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Old 12-01-2012, 01:04 PM   #1
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Red face Many reasons to be THANKFUL! Oh, look the baby is crying… Nov '12 (THROWBACK FRIDAY!)

Welcome beloved readers and friends! It's time again to start the slow process of reliving my WONDERFUL Disney vacation with you fabulous people!!! Let's get down to it!!

Hi! I'm Christen!


Why yes that IS a mini Disney Cupcake!

I am 31 years old and I work in a Hospital/Physician billing office in the middle of the cornfield. Seriously. The place I work at is surrounded by cornfields. Why am I living in the Cornfields???

This is my Husband Corey!


I love him VERY much! He got a job working at a college in the cornfield! Okay, well, maybe his work is not as much surrounded by cornfields… but they aren't that far away.

These are my adorable kids, Cortlyn and Catrina.


I know, I know… I make some sweet looking kids!


We decided after a LONG bit of back and forth that we would take our family vacation over Thanksgiving to Disney World. Thanks to my husband's crazy job, it really is the best time for us to go. Since he does the Marching Band, July-Nov are full and then he also works with the Pep Band for Basketball games, so the rest of the winter/early spring is kind of iffy.

We had a WONDERFUL Travel Agent (Hi Jenn!) that helped us so much! I know I can plan a great vacation on my own, but it was nice to have someone that could make that phone call to get me the room I wanted (Nemo!) or the dinner ressie that was hard to get (Be Our Guest)!

We stayed at Art Of Animation in a Finding Nemo suite and it was amazing! We were on the Regular Dining Plan and had 5 days planned in the parks. This was our first plane ride as a family, so we got to use the Magical Express!

Hope that's enough to keep people entertained while I work on the first installment! I made notes about my trip, and I'm working to upload all my pictures to photobucket, so HOPEFULLY I can keep a respectable pace with this TR!

Okay, well, I might have messed up! I started uploading some pictures at the same time as start my intro… I'll have to come back and add pictures later!
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Old 12-01-2012, 01:30 PM   #2
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Since photobucket isn't working for me, let's just get some history out of the way, shall we?

So, this trip had been in the works since… oooh… as soon as we got home from our first family trip in 2010! I will say, right now, for ALL to read (okay… maybe just Dis'ers) that my ODD was 2.5 years old on her first trip. That girl has a steel trap mind and could tell you all SORTS of things about her first trip. Heck, we were talking about plans for the trip and she got mad at me because I told her we weren't eating in the castle! So, I was really excited to take her back to see how the magic was this trip!

My YDD was 19 months old for this trip. I will say, it was hard, but totally manageable! She did great with everything, but I also had realistic expectations. I did not expect her to be a trooper and go from open to close in the park. I look at Disney as an ongoing destination for our family- none of this "once in a lifetime" event type things, you know? So, we clearly missed doing some things. But it's okay, because we had a GREAT time as a family and did things that WE wanted to do. Some may think our style of park touring is crazy, but it works for us!

We decided when we planned this trip that it would be best for the family to stay in the suites. We priced out several options, even looked at some off-property (I know, I know…) rooms, but every time, we just circled right around to being on property and in a family suite! We loved the dining plan, no driving and finding hidden Mickey's! We knew that Catie would require daily naps and that while Cortlyn can go without naps, she could probably benefit from naps as well- so we'd need easy access to our hotel and being on property is the only way to really do that. The family suites were really perfect for our family!

So, let's go back just a little and say that we booked a Nemo suite over Thanksgiving last spring, but then in a turn of events canceled that trip and started planning a trip for June and then canceled that and rebooked for Thanksgiving! Sadly, when we rebooked, they didn't have a Nemo suite for our dates, so we settled for a Cars suite. Not that we don't like Cars, but my girls aren't really into those movies, but they do love Cars.

I'll put my 2 cents in about AoA right here. I REALLY wish that they had done at least ONE building of LM family suites. Heck- I wish that they had made some single rooms in ALL the buildings. But what do I know about Disney hotel planning??!?!

Anyway, Jenn was able to score us a Nemo room! We had also found a great deal on flying, which ended up adding a day to our trip!

Okay, I think that Photobucket is working!
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Old 12-01-2012, 02:12 PM   #3
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We were flying out of Indy on the afternoon of Nov 17th. We woke up that morning and Corey had to go to work for a meet and greet of possible students for an hour and then he came home and we loaded everything in the car.

Let me just say, that when Catie woke up, she had that puny, snuggly, *I don't quite feel well* look to her. Cortlyn had a stomach bug earlier in the week and I was sooo afraid that Catie was coming down with that. Well, I thought everything was fine when Catie started having messy diapers. Cause every mommy knows you can clean a messy diaper up much easier than the other tummy troubles, right? But she did seem to perk up a bit after a few messy diapers and so I thought we were in the clear!

Catie is an amazing helper!


I was SERIOUSLY impressed with myself! This is all we packed!!!


While we loaded the luggage and the BEAST of a stroller (THAT will come back later!), the girls ran around the porch and front yard.


Then it was off to Dance class for Cortlyn, where she got to try on her costumer for the winter performance of Nutcracker! It was WAY too big, but they altered it for us!


We jumped BACK in the car, and went through the drivethru at McDonalds and got a late breakfast… Well, only because we thought they stopped serving breakfast at 10:30 and it was 10:45, so we thought we would get some burgers to eat on the way… but we were wrong! Oh well! Breakfast it is! Then, of course, the girls decided that it was naptime!



We had about a 2 hour drive to Indy from where we live, so this was good that the girls fell asleep so quickly… of course, it would have been better if they slept the whole drive, but that hour was good enough! Soon, we were driving up to the Indy Airport!


We parked the car RIGHT next to a shuttle spot!


Soon, we were on the shuttle to the airport!



The Airtran gates are ALL the way at the far right of the terminal. So, we walked down to our gate and then Corey and I took turns staying with our stuff and running around with the girls. It was fun, since you could tell most of the people on the flight were heading to Disney. This ADORABLE little girl walked up to me and bluntly asked my name and then where we were going. She was shocked when I said Disney and turned around and introduced me to her entire family and told them that I was going to Disney like they were. I smiled knowingly at the mom, since it very well could have been my ODD asking some random stranger their travel plans in the middle of the airport.


Our flight was running on time.


We decided to have a picnic in the airport- which was a hit with Cortlyn!

Sorry… no pictures of the food from the airport. It was a hotdog and it wasn't all that great!

I will say, that we got there PLENTY early… But it is impossible to know that until you get to the airport and go through security. I was afraid that since we were going into Thanksgiving week that it might be a bit heavier, but it didn't seem to be in my opinion. Soon enough though, they were ready to gate check any luggage or strollers and we were ready to board the plane!

I spent the money and paid for our seats- which I am SO glad that I did! Both of our flights were completely booked solid!! Gotta show the good, bad and the ugly, right?





This is how my feet looked the majority of the flight… yeah, yeah, my carry ons fit under the seat, but I needed access to that stuff!
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Yay! You are doing a TR and are off to a great start with the adorable photos of the girls. You are to be commended for only bringing three suitcases - well done! I don't have such self control with my packing!

Looking forward to reading all about your trip!!
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Yay! You are doing a TR and are off to a great start with the adorable photos of the girls. You are to be commended for only bringing three suitcases - well done! I don't have such self control with my packing!

Looking forward to reading all about your trip!!
Well, did you SEE the pictures of that massive stroller we took!? I knew we only had so many hands getting into the airport!

Glad to have you on board!
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3 suitcases is AMAZING! WTG Momma!

Can't wait to hear the details!
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Lovin' the efficient packing!! I am getting better each trip we take

Cannot wait to hear about your trip!
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