Tuesday, November 22, 2011

- just a regular 'ole weekend... -

...with Mickey Mouse! 


We took Ellie to Disneyland for a 4 day family vacation to celebrate her birthday. We had a blast! A lot of people told us that she was way too young to go, and that she wouldn't remember the trip at all. Maybe she won't, but I am so glad we went. It was so much fun...with one little hiccup...

...we woke up in the hotel room Thursday morning to find a very sick little girl. Ellie NEVER gets sick. She has my immune system...strong. It also helps that she isn't in daycare yet, but she has maybe been sick twice, yes only twice, in two years. Well, we'll make that three times, because she woke up on Day 1 of our Disneyland trip sick, sick, sick. Runny nose, stuffy nose, coughing, and just plain miserable. We took the chance and took her to the park anyway, and she actually did pretty good. She was clingier than usual, and I'm pretty sure I no longer have feeling in my left arm from carrying her around the entire park, but she was a trooper, and she had a lot of fun. We only did a few hours at the park on Day 1, and then brought her back to the hotel to nap and stay quiet and warm the rest of the day. We made sure she got a lot of liquids and good, healthy food, and by Day 2, she was much better. By Day 3, you couldn't tell she was sick at all!


 Let me tell you...you never realize how fast and "scary" some rides at Disneyland are until you ride on them with a two year old! We took her on "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride" thinking since it was in Fantasyland it would be safe for a toddler...turns out, it goes much faster than I ever remembered, and turned pitch black in some places, and was actually kind of scary! Poor Ellie started crying like crazy...it totally scared her! Parent fail huh? Sorry sweet girl!

She absolutely loved "It's a Small World"!


I will never forget the smiles we got out of her, and the absolute wonder we saw in her eyes! She took it all in, and loved every minute of the entire trip!




We even got to meet up with my sister and my cute nephew for part of the trip. He loves Disneyland too!


I'm not going to lie and tell you it's exactly easy traveling with a toddler. As well behaved as Ellie is, traveling with her still requires planning around her naps, her bedtime, and her meal times. We spent a lot of time in the hotel room waiting for her to wake up, we had to pack tons of stuff for her, and I definitely had to lug around a backpack full of snacks and drinks for her every day...but it was worth every minute. The memories we made were amazing, and even if she doesn't remember her first trip to Disneyland when she gets older, Matt and I always will!






12 comments:

Tori Baldridge said...

Looks like the perfect trip! So cute in all her outfits
XOXO

Vivian said...

What a magical time! I remember when we took our first child to Disney for the first time. It was such a happy time to see her almost in "heaven."

Lisa Marie said...

Beautiful photos! What a beautiful family you have :) We can't wait til our first trip to disneyland with our LO!

Carlie said...

What a great memory for your family! And if she doesn't remember it, she can always look back on these pictures!

Kelly-Marie said...

Gorgeous pictures, making lovely memories :D I can't wait to take my Joshy to Florida to see Mickey in 2013 x

Funmilayo I. said...

Awww, these pictures are too cute :)

Courtney B said...

How FUN!! What a perfect weekend get away... I'm a little jealous ;) LOVE the pictures!

Miranda said...

looks like fun! too bad she got sick but at least she still had fun! :)

Liz said...

ah! I'm so glad I stumbled across your blog! Your pictures are so lovely and you have a beautiful family!

Can I ask how you edit your photos? I'm loving the filter you have on the ones above! Are you using a Lightroom Preset or Photoshop? Hope you don't mind me asking - I'd really appreciate any info :) I'm an aspiring photography as well!

Laura Darling said...

What a lucky little girl! Looks like a great trip!

Melanie said...

Hello my sweet SUPER MODEL friend! Mama... uhmmm... I have missed the heck out of you! So so Soooo good to be back!

Disneyland... Yay! I'm so glad little miss Ellie is feeling all better. She has somehow gotten tons cuter, & I'm postive she has grown at least 3 feet since I've been gone! lol.

Ok. The shot of you two ladies in front of the Mickie ride is my new all time fav. So much to catch up on my dear... Can't wait! Xo

ABCollins said...

Love all the pics!! I'm so glad you guys had a good time! Even when she's sick, she's adorable! She may not remember it, but having all these pictures will be special when she's older, at least that is the way I feel with our pictures from DLand with Avery.

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