Posts tagged ‘Disneyland’

June 9, 2011

Disney Adventure — Firsts, Flashmobs, and Fantasyland

Thursday evening the hubs, J and I set out for Disneyland.  We hadn’t gotten to go in a few months, and though she had visited before (proof:


this was the first time she was big enough to go on anything and potentially enjoy it.  Stephen wanted to take her on the carousel, so that was our first stop.  I was not completely convinced that she would be allowed to ride, but was quickly proven wrong.  We found a horse and strapped her on and started documenting her first ride with all the thoroughness of a moon landing.  I remember when I was young and would ride the carousel thinking that it must be no fun for the adults who had to tend to their kids instead of getting to ride.

How wrong I was.  We probably had more fun than she did.  It was so precious.

Next up was a trip on Small World, which is something of a sensory overload for a seven month old, I think.  She sort of like it.  Sort of.

A rare mom-baby photo.  Usually I wield the camera.

Earlier, when we had arrived at the park, we could see there was some sort of media event going on, but I didn’t do my due diligence beforehand, so we didn’t know quite what.  Had I done any research I would have known Thursday was the opening day of the new “Mickey’s Soundsational Summer” Parade and they were having a huge sort of VIP opening for it.

Lots of media guys.

Normally we’re not huge parade-watchers, but my sister’s boyfriend’s mom was involved in a flashmob which opened the parade (we knew there was going to be a flashmob, we just didn’t realize what it was for).

Finally the flashmob began.  They faux-interrupted a speech.


Don’t they make you want to dance?  Between this and the return of So You Think You Can Dance, I’m one step-ball-change away from signing up for jazz class.

By the time the flashmob was over, I was SO stoked to see the parade, which ended up being pretty great (not surprising, given it was Disneyland).  The floats are themed to look like pop-up picture books, and were really gorgeous.

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April 7, 2011

J’s Room

This is a kill two birds with one stone kind of post.  A friend of mine has been asking me for ages for pictures of the baby’s room, so I thought I’d show it off now, in all its before and after glory.

Here is the room when we first bought our house, about two years ago.

Ack.  Sorry.  So blurry.  Oh well, you get the idea.  Do note the wallpaper border at the top and the rust orange carpet.  Woo!

When we first moved in we were remodeling the master bedroom and bathroom, so we lived in here for a while.  I can’t find any pictures of it like that, but if I do, I’ll update.

Once we found out I was pregnant we started thinking about nursery ideas.  We both knew we didn’t want to find out the baby’s gender, so we came up with a gender neutral room.  Its theme?  The Jungle Cruise. Do pay special attention to the bead board.  My sweet hubs spent the better part of three days installing it (with the help of my dear uncle and some good friends).

Here you can see the huge, awesome vintage Disneyland map we had framed above the changing table and our cool stuffed tiger.  Hanging from the ceiling fan is J’s favorite thing ever: it’s a movable butterfly.  If you pull on the red ball the wings flap.  It mesmerizes her.

Obviously I didn’t fix her bedskirt (that my mom made!) before taking pictures.  Please ignore.

In this one you can sort of see the photos I took of the Jungle Cruise that I mounted on 12×12 canvases.  I love how these came out!  The quilt was made for J by her abuelita.  Gorgeous.


The red bookcase matched the one I just moved (see this post) until my mom painted it for me.  Above her coat hanger you can see the awesome vintage-style Jungle Cruise poster from Disneyland that my bestie gave us for Christmas (are we sensing a “friends and family gift/help” theme?  That is because we are surrounded by amazing, talented people who are incredibly generous with us.  We are blessed beyond belief).


More of the same!  This is about as wide as I could get.

Even though we didn’t finish until two months or so after she was born (ehh, potato/potahto), I love how the room came out.