Tuesday, September 30, 2008

As requested, pictures of our trip...

I have no idea why I didn't post pics from our Disney vacation when I wrote the post the other day. I don't think I'm 100% back, mentally, from our trip!


Here's Cole with Handy Manny...he practically knocked Manny over when he ran up to him to hug him. Guess Manny isn't used to overly excited fans?

This is Bella sitting with Ariel at the Princess Lunch. She was so eager to meet Ariel and talk to her but then she clammed up (no pun intended..haha) as soon as she sat on Ariel's lap.

Here she is with Jasmine. Oh to be 22 yrs old again with a nice tan and a flat stomach....


Here she is with the Cinderella's Fairy Godmother...Bella really liked this lady which is pretty obvious by her smile.


Here's what Cole did almost every single time I tried to take his pic...maybe he was embarrassed about wearing a Princess crown. He said he was excited to meet the princesses too but each time they came up to him, he made faces at them.


I seriously took about 10 pics of this pose, just trying to get everything in the pic and the kids to look at the camera...at the same time....smile...at the same time...stop trying to push each off the ledge they were standing on....


Lovely, huh? I told him if he kept doing that, that his face would freeze like that permanently. He said "cool"....

Petting sharks and stingrays at the Long Beach Aquarium, which they thought was pretty darn cool.



I love this pic b/c they were totally freaked out by these huge crabs but they couldn't stop staring at them. I asked them to get in front of the tank and pose for a pic but they both refused. Can't say I blame them? That thing is downright creepy....


So we went back to petting sharks and stingrays....Bella practically got in the water with them....well, until a stingray swam by and flapped his wing on the side of the pool, soaking Bella's shirt in the process.


Here they are at the beach for the first time...they were totally amazed by the ocean and all the waves. The seaweed freaked them out a little bit...they weren't so down with that. The first beach was Seal Beach and then later that day we went over to Laguna Beach, where there were a ton of seagulls walking around the beach looking for scraps of food. I told Bella not to feed them and as she threw a potato chip out to them, she said "why"....and then she was swarmed with hungry seagulls practically knocking her over to get to the bag of chips. It reminded me of the scene from Birds. I said, "that's why....live and learn, baby". She spent the rest of the time chasing the seagulls away from our blanket. No one comes between Bella and her potato chips....no one.




There are a ton of other pics too but I figured I'd just post a few. I have pics of Bella with every single princess she could get her hands on at the park....pics of Cole making faces at everyone and everything....pics of them with Minnie and Mickey Mouse, who Cole really didn't want to meet but he appeased me by posing for the pics....I tried to take pics of Cole driving with me in the car on Autopia but holy cow that kid could not keep the car straight to save his life. I finally decided it was more important for me to help him steer the car than it was to take pics of him. All I could manage to say to Tim after we got off the ride was "when he's 16, YOU are going to practice driving with him....my heart won't be able to take it".


10 comments:

Petula said...

Those pictures are great! I would love to be able to take my kids there especially the oldest one before she goes out on her own. What a wonderful trip.

Keeping The Faith said...

Thank you for sharing. I can't wait until we have trips w/ the boys to Disneyland. How fun. And how special that you had some one on one time w/ the older twins.

you mentioned in your comment to me that you did IvIG and live in CA...did you go to a Dr. Z?

mrsbear said...

I love the pics. Good call leaving the babies at home. I haven't wanted to return to Disney until maybe next year, my youngest will be 2 by then. Younger than that they don't appreciate it. Looks like you guys really had a good time, makes me want to go on vacation. Although a trip to a theme park is hardly ever relaxing in my experience.

IAmDenise said...

Awwwwwwwww those are awesome Helene!! Thanks for sharing them!

twinmama said...

What great pictures! I want to go to Disney! And I really miss the beach!

I love the picture of Cole making faces and the picture of Bella leaning into the shark tank. No fear!

Cant Hardly Wait said...

I am SO jealous! It looks like you guys had so much fun!

Kim said...

I like the crab picture . . . that crab is really freaky looking, but your kids' expressions--scared but mesmerized--are so cute!

Tammy Warren said...

I cannot wait to get back to Disney. We have a trip planned for next year. These pictures get me excited.

ParentingPink said...

Great pics! The kids look like they had a blast! Hopefully we'll get ours there someday!

AC said...

I am totally jealous now! I miss Disney. I want to have breakfast with the princesses! I want my own fairy godmother! Thx for sharing Helene!

AC
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