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Old 07-02-2012, 12:25 PM   #31
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Sorry, I've been MIA again...

Hey everyone! Ive been MIA again. Been hard to get pics of the stuff I have done without my oldest seeing. Here are a few updates:

We were supposed to go see Brave on Fri but we didnt. Hopefully going tomorrow. We were also supposed to give the girls their first clues to our trip on Fri but that didnt happen either. Ive been too busy with getting things done that I just wasnt ready to clue them in to a trip. Not sure when I will start giving them clues or if I even will at all now. Originally the clues were a way to get them excited enough to wake up at 4am when I say theres a new clue, but with our flight leaving at 730a now it will be too much in the morning.
So the new plan is to reveal AT THE AIRPORT!!

I have the girls plane bags packed with fun stuff to keep them occupied. With such an early flight they will probably fall back asleep but with the excitement I'm not so sure. They are well behaved but can talk loud and bicker at times which makes me nervous around people. So their bags for the travel part of our trip look like this:


What's Inside:
1.magna doodle (cheap version from target $3)
2.drawing pad (joann fabrics $1)
3.Stickers (Dollar Tree. Piper has Mickey mouse clubhouse and left over stickers for scrapbooking, Aaralynn has fairies and Cars)
4.Play packs, includes crayons coloring pages and stickers (Joann's $1, Aaralynn has Toy Story, Piper has princesses)
5.Dry Erase Books (Dollar Tree, Aaralynn has letters and numbers, Piper has shapes)
6.Multi Stick sticker books (Target, I think, these are the vinyl like scenes that clingy stickers can be moved around on)
7. A mickey head necklace (made by me) these will be the clue the girls get to let them know we are going to Disney.

The plan for the reveal is now that we will dress them in the clothes to leave the night before. We will then wake them up to get in the car. At this moment I am not sure if we will have a ride to the airport or if we will be driving ourselves. Last time we went DBF and I were still technically separates (we were working on it but still living in separate states) and his family wasnt speaking to me. Now that his parents are getting divorced his dad helps us out more. I will most likely tell the kids that we are taking their dad to work. He sometimes works at 5am and we have taken him to work that early a couple times. Then when we get to the airport we will just decide to tell them we are going on a plane for a trip. After security I will ask them if they want to find out where we are going nd to look inside their bags. At the bottom is a necklace that will tell them where we are going. I figure my 4yo will be able to figure it out by that.

Some other things I got done:
ADR cards. I will attach these to my lanyard so I can hit up the important rides and attractions (on the back) and keep track of where we need to be and special activities (parades) on the front.

Door signs! These are designs from MarneMouse (I think that right). I ordered them at officemax and had them laminated there. Attached on the back is long strips of magnets to attach to our door.

I also made my ropes for the window but I didnt get pictures of them. I also had my MNSSHP sign printed and my DIS sign.

These are the bags for the girls to trick or treat with. I hear the bags you get are small so I made these so they stand out. They also have their MNSSHP autograph books inside.

I also recieved my pearl cage charms and have them wrapped and the certificates laminated and attached to them. I will have to post pictures later because my phone will not upload to photobucket.

So thats all for now. I have to get working on the costumes and shirts and not much else. So excited to almost be done planning.
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Old 07-06-2012, 06:24 PM   #32
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Costumes!!!!

Hey! Hope everyone had a great 4th! We spent the day at DBF dad's condo swimming and grilling. Not super exciting but we enjoyed the pool. I have been working on the girl's costumes over the last few days. I now have BOTH of their costumes done! I still have to get them flip flops to match and add tulle to them but everything else is done.

They will need their faces painted for the eyes. I painted Aaralynn's to give you an idea of what it will look like. I hear they have free face painting at MNSSHP?? I will buy some face paint so if I cant find anyone to paint it the way I want then I can just do it.


Here is with the face paint. The eyes need rounded better and I didnt have blue paint for the rest of the face. This was done within a couple minutes without really planning it out first.


Before face paint.

I also got the pearl cage necklaces in the mail and finally got them uploaded.


And I got them wrapped and added the certificates (laminated) to each one


So I just have shirts to make and the adult costumes. I think I'm making good progress.

Up next: More costumes, and trying to keep the secret...
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Old 07-09-2012, 12:22 AM   #33
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Joining in & all caught up!

You have been one busy bee! The autograph books are super cute & the costumes are looking adorable. Speaking of adorable - your girls are so precious!

Y'alls plans sound great! We've eaten at some of the places y'all are trying: Flame Tree BBQ (so yummy! my DH's favorite QS place in all of Disney), Liberty Tree Tavern (we had dinner there last May & it was very good), Rose & Crown (we had a nice seat outside overlooking the water; the food was very good) and The Plaza (I really liked this place. The portions are big & the food is very good). There may have been some more we've eaten at but I can't remember right now.

I've been doing Disney crafting all this afternoon. I started working on our countdown calendar. And since this is our 1st time driving, I'm doing "surprise" goody bags to help entertain our son. They'll mainly be for the drive back home. But, I've been decorating bags. Can't wait to see what else you come up with.

One more thing - I love that you're surprising your girls! I wish I could that but I could never keep a secret like that.
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Old 07-11-2012, 10:38 PM   #34
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And thanks for joining me! The surprise bags sound great!

It's been tough keeping the secret. I want to tell them so bad. Technically I have told the youngest (several times) but she doesnt get it.
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Joining in & all caught up!

You have been one busy bee! The autograph books are super cute & the costumes are looking adorable. Speaking of adorable - your girls are so precious!

Y'alls plans sound great! We've eaten at some of the places y'all are trying: Flame Tree BBQ (so yummy! my DH's favorite QS place in all of Disney), Liberty Tree Tavern (we had dinner there last May & it was very good), Rose & Crown (we had a nice seat outside overlooking the water; the food was very good) and The Plaza (I really liked this place. The portions are big & the food is very good). There may have been some more we've eaten at but I can't remember right now.

I've been doing Disney crafting all this afternoon. I started working on our countdown calendar. And since this is our 1st time driving, I'm doing "surprise" goody bags to help entertain our son. They'll mainly be for the drive back home. But, I've been decorating bags. Can't wait to see what else you come up with.

One more thing - I love that you're surprising your girls! I wish I could that but I could never keep a secret like that.
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Quick Update

So real quick I wanted to post an update. I reworked my lists, I'm a crazy list maker) and dont have too much more to do for the trip. Here's what I have been up to lately:

I took the girls to the salvation army for some blue jean shorts. For $26 I got:

For Aaralynn:
2 khaki skirts
3 blue jean shorts
1 basketball type short (the ones with the holes)
1 pair of gaucho capris

For Piper:
4 jean shorts
1 khaki shorts

For me:
purple leotard for my puffle costume

Since the kids already have enough clothes for the summer and only needed the jean shorts to match their shirts for Disney, I can have almost all of their clothes packed!

I also made our button Mickey head shirts today. I will post a picture soon.

And I took pictures of each pair of shorts to match with each shirt so I can make little cards for when I officially pack the suitcase. Yes I am that anal.

On another note we went to the theatre yesterday to see Brave. It was AMAZING!!!
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Shirts!!!

I havent disappeared!! Just been busy with swimming and enjoying the summer. I will be gone for a couple weeks starting next week as we will be on a vacation visiting family.
Since we will be gone for so long, Ive been working hard on getting tons of stuff done. Ok maybe not tons. Here's what I have done since my last update...


These are for one of our MK days. I tried mine one (the blue one) and realized I didnt account for the stretch in the chest when glueing on the buttons. lol. I ended up ripping it. Gonna try and glue a button over the hole and hope it works, if not looks like I wont get to wear a Mickey head shirt.


These are the girls shirts for Hollywood studios. I still have to do mine and Jason's but those will be red shirts with bleached out images. Lets hope they come out good.

So thats all I have done for now. Hopefully I will get more done before my trip to PA to visit my family.

Please dont leave while I'm gone. I'll be back!
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The shirts are cute!

Have a fun vacation!
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Just got caught up ... you've been busy! Hope you're enjoying your visit with your family.
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Thanks!! I made two more sets of shirts. We pushed our visit back so we wont leave until Aug 5th. Soon as I can get on the main computer I will post pictures. I have one more set of tyedye shirts to make for our arrival day. I have all of the kids clothes paxked for each day. I still need dresses for the stroller bag and their pjs packed. I know i still have 2months. lol. One good thing about over planning, I realized my backpack for the stroller was ripped so I need to make a new one.

I also got new beautiful luggage that I cant wait to use.

Wish me luck on finishing ecerything up before we leave.

Well Im off tto watch Petes Dragon!!
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New Stuff!!

Wow talk about typos in my last post. That's what I get for doing it on my phone.

So I have a few more days before I have to go to Pittsburgh to visit my family and I have a few things left to do. I still have to make my tutu for part of my costume. I still have one set of tye dyes, but I have a coupon that starts on Fri.

Si I mentioned that I got new luggage.

Here it is. It's the prettiest teal blue. I got two. Our plan has been to have two carryons. One suitcase is to hold all of our clothes. Great thing about the warm FL weather is that shorts take up so little space. I have all the girls clothes packed except nightgowns and I have all except one shirt and shorts and undies for us adults. It all fits in one smaller case until we come back from PA.
The other suitcase will hold costumes, Signs for the window and door, surprises for the girls, shoes, and the stroller bag already packed. If for some reason I run out of room, I can always take the stroller bag out and have it as our third personal item. We have three seats since Piper wont yet be 2yrs old. Our last visit we took three carryons, three personal items, and a carseat. NOT FUN!


As promised:

These are the shirts I made for the girls for our AK day. I'm really happy with them. Originally I was going to iron on cute images I found in the Creative DISigns but no iron and a fancy printer that heats the paper too much to make them = making something else.

We have been watching alot of Disney movies. When dont we?
We watched Pete's Dragon and Haunted Mansion yesterday. I also got the girls a bunch on VHS since we still have a VCR and its hard to find dvds. We have 66 movies (bluray, dvd, and vhs combined). There are four that we have duplicates of (Lion King on dvd and bluray, Pocohantas & Little Mermaid on vhs and dvd). We have 40 or so of the 50 animated movies.

When we come home from our family visit/vacation we will have 33 days left till leaving for DISNEY!! I think I will wait till 25 days and try to watch 2/day of the 50 original animated movies. I just need to find the other 10 we dont own. I found four on vhs through ebay but I dont wanna pay $2/tape. I may have to look at the Salvation Army stores again for more. I know some are available for rent at our local video store also.

I'm getting so excited!!!
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Hey! Thought I would do a quick update. We are in PA visiting my family. Its been a nice visit so far. My cousin and his wife just had their first baby on Fri. Hes super cute. The girls and I have been hanging out in the pool and watching Disney channel. haha. We dont have cable back home and usually watch a bunch of movies. Now they will know who Jake is when we eat at Hollywood & Vine. hahaha. I hope to get the last of our shirts made sometime this week. I just have out tyedye ones for our arrival day to make. I do have to do a bleach affect one the adult Hollywood Studios shirts but if I dont get to it no biggie. I still have Jasons costume and the skirt for mine to do. I found maps for the parks and Im going to print them out and mark what we want to do to have more of a plan when we hit the parks. Not to much left to do but I wont have too much time to do it when we get back home at the end of the month. Few more days and we have to pay off the balance!! Cant wait then theres no going back for sure. Not that we would cancel and lose our $1000 for plane tickets. hahaha.

Have a Magical day everyone!!
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Hello! Just found your PTR. You are very creative! I did make tie-dye shirts for a trip last year but that is as creative as I get, lol.

I will be there at the same time! I am going on a solo trip from 9/27-10/2 and MNSSHP on 9/30! I will be sure to look for you! I have not decided if I am going to dress up or not, I keep going back and forth.

I have stayed at CBR before, back in 2009. Your kids will love the pool! I really enjoyed the hot tubs, .

I look forward to reading more of your PTR.

Take care,

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Hello! Just found your PTR. You are very creative! I did make tie-dye shirts for a trip last year but that is as creative as I get, lol.

I will be there at the same time! I am going on a solo trip from 9/27-10/2 and MNSSHP on 9/30! I will be sure to look for you! I have not decided if I am going to dress up or not, I keep going back and forth.

I have stayed at CBR before, back in 2009. Your kids will love the pool! I really enjoyed the hot tubs, .

I look forward to reading more of your PTR.

Take care,

Mary
Thank you and welcome!!! My oldest saw a picture of cbr, not knowing where it was, and said she wants to go there. hahaha

If you spot us at the party be sure to say hi!!
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Guess What Came Today!!!

We have Mickey Mail!!!!!

32 days to go. I have all the kids clothes packed except the one for our stroller bag. I still have some costume stuff to finish up as well.

My goal is to finish everything up by fri so that sat I can post our finalized plans for day 1 &2 and do that the next three weeks until its time to leave!! I cant believe we have a little over four weeks left!!! And I kept the surprise so far!!
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25 days!!! i have major updates coming soon.
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