a disneyland photo book

The most magical place on Earth – Disneyland. You can see my 2011 photo book version here along with ideas for photos to include.

For our summer 2012 book, I continued to publish through Blurb in a 10 x 8 standard format style. For these yearly Disneyland vacation books, I try to make each a little different. In this book, I decided to stick with the primary colors which feel very Disney (think Mickey Mouse, Goofy, etc.) in swatches, large stripes and in frames around the photos using Blurb’s BookSmart layouts and editing software. I am making good use of the Kingdom font for headlines and Futura for the body of the text.

This Disneyland sign sits atop the water slides at the Disneyland Hotel. It was so hot while we were visiting, we spent quite bit of time attempting to stay cool in and around the pool.Disneyland 2012-1

This year’s story.Disneyland 2012-2

Our arrival.Disneyland 2012-3

The waterslides.Disneyland 2012-4

Refreshing drinks and Harry silliness.Disneyland 2012-5

Water features and the Lego Store at Downtown Disney.Disneyland 2012-6

Duffy ears and finally being tall enough for California Screamin’.Disneyland 2012-7

Enjoying the new Carsland.Disneyland 2012-8

Luigi’s Flying Tires.Disneyland 2012-9 Disneyland 2012-10

Mater’s Tractor Tipping.Disneyland 2012-11

Carsland at Night.Disneyland 2012-12

Radiator Springs.Disneyland 2012-13 Disneyland 2012-14

The story of Harry spending his money.Disneyland 2012-15

Character photos.Disneyland 2012-16

Astroblasters and trying on Star Wars hats.Disneyland 2012-17

Harry and I playing Power City and winning!Disneyland 2012-18

Space Mountain and playing at the hotel.Disneyland 2012-19

World of Color is fun and festive for photographs.Disneyland 2012-20 Disneyland 2012-21

More character lovin’.Disneyland 2012-22 Disneyland 2012-23

Playing in the Sorcerer’s Workshop.Disneyland 2012-24

Animation class and drawings.Disneyland 2012-25 Disneyland 2012-26 Disneyland 2012-27

The story of the earthquake while we were there, yummy treats and the tattoo consolation prize.Disneyland 2012-28

Leaving.Disneyland 2012-29

The details – maps, buttons, receipts, coasters, schedules, toy instructions, etc.Disneyland 2012-30

 

 

Have a magical day!

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seattle in photos – day 5

Seattle Aquarium.Seattle - Day 5-1

Love interactive touch tanks.Seattle - Day 5-3

Taking photos thru jellyfish.Seattle - Day 5-2 Seattle - Day 5-4

Fish close-ups.Seattle - Day 5-5 Seattle - Day 5-6 Seattle - Day 5-7 Seattle - Day 5-8 Seattle - Day 5-9 Seattle - Day 5-10 Seattle - Day 5-11

Harry enjoyed photographing the fish.Seattle - Day 5-12

Sea otters are irresistibly cute!Seattle - Day 5-13

Harry was hot and wiped out. Seattle - Day 5-14

Trying the the award winning clam chowder at Pike Place Chowder. As much as he is obsessed with clams, clam chowder was not his thing. Seattle - Day 5-15

No trip is complete without a voyage into Starbucks – especially the First Starbucks.Seattle - Day 5-16

Harry and his clams.Seattle - Day 5-18

Harry working on his summer reading list.Seattle - Day 5-17

And that completes our Seattle adventures.

 

seattle in photos – day 4

We ventured over to the Fremont Sunday Market.Seattle - Day 4-9

Artists, antiques, flowers, food and so much more.Seattle - Day 4-21

Harry proudly bought this necklace with his own money.Seattle - Day 4-2

All over Seattle there are the most brilliant, beautiful fresh flowers.Seattle - Day 4-22

The Market had such a great selection of food including this yummy smores fish.Seattle - Day 4-4

Check out this silly dog with a purple mohawk.Seattle - Day 4-3

We ventured on a Fremont art hunt.Seattle - Day 4-1

Cool Fremont architecture.Seattle - Day 4-8

Fun Fremont signs.Seattle - Day 4-7

And the infamous Fremont Troll.Seattle - Day 4-5 Seattle - Day 4-6

Followed by a cruise over to Tillicum Village for a little culture.Seattle - Day 4-10

Native American Art.Seattle - Day 4-11

And clams.Seattle - Day 4-12

Harry couldn’t get over the fact he was allowed to throw the shells.Seattle - Day 4-13

And more clams. and more clams. At least 6 cups worth.Seattle - Day 4-14

A beautiful show exploring the history and culture of the area.Seattle - Day 4-15

Harry got to try on one of the masks.Seattle - Day 4-16

Playing.Seattle - Day 4-17

The bold raccoon who tried to board our boat. Nice try.Seattle - Day 4-18

Another sunset over Puget Sound.Seattle - Day 4-19

Reflections of the Seattle Great Wheel at night.Seattle - Day 4-20

seattle in photos – day 3

Walking.Seatlle - Day 3-33

What does the Swami say?Seatlle - Day 3-34

Underground Tour.Seattle - Day 3-50

Driving the bathtub.Seattle - Day 3-51

We love squished pennies.Seatlle - Day 3-1

Yummy.Seatlle - Day 3-4

Waiting for Harry.Seatlle - Day 3-5

ChihulySeatlle - Day 3-6

Breathtaking ceiling.Seatlle - Day 3-7

Wow. wow. wow.Seatlle - Day 3-8 Seatlle - Day 3-9 Seatlle - Day 3-10 Seatlle - Day 3-11 Seatlle - Day 3-12

Chihuly  and the Space Needle.Seatlle - Day 3-13

Jump.Seatlle - Day 3-18

That’s us reflected in Chihuly with the Space Needle.Seatlle - Day 3-15

This is awesome.Seatlle - Day 3-17

On top of the Space Needle.Seatlle - Day 3-19

Please Mom, can I have one of the Space Needle cups. I am giving you the puppy dog eyes. No.Seatlle - Day 3-20

Lego architecture at the EMP museum. So cool.Seatlle - Day 3-21

The ultimate guitar sculpture.Seatlle - Day 3-22

Trying out different instruments.Seatlle - Day 3-23

Harry – Sci-Fi version.Seatlle - Day 3-24

The Space Needle in a Gehry reflection.Seatlle - Day 3-26

Sunset over Puget Sound.Seatlle - Day 3-27

I am so much more fun than you.Seatlle - Day 3-28

Seattle at Night.Seatlle - Day 3-29

Chihuly and the Space Needle at night.Seatlle - Day 3-31 Seatlle - Day 3-30

seattle in photos – day 2

Enjoying the rain – a novelty for us Californians.Seatlle - Day 2-43

Being silly at the Pacific Science Center. Do I look funny?Seattle - Day 2-3

Harry in the Psychic Powers show.Seattle - Day 2-4

Lemurs in Imax.Seattle - Day 2-5

A special Spy Exhibit.Seattle - Day 2-6

Working on a digital spy disguise.Seattle - Day 2-7

Where’s Harry?Seattle - Day 2-8

Checking out his coordination.Seattle - Day 2-9

Making a drawing bot.Seattle - Day 2-10

Playing with circuits.Seattle - Day 2-12

Really. I am flexible.Seattle - Day 2-14

Splish splash.Seatlle - Day 2-50

My obsession with photo booths!Seattle - Day 2-16

The sea life of of Puget Sound.Seattle - Day 2-17

Butterflies emergingSeattle - Day 2-18

A new butterfly.Seattle - Day 2-19

And more butterflies.Seattle - Day 2-20 Seattle - Day 2-21

And koi fish.Seattle - Day 2-22

Check out that pedaling strength.Seattle - Day 2-23

seattle in photos – day 1

Seattle in August.

Flying adventuresSeattle - Day 1-1

ahhh children.Seatlle - Day 1-40

Tasting fresh cherries at Pike’s Place Market.Seattle - Day 1-3

On a scavenger hunt of Pikes Place Market with Stray Boots. Photo with Rachel the pig – mission accomplished.Seattle - Day 1-4

Can’t resist a fortune teller. How could she possibly know his favorite color is green?Seatlle - Day 1-41

The Giant Shoe Museum. Big Shoes!Seatlle - Day 1-42

Tasting some more fresh fruit at Pikes Place.Seattle - Day 1-7

Lunch break at the Chinese restaurant. Harry reading the menu in Chinese.Seattle - Day 1-9

Harry had just impressed some native speaking Chinese with his Mandarin.Seattle - Day 1-8

Watching cheese being made at Beechers.Seattle - Day 1-10

Funny faces at the first Starbucks.Seattle - Day 1-11

Performance art in the park with Patrick’s assistance.Seattle - Day 1-30

Even Patrick was impressed.Seattle - Day 1-12

Stand back. Juggling knives and a chainsaw.Seattle - Day 1-13

The scavenger hunt took us through a fabulous antique store. Hmmm….could it fit me?Seatlle - Day 1-43

Harry: What is this mom?
Me: A rotary phone.
Harry: How does it work?
( I sure felt old).Seatlle - Day 1-45

He was enamored with this phone. Oh, how times have changed.Seattle - Day 1-15 Seatlle - Day 1-46

What’s this? A phone with a cord?Seatlle - Day 1-47

A rat? No, just Harry. (This antique store provided hours of entertainment value.)Seatlle - Day 1-48

More scavenger hunt – a clue in the Anarchists Bookstore. Seattle - Day 1-20

Checking out the gum wall.Seattle - Day 1-23

Is he brave enough to add to the wall?Seatlle - Day 1-50

Oh yuck.Seatlle - Day 1-49

Scavenger hunt complete. Time for a little Starbucks.Seattle - Day 1-24 Seattle - Day 1-25

Cruising through Pike’s Place on a drizzly afternoon.Seattle - Day 1-26

This shot just made me laugh.Seattle - Day 1-27

What better way to end the day, a glass of wine with the reflection of Seattle.Seattle - Day 1-28

thought provoking questions

Have you seen this book? A Question and Answer a Day for Kids- a three year journal Question a Day-1

We started this book back in June and we have been having a blast with it. Every night (or almost every night) we pull out this book and ask Harry the question of the day. There is a question every day for 365 days and then it repeats for 3 years. I can’t wait to see how the answers change through the years. This book has prompted incredible conversations. And leaving it permanently on the dining room table allows us to not forget. Here are some of my favorite questions/responses (so far):

Q: Which three words do you like the sound of:
A: pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolconiosis , slick and caramelQuestion a Day-2

Q: ________is so funny.
A: My parents. They make silly mistakes that we can all laugh at together.Question a Day-3

Q: Describe your pet or a pet you’d like to have:
A: brown, furry cat, Mainecoon. Small. Has some flecks of orange. Small and stays small with green eyes. Playful, energetic but always ready to snuggle and be petted.Question a Day-4

Q: What song do you like to sing? Why?
A: Dynamite. It is a nice fitting song and it has been with me quite a while.

Q: Is there something you can’t stop thinking about? What is it?
A: Rainbow Loom – making my Chinese DragonQuestion a Day-5

We are having so much fun with this book, I am also thinking about this one for me, Q&A a Day: 5 Year Journal and this one for Patrick and I, Our Q&A a Day: 3-Year Journal for 2 People.