovely? Isn’t she cute? She’s the best.

Yes, my baby sister is an adult now. Where did the time go….

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We had a great day with the birthday girl. She had a great day too. 

Only 4 days after the birthday festivities, I was on my way to Florida.

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The Happiest Place on Earth ❤ 

After a safe and completely on time flight, I was able to hop on a shuttle, make it to the hotel, check in and drop off my stuff, and hop on another shuttle that took me to Hollywood Studios where I spent the rest of my day in an aura of intense happiness.

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I met BB-8!
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And saw Storm Troopers!
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I ate at the 50s Prime Time Cafe, which was every bit as delightful as I had hoped. The themeing was perfect, the food delicious, and I was seated next to a group who were from my town! They were super nice, and ended up paying for my meal. It’s little things like that that make Disney so magical: people willing to go out of their way to make your time more pleasant. It was a huge blessing, and I’m never going to forget it. 
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Also got to meet Olaf!!!!
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And Chewwie ❤ 
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And Kylo again. *sigh* He hasn’t changed a bit. 
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I took a lot of selfies, but this one is my favorite.
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Ah, palms. Those glorious palms. ❤

The next day was conference day, but before that all started I made a quick trip to Disney Springs to visit my favorite bakery…

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IS IT NOT GLORIOUS????
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My beautiful treat, made special by the sweetest worker ever. She made me an ice cream cookie sandwich and put frosting hearts on top :3 Just one other little thing that made my time in Disney perfect. :3 

Now, you might be thinking that all was fun and games while I was in Orlando. But that is not quite the case.

Upon wrapping up my day in Hollywood Studios, I sat waiting for the shuttle to pick me up. That shuttle never came. Thankfully, a very nice bus driver figured out what was going on for me and took me out of his way so that I could make it to another pick up site and get back to my hotel safely.

The following day my friend Mig and I made a long string of decisions that while not catastrophic, were not the right ones either. They basically resulted in us being ridiculously hangry and walking probably ten miles. Which was definitely ten miles more than necessary.  Don’t lose your car in a huge parking lot, kids, it isn’t fun.

But, in the words of Tevye, “It’s all over, and everything is peaceful again.”

So the conference officially began!

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Our booth set up! 
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One more angle. Because why not? 

We had a really good weekend at the conference, filled with meeting new people, laughing, and sore feet. But the good kind of sore, that makes you feel like you’ve accomplished something.  (Honestly it helped that I went barefoot a lot. Carpeted vendor halls are the best!)

After the conference came to an end, and I took a last trip to Disney Springs with Dan and Miguel, it was time to leave the palm trees and humidity and return to my native dwelling place.  All was going well, my first flight landed early…. and then I found that my flight home was delayed by two hours. And then three.  I had a horrible attitude about it, but was still trying to pray that it would somehow be fixed (hard to do when you’re having a bad attitude).  Then, a group of guys (Who admittedly had annoyed me earlier as I sat in my stew pot of emotions) were talking behind me about how they switched their flights over to another one that was leaving in an hour.  I bolted down to customer service, and, thanks be to God, I was able to get on that flight, no charge. And it was a good thing I did – the other flight got bumped back even later twice after that.

But despite that snag in plans, I did get home safe, and only an hour after the original time.

The next day, David took me out for my day early birthday date! We ate at First Watch, which was AMAZING. So amazing, that we forgot about taking any pictures until we had eaten every bit of food on our plates. But just trust us that it was amazing.

After that, we got to finally go see The Hunger Games Exhibition!

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David got really into the other museum exhibits…
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Milk. “Now that’s the stuff!”
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What can I say? I was born for the stage!
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A wild David emerges from his tent dwelling

On my actual birthday, my sister came to spend the day with me, and we made lots of delicious food. We also went on a quick shopping trip to Target and Half Price Books because, well, why not?

Yes, May was indeed Amayzing.

We hope yours was equally so!

Stay tuned next month for the exciting June post. Which will mostly be about the Summer Workshop, probably. But who knows what might happen in this crazy life of ours?

Love,

Adrienne and David

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April’s Showers of Life

April has been quite the busy month for us! We began by hosting our friend Addison for a night as he was traveling on his epic new life adventure.  We enjoyed gaming and drinking tea brewed in my cute new tea pot.

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The boys enjoy Mario Cart racing
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Is this not the cutest thing??

Also on the 1st, I joined my parents and sister at our favorite yard sale of the season which takes place at a local church. We didn’t score quite as much as normal, but we still found some awesome deals including golf clubs for David, some needed clothing items for the Niceley (or former Niceley) ladies, and, you know, a few fun things like movies and the cutest little Pyrex refrigerator dish. Because I can’t say no to cute little Pyrex dishes.

That afternoon we, along with David, went to a Japanese yard sale, which made David particularly happy.  We got a lot of stuff from Chopsticks to books to help learn Japanese to Japanese fashion magazines.  I also got this ADORABLE pair of Tabi shoes for $5, later finding out they retail for $78!

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The next week or so was filled with work, story deadlines, and more work. But we had some fun mixed in there. Like…

Seeing Your Name with Lex!

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Photo Credit: Alexis Niceley

Don’t know what Your Name is? Check out my post about it here.

Getting my Doki Doki box!

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Doki Doki box is a subscription box filled with cute merchandise from Japan. I got a Groupon Deal and decided to try them out!

David got a Japan Crate from our friends in Kansas!

Skyping Kansas friends! (which I don’t have a picture of because I was working on a secret project while talking….)

And, of course, Easter Sunday.

Our Easter Sunday didn’t quite go as planned. Beginning with the day before. David and I decided on starting a tradition of buying small gifts and/or treats for each other and hiding them around the apartment and then having each other search. We had a great time with that (He got me truffles and chocolate bark and Kylo Ren Chopsticks!!!!) and then headed off to the mall to get our flat tire fixed. We had a nice little date walking around the mall while we waited for it. All seemed to be well until we got all ready to go to church Easter morning, got in the car, and discovered that the tire was once again flat.

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Church didn’t happen that day, but we did have a great time with my family, eating great food, relaxing, watching Risen, and taking family photos.

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The week following Easter found me preparing for my highly anticipated trip to Cincinnati! I’ve been helping the the One Year Adventure Novel booth at the homeschool convention up there for a couple years now, and this year I got to work with Mr. S, which was really fun! We had a great time – and David got to join me Friday night and all day Saturday, experiencing a homeschool convention for the first time. He now understands my love of conferences and conventions which thrills me to no end.

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First Day Excitement!
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Meeting a Baby Dinosaur!
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Dinner with our wonderful friend, Beth ❤
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The hotel we stayed in used to house the Cincinnati Enquierer, and was so cool!
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I fit right in, of course.
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Caps for sale!
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My new costume for Byline ^_^ So excited for this curriculum!
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Lines are always busy nowadays…
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David is such a mighty warrior
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In front of the banner ❤
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And on a small date on the way back home ^_^

Remember when I mentioned Story Deadlines? Well one of those deadlines was for Splickety Magazine’s May Issue, to which I submitted a story. When I got back from Cincinnati, I heard back that my story has been accepted and is being published!!!!! IT’S MY FIRST PUBLISHED WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!! AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And then, as if my excitement couldn’t get any higher…

I was asked to go to Orlando to help with the OYAN booth at another convention, and that convention just so happens to be taking place 15 minutes away from Disney World on my birthday weekend.

Guess who is going to do something wild and insanely adventurous? Yes, folks, I’m going to Disney World for a day for my birthday and I could not be more hyped! Because I get to go to the most amazing place in the world AND do what I love best for an entire weekend!!!!!!!  THIS IS THE BEST BIRTHDAY PRESENT EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ahem.

To cap off our April, we took a trip to the zoo!

 

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David takes some time while waiting to practice his Katakana. Photo Credit: Alexis Niceley
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David makes friends with the Komodo Dragon

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Picnic Lunch! Photo Credit: Alexis Niceley
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We’re riding Aslan! Photo Credit: Alexis Niceley
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I guess we wore him out… Photo Credit: Alexis Niceley
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It’s a fascinating creature, is it not? Photo Credit: Alexis Niceley
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I RODE A FLAMINGO! I used to ride this carousel when I was little :3 So much fun to relive the memories. Photo Credit: Bill Niceley
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“Hug means love” ❤ Photo Credit: Alexis Niceley
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Me and my man on the Rhino ❤ I’ve gotten my picture on this rhino since I was a very tiny girl, and it was so wonderful getting one with him ❤ Photo Credit: Alexis Niceley

All in all, April showered us with a lot of life, both negative and positive. But through it all God’s been with us, and I love seeing how He is growing and shaping us through this process.

And now it’s time to move on to May and (spoiler alert!) there is going to be a LOT to talk about! So stay tuned for Birthdays, visits from some of our besties, baking, and as long as all goes well, DISNEY!

Blessings!

~Adrienne (and David)

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We’re Here!

This is the first post on our blog.

It isn’t much.

But it is a start of something new.

At last we’ve seen the light.

And now we want to share our whole new world with all of you.

Be our guest, and enjoy the magic carpet ride.