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jenn-
07-02-2009, 09:57 AM
Welcome to my very first PTR! I hope everyone will bear with me, while I get the feeling for how these things go. Over the next few days, I will be introducing ya'll to my family and our past Disney going experiences. You will be treated to our vacation that I call "The Disney Trip from Hell," and "Our Disney Day from Hell," and surprisingly enough, they are not both from the same trip. You will get to see me fall in love with Disney despite everything not so great happening there. This will be my 5th trip to the World, and the 3rd time I am taking kids with me. With each trip, I have learned so much, but realize I still have so much to learn. You will also get to experience the crafty side of me, as I find a million different Disney related art projects to do on this wonderful site we call The DIS.

As for this upcoming trip, the cast will hopefully consist of myself, DH, DD, DS1, DS2, DS3, MIL, and SFIL. I say hopefully because every time we plan these trips, the cast keeps growing and growing until we leave. We will unofficially celebrating DS3, and DH's birthday for the trip (they fall in April), and officially be celebrating DD, DS1, and DS2 birthday on the last day of the trip. They all share a birthday, so it should be a blast. Well let me go get crafty with my kids, and I will be back in a bit with the start of my "getting to know our Disney experiences" post.

ljcrochet
07-02-2009, 09:59 AM
I can't wait to hear your plans. I need to get crafty ideas.
Are you going to make the kids autograph books? I think that should be my next craft project.

jenn-
07-02-2009, 11:17 AM
I can't wait to hear your plans. I need get crafty ideas.
Are you going to make the kids autograph books? I think that should be my next craft project.

Well that all depends upon if I stumble upon a thread that makes me go "I've just gotta do that!" I am not sure how much we are going to focus on getting the characters' signatures this go around. I am a realist Mommy that tells her kids there is a person in there. This was born out of necessity to get the kids over their extreme fear of characters. I will probably ask them if they want signatures this time or not. We have our books from last time (just store bought autograph books) that I don't think anyone has looked at since we got home, including myself who had a million plans as to what we would do with those pieces of paper once we got home.

Although autograph books are not on my current list of crafty things to do, we have completed phase one of spray painted swirly Mickey head shirts (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1387362). Now we have to wait for the glue to dry completely before we can spray paint them.

jenn-
07-02-2009, 12:29 PM
Travel back in time with me. :hippie: No not that far, I'm not that old :upsidedow .The date is January 31st, 2003. It is the day before my wedding and I am miserable. I am sick. Luckily this is not the really bad kind of sick, just a head cold. I barely made it through the rehearsal dinner before I passed out for the night. I woke up the next morning and literally croaked my vows out. :bride:

We woke up on Sunday, and I was still feeling miserable. Not only that, so was my brand new husband. Maybe we should have skipped the "you may now kiss the bride" part :confused3. There was no way we should be driving to Disney World feeling like that so we figured out which of our local urgent care centers was open on a Sunday. We got in pretty quick, both of us were diagnosed with sinus infections and we got our prescriptions. Then came the hard part, finding a pharmacy open. We did not have any 24 hr pharmacies at the time. We finally found one open about 10 am. Since we had gotten married on the first of the month, my insurance ended on the 31st, and DH's picked me up on the 1st. Unfortunately the paperwork would take a couple of weeks to fully process on his end. The doctor's office didn't seem to mind, but the pharmacy was another story. We had to pay for the perscription out of pocket and then get reimbursed for it. $200 later :eek:, we had our meds and could finally head down to Disney World for our Disneymoon.

This trip would mark the first of 2 trips in which we ditched kids to go to Disney World. My little princess: was almost 3 at the time, and she had to stay home with Grandma. Luckily she was young enough to not even care.

Eight hours after leaving the pharmacy, we finally made it to Orlando. The first night we were down there we stayed at a La Quinta. No point in using DVC points if we weren't going to be there until after dark. Bright and early Monday morning, we went and checked into a studio at the Yacht Club. This room had an Epcot view, so very nice location. We got settled, doped ourselves full of meds, and walked to Epcot. With many stops for rest breaks, we got around quite a bit. We decided that we wanted to go to Le Cellier for dinner (yes you can feel free to :rotfl: ), but we didn't know any better. As you can guess, we weren't getting in. We ended up at Teppan Endo (I think). Luckily we managed to eat all week, even with only 1 reservation for the whole time.

We had lunch one day at the Biergarten. I am not overly fond of German food, but the experience was fun. When my SFIL had made the reservation, he had attached our honeymoon celebration to it, so we got a cake and the full room's attention as they announced it during the show.

On our second day DH was at his sickest. His fever spiked and he was miserable. So we headed to Animal Kingdom. Don't worry, we didn't stay long. He lasted about an hour before we had to go back to the room. After a good nap his fever broke and he felt much better. Now let me say, I never got as sick as he did with this cold. I think it had something to do with being a man.

Wednesday arrives and we are finally feeling well. We hit the parks full force and get a ton of things done. Then I start to feel a tingle on my face. I get cold sores regularly (including having one for my wedding), so I know the tingle. This is one isn't where is supposed to be, it's on my cheekbone. This isn't the first time, nor would it be my last. Thursday morning we woke up to the sore showing itself right up next to my eye, looking more like Impetigo than a cold sore (yep had it before). Now Impetigo is a bacterial infection and I was on a $200 antibiotic, so I wasn't too happy to say the least. Unfortunately with the proximity to my eye, we couldn't just ignore it.

We got to find the local urgent care center :headache: . It took forever, but we finally got sent in the back. The person next to us (there is only a thin curtain between us), got to be told she had the chicken pox. She was a foreigner, and was very scared because she was also an adult in a strange land. Not a good combo. I heard the chicken pox diagnosis and I :scared1: . I've never had them, so I panic whenever I get close to them. Last thing I needed from Disney was a case of the chicken pox. When the doctor came around the curtain he confirmed what we already knew, it was Impetigo. We told him that I was already on an antibiotic, but he said it was the wrong one need to treat it, so I had to stop that one and start a new one plus a topical treatment. So another $250 given to a pharmacy, and we were free to go back to our vacation. You guys will be happy to know that I did eventually get all that money back from the insurance company, but for newlyweds it sure hurt having to pay for it upfront.

Even though we were sick as dogs for part of our trip, and spent way more time in urgent care centers than you should have to on your honeymoon, we look back on that trip with fond memories. We couldn't wait to get back to Disney when we were feeling better.

Coming out of the past and into the present, my glue is still drying on our spiral spray paint Mickey shirts, and my kids are looking at me wondering why I feel like I need to type on the computer instead of feed them. The last 30 minutes before a meal are always the hardest for them. Next up, our first trip to Disney World with kids.

jenn-
07-02-2009, 06:34 PM
Many hours ago we put some glue on 5 shirts, we are still waiting for it to dry :rolleyes: . Maybe it is the humidity in the air, but I have a feeling we just used more than we needed. I don't know maybe it is supposed to take over 8 hours for glue to dry :confused3 . I guess we will have to spray paint them tomorrow.

During the time while waiting for the glue to dry, I managed to trace 2 Mickey heads and stitch them around with dental floss. What may you ask am I up to now? Why of course I am going to try and make us some Spiral Tie Dye (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1210609) shirts as well. As DD and I have the most spare shirts to work with, these are the guinea pigs. Right now they look like step 3. Tomorrow I am going to soak them, rubberband them, and hopefully get their dye going. I have a feeling I will end up a very colorful mom tomorrow.

So it wasn't but a few hours ago that I said I wasn't sure I was going to do anything for signatures when I stumbled upon this autograph bag idea (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2219063) and :idea:, this looks like a practical idea. I am pretty sure I saw some grocery style bags at Michael's the other day. As I use my reusable grocery bags all the time, maybe this will work for me. As I don't leave for another 10 months, I think I will hold off for now (well unless I run out of things to do before then).

Maybe between spray painting and tie dying tomorrow I will have a chance to fill you in on "The Disney Trip from Hell" :scared: . Until then, I get to go out with a group of moms tonight and try not to look like a Mousejunkie (http://www.amazon.com/Mousejunkies-Tricks-Perfect-Vacation-Travelers/dp/1932361669/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1246573983&sr=8-1) (which I am currently reading BTW and finding it absolutely wonderful!). My friends IRL just don't get it.

ljcrochet
07-02-2009, 07:25 PM
Well that all depends upon if I stumble upon a thread that makes me go "I've just gotta do that!" I am not sure how much we are going to focus on getting the characters' signatures this go around. I am a realist Mommy that tells her kids there is a person in there. This was born out of necessity to get the kids over their extreme fear of characters. I will probably ask them if they want signatures this time or not. We have our books from last time (just store bought autograph books) that I don't think anyone has looked at since we got home, including myself who had a million plans as to what we would do with those pieces of paper once we got home.

Although autograph books are not on my current list of crafty things to do, we have completed phase one of spray painted swirly Mickey head shirts (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1387362). Now we have to wait for the glue to dry completely before we can spray paint them.

You can always scan then an use them on a scrapbooking page. That is what I did with one autograph.
We bought my girls disney autograph books once. Last trip we got them what I call homework notebooks at the dollar spot in target.


Maybe between spray painting and tie dying tomorrow I will have a chance to fill you in on "The Disney Trip from Hell" :scared: . Until then, I get to go out with a group of moms tonight and try not to look like a Mousejunkie (http://www.amazon.com/Mousejunkies-Tricks-Perfect-Vacation-Travelers/dp/1932361669/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1246573983&sr=8-1) (which I am currently reading BTW and finding it absolutely wonderful!). My friends IRL just don't get it.

I wonder how much stuff you are going to wind up making before you go (as well as talking me into making)
I'm also reading Mousejunkie.

amandelba
07-02-2009, 07:42 PM
I woke up the next morning and literally croaked my vows out. :bride:

You could be in the new Disney movie with the frog princess. :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

jenn-
07-03-2009, 12:31 PM
I don't have time before lunch to fill you in on "The Disney Trip from Hell" but will hopefully be back this afternoon with that story. Until then I thought I would update on crafts.

It took 12 hours, but finally the glue dried on our spray painted Mickey shirts. First thing after breakfast this morning we took them outside and sprayed them. The little pumps were too hard for the boys to do them, but they got to tell me which colors to use. All of their shirts are really for DS3 since he had a few extras to spare in case we messed them up. DD and I also did some shirts. Here are some pictures of the process (not sure how many pics I can have in a post so this might be in 2 groups).

First thing I did was used the template I found in thread about this and sized it as needed for the different sized shirts. Then I located cardboard for all of the shirts (which ended up being difficult), and place the templates in place with a piece of tape. Most people complained about the glue sticking to the board so I placed plastic wrap over it. This worked for me. Any who's here's the set up and kids posing. Only DD did her own gluing, I held the hands of the others as we did it together.
http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/Crafts/resized-IMG_3622.jpg
http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/Crafts/resized-IMG_3624.jpg
DS3
http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/Crafts/resized-IMG_3627.jpg
DS1
http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/Crafts/resized-IMG_3629.jpg
DS2
http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/Crafts/resized-IMG_3631.jpg
DD
http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/Crafts/resized-IMG_3634.jpg
My shirt wet glue
http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/Crafts/resized-IMG_3636.jpg
DS1's shirt dry glue this morning
http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/Crafts/resized-IMG_3647.jpg

jenn-
07-03-2009, 12:36 PM
After painting pictures.
Mine
http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/Crafts/resized-IMG_3649.jpg
DS1's
http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/Crafts/resized-IMG_3650.jpg
DS3's
http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/Crafts/resized-IMG_3651.jpg
DS2's
http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/Crafts/resized-IMG_3652.jpg
DD working on her's
http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/Crafts/resized-IMG_3654.jpg
DD's
http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/Crafts/resized-IMG_3657.jpg

Now we just have to wait for 72 hours and with a bit of :wizard:, hopefully the glue will wash out like it is supposed to and the paint will stay. Next update on this particular project will be a few days away. Until later grab some popcorn::, surf the boards, find new things to create, pay attention to your family :scared1: , then check back for my next installation.

jenn-
07-03-2009, 07:02 PM
Time to travel back in time again. It is now December 2005. A lot has happened since our Disneymoon in 2003. Later that year we bought a larger house and painted one of the rooms a nice pale green and jokingly called in our "family expansion room". We stopped preventing baby making soon after that thinking it would be months before we would get pregnant. Well 2 months later we were expecting. 6 weeks after that we found out it would be twins :eek:. May of 2004 DS1 and DS2 joined our cast of characters. They were full term and healthy. Our family was complete.

Time marched on and my boys were 14 months old and we went on a family vacation to Atlanta. A month later we found out we were expecting :scared1:. Totally and utterly not expecting this one to come along (I mean an IUD is supposed to be as effective as the big V). After a rough start to the pregnancy, we got excited. I was 5 months pregnant in December of 2005 when we took our first family trip.

The cast for this trip is broken into 2 categories, the major players, and the minor players (people that were there but really seperate).
Major players: Myself (duh!), DH, DD (5.5yo), DS1 & DS2 (19months), MIL, SFIL, SBIL and his wife and their 2 kids we will call Cousin1 (6.5yo) and Cousin2 (4.5yo)
Minor players: BIL and his wife (aka SIL), DH aunt, one of her daughters (or it might have been the wife to one of her sons), and 3 of his aunt's grandkids (aged between 12-15) other than issues with meeting up times, these guys really didn't effect us all that much
Residence: 2 OKW 2 bedroom suites and a studio

Unlike most trips we actually traveled down on Sunday and checked straight into OKW. My DD was excited to be with her cousins so she stayed in their room that night along with MIL, SFIL, SBIL, his wife and obviously the cousins. We woke up Monday morning and got moving. This isn't an easy task with 19mo twins mind you. We fed them breakfast, made up lunches to take to the park and finally headed over to the room next door to get the rest of the family moving. They were already gone :eek:! My SFIL had taken my DD along with the rest of that room (sans MIL) to Magic Kingdom already. I missed my baby girls first look down Main Street at Cinderella's Castle :sad1: . That is a moment that will never be recreated. By the time we finally caught up with them they had already done It's A Small World, Dumbo, and the Teacups. I was :furious:. Remember I was 5 months pregnant at the time and the hormones probably didn't help.

I must back up a minute here. I failed to mention the days we were at Disney. We chose to go down December 18th-23rd as per my SFIL, the week before Christmas usually isn't too bad. Well the way Christmas happened to fall that year, most of the schools were out the whole week and Disney was way busier than he had anticipated. With so many school aged children in our group, it didn't really matter it was the time we would have had to go anyways. So now you know the crowds were pretty crazy for the whole trip. Not impossible, but definitely worse than I had thought it would be.

So amongst what seemed like thousands of people, I learned something about DS2, he doesn't do loud stuff. DS2 screamed at Disney World. Loudly. Constantly. He HATED it from the moment he was rolled into MK, until the moment he was rolled out. That first day we tried all sorts of things to get him to calm down, but by lunch time we admitted defeat. MIL took the boys back to the room. Luckily MIL and SFIL are DVC members so they are Disney frequent fliers, so she didn't mind too much.

SFIL was the leader for our group of people. He was in charge of telling us when and where we were going. SFIL travels commando style. He isn't used to traveling with young kids and pregnant women. We spent the entire trip running back and forth across the various parks grabbing fastpasses here, hopping in lines there, and staring at each other wondering when and where we were going to eat.

SFIL wings it for most meals when he is at Disney. They don't mind packing their own food in and eating CS for the most part. This wouldn't have been a big deal for me either. As a matter of fact it was what we planned. My DD wasn't too happy to be eating a PB&J sandwich while her cousins were snacking down on McDonalds. We did have 1 dining reservation while we were there. We went to Crystal Palace for lunch. Having pretty much given up on bringing the boys to the parks (we had tried several times at this point and each time resulted in DS2 screaming until he left), we left them at the resort with MIL. The remaining major characters all headed out to eat lunch with Pooh Bear and friends. We got to MK really early and decided instead of going into the park we would hop on the monorail and go over to GF and check out their Christmas decorations. This was a good in theory, but turned into a really bad idea. We got the the GF without a problem. Looked around and got back in line to get the monorail back to MK with plenty of time to spare. The monorail didn't come. Our time was slipping away quickly. No one could tell us what was going on, or how soon the monorail would be running again. We gave up and went downstairs to wait for a bus. We waited and waited and all the other buses came but not the one for MK. News flash, unless the monorail is down for a really long time, they don't run buses to MK from GF. We found that out the hard way. Back up to the monorail line. At this point it was nearly time for our reservation. One thing you will learn about me is that I HATE to be late for anything. By now the kids are bored and hungry, and I am tired and cranky. SFIL got on the phone to Disney Dining explained the situation and got the reservation held. The monorail FINALLY came. Turns out we should have hopped on the boat. We finally got to our reservation and had a good time there. I just don't think I can write well enough to explain the emotional turmoil all this was taking out on me.

I did manage to stop the taking of my DD to Disney without me by making her stay with us in our room. Her cousins came over and spent the night most of the time so we were all able to start the days about the same time. During all this we were trying to meet up with some of the minor characters and each meeting turned into a bigger and bigger headache. Some had phones that didn't work, some had phones that forgot chargers therefore died during the week, other "couldn't hear them". The older kids would inevitably be late stuck in a line somewhere or trying to figure out which bench on which bridge SFIL was referring to. Again with every missed time my stress level shot up.

There was one positive experience on this trip for me. DS2 liked Animal Kingdom. He really liked The Boneyard. He actually had a fun old time in there and would have gone up and down that little slide endlessly. That's all he liked of Disney though. :sad2:

The last night we were there we went to Epcot to watch the fireworks. MIL had taken the boys to the resort earlier after DS2 screamed his bloody head off during our entire meal at the Biergarten (not a restaurant for babies that don't like noise) and just drove back in our van and parked at Boardwalk for afterwards. Guess what DS2 doesn't like fireworks either. Epcot had EMH's that night and DH decided to stay and try to ride Test Track as he hadn't made it on the ride this trip and he loves the ride. We took my boys and DD home while the poor cousins were kept out to really late night even though they were dragging. Leaving DH at the park, I hopped into the car and noticed it had a check engine light on. MIL mentioned that it had popped on a couple of days ago, she had just forgot to mention it :mad: . I managed to get back to the resort an got DH on his walkie talkie. Now these walkie talkies wouldn't work around the stinkin' corner from each other, but I got him standing in the OKW parking lot to the entrance to Test Track :rolleyes: (SFIL estimates that to be about 5 or 6 miles). He didn't seem too concerned about the car and said he would check it out the next morning.

We got the van all loaded up and headed out. He noticed right away the van wasn't shifting like it should. It had put itself into its safe mode and would only travel in second gear which was only good to about 40 MPH. There was no way we could make it home going this speed. Realize this was Friday, December 23rd, 2 days before Christmas and our only guess was that the transmission was shot. This was my breaking point, I started to bawl. We stopped at some souvenir shop there on the strip and went to look for transmission shops in the phone book. A customer overheard us and told us that he runs a Dodge fleet of vans for his company and the only people they let touch their vans was the major Dodge dealership across town from where we were. We called them and they told us they would hook up the van to the machine to see what was wrong with it, but they probably wouldn't get to fixing it until the following week :sad:. The whole caravan of cars traveled across town going 35-40 MPH the whole way and we were trying to figure out what we were going to do. We figured if we unloaded some stuff from some vehicles we could probably get enough seats open to get me and the kids home, but DH would be stranded until the car got fix. He would miss Christmas, and we couldn't really afford this major repair or to keep DH in Orlando indefinitely. We finally made it to the dealership to be told they wouldn't be looking at the car at all until Monday. I proceeded to :sad: and we found the guy that we had talked to on the phone. He got the car in as promised. I wonder if that had something to do with the fact that there were about 20 people standing around at this point with us and I was obviously pregnant and bawling. :confused3 They hooked it up and found out it wasn't the transmission, but the transmission's computer and they actually had the part in stock and would only take a couple of hours to repair :dance3:. We ended up only spending $800 instead of the $3,000 I had envisioned. I nearly kissed the guy. They went ahead and fixed our car in front of the cars that had been dropped off. They figured those people weren't expecting their cars back before the next week anyways and we obviously weren't going anywhere without ours. Once we found out that the car would be fixed, most of our caravan headed home. Just the major characters hung out until it was fixed (just in case). We finally got on the road about 4pm. It was a very long day (did I mention we live 8hours away). To me this has and hopefully always will be my worst Disney vacation. I know most are probably thinking "that wasn't too bad," but to me the whole week was just bad, bad, bad.

Up next, either tie dying results, or our "Worst Disney day EVER!" (can you believe it wasn't in the trip from hell?)

jenn-
07-04-2009, 12:51 PM
Happy Independence Day! pixiedust:

No real time to share another trips story right now, but maybe later tonight or sometime tomorrow. I do have time to show you how our first 2 tie dye experiments came out. I am very happy with the results as this was my first time tie dying EVER!

DD dying hers
http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/Crafts/resized-IMG_3658.jpg
Close up
http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/Crafts/resized-IMG_3659.jpg
My accidental hidden Mickey ;)
http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/Crafts/resized-IMG_3661.jpg
Mine in the bag
http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/Crafts/resized-IMG_3664.jpg
DD's before rolling in plastic wrap
http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/Crafts/resized-IMG_3666.jpg
Our backs
http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/Crafts/resized-IMG_3675.jpg
My front
http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/Crafts/resized-IMG_3676.jpg
DD's front
http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/Crafts/resized-IMG_3677.jpg

I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday!

Tinker_
07-04-2009, 01:04 PM
Awww, looks like you guys had fun today!! Loving your PTR!!!!

ljcrochet
07-04-2009, 09:36 PM
Shirts look great!

meeko_33785
07-05-2009, 06:09 PM
Hi. Nice pre=trip so far. I read through your flashback reports. Here's hoping that this upcoming one doesn't have as much sickness or problems as thos had.

jenn-
07-05-2009, 11:15 PM
Hi. Nice pre=trip so far. I read through your flashback reports. Here's hoping that this upcoming one doesn't have as much sickness or problems as thos had.

Other than the really bad day, the rest are much more uplifting :) . I hope to get one up tomorrow between tie dye batch number 2. I spent today recovering from the late night last night and stitching Mickey heads to t-shirts.

jenn-
07-06-2009, 10:09 AM
I decided that once I start the tie dying process today that the day would go by too fast to get the next trip out so here I am :surfweb: trying to type as quietly as I can hoping the kids don't find me :laughing:.

Well right after the 2005 fiasco, I swore upside down and backwards I WOULD NOT be going back to Disney World until my baby was 5, and considering he wasn't born yet, that meant something. I swore I would NEVER go back with that size of a group again. Although looking back the minor characters really were minor, at the time they caused quite a bit of my stress.

April '06 came around and my surprise baby arrived big and healthy. Nov '06 arrived and MIL mentioned the desire to take us to Disney the following November, and my immediate response was NO! My baby would be 19 months old at the time and I had BTDT before and I wasn't doing it again. Then she told me that it would just be MIL, SFIL, us 6, and maybe cousin 1 & 2. DH really wanted to go so I relented and said I would give Disney one more try (ya gotta admit I hadn't had much luck up to this point with Disney).

Fast forward a couple of months and our quaint little group grew to rival the size of the 2005 trip :mad:. I nearly backed out. As a matter of fact I told DH we weren't going. Then I started asking questions about Disney on a twin site and they pointed me to my greatest Disney discovery ever, the DISboards! So in June of 2007 I started to really learn about Disney World.

Here I learned that I could survive another large group. I learned it was acceptable to go with people and then not actually hang out all day with them. I learned that unlike my SFIL, some people actually scheduled their Disney trips in detail (oh how I love those people). I learned all about ADRs and the DDP. I learned which books to read, and then I read them.

As I quickly jumped into my planning phase, I told DH what was going to happen. I was going to plan a vacation for the 6 of us and any one that to tour or eat with us needed to speak up before I made the ADRs. I asked MIL if she wanted me to make any large seating meals and she said SFIL would handle the ressies for them and the cousins, so I said okay and went about my planning. I got most of the ADRs I wanted, including a date night at Le Cellier (third trips a charm). Then I spent the next 6 months starring at food porn. :rolleyes1

Before our vacation DH and I decided it was time to do something about our weight and started on Atkins. We were losing weight nicely when our trip in November hit. This diet definitely hampered any dreams of Dole Whips and customized pretzel sticks covered with chocolate and caramel with peanut butter candy sprinkled top (no I haven't dreamed about those at all). But we still managed to eat fairly well that trip and didn't gain all that much weight.

We traveled down as a large group on Saturday and stayed the night off property. Sunday morning we migrated together to OKW. They didn't have our rooms ready at that hour, but they told us to call in about 3 to find them out. After 2 failed trips with walkie talkies for communication, DH and I invested in some prepaid cell phones (our carrier didn't work at Disney). We decided that since we only had a short day left and it was already mid day, we would head over to AK.

When we got there we were shocked at how busy it was. We knew later in the week it would get bad, but we really thought the first few days would be lighter, we were wrong. As soon as we made it in the gate I explained to my then 3.5yo twins they had 2 choices, wear a harness or ride in the stroller, neither which they had done since they had just turned 2. This started the first meltdown of DS2 for the day. He finally relented and got in the stroller. SFIL proceeded to run us around like last time dashing to EE to get fastpasses using even the non riders tickets to get a second set. DH decided he would just go ahead and ride in the single rider line instead of waiting for the FP return time so I took the kids over to the Boneyard to play. All 6 kids (yep I had the cousins too) really enjoyed playing there until DH showed up. He was quite :sick: and swore he was happy he had ridden EE once, but would not be riding it again (he suffers from motion sickness). After his tummy settled down and the rest of the major players showed up we went to lunch at the Flame Tree Grill, where I knew what I wanted already since I had memorized the menu online. We fought the crowds there and finally got our food and found spot to eat. The food was good and we passed the first hurdle of giving up that dessert to someone else :sad1: . After lunch we went over to the safari ride and the wait wasn't really all that bad. By the time we got to the ride DS3 had fallen asleep and slept through the whole ride. The kids really enjoyed the animals. When we got off the ride it was about time for SFIL to go redeem his FP over at EE, but we weren't journeying back there with him so he took off on his own. This left MIL, the 2 cousins, and us 6 as our group. We were walking in and out of the stores just looking around having a decent enough time, when IT (it being the reason why this is noted as "The Disney day from Hell") happened :scared:.

Remember how I said the boys had to either be on a harness or in a stroller. I had a reason. We had lost DS1 in Walmart not long before and I had an unrational fear of losing a kid at Disney. So we are stopped in some little L shaped shop right along the parade route and DH had the little kids over looking at the Christmas ornaments (MIL gets us one every year and they were helping pick them out). They were strapped in so I took DD to look around the rest of the shop. At some point DH let the big boys out of their stroller without me knowing it. I walked back around the corner and did the head count. DS1 was MISSING! :scared1: Did the whole "where's DS1?" "uh, isn't he with you?" routine. I proceed to freak out as some gentleman comes running in asking if someone has lost a kid. Of course I say yes, and he says that he saw him running across the bridge outside the store crying but he couldn't get him to stop. *Newsflash* if you see a very young kid looking lost and confused, don't just let the kid keep running, catch the kid and turn them into a CM. So I dart out of the store and see a throng of people coming from the direction the guy pointed and I knew it was hopeless. There was no way I was going to find him. *Newsflash #2* should you be the person with a lost child, stop and report it to a CM before you totally freak so they can close down the park and have everyone on the look out for the kid. Luckily we never got to that point (although that should be step #1 when you realize your kid is missing). As I ran across the bridge frantically looking from my son here come SFIL with him in his arms. As to how they spotted each other in that crowd I don't know, but he was safe, albeit shaken up, as was I.

After much crying on his and my part we bribed the kids with a snack while we waited for the parade to start. DS1 passed out in his stroller while we were waiting and missed the whole parade. As the parade ended, my family had to take off to make it to Whispering Canyon Cafe for our dinner ressies. I was so excited for this meal. I thought the kids would love it. They would love the antics of it. Well we got there no problem, took the kids to potty, got seated and food ordered. Remember DS2's issue with noise, well let's say he hadn't outgrown it yet. He was fine for about 5 minutes before he overstimulated and went into meltdown. Between him not eating (and he is my eater) and the 3 oldest dragging me back and forth to the bathroom I kid you not 6 times in a 45 minute period (not including the time before the ressie) and the meltdown that DS2 had, dinner did not go as planned. DH and I scarfed down as much food as we could while DS2 cried and fussed and our poor waitress trying to figure out what to do we finally got out of there. DS2 still crying loudly the whole time we were waiting for the bus. Everyone else in the bus area just kept moving farther away probably hoping we weren't getting on their bus. We were to get on the bus to go to DTD to then transfer to OKW. When we finally got on the bus we were the only ones on it. It was pretty obvious we were just going to DTD to make the transfer and not to shop. The driver asked us where our final destination was and we told him. With a quick call to the transportation people, he got cleared to take us straight to OKW :hug:. After all that had gone on that day, that little bit of Disney magic was all that it took to endear my love to Disney. It is the little things that can make life all better.

As the kids found me a long time ago, I will have to type up the rest of the trip in a bit. It is quite anticlimactic after the first day of our trip, but we had a great time so I want to show you that Disney World can get better.

jenn-
07-06-2009, 03:09 PM
Well all that happened on the first day we were officially at Disney World. What a way to start the trip :sad2:. We did learn a few things though. First off, forget the arm bands, the boys just weren't getting out of their strollers period! Secondly, even though my older boys were 3.5 yo and cruising in a stroller, they still needed naptime back at the resort. We made sure that those two things occurred every day. After the first night at Disney, we learned that the closet in a 2 bedroom suite at OKW fits the pack n play nicely and you can shut the 19 mo toddler off from the rest of the room. He wasn't used to having company in his room and insisted on talking half the night. No clothes were in the closet and he would wake up in the morning and push the sliding door open (yes it was left cracked the whole time). We all slept better after that. We learned that the marker that came with our temporary emergency tattoo kit came off too easily and we needed to use permanent marker instead. We hadn't had a chance to unpack those tats the first day so DS1 was not wearing one when he went AWOL. With all of our lessons learned in the first 24 hours, we went on to have a great vacation.

We managed to eat at CP where we took cousin 1 and 2 with us while MIL and SFIL went somewhere else. We ate at the Princess StoryBook place in Epcot where the kids all enjoyed seeing the princesses. We took in Hollywood & Vine, which turned out to not be very carb friendly BTW. DH and I enjoyed our Le Cellier very much. This is the one place that we said "screw it" to our diet and got the dessert. He ate the creme brule and I got the chocolate moose. Let me tell you, we hadn't had real sugar in a couple of months. You would have thought someone had laced our food with speed. We were moving a mile a minute and talking just as fast. We managed to leave Epcot and go to MK which had the EHM that night. We stayed until close before we finally went to the room and crashed and my DH pretty routinely crashes at 10pm. We had a great time that night. We ate at Wolfgang Puck Express and the regular dining in as well as Earl of Sandwich in DTD, all great food. My greatest eating accomplishment was when I had all 6 kids by myself :scared1: and I managed to get them fed at Sunshine Seasons. It took a bit of juggling, but I got them all seated and eating without a crisis.

About that 6 kids by myself thing. I don't remember what in the world MIL and SFIL were up to that night (I'm thinking they met up with some friends at the expensive seafood place in DTD), but my DH was diving in the Living Seas. He had begged to do the diving both previous trips but I had said no. He hadn't been diving in 10 yrs by the time I finally said yes to let him do that dive. I awoke his inner dolphin and now I lose him to diving trips regularly :sad2:. Even though I was alone with all these kids, it worked out well. I had an "older" kid to go with each of the younger ones. We spent a lot of our time waiting for the character spot to meet Mickey and friends. I figured keeping them confined to a line would be good and none of them fussed. After that I went to the Coke place and introduced them to "Beverly" :rotfl:. I really should find the photo of that one. It wasn't much longer than that and eating that DH was done. I survived my few hours with 6 kids 8 and under.

We got to ride plenty of rides that trip. We got spent tons of time in the parks and at DTD, even with our breaks. We just had a good ol' time. Now I will admit the crowds were absolutely unbearable by Wednesday, and we completely avoided the parks on Thursday (aka Thanksgiving). But we knew we would be back again and not getting everything done wasn't a big deal. Having my meals and park itinerary planned really made a big difference in how I viewed my trip. I felt well informed and ready to go with the punches as much as I needed to. Other than the first day of this trip, I considered it a massive success.

ljcrochet
07-07-2009, 08:31 PM
I love the shirts! I think you inspired me to make my gang shirts. Trying to decide which one's we should do. The spray paint one looks easier so I'm leaning towards that one. But might change my mind when I see your finished pictures again.

Sounds like your trips with the boys have been exciting!

glassslipper2004
07-07-2009, 08:46 PM
Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed reading your trip report - sounds like by the time you go on your next trip (soon, right? I didn't notice when it is) you should be supremely informed and ready to have a fantastic time. Hopefully the crowds won't be as bad. :goodvibes

jenn-
07-07-2009, 10:14 PM
I love the shirts! I think you inspired me to make my gang shirts. Trying to decide which one's we should do. The spray paint one looks easier so I'm leaning towards that one. But might change my mind when I see your finished pictures again.

Sounds like your trips with the boys have been exciting!
Come back in a few minutes and you will get to see them, and the tie dye as well.

Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed reading your trip report - sounds like by the time you go on your next trip (soon, right? I didn't notice when it is) you should be supremely informed and ready to have a fantastic time. Hopefully the crowds won't be as bad. :goodvibes
I actually have one more trip from the past which was about as picture perfect Disney as it gets. Make sure you check back in the next day or two for that report to pop up, it should have some food porn to go along with it.

jenn-
07-07-2009, 11:05 PM
As promised I am here with the results from several art projects I have/had going. First up will be the results of the spiral spray paint Mickey. My only regret about these is that I didn't make ones for the older boys yet. I wasn't really sure how they would turn out so I had the 3 little boys help me on some shirts that will probably be a little small for DS3 come May. Well here they are.
Mine
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DD's
http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/Crafts/resized-IMG_3842.jpg
the 3 for DS3
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Overall I am happy with the results and I might go through and make some more for the other kids. I don't think DH would wear one like it though.

Tie dying has been fun. I haven't quite gotten the technique down. Needless to say all but one of them is going to need some altering. So far I have "blinged" DD's to "fix" it. If you look back in the PTR you will see her original results. Here is her blinged out version.
http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/Crafts/resized-IMG_3850.jpg

The next set of pictures will all need a bleached on Mickey head outline as they are not well defined. I will post pictures of those after I get brave enough to try them. It will probably be a couple of days though.
DH's front
http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/Crafts/resized-IMG_3852.jpg
DH's back
http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/Crafts/resized-IMG_3861.jpg
DS1's
http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/Crafts/resized-IMG_3855.jpg
DS2's
http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/Crafts/resized-IMG_3859.jpg
DS3's
http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/Crafts/resized-IMG_3853.jpg
the back of the 3 boys'
http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/Crafts/resized-IMG_3860.jpg

Then when you have leftover dye that has to be used in one seating, you start looking around trying to find something to dye. In this case it turned out to be some of my DS2's white underwear. Let me explain first that DS2 wears white underwear and is larger than DS1 who wears colorful underwear. As a mom of twins you have to learn things to make laundry less of a hassle and this has been mine. Well DS2 has outgrown some of his underwear and DS1 has some doggy chewed holes in his butts, so he needs new ones. I knew that there would be an uproar from both of them if I just tried moving the white ones over (not to mention the laundry issue). Anyways I ended up doing 2 batches of them (different brands). In the first batch, I threw them in a gallon sized bags and just squirted the remainder of the dyes in on it. This was the result.
http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/Crafts/resized-IMG_3862.jpg

I realized quickly that there would not be enough dye to do the second batch. I decided to "experiment" with them. As I was washing out the bottles from the dyes I took the first fill out of each of them and threw it into the bag with the second batch. I was thinking I might get some light tie dyed items. Turns out they all turned a light shade of blue. They didn't photograph very well, but here they are anyways. I promise they are bluer than they look.
http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/Crafts/resized-IMG_3865.jpg

So that's my artistic journey update. After the bleach job I will still have several white shirts to decide what to do with, so stay tuned I am sure more crafts will follow.

ljcrochet
07-08-2009, 08:45 AM
Everything looks great, even if the underwear looks white.
My girls have different character underwear. Easy for me to tell who's are whose. And S will not wear the Minnie ones that D has outgrown. So i'm stuck. I like your method better.
I wonder how the glue/spray fabic pant would look on colored t-shirts? I might try that . Just have to get a color that DH will wear or not make one for him :)

mickeysmyboy
07-08-2009, 09:21 PM
Jumping over!

First, I'm so sorry that you've had such a bad time in your recent disney past! That's definitely NOT the way to feel the magic!

I love, love, love your shirts! They look great! I may try tie dyeing a bunch for our trip but I'm not sure if I'm brave enough! I've never tie dyed!

jenn-
07-08-2009, 09:52 PM
Jumping over!

First, I'm so sorry that you've had such a bad time in your recent disney past! That's definitely NOT the way to feel the magic!

I love, love, love your shirts! They look great! I may try tie dyeing a bunch for our trip but I'm not sure if I'm brave enough! I've never tie dyed!

If it makes you feel any better, this is my first tie dying experience as well. So far only one of my shirts has actually turned out as I had hoped (luckily it is mine ;) ). There is a learning curve, but I think with time and practice, it is possible. I also just have to keep telling myself and looking at the other thread, that this is not a perfect process. No two shirts will come out looking the same and that is okay. I must admit, I am not to happy with my attempted "fixes" on my 3 boys shirts. I decided not to mess with my DH's after I tried theirs. Turns out it is trickier than it sounds to paint with bleach :confused3.

jenn-
07-08-2009, 11:00 PM
Okay after 3 not the greatest experiences in the world" trips you would think I would give up on Disney. Well I did, for about 6 months at least :rotfl:. About May of '08 MIL offered to watch the kids for a week in October so that DH and I could "get away". DH immediately wanted Disney and I said nope. So I started looking around at other places to go and let me tell you something, hotels and flights are EXPENSIVE! Disney with their "free to me" hotels and already purchased tickets (our last trip we had purchased 10 day non expiring tickets and only used 4 days), started sounding really good, really quickly. Even better by going in October we would catch the Food & Wine Festival I had heard so much about. The icing on the cake was when we learned we could use our DDP snack credits on the samples around the World. I was sold.

Here's a little secret that my friends and family know. I don't go to Disney for the rides and shows. I go to Disney for the FOOD! This might be why trips 1 and 2 weren't so great. Unfortunately this trip came about and planned less than 4 months out so some of the harder ADRs were booked. This is one reason why I am glad they switched to the 90 day ressies. It gives us semi last minute planners a chance at the good places. I was still able to get into plenty of good restaurants and try things I wouldn't want to take the kids too. BTW in case you didn't notice this was my second trip in little more than 5 years that I ditched the kids to go to Disney. I'm such a bad mommy... :rotfl2: . If it makes anyone feel better the stipulation for MIL watching the kids was that she was wanting to take DD to Disney with her in November, so she wasn't to distraught over me going without her and the others are still too little to notice.

So the cast for this trip is pretty small (just the way I like it).
http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/food/resized-IMG_0712.jpg
That's us.

Our first day in the parks we hit Animal Kingdom. Is it bad that I don't remember much other than getting to see Nemo for the first time? It was awesome BTW. We ate at the Flame Tree where we both had wonderfully boring salads and got carrot sticks for dessert. I know lame, but sometimes you have to decide where you want the extra carbs and where you don't.
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After lunch we shot over to MK and caught the parade while we waited for the highlight of my trip to arrive.
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I got to meet one of my online best buddies in person :woohoo:. That would be me and my buddy Lisa in front of the castle (she's also known as ljcrochet on these here boards). I think we freaked my DH out a bit by how much we talked :rotfl:, but when you chat with someone every day, it really doesn't matter that you have never met them in person. Also as a transplant to the south(me), I don't think my DH had ever heard me speak at full speed before. Unfortunately our time with Lisa was short as she had the MNSSHP to attend to and they were kicking us out of the park. But we would get to meet again the next day.

For dinner we tried our first of several new restaurants. We ate over at the Grand Floridian Cafe. Service was less than stellar, but not as bad as we have had locally. We had some yummy steak and asparagus for dinner, followed by a chocolate fruit fondue for me, and a I think a cheesecake thing for DH.
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I promise I was only going to dip one or two pieces of fruit lightly in the chocolate and then eat the rest plain, but it didn't happen :rolleyes:. Just too yummy. We didn't get nearly the sugar buzz as we did on the last trip as we weren't still in the induction phase of Atkins any more.

After dinner we shot over to Epcot and got some of the rides in over there. We actually hit 3 parks in 1 day :scared1:. We were pooped when we went to bed that night.

The next morning we headed back to MK to meet up with Lisa again. They were only there for a very short trip so we had to make the best of it. We walked around with Lisa and her family for a little while mainly in Toontown (I think that's the area with Mickey's house).
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Her daughters are adorable little cuties. Sydney caught the eye of one of the cast members passing by and they got to talking. Turns out she picked the right girl to befriend. She told us to follow her. She ended up taking us to the head of the line to meet Mickey and Minnie in the judges tent. Very Disney magical for us. All too soon it was time to say good bye to Lisa for good :sad1:, and we went our separate ways.

DH and I got to go enjoy one of the best deals on the DDP for counter service at Cosmic Rays. We each had the chicken, ribs, mashed potato, green bean combo, hold the potatoes, double the green beans. We also spotted that they had a sugar free brownie that we tried and LOVED. Realize we hadn't had anything that tasted a brownie in over a year, so our taste buds might be skewed a bit. Everything was yummy.
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After our day in MK, we hit the monorail again and went back to the GF for dinner. This time it was to 1900 Park Faire to eat with Cinderella and family. I must admit I didn't find the food to be that great there. Part of the problem came from their lack of lower carb options. I wasn't great of taking buffet pictures but here was my first plate and the couple of desserts I tried, neither were worth their carbs.
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And with that we are through day 2 of our gorge fest and my hands hurt from typing so you will have to come back to see the rest of the food porn tomorrow.

ljcrochet
07-09-2009, 11:45 AM
Sounds like you had a great time with your DH and got to meet up with me. :)

http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m188/LJcrochet/Disney/20081027026.jpg

jenn-
07-09-2009, 02:39 PM
Sounds like you had a great time with your DH and got to meet up with me. :)

http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m188/LJcrochet/Disney/20081027026.jpg

See I told you they were adorably cute!

jenn-
07-09-2009, 03:35 PM
Okay we made it through 2 days of our yummy trip to Disney. On our third day we hit Epcot at opening. We had never done a rope drop before. We raced with a bundle of other people over to Soarin' where we quickly snagged out FPs and hopped into line. We made the first flight of the day. :woohoo: Then we toured future world and road the renovated Mission: Earth (the ride in the big ball), which was quaint. We stopped in and met the big guys in the Character Spot :love:.
http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/food/resized-IMG_0927.jpg

Then we headed over to the Food & Wine Festival as it opened. I had nothing planned for us to eat for lunch but snacking around the world. So that's what we did.

We started off our snacking right away with some shrimp and a cheese sampler. Both very yummy.
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We continued our edible journey with a tuna steak thing that DH mainly ate because I like my fish a little more cooked (it was meant to be this rare). DH sampled a glass of wine from the same booth. I don't drink the stuff :crazy2:.
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As I only took a small bite from his tuna, he only sampled a small bite of my lamb (not his favorite food). It was very good, but of course as a sample size, it just seemed too small.
http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/food/resized-IMG_0956.jpg

After that we popped in and out of a few of the shops before heading back over to the future world side. During the last year we had discovered that most sugar free ice cream had fewer carbs than regular ice cream so we decided to see if the ice cream shop happened to have any sugar free ice cream options, and we lucked out that they did. :cool1: We split a double scoop of butter pecan ice cream. I love ice cream and this was no exception.
http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/food/resized-IMG_0958.jpg

As we had been grazing all day long when our reservations came up for Chefs de France we weren't very hungry, but we cleaned our plates anyways :rolleyes:. This was the third new place for us to eat (I think I left out that 1900 Park Faire was also new). I was really glad we didn't have the kids with us since the service was very slow. DH started off his meal with a bowl of french onion soup.
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My non adventurous DH had steak and green beans.
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I had the lamb legs (yep the lamb chop earlier left me craving it), ratatouille, and carrots. I think my meal was definitely the better of the two. It was delicious.

We finished off our dinner with desserts that had way more carbs than we should have eaten. DH had the creme brule which he scraped off most of the blackened sugar, and I had the fruit flavored sorbets. I enjoyed my ice cream from earlier in the day more in comparison to them. I had asked the waiter about sugar free options and I think we had a language issue since he seemed to have no idea what I was talking about. I got lucky later on in the trip with this request.
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So there we go with our third day of food gorging. Day four coming up next.

jenn-
07-12-2009, 07:02 PM
I have been so busy the last couple of days. I decided to do another round of Mickey tie dye shirts. I was going to do 4, 2 for DD, 1 for me, and 1 for DH with the left over dye that I had. DH didn't like the colors so we invested in another kit with camo colors. Well he only had 1 more shirt left and the boys were out so I had to stop and buy more shirts. I got another pack for the 3 boys. After I spent several hours stitching Mickeys yesterday, I had to wash the new shirts last night, draw and stitch them this morning. Then I wrapped the rubberbands for them. OUCH! I tried really hard to get them tigher than I have before and my thumb paid the price. I ripped off the top layer of skin right below the cuticle. I don't know what to do if this wasn't tight enough. I got them all dyed so now I am in a waiting pattern again. Hopefully I will have some successful shirts to show off tomorrow. I will be back after dinner to show off another day's worth of food pics from the Oct '08 trip.

ljcrochet
07-12-2009, 07:19 PM
I can't wait to see the shirts. I'm sure they will look great.

jenn-
07-12-2009, 11:09 PM
Now that I have a belly full of ice cream I am ready to tackle the rest of the October 2008 trip.

On our fourth day we journeyed over to DHS. Once again we made the rope drop. It's so nice not having the little kids slowing us down. We ran like herded cattle and snagged at FP for Toy Story Mania! Even getting there first thing landed us with a later afternoon return time.

We quickly cut back across the park and practically walked onto the RNR. From there we tried to figure out what to do. Some how or another we ended up making the decision to try Tower of Terror.:scared1: I am terrified of heights so why in the world I decided this was a good idea, I have no clue. We made it quickly through that one's que as well, which is good since I probably would have chickened out if I had had to much time to think about it. I survived the ride and found it to be quite fun. DH on the other hand hated the feeling of falling and won't be riding it with me again. Hopefully I can talk DD into it next time.

After that we had pretty much hit all the big rides for the day. The park had only been open for a few minutes and we didn't know what to do next. We looked at the show schedule and saw that we could make the next showing of Beauty and the Beast, so we headed over there to get a good seat. Now something I haven't told you about this last week in October is that the weather was COLD in the morning and evening and pleasant during the day! The seats at the outdoor theater metal and they were freezing. We also got there much earlier than we needed to, but ended up with decent seats even though we were kind of far back (honestly we picked seats getting hit with sun when we sat down...lol). After our behinds were thoroughly froze we got to enjoy the play.
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After the play we started on our hunt for lunch. Unfortunately DHS is not known for its food choices. All of the TS options were filled with carbs so we were sticking to CS to make it until our dinner out of the park later on. I remembered that there was supposedly somewhere that served a great salad but I couldn't remember for the life of me where it was. I thought it was in the cafe outside Columbia Harbor House, but I didn't see any signs of it. We finally found food at the Backlot Express. We had to do a bit of subbing on their salad which left it less than interesting, but it was food. Although the salad left something to be desired, the dessert was surprisingly good. It was a sugar free strawberry parfait that came in second on our favorite sugar free dessert list from the trip.
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Continuing on with our day we decided to hit the Lights, Motor, Action Extreme Stunt Show. We had been wanted to see this each trip, but had never been able to coordinate it with our schedule. Again we showed up much earlier than we needed to for the end of October, but we couldn't think of anything else to do. We had a good conversation with several of the people while waiting in line. It took what seemed like forever for them to start the show after they started to seat us. Finally we got to the fun exciting stuff.
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I found the show to be very fun to watch and recommend everyone get a chance to see it. I do suggest ear plugs for the little ones with noise issues though as it is quite loud.

We finally got to go redeem our FP for TSM to see what the fuss was all about. DH loved the ride. I found it so so. Not really my thing, but cute.

We finished out our day at DHS watching the high energy afternoon parade and then slipping over to watch Indiana Jones. All said and done I thought we had a very complete and successful day at DHS.

Knowing that the TS options at DHS would suck for us, I had to hunt for other options. I decided to give the Cape May Buffet over at the Beach & Yacht Club a chance. DH and I had eaten there on our honeymoon but the only thing that stood out in my mind back then was that it seemed expensive. Having the DDP makes me not see dollar signs every time I eat. I snapped only a few pictures of the food there, which we found to be very good.
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This was only our second buffet situation and the first one had no real desserts we could/should eat. This one was worse. Not even something I thought I could modify and look crooked at and pretend would be good for me. I decided it was time to be brave and ask the waitress if there were any sugar free options and was pleasantly surprised when she said "yes." (Guess we should have asked at 1900 Park Faire). She said it would take a few minutes as they only brought them up from the bakery when they were ordered. So we got another round of food and waited for our dessert. This is what came out.
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It had beautiful presentation. Wonderful color. Unfortunately it tasted like cardboard :confused3. Oh well, not all of our adventures in sugar free eating could be good. Even though it wasn't the greatest tasting stuff, we ate it.

We finished off our night watching Illuminations at Epcot where the sun had gone down again, and I froze my behind again. We went looking for a blanket but just couldn't spend the money for a few minutes of warmth. As always it was a great show.

Well day 4 was a lot fuller than I thought. I guess day 5 will have to wait until next time.

mickeysmyboy
07-13-2009, 07:19 AM
Great update! Sounds like you had a great day at DHS, even with som less then impressive meals! I hate that DHS has no good CS options! We've never eaten at Backlot, well I got a soda there once, but have heard it's by far the best option there. We've eaten at ABC Comissary twice. The second time it was far better then the first. I just like that the comfortable table and chairs and a little AC when it's getting warm out!

Can't wait to see the shirts! Sorry about your thumb! :scared1: That sounds like it hurt!

jenn-
07-13-2009, 09:13 AM
I can't wait to see the shirts. I'm sure they will look great.

Great update! Sounds like you had a great day at DHS, even with som less then impressive meals! I hate that DHS has no good CS options! We've never eaten at Backlot, well I got a soda there once, but have heard it's by far the best option there. We've eaten at ABC Comissary twice. The second time it was far better then the first. I just like that the comfortable table and chairs and a little AC when it's getting warm out!

Can't wait to see the shirts! Sorry about your thumb! :scared1: That sounds like it hurt!

I can't wait to see them either. I have to say the waiting is the hardest part. I am going to stick my boys in the bathtub and start rinsing them as soon as I get them dressed. I would love to do it before bath time, but I am pretty sure they wouldn't appreciate little tie dyed behinds. I should have the photos of a couple of my "fixes" at the same time as I have been waiting for another tie dye load to fix one and wash the other.

jenn-
07-13-2009, 02:16 PM
Can someone come over here and please tell my dryer to hurry up already?!? I wanna see my shirts all done. Well maybe by the time I am all done sharing day 5 from Oct it will be done and I can snap some photos of the new shirts. So far I liked what I saw out of the washer.

On our last day of our trip we headed back to Epcot. Epcot is our favorite park. Team that up with the F & W Festival and it makes it extra special. This particular morning we decided to venture in and see what was going on in the demonstration pavilion for F & W. We got there just in time to snag numbers to see one of the cooks. In this case it was Todd Winer.
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He cooked us up some Kobe beef strip steak and a Kobe beef dumpling with some sort of an carrot slaw. OMGs it was good. DH really enjoyed the wine that came with the meal, so he had mine. I really did try to like it since it was high end stuff but :crazy2:. Todd had some excitement when a flame got a little out of control. Only his wife realized right away that something wasn't right. The announcer said he was the first one to try to burn down the building :laughing:.
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We toured Epcot very casually that day. We spent time on the Ellen ride and walked around the shops. Lunch was at the Biergarten. This is not my favorite place to eat, but DH loves it. I think he is fondest of the honeymoon celebration that they did for us. Again with this being a buffet I wasn't great at snapping pictures. Add to that there were very nice strangers giving me looks and I was doubly shy about it. I didn't even snap the dessert plates.
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After we ate our main courses we went for the dessert area to once again find nothing we could eat on the line. One of the sous chefs was out though so I asked him about our options. He offered us a sugar free cheese cake or the sugar free brownies we had had before. I paused trying to decide. I knew DH would want the cheesecake so I asked for that for him. I told him that I would go with it too as we had had the brownies already and as much as we loved them wanted to try something new. Well when he brought out the cheesecake he dropped off a little bag with a note that said "enjoy these later" with 2 of the brownies inside:cloud9:! I :love: that guy. I might have to decide that I like that place more.

Even though we had fully stuffed ourselves at lunch, we still had a couple of snack credits to use. After rolling ourselves around the world showcase for a few minutes we decided to snack again. I got some little scallop dish which I only found to be so-so.
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Then we headed over to Canada to get a bowl of cheddar cheese soup for DH.
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This little bowl of soup caused quite the tiff between myself and DH. Apparently I wasn't listening to him when we were in the line to order as he was wanting me to ask if the soup had potatoes in it (big no no on the low carb). Well I never heard him say it so I just ordered it up. Sure enough potato filled. He was not happy with me. He only ate a couple small spoonfuls before he threw it away.

We caught Off Kilter for the first time as well. We enjoyed the music so much that I bought a CD that I listen to frequently. Epcot was to be a short day that day as we had bigger plans for the evening. We were headed to Cirque Du Soleil .

After a quick run back to the resort for a freshing up and clothes change, we headed off to DTD. Amazingly enough we had to think about food again! We had already decided to go to Wolfgang Puck Express. We ended up with a wonderful meal from them. We did have some slight confusion with the whole sugar free ordering though. First off we had to convince them to sub out mashed potatoes with a salad and then they had to bring the chef from the main part to figure out what we were asking for. We would have been happy with those brownie things (I think they should be standard around Disney myself), but he was going to create something. Our main dish arrived. A half chicken with a big ol' side of salad.
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Then our dessert showed up almost immediately. It was a sugar free berry crisp with pumpkin flavored sf ice cream on top.
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Unfortunately the dish was warm therefore the wonderful ice cream on top was melting rapidly. Luckily the kids weren't with us to see mommy and daddy eating their dessert first :rolleyes1. It was delicious. I think this dessert was the winner for all of the ones we had. We also had wonderful service from WPE. When they saw we were getting up to go the head chef came back out to make sure that we had enjoyed our meal. Of course we told him we had and thanked him profusely. Then we were off to the Cirque.

Before we could get from WPE to the Cirque we spotted a curious pair walking around DTD. As it was the day before Halloween there were plenty of people in costume but these two really stuck out. They were from the Cirque troupe. As there is no photography allowed inside the building finding this great photo op outside was wonderful. DH posed with the guys.
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We really enjoyed the show and wished it wasn't so expensive. It would cost a small fortune to bring the whole family. Maybe DH can take DD on the next trip and we can take the rest of the boys one at a time.

That was the end of our trip. We departed Disney first thing in the morning on October 31st. We have 4 kids that were expecting us to be there to go trick or treating with them after all. We made it just in time to get them in their costumes and take them around. The very next day my princess: left for a week at WDW with her grandparents (hence why she didn't feel disappointed we went without her).

I do believe my dryer stopped! :woohoo: I will hopefully be back this evening to show ya'll how the shirts turned out.

raider97
07-14-2009, 12:00 AM
Thought I would stop by and say Hi!! Your pre-trippie is going great. You did a great job on your shirts.... can't wait to see how the latest ones came out. :)

Stephanie

jenn-
07-14-2009, 11:11 AM
Okay, I admit it I was too busy surfing last night to come and post about the tie dye results. I will probably regret not doing it last night as I sit here with 4 kids trying to get my attention while I type. Just FYI, when you rip the skin off your thumb, it hurts for days later. I must admit the results were almost worth (my thumb still hurting days later deters from the results a bit). Anyways I am going to start off with one that I had to "fix". This was DH's original shirt in which his Mickey bled to much to be recognizable. Here is the before shot.
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And here is the after. I took the Mickey head design I had been using and cut it out of the paper leaving the inverse in the cut out. I then used the spray paint from my other project to fill it in. I wish I could say it was my idea, but DH gets total credit for that. He is happy with the results.
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The rest of the pictures are all from the most recent batch. They will go, front, back, repeat.
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One bad thing about using some of these dyes is that you have only 45 minutes before they start to loose the strength. Needless to say I had an almost full bottle of black, and quite a bit of green left that was this way. I also only had a little bit of fuchsia and purple left. So as I realized I was going to need to use all of this up, I ran into the house and threw one of my shirts into the soda ash that was still in the bucket. Then I went back out and finished doing what I was doing.

I knew I didn't have the time it would take to stitch another Mickey head, not to mention no will to do it, so I came up with something quick to do. A good old fashion bullseye. I really like how it turned out, even if it isn't Disney related.
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I still have a bit more dye to use that hasn't been mixed yet, so watch for some more creative use of tie dying to appear. I am officially done with this exact style though.

jenn-
07-18-2009, 03:11 PM
Sorry I have been missing, I have been on a trip. I wish I could say I left my house for this trip, but this was one of those emotional rollercoaster kinds of trips, so even though it has absolutely nothing to do with my Disney planning, I need to get it out somewhere.

On Wednesday my MIL called and asked I could shoot someone's wedding. My immediate response was, "uh, NO!" I have no real portrait experience short of telling my kids to look at the camera. She told me that she had told the bride to be that I was a great photographer and that I would be able to do a good job. Well I will admit to snagging a few really nice pictures over the years, but they are always inanimate objects. It is easy to snap something that doesn't move. Anyways during the conversation I hummed and hawed over it and finally told her I would think about it.

The wedding is set for a week from today, so I didn't have much time to think. If I was to do this, I was going to have to order a new camera. I knew I was going to have to dive into the dSLR land. My DH had been trying to get me there for a long time. So I spent Wednesday figuring out which new camera I was going to get, and psyching myself up for the task. The couple had 1 more person they were going to try so I wasn't committed yet.

Thursday I nagged MIL to get me a committed answer so I could get my camera ordered, I had seen it on Amazon and I get $3.99 overnight shipping but it had to be done by x time. I finally got in contact with the bride and she sounded like we were good to go so I went to order the camera, but DH told me to talk to FIL (not married to MIL) first.

So I call up FIL and he has found a $500 rebate if we buy this camera at the same time as this new expensive printer he was looking at and he had found a store on eBay that was an authorized dealer that had both. Well overnight shipping would have been $90! I called the shop owner and he said it would probably be Thursday using their standard free shipping. So we forked over the extra $30 to get 3 day mail so the camera won't be here until Wednesday.

I have no experience with a DSLR. I had really expected to have the weekend and whole week to figure out how to use the camera. Well now if I was lucky I would have 1 day, not including the time it took to charge the battery. I wasn't happy, but how do you turn down a $500 rebate (even split in half). So I got the camera ordered, I ordered a different lens as well, and started looking at cases and other stuff. I was getting excited.

Friday I convinced FIL to come watch the kids so I could go to the local camera shop and scope out the size of some of the bags. I found one I liked, but wasn't paying their prices :eek:. Same one online is $20 cheaper. I also went and found an outfit for the wedding as none of my casual dress clothes fit anymore (thank you Atkins). Found an adorable long skirt and shirt on clearance that I thought would be perfect.

Friday night came and the phone rang. At first I had no idea who it was but kept talking trying to figure it out, cause he seemed to know me. Turns out it was the groom to be. They had heard back from one of the photographers that had originally told them they wouldn't be available. Turns out she would be after all, and they were going to go with her. He said that since he dropped the ball on letting me know sooner that I was welcome to come and also shoot the wedding for the agreed upon price (I had quoted between $100-200), but I wouldn't be the main photographer. I told him I would get back to them on that.

I was heartbroken. I had really worked myself up to thinking I could do this and now it was ripped away from me. As he was talking on the phone it was all I could do to hold it together. As soon as I got off the phone I :sad:. Of course my overly curious kids wanted to know what was wrong and Brandon (the littlest one) asked what was "broke". That's his way of asking where I got hurt since every injury is something "broke" with him. I finally pulled myself together and told DH what was going on. I was more pissed at myself for spending all this money for nothing than he was. Like I said earlier he has been trying to get me to buy a DSLR for a while now, but we hadn't been looking at the moment. He thinks I should shoot it still. I told him I was going to sleep on it and to quit talking to me about it.

I woke up this morning feeling better about it and pretty sure that I will NOT be shooting the wedding. Nothing worse than having 2 cameras pointed at you and not knowing where to look. I am thinking about asking if they are going to have a rehearsal and dinner and offer to come shoot that and maybe the set up of the wedding, but I'm not sure. I would love to recoup some of the money, but I don't want to feel like second fiddle.

Now I am thinking of taking some classes with my new camera so if this ever comes up again I will be confident in my abilities.

On the Disney front, I have washed my last set of spiral spray paint Mickey head shirts, but they are still drying, so no pictures yet. I am also trying to duplicate a technique that Tinker_ has tried which will involve color blocker and tie dye. Wish me luck on that one. I am only to the halfway point and it isn't going great so far. I think I tried making it harder than I should have. Oh well, only one way to learn.

jenn-
07-20-2009, 10:20 PM
So far this summer I have spent a lot of time tie dying. One might think this is a normal creative outlet for me but it isn't. My real passion comes in the form of photography and digital scrapbooking. I have been addicted to photography for about the last 10 years and will finally be getting my DSLR on Wednesday (well that's what Fed Ex says so far). I can't wait to learn how to use it.

I have been digitally scrapbooking now since June of 2006. I will have to come through and share with ya'll all my Disney related pages. I have a few. For now though here is my latest DISboard tie dying experience page.

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/smalltiedyecrazy.jpg (http://www.digishoptalk.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=712161&cat=all&ppuser=3528)

ljcrochet
07-20-2009, 10:40 PM
That layout is great! I love the mickey head in the center. You are making me want to make some shirts for the trip.

mickeysmyboy
07-21-2009, 07:02 AM
I LOVE your scrapbook page!!! So cute!! Where did you find the directions for the shirts? I just, after being inspired by you ;), tye dyed a regular round designs for the first time ever late last week for the party we had this weekend. Now I may try to do Mickey for our trip! It may take me the next 5 and 1/2 months to do 10 shirts and get something I'm completely happy with ;)

jenn-
07-21-2009, 09:10 AM
I LOVE your scrapbook page!!! So cute!! Where did you find the directions for the shirts? I just, after being inspired by you ;), tye dyed a regular round designs for the first time ever late last week for the party we had this weekend. Now I may try to do Mickey for our trip! It may take me the next 5 and 1/2 months to do 10 shirts and get something I'm completely happy with ;)

Here is the thread about the shirts. Tie Dye Mickey's (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1210609) You just have to realize that tie dye is not a perfect thing. Sounds like you have more tie dying experience than I did starting (which was zip) so you should do fine. Biggest tips would be to draw the Mickey heads onto each of the shirts first, stitch them all with the floss, and put the rubber bands super duper duper tight right under the gathered floss. Other than the whole stitching part, it really doesn't take longer to do 10 shirts than 1 shirt.

mickeysmyboy
07-21-2009, 12:04 PM
Here is the thread about the shirts. Tie Dye Mickey's (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1210609) You just have to realize that tie dye is not a perfect thing. Sounds like you have more tie dying experience than I did starting (which was zip) so you should do fine. Biggest tips would be to draw the Mickey heads onto each of the shirts first, stitch them all with the floss, and put the rubber bands super duper duper tight right under the gathered floss. Other than the whole stitching part, it really doesn't take longer to do 10 shirts than 1 shirt.

Thank you so much!! I'll definitely try it! I did the shirts last week to kinda see if I would be a complete failure at tye dying! :lmao: I would be so annoyed if I started doing the mickey's and it didn't work out! I did 5 shirts, 1 for me, one for each kiddo and 1 for my niece, DH said he wouldnt wear it. If I do mickey he will be wearing it! I promise you that!

H20DogsNDisney
07-21-2009, 09:27 PM
Hi Jenn!

jenn-
07-21-2009, 11:03 PM
Hi Jenn!

Hi Hallie! Thanks for stopping by.

lynn46356
07-22-2009, 10:04 AM
Good Morning Jenn!!!! The t-shirts look awesome. You did a great job. I might have taclked that project years ago. :) Not now though. I'm going to subscribe to your ptr so I can keep up with all of your projects and trip planning. Nice chatting last night. I'm off for my bike ride. :rotfl2: I love planning wdw trips and I defintely enjoy reading others but wouldn't know where to begin with my own. Thanks for sharing!

bouldertcr
07-22-2009, 10:31 AM
Hey Jenn,

Promised I would read your pre-trip report and here I am! Really enjoy the report and love the tie-dye shirts. They are just as nice if not better than the ones I recently saw in the lands end catalog! They are awesome! I'll keep reading!

jenn-
07-22-2009, 11:39 AM
Good Morning Jenn!!!! The t-shirts look awesome. You did a great job. I might have taclked that project years ago. :) Not now though. I'm going to subscribe to your ptr so I can keep up with all of your projects and trip planning. Nice chatting last night. I'm off for my bike ride. :rotfl2: I love planning wdw trips and I defintely enjoy reading others but wouldn't know where to begin with my own. Thanks for sharing!

Hey Jenn,

Promised I would read your pre-trip report and here I am! Really enjoy the report and love the tie-dye shirts. They are just as nice if not better than the ones I recently saw in the lands end catalog! They are awesome! I'll keep reading!

Thanks for stopping by! I am going to try and make it to the appropriate chats more frequently. Unfortunately they coincide with what is supposed to be my kids bedtime. They stayed up way to late last night :rolleyes: . I'll be right back with some scrapbook pages of my previous trips.

jenn-
07-22-2009, 11:52 AM
Hello readers! Beings it is still over 9 months until my trip, there really isn't too much decision making going on. That means you guys get more random ramblings and creative experiences from me :woohoo:. Today we are going to cover scrapbooking pages from my past. As a disclaimer some of them are from shortly after I started my digital scrapbooking journey, and aren't my best work. If I can get it to work right, all pages will be clickable to the gallery where their credits are listed. For those that are not familiar with digital scrapbooking, providing proper credits is a very important thing within the community. First up the pages I created from my Disneymoon.

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/disney%20scrap%20pages/smallhoneymoon5.jpg (http://www.digishoptalk.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=64504&cat=all&ppuser=3528)

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/disney%20scrap%20pages/smallhoneymoon4.jpg (http://www.digishoptalk.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=64429&cat=all&ppuser=3528)

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/disney%20scrap%20pages/smallhoneymoon3.jpg (http://www.digishoptalk.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=64381&cat=all&ppuser=3528)

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/disney%20scrap%20pages/smallhoneymoon2.jpg (http://www.digishoptalk.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=64031&cat=all&ppuser=3528)

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/disney%20scrap%20pages/smallhoneymoon1.jpg (http://www.digishoptalk.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=64000&cat=all&ppuser=3528)

jenn-
07-22-2009, 12:41 PM
Okay, looks like this is working right. :woohoo: I am going to try to put the pages in trip order but, it may not be perfect.

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/disney%20scrap%20pages/smalldisneydisaster.jpg (http://www.digishoptalk.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=288083&cat=all&ppuser=3528)

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/disney%20scrap%20pages/smallnathandisney1.jpg (http://www.digishoptalk.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=69572&cat=all&ppuser=3528)


http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/disney%20scrap%20pages/smalldisneyflowers.jpg (http://www.digishoptalk.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=136518&cat=all&ppuser=3528)


http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/disney%20scrap%20pages/smallADSR4.jpg (http://www.digishoptalk.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=278770&cat=all&ppuser=3528)

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/disney%20scrap%20pages/smallwilliampirate.jpg (http://www.digishoptalk.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=617740&cat=all&ppuser=3528)

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/disney%20scrap%20pages/smalldisneyfood08part1.jpg (http://www.digishoptalk.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=509091&cat=all&ppuser=3528)


http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/disney%20scrap%20pages/smallfoodandwine08.jpg (http://www.digishoptalk.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=509877&cat=all&ppuser=3528)

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/disney%20scrap%20pages/smallADSR2-DayDream.jpg (http://www.digishoptalk.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=520095&cat=all&ppuser=3528)

That's all my supply I can find right now. I could have sworn I did one of the kids face painting and one of DS3 earning his ears, but I sure can't find them:confused3. This exercise total shows me how many more Disney memories are in need of scrapping. I know what I will be doing soon.

lynn46356
07-23-2009, 04:30 PM
Jenn, these are ADORABLE pages. I'm also a scrapbooker but not digitally but the old fashioned way. Is that a surprise? Not really is it. :rotfl2: I'm sure its a ton easier. I haven't gotten around to making any of my disney pages yet. I've 6 trips behind and soon to be 7. Perhaps I should learn more about the digital method. ;) Keep up the good work and ptr. As always, HAPPY PLANNING!

ljcrochet
07-23-2009, 04:50 PM
Jenn
Great pages! I don't remember see all of them before!

meeko_33785
07-23-2009, 07:41 PM
Your scrapbook pages look great. I especially love the flower page. What a great idea!

mickeysmyboy
07-23-2009, 08:28 PM
Jenn!!!! Your pages are stunning! Holy moly I love them sooooo much! Like I said, I just started getting into digital scrapping! I did our grown ups only trip in March all digitally and loved it! They pages are at the end of the TR that's linked in my siggie! I did them 8x8, printed them out and put them in a regular 8x8 scrapbook. I've also been doing pages of things throughout the year. I'm doing those 8.5 x 11 and am going to put them all in page protectors in a binder with a decorated cover!

Since I started paper scrapping 05 I've always wanted to do a book for each year with pages of different things throughout the year. But it always seemed like a HUGE task! Especially because all my paper scrapping stuff is stored away in bins in a closet and to do anything I first have to set it up and then put it away again! If only I had my own craft room!! Doing it digitally is much easier!!

I just finally finished the paper scrapbook for our January trip and started taking pictures of it to post in my PTR at the request of a Dis friend! Tone in they'll be there soon! ;)

glassslipper2004
07-24-2009, 09:15 AM
Wow, I have never seen or heard of digital scrapbooking before, and it looks amazing! Once you assemble the pages online, do you ever print them out, or do they just live online like a video? Do you have a type of software that you like? I am blown away - lovely work!

jenn-
07-24-2009, 12:02 PM
Wow, I have never seen or heard of digital scrapbooking before, and it looks amazing! Once you assemble the pages online, do you ever print them out, or do they just live online like a video? Do you have a type of software that you like? I am blown away - lovely work!

I used Photoshop CS3 for my scrapbooking program. Many people use Photoshop Elements as well as CS3 is fairly expensive.

Way back when I had very lofty ideas that every 6 pages I would complete I would print them on my 13x19 paper (I could get 6 6x6 on that size). Well that worked for a few weeks. Now I just wait until I get about 100 pages done and for Winkflash to run a special on their photobooks, and I just have them print them in a bound book for me. Can't beat a 100 page book for about $20. I actually need to start putting my next book together soon as I am pretty sure I am almost to that magical 100 page number.

jenn-
07-24-2009, 12:07 PM
Jenn!!!! Your pages are stunning! Holy moly I love them sooooo much! Like I said, I just started getting into digital scrapping! I did our grown ups only trip in March all digitally and loved it! They pages are at the end of the TR that's linked in my siggie! I did them 8x8, printed them out and put them in a regular 8x8 scrapbook. I've also been doing pages of things throughout the year. I'm doing those 8.5 x 11 and am going to put them all in page protectors in a binder with a decorated cover!

Since I started paper scrapping 05 I've always wanted to do a book for each year with pages of different things throughout the year. But it always seemed like a HUGE task! Especially because all my paper scrapping stuff is stored away in bins in a closet and to do anything I first have to set it up and then put it away again! If only I had my own craft room!! Doing it digitally is much easier!!

I just finally finished the paper scrapbook for our January trip and started taking pictures of it to post in my PTR at the request of a Dis friend! Tone in they'll be there soon! ;)

I have all the stuff I need to paper scrap laying around here. I had all these grand ideas in the last month I was pregnant with the twins. Turns out by the time I would get it all out some baby would be awake and I would have to put it all back away. I think I have maybe 5 paper pages I ever completed. Digital to me is just so much easier. I will have to go look for yours on your TR.

jenn-
07-24-2009, 12:08 PM
Your scrapbook pages look great. I especially love the flower page. What a great idea!

Thank you. My family will be walking and realize I have gone AWOL on them just to find me shooting pictures of the flowers.

jenn-
07-24-2009, 12:16 PM
Jenn, these are ADORABLE pages. I'm also a scrapbooker but not digitally but the old fashioned way. Is that a surprise? Not really is it. :rotfl2: I'm sure its a ton easier. I haven't gotten around to making any of my disney pages yet. I've 6 trips behind and soon to be 7. Perhaps I should learn more about the digital method. ;) Keep up the good work and ptr. As always, HAPPY PLANNING!

I definitely love digital scrapbooking. There is nothing to haul out to work on it other than my laptop, and that can go just about any where with me. I really do have a lot of pages to catch up on myself. I just didn't even realize how many I had only done in my head until I posted them here.

Jenn
Great pages! I don't remember see all of them before!

You've seen them, just a really long time ago. My honeymoon pages were some of the first things I posted on DST, but I had been scrapping for about 6 months at that point. Gosh, I was still using DIP way back then. I was surprised to see 2 of my pages without the Mickey brad on them :eek:.

jenn-
07-24-2009, 12:37 PM
To buy or not to buy? That is my question of the day.

In just a few short weeks Disney will be increasing their ticket prices (no that's not official, but they have every other year). As I have a trip planned, it would seem smart to buy my tickets prior to this price increase. When you are buy tickets for 6 people, even a $10 price increase adds up. The duh answer would seem, yes, I should buy, BUT there is another choice for me.

My MIL is retired military and she will be on our trip with us. This year they ran an awesome deal and I could possibly get 4 tickets with her (well maybe 3 if they bring the other grandkid). That means I could get mine and DH's tickets dirt cheap in comparison to right now BUT we don't know what they will run next year at all. The only thing we know for sure is that the current promotion runs until Dec 23rd.

So do I buy them now or wait? DH says buy them now. He wants 10 day non expiring tickets which if you didn't know cost A LOT. That said we still have 1 day left (DH and I at least) from when we bought them in July of '07 (yep, before the price went up), so having them for 2+ trips was really convenient. Even if we do get the special military deal, we would have tickets we could use in the future at this current price. Pro: having tickets for whenever we need them Con: having to keep up with said tickets again. I really think DH is more of a Mousejunkie than I am, he just lets me do all the planning for him. He knows if we have 10 day passes, I will be going back to use them no matter how bad my trip may be for the first part of them.

I know I need at least 1 10 day non expiring kids ticket for the trip in May. I will be getting DD one to use even for just a day so that we can get it exchanged for an adult one when her birthday hits. Even if I never return to Disney (yeah right), I can safely assume DD will some time in her future. I should definitely buy hers soon.

So what would you all do in my place? Gamble that there will be a kick butt military promotion again next year and wait? Or buy the tickets now and hold onto them if we don't use them? :confused3

ljcrochet
07-28-2009, 09:25 PM
So did you decide to get the tickets or wait?

jenn-
07-29-2009, 10:43 AM
So did you decide to get the tickets or wait?

I just can't do it right now. As much as I hate the chance of prices going up, the thought of buying tickets right now doesn't sit well. I think I will have to wait until we get our tax return next year. Maybe I will take that and get us the 10 day non expiring park hopping tickets if they aren't running a military special again. We priced it out and for the 6 tickets we will need it would cost almost $3000 for those options :scared1:. Even split between 2 trips that is still a lot of money to consider all at once. I am actually considering getting 5 day non hoppers for this trip and see if we can manage. Removing the hopper option alone would save us $300. That's enough for 1 full ticket.

ljcrochet
07-29-2009, 11:54 AM
Makes total sense. You know you can also upgrade the tickets when you are there. This way if you skip the hoppers but decide you need them, just pay the $300 when you are there. We did one trip without the hoppers, it wasn't bad. But I love being able to go to Epcot for dinner if I want. Or just hopping over to a different park to see the parade or fireworks.
I have never done the non-expiring tickets but $3000 yikes that is a lot of money for tickets.

jenn-
07-29-2009, 12:27 PM
Makes total sense. You know you can also upgrade the tickets when you are there. This way if you skip the hoppers but decide you need them, just pay the $300 when you are there. We did one trip without the hoppers, it wasn't bad. But I love being able to go to Epcot for dinner if I want. Or just hopping over to a different park to see the parade or fireworks.
I have never done the non-expiring tickets but $3000 yikes that is a lot of money for tickets.

I really am thinking about trying to go without hoppers. DH's major concern is that we wouldn't be able to use the extra evening hours unless we went to that park the whole day. I think he has forgotten what it is like to travel to Disney with young children. There are no super late nights. I will just have to plan our meal according to the park we will be in for the day. Since we go for 5 days, we can do 2 days in Epcot if that's what we decide. I will just have to figure out which resort to eat at on our DHS day, since I don't like any of the restaurant choices there. We will have to be able to make it back for Fantasmic though, since he has expressed interest in seeing it again. Which resorts are closest travel wise from DHS?

ljcrochet
07-29-2009, 03:06 PM
You can try Kouzinna at the boardwalk. It is where Spoodles used to be.

jenn-
08-06-2009, 08:12 PM
Sorry I have been AWOL. Life gets hectic around these parts of the world at this time. For those that don't know, I homeschool :teacher:, so I get to make up my own schedule. Normally we school year round, but this summer has been very lax. We officially started back full force on Monday. Well, actually, care of an unexpected doctor's appointment that cropped up on Monday morning, only DD got to start full force on Monday, the boys had to wait until Tuesday. What's really sad is the doctor's appointment was for her. It was just a check up though, so no excuse for missing work. Anyways here's a picture of the crew on the "first" day of school.

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/resized-IMG_0547.jpg

On top of getting into the swing of things, I have had to expend some crafty juices on school work for them. So far I have done 2 lapbooks, and a mini lapbook. This requires much cutting and pasting on my part, but I hope it will keep the information DD learns a little more confined. The mini book is actually an activity center for DS3 so he doesn't drive me up the wall wanting his share of attention. I got the templates for the activity one from Lapbooks By Carisa (http://lapbooksbycarisa.homestead.com/TotBooks.html). Even better it was totally free except paper and half a manila folder. Here is my "baby" playing with it.
http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/Crafts/resized-IMG_0557.jpg
http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/Crafts/resized-IMG_0563.jpg
http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/Crafts/resized-IMG_0565.jpg
http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/Crafts/resized-IMG_0567.jpg
http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/Crafts/resized-IMG_0570.jpg
http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/Crafts/resized-IMG_0572.jpg
http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/Crafts/resized-IMG_0574.jpg

My next Disney related craft is going to be making something similar for him with Disney characters. I have it all planned out in my head. I just have to find the time and the clip art to go along with it. Between school, dentist and eye doctor appointments, speech starting up again, and gymnastics twice a week, it might be a while.

So that this post can actually be Disney related in some form or fashion, I do have my latest t-shirt creations to share. I actually finished these a week or so ago, but as I said, it's been kinda hectic around here. I still haven't learned my lesson that simple is sometimes better, and I am not totally thrilled with how the shirts came out, but DD loves her's and that's what really matters. Well that and the fact that I think DD now has enough tie dyed shirts to go on her cruise with Grandma and wear a different one each day, which my MIL will just love me for :lmao: . The green and blue are mine, the pink is her's.
http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/Crafts/resized-IMG_0507.jpg
http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/Crafts/resized-IMG_0510.jpg (should have just gone with a basic Mickey head)
http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/Crafts/resized-IMG_0516.jpg
http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/Crafts/resized-IMG_0515.jpg
http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/Crafts/resized-IMG_0512.jpg
http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/Crafts/resized-IMG_0511.jpg

My lesson from this dye batch is K.I.S.S. I tried going to fancy again. I don't think there will be any more Disney themed shirts coming from me, but I do have a tie dye party at the end of the month with a group of homeschoolers :woohoo:. I made it sound like so much fun, everyone is excited to try (minus the tedious Mickey head). That's it for now. Hope everyone is having a great week.

jenn-
08-09-2009, 10:47 PM
So I have a friend, a really, really good friend who has a daughter, a really sweet daughter, who had a song stuck in her little sweet head so she sang it for her mother. Her mother got the song stuck in her head and shared it with me. I passed it along and got it stuck in daughter's head, cause I'm just that nice. :rotfl: Then I got inspired and said "I've gotta scrap that song!" Here is what came of the song that keeps popping into my head. Credits for the page. (http://www.digishoptalk.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=732227&cat=all&ppuser=3528)

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/jenn-kiewit/smallbeautifultomorrow.jpg

ljcrochet
08-10-2009, 03:24 PM
Great layout but now the song is back in my head.

mickeysmyboy
08-10-2009, 09:28 PM
Very, very cool shirts! I love them!

Also very cool scrap layout! Now the song is in my head too!

jenn-
08-12-2009, 03:48 PM
ACK! Have you seen this thread? (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2255390) I thought I had until February to figure out where I wanted to eat this go around, but now I only have until November! That's like 3 months away! This totally changes EVERYTHING! Now I get to join in the people wondering when they will be releasing my park hours so I can appropriately schedule my dining options. I have 3 months to convince the ILs on the dining plan and figure out where everyone wants to eat. EEK!

ljcrochet
08-12-2009, 03:51 PM
I can't wait to hear about where you decide to eat.