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Old 05-15-2008, 08:14 PM   #1
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Party of 5's First family trip to WDW! Just back from POR 6/16 *update 8/13 thoughts

**6/17 Just back to skip the PTR, go to page 10 post #141***





Well I have finally found the courage to try and write my own PTR. I have just loved the Dis for some time now and always enjoy others TR. So here goes my try at one! Please be kind, since I am winging this whole thing.

First I have to do a shout out to a few who have given me the courage to go for it! Thank you to Lesley of timandlesley, Jenn of Megansmom and Nichole of kays mommie . I have really enjoyed reading all of your Trs past and present!

Right now we are at 24 DAYS and counting!!!!

Here is the crew from “party of 5”

Me- stay at home mom, lover of Disney and planner of the family! I don’t do well with change and have really high expectations of things which then tend to disappoint me. I am working on that one. I can be a bit sarcastic to those that know me ,. My DH sarcasm has definitely rubbed off on me over the years. I grew up going to Disney many times as a kid, and a few as an adult. Last trip was a commando style day at MK with the older kids in 2005 for one night.

DH-”R” aka “grumpy”- doesn’t get the dis at all, really doesn’t care one way or the other about Disney. So NOT a planner, invented sarcasm. Trying to “prepare” me that things might not go as “planned” on our trip.He can be a bit paranoid sometimes. This will be his 5th trip.





DD-9- Lauren typical first born child. She has reached that “tween” stage with a lot of attitude these days. She is obsessed right now with Tink HSM, and Hannah Montanna .Also loves to read and has a love hate relationship with her brother. She is not overly sensitive. She has been one time, one day commando style to Mk back in 2005.

DS-7- Joey typical middle child, but he is the sweetest little boy and very sensitive. He can be a bit of a crier at times but doesn’t have a mean bone in his body (unless of course trying to get back at sisters). He is very inquisitive and wants to know the hows and whys of everything, he has a very old soul.. Looks up to his big sister. Also been one time, one day back in 05.

DD-4- Emma She is our little wildcard! She is the best and worst of all of us. She has her daddy wrapped around her finger, actually most adults for that matter. She has the most beautiful eyes. She can be sassy(tips from her older sister I'm sure) but oh soo sweet and such a love bug! According to her preschool teachers it is very obvious she has older siblings. She has never been to WDW before.. She is most excited to see Mickey and meet the princesses.




I should also mention that my kids are usually somewhat uncooperative when it comes to taking their pictures together or as a family. I am usually a raving lunatic screaming to smile or else. . And “E” is just a crap chute all together if she will even look towards the camera.

I went thru my pictures and realized I really have nothing good of them together that is recent . So the one of the 3 of them is from 2007.. I think it’s time for a nice WDW picture!!

Well I hope to have a few readers and that you'll enjoy it!
I'll be back with the "How it all began" story of our trip later.
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Feb 20-22 2005 Asmov (left little one behind)
June 8-16 2008~POR (first whole family trip)
Sep 18-20 2009~POP~ mommy and DD6 bday trip
June 6-8 2010~POR~ GAD trip with Ds,YDd ,sister and nephew
May 2014 for the twins first trip.. first offsite WBC

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Old 05-15-2008, 09:14 PM   #2
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Hi again..

Well sometimes you have to go backwards to go forward, so let me start by giving a little background info on "how it all began"

In the end of 2004 I received one of those cute little postcards, that have the pin on the back that was a discount for WDW. So I called to find out what it was all about exactly. I have been dreaming of the day when we would take our kids to disney

But my hubby always thought the kids needed to be "older" to appreciate it and blah, blah, blah... My youngest was just over a year at the time, so I knew we wouldn't be going with her anytime soon. My mom lives in florida and we used to always go visit in February. So I thought this would be prefect we will go there, like we always do, leave the little one with her, and take the older kids to disney..

We decided to stay for 2nights b/c it was still about a 4hour drive from my moms, and go to the magic kingdom for one day

Hey at this point, getting my hubby to agree to this was sortof a miracle in itself so I would have agreed to ANY amount of time there!

So we decided to go in Feb of 05, and that is when I discovered the Dis and all the little extras that go with it I planned the best I could on such short notice, I didn't stress to much b/c it was only one day. I pretty much knew we would do commando style b/c I had no idea WHEN we would ever get back!

We stayed at ASMu in the dalmation section.. the kids where newly 6 and almost 4.. perfect age... Honestly I missed my little one, but couldn't imagine going with someone that young, and I knew she was in good hands with grandma who was in heaven to have her to herself!

So we got there at rope drop and stayed all day... the kids did great, they fell asleep right after wishes (which we really didn't get to see b/c of the crowds and not really having any clue) it was an amazing day and I could not WAIT for the time we would return with my whole family

so after we returned I was obssessed with the Dis and reading everyone else's TR and living thru them . I was determined to make this trip happen sooner than later, however I did agree (don't tell him tho)with hubby that I wanted to wait until our little one was older..

So fast forward to 2006 when I found out about free dining! What , what is THAT all about?? My kids always got a fall break in september that would work perfectly with those dates... I started planning, and planning and planning...joined TGM and did more planning. Well even with free dining it just sadly wasn't in our budget, being a stay at home mom with 3 kids has it's perks, but also has it's cons and money is one of them
so I realized that we would have to push it back another year, and we would definitly go during the fall break of 2007! Let's hope for free dining again, and that would just be so awsome!!!

So did we get Free dining or did something else come up again??
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lots of trips as a kid ...
Feb 20-22 2005 Asmov (left little one behind)
June 8-16 2008~POR (first whole family trip)
Sep 18-20 2009~POP~ mommy and DD6 bday trip
June 6-8 2010~POR~ GAD trip with Ds,YDd ,sister and nephew
May 2014 for the twins first trip.. first offsite WBC
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Old 05-16-2008, 07:07 AM   #3
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YEAH!!! YOU DID IT!! I am so glad you did!!! Above was a BIG hello from all the smiley guys!! They are so happy for you too!!!

Great pictures--you guys are a great looking family! The kids are too cute!

You have me hook, line, and sinker---you KNOW I will be along for the ride!

Thanks so much for the shout out!! I think we all have been prompted and inspired to do this from someone else--for me, it also was Lesley--HEY LESLEY!--and I am so glad I did it!! It has been so fun to write, and a blessing to help stay organized!!

I put the instructions on my PTR for you about setting up the link in your siggie--hope it helps!

I know we overlap a bit on our trips, and I keep thinking, there are so many of us that I "know" from here that will be there at the same time, so we are BOUND to run into each other!!! Won't our hubbies look at us so funny when we stop each other to say "hi!" REMEMBER--please stop me if you see me--I will do the same too!

Great start---can't wait to see how it all ended up!
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Old 05-16-2008, 07:46 AM   #4
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Thanks Jenn, for being my first reader I knew I could count on you! Thanks again for all your help in getting me set up and started
Glad you are along for the ride so to speak!
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Feb 20-22 2005 Asmov (left little one behind)
June 8-16 2008~POR (first whole family trip)
Sep 18-20 2009~POP~ mommy and DD6 bday trip
June 6-8 2010~POR~ GAD trip with Ds,YDd ,sister and nephew
May 2014 for the twins first trip.. first offsite WBC
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Old 05-16-2008, 11:08 AM   #5
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Thank you to those that are reading this!

Ok, where did I leave off.. oh yes, the Free Dining promo!

I need to do alittle flashback here as well.. (We had been talking about moving out of our neighborhood to get in a better school district etc...)

So I had booked the trip for Sep 2007 in the beggining of 07 (keeping fingers crossed about Free dining) We booked POR and did base day tickets for 6 days.. I figured we really didn't need hoppers b/c the park hours just aren't as long at the time of year..then Free dining came out!! All was set this was so cool to be getting free dining and finally getting to take the family to disney I booked all my ADR's as soon as I could, got everything I wanted...

So during all of this, we decided after alot of thinking, that we REALLY needed to try and sell our house. We had NO IDEA how long this whole process could take if we could even sell it at all. So the spring of 07 we listed our house, said ALOT of prayers to St. Joseph and guess what??


We had an offer and contract on our house in ONE WEEK!!!!

But wait, we didnt' have ANY idea where we were actually relocating too (minor problem I'd say) we'll we did have some ideas, I had been doing a TON of research on line for schools and communities etc. We did have a general idea to the area, we had decided to move about an hour north west of where we were at.. Long story short we ended up finding a great house in a wonderful neighborhood with great schools!

Now during all this moving, at some point it occured to me that it would probably be unrealistic to still think we where going to disney in the fall afterall I was still hoping, but then when I found out our new school district doesn't do the fall break in September, that was the deal breaker for my hubby. He is really against taking the kids out of school, and that is one battle I just can't seem to win, lord knows I tried!

So I had to call and cancel everything it sooo broke my heart!

Well since I knew I could forgot about the Free dining program working for us, and I knew my hubby wouldn't go for them missing school. It didn't leave a whole alot of choices to pick from.... So I guess it will be summer 08!

I Knew I wanted to try and go in June for a few reasons, so we where looking at the week of June 8.

Now something really good did come from all this....
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lots of trips as a kid ...
Feb 20-22 2005 Asmov (left little one behind)
June 8-16 2008~POR (first whole family trip)
Sep 18-20 2009~POP~ mommy and DD6 bday trip
June 6-8 2010~POR~ GAD trip with Ds,YDd ,sister and nephew
May 2014 for the twins first trip.. first offsite WBC
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Great start on your pretrip report so far. Looking forward to reading more.
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Old 05-16-2008, 12:56 PM   #7
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thanks Pooh'smate for coming along!!
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Feb 20-22 2005 Asmov (left little one behind)
June 8-16 2008~POR (first whole family trip)
Sep 18-20 2009~POP~ mommy and DD6 bday trip
June 6-8 2010~POR~ GAD trip with Ds,YDd ,sister and nephew
May 2014 for the twins first trip.. first offsite WBC
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I know it's been forever but I had to come back and finish your report! What a wonderful family trip it turned out to be. We don't go back as a family for another year and it's so depressing. I love all of the pictures you took!
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