Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Disneyland Magic

Thanks for all the well wishes for my pregnancy! Can you believe it? Another one of these cuties running around? We are thrilled!
Disneyland very well could have been more of a survivor parenting challenge for Collin and me, testing many of our skills-physical strength & patience. ;)
Maybe it was the ages of our kids but man I was exhausted when we were done with the 3 day adventure. Happy but exhausted.
It was a blast and magical at times, especially since we always seemed to be in the right place at the right time. Avery was lucky enough to hold hands and walk around the park with Pluto, Mary Poppins and Woody. Seeing the girls' faces light up was my favorite part.

The tea cups are so charming! I love the colors and music. If I rode it I would get sick so I enjoyed it from afar and was happy just taking pictures of the scene.


One of the highlights of the trip was that my little brother, KC, proposed to his girlfriend. They were riding the Peter Pan ride when he asked Allison to marry him and gave her a very beautiful vintage ring. We all teared up... it was a sweet moment. They make such a great couple and I'm so thrilled that she'll be my sister-in-law.


Q-bear was quite smitten by Minnie. We ran into her at least a couple times a day. Each time she was so excited and Minnie was so sweet with her. These were the moments that made my day! Yes, I teared up at times especially when the girls met Cinderella (let's just blame it on the fact that I'm pregnant).

The best part was just being together as a family for a few days....oh, and the churros (mmmm....)

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40 comments:

Sara Ancich said...

3 days is such a good amount of time to feel like you really got your money's worth.

and the possibilities are endless for a layout of those minnie pictures... such a darling series.

Renee Zwirek said...

Yeesh, I have never even met you (just admire you from afar) and I'm tearing up. Thanks for sharing your beautiful pics, wonderfully magical memories, and thoughts. Congrats again on baby #3! Isn't Life Grand! Nothin' sweeter, nothin' better than family! P.S. Congrats to KC and Allison on their engagement (how wonderful is that)!

Emily Frame said...

Yay! I wondered when they'd get hitched!
She gave me that print in 4 colors for printing, if you want one I'll email it!

Renee Zwirek said...

I just wanted to thank you for sharing what camera you have & use. I have always admired and adored your photography skills and stunning photos. These are amazing pics! My husband surprised me with the Canon 50D for Mother's Day. I cried! Anyway...When will you and Collin be in Chicago? (i know you have alot on your plate & baby 3) I would love to take a photography class with you both. (love pixelpop!) p.s. I'm really not a kiss-butt.

Tori said...

Looks like a blast and umm I am a big fan of Mickey and just love your shirt...where's it from?

Looks like you guys are having a great time!

Whitney said...

Congratulations to you guys. You seem like a very lovely family. God bless your new addition. :)

Lora Oliver said...

Sounds like a fabulous trip and they are such beautiful photos. I especially love those of your littlest angel, (for now), and Minnie. Beyond words adorable.

Debi said...

We just did Disney in January. So funny about your loving the Churros. We all had one each day we are there. They are amazing! I'd love to see your take on some Disney scrap book pages. I have my pics to do.

Bonnie said...

Lovely photos!
What a special day and memories!
Please if you can, could you let me know if you have a fabric rose tutorial for that gorgeous shirt you are wearing in your profile pic? I seem to remember you sharing it on your blog, but for the life of me, I can't find it on your blog in the archives. Would so appreciate it. you can mail me on bouncingbonbon[at]gmail[dot]com THANKS!!

Anonymous said...

Looks like you have a great time..wish I was there. Also love the photos that you have shown us!

Say Congrats to your brother.. & wish him & his girl all the best.

Jen said...

OMG! I missed yesterday's post about your pregnancy! A huge congrats to you and your family! I'm due in September myself. Here's to a healthy pregnancy!

SuZeQ said...

You are so lucky. And now pregnant, too! Wahoo.

Tiffany said...

So glad you guys had fun!! Disneyland is my most favorite place. And how exciting for your brother. Wahooooo!

Rebekah Williams said...

Last summer, we took the kids (ages 4 and 2) on an 8 day Disney World trip.

I almost died.

TOTAL exhaustion.

Glad you survived!

Jennifer said...

Its so easy to make good memories at Disneyland. And seeing your kids so happy is enough to melt anyone's heart. To me Disneyland is totally worth every penny.

elizabeth kartchner said...

Thanks everyone!

Renee, Collin is coming with me to CHA in Chicago the last week in July (it's his birthday AND CHA so this way I can do both :) so come by!

Diana said...

Congrats. That's wonderful news.
Love the Disney share.
I came by to tell you I scraplifted a LO you did for the Dear Lizzy typebad blog. It was your very first LO there. Here's my version: http://wickysticket.blogspot.com/2010/05/juxtapositive-journaling-jazzetry-load.html
Not quite what you did, but inspired by you nevertheless.

Cortney said...

I love how Avery is like struttin her stuff in that picture with Pluto thinking to herself "ain't no thang..". Ummm..*I* even got teary eyed when I saw the picture of your precious "Q-bear" running over to Minnie like they have known each forever. So adorable. Minnie has the best job ever!

David and Jackie said...

Love the Disney photos! I am glad you had a good time. Your brother Rocks! I have a soft spot for boys who propose to their girls as Disneyland... My husband proposed to me at Snow Whites wishing well right as the park was closing 13 years ago. We are going back with our 4 kids in June to celebrate.

Lynette said...

Fantastic photos...and congrats on the pregnancy;-)

Laurie said...

Great photos, your little one is so darn cute, she's growing fast! And Avery looks like such a big girl. They must be excited about having a new baby in the house. So happy you have another little one coming, congrats to all of you! You'll have to let us know if it's a boy or girl. You are glowing that's for sure!

vQh said...

My hubby proposed to me at Disneyland too :) In front of the castle! It was so cool! Congrats to them!!!!

-Valerie

story of a boy & a girl said...

Aww this post made my heart smile :) Disneyland is special to me and my family, I love going even though we've gone tons of times! You and your family are so adorable and I love your photos! (And all your ADORABLE mickey t-shirts!!!) Can't wait to see the layouts you come up with!!! :)

antenucci said...

I figured with all the naps that we would be hearing about a baby soon! Congratulations! You will survive 3 - we've made it to 4 and I'm thinking I want #5 now. It is hard to not have those precious little ones running around.

Amanda said...

More pics please! I can never get enough Disneyland pics, we will be there in 3 DAYS!

I was pregnant last year when we took our older 2, it was 90+ degrees everyday the first week of May! This year will be the baby's first trip, I'm sure I'll shed a tear or 2 when I feel the *magic*.

shelby valadez said...

looks like such an awesome trip! I cried when my daughter met Cinderella too, and I DEFINITELY blame it on pregnancy hormones since I was 3 months pregnant at the time..lol!

wendyg said...

Love the pictures! Your girls are so cute! Congrats on baby #3!
No need to explain the tears... I teared everytime we met one of the characters :)

Cori said...

Oh they really DO have the best churros! :)

Lisa said...

congratulations! I had to chuckle at the tea cups comment. Almost 15 yrs ago I got off of those same tea cups and told my husband "I'm pregnant. I don't need a test, I'm positive." He thought I was crazy, but I ended up being right.
Get those disneyland pics scrapped! Before you know it, you'll have 3 more trips sitting in boxes waiting and you'll be asking the girls how old were you when you held hands with Pluto?

Anonymous said...

How about the funnel cakes? We had those every chance we got!

Jennifer Fast

Congrats!

Anonymous said...

Churros are the ultimate!!!

Congrats on your forthcoming addition!!!

Nicky from Canada

rhoffer said...

Congratulations! I am so happy for you and your family! Enjoy :)

robyn said...

so cute! my 4 year old doesn't know disney exists yet... im keeping it hush hush as long as i can... it scares me!

Mandi @ Finding Home said...

What great news about your pregnancy!! Congratulations girl!! I actually just found out a couple of weeks ago that I am pregnant too - with my first - due in early December. And funny thing is, I stopped by your blog today bc I think I remember that you once had a link to a baby sling website and was wondering if it was still there. Just curious if you remember the company of the baby sling - I'd really like to get one. Thanks so much - and congratulations again!! That truly is such wonderful news.

Laci J said...

WHAT?? No picture of the vintage ring? You cant say that around scrapbookers and not even show it. Come on, where's that Lizzy that we all know.

Katrina {calikatrina.blogspot.com} said...

Oh, how I love Disneyland pictures! And yours sure do capture the love and magic of the park. You have the most beautiful family!

Have loved following your blog, for a while now... but this may actually be the first time I've stopped to say hi! Shame on me. :)

Dani said...

Great Disney Pictures!! And congrats to your brother on his engagement what a sweet proposal story!

Pencil Lines DT Co-Ordinator said...

we were in disney orlando last month, and boy do i miss the churros!!
Love the Minnie photos

Charlotte said...

My Husband & I just travelled from Australia to America for our Honeymoon and LOVED our 5 days at Disneyland! Its probably good I wasn't there when you were, cos I may have mobbed you to get a pic with you! LOL!!
I can't wait for your Disneyland pages so I can get some inspiration!

Lisa said...

Beautiful Pictures. I too just spent the week in Disney, I beleive we were there at the same time. I did not want to come home :) Soooo fun and very nice to my little girl light up as well when she met all her fav characters. So memorable.
Congratulations on your preganacy :)