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PracPerfPatricia
11-10-2009, 08:22 PM
Welcome to Back to Wonderland with a side of French Fries...a PTR featuring the same cast of the currently wrapping up Back from Wonderland with Alice, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat and the White Rabbit...(we'll have a few additions later on...)

Back to Wonderland refers to the trip currently under plan to WDW to celebrate Alice's 16th Bday in October 2010-currently scheduled October 6-11th...6 days, 5 nights of birthday fun, frivolity and serendipitous surprises...

with a side of French Fries refers to the week in Paris currently scheduled for March 23-31 with a daytrip to DLP or depending on your point of view, a daytrip to Disneyland Paris with a side week in Paris...either way...that's the side of French Fries...

The cast includes:

Alice, the birthday girl-currently 15, wonderful daughter and sister, smart, kind, compassionate and creative and just a bit diva

http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae200/patriciasilverman/100_1230.jpg

The White Rabbit, 7, awesome son and brother, brilliant, quirky, also compassionate and creative and a bit of a worrier...

http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae200/patriciasilverman/100_1238.jpg

The Mad Hatter, fabulous father and husband, funny, tolerant but I'm afraid he may have been driven a little crazy by the rest of our drama..

http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae200/patriciasilverman/100_1231.jpg

and yours truly the Cheshire Cat, who tends to smile or smirk depending on your point of view through most of it and who sometimes challenges her inner Alice or on a bad day...her inner Queen of Hearts...

http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae200/patriciasilverman/100_1236.jpg

(more detail about the players coming up...)

Well before we officially begin...I'm taking a coffee break...(I do that quite a bit...or tea sometimes...). If you need it...I'm happy to give you a little nudge back down the Rabbit Hole...



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Disneymoon09
11-10-2009, 08:41 PM
I'm in! I lurked over on your TR but thought I would say Hello over here! :)

Charleston Princess
11-10-2009, 08:56 PM
Check me out! Page One!!! :thumbsup2

wigdoutdismom
11-10-2009, 08:57 PM
I'm in!

Lady Lallie
11-10-2009, 09:28 PM
I'm here!

WOO HOO!

Love the title.

I can't get over how much your DD looks like you!

eandesmom
11-11-2009, 01:59 AM
I'm in!

I was about to post on your TR today but was embroiled in auction stuff!

Tomorrow :) and then to get up to speed on your PTR! I'm happy you've started it,how fun1

nodnol
11-11-2009, 02:35 AM
I'm here :wave2:

Flossbolna
11-11-2009, 02:43 AM
Wow, nodnol was here before me, she has truly learned how to DIS! :lmao: Still have to read your first post, but wanted to make sure to get in on the first page! :goodvibes

mickeysmyboy
11-11-2009, 05:56 AM
:banana: You know I'm in! Can't wait for more!:hug:

MrsSpratt
11-11-2009, 07:58 AM
Did I make it to page one? WHOOOOOO-HOOOOOOOO!

I'm not big on PTRs, but for you, the trifecta of P's? I can't wait!

Jaime

If U Had Wings
11-11-2009, 09:06 AM
Hi! I don't want to miss this. :)

mousescrapper
11-11-2009, 11:10 AM
I'm all for going back down the Rabbit's hole....:3dglasses

Mickey_Mom
11-11-2009, 12:13 PM
Hi there :wave: Going back to read!

jillyb
11-11-2009, 03:23 PM
No need to give me a push...I'm jumping right on in!

DisMomAmy
11-11-2009, 04:25 PM
Sooooo far behind on your TR but I'm getting in on this one from the start!! :thumbsup2

tiggrbaby
11-11-2009, 06:19 PM
I'm in! :surfweb:

eandesmom
11-11-2009, 09:05 PM
pssttttttt...

New Disney Couture bags just rolled out....

Not showing a new D&B yet but there are some mighty cute things!

jordanyosh
11-11-2009, 09:28 PM
pssttttttt...

New Disney Couture bags just rolled out....

Not showing a new D&B yet but there are some mighty cute things!

17 posts in and you start with the bag talk already?;)

Okay, I'm in.

faerieprincess
11-11-2009, 10:27 PM
Another lurker stopping in to say hello :goodvibes

i read your last TR and am along for the ride!

mickeysmyboy
11-12-2009, 05:46 AM
pssttttttt...

New Disney Couture bags just rolled out....

Not showing a new D&B yet but there are some mighty cute things!

They have the D&B bag at the parks, although it's mighty hard to find. I may have succeeded though :rolleyes1...

dismagiclover
11-12-2009, 07:16 AM
Well I didn't make it until page 2, but I'm here now!

Rebecuberduber
11-12-2009, 02:29 PM
I'm here and ready for more!

brookelizabeth
11-12-2009, 02:35 PM
I'm here!!! (and before page 6! :laughing:)

Your pics made me homesick for NYC. It's been too long since I've been back. I miss the MOMA!

aprilisis
11-12-2009, 02:50 PM
:sad2: I didn't make it over in time to be on page one. I am utterly ashamed of myself.

TyRy
11-12-2009, 03:51 PM
I'm here! And it looks like we are just going to miss you - I have us planned to arrived on 10/14 next year! :headache:

KathyRN137
11-12-2009, 03:54 PM
I still have a lot of catching up to do on your other report, but I wanted to be here from the start!! :goodvibes


Kathy

jillyb
11-13-2009, 11:52 PM
Hey Patricia...I heard the commercial for this and thought I'd share. Looks interesting!

http://www.syfy.com/alice/index.php

mousescrapper
11-14-2009, 08:51 AM
17 posts in and you start with the bag talk already?;)



:rotfl: very good....

PracPerfPatricia
11-15-2009, 09:44 AM
I'm in! I lurked over on your TR but thought I would say Hello over here! :)

:welcome: and thanks for delurking...it's so much more fun when you come out and play...;)...I hope you have fun...


Check me out! Page One!!!
:thumbsup2

Hey Jackie...so glad you're here...:goodvibes...may be needing some book enabling soon...need good French/Paris books for Rabbit...start the thinking...:lmao:

I'm in!

Very happy to have you Anita...hoping you'll let me know if there is anything stuff you see out there (Ie Target...that you think I need to go with my trip(s)...:thumbsup2

I'm here!

WOO HOO!

Love the title.

I can't get over how much your DD looks like you!

Hey LL...:goodvibes...I'm glad you like the title since you are one of the people who convinced me to go with it...:lmao:

You should see photos of Alice when she was younger...she looked even more like me...people use to joke I cloned her in my lab...:lmao:

I'm in!

I was about to post on your TR today but was embroiled in auction stuff!

Tomorrow :) and then to get up to speed on your PTR! I'm happy you've started it,how fun1

Hey Cynthia...wouldn't be the same without you...I have some catching up on everyone's PTRs...hope all is well...:goodvibes


I'm here :wave2:

Nodnol! so glad to see you...you beat your big sister over...you are really a Diser now...:lmao:...love your input...:goodvibes

Wow, nodnol was here before me, she has truly learned how to DIS! :lmao: Still have to read your first post, but wanted to make sure to get in on the first page! :goodvibes

Hey Floss...:wave2:...see you've got your sister Dis addicted too...:lmao:...good for you...the more the merrier...

PracPerfPatricia
11-15-2009, 02:06 PM
:banana: You know I'm in! Can't wait for more!:hug:

:hug: Right back at you...:cool1:


Did I make it to page one? WHOOOOOO-HOOOOOOOO!

I'm not big on PTRs, but for you, the trifecta of P's? I can't wait!

Jaime

I am honored to have you here Jaime...hope you have fun...;)...hmmm...btw...did you ever finish the greatest aunt in the world's TR...:rolleyes1

Hi! I don't want to miss this. :)

Thanks for dropping in.:goodvibes...we should have some fun...:woohoo:

I'm all for going back down the Rabbit's hole....:3dglasses

Hey Julie...hi ho, hi ho back down the hole we go...:cool1:

Hi there :wave: Going back to read!

Hey back...:wave:...hope to give you more to read in just a bit...;)

PracPerfPatricia
11-15-2009, 02:17 PM
No need to give me a push...I'm jumping right on in!

No pushing here...It is a strictly stand in line and take your turn kind of PTR...:lmao: and keep your hands inside the vehicle at all times...:goodvibes

Sooooo far behind on your TR but I'm getting in on this one from the start!! :thumbsup2

Hey Amy:wave2:...:goodvibes...welcome over...

I'm in! :surfweb:

Really, really glad to have you here...:teeth:

pssttttttt...

New Disney Couture bags just rolled out....

Not showing a new D&B yet but there are some mighty cute things!

Already with the enabling and I haven't even gotten out of the starting gate...I am in so much trouble...:lmao:

PracPerfPatricia
11-15-2009, 02:26 PM
17 posts in and you start with the bag talk already?;)

Okay, I'm in.

Bag talk is fun sometimes...hmmm....btw...how did all that shopping go...you know Mr. Kenneth Cole/Steve Madden...J. Crew guy?....hehehehe....:rolleyes1

Glad your here Jordan...;)


Another lurker stopping in to say hello :goodvibes

i read your last TR and am along for the ride!

:welcome: fp....glad your here for the ride...:drive:


They have the D&B bag at the parks, although it's mighty hard to find. I may have succeeded though :rolleyes1...

Do you have a secret source:lmao:...so tell what did you score...?...I'm waiting to buy till after Christmas...I want to see if they do come out with any other colors...

Well I didn't make it until page 2, but I'm here now!

Hey Mrs. Darling...glad you're along for the ride...:goodvibes

I'm here and ready for more!

I glad you are here and hopefully I can provide a little more soon...:cool1:

PracPerfPatricia
11-15-2009, 02:40 PM
I'm here!!! (and before page 6! :laughing:)

Your pics made me homesick for NYC. It's been too long since I've been back. I miss the MOMA!

Hey B...:thumbsup2...you should go back with Henry...for a family vaca:yay:...or not for a romantic trip...:lovestruc...if you go off season you could get a good airfare...maybe we could have a Dis Meet in NY...:cool1:

:sad2: I didn't make it over in time to be on page one. I am utterly ashamed of myself.

Welcome April...it doesn't matter when you got here...it's that you got here that counts...:goodvibes

I'm here! And it looks like we are just going to miss you - I have us planned to arrived on 10/14 next year! :headache:

Is everyone going right after us...:confused3...I'm going to have to look at those dates...except Alice's BD is the 7th...Da*n...:headache:

I still have a lot of catching up to do on your other report, but I wanted to be here from the start!! :goodvibes


Kathy

:confused3...Oh wow...you're back...that went fast for me so it must have flown for you...(except the illness...but you haven't gotten to that yet on your TR..you're just making it to the Airport...:lmao:...Welcome to the PTR...

jenjolt
11-15-2009, 02:53 PM
PPP!!!! OH no...I'm channeling my inner White Rabbit here (hope David doesn't mind) BUT I"M LATE...I'm LATE for a VERY important Date!!!! How in the world did I miss this...I swear I need a GPS just to find my way around the DIS sometimes!!

Well you can definitely count me in!! I can't wait to hear more about the adventures of your family!!!!!

Oh and Nobby says he'll be following along...he's interested in what his pal Jedi Mickey is up to!!!

PracPerfPatricia
11-15-2009, 04:06 PM
Hmmm...

I just had one of those startling realizations today that are so obvious that you think you should have obviously realized it already because it is so obvious...



Our trip to Paris/DLP is in 4 months + a week...

Our trip to WDW is in 10 months + a couple of weeks...

So what you might ask...?

Well the issue that I have just realized is this...

One week after we come back from Paris...will be our 180 days out from Alice's 16th at WDW so...

I have to plan that trip simultaneously with the Paris trip...:eek:

http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae200/patriciasilverman/100_0622.jpg

So that I will know what ADRs we need...:faint:...to make the week after we return...

Because apparently... it is easier to get reservations to eat in restaurants in one of the dining capitals of the world (Paris) than it is to get a reservation at Le Cellier or CRT...:lmao:

So I am starting to brainstorm both trips simultaneously...:thumbsup2 (well as of today at least...)

PARIS/DLP

Since Hatter and I have been to Paris before...I don't feel the need to go totally loco and see everything like mad...I want (this sounds so cliche) for the kids to get a feeling for the city and the cultural differences and just enjoy being there...with that in mind...my plan is to try not to do more than two major attractions a day...one in the morning and one in the afternoon with a lovely lunch out at a restaurant at lunch...

We may do a breakfast or two out as well as a dinner out...but I thought since we are renting an apartment that we would have the fun of going to the markets and having meals in the appartment as well...:thumbsup2

Today I was also thinking (yes my head is hurting...:lmao:) that it might be fun to have something kind of French for dinner once a week-like French Fridays and along with that maybe watch some movies after dinner to tie in...;) (especially for Rabbit) I've been trying to think of some Disney films...but as of now...I've only come up with three...

Aristocats...

Hunchback of Notre Dame...

& of course

Ratatouille...



I am blanking on any others...(I know some/many of the Princesses are French but there isn't anything overtly French about them...:confused3

Am I missing anything?

(The Madeline movie is cute too...not Disney but that's ok...:thumbsup2


So while that's going on on one hand...

WDW/Alice's 16th BDAY...

I'm starting to think about how we are going to carry out Alice's B-day theme...(btw-we won't be going to AK this trip since it is shorter and we had a very AK/L focused trip last time around...

Since we'll be there for 6 days/ 5 nights (shorter than our usual week) in some ways I feel more pressure to make sure I pick the best ADRs since we'll be having less of them...:confused3...so should I slavishly stick to the Alice i W/English kind of theme...:confused3....

http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae200/patriciasilverman/07-18-2009015706PM.jpg

or

mix it up a bit and add some more funky teenage kinds of stuff also...

http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae200/patriciasilverman/100_1229.jpg

http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae200/patriciasilverman/100_1193.jpg

http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae200/patriciasilverman/Sweet%2016%20PTR/100_3297.jpg

ie...

very Alicey ADRs...

-Tea at the Grand Floridian
-Breakfast at 1900 Park Fare w/ Alice and the Mad Hatter and MP
-maybe a lunch or dinner at the Rose and Crown in the UK WS

in between ADRs...

-Birthday dinner at Cali Grill with cake (they've been doing some really nice stuff...I've been peeking at the Cake boards...I know I could do a Alice cake but I also saw a fabulous Haunted Mansion Cake...:goodvibes

not as Alicey-but I know she would like...

-dinner in Japan at Teppan Edo (with shopping in the Japanese Dept store...)
-dinner at the Whispering Canyon Cafe (since we are staying in the WL...)

What to do...what to do...:confused3...Should I stick purely to the theme or mix it up...maybe like a cool, funky, modern Alice in Wonderland?

and meanwhile I want Rabbit to have a good time too since this is going to be a very Alice focused trip...

http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae200/patriciasilverman/100_1158.jpg

PracPerfPatricia
11-15-2009, 04:16 PM
Hey Patricia...I heard the commercial for this and thought I'd share. Looks interesting!

http://www.syfy.com/alice/index.php

Thanks for this...:thumbsup2...It does look pretty interesting...I'd like to see it...thanks for thinking of me...:goodvibes

:rotfl: very good....

Jordan is just jealous that Manbags haven't really caught on so he can't fully participate in those conversations...:lmao:

PPP!!!! OH no...I'm channeling my inner White Rabbit here (hope David doesn't mind) BUT I"M LATE...I'm LATE for a VERY important Date!!!! How in the world did I miss this...I swear I need a GPS just to find my way around the DIS sometimes!!

Well you can definitely count me in!! I can't wait to hear more about the adventures of your family!!!!!

Oh and Nobby says he'll be following along...he's interested in what his pal Jedi Mickey is up to!!!

I know what you mean about a GPS system to navigate the boards...:lmao:

It's not important that your late but it's great that you're here now...:hug:

Oh yes...actually I have a few photos for Nobby to see...we had a gnome show up claiming to be Nobby see David but luckily JM was here to send the imposter packing...:cool2:

mickeysmyboy
11-15-2009, 05:28 PM
YIKES! I'm not suprised that your head hurts!

Your trip to Paris sounds so lovely!! Can I stow away in your bag? ;)

What are DD's opinions on the trip in the fall? Let her pick a few of the meals and then throw a few suprises in there for her. I think WDW is a theme in and of itself really. Throwing another theme in on top of that may become a little overwhelming!

DisMomAmy
11-15-2009, 05:29 PM
I love the idea of French Fridays!! How cute!! That sounds like a really fun way to build up excitement for the trip. :thumbsup2

As far as a theme for the WDW trip... I guess it depends what you guys like. :confused3 Our theme is usually "Where can we find chicken nuggets?" :rotfl:

Lady Lallie
11-15-2009, 07:09 PM
Oh my goodness! I love the Young George Washington. He's so adorable!

You must eat at Rose & Crown...it's so yummy and I think you'd really like it. Have you been there before?

I kinda like the idea of mixing up the theme a bit. You can still do a lot of Alice focused thing but throw in some more "funky" things in there.

I'm trying to think of French themed movies....but I can't. All I can think of is Beauty & The Beast. :confused3

jenjolt
11-15-2009, 07:19 PM
You have to add Beauty and the Beast LOL definitely a French film LOL!!! They also put Aurora in France so that might be another film, Sleeping Beauty, you add to the list. BTW if I'm not mistaken Cinderella is also a French fairy tale so it might be safe to assume that it also takes place in France.

I'm all for a Haunted Mansion cake but my vote is totally bias LOL!!!!!

Love the photos and your plans so far sound amazing...ooh a bday dinner at Cali Grill...you will have such a great time with that!!!!!

wigdoutdismom
11-15-2009, 07:32 PM
David made a great George Washington, I adore his costume!
All of your thinking today is giving me a headache tonight!
This 180 day ADR mark is getting the best of me too. I have to start thinking about our June trip in like a week..... and you have already given me a sympathy headache!

Charleston Princess
11-15-2009, 08:44 PM
I shall start thinking of les livres de Francaise tout de suite! ;) (My French is so rusty there is no telling if I wrote that correctly. :laughing:)

I love the idea of the French Fridays -- are you just limiting yourself to Disney movies? Some that aren't Disney that Emily and you might enjoy (David probably not so much) that come to mind are, Funny Face with Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn, French Kiss with Kevin Kline and Meg Ryan, and To Catch a Thief with Cary Grant and Grace Kelly set in Monte Carlo (in fact, it was while filming this movie that Grace Kelly met Prince Rainier).

Okay, I am super impressed with Emily's Greek costume and David's George Washington. :thumbsup2

Another vote for mixing up the theme a bit for the 16th birthday celebration!

If U Had Wings
11-16-2009, 08:30 AM
I love the idea for french Fridays. What a great way to get in a vacation mood now. I have to agree with everyone else for mixing it up a bit on the theme. I'd go with a basic plan, but mix in a few non-themed surpises.

Flossbolna
11-16-2009, 12:01 PM
I think mixing the Alice theme up with something more modern teen is a great idea. After all it is Emily's birthday and she should get to do things she will love without being forced into a strict theme (not that I think you would ever do that, just trying to make a point). Will it be a surprise trip or will she get to help you plan it? It sounded like she really enjoyed getting involved in planning your last trip, so perhaps that would be fun for her as well to be part of the planning team?

Would she be interested in the Keys to the Kingdom Tour? This has a age limit, you have to be at least 16 to go on it.

I am trying to think of French films to see. I think it is a wonderful idea! The first that came into mind was "An American in Paris", but then I started to think more along the line of real French films. "Chocolat" is still American, but feels very French. But "Amelie from Montmartre" is French and has wonderful pictures. I also really liked "Monsieur Ibrahim". I think they all might be a bit over the top for David. I will try to come up with a few more films... You could always get an Asterix film, they are truly very French! :goodvibes

I think your idea of making use of the kitchen is great! It is actually nice to have a relaxing evening at home after a long day in my experience and you will also be battling the jet lag anyway. And you are right, there are so many interesting food things to buy! :thumbsup2

I also meant to write for ages about your dates: If I see it correctly you will arrive about 1.5 weeks before Easter. The week before and after Easter are traditional spring break in most parts of Europe and this will be really crowded at DLP. So going to DLP on a weekday in the first half of your time there might be adviseable! Unless they start having much longer park hours the week after and you are up for a long day there.

eandesmom
11-16-2009, 12:42 PM
I can see why your head hurts!

Paris.

Movies. Definitely add in Beauty! While some of the others may be french fairy tales, they don't feel french. Belle does.

I love that you will have an apartment, absolutely the way to go, it makes for a deeper, richer experience. So fun!

For David...I'll muddle on that one!

Emily's birthday

I vote for some kind of mad hatter cake, they are SO cool! Dinner wise I would probably mix it up and let her have input, I know my kids love to read the menu's and help pick the ADR's.

Flossbolna
11-16-2009, 04:08 PM
I just came up with the idea of French children books. I will ask my father about it, he grew up in the French occupied zone in Germany and only had French in school as a foreign language. He spent his youth cycling through France and I know that there are some great classic French children books. One of our family activities was reading books together, i.e. having them read aloud to the whole family. It was mainly my father reading since he really has a great talent for that. :goodvibes

Lady Lallie
11-16-2009, 05:36 PM
The Little Prince!

We had to read that in French Class, I think there is some sort of cartoon. :thumbsup2

jordanyosh
11-16-2009, 06:04 PM
I would make it very much like Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Theme it, but turn it on it's head like the Mad Hatter would do!:thumbsup2

tarak
11-19-2009, 01:15 PM
Subscribing! Sounds like you have a lot of great travel plans for next year! This reminds me that I've been really neglecting my TR from last month as well as my PTR for next year. :)

mousescrapper
11-19-2009, 09:38 PM
As far as a theme for the WDW trip... I guess it depends what you guys like. :confused3 Our theme is usually "Where can we find chicken nuggets?" :rotfl:

there you go again Amy w/ your great one-liners...you need to be writing this down...it could be a whole new thread :rotfl2:
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Triple P....

double planning does sound crazy....but fun ;) That sounds so amazing to be imersed in the French culture and renting an apartment and going to the markets and cooking....YUM FUN!

I love your ideas of French Fridays too :thumbsup2

Has anyone mentioned yet Beauty and the Beast? that is set in France...there are several fun quirky nuances to iconic French culture....

this isn't Disney...or for Rabbit that matter..but what about Sabrina...the orginal w/ the wonderful Audrey Hepburn or the updated one w/ Harrison Ford...ooh I love those movies!

For your sporty French Friday you could watch clips from the Tour de France...

OK my mind is all over w/ french movies....I think there's a crazy Effiel Tower scene in the Bond film Octopusy? French Conection? War films... Saving Private Ryan...the Longest day

Ooh how could I forget...."we'll always have Paris" Casablanca! :love:

my DH and I could go on and on...we love movies!

Back AiW....I think it would be great to have some great English feel for your trip...but still capture all the fun and love of your sweet 16-ner....

I love everything you have mentioned so far!

Are those the kids dressed up for Halloween?

I remembering dressing up as Cleopatra one yr in HS.

Can't wait for more Disney French Fries popcorn::

J~

manntra
11-20-2009, 10:47 AM
:wave: Hi there! Your Paris plans sound wonderful, love the idea of an apartment.
I may have seen the HM cake you were referring to on the cake board. :thumbsup2 Very cool!

Tracy

PracPerfPatricia
11-20-2009, 06:56 PM
Hello...:wave:...I'm planning on doing an update this weekend...but as I'm sitting here is bed snuggling with my favorite little guy-Rabbit, watching "James and the Giant Peach" -I thought I'd do some responding right now. Dahl and Dising...not a bad combo...;)

...also I'm beginning a 12 session Special Education Advocacy Training Program tomorrow...so I'm home on Friday night...no late night partying for me...:lmao: (hmmm...actually I'm home on a lot of Friday nights...;) s'ok...It's all good...:thumbsup2

Alice is out at a friends birthday-dinner at Cal Pizza Kitchen and seeing New Moon (she has another b-day dinner tomorrow...she has a tough life...:rolleyes1)

Rabbit got his green belt (white belt with green stripe...this is his 6th belt) this afternoon...:yay:...he just began karate last September and I'm super proud of him...:cloud9:





YIKES! I'm not suprised that your head hurts!

Your trip to Paris sounds so lovely!! Can I stow away in your bag? ;)

What are DD's opinions on the trip in the fall? Let her pick a few of the meals and then throw a few suprises in there for her. I think WDW is a theme in and of itself really. Throwing another theme in on top of that may become a little overwhelming!

You are welcome to stow away in my bags...the more the merrier...:yay:

hmmm....If I make Alice walk around DWD like some kind of live Alice doll...she probably isn't going to be happy...I do think we're going to mix it up...use the Alice theme loosely incorporating her other favorite stuff too...:thumbsup2


I love the idea of French Fridays!! How cute!! That sounds like a really fun way to build up excitement for the trip. :thumbsup2

As far as a theme for the WDW trip... I guess it depends what you guys like. :confused3 Our theme is usually "Where can we find chicken nuggets?" :rotfl:

Thanks-:goodvibesI thought some kind of French Friday would get everyone pumped up...I've ordered some really basic kid French CDs for Rabbit-Alice has it in school...but having some kind of food that's French and a film or book might be fun too...

We've had days at Disney where the theme was "Where can Mommy get a cup of coffee so she can function":rotfl2:




Oh my goodness! I love the Young George Washington. He's so adorable!

You must eat at Rose & Crown...it's so yummy and I think you'd really like it. Have you been there before?

I kinda like the idea of mixing up the theme a bit. You can still do a lot of Alice focused thing but throw in some more "funky" things in there.

I'm trying to think of French themed movies....but I can't. All I can think of is Beauty & The Beast. :confused3

Thanks...I think George was pretty cute myself...;)

Yes---the menu at R & C looks simple but everyone's review who has eaten there recently seems to have really liked it...

Yep...I think mixing it up a bit is the way to go...

I forgot about B&B...:upsidedow...That whole song and dance number with Lumiere and the dishes is perfect...:thumbsup2


You have to add Beauty and the Beast LOL definitely a French film LOL!!! They also put Aurora in France so that might be another film, Sleeping Beauty, you add to the list. BTW if I'm not mistaken Cinderella is also a French fairy tale so it might be safe to assume that it also takes place in France.

I'm all for a Haunted Mansion cake but my vote is totally bias LOL!!!!!

Love the photos and your plans so far sound amazing...ooh a bday dinner at Cali Grill...you will have such a great time with that!!!!!

Well...you don't have to pull my arm to watch Sleeping Beauty...she and Snow White are my favorites...:goodvibes

I know:cool2:-I was wondering if you've seen the Haunted Mansion cakes...they are fabulous...and Alice is also a big HM fan...;)...they make them at the Contemporary- so dinner at Cali Grill with a HM cake is a definite possibility...:cool1:

TxMickeyLover
11-20-2009, 07:05 PM
I'm in! I can't wait to hear about DLP!

PracPerfPatricia
11-20-2009, 07:40 PM
David made a great George Washington, I adore his costume!
All of your thinking today is giving me a headache tonight!
This 180 day ADR mark is getting the best of me too. I have to start thinking about our June trip in like a week..... and you have already given me a sympathy headache!

I think his costume was cute myself;)...they were supposed to dress as either a character from a book or a historic figure and as he told me-he was both since GW is historic and there are books about him...;) I give myself headaches all the time...sorry if I passed it along...:lmao:...welcome to my world...


I shall start thinking of les livres de Francaise tout de suite! ;) (My French is so rusty there is no telling if I wrote that correctly. :laughing:)

I love the idea of the French Fridays -- are you just limiting yourself to Disney movies? Some that aren't Disney that Emily and you might enjoy (David probably not so much) that come to mind are, Funny Face with Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn, French Kiss with Kevin Kline and Meg Ryan, and To Catch a Thief with Cary Grant and Grace Kelly set in Monte Carlo (in fact, it was while filming this movie that Grace Kelly met Prince Rainier).

Okay, I am super impressed with Emily's Greek costume and David's George Washington. :thumbsup2

Another vote for mixing up the theme a bit for the 16th birthday celebration!

I think your French looks perfect...I know enough to be able to order in a restaurant and find out where the rest rooms are...so that's a good thing I guess...;)

Definitely not limiting the movies just to Disney...just trying to bring it all around...:lmao:

LOVE...:love:Funny Face...French Kiss makes me laugh and to Catch a Thief...ahhh...weren't they just so ...I don't know...elegant? Cary Grant and Grace Kelly were just ...lovely...sigh...movies were more refined I think...

Hmmm...that was one of Emily's two Halloween costumes...she also had an Alice costume...think about Alice channelling a French maid...but she actually decided to go with the Greek costume so she and her friend could match...:rolleyes1


I love the idea for french Fridays. What a great way to get in a vacation mood now. I have to agree with everyone else for mixing it up a bit on the theme. I'd go with a basic plan, but mix in a few non-themed surpises.

French Fridays will officially begin next Friday...;) and I agree the mixing up the theme is the way to go...


I think mixing the Alice theme up with something more modern teen is a great idea. After all it is Emily's birthday and she should get to do things she will love without being forced into a strict theme (not that I think you would ever do that, just trying to make a point). Will it be a surprise trip or will she get to help you plan it? It sounded like she really enjoyed getting involved in planning your last trip, so perhaps that would be fun for her as well to be part of the planning team?

Would she be interested in the Keys to the Kingdom Tour? This has a age limit, you have to be at least 16 to go on it.

I am trying to think of French films to see. I think it is a wonderful idea! The first that came into mind was "An American in Paris", but then I started to think more along the line of real French films. "Chocolat" is still American, but feels very French. But "Amelie from Montmartre" is French and has wonderful pictures. I also really liked "Monsieur Ibrahim". I think they all might be a bit over the top for David. I will try to come up with a few more films... You could always get an Asterix film, they are truly very French! :goodvibes

I think your idea of making use of the kitchen is great! It is actually nice to have a relaxing evening at home after a long day in my experience and you will also be battling the jet lag anyway. And you are right, there are so many interesting food things to buy! :thumbsup2

I also meant to write for ages about your dates: If I see it correctly you will arrive about 1.5 weeks before Easter. The week before and after Easter are traditional spring break in most parts of Europe and this will be really crowded at DLP. So going to DLP on a weekday in the first half of your time there might be adviseable! Unless they start having much longer park hours the week after and you are up for a long day there.

Yes I think for about 5 minutes I thought about doing a total Alice theme...but I think that might actually get a little frightening, controlling and a bit Psychotic on my part...Hmmm...I think I saw a horror movie like that...:lmao:

I'm definitely going to get her input and mix it up with some surprises too...

Amelie is lovely-I think that Alice would love it...She has seen Chocolat and is actually reading the book that they drew it from right now...I will have to check out "Monsieur Ibrahim"...Thanks...:goodvibes

Hmm...I know Asterix...David would probably like them...I'll have to see if we have any here (in the States...)...but I might also be able to get some of the comics...

I know its really cliche but I am looking forward to going out to buy wine and bread and cheese (and other things too of course...:goodvibes)

Funny you should mention Easter week...I noticed that when we planned it...it coincides with Alice's Spring break and we're going to take Rabbit out 3 days before his starts (Educational trip...:rolleyes1) so after you mentioned the Easter crowds I had wondered if we should do DP early in our trip...and I think we will...maybe our second full day...I don't want to pull it too close to Easter...






I can see why your head hurts!

Paris.

Movies. Definitely add in Beauty! While some of the others may be french fairy tales, they don't feel french. Belle does.

I love that you will have an apartment, absolutely the way to go, it makes for a deeper, richer experience. So fun!

For David...I'll muddle on that one!

Emily's birthday

I vote for some kind of mad hatter cake, they are SO cool! Dinner wise I would probably mix it up and let her have input, I know my kids love to read the menu's and help pick the ADR's.

I agree that Beauty definitely feels the "Frenchest" what with Lumiere's accent and everything...:lmao:

Yep...I'm muddling on David too...I know he'll have a good time and it is Em's bday but I still want him to feel special too...hmmm...still thinking about it...

aaaghhhhh...one of my big dilemmas is The Hatter Cake which you can get at the GF in any of their restaurants...(and I absolutely love the look of that cake myself...:cloud9: so we could do her actual b-day dinner at either Narcooses or Citricos and get the Hatter Cake...)

or

have the chefs at the Contemporary do something (based on what I've seen on the Cake thread...they have a Chef Brian...some people call him Chef Bri or Cake Guy Bri...and he's been making some awesome stuff including this amazing Haunted Mansion Cake and then we could do dinner at the Cali Grill...

Hmmm.....:confused3

eandesmom
11-20-2009, 08:22 PM
agree that Beauty definitely feels the "Frenchest" what with Lumiere's accent and everything...:lmao:

Yep...I'm muddling on David too...I know he'll have a good time and it is Em's bday but I still want him to feel special too...hmmm...still thinking about it...

aaaghhhhh...one of my big dilemmas is The Hatter Cake which you can get at the GF in any of their restaurants...(and I absolutely love the look of that cake myself...:cloud9: so we could do her actual b-day dinner at either Narcooses or Citricos and get the Hatter Cake...)

or

have the chefs at the Contemporary do something (based on what I've seen on the Cake thread...they have a Chef Brian...some people call him Chef Bri or Cake Guy Bri...and he's been making some awesome stuff including this amazing Haunted Mansion Cake and then we could do dinner at the Cali Grill...

Hmmm.....:confused3

CakeGuyBri is actually a DISer! And I think you can get a mad hatter cake there too....I've seen the HM cake, it's something else! I figure when the time comes I'm just chatting with him directly, right now my plan for our cake night is at the Wave BUT that could change based on kid ADR input so we will see.

PracPerfPatricia
11-20-2009, 08:37 PM
I just came up with the idea of French children books. I will ask my father about it, he grew up in the French occupied zone in Germany and only had French in school as a foreign language. He spent his youth cycling through France and I know that there are some great classic French children books. One of our family activities was reading books together, i.e. having them read aloud to the whole family. It was mainly my father reading since he really has a great talent for that. :goodvibes

Hmmm....when you remember Floss that would be great...I know you are really busy right now...I have to check your TR and see how Nodnol and her DH are...

I know that the borders in Europe went back in forth depending on who was in power...like Alscace is in France but has a lot of German customs... the food is different..., the languages blend, etc.

I like reading as a family too...:goodvibes...I'm the reader when we go on road trips...:thumbsup2


The Little Prince!

We had to read that in French Class, I think there is some sort of cartoon. :thumbsup2

Ah...Le Petit Prince...very sweet we read it in French class too...it has a lot of very sweet morals in it...and very interesting illustrations...I still remember that snake...;)

I would make it very much like Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Theme it, but turn it on it's head like the Mad Hatter would do!:thumbsup2

Kind of like what Tim Burton will probably be doing in his version of Alice...i can't wait to see that...:thumbsup2

PracPerfPatricia
11-20-2009, 09:21 PM
Subscribing! Sounds like you have a lot of great travel plans for next year! This reminds me that I've been really neglecting my TR from last month as well as my PTR for next year. :)

:welcome: over...glad that you're here...:goodvibes

it is hard sometimes to keep up...sometimes I feel when I've been off the boards a couple of days...so much has happened...

but we'll try to have some fun...


there you go again Amy w/ your great one-liners...you need to be writing this down...it could be a whole new thread :rotfl2:
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Triple P....

double planning does sound crazy....but fun ;) That sounds so amazing to be imersed in the French culture and renting an apartment and going to the markets and cooking....YUM FUN!

I love your ideas of French Fridays too :thumbsup2

Has anyone mentioned yet Beauty and the Beast? that is set in France...there are several fun quirky nuances to iconic French culture....

Yes ...half the fun is planning...you might as well enjoy it right...;)

I am really really looking forward to DLP and Paris too...:lmao:


this isn't Disney...or for Rabbit that matter..but what about Sabrina...the orginal w/ the wonderful Audrey Hepburn or the updated one w/ Harrison Ford...ooh I love those movies!

Oh I love Sabrina...Audrey Hepburn...was amazing...(I think they could have matched her up better than Bogart...I don't think he was right for the role...but still...the new Sabrina is charming -I had forgotten about it and I much prefer Harrision Ford...


For your sporty French Friday you could watch clips from the Tour de France...

Oooo...that's good idea...have you ever seen or heard of the Triplets of Belleville (sp?) it's animated about a boy whose parents have dies and his grandmother raises him and realizes he has an interest in bicycling and encourgages it......

OK my mind is all over w/ french movies....I think there's a crazy Effiel Tower scene in the Bond film Octopusy? French Conection? War films... Saving Private Ryan...the Longest day

Ooo have to see the longest day....

Ooh how could I forget...."we'll always have Paris" Casablanca! :love:

my DH and I could go on and on...we love movies!

Me too...:goodvibes


Back AiW....I think it would be great to have some great English feel for your trip...but still capture all the fun and love of your sweet 16-ner....


I think that sounds about right...:thumbsup2


I love everything you have mentioned so far!

Are those the kids dressed up for Halloween?
Yep...;)


I remembering dressing up as Cleopatra one yr in HS.
Oooo...that's fun...any photos...:rolleyes1


Can't wait for more Disney French Fries popcorn::

I'm going to update this weekend...


J~

:wave: Hi there! Your Paris plans sound wonderful, love the idea of an apartment.
I may have seen the HM cake you were referring to on the cake board. :thumbsup2 Very cool!

Tracy

:welcome:...Thanks for coming over...:goodvibes

Sigh...I have to admit that the Paris apartment is so appealing...:cloud9:...I hope the reality turns out to be appealing too...:lmao:

The Haunted Mansion Cake is so cool...:cool1:...I want one...(I feel like a kid myself...;)


I'm in! I can't wait to hear about DLP!

:welcome:...on over...hope your feeling better...:thumbsup2

I can't wait to write about DLP...;)

PracPerfPatricia
11-20-2009, 09:27 PM
CakeGuyBri is actually a DISer! And I think you can get a mad hatter cake there too....I've seen the HM cake, it's something else! I figure when the time comes I'm just chatting with him directly, right now my plan for our cake night is at the Wave BUT that could change based on kid ADR input so we will see.

Oooo no- is he really? :rolleyes1

Wow...now that is a really interesting piece of info...hmmm...and as a fellow Diser I'm sure he'd talk to us right...?....:lmao: You are extremely personable and I don't think I'm so terrible...who wouldn't want to talk to us...right?...:lmao:

Happydog
11-20-2009, 09:31 PM
Oh! Well so four pages later I finally get it! So not that I got it, I am glad that I am here! ;)

Great trip planning! I have been to Paris but never DLParis, my DBIL has been several times, said it is amazing... The castle is very pretty!
Sounds exciting! Looking forward to hearing more about that!

Love the cake ideas! Sound great!

Did I read somewhere you were going to Disney in January??!!

OOPS! Forgot to add that we have the "Triplets" movie and CD... it is a really neat film! I have not seen it in a while so thanks for reminding me!

tiggrbaby
11-21-2009, 07:36 AM
When we went to London in '02 we stayed in a 3 BR flat (8 of us). It was wonderful! We were close to a tube station, and there was plenty of room to spread out. If you are staying put for a bit, I think having kitchen facilities is important, too.

Charleston Princess
11-21-2009, 08:00 AM
I think your French looks perfect...I know enough to be able to order in a restaurant and find out where the rest rooms are...so that's a good thing I guess...;)

Definitely not limiting the movies just to Disney...just trying to bring it all around...:lmao:

LOVE...:love:Funny Face...French Kiss makes me laugh and to Catch a Thief...ahhh...weren't they just so ...I don't know...elegant? Cary Grant and Grace Kelly were just ...lovely...sigh...movies were more refined I think...


I took six years of French between high school and college, but nowadays, I would probably be able to order food in a restaurant and maybe, just maybe be able to figure out the bill. That's about it. :rotfl:

I love watching old films and Grace Kelly has always been one of my favorite actresses. :goodvibes

PracPerfPatricia
11-28-2009, 09:32 AM
Oh! Well so four pages later I finally get it! So not that I got it, I am glad that I am here! ;)

Great trip planning! I have been to Paris but never DLParis, my DBIL has been several times, said it is amazing... The castle is very pretty!
Sounds exciting! Looking forward to hearing more about that!

Love the cake ideas! Sound great!

Did I read somewhere you were going to Disney in January??!!

OOPS! Forgot to add that we have the "Triplets" movie and CD... it is a really neat film! I have not seen it in a while so thanks for reminding me!

:welcome: So glad you came over...I have been a bad Diser this week...I've been off the boards for a week...:faint: which is pretty unusual...when I've been off 3 days I feel really behind...:confused3

I am really looking forward to taking the children to Paris...Hatter and I have been there a couple times and Em was there once when she was 8 but Rabbit has never been...so it will be a whole different trip experiencing it as a family...:goodvibes...not to mention DLP...:yay:

I wish I was going to WDW in January...;) but no...for now it's October for Alice's 16th...

Triplets has a fabulous sound track...it's a good film...but definitely quirky...


When we went to London in '02 we stayed in a 3 BR flat (8 of us). It was wonderful! We were close to a tube station, and there was plenty of room to spread out. If you are staying put for a bit, I think having kitchen facilities is important, too.

...I can't wait to stay in the appartment...I'm deciding whether to post some of the photos of it now...or wait to see how it really looks when we get there...;)

I took six years of French between high school and college, but nowadays, I would probably be able to order food in a restaurant and maybe, just maybe be able to figure out the bill. That's about it. :rotfl:

I love watching old films and Grace Kelly has always been one of my favorite actresses. :goodvibes

I had probably about the same amount of French...it's funny though if you through some tapes on in the car...a lot comes back...also I've had the luxury/humiliation of practicing with a native French speaker who seems to understand me...:confused3...(now I think the fact that the practice happens sometimes at dinners when everyone has had a couple of glasses of wine might have something to do with it...:rolleyes1

Old films are the best...:cloud9:

PracPerfPatricia
11-28-2009, 10:02 AM
I have been a very bad Diser this past week...I will DEFINITELY do a planning update after I've caught up on all of your trip reports...

In my defense It has been a crazy and traumatic week. So if you could indulge me in my 5 minute pity party...

I was stressed out waiting for Rabbit's and Alice's Report Card and Conferences -I always worry...:confused3...it's a hobby...

-Both were excellent though...(High Honors for Alice and Rabbit did amazingly well...tons of 100s/As, he is and sweet and contributes in class, his anxiety is down-biggest concern there is focus (he daydreams...although he can be refocused...and he never daydreams during tests...:confused3 (I think he's motivated by the grades) and he needs to grow in his writing and...not as forthcoming with details as he needs to be...but for now...I'll take it...:goodvibes)

I was preparing a Thanksgiving dinner-we always have it here...(my brother and sister in law and my niece and nephew just moved to Houston...so we didn't have them this year...which made me a little sad...:sad2:)

Alice was stressing because a couple of her friends have family situations that are a bit difficult and it's hard not to be able to solve everything for your kids...:sad2:...I think she realizes that she is lucky to be part of her family...

and the piece de resistance...


the roof in our "library"-so called because it has shelves full of my books and a comfy sofa (or it did a least...:eek:) is in a state of water damage/roof leakage/dry wall and wall paper fallen in dissarray...

http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae200/patriciasilverman/the-scream.jpg

We know we were getting some water in...our house is old in most parts...it is a carriage house but it had a couple additions and one was this room off to the side...one story-flat roof...we had called the roofers a couple months ago but they are behind because of the wet weather...

I should have known when Hatter closed the doors and told me it was due to the heat...(this room gets really cold in the winter)...that I should have been more wary...

then when I wanted to go in looking for a specific book...he told me it wasn't a good idea...I wasn't going to be happy...so I waited until he wasn't home...and...

I almost fainted...one side of the build in book shelves are saturated...nothing can probably be salvaged...all those lovely books...:sad1:

There is plaster and wall paper everywhere and the sofa looks like it may be growing something white and a little fuzzy...MOLD...:eek:

Homeowners should cover much of the damage but Aaahhhhh....

all of those books (the ones on the other sides are unscathed...and I have alot in my bedroom...but)

I LOVE MY BOOKS...I FEEL LIKE THEY'VE BEEN MURDERED...

I'm really trying to stay calm...Lord knows there are so many people with much worse problems...but

I feel sad...

I need a hug...

wigdoutdismom
11-28-2009, 10:15 AM
Ohhhhh, Patricia! I'm sooo terribly sorry about the loss of your much loved books. That would make me very sad too!
It sounds as if you have much to accomplish in that room to make it book worthy again.

Has anyone been sick because of the mold?

Hugs, hugs, hugs to you my friend! :hug:

mousescrapper
11-28-2009, 10:53 AM
Oh Patricia...

I so understnad your woe :sad1: I am not a book lover...but you know I love my Scrappin'...less than 6 months after we moved into a current home (I was still preggar w/ Margaret) our whole basement flooded it was only maybe an inch and a half of water...but our basement is huge over 1200 sq ft..and we still had many boxes left to be unpacked on the floor...included my scrapbooking things.

I cried over the lost paper and stickers and several wrecked pages of books in progress...the kids just didn't understand how Mama could be crying over paper.

I hope the damage will be fixed soon and your room will be even more wonderful than before and hoping some bookstore gift cards will be in order to cheer you up!

J~ :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug:

mousescrapper
11-28-2009, 10:58 AM
Oh Ps...

I may embaress myself and look for those Halloween pictures of me as Cleopatra...you'll have to excuse my early 90's hair wall though ;)

get back to you!

nodnol
11-28-2009, 11:14 AM
Oh this is horrible!!! I think I would be really very sad if this happened to my books!
:hug::hug::hug:

I send you a lot of positive vibes across the Atlantic ...

:goodvibes:goodvibes:goodvibes:goodvibes

... and maybe something to cheer you up: Flossbolna and I had a look at the DLP map and came up with some suggestions for your trip. You should get them very soon!

Flossbolna
11-28-2009, 11:29 AM
Katharina just told me took at your PTR!! I am soooo sorry!! :scared1::scared1:

Many hugs and good thoughts from me! :hug::hug::hug:

I love my books, too, and would be so sad if they were destroyed. Even though most of my books would be replaceable, it would be sad to loose those that I actually read!!

I don't know wether you like second hand books, I used to hate them. I wanted my books to look new and shiny. But then I had a boyfriend who was really into browsing second hand book shops and I learned to love them, too. Perhaps you could have some fun browsing second hand book shops to replace your loved books? It might actually turn into a nice project. :goodvibes

jordanyosh
11-28-2009, 12:11 PM
Sorry about the books, the water damage, the mold....yikes.

Vent away........we're listening.

Hope the weekend isn't a total bust and you can enjoy the rest of it..:thumbsup2

manntra
11-28-2009, 01:24 PM
:hug: So sorry about your books...I have a large amount and would be devastated if something happened to them. :sad1:

tiggrbaby
11-28-2009, 01:56 PM
I have been a very bad Diser this past week...I will DEFINITELY do a planning update after I've caught up on all of your trip reports...

In my defense It has been a crazy and traumatic week. So if you could indulge me in my 5 minute pity party...

I was stressed out waiting for Rabbit's and Alice's Report Card and Conferences -I always worry...:confused3...it's a hobby...

-Both were excellent though...(High Honors for Alice and Rabbit did amazingly well...tons of 100s/As, he is and sweet and contributes in class, his anxiety is down-biggest concern there is focus (he daydreams...although he can be refocused...and he never daydreams during tests...:confused3 (I think he's motivated by the grades) and he needs to grow in his writing and...not as forthcoming with details as he needs to be...but for now...I'll take it...:goodvibes)

I was preparing a Thanksgiving dinner-we always have it here...(my brother and sister in law and my niece and nephew just moved to Houston...so we didn't have them this year...which made me a little sad...:sad2:)

Alice was stressing because a couple of her friends have family situations that are a bit difficult and it's hard not to be able to solve everything for your kids...:sad2:...I think she realizes that she is lucky to be part of her family...

and the piece de resistance...


the roof in our "library"-so called because it has shelves full of my books and a comfy sofa (or it did a least...:eek:) is in a state of water damage/roof leakage/dry wall and wall paper fallen in dissarray...

http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae200/patriciasilverman/the-scream.jpg

We know we were getting some water in...our house is old in most parts...it is a carriage house but it had a couple additions and one was this room off to the side...one story-flat roof...we had called the roofers a couple months ago but they are behind because of the wet weather...

I should have known when Hatter closed the doors and told me it was due to the heat...(this room gets really cold in the winter)...that I should have been more wary...

then when I wanted to go in looking for a specific book...he told me it wasn't a good idea...I wasn't going to be happy...so I waited until he wasn't home...and...

I almost fainted...one side of the build in book shelves are saturated...nothing can probably be salvaged...all those lovely books...:sad1:

There is plaster and wall paper everywhere and the sofa looks like it may be growing something white and a little fuzzy...MOLD...:eek:

Homeowners should cover much of the damage but Aaahhhhh....

all of those books (the ones on the other sides are unscathed...and I have alot in my bedroom...but)

I LOVE MY BOOKS...I FEEL LIKE THEY'VE BEEN MURDERED...

I'm really trying to stay calm...Lord knows there are so many people with much worse problems...but

I feel sad...

I need a hug...

:hug::hug::hug::hug: I can relate! I feel that books are friends, and re-read many of them. About 13 years ago, a pipe burst in our laundry room and ran most of the night. Unfortunately, the laundry room is right over the storage closet in our ultra-dry basement. So there went all of my old childhood books, 45s, an old Parade magazine that had the cover article, "Will the Beatles Last?", old school-books, and many other things. My friends kept having to tell me, let it go! when we were cleaning up. I did replace some of my old books by going online. but it is heartbreaking to lose so much! I hope you are able to straighten it out soon! :hug::hug::hug::hug:

pooh'smate
11-28-2009, 02:55 PM
I have caught up on all my tr's and was perusing the threads and your title drew me in. I do have a suggestion for a Disney French films. The Aristocats is set in 1910 Paris. My dd loves that one. She is watching right now actually. I would feel the same as you if something happed to my books. :hug:

Mickey_Mom
11-28-2009, 03:19 PM
:hug: Oh crap, I'm sorry your books were ruined.

Lady Lallie
11-28-2009, 03:49 PM
Oh what a bummer! I would have cried and cried and cried!

I have a lot of my books at my inlaws in storage and I worry about something happening to them. I actually went and looked at them today. Sometimes I just go down there and open up the boxes and remember all the great books I have. :laughing:

Charleston Princess
11-28-2009, 09:54 PM
Oh, Patricia, I can totally imagine your feelings of desolation when you discovered your books had been damaged! My eyes had tears in them when I read about it!!! :hug:

DisMomAmy
11-29-2009, 02:37 PM
More hugs coming your way... :hug::hug::hug::hug::hug:

So sorry about the mess in your library! I'm glad homeowners will cover the damage, but I understand your sadness about your books. :hug::hug:

tarak
11-30-2009, 09:55 PM
Oh - I'm so sorry about your poor books! We have a library, too, that is really just a small room with built in shelves and tons of books (some day it will have a cozy couch). I'd be heartbroken if I lost my books.:sad1:

TxMickeyLover
12-01-2009, 12:51 PM
Patricia, I am so sorry about your books. I would need hugs too! :hug:

jenjolt
12-01-2009, 01:17 PM
:hug::hug::hug::hug::hug::hug: Oh Patricia!! I'm so sorry to hear about your books!!!!! :hug::hug::hug::hug: Hope you are having a better week today!!!

eandesmom
12-01-2009, 01:35 PM
Oh! I would be devastated! I am so sad. Sending you a big hug, albeit a few days late....

If U Had Wings
12-02-2009, 08:40 AM
I'm so sorry about you books. I'd be crushed. Even though I have tons, I never seem to want to part with any of them.

MEK
12-02-2009, 05:57 PM
Well, I'm more than two weeks late for this PTR, but I just wanted to pop in and say "hi". I am so sorry to hear about your books. That is truely a bummer.

Enjoying reading about the fam again and since your trip isn't for awhile - well - I'll be hanging out until then!

Happydog
12-02-2009, 06:38 PM
Oh no! What a drag. We have a library (called such for the same reason!) and I know we would be soo soo sad if that happened. What a drag. I hope the cleanup isn't too hard to manage. Maybe some you can salvage?:confused3

brookelizabeth
12-03-2009, 10:04 AM
Hey B...:thumbsup2...you should go back with Henry...for a family vaca:yay:...or not for a romantic trip...:lovestruc...if you go off season you could get a good airfare...maybe we could have a Dis Meet in NY...:cool1:


Yes, I agree! We haven't been back since Henry was 8 months old. :sad2:

Our house is currently on the market. For a while we thought we would move to Minneapolis/St. Paul; however, both of us have been longing to move back to NYC.....I've been looking up apartments in Brooklyn & Queens! :laughing: Now if the darn house would just SELL (of if we could come up with $20K to bring to closing...:headache:)


Love your idea of the French Friday's! Very cute. As far as a theme for Alice's bday, I would do the mixed idea. Some funky teenage stuff and very Alice reservations - she will love that and it will be an unforgettable birthday for her I'm sure!

Love the pics of the kids in their costumes too!

I'm VERY sorry to hear about your library!!!! :sad2: Were you able to remove any of the books that are currently safe - just in case? :hug:

jordanyosh
12-03-2009, 10:07 AM
Yes, I agree! We haven't been back since Henry was 8 months old. :sad2:

Our house is currently on the market. For a while we thought we would move to Minneapolis/St. Paul; however, both of us have been longing to move back to NYC.....I've been looking up apartments in Brooklyn & Queens! :laughing: Now if the darn house would just SELL (of if we could come up with $20K to bring to closing...:headache:)


NYC? Would DH be able to transfer? What type of work does he do?

mickeysmyboy
12-03-2009, 10:36 AM
OMG P! I'm so, so sorry about your books!! I can totally understand you feeling the way you do! Something very precious and dear to your heart has been ruined. No matter what that's awful and I'm so sorry again!
:hug::hug::hug::hug::hug::hug::hug::hug::hug::hug: :hug::hug::hug:

aprilisis
12-03-2009, 12:21 PM
:hug::hug::hug::hug::hug::hug:
Oh, my! I would totally freak if I lost my books. If any any of the damaged books were older or rare, let me know & I'll help you look if you want to replace them.

PracPerfPatricia
12-06-2009, 08:05 AM
Pity Party Over...

I'm afraid I've been a very bad Diser...behind on my PTR, behind on all my reading of everyone else's TRs...I was a bit in a funk...because of the books, and the roof, etc...(and just life stuff...)

(& Thank you all for you very kind thoughts/remarks-I'll be responding and updating today-FOR REAL this time...:lmao:)

but

I went out with Em last night for a girls night...dinner and a movie...New Moon...and it was snowing out and so beautiful...and we had so much fun...and I realized it's all ok because it's really important to keep sight of the fact that Life is Good and stuff is always going to be happening...and it is what we make of it...:goodvibes


I also got an amazingly thoughtful 2 page message from Flossbolna all about Disney Land Paris...she wrote up the whole park and what we should make sure we see...(things that may be a little different than in WDW...It is amazingly helpful and was incredibly thoughtful that she and Nodnol spent the time discussing it and that Floss wrote it up...:goodvibes

So no more Grinchy Girl...I am all about the Holiday Spirit...:thumbsup2

Plus how could anyone be sad with this crazy crew at their side...(photo from Thanksgiving...the pets don't get along...but we love them anyway...the dog is Macintosh and the cat is Cosette...

http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae200/patriciasilverman/Thanksgiving%202009/100_1276.jpg

Charleston Princess
12-06-2009, 08:17 AM
I think we all go through those moments where we are completely bummed out about life in general! :hug: I am glad that seeing New Moon and hanging out with Em cheered you up!

jenjolt
12-06-2009, 08:18 AM
You have to ride Phantom Manor for me Patricia and make sure you give me a very detailed report...I so want to see that one...of all the HMs and we know how I love HM that is the one that I really really want to see!!!

Love your Thanksgiving Family photo :thumbsup2

wigdoutdismom
12-06-2009, 08:47 AM
I'm glad that you are feeling better....
Love the Thanksgiving photo!
Your Cosette looks like our Boston Terrier Fenway!:laughing:

eandesmom
12-06-2009, 12:20 PM
Pity Party Over...
I realized it's all ok because it's really important to keep sight of the fact that Life is Good and stuff is always going to be happening...and it is what we make of it...:goodvibes
http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae200/patriciasilverman/Thanksgiving%202009/100_1276.jpg

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:santa::santa::santa::santa:

Love the photo

And the spirit! I almost bought a bracelet for myself yesterday at a jewelry party..."Happiness is not a destination, it is a path"

Instead I went for "Speak kind words and you will hear kind echo's"

I decided I needed that reminder more!

Flossbolna
12-06-2009, 01:22 PM
Hi Patricia, nice picture of your family! Very bold wall colour! :thumbsup2

I have also been meaning to post additional suggestions for your French Fridays (did you ever get around to start them?)!

My parents tried to help me to come up with additional films and books and that's the result:

book: Desiree by Annemarie Selinko, it's the story of a young woman from Marseille who was first engaged to Napoleon and then married General Bernadotte who later became King of Sweden, so she ends up being Queen. It is a wonderful book and used to be a bestseller in the 50s. I read it when I was 14 and loved it. It was also made into a

film: Desiree (1954) with Marlon Brando as Napoleon.

book: Nicholas (Le Petit Nicolas) by Jean-Jacques Sempe and Rene Goscinny which is a very loveable children's book (I guess you might have read it in school it is very popular here in French classes)

film: any of the Louis de Funes films. He is a French comedian and there are lots of films with him. They are all rather silly and they used to be quite a lot on German TV when we were little and they always were great family films. Our favourite was "L'aile ou la cuisse" or the English title "The Wing and the Thigh".

MEK
12-06-2009, 07:41 PM
Is Macintosh a Cairn Terrier? My friends have a dog that looks just like him. Of course, I am partial to Cosette (I love that name) because I love cats since I have 3 of them! :lovestruc

PracPerfPatricia
12-06-2009, 09:25 PM
I still haven't finished all of my holiday decorating but I had a little bit of a start...definitely a bit of a spirit boost...

The snow that started last night sadly vanished and melted so I'm glad that Alice and are were out and got to share it...it was lovely...really big flakes...
I'm crazy for snow...I love how everything looks and it brings a certain muffled quiet with it...we don't usually get nearly as much snow as I'd like...I'm also a big fan of going out in the snow and then coming back in to a nice fire and hot chocolate or tea...:cloud9:

I guess it's because I love the snow that I have a bit of a thing for snowmen...and started collecting them right around the time Rabbit was born...it is a bit of a tradition now...Hatter gives me one the day after Thanksgiving...

http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae200/patriciasilverman/Holidays%202009/100_1282.jpg

http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae200/patriciasilverman/Holidays%202009/100_1283.jpg

I also have a little village...(I have to get to Michaels for snow...that is a feather boa right now...:lmao:)

http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae200/patriciasilverman/Holidays%202009/100_1291.jpg

and here is a special toy we bought some years back from WDW that we bring out just for the holidays...it's extra special this year because we'll be staying there in October...:goodvibes...there are Narcissus or paperwhites behind them...I adore that scent...that with the pine scent of the tree (when we get it...;) is what I think Heaven must smell like...:cloud9:

http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae200/patriciasilverman/Holidays%202009/100_1285.jpg

http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae200/patriciasilverman/Holidays%202009/100_1287.jpg

http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae200/patriciasilverman/Holidays%202009/100_1299.jpg

I'll post more as I get more done...:rolleyes1

& I just realized that Tuesday is 105 days or 15 weeks till our trip to Paris/DLP...which sounds like a lot of time but really isn't...just a little over 3 months...so I'm going to get Rabbit to help me make a countdown...and I just realized I'd better check my passport...:eek:

French Fridays may have to wait till after Christmas because of all of the holiday stuff but...everyone is going to find that Santa will be leaving them at least a little something French related this year...;)

& Rabbit informed asked me if there really was a Santa Claus today (he's 7...:eek:) I told him that I thought so and asked why he was asking he said that he sort of believed in Santa but wasn't quite sure how he worked it out...:eek:...

The Roofers are starting work tomorrow...Hurrah! Probably about 1/3 of my books in there were ruined...but that still leaves 2/3s and lucky for me I have a whole seperate shelve for travel books and I have a bunch of stuff in my bedroom...oh heck who am I kidding...there probably isn't a room in the house that doesn't have any...well maybe one or two...;)

PracPerfPatricia
12-06-2009, 09:28 PM
Ohhhhh, Patricia! I'm sooo terribly sorry about the loss of your much loved books. That would make me very sad too!
It sounds as if you have much to accomplish in that room to make it book worthy again.

Has anyone been sick because of the mold?

Hugs, hugs, hugs to you my friend!

:hug: right back at you...and actually I think we've all felt a little bit more run down and it might just be the mold...mold doesn't agree with me at all...:sad2:


Oh Patricia...

I so understnad your woe :sad1: I am not a book lover...but you know I love my Scrappin'...less than 6 months after we moved into a current home (I was still preggar w/ Margaret) our whole basement flooded it was only maybe an inch and a half of water...but our basement is huge over 1200 sq ft..and we still had many boxes left to be unpacked on the floor...included my scrapbooking things.

I cried over the lost paper and stickers and several wrecked pages of books in progress...the kids just didn't understand how Mama could be crying over paper.

I hope the damage will be fixed soon and your room will be even more wonderful than before and hoping some bookstore gift cards will be in order to cheer you up!

J~ :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug:

:hug:...Owww J, I know that must of been really rough for you...all those boxes...I don't scrapbook but I so appreciate it and love all those gorgeous papers...:hug:...it's all relative and it the overall scheme of things not such a big deal but in the moment...:sad2: I feel your pain sister...


Oh Ps...

I may embaress myself and look for those Halloween pictures of me as Cleopatra...you'll have to excuse my early 90's hair wall though ;)

get back to you!

Hmmm...I'd like to see those...;)

PracPerfPatricia
12-06-2009, 09:29 PM
Oh this is horrible!!! I think I would be really very sad if this happened to my books!
:hug::hug::hug:

I send you a lot of positive vibes across the Atlantic ...

:goodvibes:goodvibes:goodvibes:goodvibes

... and maybe something to cheer you up: Flossbolna and I had a look at the DLP map and came up with some suggestions for your trip. You should get them very soon!

Thanks Nodnol...:hug:It was horrible but I'm feeling a bit better about it now...when the roof is fixed and the shelves...I'll just have empty spaces to fill...;)...that will be fun...

I did get Floss and your suggestions...I thought they were great and am going to post them down the road...Thank you so much for thinking of me they were amazing...:thumbsup2

I hope that your DH, Remy is starting to feel a bit more like himself...


Katharina just told me took at your PTR!! I am soooo sorry!! :scared1::scared1:

Many hugs and good thoughts from me! :hug::hug::hug:

I love my books, too, and would be so sad if they were destroyed. Even though most of my books would be replaceable, it would be sad to loose those that I actually read!!

I don't know wether you like second hand books, I used to hate them. I wanted my books to look new and shiny. But then I had a boyfriend who was really into browsing second hand book shops and I learned to love them, too. Perhaps you could have some fun browsing second hand book shops to replace your loved books? It might actually turn into a nice project.:goodvibes

I know what you mean...they are replaceable but they all have a story that kind of goes with them...when/why you bought them...if they were gifts, etc...

I like new book stores and second hand books stores...it's all good...

jordanyosh
12-06-2009, 09:48 PM
Great Thanksgiving pic.

So funny that the pets won't even face each other! it's like they're saying "Hmph" :snooty:

eandesmom
12-06-2009, 10:06 PM
You have the wilderness lodge in Lincoln logs?????????????

That is SO incredibly cool!!!!!!!!!!

I really wish there was something Disney I could add to my village but the series we have doesn't offer any. I would love a touch of it in there.

Sigh about Rabbit and the Santa question. I got a lot 2 years ago, a couple last year but none so far this year. They both admitted that they peek when they go to the bathroom xmas even though! Which freaked me out as Jeff and I are usually working around the tree for a good 2 hours. They peek from the upstairs balcony. I'm going to have to be more careful this year.

tiggrbaby
12-07-2009, 05:50 AM
I loved Lincoln Logs when I was a kid! I think I will have to get that someday!

Lady Lallie
12-07-2009, 08:40 AM
I love your Thanksgiving photo, very cute.

I love your Holiday decorations. My mom started collecting snowmen when I was younger and let's just say....she has A LOT of them. :rotfl2: I think we lost count when she reached over 150. I should take a picture of them for you. She says she loves them because even though they are all snowmen they each have their very own personality.

I loved lincoln logs growing up, our family cat was even named Lincoln after them. I must find my very own Wilderness Lodge! :yay:

jenjolt
12-07-2009, 08:51 AM
Okay I just adore the Wilderness Lodge lincoln logs....awesome!!

I also have a hidden love for snowmen and often I acquire one or two different snowman each year!

I'm excited to see how your French Fridays go along with what French gifts are going to be left under the tree!! And yes your trip is right around the corner...WOW...you'll be in France before you know it!!!!!

PracPerfPatricia
12-07-2009, 10:30 AM
Sorry about the books, the water damage, the mold....yikes.

Vent away........we're listening.

Hope the weekend isn't a total bust and you can enjoy the rest of it..:thumbsup2



Thanks Jordan...:hug:

Hi ho...hi ho...taking off the roof we go...I'm at home and the roofers are here working...Their boss just told me that we have like 8 inches of roof stacked up-they've pulled it down...when you are supposed to have 1-2 inches...apparently the way it was fixed in the past was just to keep recoating on top ...which isn't the way you are supposed to do it...(the people who lived in the house before us and an interesting maintenance plan...:rolleyes1)

we have mold/mildew in there...I think I need to get us hazmat suits...luckily I can close that room off but still...:confused3

Thinks could always be worse thought...:rolleyes1


:hug: So sorry about your books...I have a large amount and would be devastated if something happened to them. :sad1:

Thanks...:hug:...I just hate the waste of it all...


:hug::hug::hug::hug: I can relate! I feel that books are friends, and re-read many of them. About 13 years ago, a pipe burst in our laundry room and ran most of the night. Unfortunately, the laundry room is right over the storage closet in our ultra-dry basement. So there went all of my old childhood books, 45s, an old Parade magazine that had the cover article, "Will the Beatles Last?", old school-books, and many other things. My friends kept having to tell me, let it go! when we were cleaning up. I did replace some of my old books by going online. but it is heartbreaking to lose so much! I hope you are able to straighten it out soon! :hug::hug::hug::hug:

Oh wow...double hug right back at you...so sorry about your losses especially your childhood books...:sad2:...I agree with you that books are friends...:goodvibes

I have caught up on all my tr's and was perusing the threads and your title drew me in. I do have a suggestion for a Disney French films. The Aristocats is set in 1910 Paris. My dd loves that one. She is watching right now actually. I would feel the same as you if something happed to my books. :hug:

:welcome: really glad you came over...:goodvibes...I'm usually more upbeat but this just got to me for some reason...

I love the Aristocats...:thumbsup2...the backgrounds are lovely...


:hug: Oh crap, I'm sorry your books were ruined.

lol...thanks :hug:..."Oh crap" just about sums it up...:lmao:

PracPerfPatricia
12-07-2009, 10:41 AM
Oh what a bummer! I would have cried and cried and cried!

I have a lot of my books at my inlaws in storage and I worry about something happening to them. I actually went and looked at them today. Sometimes I just go down there and open up the boxes and remember all the great books I have. :laughing:

I did cry :sad1:....

I love the image of you going down to visit your books in boxes...:goodvibes


Oh, Patricia, I can totally imagine your feelings of desolation when you discovered your books had been damaged! My eyes had tears in them when I read about it!!! :hug:

Hey Jackie :hug:...I know you get the crazy book fetish thing so yes desolation is a pretty good description...


More hugs coming your way... :hug::hug::hug::hug::hug:

So sorry about the mess in your library! I'm glad homeowners will cover the damage, but I understand your sadness about your books. :hug::hug:

Thanks Amy...:hug:...not looking forward to doing the whole homeowner's thing either...they can have this way of making you feel like you're trying to cheat or rip them off...the whole thing makes me uncomfortable...:sad2:


Oh - I'm so sorry about your poor books! We have a library, too, that is really just a small room with built in shelves and tons of books (some day it will have a cozy couch). I'd be heartbroken if I lost my books.:sad1:

Thanks...I had a cozy couch...but now its a cozy mildew couch...

Patricia, I am so sorry about your books. I would need hugs too! :hug:

Thanks...right back at you...:hug:

PracPerfPatricia
12-07-2009, 10:55 AM
:hug::hug::hug::hug::hug::hug: Oh Patricia!! I'm so sorry to hear about your books!!!!! :hug::hug::hug::hug: Hope you are having a better week today!!!

Hey Jen...thanks...:hug:...I am having a much better week...:thumbsup2


Oh! I would be devastated! I am so sad. Sending you a big hug, albeit a few days late....

Oooo Cynthia...I just remembered the Sanaa photos...I have some...they're not great but you are welcome to use them if any help...and thanks for the well wishes...:hug:


I'm so sorry about you books. I'd be crushed. Even though I have tons, I never seem to want to part with any of them.

Thank you...books are like friends...:goodvibes


Well, I'm more than two weeks late for this PTR, but I just wanted to pop in and say "hi". I am so sorry to hear about your books. That is truely a bummer.

Enjoying reading about the fam again and since your trip isn't for awhile - well - I'll be hanging out until then!

Hey ME...glad your here and thanks...:hug:


Oh no! What a drag. We have a library (called such for the same reason!) and I know we would be soo soo sad if that happened. What a drag. I hope the cleanup isn't too hard to manage. Maybe some you can salvage?:confused3

Yes...my library is/was/will be again just a small cozy room but DH teases that we're probably better stocked than some some local public libraries...and if you count in everything throughout the house including the kid's books-we probably are better stocked than some small libraries...at least a bookmobile...:lmao:

The clean up will be ok...I just feel like my home is/was under siege...I know it's really silly sounding but that's how it feels...

Charleston Princess
12-07-2009, 10:58 AM
Beautiful Christmas decorating! I love the Magic across the mirror and all your snowmen. Personally, I like the feather boa as snow with your village. :lmao:

The Lincoln Log Wilderness Lodge is too cool! Connor would get such a kick out of that!

PracPerfPatricia
12-07-2009, 11:11 AM
Yes, I agree! We haven't been back since Henry was 8 months old. :sad2:

Our house is currently on the market. For a while we thought we would move to Minneapolis/St. Paul; however, both of us have been longing to move back to NYC.....I've been looking up apartments in Brooklyn & Queens! :laughing: Now if the darn house would just SELL (of if we could come up with $20K to bring to closing...:headache:)


Love your idea of the French Friday's! Very cute. As far as a theme for Alice's bday, I would do the mixed idea. Some funky teenage stuff and very Alice reservations - she will love that and it will be an unforgettable birthday for her I'm sure!

Love the pics of the kids in their costumes too!

I'm VERY sorry to hear about your library!!!! :sad2: Were you able to remove any of the books that are currently safe - just in case? :hug:

Ooo...how cool Brook if you were to move to New York...Dismeet...:lmao:

Actually I used to read a series of book that I loved when I was a kid that took place in MN...Betsy/Tacy...I don't know if you ever read them but I ADORED them...I wanted to move to Deep Valley, Minnesota...


and I am definitely going to mix Em's bday up a bit...I think it might get a little Stepford Wives/Daughters creepy if I made her do everything Alice...:lmao:



NYC? Would DH be able to transfer? What type of work does he do?

Hey Jordan...there are a lot of nice churches here on the East Coast too you know...;)


OMG P! I'm so, so sorry about your books!! I can totally understand you feeling the way you do! Something very precious and dear to your heart has been ruined. No matter what that's awful and I'm so sorry again!
:hug::hug::hug::hug::hug::hug::hug::hug::hug::hug: :hug::hug::hug:

Thanks...:hug:...it's all going to be good...I just have to make lemonade from the lemons...

PracPerfPatricia
12-07-2009, 11:12 AM
:hug::hug::hug::hug::hug::hug:
Oh, my! I would totally freak if I lost my books. If any any of the damaged books were older or rare, let me know & I'll help you look if you want to replace them.

Hey April...nothing rare was destroyed...:hug:...but I'll bet you have some awesome indie bookshops where you live...:thumbsup2


I think we all go through those moments where we are completely bummed out about life in general! :hug: I am glad that seeing New Moon and hanging out with Em cheered you up!

Yes it was very cheering...:thumbsup2...btw...did you see it...and am I the only one who thought Edward was just the tiniest bit whiny...?:confused3


You have to ride Phantom Manor for me Patricia and make sure you give me a very detailed report...I so want to see that one...of all the HMs and we know how I love HM that is the one that I really really want to see!!!

Love your Thanksgiving Family photo :thumbsup2

I will take photos and report back to you Jen...I'll have to see if there is PM merch that is unique to Paris...;)

Floss sent me an extensive listings of must dos for DLP and that's on the list...(I'd have probably done it anyway cause its one of my favorite's too...:thumbsup2...and its in their Frontier land so that should be very interesting to see how it is the same/different...:goodvibes

I think my family is a keeper...but the pets are a little bit nuts...:lmao:

mousescrapper
12-07-2009, 11:38 AM
[COLOR="Blue"][SIZE="3"]Hmmm...I'd like to see those...;)

still have to dig them out.....

but glad you are feeling better and the roof will be fixed soon! Love the start of your Holiday decorating! I think the feather boa should stay...;)

Can't wait for the French Fridays to start too.

J~

aprilisis
12-07-2009, 11:44 AM
I LOVE your Thanksgiving photo & the WL made from lincoln logs. That is SO cool! You are right, too, that those 105 days will fly by. I have a countdown at home that I have been neglecting- I checked it last night & it said 57 days- I'm already down to 39. Time goes by super-fast at this time of year!
I noticed that cow painting in the background of one of your photos & it looks JUST like the paintings hanging in craftsteak at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods in CT. John has been dying to get one! Where did you get yours?

PracPerfPatricia
12-07-2009, 11:46 AM
I just realized when I was going through responding and thanking all of you for your well wishes how much it sounded like I was thanking you all for coming to a funeral (and books can be replaced but people can't)...:confused3...and my desolation over this is really over...but thank you all so much for listening...:grouphug:


I'm glad that you are feeling better....
Love the Thanksgiving photo!
Your Cosette looks like our Boston Terrier Fenway!:laughing:

lol...:lmao: yes her black and white markings do look a bit like a Boston Terrier don't they?...:goodvibes I think Boston Terriers are adorable btw...

Great name...Fenway...


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Love the photo

And the spirit! I almost bought a bracelet for myself yesterday at a jewelry party..."Happiness is not a destination, it is a path"

Instead I went for "Speak kind words and you will hear kind echo's"

I decided I needed that reminder more!

I like that quote...:goodvibes...I think many things are a path, not just a destination...take the holidays...getting to Christmas isn't just about that one day but all the little things we do before it comes...:thumbsup2

I like the kind words and you will hear kind echo's also...

I have a feeling you would be quite a dangerous shopping buddy for me...it's probably for the best that you live on the other side of the country...:lmao:

Hi Patricia, nice picture of your family! Very bold wall colour! :thumbsup2

I have also been meaning to post additional suggestions for your French Fridays (did you ever get around to start them?)!

My parents tried to help me to come up with additional films and books and that's the result:

book: Desiree by Annemarie Selinko, it's the story of a young woman from Marseille who was first engaged to Napoleon and then married General Bernadotte who later became King of Sweden, so she ends up being Queen. It is a wonderful book and used to be a bestseller in the 50s. I read it when I was 14 and loved it. It was also made into a

film: Desiree (1954) with Marlon Brando as Napoleon.

book: Nicholas (Le Petit Nicolas) by Jean-Jacques Sempe and Rene Goscinny which is a very loveable children's book (I guess you might have read it in school it is very popular here in French classes)

film: any of the Louis de Funes films. He is a French comedian and there are lots of films with him. They are all rather silly and they used to be quite a lot on German TV when we were little and they always were great family films. Our favourite was "L'aile ou la cuisse" or the English title "The Wing and the Thigh".

Thanks about the photo...that wall color is bold...:lmao:...but very warm...it makes the darker furniture pop...it's a bit of an Asian red...

Wow thank you for all of the awesome suggestions...you know I will be looking them all up today...:goodvibes...(I had heard of the Nicholas book and that it is very humorous...


Is Macintosh a Cairn Terrier? My friends have a dog that looks just like him. Of course, I am partial to Cosette (I love that name) because I love cats since I have 3 of them! :lovestruc

Macintosh is a wheaten Scottish terrier...you see most of them in black but there is a recessive gene for the ivoryish color...I think a lot of the smaller terriers look a like...

Cosette is a major lap cat...she would sit on your lap all day...she loves attention...

Cosette was here first and when we brought Macintosh home she wanted nothing to do with him...:confused3...he tried to curry her favor but she wasn't having any of it...:confused3...now they have an uneasy truce going on...:rolleyes1

PracPerfPatricia
12-07-2009, 11:47 AM
Great Thanksgiving pic.

So funny that the pets won't even face each other! it's like they're saying "Hmph" :snooty:

You read that 100% accurately...:lmao:


You have the wilderness lodge in Lincoln logs?????????????

That is SO incredibly cool!!!!!!!!!!

I really wish there was something Disney I could add to my village but the series we have doesn't offer any. I would love a touch of it in there.

Sigh about Rabbit and the Santa question. I got a lot 2 years ago, a couple last year but none so far this year. They both admitted that they peek when they go to the bathroom xmas even though! Which freaked me out as Jeff and I are usually working around the tree for a good 2 hours. They peek from the upstairs balcony. I'm going to have to be more careful this year.

Yeah I think the LL WL is pretty cool myself...I also know I'd love the Pacific Northwest...:rolleyes1

sigh...the length of childhood just isn't what it used to be...:confused3...I'm sure by next year Rabbit will have figured the entire thing out...:confused3

TyRy
12-07-2009, 11:58 AM
I've been a really bad Disser having been off for about three weeks! :scared1: So now I'm catching up (again!)

So sorry about the books, I would have been :eek: if I walked in on that. Glad they are already working on fixing the roof. We also have my books just about everywhere and DH just shakes his head everytime a new one is added. :rotfl:

Love the Thanksgiving photo - frame worthy!!

Can't believe it is only three months until Paris...I've never been anywhere, so I can't wait to hear all about it.

MrsSpratt
12-09-2009, 04:59 PM
Hi, Patricia!

I, too have been a bad Diser - and I was devastated for you that your beloved books were damaged!

Did you know that they are re-issuing All of the Betsey-Tacy's in hardback? I've asked Santa to bring them....we will see....

Keep your chin up with the roofers!

Jaime

Mickey_Mom
12-09-2009, 05:39 PM
Hey P... I was behind a bit (again:rolleyes:!) but I'm back up to date. I so love that Lincoln Logs Wilderness Lodge and had the same thought when I saw your "snow" feather boa..... I think its perfect! :laughing:

eandesmom
12-09-2009, 06:53 PM
You read that 100% accurately...:lmao:


Yeah I think the LL WL is pretty cool myself...I also know I'd love the Pacific Northwest...:rolleyes1

sigh...the length of childhood just isn't what it used to be...:confused3...I'm sure by next year Rabbit will have figured the entire thing out...:confused3

I think a trip to the NW is a great family vacation....

:rolleyes1

Rabbit might surprise you. I have a hard time believing the E's still "really" believe at 9 and 10 but boy they do a good job of faking it. Which I appreciate. I also appreciate big siblings who roll with it!

Of course Jeff's jingling bells about 1 hour after they are down probably doesn't hurt their belief system either!

Happydog
12-09-2009, 07:18 PM
CUTE snowmen and I think the boa adds some fun flair! From one red-walled house to another, I agree with you -- the color really does enhance things. We have a lot of black distressed furniture, and we found the red really staged it well... Great art work I see!

How exciting, Disney Paris! It will be here before you know it. You will get your house back, too. That will come! :goodvibes

Looking forward to more fun photos! AND WLV is very very cool!!!

Charleston Princess
12-09-2009, 09:11 PM
Rabbit might surprise you. I have a hard time believing the E's still "really" believe at 9 and 10 but boy they do a good job of faking it. Which I appreciate. I also appreciate big siblings who roll with it!

Even Chelsea is still faking it at our house and she is 12. I can't imagine that she still believes in the 7th grade (I have heard the discussions among middle school students), but she plays right along with it all. I suspect she thinks the loot would be lessened if she let on. :laughing:

Lady Lallie
12-10-2009, 07:58 AM
Even Chelsea is still faking it at our house and she is 12. I can't imagine that she still believes in the 7th grade (I have heard the discussions among middle school students), but she plays right along with it all. I suspect she thinks the loot would be lessened if she let on. :laughing:

That is so cute. :rotfl2:

brookelizabeth
12-13-2009, 08:52 PM
NYC? Would DH be able to transfer? What type of work does he do?

Joe is a server administrator, working primarily with VMWare. The company he works for (that I used to), was a small Minnesota company, but was bought out in 2008 by Thomson Reuters, which is HQ'ed in NYC. His boss has told him (years ago), that he could work from anywhere...and he truly can. He works from home 2 days a week. Chances of them letting him go are VERY slim because he is the only person who knows how to do what he does - which is vital to the company...so.... they are in the process of training in someone else due to the HUGE risk factor of all that, but... if the house sells, he'll be able to stay.

Ideally, he would transfer to the Thomson Reuters in NYC though, pay raise + local. Even if that doesn't work, he'll probably be able to eventually find a job in NYC due to his experience and knowledge.

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Love your decorations! And glad to hear it, along with the girls night, has been lifting your spirits about everything. :goodvibes

Ooo...how cool Brook if you were to move to New York...Dismeet...:lmao:

Actually I used to read a series of book that I loved when I was a kid that took place in MN...Betsy/Tacy...I don't know if you ever read them but I ADORED them...I wanted to move to Deep Valley, Minnesota...


and I am definitely going to mix Em's bday up a bit...I think it might get a little Stepford Wives/Daughters creepy if I made her do everything Alice...:lmao:


Yes! We'd defiantly have to meet up - even if we just visit this year, we'll have to figure something out! :thumbsup2

I've never heard of the Betsy/Tacy books...and I'm not sure I've even heard of Deep Valley! Is it a real place? You've got me curious now...:surfweb: :laughing: I was big on local authors when I was in high school, so I'm surprised I never read these!

Ahhh...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betsy-Tacy says Deep Valley, MN was based on Mankato, MN, which is only about 1.5 hours from my house. It's a nice area...COLD THOUGH! :rotfl: But we do get lots and lots of snow...;)

I just might have to check these books out! I've been looking for a new read.

PracPerfPatricia
12-16-2009, 09:44 AM
I've been neglecting my PTR but I'm going to do an update tonight of my "Paris/DLP" shrine...:lmao:

I loved Lincoln Logs when I was a kid! I think I will have to get that someday!

It's a lot of fun...very fun...;) I highly recommend it...

I love your Thanksgiving photo, very cute.

I love your Holiday decorations. My mom started collecting snowmen when I was younger and let's just say....she has A LOT of them. :rotfl2: I think we lost count when she reached over 150. I should take a picture of them for you. She says she loves them because even though they are all snowmen they each have their very own personality.

I loved lincoln logs growing up, our family cat was even named Lincoln after them. I must find my very own Wilderness Lodge! :yay:

Snow men or people to be PC all do have their own personality...wow...I don't have nearly that many...I get mine the day after Christmas...:goodvibes

I love that you had a cat named Lincoln...My pets aren't getting along right now at all...Macintosh keeps chasing Cosette and she keeps hissing at him but then she taunts him...trust me...she really does...I think they have holiday stress...I'm going to rename them Crazy thing 1 and Crazy thing 2...


Okay I just adore the Wilderness Lodge lincoln logs....awesome!!

I also have a hidden love for snowmen and often I acquire one or two different snowman each year!

I'm excited to see how your French Fridays go along with what French gifts are going to be left under the tree!! And yes your trip is right around the corner...WOW...you'll be in France before you know it!!!!!

I know I have to post my very technologically savy count down paper chain for Paris...:lmao:...97 days from today...:cool1:

French gifts are just around the corner...;)


Beautiful Christmas decorating! I love the Magic across the mirror and all your snowmen. Personally, I like the feather boa as snow with your village. :lmao:

The Lincoln Log Wilderness Lodge is too cool! Connor would get such a kick out of that!

LOL...I think I'm just going to leave the boa...:lmao: I love my snow people...:thumbsup2

Connor would get a kick out of the LLWL...David does...he is jonesing to rebuild it though too...

Unfortunately Macintosh got a big kick out of it too...:sad2:...he decided to nab and eat the Mickey...:sad1:...we found little Mickey bits all throughout the room...

PracPerfPatricia
12-16-2009, 10:01 AM
still have to dig them out.....

but glad you are feeling better and the roof will be fixed soon! Love the start of your Holiday decorating! I think the feather boa should stay...;)

Can't wait for the French Fridays to start too.

J~

ok I'll still be here when you dig em out...;)

Thanks-we're getting the tree on Friday or Saturday...to cut down or to just buy pre-cut that is the question...:confused3...I have a wierd self imposed tradition of not doing the tree till a week or less before...

French Fridays are going to start in ernest after Christmas...but we're gathering stuff and ideas...:thumbsup2


I LOVE your Thanksgiving photo & the WL made from lincoln logs. That is SO cool! You are right, too, that those 105 days will fly by. I have a countdown at home that I have been neglecting- I checked it last night & it said 57 days- I'm already down to 39. Time goes by super-fast at this time of year!
I noticed that cow painting in the background of one of your photos & it looks JUST like the paintings hanging in craftsteak at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods in CT. John has been dying to get one! Where did you get yours?

Thanks...wow its under 100 days now...so you must be getting close to under a month...:cool1:

So you noticed our cow did you...we actually got her somewhere in North Carolina next to this awesome southern restaurant...I will have to look up the paperwork...but I remember the food in that restaurant was fabulous (except the sweet tea...I don't get the whole sweet tea concept...:confused3) I got a big kick out of her...:goodvibes


I've been a really bad Disser having been off for about three weeks! :scared1: So now I'm catching up (again!)

So sorry about the books, I would have been :eek: if I walked in on that. Glad they are already working on fixing the roof. We also have my books just about everywhere and DH just shakes his head everytime a new one is added. :rotfl:

Love the Thanksgiving photo - frame worthy!!

Can't believe it is only three months until Paris...I've never been anywhere, so I can't wait to hear all about it.

I know you were all busy doing your lights...:thumbsup2 but if it makes you feel better I've been sort of a bad diser too...we can have tee shirts made up...;)

I'm really looking forward to Paris...:)


Hi, Patricia!

I, too have been a bad Diser - and I was devastated for you that your beloved books were damaged!

Did you know that they are re-issuing All of the Betsey-Tacy's in hardback? I've asked Santa to bring them....we will see....

Keep your chin up with the roofers!

Jaime
We'll get you a bad Diser tee shirt too Jaime...:thumbsup2

The roofers actually turned out to be really good guys...:thumbsup2...now we have to file the home owner's claim for the inside of the room...:eek:...good times...

Ooo...new reissues of B&T????:cool1:...I'm going to have to high tail it over to B & N and check that out...Thanks for that nugget...:hug:


Hey P... I was behind a bit (again:rolleyes:!) but I'm back up to date. I so love that Lincoln Logs Wilderness Lodge and had the same thought when I saw your "snow" feather boa..... I think its perfect! :laughing:

Well you know...I can now spin my boa snow as being environmentally conscious and repurposing old things and what not...;)

PracPerfPatricia
12-16-2009, 10:23 AM
I think a trip to the NW is a great family vacation....

:rolleyes1

Rabbit might surprise you. I have a hard time believing the E's still "really" believe at 9 and 10 but boy they do a good job of faking it. Which I appreciate. I also appreciate big siblings who roll with it!

Of course Jeff's jingling bells about 1 hour after they are down probably doesn't hurt their belief system either!

Yeah...I think a whole Seattle...Victoria...Vancouver thing would be fabulous...;)

Rabbit is trying to make his mind up...I think he believes but is just starting to question some of the more specific details...

Oooo...love the bell jingling...:thumbsup2


CUTE snowmen and I think the boa adds some fun flair! From one red-walled house to another, I agree with you -- the color really does enhance things. We have a lot of black distressed furniture, and we found the red really staged it well... Great art work I see!

How exciting, Disney Paris! It will be here before you know it. You will get your house back, too. That will come! :goodvibes

Looking forward to more fun photos! AND WLV is very very cool!!!

I'm hoping my snowmen bring me good luck for a White Christmas here in SE PA...:goodvibes

Red is very life affirming don't you think...;)

That room will be better than ever when we redo it...I'm totally over my pity party about all of that...(just a sad thought for a couple of the books...)

PARIS...:yay:





Even Chelsea is still faking it at our house and she is 12. I can't imagine that she still believes in the 7th grade (I have heard the discussions among middle school students), but she plays right along with it all. I suspect she thinks the loot would be lessened if she let on. :laughing:

:lmao:...that's exactly what I did when I was a kid...I faked it for a bit because I was afraid the loot would lessen...bless her (and my) greedy little heart...:lmao:I know exactly where she is coming from...;)


That is so cute. :rotfl2:
:hug:


Joe is a server administrator, working primarily with VMWare. The company he works for (that I used to), was a small Minnesota company, but was bought out in 2008 by Thomson Reuters, which is HQ'ed in NYC. His boss has told him (years ago), that he could work from anywhere...and he truly can. He works from home 2 days a week. Chances of them letting him go are VERY slim because he is the only person who knows how to do what he does - which is vital to the company...so.... they are in the process of training in someone else due to the HUGE risk factor of all that, but... if the house sells, he'll be able to stay.

Ideally, he would transfer to the Thomson Reuters in NYC though, pay raise + local. Even if that doesn't work, he'll probably be able to eventually find a job in NYC due to his experience and knowledge.



Love your decorations! And glad to hear it, along with the girls night, has been lifting your spirits about everything. :goodvibes



Yes! We'd defiantly have to meet up - even if we just visit this year, we'll have to figure something out! :thumbsup2

I've never heard of the Betsy/Tacy books...and I'm not sure I've even heard of Deep Valley! Is it a real place? You've got me curious now...:surfweb: :laughing: I was big on local authors when I was in high school, so I'm surprised I never read these!

Ahhh...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betsy-Tacy says Deep Valley, MN was based on Mankato, MN, which is only about 1.5 hours from my house. It's a nice area...COLD THOUGH! :rotfl: But we do get lots and lots of snow...;)

I just might have to check these books out! I've been looking for a new read.

It's great that Joe has a career that isn't location based...that can be hard if you aren't happy with your location or if you ever what to move...but it sounds like he has a lot of flexibility...

Dis Meets....:yay:

Check out B & T...maybe start with the older ones first...(High School...they have a lot of charm...very feel good, delightful reads...I read them when I was a kid but I go back to them for a comfort read...-something a bit "Meet Me in St. Louis" about them...:thumbsup2

Flossbolna
12-16-2009, 10:35 AM
Check out B & T...maybe start with the older ones first...(High School...they have a lot of charm...very feel good, delightful reads...I read them when I was a kid but I go back to them for a comfort read...-something a bit "Meet Me in St. Louis" about them...:thumbsup2

I just checked out those books and they sound lovely, will add them to my Amazon wish list!It reminds me very much of a series of childrens books here in Germany called Nesthäckchen (which means little hook in the nest, a nickname for the youngest kid in the family). I adored them when I was small, but unfortunately they aren't translated into English. :guilty:

PracPerfPatricia
12-16-2009, 01:12 PM
I just checked out those books and they sound lovely, will add them to my Amazon wish list!It reminds me very much of a series of childrens books here in Germany called Nesthäckchen (which means little hook in the nest, a nickname for the youngest kid in the family). I adored them when I was small, but unfortunately they aren't translated into English. :guilty:


I think you will find them quite charming...:goodvibes...Interestingly, the second book in high school, "Betsy in Spite of Herself" takes place in during Betsy's second year in high school and she goes to visit her friend Tib who has moved to Milwaukee, for her Christmas holiday. Tib's family are all from Germany/Austria and they celebrate Christmas in a very German/Austrian way. I was totally fascinated with it when I was younger...it seemed so exotic and interesting to me...:goodvibes

They are all good-they start when Betsy is 5, then 8, 10 , 12....then the 4 high school books starat when she is 14, 15, 16, 17 ("Heaven to Betsy") and then there is a book of her doing a "grand tour" 22 (?) of Europe-lots of Germany, and then the 10th book she gets married in....

Wow I wish I could read German as fluently as you read English...I can read a bit of French...I could probably make it through bits of a magazine or a very simple child's book...and by simple I mean S.i.m.p.l.e....:rolleyes1

eandesmom
12-16-2009, 02:50 PM
Yeah...I think a whole Seattle...Victoria...Vancouver thing would be fabulous...;)

Rabbit is trying to make his mind up...I think he believes but is just starting to question some of the more specific details...

Oooo...love the bell jingling...:thumbsup2


Check out B & T...maybe start with the older ones first...(High School...they have a lot of charm...very feel good, delightful reads...I read them when I was a kid but I go back to them for a comfort read...-something a bit "Meet Me in St. Louis" about them...:thumbsup2[/SIZE][/COLOR]

I think you will find them quite charming...:goodvibes...Interestingly, the second book in high school, "Betsy in Spite of Herself" takes place in during Betsy's second year in high school and she goes to visit her friend Tib who has moved to Milwaukee, for her Christmas holiday. Tib's family are all from Germany/Austria and they celebrate Christmas in a very German/Austrian way. I was totally fascinated with it when I was younger...it seemed so exotic and interesting to me...:goodvibes

They are all good-they start when Betsy is 5, then 8, 10 , 12....then the 4 high school books starat when she is 14, 15, 16, 17 ("Heaven to Betsy") and then there is a book of her doing a "grand tour" 22 (?) of Europe-lots of Germany, and then the 10th book she gets married in....

Wow I wish I could read German as fluently as you read English...I can read a bit of French...I could probably make it through bits of a magazine or a very simple child's book...and by simple I mean S.i.m.p.l.e....:rolleyes1

Oh the Betsy and Tib books!

I LOVED those! I wish I had the full set, I'd read them now.

Bell Jingling has definitely bought us some time, I highly recommend it!:santa:

Flossbolna
12-16-2009, 03:25 PM
I think you will find them quite charming...:goodvibes...Interestingly, the second book in high school, "Betsy in Spite of Herself" takes place in during Betsy's second year in high school and she goes to visit her friend Tib who has moved to Milwaukee, for her Christmas holiday. Tib's family are all from Germany/Austria and they celebrate Christmas in a very German/Austrian way. I was totally fascinated with it when I was younger...it seemed so exotic and interesting to me...:goodvibes

They are all good-they start when Betsy is 5, then 8, 10 , 12....then the 4 high school books starat when she is 14, 15, 16, 17 ("Heaven to Betsy") and then there is a book of her doing a "grand tour" 22 (?) of Europe-lots of Germany, and then the 10th book she gets married in....

Wow I wish I could read German as fluently as you read English...I can read a bit of French...I could probably make it through bits of a magazine or a very simple child's book...and by simple I mean S.i.m.p.l.e....:rolleyes1

This sounds great, maybe that might even be some nice reading material for our trip, Katharina might be interested in that as well and we were trying to take books we both wanted to read!

Regarding reading a foreign language: just get started and keep practicing! Once you realized that you don't have to understand every word to understand the story you will realize how many words you pick up thanks to reading. I started reading English books when I visited my aunt in California for the first time when I was 15 - I just had had English at school for three years. I got nearly the whole series of Anne of Green Gables when I was there. And then I just kept going. I wasn't really good at speaking or writing until I went to London to do a Masters degree (and consequently picked up an English boyfriend), but I was already reading Jane Austen! Actually those Nicholas books I wrote about are great for starting to read French! :rolleyes1

MEK
12-20-2009, 08:08 AM
Are you enjoying the snow as much as I am??????:lmao: I'm going out to take some pictures. It has never, ever snowed this much before Christmas. I must get some proof!

Charleston Princess
12-20-2009, 08:10 AM
I have serious snow envy here in Georgia! :rolleyes:

mickeysmyboy
12-20-2009, 09:38 AM
I have serious snow envy here in Georgia! :rolleyes:

:lmao: I have warmth envy!! I keep praying it will be at around 75 next month at WDW!!!

We got about 27 inches with HUGE drifts from the wind!!!!!

PracPerfPatricia
12-20-2009, 07:54 PM
Oh the Betsy and Tib books!

I LOVED those! I wish I had the full set, I'd read them now.

Bell Jingling has definitely bought us some time, I highly recommend it!:santa:

Aren't they darling...:goodvibes...I'm thinking about treating myself to some of the new releases this week when I'm finishing shopping...:cool1:

ah...bell jingling...do you remember how they would go shopping each year for ornaments...:goodvibes


This sounds great, maybe that might even be some nice reading material for our trip, Katharina might be interested in that as well and we were trying to take books we both wanted to read!

Regarding reading a foreign language: just get started and keep practicing! Once you realized that you don't have to understand every word to understand the story you will realize how many words you pick up thanks to reading. I started reading English books when I visited my aunt in California for the first time when I was 15 - I just had had English at school for three years. I got nearly the whole series of Anne of Green Gables when I was there. And then I just kept going. I wasn't really good at speaking or writing until I went to London to do a Masters degree (and consequently picked up an English boyfriend), but I was already reading Jane Austen! Actually those Nicholas books I wrote about are great for starting to read French! :rolleyes1

Hmmm...London, an English boyfriend and Jane Austen...that all sounds quite romantic...:goodvibes

I am going to get the Nicholas book and I think I wlll get it in both English and a copy in French if I can...:thumbsup2...Emily is studying it in school so I can also ask her...we should actually practice some conversation...I probably have more vocabulary but her grammar and accent is fresher since she is currently studying...

PracPerfPatricia
12-20-2009, 08:01 PM
Are you enjoying the snow as much as I am??????:lmao: I'm going out to take some pictures. It has never, ever snowed this much before Christmas. I must get some proof!

Oh yes...:goodvibes...It makes you feel all Christmasy doesn't it??? I actually got a couple photos of the kids I was going to post tonight but Emily has the camera downstairs at her "party" more on that below...


I have serious snow envy here in Georgia! :rolleyes:

I have to say it really is nice this time of year...it takes a little bit of the sting out of my Disney Christmas envy...


:lmao: I have warmth envy!! I keep praying it will be at around 75 next month at WDW!!!

We got about 27 inches with HUGE drifts from the wind!!!!!

We probably have about a foot and a half...It is really pretty cold...how much snow do you get on Long Island?...do you get more-like Connecticut...or Northern NY state...or more like NYC and Philadelphia?

PracPerfPatricia
12-20-2009, 08:16 PM
I am Dising sitting in my bed with David watching the Incredibles on ABC Family, Eric is across doing work in the office and I can hear Emily's party going on downstairs...

Eric goes down every 1/2 hour or so to "get a cup of coffee" ie keep tabs on whats going on...

this was supposed to be a Martha Stewart like cookie baking, tree decorating (yes I was going to let them decorate my tree...:rolleyes1) Christmas movie watching kind of party...

instead...

I think they are eating the cookie dough raw, I don't think the tree is getting decorated (which is probably for the best) and they are watching some creepy horror movie...I can hear them shrieking...I think the guys like watching horror movies because the girls tend to scream and then need to "snuggle" It is a strange thing to see my baby girl snuggling with her "boyfriend" when I have photos of her not too long ago sitting on Santa's lap...:confused3

Don't get me wrong...these are really nice kids, Em is 15...her "boyfriend" is absolutely adorable...really nice kid...as are all of her friends...plus I want her friends here...I like them to be able to hang out here and at other nice, safe houses...

it's just a little wierd...plus she has my camera down there so I can't post my snow photos or my French "countdown" shrine photos...

ah well tomorrow for sure...

I still have David...:hug:

eandesmom
12-21-2009, 12:23 AM
I am Dising sitting in my bed with David watching the Incredibles on ABC Family, Eric is across doing work in the office and I can hear Emily's party going on downstairs...

Eric goes down every 1/2 hour or so to "get a cup of coffee" ie keep tabs on whats going on...

this was supposed to be a Martha Stewart like cookie baking, tree decorating (yes I was going to let them decorate my tree...:rolleyes1) Christmas movie watching kind of party...

instead...

I think they are eating the cookie dough raw, I don't think the tree is getting decorated (which is probably for the best) and they are watching some creepy horror movie...I can hear them shrieking...I think the guys like watching horror movies because the girls tend to scream and then need to "snuggle" It is a strange thing to see my baby girl snuggling with her "boyfriend" when I have photos of her not too long ago sitting on Santa's lap...:confused3

Don't get me wrong...these are really nice kids, Em is 15...her "boyfriend" is absolutely adorable...really nice kid...as are all of her friends...plus I want her friends here...I like them to be able to hang out here and at other nice, safe houses...

it's just a little wierd...plus she has my camera down there so I can't post my snow photos or my French "countdown" shrine photos...

ah well tomorrow for sure...

I still have David...:hug:

Ok part of me is :rotfl: at the party description and the other part wants to give you a :hug:

It's a hard yet joyful thing to watch them grow like that. But weird. I so get the weird!

Looking forward to seeing the shrine!

brookelizabeth
12-22-2009, 12:27 PM
Ooooh, watching children grow up is hard, isn't it? I think I've had it hard these past 2 years with Henry, I know it will only get to be more emotional when I'm in your boat - the child to pre-teen to teen just flies right on by....my nephew is right on the brink - he still enjoys "childish" things, but is too cool for other things...sigh! :hug::hug::hug:

mickeysmyboy
12-22-2009, 08:02 PM
We probably have about a foot and a half...It is really pretty cold...how much snow do you get on Long Island?...do you get more-like Connecticut...or Northern NY state...or more like NYC and Philadelphia?

We normally get shafted when it comes to snow! Because of the ocean temps, normally above freezing, the snow tends to come down in rain or ice around here. But every once in while, like this weekend, a storm skirts the cost just right and we get dumped on!!

I am Dising sitting in my bed with David watching the Incredibles on ABC Family, Eric is across doing work in the office and I can hear Emily's party going on downstairs...

Eric goes down every 1/2 hour or so to "get a cup of coffee" ie keep tabs on whats going on...

this was supposed to be a Martha Stewart like cookie baking, tree decorating (yes I was going to let them decorate my tree...:rolleyes1) Christmas movie watching kind of party...

instead...

I think they are eating the cookie dough raw, I don't think the tree is getting decorated (which is probably for the best) and they are watching some creepy horror movie...I can hear them shrieking...I think the guys like watching horror movies because the girls tend to scream and then need to "snuggle" It is a strange thing to see my baby girl snuggling with her "boyfriend" when I have photos of her not too long ago sitting on Santa's lap...:confused3

Don't get me wrong...these are really nice kids, Em is 15...her "boyfriend" is absolutely adorable...really nice kid...as are all of her friends...plus I want her friends here...I like them to be able to hang out here and at other nice, safe houses...

it's just a little wierd...plus she has my camera down there so I can't post my snow photos or my French "countdown" shrine photos...

ah well tomorrow for sure...

I still have David...:hug:

Awwwww! :hug: Sometimes the kiddos growing up stinks!!! I hate it sometimes! It's amazing how fast it happens!!!

PracPerfPatricia
12-24-2009, 07:48 AM
Ok part of me is :rotfl: at the party description and the other part wants to give you a :hug:

It's a hard yet joyful thing to watch them grow like that. But weird. I so get the weird!

Looking forward to seeing the shrine!

Hey Cynthia,

I sort of had the same reaction...I'll take the hug...:hug: and yet it was kind of funny...

Em and I talked about it and she thinks a girls only cookie party/exchange next year would be fun...apparently the boys like to watch the horror movies with the girls because they are scared too but the girls scream louder and grab on to them-the boys...so there you have it...:confused3

It is wierd but I also tell myself I'm really lucky because I have a great kids...and as much as it would be nice to keep them little they are growing as is intended...and that it wonderful in a way too...:goodvibes


Ooooh, watching children grow up is hard, isn't it? I think I've had it hard these past 2 years with Henry, I know it will only get to be more emotional when I'm in your boat - the child to pre-teen to teen just flies right on by....my nephew is right on the brink - he still enjoys "childish" things, but is too cool for other things...sigh! :hug::hug::hug:

It is hard so even when you get tired or frustrated about something try to remember those little times don't last for ever...but every stage has cool things to look forward to...so don't be too sad...:hug:


We normally get shafted when it comes to snow! Because of the ocean temps, normally above freezing, the snow tends to come down in rain or ice around here. But every once in while, like this weekend, a storm skirts the cost just right and we get dumped on!!



Awwwww! :hug: Sometimes the kiddos growing up stinks!!! I hate it sometimes! It's amazing how fast it happens!!!

Freezing Rain is not fun at all...:sad2: I hope you enjoyed the snow a little bit....:hug:

Yeah the kiddos growing up is a bit much at times...it does happen really fast...sometimes you don't see it in the moment but then you look and think...wow...where did that time go...:confused3

DisMomAmy
12-26-2009, 08:24 PM
Hello! :wave2:

Just checking in - trying to get caught up on my DISing. :rolleyes1

I hope you had a nice Christmas - your decorations look great - love the snowmen! :thumbsup2

wigdoutdismom
12-29-2009, 06:13 PM
Hi Patricia!
Just wanted to let you know that the play-date is at my house!
The trippie has begun!

mousescrapper
12-29-2009, 06:25 PM
just stopping by to say HI too...

saw your post on Amy's PTR...hope your PTR doesn't "close" again...

J~

DisMomAmy
12-29-2009, 06:52 PM
Glad to see you are "open" again! :thumbsup2

Flossbolna
12-30-2009, 03:16 AM
Glad to see you are "open" again! :thumbsup2

::yes::

:rainbow::rainbow:

:banana::banana::banana:

mickeysmyboy
12-30-2009, 06:17 AM
:cool1::banana::dance3: Yipeee your back open! Did you just close for the holidays?! :lmao:

DisMomAmy
12-30-2009, 04:59 PM
:cool1::banana::dance3: Yipeee your back open! Did you just close for the holidays?! :lmao:


:lmao::rotfl::rotfl2:

jordanyosh
12-30-2009, 11:44 PM
she was closed?

eandesmom
12-31-2009, 01:43 AM
I didn't know you were closed but did spot a couple of others that got closed before they were really finished! Hope you are open for business!!!!!!!!!!!!:banana:

Happydog
12-31-2009, 08:18 AM
The thread monitor did close a few inadvertently - mine included! But graciously reinstated it!!! Now what plans are afoot at your house for New Years??!!! I am so wishing I could go to Disneyland Paris someday!!! What fun you will have!!! :lovestruc

wigdoutdismom
12-31-2009, 07:03 PM
Happy New Year Patricia! You are headed for some fun in 2010!

PracPerfPatricia
12-31-2009, 07:31 PM
Hello! :wave2:

Just checking in - trying to get caught up on my DISing. :rolleyes1

I hope you had a nice Christmas - your decorations look great - love the snowmen! :thumbsup2

Hey Amy, :wave: Thanks about the snowmen...

I was a bit behind on my readings...you had the last post here before I was "closed down"...I was just over to your PTR earlier and happy to find you in business...


Hi Patricia!
Just wanted to let you know that the play-date is at my house!
The trippie has begun!

I be there with a bottle of wine or some other such beverage...:thumbsup2...can't wait...;)


just stopping by to say HI too...

saw your post on Amy's PTR...hope your PTR doesn't "close" again...

J~

Hey J...:wave2:...I'm hoping I don't get shut down again either...:lmao:


Glad to see you are "open" again! :thumbsup2

I'm glad to be open...:thumbsup2...perhaps I was on Santa's naughty list...:confused3...I'll have to make sure I stay on the straight and narrow going forward...;)


::yes::

:rainbow::rainbow:

:banana::banana::banana:
;)...::yes::...;)...I hope you have a Happy New Year's Floss...it is already 2010 in Germany...:goodvibes

PracPerfPatricia
12-31-2009, 07:43 PM
:lmao::rotfl::rotfl2:

:rolleyes:...:idea:...:littleangel:

:cool1::banana::dance3: Yipeee your back open! Did you just close for the holidays?! :lmao:

ummm...yes that's it...I closed down for the holidays...:lmao:...;)


she was closed?

Yes...:lmao:but I'm back now...;)


I didn't know you were closed but did spot a couple of others that got closed before they were really finished! Hope you are open for business!!!!!!!!!!!!:banana:

Happily open for business...:lmao:what can I do you for?...:rolleyes1...as it's New Year's Eve......:drinking1


The thread monitor did close a few inadvertently - mine included! But graciously reinstated it!!! Now what plans are afoot at your house for New Years??!!! I am so wishing I could go to Disneyland Paris someday!!! What fun you will have!!! :lovestruc

Yes OhMari very quickly and graciously opened me back up when I pm'd her...I'm sure it is a lot of work to keep this thread up...I can only imagine...:goodvibes

As you can probably figure out by the fact that I'm on the board tonight...I'm not usually a big go out on New Year's Eve kind of girl at this point...we traditionally do a fun family dinner with the kids...except this year Emily is out at a party...:eek:so Eric and I had champagne and seafood...crab, oysters, shrimp, etc. ...David had shrimp and apple cider and we have chocolate covered strawberries and hot chocolate and ice cream and gelato and are having a Harry Potter marathon with David...(who is determined to stay up till 12-we'll see...;)

We traditionally do an Open House kind of thing on New Year's Day...

PracPerfPatricia
12-31-2009, 07:46 PM
Happy New Year Patricia! You are headed for some fun in 2010!

Hey Anita...:hug:Happy New Year's to you too and (even though it's the wrong Holiday...by a week) in the words of Tiny Tim..."God Bless us, everyone!"...:goodvibes

jordanyosh
12-31-2009, 07:47 PM
I used to work every New Years Eve and New Years Day to give my managers the day off. So now I enjoy just staying home as well.....

PracPerfPatricia
12-31-2009, 08:30 PM
As I am home this New Year's Evening...enjoying some chocolate covered strawberries, champagne and a Harry Potter marathon with David and Eric...I thought I'd take a quick moment to update a few of the holiday happenings I hadn't gotten to...

We had the infamous Nor'easter that impacted quite a few Disers on the East Coast...

Siblings...

http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae200/patriciasilverman/Holidays%202009/100_1329.jpg

http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae200/patriciasilverman/Holidays%202009/100_1335.jpg

Friends...

http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae200/patriciasilverman/Holidays%202009/100_1343.jpg

Ummm...Frosty...:lmao:

http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae200/patriciasilverman/Holidays%202009/100_1349.jpg

We went to the theatre to see a production of Peter Pan...it was really good...(btw-we just watched the 2003 production of Peter Pan...fabulous...Peter and Wendy are adorable (and just a bit...hmmm...flirty and the same actor that plays Lucius Malfoy plays Capt. Hook and Mr. Darling...he's amazing...;)

Rabbit...

http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae200/patriciasilverman/Holidays%202009/100_1362.jpg

Rabbit and Alice...

http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae200/patriciasilverman/Holidays%202009/100_1363.jpg

Rabbit and the Actress who played Tinkerbell

http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae200/patriciasilverman/Holidays%202009/100_1366.jpg

The newt we found the day after Christmas...by our back door but in the house...:scared1:...Rabbit wanted to keep him as a pet...:eek: but luckily Hatter explained how he (Newty) needed to rejoin his family...;)

http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae200/patriciasilverman/Holidays%202009/100_1374.jpg

http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae200/patriciasilverman/Holidays%202009/100_1376.jpg

PracPerfPatricia
12-31-2009, 08:34 PM
Continued...

& my personal favorite our trip to the Brandywine River Museum to see their Christmas Exhibit. (The Brandywine River Museum is on the border of Pa. and Delaware. It contains American art with a specific focus on Andrew Wyeth. His father was also a renowned illustrator, particularly of children's classics like Treasure Island, Robin Hood, etc.) Anyhow at Christmastime they always have trains, dolls, holiday trees and an exhibit of some illustrator or illustrations of a specific book. Guess what this year's book was?

hmmm...

Wait for it...

Give up?

ALICE IN WONDERLAND...

which just goes to show...everything comes round to Alice if you just wait for it...:lmao:

http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae200/patriciasilverman/Holidays%202009/100_1407.jpg

http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae200/patriciasilverman/Holidays%202009/100_1406.jpg

Sadly, we couldn't take pictures of the illustrations...but we did get some other fun stuff...

http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae200/patriciasilverman/Holidays%202009/100_1404.jpg

http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae200/patriciasilverman/Holidays%202009/100_1402.jpg

http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae200/patriciasilverman/Holidays%202009/100_1401.jpg

This is kind of hard to see, but all the directions on the trees are made of nature items...ie pine cones, acorns, etc...well this was a wreath decorated with Alice characters and items...It was gorgeous...:goodvibes...hmmm...if I started tomorrow I might be able to craft enough items to do a wreath by next Christmas...:rolleyes1

http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae200/patriciasilverman/Holidays%202009/100_1398.jpg

we had lunch at Simon Pearce...Simon Pearce makes gorgeous glass and also pottery and has a rather nice restaurant...

This gorgeous drink was called a Cranberry bog...It was quite yum...

http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae200/patriciasilverman/Holidays%202009/100_1382.jpg

Hatter is drinking something called a Pennsylvania Buffalo...it was good...I remember it having Bourbon in it...I don't know how it got its name...:confused3

http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae200/patriciasilverman/Holidays%202009/100_1381.jpg

Three generations...

http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae200/patriciasilverman/Holidays%202009/100_1384.jpg

http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae200/patriciasilverman/Holidays%202009/100_1394.jpg


Happy Happy New Years to all of us and everyone...no exceptions...:goodvibes

PracPerfPatricia
12-31-2009, 08:41 PM
I used to work every New Years Eve and New Years Day to give my managers the day off. So now I enjoy just staying home as well.....

Hey Jordan...:wave2:...I'm sending you a shout out across the country...:lmao:...

that's nice that you used to work so your managers could have the time off...New Year's Eve can be quite lovely...:goodvibes or it can be forced if you feel pressured to go out just for the sake of being out on New Year's Eve...

Even when I was a wee lass of 18 or 21...I didn't have to be out on New Year's Eve...I kind of prefer the actual day...fresh starts, a whole new year, new calendar, new adventures to be had and what not...

I hope you have a fabulous 2010 including your fabulous upcoming trip...:thumbsup2

jordanyosh
12-31-2009, 08:53 PM
Hey Jordan...:wave2:...I'm sending you a shout out across the country...:lmao:...

that's nice that you used to work so your managers could have the time off...New Year's Eve can be quite lovely...:goodvibes or it can be forced if you feel pressured to go out just for the sake of being out on New Year's Eve...

Even when I was a wee lass of 18 or 21...I didn't have to be out on New Year's Eve...I kind of prefer the actual day...fresh starts, a whole new year, new calendar, new adventures to be had and what not...

I hope you have a fabulous 2010 including your fabulous upcoming trip...:thumbsup2


Yo! West Coast here!

I'm with you on the forced part. I just felt like it was an excuse for people to go out and get REALLY drunk and while I've been known to overdo it myself, I don't need a holiday to tell me when to drink..:rolleyes1;)

I, too, like the actual New Years Day--Rose Parade, crisp clear weather....

I think we're going shopping tomorrow.

Happy New Year to you too....:hug:

My trip's coming up soon.

PracPerfPatricia
12-31-2009, 09:04 PM
:lmao: Yep I had that feeling about you Jordan...and I have to agree with you...Who needs a calendar to tell them when to have a drink when you can just do so when the mood strikes?...:lmao:

I do envy you the California weather...we're kind of experiencing a cold dreary rain here...no snow just that cold bone chilling rain...which can freeze and is worrying tonight since a lot of people will be driving under the influence...

(here's sending out some prayers that some people's guardian angels are watching them tonight...:grouphug:)

jordanyosh
12-31-2009, 09:18 PM
it's going to be like 73 tomorrow. Perfect day.

Lady Lallie
01-01-2010, 07:47 AM
What a wonderful NYE update!

I do love the 2003 version of Peter Pan. I love the guy who plays Capt Hook and Mr. Darling. Jason Issacs I think his name is. He plays a lovely villain in The Patriot with Mel Gibson and Heath Ledger.

Love the pictures from the museum. It looks like something that I would really enjoy. I need to start making a list of all of these things!

mickeysmyboy
01-01-2010, 08:00 AM
Happy New Year Triple P!!! I hope the New Year finds you with health, happiness and love!!!

Great update!

The kids look like they're having a blast in the snow! It was so much fun :banana: I think it's supposed to snow all weekend here!!

I can't believe you found a newt!! DS7 would have wanted to keep it as a pet too! We had a hermit crab he found on the beach in bucket for 3 weeks this summer until we convinced him it needed to go back to the beach so he could find a new shell to live in!

Your trip to the theatre and museum look lovely!

wigdoutdismom
01-01-2010, 08:03 AM
Oh my goodness, that wreath, :faint:
Didn't you just want to grab it and run?

Oh I know that would have been stealing.....

I really think I need one just like it.:goodvibes

Charleston Princess
01-01-2010, 08:26 AM
Happy 2010 Patricia!!!

Great update!!! All that snow looks like a lot of fun to play in! The pics of Emily and David are too cute!

Peter Pan sounds like a lot of fun! We have the 2003 version, also, and it's my favorite. I always cry like a baby because of all the undertones about growing up, but Jason Isaacs does make it better. ;) Have you read the series by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson that are prequels to Peter Pan? They are so cute! The first one is called Peter and the Starcatchers, and they just came out with a fourth one Peter and the Sword of Mercy. Connor loves them, and I am waiting on him to finish the newest one which he got for Christmas.

I want to go to the Brandywine River Museum! An Alice in Wonderland exhibit and dollhouses??? I would be in heaven!

Flossbolna
01-01-2010, 12:40 PM
Happy New Year Patricia!

Lovely update! I love the three generations picture! :goodvibes

manntra
01-01-2010, 12:54 PM
Happy New Year!! Glad that you are open again!:laughing:
I would like a cranberry bog too....looks yummy and with cranberry I am sure it is good for you too ;)
Like Alice's bag...the flag matches the mirrors on my Mini. :thumbsup2
Loved the wreath....I am with you on getting one done by next Christmas. Maybe we could add two pieces a month...should be done by December :laughing:

Tracy

eandesmom
01-01-2010, 02:32 PM
Great updates! I'm glad you are open for business again!

Yo! West Coast here!

I'm with you on the forced part. I just felt like it was an excuse for people to go out and get REALLY drunk and while I've been known to overdo it myself, I don't need a holiday to tell me when to drink..:rolleyes1;)

I, too, like the actual New Years Day--Rose Parade, crisp clear weather....

I think we're going shopping tomorrow.

Happy New Year to you too....:hug:

My trip's coming up soon.

I completely agree! We just finished up the Rose parade, sourdough french toast and are going to laungh into some TSM on the Wii and then the Rose bowl and chili! I :love: New years day!

Crisp and clear? Al Roker was saying it was 80 at points, those poor band members! The floats this year were AMAZING!

We send the kids to bed around 11 lol. And we were not far behind!

Oh my goodness, that wreath, :faint:
Didn't you just want to grab it and run?

Oh I know that would have been stealing.....

I really think I need one just like it.:goodvibes

That wreath is adorable! Of course I could see a whole Alice tree!

Happy 2010 Patricia!!!

Great update!!! All that snow looks like a lot of fun to play in! The pics of Emily and David are too cute!

Peter Pan sounds like a lot of fun! We have the 2003 version, also, and it's my favorite. I always cry like a baby because of all the undertones about growing up, but Jason Isaacs does make it better. ;) Have you read the series by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson that are prequels to Peter Pan? They are so cute! The first one is called Peter and the Starcatchers, and they just came out with a fourth one Peter and the Sword of Mercy. Connor loves them, and I am waiting on him to finish the newest one which he got for Christmas.

I want to go to the Brandywine River Museum! An Alice in Wonderland exhibit and dollhouses??? I would be in heaven!

I need to read those, Evan has the first one and I think Eric would like them too!

mousescrapper
01-01-2010, 05:52 PM
Wonderful Holiday update...:thumbsup2

thanks for sharing your fun and pictures...BTW how is your book room?

looking forward to when your Paris and WDW planning resumes.

J~

PracPerfPatricia
01-01-2010, 07:12 PM
What a wonderful NYE update!

I do love the 2003 version of Peter Pan. I love the guy who plays Capt Hook and Mr. Darling. Jason Issacs I think his name is. He plays a lovely villain in The Patriot with Mel Gibson and Heath Ledger.

Love the pictures from the museum. It looks like something that I would really enjoy. I need to start making a list of all of these things!

Hey LL...:wave2:

yes- Jason Issacs is his name (he was the villainy British general in Patriot) and that version of PP is the best imho (Disney version is charming also...:goodvibes) There is a lot of lovely language in the actual Barrie book as well...I got it for Christmas to complement my Alice on CD read by Jim Dale...PP is read by Jim Dale as well...:goodvibes

I think that Jason Issacs is lovely...in fact I think I have a bit of a bad boy crush on him...:rolleyes1...I mean you have to feel for Capt. Hook a bit...especially when he's so hmmm...attractive and well Lucius Malfoy could be turned to the good side-right?...I do love to watch him on the screen even when he's being bad...:rolleyes1

Yes you would love the BRM...if you do come to Philadelphia...you could have your own personal tour guide...:goodvibes


Happy New Year Triple P!!! I hope the New Year finds you with health, happiness and love!!!

Great update!

The kids look like they're having a blast in the snow! It was so much fun :banana: I think it's supposed to snow all weekend here!!

I can't believe you found a newt!! DS7 would have wanted to keep it as a pet too! We had a hermit crab he found on the beach in bucket for 3 weeks this summer until we convinced him it needed to go back to the beach so he could find a new shell to live in!

Your trip to the theatre and museum look lovely!

The snow was a blast...I wouldn't mind some more...how about a snow day next week...:lmao:

I can't believe we found a newt either...:eek:...we noticed the cat and dog both staring at something and fortunately for Newty we got there before they got too involved...and believe me David was already to keep him...I'm just not sure I was...(not sure what kind of care they need...:confused3) Em had Hermit crabs in the past and we umm didn't have alot of luck with them...:rolleyes1


Oh my goodness, that wreath, :faint:
Didn't you just want to grab it and run?

Oh I know that would have been stealing.....

I really think I need one just like it.:goodvibes

I like to think of myself as a fairly ethical person but if I thought I had a shot of getting that wreath out of there I think I would have had a serious ethical dilemma on my hands...;)


Happy 2010 Patricia!!!

Great update!!! All that snow looks like a lot of fun to play in! The pics of Emily and David are too cute!

Peter Pan sounds like a lot of fun! We have the 2003 version, also, and it's my favorite. I always cry like a baby because of all the undertones about growing up, but Jason Isaacs does make it better. ;) Have you read the series by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson that are prequels to Peter Pan? They are so cute! The first one is called Peter and the Starcatchers, and they just came out with a fourth one Peter and the Sword of Mercy. Connor loves them, and I am waiting on him to finish the newest one which he got for Christmas.

I want to go to the Brandywine River Museum! An Alice in Wonderland exhibit and dollhouses??? I would be in heaven!

Snow is almost always a good thing...:goodvibes

I cry too!...It is extremely deep-there is so much there about growing up...what you give up...what you gain,...the bittersweetness of starting to have those feelings about the opposite sex and not entirely understanding what to do with them...the contrast set up between Hook and Mr. Darling, the kiss left unclaimed on the side of Mrs. Darling's mouth...

No- I haven't read the Barry/Pearson books...but I see them in my near future...;) I will check them out and I'm sure they'll be fun to read with David in a bit...

You would love the Brandywine...I swear though the guard was staring at me a bit suspiciously...I think my Alice "love" was showing and he was afraid for the treasures under his care...;)

PracPerfPatricia
01-01-2010, 07:38 PM
Happy New Year Patricia!

Lovely update! I love the three generations picture! :goodvibes

Hey Floss...:wave2: Happy New Year right back at you...:goodvibes

That is my FIL-he and my MIL will be coming for Em's B-day...

Happy New Year!! Glad that you are open again!:laughing:
I would like a cranberry bog too....looks yummy and with cranberry I am sure it is good for you too ;)
Like Alice's bag...the flag matches the mirrors on my Mini. :thumbsup2
Loved the wreath....I am with you on getting one done by next Christmas. Maybe we could add two pieces a month...should be done by December :laughing:

Tracy
Yes...It is lovely to be open...;)

Cranberry is so full of antioxidants and that was exactly what I was thinking when I ordered that drink...;)

YOU HAVE A MINI?...:worship: Was that in your TR-I couldn't have missed that... I want a mini...I'm thinking about the little wagon...hmmm..what is that called...right now I have a Jeep but I'm thinking that Emily might get that when she can drive-which is only in a year not even...:rolleyes1

You know ...the more I think about it...the more I'm thinking about trying to make some of those Alice figures...I mean how hard could it be...:rolleyes1...well at least I'll look into it...:rolleyes1


Great updates! I'm glad you are open for business again!

yes it was a shock to my system when I couldn't find my PTR...:eek:I'm happy it's back...:goodvibes


I completely agree! We just finished up the Rose parade, sourdough french toast and are going to laungh into some TSM on the Wii and then the Rose bowl and chili! I :love: New years day!

I always thought the Rose parade looked so pretty...French toast...Wii...Chili...sounds nice...:goodvibes


Crisp and clear? Al Roker was saying it was 80 at points, those poor band members! The floats this year were AMAZING!

We send the kids to bed around 11 lol. And we were not far behind!

Your 11 is my 2...and I'm sure I was having some serious REM sleep at that point...




That wreath is adorable! Of course I could see a whole Alice tree!

Oh I can definitely see the Alice tree...I'm just not sure if I'm up to the task of making all the ornaments...:lmao:now a wreath...just maybe...




I need to read those, Evan has the first one and I think Eric would like them too!

and the book enabling continues...:lmao:...isn't it nice somethings remain the same?

Wonderful Holiday update...:thumbsup2

thanks for sharing your fun and pictures...BTW how is your book room?

looking forward to when your Paris and WDW planning resumes.

J~

Funny you should ask...the books are being itemized in the garage by Eric for the homeowner's insurance...we had a team in on Tuesday and they basically took the whole room apart...part of ceiling...bookcases, rugs up...we have industrial fans and humidifiers in there to dry it all out and the guys are coming back on Monday to get them and we'll then be talking to the contractors to rebuild...should be done by the end of January...

Also funny you should mention Paris because today we had our first French Friday...(I'm going to post a bit w/ photos tomorrow...feeling a bit queezy tonight...)...We watched Ratatouille, had baguettes with lunch and I read a cute kid's book...Monsieur Saguette's Baguette...

I realized including today we only have 12 French Fridays to go...That trip will be here before I realize...:eek:

I really do feel like the White Rabbit...I'm late, I'm late for a very important PLANNING date...eeeekkkk....:scared1:

jillyb
01-01-2010, 07:53 PM
Your night in sounds lovely! Now that we have kids New Years Eve is a night in for us as well.

We had baked nacho grande for dinner and then family movie night. Hannah got "The Black Cauldron" DVD for Christmas so that's what we watched. Clay fell asleep :laughing: so it was just me and the girls watching. I'd never seen it before...very strange movie. We watched Dick Clark's Rockin' New Years Eve and saw the ball drop. Hannah declared that she wants to go to New York.

I have to second Jackie on the Dave Barry/Ridley Pearson books. I've been reading those to Hannah at bedtime. We're currently reading "Peter and the Secret of Rundoon". I've already bought the newst book and we'll start that when we're done with the current book.

I spent a few hours in Books-A-Million today. It was sheer heaven! I walked out with three new books: 1) An Ice Cold Grave by Charlaine Harris (I've really been getting in to her books lately!); 2) Mousejunkies by Bill Burke and 3) Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street by Michael Davis. Can't wait to start reading them!

Happy New Year to you and your family! :goodvibes

Happydog
01-01-2010, 08:39 PM
Hey great update! Loved reading about the snow that we missed!!!! :rotfl: Fun things at your house, including the French night! :thumbsup2 I love children's theater, and that production of Peter Pan sounds wonderful!!

MEK
01-01-2010, 09:04 PM
Great NY EVE Update Patricia! I love all the pictures, especially the 3 generations! Wasn't that snow crazy? It's hard to believe we had so much and now its gone.

Your dog is a little cuties, even if he is a little bad boy! :laughing: (OK I am having a hard time posting this smilie after reading dwan's TR tonight! :rolleyes1)

wigdoutdismom
01-01-2010, 10:27 PM
Great NY EVE Update Patricia! I love all the pictures, especially the 3 generations! Wasn't that snow crazy? It's hard to believe we had so much and now its gone.

Your dog is a little cuties, even if he is a little bad boy! :laughing: (OK I am having a hard time posting this smilie after reading dwan's TR tonight! :rolleyes1)

Shhhhhhh, Mary Ellen, don't tell on me!

eandesmom
01-01-2010, 11:54 PM
You know ...the more I think about it...the more I'm thinking about trying to make some of those Alice figures...I mean how hard could it be...:rolleyes1...well at least I'll look into it...:rolleyes1

and the book enabling continues...lmao:...isn't it nice somethings remain the same?

Funny you should ask...the books are being itemized in the garage by Eric for the homeowner's insurance...we had a team in on Tuesday and they basically took the whole room apart...part of ceiling...bookcases, rugs up...we have industrial fans and humidifiers in there to dry it all out and the guys are coming back on Monday to get them and we'll then be talking to the contractors to rebuild...should be done by the end of January...

Also funny you should mention Paris because today we had our first French Friday...(I'm going to post a bit w/ photos tomorrow...feeling a bit queezy tonight...)...We watched Ratatouille, had baguettes with lunch and I read a cute kid's book...Monsieur Saguette's Baguette...

I realized including today we only have 12 French Fridays to go...That trip will be here before I realize...:eek:

I really do feel like the White Rabbit...I'm late, I'm late for a very important PLANNING date...eeeekkkk....:scared1:

Book enabling :thumbsup2

UGH on the insurance itimization

12 french Fridays? it's just around the corner!!!!!!!!!

I'm voting for an Alice wreath with pre-made Alices...but I'm lazy!

nodnol
01-02-2010, 04:49 AM
I'm a little late - but HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I loved your last update and I'm looking forward to the first French Friday!

PracPerfPatricia
01-02-2010, 01:19 PM
COUNTING DOWN BACKWARDS to Paris & DLP...FRENCH FRIDAY NUMBER 12


Well now that the holidays are waning I have to face an undesputable truth...

I have to plan our trip to Paris and DLP-where we will be headed in just about

80 days...:eek:



Which in some ways sounds like alot of time...

but as most good Disers actually know- really isn't...:confused3

(and then-there is also the small matter of figuring out what ADRs I want for Alice's 16th birthday in October...since I will be needing to make those just as soon...or a week or so, after we come back from Paris...)

I'm not sure what happened...I think that before Thanksgiving I felt I still had a lot of time but then the Holidays happened and well here I am...:rolleyes1


But I am intelligent, capable and up to this very pleasurable task...right? well I think I am...at least I hope so...( and thank goodness I have had the great fortune of having been to Paris a couple of times...with Hatter, once even with Alice-she was 8-but never with Rabbit and I really want to plan a trip that will appeal to everyone and provide special memories for everyone as well...)

So I don't need to worry-I should enjoy the planning since that is half the fun...

Hmmm....I do think I really need to get those passport photos taken on Monday...(just mine-everyone else has a perfectly updated passport but mine is about to expire...(somewhere in Germany I think that Flossbolna is shuddering and doesn't know why...right Nodnol...;)



Well in the spirit of inspiration...We did have our First French Family Friday yesterday...(It was fairly low key- but I really wanted start since there are only 12 (including yesterday) Fridays to Frenchify before we go...


First we had our film...


Wait for it...

http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae200/patriciasilverman/French%20Friday/ratatouille.jpg



Yes...Ratatouille...In addition to being a great story and quite cute it really has some lovely albeit animated scenes of Paris and does a nice job with the inner workings of a French kitchen

(and of course we met him last summer at Chefs de France...for a movie star...he was quite accessible...)

http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae200/patriciasilverman/Epcot/100_0838.jpg


Then we had a French Food...

http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae200/patriciasilverman/French%20Friday/baguette.jpg




The baguette is simple but emblematic of French food...(and yes -ok it was quick....but it tied in quite nicely to our book)




Monsieur Saguette's Baguette....

http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae200/patriciasilverman/French%20Friday/515l0CbnDtL_SS500_.jpg






This is a really sweet, very basic story...Monsieur realizes he wants a baguette to go with his soup and after he goes out and gets it-he realizes the myriad uses it has...he saves a kitten out of a tree by allowing it to climb down his baguette, he can lead a marching band with it..., -he breaks up a robbery by poking the robber with it from behind....you get the idea. It was very cute and I bought two so that Rabbit and I could have a little duel...(I don't advocate playing with your food normally... but it was a lot of fun to duel with a baguette...)




And the piece de resistance...My Paris/DLP countdown/shrine/inspiration...

http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae200/patriciasilverman/French%20Friday/100_1451.jpg


http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae200/patriciasilverman/French%20Friday/100_1453.jpg


http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae200/patriciasilverman/French%20Friday/100_1454.jpg





I have to work it around a bit till I'm satisfied with it-but it has the requisite count down chain, some Children's books that feature Paris, some language tapes and other goodies...and I'm happy that is at least up...:goodvibes

(I also have a brass Eiffel tower cookie cutter there...if anyone has a really good cut outs recipe...either sugar or ginger bread...I'd love to have it...I have some great cookie recipes but no cut outs that I've been really happy with...)


ALTHOUGH...


there is one very serious and mysterious issue...


FRENCH MINNIE IS NO WHERE TO BE FOUND...(and for those of you who may have followed my previous trip reports-you know this is not a good thing at all...not at all...:sad2:)

French Minnie where are you???

http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae200/patriciasilverman/Epcot/100_0833.jpg

& that roguish Jedi Mickey is also missing...I'm thinking they are off together...hmmmm....there had better be some explaining very soon...:headache:

PracPerfPatricia
01-02-2010, 01:24 PM
saving for French Friday index...

DisMomAmy
01-02-2010, 01:33 PM
Sounds like your first French Friday was a big success! :thumbsup2 You are so creative... I can't wait to hear about the next 11!

Happydog
01-02-2010, 01:38 PM
Hey! LOVE the French Friday idea!!! SO fun! And the Shrine de Francais -- also tres jolie.. :lovestruc And you are right. 80 odd days is going to fly by. January and February ALWAYS fly...

Here is my cookie recipe. I make them at Christmas and for Valentines Day! They are really simple and taste great. It is my Grandmother's....

1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
dash of vanilla OR lemon extract OR neither....

3 cups flour
1/2 t B powder
1/2 t B soda
1/2 t Salt

Cream the first four ingredients, then blend the dry together, and mix all, a cup at a time.... have extra flour for rolling.

Chill dough, about 3 hrs or more -- I make it a few days ahead of time and then I have it. We have granite countertops so it works well for rolling these out, the dough can be sticky the first go at it, but with extra flour no problems...
Temp 380 max (if you have a hot oven go with 375) 5 - 7 min.

I use parchment paper so the bottoms stay white not brown. I don't like my sugar cookies to brown, so I watch these like a hawk. Once out of the oven I let them sit an additional minute so they do bake a little longer in a way, and then frost the next day.

:goodvibes

PracPerfPatricia
01-02-2010, 01:54 PM
Your night in sounds lovely! Now that we have kids New Years Eve is a night in for us as well.

We had baked nacho grande for dinner and then family movie night. Hannah got "The Black Cauldron" DVD for Christmas so that's what we watched. Clay fell asleep :laughing: so it was just me and the girls watching. I'd never seen it before...very strange movie. We watched Dick Clark's Rockin' New Years Eve and saw the ball drop. Hannah declared that she wants to go to New York.

I have to second Jackie on the Dave Barry/Ridley Pearson books. I've been reading those to Hannah at bedtime. We're currently reading "Peter and the Secret of Rundoon". I've already bought the newst book and we'll start that when we're done with the current book.

I spent a few hours in Books-A-Million today. It was sheer heaven! I walked out with three new books: 1) An Ice Cold Grave by Charlaine Harris (I've really been getting in to her books lately!); 2) Mousejunkies by Bill Burke and 3) Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street by Michael Davis. Can't wait to start reading them!

Happy New Year to you and your family! :goodvibes

Ooo...I can't even begin to imagine the wonder that is something called "Books-A-Million"...:cloud9:

I am definitely checking out the Dave Barry/Ridley Pearson books! (I'm just going to try to use my library card a little more and make my Amazon purchases a little more judiciously...;)

Funny how that New Year's Eve in happens more when you have children isn't it? Funny thing is I really don't mind...:goodvibes

Baked Nachos Grande sounds good...I have to see the Black Cauldron...I just watched the Sword and the Stone with David for the first time...:wizard:

Hey great update! Loved reading about the snow that we missed!!!! :rotfl: Fun things at your house, including the French night! :thumbsup2 I love children's theater, and that production of Peter Pan sounds wonderful!!

Yes the snow was a bit of a consolation that I wasn't at Disney...:rotfl: at least it was pretty and festive...

I love theatre and children's theatre is right up there...because when it's good...it just appeals on so many levels...:goodvibes...my children take a lot of great classes there too...Rabbit's been taking 1/2 workshops and Alice is registered for (ironically) an Alice in Wonderland costume making workshop over 8 weeks and a half day Romeo and Juliet workshop...(this theatre...the Arden...is actually more know for their adult productions but they alway do two great kid's productions each year and half fabulous classes...:thumbsup2




Great NY EVE Update Patricia! I love all the pictures, especially the 3 generations! Wasn't that snow crazy? It's hard to believe we had so much and now its gone.

Your dog is a little cuties, even if he is a little bad boy! :laughing: (OK I am having a hard time posting this smilie after reading dwan's TR tonight! :rolleyes1)

Hey ME...:wave2:Yes I really like that photo of DS, DH and DFIL myself...:)...I have one of Alice, myself and my mother in law...but I didn't like the way I looked in it so I didn't post it...writer's perogative...:lmao:

Oh Macintosh has "cute" in bulk...I think that is his saving grace...but he is a naughty little boy...I don't think he means to be...he just doesn't seem to know how to stay out of trouble...:confused3



Shhhhhhh, Mary Ellen, don't tell on me!

So just was it you were up to Anita...hmmm....:rolleyes1


Book enabling :thumbsup2

UGH on the insurance itimizationPainful...:sad2:

12 french Fridays? it's just around the corner!!!!!!!!! I know...:eek:I think I just slapped myself out of denial yesterday...

I'm voting for an Alice wreath with pre-made Alices...but I'm lazy!
You and me both sister...:rotfl:

I'm a little late - but HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I loved your last update and I'm looking forward to the first French Friday!
Hey Nodnol...Happy New Year to you too...your trip is coming up so soon...:woohoo: I hope that Remy is feeling better...:goodvibes

eandesmom
01-02-2010, 02:07 PM
Paris!!!!!!!!!!!! so exciting.

Sigh.

I love your shrine and the baguette book sounds adorable! I especially loved that you dueled with David with baguettes!!!!!!!

What a great start to your French Fridays!

manntra
01-02-2010, 02:24 PM
Hee hee I love your shrine! Very cool!! :thumbsup2
The time is going to fly by and will be here before you know it! :goodvibes
Yes I do have a Mini....He is a 2006 supercharged regular model and a lot of fun to drive :banana: The bigger size is a Clubman. You would be surprised by how much room there are in either one of them. ::yes:: I think I have a thing for German cars...have had an Audi, two VW's and now the Mini. I had a Lexus RX330 at one time and that just wasn't for me :confused3 :lovestruc my Mini

Tracy

Charleston Princess
01-02-2010, 04:16 PM
Patricia, great shrine, great books, great film! So exciting that you are only 80 days away from your trip! I almost bought a baguette today at the store but really had no purpose for it -- if only I had read your update before, I could have bought two and dueled with Connor. :laughing:

Lady Lallie
01-02-2010, 06:12 PM
Hmmm...did French Minnie and Jedi Mickey go on a field trip to visit with a certain gnome?? :laughing:

I love your French shrine, it's so almost. I want a shrine in my house. :rotfl2:

I think your first movie was the perfect pick. I just love Ratatouille. I love the ending of it and I love the music in it. :goodvibes

wigdoutdismom
01-02-2010, 08:34 PM
How fun! It's going to be an exciting time getting ready for your Paris trip! Such a festive shrine!
I can't wait to see everything you come up with on Fridays! :artist:

jenjolt
01-03-2010, 08:54 AM
First of all I love your shrine and your French Fridays how much fun is that PPP!!!!!

Secondly...Jedi Mickey and French Minnie have disappeared...Oooh La La whatever could those two be up too??? Hmmm...speaking of which where is Nobby...I haven't seen him lately....GREAT JUST GREAT...you mean to tell me all three are nowhere to be found...this can't bode well for society at all :scared1:

Flossbolna
01-03-2010, 11:03 AM
I love the idea of the shrine! I think I need to do that, too, for my next big trip (none planned yet, I am thinking about Japan though).

The first French Friday sounds like a success! :thumbsup2

I think I have a thing for German cars...have had an Audi, two VW's and now the Mini.


:thumbsup2 :cool2:

mousescrapper
01-03-2010, 11:36 AM
Funny you should ask...the books are being itemized in the garage by Eric for the homeowner's insurance...we had a team in on Tuesday and they basically took the whole room apart...part of ceiling...bookcases, rugs up...we have industrial fans and humidifiers in there to dry it all out and the guys are coming back on Monday to get them and we'll then be talking to the contractors to rebuild...should be done by the end of January...


glad to hear you'll have your book room back soon...my scrappin room has been somewhat abandon during the last month + due to the holidays and sickness...I need to straighten up in there before I can start making some more memories!

I really do feel like the White Rabbit...I'm late, I'm late for a very important PLANNING date...eeeekkkk....:scared1:

I feel like that everyday...;)





And the piece de resistance...My Paris/DLP countdown/shrine/inspiration...

http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae200/patriciasilverman/French%20Friday/100_1451.jpg

that is so fun! I love it :thumbsup2







there is one very serious and mysterious issue...


FRENCH MINNIE IS NO WHERE TO BE FOUND...(and for those of you who may have followed my previous trip reports-you know this is not a good thing at all...not at all...:sad2:)

French Minnie where are you???


& that roguish Jedi Mickey is also missing...I'm thinking they are off together...hmmmm....there had better be some explaining very soon...:headache:

OH no...I hope they are not still living it up at WDW....:confused3

PracPerfPatricia
01-04-2010, 09:44 AM
Sounds like your first French Friday was a big success! :thumbsup2 You are so creative... I can't wait to hear about the next 11!



Thanks it was fun...now I just have to get the creative juices flowing for the next 11...:rotfl:


Hey! LOVE the French Friday idea!!! SO fun! And the Shrine de Francais -- also tres jolie.. :lovestruc And you are right. 80 odd days is going to fly by. January and February ALWAYS fly...

Here is my cookie recipe. I make them at Christmas and for Valentines Day! They are really simple and taste great. It is my Grandmother's....

1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
dash of vanilla OR lemon extract OR neither....

3 cups flour
1/2 t B powder
1/2 t B soda
1/2 t Salt

Cream the first four ingredients, then blend the dry together, and mix all, a cup at a time.... have extra flour for rolling.

Chill dough, about 3 hrs or more -- I make it a few days ahead of time and then I have it. We have granite countertops so it works well for rolling these out, the dough can be sticky the first go at it, but with extra flour no problems...
Temp 380 max (if you have a hot oven go with 375) 5 - 7 min.

I use parchment paper so the bottoms stay white not brown. I don't like my sugar cookies to brown, so I watch these like a hawk. Once out of the oven I let them sit an additional minute so they do bake a little longer in a way, and then frost the next day.

:goodvibes

Thanks HD for the recipe...:goodvibes...We will definitely be making some of these...David is especially excited-who wouldn't want to eat the Eiffel Tower...:lmao: (Seeing the Eiffel Tower is on his top 3 list right along with climbing up the tower to the top of Notre Dame and eating countless sugar crepes...;)

I will post a photo of these after we make them...we may need to do a trial batch first...:rolleyes1


Paris!!!!!!!!!!!! so exciting.

Sigh.

I love your shrine and the baguette book sounds adorable! I especially loved that you dueled with David with baguettes!!!!!!!

What a great start to your French Fridays!

Yes I have to recomment baguette dueling...not only is it theraputic but it's kind of difficult for anyone to really get hurt and you get eat the weapons afterwards...:thumbsup2


Hee hee I love your shrine! Very cool!! :thumbsup2
The time is going to fly by and will be here before you know it! :goodvibes
Yes I do have a Mini....He is a 2006 supercharged regular model and a lot of fun to drive :banana: The bigger size is a Clubman. You would be surprised by how much room there are in either one of them. ::yes:: I think I have a thing for German cars...have had an Audi, two VW's and now the Mini. I had a Lexus RX330 at one time and that just wasn't for me :confused3 :lovestruc my Mini

Tracy

Tracy-thanks about the shrine...and I feel like time is already flying...

The Clubman-that's it!...:goodvibes...I want a Clubman...::yes::...it's funny I don't get serious car envy over lots of cars...(A mom at Emily's school has a Ferrari and I didn't even know what it was...Eric saw it and told me...I thought it was "coolish" but I didn't drool over it or anything like that...but something about the Beatles and the Minis...they are just like happiness on wheels...:goodvibes-I must admit I do think Audi makes an attractive sedan and Volvo too...;)


Patricia, great shrine, great books, great film! So exciting that you are only 80 days away from your trip! I almost bought a baguette today at the store but really had no purpose for it -- if only I had read your update before, I could have bought two and dueled with Connor. :laughing:

So many film and book possibilities lie just around the corner...:cloud9:...I think Connor would enjoy baguette duel...I think you would too...:goodvibes

PracPerfPatricia
01-04-2010, 10:03 AM
Hmmm...did French Minnie and Jedi Mickey go on a field trip to visit with a certain gnome?? :laughing:

I love your French shrine, it's so almost. I want a shrine in my house. :rotfl2:

I think your first movie was the perfect pick. I just love Ratatouille. I love the ending of it and I love the music in it. :goodvibes

I'm not sure where French Minnie and Jedi Mickey have gotten to but I'm not happy with either of them...:mad: If they went to visit Nobby they could have had the common courtesy to let me know...(there will be word when they return...:rolleyes1...

I'm all about the shrine...it's inspiring and it reminds me to keep on planning...:lmao:

Ratatouille is a great movie...it just has something for everyone and its one of those great films that you get something out of it whether you are a kid or grown up...:goodvibes


How fun! It's going to be an exciting time getting ready for your Paris trip! Such a festive shrine!
I can't wait to see everything you come up with on Fridays!
:artist:

Thanks Anita...I can't wait to see everything I'm going to come up with either...:rotfl:


First of all I love your shrine and your French Fridays how much fun is that PPP!!!!!

Secondly...Jedi Mickey and French Minnie have disappeared...Oooh La La whatever could those two be up too??? Hmmm...speaking of which where is Nobby...I haven't seen him lately....GREAT JUST GREAT...you mean to tell me all three are nowhere to be found...this can't bode well for society at all :scared1:

Jen-I had been hoping that you might have seen those two...I was wondering if they had gone to catch some Florida sun and warmth and hook up with Nobby...but now you're saying Nobby is missing as well...:scared1:

Oh dear-we can only hope they are just catching some r & r...the alternatives really don't bode well for civilization as we know it...:confused3


I love the idea of the shrine! I think I need to do that, too, for my next big trip (none planned yet, I am thinking about Japan though).

The first French Friday sounds like a success! :thumbsup2



:thumbsup2 :cool2:

Ooo....you want to go to Japan...(me too...but there are an awful lot of places I want to go...;)

Do you have any plans in the not too distant future...:rolleyes1

and isn't your trip to WDW right around the corner...:woohoo:

PracPerfPatricia
01-04-2010, 11:04 AM
I feel like that everyday...;)

That's probably because you are running around with so many responsibilities...you have so much to do and think about...it would bring many people to their news...a little late...no biggie...:hug:



OH no...I hope they are not still living it up at WDW....:confused3

All I know is they have a lot of explaining to do...:rolleyes1

I hope you can get back to scappin soon...:goodvibes...it's very theraputic and healing to focus on doing something you love...:hug:

jordanyosh
01-04-2010, 01:39 PM
How creative you are! That's such a great way to get excited about the trip, especially for the kids!:worship::worship:

Minnie and Mickey----bow chicka bow wow.;)

jillyb
01-04-2010, 01:52 PM
Minnie and Mickey----bow chicka bow wow.;)

:rotfl: :rotfl: :lmao: :lmao: :lmao:

Flossbolna
01-04-2010, 05:02 PM
Since it relates to your PTR: I just updated mine with our first DLP trip! I thought you might enjoy the pictures!



The Clubman-that's it!...:goodvibes...I want a Clubman...::yes::...it's funny I don't get serious car envy over lots of cars...(A mom at Emily's school has a Ferrari and I didn't even know what it was...Eric saw it and told me...I thought it was "coolish" but I didn't drool over it or anything like that...but something about the Beatles and the Minis...they are just like happiness on wheels...:goodvibes-I must admit I do think Audi makes an attractive sedan and Volvo too...;)


Tracy and Patricia: I really like your Mini talk! I was at point seriously considering getting one, but then I realized that I really don't need a car (I use public transportation and my bike) and the money I save can be invested in trips to WDW! :rotfl: I thought at first it was funny that Tracy called the Mini German, because it is such a British car. But (this time! ;) ) you are right: it is made by BMW now and thus a German car.

And in case you don't know: most German car manufacturers offer that you can get your car at the factory in person. They have really great visitor centers there to explore before getting your car. German cars are nearly allways made to order, car sellers don't have lots of cars standing around from which you choose. So you just have a few models to look at and then order the car with the specifications you want. When it is produced, it can either be delivered to your car dealer or you get it yourself at the factory.

This picking up your own car is also offered to Americans. There seem to be quite a few Americans who order an Audi, BMW or Mercedes, pick the car up here an even get German license plates, then use it for a vacation in Europe and then deliver it back to the factory which will arrange the shipping to the US. Of course the reason behind this is: people who buy a car that can go over 125 mph (over 200 km/h) might want to try out that speed legally. Since there isn't any general speed limit on highways in Germany, you are free to do so here...

Ooo....you want to go to Japan...(me too...but there are an awful lot of places I want to go...;)

Do you have any plans in the not too distant future...:rolleyes1

and isn't your trip to WDW right around the corner...:woohoo:

There are indeed an awful lot of places I would want to go to, too! :goodvibes Somehow Japan is really calling my name, though. Unfortunately I don't have anything planned after WDW (which is really a wonderful trip to look forward to, but not really shrine worthy in my opinion). This makes me a bit nervous, I love starting to plan my next trip before I go on the recent one! Perhaps I will at least book a weekend in London soon! :goodvibes

TyRy
01-04-2010, 05:32 PM
Happy New Year - I'm all caught up. I love the DLP/Paris Shrine as well. It seems like it's really close when you only have 12 (now 11) French Fridays left before you go!!

MEK
01-05-2010, 09:04 AM
How I wish I could see your french shrine! But here I am, slaving away (haha), no pictures! Boo!

I love your idea about french Fridays! How creative. I can't wait to read all about your Paris and DLP trip. How exciting for the whole family! Our church music director is from France and she visits her family for three weeks every January. She brings back the most devine chocolate. YUM! (Yes - it is always food with me!)

Happydog
01-05-2010, 09:32 AM
YAY for crepes with Nutella and Bananas... :goodvibes We ate the best crepees from a stand next to the Eiffle Tower... *sigh* Hope the cookies turn out okay!!! ;)

jillyb
01-07-2010, 07:04 AM
Bumping this up from page 2

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brookelizabeth
01-07-2010, 02:46 PM
I hope you don't start finding mini-Mickey and Minnie's around your home....:rolleyes1 ;)

I LOVE that you dueled David with the baguettes! Very cute. Your shrine/countdown area is looking great!!!

PracPerfPatricia
01-07-2010, 08:39 PM
How creative you are! That's such a great way to get excited about the trip, especially for the kids!:worship::worship:

Minnie and Mickey----bow chicka bow wow.;)

thanks Jordan...

& still no sign of M & M and my irritation is growing...:mad:


:rotfl: :rotfl: :lmao: :lmao: :lmao:

Yes its one of those inside torrid love stories that Disney cleans up...:rolleyes1


Since it relates to your PTR: I just updated mine with our first DLP trip! I thought you might enjoy the pictures!

I loved the photos...:goodvibes




Tracy and Patricia: I really like your Mini talk! I was at point seriously considering getting one, but then I realized that I really don't need a car (I use public transportation and my bike) and the money I save can be invested in trips to WDW! :rotfl: I thought at first it was funny that Tracy called the Mini German, because it is such a British car. But (this time! ;) ) you are right: it is made by BMW now and thus a German car.

And in case you don't know: most German car manufacturers offer that you can get your car at the factory in person. They have really great visitor centers there to explore before getting your car. German cars are nearly allways made to order, car sellers don't have lots of cars standing around from which you choose. So you just have a few models to look at and then order the car with the specifications you want. When it is produced, it can either be delivered to your car dealer or you get it yourself at the factory.

This picking up your own car is also offered to Americans. There seem to be quite a few Americans who order an Audi, BMW or Mercedes, pick the car up here an even get German license plates, then use it for a vacation in Europe and then deliver it back to the factory which will arrange the shipping to the US. Of course the reason behind this is: people who buy a car that can go over 125 mph (over 200 km/h) might want to try out that speed legally. Since there isn't any general speed limit on highways in Germany, you are free to do so here...

I definitely have that Mini Clubman on my radar although picking up my own Audi in Germany sound pretty nice...;)

Ummm just how fast do people actually drive in Germany?




There are indeed an awful lot of places I would want to go to, too! :goodvibes Somehow Japan is really calling my name, though. Unfortunately I don't have anything planned after WDW (which is really a wonderful trip to look forward to, but not really shrine worthy in my opinion). This makes me a bit nervous, I love starting to plan my next trip before I go on the recent one! Perhaps I will at least book a weekend in London soon! :goodvibes

I think a weekend in London sounds lovely...

Japan would be a fabulous trip...something about the aesthetic appeals to me...except when it gets really minimalistic... I'd like to go to Tokyo but I'd really love to go to Kyoto...I hope you get there someday not too far away...:goodvibes


Happy New Year - I'm all caught up. I love the DLP/Paris Shrine as well. It seems like it's really close when you only have 12 (now 11) French Fridays left before you go!!

Hey you...:goodvibes...Happy New Year right back at you...:hug: are you updating again...I have to come see...

I actually can't believe how close that trip is getting...:eek:

PracPerfPatricia
01-07-2010, 09:08 PM
How I wish I could see your french shrine! But here I am, slaving away (haha), no pictures! Boo!

I love your idea about french Fridays! How creative. I can't wait to read all about your Paris and DLP trip. How exciting for the whole family! Our church music director is from France and she visits her family for three weeks every January. She brings back the most devine chocolate. YUM! (Yes - it is always food with me!)

The French Fridays also keep me on the straight and narrow...they remind me to keep the planning on track and are kind of cheery in the grey of winter...

French chocolate...extra yum....:goodvibes


YAY for crepes with Nutella and Bananas... :goodvibes We ate the best crepees from a stand next to the Eiffle Tower... *sigh* Hope the cookies turn out okay!!! ;)


The cookies are going to be great...:goodvibes

Rabbit told me the three things we wanted to do the most in Paris was visit the Eiffel Tower, climb up the tower at Notre Dame, and eat as many sugar crepes as he could...:lmao:


Bumping this up from page 2

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Aww...thanks for the bump...:goodvibes...I've been off the boards for three days because I've been using my computer time to do commando planning for Paris...:lmao:



I hope you don't start finding mini-Mickey and Minnie's around your home....:rolleyes1 ;)

I LOVE that you dueled David with the baguettes! Very cute. Your shrine/countdown area is looking great!!!

I certainly hope I don't start finding any mini M&M s around the house...:eek:...there will certainly be some serious discussions and there'd better be a wedding ring involved...

I must say I am pretty stealthy with a baguette...;)

PracPerfPatricia
01-07-2010, 09:35 PM
A brief interlude of madness before we return to our regularly schedule programming...


Hmmm...


I think that Alice has gone mad...I don't know...maybe too much time with the Hatter or maybe just that condition know at "teenagehood"...

Alice reaaaaaaaaaallllllllyyyyyyyyyyy wants to take a friend/couple of friends...on her 16th birthday trip...it would make her life perfect...it would be the most special thing ever...

sigh...


I don't know what to do...

On one hand I thought that this was going to be a family trip...kids, parents, grandparents...

On the other hand...would allowing her to take some friends for part of the trip (we'd (the family) get there on Wednesday...the idea that the friends would come for a long weekend portion...Friday-Monday...It's Columbus day weekend so no school for them on the Friday or Monday...they could get the plane together and get the ME at the airport...

It would be like 3 friends...her best friend is a guy, her "boyfriend" and her best girlfriend...(they are all friends...)

Since my ILs have generously picked up the tab for our two rooms...we could get a room for the guys...and do some moving to accomodate the girl...(Hatter would probably get to sleep with his parents...hehehe for a couple of nights...)

We'd pick up their dinners while they were with us but they'd have to get their air and park tickets and obviously any spending money...

The reason this is even coming up now for me is because of ADRs for dinner...

I'm torn...

on one hand it would be more intimate if it were just us...

on the other hand I do like these kids and I know that it would be a huge deal for Alice to have some friends with her on her 16th...("a dream come true")

I think she could do a good job balancing her time with us, them and all of us...

I just really don't know what to do...

Any thoughts...:rolleyes1

brookelizabeth
01-07-2010, 09:56 PM
Oh, that is a tough decision....I think the idea of having some family time, and then some time with the additional teens would be a good mix. Satisfies that need for the closeness for the family - and makes Alice's "dream come true". If you like the kids, and they are well behaved appreciative ones, I say go for it. :goodvibes

Are you going to have them go to the same park as the rest of the group but allow some time for them to do their own thing?

eandesmom
01-07-2010, 10:30 PM
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Rabbit told me the three things we wanted to do the most in Paris was visit the Eiffel Tower, climb up the tower at Notre Dame, and eat as many sugar crepes as he could...:lmao:


I certainly hope I don't start finding any mini M&M s around the house...:eek:...there will certainly be some serious discussions and there'd better be a wedding ring involved...

I must say I am pretty stealthy with a baguette...;)

I like the way that boy thinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mini M&M's! Oh my!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now, onto Alice.

I guess a big factor for me would be the other families. Is this something they'd be willing to pay airfare and park tickets for or would that be awkward? I keep waiting for K to hit us up for something similar and I know the 2 families would have a hard time with the extra expense so K would expect us to cover it.

The other factor is how would your IL's feel about it? I know my MIL is HYPER sensitive to feeling ignored by the teens and so while she'd want the teens to be happy, she'd also be (in her own way) a bit jealous and upset that the other teens were getting "her" time. One friend might be less likely to cut into the overall family/intimate feel than 3.

That said, I completely get where Alice is coming from and both girls K would want I know would be lovely to have along. Tough call.

Wouldn't an adult technically have to be in the room with the teens?

What does Hatter think?

Yikes.

Charleston Princess
01-07-2010, 10:49 PM
Oh my, Patricia! I am not sure what I would do about that! I guess I would ask the in-laws what they think about it and go from there. Maybe. Gosh, I just don't know.

PracPerfPatricia
01-08-2010, 01:34 PM
Oh, that is a tough decision....I think the idea of having some family time, and then some time with the additional teens would be a good mix. Satisfies that need for the closeness for the family - and makes Alice's "dream come true". If you like the kids, and they are well behaved appreciative ones, I say go for it. :goodvibes

Are you going to have them go to the same park as the rest of the group but allow some time for them to do their own thing?

I like the way that boy thinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mini M&M's! Oh my!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now, onto Alice.

I guess a big factor for me would be the other families. Is this something they'd be willing to pay airfare and park tickets for or would that be awkward? I keep waiting for K to hit us up for something similar and I know the 2 families would have a hard time with the extra expense so K would expect us to cover it.

The other factor is how would your IL's feel about it? I know my MIL is HYPER sensitive to feeling ignored by the teens and so while she'd want the teens to be happy, she'd also be (in her own way) a bit jealous and upset that the other teens were getting "her" time. One friend might be less likely to cut into the overall family/intimate feel than 3.

That said, I completely get where Alice is coming from and both girls K would want I know would be lovely to have along. Tough call.

Wouldn't an adult technically have to be in the room with the teens?

What does Hatter think?

Yikes.

Oh my, Patricia! I am not sure what I would do about that! I guess I would ask the in-laws what they think about it and go from there. Maybe. Gosh, I just don't know.

Oy...thanks for the feedback...Hatter also just laid this little piece of info on me this morning...his parents may not go...:scared1: They just aren't up to traveling anymore...airplanes....Give me a break...they are just super anxious, not particulary flexible individuals...Emily heard this and just burst out crying...she really wants them to be there...:headache:

They will probably cave if she works on them...(and Hatter said they would still pay for us...but that isn't the point...this is supposed to be a celebration...Oy, OY, OY...:mad:

I think that maybe the best compromise might be if the grandparents come down with us...stay three nights...for the big b-day dinner...we'd just be a ferry away from the MK...I should be able to find something for them to do at Food & Wine... (I'm fit to spit nails...) and then have the kids come so like Brook said there is a balance...

then to just add an extra dash of madness...Hatter is all perky this after and saying that since we might need three rooms...maybe he should talk his parents into buying half and half with us into DVC at the Wilderness Lodge because when you figure out the amt you'd spend on three rooms...:confused3 (& then we'd have it for a Christmas 2011 trip...)

Ok...my head is spinning and I need to go run some errands but later tonight I need to catch up on my subscriptions and update tonight's French Friday...

I really feel like Alice in Wonderland...everything feels so topsy turvy upside down...:ccat:

brookelizabeth
01-08-2010, 02:18 PM
Oh my. And don't you just love how this all lands in YOUR lap to figure out??? :hug: You've got your hands full. I do hope it works out with the Grandparents. Do they mind trains? The Auto Train goes from somewhere in PA to FL, and their car can go on the train as well, so they would finish up the trip by driving to WDW. Not sure if that helps, but just tossing it out there since I know you aren't too far from PA! :goodvibes

I do like the idea of DVC. :thumbsup2 Even if you just rent points from someone for this trip it will probably be cheaper than 3 rooms. A 2 bedroom at WL sleeps 8, a 3 bedroom or Grand Villa sleeps 11 or 12 I believe.. But if you buy...then yes...you will have guaranteed Disney trips! :yay:

Lady Lallie
01-08-2010, 02:47 PM
Oy to the Vey!!

:hug:

I don't know what I would do not being a parent.

As a former teenager though, I'll offer this opinion. As great as it is to have friends go along sometimes that brings unnecessary drama even with good kids. I know that we invited some of my friends to go on our vacations (never to Disney) and by the end of the week I just wanted some family time. But then again they would be there for a much shorter time so it might work out to be a good balance.

jenjolt
01-08-2010, 02:48 PM
Oh Patricia...all this at one time...yucky!! I'm sorry you are having to deal with all this chaos...I am no good at advice so I'm just going to give you a hug LOL!

DisMomAmy
01-08-2010, 03:47 PM
I always used to go on vacations with my bff's family when I was a tween & teen. Even twice to Disney! But that was very different - she was an only child so I fit neatly into their family. Plus you have boys in your mix... :headache:

Flossbolna
01-08-2010, 04:18 PM
Just wanted to say that I am sorry about your dilemma... Will post something sensible tomorrow, but just came back from a lovely dinner with nodnol and Remy and consumed too much tequila (actually not a lot, but since I don't drink that much, it feels like a lot! :laughing:), so I am not going to be very helpful at the moment! Don't worry, things will fall in place! :hug:

eandesmom
01-08-2010, 04:45 PM
Oh Patricia!

My head is swimming just reading all that! You poor thing. Poor Em!

:grouphug:

Lots to process for sure but financially Hatter does seem to have a good point about DVC.

Not that I'm enabling or anything....

mousescrapper
01-08-2010, 04:46 PM
I hope you can get back to scappin soon...:goodvibes...it's very theraputic and healing to focus on doing something you love...:hug:

thanks for your sweet comments...I keep saying I'll get in that scrapbook room and clean up so I can get started...just haven't managed the time...but soon...only a week to make these special scrapbook pages to frame as part of my wedding shower present to my DBro and future DSIL....



Alice reaaaaaaaaaallllllllyyyyyyyyyyy wants to take a friend/couple of friends...on her 16th birthday trip...it would make her life perfect...it would be the most special thing ever...


We'd pick up their dinners while they were with us but they'd have to get their air and park tickets and obviously any spending money...

The reason this is even coming up now for me is because of ADRs for dinner...

Any thoughts...:rolleyes1

I know the above post has changed a bit w/ the below post...but first I ditto many of the thoughts the others have given...

ask inlaws

talk to parents

I like your idea have them [friends] be there for part of the time and pay tickets and airfare down + spending...

as far as the ADR's if you think it would be a possiblity to have a few friends w/ during part of the trip you can do a DisMomAmy thing (sorry Amy...;)) and book a few of your ADR's w/ the higher guest number and then lower it as needed once the final decision(s) has been made...I'm not sure you may be able to figure it all out and have the parents decide before you leave for Paris...but if you do ask the parents..I'd give them the numbers how much it would cost and a time line of when to answer you.

BTW not to be a snot...but she is 16 and yes this is a special day/vacation...but how many of us are great friends or in love w/ the boy we dated when we were 16? I wouldn't drag out your decision to ask parents if you and Hatter say yes...to avoid teenage agnst...kwim



I think that maybe the best compromise might be if the grandparents come down with us...stay three nights...for the big b-day dinner...we'd just be a ferry away from the MK...I should be able to find something for them to do at Food & Wine... (I'm fit to spit nails...) and then have the kids come so like Brook said there is a balance...

[COLOR="seagreen"]I think the IL's coming for part would be the best solution here P~ if they are up to it...very similar to my IL's...this trip may be hard for them now...I know no way they'd be up to coming when my oldests turn 16...

plus would you feel weird having them pay if they are not there? :confused3

then to just add an extra dash of madness...Hatter is all perky this after and saying that since we might need three rooms...maybe he should talk his parents into buying half and half with us into DVC at the Wilderness Lodge because when you figure out the amt you'd spend on three rooms...:confused3 (& then we'd have it for a Christmas 2011 trip...)

OK you know my feelings about DVC...but if you want to buy into WL...you going to have to do through an outside seller...I believe the only DVC properties you can buy into right now directly thru Disney is BLT...maybe AKL too? if you buy resale...you won't have a full 50 yr contract...but the price per pint most likely will be less....that is a huge thing to look into right now in the midst of planning Paris and the WDW trip...if you are remotely serious I'd recommend taking the tour on your trip and talk to a guide first hand...


Ok...my head is spinning and I need to go run some errands but later tonight I need to catch up on my subscriptions and update tonight's French Friday...

good luck w/ all your decisions




looking forward to the next french friday...:3dglasses

J~

TyRy
01-08-2010, 06:25 PM
EEEK -my head is swimming now as well. Would the kids all be able to go? Could you slyly speak to their parents before even saying yes or no?

And I'm with Hatter...your should just buy DVC...will make your life easier :rotfl:

Oh and hopefully I'll have an update tonight complete with videos!

jordanyosh
01-08-2010, 07:02 PM
DVC...wow. I'd go for it while the offer's on the table.

As far as bringing kids along....a girl's 16th is important..I'll have to think about that one. Trip dynamics are tricky and sometimes tenuous and that's just with family....adding 3 teens to the mix......

Charleston Princess
01-08-2010, 07:13 PM
Oh, Patricia -- everything is topsy-turvy, isn't it?

I would be fit to spit nails over the in-laws, too. Poor Emily! :hug:

I kind of like DH's reasoning about DVC -- that would be a fun purchase! :goodvibes

manntra
01-08-2010, 07:25 PM
I agree with Jordan.....and I would snatch up that DVC offer!!:woohoo:
Also you wouldn't want to be too separated from them all the time and lose the family time...:hug:

Tracy

PracPerfPatricia
01-08-2010, 08:23 PM
Thanks everyone for all the support...you guys are the best...:grouphug:

I'm going to respond to everyone individually but right now I'm in the middle of watching the Disney version of The Three Musketeers with the kids...w/Mickey, Donald and Goofy...its pretty funny...

Em and I are deciding between Funny Face or French Kiss when David goes to sleep...

We read Crepes by Suzette and had Hachis Parmentier (basically a French Version of shepard's pie...(which I made) and a Tarte Tartin for dessert- (which I did not make) I give a full undate tomorrow...:goodvibes

As for the birthday trip...Eric and I spoke and think that the four of us will obviously be there for the whole trip...my inlaws WILL be there for at least the first three days...and a few of Emily's friends will be invited to come ON the tail end for a long weekend...(assuming they can pay for their airfare and park tickets...-We'd pick up an extra room and pay for any lunches or dinners we all eat together...

We already have ressies for 2 rooms for us...and my inlaws and we have our airfare...so we'll see I guess...

This trip may wind up having more planning versions than a LL trip...which is not easy to do...;)...:lmao:

DVC is definitely on the table...we have to work some things out...

Thanks again, sweet Disney dreams and I'll give a FULL update tomorrow...
:grouphug:

Charleston Princess
01-08-2010, 08:31 PM
Sounds like you are beginning to figure things out! :hug:

French Kiss or Funny Face -- tough call. Depends if you are in the mood for Kevin Kline being hysterically funny with is French accent or in the mood for the cool sophistication of Audrey Hepburn and some great clothes. Can't wait to see which one you decided on. :goodvibes

Happydog
01-08-2010, 08:46 PM
Okay, as an adult who has taken other people's children (teenage children) all over various continents during spring break, I would simply say this:

Sqabbles between even the best of friends happen.

Friends do not necessarily make the best room mates... but if it is only for a couple of nights that should be okay.

Make it clear what they need to bring $ wise and for what, AND get this from the parents and possibly hold some money for them -- maybe their dinner $ if they are going to be participating in the family meal (see next item)

Plan ONE "group gathering" daily -- in the middle or later in the evening -- to rendezvous and check in. Dinner works great for this.

Agree to certain expectations/limits with the kids and parents before hand.

Now some of this might be too stringent for a few friends and only a few nights but sometimes the closest kids are not the best traveling companions...
We take kids for 8 - 10 days, so more conflicts ensue...

I would say at some point kids may outgrow a Disney vacation, this is a way to keep it engaging and fun, and your daughter is definitely at the age where the social scene is important...

SO this is just based on my experiences the past 10 yrs with teenage travelers... maybe there will be something useful there!

Great idea about DVC... funny how that happens, huh? ;)

Lady Lallie
01-08-2010, 09:06 PM
Thanks everyone for all the support...you guys are the best...:grouphug:

I'm going to respond to everyone individually but right now I'm in the middle of watching the Disney version of The Three Musketeers with the kids...w/Mickey, Donald and Goofy...its pretty funny...

Em and I are deciding between Funny Face or French Kiss when David goes to sleep...

We read Crepes by Suzette and had Hachis Parmentier (basically a French Version of shepard's pie...(which I made) and a Tarte Tartin for dessert- (which I did not make) I give a full undate tomorrow...:goodvibes

As for the birthday trip...Eric and I spoke and think that the four of us will obviously be there for the whole trip...my inlaws WILL be there for at least the first three days...and a few of Emily's friends will be invited to come ON the tail end for a long weekend...(assuming they can pay for their airfare and park tickets...-We'd pick up an extra room and pay for any lunches or dinners we all eat together...

We already have ressies for 2 rooms for us...and my inlaws and we have our airfare...so we'll see I guess...

This trip may wind up having more planning versions than a LL trip...which is not easy to do...;)...:lmao:

DVC is definitely on the table...we have to work some things out...

Thanks again, sweet Disney dreams and I'll give a FULL update tomorrow...
:grouphug:


Can I vote for Funny Face? I love that movie.. :cloud9:

And ha ha on the more planning versions of a LL Trip. :rotfl2::lmao::rotfl:

PracPerfPatricia
01-10-2010, 02:14 PM
COUNTING DOWN BACKWARDS to Paris & DLP...FRENCH FRIDAY NUMBER 11



Well it's been an interesting weekend with all the drama going on...are the grandparents coming or not...are friends coming or not...?

But I'm going to focus on the positive right now and my good fortune-our end of March trip continues to creep closer...


(Although-there is again the small matter of figuring out where & who I need to make ADRs for Alice's 16th birthday in October...I figured out I will be needing to make those on April 9th...or a week and a day after we come back from Paris...)



Well despite the lunacy...We did have our First French Family Friday...the 2nd one...11 week countdown...


First we had our film...


Here we go...

http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae200/patriciasilverman/French%20Friday/ThreeMusketeersBoxArt.jpg




Yes...The Three Musketeers...with Mickey, Donald and Goofy in the lead roles...It was quite cute but admittedly bears little resemblance to the original story but it was really a lot of fun...:goodvibes




Then we had a French Food...(this time I actually made it...:lmao:)

http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae200/patriciasilverman/French%20Friday/shepherds_pie.jpg


I forgot to photo mine...so this is a stock image...:lmao: but this is what mine looked like except no peas or carrots actually...:lmao:...This is Hachis Parmentier-(basically the French version of shepherd's pie)...The recipe came from The Young Chef's French Cookbook, (which kids can use with their parents)...which explains...

"The combination of minced meat and potato puree is so good that this may become one of your favorite French foods. Potatoes were not always so well likes in France. When Monsieur Parmentier for whom the dish was named, began growing potatoes in about 1785, no one liked them. Parmentier had to use tricks just to get people to taste them."


With that we had that with a baguette...(more dueling) and a mixed salad with vinaigrette. For dessert we had a Tarte Tartin...(which I did not make...actually Trader Joe's did...and it was pretty tasty too...especially with the whipped cream...which I did make...well at least I whipped it...:lmao:

http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae200/patriciasilverman/French%20Friday/caramelised-apple-tartin.jpg


Ok again this is a stock photo...but ours truly didn't look that different...Trader Joes actually does carry some frozen products made in France and they really aren't bad...:rolleyes1

Finally our book...

http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae200/patriciasilverman/French%20Friday/Photo89.jpg



Crepes by Suzette-Suzette takes her crepe carte all over Paris making crepes for all different kinds of people...and since one of David's most important 3 things he wants to do in Paris is eat his body weight in crepes...I thought this was both cute and appropriate...:lmao:

Emily and I are also reading and watching more mature films and books...we didn't get to Funny Face (that was the choice) but we were both feeling punky and went to bed earlier... but we will watch it during the week...we both love it...:lovestruc

Well time to catch up on my subscriptions and responses...;)

manntra
01-10-2010, 02:58 PM
Looks like you had another fun FF!! :)
Your entree sounds like it was yummy....too many ingredients for me to mess around with!
I would have voted for Funny Face too....will be good for another cold evening this week :thumbsup2

Tracy

TyRy
01-10-2010, 03:15 PM
oooo Patricia, I think DH would love what you had for dinner. Can you share the receipe or PM me please? :flower3:

Charleston Princess
01-10-2010, 03:35 PM
Fun! I am just loving your French Fridays! Did you rent The Three Musketeers or buy a copy? I am wondering if it is still available for purchase.

Dinner looks delicious -- we are big fans of shepherd's pie at our house -- I tend to make it pretty regularly. Dessert looks even better! YUM!

So, what French books are you and Emily reading??? You know I am all about book recommendations. ;)

jenjolt
01-10-2010, 03:40 PM
Another great French Friday!!! OOOH the food looks simply delicious!!! YUMMY!!!!

Glad it seems that things are working their way out for the big birthday trip!!!! What a headache!!!

Hmmm...his body's weight in crepes...yummy tell David to eat some for me too LOL!

Lady Lallie
01-10-2010, 04:50 PM
What a lovely French Friday!

I haven't seen that Three Musketeers movie in forever! Didn't Disney do a live action version as well with Charlie Sheen and Keifer Sutherland too?

I want to know what French books you are reading too!

mousescrapper
01-10-2010, 05:00 PM
Ooh La La...another manufique (msp? but I know you kwim ;)) FF!

great job...this is oh so fun! I haven't seen Mickey's version of the 3 M's in a long time. and the food looked ever so yummy.

good luck on all your decisions and planning the logistics of it...even though I haven't personally done my own DVC trip yet...happy to help in that realm and taking parents w/ on trips too...haven't done 1 disney trip yet w/out one of our parents coming for part of it. :goodvibes

J~

PracPerfPatricia
01-10-2010, 06:03 PM
Oh my. And don't you just love how this all lands in YOUR lap to figure out??? :hug: You've got your hands full. I do hope it works out with the Grandparents. Do they mind trains? The Auto Train goes from somewhere in PA to FL, and their car can go on the train as well, so they would finish up the trip by driving to WDW. Not sure if that helps, but just tossing it out there since I know you aren't too far from PA! :goodvibes

I do like the idea of DVC. :thumbsup2 Even if you just rent points from someone for this trip it will probably be cheaper than 3 rooms. A 2 bedroom at WL sleeps 8, a 3 bedroom or Grand Villa sleeps 11 or 12 I believe.. But if you buy...then yes...you will have guaranteed Disney trips! :yay:

Thanks Brook...I really don't mind being the planner...I actually enjoy it and honestly am the most versed in Disney vacation info...:lmao: what I mind is inflexibility :headache: and I need people to understand that we have time issues when making ADRs...

Hmmm...the train is an interesting thought...thanks...:hug:

Well DVC would be a positive outcome from all this lunacy...


Oy to the Vey!!

:hug:

I don't know what I would do not being a parent.

As a former teenager though, I'll offer this opinion. As great as it is to have friends go along sometimes that brings unnecessary drama even with good kids. I know that we invited some of my friends to go on our vacations (never to Disney) and by the end of the week I just wanted some family time. But then again they would be there for a much shorter time so it might work out to be a good balance.

Oy to the vey just about covers it...;)

Oh believe me I know all about the drama, I live it, I see it, I smell it...well maybe not smell it...

If my inlaws back out she will most definitley be permitted to have some friends come for part of the time...because I am going to be feeling badly...even if they do come which I really hope they do...I'm thinking a couple friends for part of the time might be doable and festive...(for her)


Oh Patricia...all this at one time...yucky!! I'm sorry you are having to deal with all this chaos...I am no good at advice so I'm just going to give you a hug LOL!

Thanks Jen...:hug: I appreciate the good thoughts...


I always used to go on vacations with my bff's family when I was a tween & teen. Even twice to Disney! But that was very different - she was an only child so I fit neatly into their family. Plus you have boys in your mix... :headache:

Hey Amy...I have such a headache...ironically one of Em's best friends is a guy (like brother and sister) and some of the boys are actually easier...its just the whole/thing/concept/dilemma/mix thing...:sad2:




Just wanted to say that I am sorry about your dilemma... Will post something sensible tomorrow, but just came back from a lovely dinner with nodnol and Remy and consumed too much tequila (actually not a lot, but since I don't drink that much, it feels like a lot! :laughing:), so I am not going to be very helpful at the moment! Don't worry, things will fall in place! :hug:

Good for you...It sounds like you had fun...:hug:

PracPerfPatricia
01-10-2010, 06:24 PM
Oh Patricia!

My head is swimming just reading all that! You poor thing. Poor Em!

:grouphug:

Lots to process for sure but financially Hatter does seem to have a good point about DVC.

Not that I'm enabling or anything....

Oh...enabling is ok...who was it...LL or Jen...who said that this was just a cesspool of enabling...:lmao:

DVC is really looking like it makes sense...

I am going to get really angry if the grandparents don't come without a really good reason...:mad:


thanks for your sweet comments...I keep saying I'll get in that scrapbook room and clean up so I can get started...just haven't managed the time...but soon...only a week to make these special scrapbook pages to frame as part of my wedding shower present to my DBro and future DSIL....

I have to come check out your scrapbooking site and see what's new...:hug:




I know the above post has changed a bit w/ the below post...but first I ditto many of the thoughts the others have given...

ask inlaws

talk to parents

I like your idea have them [friends] be there for part of the time and pay tickets and airfare down + spending...

as far as the ADR's if you think it would be a possiblity to have a few friends w/ during part of the trip you can do a DisMomAmy thing (sorry Amy...;)) and book a few of your ADR's w/ the higher guest number and then lower it as needed once the final decision(s) has been made...I'm not sure you may be able to figure it all out and have the parents decide before you leave for Paris...but if you do ask the parents..I'd give them the numbers how much it would cost and a time line of when to answer you.

It seems to me there are going to have to be quite a few important conversations between now and March...My ADR date is April 9th, a week back from France...so this has to be settled before then...I think if any kids are coming that needs to be set by the beginning of March/end of February...conversations with parents/kids...

My inlaws coming is my first priority and they may be inflexible...:confused3

I think I am going to be doing a little bit of an Amy...;)


BTW not to be a snot...but she is 16 and yes this is a special day/vacation...but how many of us are great friends or in love w/ the boy we dated when we were 16? I wouldn't drag out your decision to ask parents if you and Hatter say yes...to avoid teenage agnst...kwim

I've thought about that...(& you're right of course...) but he is a really nice kid...(he's a boyscout...literally...) I can see them actually together at least for a while in HS...and even friends if not...who know what the long term future holds...but they are both sweet kids and whomever they date I hope they are also good kids...




looking forward to the next french friday...:3dglasses

J~

Me too...:hug:


EEEK -my head is swimming now as well. Would the kids all be able to go? Could you slyly speak to their parents before even saying yes or no?

And I'm with Hatter...your should just buy DVC...will make your life easier :rotfl:

Oh and hopefully I'll have an update tonight complete with videos!

I just read your update...Evil twin had just arrived so the evil can commence...:lmao:

Oh the parents will have to be spoken to...won't that be fun...;) Maybe I'll have them over for brunch or something with mickey waffles...:lmao:


DVC...wow. I'd go for it while the offer's on the table.

As far as bringing kids along....a girl's 16th is important..I'll have to think about that one. Trip dynamics are tricky and sometimes tenuous and that's just with family....adding 3 teens to the mix......

If we wind up with a DVC that will definitely take some of the sting out of the lunacy...

16 is important...She really is an awesome kid and I want to resolve this in a fair, fun, sane way...:confused3

PracPerfPatricia
01-10-2010, 06:52 PM
I agree with Jordan.....and I would snatch up that DVC offer!!:woohoo:
Also you wouldn't want to be too separated from them all the time and lose the family time...:hug:

Tracy

I can't deny that a DVC would rock...

Oh regardless of who comes, when etc...there will be appropriate family time...I'm not just a field trip chaperone and won't be treated like one...:cool2:




Sounds like you are beginning to figure things out! :hug:

French Kiss or Funny Face -- tough call. Depends if you are in the mood for Kevin Kline being hysterically funny with is French accent or in the mood for the cool sophistication of Audrey Hepburn and some great clothes. Can't wait to see which one you decided on. :goodvibes

We're actually watching Funny Face tonight...:goodvibes...we love that movie even if Fred Astaire is much older than her-he's dapper at least.... (love Sabrina too but Bogart was not a good match for Audrey...Cary Grant was going to do that role...can you imagine how much better that would have been? French Kiss is absolutely hysterical...:lmao: Kevin Kline and Meg Ryan...awesome...

Okay, as an adult who has taken other people's children (teenage children) all over various continents during spring break, I would simply say this:

Sqabbles between even the best of friends happen.

Truer words have not been spoken...


Friends do not necessarily make the best room mates... but if it is only for a couple of nights that should be okay.

Make it clear what they need to bring $ wise and for what, AND get this from the parents and possibly hold some money for them -- maybe their dinner $ if they are going to be participating in the family meal (see next item)

Oh this would have to be explicitly spelled out...


Plan ONE "group gathering" daily -- in the middle or later in the evening -- to rendezvous and check in. Dinner works great for this.

Every Day there will be group time...:rolleyes:


Agree to certain expectations/limits with the kids and parents before hand.

Now some of this might be too stringent for a few friends and only a few nights but sometimes the closest kids are not the best traveling companions...
We take kids for 8 - 10 days, so more conflicts ensue...
God bless you...:worship:


I would say at some point kids may outgrow a Disney vacation, this is a way to keep it engaging and fun, and your daughter is definitely at the age where the social scene is important...

It is an interesting age...wanting to be adult but not entirely sure...


SO this is just based on my experiences the past 10 yrs with teenage travelers... maybe there will be something useful there!

Great idea about DVC... funny how that happens, huh? ;)

Funny how that crept in...I never would have thought that someday I'd be talking about a DVC or doing so many Dis vacations either...;)


Can I vote for Funny Face? I love that movie.. :cloud9:

And ha ha on the more planning versions of a LL Trip. :rotfl2::lmao::rotfl:

Funny Face wins...and if the multiple planning versions shoe fits...:lmao:

aprilisis
01-10-2010, 06:59 PM
Your French Fridays are such a great idea! I really can't wait to read your TR when you get back, too. What do you do with Macintosh while you are on vacation? I'm just curious- I'm lucky right now because my mom watches Isis.

PracPerfPatricia
01-10-2010, 07:17 PM
Looks like you had another fun FF!! :)
Your entree sounds like it was yummy....too many ingredients for me to mess around with!
I would have voted for Funny Face too....will be good for another cold evening this week :thumbsup2

Tracy

Actually it was pretty easy...great comfort food speaking of which Funny Face is such a delightful film....comfort food for the spirit...

oooo Patricia, I think DH would love what you had for dinner. Can you share the receipe or PM me please? :flower3:

Hmmm...I'll post the recipe as soon as I remember where I put that cookbook...maybe French Minnie took it...:lmao:


Fun! I am just loving your French Fridays! Did you rent The Three Musketeers or buy a copy? I am wondering if it is still available for purchase.

Dinner looks delicious -- we are big fans of shepherd's pie at our house -- I tend to make it pretty regularly. Dessert looks even better! YUM!

So, what French books are you and Emily reading??? You know I am all about book recommendations. ;)

We actually had purchased the Musketeers...David adores it...:goodvibes...We are big fans of Shepherd's pie in all its myriad forms...;)

I'll post a list of our more "mature books and films"...I just have to gather them first...:rolleyes1 (all over the house...)


Another great French Friday!!! OOOH the food looks simply delicious!!! YUMMY!!!!

Glad it seems that things are working their way out for the big birthday trip!!!! What a headache!!!

Hmmm...his body's weight in crepes...yummy tell David to eat some for me too LOL!

Thanks Jen...& I'm just taking the bday trip one day at a time...

Actually I think David truly wants to eat his weight in crepes...I'll have to make an executive decision as to when to cut him off...:lmao:


What a lovely French Friday!

I haven't seen that Three Musketeers movie in forever! Didn't Disney do a live action version as well with Charlie Sheen and Keifer Sutherland too?

I want to know what French books you are reading too!

Thanks LL...I think Disney did do a live action version...hmmm will have to check that out on Netflix...:goodvibes

Book and Film List to come...


Ooh La La...another manufique (msp? but I know you kwim ;)) FF!

great job...this is oh so fun! I haven't seen Mickey's version of the 3 M's in a long time. and the food looked ever so yummy.

good luck on all your decisions and planning the logistics of it...even though I haven't personally done my own DVC trip yet...happy to help in that realm and taking parents w/ on trips too...haven't done 1 disney trip yet w/out one of our parents coming for part of it. :goodvibes

J~

Thanks Julie...hmmm since your parents all see more in the spirit of the thing...maybe you can send some of that goodwill this way...I'd appreciate it...:idea:

eandesmom
01-10-2010, 07:35 PM
I'd like to eat my weight in crepes too. I mean really, it can be done for all three meals. There are breakfast crepes, savory crepes for lunch and dinner and sweet crepes for dessert, snacks or just because!

I am loving FF#2, what great movie choices. Tarte Tatin is one of my all time favorite desserts. Fruit and pastry, really what more does one need? Someday I'll get up the nerve to deal with finding a doable recipe and attempting it!

It sounds like you are getting your arms around the bday trip and have a solid plan. I really hope the in-laws come through and are part of the trip.

DVC! Huge upside!!!!!

Happydog
01-10-2010, 08:46 PM
I really love the French Friday idea. And what a great way to have a family event night weekly! Shepherd's Pie (and the French equivilent) is quite yummy and a perfect cold winter dinner!

Flossbolna
01-11-2010, 01:51 AM
Tarte Tatin is wonderful! :cloud9: Sounds like a very nice French Friday! :thumbsup2

I think your plan about WDW at the moment sounds very good. As others have mentioned, I think dreaming about taking friends is quite different from actually having them there. But your plan with just a few days sounds pretty doable. And you already have gotten some excellent advise from others!

The only thing I wanted to mention is: remember that it will also change the sibling relationship if one of them has friends there. I am sure that you are aware of it (you seem to be the mother who notices stuff like that!), but I guess there will be moments when David will feel rather left out. First of all since this trip is all about his sister and then she will run off with friends while he is stuck with the boring parents... :rolleyes1

MEK
01-11-2010, 08:02 AM
Well now, SOMEONE has had a little drama going on! But first let me say that French Friday #2 sounded divine, even though I can not see the pictures. :headache:

Now....on to the dilema:

I have allowed Brian to travel with a friend our last two trips. It has worked out extremely well, although we didn't see a whole lot of Brian and his friend last trip. :laughing: I think its true that many kids reach a point where they "outgrow" a Disney vacation, at least temporarily. Brian has reached that point. Because its such a safe place and the deluxe, DVC resorts offer so much for the kids to do, its a virtually worry free trip. Kids really enjoy experiencing Disney when they are with their friends.

Important note regarding ME....You have to be 17 (I'm pretty sure its 17) to ride the ME bus unattended. Make sure you double check this! An adult can ride to the airport on the ME bus to get them and then ride back with the teens. What a giant PITA this would be. The only reason I know there is an age restriction is because we lost the keys to our rental car back in June 08 when we were supposed to leave to pick up Brian's friend from the airport. I called to try to get him on ME, but no go - he was too young. Fortunately we found the rental car keys just in time and arrived at the airport just as he was getting to the luggage carousel. PHEW!

DVC - I think this is a great option. There are some really, really nice contracts out there now. If we had waited until now to buy our big contract we would have done considerably better than 2 1/2 years ago. Just saying - if you are going the resale route, its a good time! :rolleyes1 I look at the larger contracts and salivate.

We do not regret our DVC decision one bit. I absolutely love it because I am frugal by nature and its hard for me to part with the Deluxe room rate when the other resorts give a great vacation as well. With DVC there is no worry about getting codes, discounts, ect. It affords a top notch vacation with plenty of room. A 2BR provides soooooooo much flexibility in who can come. And your party size can change with very little impact. Adding the dining plan and paying for it at the last minute is also nice. That chunk of change doesn't leave your pocket until the last minute. You know that I intend to stay at ever DVC resort, so I am trying to use my membership to its fullest.

So good luck with the October plans. In the end, it will all work out! :flower3:

brookelizabeth
01-11-2010, 04:31 PM
What a wonderful French Friday! The meal looks very tasty. :goodvibes I've never seen that version of the 3 Musketeers. I bet Henry would love it! I wonder if the library has it...

I am glad to read some figuring out has been going on with the Birthday trip too!

PracPerfPatricia
01-11-2010, 07:58 PM
I'd like to eat my weight in crepes too. I mean really, it can be done for all three meals. There are breakfast crepes, savory crepes for lunch and dinner and sweet crepes for dessert, snacks or just because!

I am loving FF#2, what great movie choices. Tarte Tatin is one of my all time favorite desserts. Fruit and pastry, really what more does one need? Someday I'll get up the nerve to deal with finding a doable recipe and attempting it!

It sounds like you are getting your arms around the bday trip and have a solid plan. I really hope the in-laws come through and are part of the trip.

DVC! Huge upside!!!!!

Crepes do so to be the all around food...and you can fill them fill just about any food group...:lmao:

I'm with you on the fruit and crust thing...I'm going to make one...I'll pm you the recipe...it's not so bad...;)

Ah the inlaws...:rolleyes1


I really love the French Friday idea. And what a great way to have a family event night weekly! Shepherd's Pie (and the French equivilent) is quite yummy and a perfect cold winter dinner!

Comfort food at its most comforting...:thumbsup2


Tarte Tatin is wonderful! :cloud9: Sounds like a very nice French Friday! :thumbsup2

I think your plan about WDW at the moment sounds very good. As others have mentioned, I think dreaming about taking friends is quite different from actually having them there. But your plan with just a few days sounds pretty doable. And you already have gotten some excellent advise from others!

The only thing I wanted to mention is: remember that it will also change the sibling relationship if one of them has friends there. I am sure that you are aware of it (you seem to be the mother who notices stuff like that!), but I guess there will be moments when David will feel rather left out. First of all since this trip is all about his sister and then she will run off with friends while he is stuck with the boring parents... :rolleyes1

That is very intuitive and empathetic of you to think of David...:hug:...I'd have to make some special plans for him as well...


Well now, SOMEONE has had a little drama going on! But first let me say that French Friday #2 sounded divine, even though I can not see the pictures. :headache:

Now....on to the dilema:

I have allowed Brian to travel with a friend our last two trips. It has worked out extremely well, although we didn't see a whole lot of Brian and his friend last trip. :laughing: I think its true that many kids reach a point where they "outgrow" a Disney vacation, at least temporarily. Brian has reached that point. Because its such a safe place and the deluxe, DVC resorts offer so much for the kids to do, its a virtually worry free trip. Kids really enjoy experiencing Disney when they are with their friends.

Important note regarding ME....You have to be 17 (I'm pretty sure its 17) to ride the ME bus unattended. Make sure you double check this! An adult can ride to the airport on the ME bus to get them and then ride back with the teens. What a giant PITA this would be. The only reason I know there is an age restriction is because we lost the keys to our rental car back in June 08 when we were supposed to leave to pick up Brian's friend from the airport. I called to try to get him on ME, but no go - he was too young. Fortunately we found the rental car keys just in time and arrived at the airport just as he was getting to the luggage carousel. PHEW!

DVC - I think this is a great option. There are some really, really nice contracts out there now. If we had waited until now to buy our big contract we would have done considerably better than 2 1/2 years ago. Just saying - if you are going the resale route, its a good time! :rolleyes1 I look at the larger contracts and salivate.

We do not regret our DVC decision one bit. I absolutely love it because I am frugal by nature and its hard for me to part with the Deluxe room rate when the other resorts give a great vacation as well. With DVC there is no worry about getting codes, discounts, ect. It affords a top notch vacation with plenty of room. A 2BR provides soooooooo much flexibility in who can come. And your party size can change with very little impact. Adding the dining plan and paying for it at the last minute is also nice. That chunk of change doesn't leave your pocket until the last minute. You know that I intend to stay at ever DVC resort, so I am trying to use my membership to its fullest.

So good luck with the October plans. In the end, it will all work out! :flower3:

Wow...ME...lots to think about...thanks for the input on ME...I hadn't even thought of that...:eek:

I understand the impulse to want to have friends at a certain age...but if we do it...there are going to have to be "expectations"...

DVC would have so many advantages for us at this point...:rolleyes:


What a wonderful French Friday! The meal looks very tasty. :goodvibes I've never seen that version of the 3 Musketeers. I bet Henry would love it! I wonder if the library has it...

I am glad to read some figuring out has been going on with the Birthday trip too!

Hey Brook...I'm sure Henry would get a big kick out of the 3 Ms especially with the Mickey, Donald and Goofy trio...:goodvibes

Yes we are moving forward with the birthday trip and I refuse to lose focus on the main thing...having a wonderful celebration of E's 16th b-day...:)

PracPerfPatricia
01-11-2010, 08:10 PM
Your French Fridays are such a great idea! I really can't wait to read your TR when you get back, too. What do you do with Macintosh while you are on vacation? I'm just curious- I'm lucky right now because my mom watches Isis.

Thanks April...as for Macintosh...he usually goes to my mom's but I'm sure he'd be happy to come take a visit to Mass. if you'd like to meet him...I could put him on Amtrack...:lmao:

KathyRN137
01-11-2010, 08:12 PM
I'm torn...

on one hand it would be more intimate if it were just us...

on the other hand I do like these kids and I know that it would be a huge deal for Alice to have some friends with her on her 16th...("a dream come true")

I think she could do a good job balancing her time with us, them and all of us...

I just really don't know what to do...

Any thoughts...:rolleyes1


Patricia, I was so glad we invited my DNiece, Catie, to come along with us on our last trip so that Tricia could have same-age companionship! :thumbsup2 It was good for Billy, too. If these kids are nice and you think they would roll nicely with your plans, then I say, "Go for it!!"

Okay... almost caught up now... :snail:


Kathy

KathyRN137
01-11-2010, 08:22 PM
...Hatter also just laid this little piece of info on me this morning...his parents may not go...Emily heard this and just burst out crying...she really wants them to be there...:headache:

They will probably cave if she works on them...(and Hatter said they would still pay for us...but that isn't the point...this is supposed to be a celebration...Oy, OY, OY...:mad:


...then to just add an extra dash of madness...Hatter is all perky this after and saying that since we might need three rooms...maybe he should talk his parents into buying half and half with us into DVC at the Wilderness Lodge because when you figure out the amt you'd spend on three rooms...:confused3 (& then we'd have it for a Christmas 2011 trip...)



Wow! I feel so bad for Em... hope you can work out a compromise.

You won't find me trying to talk you out of DVC! :rolleyes1 You could probably get some great resale contracts... I'm sure many people are selling b/c they need the extra cash.

Oy to the Vey!!

:lmao:


Kathy

PracPerfPatricia
01-11-2010, 08:59 PM
Since tomorrow will be 70 days till our Paris trip and I was going to do a little post on what I'm reading and watching in preparation for that trip tomorrow...

and there's been a bit of lunacy surrounding Em's b-day, to humor myself,...distract myself,...I've been thinking about something non-stressful...



Possible Gift Ideas for the b-day girl...

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http://i971.photobucket.com/albums/ae200/patriciasilverman/07-18-2009015839PM.jpg

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Wow-when did that happen? where did the baby go?...:rolleyes:




The trip itself is obviously the big gift...( not to mention getting to go to Paris earlier in the year...

Regardless of how this trip finally looks...we will be having a bday dinner and cake at the California Grill, tea at the GF and going to the Halloween party...

But 16 is a big deal and I'm thinking it would be fun to give her something each morning of the trip (6) -not like a car...:lmao: or anything nearly that extravagent... They don't all have to be big $ gifts, some can cost less and some more...but I'd like them all to be special and have a meaningful tie in in some way...

ie. I have a charm bracelet that I've collected charms on vacations that we've all gone as a family...so I have a Tower of London charm on it, a Golden Gate Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, a Mickey, etc.

-I could start her out with a bracelet like that with a Mickey charm and maybe an Eiffel tower since we'll have been there in March...(my bracelet is gold...I might get her silver)

-I was thinking about putting together a collection of 16 books that have special meaning to our family or just ones that I think represent her or ones that are classics I think she should have...

-A gift certificate to TrenD... (since it is her favorite store on Disney property)

-Alice in W pjs/robe to wear while there...if I could fine them...*they had cute ones last August in TrendD...I wish I had nabbed them...

(Since the Tim Burton Alice is coming out in March...I have a feeling we'll be seeing a lot of Alice merchandise...)

-Dooney and Bourke makes a Disney bag...it isn't inexpensive and I'd want to make sure it would be something she'd carry for a while...or an alternative...

-something from each Disney Resort she'll have been to at that point...WDW, DL and DLP...tshirt, pin, etc...

-Flowers


-Hmmm any ideas...:confused3

Happydog
01-11-2010, 09:09 PM
Wow, I think all your gifts are great ideas... I am not very knowledgeable in the teenage girl department -- would she enjoy a pedicure at the GF spa? With you??!! Are you doing something there already?

jillyb
01-11-2010, 09:26 PM
Those are awesome gift ideas! I saw this while doing some "window" shopping the other day and thought about you (and CP!):

http://www.disneystore.com/disney/store/DSIProductDisplay?storeId=10051&productId=1247909&categoryId=73492&catalogFromSearch=10002&catalogId=10002&langId=-1

TxMickeyLover
01-11-2010, 10:58 PM
I think a charm bracelet is a lovely idea. My mom started one for me when I was 14, and I still wear mine. I also like the idea of the book collection. I think both of these ideas are things that she would cherish for a very long time.

jordanyosh
01-11-2010, 11:54 PM
Perhaps...one of those photo books they do now. you could write your own story and include photos of her growing up. or there could be sections with mom/daughter, father/daugther, and brother/sister......

jordanyosh
01-12-2010, 12:01 AM
That French "Shepherd's Pie" looks amazing...I'm sure was too.

Flossbolna
01-12-2010, 02:02 AM
Those are wonderful ideas for gifts!

I love the 16 books idea - kind of a start to her own library! :goodvibes I also think Jordan's idea of the photobook is great, kind of a condnensed memory book of her first 16 years...

Regarding the Pjs: you can order anything directly from WDW (more info on allears.net found here: http://allears.net/tp/mailorder.htm), but it's best if you know the SKU number of the item. I guess we will browse through TrenD in a bit more than two weeks time (:woohoo:) and I can look out for it and take a note of the SKU number for you. Ordering it from WDW should be easy then! :thumbsup2

Charleston Princess
01-12-2010, 04:37 AM
I really like the charm bracelet idea and of course, the books! Such a fun idea! You know I will be borrowing ideas, right? LOL!

jenjolt
01-12-2010, 06:06 AM
Wow PPP I love all those ideas but I really like the idea of the charm bracelet...you could give her a different charm each morning. I also like the idea of the books too...something very nice for her!! However all the ideas are fabulous.