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beyondblessed
07-26-2009, 04:26 PM
I've been lurking around these boards for years and years....mostly the trip reports. I LOVE reading about everyone's experiences - it helps so much when planning. And it fills the void between trips. I've finally decided it's time to start my own pre-trip report. This is a very special trip for us and I want to document every step of the way. I've been on the boards enough to know that there is no better way than by doing a PTR and TR on Dis! :lovestruc


THE CAST

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:laundy: Nikky (Mommy) – I’m the Disney travel agent in our family! I’ve been in love with Mickey since I was a little girl and just can’t get enough. I’ve been to Disney 12 times since I was in 6th grade. I plan and plan and plan, driving my husband completely crazy but he’ll willingly admit it’s my obsessive planning that ensures we have such great Disney vacations. I truly find the planning almost as thrilling as the trip. I work full time as a Financial Analyst at our local hospital and spend most of my time as a devoted soccer Mom (although my girls don’t actually play soccer :confused3). In what little free time I do have I enjoy attending my daughters’ and husband’s sporting events, scrapbooking and planning current and future Disney trips.
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:teacher: Travis (Daddy) – Isn't he cute? :lovestrucI introduced the love of my life to my first love (Mickey) about six months after we started dating. After all, how could I choose to spend my life with someone without first making sure they’d indulge and enable my Disney habit? Unfortunately Travis does not “get” Disney like I do…however; he is 100% supportive and devoted to making his 3 girls happy (as long as I take care of the arrangements). He is a high school math teacher, softball coach and golf coach…I say he only teaches so he can coach. As much as I love and admire him for the career he’s chosen…it really impedes on my Disney planning since the only times I want to go are when school is in session. More on this later…
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:cheer2: Hayley (DD12) – Hayley was introduced to Disney World when she was a year old. She’s been 4 times and is a lot like her Mom – can’t get enough. She will be in 8th grade this fall!:sad: She’s my sports girl, although she’s the shortest in her class, she’s small and mighty. During the school year she is a cheerleader, plays basketball and volleyball and runs track. In the summer, she plays on 2 softball teams and is the primary reason I’m a soccer Mom (but like I said…no soccer).
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:cheer2: Caya (DD4, pronounounced “Kay-uh”) – Caya was introduced to Disney World when she was 6 months old. The sweetest thing you will ever meet until she doesn’t get her way…then watch out! We like to call her our “tomboy princess” if there is such a thing. She’s been known to “dress up” and play softball in high heels and a tutu. We think it ought to help her coordination!:laughing: She cannot wait to meet the princesses and ride Dumbo and the Coffee Cups (as she calls them). I LOVE that this is all still real to her – makes it real for the rest of us as well. She is on a competitive cheerleading squad that practices 2 nights a week and competes several weekends throughout the year – the secondary reason I’m a soccer Mom (still…no soccer). I do however believe she can start playing soccer on our local rec team this fall. We shall see…maybe I’ll officially get to be a soccer Mom.

:dog: Happy – He’s our Shih Tzu puppy. I added him to our profile only because he was named after a Disney character.

There will most likely be others joining us for part of our trip. Once this is confirmed I will update the cast.

CHAPTER INDEX
HOW THIS TRIP CAME TO BE (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32883824&postcount=2)
PLANS (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32884998&postcount=7)
FAVORITES (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32885358&postcount=8)
PAST TRIPS (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32885789&postcount=10)
PLANS CHANGE (OFTEN APPARENTLY) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32886971&postcount=11)
PLANS CHANGE (UGH-Gotta check with the boss!) (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32903098&postcount=17)
PLANS CHANGE (The boss' response) (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32903950&postcount=22)
IS THERE A CLASS FOR DISNEY? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32954200&postcount=32)
HEIGHT CHECK (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33072561&postcount=39)
DISNEY PLANNING BAG (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33076332&postcount=42)
WEEKEND MINI TRIP (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33076739&postcount=43)
A LITTLE SHOPPING (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33279516&postcount=53)
100 DAYS (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33365318&postcount=55)
REAL LIFE INTERUPTIONS (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33815638&postcount=70)
TRAVEL JOURNALS (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33815785&postcount=71)
MORE DISNEY SHOPPING (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33996263&postcount=91)
PAID IN FULL (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34037040&postcount=109)
PACKAGE IN THE MAIL (No, not from Disney) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34059774&postcount=119)
ITINERARY (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34500221&postcount=147)
PACKING LIST (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34500682&postcount=149)
TO DO LIST (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34500843&postcount=150)

beyondblessed
07-26-2009, 04:37 PM
HOW THIS TRIP CAME TO BE

I know I probably don’t need to explain how a Disney trip came to be and I definitely don’t feel I need an excuse to plan one but this time, there is a reason and a reason that is close to my heart…so I’m sharing.

In January, my Dad lost his battle with cancer. He didn’t want any services (that is just like him). Instead he asked to be cremated and to have his ashes divided between my Mom, my 2 sisters, my brother and myself. He wanted us each to take them somewhere that was special to us. He didn’t have to say a word (I would have known) but he specifically told me to take mine to Disney World. I’m quite a bit younger than my siblings and went on many Disney trips with my parents….and my best friend. They always allowed me to bring my BFF so I’d have someone my age to spend time with. And Nichole and I have been best friends since we were 3 so she’s like family. My sisters and their families joined us a couple times and although my Dad didn’t specifically tell them Disney, they are planning on meeting us for part of this trip.

My Dad was a workaholic to say the least so when he actually took a vacation….he took a vacation. All out, fully indulged. We always stayed at the Polynesian (usually concierge). My parents would beg and plead if they had to in order to get a first floor lagoon view room – they always succeeded. God, I wish I had my Dad’s negotiating skills. There will be many more references to my wonderful Dad in future posts but in honor of him, we are staying at the Polynesian (for part of the trip…more to come on this). With my husband coaching softball and golf, Nov-Dec was the earliest we could plan this trip. I opted for December because we’ve been before and loved it at that time. We actually got engaged on a Disney trip on 12/12 and will be leaving for this trip on 12/12. I can’t explain how much this trip means to me. I think because we didn’t have services, I NEED this…my heart, my soul, my mind, my family…needs this. It will be bitter sweet I’m sure but I plan on honoring him in the best way I know how – by being a kid with my kids, just like he did with me.

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I can’t fathom the idea of doing Disney in less than a week. It’s just not possible, right? :confused3 My husband went in to talk to the superintendant and was told he can only take 3 personal days. ?????????? Oh my, that means our trip can only be 5 days max!!! I was devastated, completely 100% heartbroken. :sad1: This isn’t just this one trip…it’s the rest of my ever loving Disney life! :mad: I don’t want to go when school is out…spring break and summer vacation are out because of softball and Christmas break is by far the busiest time at Disney – no way do I want to try that. What is a girl to do??? Well, isn’t it obvious? If we have to shorten our trip, we are upgrading. I called back and changed our reservation to concierge. I had considered this already because all concierge guests stay in the Hawaii longhouse and that is where I always stayed with my parents. I was able to calm down and become okay with this shortened trip (it did take a couple tranquilizers). :laughing: But then I started thinking about how crazy it was going to be to do everything we wanted to do…and spend quality time with my sisters and their families. So now, the plan is to keep this reservation as is for my little family of 4, my poor husband will fly home on Wednesday and my sisters and families will join me and the girls then. I hate that he will be missing out on part of our trip (I promised not to have too much fun without him) but I think this will be the best way to accomplish everything I want to accomplish. And just so he isn’t too jealous, we are moving from a Deluxe (Concierge) to a Value!!! Actually, it has nothing to do with him being jealous and everything to do with saving a little money! I have reservations at Pop Century for an additional 4 nights right now but want to do a little more research before that is set in stone. We’ve never stayed at a Value so I didn’t have a 1st choice….I kind of just picked one. Any thoughts on this??????

UP NEXT: PLANS (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32884998&postcount=7)

m!ssemmx0
07-26-2009, 04:50 PM
Hi Nikky! I'm on board(:
I'm in the middle of writing my first TR too (2 years after taking the trip though:laughing:).

jo
07-26-2009, 04:59 PM
You have an adorable family! I can't wait to read more about your planning.

I, too, enjoy planning almost as much as the trip itself and I drive the rest of my family absolutely crazy! :surfweb:

I teared up reading about your dad. I took my parents, ages 70 and 68, in May. And although it made for a slower trip than we are used to, I am so glad that I did! The memories will last forever! :love:

beyondblessed
07-26-2009, 05:01 PM
Yeah, my first visitor! :) That's funny...I seriously considered whether or not I should start by doing a trip report of our previous trip. I'd have a lot more pictures...unfortunately, my memory isn't so good and I wasn't up on dis and didn't take good trip report notes. Now I'm in the know :) thank goodness! I'm trying to figure out the links now - my skills are a little rusty.

Off to check out your TR right now!!!:yay:

beyondblessed
07-26-2009, 05:14 PM
Hi Jo - Thank you! That is so wonderful that you got to go to Disney with your parents in May. I would give anything, absolutely ANYTHING to have one more trip with my parents.

beyondblessed
07-26-2009, 06:08 PM
DISCLAIMER!!! I actually started writing this in a Word document a couple weeks ago. Instead of starting from scratch, I thought I'd go ahead and post everything I have written so you can journey through the drama with me. What would planning a vacation be without a little drama. If I had to guess, I started this in early June.

PLANS

Flights: I actually have not booked flights yet. I want to so badly but just can’t seem to get anyone/everyone to commit. I think I’m going to go ahead and book our flights down RIGHT NOW and hold off on our return flights! This is the plan so far…

12/12/09 – 7:00 am Indianapolis --> Orlando 9:14 am on Air Tran (All 4 of us)
12/16/09 – 2:45 pm Orlando --> 4:14 Atlanta 5:21 --> Bloomington 6:07 pm on Air Tran (Travis Only)
12/20/09 – 10:25 am Orlando --> Indianapolis 12:55 pm on Southwest (Girls Only)

*** We will drive over to Indy on Friday night and stay at the Hilton Garden Inn – Indpls Airport (about a 2 hour drive). Indy is an hour ahead of us and I don’t even want to think about what time we would have to leave to make a 7am flight if we left that same morning. Staying in a hotel will allow us to park free and take a shuttle to the airport in the morning. They also have a free continental breakfast. I figure if you add the cost of parking + breakfast that we would have if we didn’t stay in the hotel, we’ll break even (or come close ) and get a little extra, much needed sleep. We’ve done this several times in the past and it’s worked out well. Plus it kind of allows us to start our vacation the night before…and if Trav’s vacation is going to be cut short, we’ll take every little bit with him we can get.

*** Travis will have someone pick him up at the Bloomington airport; it’s a little less than an hour from home. We haven’t actually asked anyone yet but there are a number of people that I’m sure would be willing to do it. This will leave the car in Indy for me and the girls. I’m already a little nervous about getting all of us and our stuff to the car without my wonderful husband – I’m sure it will be fine but I’ve never had to do it – I’m picturing me with 2 sleepy girls and 10 suitcases. Note to self – send as much home with Travis as possible.

Resort: I covered most of this already but to recap, the plan so far…
12/12/09 – 12/16/09 @ Polynesian (Concierge-Hawaii Building)
12/16/09 – 12/20/09 @ Pop Century (???)

Transportation: We will be using Disney’s Magical Express. As I type this I’m getting sadder by the minute. I just can’t picture my poor husband getting on the bus all by himself and leaving his girls behind at the happiest place on earth. :sad1:

Passes: With our initial 4 night package we purchased 8 day park hopper passes and I had received an email code that gave us “Water Parks & More” free. It actually reduced the price of our package some too – not sure how but it was a couple hundred dollars different when I priced it online and when I called with our code. No questions – I’ll take it. We probably won’t step foot in a water park or use the “more” feature but it was free and will be nice to know we can do Disney Quest if it rains one day.

Food: We will use the Disney Dining Plan for the first half of our trip along with the concierge. For the 2nd half, there really is no plan. My sisters and their families will probably be running 100 miles an hour so we will probably eat as quickly as possible. My little family enjoys the character dining (having 2 little girls)…my sister’s families, not so much. Their children are all grown (high school / college) and I’m guessing would just assume eat while running to the next ride. That’s okay – it will be a new experience for us as well.

UP NEXT: FAVORITES (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32885358&postcount=8)

beyondblessed
07-26-2009, 06:36 PM
FAVORITES

PARK
Travis - Animal Kingdom
Nikky - Magic Kingdom
Hayley - Animal Kingdom
Caya - Magic Kingdom

CHARACTER
Travis - Sleeping Beauty
Nikky - Mickey Mouse
Hayley - Tinkerbelle
Caya - Sleeping Beauty (aka Rose in our house)

RESTAURANT
Travis - Cindy's
Nikky - O'Hana
Hayley - Cindy's
Caya - Cindy's

RIDE
Travis - Splash Mountain
Nikky - Splash Mountain
Hayley - Peter Pan
Caya - Dumbo

RIDE 2
Travis - Rockin' Roller Coaster
Nikky - Haunted Mansion
Hayley - Pirates of the Carribean
Caya - Coffee Cups (aka Tea Cups to the rest of the world) :)

NEXT UP: PAST TRIPS (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32885789&postcount=10)

m!ssemmx0
07-26-2009, 06:43 PM
FAVORITES

PARK
Travis - Animal Kingdom
Nikky - Magic Kingdom
Hayley - Animal Kingdom
Caya - Magic Kingdom

CHARACTER
Travis - Sleeping Beauty
Nikky - Mickey Mouse
Hayley - Tinkerbelle
Caya - Sleeping Beauty (aka Rose in our house)

RESTAURANT
Travis - Cindy's
Nikky - O'Hana
Hayley - Cindy's
Caya - Cindy's

RIDE
Travis - Splash Mountain
Nikky - Splash Mountain
Hayley - Peter Pan
Caya - Dumbo

RIDE 2
Travis - Rockin' Roller Coaster
Nikky - Haunted Mansion
Hayley - Pirates of the Carribean
Caya - Coffee Cups (aka Tea Cups to the rest of the world) :)

That's so cute that Caya calls them the "coffee cups":rotfl:

beyondblessed
07-26-2009, 07:12 PM
PAST TRIPS

ME: I’ve been to Disney 12 times (that I can remember). I had 9 bridesmaids in my wedding and have been to Disney with 5 of them (the 4 I haven’t been with are family members, the 5 I have been with are my 5 best friends).

1. Nichole - My best friend!!! She came along for the first 4 or 5 trips taken with my parents. Because my siblings were all grown up, my Mom and Dad always invited Nichole to come along with us. She really is more of a sister than a friend. Her Mom started babysitting me when we were 3 and we have been inseparable since. Well, with the exception of the times her Dad MOVED HER ACROSS THE COUNTRY!!! I have forgiven him since but in 2nd grade they moved to Tennessee (I got to visit her once) and from there they moved to California. In 5th grade they moved back (to the very house they’d left) and my world was right again. Until freshman year when her Dad MOVED HER ACROSS THE COUNTRY AGAIN!!! This time to New Jersey. I got to visit her once there too and even traveled to Europe with her for her school trip. As much as we like to give our parents a hard time for doing this to us, they were incredible about keeping our friendship intact. She spent most of her summers in Illinois with me (and her grandparents) and then her senior year her parents moved to Missouri. After her first year of college she moved back to Illinois to go to nursing school and has been here since. Strangely enough she lives in that same house she lived in twice as a child – and I happened to live there with my parents while our new house was being built (her grandparents own it). We work for the same place (she’s a nurse, I’m in finance), our daughters were born less than a month apart, she babysits for me during the summer since she only works weekends, we walk together every morning at 5:30 am and we spend every free moment we can together. She is my daughter’s God-mother and I am her daughter's…oh and her Mom is actually my God-mother. Our daughters have an arranged friendship – they have to be best friends whether they like it or not. She and her now husband traveled to Disney with us when we got engaged. They recently took their first family trip to Disney with their children and I’m trying to convince them to join us in December…you know, for old time’s sake!

2. Heidi - In 8th grade I went to Space Camp with another dear friend, Heidi, in Huntsville, Alabama and following our time there we flew to Orlando and met her parents for a week in Disney. As much as I love Disney I was completely homesick and never wanted to go back there without my Mom and Dad again. After college, Heidi lived in Tampa, FL and I flew down to visit her for a long weekend. Tampa is sooo close to Disney…of course we made a trip there!

3. Rachael – I was planning a trip to Disney and mentioned it to my friend Rachael. She hadn’t been since high school and was dying to go back so her family came along. Her oldest daughter was 5 and Hayley was 3. We actually managed to cram 2 families into one room at Port Orleans-Riverside (actually it was still Dixie Landings back then). I have such good memories from this trip – 3 and 5 are such great ages to take little princesses.

4. Christie – Christie has been my best friend since Nichole’s Dad MOVED HER ACROSS THE COUNTRY freshman year. The year I started dating my now husband, I was planning another trip to Disney and she commented that her and her now husband had never done anything like that and would love to join us. We went Labor Day weekend for only 4 days but had the best time. Funny story – people think we look a lot alike, we get confused for each other quite often. We both married Travis’ from the same rural town that consists of a school a church and maybe 15 houses and they are both 3 years younger than us. Yes, I robbed the cradle – BIG TIME!

5. Maureen – I met Mo in high school. We didn’t go to school together but worked together at the local grocery store. She has a son that is 2 months older than Hayley. Her family joined us on our last trip. It was nice for Hayley to have someone her age.

*** I can remember other people meeting us at Disney too. A year or so after space camp, a friend that I met there who lived in Sarasota came down for a couple days. It was neat to see him but I have completely lost touch with him since. Both of my older sisters and their families have met us a couple times. And my parents even let me take my high school sweetheart when we went for my graduation (only because Poly has a daybed he could sleep in).

***I have the sweetest memories from Disney and I pray my children will as well. There is nothing I wish for more than to have one more trip there with my parents. Sadly, my Dad is gone and my Mom is not healthy enough to travel there anymore. I’m sure that my heaven will include Disney World and my Dad will greet me on Main Street.[/U]

TRAV: His first trip was when we were dating. His Mom and sisters had been on a school cheerleading trip but he had never gone. My goal was to try him out – make sure he’d be accepting of my obsession before I fell head over heals in love! haha He really enjoyed it but doesn’t feel the need to go several times a year like I do. He does, however, LOVE his girls and what we want we get.

HAYLEY: Her first trip was at a year old….then when she was 3…..then 6…..then 8. This will be her 5th trip.

CAYA: Her first trip was at 6 months. It was to celebrate how well Hayley took on her big sister role after 8 years of being an only child and how my husband bribed me into going back to work after my maternity leave. It worked! This will be her 2nd trip – she is deprived! We really can’t let so much time go by between trips…she’ll think we love Hayley more!!! haha

UP NEXT: PLANS CHANGE (OFTEN APPARENTLY) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32886971&postcount=11)

beyondblessed
07-26-2009, 08:29 PM
PLANS CHANGE (OFTEN APPARENTLY)

Flights: I booked our flights!!! Yeah! As I was getting ready to do it and explained everything to my hubby again, he said just book all 4 the same. I was so confused – he can’t take a full week!!! Hmmmmm! Well, I guess he can if he REALLY wants to. He decided that he would take his personal days and 2 dock days. Dock days stink – it’s not that you just don’t get paid…you actually end up owing money. Teachers are paid year round, based on 180 work days. If you miss a day, you divide 1 by 180 and multiply by your base salary and that’s what it will cost you. We are thinking it will cost us about $500 for him to take 2 doc days. Something I think is TOTALLY worth it but I didn’t think I’d ever convince him of this. Anyway, I’m on cloud 9!!! We won’t have to say good-bye to him mid-trip, I won’t have to travel alone with 2 sleepy children and 10 suitcases…we get to spend 8 glorious nights and 9 days TOGETHER at the happiest place on earth.

So this is what I booked and it was only $548.80 for all 4 of us. I could NOT believe it!!!

12/12/09 – 7:00 am Indianapolis --> Orlando 9:14 pm on Air Tran (All 4 of us)
12/20/09 – 12:05 pm Orlando --> Indianapolis 2:19 pm on Air Tran (All 4 of us)

*** We will drive over to Indy on Friday night and stay at the Hilton Garden Inn – Indpls Airport (about a 2 hour drive). Indy is an hour ahead of us and I don’t even want to think about what time we would have to leave to make a 7am flight if we left that same morning. Staying in a hotel will allow us to park free and take a shuttle to the airport in the morning. They also have a free continental breakfast. I figure if you add the cost of parking + breakfast that we would have if we didn’t stay in the hotel, we’ll break even (or come close) and get a little extra, much needed sleep. We’ve done this several times in the past and it’s worked out well.

Resort: I covered most of this already but to recap, the plan so far…

12/12/09 – 12/16/09 @ Polynesian (Concierge-Hawaii Building)
12/16/09 – 12/20/09 @ Pop Century (???)

Transportation: We will be using Disney’s Magical Express. All of us together! Yippee!!!

Passes: We will extend our passes to 9 days (I think the cost difference is about $10 for all of us).

Food: We had originally planned on just using the dining plan the first half of our trip. Now I’m in the process of figuring out what we need to do to extend it for the remainder of our trip. Hmmm, I wonder if I give up concierge if we can stay at Poly the entire trip?!?!? Definitely something worth considering!

UP NEXT: PLANS CHANGE (UGH-Gotta check with the boss!) (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32903098&postcount=17)

AGPrincess
07-26-2009, 09:09 PM
Subbing! I can't wait to hear about your trip -- I love the Polynesian!

Hmmm...you've got a tough choice with resorts! Pop is really fun in a different way from the Poly. It's just so Disney-ish with the bright colors and over-sized sculptures. Then again, if you could stay the whole time at the Poly...:rolleyes1 But they're both Disney, so you can't lose! :goodvibes

ladybugmom
07-27-2009, 12:29 AM
Hi Nikky!! I'm subscribing!! I found your PTR when you posted on my TR!! I LOVE the Poly and can't WAIT to go back!! Thank you for sharing with us about your dad! What a sweet way of remembering him! :hug:

beyondblessed
07-27-2009, 01:07 PM
I should really get caught up before I start posting current stuff but I'm too excited to wait. We got FREE DINING!!!! I had heard (through the DIS of course) that it was going to be opened up to the general public today so I got up at 6 am and called. Sure enough...it was and it was available for our dates! Woohoo! Yippee! Yeah!

DisneyFairy19
07-27-2009, 01:35 PM
HI Nikky

My name is Christina and I just subscribed to your PTR- sounds like its going to be a very nice trip. I have too stayed at the Poly concierge and it is amazing… Your family is beautiful and I am so sorry to hear about your father lost his battle with cancer… May he RIP, and I am sure he will be watching his daughter and her family have a magical time at Disney…

It is fun doing a PTR, I cant wait to read more
:surfweb:

beyondblessed
07-27-2009, 08:01 PM
Hi Christina - Thanks for the sweet post. I'm off to get caught up on your TR's now. I already posted this on your PTR but it's worth saying again...I'm soooo jealous you live in FL!!! :)

beyondblessed
07-27-2009, 08:19 PM
DISCLAIMER!!! This is another post that I actually wrote last week!!! I'll have another update immediately following this post.

PLANS CHANGE (UGH-Gotta check with the boss!)

Where do I begin? I guess by saying I’m no longer on cloud 9. This might go in circles, sorry….

• The former superintendant resigned – a new one was hired. Not a big deal, just a change.
• The school calendar was changed at the June board meeting. All Final Exams are now the week that we will be gone. Contractually, my husband can’t take personal leave during exams. I’m freaking!!!
• The only bright spot is that he found out he is allotted 4 personal days (not 3 like we thought) meaning we could go 6 days without taking any doc days or we could go a full week and only take 1 doc day if approved.

So, my wonderful husband (knowing how bad his wife is freaking) set up an appointment to meet with the new superintendent this afternoon at 2. Did I mention that he is the Union President…his job is to act as liaison between the Superintendant and the teachers…don’t really want to start the year off on the wrong foot. I’m dying to know how it’s going (it’s 2:45 as a type this). Seeing that it’s her first year, first week on the job I don’t see any way she can bend the rules before the school year even starts. But he has a couple good arguments…like the calendar being changed and the fact that it would benefit the students more for him to be there the week leading up to exams when he can actually teach, review and answer questions, rather than the week of exams when all he does his hand out scan trons and twiddle his thumbs. Oh and the fact that his wife is freaking!!! I love him so much for trying!!!

Yes, our plans can be changed, as much as I don’t want them to. It will cost us $300 plus any additional increase to change our flights. Disney is completely flexible so that is good. Work-wise it’s much better for me to be gone the 12th – 20th but I can work it out to be gone the week before but ONLY IF I HAVE TO! And I’m not too worried about the girls missing school – yes, I’m that kind of Mom. Some things are more important….like a week at Disney with your family!!!

Sorry if this doesn't make much sense.

UP NEXT: PLANS CHANGE (The boss' response) (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=32903950&postcount=22)

beyondblessed
07-27-2009, 08:37 PM
AG Princess - Thanks for dropping in. I LOVE your picture links for your TRs - they are sooo neat. I can't wait to get caught up on all of them!!!;)

beyondblessed
07-27-2009, 08:46 PM
Hi Becky - Thanks for the sweet sweet post! I'll be hitting you up with some Poly questions, I'm sure.

ladybugmom
07-27-2009, 08:57 PM
Oooooh--we need another update! I must know what happened with the superintendant!!

jordanyosh
07-27-2009, 09:00 PM
okay.I'm along for the ride. I'm all caught up...:thumbsup2

if you read the first post from my PTR in 07, you'll know I've experienced a ton of loss in the last few years. WDW has a way of helping with the healing process. Many people don't get it, but hey that's what the people here on the DIS are for. They get it. It's been a tremendous way for me to find comfort. I hope you can begin the process of healing from the loss of your dad.

beyondblessed
07-27-2009, 09:07 PM
PLANS CHANGE (The boss' response)

So, it was just as we suspected. There was no way she could bend the rules since it's written in the contract. She was super understanding and agreed 100% with my husband that it would be better to miss the week of exams rather than the week of exams...she even offered to open the change process. However, it probably wouldn't be changed before we left and definitely not in time for us to plan anything. So...our plans change again. Hopefully, for the last time. Here's where we're at CURRENTLY (no more posts from the past, I promise!) ;)

Flights: It will cost us $424 to change our flights on top of the amazing deal we almost got of $548 so the total for our flights is now $972.

12/05/09 – 11:36 am Indianapolis --> Orlando 1:46 pm on Air Tran (All 4 of us)
12/13/09 – 3:40 pm Orlando --> Indianapolis 5:45 pm on Air Tran (All 4 of us)

*** Now with the later flights I'm unsure of whether we will leave Friday night or wait until Saturday morning. I'm still leaning towards driving over the night before. I'm going to receck prices but I believe for the cost of parking at the IND airport for 9 days, we can stay at the hotel (it may even be a little less).

Resort: This is the update I'm most excited about!!! :yay:
12/05/09 – 12/13/09 @ Polynesian

Transportation: We will be using Disney’s Magical Express.

Passes: 9 Day Park Hoppers

Food: This is the biggest reason for the exciting resort change above. We got FREE DINING! Woohoo!!!

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beyondblessed
07-27-2009, 09:24 PM
Becky - I was just posting on your TR. You must have been on mine at the same time. I updated just for you! :rotfl:

jordanyosh
07-27-2009, 09:28 PM
it looks like the cost savings from Free Dining more than make up for the added airfare.:thumbsup2

beyondblessed
07-27-2009, 09:29 PM
Aww Jordan thanks for the post. I can't wait to read your TR's....I might stay up all night doing it. I'm praying for some healing. And the fact that you found some at Disney gives me hope. It's so nice to know there are people out there that understand!!! Thanks in advance for sharing your story!

ladybugmom
07-27-2009, 09:32 PM
Sorry things didn't work out exactly as planned but YAY for FREE DINING!!! :cool1::dance3::cool1:

DisneyFairy19
07-28-2009, 08:17 AM
Awww Nikky I am so sorry things didn’t go to plan, I think when I have kids I will be like you haha your quote

And I’m not too worried about the girls missing school – yes, I’m that kind of Mom. Some things are more important….like a week at Disney with your family!!!

LOL that’s the best…

YEY for Free Dining- We are doing Free Dining this September..

BippityBoo
07-28-2009, 12:49 PM
Hi! I am subbing--saw you on Becky's TR! What a touching story about your Dad! He seemed like such a great man:goodvibes I am SO EXCITED that you are going in early December! We plan on going that exact time next year after I finish my Teaching Certification so i am dying to see what is going on! Also, we plan on staying at the Poly! Really excited to read more:lovestruc

beyondblessed
07-30-2009, 08:48 PM
Thanks Becky! I'm really okay with it now. The important thing is that we still get to go. And I'm thrilled with Free Dining! I just think...you know, free dining probably would not have been available at Poly on the original dates we picked. Makes me feel better anyway.

I'll post this on your TR too in case you don't see it here but...what building did you stay in? I think I read it in your report and could probably go back and find it but it's easier to just ask you! ;) We have only stayed at Hawaii and what used to be Moorea (I think it's Tahiti now-on the beach but closest to TTC).

beyondblessed
07-30-2009, 08:54 PM
Thanks Christina! :lovestruc

It's hard to top free dining. I know it's probably not as good of a deal as I think it is but we would do the dining plan regardless because of the convenience so getting it free is amazing.

My husband is a teacher - I probably shouldn't be "that Mom" but I'm sentimal. There's a lot to be gained from a Disney trip that can't be learned in a classroom. I talk tough but I'm terrified to tell Hayley's teacher. I will wait to tell him until I HAVE TO TELL HIM! ;)

I'm off to get "re-caught up" on your PTR now!!!

beyondblessed
07-30-2009, 09:07 PM
Hi Katie - Thanks for subbing! And thanks for the kind words about my Dad!:hug:

I noticed your pics (love the customs) on Becky's TR and started reading your TR. I hope to get all caught up tonight. Your kids are so cute and I LOVE the outfits. If you're going in early December next year, maybe we'll see you at the Poly. I'd really like to make this an annual event!!! Now to get the hubby on board!

beyondblessed
07-30-2009, 09:24 PM
IS THERE A CLASS FOR DISNEY?

If there were a class offered on "How To Plan The Perfect Disney Vacation", would you take it? I would!!! And it wouldn't matter how much I thought I knew...there's always more to learn. I crave Disney knowledge. I would have been one FABULOUS student if I would have been as interested in school work as I am in Disney!:rotfl:

I've been updating my arsenal of Disney resources. I've purchased books, borrowed books, checked them out from the library, requested more. All in all, there isn't much in them that's new to me or that I can't read about on the boards yet I still want to read them. Is this a sickness???

I've been terribly busy this week and work is really getting in the way of my posting time. I've had very little time to read and catch up on all these incredible trip reports and no time to post. I sit at work dreaming that I'm at home on the Dis.....every free moment I have is consumed with thoughts and plans of Disney. I will get completely caught up this weekend!!!
http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r20/flesner/20090725_5857.jpg

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beyondblessed
07-31-2009, 10:29 PM
FIRST DISNEY PURCHASE

We made our first official purchase for our upcoming trip. I have heard so many wonderful things about the City Mini - it's a common stroller rented by Orlando Strollers. I purchased it with the thought of possibly doing a stroller swap. I will probably still look into it but it will be hard to let this baby go. It is awesome! I can't believe we bought a new stroller for my 4 year old...I wish I would have gotten it a loooonnnggg time ago!!!

http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r20/flesner/CityMiniStroller.jpg

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pooh'smate
08-01-2009, 07:36 PM
Just found your ptr and I am joning in.

BippityBoo
08-01-2009, 09:13 PM
I know what you mean about Disney class! I feel the same way:cutie:

I saw on a travel agency website that they go to continuing ed. called Disney University or something....I would LOVE that. They should open it to the public:laughing:

I can also relate to all the books you read! I tend to bring mine with me on trips or during down time but I seem to be reading the same things over and over! I did get an interesting one recently called The Hidden Magic of WDW (I hope this title comes out b/c I tried to put a car service in recently and it blocked out the name--advertising I guess). It was soo great! Many new things I had no idea about. Have you read that? As far as guide books go, I just got the Birn. Guide book and really like all of the pics and they way they lay the book out.

Love your updates---and your stroller! I was just looking for a new one lastnight!

beyondblessed
08-02-2009, 09:33 AM
Welcome pooh'smate! I'm so happy you are joining us. I saw on your ticker you are 3 months, 3 weeks and 4 days out from your 10th Anniversary trip. I'm thinking that's close to Thanksgiving but don't have a calendar right here in front of me. Am I close? Are you thinking of doing a PTR or TR?;)

beyondblessed
08-02-2009, 09:57 AM
They should open Disney University up to the public - with Disboards alone I bet they'd have a lot of takers!

Is that book blue/purple with the castle on the front? If so, I just ordered it from Amazon....along with a Disney Trivia book. One of the TR's I was reading said they used a trivia book to pass the time at restaurants and while waiting in line. I thought that was a wonderful idea!!!!

I should take a picture of all my Birnbaum Guidebooks (Regular, Kids & Dining). I think I have one from every trip I've ever been on. And the year my Dad was diagnosed with cancer :sad1: we had a trip planned for Thanksgiving but cancelled at the last minute assuming it was his last Thankgiving and we wanted to spend it with him. I even have a book from that year. That's really embarrassing - they don't change that much year to year, it's quite unnecessary to keep buying them! But I just have to.:rotfl:

Another funny book story - I take mine everywhere too. Caya has cheerleading 2 nights a week so I always take a Disney book with me to read. A Mom sitting next to me asked when we were going - I said December. She rolled her eyes at me (SERIOUSLY) and said and you're already reading a planning book. She better get used to it - she will see a Disney book in my hand 2 nights a week until Dec 5th. And even then she'll probably only a get a week off (when we're gone)....I'll probably still be reading (or writing a trip report ;)) for many weeks after we get home. :)

I can't say enough about this stroller w/out sounding pushy :love:. If you go to the Orlando Stroller (dot com) website, you can watch a little video about how easy it is to maneuver and fold. It's one tug on a strap where their little tushies go and it's folded in half in your hand. Caya is 4 and she can actually hold it because it's so light.

BippityBoo
08-02-2009, 10:09 AM
They should open Disney University up to the public - with Disboards alone I bet they'd have a lot of takers!

Is that book blue/purple with the castle on the front? If so, I just ordered it from Amazon....along with a Disney Trivia book. One of the TR's I was reading said they used a trivia book to pass the time at restaurants and while waiting in line. I thought that was a wonderful idea!!!!

I should take a picture of all my Birnbaum Guidebooks (Regular, Kids & Dining). I think I have one from every trip I've ever been on. And the year my Dad was diagnosed with cancer :sad1: we had a trip planned for Thanksgiving but cancelled at the last minute assuming it was his last Thankgiving and we wanted to spend it with him. I even have a book from that year. That's really embarrassing - they don't change that much year to year, it's quite unnecessary to keep buying them! But I just have to.:rotfl:

Another funny book story - I take mine everywhere too. Caya has cheerleading 2 nights a week so I always take a Disney book with me to read. A Mom sitting next to me asked when we were going - I said December. She rolled her eyes at me (SERIOUSLY) and said and you're already reading a planning book. She better get used to it - she will see a Disney book in my hand 2 nights a week until Dec 5th. And even then she'll probably only a get a week off (when we're gone)....I'll probably still be reading (or writing a trip report ;)) for many weeks after we get home. :)

I can't say enough about this stroller w/out sounding pushy :love:. If you go to the Orlando Stroller (dot com) website, you can watch a little video about how easy it is to maneuver and fold. It's one tug on a strap where their little tushies go and it's folded in half in your hand. Caya is 4 and she can actually hold it because it's so light.


Yes! The book is the one with the castle on it! You will LOVE it...guaranteed! I am off to Barnes and Nobel right now to get a couple of the ones you have:rotfl: It is truly a sickness!! And that woman just doesnt understand (obviously) how long it takes to plan the perfect trip!! I had a friend tell me that they really did not like Disney too much b/c they had to wait in line and tried to eat at 10 different places but couldn't get it. NO ADRs NO touring guides!! No wonder they did not experience to the fullest:confused3

I am going to look at orlando stroller right now. Thanks for the tip!! :thumbsup

Did not have time to update lastnight b/c my DH got sick! :sick: I will do it tonight, though!

beyondblessed
08-08-2009, 09:02 AM
HEIGHT CHECK

We just did the 40 inch check to make sure Caya will be able to make it on some of the bigger rides (most importantly Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain). She is right there without shoes and we have about 4 months to go! Woohoo! Now if Hayley would get her tushie out of bed, I'll measure her!

http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r20/flesner/Disney%20Planning/20090807_6123.jpg

Update: Hayley would not let me take her picture (she's like that :)) but she did let me measure her. 59 inches - that's everything except the Sea Racers. I'm guessing (and praying) she'll grow one more inch by December.

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pooh'smate
08-08-2009, 09:42 AM
Welcome pooh'smate! I'm so happy you are joining us. I saw on your ticker you are 3 months, 3 weeks and 4 days out from your 10th Anniversary trip. I'm thinking that's close to Thanksgiving but don't have a calendar right here in front of me. Am I close? Are you thinking of doing a PTR or TR?;)

Yes we are going the day after Thanksgiving. It was alot cheaper to fly on Fri instead of Sat or Sun like we were originally planning. We will be there from Nov 27- Dec 7. I will be doing a ptr after I tell me husband we are going. He doesn't know and I have been saving for this trip for about 5 years. ;)

beyondblessed
08-08-2009, 01:22 PM
Oh my - that is the sweetest thing!!! When and how are you going to tell him. That will make for some awesome PTR writing! :lovestruc

We surprised our oldest daughter Hayley with a trip 6 months after Caya was born...kind of to thank her for being such a great big sister. We told her that DH was going on a golf trip with some friends and we were taking him to meet them at the airport and then us girls were going to the Indianapolis Zoo. Somehow we managed to get about 10 suitcases out of the back of the van and curbside checked before she got out of the car. We got all the way to the gate and gave her a card that explained what was going on, how proud we were and how much we loved her. I don't think she believed us until we gave her a backpack full of Disney stuff. And honestly, I think she was a bit disappointed we weren't actually going to the zoo - until we got there!!! ;)

beyondblessed
08-08-2009, 03:18 PM
DISNEY PLANNING BAG

My Mom was cracking up at my collection of planning books, notebooks and my binder. A few days later she gave me this bag she ordered so that I had a place to organize it all. I love it, I have my pens, pencils, highlighters and removable binder tabs in one of the small pockets and it's big enough for my binder, notebook and a pretty good stack of books. I love it! It looks so cute sitting next to my computer (where I do most of my planning here on DIS)! :)

http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r20/flesner/20090808_6175.jpg


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beyondblessed
08-08-2009, 04:03 PM
WEEKEND MINI TRIP - NIAGARA FALLS

I had to interupt my Disney planning to take a mini trip this summer. We met my sisters and their families at Niagara Falls for a long weekend. One of my sisters lives in FL and the other in CT. The one in FL, flew to CT a few days prior and then they drove to NY. We flew from Chicago to Buffalo and spent the weekend with them. It was so nice - it was the first time I had been with both of my sisters at the same time since my Dad died in January. I think we needed it - to be together under better circumstances. Hayley really needed the getaway - she had a busy summer playing on 2 softball teams (at least 5 days a week). I was nervous how Caya would do on the flight - it was only about an hour and she did great. Eases my mind for our flight to Disney in December. We also got to try out our new stroller, break it in a little. I LOVE it! I can't say enough how much I love that stroller. The security people were completely amazed at how fast it folds with one hand and how easily I could throw it up on the scanner. It was a great investment for us....sure wish I would have gotten it a lot longer.

Here are some pics from our trip....

Niagara Falls - US Side
http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r20/flesner/Disney%20Planning/20090718_5990.jpg

A beautiful rainbow welcomed us
http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r20/flesner/Disney%20Planning/20090718_5668.jpg

We took a ride on the Maid of the Mist
http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r20/flesner/Disney%20Planning/20090718_5669.jpg

Caya in her poncho on the Maid of the Mist boat ride-LOVED it
http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r20/flesner/Disney%20Planning/20090718_5721.jpg

The Cave Walk (or something like that)
http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r20/flesner/Disney%20Planning/20090718_5991.jpg

The Hurriacane Deck - those are my children getting pounded by the falls
http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r20/flesner/Disney%20Planning/20090718_5997.jpg

Lookout Point (that's what I'm calling it anyway) If it isn't Disney, my memory doesn't store it long-term. :rotfl:
http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r20/flesner/Disney%20Planning/20090718_5985.jpg

Hayley on Lookout Point
http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r20/flesner/Disney%20Planning/20090718_5699.jpg

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rhondac
08-08-2009, 05:21 PM
I love your PTR. I'm so sorry about your Dad, but it's really sweet you are getting to remember him in this special way.

My 4 yo is *just* 40 inches as well which is great, because she loves rides and would be very sad to miss out on splash mtn, thunder mtn, etc. As it is she is too short for Expedition Everest (I believe that one is 44?).

Looks like we were in Niagara Falls around the same time, although on different sides of the border ;-) We've done maid of the mist before, it's wet :)

Can't wait to follow the rest of your trip. I only just discovered the Disboards a little while ago, it's nice to be somewhere with other people who share my Disney planning obsession and have some appreciation for my detailed plans and general giddyness about planning a Disney trip (Dh definately does not have any appreciation for it! :rolleyes:). Although he does appreciate it once we are there and things go smoothly, he just doesn't understand how much enjoyment I get out of the detailed planning, oh well!

Rhonda
PTR http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2243659

floridascgirl
08-08-2009, 06:39 PM
I'm loving your PTR! Since our upcoming trip in December is a surprise for our DS11, I can't plan out in the open. Everything is very hush-hush and it's killing me. Reading your report is the next best thing...I kinda feel like I have all of my books spread out. ;)

My DH and I are both teachers, so I can empathize with all of your planning frustration. I'm dreading the day that I have to tell my boss that I'm going to be missing 3 days in December. :scared1: Sadly, we don't get any personal days, so I have to use sick days. Last year she really gave me a hard time for doing this, so I told her they were "mental health" days. Luckily, they were the only days I missed the whole year!

Anyway, thanks for posting all of your plans and I hope that your trip is fantastic! :santa:

ladybugmom
08-09-2009, 12:52 AM
All caught up!! I'm there with you, too about Disney University!! I have many of the same books you have! And I just bought 4 more right before my birthday!! I LOVE reading about Disney!! :lovestruc If you read my PTR you saw how many different books I bought while planning my trip!

LOVE the bag and YAY for 40 inches!! :cool1: Wow! What a great trip to Niagra Falls! I was there in high school with my choir from school--it is so beautiful there!! LOVE your updates!!

beyondblessed
08-09-2009, 11:02 AM
Welcome Rhonda and THANK YOU - I truly believe this is the best way to honor my Dad.

I think at 40 inches the only things they can't ride are Space Mountain, Expedition Everest and Rockin Roller Coaster. Caya will still be pretty ticked when she can't ride those. I'm working now on some fun alternatives for her and I (or Daddy) while the rest of us are riding. Any ideas for this????

I saw your post about Niagara Falls - I had meaning to our trip on here but hadn't...you gave me inspiration! :) I had been to the Canadian side for a business trip several years ago - it's much much prettier than the US side.

You've most definitely found the perfect place to be giddy! :yay: Those DHs really need to get with it. Sounds like our husbands are a lot alike - don't really get into the planning but sure do appreciate all that we do. If only we got paid for this job! :rotfl:

beyondblessed
08-09-2009, 11:28 AM
Welcome floridascgirl!!!

Oh I love surprises!!! We surprised our oldest daughter Hayley when Caya was 6 months old. I think maybe I should post about that! :lovestruc

How are you going to reveal the surprise? I can tell you from experience that it will be worth all the hardwork you put into it. And I can NOT wait to read all about it in your TR!!!

What are your trip dates? Are you staying at Animal Kingdom again? I noticed the ticker! ;)

Good luck with the time off. I'll say a little prayer that it goes smoothly this year!

beyondblessed
08-09-2009, 11:46 AM
Hi Becky - So if you're buying more books does that mean you are planning a trip soon???;) Which ones did you get. I just ordered two more on Amazon but I'm always looking for something new & exciting.

rhondac
08-09-2009, 11:46 PM
I don't really have any tips for when the big kids are on those rides. I think J will be a little sad but overall she'll be fine, mainly because we go to Canada's Wonderland a lot (large theme park near us) and there are soooo many rides she is too short for but K can ride. I've already told here there are a few rides K will be able to ride without her at Disney, but she'll be able to do most, it's an upgrade from what she is used to at Canada's Wonderland. I'm just going to make sure we are doing another ride at the same time...at AK the girls and I (or girls and dh) will do tricera top spin while one of us take K on EE, then I'll prob send dh and K to RnR while I take J and L to Beauty and the Beast on stage which I think J will absolutely love. And if she's really, really sad we'll buy a mickey ice cream to share while K is on the ride :) Of course then I'll have to deal with K being sad about missing ice cream :rotfl:

Rhonda
PTR http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2243659

floridascgirl
08-11-2009, 12:22 PM
Welcome floridascgirl!!!

Oh I love surprises!!! We surprised our oldest daughter Hayley when Caya was 6 months old. I think maybe I should post about that! :lovestruc

How are you going to reveal the surprise? I can tell you from experience that it will be worth all the hardwork you put into it. And I can NOT wait to read all about it in your TR!!!

What are your trip dates? Are you staying at Animal Kingdom again? I noticed the ticker! ;)

Good luck with the time off. I'll say a little prayer that it goes smoothly this year!

Yes, we'll be at AKL from Dec. 3-7. We just had our first stay there at the beginning of this year, and we fell in love. :cloud9: Somehow I managed to bamboozle my DH into another trip this soon. :lmao:

As far as the surprise goes, I've been tossing ideas around for awhile now. I've finally settled on how to reveal it, but I just can't decide when. I'm thinking around 2 weeks before we leave. I want to be able to give his teachers ample notice and do a countdown calendar.

We've decided to order in take-out Chinese food and to slip in our own fortunes (I've already practiced). They are going to be "hints" that say for example: 1) A magical journey awaits you. 2) When you wish upon a star your dreams come true. 3) What will you celebrate?

He's very clever and I'm sure he's going to figure it out, but we are going to try to keep the suspense going (if my DH doesn't blow it).

The next day I would like to have a box waiting on the front porch when we get home from school (probably have a neighbor deliver it) and have it addressed to him. Inside will be a Mickey Helium balloon that will float up with a special note tied to it. I've already had a DISigner make me an awesome note that has a giant fortune cookie and the AKL logo w/Mickey & the Gang announcing our trip dates. :woohoo:

I'm soooo excited...I just can't wait. My dilemma now is how to capture this on video without giving it away. :confused3 I really want to film him opening the fortune cookies, but that's going to be impossible. Same with the box...what excuse would there be for taping these everyday activities? It would immediately make him suspicious.

Any advice?

Lamping3
08-16-2009, 11:49 AM
:banana:I'm here! Can't wait to see your "touring plans" to see if any of ours are similar!

beyondblessed
08-23-2009, 07:22 PM
A LITTLE SHOPPING

I really don't have much of an update but this PTR is getting pretty boring so I'll give you what I do have. I've been picking up some odds and ends (all necessities of course-haha) when I'm out.

Ebay: The bag is for me. Not sure what we'll use it for but it was cute and I couldn't pass it up.

http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r20/flesner/20090822_6203.jpg

The sweatshirt is for Hayley.

http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r20/flesner/20090822_6191.jpg

Disney Store: We went to Indy a couple weeks ago. I was really hoping to buy some "junk" but didn't find much. Since I had already planned on spending money and couldn't find anything to spend it on, I decided to get the girls each a gift card.

http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r20/flesner/20090822_6204.jpg

Dollar Store:

http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r20/flesner/20090822_6194.jpg

http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r20/flesner/20090822_6199.jpg

http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r20/flesner/20090822_6201.jpg

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jordanyosh
08-24-2009, 11:31 PM
Good purchases!:thumbsup2

beyondblessed
08-29-2009, 08:02 PM
100 DAYS

Thursday marked 100 days for us until we leave for Disney. To celebrate, we made a countdown chain (big thank you to Becky for the adorable idea). The girls have had so much fun taking turns removing links. I'm really hoping this will help Caya - she's been waiting to go to Disney FOREVER...just ask her! haha

http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r20/flesner/web.jpg

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BippityBoo
08-29-2009, 09:27 PM
CUTE!CUTE!CUTE! Cant wait for your trip:lovestruc

beyondblessed
08-29-2009, 10:35 PM
Thanks Katie! :)

CupidsKiss
08-29-2009, 11:30 PM
[QUOTE=beyondblessed;32954200]IS THERE A CLASS FOR DISNEY?

[FONT="Century Gothic"][SIZE="2"][COLOR="DarkRed"]If there were a class offered on "How To Plan The Perfect Disney Vacation", would you take it? I would!!!

Hi N
I am subbing and loving your PTR.
We Diser's sure are a strange breed. So lucky we have the dis boards to commiserate and meet.

I just want to tell you your story of your father touched my heart. Our family dealt with the C-word this year too. I hope you feel his love there this year!

Diana

beyondblessed
09-06-2009, 01:30 PM
Hi Diana - I feel so bad, somehow I missed this post until today and it is such a sweet, sweet post. THANK YOU. I'm sorry the c-word hit home for you also...hard to get over, hard to get away from!

ladybugmom
09-06-2009, 09:28 PM
Hi Becky - So if you're buying more books does that mean you are planning a trip soon???;) Which ones did you get. I just ordered two more on Amazon but I'm always looking for something new & exciting.

Hi Nikky!! I'm getting back into the swing of things here on the DIS! With school starting things have been soooo busy here!! We are planning on going to WDW next year--we're leaning more towards May right after Ally gets out of school. But we haven't booked it yet--soon!! I just got finished reading Mousejunkies--LOVED it!!! And now I'm starting The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World. What books did you order from Amazon? I have a gift card I need to use!!

ladybugmom
09-06-2009, 09:30 PM
100 DAYS

Thursday marked 100 days for us until we leave for Disney. To celebrate, we made a countdown chain (big thank you to Becky for the adorable idea). The girls have had so much fun taking turns removing links. I'm really hoping this will help Caya - she's been waiting to go to Disney FOREVER...just ask her! haha

http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r20/flesner/web.jpg

LOVE the countdown chain!! I can't believe you did 100 links!! I only did 30 when I made ours! I'm impressed!! :thumbsup2

BippityBoo
09-24-2009, 04:00 PM
HI!! Just writing to say hello:lovestruc

Haven't heard from you in a while. Hope all is well!! :goodvibes

jordanyosh
09-24-2009, 04:09 PM
Me too. Hope all is well!

ladybugmom
09-26-2009, 10:21 PM
Me too!! Hope all is well!! I know life has gotten pretty busy for me lately! Hope to hear from you soon!

disneyaddicted
09-28-2009, 05:01 AM
Hi Nikky, my name is Ty, I was just browsing the PTR forum and found yours. I think it's wonderful how you are honoring your Dads wishes, and like you said closure for you.

Your DH sounds great, working so hard to get the time off to be with you and your girls (who by the way are so darling and gosh darn cute), I'm sorry you had to change your days. We'll be there at the same time now, my dates are Dec3-11. However my kids won't go to Disney with me and neither will my DH. But my mom has never been so I am taking her, and My BFF (who my Dad moved me thousands of miles away from when I was 13) is going. I actually lost contact with my BFF and I just found her on line a year ago, so when we see eachother at DISNEY, it will have been almost 25 years.

I love that bag your Mom got you, I have a Mickey bag, but not as cute as that one.
Your Disney countdown is so cool and looks like it was as fun to make as it is to tear a link off each day.

I'm gonna follow along on this PTR, can't wait to read more plans.

m!ssemmx0
09-28-2009, 11:37 AM
Hi Nikky...I haven't been on here in a while, so I thought I'd come by and say hi. I'm still loving your PTR by the way! Keep up the good work :]

beyondblessed
10-03-2009, 10:49 AM
Becky - Thank YOU for the inspiration and awesome idea. Your color scheme happened to work perfectly for our family room. We are down to 63 links already!

beyondblessed
10-03-2009, 02:54 PM
Thank you everyone for the notes - I feel so loved! :lovestruc

I've really, really missed my time on the Dis. I have a lot to get caught up on. Everything is wonderful, just busy enjoying our happy little life. I don't have a lot of Disney updates but I will update with a little bit of what has been keeping us so busy. And them I'm going to try to catch up on all of my DisFriends PTRs and TRs! :)

cascarlet
10-03-2009, 03:18 PM
Enjoying you PTR!! I love the countdown chain!! What a great idea, especially for little ones to keep track of the days.

Your family is adorable, I look forward to seeing where your adventures bring you!!

beyondblessed
10-03-2009, 03:57 PM
REAL LIFE INTERUPTIONS

Things have been busy for us. We're actually quite used to it and normally I don't mind but right now with our trip coming up in 9 weeks (from today but who's counting) I want more time online! My husband coaches golf and oversees a fall softball team (IHSA will not allow him to coach it because he is the high school coach). Hayley is playing 8th grade basketball right now and just started her 2nd and final year of Confirmation at our church. Caya is playing soccer for our Rec. Dept. and recently had her first cheer competition. I'm their biggest fan and go from activity to activity trying not to miss anything! :cheer2:


Since I don't have much to update in the way of Disney, I thought I'd give you a glimpse into what occupies my time away from my computer! :)

These are from picture day. The girls go to private school and Hayley has to wear uniforms every day (Caya doesn't because she's still in pre-k). Picture Day is a big deal because uniforms are optional.

http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r20/flesner/20090915_6737.jpg

http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r20/flesner/20090915_6732.jpg

Here are a couple from Hayley's first basketball game. She's the littlest one on the team but she's sure fiesty and makes us so proud.

http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r20/flesner/20090925_7235.jpg

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Soccer - Caya is the only girl and spends most of her time socializing. I laugh until I cry at practices. Let's just say this is not her sport but she sure looks sweet playing!:rotfl:

http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r20/flesner/20090912_6751.jpg

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Caya started cheering for I Force (a local cheerleading academy) in May. She was cheering at home 24 hours a day and my husband saw a commercial for this gym and mentioned we should look into it. Partly for selfish reasons thinking maybe if she cheered a couple times a week maybe she would ease up on us and our furniture at home. :laughing: The very next day at school he saw a student wearing an I Force shirt and asked her about it. She was enouraging and her Mom actually talked to me about it as well. We gave it a shot and Caya fell in love the first day. She works so hard but has so much fun doing it. They practice 2.5 hours a week and compete 6-8 times throughout the year. She had her first competition the end of Sept. about 2 hours north of us near Chicago. They got 2nd place and I cried like a baby knowing how hard she worked, seeing it pay off and realizing how rewarding it was for her. So proud of our little cheerleader! :cheer2:

http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r20/flesner/20090919_6512.jpg

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http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r20/flesner/20090919_6726.jpg

UP NEXT: TRAVEL JOURNALS (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33815785&postcount=71)

beyondblessed
10-03-2009, 04:15 PM
TRAVEL JOURNALS

I ordered the cutest travel journal on etsy. I was beyond happy with it and want to give props to the designer. Her etsy name is: sumlthomp. :worship: I can not wait to fill it in. There is a spot for everything. She even thought to include clear pockets to drop in memorabilia or a picture. It couldn't be more perfect!

http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r20/flesner/20091003_7055.jpg http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r20/flesner/20091003_7056.jpg

http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r20/flesner/20091003_7058.jpg http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r20/flesner/20091003_7059.jpg

I bought this little book at the dollar spot at Michael's. The Mickey tag is actually the little thank you for your order note that I received with my etsy purchase above! ;) I slapped it on and tied a ribbon...tada! I'll probably let Hayley use it as a journal if she wants. If not, I'll find a use for it I'm sure. For $1 I'll definitely get my $'s worth!

OMG - you can see how badly I need to dust. The joy of black furniture! :eek:

http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r20/flesner/20091003_7064.jpg

UP NEXT: MORE DISNEY SHOPPING (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33996263&postcount=91)

Charlefours
10-03-2009, 06:57 PM
First off, I am sorry to hear about your lost. I can only imagine what it is like to lose a parent, though we had a close call with my mother several years ago. I was so touched by you honoring his wishes to go to Disney and the rest of your family joining you too.

I have to say I love the PTR! We are taking our daughter for her 4th birthday next September--I am one of those moms too who just cannot help but want to plan!! :rotfl:

I LOVE the bag your mom got you. :love: Do you have any idea where she got it? I would love to recommend it to DH for my birthday or Christmas perhaps. :yay:

Looking forward to reading the rest of the unfolding story!

disney<333
10-03-2009, 07:09 PM
Hi,
I'm new here and subbing.
Your girls are so cute.
Haley and my dd, Emily have so much in common. Emily plays softball for rec. and travel. So does my other dd Amy but she just does rec. Today was opening day. More about them in my TR "The fab 4 take on the fab 4 themeparks. (Link in my siggie) I'd love to have you over if your interested.
I agree trip planning is part of the fun of the trip we're going in november. Dates are still unknown due to Dh's work either the 10-16 or the 18-23.
Your countdown is the cutest thing ever.
Have a good night!

disney<333
10-03-2009, 07:10 PM
Forgot to sub

disneyaddicted
10-03-2009, 10:31 PM
wow, I have fallen behind here. I must have missed the picture you posted of your Disney books. That's funny. I have some of them. I read mouse junkies front to back a couple times already. My mom got me the hidden mickeys book for Christmas. I'm not supposed to know she got it for me. My DH slipped up. I'm hoping she will give it to me early, like for this trip.

I loved When my DD cheered. She cheered for school, Rec and an allstar Squad. She burned out o it eventually but says she might go back in a few years. She complete all her cheer goals, she set. Win a nationals, win cheerleader of the year, and get her back handspring back tuck. So she felt ok about sitting this year out.


I understand what you are saying about crying when they win at competition, aside from being proud you do know the hard work that went into the routine and the hard worked paid off.
http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x277/2tinys/fly.jpg
Reese is the one flying the cradle, they won their bids to nationals at this comepeition.
http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x277/2tinys/100_0479.jpgThis is when Reese won cheerleader of the year. That was 2 years ago.
Man you got me missing cheerleading now.:)
Cute journals. I love people who journal on their trips, it makes for a detailed and fun TR when they get back.
Sorry I hijacked your PTR. I'll give it back now.

jordanyosh
10-03-2009, 11:17 PM
TRAVEL JOURNALS

I ordered the cutest travel journal on etsy. I was beyond happy with it and want to give props to the designer. Her etsy name is: sumlthomp. :worship: I can not wait to fill it in. There is a spot for everything. She even thought to include clear pockets to drop in memorabilia or a picture. It couldn't be more perfect!

http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r20/flesner/20091003_7055.jpg http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r20/flesner/20091003_7056.jpg

http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r20/flesner/20091003_7058.jpg http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r20/flesner/20091003_7059.jpg

I bought this little book at the dollar spot at Michael's. The Mickey tag is actually the little thank you for your order note that I received with my etsy purchase above! ;) I slapped it on and tied a ribbon...tada! I'll probably let Hayley use it as a journal if she wants. If not, I'll find a use for it I'm sure. For $1 I'll definitely get my $'s worth!

OMG - you can see how badly I need to dust. The joy of black furniture! :eek:

http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r20/flesner/20091003_7064.jpg

wow

Elevationist
10-04-2009, 01:16 AM
Hello! :wave2: Followed you over here from Ty's PTR. Buckling in for the ride, I'll be subbing right now! :goodvibes

LOVEMY3KIDDOS
10-07-2009, 11:22 AM
Hi! Found you on another PTR! We will be there at the same time! Can't wait to hear more! YOur girls are beautiful! And, I love the background story for your trip...truely magical. Your dad will be right there with you as you take your first steps down Main Street in December!!

TinkerbellLuvr7
10-07-2009, 08:24 PM
HI!!! I'm Megan and I found you from another Dec TR!!

I'll be at WDW the same time (Dec 10-15) and we're staying at YC and WL so looks like we'll be sorta resort neighbors!!!

I love your WDW planning bag. The bag you got off ebay (resort bag) is the bag my mom uses for her WDW planning and she even has an Xmas one that she uses for Dec trips hehe :)

I too took pics of my planning books that I'm using for my trip/TR. Have you read the blue and white book: Hidden Magic of WDW??? If not, YOU MUST GET IT!! I worked at both AK and MK for internships and took pretty long tours of the parks before working and there was even things in that book I did not learn on the tours. My bro is also a disney addict and loved the book!!

Can't wait for more and I <3 your camera!

ladybugmom
10-10-2009, 04:56 PM
Oh my word!! I LOVE that trip journal--sooo cute!! I enjoyed seeing pics of your girls--they are beautiful!! :goodvibes

beyondblessed
10-10-2009, 08:36 PM
Hi Billie - Welcome! Thanks for joining in. I'm off to read all about you now! ;) Looks like we'll have lots to talk about in the next few weeks since we'll be there at the same time. The countdown is on!:thumbsup2

beyondblessed
10-10-2009, 08:40 PM
Hi Erin - Thanks for stopping by! ;) I already posted and subscribed to your PTR but wanted to welcome you here too. We have tons on common!!!

beyondblessed
10-10-2009, 08:43 PM
Hi Megan! Welcome, thanks for joining in. I'm off to catch up on your PTR. I'm happy to find another December trip planner - we'll have lots to chat about! :lovestruc

beyondblessed
10-10-2009, 08:48 PM
Awww, thanks Becky! I love my girls :lovestruc...so many people ask if we're going to try for a boy. My husband actually wants another girl. I tease him that it's because he coaches high school softball and he's trying to stack his team for many years to come! haha

I saw on your trip report that you are planning another trip in May - you should get a trip journal. If you need more info, pm me! ;)

wdwgirl03
10-11-2009, 07:42 PM
Hi Nikky! Just found your PTR (saw your post on someone else's TR) and had to come on over. I am soooooo jealous you are staying at the Polynesian. My family used to stay there all the time when my sisters and I were younger. It is such an amazing resort and we have so many memories from there. Now I've just got to catch up on all your plans!

beyondblessed
10-12-2009, 05:59 PM
Hi Sarah. Thanks for visiting my PTR! :yay:

I subscribed to your TR and I'm off to catch up on it now! Poly holds the best of my best memories - I can't wait to go back! :lovestruc

I'll see you over on your TR in just a minute! :rotfl:

disney<333
10-12-2009, 08:35 PM
Hi,
Just coming on over to say hello and see how everyone is doing.
Is it softball season? If so that might explain why you've been on the boards:rotfl:
Emily hurt her hand at a game last week and now has a splint until later thsi week.

beyondblessed
10-15-2009, 07:51 AM
oh no - how long is her season? We are in fall ball right now - 2 more weeks i think and then looking at getting into an indoor winter league. My hubby is not allowed to coach the girls because of IHSA so he just observes...kind of nice, he's not gone quite as often! :)

I your dd is okay and it isn't anything serious! :lovestruc

AlohaPolynesian
10-15-2009, 11:23 AM
Hey! I just found your TR and am really enjoying it. We will both be down there at the same time and I am thinking of switching to the Poly (obviously you can tell by my username that I LOVE it!) so maybe we will run into each other. Your girls are adorable!

beyondblessed
10-18-2009, 03:27 PM
AlohaPolynesian - I LOVE it! :lovestruc Aloha and welcome aboard!!!

Thanks for the compliment about my girls! Congratulations on your graduation. I went to Disney for my high school gradutaion...wish I would have chosen it for my college graduation trip also! :headache:

I subscribed to your PTR - I can't wait to see where you end up staying. Maybe I'll run into you at Poly! ;)

beyondblessed
10-18-2009, 04:21 PM
MORE DISNEY SHOPPING

Just a quick little update - this is the hardest part of planning a trip. WAITING! You get to do so much at first and then again right before you leave - it's this between part that drives me crazy. I've been trying to pick up a couple things each time I'm out and about, partially so it doesn't nickle and dime us so bad right before our trip but mostly because I feel the need to do something, anything! :rotfl:

I had my first Disney nightmare last night. We were getting ready to walk out the door for our trip and I decided I better grab a jacket. When I went back inside to get it I realized that I hadn't packed for myself, only for the rest of my family (typical of most mommies, right?)! I tried to pack as quickly as I could but my husband forgot that Indy (where we leave from) was an hour ahead of us and we had already missed our flight! Thank GOD I woke up immediately!

This was our countdown when we made it at our 100 day party!
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This is our countdown as of today! Much better...don't need the entertainment center to hold it anymore! :yay:
http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r20/flesner/20091018_7283.jpg

Hayley has wanted a cute suitcase for quite awhile now...I stumbled upon this black and white (definitely Mickey-ish) suitcase at Gordman's. I got this one for Hayley and the smaller one for Caya. It's inside the big one and they are hiding in the shower we don't use if you can't tell by the nice tile background! :laughing: I will probably give them to them a couple weeks before or maybe a month so I don't have any more nightmares!

http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r20/flesner/20091018_7289.jpg

I found this bag at Target...our stroller (the city mini) doesn't have cup holders or anything so I had been researching attachements for it and none got very good reviews. This bag has short straps on the sides so it can attach to any stroller. There are 2 pockets on the sides....for baby bottles I'm sure...but coke comes in bottles too! :rotfl: It has carrying straps on top so we will be able to grab it and go when hopping on/off the buses. And the best part is that it's Mickey-ish too! ;)

http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r20/flesner/20091018_7284.jpg

While I was at Target I decided to cross a couple things off my list. I got a pop up hamper, the new all in one laundry detergent, fabric softener & dryer sheet and some safety pins (which I actually needed at home too)!

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TARGET DOLLAR SPOT FIND! The big things in back are dry erase boards with markers. Caya loves these and it will occupy her for quite some time. I got one for Hayley too because....you can't buy one for one child and not buy one for the other! ;)

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UP NEXT: PAID IN FULL (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34037040&postcount=109)

TinkerbellLuvr7
10-18-2009, 04:36 PM
yay for target!!!!

Did you get the suitcase at target too? It's very cute. I saw a similar one at Kohls yesterday and I love kohls just as much as target!!

beyondblessed
10-18-2009, 04:41 PM
I actually got it at Gordman's...I'm not sure if it's just around here or all over...it's a discount store like TJ Maxx and Marshall's. They were $25 and $18 I think. I love Kohls too! :)

wdwgirl03
10-18-2009, 05:20 PM
Great finds at Target! Those pens and notebooks are super cute. :thumbsup2 So is the suitcase...you are right, it's definitely Mickey-ish!

BippityBoo
10-18-2009, 09:57 PM
CUTE finds!!! Love the suitcases. I actually just bought a black and white polka dot hankerchief to tie on our strollers at Disney! Great minds think alike :lovestruc You are getting SO close girl!

jordanyosh
10-18-2009, 10:43 PM
Shopping for trips is the BEST.

I like your idea of spacing the shopping out. I may need to start getting stuff for the trip

ladybugmom
10-18-2009, 11:20 PM
YAY!! Your chain is looking so small now!! And those Mickey/Minnie items--are they new to the Target dollar section?! I haven't seen those at my Target (I go several times a week :lovestruc)!!

Kris74
10-19-2009, 06:23 PM
Sorry about your loss :( Your trip sounds like the perfect way to celebrate your Dad. Your girls are adorable!!

Waiting for the next update :surfweb:

LOVEMY3KIDDOS
10-19-2009, 08:39 PM
I am in love with those suitcases!! They are too cute! I have to head out and try to get a few more pieces of luggage and was thinking about maybe checking out TJ Maxx. You think I can get a decent deal there?

I love that your countdown is getting so small! That means I get to go soon too!

ladybugmom
10-19-2009, 11:33 PM
Ok--went to my Target today and could not find the Minnie/Mickey items?! When did you get them?! :confused3

Elevationist
10-20-2009, 07:30 PM
VERY nice finds! I love the suitcase, I've been threatening to buy myself some cute, decent luggage for a while now, but I always end up allocating the funds elsewhere and just borrowing suitcases. :laughing: The Dollar Spot Mickey/Minnie stuff is soooooooooo cute! I love it!

beyondblessed
10-21-2009, 07:45 PM
Great finds at Target! Those pens and notebooks are super cute. :thumbsup2 So is the suitcase...you are right, it's definitely Mickey-ish!

Thanks - I thought it would be perfect without being over the top Mickey. She'll be able to use it for many more years and hopefully many more Disney trips! ;)

beyondblessed
10-21-2009, 07:46 PM
CUTE finds!!! Love the suitcases. I actually just bought a black and white polka dot hankerchief to tie on our strollers at Disney! Great minds think alike :lovestruc You are getting SO close girl!

Thanks Katie! Where did you find the handkerchief? I've been looking for one - I checked Michael's and Hobby Lobby and didn't find anything "worthy"!

beyondblessed
10-21-2009, 07:48 PM
Shopping for trips is the BEST.

I like your idea of spacing the shopping out. I may need to start getting stuff for the trip

Hi Jordan! I doesn't take much for me to justify a shopping trip! ;) I like to think I'm doing something helpful when truthfully I probably just end up spending more money!!! :rotfl:

beyondblessed
10-21-2009, 07:51 PM
Sorry about your loss :( Your trip sounds like the perfect way to celebrate your Dad. Your girls are adorable!!

Waiting for the next update :surfweb:

Hi Kris - Thank you! I think this is exactly how my Dad would like us to celebrate his life! :lovestruc Thank you for the compliment on my girls too! I see you're at Poly next month! I'm off to catch up and subscribe to your PTR. I want full details - I haven't stayed there for several years!!! ;)

beyondblessed
10-21-2009, 07:53 PM
I am in love with those suitcases!! They are too cute! I have to head out and try to get a few more pieces of luggage and was thinking about maybe checking out TJ Maxx. You think I can get a decent deal there?

I love that your countdown is getting so small! That means I get to go soon too!

Our TJ Maxx is hit or miss for the most part but they always seem to have good deals on luggage. I've noticed most places have luggage on sale right now - should be a good time for you to find that perfect deal! ;)

beyondblessed
10-21-2009, 07:55 PM
Ok--went to my Target today and could not find the Minnie/Mickey items?! When did you get them?! :confused3

Hi Becky!!! I just got them Friday! I'd be happy to pick some up for you and mail them...just pm me! :lovestruc Also, guess what??? I went back to Justice today and found the shirts! Yippee! :yay:

beyondblessed
10-21-2009, 08:10 PM
VERY nice finds! I love the suitcase, I've been threatening to buy myself some cute, decent luggage for a while now, but I always end up allocating the funds elsewhere and just borrowing suitcases. :laughing: The Dollar Spot Mickey/Minnie stuff is soooooooooo cute! I love it!

I think you should just follow through on that threat! You deserve it! :rotfl:

beyondblessed
10-21-2009, 08:38 PM
PAID IN FULL

Not the most exciting of updates for people to read (no pictures) but to me it's the most exciting thing I've posted yet. Our trip is paid in full!!! Yippee! Woo hoo! No stopping us now!!! WE ARE GOING TO DISNEY WORLD!!! :yay::cheer2::woohoo::dance3::banana::worship:

UP NEXT: PACKAGE IN THE MAIL (No, not from Disney) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34059774&postcount=119)

LOVEMY3KIDDOS
10-21-2009, 08:58 PM
:dance3::dance3::dance3::dance3:


Yay for being PIF!!!!!

Charlefours
10-21-2009, 10:10 PM
:dance3: :dancer: :dancer: :dancer: :jumping1: :rainbow:

Yay for being paid off!! I am looking forward to being able to say that. :)

Elevationist
10-21-2009, 10:34 PM
YAY for Paid in Full! I did the same a week a ago, isn't it the greatest feeling? Makes it all seem so much more real! :banana::banana::banana::banana:

disney<333
10-22-2009, 06:08 PM
oh no - how long is her season? We are in fall ball right now - 2 more weeks i think and then looking at getting into an indoor winter league. My hubby is not allowed to coach the girls because of IHSA so he just observes...kind of nice, he's not gone quite as often! :)

I your dd is okay and it isn't anything serious! :lovestruc

It's about two months. Regular season ends right before thanksgiving and then playoffs start after. Everybody makes playoffs and once you lose two games your out. The team isn't looking so good right now. We've been lacking players the other day at a game we had to borrow a player from a different team. The pitcher was sick for two weeks and now she's back and then Emily is coming back on Saturday. One travel girl got hurt and can't play season. Also another has been missing games too. So that's all of the travel girls the team has. For a few games people with no pitching experience had to pitch. Our record is we lost every game... but tied once. I'm hoping we'll come back now because all of our travel girls will be back on Saturday. I would love indoor softball.:cloud9: I hate saturday games it's so hot. Does Haley do travel?

disney<333
10-22-2009, 07:10 PM
All caught up.
I love all your purchases. The bags are so cute!! Nice target finds too.:thumbsup2
I noticed you bought three journals and you only have two kids. :rotfl:
I wonder who that third one could be for.
Yay for the countdown getting so small.
I saw you posted on my PTR. The DIS closed it on so I can't reply, but all the planning is going on in my May TR. (link in siggie)
We changed out dates. I'm supposed to be there now but instead I'm going for thanksgiving. Just a few weeks before you.
Have a good night!!!:flower3:

ladybugmom
10-22-2009, 10:26 PM
Hi Becky!!! I just got them Friday! I'd be happy to pick some up for you and mail them...just pm me! :lovestruc Also, guess what??? I went back to Justice today and found the shirts! Yippee! :yay:

Really! Maybe my store is just behind. I will check the Super Target here, too and if I don't find them I might just take you up on that offer!! :goodvibes YAY!! Sooo glad that you found the Mickey shirt!! :banana: And whooo hoooo for being paid in full!! Lots of exciting news!! :cool1:

jordanyosh
10-23-2009, 07:05 PM
PAID IN FULL

Not the most exciting of updates for people to read (no pictures) but to me it's the most exciting thing I've posted yet. Our trip is paid in full!!! Yippee! Woo hoo! No stopping us now!!! WE ARE GOING TO DISNEY WORLD!!! :yay::cheer2::woohoo::dance3::banana::worship:

:woohoo::woohoo::woohoo:

beyondblessed
10-23-2009, 07:11 PM
It's about two months. Regular season ends right before thanksgiving and then playoffs start after. Everybody makes playoffs and once you lose two games your out. The team isn't looking so good right now. We've been lacking players the other day at a game we had to borrow a player from a different team. The pitcher was sick for two weeks and now she's back and then Emily is coming back on Saturday. One travel girl got hurt and can't play season. Also another has been missing games too. So that's all of the travel girls the team has. For a few games people with no pitching experience had to pitch. Our record is we lost every game... but tied once. I'm hoping we'll come back now because all of our travel girls will be back on Saturday. I would love indoor softball.:cloud9: I hate saturday games it's so hot. Does Haley do travel?

This sickness thing is scary stuff! It's going around like crazy here. Some of the area schools have even closed because more than half the student body was absent. Our fall softball season just ended - it's high school age only. You're too hot to enjoy it and we are too cold! Brrrr! Good luck with the rest of the season. Hayley did play on a travel team over the summer. She's in basketball and cheerleading now. It's always something but I love it! :lovestruc

beyondblessed
10-23-2009, 07:18 PM
All caught up.
I love all your purchases. The bags are so cute!! Nice target finds too.:thumbsup2
I noticed you bought three journals and you only have two kids. :rotfl:
I wonder who that third one could be for. You picked up on that huh? ;)Yay for the countdown getting so small.
I saw you posted on my PTR. The DIS closed it on so I can't reply, but all the planning is going on in my May TR. (link in siggie)
We changed out dates. I'm supposed to be there now but instead I'm going for thanksgiving. Just a few weeks before you.
Have a good night!!!:flower3:

Thanks for visiting here and giving me the "right" link. I'm on my way over there now! :lovestruc

beyondblessed
10-23-2009, 08:27 PM
PACKAGE IN THE MAIL (No, not from Disney)

I got these a while ago and never posted pictures. I thought I'd add them to a post about what I got in the mail today. By the way I LOVE The Hidden Magic of Disney World[/U]! I probably already posted that but I'm posting it again! ;) I haven't read all of the Trivia one, just bits and peices. I think I'll take that one with us when we go.

http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r20/flesner/20091019_7309.jpg

I'm super excited about this one. I ordered it on Amazon - haven't gotten to play it yet - it's still a surprise for the girls. I'm thinking I'll get it out on 11/5 when we have a month to go. We'll see if I can wait that long. I'll post a review once I've opened it and played! :lovestruc

http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r20/flesner/20091019_7308.jpg

Some non-Disney related news...I think our family has been hit by H1N1. :eek: Caya (who is 4) started running a fever last night of 101.5. She has a little cough but no other symptoms...other than the poor little pitiful face. :sick: I called the nurse last night and she said "It probably is H1N1"! They don't want to see her unless her fever gets to 105 or she has trouble breathing. I'm actually considering letting her kiss all over Hayley...I'd just assume we all get it now and be done with it before Disney!

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BippityBoo
10-23-2009, 08:35 PM
HAHAHA!! You sound just like my mother! She tried to get us all exposed to chicken pox together. Too funny. On a more serious note, I hope that she feels better soon. I truly hate when my kids are sick. It makes me so sad that I can not help them out :sad2:

Also, I knew you would like the "Hidden" book!! Isn't it just the best? So many interesting facts..

You MUST share where to get the Magic Kingdom game! How exciting, maybe my kids can ask Santa for it right before our own trip :santa:

I am so excited you are SO close!! I am already looking forward to your TR.

disney<333
10-23-2009, 08:42 PM
More purchases!!!
I've been wanting the magic kingdom game for so long but I could never find it.
I'm so sorry to hear about H1N1. I hope it's nothing serious and everybody gets over it quickly. You only have about 5 weeks to go now.:woohoo:
P.S- I went to Target and got the pens and notebooks. (I only got 2 though because I have 2 kids):rotfl:
I think I may go back there and get some more though.

beyondblessed
10-23-2009, 08:49 PM
HAHAHA!! You sound just like my mother! She tried to get us all exposed to chicken pox together. Too funny. On a more serious note, I hope that she feels better soon. I truly hate when my kids are sick. It makes me so sad that I can not help them out :sad2:

Also, I knew you would like the "Hidden" book!! Isn't it just the best? So many interesting facts..

You MUST share where to get the Magic Kingdom game! How exciting, maybe my kids can ask Santa for it right before our own trip :santa:

I am so excited you are SO close!! I am already looking forward to your TR.

Thanks Katie! :lovestruc

I do LOVE that book. I bet I will read it several more times before we go. There is so much to absorb. I wish I could have studied this hard in college! :rotfl:

I ordered the game on Amazon. I just checked there is one available for $8 right now plus $5.99 shipping. It will be hard to disappoint at that price. I'm sure the girls will love it just because it's the Magic Kingdom...they can make up their own game.

The closer I get to my trip the closer you get! You are so blessed to have another one to look forward to when you get home. I'm already worried about the PDD (Post Disney Depression)! :sad1:

wdwgirl03
10-24-2009, 09:09 AM
I have the Disney trivia book. It is really interesting. The Hidden Magic one seemed pretty interesting too but I remember looking at it at the bookstore once and I felt like everything in there I read somewhere else. :confused3

A Magic Kingdom game! That's pretty cool. :thumbsup2

Oh no, I hope you guys don't get sick! I came home from school on Thursday feeling really crummy...I had a splitting headache all day and was achy all over. :sad2: I'm feeling better now, just feel like I'm coming down with a cold. The flu better stay away!

Native NYer
10-24-2009, 03:25 PM
Enjoying your ptr :goodvibes

Charlefours
10-24-2009, 06:07 PM
:sick: I hope your daughter(s) feel better soon and you do not end up sick too! Yuck. At least you get it out of the way with hopefully enough time to get well before traveling.

Love the books and game. I am have been looking at the Hidden Magic book--do you like the other one? I will have to check it out if you do. There is a second volume too--have you seen that one?

jordanyosh
10-24-2009, 06:18 PM
Sorry about the beginning of the Swine...get rest. Watch for fatigue and for a lingering cough...

AlohaPolynesian
10-25-2009, 10:19 PM
Oh no! Not H1N1! My school was giving out the vaccinations but I was too nervous to get one because I have bad reactions to vaccinations of any kind, let alone new ones! And what do you know, now I am feeling sick! I hope no one in your family ends up getting it and that it is just a virus. Keep us posted and stay healthy!

LOVEMY3KIDDOS
10-26-2009, 10:26 PM
Awww! I hope the little bugger gets better quick! Give her lots of hugs!

I have had that Hidden Magic book for some time and have yet to get through it! LOL

ladybugmom
10-29-2009, 09:26 PM
Oh no!! So how is everyone feeling? Ally had 5 kids in her class get it but thankfully she never picked it up.

I LOVE that Hidden Magic book. I have both of the trivia books--I like to ask the questions to my dh and see who can answer first!!

TinkerbellLuvr7
10-30-2009, 12:56 PM
your little buys look great!!!

I have the Hidden Magic book as well! I've taken both the tours at MK and AK when I worked at WDW as a part of our orientation and the book is set up in a similar fashion. I enjoyed reading things I already knew and loved hearing about things I didn't know.

We also have the Magic Kingdom game. We got it several years ago at Toys R US for a Xmas sale..good game!

Elevationist
11-01-2009, 09:37 AM
Oh, that Hidden Magic book sounds fantastic! I'm so tempted to pick it up before the trip, but I've promised myself no more unnecessary spending... :rolleyes:

disney<333
11-05-2009, 04:51 PM
Hi Nikky,
I haven't seen you around lately. Hope Caya is feeling better.:hug:

ladybugmom
11-05-2009, 05:48 PM
Nikky--thinking about you!! Hope things are going better!! Check in when you can!

beyondblessed
11-19-2009, 07:45 AM
Hi Everyone! I plan on updating tonight but wanted to stop by and say THANK YOU to everyone I had worried. I got so many sweet messages from people making sure things were okay - I'm humbled. The most amazing people in the world have to be on the Dis! :lovestruc You guys & gals are the best!

Both girls have now had some virus (probably H1N1 but no official diagnosis) but are both better finally. Hopefully, that means we will all be healthy for our trip in 16 days!!!

I've been so busy planning and still don't have official touring plans - my goal is to finish that today and post tonight.

Again, from the bottom of my humble little heart - thanks for missing me! :lovestruc

LOVEMY3KIDDOS
11-19-2009, 08:29 AM
Glad to see everything is ok and everyone is getting better! Can't wait to hear your plans!

disney<333
11-19-2009, 09:06 PM
I'm so glad to have to back Nikky!
I was starting to get worried. Glad everything is o.k. Also glad that the girls are better and ready for Disney!:cool1:
My girls were sick last week too no H1N1 but they were both sick for about 6 days!
Can't wait to hear your plans! 16 days how exciting!:cool1:

ladybugmom
11-19-2009, 09:22 PM
Glad to see you back online!!! Can't wait to hear about your touring plans!

Phil'sFrontier
11-19-2009, 10:00 PM
Good stuff so far...keep it up. I just showed my DD the countdown chain and she thought that was cool!(we are at 49 days and counting btw)
This is officaily this first ptr I will have followed from start to finish!


***100 posts*** party:

disney<333
11-20-2009, 10:38 PM
Hey Nikky,
Just popping in to see your plans. I'm leaving for disney tomorrow morning and can NOT sleep.
Have a good night!
Barbara

Charlefours
11-21-2009, 04:41 PM
:jumping1: :jumping1: :jumping1: TWO Weeks until you are at Disney!!!!!!!!!!


I am glad the girls are feeling better. How are things for the trip?

jordanyosh
11-21-2009, 05:08 PM
2 more weeks!!!!!:yay::yay::woohoo::woohoo:

ladybugmom
11-26-2009, 09:19 PM
Happy Thanksgiving Nikky!!! I hope all is well! I haven't heard from you in awhile!!

Elevationist
11-27-2009, 07:59 AM
Hope things are going well! :goodvibes

disney<333
11-28-2009, 09:26 AM
1 week dance!:santa::dance3::woohoo::cheer2:
Time to start packing! Right now the weather here is great. 57! Hope it stays like that for when you arrive.
P.S- New TR started

TinkerbellLuvr7
11-28-2009, 06:16 PM
I hope things are going well!! Have the girls gotten over H1N1?? I bet your busy packing and getting ready to go!

beyondblessed
11-29-2009, 08:08 AM
I'm here, I'm here and I have updates. I'm sorry....I am the worst pre-trip report writer ever! I think about DIS all day long...if only I could dis from work. We have been busy, but that's not an excuse. I've been planning and shopping like a mad woman. I am packing today and will have pictures of the shopping madness and outfit planning later today. I do have a few updates for right now though....

PS Thanks for bearing with me and not ditching my report. I've really missed you guys! I promise to give you a good trip report for your loyalty!!! :lovestruc

beyondblessed
11-29-2009, 08:13 AM
ITINERARY


You know as well as I do that this is only a rough draft - yes, we know it will probably never happen this way, but it's nice to have it kind of mapped out so we have some idea of where we should be when. We are truly looking forward to relaxing and taking things a little slower this trip. We want to make sure that we take in more shows and parades this time and just soak in as much magic as possible. So, without further ado...

Friday, December 4th
We will start the day normally (as normally as possible when you know you’re leaving for Disney World that evening). I will work a half day, run a few final errands and finish packing before the other 3 get done with school at 3pm. We want to leave for Indy as close to 3 as possible. It’s a 2 hour drive and they are an hour ahead of us. We plan to check-in to the hotel, order a pizza for dinner and eat pool-side. Trav and Caya can swim while Hayley and I knock out as much of her homework as possible. I don’t want her to have to do much while on vacation and I certainly don’t want her to have to lug around extra books. We’ll try to make it an early night but I know we won’t be able to sleep.

Saturday, December 5th
Travel Day – Flight: 7:00am IND --> MCO 9:15am, Magical Express to Polynesian, Check-In, Lunch at Captain Cook’s, Meet family at Disney Studios, take it easy doing what we can until 5ish. Bus to Poly, Monorail to Magic Kingdom. Grab quick dinner (Pecos Bill) and get a seat for 7:00 pm Spectro / 8 pm Wishes. At exactly 9:00pm (or as close as possible :angel:) ride Splash Mountain for Dad. It was his most favorite ride and he died at exactly 9:00pm on a Saturday. If we are still functioning, ride a few more rides before calling it a night. Park closes at 1:00am (we will NOT make it this long).

Sunday, December 6th
Magic Kingdom Rope Drop (9:00am), ride as many rides as possible (probably skipping most of Fantasyland as my nephews will want the more thrill type rides). Lunch at Cosmic Rays or Pinnochio Village Haus. Mid-afternoon break at Poly. Evening at Disney Studios. Ride what we can and make sure to see Osborne Spectacle of Lights. Park closes at 11:00pm. Say good-bye to the family.

Monday, December 7th
Animal Kingdom Open (8:00am), Fastpass Safari, Ride Everest and possible do a show before 10:25 Breakfast at Donald’s Safari-Tusker House. Use Fastpass and conquer all other must-do’s. Afternoon break if necessary. 5:05pm Dinner at Whispering Canyon Café. Then depending on how we feel, Magic Kingdom for 7 Spectro / 8 Wishes (park closes at 11pm) or head to Downtown Disney for some shopping.

Tuesday, December 8th
Magic Kingdom Day (for the princesses)!  9:00 am Rope Drop. Dumbo and maybe one other ride. Breakfast at Cindy’s. Spend the rest of the day doing whatever the princesses want to do. Afternoon break and then depending on how we feel one of the following options:
1. MVMCP
2. 6:55 pm Dinner at Chef Mickey’s
3. Epcot – World Showcase, 9:30 Illuminations
4. Downtown Disney

Wednesday, December 9th
Rest & enjoy the resort day! Sleep in until we wake up on our own (we’ll really need it if we go to MVMCP). Do laundry if necessary. 10:10 Breakfast at OHana. Swim, Rent Surrey Bike or Boat, Nap, whatever we feel like doing all day long. Possible Epcot-World Showcase in the evening (9:30 Illuminations).

Thursday, December 10th
Disney Studios (open at 9:00am). Fastpass & Ride Toy Story, Ride Tower of Terror and possibly Rockin Roller Coaster. 10:15 Breakfast at Hollywood & Vine. Make sure we see Little Mermaid & Playhouse Disney at some point. Stay until we need a break and possibly return in the evening.

Friday, December 11th
8:05 am Breakfast at 1900 Park Fare. Magic Kingdom – Fantasyland, ride everything we can. Afternoon break. Monorail to Epcot, enjoy what we can. 8:20pm Dinner at LeCellier. 9:30 Illuminations if we make it. Ride until our hearts are content. Park closes at 12:30am.

Saturday, December 12th
It will be up to the family to decide on either Animal Kingdom or Epcot this morning. 5:05pm Dinner at Liberty Tree Tavern. 7 Spectro / 8 Wishes (if we want/need to see it one last time). Park closes at 11:00pm. Start packing!?!?!

Sunday, December 13th
Pack and send luggage to Bell Services. 10:20 Breakfast at Crystal Palace. Enjoy what we can at Magic Kingdom in our final moments (boo hoo hoo). Magical Express pick up somewhere around 1:00 pm. Flight: 4:15pm MCO --> IND 6:35pm. Get checked suitcase, shuttle back to Hampton to get truck and head home. 2 hour drive – I’m being optimistic and planning to be home by 8:30pm our time. Throw a load of laundry in and crawl to bed – we all have school/work in the morning. The girls & Trav just have a four day week before starting Christmas Vacation…I have a 5 day (but I might have to work

on that bit ;))!

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TinkerbellLuvr7
11-29-2009, 09:05 AM
sounds great!!!

I'll be at Epcot EMH on Fri the 11th!! Maybe we will bump into each other!!!

We plan on hitting Epcot all day on the 12th since we have an early ADR-4pm for CLP 6:45 show so we decided what we don't get done the night before ie: prolly Soarin and TT and will ride those crazy the next morning!!

10 days for me, it's getting soooo close!

beyondblessed
11-29-2009, 09:12 AM
PACKING LIST


Carry-On: < 55 in (h + l + w) plus 1 Personal Item
Checked: < 61 in (h + l + w) = $15 each way

Car
Directions/ Map
Pillows/Blankets (more for the ride home)
Small Cooler (drinks, snacks for ride over-my kids are starving after school)
Disney Movies (haven't picked yet - any suggestions)
Disney Music
Garbage Bag

Trav's Backpack
ID, $, CC
Phone, Charger
Video Camera, Charger, Disks
Ibuprofin

My Bag
ID, $, CC, Phone
Plane Tickets
Cameras (Nikon DSLF & Canon Elph), Chargers, Batteries
Planning Binder (has all travel info included-see way below)
Planning Book (haven't decided which one(s) yet - what do you take???)
Trip Journal, Trip Notebook, Pencil, Pen
Puzzle Book (? - Will I ever use this?)
Sunglasses, Glasses/Case, Contacts
Gum, Mints
Chapstick, Bandaids

Carry On Suitcase
Next Day Clothes
Swimsuits
Autograph Books
Sharpies (Key Ring Sharpies)
Goggles
Pool Toys
Stroller Cover
Stroller Bandanas

Hayley's Bag
DS, Charger
iPod, Charger
Phone, Charger
Camera, Charger
Wallet, $
Trip Journal (I made - note to self: post pictures :))
School Work (what's left of it, hopefully most is done after Friday night)
Mickey Ears
Flash Light/Book Light
Book, Notebook
Sunglasses
Lanyard, ID
Deck of Cards
Elephant (favorite stuffed animal)
*Stuff* (little surprises I've picked up over the last few months)

Caya's Bag
Blanklie (Blanket she must have to sleep)
Wallet, $ (Mommy or Daddy will hang on to this - the kid has about $300 she's saved for Disney)
Trip Journal (I made - note to self: post pictures :))
Color Wonder, Markers
Sunglasses
Mickey Ears
Key Markers
Wipes
Lanyard, ID
Kids Cup
Disney Kids Book
Stuffed Minnie (I think this is what she's decided on)
Princess Light Up Spinner, Flash Light
MP3 (little Mickey shaped one if it EVER COMES! boo)
*Stuff* little surprises I've picked up over the last few months)


Checked Luggage
Jeans, Capris, Shorts
Shirts, Hoodies, Jackets
Bras/Undies, Socks
Pajamas
Cup (toothbrushes)
H2O Camera
Batteries (AA&AAA)
Tennies (2 pairs each)
Flip Flops (1 pair each)
Belts, Hats/Visor
Hair Stuff (Bows, Ribbons, Ponies, Clips)
Jewelry (hmmm, do I really need this???)
Robe, Slippers ???
Costumes
Shampoo / Conditioner
Shower Gel
Face Soap / Moisterizer
Shave Gel / Razors
Lotion / Body Spray
Deoderant
Toothbrushes / Toothpaste (ours and Caya's)
Pick/Brush/Comb
Gel / Darn Straight / Flat Iron Spray / Hairspray
Make-up
Tweezers
Qtips
Dryer
Flat Iron
Band Aids
Mole Skin
Sunblock
Aloe
Germ X
Bug Spray
Tums (haven't used these since I was pregnant, but with all that dis food...)
Ibuprofin (Adult / Kids)
Nyquil / Dayquil (Sinus & Flu)
Kids Cold Medicine
Vitamins
Midol
Prescriptions (don't have any as of now but leaving it on list just in case)
Bug Spray / Citronella Candle (for balcony / patio)
Pop Up Hamper
Detergent / Dryer Sheets (got the all in one)
Shout Wipes / Tide Pen
Dish Soap
Febreeze
Shoe Organizer (do we need this at POLY???)
Wall Hooks (do we need this at POLY???)
Extra Hangers (do we need this at POLY???)
Small Baskets
Safety Pins
Zip Lock Bags
Night Light
Beach Towels ???
Ponchos (with small garbage bag to store when wet)
Umbrella
Granola Bars
Pringles
Drink Mixes
Fruit Snacks
Gum/Candy

Binder
Travel Documents (Airline, Poly, Magical Express)
Reservation #'s (Dining, Airline, Poly, Magical Express, Hampton (night before))
Mousekeeping Envelopes
Tip Envelopes
Health Ins Info
Personal Labels
Kids ID Labels
Email Addresses
Samps (for postcards)
Mailing Labels
Notecards (haven't done these yet but want to make one for each day)
Hole Punch (to hook photo pass, etc. to a key ring ???)

Stroller (I'm so nervous we are going to forget this!!!)

Kitchen Sink :rotfl:


A recap of my questions above - can anyone help? :lovestruc

1. What movies should we watch on our way to and from Indy (one each way)?

2. Will I wear jewelry (you know, the cute stuff other than wedding rings) at Disney?

3. Room Organizing Items - are these necessary at Poly? (Shoe Organizer,
Wall Hooks, Extra Hangers)

4. What planning book(s) should I take?

5. WHAT DID I FORGET???


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beyondblessed
11-29-2009, 09:30 AM
TO DO LIST

This is the "To-Do" list I started many months ago - it's pretty random, as things popped into my head for planning or packing I jotted them down. It's not in any order but I thought I'd still share for those in the early planning stages.

x Trip Plans
x Touring Plans (including Travel Day Plans)
x Priority Seatings (Date: September 6)
x Make Kids Journals
x Print Kids Journals
x Bind Kids Journals
Make Mousekeeping Envelopes (Merry Mousekeeping)
Make Kids IDs (www.roadid.com)
Laminate Priority Seating
Laminate Basic Touring Plans
x Shopping List
x Shop (In Progress)
Autograph Books - Make them
x Take care of newspaper and Mail (Date: November 25)
x Make arrangements for Happy (dog) and Baylie (bunny) (Take to Aunt Teresa on Thursday 12-03-09)
Start Scrapbooks
x Pre-Check In (Date: November 25)
Online air check-in (Date: December 4)
Prepare daily zip-loc bags (Clothes, $, etc.)
x MP3 Players for Girls (w/Disney Music)
x DVD Player w/Disney Movies (taking laptop)
x Trip Journal
x Note Taking Book (purse size)
x Inform School
x Get Homework
x Get Carry-On Bags for Girls (Hayley - Red Polka Dot / Caya - Minnie)
x Reserve (or buy) stroller
x Make Countdown for Home (100 days?)
x Disney Gift Cards / Disney $'s
x Schedule Haircuts for the week before (Nikky & Hayley - Wed 12/2)
Clean out Fridge
Clean House
Laundry (this will be right up until the last minute)
x Labels for refillable mugs, stroller, camera, etc.)
n/a Pre-Purchase Photo Pass :sad1:
x Disney Color Books/Markers/Crayons
x Break In Shoes (all of us)
Make invitations for each character meal
x Get Travel Games for waits/restaurants/travel
x Markers on key ring
Get CD - Official Album of WDW
x Disney Gameboy Games on Ebay ?
Fill M&M tubes with Quarters/Pennies for Penny Press
x Baggallini (or something similar)
x Take a sharpie - Write name/# on photopass, passes, etc.
x Take a hole punch - Punch holes in Passes, Photopass etc. for key chain ?
x Print and Take Menus
x Pack 1 bag for 1st night and 1st day
x Bring cables to hook cameras to TV
Take a fam pic every morning - know what everyone is wearing if lost (& for scrapbook)
Don't forgot about boat from Epcot WS to DS
x Plan Outfits (Ebay --> Gymboree Cherry Pie ???, Etsy, Ebay, Disney Couture)
x Take Empty Cups (add liquid once through airport gates)
x 100 Day Party (Date: August 27)
x Check out Disney books from library
x Measure Caya to see how close she is for rides
Turn in change jar for cash
x Make labels for post cards
x Purchase Disney stamps for post cards (non-Disney)
Notecards for each day
x Visit: Play Disney's Virtual Magic Kingdom online.
x Visit: Visit www.pixiehollow.com and create a Disney fairy.
x Watch a Disney movie each week until our trip
Make homemade pizzas shaped like Mickey
Write Disney and ask for travel brochures
Order Disney Catelog (1-800-237-5751)
x Get bandanas/ribbons for stroller & luggage
Go to bank to get cash (some small bills for tips)
x Order free Disney planning video
x Read as many trip reports as possible
x Get in shape for trip (always going to be a work in progress :rotfl2:)
x Make Mickey shaped pankcakes or go to Ott's for breakfast Saturday before our trip
Make CM Thank You Cards
x Get Magic Kingdom Game (@ Amazon.com)
Be specific with journal. Color of monorail. Row of Splash Mtn. Etc.
Get Manheim and the Mouse
Attach velcro to autograph pen and book
x Get Purex All In One Laundry Sheets
x Get a pop up laundry hamper with pocket for detergent
x Get a Tide to go pen
Palmolive Dish Cloths ($2 for box of 20)
Get glow necklaces at craft stores
Make first pictures say "if found, call 217-530-3393" and lock it
Search for camera backpack
Leave a small gift for the girls every morning
Put Disney Trivia or This Time Next Week Notes in lunches
x Make a Disney Countdown Chain (Red, Black & Gold)
x Buy stroller cover
Use plastic coupon organizer for bandaids, bug repellant, wipes, etc.
Buy a couple 3M hooks (hang jackets, swim suits, etc.)
Pack a flat box and packing tape to ship items home if need be.
Use straws to pack neclaces
x Disney Games (Guess Who, Uno, Trivial Pursuit & Memory, Magic Kingdom)
Disney Popcorn (Walmart)
x Disney Snacks (Walgreens/Dollar Store)
Take Hidden Mickey book to monorail hotels.
x Bring Caya's "Rose" Light Spinner
x Put battery operated Christmas lights on stroller.
x Take candy canes and hand them out to cast members! :o)
Bicycle lock ??? (is this really necessary in Disney-i hope not)
Neat Sheet for parades, etc.
x Hang canvas car organizer on stroller (GOT BAG INSTEAD)
Take pictures of suitcases (inside and out) in case they are lost.
x Buy S hooks at dollar store for stroller.
x Buy gum and take with.
x Put glow necklace on stroller at night to find it easier.(got Christmas lights)
Tear out back pgs of UOG(with tour plans), laminate, punch, attach with binder ring.

disney<333
11-29-2009, 09:58 AM
Wow you sure are a planner! Why couldn't you post this before I left you have such great ideas! If you ask me Epcot really needs a rope drop day. No DTD? We went there our last say and had so much fun. The girls would love it. I have to see pics of the autograph books. Too funny about needing a bike lock- def. NO NEEDER. We brought a back pack and put it in a locker at night we went to the locker for pants and jackets to change into. Some mornings the girls wore pants and then at around lunch time we went to the locker and changed. Our week the pants in the mornings weren't necessary but being floridians we wore them. You'll be fine with out them. Pack for freezing cold and really hot weather-you never know until you're there in the winter in Fl.
At Epcot I saw a wheelchair decorated for x-mas every square inch was decorated. It was amazing. I had to take a picture. Can't wait to see your stroller decorated.

LOVEMY3KIDDOS
11-29-2009, 10:38 AM
Yay!!! Glad you are back!! It is so close now!!! We leave Wednesday and I have a TON to do!!!! So, your days look great and your packing lists look great! Do you have any Disney Christmas movies? Maybe bring them to get the girls in the spirit??!!

ladybugmom
11-29-2009, 06:49 PM
Hi Nikky!! So glad you're back!! And WOW! Your lists are AMAZING!!!! I think you have everything covered!! How about some Christmas movies for the trip? I took planning books with me on our trip and never used them. But I guess your favorite one is always good to have just in case--right? Can't wait to see pics of everything!! :goodvibes

jordanyosh
11-29-2009, 07:51 PM
:worship::worship::worship: no words are necessary.

beyondblessed
12-01-2009, 07:38 PM
Thanks for the tips - I really appreciate it. I was having a terrible time fitting in an Epcot rope-drop...it will probably end up happening on our final Saturday. We will definitely go to DTD at least once - I have that penciled in as a choice for a few different nights. I love DTD - great ambience! :lovestruc Glad to get reassurance on no bike lock - I've had several people tell me recently that they had things get stolen. I've never even been a little bit scared about that but we haven't been in a few years.

Wow you sure are a planner! Why couldn't you post this before I left you have such great ideas! If you ask me Epcot really needs a rope drop day. No DTD? We went there our last say and had so much fun. The girls would love it. I have to see pics of the autograph books. Too funny about needing a bike lock- def. NO NEEDER. We brought a back pack and put it in a locker at night we went to the locker for pants and jackets to change into. Some mornings the girls wore pants and then at around lunch time we went to the locker and changed. Our week the pants in the mornings weren't necessary but being floridians we wore them. You'll be fine with out them. Pack for freezing cold and really hot weather-you never know until you're there in the winter in Fl.
At Epcot I saw a wheelchair decorated for x-mas every square inch was decorated. It was amazing. I had to take a picture. Can't wait to see your stroller decorated.

beyondblessed
12-01-2009, 07:40 PM
I hope you have the best time ever - I'm going to go to your PTR now to check for any updates on the eve of your trip!!! I'll be on the lookout for you at Disney! :lovestruc

Yay!!! Glad you are back!! It is so close now!!! We leave Wednesday and I have a TON to do!!!! So, your days look great and your packing lists look great! Do you have any Disney Christmas movies? Maybe bring them to get the girls in the spirit??!!

beyondblessed
12-01-2009, 07:41 PM
Thanks Becky! Christmas movies are a great idea - I'll have to see what we have or make ANOTHER last minute run to Walmart! ;)

Hi Nikky!! So glad you're back!! And WOW! Your lists are AMAZING!!!! I think you have everything covered!! How about some Christmas movies for the trip? I took planning books with me on our trip and never used them. But I guess your favorite one is always good to have just in case--right? Can't wait to see pics of everything!! :goodvibes

beyondblessed
12-01-2009, 07:42 PM
Jordan you are so sweet! Very cute post - I love it! Thank you! :lovestruc

:worship::worship::worship: no words are necessary.

beyondblessed
12-03-2009, 07:41 AM
BEFORE I CAN FOCUS ON DISNEY

There were several "big" things we had to get through before I could focus solely on Disney. As of last Saturday night I could officially check everything but Disney off my list and get fully into Disney mode.

First we had Caya's Birthday Party. She turned 5 on November 18th and we had a Fancy Nancy Party for all her little friends on the 22nd.

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Then I had to make it through my first Thanksgiving without my Dad. My sister from CT and her family came home so that helped a ton. Her and I actually cooked the entire meal (my first time cooking a Turkey). We ate later in the day, about 4 to give ourselves plenty of time and then played games all night. My Grandma who is 83 kicked our butts at Apples to Apples.

And the final to do was decorate for Christmas. We got our tree the weekend before but it was sitting bare in the family room all week. I tackled that Saturday night so I would be free to pack all day Sunday.

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Now, the rest of my posts will be DISNEY ONLY!!!

beyondblessed
12-03-2009, 07:52 AM
THE WEEK BEFORE - SUNDAY

Sunday, November 29th ~ I got up early this morning and spent a few minutes updating my pre-trip report (finally, right?)! I folded the last bit of laundry and started getting ready to pack. I like to make organized piles before I start putting stuff in suitcases. I made piles for Checked Items, Carry-On Suitcases & Carry-On Bags. (Eventually I even made signs but don't have a picture with those! haha)

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I worked up the courage to actually begin the packing process and planned outfits for the girls. I did Caya first. Layed them out one by one and then picked matching socks and hairbows for each. She’s the most fun to dress! I used zip locks and vacuum sealed them (with my butt-haha). I was amazed at how much I could pack this way. I got 12 outfits in her teeny tiny suitcase. I picked up the remaining clothes we didn’t pack and put them away. Hayley was up next. She brought me her clothes and I told her what I needed and she’d go get it (like playing fetch). Wow, this is the way to pack. Butt on the floor…someone bringing you everything you need. I used zip locks for her also. Her suitcase is a little bigger than Caya’s and she actually had extra room (that I’m sure we’ll fill before Friday)! I packed for myself next and with the help of zip locks (and my butt) I was able to get all my clothes into my suitcase. It’s jammed full but at least it’s all in one. Travis probably won’t pack until Friday morning! Ugh!

I got on a roll and forgot to take pictures of Hayley's before I stuffed them in zip locks. There aren't quite as cute as the tiny ones so you're not missing much! ;) Here is her suitcase - notice there is a little extra room even :)

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Here are Caya's outfits.

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I picked everything up and pulled out the scrapbook stuff. I made an autograph book for Caya and then helped Hayley make hers.

Hayley's Tink -
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Caya's Minnie -
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We had frozen pizza for dinner because I was too busy to cook. Before I knew it, it was bath time and bed time (for me too ;))!

beyondblessed
12-03-2009, 08:05 AM
THE WEEK BEFORE - MONDAY

Monday, November 30th ~ I got up this morning at about 5:20 and went for a walk. There’s already a skip in my step…I can think of nothing but Disney. I look forward to the moment we land in Orlando and our trip is officially in Disney hands. I love the feeling of relief I feel once I’m there and I know that if anything goes wrong from this point on, Disney will fix it. Up until then, my stomach will be a big ball of nerves. I worry about EVERYTHING – that the alarmS won’t go off, that we’ll get in an accident between the hotel and airport, that we’ll miss our flight, that our seats won’t be together, that our plane will be delayed or crash. I can deal with lost luggage, sick kids and crabby people as long as I’m at Disney!  I’m finding it hard to concentrate at work. At lunch, I ran to Walmart and got another memory card (hopefully two 8GB will be enough), new socks for all of us and new panties for Caya. I also got some stickers to decorate our Mousekeeping Envelopes with. I plan to make those tonight. After work tonight we are going to clean our house, it’s not too bad but I want to do bathrooms and floors before we leave and tonight is the only night we will all be home.

My mother-in-law had us over for dinner – so nice to not have to worry about dishes and cleaning the kitchen tonight.

jordanyosh
12-03-2009, 09:16 AM
2 more days!!!!!!!

I'm very happy for you!

You did not make signs! :rotfl2: That's organization to the max.

I never really thought about it since I don't have kids, but I guess for kids you have to kind of plan out what they're wearing every day so you know you have enough clothes, etc..

Using your behind saves you from having to buy the professional vacuum seal bags!:thumbsup2;)

BippityBoo
12-03-2009, 01:16 PM
Wow!! You and I are like long lost sisters. I worry about EVERYTHING just like you. Good to know I am not alone in my craziness! However, you are so right, you just know that Disney will take care of it all. What a great feeling :goodvibes

You guys are SO close to your vacation. I can not believe how quickly time flies. Also, I love your packing list!! I started mine today and filled up 3 college ruled papers...and only wrote about what to pack/get for the car and the room! haha Haven't even got to anything else. I don't know how we are going to fit it all :scared1:

Have a GREAT time. I will be in WDW around this time next year, so I am dying to hear your reviews. :santa:

BippityBoo
12-03-2009, 01:21 PM
PS: I am LOVING your outfits for your DD!! Who made the customs? Also, that adroable red jump suit...where did you get it? I am ordering stuff this weeked for our final outfit orders! :banana:

kcandbella
12-03-2009, 09:13 PM
Just got caught up on your PTR! Your girls are stunning and those outfits are so cute! I can't wait to hear all about your trip when you get back.

ladybugmom
12-04-2009, 12:34 AM
YAY!! More great updates!! LOVE all of Caya's outfits and would alos like to know who made the customs! :goodvibes Can you believe your trip is almost here?! Sooo exciting! It looks like you're ready to go!!!

disney<333
12-04-2009, 09:13 PM
I LOVE LOVE the autograph books!! How did you make them?
Caya's outfits are too cute. I can't wait to see pics of her in them and Hayley.
It's almost time to go. If I'm correct then you're at the hotel right now. I know how long you've been planning this trip for and now it's finally time. All your hard planning is finally going to pay off. :thumbsup2:cool1:
Have a safe and magical trip!!:hug:
P.S- I love the pictures from Caya's party. Emily turned 14 on the November 15th.

beyondblessed
12-04-2009, 10:04 PM
Hi everone - I don't have time to address all of your posts right now, I'm sorry...I promise to when we get home. We are at the hotel in Indy. Everyone is showered and ready for bed - Hayley is trying to get a little more homework done first. I'm so excited I can't stand it yet I feel like I could burst into tears at any moment. I'm sure it's nerves on top of the emotional reason behind this trip. I know we are going to have the best time NO MATTER WHAT!

I think I have a couple updates from my "online journal" I've been keeping.

Tuesday, December 1st
Tonight was one of the those nights that I wonder how we made it everywhere we were supposed to be on time. Caya had cheerleading (about 30 minutes from home), Hayley had a regional basketball game and Travis had to work a basketball game at the high school. Trav picked up Caya and got her ready for cheer and took Hayley to her game and then went to his game. I flew home from work, picked up Caya and went to cheer. Then we raced back into town to Hayley’s game (only missing 1 quarter). They won so they play in the Championship game Thursday. No time for Disney today!

Wednesdsay, December 2nd
And this is the night I thank GOD for the blessings of my Mom and Mother-in-law and wonder how people raise kids without the help of their families?!?! I’m so grateful to live so close to our parents. Trav’s truck is getting worked on so we are down to one car today. I took all 3 of them to school in the morning. The girls go with Travis every morning anyway so this wasn’t a big deal. This works so perfectly for us. Once the high school bus drops off the rural kids, it picks up the private school kids and takes them from the high school to their school (about 2 blocks away). They love hanging out with Daddy in the morning and Hayley has actually utilized a couple teachers for help before school. Anyway, him not having a car really put a wrench into the day. After school, he walked the 2 blocks to the girls’ school and picked Caya up and then they walked about 2 more blocks to the hair salon and both got haircuts. Hayley had basketball practice until 5 so she just stayed at school. Travis had his Mom pick him and Caya up, she dropped him off at pitching practice (for softball) and took Caya home with her. I had to have my Mom pick Hayley up from school and then take her to the church at 6:30 for Confirmation. I got my hair done at in the midst of that and then picked Hayley up at 8, followed by Caya, followed by Travis. Thank GOD for Mom’s!

Tonight’s List
Make business card size laminated card with priority seatings / park days on other side
Pay Bills / Balance Checkbook
Pack Medicines and other “junk”
Email school again to remind them the girls will be gone next week
Email neighbor to remind them we will be gone next week
Go to Walmart (did I mention I’ve been every day this week)

Thursday, December 3rd
Tonight was Hayley’s regional championship game. They lost…it was very sad as this was the last time these girls will all play basketball together. They are 8th graders and about half will go to catholic high school next year and half will go to public. And probably only half of each half will play basketball. It would have been Hayley’s last game, regardless, we would have been gone for sectionals and state. Travis had to work a game at the high school so just Caya and I went to Hayley’s game.

Tonight’s List
Pack the rest of the “junk”
Travis packs (I will have to help!!! )
Make final list of needs / to do’s
Check weather
Return library books
Say bye to Grandma (mine), Mom & Mom-in-law
Pick up glow wands from BFF

Friday, December 4th
The morning started off as normal. Quick breakfast of cinnamon toast and milk (had to use the last of the milk and bread ), got ready and out the door by 7:00. Trav took the girls with him and I headed to work. Well, I’m sitting at work and it’s exactly 12:00pm. I’m leaving in about 15 minutes (can’t get anything done anyway). I have to head to the bank on my way home. I need to check my ginormous packing list and finish zipping up the suitcases. I checked in online this morning with air tran and only paid for one checked bag…I’m probably going to have to add another. I also have to finish the load of towels I through in this morning, run the dishwasher, clean the bathrooms and vacuum (I have to come home to a clean house…especially, since I have to go back to work the day after we get home! boo)

I actually got everything done at home that I wanted to before we left. Of course there were a couple extra errands to run and we didn't leave until closer to 5. We're here now though! :)

We have a 4am wake up call, 5:30am shuttle to the airport and a 7:00am flight. Sweet dreams everyone! This will be my last update until after our trip. See you on the other side! :lovestruc

ladybugmom
12-04-2009, 10:39 PM
YAY!!! Have a fabulous trip, Nikky!! I'll be thinking about you!! Can't wait to hear about it all and to see all of the pics!! :goodvibes

pooh'smate
12-05-2009, 11:31 AM
Have a magical trip. Looking forward to seeing all your pictures and hearing about your trip.

jordanyosh
12-05-2009, 05:01 PM
Hope you have a wonderful time!:thumbsup2

Charlefours
12-07-2009, 03:04 PM
I am finally getting the opportunity to read and catch up on some PTR/TR and low and behold you are already there! I hope you are having a perfectly wonderful time. I am looking forward to hearing about and seeing pictures from your trip :) :goodvibes

wdwgirl03
12-07-2009, 04:37 PM
Have a great time!! Can't wait to hear all about it!

disney<333
12-13-2009, 04:23 PM
Welcome back Nikky! Hope you had a wonderful trip. I can't wait to hear all about it. I kept thinking of you guys and imagining where you were.

BippityBoo
12-13-2009, 04:38 PM
HI!!! Cant wait to hear about your trip!!:love:

beyondblessed
12-14-2009, 07:38 AM
We are home and had a super wonderful trip - I can't wait to start my TR. Hopefully, I'll have my first update tonight!!!

Thanks for all the good wishes - they must have worked!!! :lovestruc

gellybean
12-14-2009, 07:54 AM
We are home and had a super wonderful trip - I can't wait to start my TR. Hopefully, I'll have my first update tonight!!!

Thanks for all the good wishes - they must have worked!!! :lovestruc

Welcome home!!! :dance3: :dance3: :dance3: Can't wait to follow along on your trippie!!! So glad to hear that y'all's trip went well ! :woohoo:

disney<333
12-14-2009, 08:11 PM
I'm so glad you guys had a great trip!
I can't wait to hear all about it!
P.S- It's 9:30 and you said update tonight. :laughing:

jordanyosh
12-14-2009, 08:46 PM
popcorn::popcorn::

BippityBoo
12-14-2009, 09:08 PM
Happy you had a great time. I am SO ready for your TR!!!popcorn::

disney<333
12-15-2009, 10:36 PM
popcorn::popcorn::popcorn::popcorn:::rolleyes1

AlohaPolynesian
12-17-2009, 10:15 AM
Welcome back!! Where is your TR?!

disney<333
12-18-2009, 08:44 PM
Hi Nikky,
Just checking in. Hope you all are doing well.:goodvibes

Charlefours
12-19-2009, 07:17 PM
Welcome back!! I hope you had a wonderful time. I am looking forward, like everyone else, to reading your TR!! popcorn:: :yay:

beyondblessed
12-20-2009, 09:56 PM
I did it! I finally started my Trip Report! I would love to have you join me over there! :lovestruc

TRIP REPORT - FOR THE LOVE OF DISNEY 12/5-12/13 (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=34718879#post34718879)

ladybugmom
12-20-2009, 11:36 PM
I did it! I finally started my Trip Report! I would love to have you join me over there! :lovestruc

TRIP REPORT - FOR THE LOVE OF DISNEY 12/5-12/13 (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=34718879#post34718879)

YAY!! Off to check it out!!! :banana:

Charlefours
12-21-2009, 11:02 AM
Heading over there now! :cool1: :cool1:

ag98
05-06-2010, 04:08 PM
TRAVEL JOURNALS

I ordered the cutest travel journal on etsy. I was beyond happy with it and want to give props to the designer. Her etsy name is: sumlthomp. :worship: I can not wait to fill it in. There is a spot for everything. She even thought to include clear pockets to drop in memorabilia or a picture. It couldn't be more perfect!

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I bought this little book at the dollar spot at Michael's. The Mickey tag is actually the little thank you for your order note that I received with my etsy purchase above! ;) I slapped it on and tied a ribbon...tada! I'll probably let Hayley use it as a journal if she wants. If not, I'll find a use for it I'm sure. For $1 I'll definitely get my $'s worth!

OMG - you can see how badly I need to dust. The joy of black furniture! :eek:

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UP NEXT: MORE DISNEY SHOPPING (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33996263&postcount=91)

Love these journals but it looks like this seller is no longer selling on etsy. I wonder if you could post more pictures of this as I may attempt to copy it and make my own. :scared1:

THANKS!