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Old 11-28-2012, 09:52 AM   #16
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yay for getting first dinner! that your school friends don't get the excitement...but you know we do
you have to eat at the restaurants for dinner...buffet is for lunch
you will have a great time, does D plan on going to the kids club?
so is your cabin more to the front of the ship? you will feel the movement more up there, hope you don't have issues with getting seasick
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Old 11-29-2012, 04:34 AM   #17
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Sounds like a very fun filled vacation.. I wish we could make March...but the boys don't have break til the following week... and PJ is off the first of March... nothing jives with anyones schedules!!!
I know, right?? I kept saying, "But it worked! We got first dinner!" and they kept looking at me like they were going to call the white-coated people! Bless them, they don't know what they're missing!

You just need to tell the boys' schools and PJ's college that they need to coordinate calendars with ME! That way, we could all go! Yeah, I'm sure they would understand that necessity!!

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yay for getting first dinner! that your school friends don't get the excitement...but you know we do
you have to eat at the restaurants for dinner...buffet is for lunch
you will have a great time, does D plan on going to the kids club?
so is your cabin more to the front of the ship? you will feel the movement more up there, hope you don't have issues with getting seasick
I'm so glad y'all understand the excitement over getting the dining! I totally agree with you--dining rooms for dinner! That's why I was sorta floored when she kept saying I could just "grab something" for dinner every night!

D isn't sure yet about the kids club. I definitely will take him in there on the first day so he can see everything. I also hope we can do some of the open house type activities where parents can go too. He wouldn't worry about it then!

We have been lucky--neither of us gets seasick, and D doesn't seem to get motion sick. Fingers crossed that that holds out for this trip!
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:04 AM   #18
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hello, why wouldn't we "get it" official disney freaks here too

that's good you don't get seasick....have you joined the cruise thread yet? when we went I met a couple of families and our girls hung out a bit in the kid club, megan wouldn't go if the other girls weren't there...was nice for us too to have the other adults to hang out with if we wanted to!
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Old 11-29-2012, 04:15 PM   #19
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hello, why wouldn't we "get it" official disney freaks here too

that's good you don't get seasick....have you joined the cruise thread yet? when we went I met a couple of families and our girls hung out a bit in the kid club, megan wouldn't go if the other girls weren't there...was nice for us too to have the other adults to hang out with if we wanted to!
Exactly!!! You all speak the language!! I have joined our cruise meets thread, but I have to admit, I've been a slacker at keeping up with it! I will have to do that better! That would at least give us people we sort of "knew"!

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A Real Life Update:

Just a few pics from Thanksgiving last week. . . We had my inlaws over for lunch. Before they got there, we had some fun outside taking Thanksgiving pics.









Even Mickey & Minnie wished us a Happy Thanksgiving:



Thanksgiving Day was 17 weeks until we leave for our trip. . .today it is 16 weeks!!!! The Countdown is ON!!!
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Old 11-29-2012, 04:19 PM   #21
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Princess Bette--just noticed that it's just one more day til your trip!! I hope you have a BLAST!! Can't wait to hear about it!
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Old 11-29-2012, 06:39 PM   #22
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D looks very cute in his turkey day shirt! hope you can make some new "friends" for the cruise!

16 weeks will fly by! we are getting close to our two DLR trips...can make ADR's Jan 1 for our first trip...still a bummer you can only make them 60 days out and you have to do each day one by one...wish they would use the same system as WDW!
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Love the Thanksgiving Day photos!!!

17 weeks til the boys spring break... so... 12 til PJ's... oh my!

I'm so glad you got the first dinners.. I don't want to grab and go all the time when we are on vacation.. and I couldn't imagine doing that on the cruise.. I'd like to relax and eat my meal at a table and someone taking care of me!!
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Old 11-29-2012, 07:44 PM   #24
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D looks very cute in his turkey day shirt! hope you can make some new "friends" for the cruise!

16 weeks will fly by! we are getting close to our two DLR trips...can make ADR's Jan 1 for our first trip...still a bummer you can only make them 60 days out and you have to do each day one by one...wish they would use the same system as WDW!
Aww, thanks! He thought his turkey day shirt was cool! . I think you're probably right and these 16 weeks will go kind of quickly. Especially with the holidays and then busy scheduling time at work.

How awesome about DLR! We are still hoping to got here in 2014. I will definitely have to get info from you for ADRs and everything!

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Love the Thanksgiving Day photos!!!

17 weeks til the boys spring break... so... 12 til PJ's... oh my!

I'm so glad you got the first dinners.. I don't want to grab and go all the time when we are on vacation.. and I couldn't imagine doing that on the cruise.. I'd like to relax and eat my meal at a table and someone taking care of me!!
Thanks!!! Wow...just 12 weeks til PJs spring break? For some reason, that seems so close!

I am definitely like you...I kept thinking, "ummmmm....if I can't switch dining, it'll be like the food court at the mall!" I know that's not exactly it, but I am so relieved that we can just relax and enjoy the dining rooms!
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I'd be happy to help you plan! we will probably be going Pres Day weekend in 2014 too, do you know when you are planning to go?

DLR is much easier to plan for meals, not as many to choose from and you can really only plan 60 days out, they don't even release park hours until then for the most part!

D will love Carsland, we can't wait to see it! the first trip Megan's perf dance team will be performing so we are just going with the flow and not really planning much since there will be a big group of the kids and we have some friends coming in for 2 of the days also (3/2 - 3/6) and then the big trip is 3/29 - 4/3 for her 13th bday, staying at the DLH and will be doing a couple tours, etc.
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Old 12-01-2012, 05:36 AM   #26
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I'd be happy to help you plan! we will probably be going Pres Day weekend in 2014 too, do you know when you are planning to go?

DLR is much easier to plan for meals, not as many to choose from and you can really only plan 60 days out, they don't even release park hours until then for the most part!

D will love Carsland, we can't wait to see it! the first trip Megan's perf dance team will be performing so we are just going with the flow and not really planning much since there will be a big group of the kids and we have some friends coming in for 2 of the days also (3/2 - 3/6) and then the big trip is 3/29 - 4/3 for her 13th bday, staying at the DLH and will be doing a couple tours, etc.
We are probably going in March 2014--it's easier to go for Spring Break. We have thought about going in June (so D wouldn't have to go back to school RIGHT AFTER the time change--we've never dealt with that, so I'm not sure how he'll deal with it). I have been doing some researching, and I was sort of amazed about the planning. . .and the 60 days out! Maybe it'll be more laidback planning for me. . .but I know so little about that park! I am just hoping we can get into GCV at 7 months out. Hmmm. . .that would mean I would be booking that in about a year! Less, if we stick to March!

Megan's 13th birthday plan sounds awesome!! Can't wait to hear all about it!!

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So. . .how about some plans for this PTR?? I am so excited (perhaps I’ve mentioned that), and I have all sorts of plans! A little funny Dalton story. . .he is super-excited about this trip, too. So much so, that EVERY night, he says, “Tell me about going to the fotel”. He’s a little bit of an over-planner. . .he likes to know what’s going to happen when (wonder where he gets that??) so we go through what we’ll do each day!

I will do our dining in a separate update (since I intend to be a real foodie on this trip! )

Wednesday, March 20th is our last working day before our trip. Now, I just found out this past week that Kindergarten Registration is the Monday of that same week, so I now have to finagle 3 days off that week. Oh well. . .there are much worse problems to have!

Back to Wednesday. . .D & I will go to work/school as usual, and Brian will go to his work. I will pick D up after work at my mom’s and then we will head home. First thing on the agenda (after playing the Handy Manny “Vacation” song several times in the car) will be to straighten up the house one last time. I know I’m probably a little OCD, but I love coming home from vacation to a clean house!

Brian should be home about 5, and he’ll load the car (we usually pack the weekend before). Then, it’ll be dinner and off to sleep—or for them at least. For me, it will be dinner and “I’m too excited to sleep!” Brian will probably get up about 12:30 am or so, and we’ll be ready to hit the road about 1 or 1:30 am.



This is a picture of our car loaded for the Hilton Head trip this past October. I figure this will be pretty much the same. . .only with a few more bags!

I am hoping D will sleep in the car, though on the way to Hilton Head, he slept about 20 minutes. I keep telling him that our “job” on the way down is to sleep while Daddy drives!

About 7 or 8 am, we will keep with a family tradition and stop at that most wonderful of breakfast spots. . .CHICK-FIL-A!!!



After breakfast, and of course, some playground time:



It’s back in the car and headed off!!

I hope that about 10:30 am or so (depending on traffic and leaving time), we will be seeing this:



And then this:


(though it’s different colors now!)

And then this:



We will head to the Concierge Lounge to check in (where as D says, “we hafta be VERRRRRY good and VERRRRY quiet!!”). I am hoping our room will be ready, but if not, that’s ok, too!

Whenever we get in there, we’ll unpack, grab a snack/lunch, and then take a nap (more for Brian than us). D & I may explore the resort while he naps, and then we’ll all get ready and head to Downtown Disney!

We have an ADR for dinner at Downtown Disney (to be revealed later), and I am hoping the weather will be nice enough that we can walk around. . .and of course, SHOP!!

Then, it’ll be back to the Wilderness Lodge (early, I expect) for a quick snack in the CL lounge (that will probably be for D. . .I told him he could have a cookie!) and then off to dream our Disney Dreams and get ready for our first park day!
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planning for DLR is much easier - I really don't do much of it anymore since we've gone so much other than booking meals and tours...3 months until we leave for the dance trip, which will be so fun, heck how many people can say they performed at DLR
I'm hoping to start a PTR next week to cover our year of trips and Haiti too...since we are getting the Premiere AP this next year, got to get my $$ worth out of it
let me know if you have any questions....I can get you some maps when we go!

sounds like a great travel and first day plans! just so cute that D is a little planner - you are teaching him well
oh my can't believe he is headed to kindergarten next year....he's not our little SIOB anymore

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planning for DLR is much easier - I really don't do much of it anymore since we've gone so much other than booking meals and tours...3 months until we leave for the dance trip, which will be so fun, heck how many people can say they performed at DLR
I'm hoping to start a PTR next week to cover our year of trips and Haiti too...since we are getting the Premiere AP this next year, got to get my $$ worth out of it
let me know if you have any questions....I can get you some maps when we go!

sounds like a great travel and first day plans! just so cute that D is a little planner - you are teaching him well
oh my can't believe he is headed to kindergarten next year....he's not our little SIOB anymore

have a great weekend!
I think that's awesome that they are performing at DLR! Definitely a lifetime memory!

I can't wait to follow your PTR! I know your year of trips and especially Haiti will be amazing! And ooooooh, the Premiere AP! Awesome! We had looked at getting the DVC APs this year when they announced the discount, but with D wanting to go back to HHI in the fall, we won't use enough days.

I know--I can't believe that he is off to kindergarten next year! He is all about it--can't wait to go! I, on the other hand, am amazed that he's that old this fast! However, I am pretty sure I know who his teacher will be, and he will be in good hands! That will make it easier on me!

Another real life update under this post. . .
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This year, D is all about Santa! He has decided we have to have everything ready for Santa to come and see us.

We took him a couple of weeks ago to see Santa. He was all prepared to tell Santa exactly what he wanted, but when we got up there, he chickened out of going on his own. I went up with him, and he said, “Now, Momma, can you PLEEEEEASE tell Santa what I want?” I had him whisper to me, and he said, “Some trains, and the Polyneeeeeeeshun resort for my monorail!” Too funny! I think we have definitely Disneyfied our child!

Here are our pics from that fun event:





I think by the time he is brave enough to do Santa by himself, he won’t want to do Santa any more!
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