Selah’s birth story is always one of my favorites. Being super pregnant at Christmastime, my parents just making it in time to see her birth, going in labor while my doctor was on vacation, Jeff asking me if I wanted to go to the roof of the hospital to see fireworks after she was born – she is certainly my most exciting birth story.
Because of the hurricane this year, we ended up with a set of six plane tickets to anywhere. It was my dad’s idea to use them to go to LA over the holidays and Selah’s birthday, see our friends and do Disney. Why not? I thought. It’s always amazing to be in California for the new year.
So off we went, with two new umbrella strollers and an Ergo in tow, ready to Disney it up.
We arrived in LA pretty early, but got to spend most of the day with my bestie and her family.
The first thing we always do is hug the dogs.
Then, we decorate our cookies. This year, Auntie Kasie bought ugly Christmas sweater cookies. 😂
And then more playtime outside.
Plus sweeping, of course.
One of the cutest moments was when Ryker and Kate shared Goldfish. Heart melted.
When we do Disneyland, we are the people who stay on property to get the extra “magic morning” hour and then get to the gate by 6:40 AM. You’d think we would be the only ones, but alas we are not.
On day one of Disney, my main objective was to try and recreate this shot from 2013 – before all the crowds showed up.
I mean, c’mon. That’s a pretty magical picture.
This one wasn’t too shabby either.
Anyway, I ran all the girls over to the same spot, hunted down a Disney photographer, and set them up.
And a couple more shots…
Alright, folks. We’re done with our Disney pictures for the week.
The first day was the early morning into the Disneyland side, so we went ahead and rode as many of the smaller rides as we could before the lines got too long.
Also during this time, I familiarized myself with the relatively new Disney MaxPass. Life. Changing.
With the MaxPass, you can get your Fastpasses on your phone – without running around the park getting paper tickets. I could get the big girls and myself Fastpasses to say – Guardians of the Galaxy, Space Mountain, or California Screamin’ – while getting my dad, Jeff and Kate Fastpasses to Buzz Lightyear or Toy Story. So amazing.
After riding the rides in both parks a few times, we figured out when the camera was going to go off –
Selah posing as a kitty cat.
We did manage to squeeze in a few princess visits…
On the morning of Selah’s actual birthday, the first ride we rode was Radiator Springs – always a hit. But before I could ride it with her, the ride broke down. So we headed over to one of my personal favorites – California Screamin’. I wasn’t sure if she would like it or not, but she did. For the rest of the trip, she kept asking to ride the big white rollercoaster. (If you were wondering, we did all eventually get to ride Radiator Springs the next day. That poor ride was really having some technical difficulties.)
Happy SIXTH birthday, my Selah girl!!
Kasie and I did manage to get one picture together during one of our dinners. We took way more of our children.
Two fun observations about this photo – 1. why does she look taller than me? and 2. this may be the very first time in our entire friendship that my hair is shorter than hers.
For our final night, we got to go back over to Kasie and JB’s house to eat some dinner, love on the dogs and Ryker and watch a movie.
And then, promptly fell asleep. Night, night.
It’s almost time to go back to Texas now and have Selah’s “official” birthday party. Happy New Year!