March 25, 2009

...happiest place on earth...

we're back & are still in recovery mode from literally going non-stop for the four days we were at disneyland! we really had so much fun. the kids did great...emerson had her fussy spells on the 3rd & 4th days...but that is to be expected when you're out of your normal routine right?? she wouldn't sit in the chad & i definitely got our fair share of exercise in...which really isn't a bad thing, so i couldn't complain too much! all in all, i definitely think that the reality of disneyland exceeded zac's expectations...and he loved it! lots of good memories, that's for sure...


"Autopia" was a big hit with the kids...the second time we rode it, chad let emerson be in control of the steering wheel...she loved it, but i think chad had a headache by the time it was over...she would just go back and forth as fast as she could, hitting the median thing probably a thousand funny. :)


what would we do without our very own tour guide??! for some reason, zac LOVES maps...i think that he feels super smart or extra grown-up when he's looking at them or's so funny to me! even before we left for california, he started asking me if disneyland had a map to look soon as he found the maps at the park, he snatched one up & literally did not put it down. he was actually pretty good at reading it too, when we were planning to go on the teacups, zac pulled out his map and said, "mom, the teacups are through the castle and to the right. see??" and sure enough, he was right!


the best $5 we could have ever spent! emerson saw this minnie phone in the store the first night we were there...and from that point on, carried it everywhere. it was a lifesaver!




we had breakfast with the characters...which was fun...daisy, minnie, lilo, & stitch were there...emerson liked the characters as long as they stayed a good five feet away...once they got closer, she didn't want anything to do with them...that's to be expected with any two year old i think!


nothing like falling asleep on daddy's shoulder. it was so nice to have our hotel so close...chad was able to just take her back for a nap when she got too tired...and that made a huge difference...everyone was happier!


this pineapple icecream outside of the tiki room was delicious!! the perfect treat while we waited.


so one day zac wanted a treat, and i did too. he decided on the icecream sandwich & then i debated about whether or not i should get myself one. but then i remembered that it was zac i was with...the child who has the smallest appetite of anyone i have ever met & who rarely finishes a meal. so i decided to buy only one & then i patiently waited for him to be through...i think he took three bites & was done. so my lucky self got to enjoy the rest!



so for the last two months, zac has been entertained by youtube videos of the disneyland parade...i was starting to get a little worried that he would have no surprises and it wouldn't be quite as fun since he'd already seen everything...but i was wrong. both kids loved the parade. how could they not?! one of the disney workers recommended that we make reservations at the wine trateria...and i'm so glad we did...because we had perfect seats for watching the parade while we ate. definitely something to remember!



i LOVE emmy's expression here...i think it basically sums up her experience of the whole much to experience for the first time! :)



and i love zac's happy face here on the roller coaster...he was having a great time! :)


here we are at the character dinner at goofy's kitchen...which was sooo fun! if you have to ever choose between the breakfast and the dinner...definitely do the dinner! you get a lot more one-on-one time with the characters, and the food was super good. :)



so yes, we had lots of fun! and it was the happiest place on earth while we were there...but until next time, we'll try to make 'real life' just as happy! :)


call me said...

That pic of Emerson is so cute, she looks SO excited! Glad you guys had fun, and now I want one of those mickey mouse ice cream sandwiches, and it's 8:00 in the morning!

Anonymous said...

i was so excited that you posted this right away! great pictures lynds...i'm so glad you guys had such a great time. what hotel did you guys stay at? i need to know these things since my parents fully intend to take us every year once we have this baby! crazy...i know!

RaeAnn said...

I could have looked at 100 more pictures! Your family is goood looking,and the background made me want to take a trip to the happiest place on earth!

youngsters said...

yes, disneyland is definitely the happiest place on earth! we took the kids in October and I think we had just as much fun if not more fun than they did. your kids looked like they had a blast!

Shelley said...

What a fun trip!!! I'm so glad you got to go...and your pictures really do make me want to go there too....especially on a snowy day like today:(

the cummard family said...

those are the greatest pictures! i'll have to remember that when we plan to take you along, for our personal photographer. hehe. that pic of em is awesome!

snow family said...

It looks like your kids had a blast! THose were always the best memories. Playing at Disneyland... Your pics look great!

amberbuck said...

You capture the perfect pictures of your kids. You know I LOVE Disneyland so as I'm reading this post I was so excited for you guys to be there with your kids. That Pixar Parade was probably one of my favorites!

Jamie Meacham said...

Looks like a lot of fun. Your kids are so cute! I am so impressed by your photography ability, you are so creative.

Ann said...

I'm glad your kids liked it so much...that just means you'll have to make a special trip to visit us and we'll hit up Disneyland and the beach together! Did you carry your Nikon all over Disneyland? That's dedication if you did!

Hadley Ohana said...

So fun Lynds! It sounds like the kids did great! Cute pictures! Talk to you soon!

Tanya said...

oh my gosh that looked like so much fun!!!! i could just take that little emerson and love her as my very own. she kills me every single time i see a picture of her! zac is such a sweet little guy as well. what a beautiful family and what a perfect little vactaion. now i feel like i need to go there :o)

The Popes said...

next time we decidet to have a reunion lets plan it for disneyland!! brings back so many childhood memories . .and i'm sure instills in your sweet kids memories that they will NEVER forget. that little mickey mouse ice-cream REALLY looks yummy! raeann is right .. so fun to look at pics you might as well do a DL part2 and stick up anymore that you have :)

Mary and Ryan said...

How much fun!!!! I love all of the pictures, you captured the magic of the place:)

lynsey said...

looks like such a fun time! your kids are getting so big & are so cute!

Nicole said...

These pictures are Sooooooo cute! Looks like so much fun!

Chrissy said...

The kids looked like they had a blast! Such a perfect age for Disneyland!