|Brandon and Gavin|
|Carter and Papa Z.|
|Trey, Jade and Taylor|
|Brian and Natalie getting ready to rock Star Tours.|
|Kyrie and Jemma prepped for the ride. :)|
Toontown is by far my least favorite part of Disneyland...aside from the cool photo ops, it's down right lame for adults...the kids sure love it though, so I kept that secret to myself while there.
It sure was fun for our kids to be able to interact with their cousins so much while we were there.
Both Jemma and Kyrie and Carter and Trey and have semi "Best Frienemy" relationships with one another, so it was AWESOME for them to mostly get along during this trip. :)
|Gavin on Mr. Toads car and Jemma riding the train.|
On Wednesday, we headed straight for Fantasyland. Jemma was dying to meet the princesses and Trey wanted to see Sleeping Beauty's Castle, so off we went.
|Left: Nina and Jemma headed toward the castle and Right: Brandon with his mom and sister.|
|Left: Cinderella given Jemma a squeeze and Right: Tiana tellin' Jem about New Orleans.|
|Left: Jemma with Merida, the newest of the Disney Princesses. She was DARLING. I was in love with her Scottish accent. And Right: Arielle, who, by the way, was quite taken with Jemma's hair bow. :)|
Teacups: Gavin hated this ride. He wanted off the moment we started spinning. Poor kid!
I LOVE the carousel. I just think it has such a charming appeal...I had planned to ride with Gavin, but he pushed me off his horse. Apparently he's too big for a chaperon and when I tried to stand next to him just to make sure he didn't fall off, he leaned down and gave me the signal to back away; he could handle it, and he did (but not without me still hovering.;)
Poor Carter was just a quarter of an inch shy of making it onto Thunder Mountain. The top left photo was his facial expression when he realized he had to stay behind with me and Gavin while the others went to ride the train. :( Poor guy. It wasn't until later that we realized if we switched shoes with his cousin Trey, he was tall enough! AWESOME. Thanks Trey for sharing your thick-soled-shoes. :)
Gavin, on the other hand, didn't give a hoot when he didn't get to go on a ride. He made his own fun. :)
Couple of Random Photos:
We ended day two with the water/light show "World of Color". Very cool.
We got into the park an hour earlier than the general public on Thursday, so we did our best to get there early so we could beat the crowds. Although we didn't get there as early as we'd hoped, we did get to meet a slew of characters before the general public came swarming in.
This is primarily where Gavin chilled while Jemma and Carter met the different characters. So funny.
There he is in his green hat. :( Still makes me sad just thinking about it. Maybe next time.
That's Carter next to me...little guy couldn't even see over the steering wheel!
Gavin loved this caterpillar ride.
Left: This costume gets the award for being the
ugliest, weirdest, most "intriguing". Right: Those costumes win the "cute award". Gotta love a good flapper costume. :)
Wow, even after 89 photos, I feel like I totally skimped on covering this trip. How is that possible?
I think our family's favorite thing about this vacation was EVERYTHING.
Our number one regret is not getting a picture of all of us together (Nina, Papa, our family, and Jade, Taylor and Trey.) I'm kicking myself for not making that happen.
Thank you Ben and Tina for making this trip a reality and for treating our children (and Brandon and me) to 3 days of PURE AWESOMENESS! Oh, how we love Disneyland...so, who wants to come visit us in Georgia and take a trip down to Disneyworld???
Disclaimer: Spell check stopped working halfway through this post and I am 2 hours past my bedtime right now, so pardon all the misspellings, typos, etc. Thanks!