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Old 04-20-2014, 01:48 PM   #1
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A Disney-Addicted Mom runs W&D, Dopey, and cruises Europe *update 5/9*

I'm B-A-C-K! And trying another PTR which I hope to be more diligent about this time. No promises except a promise to try.

This is Amanda. I'm a 42 year old mom who loves to run (especially at Disney) and works full-time as a pediatric urologist. I started running because of runDisney and in 5 years I've finished 4 full marathons (26.2 miles), 10 half marathons (13.1 miles), 3 10Ks (6.2 miles), and one 10 miler (the inaugural Tower of Terror). Last year with bought into DVC with the Villas at the Grand Floridian as our home resort. I'm the trip planner in the family.

My husband is Tom. He just turned 45 and is an adult urologist. That's not to say that he's an adult but that he takes care of patients over the age of 18. He's a closet Disney fan. He blames me for all the trips but he has Disney withdrawal as much as I do.

Nathaniel is our oldest child. He's 10 years old and finishing 4th grade. He is one of these amazingly gifted children who sometimes struggles to function in the real world. He's challenging and impressive all at once! He's an artist, musician, and talented tae kwon do participant. At Disney he loves catching the little lizards that you see everywhere and we have lost him more than once as he follows a lizard.

Jessica is our Princess. She's 8 years old and in 2nd grade. Jessica is good at everything and is willing to try anything. She does ballet, soccer, basketball, lacrosse, tae kwon do, and plays flute. She is nice to everyone and very popular. Jessica loves Disney and is amazingly knowledgeable about all things Disney. She especially loves roller coasters but hates scary rides like Haunted Mansion and Tower of Terror.

Zachary is the youngest. He's about to turn 6 and he's in kindergarten. Zachary has mild cerebral palsy but you wouldn't know if I didn't tell you. He is a walking, talking teddy bear ("I like warm hugs" could have been said by Zachary!). Zachary has an incredible memory especially for anything Disney related. He loves characters and Disney Junior Live on Stage! is his favorite Disney attraction. He's not a fan of roller coasters but we're hoping he'll grow into them.

Sven is the newest member of our family. He's a 4 month old Golden Doodle puppy and he is a handful! He's sweet but a wild puppy still. Trying to teach him some manners.

We also have 2 cats: Oreo and Munchkin. They aren't really into people but are still part of the family.
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Old 04-20-2014, 01:49 PM   #2
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Jessica and Nathaniel with a lizard.



Zachary posing with Mary Poppins and Bert.



Tom and I running the 10k in January.



With our medals.



Running the Disney Marathon.

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Trip Overview

Here's a list of trips I'll be discussing in this PTR:

August 14th - We leave for France. Most of the trip is not Disney-related but we will be spending one night at the Disneyland Hotel in Disneyland Paris. We have 2 day tickets. I will discuss planning the whole trip, including the DL Paris portion. The main purpose of the trip is to visit my brother who lives in London but owns a house in the French countryside. Details to come...

October 11th - I run the Hartford Marathon. Not Disney-related except that several runDisney friends will be there with me.

November 7th - We head down to Disney for the Wine & Dine 5K and Half Marathon. Taking advantage of the Veterans Day school break.

December 14th - I run the Inaugural Jeff Galloway 13.1 in Atlanta, GA. Disney-related because Jeff Galloway is the official training consultant for runDisney (and my coach!) and also because there will be lots of runDisney friends at the event.

January 7th - Head to Disney World for Marathon Weekend. Zachary and Jessica are running the 5K. Nathaniel and Tom are running the 10K. I'm running the Dopey which is the 5K, 10K, Half, and Full Marathons. My step-dad and his girlfriend will be joining us.

June 29th - The Disney Magic departs Copenhagen for an 11 night cruise ending in Dover, England. We stop in ports in Norway, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands.

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Old 04-20-2014, 01:50 PM   #4
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Chapters

France, Part 1
Cruise, Background
Cruise, Itinerary
Work Trip
W&D Dining
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Half-marathon PTR BCV Trip Report Half Marathon Trip Report Aug 2011 PTR
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Old 04-21-2014, 04:15 AM   #5
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Old 04-21-2014, 04:23 AM   #6
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Great start Amanda-and I'm first here!!

Can you tell I'm not often 1st

Cant believe how many races you have completed
Keep thinking I'd like to do some sort of race (dont think running after kids counts though oftentimes it feels like it should ). Maybe I need to take a leaf out of your book and make it a RunDisney event-might be just the carrot/stick I need

Cannot believe how grown up the kids look-especially Zachary
Looking forward to hearing your plans
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Yea another TR! Or PTR!

Can't wait to hear all about this year, especially the cruise! That itinerary looks amazing. So jealous!

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Great start Amanda-and I'm first here!!

Can you tell I'm not often 1st

Cant believe how many races you have completed
Keep thinking I'd like to do some sort of race (dont think running after kids counts though oftentimes it feels like it should ). Maybe I need to take a leaf out of your book and make it a RunDisney event-might be just the carrot/stick I need

Cannot believe how grown up the kids look-especially Zachary
Looking forward to hearing your plans
I definitely became a runner because of runDisney. No doubt. And I'm someone who needs to have races on my calendar to keep me motivated. I don't think I'd be as dedicated if I were just running to stay in shape. I love that runDisney has added some 10Ks as that is a great bridge between the un-timed 5Ks and the longer distances.

The kids are getting so grown up. Zachary is super tall but also pretty immature so it's a tough combination.

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Can't wait to hear all about this year, especially the cruise! That itinerary looks amazing. So jealous!

Christine
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France

If I were really good I would color-code each trip to make life easier for the readers. The problem is that if I make life harder for myself, I'll give up posting updates! Instead I'll try to keep track of chapters and title each post appropriately. We'll see how I do.

Our trip to France was born last October (2013) when I traveled to London for my youngest niece's baptism. My mother died over Christmas in 2012 and she had been a true matriarch. While I knew that my step-dad would attend the baptism, I also knew that none of my siblings would go. I'm very close to my brother who lives in England so I decided that I should go. My brother has 3 children: Sasha (boy, age 5), Tristan (boy, age 3), and Ariane (girl, age 10 months). They live in London where they rent a flat but they own a house in rural France. Every summer my sister-in-law spends a lot of time with the children in France and my brother goes to visit whenever he can. Sasha's birthday is in August and is always spent in France. Other than his younger siblings, Sasha has never spent his birthday with other children. While I was visiting London for the baptism, my brother asked me if we could please come to his house in France during Sasha's birthday so Sasha could celebrate with his cousins. My brother asks very little of me and this seemed like a reasonable request. It took a little convincing to get my husband on board but he finally agreed.
Airfare was very expensive and we will be flying a discount French airline called XL. It's a direct flight from JFK to Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris. The flight leaves NY around midnight on Thursday, August 14th and arrives around noon on Friday, August 15th. We have booked a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment near the Louvre for 3 nights in Paris. There is a full kitchen and the apartment sleeps 6 people.
I haven't figured out our Paris touring yet. My children really want to see the Eiffel Tower so that will be on the list. I've heard the Jardin de Tuileries is great for children and is a short walk from our apartment. We will also see Notre Dame and maybe Sainte-Chapelle (one of my favorite sites in Paris). I think we'll at least visit Musee D'Orsay (for the Impressionist paintings) and the Louvre (at least to peek at the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo). We may not have time for anything else.
On Monday morning we will take the train to Marne la Vallee Station. We will pick up a rental car here and head to the Disneyland Hotel. We have 2 day park tickets and one night in the hotel. I have not even started to consider what we will do!!! Anyone been to DL Paris and have advice???
On Tuesday we will leave DL Paris (morning, afternoon, ????) and drive about 6 hours to my brother's house in the Dordogne. We will stay in the guest house. They have a swimming pool and plenty of outdoor space. There is a ruined castle in the general area as well as the original prehistoric cave paintings (like you see on Spaceship Earth - except the real ones!). Those are on our list of things to do. Beyond that we hope to just relax.
On Sunday morning we will start the long and sad drive back to Paris to fly home.

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Maybe. We have family visiting in August, so we'll have to coordinate that.
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Maybe. We have family visiting in August, so we'll have to coordinate that.
Let's touch base as the dates get closer...

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Can't wait to hear about all your great trips Amanda!!
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