the happiest place on earth

They claim it’s the happiest place on earth.


They are so right.

Our family plus my mom & sugar-daddy {that’s code for the best stepdad ever} spent a few days in disneyland two weeks ago. I just love everything about disneyland and could not wait to experience it through the eyes of my own children.


It was a very full trip – you don’t sleep much when you’re in the magical world of disney – but every single moment was so worth it.

happy in disneyland

happy in disneyland 2

very happy in disneyland

I don’t think any of us stopped smiling.


Except maybe No. 1 who after sitting through it once, affectionately referred to the It’s A Small World ride as the dreaded tower of doom.


The kids were so excited to meet their favorite Disney characters, we ate all sorts of terribly unhealthy, but oh-so-worth-it food and from the oldest to the youngest, we all had the time of our lives on the rides.

Our favorite of all {especially the older boys} was the california screamin’ roller coaster in California Adventure. Want to take a ride with us?

That’s my head on the left and Ryan on the right. No. 1 & No. 2 are in front of us {daredevils} and grandpa is the videographer and the screamer.

{I might be screaming a little bit too}.

We seriously had the best family vacation we’ve ever taken and memories that will always be some of our favorites.



Coming up this week: what I wore to disneyland, our favorite places to eat and some helpful disney tips to save you time and only a teeny bit of money.

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22 Responses to the happiest place on earth

  1. Tamra Krohn June 9, 2013 at 7:21 pm #

    I love Disney! One of the few places you just play with your kids. So glad you made wonderful memories.

  2. Tiffany Day June 4, 2013 at 9:51 am #

    OHHHHH – I wonder if we were there the same day?? I went with my daughter and her 8th grade class on May 21st!! Would have been a blast to run into you!

    So glad you guys had a great time – Disneyland really is a wonderful place – love it! I live about an hour away from it and I go as often as I can!!!


    • emily June 4, 2013 at 2:11 pm #

      That’s when we were there. I’m sure we crossed paths at some point!

  3. Kelly June 4, 2013 at 9:19 am #

    Ah, lools like fun! We took a Disney cruise last year and it was pretty fantastic! Disney is a great host!

  4. Pam June 4, 2013 at 8:08 am #

    So fun! It’s one of those places that you’re so in the moment that you can forget about everything else, love it.

  5. Carina June 3, 2013 at 8:02 pm #

    It definitely is the happiest place on earth! This is the first year in a long time, that I don’t have a season pass- and I am going through serious withdrawals!

  6. Toni June 3, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

    It is the best!! We have met my brother and his family there and had a great family weekend. A few years ago we went for Christmas. It was amazing. We even packed the tree and had a tree and presents in our hotel room. Isn’t that what those rooftop pods for cars are for?? Glad you had an awesome time.

  7. Elise June 3, 2013 at 1:21 pm #

    Oh this looks perfect! So much fun for kiddos!

  8. Kenora June 3, 2013 at 11:59 am #

    I LOVE Disneyland! My favorite “ride” is “Soarin’ Over California”…I ride it over and over. I usually have to go in the ‘single’ line, as my family doesn’t like to ride it as much as I do. Can’t wait to read your tips this week!

  9. Rachael June 3, 2013 at 11:37 am #

    oh my goodness–that video is so realistic it’s leaving me a little queasy! so glad y’all had such fun!

  10. deb June 3, 2013 at 11:00 am #

    Man! I just had to cancel my June trip :( I’m in WA now—but still hold my Annual Pass to Disneyland. It is The Happiest Place on Earth! Next up for me is Walt Disney World in Septober–which I’m sure will be a blast and then DL again for Christmas time right after Thanksgiving—the Park is so much fun with friends and family for Christmas time!

    It looks like you guys had a GREAT time! I look forward to the hints and tips you post! I’ve been going FOREVER, but still love to hear what everyone else has to say–it’s grand fun!!
    : )

  11. Angel June 3, 2013 at 10:53 am #

    You kids are adorable! You are another mom blogger with multiple kids. How do you do it all?

    • emily June 4, 2013 at 2:12 pm #

      You’ll notice we wouldn’t have dared take the trip without my mom & dad :)
      Life with lots of kids is a juggling act, but it makes for so many fun memories.

  12. Megan June 3, 2013 at 10:41 am #

    We’re big Disney lovers too- my husband and I even went to Disney World for our honeymoon a few years ago! I can’t wait to have our own precious babies to take one day. It looks like you all had a wonderful trip- how special to be able to go with your parents as well!

  13. Jason June 3, 2013 at 10:38 am #

    Bummed I didn’t get a call! We have passes and would have loved to see your family!!

  14. Julie June 3, 2013 at 10:38 am #

    Yay! We are a Disney-loving family & LOVE going to Disney World in FL. But, we are super-excited to be going to California this summer & visiting Disneyland for the first time! Can’t wait to hear your tips.

  15. annie June 3, 2013 at 10:34 am #

    OH.MY.WORD! I’m in the midst of planning our trip for NEXT WEEK. to say I’m overwhelmed is an understatement. oy.

  16. Jessica June 3, 2013 at 9:10 am #

    Fun! I am looking forward to your upcoming post about Disneyland details- I would love to hear where you stayed and how you liked it. I am always looking for advice on hotels!

  17. Becky June 3, 2013 at 8:39 am #

    Oh my goodness isn’t it the BEST! We just got back from 5 magical days at Disneyland as well! We were happy the whole time! The only dissappointment was I didn’t get to ride California Screamin’ since my #4 was too short. I told him I wouldn’t go on it since he couldn’t. Ah the sacrifices we make… Can’t wait to go back. Glad you had fun!

  18. Susan June 3, 2013 at 7:27 am #

    My family is going to California in July to see the Redwoods, San Francisco, and will be ending our trip with a few days a Disneyland. I loved your pictures and video. I can’t wait for your follow up posts!

  19. Jill June 3, 2013 at 6:00 am #

    Disney is the BEST! And I’m forever greatful that we readers can live through you because after looking at your pictures I want to go back RIGHT NOW! You’re family is beyond beautiful – every single one of you!

  20. Kelly - Talk of the House June 3, 2013 at 4:18 am #

    Your kids are the perfect age to enjoy it!! LOVED your roller coaster video and all your photos! From the mother of 2 Disneyaholics I so enjoyed this post. My son even flew to Emoryville to be at Pixar for the opening of Up, and my daughter is a member of Princesses with a Purpose – a charity organization of girls who look and dress up like the Disney princesses and visit hospitals and events to raise money for charities. Disney is part of our lives. What a great trip you had!

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