Monday, February 13, 2012

The Mother of All Posts...Disneyland!!!

I'd like to claim that I had some huge life event that delayed me in posting for the last two weeks...but not so much.  Mostly life just goes on and with 4 very busy little ones under foot, it goes on in at a very quick pace.  Anyway, here's our Disneyland pics from our trip in January when we went with Spencer's family.  His parents were sweet enough to pay for everyone's park tickets and hotel while we paid for our own transportation and food.  It was absolutely so, so much fun going and sharing the whole experience with them!  Anyway, from this post on out, I won't be playing catch-up, so yay! yay! for that!  And now for the mother of all posts...


Every girl's dream house

 Me and the girls

 Aunt Leslie and Miss Scarlett

The kids were ridiculously in love with this bug's life ride

...we went on it like seriously half a dozen times in a row

Aunt Heather and Miss Georgie

My kids suddenly had a crazy-huge appetite every day after walking around all the time

Grandma, Grandpa, and Aunt Leslie were the BEST about watching the kids while Spence and I went on our fair share of adult rides.  They made the whole trip a bazillion times better and more enjoyable!

 yay! for the babysitters!

 Spence's little brother, Eric.
(Isn't he a cutie?  Watch out, Girls, he's single!)

This has got to be my favorite picture of the entire trip.  Grandpa was so cute with Scarli, endlessly taking her around to all her little rides and carrying her back to the hotel asleep every night.  They were the best of friends.

Aunt Kim, Georgia, and Ezra on the old school dumbo ride

Aunt Leslie and the chilluns' waiting for the parade to start.  If you ever do the Disneyland thing, you HAVE to catch the parade at least once.  It was fabulous!

Oak is SUCH a Mama's boy!

Happy Oakie after a stroller nap

Scarlett was oh-so-happy to stand next to a measuring stick that she actually COULD meet the requirements for.

Real men eat fruit snacks and drink from juice boxes.

 It's a small world after all, it's a small world after all, it's a small world after all, it's a small, small world!

The girls were soooo excited while waiting to meet the princesses

Daddy and Oakie
(poor boy was too little to know he was waiting in line for princesses)

Sleeping Beauty

(She was the nicest of all the princesses.  She sat and chatted with the girls for a good long while)



 Ezra showing off his scary face

 Gee trying out Minnie's bed

Miss Georgia, Miss Scarlett, and Miss Minnie

Scarlett loved all the cars in Toon Town.  We couldn't even get her out of them!

We were in Mickey's house and all of the sudden we found ourselves in a super-short line for a private Mickey meeting.  It was crazy and so much fun!
 Scarli clinging onto Dad for dear life on the ferris wheel.  It was adorable.

Overall, I gotta say, I was pretty impressed.  Neither Spence nor I had every been to Disneyland and I was pleasantly surprised to find that it is, in fact, the happiest place on earth.

On our last day in California we spent the afternoon at the beach while the big boys (Eric, Isaac, Spencer, and Kyle) went scuba diving.  It was a little chilly, but that didn't stop the kids from getting wet and wild.  Can't say I blame them, it's not everyday one gets to go to the beach in January!

 I love this picture of Georgia in the waves.  It looks so idyllic.

 Spence in his gear

Oak's first feel of the ocean
(that little section of my very white leg is the only proof I have that I was ever even at the beach at all.)

Ezra was the first to strip down and get in his suit.

Georgia quickly followed.

Scrawny Miss Scarlett couldn't handle the cold as much as her heartier siblings.  She attempted to stay dry as much as possible (that might also mean she's the smartest of the group too ;)

 Daddy and and a very tired Oakie

I had to get a picture of Kim and Georgia.  They were absolute BFF's the entire time.  Georgia has a way of picking favorites and ignoring the rest.  Hopefully she'll grow out of that eventually...

Ezra Emil and Eric Emil
These two were attached at the hip.  No way would we have gotten Ezra on so many big scary rides if it wasn't for this guy here.

Well, that's a wrap, folks!  I'm (in Georgie's words) super-uper-duper-impressed if you made it all the way through.  Gold star for you!


Kim said...

Yay!!!! That was the best Uber-post ever! It was like going to Disneyland all over again! And it's cool if Georgia never grows out of her favorite picking :) But I guess if she does, I just hope she remembers her original favorites :) Miss you guys!

Steph said...

Gold star for...YOU!! Way to do an uber post to appease your masses!! K. I'll start at the top...because all good uber posts deserve a comment to go with it... Love the castle pics w/ all the girls. So cute. It really is one of the true epitome is girlyness. Every time Ella sees it on t.v. she tells me that's where the princesses live and she wants to visit. Who wouldn't love to go on a Bug's Life ride over and over and over again??!! That's great that you were able to get away and ride some of the awesome adult rides. You were able to really get your money's worth...enjoying all the rides instead of longingly looking at the big rides while being dragged to yet a 36 in. and under ride. (can you tell that's been me before??) Something I just kept thinking over and over was how much your chillin' look like your in-laws. It's shocking really. Love the picture w/ you and Oak. what a hot momma and such a beautiful little man. So cute. Seeing his big blue eyes makes me miss him terribly. Come visit!! Yay for Miss Scarli getting to ride some rides. She always wants to be bigger and having to be reminded she's too small probably smarted. Poor girl. Hooray for a family pic. Love the lights and all those smiles. So cute. Who wouldn't love all those pic of your darling little princesses w/ their princess heros?? They are simply print off and frame-able cute. Aeeek!! That's me being (well, not so much) scared from Ezzie's scary pic. Good try though, buddy. ;) I think one of my very favorite pic is Scarli driving the Toon Car. She actually resembles a toon herself. So, so funny. I also love her pic in the ferris wheel. She's scared and having oh, so much fun all at once. Thank goodness for daddies!! Yay, yay for a beach day in January!! What fun!! Makes me long for some good beach days myself. I'm glad that you all were able to go and enjoy some sunshine (especially now that you look outside and it's snowy!!) p.s. I'm hoping that G. doesn't get too much over her fav's either....just sayin'. ;) Love you and love to your little ones!!

Melanie said...

Ooh! Disney looks fantastic! You've made me all the more excited for our upcoming trip. And congratulations on being caught up on your blog posts! Very impressive!

Anonymous said...

I have never been to Disneyland... is that crazy? Ha! I won't probably go until we have a bigger and older brood amongst us. Your little ones are growing like weeds! I can't believe how big Oak looks, seems like yesterday he was born. Crazy! Beautiful family.

Smiley Family said...

How fun! I am officially jealous. Brian and I have talked about going to Disneyland this summer and I am really hoping it happens. I didn't go until I was 23 and I want my kids to experience the magic before they are that old :o) Such fabulous memories - I think it is so great that the whole clan got to go. Great post!

Jamie and Jordan Sheffer said...

How fun!!! I loved looking at all the pictures. And yes Disneyland is the happiest place on earth. It's mine and Jordan's favorite place ever. Glad you had tons of fun :)

Erica said...

So much fun! I love getting away in the cold winter months! Looks like you guys had a blast :)

We just went before Christmas and my kiddos are already asking to go back - can't say I blame them - I would love to too!!!

Aubrey said...

Isn't it just fabulous? We went to Disney World in Orlando, but I'm sure it's pretty much the same (as far as overall ambiance, etc). I loved it, my parents had always said Disney World was overrated, they couldn't have been more wrong.

e.e. Lifferth said...

That trip was so WILD! I love the over sized load post you built! The other morning I woke up craving the Toy Story Midway Mania ride with Ezra, dang that was so much fun. Oh and There was actually princesses there? I couldn't even find my favorite prince; Gaston