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Old 01-25-2013, 03:22 PM   #16
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I wanted to post a quick BIEBER update. We were all down with the FEVER. Wow - he was terrific. It was such a great show all together. If I was as frantic about the show as I was about Disney, I'd have been on the web, researching and known what to expect, but I didn't, and I wasn't prepared.

Only negative - we waited - a lot. For a 7:00PM start time - he didn't come on until 9PM.

One of my favorite moments - CODY SIMPSON. When we gave the girls the tickets for Christmas, DD7 (8 in FEB) said "Oh.. It's Justin Bieber. I don't really like him anymore. I like Cody SImpson now." Well knock us over and make our day! HE OPENED! As much as I love "Call me Maybe" and troll You Tube for funny remakes of the video (have you see the Harvard Baseball Team - hysterical) she wasnt great live.

The concert was great. Justin was terrific. He put a lot of his new, slower songs in, which were GREAT. But.. 7 yr old girls... at 9PM + DD7 konked out for a song in the middle of the slow part. LOL

My girlfriend and I screamed and danced and had so much fun. DD11 (12 in APR) had a blast - great night by all. Some pics of our crew.

The girls between "sets" We call those her "crazy eyes". She says "I'm just making sure my eyes are open" LOL.


Me and DD7


The BFF's (Lucky to have a friend who is BFFs with my DD7)


Our group AFTER the concert - do we look as exhausted as we felt?


No good pics of DD11, all the pics had her face too washed out.

And the result the next day
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Old 01-25-2013, 03:35 PM   #17
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Back to planning this trip - My ADRs open on MONDAY!!!

Okay, we've covered Sunday & Monday

Tuesday: We are doing a 1st
Breakfast @ Cape May - this will also be our 1st Breakfast of the trip which will be a test to DHs and I new diet. We're doing Medifast 5-1 (starting next week). Being that we'll be so far in by then, we should be okay. But this will be our PROTEIN meal of the day. I might declare it a cheat meal - we'll see.

After breakfast @ Cape May we'll head to EPCOT and have more fun there for a few hours. When we get hot/tired - back to OKW to swim & relax.

I'm not really sure how FP+ will influence our touring with FP times etc. I'm very curious to see what happens.

After swim/lunch/rest @ OKW we'll head back to EPCOT to continue there, maybe spend the afternoon / evening in WS. But nothing more really planned for the day. At some point during the day MIL & FIL will head home to Bradenton . Since moving to NC we really miss them.

If we didnt see Illuminations on Sunday, we'll catch it tonight

Wednesday: ANOTHER 1st
TYPHOON LAGOON- we really wanted to do a water park. DD7 (will be 8. ) isnt the best in the water. I feel like TL will be a quiet pace (compared to BB). Also, DH and I love to snorkel and will enjoy teaching the kids. DH and I even have our own masks. Who wants to put in a mouth piece someone else used - eww. LOL

We will completely go with the flow at TL. The afternoon will probably be returning to OKW, maybe going to DTD to shop. Eat at either Olivias or somewhere at DTD.
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Old 02-14-2013, 03:42 AM   #18
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Brief detour of the PTR to GO TO DISNEY!!


We leave in a couple hours and I can't sleep anymore! We told the kids last night and they were so excited. "You mean we don't have to go to school!" LOL

We had a Winterstorm Nemo created incident with our autograph books. The woman on Etsy I got them from is in NYC and although she got them to the PO, they didn't leave the PO until Tuesday. So they won't make it. She's trying to send another set to the hotel, but incase, my dear friend Wendy made me some graphics and I ran to FedEx and made some up that the girls love! "They have our names on them!!" :-)

I was hoping for some pool time at AKV when we arrive, let Mandy occupy them there while I run to Publix, but it's 100% chance of rain today :-( oh well.

I'm stocked on ponchos and spare socks, we'll make it all work :-) yay!!!
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Old 02-16-2013, 06:12 AM   #19
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Hope you're having a GREAT time !!! (of course you are - you're in Disney World!!!)
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Old 02-26-2013, 07:02 PM   #20
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Wow - we did have a great time at DISNEY. It was COLD COLD COLD. the Sunday we were there it was 50 during the day. In the sun it wasn't too bad, but when the wind kicked up it was chilly.

We loved AKL-Kidani and instead of doing MK - AK - EPCOT we did MK - AK - MK. After our 1st day of MK we realized that she didn't know what she was missing at EPCOT and there was too much at MK she still wanted to do or do again (and again).

Our group with Pooh


Flynn Ryder teach Jack to 'smoulder'


The girls with Aurora & Phillip


Good-bye Disney!


We had a great trip and now I can't wait for our trip in July
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Old 02-28-2013, 03:58 PM   #21
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Back to the July / August PTR ...

We covered:
Sunday - Epcot
Monday - Animal Kingdom
Tuesday - Epcot
Wednesday - Typhoon Lagoon

THURSDAY - Hollywood Studios and although we have AP and the ability to "hop" I think we'll do all day at HS.

Rope drop is the plan, and how FP+ will factor in I don't know.
Toy Story Mania, Tower of Terror & RNR are musts. We also love all the shows and the Great Movie Ride. We've never done the backlot tour and I've never done it since I was a kid and it was MGM and a working studio. I was even in it once, I rode the bee's wing in one of the scene's LOL ages ago...

We have no problem leaving at lunch and heading back to the resort for a swim. We'll need to be back by 5PM for dinner at Sci-Fi.

I've eaten here with friends when Catherine was really little, but never with Steve & Family. Really excited!

The plan is then to catch Fantasmic. Again, Catherine and I have seen this, but it'll be a 1st for Steve and the kids.
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Old 04-11-2013, 08:52 AM   #22
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I never thought I would be so 'slack' but we've been so busy. Catherine has volleyball 5 days a week and Jack has baseball 3 days a week and nearly every weekend. Emma just announced that she wants to play softball in the Fall. I'm excited for her, I am, she needs something more athletic (she just does dance once a week now). But softball is 3x a week. This mama is nothing but a taxi.. beep beep

VACATION PLANNING
Friday 2 AUG is our MK day! Well start with 8:05 ADR at Crystal Palace, this is a tradition for us. We do this ADR on every vacation and I don't think we'll ever STOP doing it. We love it!

Being in the park early, we plan on exploring Fantasy Land this morning. before heading over to Adventure & Frontier Land.We'd have hopefully done Tomorrow Land Monday night. But it's also PM EMH so we'll come back after our afternoon break for that.

Saturday - KID PICK - this is where we sit down and ask the kids what they want to do. I am guessing they will probably want to go back to MK and do more there if we missed anything then go to AK (knowing my kids) but who knows. We won't have anything in the PM but maybe DTD since we leave Sunday AM.
we enjoy these fly by the seat of your pants days

That's it... time to go home sniff sniff
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Old 05-09-2013, 12:28 PM   #23
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I'm here and subscribed! You have a lovely family!

Looking forward to hearing more about your plans.
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Old 05-10-2013, 01:45 PM   #24
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HI! So a quick catch-up on us and the trip planning. A few details I wanted to add in.

We decided this trip to not do DDP. We've done DDP since our 1st family trip in JUNE 2009, and every trip since. But now that the 2 older kids are the size they are and eat pretty non-stop, and now that DH and I don't eat so much anymore because of our diet we figured it might be a huge waste of money.

I spent a day where I sat down with the menus and planned everything out. I took into consideration that we might NOT want to do so many TS and calculated it all out and yeah, TIW worked out really wall for us. With the trip in FEB that I took + this trip, we come out ahead with TIW.

I bought it in FEB and it was really easy to use. I found myself still booking some TS for this trip, but not as many and I didn't feel pressured to do them every day. Just when it felt like they fit in organically.

Now - our diet. We are doing great! We are both halfway to goal! we've dialed back a bit, only because if you've researched Medifast it is expensive. both of us on it, we're spending a lot each month. We are doing 3 + 2 instead. 3 Medifast + 2 protein each day. Our coach agreed and thinks we are doing okay as long as we keep up with the exercise etc. I can't wait to post vacation pictures and compare them to those horrid ones from FEB! GO ME!

I'm curious where FP+ is and if it'll change our touring at all. I kind of like it, I kind of don't. I would love not to have to leave my family to run across a park to retrieve FPs. I'm good enough to plan ahead, but then again I don't like the thought of not being able to park hop and grab FPs at night at another park and sometimes I am THAT GOOD that I can fit 4 FPs into a day.

Then there is the "do we switch our APs to RFID?" We aren't renewing them after this trip, so do we battle that headache? Decisions Decisions...

ILs are still on board to join us - they will be offsite at the Hilton Timeshare they own at. They are busy ILs though. They are headed there Memorial weekend for our Neices' 1st visit. I've been helping MIL plan and made some autograph books for the girls. They are 11, 8, & 5. DH and SIL kept pace with each other on popping out kids until until DH's divorce LOL.

We still have an open invite for my sister to join us, we loved having her with us in OCT of last year and hope she'll join us again.

Okay - i think that's it. I'm just ready for this school year to slow down. But I know 2 weeks into summer I'll be screaming for school to be back in. LOL Just no making me happy
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Old 05-20-2013, 06:48 AM   #25
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Congrats on being halfway to your goal!

We did the dining plan once before and it was awesome to have the option to eat whatever we wanted anywhere. But it was a lot of food and I knew it'd be cheaper to not do it, especially since we had the cabin and could make two meals a day there.
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Oh some planning is happening here....

* I reserved our room for the Saturday night when we arrive in Orlando but before we check-in at WDW on Sunday YAY

DH wants to leave EARLY on Saturday and get there with time to relax by the pool with a cocktail and decompress before the busy week.

* My Sister has been told which ticket to get (@ AAA) and will do that soon

* I re-arranged a couple of days and ADRs. I was in direct disagreement with easyWDW and throught I'd change things if I could, and I could, so I did. Looking forward to seeing how it works since I've never used those plans before.

- NEXT - I need to book Einstein's week at the vet / kennel. I neglected to add that into the budget so I need to hustle up and do that. Whoops! I'll want to add a couple days for him at doggie daycare so he can go play.

We have some busy weeks of baseball coming up with 3 road trips in the next 6 weeks. I'm tired of hotels and can't wait til our stay in our villa!
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I am an absolute control freak and I OWN THE PLAN. ME, it's mine and you cannot change it. That is truly how I feel sometimes and it's not always healthy.

When changes are introduced to the plan, my 1st reaction is to freak out. But, if I chill out a bit - ya know - sometimes things are great.

My BFF - the one who has been there from college, the one who picked me up downtown when all the other friends left me there, drunk, the one who was there when the others didn't have time and I needed a shoulder to cry on, the one who stood beside me when my beautiful DD was born, the one who hated my boyfriend b/c he was a jerk,then pretended to like him when we got back together, then was there for me when we got married - and now loves him because he is the best DH ever - that BFF. We've been through utter HELL and back together over the past 16 yrs AND SHE'S COMING TO SEE ME AT WDW!!!!!!

I am SO EXCITED! Of course she picked the day I was not expecting her to! But it was SO meant to be. It's a day with no PM Dinner Ressie and the morning we were going to AK. Okay, move AK to Saturday and scratch the KID PICK day - they'll get over it. They get to see Aunt Andi, Uncle Tim and Ali - they LOVE ALI and all insane 5 yrs of her.

SO the new plans:
Monday - EPCOT at RD
Cape May for breakfast @ 10:50
EPCOT until we are just too tired, maybe 3'ish
(during this time, Andi and her fam will be at Sea World)

I'm putting Andi on my ressie, b/c I have room, since ILs got their own. Hoping ILs will watch the kids so us grown ups can go to dinner and catch up. MY DD12 has helped Andi with Ali many times so we know Ali will mind Cat without a problem. And they can talk walks, go to the Community Hall etc. We'll probably just go eat at DTD.

Tuesday (was AK) - Relax in morning
Relax at pool / lunch at resort / Relax some more
If ILs don't want to veg, they can go park hop and even take a grandkid along if they want, we won't put any restrictions on them. I don't know if Ali will want her friends gone, but it'll be okay.
DTD to shop a bit I hear my god daughter is a fashionista. She told her daddy "Dad this outfit just isn't working for me today" LOL
Then they'll head home (FL West Coast) and we'll head to our 5:30 Ressie at KONA

Modified Saturday (was KID PICK) - Now AK
Funny how it works, this is EasyWDw MOST RECOMMENDED this day - YAY!
We'll just do this for the day. When we are done, head back to the hotel and RELAX We'll be headed home in the morning

So as much as I resist change, when it falls into place SO perfectly, I know its meant to be and easily accept it and its just another reason to be excited for this trip to come! I love my friend and I love her family. I haven't seem them since FEB (Ali's bday) and my family hasn't seen their family since DEC 2011, with not so good memories so time to build new ones and have a great time together!
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On-line Check-in - CHECK! this is the 1st time I've done it at 60 (well 59) days.

59 days til VACATION i cannot wait - SO VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY ready for this.
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On-line Check-in - CHECK! this is the 1st time I've done it at 60 (well 59) days.

59 days til VACATION i cannot wait - SO VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY ready for this.


Sometimes online Check-in can save a lot of time--like when the lines are long.

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Goodness it's been forever and so much has changed. Not so much so in the trip.

The Summer World Series, Jacks big baseball tournament that was the big factor in when we planned the trip- his coach decided not to even participate. The decision was made 1 month ahead of the tourney which is kind of last minute. Chaos! The boys hadn't been doing great, more so a lack of effort than ability.

Jack and Emma's mom went ahead and drove up here to get them last weekend I hate them leaving. But 1 week down already and...

3 weeks til Disney!!! I can't believe it!

My sister is confirmed coming with us. My in-laws were a maybe for a bit but are for sure now.

My best-friend won't be spending that day with us. They are trying IVF and that's the window, so please pray for her and her family. They might try to come over on Sunday, we'll see.

Otherwise our trip is on target. I have so much to do in the next 3 weeks no even Disney related.

It'll help time pass
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