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Old 08-05-2011, 05:56 AM   #1
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How Many Surprises Can One PTR Hold!?! (Updated 01/29) Almost There!!!

Hi all, my name is Rachel and I'm pretty sure this officially makes me a Disney nerd. I'm okay with that.

I am pretty much a lurker, but with all the surprises I'm holding back from my fellow travelers, I need an outlet, and right now my co-workers are about ready to pitch me out the window. I hope people read and unlike myself, I hope they comment!

I'll start this off with the who:



Me. Well me with different hair, which is actually a long story involving chemotherapy. Yep last year was spent filled with cancer treatments, so its totally shocking that I am looking forward to an awesome Disney trip.

Next is:



My BFF Nina and her daughter Noelle (the one on the right.) This was at a Girl Scout roller skating party, the girl on the left is Noelle's best friend, who can't come because she and her mom are going on a mission trip to Ghana next summer, which is expensive!

So that is it for who, a smaller amount than I've ever travelled with before to Disney, but sure to be fun.

Next up: When (And my ticker is off by a few days, so ignore it and its timely goodness )
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Old 08-05-2011, 06:51 PM   #2
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So when will this trip take place?

Well there's a bit of a back story there. First we were supposed to go with a whole bunch of friends and rent a house Feb 4 - Feb 11 2012. But bit by bit people dropped out for various reasons, including my own parents. Just because they were given the gift of a free cruise! How rude!

So all of a sudden staying on property seemed a lot more economical for three people. And a change of dates to 1/31-2/8 meant better airfare, since we would be travelling on weekdays. If you counted you notice we managed to use a little Disney math and add a extra day.

So the question was where will we stay?

Well we aren't the "Disney World every year" type of people, so I haven't stayed on property since Magical Music Days back when ASMu was brand new and Nina and Noelle have never stayed on property. So there was a lot to consider. So while I am thinking about it I will distract you with one of my favorite photos from last time!

PS Notice the flip flops I am wearing? I got them at the parks, they had a little Mickey Head on the strap, and when I got home I had a Mickey head tan line on my foot. Awesomest thing ever!



Look at Noelle, she is so tiny, and I am quite blond, in 2007. At Typhoon Lagoon, where we got a Magical Memory of a free locker, towels, mugs, and a money holder. Unfortunately we won't be going this time as a February trip with a median temp of 71 is just a little too cool for a water park, even for a New Englander!

Stay tuned for our resort pick!
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Old 08-05-2011, 10:38 PM   #3
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Hi all, my name is Rachel and I'm pretty sure this officially makes me a Disney nerd. I'm okay with that.

I am pretty much a lurker, but with all the surprises I'm holding back from my fellow travelers, I need an outlet, and right now my co-workers are about ready to pitch me out the window. I hope people read and unlike myself, I hope they comment!

I'll start this off with the who:



Me. Well me with different hair, which is actually a long story involving chemotherapy. Yep last year was spent filled with cancer treatments, so its totally shocking that I am looking forward to an awesome Disney trip.

Next is:



My BFF Nina and her daughter Noelle (the one on the right.) This was at a Girl Scout roller skating party, the girl on the left is Noelle's best friend, who can't come because she and her mom are going on a mission trip to Ghana next summer, which is expensive!

So that is it for who, a smaller amount than I've ever travelled with before to Disney, but sure to be fun.

Next up: When (And my ticker is off by a few days, so ignore it and its timely goodness )
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So when will this trip take place?

Well there's a bit of a back story there. First we were supposed to go with a whole bunch of friends and rent a house Feb 4 - Feb 11 2012. But bit by bit people dropped out for various reasons, including my own parents. Just because they were given the gift of a free cruise! How rude!

So all of a sudden staying on property seemed a lot more economical for three people. And a change of dates to 1/31-2/8 meant better airfare, since we would be travelling on weekdays. If you counted you notice we managed to use a little Disney math and add a extra day.

So the question was where will we stay?

Well we aren't the "Disney World every year" type of people, so I haven't stayed on property since Magical Music Days back when ASMu was brand new and Nina and Noelle have never stayed on property. So there was a lot to consider. So while I am thinking about it I will distract you with one of my favorite photos from last time!

PS Notice the flip flops I am wearing? I got them at the parks, they had a little Mickey Head on the strap, and when I got home I had a Mickey head tan line on my foot. Awesomest thing ever!



Look at Noelle, she is so tiny, and I am quite blond, in 2007. At Typhoon Lagoon, where we got a Magical Memory of a free locker, towels, mugs, and a money holder. Unfortunately we won't be going this time as a February trip with a median temp of 71 is just a little too cool for a water park, even for a New Englander!

Stay tuned for our resort pick!
1 - Hooray for being a Disney Nerd! You're in good company here!

2 - Wow, chemo... I'm glad to hear that you're well enough to be planning this trip. That's great. I hope you stay happy and healthy.

3 - I love that you added on an extra day when you rescheduled your trip. That's the way to do it!! I had a trip planned in January for 3 days with my mom. Our flight was cancelled due to snow and we had to cancel the whole trip. When we rescheduled, we booked 6 days instead. There's nothing like Disney math!

4 - Looking forward to hearing where you'll be staying.
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Old 08-06-2011, 02:11 AM   #4
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Haha a Mickey tan line? Sounds wayyy better than the wide stark white stripes I have on my feet right now. Stupid Birkenstocks.
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Old 08-06-2011, 04:40 AM   #5
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Joining in!!!!

I'm very glad to hear that you are feeling well and planning a Disney trip! It definitely sounds like one is in order after your past year!

Also, a Mickey tan line sounds like the best kind of tan line there is!
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Old 08-06-2011, 11:31 AM   #6
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Wow! People are actually reading this!

Yes the Mickey head tan lines were pretty awesome!

I need to explain that my BFF, her daughter Noelle, and myself share a house in CT. Nina is a single mom and working as a hairstylist means late nights, so me as a 9-5 er (well really 7-4) works out for childcare. Any-who moving on with the plans.

I did mention that there were surprises, yes? Well the biggest is Noelle knows nothing about this trip. Absolutely nothing. She loves Disney (Phinaes & Ferb's new movies is being watched as I type) and will flip out. Her dream is to spend her birthday at WDW, but since she was born on December 26th, I told her she can have fun doing that when she's a grown up. Love her to death but the crowds would kill me.

I'm pretty sure she will be happy enough with any trip, so we'll be okay. She will find out Christmas morning, and it will of course be taped. I'm thinking of borrowing a defibrilator from work just in case. We're still working on how to surprise her, so I'll fill you in when we decide. Plus if I can figure out how i'll post it here.

This weekend is pretty busy, my uncle's 50th surprise birthday party is today, and tomorrow Noelle goes to MA for a week at Girl Scout camp. Which means I've spent the morning labling clothing and camping supplies. Such fun.

After we drop her off there will be time to do a major project for the disney trip!!! A super fun project that is going to be another surprise! I will post pictures of it I promise. Plus I will continue with where we are staying.
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Old 08-06-2011, 03:56 PM   #7
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Hey Rachel! Joining in!
Sounds like you deserve a Disney trip after dealing with chemo! And this will be an amazing surprise for Noelle! What kid wouldn't love a trip to WDW? I can't wait to read about her reaction on Christmas morning!
Good start, and I can't wait to hear more about the trip planning!
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Old 08-07-2011, 10:17 AM   #9
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Its very wet outside

Its pouring here in CT so I'm so happy that we get to pack up Nina's car and drive into the woods to drop Noelle off at camp.

To off set the annoyance I will share with you purchases made so far:


Joann's had these T-shirts that can be colored in with fabric markers, they also had one with princesses and one with Toy Story/Cars characters. I figure it will give her something to do, plus we can bring it to have characters sign.


This was a disney store purchase when they were have a clearance sale. I believe it was $13 with the personalization. Too good a deal to pass up.

The next two aren't purchases per se, but instead redeemed from my Disney Movie Rewards account:


Is that a P&F baseball cap? Why yes, yes it is.


For anyone with a girl in the tween set, you will recognize the Disney version of a pillow pet, the deriguer accessory for sleepovers here in my neighborhood.

Lots of stuff is planned for this week since Noelle won't be here, and since I'll miss her here is a photo:


She is holding two of our pets, the only two who are named after Disney characters! Does anyone want to guess what the ferrets are called? Hmmm...Bueller? Bueller?
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It cleared up after all, so delivery of the child went well. I'm still working on my Disney project, pictures to follow!
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Does anyone want to guess what the ferrets are called? Hmmm...Bueller? Bueller?
Do we get any hints? Are they boys/girls?
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Sorry! They are boy/girl, brother and sister actually, but the characters they are named for aren't siblings.
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I will go with Simba & Nala.

By the way, the lighter one has the same coloring my ferret had
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Old 08-09-2011, 05:54 AM   #15
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Project Revealed!

HeathSF is correct the ferrets names are Simba and Nala.

And finally I can share the photos of my weekend project:
Nina's

Noelle's

Mine


Mickey Head Tie Dyes! I actually made our three, three for friends who leave today, three regular tie dye shirts, and a bag. My hands were pink, even with gloves.

I promise next time to get back to the plans, I am enjoying reading about everyone else's plans!

PS I have no idea why they are different sizes.
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