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MadilynnsMomma
07-26-2009, 04:15 PM
Oh Come All Ye (Dis)Faithful! Join me as I plan and re-plan our first family trip to the Happiest Place on Earth :cloud9: during the Most Wonderful Time of the Year :santa:!

That's right folks, I have convinced (read: forced, maybe...) my DF to spend a week in Disney in December!

TRIP DETAILS (as they stand as of 7/26/09... more to follow, I'm sure)
Depart Boston on Sunday, December 6, 2009
Arrive Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort :beach:

Depart Orlando on Friday, December 11, 2009 :sad:

Like I said, follow me on this journey of planning and re-planning the trip of my (read: our) dreams!

...up next, our Darling Cast of Characters!


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Here is a rough table of contents, there are a few other good bits thrown in that I did not include, but these'll get you "up to Snuff"

Cast of Characters (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32889122&postcount=4)
OT - Madi's Birthday Intro (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32920807&postcount=5)
OT - Madi's Birthday Goodies (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32946055&postcount=21)
OT - Mickey Head Invites, How-To (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33031240&postcount=28)
Dining - Take 1! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33043373&postcount=33)
The Should We/Shouldn't We/Must Do/Don't Do List (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33289054&postcount=69)
Plans & Pre-ADR-Day ADR's (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33431087&postcount=123)
ADR Success! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33475148&postcount=143)
Madi's Gear - Take 1! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33514532&postcount=172)
Wishes Dessert Party (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33624935&postcount=205)
MINI-TR - Christmas Carol Train Tour (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33757750&postcount=244)
Stroller Drama - Take 1! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33810202&postcount=269)
Naptime in Disney - Advice needed! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33819606&postcount=275)
Our Countdown Calendar (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33853740&postcount=288)
Stroller Drama Revisited (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34007489&postcount=352)
The List of Lists! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34219264&postcount=450)
Goodies we're taking with us! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34249098&postcount=467)
Day One, tentative... (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34308525&postcount=490)
Day Two, toned down (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34368938&postcount=506)
Day Three, with a Day One edit (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34408804&postcount=523)
Days 4, 5 & 6 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34470008&postcount=539)

Trip "Review" Links:
Day One - Travel (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35522061&postcount=591)
Day One - CBR (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35522061&postcount=592)
Day One - DHS (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35522061&postcount=593)

KGH
07-26-2009, 06:13 PM
YAY! :) :) :) :santa:

deslynnpatterson
07-26-2009, 09:11 PM
i cant wait to read more:) i bet going in dec will be beautiful!!! you are going to have to let us know how the crowds are the week that you go....i am going in sept but would always like to go around the holidays just once to experience it:)

MadilynnsMomma
07-27-2009, 12:25 AM
YAY! Two readers! I am in business!!! Come one, come all and meet our delightful cast of characters that will be tagging along for this Merry retreat!

CAST OF CHARACTERS:
ME! JEN, 25
I guess you could say I'm your average Dis-obsessed girl, that has sadly only seen "The World" once! Before bumping into DF after years of being apart (more on that later...), I slaved away working 3 jobs and raking in the dough (dough that raked itself over to the local bars... oh to be dumb again :headache: - NOT!), one of those jobs was working as a private nanny for a lovely couple with three beautiful Guatemalan babies! I think it was about September, maybe October, and the mom asked me if I'd like to join them on a trip to Disney [I'm wondering if I am rambling and getting off topic, but then I remembered - this is my report, I get to make the rules!]. Now I was 22 at the time and I had never been to Disney, I guess growing up in the household I did there was never money to plan a "real" vacation (my parents were divorced when I was 8 and I have two older siblings - and for the record, one younger sister who came in to play when I was 15). So heck yes I jumped on that invite! Room, food & airfare would be covered, all I had to worry about was the souvenirs I would bring home :banana: ! So, that was then and this is now... I am a stay-at-home-mom to my favorite girl in the world (most days...) and I also care for a few kids in my home. I am a tv junkie that needs an intervention. I should really read more, but there is just so much good trash on tv, that I can not seem to pull myself away! So, in a nutshell, that's me :goodvibes

DF, SHAMUS, 28
Shamus and I knew each other in middle school up through high school. We hung out here and there, but nothing was ever more than "just friends." Then after he graduated high school he decided that the Army was his next choice. I remember the day before he left we were hanging out at a local gas station ('cause that's where cool kids hang out, ya know!) and he went in and bought me a single rose - you know the ones, they're wrapped in cellophane, usually cost $1.99 and die within 24 hours! I do not recall the conversation that went along with the rose, but I remember there being a "sparked" kiss and maybe some tears as he was off to boot camp [I saved that rose for a long time, still wrapped in the cellophane - dried of course - but then one day I thought I could make some potpourri out of it - bad idea - wish I still had it today!]. Now, if you're following along and doing the math, he graduated in 1999... errr 2000... no 1999... :rolleyes: Yes! 1999, so he was pre-9/11 and knowing someone was going off to the Army wasn't the worry that it is today, but was a worry none the less. So off he goes and off I go - to Nebraska, my mom had gotten re-married and had just had a baby girl (I decided that I wanted to be the full-time sister, not someone she saw here and there). [I know this is supposed to be about Shamus, but follow me and my scatter brain...] So I lived in Nebraska until my little sister, Casey turned 5 and then I decided I needed to be "home" - so I packed it up and headed back to The Cape (Cape Cod, Mass) [there is a LOOOOOOONG story that goes along with this decision to come home that I will save for a fill in entry along the way]. Shamus returned from the Army after serving 2 years of active duty in South Korea - a week before September 11th. He still remembers his mom calling him and telling him to turn on the news. He (and I) thanks his lucky stars that somehow, he avoided being called back. So, he's back and it's 2006 and he's dating this girl :sick: (lol - not me!) - she decides she's moving to California and he doesn't want to go with her. Long story short, a few months later his friends take him out for a night on the town and I just so happened to be enjoying a night on the town myself (remember that money that raked itself away, I guess there is an upside to every story :) ). I came out of the bathroom and see his two friends, people we had gone to school with, and then I turned to see who else was in the booth and there was Shamus - one thing lead to another and 6 months later we're happily in a relationship and I am off to Disney (remember this statement and look for an update in Madi's intro!). Again, that was then and this is now - Shamus works for a great plumbing and heating company doing HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning - I think... the V may be something different...). He's not wild about Disney in general - he really likes that we're going, but he's not about to become a DIS member anytime soon... He's an avid reader and is a true gamer. He's really big on all things Zombie (and the like) - odd couple I know, but hey, I guess in the end we can live like Jack & Sally if we want to :) [YAY! Kelleigh I got my quote in here LOL]

DD, MADILYNN, 2 (in September)
SO, as you can see, Shamus is my DF and Madi our DD. She wasn't planned, but we have no regrets! Shamus and I began dating seriously in August of 2006 and as you recall I was off for a week of being on :cloud9: in early December of 2006. We were young lovers in love and had one last "rendezvous" [let's keep it PG here :)] before I was gone FOREVER (read: 6 days). So I go to Disney, have a great time with the kids (they were 2, 3 & 4) and then return safely to my honey! I went to Disney during the 2nd week of December and a few days after I returned my mom and little sister flew out for Christmas. Since they were flying here for Christmas it meant I had to play :santa: for Casey. I had the "stress" of going to Disney, the stress of executing Christmas and the stresses of working at a youth shelter for court referred teens (:scared:)! Christmas passed and I noticed that my monthly friend hadn't visited me over the holiday as I had anticipated... I wrote it off as stress! A week later I begin to think - maybe this isn't stress... so I took a test :teacher: , then another, and another the next morning - and low and behold pixiedust: we were going to be parents! After a visit to confirm it with blood work from my doctor, it seems Madi is my "Night Before Disney" souvenir! Once more - that was then and this is now [I really like the way this has flowed together in my own crazy weaving] - Madi is my beautiful baby girl most days, and other days she's my monster-beast! She was 10 pounds when she was born and has always been a tall girl. She is currently 35 inches (wish me - and her - luck that she can gain 3 more inches before December so she can ride Kali River Rapids!) - but I'll be updating this in about a month when we go for her 2 year old well child check up. Right now she is a rough and tough little girl who runs this house and knows it! She loves all things Disney, I swear I didn't force it on her - what's not to love! She's a big fan of the Hot Dog dance on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and her all time favorite movie is Enchanted! She's a princess in pirates clothing is the best way to describe her!

So, there's the skinny on me and my "little family!" I am a little cautious to post Madi's picture (anywhere, really) so this PTR will be picture free - for now! I hope you all enjoyed "meeting" us and are looking forward to the next installment. Maybe a little more back story on me, maybe an intro to Madi's birthday plans, or maybe something totally different... stick around, you never know what's gonna come out next!

MadilynnsMomma
07-28-2009, 10:11 PM
My little baby is going to be turning 2 on the 6th of September (the day before I can make my ADR's!!! :yay:) and since she really can't "voice" the theme she'd like to have, I have decided to have (read: continue to PUSH) a Mickey & Minnie theme! Madi is a big fan of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and I really feel the need to pump her up or add some hype to our BIG trip to see THE mouse! To add a little twist I have decided to go with Classic Mickey as opposed to today's Mickey.

Here's what I've acquired so far: [PICTURES TO BE POSTED TOMORROW]
- Super cute mini tin lunch boxes with Classic Mickey on them in 3 styles
- Mickey ear candle holders
- Vintage Mickey & Minnie large cake candle
- Good bag items: Mickey & Friends mini notebooks, tattoos & stickers
- White, black, red & yellow latex balloons
- I am hand making these ADORABLE invites that look like a big Mickey head that I found (read: stole!) from someone selling them on ebay and thought - "heck! I can do that!"

It seems like every time something is too good to be true, it is! I ordered these AMAZING balloons that fit so well with our theme on ebay. The seller was from Canada, which I wasn't really worried about, but after 8 days and no package in my mailbox I sent a message inquiring about delivery time she replied 4 - 10 business days. After 10 days I sent her an email with no response. Another email, again no response. So I had to open a dispute with ebay & paypal. I purchased these on the 29th of June and just today I was given my refund. Honestly, I could care less about the $14 being returned - I REALLY wanted these balloons. So - now for my plea: if anyone can find this balloon anywhere at ANY (reasonable) price, please - Please - PLEASE let me know! I have scoured the internet to the best of my ability and have had no luck :( Here's the link: MICKEY PARTY BALLOON (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=220439083560&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT) I NEED IT!!! :sad:

Okay - vent over, but really if anyone were able to find that balloon I would be eternally grateful! I have also purchased her party dress and after party play outfit. I think that's it, but I will do a double check tomorrow before I post pics (everything is in my DD closet and as you other mom's know, you DON'T go in a sleeping baby's room!)

That's it for tonight folks - catch ya on the flip side!

*Side Note: Over on the December boards I found another Disser going the same time I am and she is from the same place as me. I sent her a PM to ask where abouts on our little man made island she lives and she lives one town over! Then we exchange ages - I'm 25, she's 24 about to be 25. Crazy... not yet! Then we find out we both went to the same school and graduated the same year. Then we exchange names and BOOM! How crazy is that?! Only on The Dis!

LOVEMY3KIDDOS
07-28-2009, 11:18 PM
Hi! We are traveling at the same time!! (Sort-of) We used to vacation on the Cape every year (until we started going to Disney)!! I love it there...so beautiful! Looking forward to hearing all your plans! If you get the chance, come on over and check out my PTR. I just started it tonight, so not too much up yet, but lots to come!

KGH
07-29-2009, 11:45 AM
Great updates! :thumbsup2

You an your DF have such a cute story. :lovestruc Nice usage of the "live like Jack and Sally" line! :rotfl:

I think maybe I'll have a vintage mickey party for my next brithday. If it works for 2, it has to work for 23, right?!?

MadilynnsMomma
07-29-2009, 12:44 PM
Great updates! :thumbsup2

You an your DF have such a cute story. :lovestruc Nice usage of the "live like Jack and Sally" line! :rotfl:

I think maybe I'll have a vintage mickey party for my next brithday. If it works for 2, it has to work for 23, right?!?

Mickey is classy at any age :goodvibes

lauren_elizabeth
07-29-2009, 01:11 PM
Heeeey! We'll be down at Disney during the same time as yall... AND my son, Jake, will be turning 2 years old on September 23! Same age as your Madi! :)

Can't wait to hear all about the rest of your plans!

MadilynnsMomma
07-29-2009, 02:14 PM
Heeeey! We'll be down at Disney during the same time as yall... AND my son, Jake, will be turning 2 years old on September 23! Same age as your Madi! :)

Can't wait to hear all about the rest of your plans!

YAY! Maybe we'll have the luck of being sat together for a character dining while on vaca! Where are you staying?

lauren_elizabeth
07-29-2009, 02:22 PM
YAY! Maybe we'll have the luck of being sat together for a character dining while on vaca! Where are you staying?

We'll be at All-Star Movies this trip. My best friend and her 2 year old son will be with us - and the boys have an obsession with Toy Story these days.

What character meals are yall planning on doing?

LOVEMY3KIDDOS
07-29-2009, 11:40 PM
What's next on the planning agenda??!!! Don't keep us waiting too long!! KGH has you sidetracked with her porn over on her PTR, huh? :rotfl2::rotfl2::rotfl2:

LOVEMY3KIDDOS
07-29-2009, 11:51 PM
We are going to be there almost all the same days as each other!! You arrive 4 days after us and we leave one day before you! Maybe a meet up???

KGH
07-30-2009, 12:16 AM
What's next on the planning agenda??!!! Don't keep us waiting too long!! KGH has you sidetracked with her porn over on her PTR, huh? :rotfl2::rotfl2::rotfl2:

HEY NOW... class-less smut, maybe... but NOT porn. :P

Actually, I'm wondering how many people will see that comment, and check out my PTR because of it. :rotfl::rotfl::rotfl:

MadilynnsMomma
07-30-2009, 07:13 AM
We are going to be there almost all the same days as each other!! You arrive 4 days after us and we leave one day before you! Maybe a meet up???

Did I already ask where you were staying? We'll be at CBR. Once those dang calendars come out we'll have to make some joint-plans!

HEY NOW... class-less smut, maybe... but NOT porn. :P

Actually, I'm wondering how many people will see that comment, and check out my PTR because of it. :rotfl::rotfl::rotfl:

YAY! Shameless plug to go check out your PTR! Do you think I would get booted from the Dis if I posted a Marilyn Monroe-esque pic... showing my ruffle-bum undies? YA... that's how "intense" Alice was! WAIT... I found a PG-13 picture... hold your laughter and remember - this was before I was a mother LOL!





http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d131/TeacherJenny/Holidays/Halloween%202006/8621re2-1.jpg

What you don't see in this picture is the thigh-highs with playing card symbols held up by a garter belt and my ruffley-bum matching panties... you don't see them, but the rest of the free world (read: Main Street Hyannis, MA) had plenty of views at it all... oh why?


Back to MY PTR, we get sidetracked so easily girls! Up next I will def. get those pictures posted today and then we'll discuss the plans and replans of the over all trip... is it naptime yet? And by pictures I mean Madi's birthday stuff - no more smut...

LOVEMY3KIDDOS
07-30-2009, 07:14 AM
HEY NOW... class-less smut, maybe... but NOT porn. :P

Actually, I'm wondering how many people will see that comment, and check out my PTR because of it. :rotfl::rotfl::rotfl:

HAHAHA! It may bring the viewers out in hordes!!!! They wouldn't post though for fear of being labled!!!! :rotfl2::rotfl2:

MadilynnsMomma
07-30-2009, 07:28 AM
HAHAHA! It may bring the viewers out in hordes!!!! They wouldn't post though for fear of being labled!!!! :rotfl2::rotfl2:

HAHAHAHA :rotfl2: "Hi - I found your PTR from MadilynnsMomma - I just came by for the smut. Thanks!" :rotfl2: HAHAHAHA

LOVEMY3KIDDOS
07-30-2009, 07:47 AM
Did I already ask where you were staying? We'll be at CBR. Once those dang calendars come out we'll have to make some joint-plans!

We are going to be doing a split stay. POR til the 7th then AKV til the 10th. Let's do it! I think it would be fun.

YAY! Shameless plug to go check out your PTR! Do you think I would get booted from the Dis if I posted a Marilyn Monroe-esque pic... showing my ruffle-bum undies? YA... that's how "intense" Alice was! WAIT... I found a PG-13 picture... hold your laughter and remember - this was before I was a mother LOL!


http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d131/TeacherJenny/Holidays/Halloween%202006/8621re2-1.jpg

What you don't see in this picture is the thigh-highs with playing card symbols held up by a garter belt and my ruffley-bum matching panties... you don't see them, but the rest of the free world (read: Main Street Hyannis, MA) had plenty of views at it all... oh why?

We all have one of those pics!! The shameful not-so-innocent Halloween costume pic...only mine is only 2 years ago and I had 3 kids!!!

http://i694.photobucket.com/albums/vv306/erinpalys/halloween075.jpg

I'm still being called "Swiss Miss" now!! Slightly embarrassing! So, don't feel bad!


Back to MY PTR, we get sidetracked so easily girls! Up next I will def. get those pictures posted today and then we'll discuss the plans and replans of the over all trip... is it naptime yet? And by pictures I mean Madi's birthday stuff - no more smut...

Ok...back to the PTR...there is busines to conduct here!

KGH
07-30-2009, 01:13 PM
Ok...back to the PTR...there is busines to conduct here!

Not yet there isn't!

I see your Swiss Miss, and I raise you:

Trashy Gretl!


http://i605.photobucket.com/albums/tt135/kgh_photo/disney2008126.jpg

Actually, this costume wasn't even supposed to be trashy... The night before we left for Disney last year, I finally talked DBF into wearing Hansel and Gretl costumes to Mickey's Not So Scary... he's born and raised in Germany, so to see him in liederhosen is just too much. :lmao:

Anyway, we bought the not-trashy version, because, after all, we intended to wear them at disney.

When I opened the costume and tried it on, the night of the party... I realized that one-size-fits-all costumes are NOT designed for really tall girls. Being 5'11'', that costume ended up being WAY to leggy for Disney. I had to wear another skirt under it. :rotfl:


OK, now I PROMISE that is the last questionable photo I will post... and this time I mean it! :laughing:

LOVEMY3KIDDOS
07-30-2009, 01:22 PM
Not yet there isn't!

I see your Swiss Miss, and I raise you:

Trashy Gretl!


http://i605.photobucket.com/albums/tt135/kgh_photo/disney2008126.jpg

Actually, this costume wasn't even supposed to be trashy... The night before we left for Disney last year, I finally talked DBF into wearing Hansel and Gretl costumes to Mickey's Not So Scary... he's born and raised in Germany, so to see him in liederhosen is just too much. :lmao:

Anyway, we bought the not-trashy version, because, after all, we intended to wear them at disney.

When I opened the costume and tried it on, the night of the party... I realized that one-size-fits-all costumes are NOT designed for really tall girls. Being 5'11'', that costume ended up being WAY to leggy for Disney. I had to wear another skirt under it. :rotfl:


OK, now I PROMISE that is the last questionable photo I will post... and this time I mean it! :laughing:

:rotfl2::rotfl2::rotfl2::rotfl2::rotfl2:
OK!!! You got me!!! At least you were TRYING to be PG...I knew what I was doing and did it anyway! :sad2: No kids at the party, though. We sure are smutting up this PTR!!!

MadilynnsMomma
07-30-2009, 01:34 PM
As it stands I have got about a month left before my darling monster-beast turns 2! We (read: I) have decided to have a Classic Mickey/Minnie theme birthday party for her. As promised, here are some pictures of the goodies I've acquired thus far:

Here's the birthday girl in her birthday dress:
(Sorry for the blacked out face. I have an irrational fear that someday I will see a picture of my childs face on... ugh... you get the picture, right. Sorry - for now Madi will be shown with a "Mickey" face)
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d131/TeacherJenny/IMG_1038-1.jpg
I found the dress on ebay for maybe $10, it is in excellent condition and Madi :lovestruc it! The shoes and ears I got at the Disney Store.

I bought these cute capris for her to wear after the party, and just for our trip in general. Another ebay find. Made an offer for $8/free shipping and GOT IT :thumbsup2
CARTER'S Polka Dot Capris (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=280359010000&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT)

Sprinkles for the cupcakes that I will make (probably a dozen or two):
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d131/TeacherJenny/IMG_1137.jpg

These are going to be her little favor boxes. They were a little smaller than anticipated, but we'll put em to use!
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d131/TeacherJenny/IMG_1136.jpg
*The little people person is used to note size*

Vintage candles I found on ebay. I think we'll use the Minnie/Mickey one:
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d131/TeacherJenny/IMG_1138.jpg

The other candles, we'll use two, maybe three of these:
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d131/TeacherJenny/IMG_1139.jpg

Super cute Thank You cards I found at BJ's:
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d131/TeacherJenny/IMG_1140.jpg

Notepad favors (that won't fit in the mini lunch boxes...):
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d131/TeacherJenny/IMG_1141.jpg

Stickers and tattoos to go in the mini lunch boxes:
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d131/TeacherJenny/IMG_1142.jpg

I also ordered these balloons after the "snafu" with the other ebay seller, they're not in yet...
Mickey Mylar Balloons (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=290329833270&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT)

I "borrowed" this design from a seller on ebay and am in the process of recreating. These will be the invites that go out:
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d131/TeacherJenny/0be6_1.jpg

And they will be sent in an envelope made out of this paper:
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d131/TeacherJenny/c5a4_1_b_1273_1_thumb.jpg

You guys will all see the final product when it is said and done. Hopefully before next week! So that is it so far! Oh, I have also envisioned her cake and have put in a deposit to have it made. Try to follow along - close your eyes... err you can't read and close your eyes so, close one eye and read with the other - the cake will be three tiers, but the third tier doesn't count.
- Bottom tier is a 10" double high: Chocolate cake with strawberry or chocolate frosting covered in red fondant with white fondant polka dots
- Between the bottom and middle tier there will be a yellow fondant ribbon
- Middle tier is a 8" double high: Vanilla cake with strawberry frosting covered in the red fondant with the white fondant polka dots
- Top tier is going to be a 6" dome: Vanilla cake with strawberry frosting covered in black fondant and then there will be two ears on it. So it will look like a Mickey Ear Hat and on it in Disney font it will read: Madilynn!

I shopped around for quotes and found a great baker in my area that will do it for $75 - WOOHOO! :woohoo: More than I want to spend on a cake, since I feel I could make it myself, but I am delegating this year and letting go a bit!

So that's the birthday in the works. You guys can count on hearing more about it in the weeks to come! I am glad to have this as a way to help make the 129 days go by a little faster!

Up next we'll talk about our tentative plans, ADR's & other must-sees!

MadilynnsMomma
07-30-2009, 01:37 PM
Thanks guys! I'll be sure to get tons of readers now!

"Hey, head on over to MadilynnsMomma's trip report - it's covered in inappropriate costumes!"

Glad I am able to give you ladies an outlet to share your "gems" :rotfl2:

LOVEMY3KIDDOS
07-30-2009, 01:41 PM
I see in your future......A CAKE! And it is really cute! Sounds great! I love the tins! Do you have the Disney font on your computer! If not, I can tell you where to get it!!

LOVEMY3KIDDOS
07-30-2009, 01:42 PM
Thanks guys! I'll be sure to get tons of readers now!

"Hey, head on over to MadilynnsMomma's trip report - it's covered in inappropriate costumes!"

Glad I am able to give you ladies an outlet to share your "gems" :rotfl2:

Sorry...she made me do it!!!!!:confused3:confused3

MadilynnsMomma
07-30-2009, 01:46 PM
I see in your future......A CAKE! And it is really cute! Sounds great! I love the tins! Do you have the Disney font on your computer! If not, I can tell you where to get it!!

Got it! :thumbsup2

Sorry...she made me do it!!!!!:confused3:confused3

We all need some place to share our "thoughts" - why not here! :rotfl:

KGH
07-31-2009, 10:07 PM
OK, where do I get that dress in big kid size?

That is seriously adorable. :thumbsup2

MadilynnsMomma
08-05-2009, 12:52 PM
OK, where do I get that dress in big kid size?

That is seriously adorable. :thumbsup2

It is direct from The Disney Store, by way of eBay. Maybe you could find a girls 14 and have it altered LOL!

MadilynnsMomma
08-05-2009, 01:12 PM
After spending 2 hours last night cutting out circles the size of CD's and cutting out address labels I am done, done, done - almost - with Madilynn's birthday invites! :cool1: I have fully assembled and "stuffed" 10 of the 20 invitations. Here's some pics of the process.

As you may recall here is my "rip-off" (read: base idea):
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d131/TeacherJenny/0be6_1.jpg

First I cut out 20 five to six inch Mickey Heads:
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d131/TeacherJenny/IMG_1149.jpg

Then I cut out 20 CD sized circles of sticker paper with the party info and attached them to the Mickey Heads:
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d131/TeacherJenny/IMG_1150-dis.jpg

Then I punched two holes in one ear to hold the ribbon for Minnie's bow. I fed the ribbon through and then "folded" it under and attached it with a sticky dot:
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d131/TeacherJenny/IMG_1151.jpg

Next I attached a button between the bow:
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d131/TeacherJenny/IMG_1153.jpg

Up next, the envelope. I used a 12x12 piece of scrapbook paper and folded it like this:
Step 1: Bring one corner in
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d131/TeacherJenny/IMG_1154.jpg

Step 2: Bring the opposite corner in
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d131/TeacherJenny/IMG_1155.jpg

Step 3: Bring the "bottom" up & insert the invite
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d131/TeacherJenny/IMG_1157.jpg

Step 4: Fold down the top and seal it with tape. Flip it over and adhere address and shipping labels
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d131/TeacherJenny/IMG_1158-dis.jpg

And the final invite looks like this:
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d131/TeacherJenny/IMG_1160.jpg



I am really proud of the way these came out and can not wait to have this party. Hopefully everything else falls in to place just right ;)



*Up next: A look inside my ADR's...

LOVEMY3KIDDOS
08-05-2009, 01:36 PM
They came out really cute!!! Only a few weeks until the party then...less than 90 days to the world!!!! :cool1::banana::dance3:

MadilynnsMomma
08-05-2009, 01:39 PM
They came out really cute!!! Only a few weeks until the party then...less than 90 days to the world!!!! :cool1::banana::dance3:

The day after the party is my ADR day!!! :cool1::dance3::cool1:

KGH
08-05-2009, 06:46 PM
And the final invite looks like this:
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d131/TeacherJenny/IMG_1160.jpg

*Up next: A look inside my ADR's...
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Those invites are amazing, great job!!! Can't wait to hear about these ADRs!!!

MadilynnsMomma
08-06-2009, 08:58 AM
Those invites are amazing, great job!!! Can't wait to hear about these ADRs!!!

Thanks! After all my hard work the post office will not accept the envelopes as is and said I need to put them in a large plain envelope and pay double postage! This has become an expensive project!

MadilynnsMomma
08-06-2009, 09:17 AM
I was lurking on the December 2009 Code Watch board since for quite some time and kept reading about these lucky dogs getting a Free Dining Pin Code. I wanted so bad for me to be one of those lucky dogs... but I kept reading of others. Then on July 1st I almost jumped out of my skin! Could it be?! An email from Disney Destinations...
IT WAS!!! :cool1::banana:FREE DINING:banana::cool1:
Our original trip was booked with AAA and we were paying OOP for the basic dining plan. Then the email came and I discussed it with Shamus and we decided - Why the heck not! So now we are booked with the discounted Deluxe Dining Plan, which translates in to LOTS of playing around with restaurants! Now, I have only been to Disney once :eek: (I know, I know) and the only places I remember eating are:
- Crystal Palace
- 50's Primetime
- Olivia's @ OKW
- Nine Dragons

We may have eaten at other places, but these ones stick out. So I did what any good Disser would do - I scoured the boards, read reviews and checked out the menus at allears.net. We will be there for 5 nights, so we have 15 meal credits each for the duration of our stay. Without further ado, here is our outline of feasting:
***DISCLAIMER: Since we don't know what days have evening EMH (which I fully intend to take advantage of - a much heated debate here on the DIS, I know!) I can not set in stone which park day will fall on which day of our vacation

Arrival Day (should be all checked in by 1PM) - This is a Sunday
* Lunch: open (Maybe somewhere in DTD)
* Dinner: Cinderella's Gala Feast @ Grand Floridian (1 credit)

Magic KIngdom Day
* Breakfast: 'Ohana @ The Poly (1 credit)
* Lunch: open
* Dinner: Mickey's Backyard BBQ (2 credits) <--- not sold on this yet, but I think Shamus is...

Animal Kingdom Day
* Breakfast: Tusker House (1 credit)
* Lunch: Picnic in the Park (OOP?)
* Dinner: Yak & Yeti (1 credit)

Epcot Day
* Breakfast: Akershus (1 credit)
* Lunch: Coral Reef (1 credit)
* Dinner: Teppan Edo (1 credit) <--- not solid on this yet... suggestions?

Hollywood Studios Day
* Breakfast: Supercalifragilistic Breakfast @ Grand Floridian (1 credit)
* Lunch: open
* Dinner: Sci-Fi Dine-in Theater (1 credit)

Departure Day :sad1: (need to be to MCO by 3 or 4PM) - This is a Friday
* Breakfast: Chef Mickey's (1 credit)
* Lunch: open


Well, there you have it! I am open to suggestions & critiquing!


Up Next... more discussion about food - pending audience participation from this post!

LOVEMY3KIDDOS
08-06-2009, 11:52 AM
The Garden Grill in Epcot is really good for dinner and has Mickey, Pluto, Chip and Dale in farmer gear!

MadilynnsMomma
08-06-2009, 03:18 PM
The Garden Grill in Epcot is really good for dinner and has Mickey, Pluto, Chip and Dale in farmer gear!

Thanks, I'll check it out on allears.net

Also


4 MONTHS TODAY!!!

MadilynnsMomma
08-08-2009, 11:25 PM
I was talking to a friend about my disdain for the local post office and she told me that they think they rule the USPS world and she suggested I go to a different post office.

Done and done!!! :thumbsup2

So, yesterday I went to this little hole-in-the-wall, super-mini, tired excuse of a post office and low and behold, DUN-DA-DA-DAAAAA! I handed my homemade square envelope to the post master and asked:
- "how much to send this?"
He took it, set it on the scale and said
- "eighty-eight cents."
Me: and it can be sent as is?
Him: yep, you'll just need two stamps.

Done and done!!! :thumbsup2

Today I received my first RSVP, so off they went without a glitch! WOOHOO!!! :cool1:


Tomorrow we'll get back to the PTR and discuss: To Party, or not to Party, that is the question!

LOVEMY3KIDDOS
08-11-2009, 07:24 AM
Isn't it awesome to see the ticker saying under 4 months??!! Each time it goes down a month, I feel like it's a milestone! Getting really excited...school starts here in 20 days and it will all go quick from there. Only a little more than 100 days now!

MadilynnsMomma
08-11-2009, 01:26 PM
Isn't it awesome to see the ticker saying under 4 months??!! Each time it goes down a month, I feel like it's a milestone! Getting really excited...school starts here in 20 days and it will all go quick from there. Only a little more than 100 days now!

:thumbsup2 for being under 4 months! When did you start your ticker? I have been watching this sucker tick away for over 4 months!!! I also have a daily countdown on my Myspace and I get so excited when I get to a "10" and then the next day is even more exciting when the number in the tens place changes to a x9! Ohh COME ON DECEMBER!!!!

I've got Madilynn's birthday keeping me occupied, that'll tide me over until I can make ADR's, then the last 90 days are

going

to

take

for

EVER :sad2:

LOVEMY3KIDDOS
08-11-2009, 02:42 PM
:thumbsup2 for being under 4 months! When did you start your ticker? I have been watching this sucker tick away for over 4 months!!! I also have a daily countdown on my Myspace and I get so excited when I get to a "10" and then the next day is even more exciting when the number in the tens place changes to a x9! Ohh COME ON DECEMBER!!!!

I've got Madilynn's birthday keeping me occupied, that'll tide me over until I can make ADR's, then the last 90 days are

going

to

take

for

EVER :sad2:

I only started mine like a month and a half ago. Our kids start school on the 31st, so getting ready for that will keep me busy. Then, three days after that, I can do my ADR's. I think the 90 days will go kinda quick because I will have to be getting ready for Christmas since we will be away for ten days in the beginning of Dec!! So, I will have to be done early with what I would normakky be doing then. I am going to try to have all of Christmas done except for the tree by the time we leave. So, that's a lot of work. I figure I'll be busy enough unpacking and doing laundry, pictures, scrapbook, trip report, etc. when I get back that I won't have time for Christmas!!:rolleyes1

KGH
08-13-2009, 08:35 PM
I only started mine like a month and a half ago. Our kids start school on the 31st, so getting ready for that will keep me busy. Then, three days after that, I can do my ADR's. I think the 90 days will go kinda quick because I will have to be getting ready for Christmas since we will be away for ten days in the beginning of Dec!! So, I will have to be done early with what I would normakky be doing then. I am going to try to have all of Christmas done except for the tree by the time we leave. So, that's a lot of work. I figure I'll be busy enough unpacking and doing laundry, pictures, scrapbook, trip report, etc. when I get back that I won't have time for Christmas!!:rolleyes1

See, now, I am bitter about this ticker situation. When my trip was scheduled for September, it was booked as bounceback, so I had a ticker going from back last October, and it was SO far along...

Had to start over at square one for this December trip. :headache:

MadilynnsMomma
08-13-2009, 09:17 PM
See, now, I am bitter about this ticker situation. When my trip was scheduled for September, it was booked as bounceback, so I had a ticker going from back last October, and it was SO far along...

Had to start over at square one for this December trip. :headache:

Regardless of where our sliders are on our tickers - we will all be there SO soon!

LOVEMY3KIDDOS
08-13-2009, 09:41 PM
Regardless of where our sliders are on our tickers - we will all be there SO soon!

LOL That's kinda funny...I was playing around with mine a couple of weeks after I started mine and it went back to the beginning too. So I started over, just not that long!:sad2:

mariezp
08-13-2009, 11:59 PM
MadilynnsMomma, I figured since you dropped by my pre-trip report I should return the favor and see what's happening over here with yours! Off to a great start so far. Love the birthday goodies. They are too cute. What a wonderful way to help pass the time while you wait for December to get here.

I got a new ticker a couple days ago too. Mine also started all over. Either way it is still good to be down to 3 months. Almost ADR time!

longing2Batdisney
08-18-2009, 03:13 PM
Hey! Jen
subbing in...since we keep crossing paths...all caught up!!!
I love your invites you did a wonderful job!! DS3 had a Mickey Mouse clubhouse/surf party for his b-day this year! Nothing spectacular but fun fun all the same!!!
I like your agenda so far; we have not been big on dining at WDW (we eat on a budget--next year we plan to go on the DDP) I have heard wonderful things and seen awesome pics of the Italian resturant in Italy. DD21 & DDbf ate at Japan in May and said it was OK!

can't wait to hear how the crowd levels will be and what you think of the resort ya'll chose (CBR)!
looking forward to follow along!!
Connie

LOVEMY3KIDDOS
08-20-2009, 10:36 AM
It's almost birthday time! You know what that means??!! It's almost ADR time!

MadilynnsMomma
08-20-2009, 01:27 PM
So, clearly I have been slacking at my PTR and I apologize :rolleyes1 to my dedicated followers :laughing:!

MadilynnsMomma, I figured since you dropped by my pre-trip report I should return the favor and see what's happening over here with yours! Off to a great start so far. Love the birthday goodies. They are too cute. What a wonderful way to help pass the time while you wait for December to get here.

I got a new ticker a couple days ago too. Mine also started all over. Either way it is still good to be down to 3 months. Almost ADR time!

Thanks for coming over!

We met with the cake lady last weekend and she laughed at me and told me that I came more prepared than most brides! I came with a sketch of the cake I was envisioning and multiple fonts to chose from for the font on the Mickey hat (we went with traditional Walt Disney font)! Also, I just put in an order to Oriental Trading, so more goodies are on their way for the birthday fun!

Hey! Jen
subbing in...since we keep crossing paths...all caught up!!!
I love your invites you did a wonderful job!! DS3 had a Mickey Mouse clubhouse/surf party for his b-day this year! Nothing spectacular but fun fun all the same!!!
I like your agenda so far; we have not been big on dining at WDW (we eat on a budget--next year we plan to go on the DDP) I have heard wonderful things and seen awesome pics of the Italian resturant in Italy. DD21 & DDbf ate at Japan in May and said it was OK!

can't wait to hear how the crowd levels will be and what you think of the resort ya'll chose (CBR)!
looking forward to follow along!!
Connie

Thanks for coming over! The family I went with in 2006 was on the dining plan and when I told her we were going this year she told me it was a must to be on! DH and I are big foodies, so I think we'll be glad we went this route!

It's almost birthday time! You know what that means??!! It's almost ADR time!

August is more than half over!!! :cool1::banana::yay::woohoo::dance3::worship:

shellywalker
08-20-2009, 01:47 PM
Love love love your report!!!

I'll probably be stealing your Mickey head idea for DS's 2nd Birthday Party :rolleyes1

MadilynnsMomma
08-21-2009, 01:06 AM
Love love love your report!!!

I'll probably be stealing your Mickey head idea for DS's 2nd Birthday Party :rolleyes1

They were A LOT of work - just a heads up!

shellywalker
08-21-2009, 09:43 AM
They were A LOT of work - just a heads up!

I'm an avid card maker ( I actually sell Stampin' UP!) and scrapbooker...so I'm all about lots of work! I handmade all of our wedding invitations and the kids birthday invitations thus far! It's such a super cute idea!!! Can you tell me how to get the Disney font? I finished our countdown calendar this morning...except I need a title :flower3:

MadilynnsMomma
08-21-2009, 01:21 PM
I'm an avid card maker ( I actually sell Stampin' UP!) and scrapbooker...so I'm all about lots of work! I handmade all of our wedding invitations and the kids birthday invitations thus far! It's such a super cute idea!!! Can you tell me how to get the Disney font? I finished our countdown calendar this morning...except I need a title :flower3:

I too am an avid scrapper, but making these was tedious work... they were a big step up from the invites we made her last year though!

Here's a good link for fonts: I LOVE DISNEY (http://i-love-disney.com/downloads/disney-cartoon-fonts/)

There is A LOT to check out on this site - so enjoy :)!

shellywalker
08-21-2009, 01:34 PM
I too am an avid scrapper, but making these was tedious work... they were a big step up from the invites we made her last year though!

Here's a good link for fonts: I LOVE DISNEY (http://i-love-disney.com/downloads/disney-cartoon-fonts/)

There is A LOT to check out on this site - so enjoy :)!

OH MY WORD! Well, if you find me missing from the DIS, it's because I'm on that website :lmao:

MadilynnsMomma
08-21-2009, 02:00 PM
OH MY WORD! Well, if you find me missing from the DIS, it's because I'm on that website :lmao:

We'll be sure to put out and ALL POINTS BULLETIN! :rotfl2:

longing2Batdisney
08-21-2009, 02:32 PM
OH MY WORD! Well, if you find me missing from the DIS, it's because I'm on that website :lmao:

We'll be sure to put out and ALL POINTS BULLETIN! :rotfl2:

I'm really curious!:confused3 I was thinking of making my own t-shirts and pillowcase as christmas gifts. but, I'm already addicted to this and if its that good and takes up that much of your :surfweb: time maybe I shouldn't:rotfl:

will have to check it out tonight!!:woohoo:

shellywalker
08-21-2009, 04:34 PM
Okay, so after I went to that website...the fonts worked. Now I went back into word to actually make something with them and some of them don't work :scared1: Do you know what I might be doing wrong???

DisneysRedhead
08-21-2009, 04:48 PM
Oh my gosh! Those invitations are so cute it makes me wish I had a child so I had an excuse to make such things :cutie:

MadilynnsMomma
08-21-2009, 11:18 PM
Okay, so after I went to that website...the fonts worked. Now I went back into word to actually make something with them and some of them don't work :scared1: Do you know what I might be doing wrong???

Did you put the downloaded fonts in your Fonts file folder in you Control Panel file folder? I am semi-computer dumbed down... I cheated and used google. Found ya this: Font Help (http://desktoppub.about.com/cs/fonts/f/install_fonts.htm)

HTH!

MadilynnsMomma
08-21-2009, 11:19 PM
Oh my gosh! Those invitations are so cute it makes me wish I had a child so I had an excuse to make such things :cutie:

All in due time, I'm sure (judging by your countdown to Honeymoon!) :goodvibes

DisneysRedhead
08-22-2009, 12:00 AM
All in due time, I'm sure (judging by your countdown to Honeymoon!) :goodvibes

Haha, don't tell my fiance that! I mentioned maternity insurance the other day and he had a deer in headlights look!

LOVEMY3KIDDOS
08-22-2009, 11:44 AM
I'm an avid card maker ( I actually sell Stampin' UP!) and scrapbooker...so I'm all about lots of work! I handmade all of our wedding invitations and the kids birthday invitations thus far! It's such a super cute idea!!! Can you tell me how to get the Disney font? I finished our countdown calendar this morning...except I need a title :flower3:

Here's another website that offers a pretty user-friendly basic Disney font: dafont.com. We should all share our scrapbook pages! It may be another fun way to pass the time til vaca!!

shellywalker
08-22-2009, 08:21 PM
Here's another website that offers a pretty user-friendly basic Disney font: dafont.com. We should all share our scrapbook pages! It may be another fun way to pass the time til vaca!!

Ohhhh I love this idea a lot!!! I'm only on Day 3 (19 pages:scared1:) of an 11 day disney vaca! I better getting movin'!

shellywalker
08-22-2009, 08:22 PM
Haha, don't tell my fiance that! I mentioned maternity insurance the other day and he had a deer in headlights look!

Oh how I'm glad to know that's not just my DH :lmao:

shellywalker
08-22-2009, 08:33 PM
Did you put the downloaded fonts in your Fonts file folder in you Control Panel file folder? I am semi-computer dumbed down... I cheated and used google. Found ya this: Font Help (http://desktoppub.about.com/cs/fonts/f/install_fonts.htm)

HTH!

My goodness! Thank you so much!!! They are installed and ready to go!!!

MadilynnsMomma
08-22-2009, 11:40 PM
Here's another website that offers a pretty user-friendly basic Disney font: dafont.com. We should all share our scrapbook pages! It may be another fun way to pass the time til vaca!!

Ohhhh I love this idea a lot!!! I'm only on Day 3 (19 pages:scared1:) of an 11 day disney vaca! I better getting movin'!

I love this idea - feel free to semi-hijack my thread and post some pages here :) We've still got 116 days after all!

momto2GAgirls
08-23-2009, 12:21 PM
Hey Jen! Caught your reply to me over in LOVEMY3KIDDOS report and thought I'd come by and see your PTR!

I did a Minnie theme for my DD's 1st bday in July! Now I am trying to come up with a design for older DD's bday cake for our dinner at Park Fare. I know I want it to be Cinderella...

Cannot wait for our trip!!! See ya at the CBR in December!:santa:

MadilynnsMomma
08-23-2009, 03:17 PM
Hey Jen! Caught your reply to me over in LOVEMY3KIDDOS report and thought I'd come by and see your PTR!

I did a Minnie theme for my DD's 1st bday in July! Now I am trying to come up with a design for older DD's bday cake for our dinner at Park Fare. I know I want it to be Cinderella...

Cannot wait for our trip!!! See ya at the CBR in December!:santa:

Thanks for stopping by! I CAN NOT WAIT either!!!

TinkerbellLuvr7
08-24-2009, 11:02 AM
I wanted to say I'm in too!!!

Those invites are the cutest things ever!!!!!! I made something similar to that for the bedroom doors in my apt when I worked at Disney. They do take TONS of time so kudos to you!!!

All the ADRs look great!! Are you planning a late morning or early morning breakfast at Tusker House bc in early Dec, AK will closes by 5 from what I can remember working there so if you were planning B, L, and D there it might be a lot since the park closes at 5 :( unless it's EMH but if your up for a ton of food, I say go for it!!!!

I saw you questioned Teppan Edo. I had never eaten there before I worked at WDW and in the past year and 1/2 of working there, I've eaten there 6+ times and my Ddad has insisted on doing that as our Candlelight meal again this Dec. If you have ever been to the places where they cook in front of you (sorry the name begins with H, so I'm going to butcher it lol), it's similar to that. When I moved back, I went to 2 different Japanese places and they are all similar to Teppan Edo. I say go for it, the steak, chicken, and shrimp are all wonderful!!

I have not done the BBQ but I hear it's not too bad. I've done Hoop Dee Do and Spirit of Aloha and both of those were fab but no characters.

Hope that helps!!

Can't wait for more!!!

MadilynnsMomma
08-24-2009, 01:31 PM
I wanted to say I'm in too!!!

Those invites are the cutest things ever!!!!!! I made something similar to that for the bedroom doors in my apt when I worked at Disney. They do take TONS of time so kudos to you!!!

All the ADRs look great!! Are you planning a late morning or early morning breakfast at Tusker House bc in early Dec, AK will closes by 5 from what I can remember working there so if you were planning B, L, and D there it might be a lot since the park closes at 5 :( unless it's EMH but if your up for a ton of food, I say go for it!!!!

I saw you questioned Teppan Edo. I had never eaten there before I worked at WDW and in the past year and 1/2 of working there, I've eaten there 6+ times and my Ddad has insisted on doing that as our Candlelight meal again this Dec. If you have ever been to the places where they cook in front of you (sorry the name begins with H, so I'm going to butcher it lol), it's similar to that. When I moved back, I went to 2 different Japanese places and they are all similar to Teppan Edo. I say go for it, the steak, chicken, and shrimp are all wonderful!!

I have not done the BBQ but I hear it's not too bad. I've done Hoop Dee Do and Spirit of Aloha and both of those were fab but no characters.

Hope that helps!!

Can't wait for more!!!

Thanks for the kudos on the invites! Next year I will pick something with a little less inensity. (I say that now, but we all know what will happen :lmao:)

I am hoping to either A- hit AK on an evening EMH or B- scratch one meal from our AK day and do MVMCP the day we do AK. COME ONE DECEMBER HOURS!!!

I too am going to butcher the spelling, I'm sure, but I think it is a Hibachi grill... I think we will end up giving it a try. As this is the first trip DF and I have taken were we get say in what we do and where we eat we have chosen the ones we have by pictures, allear.net menus and recommendations from the DIS. When we are there and can see the other restaurants we will keep a list of ones we would like to try next time!

LOVEMY3KIDDOS
08-24-2009, 01:35 PM
Just wanted to stop by and see how you made out with the big storm this weekend?? I saw on our news that they were expecting 20 ft. waves on the Cape!! :scared1: Hope all is well!

MadilynnsMomma
08-24-2009, 02:31 PM
*I had a 6th grade teacher who used to always say that - "Let's Mo Vaughn!" For anyone not in the Red Sox loop, he was a first baseman for the Sox in the 90's.*

Alright, so we have done:
- Cast of Characters
- Details of Madi's birthday
- Shared our CRAZY Disney Costumes (thanks girls :lmao:)
- Shared the goodies I have picked up for Madi's Birthday
- Showed off the Invites
- Discussed our ADR's hopes and dreams
- Every body got excited for being under 4 months!
- Decided to use my PTR as a scrap-share

SO... Let's go a head a MO VAUGHN!

Should We Do This or Should we Do That?
This question has been asked about a 101 things, at least it feels that way.
- Should we do Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party? Yes!
- Should we do the Candlelight Processional? Not this time, Madi's just too young.
- Should we rent a car to get to the airport, take the bus, spend the night before in Boston? This remains unanswered. I did have a friend offer to drive us at 4:00AM :scared1:, but I just can't trust that she'll follow through. We have reserved a rental car that we can pick up at home and then drop off at the airport, this is looking like it will be our least expensive option.
- Should we do Fantasmic? I think I am going to hold off on this one this time around. Again, I just can't see waiting in line for over an hour (even if we did the dining package) to see a show Madi could potentially be scared of.
- and don't get me started on the ADR "Should we/shouldn't we" 's!

Now We Gotta Do This!!!
~Magic Kingdom~
- Wishes
- Dumbo, Teacups, Philharmagic, it's a small world, Cinderella's Carousel,
- Get Madi's hair cut in Magic Kingdom (if anyone doesn't know, if you child gets their first haircut here they get special Mickey Ears that say "My First Haircut" and a certificate! I am so excited for this!!!)
- Mickey's Toon Town
- SpectroMagic
- Dreams Come True Parade

~Epcot~
- Illuminations
- Seas with Nemo
- Passport for Madi to collect signatures/stamps from each country
- Go INSIDE Spaceship Earth (I didn't get to do this when I went in 2006, never knew you could! I thought it was a giant hallow ball!)
- Find the various Santa's from around the world

~Hollywood Studios~
- Osborne Lights
- Honey, I Shrunk The Kids Movie Set
- Playhouse Disney LIVE!
- Block Party Bash

~Animal Kingdom~
- Kali River Rapids (by some act of God, Madi will grow an extra 3 inches between now and Dec so she can get on!)
- Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade
- AK Safari
- Festival of the Lion King

Things We Hope To Do, But Won't Be Too Disappointed If We Don't
~Magic Kingdom~
- Country Bears, Peter Pan, Snow White, Magic Carpets, Pooh,
- Hall of Presidents
- The "Mountains," Pirates & Haunted Mansion are thing DF might like to do (thank you "Baby Swap" Program)

~Epcot~
- Ellen's Adventure
- Maelstrom
- Chinese Acrobats
- Miyuki (candy sculptor in Japan)
- I have read that in Germany you can get a custom blown-glass ornament, I'd like to see/get that
- Turtle Talk with Crush
- Pick your own Oyster/Pearl in Japan

~Hollywood Studios~
- Muppet Vision 3D
- Voyage of the Little Mermaid
- Beauty & The Beast Musical

~Animal Kingdom~
- It's Tough to be a Bug
- Nemo Musical (this is borderline "Must-Do")

~Out of the Parks~
- I'd like to get to Downtown Disney, but not a must!
- We'd like to see the decorations at the various Deluxe resorts & at the campgrounds


***WOOHOO - Just got interrupted by the UPS man!!! My Oriental Trading order just came in, along with Madi's gift from my Mom! :cool1:***

If there is anything that I should add or that I may have left out - please chime in! And soon I will be able to post our day-to-day plan. I'm crossing my fingers that hours are posted promptly on the 1st! Let's hope!


On a side note - we went to an outdoor (seaside) wedding Saturday and I was dumb and forgot my sunscreen :headache:. Now I didn't forget it, like forgot to bring it... I put it on Madi and neglected myself. My back is red, Red, RED :mad:! And today it is so painful and itchy... I just want it to hurry up and peel - this middle stage is what KILLS me! Sorry for griping, but no one is home to complain to, so I turn to you! :laughing:

MadilynnsMomma
08-24-2009, 02:35 PM
Just wanted to stop by and see how you made out with the big storm this weekend?? I saw on our news that they were expecting 20 ft. waves on the Cape!! :scared1: Hope all is well!

Nothing much for us. We got some good rain Saturday night with some wind, but nothing bad! Sadly, a 7 year old girl was swept out to sea by a rouge wave in Maine. She was watching the waves with her family when her, a 12 year old sibling and an adult were swept out. The 12 year old and adult were rescued in time, sadly she was not. We had a wedding Saturday during the afternoon and luckily the rain held off for them :)

MadilynnsMomma
08-24-2009, 02:37 PM
Another MUST DO - I have got to find Goofy dressed as Santa and LAY ONE ON HIM! :love2:

That way my title makes sense! This is my one TRUE goal for the trip :rotfl:

shellywalker
08-24-2009, 04:27 PM
*I had a 6th grade teacher who used to always say that - "Let's Mo Vaughn!" For anyone not in the Red Sox loop, he was a first baseman for the Sox in the 90's.*

Alright, so we have done:
- Cast of Characters
- Details of Madi's birthday
- Shared our CRAZY Disney Costumes (thanks girls :lmao:)
- Shared the goodies I have picked up for Madi's Birthday
- Showed off the Invites
- Discussed our ADR's hopes and dreams
- Every body got excited for being under 4 months!
- Decided to use my PTR as a scrap-share

SO... Let's go a head a MO VAUGHN!

Should We Do This or Should we Do That?
This question has been asked about a 101 things, at least it feels that way.
- Should we do Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party? Yes!
- Should we do the Candlelight Processional? Not this time, Madi's just too young.
- Should we rent a car to get to the airport, take the bus, spend the night before in Boston? This remains unanswered. I did have a friend offer to drive us at 4:00AM :scared1:, but I just can't trust that she'll follow through. We have reserved a rental car that we can pick up at home and then drop off at the airport, this is looking like it will be our least expensive option.
- Should we do Fantasmic? I think I am going to hold off on this one this time around. Again, I just can't see waiting in line for over an hour (even if we did the dining package) to see a show Madi could potentially be scared of.
- and don't get me started on the ADR "Should we/shouldn't we" 's!

Now We Gotta Do This!!!
~Magic Kingdom~
- Wishes
- Dumbo, Teacups, Philharmagic, it's a small world, Cinderella's Carousel,
- Get Madi's hair cut in Magic Kingdom (if anyone doesn't know, if you child gets their first haircut here they get special Mickey Ears that say "My First Haircut" and a certificate! I am so excited for this!!!)
- Mickey's Toon Town
- SpectroMagic
- Dreams Come True Parade

~Epcot~
- Illuminations
- Seas with Nemo
- Passport for Madi to collect signatures/stamps from each country
- Go INSIDE Spaceship Earth (I didn't get to do this when I went in 2006, never knew you could! I thought it was a giant hallow ball!)
- Find the various Santa's from around the world

~Hollywood Studios~
- Osborne Lights
- Honey, I Shrunk The Kids Movie Set
- Playhouse Disney LIVE!
- Block Party Bash

~Animal Kingdom~
- Kali River Rapids (by some act of God, Madi will grow an extra 3 inches between now and Dec so she can get on!)
- Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade
- AK Safari
- Festival of the Lion King

Things We Hope To Do, But Won't Be Too Disappointed If We Don't
~Magic Kingdom~
- Country Bears, Peter Pan, Snow White, Magic Carpets, Pooh,
- Hall of Presidents
- The "Mountains," Pirates & Haunted Mansion are thing DF might like to do (thank you "Baby Swap" Program)

~Epcot~
- Ellen's Adventure
- Maelstrom
- Chinese Acrobats
- Miyuki (candy sculptor in Japan)
- I have read that in Germany you can get a custom blown-glass ornament, I'd like to see/get that
- Turtle Talk with Crush
- Pick your own Oyster/Pearl in Japan

~Hollywood Studios~
- Muppet Vision 3D
- Voyage of the Little Mermaid
- Beauty & The Beast Musical

~Animal Kingdom~
- It's Tough to be a Bug
- Nemo Musical (this is borderline "Must-Do")

~Out of the Parks~
- I'd like to get to Downtown Disney, but not a must!
- We'd like to see the decorations at the various Deluxe resorts & at the campgrounds


***WOOHOO - Just got interrupted by the UPS man!!! My Oriental Trading order just came in, along with Madi's gift from my Mom! :cool1:***

If there is anything that I should add or that I may have left out - please chime in! And soon I will be able to post our day-to-day plan. I'm crossing my fingers that hours are posted promptly on the 1st! Let's hope!


On a side note - we went to an outdoor (seaside) wedding Saturday and I was dumb and forgot my sunscreen :headache:. Now I didn't forget it, like forgot to bring it... I put it on Madi and neglected myself. My back is red, Red, RED :mad:! And today it is so painful and itchy... I just want it to hurry up and peel - this middle stage is what KILLS me! Sorry for griping, but no one is home to complain to, so I turn to you! :laughing:

Your plans look good for a 2 year old! She's going to love Playhouse Disney and seeing Mimmie and Ickey! DS was 9 months old when we saw this and he would not stop dancing :banana:

LOVEMY3KIDDOS
08-24-2009, 10:16 PM
It all looks great! You should be able to get all that done at a nice pace for a little one...not too fast, not too slow! Can't wait to solidify plans with hours! I called again tonight and they said there is still nothing showing in their system for hours yet :sad2: I NEED THE HOURS! Then, when we can nail it all down, we can try to make a meeting plan! :cool1: BTW, glad you were not effected by this weekend's storm. I saw the story about that little girl on Good Morning America. Very sad.

creativeamanda
08-26-2009, 05:01 PM
Over here! Love those birthday invites--they are beautiful!

MadilynnsMomma
08-26-2009, 06:06 PM
Your plans look good for a 2 year old! She's going to love Playhouse Disney and seeing Mimmie and Ickey! DS was 9 months old when we saw this and he would not stop dancing :banana:

I am looking forward to making this a very toddler friendly adventure. I am really going to have to resist the urge to want (or feel the need) to do it all!

It all looks great! You should be able to get all that done at a nice pace for a little one...not too fast, not too slow! Can't wait to solidify plans with hours! I called again tonight and they said there is still nothing showing in their system for hours yet :sad2: I NEED THE HOURS! Then, when we can nail it all down, we can try to make a meeting plan! :cool1: BTW, glad you were not effected by this weekend's storm. I saw the story about that little girl on Good Morning America. Very sad.

Come on December hours!!! Any luck getting the hours from a CM?

Over here! Love those birthday invites--they are beautiful!
Welcome aboard! Thanks! The part is just over a week away - which means I am SOOOOO close to my ADR day!

longing2Batdisney
08-26-2009, 06:16 PM
*I had a 6th grade teacher who used to always say that - "Let's Mo Vaughn!" For anyone not in the Red Sox loop, he was a first baseman for the Sox in the 90's.*

FUNNY HOW THINGS LIKE THAT STICK WITH YOU FOR LIFE!!!!

SO... Let's go a head a MO VAUGHN!

Now We Gotta Do This!!!
~Magic Kingdom~
- Wishes
- Dumbo, Teacups, Philharmagic, it's a small world, Cinderella's Carousel,
- Get Madi's hair cut in Magic Kingdom (if anyone doesn't know, if you child gets their first haircut here they get special Mickey Ears that say "My First Haircut" and a certificate! I am so excited for this!!!)
- Mickey's Toon Town
- SpectroMagic
- Dreams Come True Parade

~Epcot~
- Illuminations
- Seas with Nemo
- Passport for Madi to collect signatures/stamps from each country
- Go INSIDE Spaceship Earth (I didn't get to do this when I went in 2006, never knew you could! I thought it was a giant hallow ball!)
- Find the various Santa's from around the world

~Hollywood Studios~
- Osborne Lights
- Honey, I Shrunk The Kids Movie Set
- Playhouse Disney LIVE!
- Block Party Bash

~Animal Kingdom~
- Kali River Rapids (by some act of God, Madi will grow an extra 3 inches between now and Dec so she can get on!)
- Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade
- AK Safari
- Festival of the Lion King

Things We Hope To Do, But Won't Be Too Disappointed If We Don't
~Magic Kingdom~
- Country Bears, Peter Pan, Snow White, Magic Carpets, Pooh,
- Hall of Presidents
- The "Mountains," Pirates & Haunted Mansion are thing DF might like to do (thank you "Baby Swap" Program)

~Epcot~
- Ellen's Adventure
- Maelstrom
- Chinese Acrobats
- Miyuki (candy sculptor in Japan)
- I have read that in Germany you can get a custom blown-glass ornament, I'd like to see/get that
- Turtle Talk with Crush
- Pick your own Oyster/Pearl in Japan

~Hollywood Studios~
- Muppet Vision 3D
- Voyage of the Little Mermaid
- Beauty & The Beast Musical

~Animal Kingdom~
- It's Tough to be a Bug
- Nemo Musical (this is borderline "Must-Do")

~Out of the Parks~
- I'd like to get to Downtown Disney, but not a must!

Ashton loved the TOY store (so did I :laughing: )
- We'd like to see the decorations at the various Deluxe resorts & at the campgrounds
can't wait to hear you're report on this if you are able to do this!!!!
remember I'm a year behind you!!!!
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On a side note - we went to an outdoor (seaside) wedding Saturday and I was dumb and forgot my sunscreen :headache:. Now I didn't forget it, like forgot to bring it... I put it on Madi and neglected myself. My back is red, Red, RED :mad:! And today it is so painful and itchy... I just want it to hurry up and peel - this middle stage is what KILLS me! Sorry for griping, but no one is home to complain to, so I turn to you! :laughing:
Oh man! I haven't been sunburn in a while but it sure brings up memories! I hate that stage and I always buy a peel to put on when it starts peeling to peel it off quicker!

Ashton loved Pooh we had to do it three times!
if you can and you make the EMH @ HS go do the Playhouse Disney Dance party
Ashton LOVED IT! they have bubbles, characters to dance with, and balloon animals for the kids!!! It was great!

everything looks like a well thought out plan
sorry I"ve been MIA; don't know what happened (how I missed you:confused3 ) I have been on the boards but didn't notice any postings until today!
Have a great one!
:wave:

creativeamanda
08-26-2009, 06:21 PM
You will have to tell all about CBR, as I plan to take dd7 in June for an early bday gift!

MadilynnsMomma
08-26-2009, 10:04 PM
Oh man! I haven't been sunburn in a while but it sure brings up memories! I hate that stage and I always buy a peel to put on when it starts peeling to peel it off quicker!

Ashton loved Pooh we had to do it three times!
if you can and you make the EMH @ HS go do the Playhouse Disney Dance party
Ashton LOVED IT! they have bubbles, characters to dance with, and balloon animals for the kids!!! It was great!

everything looks like a well thought out plan
sorry I"ve been MIA; don't know what happened (how I missed you:confused3 ) I have been on the boards but didn't notice any postings until today!
Have a great one!
:wave:

We are hoping for a few Deluxe Resort ADR's so we'll be sure to check out a couple, I'll have a full report upon our return!

Madi's not big on Winnie the Pooh, so I am curious to see her reaction. And what is this Dance Party? Evening or morning EMH?

You will have to tell all about CBR, as I plan to take dd7 in June for an early bday gift!

I will be sure to come back with pictures and opinions galore!

exwdwcm
08-26-2009, 11:39 PM
hey there- i made it over and have subbed. really loving the r eport so far and WOW on the bday cards, those are awesome. My cousin is an avid card maker and goes on weekend scrap/card retreats. but i just don't have time, although I'd love to do those. I can't wait to see pics of the party, you must post them up afterwards!

okay and i had a big laugh when i saw the trading of 'smutty halloween' costumes. too funny :lmao::rotfl2: we've all been there, huh? so i thought i would contribute mine to the pot too- so you don';t feel so alone! we can all have a good laugh. and i ain't no spring chicken now- i am 35 and heck, i wore tinkerbell just like 4 years ago! What was i thinking??? lol DS would be so embarrassed if he were a bit older. i won't even show him the playboy bunny year. ouch!
http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47b5ce11b3127ccecc29e3b74fe200000010O08RbtHLVi1B7e fCQ/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D550/ry%3D400/

and yet another- little red riding hood this time and my 6'2 best friend! i am 5'9 and look like a midget next to her!
http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47b6ce11b3127ccecf2960aeb40f00000010O08RbtHLVi1B7e fCQ/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D550/ry%3D400/

MadilynnsMomma
08-27-2009, 12:33 PM
exwdwcm - there most certainly will be plenty of birthday pictures to follow!!! And thanks for sharing your "smut" :rotfl2:

longing2Batdisney
08-27-2009, 05:10 PM
the Playhouse Disney Dance Party is in the EMH evening. We happened upon it by chance! we were trying to get the almighty picture with Mickey. Ashton & I had just gone through the animation exhibit and when we walked up the CM turned us down for a picture w/Mickey! :( we were the only ones there and he only had two in front of us...
so another CM heard me complaining on the phone and told me they have characters at the PHDP. But, what she did not know was you can not take posed pictures "Its a DANCE Party"!!! We loved it!!!

MadilynnsMomma
08-29-2009, 11:53 AM
:cool1::cool1::cool1:99 DAYS!!!:cool1::cool1::cool1:

*Be back later for an update...

disneyaddicted
08-29-2009, 04:39 PM
Seriously I cannot believe the commonalities between us.

I too became an older sister at the age of 16, granted my parents adopted the boy, but still it made me a sister.

I didn't reconnect with a long lost love, but I did find my long lost BFF.

I've done Disney in December before and like you had to deal with the rush of Christmas when I got back and a visit from the parents for Christmas and whereas I didn't have to go back to work with court referred teens, My kid was a court referred teen. See the sameness is adding up.

Now I'm no longer the spring Chicken such as yourself, I have 12 years on you, and my babies are 15 and 17, but we still have the Disney thing in common, I will be there the same time as you all. I will look for the Princess child in pirates clothing and the black dot covering her face. lol

I'm enjoying your PTR and will follow it through to the end.

Ty

LOVEMY3KIDDOS
08-31-2009, 12:26 AM
WoooHoooo! Under 100 days!!!!!!!!!!!!

MadilynnsMomma
08-31-2009, 11:07 AM
I'm enjoying your PTR and will follow it through to the end.


Welcome aboard! Isn't funny how we can find so many similarities in our Disney Family Members :rotfl2:

Just subbed to your PTR, be back at nap time to catch up. I probably won't do any update here today, but will tomorrow because the hours WILL be released!

----Now let's get real honest here - how many of you have checked the calendars today? You know, just in case?! :rotfl:

P.S. - if you haven't, you're not missing anything... nothing up - YET!

MadilynnsMomma
08-31-2009, 02:39 PM
LADIES LADIES LADIES!!!

DECEMBER HOURS!!!

click hereDECEMBER PARK HOURS FOR AGENTS!!! (http://www.disneytravelagents.com/StaticFiles/DTA-Domestic/pdf/ParkHours/WDW_Operating_Calendar_Dec.pdf)click here

LOVEMY3KIDDOS
08-31-2009, 02:45 PM
LADIES LADIES LADIES!!!

DECEMBER HOURS!!!

DECEMBER PARK HOURS FOR AGENTS!!! (http://www.disneytravelagents.com/StaticFiles/DTA-Domestic/pdf/ParkHours/WDW_Operating_Calendar_Dec.pdf)

YOU ARE AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How did you get that??? Are you a secret AGENT????

MadilynnsMomma
08-31-2009, 02:49 PM
I wish! I got tired of stalking the disney website for the hours so I searched the DIS and found it :)

TinkerbellLuvr7
08-31-2009, 03:18 PM
yayyyyy!!!!

I don't have all my park hours from last year in front of me but from glancing at it, the look pretty much the same so yay!!!

shellywalker
08-31-2009, 03:36 PM
I wish! I got tired of stalking the disney website for the hours so I searched the DIS and found it :)

AHHH I'm so overwhelmed right now!!!!

MadilynnsMomma
08-31-2009, 04:18 PM
AHHH I'm so overwhelmed right now!!!!

I felt (and still do) the same way - I got them and it was like God had just given me instructions to build an Ark. I just stared :surfweb: and was kind of like - Oh my God... where do I go from here?! :rotfl2:

LOVEMY3KIDDOS
08-31-2009, 04:24 PM
Ok...so next question is...when can we meet up now that we know the hours while we are there??

shellywalker
08-31-2009, 04:24 PM
I felt (and still do) the same way - I got them and it was like God had just given me instructions to build an Ark. I just stared :surfweb: and was kind of like - Oh my God... where do I go from here?! :rotfl2:

That's exactly the feeling! Where do I even start???

longing2Batdisney
08-31-2009, 04:32 PM
Ok! Jen I started to go backwards but I just don't see it.... how did you learn to fix your siggie so that your TR is the words?????:idea:
so happy the Dec hours are out and one other poster mentioned they looked about the same as last year...maybe I can get some ideas veryveryvery EARLY :laughing:

TinkerbellLuvr7
08-31-2009, 06:28 PM
thanks again!! I checked my CM site and the hours are out on the site and I double checked them to your link and they are all correct!!!! I even compared to last years and they are the same so yay for pre-planning and it working!!!!

MagicMomentsMom
08-31-2009, 06:56 PM
YIPPPPPPPPPPPEEEEEEEEEE!:banana::cool1::yay: Thanks for the Dec Hours link! Now the madness begins--when do you make ADR's? My ADR date is thisWed at the crack of dawn

reyasmommy
08-31-2009, 08:51 PM
Hello!

I just found your PTR and am only on the second page, so I have some catching up to do..... Just wanted to comment on your AWESOME Minnie Mouse Invitation! GREAT JOB!!! :thumbsup2 They look amazing, and thinking of that cake is making me super hungry.

Okay, think I'll grab a bite to eat now and head back to page 2 of your ptr! popcorn::

reyasmommy
08-31-2009, 08:58 PM
I'm going to get my DD's 1st haircut at barber shop on Main Street too.... I'm also really excited for this.... Plese let me know how it goes with your little one.

All caught up and ready for more. :surfweb:

disneyaddicted
08-31-2009, 09:00 PM
Welcome aboard! Isn't funny how we can find so many similarities in our Disney Family Members :rotfl2:

Just subbed to your PTR, be back at nap time to catch up. I probably won't do any update here today, but will tomorrow because the hours WILL be released!


Disney Family members. I like that.:hug:

Thanks for posting a link to Dec hours. You rock!

MadilynnsMomma
09-01-2009, 02:41 PM
Ok...so next question is...when can we meet up now that we know the hours while we are there??

You tell me - here's my plan:
Dec 6 - arrive to CBR around noon, evening is open, DTD or a park maybe?
Dec 7 - HS
Dec 8 - EP
Dec 9 - AK
Dec 10 - MK & MVMCP
Dec 11 - open, DTD/Resorts/Park? depart around 4

Let me know if any of these days match yours and we can go from there :)

That's exactly the feeling! Where do I even start???

:cloud9: :confused3 :cloud9: LOL

Ok! Jen I started to go backwards but I just don't see it.... how did you learn to fix your siggie so that your TR is the words?????:idea:
so happy the Dec hours are out and one other poster mentioned they looked about the same as last year...maybe I can get some ideas veryveryvery EARLY :laughing:

When you click the insert link button you paste the link in the window that pops up. Once the link is inserted there is an area highlighted and it is the address again, in that place you can write in the title or anything you want. HTH!

thanks again!! I checked my CM site and the hours are out on the site and I double checked them to your link and they are all correct!!!! I even compared to last years and they are the same so yay for pre-planning and it working!!!!

YAY!!! :cool1:

YIPPPPPPPPPPPEEEEEEEEEE!:banana::cool1::yay: Thanks for the Dec Hours link! Now the madness begins--when do you make ADR's? My ADR date is thisWed at the crack of dawn

I will be up at the crack of dawn on Labor Day - BLAH! And the best part is - the day/night before is my DD 2nd birthday - AHHHH! :scared1:

Hello!

I just found your PTR and am only on the second page, so I have some catching up to do..... Just wanted to comment on your AWESOME Minnie Mouse Invitation! GREAT JOB!!! :thumbsup2 They look amazing, and thinking of that cake is making me super hungry.

I'm going to get my DD's 1st haircut at barber shop on Main Street too.... I'm also really excited for this.... Plese let me know how it goes with your little one.

All caught up and ready for more. :surfweb:

Thanks on the compliment! They were A LOT of work - but well worth it! I am so excited to get Madi's hair cut at the Magic Kingdom! I will def be sure to let everyone know how that goes!!!


Disney Family members. I like that.:hug:

Thanks for posting a link to Dec hours. You rock!

We've all got each other to lean on, that makes us family - a great big Disney Family :hug:

MadilynnsMomma
09-01-2009, 02:43 PM
My crazy, crazy life! I am really hoping to get a chance to get on here and post you some birthday drama updates... but I have been working like a dog! (Note: most dogs don't work... :rolleyes:)

I am going to try my darnedest to get on here tomorrow night after Madi goes down and get you guys back in the loop. Wish me luck! :wizard:

LOVEMY3KIDDOS
09-01-2009, 03:33 PM
Ok...looks like the only day we are really in the same park is on the 9th...AK. Do you want to do that? I am going to TRY to get Tusker House for 8:00 for breakfast and Yak & Yeti for around 1:30 or 2:00 for lunch. Other than that, that's an open day. So, what do you think? If you want to go for those meals / times, we could eat together, or just meet somewhere / sometime in the park. I'm flexible! If you think you want to eat together, let me know because I can make the ADR for all of us on Thursday when I call...that way it is secured!

Guerrero2915
09-01-2009, 04:01 PM
We too are going in Dec. It will be our first trip, and I am incredably excited, and have been getting antsy waiting for the park so I can plan our days, you are awesome!!:banana: While my husbands says he i just paying, not planning our nieces are coming along and the 16yr old is just as excited as me so she will help!!:laughing:
Thanks

MadilynnsMomma
09-01-2009, 04:38 PM
Ok...looks like the only day we are really in the same park is on the 9th...AK. Do you want to do that? I am going to TRY to get Tusker House for 8:00 for breakfast and Yak & Yeti for around 1:30 or 2:00 for lunch. Other than that, that's an open day. So, what do you think? If you want to go for those meals / times, we could eat together, or just meet somewhere / sometime in the park. I'm flexible! If you think you want to eat together, let me know because I can make the ADR for all of us on Thursday when I call...that way it is secured!

YA - I was hoping to do Tusker House that morning too! Add 3 to your ADR - that'd be great! WOOHOO :cool1: ! You wanna know what I just noticed? We both joined the Dis May '09 and now we can have our first Dis meet together!

We too are going in Dec. It will be our first trip, and I am incredably excited, and have been getting antsy waiting for the park so I can plan our days, you are awesome!!:banana: While my husbands says he i just paying, not planning our nieces are coming along and the 16yr old is just as excited as me so she will help!!:laughing:
Thanks

Welcome aboard! Glad I could be of assistance. I probably should have remembered where I got the link and given credit to the poster... but I was too darn excited!!! When in December and where? I wish I had someone to be super excited and want to help plan LOL!!!

Guerrero2915
09-01-2009, 05:20 PM
Welcome aboard! Glad I could be of assistance. I probably should have remembered where I got the link and given credit to the poster... but I was too darn excited!!! When in December and where? I wish I had someone to be super excited and want to help plan LOL!!!

Thanks! I totally understand your excitement, about a month ago my husband said we could either put a down payment on a new car or go to Disney World, I chose Disney. :rotfl2: But, like I told him we really need thi vacation because it has been a VERY long year. We are going Dec. 27- Jan. 2 We are staying in a Family Suite at All-Star Music, since there are six of us, I figured it was a good way to save some money.

MadilynnsMomma
09-02-2009, 12:52 AM
Thanks! I totally understand your excitement, about a month ago my husband said we could either put a down payment on a new car or go to Disney World, I chose Disney. :rotfl2: But, like I told him we really need thi vacation because it has been a VERY long year. We are going Dec. 27- Jan. 2 We are staying in a Family Suite at All-Star Music, since there are six of us, I figured it was a good way to save some money.

Oh that sounds like it is going to be tons of fun - I'm interested to know about those suites, granted we're a family of 3, I'm still curious! I NEED this trip too - DF and I both have just had such a long year! He's lost some great co-workers to layoffs and we're grateful everyday to still have jobs! COME ON DECEMBER!

shordiebecka
09-02-2009, 10:23 AM
Ok, so I've totally commented on here before and read through things, but I suck at subbing! I'm subbing bow though!

LOVEMY3KIDDOS
09-02-2009, 10:54 AM
YA - I was hoping to do Tusker House that morning too! Add 3 to your ADR - that'd be great! WOOHOO :cool1: ! You wanna know what I just noticed? We both joined the Dis May '09 and now we can have our first Dis meet together!

HAHA! That's pretty funny! DH says our next trip after this is back to the Cape! SO, maybe we will see you there...when we are being tourists!!! Sorry ahead of time! LOL We will be the ones taking ferries to MV and renting bikes and doing whale watches and eating at the Hearth n Kettle! I know that is a chain up there, but we have eaten there every time we have gone and LOVE it!

shellywalker
09-02-2009, 10:57 AM
Ohhhhh I want to hear Birthday Drama!!! I'm still so excited to see pictures from the party this weekend!

MadilynnsMomma
09-02-2009, 11:07 PM
Who knew a 2nd birthday party would become such a royal pain in the butt?! I knew - I knew the minute I met with the cake lady and the voice inside my head was screaming: "YOU'RE HAVING THE CAKE MADE BY SOME STRANGER?" (In her defense, the "cake lady" is a well know baker and had her own shop up until the recession hit - I'm not going to some crazy I found on craigslist!).

The Plan:
We live in a condo and granted our unit is 1100 sq ft, it is just not big enough to accommodate the number of guests that would be attending Madi's birthday, so we opted to rent a local rec building ($40 is NOT bad!). Planning, planning, planning... making some purchases on line... getting the menus set... stuffing goodie bags...

The Glitch:
Friday night I am getting into my PJ's when I look over at the cordless phone base and see the little red light flashing at me... oh, a message! Someone must have called while we were at DF appt this morning. We hardly ever get calls on the home phone, so I hardly check the caller ID or voicemail when we get home. SO, now it is 8:30 PM on Friday night and I am listening to the voicemail: "Hello Jennifer, this is Kim from xxxxxxx Rec Dept. I am calling to let you know that the xxxxxxx Rec Building is currently undergoing some exterior remodeling and will not be available for your date. Please give me a call back so we may try to find you another location or another date." I about fell over! W.T.F?! Panic strikes... and of course now it is Friday night and I am going to have to dwell over this all weekend until the office opens on Monday. I booked this building in JUNE!!! Long story short - I call Monday and Ms Kim can do nothing for me! :scared1:

The Re-Workings:
After I calm down and remind myself that this is a birthday party for my DD and she wouldn't care if we had it in a tent in the middle of nowhere, I decided "eff it" - we'll have it at the house! Last year we had it here, but we spilt it in to 3 parties over the course of the weekend. 1st party: kids party, 2nd party: family party, 3rd party: our friend's without kids - party. We were all exhausted by the end of it all and we vowed to have one party this year. WELL, Kim went and threw a wrench in that one! The invitations had already gone out and 41 RSVP's had come in - calm down - I know that number sounds crazy, but there honestly isn't any one on that list that we wouldn't think of inviting! I provide childcare from my home so just 12/41 are "daycare kids" and their parents/siblings, and then we have our family and friends... So, we've decided to have a kids party in the morning with 19 people and then the rest will come in the evening for a family & friends party.

Oh, Woe is me! That's the drama in a nutshell and quite frankly all I can muster up for tonight. I have been working crazy hours this week and it is catching up with me. I wake up and have a child dropped off at 6:30 AM and then I am babysitting the family I used to nanny for some nights until midnight. One step at a time - more money in to the Disney fund!

exwdwcm
09-02-2009, 11:20 PM
exwdwcm - there most certainly will be plenty of birthday pictures to follow!!! And thanks for sharing your "smut" :rotfl2:lol- anytime!

You tell me - here's my plan:
Dec 6 - arrive to CBR around noon, evening is open, DTD or a park maybe?
Dec 7 - HS
Dec 8 - EP
Dec 9 - AK
Dec 10 - MK & MVMCP
Dec 11 - open, DTD/Resorts/Park? depart around 4

what about a dinner at a resort restaurant on that night to get you in the mood- Chef mickey's or ohana's maybe? we are doing chef mickey's our first night and it is always such a great start to the trip- a ride on the monorail around is fun too. Of course DTD is always a great option and we can't wait to check out the new paradiso 37 for some ice cold beer and interesting food choices!

oh no on the birthday drama, what a complete mess!!! man, i would have been pissed too, but you are right, the kids don't really care about where the party is, in the end, it is about having a good time with friends and family, not the location or gifts or cake or whatever. :)

so did the release of the hours really change your original plans at all? so far, not much to mine, other than switching one dinner around. i was hoping for late MK hours on 12/16, but they close at 8pm instead. ouch!

longing2Batdisney
09-03-2009, 07:01 AM
I'm so happy to hear that you worked out the bday problem! It sounds like a lot of fun!
Everything will fall into place and it will be a great time for Maddi!!! party:
have a great day!
:wave2:

MadilynnsMomma
09-03-2009, 08:53 AM
what about a dinner at a resort restaurant on that night to get you in the mood- Chef mickey's or ohana's maybe? we are doing chef mickey's our first night and it is always such a great start to the trip- a ride on the monorail around is fun too. Of course DTD is always a great option and we can't wait to check out the new paradiso 37 for some ice cold beer and interesting food choices!

so did the release of the hours really change your original plans at all? so far, not much to mine, other than switching one dinner around. i was hoping for late MK hours on 12/16, but they close at 8pm instead. ouch!

Funny you should ask... when the hours came out I swapped HS/MK around. MK is open until 11P on the 7th. HS is open til 11P on the 6th. So the new plan is:
6th: arrive around noon to CBR, hit up DTD, Dinner at Boma (I think... is that the one at the Poly? I don't have my notes right here) and the evening in HS to see Osborne Lights.
7th: MK 9A-11P wiht a nice long retreat to the CBR pool somewhere in the middle
8th: EP 9A-9:30P
9th: AK 9A-8P
10th: HS 9A-8P - but we will leave a little early and hop over to MK for MVMCP
11th: remains open - depart on ME around 4

Tonight is going to be my last free thought before Monday so I plan to iron out the dining and will come back with a report on that tonight or tomorrow. Tonight is another night of midnight babysitting, been up since 6:30 - wish me luck LOL

MadilynnsMomma
09-03-2009, 08:55 AM
I'm so happy to hear that you worked out the bday problem! It sounds like a lot of fun!
Everything will fall into place and it will be a great time for Maddi!!! party:
have a great day!
:wave2:

I just can't wait for the day to be here so I can stop the unnecessary stressing!

LOVEMY3KIDDOS
09-03-2009, 09:14 AM
Geez! Sorry about all the birthday drama! It's hard...all of our kids' birthdays are within 2 weeks of each other. We have one big party! They are end of May to mid-June, so we do it outside, which I think makes for an easier clean up! Anyway, it will all work out n the end! Hope she has a great time!

TinkerbellLuvr7
09-03-2009, 09:22 AM
ya, more money think of it that way, it will keep you going for sure!!!!

shordiebecka
09-03-2009, 09:23 AM
wow! i would have been so angry...good luck with it all, can't wait to hear gow it goes!

MadilynnsMomma
09-03-2009, 09:30 AM
Geez! Sorry about all the birthday drama! It's hard...all of our kids' birthdays are within 2 weeks of each other. We have one big party! They are end of May to mid-June, so we do it outside, which I think makes for an easier clean up! Anyway, it will all work out n the end! Hope she has a great time!

I think I am going to attempt an outdoor/playground party next year... wish me luck with that LOL

ya, more money think of it that way, it will keep you going for sure!!!!

Money, Money, Money, MOOOOONNNNN-AYYYY!

wow! i would have been so angry...good luck with it all, can't wait to hear gow it goes!

and soon you all shall :)

LOVEMY3KIDDOS
09-03-2009, 09:44 AM
I think I am going to attempt an outdoor/playground party next year... wish me luck with that LOL

Yes...have it outside next year...in WDW...invite me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:rotfl2::rotfl2:

MadilynnsMomma
09-03-2009, 09:51 AM
Yes...have it outside next year...in WDW...invite me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:rotfl2::rotfl2:

:lmao: That was our original plan, but we got scared of the humidity and hurricanes, so we swapped for December! Maybe we will do just that next year!!!

shellywalker
09-03-2009, 10:38 AM
What a bummer about the birthday party! And don't feel bad about the number of people you have coming...we do the same thing!

MadilynnsMomma
09-03-2009, 11:18 AM
What a bummer about the birthday party! And don't feel bad about the number of people you have coming...we do the same thing!

Then you understand not being able to "cut the list" - any one of those people would be hurt if they weren't invited! The list has shrunk a lot since last year. Somewhere in DF head he thought that everyone who came to the baby shower was invited to the 1st birthday - thank God not even half showed!

MadilynnsMomma
09-03-2009, 02:19 PM
I have been doing some playing around with our dining and days. I am looking for feedback, opinions & help!

Sunday Dec 6
Arrive at CBR around 12 noon
The afternoon is a blur. Do we hit up DTD? Lunch at Shutters? Lunch at Earl of Sandwich? Lunch SOMEWHERE :confused3
We will be heading to HS (EMH til 11PM) for the evening and will check out Osborne Lights (we won't have any other night at HS - read below)

Monday Dec 7
Magic Kingdom Day - 9 AM to 11PM
Breakfast: CP (maybe... open to other suggestions... we're going for the food, not a big Pooh Bear fan...)
Lunch: HELP!
Dinner: Cinderella's Gala Feast @ GF (this could be swapped for the evening of the 10th - again, read below)

Tuesday Dec 8
Epcot Day - 9AM to 9:30PM
Breakfast: Akershus
Lunch: Coral Reef
Dinner: Teppan Edo (if there is some other Dinner that you think is TO.DIE.FOR - please let me know, we are sway-able on this one)

Wednesday Dec 9
Animal Kingdom Day - 9AM to 8PM
Breakfast: 8:00AM ressie is already in at Tusker House - with Erin!!!
Lunch: Picnic in the Park (another swayable... any thoughts?)
Dinner: Yak & Yeti

Thursday Dec 10
Hollywood Studios Day - 9AM to 8PM / MVMCP - 7PM to 12AM
Breakfast: Ohana (sway-able)
Lunch: Hollywood & Vine Play & Dine (could swap for breakfast)
Dinner: HELP!!! We will want to be to MK for MVMCP no later than 7 and plan to have a 5PM dinner ressie... somewhere!

Friday Dec 11
Departure Day :sad1:
Breakfast: Chef Mickey's, one last goodbye to the Mouse! Will probably plan a later ressie, like 9:30 - yes that is "late" for me :lmao:
The rest of the day is open, we may hit DTD or another park. ME to the airport around 4P :sad2:

Epcot and Animal Kingdom I feel the best about, it is those other two days that are driving me nuts (although, as stated before, I am sway-able on my Epcot Dinner and AK lunch). So help me out guys - what should I add, what should I drop, I feel like I can't look at another menu to decide on my own. Some options I did like and thought of fitting in were:
Breakfast: could swap CP for Supercali @ GF
Lunches: Liberty Tree or Plaza for MK day
Dinners: Kona @ the Poly or Whispering Canyon @ WL

Now wait... How about HS/MVMCP day:
Bfast: H&V Play & Dine breakfast
Lunch: Sci Fi
Dinner: Cindy's or Kona...

and MK day
Bfast: CP or Supercali
Lunch: ???
Dinner: Cindy's or Kona...

Alright - I can't even think about it anymore... turning it over to you all for some much needed help! Chime on in! Sorry for the ramblings...sometimes you just have to get it out of your head and on to some paper (or board!) - And thanks!

JoJo1980
09-03-2009, 03:21 PM
Hiya :hug: Your plans sound great and so does your family! I love the costumes - I'm hopeing to lose lots weight before we go to a fancy dress party planned for next May & then I can wear one of the cheeky costumes that i've always loved to have worn! ;):laughing:

I'm sorry to hear that your party location was cancelled but i'm sure you'll have an amazing time at your house :thumbsup2

I know exactly how you feel about the stress and confusiong ADR's can cause - I nearly cancelled our whole trip because I was getting that mad with it all :laughing: Gave myself a slap, picked what was most important and now i'm back to being excited again :laughing:

Have you thought about having dinner at the liberty tree tavern at 5pm before MVMCP? We did it before MNSSHP and loved it, we are doing it again this year but at 9pm after spectro & wishes :love:

longing2Batdisney
09-03-2009, 04:35 PM
your plans look good; I can't really help w/the ressies but
on the HS day I would do the play & dine for breakfast that's just me w/ sci fi for lunch...I just feel it would flow better...and I have heard alot of great things about Kona!

we loved "Earl of Sandwich" we ate there twice in the five days we were there (we did not do the DDP) the price was good and sandwiches and soups were really good!

I have also read people say that when on the DDxP that you should fit in a few cs meals and not try and do all sit down meals it gets to be a bit much...just passing it along...
we are thinking of doing the DDxP next year and doing a sit down for breakfast and dinner w/cs for lunch...

have a great day!:wave2:

LOVEMY3KIDDOS
09-03-2009, 08:56 PM
OK...here are my suggestions...see what you think!

Dec. 6 - If you will be at DTD...what about Wolfgang Puck Cafe??? It's soooo good! Or, if you are going to be at HS...what about Mama Melrose's??? Again, really good.

Dec. 7 - What about any of the meals in the castle?? Madilynn would probably love it! It's two credits, but you seem to have enough.

Dec. 10 - I would only do H & V as a breakfast...not that great as lunch or dinner IMO. Or, Cape May Cafe at Beach Club is good for breakfast buffet and close to HS. THen, you could do 50's Cafe for dinner or leave early and do Liberty Tree Tavern for dinner before the party starts. Their dinner is soooo good! Just like Thanksgiving dinner! Of course, if you don't like T-giving dinner, then you won't like this!

MadilynnsMomma
09-03-2009, 11:11 PM
Hiya :hug: Your plans sound great and so does your family! I love the costumes - I'm hopeing to lose lots weight before we go to a fancy dress party planned for next May & then I can wear one of the cheeky costumes that i've always loved to have worn! ;):laughing:

I'm sorry to hear that your party location was cancelled but i'm sure you'll have an amazing time at your house :thumbsup2

I know exactly how you feel about the stress and confusiong ADR's can cause - I nearly cancelled our whole trip because I was getting that mad with it all :laughing: Gave myself a slap, picked what was most important and now i'm back to being excited again :laughing:

Have you thought about having dinner at the liberty tree tavern at 5pm before MVMCP? We did it before MNSSHP and loved it, we are doing it again this year but at 9pm after spectro & wishes :love:

I think you have just the medicine I need! A swift slap is indeed in order!

your plans look good; I can't really help w/the ressies but
on the HS day I would do the play & dine for breakfast that's just me w/ sci fi for lunch...I just feel it would flow better...and I have heard alot of great things about Kona!

we loved "Earl of Sandwich" we ate there twice in the five days we were there (we did not do the DDP) the price was good and sandwiches and soups were really good!

I have also read people say that when on the DDxP that you should fit in a few cs meals and not try and do all sit down meals it gets to be a bit much...just passing it along...
we are thinking of doing the DDxP next year and doing a sit down for breakfast and dinner w/cs for lunch...

have a great day!:wave2:

I think I am going to use CS as my backup for meals I don't get.

OK...here are my suggestions...see what you think!

Dec. 6 - If you will be at DTD...what about Wolfgang Puck Cafe??? It's soooo good! Or, if you are going to be at HS...what about Mama Melrose's??? Again, really good.

Dec. 7 - What about any of the meals in the castle?? Madilynn would probably love it! It's two credits, but you seem to have enough.

Dec. 10 - I would only do H & V as a breakfast...not that great as lunch or dinner IMO. Or, Cape May Cafe at Beach Club is good for breakfast buffet and close to HS. THen, you could do 50's Cafe for dinner or leave early and do Liberty Tree Tavern for dinner before the party starts. Their dinner is soooo good! Just like Thanksgiving dinner! Of course, if you don't like T-giving dinner, then you won't like this!

We're doing Cinderella's Gala Feast at the Grand Floridain. 50's Cafe isn't really "our" thing (I liked it a lot, but there is no I in team!).

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So is it a general consensus to stick with Teppan Edo?

MadilynnsMomma
09-04-2009, 09:16 AM
We all know about the 100 Day Dance...

And of course the Double Digit Dance...

But can I get a

:cool1::cool1::cool1:$500 DANCE!!!:cool1::cool1::cool1:

That's all that's left and the trip is PAID OFF!!!!!!!

longing2Batdisney
09-04-2009, 09:21 AM
:yay: :dancer: :dancer: :dancer: :dancer: :dancer: :yay:

LOVEMY3KIDDOS
09-04-2009, 09:38 AM
:dance3::dance3::dance3::dance3:

YOU GOT IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wish we were that close! I guess we better be soon! (Since the first half of our trip has to be paid in full by mid-October!!!)

shordiebecka
09-04-2009, 01:12 PM
Hooray for having not a lot left to pay off!!:cool1::cool1:

ADRs can be so complicated!

I love Teppan Edo. By far one of my favorite meals each trip. If you don't like hibachi style japanese food, you wont like it though. I love Le Cellier also! I've also been hearing increasing positive things about Garden Grill.

Picnic in the park- is just ok. The portions are too small, in my opinion. But, I love the reusable bag it comes in that you get to keep! It's like a free souvenir..although it isn't really free!

I agree about maybe doing Cape May at the beach club..or on your first day, why not hit the boardwalk and get some counter service there..or Beaches and Cream! Then head to HS!

MadilynnsMomma
09-04-2009, 01:42 PM
Thanks for dancing with me Longing2B!

:dance3::dance3::dance3::dance3:

YOU GOT IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wish we were that close! I guess we better be soon! (Since the first half of our trip has to be paid in full by mid-October!!!)

Half by mid??? I was told we need to have our trip paid off by Oct 22... :confused3

Hooray for having not a lot left to pay off!!:cool1::cool1:

ADRs can be so complicated!

I love Teppan Edo. By far one of my favorite meals each trip. If you don't like hibachi style japanese food, you wont like it though. I love Le Cellier also! I've also been hearing increasing positive things about Garden Grill.

Picnic in the park- is just ok. The portions are too small, in my opinion. But, I love the reusable bag it comes in that you get to keep! It's like a free souvenir..although it isn't really free!

I agree about maybe doing Cape May at the beach club..or on your first day, why not hit the boardwalk and get some counter service there..or Beaches and Cream! Then head to HS!

I think we may skip the Picnic and do a CS... maybe...

I may wait til the last day to try to fit in a visit to the Boardwalk, DTD is on a higher pedestal :rotfl:

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Any one know where I can find hours of service for the restaurants? I am trying to have a rough sketch of the times we'd like to eat and I can't seem to find general hours of service... TIA!

LOVEMY3KIDDOS
09-04-2009, 02:08 PM
Our AKV stay is room-only stay so that doesn't HAVE to be paid off until the day we check in. I would like to pay it off before then and it is almost there now, but I can wait if I choose to.

allears.net lists the hours for most of the restaurants at the top of the menus

MadilynnsMomma
09-04-2009, 02:19 PM
Our AKV stay is room-only stay so that doesn't HAVE to be paid off until the day we check in. I would like to pay it off before then and it is almost there now, but I can wait if I choose to.

That is twice this week I have resorted to calling you a lucky dog - YOU LUCKY DOG!!!

LOVEMY3KIDDOS
09-04-2009, 02:22 PM
Did you see I edited my post to add the restaurant time info??

MadilynnsMomma
09-04-2009, 02:43 PM
Did you see I edited my post to add the restaurant time info??

I did not... now I did!!! I just want to know if we can eat at Yak & Yeti at like 7:30... of course I can not find the hours anywhere!!!

Nancy for Disney
09-04-2009, 04:16 PM
I don't have time to read all your posts but I am subscribing. We will have a lot in common. We will be there Dec 8-13 so about the same time. Another thing we have in common is that my DD Bday is also Sept 6. Just 13 (14?) years earlier. My DD will be 16.

Have fun planning and I hope to check in again soon.

MadilynnsMomma
09-05-2009, 11:45 PM
I don't have time to read all your posts but I am subscribing. We will have a lot in common. We will be there Dec 8-13 so about the same time. Another thing we have in common is that my DD Bday is also Sept 6. Just 13 (14?) years earlier. My DD will be 16.

Have fun planning and I hope to check in again soon.

How nice to have a child-less trip to The World!!! Where are you staying? Happy birthday to your DD tomorrow (14 years).

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The decorations are hung, the mylar balloons have been inflated... and my poor, poor baby is cutting all four molars and has a raw bum and a sour attitude... :guilty:

Wish us luck for a HAPPY birthday!

disneyaddicted
09-06-2009, 02:49 AM
sorry about the Birthday drama, that would just rot my socks, but you handled it well.
Poor baby to be cutting 4 teeth at one time, poor mommy too.

Lizzybear
09-06-2009, 06:35 AM
I'm in :goodvibes I work in childcare too and love it (daycare) I'll probably do it from home when we have kids :) Your plans sound great and I love the invitations for your DD's birthday party, how cute!
We're actually visiting Cape Cod (Hyannis) this year when we stay in Boston before we fly down to Orlando. I can't wait to go whale watching :goodvibes

TinkerbellLuvr7
09-06-2009, 10:09 PM
Adr's tomorrow!!!!

Good luck!!!!!!!!!!

MadilynnsMomma
09-07-2009, 06:51 AM
Now I'm MAD!!! I set the alarm for 5:45, hear it, turn it off and sleep til 6:30... No biggie I'm thinking...

I come out and get on the computer and get on the Disney site. Error# E02020305001!!! Can not retrieve my reservation number!!!

So I come on the DIS to search for answers... Looks like there may have been a glitch and people were able to make their ressies anytime after midnight... I am thinking they have now caught on and I am the one hurting for it.

:mad: DAMMIT!!! :mad:

MadilynnsMomma
09-07-2009, 07:48 AM
As you can see from my previous post, I had a little snafu this morning GRRR :mad:

I dialed 1-407-WDW-DINE on my cell phone and waited for the time to switch from 6:59 to 7:00... as soon as it did, SEND! I got on with zero, yup - 0 - wait time! SO, without further ado...

My ADR's - for now... I'll be looking in to the online system to switch a few when it's back up and running...

---Edited at 11:40 AM---
I was able to get online and tweak a few things, dates, times and am very pleased now. I am still upset that we won't be able to do Ohana, but hey - NEXT TIME!!!

Date - Attempt - Actual

12/6
Dinner - Sci Fi @ 7P - only had a 8:50 and that was just too late :( SciFi @ 8:15 - it's later than we wanted, but we'll go check out Osborne and then head over

12/7
Breakfast - Crystal Palace @ 8A - got 8:20 :)
Lunch - Plaza Restaurant @ 12P - got 11:50 :)
Dinner - Whispering Canyon @ 4:30 - got 5:10 (they don't start dinner til 5) :)

12/8
Breakfast - Akershus @ 8A - got 8:10 :)
Lunch - Coral Reef @ 12:30P - got 12:40 :)
Dinner - Teppan Edo @ 5:30P - got 6:20 :)

12/9
Breakfast - Tusker House @ 8A - Erin already secured this one for us! :flower3:
Lunch - open - open
Dinner - Yak & Yeti @ 7:30P - got 7:30! :)

12/10
Breakfast - SuperCali @ 8A - only avail at 10:40, too late. Switched to Chef Mickey's for 9:40A, but I would like to get in earlier... :sad2: - SuperCali @ 8A :thumbsup2
Lunch - open - SciFi @ 11:40A :rolleyes: canceled, we'll do a CS
Dinner - Ohana @ 5P - open :headache: I need a filler! - Liberty Tree @ 5:30P then the party!

12/11
Breakfast - Chef Mickey @ 9:30A - Swapped for SuperCali at 10:05 :rolleyes: - swapped back to Chef Mickey @9:30A

To re-cap, I need to find dinner for 12/6 AND 12/10. 12/6 is our EMHe at HS and 12/10 we'll be at HS til 5 then head to MVMCP. I tried to get Ohana for both nights and both nights were either unavailable or too late...

Back to bed to catch a few more zzz's - I'll be back later to share some birthday pics and moments :goodvibes

---Edited at 8:07 AM---
I called back and added 1900 Park Fare for 6:40P on 12/10 (MVMCP) - but I am not happy with the time :(

TinkerbellLuvr7
09-07-2009, 10:27 AM
oh no!! Well, if it makes you feel any better, I could not sleep last night so I was on wdw.com playing around with the ADRs since my time is Thurs or Fri, I'm still confused on it haha. But it was well after 12, more like 1am and I could only make ADRs for the Sat 5th, Sun 6th had not come up yet, so if there was a glitch, it was after that unless putting in your ressie number made the 6th pop in which I of course could not do.

I guess you will figure everything out. I'm starting to get into panic mode as you know we aren't on the DDP and just want a few so we'll see what happens!!

MadilynnsMomma
09-07-2009, 11:37 AM
I've done some tweaking - see blue font in my previous post - now I am looking more like this :goodvibes and not so much this guy :sad1:

shordiebecka
09-07-2009, 12:34 PM
So happy you're content with your reservations! i love the online system..so much more convenient than calling, I like being able to do it myself! Can't wait to see pictures!

DisneysRedhead
09-07-2009, 01:33 PM
Glad to see you got most of the ADR's you wanted. I say if you really want Ohana just don't give up. I couldn't get one of mine so I kept checking every single day, several times a day and eventually I not only got the ADR I wanted but also the perfect time! I really do love the online system for this reason because it has allowed me to check restaurants over and over for better times when I decide to tweak!

MadilynnsMomma
09-07-2009, 02:25 PM
sorry about the Birthday drama, that would just rot my socks, but you handled it well.
Poor baby to be cutting 4 teeth at one time, poor mommy too.

The birthday drama continued... but more on that later...

I'm in :goodvibes I work in childcare too and love it (daycare) I'll probably do it from home when we have kids :) Your plans sound great and I love the invitations for your DD's birthday party, how cute!
We're actually visiting Cape Cod (Hyannis) this year when we stay in Boston before we fly down to Orlando. I can't wait to go whale watching :goodvibes

Small world - we actually live in Hyannis! You're doing the whale watch out of Barnstable Harbor? We did one with my daughter in June and she lost her cookies - so to speak. But it was a great time otherwise and we saw some great whales! Hopefully the weather will be better for your watch!

Adr's tomorrow!!!!

Good luck!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you :)

oh no!! Well, if it makes you feel any better, I could not sleep last night so I was on wdw.com playing around with the ADRs since my time is Thurs or Fri, I'm still confused on it haha. But it was well after 12, more like 1am and I could only make ADRs for the Sat 5th, Sun 6th had not come up yet, so if there was a glitch, it was after that unless putting in your ressie number made the 6th pop in which I of course could not do.

I guess you will figure everything out. I'm starting to get into panic mode as you know we aren't on the DDP and just want a few so we'll see what happens!!

Lucky dogs to only have a few to stress over :laughing:

So happy you're content with your reservations! i love the online system..so much more convenient than calling, I like being able to do it myself! Can't wait to see pictures!

I was excited to try the new online booking... BOOOOO Disney for having it down at 6AM - BOOOOOO!

Glad to see you got most of the ADR's you wanted. I say if you really want Ohana just don't give up. I couldn't get one of mine so I kept checking every single day, several times a day and eventually I not only got the ADR I wanted but also the perfect time! I really do love the online system for this reason because it has allowed me to check restaurants over and over for better times when I decide to tweak!

I am most definitely going to keep this in mind - Thanks!

MadilynnsMomma
09-07-2009, 02:43 PM
The party is over, the drama may still be there, but I am moving on - so therefore I am not going to air the dirty laundry of the additional birthday drama. Good riddance to bad rubbish!

Madilynn had a great birthday, at least it sure seemed like it. The party started at 10 for the kiddos and we had a face painter come in and paint faces. Madi & I both got little Mickey's on our cheeks. DF & I went and picked up the cake and just could not believe that this cake was for our daughter!

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d131/TeacherJenny/IMG_1250.jpg
The Cake

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d131/TeacherJenny/IMG_1254.jpg
Getting her Mickey done

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d131/TeacherJenny/IMG_1290.jpg
Suitcase from Mumma & DaDa

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d131/TeacherJenny/IMG_1293.jpg
Blanket made by Mumma

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d131/TeacherJenny/IMG_1305.jpg
Making a wish!

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d131/TeacherJenny/IMG_1307.jpg
Party Round 2!

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d131/TeacherJenny/IMG_1324.jpg
Showing off her "Ickey" chair!

I am glad that the birthday madness is over and Shamus & I can now just enjoy our little monster ;)

ADR's are done (for the most part... if I can swap Ohana for LTT I will!) and life should calm down for a couple months :laughing:

longing2Batdisney
09-07-2009, 03:58 PM
The cake is AWESOME!!!!:thumbsup2

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MADI!!!
great party shots and love the face painting! great job!:thumbsup2

glad it's over; I know parties can be fun but sooooo stressful!

good luck with you last ADR!! have a great day!:wave2:

disneyaddicted
09-07-2009, 08:55 PM
Glad you got your ADR's sorry it came with a little frustration. When I called Disney to makeMy ADR's I gave them my ressie number and they couldn't find it, but they found me by my name, so whatever that was about.


That cake is so dear, I would have had a hard time cutting into it because it is just so cute. I showed the picture to DH and told him I wanted a cake like that for my B-day, he told me I wasn't getting a cake because I was going to be in DIsney over my birthday. But really don't you think that would be the best time fo rhim to plan my surprise Disney themed B-day bash?!

Looks like the party was fun, the painted Mickeys on your cheeks look great, and Madi is sooooo cute.

shordiebecka
09-08-2009, 10:06 AM
Wow, what a beautiful cake! What a fun birthday party....she looks so happy!

MadilynnsMomma
09-08-2009, 10:22 AM
The cake is AWESOME!!!!:thumbsup2

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MADI!!!
great party shots and love the face painting! great job!:thumbsup2

glad it's over; I know parties can be fun but sooooo stressful!

good luck with you last ADR!! have a great day!:wave2:

Thank you! Thank you! :thumbsup2

Glad you got your ADR's sorry it came with a little frustration. When I called Disney to makeMy ADR's I gave them my ressie number and they couldn't find it, but they found me by my name, so whatever that was about.


That cake is so dear, I would have had a hard time cutting into it because it is just so cute. I showed the picture to DH and told him I wanted a cake like that for my B-day, he told me I wasn't getting a cake because I was going to be in DIsney over my birthday. But really don't you think that would be the best time fo rhim to plan my surprise Disney themed B-day bash?!

Looks like the party was fun, the painted Mickeys on your cheeks look great, and Madi is sooooo cute.

Funny you should mention plotting our own surprises! My DF never formally proposed to me - he gave me an "Intention" ring (his words). It is not a promise ring, not an engagement ring, but an "I intend to marry you some day" ring. Now that he has fessed up to this I told him that there is nothing I want more in the world than my grandmother's engagement ring and to be proposed to in front of the castle at Magic Kingdom. Here's the glitch, cause every good love story needs one! - my mother needed a little help funding her divorce so she asked her best friend for some money. BF sent her the money and asked only that my mom be happy, did not asked to be repaid or be given any collateral. Next thing I know I am having dinner at my mom's BF house (mom lives in Nebraska, BF lives here in MA) and I notice an all to familiar ring. Long story short, my mom knows I want it. Shamus knows I want it for our engagement ring. And the BF doesn't know at all. Shamus has 89 days to GET ON IT! :rotfl:

MadilynnsMomma
09-08-2009, 10:24 AM
Wow, what a beautiful cake! What a fun birthday party....she looks so happy!

She had a blast! And made out like a bandit :laughing:

TinkerbellLuvr7
09-08-2009, 10:36 AM
that cake is WONDERFUL!!! I agree, I'd have trouble cutting into it too! That was from a local bakery?! Wowww, thats like food network quality!!

LOVEMY3KIDDOS
09-08-2009, 10:49 AM
I was away all weekend and obviously missed a lot!!! We had a baseball tourny for our oldest...long weekend. Anyway, glad you were able to get some good ressies!!! It was tough on Friday to get the res system to come up online, too! I was going to go on and try to change some tihngs around and couldn't get it to pull our res either.

Glad the birthday party stress is over for you. Looks like Madi had a good time and the cake was great!!!!! Tell her Happy Birthday!!!

MadilynnsMomma
09-08-2009, 11:12 AM
that cake is WONDERFUL!!! I agree, I'd have trouble cutting into it too! That was from a local bakery?! Wowww, thats like food network quality!!

I couldn't believe it when I saw it. I was waiting for Duff to come out in his Ace of Cakes gear! We had a local "cake lady" make it. It cost about twice the price of the sheet cake we would have needed from our local bakery or grocery store, so we decided to swing it! It felt so permanent cutting in to it... it was so tough to do :eek:

I was away all weekend and obviously missed a lot!!! We had a baseball tourny for our oldest...long weekend. Anyway, glad you were able to get some good ressies!!! It was tough on Friday to get the res system to come up online, too! I was going to go on and try to change some tihngs around and couldn't get it to pull our res either.

Glad the birthday party stress is over for you. Looks like Madi had a good time and the cake was great!!!!! Tell her Happy Birthday!!!

Did he win? I have been stalking the Ohana ressies for the last half hour/hour and am still able to get NOTHING!!! Well I did find a 8:55P, but Shamus shot that down quick!

She had a great time and the cake was amazing. The top tier is still in my fridge - we'll have it Wednesday, the night I'm not working nights.

Lizzybear
09-08-2009, 12:01 PM
Small world - we actually live in Hyannis! You're doing the whale watch out of Barnstable Harbor? We did one with my daughter in June and she lost her cookies - so to speak. But it was a great time otherwise and we saw some great whales! Hopefully the weather will be better for your watch!
Yep that's the one! My bf gets seasick sometimes so he'll definitely be bringing something for that ;) I'm really excited to visit New England, never been before and it looks so pretty and interesting :)

Looks like Madi had a fun birthday party and how cute is that cake? Love it! :goodvibes

MadilynnsMomma
09-08-2009, 01:45 PM
Yep that's the one! My bf gets seasick sometimes so he'll definitely be bringing something for that ;) I'm really excited to visit New England, never been before and it looks so pretty and interesting :)

Looks like Madi had a fun birthday party and how cute is that cake? Love it! :goodvibes

I am sure you guys will have a great time! A friend of mine was just telling me that she went out for a whale watch (out of Provincetown, not Barnstable) and the captain said that it was the best trip of the season. They got to follow a pod of 4 or 5 whales and they were really showing off! I will be wishing you tons of luck on your trip! Where else are you planning to go/do?

MadilynnsMomma
09-08-2009, 02:12 PM
I just got a ressie for Ohana :cool1:

I got it for the night of MVMCP, but the time is 6:40... how crucial do you think it is that we be at MK right at 7? I still plan to stalk Ohana for ressies until I get what I want :lmao: - but input on MVMCP is greatly appreciated!

shordiebecka
09-08-2009, 02:21 PM
never been to MVMCP, but from what Tour Guide Mike says- you want to be there on time to experience all of it! Could you do MVMCP on a different night? OR do you already have tickets? If you really really want Ohana, then I would just go for it- show up early and see if you can get in early- then head on over to the christmas party and do what you can.

Oh, and CONGRATS :banana::banana::banana::banana: on finally getting Ohana's. Don't you love stalking the online ADR? It's one of my favorite things to do :rotfl:

TinkerbellLuvr7
09-08-2009, 02:51 PM
I just got a ressie for Ohana :cool1:

I got it for the night of MVMCP, but the time is 6:40... how crucial do you think it is that we be at MK right at 7? I still plan to stalk Ohana for ressies until I get what I want :lmao: - but input on MVMCP is greatly appreciated!


You can get into the party as early as 4. We don't use a park ticket that day and usually roam around the resort and check out the monorail resorts, maybe even swim if it's warm :rotfl2: but then head over right at 4 when they let you in to get some of the rides done and then enjoy the part as soon as it starts at 7. The fireworks are amazing and you can't miss that as well as the parade (2nd parade is less busy but later in the night) and they had a stage show last year with singing and dancing in Tomorrowland (not sure about this year?!) and that was good as well!!!

Since you are paying to get in at 4 you might want to keep checking back with Ohana for an earlier time or another day, just a thought!

longing2Batdisney
09-08-2009, 05:44 PM
I have never been to either...but, that being said if I were planning and I had paid for the party I think I would keep watching for a different day and time for Ohana! don't sweat it you can continue to check up to the day of your current ressie...:yay: someone is sure to CX
:wave2:

JoJo1980
09-08-2009, 06:00 PM
I'm glad you managed to get most of the ADR's you wanted :goodvibes and i'm sure you'll be able to tweak them nearer the time so that you are 100% happy with them.

We havent done Ohanas or MVMCP before but we are doing them this year. We have booked our dinner at the Plaza for 4pm the day of the party, so that we'll definately be ready to party at 7pm - cant wait to get totally surrounded in christmassy goodness. We've done MNSSHP twice and each time we were never there before 7pm, I think it just depends on how much you are wanting to do during the party. If you are wanting to see & do everything and soak it all in then maybe try and change Ohana for another day - but if you aint too fussed, then stick with it :thumbsup2

Your little one is so adorable!! and that cake, OMG, too cute :love: I definately wouldnt have been able to cut into it :laughing:

MadilynnsMomma
09-08-2009, 09:53 PM
never been to MVMCP, but from what Tour Guide Mike says- you want to be there on time to experience all of it! Could you do MVMCP on a different night? OR do you already have tickets? If you really really want Ohana, then I would just go for it- show up early and see if you can get in early- then head on over to the christmas party and do what you can.

Oh, and CONGRATS :banana::banana::banana::banana: on finally getting Ohana's. Don't you love stalking the online ADR? It's one of my favorite things to do :rotfl:
You can get into the party as early as 4. We don't use a park ticket that day and usually roam around the resort and check out the monorail resorts, maybe even swim if it's warm :rotfl2: but then head over right at 4 when they let you in to get some of the rides done and then enjoy the part as soon as it starts at 7. The fireworks are amazing and you can't miss that as well as the parade (2nd parade is less busy but later in the night) and they had a stage show last year with singing and dancing in Tomorrowland (not sure about this year?!) and that was good as well!!!

Since you are paying to get in at 4 you might want to keep checking back with Ohana for an earlier time or another day, just a thought!
I have never been to either...but, that being said if I were planning and I had paid for the party I think I would keep watching for a different day and time for Ohana! don't sweat it you can continue to check up to the day of your current ressie...:yay: someone is sure to CX
:wave2:

I am going to continue my daily (multi-daily) stalking. I WILL find a 5:00-5:30 ADR!

I'm glad you managed to get most of the ADR's you wanted :goodvibes and i'm sure you'll be able to tweak them nearer the time so that you are 100% happy with them.

We havent done Ohanas or MVMCP before but we are doing them this year. We have booked our dinner at the Plaza for 4pm the day of the party, so that we'll definately be ready to party at 7pm - cant wait to get totally surrounded in christmassy goodness. We've done MNSSHP twice and each time we were never there before 7pm, I think it just depends on how much you are wanting to do during the party. If you are wanting to see & do everything and soak it all in then maybe try and change Ohana for another day - but if you aint too fussed, then stick with it :thumbsup2

Your little one is so adorable!! and that cake, OMG, too cute :love: I definately wouldnt have been able to cut into it :laughing:

We currently have LTT as our party night dinner for 5:30, but we'd love to do Ohana...

MadilynnsMomma
09-08-2009, 09:56 PM
Guess who will be riding Kali River Rapids?!?! :cool1:

Madi had her 2 year well child check up today and she is weighing in at 33 pounds and is 37.75 inches tall! 95th percentile for both height and weight! She was 10 pounds at birth and has always been in the 90-95th percentile for both!

She got her hib vaccine and her flu shot. The doctor said everything looked great and she was impressed with Madilynn's knowledge (counting, recognizing all 26 letters, colors, shapes, etc.) - what can I say, she's got a teacher for a Mumma!:love:

Lizzybear
09-09-2009, 12:09 PM
I am sure you guys will have a great time! A friend of mine was just telling me that she went out for a whale watch (out of Provincetown, not Barnstable) and the captain said that it was the best trip of the season. They got to follow a pod of 4 or 5 whales and they were really showing off! I will be wishing you tons of luck on your trip! Where else are you planning to go/do?

We're staying in Boston and spending a couple of days there but also driving to Salem and Portland (Maine) as well as Hyannis/Barnstable :) I'm getting such a kick out of looking at Google maps and seeing the place names that are the same as here... I think I need to get out more! :rotfl2:
Ooh congrats on the Ohana ressie, the online system is great for checking whenever without having to be on hold for ages!

MadilynnsMomma
09-09-2009, 01:00 PM
We're staying in Boston and spending a couple of days there but also driving to Salem and Portland (Maine) as well as Hyannis/Barnstable :) I'm getting such a kick out of looking at Google maps and seeing the place names that are the same as here... I think I need to get out more! :rotfl2:
Ooh congrats on the Ohana ressie, the online system is great for checking whenever without having to be on hold for ages!

Will you stop off in Plymouth? Check out Plymouth Rock where the pilgrims "landed" (they first landed in Provincetown, but Plymouth lays claim...)/

shellywalker
09-09-2009, 06:10 PM
I just got all caught up again! The Birthday party pics are adorable! She looks so stinkin' happy! And that cake! I should have had that for my wedding! I love your ADR's, it makes me soooo hungry for Disney food!!!!

MadilynnsMomma
09-09-2009, 08:56 PM
I just got all caught up again! The Birthday party pics are adorable! She looks so stinkin' happy! And that cake! I should have had that for my wedding! I love your ADR's, it makes me soooo hungry for Disney food!!!!

She had a blast! And it won't be long til ALL of us (crossing my fingers for your DH approval!) are eating Disney food!!! :yay:

MadilynnsMomma
09-09-2009, 09:30 PM
:banana: :banana: :banana: Happy Dance, Happy Dance!!! :banana: :banana: :banana:

We did it, we did it, oh yeah, yeah, yeah!

OHANA!!!!!!!

5:05PM!!!!!!!!

MVMCP Night!!!!!!!!

We did it, we did it, oh yeah, yeah, yeah!

:banana: :banana: :banana: Happy Dance, Happy Dance!!! :banana: :banana: :banana:

MadilynnsMomma
09-09-2009, 10:30 PM
I repacked Madi's suitcase after she got to open it for her birthday and decided that I would share some of the contents of her gear - thus far!


CLOTHES

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d131/TeacherJenny/IMG_1337.jpg
Super cute cap sleeve tee with a rhinestone Mickey head - ebay

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d131/TeacherJenny/IMG_1338.jpg
Rhinestone Minnie silhouette tank - Disney Store

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d131/TeacherJenny/IMG_1342.jpg
Foil print Princess Tee - Disney Store

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d131/TeacherJenny/IMG_1341.jpg
Minnie & Daisy ringer tees - disneystore.com

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d131/TeacherJenny/IMG_1340.jpg
Personalized Christmas-y nightgown disneystore.com

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d131/TeacherJenny/IMG_1343.jpg
Princess hat & gloves (for those chilly nights - now I just need to get a coat to match!) - Christmas gift last year

She also has the I <3 Mickey tee & red polka dot pants from her birthday pictures, as well as a Snow White gown.

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d131/TeacherJenny/IMG_1334.jpg
Shoes, Shoes & More Shoes!!! Mammoth Crocs with Mickey heads (she'll wear these on the way down. Red dressy shoes for her Snow White gown (Akershus breakfast). Purple Columbia sandals for all around... Black Croc Mary Janes for all around... And lastly, Minnie flip flops for the pool! - online, Walmart, TJMaxx, disneystore.com



ODDS & ENDS

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d131/TeacherJenny/IMG_1331.jpg
Sleeping Beauty lanyard filled with pins! From bottom, up the left and down the right: Red Sox Mickey, toddler Sleeping Beauty, Cuties Mickey & Minnie, Minnie silhouette Christmas tree, Snow White flower, Mickey in a wreath, Steam Boat Willie (I think... right?), Huey, Doey & Louy in a wreath, Dream Maker's Caribbean Beach Resort Nemo & Dory, toddler Pinocchio, Cutie Minnie with "ma-lum-a-lum" (Madi's word for ice cream), & last - toddler Snow White! - all various ebay purchases!

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d131/TeacherJenny/IMG_1333.jpg
Personalized Santa Mickey - disneystore.com

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d131/TeacherJenny/IMG_1346.jpg
20+ pins for trading - ebay

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d131/TeacherJenny/IMG_1344.jpg
Snow White crown & Mickey umbrella - Disney Store & disneystore.com

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d131/TeacherJenny/IMG_1347.jpg
Mickey & Friends coloring/sticker book & Color Wonder book, glow sticks & a Snow White Pez - Disney Store & Walmart

So that's it... for now... I think a trip off Cape is in order this weekend!

disneyaddicted
09-09-2009, 11:37 PM
Congratulations on Ohana's. I've never been but heard great things.

I have done MVMCP, I got there a bit before 7, I watched the show, then the parade, the the fireworks, then The bed time story with Mickey, that took me right up to midnight, then I went back to the resort. I was there just for the festivities, no rides, my daughter and her friend however rode all the rides several times with no wait.

An "intention" ring, that is funny. At least you kind of had an idea. I mean you knew it was coming because he "intended" to, I just love that.:lmao:
Hope you get your ring.

My romantic proposal came without a ring, well it came without romance too. We were watching T.V. and he said "Are you going to marry me or what?" I thought he was joking so I didn't answer, a few months later he asked again, the same way. I just laughed at him, this went on for a few years, he would set a date but I would back out, finally one day he said "I reserved March 3rd at the court house to get married." And that was it, I got a ring a year after we got married.

Love all the clothes for Madi, your baby girl is going to be dressed to the nines at Disney.

LOVEMY3KIDDOS
09-10-2009, 09:47 AM
Congrats on the Ohana ressie!!!! Your persistance paid off! Good job!

And I have only one other thing to say....you are so freakin crazy!!! Already packing!!!! :rotfl2::rotfl2::rotfl2: You're too much! I am so last minute...our flight leaves at 7:30 at night...we have to leave our house at like 3:00 to get the kids from school and go to the airport...I'll probably start packing at 12:00that afternoon!!!! :rotfl::rotfl::rotfl:

As far as purchases though, I have been collecting a few things here and there! I have to still buy some things...haven't bought anymore pins on ebay yet for this trip. That is one thing I have to still do! Last time I got some great deals and the kids had a ball trading them!

shordiebecka
09-10-2009, 09:52 AM
wooo hoo for Ohana's! Gotta love stalking the online ADR system :lmao:

Love all of Madilynn's stuff..it's all so cute..the wolly crocs look so comfy i could wear them myself!

Nancy for Disney
09-10-2009, 10:47 AM
:banana: :banana: :banana: Happy Dance, Happy Dance!!! :banana: :banana: :banana:

We did it, we did it, oh yeah, yeah, yeah!

OHANA!!!!!!!

5:05PM!!!!!!!!

MVMCP Night!!!!!!!!

We did it, we did it, oh yeah, yeah, yeah!

:banana: :banana: :banana: Happy Dance, Happy Dance!!! :banana: :banana: :banana:




Which night are you doing O'hana? I made my ADR's yesterday at my 90 day mark :cool1: and the best I could get after 9 pm. That was with two nights of options. Both on MVMCP nights.

I ended up picking Whispering Canyon. I thought about trying to lie about my party size as suggested on another thread but then I got to thinking that when and if I bring my kids back to WDW they would probably enjoy O'hanas. One of the few restaurants they would like. I also thought that this would probably be my only chance to see WL. We can easily stop by The Poly since it is on the monorail. It is my favorite resort and I really want DH to see it. I also want a cocktail inside a pineapple. :thumbsup2 I have never seen WL but will probably not be able to get DH to take the journey without food at the end of trip.

Anyway, I am very happy for you and your O'hana ADR. Enjoy!!!!

PS. Very cool purchases for DD. She is a lucky girl.

Nancy for Disney
09-10-2009, 10:59 AM
I am reading backwards. Sorry if it makes it confusing. :goodvibes

How nice to have a child-less trip to The World!!! Where are you staying? Happy birthday to your DD tomorrow (14 years).



We are staying at POP.

Your daughter's birthday looked wonderful. What a cake!!!!! I haven't even downloaded my DD pictures yet. Maybe I will do that today since I am off of work. Of course that would require me to leave DIS. :rotfl: I really should be doing this: :laundy:

Now I'm MAD!!! I set the alarm for 5:45, hear it, turn it off and sleep til 6:30... No biggie I'm thinking...

I come out and get on the computer and get on the Disney site. Error# E02020305001!!! Can not retrieve my reservation number!!!

So I come on the DIS to search for answers... Looks like there may have been a glitch and people were able to make their ressies anytime after midnight... I am thinking they have now caught on and I am the one hurting for it.

:mad: DAMMIT!!! :mad:


I had the exact same problem yesterday (09/09) morning. Did they ever figure out what the problem was? I also ended up calling. It worked better but I would have liked to have access to the ADR's via the internet. O'hanas was the only thing on my first choice I didn't get. As I already stated in my pp it is probably for the best.

One more thing. Teppan Edo was my kids favorite place. They loved watching the cook and they thought the steak and noodles were great.

Now I really am going to do this: :laundy: Yeah, really. :rolleyes1

shellywalker
09-10-2009, 12:21 PM
Yay for Ohana's :cool1: And I love all that stuff your purchased...I'm going to go shopping now :)

MyMuse
09-10-2009, 12:46 PM
Congrats on O'hanas!! :yay:

And Madi will be the best dressed little girl to ever hit WDW. All of it is a-d-o-r-a-b-le. She has more shoes than me. :lmao:

longing2Batdisney
09-10-2009, 12:52 PM
:dancer: :yay: on the RESSIE'S for OHANA'S :yay: :dancer:
I'm soooo happy things are falling into place!!!
love all the gear and stuff...
have a great one!
:wave2:

MadilynnsMomma
09-10-2009, 12:52 PM
Congratulations on Ohana's. I've never been but heard great things.

I have done MVMCP, I got there a bit before 7, I watched the show, then the parade, the the fireworks, then The bed time story with Mickey, that took me right up to midnight, then I went back to the resort. I was there just for the festivities, no rides, my daughter and her friend however rode all the rides several times with no wait.

An "intention" ring, that is funny. At least you kind of had an idea. I mean you knew it was coming because he "intended" to, I just love that.:lmao:
Hope you get your ring.

My romantic proposal came without a ring, well it came without romance too. We were watching T.V. and he said "Are you going to marry me or what?" I thought he was joking so I didn't answer, a few months later he asked again, the same way. I just laughed at him, this went on for a few years, he would set a date but I would back out, finally one day he said "I reserved March 3rd at the court house to get married." And that was it, I got a ring a year after we got married.

Love all the clothes for Madi, your baby girl is going to be dressed to the nines at Disney.



We have a full day (8:20AM ressie at CP and EMHe til 11PM) of MK, so the MVMCP will be for us to enjoy the party and maybe a ride or two...

I love the story of your husbands "proposal" - :rotfl2: ...men!

Congrats on the Ohana ressie!!!! Your persistance paid off! Good job!

And I have only one other thing to say....you are so freakin crazy!!! Already packing!!!! :rotfl2::rotfl2::rotfl2: You're too much! I am so last minute...our flight leaves at 7:30 at night...we have to leave our house at like 3:00 to get the kids from school and go to the airport...I'll probably start packing at 12:00that afternoon!!!! :rotfl::rotfl::rotfl:

As far as purchases though, I have been collecting a few things here and there! I have to still buy some things...haven't bought anymore pins on ebay yet for this trip. That is one thing I have to still do! Last time I got some great deals and the kids had a ball trading them!

Now - I am not packing, I am just putting aside a few things that we have pre-purchased into a piece of luggage we pre-purchased :rotfl:

I sure hope that Madi will find some interest in pins, but if not - I certainly will!!! :laughing:

wooo hoo for Ohana's! Gotta love stalking the online ADR system :lmao:

Love all of Madilynn's stuff..it's all so cute..the wolly crocs look so comfy i could wear them myself!

Oh I do love stalking ADR's!!! And I am thinking a pair of wholly Crocs are in my very near future!

Which night are you doing O'hana? I made my ADR's yesterday at my 90 day mark :cool1: and the best I could get after 9 pm. That was with two nights of options. Both on MVMCP nights.

I ended up picking Whispering Canyon. I thought about trying to lie about my party size as suggested on another thread but then I got to thinking that when and if I bring my kids back to WDW they would probably enjoy O'hanas. One of the few restaurants they would like. I also thought that this would probably be my only chance to see WL. We can easily stop by The Poly since it is on the monorail. It is my favorite resort and I really want DH to see it. I also want a cocktail inside a pineapple. :thumbsup2 I have never seen WL but will probably not be able to get DH to take the journey without food at the end of trip.

Anyway, I am very happy for you and your O'hana ADR. Enjoy!!!!

PS. Very cool purchases for DD. She is a lucky girl.

We're doing O'Hana on 12/10. At first the only one I was able to get was for 6:50, which would cut in to our party time drastically - but after much stalking I landed a 5:05 :cool1:

We're doing Whispering Canyon on our full MK day (12/7) - I have planned a few resort dining ADR's so we can check out the Christmas decor! The only place not on the list of ADR's is Boardwalk/Beach Club - but we may try to sneak over there at some point...

I am reading backwards. Sorry if it makes it confusing. :goodvibes

We are staying at POP.

Your daughter's birthday looked wonderful. What a cake!!!!! I haven't even downloaded my DD pictures yet. Maybe I will do that today since I am off of work. Of course that would require me to leave DIS. :rotfl: I really should be doing this: :laundy:

I had the exact same problem yesterday (09/09) morning. Did they ever figure out what the problem was? I also ended up calling. It worked better but I would have liked to have access to the ADR's via the internet. O'hanas was the only thing on my first choice I didn't get. As I already stated in my pp it is probably for the best.

One more thing. Teppan Edo was my kids favorite place. They loved watching the cook and they thought the steak and noodles were great.

Now I really am going to do this: :laundy: Yeah, really. :rolleyes1

The site still gives me that error message from time tio time and I just open a dif browser (explorer, firefox, safari) until I can get in!

Yay for Ohana's :cool1: And I love all that stuff your purchased...I'm going to go shopping now :)

I think shopping - childless - on Saturday is in order!

LOVEMY3KIDDOS
09-10-2009, 01:02 PM
yeah right! your bags are packed and sitting by the door!

MadilynnsMomma
09-10-2009, 01:57 PM
Congrats on O'hanas!! :yay:

And Madi will be the best dressed little girl to ever hit WDW. All of it is a-d-o-r-a-b-le. She has more shoes than me. :lmao:

:dancer: :yay: on the RESSIE'S for OHANA'S :yay: :dancer:
I'm soooo happy things are falling into place!!!
love all the gear and stuff...
have a great one!
:wave2:

Thank you, Thank you!!!

MadilynnsMomma
09-10-2009, 01:59 PM
yeah right! your bags are packed and sitting by the door!

You peeping in my windows?!

LOVEMY3KIDDOS
09-11-2009, 10:59 AM
You peeping in my windows?!

MAYBEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE??????????????:

:scared1::eek::scared1::eek::scared1::eek:

nic100308
09-11-2009, 01:02 PM
:wave:

I am trying really hard to be a good DIS friend and read and comment on everyone's PTR that has been reading and commenting on mine. It's the only right and polite thing to do :goodvibes It's a little time consuming but I have got time on my hands (if you read my PTR you saw that I lost my job and had a friend of a friend help me out and give me something answering phones for his business, but alas the economy is bad and his business is VERY slow!)

Anyway I would like to start out by saying you are such a wonderful Mommy!! I'm a little jealous of Madi's Birthday party! You had some awesome ideas! I always forget about ebay, not sure why as I am totally into getting a deal!!

I wish I had a picture of my sexy pirate costume, finished off with a pair of awesome fishnets! Not sure why I have no pictures, I think maybe I hit the bar up too early.

I'm glad you decided that MVMCP was worth it. DH and I have never been, but we've been to MNSSHP and we had a blast!! (I was a flapper girl and he was Austin Powers!) We always think that the parties are worth it just because it is extra special Disney time that not everyone gets.

I am also glad to see that you are remembering that you will be with your 2 year old DD. When we were there last time these poor little babies were screaming and crying because they were sooo tired, and their parents were pulling them all over the place. I felt like saying, "He lady, I need a nap, your kids definitely need one!!"

I know there is a great debate for EMH, I think that if you plan your day right and you pace yourselves and your kids are up to it, it is definitely something that can be done!!

Okay, on to my next DIS friend! I also love reading everyone's PTR because you learn so much. Everyone comes from a different walk of life, everyone has a different story and journey of what brought them here and I just love reading about everyone's Disney dreams. Till next time Mama!!

pinkcow
09-12-2009, 03:31 PM
Hiya from a fellow Cape Codder!! :wave: (Well a relocated one!) We're also going to be at WDW in December and are so excited about it!

All of your plans sound great, can't wait to hear more! popcorn::

KGH
09-12-2009, 11:09 PM
OH MY GOSH i have missed so much.

Birthday party: AMAZING. Even with the last minute stress & drama, you pulled off probably the best children's birthday party ever. And that CAKE, WOW. :love: how did you even manage to cut that thing? It was beautiful!



ADRs: Impressive... You did good! PLUS, YOU GOT O'HANA????? Send some of that pixie dust this way, I'll be spending tommorrow trying (foolishly) to book it for 11. I know, I think maybe I just like disappointment, seems like I am really setting myself up to fail, but if I learned anything from you, persistance is key! :) Even the last minute ADR drama didn't stop you... youmust do well under pressure!


Sorry for being MIA for so long... crazy to think how far we've come though, seems like our trips are so close, I remember thinking they were just SOOOO far away! :) :yay:

MadilynnsMomma
09-14-2009, 02:01 PM
:wave:

I am trying really hard to be a good DIS friend and read and comment on everyone's PTR that has been reading and commenting on mine. It's the only right and polite thing to do :goodvibes It's a little time consuming but I have got time on my hands (if you read my PTR you saw that I lost my job and had a friend of a friend help me out and give me something answering phones for his business, but alas the economy is bad and his business is VERY slow!)

:wave: You are a good DIS Friend!

Anyway I would like to start out by saying you are such a wonderful Mommy!! I'm a little jealous of Madi's Birthday party! You had some awesome ideas! I always forget about ebay, not sure why as I am totally into getting a deal!!

ebay is my addiction... I get looking at one thing and next thing I know I am watching 20 auctions!

I wish I had a picture of my sexy pirate costume, finished off with a pair of awesome fishnets! Not sure why I have no pictures, I think maybe I hit the bar up too early.

I love that we all have our glory days to look back on and laugh :laughing:

I'm glad you decided that MVMCP was worth it. DH and I have never been, but we've been to MNSSHP and we had a blast!! (I was a flapper girl and he was Austin Powers!) We always think that the parties are worth it just because it is extra special Disney time that not everyone gets.

A party is always a great excuse to do something extra - a Disney party is even better!!!

I am also glad to see that you are remembering that you will be with your 2 year old DD. When we were there last time these poor little babies were screaming and crying because they were sooo tired, and their parents were pulling them all over the place. I felt like saying, "He lady, I need a nap, your kids definitely need one!!"

I want to see it all and do it all, but I am not going to be one of those parents... :sad2:

I know there is a great debate for EMH, I think that if you plan your day right and you pace yourselves and your kids are up to it, it is definitely something that can be done!!

Okay, on to my next DIS friend! I also love reading everyone's PTR because you learn so much. Everyone comes from a different walk of life, everyone has a different story and journey of what brought them here and I just love reading about everyone's Disney dreams. Till next time Mama!!

Thanks for swinging by!


Hiya from a fellow Cape Codder!! :wave: (Well a relocated one!) We're also going to be at WDW in December and are so excited about it!

All of your plans sound great, can't wait to hear more! popcorn::

Alright fellow Cape Codder - you can't leave me with that, I need more details - where? When? How long have you been gone?! No PTR for you? When/where in December?


OH MY GOSH i have missed so much.

Birthday party: AMAZING. Even with the last minute stress & drama, you pulled off probably the best children's birthday party ever. And that CAKE, WOW. :love: how did you even manage to cut that thing? It was beautiful!

I still have one little sliver left in the fridge. We had a piece last night and it was as delicious as it was the first day!

ADRs: Impressive... You did good! PLUS, YOU GOT O'HANA????? Send some of that pixie dust this way, I'll be spending tommorrow trying (foolishly) to book it for 11. I know, I think maybe I just like disappointment, seems like I am really setting myself up to fail, but if I learned anything from you, persistance is key! :) Even the last minute ADR drama didn't stop you... youmust do well under pressure!

Some days I feel like pressure is my middle name... God must have granted me special powers to deal with it :3dglasses

Sorry for being MIA for so long... crazy to think how far we've come though, seems like our trips are so close, I remember thinking they were just SOOOO far away! :) :yay:

And now we're SOOOOO close... kind of! Welcome back :goodvibes

MadilynnsMomma
09-14-2009, 02:03 PM
Took a trip to the Disney store this weekend and bought Madi's Halloween costume... pictures to follow... No hints, but you will all just be :rotfl2:

Hopefully I can sneak on tonight, the Pat's are playing tonight so Shamus will be busy with that...

longing2Batdisney
09-14-2009, 02:06 PM
I still have not decided what we are doing about a halloween costume for Ashton, yet! I have given a few ideas to Ashton so far the only thing he has hit on was Mickey Mouse (that will be an easy one)

MadilynnsMomma
09-14-2009, 03:15 PM
I still have not decided what we are doing about a halloween costume for Ashton, yet! I have given a few ideas to Ashton so far the only thing he has hit on was Mickey Mouse (that will be an easy one)

Disney Store has got a SUPER cute Mickey costume!!!

shordiebecka
09-14-2009, 03:24 PM
i want to see her costume! i keep forgetting Halloween is so close...and yes, go pats! i am a huge HUGE patriots fan:goodvibes:goodvibes

MadilynnsMomma
09-14-2009, 09:40 PM
i want to see her costume! i keep forgetting Halloween is so close...and yes, go pats! i am a huge HUGE patriots fan:goodvibes:goodvibes

Ask & Ye Shall Receive!!!

MadilynnsMomma
09-14-2009, 09:56 PM
We hadn't even begun to discuss what Madi should be this year and I went shopping this weekend and found the perfect costume. She wasn't with me and either was Shamus - so I called home to get his opinion. Got his approval and got the costume. :thumbsup2









Can you take a wild guess???































Any ideas???






















Give up yet???



























Here it comes...




















http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d131/TeacherJenny/IMG_1369.jpg
Can you even handle that?!?!?!?!?!

That is the face she gives when you say "Say Cheese!"

longing2Batdisney
09-14-2009, 10:44 PM
THAT IS THE CUTEST!!! I almost did Nemo for Ashton last year!!!!
SHE IS SOOOO CUTE AND HAPPY!!!!:thumbsup2

disneyaddicted
09-15-2009, 01:47 AM
That is such a cute costume! And She wears it so well, she looks so happy!

JoJo1980
09-15-2009, 02:03 AM
OMG!! That is too cute :love: She is picture perfect, I can see her on americas next top model when she's older and them pulling that photo out of her portfolio :cloud9: Absolutely adorable :love:

LOVEMY3KIDDOS
09-15-2009, 09:24 AM
Cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It reminds me of when my oldes was a Hershey's Kiss...it was worn the same. She'll love the whole trick-or-treat thing! We haven't even thought about Halloween yet! Gotta get on it!

nic100308
09-15-2009, 09:42 AM
AWWWWW!!!!! LOOK AT THAT FACE!!! So cute!!!

PS-I love your daughters curls!

shellywalker
09-15-2009, 10:22 AM
OMG I LOVE IT! She is so stinkin' cute! I bought that costume two years ago when I was pregnant with DS and it was on clearance for 4 dollars! He didn't wear it last year because I thought it was going to be too warm in Disney World...so he's wearing it this year!!!!

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c116/shelly_gasper/IMG00222-20090608-1627.jpg

I apologize for the junky picture, but you get the idea!!!

shordiebecka
09-15-2009, 01:13 PM
what a great picture!!!! It is tooo cute....love the fin on the head too :) You could go as dory or the marlon!

pinkcow
09-15-2009, 07:25 PM
Alright fellow Cape Codder - you can't leave me with that, I need more details - where? When? How long have you been gone?! No PTR for you? When/where in December?

First, I just have to say Madi is far too cute for real life!!

Alright! I'm from Brewster, graduated the same year as your honey and haven't been back to the Cape full-time since. I moved to NY to go to college, then worked for the mouse for a bit, moved to S. FL, and now I'm in the frozen tundra known as Minnesota!!! :rotfl:

I don't have a PTR, but a PJ (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2145766) cause I'm getting married!! :woohoo: We'll be in the world Dec. 3-6, then 10-13. CSR, GF and OKW ;)

MadilynnsMomma
09-18-2009, 10:53 AM
THAT IS THE CUTEST!!! I almost did Nemo for Ashton last year!!!!
SHE IS SOOOO CUTE AND HAPPY!!!!:thumbsup2

I couldn't resist!!!

That is such a cute costume! And She wears it so well, she looks so happy!

She's always got a great attitude - unless she's tried or not getting her way :laughing:

OMG!! That is too cute :love: She is picture perfect, I can see her on americas next top model when she's older and them pulling that photo out of her portfolio :cloud9: Absolutely adorable :love:

She could def give Trya a run for her money :lmao:

Cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It reminds me of when my oldes was a Hershey's Kiss...it was worn the same. She'll love the whole trick-or-treat thing! We haven't even thought about Halloween yet! Gotta get on it!

We're already working on saying trick-or-treat!

OMG I LOVE IT! She is so stinkin' cute! I bought that costume two years ago when I was pregnant with DS and it was on clearance for 4 dollars! He didn't wear it last year because I thought it was going to be too warm in Disney World...so he's wearing it this year!!!!

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c116/shelly_gasper/IMG00222-20090608-1627.jpg

I apologize for the junky picture, but you get the idea!!!

YAY - we'll have twins (along with hundreds more, I'm sure!) on Halloween! :thumbsup2

what a great picture!!!! It is tooo cute....love the fin on the head too :) You could go as dory or the marlon!

I could go as Dory & Shamus as Marlin :rotfl2:

First, I just have to say Madi is far too cute for real life!!

Alright! I'm from Brewster, graduated the same year as your honey and haven't been back to the Cape full-time since. I moved to NY to go to college, then worked for the mouse for a bit, moved to S. FL, and now I'm in the frozen tundra known as Minnesota!!! :rotfl:

I don't have a PTR, but a PJ (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2145766) cause I'm getting married!! :woohoo: We'll be in the world Dec. 3-6, then 10-13. CSR, GF and OKW ;)

We live in Hyannis, but Brewster is beautiful! Checked out your PJ and have found plenty of ideas I will likely steal... err... borrow, when the time comes :goodvibes

MadilynnsMomma
09-18-2009, 11:04 AM
Last night I am catching up on my DIS'criptions and while reading the December ADR list I saw someone had listed Wishes Dessert Party. I had not heard word that it had been extended through December, last I had heard it was through October. I replied out of shock and needed confirmation. No response. So I just called 407-WDW-DINE and booked it :cool1: ! YAY!!! It's a surprise for Shamus, and Madi too - but let's be honest, after all we are amongst friends - I am doing this for me!!!

Now, if you recall we have designated one park per day (4 full days, two partial days) as we have opted out of using hoppers. Our MK day is the 7th - Wishes Dessert Party is SOLD OUT for this evening :headache: Sadness begins to fill my heart... I really wanted to try this ever since I read about it in June! Then a thought strikes...
Me: I 'spose the Dessert Party is not available on Christmas Party nights?
CM: You know, you are the second person that has asked me that? <insert lengthy pause here> They are available on Party nights, you just have to have admission to the party.
Me: Is there availability for 2 adults and 1 child on the 10th?
CM: There sure is!

:dance3: SUCCESS!!! :dance3:

After I get off the phone I realize that now might be a good time to order our MVMCP tickets. So online I jump and our tickets should arrive by 10/02!:woohoo:

And one last thing, called my AAA guy today and put down another $250 on the trip bringing our grand total remaining balance to $250... :scared1: Am I alone with being scared to pay it off? Is this a normal anxiety?

MyMuse
09-18-2009, 11:14 AM
And last night, I wasn't paying attention! :sad2:

My MK day is also Dec 7th too. Awww...I hope something opens up as I'm not going to be there another night. And I'm not doing MVMCP.

It would have been cool. :santa:

The costume is the CUTEST!

longing2Batdisney
09-18-2009, 11:27 AM
AWESOME!!!! surprise!
I don't know if it is normal to feel anxious over being paid up?!? I was soooo excited to pay the final payment--it made it a little more real that we were finally going back to Disney!
Have a great day! everything is falling into place and its going to be here before you know it!!!
:wave2: Connie

creativeamanda
09-18-2009, 11:29 AM
First of all, that Nemo costume is AWESOME! I miss my kids being that little.

Second, congrats on the Wishes dessert! I would like to do that, be we have usually had luck finding a place to park before Wishes, so we'll stick with that for now.

It's getting so much closer!!!!

I wish I could say we are as close to final payment as you are. . .I won't even say how much we still owe. At least it's less than $2000, lol.

shordiebecka
09-18-2009, 11:47 AM
Thats great that you can do the dessert party on a MVMCP night! Maybe I should look into that...I'll be interested in what you think about it!

TinkerbellLuvr7
09-18-2009, 01:35 PM
oh yay!!!!!

I did not know they had extended it. I might see if I can add it to mine!! We'll be at MK for 2 nights--one a party night and won't want the extra sweets although it's good they have it! or the following night which is our last night of the trip so hm...

Do you know how much it was per person (adults)? Have they raised it because I heard on a podcast that they might extend it but raise the price??

Thanks!

MadilynnsMomma
09-18-2009, 03:54 PM
And last night, I wasn't paying attention! :sad2:

My MK day is also Dec 7th too. Awww...I hope something opens up as I'm not going to be there another night. And I'm not doing MVMCP.

It would have been cool. :santa:

The costume is the CUTEST!

I hope something works out for you to be able to experience this too!

AWESOME!!!! surprise!
I don't know if it is normal to feel anxious over being paid up?!? I was soooo excited to pay the final payment--it made it a little more real that we were finally going back to Disney!
Have a great day! everything is falling into place and its going to be here before you know it!!!
:wave2: Connie

I am excited and anxious about the final payment... I have been making weekly payments with my AAA agent and I don't know what I am going to do every Thursday from when it is paid off until we leave?! :lmao:

First of all, that Nemo costume is AWESOME! I miss my kids being that little.

Second, congrats on the Wishes dessert! I would like to do that, be we have usually had luck finding a place to park before Wishes, so we'll stick with that for now.

It's getting so much closer!!!!

I wish I could say we are as close to final payment as you are. . .I won't even say how much we still owe. At least it's less than $2000, lol.

I love being the decision maker on costumes, I know it won't be much longer before she is voicing her opinion! Less than $2000 is good!

Thats great that you can do the dessert party on a MVMCP night! Maybe I should look into that...I'll be interested in what you think about it!

I will be sure to rave about it (hopefully) in my TR upon my return!

oh yay!!!!!

I did not know they had extended it. I might see if I can add it to mine!! We'll be at MK for 2 nights--one a party night and won't want the extra sweets although it's good they have it! or the following night which is our last night of the trip so hm...

Do you know how much it was per person (adults)? Have they raised it because I heard on a podcast that they might extend it but raise the price??

Thanks!

I don't think anyone knew it was extended! allears.net is still displaying "extended through October 31, 2009. The cost for the two of us (Madi eats free - lucky girl!) was $46.84. The cost included taxes but not gratuity. So... $23.42 with taxes per adult. I hope you too can get in there and try it out!

TinkerbellLuvr7
09-18-2009, 07:31 PM
Thanks for the info!!!!!!!

I'll look into it but for 23 bucks a person..hm.. I'm not sure but I think it was 18. I figured the price would go up but considering what you get, I'm sure it's a good value not to mention the "VIP" feel of it. I've always wanted to do a fireworks cruise for my family but that is way more expensive but thanks!!!

disneyaddicted
09-18-2009, 11:31 PM
Yay! another reason to :dancer: But what exactly is the dessert party, Where have I been that I don't know about this, please be very detailed in your answer.

MadilynnsMomma
09-19-2009, 09:27 AM
Thanks for the info!!!!!!!

I'll look into it but for 23 bucks a person..hm.. I'm not sure but I think it was 18. I figured the price would go up but considering what you get, I'm sure it's a good value not to mention the "VIP" feel of it. I've always wanted to do a fireworks cruise for my family but that is way more expensive but thanks!!!

The 10th is turning in to our Magical Day! O'hana for dinner followed by MVMCP, then the dessert party :cloud9: It used to be $17.99, you're right. I think the VIP feeling and all the yummy deliciousness will be worth it ;) Did I mention Madi get's to munch for FREE!

Yay! another reason to :dancer: But what exactly is the dessert party, Where have I been that I don't know about this, please be very detailed in your answer.

Words and details can not do this justice... follow this link - The Delicious World of the Dessert Party (http://www.disunplugged.com/2009/06/24/disney-debuts-magic-kingdom-wishes-dessert-party/) ...ohhhhh pictures!!! popcorn::

disneyaddicted
09-20-2009, 01:32 AM
Words and details can not do this justice... follow this link - The Delicious World of the Dessert Party (http://www.disunplugged.com/2009/06/24/disney-debuts-magic-kingdom-wishes-dessert-party/) ...ohhhhh pictures!!! popcorn::
OMG! I checked ou tthe link, I have got to go to that!! I'm afraid that by the time I get everybody onboard with the idea, the dates will all be sold out.

nic100308
09-20-2009, 09:20 AM
NO WAY!?!?!?! I saw the dessert party too and was totally bummed when they weren't going to have it for Dec. Ooooo I'll have to look for a night we can do this and book it. Good idea doing it on your MVMCP night! I might have to steal your idea.

I'm anxious about paying off our trip too. Not so much paying for the trip, but paying for it and having enough saved up for spending money when we get there. I get myself nuts though and always plan on more than we need. But it's kind of nice coming back with cash you hadn't expected to have.

KGH
09-20-2009, 09:54 AM
That dessert party looks so FUN!

thmar
09-21-2009, 01:18 PM
Joining in...loved the birthday cake!

LOVEMY3KIDDOS
09-23-2009, 10:20 AM
OK...all I can say is... YOU STINK! I saw that you had booked the dessert party. I had been watching the dessert party dates waiting to see if it would get extended. I was determined we were going to that thing! I LOVEEEEE sweet stuff! The chocolate covered strawberries have my name all over them! Anyway, you said they had extended it. So, I had to call and book. Well, the only day that they are even having Wishes that we are in MK is Dec. 7. As we all know...SOLD OUT!!!!!! AHHHHHH! Anyway, long story short (or kinda long), they had it available for the 8th of December during the MVMCP. Well, we were not doing MVMCP this trip since we had done it the last time we were at WDW for Christmas. But, I wanted the desserts THAT bad! Now, we are doing the MVMCP AND the dessert party! So, you just added $350 to my trip expenses!!! Thanks a lot! :lmao::rotfl2:
I will be blaming you to DH just so you know...he is going to have to think that it was mandatory???? :confused3 I can not be held responsible for these occurances!
LOL Those are some expensive desserts though huh? I guess I can still think about it and back out if I want. I paid for the dessert party, but have not bought the MVMCP tickets yet. Hoping they don't sell out before I make my final decision!!

MyMuse
09-23-2009, 10:52 AM
Warning! Warning!

This is an emergency announcement to warn that MadilynnsMomma is hazardous to your Disney budgets.

Warning Ended.


Now back to your regularly scheduled PTR.

:rotfl: :lmao: :laughing: :rotfl2:

MadilynnsMomma
09-23-2009, 11:31 PM
OMG! I checked ou tthe link, I have got to go to that!! I'm afraid that by the time I get everybody onboard with the idea, the dates will all be sold out.

The thought of desserts during Wishes made me happy - when I saw the pics... I WAS SOLD!!!

NO WAY!?!?!?! I saw the dessert party too and was totally bummed when they weren't going to have it for Dec. Ooooo I'll have to look for a night we can do this and book it. Good idea doing it on your MVMCP night! I might have to steal your idea.

I'm anxious about paying off our trip too. Not so much paying for the trip, but paying for it and having enough saved up for spending money when we get there. I get myself nuts though and always plan on more than we need. But it's kind of nice coming back with cash you hadn't expected to have.

I too am looking forward to the saving for spending stage too. Just $200 left on the trip! :cheer2: Dessert Party paid for! :cheer2: MVMCP tickets paid for! :cheer2: Now what can I find... :rolleyes:

That dessert party looks so FUN!

I couldn't agree more!!!

Joining in...loved the birthday cake!

:welcome: That cake was the most amazing creation I have ever seen in real life. And the last piece, that I ate - TWO WEEKS LATER! - was just as delicious as the first day!

OK...all I can say is... YOU STINK! I saw that you had booked the dessert party. I had been watching the dessert party dates waiting to see if it would get extended. I was determined we were going to that thing! I LOVEEEEE sweet stuff! The chocolate covered strawberries have my name all over them! Anyway, you said they had extended it. So, I had to call and book. Well, the only day that they are even having Wishes that we are in MK is Dec. 7. As we all know...SOLD OUT!!!!!! AHHHHHH! Anyway, long story short (or kinda long), they had it available for the 8th of December during the MVMCP. Well, we were not doing MVMCP this trip since we had done it the last time we were at WDW for Christmas. But, I wanted the desserts THAT bad! Now, we are doing the MVMCP AND the dessert party! So, you just added $350 to my trip expenses!!! Thanks a lot! :lmao::rotfl2:
I will be blaming you to DH just so you know...he is going to have to think that it was mandatory???? :confused3 I can not be held responsible for these occurances!
LOL Those are some expensive desserts though huh? I guess I can still think about it and back out if I want. I paid for the dessert party, but have not bought the MVMCP tickets yet. Hoping they don't sell out before I make my final decision!!

Now we can not do our Tusker House meet-up. Justin is going to be giving me death stares! :rotfl2: What time did they give you for the Dessert Party?

Warning! Warning!

This is an emergency announcement to warn that MadilynnsMomma is hazardous to your Disney budgets.

Warning Ended.


Now back to your regularly scheduled PTR.

:rotfl: :lmao: :laughing: :rotfl2:

COUNTER-WARNING

MadilynnsMomma can not be held liable if her thoughts, plans or words persuade you to purchase additional items, tickets, or days to your Dream Vacation! After all - this is indeed YOUR vacation and you are in the drivers seat, not MadilynnsMomma (she is simply your nagging, nudging, poking, proding backseat driver)!

COUNTER-WARNING ENDED

:rotfl2::rotfl2::rotfl2:]

MadilynnsMomma
09-23-2009, 11:36 PM
I've got lots of good (non-pocketbook damaging) stuff to share and will try to get on tomorrow during naptime to give you all some cute Madi-isms to make you smile :)

Until then, I bid you all - Good Night! :flower3:

disneyaddicted
09-24-2009, 12:15 AM
Can't wait to hear me some Madi-isms. I can only imagine how cute this is going to be.

MyMuse
09-24-2009, 09:33 AM
COUNTER-WARNING

MadilynnsMomma can not be held liable if her thoughts, plans or words persuade you to purchase additional items, tickets, or days to your Dream Vacation! After all - this is indeed YOUR vacation and you are in the drivers seat, not MadilynnsMomma (she is simply your nagging, nudging, poking, proding backseat driver)!

COUNTER-WARNING ENDED

:rotfl2::rotfl2::rotfl2:]

OMG!!! :rotfl2::rotfl::laughing: I sooooo needed that!

I've got lots of good (non-pocketbook damaging) stuff to share and will try to get on tomorrow during naptime to give you all some cute Madi-isms to make you smile :)



Looking fwd to it... :goodvibes

LOVEMY3KIDDOS
09-24-2009, 09:54 AM
Ummmmm.....I thnk it was 8:00ish for the party??? Wishes at 9:00. I think. I don't have the paper right in front of me. In fact, I have papers scattered all over and need to get my notebook organized! I am putting everything in a big notebook for now (notes, plans, ressies, etc.). Then, maybe a week or two before the trip, I will put all the important stuff on index cards maybe?? Anyway...breakfast is still on! He is oblivious! I will not even tell him of the extra expense! It is better for all those involved if he just thinks it is all inclusive!!!! ;)

nic100308
09-24-2009, 12:59 PM
Ooo I can't wait to hear them. I could always use an added smile, plus kids of so funny. They can pretty much say anything, they can get away with it, and it's funny. My niece used to mispronounce truck, using an F instead. LOL it was so funny we just kept asking her, "Rachael, what is this?" She got so frustrated that we kept asking she finally screamed, "Geez, IT'S A FIRE F**K!!!!!" :lmao:

MadilynnsMomma
09-24-2009, 01:49 PM
Being a mom is the greatest gift I could have ever asked for! I can be feeling like a sick dog on the side of the road being kicked by some jerk and seeing my little Madi girl bring the sunshine back in to my life. Heck, I'll be honest - there have been times that the going has gotten tough and I have found myself, crying my eyes out, rocking my sleeping baby - sometimes just snuggling her brings me back to reality, whether she is awake or not. DF is a great pillar of support, but there is just something about snuggling your baby, at two months or two years!

That being said (err... confessed), the other day Madi was saying her usual: "Boom Boom Ickey's Castle!" (I told her that there are fire works at Mickey's castle and now anytime she sees ANY castle she has to proclaim "Boom Boom Ickey's Castle!") - so, I corrected her and said "mmmmm - M - Mmmmickey - Mickey." My all too smart (toot, toot - there goes my own horn) Madi Girl says: "M. Mickey. M Mickey and Madilynn." She never ceases to amaze me!

Last weekend Shamus and I were lucky enough to enjoy a date night, with out our usual tag-a-long friend (Madi). Madi got to go hang out with her two little BFFs! We picked her up and she was finishing watching the new Mickey Mouse Clubhouse DVD we bought her (Adventures in Wonderland or something like that...). We get in the car and I begin to ask her how her evening was. Her speech is limited, but she is REALLLLLY working on sentences. We got on the subject of Princesses. Our converstation went like this:
Me- "is Madilynn a Princess?"
Madi - "NOOOOO! Minnie!"
Me - "Oh, Minnie is a Princess?"
Madi - "No, Minnie Madilynn!"
Me - "Oh you are a Minnie Madilynn not Princess Madilynn?"
Madi - "Yes Mumma"

This brain washing thing was a lot easier than I expected :rotfl2: !

I have a few more clothing purchases that I will have to post. Also, I did it... don't laugh... don't fall over in shock... but I have begun packing. Not seriously, but the new shirts we've got for the trip - and last weekend we were weeding out the summer clothes and put our bathing suits and a couple pairs of shorts in a small suitcase. Now the two suitcases (Madi's Princess wheel-y bag & our small one) sit under our window and taunt me - "73 more days Jen and then you can really use us!"

:santa: Is it December yet? :santa:

MadilynnsMomma
09-24-2009, 02:13 PM
OMG!!! :rotfl2::rotfl::laughing: I sooooo needed that!

:thumbsup2

Ummmmm.....I thnk it was 8:00ish for the party??? Wishes at 9:00. I think. I don't have the paper right in front of me. In fact, I have papers scattered all over and need to get my notebook organized! I am putting everything in a big notebook for now (notes, plans, ressies, etc.). Then, maybe a week or two before the trip, I will put all the important stuff on index cards maybe?? Anyway...breakfast is still on! He is oblivious! I will not even tell him of the extra expense! It is better for all those involved if he just thinks it is all inclusive!!!! ;)

The hit doesn't hurt that much as Shamus & I are the only two "paying" customers - so he has been in the know about the party prices... but my other online splurges he doesn't know those totals :laughing:

Ooo I can't wait to hear them. I could always use an added smile, plus kids of so funny. They can pretty much say anything, they can get away with it, and it's funny. My niece used to mispronounce truck, using an F instead. LOL it was so funny we just kept asking her, "Rachael, what is this?" She got so frustrated that we kept asking she finally screamed, "Geez, IT'S A FIRE F**K!!!!!" :lmao:

Madi's pronunciation of "fork" is pretty close. I blame it on her "Cape Cawd" accent - which IS different from Boston accents!

MadilynnsMomma
09-24-2009, 02:29 PM
My goodness - I failed to mention something of importance!

Tomorrow Madilynn and I and her 2 little BFFs and their mom are going to this: Disney's A Christmas Carol Train Tour (http://disney.go.com/disneypictures/christmascaroltraintour/)

I am SOOOO looking forward to this, have been since I got the email back in May! Pictures will be posted for sure!!!

disneyaddicted
09-25-2009, 12:28 AM
Madi just sounds cute as a button, write her madi-sims down in a book, you will want to remeber all of it. She is smart to figure out MMM Mickey MMMM Madilynn. See Disney can be so educational!

I hope you have a great time at The Chrismtas Carol train tour, I can't wait to se pictures.

nic100308
09-25-2009, 10:10 AM
My goodness - I failed to mention something of importance!

Tomorrow Madilynn and I and her 2 little BFFs and their mom are going to this: Disney's A Christmas Carol Train Tour (http://disney.go.com/disneypictures/christmascaroltraintour/)

I am SOOOO looking forward to this, have been since I got the email back in May! Pictures will be posted for sure!!!

I TOTALLY FORGOT ABOUT THIS!!!! I saw it advertised before the summer and DH and I said we would do it when it got to NY, but then it just went completely out of my mind. I should get tickets for it. Let me know how it is, I'm dying to know.

On a side note, Madi is adorable. And so smart. I think it's pretty amazing that she knows that Madi and Mickey start with the same letter. Only 2!?!? I think that's very smart.

nic100308
09-25-2009, 10:18 AM
Just realized it's free, which is ever better!!! Let me know how it is. I really think we're going to do it on 10/30.

shellywalker
09-25-2009, 11:16 AM
I just got caught back up! I feel like I haven't been here in forever! Yay for Wishes Dessert party! I was thinking about doing that too! Might have to check out the dates! Little kids say the cutest things all the time! Even at 6 yrs old, my DD cracks me up!

LOVEMY3KIDDOS
09-25-2009, 12:01 PM
I can't wait to meet little Madi!!!!!! Is Minnie her fav???

We have a book that we have titled Lexisms!!! Funny...Lulu is the smartest kid (I swear) in the 5th grade! BUT...she says some of the dumbest things! One of the things in the book is "How many people were in the Jackson 5?" LOL Nobody said Einstein had common sense!!!! Just thought I'd add my side of isms! Yours are cute...mine...scary!

KGH
09-26-2009, 10:10 AM
My goodness - I failed to mention something of importance!

Tomorrow Madilynn and I and her 2 little BFFs and their mom are going to this: Disney's A Christmas Carol Train Tour (http://disney.go.com/disneypictures/christmascaroltraintour/)

I am SOOOO looking forward to this, have been since I got the email back in May! Pictures will be posted for sure!!!

I TOTALLY FORGOT ABOUT THIS!!!!! The train is in Boston's South Station all weekend... maybe I can trick DBF into making the trip. If not, I will live vicariously through your pics! :)

And the Minnie Madilyn story is ADORABLE. :thumbsup2 What a cute, funny kid!

MadilynnsMomma
09-26-2009, 08:00 PM
Madi just sounds cute as a button, write her madi-sims down in a book, you will want to remeber all of it. She is smart to figure out MMM Mickey MMMM Madilynn. See Disney can be so educational!

I hope you have a great time at The Chrismtas Carol train tour, I can't wait to se pictures.

She is smart beyond her years - that is for sure!

I TOTALLY FORGOT ABOUT THIS!!!! I saw it advertised before the summer and DH and I said we would do it when it got to NY, but then it just went completely out of my mind. I should get tickets for it. Let me know how it is, I'm dying to know.

On a side note, Madi is adorable. And so smart. I think it's pretty amazing that she knows that Madi and Mickey start with the same letter. Only 2!?!? I think that's very smart.
Just realized it's free, which is ever better!!! Let me know how it is. I really think we're going to do it on 10/30.

It was great - and FREE!!! You def should check it out!

I just got caught back up! I feel like I haven't been here in forever! Yay for Wishes Dessert party! I was thinking about doing that too! Might have to check out the dates! Little kids say the cutest things all the time! Even at 6 yrs old, my DD cracks me up!

I am VERY much so looking forward to the Dessert Party... Mmmm!!!

I can't wait to meet little Madi!!!!!! Is Minnie her fav???

We have a book that we have titled Lexisms!!! Funny...Lulu is the smartest kid (I swear) in the 5th grade! BUT...she says some of the dumbest things! One of the things in the book is "How many people were in the Jackson 5?" LOL Nobody said Einstein had common sense!!!! Just thought I'd add my side of isms! Yours are cute...mine...scary!

I don't think Madi has a favorite. One day she is all about "poo-doh" (Pluto) and the next day she loves "bak-ohh-gah" (sounds like Bakugon, but she's talking about Tinkerbell...). She is just going to LOSE HER MIND in December!!! I love Lexi's Jackson 5 question :rotfl2: - Got yourself a regular Jessica Simpson on your hands! :lmao:

I TOTALLY FORGOT ABOUT THIS!!!!! The train is in Boston's South Station all weekend... maybe I can trick DBF into making the trip. If not, I will live vicariously through your pics! :)

And the Minnie Madilyn story is ADORABLE. :thumbsup2 What a cute, funny kid!

Trick away - I think it is more appealing to an "older" crowd than young kids...

MadilynnsMomma
09-26-2009, 08:13 PM
While we are on a "Your kid is so smart"-kick; I would just like to add one thing more. I am sure that we have all seen the "Your Baby Can Read" infomercials. Well I thought about it, and thought about it, and was really amazed! Then I did what any good parent does... I googled it for reviews. After reading that the way your child "learns" to read is by spending hours and hours daily looking at flash cards, so, essentially, your child is learning to memorize what the pattern of certain letters creates. They are not learning that D-O-G spells dog, or that D says "duh" and O says "Oh and aww" and G says "gah" (NOTE: her LeapFrog FridgePhonics DOES do this! I swear by LeapFrog products and they will continue to get our hard earned money! Because they're products are smart!). They are learning that when they see the word "dog" on a card or in a book that that "picture of symbols or letters" means dog. (Wow - am I venting some hostility? Yes! You are going to charge hard working parents an arm and a leg for some flash cards and a couple DVDs? Why, so that they can continue to compete with little Susie Homemaker down the street - Well not this time! Not this Momma!). So I did not call the 1-800 number and I did not jump on eBay to buy someone's hand-me-down. Instead I said to myself - "self, you are doing a DAMN good job! Your freshly 2 year old daughter can recognize and name all 26 letters, she knows her colors, shapes and even has begun identifying numbers. She counts to 10 and sings her ABC's. Self - you are a better teacher than any index card!"

Rant over - thank you for listening! And if you have used Your Baby Can Read and love it and have had great success with it - please disregard this rant and continue enjoying my PTR adventure!

MadilynnsMomma
09-26-2009, 08:24 PM
On a less objective note - I will be back tomorrow to enlighten you all with a Mini-Trip Report for our trip to Boston :)

nic100308
09-27-2009, 06:18 PM
First, I think it is amazing that Madi just turned 2 and knows all her colors and her letters. That truly is amazing and very good teaching on your part. I also think that a lot of things are gimmicks. DH and I have bought the nieces and nephews (we have 5 already on 1 more on the way) leap frog and also think they are great. Just great products, very smart (as you said)and worth what you pay. I also want to mention that when I was 4 and in preschool there was one girl in my class that could read. And being the over achiever, even at that age, could not know anyone who could do something I could not do. So I went home and asked my mom to teach me how to read. And she taught me how to read on her 1950 whatever "Dick and Jane" book. I still remember it: "Dick and Jane run" "Spot runs too" and when you got to the end of the book, where it was more advanced: "Dick plays ball" "Jane irons" Iron was a little difficult, LOL but how non pc was it!?!?! Anyway the book probably cost like $.50 in 1955 when my Grandma bought it and it served as my first "learning to read" agent. Money doesn't necessarily mean it will work.

disneyaddicted
09-27-2009, 11:39 PM
Good Rant! Both my kids were reading before they started kindergarden, I believe it's parents who spend time with their kids, even just an hour a day doing educational stuff, they don't know it's educational, they think wow, it's fun playing with mommy. Good Job Mommy!

Can't wait for the mini trip report.

LOVEMY3KIDDOS
09-28-2009, 10:53 AM
Yep...Lulu is a confusing girl! The kids have to take those standardized tests each year. (They rank the school district state-wide based on kids' scores.) Anyway, she scored PERFECT on the math section...every question right and advanced on the reading section. So, one would tend to wonder...why would she ask such a silly question?? She has also asked if people in England and Great Brit. speak the same language? HUH!??

I agree...your child is a product of his / her environment. If you teach them well and right...they will do fine! Madi will do perfectly on her own without some paid for tool. And, memorization only gets you just so far! Just keep doing what you are doing! She seems a bit advanced already...so no need to spend money on what you can offer her for free!

exwdwcm
09-28-2009, 03:03 PM
Man, i have been MIA from all my fellow DEC DISERS PTR! sorry guys, work has been super crazy (I so wish I was a stay at home mom, work is making me want to shoot myself!!!). :rotfl::confused3

anyhow- Madi's cake was gorgeous- wow! how did it taste? And she is just cute as a button, love the nemo costume. I'd like to do something like that for WIll (turning 2 on 10/30), but we never know here in Dallas if it will be cool enough yet for him to wear one of those heavy costumes. it could still be in the 90s. :rotfl2:ah, texas weather, gotta love it and hate it.

love all the shirts and other goodies you have for her for hte trip too.

and yes- WISHES dessert party- we just booked it as well. We are doing it on 12/16. We are doing O'hana too- on our last night- at 4:30pm, then heading to the MK for a few last hours to say good bye (how sad!).

oh and i think you were looking for the exact schedule for WISHEs on MVMCP night- here it is. We are doing MVMCP on 12/15.
These are 2008 hours until 2009 is released, but should be the same. I hear you can get into the dessert party about an hour before WISHES.

Holiday Wishes--Celebrate the Spirit of the Season: 9:30 p.m.
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade: 8:15, 10:30 p.m.
Mickey's 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' Show: 7, 8, 9, 10:15 and 11:15 p.m.
Celebrate the Season Show - 7:45, 10:05 and 11:20 p.m. at the Castle Forecourt Stage
Belle's Enchanted Christmas Story: 7:15, 8:10, 10:00 and 11:15pm
For a guide map of the park during the MVMCP, click HERE! (http://allears.net/tp/mk/mvmcp_08map.jpg)

MadilynnsMomma
09-28-2009, 11:14 PM
First, I think it is amazing that Madi just turned 2 and knows all her colors and her letters. That truly is amazing and very good teaching on your part. I also think that a lot of things are gimmicks. DH and I have bought the nieces and nephews (we have 5 already on 1 more on the way) leap frog and also think they are great. Just great products, very smart (as you said)and worth what you pay. I also want to mention that when I was 4 and in preschool there was one girl in my class that could read. And being the over achiever, even at that age, could not know anyone who could do something I could not do. So I went home and asked my mom to teach me how to read. And she taught me how to read on her 1950 whatever "Dick and Jane" book. I still remember it: "Dick and Jane run" "Spot runs too" and when you got to the end of the book, where it was more advanced: "Dick plays ball" "Jane irons" Iron was a little difficult, LOL but how non pc was it!?!?! Anyway the book probably cost like $.50 in 1955 when my Grandma bought it and it served as my first "learning to read" agent. Money doesn't necessarily mean it will work.

Madi's library is filled with classics as well! We love Goodnight Moon, The Napping House, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Go Dogs Go (her personal fave of the moment!) - and we go to the library every week or two and get some new ones to fill the repetitiveness. I love that you learned on Dick & Jane, classic, simple and cheap!

Good Rant! Both my kids were reading before they started kindergarden, I believe it's parents who spend time with their kids, even just an hour a day doing educational stuff, they don't know it's educational, they think wow, it's fun playing with mommy. Good Job Mommy!

Can't wait for the mini trip report.

:goodvibes Thanks Ty! :hug:

Yep...Lulu is a confusing girl! The kids have to take those standardized tests each year. (They rank the school district state-wide based on kids' scores.) Anyway, she scored PERFECT on the math section...every question right and advanced on the reading section. So, one would tend to wonder...why would she ask such a silly question?? She has also asked if people in England and Great Brit. speak the same language? HUH!??

I agree...your child is a product of his / her environment. If you teach them well and right...they will do fine! Madi will do perfectly on her own without some paid for tool. And, memorization only gets you just so far! Just keep doing what you are doing! She seems a bit advanced already...so no need to spend money on what you can offer her for free!

Lulu sounds hilarious - I can not wait to meet her and the rest of the crew ;)

I know I am a good Momma and I do right by and for my daughter. I have no worries for her - just hopes and dreams :cloud9:

Man, i have been MIA from all my fellow DEC DISERS PTR! sorry guys, work has been super crazy (I so wish I was a stay at home mom, work is making me want to shoot myself!!!). :rotfl::confused3

anyhow- Madi's cake was gorgeous- wow! how did it taste? And she is just cute as a button, love the nemo costume. I'd like to do something like that for WIll (turning 2 on 10/30), but we never know here in Dallas if it will be cool enough yet for him to wear one of those heavy costumes. it could still be in the 90s. :rotfl2:ah, texas weather, gotta love it and hate it.

love all the shirts and other goodies you have for her for hte trip too.

and yes- WISHES dessert party- we just booked it as well. We are doing it on 12/16. We are doing O'hana too- on our last night- at 4:30pm, then heading to the MK for a few last hours to say good bye (how sad!).

oh and i think you were looking for the exact schedule for WISHEs on MVMCP night- here it is. We are doing MVMCP on 12/15.
These are 2008 hours until 2009 is released, but should be the same. I hear you can get into the dessert party about an hour before WISHES.

Holiday Wishes--Celebrate the Spirit of the Season: 9:30 p.m.
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade: 8:15, 10:30 p.m.
Mickey's 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' Show: 7, 8, 9, 10:15 and 11:15 p.m.
Celebrate the Season Show - 7:45, 10:05 and 11:20 p.m. at the Castle Forecourt Stage
Belle's Enchanted Christmas Story: 7:15, 8:10, 10:00 and 11:15pm
For a guide map of the park during the MVMCP, click HERE! (http://allears.net/tp/mk/mvmcp_08map.jpg)

Don't feel bad - I have been MIA from my own report so to speak. I come on and after I am done reading up about everyone else my mind is fried or my eyes are tired (or, let's be honest... I am addicted to Mafia Wars on Facebook... don't ask me how it happened... it just did...). You are forgiven :hug:

Madi's cake was delicious on day one and two weeks later when I delighted my taste buds with the final slice! The nice thing about the Nemo costume is that it is leg-less and sleeve-less. So you could pull it off in any climate I suppose! Disney Store has a super cute Mickey one too RIGHT HERE (http://www.disneystore.com/infant-toddler-costumes-mickey-mouse-costume-for-toddlers/p/1250827/13813/)

Thanks for the info on the Wishes for MVMCP. I can not wait for them to release 2009 info - any thought on when that may be?

MadilynnsMomma
09-29-2009, 12:03 AM
Our plan was originally for my friend Alison to pick me up after she dropped her 10 year old son off at school and we would head off with "the babies" (Madilynn - 2, Bella & Griffin - both 3) around 8:30. Well none of us ever run things as smoothly as we'd like... SO, new plan! Ryley would take the day off with his cousin (Alison comes from a family of 9! She is the second oldest. Her son, Ryley is 6 months younger than her youngest sibling!) and they would be joining us on our adventure. We were all set and on the road around 9:30 I think and in Braintree at 10:20. The true highlight for the kids was getting to ride the T (Boston's commuter train system). It was nice, we parked in Braintree for $7 and rode round trip on the T for less than $7. If we had have tried to find parking in Boston we would have easily paid over $20 for a couple hours.

So off we go on the T! Every stop Griffin proclaims: "ALL ABOARD!" So cute! I don't have any pics of our T adventure because of two reasons. First, the man one seat away from me reaked of urine and nastiness and was sharing a paper with his body that said "INMATE ID" on the top. Secondly, the night before we leave (while watching Grey's :sad:) there is a news bite that pops up about safety on the T and why your cell phone is to blame. SO - needless to say I was huggin my baby tight and kept my backpack securely between my legs!

Next stop - South Station! We get off the T and make our way to the Amtrak platform. The Disney Train is occupying Platform 1 all weekend - Cool! :thumbsup2 There were a few misconceptions about this trip in our heads. We had envisioned a Polar Express like experience. We thought we would get our ticket, get on the train, there'd be stuff to check out and then they would take us on a magical 10 - 15 minute ride around the city... Not so much! The train was great and had a lot of cool stuff to check out, but not so much for a group of toddlers.

Here's some pics from the Train:


http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d131/TeacherJenny/DIS/IMG_1385.jpg

Madi as we entered the train, as always we were rushed and I didn't get the shot I wanted... some people just don't see the world through the eyes of a scrapbooker!


http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d131/TeacherJenny/DIS/IMG_1386.jpg

Madi checking out some of the first edition Christmas Carol books on loan from the Dickens Museum of London


http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d131/TeacherJenny/DIS/IMG_1387.jpg

Ebenezer, himself (this was a painting)


http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d131/TeacherJenny/DIS/IMG_1388.jpg

Tiny Tim - how cute is he? A little creepy, but cute! (also a painting)


http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d131/TeacherJenny/DIS/IMG_1389.jpg

They had a lot of HP Touch Smart computer monitors around that were either set on a loop of images from the movie or set up with a trivia game. They were neat. HP was the co-sponsor, or something like that...


http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d131/TeacherJenny/DIS/IMG_1389.jpg

More originals on loan...


http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d131/TeacherJenny/DIS/IMG_1391.jpg

Madi with the mold of Ebenezer and Cratchet


http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d131/TeacherJenny/DIS/IMG_1392.jpg

Madi with the diagram(? - That's not the word... but I too tired to figure it out...) of the Horse drawn Hearse


http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d131/TeacherJenny/DIS/IMG_1393.jpg

And Fred's house...


http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d131/TeacherJenny/DIS/IMG_1395.jpg

And lastly, warming herself by the HP fire :laughing:


After touring the train and morphing our faces with the HP technology (those pictures will be emailed to us soon...) we head across the street to our 3D viewing of A Christmas Carol extended sneek peek. I felt like I was at Disney at this moment. We had 3D glasses in hand and were waiting for the line to move so we could have our turn! The movie looks good, Madi enjoyed it. It was a bit loud, but it was in a temporary tent in the middle of downtown Boston, so I suppose noise was a factor.

All in all I give this adventure a B+. There are a few areas I would have added details and a few areas I would have taken away from. But I got outta the house and off this man-made island with my baby and we had an adventure - that alone earned it the B, the Disney experience added the plus! :goodvibes

longing2Batdisney
09-29-2009, 12:23 AM
Great mini TR! I had decided not to take Ashton when it came to New Orleans. He loves trains but I did not think he would like the movie (stuff). Looks like something I would have enjoyed! thanks for sharing!

LOVEMY3KIDDOS
09-29-2009, 09:39 AM
Aww! Too bad you didn't get a ride. But, it looks like it was a good day for the two of you! I can't wait for that movie to come out!

I know what you mean by those random lovely smells on the trains...when we ride the subway in NY!!

nic100308
09-29-2009, 12:59 PM
Looks so cool!! We're going on 10/30 when it comes to Grand Central in NY. Was it really crowded when you went? Just trying to figure how much time we'll need to get a good spot on line. Anyway my mother in-law is coming too, she's sup[er huge into Disney too. Then afterwords I figured we'd do a World of Disney run. I've never been to the one in NYC actually.

disneyaddicted
09-29-2009, 09:46 PM
I thought it would be a little train ride too. Oh well. I still can't wait to see the movie.

LOVEMY3KIDDOS
09-30-2009, 09:58 AM
Jen...did you see this? Thought maybe it would be something cute for Madi...
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2278212
Just a thought...check it out!
Erin

MadilynnsMomma
09-30-2009, 09:07 PM
Great mini TR! I had decided not to take Ashton when it came to New Orleans. He loves trains but I did not think he would like the movie (stuff). Looks like something I would have enjoyed! thanks for sharing!

I think you made a good choice Connie! The ride on the T surely made the kid's day!

Aww! Too bad you didn't get a ride. But, it looks like it was a good day for the two of you! I can't wait for that movie to come out!

I know what you mean by those random lovely smells on the trains...when we ride the subway in NY!!

Characters are everywhere, unfortunately not all are employed by Disney :rotfl2:

Looks so cool!! We're going on 10/30 when it comes to Grand Central in NY. Was it really crowded when you went? Just trying to figure how much time we'll need to get a good spot on line. Anyway my mother in-law is coming too, she's sup[er huge into Disney too. Then afterwords I figured we'd do a World of Disney run. I've never been to the one in NYC actually.

We arrived around 10/10:30 I think and it started at 9:00AM. There was no line and just minimal waiting as you walked through the train. I talked to the lady handing out "tickets" and she said it was crowded at opening. I would suggest you go after opening but before lunch. Let me know how you make out!

I thought it would be a little train ride too. Oh well. I still can't wait to see the movie.

The movie looks excellent!!!

Jen...did you see this? Thought maybe it would be something cute for Madi...
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2278212
Just a thought...check it out!
Erin

I just followed the links! That def looks like something we will be doing. Just nailed down some tentative itnerary from... ::drum roll:: ... SHAMUS!!! He's starting to get into it as the dates get closer!!! He suggest we go to DTD when we arrive before heading to HS for Osborne! He's smart ;)