Jan 20, 2011

The most magical place on earth

Yes, the most magical... and the hotest!  We went to the big Disneyland back in November and it was scorching hot!  I am not being a northwest wimp... it was crazy hot!  We met my sister Raegan and her family along with my parents and Aunt Lani.  It was a fabulous little vacation.  We rented a house together, which was definitely the way to go.  Here are a few of the memories:

Ellie really enjoyed herself... aside from the occasional Disneyland melt down she was in Heaven with the rides, princesses and excitement of being with her cousins.

All of the Disney characters must get paid a lot to stand there in those costumes- I felt bad for them. Although, I have always felt bad for Eyore... poor guy!

The new movie tangled is coming out soon... Ellie was excited to see Rapunzel, and kept asking if her hair was really that long. 

Jense had a one track mind- he wanted to ride the "tube ride" over and over again.  He also liked the flying over california, but kept asking to go back to the tube ride.

Jense and Isaac were little buddies!  Isaac is pretty much the sweetest little boy on the planet.  He is so endearing and adorable... yes both!  Jense had a lot of fun playing with him.

Andrew enjoyed feeding his enormous sucker to Sammer.  I didn't know that someone could actually finish a sucker like this, but he did.  I was amazed.  Andrew finished it... not Sam.  Sam just got a few tastes. 
Nana and Papa raking a ride in dumbo.  My mom was busy taking pictures of her own. This is my parents enjoying their retirement!  They deserve it!

The only family shot we managed.  Mia was still on a ride with my mom.  I definitely didn't take as many pictures as I thought I would.  I wish I had a group shot infront of the castle... oh well... next time.

Ellie and Mia with Ariel.  The girls were so sweet with the princesses.  The look on Mia's face was priceless.  She was a little bashful, but quickly warmed up and I wish I had a video to capture the sweetness. 
More time with the princesses.  Ellie was all business with getting autographs and hugs, but Mia was just taking it all in.  I loved watching her face! 
The girls got to decorate a crown and Mia clapped along with the occasional happy scream every time she placed a sticker.  I guess I should get the stickers out more often.  She was more entertained with those stickers than any of the rides she had been on that day.

The great thing about the carosel is that you can just stay on it as long as you want.  We rode it about four times before we decided we had enough.
Jesse and green army dude were a hit! 

Auntie Rae with Sammer Jammer- Rae was so great about carrying Sam. She has a nifty little hipster holder that he quite enjoyed.  Thanks Rae! Rae and Kenjo were the bomb! They found us a house...coordinated everything, were very prepared and a huge part of why it was so great!

The kids did have time to play in the "hot pool"  when we took a break day in between Disney days and the hot pool took up a majority of the break day.

John decided to hop the fence to get a picture- not a good idea.  He was escorted out of the park.. not really. 
If you are planning on going to Disney you need parents and an Aunt Lani.  It was a fabulous vacation because we had plenty of help!  Thank you x a million for EVERYTHING!

Mia was the perfect vacationer. Sadly this is right before she got sick.  She was already coming down with the sickness that would put her in the hospital for a week as soon as we got back from our trip. So Sad.   

The Bounders and Mia and Ells.  It breaks my heart that we don't live next to these kids.  My sister Raegan has such cute kids, and we miss out on them.  I need to be better about using skype so my kids will know their cousins on my side... all of them.

Hey Kids... up here... kids.  KIDS!  no?  ok.  One out of four... not bad.  I love this door!  Sam was such a good sport the entire trip.  I did not regret bringing him even once!  I can't say that for the older two ;-)

Sam was fascinated with flight Mini Mouse.

He did get board of his stroller seat and turned right around ready to crawl out.  He turned around a few times without me noticing but fortunately never took a dive.

Parade watchers.  John loved Disney... he was sceptical at first, but you can't resist Disney.

I think he found a new toy he would appreciate. I can't decide whether these jumpy stilt things scare me or make me want to own a pair. I think they were just jumping too high for my comfort level.

 Miss Abba, Abracadabra, Abbacus, Abbs of Steele.

 My litte neice Abby is such a sweetie pie- and Sam wanted hugs! 
 Papa!  See... HAPPIEST place on earth!

 Again, Lani- We are never going to Disney without you! :-)  I'm sure you feel differently. Sammers got to ride a bunch of rides thanks to Lan.  He was too young to really enjoy it, but I sure enjoyed watching him!

                                     I loved Disney! I wish we could go every year!


Kaidence's Mommy said...

Good for you guys! We are going to Disney World this next November. The kids are so excited. Any pointers for bringing a baby? He'll be 13 months and I am nervous to take him but would be more so to leave him home (& sad). I am glad that you had a great time. Hope Mia is doing well.

Analisa-creator of hairblingzcutethings said...

so glad you guys had fun. adorable pics. I know you wish you had more but that is the sign of a good time...too busy to stop and grab the camera! can't wait till we can go!

Tammy and Chris said...

I am glad you guys had a great time! We too went to Disneyland in early December. I agree that it is the most magical place on earth, and I too could go every year!

Shelley Eggett said...

Meems - I didn't even know you went to Disneyland and hello it was 2 months ago!! How fun, I can't believe it was that hot in November. We went last January and had 60's. Looks like so much fun. Who is Lani?

Brimaca said...

I've read about fifteen posts on Disney lately and this was the first one I enjoyed. You have a knack for blogging and beautiful kids and pics to boot!

Sarah said...

Yay!! I LOVE Disneyland! :) I so wish we could go every year too. Wouldn't that be so fun? We can dream, right? :) It looks like you guys had an amazing trip!!