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yinyanggirls
11-16-2009, 11:53 PM
We got "the call"! :cheer2: Phoebe's Wish Granter, :wizard: Liz, called this afternoon to say that the dates we discussed are a GO! :yay:No details yet, as far as flight numbers or times, or what arrangements we need to make for the rental car :confused: once our WISH week is over, but at least we have DATES!:woohoo: We will leave April 17th spending one week (:confused3through the 24th?) at Give Kids The World:flower3:, continuing the trip on our own and then returning home April 30th. :goodvibes

I've never used so many smilies but this post definitely deserves them!:dance3: I was doing a happy dance when she called and I had to stop because I was panting on the phone and couldn't ask questions. :lmao:

So, on to the official Intro...

Princess Phoebe, age 8 -
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/3.jpg
She is the star of the show, the Wish Child, who is having her wish granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. We were referred to the organization by Phoebe's Geneticist after we were given yet another set of negative test results. Normally, negative test results sounds like it would be a good thing, but for Phoebe it means we don't know what is the root of all her difficulties and delays. We have an arsenal of specialists who handle different aspects of her medical needs and they all seem to feel confident that Phoebe has some sort of "syndrome", probably a randomly occurring chromosomal abnormality. She recently turned 8 years old, but is closer to a one year old cognitively, and is still trying to master quite a few of the basic infant/toddler milestones. She is visually impaired due to optic nerve atrophy, she cannot walk unassisted, she is unable to perform self-care tasks, she decided to be half-potty-trained (the messier half, thank goodness!), and she is non-verbal. Medically, Phoebe has been through a myriad of small, uncomfortable, and worrisome situations, but the biggest concerns now are her seizure activity and her growth. Because we don't know what she has, we don't know what to expect for the future and that is scary. I was a little surprised when the representative called from MAW to say she was approved. I am aware that they have expanded their scope to include children with life-threatening conditions, not restricted to terminally ill, but I was still surprised. I thanked her profusely and chose not to think any deeper than that. If this rare opportunity is being presented to Phoebe, I'll help her take it, and enjoy it, to the fullest of her abilities. There is no point in trying to make life fair, that's not what it's about, but it is somewhat comforting that Phoebe will have this special trip, meant just for her, when there are so many other experiences in life that she will not have.
But I have rambled on as usual, and completely digressed, because while all of this "stuff" is about Phoebe, I haven't told you the best stuff. As you can see, she is astonishingly gorgeous. Grown men stop us to say what beautiful crystal blue eyes she has. She loves people, and being in a crowd. She bonds intensely with anyone she spends significant time with, and ends up being the "teacher's pet" every year. She is sweet, innocent, loving, surprisingly stubborn, and yet easy-going. :cutie: Her favorite things in life are:
Her family
Gramma Jo (I even get jealous!)
HORSES!!!
lullabies and nursery rhymes
Blue's Clues and Baby Einstein
FOOD!!!
playing in water
Swinging!!!
and being "on the move"
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/Dmom126.jpg
I think I have rambled long enough for one post, :surfweb: so I will save the other intros for later. If you're reading this, thank you for jumping in. I'll be needing plenty of help to make this a trip that Phoebe will love!:lovestruc

pacrosby
11-17-2009, 12:30 AM
Oh Melissa.........I get it; I hear ya; so many of us who will read this understand 100%. Sometimes it's best to accept the gifts we receive and try not to overanalyze. I'm glad to hear you've got the ball rolling. Let the games begin!!!!



Pamela

Matty's Wish Trip http://disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2325607

Momofwishkid
11-17-2009, 01:54 AM
Yay Melissa!! Im so happy you have your dates. Phobe is beautiful and just looks like she has so much happiness in her. Cant wait to follow along.

chrissid7
11-17-2009, 02:19 AM
wooooohoooooo!!! I LOVE DATES!!!!!!!!! lol Im so glad you got them now you can put all of this newfound knowledge to use!! :dance3:

I am so happy to be able to put a face with a name and omg what a beautiful lil princess face!!!!

I still dont have a face with yours though soooo wheres your pic huh huh huh? LOL I didnt post mine yet either.

yinyanggirls
11-17-2009, 02:33 AM
Thanks for following Pamela, Jennifer and Chrissi! :wave2: I'm so excited to start organizing what I've learned so far. I had one last fun task to complete before I sign off....I created our ticker! Funny how such a random little thing feels so important. :goodvibes (oh, and can I say I was shocked when I finished it and it read "5 months until...". I knew we were less than 6, but 5 already! I told you Pamela, I'd be a total wreck with your timeline!!!)

Okay, I'm going to try and squeeze in a Table of Contents here, so I can go back and print it out as a journal for myself, and for any last minute readers who feel daunted by reading through 50 pages to catch up.

You've met the star, here's the supporting cast (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34377167&postcount=16)
More pics of the circus, I mean, family (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34417627&postcount=24)
Video of the girls being silly (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34417653&postcount=26)
This post pretty much sums up my husband's participation in the trip planning (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34427643&postcount=34)
Coming up with a plan for the "after-Disney" week of our trip (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34485355&postcount=44)
Tessa's bday update (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34545193&postcount=60)
Shopping for the trip and medical updates (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34561811&postcount=65)
Busy weekend update/Phoebe gets an owie (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34561811&postcount=65)
Mickey Head Mania, it was Jordan's Fault (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34681931&postcount=118)
Christmas Festival of Lights with Make-a-Wish (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34684869&postcount=123)
Christmas Day at the Movies (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34776057&postcount=147)
BIG news and still no shoes (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34865825&postcount=164)
Our first, last and only Disney Movie Night (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34873903&postcount=170)
Shopping... (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34949011&postcount=232)
Message from Tessa to Big Give Fairies (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34965485&postcount=251)
Gifts from fairy Margaret (autograph books, etc) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34975020&postcount=260)
A (sort of) final itinerary (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35066718&postcount=289)
Fairy Godmother goofs (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35073489&postcount=300)
Adrenaline rush for me and the girls (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35085240&postcount=304)
Additional cast member for week two (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35137435&postcount=312)
couple more pics (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35137632&postcount=313)
Flight info...through Chicago??? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35160503&postcount=323)
Hairy situations (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35167562&postcount=337)
Count to 12? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35202739&postcount=375)
Updates (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35209214&postcount=386)
Grandma Great (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35212103&postcount=387)
Mini-Funeral-Trip-Report (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35377500&postcount=427)
Pixie dust and jammies from Dawn and Caitlin (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35399219&postcount=437)
Mini-Minnie dress from Jessica (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35399368&postcount=438)
Pixie dust from Lynn (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35411560&postcount=447)
Pics of jammies (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35411813&postcount=449)
I'm getting a new camera!!! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35422491&postcount=453)
Tiana outfits from Crystal (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35510383&postcount=486)
Couple more pics (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35510426&postcount=487)
Movie list (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35568493&postcount=512)
Sleeping Beauty dress from Heather (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35685933&postcount=544)
From Tessa to Tessa (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35686153&postcount=545)
WISH shirts from Kristine (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35686357&postcount=546)
Animal Kingdom ensembles from Anita (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35724338&postcount=563)
Packing update (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35724900&postcount=565)
Pixie dust from Andrea (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35750865&postcount=573)
Fun for the Queen and King from Andrea (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35779600&postcount=585)
Give a Day, Get a Snafu? (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35806784&postcount=595)
Tinkerbelle dress from Nini and Brianna (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35847680&postcount=619)
Sleeping Beauty dresses from Tricia (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35847861&postcount=621)
Hula time from Melinda (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35903867&postcount=643)
Sea World dresses and cute bows from Fairygoodmother and Poohnpiglet (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35903932&postcount=644)
Lady and the Tramp and Blue's Clues outfits from Heather (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35921814&postcount=654)
101 Dalmations dress from Daniel family, Coke hat for Daddy, and Tessa's crayon roll-ups and books from Mary (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35922139&postcount=655)
So, I get TWO new cameras? and counting down (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35988757&postcount=672)
Sarah's gorgeous quilts, fun Ts and mouse ear barrettes, plus fun mail (http://http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=35988958&postcount=673)
Bows and headbands from Krysta (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36034023&postcount=699)
Welcome packet from GKTW (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36034339&postcount=701)
Flashback - a day at Disneyland 03/09 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36087585&postcount=739)
Flashback part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=36130880&postcount=763)

thatkid
11-17-2009, 05:39 AM
hi!
I was so excited when i got my dates so i could make my ticker too :rotfl:
I found out i was getting a wish in may, and there's only 15 days left. :yay:
the time goes by so fast, yet so slow haha.
i'm excited to hear more!

motherof4greatkids
11-17-2009, 07:20 AM
You have a beautiful family i hope all your wishes come true.

pipersmom
11-17-2009, 08:37 AM
Hooray!! For dates..and starting a PTR! I can't wait to see all your pics 'cause I know what a great photographer you are from reading your blog! Can't wait for the next installment!

pipersmom
11-17-2009, 08:39 AM
Tina..just click to edit your post, then delete all the words and maybe comment on Melissa's post to replace them ;) When you get ready to post it again..go back to the pre-trip forum, click on "new thread" and there you go!

maroo
11-17-2009, 10:13 AM
Tina - I sent you some instructions in a Private Message about how to start a pre-trip report and how to edit the post above. A Moderator may come by and delete it for you, though. :thumbsup2


Princess Phoebe is so cute! :)

Lauren is going to be tickled pink that you have started a pre-trip report - Lauren is convinced that Phoebe looks just like she did when she was little and "loves her already."

I will link this to the Wish Trippers Unite first page, too...so people can find ya! :) (Although it looks like they already have! :)

motherof4greatkids
11-17-2009, 12:16 PM
Hi im new to all this my name is Tina i just wanted to say hi and i cant wait to hear all about your trip

chrissid7
11-17-2009, 01:06 PM
I felt like such an official Dis'er when I made my ticker! That really got the ball rollin for me! :cool1: ok ive gotta get back to work!! its hard with so much excitement!!!

StefaniLyn
11-17-2009, 01:37 PM
What a great start to your trip report! Phoebe is absolutely beautiful and I can't wait to read more about the rest of your family as well as your plans!! There were several parts of Phoebe's story where I literally could replace her name with Bella's. I understand the 'negatives' from genetics. We go through it once each year with the same frustration. Our doctors continue to tell us our daughter is literally one of a kind! Sounds like the same is true for Phoebe! I hope that you eventually find some answers so you know what the future may hold! Congrats again on your wish and your dates!

MomTo4+more
11-17-2009, 01:53 PM
She is so precious. I am excited to follow along as you plan. I just thought today that now that our wish trip is over, I need something fun to plan. Your five month wait will go so quickly!

yinyanggirls
11-17-2009, 04:11 PM
Thanks for reading guys! I think it would really stink to make a PTR/TR and have no one reading. :sad1: I know some of us are learning together, and others have BTDT or have been researching for months already, so it will be great to have you as a resource. :idea:

yinyanggirls
11-18-2009, 12:30 AM
So now you've met my little angel. http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/P7040223a.jpg

Let me introduce you to my little devil. :lmao:
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/P1010389.jpg

Tessa is the little "big" sister. She has a unique position as the youngest chronologically but the oldest cognitively. Other than her exquisite beauty, she is opposite of Phoebe in every possible way. That is where my email address and screen name come from - yin yang girls. Tessa was born an independent woman. She is always on the move (a specialist who saw her at 2 months old told me to expect an ADHD dX when she is older and I do believe she's right). She has never wanted to be cuddled unless it is on her terms. She is stunningly smart, talking well before one year, walking at 10 mos, reading and writing names and a couple of small words at barely 3, strong and agile. I joke that between my two kids I have no idea what "normal" is and she has helped me to realize that it just doesn't matter. The last 4 years have been the longest four of my life! But I do look forward to watching her grow into the amazing person I know she'll be.
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/P1012330b.jpg

Now for Daddy. He's the best Daddy in the world. We have the letter from Texas Roadhouse to prove it. :thumbsup2
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/P1012463.jpg
Phoebe "wrote" a letter about how wonderful her dad is and we entered it in the restaurant's Father's Day contest. (I did inform the hostess that I wrote it, but I was pretty sure it was what she would say) Dad won a free dinner and so did Phoebe! Yum! We love that place and Tessa affectionately calls it the "peanut restronk". Daddy works long hard hours in law enforcement in order to provide us with good benefits, a house big enough to navigate with a wheelchair and a van big enough to transport said chair. But don't let him fool you. He loves what he does and longs to go back to work "to relax" after any extended time off. He is just a kid at heart and loves playing "Hide and Seek" with the bad guys as he tells Tessa. When he's not having fun at work, taking care of girls at home, he loves building things and has earned the nickname Tim the Tool Man by his multiple ER visits.

So that leaves me. Mommy.
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/P1010160a-1.jpg
Wow, that blur technique really does wonders for the wrinkles!;) In my BC life (Before Children, that is) I was an aspiring photographer with a pretty decent clientèle built up. Then I took an 8 year maternity leave. :lmao: I have been trying to get my name out there since we moved to our newest neighborhood (we've moved 4 times in 5 years but plan to be here for at least a few). In more recent years I have volunteered with a national adoption organization, organizing the training classes required by hopeful parents to be approved to adopt through the agency that sponsored the organization. Basically it was a support group for previous and hopeful adoptive parents, birthparents and adoptees. Along with the classes I spearheaded social and political events and helped compile a monthly newsletter. Since both of our girls came to us through adoption I have a strong passion for the whole process. Phoebe came to us through a planned adoption and I just think her birthmother is a true hero. Tessa came to us through state foster care and unfortunately we have never met any of her birth family. We were placed with both girls straight from the hospitals they were born in and I am so grateful for the ways they have changed my life. I love to read when I have time. I love movies. I love all kinds of music and still force my husband to go dancing with me occasionally. I spend way too much time on the internet, but have made some wonderful friends through the years. I am enjoying getting to know everyone here!

So here are a few more shots of our crazy family that you might enjoy.
Me and the girls riding around Tombstone AZ in the Mail Coach while Daddy enjoys a noisy gun show.
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/P1010377a.jpg

The girls playing during a quick stop at the store. It's hard not to be noticed everywhere we go with Phoebe's hot pink wheelchair and Tessa's vivacious voice.
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/Photo-0009.jpg

The girls on the apple scale. I make them all go apple picking every fall. They always love it once they get there.
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/100336.jpg

Phoebe loves getting out and doing stuff. Doesn't really matter what.
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/100374.jpg

Tessa is a character; always entertaining. I have so many fun pics of her and none of them are posed. LOL
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/10039-1.jpg

The girls love visiting family in CA. Tessa begs to go back to the beach. Phoebe does not love the beach so much, but lots of other fun things in CA are good. Like Grandparents, Disneyland, warm pools and fully accessible playgrounds. I'm trying to get our town to add at least a special swing, but it's slow going.
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/P1012379a.jpg

And I'll leave off with one last sweet one of the girls. They are so fun. Tessa is almost four and starting to really interact with Phoebe now. She runs out to meet her bus and likes to ride down on the chair lift with her. She will put on a Baby Einstein for her sister even though we all have them memorized. Tonight at dinner Phoebe grabbed Tessa's hand (she loves hands, always has, and claps the hands together) and Tessa said to her "Nice to meet you Phoebe. I missed you!".
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/061609-1.jpg

Momofwishkid
11-18-2009, 01:01 AM
Your girls are beautiful, I love the pic of them at the store. Shopping is always fun isnt it!

chrissid7
11-18-2009, 01:19 AM
They are BEAUTIFUL!!! Your story made me misty until the end and that very last part made me just all out sob!!! (in a good way). You are such and inspiration and what a lucky man and lucky girls to have you. Dad sounds pretty great too!!! SO glad to "meet" you and your family! :hug:

pacrosby
11-18-2009, 02:18 AM
Hi Melissa...........just love all the px! And your girls are lovely. I enjoyed reading all the details. Don't stop now.........

Pamela:santa:

Matty's Wish Trip http://disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2325607

kellyw8863
11-18-2009, 08:30 AM
Yay for dates! You have such a beautiful family. I'm looking forward to following you on this journey!

Kelly

maroo
11-18-2009, 08:35 AM
They are just gorgeous!

I am sure that Lauren wants to request some more pictures...She wanted to see the pictures posted here that she "saw before" - said something about a trampoline? And her Daddy carrying her?

I love those! :love:

yinyanggirls
11-18-2009, 03:49 PM
They are just gorgeous!

I am sure that Lauren wants to request some more pictures...She wanted to see the pictures posted here that she "saw before" - said something about a trampoline? And her Daddy carrying her?

I love those! :love:

Thanks everyone. I actually was tempted to use some of the same ones, but thought people might want to see something different. I guess that was long enough ago that many haven't or won't see them on the Wish Trip thread. Good point Lauren!:thumbsup2

HeatherSue
11-21-2009, 01:14 AM
YAY!!! You have your dates!!!!! :banana::banana::banana:

I LOVE reading about your beautiful princesses!!

yinyanggirls
11-21-2009, 02:27 AM
Just copying and pasting over from the main thread. Some pics I already shared, but compiling them now onto Phoebe's PTR.


Me and my girls, Nov. 2008
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/menov3.jpg


Princess Phoebe at her recent Enchanted Garden Bday party
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/Dmom126.jpg


Hurricane Tessa at the party
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/DP9120292.jpg


Me lighting the candles as excited little fairies looked on (or grabbed or blew or...note my other hand guarding one side)
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/Dmom5.jpg


My hubby kissing a fairy
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/DP9120296.jpg


Tim carrying Phoebe from the trampoline back to her chair. I'm often grateful for his muscles.
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/Dmom89.jpg


And just to throw in a little Disney, this is on our last trip (the girls' first trip) to Dland in March 09. They both LOVED it! Tessa isn't visible in this shot, but I love how my SIL, Tim and I are all looking at Phoebe to see her reaction to the teacups.
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/2009_March_20_032D-1.jpg

yinyanggirls
11-21-2009, 02:37 AM
So now that we have dates, I figured I'd go through my existing ADRs. I canceled a couple and then tried to make some decisions about more but it is SO HARD TO DECIDE WHERE WE WILL BE ON ANY GIVEN DAY!!! :scared:

We are leaving on a Saturday but I don't know our flight details yet so I am not planning anything for that day. Being in AZ we will probably have a transfer and a longer flight. Even if we get there early I figure there's a two hour time change (or will it be three in April? AZ doesn't do DST) and we can relax and explore GKTW. So our plans will really begin on Sunday. According to the TouringPlans crowd calendar the early part of the week will be more crowded than mid or later. What do you all think about doing Sea World and Universal the days before Disney? I know the girls will enjoy Disney the most so it feels weird to think about putting it off. But if we are going to do all of them anyway, it shouldn't matter which days...What did I do with my evenings before all of this?:headache: (That's a happy headache, though):goodvibes

yinyanggirls
11-21-2009, 02:42 AM
Just to spread the happiness from our house to yours...And to see if I can figure out video...Phoebe was in a very giggly mood and driving home from the library today she had us all cracking up. (FYI, I had no idea if I was catching them in the camera or not, because as you can see I AM driving, but AM NOT paying attention to my phone - just hit the record button and held it backwards)
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/th_TandPcar.jpg (http://s270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/?action=view&current=TandPcar.flv)

yinyanggirls
11-21-2009, 02:49 AM
I LOVE reading about your beautiful princesses!!

Hi Heather! I'm so happy you found Phoebe's PTR. I think your experience as a fellow Tessa mom will help me in the planning. (Heaven knows I'll need help):lmao:

StefaniLyn
11-21-2009, 02:54 AM
the video is adorable! Their laughter is contagious!!!

I think it is a great idea to end the trip with Disney days! I was hoping our last day would be at DHS but because of ressies and other stuff, we'll be going to US/IOA.

Momofwishkid
11-21-2009, 03:17 AM
I agree the video is adorable and their laughter really made me smile :goodvibes. The pics of your family are also beautiful. The fairy party looks like so much fun!

chrissid7
11-21-2009, 03:10 PM
Just to spread the happiness from our house to yours...And to see if I can figure out video...Phoebe was in a very giggly mood and driving home from the library today she had us all cracking up. (FYI, I had no idea if I was catching them in the camera or not, because as you can see I AM driving, but AM NOT paying attention to my phone - just hit the record button and held it backwards)
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/th_TandPcar.jpg (http://s270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/?action=view&current=TandPcar.flv)

OMG how cute!!!! What a sweet laugh! I could eat her up!

maroo
11-21-2009, 08:37 PM
So now that we have dates, I figured I'd go through my existing ADRs. I canceled a couple and then tried to make some decisions about more but it is SO HARD TO DECIDE WHERE WE WILL BE ON ANY GIVEN DAY!!! :scared:

We are leaving on a Saturday but I don't know our flight details yet so I am not planning anything for that day. Being in AZ we will probably have a transfer and a longer flight. Even if we get there early I figure there's a two hour time change (or will it be three in April? AZ doesn't do DST) and we can relax and explore GKTW. So our plans will really begin on Sunday. According to the TouringPlans crowd calendar the early part of the week will be more crowded than mid or later. What do you all think about doing Sea World and Universal the days before Disney? I know the girls will enjoy Disney the most so it feels weird to think about putting it off. But if we are going to do all of them anyway, it shouldn't matter which days...What did I do with my evenings before all of this?:headache: (That's a happy headache, though):goodvibes

That video is SOOO cute!

As far as your days....

It depends...If the crowd scores are about all the same, then I would just go in whatever order makes sense. The big thing to me...is to make sure you schedule your "short" days on the days of the parties that you want to go to... Like Thursday is Christmas - so I usually try to schedule a short day park (maybe Universal) on that day...and keep my "full" days for Disney. Then it depends on what night activities are must dos for Disney - you will have to schedule around Spectro and Wishes, for example.

It is a puzzle, really.

If you want to send me your dates, I can do a planner for you. :) Maybe that would be a starting point.

yinyanggirls
11-21-2009, 09:32 PM
That video is SOOO cute!

As far as your days....

It depends...If the crowd scores are about all the same, then I would just go in whatever order makes sense. The big thing to me...is to make sure you schedule your "short" days on the days of the parties that you want to go to... Like Thursday is Christmas - so I usually try to schedule a short day park (maybe Universal) on that day...and keep my "full" days for Disney. Then it depends on what night activities are must dos for Disney - you will have to schedule around Spectro and Wishes, for example.

It is a puzzle, really.

If you want to send me your dates, I can do a planner for you. :) Maybe that would be a starting point.

I am worried about crowd levels (worried meaning, going to try and avoid them as much as possible, but not dwell on it if we need to arrange the schedule differently for other factors). Those other factors being the ADRs that I have already been able to secure, based on nothing but hope that our dates would get confirmed by MAW (hurray that they did!). And also the GKTW activities. Maroo, I'd love to see what you come up with, so I'll PM you.

When I map out GKTW to the parks this is what it says:
to Epcot - 20 mins
to DHS - 19 mins
to AK - 23 mins
to MK (or TTC) - 28 mins
to DTD - 19 mins
to SW - 20 mins
to US - 28 mins

Has anyone had a very different experience or does this sound reasonable? What kind of time should I plan for in terms of getting parked, entry, stroller rental (if we rent one), etc before we are actually enjoying the parks? When we went to Disneyland we got a GAC from Guest services for Phoebe's wheelchair - it allowed her to enter through the exits and thereby take her chair all the way to the ride, rather than leave it with the strollers outside. Do you get this with the packet at GKTW or do you still need to go to Guest Services when you arrive?

yinyanggirls
11-21-2009, 11:30 PM
Hehehe. I think even DH is getting excited now. :cool2: He called me from the store to ask about our current memory card and go over options that they sell there. I informed him that if buying another card is necessary we could wait until we are there to do it.
Can anyone give a little detail as to what GKTW can do in terms of pictures? I think I remember from various TRs that they take some pics with their own cameras/photographers while you are there and give you a disk of them when you leave. Could they also make a disk off of your own camera's memory card? Or move pics from a memory card over to a memory stick? And, as long as I am on the subject of pictures, do I need to preorder a Disney photopass? Or buy it when we are there? Who do I buy it from???

yinyanggirls
11-22-2009, 02:50 AM
So when DH gets home I start going over ideas and plans with him and I just had to share one of his comments.
He said that he is prepared to skip all of the roller coasters since the kids probably can't go on them. I mentioned that surprisingly, most of them should be okay for both girls to ride and if not there is always the "kid swap". His eyebrows went up and I immediately clarified that "kid swap" did not mean that we could trade one of our children for someone else's. He then asked if they would expand it to include a "wife swap". :mad: He then defended himself by saying, "you know I'm not the first person to suggest that...maybe out loud, but not the first".:lmao:

pipersmom
11-22-2009, 08:27 AM
LOL! Gotta love funny hubbys! I can't answer your questions about GKTW, memory cards, etc..but I do know about the photopass thing. When you see your first photographer, he'll give you a card with a number on it. Every time you get another photo taken, you have the photographer scan the card. Then when you get home you can go through the photos on a website, edit them, etc. I think the usual cost of the actual CD is $149, but my understanding is Maroo may have a discount code for Wish Trippers. Hope that helps!

StefaniLyn
11-22-2009, 11:09 AM
I just wanted to add something to the photopass comment. The first thing you should do with your photopass is take a picture of the number on the back. Or write it down if you do not have a camera. This way, even if you lose the photopass, you will still be able to access the photos.

And you are correct, Maroo does have information on a discount for Wish Families if you are going in the very near future. Hopefully, by the time many of us go on our Wish Trips, the discounted photopass information will be part of the GKTW orientation.

yinyanggirls
11-22-2009, 04:19 PM
I just wanted to add something to the photopass comment. The first thing you should do with your photopass is take a picture of the number on the back. Or write it down if you do not have a camera. This way, even if you lose the photopass, you will still be able to access the photos.

And you are correct, Maroo does have information on a discount for Wish Families if you are going in the very near future. Hopefully, by the time many of us go on our Wish Trips, the discounted photopass information will be part of the GKTW orientation.

Good idea to record the number!
And just to clarify - we do not need to order one or pay for in advance? I thought I read that somewhere, but that's not how they did it when we went to DL last spring. Just checkin'!

StefaniLyn
11-22-2009, 11:43 PM
Good idea to record the number!
And just to clarify - we do not need to order one or pay for in advance? I thought I read that somewhere, but that's not how they did it when we went to DL last spring. Just checkin'!

You could also text the number to yourself if you do not have a camera.
And yes, you are correct. With the discount for Wish families you will not need to pre-order the photopass cd in advance as there is no advantage to doing so (I believe there is currently a discount for guests staying onsite but GKTW is not a Disney property so it does not qualify). You would simply order it after you return and enter all of your photopass numbers and make any edits you want.

Once I return, I will let you know whether the discount is presented at orientation or if I needed to get a discount code from Maroo.

yinyanggirls
11-23-2009, 12:17 AM
Once I return, I will let you know whether the discount is presented at orientation or if I needed to get a discount code from Maroo.

Thanks!!!

yinyanggirls
11-23-2009, 12:56 AM
I wanted to get some opinions about the sit-down restaurants and ADRs. I always knew that at Disneyland the Blue Bayou (overlooking Pirates) restaurant required reservations but I had no idea there were character meals etc. I would probably never splurge on them normally, but I figure this is a once in a lifetime trip so why not?

What does everyone think about getting reservations? Do you feel like they are too restricting on time? Maybe just one special meal is enough for the week? One a day? Which meal? I'm just wondering how each of you decide whether or not to do a reserved restaurant meal and if so which ones and why.

Dh is thinking lunch would be too early, and we won't want heavy tummies when we go on rides. I am thinking lunch is a bit cheaper, and getting the reservation over with early frees up the rest of the day for the inevitable change of plans.

Here are the ones I think our family would like -

Cinderella's Royal Table (in the castle) - just to add to the once in a lifetime experience. Tessa loves the princesses, and Phoebe truly is a princess. ;)
(if not in the castle, then also 1900 Park Faire or Askershus with the princesses)

T-Rex (DTD) - Casual, places for Phoebe to get out of her chair and move, Tessa's fave show right now is PBS' Dinosaur Train.

Tusker House (AK) - might sound silly, but I'd love to experience Africa in a more "human" aspect to expose our whole family to a little African culture. Tessa is half black and although she's very young I hate to pass up the opportunity.

Biergarten (Germany) - the band would really be fun for Phoebe, who loves music and normally falls asleep during meals because it takes so much energy to eat! Also, DH and I both have German ancestry and I'm obviously a sucker for the whole "family history" aspect of World Showcase. The one problem is that the band only plays during dinner I believe, and I don't know if we will be at Epcot the entire day.

House of Blues (Sunday Gospel Brunch at DTD) - again, the music aspect for Phoebe, and the southern gospel aspect for Tessa, and just think it would be so cool in general.

Other thoughts are -
Teppan Edo (in Japan, where they cook right in front of you)
Ohana ? (is this the luau?)
Coral Reef (where you are sitting by the aquarium)

Share your experiences and thoughts please!!!

StefaniLyn
11-23-2009, 01:54 AM
What does everyone think about getting reservations? Do you feel like they are too restricting on time? they can be disruptive to a Disney day if you are on a mission to accomplish every ride. However, remember that you have front of the line access so you will be saving time there. Maybe just one special meal is enough for the week? One a day? I would say two or three for the whole week would suffice. Which meal? I'm just wondering how each of you decide whether or not to do a reserved restaurant meal and if so which ones and why.

Dh is thinking lunch would be too early, and we won't want heavy tummies when we go on rides. I am thinking lunch is a bit cheaper, and getting the reservation over with early frees up the rest of the day for the inevitable change of plans.

Here are the ones I think our family would like -

Cinderella's Royal Table (in the castle) - just to add to the once in a lifetime experience. Tessa loves the princesses, and Phoebe truly is a princess. ;)
(if not in the castle, then also 1900 Park Faire or Askershus with the princesses)This is an incredible experience and I would suggest that if you have the opportunity GO FOR IT! My DDs love dining here and they are turly treated like princesses. If you go, I suggest breakfast or lunch as this is when the princesses are there. Dinner will get you the fairy godmother and mice.

T-Rex (DTD) - Casual, places for Phoebe to get out of her chair and move, Tessa's fave show right now is PBS' Dinosaur Train.
I don't know anything about this one.
Tusker House (AK) - might sound silly, but I'd love to experience Africa in a more "human" aspect to expose our whole family to a little African culture. Tessa is half black and although she's very young I hate to pass up the opportunity.
I think this is a great idea. But again, I cannot speak to it.
Biergarten (Germany) - the band would really be fun for Phoebe, who loves music and normally falls asleep during meals because it takes so much energy to eat! Also, DH and I both have German ancestry and I'm obviously a sucker for the whole "family history" aspect of World Showcase. The one problem is that the band only plays during dinner I believe, and I don't know if we will be at Epcot the entire day.

House of Blues (Sunday Gospel Brunch at DTD) - again, the music aspect for Phoebe, and the southern gospel aspect for Tessa, and just think it would be so cool in general.

Other thoughts are -
Teppan Edo (in Japan, where they cook right in front of you)
Ohana ? (is this the luau?)this is not the same as the luau. O'hana is a meal with Lilo, Stitch, and some of the Fab 5 dresssed in hawaiian clothes. It was LOT of fun for my girls. We did breakfast and it was a great kick off to the day. The food is served family style and is delicious. The characters come around to your table and they also form a line with the kids and dance their way around the room.
Coral Reef (where you are sitting by the aquarium)

Share your experiences and thoughts please!!!

Chef Mickey's is also popular if the girls like Mickey and the gang. Akershus is a good alternative if you cannot get a ressie for the castle. The princesses are there as well. It is in Epcot. However, the food is not the most kid friendly so you may want to check the menu before making a ressie. There is a Play and Dine with Playhouse Disney Characters (Little Einsteins, JoJo's Circus) at Hollywood Studios. It is a buffet and the food was really good. And of course, there is Crystal Palace with Pooh and Friends. Also a buffet, and a lot of fun.

pipersmom
11-23-2009, 07:44 AM
Good morning! Not sure what to tell you about the ADRs hon, but I can tell you what we're planning to do...probably Akershus for lunch on Epcot day, and then California Grill or something comparable for either late lunch or early dinner. That one is more if my mom can come with us, as sort of a thank you for her. If she can't come and it's just the two of us, we'll probably either do Chef Mickeys or Park Fare for lunch. I can't bring myself to pay the bucks for breakfast when I know GKTW does a nice one. Poor Piper having a thrifty Mommy, lol. Of course, once I see what (if any) spending money we get, all bets could be off !!

maroo
11-23-2009, 10:11 AM
I wanted to get some opinions about the sit-down restaurants and ADRs. I always knew that at Disneyland the Blue Bayou (overlooking Pirates) restaurant required reservations but I had no idea there were character meals etc. I would probably never splurge on them normally, but I figure this is a once in a lifetime trip so why not?

Exactly! :)

What does everyone think about getting reservations? Do you feel like they are too restricting on time? Maybe just one special meal is enough for the week? One a day? Which meal? I'm just wondering how each of you decide whether or not to do a reserved restaurant meal and if so which ones and why.

This totally depends on your goals. We really spent most of a day with Lauren doing BBB and a Castle lunch. In hindsight, we would have done something different...but hindsight is 20/20. She didn't really enjoy those as much I thought she would in my mind. :)

Depends on your goals for the trip - are you going to do all of the rides? Are you going to just have a relaxed sort of trip? Which are her favorites? What does she really want to do?

Dh is thinking lunch would be too early, and we won't want heavy tummies when we go on rides. I am thinking lunch is a bit cheaper, and getting the reservation over with early frees up the rest of the day for the inevitable change of plans.

Most of the rides at Disney won't upset your tummy...the big ones (roller coasters, etc) might...but you would be wise to do those in the morning anyway, because the lines get longer as the day goes on (even with the button, you will most likely be in the Fast Pass line). Lunch is definitely cheaper.

Here are the ones I think our family would like -

Cinderella's Royal Table (in the castle) - just to add to the once in a lifetime experience. Tessa loves the princesses, and Phoebe truly is a princess. ;)
(if not in the castle, then also 1900 Park Faire or Askershus with the princesses)

The Castle is a once in a lifetime thing - make sure you get an ADR as soon as you can! It is very hard to get one later. (Trust me - I have tried for Bella with no luck. :headache:)

The GOOD thing about doing 1900 Parke Fare is that it is at a Resort...which means you could do it on a "non" Disney day...Not use one of your tickets and therefore have extra time for it. So...you could go to Sea World or Universal (whichever one you think you will spend the least time doing) and then have Dinner that night at 1900 Parke Fare. You would just drive to the Grand Floridian for that one and not have to buy a ticket. (Show your button and you should get free Valet parking - otherwise that is expensive.)

T-Rex (DTD) - Casual, places for Phoebe to get out of her chair and move, Tessa's fave show right now is PBS' Dinosaur Train.

This restaurant is really loud...just to warn you. :) But many kids really love it!!

Tusker House (AK) - might sound silly, but I'd love to experience Africa in a more "human" aspect to expose our whole family to a little African culture. Tessa is half black and although she's very young I hate to pass up the opportunity.

Another consideration would be Boma. This restaurant is at the Animal Kingdom Lodge and has real African natives as servers. It is a buffet with GREAT food. This is another one that you could do on a non-Disney day, since you just drive to the resort and eat. And the Animal Kingdom Lodge is cool to see. If you have time, you can go check out the animals on the Savannah, too. A real African experience.

Biergarten (Germany) - the band would really be fun for Phoebe, who loves music and normally falls asleep during meals because it takes so much energy to eat! Also, DH and I both have German ancestry and I'm obviously a sucker for the whole "family history" aspect of World Showcase. The one problem is that the band only plays during dinner I believe, and I don't know if we will be at Epcot the entire day.

I heard the band at lunch when I was there in Sept? Not sure if that is normal or not? But it is a fun restaurant!

House of Blues (Sunday Gospel Brunch at DTD) - again, the music aspect for Phoebe, and the southern gospel aspect for Tessa, and just think it would be so cool in general.

This is one that I have really wanted to try and another one that would not waste your "Disney" time since it would be off property.

Other thoughts are -
Teppan Edo (in Japan, where they cook right in front of you)

This is like any regular Hibachi restaurant you would have at home...I would skip if this is a wish trip.

Ohana ? (is this the luau?)

There is a separate Luau. And this is a cool choice, too!

Coral Reef (where you are sitting by the aquarium)

Great atmosphere...and may be great if your kids like that sort of thing. NOT very Wheelchair accessible...at least when I was there. The "ramp" was broken and Lauren would not have even been able to get down to the aquarium wall. :sad2: And the food is only average, honestly. I would skip it.

Share your experiences and thoughts please!!!

There ya go!

yinyanggirls
11-27-2009, 02:09 PM
Thanks for the thoughts on the restaurants. I hope others who stop by will share as well!
I have a new subject to get opinions on, not Disney related but you all know who is going on the trip, the purpose of the trip, and when we are going. It also seems that there are proportionately more easterners than westerners here and I think you are more likely to have experience...
For the extended portion of our trip we have not decided what we are doing yet. I know that most people add on extra days at Disney but I think we will leave Orlando. Phoebe has very low energy and I really don't think she could handle more than the one week, in fact I'm not sure she'll make it through the week at all! I do plan to incorporate breaks in the wish lounges and possibly naps at "home" if needed, but it will still be a taxing week for her.
Dh has lots and lots of vacation time saved (because we never want to spend the money it would take to go somewhere!) so we asked for almost a week extension. I assume we are checking out of GKTW on Saturday April 24th and don't fly home until sometime on Friday the 30th.
I was looking at the map and started thinking it could be really fun but also relaxing to go to Savannah, Hilton Head, Charleston areas. What do you think? I also considered the keys, and a cruise but I'm afraid the cruise might cost too much and the keys might not have enough to do. None of us have been further (south) east than Shreveport and I really like the idea of sightseeing, beachcombing and just soaking up the atmosphere. Thoughts? Opinions? Ideas?

maroo
11-27-2009, 07:30 PM
I missed some updates above...not sure how I managed that??

You do get a very generous discount from PhotoPass and the PhotoPass folks have said that won't be available directly through GKTW until after Jan...so...if it isn't there when you get there yet, then I will send you a code. It really will save you a bundle. ;)

Make sure you let me know when you get back... Did I get you a planner????

Thanks for the thoughts on the restaurants. I hope others who stop by will share as well!
I have a new subject to get opinions on, not Disney related but you all know who is going on the trip, the purpose of the trip, and when we are going. It also seems that there are proportionately more easterners than westerners here and I think you are more likely to have experience...
For the extended portion of our trip we have not decided what we are doing yet. I know that most people add on extra days at Disney but I think we will leave Orlando. Phoebe has very low energy and I really don't think she could handle more than the one week, in fact I'm not sure she'll make it through the week at all! I do plan to incorporate breaks in the wish lounges and possibly naps at "home" if needed, but it will still be a taxing week for her.
Dh has lots and lots of vacation time saved (because we never want to spend the money it would take to go somewhere!) so we asked for almost a week extension. I assume we are checking out of GKTW on Saturday April 24th and don't fly home until sometime on Friday the 30th.
I was looking at the map and started thinking it could be really fun but also relaxing to go to Savannah, Hilton Head, Charleston areas. What do you think? I also considered the keys, and a cruise but I'm afraid the cruise might cost too much and the keys might not have enough to do. None of us have been further (south) east than Shreveport and I really like the idea of sightseeing, beachcombing and just soaking up the atmosphere. Thoughts? Opinions? Ideas?

I have no idea...

But my friend has this to say...

The Keys are more interesting to an adult than a child...lots of clubs, etc. There are some family things, but honestly not where she would go. They do have a Port for the HUGE ships - so that is interesting.

Savannah, GA - More of an adult place, too. Old homes, etc.

Hilton Head is a beach resort area. Which sounds relaxing to me!

*This was all from my friend*

Anyway..I (Maroo) have no idea! But hopefully you will get some input!

yinyanggirls
11-28-2009, 01:17 AM
I missed some updates above...not sure how I managed that??

Ummm, I think maybe you had a busy week!:lmao:

You do get a very generous discount from PhotoPass and the PhotoPass folks have said that won't be available directly through GKTW until after Jan...so...if it isn't there when you get there yet, then I will send you a code. It really will save you a bundle. ;)

Thanks so much for spearheading that change. I am one who probably would have skipped it due to cost, but I think it will be worth it to have add'l pics.

Make sure you let me know when you get back... Did I get you a planner????

No, not yet....:rolleyes1 j/k!

I have no idea...

But my friend has this to say...

The Keys are more interesting to an adult than a child...lots of clubs, etc. There are some family things, but honestly not where she would go. They do have a Port for the HUGE ships - so that is interesting.

That's kind of what I figured. My family went when I was a teen and I remember the long bridges, the hundreds of cats at Hemingway's House, and some bar we ate burgers at. That's it. I don't think the girls will remember anything if we went there. The water and beaches look gorgeous but I don't think it would be worth the drive.

Savannah, GA - More of an adult place, too. Old homes, etc.

That's what I'm finding online, but I think walking around a little might be fun. Phoebe loves to just be out doing things. So after a long drive, where she will most definitely sleep, I think it would be some low key fun to walk around an old town. Not thinking of multiple days in one spot, just a "drive by" type of visit. My biggest worry with Savannah would be if it is wheelchair friendly - often "old" does not equate to "accessible".:laughing:

Hilton Head is a beach resort area. Which sounds relaxing to me!

I definitely plan to hit a beach somewhere...or multiple. Phoebe enjoys it but not for a whole day. I guess because she can't get up and play and do what other kids like to do at the beach. So she gets bored if we're in one spot too long. I have seen pics of several lighthouses, forts, plantations etc along the coast and even though those things would be boring to the kids, they would break up the day. Give us something to look at for a while. There is one place in particular called Cumberland that is intriguing. The island has limited daily access and is very natural. Hardly any civilization. There are wild horses running around, sea turtles during certain times of the year, etc. Again, not sure about accessibility but worth looking into.

*This was all from my friend*

Tell your friend thanks, and thank you for sharing!

Anyway..I (Maroo) have no idea! But hopefully you will get some input!

I have spent so much time researching the GKTW week, I've just scratched the surface of possibilities for the other week!

yinyanggirls
11-28-2009, 01:51 AM
I have been trying to get ressie's for House of Blues Sunday brunch through the Disney website and it says they are not available. When I go to Ticketmaster it appears that they are, but they tack on a bunch of fees, so I kept trying Disney's site. In the meantime, I asked my dad if they had eaten at the one in Downtown Disney in CA and he said they had. He said the food was okay, the entertainment good but loud and he didn't think the kids would like it. So I'm leaning away from that one now. It's not unique to Disney, as they have multiple locations, such as the CA DD. Since all the grandparents live in CA we tend to go there at least once a year and could try it on one of those trips if we wanted.

Next, I've got a confirmation number for T-Rex, lunch, on the day I was thinking of doing Sea World.

I've got a pre=paid conf. number for Cinderella's Royal Table, lunch, on Monday but I want to change it to Weds, as I think that is the day we will want to do MK (based on crowd calendar).

I've got a conf. number for Park Faire, dinner, but it's for the night we are supposed to have already checked out of GKTW. I don't think we need to do two princess meals, and I got this when our dates were not yet confirmed, just in case. I don't want to let it go yet, just in case I can't switch the Mon Castle res. to Weds. If that happens I have to decide if I want to switch the plan just for a res.

I'm still deciding between Boma, and Tusker House. I'd like to do one of them but need to figure out the logistics. If it's better to eat IN AK, or outside the park at AKL and on which day...

Oh yeah, also, I think the girls would get a kick out of that "used to be the world's largest McD's". It appears to be right next to the interstate that goes up to Universal and Sea World, so I'm thinking of adding that in. Only if we are there on a weekday though, because I've read that it can be crazy busy and I don't think it would worth a long line...Anyone been there?

yinyanggirls
11-28-2009, 02:50 AM
I was just at Sea World's website to try and find showtimes (apparently not posted very far in advance, grrrr) and I saw photos of Sharks Underwater Grill. It looks like this has way more window seating than the one at Epcot and the menu looks a little more kid friendly. Down side - you can't make reservations until after 10am on the day of your visit. Seriously??? That bites. (No pun intended)

maroo
11-28-2009, 10:38 AM
I missed some updates above...not sure how I managed that??

Ummm, I think maybe you had a busy week!

That is an understatment. :) lol

You do get a very generous discount from PhotoPass and the PhotoPass folks have said that won't be available directly through GKTW until after Jan...so...if it isn't there when you get there yet, then I will send you a code. It really will save you a bundle.

Thanks so much for spearheading that change. I am one who probably would have skipped it due to cost, but I think it will be worth it to have add'l pics.

You are very welcome! I was glad to do it and quite excited that it will help you guys all keep your memories!

Make sure you let me know when you get back... Did I get you a planner????

No, not yet.... j/k!

Ruh Roh! Ok...send me your info in a PM... I need to know your dates, flight times, favorite Disney parks, what night time activities you want to catch... and how long you plan to stay at Sea World and Universal. :) Then I can make one.

But...we may want to wait until you get closer? The park hours may change between...

I have no idea...

But my friend has this to say...

The Keys are more interesting to an adult than a child...lots of clubs, etc. There are some family things, but honestly not where she would go. They do have a Port for the HUGE ships - so that is interesting.

That's kind of what I figured. My family went when I was a teen and I remember the long bridges, the hundreds of cats at Hemingway's House, and some bar we ate burgers at. That's it. I don't think the girls will remember anything if we went there. The water and beaches look gorgeous but I don't think it would be worth the drive.

Savannah, GA - More of an adult place, too. Old homes, etc.

That's what I'm finding online, but I think walking around a little might be fun. Phoebe loves to just be out doing things. So after a long drive, where she will most definitely sleep, I think it would be some low key fun to walk around an old town. Not thinking of multiple days in one spot, just a "drive by" type of visit. My biggest worry with Savannah would be if it is wheelchair friendly - often "old" does not equate to "accessible".

Hilton Head is a beach resort area. Which sounds relaxing to me!

I definitely plan to hit a beach somewhere...or multiple. Phoebe enjoys it but not for a whole day. I guess because she can't get up and play and do what other kids like to do at the beach. So she gets bored if we're in one spot too long. I have seen pics of several lighthouses, forts, plantations etc along the coast and even though those things would be boring to the kids, they would break up the day. Give us something to look at for a while. There is one place in particular called Cumberland that is intriguing. The island has limited daily access and is very natural. Hardly any civilization. There are wild horses running around, sea turtles during certain times of the year, etc. Again, not sure about accessibility but worth looking into.

*This was all from my friend*

Tell your friend thanks, and thank you for sharing!

I will tell her! :)

yinyanggirls
11-28-2009, 01:24 PM
Ruh Roh! Ok...send me your info in a PM... I need to know your dates, flight times, favorite Disney parks, what night time activities you want to catch... and how long you plan to stay at Sea World and Universal. :) Then I can make one.

But...we may want to wait until you get closer? The park hours may change between...

Well, that brings up a question I have been thinking about. Disney and Sea World have their park hours listed but not Universal. And none of them have a list of shows/parades and times. At least not that I can find. Do you know if those are listed anywhere? I could look on YouTube to see what the shows are like but I don't think I can remember all the names. I've heard you guys talking about them but I can't remember which one is at which park even! Or are we just too far out to plan those details? (4 1/2 months doesn't seem that long to me!!!)

yinyanggirls
11-28-2009, 01:29 PM
On the GKTW schedule they show horse rides on two days from 8-11. Phoebe will smell the horses from a mile away and hyperventilate! She loves horses!!! I was planning to let her ride both mornings but was worried about the timing. Is there a long line for this activity? Not sure why the character greets are 60 mins and the horse rides are 3 hrs.... I just want to be prepared if there will be a line and plan our day accordingly!

yinyanggirls
11-28-2009, 03:20 PM
Okay, here's what I have so far, based on our confirmed dates, but no flight times, and the touringplans.com crowd calendar. I just wanted to have something, even though we're still months away, to make sure I got all the reservations we wanted put in place. This is totally flexible, except for probably Weds, because of the castle reservation for lunch. As we get closer that one will get harder and harder to change.

Sat. April 17th -
fly from AZ to FL
expecting this to take most of the day and arrive in the evening
might be in time for Mayor Clayton's bday Party in PM

Sun. April 18th -
crowded day for Disney so I'm choosing Sea World
open 9-7, no show times posted yet
thinking of reserving Sharks' for a meal
Candyland Game at GKTW in PM

Mon. April 19th -
Disney character greet at GKTW in AM
Universal Studios, hours not posted yet
largest McDonald's for dinner?
Discovery Cove at GKTW in PM?

Tues. April 20th -
Nick character greet at GKTW in AM
Universal IOA, hours not posted yet
Margaritaville dinner, Univ. City Walk?
Fun night at GKTW in PM?

Weds. April 21st -
Horse rides at GTKW in AM
Magic Kingdom, hours 9-9
Lunch at the Castle, 12:55pm
Planning to stay 'til close (assuming there is a show?)

Thurs. April 22nd -
Disney characters at GKTW in AM
Epcot, hours 9-9
GKTW Winter Wonderland party goes til 8:30, expecting to be back in plenty of time.

Fri. April 23rd -
Universal characters at GKTW in AM
Animal Kingdom first, hours 9-6
reservation for lunch at Tusker House, 12:30pm
afternoon switch to DHS, hours 9-8:30
Pirate and Princess party at GKTW in PM

Sat. April 24th -
Horse rides at GKTW in AM
check out of GKTW
lunch reservation at T-Rex, Downtown Disney 11am
drive off to ??? for part two of trip

Momofwishkid
11-28-2009, 10:24 PM
Your plans look good so far. Your amazing, I dont even have a plan as far as what to do on what days.

SueM in MN
11-29-2009, 06:16 PM
When we went to Disneyland we got a GAC from Guest services for Phoebe's wheelchair - it allowed her to enter through the exits and thereby take her chair all the way to the ride, rather than leave it with the strollers outside. Do you get this with the packet at GKTW or do you still need to go to Guest Services when you arrive?
Disneyland is much less accessible than WDW and has more attractions where the only accessible way in is the exit.
At WDW, most attractions have lines that are fully wheelchair accessible - or most of the line is accessible and there is a wheelchair 'pull off point' close to the regular boarding point. You don't need a Guest Assistance Card (GAC) at WDW to use the accessible lines and bring a wheelchair all the way to the ride.
GACs are taken care of for WISH guests at GKTW and you will be able to get a GAC there that will allow you expidited access (as a guest on a MAW trip, not because of having a wheelchair). If Phoebe's wheelchair looks more 'stroller-like', you may also get a sticker placed on her wheelchair that identifies it as a stroller being used as a wheelchair. This will avoid CMs thinking it is a stroller and asking you to park it with the strollers. If her wheelchair is not likely to be mistaken for a stroller, you won't need the sticker.

yinyanggirls
11-29-2009, 06:26 PM
Disneyland is much less accessible than WDW and has more attractions where the only accessible way in is the exit.
At WDW, most attractions have lines that are fully wheelchair accessible - or most of the line is accessible and there is a wheelchair 'pull off point' close to the regular boarding point. You don't need a Guest Assistance Card (GAC) at WDW to use the accessible lines and bring a wheelchair all the way to the ride.
GACs are taken care of for WISH guests at GKTW and you will be able to get a GAC there that will allow you expidited access (as a guest on a MAW trip, not because of having a wheelchair). If Phoebe's wheelchair looks more 'stroller-like', you may also get a sticker placed on her wheelchair that identifies it as a stroller being used as a wheelchair. This will avoid CMs thinking it is a stroller and asking you to park it with the strollers. If her wheelchair is not likely to be mistaken for a stroller, you won't need the sticker.

Thanks for clarifying Sue! Her wheelchair is a traditional looking chair, so no chance of confusion. I was wondering if we needed to plan for the extra time to obtain the GAC when we arrived, or if we would already have it, so thanks! When we went to DL on a Saturday last March it took us almost 45 mins just to go through the line to get the GAC. Worth it, but we weren't prepared to take so long to get INTO the park.

yinyanggirls
11-29-2009, 06:39 PM
As I reflect back on our visit to DL, I thought I'd share our experience with a GAC. When we went to Guest Services to obtain a GAC, Phoebe was with me and they saw her chair. I also inquired about a system that could save our place in line because some rides might scare Phoebe visually, if we are standing in line next to it and it is moving quickly. (Imagine watching Dumbo on acid) We didn't feel the need to cut out waits, just not wanting to stand next to some rides while waiting. I guess I was mixing up Fastpass with GAC options. The CM said no problem, I'll stamp her card with this arrow which will allow her to the front of the line, no wait. We were thrilled, but also committed to only using it when needed, such as described above. To my surprise none of the CMs allowed us to the front of the line, ever. We did have a short wait often, because of the wheelchair access through the exit, but on some rides there would be a line for wheelchairs as well and we were not asked to come to the front even when we showed the card. Finally, during a very long line for Pirates, which had no separate W/C line, we asked a passing CM what her card meant, secretly hoping he'd say You're supposed to go to the front!, but no luck. So either the girl at Guest services put the wrong stamp on, or CMs don't understand the cards and really look to the MAW or GKTW buttons for the front of the line privilege.

(Sue, how interesting that WDW has better access, when MK was built shortly after DL. I guess they just had more land to work with?)

maroo
11-30-2009, 10:39 AM
On the GKTW schedule they show horse rides on two days from 8-11. Phoebe will smell the horses from a mile away and hyperventilate! She loves horses!!! I was planning to let her ride both mornings but was worried about the timing. Is there a long line for this activity? Not sure why the character greets are 60 mins and the horse rides are 3 hrs.... I just want to be prepared if there will be a line and plan our day accordingly!

Those are all times when those things are available...the character meets may take just a few min. There is sometimes a line for Mickey and Minnie, but not usually...and the other characters are usually just out on the courtyard. It may take you 20 min or so to take pics and hang out with them. And could take almost no time if you guys are in a hurry.

The horseback riding is in a small corral...if she is REALLY into horses and rides big ones, she may be underwhelmed by these? I think they usually chose smaller horses and do very carefully guided rides where they don't take their hands of the child. I don't think they usually have lines and this can also be completed in a lot less time than the 3 hours...those are just the times they are available. :thumbsup2

Okay, here's what I have so far, based on our confirmed dates, but no flight times, and the touringplans.com crowd calendar. I just wanted to have something, even though we're still months away, to make sure I got all the reservations we wanted put in place. This is totally flexible, except for probably Weds, because of the castle reservation for lunch. As we get closer that one will get harder and harder to change.

Sat. April 17th -
fly from AZ to FL
expecting this to take most of the day and arrive in the evening
might be in time for Mayor Clayton's bday Party in PM

Perfect! Enjoy GKTW! :)

Sun. April 18th -
crowded day for Disney so I'm choosing Sea World
open 9-7, no show times posted yet
thinking of reserving Sharks' for a meal
Candyland Game at GKTW in PM

Another great plan. I highly recommend the Backstage at Believe lunch. Not too expensive, the food was GREAT and they have a full "background" show with Shamu. I have pics in my TR (pink link) below if you are interested in checking that out.

Mon. April 19th -
Disney character greet at GKTW in AM
Universal Studios, hours not posted yet
largest McDonald's for dinner?
Discovery Cove at GKTW in PM?

What is the largest McDonalds? Sounds very interesting. :)

Let us know how Discovery Cove is...I have not seen many reports on this.

Tues. April 20th -
Nick character greet at GKTW in AM
Universal IOA, hours not posted yet
Margaritaville dinner, Univ. City Walk?
Fun night at GKTW in PM?

Margaritaville - I gotta check that out one day. This is a great plan. Harry Potter should be open by then...which would be cool to see.

Weds. April 21st -
Horse rides at GTKW in AM
Magic Kingdom, hours 9-9
Lunch at the Castle, 12:55pm
Planning to stay 'til close (assuming there is a show?)

Hopefully there will be Spectro and Wishes...if not, and you really want to see it, you can always park hop back to the MK - LOTS of people will be doing that. :)

Thurs. April 22nd -
Disney characters at GKTW in AM
Epcot, hours 9-9
GKTW Winter Wonderland party goes til 8:30, expecting to be back in plenty of time.

Awesome. Best tip I have heard for the Christmas party is to get in line for Santa early - to beat those lines. That is the longest line you may wait in. :)

Fri. April 23rd -
Universal characters at GKTW in AM
Animal Kingdom first, hours 9-6
reservation for lunch at Tusker House, 12:30pm
afternoon switch to DHS, hours 9-8:30
Pirate and Princess party at GKTW in PM

Woo Hoo! :)

Sat. April 24th -
Horse rides at GKTW in AM
check out of GKTW
lunch reservation at T-Rex, Downtown Disney 11am
drive off to ??? for part two of trip


I can't wait to see what you decide to do for the trip extension.

Thanks for clarifying Sue! Her wheelchair is a traditional looking chair, so no chance of confusion. I was wondering if we needed to plan for the extra time to obtain the GAC when we arrived, or if we would already have it, so thanks! When we went to DL on a Saturday last March it took us almost 45 mins just to go through the line to get the GAC. Worth it, but we weren't prepared to take so long to get INTO the park.

You will get your special GAC at GKTW when you have orientation. You won't have to go to Guest Services for that. You will get the GAC and the button when you do orientation and will be able to go straight to the fun in the parks. :thumbsup2

yinyanggirls
12-03-2009, 12:50 AM
Here is a link to the McDonald's. http://www.mcfun.com/
I guess it isn't technically the world's largest anymore (not sure where the new winner of that title is?) but it was for a long time and still is the largest Playplace. It also has the staple menu items as well as some gourmet varieties. It's located pretty close to Sea World and along the route to Universal. Figured it was worth a pit stop if we're not too tired.

yinyanggirls
12-03-2009, 01:01 AM
I haven't done much research on Universal yet (well, any) but I have been trying to decide on dining reservations for the week, since the Disney ones needed to be made asap. I really wanted to add in a southern, or Caribbean "local" color type place. Was thinking House of Blues would be good but it appears they are sold out (the Gospel Brunch) even before the castle?!? Since there is one in CA we may try that some other year. The Bob Marley place caught my eye, but it didn't look as entertaining as Margaritaville. They have a "beach" for the kids to play in, live music and even a new plane bar (Jimmy Buffett's actual plane???). It looks like a fun place and the menu is just unique enough that I think it will fit the bill for local color. http://www.margaritavilleorlando.com/index.php

yinyanggirls
12-03-2009, 01:35 AM
Today was Tessa's birthday. Since last year she had a "Princess Tea Party"...

(Notice even the dog is dressed as a Princess...)
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/Shares/P1010091.jpg

She was really into it...
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/Shares/P1010117.jpg

Playing musical chairs...
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/Shares/P1010157.jpg

One year ago...
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/Shares/P1010128.jpg


I am against having big, fancy, expensive, stressful parties every year. But for 364 days she has been telling everyone it's her birthday. She really had a fun time at her tea party, and having a big party for Phoebe a few months ago helped embed the idea in her head. I was worried that she would get mad that today was sweet and simple.

A Wall*E cake (her choice) enjoyed in the morning with daddy before he left for work (he's gone all night so she wouldn't see him again later).
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/Shares/P1013166.jpg


And one present from mom and dad...
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/Shares/P1013178a.jpg

She loved it and told every neighbor, dance class student and even Phoebe's bus driver that it was her b-day (some of them didn't believe her because she's cried wolf 364 times before!:rotfl:). I had already invited neighborhood friends to the park on Friday (if I had known how happy she'd be with today I wouldn't have bothered) so we will have one more cake (homemade with her assistance) on Friday, but very low key. I forgot to get one good smile shot of her today, so here is one from Monday when I took our Cmas card pics. She's grown so much!
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/Shares/P1013144b.jpg

and Phoebe, so sweet...
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/Shares/P1013125b.jpg

Aren't my girls beautiful?
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/Shares/P1013092b.jpg

Momofwishkid
12-03-2009, 02:12 AM
Margaritaville looks to cool. Thanks for the link I think we may have to try that one.
Tessa looks like she loved her party. That's to funny the dog was dressed up. I love dressing up my chihuahua's.
And YES your girls are very beautiful. You'll have to post pics of your christmas cards.

pipersmom
12-03-2009, 06:44 AM
Aww Melissa..the girls look soooooo sweet in the pictures! Your plans are really coming together, the Mickey D's sounds fun, and Margaritaville is also our go-to for the day we do Universal.

Now for something totally random..there you are in Az..here we are in Va..and Piper has that exact same tea-set..she stiiiiiill uses it with her AG dolls and stuffed animals! I just thought that was so funny when the pics started loading!

maroo
12-03-2009, 11:05 AM
Today was Tessa's birthday. Since last year she had a "Princess Tea Party"...

(Notice even the dog is dressed as a Princess...)
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/Shares/P1010091.jpg

She was really into it...
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/Shares/P1010117.jpg

Playing musical chairs...
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/Shares/P1010157.jpg

One year ago...
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/Shares/P1010128.jpg


I am against having big, fancy, expensive, stressful parties every year. But for 364 days she has been telling everyone it's her birthday. She really had a fun time at her tea party, and having a big party for Phoebe a few months ago helped embed the idea in her head. I was worried that she would get mad that today was sweet and simple.

A Wall*E cake (her choice) enjoyed in the morning with daddy before he left for work (he's gone all night so she wouldn't see him again later).
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/Shares/P1013166.jpg


And one present from mom and dad...
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/Shares/P1013178a.jpg

She loved it and told every neighbor, dance class student and even Phoebe's bus driver that it was her b-day (some of them didn't believe her because she's cried wolf 364 times before!:rotfl:). I had already invited neighborhood friends to the park on Friday (if I had known how happy she'd be with today I wouldn't have bothered) so we will have one more cake (homemade with her assistance) on Friday, but very low key. I forgot to get one good smile shot of her today, so here is one from Monday when I took our Cmas card pics. She's grown so much!
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/Shares/P1013144b.jpg

and Phoebe, so sweet...
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/Shares/P1013125b.jpg

Aren't my girls beautiful?
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/Shares/P1013092b.jpg

They are SO beautiful!!!!

Awesome party (parties, really)...sounds like fun! :)

And nice bike! :thumbsup2


Happy Birthday, Tessa!!!!!!!!!!

Make sure she knows that all of your friends on the internet wish her a Happy Birthday, too! :)

yinyanggirls
12-04-2009, 12:07 PM
Aww Melissa..the girls look soooooo sweet in the pictures! Your plans are really coming together, the Mickey D's sounds fun, and Margaritaville is also our go-to for the day we do Universal.

Now for something totally random..there you are in Az..here we are in Va..and Piper has that exact same tea-set..she stiiiiiill uses it with her AG dolls and stuffed animals! I just thought that was so funny when the pics started loading!

How funny! We have put it away again, as she has broken a couple of pieces. SHe loves tea parties and has a couple of plastic sets to keep her happy until she is a little better at taking care of things...:thumbsup2

yinyanggirls
12-04-2009, 01:05 PM
We got an elliptical machine a couple of weeks ago. So far I've used it 4x/week both weeks (my goal is to aim for every day, so that if I have to miss one it won't be too big a deal). I've lost a couple pounds but frankly I'm not satisfied with that. I guess I've seen too many seasons of Biggest Loser with crazy amounts of loss each week. :confused3 DH used it about 3x the first week and never since. :lmao: He doesn't need it as badly as I do, but has been detailed to a "sit-down" job and gained 15lbs this year so it wouldn't hurt! Tessa, incidentally, loves the machine and needs it the least of all of us. :rotfl2:
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/Shares/11196.jpg

On my Cmas shopping excursions I've popped into every shoe store around to try and find some cute walking shoes with no luck. I don't know why but I don't like tennis shoes for everyday wear. I'm not a croc person either. DH loves to wear tennies so he's set, and the girls won't be doing any/nearly any walking so they'll be fine with whatever. I need comfy walking shoes! Any suggestions? Has anyone tried those fitflops, or the Skechers Shape ups? I tried some on and they were comfy but expensive and I didn't want to spend that much without some good recommendations.

I am thinking of starting a countdown for the girls after Cmas or NYs. I like the Mickey Head countdown and should be able to get to a Home Depot sometime this month....We live in the boonies and it's 25 mins to the nearest store. I also like the idea of Disney Family Night (??) but haven't compiled a list of Tessa approved movies and themes yet. :lmao: Once I do that I'll know how many weeks I have to work with.

Other updates - we've had several annual doc appts recently and all is good news or rather no new news. ;) Phoebe's ophthalmologist says her condition (optic nerve atrophy, nystagmus and exotropia) is not degenerative, in fact, with time she may learn how to use what she has better and seem as though she sees better. She's keeping the same glasses, which we only use for close up activities because that's what they help her see, and otherwise she'll chew on them if unattended for longer time periods.

She finally had a seizure right in front of a doc (so far it's all been my descriptions and negative tests). The doc said it appears to be an absence seizure but it was only about 1 minute and she didn't appear to be in pain or otherwise affected by it so she is recommending no meds or treatment for it at this time. Meds always have side effects and they would probably not be worth it. It's not great news, but it is comforting to have had the doc see it, know that I'm not crazy and that it isn't something to be immediately concerned with.

We got approval to make an appt for a new wheelchair (she's had this one since age 3 and it is now adjusted to max size). I can't decide if I want the new one before we go or to try and make this one last. I know a new one will be heavier and bigger.:sad2: My back is already suffering from lifting this one in and out of our van. :scared: Why insurance companies will pay for a chair but not a way to move it is beyond me.

Her geneticist has tested her for Rett syndrome and CDKL5 which both came back negative. (These tests were after other geneticists in other states have tested for Angelman, Prader-Willi, etc) This doc really has a hunch and said that they have found yet another variation of Rett, and wants to test her for it. We now wait for all of her insurances to approve or disapprove and then we'll see if it's covered, or what our cost will be. I like this doc, and I think it is hopeful that he really is determined to find it. Other docs have been at a loss.

The one source of frustration has been trying to get her a walker. We were on the verge of ordering one before we left Texas three years ago. The order got messed up and we decided to wait until after the move to try again. When we got here her school PT was HORRIBLE (along with everyone else at that school) and they refused to help me. She actually told me that we would cripple Phoebe if we got her a walker. I had three other PTs and two orthopedic docs who disagreed. The school refused to work with us on anything. We moved. Sad that a family has to move to a new district to be listened to. ANYWAY....our new district is so small that they let us do what we want. ;) We wanted to send Phoebe to a specialty school in the city. It is a state school for the blind and they accepted her placement with open arms. They love her there and offer so many wonderful opportunities. They have swimming for PE, hippotherapy (horse riding), art, music, community filed trips weekly, not to mention all the adaptive equipment you can imagine. SO back to the walker. It took some time but we finally got her a private PT (since the first school one was such a dunce) and she has been working with Phoebe to try and decide on the best kind. Phoebe needs major assistance, so a simple walker isn't enough. But she is SO motivated and loves to walk! She has been needing this thing for years. So we worked with the private PT, who we liked, for a year (!!) before deciding on one. Now 6 months has gone by, no order, no return calls from the PT, nothing. I am so frustrated!!! I have called a couple of times, and talked to the director once and another PT once who both said they would talk to our PT. I am going to leave one more message for this lady and then I'm just going to call a vendor on my own and try to get an order. I know our Ped. will sign a scrip for it if I need him to. It's just ridiculous that we've been trying to get one for 3 yrs, and trying to get one with this one therapist for 18 months!!!!!!!:mad: I doubt we would take her walker with us on the trip (if we have one by then) because she really only walks for a few minutes at a time and very slowly.

So there's my update/rant. :surfweb: I have some great pixie dust news :wizard: but I think I will wait until we start our countdown with the kids to share it. We'll see if I can stand my own popcorn::suspense.

Momofwishkid
12-04-2009, 02:30 PM
We got an elliptical machine a couple of weeks ago. So far I've used it 4x/week both weeks (my goal is to aim for every day, so that if I have to miss one it won't be too big a deal). I've lost a couple pounds but frankly I'm not satisfied with that. I guess I've seen too many seasons of Biggest Loser with crazy amounts of loss each week. :confused3 DH used it about 3x the first week and never since. :lmao: He doesn't need it as badly as I do, but has been detailed to a "sit-down" job and gained 15lbs this year so it wouldn't hurt! Tessa, incidentally, loves the machine and needs it the least of all of us. :rotfl2:
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/Shares/11196.jpg

Im with you, I have a treadmill and am trying to get my walking up to at least 5 miles a day to get ready for Disney!

On my Cmas shopping excursions I've popped into every shoe store around to try and find some cute walking shoes with no luck. I don't know why but I don't like tennis shoes for everyday wear. I'm not a croc person either. DH loves to wear tennies so he's set, and the girls won't be doing any/nearly any walking so they'll be fine with whatever. I need comfy walking shoes! Any suggestions? Has anyone tried those fitflops, or the Skechers Shape ups? I tried some on and they were comfy but expensive and I didn't want to spend that much without some good recommendations.

I have also been looking for some good walking shoes. I am a total flip flops girl or bare feet. Cant stand tennies. Have you heard of the Teva shoes. I hear they are good but havent tried them YET.

I am thinking of starting a countdown for the girls after Cmas or NYs. I like the Mickey Head countdown and should be able to get to a Home Depot sometime this month....We live in the boonies and it's 25 mins to the nearest store. I also like the idea of Disney Family Night (??) but haven't compiled a list of Tessa approved movies and themes yet. :lmao: Once I do that I'll know how many weeks I have to work with.

Other updates - we've had several annual doc appts recently and all is good news or rather no new news. ;) Phoebe's ophthalmologist says her condition (optic nerve atrophy, nystagmus and exotropia) is not degenerative, in fact, with time she may learn how to use what she has better and seem as though she sees better. She's keeping the same glasses, which we only use for close up activities because that's what they help her see, and otherwise she'll chew on them if unattended for longer time periods.

She finally had a seizure right in front of a doc (so far it's all been my descriptions and negative tests). The doc said it appears to be an absence seizure but it was only about 1 minute and she didn't appear to be in pain or otherwise affected by it so she is recommending no meds or treatment for it at this time. Meds always have side effects and they would probably not be worth it. It's not great news, but it is comforting to have had the doc see it, know that I'm not crazy and that it isn't something to be immediately concerned with.

It's so nice when the docs are able to see what your trying to describe. Im glad it's nothing to concerning.

We got approval to make an appt for a new wheelchair (she's had this one since age 3 and it is now adjusted to max size). I can't decide if I want the new one before we go or to try and make this one last. I know a new one will be heavier and bigger.:sad2: My back is already suffering from lifting this one in and out of our van. :scared: Why insurance companies will pay for a chair but not a way to move it is beyond me.

Her geneticist has tested her for Rett syndrome and CDKL5 which both came back negative. (These tests were after other geneticists in other states have tested for Angelman, Prader-Willi, etc) This doc really has a hunch and said that they have found yet another variation of Rett, and wants to test her for it. We now wait for all of her insurances to approve or disapprove and then we'll see if it's covered, or what our cost will be. I like this doc, and I think it is hopeful that he really is determined to find it. Other docs have been at a loss.

The one source of frustration has been trying to get her a walker. We were on the verge of ordering one before we left Texas three years ago. The order got messed up and we decided to wait until after the move to try again. When we got here her school PT was HORRIBLE (along with everyone else at that school) and they refused to help me. She actually told me that we would cripple Phoebe if we got her a walker. I had three other PTs and two orthopedic docs who disagreed. The school refused to work with us on anything. We moved. Sad that a family has to move to a new district to be listened to. ANYWAY....our new district is so small that they let us do what we want. ;) We wanted to send Phoebe to a specialty school in the city. It is a state school for the blind and they accepted her placement with open arms. They love her there and offer so many wonderful opportunities. They have swimming for PE, hippotherapy (horse riding), art, music, community filed trips weekly, not to mention all the adaptive equipment you can imagine. SO back to the walker. It took some time but we finally got her a private PT (since the first school one was such a dunce) and she has been working with Phoebe to try and decide on the best kind. Phoebe needs major assistance, so a simple walker isn't enough. But she is SO motivated and loves to walk! She has been needing this thing for years. So we worked with the private PT, who we liked, for a year (!!) before deciding on one. Now 6 months has gone by, no order, no return calls from the PT, nothing. I am so frustrated!!! I have called a couple of times, and talked to the director once and another PT once who both said they would talk to our PT. I am going to leave one more message for this lady and then I'm just going to call a vendor on my own and try to get an order. I know our Ped. will sign a scrip for it if I need him to. It's just ridiculous that we've been trying to get one for 3 yrs, and trying to get one with this one therapist for 18 months!!!!!!!:mad: I doubt we would take her walker with us on the trip (if we have one by then) because she really only walks for a few minutes at a time and very slowly.

So there's my update/rant. :surfweb: I have some great pixie dust news :wizard: but I think I will wait until we start our countdown with the kids to share it. We'll see if I can stand my own popcorn::suspense.

:woohoo: on getting a new chair and Im sorry your having to deal with all the stress on getting a walker. If your Ped signs a presciption for it will insurance cover it without PT approval? I hope you get it worked out.

SueM in MN
12-05-2009, 06:34 PM
Any suggestions? Has anyone tried those fitflops, or the Skechers Shape ups? I tried some on and they were comfy but expensive and I didn't want to spend that much without some good recommendations.
Be careful with any flip flop shoes with a piece between the toes unless you are used to them. That's all my mom wears inside or in the summer and she has no problems.
My sister in law tried a pair in WDW a few years ago. Within a few hours she had some major and very painful blisters between her big toe and next toe.
They love her there and offer so many wonderful opportunities. They have swimming for PE, hippotherapy (horse riding), art, music, community filed trips weekly, not to mention all the adaptive equipment you can imagine. SO back to the walker. It took some time but we finally got her a private PT (since the first school one was such a dunce) and she has been working with Phoebe to try and decide on the best kind. Phoebe needs major assistance, so a simple walker isn't enough. But she is SO motivated and loves to walk! She has been needing this thing for years. So we worked with the private PT, who we liked, for a year (!!) before deciding on one. Now 6 months has gone by, no order, no return calls from the PT, nothing. I am so frustrated!!! I have called a couple of times, and talked to the director once and another PT once who both said they would talk to our PT. I am going to leave one more message for this lady and then I'm just going to call a vendor on my own and try to get an order. I know our Ped. will sign a scrip for it if I need him to. It's just ridiculous that we've been trying to get one for 3 yrs, and trying to get one with this one therapist for 18 months!!!!!!!:mad: I doubt we would take her walker with us on the trip (if we have one by then) because she really only walks for a few minutes at a time and very slowly.

So there's my update/rant. :surfweb: I have some great pixie dust news :wizard: but I think I will wait until we start our countdown with the kids to share it. We'll see if I can stand my own popcorn::suspense.

:woohoo: on getting a new chair and Im sorry your having to deal with all the stress on getting a walker. If your Ped signs a presciption for it will insurance cover it without PT approval? I hope you get it worked out.
I can tell you that insurance will most probably not cover it without a PT evaluation. The doctor just signs an order that says "walker (or gait trainer, or whatever)". The PT is the person who determines what type will best fit the needs of the person, the size, what other features you need. The PT also writes up exactly why you need those things and why something less than those won't be adequate. All of those things together make up the justification of need. Without the needs being documented correctly, the insurance company is likely to say no.
You might be able to get this from the company, but I doubt it. We just got our DD a shower chair. I knew exactly which one would meet her needs, what size she needed and everything, but I still needed the PT or OT (Occupational Therapist) eval to get it.

pipersmom
12-05-2009, 07:55 PM
We got an elliptical machine a couple of weeks ago. So far I've used it 4x/week both weeks (my goal is to aim for every day, so that if I have to miss one it won't be too big a deal). I've lost a couple pounds but frankly I'm not satisfied with that. I guess I've seen too many seasons of Biggest Loser with crazy amounts of loss each week. :confused3 DH used it about 3x the first week and never since. :lmao: He doesn't need it as badly as I do, but has been detailed to a "sit-down" job and gained 15lbs this year so it wouldn't hurt! Tessa, incidentally, loves the machine and needs it the least of all of us. :rotfl2:

I need to start doing something..I keep telling myself that after Piper gets her Wii for Christmas I'll go hardcore on it (she's getting the fit board also.), but we'll see what happens.


On my Cmas shopping excursions I've popped into every shoe store around to try and find some cute walking shoes with no luck. I don't know why but I don't like tennis shoes for everyday wear. I'm not a croc person either. DH loves to wear tennies so he's set, and the girls won't be doing any/nearly any walking so they'll be fine with whatever. I need comfy walking shoes! Any suggestions? Has anyone tried those fitflops, or the Skechers Shape ups? I tried some on and they were comfy but expensive and I didn't want to spend that much without some good recommendations.

I need to start looking too..I have tevas, but want another pair of something to take so I can alternate days..I hate sneakers, but will prob end up buying a pair. I do have crocs, and love them, but this last time at the hospital, they rubbed a bad blister on the top of my foot. Very weird.

I am thinking of starting a countdown for the girls after Cmas or NYs. I like the Mickey Head countdown and should be able to get to a Home Depot sometime this month....We live in the boonies and it's 25 mins to the nearest store. I also like the idea of Disney Family Night (??) but haven't compiled a list of Tessa approved movies and themes yet. :lmao: Once I do that I'll know how many weeks I have to work with.

Other updates - we've had several annual doc appts recently and all is good news or rather no new news. ;) Phoebe's ophthalmologist says her condition (optic nerve atrophy, nystagmus and exotropia) is not degenerative, in fact, with time she may learn how to use what she has better and seem as though she sees better. She's keeping the same glasses, which we only use for close up activities because that's what they help her see, and otherwise she'll chew on them if unattended for longer time periods.

She finally had a seizure right in front of a doc (so far it's all been my descriptions and negative tests). The doc said it appears to be an absence seizure but it was only about 1 minute and she didn't appear to be in pain or otherwise affected by it so she is recommending no meds or treatment for it at this time. Meds always have side effects and they would probably not be worth it. It's not great news, but it is comforting to have had the doc see it, know that I'm not crazy and that it isn't something to be immediately concerned with.

We got approval to make an appt for a new wheelchair (she's had this one since age 3 and it is now adjusted to max size). I can't decide if I want the new one before we go or to try and make this one last. I know a new one will be heavier and bigger.:sad2: My back is already suffering from lifting this one in and out of our van. :scared: Why insurance companies will pay for a chair but not a way to move it is beyond me.

Her geneticist has tested her for Rett syndrome and CDKL5 which both came back negative. (These tests were after other geneticists in other states have tested for Angelman, Prader-Willi, etc) This doc really has a hunch and said that they have found yet another variation of Rett, and wants to test her for it. We now wait for all of her insurances to approve or disapprove and then we'll see if it's covered, or what our cost will be. I like this doc, and I think it is hopeful that he really is determined to find it. Other docs have been at a loss.

I'm glad the medical stuff is going well, but sorry you still don't have an answer. This Dr sounds great though.


The one source of frustration has been trying to get her a walker. We were on the verge of ordering one before we left Texas three years ago. The order got messed up and we decided to wait until after the move to try again. When we got here her school PT was HORRIBLE (along with everyone else at that school) and they refused to help me. She actually told me that we would cripple Phoebe if we got her a walker. I had three other PTs and two orthopedic docs who disagreed. The school refused to work with us on anything. We moved. Sad that a family has to move to a new district to be listened to. ANYWAY....our new district is so small that they let us do what we want. ;) We wanted to send Phoebe to a specialty school in the city. It is a state school for the blind and they accepted her placement with open arms. They love her there and offer so many wonderful opportunities. They have swimming for PE, hippotherapy (horse riding), art, music, community filed trips weekly, not to mention all the adaptive equipment you can imagine. SO back to the walker. It took some time but we finally got her a private PT (since the first school one was such a dunce) and she has been working with Phoebe to try and decide on the best kind. Phoebe needs major assistance, so a simple walker isn't enough. But she is SO motivated and loves to walk! She has been needing this thing for years. So we worked with the private PT, who we liked, for a year (!!) before deciding on one. Now 6 months has gone by, no order, no return calls from the PT, nothing. I am so frustrated!!! I have called a couple of times, and talked to the director once and another PT once who both said they would talk to our PT. I am going to leave one more message for this lady and then I'm just going to call a vendor on my own and try to get an order. I know our Ped. will sign a scrip for it if I need him to. It's just ridiculous that we've been trying to get one for 3 yrs, and trying to get one with this one therapist for 18 months!!!!!!!:mad: I doubt we would take her walker with us on the trip (if we have one by then) because she really only walks for a few minutes at a time and very slowly.

I'm sorry you're having trouble with the PT, things like that make me go into "stalking" mode. Hopefully she'll return the next phone call.

So there's my update/rant. :surfweb: I have some great pixie dust news :wizard: but I think I will wait until we start our countdown with the kids to share it. We'll see if I can stand my own popcorn::suspense.

But, but, but..I wanna know NOW!! LOL. Now you're going to have me all speculating until you reveal the surprise popcorn::popcorn::

20 days until Christmas!

cantwaittoseemickey
12-06-2009, 01:53 PM
I am in suspence of your wish trip news too;) Glad to hear you have a great dr. I do agree the side affects can be awful with siezure meds. Good luck on your quest to find some shoes. I am going to try to find a decent pair of sneakers and get them broken in before we go.

pacrosby
12-06-2009, 07:29 PM
Birthday px are precious. The girls look so happy. Momma must be doin' somethin' right:)

So????? The suspense is killing us! Where exactly is this update??????


Pamela:santa:

Matty's Wish Trip http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2325607

maroo
12-06-2009, 10:05 PM
popcorn::

I am totally throwing popcorn on this one to get the update. :) can't wait! :)

yinyanggirls
12-07-2009, 01:03 PM
I have some little updates, almost totally non-Dis related. It was a crazy busy weekend for us, like many of you. Thankfully, DH has been getting most weekends off lately. It's so nice when he can be home when Phoebe is out of school and awake. :thumbsup2 Unfortunately, I almost always end up babysitting on the weekends because this little girl's mom is a nurse and dad is law enforcement so they have odd days/hours. I've had her since she was a newborn so we're used to it, but it's getting stressful now that she's two because she and Tessa fight like siblings. It's horrible!!!


Friday was spent mostly cleaning/recuperating from the week. Tessa helped me make a cake to take to the park for her "friend party". Really I just emailed the mommies group in the neighborhood and told everyone to stop by for cake after school. It was a wonderfully stress-free "party". The kids ran around the park, we sang to her, cut the cake, they ran around again, and we were done. :cool1: I insisted on no gifts, but many of them made cards for her and stuck a little treat in with it. She was thrilled. I love stress-free bdays!


Saturday was our local annual Pecan Festival. Not too thrilling, but Tessa had a blast in the bounce houses and Phoebe loved the horse-drawn hay ride through the orchard. We had dinner out (the kids loved the Mariachi!) and then early to bed for them, movies with friends for us.
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Sunday was going fine until....I was working out, the little girls were fighting as usual, and Phoebe was on the potty. DH was trying to keep them all under control, not very successfully. Phoebe wears a pull-up because she doesn't indicate when she needs to pee, but she does, thankfully, let us know about BMs. So usually we can put her on the potty when she needs to do that. The problem is, she has low muscle tone and doesn't like to go. It is difficult for her to push, and many times it has been painful because she was constipated. We try all different tactics to get her to push, one of which is to make her mad, so she'll cry and then push. We can easily make her mad by leaving her alone. So DH put her on the potty, then left her to go wrangle the other girls. After a few minutes we heard a THUNK and surprisingly no other noise until DH went in to check on Phoebe and told me to STOP and get in there NOW! Phoebe had leaned over to reach a bath toy and fell off the potty, bonking her face against the tub. Well, her cute little beaver tooth, having no other teeth next to it at the moment, cut all the way through her lip!!! Poor baby!!! She wasn't crying too hard yet but she must've been in shock. There was lots of blood. Once we got her cleaned up and dressed again she was pretty whiny (understandably) so she got some Tylenol (which she HATES - we have to force her to swallow the infant stuff) and DH rocked her to sleep. She napped for a LONG time, thankfully, and seemed to be doing better when she woke up. I called my ER nurse friend to take a peek and we all decided they wouldn't be able to do much for her. I didn't think it was worth putting her under anesthesia to do a couple stitches. The outer cut is only about a centimeter long. DH feels so bad, but we've all left her on the potty before and these things just happen. :sad1:
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Once Phoebe was taken care of and asleep, I decided I'd go ahead and take Tessa as planned to see the Nutcracker, performed by her dance teacher's student troupe. I was nervous she wouldn't make it through much, let alone all, of the performance but she did great! She made it through two hours with only a little bouncing around at the end. There was a lot of whispering (Mom, is he dead? Mom it's snowing! Mom, whose that? Mom, I wanna see that again. Mom...) but at least there were lots of other kids there. :rolleyes1 She said she wanted to dance like them, so I told her to listen to her teacher and work really hard. :thumbsup2 I'm glad we went because now she'll understand a little better what she's doing in May for her first recital.
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After the performance we picked up Phoebe and dad and went to dinner (total splurge, twice in one week!), Tessa redeemed her bday coupon at Cold Stone (did you know a kid - Phoebe - could hate ice cream!?! It's too cold for her. She had a brownie instead.). :upsidedow Then we got our Cmas tree! There were only a handful left at three places we went to (that's what we get for waiting until Sunday night I guess) so we just picked one that wasn't dry, and wasn't too funny shaped. :rotfl: I am all about stress-free this weekend! Bad news is, one of the places we drove by to look for trees was Home Depot but I completely spaced it and forgot to look at the Disney paint sample cards! I'm not sure what kind of countdown I want to do and if I can tie it into the Disney Movie Nights, so I really wanted to look at the cards to see how big, how many I'd need, etc. ARGH!!! It's 25 mins away from our house and I was right there and I forgot!!!:mad: (so there's one Disney related update)
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So this morning, Phoebe's back to school and Tessa had her annual checkup at the ped. Poor girl got three shots (I still feel my heart skip a beat when they do that, so scary, but at least we're past that 18 month one!). She's at 80% for height (41 inches - already cleared for many of the rides!!!! and there's the other Disney update, LOL) and 60% for weight. Lean, mean, playing machine!:cheer2: He said she's ready for school if we can get her in (she misses the cut off for next year, so we'll have to try some tricks) and recommended we go back to naps. Said she'll probably need them even into school years. I agree, but gave up because it kept her up late at night if she napped. He said, wake her up after an hour. We'll try it...Also, going to do allergy testing on her. I am almost positive she's dairy allergic, since infancy we had to use soy. She has an upset tummy often and I try to limit her consumption but she loves it so it's hard. How do they test for food allergies, anyone? We ruled out trying a home testing method (withhold a certain item, then give lots of it and see what happens) because she's a picky eater and not likely to cooperate. But I hate to put her through a bad test experience if it will only confirm what I already think I know. I did ask about the possibility of food reactions causing her behaviors and he said not likely. She is always active, not just after certain foods, so a reaction is probably not the cause. Makes sense to me.


Now that we have our tree and will finally start our decorating, I'm getting in the holiday spirit. We also got an invite last week from MAW, to see a Festival of Lights. Sounds like Santa will be there so that will be fun. I hate doing the line at the mall for Santa when the kids don't really want to anyway. :rolleyes:
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pipersmom
12-07-2009, 02:21 PM
Booooo for Phoebe's lip..I totally understand how things like that happen though, glad you didn't have to put her through getting stitches, I think I would freak out having to get them in a lip..yeeeowch! Hooraaaay for a stress-free party and the pecan festival and going to see the Nutcracker and the MAW lights invitation! You guys had such a busy weekend, I'm glad it went so well (aside from the lip!).

Hooray! For the 41 in child! That should make the trip a lot more fun! Piper will still nap for 1-2 hrs a day, particularly when she's sick. Maybe the hr will be just enough for Tessa. Just think..next yr you'll have an empty nest..at least for part of the day!

yinyanggirls
12-07-2009, 03:12 PM
Piper will still nap for 1-2 hrs a day, particularly when she's sick. Maybe the hr will be just enough for Tessa. Just think..next yr you'll have an empty nest..at least for part of the day!

It only took me 1/2 hr to get her to sleep just now. I set my alarm for one hr so I'll get her up, deal with the crankies for a little bit and hopefully have her back in bed tonight at 7, not 9....wish me luck!

Momofwishkid
12-07-2009, 09:02 PM
Aww poor Phobe but yes these things happen Dh dosent need to feel guilty at all. The nutcracker performance pics were great. I have always wanted to go see it still have not been able to. Hope the naps go well and Tessa gets to bed at a decent time. Thats the reason we gave up on naps as well. I would rather deal with it during the day then at night. I need my down time.:rotfl:

yinyanggirls
12-07-2009, 10:56 PM
Well nap time went well, not too hard to rouse her and she snuggled with me on the couch while waking up but then she started feeling achy and getting a temp. It was "only" 101 and I'm assuming it was those stupid immunizations today.
Then Phoebe gets home and after I get her off the bus and take her braces off her feet and calves are freezing but from her knees up is warm. Someone (hoping not me from this morning!!!) put her AFOs on too tight and it was restricting circulation! So I warm those up, get her a snack, not interested, give her a bath, get jammies on, get her dinner, did okay, but starts whining pretty bad. I put her to bed early thinking she was just tired but half an hour later she's whining and squealing like she's in major pain! I gave her some Tylenol but I don't know what's wrong. It could be her lip but she wasn't acting like this last night??? Or she could be coming down with something, but she can't tell me where it hurts so who knows??? There she goes again. I guess there's no computer time tonight. Gonna go get my 8 yr old and rock her now. It's the only thing she likes when she's hurting...
Grrrr! I hate when my babies don't feel good!

pacrosby
12-07-2009, 11:02 PM
OUCH!!!! Poor baby. You are right, stuff happens, but why does it HAVE to happen to OUR kids????? Last year Matty was running with the kids in the familyroom (didn't I tell them not to run in the house:sad2:) tripped and hit his head on the hearth of the stone fireplace:eek: Got him square between the eyes! The BLOOD....OMG the BLOOD....it was squirting out from between his fingers. My dh almost fainted it was so bad:rotfl: Of course I don't know what I'm laughing about.....I couldn't even look! Ended up with a ride in an ambulance and a boatload of stitches. Just what he needed huh? Another war wound! Anyway....sorry got off track. Didn't mean to play "can you top this" :laughing: I'm sorry to hear she is so unhappy now.....may very well be that her lip hurts her. She looked so sweet and peaceful sleeping in that px. Hopefully the rocking (and quiet mama time) will bring her back to that happy place.

Glad Tessa enjoyed the Nutcracker. It is hard when they are that young. The first act I think keeps them going but after the intermission I think that they start to lose it.....too much 'dancing' not enough drama like in the first half. My four year old was a pain yesterday UGH Fortunately he was sitting on my dh's end of the row:rotfl2: Tell Tessa to keep dancin'! Liv's been dancing since she was 3 also. Last year she was a mouse but this year she got to be one of the party children which kept her onstage for almost the entire first half of the show and involved A LOT of dancing and acting too. It's so magical seeing them up on stage. I get all emotional:sad2: Oh, there I go again, talking about us.:rolleyes1

MAW Festival of Lights sounds like fun! Take px!!

Pamela:santa:

Matty's Wish Trip http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2325607

yinyanggirls
12-08-2009, 08:32 AM
Well, it was a long night. After rocking Phoeb for an hour I put her in my bed, she was quiet for about 30mins then started again. I gave in and went to bed with her, after forcing some Motrin in her (she abhors meds by mouth), and she did okay the rest of the night. I decided to send her to school and see what happens. Her school is a special school 45 minutes away so it's a big pain to go get her if they want to send her home. Right as I'm getting her backpack all ready she coughed. I'm hoping I'm just paranoid....

Tessa came and crawled in bed with us, just minutes after I gave in. It's surprising how small a King size can feel when you're trapped in the middle. When DH got home from work he moved T back to her bed. Now that Phoebe's off I'm going to try and go back to bed, even though I know Tessa will be up any minute....:sad2:

pipersmom
12-08-2009, 08:40 AM
I'm sorry you had such a long night, hon. :hug: Hopefully today will go better for you. Crossing my fingers that you get some sleep!

maroo
12-08-2009, 10:08 AM
oh no! I hate that you had such a long night!

I will be praying for Phoebe - I hope it is nothing and passes quickly! :hug:

Momofwishkid
12-08-2009, 10:49 AM
Im sorry you had such a rough night. I hope Phobe is Ok and you get some rest before Tessa gets up. :hug:

MaryAz
12-08-2009, 11:09 PM
Hello my fellow Az Dis'er :)

Just read through your report. Awesome,made me cry. What a tremendous Mom you are. Ok, let me see if I remember everything I wanted to say LOL.
One of my best friend's kids are both adopted through the foster care system. Her Hubby is an assistant fire cheif.
My Cayley is bit like your Tessa-very high energy and very stubborn. We also call her the hurricane. We also have that tea set:)
We love CRT-going there again this year. My advice-make the ADR's-you can always cancel them even hours before-we did this in May when we got lots of rain.
Adding on to the trip sounds great. I have always wanted to go to Savannah. Love that name-but DH said no way!
It will be a 3 hour time difference when you go. Worked well to do "late" things the first few nights cause we were still on Az time.
If you feel comfortable pm me your addy and I will be happy to send you Home Depot Mickey heads. We have one 5 min away.
I wish you lots of luck getting the new chair. I hate red tape. Hope everyone slept better tonight, Cayley has an ear infection so I am expecting "sleeptus interuptus" here. So glad to have found your report.

yinyanggirls
12-09-2009, 03:47 AM
Hello my fellow Az Dis'er :)

Just read through your report. Awesome,made me cry. What a tremendous Mom you are. Ok, let me see if I remember everything I wanted to say LOL.
One of my best friend's kids are both adopted through the foster care system. Her Hubby is an assistant fire cheif.

Awesome! Adoption is so close to my heart. I love to hear success stories!


My Cayley is bit like your Tessa-very high energy and very stubborn. We also call her the hurricane. We also have that tea set:)

That made me laugh.:goodvibes

We love CRT-going there again this year. My advice-make the ADR's-you can always cancel them even hours before-we did this in May when we got lots of rain.

Oh good! I have heard mixed reviews, and often times people say "you have to do it once" as if it's not worth more than once....I think all of the princess meals would be fun, but since we are choosing just one, I figured this it "the one" to do! I'm glad to hear it's a hit with your girls!

Adding on to the trip sounds great. I have always wanted to go to Savannah. Love that name-but DH said no way!
It will be a 3 hour time difference when you go. Worked well to do "late" things the first few nights cause we were still on Az time.

Very good point!

If you feel comfortable pm me your addy and I will be happy to send you Home Depot Mickey heads. We have one 5 min away.

Thanks! That would be awesome! I'll figure out exactly how many I need and then PM you. The next time I "plan" on going to that shopping center will be for after Cmas sales, and that's pretty much right when I'm thinking of starting the countdown, so I'd need them before then. And knowing me, if I did go there before I'd prob'ly forget again. :lmao:

I wish you lots of luck getting the new chair. I hate red tape. Hope everyone slept better tonight, Cayley has an ear infection so I am expecting "sleeptus interuptus" here. So glad to have found your report.
Oh man, I hope she does okay tonight. This is just the season for it huh?

yinyanggirls
12-09-2009, 04:28 AM
So, to update from where I left off....I got Phoebe on her bus at 6 (yes, 6, in the AM) and DID manage to go back to sleep. Tessa WAS a good girl and had quiet fun, without getting into mischief, playing on the computer (we have the kidlock thing where she can only navigate pre-appproved pages - although she has almost bought stuff on Disney before! :rotfl2:) But she was TOO good and TOO quiet because I forgot that today is preschool day!!! It's been cancelled for the last two weeks because of other's sick kids (we only have 6 kids total) so I think it just slipped my mind. Which wouldn't have been a big deal except that I was supposed to pick up another one of the kids!:eek: OOPS!!! Her mom called me at 8:20 to see what was up. So once I got her and T to the appropriate house for the last hour of preschool, I offered to let the other girl come play at our house so they both could extend their "friend time" a little longer.

The day went great until Phoebe got off the bus at 4:30 (yes, 4:30, in the PM) and half of her face looked like it had been slimed. She just looked weird and I couldn't figure out why until the lift came down to eye level and I saw it.....Conjunctivitis...Dun dun dun....Poor girl had the goopiest crud I've ever seen. This is my first experience with pink eye so it really looks pretty gross. I immediately called the ped office hoping they were still open. Nope - had to wait until the clinic opened at 5, but I didn't know they started taking names at 4, so we were like 10th in line to be seen when I got there 5:05.:headache:

At 6:30 we finally get taken back, and another 20 mins later the NP asks the questions, looks, listens, and says, yep it's pink eye. By this time I had used up all my snacks and toys I had brought for Phoeb (after all these years of Doc appts, I plan ahead!) and it was past her bedtime (remember the 6am bus?). But the NP was fast and got us a scrip and we were out of there only 2.5 hrs later. I went to the closest Walgreens and they said they couldn't cill it because they were closing at 8. At 8???!???!!!! This is the type of situation that makes me HATE where we live! Things close really early because we are A- small town and B- inundated with old people who go to bed really early! I wanted to get her started on it tonight because she can't go back to school until 24-48 hrs after meds. By starting tonight she would be at 36 hrs on Thurs morning and Thurs is her Horse therapy day!!!! She can't miss that! So I decide to drive 15 mins north to the next Walgreens that services the living, and turn it in there. But on the way I remember that my gas light has been on all day. So I stop for a fill-up at the very expensive station that is convenient and paid 2.65. Now that may seem cheap to some of you because AZ is typically lower, but for me it is expensive because 20 mins north of us it is 30 cents cheaper per gallon. Another perk of small town living - price gauging!!! But I digress....so I turn in the scrip to the not so efficient pharmacist, and then head over to Carls Jr for dinner at 8pm. Poor Phoebe was starving. I sat in Tessa's carseat to feed her chicken stars while waiting for the scrip.

In the meantime I call to check on Tessa who was dropped off at a friend's house (thank God for friends!) and the mom proceeds to tell me that Tessa is sick. She fell asleep on the couch but had been saying "OUCH" all night and crying out in her sleep. Aw man! Are you kidding me???So back to Phoebe, who has not been at home for more than 10 mins today, she starts having a BM while we're eating. I can tell it's not gonna be good. She usually uses the potty but we haven't been home and her schedule is off now. I get the scrip and head for home and decide to take Phoebe first before getting Tessa. I needed to clean her up, give her tylenol, give her the drops and get her in bed! This means leaving the dog in charge while I drive the three blocks to go get Tessa. (Yet another nomination for Mother of the Year!!!) I just knew I couldn't handle both of them for the bedtime chaos with both being sick. Tessa is miserable, but I got her to take some Motrin, go potty and curl up in bed. I just don't get how she can be perfectly fine all day and then bam! sick and feverish at night two days in a row. I thought it was those shots, but why would it come back?:confused3

Well, it's been pretty quiet so far tonight. I made Phoebe mad by waking her up to give her more drops. Her eyelid was glues shut with crud, so I had to use a wet washcloth to clean it up a bit and she did NOT think that was nice. But she went right back to sleep. Usually she likes me to stay by her bed until she's dozing off but I think she wanted me to leave. :rotfl: So I have finally relaxed, doled out the latest round of meds and will make myself go to bed now. Besides, if I am still up when DH gets home I get a lecture.:rolleyes1

Millie12591
12-09-2009, 05:21 AM
Melissa! I think I need to put an APB out on my heart....it was just stolen by Phoebe and Tessa!!!
How precious!!!! I love seeing all the pictures of you guys. You have a really beautiful family. :love:
I haven't gotten to read everything, but I promise to.
BTW, for the crud on Phoebe's eye's, you probably already know this by now, but incase you don't. Use warm water on the wash cloth, it will one calm down baby cakes, and it feels good. The wetter the better, of course you have to figure out what works best, but that's my suggestion as a mommy. ;)
I can't wait to catch up.
Blessings.

Camille

pipersmom
12-09-2009, 09:01 AM
Oh lord, girlie..you have had you hands full the past few days! I'm glad that at least the last part of your night was quiet. And I know what you mean about having to take the girls with you all the time..Piper thinks half the Christmas gifts she's getting are for her cousin Kassidy (same age, thank goodness) 'cause she was with me when I bought them! :rofl: I'm just lucky she still falls for it, I guess! Hoping everyone feels better today and you get a bit of a break once Phoebe can go back to school...

maroo
12-09-2009, 09:23 AM
Goodness gracious!

Sounds like you should be nominated for Mother of the Year! :hug:

Funny that Phoebe wanted you to go away for giving her all of that medicine. :rotfl2:

I hope you got some sleep! And hope your kids all start feeling much better soon!

MaryAz
12-09-2009, 02:10 PM
Wow, that was quite a day. Sorry you had to wait for the clinic and the go to a new Walgreens. Glad Tessa was taken care of. Sorry she is feeling sick. Pink eye is yucky. Hope today is better!

cantwaittoseemickey
12-09-2009, 02:35 PM
My goodness Bless your heart! You must be exhausted. I hope Phoebe and Tessa feel better soon and mommy can get some rest.

yinyanggirls
12-09-2009, 03:41 PM
All's quiet on the western front...
Phoebe is so funny. She is so used to Mommy being the caretaker that she will not let me lay down when she is around. Even if all her needs are met, she gets very mad, like I need to be ready and waiting! I asked DH to trade me, since she won't get mad at him for laying down on the couch. ;) I got a nice nap, but now it's time to play catch up. The house is covered in remnants of Tessa's breakfast, blueberry poptart...she loves when Daddy is in charge!:lmao:
Phoebe desperately needs a bath, and then we will be off as a threesome to Tessa's dance class. I've not had to take Phoebe there yet, so it'll be interesting trying to entertain her. Maybe she'll enjoy the music and little dancers?:confused3 The drops are certainly working and I'm glad we got started last night, because you couldn't tell to look at her eye today. I'm happy she gets to go to school tomorrow and visit her horsies. :thumbsup2

yinyanggirls
12-09-2009, 03:48 PM
Melissa! I think I need to put an APB out on my heart....it was just stolen by Phoebe and Tessa!!!

Careful, they may just end up on your doorstep!:lmao: j/k of course.

How precious!!!! I love seeing all the pictures of you guys. You have a really beautiful family. :love:

I haven't gotten to read everything, but I promise to.
BTW, for the crud on Phoebe's eye's, you probably already know this by now, but incase you don't. Use warm water on the wash cloth, it will one calm down baby cakes, and it feels good. The wetter the better, of course you have to figure out what works best, but that's my suggestion as a mommy. ;)

Ya know, I actually used cold water, poor baby. :eek: Which I'm sure had to do with her displeasure with me. It crossed my mind for a sec but I think at 2am I was just too tired to wait for the pipes to warm up. (yes, AZ does get cold...our area is near 4000ft so we're in the 30s at night right now). Anyway, I will know better than to try that on her again.;)

I can't wait to catch up.
Blessings.

Camille

I'm so glad you're reading along! :cheer2: I'm sure I could use some of your ideas as we plan!

Oh lord, girlie..you have had you hands full the past few days! I'm glad that at least the last part of your night was quiet. And I know what you mean about having to take the girls with you all the time..Piper thinks half the Christmas gifts she's getting are for her cousin Kassidy (same age, thank goodness) 'cause she was with me when I bought them! :rofl: I'm just lucky she still falls for it, I guess! Hoping everyone feels better today and you get a bit of a break once Phoebe can go back to school...

Thankfully, Phoebe doesn't see well (oh, that sounds bad!) and Tessa is too distracted to pay attention to everything I do, so if I have to shop with them I can, I just prefer not to! My brain needs a "mute" button!:rotfl2:

pipersmom
12-09-2009, 05:06 PM
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Thankfully, Phoebe doesn't see well (oh, that sounds bad!) and Tessa is too distracted to pay attention to everything I do, so if I have to shop with them I can, I just prefer not to! My brain needs a "mute" button!:rotfl2:


Your brain and mine both, hon! I understand what you mean. I was just saying on my thread that I'm lucky Piper trusts me as much as she does or I wouldn't get away with half the stuff I pull off.

Momofwishkid
12-09-2009, 07:58 PM
Im so glad that things are getting back to normal and Phobe will get to see her horsies tomorrow! That is so awesome they have horse therapy.
My boys also think half their presents are for cousins :rotfl2: that must be a mommy secret!

MaryAz
12-09-2009, 08:21 PM
Yay for getting to see the horsies tomorrow!! Also, yay for a nap!!

yinyanggirls
12-10-2009, 12:47 AM
And the saga continues...
I'm sorry guys. I hope I don't sound whiny. I am actually more frustrated and needing to vent. Everyone hates being sick, and having sick kids, but it drives me batty when I can't figure out why or what...
Phoebe is doing better. Her eye looks great today. I hear her "ahem ahem" every once in a while but hoping that's nothing and she'll go to school tomorrow.
Tessa, well, she's the mystery this week. SHe had her shots Monday, complained all day about hurting, ran a fever that night, but next day fine. Until the evening. Fever again and complaining the she hurts, everywhere. That was last night after I had been at the clinic with Phoebe. She made it through the night with some Motrin and wakes up fine. Until dusk. WTH? She plops down on the couch complaining about hurting and has a fever. She falls asleep in minutes which is so unlike her. Thankfully, tonight we had the help of Phoebe's "nanny", a nice lady who is state paid and approved to help Phoebe with meals, bedtime, self-care items, etc. She comes over a few nights a week. Thank God! So I left her in charge of Phoebe and took Tessa to the clinic. The doc didn't say she heard or saw anything during the exam but proclaimed she had a bacterial infection and could have a scrip for Zithromax. Oh, and I forgot to mention that as she was listless on the couch her eye suddenly looked gross. Seriously, what timing! So she also got the pink eye drops. Doc said the day/night thing is probably just because she is an "energetic" child and after a night's rest she is recharged and ready to play, but runs out of energy to fight it off before the day is done. I am feeling a little tender in my throat and my eyes itch sometimes, but I'm hoping I'm just paranoid. ;) And can I say, Aunt Flo chooses the most fabulous times to visit!:sad2: If I can get through this week I may need to do some serious updates on the trip report just to take my mind off of this....

Millie12591
12-10-2009, 02:45 AM
Beyond beautiful!:love:
Like I said, they stole my heart from the get go! :goodvibes


Today was Tessa's birthday. Since last year she had a "Princess Tea Party"...

(Notice even the dog is dressed as a Princess...)
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/Shares/P1010091.jpg

She was really into it...
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/Shares/P1010117.jpg

Playing musical chairs...
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/Shares/P1010157.jpg

One year ago...
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/Shares/P1010128.jpg


I am against having big, fancy, expensive, stressful parties every year. But for 364 days she has been telling everyone it's her birthday. She really had a fun time at her tea party, and having a big party for Phoebe a few months ago helped embed the idea in her head. I was worried that she would get mad that today was sweet and simple.

A Wall*E cake (her choice) enjoyed in the morning with daddy before he left for work (he's gone all night so she wouldn't see him again later).
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/Shares/P1013166.jpg


And one present from mom and dad...
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/Shares/P1013178a.jpg

She loved it and told every neighbor, dance class student and even Phoebe's bus driver that it was her b-day (some of them didn't believe her because she's cried wolf 364 times before!:rotfl:). I had already invited neighborhood friends to the park on Friday (if I had known how happy she'd be with today I wouldn't have bothered) so we will have one more cake (homemade with her assistance) on Friday, but very low key. I forgot to get one good smile shot of her today, so here is one from Monday when I took our Cmas card pics. She's grown so much!
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/Shares/P1013144b.jpg

and Phoebe, so sweet...
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/Shares/P1013125b.jpg

Aren't my girls beautiful?
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/Shares/P1013092b.jpg

jordanyosh
12-10-2009, 03:20 AM
okay. i'm in. now I gotta go back and read

yinyanggirls
12-10-2009, 03:41 AM
okay. i'm in. now I gotta go back and read

Why are there so many green lights at 1:30am??? Maybe you guys stay logged in all the time? I'm done! See ya tomorrow!
(And Jordan, :welcome:, but now I may have to go edit some posts. I think you are the first male reader of my PTR...:scared1:, LOL)

pipersmom
12-10-2009, 08:10 AM
I'm sorry you're still having to deal with sickness! Yuck. Keeping my fingers crossed that your itchy eye is a totally psychological thing from seeing Phoebe and Tessa with pink-eye. And of course the lovely visitor at the same time..that's the way it always works! It never fails that when Piper is in the hospital I get my own visitor!

Don't worry about Jordan..I'm sure he's seen worse on other reports. Have you seen his bathroom reviews?? LOL. Maybe when you and I go we need to do a female version and add the availability of personal hygiene items to the scoring list! No doubt with our luck we'll have a visitor on the trip too..:rofl:

Momofwishkid
12-10-2009, 10:26 AM
Oh Melissa :hug: you have had a hard week and please dont feel bad about venting here. I am really hoping things get back to normal soon and you dont come down with anything.

kellyw8863
12-10-2009, 04:58 PM
Hi Melissa! Just wanted to pop over and say hello. I hope that your girls (who are beautiful, by the way) are feeling better soon so you can get a break!

Kelly

MaryAz
12-10-2009, 05:09 PM
Vent all you want, thats what we are here for! Sorry Tessa is sick. Sounds a little like Cayley, She crashes before bed. On the day her ear infection was diagnosed she cried about it hurting for over an hour, got the drops and Motrin and and she was back running around like crazy.
Glad you get a little help at night. Hope everyone is feeling better today!

yinyanggirls
12-10-2009, 10:43 PM
Thanks for letting me gripe guys. I have caught something. My best guess is from Tessa, since Phoebe has really only displayed pink eye symptoms. Today wasn't horrible, just aches and a sore throat. If it gets worse I'll call the doc and see if I can get the Zithromax like Tessa. We were hoping to take T to see the Princess and the Frog this weekend (will be her first in-theater) so I hope it passes quickly (and doesn't spread to DH or P).

yinyanggirls
12-10-2009, 10:46 PM
I'm sorry you're still having to deal with sickness! Yuck. Keeping my fingers crossed that your itchy eye is a totally psychological thing from seeing Phoebe and Tessa with pink-eye. And of course the lovely visitor at the same time..that's the way it always works! It never fails that when Piper is in the hospital I get my own visitor!

When Phoebe had RSV and was in Club Med for a week, you guessed it. I also had the virus that was causing her RSV, so needless to say it was a memorable week. And not in a good way!

Don't worry about Jordan..I'm sure he's seen worse on other reports. Have you seen his bathroom reviews?? LOL. Maybe when you and I go we need to do a female version and add the availability of personal hygiene items to the scoring list! No doubt with our luck we'll have a visitor on the trip too..:rofl:

Don't think I haven't already thought of that nightmare. Anyone know of a nice little herb or something that can postpone a monthly visit? I haven't used BC since 1996. (Another great perk of adoption! hehe)

yinyanggirls
12-12-2009, 11:11 AM
Well, I'm still battling the crud. Today is day 3 of feeling like crap for me. Tessa was curled up on the couch for 3 nights in a row, so I'm hoping this is the turning point. I feel horrible. Today is Phoebe's fundraiser for TROT (horse therapy place) and she is riding. I am so sad I had to send Daddy off on his own with the girls. I asked him to have someone else video her whole ride so he could shoot stills but we'll see. Sometimes we have different priorities. :confused3

We're supposed to take Tessa to see Princess and the Frog this weekend as well. Maybe tomorrow. Can't decide if we should try and take Phoebe too. Hopefully my next update will be happier, and maybe have photos too. ;)

Millie12591
12-13-2009, 03:20 AM
Well, I'm still battling the crud. Today is day 3 of feeling like crap for me. Tessa was curled up on the couch for 3 nights in a row, so I'm hoping this is the turning point. I feel horrible. Today is Phoebe's fundraiser for TROT (horse therapy place) and she is riding. I am so sad I had to send Daddy off on his own with the girls. I asked him to have someone else video her whole ride so he could shoot stills but we'll see. Sometimes we have different priorities. :confused3

We're supposed to take Tessa to see Princess and the Frog this weekend as well. Maybe tomorrow. Can't decide if we should try and take Phoebe too. Hopefully my next update will be happier, and maybe have photos too. ;)
Yuck! I'm so sorry you still don't feel well. I've prayed some little prayers for you to get better quickly so expect some good things to come. I posted on Amanda's thread (PipersMom) a suggestion for you to take vitamin D3 so you can stay well. My mom said that she was never more sick then when we kids first started school, and this is usually true for a lot of moms, I know it was for me. We buy our Vitamin D3 from Costco in a juice type form, and we take 5000 I.U.'s a day, five days a week and weekends off. If you don't have a Costco, or you can't find the D3 in a form you like, let me know and I will send you some. We don't get flu-shots, so we do this instead (suppose to be better than Vitamin C as far as an immune booster) and so far we haven't gotten sick! :banana: I know my son has been exsposed to the flu several times and so far we've all stayed healthy. Praise God! :worship:
I don't know of a vitamin or herb for "That Time Of The Month." :laughing: Sorry. :upsidedow

pipersmom
12-13-2009, 08:56 AM
Yuck, I was hoping you guys would be starting to feel better. It's freezing raining here right now, if that cheers you up at all! I'm glad you'll be able to see the video..and I can't wait to see the pics! :hug: Feel better!

yinyanggirls
12-13-2009, 04:47 PM
We don't get flu-shots, so we do this instead (suppose to be better than Vitamin C as far as an immune booster) and so far we haven't gotten sick! :banana: I know my son has been exsposed to the flu several times and so far we've all stayed healthy. Praise God! :worship:


Camille, thanks for the info on the D3. I will look for some. I have recently been getting more serious about vitamins and added some Bs to my routine and they have definitely helped my energy! I also avoid the flu vaccine and most years we are fine. I don't think this was the flu anyway....more on that in a minute....

Yuck, I was hoping you guys would be starting to feel better. It's freezing raining here right now, if that cheers you up at all! I'm glad you'll be able to see the video..and I can't wait to see the pics! :hug: Feel better!

Amanda, I haven't seen the video of Phoebe yet, can't keep my eyes open long enough, but he took a total of 4 pictures, all from the back and one of them wasn't even her!:rotfl2: Poor dad has had a hard week taking over the kiddos for me. He got home from work at 3am then up at 7 to get them ready for Phoebe's TROT event. It's an hour drive from home and Tessa gets carsick...I even pointed out where the sick bag was before he left, but he didn't catch it in time...Then I guess some guy tried to kidnap Tessa while they were watching Phoebe, well, the guy grabbed her arm to move her (I guess there were no kids allowed in the area he was sitting - insurance reasons) but DH being a dad and in Law Enforcement, made for a tense little showdown with the guy. Oh, I wonder if that was caught on tape. :rotfl: They were on their way home an hour after they got there and he said they did all the activities. I think he couldn't wait to leave!

Well, after day three of feeling crappy I felt my throat getting a familiar feeling to it, one I remember quite clearly from last March. It felt like glass shards scraping down my throat every time I try to swallow. So off to the clinic for the third time this week....except the close-by clinic says they are too full....not closed yet, just full...so on to the next one 25 mins away (coincidentally, right near the HD, but no, I once again forgot about Mickey Heads!!!). Thankfully that clinic had a short wait and were still open long enough to confirm my self-diagnosis of........ TONSILLITIS. Yes, I am a grown woman that still has her tonsils. They have never given me trouble until this year. I love how when I open my mouth the doctors always say, "Whoa!" and take a step back. :lmao: They keep telling me if it continues I can get them out, as if that's what I want. I want them not to give me problems, like the last 35 years...Anyway, I think the cold that the girls had earlier this week just irritated them and then it brews it own little problem. So now I'm on antibiotics, and wake up this morning with, anyone, anyone? - PINK EYE! :lmao: Somehow I managed to get it in both, when the girls each had one. At least we have extra drops left over from the kids so that I don't have to go back to the clinic yet again. :sad2:

And the Princess and the Frog idea, well that's completely out the window until next weekend. I called Phoebe's "nanny", Sally, to go over possible days with her and she informed me that her mother passed away yesterday. I feel horrible for her! Right before Cmas! She lives out of state so she'll be gone all week. Oh, what a week!!! I'm going back to bed. Somebody wake me when it's over!

yinyanggirls
12-13-2009, 04:50 PM
Here's one shot of Phoebe doing her favorite thing....

http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/Shares/P1013359a.jpg

Millie12591
12-13-2009, 10:35 PM
Camille, thanks for the info on the D3. I will look for some. I have recently been getting more serious about vitamins and added some Bs to my routine and they have definitely helped my energy! I also avoid the flu vaccine and most years we are fine. I don't think this was the flu anyway....more on that in a minute....
Your most welcome. :) I to have started wanting to take better care of my body and taking vitamins is one that I need to do but have a hard time following through on, for some reason I don't sleep well when I take them. I think it's the vitamin B's that are in the muliti's that are keeping me awake, I pretty much don't sleep for three days at a time when I take them, eventually I pass out and sleep. :laughing: I just stop taking them all over again to have that feeling of guilt that I'm not doing enough to take care of myself. Can't win. :laughing:




Well, after day three of feeling crappy I felt my throat getting a familiar feeling to it, one I remember quite clearly from last March. It felt like glass shards scraping down my throat every time I try to swallow. So off to the clinic for the third time this week....except the close-by clinic says they are too full....not closed yet, just full...so on to the next one 25 mins away (coincidentally, right near the HD, but no, I once again forgot about Mickey Heads!!!). Thankfully that clinic had a short wait and were still open long enough to confirm my self-diagnosis of........ TONSILLITIS. Yes, I am a grown woman that still has her tonsils. They have never given me trouble until this year. I love how when I open my mouth the doctors always say, "Whoa!" and take a step back. :lmao: They keep telling me if it continues I can get them out, as if that's what I want. I want them not to give me problems, like the last 35 years...Anyway, I think the cold that the girls had earlier this week just irritated them and then it brews it own little problem. So now I'm on antibiotics, and wake up this morning with, anyone, anyone? - PINK EYE! :lmao: Somehow I managed to get it in both, when the girls each had one. At least we have extra drops left over from the kids so that I don't have to go back to the clinic yet again. :sad2:
So sorry that you've been feeling worse, at least they know what's going on and you can now end the maddness with some good drugs.

And the Princess and the Frog idea, well that's completely out the window until next weekend. I called Phoebe's "nanny", Sally, to go over possible days with her and she informed me that her mother passed away yesterday. I feel horrible for her! Right before Cmas! She lives out of state so she'll be gone all week. Oh, what a week!!! I'm going back to bed. Somebody wake me when it's over!PM me when your feeling better before taking the girls to see the movie, I took my dd10 to see it and there are some things that you might need to know so your prepaired before hand for Tessa.

Here's one shot of Phoebe doing her favorite thing....

http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/Shares/P1013359a.jpg

So sweet. I bet she had a great time. :woohoo:

pipersmom
12-13-2009, 10:56 PM
Amanda, I haven't seen the video of Phoebe yet, can't keep my eyes open long enough, but he took a total of 4 pictures, all from the back and one of them wasn't even her!:rotfl2: Poor dad has had a hard week taking over the kiddos for me. He got home from work at 3am then up at 7 to get them ready for Phoebe's TROT event. It's an hour drive from home and Tessa gets carsick...I even pointed out where the sick bag was before he left, but he didn't catch it in time...Then I guess some guy tried to kidnap Tessa while they were watching Phoebe, well, the guy grabbed her arm to move her (I guess there were no kids allowed in the area he was sitting - insurance reasons) but DH being a dad and in Law Enforcement, made for a tense little showdown with the guy. Oh, I wonder if that was caught on tape. :rotfl: They were on their way home an hour after they got there and he said they did all the activities. I think he couldn't wait to leave!

It sounds like it, not that I could blame him with all of that going on! The pic of Phoebe riding is so cute! I bet her face is just wreathed in a huge smile :love:

Well, after day three of feeling crappy I felt my throat getting a familiar feeling to it, one I remember quite clearly from last March. It felt like glass shards scraping down my throat every time I try to swallow. So off to the clinic for the third time this week....except the close-by clinic says they are too full....not closed yet, just full...so on to the next one 25 mins away (coincidentally, right near the HD, but no, I once again forgot about Mickey Heads!!!). Thankfully that clinic had a short wait and were still open long enough to confirm my self-diagnosis of........ TONSILLITIS. Yes, I am a grown woman that still has her tonsils. They have never given me trouble until this year. I love how when I open my mouth the doctors always say, "Whoa!" and take a step back. :lmao: They keep telling me if it continues I can get them out, as if that's what I want. I want them not to give me problems, like the last 35 years...Anyway, I think the cold that the girls had earlier this week just irritated them and then it brews it own little problem. So now I'm on antibiotics, and wake up this morning with, anyone, anyone? - PINK EYE! :lmao: Somehow I managed to get it in both, when the girls each had one. At least we have extra drops left over from the kids so that I don't have to go back to the clinic yet again. :sad2:

Don't the Drs realize you don't have time for tonsillitis ?!? And I can't imagine you being able to make the time to get them removed, though it sounds like you may be better off in the long run. Geesh! Yanno..when I posted you I was glad you didn't have it (yet) I was only halfway teasing. Once it's in your house, esp with two kids with it, you didn't have a snowball's chance in **** hon. You did make me giggle posting you had it, though I know how much it bites! Just use your hand sanitizer..I know you have a barrel of it like we do! Oh geez..I hope I didn't jinx you by saying that..now I feel guilty!

And the Princess and the Frog idea, well that's completely out the window until next weekend. I called Phoebe's "nanny", Sally, to go over possible days with her and she informed me that her mother passed away yesterday. I feel horrible for her! Right before Cmas! She lives out of state so she'll be gone all week. Oh, what a week!!! I'm going back to bed. Somebody wake me when it's over!

We rarely go to the movie theater..for the 20 bucks I would spend on a matinee I can get 15 redbox movies and two boxes of nuke-it popcorn! With Christmas around the corner, there was just no way this month. Maybe after the New Year! :goodvibes :hug: I hope you feel better soon!

yinyanggirls
12-14-2009, 12:33 AM
PM me when your feeling better before taking the girls to see the movie, I took my dd10 to see it and there are some things that you might need to know so your prepaired before hand for Tessa.

I was thinking Dr Facilier looks kinda spooky...She's pretty brave with the villains, but I will definitely PM you before we go!

We rarely go to the movie theater..for the 20 bucks I would spend on a matinee I can get 15 redbox movies and two boxes of nuke-it popcorn! With Christmas around the corner, there was just no way this month. Maybe after the New Year! :goodvibes :hug: I hope you feel better soon!

Red Box is our friend! We don't often splurge on the theater either, but I thought it was a perfect movie to take her for her "first". She's old enough to sit through it, new movie, new princess, coincidentally is a beautiful southern girl of African descent....how could I resist? We'll see when we actually get there to do it, though.

Momofwishkid
12-14-2009, 12:57 AM
Oh Melissa Im so sorry you have the dreaded tonsilitis! and Pink eye :scared1:
Hoping you get better VERY soon and DH is helping out with the girls.

yinyanggirls
12-14-2009, 01:47 AM
I felt pretty guilty about being MIA on my family this week. Tessa was getting into all sorts of trouble, probably just attention-seeking because she was definitely not getting enough. Phoebe fell, again, this time while trying to get off the couch, she hit her forehead on the coffee table and got a nice purple egg on it. DH feels horrible, but is just not used to being in charge of everything at once. He was fetching Tessa back from the end of our cul-de-sac, which leads to train tracks, so she is not allowed out there. They've had Pop Tarts, Mac N Cheese, and pizza for three days. He's a worker not a nurturer, so he's been going crazy on cleaning the house. DH and I were bickering this morning because I was being pretty whiny, that he wasn't "taking care of me", which is so pathetic and what I usually get annoyed with HIM for doing when HE is sick! Good grief. So after the 1600mg of Ibuprofen kicked in I was on a mission to have at least a little fun today!

We went for a walk to collect wood for our fire pit. Thankfully a recent wind storm had rattled the pecan trees in our neighborhood so we had plenty of choices.
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/Shares/Photo-0010a.jpg

I had to rest for a bit after our walk, so I missed the s'mores, but I know the girls enjoyed it. Then Daddy kept them busy on the trampoline.
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/Shares/P1013384.jpg

Tessa, the daredevil...
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/Shares/P1013376.jpg

Then after dinner and baths we decorated the tree for a few minutes. It was already too late to do the whole thing but poor Tessa has been asking since we got the tree last weekend, when can we decorate it.
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/Shares/P1013408a.jpg

I have to admit, I'm worried about DH going back to work tomorrow, and Sally won't be coming over this week, but hopefully I'm over the "hump". I feel a bit better tonight, which surprised me after the energy spent today. This is, by no means, a crisis, but it's just been a draining, long week. I appreciate the prayers and encouraging words! Thanks everyone!

Millie12591
12-14-2009, 04:58 AM
Melissa~

Such great pictures!! I love seeing pictures of what someone has been doinig, it just makes it more real.
I know how you feel about having the hubby take care of the girls, but you shouldn't feel guilty, it's a wasted emotion and one not of the Big Guy upstairs. :sad2: You know that if the shoe was on the other foot, you would be doing all of what your hubby is doing for you and the girls, and you wouldn't think twice about it. Your hubby taking care of the girls is just more pronounced because it's not his typical everyday job like it is for you, so I'm sure there are some frustrations that go along with it for the poor guy, and for you! :laughing:
I'm not one of those women who say tough poo on the guy when he's doing a job that we typically do, I'm not a women's lib kinda gal. ;) So I say hats off to your hubby, and I'm sure you feel the same way. It's tough for anyone to take on the job of another, and from what I can see....he's been doing a pretty good job. Like I said, when my DH would take care of the kids, and I would come back and see that they were happy, healthy and not worse for the wear....then I knew he did the best job he could. :lovestruc :hug:

I love the pictures of you guys getting the wood and decorating the tree, it's so sweet to see a daddy and his girls doing something together. :thumbsup2
I just recently bought wood for our fire pit so the kids could do s'mores too, I need to get to that once the weather gets cool again.
I'm sure you can see by my avatar we live in Texas, so as you may know it's not always cold here all through out Dec. It's actually been cooler here over the fall than I've remembered it in a long time, I'm curious to see what the winter brings. :yay: I'm hoping for some snow on Christmas....or at least a few snows over the rest of the winter. ;) My daughter Mackenzie would be so thrilled! :yay:
Try not to over do it this week, maybe a lot of snuggle time with the girls is in order, along with some hot cocoa or tea with lots of honey for your throat.
:goodvibes By the way, it's my honor to pray for you and your family, so your most welcome, and there will be more to come. :goodvibes
I was wondering....what part of Texas did you live in when you lived here? If answering this post seems to daunting this week, please just answer when your up to it.
Blessings, and feel better. :hug:


I felt pretty guilty about being MIA on my family this week. Tessa was getting into all sorts of trouble, probably just attention-seeking because she was definitely not getting enough. Phoebe fell, again, this time while trying to get off the couch, she hit her forehead on the coffee table and got a nice purple egg on it. DH feels horrible, but is just not used to being in charge of everything at once. He was fetching Tessa back from the end of our cul-de-sac, which leads to train tracks, so she is not allowed out there. They've had Pop Tarts, Mac N Cheese, and pizza for three days. He's a worker not a nurturer, so he's been going crazy on cleaning the house. DH and I were bickering this morning because I was being pretty whiny, that he wasn't "taking care of me", which is so pathetic and what I usually get annoyed with HIM for doing when HE is sick! Good grief. So after the 1600mg of Ibuprofen kicked in I was on a mission to have at least a little fun today!

We went for a walk to collect wood for our fire pit. Thankfully a recent wind storm had rattled the pecan trees in our neighborhood so we had plenty of choices.
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/Shares/Photo-0010a.jpg

I had to rest for a bit after our walk, so I missed the s'mores, but I know the girls enjoyed it. Then Daddy kept them busy on the trampoline.
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/Shares/P1013384.jpg

Tessa, the daredevil...
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/Shares/P1013376.jpg

Then after dinner and baths we decorated the tree for a few minutes. It was already too late to do the whole thing but poor Tessa has been asking since we got the tree last weekend, when can we decorate it.
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/Shares/P1013408a.jpg

I have to admit, I'm worried about DH going back to work tomorrow, and Sally won't be coming over this week, but hopefully I'm over the "hump". I feel a bit better tonight, which surprised me after the energy spent today. This is, by no means, a crisis, but it's just been a draining, long week. I appreciate the prayers and encouraging words! Thanks everyone!

pipersmom
12-14-2009, 09:09 AM
Good morning, hon!

You know, sometimes spit just happens and there isn't a thing you can do about it. Next year at this time the girls won't even remember you being sick and not as involved, so try not to let the Mommy Guilt take you down too far! It looks like the hub was actually having a good time with the girls, and pizza, pop tarts and mac and cheese won't kill them! (On a temporary basis, anyway, lol.) The pictures of he and the girls on the tramp and decorating the tree and hauling the wood are sooo adorable! I love it. Keeping you and the girls in our thoughts this week and hoping it will pass quickly and smoothly for you..
:hug:

Momofwishkid
12-14-2009, 12:46 PM
What a good daddy to be helping out as much as he can and please dont feel guilty about resting up. Your sick and deserve a break :goodvibes Love the pics and the one of Phobe on the horse is adorable.

yinyanggirls
12-16-2009, 05:51 PM
This morning didn't start off very smooth. I woke up at 6:20, which is 20 minutes after Phoebe's bus arrives to pick her up. I panicked. Not only because I would have to drive her to school, but because being sick last week we had a little run-in with our bus driver, who drove off without Phoebe after waiting 5 minutes. But she was 2 minutes early, and we were right at the door when she drove off. So I called the dispatcher who had her come back and she was peaved. Anyway, I'm thinking what a horrible way to start the day, when suddenly I realized, I can stop at Home Depot and get some Mickey Heads!!!! My day was suddenly brighter, and that's when I realized I truly need an intervention! I'm addicted to DIS and our trip is still 4 months away!

So I got Phoebe ready, myself decent, and woke hubby enough to move him to the couch to "supervise" Tessa while I'm gone. (School is 40 mins away and there is no way I'm taking my carsick child on that trip just so he can sleep in the bed).

I drop Phoebe at school, only 15 mins late, and head back toward home with a growing smile on my face as I look for the HD exit. I decided to procrastinate the fun, and get Starbucks first - their Caramal Apple Spice is so nice on a sore throat! Then on to Target to get a couple of necessities I forgot on my grocery list as well as to check for any gifts I might like as I browse the aisles. I'm in heaven. Shopping (real shopping, not our small town WalMart shopping) without the kids! Finally, after grabbing some new undies for DH's stocking (won't he be overjoyed!), I'm off to Home Depot.

As I approach the HD parking lot, I get nervous. I see a cop. He's just idling in the HD parking lot and I don't know what he's doing or looking for. :eek:

As I've been perusing all the TRs and PTRs here I came across Jordan's. http://disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2342782 Jordan is a funny guy, from OC, CA and is in the same general age range as myself, so his reports are pretty entertaining as are his friends. Recently, Jordan made mention that his local HD was phasing out the Mickey Head style of paint sample cards. This started a pandemic of Mickey addicts who need their MH paint cards flooding their local HDs and nabbing all the cards they could get away with. Church-going Christians are using their children to help in the heists!:scared1:

I debated trying to get a picture of the cop car sitting out in front of the HD and was chuckling to myself over the irony, when the cop started cruising the aisles of the lot. I got nervous that maybe he saw me watching him and was suspicious of me now! So I choose a spot a couple of rows over and meander inside. Once inside I looked back out the doors and he's still cruising. You can see him here, behind the Handicapped signs.
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/Shares/12164.jpg
I wonder if there really is an APB out for Mickey Heads?!:lmao:

I'm already feeling guilty and I'm nowhere near the paint aisle! I find the Disney section and am relieved that they still have a full spectrum of Mickeys. It appears that they are keeping some colors on the MH, while others were fully stocked with regular cards.
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/Shares/12165.jpg

I nonchalantly read through all of the brochures and started picking out paint cards. Wouldn't you know that early morning mid-week, the paint counter is busy with lots of contractors? I calculated that 4 of each color would give me more than enough to countdown from Christmas (or shortly after) until our trip in April. I froze when I was about halfway done because I realized that the stack was getting quite large and I felt realllllllly uncomfortable putting it in my pocket. So I decided to put a smaller stack inside of a different Disney brochure, as if the colors went with that sample room. ;) I carried them out in my hand right in front of an employee and no one minded a bit! Imagine!!! Now I just have to decide exactly how I want to arrange the countdown. Got to get it done before Christmas or it won't get done ever!

yinyanggirls
12-16-2009, 05:58 PM
P.S. Mary, if you haven't already mailed some, I *think* I've got all that I need. Thank you so much for offering to get them for me!

pipersmom
12-16-2009, 06:23 PM
Woohoo for your solo shopping expedition! I looooove it when I can do that, and our town is the same as yours as far as shopping options! And you go girl..on the MHPCs!! Love the cop car in the parking lot, I think someone squealed on ya before you left. :rotfl: Ohh..I love starbucks..next time think of me as you're slur..ermm..sipping one down !

Momofwishkid
12-16-2009, 07:22 PM
Melissa you are to funny :rotfl: Im the same way about taking an abundance of "free" things. It just feels wrong. Glad you got some alone shopping time.

MaryAz
12-16-2009, 10:01 PM
P.S. Mary, if you haven't already mailed some, I *think* I've got all that I need. Thank you so much for offering to get them for me!

I am so sorry I did nto get on here and tell you I had got them. Sounds like you had a fun time though :rotfl2:If you need anymore let me know. Glad you are feeling better.

yinyanggirls
12-17-2009, 12:07 AM
Tonight we were invited to join our chapter of Make-A-Wish in a little holiday festivities. We picked up Phoebe's "Fairy Godmother" from work and then met up with the big group. They met at the entrance of a certain neighborhood in Tucson that goes crazy with lights, so crazy in fact, that they get corporate sponsorship from the local electric company and donate admission proceeds to various charities. We have lived in this area for 3 yrs and never heard of this before. It was really beautiful. Some houses were all-out obsessed and others were comparatively simple, but almost every single one had something on it. We got to take pics with Santa, which turned out horrible for some reason. My camera is really acting up and I'm hoping to have new one before our trip in April. I posted the best ones...
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/Shares/P1013412a.jpg
Tessa was nervous around Santa and wouldn't let me put her down. Phoebe clapped his hand with hers and grabbed his beard a lot.
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/Shares/P1013409a.jpg
Both girls really enjoyed the lights. Tessa asked a few times if Phoebe's Fairy Godmother was the same as Cinderella's and I said no, she has her own. Liz got a kick out of it. There were a ton of people there walking their dogs and the girls enjoyed that. Tessa got more excited about the dogs than the houses.
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/Shares/P1013417.jpg
Tessa's favorite house was one that had a synchronized light and fountain show set to music. Every time I asked her to start walking again, she'd say "but Mom there's more music". Phoebe loved hearing the cloppity clop of the horsepulled wagons go by. They were wearing jingle bells, too, so it was especially festive.
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/Shares/P1013415.jpg
I had to include this one even though it's blurry. Phoebe is always reaching out and grabbing whatever is close to her. With her visual impairment she uses touch, and taste, to explore most things. When Tessa is close she will often reach out and touch her hair or grab her clothes. We were watching the wagons go by (and I had just snapped the previous pic of them watching/listening to it) when Phoebe slowly reached out and grabbed Tessa's hood. She then quickly yanked it backwards toward her and Liz started busting up. It was pretty funny, but I think Liz was just getting used to our family dynamic and the girls' personalities. Phoebe can be feisty when she wants to!
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/Shares/P1013416.jpg
Liz introduced us to a couple of the main people from our chapter, and I recognized their names from our paperwork. Everyone was super nice. I only wish we had gotten there a little earlier so that we could have met a few of the families. Once we got our Santa pic done, they started walking through the neighborhood and basically split up soon after. Everyone was really nice of course and the girls got a kick out of the goody bags and antler headbands they received. I also wish we had taken a pic with Liz. I'm glad we went and we'll definitely come again for a little holiday spirit. Maybe next year we'll ride on the wagon so Phoebe can listen to the horses the whole time. :lovestruc

pipersmom
12-17-2009, 12:15 AM
Melissa..I swear every time I see a pic of your girls they get a little bit cuter :lovestruck
You know what I noticed? *stifling laughter* Your cameras bad pics look the same as my good ones! :rotfl: Anyway..it looks like you guys had a really good time, I love how much you get out and do things with the girls. :hug:

Momofwishkid
12-17-2009, 01:02 AM
It looks like you guys had fun. I love going around to the neighborhoods that go all out, of course I have never seen one that goes THAT far out that they charge admission. I bet the houses were amazing!

Millie12591
12-17-2009, 03:30 AM
Anyway, I'm thinking what a horrible way to start the day, when suddenly I realized, I can stop at Home Depot and get some Mickey Heads!!!! My day was suddenly brighter, and that's when I realized I truly need an intervention! I'm addicted to DIS and our trip is still 4 months away!:yay: This will always brighten a day!!! Tee hee.

I drop Phoebe at school, only 15 mins late, and head back toward home with a growing smile on my face as I look for the HD exit. I'm off to Home Depot.
My excitement is growing by the second!!! :banana:

As I approach the HD parking lot, I get nervous. I see a cop. He's just idling in the HD parking lot and I don't know what he's doing or looking for. :eek:
HD head quarters tipped them off because of all the heists taken place. :rotfl:

As I've been perusing all the TRs and PTRs here I came across Jordan's. http://disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2342782 Jordan is a funny guy, from OC, CA and is in the same general age range as myself, so his reports are pretty entertaining as are his friends. Recently, Jordan made mention that his local HD was phasing out the Mickey Head style of paint sample cards. This started a pandemic of Mickey addicts who need their MH paint cards flooding their local HDs and nabbing all the cards they could get away with. Church-going Christians are using their children to help in the heists!:scared1:
:rotfl2::rotfl2::rotfl2: :rolleyes1 Whaaaaaaa? :eek: :angel:
FREEDOM MICKEY!!

I debated trying to get a picture of the cop car sitting out in front of the HD and was chuckling to myself over the irony, when the cop started cruising the aisles of the lot. I got nervous that maybe he saw me watching him and was suspicious of me now! So I choose a spot a couple of rows over and meander inside. Once inside I looked back out the doors and he's still cruising. You can see him here, behind the Handicapped signs.
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/Shares/12164.jpg
I wonder if there really is an APB out for Mickey Heads?!:lmao:
::yes:: Probably

I'm already feeling guilty and I'm nowhere near the paint aisle! I find the Disney section and am relieved that they still have a full spectrum of Mickeys. It appears that they are keeping some colors on the MH, while others were fully stocked with regular cards.
http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/Shares/12165.jpgHeaven.....I'm in heaven...:littleangel:

I nonchalantly read through all of the brochures and started picking out paint cards. Wouldn't you know that early morning mid-week, the paint counter is busy with lots of contractors? I calculated that 4 of each color would give me more than enough to countdown from Christmas (or shortly after) until our trip in April. I froze when I was about halfway done because I realized that the stack was getting quite large and I felt realllllllly uncomfortable putting it in my pocket. So I decided to put a smaller stack inside of a different Disney brochure, as if the colors went with that sample room. ;) I carried them out in my hand right in front of an employee and no one minded a bit! Imagine!!! Now I just have to decide exactly how I want to arrange the countdown. Got to get it done before Christmas or it won't get done ever!
I love it! :laughing: I'm glad you got your MHPC's without much trouble from the cops. :rotfl: Thank you for the story, it was fun to follow along. :yay:

I wanted to comment on the MAW Christmas shin-dig y'all went to....It looked like the girls really had a great time, and I loved the smile on your face in the Santa pictures. You look cute in a hat by the way. ;)
It's really great MAW put this on for the kiddos and their families. :banana:
The girls are so beautiful Melissa, and it's fun to see the pictures of them growing, I swear they've grown from the first pictures shown here. :lovestruc

yinyanggirls
12-17-2009, 03:43 PM
I just noticed our ticker says 4 months exactly. I know this is longer than some of you had for your entire prep, but I'm so excited! If I could only come up with a cute, easy, creative, durable countdown idea I'd be set!!!

dawnbu40
12-17-2009, 04:32 PM
Hi! I just found your pre-TR through one of your postings on Piper's Pre-Tr.
Your girls are absolutely beautiful and so blessed to have you as their mom! Looking forward to following along as you plan your trip for your princessprincess:!

Dawn

Momofwishkid
12-17-2009, 05:29 PM
I just noticed our ticker says 4 months exactly. I know this is longer than some of you had for your entire prep, but I'm so excited! If I could only come up with a cute, easy, creative, durable countdown idea I'd be set!!!

:yay: 4 months left! It's gonna fly by.

yinyanggirls
12-17-2009, 10:31 PM
..it looks like you guys had a really good time, I love how much you get out and do things with the girls. :hug:

We have to get out of the house or everyone is whiny! Phoebe loves to be on the go. Tessa gets so bored if we are home all day. I have sometimes wondered about why certain parents get to raise certain kids, and knowing in my heart that Phoebe was "meant to be" with us, I figure her beauty and my social attitude is a good combo to help people in the world get more comfortable with seeing disabilities. It's her "mission".;) Now, what was my point? We like to be out doing stuff. :thumbsup2

It looks like you guys had fun. I love going around to the neighborhoods that go all out, of course I have never seen one that goes THAT far out that they charge admission. I bet the houses were amazing!

I don't know what they were charging but they waived it if you brought a can of food for the food bank, so probably not too high. Like I said, it's so highly organized they see to have turned it into a charity thing.

I love it! :laughing: I'm glad you got your MHPC's without much trouble from the cops. :rotfl: Thank you for the story, it was fun to follow along. :yay:

Camille, your story set the bar, and even your reactions to my story had me laughing. But seriously, how ironic is it that the police were just sitting there in front when I went???

I wanted to comment on the MAW Christmas shin-dig y'all went to....It looked like the girls really had a great time, and I loved the smile on your face in the Santa pictures. You look cute in a hat by the way. ;)
It's really great MAW put this on for the kiddos and their families. :banana:
The girls are so beautiful Melissa, and it's fun to see the pictures of them growing, I swear they've grown from the first pictures shown here. :lovestruc

Aw, thanks. I've been told I am photogenic, which I have determined to mean "you look better in pics than in real life". :rotfl2: The girls have definitely grown lately. It scares me sometimes!

Hi! I just found your pre-TR through one of your postings on Piper's Pre-Tr.
Your girls are absolutely beautiful and so blessed to have you as their mom! Looking forward to following along as you plan your trip for your princessprincess:!

Dawn

Welcome Dawn!:cheer2: I joined a few months ago when we found out she was approved, and I've loved getting to know the people here. Now that we have our dates the real fun begins!

:yay: 4 months left! It's gonna fly by.

Boy, it doesn't seem that way now, but I know you're right. :goodvibes

Millie12591
12-18-2009, 01:48 PM
Wow! Four months. :goodvibes It seems like it's right around the corner!! :woohoo: Our trip is five months away and I'm starting to get so excited I can hardly stand myself, and I have tons of planing to do! :scared: I can't imagine how excited you are! :cheer2:
Do you feel your getting all the planning in that you want? I know your planning will be waaay different from mine, but don't hesitate to ask for help, that's what all these lovely people :hug: (well most are lovely, some are just stinkers, waiting to stir the pot :stir:) on the boards are for. :love:

I'm a lot like Tessa, I hate to be stuck in the house for very long, I like being out and about once and a while, it doesn't have to be for very long just for a little while, and I'm good. :3dglasses Mackenzie on the other hand, she would prefere to be at home almost all the time. :rolleyes: This is why I had to bribe her with food for....Freedom Mickey! :laughing:
I doubt that you only look good on camera Ms. Snickelfritz....if you look good on camera then your beautiful in person.
I don't take such good pictures, hence why no pictures of me on the boards, maybe one day soon I'll post one or two of me. :teeth:

It was pretty ironic the police were there in front of HD, and you had me cracking up with you taking a picture of the car! :rotfl:

Momofwishkid
12-19-2009, 02:46 PM
I found the page with all the park hours and parade/fireworks times for April. Here's a link for you. Hope it helps. http://www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/apr10.cfm?requesttimeout=1000

yinyanggirls
12-19-2009, 02:55 PM
I found the page with all the park hours and parade/fireworks times for April. Here's a link for you. Hope it helps. http://www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/apr10.cfm?requesttimeout=1000

Thanks Jennifer! Amanda just told me she found them on Allears too, so tonight when I have free time (as if!) I will compare them both. Thanks again!

cantwaittoseemickey
12-20-2009, 11:48 AM
Oh now I know what you all mean by the MHD's:thumbsup2 Now Im going to have to go see what I can find. That really bright neon green is Ty's favorite color!

Your girls are so precious! I am so sorry you have had a rough few weeks. I love thier pictures with Santa! I was sitting here watching the Christmas lights on the travel channel when I was looking at your pictures lol.

I hope you all have a wonderful week this week!

yinyanggirls
12-20-2009, 09:51 PM
Do you feel your getting all the planning in that you want? I know your planning will be waaay different from mine, but don't hesitate to ask for help, that's what all these lovely people :hug: (well most are lovely, some are just stinkers, waiting to stir the pot :stir:) on the boards are for. :love:


I am going to really buckle down after the holidays are over and start planning out our second week, then I will probably come back to our first (WDW) week and obsess over that some more. Once I got our dates I made our ADRs so I feel content for the moment. A short moment. :lmao:


Your girls are so precious! I am so sorry you have had a rough few weeks. I love thier pictures with Santa! I was sitting here watching the Christmas lights on the travel channel when I was looking at your pictures lol.


What timing! It helps to get you in the mood, doesn't it? Everyone seems to be doing much better. Phoebe and I are still coughing a little, and my throat still hurts (darn tonsils) but we are all fully functional and should be fine. Thank you so much for the well wishes!

kellyw8863
12-21-2009, 04:31 PM
Woo hoo! Less than four months!:dance3: If everything works out for us, we will be looking at leaving the same day. I haven't been good about keeping caught up with others' PTRs (or even my own, for that matter:blush:), but do you have an itinerary planned out for your week at GKTW? I just want dates so I can start planning in earnest! I am looking forward to our winter break so I can spend some more time on here catching up with everyone.:cool1:

yinyanggirls
12-21-2009, 11:23 PM
Woo hoo! Less than four months!:dance3: If everything works out for us, we will be looking at leaving the same day. I haven't been good about keeping caught up with others' PTRs (or even my own, for that matter:blush:), but do you have an itinerary planned out for your week at GKTW? I just want dates so I can start planning in earnest! I am looking forward to our winter break so I can spend some more time on here catching up with everyone.:cool1:

Before I had dates I started keeping notes in a Word doc. I copied over the days of each GKTW party, tips people gave about not to miss, etc. I also looked up the weather and crowd predictors for the weeks we requested and copied those over to help with the planning. I have now set up a calendar using iGoogle, which blocks out things by hours. Not that I am trying to plan it that meticulously I just want to have something visual to remind what time parks open, close, parties start, dining reservations are made, etc. If you want, I'd be happy to share my notes with you. Just PM me your email address. If you want to wait and get your dates first I totally understand.

MCazer
12-23-2009, 04:08 PM
Melissa, I sent youa Private Message!

Charleston Princess
12-23-2009, 09:19 PM
Melissa, it took me awhile to get over here, but I am ready for all the pre-trip fun!!! :goodvibes

yinyanggirls
12-24-2009, 01:32 AM
Melissa, I sent youa Private Message!

Melissa, it took me awhile to get over here, but I am ready for all the pre-trip fun!!! :goodvibes

Welcome ladies!:cheer2:
Margaret, I've emailed you back. I'm very excited. :woohoo:

Jackie, I am happy to have your experienced contribution to our Trip Planning!

Millie12591
12-25-2009, 03:02 AM
Merry Christmas Everyone!!! Melissa and family, be blessed. :hug:

dawnbu40
12-25-2009, 09:54 AM
Wishing your family a magical Christmas! :santa:

pacrosby
12-25-2009, 02:46 PM
Merry Merry Christmas Melissa!! Here's hoping you and your family are having a day full of joy and laughter:)

Pamela :santa:

Matty's Wish Trip http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2325607

kellyw8863
12-26-2009, 09:24 PM
Hi Melissa! Just wanted to stop by and wish you a Merry Christmas! I also wanted to thank you for posting the crowd information for both February and April. I appreciate you taking the time to do that. I hope that all is well with you and yours and that you had a wonderful holiday!

Wee Annie
12-27-2009, 06:15 PM
Hi!

Your thread caught my eye because we are going to GKTW on 4/17/10 too! I have three daughters, and my youngest DD3 is my wish kid. She has leukemia, and is in remission but will be in active treatment until February 2011, God willing.

We have our dates (4/17 - 4/23), and then are planning on extending and staying at WDW until 4/29. I know my daughter's stamina will be very low, so we want to relax and not plan a lot on each day. I guess I'll have to figure out how she will get her biweekly IV antibiotics while there....

Your daughters are beautiful, and you sound like wonderful people. I hope all works out and we meet at GKTW!

I may do a wish trip report, but just feel so overwhelmed with caring for the children and updating her caringbridge site, I'm not sure if I'll have time (I take my hat off to all of you who manage to do this!!!). I will try to check in here every now and then, though!

I do not log in every day, so will let you know when I pop in and say hi!

Ann

yinyanggirls
12-28-2009, 01:40 AM
Hi!

Your thread caught my eye because we are going to GKTW on 4/17/10 too! I have three daughters, and my youngest DD3 is my wish kid. She has leukemia, and is in remission but will be in active treatment until February 2011, God willing.


Hi Ann! One of my best friends went through the battle of leukemia with her DD at the same age. I'm happy to say she has been cancer free for 5 years! I'm glad to hear your DD is in remission.

Thanks for letting me know about your trip and dates. I've been getting lonely as everyone here plans (and takes!) their trips and no one else has April dates yet. (Still voting for Kelly and fam to choose April, if I get a vote, hehe!) I hope you do find some time to share a report. Even short and sweet would be fun. To tell the truth, I spend too much time on the computer, and not enough time sleeping. I usually get 4-5 hours a night, but I just can't turn my brain off, so even when I do make myself lay down early, I lie awake for an hour thinking of what I could be doing if I were still up. :rolleyes1 Anyway, glad you found us!

yinyanggirls
12-28-2009, 02:58 AM
I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas!!! Thank you for the holiday wishes from DISers. :hug: We had a nice Christmas. Relatively low-key for our family. With the exception of 4 years in Texas, we have always lived close enough to our families to be with SOMEONE for the holidays, if not everyone, so it feels strangely quiet to be just our little family. My parents are taking care of my mom's parents and can't travel unless another sibling relieves them. My sister said she was going to be at her in-laws and then ended up flying out to my parents instead. So I was a little jealous of my whole family being together for Cmas without us, but I have to admit it was nice to have a relatively stress-free holiday. Tessa woke up at 5:30, but since it was still dark out she missed the stockings and presents and got into our bed. She chattered away until we finally gave in and got out of bed at 5:45. We let her empty her stocking and bring us ours to kill some time until Phoebe woke up. At 7 we were all opening and by 8 we were done and just playing with all the new toys. Phoebe napped with me in my bed while Daddy napped on the couch with Tessa lying on top of him playing her new Leapster Wall-E game. She was so quiet and absorbed in the game, he said, he had no trouble sleeping. So in the afternoon I mentioned a couple of possibilities to DH and he chose "go to the movies".
I threw some ingredients in the crockpot for dinner and we headed off to the theatre in town to see....
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Anyone? Anyone?
Yep! The Princess and The Frog
The kids' first Theatre screening of a movie! This was an outing I had been planning for several weeks and just waiting for the right time. It was a last minute decision to do it on Cmas, but why not. I've never done a movie on Cmas day before, but apparently it's quite popular as there was a pretty big crowd! In preparation for Phoebe (and maybe Tessa) being bored I ordered quite a bit from the snack bar. Thankfully this theatre has a small hot food menu, and I was able to get some "popcorn chicken" (nuggets) for the girls, in addition to a big bag of popcorn, candy and lemonades.
We had to sit in the front section because of the wheelchair, but maybe it was better anyway, so as not to be distracted by the other people. The neck strain wasn't too bad. As the movie started, both girls were really into it and I was feeling pretty happy with the decision. As it progressed, I was impressed with Tessa for handling the villain well (she'd snuggle up to my arm for those scenes) and for paying attention. I was even more impressed with Phoebe. She is legally blind, but probably due to sensory processing issues more than vision, she has always looked AWAY from the tv when it sounds interesting. She'll glance at it and then turn to the side and use her peripheral vision to follow the action on the tv. She also never made direct eye contact until fleeting moments recently. Well, lately she's been getting better at facing the thing that she's interested in and actually following it with her gaze instead of turning away. I said she's better, but still looks away most of the time. During the movie I kept looking over at her to see what she was doing and I'd say about 50% of the time, maybe even more, she was *watching* the movie! I was amazed. Now, granted we were right up front, so it was HUGE, LOUD and the rest of the room was dark...but she was watching the movie!
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When she wasn't watching the movie, she was eating, and a little bit at the end she trying to fall asleep. I love these shots I got of everyone stuffing their faces. Tessa even has popcorn sticking out of her mouth.:lmao:
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There were a couple of unexpected thumps that made Phoebe jump, and something at the end that made her chin quiver (not necessarily scary, because she'll do that when a baby cries, or a train goes by, or anything that is especially stimulating to her). Tessa did this a lot during the loud scenes (action or scary) which is something she has done since she was a baby.
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I accidentally forgot to change the setting after I turned the camera back on and the flash went off for that one. A funny side note, there was a young, teenage couple behind us that came in late. That's the only reason I remember them. After the flash went off (aimed to my side) the girl behind us said to her boyfriend "somebody just took a picture of us!". A few minutes later I glanced back to see if she was annoyed with me, and I saw the reason for her paranoia! They were completely reclined, entangled in each other and not watching the movie. :rotfl2: I'm pretty sure her eyes were closed when the flash went off, and she had no idea I was the one who took the pic, even though they were (thankfully) not in the frame.
So anyway, it was a wonderful movie, that even DH and I thoroughly enjoyed. I can't wait for it to be released on DVD and have even thought about going again, except that I don't want Tessa to think that we will go to the theatre on a regular basis. Even with the kids' tickets and matinée prices, with the food it came to $50 for the activity. I truly did love the movie though and was so happy we chose it for the girls' first. So I'd call it a Happy Ending.
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Phoebe and Daddy clapping. Yay!
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Oh! I forgot! I did have some Christmas dinner ingredients but since we decided to go to the movie I changed the menu. The ingredients I threw into the crock pot before we left were for Jambalaya! Unfortunately, Tessa was out cold on the drive home and since she had eaten quite a bit during the movie, I put her straight to bed. Phoebe, Daddy and I did have some and I dare say it was really good. I went easy on the spices. When the In-laws called to say Merry Cmas, they asked DH what was for dinner and upon hearing the answer were completely befuddled as to why anyone would cook jambalaya for Cmas dinner, but DH explained to them the correlation to the movie. I think they still thought I was the worst wife ever, to deprive my family of their tradition, but I think we all had much more fun than if I had stayed home to cook all day. I have fond memories of my mom doing that, hehe, but I think we created a great memory all our own.

pacrosby
12-28-2009, 03:17 AM
Hey Melissa,

Sounds like a very nice relaxing Christmas you had there. Good plan to get out and go to the movies. I can understand how it may have been maybe a tad too quiet at home, seeing that you were missing family and all.

I'm sorry that you are feeling lonely now that many of us have had are trips and deserted all of you who are still planning:eek: Shame on us!!!!! I've been so focused on trying to go through our px and start our TR that I haven't been keeping up with all of you who were so great supportive when I was planning ours. (ok, I'm hanging my head now) I will fix that I assure you!! And perhaps I can actually finish our TR in a reasonable timeframe. If so I'll be back planning a shorter WDW trip for my dd, mom and I (dd is dancing in DTD) in the Spring (end of April/beginning of May). We'll be back on the same page at that point and can resume planning together!!

Pamela :santa:

Matty's Wish Trip PTR http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2325607

Matty's Wish Trip TR http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2356739

Charleston Princess
12-28-2009, 08:02 AM
I think seeing The Princess and the Frog and eating jambalaya for dinner is the perfect way to spend Christmas!!! So glad everyone enjoyed the movie -- it's one of our favorites now!

pipersmom
12-28-2009, 08:23 AM
Hey Melissa..glad to see you back, though I knew you were just busy with the holidays! Hooray for seeing the Princess and the Frog! I'm so happy it went so well, and so awesome that Phoebe was more attentive to it than you expected. Jambalaya (sp) sounds like it was a great way to end the evening! Glad you had a good holiday, hon. :hug:

Momofwishkid
12-28-2009, 12:37 PM
Oh Melissa, that sounds like an amazing way to spend christmas. Im so glad the girls did good at the theatre. We love to do the drive-in in the summer so we dont have to worry about it when the kids get distracted. Loved the pics of them eating their popcorn. That's the best part of movies. :goodvibes

maroo
12-28-2009, 02:03 PM
Totally off topic.....

Wheelchair Accessible Van pics...

This LINK takes you to what Rachel's Van looks like... (http://www.braunability.com/ppc/wheelchair-minivans.cfm?gclid=CJir24Xn-Z4CFQKdnAodtDRHJA)

On that one you can take out the front seat...OR you can just have her in the middle - which is what they do for Lauren, since there are usually two people in the front two seats.

AWESOME Accessible Honda Element! (http://www.fminow.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=content.Honda_exterior)


Anyway...there are a BUNCH of options out there...

We did not like the back loading ones...we were afraid Lauren would get hit by a car as she tried to load in a parking lot...we like the side ramp ones (even though it can be a serious pain to find a parking spot).

Anyway...Even if she ends up in a pretty big wheelchair (Lauren's is VERY tall, because she has an elevator on it), it will still fit in most of these vehicles...in fact...BOTH Lauren and Rachel fit in her van (Rachel where the "front" seat is and Lauren in the middle empty spot).

But the back seats on the Braun van are sorta short... they are strange seats back there.


Sorry for the total hijack!

kellyw8863
12-28-2009, 02:31 PM
Merry Christmas! Great pics - I can't wait to take the girls to go see The Princess and the Frog! How is your planning coming around? Do you know which days you are planning on doing which parks?

yinyanggirls
12-28-2009, 09:46 PM
Totally off topic.....

Wheelchair Accessible Van pics...



Thanks for the pics and links Maroo. You know that stuff is never really "off topic" in my life. ;) I need to make the appt with a PT to get her new one ordered. I'm wondering if we would want to take her new one on the trip (assuming we have it by then - 3.75 months is not long in equipment ordering time, LOL) or if we would want to use the old one. Since we have a regular minivan I know any rental they got for us would be fine. Plus, since we are extending our trip we will be trading in that can and getting our own. I wish we could get a little compact for just the four of us, but oh well. I may PM you when we get around to car shopping!

yinyanggirls
12-28-2009, 10:00 PM
Hey Melissa,

Sounds like a very nice relaxing Christmas you had there. Good plan to get out and go to the movies. I can understand how it may have been maybe a tad too quiet at home, seeing that you were missing family and all.

I'm sorry that you are feeling lonely now that many of us have had are trips and deserted all of you who are still planning:eek: Shame on us!!!!! I've been so focused on trying to go through our px and start our TR that I haven't been keeping up with all of you who were so great supportive when I was planning ours. (ok, I'm hanging my head now) I will fix that I assure you!! And perhaps I can actually finish our TR in a reasonable timeframe. If so I'll be back planning a shorter WDW trip for my dd, mom and I (dd is dancing in DTD) in the Spring (end of April/beginning of May). We'll be back on the same page at that point and can resume planning together!!

Pamela :santa:


Pamela, you have had plenty of excuses for taking a little time off! I was just being whiny about the fact that everyone else on the board is going or has gone already. For some reason our chapter was just way booked but it will all work out fine in the end. I like having something fun to look forward to and plan.

I think seeing The Princess and the Frog and eating jambalaya for dinner is the perfect way to spend Christmas!!! So glad everyone enjoyed the movie -- it's one of our favorites now!

Jambalaya (sp) sounds like it was a great way to end the evening! Glad you had a good holiday, hon. :hug:

I honestly loved the movie. Thanks for the reassurance I haven't damaged my family's Cmas memories forever. :thumbsup2 I actually think it could be fun to something unique like that every year, but we'll see.

Oh Melissa, that sounds like an amazing way to spend christmas. Im so glad the girls did good at the theatre. We love to do the drive-in in the summer so we dont have to worry about it when the kids get distracted. Loved the pics of them eating their popcorn. That's the best part of movies. :goodvibes

Oh, the drive-in would be fun! I haven't been to the one nearest us, but I'm pretty sure they're still up and running a full schedule. Great idea for summer!

Merry Christmas! Great pics - I can't wait to take the girls to go see The Princess and the Frog! How is your planning coming around? Do you know which days you are planning on doing which parks?

For the moment I have it planned so that we do Sea World first on Sunday the 18th, then Universal the next two days. Those were the most crowded Disney days so I figured it would be better at the other parks and even if they were a bit crowded we'd not miss anything too crucial. I have MK planned for Weds, because it's the best crowd day but they aren't having the fireworks show that night, so maybe I'll switch? I'm having trouble fitting all of the Disney stuff into 3 days. I'm also going to look into the Give a Day promotion and see if there is anything in our area we could do for that. Decisions, decisions!

SueM in MN
12-28-2009, 10:42 PM
Totally off topic.....

Wheelchair Accessible Van pics...

This LINK takes you to what Rachel's Van looks like... (http://www.braunability.com/ppc/wheelchair-minivans.cfm?gclid=CJir24Xn-Z4CFQKdnAodtDRHJA)
On that one you can take out the front seat...OR you can just have her in the middle - which is what they do for Lauren, since there are usually two people in the front two seats.
The new 2009 and 2010 Entervans are more boxy because that's what the new Dodge vans are like. We just got a new Dodge Entervan this fall and REALLY LIKE IT. Ours is like this except that it is kind of a burnt orange color. (http://www.cummingsmobility.com/cum/Develop/VanMain.php?vanid=707&whoopie=1&location=Roseville)
There are a number of better features compared to the 2005 van we traded in. For one thing, the back seats can be folded forward for more cargo space. And, they are a lot more comfortable than in the older van.

We would be able to remove either front seat - that is a good resale feature because the van could be sold for someone to drive from their wheelchair with hand controls. Or the wheelchair can be in the passenger front seat.
We have ours set up for DD to sit in the middle area because that works best for us and is probably safer.

AWESOME Accessible Honda Element! (http://www.fminow.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=content.Honda_exterior)


Anyway...there are a BUNCH of options out there...

We did not like the back loading ones...we were afraid Lauren would get hit by a car as she tried to load in a parking lot...we like the side ramp ones (even though it can be a serious pain to find a parking spot).

Anyway...Even if she ends up in a pretty big wheelchair (Lauren's is VERY tall, because she has an elevator on it), it will still fit in most of these vehicles...in fact...BOTH Lauren and Rachel fit in her van (Rachel where the "front" seat is and Lauren in the middle empty spot).

But the back seats on the Braun van are sorta short... they are strange seats back there.


Sorry for the total hijack!
We looked at the rear entry vans. The advantage is that you can park in any spot, but one disadvantage is the kind of pulling out blindly into traffic, like you mentioned. Some other disadvantages were that the storage space is mostly taken up by the ramp. So, when we travel, we would have to put suitcases in the ramp area. Then, when we wanted to get DD out, we'd have to remove all the luggage, get her out, put the luggage back in and then close the ramp and the door. Seemed like a royal pain to us.

PS- the new Braun back seats are actually fairly comfortable (I have taken 3 5 hour round trips sitting on them since the end out August and can tell you they are a lot more comfy than the old ones were).

maroo
12-28-2009, 11:12 PM
The new 2009 and 2010 Entervans are more boxy because that's what the new Dodge vans are like. We just got a new Dodge Entervan this fall and REALLY LIKE IT. Ours is like this except that it is kind of a burnt orange color. (http://www.cummingsmobility.com/cum/Develop/VanMain.php?vanid=707&whoopie=1&location=Roseville)
There are a number of better features compared to the 2005 van we traded in. For one thing, the back seats can be folded forward for more cargo space. And, they are a lot more comfortable than in the older van.

We would be able to remove either front seat - that is a good resale feature because the van could be sold for someone to drive from their wheelchair with hand controls. Or the wheelchair can be in the passenger front seat.
We have ours set up for DD to sit in the middle area because that works best for us and is probably safer.


We looked at the rear entry vans. The advantage is that you can park in any spot, but one disadvantage is the kind of pulling out blindly into traffic, like you mentioned. Some other disadvantages were that the storage space is mostly taken up by the ramp. So, when we travel, we would have to put suitcases in the ramp area. Then, when we wanted to get DD out, we'd have to remove all the luggage, get her out, put the luggage back in and then close the ramp and the door. Seemed like a royal pain to us.

PS- the new Braun back seats are actually fairly comfortable (I have taken 3 5 hour round trips sitting on them since the end out August and can tell you they are a lot more comfy than the old ones were).

You are a super hero, you know that!

I am so glad that the new Braun seats are better. The ones in Rachel's van made me want to DRIVE the whole way to Orlando! :upsidedow

yinyanggirls
12-29-2009, 12:50 PM
I'm sure I already know the answer, but it's worth asking...do you ladies know of any way to get assistance with the price of the vans? Insurance? State aid? Grants?

kellyw8863
12-29-2009, 02:28 PM
We have MK planned for Monday, as I really want Ali to see Spectromagic and Wishes. It'll be such a long day that I'm afraid if I plan it for the end of the week, she'll just be done. And, I already planned AK for Thursday because that seemed to be the best crowd day. I think we're doing US on Sunday, SW on Tuesday afternoon, and EP on Wednesday. I hope I interpreted the crowd information you gave me correctly!

yinyanggirls
12-29-2009, 04:40 PM
The crowd info was from Touringplans.com and the number is pretty self-explanatory (scale of 1-10) but then there are letters next to that. They are the park names in two categories, best park for that day and worst park for that day. The way they come up with that distinction is if one of the park offers Extra Magic Hours, they recommend staying away, or if there are any special shows, etc. So the rating is for all of Disney in general but the names can help you choose between Disney parks if you can't decide.
Here is the post where I laid out our itinerary so far. http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34494407&postcount=52
I just don't know what to do about Weds not having the fireworks at MK. I avoided doing it Thurs because of the Cmas party at GKTW...Will have to ponder that one some more.

jordanyosh
12-31-2009, 01:04 AM
I gotta go see Princess and the Frog.

Sounds like a good 1st movie outing. Glad the little ones didn't see the PG13 version going on in back of you...;)

TokyoDina
01-04-2010, 01:07 AM
I enjoyed the Princess and the Frog. I dragged the DH to the Park Place Mall to go see it with me. I have to say I really loved it and I'm glad Disney is FINALLY going back to 2D animation! I was going crazy that they left it. I can't wait to see Tiana in the park now! I think she debuted recently!

Melissa your story is so heath warming. I love your girls! They are soooooo adorable and I hope the trip is the best in the world! I loved it there the first time we went last year. It rained the whole trip! But it was the best!

Let's just hope this year since we are staying at Shades of Green and we'll actually have a fridge......(we stayed at the All Stars Music last time and we didn't get a freaking fridge!) it won't rain....I hope!

Can't wait at all to hear about the trip!

Dina:dance3:

yinyanggirls
01-04-2010, 02:23 AM
I gotta go see Princess and the Frog.

Sounds like a good 1st movie outing. Glad the little ones didn't see the PG13 version going on in back of you...;)

At least it was only PG-13! I just wondered why on earth they chose THAT theatre to "hang out" in. There were plenty of other choices.:confused3

I enjoyed the Princess and the Frog. I dragged the DH to the Park Place Mall to go see it with me. I have to say I really loved it and I'm glad Disney is FINALLY going back to 2D animation! I was going crazy that they left it. I can't wait to see Tiana in the park now! I think she debuted recently!

I'm so happy our trip is timed after her debut! Being a "high-density" girl family, we love our princesses. It will be fun to meet the newest, an American, and one that resembles our beauty Tessa to boot!

Melissa your story is so heath warming. I love your girls! They are soooooo adorable and I hope the trip is the best in the world! I loved it there the first time we went last year. It rained the whole trip! But it was the best!

That is the attitude that makes a trip great, I think. I know ours is going to be great, no matter what! Have you done a TR of that trip? I'd love to read it if you have.

Let's just hope this year since we are staying at Shades of Green and we'll actually have a fridge......(we stayed at the All Stars Music last time and we didn't get a freaking fridge!) it won't rain....I hope!

Can't wait at all to hear about the trip!

Dina:dance3:

So I'm guessing your DH is Air Force? We laugh because our neighborhood is almost exclusively AF, BP, Sherrifs, Fire, or Raytheon. When we meet someone new it's easy to guess that their family works for one of those. :lmao:

yinyanggirls
01-04-2010, 03:18 AM
Well, I wanted to wait until after the holidays to add some of our newest updates and news. I figured with all the trips happening in December as well, everyone had plenty of reading material already. ;)

In early December I was contacted about being a recipient of the BIG GIVE!!!:wizard: (Yes, Amanda, you guessed it right)
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I don't know if you can really understand my excitement about this news!!! I have two gorgeous little girls, and I have virtually no talent in the craft dept whatsoever. :sad2: After seeing some of the beautiful creations of this talented group, I was truly hoping that we would either be selected for this or come into a lot of money and be able to hire all of these wonderful people to create the custom items I had been eyeballing since joining the DIS months ago. And after having been in suspense for our dates from August 1st until Nov 16th (!!!) it was such a relief to know about this in advance and not be in suspense for the many months to come! Hurray DISboutiquers! Thank you, thank you, thank you!:flower3: I was contacted by two particular DISers who offered to make some especially custom items for the girls but I will leave you hanging right there. ;)

And speaking of coming into a lot of money...well, a little money...we recently found out that DH is slated for a significant raise sometime during this first quarter! It's already been announced but the date was left vague. I hesitated to write this here because I know so many families are struggling with job loss and cut backs right now. Believe me, we understand. Been there done that. But it looks like our finances are on the upswing finally. :cheer2: By living paycheck to paycheck for the last several years we have been able to pay off almost all of our credit cards, we have finally eliminated some of the old medical bills that were following us around since 2006 (we're down to just 4 payments a month - only one of which is leftover from '06 - down from about a dozen at one point!). We will need to purchase a new wheelchair friendly vehicle sometime this year I predict, but I'm hoping that will be long after our trip. So if the raise does show up before April, we will be able to breathe that much easier (assuming our taxes go as planned!) I know you WISH trippers understand...it's hard to plan and feel secure that your needs will be met on your trip when you don't know how much, if any, spending cash you will receive. I also feel better about extending our trip now. I had planned on staying at Motel 6 and sharing $5 subs that week and still putting the whole thing on our credit card. It would have been worth it either way because I knew it wasn't likely we'd be back in Florida any time soon, and put off taking a "real" family vacation for several more years. Other than day trips or visiting family, we haven't been anywhere new and exciting since...2004 when we boated around Lake Powell and Tessa wasn't born yet. So long story summed up, I feel so blessed that we are going to be receiving this blessing at this time in particular. :goodvibes
Flashback to our last "real" vacation in 2004 with a 3 yr old Phoebe and a nonexistant Tessa...
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As for trip planning and preparations, I've not made much progress. :sad2: I found a pair of cute walking shoes but after wearing them in the house for an hour or two I decided they weren't comfy enough and I returned them. I haven't been using my new elliptical machine because we had to move it to make room for the Cmas tree! Thankfully (???) I was sick for so long last month that I managed to lose a few pounds despite my lack of workouts. :rotfl: I bought the girls calendars at the dollar store to put stickers on, but I haven't completed the big countdown poster with the Mickey heads. We DID accomplish one thing this weekend though...we had our first Movie Night! I'll report on that tomorrow as I need to get to bed. It's back to school day here and Phoebe's bus comes at 6am! :scared1:

Charleston Princess
01-04-2010, 05:37 AM
Melissa, what a great update filled with good news for your family! Can't wait to see what the Big Give group comes up with for your girls -- they are bound to be absolutely adorable! Congrats on DH's raise! I know how relieving that must be!

dawnbu40
01-04-2010, 06:39 AM
What could be a better update than one filled with good news?! Congrats! :goodvibes

TokyoDina
01-04-2010, 07:51 AM
At least it was only PG-13! I just wondered why on earth they chose THAT theatre to "hang out" in. There were plenty of other choices.:confused3



So I'm guessing your DH is Air Force? We laugh because our neighborhood is almost exclusively AF, BP, Sherrifs, Fire, or Raytheon. When we meet someone new it's easy to guess that their family works for one of those. :lmao:


We are both serving so last year we really banked on our tickets. Because they offered the free tickets for the military. Yeah I think these two areas a big military communities. I'm surrounded on all sides with military families. It's kind of funny. You think if you lived 30 minutes away you'd get away from the base but you come to find that you end up being a lot closer. I do have a TR but it's really short. Ha! It was my first one. :P It rained our whole trip but we had a really good time.

Our WDW 2009. (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2183994)

pipersmom
01-04-2010, 08:43 AM
Woohooo for the update, and the Big Give! I was hoping that was what it was..the girls are going to be sooooo cute! And hooray!! for dh's raise and getting bills paid off, I'm glad you'll be able to feel more financially secure, I know how much stress money can cause! :banana: :banana: :banana: For the great update!

Momofwishkid
01-04-2010, 11:32 AM
Yay!! I bet you are so excited about the Big Give. Your girls are going to be adorable in their custom outfits. Congrats on Dh's raise. :banana: Cant wait to hear about your first DFN.

yinyanggirls
01-04-2010, 04:58 PM
I loved the idea of Movie Night when I saw it on others' PTRs and was really admiring the creativity and effort of people like StefaniLyn who really went the extra mile to make them special. This was inhibiting me from wanting to commit to doing Family Night, as I am not very crafty (as mentioned in the previous post) and really focus on keeping things simple around here, so as not to induce any unneeded stress. I try to have an occasional bday party to remember but other than that, simple=good!!!

Last week was sort of an unofficial Family Night, when we decided to take the girls to the movies on Cmas day to see Princess and the Frog. It was great fun, but other than Jambalaya we didn't do any creative food or crafts. This weekend I decided it would be a good time to do one because my sister was visiting along with my niece and nephew whom Tessa happens to idolize. I knew if they were to sit down and watch a movie she would too. Likewise on the crafts and foods. Tessa is a fairly typical preschooler in that she doesn't warm up to new things easily. She won't watch a new movie I put on for her, but if she happens to see a commercial or see it at a friend/relatives house it could be her new favorite. Decision made - we're doing Family Night with the cousins.

I've made a list of our already fave movies and then tried to think of the others that we aren't as familiar with that will have some significance at the parks. Toy Story was high on the second list. I've tried showing it to Tessa when it was on the D channel but we don't own it. I tired looking at Blockbuster and WalMart but no luck. I contacted my friend who owns every kids movie ever made and of course she had Pt1 and 2 as well as a huge collection of Potato Head accessories and five, count 'em, five, potato heads. She also had the large main character toys. WOOHOO! We hit the mother lode!:yay: So Toy Story it is...

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These pics were taken at the end because I forgot to take one of the movie at the beginning. :rolleyes1
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We let the kids make Potato Heads while we started the movie and it was the perfect activity to keep Tessa in front of the tv long enough to start getting into the movie.

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(Eww, I just noticed I really need to dust inside the tv cabinet. Yuck!) (Notice Phoebe's displeasure that I have left her side. Typical Phoebe behavior. That is my excuse for not cleaning when she is on school break. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!)

We decided to keep Tessa interested and in one spot, we would have dinner during the movie. Phoebe was also making it quite clear that she was not willing to wait so we first gave the kids Toy Story fruit snacks.

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Then T-rex nuggets.

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Followed by Pizza Planet Pizza and Slinky fries.

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During the movie the toys came in really handy and I know they helped keep both girls interested. Phoebe liked that Buzz made noises and talked. We really lucked out getting our hands on all these toys.

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For dessert we had sheep. LOL

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Man those were harder to assemble than I imagined!

My sis found some cute toys and games at the dollar store. We didn't have time to do the coloring, but I'm hoping to keep the movies a few more days and get Tessa to watch them again. I also have some fruit snacks left over, which should be a good bribe 'cause I never let her have those. :rolleyes1

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The kids made so many different Potato heads I didn't get shots of theirs, but here is mine. :rotfl:

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I'm ready to leave! ;)

I think in all it was a success, even with an hour long interruption of the neighbor kids from next door. (Miscommunication with 13 yr old who was babysitting her brothers and thought they were invited to join us...we let them go jump on the trampoline for a while then have sheep with us. Thankfully it was toward the end that they came over and Tessa was totally into the movie and ignored them!) After the neighbor kids left and Phoebe was in bed (6am bus, remember) we went ahead and started Toy Story 2 and she watched all of that! She was about asleep on the couch by the end but she watched. Success!!! Next time, I hope to be a little more involved in the creation of the food, and not rely on packaging so heavily, but for a last minute plan this worked out okay. I'm ready to plan for the next one...maybe a classic Princess favorite?

Momofwishkid
01-04-2010, 06:34 PM
:cool1: Awesome DFN! And please dont feel bad about not being creative (you've seen my DFN's) You did a great job and it looked like so much fun.

MaryAz
01-04-2010, 06:40 PM
Great updates! Yay for the Big Give! Hurray for a raise-good news all around!

pipersmom
01-04-2010, 06:54 PM
Melissa...that was a very cool DFN! I love the cotton candy sheep and can just imagine how much fun it was to get the lil suckers to stand still like that! So glad Tessa is doing so well with watching the movies! I think we may have to do our first one this weekend..Piper has not seen Toy Story either, and you just gave me some good food ideas ;) Will just have to figure out a craft! I've been putting off starting it for the same reason you did...and it's just the two of us..will definitely plan one now though..so thank you!

Charleston Princess
01-04-2010, 07:37 PM
For someone who claims they aren't crafty, you were very creative with your Disney movie night! I love all the food and the playing with the Potato Heads!

jordanyosh
01-04-2010, 08:22 PM
I'm still catching up on your PTR.

You are amazing! What you deal with daily...

StefaniLyn
01-04-2010, 11:51 PM
LOVE IT! You did wonderful Melissa! Congrats on getting your first (of many I hope) DFN in the bag! I'm so glad Tessa made it through the movie too! I guess I should have warned you about the sheep, :lmao: sorry!

yinyanggirls
01-05-2010, 02:14 AM
What could be a better update than one filled with good news?! Congrats! :goodvibes

Thanks Dawn! I've been making my way through your TR and loved the pics of Tiana's dress. I love how you think! I love that I have a niece 4 yrs older than my oldest so I have one in every age range to shop for!:cool1:

We are both serving so last year we really banked on our tickets. Because they offered the free tickets for the military. Yeah I think these two areas a big military communities. I'm surrounded on all sides with military families. It's kind of funny. You think if you lived 30 minutes away you'd get away from the base but you come to find that you end up being a lot closer. I do have a TR but it's really short. Ha! It was my first one. :P It rained our whole trip but we had a really good time.

Our WDW 2009. (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2183994)

Dina, thank you thank you thank you for serving!!! I read your TR on speed (you are fast girl!) and loved the picks. You guys are a cute couple and I love the balls it took to wear the Stitch ears all day. :thumbsup2

Woohooo for the update, and the Big Give! I was hoping that was what it was..the girls are going to be sooooo cute! And hooray!! for dh's raise and getting bills paid off, I'm glad you'll be able to feel more financially secure, I know how much stress money can cause! :banana: :banana: :banana: For the great update!

I thought it was so funny that your news was revealed within 24 hrs of ours. :rotfl: Also ironic, you were contacted by HeatherSue and I was contacted by her awesome sister TeresaJoy. Heather is especially cool because she has a Tessa. :rolleyes1

:cool1: Awesome DFN! And please dont feel bad about not being creative (you've seen my DFN's) You did a great job and it looked like so much fun.

Thank you! This one was a little chaotic because we did it last minute. I hope the next will be a tad more creative but also less stressful. :rolleyes:

Great updates! Yay for the Big Give! Hurray for a raise-good news all around!

I know, right?!?

Melissa...that was a very cool DFN! I love the cotton candy sheep and can just imagine how much fun it was to get the lil suckers to stand still like that! So glad Tessa is doing so well with watching the movies! I think we may have to do our first one this weekend..Piper has not seen Toy Story either, and you just gave me some good food ideas ;) Will just have to figure out a craft! I've been putting off starting it for the same reason you did...and it's just the two of us..will definitely plan one now though..so thank you!

I'm glad my simplistic style has inspired you to go for it. :rotfl2:

For someone who claims they aren't crafty, you were very creative with your Disney movie night! I love all the food and the playing with the Potato Heads!

Well thank you. I'm sure it was all lost on Tessa (and definitely Phoebe) even though we explained each item. We also had Bugles (the chips) to pretend to be cones from TS2 (when they cross the street underneath them) but didn't get that far.

I'm still catching up on your PTR.

You are amazing! What you deal with daily...

Aw, thanks Jordan. I'm sure any WISH tripper here will tell you that we don't really think about it that way. We just do what needs to be done. And to be honest, in all my years as a parent (8, haha) I've learned that there is no escape from trials in this life. We all have 'em and we all just try to get through 'em. If we can make some good friends along the way and support each other we've succeeded. Right?

LOVE IT! You did wonderful Melissa! Congrats on getting your first (of many I hope) DFN in the bag! I'm so glad Tessa made it through the movie too! I guess I should have warned you about the sheep, :lmao: sorry!

Thanks a lot Steph. A little warning would've been nice, but NO. You're all like "you MUST do the sheep Melissa!". :rotfl2: It wasn't too bad once I gave up on trying to keep them fluffy looking. LOL

kayrosek
01-05-2010, 02:45 AM
I am so excited your were selected for the Big Give. That's wonderful! As for your DFN I loved it! We got back from our first WDW trip a month ago and I found these boards a week and a half before we left so there wasen't any time for anything like countdown calenders or DFN's but my kids are more into Disney now than ever (they are older so I thought some of that was lost to us forever), but now they keep looking for ways to relive the magic so I think I'm going to introduce DFN's (we try to do family nights once a week anyways). I may have to start with Toy Story now. My son loves that movie and he won't be able to resist a menu made up of pizza, chicken nuggets and curly fries (not to mention cotton candy, I remember the sheep from Stefanielyns thread but I had forgotten them thanks for reminding me.)

yinyanggirls
01-05-2010, 02:50 AM
I am so excited your were selected for the Big Give. That's wonderful! As for your DFN I loved it! We got back from our first WDW trip a month ago and I found these boards a week and a half before we left so there wasen't any time for anything like countdown calenders or DFN's but my kids are more into Disney now than ever (they are older so I thought some of that was lost to us forever), but now they keep looking for ways to relive the magic so I think I'm going to introduce DFN's (we try to do family nights once a week anyways). I may have to start with Toy Story now. My son loves that movie and he won't be able to resist a menu made up of pizza, chicken nuggets and curly fries (not to mention cotton candy, I remember the sheep from Stefanielyns thread but I had forgotten them thanks for reminding me.)

I think that's a great idea to start after your trip! I know for sure Tessa is going to want to continue after we go on ours. The menu really was a nutritionists nightmare, but hey, it's Toy Story!:laughing:

cantwaittoseemickey
01-05-2010, 10:32 AM
:cool1: Congratulations on being a part of the Big Give! I just love your little sheep!Looks like they had alot of fun for DFN. :banana:

yinyanggirls
01-05-2010, 10:46 AM
I remembered hearing about the Toontown re-vamp and bringing in the princesses but couldn't remember when this was to happen. After a little search I found this video of the announcement. After the first 20 seconds it's got tons of sketches and really shows what they are planning. Unfortunately, it's not going to be open until 2012. So who wants to start saving up for a return trip???:rotfl:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08W5Os-Wnj0&feature=player_embedded

pipersmom
01-05-2010, 11:25 AM
I remembered hearing about the Toontown re-vamp and bringing in the princesses but couldn't remember when this was to happen. After a little search I found this video of the announcement. After the first 20 seconds it's got tons of sketches and really shows what they are planning. Unfortunately, it's not going to be open until 2012. So who wants to start saving up for a return trip???:rotfl:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08W5Os-Wnj0&feature=player_embedded

I know you're halfway joking, but I think you, me, Piper, Phoebe and Tessa should all go together in 2012 for Jordan's peepfest! I think we'd have a blast! Of course, we'd have to start saving now, and who knows what we'd have to get involved in to raise that much cash..any good corners around you? :rotfl:

yinyanggirls
01-05-2010, 03:55 PM
I know you're halfway joking, but I think you, me, Piper, Phoebe and Tessa should all go together in 2012 for Jordan's peepfest! I think we'd have a blast! Of course, we'd have to start saving now, and who knows what we'd have to get involved in to raise that much cash..any good corners around you? :rotfl:

You're killing me! I won't say it doesn't tempt me. Is he going in Feb for his actual bday, or later in the year? I'm wondering if the new area will be open early in the year. I'll have to ponder it. I'd say let's do it for sure but with us the airfare can be the killer. Start saving now and we'll touch base again in one year. :thumbsup2

pipersmom
01-05-2010, 04:52 PM
You're killing me! I won't say it doesn't tempt me. Is he going in Feb for his actual bday, or later in the year? I'm wondering if the new area will be open early in the year. I'll have to ponder it. I'd say let's do it for sure but with us the airfare can be the killer. Start saving now and we'll touch base again in one year. :thumbsup2

They're looking at June, I want to say the first two weeks, maybe? He'll prob chime in here once he sees us discussing it ;) I will start saving too, touching base again in a year sounds good to me!

kellyw8863
01-05-2010, 05:38 PM
Lots of good news!:banana::banana::banana: I can't wait to see all the pictures of the girls in their adorable outfits. The ladies over there are so incredibly talented. I also love the pictures from the Toy Story night. It looks like it was a success!

pacrosby
01-05-2010, 10:32 PM
Hey.......................I just caught the news about the Big Give!!! :cool1: Can't wait to see the px of the girls in their outfits!! DFN looked fun too! Gotta love those Mr. Potato Heads!!!!



Pamela :santa:

Matty's Wish Trip PTR http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php:?t=2325607

Matty's Wish Trip TR "Mom, Dad, 3 Kids, and a Gingerbread Boy" http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2356739

jordanyosh
01-05-2010, 10:43 PM
PeepFest2012 is the last 2 weeks of June. CA schools don't get out until the 2nd week of June......

It would be cool if both of your families could come!

yinyanggirls
01-06-2010, 01:13 AM
Lots of good news!:banana::banana::banana: I can't wait to see all the pictures of the girls in their adorable outfits. The ladies over there are so incredibly talented. I also love the pictures from the Toy Story night. It looks like it was a success!


Thanks! I was just happy we got one of the important movies done! (And yes, aren't those ladies (and gent?) amazing?!?

Hey.......................I just caught the news about the Big Give!!! :cool1: Can't wait to see the px of the girls in their outfits!! DFN looked fun too! Gotta love those Mr. Potato Heads!!!!

Pamela :santa:


I really wanted to make baked potatoes too for decorating and eating but Tessa wouldn't touch them so not worth the effort.:rolleyes:

PeepFest2012 is the last 2 weeks of June. CA schools don't get out until the 2nd week of June......

It would be cool if both of your families could come!

Ah yes, the CA late vacation. I still remember graduating on June 18th. Don't ask why I remember that, I just do. DH asks ME when his families' bdays are 'cause he knows I'll remember.
I am definitely being converted to a WDW fan during this planning process. Growing up by D-world I didn't quite understand all the Disney hype. WDW seems to be a whole 'nother place entirely.

jordanyosh
01-06-2010, 01:16 AM
WDW is completely different than DL for sure.

It's more of an entire resort than a theme park. You literally can spend 2 weeks there and not do everything that you want to do.

yinyanggirls
01-06-2010, 04:24 PM
I checked the list of charities on Jan 2nd and was disappointed that there was almost nothing in my area, and nothing that we could do with our kids. The couple that were possible were taken of course. I checked back today and found some new ones listed and filled out the form for a couple. I heard back from one, Red Cross, about a 3 hr car wash type event in February. He said the rules exclude anyone under age 6. I replied to ask if we could bring Tessa anyway, even if not qualifying for a ticket through the program. Waiting to hear back. If he says no, I will still try to get a sitter or playdate for her. If it works out, we will have the option to extend our Disney portion by one trip if we wanted to. Or we can save it for Disneyland and have a great excuse to go visit the grandparents in CA. ;) Just wanted to share that with you guys, because it seems the list is changing, so keep checking if you didn't find something initially.

kellyw8863
01-06-2010, 04:30 PM
I checked the list of charities on Jan 2nd and was disappointed that there was almost nothing in my area, and nothing that we could do with our kids. The couple that were possible were taken of course. I checked back today and found some new ones listed and filled out the form for a couple. I heard back from one, Red Cross, about a 3 hr car wash type event in February. He said the rules exclude anyone under age 6. I replied to ask if we could bring Tessa anyway, even if not qualifying for a ticket through the program. Waiting to hear back. If he says no, I will still try to get a sitter or playdate for her. If it works out, we will have the option to extend our Disney portion by one trip if we wanted to. Or we can save it for Disneyland and have a great excuse to go visit the grandparents in CA. ;) Just wanted to share that with you guys, because it seems the list is changing, so keep checking if you didn't find something initially.

That's good to know! I checked for around here the other day, but there wasn't anything then, so maybe I'll check again. Do you know off the top of your head if the tickets are transferable? We don't need them, but my in-laws are planning to come with us on their own dime, so it would be nice to help them if we can.

dawnbu40
01-06-2010, 05:15 PM
Helping out at a car wash sounds like a fun way to volunteer! :thumbsup2 I hope you find one that works out for you!

yinyanggirls
01-06-2010, 06:16 PM
That's good to know! I checked for around here the other day, but there wasn't anything then, so maybe I'll check again. Do you know off the top of your head if the tickets are transferable? We don't need them, but my in-laws are planning to come with us on their own dime, so it would be nice to help them if we can.

I didn't read the fine print myself, but I remember reading on another PTR that you can donate it, or use it for a FastPass pass if you are already a passholder. I don't know the details of those but I'm pretty sure I did read that it is only good for the name of the person volunteering. When I was looking for opportunities and not finding any I checked my sister's city and my parents' and of course found tons of things to do. I was thinking my dad (retired, and my mom is always complaining he's bored) could do several and earn tickets for all of us. :rotfl:

pacrosby
01-06-2010, 07:22 PM
A car wash? That sounds like fun. Hopefully they will allow Tessa to tag along, she'd probably have a ball! I found an opportunity for 5 of us (again, no one under six) in an adjacent town on MLK day. How convienent hu? I'm not sure exactly what we'll be doing though:laughing: - they were looking for 100's of volunteers for some community event for the holiday. It's only 3 hours so whatever it is it should be doable for the kids.

Do you know if it's limited to one opportunity per family? There were alot of opportunities we could've taken advantage of. I wouldn't want to take an opportunity away from someone else but if there's tons available and they allow it Iid be a fool not to at least consider it. Our December 2010 trip has now become a definate (barring unforseen circumstances of course):yay: With 4 paying kids we can use all the help we can get.

Pamela:santa:

Matty's Wish Trip PTR http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2325607

Matty's Wish Trip TR "Mom, Dad, 3 Kids, and a Gingerbread Boy" http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2356739

StefaniLyn
01-07-2010, 12:02 AM
A car wash? That sounds like fun. Hopefully they will allow Tessa to tag along, she'd probably have a ball! I found an opportunity for 5 of us (again, no one under six) in an adjacent town on MLK day. How convienent hu? I'm not sure exactly what we'll be doing though:laughing: - they were looking for 100's of volunteers for some community event for the holiday. It's only 3 hours so whatever it is it should be doable for the kids.

Do you know if it's limited to one opportunity per family? There were alot of opportunities we could've taken advantage of. I wouldn't want to take an opportunity away from someone else but if there's tons available and they allow it Iid be a fool not to at least consider it. Our December 2010 trip has now become a definate (barring unforseen circumstances of course):yay: With 4 paying kids we can use all the help we can get.

Pamela:santa:

Matty's Wish Trip PTR http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2325607

Matty's Wish Trip TR "Mom, Dad, 3 Kids, and a Gingerbread Boy" http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2356739

There are opportunities in our area to make no-sew fleece blankets for Project Linus. Once I saw that, I threw out the idea of a 'Wish-Anniversary' trip in Dec to DH. He looked at me all crazy like, but didn't say 'NO' :rotfl2: Pamela, when did you start talking about Dec 10? How did I miss that?

Bella won't be 6 until April though and I'm worried that all the tickets will be gone by then.

It's definitely a wonderful opportunity for both the charities who benefit from the volunteers as well as the families that benefit from the tickets. Leave it to Disney to come up with a wonderful idea such as this one!

yinyanggirls
01-07-2010, 12:28 AM
If you are thinking of going in December be aware that the expiration date of the Give a Day tickets are not the 31st. The exact date escapes me but make sure you check. I want to say it was like the 15th of Dec?
Also, Stephanie, you could go ahead and grab the opportunities that you see now, and then try again in April just for Bella. If there is still something like Project Linus you could obviously help her earn hers. I'm hoping they say we can bring Tessa along for two reasons - one, so I don't have to beg any friends or pay a babysitter to take her for the afternoon, and - two, because I think every exposure a child has to service is a good one. Being a "special needs" family, we are often on the receiving end, so it's wonderful to pay it forward and this program just gives us the nudge we needed to make the time for it.

StefaniLyn
01-07-2010, 12:47 AM
If you are thinking of going in December be aware that the expiration date of the Give a Day tickets are not the 31st. The exact date escapes me but make sure you check. I want to say it was like the 15th of Dec?
Also, Stephanie, you could go ahead and grab the opportunities that you see now, and then try again in April just for Bella. If there is still something like Project Linus you could obviously help her earn hers. I'm hoping they say we can bring Tessa along for two reasons - one, so I don't have to beg any friends or pay a babysitter to take her for the afternoon, and - two, because I think every exposure a child has to service is a good one. Being a "special needs" family, we are often on the receiving end, so it's wonderful to pay it forward and this program just gives us the nudge we needed to make the time for it.

Great idea Melissa. When I mentioned it to DH (ok, maybe I more than mentioned it. maybe it was a 20 minute conversation with a lot of 'what if . . . . ?s") we talked about going at the same time we went this year because we have Bella's GKTW Passport which expires on Dec. 9th (check out of GKTWday) and we could drive down, stopping at several of the theme parks where we would have free admission along the way.

I hope they will let you bring Tessa along as well, for both reasons, lol. I think she will learn an important life lesson.

yinyanggirls
01-07-2010, 01:01 AM
With all my happy updates lately, I'm sorry to say I have a worrisome one. My grandmother (who is approaching 85 in April) has been very sick for just over a year. She has been living with Pulmonary Fibrosis for a few years now and Nov of 08 she had knee surgery that led to her getting pneumonia. She's been in and out of the hospital all year long and several times they thought it was the end. For the last 6 months or so she's been doing fairly well and we all got our hopes up that while it wasn't ideal, and it had many challenges, she might be able to live quite a bit longer in her current state. I've been getting sad, mad, bitter, etc at my aunts and uncles because my mom (her parents) and dad have been housing them, feeding them and providing 24/7 care for them since last Feb. I'm stressed for my parents because my mom basically quit her at-home job and gave up their current income to do it. I also lost my mom (usually a huge help to our family) for the last year because she has only been able to escape that house for a few days all year (Phoebe's bday last Sept). But that may be a moot point. My grandma is back in the hospital with pneumonia again. The last time she was admitted they said she wouldn't survive another illness.

My aunt gave an update tonight saying "she's doing well, talking about going home to die but not fighting being in the hospital". Between that and the last two visits I had with her, I got chills and just felt like, not fighting means letting go. You'd think I'd be prepared for this but it stinks. My grandfather (turns 88 in a couple weeks) has been forgetting things lately and falling. Somebody has to babysit him all the time. I know it would be nice to have the stress lifted from my mom, but I know she's not ready to let go yet. She's been fighting too hard this year to keep her here. I want my mom back but not at the expense of losing my grandma. My grandparents celebrated their 66th anniversary last week and I can't imagine my grandpa making it much longer if she left us. So I'm just trying to reconcile all those human emotions that I'm sure you guys all understand. Sorry for rambling. I needed a place to get it out.

So, part of my rambling brain worries about our trip. It's only Jan and we're three months away, but if she went in April I'd have to cancel. I could not miss the funeral. If she goes sooner, but my grandpa goes downhill....Ugh. I hate this. Oh well. All I can do is hope and pray that they are at peace and ready to go. Thanks again for listening...

pacrosby
01-07-2010, 01:12 AM
There are opportunities in our area to make no-sew fleece blankets for Project Linus. Once I saw that, I threw out the idea of a 'Wish-Anniversary' trip in Dec to DH. He looked at me all crazy like, but didn't say 'NO' :rotfl2: Pamela, when did you start talking about Dec 10? How did I miss that?

Bella won't be 6 until April though and I'm worried that all the tickets will be gone by then.

It's definitely a wonderful opportunity for both the charities who benefit from the volunteers as well as the families that benefit from the tickets. Leave it to Disney to come up with a wonderful idea such as this one!


Sorry to hi-jack your thread Melissa


Stephanie - I started talking about a Wish anniversary trip (exactly what I referred to it as too) pretty much on the airplane ride home:rotfl: No, but seriously.................I did. I'd love to make it a yearly thing, finances allowing. I've always thought of WDW as a 5/6/7000 dollar trip, something to only be done every 3+ yrs but being exposed to this DISboard has taught me better. My dh is on board and I've even suggested to my mom that she and my dad should come along (they're 80 and 81). She looked like she liked the idea...........................alot! It's more than just wanting to go back and do Disney again. It's specifically a chance to continue to celebrate Matty's Wish Trip. I'd love to go back to GKTW and even volunteer while we are there.

I'll see you there ok?????;)


Pamela:santa:

Matty's Wish Trip PTR http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2325607

Matty's Wish Trip TR "Mom, Dad, 3 Kids and a Gingerbread Boy" http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2356739

pacrosby
01-07-2010, 01:17 AM
With all my happy updates lately, I'm sorry to say I have a worrisome one. My grandmother (who is approaching 85 in April) has been very sick for just over a year. She has been living with Pulmonary Fibrosis for a few years now and Nov of 08 she had knee surgery that led to her getting pneumonia. She's been in and out of the hospital all year long and several times they thought it was the end. For the last 6 months or so she's been doing fairly well and we all got our hopes up that while it wasn't ideal, and it had many challenges, she might be able to live quite a bit longer in her current state. I've been getting sad, mad, bitter, etc at my aunts and uncles because my mom (her parents) and dad have been housing them, feeding them and providing 24/7 care for them since last Feb. I'm stressed for my parents because my mom basically quit her at-home job and gave up their current income to do it. I also lost my mom (usually a huge help to our family) for the last year because she has only been able to escape that house for a few days all year (Phoebe's bday last Sept). But that may be a moot point. My grandma is back in the hospital with pneumonia again. The last time she was admitted they said she wouldn't survive another illness.

My aunt gave an update tonight saying "she's doing well, talking about going home to die but not fighting being in the hospital". Between that and the last two visits I had with her, I got chills and just felt like, not fighting means letting go. You'd think I'd be prepared for this but it stinks. My grandfather (turns 88 in a couple weeks) has been forgetting things lately and falling. Somebody has to babysit him all the time. I know it would be nice to have the stress lifted from my mom, but I know she's not ready to let go yet. She's been fighting too hard this year to keep her here. I want my mom back but not at the expense of losing my grandma. My grandparents celebrated their 66th anniversary last week and I can't imagine my grandpa making it much longer if she left us. So I'm just trying to reconcile all those human emotions that I'm sure you guys all understand. Sorry for rambling. I needed a place to get it out.

So, part of my rambling brain worries about our trip. It's only Jan and we're three months away, but if she went in April I'd have to cancel. I could not miss the funeral. If she goes sooner, but my grandpa goes downhill....Ugh. I hate this. Oh well. All I can do is hope and pray that they are at peace and ready to go. Thanks again for listening...



:hug: Melissa. I'm so sorry to hear about your grandmother. Scary stuff to think about. Things that none of us can truly ever be prepared for. Take it one day at a time. Don't worry about the trip right now. Everything will work it's way out. Things always happen the way they are 'supposed' to. At least that's what I believe.

Prayers sent your way.

Pamela

Momofwishkid
01-07-2010, 01:47 AM
Melissa, Im so sorry to hear about your grandma. I cant imagine what your going through. My thoughts are with you and your family and try not to worry about the trip, If need me I hear it's pretty easy to re schedule but Im really hope it wont be necessary.

dawnbu40
01-07-2010, 06:54 AM
I'm sorry to hear your grandparents aren't doing well. :hug: Try not to worry too much but I know that is easier said then done.

pipersmom
01-07-2010, 07:32 AM
I know we spoke about it last night hon, but keeping you and your family in my thoughts. :hug:

TokyoDina
01-07-2010, 08:45 AM
I'm sorry to hear about your grandmother.

yinyanggirls
01-07-2010, 08:48 AM
Thanks guys. I just have "that feeling" about this, but I'm hoping I'm wrong. I spoke to my mom and she sounds like she's in denial. Everything was about how good she's doing if only this or that. I did find out that one of my uncles had just arrived coincidentally so at least they have some help for the week. I'm gonna try not to worry too much until they have something more concrete to share.

myasma
01-08-2010, 01:55 AM
I am sorry to hear about your grandmother and hope it does not affect your trip. But if it does, MAW is very good with rescheduling and secondary plans. You have such a beautiful family and I hope you get to go.

kayrosek
01-08-2010, 03:33 AM
So sorry to hear about your grandmother. My thoughts are with you and your family.

StefaniLyn
01-08-2010, 09:31 AM
I am so sorry to hear about your grandmother's health. It must be difficult to deal with those mixed emotions. I hope you include peace of mind for yourself as well when you pray.

yinyanggirls
01-08-2010, 10:34 AM
Thanks guys. I know it's just part of life, but it stinks. I'm glad I have somewhere to vent.

Okay, back to planning. I've been getting antsy these last few days and really wondering if I need to shake up my whole itinerary. With my current plan there is no fireworks planned for the night we are to be at MK. I avoided all Disney parks for the first few days of the trip because those were the most crowded but I'm thinking maybe we need to just brave it and do MK on one of the first few days so there will be fireworks. So I need help....

Where is that darn fireworks schedule again??? I can't find it!
How common is it for them to add a show if it's not scheduled now?

Are crowds a huge no-no if we have a choice, or will it be a non-issue with the GKTW button? Our park days have the following ratings for crowds:
7, 7, 7, 5, 7, 4, 4 so I planned out SW, US, IOA, MK, Ep, DHS/AK with the last day being open because we leave GKTW but do not fly out yet so we can use that day if needed (or if we get the Give a Day tickets). When I find the fireworks schedule I'll know my other choices but I'm pretty sure they were scheduled for the more crowded nights.

I was afraid to change it when I thought about it before because I was able to get CRT for our MK day and I figured being 3 months away those ADRs would no longer be available and able to be switched. I decided to check (duh) and I was surprised that there is a res available every day that week (lunch). So if I hurry I might still be able to coordinate it all. I just have to figure out the right flow.:surfweb:

dawnbu40
01-08-2010, 10:40 AM
When we travel in the spring the crowd levels are typically 7's and that is very easily managed. The key is to arrive at rope drop when possible and to have a good "plan" for the rides. IMO the worst park for crowds is AK and I would never go there on a day where they had morning EMH UNLESS I was arriving before that opened. (it is a matter of how crowded the paths get not just the ride lines) Of course "4" days are your best but do what works best with your overall plan. It's Disney you're going to have fun no matter how many people are there! :goodvibes

Momofwishkid
01-08-2010, 11:26 AM
Isnt this planning crazy! There is so much involved. I think it completley depends on what will work for your family. As in how the girls do in large crowds. Of course I havent been yet but I believe with the pass your line waits still wouldnt be to long but just the atmosphere could be an issue. I would so try to do a fireworks show though if your family is into them. I see Amanda got you the fireworks schedule so good luck working it out. Im still trying to fix ours up a bit. :)

Wee Annie
01-08-2010, 11:37 AM
I am so truly sorry to hear about your grandmother, and your concerns for your grandfather on top of those. You all will be in my prayers.

I can relate, because we just found out this week that my MIL is dying. Imminently (she made her funeral arrangements the other day). Her cancer has metastasized to her brain and liver. For some reason, cancer seems to devastate our family (Elke -- my wish child -- has cancer), and so does my FIL. My MIL is a second mother to me -- she moved in and cared for my older girls when Elke was in the hospital for two months last year, even though she had to drive half way across the country to do so. So know that I am praying for you and your family, and can, oh-so-unfortunately, relate to what you are going through. We are all going to need this wish trip so badly come April....

On a brighter note, as you know, we are going to GKTW on the exact same day you are (4/17 - 4/23). Our chapter only gives us 7 days there, so we are leaving that Friday instead. But we are also planning, God willing, on extending our trip at WDW.

I can't answer your questions about fireworks because I just completely ruled them out for us so I didn't take them into consideration in my planning. But I can tell you our planned schedule, although it might go by the wayside as we get closer. We are doing IA, MK, AK, MK and then DHS on Thursday, our last full day at GKTW. We will do Epcot when we extend our trip. As you can see, we are doing almost all WDW. May change that, but that's what we are doing thus far. I hadn't planned on doing MK that first Monday, but had to change our itinerary when our wish granters told me that they had booked CRT for lunch for us that day, which was truly wonderful of them to do. I had planned to do Epcot that day, but don't want to have to run from Epcot to MK for lunch, so shuffled things around. I am hoping that, with our GKTW button and mellow expectations for how much we are going to accomplish, things will work out okay. I recall that AK does indeed feel miserably crowded (and hot) very easily, so am planning for rope drop there, and will just up and leave if it gets bad. We are going to do AK again on Saturday, 4/24, after we move hotels.

If we stick to our current schedules, it looks like we will be at MK on the same day -- Wednesday -- correct?

Looking forward to sharing more planning tips and meeting you at GKTW in April!

Ann

yinyanggirls
01-08-2010, 01:08 PM
When we travel in the spring the crowd levels are typically 7's and that is very easily managed. The key is to arrive at rope drop when possible and to have a good "plan" for the rides. IMO the worst park for crowds is AK and I would never go there on a day where they had morning EMH UNLESS I was arriving before that opened. (it is a matter of how crowded the paths get not just the ride lines) Of course "4" days are your best but do what works best with your overall plan. It's Disney you're going to have fun no matter how many people are there! :goodvibes

Thanks so much Dawn! I really value your opinion, having been there at the same time of year. My whole family is early risers except me, so I will be the only one I have to nag to get moving.:lmao:

Isnt this planning crazy! There is so much involved. I think it completley depends on what will work for your family. As in how the girls do in large crowds. Of course I havent been yet but I believe with the pass your line waits still wouldnt be to long but just the atmosphere could be an issue. I would so try to do a fireworks show though if your family is into them. I see Amanda got you the fireworks schedule so good luck working it out. Im still trying to fix ours up a bit. :)

I'm afraid of losing Tessa in any size crowd, so we're thinking of renting one of those kid GPSs. :thumbsup2 We had to leave the fireworks early last spring at Dland because they were too loud for Phoebe. She was screaming and Tessa was covering her ears as well. For 4th of July's we've been fine being further away, so I'm hoping some earplugs will do the trick and make them enjoyable.


So know that I am praying for you and your family, and can, oh-so-unfortunately, relate to what you are going through. We are all going to need this wish trip so badly come April....

I'm so sorry to hear about your MIL! I can't imagine the day that I lose one of my parents. Grandparents are hard enough. :hug:

On a brighter note, as you know, we are going to GKTW on the exact same day you are (4/17 - 4/23). Our chapter only gives us 7 days there, so we are leaving that Friday instead. But we are also planning, God willing, on extending our trip at WDW.

I can't answer your questions about fireworks because I just completely ruled them out for us so I didn't take them into consideration in my planning. But I can tell you our planned schedule, although it might go by the wayside as we get closer. We are doing IA, MK, AK, MK and then DHS on Thursday, our last full day at GKTW. We will do Epcot when we extend our trip. As you can see, we are doing almost all WDW. May change that, but that's what we are doing thus far. I hadn't planned on doing MK that first Monday, but had to change our itinerary when our wish granters told me that they had booked CRT for lunch for us that day, which was truly wonderful of them to do. I had planned to do Epcot that day, but don't want to have to run from Epcot to MK for lunch, so shuffled things around. I am hoping that, with our GKTW button and mellow expectations for how much we are going to accomplish, things will work out okay. I recall that AK does indeed feel miserably crowded (and hot) very easily, so am planning for rope drop there, and will just up and leave if it gets bad. We are going to do AK again on Saturday, 4/24, after we move hotels.

If we stick to our current schedules, it looks like we will be at MK on the same day -- Wednesday -- correct?

Looking forward to sharing more planning tips and meeting you at GKTW in April!

Ann

Thanks for the tip about AK. You have me worried about our dates now. I just assumed we would be at GKTW until the 24th. Living in the west we will likely spend the whole day on the 17th traveling. Yours will be a direct flight I assume? We will have to transfer somewhere, probably Dallas, adding time to our flights. So if we arrive Sat at night I assumed we'd leave the following Sat morning, but maybe not! I just emailed her Wish Granter to ask. She told me to request the dates and I sent her an email asking to start the 17th and extend on our own until the 30th. She called to tell me the dates were approved but she didn't go into any details and we haven't heard anything about our exact flights. Hopefully, she'll get back to me soon. It's been slow to get answers in the past, since she has to contact the main office and wait for their reply, etc, etc.
Jennifer - remind me of your dates. What days do you arrive and depart GKTW? Being a fellow westerner it might be the same for us.

Wee Annie
01-08-2010, 01:24 PM
. You have me worried about our dates now. I just assumed we would be at GKTW until the 24th. Living in the west we will likely spend the whole day on the 17th traveling. Yours will be a direct flight I assume? We will have to transfer somewhere, probably Dallas, adding time to our flights. So if we arrive Sat at night I assumed we'd leave the following Sat morning, but maybe not! I just emailed her Wish Granter to ask. She told me to request the dates and I sent her an email asking to start the 17th and extend on our own until the 30th. She called to tell me the dates were approved but she didn't go into any details and we haven't heard anything about our exact flights. Hopefully, she'll get back to me soon. It's been slow to get answers in the past, since she has to contact the main office and wait for their reply, etc, etc.


It could just be a difference in MAW chapters, or also, as you pointed out, a difference in travel time. But definitely check in with your MAW contact -- you really don't want to plan an itinerary and then have to change it at the last minute! (Well, at least I, as an obsessive planner, would rather not!)
Yes, we have a direct flight from Newark to Orlando -- due to arrive in the early afternoon. We got our own tickets, as we had a credit from Jet Blue from last year, when we had planned to spend Elke's 3rd birthday at WDW until she was diagnosed with leukemia. So now we are using that credit to celebrate her 4th birthday there!!

Ann

myasma
01-08-2010, 02:44 PM
Thanks guys. I know it's just part of life, but it stinks. I'm glad I have somewhere to vent.

Okay, back to planning. I've been getting antsy these last few days and really wondering if I need to shake up my whole itinerary. With my current plan there is no fireworks planned for the night we are to be at MK. I avoided all Disney parks for the first few days of the trip because those were the most crowded but I'm thinking maybe we need to just brave it and do MK on one of the first few days so there will be fireworks. So I need help....

Where is that darn fireworks schedule again??? I can't find it!
How common is it for them to add a show if it's not scheduled now?

Are crowds a huge no-no if we have a choice, or will it be a non-issue with the GKTW button? Our park days have the following ratings for crowds:
7, 7, 7, 5, 7, 4, 4 so I planned out SW, US, IOA, MK, Ep, DHS/AK with the last day being open because we leave GKTW but do not fly out yet so we can use that day if needed (or if we get the Give a Day tickets). When I find the fireworks schedule I'll know my other choices but I'm pretty sure they were scheduled for the more crowded nights.

I was afraid to change it when I thought about it before because I was able to get CRT for our MK day and I figured being 3 months away those ADRs would no longer be available and able to be switched. I decided to check (duh) and I was surprised that there is a res available every day that week (lunch). So if I hurry I might still be able to coordinate it all. I just have to figure out the right flow.:surfweb:

When we went down, we didn't actively plan to stay for the fireworks but it worked out that as we were eating dinner at Ohana's they piped in the audio and it could be seen out the restuarant. Crowds are definitly not an issue with the GAC card but the crowd itself was the issue when we went down. Alot of carelessness and sometimes there is downright rudeness. I hope you are able to atleast catch Wishes. We mistakingly caught it and it was one of the best memories of our trip.

Momofwishkid
01-08-2010, 05:18 PM
Thanks for the tip about AK. You have me worried about our dates now. I just assumed we would be at GKTW until the 24th. Living in the west we will likely spend the whole day on the 17th traveling. Yours will be a direct flight I assume? We will have to transfer somewhere, probably Dallas, adding time to our flights. So if we arrive Sat at night I assumed we'd leave the following Sat morning, but maybe not! I just emailed her Wish Granter to ask. She told me to request the dates and I sent her an email asking to start the 17th and extend on our own until the 30th. She called to tell me the dates were approved but she didn't go into any details and we haven't heard anything about our exact flights. Hopefully, she'll get back to me soon. It's been slow to get answers in the past, since she has to contact the main office and wait for their reply, etc, etc.
Jennifer - remind me of your dates. What days do you arrive and depart GKTW? Being a fellow westerner it might be the same for us.
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Melissa we fly out on March 3rd (wednesday) dont get in until 8pm, and leave the 9th (tuesday) 3 pm so really we are only getting 5 usable days.

TokyoDina
01-08-2010, 11:20 PM
Thanks guys. I know it's just part of life, but it stinks. I'm glad I have somewhere to vent.

Okay, back to planning. I've been getting antsy these last few days and really wondering if I need to shake up my whole itinerary. With my current plan there is no fireworks planned for the night we are to be at MK. I avoided all Disney parks for the first few days of the trip because those were the most crowded but I'm thinking maybe we need to just brave it and do MK on one of the first few days so there will be fireworks. So I need help....

Where is that darn fireworks schedule again??? I can't find it!
How common is it for them to add a show if it's not scheduled now?

Are crowds a huge no-no if we have a choice, or will it be a non-issue with the GKTW button? Our park days have the following ratings for crowds:
7, 7, 7, 5, 7, 4, 4 so I planned out SW, US, IOA, MK, Ep, DHS/AK with the last day being open because we leave GKTW but do not fly out yet so we can use that day if needed (or if we get the Give a Day tickets). When I find the fireworks schedule I'll know my other choices but I'm pretty sure they were scheduled for the more crowded nights.

I was afraid to change it when I thought about it before because I was able to get CRT for our MK day and I figured being 3 months away those ADRs would no longer be available and able to be switched. I decided to check (duh) and I was surprised that there is a res available every day that week (lunch). So if I hurry I might still be able to coordinate it all. I just have to figure out the right flow.:surfweb:

Tada~~!!!


http://www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/aprfw10.cfm

Annnnnnnnd Magic Hours schedule too!!

http://www.wdwinfo.com/Wdwinfo/apr10.cfm?requesttimeout=1000

I'm horrible...I have only once in my life stayed for the fireworks but quickly changed my mind to never do it again. DH fell asleep during them...Don't ask how it happened...I'm not even sure myself...but he managed it. I guess getting up at the crack of dawn and then keeping him in the park to closing is what took him out.

kellyw8863
01-09-2010, 08:56 AM
I'm so sorry to read about your grandmother.:hug: When I was in college, my father passed away less than a week before I was due to leave to study abroad. He had said he still wanted me to go, so we expedited the wake and funeral so that I could go. His funeral was on December 24th and I left for Mexico on December 26th. For me, it was the right decision and truly cathartic because so much happened on that trip that made me feel like my father was truly still there. When I returned, I even got a tatoo of an Aztec sun on my hip because there was just so much that was right about it.

I hope that you are not faced with this decision. Thinking of you and your family.:hug:

yinyanggirls
01-09-2010, 12:03 PM
It could just be a difference in MAW chapters, or also, as you pointed out, a difference in travel time. But definitely check in with your MAW contact -- you really don't want to plan an itinerary and then have to change it at the last minute! (Well, at least I, as an obsessive planner, would rather not!)
Yes, we have a direct flight from Newark to Orlando -- due to arrive in the early afternoon. We got our own tickets, as we had a credit from Jet Blue from last year, when we had planned to spend Elke's 3rd birthday at WDW until she was diagnosed with leukemia. So now we are using that credit to celebrate her 4th birthday there!!
Ann

UGH! I feel like a dunce! I don't even know where I came up with the assumption that it was seven days at GKTW. Our chapter hasn't given us any specifics, other than saying "your dates are approved". And with our extending the trip on our own the departure date has nothing to do with GKTW. I did get a quick reply from her Wish Granter saying that she does not have flight info, so they may not even have that booked yet (I guess that makes sense with all the possible postponements etc). She also said that she would get the info over the weekend.

When we went down, we didn't actively plan to stay for the fireworks but it worked out that as we were eating dinner at Ohana's they piped in the audio and it could be seen out the restuarant. Crowds are definitly not an issue with the GAC card but the crowd itself was the issue when we went down. Alot of carelessness and sometimes there is downright rudeness. I hope you are able to atleast catch Wishes. We mistakingly caught it and it was one of the best memories of our trip.

I definitely want to give it a try! I'm glad it ended up being a fave memory of your trip. What a lucky coincidence!


Melissa we fly out on March 3rd (wednesday) dont get in until 8pm, and leave the 9th (tuesday) 3 pm so really we are only getting 5 usable days.

I'm going to go ahead and start working on the NEW plan with only 6 days total and see how I can squeeze it all in. How on earth are you guys finding room for everything? I was having trouble when I thought we had a full 7!!!

Tada~~!!!

http://www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/aprfw10.cfm

Annnnnnnnd Magic Hours schedule too!!

http://www.wdwinfo.com/Wdwinfo/apr10.cfm?requesttimeout=1000

I'm horrible...I have only once in my life stayed for the fireworks but quickly changed my mind to never do it again. DH fell asleep during them...Don't ask how it happened...I'm not even sure myself...but he managed it. I guess getting up at the crack of dawn and then keeping him in the park to closing is what took him out.

Thanks for the links! It's helpful to know the EMH to avoid! ;)
That's funny that your dh fell asleep. I have no problem walking out if the kids don't care or don't like it. I do want to try the ear plugs though. My philosophy for this trip is to try to experience everything that's available with the knowledge that we may never be back. If we don't like something, we'll leave. No problem. Not an attitidue I would normally have on a trip. :rolleyes:

yinyanggirls
01-09-2010, 12:09 PM
I'm so sorry to read about your grandmother.:hug: When I was in college, my father passed away less than a week before I was due to leave to study abroad. He had said he still wanted me to go, so we expedited the wake and funeral so that I could go. His funeral was on December 24th and I left for Mexico on December 26th. For me, it was the right decision and truly cathartic because so much happened on that trip that made me feel like my father was truly still there. When I returned, I even got a tatoo of an Aztec sun on my hip because there was just so much that was right about it.

I hope that you are not faced with this decision. Thinking of you and your family.:hug:

Thanks Kelly. I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. That's a hard time of your life to lose a parent, and a hard time of year to remember it. I'm glad he told you to go so that you didn't have any guilt or doubts about it. It sounds like you really needed that trip.
Things would be different for a parent, but I will definitely keep things as planned unless it literally came down to the wire and there was a funeral to be missed. I couldn't ask my family to postpone or speed it up just for us. My grandparents are Mormon and there are a million descendants who will be trying to get there as well. I don't even know what state it would be in, which would complicate things, if we tried to travel to both in the same week. Anyway, I'm trying not to worry until I have something to worry about. My mom sounds optimistic about her getting out of the hospital but it sounds to me like she's in denial. It's hard to know what's really happening since I'm not there to hear the docs myself. :confused3 Thanks again, to everyone, for the support. Hopefully things will be stable until we are home from the trip.

Wee Annie
01-09-2010, 12:33 PM
I'm going to go ahead and start working on the NEW plan with only 6 days total and see how I can squeeze it all in. How on earth are you guys finding room for everything? I was having trouble when I thought we had a full 7!!!


Melissa,
if you're working on the assumption that you only have 5 full days, I think you have to realize that you just can't squeeze everything in. Even the passes they give you are for 6 days (isn't it 3 days WDW, 2 US/IOA, and 1 Seaworld?). Now if you're going to extend, perhaps you can do more. On that note, if there's any chance you might want to extend for even one night in Orlando, I would start checking out hotels for that Friday night. It's a spring break week for parts of the northeast (that's why we're going then). I'm sure there are hotels aplenty with availability now, but you might want to reserve one night if you're even thinking about it, so that it's available if you need it. If you decide you don't want to extend (or find out that you will be at GKTW that night), you can just cancel.

Ann

kellyw8863
01-09-2010, 12:42 PM
Thanks Kelly. I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. That's a hard time of your life to lose a parent, and a hard time of year to remember it. I'm glad he told you to go so that you didn't have any guilt or doubts about it. It sounds like you really needed that trip.
Things would be different for a parent, but I will definitely keep things as planned unless it literally came down to the wire and there was a funeral to be missed. I couldn't ask my family to postpone or speed it up just for us. My grandparents are Mormon and there are a million descendants who will be trying to get there as well. I don't even know what state it would be in, which would complicate things, if we tried to travel to both in the same week. Anyway, I'm trying not to worry until I have something to worry about. My mom sounds optimistic about her getting out of the hospital but it sounds to me like she's in denial. It's hard to know what's really happening since I'm not there to hear the docs myself. :confused3 Thanks again, to everyone, for the support. Hopefully things will be stable until we are home from the trip.

Sorry - I didn't mean to imply that you should ask your family to postone/speed things us, nor did I mean to imply that you might even be in a similar situation. I'm going to stop talking now because I feel like I'm just putting my foot in my mouth.:blush: I hope that she makes a speedy recovery and that this is all a non-issue.:hug:

yinyanggirls
01-09-2010, 12:56 PM
Sorry - I didn't mean to imply that you should ask your family to postone/speed things us, nor did I mean to imply that you might even be in a similar situation. I'm going to stop talking now because I feel like I'm just putting my foot in my mouth.:blush: I hope that she makes a speedy recovery and that this is all a non-issue.:hug:

Oh no, I didn't think you were telling me to do that. Just sharing what you guys did when faced with a slightly similar situation. Times like these, my brain just goes a hundred miles an hour thinking about EVERY possibility, so when you shared that it was MY brain thinking about whether or not that would be an option. You're fine really. Thanks again. :hug:

yinyanggirls
01-09-2010, 12:59 PM
Melissa,
if you're working on the assumption that you only have 5 full days, I think you have to realize that you just can't squeeze everything in. Even the passes they give you are for 6 days (isn't it 3 days WDW, 2 US/IOA, and 1 Seaworld?). Now if you're going to extend, perhaps you can do more. On that note, if there's any chance you might want to extend for even one night in Orlando, I would start checking out hotels for that Friday night. It's a spring break week for parts of the northeast (that's why we're going then). I'm sure there are hotels aplenty with availability now, but you might want to reserve one night if you're even thinking about it, so that it's available if you need it. If you decide you don't want to extend (or find out that you will be at GKTW that night), you can just cancel.

Ann


Thanks for the info about spring breaks. I knew the parks would be bad around Easter which we avoided, but it's good to know that week could be tricky as well. Clearly, there is no way to do it all. Before I was planning to split one of the parks. Now we will have to split two or skip one. Or as you suggested, use one of our extended days to do a park. We had planned to leave Orlando straight from GKTW and drive north along the coast. I haven't made any reservations yet so that's easy enough to adjust. I just feel behind the curve now, thinking I had one week mostly planned. Back to the drawing board!!!

pipersmom
01-09-2010, 02:49 PM
Now you know why our schedule is the way it is..ugh. Our inbound flight doesn't land til like 4pm, so that day is pretty much gone, and we have a half day on the day we leave, but I really want to use that for DTD..hence splitting AK/DHS and US/IOA. I'll let you know how that goes when we get back even if our TR isn't done. :hug:

myasma
01-09-2010, 03:07 PM
To piggyback off of what Pipersmom said, US/IOA should only take one day. There's not much to do for smaller children so it shouldn't take up more than one day. I wouldn't stress too much about planning because once you get down there alot of your plans will probably change.

Wee Annie
01-09-2010, 03:17 PM
Melissa,

I'm probably splitting IOA and US into just one day that first Sunday. If we don't get both in that day, we'll either just forgo one of them completely (probably US), or try to add it onto the second half of an AK day.

The thing is, when we went to WDW with my older girls, before Elke was born, their absolute favorite thing to do was to hang out at the pool in the afternoon. We pretty much never were in a park past 1:00 pm (and often didn't return). And that was with two healthy little girls. I take my hat off to people who can get more touring done with little ones, but mine just don't seem to be able to handle it.

So I am trying to schedule a decent amount of "down time" at GKTW into our schedule.

Ann

cantwaittoseemickey
01-09-2010, 06:33 PM
I thought ours was a day longer as well. But it isnt so I have forgone the planning out the days. I know there will be no way we will be able to do it all. I am going to take a schedule of parades shows and fireworks with us though:) I hope you are able to do some planning and also have some downtime too.

yinyanggirls
01-09-2010, 08:35 PM
Thanks for all the tips. This new realization is really cramping my plans. LOL! Phoebe still sleeps the amount of an infant. She can sleep 12 hours at night and still need at least one 2 hr nap. The funny thing is, that is when she is home. When she's at school she can keep going and going. She loves the pool for about half an hour and then gets bored and falls asleep on the raft. :lmao: So she can go, go, go if there is stuff going on to go TO, or she will nap all day. I hope to try and alternate long, busy days with shorter more relaxing ones. I love the sound of GKTW, because if Phoebe needs more sleep there is still stuff for Tessa to do. I am going to look into getting our own hotel the last night so we could still leave Sat as originally planned. We'll see...

myasma
01-09-2010, 11:01 PM
Thanks for all the tips. This new realization is really cramping my plans. LOL! Phoebe still sleeps the amount of an infant. She can sleep 12 hours at night and still need at least one 2 hr nap. The funny thing is, that is when she is home. When she's at school she can keep going and going. She loves the pool for about half an hour and then gets bored and falls asleep on the raft. :lmao: So she can go, go, go if there is stuff going on to go TO, or she will nap all day. I hope to try and alternate long, busy days with shorter more relaxing ones. I love the sound of GKTW, because if Phoebe needs more sleep there is still stuff for Tessa to do. I am going to look into getting our own hotel the last night so we could still leave Sat as originally planned. We'll see...

That is a great idea. Cool that you guys get to prolong your visit.

kayrosek
01-09-2010, 11:22 PM
When we went down, we didn't actively plan to stay for the fireworks but it worked out that as we were eating dinner at Ohana's they piped in the audio and it could be seen out the restuarant. Crowds are definitly not an issue with the GAC card but the crowd itself was the issue when we went down. Alot of carelessness and sometimes there is downright rudeness. I hope you are able to atleast catch Wishes. We mistakingly caught it and it was one of the best memories of our trip.

I have to agree with Myasma. Lines and such won't be an issue but crowds can still be a bit of a problem. My DH was in a wheelchair with an elevated leg and I was surprised how many people just walked into his foot without even stopping to apologize. I think it's a great idea to avoid the EMH's as much as possible.

yinyanggirls
01-10-2010, 04:12 AM
I arranged for DH to have a helper today and I ran off with a friend to "town" for some serious shoe shopping. We have a couple of grocery stores and a WalMart in our little town. The closest shopping area is about 25 mins away but that is what I refer to as the "ghetto Target" center. Ghetto Target is still better than WalMart, but it is ghetto Target. Seriously, folks. When you find this sign in the restroom you know you're there!

http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/Shares/Photo-0007.jpg

Needless to say, I really enjoy the rare opportunity I have to branch out beyond the confines of Ghetto Target and it's neighboring stores. Today was such a day!



My friend and I hit up BabiesRUs as she needed a bunch of stuff there. I bought kids' toothpaste (Finding Nemo Super Sparkle Grape). :thumbsup2
Then we headed on down the road, but wait! What's that we see? Chipotle?!?:idea: Gee, since we both skipped breakfast, better stop and have a bite. Yum! I love Chipotle!:yay:

Oh, and as long as we stopped here, there's a Macy's next door. Why not take a peek? :confused3 I found flannel PJs for Phoebe for next winter (7.99) and a fur collar snow vest for my niece for next Cmas (7.99 - was 40). I hit the shoe dept and got lucky on the sale rack. I couldn't believe it! Cute comfy shoes, 60% off! I've found my WDW shoes!!!

http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/Shares/P1013555.jpg

Okay, Okay. So those aren't really gonna work at WDW, but I couldn't pass them up just for that minor detail, could I? Nope.



Okay, back on the road to DSW. I love DSW! Aisles and aisles of lovely shoes! I found a pair of Born thongs that I really wanted. They were comfy and I wore them around the store the whole time to make sure. They were 50 I think. Then I found some Merrell, um, I don't know what to call these, walking shoes? for 70. Ouch. Not what I wanted to pay for shoes that I'm not really in love with, but...
Band-Aids - 2.99
Good shoes - 70.00
Not needing Band-Aids while visiting WDW - priceless.
They are not nearly as cute as the thongs but they are just a tad more supportive. :lmao:

http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/Shares/P1013564.jpg



We headed home at that point but I felt so accomplished. :woohoo: Later, DH and I went out to dinner and we stopped at Ghetto Target for a couple of grocery type items and we browsed the whole store. I checked out the cameras they had on display but didn't get too far since they didn't have a memory card and wouldn't save the pics it would take with them. They had tons of sale items in the toy aisles. I found this adorable Princess and the Frog toy. It makes a kissing noise when Tiana's lips touch Naveen's cheek.

http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj105/yinyanggirls/Shares/P1013569.jpg

The frame was in the dollar section and the two squares rotate so it holds 4 pics. I figured it would be good for Tessa's room since it was in the dollar section. :lmao: She's broken several others I had on shelves in her room. So now the question is, try to smuggle toys to WDW without the kids seeing them to give as surprises while we are there? Or wait until after?

dawnbu40
01-10-2010, 06:54 AM
That sign is too funny :rotfl: (actually it's probably gross if you see it in person but funny online :laughing:) Looks like you had a fun and productive shopping day! I love the stuffed frogs! Caitlin and I were actually playing with those in our Target the other day :upsidedow I would "smuggle" some goodies in your suitcase and give the treats there. We still do "Tink" gifts sometimes where Tinkerbell leaves little gifts in our room. When I pack them I just wrap them in tissue paper and put them in the checked suitcase.

pipersmom
01-10-2010, 08:06 AM
Okay...:lmao: at the Target bathroom sign! I have never seen anything like that in my life! (bumpkin creeping in there)..I'm still laughing when I think about it! Deep breath, Amanda..deep breath. I like the shoes! Not sure about the color (for me) but they're very cute nonetheless. The wedges are cute too! Also can I just say...you westerners with your "thongs" also make me laugh...flip flops people! They're flip flops..thongs cover your bum, not your feet! I love the froggies..I'm with Dawn on wrapping stuff ahead of time and then tucking it into your suitcase..just don't forget the village leaves a little somethin'-somethin' in the villa every night too! Is there a way you..or someone else..could put the things out for the girls to find when you get home? Maybe with a lil note from Mickey saying how wonderful it was to see them or something? Just a thought...

Charleston Princess
01-10-2010, 08:17 AM
I can honestly say I have never seen a sign like that before! :lmao:

Love the new shoes -- both pairs are super cute! :thumbsup2

cantwaittoseemickey
01-10-2010, 09:57 AM
That sign is just too funny:rotfl: I love the shoes! I really like the second pair. Those look very comfy. I say thongs too lol. My dd looks at me like huh??:rotfl2: Those frogs are soo cute!

jordanyosh
01-10-2010, 10:38 AM
I can honestly say I have never seen a sign like that before! :lmao:

Love the new shoes -- both pairs are super cute! :thumbsup2

In Mexico, the sewer system is poor and can't handle paper in many places. so they put the used tp in a waste basket next to the commode. many people who move to the US from Mexico continue to practice this. That's why if you ever visit a border town or even many places here in SoCal, when you go to public restrooms you will occasionally find toilet paper thrown on the ground next the the toilets.

jordanyosh
01-10-2010, 10:39 AM
Merrell's are great shoes. I've had mine for at least 8 years-they are finally showing their age.

pipersmom
01-10-2010, 10:55 AM
In Mexico, the sewer system is poor and can't handle paper in many places. so they put the used tp in a waste basket next to the commode. many people who move to the US from Mexico continue to practice this. That's why if you ever visit a border town or even many places here in SoCal, when you go to public restrooms you will occasionally find toilet paper thrown on the ground next the the toilets.

I never knew that, Jordan! (Which may have been obvious from my reaction to it, lol) Anyway, I'll consider that my random fact for the day..and be thankful for having a good septic system!

jordanyosh
01-10-2010, 11:04 AM
I never knew that, Jordan! (Which may have been obvious from my reaction to it, lol) Anyway, I'll consider that my random fact for the day..and be thankful for having a good septic system!

Many places put trash cans in the stalls now in both the mens and womens restrooms.

Wee Annie
01-10-2010, 12:13 PM
I. Love. Those. Shoes! (the wedges).

The Merrells looks nice and comfy too. I think we have similar taste in shoes (LOVE Born).

I was also thrown at first by the "thong" reference (native NYer here), but figured it out from context (realized it wasn't a reference to lingerie!).

Momofwishkid
01-10-2010, 12:26 PM
Good job on finding such cute shoes and the wedges at such a good deal. I went looking for Disney shoes yesterday and couldnt find anything. Oh well still got time.

cantwaittoseemickey
01-10-2010, 01:41 PM
Ohh this reminds me I got a pair of tennis shoes for our trip. I need to start breaking them in soon. :thumbsup2 I really wish they hadnt taken all of our disney stores out. The last time I was there I got a really cute pair of mens Mickey PJ bottoms for like $5.

yinyanggirls
01-10-2010, 02:20 PM
In Mexico, the sewer system is poor and can't handle paper in many places.

Oh, Jordan, there you go ruining the fun with that educational mumbo-jumbo. j/k Yes, that is exactly why the sign is there (thankfully everyone visiting ghetto Target that day seemed to comply). I live in a "border town" and refer to our region as Northern Mexico. Our neighborhood is typical US suburbs. But look around and you will wonder which side of the fence you are on when you see vaqueros, banditos, and la migra.


I love the stuffed frogs! Caitlin and I were actually playing with those in our Target the other day :upsidedow I would "smuggle" some goodies in your suitcase and give the treats there. We still do "Tink" gifts sometimes where Tinkerbell leaves little gifts in our room. When I pack them I just wrap them in tissue paper and put them in the checked suitcase.

I had trouble not playing with them as we walked around also. :laughing: I like the Tinkerbell idea. I'm usually the last one out the door when we go somewhere (doing the final check) so I could probably sneek some surprises onto their beds or something like that.

Merrell's are great shoes. I've had mine for at least 8 years-they are finally showing their age.

I remember hearing the name but have never owned a pair. Glad to hear you have had a good run with yours. The color wasn't what I would have chosen if there was a choice, but they were muted enough I figured it'd be okay.


Also can I just say...you westerners with your "thongs" also make me laugh...flip flops people! They're flip flops..thongs cover your bum, not your feet!

Okay, I usually say flip-flops when it applies to a foam/rubber thing with a couple of straps attached. These are what I was trying on (top row, first 3 shoes):
http://www.zappos.com/search/brand/342/filter/categoryFacet/%22Sandals%22/gender/%22Womens%22/hide:productTypeFacet/%22Shoes%22/attrFacet_Style/%22Thong%22/sort/isNew/desc/productPopularity/asc/
Please notice the name of the style of shoe displayed in the search!;)

pipersmom
01-10-2010, 02:31 PM
[COLOR="Green"]Okay, I usually say flip-flops when it applies to a foam/rubber thing with a couple of straps attached. These are what I was trying on (top row, first 3 shoes):
http://www.zappos.com/search/brand/342/filter/categoryFacet/%22Sandals%22/gender/%22Womens%22/hide:productTypeFacet/%22Shoes%22/attrFacet_Style/%22Thong%22/sort/isNew/desc/productPopularity/asc/
Please notice the name of the style of shoe displayed in the search!;)

*muttermuttermuttersandalsmuttermutter* :lmao:

yinyanggirls
01-10-2010, 02:52 PM
*muttermuttermuttersandalsmuttermutter* :lmao:

BRAT!:rotfl2:

TokyoDina
01-10-2010, 03:18 PM
I love those wedges too! I'm so going to DSW before we leave. I want cute comfortable walking shoes. Chuck Taylors just don't cut it. And I got cuts on my heel from those things during our rainy trip last time. I need something really soft for the heel of my foot and my arch....need to go look those look like they could work......:)

I hope you find something you really wanna use.

MaryAz
01-10-2010, 04:11 PM
I am sorry to hear about your Granmother. I wish you lots of luck on the planning-it is very tricky to fit everything in and thats without knowing weather-how the kids are doing etc. Fun shopping trip!

pipersmom
01-10-2010, 06:18 PM
BRAT!:rotfl2:


:angel: :rolleyes1

Blueyed Girl
01-10-2010, 07:13 PM
LOVE the shoes!! .....both of them. :lovestruc

That restroom sign is hysterical! :rotfl2: We once went into a grocery store in Mississippi while visiting some friends/family, and ran into a sign telling people not to spit chewing tobacco on the floors! :confused3 UMMM.....OKAY!!!! :lmao: