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Old 08-14-2012, 02:30 AM   #16
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Dentures, seizures, and brand new broken laptops

It has been a couple weeks since my last update ... life has been crazy as normal for me.

*OT for a min or two*

My 85 yr old granny who lives with me finally decided to get dentures. Her former dentist was milking her for all he could doing root canals and crowns when her teeth were so brittle that they were literally falling out and cracking. So my mom, aunt and myself had been working on finding her someone else to go to and I came across a wonderful dental group who makes the dentures on the premises. I took her in for her first apt a few weeks back and when they did x-rays we found out my granny only had 13 teeth left (It still makes me so mad how her former dentist was using her. It should be considered elder abuse in the very least for a dental "professional" can take advantage of an older person that way. Not once did he recommend pulling them all and getting dentures in fact the last time we asked he said that he MIGHT suggest a partial but did not think full dentures were the way to go).

On top of that my favorite goat was diagnosed with epileptic seizures and we had to put her down. We raise fainting goats and they tend to seize up when scared but she was the worst I have ever seen. It was horrible because she was the friendliest one of our bunch. Would have follow us right in the house if we would have let her. (which I draw the line at livestock in the house unless it is an emergency. There have been a couple times when we have had winter babies and the weather was so bad that we had to bring one it to keep it from freezing to death But that is the only exception)

My oldest son got a new laptop as and early christmas present and broke it 2 days later. cracked the screen and we are having a hard time trying to get it fixed. Warranty does not cover this. We are making him pay for the repair out of his savings.

And all that is on top of the "normal" family drama we always have going (which I'll not get into at this time, too long a story, too short a format. short version is 2 adult kids (31 and 21) living at home with their momma both refuse to work and putting a financial burden on the rest of the family)

*Steps off soap box*
Sorry all - regular update to follow
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Old 08-14-2012, 02:41 AM   #17
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Friday the 13th

We are now going to leave out EARLY on Friday the 13th (lol I just realized that Friday the 13th good thing I'm not very superstitious..lol) Anyways we are going to leave out as early as possible and drive to Valadosa, Ga and stay the night in a hotel that I have frequent stay points so we get the night free for 2 rooms

So I figure we will get into Valadosa which is over 3/4 of the way and get a few hours of sleep and head out for Disney around 3am. Kids will sleep most of the rest of the way and wake up in WDW!!! That way we will be fairly rested check in as early as possible (who cares if a room is ready because then we can have a full day at a park that first day there and still have energy to do so!

Sounds like a good plan to me. Any one out there with any suggestions?
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Old 09-16-2012, 12:08 PM   #18
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Binders, School and a Horse

OK I know I have been bad about updating actually it has been about a month. But that just means a month closer to Disney

I have been really busy lately. I had to make a new binder, my last one bit the dust. I tried to glue it but it just tore again, so at the back to school sales I bought a new bigger binder. I'll post pics soon.

Getting back in the swing of school again has been tough this year. There just doesn't seem enough hours in the day. We have about 8 weeks into this school year. And my older started High School this year and it has been very different then K-8. He is taking a fairly heavy schedule but he is doing well so as long as he holds up so shall I. My younger son is in the 3rd grade and he loves his curriculum which is computer based so he is going through it somewhat on his own so that has freed me up some.

But our newest addition has tied up most of my time and energy...


We just adopted a Mustang off the Nevada range. So we have been putting up new fence and getting our pasture ready for him. He was previously adopted by a wonderful lady who could just not afford his upkeep so through one of my homeschool friends I found out about Nevada (yes that is his name lol) and we went to look at him and fell in love with him so we have spent the last week or so getting ready for him and yesterday we were finally able to bring him home.

So now that we are done with the hard work (putting in fence is hard work and we put in more then a acre and a half of it. I can get back to Disney stuff....

I will be adding another Disney update shortly....

Now I return you to your regular Pre-Trip Report...

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Old 09-21-2012, 03:48 PM   #19
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Talking Less than a Year :)

356 days to go!!! We are officially less than a year away now.

I know it is still a while to go but I am ready to and feel the


I will be doing an update with my pic for my binder and my designs for an autograph book(s) I might bind them separately for each park...


See ya real soon.....

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Old 09-23-2012, 12:45 AM   #20
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Getting Creative - Autographs part 1

Well here we go I have been working on character sheets for some autograph books so here are my designs so far....

Basics-









Mickey -









Minnie -







Friends -












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Getting Creative - Autographs part 2

Here are a few more....















Princesses -

















More to come.....
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Old 09-23-2012, 05:40 AM   #22
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Getting Creative - Autographs part 3


Still not done....



















Alice, Mad Hatter, & White Rabbit







Toy Story -









Still more to come.....

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Old 09-23-2012, 05:44 AM   #23
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Hi there!

I've jsut read through your PTR! Im so glad your excited, Im planning my first visit to WDW from the UK, for May 2013 and Im already counting down my days, and I haven't yet booked my resort Flights are booked, but I cannot decide, I am toying up between WL and SSR!! But WL looks so lovely, and sounds like it would be a nice break from the hectic life of the resorts!!!

I'll be keeping a read up on your PTR, I love to get excited about things too!

Sorry you ahve 2 adult kids who are causing you a tough time, I only moved out at 24 from my parents, but I paid board and did my share! Get your kids helping on your farm, it sounds lovely where you are. I would love the land to keep horses (I used to compete in show jumping here in the UK, until I had a bad car crash!) I really miss horses and living in a city means no spare land!

Happy planning too!! xxxxx
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Getting Creative - Autographs part 4



Tink and Friends







Pooh and Friends







Lilo & Stitch





Other favorites -











Now I know there are several I have left out and if anyone has any suggestions please let me know...



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Old 09-23-2012, 06:27 AM   #25
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Hi there!

Sorry you ahve 2 adult kids who are causing you a tough time, I only moved out at 24 from my parents, but I paid board and did my share! Get your kids helping on your farm, it sounds lovely where you are. I would love the land to keep horses (I used to compete in show jumping here in the UK, until I had a bad car crash!) I really miss horses and living in a city means no spare land!

Happy planning too!! xxxxx
Welcome Azza1987!

I debated between WL and SSR but WL won out by a landslide. It just has that home away from home feel to it for us. Great place to wind down and relax after a long day in the parks.

The adult kids are my cousins but unfortunately they live less than an hour away and they and my aunt (their mother) come around often to see grandma. My two boys are not afraid of work they both help with the animals and both were out trying to help set fence. My youngest is 8 and he was running back to the house bringing us water and drinks and even made bologna sandwiches and brought them out to us. My older boy he is 14 was out pounding metal posts and running tools. I have made sure my boys know the value of and honest days work. I have seen what happens when kids are allowed to get away with everything but good honest work. I don't see a problem with adult children still living with their parents as long as they are contributing in some way like you did. I too lived several adult years with under my grandparents roof (now grandma lives with me) but even when I was going to college I worked and helped pay the bills. Anyways ...

I wish you much on your upcoming trip to one of the greatest places on earth.
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Old 09-23-2012, 04:03 PM   #26
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Getting Creative - Mousekeeping envelopes

I have these designs already printed out but I am going to have to make more since we will have 2 rooms instead of one.



















I figure I need to come up with about 5 more designs but I have had a creative block for a while now. I have time 11mths 2 weeks 4 days ... I could do hours minutes and seconds too but that is a little overboard...

Let em know what you think...

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Possible ADR Schedule ... Part 1

Ok yes I know I have 329 days to go but I can't help myself. But since I have not updated in a few weeks I thought I'd share this and see what suggestions any of you might have.

First attempt

I decided that this one wouldn't work because it put all our heavy touring days together and we would have run out of stream about Mon or Tues and since Tue could quite possibly be a MNSSHP day I had to make some changes.

Second shot at it

So you can see here I split up our heavy Disney days by bringing in our lighter Universal days (I say lighter because our Universal days are not so planned out and tend to be shorter due to earlier park closings) Besides I thing our USF day will be pretty laid back, IOA will be a bit heavier due to WWoHP and Marvel Island which are favorites with my crew.

Third attempt....

Here we put WWoHP on Sun so fairly earlier in our trip.

Current draft....

Here mostly what I have done is add Hoop-Dee-Do-Revue to our USF day and we have debated back and forth changing Cosmic Rays to Columbia Harbour House or to Be our Guest. But further viewing the BOG menu it looks like we will have to leave it alone. DH and DS(14) are fairly picky eaters plus my DB can be finicky when he wants. Plus on our AK day we are going to split up for lunch because I really want to try Yak and Yeti (DS(8) is willing to try it with me) and the others would rather have Flame Tree BBQ.

We have to have at least 3 meals a day, due to my DB who is diabetic and we have to keep his BGL as normal as possible. Now there are several mornings where we are going to pick up something at Roaring Forks and I may just use a snack credit for something little (I'm not much of a breakfast eater) but if I end up doing this we will have a few extra credits so I was debating on another signature meal but not sure what when or where. Any one who might be reading have any thoughts?



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Wow I can't believe it has been so long since I updated. I had a bit of a disney hiatus over the holidays. We had 18 people here for thanksgiving. It took me 3 days to cook for one meal. I did most of it myself but did have some help from my oldest DS and my DB on thanksgiving itself.

But anyways back to my update.

We are almost paid off so soon I will be But we have another reason so go ahead and I was holding out for FD well no more. We received a 35% off PIN which ended up being a better deal. Good enough that we are are now double deluxe. We are staying club level at the wilderness lodge and deluxe dining plan. WOO HOO!!!

I know, I know we are looking at A LOT of food. But I have several good reasons going for double deluxe:
  1. the discount it works out better then FD even with the upgrade
  2. convenience of everything being paid for before we go
  3. not having to worry if my boys have gotten enough to eat (we had a couple days last trip that we ordered food delivered to the hotel even after we had eaten at the parks)
  4. not as many worries about my DB's blood sugar levels, he feels weak we grab a snack or meal
  5. plus I have sold several of my fainting goats for top dollar and my mommas have just dropped a whole mess of new kids so we had some extra money that i was not expecting

We are about one goat shy of having our trip paid off. I like saying it that way it just sounds cute that we are going to Disney on goat money.

I'm not so worried about if we get our money's worth on the deluxe dining plan, as long as no one is left hungry and no ones blood sugar drops too low. Plus we'll be able to try out a few signature restaurants and we'll be able to spread the meals out over 8 days when you count check in and check out days.

So of course things have changed again just enough to drive me squirrelly again.

On top of that my mother has not helped my mental state, she had previously promised me that she was going to hold down the farm, feed the animals and watch her mother for me in Sept. But then last week I find out she had not even asked for the time off, but had already put in for most of her allotted vacation time already, and when I had a fit about that she checked with work and found out that week was already taken so she can't get the time off. So when she told me that she could not get the time off I had a bit of a melt down

After I calmed down some I called my aunt (who is not a "farm girl" by any means) and asked if she could hold down the farm that week. I even offered to board the horses so she would not have to worry about them but she said that there was no need she would not only hang on to everything here but if I showed her what to do she would even take care of the horses. Needless to say I was shocked but not in a bad way. And even this past weekend she made extra effort to start trying to learn the basics for the horses. Last time we went she held onto the farm so she already has the basics for the goats. I told her it won't be too difficult because I am going to measure out each feeding into labeled plastic ziplock bags for each horse for each feeding. I was going to do the same thing for my mother so it is not any different. I just want to make sure everything is measured out right and the supplements go to the right horse, we have a 19yr old mustang and a 6yr old quarter horse they have very different diets.

Anyways I'll be updating our dining plans here soon because only 233 days to go only 53 days until I can put in for our ADRs
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OK second try to post this update.

I think since I was gone so long I am only writing this for myself but that is ok. I need a Disney outlet, DH never wants to debate with me over this stuff he tells me any time I try to bring something up "it doesn't matter I'm just going" it is so frustrating. I'd like to say ok then you figure out what you are going to do and I'll just meet you back at the hotel each night. Just to see if he does anything.

Anyways here is my latest plan

Leave out Friday morning
Stop in Atlanta for lunch
overnight in Valdosta Ga or just in Fl

Get up early Sat morning
Arrive early morning Sat
Drop off luggage and pick up KTTW
Head for Hollywood Studios
Lunch - Sci Fi Dine In
Dinner - 50's Prime Time Cafe

Sun - Universal Studios
Breakfast - Club Level
Lunch - ???
Dinner - Whispering Canyon Cafe

Mon - Animal Kingdom
Breakfast - Roaring Forks
Lunch - Flame Tree BBQ (4) - Yak & Yeti (2)
Dinner - Artist Point

Tue - Magic Kingdom
Breakfast - Crystal Palace
Lunch - Liberty Tree Tavern or Be Our Guest
Dinner - Cosmic Ray's or Columbia Harbour House

Wed - Epcot Day 1 (late start day)
Breakfast - Chef Mickey (Contemporary)
Lunch - Counter Service World Showcase
Dinner - Beigarten

Thur - Islands of Adventure
Breakfast - Roaring forks
Lunch - Three Broomsticks
Dinner - Hoop Dee Doo Review

Friday - Epcot Day 2
Breakfast - Akershus
Lunch - Le Cellier
Dinner - Rose & Crown

Sat - Check out - Downtown Disney
Breakfast - Whispering Canyon Cafe

hmmm I think that'll do it


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ADRs made!!! - Happy Dance

I know I have been horrible about updating this PTR but there has not been much to report until now.

172 days to go!

Well I have my ADRs put

We will arrive early Sat morning, check in, stow our luggage at Bell Services, grab our KTTW and head for Hollywood Studios.
No plans for Breakfast but plans for an early lunch at Sci-Fi Dine in (11am).
Dinner ADR at 50's Prime Time Cafe (6pm).

Sunday - 1st Universal day
Breakfast - Whispering Canyon Cafe (early 7:30am)
Lunch - ?
Dinner - Whispering Canyon Cafe (late 8:00pm)(I know twice in one day but it was my best option. This may change but considering my crew it still could be our best bet.

Monday - Animal Kingdom (EMH)
Breakfast - Roaring Forks (quick bite)
Lunch - Yak and Yeti (11:30am
Dinner - Artist Point (late dinner 7:50pm))

Tuesday - Magic Kingdom & MNSSHP
Breakfast - Crystal Palace (8:20am not the 8:05am I wanted but good enough)
Lunch - Be Our Guest
Dinner - Columbia Harbour House/Cosmic Ray's

Wednesday - Epcot (World Showcase) Attempting to Drink around the World (just my brother and I) - everyone else attempting to Eat around the World
Breakfast - Chef Mickey (8:50am)
Lunch - Counter Service
Dinner - Beirgarten (6:30pm)

Thursday - 2nd Universal day
Breakfast - Roaring Forks
Lunch - 3 Broomsticks - OOP
Dinner - Raglan Road (8:15pm)

Friday - Epcot
Breakfast - Akershus (I got 8:05)
Lunch - Coral Reef (1:00pm)
Dinner - Rose and Crown (7:00pm)

Saturday - we head home
Breakfast - Whispering Canyon Cafe (9:35am)

Yes it seems like a lot of time eating (and it may be but we shall see)
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