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cnktruitt
09-02-2009, 06:36 PM
Hi, Hello & Welcome to my very first PTR:goodvibes

Our Cast will consist of myself aka Kalena & DH aka Chuck:hug:


http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk312/cnktruitt/2008us.jpg

Our DS8 Connerpirate:

http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk312/cnktruitt/2009SpMule11.jpg


Our DD7 Alana......Josephine Alana when in troubleprincess:

http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk312/cnktruitt/2007ABallet3.jpg


I have been planning this trip a loooonnnnngggggg time.....Since our last WDW trip in 2006 in fact. We booked our cruise at a whopping 70% off the rack rate way back & everything else was planned around it. We've redeemed our frequent flyer miles for our tickets and so we fly out Sept 29. Waahoo! Had to change out our resorts a few times but they are finally set. For the 1st portion we're staying at POR which we love for its beautiful grounds & landscaping, the boat launch & old man island:lovestruc


Joining us midway through the land portion will be Aunt Di:hippie:

http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk312/cnktruitt/2008xmas23.jpg

After Aunt Di joins us on Oct 5th we're moving to a 1 bedroom at the Beach Club. I know, I know....it will still be a bit tight but at least I can do some laundry:laundy:

Making a late appearance will be our most wonderful BFF Sam & Tricia. These 2 most awesomest friends have done several vacays with our family over the years. This trip they are staying at the GF.....Wow!

http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk312/cnktruitt/2007F2.jpg

And then the last leg of our trip.....We hop on the Magic for the 7 day Eastern Caribbean cruise to St. Johns, St. Croix & Castaway Cay:boat:

Joining us on the boat will be our very good friends Meg & Tim

http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk312/cnktruitt/2008FallM3.jpg


With their DS Ethan (in the red cap) & DD Macey (in the pink cap)

http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk312/cnktruitt/2009sp20.jpg

Yowza......quite a crew we're gathering! :grouphug:

cnktruitt
09-02-2009, 08:15 PM
With less than a month to go these are the ressies I've made so far.....and yes we got in on the Free Dining while at POR :cheer2:

9/30 Biergarten
10/01 Sci Fi
10/02 Hollywood & Vine & Marrakesh
10/03 Tutto Italia
10/04 Rose & Crown
10/05 Crystal Palace.......my all time favorite:thumbsup2
10/06 Akershus
10/07 Raglan Road......DH favorite
10/08 Chefs de France.......booked too late to see Remy:guilty:
10/09 Liberty Tree

Most are for dinner, just the Akershus and H&V are lunches. Most of these places we have never been in but we sure are looking forward to trying. DH, Aunt Di & our friends are not morning people. Actually neither is DD or myself but we will be boucing out of bed at WDW! I know many, many folks do not like sticking to a schedule but to dine like this is worth it for us.:cake: On our previous trips to most anywhere I always stress about how much moola we're spending so I tend to not eat what I really want. This time? I'm eating large, dessert too. :woohoo:

Now I'm kinda excited about the princess lunch. princess: I bought a pretty dress off ebay nwt & very cheap for DD. I wanted something she could wear after the lunch & not worry that it would fall apart like some of her dress up costumes have done. This is what I found.

http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk312/cnktruitt/th_373d_35.jpg (http://s283.photobucket.com/albums/kk312/cnktruitt/?action=view&current=373d_35.jpg)


I also booked the Pirate League for DS & the Bayou Pirate Cruise for both kids. So for DS, also off ebay nwt & cheap:

http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk312/cnktruitt/th_BgBLqwBWkKGrHgoOKjoEjlLmtvBKcjt-KhC.jpg (http://s283.photobucket.com/albums/kk312/cnktruitt/?action=view&current=BgBLqwBWkKGrHgoOKjoEjlLmtvBKcjt-KhC.jpg)


Now if I could only figure out our days......

cnktruitt
09-02-2009, 08:17 PM
In my sparetime, when not running after my DS & DD or the other 2 boys I watch for extra moola I've been working on door magnets. I'm pretty happy with how they are coming out. Just got them printed by shutterfly & will get them laminated & stuck on sticky magnetic paper I bought from Michaels.


http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk312/cnktruitt/th_pirateslairmagic-1.gif (http://s283.photobucket.com/albums/kk312/cnktruitt/?action=view&current=pirateslairmagic-1.gif)

http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk312/cnktruitt/Decorated%20images/th_Piratemickeymapmh.png (http://s283.photobucket.com/albums/kk312/cnktruitt/Decorated%20images/?action=view&current=Piratemickeymapmh.png)

http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk312/cnktruitt/Decorated%20images/th_MinnieMHpastel.png (http://s283.photobucket.com/albums/kk312/cnktruitt/Decorated%20images/?action=view&current=MinnieMHpastel.png)

http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk312/cnktruitt/Decorated%20images/th_tinkmh4-1.png (http://s283.photobucket.com/albums/kk312/cnktruitt/Decorated%20images/?action=view&current=tinkmh4-1.png)

DH is terrified of sharks.........he says that if there is a shark, anywhere, it is coming for him

http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk312/cnktruitt/Decorated%20images/th_BruceNemoMH.jpg (http://s283.photobucket.com/albums/kk312/cnktruitt/Decorated%20images/?action=view&current=BruceNemoMH.jpg)

tkitty
09-02-2009, 08:44 PM
I'll be following along with you. We'll be there Oct 2 thru Oct 10. We will be at Akershus on the 6th also for breakfast -9:30. Party of 6 with almost 3 yr old(DGD) in her new Cinderella dress, and our 8yr old DGS.
The planning and waiting have been alot of fun, and now it feels like it will come and go too quick. We don't know when we'll be able to go again.
We're on the edge of Phoenix, here.:wave2:

JDBlair
09-02-2009, 09:42 PM
:hippie: Figured I'll tag along for your PTR! Looking forward to hearing your plans and setting sail together! :sail:

cnktruitt
09-03-2009, 12:10 AM
The planning and waiting have been alot of fun, and now it feels like it will come and go too quick. We don't know when we'll be able to go again.

We're on the edge of Phoenix, here.:wave2:

Hiya tkitty,

I agree.....the planning has been a lot of fun. This trip has been on my mind constantly & I've just about alienated my friends with all my Disney talk. I know they think I'm completely gaga! DH listens with a half-ear & is more tolerant of my chatter now then he was 2 years ago. I think the bug has finally bitten him.;)

For us too; This trip may have to last another 3 or more years. DH was injured assisting at an accident & burned a portion of lung tissue.:eek: It was a toss up as to whether or not we would go on this trip but since it doesn't really matter where he is~the effects are the same~& the family needed a trip after waiting he we go:thumbsup2

We are SE of Tucson in a small town called Vail; We love it:lovestruc

cnktruitt
09-03-2009, 12:18 AM
:hippie: Figured I'll tag along for your PTR! Looking forward to hearing your plans and setting sail together! :sail:

Hey Jac,

Can't wait to get on the boat:boat:and just relax. We'll see you at the Rockin Bar D for a cocktail:drinking1

Seems like quite a few of us Arizonans traveling this Fall:idea:

Kalena

JDBlair
09-03-2009, 10:05 AM
Hey Jac,

Can't wait to get on the boat:boat:and just relax. We'll see you at the Rockin Bar D for a cocktail:drinking1

Seems like quite a few of us Arizonans traveling this Fall:idea:

Kalena

:drinking1 sounds great to me!

There are a few of us traveling. I think SocrrMom and I are on the same flight to Orlando! :laughing:
I noticed your name, "Kalena". My cousins name is Kelina. I have a feeling your names may be pronounced the same way! That is so cool!!

cnktruitt
09-03-2009, 11:50 AM
Running out this morning to get my magnets laminated.......Gotta make sure they last:goodvibes

Also looking for the final touches for our FE. Too excited for my own good. Oh dear.:banana:


p.s. Jac.......Just curious; Are you & SoccrMom a group? :grouphug:

JDBlair
09-03-2009, 09:00 PM
Running out this morning to get my magnets laminated.......Gotta make sure they last:goodvibes

Also looking for the final touches for our FE. Too excited for my own good. Oh dear.:banana:


p.s. Jac.......Just curious; Are you & SoccrMom a group? :grouphug:



I'm going to try the "self laminating" idea with the clear contact paper. Have you ever done that?

No, we're not a group. We just happen to live in the same city and happen to have the same flight to Orlando. Just a coincidence, nothing more. ;)

ammeador2
09-03-2009, 11:02 PM
In my sparetime, when not running after my DS & DD or the other 2 boys I watch for extra moola I've been working on door magnets. I'm pretty happy with how they are coming out. Just got them printed by shutterfly & will get them laminated & stuck on sticky magnetic paper I bought from Michaels.


http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk312/cnktruitt/th_pirateslairmagic-1.gif (http://s283.photobucket.com/albums/kk312/cnktruitt/?action=view&current=pirateslairmagic-1.gif)

http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk312/cnktruitt/Decorated%20images/th_Piratemickeymapmh.png (http://s283.photobucket.com/albums/kk312/cnktruitt/Decorated%20images/?action=view&current=Piratemickeymapmh.png)

http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk312/cnktruitt/Decorated%20images/th_MinnieMHpastel.png (http://s283.photobucket.com/albums/kk312/cnktruitt/Decorated%20images/?action=view&current=MinnieMHpastel.png)

http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk312/cnktruitt/Decorated%20images/th_tinkmh4-1.png (http://s283.photobucket.com/albums/kk312/cnktruitt/Decorated%20images/?action=view&current=tinkmh4-1.png)

DH is terrified of sharks.........he says that if there is a shark, anywhere, it is coming for him

http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk312/cnktruitt/Decorated%20images/th_BruceNemoMH.jpg (http://s283.photobucket.com/albums/kk312/cnktruitt/Decorated%20images/?action=view&current=BruceNemoMH.jpg)

Very cute!! I lvoe this idea. We will be there around the same time..Oct 2-10..Can't wait! Keep us posted!

cnktruitt
09-04-2009, 01:24 AM
Thanks ammeador:) I've put a hunk of time into making them & think my kids will really like them.

I just finished my FEs.......what do you all think?

http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk312/cnktruitt/P10102342.jpg

DH doesn't like the polka dotted ribbon......says it's too girly but I thought it perfect. But I am a girl..........:rolleyes1

http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk312/cnktruitt/P1010241.jpg

bluecasbah
09-04-2009, 07:48 AM
OMG, love the FE's! You are so crafty!

JDBlair
09-04-2009, 09:44 AM
Your FE are very creative, nice!!! :thumbsup2

cnktruitt
09-04-2009, 11:32 AM
Thank you blue & JD! I know I've not personalized them & so run a good chance of having them taken :rolleyes: but I'm hoping that Disney spirit & a zip tie will deter folks.

It's neat what a glue gun can do! No sewing; just glue, stickers, a touch of paint & ribbons:wizard:

So I am sitting here this morning going over some other threads I've subscribed to....I lurk a lot! And I'm now very nervous that my favorite chocolate croissants & ham & cheese croissants at Boulangerie (Epcot) are no longer offered as a snack on DDP! I know it probably seems silly but I adore :lovestruc those things & have been looking forward to them. Just buy them OOP right? But with all the other snacks will we really want more? I could just go from frozen latte to kringla to crepe au chocolat? YUM! Will I even want one after all that goodness?

Probably........I do love to eat! As unhealthy as it sounds I firmly plan to not diet & realize I will gain about 10lbs by the end of the trip. Even with marathon days at the parks. On our last WDW trip years ago DH gained 10 & me 5 just at 8 days. But it was so worth it:goodvibes

http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk312/cnktruitt/2006WDWC24.jpg

And yes, I am thinking about food 25 days away popcorn::

My2Qtz0205
09-04-2009, 02:22 PM
Hi there! I followed you over from the October 2009 thread. I can only dream of a Disney (or any) cruise. DH says "no way." :sad2:

For a non-cruiser such as myself, what does "FE" stand for?

cnktruitt
09-04-2009, 05:41 PM
Hi there! I followed you over from the October 2009 thread. I can only dream of a Disney (or any) cruise. DH says "no way." :sad2:

For a non-cruiser such as myself, what does "FE" stand for?


Hiya My2Qtz0205!

A FE stands for Fish Extender......there is a bit to it so I've attached a link for a full explanation:goodvibes

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1219607

Are you sure you can't talk DH into just trying one out? They come as short as 3 nights & can really give you a good taste. If you buy them in advance or very last minute you can get a whopping good price. Plus it includes wonderful kid clubs for those over 3yrs, no extra cash. The food is great too!

We were unsure if we would like it so we tried the 3 night, then the 4 night, then the 7.........We are hooked!:sail:

Bear1971
09-05-2009, 02:08 PM
Love the Mule!

Also think the waiter was brave feeding your DH:rolleyes:

cnktruitt
09-05-2009, 03:28 PM
I'm going to try the "self laminating" idea with the clear contact paper. Have you ever done that?



(smacks head with hand) I can't believe I didn't think of that! I'm sure that would work great!


Also think the waiter was brave feeding your DH:rolleyes:

Yes, I'm not sure even I would make that attempt.:rotfl: DH has a big appetitepopcorn:: Watch those fingers!


So last night I spent hours consummed (it was a happy consummed) with making lots of _______ for the FEs. Got to do a few more but almost there. DH thinks I'm going overboard with the trip but he even thought they were really cool. I sure hope you cruisers do too!:cutie:

Wish there was something similar at the resorts but I can just imagine the potential problems. Oh well.:rolleyes:

cnktruitt
09-06-2009, 02:36 PM
Here are a few pics from our last trip in 2006

http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk312/cnktruitt/2006WDW2.jpg

DS was so tickled to see the princesses at Akershus
http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk312/cnktruitt/2006WDW32.jpg


http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk312/cnktruitt/2006WDWC15.jpg


Hermie.....our pet hermit crab for a day at Castaway

http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk312/cnktruitt/2006WDWC20.jpg

Camyle
09-06-2009, 05:28 PM
:scared1:Oh no you didn't!!! That picture of me is not good!!! You should really get rid of that picture!!! A very clear indication I need to lay off the desserts and alcoholic beverages for a month!!!

BTW I love your FE!!!! :love:

Want to make mine? I just bought the fabric and ribbon today, but I am afraid we won't compare to your awesome idea!!!

I didn't know about the magnets. Do they just stick right on the door?

Nicole786
09-06-2009, 07:02 PM
Wow that is quite a crew but sounds like it will be tons of fun!! I started working on my own disigns ill be starting a thread on the creative disigns board, i'll share the link once im done since i see you like the stuff over there!

cnktruitt
09-07-2009, 01:03 AM
Wow that is quite a crew but sounds like it will be tons of fun!! I started working on my own disigns ill be starting a thread on the creative disigns board, i'll share the link once im done since i see you like the stuff over there!

That would be terrific Nicole! Can't wait to see what you've come up with:3dglasses


Oh and Camyle..........I love:love: that pic! Adore it!:cheer2: Can't live without it!:flower1:

ammeador2
09-07-2009, 08:03 AM
The pic of the waiter feeding your hubby...classic!

I want to go on a Disney cruise...don't know if I would be able to talk DH into that one though..mainly becuase it is so much more money than other cruise lines. We went on a cruise pre-kids for our honeymoon and had a fabulous time...

carps09
09-07-2009, 08:58 AM
I saw your plea for readers on the Oct. 09 thread...so here I am! :goodvibes Looks like you've got a good plan, great ADRs, and a good bunch to travel with. Have a magical vacation!!

nursegirl
09-07-2009, 09:24 AM
Thanks for the heads up on the Welcome Thread because I'm totally onboard (:rotfl:) for your PTR!!

Sounds awesome - We've haven't stayed at BCV yet, but that one is next on my list! Loving all the pics of everyone and OMG how awesome to go on a cruise. :yay:

All your ADRs look really yum - we're doing several of the same ones - can't wait. I think about the food and look at the food pics on here 24/7.

Baby screaming (darn those teeth!) so will be checking back in soon! Thanks again for the PTR.

Nicole786
09-07-2009, 10:50 AM
That would be terrific Nicole! Can't wait to see what you've come up with:3dglasses


Oh and Camyle..........I love:love: that pic! Adore it!:cheer2: Can't live without it!:flower1:

here you go!

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2267443

cnktruitt
09-07-2009, 12:06 PM
I want to go on a Disney cruise...don't know if I would be able to talk DH into that one though..mainly becuase it is so much more money than other cruise lines.

I would suggest looking into the specials at vacationstogo.com we booked really, really, REALLY far in advance but got a huge discount.:cutie: And don't forget Disney does such a terrific job with the kids....Ours only started asking for us on the last day. And they were little at the time!:flower3:

I saw your plea for readers on the Oct. 09 thread...so here I am! :goodvibes Looks like you've got a good plan, great ADRs, and a good bunch to travel with. Have a magical vacation!!

Hello & Thank you! :cloud9: My biggest fear right now is that someone is going to catch a nasty flu bug. Vit C anyone?:sick:

Sounds awesome - We've haven't stayed at BCV yet, but that one is next on my list! Loving all the pics of everyone and OMG how awesome to go on a cruise. :yay:


Welcome! This will be our 1st BCV stay so I'm really excited about staying there & wandering down to Stormalong Bay:banana: and having laundry in room!:laundy: Little things make my day:hug:

here you go!

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2267443

Thanks Nicole!:woohoo:



Yes folks.......I love using the smiles!:rotfl:

Bear1971
09-08-2009, 11:04 PM
What is with the magnets? Did you just want them or do you use them for the trip? Thanks

cnktruitt
09-09-2009, 11:04 AM
:I didn't know about the magnets. Do they just stick right on the door?

What is with the magnets? Did you just want them or do you use them for the trip? Thanks

Sorry Camyle didn't see that question:cutie:

The magnets works on the DCL stateroom doors.....and they are just a fun way to decorate your door & give it a personality.:flower3: They also let other FE people know where you are without too much bother. The biggest downside from what I've heard is that there have been incidents of missing magnets. :sad2: With your FE you can at least zip tie it to the fish so it doesn't swim away......:fish:

cnktruitt
09-10-2009, 05:42 PM
Things I still need to do:

Buy Moleskin..........never bought it before but heard great things about it. where do I find it?
Buy Bodyglide......not sure what it is & if I need it. :confused:Anyone?
Buy Dramamine - My stock is running low & I get really, really motion sick on rides that go in circles (can't even watch my kids on the teacups) & visual type rides like soarin. :sick:
Finish FE gifts
Take in DD dress on the sides; it's just a bit too big
Get DH good belt back from friends X-BF
Call DME re missing luggage tag for Aunt Di:eek:
Make mousekeeping envelopes
Make DCL tip envelopes
oh and fill the envelopes:rotfl:
Schedule bill payments
When is the pest guy coming?
Make final decision on st. croix excursion
Buy a new camera....not an easy thing for me as I am cheap on electronics.

What else??? Suggestions appreciated:goodvibes

Pixieflip
09-11-2009, 12:03 PM
You know you're a serious planner junkie when you laminate your ADR list. But that is exactly my tip!! One trip on Splash Mountain or Kali River Rapids and your ruined page won't be any help for the rest of the trip.

Caution: be prepared to be made fun of! :lmao: But after one good drenching on Kali and they'll get it!! You'll never lose your place as family planner after that!!:thumbsup2

Your trip report is going great, can't wait to hear more. Have a magical time!

Nicole786
09-11-2009, 12:05 PM
I never go without bodyglide its wonderful! I use it on the bottoms of my feet too it prevents blisters

cnktruitt
09-11-2009, 11:27 PM
I love the idea of laminating my cards! I don't mind being teased by my family.......they understand it is all for the best.:thumbsup2 Of course I do get REALLY embarrased in front of other people. I've got it backwards I know.:rolleyes:

I may need to buy some bodyglide if it can help prevent blisters. Is it sticky? Although that won't matter so much if it does work.;)

I am so glad the weekend is here!:dance3:

cnktruitt
09-12-2009, 07:38 PM
Ack! Went out today for the Moleskin which is now in my travel bag but have a nasty sore throat!:sick: DH also not feeling great. We've got 16 days to kick this bug out of the house. Do I secretly hope the kids get sick right this minute so we can be cured by the time we leave? :headache: Don't want DH & I to get well & the kids fall sick in 10 days.:eek:

ChattyKathy2
09-13-2009, 12:32 PM
Sorry to hear you're not feeling too well. I'm sure you & your family will be back to normal before your trip. Remember your vitamin C & chicken soup:hug:

Bear1971
09-15-2009, 01:57 AM
Still alive? Hope you're doing better!

cnktruitt
09-17-2009, 10:24 AM
Good Morning DISers!:goodvibes

Starting to feel better but boy am I tired! Gotta shake it!

So much to do tomorrow...........
My camera is really on shaky legs so I need to look into that. (How do I break the news to DH?)
Need to buy DH some new comfy dress walking shoes
Still need to get DHs good belt back from friends xBF
Got 4, yes 4 doctor appts tomorrow
and decided last minute to have a garage sale on Saturday.........good for extra Disney moola:thumbsup2

Countdown: 12 More Sleepless Nights:cheer2:

cnktruitt
09-21-2009, 05:01 PM
Okay.......We are stillllll fighting whatever germs or bugs in our house & we've only got 8 more nights to get better! Ack! I'm really starting to stress a bit and that just isn't going to help the situation.:headache:

On the flip side.......I got a Kindle 2 as a pre-Christmas gift, just in time for the trip. It is so awesome! I can't believe how neat they are:worship:

cnktruitt
09-26-2009, 12:25 AM
Hello Everybody! Well I'm finally starting to feel better. My head is very heavy however & I've got killer headaches to go with it but everything else seems good. whew! :goodvibes

Final few days of mayhem before we leave and my guest room, which is now the packing room, looks like a small tornado hit it. Had DH try on his shirts for the trip & low & behold.......he (ahem) has gained some weight. So we are running to the mall tomorrow. :rolleyes1

Also finally broke down & bought a camera off amazon......it is due here on Monday. We leave on Tuesday. So I'm bitting my nails a bit. :laughing:

Hope you all are having a terrific week:thumbsup2