The Family Hat: Take a Moment to Dance

There’s something so special about stopping everything you are doing and busting a move in the middle of a crowd at Disneyland’s New Orleans Square. Sabrina, Kelsey and I were walking along when suddenly Kelsey heard the music of a street band performing. She looked at us, we looked at each other, and the rest is dancing history!

The Family Hat: Disney at Dark

Last night, my family and I visited Disneyland’s California Adventure. We heard the show, Water of Color, was amazing so we decided to check it out. After a quick detour on the Little Mermaid ride, we located our standing-only seats and settled in to view the show.

The minute the show started – I mean, the second the show started – Kelsey dove head first into my chest. She was scared from the noise and the bright lights. And thus … buried into my chest is where Kelsey stayed the entire time.

It didn’t bother me though. I took a seat on the cold pavement and with Kelsey in my lap we started singing and talking while everyone around us stood and watched the show. And you know what? I’m pretty sure I got the best seat in the house.

Here are a few photos from our night out at Disneyland.

Do you think she is upset because Shaun stole her signature color?

This photo makes me laugh. I was standing on my tippy toes to get it. Then, I slipped the minute I hit the flash. Hence, the streaks.

The Family Hat: Disneyland, Part I

Before we left for Kelsey’s first visit to Disneyland, my aunt sent me a text that read, “Relax … and enjoy the magic.” Magic, indeed! Disneyland is such a magical place, as I’m sure you remember very well from your childhood and past visits. But, to see Disneyland through the eyes of a child … that’s when the real magic happens.

We are on day two of the Magic Kingdom and her father and I couldn’t be more proud of her. She gets it. She really gets it. We have met Mickey about 4 times (more to come on that later), watched the snow fall down Main Street USA, ate chocolate covered bananas, sang “It’s a Small World” and met two Princesses.

The streets light up at night and look even more enchanting while the great smells of caramel popcorn and hot chocolate fill the air. You can hear kids yelling in excitement at every turn and watch as other families relish in their moments. I’m all focus on Kelsey though. I watch her eyes light up as she sees a Disney character stroll down the street. I laugh with her when Goofy does something silly. And I curl up with her and close my eyes too as we float down the Pirates of the Caribbean.

There’s something about this place that turns even the oldest adult into a kid again. I can’t wait for our sleeping beauty to wake up and experience more of this place.


These are a few photos from yesterday. More to come!