disneyland – day 2 and 3

Day 2.

We might be just a wee bit excited about a Starbucks in Downtown Disney.Disneyland-11

There is this awesome board that makes a chalk outline of what it sees (us), but also allows you to draw on it. Simultaneously, there is a small screen showing the scene in Orlando that is doing the same there. You can make the small screen bigger and play with the people in the Orlando Starbucks. Too cool.Disneyland-12

Do you see us? I am the one with the camera.Disneyland-13

That’s me with Mickey Ears.Disneyland-14

We really are at the front of the line at opening of California Adventure.Disneyland-15

Those are my brave boys on California Screamin’.Disneyland-16

More Toy Story Mania. We can not get enough.Disneyland-17 Disneyland-18

Luigi’s Flying Tires. “Go right, go right.”Disneyland-19

Pluto Lovin’.Disneyland-20

Have you had the Mickey shaped beignets? Delicious!Disneyland-21

You can tell how good they are just by the mess. Disneyland-22

A Lego store stop is always a must.Disneyland-23

Rubber Duck races at the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail.Disneyland-24

Harry’s rubber duck might have won if only it had not gotten stuck and needed a rescue.Disneyland-25

Rock climbing.Disneyland-26

Exploring.Disneyland-27

Parade time with Frozone.Disneyland-28

Nightime at Disneyland.Disneyland-29

Day 3.

Enjoying the fireworks one last time before checking out.Disneyland-30

Autotopia. Watch out, looks who’s driving.Disneyland-31

The Power City game. Disneyland-32

Animation class.Disneyland-33

Time to go home is always sad. Until our next trip to Disneyland…..

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disneyland – day 1

We’re at Disneyland!!Disneyland-1

I wonder what I think is so funny but I am sure Harry is doing something crazy. (Patrick took this one).Disneyland-2

He just looks mischievous.Disneyland-3

At the Disneyland Hotel (taking a break from the heat).Disneyland-4

Do we resemble Walt?Disneyland-5

Toy Story Mania.Disneyland-6

“Dad, I am totally going to beat you this time.”Disneyland-7

Mickey Darth Vader? May the force be with you!Disneyland-8

Ice cream at the Cozy Cone Motel.Disneyland-9

Enjoying a silly cat video back at the hotel.Disneyland-10

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!

project life/ 365 – 10 (part five)

The final parts of our Costa Rican Adventures…..

Aren’t they cute when they sleeping?Costa Rica-106

The very elusive toucan.Costa Rica-109

The toucan in flight. (It is not the greatest photo technically but how neat to capture a toucan in flight).Costa Rica-110

Paddle battling before white water rafting. Costa Rica-111

That is the tiniest frog. Costa Rica-113

Enjoying a new day at our fancy hotel in Guanacoste.Costa Rica-115

The kids had an evening to themselves and they all colored shirts. This is Harry’s version.Costa Rica-116

If you are last to arrive you must dance down the aisle to “Hakuna Matata”.Costa Rica-117

Flying, spinning Devil Rays.Costa Rica-120

Off on snorkeling adventures.Costa Rica-122

He is either singing or pontificating.Costa Rica-123

And life is excellent with a virgin pina colada nearby.Costa Rica-124

Relaxing after a long day in the sun.Costa Rica-126

Enjoying my newly created mojito (from the mojito making class).Costa Rica-127

Trying to do some last minute stocking up on all things good Costa Rican – coffee and chocolate!!!Costa Rica-128

Not really ready to go home yet.Costa Rica-130

 

Thanks for coming on this journey with me.

project life/365 – 10 (part four)

The adventure continued near the Arenal Volcano….

We were so lucky to see the top of the volcano as we were told it is a rare sight.Costa Rica-87  Ready for zip lining.Costa Rica-89  Almost 2 miles of zip line. Definitely not my thing but I was very proud to have made it through.Costa Rica-91 Costa Rica-92 Harry was too little (weight wise) to go by himself, not that he didn’t want to.Costa Rica-93Love the heliconia – the vibrant color, the unique shape. Costa Rica-94 Postcards in the town of La Fortuna.Costa Rica-95 Beautiful colored sarongs enticing shoppers and giving a flavor of the  town.Costa Rica-96 Mosaics everywhere.Costa Rica-97 Painting gourds with indigenous Maleku tribe of Costa Rica. “Capy Capy” means a warm welcome.Costa Rica-98 Costa Rica-99 Lots of Marco Polo playing at the pool.MS3_5952 Sunset over the Arenal Volcano.Costa Rica-104 Enjoying the natural Hidalgo Hot Springs.Costa Rica-105

 

More to come…..

project life/365 – 10 (part three)

On to day 3 of our crazy Costa Rican Adventures by Disney…

I love butterflies and they were absolutely everywhere. Costa Rica-61 Another boat cruise through the canals. Along the way we encountered this tree full of Howler Monkeys.Costa Rica-62  And some close-ups of the Howler monkeys. Just amazing to see them in their natural environment. Swinging through the trees.Costa Rica-64 Costa Rica-66The little one holding on is just precious.Costa Rica-67 A beautiful house along the way.Costa Rica-69 A rhino beetle.Costa Rica-70It actually felt soft and fuzzy. Costa Rica-71  Enjoying the playground at our lunch restaurant.Costa Rica-72It is important to stay protected from the rain. Costa Rica-73There is something so beautiful about cemeteries.Costa Rica-74 Time for an incredibly silly, laugh your a$$ off pineapple tour. Patrick joined in the fun.PM7_0252 There is nothing like fresh pineapple from the fieldCosta Rica-78 It is imperative to enjoy floofy pineapple drinks when on a pineapple tour.Costa Rica-83 The photobomb trend was in full force on the trip and Harry couldn’t resist.Costa Rica-82 We finally saw the elusive sloth.Costa Rica-79 Costa Rica-80 Enjoying the stories along the bus journey.Costa Rica-85 I can’t resist a good fruit stand, the colors, the smell, the mouth-watering goodness.Costa Rica-86

And still more to come…

project life/365 – 10 (part two)

And the adventure continues….

Today we started off at the airport – playing “Who can stand on one leg the longest?”Costa Rica-17 Boarding our tiny airplane.Costa Rica-18 Selfie with my son.Costa Rica-19 View from the sky.Costa Rica-20 Harry’s found object collage upon landing on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica.Costa Rica-21 Beautiful mosaics at the Laguna Lodge in Tortuguero.Costa Rica-22 Costa Rica-23 A boat trip through the canals of Tortuguero National Park. A lizard.Costa Rica-24  An Emerald Basilisk.Costa Rica-26  Another Emerald Basilisk.Costa Rica-28 A selfie with my hubby.Costa Rica-30 A monkey in the rainforest. We saw 3 different types of monkeys – Spider, Howler and Capuchin.Costa Rica-31 A turtle.Costa Rica-32 A family shot in the rainforest.Costa Rica-33 The next Indiana Jones?Costa Rica-34 A scary looking Cayman.Costa Rica-35 This is probably my favorite shot of the whole trip. Do you see the tiny bugs heading for a feast?Costa Rica-36  The flowers are insanely bright. Costa Rica-38 Odd trash can art in Tortuguero village.Costa Rica-39 Lots of colorful walls that make you smile.Costa Rica-40 Costa Rican gourd art.Costa Rica-41 Having a leisurely moment in the hammock back at the hotel.Costa Rica-42 Drawing some tree fruit for his Field Guide.Costa Rica-45 Loving all the specialty fruit drinks at dinner.Costa Rica-46 Time to relax and be goofy.Costa Rica-47 Dancing time with the Caribbean rhythm.Costa Rica-48 And limbo time.Costa Rica-49 Costa Rica-50 Costa Rica-51 He was so cheating.Costa Rica-52 Musical chairs.Costa Rica-53 Costa Rica-54 And then it was down to two.Costa Rica-57A small detour to look for frogs in the garden where they only come out at night. Who can resist a frog scavenger hunt?Costa Rica-58Costa Rica-60

 

Good night. More to come…..