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Old 02-19-2013, 08:13 AM   #121
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Wow... You really got zonked with the storm didn't you?

I actually like a nice snow storm... (about a foot...once in a while) but that's an awful lot to have shovel and I know you were worried about the chickens and rabbits...

I think that compromising by keeping a Dis day and missing one school day is the best compromise... maybe the school schedule will stay so that Victoria doesn't even miss anytime ...(& you know she will have an awesome time ...

(The whole going back to school in August thing... I don't totally get... It feels like it's still summer... I haven't had to deal with that with either kid luckily...)

Just try to remember that the planning is (supposed to be) half the fun...
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Old 02-21-2013, 12:22 PM   #122
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Tuesday was my 180 mark and it was time to make my ADRís. Now, I tried and tried to do it on the website with no luck. Iím really not liking that new website much. Really Iím not. I waited until I got to work to call, as I knew Iíd be on hold for quite some time. Of course I did not expect it to be 55 MINUTES before I heard a friendly voice on the other end. Good news is that I got everything I wanted within Ĺ hour of my requested time. Hereís what it looks like:

Sunday, August 18th Planet Hollywood at 4:40pm
Monday, August 19th Tusker House 8:10am
Tuesday, August 20th Cape May 5pm
Wednesday, August 21st 50ís Prime Time Cafť
Thursday, August 22nd OíHana 8am
Friday, August 23rd 1900 Park Fare 5pm
Saturday, August 24th Sci Fi Diner 5:30pm
Sunday, August 25th Crystal Palace 8:35am
Monday, August 26th Garden Grill 6pm
Tuesday, August 27th none
Wednesday, August 28th Chef Mickeyís 8:05am

Erin, I havenít checked, but do any of our days line up now?

Overall, I am pretty pleased at the ressies. My only concern is the Chef Mickeyís one. Our flight leaves MCO at 12:15pm so I believe Magical Express will want to pick us up at 9:15am. I just donít know if we can be back to POR in time. I wonder if you can make other arrangements with them to pick up one hour later. Iíll have to check into that.

Iíve also booked our return flights back. I am using our SW points and the return flights were within our point range so I booked them. Itís an early flight than what weíve been taking lately and Peter is very happy about that. Weíll be back in Maine by 5:25pm and home by 7pm, so that will be good for everyone. Victoria wonít be too tired to go to school the next day. Hereís our flights:

Wed Aug 28 1 Depart ORLANDO INTL (MCO) on Southwest Airlines at 12:15 PM
Arrive in BALTIMORE WASHNTN (BWI) at 3:25 PM



614 Change planes to Southwest Airlines in BALTIMORE WASHNTN (BWI) at 4:00 PM
Arrive in PORTLAND ME (PWM) at 5:25 PM

Iím glad thereís not a huge layover between arriving in Baltimore and taking off for Portland. Yeah Southwest!! Thank you for flying out of Portland now! I have to wait until thereís a good sale for flights down. Tickets are running about $220 one way per person right now and I just think thatís a bit much. Lord knows I am not very good about waiting, but Iíll have to. Besides, the tax refunds arenít in yet (they are due to be received on Feb 25th) so I couldnít buy tickets now if I wanted to. While Iím typing this Iím on hold with Disney so that I can shorten our trip by one day. Yuck. Whatís up with these on hold times anyways?? Itís been 16 minutes and 22 seconds so far. I know, itís not as bad as the other day yet, but geez! At least they are playing Beauty & the Beast music currently. I called on the work phone thinking it wouldnít be that longÖ..yeah, I might have to suck it up and call from my cell phone. I donít want to get in trouble by making a long distance call that lasts an hour!! Oh it only took 19 minutes for someone to answer. Good Iím all set now and it dropped the price down $221.04. Iíll have to update my budget.

We celebrated Victoriaís 15TH birthday on Monday. 15. OMG!! Peter had to work, but Victoria, her friend Kali and I headed to the Maine Mall in Portland. You might as well just call me a freaking teenager when Iím with them. Iím just as silly as ever! I gave her $50 for her birthday as she didnít want a cake or presents or a party. Whaaaaa! No Brave party for us, I mean her, darn it! So she had about $110 to spend with the other money she got for her birthday. They had a blast! I did, too! That evening, when Peter got home from work, we all went to Texas Roadhouse where Victoria had to ride the saddle!! Yeeehaw!!! What a great day!















So, it was Kidís Night at Texas Roadhouse and the girls just had to make the macaroni crafts!!!


I must show you all my bouquet of chocolate from my hubby for Valentineís Day. If you canít tell, it is purple and yellow with a Belle cutout. He actually had it made for me. He had one made for Victoria, too. Heís such a good man! Itís at work now where I can really enjoy it all day long!


We brought my Mom to the airport on Saturday so that she can spend the next month with her friend Monique in Florida. Good for Mom. She deserves a break with all the stress thatís been around here lately. Although I must say Iím really seeing a difference now in Victoria. Of course itís school vacation week, so the trigger isnít there, but her overall attitude is so much better. I really think 20mg of Prozac is the correct dosage. Sheís taking the liquid version now (she hates to swallow pills!). Iíll know more next week when sheís back to school. But, sheís redone her room and gave away a lot of her stuffed animals and elementary level books. Iíve very proud of her. Sheís doing well right now. I know there will still be bad days, but Iím pleased. Her counselor called and wants to meet with us tomorrow. I will have to call her back to set up a time.

Isnít this a pretty sight??? Itís dark as it was 5am!! Momís flight was at 6am. As it was, the flight was delayed an hour as they had to de-ice the plane. Yeah, this is why I donít like flying this time of year ---- you never know if you are going to get out! The next time we see it, we will be heading to PlayList Live!


Yep, my mini weekend in Orlando is in 29days!! OMG!! 29 days until I feel that warm Florida sun on my face! 29 more days until DTD!! 29 more days until Rainforest Cafť! 29 more days until Wishes from the Poly beach! 29 more days until the Water Parade from the Poly Beach!! So, can anyone guess how many days I have left?? HAHA!

I also wanted to show you guys the old, dead tree that came down during the last blizzardÖ..it was HUGE!!



Hopefully this weekendís storm that Karen is sending our way wonít be so bad!!
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Old 02-21-2013, 02:47 PM   #123
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Yay for ADR's!!!!! I see you got an early morning ADR at CP! Our favorite!!! Yep, you are pushing it with Chef Mickey. I would go earlier than your ADR and see if you can get in and I would also have money for a cab and take a cab back to POFQ! I don't think it's the end of the world if you miss ME though, I think they just put you on the next one!

15!!! Happy Birthday to Victoria! It looks like she had a blast!! Your valentines from Peter was awesome, but I have to admit that all I saw when I looked at that picture was the MOUNDS of snow outside! I don't know how you do it! I hope Q doesn't dump too much more on you!
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Old 02-21-2013, 03:46 PM   #124
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My ADR day is two more days. It is killing me waiting. Your ADRs look great. We are trying for Sci-Fi on the 24th as well. I just don't know whether to do it at lunch or dinner. I am just hoping I will get it. I hope you get a good price on your flights. It is nice to have one more thing checked off on the check list.
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Old 02-21-2013, 04:07 PM   #125
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Your ADRs look great!

Happy belated birthday to Victoria!!!!
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Old 02-21-2013, 08:09 PM   #126
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO VICTORIA!!!

She looks quite happy in those pictures...yea to that! And you know, I know Peter isn't her biological father but boy she could pass as his- I see a lot of similarities- especially in those pictures from her birthday.

ADRS- so so exciting!!! I see you have my favorite in there... Ohana's for breakfast. I love, love, love that breakfast!
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For some reason, pictures aren't showing up on my phone tonight and I'm too lazy to go get my laptop so I can't comment on the rest of your post until later. But you have some great ADRs Yes, we have two of the same days! The kids and I will be in HS the evening of Saturday the 24th. We'll be in EP on Monday the 26th I was planning on doing 50s Prime Time on Saturday, but I though about switching that to dinner at Sci-fi... our would that be too stalker-ish? It would be cool to have a DISmeet while we wait for or tables! Assuming I can get an ADR for the same time frame. Anyway, I'll look at your pics tomorrow and comment more then. Happy belated birthday to Victoria!
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Old 02-27-2013, 08:21 AM   #128
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I finally got a chance to look at your pictures (my phone STILL wonít show pictures on the DIS ) and it looks like Victoria had a wonderful birthday! Since she didnít want a party, I think you are well within your rights to request a Brave birthday party for yourself! Iím actually serious! Do it! Anyway, Peter is such a good husband! I love the chocolate bouquet!
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Old 03-01-2013, 08:53 AM   #129
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I finally got a chance to look at your pictures (my phone STILL wonít show pictures on the DIS ) and it looks like Victoria had a wonderful birthday! Since she didnít want a party, I think you are well within your rights to request a Brave birthday party for yourself! Iím actually serious! Do it! Anyway, Peter is such a good husband! I love the chocolate bouquet!
Yep... Everything she said...

I'm glad that Victoria had a great bday... & that she seems to be feeling better ...

Congrats on your ADRs & I can just imagine how much you're looking forward to your Florida weekend...
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Yay for ADR's!!!!! I see you got an early morning ADR at CP! Our favorite!!! Yep, you are pushing it with Chef Mickey. I would go earlier than your ADR and see if you can get in and I would also have money for a cab and take a cab back to POFQ! I don't think it's the end of the world if you miss ME though, I think they just put you on the next one!

15!!! Happy Birthday to Victoria! It looks like she had a blast!! Your valentines from Peter was awesome, but I have to admit that all I saw when I looked at that picture was the MOUNDS of snow outside! I don't know how you do it! I hope Q doesn't dump too much more on you!
Yeah, I'm not really going to fret too much about Magical Express. Like you said, I'm just going to catch the next one. I'm sure there will be another one prior to my flight home, right? Yeah, Victoria did have fun on her birthday! My big 15 year old. OMG!! OUr mounds of snow are slowly melting. Fortunately Wednesday's storm turned out to be a bust and we got about 3 -4 inches of slush rather than 12 inches of snow. I'll take that anytime. Now that it's March 1st, any snow that does come will melt within a few days as the temps hover around freezing nowadays. Oh, we can still get a whopping storm in April, but it's not usual.

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My ADR day is two more days. It is killing me waiting. Your ADRs look great. We are trying for Sci-Fi on the 24th as well. I just don't know whether to do it at lunch or dinner. I am just hoping I will get it. I hope you get a good price on your flights. It is nice to have one more thing checked off on the check list.
Hey Shannon....How did you do on your ADR's??? Do any of ours match up? I wouldn't only love to meet Erin, you know! I'd love to meet you, too!!! Well, I'm still looking for deals on flights down to Orlando. It doesn't even have to be SouthWest. I'll keep checking.

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Your ADRs look great!

Happy belated birthday to Victoria!!!!
Thanks. I did change one ADR ---- I'm cancelling Cape May and booked the princess breakfast at Akershus. After all, I belong there, don't I??? I mean I am a princess myself!!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO VICTORIA!!!

She looks quite happy in those pictures...yea to that! And you know, I know Peter isn't her biological father but boy she could pass as his- I see a lot of similarities- especially in those pictures from her birthday.

ADRS- so so exciting!!! I see you have my favorite in there... Ohana's for breakfast. I love, love, love that breakfast!
You know everyone says that about Peter and Victoria. They were at the dentist together this past Wednesday and the office lady kept saying that over and over. I think it's awesome. At least I don't think of her father when I look at her as she doesn't resemble him at all!

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For some reason, pictures aren't showing up on my phone tonight and I'm too lazy to go get my laptop so I can't comment on the rest of your post until later. But you have some great ADRs Yes, we have two of the same days! The kids and I will be in HS the evening of Saturday the 24th. We'll be in EP on Monday the 26th I was planning on doing 50s Prime Time on Saturday, but I though about switching that to dinner at Sci-fi... our would that be too stalker-ish? It would be cool to have a DISmeet while we wait for or tables! Assuming I can get an ADR for the same time frame. Anyway, I'll look at your pics tomorrow and comment more then. Happy belated birthday to Victoria!
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I finally got a chance to look at your pictures (my phone STILL wont show pictures on the DIS ) and it looks like Victoria had a wonderful birthday! Since she didnt want a party, I think you are well within your rights to request a Brave birthday party for yourself! Im actually serious! Do it! Anyway, Peter is such a good husband! I love the chocolate bouquet!
YES!!! A BRAVE PARTY FOR MYSELF!!! Oh, that's awesome! Yep....it's gonna happen now! You know I've shared Victoria's straight hair pictures on Karen's ptr (or was it yours??) and I haven't even posted them to mine. Bad momma!!

Here she is....my pride and joy....



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Yep... Everything she said...

I'm glad that Victoria had a great bday... & that she seems to be feeling better ...

Congrats on your ADRs & I can just imagine how much you're looking forward to your Florida weekend...
Would you believe my weekend is just 3 weeks away?? Wow. It doesn't seem possible. I'm working on a little drawstring backpack for Victoria to take with her. She so does not like purses, so I'm hoping she'll like this. I want her to have someting to keep her camera, phone and money in. I've already ironed on the Playlist Live logo and so far, so good. I'll take a pic when I'm done. I'm so excited for our first day there. That's Mama's day and DTD day and Poly day!!! I may just have to take a loop around the monorail! You know, just for fun! Oh, and I think it would be quite an injustice if I didn't stop at all the monorail resorts, go to the gift shops and do a little pin trading. I mean, it would just be wrong NOT to do that, right??? Yep, that's a must!

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Hi. Thanks for asking. I do have Sci-Fi at the same time as you. I have a before park opening ressie for Akershus on the 26th. Not sure what time you made your ressie for. Looking forward to meeting you.

8/23/2013 Rainforest Cafť 11:45 AM
8/23/2013 Ohana 5:10 PM
8/24/2013 Sci-Fi Dine-In 5:30 PM
8/26/2013 Akershus Royal Banquet Hall 8:20 AM
8/26/2013 Biergarten 7:00 PM
8/27/2013 1900 Park Fare 5:00 PM
8/28/2013 Crystal Palace 8:10 AM
8/28/2013 Cape May Cafť 7:00 PM
8/30/2013 Raglan Road 7:00 PM
8/31/2013 Ohana 9:00 AM
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Hi. Thanks for asking. I do have Sci-Fi at the same time as you. I have a before park opening ressie for Akershus on the 26th. Not sure what time you made your ressie for. Looking forward to meeting you.

8/23/2013 Rainforest Cafť 11:45 AM
8/23/2013 Ohana 5:10 PM
8/24/2013 Sci-Fi Dine-In 5:30 PM
8/26/2013 Akershus Royal Banquet Hall 8:20 AM
8/26/2013 Biergarten 7:00 PM
8/27/2013 1900 Park Fare 5:00 PM
8/28/2013 Crystal Palace 8:10 AM
8/28/2013 Cape May Cafť 7:00 PM
8/30/2013 Raglan Road 7:00 PM
8/31/2013 Ohana 9:00 AM


OMG!!! No way!!!! So, I'll definitely see you at Sci Fi!!! And you can meet Erin, too!! And yes, we have an 8:10 am at Askershus!!! This is going to be so cool!!!! We'll have to make sure to find out what each other is wearing that day and study each other's pictures so we don't miss each other. It's gonna be great!!!!
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So, here we are.....



I'm going to start using FLICKR for my photos so let's see if I can do it correctly. 167 more days until our August vacation....ah.....I cannot wait! I can't believe there's 18 more days until our Playlist weekend. I made Victoria and Kali both a drawstring backpack and it looks like this:



I'm pretty pleased how this once came out. I have to go pick up more rope for Victoria's. I'll probably do that today. This one is after 3 tries. I tried with different material that just wasn't working. I was using a canvas type material and now I just went with plain ole cotton. Perfect! Victoria even likes it. Speaking of Miss Victoria, we all went clothes shopping yesterday for Playlist. OMG! Our trip to Kohl's frustrated the living heck out of me. She wanted to shop in the BOY'S SECTION. Nope! Not gonna happen! But she went over with Peter and found a plaid button-down shirt. The only way I was letting her get it was if she wore a lace cami underneath. There. Good compromise! She did pick out another really nice shirt. Her tastes are soooo different than mine, but hey, if she's interested in how she looks now, I'm letting her go for it. We then went to Lane Bryant and that was a pleasant shopping experience. She immediately found 2 (girlie) shirts that I loved and she loved. Mission accomplished! We now have enough outfits for Playlist. She does have to try on her swimsuits to make sure those fit. There may be another shopping trip in my future. Shucks!

I went ahead an purchased the Photopass Plus this past weekend. I did get it for the $149 preorder price. I'm contemplating doing a share but I'm not sure. What if I do it wrong, but really, what is there to do wrong. I would only be doing the Photopass share and I'm keeping the Plus part for myself. Having it connected to the Magic Band concerns me. I don't think I would have it linked and I believe I will have the choice. What do you guys think? I've been in 2 shares but have never ran one. I'd love your opinions!
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I'm going to start using FLICKR for my photos so let's see if I can do it correctly. 167 more days until our August vacation....ah.....I cannot wait! I can't believe there's 18 more days until our Playlist weekend. I made Victoria and Kali both a drawstring backpack and it looks like this:



I'm pretty pleased how this once came out. I have to go pick up more rope for Victoria's. I'll probably do that today. This one is after 3 tries. I tried with different material that just wasn't working. I was using a canvas type material and now I just went with plain ole cotton. Perfect! Victoria even likes it. Speaking of Miss Victoria, we all went clothes shopping yesterday for Playlist. OMG! Our trip to Kohl's frustrated the living heck out of me. She wanted to shop in the BOY'S SECTION. Nope! Not gonna happen! But she went over with Peter and found a plaid button-down shirt. The only way I was letting her get it was if she wore a lace cami underneath. There. Good compromise! She did pick out another really nice shirt. Her tastes are soooo different than mine, but hey, if she's interested in how she looks now, I'm letting her go for it. We then went to Lane Bryant and that was a pleasant shopping experience. She immediately found 2 (girlie) shirts that I loved and she loved. Mission accomplished! We now have enough outfits for Playlist. She does have to try on her swimsuits to make sure those fit. There may be another shopping trip in my future. Shucks!

I went ahead an purchased the Photopass Plus this past weekend. I did get it for the $149 preorder price. I'm contemplating doing a share but I'm not sure. What if I do it wrong, but really, what is there to do wrong. I would only be doing the Photopass share and I'm keeping the Plus part for myself. Having it connected to the Magic Band concerns me. I don't think I would have it linked and I believe I will have the choice. What do you guys think? I've been in 2 shares but have never ran one. I'd love your opinions!
Hmmmm, I'm unsure. I think you should wait a bit and see what happens with the magicbands. I was thinking that shares were a thing of the past b/c if they make you attach it to the bands, there will be no way to share. How about Erin? You guys could actually even share the plus card b/c you will be meeting up? At least paying half the cost would be worth it and if it ends up that you can't share, then at least you and Erin know each other and will be prepared for that??

I just did a share for my trip with Savannah and paid less than 20$ and got so many great shots! If I cannot do a share in the future, I'll just shell out the money for photopass b/c it's totally worth it!
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Well I went ahead and posted on the Facebook Photopass Share page. No takers so far, but it's early yet. And look here what came in today:



Yay!!! So, I will have to put my voucher in a safe place and REMEMBER to bring it to Disney! I really don't have much to update today. Same stuff, I guess. I'm sure I will update more later!
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