Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Say "Cheese!"

I feel like whenever I talk about Lilly, or Disney World, I all of a sudden sound a lot like the Bachelor. I start saying things like "amazing" and "incredible" and "once in a lifetime." And when you get Lilly IN Disney World, it gets even worse (better).

It's not about the characters, or the rides, or the high quality of service that Disney World always has, although those things are definitely good. For people who don't "get" Disney, it's more about the way Lilly laughs when she gets excited about something new. It's about the way our family bonds over a few days of nonstop togetherness. It's about all the special moments, that keep us coming back for more.

There's so much I want to write about our week away - about our trip to Atlanta, Savannah, Hilton Head, and Disney World. I love traveling with Lilly because she's such a good traveler, but also because we get to spend so much quality time together. I feel like I get to appreciate all the different layers of Lilly and our family when we are together 24/7.


On Saturday, we decided to do a Disney Photopass professional photography session. It's $100 for a 20 minute session and $130 for 40 minute session and you get a cd included with all the pictures and the rights to do whatever you want with them. We've seen more expensive packages in New York and Virginia and Atlanta, so to us it was worth it to do this photo session at Disney World. You can pick most of the Deluxe resorts to do this at, and we picked Animal Kingdom Lodge since we were staying at their Kidani Villas. While it's probably a little bit prettier at the Polynesian or Yacht and Beach Club, it was nice for the convenience of not dragging two little girls around the Disney property before a photo shoot.

Two girls? My niece Cassidy joined me, Jon, Lilly, and my parents for our trip. For the photo session, you can do any combination of places/people, which is also nice. Lilly didn't do school pictures this year (we were in transition at the time) so it was nice to get shots of her by herself, plus family shots, pictures of my parents, and even Cassidy had her own photo shoot within the 40 minutes - 209 pictures total! It was definitely worth the session, in my opinion. The photographer we had was flexible and willing to follow us around and take candid shots as well, and if the girls were doing something cute, she caught it. At two different points, Lilly just started posing near a wall - she looked like a fashion model doing different poses and expressions - and the photographer caught it all on film.

Here are just a few pictures from our session:


Lil'Sis said...

Great pics, so glad you all had a fun time (again:))

Becca said...

Beautiful pictures! How fun that Lilly's cousin could go with you, too! Btw, you and your mom look so much alike!

I know what you mean about how amazing (see, there's that "Bachelor" word...LOL) it is mainly to see how she laughs and reacts to those new situations. Like I can be completely in tears going to a movie with Sammi, not because the movie's so good, or sad, or poignant, but because I get so overwhelmed by the fact that she's absorbing a new experience and enjoying it. I just love that. Can't wait to hear about all the new and exciting things Lilly got to experience on this trip!

Melanie said...

I love the picture of your dad picking Lilly up - so cute!! You almost make me want to try DW again....almost