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Old 03-19-2013, 09:08 AM   #391
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Gosh, Claudia is sooooo adorable.. That little face!

I love those Princess shirts too... I want one for my next trip

Can't wait to read more about Epcot, I hate to say it, but it's my least favorite park but I hope to next time, explore it a little more and maybe learn to love it.
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Old 03-19-2013, 09:36 AM   #392
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[CENTER][FONT="Comic Sans MS"][SIZE="4"][COLOR="Teal"]Day 5 part 1 – The One Where Otaku Surprises Herself



This morning we managed to get up early enough to catch rope drop. I even had time to have a little fun with Peanut before getting ready.



LOVE this picture...Peanut is just precious.

I hate when the rain closes down Test Track; hope you got on it later.

I can understand why those princess t-shirts caught Otaku's eyes...I really like them too.
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Old 03-20-2013, 02:08 PM   #393
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So cool to see WS with no one in it!

The new princess shirts are....interesting. Part of me likes them, part of me dislikes them changing the princesses like that.

The picture of Claudia on the bed is adorable!!!
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Old 03-20-2013, 06:27 PM   #394
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Old 03-20-2013, 07:28 PM   #395
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I am finally caught up again!!!

I will make an attempt to remember all of my comments, but I'm sure I will forget some things (I was on Page 16 ). I am soooo sorry I was so far behind! I literally fell asleep three different nights with your TR up on my computer screen! I am making an attempt to get back on a schedule to prepare Luke for Kindergarten. It has been working very well for the kids, but not so much for me (because I still stay up way too late & then just exhaust myself).

Anyway, enough about that!! And back to your TR!

I LOVE your pictures of the Beach Club!!! It is such a beautiful resort!!! I was definitely spoiled by the International Gateway & boat/walk to DHS the year we stayed there! I doubt we will stay there again in the near future, but I hope to at some point just for the location! I also really want to try Beaches & Cream! We just never made it over there because of other ADR's.

The Solarium is AMAZING and soooo peaceful and relaxing!! I chatted with my mom on the phone one night down there for over an hour. Everyone else was sleeping in the room & I didn't want to wake them by talking, so I just went for a walk. I ended up sitting in a chair along the wall by the paintings. Sadly, the next day it went under refurb so I wasn't able to enjoy it again. I believe it was closed for 2-3 days/nights while they redid the floors, but of course the day they reopened it, we were leaving for our flight home. We did sit in the room where the tv is while we ate our breakfast and waited for Magical Express.

Your pictures of Stormalong Bay are awesome! Much better than the ones that I took. We only made it down to the pool twice during our trip because of thunderstorms & late nights at Epcot. I was sad that we didn't try out the big slide! The one night, Luke just played in the sand for hours. We were disappointed that evening too because they closed the pool because of lightning. (I'm glad they closed it because of safety but sad we didn't get to enjoy it more.)

I know what you mean about the "feel" of the resort not "being you" -- that makes complete sense to me! We really felt that way too when we toured the monorail resorts. We LOVED them and they are GORGEOUS!! We mainly couldn't ever see ourselves staying at the GF. I still can't believe I finally made it over there & didn't go in Basin White or the gift shop at GF!!! I was honestly afraid of touching anything there! I looked inside the gift shop but never entered. I would've went inside Basin White but at the time, we were carrying Tyler and he was getting heavy. LOL!

Those crowds at MK are scary!! That EXACT place where you ran into "the wall" of people is where we ran into it last September!!! The wait times you posted honestly brought back some really bad memories for me. We purposely went last September because my parents go every year August/Sept to avoid crowds. But of course the year we choose to go in Sept, it is crazy crowded! The crowds still have me puzzled, but it's over now so I guess I should just let it go. LOL We saw wait times between 180-260. It was beyond INSANE! Good job getting the FP's for Peter Pan and Dumbo though!!! I wish we had grabbed FP's for PP but we got them for LM instead but didn't get to use them since we were eating at BoG during that time. I wish I had waited 15-25 more minutes before grabbing the FP's.

I LOVE the ears that you and Otaku chose!!!

Your list of the items you had in the stroller and in your backpack are very useful. I hope that other moms see the list & can utilize your wisdom for their own trips with infants! I was reading over it & comparing your trip with ours. I was definitely thankful the entire time that Tyler could eat off of our plates. It made me very nervous because he was just starting table foods. He ate a lot of "first foods" on our trip & I am sooooo thankful he didn't have allergic reactions to anything! I was also worried about the combo of heat & new foods, but he did very well the whole trip. I took baby snacks (animal crackers, Mum Mum crackers, pretzels, etc) for both kids to eat while waiting at the bus stop or to give Tyler on the bus. I know it says "No food/drink" on the buses, but I honestly can't see another passenger or the bus driver complaining if a baby is eating a snack just to keep them calm. I did this almost every day & I never had an issue. I only felt bad once when another little boy whispered to his mom "You said we weren't allowed to eat on the bus, but they are" and I offered him crackers but the mom said no. I totally understand not taking food from strangers, but I did feel bad breaking the rule at that point. The mom looked at me sympathetically though, not like she was annoyed, so I'm sure she understood why I gave them to the kids.

I decided to write my own TR. There is just so much I want to share with others about traveling with an "almost one" year old, crowds, Christmas decor, traveling with two kids for the first time, etc. I'll let you know when I start it!

I know I had more comments but I think I wrote enough for now. LOL I'll keep up better from now on!!!

I'm glad the transition from AoA to BC was easy!!! Enjoying all of your updates & pictures!
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Remembered more!!! (Aren't you lucky to have to respond to all of this?! )

I'm sooooo happy to hear you had a good experience at Harmony Barber Shop with Claudia's first haircut!!! We had a really great experience too! Love all of the pictures of her!! And you are absolutely right!! LOTS of great pic opportunities for moms!!! The first words out of the hairdresser's mouth were "Takes as many pics as you want!" and I sure did!!!!

I actually found myself taking lots of pictures of lights at Disney too! I have one from Kona that I'll post here for you since you just posted that update!





Also thought you would like this picture! We were seated right beside it!



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Old 03-22-2013, 10:03 PM   #397
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Hey everyone!

I'm about to head to bed now, but I promise I'll be back this weekend to do replies and post an update or two. We don't have anything planned for the next two days so I should be able to find the time.

I did want to tell you about some good news in our life. Peanut is crawling!! She has learned so MANY new skills these past 2-3 weeks, it's crazy! She can sit by herself (and loves to do that while we try to change her diaper), pull herself up, lunge forward, and crawl. She's also very close to being able to stand unassisted for a few seconds. This stage is so fun!

Hope you all have a good weekend!
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Yay Claudia!!! That is a lot to learn in just a few weeks!
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Yay Claudia!!! That is a lot to learn in just a few weeks!
It is a lot! Sometimes we try to get her to say Mama or Dada (which she has no interest in doing at the moment), but then I remember all the things she HAS learned. Obviously she can't do everything at once.
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Old 03-23-2013, 08:30 AM   #400
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Caught back up. Love the photo of Claudia with her "O" mouth.

I can imagine the crowds for that holiday season. We went the week after Thanksgiving in 2010, and it was plenty crowded enough for me. (and that is supposed to be the slower part of the holiday season).

My DD is a big Stitch fan as well. I have found the best place for Stitch stuff is at the Poly in their gift shop upstairs.

Yay for Claudia!!! Everything will seem to happen so fast now. They manage to cruise through each stage at the blink of an eye. My DS never actually crawled. He would sit on his butt and scoot by wiggling his legs in and out. It was quite funny.
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I also like taking things slow at WDW. I love just sitting and looking around. I rarely get to do that, but I realized that to me that's what makes the best of a vacay. Time to relax = heaven.
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Day 5 part 2 - The One With The Chocolate Incident



Why would we waste our time in Innoventions so early in the morning? To do this, of course!




I know for a fact that going upside down in one of those simulators would make me sick. The father-daughter team designed and tested their own roller-coaster while baby and I walked around and took pictures. I cheated and some of the pictures in the previous update should go here, but I didnt want to have an extra update just for a few photos later on.




This is called a Vision House. You can tour it, but weve never done it.






They have a small play area for kids next to the Vision House.




Stormstruck is a fun interactive exhibit about natural disasters. We tried it in 2009.








Someone seems to think Innoventions is boring...




Finally it was their turn to get into a simulator.




I think this was Otakus first time. She loved it.




This is when we Tested the Limits and overloaded the system. We got out via the door closest to Mission Space. Maybe we wanted to see if Test Track was running? It probably wasnt, but we did run into the Jammitors.






We listened to them for a while. Theyre pretty cool. Otaku seemed to think so as well, and recorded part of their performance on her ipod.

It was my turn to ride something and I chose Living With The Land. We went down the stairs closest to Soarin and... thats where the line for LWTL started. We encountered the craziest, longest line weve ever seen for that ride! I thought this was supposed to be a low crowd day!! You failed me again, Touring Plans Crowd Calendar. The wait time said 10 minutes, but it obviously wasnt true. Sure enough, it jumped to 90 minutes(!) soon after. It eventually went down to 45-50 minutes and stayed that way the whole time we were in The Land. What exactly did we do in The Land all this time? We had breakfast at Sunshine Seasons! Yep, for once we were reasonable and ate breakfast (though I think we ended up skipping lunch??).

I got the kids French Toast, which were pretty good. Basic, but good.




Ron got some basic breakfast platter I think. It had the usual: sausage, bacon, egg, toast, etc. I guess he liked it.




Otaku had some berry croissant pudding, which she LOVED! She said it really tasted like a croissant.




I also had gotten a chocolate milk to go with my breakfast, as I do most mornings (I dont drink coffee). For some STUPID unknown reason, I decided to shake it. But I did that AFTER I had most probably loosened the cap, because it splattered ALL OVER myself, including on my new (white!) 2013 WDW hoodie (which I dont even remembered when I bought). I was SO sad. This was not turning out to be a good day. SAD FACE. I guess we would be doing laundry that afternoon...

Soon our FP time for Soarin was up, so Ron let me go first to try and cheer me up.




At least thats always a relaxing ride, though I did notice the dust and black spots on the screen a lot more.

We got out to find Ron sitting on a bench near the exit and Claudia sleeping in his arms. He handed her to me and went back on Soarin with otaku using the baby swap. She surprisingly did not wake up right away, though she did wake up soon after.




She had a lot of fun smiling to the little girl and her mom sitting next to us.

Soarin had run out of FPs for the day while we were inside.




It was time to go do laundry and try to salvage my new shirt. We would then head to another park because Epcot was CRAZY busy. First we hit up Club Cool. Wed all tried the Beverly before (we had tricked Otaku back in 2009, fun times!). We decided to try it again to see if it tastes as bad as we remembered.






I told you I was obsessed with Epcot monorail pics. Here are a couple more.




I like this one, though a blue sky would have made it better.




Ron wanted me to take a picture of that crane.




World Showcase, we wont be seeing you today.




And with that, we walked out of Epcot through the International Gateway and went back to Beach Club.



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I would have spilled the chocolate milk too so I relate to your frustration lol

Am really not sure why we haven't spent much time in Innoventions... it looks great!
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Oh that darn cat!

We looked so long for it.

When I asked CM about it they were so impressed that I knew and where like you are a Disney "connaisseur". One cm said it in like codes.. It was so weird lol While one told me where it was but I turns out I thought she meant some place else. We finally found it lol It's so huge. Last time we saw it it was on a roof top. We didn't think it was that big hehe
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Bummer about the chocolate milk .. I hope you got it out !
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