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A.Mickey
08-01-2009, 01:05 AM
The Plan: Be on Podcast Cruise 2.0 (December 12th-16th)

How did this trip come about: Jason and I had such a fantastic time on PCC 1.0 that we want to experience it all over again! When we were on PCC 1.0 we rebooked on the ship for PCC 2.0 so we would get a discount....the best pricing is too be had when you rebook on board.

How will it happen: I am in quite a bit of debt that I need to get out of before I go on any vacation. My dad helped me out a great deal with some financial stuff, and he told me he wants me to pay off all my debt before I book another trip(period). If he finds out that I am going on a vacation before my debt is paid off, he is going to make me repay all of money he lent to help with my debt.

Jason's brother is getting married in Arizona this November and I am staying home to save the money. My former self would have had us all fly out there, rent a car, get a hotel room and possibly extend the trip a week and a half to go over to Disneyland and spend sometime in San Diego. Instead it is looking like this, Jason is flying out and his brother or dad will be picking him up and he will be staying on his brother's couch. We also are forfeiting DAP (disapalloza) so we will be able to go on PCC 2.0, this was very hard forfeiting DAP, as we got a free dining pin code for the time of DAP and alot of the friends we made on PCC 1.0 are going.

So.....will we be able to get out of debt to go on PCC 2.0?!?

I have to pay off 3 credit cards, I am starting with the highest interest rate cards first. I don't make the most money in the world, but I can be happy I have a job in this economy.

PCC 2.0, is making me disciplined so I can get out of debt and pay cash for the remaining balance on our cruise. I cannot wait to be on that ship again and this time with 600 of my closest friends! :banana:

How will it not happen: If I do not get my 3 cards paid off in full, and the cruise paid off in cash I will have to cancel this cruise. :scared1:

Let's see what happens!

jojo05
08-01-2009, 08:20 AM
I'm joining in! I hope everything works out!!! and hey, it's never to early to start a PTR. I just started mine and we're not going untill next august or september!!

MickeyisBeast
08-01-2009, 03:42 PM
It's never too early to start planning!

Joining in!

I cant wait to see what you decided to do...

A.Mickey
08-03-2009, 12:30 AM
I'm joining in! I hope everything works out!!! and hey, it's never to early to start a PTR. I just started mine and we're not going untill next august or september!!

Thanks I hope everything works out too! Ok, glad it isn't too early to start planning, but hey I am already trying to scrimp as much as possible, so why not start a PTR!!

It's never too early to start planning!

Joining in!

I cant wait to see what you decided to do...

I can't wait to see what I decide to do either! Hopefully, I can get this debt dwindled away and get on PCC 2.0! When someone wants something so bad, it will happen, right?......And all your Wishes....will come true!! :wizard:

A.Mickey
08-03-2009, 12:39 AM
Weekends are the times when I usually will spend the most money....I did pretty well for myself this weekend and only spent a total of $90.00. We went to Jason's brothers wedding shower today so I spent 50 of the 90 on a gift card to Target. I could have bought them a greeting card to go with the giftcard for 3.00 extra, but then I thought...this is 3 extra dollars that I will have to pay towards my debt to Disney! (Is this bad that I think this way?) Well if anything it is sure giving me discipline!! I spent 14.00 for lunch for Aaron, my mom and myself and spent the rest of the money with essentials that I needed to buy...Diapers, bath soap, storage bags etc....

I have come up with a plan of no impulse shopping, write a list and buy what is on the list! Let's see if I can keep this up!!

Sorry, if this is a little awkward pretrip report, but this will really help me stay on track, I gotta be on that boat in December of 2010!!

jojo05
08-03-2009, 07:12 PM
Weekends are the times when I usually will spend the most money....I did pretty well for myself this weekend and only spent a total of $90.00. We went to Jason's brothers wedding shower today so I spent 50 of the 90 on a gift card to Target. I could have bought them a greeting card to go with the giftcard for 3.00 extra, but then I thought...this is 3 extra dollars that I will have to pay towards my debt to Disney! (Is this bad that I think this way?) Well if anything it is sure giving me discipline!! I spent 14.00 for lunch for Aaron, my mom and myself and spent the rest of the money with essentials that I needed to buy...Diapers, bath soap, storage bags etc....

I have come up with a plan of no impulse shopping, write a list and buy what is on the list! Let's see if I can keep this up!!

Sorry, if this is a little awkward pretrip report, but this will really help me stay on track, I gotta be on that boat in December of 2010!!



I know what you mean about the shopping on weekends!! I'm in the middle of saving up for our trip to wdw, and now, thinking on buying a horse. While only making as little as i do as a groomers asst. and starting college in feb. I still REALLY want this perfect horse I have my eyes on. Not sure what I should do! My boyfriend and I are really bad about eating out and going out with friends, so now i`m stuck trying to figure out things. But. I want this horse, and our trip. Hope you can keep up the saving on weekends!

A.Mickey
08-05-2009, 12:03 AM
I know what you mean about the shopping on weekends!! I'm in the middle of saving up for our trip to wdw, and now, thinking on buying a horse. While only making as little as i do as a groomers asst. and starting college in feb. I still REALLY want this perfect horse I have my eyes on. Not sure what I should do! My boyfriend and I are really bad about eating out and going out with friends, so now i`m stuck trying to figure out things. But. I want this horse, and our trip. Hope you can keep up the saving on weekends!

Thanks me too!

Yeah eating out and going out with friends can be very costly! I am trying to eat out less and less, if at all to pay off this credit card debt! I am trying to pack lunches on the weekends. How much does a horse cost? That sounds like a lot of work! Good luck on whatever you decide!

A.Mickey
08-05-2009, 12:19 AM
How I have saved:
1. Stopped playing World of Warcraft (savings of ~$300/year)
2. Have the lower tier of cable television (savings of $600/year)
3. Removed comprehensive coverage on our automobiles and now just have collision coverage (savings of $600/year)
4. One car was paid off in May (savings of $3000/year) the other car has $500 left (once paid off will save $1200/year)
5. Use to have Broadway in Chicago season tickets usually see 5 shows between train and going out to eat after the show for skipping this next season (we are saving $500 dollars).
6. I enjoy Jason Mraz and have been going to all of his concerts since 2002 but this summer I passed on his show (savings of $100)
7. Skipped getting Chicago Bears tickets this year, even though every year since I met Jason we have been going to at least one game (savings of $200)
8. We have a new energy efficient fridge in our apartment, our last fridge was from the 1970's so it will be interesting to see if we can see a difference in our electric bill. (probably savings of at least $100/year)

Just from these things I am saving close to $7000/year!

I only go out to eat at work on Fridays and I bring my lunch Mon-Thurs. I use to eat out almost every day!

Since I am trying to be more and more disciplined so I can get on PCC 2.0 I have been working longer hours at work. Before I would maybe get 7 hours a day, I am trying to arrive at work earlier but still leave at my regular time. Having that extra hour a day would add up to 10 extra hours a paycheck! Close to $5000 extra a year! Amazing what an hour a day will do!

If I keep all these things up, I see no problem of us getting on that ship but I have to keep them up!

Future Spending:
Jason's tux rental for his brother's wedding $120
Plane ticket $260
Imagination Mover's Tickets ???
VHS to DVD recorder $180
Pay off balance on 2.0 $700
Plane tickets to Orlando for 2.0 ~$300-$500

I heard of a cool website on the radio today...called www.feedthepig.org
Also I have been keeping track of everything on www.mint.com

It is really interesting to see where our money goes!

jojo05
08-05-2009, 06:42 AM
Thanks me too!

Yeah eating out and going out with friends can be very costly! I am trying to eat out less and less, if at all to pay off this credit card debt! I am trying to pack lunches on the weekends. How much does a horse cost? That sounds like a lot of work! Good luck on whatever you decide!


Well, I decided to do both. Get a horse, and my Disney trip! I' m from canada, so, yesterday I went to get $200 amercian out, and it only ended up costing me $220.00 The dollar's good right now, which is perfect for me. Each paycheck I've been taking a bit of money out and putting it in American right away so I don't spend it. And, as for the horse, I'm getting her for free at a place I used to work at. But, I made a list forself to see how much yearly, monthly, and weekly I'll have to be saving up. here's what I've done:


Purchases: Vet Bill: yearly: $150.00 Monthly: $12.50 Weekly: $3.00
Ferrier: yearly: $320.00 Monthly: $26.00 Weekly: $6.00
Board: yearly: $1,800.00 Monthly: $150.00 Weekly: $35.00





Total Yearly would then be: $2,280.00

That being said I hope there is no unexpected vet bills. And I'll need to save up $3,500.00 for Disney world I already started a list in my pre-trip report to help me get organized.

here's a picture of my horse :) She's the grey, and the little one is her foal. and that's my Darling boyfriend being brave and feeding them. These were takin in Dec. 2008 when I worked there.

http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc289/johannagirl1/DSCF7173.jpg
http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc289/johannagirl1/DSCF7175.jpg
http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc289/johannagirl1/DSCF7177.jpg

A.Mickey
08-05-2009, 11:18 PM
Well, I decided to do both. Get a horse, and my Disney trip! I' m from canada, so, yesterday I went to get $200 amercian out, and it only ended up costing me $220.00 The dollar's good right now, which is perfect for me. Each paycheck I've been taking a bit of money out and putting it in American right away so I don't spend it. And, as for the horse, I'm getting her for free at a place I used to work at. But, I made a list forself to see how much yearly, monthly, and weekly I'll have to be saving up. here's what I've done:


Purchases: Vet Bill: yearly: $150.00 Monthly: $12.50 Weekly: $3.00
Ferrier: yearly: $320.00 Monthly: $26.00 Weekly: $6.00
Board: yearly: $1,800.00 Monthly: $150.00 Weekly: $35.00





Total Yearly would then be: $2,280.00

That being said I hope there is no unexpected vet bills. And I'll need to save up $3,500.00 for Disney world I already started a list in my pre-trip report to help me get organized.

here's a picture of my horse :) She's the grey, and the little one is her foal. and that's my Darling boyfriend being brave and feeding them. These were takin in Dec. 2008 when I worked there.

http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc289/johannagirl1/DSCF7173.jpg
http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc289/johannagirl1/DSCF7175.jpg
http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc289/johannagirl1/DSCF7177.jpg

That is great that you have figured out a weekly budget for those things! I use to be like that when I was young...and then I let the credit cards get the best of me, by using them to pay for Disney vacations :rolleyes:. That horse is beautiful...when are you getting it? How come Disney is costing sooo much? Is it really that expensive?:eek:

A.Mickey
08-05-2009, 11:23 PM
Hmmmm....

Well I have a few options! I wanted to buy park tickets for next December before the increase in August, but that did not happen. I still don't know what to get for the two of us.

I first was thinking to purchase two 10 day no expiry since I don't think we will be there for that long after the PCC 2.0. We definitely would like to be there for a few days though.

Then I was thinking of just seeing what kind of package we can get....

Then I was thinking, well you can always book a package with just a one day ticket on the package.....so what if we purchase a 10 day base ticket....and then add no expiry on whatever days are leftover....can we even do this?

I definitely think buying the 10 day ticket is the way to go though....the price difference between a 3 day and a 10 day base ticket is minimal!

A.Mickey
08-05-2009, 11:29 PM
Here are some introductions:

Jason and I
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/Trip/100_3419.jpg

Nana (Jason's mom) and Aaron (our son)...they will be in WDW when we are hopefully on PCC 2.0 (Nana cannot wait! She wants to already book her package now!)
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/Trip/Image13.jpg

jojo05
08-06-2009, 05:51 AM
That is great that you have figured out a weekly budget for those things! I use to be like that when I was young...and then I let the credit cards get the best of me, by using them to pay for Disney vacations :rolleyes:. That horse is beautiful...when are you getting it? How come Disney is costing sooo much? Is it really that expensive?:eek:


well, we have to buy our plane tickets which is $1,000.00 then our hotel, which is $700.00 then the disney dining plan, then park hoppers, then the park tickets, plus whatever spending money..it adds up fast!

Here are some introductions:

Jason and I
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/Trip/100_3419.jpg

Nana (Jason's mom) and Aaron (our son)...they will be in WDW when we are hopefully on PCC 2.0 (Nana cannot wait! She wants to already book her package now!)
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/Trip/Image13.jpg

That's so cute!! your son is adorable :)

A.Mickey
08-06-2009, 09:52 PM
well, we have to buy our plane tickets which is $1,000.00 then our hotel, which is $700.00 then the disney dining plan, then park hoppers, then the park tickets, plus whatever spending money..it adds up fast!

WOW! The plane tickets for you are expensive!! I don't know if this will help you or not, but there is a site out there called Farecompare.com....this really has helped me find the cheapest times to leave and the cheapest flights!

Also, if you are going in August/September...you do know that there is a possibility that there will be free dining?

Hope that helps you a little!

A.Mickey
08-06-2009, 11:09 PM
Well, who knows who else is here besides Jojo :), but I feel since I started posting this PTR it has really helped me curb my spending. I know it has only been a week but this week at work...(remember I said how I usually work 7 hour days?) well I am on track to make a 40 hour work week (this will be an extra 5 hours of pay on my next paycheck, if I can keep that up next week too, make that an extra 10 hours!) and I even asked if I can come in on Saturday (this would be overtime!). We usually never get overtime at work, but we have been really busy the last two weeks.

Ok..I just remembered that I started a Sunshine Rewards account last year! This is another way I can make some money for our trip! I just ordered $135 worth of gift certificates for Restaurant.com for $25!! Plus I am getting 1.75 back to my sunshine rewards account. ;).

jojo05
08-07-2009, 05:23 AM
WOW! The plane tickets for you are expensive!! I don't know if this will help you or not, but there is a site out there called Farecompare.com....this really has helped me find the cheapest times to leave and the cheapest flights!

Also, if you are going in August/September...you do know that there is a possibility that there will be free dining?

Hope that helps you a little!

Yup, we`ll be using the free disney dining plan. it`s wayyy better! and so cheap! that is why we aren`t going until aug. or sept. Thanks about the plane ticket site!:banana:

Well, who knows who else is here besides Jojo :), but I feel since I started posting this PTR it has really helped me curb my spending. I know it has only been a week but this week at work...(remember I said how I usually work 7 hour days?) well I am on track to make a 40 hour work week (this will be an extra 5 hours of pay on my next paycheck, if I can keep that up next week too, make that an extra 10 hours!) and I even asked if I can come in on Saturday (this would be overtime!). We usually never get overtime at work, but we have been really busy the last two weeks.

Ok..I just remembered that I started a Sunshine Rewards account last year! This is another way I can make some money for our trip! I just ordered $135 worth of gift certificates for Restaurant.com for $25!! Plus I am getting 1.75 back to my sunshine rewards account. ;). My referral number is 12483 if anyone signs up! I could use all the help I can get :rolleyes:

HAHA yes I am here!:flower3: and any lurkers out there why not join in on this great PTR! :upsidedow

jojo05
08-07-2009, 05:24 AM
p.s that`s great about getting more hours!! I`m glad for you :) This will help a lot. and hey, while your at work, if you bring your own lunch at least your not out shopping somewhere :upsidedow

A.Mickey
08-14-2009, 12:51 AM
How I have saved:

4. One car was paid off in May (savings of $3000/year) the other car has $500 left (once paid off will save $1200/year)

Future Spending:
Jason's tux rental for his brother's wedding $120
Plane ticket $260
Imagination Mover's Tickets ???
VHS to DVD recorder $180
Pay off balance on 2.0 $700
Plane tickets to Orlando for 2.0 ~$300-$500


It is really interesting to see where our money goes!

Make that 400 left to pay on the car! And my 3 credit cards are almost down to two! Most likely a week from tomorrow I will have two credit cards left to pay! :banana:

And another good thing. Jason's mother has offered to pay for Jason's plane ticket! That is 260 off of our future expense tab!

Since I started this I have spent all my money on groceries and gas! The only time I splurged was when I spent $34 to go out to eat with Ann and her family. And I worked almost 5 hours of overtime last Saturday! I never do this! :eek:

This weekend is exciting! We are going to Wisconsin State Fair tomorrow, out to dinner with a few DISers on Saturday night. Going to a DISmeet on Sunday and the Zoo on Monday! Hopefully I can keep the spending under control.....I will let you know how it pans out!

jojo05
08-22-2009, 06:04 AM
Make that 400 left to pay on the car! And my 3 credit cards are almost down to two! Most likely a week from tomorrow I will have two credit cards left to pay! :banana:

And another good thing. Jason's mother has offered to pay for Jason's plane ticket! That is 260 off of our future expense tab!

Since I started this I have spent all my money on groceries and gas! The only time I splurged was when I spent $34 to go out to eat with Ann and her family. And I worked almost 5 hours of overtime last Saturday! I never do this! :eek:

This weekend is exciting! We are going to Wisconsin State Fair tomorrow, out to dinner with a few DISers on Saturday night. Going to a DISmeet on Sunday and the Zoo on Monday! Hopefully I can keep the spending under control.....I will let you know how it pans out!


Hope you didn't spend much

A.Mickey
08-27-2009, 09:15 PM
Hope you didn't spend much

So yeah....ummm...I ended up spending a lot! We saw a really great musical that Saturday and ended up getting tickets for when they are in Milwaukee. We also bought tickets for our son to go to the Imagination Movers concert when they are here in November. Other than those two things we just spent money on gas and food. But food alone for that weekend was pretty expensive since we went out to eat a lot with Jason's dad.

A.Mickey
08-27-2009, 09:19 PM
Ok....so here is the reason why I have been away....Jason's father and stepmom were in town last Thursday night until Tuesday morning. We had not seen them in over 2 years!!

Jason took Thursday night through Tuesday night off of work!
This means lots of time with Jason! Since we usually only see each other for about 15 minutes each weekday morning and on the weekends. Hence lots of free time at night to write TR and work on my designs...and of course Facebook :).

On Thursday night we went to eat at Home Run Inn for the Pizza! Jason's Dad (lets just call him Grandpa Joe) loves to eat here. Grandpa Joe grew up in Chicago so every time he is in town we must eat at Home Run Inn. It has become a tradition.

Friday we wake up and head out to the Wisconsin State Fair. (I took Friday and Monday off of work)

Upon arriving I spot this booth, look Deep Fried and On a stick are in Disney writing! This has to be good!!
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/Summer/DSC01113.jpg
Deep Fried Smores!! We have an obsession with trying things that are deep fried. So far my favorite thing is a deep fried Reeses PB Cup! We never did get to try a deep fried smore, on the way in it was too early...

But it is never too early for a Wisconsin State Fair Cream Puff!
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/Summer/DSC01115.jpg
Aaron Loved it!!

Who wants to play Farmville?!?
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Three little....ur um....BIG PIGS!
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Stop for the cut out animals! Aaron loves these.
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/Summer/DSC01118.jpg

We got some Rootbeer Milk, Banana Milk, and Cherry Vanilla Milk! Total= 75 (wow I can't find the cents symbol!)
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We rested with our milk....
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/Summer/DSC01126.jpg
(Hey look! Jason and I are wearing matching shirts! It never fails!)

On to the midway!!
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(I soooo wanted to go in one of these tents but Jason wouldn't let me! Some tents were 1.00 and some were only 50 cents....he wanted to keep it to my imagination.)

The Death Trap
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/Summer/100_4596.jpg
(Jason and I rode this back in 2006....do not attempt to ride this ride...you have been warned!)

Jason stops for Dinner?!?!?!
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(Don't you remember what happened when you try exotic things?!)

I wish my friends were here!!
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We head out of the Fair around 4pm and head to Culver's back near home for dinner. Grandpa Joe and Grandma Peggy have never ate here before. They really enjoyed it!

Saturday we head downtown by Metra to show Grandpa Joe and Grandma Peggy the sites. Grandma Peggy has never actually been downtown before. Nana (Jason's mother) is taking care of Aaron for the day and night.

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We head over to the water tower place for lunch at our favorite spot, foodlife! Oh but wait...chocolate is wafting through the air...
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(that is one heavy chocolate bar!)

We tour the American Girl doll store, makes me glad that I have a boy.

Time for lunch.....Eek...no food porn! What a Bad DISer am I?!?

We walk down Michigan Ave to show them Millennium Park
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/Summer/DSC01146.jpg

Cloudgate....aka the Bean
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Gotta get our pic in the Bean.
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We decide to go dip our feet in the water..
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Reason #1 why I NEED A STEEEEEK!
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A Fun day in the city!
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We part ways....Jason and I have a musical to see at 2pm.
It is Spring Awakening....I just have to say that it is my all time favorite musical that I have ever seen. I have seen quite a few! I am getting tickets tomorrow for when they are in Milwaukee for my mom and my sister to come with :).

The show gets out and it is 4:30 we decide to take an express train back....but the 1st stop it makes is 2 miles past our stop. We knew this, but we figured we would take a cab or walk back! When we get off the train we decide to walk back. It is now 5:45 and we have an ADR at P.F. Chang's for 7!:eek:

A.Mickey
08-27-2009, 09:21 PM
We make it back to our car 8 minutes before the train we were going to take pulls into the station!! Yes! We shaved some time off. I have to pick up some pictures for the D2D meet before we meet Todd, Jaime and Robin at P.F. Chang's!

6:45 we make it to Woodfield and see Famous and Celebrity!!
We sit down and Robin comes in shortly! Love the hair!

Lettuce Wraps
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/Summer/6.jpg

Dynamite Shrimp!
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Soups
uh...Jaime has got me covered!

Poor Todd, Jason and I ordered both of his dishes! He quickly has to look over the menu!
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/Summer/9.jpg

We did this like family style...so we all get a little of everyone's...
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unless you are Jaime....she stayed away from the bad stuff......until the cake showed up!

Fun desserts in glasses! We love desserts in glasses, I am having Palo flashbacks :).
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I think Robin is too :)
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/Summer/12.jpg

I have to pause here.....Can you believe that Robin flew out from Virginia just for the weekend!! And Todd drove from Detroit!! ::HUGS::

You know we love you guys, we gotta get Robin next time!!
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Sunday
Jason and his family are going to Portillo's and the Children's museum....I love their expressions in this pic.
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(ah hem)

While I go to the DIS meet at D2D!
I beat Todd and Jaime!!
I chat with Lori (Briarrosie)? and Jen (Jen3003) and daughter.

Soon I hear someone screaming and running with his arms in the air! It is Todd! He runs to give me a gigantic HUG!! I <3 U!
We are standing chatting, and Natale1980 shows up with her sister? sisinlaw? I go and talk to her! I have been watching her vlogs! She is a celebrity too :). Turns out she has been reading my TR! Wow! Small world :).
Jaime covered this very well....and I didn't have my camera with me, since Jason had it at the Children's museum.

I did Pin trade with a castmember and got a Mo pin from Wall-E! Later on I was chatting with Linda (Quirty30) and her kids. Her son kept saying how he wishes he could pin trade. So I told him he could trade with me. I had a steamboat willie pin and he was very happy and took that one. He gave me a character spot pin. So it all works out!

I got to see some fun pictures of Todd through the years!!

And now we bring to you a little flashback....I don't know whose pictures these are....but I have been going to the D2D meets every time now. Looking at these they seem sooo old. Even though it was only May of 2008 I believe? I know that day was the day we booked PCC 1.0. The day we first met anyone from the DIS, and also the day we met AskTracy! Enjoy!
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Look who I am standing next to!!! And who woulda thunk it that I would pin that shirt just a year later ;). Btw...I thought that was your DATW shirt
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Calling the Podcast!
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Gosh it is sooo weird to look back at these pics! So much of my life has changed since the PCC! I am soo thankful for all the great friendships I have made, and continue to make through the DIS!!

A.Mickey
08-27-2009, 09:22 PM
Monday we head out to Brookfield Zoo.

Remember when I said that Aaron likes these...
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I think I found someone that likes them more!
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Too Cute!
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I Love PIGS!
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The piglets were pretty disappointing though, they were pretty big already!
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A great weekend had by all!

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And now back to your regularly scheduled program.....

A.Mickey
08-27-2009, 09:32 PM
Ok, so I cheated and took that little mini TR from my actual TR.

But now you get the jist of the weekend I splurged!

Last weekend we went to a Ren Faire with Jaime AKA Tiggerbell...so we ended up spending close to $100 to do that. It was a ton of fun though!
Would do it again in a heartbeat!

The good news is we are still really busy at work and I was asked to work on Saturday again! While, I won't get as much overtime as last time I went in I should get some. And some is better than none :).

So yeah I still have 3 cards to pay off.....but the one is under $500 :). I almost did the Cash for Clunkers too....which would have given me a car payment again of 250 at least, per month! I almost have no car payment! Just have a little over $400 left on the car, but then I will have to spend $500 more to get it fixed. One day I will be out of this debt with two working automobiles ;).

And the Indy DIS meet is one week from tomorrow!!

A.Mickey
09-22-2009, 11:56 PM
Jason and I currently in Indy and as some of you are probably aware Jaime is in WDW (can't wait for her next TR to begin)! I am sure she is having a grand time, but she is also having a grand time with mu-ah!

Flattie Jaime's adventures in Indy
I get up and say to myself...I am going to Indy!! I cannot wait to see all of my old friends and meet new ones!!
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Jason and Shanan are still puttsin around their apartment packing things up. I decide to go drink my coffee.
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I get dressed
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Ok, so they finally have their bags packed! Ooohh I like the choice of bags
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Aaron isn't here so I will sit in his seat for the ride.
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Shanan decided that she wants to take us to her old stomping ground. So we drive down to Kankakee...I guess this is close to where the Chicago Bears have their summer camp. So we do a mall tour, come on everybody let's go to the mall.
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Wow! This mall must have really been hurt by the recession...anybody wanna check out a book at the mall?
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We stop for gas and are back on the road...now we are taking back roads to get from Kankakee to I-65
What do we see on the way there.....
lots and lots of
CORN!
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Shanan and I goofing off...
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Jason was so excited taking the previous pictures of me that he somehow lost the Ipod touch! This has all of our directions for the next two days! So we actually had to pull over and stop. Luckily Jason found it and it was all the way underneath the seat.

I got amusement out of that one!
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Now we are on I-65 and we see a HUGE wind farm! I don't know if you can see them off in the distance, but that was pretty neat!
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We stop in West Lafayette because Shanan was on the website Roadfood.com and found an interesting little place to go to.
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I have to say this was a pretty awesome find!
http://www.triplexxxfamilyrestaurant.com/index.html

This rootbeer was delish! There is a whole history behind it here:http://www.triplexxxfamilyrestaurant.com/rootbeer.html
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It uses only 100 percent unfrozen sirloin, ground on site and grilled with real cheese.
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YUM!

This waitress was very fond of me. She asked me alot of questions and was wondering why I was 2-D. I had to let her know that while I am here in 2-D my friends (in 3-D) are at the World in 2-D. She thought that was really nifty and wanted to take a pic with me!
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Jason decided that he wanted to go check out Perdue's campus.
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Oh look! Round table discussion?
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Tippecanoe Battlefield is near here so we decide to pay it a visit.
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Shanan doesn't really care for this land (she felt it was sad that the Native Americans lost the midwest land here) Maybe we should take some more time to explore it next time. It was close to 4 by now and the D&B meet is at 7:30, we still have an hour more to drive!

We did want to stop in to see Prophetstown but it was six dollars are car and like I said it was getting late.
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So we hopped back on the road on our way to Indy!

A.Mickey
09-23-2009, 12:02 AM
So we make it to Indy a little before 5 and the hotel we booked was a Raddison but it must have been bought out because when we showed up it is a Four Points by Sheraton.
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The room is really nice and spacious, it reminds us alot of the room at the Dolphin. Free internet and free bottles of water!

Gotta slip into my evening attire
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Ohhh...we are ready to go to another mall before the D&B meet!
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No one told me there would be a photo-op with Mickey here!
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Hmmmm.....
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I think they might herd cattle into this mall? I never saw doors this BIG before!
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We had some more time to spare before the meet so we decide what better place to burn off some time then!
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Jason made me wait in the car...I think Shanan was having to much fun taking pictures of me in the Disney Store.

7:15 time to meet some DISers for D&B
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We were greeted by Aaron, Kim and Anna! And soon Shanan got her hug from Brandie! The rest of the gang congregated from the bar on over and hugs were received and given. Then we waited as our tables were getting set up! We had a private room!! At first they had the 6 tables set up all separated, but then they decided to move 3 of them (since that was all that was needed for our group) into an L shape. This worked out very well! Although, it is pretty hard to converse with 13 people at the same time!

Yum a ummy peachy drink.
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Chicken dish.....forgot the name...too busy talking! Tonya ordered it, it sounded good so I followed!
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Jason ordered the Teriyaki Steak
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Now it was time to play some games!
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We had to leave pretty quick, Jason had been up for 45 of the last 48 hours.

Can't wait for tomorrow!

Goodnight!
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A.Mickey
09-23-2009, 12:03 AM
Saturday we woke up and lounged around facebooking and reading the DIS.
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Shanan and Jason's version of the steeeeeeek!
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Shanan looked for another burger joint for lunch. She musta been in a burger mood while she was planning this trip. This time she used Urbanspoon.com and the number 2 rated Indy restaurant is Bub's Burgers & Ice Cream. So we head over to downtown Carmel.
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We arrived at 11:10 AM the place opens at 11:00 AM and by 11:30 AM the place had a wait!!
See all the people waiting behind me?
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Hmmm....what size burger shall we order?
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Well, since Shanan is sharing with me let's order the 11 oz.:scared1:

Jason and I relaxing and waiting for our food on the outside patio.
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Yum a chocolate milkshake...this was Shanan's 2nd favorite shake she has ever had. Number 1 being Schoop's.
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YUM!
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This burger is HUGE!
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Shanan and I couldn't even finish the whole thing!
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Another fabulous find! Now we were on our way to the DISmeet! On the way there we stopped at a Meijer to pick up a cheese tray and some crackers.

We get there a little before 1pm and immediatley see...
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(that stinker tricked us!)

I head over to check out the silent auction items and look around at the various things to do.

Ooooo...I want this
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and this (Bob's homemade keychains)
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Kids Korner
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We go up to the front table and fill out name tags and get our tickets for the raffle drawing that will be held at the top of every hour.
We also get our scavenger hunt sheets...and start walking around the room and meeting fellow DIS enthusiasts!

After we filled out our scavenger hunt sheet we turned it in for another raffle. We also bought some tickets for the 50/50 raffle. We like raffles!!

Ok, first things first, gotta get a Dole Whip!
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Hanging out with some of the gang...
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The 1st drawing at 2:00 pm.
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Jason started in on Brandie's cupcakes...it wasn't until the 5th one he discovered that there were other flavors.
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Kids playing hot potato.
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Shanan and I were wanting some more food...
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A.Mickey
09-23-2009, 12:04 AM
Shanan brought her pins and pin traded a bit and talked to some other DISers about pins.

Now it was time for some kid activities! How to draw a character.
Like Disney's Art of Animation class...so Tonya, Shanan and I decide to attend.
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She was a very good teacher!
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Shanan and I played Bingo next. That was fun! We liked the Bingo cards.
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Shanan's number was drawn for a lovely Dunkin Donuts gift basket that was put together by Aaron's mother. It was lovely and I even came home with a prize.
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What number cupcake is this!?!?
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Shanan wants to try the fondant and get to the center where the Rice Krispies are :).
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It is close to 5pm and there is a mad dash for the snipes to come in and steal the items away from the high bidders!
We won the Bob key-chains, a Club 33 key-chain, and Disney's Christmas Carol plush dolls. Since there were 3 key-chains and Tracey, Tonya and Shanan wanted them we split them up.
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Tonya won the restaurant review with Kevin and John and Tracey won the signed shirt!

Gotta have our Dole Whips for Bawb!
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The end of a great meet! It just was over too fast. Thanks for all the work Aaron, Kim and Anna!! We can't wait for next year!:goodvibes

A.Mickey
09-23-2009, 12:05 AM
So it is only 6pm and we have the place cleaned up. None of us go to bed at 7pm...so a few of us that don't have any plans for the evening head over to where else....Houlihan's

Wow, those tiles are going to hurt later.
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These are some BIG drinks!
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Shanan and Jaime Martini tasting part 2!
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We all order appetizers or something small...
Jason goes with the Asian Chicken Noodle Bowl
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Shanan orders the lettuce wraps
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We have a good time chatting away then we walk down to some of the shops to burn off some of our meal and alcohol.

We stop into a doggie shop. Are these thongs for your dog?
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Next we head into Borders Tonya and Brandie want to check out the Twilight section. Someone has a crush on Edward:love:
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Borders is closing and we still don't want to leave each other so we decide to hang out in the hotel lobby and have a DATL/Twilight tutorial/Legally Blonde sing-a-long.
Before:
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After:
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(anyone want to go swimming)

Tracy and Bill joined us for a little bit and we had a fun time talking and exchanging :hug:'s. Shanan, Jason and Tracey learned alot about the Cullen's. We left to go home at 2 am. We had to rest up for the last meet we have a brunch scheduled for 10:30 am at Stone Creek.

We made it! Shanan wasn't feeling to well though.
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These pictures are Tracey's

Our group for Brunch.
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Food
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Our group from DATL
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Now it's time to say goodbye to all our company....
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See you real soon! But not soon enough!
We had a great weekend!! Hanging with DISers is the best! :thumbsup2

Jaime wanted some ice cream and a shake on the way home.
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Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed it!:wizard:

A.Mickey
09-23-2009, 12:09 AM
I haven't updated this in a while, so much so that it ended up being closed!!....I have been stuck in a bit of a rut....but luckily for October I have 3 paydays and Jason has 5!

Our Indy trip set us back 500 but it was sooo worth it!

Jason was also talking to his brother last weekend and he said we could stay at his place Friday night and Saturday night and then Sunday night we will be staying at the Resort where he is getting married for only 60 dollars for the room. It is a 200/night room. So, Aaron and I are going to Jason's brothers wedding in Arizona in November! It is only going to cost 600.

Good thing is my cars are now both paid off! I still have 3 credit cards that I am working on, but I hope to have that stubborn one paid off by the end of October....if not sooner!

A.Mickey
10-13-2009, 09:06 PM
Well, I did something I probably shouldn't have...but I couldn't help myself! I bought DVC! I know, I know, I probably shouldn't have...but it is getting more and more costlier for DVC and we have wanted DVC for the past 3 years!

I justified the purchase, that we will have it until Aaron is 50 years old! Until I am 77 and Jason is 82!! Jason's mom is also helping paying 100 a month for the next 5 years! And then after that it will be paid off, so maybe I should think about getting a house when Aaron is 7? I don't know! But I think I made a wise decision with how much we like to vacation at Disney!

My stubborn credit card will be paid off by the end of this month, and we are not going to stay at Jason's brothers house now. Instead we are staying for two nights at a Motel 6 in Scottsdale came out to $100! And then the wedding night at the resort..at least we will be out of their hair! I saved 12 dollars on the room using a coupon discount code and going through my sunshine rewards account! I am always looking!

A.Mickey
10-30-2009, 07:44 AM
WOO HOO!! The stubborn card is paid off as of today!

So, now that we are DVC owners we have a few more trips in the mix! Hopefully we will be going down in October of next year of a week during Food and Wine as my cousin is getting married in Tampa. We would buy an annual pass with our DVC discount and then go in December for the PCC 2.0 and then take one more trip for the 40th anniversary of the MK in October of 2011!

A.Mickey
11-04-2009, 11:23 PM
So thanks to the Podcast I joined the No Buy group on the budget board! http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2321066

This is really, really, really helping me curb my spending! Should have another credit card paid off by the end of the year and half of the last one paid off by the end of Feb with our tax return!

natale1980
11-12-2009, 10:26 PM
I don't know how I didn't see this... Very Entertaining!
I really hope you get your CC's paid! Congrats on getting rid of the first one. I really need to get my butt in gear and get debt free... but it's so hard when there are so many nice shiny things to buy. :)
Really though - your awesome for paying off your debt! Good for you! Maybe you'll be my inspiration... After we get back from Disney of course!! :lmao:

-nat

A.Mickey
11-13-2009, 09:36 PM
I don't know how I didn't see this... Very Entertaining!
I really hope you get your CC's paid! Congrats on getting rid of the first one. I really need to get my butt in gear and get debt free... but it's so hard when there are so many nice shiny things to buy. :)
Really though - your awesome for paying off your debt! Good for you! Maybe you'll be my inspiration... After we get back from Disney of course!! :lmao:

-nat

Well, at first I was kinda ashamed of this PTR....but then I am like....I don't care I will let it be known! So I advertised it in my signature.

I am only able to get rid of my cc debt, because earlier this year my father asked me if I was thinking of getting a house now that they are getting cheaper and cheaper....and I was like I would love too....but I first have to get out of this CC debt! Then when I told him how much I had....he told me no more vacations until you are out of credit card debt! :scared: I have to be on PCC 2.0! So this is what I needed to hear to make me get rid of this debt one and all! Although he doesn't know that I just bought DVC. :3dglasses Oh well, it will be done with soon enough....I got the 5 year loan so Jan 2015 :). Gosh Aaron will almost be 8 then!

The No Buy thread is really helping me too!

A.Mickey
11-18-2009, 10:32 PM
In January we can book for our 11 months out! :woohoo: We are at least going to book a savanna view room for Nana (Jason's mother) hopefully we will be coming too! Will know better about our finances once March rolls around! I am really trying to get our head above water, it sure takes a long time though!

This just reminds me that I got a D23 membership a while back, in the middle of October, I wonder when I can be expecting my 1st magazine.:confused3

A.Mickey
11-23-2009, 11:03 PM
I started doing the C25K program! I figured why not get in shape and out of debt at the same time! That way by the time my debt is paid off I will have a new body to go with it and I will be feeling good!


Update on the money front! Working on the 2nd card still. I put 400 towards that card last Friday and hopefully I will have the remainder paid on it by the end of the year! Then I will have the last major credit card that I want to get rid of! I big scary discover card that has 6000 on it! :scared1: Luckily, all of our tax return will go to the card and that will be about 3000-4000. After the discover I have a lil chase card that currently has just under 3000 on it, but the interest rate is holding out at 5% until it is paid off....so I am not really worried about this one. It comes out to about $12 a month in interest.

Unfortunately, the car that is still out of commission has to have an emissions test on it before February so I guess we will be having a car fixing bill sometime in January....I hope it won't be too much :sick:

TyRy
11-28-2009, 09:36 AM
Hi Shanan,

Just wanted to say I think it's great that your doing the whole CC payoff thing and even posting about it! I know what you mean about things popping up (like the car!) as it seems every time we get close too, something else happens (like needing a new roof soon!) But we just keep plugging away and it sounds like you guys will be there in no time! :banana:

And congratulations for buying DVC! :cheer2: I think we met a year or two ago at a Doorway event and I know you guys were thinking about it. It really will be the best thing you've done. I know it's been that way for us and we LOVE having AKL as our home resort.

Off to try and catch up on your cruise report.

A.Mickey
12-01-2009, 09:57 PM
Hi Shanan,

Just wanted to say I think it's great that your doing the whole CC payoff thing and even posting about it! I know what you mean about things popping up (like the car!) as it seems every time we get close too, something else happens (like needing a new roof soon!) But we just keep plugging away and it sounds like you guys will be there in no time! :banana:

And congratulations for buying DVC! :cheer2: I think we met a year or two ago at a Doorway event and I know you guys were thinking about it. It really will be the best thing you've done. I know it's been that way for us and we LOVE having AKL as our home resort.

Off to try and catch up on your cruise report.

Thanks! Posting about it is holding me accountable and helping me pay it off, plus having my dad telling me that I can't go anywhere until my credit cards are paid off seems to help too! Yeah, cars stink sometimes! At least we don't have a car payment anymore.

Hmmm...I don't remember meeting you at a Doorway event, but we will be meeting you again, or for the first time at Jaime's in a week, right? Yeah, it will definitely be a good thing as Aaron will be able to go to Disney or anywhere for that matter til he is over 50! I just can't even think that far into the future it is crazy!

A.Mickey
12-01-2009, 09:59 PM
So, last month I got a change in terms from my stubborn card that I just paid off last month and they are getting rid of the rewards program and adding an annual fee. Last night I called and asked them to close my account! I don't need to pay an annual fee!! :laughing:

Boy, did that feel good!! :thumbsup2

brookelizabeth
12-02-2009, 09:25 AM
I am here too! I am finally all caught up. You are doing GREAT on your debt, congratulations on getting one paid off and closing it!!!

We bought DVC and took vacations in the midst of our debt paying off too....it was worth it. We see our vacations, espeically when I was working too, as a NEED! We would have gone nuts without it! And DVC is a wise investment I think - and if Nana is paying $100 a month - wow! That's soooooooo nice. :goodvibes:

mainegal
12-04-2009, 09:31 AM
Hi Shanan. I wandered here from the PCC 2.0 thread.

Interesting reading your pre-trip report.

I am amazed that with your debt you chose to buy into to DVC debt and the extra cost of extra trips that you will be taking now that you have DVC. Good luck, good luck, and good luck!

Truly, I wish you well with your climb out of debt. Don't let Christmas carry you further down the hole.

I look forward to meeting you on the boat next December. Keep on paying off and saving so that can happen!

Lyn :goodvibes

A.Mickey
12-04-2009, 09:43 PM
I am here too! I am finally all caught up. You are doing GREAT on your debt, congratulations on getting one paid off and closing it!!!

We bought DVC and took vacations in the midst of our debt paying off too....it was worth it. We see our vacations, espeically when I was working too, as a NEED! We would have gone nuts without it! And DVC is a wise investment I think - and if Nana is paying $100 a month - wow! That's soooooooo nice. :goodvibes:

Thanks Brook! It sure does take a long time but I keep plugging away! The No Buy Thread is really helping me stay on track with my budget! Last week Jason wanted Five Guys, but our budget was already blown with eating out for the month of November so he opted for Costo. Total bill for the two of us $3.30 :). Much better than the $20+ it would have been at Five Guys!

Yes, I think DVC is a very wise investment too! I was thinking after my AP expires we could go the next year to Hilton Head or Vero Beach and all we will have to pay for is the airfare! :woohoo:

Hi Shanan. I wandered here from the PCC 2.0 thread.

Interesting reading your pre-trip report.

I am amazed that with your debt you chose to buy into to DVC debt and the extra cost of extra trips that you will be taking now that you have DVC. Good luck, good luck, and good luck!

Truly, I wish you well with your climb out of debt. Don't let Christmas carry you further down the hole.

I look forward to meeting you on the boat next December. Keep on paying off and saving so that can happen!

Lyn :goodvibes

Hi Lyn!

I chose to buy into DVC because Jason's mom is going to give us 100/month towards the payment of ~200 and since Jason and I have been looking into buying DVC it just is getting costlier and costlier. Both of our cars are paid off now (payment was $350 for both) and we did only buy in at 100 points. We even got points for 2008! So as of right now we have 200 pts to play with. And as far as the extra trips go, technically it is just one extra trip in Oct of 2011 for MK's 40th. Regardless, I will be going to my cousin's wedding in Tampa in Oct of 2010 and since Tampa is sooo stinkin' close to Disney and I already have a place to stay over there now, mind as well ;).

Oh believe me I will be on that boat! The No Buy Thread has really truly been helping me!! If anyone else needs help in the spending category come over and join us!!

More good news! My mom told me that she is going to help us get our car fixed for Christmas!!

A.Mickey
12-04-2009, 11:19 PM
We woke up a wee bit earlier than we usually do about 6:00 am. We got last minute items packed and waited for Art (Jason's Step-dad) to pick us up and drive Jason, Aaron, Nana and I to the airport. (We are lucky because O'hare is about 10 minutes from our apartment) It can make for some noisy nights occasionally, though. We arrive to the airport and I immediately check to see if the carry-on that I packed all our clothes into will actually fit in the overhead compartment so I won't have to pay a baggage fee, but unfortunately it was too big. Oh well! Get our bags checked and we head to go through security. Aaron was getting antsy waiting in line, but he made it and even walked through the metal detector by himself! We head to the terminal and Nana gets us McDonalds. It seems to be our tradition when we have morning flights to get McDonalds for breakfast at the airport. While Nana and Dada are in line I take Aaron to watch all the trucks and see all the airplanes. Aaron spots this airplane (the one on the far left of the picture) and says that airplane has a funny face!
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I didn't see it at first, but then I was like oh my gosh he is cute! The engines look like eyes and the wings make it look like a mouth!

We eat our McD's and now it is time to board! When we were waiting to board of course the line to get on the airplane moves really slow and Aaron pipes up, "Come on, People!"

Aaron decided to sit with Nana, so Jason and I get to sit together. I work on the cross-stitch that I am doing as a gift for my brother-in-law and sis-in-law, but soon the in-flight movie Julie & Julia starts to play and I really wanted to see this movie so I watch it. Jason was watching it for a little while, but as soon as he realized it is a Romantic Comedy his headset was off! I really enjoyed the movie and makes me wish that someday I could be as cool as Julie is. Must start blogging about something cool!

Our flight was pretty uneventful, saw some pretty mountains as we were getting closer to Phoenix.
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Always so weird to go out west and realize there are miles and miles and miles of nothingness out there!

Aaron excited to be off the airplane!
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We grab our bags and we are off to stop number one: Men's Warehouse to pick up the tux, and Jason's mom offered to pay for the tux!

Aaron was having a ball playing in the mirrors and dancing to the music that was playing in the overhead speakers.
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Dada unable to figure out how to tie a tie.
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Maybe his brother can help out!
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By now it is close to 2, we are starving! Must find an In-N-Out!
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Ahhhhhh!
Heaven!
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Aaron even liked their Pink Lemonade too! I swear it is the best!
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I got a little eager to get Aaron posing with a real live cactus in the picture!
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(see the cactus behind the white car?)

Now we are on the way to the AZ State Fair!

The Camelback Mountains
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Before leaving on this trip I went and read a TR about the AZ state fair from MousePlanet.com and someone said that they had real Dole Whips here....so we had a mission to find Nana a Dole Whip!

Arriving at the Fair!
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These Turkey Legs and Hams and other various types of meats just looked to cool!
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Random Penguin on top of a building?!?
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We stroll through the Midway and Wow is this Midway big! The AZ state fair is much more focused on rides and food and not so much animals compared with the Wisconsin State Fair....hmmmm I wonder why! :confused3:rotfl2:

So we go and look at the pathetic animals.
This is their largest facility with the grand stands to show the best of animals
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This building was very dilapatated

Humongous Turkey! I swear this thing had to be close to 40 lbs! :scared1:
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The Three Little Pigs
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Went to the petting zoo and this lil pot belly pig was staked out under the 25 cent food dispenser, pigs are definitely smart!
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Will we find a Dole Whip for Nana?

A.Mickey
12-06-2009, 08:30 AM
Off to the penguin building. This was a kids area. It was very dirty, maybe something to do with the fact that the fair had been already open for close to a month and it was in its last week of being open. They had big legos that were just covered in a layer of dirt. It was kinda gross. But Aaron really loved riding the tractors!
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AX5g0bOt4B4

Aaron wants to fish.
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Thought this was funny!
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We find the place where they are selling scorpions.
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This is good to know.
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Behold the scorpion.
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The dismemberment.
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I ate the bug!
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He was pretty crunchy, but his tail was a little juicy and he tasted like alcohol.

Now time to find some real food!

ooooooohhhh something new that is also deep fried!
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Delish!
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(but not as good as a deep fried reese's peanut butter cup)

We caught up to Aaron and Nana and they were watching the model trains!
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We are still searching around for the Dole Whip! We now have been over the entire fairgrounds and still no luck. I asked 1 information booth they had no idea what I was talking about, I asked a 2nd information booth they too had no idea what I was talking about, I asked a 3rd information booth and they told me that they have specific vendors that bring a truck in and are only here for one weekend, so we are sad that this may be the case with the Dole Whips.

While walking around I spot this, I wonder what Aaron will do to me when I am older!
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Somewhere during our walk, I say something about the tractors that Aaron loved so much. He heard the word tractor and he freaked out! He wanted to go back!!
This time he wanted to make it even more authentic and put on a hat.
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He wanted to see what a red hat would look like.
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These are cute! Don't know who or what they are though.
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I forgot to mention that from 12-6 it was all half off admission and once inside every food booth had one food item for 1.00! Can't go wrong with that. We ended up getting popcorn and Aaron's favorite I-C-E C-R-E-A-M!
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We are about to head out the sun is starting to set and we had now walked around the fairgrounds twice. No Dole Whip, but wait Nana decides to walk in this little alcove where a hypnotist is performing I look to my left and could it be??

brookelizabeth
12-14-2009, 09:52 PM
Yes, I think DVC is a very wise investment too! I was thinking after my AP expires we could go the next year to Hilton Head or Vero Beach and all we will have to pay for is the airfare! :woohoo:


We are thinking exactly along those lines as well. Joe wants to see a shuttle launch from Kennedy, so we'd do Vero Beach, rent a car for a day for the launch, and just hang out the rest of the time. It's very tempting to me to try and squeeze this in during 2010, but I truly don't think it will happen. We have this big trip coming up, then Chicago/St. Louis and we really want to do NYC as well! I think I should plant another money tree. ;)


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I didn't see it at first, but then I was like oh my gosh he is cute! The engines look like eyes and the wings make it look like a mouth!

Aw! That's so cute that he spotted that!

I really enjoyed the movie and makes me wish that someday I could be as cool as Julie is. Must start blogging about something cool!


I loved that movie! I've seen it twice now, completely adorable. Makes me want to blog about something cool too. :lmao:

This is their largest facility with the grand stands to show the best of animals
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This building was very dilapatated


Wow! That's a TEENY building compared to what we are used to! The MN Grandstand building is like 4x that I think!


Behold the scorpion.
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You didn't...

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I ate the bug!


YOU DID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW! :rotfl::rotfl::rotfl:

ooooooohhhh something new that is also deep fried!
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Holy good gosh...drool.

I look to my left and could it be??



TEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :lmao:

Henry and Aaron would get along so well. Choo-choos and tractors, what a fun day! :goodvibes:

(the MN State Fair also has Dole Whips :rolleyes1)

TyRy
12-15-2009, 06:09 PM
You are a much braver woman than I'll ever be for eating that bug!!! :scared1:

And it was great seeing you guys last week - it was a lot of fun.

A.Mickey
12-16-2009, 10:15 PM
We are thinking exactly along those lines as well. Joe wants to see a shuttle launch from Kennedy, so we'd do Vero Beach, rent a car for a day for the launch, and just hang out the rest of the time. It's very tempting to me to try and squeeze this in during 2010, but I truly don't think it will happen. We have this big trip coming up, then Chicago/St. Louis and we really want to do NYC as well! I think I should plant another money tree. ;)
When you get than money tree to start blooming for you, let me know :).
I just realized too that Hilton Head is really close to Savannah Georgia. My mom has always wanted to go to Savannah, too bad she doesn't know I bought DVC! :scared1: None of my family knows yet actually. I think I will tell them when it is paid off! :laughing:

Wow! That's a TEENY building compared to what we are used to! The MN Grandstand building is like 4x that I think!

I know teeny tiny and run down! The Wisconsin Grandstand is huge and nice and new too!



Henry and Aaron would get along so well. Choo-choos and tractors, what a fun day! :goodvibes:

(the MN State Fair also has Dole Whips :rolleyes1)
Hmmm...where is the MN State Fair held?!?:confused3




You are a much braver woman than I'll ever be for eating that bug!!! :scared1:

And it was great seeing you guys last week - it was a lot of fun.

I had to eat the bug! I was talking it up at work and at home and on Facebook! I couldn't let everyone down! I am one of those people that will try anything once! :scared1:

It was great seeing you too last week! Wish Todd could have shown up a wee bit earlier for ya! We will have to hang out again! Jaime needs to fill us in on all the juicy details of TAP!:thumbsup2

A.Mickey
12-16-2009, 11:15 PM
Why Yes It is!!! I scream, "Nana, There it is!"
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She was so excited!! It was still before 6pm so you could still get just Dole Whip for 1.00. Here she is pointing to the sign.
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Dole Whip Float! Yum!!
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In the Tiki-Tiki-Tiki-Tiki- Tiki Room!
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Aaron still with his chocolate ice cream cone!
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Aaron spots a slide!
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That was one stat-icky slide! I don't know if it was from the heat or the dryness of the air, or a mixture of both. But I just put my arm above the plastic of the slide and the hairs stood up on my arm!:scared1:

Leaving the state fair I witness one of the most, maybe even the most, incredible sunset I have ever seen! I wish my camera could do the sunset justice! The sky literally looked like it was on fire and the sunset wrapped 360 degrees around us!
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We then headed over to Jason's brothers (Jordan) house and ooooeed and awwed over it! It is a gorgeous house! They bought at at the start of the market collapse for around 200k now they say you can get the same house for about 120k! Where do I sign! Gosh I would love to live out there! I wish I took some pictures of the inside and outside of his house it is simply stunning!

We hung out at his house for a while and played Rockband. We showed Aaron the putting green on the patio out back and he had fun playing on that. We ended up dropping off Jordan at Bucca di Beppo around 9 and headed over to the Motel 6 to check in. Once we were checked in Nana went to sleep, but Aaron, Dada and I wanted to get some groceries and find something to eat! We ended up getting a few things at Safeway:sad2:. That place is expensive! We bought 1 gallon of water, a 6 pack of coke in plastic bottles, 8 juice boxes and a box of Ritz crackers and a few bananas for $15! :scared1: It would have been around $7 back in IL!:sick: And to make matters worse, I threw most of the liquids we bought away, before getting on the plane for home.

On the way back we found a Jack in the Box. I ordered the spicy chicken sandwich. Aaron got the chicken strips and Dada got the hamburgers. And we all got:
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(YUM Curly Fries!)

It is now close to midnight and our baby has been up for a very, very, very long time! He sure looks ready to go even though this was taken at midnight! :rotfl2:
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Tomorrow: Phx Zoo, Rehearsal Dinner and other odds and ends.

natale1980
12-18-2009, 10:05 AM
22.7% That's AWESOME!!! Your doing great!!!!!

When we are on our cruise in January we are going to rebook on board for the podcast cruise. Don't know if we are going to be able to go for sure... but I want to have the chance if we can come up with the money in time. Plus I would love to go with out the kids and that's a long time to leave them with my parents. Who knows... we'll see.

Just wanted to say CONGRATES on the shirking debt!!! Wish I was cool as you!
-nat

A.Mickey
12-19-2009, 01:27 AM
22.7% That's AWESOME!!! Your doing great!!!!!

When we are on our cruise in January we are going to rebook on board for the podcast cruise. Don't know if we are going to be able to go for sure... but I want to have the chance if we can come up with the money in time. Plus I would love to go with out the kids and that's a long time to leave them with my parents. Who knows... we'll see.

Just wanted to say CONGRATES on the shirking debt!!! Wish I was cool as you!
-nat

Thanks Nat!

You are definitley as cool as me, if not cooler! You just completed Week 7! :woohoo::cheer2::goodvibes!!! Honestly, I was spending where I didn't even realize I was spending! The No Buy Thread has really truly helped me see where I can cut corners! :teacher: I highly suggest coming over and joining the No Buy group when you get back from Disney, so you can join us on 2.0! :hippie: And don't worry about the kiddos, it is only 4 days! You guys need a break every now and then! :drinking1:sail:

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2342250&page=11

A.Mickey
12-19-2009, 01:31 AM
Update on the money front! Working on the 2nd card still. I put 400 towards that card last Friday and hopefully I will have the remainder paid on it by the end of the year!

Done! :cheer2::cheer2::cheer2::cheer2:

brookelizabeth
12-22-2009, 04:04 PM
Hmmm...where is the MN State Fair held?!?:confused3

At the fair grounds in St. Paul.

It was still before 6pm so you could still get just Dole Whip for 1.00. Here she is pointing to the sign.


A BUCK! Wow! At that price, even if I wasn't hungry I would have choked one down. :laughing:

Sounds like cheap houses, expensive groceries!! Blah!

The sunset looked so beautiful!

Done! :cheer2::cheer2::cheer2::cheer2:

:yay::yay::yay: YAY!!!!!!! How good does that feel?! :goodvibes

A.Mickey
12-22-2009, 09:16 PM
Well, some bad news on the money front. Annual Dues for DVC are due the middle of January and my 1st payment for DVC is due Jan 1st! Since it is my first payment it is about 100 dollars more than a regular payment will be. So I don't think I will have much extra cash next month to pay towards the credit card debt, but we shall see! At least February I should get my tax return back! Which will definitely pay off a good chunk of debt! :thumbsup2

A.Mickey
12-22-2009, 10:07 PM
At the fair grounds in St. Paul.

Another Reason to visit MN! :idea:

A BUCK! Wow! At that price, even if I wasn't hungry I would have choked one down. :laughing:
Yeah! Although it was just for the ice cream not the actual float. But yeah!

Sounds like cheap houses, expensive groceries!! Blah!
Yeah :P. I want cheap houses and cheap groceries!

The sunset looked so beautiful!

I really wish I had a camera that could really capture what I saw! It was spectacular! I have never seen a sunset like it!

:yay::yay::yay: YAY!!!!!!! How good does that feel?! :goodvibes

It feels Awesome! Now on to the next one! :wizard:

A.Mickey
12-22-2009, 10:41 PM
I just received my D23 Membership and I just can't get over how high quality the magazines are. I was really pleasantly surprised too by the lithograph (the free gift). From DisneyDaddy's blog "This is a very nice BIG print (original is oil on canvas). It measures 30" tall by 20" wide and is on archival #65 Cougar Natural Cover Stock with fade-resistant, oil-based process inks. A print of this size in the Art of Disney Store would run quite a pretty penny (like $50 or more!)"

Walt Disney Animation Studios Art Director Paul Felix created "Putting a Smile on the World" in celebration of Mickey's 80th anniversary last November, capturing Mickey's trademark charm, youthful exuberance and optimism

Here is a pic!
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/The%203DS/d23gift.jpg

I can't wait to get this framed!

And of course this came too!
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/The%203DS/031009_FEAT_WelcomeToD23_Certificat.jpg

Oh and my 1st magazine!
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/The%203DS/Disneytwenty-threeWinter2009.jpg

And the freebie that came with the magazine! A replica of a card that Walt sent back in 1933! :thumbsup2 I am really pleased with the purchase of my membership! The magazine is awesome! The membership is on sale right now for 64.99.
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/The%203DS/D231932WaltDisneyChristmasCard.jpg

brookelizabeth
12-23-2009, 12:15 AM
That print is really awesome! What a very nice gift with the membership, almost pays for itself right there. :thumbsup2

Love the Christmas Card too, I would frame that and use it as a Christmas decoration!

I had no idea Donald's middle initial was F. What is his middle name?

A.Mickey
12-23-2009, 12:39 AM
That print is really awesome! What a very nice gift with the membership, almost pays for itself right there. :thumbsup2

Love the Christmas Card too, I would frame that and use it as a Christmas decoration!

I had no idea Donald's middle initial was F. What is his middle name?

Yep! Oh and if you buy the magazines separately from the shelf of a Disney Store they are 15.95 each, so right there you are at 63.80 (since you get 4 magazines over the course of a year). I love the print it is all about how Mickey brings a smile to the world :).

I was thinking the same thing about the Christmas card! :rotfl:

His middle name is Fauntleroy, although my certificate has Shanan Osinski on it ;).

A.Mickey
01-04-2010, 10:23 PM
Today: Phx Zoo, Rehearsal Dinner and other odds and ends.

So we wake up bright and early and head to the Phx Zoo Rope Drop!

The view from our hotel room:
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/AZ%20Trip%202009/015.jpg
(so close to a mall, yet we never stepped a foot inside! We were way too busy!)

Wow, you can see some mountains from our hotel parking lot!
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/AZ%20Trip%202009/016.jpg

Here we are at the Phx Zoo!
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The Phx Zoo's version of a savannah
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(you could actually pet and feed giraffes here!):scared1:

I didn't realize the Zoo would be so lush!
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/AZ%20Trip%202009/020.jpg
(made me feel like I was back in FL for a second!)
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Do kids even know who this guy is anymore?
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Aaron enjoying looking at the fake ducks!
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Aaron really liked this play area they had. It was an awesome cave and slide inside.
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/AZ%20Trip%202009/026.jpg
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Next we went on a walking path in which Spider Monkeys can just jump out right in front of you! I have never been that close to a Spider Monkey before, that was pretty neat.
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/AZ%20Trip%202009/029.jpg

The orangutans:
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http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/AZ%20Trip%202009/035.jpg

Hey Look a Hidden Mickey cactus!
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/AZ%20Trip%202009/036.jpg

This area of the Zoo really looked like Harambe Village in AK but the picture should be more focused on the right side...oh well.
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/AZ%20Trip%202009/038.jpg

Aaron loved standing here and watching the fish for a long while!
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/AZ%20Trip%202009/040.jpg

Cool path in a jungle type area with lots of bamboo shoots and big palms. Aaron was having a ball going under the big palms and calling him his tent! He is still obsessed with playing tent!
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/AZ%20Trip%202009/041.jpg

We stopped and had a nice little mid morning snack and then walked over to the tram. The tram goes around the other side of the Zoo that is out in the sun and all uphill! So we decide to just tour that side of the Zoo on the tram.

Here are a few pictures of us walking to the tram with some plants that you don't see in your everyday life here in Illinois.
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/AZ%20Trip%202009/042.jpg
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/AZ%20Trip%202009/043.jpg

A.Mickey
01-04-2010, 10:48 PM
On the tram I tried to take some pictures.
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This is kinda crazy! The first governor of AZ is buried underneath the white pyramid on the right hand side of the picture. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hunt%27s_Tomb
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/AZ%20Trip%202009/048.jpg

After the tram ride we hung out by a kids play area with a tree house and a tunnel tunnel!
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/AZ%20Trip%202009/051.jpg
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We went and petted the stingrays and sharks but Aaron didn't want any part of that so we went and rode the Carousal.
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/AZ%20Trip%202009/053.jpg

Aaron didn't really like this either, he had his death grip on Nana.
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/AZ%20Trip%202009/055.jpg

But, by the end he liked it, but he still didn't want to let go!
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/AZ%20Trip%202009/057.jpg

Ribbit, Ribbit!
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/AZ%20Trip%202009/058.jpg
(I am wet, from petting the stingrays and sharks. They are slimy little suckers!)

Isn't this armadillo the cutest!?
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/AZ%20Trip%202009/059.jpg

We told Nana not to buy anything from the store, but she had to get Aaron something so Aaron got two bags of polished rocks. He loved them and they came in handy for a good bath toy later.
Here he is playing with his rocks at Peter Piper's Pizza
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/AZ%20Trip%202009/062.jpg

After the Zoo we were hungry and dehydrated so we headed for Peter Piper's Pizza. Unfortunately it wasn't in the same building Jason had remembered from his younger days. Nothing ever stays the same.
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/AZ%20Trip%202009/061.jpg

The pizza was pretty good, much better than Chuck E. Cheese.
Aaron got a few toys and then we were headed to the mall that Jason had such fond memories of too, and here also the mall had been remodeled, no more 80's feel.

But there was a restaurant called Hot Dog on a Stick!
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/AZ%20Trip%202009/064.jpg
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I picked up a shirt for tonight's rehearsal dinner at JC Penny's. And now we wanted to get Ice Cream at Swensen's. Aaron went with the Mr. San Fransisco! I love this little ice cream guy....I left the camera in the car:eek:! I found him on the net though!
http://www.retrojunk.com/img/art-images/mrsf1.jpg

Disney had rented out a building and seemed to be selling merchandise Up to 80% off! Don't you love those signs! Until you get in the building and realize that there is one item marked 80% off and everything else is about 20% off. No thanks!

We get back to the room and Jason has to head over for the rehearsal, so I try to put Aaron down for a nap before the rehearsal dinner. He naps while I catch up with Facebook. Soon he is up and we are just waiting for Dada to get back. Of course there is nothing on TV so we end up watching the Lawrence Welk show!

Dada comes and picks us up and we head over to the Resort! Wow, this place is gorgeous! I can't wait to stay here tomorrow night!
http://www.fireskyresort.com/

I meet Jason's sister for the 1st time! Yes, the 1st time! I also meet one of his Uncle's for the first time and one of his Aunt's for the first time!

The groom's cake:
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/AZ%20Trip%202009/066.jpg
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/AZ%20Trip%202009/073.jpg

I am glad there were rocks on the centerpieces.
Grandpa Joe was pushing all the rocks Aaron's way!
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/AZ%20Trip%202009/067.jpg
Mama was having fun too!
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/AZ%20Trip%202009/068.jpg

Aaron and his Great-Grandma
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/AZ%20Trip%202009/070.jpg

YUM!
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/AZ%20Trip%202009/071.jpg

I love this picture:
They are both so tired!
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/AZ%20Trip%202009/072.jpg

This was the day I learned of Vicky's passing (Gabbysmom). She was only 27 with a 4 year old daughter. Every day is precious and we need to cherish and savor every moment we have with one another! We miss you Vicky!

A.Mickey
01-04-2010, 11:14 PM
Thank you Brook, for teaching me to just unplug the phone from the wall and let your toddler go nuts!
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/AZ%20Trip%202009/074.jpg
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/AZ%20Trip%202009/075.jpg

Jason had to be over at the resort at 9 am to get ready for the wedding. The wedding starts at 2pm so Aaron and I have a lot of free time. I take Aaron down to the pool to swim. He really wasn't liking it though, but I forced him to swim. Eventually he got use to it.
We went up to the room at 10 am and got ready for the wedding. We were getting pretty bored so we drove over to the resort around 11 am and were hoping that we would be able to check in. Yes, Nana's room was ready!

http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/AZ%20Trip%202009/076.jpg

We killed some time in the room and then we went to eat lunch at the restaurant on property. After lunch Aaron took a nap while I did my hair. When Aaron woke up it was time for the big day!

We were a wee bit early.

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Yay! It is time!

Jason's Dad and Grandma:
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/AZ%20Trip%202009/085.jpg

Jason's Dad and Stepmom:
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/AZ%20Trip%202009/086.jpg

Jason and his Mom:
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/AZ%20Trip%202009/087.jpg

The Beautiful Bride:
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/AZ%20Trip%202009/093.jpg

The ceremony was beautiful....Jason's dad stood up and read Corinthians... love is patient, love is kind....and broke into tears.
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/AZ%20Trip%202009/094.jpg

http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/AZ%20Trip%202009/096.jpg

They did a cool thing with the mixing of a red and white wine:
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/AZ%20Trip%202009/097.jpg
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/AZ%20Trip%202009/098.jpg

And now they are husband and wife!!

Of course we took the family pictures after the ceremony.

http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/AZ%20Trip%202009/22672_267094493341_529768341_346470.jpg

A.Mickey
01-09-2010, 12:01 AM
My 1st larger payment is done to DVC and my annual dues are taken care of until 2011!

brookelizabeth
01-09-2010, 08:44 AM
Wow! That zoo looks awesome!!

http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/AZ%20Trip%202009/044.jpg
(you could actually pet and feed giraffes here!):scared1:


I would LOVE that!!! So cool!!!! If we ever make it out west, this will be on the list! :goodvibes

Thank you Brook, for teaching me to just unplug the phone from the wall and let your toddler go nuts!
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/AZ%20Trip%202009/074.jpg
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/AZ%20Trip%202009/075.jpg



:rotfl2::rotfl2::rotfl2: Good job!!!! The funny thing is, back in January when Henry was obsessed with phones, we did that RIGHT away. This time we were too pre-occupied with Kidani and everything that I completely forgot about it until I heard the emergency operator on speaker phone...:rolleyes1 :lmao:

And congrats on the dues and the payment! :thumbsup2

A.Mickey
01-11-2010, 10:52 PM
So not only is the No Buy thread really helping me curb my spending, but I started an excel spreadsheet of items and the lowest price I have seen them for. So, when I see them at or near this price, I know it is time to stock up!

Toliet Paper .25/roll
Paper Towels .75/roll
Apple Juice .023/oz.
Milk 1.79/gallon

Popcorn 1.00/3 bags
Yoplait Yogurt .39/each
String Cheese .12/oz.
Kraft American Cheese 1.50/16 slices

Grape Jam .06/oz.
Jif Peanut Butter .08/oz.
Stewed Tomatos .59/can
Kidney Beans .89/can

Dutch Farms Bagels .18/bagel

Spaghetti O's .50/can
Tomato Soup .57/can
Mac &Cheese .40/box
Hot Dogs 1.00/package
Lean Cuisine 1.50/entrée
Chicken Breast Boneless1.29/lb.
Eggs .88/carton

Apples .39/lb
Oranges .50/lb
Bananas .38/lb
Strawberries .99/lb
Romaine .79/lb
Red Potatoes .39/lb
Broccoli .39/lb

My list will continue to grow!

A.Mickey
01-11-2010, 10:57 PM
Wow! That zoo looks awesome!!



I would LOVE that!!! So cool!!!! If we ever make it out west, this will be on the list! :goodvibes



:rotfl2::rotfl2::rotfl2: Good job!!!! The funny thing is, back in January when Henry was obsessed with phones, we did that RIGHT away. This time we were too pre-occupied with Kidani and everything that I completely forgot about it until I heard the emergency operator on speaker phone...:rolleyes1 :lmao:

And congrats on the dues and the payment! :thumbsup2

That zoo is awesome! I hope you eventually make it out west! It is a site to see, much different than anything I had ever seen before. I had never actually seen mountains until Jason took me to AZ in 2006.

Oh that is too funny that he called 911! Good for him! Well...er...I mean good that he knows how to dial 911!

Thanks we are chipping away! I can't wait until I get to do our taxes! We both claim 0 so we usually get a hefty chunk of change back, which will really get the credit card debt gone or close to it!

So glad you started your TR!!popcorn:: <---that's for Henry! That reminds me that I have to work on mine! :eek:

brookelizabeth
01-12-2010, 03:04 PM
I have been to AZ twice, but didn't get to see anything - I was just there to help out a church for a week. We were in the BOONIES on a reservation. It was a cool experience though!

I am looking forward to doing our taxes too. We claim as much as we can because we like to have our money NOW - and prefer the government not borrow our money and then charge us interest for it....:rolleyes1 :laughing: Even so, we should get a pretty nice number back because we give over 10% of our income - and we have quite a few other deductions. As per Joe's software that keeps our budget, we should be getting $16K back. However, I think something there is off!!! No way have we ever gotten that much back! I'll be THRILLED with $5K.


:rotfl: about the "corn guy"!!! :goodvibes

A.Mickey
01-26-2010, 08:48 PM
I have been to AZ twice, but didn't get to see anything - I was just there to help out a church for a week. We were in the BOONIES on a reservation. It was a cool experience though!

I am looking forward to doing our taxes too. We claim as much as we can because we like to have our money NOW - and prefer the government not borrow our money and then charge us interest for it....:rolleyes1 :laughing: Even so, we should get a pretty nice number back because we give over 10% of our income - and we have quite a few other deductions. As per Joe's software that keeps our budget, we should be getting $16K back. However, I think something there is off!!! No way have we ever gotten that much back! I'll be THRILLED with $5K.


:rotfl: about the "corn guy"!!! :goodvibes

Your time at AZ sounds very interesting! Most of AZ is BOONIES! Jason grew up in Lake Havasu City and it is literally in the middle of nowhere! Weird!

Wow, that sounds great! I will be very happy with $4k!

A.Mickey
01-26-2010, 08:50 PM
Well, I tried to add another chapter of my TR from May today, and it was sent over to the completed trip reports, so I am going to update this one as much as I can. Hopefully, I can get my TR moved back and finished!!

I guess I should be updating my TR more than once a month. :confused3:rotfl2:

I updated the first post at the top of this page...

A.Mickey
01-26-2010, 09:25 PM
After the ceremony we checked into our room!

Aaron came with us to help push the bags! This trip he was loving helping push the bags. It was super cute!

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My Boys!

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I told Jason to stand handsome! I mean, this was the first time I saw him in a TUX! :love:
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We went out and relaxed on the patio for a little bit.

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Then it was time to go to the pre-dinner party.

I don't know why, but I just love these two pictures!(maybe it is because Jason doesn't usually drink, or wear a tux for that matter, makes him look so sophisticated)

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Time for dinner.

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At the dinner of course Jason had to sit at the head table, so I got to tend to Aaron all on my own.

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It was pretty easy since there was a wedding keepsake for every guest to keep. It happened to be a wine stopper shaped as a Fluer De Lis
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/AZ%20Trip%202009/125.jpg

Aaron and I opened it up and pretended it was an airplane! This killed some time. Before I knew it we were getting our salad and they brought out fruit for Aaron.

The food was very good! And now it was time to see Dada!! Finally.
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/AZ%20Trip%202009/155.jpg

Since it was a double wedding it was a while before we were able to dance. Aaron and I danced a lil bit, but he was getting pretty tired. In fact everyone was getting pretty tired...

http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/AZ%20Trip%202009/151.jpg

... even Jason's Aunt
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/AZ%20Trip%202009/153.jpg

Nana took Aaron to her room and Jason and I stayed and danced.

Jason's sister was so much fun! It was my first time getting to meet her!
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/AZ%20Trip%202009/162.jpg

The Siblings:
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/AZ%20Trip%202009/172.jpg

The two sisters of the double wedding and their mom
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/AZ%20Trip%202009/180.jpg

Jason wouldn't stop dancing!
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/AZ%20Trip%202009/168.jpg

The brothers and the new bride!
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/AZ%20Trip%202009/192.jpg

My new sister and I, both born on April 21!
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/AZ%20Trip%202009/194.jpg

The next morning we didn't have too much time. We were all pretty tired....
Aaron helping with the suitcases.
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/AZ%20Trip%202009/198.jpg

We stopped again at In N Out before our flight and on the way back to the airport I took a few more pictures of the landscape. I love going out there, it is so differenet than what I am use to seeing. It is strange to think this is where Jason grew up!
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/AZ%20Trip%202009/200.jpg
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/AZ%20Trip%202009/202.jpg

natale1980
01-26-2010, 09:41 PM
I wanna know how you guys got your W2s already! We're still waiting on ours. :headache:
Looks like your doing great with the debt! We have been on a no excuses budget since we got back from Disney. Been doing really good. I have only spent $0.53 on a little toy that was on sale at Michaels Craft store. It was a xmas chia-pet type thing.
Anyways - while we were on board I re-booked for the podcast cruise (don't tell shawn). Hopefully we'll be able to go. It all depends on me getting a job and us paying down our debt. I loved this last trip to Disney but couldn't stop thinking about money. :sad2:

You've been a great inspiration! :woohoo:
-nat

A.Mickey
01-26-2010, 10:23 PM
I wanna know how you guys got your W2s already! We're still waiting on ours. :headache:
Looks like your doing great with the debt! We have been on a no excuses budget since we got back from Disney. Been doing really good. I have only spent $0.53 on a little toy that was on sale at Michaels Craft store. It was a xmas chia-pet type thing.
Anyways - while we were on board I re-booked for the podcast cruise (don't tell shawn). Hopefully we'll be able to go. It all depends on me getting a job and us paying down our debt. I loved this last trip to Disney but couldn't stop thinking about money. :sad2:

You've been a great inspiration! :woohoo:
-nat

Awwww, Thanks! That is too bad that you kept thinking about money while on your trip :(. I hope your next one you can set aside money that is for your trip and just go crazy! :hug:

I didn't get my W-2's yet, Jason got his though. I am just guessing I will get that much back because that is about what I got back last year and not much has changed.

I like No excuse budgets! Although, I kinda fell off a bit this past weekend. You really should come join us on the No Buy Thread! It really helps cut corners and that way you can get on 2.0!!

Here is the link again! And we start over every month! Hope to see you on board in February!
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2359687

brookelizabeth
01-28-2010, 09:05 PM
So not only is the No Buy thread really helping me curb my spending, but I started an excel spreadsheet of items and the lowest price I have seen them for. So, when I see them at or near this price, I know it is time to stock up!

That is such a good idea. I keep meaning to do something like that, but haven't.

Looks like a beautiful wedding!! Love the centerpieces...and any gift that can second as a plane is a good thing with a little boy! ;)

There is something about a tux, isn't there? I remember my knees getting weak when I saw Joe in a tux!!

We had Henry pull his own suitcase this past trip. :lmao: Sounds mean, doesn't it?! It just had some stuffed animals, a couple books, snacks and a blanket it in though - he LOVED to pull it! All the stewardess on the plane were fawning over him, it was sweet. :lovestruc

A.Mickey
01-28-2010, 10:14 PM
That is such a good idea. I keep meaning to do something like that, but haven't.

Looks like a beautiful wedding!! Love the centerpieces...and any gift that can second as a plane is a good thing with a little boy! ;)

There is something about a tux, isn't there? I remember my knees getting weak when I saw Joe in a tux!!

We had Henry pull his own suitcase this past trip. :lmao: Sounds mean, doesn't it?! It just had some stuffed animals, a couple books, snacks and a blanket it in though - he LOVED to pull it! All the stewardess on the plane were fawning over him, it was sweet. :lovestruc

I know it is a great thing! Between December and January I have saved $1200 on sales alone! I am not even couponing yet! :scared1:

Yes the whole wedding was beautiful! My SIL designed everything as she is a graphic designer and very artsy!

Uh huh...love Tuxes! That was my 1st time seeing him in one! :love:

Awww..I don't think it sounds mean at all. It is all about teaching them and letting them experience as much as possible! I would be fawning over him too! He is a cutie! :cutie:

A.Mickey
01-28-2010, 10:40 PM
We will go with the color Navy since this trip involves the cruise!

We have decided on the dates!
December 5th-19th!:wizard:

We are staying but these will probably change:

We booked a savannah view studio at AKV Jambo for December 5th-10th.
We booked a savannah view studio at AKV Kidani for December 12th-17th.

on the weekends we will be switching to a room on Disney property that is the cheapest.
and of course December 12th-16th we will be on PCC 2.0!

Where we want to eat (we like to try as many new restaurants as possible!)-and of couse this list will grow!

Disney's Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show (never done)
Chef Mickey's

natale1980
01-28-2010, 10:56 PM
doesn't the cruise start on the 12th?

-nat

A.Mickey
01-28-2010, 11:02 PM
doesn't the cruise start on the 12th?

-nat

Yeppers...I edited my post...I still wasn't done...Aaron and Nana are staying in AKV while we are on the cruise. We will be staying at Kidani on the night of the 16th. At least we get a night there. :rotfl:

brookelizabeth
01-29-2010, 02:13 PM
:yay: you are booked!!!

I think if you are in a Studio, Jambo is easiest with a little one. You can't really cook much in the Studios and there is the Mara right on site...that is one thing that I don't like about Kidani, no CS! We cooked in our room a lot this last trip and had a TON of food, so it wasn't a problem, but something definitely for Nana to plan about when staying at Kidani.

Of course if you end up elsewhere at 7 months, it might be irrelevant! :goodvibes

A.Mickey
02-01-2010, 10:39 PM
:yay: you are booked!!!

I think if you are in a Studio, Jambo is easiest with a little one. You can't really cook much in the Studios and there is the Mara right on site...that is one thing that I don't like about Kidani, no CS! We cooked in our room a lot this last trip and had a TON of food, so it wasn't a problem, but something definitely for Nana to plan about when staying at Kidani.

Of course if you end up elsewhere at 7 months, it might be irrelevant! :goodvibes

Yay!

Hmmmmm...I think maybe we should reverse our stays then if we decide to stay at AKV the whole time. That way Nana will be closer to CS for Aaron while we are on the cruise. Are the buses closer to Jambo too?

The zero entry pool is at Kidani though, right? I really wanna go to that pool with Aaron! :cloud9:

A.Mickey
02-01-2010, 10:41 PM
Just e-filed tonight! Once we get our refund back I will have $2000 left to pay on the Discover. Wish our refund would be a tad bit more, but better than nothing!:wizard:

brookelizabeth
02-08-2010, 10:27 AM
Yay!

Hmmmmm...I think maybe we should reverse our stays then if we decide to stay at AKV the whole time. That way Nana will be closer to CS for Aaron while we are on the cruise. Are the buses closer to Jambo too?

The zero entry pool is at Kidani though, right? I really wanna go to that pool with Aaron! :cloud9:


It really depends on where you end up at Kidani as to how far the buses are. We were really close, so the walk was very short - and when we went over to Jambo, it seemed like the walk was forever up to the lobby. Both have looooooooong hallways, so if you want Nana close to the lobby for a shorter walk to the buses, make sure to note it on your ressie. We told them it was a medical need-which it was-for my FIL. We got an EXCELLENT spot at Kidani.

The zero entry is at Jambo, the only zero entry at Kidani is the wee little kiddy pool.

Just e-filed tonight! Once we get our refund back I will have $2000 left to pay on the Discover. Wish our refund would be a tad bit more, but better than nothing!:wizard:

:yay: That is AWESOME! We are getting really close to having ours done too.

natale1980
02-08-2010, 11:44 AM
68.8% PAID OFF!!! :cool1::cool1:

Did you get your refund back yet? Or are you at 68.8% before even getting your refund??? Your amazing! Keep up the great work!

-nat

A.Mickey
02-09-2010, 08:27 PM
It really depends on where you end up at Kidani as to how far the buses are. We were really close, so the walk was very short - and when we went over to Jambo, it seemed like the walk was forever up to the lobby. Both have looooooooong hallways, so if you want Nana close to the lobby for a shorter walk to the buses, make sure to note it on your ressie. We told them it was a medical need-which it was-for my FIL. We got an EXCELLENT spot at Kidani.

The zero entry is at Jambo, the only zero entry at Kidani is the wee little kiddy pool.


Hmmm....I am going to have to think about staying at Jambo then when we are there for sure! I want a zero entry pool! And yeah I should note on the ressie close to lobby! Thanks for the tips!

68.8% PAID OFF!!! :cool1::cool1:

Did you get your refund back yet? Or are you at 68.8% before even getting your refund??? Your amazing! Keep up the great work!

-nat

Well, I jumped the gun and subtracted the money I will be getting back from the refund, since it is going straight to credit cards! Should be getting it any day now! I am getting anxious! Thanks!!

A.Mickey
02-09-2010, 08:41 PM
As some of you might be aware, well the two of you that are reading! ;) I started writing my best price list a few months ago, after reading Brook's blog. Brook's blog inspired me to compare MN prices with that in IL, so by looking at what she considers good deals, I figured what my good deals are and I just started becoming more and more aware of the lowest price I see something for and jot it in my growing list!
Brook's Blog (I hope you don't mind that I am doing this, but because of you, you opened up a whole world of savings for me and I am indebted to you! :worship:
http://savingmynickels.blogspot.com/

Brook's Blog lead me to other blog sites, I don't even remember how now...but a few weeks ago I discovered Duncan's Deals, she basically does what Brook does, but she does it for the Chicagoland area.
http://www.duncansdeals.net/

A few other ones that I have stumbled across that I really enjoy!

Savings Addiction
www.savingsaddiction.com I really like these guys, even though they do some Michigan groceries too. These guys do a weekly video of how they donate $5 of goods to local charities and they try to get the most bang for their buck!

www.hip2save.com this girl is amazing!!! I <3 it!! She makes really cute videos too! She makes me crack up!

and my fave for Chicagoan's is http://www.jillcataldo.com/
she matches up store ads and coupons in the chicagoland area to get the most bang for your buck! I went to Jewel today and got 2 packages of cheddar crackers for Aaron for free!! From her blog....ontinuing from previous weeks, if you're a fan of Jewel's Wild Harvest line of organics, here's your chance to take some home FREE! Numerous Wild Harvest snacks are on clearance for $1 at many stores (look for herbed saltines, "Endangered Species" kids' crackers [cheddar shapes, like Goldfish] and a few others. Print this $1 off any Wild Harvest coupon (you can print 2!) and these will be FREE!

Saving money is an obsession....but I think I am getting a wee too many razors and shower gel this week :rolleyes1

I hope I can help someone else out with sharing these blogs! This is my 1st real month of couponing hardcore and I cannot put anything else in our freezer or cabinets!! We are stocked up!!! I am only buying things now if I can get them for under a $1 or free or those lovely things called moneymakers!!

brookelizabeth
02-11-2010, 02:22 PM
:yay: love it! And no, I don't mind a bit of you sharing my blog! :goodvibes I'm so glad I was an inspiration to help you get started, that is my goal!!

And ROCK ON about finding ones for your area. There are NONE that do our area....except me! (at least that I know of...) A couple in Minneapolis, but their stores are different than ours-even different prices.

It does become an obsession...:rotfl: a couple weeks ago I had ZERO coupons with me due to life craziness I hadn't done the match-ups or prepare, and we had to get some basics for the house, I cringed at the total! :sad2: Ick. I went straight home and got my act together with my coupons!

Look at your rockin' pay off. Makes it worth the extra work, doesn't it? Pretty soon you'll be able to say "I'M DEBT FREE!" it feels sooooo good.

A.Mickey
02-15-2010, 10:57 PM
:yay: love it! And no, I don't mind a bit of you sharing my blog! :goodvibes I'm so glad I was an inspiration to help you get started, that is my goal!!

And ROCK ON about finding ones for your area. There are NONE that do our area....except me! (at least that I know of...) A couple in Minneapolis, but their stores are different than ours-even different prices.

It does become an obsession...:rotfl: a couple weeks ago I had ZERO coupons with me due to life craziness I hadn't done the match-ups or prepare, and we had to get some basics for the house, I cringed at the total! :sad2: Ick. I went straight home and got my act together with my coupons!

Look at your rockin' pay off. Makes it worth the extra work, doesn't it? Pretty soon you'll be able to say "I'M DEBT FREE!" it feels sooooo good.

You definitely were my inspiration! I am so glad I discovered this world of getting things for free!!

That is awesome that you help out the people that are local to you! I know I love the three that I found that are local to me! They are my go to girls for matchups!

Eek! I couldn't imagine buying things without coupons now! I usually have a coupon for every item I buy. Now that I am all stocked up it is much easier to do. I just go for the free stuff or moneymakers or penny stuff now that I have a good size stock pile.

Yepper! My tax refund helped alot! I will still have my DVC to pay after I am out of the CC debt in my ticker, and technically I have another 3,000 in CC debt after the ticker, but I have a very high minimum payment on that card...around $200 a month and my interest rate is only 5% until the balance is paid off. So, needless to say that card is going down fast!! Just gotta worry about the Discovercard now!

A.Mickey
02-15-2010, 11:32 PM
More good news! We have two working cars now! My mom said she would help fix one of our cars that has been out of commission since May of last year! I wanted to wait until I was out of CC debt to get the car fixed, but my mom helped out and I only had to pitch in $200 to get it fixed! It sure will be nice to have two cars so when I am at work Jason and Aaron can actually get out of the house and do things! They are planning on going to the Zoo tomorrow. :cool1:

I have been saving away...I took a pic of all the things I got for free last week!
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/The%203DS/100_0368.jpg
On top of that I got another Sobe Life Water and an Olay body wash for free!

A.Mickey
02-15-2010, 11:55 PM
We are very un-traditional when it comes to hallmark holidays like Valentine's Day. We found out that Chinese New Year was the same day as V-day this year. So, I suggested we go down to Chinatown and ring in the New Year! Jason had never been and I hadn't been since I was in High School.

We took the blue line down and transferred to the red line. We were there in no time!
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/The%203DS/100_0374.jpg

We went into some cute shops and bought some Rice Candy and other fun things. I love how cheap the shops are in Chinatown!

Soon enough it was time for the parade.

The Year of the Tiger!
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/The%203DS/100_0393.jpg

These guys were interesting.
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/The%203DS/100_0390.jpg

Cool Puppet show troupe!
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/The%203DS/100_0397.jpg

Aaron loving every second of the parade.
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/The%203DS/100_0400.jpg

http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/The%203DS/100_0401.jpg
(I think I need a haircut!)

And the parade wouldn't be complete without a Chinese dragon!!
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/The%203DS/100_0402.jpg

After the parade we went and found a restaurant to eat a late lunch in...we found a very ummy restaurant called the Dragon Court. They had a fish tank in the front of the restaurant stocked with crabs, eel, and lobster and in the back of the restaurant they had a fish tank stocked with Tilapia, catfish and another type of fish (Aaron got to sit next to it)! It was very neat because halfway through our meal someone ordered a Tilapia and they had a net and had to go in and fish one out!

Aaron trying to figure out how to use chopsticks
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/The%203DS/100_0405.jpg

http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/The%203DS/100_0406.jpg

Our food!
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/The%203DS/100_0407.jpg

Heading back to the train.
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/The%203DS/100_0408.jpg

Wanted to get a good pic with the Sears...I mean Willis Tower in the background..
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/The%203DS/100_0409.jpg

A very fun Valentine's Day! I can't wait to go back to Chinatown when it is less crowded!

brookelizabeth
02-17-2010, 01:31 PM
Eek! I couldn't imagine buying things without coupons now! I usually have a coupon for every item I buy. Now that I am all stocked up it is much easier to do. I just go for the free stuff or moneymakers or penny stuff now that I have a good size stock pile.

I'm the same way - and if I don't have a coupon it's something we NEED, or a crazy good sale/clearance. Today I got Henry some suckers from Valetine's day for 50cents. No coupon, but a good deal that brought a smile to his face! :goodvibes

I had such a stockpile going I barely shopped for a couple weeks and we just ate out of our pantry. It was great using that money for something else!

I have been saving away...I took a pic of all the things I got for free last week!
http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd326/AMickey21/The%203DS/100_0368.jpg
On top of that I got another Sobe Life Water and an Olay body wash for free!

Love it! I got a free Olay and 2 free Sobe's last week too! :laughing: Have you signed up for Vocalpoint and Kraft First Taste already?


Wanted to get a good pic with the Sears...I mean Willis Tower in the background..


I love the way you celebrated the holiday! That's what it is about to me - being together, doing something fun, with those you love. Since Henry was still meh on Sunday we celebrated on Monday and ate at PF Changs. Drool.

When did they re-name the tower? I remember seeing that before and I was like "HUH?!" I had no idea. It will always be the Sears Tower to me! And who is Willis? :rotfl:

MomlvsGoofy
02-24-2010, 08:32 PM
Hi Shanan! I am here too! Love reading your TR's they are so full of fun information. You have such a way with telling your stories.

A.Mickey
03-05-2010, 09:38 PM
I'm the same way - and if I don't have a coupon it's something we NEED, or a crazy good sale/clearance. Today I got Henry some suckers from Valetine's day for 50cents. No coupon, but a good deal that brought a smile to his face! :goodvibes

I had such a stockpile going I barely shopped for a couple weeks and we just ate out of our pantry. It was great using that money for something else!



Love it! I got a free Olay and 2 free Sobe's last week too! :laughing: Have you signed up for Vocalpoint and Kraft First Taste already?



I love the way you celebrated the holiday! That's what it is about to me - being together, doing something fun, with those you love. Since Henry was still meh on Sunday we celebrated on Monday and ate at PF Changs. Drool.

When did they re-name the tower? I remember seeing that before and I was like "HUH?!" I had no idea. It will always be the Sears Tower to me! And who is Willis? :rotfl:
I love filling up our pantry, although it is almost over flowing! I am lucky though because a local store-called Jewel (albertson's) has an awesome promo called yourbucks and I am getting an unbelieveable amount of things for free and moneymakers! Suave shampoo for instance is .89 and you get $2 back every single time you buy it! :scared1: So needless to say I am shopping constantly and making money shopping. :confused3 :lmao:

Yep, I am pretty sure I have signed up for both! :thumbsup2

We had a great time celebrating the holiday Aaron still talks about it! It sure left an impression! Yum PF Chang's! :woohoo:

I think they officially renamed it last year, but no one is calling it Willis that is for sure. It is some company based out of England that owns the building now? :sad2:




Hi Shanan! I am here too! Love reading your TR's they are so full of fun information. You have such a way with telling your stories.

Hi! :welcome:
Thanks for being here! Thanks for the compliments!! :hug:

A.Mickey
03-05-2010, 09:52 PM
I have been thinking that I really want to do this to help lower our cost of our AP when we get one in October. So many questions run through my mind. Will there still be any tickets left in October, should I buy an AP voucher through DVC services when I get my voucher for my ticket.

Oh....wait I still have to sign up and volunteer.

So I went to the site a few weeks ago, scanning through the tons of things to do in the Chicago area and I was interested in quite a few things. I signed Jason and I up for a good dozen at least and three wrote me back. One was working a full 8 hours at an elderly home serving food and making food in the caf. Two was walking dogs. And three was volunteering for May Days...I guess taking money from cars that want a flower or something. Well, I decided that I/we would really like to walk the dogs. So I wrote her back and she tells me that the shelter will be closed the whole month of March, and that they are no longer participating in the program?

This confused me so much. With all the talk of Disney running out of tickets, I thought at the time that Disney had discontinued the program already at the beginning of March! Turns out the dog shelter is just not participating anymore...phew! So the May Day people wrote me an email back and said they had a 5K run close to our apartment on a Saturday in April that they need help with. I wrote her back and said that Jason and I can help anywhere we are needed. That was Monday and now it is Friday...I hope this comes through! I feel like I need to find something fast!

Have any of you signed up and did your service yet? :confused3

A.Mickey
03-13-2010, 10:50 PM
After going back and forth with the volunteer group for my Give a Day, Get a Day and finally figuring everything out...the day it closes is the day they finally tell me what to do to sign up! Oh well, at least I have been saving a ton of money on groceries now that I am super couponing! This will make up the $150 that I will be losing out for not being able to participate in the Disney Give a Day, Get a Day.

On other news...we have decided to book at OKW for sure for our trip in October for my cousins wedding. We are at 7 months out on Monday! :banana: Wish us luck!

TyRy
03-14-2010, 07:25 PM
Good luck with OKW on Monday...my guess is you should be good. pixiedust: So you, Jaime, and us will now all be at WDW at the same time? Today would have been my seven months out date! :goodvibes

And I noticed your signature - WOW - you're almost competely done! Congratulations!!!! :banana:

Care to share any secrets of your super couponing?

DH and I were trying to find something to sign up with and then they announced the end of the promotion. I'm guessing Disney still had a good idea as they planted a seed and we still want to volunteer, but now may do so with an organization they were not involved with, or made it difficult to do so and get the ticket (such as Gilda's Club) during the promotion.

brookelizabeth
03-14-2010, 10:14 PM
I wanted to do the Give a Day Get a Day, but it just never happened. I didn't realize the program already closed. Wow, that went quick! But, that's good, means a lot of people are volunteering. :goodvibes

That deal at Jewel sounds AWESOME! $0.89 shampoo/conditioner and then they give you $2 back?! Ya, I would have Suave coming out of my EARS. :rotfl: Our stores aren't as generous with the programs unfortunately.

Your debt ticker is looking REALLY good! :yay:

A.Mickey
03-16-2010, 09:25 PM
Good luck with OKW on Monday...my guess is you should be good. pixiedust: So you, Jaime, and us will now all be at WDW at the same time? Today would have been my seven months out date! :goodvibes

And I noticed your signature - WOW - you're almost competely done! Congratulations!!!! :banana:

Care to share any secrets of your super couponing?

DH and I were trying to find something to sign up with and then they announced the end of the promotion. I'm guessing Disney still had a good idea as they planted a seed and we still want to volunteer, but now may do so with an organization they were not involved with, or made it difficult to do so and get the ticket (such as Gilda's Club) during the promotion.

Wow, cool! Where are you staying and what are your dates in October?

My secrets are:
and my fave for Chicagoan's is http://www.jillcataldo.com/
she matches up store ads and coupons in the chicagoland area to get the most bang for your buck!
Duncan's Deals, MashupMom, and Bargain is the New Black. They are all local! If you need anymore help I will be happy to help you!

I have been posting alot on my FB page about my deals too. Friend Me! Shanan Westover Osinski :hug:

That is so awesome that Disney planted a seed and you are still volunteering! I really would love to go volunteer too! Just must stop couponing for a second...I really gotta finish my TR too, before it gets closed again...if it hasn't yet.

I wanted to do the Give a Day Get a Day, but it just never happened. I didn't realize the program already closed. Wow, that went quick! But, that's good, means a lot of people are volunteering. :goodvibes

That deal at Jewel sounds AWESOME! $0.89 shampoo/conditioner and then they give you $2 back?! Ya, I would have Suave coming out of my EARS. :rotfl: Our stores aren't as generous with the programs unfortunately.

Your debt ticker is looking REALLY good! :yay:

I know! It went really quick :(. I was surprised when the ended it so soon, after having the big shin dig with Joe Jonas and Demi Levato.

Yes the deal at Jewel is awesome...unfortunately, they are on to us shoppers and Ragu and Suave are no longer moneymakers...it was fun while it lasted. I didn't get too much of it.

Made progress on my TR got all the Donald Duck pictures done and photoshopped tonight! I hope to get the TR finally finished this week! Will post here when complete, I have a goal!!

A.Mickey
03-16-2010, 09:36 PM
:banana:We are booked October 15th-22nd at OKW! :banana:

This trip will just be Jason, Aaron and I. Our first trip just the three of us. Nana is staying home.

Where are we going to EAT!?!?!:confused3 :banana:

We are renting a car this trip too, since my cousin will be getting married in Tampa. Gotta start looking for deals and have to find a good hotel in Tampa for the night of the 22nd and 23rd. Wonder if we should fly into Tampa or Orlando? I guess that could wait as we now :love: Southwest and we can't book any October flights for another 2 months.

As far as my debt goes I am almost done with the CC's! Okay..well not exactly...My discovercard is almost done...and that is the one that has the interest...after my discover..I just have about 2,500 on a card that is at 5% interest until paid off....my DVC loan on the otherhand is at 14% sooo I think I will be paying off my DVC after Discovercard is done!

Also good news...I just got a credit line increase on my discover...and a balance transfer offer on another credit card, haven't looked into the details of the offer yet..but if it is good, maybe I could just transfer over my DVC loan to my credit card? :confused3 Would this be smart?

TyRy
03-19-2010, 06:41 PM
Thanks Shanan...I've just started checking out those sites and they are amazing. Never knew about half the promotions. I may need some of your help.

We are staying at BCV the first couple of nights and then moving over to AKV for the rest of the trip. We are also trying to decide where to eat. All I know is we'd like to hang at the BC/BW area the first couple of days.

aaronmckie
03-20-2010, 05:40 PM
Well it's not a place I want to take Aaron but I really want to try blue zoo sometime. 'Ohana is a good choice to repeat, Biergarten and Sci-Fi Drive in (for lunch) as well, and I'd love to do Trail's End Buffet again too.
As far as new restaurants to try... maybe Hollywood & Vine and Mama Melrose to finish off all the ones at DHS? :confused3

A.Mickey
03-26-2010, 09:36 PM
Thanks Shanan...I've just started checking out those sites and they are amazing. Never knew about half the promotions. I may need some of your help.

We are staying at BCV the first couple of nights and then moving over to AKV for the rest of the trip. We are also trying to decide where to eat. All I know is we'd like to hang at the BC/BW area the first couple of days.

I know, isn't it awesome! I have saved over $1000 dollars this month from coupons and sales! :cool1: Sure thing, any help you need, I am here!!

What a great time to stay at BCV! I love me some Food and Wine Festival!! :woohoo:

Well it's not a place I want to take Aaron but I really want to try blue zoo sometime. 'Ohana is a good choice to repeat, Biergarten and Sci-Fi Drive in (for lunch) as well, and I'd love to do Trail's End Buffet again too.
As far as new restaurants to try... maybe Hollywood & Vine and Mama Melrose to finish off all the ones at DHS? :confused3

I would love to go to all of those!

A.Mickey
03-26-2010, 09:41 PM
So I think our October trip I am going to start typing details in this color for the color of leaves/fall
And our December trip I will start typing in blue for the ocean!

We bought our plane tickets for our flight for October! Still have to look into renting a car, and what hotel to stay at in Treasure Island, FL for my cousins wedding.

As far as the money front goes, I am jumping the gun a week early with my ticker, because next week I will be paying $1000 to my Discovercard! Then I will have one more large payment and I will be done with that card. Then it will be time to tackle our DVC loan! :scared1::cheer2:

TyRy
04-12-2010, 09:59 AM
As far as the money front goes, I am jumping the gun a week early with my ticker, because next week I will be paying $1000 to my Discovercard! Then I will have one more large payment and I will be done with that card. Then it will be time to tackle our DVC loan! :scared1::cheer2:

WOW - that's fantastic! :banana: Congratulations.

I know people have said not to finance DVC (which we did), but it's already paid off in what we would have spent just these past couple years and this one. As a bonus, without a car payment for DH, we've been putting a little extra towards it and have already knocked another year off the loan. You'll love watching how quickly it can come down.

A.Mickey
04-21-2010, 12:16 AM
So we decided on what restaurants to try! We are only repeating one....I decided to do Garden Grill instead of Akerhaus this trip because I think Nana would like to see the Princesses in December and we are going to Chef Mickey's in December too.

So here are the finalists.....

Garden Grill
Cape May
Olivia's Cafe
1900 Park Fair
Kona
Mama Melrose's
and Casey's

So that would be 6 new restaurants if we try all of them!

Made our ADR's tonight, still have to think about Cape May and where I want to put it, and if we want to go for breakfast or dinner...any suggestions?

Every night at 9pm Illuminations! Spectro 1 hour before Wishes on days Wishes is.

15- AK open til 8 pm Wishes 10 pm
16- HS open at 8 am Wishes 10 pm Kona 5:05 pm
17- AK open at 8 am Garden Grille 7 pm
18- Wishes 9 pm Mama Melrose...change to the 21st? Fantasmic 7:30 pm HS open til 10:30 pm
19- Epcot open at 8 am Halloween Party Casey's
20- Epcot open til Midnight Wishes 9 pm Olivia's at 2:05 pm- Epcot Open late
21- MK open at 8am Fantasmic 7:30 pm 1900 Park Fare 7:20 pm
22- AK open til 8pm leave for Tampa

I already see that maybe I should switch Mama Melrose and 1900 Park Fare.

A.Mickey
05-13-2010, 12:05 AM
SURPRISE! We just got back from Disney World!! Here is a link to our Trip Report!
SURPRISE! We are at Disney World getting Muddy!

A.Mickey
05-17-2010, 10:53 PM
ADR's to book for our December trip are fast approaching, less than one month to go! And here is Nana's Wish List!

50's Prime Time Cafe
Boma (of course)
Cape May Cafe
Captain's Grill
Chef Mickey's (of course! Maybe twice?!!)
Coral Reef
Spirit of Aloha
Donald's Safari Breakfast
Fantasmic Dining Package
Garden Grill
Kona Cafe
Mickey's Backyard BBQ
Ohana
Ohana - Breakfast
Crystal Palace
Tokyo Dining???

A.Mickey
05-18-2010, 08:13 PM
Bad news! Aaron's favorite ride....it's a small world will be down for refurbishment until 10/22. That is the day we leave for Tampa! I really hope it comes out of refurb early. This is going to be hard to explain to a 3 and 1/2 year old why he can't go on his favorite ride. He went on it 19 times his last trip! :scared1:

brookelizabeth
06-23-2010, 01:32 PM
I didn't know It's a Small World was down for refurb! :sad2: Henry didn't get to ride last trip, and he won't this time either, that stinks! Good thing he doesn't remember it from previous trips, so he won't know what he's missing. :rolleyes:

I gotta get caught up on your Surprise trip!

How's the debt? We have a bit on our CC now from moving expenses, but with Joe's new job (and a nice bonus in Feb.) we should have no problem paying it off and then paying the DVC off! :dance3:

A.Mickey
06-24-2010, 09:21 PM
Hey Brook! So Happy to see you back on the DIS!

I have really been loving following along on your blog about your move! The Brooklyn Bridge looks amazing and old!!

So you didn't sell your DVC after all?!?! :banana: When are you guys planning on going back?

Yeah, I am hoping Aaron doesn't remember it from previous trips either, but who am I kidding...when anyone mentions Walt Disney World the next thing out of his mouth is it's a small world!

My debt is done....well not really, but the main chunk of debt is gone. We have about 2 thousand on a 5% interest until it is paid off and the balance on our DVC and of course my student loan debt, but that interest is nothing! Almost there! Been plugging away at couponing too, saving about a grand a month off retail price with coupons and sales. I noticed that you have a CVS within walking distance! :cheer2: Extra Care Bucks!

Yeah you will have no problem paying if off! I love your place, can't wait to see more pics of it! All your pictures are making me really want to visit NY again! I haven't been since I was 4 but I remember it fondly and the PIZZA!

brookelizabeth
07-04-2010, 04:02 PM
We do have a CVS very close - matter of a fact I was JUST there. :laughing: I haven't gotten into the couponing yet for CVS, but I plan to. Most of the stores around here don't accept internet printables - but I think CVS does. So far I've just been watching the sales and taking advantage of those, I have to figure out what newspapers have the coupons too!

Congratulations on getting rid of most all your debt! That is fantastic! I bet it feels great too. We have a bit on our credit cards now due to the move, my student loan and DVC left. Hopefully it will all be gone within a year or two....then we can buy more points. ;)

A.Mickey
07-29-2010, 11:04 PM
We do have a CVS very close - matter of a fact I was JUST there. :laughing: I haven't gotten into the couponing yet for CVS, but I plan to. Most of the stores around here don't accept internet printables - but I think CVS does. So far I've just been watching the sales and taking advantage of those, I have to figure out what newspapers have the coupons too!

Congratulations on getting rid of most all your debt! That is fantastic! I bet it feels great too. We have a bit on our credit cards now due to the move, my student loan and DVC left. Hopefully it will all be gone within a year or two....then we can buy more points. ;)

We always seem to need more points! How are things?

A.Mickey
07-29-2010, 11:06 PM
So I started a savings blog....feel free to check it out.

http://buck-free-moneymakers.blogspot.com/

Some awesome deals at Target right now, and these are national!:banana:

A.Mickey
07-29-2010, 11:28 PM
Flying in early AM on Friday October 15th...arrive at Disney around 11 am. ME to OKW...Animal Kingdom EMH til 8pm....Bob Jackson this evening at the River Roost.

Saturday October 16th:
EM Morning HS
4:55 pm 1900 Park Fare
Magic Kingdom
10 pm Wishes

Sunday October 17th:
EM Morning AK
All the parks close tonight at 7pm.
Old Towne in the evening

Monday October 18th:
12:00 pm Mama Melrose
7:30 pm Fantasmic
EM Evening HS open til 11 pm

Tuesday October 19th-My Aunt, Uncle and Cousins will be here this day for their volunteer ticket, which they are using on the 20th to go to MK, I don't know if they have ever been to Disney...must talk to them!
EM Morning Epcot
All the Parks close tonight at 7pm
Downtown Disney!

Wednesday October 20th:
4:20 pm Garden Grille
EM Evening Epcot til 12am

Thursday October 21st:
EM Morning- MK
Casey's
Halloween Party??

Friday October 22nd:
Check out

Head to Tampa
And staying at the Palm Crest for cousins wedding
http://www.palmcrest.net/

Saturday October 23rd:
Wedding at 6 pm on the Beach

Sunday October 24th:
Hang at the Beach

Monday October 25th:
Hang at the Beach...Head home for our 7pm flight from Orlando.

We are eating at Olivia's somewhere in there too.

brookelizabeth
07-30-2010, 07:55 AM
You are further along in your plans for your October trip than I for my September. :laughing: Have you ever eaten at Mama Melrose? This one was on our list one time, but got canceled last minute because we were sick - it made the list again for September and I haven't looked much into the reviews lately!

I checked out your blog - you are doing awesome! The CVS here acts like they have never seen a coupon. Stacking? FORGET ABOUT IT! They get so confused! I have pretty much given up couponing and just shop the sales. A bit annoying, but there are some excellent deals here - especially on produce - so it balances out. I've subscribed to Amazon's monthly delivery for most of our toiletries, there are some great deals there!

A.Mickey
07-30-2010, 11:07 PM
You are further along in your plans for your October trip than I for my September. :laughing: Have you ever eaten at Mama Melrose? This one was on our list one time, but got canceled last minute because we were sick - it made the list again for September and I haven't looked much into the reviews lately!

I checked out your blog - you are doing awesome! The CVS here acts like they have never seen a coupon. Stacking? FORGET ABOUT IT! They get so confused! I have pretty much given up couponing and just shop the sales. A bit annoying, but there are some excellent deals here - especially on produce - so it balances out. I've subscribed to Amazon's monthly delivery for most of our toiletries, there are some great deals there!

We are leaving our plans for October very loose too! We are just going to hang and go where we feel like...very few ADR's very different trip...and it will be the 1st time we will be there just the 3 of us!!
I ate at Mama Melrose a long, long time ago...when I was in the 7th grade. I remember their ummy pizza...but who knows if it has changed.

Thanks! I feel like I am doing awesome....but the pocketbook doesn't show it yet...too many trips coming up that need to be paid for...still have to pay off our cruise balance, and pay for the rental car and a few hotel stays. That is weird about your CVS...annoying! That is great that you have good deals on produce! Oohh..I recently checked out that monthly delivery from Amazon...really neat!

A.Mickey
07-30-2010, 11:31 PM
December 3rd Friday:
Arriving Aaron and Nanaless...have no clue what we are doing this day
We will be checking into some hotel...perhaps Pop!

December 4th Saturday:
7:15 pm Citrico's (I am pretty sure this is our last signature restaurant to try!)
Watching Wishes on the beach of the Grand Floridian again, like we did in May of 09 after our anniversary dinner at Narcoossee's

December 5th Sunday:
Aaron and Nana arrive
Check into Jambo House Savannah view Studio (we will be on the dining plan this week)
Head over to the MK for a few hours
5:00pm Captain's Grille
EM Evening- HS open til 11 pm

December 6th Monday:
EM Morning- AK 8am-9am
Lunch- Flame Tree BBQ
5:00 pm Kona
EM Evening-MK open til 11pm

December 7th Tuesday:
EM Morning- Epcot 8am-9am
Lunch-Yakatori House (but I think this is changing, because Nana wanted teryaki chicken, but they make this with dark meat)
7:00 pm Hoop De Doo! MY 1st Time!!

December 8th Wednesday:
7:45 am Cape May Cafe
Hollywood Studios
Lunch-Farifax Fare (the only edible counter service at HS!)
4:45 Boma!
EM Evening- Animal Kingdom open til 10pm ?!?!? Unheard of!

December 9th Thursday:
EM Morning- MK 8am-9am
Lunch- Colombia Harbor House (of course Jason needs his dose of Disney Chicken Nuggets!!)
8:00pm Spirit of Aloha

December 10th Friday:
Checking into Pop! Booked the bounceback for this weekend in May
Animal Kingdom....really again? :rotfl:
11:15 am Tusker House
8:00 pm Ohana
Evening- Epcot open til 12am

December 11th Saturday:
EM Morning HS 8am-9am
7:45 pm Chef Mickey's

December 12th Sunday:
Check in to Kidani Savannah Studio
7:30 am Boma for Breakfast
Take a ride over to the port for PCC 2.0!

Will finish this schedule later! We hope to squeeze in Sanaa somewhere too! :scared1:

jojo05
07-31-2010, 05:42 AM
ohhh boyyy.
I am back!!!
took me a little while to catch up! But, i'm back!!

i just love, love, love your pictures.:banana:

brookelizabeth
08-01-2010, 09:02 AM
Thanks! I feel like I am doing awesome....but the pocketbook doesn't show it yet...too many trips coming up that need to be paid for...still have to pay off our cruise balance, and pay for the rental car and a few hotel stays. That is weird about your CVS...annoying! That is great that you have good deals on produce! Oohh..I recently checked out that monthly delivery from Amazon...really neat!

But just think - if you weren't doing awesome, you wouldn't be able to go on all these trips! :thumbsup2

I don't think I remember/didn't realize that your October trip was just you three! Very cool! And great idea about keeping it loose with a little one. It's a much more magical time if you let them "lead" and have time to stop and play with the fountains and ducks! :laughing:

I laughed at your comment about Jason and his chicken nuggets. I think I have YET to try a Disney chicken nugget, but I do read a lot about them, so at some point I guess I'm gonna have to try them!

A.Mickey
08-16-2010, 08:51 PM
ohhh boyyy.
I am back!!!
took me a little while to catch up! But, i'm back!!

i just love, love, love your pictures.:banana:

Hi! It's been a while! Welcome back! How are your plans coming, or did you already go?

But just think - if you weren't doing awesome, you wouldn't be able to go on all these trips! :thumbsup2

I don't think I remember/didn't realize that your October trip was just you three! Very cool! And great idea about keeping it loose with a little one. It's a much more magical time if you let them "lead" and have time to stop and play with the fountains and ducks! :laughing:

I laughed at your comment about Jason and his chicken nuggets. I think I have YET to try a Disney chicken nugget, but I do read a lot about them, so at some point I guess I'm gonna have to try them!

Yes, that is very true! I wanna start saving for a house soon though!

Yep the October trip is just us three! I am really excited about it, but the funny thing is Jaime is also going in October and she is going the exact dates we are going and we just happened to plan it like that.

Yes, it is almost as bad as you and the corn dog nuggets, although he has not gotten his photo taken by a photopass photographer with them yet ;).

A.Mickey
08-16-2010, 09:27 PM
A Fun trip just the 3 of us!!
http://images2b.photo.walgreens.com/232323232%7Ffp53387%3Enu%3D3246%3E933%3E7%3A3%3EWS NRCG%3D3487889438328nu0mrj

Flying in early AM on Friday October 15th...arrive at Disney around 11 am. ME to OKW. Who am I kidding??? We have a rental car this trip! Jason has made a request to stop a Chick-Fil-A the same one we stopped at on our honeymoon in 2006...
http://images2b.photo.walgreens.com/232323232%7Ffp53396%3Enu%3D3246%3E933%3E7%3A3%3EWS NRCG%3D3487873%3B%3B9328nu0mrj

Animal Kingdom EMH til 8pm....Bob Jackson this evening at the River Roost. (Have yet to see Bob Jackson, and have never rode EE in the dark)

Saturday October 16th:
Lake Eola for the Ferris Walk
4:55 pm 1900 Park Fare (1st time eating here)
Magic Kingdom
10 pm Wishes

Sunday October 17th:
EM Morning AK
All the parks close tonight at 7pm.
Old Town in the evening
http://images2b.photo.walgreens.com/232323232%7Ffp53393%3Enu%3D3246%3E933%3E7%3A3%3EWS NRCG%3D3487889277328nu0mrj
http://images2b.photo.walgreens.com/232323232%7Ffp5337%3A%3Enu%3D3246%3E933%3E7%3A3%3E WSNRCG%3D34878892%3C4328nu0mrj
http://images2b.photo.walgreens.com/232323232%7Ffp53377%3Enu%3D3246%3E933%3E7%3A3%3EWS NRCG%3D3487896339328nu0mrj
(When was the last time you had fun like this?)

Monday October 18th:
12:00 pm Mama Melrose (haven't ate here since I was 13)
7:30 pm Fantasmic
EM Evening HS open til 11 pm

Tuesday October 19th-My Aunt, Uncle and Cousins will be here this day for their volunteer ticket, which they are using on the 20th to go to MK, I don't know if they have ever been to Disney...must talk to them!
EM Morning Epcot
FOOD AND WINE!!
http://images2b.photo.walgreens.com/232323232%7Ffp53398%3Enu%3D3246%3E933%3E7%3A3%3EWS NRCG%3D3487889444328nu0mrj
All the Parks close tonight at 7pm
Downtown Disney!

Wednesday October 20th:
4:20 pm Garden Grille (ate here on our 1 year wedding anniversary...and no we were wet from our water bottles :P)
http://images2b.photo.walgreens.com/232323232%7Ffp53379%3Enu%3D3246%3E933%3E7%3A3%3EWS NRCG%3D3487889262328nu0mrj
EM Evening Epcot til 12am

Thursday October 21st:
EM Morning- MK
Casey's
Halloween Party??

Friday October 22nd:
Check out
Head over to the Great Exploarations Children's Museum in St. Petersburg

Head to Tampa
And staying at the Palm Crest for cousins wedding
http://www.palmcrest.net/

Saturday October 23rd:
My cousins wedding at 6 pm on the Beach

The happy couple:
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-snc1/v2070/107/6/1226834953/n1226834953_30338586_1835.jpg


Sunday October 24th:
Hang at the Beach

Monday October 25th:
If we didn't get to ride iasw head over to Magic Kindgom and ride iasw as many times as we can!...Head home for our 7pm flight from Orlando.

We are eating at Olivia's somewhere in there too. (I hear they are pretty good !)

Hanging out with Wallis and Leo? some day too.
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs224.snc4/38551_594144163525_35404785_34907942_1982976_n.jpg

Oh and can't forget about Castmemember Meg!
http://hphotos-snc3.fbcdn.net/hs308.snc3/29005_1261744983727_1232784488_30593126_1341359_n. jpg

brookelizabeth
08-17-2010, 07:12 AM
You are going to get to do It's A Small World!!!! YAYYYYYYYYYY! I'm so excited for Aaron! :goodvibes I so wish it were open this trip for Henry. Thankfully we WILL be back before he outgrows it.

What is Old Town? I thought that was in the Chicago area. :laughing:

Looks like a really great trip, Disney, family, the beach and more Disney. Ahhhh....:thumbsup2

I love that PP pic of you two kissing Aaron. If I think of that, I'm stealing that idea!

A.Mickey
09-16-2010, 11:40 PM
You never out grow iasw! I love it! :lmao:

Old Town is just a http://www.old-town.com/ a bunch of cooky shops and weird things to do. It is fun! It is in Kissimmee

I am really looking forward to our trip 29 days!!!

I love that pic too! The PP photographer suggested you do that! I am going to have to remember to do it again this trip!

DVCsince02
09-24-2010, 11:24 AM
:wave: :teeth:

A.Mickey
09-24-2010, 09:11 PM
:wave: :teeth:

Hi Jen!:wave2:

exwdwcm
10-07-2010, 10:03 AM
Hey there- found you! how funny- we will be eating at Ohana on 12/6 at 5pm- while you are at Kona- we will have to try and find you to say hi!!!! too funny. We arrive on the 4th too, but out on the 11th, no cruise for us this year.
December 3rd Friday:
Arriving Aaron and Nanaless...have no clue what we are doing this day
We will be checking into some hotel...perhaps Pop!

December 4th Saturday:
7:15 pm Citrico's (I am pretty sure this is our last signature restaurant to try!)
Watching Wishes on the beach of the Grand Floridian again, like we did in May of 09 after our anniversary dinner at Narcoossee's

December 5th Sunday:
Aaron and Nana arrive
Check into Jambo House Savannah view Studio (we will be on the dining plan this week)
Head over to the MK for a few hours
5:00pm Captain's Grille
EM Evening- HS open til 11 pm

December 6th Monday:
EM Morning- AK 8am-9am
Lunch- Flame Tree BBQ
5:00 pm Kona
EM Evening-MK open til 11pm

December 7th Tuesday:
EM Morning- Epcot 8am-9am
Lunch-Yakatori House (but I think this is changing, because Nana wanted teryaki chicken, but they make this with dark meat)
7:00 pm Hoop De Doo! MY 1st Time!!

December 8th Wednesday:
7:45 am Cape May Cafe
Hollywood Studios
Lunch-Farifax Fare (the only edible counter service at HS!)
4:45 Boma!
EM Evening- Animal Kingdom open til 10pm ?!?!? Unheard of!

December 9th Thursday:
EM Morning- MK 8am-9am
Lunch- Colombia Harbor House (of course Jason needs his dose of Disney Chicken Nuggets!!)
8:00pm Spirit of Aloha

December 10th Friday:
Checking into Pop! Booked the bounceback for this weekend in May
Animal Kingdom....really again? :rotfl:
11:15 am Tusker House
8:00 pm Ohana
Evening- Epcot open til 12am

December 11th Saturday:
EM Morning HS 8am-9am
7:45 pm Chef Mickey's

December 12th Sunday:
Check in to Kidani Savannah Studio
7:30 am Boma for Breakfast
Take a ride over to the port for PCC 2.0!

Will finish this schedule later! We hope to squeeze in Sanaa somewhere too! :scared1:

A.Mickey
10-13-2010, 10:59 PM
Hey there- found you! how funny- we will be eating at Ohana on 12/6 at 5pm- while you are at Kona- we will have to try and find you to say hi!!!! too funny. We arrive on the 4th too, but out on the 11th, no cruise for us this year.

Hi Michelle!

How funny! We will definitely have to see if we run into each other!

A.Mickey
10-13-2010, 11:40 PM
We leave in less than 30 hours for our first family trip to Disney! And we aren't even packed yet and I still have to work tomorrow.

So this is what it will look like: (oh and somewhere in here I want to finish my May trip report)

Tonight:
Finish clipping coupons.

Tomorrow:
Drop off Aaron at Grandma's
Work 8 hours
Do some shopping to use my catalinas that will expire while we are gone.
Come home and eat dinner and pack, pack, pack.
Sleep!

Friday:
Wake up at 4:30 AM!
Get picked up at 5 AM...arrive at Midway around 5:45-6.
Check in- Security,
Use free breakfast sandwich coupons from Monopoly at McDonald's!
Board plane around 7ish?
And fly to ORLANDO!

I hope we remember everything! I have a list hanging on the fridge and I just went through my pins tonight! I have lots of traders, but I may have to replenish my pin traders before December. We will see how crazy Aaron and I are with the trading!

jojo05
10-20-2010, 06:29 AM
HAVE FUN. :banana:

brookelizabeth
10-20-2010, 05:08 PM
I didn't realize your family trip was NOW! Oh my! HAVE A MAGICAL TIME! I'm sooooo glad Small World is open again for Aaron. :cutie:

Gosh! I just realized you posted this almost a week ago! Ugh. That's what being off the DIS a lot lately gets me! I hope you are HAVING a magical time. ;)

A.Mickey
12-02-2010, 12:24 AM
We did have a magical and not so magical time. Touring with a 3 year old can do that...I started a TR in my siggy....and guess what it is time to say T-minus 29 hours again! LOL! Feels like I just got back and we are off again!

WE MADE IT! We are going on the cruise! While I am not completely out of debt I just have a student loan, DVC and a month to month credit card bill that I pay off. So I will be watching my pennies on this trip and posting on the No Buy thread still! So see you all when I get back. In the meantime if you want to sort of follow along, friend me on facebook
Shanan Westover Osinski
or my husband Jason Osinski

jojo05
12-08-2010, 04:32 AM
can't wait to read all about it!