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when you wish upon a star.

My cousin had never been to Disneyland before, so we thought it would be fun to take her as a reward for getting such good grades this past school year! It’s always fun to take a first-timer to Disneyland; it’s like you can feel their anticipation and excitement. I mean, c’mon, even when you’re a grown adult, you’re excited. Need proof? See picture below, haha.

Her first character meeting was with Mickey, but I don’t have that on my SLR. Those are all on G’s phone. How cool is that?! Meeting Mickey right when you enter the park!

The kiddo was super excited to drive! Who wouldn’t be excited to drive in Disneyland [especially when the wait time for Autopia was only ten minutes]?!

Below is a picture of us before doing Haunted Mansion. Surprisingly, the wait time for this ride was only five minutes. Yippee!

After Haunted Mansion, they all went on Splash Mountain [I always sit this one out].

You can’t go to Disneyland without taking the obligatory castle photo and playing in Fantasyland.

I love my cousin’s commentary on the It’s a Small World ride: “These dolls are creepy”. Gotta love a nine year old’s remarks!

We also played in the wacky Toon Town.

In hindsight, I should’ve taken more pictures. I kept forgetting to take the camera out. Argh! I guess there’s always next time. Anyway, here are a few more random photos from our day in Disneyland:

Yup, there you have it, K’s first time in Disneyland. She really enjoyed it, so I’m pretty sure we’ll be coming back with her again next year.

Wishing everyone a wonderful [and safe] 4th of July!

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winter cha 2014, california adventure, and disneyland.

I can’t believe that our much anticipated girls’ weekend is already over. We had this road trip planned for over half a year, and it came and went so quickly. Maybe we need to start planning another trip because I’m going through fun withdrawals already.

Anyway, our original intention was to go to the winter CHA mega show to check out all of the latest in the craft industry. Yup, we went and gawked over all the pretty new things (my favorites being a handful of the new Lawn Fawn stamp sets)…

…but the fun actually started when we went to play in the parks! We hit up California Adventure first.

There’s no way in heck that I’d get on California Screamin’! You couldn’t even pay me to ride that rollercoaster, but the two daredevils couldn’t wait to get on that ride. Can you spot Ann and G in the picture below?! What crazies, haha!

It was also my first time to ride the Radiator Springs Racers ride! I loved the exhilaration of it. Below are a couple of pictures that Ann snapped of me during the ride:

…and believe it or not, me and Shaleen actually got on the ferris wheel that night. Here’s a view from up top:

We also went to Disneyland. We wanted to make use of the girls’ annual passes, haha!

Shaleen’s fabulous cousin was actually working a face painting shift when we there, so guess what we did?!

…and more random snapshots from our day in Disneyland:

Our favorite little hangout place, Trader Sam’s Echanted Tiki Bar.

On our way back up, we took the long, scenic drive. We drove through Hollywood and Beverly Hills. Yup, we even went down Rodeo Drive. Then, we drove up the coast to keep us entertained. We stopped in Santa Barbara to grab lunch at the harbor, and then we headed home.

I still can’t believe that trip came and went. I wish it was longer. Boo! Well, I guess that just means we’ll have to plan another trip in the future.

PS: Thanks, Ann, for letting me use some of your photos. They turned out fabulous!

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when you wish…

…upon a star, makes no difference who you are. The older I get, the more I find Disneyland to be more magical. I’ve always wanted to go to Disneyland during Halloween tIme, but I never got around to doing so. This was the first year that our schedules allowed, so we packed up and headed down South.

Here are some fun memories from our first day in the park:

We met up with one of my college besties, Alex. It’s been a couple years since we last hung out, so it was awesome to see her and her fiancee in Disneyland!

We loved how they decked out Haunted Mansion!

Early afternoon, we headed towards Toontown to line up for Mickey’s Halloween Party. By the time we got there, there was already a line. Mind you, we got there about an hour earlier, haha! I’m so glad we went though. It was way too much fun. We got to meet and greet with a ton of characters, including the villains. Plus, there’s tons of candy trails! Here are some pictures from Mickey’s Halloween Party:

…and our visit wouldn’t have been complete without a parade and a fireworks show, Halloween style, of course! We were so excited to finally see Donald in his Stormtrooper costume!

After the fireworks show, we hustled across the park to meet and greet with Jack and Sally!

What Dapper Dans?! During Halloween time, they turn into the Cadaver Dans! …and they sing Halloween songs, too!

Well, we weren’t satisfied with just one day, so we had to go a second. Glad that we did because we took the time to ride a lot of the rides. Here are some pictures from our second day:

After this trip, we may have to do Halloween there next year. I wouldn’t be opposed to it at all! 🙂

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disneyland photos.

As promised, I’m writing a post with a handful of pictures that we took while in Disneyland. Like I said in my last post, there’s something magical about this place. It’s like you can’t stop smiling the moment you walk into the park.

Too many people grow up. That’s the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up. They forget. -Walt Disney

Oh, and how could I not post some firework photos?! The show was great, although I ended up in a horrible viewing spot. Maybe next time, I’ll make note to be right in front of the castle at the start of the show with my tripod set up and ready to go.

Stay tuned for some of the photos we took at the past winter CHA show!

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just got happier.

There’s definitely something magical about being at Disneyland and California Adventures. The older I get, the more I appreciate the whole experience – the props, the costumes, the rides, the food, just everything.

Today I wanted to share our day playing at California Adventures. On our first day, we had such a blast.

Every time we’re in a Disney park, G straps Woody to the camera bag. It was so adorable when the little kids saw her walk by, and they screamed and pointed, “WOODY!”

Yup, there was an entry malfunction into California Adventures. G’s ticket wouldn’t print for some reason, so I chuckled to myself while G and Ann were on the other side of the gate. I’m not going to lie; if they weren’t allowed in, I was going to ditch them both for the happiest place on Earth, haha! Just kidding!

How do I not share a picture of The Little Mermaid ride?! It’s only one of my favorite Disney movies, haha. Besides, King Triton’s carousel ride is awesome, especially with the seahorses!

The wait for Toy Story Midway Mania wasn’t that long with good company. Yup, we had a bunch of fun taking pictures.

I, of course, didn’t go on the crazy rides, but G and Ann went ride crazy. As a matter of fact, they went on Goofy’s Sky School ride three times! Um, yeah… they’re crazy. 😉

California Screamin’ is obviously not something I was planning on riding, but below you’ll find a picture of them in the front row.

Cars Land is so worth the ticket into California Adventures. The set up is so much like the movie; you actually feel like you’re walking around Radiator Springs.

…and if you’re there after sunset, make sure to stick around for the World of Color show. We got a prime spot for this show, and it was phenomenal. I absolutely loved it.

Looking at these pictures is making me feel like I need to go back. Soon enough, soon enough… I’ll be free. Things seriously just got happier!

Stay tuned for Disneyland photos, adventures at CHA, and more layouts that I have been working on.

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