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Old 01-03-2014, 07:05 AM   #691
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Ok, here and finally caught up after the holiday madness! It's kind of nice to have some time to myself that doesn't have to be dedicated to baking, decorating, wrapping or visiting.
I didn't go see ETWB. I was too shy and just felt way too old. Hopefully the next trip I will go see it, because it looks absolutely adorable. But I won't be Fat Amy singing. I just don't sing in public. Like... ever. For any reason. Happy birthday? All mouth movements.
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Hmm I would have the same gripes, I don't blame you. 4th of July fireworks? No thanks, give me Wishes! No sugar free desserts? That's just not fair at all. Glad you stood up for the kids at the dessert party. I'm very short and never see anything well, but it drives me crazy when people stand in front of kids.
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Old 01-03-2014, 06:16 PM   #692
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Bummer about the lack of sugar free desserts! And the fireworks! A few years ago we went to WDW during December, and I seriously came THISclose to tears when Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade was switched to Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade. Lumar still makes fun of me to this day because I was SO disappointed! Needless to say, I feel your pain! But I feel horrible because you paid extra to watch the wrong fireworks, at a dessert party with lots of tall people and no desserts for your amazingly awesome dad! You totally have the right to have a hissy-fit! Since when is fruit a dessert, anyway!?! I'm with Roni...I can't justify paying extra to still have to STAND to watch. I want to be able to sit down, dang it!

I know I don't have to tell you but Joaquin is so freaking funny! He needs his own reality show! I'd watch!
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We have done the dessert party twice. Sadly, the last time was during the holidays and we were freezing and incapable of getting hot coffee (it was lukewarm). We loved it the first time. The last time, we decided that we were done with it. Not worth the money anymore. I think it should be done at least once though.
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Old 01-04-2014, 11:19 AM   #694
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Ok, here and finally caught up after the holiday madness! It's kind of nice to have some time to myself that doesn't have to be dedicated to baking, decorating, wrapping or visiting.
I didn't go see ETWB. I was too shy and just felt way too old. Hopefully the next trip I will go see it, because it looks absolutely adorable. But I won't be Fat Amy singing. I just don't sing in public. Like... ever. For any reason. Happy birthday? All mouth movements.
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Hmm I would have the same gripes, I don't blame you. 4th of July fireworks? No thanks, give me Wishes! No sugar free desserts? That's just not fair at all. Glad you stood up for the kids at the dessert party. I'm very short and never see anything well, but it drives me crazy when people stand in front of kids.
Haha, no worries! I can't believe that we're in 2014 already myself.

Don't feel shy or old. Just do it! It's a lot of fun. There were some couples there by themselves, so no one will judge.

Yeah, the night was kind of a bummer, but there wasn't much that we could do about it, so we made the best of it.

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Bummer about the lack of sugar free desserts! And the fireworks! A few years ago we went to WDW during December, and I seriously came THISclose to tears when Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade was switched to Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade. Lumar still makes fun of me to this day because I was SO disappointed! Needless to say, I feel your pain! But I feel horrible because you paid extra to watch the wrong fireworks, at a dessert party with lots of tall people and no desserts for your amazingly awesome dad! You totally have the right to have a hissy-fit! Since when is fruit a dessert, anyway!?! I'm with Roni...I can't justify paying extra to still have to STAND to watch. I want to be able to sit down, dang it!

I know I don't have to tell you but Joaquin is so freaking funny! He needs his own reality show! I'd watch!
I was pretty disappointed myself. I distinctly remember Jason telling me "but the 4th of July fireworks will be cool..." No....no they won't. I want Wishes! I can't see Wishes everywhere. I can see 4th of July fireworks anywhere.

Fruit is only dessert when I'm trying to be really good. Or I think the dessert that's offered isn't worth the calories.....which is like...never.

I think tons of people would watch if Joaquin had his own reality show.

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We have done the dessert party twice. Sadly, the last time was during the holidays and we were freezing and incapable of getting hot coffee (it was lukewarm). We loved it the first time. The last time, we decided that we were done with it. Not worth the money anymore. I think it should be done at least once though.
We had a cold experience once at the dessert party. We were fortunate, the coffee and hot chocolate were warm. I do agree it should be done once. I do still really enjoy it though.
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I am totally shocked that there are no sugar free desserts to choose from. Really? How is that possible? As far as I'm concerned your dad should not even have to pay. What a waste.

I guess one of the reasons I have never gone to the dessert party, in addition to not wanting to overdose on sweets, is that I can't stand when everyone clamors up by the railing. Why can't people just sit and enjoy the fireworks? It would be so much better. Glad you spoke up on behalf on the kids.
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We loved Enchanted Tales with Belle, too. DD was so excited she got to be Phillippe. Way to crush it !! Haha. My cousins are always posting on facebook about how funny that movie is and I have still never seen it. One day !!!

I have always wanted to the Dessert Party. Sorry about not getting to see Wishes. Besides your gripes, did you enjoy it? Or do you think it is a waste??

LOL on Jauquin's convo. Kids say the funniest things sometimes.

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Old 01-04-2014, 06:44 PM   #697
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I would be royally ticked if I had called specifically to ask about sugar-free desserts and then there were none!! Now, I'm one that truly likes a fruit-based dessert over a chocolatey one, but fruit by itself is NOT dessert!! No way!

Annoying about the fireworks, you do have plans to see Wishes on your upcoming trip, I hope? Nice thing about frequent trips
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I am totally shocked that there are no sugar free desserts to choose from. Really? How is that possible? As far as I'm concerned your dad should not even have to pay. What a waste.

I guess one of the reasons I have never gone to the dessert party, in addition to not wanting to overdose on sweets, is that I can't stand when everyone clamors up by the railing. Why can't people just sit and enjoy the fireworks? It would be so much better. Glad you spoke up on behalf on the kids.
I have no idea. Maybe I was misinformed, but I thought I had done my due diligence on figuring out if they offered sugar free options. It was pretty much like he was paying for his seat more than anything else.

I don't understand the not sitting part. Like, really people, you paid for seating, sit down! If I wanted to stand, I would stay out on main street at the hub to watch. Seriously.

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We loved Enchanted Tales with Belle, too. DD was so excited she got to be Phillippe. Way to crush it !! Haha. My cousins are always posting on facebook about how funny that movie is and I have still never seen it. One day !!!

I have always wanted to the Dessert Party. Sorry about not getting to see Wishes. Besides your gripes, did you enjoy it? Or do you think it is a waste??

LOL on Jauquin's convo. Kids say the funniest things sometimes.

All caught up now !!

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I love it when family members get picked. I really like the fact that they don't let tons of people in at a time, so more people get to participate, and less feel left out.

OMG...you have to watch Pitch Perfect ASAP. You will love it!

I really do normally like the dessert party. It's just different for us now with my Dad not being able to eat the desserts. We'll have to reconsider in the future. But I recommend it for everyone at least once.

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I would be royally ticked if I had called specifically to ask about sugar-free desserts and then there were none!! Now, I'm one that truly likes a fruit-based dessert over a chocolatey one, but fruit by itself is NOT dessert!! No way!

Annoying about the fireworks, you do have plans to see Wishes on your upcoming trip, I hope? Nice thing about frequent trips
I didn't call Disney, I just researched online. But I was still irritated nonetheless, because I found reports from people that they did have sugar-free desserts. In retrospect, calling would have been a good idea, but he still would have wanted us to book it, because there were six other people in our party. My Dad is really good like that.

I do plan on watching this trip for sure. I love Wishes, so we'll be stopping to watch it.
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Old 01-04-2014, 08:22 PM   #699
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Aaaahhhh, Relaxation!

Hi everyone!

So I'm officially two weeks away from our trip and I'm super excited!!!! I have my makeup looks planned out, have all of my Disney clothes picked, and we're ready to go! I can't wait.

I also wanted to take a minute to thank everyone for reading along. This has been my most successful TR to date, and we're only halfway through! Which I can't believe. I still have like five more days to cover. Talk about a slow poke! But, you guys are really the best and I appreciate you reading along so much. I'm glad that I can make you laugh. That's normally my intent. And if I don't make you laugh.....get out. I'm kidding!

So we're at the halfway point of the trip. I wanted to reach that point before leaving on my trip. I'm trying to get into a habit of updating twice a week, and we still have two weeks to go, so hopefully three more updates will come after this one.

Onward!

Day 5 - Monday July 8, 2013

I had intentionally planned this to be a relaxation day. On trips that are so long, I think that you need a full relaxing day. No parks. No real plans, just chilling. I put it exactly halfway through the trip. The day after this, we would be moving to our new resort, so I think the timing was great. Plus, when it's so stinking hot outside, it's best to take a day to stay cool.

So Mom and Dad left the villa early (they are non-sleepers. I don't identify with that). We were planning on utilizing the lovely barbecue that's outside the villa and barbecue chicken, burgers, and hot dogs for dinner. They wanted to run out to pick up the supplies. I woke up at about 9:30am and they had left already. The boys were up too, because we already know that kids don't sleep late. They had already eaten their breakfast, because they have the best Ommi ever that feeds them.

Jeni got up shortly after me and we discussed going for a run. We hadn't run on this trip yet, and we both admitted that we felt like busted cans of biscuits.





However, NOT before we did our planks. See, it was plank July y'all! And I'm not talking about the joke planking that everyone does. I'm talking about workout planking! Jeni and I were planking every day in July, basically holding ourselves up in the plank position for as long as we could each day.

Of course, the littles wanted to get into it. I mean, I'm not going to tell them we don't do it for fun.



Poppy's leg is in this picture, because Joaquin was planking with his butt in the air, insisting that he's the best. Well little....we don't play that way!



See? Butt straight up in the air. Child, I could hold myself in that position all day. A plank that does not make.



Tigger decided to plank too.



FYI. He planked all day.

Jeni and I got suited up for our run after that. Now, my calf was still hurting me a little bit after straining it on my first 10k. And then restraining it when I was gallivanting across my lawn to the limo. But you know, I'm an idiot, so I figured, WHY NOT! I'll go run.

Now, it was hot as all get out. Like oppressive hot. But we went out anyway. We decided to get out of the Treehouse Villa area and go to Saratoga to run instead. We found a pathway and just started to jog. I made it about a mile and then my calf started to hurt again.

I was not a happy camper and it was very frustrating. I felt bad, but Jeni was like "no worries! It's so hot I can't breathe!" We walked the rest of the way, and Jeni kept telling me it was okay. She said that she was having trouble metering her breathing anyway.

But you know.....we got lost on the way back to the Villa.....

Under normal circumstances, I am the running leader. I'm not joking. I don't mean that I run faster than Jeni. She is significantly faster than me. But Jeni. Well...



She can't find her way anywhere. If we run in a new place, she relies on me to tell her where to go even if there are signs. So when I didn't know where we were.......I was afraid that at that point that we might have to start rationing our water, because girlfriend was not going to be any help.

Obviously, eventually I got us back to the motherland. But we took the scenic route.

And Jeni was no help.

Mom and Dad had incredible timing, as they were just arriving back at the villa when we got there. So we were all ready to hit the pool!

Oh dear, you must prepare yourself for the pictures that will accompany this update. Underwater camera you know.

We hit the Paddock Pool first. It was closest, and magically Jeni and I stumbled across it on our 3 hour trek back to the villa.



The boys enjoyed the water play area here, and that was the main reason we hit this pool.



Oh, it's to be noted that Poppy did not accompany us on this pool excursion. He was being a poopity poo head and wanted to work. Um...no thanks!

We stayed here briefly, pretty much just long enough to swim and have some nachos. Then we moved on to the Springs pool which is the big rammer jammer with the water slide.

See...



The boys LOVED that slide. They just kept going up and down up and down up and down.



Even Jeni got in on the action.



Someone takes after their Mommy with holding their nose....





Me....clearly I was prepared to hit the water.



Gavin obviously takes after me.





And then....well things just got silly with the adults.

Continued in next post:
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Aaaaahhh, Relaxation!! - Part 2

See, we decided that we wanted to try to take underwater selfies and pictures. Give stupid adults an underwater camera in the pool and it just gets silly....and stupid.....and a little ugly.



Jason decided that he was an underwater model, so he tried to strike his best blue steel.



I clearly struck my WORST blue steel.



We have issues. Lots and lots of issues.



Jeni obviously didn't get the memo that it's "keep your eyes open underwater" day.



And I got photobombed.

Underwater.

I didn't think that was even possible.



Yes. We dunk littles underwater in the hopes of getting epic pictures taken. Don't judge us. They only choke on a little water.





Gavin doesn't need dunking, he's perfectly willing to go the distance underwater himself.





Ommi was sitting on the sidelines this whole time. She wanted to work on her tan more than she wanted to get in the water.

We had a great time at the pool and were there for several hours. It was such a great way to break up the trip and just get relaxed with no where to really go. Plus, we really got our money's worth on the waterproof camera.

At that point, it was around 3 o'clock, so we headed back to the Villa. We were hungry and ready for some barbecue.

Which I'm sorry...I failed and got absolutely no pictures of. But it's basic you know. Chicken, burgers, hot dogs.

Jason and Dad cooked while the girlies took showers and got girlied up, which was really nice of them. The food was good and hit the spot. It was nice to just chill around the villa, let the boys act like the fools that they are.

After that, we all decided that we wanted to go and see a movie. Despicable Me 2 just came out, so we figured that would be good. The boys LOVE the minions and we speak minion to each other all the time.



The movie was good, no surprise there. They just make me laugh so so so much. And I may or may not have minion text tones on my phone.

However, Jason said after the fact that they spent $90 at the movies for the four of them after everything was said and done! That's just cray. I'm sorry.

The movie was a great way to end our relaxation day. However, we may have regretted Despicable Me 2, as the kids were doing this for the rest of the night.......and following days...... (click the link below).


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I like Joaquin's plank...that's how I do mine. Good to see Tigger get into the action too.

I'm glad you eventually found your way back to the Villa; I'm even more impressed you ran in that weather.

You may do silly and stupid things...but I've never seen a family who has so much fun doing them together as I have yours.

Dinner sounds yummy. I want to come with you on your next family trip.
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the pools were fantastic for sure. it was very nice to have a relax day at the resort.
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YAY new trip!!! Holy cow so close! Holy cow so Jealous!

THANK YOU for writing Danielle!! We all need humour in our lives and your fam sure does provide A LOT of that!

Oh a day to relax and recuperate is necessary AND the best. I just wish I could actually, you know, do it.

WORK??!! OK, I am no longer a Poppy fan. NO WORKING IN DISNEY!!! OK, I'm still a fan, but this is just wrong.

Haha, best photobomb ever?

You know what I really love the most is the total enjoyment you all get being together. That's what Disney was made for.
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I'm in the same club as you hehe

I have a minion ringtone
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OMG you were brave running in that heat, I'm so pleased you finally made your way back, your having to ration water comment did make me laugh

Loving your underwater photos, I definitely need to get one before our next trip
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