cousins and kidneys.

Even though these girls have not spent a day of their lives living within a thousand miles of each other, they’re connected. I think back to my own long distance cousins when I was growing up and I realize how much I didn’t know them. I always looked forward to seeing them but the visits every other year or so just weren’t enough to make us part of one another’s daily lives. Thankfully the dawn of the internet has made long distance relationships so much easier to maintain. Sarah and Charlotte video chat on Skype at least once a week.

So when we stepped off the plane in Orange County last week,

Sarah didn’t see a stranger waiting for her. She saw a buddy. 

When I planned this work trip to SoCal last year I knew it would be so much more fun if I had a crew with me. So I asked my Mom what she would think about tagging along with Sarah…which naturally led to my sister, my Aunt Lori, and our sweet Charlotte to joining us too. If I was paying for a rental car and hotel already we might as well do it up right! And that is how Girls’ Trip ’11 came to be.

Charlotte and her west coast contingent had some time to kill waiting for us in the airport. I love that she handed Sarah a Disneyland brochure as soon as we saw her!

Then they started right in, chattering about all the things they wanted to see the next day at the park.   

The girls were thrilled with our accomodations and immediately staked out one of the bedrooms for themselves, leaving their mamas on the sofabed in the living room. After seeing how they laid claim to their bed sides using lovies we just didn’t have the heart to kick them out. That night. The next three nights were a different story.

Still though, the girls insisted this was THEIR room and no one was allowed in unless they met one of the following two conditions: 1) they wanted to be there or 2) they were supposed to be there. I’m not exactly sure how they planned to withhold entry to someone based on those two very subjective qualifications, but whatev.

We woke up bright and early Friday morning to arrive at Disneyland when the park opened. Factoring a stop at the corner gas station to drop off a kidney in exchange for our sketchily purchased tickets from a dude named Santos. Again I say, whatev.

I was in California by this point and fully embracing the worry free lifestyle.

Did I mention our hotel was amazing? Here was the morning view from our balcony. Besides the rave that started at 5:15 a.m. (whatev) the morning after we arrived, it was heavenly.


They have raves in heaven, right? 

The good news for us about the whole will-donate-kidney-for-disney-tickets scheme is that the girls devised a clever plan to avoid such pains on our next trip. They spent the week running their own toll booth.

The bad news for you is that the toll for reading my blog is now $2.00 a trip.


    You don’t mind do you?

How could you possibly say no to these sweet mouseketeers and their last remaining kidney?

KarlyFebruary 10, 2011 - 2:49 pm

paying for pigbear? WHATEV! Yeah right, you’d make a fortune off of me.

Jennifer M.February 10, 2011 - 5:08 pm

That shot of them in their little toll booth is to die for. 🙂

heather mayberryFebruary 10, 2011 - 7:49 pm

cutely narrated story as usual. whatev and all. and yes, i would pay the toll.

JenFebruary 10, 2011 - 8:59 pm

You are so funny. If you are ever in Seattle, we so want you to come to girls night!!! You’d fit right in!

KelliFebruary 11, 2011 - 9:26 am

How’s this for sad? All I could think about is how I’ve been in that airport! On my way to Disneyland too. Ahhh…a vacation, how I’d like one now.
Did the girls have a great at the park? And why were you buying tickets from Santos?

Lorena MoraFebruary 11, 2011 - 10:44 am

I think their toll booth is so cute, very imaginative of the girls. I would totally pay the toll.

So when do we get pictures of Disney? You did do the mamarazzi at Disney right? Or were you a good mom and just took in all the fun without worrying about taking pictures? Or is that the bad mom, I never know which it is. I’m always torn between enjoying the moment or taking pictures of the moment or feeling guilty for not having recorded the fun.

MarciFebruary 11, 2011 - 11:00 am

I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard at one of your posts before. This totally set my weekend off with a smile.

CarolFebruary 11, 2011 - 11:15 am

just send me a bill – but you have to figure out how many times I visit your blog!

Shannon JonesFebruary 11, 2011 - 11:28 am

That would be so much fun with all the girls! Trying to talk my Mom into doing something like that, but haven’t gotten far.
Hey when you are in Ohio & Kentucky, why not swing through Indiana too. We’re in good ‘ole Hoosier country. And I mean the REAL Hoosier country. We’re in Bloomington with Indiana University.
Would be great to have you here!!!

Taunya CastilloFebruary 12, 2011 - 2:31 pm

My favorite part was her giving her the pamphlet! SO Precious!
Read your interview w/ CM today how amazing was that! Loved that bit of insight. Did check out your music choices.(Wonderful by the way). Felt compelled to share my favorite folk singer. My husband and I catch him when he’s traveling through Chicago land and we catch him in Fl. in winter. Kraig Kenning, really think you will enjoy his style, check him out if you find a few extra minutes, (what are those you are asking hehe)Hope you do not mind the links/suggestion!

MY favorite by him “Every Precious Moment”:

Many peoples favorite “Crossroads”:

Kristin BurgeFebruary 14, 2011 - 8:33 am

Love your photography, blog and clean color video!! And absolutely adorable photos from Disneyland!!
Question! Back on Jan. 19th, 2009 you did a Q & A 3.0. Great info in it! I am wondering if you have done a 4.0? Also, in that blog post Q & A – you answer some of the questions saying you will come back to that in a future blog post. That blog and any follow-ups are not posted under “categories” -> photography tutorials…. I know – I am such a geek! Am trying to go through your blog archives to find out if you did blog about those questions??? Any hints would be welcome! Thanks so much!
-Kristin B.

Joyce EnsleyFebruary 17, 2011 - 10:44 am

Great photos, showing all what a great time you had visiting one of the most wonderful places. It’s so nice to have a family sharing those good times…you are all so fortunate to have each other.
Sending much love,
Miss Joyce

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