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Old 08-19-2012, 03:09 PM   #136
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Yay for another Disney trip! Like you Michelle, I have also learned that it is far better to go "solo" than to drag a Disney resister along for each and every trip. Obviously the ideal would be to have a mutual love of a Disney vacation, but in our reality, a couple of solo trips, followed by a family trip every 2 yrs or so, works much better for everyone!

Looking forward to hearing all about your adventures this time!
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Old 08-20-2012, 05:33 AM   #137
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How I can be so in love with a sandwich shop never ceases to amaze me!


Jill is in your club, too. She loves, loves, loves that place! I like it. Very much. I like to eat there once a trip, but she would eat there three times a trip, I think.

Good luck to your boys as they start their school year! Our schools go K-4, then they go to middle school from 5-8. The next two years will be especially exciting for Justin in sports. He's at the top of the heap now, and I am sure he will end up with lots of honors for the hard work that has brought him to where he is now. He sounds a lot like Trent. People who didn't know Trent thought he was probably just a 'dumb jock', since he was so good in all sports and acted like such a goof, but in truth, he was an Honor Society student and was in top standing with his teachers as a leader for the school. It felt every bit as good seeing him help the faculty usher in new students at orientation as it did seeing him do well on the court and field.
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Old 08-21-2012, 02:25 PM   #138
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Love Jared's new haircut!
What a cool program for Justin to be in. I agree - looks good on the college apps! You're going to have a big year next year when he's applying and Jared starts middle school!!

I love Epcot - I used to not think much of FW, but I'm liking more of it now. Soarin is my favorite!
I think you and I would be doing the same things in DTD!! You mentioned most of my favorite places!
Did you see the picture of the mohawk on FB? It was awful, this is much better

I think the FUSE program is going to be good for Justin, just found out they are doing community work too, so it just keeps getting better!

Epcot has become my favorite park, I can spend hours just hanging around WS

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Wow, that is so crazy that your kids already went back to school! Most schools around here don't start until after Labor Day (though we also end later...). In fact, the day you just posted plans for will be my 3rd day of school!

Great plans for the day! You should do Universe of Energy. I know a lot of people think it's boring but it's actually more entertaining with Ellen in it. LOL.

Love the Dooney and Bourke bags...so cute! I really like the Buttons one but the Minnie bows one is a little more subtle. Just get one of both. haha
Yep we started back on the 16th, last day will be May 23rd.

We saw Ellen's Energy Adventure once several years ago. It's just one of those things we never make time for.

Wish I had the money to buy both bags! Don would have an absolute fit!

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One of the other 6th grade Mom's said to me last night, 'you realize in just 3 years we will have high school freshmen' I don't want to think about it!

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You should be proud!!! that is quite an accomplishment, he sounds like a wonderful young man.
Most of the time he is, but he has his moments where I want to strangle him too

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I don't know if I will make it to DTD on our Oct trip but if I do, an ornament is in order for me as well. LOVE both bags. Clutches are hard, not only are they size challenged, they get awkward to carry unless it's just for a dinner.
It really is. It's fine for just dinner, but I tried carrying it in the park one evening and it was kind of a pain


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Look how tall your boys have gotten! Practically young men now. Happy and sad at the same time.


Your plans are great. I hope you get a buzz from entering from the IG and spending the day at Epcot. I love the button design D&B. Hadn't realised they had come out - so thanks for sharing.
Yep, Justin is taller than both of us now and I'm sure it won't be long before Jared passes me!

I'm leaning towards the button design myself, love it!

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Yay for another Disney trip! Like you Michelle, I have also learned that it is far better to go "solo" than to drag a Disney resister along for each and every trip. Obviously the ideal would be to have a mutual love of a Disney vacation, but in our reality, a couple of solo trips, followed by a family trip every 2 yrs or so, works much better for everyone!

Looking forward to hearing all about your adventures this time!
Hiya Trish!!! I know you understand my pain. At least your resister enjoys the resorts enough to tolerate trips every few years. Mine has said he won't go back until he takes his grandchildren!

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Jill is in your club, too. She loves, loves, loves that place! I like it. Very much. I like to eat there once a trip, but she would eat there three times a trip, I think.

Good luck to your boys as they start their school year! Our schools go K-4, then they go to middle school from 5-8. The next two years will be especially exciting for Justin in sports. He's at the top of the heap now, and I am sure he will end up with lots of honors for the hard work that has brought him to where he is now. He sounds a lot like Trent. People who didn't know Trent thought he was probably just a 'dumb jock', since he was so good in all sports and acted like such a goof, but in truth, he was an Honor Society student and was in top standing with his teachers as a leader for the school. It felt every bit as good seeing him help the faculty usher in new students at orientation as it did seeing him do well on the court and field.
I could easily eat at Earl's twice in one trip, but we just don't make it to DTD more than once.

Wow, 5th graders with 8th graders? That is a huge maturity difference! I hope they do a good job keeping them in separate parts of the school.

Justin lettered in basketball last year and I expect he will again this year. He will make varsity in baseball but I'm not sure if he will start or not. His class is really good in baseball and he will miss all of pre-season because of basketball. We'll see how it plays out.

Justin & Trent sound a lot alike. He is very confident and not easily embarrassed so he acts like a nut sometimes! I think alot of people unfairly place good athletes in the "dumb jock" category. I enjoy seeing those people proven wrong
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Old 08-21-2012, 02:32 PM   #139
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I am at 11 days here people!! So excited I can't hardly stand it!

I'm going to try and get the rest of my plans posted this week, because I'd like to take some time next week to show you guys some pictures and share the highlights of our girls only Food & Wine trip last October.........you know, the trip I never got around to doing a report for.......

We're up to Day 7, and day 7 will take us back to the Magic Kingdom. It is a Night of Joy night, so the park closes at 7pm, we won't be spending the whole day there anyway so no big deal for us. The really exciting thing about this day is that it is currently listed as a 1.1 on the crowd calendar! I have never been to the Magic Kingdom when crowds are projected to be that low and I'm so excited to see what that actually means!

Since we did the right side of the park a couple of days earlier, we will work on the left today. Our first stop will be



where we will probably ride 3 or 4 times in a row if the lines permit. Yes, we love it that much!

Normally we would grab a FP for Splash at this time, but with the new return time enforcement rules, we'll have to time it right. Mom and I want this to be our last ride before leave, that way if we get really wet we won't have to walk around like drowned rats Who knows, maybe wait times will be low enough that a FP won't be necessary, wouldn't that be awesome?!



Pirates



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Will be a must.

And it just wouldn't be right to not have a dole whip at some point



We have a lunch ADR at Liberty Tree Tavern at 12:45. I just recently changed this, it was at the Plaza, someplace new that I haven't tried yet. BUT, when going over our plans the other day I realized we had 3 potential burger places on our list of restaurants, Sci-Fi, Beaches & Cream and the Plaza. So, I decided to drop one of them and the most logical was the Plaza. Not to mention, that Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake from LTT has been calling my name.......



We'll hang around MK until mid afternoon, then head back to the resort to enjoy SAB once again. We have a dinner ADR at 7pm at Via Napoli.





I really enjoyed this place last October with girls, good food and very nice scenery, if you know what I mean.

If we haven't already seen it, we'll catch Illuminations this night, then head back to rest up for our last full day!


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Old 08-22-2012, 04:43 AM   #141
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I have never been to Via Napoli (yet) but I can only imagine that I think I know what you mean by the scenery.

Much as I'm always into food porn, I'm hoping that you'll have pictures of the nice scenery in your collection when you return!


11 days and counting! So exciting.
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Old 08-22-2012, 07:24 AM   #142
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Great plans for your last two days.

Love Earl of Sandwich. It has become a family favorite once we tried it.

Wow, I have never been when crowds were that low. Anxious to hear how it was.

Yay for 11 days!!! You are getting so close.

We are now in the 90's window but very excited. I scored a Be Our Guest ressie in November. I am more excited about that than the actual cruise. Really doesn't make sense, does it!!
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II really enjoyed this place last October with girls, good food and very nice scenery, if you know what I mean.

Yes - I know EXACTLY what you mean! Can you say "eye candy?"

So excited that your trip is in 10 days! Woo Hoo!

I personally love LTT for lunch. The have some really nice lunch options.
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I think today is a single digit dancing day, don't you!!!






Oh, so close!!! How exciting!!!!
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Old 08-23-2012, 07:34 PM   #145
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Eep, so behind already!!

Ahhh, MK days. My absolute fave. Epcot is my favorite park, but I adore our MK days the most; makes me feel like I am truly a part of the magic.

We've done the Monsters Inc show a few times and I love it, but I always silently pray that I'm not picked to participate. I don't do well being in the spotlight at all!

Epcot via the walkway is a dream of mine. One day I will stay at Beach Club!

Oh, and I absolutely love the new button design Dooney ... and Earl
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Old 08-23-2012, 08:56 PM   #146
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I'm two updates behind. I can't believe how big the boys have gotten. Time goes way too fast.

I think you made a smart move in making LeCellier lunch...we had dinner there in September and were VERY disappointed...no substitutes, service not as good as we've experienced in the past (we'd like to go back at some point, but it will be for lunch).

You cancelled Plaza? I'm so sad...you are missing the best french fries in all of Disney.

The rest of the plans sound great (especially riding Big Thunder over and over again).
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Fun day! You do have me second guessing the fact that we cancelled LTT for lunch when we moved our MNSSHP day. Hmmnnn.

Via Napoli has VERY nice scenery, and I do know what you mean!
I don't care for LTT for dinner, but really like it for lunch. The Colony Salad is really good and that dessert is to die for!

Via Napoli made it onto my must dine list just for that reason alone

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I have never been to Via Napoli (yet) but I can only imagine that I think I know what you mean by the scenery.

Much as I'm always into food porn, I'm hoping that you'll have pictures of the nice scenery in your collection when you return!

11 days and counting! So exciting.
I tried last year to get some pictures of the scenery in Via Napoli but I was trying to be discrete and none of them came out worth a flip. I think some of the other girls got a couple of decent ones though!

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Great plans for your last two days.

Love Earl of Sandwich. It has become a family favorite once we tried it.

Wow, I have never been when crowds were that low. Anxious to hear how it was.

Yay for 11 days!!! You are getting so close.

We are now in the 90's window but very excited. I scored a Be Our Guest ressie in November. I am more excited about that than the actual cruise. Really doesn't make sense, does it!!
I've never seen crowds that low either, the overall crowd level for that day is only a 3!

Congrats on the BOG ressie! The menu isn't super appealing to me, but I can't wait to see the inside of the restaurant. I have to say though, I would be more excited about the cruise

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Yes - I know EXACTLY what you mean! Can you say "eye candy?"

So excited that your trip is in 10 days! Woo Hoo!

I personally love LTT for lunch. The have some really nice lunch options.
Yep, lots of nice eye candy in there! I think I first learned about it from your girls trip!

LTT isn't all that great at dinner, but I enjoy lunch there too. It's nice to be able to go in, sit down and have a nice lunch without standing in line to order and searching for a table like you have to do at the CS places. It's really not that much more expensive either!

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I think today is a single digit dancing day, don't you!!!






Oh, so close!!! How exciting!!!!
It was single digit dance day! Yippee!!!

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Eep, so behind already!!

Ahhh, MK days. My absolute fave. Epcot is my favorite park, but I adore our MK days the most; makes me feel like I am truly a part of the magic.

We've done the Monsters Inc show a few times and I love it, but I always silently pray that I'm not picked to participate. I don't do well being in the spotlight at all!

Epcot via the walkway is a dream of mine. One day I will stay at Beach Club!

Oh, and I absolutely love the new button design Dooney ... and Earl
Well, since I had limited time to write this, I'm updating at least twice a week.

I know what you mean completely! Epcot is my favorite park too, but MK just makes me all happy inside

That fear of being in the spotlight is what has kept me away from Monsters Inc!

Pretty sure that button D&B will be coming home with me

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I'm two updates behind. I can't believe how big the boys have gotten. Time goes way too fast.

I think you made a smart move in making LeCellier lunch...we had dinner there in September and were VERY disappointed...no substitutes, service not as good as we've experienced in the past (we'd like to go back at some point, but it will be for lunch).

You cancelled Plaza? I'm so sad...you are missing the best french fries in all of Disney.

The rest of the plans sound great (especially riding Big Thunder over and over again).
I'll be very disappointed if they won't let me substitute the cream cheese mashed potatoes for the risotto at Le Cellier! I hope that is just a dinner thing.

I knew you would be disappointed in me for cancelling the Plaza, I'll get there someday!

We rode BTMRR 3 times in a row one trip and Jared and I could have kept going but Don & Justin were ready to move on, this time they won't be along to put a stop to our fun
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You are so close Michelle!

I like your plans! Leaving Splash until last is so smart. We didn't on our December trip and were not happy campers for awhile. Uh, not so smart.

Your boys are so handsome in their first day of school photos.
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Hi Michelle!
I hope school is going well for the boys! I have fallen behind on the DIS due to getting back into the swing of things...

You must make time to see The Magic, The Memories and You show. It is just incredible! Baylor told us that he saw a picture of Marc and I in the show when we were there in June. IF he actually did, I missed it. LOL!!!
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I've gotten so behin on Dis and tryiong to do a little catch up this morning.
Yeah!! Single digit dance!
I am trying via napoli in Nov too. Has nothing to do with the eye candy at all....I swear!

I can't wait to see how excited Claire is about SAB too. I am not a big swimmer, but I know this will be a huge hit for her.

You've got some great plans lined up. Are you packed yet?
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