Happy 5th Birthday, Rachel! My friend, Grace, made this adorable outfit when her daughter turned five and then passed it on to us! It was fun to have people saying Happy Birthday to Rachel all day!
This trip was unlike Emily's in several ways. The biggest perhaps was that Rachel was not surprised as Emily had been. Rachel has been looking forward to this day since exactly November 2, 2009 when we took Emily! I think the anticipation actually took a some fun out of it for Rachel. But, she had a great time! Other differences include the weather (!!) and the fact that birthday guests are no longer free - more to come tomorrow on how we did this on a small budget.
Hooray - a first look at Cinderella's Castle!
Meeting the Princesses was at the top of her list:
And, meeting Mickey and Minnie!
The Dumbo ride - of course, for our elephant lover!
Thanks to a tip from a fellow mom in a line, we got a free treat for her birthday at the candy shop! Yum!
The Magic Carpet ride - caught in between rains!
Guest-Skipper Rachel on the Jungle Cruise!
Soaked and getting very tired - hopeful for one more ride on Dumbo which did not work out due to more rain and lightning. Fortunately we had ridden it in the morning!
Riding the ferry to get back to our bus and condo - what a sweet smile!