Not too shabby for a consolation prize! A Dec 2013 TR! Update 5/3 p. 28 COMPLETED!
Hi and :welcome: to my pre-trip report. I am powerless against not writing pre and post trip reports. This is my 3rd active report at this time. :blush: Thank you for joining in. Be warned, I like to write in fragmented sentences. And my reports are picture heavy. See how I just did that?
First, a little about the title.
I applied to be a part of the 2014 Disney Parks Moms Panel and made it to Round 2. I did not make it to Round 3. I found out this past Thursday and was fairly and temporarily heartbroken. If you arenít familiar with the Moms Panel go to the official Disneyworld site and youíll see the logo. Click there and itíll explain. Although my process ended much sooner than I would have liked, my consolation prize for not making it isnít too shabby. I am always tossing around the idea of a trip during the winter holidays; sometimes they happen and sometimes they donít and up until yesterday my chances of visiting Disneyland during the holidays were slim at best. Donít cry for me Argentina. It gets better, promise.
Rewind to yesterday at Starbuckís. I heart you Starbuckís. They have been doing a B1G1 Free all week so DH and I have been hitting the decaf grande white chocolate mochas pretty hard. Some of our best plans have been born at the local Starbuckís. Kinda creepy huh? LOL! :lmao:
We had briefly talked about a possible trip over the holidays but with DHís crazy schedule it wasnít looking good. Until yesterday. As we sat, listening to Wilco, chatting, and reveling in our mellowness, DH brought up Disneyland and said heís needing a fix. Thatís all I needed. We whipped out our phones, compared calendars, and came up with dates. I know Walt said it all began with a Mouse but around here, it all begins with a date.
We have dates! :woohoo: I have a consolation prize.
Our family is comprised of myself, DH, and our three children (16,14, and 12). Our middle DD will turn 15 while we are in California. This trip is a little bit Christmas and a little birthday too (sung to the tune of Donny and Marieís Little Bit Country). I have been in Utah far too long as I am using Donny and Marie lyrics and referring to them twice on the first page. Someone save me.
Me: I'm 44 y/o, mom of 3, wife to 1, and self-proclaimed Disney freak. I love it. I always have. I am from So Cal and grew up going to Disneyland. My father would take me weekly as a child. I have the happiest memories.
DH: Anchor extraordinaire, firefighter, hardworking, the Ricky to my Lucy. He also mines diamonds in Africa and travels all over for another part time gig.
Gabby 16: Motivated, funny, straight shooter, snotty teen. She's determined to move out of Utah as soon as she graduates high school and I think she'll do it.
Chloe 14: Artistic, dreamer, eclectic, snotty teen. Chloe's idol is Mary Blair and I have no doubt she'll have every success.
Joshua 12: Witty, soccer loving, straight A's, snotty pre-teen. His goals are to be ether a pro soccer player or a HS History teacher.
Before we get into the nitty gritty, Iíd like to share some photos from prior trips. We love our Disneyland. These are only a small sample.
This one has my father (pre-stroke) in it.
Continued in next post.....
If you are still with me, thank you. If you'd like to see more current photos, please check out my other reports (links below). :goodvibes
I don't know that I can adequately convey how happy I am to be taking this trip. The winter holidays are my favorite time of the year to visit the Disneyland Resort. The sights and smells and sounds evoke pure joy. I am so excited for the 5 of us to spend 2 magical days at the Happiest Place on earth. :cloud9:
Up next: the plan and trip details.
The intro, page 1
Our dates, page 2
The plan, page 4
The long and winding road, page 15
Checkin in, page 17
Rainy days and Thursdays never get me down, page 18
Light it up! page 20
Love us some GCH! page 22
well you KNOW I'm here!
I am loving the pictures of the kids, wow on Chloe's hair change. I knew but hadn't seen pictures of her when she was that little. So much fun to see them grow up in those pictures.
M at the grill is classic!
I feel horrible I didn't know you'd made it to round 2. You'd be AMAZING!
Perfect consolation prize.
Yay! I'm glad you're here. I thought it would too confusing to combine my cruise report with this one as I still have a ton to plan.
Isn't Chloe's hair crazy straight? It started to get wavy and then mad curly when she began her Increlex shots (treatment for her IGF1-Deficiency). The docs swear that the medication doesn't have anything to do with her hair turning curly but as you can tell she had stick straight hair before and up until she began the shots and that was way before puberty hit. I'm sure she'd be elated that I mentioned her name and puberty in the same sentence. :rotfl:
I didn't tell anyone I applied but the kids and Michael. Once I made it to Round 2 I told my friend Sadee, the coworker who would have filled in for me had I made it on the panel, and a few other hopefuls on Twitter. I am proud of my essays and video, I was totally me, nothing staged or edited, and spoke and wrote straight from the heart. I'm damn funny too; they're missing out. ;)
Nice to hear that you and your family will be going down to the DLR in December. Hope you and your family have a great time.
Very nice pictures of your family from your past Disneyland trips.
OK! I'm here too! And you can definitely have a chapter at my house too!
Thanks Bret and :welcome:. We're truly so excited, at least Michael and I are excited. The kids don't know yet.
:woohoo: You know it! How did your first time entertaining in the new house go?
We spent a few minutes at the Tiki bar, but mostly moved about the place and then went home and crashed!
I'm here! Need to come back and read :)
You don't sound stuck up, you sound happy. :thumbsup2 And you should be happy. It's a beautiful home and you're going to make wonderful memories in such a peaceful place. You come across as grateful and excited not stuck up at all.
Sounds like an awesome night. Funny you entertained at home and then went home after. :rotfl:
What show did you see?
:welcome: friend. I'm so crazy nuts excited for this trip. We haven't done Disneyland during the holidays for quite some time and its total magic. I'm wrapping my head around just having two days but heck, a few days ago, the whole trip was off the table. pixiedust:
Loved the movie so I'm guessing the live show is even better. Mel Brooks is great. Funny we were just talking about ratings and what was R years ago would be PG13 or maybe even PG now. Where was the show? You ladies are always on the go go go. I was out of my robe for a total of 5 hours yesterday. :rotfl:
Sounds like a great evening. :thumbsup2
Oh my goodness those kids were cute, and so tiny!!! I know they start out that way but it's always fun to see photos :)
I'm sorry about the Moms Panel, you would have been fabulous, their loss :(
:thanks: They grow up so fast. It's amazing how quickly time flies. Chloe has changed the most to me. A lot of people don't recognize her from toddler photos.
We have so many magical memories of our times at Disneyland.
You're sweet, thank you. I'm over it now and only imagining how crappy I'd feel if I got cut after Round 3. From what I gather, they take
20,000 applicants. They waddle that down to 250-350 for Round 2. They chop that down to about 40 for Round 3, and then from there between 10-20 make it. I feel pretty good getting into Round 2. Can't be everyone's cup of tea and I'm okay with that.
I can't believe you go to WDW in less than 3 weeks. VGF, here you come! :woohoo: Are you so excited?
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