Disneyland!!! i.e. Picture Overload

Make that wish number one ✓ checked off!!!

1. Visit Disneyland with my little family.

Thanks to the in laws, the whole family got tickets to spend two days at Disneyland  in Anaheim, CA in June 2014. We spent the first day in the Disneyland park and the second doing California Adventures. {Please pardon the photo quality! These were all taken with my cell phone because I didn’t want to lug around my big camera all the time!}

Disneyland, California

The Lego Store at Disneyland

The Lego Store at Disneyland – We thought the Lego knight and dragon were so cool!

Mine and Klara’s first ride at Disneyland was the Dumbo ride. There weren’t a whole lot of rides that she could go on, but we made sure to take her on as many as we came across. She doesn’t look all that thrilled here, but really, she did have a good time and spent a lot of it laughing and looking around happy as could be!

Dumbo Ride at Disneyland

Klara rode the carousel with her daddy.

Carousel at Disneyland

It’s a Small World with part of the fam!

It's a Small World Ride at Disneyland

It’s a Small World was easily Klara’s favorite. She loved the loud music and the lights. She spent the entire time dancing and looking around.

It's a Small World Ride at Disneyland

It's a Small World Ride at Disneyland

Clara Belle’s! Almost like Klara Beth… 😉

Clara Belle's at Disneyland

Captain Hook at Disneyland

This kid was just not feeling the photo ops at Disneyland… Every photo she looks annoyed… haha!

Minnie Mouse Ears

We were SO excited to find Minnie at California Adventures. By the way, the Soaring Over California ride is WAY, WAY cool. A must do if you ever go!

Meeting Minnie Mouse

Klara’s favorite souvenir!!! A Mickey Mouse balloon! Her daddy bought it for her then after that anytime she saw a balloon anywhere in the park she’d get excited and scream, “Dada, Dada!!!” Guess she knew who to ask for goodies… 😉

Mickey Mouse Balloon

Carousel at California Adventures

Fireworks at Disneyland

I snapped this real quick during our second night as we were walking out of the park. Note to self and anyone venturing to Disneyland, DO NOT try to leave the park during the fireworks thinking it will be faster to get out. It’s not. They have everything roped off and will only let you walk in one direction so you have to walk all around the park to get out. Haha.

Radiator Springs at California Adventures

Family photo at Radiator Springs! We used a stroller pass on the Radiator Springs ride… Genius idea! If you have a little one, I highly recommend getting a fast pass for it (otherwise the wait is hours!) and then using a stroller pass! I got to go on it twice in a row!!! Once with the hubs and once with my sister in law. They kept Klara while the other was riding, worked like a charm!

If you have any questions about taking a baby to Disneyland, I would be glad to try to answer them based on our experience. Obviously, one visit doesn’t make me an expert, but I did learn a few things while we were there!

Have you been to Disneyland? What was your favorite ride??

My Brand New Trees!

I grew up in the mountains in New Mexico. Surrounded by towering pine trees, beautiful, green leafy trees… Trees of all kinds. Now I live in the desert of Arizona. Aside from the occasional Mesquite tree, there aren’t many naturally growing trees out here. Although the desert does have its own unique beauty I find myself craving the greenery and shade offered by a tall, leafy, green TREE! So much so that wish number three on my Twenty Wishes List for this year was to plant an Upside Down Mulberry Tree at my home.

Well, consider that a wish checked off! ✓ Yeah, she’s just a thin, little stick of a tree, but hopefully she’ll survive and grow to be a big, beautiful Mulberry.


The first week of May I dug the hole myself and planted my itty bitty Weeping Mulberry Tree. Turns out that’s what they’re really called… I first saw one at my aunt and uncle’s house and LOVED it! A full grown Weeping Mulberry Tree will make a perfect place for Klara to play when she’s older!


For my Mother’s Day gift this year my husband took us to the local nursery where we picked out a second tree for the front yard. This time a two year old Fruitless Mulberry Tree. They’re supposed to mature quickly and make a great shade tree. Win-win! He dug the hole for me this time… Thank goodness cause just the first little hole took me forever… haha. And planted my Mother’s Day tree!


This was my first official Mother’s Day since last year I was pregnant with Klara, but the hubs gave me a present that year too, because he rocks! 😉 I just want to say I am so thankful for this little girl that made me a momma. Love her and her daddy to pieces!

What did you get for Mother’s Day??

Sniffles and Heartbreak

We’ve been really lucky… Klara made it all the way past nine months before catching any yucky sicknesses. In all reality she’s not exposed to very many people on a day to day basis, so there haven’t been many opportunities for her to get any germs. But even still, it finally happened. Last Friday morning my girl woke up with a cough.

It’s been 4+ days of coughing, sniffles, sneezes, wiping her poor little red nose… It’s also been 4+ days of this mama’s heart breaking for my sick little girl.

Klara's First Cold

The other morning she wanted so bad to be happy and play with her toys like normal… She really tried. Finally she just climbed up into my lap and fell asleep! That never happens. Klara fights sleep until the very end!!! Her daddy says she’s like me in that she never wants to miss anything. 😉 I can’t blame her for that! But you know she’s sick when sleep comes so easily.

I know this won’t be the last time that she’s sick… Kids are magnets for sick germs, but I pray every day for a healthy, happy baby girl. Not only for her benefit but man it’s hard on a mama to see your kiddo feeling so bad. Especially when they’re this little and there’s not a whole lot you can do for them but offer comfort.

Today finally she woke up acting more like her spunky, funny little self. So glad to have my girl back… Even with a cough or two still plaguing our day it’s better than nothing until she’s completely well.

Klara's First Cold 2

What’s your favorite method for comforting baby while they’re sick??
Klara loves baths and rocking in our recliner. 😉

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