Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Happy 5th Birthday Rachel!

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!
Tea cups!


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!


Mary Ann said...

Looks like she had a wonderful day with you guys! She looks so much like you, Monica! Happy birthday, Rachel!

LynnMarie said...

Happy Birthday Rachel! What a great trip you had! I can't believe how big she is and how fast they grow up.

Mom said...

Sweet birthday princess! Love, Mom/Grammie

~katie~ said...

Happy belated birthday to sweet Rachel! Looks like a magical time!! My daughter loved looking at all the fun pictures and started singing Happy Birthday to her! =)

Anonymous said...

So happy to see these pictures!
She looks so cute and I know you all had a great time. Sorry it rained on you though!
What a little princess you are Rachel. I love you!

Elise said...

Happy Birthday, Rachel!!! LOVE her outfit!!

Anonymous said...

What a perfect trip for your little princess! Those pictures are great.

Davonne said...

I love these photos! Your tradition for their fifth birthdays is so special and something they'll surely remember for the rest of their lives :)