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eandesmom
09-14-2009, 05:34 PM
Life is short. And all too often I know I get caught up in things that, in the big picture, arenít all that important. They arenít what matters. The minutia of life doesnít play a minor role most days for me. It can take over and be hard to see past. Sometimes however, things happen, that remind us to take a step back and re-evaluate, re-prioritize. To stop. To breathe. To just be.

Together.

I have had such a weekend. And while I donít want to start this PTR out on a sad note it is true that such events are often the catalyst for moving other things forward in life and this is certainly a contributing factor in this case.

I went into my weekend caught up in minutia. Caught up in life. And ok, maybe it isn't minutia but none of it was anything that thinking about, in the moment I was thinking about it, could have possibly had a positive purpose for.

I had a magical day planned with my husband Jeff on Friday that should have been spent completely focused on enjoying the moment. Instead, at times, I let myself dwell on things, be distracted by things that had nothing to do with the moment I was in, moments I won't get back. It was a good day. A great day even. However, it should have been, could have been, unforgettable, magical. Defining even. I let life get in the way of that, and knew I was doing it at the time and did it anyway.

Later that night, a coach in our rec soccer league, died from a burst aorta at his daughters practice. I did not know him, but I did know one of the families on the team, their son plays with our youngest and it was surreal to know that the very field our boys were playing on that morning, had witnessed such a horrible tragedy the night before. That their daughter, only 9, had witnessed it at that age.

It vividly brought to mind the loss of a parent on the same team, just 2 years prior, to a horrendous freak accident, driving to his son's practice. I spent much of Saturday reflecting on time, and making time count and reminding myself to enjoy the moment (and berating myself for my self absorption the day before). I didnít have a chance to discuss any of this with my Jeff, he was off at different soccer game and then our evening was taken over with a last afternoon at the lake enjoying the summer weather and then a family party at our house, celebrating 2 of our kids birthdays with cousins and grandparents.

I was blessed with such a moment to treasure later that evening. The party had started quite late and with 6 boys ranging from ages 9-12 my house felt VERY small after about an hour of them being cooped up inside as it was dark out. The TVís were occupied with adults watching sports or teens hiding from young annoying boys and I was trying to figure out how to commandeer one of the TVís for the younger ones when my 10 year old nephew Isaac asked me if he could have a blanket.

ďFor whatĒ I asked. "To go outside, lay down, and look at the stars". "Is that ok Aunt Cindy?".

I had to stop myself, for a nanosecond, from even thinking about my blankets being spread out on the street or in the driveway, from caring about dirt and gum and whatever else. From thinking that I can't wash them after they do this because my washer is broke and it won't get fixed until Tuesday afternoon It was a nanosecond. But it was there.

"Yes of course that's ok Izzy, let's go see what we have"

That evening, 5 of the 6 previously completely wild boys laid down in my driveway, looking at the stars, finding Jupiter and discussing constellations. It was their idea from start to finish, all we did was provide blankets. Blankets I haven't washed. In fact, I haven't even checked to see if they are dirty or not. It would have been 6 little boys but my autistic nephew wanted to read inside. My DS Evan, also 10, tried to get his cousin to come join them, offering a flashlight so he could continue to read but Quin, 11, declined.

Often on a night like this, Jeff will get out the telescope and show the boys what to look for. They love it. But there was a soccer game on TV and Jeff, along with the rest of the adults was otherwise engaged.

They wanted stars. They figured out how to get them on their own.

I have no pictures to share of that moment, observing the boys from my front porch, other than the ones in my heart but they give me joy as I write just to think about.

They can be sweet, those wild boys.
They can have quiet moments.
they can CREATE moments
They can reflect.
They can just...be.

It is so easy to forget that.

The next morning we learned that my BIL, Doug, had a mild heart attack and was awaiting surgery. Doug is self employed and does not have insurance and does not take the greatest care of himself. Doug and Jeff are not terribly close, a source of sadness to all. They are not ďnotĒ close (if that makes any sense to anyone but me) but just very different people living very different lives. All 3 men, the coach Friday night, the dad 2 years ago and Doug, were 42 or 43. My husband Jeff and I spent much of Sunday in shock and reflection.

We decided, part of the way through our day yesterday, in the midst of baby showers and hospital updates, that we need to include Doug in our next family trip. As some of you know, we didn't have a family trip this summer, letting "life" get in the way. We haven't even seen Doug since July of 08. Sure that's only a year but if you only have 1 brother, that's pretty long in my book. At best it's once a year. I am blessed, most of my siblings are nearby and I see them all the time. Jeff's family means travel and we often put the burden on them, making the excuse that there are less of them than us, and it's easier.

But that's a convenient excuse. With Doug, we have so very few of those moments with him so far, especially the kids, they barely know Uncle Doug. And while this was mild, it was scary and there is some pretty significant family history in that area.

We decided today, that the trip would be to Orlando. There are a lot of reasons why and over the course of this PTR I'm sure I'll mention most of them.

The bottom line is Iím pretty sure we can see the stars there. I plan to lay outside on the deck and find out. And even if we canít see them, we will know they are there. I think that's pixie dust. Lots and lots of it. And I also know that pixie dust has magical healing properties.

What better place to create those moments. And maybe, just maybe, a new dynamic for uncles and brothers.

There may be a lot of very good reasons why we shouldnít do this trip. There may be some significant hurdles to overcome to make this trip happen. But the reasons we SHOULD, well, letís just say the other stuff isnít important. Can be overcome. Should be overcome.

So say we all.

I hope you enjoy planning with me. And talking me off the ledge if I get overwhelmed with the minutia of life at times and it seems like we wonít pull this off.

Here is a quick picture and list of our cast of characters, much more bio and history in the upcoming posts. Even though the trip is quite a ways away, life is too short not to make plans. And, while those plans may ultimately not work out or may need to change, there is significant joy and hope to be found in the planning. Plus, as I think most of you will agree, it makes the trip come faster.

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k308/eandesmom/Family/untitled.jpg

I have decided to dispense with nicknames, if Iím planning this far out, it will make it much easier! By the time this trip happens, we (with the exception of Eric) will all be a year older. Of course we are all older now than in this picture but it's the only shot of all 9 of us I have (from Dec 07 lol!)


Cynthia. Me. The planner of the clan. 43
Jeff. My fabulous(ly tolerant of my Disney addiction) husband. 45
Taylor. DSS16
Kendall. DSD13
Evan. DS10
Eric. DS9
Sandie. My fantabulous MIL. I wonít divulge her age!
Paul. Sandieís amazing husband. Who also happened to marry Jeff and I :thumbsup2 He is the bomb. And a huge Disney fan.
Doug. Jeffís brother (my BIL lol), 43
And a possible add on, Laura, Dougís girlfriend


Handy dandy update links!

Part one (http://disboards.com/showthread.php?p=34926949&posted=1#post34926949)

Part Two (http://disboards.com/showthread.php?p=34999015#post34999015)

cascarlet
09-14-2009, 07:05 PM
Well said!! Life is too short!! Looking forward to reading your reports, especially staying at the Tree House!!

eandesmom
09-15-2009, 12:13 AM
Well said!! Life is too short!! Looking forward to reading your reports, especially staying at the Tree House!!

Welcome!

mickeysmyboy
09-15-2009, 05:48 AM
:cool1: I saw your new tag pop up when I scrolled through my PTR and had to come jump on! I have to come back later and read your post because I have to go get the kiddos up for school now! Be back soon!

TarzansKat
09-15-2009, 07:24 AM
:grouphug::grouphug::grouphug:

I know how you feel, and I'm very proud of you for deciding to do this. There will always be reasons not to do things, and you're finding the good reasons to do them. That, in and of itself, is a kind of blessing.

eandesmom
09-15-2009, 09:59 AM
Yeah! ladies who are leaving soon on their own fabulous trips!

:cool1: I saw your new tag pop up when I scrolled through my PTR and had to come jump on! I have to come back later and read your post because I have to go get the kiddos up for school now! Be back soon!

Hi Melissa! Welcome!!!! When I get to 50 days I'm going to borrow your blinkie. Love that.

:rotfl:

:grouphug::grouphug::grouphug:

I know how you feel, and I'm very proud of you for deciding to do this. There will always be reasons not to do things, and you're finding the good reasons to do them. That, in and of itself, is a kind of blessing.

TK! Yay!

Thanks and yes, it is a blessing. BIL is supposed to be released from the hospital today and can go back to work next week, that's the real blessing! More on that later. :)

TarzansKat
09-15-2009, 12:06 PM
TK! Yay!

Awww...I couldn't ask for a better reception!


Thanks and yes, it is a blessing. BIL is supposed to be released from the hospital today and can go back to work next week, that's the real blessing! More on that later. :)

Oh, thank goodness. :goodvibes

eandesmom
09-15-2009, 12:34 PM
Since I have so much time to plan and PTR this time I'm going to do it right with lots of info on our cast, history, disney obsession, the works!

So without further ado.... here is our gang! First up, the parental units. AKA DH and I.


Me. Cynthia. Mom to the e's....

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k308/eandesmom/Family/MyPictures0025.jpg

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k308/eandesmom/Travel/San%20Diego%202009/IMG_2200-1.jpg

Currently "in transition" I guess. LOL! I guess technically I am a WAHM. I was with the same company for 13 years, was laid off, took some time off to hang with my kids and then went back into a new industry. My new industry is struggling and my position has been moved to 100% commission. Which, is not really what I'm looking for at this point in my life. So I'm in the midst of a job hunt while trying to bring stuff in and truthfully it was a bit of a hard summer for me in many many ways. I'm glad that school has started and I can focus on this new chapter of my life, whatever it may turn out to be. That's the life getting in the way stuff and I'm REALLY going to work on not letting it get in the way anymore!

There is a lot more to me than the job saga! I am the mother to 2 wonderful little boys whose names, yep, both start with E. Evan is 10 and Eric is 9. More on them later. It wasn't really planned, it just happened that I liked E names. DH and I often call them E1 and E2 (like Thing 1 and Thing 2). I am also the stepmother (or bonus mom, a term I vastly prefer) to a couple of teenagers. Kendall is 13 and Taylor is 16 although will be 17 next month, gasp. It's a pretty cool job being a bonus mom. I always wanted a large family and this way I didn't have to be pregnant all those times! Actually I didn't mind the pregnancy parts, just the newborn parts. LOL.

My DH Jeff and I have been married for almost 5 years, together for 7. Being a mom, and bonus mom, to 4 is a bit nutty at times but I like being busy. I don't do well with free time! When I'm not working or shuttling kids around, or volunteering at their events and helping raise money for their schools I like to read, travel, garden, hike, camp and bike. I'm also a closet geek, I love software, especially graphic programs but have almost an equal obsession with spreadsheets. I love seeing what technology can do but don't' really have a clue what I am doing most of the time. Even though Jeff is the engineer, I'm the one who fixes stuff around here or teaches people how it works be it ipods, phones, computers, etc. I stay away from the cars though.

We are blessed to live in the great Pacific Northwest and I am one of those rare natives! I've lived here all my life with the exception of 10 years in Chicago. I do have a great deal of fondness for Chi-town...it gave me the E's :)

We are avid outdoors folks which I think is part of why we loved Fort Wilderness so much on our last Disney trip. And why we really really want to stay in a treehouse.

I've been going to Disney since I was 10. My first trip was, fittingly enough, with MY bonus mom! Who is my mom in my heart and that's what I call her. She started a whole clan of fanatics (I'm the oldest of 6) but it was that first trip to Disneyland that got me hooked. I will never forget the tears and devastation I felt when my tshirt from that trip was ruined just a few weeks later, I was that bonded, even then! Since then I've had quite a few trips to DL over the years, trips as a kid with my family, trips as a college student with friends and then finally, in 1991 I made it to the World for the first time!

Since then I've been 3 additonal times, with one DL trip thrown in there as well, so this will be trip #5 to the world and my 4 trip in 8 years total (2002, 2004, 2008 and 2010!). 4 years is definitely too long in between trips, Jeff would like to be on the 3 year plan but I'm pushing for every 2.

Jeff, like myself, is a native west-coaster though he did a brief stint in Denver. Considering I lived in Chicago for 10 years, I don't hold that against him. He however is from that place down south....that all the people leave and move up here and make our traffic terrible! He's acclimated well despite being from CA. While I went to DL quite a few times as a child and young adult, Jeff pretty much lived there and so was not all that excited about visiting the world. Caving to peer pressure, and soon to be in-laws, he joined my family for a trip in 2004. 20 people in 2 rental homes, just outside of the main gate. Not only did he survive, he thrived, and went on to marry me just a few weeks later.

Here we are with all my siblings and their kids (it's grown since then!)
http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k308/eandesmom/Travel/Disney/Copyofscan0003.jpg I'll post more pictures of this trip later.

And the fateful day. Those kids look so LITTLE!
http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k308/eandesmom/134_3411.jpghttp://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k308/eandesmom/000_0260.jpg
http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k308/eandesmom/Wedding036.jpg

So, enough about ME!
On to Jeff.

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k308/eandesmom/Family/MyPictures0024.jpg

Jeff is a fabulous dad, stepdad (bonus dad!) and husband. I am especially grateful for him as he is the only dad involved in the E's lives. And much like my own situation growing up, I know what a different the RIGHT stepparent can make. My (step) mom saved my family in so many ways and I am so grateful to have found this amazing man! He is an engineer, an outdoor nut and is much more focused on his fitness regimen than I am. Much to his disappointment. I am working on that. He also loves to travel and we try to make sure we have at least one "date" trip a year (no kids) as well as somewhere with the kids. We've both learned the hard way just how important it is that the couple is a couple, not just a family if that makes sense.

In his spare time, not that he has much, he is building a plane in the garage.

Yes. You read that right. I'm sure part of this PTR will include plane saga. But the plane is a key cast member actually. Because...he is building a seaplane. And the company that makes this kit happens to be based in...Orlando! Some of you may recall he went on a test flight down there on our last trip, for this one, if the plane is far enough along, he will be doing several days of certifications. We won't know where things are at for quite some time though so that is definitely a wild card.

My flyboy....

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k308/eandesmom/Family/fathers%20day%202009/IMG_2417.jpg

Jeff took me flying for the first time last friday. Even though he's been flying for years, it wasn't "encouraged" in his previous relationship. So for the past few years he's been working on getting current again, with my support. We've tried to go up together before but for this reason and that reason, it never happened. It finally did last friday and it was a truly magical day. It would have been more magical had I NOT been thinking about my job situation and that, combined with everything else that happened this weekend is hopefully the snap I needed to get out of my funk and move on. And focus on what IS really important.


A recent pic of the two of us....

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k308/eandesmom/Travel/San%20Diego%202009/IMG_2058.jpg

As you will see once we get into the report, there aren't many of just the two of us and so you get this kind of self portrait!
Coming up next, a quick BIL update and meet those crazy kids (http://disboards.com/showthread.php?p=33590585#post33590585)

eandesmom
09-15-2009, 01:01 PM
BIL is supposed to be released today and can go back to work next week. He is a contractor and was just starting a huge job, one he is worried about losing so hopefully he can hang on to it and if he can't manage some things, he gets help. BIL is not good about asking for help so we are all a little worried about that part but have faith.

He had 100% blockage in one artery so now has a stent. Apparently he'd had some asthma issues all week and so his breathing was already compromised. This was actually a good thing as when the mild attack happened, it was much more noticeable than it might have been, had he not been already struggling to breathe.

The prognosis is very good IF he makes some changes and has to be on a pretty strict medication regimen for at least the next year. We are less concerned about him making the diet and exercise changes and more concerned about the medication. As he is self employed, he does not have insurance and the meds he will need are VERY expensive. He struggles to make ends meet as it is and now with these medical bills well, it's scary to say the least. The family has decided to chip in to make sure the meds are covered so he has no excuse to slip. Which I guess means we may now be paying a third of that bill if it is split equally between my FIL and his wife, my MIL and her DH and us. Which is what it sounds like Jeff agreed to with his mom and dad. Ugh. Not money we have either but again, we have to focus on what is important. We will see how that plays out, money things are never great to get involved with, with families, but hopefully we can all come together and it will be fine and not too stressful for Jeff.

Who, speaking of, plans to get his own cholesterol checked this week. I'm hoping to get in next week. We think we are ok as we both had recent life insurance exams and nothing came up but...it'd be nicer to have those actual numbers in front of us!

Back to Doug. Apparently he is in good spirits and was up walking yesterday though did tire pretty quickly. His girlfriend did stop by so that's good.

For Disney either MIL will buy Doug's ticket, or we will split it, that money aspect I'm not worried about as it will certainly not be the first time we, or she, have done it. The beauty of August is free dining and that really makes it feel doable to just "add" him to the trip.

I know MIL is very worried about the hospital bill as well, when her husband had the same thing the bill was 100K which of course Doug doesn't have either (who does!). So it will be an interesting time. It just really brings home the insurance issue for us, we have never been touched this personally by it and it is scary to see just how quickly one can be destroyed financially, it breaks my heart. And of course all of us have insurance so despite being research hounds, really have no idea of where to go for help for him though I'm sure it exists.

mickeysmyboy
09-15-2009, 01:14 PM
All I can is WOW! Your are so right! There are so many things that we get caught up in on a daily basis that don't really matter. I try hard everyday to remember what really does matter so my kiddos will, perhaps, gain an understanding of that and not focus too much on nonsense. But all to often the chaos of a family of 5 with 5 different things to do gets in the way.

I also love your introductions!! I love the pictures of you and your DH with the mountains behind you :cloud9: One day I will see mountains like that in person and not just in pictures and on TV ;)

I love your wedding pictures!! You looks soooo beautiful and soooo happy!!

My DH is an engineer as well! I think its so cool that your DH is building a plane! How awesome is that?!

Anyway, I'll stop babbling now! Can't wait to read more!

cascarlet
09-15-2009, 01:41 PM
Thanks for sharing your beautiful family!! Love the wedding pictures, what a lovely couple you are.

In his spare time, not that he has much, he is building a plane in the garage. This made me LOL for some reason!! :rotfl:

eandesmom
09-15-2009, 02:20 PM
Awww...I couldn't ask for a better reception!


and well deserved :)

all to often the chaos of a family of 5 with 5 different things to do gets in the way.

I know that SOOOO well! It is hard!


I also love your introductions!! I love the pictures of you and your DH with the mountains behind you :cloud9: One day I will see mountains like that in person and not just in pictures and on TV ;)

I love your wedding pictures!! You looks soooo beautiful and soooo happy!!

My DH is an engineer as well! I think its so cool that your DH is building a plane! How awesome is that?!

Anyway, I'll stop babbling now! Can't wait to read more!

Thanks! Those pictures are from one of our all time favorite hikes and even though they aren't super recent, they are one of my favorites. Just one of those magical days. One of those "moments" I'm trying to focus on. And it was a HARD hike and we earned that view! Come to the great NW, we've got lots of those mountains. I'll tell you, it was something else seeing them from a tiny plane last week, I got some amazing pictures! DH calls it God's country, and it is! I truly can't imagine living anywhere else, the midwest was hard for me, I missed my mountains and my sea.

That was a happy day, it's nice that it shows in the pictures! The plane is pretty cool I must admit. I only get nervous when it hits me that it makes me the navigator, NOT my strong suit! Thankfully it will have GPS lol. I also apparently have to do something with fabric...melting it on? And of course the logo and paint design, now that part I can handle!

Thanks for sharing your beautiful family!! Love the wedding pictures, what a lovely couple you are.

This made me LOL for some reason!! :rotfl:

Thanks!

LOL! The building a plane in the garage makes many people smile. And then shake their head like he/we are crazy. A big disclaimer here. He is building it on HIS side of the garage. That's the deal. No infringement or encroachment. Once that happens it moves! Of course that will take a while, it'll fit until it is time to put the wings on.

MainStMandy
09-15-2009, 02:21 PM
Loving your report! I am definitely in!!:woohoo:

eandesmom
09-15-2009, 02:40 PM
Loving your report! I am definitely in!!:woohoo:

Welcome! I just started poking through your PJ and while reading, realized I left something out of mine.

DH and I met online :)

god bless the internet.

ok back to yours, loving it so far!

mickeysmyboy
09-15-2009, 04:08 PM
! DH calls it God's country, and it is! I truly can't imagine living anywhere else, the midwest was hard for me, I missed my mountains and my sea.

It's funny you say that because my DH calls where we live God's country!

We live at the very eastern end of Long Island, NY. Summer can be a nightmare because of "summer people" but other then that it's still very peaceful and somewhat unspoiled! We have so many beautiful beaches, wonderful farms and vineyards etc! No mountains though!! LOL!!

My parents live in the Poconos in PA and lived for awhile actually on a mountain in the Catskills in NY but I want some mountains like in your pictures with snowcapped peaks etc. The Catskills and Poconos don't really have that! It's more kinda rolling hill, but big hills.

I forgot to add before that your more then welcome to my blinkie!! I'll even make you a new one! I'm contemplating the Disign board. The thing is, I know it's terribly addictive!!!

MainStMandy
09-15-2009, 04:25 PM
Welcome! I just started poking through your PJ and while reading, realized I left something out of mine.

DH and I met online :)

god bless the internet.

ok back to yours, loving it so far!

Love it! I love people who can stand up and say...we met online and WHO CARES!:rotfl:

You guys are going to have a blast! Can't wait to read about it!

Lady Lallie
09-15-2009, 05:01 PM
I'm joining in! You are so right, life is too short!

I also met my DH online. :lovestruc

My dad had a heart attack in 2005 at the age of 48. Luckily he was already in the ER when it happened as he had been having chest pains and he recovered quickly with some lifestyle changes. I know how scary it can be. I am so glad everything is working out with your BIL. :hug:

eandesmom
09-15-2009, 05:28 PM
It's funny you say that because my DH calls where we live God's country!

We live at the very eastern end of Long Island, NY. Summer can be a nightmare because of "summer people" but other then that it's still very peaceful and somewhat unspoiled! We have so many beautiful beaches, wonderful farms and vineyards etc! No mountains though!! LOL!!

My parents live in the Poconos in PA and lived for awhile actually on a mountain in the Catskills in NY but I want some mountains like in your pictures with snowcapped peaks etc. The Catskills and Poconos don't really have that! It's more kinda rolling hill, but big hills.

I forgot to add before that your more then welcome to my blinkie!! I'll even make you a new one! I'm contemplating the Disign board. The thing is, I know it's terribly addictive!!!

I'd love to see that part of NY, I've only been to Manhattan and there is SO much to see in NY. Rolling hills are gorgeous in their own way but you are right, they are hills. When I lived in Chicago we'd go east to ski and then complain that they weren't "real" mountains. The ice on the slopes probably bugged me more but still, it's a very different but equally beautiful, landscape. You should DISign! I love your blinkie! (even if it feels like I am writing "binkie"! ):rotfl:

Love it! I love people who can stand up and say...we met online and WHO CARES!:rotfl:

You guys are going to have a blast! Can't wait to read about it!

Oh it's a wonderful thing, online dating. I would NEVER have found Jeff otherwise and we were living parallel lives, just 15 minutes away from each other but far enough to have never, ever, met otherwise. My brother just got remarried as well and was mortified to tell people they'd met online. Apparently he never knew about Jeff and I. And what was even funnier is my parents were giving him a hard time until I reminded them about Jeff and I. They'd forgotten about it as well!

It is so not a secret! We are actually proud of it. And Jeff, the poor guy, dated about 50 women online over the 3 years before he met me so the great thing for me is I never have to worry about him thinking he can find someone better! I lucked out and found him almost right away. Operative words being I found him. Only time in my life where I made the first move.

I'm joining in! You are so right, life is too short!

I also met my DH online. :lovestruc

My dad had a heart attack in 2005 at the age of 48. Luckily he was already in the ER when it happened as he had been having chest pains and he recovered quickly with some lifestyle changes. I know how scary it can be. I am so glad everything is working out with your BIL. :hug:

Yay and welcome LL! I'll have to get some light fictures into my PTR :)

Wow your dad is young! I can relate. My dad had his first heart attack at about 58 I think and he's had to make major changes but is still going strong and 13 years and 10 (I think) stents later!

At 43 though it through us for a loop. It's something Jeff worries about already for himself and this about put him over the edge. I'm so grateful he already had a physical scheduled this week for his flight certification!

eandesmom
09-15-2009, 06:19 PM
So we’ve had trips as kids, trips without kids and that brings us to this phase of our lives….trips WITH kids!

I love seeing Disney through my kids. I love seeing how it changes as they age. I must say, I love traveling with them to Disney, more and more as they age. I’ll go back and talk about our past trips but here is what they’ve done so far!

DL and Universal CA 2001. Evan and Eric. Eric was an absolute nightmare much of the trip. Of course so was my ex. Not sure who fed off of whom but all I do know is that taking a 13 month old to Disney is forever NOT on my list of things to do! :confused3

WDW, Kennedy Space Center and Universal Islands of Adventure 2004. Evan and Eric and their star gazing cousins. First trip to the world and they were rockstars! They don’t remember much of the trip though, which is sad. We do. It did start them down the thrill junkie path although at the time they were a bit traumatized by TOT. Yes, we were THOSE parents. Eric was 4. It was not pretty. :scared1: Clearly, he’s gotten over it.

DL and Unversal CA 2004. Kendall and Taylor, with Jeff. They couldn’t make the WDW trip for a variety of reasons, Jeff and I were not yet married and their mom was even less flexible than she is now. So Jeff wanted to make it up to them and took them to DL for spring break that year. It was a bit of a soggy disaster and at that point K&T were about as far away from thrill junkies as you could get.

WDW 2008. All 4 kids! This was our make up trip. We tried to plan it for a couple years, really wanting to go over thanksgiving as with 4 kids at 4 different schools, schedule coordination is hard! But it never worked, for a variety of reasons and thanks to the magic of soccer schedules, mid winter break became a valid option and we braved the crowds to bring K&T with us. There was no WAY we were going back again without all 4 kids!

So we did!
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Those crazy kids....

Eric. 9
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Eric is in third grade in what we call a “highly capable” program. It is a self contained school for gifted students located in one of our districts elementary schools. It pulls from 4 schools, including our home school and has about 100 kids in it, grades 2-6. They mainstream with the rest of the school (about 400 kids) for PE and Music and some field trips. It is an amazing program and is by far, the best thing we ever did for Eric. I believe each child has their “thing” and school is Eric’s. He has just blossomed there.

Eric is also involved in cub scouts, which he loves, plays soccer ,(ok, skips lol), loves Playmobil, is a voracious reader and can entertain himself for hours doing almost nothing. He does tend to live in his own world much of the time which can cause the occasional problem, like him wandering off with strangers. At 9, not something I thought we’d still be worrying about but he is one deliberately naÔve little boy. He inherently believes everyone is good and turns a blind eye to anything different. He will talk the ear off of anyone who will listen. He is one happy, content little boy and I often wish I could live in Eric’s world, it such a nice place! He wants to be a mad scientist and inventor when he grows up and much of his chatter revolves around his invention ideas. He is a thrill junkie.

Favorite Ride: EE (followed by TOT!)
Favorite Park: MK
Favorite Disney Dining: Teppan Edo
Must do for the next trip: HOP. It was closed during our trip, much to his disappointment.


Evan. 10
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Evan is ALL boy. If it involves bodily functions, harebrained construction, or anything that seems ridiculously dangerous he finds it 1) hysterical and 2) irresistible. He has a great sense of humor and an unlimited amounts of energy. He is a black belt in TaeKwonDo, currently working on his 1st degree international (having received his 1st degree national this past June). He is obsessed with baseball and currently wants to be a major league player when he grows up. He is going to have to get a LOT better for that to happen but we just love how much he loves the game, even if he isn’t all that good! He is all about sleepovers, pranks, music and…fashion. He has always been a dapper Dan and that trend seems to be continuing. He is currently obsessed with shoes. He is starting to become a great helper around the house. Our youngest member of the family, Melvin (the cat) is his pride and joy. And responsibility. He does ok with it so far. Not great, not horrible, but ok.


Favorite Ride: RRC. I think. It may be tied with EE
Favorite Park: MK
Favorite Disney Dining: Teppan Edo
Must do for the next trip: Main street barber. He is also pushing for Blizzard Beach but I think he's going to have to miss out on that. We have other plans!


Kendall. 13

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Kendall is our soccer player and much of the drama with scheduling in our house revolves around soccer. But it’s worth it. She is worth it. She plays select soccer and then for our state ODP team and it’s a pretty year round venture. While we are doing our best to schedule this so she can go, it's a wildcard and will be until late spring. She may have to make a tough choice. I hope not but....we have to do our best, hope for the best and then deal with whatever comes. As a result (soccer) I'm very short on summer pictures of her that aren't of her on the field!

She also manages to do most of her 8th grade middle school sports, softball, basketball and volleyball and maintain a straight a average. If she wasn’t mine, I might have to hate her! All that pretty blond hair doesn’t hurt either! She has the normal tween drama going on, we get some silent treatments, some stomping and a lot of “I don’t know’s”. She loves anything to do with Vampires and I enjoy reading all the crazy trashy teen books with her. I wish they didn’t drink in those books (among other things!) but then remind myself I was reading Rumble Fish at her age and turned out just fine. I sure as heck wouldn’t have wanted my mom to read those books so the fact that she can share them with me, and her mom, is truly a blessing. I get to do girl things with her, which is pretty sweet for both of us. Pedicures, chick flicks, shopping. Being a bonus mom rocks. Another voracious reader she wants to be a writer when she grows up.


Favorite Ride: Dinosaur!
Favorite Park: MK
Favorite Disney Dining: Teppan Edo
Must do for the next trip: Goofy’s


Taylor. 16
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Taylor is our budding rock star. Or at least he hopes to be. He is actually on the verge of joining a band so we will see how that goes. His dream is to go to Berklee School of Music, in Boston. He is starting running start this year as a high school Junior, and we have mixed feelings about it. He is doing it so he can take music theory among other things but I am saddened he is checking out of the high school experience. Thanks to soccer, we got to spend a LOT of time with Taylor this summer which was incredibly cool. It is exciting to see him really come into his own. He was our biggest fear for the Feb trip, that he’d be bored, think things were dumb, etc. He had a blast! On the first night of that trip he bought a Mexico Mickey head pin, in Epcot and it still lives on his jacket. He is one very cool kid, I got extremely lucky in the skid department!


Favorite Ride: RRC
Favorite Park: MK
Favorite Disney Dining: Teppan Edo
Must do for the next trip: Probably the Petty driving experience, if he could drive it.


We do have two other members of the family who will not be joining us but they will likely make appearances from time to time.

Hank. 11
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I’ve had Hank since I was pregnant with Evan so in truth, he is my first child
As you can see, he makes himself at home. In the picture and then on my computer!
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Melvin. 2
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Evan’s cat (and 10th birthday present)
They fight like brothers. And love like brothers. It’s pretty cool. They are both extremely cool cats with tons of personality, more dog than cat. They meet you at the door, follow you around, lay on top of the computer and, if you are Melvin, run around like a crazy person for no apparent reason. He is crazy. But so was Hank at the same age!

Up next...Meet the In-laws! (http://disboards.com/showthread.php?p=33598897#post33598897)

MainStMandy
09-15-2009, 07:47 PM
Awww...your family is beautiful!! Eric and I can't wait to start one. I think I feel like you do. Going to the "world" with kids is going to be WAY different, in a good way!

Lady Lallie
09-15-2009, 08:43 PM
Awww, the kids are all adorable!

My cousin goes to Berklee! I think he graduates either this spring or the following December. It is one great school for music.

I love the furry members of the family too. My Sully kitty LOVES to drape himself across my keyboard. I wake up in the mornings and everything is pushed off my desk!

eandesmom
09-15-2009, 08:51 PM
Awww...your family is beautiful!! Eric and I can't wait to start one. I think I feel like you do. Going to the "world" with kids is going to be WAY different, in a good way!

Thanks! I like them :) It's all good! I think the most important thing is going with someone, or someones that are open to the magic. A couples trip can be so incredible and there are so many things I'd love to do with just DH it could absolutely be it's own trip! And may well be when the kids are older.

Awww, the kids are all adorable!

My cousin goes to Berklee! I think he graduates either this spring or the following December. It is one great school for music.

I love the furry members of the family too. My Sully kitty LOVES to drape himself across my keyboard. I wake up in the mornings and everything is pushed off my desk!

Are you serious? Oh boy, I would LOVE any insight he has. Poor T just has never really found that "mentor" that I think would make all the difference in pointing him in the right way to achieve his goal. He is incredibly talented but we really worry he is being too narrow in his focus. There are an awful lot of great guitar players!

Jeff would be SO mad if he found that in the am. Hank will come up and knock stuff off of Jeff's side (we share an architect style desk that is 2 sided) when he wants my attention and it drives Jeff crazy! Then Melvin sleeps in his chair and gets that white hair everywhere!

And I confess.

I let them get away with it for the most part!

Lady Lallie
09-15-2009, 08:57 PM
Are you serious? Oh boy, I would LOVE any insight he has. Poor T just has never really found that "mentor" that I think would make all the difference in pointing him in the right way to achieve his goal. He is incredibly talented but we really worry he is being too narrow in his focus. There are an awful lot of great guitar players!

Jeff would be SO mad if he found that in the am. Hank will come up and knock stuff off of Jeff's side (we share an architect style desk that is 2 sided) when he wants my attention and it drives Jeff crazy! Then Melvin sleeps in his chair and gets that white hair everywhere!

And I confess.

I let them get away with it for the most part!
My cousin I know started with taking only 1 or 2 classes, he wasn't considered a "full time" student or however they term it but he wanted to go there so badly that he took what he could. He's now considered a full out student, he even went to Greece to study for a semester. He's always been very involved in any type of music he can. I know he plays in a very heavy metal band but his solo music is very different from that. My brother went to school for audio engineering so they work together in making albums.

I totally let my cats get away with everything. They are my babies! :rotfl:

KathyRN137
09-15-2009, 09:40 PM
Hi Cynthia!!

You know that I'll be along for this ride! :thumbsup2 Your family is beautiful... and so was your opening post.

My dad is having heart surgery next month and of course, we're all worried about him. Both his parents had already died from heart attacks by the time they were his age. I understand how worried you are about DBIL... how absolutely awful it must be to have to cope with hospital bills when you don't have insurance. :sad2:

A magical trip to the World would be "just what the doctor ordered" (if we were the doctors!!)

I'm looking forward to reading about all your planning...


Kathy

cjackearl
09-15-2009, 10:32 PM
Found you! I'll catch up on what I'm sure is an awesomely insightful and well written introduction when I can keep my eyes open.:goodvibes

eandesmom
09-16-2009, 12:13 AM
My cousin I know started with taking only 1 or 2 classes, he wasn't considered a "full time" student or however they term it but he wanted to go there so badly that he took what he could. He's now considered a full out student, he even went to Greece to study for a semester. He's always been very involved in any type of music he can. I know he plays in a very heavy metal band but his solo music is very different from that. My brother went to school for audio engineering so they work together in making albums.

I totally let my cats get away with everything. They are my babies! :rotfl:

Oh that is great information! Thank you so much!!!!

I'd love to hear how he was able do that! DH asked me to ask for more info lol! It sounds like he had plenty of will and found a way to make it happen, very encouraging.

Hi Cynthia!!

You know that I'll be along for this ride! :thumbsup2 Your family is beautiful... and so was your opening post.

My dad is having heart surgery next month and of course, we're all worried about him. Both his parents had already died from heart attacks by the time they were his age. I understand how worried you are about DBIL... how absolutely awful it must be to have to cope with hospital bills when you don't have insurance. :sad2:

A magical trip to the World would be "just what the doctor ordered" (if we were the doctors!!)

I'm looking forward to reading about all your planning...


Kathy

Yay! Kathy! Welcome :goodvibes

I know, I spent tonight looking up medications, bleh! Right now it looks like about $300 out of pocket a month. Which frankly Jeff and I were expecting a lot worse and we are hopeful that we can find some of it cheaper and find him some resouces. No word on the hospital bill yet but he did get to go home today and has a follow up with a cardiologist in 6 weeks. Turns out he has a kink in one of his arteries which likely contributed to the problem. Of course now Jeff wants to make sure that HE doesn't have a kink. And is convinced I'm not cooking healthy enough.

And then asked for me to add cheese to the pasta and poured himself a glass of wine.:confused3

I can relate to your situation, having seen my dad through it for gosh, 12 years now? Wow. It's funny, at times we actually completely forget about it. Until thanksgiving when he pulls out his tofurky :rotfl: What is your dad having done? It's great that he is on top of it, I know my GGP died from heart disease quite young as well, but the reality is they just didn't check and know things like we do now so I don't think there is quite the cause for panic that may have been in the past IF you are aware of your genetics and get things checked appropriately. I know I had a major cholesterol scare myself about 7 years ago and it really made a difference in my life, my diet forever changed, for the better. It is so easy to think it can't happen to you, I was 36, relatively fit (I thought) and had a decent diet (I thought). I was floored when I got my results but wow, they really were a blessing.

Found you! I'll catch up on what I'm sure is an awesomely insightful and well written introduction when I can keep my eyes open.:goodvibes

Hi Christine! Welcome!!! So glad you found me :goodvibes Oh my, I'm not sure my intro can possibly live up to all that but gosh, thanks!

eandesmom
09-16-2009, 12:27 AM
All right, I KNOW it's not Disney but it is one of those contributing factors for this trip.

Just in case you haven't seen this....

Harry Potter
(http://www.wdwinfo.com/universal/parkinfo/Harry-Potter.htm)

I :love: Harry.

I figure no matter how fuzzy your math is, spring 2010 is NOT late august! lol. I hope. That gives them up to 2 months for delays, right? I am excited about the dueling dragons, it was a huge favorite in our 04 trip. Picture 12 adults, splitting in half. Racing to duel to see which group finished first, yelling at the other dragon's coaster as it went by.

Actually there may have been more than 12 of us racing but someone had to have been watching all those kids!

Good memories.

And on a completely unrelated note....my washer is fixed! Oh my goodness, I may never get caught up but oh what a sweet sound it makes.

eandesmom
09-16-2009, 11:35 AM
I have a funny life. I actually have THREE sets of in-laws and am lucky enough to really love and enjoy them all. This set is DHís mom Sandie, her husband Paul and then, as already mentioned, his baby brother Doug! Because there are so many in laws it is easier to do first names, Step FIL just sounds weird!

Here we all are, last summer, in front of their townhouse in Denver with their FABULOUS dog, Brady! Doug may have been taking the picture? I think not, if memory serves he just met us later that day.

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And the two of them, I love this picture
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Sandie.

I LOVE this woman. She just ďgetsĒ me. We have a ton in common and a lot of fun together. My only issue with Sandie has been a bit of the history between she and her ex, my FIL. She drug Jeff into it more than Iíd like (when he was a child) and it has definitely influenced his relationship with his Dad. Which is neither here nor there EXCEPT for the fact that with Dougís situation, there is more interaction and poor Jeff is in the middle. I donít know what is true, not true, Iíve heard different versions and frankly donít care. I just think kids donít really need to know that, or at least not in detail. Itís a hard thing and a fine line and I may change my tune as the Eís age. Evan in particular is starting to ask some questions and I donít believe in lying so at what point is it badmouthing and at what point is it simply being honest?

Hmmn. At any rate my dearest MIL is a very savvy and stylish woman. She ran her own business for years and recently retired. She just went back to work part time at a florist. Thatís my dream retirement job, how fun! We love to do girly things together, swap recipes and just donít get to see each other nearly enough. So when we do it usually involves too much wine but oh do we have fun! She sends me girly presents for no good reason and I have to admit, itís nice to be spoiled! She just sent me an apron that I kid you not, is a cross between Donna ReedÖand Anthropologie. I LOVE Anthropologie. It is the cutest thing ever and while I cook, a lot, Iíve never been an apron wearer. I smile every time I put it on, thinking of her. Someday Iíll wear my pearls with it. Just because I can.

Sandie, like most grandparents, does not feel like she gets to see the grandchildren enough and is always a bit down about the fact that they arenít closer to her, Kendall in particular. She does take it a little personally when really Kendall is just beingÖthirteen. Sheís been trying to figure out a time to come see us, the last visit was in April and it was just her, her husband had a conflict. Originally she wanted to come for Kendallís birthday. That didnít work, Kendall was on vacation with a friend. Then she wanted to come for thanksgiving. That doesnít work, Kendall has a tournament in San Diego. Christmas is an option but Sandie has commitments in her beloved home of Denver (and Paul, with his job is always busy then, even though he is retired he is in demand!) not to mention the fact that they have a very active social live and love to entertain and soÖ it doesnít work well for her. With 5 schools to contend with, there are no common dates off until summer so weíd been discussing this as an idea since we returned from our last trip. The combination of Doug, and no other good times to actually see the kids pushed up the need to get this on the schedule and start planning. We ALL need it to look forward to. She will take it VERY hard if Kendall canít go. There isnít a lot we can do about it so hopefully she can roll with whatever happens, when it happens.

SANDIE HAS NEVER BEEN TO DISNEY WORLD!

When we came home from our February trip, Sandie visited us not all that long after, over Spring Break (the ONE year all 4 kids had it at the same time). We discussed how great it would be to go together and plotted to go for Food and Wine in 2010, during free dining, combining the best of all worlds and everyone interests. This was (gasp) pre-awareness of the existence of the Treehouse and all plots involved a certain Beach Club and the mythical Storm Along Bay. As you can see dates and more have changed since then but Iím getting ahead of myself.

I learned something very interesting during these discussions. Her DH, Paul, is a DISNEY FREAK! And she knew heíd be all over our ideas!

She does take a VERY long time to get ready in the morning, I do not expect her to be a morning rope drop person! Not that we have ever been either...

Paul.

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In his element, at our wedding. He was SO sick during this, it was awful!
Paul and Sandie married about 9 years ago. Oh the pictures of Kendall are amazing, apparently the wedding started late as it was all spent curling her hair. He is an Episcopalian priest who married Jeff and I.

And both of them, with the grandkids in 07. I love this picture!
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Heís retired but I swear, is always working! He is a jazz musician (plays in a band) , a golf player and an all around great guy. Extremely intelligent, well read, and FUNNY! We like Paul a lot. The Eís love Paul. Evan in particular. Paul does have some very significant hearing loss so that may be a challenge but thankfully he can hear higher pitched voices better so Iím fine! We havenít seen Paul in over a year, when we visited them as part of a huge road trip across America. Paul and Sandie (and Doug) did come out to visit us for Christmas in 07. While it was a good trip, I have a huge family and I think they felt a little lost in it and Paul in particular felt like he was imposing. Iím not sure how much of it was my family who admittedly can be overwhelming (just ask Jeff) and how much of it was the fact that they are both used to being the host and hostess. Of course he wasnít imposing at all and my family really liked him but he is definitely more comfortable on his own turf. Weíve only had one night of vacation ďawayĒ with them and in separate hotel rooms and only really together for meals so I donít have a good feel for what he will be like to travel with. I do know that he and Sandie travel quite a bit, and have a great time. I think that he will be more relaxed in ďneutralĒ territory. We shall see. Iím excited to learn how much of a Disney freak he really is!

Paul has some issues with Doug. He has even more issues with Dougís girlfriend. It will be interesting to see how that plays out. He cares about Doug but Doug does have some self destructive behaviors and I think Paul worries that Sandie does too much bailing out of Doug. Which I canít say I disagree with although Iíd never say it out loud! All that said, this may be a wake up call in more ways than one.

Doug.

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This is from our one "trip" together, we all went to Keystone for 2 days and it was really Doug that created the monster snowboarder Taylor is now. Altough at the time, he was not. I vividly recall the three of us (Doug, Jeff and I) strategically placed on the run so that T would make the correct turns and we wouldn't get separated. It's funny now!

And, the brothers
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Itís funny, though not really. I feel like I barely know my only brother in law. That makes me very very sad. Iím incredibly close to my siblings (as the oldest of 6, I have a lot of them) and it makes me sad that Jeff doesnít have that. Growing up I think they had some hard times after their folks split up and I know that Sandie worked a lot and the boys were alone a lot in their teens in particular. From what I gather Doug fell in with a less than ideal crowd, or one individual in particular and took off in HS. He didnít graduate and kind of dropped off the face of the earth for a while. No one really knows what went on during this time. Eventually he resurfaced, rebuilt a relationship with his mom and Jeff. He really hasnít rebuilt one with his Dad. He is a general contractor and does AMAZING work. Unfortunately while he prefers to work for himself, he isnít the greatest at managing the business end of things and has been struggling for some time to make ends meet. So, as you might imagine, this news and the financial impact of it is scary. The good news, if there is some (and there always is, I am a silver lining kind of gal) is that he sold his house a couple years back as he couldnít make his mortgage. So from a dept standpoint, other than his business, heís not in horrible shape and if he had to go stay with someone and give up the house he rents, he could.

What I do know about Doug is that he loves hockey, used to play quite a bit but Iím not sure if he still does. He is also an avid snowboarder (again, not sure if he still goes up) and likes things like Nascar and Monster truck races and well, some other bar type activities that we might not go to lol. He is also quite a gamer. Xbox, Playstation all that stuff. He is a good guy but in general has very very different interests than Jeff. Doug is not married and does not have any kids. He was singleÖ.until relatively recently. To our knowledge he has never dated anyone seriously until now.

Iíve probably spent a total of 2 weeks, tops, with Doug over the years and typically it is with the larger group so it isnít like Iím spending a ton of time with him. We did have some nice alone time with him when they were out for Christmas in 07 and it really helped me understand the family dynamics better. I also feel like he and I grew closer, which while it isnít saying much, is something! He actually told me about his girlfriend (the fact that he had one) before anyone! No clue on his feelings about Disney truth be told other than Iíve been told he likes the plan. We did spend a day together at Elitch Gardens, he and Laura ditched us for much of the day to ride on rides that for whatever reason we didn't want to do (I cannot for the life of me recall but suspect it had a lot to do with T&K's pre-disney thrill ride wimpiness, something Jeff and I are very happy is over!). It also well could have been that the E's didn't meet the height requirements. I don't really remember, my MIL was too busy freaking out and I was talking her off a ledge.

CueÖLaura.

Laura.

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This is the only picture I have of her and it's a side shot! This is from Elitch Gardens last summer so we do know she likes rides. Whoo hoo!

Laura is Dougís first long term girlfriend according to both Sandie and Jeff. Theyíve been together about a year and a half now. It doesnít appear any more, or less, serious than it did then. She has 2 children but does not have custody and does not seem to see them. We donít ask too many questions. Weíve only met her once, last summer on the big road trip. It was also the first time Sandie and Paul had met her, Doug used our visit to deflect, which was probably smart! She is super nice and sweet and really made an effort to talk to all the kids when we met her which was great. She seems to be a very genuine person and I know works really hard. From what little I can tell, she has a heart of gold. She does like to do the same kinds of things that Doug does. Which, while great for Doug, does concern his mom.
From our perspective we are just happy he has someone who seems to make him happy and we see true genuine affection there. But. Isnít there always a but? If Jeff and Doug are very different, well Laura and Sandie are polar opposites. It is fine for a dinner or something like that but extended conversation is..hard. There just isnít much to talk about and it is awkward. It stresses Sandie out to no end. It is hard to watch, and I see her struggle. I petered out halfway through a really long ride line, just ran out of small talk!

As much as Sandie is happy that Doug is happy, she really wants him to be with someone she can hang out with and enjoy since he lives so much closer to him and she sees him all the time. But that just isnít the case and so she worries she will become less close to Doug. As time has gone by Doug and Laura seem to do their own thing and she isnít around Sandie and Paul too much and it has settled into a bit of a pattern that everyone seems comfortable with. At the hospital it sounds like she visited but they didnít really cross paths. And so the Laura factor will be interesting. I donít know if Doug will want her to go. I donít know if she will want to go. Who knows where they will be at 11 months from now. Whatever happens is fine with me. But it will be interesting. Hopefully drama free but these things rarely are.

If Laura does go, and Kendall can really go, well then we wonít fit in a treehouse. And it is what it is. Iím far more concerned about the who, and the why, than the where (we stay). Yes, the where is important but at the end of the day, not really as long as we are together.

So there we have it. A motley crew complete with the usual family dynamics and minefields but one motivated to be together, to try to experience something special together.

Moments.
Next...A year ago (http://disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2284534&page=3)

MainStMandy
09-16-2009, 12:16 PM
I'm really enjoying your TR. I love your writing style. I am also not close with my soon to be BIL. I see them on holidays but we have never been to their home, nor have they been to our new apartment. We brought the nieces and nephews gifts home from our last WDW trip and we still haven't heard a thank you...or even acknowledgement. I totally get where you are coming from as I am very close with my brother.

All7OfUs
09-16-2009, 12:50 PM
Hi Cynthia!

Finally made it through, and I must say your introductions are quite detailed, putting mine to the kind of shame one feels when just taken a glug out of the milk carton and gets caught!!

Seems like every family has its minefields and funky dynamics. I'm 42, and just now learning more of the deeper family dirt! Odd how parents can sorta just keep it hidden like something moldy and oozing the back of the fridge you pray won't be found by your MIL when she comes to visit.

Anyway, your family is looks like a great one! I love your detailed descriptions of each one-and it's so very obvious you love them to pieces!

Looking forward to more...

Liesa

eandesmom
09-16-2009, 02:27 PM
I'm really enjoying your TR. I love your writing style. I am also not close with my soon to be BIL. I see them on holidays but we have never been to their home, nor have they been to our new apartment. We brought the nieces and nephews gifts home from our last WDW trip and we still haven't heard a thank you...or even acknowledgement. I totally get where you are coming from as I am very close with my brother.

Thank you! That is so sweet :goodvibes
Ah...thank you's. Acknowldegment. Two things that go a very very long way and are rarely used by many.

That reminds me that Eric and Kendall both need to write their birthday thank you's, starting tonight! Thanks for the nudge. Sadly it is not common for kids to write them anymore, my kids can't stand it but they will thank me one day as it will be ingrained in them. I am grateful my folks made me do it. Nothing takes the place of a handwritten note! Especially if it is on cute personalized note cards. Yes, I use my kids to feed my obsession with cute and clever correspondence. It never hurts to take a post mortem and ask if the kids liked the items, sometimes that spurs a response! I know my MIL was upset that Kendall hadn't thanked her for some makeup she sent. I didn't even know she'd sent it so couldn't nag Kendall, Jeff seems to think Kendall should just call her grandma (which isn't going to happen) and Sandie was too busy being hurt to call K. Ugh.

Had I known I could have nagged and there would have been a written note but gosh, you can't force a phone relationship with a 13 year old!

You know, I'll take "not close" over high maintenance and difficult any day. I had one of those once, a exSIL who shall not be named. Oh that woman did a number on my wedding. And yet she is STILL mad at me about something else even though we haven't been "related" in 8 years! That's another scary in law story but I'll spare you.

Not close and just "different" is fine with me!

There is a reason I still consider my exMIL an in-law, she doesn't want me to leave her with just exSIL as her only daughter in law. And besides, she is the grandmother of my E's! I know how hard it can be, harder I think when there are kids involved. All you can do is your best, and keep trying. You never know, once you guys have kids things could change, or they might not. Is your DF close to his brother? If so then eventually you probably will be too but if not, that's just their dynamic I guess.

Families are like marriages. Work! But always worth it, even if it doesn't seem like it at the time. I think it's too important to just grow farther and farther apart though inaction, although it's much easier that's for sure!

That said. I know my family is rare. We are a clan to be sure. I can't wait to plan another WDW giant trip with them one of these days. It was SUCH a great trip! Blew away the DL trip we did 2 years prior to that. SO much fun!!! I hope to have a girls only trip over the next couple of years, either during F&W or Flower and Garden.

But it is hard on the spouses/fiances. My new BIL to be is still a bit gun shy and freaked out by all of us but I think he will come around. Somehow we all always seem to pick a spouse that only has one sibling and a small extended family. But oh do we have fun! I am very very blessed. So excited to go look at wedding venues with my little sis (and middle sis) later today! btw I updated my bio pics (had to do some photobucket re-orging and broke my links) and you can see my wrap if you want lol.

Hi Cynthia!

Finally made it through, and I must say your introductions are quite detailed, putting mine to the kind of shame one feels when just taken a glug out of the milk carton and gets caught!!

Seems like every family has its minefields and funky dynamics. I'm 42, and just now learning more of the deeper family dirt! Odd how parents can sorta just keep it hidden like something moldy and oozing the back of the fridge you pray won't be found by your MIL when she comes to visit.

Anyway, your family is looks like a great one! I love your detailed descriptions of each one-and it's so very obvious you love them to pieces!

Looking forward to more...

Liesa

Hi Liesa! first of all....
:welcome:

I'm probably oversharing lol! Considering I did virtually NO introductions on my last PTR and TR I'm compensating. And I really enjoy reading others histories and figured with 11 months...I need something to talk about :)

I LOVE your PTR, don't change a thing.

Better to just get caught drinking out of the jug, then dribbling it all down your front which is usually my style!

And truth be told, it's a lot simpler when it is just your immediate family. You know that dirt and those dynamics like the back of your hand and have years of training of how to deal with it. Or ignore it. Or laugh at it. With inlaws, there is a learning curve!

There are still agendas to be sure but you are the main stakeholder. In a trip like this, we've got a lot of influencing factors which may well equal drama and changes. So I figure better to lay it out up front, so everyone can talk me off a ledge if and when it happens!! I may have great intentions on focusing on moments...on breathing in the pretty colors and breathing out the bad but...I am human. But I do love them to pieces!

KathyRN137
09-16-2009, 03:51 PM
Hey, its not oversharing... its important to know the backstory when you've got a grand gathering on your hands! :goodvibes


Kathy

Sandy321
09-16-2009, 04:38 PM
Hi Cynthia :wave:

I followed you over from another thread - your title is very eye catching!!

I know I talk too much, and I share too much - if you read my pre trip report - I've changed it several times - reasons - TMI!! :rotfl2: then I'll read it and realize it doesnt make any sense whatsoever!!

So I enjoy you sharing the backstory!! :goodvibes It works for me!!

Chi-town hmmm - I love CHICAGO!!! I'm in a northwest suburb, and love to visit and Priceline hotels - its such a fun city and has such a special place in my heart!!

Life is short - dont sweat the small stuff... easier said than done - until you have one of those moments... How sweet that you went out on the blankets and looked at the stars!! THAT is a memory maker for all time for all of you!! :thumbsup2 Take time to smell the roses - AND look at the stars!! :wizard:

We have family..."issues" as well... and DH's father had severe heart disease, several heart surgeries (starting at 42) so my dh is a big believer in living in the moment... but those hospital bills - :scared1: Even if you might have insurance - the things they dont cover.... and then the premiums - if people had a better understanding of what companies paid out + their cut + what you have to pay OOP - I think (not that I know, I just was surprised when I got our hospital bill for my son!!) people would be more open to figure something else out!!!

:thumbsup2 Great start! Thanks for taking me along for the ride!! :wizard:

eandesmom
09-16-2009, 04:55 PM
Hey, its not oversharing... its important to know the backstory when you've got a grand gathering on your hands! :goodvibes
Kathy

Whew! Thanks :)

It's a fine line...the oversharing. I realized mid TR last time I didn't share enough at the beginning, I mean why would anyone be interested in our trip if they didn't feel like they knew us?

Hi Cynthia :wave:

I followed you over from another thread - your title is very eye catching!!

I know I talk too much, and I share too much - if you read my pre trip report - I've changed it several times - reasons - TMI!! :rotfl2: then I'll read it and realize it doesnt make any sense whatsoever!!

So I enjoy you sharing the backstory!! :goodvibes It works for me!!

Chi-town hmmm - I love CHICAGO!!! I'm in a northwest suburb, and love to visit and Priceline hotels - its such a fun city and has such a special place in my heart!!

Life is short - dont sweat the small stuff... easier said than done - until you have one of those moments... How sweet that you went out on the blankets and looked at the stars!! THAT is a memory maker for all time for all of you!! :thumbsup2 Take time to smell the roses - AND look at the stars!! :wizard:

We have family..."issues" as well... and DH's father had severe heart disease, several heart surgeries (starting at 42) so my dh is a big believer in living in the moment... but those hospital bills - :scared1: Even if you might have insurance - the things they dont cover.... and then the premiums - if people had a better understanding of what companies paid out + their cut + what you have to pay OOP - I think (not that I know, I just was surprised when I got our hospital bill for my son!!) people would be more open to figure something else out!!!

:thumbsup2 Great start! Thanks for taking me along for the ride!! :wizard:

first of all :welcome:

thanks on the title, oh the pressure of a good title!

Are you in a NW burb of Chicago? I used to live in the western burbs after about 4 years in the city. I love Chi town too but am glad to be living back "home". I'd love to go back for a weekend, preferably around blues fest! stay at the Monaco, dine at Frontera...sigh. Jeff and I went once several years ago (actually he tagged along on a business trip) and we had so much fun on a tandem bike, cruisin along the lake.

Jeff and I were just talking about the insurance thing the other day. It's crazy. One E cost 10K, the other E 4. Both had complications. Granted one was more than the other but still..a 6K difference? His big fear is our premiums going up as a result but boy something has to be done, it is just scary. And to your point, even with "good" insurance it can be mind boggling what isn't covered at all. Or barely covered. And wading through the billing codes to make your case...UGH!

Welcome welcome! I'll try to get by your PTR later today :)

Sandy321
09-16-2009, 05:52 PM
Cynthia -

Its a small world after all...

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c228/angelmum3/Home%20Pics/DSCN1588.jpg

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c228/angelmum3/Home%20Pics/DSCN1587.jpg

Thought I'd share DH's pictures of Mt Ranier in your trip report!!

(see how I was always hijacking trip reports?!!)

DS #2 just competed in the Chicago Triathlon - what a wonderful weekend!! The weather can be wonky - but its amazing this past summer!! NO oppressive heat waves - no humidity to speak of.... but today - it feels like Fall - a comfy 72 deg - nice breeze... its amazing!!

cjackearl
09-16-2009, 08:06 PM
I finally have the opportunity to reply properly!:yay: I adore your first post. You're right. Living in the moment is tough, but so satisfying. Its what makes up a contented life. We often talk about what's important in life being overshadowed by the "tyranny of the urgent". All of those things, minutia, that require our attention RIGHT NOW, like the laundry and the carpools and the bills and, and, and and take us away from relationships and enjoying the life we're living. I'm glad your BIL is ok.:hug:

I LOVE Chicago also. We live about 3 hours away and visit regularly. Oh how we enjoy the museums and aquarium and, having girls, the American Girl store. Our favorite restaurant is Brasserie Jo. Heaven!:cloud9:

Your introductions were wonderful. Definitely not too much, its great to really get a feel for family dynamics on these trips.

Beautiful wedding pictures, lady. It sounds like you and DH have figured out how to cherish your couple time, which is something my DH and I are working our way back to.

eandesmom
09-16-2009, 11:44 PM
Cynthia -

Its a small world after all...

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c228/angelmum3/Home%20Pics/DSCN1588.jpg

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c228/angelmum3/Home%20Pics/DSCN1587.jpg

Thought I'd share DH's pictures of Mt Ranier in your trip report!!

(see how I was always hijacking trip reports?!!)

DS #2 just competed in the Chicago Triathlon - what a wonderful weekend!! The weather can be wonky - but its amazing this past summer!! NO oppressive heat waves - no humidity to speak of.... but today - it feels like Fall - a comfy 72 deg - nice breeze... its amazing!!

It is a small world. Isn't that a beautiful thing?

Chicago in the fall is fabulous, definitely my favorite season. I do NOT miss the humidity. I've camped and hiked at Rainer many a time but never actually climbed it...we shall see! Hijack away!! Beautiful pics, thanks for sharing.

I finally have the opportunity to reply properly!:yay: I adore your first post. You're right. Living in the moment is tough, but so satisfying. Its what makes up a contented life. We often talk about what's important in life being overshadowed by the "tyranny of the urgent". All of those things, minutia, that require our attention RIGHT NOW, like the laundry and the carpools and the bills and, and, and and take us away from relationships and enjoying the life we're living. I'm glad your BIL is ok.:hug:

I LOVE Chicago also. We live about 3 hours away and visit regularly. Oh how we enjoy the museums and aquarium and, having girls, the American Girl store. Our favorite restaurant is Brasserie Jo. Heaven!:cloud9:

Your introductions were wonderful. Definitely not too much, its great to really get a feel for family dynamics on these trips.

Beautiful wedding pictures, lady. It sounds like you and DH have figured out how to cherish your couple time, which is something my DH and I are working our way back to.

thank you thank you thank you! I can honestly say though I never made it to the American Girl store though I've certainly shopped there for my niece online! Kendall went through a VERY brief AG phase, I wish it would have been longer. Brasserie Jo = YUM!

Thank you for the couple compliments, we really try, it is far to important not to and so easy to lose sight of it. It is work but worth it.

eandesmom
09-17-2009, 10:13 AM
Isnít it amazing how time flies? I look at my children and barely notice the milestones until I step back and compare. Were did those chubby cheeks go? Where did my abs go? LOL.

So much has happened with my family over the past year itís just crazy if I start to list it all out. But this is about DISNEY. And so much has happened related to DISNEY in the past year itís just crazy if I start to list it all out!
Hmmn. A theme?

So check it out. One year ago today I was busy rescheduling our Disney trip, playing the resort hopper game. Ok maybe I missed it by about 4 days but it was around this time, exactly 46 days before the trip so the last day to make a change! Today , realizing that we actually pulled off a trip that had a lot going against it from the start, caused me to reflect on how we got there in the first place.

Faith.

Faith in things working out as they are meant to and faith in having goals, making plans and moving forward even if it seems like you shouldnít.
As most of you know, I was laid off in February of 2008. I took some time to hang out with the kids and write a book. All of a sudden I had a lot of extra time and it turned to Disney planning! And so, despite not having a job I booked a trip on faith. A trip Jeff and I both wanted to happen but knew was a long shot. We had just started our new vacation CDís for the year and they wouldnít pay out until Feb of the following year. What was our goal?

Well it started out asÖ

BWV, 7 nights over Thanksgiving. We figured we had a better chance of getting K&T for the week if it involved limited missing of school. We really didnít want to finance anything but knew we could put it on the Disney Visa and then the CDís would pay out before any interest was due so while not ideal, doable.

I had my heart set on BWV because weíd eaten dinner at the Big River Brewery and Grill on our last trip and had really loved the atmosphere of the Boardwalk. Despite the layoff, Iíd just gotten a huge bonus and then a very nice severance package and it seemed fitting to dedicate some of that to the trip and splurge more than we would normally do. Our previous trip, (which in retrospect was also a grand gathering, just an off-site one) had involved rental homes from All Star. The houses were GREAT and a perfect fit for that group butÖ.we had other ideas.

We had arrived one night before the rest of the clan due to flight times, work etc and b/c we wanted to head out to Cape Canaveral for the day before the clan descended. We booked one night at ASM. Iíll talk about that magical day later but suffice to say we were HOOKED on the idea of staying on property and there was no we weíd go back, with all 6 of us and NOT stay on property. And while there was nothing wrong with ASM, it also wasnít a place we could see staying a full week at.

We wanted to do it, and we wanted to do it right! All the way baby!

We hemmed and hawed for about 2 weeks and decided to take the plunge and book.

And BWV was GONE!

I was shocked, saddened, really really bummed out. But I rebounded and bookedÖ.OKW. I wasnít jazzed BUT it was Disney and I liked it better than SSR. Neither excited me truth be told butÖwith 6Önot a lot of options out there! All the other options were quite a bit pricier or so it seemed at the time. Peak season. Now that I look at it, WL and AKL seem to be not all that much more than OKW and SSR (and certainly far less than the Epcot resorts) but I just didnít have my info down, nor had I seen any of the resorts. So OKW it was and I moved forward planning that.

Fast forward to 1 year ago. We spent ALL summer looking at flights. We spent a CRAZY amount of money on gas for our summer trip, spending up to $4.25 a gallon as we drove to the grand canyon and back. It was supposed to be a ďcheapĒ trip, that really wasnít due to the gas prices. Jet fuel prices were destroying airfares and we could not find anything less than $580 a ticket. And we'd had some significant unexpected medical expenses, including one VERY sick kitty...it would have been nice to have pet insurance). Some of that splurge money had gone to gas...and to the vet. Deluxe and all the way baby just really wasn't a good idea regardless of whether we could afford it or not.

So, sadly, we said goodbye to our dreams of a cooking free Thanksgiving, of seeing Christmas decorations at the world, the whole nine yards. 1 day before we had to make full payment, I moved the trip out to spring break, which was late April/early March.

But what was this I found? Something new! Something that hadnít crossed my radar before! Something that actually slept 6 but wasnít at the deluxe 2 bedroom villa prices! I didnít even know these existed!

Be still my heart. I love you Fort Wilderness

Fate. Faith.

Soccer threatened to intervene, rendering a spring break trip impossible due to state cup rescheduling. K&T didnít have a full week for mid winter break but we figured a couple of days of missing school was doable. And what?

What was this?

BUY 4 and GET 3!

That meant opening a whole new worldÖthe DDP! With the 4/3, the savings paid for the plan! Well almost. Lol.

Fate. Faith.

Fuel prices came down and 46 days before our trip was to start, December 26thÖwe paid it off. On New Years Eve we bought our plane tickets, at $208 each!. On New Years Day I found the DIS. 42 days before our trip I made our ADRís. Which sounds INSANE now but it was back in that period of 45 day booking windows so wasnít really as crazy as it sounds and I actually got what I wanted. Though we sacrificed explosives to do it! We paid off that Disney Visa the minute we got the bill, regardless of the zero interest because those trip CDís were ready when we got back! Ahhhh. How lovely is that!

What a difference a year makes. How happy am I that we re-started those CDís the minute we returned!

Fate. Faith.
I promise to try to keep it!

Itís not always easy. I donít think it trivializes faith, or fate to apply it to Disney. At the end of the day it isnít really about Disney, itís about believing in your gut instinct, about following what feels right, about believing in magic and insurmountable odds. Dreams and Goals.

It is with this spirit that I begin this planning journey.

Moments.

Next...The BFP v0 (http://disboards.com/showthread.php?p=33630817#post33630817)

Sandy321
09-17-2009, 10:51 AM
I love reading those moments!! :goodvibes

It is funny how easy it is to forget the blessings - to name the God Sightings in our lives.

we also "walk on water" live on Faith, for Faith... (we're not sure where dh is supposed to be, he has been laid off, and is just getting "contracting jobs" piece meal hours here and there.. no severance pkg, sad but... walk on faith)

We have had the reality check on life is short, and you cant take it with you... maybe that changes you when you hold your best friend the night she dies, and feel the spirit of the Lord take her with Him... (I was 19 - she is my best friend, Love is beautiful) When your fil passes away at 62 from heart disease, after fighting the fight for 20 years...

Glad you found the DIsboards - glad you are sharing your journey!! :wizard:

Angies1274
09-17-2009, 12:59 PM
Yay!! You started your PTR!! Where have I been?:confused3

Awe..What a wonderful introduction and so true. I think we spend alot of time getting caught up in day to day stuff and we sometimes forget to just stop, look around and enjoy every moment to the fullest. It's so hard to ignore the distractions but also very necessary!! Life is too short not to make every moment matter.

I loved that the boys went out to lay down and look at the stars!! "They wanted stars." It literally gave me chills....it's so great that they decided to create those moments for themselves!!

I enjoyed your writing style so much as I was reading your TR. I'm so happy you decided to write a PTR!! I can't wait to hear about all your planning!!

BTW--great pictures of everyone!!!:thumbsup2

All7OfUs
09-17-2009, 01:09 PM
Beautifully awesome chapter! Indeed a year can make a huge difference, and it seems that Providence was making the doors open wide for you!

So let me get this straight.. you're staying at the Cabins?? I LOVE Ft. Wilderness!! There is a TON of really great stuff to do there, and I"m dying to see the pool rehab since we were there last.

eandesmom
09-17-2009, 01:23 PM
I love reading those moments!! :goodvibes

It is funny how easy it is to forget the blessings - to name the God Sightings in our lives.



Isn't that so true? My beloved husband gave me one of those sightings this morning. I still have chills. He seems to be reflecting as I am and dug up an email between the two of us from 6 years ago, from this same week and sent it to me. WOW is all I can say.

I've been reflecting today on what I'm supposed to be hearing as I know it will point me the right way. I know I keep looking for signs and I think, sometimes we look too hard and don't see them. I think that email was one of them.

Footsteps comes to mind.

Do I work harder on bringing stuff in for my current job? Do I change what I am looking for in a new job? Am I meant to try that second book idea? I don't know the answers to any of that. What I do know is that lately I have so much more peace about it that I have faith the direction will come. Your DH will be in my thoughts as he has his own journey.

Yay!! You started your PTR!! Where have I been?:confused3

Awe..What a wonderful introduction and so true. I think we spend alot of time getting caught up in day to day stuff and we sometimes forget to just stop, look around and enjoy every moment to the fullest. It's so hard to ignore the distractions but also very necessary!! Life is too short not to make every moment matter.

I loved that the boys went out to lay down and look at the stars!! "They wanted stars." It literally gave me chills....it's so great that they decided to create those moments for themselves!!

I enjoyed your writing style so much as I was reading your TR. I'm so happy you decided to write a PTR!! I can't wait to hear about all your planning!!

BTW--great pictures of everyone!!!:thumbsup2

Aww, thanks Angie and

:welcome: !!!

I only started it Monday so you didn't miss too much! I'm so happy you are here :)

Beautifully awesome chapter! Indeed a year can make a huge difference, and it seems that Providence was making the doors open wide for you!

So let me get this straight.. you're staying at the Cabins?? I LOVE Ft. Wilderness!! There is a TON of really great stuff to do there, and I"m dying to see the pool rehab since we were there last.

Thanks! Sorry for the confusion, we stayed at the Cabins on our last trip, which was Feb 08 over the presidents week. (TR in the my siggie!). LOVED the Cabins.

We hope to stay in the Treehouse Villas but more on that later! Right now it is just a

BFP

otherwise known as a

BIG FAT PLAN

or a plan to make a plan.

:rotfl:

But nothing is officially booked....

yet.

Lady Lallie
09-17-2009, 01:40 PM
I love it when plans come together and that the trip you never thought would happen just magically happens. :cloud9:

I also love that you do not have your trip booked yet because that means we get to be there from the very beginning and go through all the planning with you. :banana:

eandesmom
09-17-2009, 11:43 PM
I love it when plans come together and that the trip you never thought would happen just magically happens. :cloud9:

I also love that you do not have your trip booked yet because that means we get to be there from the very beginning and go through all the planning with you. :banana:

Oh I'm so happy you said that! I really didn't think I should start until we booked but couldn't help myself!

Thank you!!!

elphie101
09-18-2009, 01:43 AM
*comes out of lurkdom*

Hello there! I recently read your other TR and it was most definitely one of my favorites yet! I simply adore your family - Eric reminds me of Lewis from Meet the Robinsons! (Did you see it? You know, the one that had the dinosaur......"I have a big head, and tiny arms.".............anyway, sidetracked)

As someone who has lived half an hour from Boston all her life and currently attending college there, I can say that there's no better place (in my humble opinion) to go to college. Berklee is a fantastic school, and I love the area of town that it's in. :thumbsup2 Have you guys made a visit to New England yet? That sure is brave of Taylor to want to pursue his dreams even if they lead him across the country - I know I couldn't have done it.

And of course......looks like I might be at WDW at the same time! Currently planning a trip in late August with my roommate (aka the only person willing to brave my OTP) due to the attraction of a) the Value season (being poor college students and all) b) the potential of free dining (I can just imagine all the Mickey shaped waffles) and c) a reluctant but necessary half day at IoA for, what else, the Harry Potter themed area. I know I don't need to say this here, but Disney trumps Universal in my books any day - I plan on only staying long enough to do the area and MAYBE a few thrill rides before heading back to the safety of WDW.

Well, looks like I've rambled on enough, as college students at nearly 3 AM (my time of course) are known to do so, to sum up: your family is amazing, and I can't wait for your next trip!

eandesmom
09-18-2009, 09:56 AM
*comes out of lurkdom*

Hello there! I recently read your other TR and it was most definitely one of my favorites yet! I simply adore your family - Eric reminds me of Lewis from Meet the Robinsons! (Did you see it? You know, the one that had the dinosaur......"I have a big head, and tiny arms.".............anyway, sidetracked)

YAY! A delurker :)

first of all

:welcome:!

thanks for lurking, and delurking and I'd love to have you along for the ride!

College trips are the BEST! My very first spring break in college was a DL trip. It was a great time!

I know the kids have seen meet the Robinsons...but I haven't! Sad huh. This is what happens when other people take your kids to movies and you don't buy them on DVD. But I do know he loved it and loved Lewis. I heard a lot about it at the time. Your description of his dinosaur has me :rotfl: So while I have no context I can hear Eric going around saying that about one of his stuffed animals. Sidetrack away, that's part of the fun of PTR's!


As someone who has lived half an hour from Boston all her life and currently attending college there, I can say that there's no better place (in my humble opinion) to go to college. Berklee is a fantastic school, and I love the area of town that it's in. :thumbsup2 Have you guys made a visit to New England yet? That sure is brave of Taylor to want to pursue his dreams even if they lead him across the country - I know I couldn't have done it.

I :love: Boston. What school are you at? I would love to spend more time there.

You might surprise yourself. If it was something you wanted badly enough I think we all can follow a dream to an out of our comfort zone place. We will see how badly he wants this! I think he'll have a harder time with New England, it's a pretty big culture shock from Seattle, and he's not considering that but then again I'm not sure he'll care. Guys are funny that way.


a) the Value season (being poor college students and all)
b) the potential of free dining (I can just imagine all the Mickey shaped waffles) and
c) a reluctant but necessary half day at IoA for, what else, the Harry Potter themed area.

Yep to all of the above. I'd have to ammend it to say

a) the Value season (being the parents of 4 very expensive kids, me without a steady income, a very broke BIL and retired IL's all of whom need to spend as little as possible AND it being the only time we don't have a conflict)

b) the potential of free dining (It better not be potential, I"m counting on it and picking dates accordingly!)

c) a reluctant but necessary half day at IoA for, what else, the Harry Potter themed area.

Ok, I might have to disagree with c. A half day is not enough at IoA. SOOOOO not the same BUT very very fun. If you are going to buy the ticket, which is a much better deal for 2 days and hopper lol, spend the full day. By all means though, eat back at Disney! :lmao:

My BFP does have this built in as well but more on that later. There will be some discussion of He who Shall not be Named and the dark side but I'll try to keep it to a minimum.

eandesmom
09-18-2009, 09:58 AM
Good morning everyone!

I just wanted to share this thought, it's one of my favorites

Listen to Mustn'ts, child,
Listen to the Don'ts.
Listen to the Shouldn'ts, the Impossibles, the Won'ts.
Listen to the Never Haves, then listen close to me.
Anything can happen, child, Anything can be.

-Shel Silverstein

Official trip mantra methinks.

elphie101
09-18-2009, 11:04 AM
I :love: Boston. What school are you at? I would love to spend more time there.

I'm at Suffolk University, studying theater. Suffolk's in the Beacon Hill area, smack dab in the middle of everything (which makes it nearly impossible to find an affordable apartment :faint:) while Berklee's more in the Back Bay, but I'm there all the time because of Best Buy (I never realized how much I'd miss chain stores like Best Buy living in the city) and of course, the god of all shopping malls, the Prudential center :laughing:

Yep to all of the above. I'd have to ammend it to say

a) the Value season (being the parents of 4 very expensive kids, me without a steady income, a very broke BIL and retired IL's all of whom need to spend as little as possible AND it being the only time we don't have a conflict)

b) the potential of free dining (It better not be potential, I"m counting on it and picking dates accordingly!)

c) a reluctant but necessary half day at IoA for, what else, the Harry Potter themed area.

Ok, I might have to disagree with c. A half day is not enough at IoA. SOOOOO not the same BUT very very fun. If you are going to buy the ticket, which is a much better deal for 2 days and hopper lol, spend the full day. By all means though, eat back at Disney! :lmao:

If I'm honest with myself, I know we're probably going to spend at least a full day at IoA. I've been there once with my family and it took us a full day to do the park - and we skipped a lot because it was bucketing rain the whole time. There's just a small part of me that keeps shattering the illusion with the fact that every night we're there is about one week's paycheck on room alone :scared1: even at the Pop, which is what I'm looking at.(Like I'm going to stay off-property. *points to siggie* This is finally my chance to have a FULL Disney experience!) I'll talk it over with my roommate when the time comes closer although this excursion is really more for me, as she's only read half the books.........but working on that.

When abouts do they usually release free dining for that late August period? We'd still go during that time even if they didn't, because it's the only Value season during school break and neither of us can take off from school, but I really would love to have the free dining.....

Lady Lallie
09-18-2009, 11:08 AM
Good morning everyone!

I just wanted to share this thought, it's one of my favorites

Listen to Mustn'ts, child,
Listen to the Don'ts.
Listen to the Shouldn'ts, the Impossibles, the Won'ts.
Listen to the Never Haves, then listen close to me.
Anything can happen, child, Anything can be.

-Shel Silverstein

Official trip mantra methinks.

Oh I love Shel Silverstein!! A wonderful trip mantra! :thumbsup2

KathyRN137
09-18-2009, 03:51 PM
Your perspective is wonderful... it's important to stop and reflect on the mysteries of life and love that get us where we need to be!


Kathy

PS: What did you write??


Kathy

eandesmom
09-18-2009, 04:39 PM
Your perspective is wonderful... it's important to stop and reflect on the mysteries of life and love that get us where we need to be!


Kathy

PS: What did you write??


Kathy

A book :lmao:

A first effort. Filled with P's.

Pondering
Pedantic
Pedestrian
Pretty purposeless prose

:)

It was a first effort and it was an amazing experience but not something I see getting published. A light fluffy chick lit type novel that wasn't as light as I wanted it to be. I am SO glad I did it. I learned a ton and do have my next book idea which I am super dooper deluper excited about. It will take quite a bit of research though and I'm unsure if I want to start tackling it now or if it's a later in life type project. I don't think the story is going anywhere. It's not light and fluffy. But it will have moments.

And of course, I need to figure out how to move past all those P's....

thanks for asking!

eandesmom
09-18-2009, 04:40 PM
I'm at Suffolk University, studying theater. Suffolk's in the Beacon Hill area, smack dab in the middle of everything (which makes it nearly impossible to find an affordable apartment :faint:) while Berklee's more in the Back Bay, but I'm there all the time because of Best Buy (I never realized how much I'd miss chain stores like Best Buy living in the city) and of course, the god of all shopping malls, the Prudential center :laughing:


I love that area, very cool!

If I'm honest with myself, I know we're probably going to spend at least a full day at IoA. I've been there once with my family and it took us a full day to do the park - and we skipped a lot because it was bucketing rain the whole time. There's just a small part of me that keeps shattering the illusion with the fact that every night we're there is about one week's paycheck on room alone :scared1: even at the Pop, which is what I'm looking at.(Like I'm going to stay off-property. *points to siggie* This is finally my chance to have a FULL Disney experience!) I'll talk it over with my roommate when the time comes closer although this excursion is really more for me, as she's only read half the books.........but working on that.


I hear you! Although you could to 1-2 nights off and get IoA out of the way at the start and then move to Pop so that way you don't feel like you are wasting your pop nights at IoA and you would keep your experiences separate.

When abouts do they usually release free dining for that late August period? We'd still go during that time even if they didn't, because it's the only Value season during school break and neither of us can take off from school, but I really would love to have the free dining.....
Ok, if memory serves it's April for Disney Visa card holders and May for everyone else? Ish? Somewhere on the DIS there is a list of historical dates so it has a pretty good idea of the general timeframe which is what I'm banking on.

Oh I love Shel Silverstein!! A wonderful trip mantra! :thumbsup2

Me too! Actually Evan's favorite book as a (younger) child was The Missing Piece. Still a huge favorite although the rat has found some "new" cool kids poet that he swears is better than Shel Silverstein. I tell him to bite his tongue.

eandesmom
09-18-2009, 06:05 PM
A sneak preview at the BFPÖ v0

I contemplated waiting on the BFP until Iíd actually booked something.

But Iím impatient.

At work, when Iím doing bids or estimates or proposals, we are BIG on versioning. Our versions are always zero dot versions until it is actually presented to the client. So I figure Iíll go with zero dot until ADR day (which is a bit convoluted, does that make ME the client? Somehow in my twisted brain it seems logical and a more ďrealĒ version once ADRís are made) as it will be VERY interesting to see how many revís I go through! Heck, it will be interesting to see how long it is between v0 and v0.1. Maybe I'll take a poll as to how many version between now and what will that be...February 28th-ish? Not that I'm counting.

To recapÖhere are the WHYís for this trip. Some of which I have mentioned, some not.

In no particular order


Lifeís too short to not go back while Taylor is still in High School. This is our LAST summer with him. AACK!
Doug
Paul loves Disney World
Sandie's never been
OPD will be over, historically there isn't a soccer tournament the weekend before labor day (for MEK and any other soccer dorks out there lol)
Free Dining
Value Season
Treehouses. I love love love the look of these. They are so very ďusĒ. Private, woodsy but all together and all together in DISNEY!
3 out of 4 kids have repeatedly mentioned wanting to stay at the Nick Hotel (actually Family suites). (Iíll get to that part laterÖ)
Planning a trip with all of them (especially the kids) before that seems to be impossible (so we will have the vacation time to spend a LONGER time there!.
K&T have never been to IoA
All of us have never been to Universal Orlando (The E's and I hit Universal CA in 02, Jeff, K&T in 04)
Our trip savings CD's can pay it off BEFORE we go!
Iím crazy and need to be able to plan SOMETHING! Now.
AndÖ
THE NEW HARRY POTTER Wizarding World SHOULD BE OPEN BY THEN!


Which brings me to the BFP

The BIG FAT PLAN

v0

10 nights in Orlando!

BFP tentative dates are 8/22 (arrival 8/23)-9/2/2010

MAN I hope the kids don't start school before labor day, that opens up a whole 'nother can of worms.

Broken out as follows.

4 nights at the Nick Family Suites:

One day at hotel (huge water park basically in the hotel)
One day each at Universal and Islands of Adventure
We would do this at the front of the trip so our arrival night is there. I would do it this way because the lodging is considerably cheaper and if we only get K for the front of the trip, she will want the HP/IoA/Nick stuff since that is new to her. Sheíd still get some Disney, just not as much.



6 nights at Disney (6 nights, free dining)

HOPEFULLY in a treehouse!

Iím working on the Treehouse piece. For the first time in my life Iím going to let a TA deal with quite a lot of it. Too many other people, different places etc. Plus she is a friend and sheíll get me all the right deals, Iíve done enough homework to make sure she is getting me what Iíd get on my own. If not better.

Here is the thing with the treehouse.

It sleeps 9. So, if no Laura, it works. Itíd layout like this

B1: Jeff and I
B2: Sandie and Paul
B3: Eís (bunkbed room)
LR: Doug and Tay in the sleeper sofa, K on the pull out couch.

Treehouse works if we are less than 9. It does NOT work if we are more! And so I have back up plans if needed (and would love input!). There are other deluxe options if we are 8 or 9 but this is my favorite by a landslide because of the 3 bedrooms. The others that technically fit 9 are 2 bedrooms. UGH. It is the ONLY scenario I can picture where Jeff and I get our own room. Staying offsite is not an option lol!

My BFP is to go ahead and lock up one of these pretty little puppies as soon as I can.

If we have to change to something else it is far easier than to try to do the reverse.

I think.

Here are my backup options if we have more than 9. Trying to keep costs somewhat equal. Obviously there are other options but these are the most "like" in terms of cost.


3 rooms at CSR or POR (chosen for queen bedsĖCSR/trundlesĖPOR) OR
2 cabins.
But but but. As much as I love the cabins and as much as it is probably a better choice than 3 mod rooms (though about the same in $$) because of the full kitchens, deck and probability of adjacent location. Can you sayÖBTDT?

A this moment in time, which who knows how long will last, I am leaning towards the back up of 3 rooms at CSR. Why you ask? Queen beds and Dig Pool baby. Right now that trumps the full kitchen.

The 3 room plan

R1: Jeff, I and the E's
R2: Sandie, Paul and Kendall
R3: Doug, Laura and Taylor

Of course if we are EIGHT and can't get a treehouse for whatever reason, I may go for a totally different backup plan. Can you say BLT?
I love AKL but BLT is so very Sandie....

:rotfl:

The BLT plan

B1: Jeff, I and the E's
B2: Paul and Sandie in the master
LR: Whichever other 2 people we have, one on the pull out sofa, the other on the pull out chair. Although I seem to have read less than favorable things about that pull out chair for an adult. Should be fine for K though.

Bottom line is...

I WANNA STAY IN A TREEHOUSE!

Can I just VENT about how few options here are for larger groups to stay on property? Even DVC really isn't geared towards larger than 5, comfortably. I mean really, when we rent condo's, I want my own bedroom!

Ok, off soapbox now.

So here is the thing. I believe (HOPE) that they release these at the 11 month window and CRO online seems to confirm that as I keep checking. So right now it shows not available for the dates I want but available for earlier (up through 8/19 2010 but nothing after that). 8/19 check out does not work...that's probably close to when free dining will start. I do know that it has been offered for 2010 for the UK and their starts 8/18 (and supposedly UK getting it is a good sign for US!).

We will see what happens on the 27th! if my fabby TA doesn't lock it up before then. It seems crazy to feel like I HAVE to book it this far out but there is not another 3 bedroom option close to the price! Or one that is so very very US!


:lmao:

Now.

Before I get any further with BFP v0 let me address an important question that some of you may have.

Why 4 nights at Nick? Why not all at THV?


5 reasons.


Cost. A 3 bedroom suite is a fraction of the cost of the THV. FRACTION. Think 5:1. Of course by the time I book it that may not be the case, we shall see. Yet another reason to let someone else figure all that out for me.
Slime. The kids are dying to stay there. I canít handle more than 4 nights of all that neon but, for them, I can do 4. Plus did I mention cost?
2 trips in one! I like the idea of keeping Disney and Universal/Nick stuff pretty separate, almost like 2 trips. It would bug me to pay for THV and then be at IoA all day. We didnít make it to IoA this past trip as the ticket prices made no sense for just one day. Part of the reason I have 2 days there is the tickets just make a ton more sense value wise that way. This part of the trip may well be just us, no Doug, Sandie or Paul so some nice family alone time.
The Lagoon Pool. Did I say Slime? They have mass sliming. I have boys. Enough said. That pool looks awfully cool and will hopefully eliminate the need for the water and more option on our tickets. The kids really want to go to Blizzard Beach and I donít want the pricier tickets but the pool situation at THV and SSR is just ok. Nothing wrong with it and they will have a blast butÖitís not Blizzard Beach.


I love Disney. I love the world. But I am ok playing on the dark side occasionally, just not in equal time amounts. So this is a 60/40 plan but....in reality I think it will be more 70/30.

There is a caveat to the trip length. If the plane is far enough along, it could end up being a longer trip. Or Jeff just ditches us for a couple hours a day, for several of the days (probably 4). Not sure. If so I might add one Disney night and/orÖ.take a couple of days to hit the beaches in Clearwater.

Up next... An Epiphany (http://disboards.com/showthread.php?p=33642488#post33642488)

mickeysmyboy
09-18-2009, 07:10 PM
WOW! 2 great updates!! I love how things kinda feel into place for your last trip!! A little bit of faith goes a long way ;)

Your plan looks great so far! I'm going to make a little suggestion though!!

Look into renting DVC points from someone who owns at Saratoga Springs!! DVC members can book a villa at their home resort 11 months outs. Finding someone who owns at SSR may very well be your best chance to actually get a Treehouse! I'm not sure how it works with the DVC villas being released for general public booking but I can tell you for sure that those treehouses are a hot commodity. Not to mention renting points through an owner will be cheaper then actually booking the room through Disney.

Go over to the DVC boards on here. There is a point rental board, see if anyone has points available that you could use it book when the 11 month window for your trip opens up in a few weeks!! I just checked my 2010 points chart and you would need 242 points for a weeks stay, a little less for less days depending on where the days of the week fall. Weekends are more points then weekdays. You can also post a thread to see if anyone has points you can rent!

I shut up now! I hope that helps!! Good luck!!!

eandesmom
09-18-2009, 07:22 PM
WOW! 2 great updates!! I love how things kinda feel into place for your last trip!! A little bit of faith goes a long way ;)

Your plan looks great so far! I'm going to make a little suggestion though!!

Look into renting DVC points from someone who owns at Saratoga Springs!! DVC members can book a villa at their home resort 11 months outs. Finding someone who owns at SSR may very well be your best chance to actually get a Treehouse! I'm not sure how it works with the DVC villas being released for general public booking but I can tell you for sure that those treehouses are a hot commodity. Not to mention renting points through an owner will be cheaper then actually booking the room through Disney.

Go over to the DVC boards on here. There is a point rental board, see if anyone has points available that you could use it book when the 11 month window for your trip opens up in a few weeks!! I just checked my 2010 points chart and you would need 242 points for a weeks stay, a little less for less days depending on where the days of the week fall. Weekends are more points then weekdays. You can also post a thread to see if anyone has points you can rent!

I shut up now! I hope that helps!! Good luck!!!

LOL!

NO worries. I should have said something, I didn't even think about it but of course it is a logical suggestion!

I have looked into points. However FD outweighs points big time. It makes the trip affordable. I have priced it 10 ways to Sunday and Free Dining always wins with our group. I think it would really depend on your group make up.

The other thing too is....given how variable our schedules can be, I need to know I can make changes and with points not only is there a huge amount of trust with a total stranger, but dragging someone else into making changes? Ugh. I don't want to go there.

DVC wouldn't be able to book them yet either for those dates. We will see! I have to believe they haven't been released as the peak season has all kinds of availability. But we will see.

Sandy321
09-18-2009, 08:06 PM
LOL

never mind- started posting over an hour ago - but got interrupted!!

Lady Lallie
09-18-2009, 08:19 PM
Holy Plans, Batman! :lmao:

You have mapped this out! I :worship: to you!!

I don't even know what to say. All of your contingency plans sound really good and they seem like they would work well for your group however many of you there are.

Can I just say when I went to Universal in 2003, the whole Nickelodeon aspect of the park really intrigued me. They used to advertise some sort of Nickelodeon hotel back in my Nick days but I don't remember if it is the same thing or not. I always secretly wanted to be slimed. :laughing:

eandesmom
09-18-2009, 08:43 PM
LOL

never mind- started posting over an hour ago - but got interrupted!!

LOL! No seriously, renting makes sense.

Just not during FD and Value season!

Thought of you today when I was on the DERN BALL!

Holy Plans, Batman! :lmao:

You have mapped this out! I :worship: to you!!

I don't even know what to say. All of your contingency plans sound really good and they seem like they would work well for your group however many of you there are.

Can I just say when I went to Universal in 2003, the whole Nickelodeon aspect of the park really intrigued me. They used to advertise some sort of Nickelodeon hotel back in my Nick days but I don't remember if it is the same thing or not. I always secretly wanted to be slimed. :laughing:

If this all pans out, in addition to light fixtures, I promise pictures of slime :)

No clue if it is the same or not but the resort does seem pretty darn cool...we shall see. Lord knows the E's have bought all the tv ads hook likne and sinker! Which is why having that part be a surprise would be the BEST! no way I can pull of a full surprise but... a partial? You bet.

Lady Lallie
09-18-2009, 08:49 PM
If this all pans out, in addition to light fixtures, I promise pictures of slime :)

No clue if it is the same or not but the resort does seem pretty darn cool...we shall see. Lord knows the E's have bought all the tv ads hook likne and sinker! Which is why having that part be a surprise would be the BEST! no way I can pull of a full surprise but... a partial? You bet.

I'm very excited about the pictures of slime. :laughing: I grew up watching Double Dare and all those fun slime shows. It was ingrained in me at a young age to like slime. :rotfl:

Oh that is going to be so awesome as a surprise! :banana:

Sandy321
09-18-2009, 10:01 PM
5'm just doing fly by posts - I've been thinking about you -

Glad you post you are doing the whole... *sigh ab thing on my 'favorite' :sad2: exercise tool the BALL :banana:

guilt by posts!!

it works!!

All7OfUs
09-18-2009, 11:16 PM
I LOVE your BFP, even if it is v0. HA! I think part of the fun of hanging out on the PTR threads is to watch them morph and "mature" over the months.

The only thing I don't like is that TC3 is going to miss you by 3!!! days. :scared1: That makes me incredibly sad! But I understand getting the kids into school in time. We arrive on Sunday, so if things change, keep that in mind.

You've put some serious thought into the arrangements! I love to watch the ruminations of a serious planner! Nice!:thumbsup2

eandesmom
09-19-2009, 12:03 AM
I'm very excited about the pictures of slime. :laughing: I grew up watching Double Dare and all those fun slime shows. It was ingrained in me at a young age to like slime. :rotfl:

Oh that is going to be so awesome as a surprise! :banana:

And I used to PLAY with slime.

and slime with worms

But will "I" escape being slimed?

Only time will tell.

:rotfl:

5'm just doing fly by posts - I've been thinking about you -

Glad you post you are doing the whole... *sigh ab thing on my 'favorite' :sad2: exercise tool the BALL :banana:

guilt by posts!!

it works!!

It does! funny thing about that ball, it got me moving back to a couple of other dreaded apparatus (apparati?) that I've been ignoring....all good.

I LOVE your BFP, even if it is v0. HA! I think part of the fun of hanging out on the PTR threads is to watch them morph and "mature" over the months.

The only thing I don't like is that TC3 is going to miss you by 3!!! days. :scared1: That makes me incredibly sad! But I understand getting the kids into school in time. We arrive on Sunday, so if things change, keep that in mind.

You've put some serious thought into the arrangements! I love to watch the ruminations of a serious planner! Nice!:thumbsup2

Hmmmn...I am seriously going to keep note of that as things swirl around.....The dates are definitely variable although I don't see us getting to Orlando much before 8/16 as I need to be in value season! You arrive 3 days later, right? That gets us into Labor day, right? Labor day weekend isn't value though....although it IS Eric's birthday weekend!

Overplanner is more likely.:laughing:

there is another A word that comes to mind....

elphie101
09-19-2009, 09:44 AM
I remember seeing commercials for the Nick Hotel when it first opened back when I was a kid......I wanted to stay there so badly (now, not so much) because it looked CRAZY!! Your boys definitely will have an insane time ;)

Sandy321
09-19-2009, 10:25 AM
Good morning everyone!

I just wanted to share this thought, it's one of my favorites

Listen to Mustn'ts, child,
Listen to the Don'ts.
Listen to the Shouldn'ts, the Impossibles, the Won'ts.
Listen to the Never Haves, then listen close to me.
Anything can happen, child, Anything can be.

-Shel Silverstein

Official trip mantra methinks.

Just wanted to bring the poem up again!! :goodvibes Love Shel - I taught preschool when the boys were young, and I bought the tape of Shel reading his poems!! :wizard:

I think by posting your versions you are able to see and figure it out - I would agree the Tree House are a good option - but know that parking is a problem - so 3 rooms may make more sense! (I say it that way just in case the THV fall thru!! ;) )

An author!! :woohoo: DD really wants to be an author! She currently is writing Fan Fiction.... its a good outlet for her! She lol at my reading choices - we both read... a lot!! Yesterday she asked that we make a point in going to the library every week!! She's in 7th grade - doesnt she have enough to do?? lol

my muscles are screaming to let them be.... I have to do some crunches, and arm raises!:sad2:

eandesmom
09-19-2009, 12:04 PM
I remember seeing commercials for the Nick Hotel when it first opened back when I was a kid......I wanted to stay there so badly (now, not so much) because it looked CRAZY!! Your boys definitely will have an insane time ;)

CRAZY being the operative word. Frankly Kendall will probably just as crazy! LOL! I think the real question will be, who all will be brave enough, crazy enough, to get slimed??

Just wanted to bring the poem up again!! :goodvibes Love Shel - I taught preschool when the boys were young, and I bought the tape of Shel reading his poems!! :wizard:

I think by posting your versions you are able to see and figure it out - I would agree the Tree House are a good option - but know that parking is a problem - so 3 rooms may make more sense! (I say it that way just in case the THV fall thru!! ;) )

An author!! :woohoo: DD really wants to be an author! She currently is writing Fan Fiction.... its a good outlet for her! She lol at my reading choices - we both read... a lot!! Yesterday she asked that we make a point in going to the library every week!! She's in 7th grade - doesnt she have enough to do?? lol

my muscles are screaming to let them be.... I have to do some crunches, and arm raises!:sad2:

3 rooms are great for parking, if we do a car (or 2). If we do, I don't see it being more than 2 cars and THV parks one, I think it's doable (we have been known to overload to drive to another parking lot lol).

We did our trip at the Fort without a car and it was fine. We will probably want cars for this trip, at least the front part, I am assuming we will get 2. The problem with a mod (non villa) is I lose

1. My own bedroom (trust me, Jeff sleeping in the same room with Eric is NOT good for anyone.....Eric is a wiggler and Jeff has supersonic hearing. It makes for a long night of "ERIC stop wiggling" and Eric sleeping through the whole thing. It does wake ME up though. UGH.

With Pauls snoring we have to offer them the master wherever we are unless we all end up stuck sharing. If we have to share I know Sandie would prefer either K or T with them.

2. Kitchen, table and deck for bfast in the room, hanging out with drinks etc.

Even the cabin scenario doesn't get us our own room and trust me, those doubles were small. We'd have to have us in the bedroom, with the E's and then one person on the pull down. I suppose Jeff and I could sleep on the pull down. All I know is that I shared with K this last trip so that Jeff and Eric could be separated and she's a fish! Floppy all over me lol! And in a double it made for tough sleeping.

I keep trying to figure out another option that somehow gets us our own sleeping space as a party of 8-10...and stick in the budget... and....can't find one unless we go offsite. NOT an option. Not an option for so many reasons but most importantly as without EMH it would severely limit our park time!

I mean sure, if we had unlimited funds we could do one 2 bedroom villa for us and then a studio for Paul, Sandie and Doug but that's even assuming those are available. It's irrelevant as it breaks the budget. When I play online there isn't much out there at ALL so....we shall see. I can book 2 cabins now, or the 3 CSR, or 1 reg CSR and 1 Jr suite. I do know it is possible more will open up at the 6 month mark but that stresses me out to contemplate waiting for that.

It's just SO frustrating that there is really only 1 good option for us! Now, it doesn't hurt that it is the option I want but....arrgh!

My abs are a little sore today...but in good way. Arms too for that matter, I'd been slacking!

7th grade girls seem to have unlimited energy (except when it is time to get up). At least Kendall does! Her writing improved SO much in 7th, it's fun to read her stuff now.

Sandy321
09-19-2009, 12:16 PM
well I totally understand being a light sleeper myself... budget wise, there is the ASMO family suite -

but to stay in a moderate - I'd bring a twin air mattress so each has a sleep space - or do the POR trundle (which I hear is short) and also bring a $19 at target noise machine, to have the background white noise to help cover the snoring...

the only way I can think for you to have your own room is to book 2 rooms that connect - which is another $1,000 I'm sure! unless you do the family suite - the kids would sleep in the living room pull outs, you'd have the master - but it has a kitchenette...

Free dining is a great draw - so many variables tho!

Did Kendall read twilight? Meagan went to a fan fiction site that is moderated, and she writes chapters - she's been doing it all summer and just decided she doesnt like Twilight anymore :rotfl2:

eandesmom
09-19-2009, 02:26 PM
well I totally understand being a light sleeper myself... budget wise, there is the ASMO family suite -

but to stay in a moderate - I'd bring a twin air mattress so each has a sleep space - or do the POR trundle (which I hear is short) and also bring a $19 at target noise machine, to have the background white noise to help cover the snoring...

the only way I can think for you to have your own room is to book 2 rooms that connect - which is another $1,000 I'm sure! unless you do the family suite - the kids would sleep in the living room pull outs, you'd have the master - but it has a kitchenette...

Free dining is a great draw - so many variables tho!

Did Kendall read twilight? Meagan went to a fan fiction site that is moderated, and she writes chapters - she's been doing it all summer and just decided she doesnt like Twilight anymore :rotfl2:

:)

I will be brutally honest and say I am not traveling that far, for that long, with that many people and staying at a value or dealing with air mattresses. Call me spoiled but I know my crew. We can cram for a night but longer than that? Detracts from the trip. If I'm going to squish like that I'd look at 2 rooms that sleep 5 at a deluxe. Which is on the back up back up plan. I would rather spend more and be closer to the parks and where we want to eat and have the themed pool. We are definitely sit down dinner folks and I am just not a food court person. At all. That is why we often rent condo's wherever we go.

High maintenance aren't I!

Just looking at the layout of the ASM suites makes me claustrophobic from a sleeping standpoint though the 2 baths are nice. I considered those last time but felt the cabins were a better fit. Same amount of sleep space but more amenities with the full kitchen and deck, both of which we used extensively. I'm not sure I can picture my MIL in the cabins though...not sure it's the right "first" Disney experience for her if you know what I mean.

Plus I have stayed at AMS for one night....it's fine for a night. Maybe 2. Connecting is a request that they will "try" to honor but there is no guarantee. Same thing with adjacent although chances are greater on adjacent than adjoining. If we do end up at a non villa location or non cabins, we will be requesting adjoining as our first preference, adjacent as our 2nd. Still, no way to get our own room, even in that scenario.

We can get enough sleep space, its more about "alone" sleep space. Jeff would never go for the noise machine....I've tried with stuff at home before. I can't get him to consider a ceiling fan! Lol.

It's nuts. The CAT jumping off of something in the middle of the night, somewhere, will wake him up. And then he wakes me up.

I like POR and the trundles (the E's are short lol!) and I could probably stick one in one room, another in another (thus separating Jeff and Eric), and I like the idea of sep beds for them but it is double beds for the adults, same prob as the cabins.

Kendall still likes Twilight, (we actually read it together, she, her mom and I) and is very into a number of tween/teen vampire/fanstasy series's...or

eandesmom
09-19-2009, 02:37 PM
Ok all, let me know what YOU'd pick in my shoes as your contingency plan with the following variables.

5 adults, 4 kids (although of the kids we will have a 14 year old and a 17 year old so it's sleeping 7 adult sized people). Potentially 1 more adult if Laura comes.

We like to eat breakfast in the room as we are not morning people. Lunch is QS and dinners are sit down, most often at resorts. The deck was a godsend at the cabins for early birds to go have coffee while teens and tweens slept....

Jeff is a light sleeper.
Paul snores
Eric wiggles.
Kendall will need her own bed

Points are not an option as free dining is a much better deal. Values are not on the table right now.

These have a about a $1200 spread, from top to bottom and as you can see THV is smack in the middle. Least expensive is first, most, last. The last is as high as I want to go.


CSR 3 standard rooms, techinically sleeps 12, no kitchen
POR, 3 rooms with trundles, technically sleeps 15 but is double beds, no kitchen
CSR, 2 rooms. One standard, one jr suite, sleeps 10, no kitchen
2 cabins, Technically sleeps 12. Double beds , outside deck
THV, sleeps 9, 3 bedrooms, outside deck
BLT, sleeps 9 but is only 2 bedrooms
AKL Jambo, sleeps 9 but is only 2 bedrooms
AKL Kidani, sleeps 9 but is only 2 bedrooms
Contemporary, 2 garden wing, technically sleeps 10

Of these, as of today the only options I could actually book are

CSR, POR, Cabins or the Contemporary.

I could book OKW or SSR to sleep 8 but nothing else in the 2 bedroom cat. Heck, nothing else in the 1 bedroom or studio cat....which supports the pre-11 month thinking with CRO. Interesting!

Nothing else shows as available......but we are prior the 11 month DVC date.

cjackearl
09-19-2009, 04:32 PM
First of all I LOVED slime with worms! It came in a little plastic garbage can. My mom however did not like trying to get it out of the carpet. Oops! Your kids will love your surprise, I'm sure.

As far as accomodations...hmm...do any of the moderates have balconies? I probably wouldn't be concerned with the kitchen/no kitchen element if you're only doing breakfast in the room. All of those options will have a refrigerator and coffee maker. I really hope you get the THV. The three bedrooms sound ideal for your group. My second choice in your position would be 3 rooms at CSR. Rm#1-You and Jeff, Ethan and Eric Room #2-Paul and Sandie, Kendall Rm#3-Brother and potentially girlfriend, Tyler OR if you or the Es are ok with being separated from you, they could sleep with Paul or Grandma and Grandpa.

Sandy321
09-19-2009, 05:34 PM
OK well, put it that way - you are a deluxe gal! :thumbsup2

I know dh and I truly enjoy our adult beverages, and conversations... but its just the 3 of us right now... someday I'd love to have our whole family - the boys their DS# 2gf/wife & DS #1 -

Do you plan on going to Disney again? Are you sure buying into DVC isnt a better option - then you get the TIW 20% off card (including 20% off adult beverages) there is a thread where someone has done the spreadsheet - free dining does seem a better deal in the short term...

With that many adults - I think you'll want as much room as possible... and bathrooms!!

The studios at BLT are not acceptable for me - the doors dont lock - and the bathroom sink is part of the kitchen area - doing my hair in the kitchen has an ick factor - but they do have an awesome view, and a balcony... but cash vs dvc point stay you are a 2nd class citizen...

since you looked at THV - have you priced AKV? what about Wilderness Lodge?

We are going on points, and we do pay for the dining plan - we also are TS people - and adult beverages to boot! BUT we will pay OOP for California Grill, its not worth 2 TS $$!

I'm not helping much am I? LOL

If Kendal likes Twilight and writing she might want to look at the fan fiction site dd is addicted to...
http://www.twilightarchives.com/index.php
they have teen category - and they make you send an outline, if its approved you send a rough copy, if that's approved you write the story and when that's approved it gets posted... and they have ratings for teen or everyone - so I like that part - as well as the moderation of the stories... DD became an "peer editor" and found a "pen pal" thru it her age!

eandesmom
09-19-2009, 06:39 PM
First of all I LOVED slime with worms! It came in a little plastic garbage can. My mom however did not like trying to get it out of the carpet. Oops! Your kids will love your surprise, I'm sure.

As far as accomodations...hmm...do any of the moderates have balconies? I probably wouldn't be concerned with the kitchen/no kitchen element if you're only doing breakfast in the room. All of those options will have a refrigerator and coffee maker. I really hope you get the THV. The three bedrooms sound ideal for your group. My second choice in your position would be 3 rooms at CSR. Rm#1-You and Jeff, Ethan and Eric Room #2-Paul and Sandie, Kendall Rm#3-Brother and potentially girlfriend, Tyler OR if you or the Es are ok with being separated from you, they could sleep with Paul or Grandma and Grandpa.
I am :rotfl: about the dried slime in the carpet. I had completely forgotten about that part. Almost as bad as silly putty.

Re: breakfast. Here is the problem. Well there are lots of problems lol.

Eric keeping Jeff awake at night is almost as nightmarish as early waking boys waking him up before whatever he has deemed as "acceptable" wake up time. They are early risers. K&T are not. If we are split into 3 rooms, remotely getting people moving at the same time, well it won't happen. I kind of dread Sandie or Paul having to deal with the concept of tiptoeing around to make coffee and eat something if there isn't some kind of private space.

The E's could care less about being separated from us however Sandie will want Kendall. It is what it is. And much as I like Doug, I can't say I trust him to watch kids that young. LOL!

Plus, unless I am missing something, while the mods have coffee makers and mini fridges, they don't have dishes beyond coffee cups, making anything but fruit and cold pastries a bit complicated. Which we could live with I guess but...I have a feeling we'd end up eating out more for bfast (thus spending more) and I can just see it being a LOT harder to get the group synched up to leave together.

We did/would most likely use the room for more than just breakfast. At the cabins we went back for drinks and appetizers as we had space to keep stuff and relax. Not everyday but knowing we could be right outside while others slept, was hugely stress relieving.

None of the mod's have balconies. The only way to get private space at a mod would be to either do the cabins, or get 2 of the 1 bedroom casita suites at CSR which does have a parlor.

That option would actually be the 2nd most expensive in my scenario and I have a hard time paying that much for a mod but...it is an option. Of course it isn't available lol. Only the jr suite.

I don't know. Maybe we'd be better off with a non 9 sleeping villa and then get a room at ASSports for Doug and Laura?
OK well, put it that way - you are a deluxe gal! :thumbsup2

I know dh and I truly enjoy our adult beverages, and conversations... but its just the 3 of us right now... someday I'd love to have our whole family - the boys their DS# 2gf/wife & DS #1 -

Do you plan on going to Disney again? Are you sure buying into DVC isnt a better option - then you get the TIW 20% off card (including 20% off adult beverages) there is a thread where someone has done the spreadsheet - free dining does seem a better deal in the short term...

With that many adults - I think you'll want as much room as possible... and bathrooms!!

The studios at BLT are not acceptable for me - the doors dont lock - and the bathroom sink is part of the kitchen area - doing my hair in the kitchen has an ick factor - but they do have an awesome view, and a balcony... but cash vs dvc point stay you are a 2nd class citizen...

since you looked at THV - have you priced AKV? what about Wilderness Lodge?

We are going on points, and we do pay for the dining plan - we also are TS people - and adult beverages to boot! BUT we will pay OOP for California Grill, its not worth 2 TS $$!

I'm not helping much am I? LOL

If Kendal likes Twilight and writing she might want to look at the fan fiction site dd is addicted to...
http://www.twilightarchives.com/index.php
they have teen category - and they make you send an outline, if its approved you send a rough copy, if that's approved you write the story and when that's approved it gets posted... and they have ratings for teen or everyone - so I like that part - as well as the moderation of the stories... DD became an "peer editor" and found a "pen pal" thru it her age!

Buying DVC would be great except....

There is a plane that is our DVC. LOL. It's just not in the budget. DH doesn't see it as making a huge amount of sense as he'd like to be on the every 3 year plan. I'd like to be on the every 2. Either way though, with the plane, it's not in the budget. Yes, it would solve a lot of issues! But, it's not the time. We have talked about it and from his perspective he'd want to buy at GCV, which probably wouldn't help us get a treehouse either! Because of the treehouses I would go for SSR resale.

LOL. We'd only do it if we could pay cash.

Regarding renting though, If you assume points are $10 (which may or may not be a fair assumption) Free Dining is actually a significant short term better deal for THV and BLT (like to the tune of 1-1.2K!). For AKV it is closer to being a wash (save about $300). And honestly unless I am an owner, I'm just not comfortable renting when in our life, we really need the ability to make changes, perhaps more than once.

AKV can sleep 9 which is why it is on my list, same thing with BLT. WLV cannot. For value season, assuming you can get anything the 2 bedroom rates are pretty equal which is a little surprising. In that scenario BCV could come back into play. Jeff LOVES WL but I'd probably lean toward BCV for SAB.

I completely agree about OOP for signatures...with an exception for the HDDR which was totally worth 2TS credits!

Bleh. It's all so much simpler if we can just get a TREEHOUSE!

I'll show Kendall that link, it sounds interesting.

Sandy321
09-19-2009, 07:09 PM
I thought I read that the cost of 1 week at a THV is about the same as buying into DVC - and every 3 years is a game of borrowing points and shifting points - I read way too much on the DVC board, as it sounds like you do too!!

We'd pay cash too - and its not in our cards with DH lay off and DS hospital stay...

Getting the group synched up to leave together will be tricky unless you are in the THV - all together...

dont you think the more you post - the more you are convincing yourself that THV is the place to be??

so guess you'd better reserve THV - and if Laura comes, put them over at Pop (and know that sometimes during free dining they over book Pop and send some to SSR or OKW - at least they have the last 3- 4 years!! Dont know who gets that email to upgrade! But they do!)

eandesmom
09-19-2009, 07:27 PM
I thought I read that the cost of 1 week at a THV is about the same as buying into DVC - and every 3 years is a game of borrowing points and shifting points - I read way too much on the DVC board, as it sounds like you do too!!

We'd pay cash too - and its not in our cards with DH lay off and DS hospital stay...

Getting the group synched up to leave together will be tricky unless you are in the THV - all together...

dont you think the more you post - the more you are convincing yourself that THV is the place to be??

so guess you'd better reserve THV - and if Laura comes, put them over at Pop (and know that sometimes during free dining they over book Pop and send some to SSR or OKW - at least they have the last 3- 4 years!! Dont know who gets that email to upgrade! But they do!)

Oh I've always been convinced that THV is the place to be since I learned of it's existence. It's GETTING it that is the issue.

Uh no, the cost of buying into DVC is not the same as one weeks stay. 2-3 weeks is more like it, potentially more depending on how you use your points.

If you use value season rates (and granted this is only for THV) it's about $3800 for a week. To have enough points for that same week you'd need at least 100 points and borrow frontwards and backwards, which timing right is nightmarish and I wouldn't do. So we'd need at least 150 for value season and even at resale you are talking 8-11K depending on use month, how much is banked etc, point price. A lot more if you buy THV points "new" versus SSR resale. If I were buying I'd really want 200 to cover the possibility of non value season trips.

Yep, I've done my homework. There was an outside chance I would have an inheritance that would have gone towards it. Long story and the bottom line is I am really glad I don't have it! LOL. But I'm glad I looked into it as one never knows what the future will bring.

Bear in mind that the $3800 wouldn't be covered by just us. And that would include free dining, which for a week 9 people is another $2200!

General rule is it takes about 3 trips to pay off your DVC I think but then you still have dues.

creativeamanda
09-19-2009, 07:43 PM
I just want to say that I love your outlook on this trip. I followed you from over at TarzanKat's PTR, and I am so excited you are planning such a wonderful trip.

Your comments about Doug really hit home. I have a sister, but I never talk to her except on Facebook. It's a weird situation, but quite necessary given some of the choices she has made in life. Perhaps I should call her up . . .

eandesmom
09-19-2009, 08:43 PM
is 11 months out too early for a trip epiphany?

An AHA moment?

I think not.

While commiserating on KathyRN's PTR about the sleep in/primping/no interest in rope drop needs of 14 year old girls..a light bulb went off.

IF I do my backup plan right, though we may be less sleep alone happy, we will have a lot more "alone space" flexibility in the mornings or well, anytime.

Let me explain.

While THV is still my ultimate destination I think I have, just now, convinced myself that BLT/Contemporary is the better back up plan.

Why you ask?

I CAN LEAVE THE OLDER KIDS IN BED IF I NEED TO!

And they'd be able find us easily as we'd only be a monorail away, with the exception of AK.

Expecting them to find us if it involves buses sounds nightmarish. It means someone sitting out by the bus stop. Waiting. Waiting. Waiting.

And we all know how long you might have to wait for a bus.

Some of us know that teens and tweens cannot be relied on for timely updates as to progress. But the monorail? Runs all the time. Not much waiting involved. And it's closer. Closer as in leave a kid asleep and need to go check on them quickly closer-doable. Closer as in if they need to go feed themselves there are more options, closer.

And while they might cost more, I could likely get rid of the cars once we check in so it'd be a wash.

And so, I THINK I am moving my plans to....

1st choice - THV
2nd choice - BLT 2b Lake View
3rd choice - Contemporary Garden View, 2 rooms. Requesting adjoining or adjacent.
4th choice - dead heat CSR 3 rooms or 2 cabins....


I "think" that my 3rd choice may beat out any other DVC 2 bedroom scenario for the "sleep in safely" possibilities....and allows for 10. Only AKV allows for 9, the rest, 8.

It doesn't have a kitchen, or private space but neither does option 4. It does allow for 10. It is one less room to coordinate people from. I could book it now. And then, then if THV (oh please please pretty please) or BLT do open up, move it. Hmmnnn....

IF THV and BLT really won't potentially open up until the 6 month mark (I should know more on Monday, TA is getting some conflicting info) then it would


keep me from hyperventilating
allow for 10
let us know by then if we really "are" 10, or 9 or 8 or whatever

FYI, while all the MK deluxes have a 5 or even 6 person option, Contemporary Garden View is the cheapest. Hence that being the choice. LOL.

And FYI, TA is being told THV won't open up until the 6 month mark but that is entirely inconsistent with the fact that you can book it, and any studio-2b villa up until a 19th departure date...but not after. So we are getting clarity on THAT!

Taylor, at 16, was able to find us at WL from the Fort but it was not without much texting.........so upon reflection...the epiphany.

Am I missing anything?

Besides the fact that it really won't go with my PTR title?

Next...a side trip, saying goodbye to summer
(http://disboards.com/showthread.php?p=33666414#post33666414)

eandesmom
09-19-2009, 08:44 PM
I just want to say that I love your outlook on this trip. I followed you from over at TarzanKat's PTR, and I am so excited you are planning such a wonderful trip.

Your comments about Doug really hit home. I have a sister, but I never talk to her except on Facebook. It's a weird situation, but quite necessary given some of the choices she has made in life. Perhaps I should call her up . . .

first of all

:welcome:

And thanks to the pirate for having such a great PTR that you could follow me from!

Ah, I can so relate. And it's hard, sometimes it is the right thing to reach out and other times...well sometimes you have to walk away. My bio mom and the e's dad come to mind. So sad. I have found facebook to be a blessing for some of those distant relationships, at least you know they are ok even if you don't actually "talk".

I see you are going in Dec???? Off to check it out!

KathyRN137
09-19-2009, 10:29 PM
Hmmm... I like the way you think! ;)

Being on the monorail would be so ideal...


Kathy

joy13
09-19-2009, 11:40 PM
Hi - I'm in, I came over from Kathy's pre-trip report! Love the pre-trip report so far - I love your writing style! I think the BLT/Comtemporary Plan sounds like a great one! I have to say too, I love the term "bonus Mom" :)

creativeamanda
09-20-2009, 07:42 AM
I like the idea of 2 rooms at the Contemporary and I'll tell you why: even though you would not have a full kitchen, a friend of mine says she rented a microwave from the resort when she stayed at the POLY.

But staying at BLT would be soooo cool. I got a DVC postcard yesterday that features BLT. It is beautiful, to say the least.

eandesmom
09-20-2009, 01:27 PM
Hmmm... I like the way you think! ;)

Being on the monorail would be so ideal...


Kathy

Ah thank you, my inspiration. Thank Tricia really! You know the more I think about it, I really really like this plan. Because in addition to ALL the other reasons...it will be so HOT in August, it's a quick trip back!

Hi - I'm in, I came over from Kathy's pre-trip report! Love the pre-trip report so far - I love your writing style! I think the BLT/Comtemporary Plan sounds like a great one! I have to say too, I love the term "bonus Mom" :)

first of all

:welcome:

Thank you for your kind words. Stepmom has so many bad connotations for so many people. I'm blessed that so far (to my knowledge) I haven't fallen into the "evil" category but...bonus mom is what I feel I am. I am lucky. They have a good mom. I get the honor of being their friend and another adult to look out for them.

I like the idea of 2 rooms at the Contemporary and I'll tell you why: even though you would not have a full kitchen, a friend of mine says she rented a microwave from the resort when she stayed at the POLY.

But staying at BLT would be soooo cool. I got a DVC postcard yesterday that features BLT. It is beautiful, to say the least.

Good point on the microwave, I think they are available at all the deluxes upon request. Which would be good for my hot chocolate fiends!

mickeysmyboy
09-20-2009, 03:43 PM
Ahhh! Yes! I see your point that free dining would workout cheaper then renting points! Especially when you have to feed 10 people!

I realllllly like your Contemporary option though! In fact I love it!!! We've stayed at GF and Poly and I so loved being on the monorail!!!! It's so easy to just zip off to MK or Epcot!!

We're sleeping 10 in a 2 bedroom at Kidani in January. Granted DS is 2 and count in the total number of people! DH and I and DS2 will be sleeping in the master bedroom, my sis, her DH and their 2 girls will be in the other bedroom, DD8 and DS6 will be in the living room on the sofa bed and sleeper chair, my nephew will be in either the second bedroom or living room on an air mattress. I maybe open to putting on of my kids on the air matress in the master bedroom with us and putting my nephew, whose almost 17, on the sofa bed!

It should be interesting :rolleyes1 My sister and family would sleep in the car if they had to! Their just super excited to be going to WDW!!


Good luck!! Happy planning!! :hug:

eandesmom
09-20-2009, 04:48 PM
Ahhh! Yes! I see your point that free dining would workout cheaper then renting points! Especially when you have to feed 10 people!

I realllllly like your Contemporary option though! In fact I love it!!! We've stayed at GF and Poly and I so loved being on the monorail!!!! It's so easy to just zip off to MK or Epcot!!

We're sleeping 10 in a 2 bedroom at Kidani in January. Granted DS is 2 and count in the total number of people! DH and I and DS2 will be sleeping in the master bedroom, my sis, her DH and their 2 girls will be in the other bedroom, DD8 and DS6 will be in the living room on the sofa bed and sleeper chair, my nephew will be in either the second bedroom or living room on an air mattress. I maybe open to putting on of my kids on the air matress in the master bedroom with us and putting my nephew, whose almost 17, on the sofa bed!

It should be interesting :rolleyes1 My sister and family would sleep in the car if they had to! Their just super excited to be going to WDW!!


Good luck!! Happy planning!! :hug:

Well sleeping 9 or 10 in a 2 bedroom villa is a lot easier when there are smaller people involved! And you bet, FD is a much better deal with as many adults as we have.

Technically it would be 9 out of 10 but since Eric turns 10 a couple days after the trip, I'm considering listing him as 10 anyways, it just feels like he should get to enjoy it!

Our big challenge in the cabins was the double beds. I am just thinking that AKV is so far away (comparatively) that BLT or THV is a better option if we go the villa route and since Sandie hasn't been, might not be the best "first" place to be immersed in Disney.

On that note it will be VERY interesting to see what she says. I sent off all the info on the top 3 choices this morning.

What do you bet she comes back and wants to stay at the GF? It would not surprise me. The more I think about it, the more I realize that while a Treehouse is very US, it may well not be very Sandie and Paul. At all.

I love the Poly but I don't really have a desire to stay there. I've been to Hawaii many times so the theming, while fun for dinner, just isn't where I want to stay. Kind of how staying at WL would be like staying at home! (though Jeff would stay there in a heartbeat).

However, if her heart is set on it, the upcharge for the Poly I could probably swallow. Especially since I know we will be eating there once or twice. The upcharge to move to the GF? Not unless they are paying the difference!

eandesmom
09-20-2009, 05:54 PM
I think the whole world is trying to book now for the same time period. Right now those Garden View rooms at the Contemporary are showing as gone!

Concierge level? I don't think so!

But..

BC and YC are avail. I'd written that option off a long time ago but it is officially resurrected. From a teen/tween sleep standpoint it is almost as good as the monorail and still could get rid of the cars....

WWYD? Contemporary or BC/YC?

Monorail or SAB?

Talk about a trip turned upside down! LOL!

Good Grief!

Hopefully Sandie will get back to me tonight. How nutty to have angina over a trip 11 months away.

cjackearl
09-20-2009, 05:57 PM
Ooh, I love the Contemporary option. Great choice for your crew if the Treehouses would happen to be, perish the thought, all booked up.

cjackearl
09-20-2009, 06:00 PM
We were posting at the same time, but you know where my loyalties lie! Its BC all the way and Epcot or DHS are both a short walk or boat ride away for those sleeper inners.

Sandy321
09-20-2009, 06:53 PM
I'm all about Epcot too!! :goodvibes

we stayed at Contemporary years ago - I cant wait to see the upgrades with the villas, but for me, I'm thinking its more hype - to get to MK - its magical, to get to any other park, its work - sticky... which is ok considering the pros of the MK!

We stayed at Polynesian when dd was 10 - she loved it there - I loved the ease of walking to the TTC monorail to Epcot and monorail or boat to MK -

GF - not going to happen - too expensive! But I do like to eat there and "pretend" Usually I'm glad they arent going to kick me out as a "faker" you dont belong here!! :rotfl2:

AKL vs THV :confused3 - You seem like you have envisioned the THV for so long I dont think you are ready to open up to the "African" adventure!!

We stayed at BCV in '08 - we went for the weekend, dd stayed home - that was hard, we kept thinking DD would love this... so we're excited we're going back! We love walking to Epcot - we usually stay at POP (love the bus service, love the price!!) and end up going to Epcot more than half of our time! so for us BCV or BWV makes the most sense! You have the balconies, you have the pool - at BC Marketplace you have GELATO!! as well as some groceries - you will have your kitchen....

Good Luck! :wizard:

eandesmom
09-20-2009, 06:56 PM
Ooh, I love the Contemporary option. Great choice for your crew if the Treehouses would happen to be, perish the thought, all booked up.

What is it with everything booking up, already? Just unreal. My TA will be chatting with her rep on monday but...I'm freaking out! those rooms were THERE yesterday.

We were posting at the same time, but you know where my loyalties lie! Its BC all the way and Epcot or DHS are both a short walk or boat ride away for those sleeper inners.

True true! SAB has your heart!

Stay tuned, wheels are spinning....smoke coming out of ears.....

eandesmom
09-20-2009, 07:14 PM
I'm all about Epcot too!! :goodvibes

we stayed at Contemporary years ago - I cant wait to see the upgrades with the villas, but for me, I'm thinking its more hype - to get to MK - its magical, to get to any other park, its work - sticky... which is ok considering the pros of the MK!

We stayed at Polynesian when dd was 10 - she loved it there - I loved the ease of walking to the TTC monorail to Epcot and monorail or boat to MK -

GF - not going to happen - too expensive! But I do like to eat there and "pretend" Usually I'm glad they arent going to kick me out as a "faker" you dont belong here!! :rotfl2:

AKL vs THV :confused3 - You seem like you have envisioned the THV for so long I dont think you are ready to open up to the "African" adventure!!

We stayed at BCV in '08 - we went for the weekend, dd stayed home - that was hard, we kept thinking DD would love this... so we're excited we're going back! We love walking to Epcot - we usually stay at POP (love the bus service, love the price!!) and end up going to Epcot more than half of our time! so for us BCV or BWV makes the most sense! You have the balconies, you have the pool - at BC Marketplace you have GELATO!! as well as some groceries - you will have your kitchen....

Good Luck! :wizard:

BCV or BWV would be great but they all only sleep 8 and aren't available right now. The only DVC available NOW is OKW or SSR. Which also only sleep 8. From a price perspective if we do a cash villa, THV still wins hands down, followed by BLT for the prices. BCV and BWV are a lot more $$.

I love the GF but it's a little stuffy decor wise in the rooms for Doug and Laura in particular. I think everyone else would be ok but as I don't see us dining there this trip anyways, it doesn't make sense for the huge upcharge.

I've been to hawaii so many times that I've no desire to stay at the Poly. Love to eat there though!

I am TOTALLY open to an African adventure BUT I think for us, it will make more sense later, when it is just the 2 smaller boys. Too far away from the parks we hit the most, the dining we hit the most and not the right "first" trip for Sandie. We will definitely eat there again this trip, no doubt.

Actually I am pretty sure that for my next BIG birthday it will be at AKL/AKV. I have visions of a party in Tamu Tamu thanks to Amanda!

What do you mean about the Contemporary being work and sticky?

Just curious

My TA is on the phone with them now...rooms are going fast. This is CRAZY!

Sandy321
09-20-2009, 07:36 PM
I think 90% of the reports on BLT is positive - fantastic - I went to find the one report on the transportation reality check - but couldnt find it!

The negative reports that the "theming' of BLT isnt "Disney" enough - that just seems werid to me!! I can think of 100 things I would look forward to staying at BLT (The Wave, California Grill, Fireworks, Electric Light Parade, the Lounge, the Pools, etc)

The main negative was getting anywhere besides MK - it was hit or miss - you can take the monorail to TTC and get to Epcot which seems no problem - the busses anywhere are hit and miss if you ask me! I think the Bus queue is still at the main building - so maybe its the walk???

You know - its Disney, once you get there, all the planning and working out the details will fly out the window!! Once you get a positive booking, you will be all excited - and will work on any "challenges"

eandesmom
09-20-2009, 07:44 PM
I think 90% of the reports on BLT is positive - fantastic - I went to find the one report on the transportation reality check - but couldnt find it!

The negative reports that the "theming' of BLT isnt "Disney" enough - that just seems werid to me!! I can think of 100 things I would look forward to staying at BLT (The Wave, California Grill, Fireworks, Electric Light Parade, the Lounge, the Pools, etc)

The main negative was getting anywhere besides MK - it was hit or miss - you can take the monorail to TTC and get to Epcot which seems no problem - the busses anywhere are hit and miss if you ask me! I think the Bus queue is still at the main building - so maybe its the walk???

You know - its Disney, once you get there, all the planning and working out the details will fly out the window!! Once you get a positive booking, you will be all excited - and will work on any "challenges"

Oh I thought you were talking about Contemporary negatives, not BLT specifically. I don't think the rooms at the Contemporary are all that "Disney" but that doesn't bother me.

I think any resort will have some challenges getting to certain parks. So all you can do is try to pick what is best for your crew. If you are at the Contemp to you have to take the monorail from the TTC to go anywhere or is there a bus at the main resort? I assumed there was a bus but honestly didn't have time to check.

And yes, as long as you are THERE, that's really all that matters!

mickeysmyboy
09-20-2009, 07:54 PM
WOW! Your PTR is a hopping place today!!

I can't believe that all the garden view rooms at Contemp are taken!! That makes no sense at all! Unless there is a HUGE convention there at that time!! I wonder if not all the rooms have been released for booking :confused3 maybe call central reservations?!

I know you mentioned you don't want to stay at Poly but something to consider is the rooms at Poly are HUGE! Really HUGE! I believe that the rooms are like 400 square feet or so. I loved the size of bathroom we had! We could have a had a party in there!

Your too funny have angina about a trip 11 months away! :lmao: Sounds so much like me!!! I booked our October 2006 trip in either August or Sept of 2005 because rated were out and I couldn't wait!!

eandesmom
09-20-2009, 08:12 PM
For those of you that have been following along you can skip my recap. For those not, well here it goes.

The BFP (Big Fat Plan) and the title of this PTR calls for a magical trip to the world with about 9 of our motley crew, sleeping in a treehouse villa.

That big fat plan was called BFP_v0

Realistically it was BFP_THV_v0

Given what I have learned over the past couple of days, it appears I need versions of my versions, by resort.

As there was a small problem with my BFP


I can’t actually book a treehouse villa for the time frame I want.
I can’t actually book a single villa that sleeps 9 for the timeframe I want.
In fact the only villas I can book, I don’t really want to stay at. Plus they only sleep 8 and we are 9 or 10 (we hope!).

So I’ve been looking at other options. 3 room, 2 room options. You name it, I’ve probably looked at it. 3 rooms at CSR was my backup plan.

But then. An epiphany. The realization that if we did a monorail resort I could...


Get rid of the cars once we move to Disney
Let teens, tweens and adults that have too many adult beverages, or throw out their backs, or have blisters or whatever…sleep and easily meet up with the rest of the group.

And so my new backup plan became 2 rooms at the Contemporary, that each sleep 5. Why the Contemporary? It was the cheapest option. LOL. I figure it’s easier to go smaller later if we need to, than bigger now. And if we were only 9, and a BLT room opened up in feb when they release more at the 6 month mark, we’d just move it over. Or we’d snag a treehouse. If and when they release them, if both were available, by then we’d have decided which was better. Sleep-in-ditch kids ability, or better sleep alone ability.

And so, while waiting to hear from Sandie as to what she thought, I thought I’d get ready to make a courtesy hold on the rooms.

This was going to be the new BFP.

Titled BFP_Contemp_BLT_v0.1

Except the rooms were...

GONE.

GONE GONE GONE.

What do you mean gone?


It’s 11 months and 7 days away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well given that things are going like quicksand, all illusions of my lazy fall of planning swept away, I sent a million frantic emails to my dear friend the TA, bit the bullet and did a courtesy hold.

Really it was more like 5 emails and 3 of those had details for the ressie. I'm not as crazy as I sound.

Ok. Maybe I am.

That gives me 7 days to make a decision and lock up an option while we get THV info and see if those Contemporary rooms are really gone. It also allows Sandie a couple of days to get back to me, sometimes she is super on top of it, sometimes not!

And so the winner is....

An OFFICIAL grand gathering, celebrating 4 birthdays at...

The Yacht Club!

Did you see that one coming? I didn't. Not at all.

We are a family of 6. I look at rooms that sleep 6. I don't look for rooms that sleep 5. Were we not a grand gathering...it wouldn't be possible to even consider this option.

Really it was kind of a 50/50 split between BC and YC. And I figure if we really do end up here, we will see both since it's all walkable. And both have...

SAB! Which would cement the no water park tickets!
I chose YC because...

Gut instinct. My TA was on the phone and rooms were going fast. CRO said they'd never seen anything like it. My friend said in the 2 years she's been doing this she's never had phone wait times like she did tonight.

Conducting a post hold frenzy analysis I came up with these reasons that my gut said "Yacht Club".


For some reason I like the theming better. Probably b/c it is about as anti pacific northwest as you can get and yet it reminds me of one of my FAVORITE little boutique hotels in the world, in SF. It feels a little more masculine.

It's a small resort. Not that BC is huge but with the DVC it is "huge-er". LOL! I never really thought YC would be an option as villas have always been my focus.

Cape May! This has been on my character breakfast list no matter where we stay. I'd swap it for Chef Mickey's if we end up there but I'd REALLY REALLY rather do it here!

Beaches and Cream!

And everytime I have EVER looked at BC or YC...they've been GONE so to even put a hold on a room there seems surreal. The rooms were disappearing while my TA was on the phone booking it!

Surprisingly it is less $$ than the Poly. Less $$ than WL because I’d have to do 2 deluxe rooms that sleep 6 there to make it work. Wierd. About $100 more a night than the THV. Which is...ouch. BUT we'd have spent that on cars.

I keep telling myself that. It's a wash.

Fuzzy Disney math.

I even have a CONFIRMATION CODE!

Right now it is only booked for 9 as I don't know Laura's last name and I wanted Sandie's take on that scenario. I am assured we can add her, but they wouldn't take a fake last name. We tried.

So we will see. For now, I'm not touching my PTR title because well, the premise is still the same. Life is still too short to never sleep in a treehouse.

It apparently is also still too short to not see SAB!

And I will sleep in a treehouse. Just maybe not this trip. Who knows.

Welcome to BFP_YC_v0.1

Now. We will see what Sandie says. She may not get a say.

:rotfl:

The good news? Jeff okayed me making the ressie and putting the deposit down which I will do after we hear from Sandie. Now THAT makes it feel real!

The only bummer is 2 rooms means 2 deposits but, oh well.

It's my friend, (the TA) first GG which makes me really happy, she's so excited! She just started her own travel business a little over a year ago and it's fun to help her out (as long as it is "as good" a deal as I can get or better lol!).

And now the question becomes...am I going to have the same issues at Nick? Is the REAL reason things are so nutty NOT free dining/value season/school is still out but instead...HP?

Acck. I really hadn't planned on booking that one yet but it appears it must be looked into as well.

Next...Small moments and gathering grandly, The BFP_YC_v0.3
(http://disboards.com/showthread.php?p=33687412#post33687412)

Sandy321
09-20-2009, 10:21 PM
:cool1: CONGRATULATIONS -

you have made a deposit! :banana:

Y/C is fabulous - I think Samantha Brown of Travel Channel Fame stayed there (will that help 'sell' Y/C?) SAB you betcha! and Hurricane Hannahs sells the same burgers as B&C - less wait, and adult beverages :thumbsup2

Cape May - way tops CM imho!
Yachtsman Steakhouse!

Quick Access to Epcot and Epcot Dining! :thumbsup2

:woohoo:

:wizard: BFP_YC_v0.1 :wizard:

Lady Lallie
09-20-2009, 10:30 PM
Talk about a roller coaster ride! :scared1:

I wonder why everything is booking up so fast, that seems very unusual! Very odd. :confused3

I think you will like the Yacht Club! I mean, Stormalong Beach will be a huge hit with the kiddos! Heck probably even the adults! ;)

All7OfUs
09-20-2009, 11:51 PM
Phew! That was a wild few days while I was sick and incapacitated. In fact, I'm feeling a little dizzy now that I've spent a good while following all that's transpired with your plans in my absence.

So, it's "settled". YC with SAB? I too find it very strange that things are so hard to come by with almost a year still to go!! What the heck?! I'm so glad maroo got us a BB while she was still there! good grief! I would be having angina too!

I think you should keep your title too. I like that it's a good premise and all that, but just as valid a reason is that I have it bookmarked in my favorites as EMom's Treehouse PTR. :lmao:

eandesmom
09-21-2009, 01:08 AM
:cool1: CONGRATULATIONS -

you have made a deposit! :banana:

Y/C is fabulous - I think Samantha Brown of Travel Channel Fame stayed there (will that help 'sell' Y/C?) SAB you betcha! and Hurricane Hannahs sells the same burgers as B&C - less wait, and adult beverages :thumbsup2

Cape May - way tops CM imho!
Yachtsman Steakhouse!

Quick Access to Epcot and Epcot Dining! :thumbsup2

:woohoo:

:wizard: BFP_YC_v0.1 :wizard:

No, no deposit yet. A courtesy hold is a 7 day hold on the ressie. Deposit due by next Sunday or we lose it. We don't plan to lose it though but I needed to review and confirm things with Jeff and Sandie. I'll post on that separately.

I forgot about Hurricane Hannahs! Ahhhh :)

Talk about a roller coaster ride! :scared1:

I wonder why everything is booking up so fast, that seems very unusual! Very odd. :confused3

I think you will like the Yacht Club! I mean, Stormalong Beach will be a huge hit with the kiddos! Heck probably even the adults! ;)

Isn't that the craziest thing you've ever seen? I felt like I was losing my mind. CRO said they'd never seen anything like it. It was like trying to buy tickets for a really hot concert and they were GONE before you could spell the silly code security word on the screen.

I really really had planned a long month, or 2 of checking options, reserving a treehouse, etc. Any other time I've checked, outside of food and wine, no prob. 11 months away? Who would think? Is it really the world anticipating FD before school starts? Is it HP? It will be interesting to see if the Nick is having the same phenomenon. We will be looking at that this week.

Phew! That was a wild few days while I was sick and incapacitated. In fact, I'm feeling a little dizzy now that I've spent a good while following all that's transpired with your plans in my absence.

So, it's "settled". YC with SAB? I too find it very strange that things are so hard to come by with almost a year still to go!! What the heck?! I'm so glad maroo got us a BB while she was still there! good grief! I would be having angina too!

I think you should keep your title too. I like that it's a good premise and all that, but just as valid a reason is that I have it bookmarked in my favorites as EMom's Treehouse PTR. :lmao:

Seriously, it made ME dizzy. I'm glad you are better!!! We are going to have some crazy crowds on this trip I think. I think it is sort of settled for now, I'll post a quick update as I did chat with Sandie. I plan to keep the title though. :) NO kidding, I'm glad you guys have your rooms! I am not sure if it just the 5+ sized rooms that are going going gone or if it is all rooms. Maybe the whole world did the BB's?

Dunno.

eandesmom
09-21-2009, 01:19 AM
So after the frenzy...I reviewed things with Jeff and finally heard back from Sandie.

Jeff, bless his heart, somehow missed the fact that we couldn't book a treehouse right now and that getting one in Feb when they release more was a crap shoot.

He gets it now. And despite an initial "I WANNA SLEEP IN A TREEHOUSE" that he gave me, he is all over the YC idea. Although interestingly enough he thinks if Laura does come, there is no way his mother would share a room and so his mom would end up with the younger 3 kids and Doug and Laura and Taylor would be in our room.

Oh Brother.

Sandie, as I predicted, voted for BC or YC out of all the options presented (THV, BLT, Contemporary being the others). Which confirms my other epiphany that THV is very US but not so very THEM. I have a sneaking suspicion she will want YC regardless, I did ask the question.

She is less sold on the Nick part, which is not surprising and is fine. Selfishly I like the idea of just us with the slime. She also thinks 10 days is overload for her and Paul.

Jeff assumed they'd want to come for that, I assumed otherwise...so far, I appear right. LOL! Of course she hasn't actually talked to Doug or Paul about it yet so we will see.

She is going to talk to Doug but for now, I think we are on with the plan and will make the deposit, and ressie official, later this week. She assumes that Laura will have no interest in coming and Doug will have no interest in asking her. I am SO staying out of that one! Jeff had a heart attack that I even mentioned it but I'm glad I threw it out there just in case it comes back to bite us.

I :worship: whomever invented the courtesy hold. I actually didn't even know until yesterday that there was such a thing! I read it on a TR or PTR. It saved my bacon!

Tomorrow my friend will start looking into the Nick aspect so that should be interesting.

Sandy321
09-21-2009, 07:22 AM
:yay:

It sounds like you have a good feel for Sandie - you are being very consdiderate to ensure she has a fabulous time!!

Courtesy hold must be for TA's, I know for me when I asked for a "hold" I was given 24 hours! (but that was awhile ago!!) At least people are understanding how fast things disappear (with large groups at least) andhow important planning really is!! :thumbsup2

eandesmom
09-21-2009, 09:39 AM
:yay:

It sounds like you have a good feel for Sandie - you are being very consdiderate to ensure she has a fabulous time!!

Courtesy hold must be for TA's, I know for me when I asked for a "hold" I was given 24 hours! (but that was awhile ago!!) At least people are understanding how fast things disappear (with large groups at least) andhow important planning really is!! :thumbsup2

Aww, thanks! Hey, if my MIL is happy, we are all happy!

This was her response when I told her I'd gone ahead iwth the courtesy hold

loved the Yacht Club the best, no getting around it.


So now we just need her DH to sign off on the cost for their portion and then actually make those deposits. They are definitely 4 star resort people for trips on their own so I don't think it will be an issue. I think their bigger struggle is getting over park ticket prices!

:thumbsup2

I am not sure on the courtesy hold, the PTR I saw it on sounded like the person had done it themselves. I am guessing that maybe no one knows it is an option? But maybe it is only TA's.

Lady Lallie
09-21-2009, 10:55 AM
I've done a courtesy hold before, you only get it held for so many days though, right? I think that is how it works.

Hopefully you will hear from everyone ASAP so things are a little more concrete...well at least for now. ;)

TarzansKat
09-21-2009, 11:21 AM
Okay, my dear. I just spent the past half hour catching up on your ptr, here. You write so well (and so much ;)) that I wanted a good block of time to really take in what you were saying. Here are my thoughts in no particular order.

Good for you! Life is too short not to do a lot of things!

I hope Doug's health continues to mend, and the financial burden is not too great. :hug:

I commend you for willingly orchestrating something with so many people. I know they're your family, but my head swims when I plan our trips with 6/7. I can't imagine 9 or 10!!!! :scared1:

I'm happy that you're at the Yacht Club. I know it's not what you initially wanted, but it's a very lovely deluxe resort. If you have any questions, or want some pics, I do have some from my December trip, so just let me know. :thumbsup2

Angies1274
09-21-2009, 12:00 PM
Wow!! So much has happened since I checked in last. Hmm...I wonder why things are booking up so fast. We are considering April or June next year and haven't even begun looking at options. I guess I need to get busy.:rolleyes1

Yay!! for the Yacht Club!! It looks like a beautiful resort and it has SAB, which is a wonderful bonus!!

I hope everything works out and you are able to put your deposit down(which is always a great feeling and makes things feel so official) by the end of the week like you hope.:goodvibes

eandesmom
09-21-2009, 12:13 PM
I've done a courtesy hold before, you only get it held for so many days though, right? I think that is how it works.

Hopefully you will hear from everyone ASAP so things are a little more concrete...well at least for now. ;)

I believe it is 7 days. I hope it is 7. However I think I should get confirmation if not today, then tomorrow, from Sandie. Right now it appears all systems are go though so if push comes to shove (i.e. it expires tomorrow) methinks I'll bite the bullet.

Okay, my dear. I just spent the past half hour catching up on your ptr, here. You write so well (and so much ;)) that I wanted a good block of time to really take in what you were saying. Here are my thoughts in no particular order.

Good for you! Life is too short not to do a lot of things!

I hope Doug's health continues to mend, and the financial burden is not too great. :hug:

I commend you for willingly orchestrating something with so many people. I know they're your family, but my head swims when I plan our trips with 6/7. I can't imagine 9 or 10!!!! :scared1:

I'm happy that you're at the Yacht Club. I know it's not what you initially wanted, but it's a very lovely deluxe resort. If you have any questions, or want some pics, I do have some from my December trip, so just let me know. :thumbsup2

Hmmn.

Is that a nice way of saying that I go on and on and on? Some people have diarrhea of the mouth. Jeff says I have it of the hands. He makes fun of me all the time as I am tapping away on my keyboard. I type rather loudly. I've had coworkers call me out on it as in the passion of a long email, it is rather annoying. Or funny. Depends on who you are talking to I guess.

Last night...composing a long response to Sandie. Hey! The woman had QUESTIONS, good ones!

Jeff.

"click click click, tap tap tap"

that's his code for JEESH you are loud and are you typing a novel?

"just responding to your mother babe"

I am nothing if not thorough.

I am completely, utterly, totally cool with YC. Not what I'd planned or envisioned. But I like what I see! And you know what is wierd? Despite the fact that I will definitely need to buy Jeff earplugs so that I can sleep, in some ways it is better sleeping for all from a bed standpoint. At THV Doug and Taylor would have had to share, now they get their own beds. The balcony resolves my morning coffee space issue beautifully!

And really, can't you picture it? Matching navy and yellow tye dye tank top sundresses/swimsuit cover ups for SAB. Like the way I'm expanding your offerings?

:lmao:

Wow!! So much has happened since I checked in last. Hmm...I wonder why things are booking up so fast. We are considering April or June next year and haven't even begun looking at options. I guess I need to get busy.:rolleyes1

Yay!! for the Yacht Club!! It looks like a beautiful resort and it has SAB, which is a wonderful bonus!!

I hope everything works out and you are able to put your deposit down(which is always a great feeling and makes things feel so official) by the end of the week like you hope.:goodvibes

Unless you are going during spring break, or after school gets out, you are probably ok. I think the combo of FD assumptions, HP and the last week before many start school created a maelstrom. And who knows if all the rooms are really released. We know DVC ones are not.

I just hope that it being that full doesn't cause Disney to NOT offer FD. It has been announced for 2010 for the UK which is an indicator so I'm not going to let myself think otherwise. Sadly, that would be a deal killer.

elphie101
09-21-2009, 12:20 PM
FD has also been announced for bounceback offers for late August-September of next year, which is also making me hopeful, because like you, it's a deal-breaker for me; I can't afford to pay to eat at Disney.

Shame about the treehouse, maybe for your next trip? They do look like fun.......but oooooooo, Beaches &Cream. I've never been (outside of the Contemporary for Chef Mickey's and the Poly for 'Ohana, I've never been to any of the WDW hotels) but MAN does it sound good! It's certainly on my list!!

TarzansKat
09-21-2009, 03:25 PM
Hmmn.

Is that a nice way of saying that I go on and on and on? Some people have diarrhea of the mouth. Jeff says I have it of the hands. He makes fun of me all the time as I am tapping away on my keyboard. I type rather loudly. I've had coworkers call me out on it as in the passion of a long email, it is rather annoying. Or funny. Depends on who you are talking to I guess.

Last night...composing a long response to Sandie. Hey! The woman had QUESTIONS, good ones!

Jeff.

"click click click, tap tap tap"

that's his code for JEESH you are loud and are you typing a novel?

"just responding to your mother babe"

I am nothing if not thorough.

No.

Have you SEEN my 100+ page pre trip report? 'Nuff said. :goodvibes

I'm the same way. My typing is rapid, and my DH totally makes fun of me. Actually, I feel quite a comraderie with you. My convoluted point is that I enjoy what you write, and want to take time to savor it. I've just been so busy with my upcoming trip, I hadn't had "savoring" time. This monring, I seized it while DS was otherwise occupied with a Magic School Bus DVD. We get them from the library, he just loves them. Anyway...who's running on now? :lmao:


I am completely, utterly, totally cool with YC. Not what I'd planned or envisioned. But I like what I see! And you know what is wierd? Despite the fact that I will definitely need to buy Jeff earplugs so that I can sleep, in some ways it is better sleeping for all from a bed standpoint. At THV Doug and Taylor would have had to share, now they get their own beds. The balcony resolves my morning coffee space issue beautifully!

And really, can't you picture it? Matching navy and yellow tye dye tank top sundresses/swimsuit cover ups for SAB. Like the way I'm expanding your offerings?

:lmao:

It's nice to know that you'll be more comfortable there! I found the room to be very comfortable. It was Mom, Nana, DS, and I. DS and I took one bed, Nana took the sofa/bed, and Mom another bed. Everyone was quite pleased, and slept pretty well.

Well, except me when I got kicked by DS. But I'm a kicker, too, so it's all good. I shudder to think of us cramming into the small beds at Pop on this trip. It's a good thing he's a snuggler!

And yes, you are expanding my offerings! I love it! ;)

eandesmom
09-21-2009, 03:38 PM
FD has also been announced for bounceback offers for late August-September of next year, which is also making me hopeful, because like you, it's a deal-breaker for me; I can't afford to pay to eat at Disney.

Shame about the treehouse, maybe for your next trip? They do look like fun.......but oooooooo, Beaches &Cream. I've never been (outside of the Contemporary for Chef Mickey's and the Poly for 'Ohana, I've never been to any of the WDW hotels) but MAN does it sound good! It's certainly on my list!!

Ah..BB's lightbulb moment. I didn't realize that FD had been announced for the BB's. VERY encouraging!!

No.

Have you SEEN my 100+ page pre trip report? 'Nuff said. :goodvibes

I'm the same way. My typing is rapid, and my DH totally makes fun of me. Actually, I feel quite a comraderie with you. My convoluted point is that I enjoy what you write, and want to take time to savor it. I've just been so busy with my upcoming trip, I hadn't had "savoring" time. This monring, I seized it while DS was otherwise occupied with a Magic School Bus DVD. We get them from the library, he just loves them. Anyway...who's running on now? :lmao:


Awww....I feel exactly the same!

It's nice to know that you'll be more comfortable there! I found the room to be very comfortable. It was Mom, Nana, DS, and I. DS and I took one bed, Nana took the sofa/bed, and Mom another bed. Everyone was quite pleased, and slept pretty well.

Well, except me when I got kicked by DS. But I'm a kicker, too, so it's all good. I shudder to think of us cramming into the small beds at Pop on this trip. It's a good thing he's a snuggler!

And yes, you are expanding my offerings! I love it! ;)

I am not a kicker but the 3 younger kids are wrigglers and floppers. Nightmare! Kendall was horrid to sleep with, kept snuggling and flopping her arm over me and the bed was too small to go anwhere! She was dead weight man! T may be a bit big for that sofa/day bed but I figure it beats sharing a bed with Doug.:rotfl:

TarzansKat
09-21-2009, 03:43 PM
Awww....I feel exactly the same!


:grouphug:


I am not a kicker but the 3 younger kids are wrigglers and floppers. Nightmare! Kendall was horrid to sleep with, kept snuggling and flopping her arm over me and the bed was too small to go anwhere! She was dead weight man! T may be a bit big for that sofa/day bed but I figure it beats sharing a bed with Doug.:rotfl:

Ugh. Normally I am all about unity, learning to share.

But not while I'm trying to sleep, people. :lmao:

cjackearl
09-21-2009, 04:28 PM
Yippee for the YC!! I do believe you'll love it there, and the amenities at both YC and BC are the same, so you'll get all of the benefits that they both have to offer. BC is closer to the International Gateway into Epcot, but YC is closer to the boat launch and DHS. And of course, there's the wonderful SAB.:cloud9: Please have a No Way Jose for me at Beaches n Cream. We never made it in.:sad2:

PracPerfPatricia
09-21-2009, 04:58 PM
I'm here and subbing on...

now I have to go back and read...:wave2:

eandesmom
09-21-2009, 05:45 PM
:grouphug:
Ugh. Normally I am all about unity, learning to share.

But not while I'm trying to sleep, people. :lmao:

EXACTLY!

Yippee for the YC!! I do believe you'll love it there, and the amenities at both YC and BC are the same, so you'll get all of the benefits that they both have to offer. BC is closer to the International Gateway into Epcot, but YC is closer to the boat launch and DHS. And of course, there's the wonderful SAB.:cloud9: Please have a No Way Jose for me at Beaches n Cream. We never made it in.:sad2:

Sure!

If TK can have a Yak Attack for me, I can have a No Way Jose for you.

What exactly is it I am agreeing to? Do I eat it? Or drink it?

I'm here and subbing on...

now I have to go back and read...:wave2:

:welcome:

thrilled to have you here!

cjackearl
09-21-2009, 05:52 PM
You eat it! Its a chocolate and peanut butter sundae, so I'm hoping there aren't any peanut allergies! I'm sure a kid or two would help you eat it if you asked.;)

eandesmom
09-21-2009, 06:41 PM
You eat it! Its a chocolate and peanut butter sundae, so I'm hoping there aren't any peanut allergies! I'm sure a kid or two would help you eat it if you asked.;)

Npe! Not a one. Probably not what I'd pick although I'll enjoy it just fine. However I can think of 3 people that might order it on their own accord so I'll keep you posted.

Then again I can just see them wanting to get the kitchen sink. YIKES!

Do you know if the counter service is available to use as DDP snack credits?

YUM!

elphie101
09-21-2009, 06:50 PM
Ah..BB's lightbulb moment. I didn't realize that FD had been announced for the BB's. VERY encouraging!!

Indeed! The bounceback dates are 8/15/10-9/30/10 (it feels so weird to write dates that don't start with zero!!)

If you combine this information with what you mentioned about it being offered for 2010 for the UK, I'd say our chances have just jumped to VERY good!!

All this talk of Free Dining is making me hungry.........and oh look! It's dinner time! How convenient!! :laughing:

cjackearl
09-21-2009, 06:54 PM
The last I knew you could get a cone from the to go window with a snack credit.:thumbsup2

eandesmom
09-21-2009, 07:26 PM
Fall starts tomorrow although you wouldn't know it by the temperatures here. In the spirit of that, and the fact that somehow Jeff has figured out a way to have the Disney trip speed up his BFP of a seaplane, I thought I'd share some of our pictures from our last summer "hurrah"...flying to Roche Harbour, on San Juan Island which is in the San Juan Islands.

This was also one of those moments that inspired this PTR. I'd found out that morning that something I was interviewing for, that I DIDN'T REALLY WANT, AT ALL, I didn't get. And I obsessed about it a bit, let it bring me down. Dwelled.

Is dwelled a real word? Boy does that sound like poor grammar. Dwelt implies I actually lived there. Like she dwelt in the forest. Hmmn. Really need a better word here.

Talk about off tangent!

Jeff pulling the plane out of it's "parking spot, almost ready to go!

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Yes, the plane really IS small. The one he is building will be a similar size, though very very different.
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Mt. Baker

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Destination, San Juan Islands!

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The ferry that runs through the islands and up to Victoria BC. This is for you PracPerfPatricia!
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The main town. I have been here several times, and even flew in once though Jeff wasn't the pilot. Never to the other side of the island.
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Destination in sight
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And another of Mt. Baker. I got really carried away, it was pretty ridiculous.
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The airstrip
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parking the plane
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This was actually hysterical to me. You park the plane on the grass, walk over to a pay box and deposit your parking fee in a little envelope, just like you would for a car. As we are paying an older couple and their little yippy lap dog was walking towards us. A small amount of plane chat happened and they gave us directions as to where to go eat, what the 3 options were since we didn't have a clue having never been there before. It is a short walk but not terribly obvious. Of course they HAD to drop the fact that they "kept" their boat there. According to Jeff they had a rather nice plane (heck they are all nice to me, I don't have a clue but suffice to say that theirs wasn't a kit like ours will be) so he found it unnecessarily pretentious and I"m like Dude...you flew in, for lunch, in a small plane. Clearly they think we are one of them.

:lmao:

It was pretty funny.

The chapel.
I would love it if my little sis would have her wedding here but it's out of the budget.
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Ok it's not a deluxe resort, but isn't it cute?
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The marina, where we will land the seaplane someday. That adorable church is the back
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This is the three sisters (I think!), the hike pictures from the beginning of my PTR is from near here
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If you squint really hard you can see Mt Ranier. This is for you Sandy321
It was a bit hazy. It was actually INCREDIBLE this morning at sunrise, I can see it from my bedroom window. But too far away for any decent pictures.
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eandesmom
09-21-2009, 07:31 PM
Indeed! The bounceback dates are 8/15/10-9/30/10 (it feels so weird to write dates that don't start with zero!!)

If you combine this information with what you mentioned about it being offered for 2010 for the UK, I'd say our chances have just jumped to VERY good!!

All this talk of Free Dining is making me hungry.........and oh look! It's dinner time! How convenient!! :laughing:

Oh that is great info if I need to move my dates at all! Whoo hooo! From your mouth to the mouse's ears.

I'm hungry too!

The last I knew you could get a cone from the to go window with a snack credit.:thumbsup2

Be still my heart. I think we have a perfect first day in the making. With the room change and SAB I can't see getting the gang to a park on day 1. It'll be an option but...I'm ok with it.

Lunch at Hurricane Hannahs....Beaches and Cream Ice Cream cones for snack.

Ahhhh A perfect afternoon.

Sandy321
09-21-2009, 08:26 PM
The last I knew you could get a cone from the to go window with a snack credit.:thumbsup2

um DONT DO IT!! :rotfl2: You only have a choice of 4 flavors at B&C walk up - instead do me the honor of going into Beach Club, into the market place and ask for a taste of their GELATO!! :faint: This stuff is INSANE it is so good!! YOU have to believe me! and you have at least 8 - 12 flavors (I forget, I know its a lot) some are sherbet flavors, some are like butter pecan, creme brulee, OMG - it is so GOOD - and the LARGE is a Dining Plan Snack Credit! :thumbsup2

I wondered where Mt Ranier was!! :wizard:

what a gorgeous getaway!

eandesmom
09-21-2009, 09:15 PM
um DONT DO IT!! :rotfl2: You only have a choice of 4 flavors at B&C walk up - instead do me the honor of going into Beach Club, into the market place and ask for a taste of their GELATO!! :faint: This stuff is INSANE it is so good!! YOU have to believe me! and you have at least 8 - 12 flavors (I forget, I know its a lot) some are sherbet flavors, some are like butter pecan, creme brulee, OMG - it is so GOOD - and the LARGE is a Dining Plan Snack Credit! :thumbsup2

I wondered where Mt Ranier was!! :wizard:

what a gorgeous getaway!

Ok, just so I am clear. The gelato is at the marketplace, not at B&C?

Can't I have BOTH?

:)

I am slightly concerned though that your husband climbed a mountain and you don't know where it is.

All7OfUs
09-22-2009, 07:20 AM
LOVE the shots of my home stomping grounds. My hubby is a hobby mountaineer, and has climbed most of those peaks. The only one he hasn't "conquered" is the sisters because his climbing partners were ill-equipped dopeheads. Ah well.

MainStMandy
09-22-2009, 08:19 AM
Loving the pictures!!! FFIL used to fly planes. He sold his a few years ago when he just couldn't afford the maintenance cost anymore.

Ok, just so I am clear. The gelato is at the marketplace, not at B&C?

Can't I have BOTH?

:)

I am slightly concerned though that your husband climbed a mountain and you don't know where it is.

I haven't tried the gelato yet, but um yea...why can't you have both:rotfl: My kinda thinking!!:thumbsup2

Sandy321
09-22-2009, 08:32 AM
Ok, just so I am clear. The gelato is at the marketplace, not at B&C?

Can't I have BOTH?

:)

I am slightly concerned though that your husband climbed a mountain and you don't know where it is.

:rotfl:

Well I figure its a given you are going to B&C - :rolleyes1 was that too dramatic a request? :rolleyes1

Yes, Gelato is in the BC Marketplace - I suggest as you walk over to or from Epcot (depending on time and proper stomach readiness!) stop in for your Gelato fix...

I should warn you - when you check in - get the lay of the "land" and find where B&C Marketplace is - just wander in, and they will give you samples - free . lots. WARNING... Gelato may become addictive!! ;)

LOVE the shots of my home stomping grounds. My hubby is a hobby mountaineer, and has climbed most of those peaks. The only one he hasn't "conquered" is the sisters because his climbing partners were ill-equipped dopeheads. Ah well.

:rotfl: I guess I shouldnt laugh, because I first read it as "Deadheads" then realized you were probably serious about the dope - and that's just sad!

Well now I see my dh and your dh would get along in a mountain gear discussion!!

Cynthia you mean I was supposed to pay attention to all that talk about which side or which face he went up? We have priced airline tickets to go back - and camp at the base of Mt Ranier while dh does his thing - we are camping people - the kind where we bring tents - but I bring an air mattress - so I guess I am a camping snob!! DH sleeps in a tent the size of a coffin... I guess I shouldnt joke about that... :rolleyes1

Lady Lallie
09-22-2009, 08:57 AM
Those are just gorgeous pictures! Simply beautiful.

eandesmom
09-22-2009, 09:27 AM
LOVE the shots of my home stomping grounds. My hubby is a hobby mountaineer, and has climbed most of those peaks. The only one he hasn't "conquered" is the sisters because his climbing partners were ill-equipped dopeheads. Ah well.

I didn't realize you were a NW girl! Yeah! There actually aren't that many on the DIS it seems. A sprinkling....

CA doesn't count.

:rotfl:

Oh that's sad....reminds me of some crazy stories my old boss used to tell me. He'd go hiking once a year, with 2 friends on this crazy week long trek (and it is going to drive me nuts while I try to remember where it was) but suffice to say it was NOT an easy place to get to, for the trailhead. One of his hiking partners was a guy he'd only see once a year, for this hike. A recluse. He'd show up without shoes....no gear, improper clothing and once wandered off.

they lost him for about a week that time I think.

And yet, they'd still hike with him again the following summer. Every year.

:confused3

It did make for good stories!

I'd love to climb the Sisters, it's on our list. It's a long list. Right now Mt Dickerman is our favorite hike, we are gearing the kids up, they made it to the top of Mt. Si this summer, even Eric!

I wouldn't call us mountaineers though, just hikers who don't get to go nearly as often as we'd like.

Loving the pictures!!! FFIL used to fly planes. He sold his a few years ago when he just couldn't afford the maintenance cost anymore.



I haven't tried the gelato yet, but um yea...why can't you have both:rotfl: My kinda thinking!!:thumbsup2

Hi Amanda! How many days till your PS? Exciting :)

Thankfully I expect, no wait I demand, that Jeff will be doing all of his own maintenance. His car's bad enough!

For now the renting is a good option although you can get a 1/10 share or something like that and it is more reasonable as well. There is no way we could do this if he wasn't building it. My big concern and what Jeff is avoiding finding out (or has and is strategically....slowly letting me know) is what the hangar costs will be. We don't need a hangar and there is a seaplane base about one mile from our house and Jeff is convinced it will be less since they won't have to lift it out of the water for him (his plane can drive right out, it's trippy!).

But still...I have a feeling it's going to be like a car payment :scared1: Good thing it will take the man 2-3 years to build!

:rotfl:

Well I figure its a given you are going to B&C - :rolleyes1 was that too dramatic a request? :rolleyes1

Yes, Gelato is in the BC Marketplace - I suggest as you walk over to or from Epcot (depending on time and proper stomach readiness!) stop in for your Gelato fix...

I should warn you - when you check in - get the lay of the "land" and find where B&C Marketplace is - just wander in, and they will give you samples - free . lots. WARNING... Gelato may become addictive!! ;)

Cynthia you mean I was supposed to pay attention to all that talk about which side or which face he went up? We have priced airline tickets to go back - and camp at the base of Mt Ranier while dh does his thing - we are camping people - the kind where we bring tents - but I bring an air mattress - so I guess I am a camping snob!! DH sleeps in a tent the size of a coffin... I guess I shouldnt joke about that... :rolleyes1

I love Gelato. Reminds me of Italy. And my old office, we had an amazing Gelato shop on the street level. In the fall they'd have pumpkin gelato. Which might sound odd but

Ahhhhh

Sigh.........

It's vacation, I can handle Gelato. Daily.

In fact, I might have to list it on the "must do's"

With the occasional departure for a Mickey Bar.

Definitely shop your tickets, it can be pricey to fly here (and out) or a deal, it's crazy the swings. I grew up camping at Mt. Ranier, have a lot of fondness for the Cougar Rock campground in particular. We took the kids there for a week a few years ago...now there are some funny pics! Short day hikes only though and we got hit with some serious rain!

We do air mattresses these days as well. "car camp"

Which compared to an RV is real camping but compared to putting it all on your back and making camp at night, is not. Me...I like my pots and pans and wine. I love the challenge of a really great meal over a camp stove. Now way all those groceries are going on my back!

I've done pack hiking but not in about a bazillion years. I do want to do it someday with the kids though.

Those are just gorgeous pictures! Simply beautiful.

Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!

I have to admit that while I've traveled a lot and really really hope to travel a LOT more...I don't think there is a pretty place in the world than Seattle in the summer. It is a great way to remind yourself how blessed you are when you wake up and look at the blue sky and the mountains and smell that crisp fall air even though it still hits summer temps during the day.

PracPerfPatricia
09-22-2009, 09:58 AM
Wow-all caught up...:thumbsup2

That was quite a roller coaster ride...so the Yacht Club it is?:cool1:

(That whole Yacht Club/Beach Club Complex is stunning...I've a desperate hankering to stay there...(even thought I think the GF is stunning...YC/BC is more my taste...FABULOUS location.../great restaurants/amazing pool...

We're probably going to stay at the WL next October-which is kind like "pretend staying" in your neck of the woods.:lmao:..I love WL and AKL also...)

Wow-quite a start to your p-trip report...it is really easy to forget what's important in the day to day of things...you need to make sure that you remind yourself...Thanks for the reminder...:goodvibes

Ah families...gotta love them...I hold the position that it is hard to write any novel that truly captures both the love and tenderness and the frustration and annoyance that our families/extended families can bring out...

It is always a nice luxury to be able to go into the story having insight into the cast of characters and their relationships...and see as more is slowly revealed throught the course of the narrative...:cool2:..
(.it is also a relief to know that not everyone else's family is perfect either...:lmao:)

You'll have a fab trip-can't wait to see how everything rolls out...:surfweb:

eandesmom
09-22-2009, 12:01 PM
either I am HALLUCINATING (which is entirely possible) or the Nick rates JUMPED in the last week.

I swear when I priced it before it was $101 at the AAA rate for a 3 bedroom suite. Which granted, seemed insanely cheap but who am I to question a rate like that.

Today it is $279.

2 bedroom is still $122 and sleeps 6 so I'm going to lock that up too and K and I will bunk up for 4 nights, or maybe only 2 if Paul and Sandie do join us for part of the trip. Probably going to lock up 1 room for 4 nights and 1 room for 2.

CRAZY!

Lady Lallie
09-22-2009, 12:05 PM
either I am HALLUCINATING (which is entirely possible) or the Nick rates JUMPED in the last week.

I swear when I priced it before it was $101 at the AAA rate for a 3 bedroom suite. Which granted, seemed insanely cheap but who am I to question a rate like that.

Today it is $279.

2 bedroom is still $122 and sleeps 6 so I'm going to lock that up too and K and I will bunk up for 4 nights, or maybe only 2 if Paul and Sandie do join us for part of the trip. Probably going to lock up 1 room for 4 nights and 1 room for 2.

CRAZY!
You are just not having good luck with all these crazy room rates! :headache:

Hopefully things will calm down and rooms will open and deals will be announced! :worship:

MAGICFOR2
09-22-2009, 01:03 PM
I just found your PTR while looking for more information about the Treehouse Villas. Thanks for the reminder of how precious life is! I look forward to reading:goodvibes

Sandy321
09-22-2009, 01:34 PM
either I am HALLUCINATING (which is entirely possible) or the Nick rates JUMPED in the last week.

I swear when I priced it before it was $101 at the AAA rate for a 3 bedroom suite. Which granted, seemed insanely cheap but who am I to question a rate like that.

Today it is $279.

2 bedroom is still $122 and sleeps 6 so I'm going to lock that up too and K and I will bunk up for 4 nights, or maybe only 2 if Paul and Sandie do join us for part of the trip. Probably going to lock up 1 room for 4 nights and 1 room for 2.

CRAZY!

Do you have the entertainment books? Our school sells them for a fundraiser (and if they had only sold them 2 weeks ago I could've saved $60 on airfare alone!)

anyway, I was flipping thru the book and the Nick Hotel in Orlando had a coupon for 25% off if you use the entertainment code!

eandesmom
09-22-2009, 02:04 PM
Wow-all caught up...:thumbsup2

Ah families...gotta love them...I hold the position that it is hard to write any novel that truly captures both the love and tenderness and the frustration and annoyance that our families/extended families can bring out...

It is always a nice luxury to be able to go into the story having insight into the cast of characters and their relationships...and see as more is slowly revealed throught the course of the narrative...:cool2:..
(.it is also a relief to know that not everyone else's family is perfect either...:lmao:)



Well, we will see! It looks like YC but still need the green light from Paul. I have till Sunday :scared:

I :love:WL even if it is just like home. It reminds me a LOT of where we got married although technically it is actually more like Yellowstone...which I also love! Jeff would LOVE to stay there, as would the kids but I'd rather save it for a someday Thanksgiving or Christmas trip! YC seems to suit an August trip. Of course so did the shady Treehouses!

That and the prices for the room size we'd need was better at YC, surprisingly enough.

I couldn't agree more with your novel comments...I am sure more will be revealed, we certainly have LOTS of time!

I am of the firm opinion that no one, and no one's family is perfect. It might seem so from the outside but everyone has "stuff" whether you can see it or not.

You are just not having good luck with all these crazy room rates! :headache:

Hopefully things will calm down and rooms will open and deals will be announced! :worship:

Crazy! I really want to give my TA the business but am SOOOO tempted to just book it myself. It's bugging me.

I think it's my own fault. I checked the rates last Monday I think. On Tuesday the announced the dates for HP. Rate increase a coincidence? I don't think so.


I just found your PTR while looking for more information about the Treehouse Villas. Thanks for the reminder of how precious life is! I look forward to reading:goodvibes

:welcome:

I'm happy to answer any questions I can about the Treehouses, I've been obsessed with them for months :)

Do you have the entertainment books? Our school sells them for a fundraiser (and if they had only sold them 2 weeks ago I could've saved $60 on airfare alone!)

anyway, I was flipping thru the book and the Nick Hotel in Orlando had a coupon for 25% off if you use the entertainment code!

Good idea and I do, I'll have to see if that works out better than the AAA rate. Standard rate is a LOT more though.

eandesmom
09-22-2009, 02:47 PM
So now those AAA rates appear to be "gone". AAA says it's too far in the future, Nick says it's too far in the future but we can apply it when it comes out. And yet....both my TA and I saw the $101 and then I saw the $122. My TA is so annoyed it's pretty cute! She's still trying to get to the bottom of it.

Sounds like we will reserve it at the rack rate if we have to and then either apply the entertainment discount or the AAA when it comes out. We will see.

I am thinking of looking into a totally different option for Paul, Sandie and Doug them and that way maybe Taylor can stay with them, outside of the whole Nick neon which he will NOT be into. He will be all over the parks, and the pool but Nick themed rooms? Not.

Kendall WAS Danny Phantom for halloween one year so I think she will be fine.

LOL!

I'm telling you all this stuff made me so nervous, I reserved a car for the front part of the trip. Last trip I couldn't get a minivan, they were LONG gone. I am banking on not needing it for the whole trip though, I cannot justify that much money on a car! And it won't even fit all of us, Sandie and Paul will need to get their own if they come for the front part of the trip.

I'm not renting a 15 passenger van!

Ouch.

mickeysmyboy
09-22-2009, 08:01 PM
I somehow got behind!!! You really are on a rollercoaster with this trip! Crazy! Think of it this way, some up, down and all around now will lead to a wonderful end result ;)

The pictures of your day trip are absolutely beautiful!! WOW!!! Soooooooo amazing! Thanks for sharing!

TarzansKat
09-22-2009, 08:35 PM
I can't believe those rates have mysteriously disappeared. I hate it when stuff like that happens! :hug:

eandesmom
09-22-2009, 10:28 PM
I somehow got behind!!! You really are on a rollercoaster with this trip! Crazy! Think of it this way, some up, down and all around now will lead to a wonderful end result ;)

The pictures of your day trip are absolutely beautiful!! WOW!!! Soooooooo amazing! Thanks for sharing!

It's probably appropriate, our normal life is a wild ride! I mean I am a planner, no doubt. But this is excessive even for me. I think the longest pre-plan I've ever done was about 6 months ahead and that was for 3 weeks in Italy! And here I thought we were going during the slow season......

:laughing:

At lest Jeff and his mom are along for the ride! It gives me 11 months to convince Kendall that no matter what comes up that weekend, this will be better lol. I'm banking on grandma guilt to tell you the truth!

I can't believe those rates have mysteriously disappeared. I hate it when stuff like that happens! :hug:

I know, the whole thing is a bit of a mind trip to tell you the truth! Who'dathunk?

4 days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you go in 4 days!!!!!!!!!!

All7OfUs
09-23-2009, 12:22 AM
Such a shame those more than totally awesome rates disappeared!! I guess someone else claimed them and got the pixie dust this time. You never know-maybe something else even better is in store for you! Keep the faith!

Good call on the car! Better safe than sorry, the way things are going.

jordanyosh
09-23-2009, 01:28 AM
Okay, I just read the whole thing..well most of it anyways...

I know about loss. check out the first post of my original PTR in 07...hard year for my family....

I miss the NW..lived in Beaverton, OR for 2 years.

Blended families can be hard, but it seems like you have it down pretty well.

I am not close to either of my brothers, but close to my cousins..weird isn't it.

I've stayed at BWV and YC and BCV...you will LOVE the Epcot Resort Area. Sandie and Paul will too. The convenience to Epcot and DHS can't be beat. While CS locations are scarce, you have a TON of Table Service locations within walking distance.....

Glad I found your PTR!:thumbsup2

Angies1274
09-23-2009, 07:53 AM
Hmm....so strange that those rates just disappeared.:confused3 Well, I hope some come out that are even better. (sending some pixie dust your way;))

BTW--Love the pics of your day trip!! They were just beautiful!!

Wow!! this has been like a roller coaster for you. I hope everything works out!!!

eandesmom
09-23-2009, 09:30 AM
Such a shame those more than totally awesome rates disappeared!! I guess someone else claimed them and got the pixie dust this time. You never know-maybe something else even better is in store for you! Keep the faith!

Good call on the car! Better safe than sorry, the way things are going.

I have faith. I have faith the AAA rates will come back. And if they don't I can use the entertainment coupon. I can live with $141, I'd just much rather pay $101 for a 3 bedroom :rotfl:

I also have faith in my TA to keep after it like a dog with a bone and get it back down. Part of the reason for doing the Nick for that many days was the rate. If the rate is too high then we might be better off with more days at Disney for the FD But...the Nick thing is for the boys. So...:confused3 my brain shouldn't hurt figuring out rates 11 months away! I figured out a solution for Paul and Sandie and then my brain went into overdrive. Need to turn it off. It IS 11 months away!

I need to just let it go, breathe in the pretty colors and trust.

Okay, I just read the whole thing..well most of it anyways...

I know about loss. check out the first post of my original PTR in 07...hard year for my family....

I miss the NW..lived in Beaverton, OR for 2 years.

Blended families can be hard, but it seems like you have it down pretty well.

I am not close to either of my brothers, but close to my cousins..weird isn't it.

I've stayed at BWV and YC and BCV...you will LOVE the Epcot Resort Area. Sandie and Paul will too. The convenience to Epcot and DHS can't be beat. While CS locations are scarce, you have a TON of Table Service locations within walking distance.....

Glad I found your PTR!:thumbsup2

Jordy!

:welcome:

I have family in Beaverton :) I'm usually down there once a year or so. I need to go check out that post in your original PTR. Family is family, I know for years Doug was far far closer to his cousin than to his brother. That's fallen apart as the cousin (who interestingly enough worked at Paul and Sandie's church) has really falllen into a sad sad space. While he wasn't good for Doug, it's still a loss of its own.

I can relate, I have some fabby cousins and you seem to really have a good time with yours. That is a blessing. I saw your update last night but didn't get a chance to post, WTG on the 5.25 hours of work!

Thanks for the compliments on the blended family. I really thank my mom (my stepmom) and to a lesser extent, Jeff's. We had some GREAT role models!

I am not worried about the lack of CS, as long as there is an option, that's good enough. That was a big drawback to the Fort, no CS, and no snacks. I am really excited about YC! I wish I could do more nights there. We did 7 nights on the last trip and it was easily 1 short. Part of that was flight times, as a west coaster I am sure you can relate. I am hoping that if we get the flights right this time, the 6 nights will be enough, especially with the Nick/IoA stuff up front.

Hmm....so strange that those rates just disappeared.:confused3 Well, I hope some come out that are even better. (sending some pixie dust your way;))

BTW--Love the pics of your day trip!! They were just beautiful!!

Wow!! this has been like a roller coaster for you. I hope everything works out!!!

Thanks Angie! It was a beautiful day. This has been quite the unexpected ride to be sure but fun, in its own twisted way. I hope some come out that are even better too!

eandesmom
09-23-2009, 11:51 AM
Up first.

I bring you a small moment from Evan.

Evan brought home a rough draft of a creative writing sample yesterday. I will not scan it as, well itís disastrous from my perspective although I am assured that the real thing is neat, legible with a decent illustration and that he expanded a bit on the front part as it doesnít quite make sense. Their task was to write about a ďsmall momentĒ. Evan chose to describe the reaction he had, after buying with the very last of his souvenir money, specifically saved to find the "coolest" shirt (and immediately putting on) his EE shirt and then turning around and going right back on EE during EMH on our last park day. This is what happened when he got off EE, in his words. I had NOTHING to do with his topic choice, I found out after the fact.

ďI finally got my t-shirt. I jumped up and hit my head on a bar, OW!!
My dad said I should have gotten a concussion and my brother practically laughed his head off.Ē


It is accompanied by an illustration of a stick figure whacking his head on a bar, seeing stars with the eyes ďxídĒ out, under a sign that says

Disney World
watch your head


It cracked me up.
Despite the horrendous writing.

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I digress.

Welcome to The BFP_YC_V0.3

As of today we have...one Nickelodeon Family Suites 2 bedroom reserved for 8/23-8/27. I have requested anything BUT Rugrats for the room theme. Kendall and I will have to bunk up on the sleeper, Taylor and Jeff in the King and then the Eís will get bunks. I hope once AAA rates come out we can upgrade to the 3 bedroom but at least we know we have a room and the price will only go down.

I also booked a mini van at a rate I can live with for the first part of the trip. If we find a better one, great but if not it is livable. Those puppies go fast and it has caused problems in the past. I am banking on returning it on move to YC day, I canít afford it for 10 days!

I had a BRILLIANT solution to the ďgrandparents not wanting to stay in nick character themed rooms and be there for 10 daysĒ situation. If they decide they want more than the 6 nights, they can come down on the 25th days before the YC, instead of our 4 and join us for an adult only dinner on their first night and IoA on the 2nd day and then we will all move to the YC.

They could stay stay at a mod or pay for more nights at the Yacht Club. I vote for the mod. If they decide to do that, we will add it to their room as a split stay. I think it is brilliant because it gets them on the dining plan 2 days early and works really well as that ďadult onlyĒ dinner is hopefully a 2TS meal! Iíd planned to have it be OOP but this way, for them, it would really work out since on IoA day we will eat at City Walk. Plus this way they donít have to move their stuff themselves, (or be involved in watching us move our stuff) which Sandie loves. I have a sneaking suspicion T will go stay with them for those 2 nights, which is fine. I have to admit, thinking about this option for themÖmade me think about this option for usÖand then my head swam. Literally. I got very caught up in the FD versus Nick internal debate.

I need to remember something.

Nick is for the boys. I need to repeat this. Nick is for the boys.

MAN is FD a great deal if you are 3 adults in a mod! It of course doesnít pencil the same for 2 adults and 4 kids who canít fit in a mod!

They will still need a car for 2 days I think though.

We will see. Right now we are confirmed for all 9 of us for 6 days in Disney, the 6 of us, 4 days prior to that at Nick. Doug will not be really able to confirm that he can go (with his job) until we get a lot closer but is in assuming it works with his work schedule. He is his own boss so theoretically, possible, but....it just depends. And we get that.

Since it wonít hurt us to pull him off, we will leave him on the ressie, assuming it will work out. Iíll be paying that Yacht Club deposit later this week.

Speaking of which. I am a bad daughter in law. A bad influence. Yes, itís true.

I have brought Sandie to the dark side.

I have introduced her toÖ

The Disney Visa.

She is SO all over that!

:rotfl:

We are going to put both deposits on ours (canít let those reward dollars slip away) and then try to do the refer a friend thing for both of us so she can get theirs. Jeff is going to call today.

Such a bad influence!

Now, of course, because itís only 5+ months away till I can make ADRís, my mind wanders to where I want to eat. But first I must decide.

To I want to gather grandly?

Or not.

There are 3 grand gathering options.

International Dinner and IllumiNations Dessert Reception 2 TS

Meet your friends and family at the Odyssey in Epcot for a celebration of international friendship. Your well-travelled and fun-loving hostess, Auntie Roz, welcomes you to amazing tastes from around the world. Help yourself to delectable international cuisine served family-style, where everyone from Grandma to Junior is sure to find a favourite dish.

As you feast, Auntie Roz and some of your favourite Disney Characters sing, dance and tell stories ó sometimes they even need your help! And Auntie Roz loves birthdays, anniversaries and special occasions, so if you've got something to celebrate just give her the word and she'll give you plenty of recognition, including a special song.

After your international eating adventure, end your evening on a sweet note with a scrumptious dessert buffet and a private, reserved viewing of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth. Theme park admission is required.


Safari Celebration Dinner 2 TS
Make dinnertime an adventure with an amazing experience. Meet your tour guide in Asia at the "Flights of Wonder" theatre for an exciting tour on Kilimanjaro Safaris.

Restaurant with a delicious all-you-can-eat African-inspired dinner menu served family style. Dine on a full range of delectable foods that will please even the youngest members of your family. Then, have an "up-close" experience with exotic wildlife brought to the restaurant courtyard just to meet you ó even get an autograph from one of the special Disney Characters who stop by the restaurant to say hello! And if you're celebrating a birthday, anniversary, family reunion or other special occasion, your Disney friends will surely add their recognition to the festivities. Theme park admission is required.

Good Morning Character Breakfast 1TS

Start the morning with Tony, the proprietor from "Lady and the Tramp," at his Tony's Town Square Restaurant for a fun-filled breakfast with plenty of Character. Mingle with Mickey while you enjoy the delicious dishes of an all-you-can-eat breakfast. Then sing and dance with your Disney pals or talk to them tableside. Tony will be happy to recognize birthdays and special occasions along with a special serenade of "Bella Notte" for anniversaries.
After breakfast, take Tony up on his invitation to visit Mickey's PhilharMagic, one of the most popular attractions in Magic Kingdom Park, for reserved seating at the very next show. Theme park admission is required.


Am I the only one who reads these and wonders who is Auntie Roz? Who is Tony? Do I care about either one of them?

I am just not sure I can justify 2TS on the dinner ones. They sound great in some respects, donít get me wrong but 2 TS is a lot. And there are a LOT of great places to eat that are only 1TS. I am not at all sure the newbies would be into it. For the breakfast oneÖ.it intrigues me BUT I have never, ever, seen a review of this. Tonyís doesnít offer breakfast except for this (to my knowledge) and so I am a little leery. I DO want to do a character breakfast this trip but had been leaning towards Cape May. Just not sure that this is worth it either.

If, heaven forbid, Doug canít go and Kendall really canít go (the thought of which makes me ill) then we lose our GG status. I wonít know the answers to that at ADR booking time. However Iíd imagine I might be best served by booking regular ADRís and then IF we decide we want to try and book a GG event, see if it is available. I would imagine they are more available then regular ADRís?

Who knows.

What do you guys think?

Next The BFP_YC_v0.3 con't... (http://disboards.com/showthread.php?p=33719012#post33719012)

Lady Lallie
09-23-2009, 01:36 PM
I have heard awesome things about Tony's Breakfast. Tony is the guy from Lady & Tramp who gives them the spaghetti dinner. :thumbsup2 If you go over to the restaurant board there are reviews of the grand gatherings I believe. We were going to go with a big group and we had decided on Tony's after ready reviews and such, it's a nice experience for 1 TS.

jordanyosh
09-23-2009, 03:18 PM
IF I were going to do any of them, I'd agree with LL and do the Tony's for 1TS...the other ones just don't seem to justify using 2TS....

eandesmom
09-23-2009, 06:06 PM
I have heard awesome things about Tony's Breakfast. Tony is the guy from Lady & Tramp who gives them the spaghetti dinner. :thumbsup2 If you go over to the restaurant board there are reviews of the grand gatherings I believe. We were going to go with a big group and we had decided on Tony's after ready reviews and such, it's a nice experience for 1 TS.

That's good to hear, I nosed around on there but didn't see anything, need to go look again a little deeper I guess.

IF I were going to do any of them, I'd agree with LL and do the Tony's for 1TS...the other ones just don't seem to justify using 2TS....

Okay, that sounds like 2 votes for far for the Tony's GG bfast over Cape May...This will impact our dinner ADR's so is important lol!

jordanyosh
09-23-2009, 08:07 PM
Here's my take on Cape May Breakfast. We had good character interaction, as we were seated near the end of breakfast and there really weren't that many people there. The food is serviceable, not memorable. I would've preferred a Character meal inside one of the theme parks. It just feels different....hard to explain. For the kids, it probably makes NO difference.

PracPerfPatricia
09-23-2009, 09:22 PM
Too funny-I had your same reaction when I was reading -Who the heck is Aunt Roz?...:confused3

I'd have to go with LL and Jordan...I ate at Tony's some time ago for breakfast when they still did that with Em-we enjoyed it...It's pretty in there and a nice place to begin the day...

I'd also go for it over Cape May for breakfast...

glennbo123
09-23-2009, 10:33 PM
ďI finally got my t-shirt. I jumped up and hit my head on a bar, OW!!
My dad said I should have gotten a concussion and my brother practically laughed his head off.Ē






What a great story. I love that he said "should have" instead of "could have". My fear is that it wasn't a misquote!

All7OfUs
09-24-2009, 12:19 AM
Great story! I had to laugh at his metaphor in saying his brother almost laughed his head off. HA! How ironic that he almost knocked his own off.

NICK is for the boys.... Repeat after me...

So, you sucked Sandie in, huh! You evil temptress you!

3 adults in a mod? Good deal?? That's exactly what we're hoping for!

Last year for our GG, I wasn't tempted by any of those "extras". Seems like another Disney way of gauging the public. I certainly would NOT spend 2TS on one. You're right, too many other 1 TS credit places to go to. As far as booking them, I think you're right; I doubt they fill up very fast. Of course I could be wrong, but that's just my gut feeling.

eandesmom
09-24-2009, 12:20 AM
Here's my take on Cape May Breakfast. We had good character interaction, as we were seated near the end of breakfast and there really weren't that many people there. The food is serviceable, not memorable. I would've preferred a Character meal inside one of the theme parks. It just feels different....hard to explain. For the kids, it probably makes NO difference.

That makes sense..and great point!

Too funny-I had your same reaction when I was reading -Who the heck is Aunt Roz?...:confused3

I'd have to go with LL and Jordan...I ate at Tony's some time ago for breakfast when they still did that with Em-we enjoyed it...It's pretty in there and a nice place to begin the day...

I'd also go for it over Cape May for breakfast...

Tony's...winning by a landslide...

What a great story. I love that he said "should have" instead of "could have". My fear is that it wasn't a misquote!

Glenbo!

:welcome:

Nope, definitely not a misquote. Although I was not there I am QUITE sure it was "should have"

:rotfl:

eandesmom
09-24-2009, 09:38 AM
Great story! I had to laugh at his metaphor in saying his brother almost laughed his head off. HA! How ironic that he almost knocked his own off.

NICK is for the boys.... Repeat after me...

So, you sucked Sandie in, huh! You evil temptress you!

3 adults in a mod? Good deal?? That's exactly what we're hoping for!

Last year for our GG, I wasn't tempted by any of those "extras". Seems like another Disney way of gauging the public. I certainly would NOT spend 2TS on one. You're right, too many other 1 TS credit places to go to. As far as booking them, I think you're right; I doubt they fill up very fast. Of course I could be wrong, but that's just my gut feeling.

Evil temptress...that's me.

Somehow I don't think Evan was trying to put the metaphor in there but boy, can I completely picture the scene as he described it. He must not have hit that hard if I didn't find out about it until this week! They certainly didn't mention it when it happened, we caught up with them maybe 1/2 hour after it would have happened and not a peep. All I heard was how AWESOME EE was the 2nd time.

I wish there were more GG offerings. The night ones just don't seem worth the TS...just like eating at a signature isn't worth 2TS. But I am leaning towards Tony's for the breakfast. I imagine that it wouldn't be as crowded as some of the other character bfasts and assuming I can even get the crew UP in the am...it would be a good fit.

I do think 3 adults in a mod is a killer deal for FD. The room costs only a little bit more than the value of the plan. I mean for us, we love the DDP and would want to do it regardless, it saved us money last year even paying for it OOP and we bought the plan with our 4/3 room deal. FD is an even better deal for us.

So in our scenario last year we saved 43% off of our room with the 4/3 deal but then had to buy DDP OOP which brought the total package discount back up to 35%. Still a good deal.

This year we will save 69% on the package. Which allows us to go deluxe. Having all (DDP) adults in the package makes a HUGE difference.

Your scenario is even better, you save 81% on your package. Take the DDP costs out and you are getting your room for only $31 a day. 10 bucks each! Granted, I'm not included ticket prices as they are somewhat of a fixed cost and you only need a 1 day pass to get FD I think. Maybe 2.

This may be overstating things...Disney says the plan is $47 for adults but it looks more like $43 but still. A good deal.

cjackearl
09-24-2009, 02:34 PM
I wish the Dis worked like TiVo. I'd really like to pause it for a bit so I could keep up! What a great story from Evan. The boy's got voice in spades. Must get it from his Momma.:goodvibes

Gorgeous mountains, thanks for the pictoral. My DH and his family did oodles of western trips including lots of hiking and I know he'd like to get us all back in the mountains some day.

Hope your Nick rates fall, and congrats on the mini van.

eandesmom
09-24-2009, 06:18 PM
I wish the Dis worked like TiVo. I'd really like to pause it for a bit so I could keep up! What a great story from Evan. The boy's got voice in spades. Must get it from his Momma.:goodvibes

Gorgeous mountains, thanks for the pictoral. My DH and his family did oodles of western trips including lots of hiking and I know he'd like to get us all back in the mountains some day.

Hope your Nick rates fall, and congrats on the mini van.

Oh I wish the DIS worked like that too! I get so behind sometimes on TR's and PTR's. It helps so much when people put dates or pages or both, at least then I know just how lost I will be once I get there :lmao:

Evan does have his own voice, and LOVES to use it, no doubt about it!

KathyRN137
09-24-2009, 07:43 PM
The mental image of the grandparents having to spend ten nights in a Rugrats-themed room had me rolling!! :rotfl:


Kathy

eandesmom
09-25-2009, 12:04 AM
The mental image of the grandparents having to spend ten nights in a Rugrats-themed room had me rolling!! :rotfl:


Kathy

Oh goodness, I couldn't take 10 days in that place! it's only 4 but UGH...NO RUGRATS!

Right now they are just coming for 6, all at the YC :)

All7OfUs
09-25-2009, 03:52 AM
Okay, consider me dense. Can you spell out how you arrived at that percentage??!! Cuz, frankly, I just don't get it!

eandesmom
09-25-2009, 08:19 PM
First, a small moment from me.
While thinking about food..and hitting the grocery store last night, I happened upon a great price on Ahi medallions. Which made me think of this

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k308/eandesmom/Travel/Disney/2-16/WDW_090216_0221.jpg

The BEST Tuna Noodle Casserole in the world. AKA Uncle Charlies, from PTC.
Uncle Charlie's Grilled Tuna Casserole - classic creamy casserole with egg noodles, peppers, mushrooms, onions, carrots, and celery topped with grilled tuna steak and crunchy bread crumbs

I have attempted to duplicate this once before and while it was a tasty effort, and it really didnít taste like Uncle Charlies. Good in itís one way though.

So last nightÖin my Sandie provided Donna Reed meets Anthropolgie apron,
I concocted this effort. Which didn't photograph all that well.

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k308/eandesmom/IMG_3324-1.jpg
http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k308/eandesmom/IMG_3325.jpg

This was the boys servings, they ate earlier than we did and I didnít have my searing down quite right on my griddler (too lazy to take the cover off of the grill for these small pieces). I did much better on our Ahi!

MUCH closer to the real thing but not perfect. Not quite. Very yummy though. So if anyone (hint hint) happens to go to PTC and wants to ask for a recipie card for me, that would be supremely cool. Itís still missing something. Supposedly they have them if you ask but that could just be a rumour! It is not on all ears or any of the other recipe sites.

On the job front, no real update except for some BIG things seem close to popping for the current job which would be incredible. 2 of them would be HUGE for my company sooÖ.fingers crossed!

Granted none of it would pay me for a while butÖ.itíd be worth waiting for so, we will see.

Faith and Fate.

Moments.

And with that, now that deposits are in fact made, we turn to truly important things. Or at least things that are far more fun to think about then which music store I should rent a trombone from. Lord help us, Evan is playing the trombone. Actually he seems to be a natural at the brass and exceptionally natural with the trombone. I would have NEVER picked the trombone as being the one that spoke to him. Heís a huge jazz fan, we own a trumped and I assumed trumpet or sax. But no. Itís the trombone. When asked why he had some very good reasons.

He likes the way it feels to hold better.
He likes the deeper sound better
He likes the fact that you have to blow the hardest (compared to the trumpet).

Ah hah. Makes sense. Blowhard. That's my kid.


The ADR wish list.
Which I calculate as 2/28/2010. Comment away! I only have 11 months to change things! Well really 5. 5 for ADRísÖ.

Here is my question though. We arrive in Orlando on 8/23. We arenít at YC until 8/27 but I have 2 meals planned at WDW locations during our Nick stays. How will this work for ADRís? Not an issue for the first night as both of those locations take direct reservations butÖCali Grill?

This is a rough plan based on park days from 08. Which interestingly enough seems to identical to the EMH schedule we had on our last trip, the only difference is we are one day short so we miss an AK EMH evening entirely (assuming days stay the same which is debatable). AK will be open 2 hours later than it was in Feb when we went so itís really not that much of a difference.


Saturday, August 22, 2009 red eye flight out at night
Sunday, August 23, 2009 arrive, boardwalk bakery? check in, pool time, nap, hit the Nick Kids Spa, shop DTD, Dinner:Paradiso 37 or HOB.
Monday, August 24, 2009 Park: Universal Studios breakfast in room, pack lunch, Dinner:Margaritaville at Universal City Walk.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009 Day: The Lagoon Pool (Water Park) breakfast in room, lunch in room or at Lagoon Pool Bar,Dinner: Adults and teens only at Cali Grill OOP E's at Nick after dark "club"
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 Park: Islands of Adventure (Harry Potter!) breakfast room, lunch Mythos Dinner:Latin Quarter, Emerils or Pastamore at City Walk
Thursday, August 27, 2009 move to Disney, DDP starts
Thursday, August 27, 2009 Day: Check in, MK/resort breakfast in room, lunch QS @ Hurricane Hannahs, Dinner:Kouzzina (Cape May, Turf Club backups)
Friday, August 28, 2009Park: Epcot, breakfast in room, lunch WS QS, Dinner:Les Chefs or Tokyo Dining (Le Cellier backup)
Saturday, August 29, 2009 Park: AK, breakfast in room, Lunch AK QS @ Yak & Yeti, Dinner:Sanaa (Tusker House backup)
Sunday, August 30, 2009, Park: MK YC, Breakfast Tony's GG, Lunch MK QS CHH (if I get my way) Dinner: Ohana (The Wave backup)
Monday, August 31, 2009 Park: DHS, breakfast in room, lunch QS @ BC marketplace, Dinner: Fantasmic package Mama Melrose (Les Chefs or Tokyo Dining backup)
Tuesday, September 01, 2009 Park: MK, Breakfast Kona OOP, Lunch MK QS, Dinner: The Wave (Ohana backup)
Wednesday, September 02, 2009 Group Choice Park, travel home, evening flight! Breafkast and lunch use up snack and QS credits!

Check it out. On top of everyone here selling me on the Tonyís breakfast, I finally found some reviews (why is it google can find me the right DIS threads but the DIS search engine canít?) you get these! Or at least you did. Hopefully we still will when we go.
http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k308/eandesmom/MagicKingdom11113.jpg

Now I know I may get some questionable feedback from everyone regarding Mama Melroseís. Jeff really wants to eat there and so IF I can get a Fantasmic Package, that is where we will eat. Weíve done Sci Fi and PTC, Brown Derby is 2 TS which I donít want to do and I have zero desire for H&V. So, we will see.

Some of you may askÖwhy is LeCellier only on there as a back up? WellÖ2 reasons. 1 it is going to be SO hot that a big steak dinner just doesnít really sound all that great. 2 I think I want to try the Turf Club for that, given itís reviews and the greater likelihood of getting it. However I think it will be a bit of a pita to get to from the YC. It was a ďfor sureĒ ADR if we were at THV and Iím having a hard time giving it up.

Cue Kouzzina. It has HORRIBLE reviews so far. So did Sanaa for the first few months. It will be open for over a year by the time we go. I like the menu. Kendall and Taylor might not but I think thatís the farthest Iíd push them, I know they will like everything else.

Iíd love to do the Boardwalk, we didnít see it at all last trip. Iíve eaten at
the Big River Brewery and Grill and that could be a back up as well instead of Cape May Turf Club. It was ok but Doug would like it soÖdunno. Itís the first night so, an important choice! It would seem odd to stay at YC and not eat at Cape May at all but on the flip side, if we donít hit the bakery earlier in the week and skip Kouzzina, weíll never see the boardwalk and I am positive only Jeff and I remember what it is like and think the group would really enjoy it.

I am ENTIRELY amused that my beloved husband has discovered his own fuzzy Disney Math. By doing this trip he HAS to build his plane faster so he can do transitioning while we are there. It would save SO much money (according to him).

See and here I was looking at that training as an excuse for another trip. But then that would mess with the BFP for DLP in í11. So itís all for the best.

next...
Prayers needed (http://disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2284534&page=12)

Sandy321
09-25-2009, 08:44 PM
oooo I like the BFP the Great BFP - getting grander!! :yay: for you!!

I hear you on the ressies - I know since we are staying at BCV I like to take advantage of the restaurants nearby! Then we can head back to the villa, or over to Epcot - with the SAB I'm thinking weather permitting, dd will want to get some time in there!!

I'm debating not doing LeCellier - its such a long wait passed your adr time, and the steaks arent that good - the soup yes, but the wait? :confused3

we ate at Mama Melrose for the Fantasmic Pkg - and I liked the food, was very upset with the service - but the service was better for the Grand Gatherers ( automatic tip maybe?)

Like the pins for Tony's, again, IF I could've talked the internet group into doing this as a grand gathering, I'd do it!!

btw I just read a review of the QS for Yak and Yeti - I'll look for it and post the link...

Here's a link with pics from MSB (just the cinnabun) the Columbia Harbor House ($8 tuna sandwich! YIKES! Convinced me DDP was for me!!) and then Kona - sticky wings! now how can I add Kona??? lol
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33715875&postcount=40

and Yak and Yeti - I also got the Honey Chicken, I was NOT impressed, I wont be going back! But this reviewer loved it!!
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33681644&postcount=70

Lady Lallie
09-25-2009, 09:59 PM
I love all of your ADR choices. I'll admit I wanted to do the Tony's breakfast partly for the pins too. :lmao: I wouldn't worry too much about the Kouzzina reviews. Heck! It's Cat Cora, it's going to get better. They just have to work all the kinks out I bet.

elphie101
09-25-2009, 10:19 PM
Kouzzina is on my list of potential ADRs as well, as a maybe. (Currently my list is SciFi Dine-In, Le Chefs, Boma, and Teppan Edo) I'm willing to try it, and I'll probably run it by my roommate - as the other half of my trip, I'm planning to sit her down on the DIS to look through menus and tell me anything she wants to try (she hasn't bee to the World since 2000 :scared1:)

Le Cellier is also a back-up for me, but only half-heartedly, as I wouldn't be heartbroken if we don't get it!

Sometimes I wonder if the only reason Le Chefs made the cut is cause they have crepes on their dessert menu :rotfl2:

eandesmom
09-26-2009, 12:36 AM
Okay, consider me dense. Can you spell out how you arrived at that percentage??!! Cuz, frankly, I just don't get it!

One word.

Excel.

LOL! Sure, I'll PM you

oooo I like the BFP the Great BFP - getting grander!! :yay: for you!!

I hear you on the ressies - I know since we are staying at BCV I like to take advantage of the restaurants nearby! Then we can head back to the villa, or over to Epcot - with the SAB I'm thinking weather permitting, dd will want to get some time in there!!

I'm debating not doing LeCellier - its such a long wait passed your adr time, and the steaks arent that good - the soup yes, but the wait? :confused3

we ate at Mama Melrose for the Fantasmic Pkg - and I liked the food, was very upset with the service - but the service was better for the Grand Gatherers ( automatic tip maybe?)

Like the pins for Tony's, again, IF I could've talked the internet group into doing this as a grand gathering, I'd do it!!

btw I just read a review of the QS for Yak and Yeti - I'll look for it and post the link...

Here's a link with pics from MSB (just the cinnabun) the Columbia Harbor House ($8 tuna sandwich! YIKES! Convinced me DDP was for me!!) and then Kona - sticky wings! now how can I add Kona??? lol
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33715875&postcount=40

and Yak and Yeti - I also got the Honey Chicken, I was NOT impressed, I wont be going back! But this reviewer loved it!!
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=33681644&postcount=70

We ate at Yak and Yeti on our last trip and everyone liked it, I did not get the Honey Chicken but Kendall did, and liked it. It didn't look like something I'd like though. I would like to go to Flame Tree but in August? BBQ? Ugh. I don't think so. We will, it will be a play it by ear.

I really want to get that tuna sandwich at CHH! The gang liked Cosmic Rays but I'll pass on that if I can.

I love all of your ADR choices. I'll admit I wanted to do the Tony's breakfast partly for the pins too. :lmao: I wouldn't worry too much about the Kouzzina reviews. Heck! It's Cat Cora, it's going to get better. They just have to work all the kinks out I bet.

See, that's exactly what I figure about Kouzzina. Sanaa didn't do well at first either.

Kouzzina is on my list of potential ADRs as well, as a maybe. (Currently my list is SciFi Dine-In, Le Chefs, Boma, and Teppan Edo) I'm willing to try it, and I'll probably run it by my roommate - as the other half of my trip, I'm planning to sit her down on the DIS to look through menus and tell me anything she wants to try (she hasn't bee to the World since 2000 :scared1:)

Le Cellier is also a back-up for me, but only half-heartedly, as I wouldn't be heartbroken if we don't get it!

Sometimes I wonder if the only reason Le Chefs made the cut is cause they have crepes on their dessert menu :rotfl2:

I like your list! I've eaten at all of those except for LesChefs. Which isn't on it for the crepes....I love french bistro food in general and there is that rodent! I want to see the rat. And have french onion soup....and red wine....maybe some pomme frites...and then of course

Crepes.

I :love: crepes.

I hadn't had then in YEARS and then last May Jeff and I went to San Diego for a date weekend. We had an amazing brunch and they had...

crepes.

A crepe BAR. Made to order.

I went back.

More than once.

:)

I think the gang may balk and push for Tokyo Dining OR Teppan. Of course that assumes I let them have input.

Actually Evan helped pick our entire ADR list and then Jeff had veto power last time. I love Teppan but I really want to do somewhere new and I know Sandie would love the ambiance at Les Chefs. We will see!

Lady Lallie
09-26-2009, 07:42 AM
You know....I was thinking...

What if you did a Girls lunch at Chefs and the boys went to Teppan or Tokyo Dining? I bet Sandie would just love the idea of a girls lunch....who knows. I'm just thinking out loud. Might be a way to keep the boys happy. :rotfl2:

All7OfUs
09-26-2009, 08:11 AM
Those ahi casserole whatchamacallit yumminess looked divine!! Man, I could go for some of that RIGHT NOW! I think it looked esp. good because we had leftovers. Go figure...

So DH is doing the math- good for him, better for you!

HA! A blowhard. Too funny! :lmao:

Congrats on deps. being made!! Great feeling that is, isn't it! Now, I guess I should pay maroo back, but she says not to yet; that things may change; ya THINK?! :rotfl2:

mickeysmyboy
09-26-2009, 08:18 AM
Great updates!!

First,about the Grand Gatherings experiences!

We did the Illuminations Dinner in 08. It was a wonderful experience!! It was a buffet dinner with all different types of international cuisine, not your typical disney buffet. There was a DJ and and MC. Aunt Roz is the MC, she annouces birthdays and special occasions and goofs around. There is dance party for everyone with Minnie and Goofy including a conga line! It was really a lot of fun.

After dinner and dancing we were escorted to our own private viewing area for Illuminations! In the viewing area they a dessert buffet with all sorts of treats set up!

We had a GREAT spot for illuminations!! We were really front row, center! Which is how Illuminations is meant to be viewed. The show is all oriented toward Spaceship Earth, so if your looking at Illuminations with Spaceship Earth to your back you have the best spot. That's where our viewing area was!

I highly recommend doing it if you can!

We didn't do the Tony's breakfast so I can't speak to that! We did the Wishes Pirate Cruise thing thats open to everyone now, that was a lot of fun too!

cjackearl
09-26-2009, 11:04 AM
Oh my. Guess what we have sitting in our living room right now? A TROMBONE! Yep, it was calling Maddy's name too.:lmao:

Your ADR list looks great. Where is the Turf Club?

Your tuna noodle casserole looks better than the PTC one. I've never had it, but I like my tuna rare and yours looks rarer (is that a word?) Yummy!

eandesmom
09-26-2009, 12:21 PM
You know....I was thinking...

What if you did a Girls lunch at Chefs and the boys went to Teppan or Tokyo Dining? I bet Sandie would just love the idea of a girls lunch....who knows. I'm just thinking out loud. Might be a way to keep the boys happy. :rotfl2:

Oh wow, I :love: that idea!!!!!!!!!!!! Brilliant. Sandie would love it and so would Kendall. Very Very Sandie. Perfect!

Those ahi casserole whatchamacallit yumminess looked divine!! Man, I could go for some of that RIGHT NOW! I think it looked esp. good because we had leftovers. Go figure...

So DH is doing the math- good for him, better for you!

HA! A blowhard. Too funny! :lmao:

Congrats on deps. being made!! Great feeling that is, isn't it! Now, I guess I should pay maroo back, but she says not to yet; that things may change; ya THINK?! :rotfl2:

Deposits made is a great feeling!

Great updates!!

First,about the Grand Gatherings experiences!

We did the Illuminations Dinner in 08. It was a wonderful experience!! It was a buffet dinner with all different types of international cuisine, not your typical disney buffet. There was a DJ and and MC. Aunt Roz is the MC, she annouces birthdays and special occasions and goofs around. There is dance party for everyone with Minnie and Goofy including a conga line! It was really a lot of fun.

After dinner and dancing we were escorted to our own private viewing area for Illuminations! In the viewing area they a dessert buffet with all sorts of treats set up!

We had a GREAT spot for illuminations!! We were really front row, center! Which is how Illuminations is meant to be viewed. The show is all oriented toward Spaceship Earth, so if your looking at Illuminations with Spaceship Earth to your back you have the best spot. That's where our viewing area was!

I highly recommend doing it if you can!

We didn't do the Tony's breakfast so I can't speak to that! We did the Wishes Pirate Cruise thing thats open to everyone now, that was a lot of fun too!

It does sound cool, espeically the Illuminations viewing but I do have a hard time using 2 TS credits for it. I think if we had more small kids in our group the dinner portion might be good but I am thinking that a character breakfast would be less uncomfortable for the newbies. A conga line would be WAY out of Doug's comfort zone. LOL! We will see, I'll run them all by Sandie when things get closer.

Oh my. Guess what we have sitting in our living room right now? A TROMBONE! Yep, it was calling Maddy's name too.:lmao:

Your ADR list looks great. Where is the Turf Club?

Your tuna noodle casserole looks better than the PTC one. I've never had it, but I like my tuna rare and yours looks rarer (is that a word?) Yummy!

:rotfl: on the trombone! We can compare notes, I picked up Evan's yesterday. He is SO excited. Actually out there blowing on it right now.

Turf Club is at SSR. Which is pretty out of the way BUT it gets amazing reviews. Supposedly the best steakhouse according to some. As good as LeCellier or better but only one TS. I don't get why Yachtsman is 2TS, the interior doesn't impress me at all! But a big steak dinner in August? I don't know about that.

Thanks for the food compliments! The tuna was seared and rare, which is they way I like it. The boys was a little tough (though they didn't seem to care) as I hadn't mastered searing on my griddler right, ours was super yummy!

The PTC one looks like it had a glaze of some sort on it which I don't recall...I'm good on the tuna part, just think the casserole itself is missing something, either in the sauce or the spices. I also didn't think to top the tuna with breadcrumbs and will do that next time since I sear them and then finish them in the oven so they aren't raw!

Lady Lallie
09-26-2009, 12:27 PM
Oh wow, I :love: that idea!!!!!!!!!!!! Brilliant. Sandie would love it and so would Kendall. Very Very Sandie. Perfect!

Oh, I am so glad you like it!! I think it would be really fun sometimes it's nice to get away from the boys in the group. ;)

KathyRN137
09-26-2009, 12:37 PM
That grilled tuna casserole looks yummy! I looked for the recipe on AllEars, but they didn't have it.

When we eat at PTC in November, I'll ask for it! :thumbsup2


Kathy

eandesmom
09-26-2009, 12:54 PM
Oh, I am so glad you like it!! I think it would be really fun sometimes it's nice to get away from the boys in the group. ;)

It is perfect! I might make it dinner instead of lunch only because it is our first full park day and I'm not sure people will want to stop to sit down that long for lunch. Then again...it will be hot out so maybe...We will have a full group dinner the night before so splitting up at dinner would be ok. I'll let Sandie pick lunch versus dinner.

I was struggling with the girls thing. I am sure we will go girls only shopping and typically we'd do pedicures but, having done the GF pedicure with Kendall last year I know she'd prefer what she'll get at the Nick Kids Spa (not to mention it is a lot cheaper) and Sandie won't want to go there, if she's even in FL for that part of the trip. This is a perfect solution without paying for an extra big "event" which I am trying to avoid this time. Plus the WS has all the great shopping, if we are split up for dining, we girls can stroll away through the countries shops which I never get to do and really really want to!

That grilled tuna casserole looks yummy! I looked for the recipe on AllEars, but they didn't have it.

When we eat at PTC in November, I'll ask for it! :thumbsup2

Kathy

That would be wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My inner perfectionist is frustrated that it's not quite there and I can't figure out what I am missing.

eandesmom
09-27-2009, 01:35 PM
This PTR is all about what's important. Today what is important is Jeff's dad, Ron.

We just learned that he has a mass in his lung, pressing on his bronchial tube. We are getting VERY conflicting reports from his dad and his stepmom Mary.

His dad says it is benign.

His stepmom says it is cancer.

Based on what we've been told and can research, we can't see how they will know one way or another what it is without a biopsy. Which is scheduled for Thursday. He is not a smoker now but did when he was younger, no idea how heavy. He is feeling really crummy though and Thursday seems very far away for all of us.

Please keep him in your thoughts.

Next...and the rollercoaster continues (http://disboards.com/showthread.php?p=33752161#post33752161)

Lady Lallie
09-27-2009, 01:49 PM
I am so sorry. You will all be in my thoughts. :hug: :grouphug: :hug:

elphie101
09-27-2009, 03:00 PM
Thinking of you and your family :grouphug:

mickeysmyboy
09-27-2009, 03:06 PM
Many prayers and positive thoughts!!

Angies1274
09-27-2009, 07:46 PM
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.:hug:

KathyRN137
09-27-2009, 09:05 PM
I will! Sending prayers...


Kathy

Sandy321
09-27-2009, 09:11 PM
Know that prayers are being sent from IL - May you feel His peace and find comfort - reach out, and know, you are not alone!! He knows your needs before you do, we are lifting you up in prayer - and He feels your pain, knows pain... healing prayers from our Great Physician are being lifted up!!

All7OfUs
09-28-2009, 12:47 AM
Oh,Cythina!! That's not good news at all! Thank Heavens, though, you know what is important for today! I really pray that Ron will know His peace that passes all understanding! Please let us know on Thursday (or sometime after I imagine) what the news is!

Liesa

eandesmom
09-28-2009, 09:03 AM
Thank you all so much for the thoughts and prayers. Waiting is hard. Not knowing is hard. It can be just as hard on those around the one waiting and the feeling of helplessness across the miles is, for me, paralyzing.

Yesterday was a bit rough. This is really hard on Jeff and I feel really helpless and I'm not good at feeling helpless. While I can, and do, give up my faith and trust for Ron and have peace that we will get through this, that he will get through this and that we will all be there for him no matter what it is, it is the day to day tactical support of my husband during times like this that is hard.

He is a guy. He doesn't like to talk about stuff like this but it weighs on him. Worries about his dad, his brother and yes, his own health and mortality and what the implications of all of this mean for him. I know, I know all I can really do is just BE there for him but the type A in me wants to do something.

Being a girl, all I can do is what I know how to do, offer comfort in food, in the little things. It's funny though, those little things, they do help. I made Jeff his favorite meatloaf and a handmade card for his dad. Jeff picked up a book to send him about the history of a local float plane company that Jeff is doing his certification training at. Jeff and his dad have become much closer over the past 3 years and their shared love of planes, and Jeff's building of one has been a big part of it. Those little things, comfort food, a glass of red wine, a special card and a book all packed up and ready to go...

Made us both feel a little better.

Thank you all again. Once we know anything, I will update. It does not sound like we will know on Thursday however having had quite a bit of experience with cancerous tumors before, if it is really bad we could find out right away. So in a way, no news is good news if we don't hear right away. I hope. What I don't understand is it sounds like they are just biopsying. It would seem like they could take it out (if they can) while they are in there at the same time. The location of it, benign or not, will make things difficult from what I understand though. Neither Jeff or I understand this part and his dad and Stepmom aren't much help. This is when we wish we lived closer.

I am so sorry. You will all be in my thoughts. :hug: :grouphug: :hug:

Thank you, it means a lot!
:rose:
Thinking of you and your family :grouphug:

Thanks so much :rose:
Many prayers and positive thoughts!!
:rose:Thank you!

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.:hug:

:rose: thank you Angie
I will! Sending prayers...



Kathy
:rose:Thanks Kathy, they all help!

Know that prayers are being sent from IL - May you feel His peace and find comfort - reach out, and know, you are not alone!! He knows your needs before you do, we are lifting you up in prayer - and He feels your pain, knows pain... healing prayers from our Great Physician are being lifted up!!

:rose: Thanks Sandy
Oh,Cythina!! That's not good news at all! Thank Heavens, though, you know what is important for today! I really pray that Ron will know His peace that passes all understanding! Please let us know on Thursday (or sometime after I imagine) what the news is!

Liesa

:rose: Thanks Liesa

eandesmom
09-28-2009, 04:42 PM
You would think, if you are planning a trip 11 months out, that locking dates in really wouldnít be that hard, right?

Wrong.

Much as we wish it werenít so at times, our ability to schedule vacations revolve around 2 things. School and Kendallís sports schedule, namely soccer (though others have influenced it as well).

With 5 schools to contend with, we are left with Christmas and Summer as our only trip options. Christmas is shared with their mom and just too complicated to contemplate. Summer should be easy but itís not. When I picked our dates I tried to factor in what I could for Kendallís schedule, what is probable at any rate. The reality is we wonít know anything ďfor sureĒ until early June. Which of course one canít plan around! So we are making our best guesses.

Except I forgot something.

High School.

Kendall will be a freshman next year which means High School Soccer. And tryout for that starts 2.5 weeks before school starts. Which means I have to move our trip up to accommodate it. Booking basically on the 1st, or 2nd day of free dining (I hope!). Which cuts it awfully close for my comfort and still, of course, isnít a sure thing. It makes the trip span 2 weekends which I was trying to avoid for potential tournaments. We now have no wiggle room on the Disney part with FD, at all.

It is what it is.

Right now Iím not much of a soccer fan.

Moving does open back up all the other room options. SoÖ.do we stay with the Yacht Club????? Or do we move to THV, BLT or even maybe Kidani?
UGH.

Sandie is deferring this to me, surprisingly and Jeff is a bit annoyed about this much chatter about something so far away. I actually donít think heís annoyed, heís just worried about his dad, as am I. Financially I think they end up equal since even though THV is a lot cheaper it means a car.
I did look at the SSR resort map and they are REALLY remote. Which is fine for us but more and more I see it as not being fine for some of our crew, if for no other reason than all the walking within the resort itself. Not a huge price difference on the others, just the loss of a kitchen a washing machine and almost 400+ SF (which really is kitchen and the extra bathroom).

I am thinking proximity to parks, in August heat, trumps all. Maybe 2 rooms with really separate space is a good thing. There is such a thing as too much togetherness. :rotfl:


On that note I think Iíll end up moving Doug to our room and letting both K&T be with their grandparents but we can move when we get there. I do like YC a lot better than BLT. I think. I feel torn. I DEFINITELY like the themeing and room dťcor better. I can't belive I'm going to walk away from a full kitchen and a 3rd bath. It comes down to Monorail dining and MK versus walking to Epcot, DHS and the Boardwalk.

Right now SAB is tipping the scaleÖ

And even though Sandie ďsaysĒ she is deferring to meÖ.she prefers the Yacht Club. She confirmed that more than once.

And so, for now.
BFP_YC_v0.4 Nick Hotel 8/12-8/16, YC 8/16-8/22. We have officially moved all the ressies. Nick's price went UP another $5 per night :scared1:

My ticker jumped forward by 2 weeks! :banana:

By all accounts Doug is doing well, getting used to the new meds but is back at work and feeling good. Unfortunately I got so wrapped up in Jeffís dadís situation yesterday I completely spaced about a moment I should have been celebrating today with my middle sister. She is ďretiringĒ after 10 years as youth group leader at our church. We have not been regular attendees for the last year for a variety of reasons (schedule issues as an excuse but really, pastor issues) and despite the fact that I saw her on Friday, and Saturday, it didnít come up and I completely spaced.

We did have a soccer game sunday morning as well as a birthday party and a playdate but I could have, and should have, worked around it. I am thrilled for her, it was a special moment but at the same time it wasnít really a moment Iíve been involved in and I know Iíd have felt like an outsider who should feel like an insider if that makes any sense. Still. No excuse.
Now Iíve somehow agreed to make placecards for a wedding shower she is throwing Friday in addition to an appetizer. A shower Iím not even going to as I have a girls weekend away with my dinner club, for which I also need to make stuff for. Amazing what guilt will do!

Next...a park bag = a lost wallet? (http://disboards.com/showthread.php?p=33780417#post33780417)

mickeysmyboy
09-28-2009, 05:58 PM
You would think, if you are planning a trip 11 months out, that locking dates in really wouldnít be that hard, right?

Wrong.

Much as we wish it werenít so at times, our ability to schedule vacations revolve around 2 things. School and Kendallís sports schedule, namely soccer (though others have influenced it as well).

With 5 schools to contend with, we are left with Christmas and Summer as our only trip options. Christmas is shared with their mom and just too complicated to contemplate. Summer should be easy but itís not. When I picked our dates I tried to factor in what I could for Kendallís schedule, what is probable at any rate. The reality is we wonít know anything ďfor sureĒ until early June. Which of course one canít plan around! So we are making our best guesses.

Except I forgot something.

High School.

Kendall will be a freshman next year which means High School Soccer. And tryout for that starts 2.5 weeks before school starts. Which means I have to move our trip up to accommodate it. Booking basically on the 1st, or 2nd day of free dining (I hope!). Which cuts it awfully close for my comfort and still, of course, isnít a sure thing. It makes the trip span 2 weekends which I was trying to avoid for potential tournaments. We now have no wiggle room on the Disney part with FD, at all.

It is what it is.

Right now Iím not much of a soccer fan.

Moving does open back up all the other room options. SoÖ.do we stay with the Yacht Club????? Or do we move to THV, BLT or even maybe Kidani?
UGH.

Sandie is deferring this to me, surprisingly and Jeff is a bit annoyed about this much chatter about something so far away. I actually donít think heís annoyed, heís just worried about his dad, as am I. Financially I think they end up equal since even though THV is a lot cheaper it means a car.
I did look at the SSR resort map and they are REALLY remote. Which is fine for us but more and more I see it as not being fine for some of our crew, if for no other reason than all the walking within the resort itself. Not a huge price difference on the others, just the loss of a kitchen a washing machine and almost 400+ SF (which really is kitchen and the extra bathroom).

I am thinking proximity to parks, in August heat, trumps all. Maybe 2 rooms with really separate space is a good thing. There is such a thing as too much togetherness. :rotfl:


On that note I think Iíll end up moving Doug to our room and letting both K&T be with their grandparents but we can move when we get there. I do like YC a lot better than BLT. I think. I feel torn. I DEFINITELY like the themeing and room dťcor better. I can't belive I'm going to walk away from a full kitchen and a 3rd bath. It comes down to Monorail dining and MK versus walking to Epcot, DHS and the Boardwalk.

Right now SAB is tipping the scaleÖ

And even though Sandie ďsaysĒ she is deferring to meÖ.she prefers the Yacht Club. She confirmed that more than once.

And so, for now.
BFP_YC_v0.4 Nick Hotel 8/12-8/16, YC 8/16-8/22. We have officially moved all the ressies. Nick's price went UP another $5 per night :scared1:

My ticker jumped forward by 2 weeks! :banana:

By all accounts Doug is doing well, getting used to the new meds but is back at work and feeling good. Unfortunately I got so wrapped up in Jeffís dadís situation yesterday I completely spaced about a moment I should have been celebrating today with my middle sister. She is ďretiringĒ after 10 years as youth group leader at our church. We have not been regular attendees for the last year for a variety of reasons (schedule issues as an excuse but really, pastor issues) and despite the fact that I saw her on Friday, and Saturday, it didnít come up and I completely spaced.

We did have a soccer game sunday morning as well as a birthday party and a playdate but I could have, and should have, worked around it. I am thrilled for her, it was a special moment but at the same time it wasnít really a moment Iíve been involved in and I know Iíd have felt like an outsider who should feel like an insider if that makes any sense. Still. No excuse.
Now Iíve somehow agreed to make placecards for a wedding shower she is throwing Friday in addition to an appetizer. A shower Iím not even going to as I have a girls weekend away with my dinner club, for which I also need to make stuff for. Amazing what guilt will do!



:hug: OMG! Life is never dull for you is it?! There's sooo much going on around you!!

You can only do your best! Your obviously doing that and even a bit more ;) It is what it is and you've tried your best to schedule the trip to not conflict with soccer, etc. At some point the kids have to decide for themselves what is important to them.


I'm sure your sister understands! Like I said, you have soooo much going on!!


This seems like a great time for you to get away for a girls weekend!! It sounds like you could use it :hug:

Sandy321
09-28-2009, 07:48 PM
Guilt I understand -
:wizard: I also understand all the thoughts and plans and changes you are making - I also understand no one understanding why if its 11months out why its so important!!

I say stick with the Yacht Club - 2 rooms, 2 bathrooms... :confused3 Soccer schedule and Kendall's mom - :wizard:

and know I continue to lift you all up in prayer - take time and Be Still and know God!! :grouphug:

cjackearl
09-28-2009, 08:27 PM
Hi Cynthia, I'm so sorry your last few days have been so up and down. Prayers for your FIL, definitely. And :hug: for you. I think your making a good decision with the ressies.

eandesmom
09-28-2009, 08:31 PM
:hug: OMG! Life is never dull for you is it?! There's sooo much going on around you!!

You can only do your best! Your obviously doing that and even a bit more ;) It is what it is and you've tried your best to schedule the trip to not conflict with soccer, etc. At some point the kids have to decide for themselves what is important to them.

I'm sure your sister understands! Like I said, you have soooo much going on!!

This seems like a great time for you to get away for a girls weekend!! It sounds like you could use it :hug:

LOL, no, life isn't dull. But this is pretty normal.

If I survive this week between work (which is BUSY!), PTA Auction Stuff, Cub Scout commitments, Evan's next level Black Belt meetings, and all the stuff I need to make for the wedding shower and the girls weekend, I'll be good. I'm actually only going for one night for the girls weekend, as we had plans with another couple to go to a show on Saturday night and as it is Jeff is going to have to juggle a soccer game, a den meeting at the zoo and a black belt meeting.

But still, 24 hours with 12 of my dinner club/sorority sisters will be a blast, it always is! We will pack a LOT into those 24 hours :)

My sister does understand. Sadly she liked the placecard design so much somehow now I've agreed to make wineglass name tags as well. But better now than after I ran to paperzone! They are awfully cute though.

Guilt I understand -
:wizard: I also understand all the thoughts and plans and changes you are making - I also understand no one understanding why if its 11months out why its so important!!

I say stick with the Yacht Club - 2 rooms, 2 bathrooms... :confused3 Soccer schedule and Kendall's mom - :wizard:

and know I continue to lift you all up in prayer - take time and Be Still and know God!! :grouphug:

Jeff does get it, he just gets discouraged with how hard it is to even find one "potential" week.

Thanks for the prayers and hugs!

MAGICFOR2
09-29-2009, 01:18 AM
I am praying for your DFIL, and for peace and strength for all of you.

As for your planning - Yikes!:scared1: It is so hard be "the one" in charge of planning for everyone and try to figure it all out. No matter what you choose, someone will second guess you.

You sound like those of us on the Control Freaks and Worry Wart thread - come on over if you want to worry an control with us! :rotfl2:
http://disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2217413

All7OfUs
09-29-2009, 06:20 AM
One word! Margins!

Just sounds like you really have a lot on your plate. Are you sure you're taking care of Cythnia?? I don't mean it to sound like you should be selfish, but you really are dishing out a lot for others. Don't let guilt get in the way of prioritizing and saying "no" if you need to.

Sermon over. :)

I really hope that the soccer can be worked out so that a family vacation can happen; those are important too! Ok, NOW my sermon is over. Really, didn't mean to be preachy!

I'd say stay with what you've got- I know Sandie would really love it, and SAB? The pictures look fabulous! How can you go wrong with that?

eandesmom
09-29-2009, 09:51 AM
I am praying for your DFIL, and for peace and strength for all of you.

As for your planning - Yikes!:scared1: It is so hard be "the one" in charge of planning for everyone and try to figure it all out. No matter what you choose, someone will second guess you.

You sound like those of us on the Control Freaks and Worry Wart thread - come on over if you want to worry an control with us! :rotfl2:
http://disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2217413

Thanks :) and :welcome:

I actually "gave up" control a long time ago in most areas. It isn't something anyone can really have (or should have) in a blended family. I am surprisingly ok with all of that. It just requires flexibility. There are very few things I can control and all I can do is my best. If it works out, great, if it doesn't, at least I know I tried. That is not to say there aren't moments of great frustration but for the most part I can roll with things. These recent changes are just part of the process and almost funny.

Second guessing, yes, that's a given and again I'll roll with it. :) I used to worry a LOT more than I do. Now I worry but at a much healthier distance.
I could absolutely choose to do none of this. I want to do it to at least make the effort to try and schedule something and I do know it is appreciated even if Jeff thinks I'm nuts at times. I think for me, having a trip to plan is my way of having something that is mine, to control though. I can't control soccer or school schedules or how their mom will react. I can plan a trip.

And that is something for me.
One word! Margins!

Just sounds like you really have a lot on your plate. Are you sure you're taking care of Cythnia?? I don't mean it to sound like you should be selfish, but you really are dishing out a lot for others. Don't let guilt get in the way of prioritizing and saying "no" if you need to.

Sermon over. :)

I really hope that the soccer can be worked out so that a family vacation can happen; those are important too! Ok, NOW my sermon is over. Really, didn't mean to be preachy!

I'd say stay with what you've got- I know Sandie would really love it, and SAB? The pictures look fabulous! How can you go wrong with that?

Oh I joke about the guilt with my sister. She never asks for ANYTHING and it's the least I can do and isn't a big deal. It would be a different story if she was asking all the time, but she really doesn't. It's just crummy timing. I do know how to say no. I am not always great at it but I do know how. This time of year is crazy but 99% of it is all stuff I chose to do, willingly.

I am one of those people who does better, a lot better, with a lot on their plate. I am not good with too much free time.

As to soccer well...it's just not that simple. I wish it were, but it's not. As a general rule, no one misses a tournament. Families schedule vacations around them and if there is a conflict, either they reschedule, cancel or don't take the soccer player with them. Every once in a while, if it is a more "minor" tournament, someone will miss something for a previously planned vacation that was booked before the schedule was out but as the girls get older that is less and less so.

I realize that sounds insane and unless you are in that scenario, really hard to understand. I can see both sides. Realistically over the summer there will probably be 4 tournaments which, in concept should be easy to schedule around. When you choose to play at this level, you make that choice. The problem is that every year you retry out for your team in the spring and don't get the summer schedule until about a month before it even starts. For some trips, planning around that works. For things like this, it won't. We tried it last year, just waiting until the schedule came out and planning around it, thinking that since all we wanted to do was camp, it would be fine.

We couldn't find a single week that worked.

There was no family trip.

Part of the effort behind all of this is a determination not to have that happen again. The reality is we like to travel, we get cranky when we don't and we get cranky when we don't have a solid week "off". We had several short (long weekend) type trips this year.

They were a ton of fun. They were busy. They were not truly relaxing. Not long enough to actually feel like you were on vacation, just a nice day away or a nice weekend. We need that. Jeff especially lol! August feels REALLY far away but at least is something we can look forward to.

Kendall's schedule is further complicated by something called ODP. Which is a good thing, for her. It really is. That's in July. FD isn't in July so to me it's kind of irrelevant lol. Bottom line is she works hard, she wants this and has earned it and to the best of our ability we support it. HS tryouts are a big deal as she will want to make JV, not the freshman team and we get that, it's not even a question. She may just have to make a choice. It is not helped by her mom who will definitely push soccer over time with us. Soccer is her life. Were it just us, if there is a conflict, I think soccer would win and Jeff knows that and it devastates him.

However, add in Grandma and it becomes a different story in terms of how much his ex will push her agenda or not. So...it is what it is. We are narrowed down to a 7 day window for Disney and I've tacked Nick on at the front. It is as good a shot at tournament free weekends as we can guesstmate with what we know. Regardless of any tournament she "could" make it during the week and miss practices. She will be 14. She should be able to fly on her own if she needs to. Will she? Will her mother allow that? That's an entirely different question. I can't control that and so I refuse to worry about it. It will be what it will be.

Assuming all things stay the same we will just book tickets in April or so and try to make sure hers is refundable or just recognize that we may be eating a change fee. That's about all we can do! That and brainwash both kids between now and then as to how wonderful the trip will be :rotfl:

I do plenty for me, I promise. I went to a "bag and bling" party on Saturday, had some wine and bought 2 cute knock off purses that I don't really need. One for fall and one that will be a great plane carry on lol! Actually I'm going to use it for my girls weekend. I only let myself look at the clearance section and kept in my budget for it but...I don't really need them. I do like them! I also hit the gym. I had a long lunch with my sisters on friday after wedding dress shopping.

And I ordered a potential park bag. It may arrive today.

Plenty selfish :)

Oh and on that selfish note?

We are sticking with YC. I felt we should at least re-evaluate since the options were open but the bottom line is it feels right. when it is time to book tickets, if we know that we are only 8 (no Doug for work or no Kendall) we might try to switch to a BCV 2 bedroom but that's the only change I'd foresee us making and that would be a long shot.

I've always wanted to stay at an Epcot resort. When Sandie and I first started talking about this last April, we were looking at BC. SAB and August.

It's meant to be.

All7OfUs
09-29-2009, 10:06 AM
I do plenty for me, I promise. I went to a "bag and bling" party on Saturday, had some wine and bought 2 cute knock off purses that I don't really need. One for fall and one that will be a great plane carry on lol! Actually I'm going to use it for my girls weekend. I only let myself look at the clearance section and kept in my budget for it but...I don't really need them. I do like them! I also hit the gym. I had a long lunch with my sisters on friday after wedding dress shopping.



That's what I wanted to hear :)

PracPerfPatricia
09-29-2009, 12:50 PM
Oh wow...lot going on in your life...

(I've been off the boards for a couple of days...whole family...:sick: but everyone on the upmend...:thumbsup2)

So sorry to hear about your Fil...sending good wishes and prayers his way...:hug:

Sorry that you're having such a hard time picking out a "good week"...blast it all with all the kid's activities-can't live without them or with them...:confused3

I love that Evan is going for the trombone...why go for the easy instrument...?:lmao: DD is a cellist-and at this point she and her cello are close in size...DH hasn't picked yet...I'm hoping for a year of piano and then maybe the clarinet or trumpet...but I doubt I'll get off easily if I know my son...:confused3

I hope your week rolls out well...:flower3:

eandesmom
09-29-2009, 02:45 PM
Oh wow...lot going on in your life...

(I've been off the boards for a couple of days...whole family...:sick: but everyone on the upmend...:thumbsup2)

So sorry to hear about your Fil...sending good wishes and prayers his way...:hug:

Sorry that you're having such a hard time picking out a "good week"...blast it all with all the kid's activities-can't live without them or with them...:confused3

I love that Evan is going for the trombone...why go for the easy instrument...?:lmao: DD is a cellist-and at this point she and her cello are close in size...DH hasn't picked yet...I'm hoping for a year of piano and then maybe the clarinet or trumpet...but I doubt I'll get off easily if I know my son...:confused3

I hope your week rolls out well...:flower3:

I saw that, sounds like you guys have been down for days. ICK! No fun.

I love the cello...but am glad he went with a horn. We still start Eric on piano after Christmas. Heaven only knows what he will pick for an instrument, hopefully not the trombone, he'd fall over!

Today when Evan left for the bus he informed me he'd be leaving earlier on band days as he can't run and carry the case.:rotfl:

jordanyosh
09-29-2009, 09:39 PM
Sorry about your FIL..I hope it all works out in the end. I'll be prayin

I'm glad u decided to stick with the Yacht Club. We enjoyed our stay there in 2001. Unless you LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Magic Kingdom, the proximity of the Epcot resorts to both DHS and Epcot can't be beat. SAB is just icing on the cake.

eandesmom
09-30-2009, 03:20 PM
I went to a “bag” party this weekend. Got a couple of very cute fake bags. One which will be perfect for a plane carry on and one that is a great small fall bag. Which started me thinking about…

Park bags.

Last year I had a Target hobo bag that I used which worked as I needed to carry jackets for the evenings. I don’t have that need this trip. My preference is cargo capri’s and stick everything in my pockets and skip a bag entirely. However, in the heat I am guessing it will be more shorts and sundresses and less capri’s…meaning less pockets. So I need a small bag.

And the leather one I used on the last trip after I'd stuffed the hobo bag in a locker, will be too hot and heavy . Plus it is the bag that does not close well if over stuffed, it's a very slim bag with a magnet closure. It's just "that much" too small for my needs. Not quite right. For those of you who read my TR is is the bag that my camera and phone flew out of on ToT.

They went…

UP…

And

Down…

And up…

And down…


So I need a new bag. More accurately I want a new bag. I don’t have a light bag that is the right size, I have plenty but they are leather. Hot sticky august and hot sticky leather. UGH!

I don’t want an across the body or messenger bag, I don’t need it to be that big as Jeff will have the daypack and sunscreen, first aid and water bottles can go in there. I’d been thinking about Timbuktu but the reality is….we have the daypack. I just don’t need something that big or that pricey, for the amount of use I’d get out of it. And do have a beat up black microfiber Kate Spade satchel that would serve that purpose if I need it, or the new faux Louis Vuitton Monogramouflage Denim carry on. But it's pretty huge.

I want something summery but not be tied to a pattern that won’t match with everything. I like the Vera’s in idea but in actuality, won’t use them. I tried a Kavu Keeper already and it’s been used twice

And so I was bad.

Really bad.

It was on sale.

There were only 3 left.


http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k308/eandesmom/DIS/6627-1030044-p.jpg

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k308/eandesmom/DIS/6627-1030044-1.jpg

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k308/eandesmom/DIS/6627-1030044-d.jpg

I’ve always liked the look of these bags and they seem super durable. Not to mention cute. Super cute.

I was almost seduced by a Disney Couture Loop Bambi bag but held firm. That would have been cheaper. I wasn’t convinced I’d like the shape on me or that the size was right. This looks right but we will see. All I need to hold is a cell phone, sunglasses case, regular glasses case, card holder, lipstick, pen. I can get by with one glasses case if I need to.

It arrived yesterday.

Pro’s: It is the PERFECT size and is nice and secure, with a full zip closure, nothing will fly out of it. It is adorable. Cuter than the pictures. Extremely durable, I think it would survive just about anything. fairly stain resistant too I'd imagine.

Con’s. It is STIFF! And very boxy. It’s also mildly heavy for its size, seatbelt material isn’t light apparently. While it does have a 3 part divided inner pocket, it doesn't have a zipper one which surprised me a little bit. It may be a little short on pockets. The stiffness is nice in the sense of no ugly bulging but I am not sure if it would bother me to carry around, knowing I’ll be in sleeveless tops all the time. Then again, I don't know if it will soften up or not.

Hmmn. Does it stay or does it go?


Of course there is an ebay auction ending soon that I have my eye on…..

:surfweb:

I thought I’d been hit by the DIS lost wallet curse yesterday. I went to the post office to mail something to FIL and to a certain DIS’er and then trotted off to paperzone for placecard supplies. Went to pay and…no wallet! :scared1:

Scoured the area, scoured the car.

No wallet!

Called the post office.

No wallet!

Scoured the post office parking lot, the interior, etc.

No wallet!

Canceled my debit and credit card and ordered a new license. Sigh.

I was mostly upset because my ID was in there, I now have no cards for my girls weekend, most notably my debit card (DH and I have separate accounts) and I lost the card case Sandie gave me several years ago, which I love. I use it as my entire wallet (which is why I can, at times, with proper pockets, skip a park bag!). I :love: this little case. One of those things I'd have never picked out for myself and I love it. She is the best gift giver that way!

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k308/eandesmom/DIS/qig80097.jpg

Note how it matches the potential park bag I ordered? That was not a coincidence.

Nor is the fact that it matches the carry on I bought at the purse party.

At 6:40 I got a call from PaperZone, they’d found it on the floor in one of the aisles! So back I went and am happily reunited with my card case and my ID. Of course I still am out my cards for 10 days but in the grand scheme of things it ended relatively well and I escape the DIS lost wallet curse.

For now.

Next...it's like being on vacation in my mind....
(http://disboards.com/showthread.php?p=33834444#post33834444)

PracPerfPatricia
09-30-2009, 07:49 PM
I'm so glad they found your wallet for you...:goodvibes...(Is PaperZone like Paper Source?) I have "lost" my wallet more times than I will admit to...;)

As for the bag...hmmm...the bag is absolutely darling...I say keep it...then again I have a weakness for handbags...and usually base on what I think is cute and if it's practical and useful-that's an added bonus...:woohoo: (when Emily came home from Prek many a moons ago and had made me a "Kate Spade handbag out of paper-complete with inside accessories-including a "lipstick" and "cellphone" it was really sweet (I still have it with my cards and things :goodvibes) but also embarassing...I had one KS (and I still have it)-I had gotten it for an anniversary gift and goodness knows what the teacher thought...what with my 5 year old daughter crafting handbags out of paper...anyway what I getting at is some people have shoes...I have a thing for handbags...

and that is way cute...if you don't need to carry a ton of stuff around...I say keep it...:thumbsup2...also those colors and MM are American classics-so it will always be usable...

Any more handbag enabling needed...I'm your girl...:lmao:

jordanyosh
09-30-2009, 08:42 PM
I'm glad u found your wallet even though you had already cancelled the CCs.

I have NO advice on bags...sorry.;)

GreatBiscuit
09-30-2009, 09:01 PM
Holy updates Batman! You have a new TR and I missed it? DAWG! I gotta fix that! I don't have time to properly savor the experience now, but I'm booking you for tomorrow. Can't wait to start reading!

eandesmom
09-30-2009, 10:33 PM
I'm so glad they found your wallet for you...:goodvibes...(Is PaperZone like Paper Source?) I have "lost" my wallet more times than I will admit to...;)

As for the bag...hmmm...the bag is absolutely darling...I say keep it...then again I have a weakness for handbags...and usually base on what I think is cute and if it's practical and useful-that's an added bonus...:woohoo: (when Emily came home from Prek many a moons ago and had made me a "Kate Spade handbag out of paper-complete with inside accessories-including a "lipstick" and "cellphone" it was really sweet (I still have it with my cards and things :goodvibes) but also embarassing...I had one KS (and I still have it)-I had gotten it for an anniversary gift and goodness knows what the teacher thought...what with my 5 year old daughter crafting handbags out of paper...anyway what I getting at is some people have shoes...I have a thing for handbags...

and that is way cute...if you don't need to carry a ton of stuff around...I say keep it...:thumbsup2...also those colors and MM are American classics-so it will always be usable...

Any more handbag enabling needed...I'm your girl...:lmao:

Ok that is the cutest thing that she made you a KS bag from paper. I am sure the teacher thought she was adorable. I'm with you on the bags although I've been very good lately (haven't bough a thing since the misdirected kavu keeper and bagallini attempts) and was proud of myself
that I only looked at the clearance section at the knock off party. :rotfl:

Thankfully DH has a shoe fetish.

I :love: the look and size of the bag. The strap is awfully stiff and that's my only real concern. Well that and if I'd actually ever use it outside of WDW!

PaperZone is very much like paper source. I was trying to get all the darn supplies for the placecards and winetags that I needed to have finished tonight!

I'm glad u found your wallet even though you had already cancelled the CCs.

I have NO advice on bags...sorry.;)

Thank you, so am I! It's funny, I've had credit card fraud 3 different times, debit card fraud once, debit card theft twice and this was far more upsetting for some reason.

No worries...sorry for the girly stuff!

Holy updates Batman! You have a new TR and I missed it? DAWG! I gotta fix that! I don't have time to properly savor the experience now, but I'm booking you for tomorrow. Can't wait to start reading!

Yay! It's the GreatBiscuit!

:welcome:

No worries, you've had a LOT going on! But I'm very happy you are here :)

cool...I'm booked...love it!

jordanyosh
09-30-2009, 10:52 PM
Thank you, so am I! It's funny, I've had credit card fraud 3 different times, debit card fraud once, debit card theft twice and this was far more upsetting for some reason.

No worries...sorry for the girly stuff!


I think you've taken mine and a few others share of Credit Card issues.:scared1:

Glad you found it though.

No worries about the bag talk. I'm used to the bag talk after 2 years on the PTR/TR forums...:)

All7OfUs
10-01-2009, 12:50 AM
Hi Cynthia!

It's my morning check-in time! :cool1:

The bag IS adorable!! Really, I do love it. (Sorry Jordy, this just seems to go on and on and on...)

Anyway, I too succombed to DIS bag envy, and was heavy-handedly arm- twisted into buying one (you know who you are). I'm like you- I'd really rather go without totally, but thought I'd better have one just in case, I change my mind. I don't love mine either, but I guess in this world you take the good with the bad.

I"m so happy you found you purse! Paper Zone is like heaven to me! I'd gladly lose a purse in there, if I knew I'd find it again. I could spend hours in there, ogling over the fun stuff they have!

mickeysmyboy
10-01-2009, 06:03 AM
OMG I'm sooo glad your wallet has been found! I would have freaked out!!

I lost my debit card a little less then a year ago. Of course, it was right before a weekend away and I had ordered tickets for an event we were attending over that weekend on that card and needed to pick the ticket up at will call! Crap! Luckily the people at the event were very accomodating and we had no problems. I cancelled the card and it was found within a few hours!

I LOVE the new bag!!! LOVE it!! Of course, much like Patricia, I'm probably not the person to talk to about bags!! I have a closet BUSTING with all sorts of bags!

Angies1274
10-01-2009, 08:20 AM
So glad that your wallet was found!!! Too bad that you had to cancel all your credit cards though.:sad2:

Oh and I love the bag!!! I say keep it....then again I love hand bags so I'd keep it just because it was so adorable.:goodvibes (sorry, when it comes to handbags it's hard for me to be practical especially when they are so darn cute!!;))

eandesmom
10-01-2009, 10:25 AM
I think you've taken mine and a few others share of Credit Card issues.:scared1:

Glad you found it though.

No worries about the bag talk. I'm used to the bag talk after 2 years on the PTR/TR forums...:)

:rotfl: I bet you are!

Crazy huh, the amount of fraud. Almost all of it on my debit card as I rarely use anything else. I've joked that the only thing left is real identity theft (with my id) and I think that's what freaked me out. I think the scariest one was when someone actually created a duplicate of my card as that's a little harder to prove fraud on, then when they hack in online or you know you lost it. And when it's your debit...well there just isn't the kind of buffer in MY account for people to steal that kind of money and then I have to wait days and days for the bank to replace it. Stressful. The theft ones just made me mad. A valet at a very high end restaurant and a cashier at an airport bookstore.

I couldn't believe that the port authority wouldn't do anything about the airport employee, you could narrow it down to 2 potential people that could have stolen it and easily caught them by where they used it...and they spent a LOT in a very short amount time, but they didn't even care!

Hi Cynthia!

It's my morning check-in time! :cool1:

The bag IS adorable!! Really, I do love it. (Sorry Jordy, this just seems to go on and on and on...)

Anyway, I too succombed to DIS bag envy, and was heavy-handedly arm- twisted into buying one (you know who you are). I'm like you- I'd really rather go without totally, but thought I'd better have one just in case, I change my mind. I don't love mine either, but I guess in this world you take the good with the bad.

I"m so happy you found you purse! Paper Zone is like heaven to me! I'd gladly lose a purse in there, if I knew I'd find it again. I could spend hours in there, ogling over the fun stuff they have!

Thanks Liesa!

Good morning back at you!

Yes, PaperZone is a dangerous place. I have to go back there today to return a couple of things, apparently the found karma continued and I found my long missing 1/4" hole punch that I'd just replaced! And they changed the cartridge size on the tombow stuff which annoys me so I'm sticking with glue and double stick tape and raised foam dots, I just don't use it enough to get a whole new size of cartridge.

I digress.

I didn't lose my whole purse, which I was actually carrying for once, just my card case/wallet. It was on the floor so either it was in my pocket after the post office and fell out or I had the darn purse unzipped and it fell out when I leaned down to grab some single sheets of paper..or sparklies...or ribbon.

OMG I'm sooo glad your wallet has been found! I would have freaked out!!

I lost my debit card a little less then a year ago. Of course, it was right before a weekend away and I had ordered tickets for an event we were attending over that weekend on that card and needed to pick the ticket up at will call! Crap! Luckily the people at the event were very accomodating and we had no problems. I cancelled the card and it was found within a few hours!

I LOVE the new bag!!! LOVE it!! Of course, much like Patricia, I'm probably not the person to talk to about bags!! I have a closet BUSTING with all sorts of bags!

I was a VERY cranky lady! It completely messed up my day, not to mention dinner as Costco was the next stop. I was already cranky so it didn't help. We were out of coffee, so I'd had not a drop which is never a good thing and then I couldn't even go buy any!

Cynthia and no coffee....Not a pretty sight. Mine has been hacked into right before vacation before, it's a nightmare. I just have to go get cash for the weekend which is a pain since my bank is not close but....oh well and I'm glad I canceled everything for peace of mind, better to be safe than sorry. Hmmn. I am glad you said that though as I ordered tickets for an event sat night and unless they come today I have to email ticketmaster and they will have replacements at will call. I better see what card I used and make sure I have it with me!

I hear you on the bags. When I was working downtown I often had a stash of 2 or 3 in the car to switch for the day to match my outfit! :lmao:

I confess on the last trip I packed a total of 4 bags. And I used all 4 but could have skipped one of them. I am sure it will be a similar story on this trip. I don't think I've ever taken less than 2 on a trip. It's ridiculous but, c'mon, you need a different bag for different things!


All day at the park not going back to the resort? one kind of bag
Back to the resort, change for dinner and not hitting a park after? a different bag entirely!
Strolling around the resort, hanging poolside? One needs a bag for that!
Dressed up versus down? And it goes on and on and on.

LOL!

So right now I think I'm at 4 already, we will see how the list changes, that of course will depend on the wardrobe I pack! Although, I'm actually hoping to make some tops for this trip to save some $$ and get what I actually want. We will see if I really do that or not.

New Mickey bag (general daily park bag and out to dinner)
New Tink Loop tote that I just won on ebay (pool/dtd)
New faux LV carryall for the plane (and would work to pack lunches in for Universal and then get a locker)
And maybe the Kavu Keeper for the Nick/Universal days.

So glad that your wallet was found!!! Too bad that you had to cancel all your credit cards though.:sad2:

Oh and I love the bag!!! I say keep it....then again I love hand bags so I'd keep it just because it was so adorable.:goodvibes (sorry, when it comes to handbags it's hard for me to be practical especially when they are so darn cute!!;))

Thanks! I love the bag too, just concerned about the strap and whether it will bug me walking around all day. I might try to do some online research about the brand to see if it will soften up, it is definitely a quality product.

Looks like I have a bunch of enablers here!

Of course I did win the ebay auction I was looking at...I'm worried that one is too big (it's a tote) but the price couldn't be beat on it! It looks like a perfect DTD and pool bag though!

:goodvibes

eandesmom
10-01-2009, 10:45 AM
Sorry Jordy! (and GreatBiscuit and Glenbo!)

:)

Tote from ebay ($9.99!)

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k308/eandesmom/DIS/41Xa99UtkhL_SS400_.jpg
http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k308/eandesmom/DIS/41fyfH28jHL_SS400_.jpg
http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k308/eandesmom/DIS/51OE9Z5lZlL_SS400_.jpg

I will NOT be wearing that outfit! Well those pants...leggings...whatever! lol.
I :love: the colors on this one.

I think this will lay super flat so will just get packed. I could use it as a carry on but it doesn't zip on the top and I think the other will be better for lugging through the airport. I used my luggage carry on which is quite big last time and am going to try and avoid that and downsize. I won't be packing all the layers I had last time!

I do think it highly unfair that really only Tink and Alice, and to a lesser degree, Snow White get the funky couture treatment. On the boys side it's Mickey and Bambi.

Poor Belle. I'd really rather support her. Belle only exists on very princessy stuff. UGH.

And the fake Marc Jacobs/LV bag. The one I got is black though. Which makes it really fake as I think it really only came in this green color. I'll get a lot of use out of this, starting tomorrow for my girls trip! It's a good size.

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k308/eandesmom/DIS/51NRSyj8JHL_SL500_AA280_.jpg

Last but not least...the Kavu Keeper. I got this for our feb trip and never used it but of course had taken the tags off to test drive it so never returned it. I did finally use this on a womens retreat about a month ago and it was perfect for that. I don't like it crossbody but it was ok as a shoulder bag and isn't as huge as it looks. I like the pocket layout on this one a lot, 2 outside and one zip on the inner, I just don't care for the straps.

Not sure about the colors for a summer trip though.

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k308/eandesmom/DIS/19334_29_1.jpg

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k308/eandesmom/DIS/9994-574326-3.jpg

http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k308/eandesmom/DIS/9994-574326-4.jpg

So...nothing really goes with anything else!
But does it matter?

All7OfUs
10-01-2009, 10:46 PM
You deserve a new label- "The Bag Meister". :lmao:

I think if I had to choose a fav. it'd be the bottom one. I like the colors, and I like that it's thin. Who wants to carry a bulky hulk along??

Great picks- now to see which one gets used when??:confused3

MAGICFOR2
10-01-2009, 11:54 PM
I'm sorry you've had so much stress lately. You're really going to deserve that vacation!

I agree with All7Ofus. The last one has a shoulder strap and it's light. If you like to travel light, I think you'll get frustrated carrying a tote or clunky purse. Straps fall off your shoulders, and bags need to be small enough to tuck into the pockets on rides. I have carried the Bagallini Messenger - the smaller one - it's lightweight and a "cross body" so I can switch shoulders, or turn it to my back sometimes for comfort, and I bought Chocolate, so DH will carry it for me half the time! :goodvibes

http://www.baggallini.com/product2.asp?product=%27MES160%27&Fabric=%27Crinkle%27

eandesmom
10-02-2009, 12:53 AM
You deserve a new label- "The Bag Meister". :lmao:

I think if I had to choose a fav. it'd be the bottom one. I like the colors, and I like that it's thin. Who wants to carry a bulky hulk along??

Great picks- now to see which one gets used when??:confused3

Only problem is I've had the bag for a while and really don't like it that much. It is too thin. Fine if it is just a wallet and keys, not so much once you add a camera and glasses. Especially the glasses. And while the straps are light, they are also thin...and fall off the shoulder.

I got it for the last Disney trip and didn't use it once. Tried it out before the trip and it just wasn't a good daily use layout for me due to the thinness. I did use it at the retreat but I didn't need a glasses case in it so it worked ok for that. Other than that it's just hanging there lol! But it's an option.

The small leather bag I did use for the bulk of the last trip was also too thin...hence the Mickey bag.

I need something "just right"!

I like different size bags for different things so will definitely be taking more than one option.

I'm sorry you've had so much stress lately. You're really going to deserve that vacation!

I agree with All7Ofus. The last one has a shoulder strap and it's light. If you like to travel light, I think you'll get frustrated carrying a tote or clunky purse. Straps fall off your shoulders, and bags need to be small enough to tuck into the pockets on rides. I have carried the Bagallini Messenger - the smaller one - it's lightweight and a "cross body" so I can switch shoulders, or turn it to my back sometimes for comfort, and I bought Chocolate, so DH will carry it for me half the time! :goodvibes

http://www.baggallini.com/product2.asp?product=%27MES160%27&Fabric=%27Crinkle%27

Too bad it's only a day trip and less than 24 hours at that! August is VERY far away! Oh well, fun to look forward to!

I tried the bagallini and didn't like it at all. I have one I need to list on ebay, test drove it and really didn't like it at all. I love the idea of crossbody but hate it on me! If I'm going light, it all goes in my pockets to start. So I'll be shopping for new cargo shorts lol. I've about beat my favorite cargo pocket capri's to death, they really need to be retired.

Both of the larger bags would never go to the parks. The mickey bag is small enough for the ride pockets but large enough for the glasses case which is actually a pretty big deal for me. Also large enough to hold a pin purchase or small item picked up here and there throughout the day.

See my comments above on the Kavu Keeper. It is so thin that it gets all bulky weird very quickly and doesn't hold quite enough.Those straps fall very easily and it was really annoying.

Mickey is only one strap and very sturdy so I don't see it slipping at all but we will see if I even keep it. I actually like totes because the straps are short enough that they don't slip, as long as you don't overload them.

jordanyosh
10-02-2009, 06:11 PM
No worries. you put up with all my stuff...I can put up with the bag talk....

joy13
10-02-2009, 06:32 PM
I've gotten behind, but I see I didn't miss the bag talk - phew! I love that Mickey seatbelt bag - but I can see a rough strap not working real well. I hope it softens up or isn't as rough as you think on the shoulder. I really like that Tink bag as well - I didn't even notice it was Tink at first! If you don't like the two you have - it wouldn't hurt to try and win the auction and test drive it.

mickeysmyboy
10-02-2009, 06:53 PM
I hope you have a great time this weekend!!! Enjoy!!!

All7OfUs
10-03-2009, 01:09 AM
No worries. you put up with all my stuff...I can put up with the bag talk....

Yeah, like, what was it today?? Hockey (?) talk??

HA!

Happydog
10-03-2009, 01:26 PM
OKAY. I can only say one thing...


HOW DID I NOT KNOW YOU HAD STARTED ANOTHER PTR??!!!!!??? I KEPT CHECKING OUT THAT BANNER THINKING, WOW. THAT IS REALLY NICE LOOKING... AND THEN WHAM. I CASUALLY PASSED MY CURSOR OVER IT AND IT WAS "clickable"... SO I FOUND YOU TODAY!! YOU SHOULD HAVE TOLD ME!!!!!!!! :laughing:

OKAY, SO NOW I AM GOING BACK BACK TO THE BEGINNING.

AND THANK YOU AGAIN, for the SHIRT! :) It was very very cute... I took a few photos, but I loved wearing it. :goodvibes

Lady Lallie
10-03-2009, 03:46 PM
I love the Tink bag! I am itchy to get on ebay now to look at bags. :rolleyes1

eandesmom
10-03-2009, 04:07 PM
No worries. you put up with all my stuff...I can put up with the bag talk....

deal :)

I've gotten behind, but I see I didn't miss the bag talk - phew! I love that Mickey seatbelt bag - but I can see a rough strap not working real well. I hope it softens up or isn't as rough as you think on the shoulder. I really like that Tink bag as well - I didn't even notice it was Tink at first! If you don't like the two you have - it wouldn't hurt to try and win the auction and test drive it.

yeah, I'm really going back and forth on the mickey bag. I love the tink and for the price I got it at, I think it will be fabulous! I did test drive the faux lv plane carry on this weekend and didn't love it for that, wrong kind of straps if full. So, glad I got it, I'll get plenty of use out of it, but it won't be coming on the trip. We will see what I think about Tink when it arrives, it has been shipped.

I hope you have a great time this weekend!!! Enjoy!!!

Thanks! It was a FAST 24 hours but really really fun. I am tired though, did not sleep well so am hoping the boys will let me sleep in tomorrow. I felt bad leaving but am super excited to see English Beat tonight. We had a spa morning so it was a lovely way to start the day.


Yeah, like, what was it today?? Hockey (?) talk??

HA!

Oh dear, I will be very lost! I don't speak hockey. I listen well though.

OKAY. I can only say one thing...


HOW DID I NOT KNOW YOU HAD STARTED ANOTHER PTR??!!!!!??? I KEPT CHECKING OUT THAT BANNER THINKING, WOW. THAT IS REALLY NICE LOOKING... AND THEN WHAM. I CASUALLY PASSED MY CURSOR OVER IT AND IT WAS "clickable"... SO I FOUND YOU TODAY!! YOU SHOULD HAVE TOLD ME!!!!!!!! :laughing:

OKAY, SO NOW I AM GOING BACK BACK TO THE BEGINNING.

AND THANK YOU AGAIN, for the SHIRT! :) It was very very cute... I took a few photos, but I loved wearing it. :goodvibes
Oops! Am I in trouble? You had a LOT going on :) I'm glad you found me, with a 10 month PRT I figured people will find it lol.

Jack looked super cute on the black t, I'm so glad you liked it!

I love the Tink bag! I am itchy to get on ebay now to look at bags. :rolleyes1

There are some cute things and good prices if you troll around enough lol! Even if it is too huge for the trip for $9.99 it made me very happy. I can't wait till it arrives!

MEK
10-03-2009, 09:50 PM
I love the Tink bag! I am itchy to get on ebay now to look at bags. :rolleyes1



No LL...No! You have enough bags. Take a deep breath, now exhale..... slowly.....! Again! Aren't you starting to feel better already!

MEK
10-03-2009, 09:53 PM
Cynthia...

Your first page left me close to tears. What a beautiful start to your TR. I, too, did not think anything was clickable on your banner. Plus I didn't Dis much before I went away. I remember seeing the title of this
PTR, thinking how cute it was, but I never clicked.

Well, I'm here now. You have been very busy. What is this????/the 20th page????? :rotfl:

KathyRN137
10-03-2009, 11:00 PM
I think the scariest one was when someone actually created a duplicate of my card as that's a little harder to prove fraud on, then when they hack in online or you know you lost it.



Ugh, same thing happened to a co-worker of mine just last week. :sad2: She narrowed it down to a gas station attendant, but of course there's no way to prove it.

Horrible...


Kathy

KathyRN137
10-03-2009, 11:02 PM
So...nothing really goes with anything else!
But does it matter?

Nope! :thumbsup2


Kathy

Happydog
10-04-2009, 08:07 AM
So yesterday I read all 14 pages of your PTR!!! :surfweb: It took me a while, but I really enjoyed it!!! :faint: SO now let me recap all that I took in...

First, your family... I think you have been very fortunate to find eachother and your family however many dynamics there are seems like such a great group. Indeed family stories take all shapes and sizes, and it is nice to see when they work. Not without work to keep it that way, of course, but I sense a great balance between everyone. I am uber jealous that you have a "bonus daughter"!! I really want a girl! I love my two boys OF course, but I am sure you know what I am talking about.... I finally gave up trying to keep the bath water in the bathtub :laughing:... I would love to have some of those girly moments.. well, who knows -- there is still time!

NOW, I know you and I have chatted about the NW, but I just have to tell you, I LOVE Mt. Rainier, I have climbed it!! (in my 20s!) :yay: and my DH used to be a park ranger seasonally at Rainier, and also on SAN JUAN ISLAND!!! :) Where ONE summer he rented a little cabin (try UBER small practically a room and a bathroom) right next to that air field!!! In fact we sat on a hammock and watched the planes land!!! :laughing: We have ties there still, and the book store called Griffin Bay books, the owner had two golden retreivers that she mated and she was the girlfriend of another ranger at the park when my DH was there, and so we bought one of the puppies - went back the following year to get her -- and so we do indeed think fondly of San Juan.. Roche Harbor!!! YUM!! I hope the book store is still there. The owner passed away, I think someone bought it, but the store was an inspiration for our first son's name! Anyway, our golden died a few years ago, she was a precious dog -- her name was Happy. HENCE, my DIS name ;)

So back to the Northwest, I know Mt. Baker, Mt. Jefferson, the three Sisters, VERY well... MY DH is an avid climber, my parents live in Bend OR, so of course we have the Sisters in our back yard there! We love the NW too...

Sorry for the hijack there, but I just got giddy when you were describing all these places we've been!

Now, regarding your trip, WOW what a saga :eek:- treehouses, 8 people, 9 people, 10 people! Beach club, Yacht club, Universal, Disney, 70/30, 60/40... End of August, MID August, etc. etc. etc.!!! :faint:

BUT it now sounds like things are back on track there... I do agree with others that the Free Dining offer for 2010 (the BB offer) is already causing these waves in terms of availability... the deposit was $200.00 so I can see why people are taking advantage of it... We won't be going back in the fall next year, I am sure of that, so we just passed on the offer. I will be interested in seeing what is available as a BB when we return in December.

Anyhow, I think all your plans make good sense. I want to put a good word out there for Sanaa, btw. It was really really good!!! If you like Indian flavored food.... we loved it, and having been twice we will be going back again! I thought you were tossing that one around? I like the girls lunch/dinner idea too!! :thumbsup2 Chef's would be a good place for that!

Okay, this is a very very long post, I will stop now! I just had so much to say since I missed out on all the other posting!! OH and I love your bags! TOO too cute!! I have been happy with my Vera mailbags, really like them, they work well for park bags, though I don't like that they get wet when we are on water rides!! The Tink tote is cute! :thumbsup2

Looking forward to more all along the way!! :upsidedow

eandesmom
10-04-2009, 01:55 PM
Cynthia...

Your first page left me close to tears. What a beautiful start to your TR. I, too, did not think anything was clickable on your banner. Plus I didn't Dis much before I went away. I remember seeing the title of this
PTR, thinking how cute it was, but I never clicked.

Well, I'm here now. You have been very busy. What is this????/the 20th page????? :rotfl:

Yay! Mary Ellen!

:welcome::welcome:

I've missed you :) I know you more than anyone gets the date craziness with soccer. I can't believe I didn't think about HS soccer tryouts.

:confused3

Thank you so much for the kind words...and we are only up to 15 pages! I can't wait to read your TR and figured you were crazy between your trip and September madness (or at least it is always mad at my house!). But my images seem to be adding to the confusion.

It's actually 5 separate images, not one banner. I'm going to go back and put a small border around them all individually since both you and HappyDog didn't realize they were clickable! All 4 are clickable actually :). Hopefully the borders will make it look less like one long image....

Ugh, same thing happened to a co-worker of mine just last week. :sad2: She narrowed it down to a gas station attendant, but of course there's no way to prove it.

Horrible...


Kathy

Oh I'm so sorry, hopefully her bank took care of her quickly.

Nope! :thumbsup2

Kathy

You enabler!

I am leaning towards sending Mickey back though....see below. Of course that just means more shopping.

So yesterday I read all 14 pages of your PTR!!! :surfweb: It took me a while, but I really enjoyed it!!! :faint: SO now let me recap all that I took in...

First, your family... I think you have been very fortunate to find eachother and your family however many dynamics there are seems like such a great group. Indeed family stories take all shapes and sizes, and it is nice to see when they work. Not without work to keep it that way, of course, but I sense a great balance between everyone. I am uber jealous that you have a "bonus daughter"!! I really want a girl! I love my two boys OF course, but I am sure you know what I am talking about.... I finally gave up trying to keep the bath water in the bathtub :laughing:... I would love to have some of those girly moments.. well, who knows -- there is still time!


you definitely have time! :) Although your two are so darn cute I can hardly stand it! It's funny...she was SUCH a tomboy as a younger child, I despaired of having girly moments but while she is definitely an uber-jock, she is ALL girl these days, complete with having to flat iron her hair before bed AND in the morning :confused3


NOW, I know you and I have chatted about the NW, but I just have to tell you, I LOVE Mt. Rainier, I have climbed it!! (in my 20s!) :yay: and my DH used to be a park ranger seasonally at Rainier, and also on SAN JUAN ISLAND!!! :) Where ONE summer he rented a little cabin (try UBER small practically a room and a bathroom) right next to that air field!!! In fact we sat on a hammock and watched the planes land!!! :laughing: We have ties there still, and the book store called Griffin Bay books, the owner had two golden retreivers that she mated and she was the girlfriend of another ranger at the park when my DH was there, and so we bought one of the puppies - went back the following year to get her -- and so we do indeed think fondly of San Juan.. Roche Harbor!!! YUM!! I hope the book store is still there. The owner passed away, I think someone bought it, but the store was an inspiration for our first son's name! Anyway, our golden died a few years ago, she was a precious dog -- her name was Happy. HENCE, my DIS name ;)

So back to the Northwest, I know Mt. Baker, Mt. Jefferson, the three Sisters, VERY well... MY DH is an avid climber, my parents live in Bend OR, so of course we have the Sisters in our back yard there! We love the NW too...

Sorry for the hijack there, but I just got giddy when you were describing all these places we've been!


Oh what a great puppy story and I love knowing where your DIS name came from! You can hijack away, I can speak NW all day long! I think you need to drive up from Bend next summer, come out here and we take over a group campsite at Cougar Rock.

:)

I :love: Griffin Bay Books! It is still there, right by the ferry terminal, or at least it was 5 years ago. How cool that it inspired your son's name. When Jeff and I got married, we didn't have a honeymoon right then, just one night at Salish, where the wedding was. So for New Years that year we went to San Juan for a 2 night getaway (didn't get the real honeymoon till 06 lol) and flew in from Arlington, landing at the main Friday Harbor airfield (was your cabin there or at the Roche Harbor Field?). We took the ferry back and I went to Griffin Bay books for a book for the ride and bought a book that turned out to be an all time favorite, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. I don't know what it is about buying a book on vacation but some of my best spontaneous purchases happen that way, books that you just love for some reason (most recently Sarah's Key...purchased on the San Diego trip).

I'm pretty darn sure I still have my Griffin Bay books, bookmark, in that book. I might have to go look!

Ok, now I'm hijacking your hijack and going completely off topic! lol. I remember getting giddy over your Italy pics! How very very cool you've climbed Rainer. My sister seems to think she and I, and one of our other sisters are doing it. It would have been a bit easier in my twenties I think....we will see! It would be a 3 decade hike if it is next summer, my baby sister would be 29, middle sis 38 and me...44. Bleh that sounds old! Should have done it about middle sisters age, that's probably the best shape I've ever been in, in my life.

It's hard to get out and hike as much as we'd like, we are lucky to get one day hike in a summer these days it seems though we did get Mt. Si on the old trail in so that was nice and Eric made it up and down without whining...encouraging.


Now, regarding your trip, WOW what a saga :eek:- treehouses, 8 people, 9 people, 10 people! Beach club, Yacht club, Universal, Disney, 70/30, 60/40... End of August, MID August, etc. etc. etc.!!! :faint:

BUT it now sounds like things are back on track there... I do agree with others that the Free Dining offer for 2010 (the BB offer) is already causing these waves in terms of availability... the deposit was $200.00 so I can see why people are taking advantage of it... We won't be going back in the fall next year, I am sure of that, so we just passed on the offer. I will be interested in seeing what is available as a BB when we return in December.

Anyhow, I think all your plans make good sense. I want to put a good word out there for Sanaa, btw. It was really really good!!! If you like Indian flavored food.... we loved it, and having been twice we will be going back again! I thought you were tossing that one around? I like the girls lunch/dinner idea too!! :thumbsup2 Chef's would be a good place for that!

Okay, this is a very very long post, I will stop now! I just had so much to say since I missed out on all the other posting!! OH and I love your bags! TOO too cute!! I have been happy with my Vera mailbags, really like them, they work well for park bags, though I don't like that they get wet when we are on water rides!! The Tink tote is cute! :thumbsup2

Looking forward to more all along the way!! :upsidedow

Sanaa is a FOR SURE as far as I'm concerned and I adore LL's idea on the girls lunch/dinner at Chef's so that's a done deal too!

We are "mostly" settled but still have some moving pieces....Jeff and I were talking last night about it and he'd really prefer to just be at the YC the whole time but....with FD it's not as simple as that since we want to arrive before we think the promo will actually start and Sandie and Paul don't want as many nights as we do so we can't stay there until they get there anyway!

And for me, it comes down to the pool question. That nick pool is amazing and would save us on the whole water park question, not to mention saving a lot of $$ for the pre-FD days. On the flip side, I totally get why Jeff and Sandie have no desire to sleep in those rooms. I mean really, is there a "good" choice when your room theme options are Rugrats, Danny Phantom, Farily Oddparents or Jimmy Neutron? How about no theme?

:rotfl:

I do think Mickey is going back. For 3 reasons. Much as it is so darn cute!

1. No exterior pockets. I really really like an exterior pocket or two for a small bag like that so I don't actually have to open it to get out my KTTW card, cash or a lip gloss.

2. No interior zipper pocket. that really seems like a design flaw to me1

3. Stiff strap. I do think it will loosen up but with the other 2 issues, not sure I want to bother with it.

But I'm marking down the dimensions. It is exactly the perfect size and shape so I am glad I tried it. I do love it but for the price it would be too occasional use and lord knows I have enough of those bags already!

I'm thinking microfiber/nylon...something that won't get wet. Which granted, Mickey would be good for. But lighter.

PracPerfPatricia
10-04-2009, 08:30 PM
I'm sorry that you had to cancel all your credit cards...sigh...I had my wallet lifted one...and then returned to me without my Visa/debit card...you sort of feel violated...:sad2:

I can't believe that you were going through everything without any coffee...:scared1:...that is like a nightmare for me...coffee makes everything better...:coffee:

Where have you seen Disney Couture-Alice stuff...(recently)...I'm starting to stock up for next year...;)

Mickey is going back...:sad1:...oh well if he isn't going to work out I guess its for the best...

Have you popped on the Zappos site to get some ideas?

topdog
10-04-2009, 08:47 PM
Hello Cynthia. What a great PTR? I find your PTR very insightful. Although I am only up to page 4. I can certainly feel what you had gone through. You see, I too have a some what complicated family issues. While I have 5 other siblings and yet I can hardly talk to any of them. One of my brothers who lives at England, I haven't talked to him for almost 20 years. My sister who lives at Raleigh, NC, haven't seen or spoken for more than 10 years. I do have a sister who live at Vancouver that I do exchange email once or twice a year. Only one of my niece and nephew were able to communicate with me through Facebook. I even thought about a family union every now and then but I always chicken out. Afraid how explosive it might become.

Anyway, back to your PTR. I am going to try read through it as quick as I can. Better take some quick reading class. :laughing:

creativeamanda
10-04-2009, 09:43 PM
Caught up again! I love reading your PTR--it makes me think about my family and how much I need to appreciate them! Your writing is helping with that! Thanks so much!

eandesmom
10-04-2009, 09:51 PM
I'm sorry that you had to cancel all your credit cards...sigh...I had my wallet lifted one...and then returned to me without my Visa/debit card...you sort of feel violated...:sad2:

I can't believe that you were going through everything without any coffee...:scared1:...that is like a nightmare for me...coffee makes everything better...:coffee:

Where have you seen Disney Couture-Alice stuff...(recently)...I'm starting to stock up for next year...;)

Mickey is going back...:sad1:...oh well if he isn't going to work out I guess its for the best...

Have you popped on the Zappos site to get some ideas?

Cynthia without coffee is NOT good. I did have some highly caffeinated tea so was not entirely "without" but it's not the same.

I found Mickey on Zappos! And now I'm second guessing the return. So am going to sit on it for a while. I'm not seeing a darn thing I like out there in that shape/size with my specifications on fabric and pockets. If I could just merge my Marc Jacobs leather with the Harvey, I'd be golden. Sigh. I can sew something I can't find, I can create an illustration I can't find but I sure as shootin' am not going to attempt to make a purse! Not that I need it for another 10 months.

:rotfl:


So I think I need to hold onto it and think more. I am really drawn the the Harvey bags period. They are pocket challenged though!

I kind of like this (http://cgi.ebay.com/NWT-Kate-Spade-Black-Nylon-Snakeskin-Anya-Handbag-Bag_W0QQitemZ290280832137QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUS_CSA _WH_Handbags?hash=item439615fc89&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14) but would probably have stiff strap issues

I don't like it enough to buy it.

ohhh...Alice....check these out. Yes. I am an enabler.

super cute, a bit more summery than the others (http://cgi.ebay.com/Loungefly-ALICE-IN-WONDERLAND-Tote-Purse-Couture-NEW_W0QQitemZ310170569571QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUS_CSA _WH_Handbags?hash=item48379b4b63&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14)

Kind of fun but a bit dark
(http://cgi.ebay.com/ALICE-IN-WONDERLAND-LOOP-PURSE-W-MIRROR-DISNEY-COUTURE_W0QQitemZ310171679850QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH _DefaultDomain_0?hash=item4837ac3c6a&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14")

a very cute tote..love the "watch"
(http://cgi.ebay.com/Loop-NYC-Disney-Couture-Alice-in-Wonderland-Tote-Bag_W0QQitemZ360194743047QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUS_CSA _WH_Handbags?hash=item53dd479b07&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14)

the loungefly version
(http://www.onegirlstrash.net/loungefly1.html)

not couture but I really like it!
(http://cgi.ebay.com/Alice-in-Wonderland-Vintage-Tote-Purse-WOW-SO-CUTE_W0QQitemZ300353798532QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUS_CS A_WH_Handbags?hash=item45ee7b4184&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14)

hmmn...I have a mickey lunch bag tote, maybe I will just bring that! I don't really want black in the sumemr though.

Both loungefly and loop have some cute wallets and make up bags, all seem to be black based though.

Hello Cynthia. What a great PTR? I find your PTR very insightful. Although I am only up to page 4. I can certainly feel what you had gone through. You see, I too have a some what complicated family issues. While I have 5 other siblings and yet I can hardly talk to any of them. One of my brothers who lives at England, I haven't talked to him for almost 20 years. My sister who lives at Raleigh, NC, haven't seen or spoken for more than 10 years. I do have a sister who live at Vancouver that I do exchange email once or twice a year. Only one of my niece and nephew were able to communicate with me through Facebook. I even thought about a family union every now and then but I always chicken out. Afraid how explosive it might become.

Anyway, back to your PTR. I am going to try read through it as quick as I can. Better take some quick reading class. :laughing:

Topdog! :welcome: so happy to have you here. I actually have found FB to be really wonderful for my cousins...well all except for one of Jeff's cousins whom I am hiding from! Sshh!

I figure since I get all of her horrible spam email, he can be her FB friend and I'll just conveniently "not notice" that she is on FB. I am course am too much of a wimp to tell her to stop sending it but she has been flagged as junk mail!

:rotfl:

Sometimes though with my immediate family I see more than I want to on FB! I have to shake my head at my one brother, a LOT! The one that lives nearby. But at least you feel sort of in the loop. Which is nice with my brother in Germany in particular (although I'd really prefer NOT to know how much time he spends on mafia wars!).

That makes me sad for you though, you seem so incredibly outgoing and generally happy, you should have a close family. Glad you have your DW :) You seem to have a wonderful marriage and a lot of fun.

I am INCREDIBLY blessed with my immediate family. However we are a lot less spread out than you are, 3 of my 5 siblings live in the area, one only 15 minutes away, the others 30 and 60 respectively and I'm only 10 minutes from my parents. It is a lot harder with distance. I do speak to my brother in Germany some, a LOT more since he remarried last year, I really lucked out with an amazing new SIL.

If it weren't for FB I wouldn't have a clue what my other sister is up to. But at least with both of them, it's not because they don't want to be close, it's just truly a function of distance and how they communicate. Which is not well long distance! I know when I see them, no matter how long it has been in between visits, usually at least a year, often more...I haven't seen my sister in 5 years now, it will be like I saw them yesterday.

All7OfUs
10-04-2009, 11:47 PM
Hey Cynthia!

I've missed you over the weekend!! It was a long one with a 2 day wedding that, although was incredibly fun, was a huge time sucker for me! Ahhhh, back to my wondefully comfortable "routine" of catching up with my peeps.

So, Mickey has to get the heave-ho. Too bad, but I guess with the unyielding strap, and pocket issues, he didn't really have a chance. Better to have one you can really like and not have to fight with, for sure. Any news on the scan yet??

eandesmom
10-05-2009, 12:24 AM
Caught up again! I love reading your PTR--it makes me think about my family and how much I need to appreciate them! Your writing is helping with that! Thanks so much!

Awww, thanks Amanda! I think we all need reminding, all the time!

Hey Cynthia!

I've missed you over the weekend!! It was a long one with a 2 day wedding that, although was incredibly fun, was a huge time sucker for me! Ahhhh, back to my wondefully comfortable "routine" of catching up with my peeps.

So, Mickey has to get the heave-ho. Too bad, but I guess with the unyielding strap, and pocket issues, he didn't really have a chance. Better to have one you can really like and not have to fight with, for sure. Any news on the scan yet??

I missed you too Liesa! I've not been around much myself with my own crazy weekend. I will hopefully have an update tomorrow. Did you survive the toast in 'skani?

Poor Mickey but yeah, I think his days are numbered. Now to find a suitable replacement. It's like he's hanging around until I find something better!

Thank you SO much for asking about FIL!

FIL had the biopsy on Thursday. Apparently it can take up to TEN days to get the results. :(

They mentioned all kind of other things when they were looking at it that it could be (including TB :confused3) so we are more confused and ever but the scan itself didn't tell them anything to narrow it down I guess. I hope we know soon. They did give him something that will help with his cough, apparently it was so bad they had to stop the scan to let him cough before they could continue and get a clear picture.

All7OfUs
10-05-2009, 01:17 AM
Gosh, it really could be ANYTHING, from TB to pneumonia! Don't worry until you need to. More than likely it's nothing- at least that's what I"m praying for!

Toast was ok. I laid awake all night the day before going over and over and over it in my head. But like always, as soon as the mike was passed to me, I biffed it. Too typical! :scared1:

Ah well, I had a second chance at the next day party, and did a little better- fewer people= less stress. Hopefully later today, I'll post some pictures and video clips from the shindig later on my blog. It was very traditional and interesting!

eandesmom
10-05-2009, 11:39 AM
The BFP_YC_v0.5

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend, I did! Of course the state of my house bears testament to that but by Friday I should have it back in order.

:rotfl:

yeah, right. I'm going to keep telling myself that.

We have the crud going around our house, as it seems to be everywhere right now, but thankfully have been able to keep it at the cold/sore throat and dry cough stage. Annoying but not debilitating (or keeping anyone home from school, yay!). I survived all the prep for the bridal shower and delivered all my goodies to my sister which supposedly were a big hit, survived my baking frenzy for my girls trip and then the oh-too-short girls weekend. I am so incredibly blessed with amazing friends. As our hostess put it, it was nutrition for the soul. And it really was. The fact that we can get 14 of us together for something like this is such a gift! To then have fabulous meals, long walks, girl movies and a little spa time....heaven!

So it ended up being about 24 hours with the girls, and then seeing the English Beat with another couple on a double date Saturday night. Sunday was spent being a bit lazy and taking Eric out selling Cub Scout popcorn. He was SO cute! I really didn't want to go and deal with it and am so glad I did, it was a great experience watching him work the neighbors over. The little charmer sold to every house he went to. Not that there were that many houses (7 I think) but still, not a bad hit rate! And it was nice to actually chat with the neighbors a bit longer than usual, and see a brand new baby to boot! We are lucky to have such great ones and it exposed some of the younger boys (and parents) on the street to scouts and Eric was able to answer some good questions about it. Fun.

All of the events were just wonderful and I even managed to get in one long walk with the girls and a nice work out on sat after my return. I did however muck up one kid schedule item but, had I had it “right” we’d have probably missed it anyway due to a conflict. Black Belt Mandatory meeting for the next test versus Eric soccer game...black belt wins. So glad they went, I have a ton of stuff to get in by friday for the next test or he will have to wait until June.

Still, I felt bad for Jeff, who had the unfun job of taking Eric to a game…that wasn’t there. I had it down twice on the calendar and we both thought it was the later time slot. Oh well. Eric isn't exactly our soccer star and was fine with it.

Jeff and I (and the other couple we were with) did realize that we are out of practice when it comes to the whole “show” aspect. Tickets were for 8pm. Warm up band didn’t start until 9 and the Beat at 10. Which left us leaving before they were done to relieve our friends sitter.

It was actually kind of funny. The whole thing was fun, and fun music, really took us back and it is such HAPPY music it made me feel like I was on vacation in my mind. Apparently it had the same influence on Jeff who brought up some things about the trip while we were at the show.

Either that or it was the Red Stripe, not sure!

Jeff had three points.
1. He really wants his mom there for more than 6 nights. Even if it is just one more.
2. He’d really rather stay at the YC the whole time. I think Sandie got to him on the neon!
3. He’d rather stay less nights and be at the YC since he is not going to do his flying stuff after all.

Sadly, poor Jeff has had a crummy week flight wise. He was hoping to get his seaplane certification last weekend and he’s had plane problems, cancellations, weather issues etc and has only done maybe half of the certification. Which has majorly bummed him out. Ideally you do it 5 days in a row to get the momentum going. Spreading it out over 2-3 weeks just isn’t the same.

And so….

We are entering the “refinement” stage of our BFP. Locked in to date windows by circumstances beyond our control (namely the anticipated start date of FD and Kendall’s HS soccer tryout) we need to work within those dates.

Which, sadly, really doesn’t allow for staying at the YC the whole time as we need to arrive before the date we think FD will start. We’ve decided to do the following.

1. Add one night at the YC for both rooms, bringing us to 7 which lets Sandie and Paul be there with us for a full 7 nights. If we time the flights right it’s really 9 days! They don’t want more than a week or any dates that aren’t FD and so even if FD started earlier we’d need to stay elsewhere as we won’t fit in one YC room and we can’t afford 2 without them sharing that cost. All I know is there better be FD or we are in TROUBLE! I hope they release it as early to Disney Visa as they did last year my concern is that it’s already so booked, maybe they don’t offer it? I dunno. At the rate they are extending promotions I feel relatively safe but it is a wee bit of a stress factor.

2. Cut one night out at the start so the total trip is 9 nights instead of 10. With trying to do both Universal Parks as well, I just can’t see fitting everything in for less nights. And I’m still hooked on the idea of a couple of days on our own with just the 6 of us.

3. Let K&T pick where we stay those first 2 nights! We are going to give them a selection of places to pick from, including Nick, this weekend. We are still not telling the E’s and will decide what to do about that once we finalize where we are staying.


So the BFP_YC_v0.5 is

8/12 red eye out
8/13-14 ??? (currently holding onto the room at Nick)
8/15-8/22 Yacht Club.

We won't be a v0.5 for long :rotfl:

Here is the thing. Issues with neon and Nick Character themed rooms notwithstanding, without the FD promo, it is significantly cheaper. And has that pool. Check it out.

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I think we could handle 2 nights there just to get access to that pool and I actually think it would be kind of a bummer not to but I’m turning over control on this one to the teens and am ok with it. My biggest fear is that staying elsewhere will push the water park request and I don’t think we have enough days for that.

However, my non-disney freak husband (as he so lovingly calls me) really likes the idea of staying at Disney the whole time and so we are going to present K&T with a list of properties that might work. My TA is checking on AAA rates right now as some of them look to be significantly better than the rack rates, that weekend of 8/13 seems to be the end of the summer season with some rooms at the summer rate, some at the value. Right now the options on the table (that sleep 6) are:


2 rooms at Pop.
ASM Family Suite
2 rooms at any of the Moderates
FW Cabin
2 rooms at AKL or WL if the AAA rates are really correct.
Deluxe club level room at WL
Treehouse/OKW/SSR villas, 2 or 3 bedroom.

The best $$ option in my opinion for 2 nights, a Jr suite at CSR, is already gone.

I hope to narrow down the list before Friday so they have less to decide in between. Personally I’d just as soon skip the values entirely as if we go that route I do think we are better off at Nick. Cost wise we should probably scrap the treehouse if it is just 6 of us and no FD but I can tell Jeff wants it on there. And…if we do a treehouse Jeff and I get our own room for a couple of nights but wow, it’s a pricey way to get privacy! Still, might be worth it since it will be followed by 7 nights of togetherness.

And of course....I wanna sleep in a treehouse!

The cabins, I loved but BTDT. And…double beds. My push is if we do 2 rooms it’s a girls room and a boys room! My personal preferences (and the short list I’d like to show them) are

Nick

Pro: Pool. Slime. Boys are obsessed with the idea of going there.

Con: I’m bunking with K on a sofabed double. Their rates keep going up so I’m glad I have it reserved, although I wonder if our rate will change if we cut out the 2 nights currently on it. It is still the least expensive unless we upgrade to the 3 bedroom and then that cost is almost equal to 2 rooms at a mod. The rooms are pretty obnoxious for those over 11!

2 rooms at a Mod

Pro: Would let us try a new resort.

Con: Cost versus Nick. Dining. We like the sit down offerings at the deluxes and aren’t really food court people so the dining options at these are not a draw. For me anyway.

2 rooms at AKL.

Pro: Everything. I’d love this for 2 nights. If the AAA rates are right, it’s not much more than the posted rack rate on the Mods so seems by far the best value. This really isn't on the boys list at all, it will be interesting to see with K&T think.

Con: Cost versus Nick. We could do this at WL as well but for that I think I prefer the club level option.

WL Club level room:
Pro: club level benefits, location, we love WL. Con: costs more than doing 2 rooms, not much less than the treehouse. I’d have to bunk with Kendall but it’d be a queen.

Treehouse

Pro: My own room for 2 nights!

Treehouse! Con: Cost. We could stay 5-6 nights at Nick for this expense, ouch! AAA doesn’t seem to give any deals on the villa properties , which makes sense.

Financially there is a pretty huge spread on these rooms although we do figure we are potentially saving 2 days of car rental if we are at Disney. The main advantage I see if we are at Disney the whole time is that we could do the Universal and IOA park visits sprinkled throughout the trip as opposed to all at once and that would be nice. It is going to be fun to see what they like versus what we think they will like and how much a factor the pool really is.

There is of course also the Sheraton Vistana...which seems pretty darn reasonable for what we'd get. But it's not Nick or Disney so....

Huh.

Of course we may get dinged for TL/BB no matter what so maybe I'm making too much of it. I know Evan REALLY wants to go to at least one of them on the next trip. Then the question becomes 1 day water park ticket or adding the water park and more to the main tickets? Ugh. If we don't stay at Nick I will take the boys by there at least to check it out, they are dying to just see it if they can.

I’m thinking of giving them the list, letting them poke around online and then having each rank their top 3 in order. However…this is 8 options already, conceivably there could be zero overlap no matter what they pick and then what do I do?

Hmmn.

If K had her way we’d stay at the GF. T loved WL. GF is NOT an option and for the cost of WL I'd go Treehouse. The boys would pick Nick and then Eric would want the Contemporary and Evan is all about CSR or CBR. So they will be happy with whatever the big kids pick and they'll have their chance to have input on a different trip. The LOVE the idea of the treehouse (of course!).

I’m going to walk them both through the Yacht Club just so they can see where we will be so they can compare and contrast.

In other news, I do have a little update on Jeff’s dad Ron.

According to his stepmom Mary, his symptoms, i.e, cough and sore throat are better. He still has congestion, but that is due to the mass/tumor pressing on the bronchial tube. His energy level is better. They went to the Camaro club mtg Friday night and church today. Overall, he is much better than he was a couple of weeks ago. They see the doctor Friday, 3pm. Will get the results of the fluid he took out of the lung during the bronchoscopy (we thought it was a biopsy). Apparently he is keeping a great attitude which I'm grateful for!

Sandie may be popping out for a visit between now and Thanksgiving and I’m sure there will be a LOT of trip chatter then with everyone if she does! She’s checking airfare right now.

Next....express line baby! (http://disboards.com/showthread.php?p=33856746&posted=1#post33856746)

eandesmom
10-05-2009, 11:47 AM
Gosh, it really could be ANYTHING, from TB to pneumonia! Don't worry until you need to. More than likely it's nothing- at least that's what I"m praying for!

Toast was ok. I laid awake all night the day before going over and over and over it in my head. But like always, as soon as the mike was passed to me, I biffed it. Too typical! :scared1:

Ah well, I had a second chance at the next day party, and did a little better- fewer people= less stress. Hopefully later today, I'll post some pictures and video clips from the shindig later on my blog. It was very traditional and interesting!

Cool, I'll be popping over to the blog! I bet you didn't biff it, just maybe not what you wanted it to be. Glad the 2nd day went better!

jordanyosh
10-05-2009, 03:14 PM
Okay. My. Head. Is. Spinning.

You have a TON of variables/options.

I would never advocate staying offsite unless it was purely a financial situation or you had a timeshare offsite. So the Nick would be out for sure.

I would probably opt 4 Port Orleans Riverside/2 rms. As it has the ferry to DTD so you could get a decent sit down meal. I really like Portobello.

AKL wouldn't be a bad thing either.....

eandesmom
10-05-2009, 05:30 PM
Okay. My. Head. Is. Spinning.

You have a TON of variables/options.

I would never advocate staying offsite unless it was purely a financial situation or you had a timeshare offsite. So the Nick would be out for sure.

I would probably opt 4 Port Orleans Riverside/2 rms. As it has the ferry to DTD so you could get a decent sit down meal. I really like Portobello.

AKL wouldn't be a bad thing either.....

Too many variables! lol. All for 2 nights. Nick is only an option because, well, the water park is very cool and the boys are very into the idea, they are all about the slime, the slime-o-meter, some kind of sponge bob and patrick bean bag chair, they even know what the themed rooms are like. Scary. Clearly they watch that channel too much.

But it is cheaper. It did seem weird to pay Disney prices and spend the day at a Universal Park but...whatever. It's going to happen for at least 1 day anyway. If the teens hate it, it's out and I'm glad we are letting them pick as it avoids that whole situation.

I think I'm just going to show them 2 of the mods, POR (for the boat and the trundle) and CSR (for the queen beds). Which means 7 to choose from but really 6 as I don't expect either of them to choose the Fort with the other options although you never know! I don't expect them to pick AKL either. But I could be way off base.

I was planning on us eating at DTD on night one anyway so POR would be a good fit and financially more responsible than the treehouse. I want to try Paradiso 37 though.

I did get the AAA rates and AKL and THV are better...but still very pricey.

We've got a range now of $177 a night to $468. Yikes!

Lady Lallie
10-05-2009, 06:00 PM
Holy moly, you've got a lot of options!

I don't even know what to suggest. I think you need to narrow it down for the kids a bit though. It's a lot to choose between. What if you knocked off 2 more of the options and then let the kids pick? I don't know. You are going to have a fabulous time no matter where you stay!

jordanyosh
10-05-2009, 06:35 PM
Good luck with the latest in Accommodation Roulette, not to be confused in anyway, to Airfare Roulette.;)

GreatBiscuit
10-05-2009, 08:20 PM
As it turns out, I was doulbe booked last week. Sorry for the delay. If just finished your AWESOME cast bios. I feel like I've really gotten to know you guys over the past few postings. I can't wait to finish catching up and see what sorts of things you have planned for your trip.

Happydog
10-05-2009, 08:31 PM
I would say go for the moderate, and go for the resort that has kid-centric stuff to do, which I gather is POR .... If not the Nick hotel..... AKL is a beautiful place, though... I bet the kids would like the pool there! It is spectacular, and the animal viewing? There are activities at the deluxes that you can't get at the mods, if they are into things like that....
We'll patiently wait for the dust to settle. I am sure it will be great regardless!

eandesmom
10-05-2009, 08:50 PM
Holy moly, you've got a lot of options!

I don't even know what to suggest. I think you need to narrow it down for the kids a bit though. It's a lot to choose between. What if you knocked off 2 more of the options and then let the kids pick? I don't know. You are going to have a fabulous time no matter where you stay!

Right now we are down to 5 options including Nick and the fort (which they know). CSR is GONE! I cannot justify spending $200 more on a ASM family suite than the cabin, the Fort will win every time.

I kind of wanted to give them 2 mods to look at but we are down to

Nick
FW Cabin
POR - 2 rooms
AKL - 2 rooms
Treehouse

They've been to AKL for dinner and we've stayed in the cabins so it's really only 3 "new" things to look at. Was hoping for 4. I like POR but don't know that it is as kid friendly as adult friendly.

CBR may make it back on the list but I know Taylor would be less than thrilled with Nemo bedding! Right now none of what I think would be their favorites are pricing out to be doable anyway. Double checking WL pricing as everyone loves WL.

Good luck with the latest in Accommodation Roulette, not to be confused in anyway, to Airfare Roulette.;)

I saw you posted, I'm scared to see what is happening with Airfare Roulette!

As it turns out, I was doulbe booked last week. Sorry for the delay. If just finished your AWESOME cast bios. I feel like I've really gotten to know you guys over the past few postings. I can't wait to finish catching up and see what sorts of things you have planned for your trip.

Aw, thanks!

No worries, I'm not going anywhere! take your time, I'm just happy to have you along for the ride!

I would say go for the moderate, and go for the resort that has kid-centric stuff to do, which I gather is POR .... If not the Nick hotel..... AKL is a beautiful place, though... I bet the kids would like the pool there! It is spectacular, and the animal viewing? There are activities at the deluxes that you can't get at the mods, if they are into things like that....
We'll patiently wait for the dust to settle. I am sure it will be great regardless!

I'm truly surprised how little price difference there is with the AAA rates between the mod and the deluxe, at least for a couple of deluxes, the rest are WAY out of the ballpark. The only true "deals" are Nick and the Fort. And much as I love the Fort...it is squished. AKL is only $55 more a night than POR and THV (or SSR/OKW) only $8 more than that. Which makes POR feel pricey to me. :confused3

jordanyosh
10-05-2009, 09:17 PM
Since the kids are for Nick...I guess I'm okay with you staying there...;)

You're right about POR being more for adults perhaps....

AKL may be a good choice........

See, now you have me going back and forth.....:):banana:

eandesmom
10-05-2009, 10:08 PM
Since the kids are for Nick...I guess I'm okay with you staying there...;)

You're right about POR being more for adults perhaps....

AKL may be a good choice........

See, now you have me going back and forth.....:):banana:

Yep. Back and forth. I keep leaning towards AKL too. I really think Taylor would be into it. Not sure the teens will get how good it could be via what's online and pictures though.

Me? I wanna sleep in a treehouse. Jeff too methinks.

Well the E's are all over it (Nick). I think Kendall too. Taylor (and Jeff) I'm positive...not so much.

:rotfl:

I'll need to dig up the picture of Kendall as Danny Phantom. It was a riot! I made her costume and getting her hair to do that...oh my!

Of course E1 likes the idea of POR because he knows someone who stayed there, a treehouse because it is a treehouse...the E's will be easily pleased. They'd be good with the cabin! Or 2 rooms at Pop. It doesn't take much. As long as they get to go on Splash and hit the MSB they are good.

They crack me up, they've been talking DAILY about Disney and Nick and they don't know anything is officially planned.

I may show K&T Pop depending on how the "viewing" goes but I have a feeling Tay will think he is too cool for it lol. I can't get over the lack of a in room coffee pot...no can do nescafe....

It's the teens Jeff worries about and so this...is the carrot.

jordanyosh
10-05-2009, 10:15 PM
Yep. Back and forth. I keep leaning towards AKL too. I really think Taylor would be into it. Not sure the teens will get how good it could be via what's online and pictures though.

Me? I wanna sleep in a treehouse. Jeff too methinks.

Well the E's are all over it (Nick). I think Kendall too. Taylor (and Jeff) I'm positive...not so much.

:rotfl:

I'll need to dig up the picture of Kendall as Danny Phantom. It was a riot! I made her costume and getting her hair to do that...oh my!

Of course E1 likes the idea of POR because he knows someone who stayed there, a treehouse because it is a treehouse...the E's will be easily pleased. They'd be good with the cabin! Or 2 rooms at Pop. It doesn't take much. As long as they get to go on Splash and hit the MSB they are good.

They crack me up, they've been talking DAILY about Disney and Nick and they don't know anything is officially planned.

I may show K&T Pop depending on how the "viewing" goes but I have a feeling Tay will think he is too cool for it lol. I can't get over the lack of a in room coffee pot...no can do nescafe....

It's the teens Jeff worries about and so this...is the carrot.

The THV look amazing! It would fit all of you as well. Is that out as an option for sure? I know it's pricey........

Sandy321
10-05-2009, 10:28 PM
It seems to me that you are a diplomat!!

You are trying to take in everyone's needs, and wants - because of that, you are trying to fit the Nick Hotel in - I have to agree - for the boys - but they may surprise you!! As you present the options, make sure the boys agree with you on those 2 nights - if they are so so about it - then put forth the "list" of choices for those 2 nights!!

We did one 9 night at Disney where we Resort Hopped - I so wanted to stay at WL, dh wanted to stay at Boardwalk - then the dern airfare went down if we left a day early - and Pop was only $69 for one night!! :rotfl2: 1 week 3 resorts - never again!! :rotfl2:

I have no idea! But wish you luck!! :wizard::wizard:

eandesmom
10-05-2009, 10:32 PM
The THV look amazing! It would fit all of you as well. Is that out as an option for sure? I know it's pricey........

It is thanks to the AAA rates! It's only $8 more than 2 rooms at AKL. (or 63 more a night than POR, not that I'm counting pennies lol). Plus there is the kitchen...and the deck...and and and :)

Granted, it is WAY more expensive than Nick or FW Cabin .

My original BFP was for THV for all 9 of us but they were GONE for our dates and it's not a very Sandie place.

Without some kind of discount it's a bit much for the 6 of us but the AAA rates are making it mildly more palatable and it's available!

It would be killer if K&T go for it, make everyone happy. And it does have the boat to DTD which T will like and I plan to eat there night 1.

No cool pool, no super cool activities except...it's a treehouse! It's a perfect 2 night "just the 6 of us" getaway.

It is a very "us" kind of place. Really, an upgraded FW cabin and we loved the cabin, it was just too small (sleeping wise) for our gang.

I think I'm scared to hope for it though as I was SO set on it for the trip and it bombed! It could be gone by the time the kids can look at it though. Going to try to pin them down Friday night, it will be the first chance to get both of them.

Part of me wants to NOT show WL as an option if it can match the AKL rates as it would be two rooms and THV is such a better layout for us. All the kids were much seduced by the day we spent at WL (the pool at the Fort was closed for the remodel so we had use of WL). I love WL, don't get me wrong but it's like being HOME! We have that here!

Sigh.

On a positive note...after this weekend...it will be settled (and booked), all will be on board, their mom will get informed and the ADR and touring plans shall commence! The only question, what to tell the E's? I'd love to have some kind of surprise if I can pull it off and I think K&T will be very in to facilitating that.

jordanyosh
10-05-2009, 10:37 PM
I'll be waiting to see what the final decision is! THV....that'll be what I'll be hoping for!

KathyRN137
10-05-2009, 11:02 PM
Wow, you've got a lot of decisions to make and a lot of folks to please!

I'd go for the Nick/THV combo since you can't do all your time at YC.

I mean, how can you pass up all this glorious space?? :cloud9:

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Kathy

All7OfUs
10-06-2009, 12:27 AM
Cynthia! I'm going to have to say, after all I've read, that you should stick with THV and Nick as well. But, I'm also gonna say that AKL would be a very close second in my book! The kids will get a little of what they want, the adults will get a little of what they want, etc... You just can't make everyone happy all the time.

eandesmom
10-06-2009, 12:32 AM
It seems to me that you are a diplomat!!

You are trying to take in everyone's needs, and wants - because of that, you are trying to fit the Nick Hotel in - I have to agree - for the boys - but they may surprise you!! As you present the options, make sure the boys agree with you on those 2 nights - if they are so so about it - then put forth the "list" of choices for those 2 nights!!

We did one 9 night at Disney where we Resort Hopped - I so wanted to stay at WL, dh wanted to stay at Boardwalk - then the dern airfare went down if we left a day early - and Pop was only $69 for one night!! :rotfl2: 1 week 3 resorts - never again!! :rotfl2:

I have no idea! But wish you luck!! :wizard::wizard:

Aren't we all? Diplomats?

The E's don't get a vote on the 2 nights. If they did it would be Nick. Rank, or in this case age, has it's privileges. I am truly ok with any of the options. Those I am not ok with with...are not on the list! I'm not hopping more than once though! 2 nights at somewhere and then 7 at the YC!

I'll be waiting to see what the final decision is! THV....that'll be what I'll be hoping for!

drum roll!

K gets to look Thursday as we've now apparently lost her to guest play 2 games over the weekend down in Vancouver...T will weigh in on Friday and I'll book something on Sat!

Wow, you've got a lot of decisions to make and a lot of folks to please!

I'd go for the Nick/THV combo since you can't do all your time at YC.

I mean, how can you pass up all this glorious space?? :cloud9:

http://dvcnews.com/plugins/content/multithumb/images/b.700.500.0.1..stories.ssr.THV.SSR_V000.JPG

Kathy

I know, isn't it lovely?

lovely space, trees, privacy....sigh.

or neon and water slides.

And then there is...savannahs!

or a river. Hmmn. As I type that I can't see the teens getting excited about POR....much as I'd love to stay there.

What will those teens pick? Will CBR be available and get back on the list? Will WL trump all if the rates are right?

:laughing:

Cynthia! I'm going to have to say, after all I've read, that you should stick with THV and Nick as well. But, I'm also gonna say that AKL would be a very close second in my book! The kids will get a little of what they want, the adults will get a little of what they want, etc... You just can't make everyone happy all the time.

Well it's only 2 nights we are talking about so it's either or. We have 7 at the YC locked up, it's the 2 nights before that which are up in the air.

I have no illusions of making eveyone happy all the time :)

Teen bribery is really what Jeff is after.

:rotfl:

me? I'm happy just to go and that I've somehow turned it into 9 nights instead of 7. I did like it when it was 10 though but am ok giving up a night for 1 more at the YC.

All7OfUs
10-06-2009, 12:37 AM
Yeah, I knew the YC was locked in, but somehow I thought we were talking about not only 2 nights. Then I'd def. say the THV! You really have your heart set on it, I think when all's said and done. I think you should do it, just to check it out, for future trips at least.

MEK
10-06-2009, 09:25 AM
Sanaa is a FOR SURE as far as I'm concerned and I adore LL's idea on the girls lunch/dinner at Chef's so that's a done deal too!




I would really like to try Sanaa on my next trip, too. It's either Sanaa or Jiko. I think next trip will be the regular dining plan, so Sanaa is the best option in terms of TS entitlements, but I've heard great stuff about Jiko. What to do? :confused3



We are "mostly" settled but still have some moving pieces....Jeff and I were talking last night about it and he'd really prefer to just be at the YC the whole time but....with FD it's not as simple as that since we want to arrive before we think the promo will actually start and Sandie and Paul don't want as many nights as we do so we can't stay there until they get there anyway!




Oh, the Yacht club sounds sooooooo great! Can't you just book room only before the rest of your party comes? But, wait, aren't you going to Universal Studios first????? Have you considered staying in one of their hotels to get the front of the line access to the rides? You've probably thought this all out already and I am just too far behind with your PTR! So ignore my comment if I'm just too lazy to read everything! :laughing:





And for me, it comes down to the pool question. That nick pool is amazing and would save us on the whole water park question, not to mention saving a lot of $$ for the pre-FD days. On the flip side, I totally get why Jeff and Sandie have no desire to sleep in those rooms. I mean really, is there a "good" choice when your room theme options are Rugrats, Danny Phantom, Farily Oddparents or Jimmy Neutron? How about no theme?

:rotfl:


The surgeon I work with stayed there recently (in July). I will have to ask him his opinion of the rooms. He and his family endured it for his 9 year old son who has been asking to go there for about 5 years. Talk about good marketing. The outside of that place just looks so ugly to me. But your boys would probably love it!

eandesmom
10-06-2009, 10:55 AM
Yeah, I knew the YC was locked in, but somehow I thought we were talking about not only 2 nights. Then I'd def. say the THV! You really have your heart set on it, I think when all's said and done. I think you should do it, just to check it out, for future trips at least.

I may be back up to 3 nights! with a totally new idea!

see below :rotfl:

I would really like to try Sanaa on my next trip, too. It's either Sanaa or Jiko. I think next trip will be the regular dining plan, so Sanaa is the best option in terms of TS entitlements, but I've heard great stuff about Jiko. What to do? :confused3

I'd like to try Jiko but I think I'd do it OOP so it's Sanaa for us this time for exactly that reason!

IOh, the Yacht club sounds sooooooo great! Can't you just book room only before the rest of your party comes? But, wait, aren't you going to Universal Studios first????? Have you considered staying in one of their hotels to get the front of the line access to the rides? You've probably thought this all out already and I am just too far behind with your PTR! So ignore my comment if I'm just too lazy to read everything! :laughing:


Um. No! You are brilliant. How did I not look at that and not realize it was an option? Esp with HP that would be a HUGE advantage.

DOH! Boy do I feel dumb. And more than slightly annoyed with my TA for not suggesting it. Although as a friend, she does know I usually already know what I want so might be reluctant to give me ideas! You rock!

:thanks:

:worship:

I seriously think I'm going to scrap all the other ideas and go for this, but go back to the 3 nights so we get maximium park time over there. We could skip a car entirely for the trip which would be SO wonderful as cars that seat 6-8 are either pricey minivans or 2 cars so it would be a wash.

I'm running it by Jeff but there are 2 that would work, one cheaper than the other but one that Taylor would probably like better and we just let K&T pick between those 2 for the 3 nights.

We could do room only at the YC for those 2 nights but since we are 6, it'd be 2 rooms and it would be like $700 a night! Without the "free" food. So it really isn't an option. I was flexible on the Universal before, or mixed in with the rest of the trip, kind of depended on whether or not Paul, Sandie and Doug wanted to hit those parks or not. Realistically I could see Doug making his stay different dates than Paul and Sandie's so that he was there for Universal and about 1/2 of the Disney part. While I think Paul would enjoy some of Universal, Sandie isn't intested in it. We will see.

Either way I think this makes a TON of sense, esp with HP craziness.

The surgeon I work with stayed there recently (in July). I will have to ask him his opinion of the rooms. He and his family endured it for his 9 year old son who has been asking to go there for about 5 years. Talk about good marketing. The outside of that place just looks so ugly to me. But your boys would probably love it!

I agree (about the ugly) but boy do they market the heck out of it! I'd love to know his impression.

Happydog
10-06-2009, 09:31 PM
Well I am no help with the resort stress, but you know I can't say enough about Sanaa!!! WE LOVED IT!!!! Great food! :thumbsup2

eandesmom
10-06-2009, 09:59 PM
Well I am no help with the resort stress, but you know I can't say enough about Sanaa!!! WE LOVED IT!!!! Great food! :thumbsup2

You know, the trip is SO far away none of this has been stressful. A bit surprising mind you with rooms being gone and then realizing we actually are locked into a fairly narrow window but..stressful? No.

Fun in a twisted over planning kind of way. Sad huh.

I can't wait to try Sanaa!

eandesmom
10-06-2009, 10:35 PM
I’m officially NOT sleeping in a treehouse.

This trip.

The BFP_YC_v0.6

Now of course I don’t know exactly WHERE it is I am sleeping for every single night but I know this much.

We are back to a full 10 nights in Orlando!

3 of those nights will be at a Loews Universal Resort; with 7 day unlimited 2 park tickets and express line benefits.

7 of those nights will be at the Yacht Club; with Free Dining (pixie dust willing or we have a major problem) and 8 day park hoppers. Jury is still WAY out on the water park piece of this and may be for some time. Like until we get there. If they beg. And we aren’t feeling beyond broke.

We will be skipping a car entirely, which helps pay for the resort upgrade, which is still way less than if we tried to do 2 rooms at the YC for those 3 nights. My other fuzzy math says that we aren’t really that far over budget since I’ll now cut out the cool extra’s we did last time (pedi’s at the GF, SeaRaycers, OOP meals and wasted CS credits). We don’t need no stinkin’ extra’s if we are staying deluxe for 10 nights! And in fact, when I add it up, it’s only $1500 more than our last trip. This trip was budgeted to be more with the extra days and Universal already so really...it's only an $800 upgrade, about identical to what it would have cost if we were doing THV or AKL for the 3 nights with a car.

Except this time we are going for 10 nights/12 days and staying deluxe! Versus 7 nights 6 days last time in a mod. Yeah I know that doesn't sound right, 7 nights and 6 days but factor in west coast crummy flight times and that's what happens. Sick and wrong in my book.

Not too shabby if I do say so myself. It can only get better if some kind of Universal deal comes out in ’10.

See, once you add in those line benefits and the day lost by traveling from out west, I decided that we just couldn't possibly pack in everything in 2 full days before we moved to the YC and if we weren't going to get a car, we needed to do all the Universal stuff before we moved.

Besides, now if we get conned into adding a water park day once we are there...I won't feel like I've lost as much as I would have without that extra night back.

Equally as important it locks up the killer park ticket prices without having to buy all 6 outright right now, which I really didn't want to do. Supposedly a ticket price increase is coming in 2010 to time with HP opening.

Of course, as with 99% of the WDW options, we can't fit in one room but, oh well. I have to figure out how to get from MCO to the Universal Resort and from the resort to the YC but that’s doable.

I would like to thank Mary Ellen (MEK) from the bottom of my heart. With Harry Potter, those express line benefits will be priceless. My TA was mortified, she thought we’d already discussed it but that was with a different friend!

Ahhh, the DIS!

:disrocks:

For all these fabulous ideas. LL solved my Teppan dilemma so perfectly and Mary Ellen directed me to a great solution for my “before FD” dilemma and reminded me to schedule a date night while we are there!

I'd be lost without you guys!

So we are down to 3 options, any of which I’ll be very happy with. Nick is officially off the table. Executive parental decision. Not even going to bring it up to K&T, express line trumps everything. Cost wise it’d be equal to if we did 3 nights at AKL or THV with a car. So it isn’t cheap. But Hard Rock in particular is pretty darn teen oriented. We’ve stayed at the Hard Rock before, not in Orlando but Miami and it was a great hotel experience. Seems like we stayed in one somewhere else but I can’t for the life of me think where.

So it’s either


Loews Portofino Bay Hotel (http://www.loewshotels.com/en/hotels/portofino-bay-hotel/overview.aspx)
Hard Rock Hotel (http://www.loewshotels.com/en/Hotels/Hard-Rock-Hotel/Overview.aspx)
Loews Royal Pacific Hotel (http://www.loewshotels.com/en/Hotels/Royal-Pacific-Resort/Overview.aspx)

I’ll be surprised if T picks anything but Hard Rock. K is harder to call, I could see her really liking the Royal Pacific. Not sure how we will settle it but I’m leaning towards Hard Rock for T as K will be like a cat in cream at the Yacht Club. I hope they don’t both settle on Portofino only as it’s a lot more $$. But WOW am I in love with that one. Jeff too. LOL! We may pull it out as an option but we will see.

So I don’t have to change my ticker. Except I might as there is no longer any slime involved.

Then again, they might get slimed somewhere in the parks…right? I could pack slime....except TSA might think it wasn't slime. Ok, bad idea.

:rotfl:

In other travel news I’ve been busy planning a date 2 night getaway thanksgiving weekend to celebrate our anniversary. Sadly, though the deals are great, Banff just wasn’t in the cards. All this Le Cellier talk on other PTR's and TR's, between not getting ADR's, Biscuit burning ADR's, happydog lucky ADR's and a little too much talk about Martin Short Banff and Lake Louise have been on my mind. Oh well, someday!

But we are going to at least get out of the country, to Vancouver BC. It is still IN Canada, last time I checked.

We’ve not been (to stay) since before we married so we are both very excited about it! We have driven through it several times and had lunch there but that's about it.

Next....and the winner is.....
(http://disboards.com/showthread.php?p=33900212&posted=1#post33900212)

All7OfUs
10-06-2009, 10:50 PM
I thought I was confused before. Now it may be hopeless! I will keep trying though, really I will give 110% to my West Coast morning hang out pal.

Here's what I got out of that. You want to stay at a Universal hotel so you can get FoL privs. Good move!!! Very good move!

Nick is out. The kids might be disappointed, but oh well, you're the mom- with the dough.

There will be no car, which presents some transport issues. I wouldn't even think about that yet. We're on BFP 6 now, it'll likely change in the next week.

Saving money - what'd you say? $800 more? But the same as THV and the car? Who doesn't like to spend more money, but still feel like they're getting a great deal? Only a vacation at Disney could do that!

elphie101
10-06-2009, 10:57 PM
:cool1: Yay for 10 days!!!!! Hard Rock sounds like a fun time! It's so weird, I'm so used to the DIS that someone says Boardwalk or Pop Century or Poly that I know exactly what to expect - but Universal's hotels are completely different! I have no idea what to expect!!

I'm also looking into buying my Universal ticket before the end of the year; once HP opens the ticket price is going to go crazy no doubt, because they know people will pay for it.

I've also got fingers, toes and eyes crossed that free dining DOES actually happen like we think it will - for my roomie and I to pay for dining it's almost another 200 bucks each for us for our vacation, and where I'm working two jobs at minimum wage, and she doesn't work at all......college kids can't afford the dining plan!!

We finally picked dates, so I officially have my first ticker! It's so exciting!!! (Even when it's still got so far to travel, hahaha)

Edit: Almost forgot: Mears Transportation is very highly recommended both in transportation from MCO and between Disney and Universal/Sea World. I know when I was looking into the DCP (Disney College Program) most people recommended it for those not bringing their own cars because Disney doesn't provide any transportation to the housing complex. I know that's what I'm planning on using for my Universal day!!

Here's the website: http://www.mearstransportation.com/ I found it not too be too easy to navigate, but I read someone you can always call them for a quote - it's fairly inexpensive.

jordanyosh
10-06-2009, 11:27 PM
Okay....your accommodation saga is definitely been a treat to see unfold..It looks like you're in the homestretch at least as far as where you're staying....

Date weekend.....:love: Nice.

eandesmom
10-07-2009, 12:47 AM
I thought I was confused before. Now it may be hopeless! I will keep trying though, really I will give 110% to my West Coast morning hang out pal.

Here's what I got out of that. You want to stay at a Universal hotel so you can get FoL privs. Good move!!! Very good move!

Nick is out. The kids might be disappointed, but oh well, you're the mom- with the dough.

There will be no car, which presents some transport issues. I wouldn't even think about that yet. We're on BFP 6 now, it'll likely change in the next week.

Saving money - what'd you say? $800 more? But the same as THV and the car? Who doesn't like to spend more money, but still feel like they're getting a great deal? Only a vacation at Disney could do that!

Aw, you do give 100% just by being here!

:hug:

Gotta love fuzzy disney math. No worries, Jeff can't keep up most of the time. The kids won't be disappointed since....

1. they don't even know about the trip at all
2. they didn't know Nick was on the table to begin with.

:)

K&T will find out this weekend when they help pick which Universal property. I'm thinking we will keep that part as a surprise for the E's until we actually go, and then if Sandie does come out in the next month, she can '"tell" the E's about the Disney part of the trip, and who is going, so she gets the hero thanks for it!

Speaking of which she said tonight in an email that Laura and Doug are sharing a household. I am entirely :confused3 if that is the case why she thinks Doug wouldn't want Laura to go or Laura wouldn't want to go. I have a sneaking suspicion she is playing ostrich. If you know what I mean. But the good news is Doug's BP looks good, his doctor gave him a whole month of "samples" of one of his meds that he has to pay 100% out of pocket for, he's working on changing his diet and Laura got a new, great, job. She's been unemployed for a while.

Oy vey. I'm really glad our room set up at the YC can handle 10...

Ten foot pole. I may need one!

:cool1: Yay for 10 days!!!!! Hard Rock sounds like a fun time! It's so weird, I'm so used to the DIS that someone says Boardwalk or Pop Century or Poly that I know exactly what to expect - but Universal's hotels are completely different! I have no idea what to expect!!

I'm also looking into buying my Universal ticket before the end of the year; once HP opens the ticket price is going to go crazy no doubt, because they know people will pay for it.

I've also got fingers, toes and eyes crossed that free dining DOES actually happen like we think it will - for my roomie and I to pay for dining it's almost another 200 bucks each for us for our vacation, and where I'm working two jobs at minimum wage, and she doesn't work at all......college kids can't afford the dining plan!!

We finally picked dates, so I officially have my first ticker! It's so exciting!!! (Even when it's still got so far to travel, hahaha)

Edit: Almost forgot: Mears Transportation is very highly recommended both in transportation from MCO and between Disney and Universal/Sea World. I know when I was looking into the DCP (Disney College Program) most people recommended it for those not bringing their own cars because Disney doesn't provide any transportation to the housing complex. I know that's what I'm planning on using for my Universal day!!

Here's the website: http://www.mearstransportation.com/ I found it not too be too easy to navigate, but I read someone you can always call them for a quote - it's fairly inexpensive.

YAY on the ticker! I have looked at Mears before, we considered doing Universal last year and using them to go back and forth from the Fort but it would have been $80 or so per person to go to IOA for one day, plus the transportation and it would have been about $750 for the whole thing which just seemed NUTS for one day.

We should get 2 half days and 2 full days out of the tickets this way, plus the front of the line benefits. I've seen chatter/rumors that prices will go up. $99 is a darn good deal for a 7 day unlimited hopper 2 park ticket.

I've stayed in Loews hotels several times elsewhere and have always been very happy with them. But, like you, I don't "really" know what to expect. which is kind of fun. It won't be the same but it will be neat having 2 almost totally separate vacations!

Okay....your accommodation saga is definitely been a treat to see unfold..It looks like you're in the homestretch at least as far as where you're staying....

Date weekend.....:love: Nice.

Not boring around here :) Method to the madness. Really! I'm actually thrilled with how its unfolded. I'll be happy to book these last 3 nights and move on but feel really good about where its at.

Will require a bit of ADR wish list tweaking though.

Besides I have to get all this done before the first of the year. Then it will be time to start playing....airfare roulette!

:rotfl:

All7OfUs
10-07-2009, 01:01 AM
Quotes in red!

Aw, you do give 100% just by being here!

:hug:

I try. :goodvibes

Gotta love fuzzy disney math. No worries, Jeff can't keep up most of the time. The kids won't be disappointed since....

1. they don't even know about the trip at all
2. they didn't know Nick was on the table to begin with.

Maybe it's a good thing Jeff can't keep up most of the time? :confused3

I had forgotten that this was all hush-hush, at least for a while.

K&T will find out this weekend when they help pick which Universal property. I'm thinking we will keep that part as a surprise for the E's until we actually go, and then if Sandie does come out in the next month, she can '"tell" the E's about the Disney part of the trip, and who is going, so she gets the hero thanks for it!

Now, that's a cool plan to let Sandie be the hero of the party! How fun for her!

Speaking of which she said tonight in an email that Laura and Doug are sharing a household. I am entirely :confused3 if that is the case why she thinks Doug wouldn't want Laura to go or Laura wouldn't want to go. I have a sneaking suspicion she is playing ostrich. If you know what I mean. But the good news is Doug's BP looks good, his doctor gave him a whole month of "samples" of one of his meds that he has to pay 100% out of pocket for, he's working on changing his diet and Laura got a new, great, job. She's been unemployed for a while.

:confused3

Great she gets a job, though! And even better Doug is making better choices with his diet and that his doc. was so kind. A whole month of meds is no small deal.



Oy vey. I'm really glad our room set up at the YC can handle 10...

Ten foot pole. I may need one!

You may indeed!


YAY on the ticker! I have looked at Mears before, we considered doing Universal last year and using them to go back and forth from the Fort but it would have been $80 or so per person to go to IOA for one day, plus the transportation and it would have been about $750 for the whole thing which just seemed NUTS for one day.

:scared1: Indeed! NOT WORTH IT!

We should get 2 half days and 2 full days out of the tickets this way, plus the front of the line benefits. I've seen chatter/rumors that prices will go up. $99 is a darn good deal for a 7 day unlimited hopper 2 park ticket.

I'd say it's a double good deal! Who could pass that up?

Not boring around here :) Method to the madness. Really! I'm actually thrilled with how its unfolded. I'll be happy to book these last 3 nights and move on but feel really good about where its at.

For for all of to watch and be amazed!

Will require a bit of ADR wish list tweaking though.

This, I can't wait for!!!

Besides I have to get all this done before the first of the year. Then it will be time to start playing....airfare roulette!

NOOOOOO! Not airfare roulette!! :rotfl:

MAGICFOR2
10-07-2009, 01:04 AM
My head is spinning with all of your options and possibilities. Wherever you stay, you'll be in Disney - it has to be good! I hope the airfare roulette goes good for you - stinks for me right now.

We wanted to book THV for our kids and grandkids - should be 10 of us by then. It seems like it will be a little close quarters, and I don't want any issues. I think we'll go with a 2 bdrm and a studio, and let all the young ones have the 2 bdrm - that way papa can go to bed early and the kids can have fun being siblings and cousins!:goodvibes