Disneyland Vacation.

So, it looks like I've totally been neglecting this little blog of mine.  I don't know how my life got so busy, but it's just so hard to keep up with everything these days!  I'm going to work on getting more organized and hopefully I can get back on track, but today I'm going to share some photos from our super fun trip to Disneyland last month.  It was the first time we've taken the kids to the Happiest Place on Earth and to say they loved it would be an extreme understatement! 

The first day we went to Mickey's Halloween Party, which is a special event with trick-or-treating, parades, fireworks, dance parties and more fun stuff.  I was a little worried that it wasn't going to be worth the extra money, but we loved it so much...I want to go again next year!  I think the best part is that the rides remain open after the park closes and the lines are all super short, since there are only a limited amount of event tickets sold.  It's also the only time that adults can wear costumes in the park, which was so much fun!

We spent our next day in California Adventure.  The highlight for the kids was probably Cars Land.  Tip: Make sure to get a FastPass for Radiator Springs Racers as soon as you get in the park...otherwise you will be standing in line for about 90 minutes.  I was so grateful for that FastPass.

My favorite thing was probably watching the Aladdin musical.  The actors all did a great job (especially Genie) and the whole show was really well done.  We also loved the Soarin' Over California ride, as well as the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (it freaked my kids out a little bit the first time, but they wanted to go on it again)!

Our third and final day was spent back in Disneyland.  Overall, I like Disneyland better than California Adventure, especially with kids.  There just seems to be more to do and it feels more magical!  We had fun in both parks though and I know my kids are already dreaming of their next visit.  Time to start saving those pennies again, I guess!

I'm thinking we might try Disney World next time though...has anyone been to both?  If so, which do you prefer?  Also, any tips for when to go?


Pumpkin Pickin'.

I know this is a little late, but one of my favorite traditions is going the the pumpkin patch each year with my family.  It's so much fun to walk through the fields, in search of the perfect pumpkin...it's something I remember doing as a child and I want my kids to have those same great memories! 

What are some of your favorite Fall traditions? 


A Frozen Halloween.

My favorite holiday is now officially here...Happy Halloween everyone!  I've been dying to share these photos of our costumes, which were taken by the insanely talented Alex Wright Photography.  In case you didn't know, my whole family is obsessed with this holiday and each year we dress up as a group (you can see some of our past costumes here).  Last year Alex took the photos of our Batman themed costumes and I was so impressed with the way she perfectly captured everything, I knew I needed her to work her magic again this year!  

For this Halloween we decided to dress up as characters from the Disney movie "Frozen".  If you have kids, you probably have the entire soundtrack engrained in your head.  If not, I'm guessing you still know what it is (unless you live under a rock).  My daughter is dressed as Queen Elsa, I'm dressed as Princess Anna, Emery is Kristoff, and my son is Olaf.  I handmade the Kristoff and Anna costumes, but I ended up just purchasing the Elsa and Olaf costumes. 

Since the story is based around snow, we decided to take a mini road-trip and head out to the Bonneville Salt Flats.  It was the perfect place for a "Frozen" photoshoot and the kids had so much fun running around (and getting dirty) in all the salt! I'm so incredibly happy with the way these pictures turned out...yet again Alex exceeded my expectations!  I can't stress enough how much I recommend booking a session with this photographer.  Alex is super affordable and knows what she's doing.  Make sure to check out her website and you can also find her on Facebook!

Sorry for the picture overload...I just can't help it.

Have a Happy Halloween! Stay safe and don't eat too much candy!