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The Beach | The Family | The Mouse’s House

July. We’re going to miss you.
We got to spend time with friends in Big Bear and then time up in Orange County with family. And then, a trip to Disneyland.

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Lucy transitioned over to a big girl bed. She’s very excited about it. Each night she asks me, “Are you going to sleep in your big girl bed, Daddy?” Yes, Lucy. Daddy sleeps in a big girl bed, too.
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At the end of the month, we got to visit Disneyland with Lucy’s cousins. Lucy probably had one of the best days of her life. She’s a huge fan of the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse show and plays with little Mickey and Daisy and Minnie and Goofy figurines at home. She often asks if she can “take one of [her] characters” in the car with us. Seeing the characters in person was…exciting to say the least.
The first character that we saw was Pluto. And Lucy was excited.
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But that was nothing compared to how happy that she was when she saw Goofy.
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Then we finally got to see the Mouse herself. In line we asked Lucy what she wanted to tell Minnie when she saw her. Lucy’s reply: “I want to make her laugh.” So as soon as Amy walked her over to Minnie, Lucy started saying “Tickle, tickle” and going after Minnie’s neck.
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We hurried from Minnie’s house over to watch the parade with all of the other cousins. Lucy loved the parade-she was so excited to wave at the princesses and watch all of the character’s dancing. The big gasp that you see below was in response to the Donald Duck float.
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We ran into Minnie on the street again after the parade. Lucy never really got the concept of posing for pictures with the characters. She really wanted to talk to them and look at them and touch the big buttons on their clothes. And reach into Minnie’s mouth, which prompted the secret “Help Me!” gesture from the costumed employee.
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Then we visited with Mickey for a few minutes. Again, Lucy was mostly interested in conversation rather than a photo op.

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And then, in line for Winnie the Pooh, Lucy fell asleep for an hour and a half.
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July 30, 2013 - 11:27 pm

Connie Reams Lauterbach - Oh! What a fun time. These are all so adorable. We can’t pick a favorite.

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