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DIY No Sew Peter Pan Costume

DIY No Sew Peter Pan Costume

If you are looking for an easy costume idea, then this Peter Pan costume is exactly what you need. The best part about this costume is that no sewing is required. All you need for this costume is faith, trust and a little Pixie Dust […]

Planning Your Disneyland Vacation

Planning Your Disneyland Vacation

We are Annual Passholders to Disneyland from Utah. Because of this, we are often asked how we plan our trips. The secret really is in the planning ahead. There is nothing better than an impulse trip to Disneyland, but in reality, these trips do take […]

Disney Movies You Won’t Want to Miss in 2019

Disney Movies You Won’t Want to Miss in 2019

As a die hard Disney fan I was so happy with all of the amazing movies Disney Studios blessed our lives with in 2018. Incredibles 2 was the perfect sequel and helped me realize just how much my little boy Beckham is exactly like Jack Jack. Christopher Robin reminded us all what is important in life. As a workaholic myself it is easy to get lost and forget that family will ALWAYS be the most important. As a web developer and tech nerd I was absolutely obsessed with all the geeky details of Ralph Breaks the Internet. There are still a few movies I need to see like Nutcracker and Mary Poppins but I have heard nothing but great reviews and I am sure I will love them.

Outdoing 2018 is going to be tough but Disney has a great lineup in store for all of us fans. The best news of all is we are getting a new Toy Story movie, which you can probably guess is what I am most excited for. Let’s take a closer look at all of the Disney movies being released this year.

March 9, 2019 –CAPTAIN MARVEL (Marvel Studios)

Set in the 1990s, Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel” is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that follows the journey of Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes. While a galactic war between two alien races reaches Earth, Danvers finds herself and a small cadre of allies at the center of the maelstrom. 

The film stars Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Rune Temte, Algenis Perez Soto, Mckenna Grace, with Annette Bening, with Clark Gregg, and Jude Law.

March 29, 2019 – DUMBO (Walt Disney Studios)

For my full review click here.

From Disney and visionary director Tim Burton, the all-new grand live-action adventure “Dumbo” expands on the beloved classic story where differences are celebrated, family is cherished and dreams take flight. Circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) enlists former star Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) and his children Milly (Nico Parker) and Joe (Finley Hobbins) to care for a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughingstock in an already struggling circus. But when they discover that Dumbo can fly, the circus makes an incredible comeback, attracting persuasive entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton), who recruits the peculiar pachyderm for his newest, larger-than-life entertainment venture, Dreamland. Dumbo soars to new heights alongside a charming and spectacular aerial artist, Colette Marchant (Eva Green), until Holt learns that beneath its shiny veneer, Dreamland is full of dark secrets.

Directed by Tim Burton (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”) from a screenplay by Ehren Kruger (“Ophelia,” “Dream House”), and produced by Justin Springer (“TRON: Legacy”), Kruger, Katterli Frauenfelder (“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” “Big Eyes”) and Derek Frey (“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” “Frankenweenie”).

April 17, 2019 – PENGUINS (Disneynature)

For my full review click here.

Disneynature’s all-new feature film “Penguins” is a coming-of-age story about an Adélie penguin named Steve who joins millions of fellow males in the icy Antarctic spring on a quest to build a suitable nest, find a life partner and start a family. None of it comes easily for him, especially considering he’s targeted by everything from killer whales to leopard seals, who unapologetically threaten his happily ever after. From the filmmaking team behind “Bears” and “Chimpanzee,” Disneynature’s “Penguins” opens in theaters nationwide in time for Earth Day 2019.

April 26, 2019 – AVENGERS: ENDGAME (Marvel Studios)

Disney has not told us much of anything about the plot of this movie. However, if you look at the title of the movie and watch the trailer below you might get an idea.

May 24, 2019 – ALADDIN (Walt Disney Studios)

A thrilling and vibrant live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic, “Aladdin” is the exciting tale of the charming street rat Aladdin, the courageous and self-determined Princess Jasmine and Genie who may be the key to their future. Directed by Guy Ritchie (“Sherlock Holmes,” “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”), who brings his singular flair for fast-paced, visceral action to the fictitious port city of Agrabah, “Aladdin” is written by John August (“Dark Shadows,” “Big Fish”) and Ritchie based on Disney’s “Aladdin.” The film stars Will Smith (“Ali,” “Men in Black”) as the larger-than-life Genie; Mena Massoud (“Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan”) as the charming scoundrel Aladdin; Naomi Scott (“Power Rangers”) as Jasmine, the beautiful self-determined princess; Marwan Kenzari (“Murder on the Orient Express”) as Jafar, the powerful sorcerer; Navid Negahban (“Legion”) as the Sultan concerned with his daughter’s future; Nasim Pedrad (“Saturday Night Live”) as Dalia, Princess Jasmine’s free-spirited best friend and confidante; Billy Magnussen (“Into the Woods”) as the handsome and arrogant suitor Prince Anders; and Numan Acar (“The Great Wall”) as Hakim, Jafar’s right-hand man and captain of the palace guards.

June 21, 2019 – TOY STORY 4 (Disney·Pixar)

Woody has always been confident about his place in the world and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. But when Bonnie adds a reluctant new toy called “Forky” to her room, a road trip adventure alongside old and new friends will show Woody how big the world can be for a toy. Directed by Josh Cooley (“Riley’s First Date?”) and produced by Jonas Rivera (“Inside Out,” “Up”) and Mark Nielsen (associate producer “Inside Out”).

July 19, 2019 – THE LION KING (Walt Disney Studios)

Director Jon Favreau’s all-new “The Lion King” journey’s to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother–and former heir to the throne-has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his. The all-star cast includes Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and Billy Eichner as Timon, “The Lion King” utilizes pioneer filmmaking techniques to bring these treasured characters to life in a whole new way.

August 9, 2019 – ARTEMIS FOWL (Walt Disney Studios)

Disney’s “Artemis Fowl,” based on the beloved book by Eoin Colfer, is a fantastical, spellbinding adventure that follows the journey of 12-year-old genius Artemis Fowl, a descendant of a long line of criminal masterminds, as he seeks to find his father who has mysteriously disappeared. With the help of his loyal protector Butler, Artemis sets out to find him, and in doing so uncovers an ancient, underground civilization—the amazingly advanced world of fairies. Deducing that his father’s disappearance is somehow connected to the secretive, reclusive fairy world, cunning Artemis concocts a dangerous plan—so dangerous that he ultimately finds himself in a perilous war of wits with the all-powerful fairies.

November 22, 2019 – FROZEN 2 (Walt Disney Animation Studios)

Arendelle heats up in 2019 when Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf return to the big screen in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen 2,” the much-anticipated follow-up to 2013’s Oscar®-winning “Frozen”—the highest grossing animated film of all time. Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad reprise their roles, while Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, the team behind “Frozen,” return to the directors’ chairs.

Trailer coming soon

December 20, 2019 – STAR WARS: EPISODE IX (Lucasfilm)

Trailer coming soon

I am most excited for Toy Story 4 but honestly stoked for all of the movies coming this year. Which movie are you most excited for?

Tips for Taking Your Tiny Baby or Toddler to Disneyland

Tips for Taking Your Tiny Baby or Toddler to Disneyland

The most common question/request we get is asking for tips for taking tiny babies or toddlers to Disneyland. Hamm’s first trip to Disneyland was in October 2017 when he was a little less than 2 months old. Although he will never remember it, we took […]

Disneyland Attractions with No Height Requirement

Disneyland Attractions with No Height Requirement

If you are looking for a list of attractions at Disneyland with no height requirement, you are in the right place. If you are looking for tips on taking a baby or toddler or Disney check out this post. Disneyland Baby Friendly Attractions Winnie the […]

Mary Poppins Returns Family Activity Sheets

Mary Poppins Returns Family Activity Sheets

The wait is over, Mary Poppins Returns is now playing in theaters everywhere. Do you plan on seeing the movie soon? I am hoping to see it over the holiday break. Until then, Disney Studios has released these activity sheets with fun for the whole family. This activity pack is full of coloring sheets, bookmarks, and even instructions to make your own kite. Simply click on the image below to download the pack.

Did you know?

  • Production designer John Myhre hid six Mickey Mouse “Easter eggs” (outlines of the distinct ears and head of Mickey Mouse) on the abandoned park set.
  • The tail of the kite with which Mary Poppins arrives in “Mary Poppins Returns,” is the actual suffragette sash worn by Mrs. Banks (Glynnis Johns) in the first film.
  • The white marble-topped table in the entryway of the Banks’ home is from the first film and currently resides at Club 33, Disney’s members-only club in New Orleans Square at the Disneyland Resort.
  • All the animation in “Mary Poppins Returns” is two dimensional and hand-drawn/hand-painted, just as it was in the first film.
  • Costume designer Sandy Powell and her department created 448 original costumes for the film, all of which were authentic to 1930s London.
  • Approximately 70 animators (ranging in age from the late ‘20s to the late ‘60s) worked on the animated sequences in the film, some even coming out of retirement just to work on the sequel to such a beloved title.

Below are a couple sneak peek clips from the movie that I think you will enjoy. 

Club 33, A Dream Come True

Club 33, A Dream Come True

Have you ever had something happen where still, to this day, it doesn’t seem like it was real? That’s what happened to us during our last trip to Disneyland. It started on Friday the 13th, which most people believe is an incredibly unlucky day. For […]

Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground (Our Recent Stay/Review)

Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground (Our Recent Stay/Review)

  We were so stoked to stay at The Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel & Water playground during our last Disney trip. The “HoJo”  sits directly across from Disneyland Resort and the beautiful Matterhorn Mountain. The hotel sits on a 7 acre lot full of gardens […]

To Eternity and Beyond – The story behind it all

To Eternity and Beyond – The story behind it all

ONCE UPON A TIME…

My wife and I first met in high school. I moved out to Tooele, where my wife grew up, my sophomore year of high school in 2006. I never met Rachel till the summer before our senior year in 2008. I knew of her, she was a cute cheerleader but we never really hung out with same group of people. At the beginning of our senior year, we were both called to be on a committee called Seminary council. In our church, Seminary is a class high school students can take to learn more about our religion and about the scriptures. So we were both on the Seminary Council where we got to help plan fun activities and events for our fellow Seminary students. On the first day we had a council meeting and I saw this girl walk up and I remember thinking ‘wow, that girl is beautiful.’ That is when my crush on Rach officially began.

I admit that I was super duper shy around her in high school. We’d have wonderful and fun conversations through texting and with big groups of friends but when were together one on one, I had the hardest time talking to her. That drove her crazy because she can start a conversation with pretty much anybody. Rachel’s mom and my uncle were both teachers at our high school. We were both teacher aides for them during the same class period which meant we basically had a free class where we could do whatever we wanted! So she and I were able to go get breakfast and have a lot fun during that class. We became great friends during that time we had to hangout during that class as well as the countless early morning meetings and activities we had with seminary council. We started to hang out with a group of people on the council quite a bit and we all became super close and great friends. Through all of this, I really started to like Rach A LOT, but I was still kind of nervous and shy around her. In her eyes I was still just one of her friends.

 

There was a rule on the council that our faculty advisor set asking all the members not to date anyone on the council while we were serving on the council. This rule was set in place just so people wouldn’t break up and make things awkward and make it hard to accomplish our tasks. So needless to say Rachel was very thankful for that rule because I was not allowed to date her. She liked me as a friend but NOTHING more than that. She definitely had a lot of other boys on her mind. All of her girlfriends would say “just give up” and “why don’t you just move on” and the main one I heard was “she doesn’t like you and will NEVER like you”. I honestly tried dating other girls but I don’t know, something just always brought me back to Rach. I was doing everything in my power to get her to like me. I was bringing her flowers and cards and whatnot but nothing was working.

 

As you guys know we have a mild (major) Disney obsession. Growing up I’d always loved Toy Story but there were a lot of Disney movies I hadn’t seen. Rach LOVES Disney and loves movies in general so I came up with this clever idea. I invited her to have Disney movie nights. It was basically me and her (score for me and not so much for Rach). Anyway, we were able to watch Disney movies which she wanted to do so it was kind of my way to get her to hang out with me one on one and not in a group setting. So we did that a few times but nothing was really warming her up to me. When we’d be sitting in class she’d purposely start talking loudly with her girlfriends about other boys she liked and had gone out with and whatever- trying give me the hint that she was not into me. That kinda sucked. (That makes her sound snotty but I promise she is seriously the sweetest!)  We still hung out though even after graduation and through the summer, but she just didn’t think of me as anything other than a friend.

 

We both went to school down at Southern Utah University. Everyone said I followed her down there but really it’s just where I got the best scholarship. Her being there was just a bonus! Her birthday is in August and it was right after we had both moved down to school. I asked her on a date to see a movie and all I remember about the movie was that it was AWFUL. I remember telling myself I was going to give myself one shot with her down here at school then I’d quit trying. I tried to hold her hand during the movie and needless to say, I was shut down and rejected and basically told “I just want to be friends and stop trying.” At that point I did stop trying. I tried to find other girls to date and to just to keep mine and Rach’s relationship as just a friendship because honestly I just loved hanging out with her and didn’t want to lose her completely. So I spent a lot of time as that awkward best friend hanging out with her and a bunch of girls.

 

I remember one night we were watching some chick flick with her and her roommates in her dorm room (Ya, I was that guy.) So we were watching the movie and she texted me and said the movie was boring and she asked if I wanted to do something else. Obviously I said yes so we left. There was another girl who liked me and she had invited me to go over and play games. So of course I brought Rach with me. That’s not awkward right? If any of you have seen the movie Hitch with Will Smith he says that when a girl hits you, that’s a good thing- it means she’s flirting. As we were playing, Rachel hit me. I was like ‘oh this is weird’ because it was like one of those flirty hits and I was thinking ‘what the crap?’ I could just sense something was different. When we were done playing it was getting pretty late. Fun fact about Rach is that she loves sleep. When we’d hang out in high school she’d would legit want to go home and go to bed by like 10. Even though it was way late, she asked me if I wanted to go watch a movie or something at my place. I remember looking at my clock thinking ‘does she not know what time it is, cause this is really weird.’ After the little flirty hit- that’s a thing right?- and wanting to start watching a movie way past her bedtime, I knew something was up.

 

We went back to my apartment and we watched Stranger Than Fiction (random I know). She had never seen it and during that time it was one of my favorites. Usually she’d keep a safe distance when we were watching movies but this time she sat RIGHT NEXT TO ME so I just went for it. I put my arm around her and NOTHING! SHE DIDN’T FREAK OUT! So then I went for the hand hold and SHE HELD MY HAND BACK. Inside I was thinking ‘what the crap is going on?!’ The next few months were a major whirlwind as we started dating and fell in love. Problem though, I was going to be leaving on an LDS mission that summer and was going to be gone for two years. So as much as we were in love, serving a mission was always in the back of my mind. We kind of just talked about it and came to the conclusion that if it worked out great, but if not we knew we loved our time spent together. I ended up serving my mission in Lima, Peru and absolutely LOVED it! I love Peru and the people there. She dated while I was gone but she still wrote me letters. When I got home, all the feelings were still there. When I got home, it was like I had never left. We hung out and dated and got engaged over Christmas of 2013. We were married on June 5, 2013.

The lesson learned from this story is that you should never give up! There will be ups and downs in all stages of our life, but if you want something go out there and get it. I am so thankful I didn’t give up and that this beautiful girl is mine. I am so lucky to call her my wife and best friend. I love her more than anything in this world! Yes… Even more than Toy Story 🙂 Happy Anniversary Rach! 

First time seeing each other after two years of being apart

So I asked Rach what changed and made her start liking me. This is her answer:

“When we went down to school it kind of forced him to open up and meet new people. He became less shy and was able to actually talk to me. I truly got to know him. I already knew he was sweet and kind and a great guy but when he started to actually talk around me, I realized he was funny! I got to know him better and better and that’s when I started falling for him.”

 

Throughout this time of falling in love Rachel and I created a slogan “To Eternity and Beyond” based off of my favorite movie of course. This has stayed with us throughout the years and is now our family motto. The most important part is that we will be together for Eternity and I couldn’t be happier about that. Today, as we celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary I wanted to share this fun story with all of you. I created this blog to be a place for us to share our families adventures.

If you want to see more pictures check out this video we played at our wedding. 🙂