first trip to DISNEYLAND

  My niece and nephew just turned FOUR years old. And their parents decided to celebrate by taking them to DISNEYLAND for the FIRST time. (squeeeealll!!!) Living in Southern California, this is a HUGE rite of passage, and one that I was excited to be a part of.

It was quite a little party we had. The twins, their parents (my step-bro and sis-in-law), a set of grandparents (my mom and step-dad), and myself (the cool aunt). And I don't know which of us was more excited... the kiddos or us grown-ups. Because, while I'm at Disneyland quite a lot (hooray for annual passes), it is something quite different to see it through a child's eyes... especially when seeing it all for the first time.

Everything was so shiny and new. And incredibly fantastic. The twins moved like little pinballs, their eyes bouncing from sight to sight. And we weren't much better. "M," look here! "E," look here! We were all wanting to share our own favorites with them as we went along, and were so happy to be a part of their BIG day.

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"E" was SO excited to meet the characters... until he got up close and it was actually HIS turn. (Let's face it... they CAN be quite scary.) But "M" was fearless and dove right in for the hugs.

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First Trip to Disneyland - Orange County Family Photography

"E" plans our next move...

While "M" strikes a pose... 

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...aaaaaand, there's the KID again.

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"E" was so amazingly brave and rode a roller coaster for the FIRST time.

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Proof that I actually WAS here, though behind the lens (as usual)

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Making faces.

First Trip to Disneyland - Orange County Family Photography

love love LOVE this shot. They are SO amazingly wonderful with each other... especially when they don't think that anyone is watching.

First Trip to Disneyland - Orange County Family Photography

The grandparents got to spoil them with LOTS of sweets that day.

First Trip to Disneyland - Orange County Family Photography

But it's hard NOT to... I mean, just look at how CUTE they are!

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Click here to see even more images from their day at Disneyland.

Many thanks to my family for letting me be a part of your BIG and wonderful day. (And for letting me stick a camera in your face for most of it.)

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