Wednesday, May 13, 2009

365 Weeks: 18 and 19

Hi! Remember me? I used to blog here. 

And then I went on vacation, and fell off the face of the earth. 

Day 120

April 30: Another Spring surprise. Our home was landscaped by the previous owners, and we keep finding new surprises. When we moved in, last July, there were daisies and roses and ferns in the front yard. We thought they were very beautiful, but we had no idea what was awaiting us this Spring. 

When the ground thawed, we suddenly had a yard full of daffodils. We were pleasantly surprised. But, imagine our greater surprise when, after the daffodils wilted, we suddenly had a yard full of tulips.

Thank you previous owners!

Day 121

May 1:  After 120 straight days of taking pictures, after sleet and hail and rain and snow and cancer and surgery and work and 


Day 122

May 2: Matt got some sweet new prescription sunglasses. He doesn't usually wear his hair like this, but it was a special occasion. 

Day 123

May 3: Ah, the hammock. The perfect place to kill time. By this point -- 48 hours before the trip to Disneyland -- we were all pretty much useless. 

Isn't Jordan's pre-teen scowl coming along nicely?

Day 124

May 4: This is one of the luggage tags sent to us by the Walt Disney Travel Company. That's right, we went in style! This picture was snapped very late, as I finished packing -- narrowly avoiding the mistake I made on Friday (May 1).

Day 125

May 5: Here it is ladies and gentlemen, the eighth wonder of the world, coming to you straight from the World Famous Jungle Cruise....The Backside of Water!

Day 126

May 6: Pssst. Have you ever heard that Disneyland is home to a super secret, and exclusive private club called Club 33? Well this, my friends is a shot from the lobby of Club 33. 

I went on a tour at Disneyland called A Walk in Walt's Footsteps, where you tour the park for three and a half hours, getting the backstories of many of the attractions that Walt Disney had a personal hand in developing. One of the stops was the lobby of Club 33 (that's as far as they let us go). If you find yourself there, and you're a big fan of Walt Disney (the man), I encourage you to take the tour -- you'll never look at Disneyland the same way again. 

Day 127

May 7: Self portrait. Plus one. 

Emma and I on the Autopia ride. 

I was driving. 

She was backseat driving. 

Day 128

May 8: Our last day in Disneyland, we finally got to one of my favorite attractions -- the Mark Twain Steamboat. This is a shot of one of the massive stacks. 

The Mark Twain is an island of serenity in a sea of chaos. 

Especially on Fridays. 

Day 129

May 9: Heading home. 

What you can't see is that Emma also has a Disney Princess T-shirt on, and that back pack is full of Disneyland paraphernalia (and that's a Sleeping Beauty doll in her hands -- the greatest of all Disney Princesses, according to every female in our household).

I'd say the trip was a success. 

Day 130

May 10: This caricature was drawn, and painted, in Disneyland (duh). The artist did a portrait of Jordan last year as well. She commented on something that I had never noticed before:

All of my kids have different noses.

Don't tell anyone, but Emma's is my favorite!

Day 131

May 11: For those of you with short memories, did I mention that our home was landscaped by the previous owners, and that we now have a yard full of tulips?

Day 132

May 12: I title this picture "Bored and waiting in the Bronco for soccer practice to end, and looking for something to photograph, because I am now paranoid that I'm going to forget again."

It's kind of catchy, huh?

This is the Polynesian whale-bone fishhook that hangs from my rear view mirror.

Day 133

May 13: Have you washed your car at a self serve car wash lately? The suds that come out of the foam brush are rainbow colored. I was so mesmerized that I failed to notice that I was flooding the place in rainbow soap. 

Don't you just want to...taste it?

I'm sure no one saw me snapping pictures of the foamy rainbow. 

Pretty sure...


Pam Emmons said...

I took that tour when I was a Sr. in High school. I thought it was awesome! And I have this distinct memory of being on that boat ride.... I am almost positive somebody drugged me, cause I was so friggin loopy!

Terri said...

Oh so YOU were the guy snapping photos of the flooded car wash! We were all wondering....

Love 129. Iconic end of trip shot. It sounds like you had a great time. You were missed!

Jill @ Sneaky Momma said...

Sounds like you guys had a great time at Disneyland. I love that shot of your little girl with all the Disney stuff. It would make the perfect ad.... :)

kayerj said...

what a great week, thanks for sharing. And in parting, enjoy this little quote:

We believed in our idea - a family park where parents and children could have fun- together.

~Walt Disney

sunshinesls said...

You so make me laugh......the pre teen scowl is too funny...I know it well!!

We rode the ship not the hubby was so very excited!!

I'm LOVING the going home pic! Truly priceless....I might just print that one out and hang it in my disney room here...Disneyland is truly magical!

Carebear said...

Yaaaaayyyy!!!! You're back! Hope you had a great time at the Happiest Place on Earth - how could you not though?! Woo-hoo on the daffodils and tulips - lucky break. Loving Matt's faux-hawk - my hubby wears one too. LOL at the pre-teen scowl. The going home shot is adorable, and I adore the rainbow suds photo. Great pics, but cannot believe you missed a day!!!

Unknown said...

welcome back!
Great photos!!!

Aaron said...

Its about time you forgot to take a picture....nice to know you are human.

Melissa said...

Oh, I just LOVE tulips... they are my favorite!!
And we just took Angie to Disney World for the first time; and I think I had just as much fun as her... awww, the magical worl dof Disney!! :)

Honey Mommy said...

I love tulips! They are beautiful and come up every year. What more can you ask for?!

Gina said...

Great pictures as always. Love the "heading home" one especially. But the rainbow and tulip pictures are certainly notable mention. Inspiration, all.

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Corey~living and loving said...

how how I missed you....but this was worth the wait. :) glad you had a nice time. :)

I can't pick a favorite from these. so many great ones.

and...I'm realizing I never got back to you. guess I'm busier than I though. LOL or just plain forgetful.

Alex @ I'm the Mom said...

Fantastic pictures as always Chris! I love the picture of Emma walking away from the camera. It's beautiful. Your children are beautiful :)

Michelle said...

Great week in photo's.......even if you did miss a day! But we will give you a pass.

Loved all your Disneyland photo's. Growing up in Southern California I have been many many times and even as an adult I still get excited to go there. It brings back great childhood memories.

I have never done the tour though. It sounds like fun.