Disneyland

Disneyland really is the happiest place on earth. :) The girls were captivated by all of the characters and in LOVE with all of the rides (Addison is a little daredevil!).
We had a great trip!
{PRINCESSES}

My girls are at such fun ages for meeting the princesses! I wish I could have recorded the dialogue. Addison told them all how pretty they were and couldn’t stop hugging and staring at them. Ellie wanted to discuss life as a princess saying things like “Ariel…you really have to watch out for Ursula, don’t you!?” They loved having their little autograph books signed and were completely awestruck. I don’t know who was having more fun…the girls meeting real princesses or Kenny and I watching them. :)

{MORE FUN CHARACTERS}

{MICKEY & MINNIE}

{RIDES}

I was so impressed with my little 2 year old this trip! When we took Ellie to Disneyland for the first time at age 3 she was scared of everything. I was gearing up to spend the whole day with Addie on the carousel and Dumbo. We took her on the Peter Pan ride thinking she’d probably bawl (like Ellie did) but we were SO wrong. She LOVED IT! She talked through the whole ride saying things like “UH OH…we’re going fast aren’t we mommy! Wheee! This is so fun mommy! Hi Captain Hook! STARS!” Then the second it was over…”AGAIN AGAIN!” We were so excited that we took her on everything in the park that she was tall enough to do – even the roller coaster in Toon Town which is fast. She loved it all and wasn’t scared a bit! I loved that we all stayed together as a family the whole time and never had to separate.

There was only one snag on our trip. We told Ellie she could pick out a toy for her birthday and she fell in love with a baby Minnie. She wanted to carry it with her everywhere. When we were getting ready in our hotel room to hit the park for day 2 she asked if she could bring Minnie. Kenny said no…I said “Oh – let her bring it. She loves it. What’s the big deal?” Kenny didn’t think it was a good idea…I told him to lighten up. The picture above is of Kenny and Ellie on Toads Wild Ride. You can see baby Minnie on her lap before the ride. Addison and I were right behind them and at the end of the ride…no baby Minnie. She was driving the car and must have dropped it somewhere along the way. There wasn’t much we could do (they won’t stop the ride) and Ellie was in TEARS. We of course went and bought her ANOTHER baby Minnie and Kenny had a great time rubbing in how right he was and how the world would be a better place if everyone would just listen to him. I feel it is important to document this tidbit for our family history since it is EXTREMELY RARE that Kenny is right and I am wrong. :)

Whole family in Toon Town. This trip was so fun! We ended up buying season passes to Disneyland for the year. I convinced Kenny it was all for the girls, but we both know that it’s more for me than anyone. Living so close to Disneyland was one of the things I was most excited about when we moved to San Diego. I can’t wait to be able to head up for 4-5 hours on a random Saturday. It’s nice to not feel like you have to rush to see and do everything in one trip. I’m sure we’ll be spending lots of time at this beloved park. Small World has been renovated and improved and will be open in February. I’m so on it – already planning our next trip. Anyone up for a visit??? :)

On the way home…completely worn out!

***side note: This trip was Addison’s first time sleeping in a “big girl bed.” When the crib was brought into our room she said “I’m a big girl – I want to sleep with Ellie!” We let her and couldn’t believe how easy that transition was! They slept great and I couldn’t stop peeking at how cute they looked laying next to each other. Aside from Ellie turning 5 and Addie sleeping in a bed for the first time, Addison also stopped calling Ellie “Lolly” on this trip. :( They really are growing up too fast. Kenny and I still call her Lolly in hopes that Addison will go back and decide to stay LITTLE just a LITTLE bit longer.

Comments

  1. says

    I have been checking often to see if your pictures of Disneyland are up yet. It looks like it was a dream trip. I love the look on Ellie and Addison’s face meeting the real Princesses. I can’t wait to see all of it with my darling San Diego family.

  2. says

    How fun! I’m a bit jealous that you live so close! We took the boys last year and I know they would have even more fun just being a year older! We’ll have to get planning another trip! I’m sure we’ll have to do the princess thing some day, but it seemed just perfect for your princesses! Cute, cute, cute!

  3. says

    IT looks like so much fun. I want to go back soon. Dan on the other hand will have to be bribbed but I can handle that part. I’m glad you had a good time.

  4. says

    Oh what a fun trip to the most happiest place on earth! I love, love, love Disneyland and I wish I lived closer so I could get season tickets too!! :) I love all your pictures and narrations. So cute!

  5. says

    Erin, I LOVE all the pictures! They are all so adorable. I am glad Addie did so well and that you guys had such a fun time! I just think it is such a treasure to see how everything really is magic and so real to them at these ages. I am so anxious to take Pierson again and especially to take Madi back, she was a little bit scared last year, and I know she would just love it now! It seriously makes me so anxious to come down and go with you guys. We are SO coming, I just don’t know when! And congrats to Kenny on being right!!!

  6. says

    YEAH!!!!!!! My sentiments exactly of Disneyland!!! Erin, Marc and I went alone on Friday night!!! You and Kenny need to try that too! At first we felt so weird without our kids, but then we hit the Tower of Terror TWICE and well, the rest is history! So fun!!!! I will go to Disneyland with you ANY DAY!!!!!

  7. says

    What a fun b-day trip for Ellie! Your girls are adorable! I saw you asked about my camera. It us a DSLR. Personally I’m a Canon fan. I bought the Rebel XTi over a year ago and then it was stolen. I replaced it with the XTi. It’s the perfect model to go with without getting into too much of the “professional-type” camera. Than of course, there is a lot to say about the lenses you use as well. Usually the lens that comes with the camera isn’t all that impressive. You can dump a lot more money on a lense than you will on the camera. :) I would recommend purchasing just the camera body (online) and something other than the stock lens. Shoot me an email if you want any more info or recommendations for a good starter lens, etc. jjorchard@msn.com

  8. says

    I think those pics are so cute. I took my son for his birthday to Disney last year, just the two of us. It was a blast. I love all of those princess pictures! That was one rule my son had, no pictures with princesses, mom, that’ just gross!

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