Oct 27, 2013

a seventeen spent at the happiest place on earth.

that's the real trouble with this world: too many people grow up. // walt disney // 
it's surreal to wake up on your birthday in a hotel room that has become like a home {after many previous stays} and with people who are like family. to turn a year older and drink in seventeen years at a place steeped in childhood nostalgia is perhaps the best way to do so. and I feel so remarkably blessed to have had the opportunity.

the 25th was my seventeenth birthday. I had my two best friends at each of my sides at the happiest place on earth for the last time round. it was a magical time, as always, brimming with starbucks, sherlock quoting, british/german accents, teasing, loads of laughter, misty mornings, and people who i hold very dear to my heart.
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{psst! wanna know a secret? this girl can't hold a pose in front of a camera to save her life. *smiles*}
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>> oh, yeah, guys! this is david. pretty much the best disneyland cast member there ever was. ;) 
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disneyland short stories + hodepodge // 
+everyone at disneyland makes you feel so special on your birthday. from cast members working at the turnstiles and shop counters, to waiters who served yummy cupcakes with candles, to starbucks workers writing happy birthday on the cups, and the characters in the parade. it really is the most magical place.  
+mum's friend took us all out for breakfast at the storyteller cafe. i tried egg's benedict for the first time, and i think i have fallen in love. 
+we were taken off toy story mania when it broke down and got to see behind the scenes of the ride.
+johanna & i bought tiaras, and we felt like princesses.
+we celebrated johanna's unbirthday. 
+i halted the buzz lightyear ride for losing my sunglasses. to say the least, now joanna and i are even since she stopped it the year before. 
+yes, my two best friends are named "joHanna" and "joAnna." it's confusing, i know. 
+we chatted with the NICEST disneyland cast member EVER for about an hour and a half in innoventions. i think we covered every single tv + movie + music subject out there, and were so beyond surprised/blessed to be given a special fast pass on any ride of our choice by him the next day. david, you made our visit so much more amazing! disneyland should definitely give you a raise. ;) 
+we had a MARVELous time seeing the iron man exhibit. all the suits are incredible, and jarvis's voice = the best. 
+red from disney's cars "sang" happy birthday to us. 
+the worker on tower of terror made the whole crowd sing happy birthday. 
+i think i got five birthday buttons on this trip {shhhh!}, since i didn't really care for any of the people's handwriting, so finally i had the opportunity to write my own name. 
+johanna is the worst driver on autopia. joanna is the worst driver on indiana jones. just so you know. :) 
+i'm going to miss disneyland. so very much indeed.
xx from your official seventeen year old disneyland adventurer 


  1. So very fun!! I'm glad to see the pictures. Disneyland is definitely an amazing place!!! so, it's funny (and this is random), but the guy walking by in the very first picture really looks like my cousin- and it is blurred and you can't tell, but I thought that was funny. :-) So, perhaps you fell in love with those eggs because it just happened to share a name with a certain someone we all love... ;-) lol!
    Happy birthday again, dear one! I'm so very glad you had a wonderful day!

  2. Happy belated birthday! I just turned seventeen as well last month. Looks and sounds like a grand time! I've never been there, but it's on my bucket list.

  3. happy seventeenth girl! i'm turning seventeen soon. it's so old! i always thought sixteen was the age to be, but once you're seventeen, it's like... wow, i'm actually almost an adult. it's surreal. and this looks like the best way to celebrate! i'm glad you had fun!

  4. Happy birthday, dear Grace! I am so happy that you were able to spend your birthday with such good friends at your favorite place, and know that many memories where made! I only regret that I couldn't have been there myself to give you a great big hug, so I'll just give it to you over the internet *hug*. =) Have a splendidly lovely day, dear!


  5. Happy Birthday! Looks like you had so much fun.

    P.S. I remember Tower of Terror. So scary. And I was only ten.

    Love yourself,

  6. Aww, looks like you all had an amazing time! I can only imagine how magical Disneyland is, especially on your birthday. *smile*


    p.s. You all are just too cute for words.

  7. Goodness, did we have fun! *smile* And gracious, do I already miss you so much already, girly! *hug* We simply must make the lodge work soon dear, k? ;)

    Love you to the moon and back!
    -- your JW

    ps. and yes. for the record, david was the best disney-worker. EVER. yup. :D

  8. Happy happy HAPPIEST of birthdays, m'dear. Y'all look so incredibly beautiful (I mean seriously) and I hope your day was just as beautiful!

    I love you, Grace!


  9. happy birthday Grace! glad that you spent the day full with fun. such a great way to spend a special day

  10. Happy Birthday, Grace! What a magical place to spend your birthday. Glad you had such a fantastic time!

  11. What a perfectly fantastic way to spend your birthday! Lovely post, thank you for sharing! :)

  12. the amount of cute dresses, perfect looking coffee, and just general happiness in this post is too much.
    and i'm pretty sure the tiara photos are my favorite, you two were born to wear tiaras. ;)
    happy birthday, dear girl!
    (p.s. i'm still working on getting that package together. things have been insane since i've arrived home,so things are taking a bit longer than expected. i promise i shall get it off soon though! xx.)

  13. Too cute. I want to go to Disneyland now!

    Caterina x

  14. okay, yeah, so I know I'm a little late.... but.... Happy birthday!!! ah, this looks like it was such a good way to spend your birthday. oh, and your friend has like the coolest name ever. ;)

  15. Happy Birthday! I love the pictures and like the blog! : )