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Old 11-16-2012, 02:40 PM   #451
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I wanted to share this. I got this picture in a text from Loren. He took it with his cell. It made me smile.
Great idea, we can entertain ourselves until Jenny gets hers loaded, here's mine:

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Great idea, we can entertain ourselves until Jenny gets hers loaded, here's mine:


Oh I love your balloons!
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Old 11-16-2012, 07:04 PM   #453
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Great idea, we can entertain ourselves until Jenny gets hers loaded, here's mine:



Oooooohhhhh balloons. Not sure if I've mentioned this but not only am a fireworks, parade, and view hoor but I heart balloons too.

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I hate it when that happens.


I wanted to share this. I got this picture in a text from Loren. He took it with his cell. It made me smile.

What a good boy sending you pics. Is he having a blast?



I got a little sidetracked from my report. I posted this in the Disneyland section but would love your guys opinions:

Just wondering everyone's thought on giving a trip to Disneyland as a Christmas gift for the kids? Here's the issue: the trip won't be until August 2013.

Too far? They're 15,14, and 11 so they can abstract think so they won't think we're going now. I hope.

And as far as what they'll open, I haven't bought or booked anything and really won't need to until January Ideally we'll stay at the GCV if we can get in at 7 months. I can print off a pic of the GCV and maybe add it to the gift?

I'm having a friend send me 3 maps of the park, I have 3 kids. I'm going to buy some pins from eBay as they love to pin trade still.

Not sure if we'll drive or fly yet.

Was thinking about using our old tickets from our recent trip to WDW for something...it's not like they to open active tickets, right? I don't even think they'll do more than glance at them in all honestly.

I've got 3 bunches of Mickey suckers that DS forgot to give his soccer team when we returned from WDW last month. I could do something with those too.

I found a small bag of Mickey head confetti too. And some Mickey Home Depot paint swatches.

Any ideas on how to put it all together as a wrapped/openable gift or is the trip too far away to give as a gift? It won't be their only gifts. They're still getting a few things.

I'm open to all ideas, concerns, and comments. I'm not very creative and appreciate the help.

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Old 11-16-2012, 07:17 PM   #454
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Yes, Loren is having a ball. I am averaging about 5 pictures a day from him. He is so funny.



I think that is a cute idea for a gift.
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Old 11-16-2012, 07:30 PM   #455
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Yes, Loren is having a ball. I am averaging about 5 pictures a day from him. He is so funny.



I think that is a cute idea for a gift.


I love him for sending them to you! That's so sweet. You need to share more of them.


You don't think August is too far away?
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I love him for sending them to you! That's so sweet. You need to share more of them.


You don't think August is too far away?

I will. He has been well rounded in what he has sent. Park pictures, food porn, souvenirs, and characters.


When you consider how soon it was that you were at WDW no, not really.



This is Cheyanne at Ariels Grotto.
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I will. He has been well rounded in what he has sent. Park pictures, food porn, souvenirs, and characters.


When you consider how soon it was that you were at WDW no, not really.


Good point. Chloe chose that for her bat mitzvah gift a year before, right after Gabby went on her bat mitzvah gift. They're used to waiting for Disney.


I think he's very thoughtful.
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Sounds like a great present.

Have you considered getting 3 large boxes, putting all the Disney references in there with a letter like one they would get from a travel agent advising them of the trip?

If so, I would then get a Helium filled Disney balloon into the box.

Get them to open the boxes at the same time and hopefully the balloons will float out of the boxes and they can see the contents together.




The other way might be to do a scavenger hunt. Work out little clues leading them to the next spot. At each spot, have a different item for them to collect. At the last spot, you could have the letter with the trip details??
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Old 11-16-2012, 07:54 PM   #459
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Good point. Chloe chose that for her bat mitzvah gift a year before, right after Gabby went on her bat mitzvah gift. They're used to waiting for Disney.


I think he's very thoughtful.

Yes, he is.
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Old 11-16-2012, 08:40 PM   #460
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Just wondering everyone's thought on giving a trip to Disneyland as a Christmas gift for the kids? Here's the issue: the trip won't be until August 2013.

Too far? They're 15,14, and 11 so they can abstract think so they won't think we're going now. I hope.

And as far as what they'll open, I haven't bought or booked anything and really won't need to until January Ideally we'll stay at the GCV if we can get in at 7 months. I can print off a pic of the GCV and maybe add it to the gift?

I'm having a friend send me 3 maps of the park, I have 3 kids. I'm going to buy some pins from eBay as they love to pin trade still.

Not sure if we'll drive or fly yet.

Was thinking about using our old tickets from our recent trip to WDW for something...it's not like they to open active tickets, right? I don't even think they'll do more than glance at them in all honestly.

I've got 3 bunches of Mickey suckers that DS forgot to give his soccer team when we returned from WDW last month. I could do something with those too.

I found a small bag of Mickey head confetti too. And some Mickey Home Depot paint swatches.

Any ideas on how to put it all together as a wrapped/openable gift or is the trip too far away to give as a gift? It won't be their only gifts. They're still getting a few things.

I'm open to all ideas, concerns, and comments. I'm not very creative and appreciate the help.
I think that's a tough call to be honest. If you hadn't have just been to WDW and it had been a while, or it was something really new to them and different, then a 7+ month delay on their xmas gift might totally work. Much as my crew would love to go, I think it would fall flat as it is just too delayed, even with other gifts, if the trip was meant to be the "big" gift. I guess the question I'd have for your crew, since they have been to DCL a bunch...would it be a big enough deal to them to make the wait ok? With mine I'm not sure I could get away with a trip as a xmas gift farther than spring break.

I don't mean to be a downer, just being honest about how it would be received at my house. The kids do like tangible things at least mine do, at the ages they are at. I think Taylor (20) is just now getting to the age where a delay like that, for the right thing, would be just fine.
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I got a little sidetracked from my report. I posted this in the Disneyland section but would love your guys opinions:

Just wondering everyone's thought on giving a trip to Disneyland as a Christmas gift for the kids? Here's the issue: the trip won't be until August 2013.

Too far? They're 15,14, and 11 so they can abstract think so they won't think we're going now. I hope.

And as far as what they'll open, I haven't bought or booked anything and really won't need to until January Ideally we'll stay at the GCV if we can get in at 7 months. I can print off a pic of the GCV and maybe add it to the gift?

I'm having a friend send me 3 maps of the park, I have 3 kids. I'm going to buy some pins from eBay as they love to pin trade still.

Not sure if we'll drive or fly yet.

Was thinking about using our old tickets from our recent trip to WDW for something...it's not like they to open active tickets, right? I don't even think they'll do more than glance at them in all honestly.

I've got 3 bunches of Mickey suckers that DS forgot to give his soccer team when we returned from WDW last month. I could do something with those too.

I found a small bag of Mickey head confetti too. And some Mickey Home Depot paint swatches.

Any ideas on how to put it all together as a wrapped/openable gift or is the trip too far away to give as a gift? It won't be their only gifts. They're still getting a few things.

I'm open to all ideas, concerns, and comments. I'm not very creative and appreciate the help.

I think it's a great idea, your kids seem to love Disney so they will love the idea of going again even if it is in August. I can see them reacting like this>>>

We're doing the same thing, announcing our June Disney trip as a Christmas present by giving each of the guys a Disney gift card so they can buy their own snacks and traditional T-shirts and ball caps. We're just not sure on how to "wrap" the gift card yet, I'm thinking it might be the last thing to come outta the Christmas stockings (stuck way down in the toe) so they can connect the idea that's why they didn't get upteen movie dvds and video games usually requested by them.

Then Jen and I can start singing our "We're goin' to Disney" song aloud instead of this whispering we've been doing for the last month.

Jen and I will keep in mind you're doing this for your kids so if we think of anything creative, we'll pass it on. Maybe you could arrange for the Disney Christmas Parade to be on while your kids are opening gifts and make remarks like "I sure wish we could go to Disney again this year, wouldn't that be a wonderful gift?"
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Sounds like a great present.

Have you considered getting 3 large boxes, putting all the Disney references in there with a letter like one they would get from a travel agent advising them of the trip?

If so, I would then get a Helium filled Disney balloon into the box.

Get them to open the boxes at the same time and hopefully the balloons will float out of the boxes and they can see the contents together.

The other way might be to do a scavenger hunt. Work out little clues leading them to the next spot. At each spot, have a different item for them to collect. At the last spot, you could have the letter with the trip details??

I really like the 3 boxes idea. Scavenger idea is very creative too. My head is spinning with ideas. My only hesitation is that the trip isn't until August. The girls other big gift are tickets to see One Direction, which wont happen until late August. If nothing else, it'll tach them patience. Chloes birthday is in late Deb and Gabby's is in Feb. Joshua and Michael are going to SF on 12/14 so its not like they are deprived. Thank you. I think I'm getting more okay with it as a Christmas gift. The letter idea is a must. Because I won't have the actual tickets yet, I can use the Mickey confetti inside the envelope. The ballon/box/clue idea is really good.

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I think that's a tough call to be honest. If you hadn't have just been to WDW and it had been a while, or it was something really new to them and different, then a 7+ month delay on their xmas gift might totally work. Much as my crew would love to go, I think it would fall flat as it is just too delayed, even with other gifts, if the trip was meant to be the "big" gift. I guess the question I'd have for your crew, since they have been to DCL a bunch...would it be a big enough deal to them to make the wait ok? With mine I'm not sure I could get away with a trip as a xmas gift farther than spring break.

I don't mean to be a downer, just being honest about how it would be received at my house. The kids do like tangible things at least mine do, at the ages they are at. I think Taylor (20) is just now getting to the age where a delay like that, for the right thing, would be just fine.

You're not being a downer, I want all opinions even if they are dissenting. You make some very valid points. They're really really wanting to see Carsland. I think with all of their summer fun that they've already got planned, a trip might be too much to give at the same time; does that make sense? I don't want them spoiled I guess. I think if they have to wait a little, it might be good for them. They will have all just returned from camp/friends just over two weeks before the trip. I think to say, hey now we're going to Disneyland might be too much indulgence. I don't do big Valentine or other gifts aside from birthday so there isn't another option to surprise them with it. I've obviously thought too much about this.

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I think it's a great idea, your kids seem to love Disney so they will love the idea of going again even if it is in August. I can see them reacting like this>>>

We're doing the same thing, announcing our June Disney trip as a Christmas present by giving each of the guys a Disney gift card so they can buy their own snacks and traditional T-shirts and ball caps. We're just not sure on how to "wrap" the gift card yet, I'm thinking it might be the last thing to come outta the Christmas stockings (stuck way down in the toe) so they can connect the idea that's why they didn't get upteen movie dvds and video games usually requested by them.

Then Jen and I can start singing our "We're goin' to Disney" song aloud instead of this whispering we've been doing for the last month.

Jen and I will keep in mind you're doing this for your kids so if we think of anything creative, we'll pass it on. Maybe you could arrange for the Disney Christmas Parade to be on while your kids are opening gifts and make remarks like "I sure wish we could go to Disney again this year, wouldn't that be a wonderful gift?"

UncleR, I see a similar reaction. Especially if I church up the delivery. I will gladly ride your coattails with any great ideas you want to share about how you and Jen are doing the BIG surprise.

I like the idea of you putting the card at the bottom of the stocking. There are so many neat ways to do it. Giving Disney is such a fun gift to give, not only for the recipient but for us too. I just love it. And I want to hear your song. Your fellas are going to be so elated.

I've figured how to give the girls their 1D tickets for Christmas. I got them each 2013 1D calendars and when they flip though, which they will immediately, the tickets will be attached to the day they;re going.

I like the parade idea but Michael may have to work Christmas Day so we've got to be all finished with gifts by 7:20 am. I'm trying to talk him out of working but he is home Christmas Eve too. He wants to trade to work Christmas Day because we predict between traveling to Africa and the A&F jobs, he'll need to take advantage of shift trading vs using straight leave.
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Yesterday was a slow picture day. I think that he isn't as homesick. But, he did send me a couple.


This was my favorite. He took it with his cell phone.
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Yesterday was a slow picture day. I think that he isn't as homesick. But, he did send me a couple.


This was my favorite. He took it with his cell phone.


Oooo I love the icicle lights on the castle. Beautiful. Lucky buggar getting to be there during the holidays. When does he get home?

Sherry's pictures are amazing. I swear, I'm stalking her holiday photo thread.
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Oooo I love the icicle lights on the castle. Beautiful. Lucky buggar getting to be there during the holidays. When does he get home?

Sherry's pictures are amazing. I swear, I'm stalking her holiday photo thread.

He comes home tomorrow. I haven't seen him since Tuesday night when I took him to our friends house. I miss the bugger.


I think Sherri's pictures! I can hardly wait until she goes again in a few weeks.
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