This is gonna be long, but mainly because of photos.
Even though we're away, I wanted to start off her birthday right. I came armed & ready with balloons that I had all blown up so the first thing she'd wake up to was tons of her favorite "bloons!" everywhere. Little miss bed-head truly enjoyed that.
All our family greeted her excitedly, we sung happy birthday to her, she told everyone she's "TWOOOO!" and the happy day had begun.
After a minor little injury...yep, birthday girl got a bloody lip by tripping & falling into the closet--she was ready & excited to go spend her special day in Magic Kingdom.
(Best view in the house on daddy's shoulders--first look at the castle---so many "wow's!" and "whoa's!"...)
We booked a character breakfast for her birthday at Crystal Palace. Most people who come to Disney and know Magic Kingdom know about this place. It's basically a buffet-style cute little restaurant, with all the Winnie the Pooh characters.
(birthday cheesing---meeting eeyore---tigger---and enjoying a birthday cupcake & 'happy birthday' in the morning because that's how we do birthdays at Disney World :)
(meeting Pooh, and snuggling up with him--meeting Piglet---and hanging out with The Best Daddy Ever.)
After our super fun breakfast (that honestly helped her to warm up to characters)--we came outside to a really fun celebrations parade.
Emeline was OBSESSED. She spotted "GOOFYYY" right away on a float and she was ecstatic. Aunt Susie put her on her shoulders and we watched, danced, and clapped along with the parade. We even went up to another spot to get a better view of Mickey & Minnie. At this point, Emeline got down & danced in the street with all the other kids. They acknowledged kids celebrating birthdays, special occasions, etc. It was so fun! I have lots of video, too.
It was shortly after this that we had a very special meet and greet with Minnie & Mickey. This was BY FAR the highlight of my day. And for sure the highlight of Emeline's.
We had fast passes for this, and literally waited about 3-5 minutes until we walked into a room by ourselves and were greeted by THE MAIN MICE themselves. I think Emeline may have passed out for a brief second (kidding). But I know I almost did. I don't know what kind of happy drugs they pump into the air here, but literally--it was magical.
My girl gasped. She smiled big. She looked with wonder. She kissed their noses. She gave minnie the longest hug possible (video below). She high-fived. She examined their hands. They treated her extra special because it was her birthday. She felt like a queen, I just know it.
Video of Emeline hugging Minnie:
(excuse the screaming toddler who was just outside behind us--he was a wreck, poor kid!)
After meeting them we were all a little bit on a high. I know it sounds silly, but REALLY--they make it seem so special. And I think that seeing this through your 2 year old's eyes just adds to it all. It got me a little emotional, honestly. This making memory business can be precious. Okay, it is precious. So much so.
Honestly, the rest of her birthday was low-key, but still so fun. I felt like after the morning we had--we'd made some amazing memories already. We went back to the room, gave the birthday girl a nap, had hours of pool time, where she went down water slides & played at the "donald duck pool" non-stop. We ended it with a simple little meal and a birthday rice-crispy treat.
I put my camera away for the second half of the day so I could just soak it up. Thanks to my iPhone for capturing a few other special memories from that day.
Her smiles were endless. I will bottle up this day forever and remember it and treasure it always. I don't want to be cheesy, but in a way, I do feel cheesy---this place truly is the happiest place on earth.
And what a way to celebrate my gorgeous birthday girl.