The Happiest Place on Earth | Our Summer Trip to Disneyland

School starts up for the kids next week and Megan is four this year, so it was time to take her and her brother to the Happiest Place on Earth (no not the local brewery, it’s Disneyland). Last time we went as a family, Megan was just a sparkle in Daddy’s eye and Mitchell was about 3 1/2.

We’re not exactly what you’d call regular Disneyland visitors or anything, but when you have kids, it’s pretty much your duty to take them there. And seeing the joy of our children experiencing the park together was priceless and worth the trip for sure.

Our first ride was the teacups. It was so much fun and the kids couldn’t get enough!

Teresa Klostermann, Folsom photographer, personal image from Disneyland

And little Miss Megan, being the totally girlie girl that she is, had to see the princesses. She begged for a princess dress, so of course I stood my ground on the “souvenir budget” (yeah right). So yep, we were one of “those” people at the park.

Teresa Klostermann, Folsom photographer, kids riding the teacups at disneyland

Can’t forget the Mickey Mouse ears…

Teresa Klostermann, Folsom photographer, Mikey Mouse ears in Disneyland

California Adventure was a lot of fun too

Teresa Klostermann, Folsom photographer, personal image from Disneyland

Teresa Klostermann, Folsom photographer, personal image from Disneyland

And a little Downtown Disney

Teresa Klostermann, Folsom photographer, Lego store picture from Downtown Disney

Of course we had to have some face paintings to go with the princess dress (and if you are paying attention, it’s day two and yes….she’s still in the princess dress)

Teresa Klostermann, Folsom photographer, face painting in disneyland

Mitchell was so excited to go on California Screaming, and I was a little too since I now had a scary ride partner (Dad is so not into coasters that go upside down).

Teresa Klostermann, Folsom photographer, personal image from Disneyland

I think Mitchell favored the rides there, and leaning over in the swing with my camera to get this shot (one of my favs) was nothing compared to when I did it last year in a helicopter!

Diz Knee Land

Miss Meg was a bit scared of some of the rides…amongst those she DID NOT like…Thunder Mountain, Pirates, Snow White, and a Bug’s Life, yes I said a Bug’s Life, one of the best attractions at California Adventure.

my scared little princess at disneyland

She did not want to get up…

little girl sitting on the floor at disneyland

And she’s out

Sweet princess asleep in the stroller at Disneyland, Teresa K photography

We spent our last morning in the hotel pool before heading back to Sactown.

Swimming in the hotel pool at Disneyland

If you’d like to see more of our southern California adventure here’s the slideshow with our theme song for the drive down. (I’m a 90s child, so please don’t judge me!)

And also, if you’re not family, don’t worry, I won’t hold it against if you don’t watch it. (:

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