April 2, 2009

The Happiest Place on Earth

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I went to Disneyland for the first time when I was six, just a year older than the girls are now. There is a movie of that trip that shows me, my sister, my mom, my dad, my aunt, my uncle and my cousins skipping in front of It's a Small World. That movie perfectly captures one of my favorite childhood memories in all its Super 8 glory -- this was the 1970s after all.

That first trip to Disneyland was the beginning of my love affair with The Happiest Place on Earth. I have been to Disneyland many, many times since and each visit still feels magical to me.

Disneyland was much less crowded than Disney World has been when we've visited and the girls got to ride many more rides than they ever have before. They loved the Storybook Boats and The Tea Cups and the Carousel. They adored Flying Dumbo and the Train and The Jungle Cruise. But when I asked them what they liked the best about Disneyland, there wasn't a moment's hesitation before they both, in unison, answered, "It's a Small World."

We rode it twice and they sang the song almost non-stop for days.

I think a love affair has begun.

I couldn't be happier.



Kenna and Brennan riding through It's a Small World.

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Raegan, Brennan, Kennan and Michal spinning on the Tea Cups.

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Michal getting her face painted and Kenna admiring her fancy face in a mirror.

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The girls getting Pluto's autograph . . . and playing with his ear.

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Look in the upper right hand corner of this picture. You'll see a little hand taking Mickey's Sorcer hat off it's pedestal. Luckily, Michal just wanted to put it on his head.

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These princess crowns stayed on for three days, except when they were sleeping, and that's only because I insisted they take them off.


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7 comments:

  1. Anonymous11:44 AM

    Where did Michal's dress from? Too cute.

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  2. Both of the girls' outfits are Matilda Jane. (www.matildajaneclothing.com) They are from the Anticipation Line, which was a smaller line that was released before the Spring line.

    Michal loves the dress because cars are her very favorite. Really. My princess-loving girl also has a thing for cars.

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  3. Precious photos! I'm glad the girls loved Disneyland. What a magical time in their lives.

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  4. My daughter loves cars too, sweet dress! ...and I can see some great material here for 'I heart faces'!! :)

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  5. Great photos! Enjoy the vacation!

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  6. Bridget12:20 AM

    We took Melanie to Disneyland last year and she loved it as much as your girls did. Your pictures of the girls are wonderful.

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  7. Okay my heart is literally ACHING because I cannot wait to take Kate to Disney. Your grils are the perfect age...and they look DARLING in every single shot!!!! I am so glad you had a great vacation!

    Went to to a MJ show yesterday and ordered a few things but SO much was sold out including the pants that I want for me ( the large ruffle linen in S if you have any pull LOL;)

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