My name is Christina Hnatiuk. I am a new mom of a 6 month old baby boy, Marshall. I am married to a wonderful man, we will have been together for 5 years, married for two. I work full time in Human Resources and part time as a Ukrainian dance instructor. I love to try new things, especially new restaurants and food. In my free time, which is hardly ever, I love to bake, specializing in cheesecakes. This is my first time writing a blog but I am looking forward to sharing my adventures in parenting with everyone!
“Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever”. – Walt Disney
Disney has always held a special place in my heart. I think back to Saturday mornings, the sun peeking through the windows, spending hours watching Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, or Pocahontas. I remember my parents telling us we were going to be going to Disneyland, something I never thought was possible. Although I can’t remember every detail, it was 18 years ago, I remember these amazing snapshots of the trip. Like, my brother and sister, holding hands skipping down the road, they were 16 and 17at the time, and usually spent their days fighting or ignoring each other. It was moments like this where I think Disney really is so magical. I know there are people out there who don’t like Disney, the Disney parks, or the company in general, and honestly you are welcome to your opinion, but Disney will always leave me with this warm home-like feeling and bring me back to some of the happiest times in my life.
My second trip to Disney was this time, to Walt Disney World. I was, and am, a pretty big Full House fan, and 2 of my favourite episodes are when they go to Disney World. So when the opportunity came up to go with a couple friends I was all over it. I was 22, working full time, 7 days a week, and I could not wait to spend that hard earned cash on a new Disney Adventure. We went for one week, and honestly I was hooked. I think the moment I fell in love was the first time I walked into Epcot in Walt Disney World. To see Spaceship Earth, this ball I had only ever seen in TV shows and movies, this iconic Disney monument, it was priceless. I’m not friends with those people anymore, but that week will still be one of the best of my life. There is just something about that Disney magic that can overpower even the most unpleasant memories.
Five years later, planning my honeymoon, my husband wanted to do Hawaii, and I suggested Walt Disney World. My husband is not the typical “Disney type” so he was really hesitant. He thought it was really expensive and he thought it was for kids. It was my duty to prove him wrong. And boy did I ever. We spent two weeks on Disney resort. The first night we had a few hiccups, but again the magic of Disney prevailed and they fixed us up even better than we planned. It was two weeks neither of us will ever forget. My husband became hooked on roller coasters, and fell for all of the happiness that Disney offers. We often find ourselves looking at photos, and talking about how amazing it was, and how we can’t wait to go back. One of the best days of our lives was on this trip, about half way through the first week, I found out I was expecting our Baby boy! Walt Disney World became so much more magical for us that day!
Now three years later we are planning yet again another Disney Adventure! This time we are throwing it back a few years and heading back to Disneyland with my whole family. That family of five that took that first trip to Disney in 2000, has grown by a few and 12 of us are now heading to The House of Mouse in California on November 10th! I turn 30 this December and my husband turned 40 this summer, so we really wanted to take a trip to celebrate! We talked about Vegas, or heading to the mountains, but for some reason we kept coming back to Disney. We discussed with my siblings about maybe taking a trip all together and from there the planning started. The thing about planning this trip is that I think it has brought us even closer together. We all live in different cities, but we message each other daily. This is something that we didn’t so before this trip came up. We don’t always talk about the trip but now tell each other about our day to day lives, our kids, our pets, and our problems. I feel like we are there for each other in ways that we weren’t before. This is the magic of Disney.
One thing I hear a lot when I say we are going to Disney is, “it’s such a waste of money, your son is two, he won’t even remember!” The thing is those people are right, he won’t remember, probably not one minute of it. But I will. I’ll take so many photos and I’ll probably cry the whole time out of sheer joy, and he won’t remember it, but I will. And we will go again, and maybe he’ll remember the next, and maybe he won’t, but I will. I can’t wait to share my love of all things Disney with him. I can’t wait to take him on my favourite rides, try my favourite snacks, and snuggle up to watch the fireworks. I’ll tell him how this will technically have been his 2nd Disney Trip, and how because of that Disney will always be special to us.
As I said before, I know that Disney isn’t for everyone, whether it be because you don’t’ want to go, or its too expensive. Those opinions won’t change what Disney means to me, and for everyone person who tries to convince me that is stupid, or silly, I’ll remind them that it’s not about the rides, or the food, or the movies, for me it’s about the Magic!
“That’s the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up.”- Walt Disney