welcome to the johnson family blog~ my name is mindy & my husband is brian, aka baja. we have been married since 08.08.08. the two of us became the five of us! our tiny baby bird, vivienne, arrived 04.12.12, baby lucielle came on 08.06.13 and baby edith on 11.19.15. thanks for stopping by our blogsite. here you'll find our photography work & our personal life, everything from family portraits to what’s going on in our life. it’s both a blog (to connect with friends and family who live a little too far away) & a journal/scrapbook (to remember all the little details as our family changes). so welcome, thanks for coming & enjoy! contact me at: hopefeathers {at} me {dot} com.

September 3, 2014


I am very aware that we are so blessed to have gotten to visit Disneyland as much as we have. I never ever dreamed I would get to bring my babies to Disneyland this much! Especially living half way across the country! So, thank you Grammie & Grampa for always being up for a Disney adventure and to Caitlin for letting us in each time and hanging out with us! Our girls love you!
This was the best trip yet! Viv is obsessed OBSESSED with almost all things Disney! Her favorite show is Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Her favorite movie is Frozen. And her favorite thing to do is dress up like a princess. So Disneyland was by far the happiest place on earth to her. We basically saw the back of a little polka dot clad Minnie Vivi gleefully running ahead of us all day. The Ariel ride was first and it set the tone for the day.... awesome! Viv still talks about when she waved to Ariel and then she rode a sea horse on the under the sea carousal. Lulu was a trouper and rode all the rides too. I didn't know what her reaction would be since she's hit or miss with her comfort level on new things but she was in awe of the lights, colors and music.
We've all been to Disneyland before. A lot. So there's not too many things we haven't done. But on this trip, we went to a new show. And I got chocked up. I could have hysterically laughed/sobbed if I really let myself haha. There is a Disney Junior Puppet show in California Adventure. As I mentioned, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is one of Viv's favorite shows. She also loves Sofia the First, Doc McStuffin's, and Jake and the Neverland Pirates. ALL of these shows and characters were included in this interactive puppet show. Picture a room filled with toddlers seeing their favorite characters LIVE IN PERSON! Viv was standing and clapping and dancing and singing along with the theme songs. She pointed out every character and waved hi. She collected all the confetti that fell during the show. She was so excited! My Mama heart was soaking up all her joy and it made me laugh and cry haha. She was so cute!
The girls took a pretty awesome nap in their mobile bunk bed (aka our stroller) as we sat by the fireplace in the dark lobby of the Grand California Hotel. We grabbed a special treat from Starbucks (love that Disneyland has these now!) and put up our feet as we rocked in rocking chairs by the fireplace. A perfect break.
This is Lulu's "I'm done with photos, Mama!" face haha.

Another favorite ride was It's a Small World ride. It was the last ride of the night. Right after we watched the Parade (where Vivi also waved and yelled hi to every character). Viv sang along to Small World the whole time. And Lulu danced and flapped her arms as she stared in awe. Pretty adorable end to an awesome day. The only thing that would have made it better would be if Papa was able to come with and see it all as well.

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