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AlternateEgo
11-30-2009, 01:39 PM
Pre-Trip Report

Cast:

Me, Crystal - the planner.

I have been to Disney:

1992 (with my parents & sisters) - We stayed offsite and went to the three parks. I was 6 & 8 years older than my sisters and that caused some problems with which rides we went on.

2007 (with my 3 daughters) - We stayed at ASMu for 4 days and had free dining. We only went to Magic Kingdom, since I didn't want to stress/wear us out. They were 1, 2, & 4 at the time :) The other half of our vacation was spent in a condo at Madeira Beach.

2009 (with my DH) - We went for our honeymoon in September. We stayed at Coronado Springs :love:, had free dining, and went to all four parks, as well as MNSSHP. We had a blast, just being the two of us, and doing whatever we wanted abd whenever we wanted.

DH - Jeff- aspires to work at RPDE by day and a pyrotechnic by night.

He has been to Disney:

Once when he was little, no one know what year...

2009- for our Honeymoon :)

http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z287/earthartisan/jnc.jpg

DD7 - Alayna- She is beginning to grow out of the Princesses and more into the Fairies- only cause some girl at school told her Princesses were for babies. She retorted with, "My mom still likes Princesses!" - that a girl!

http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z287/earthartisan/brinkee.jpg

DD5 - Brianna- Full fledge princess, loves them, believes she is one, can't wait to see them again!

http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z287/earthartisan/keenbri.jpg

DD4 - Keeley- Loves "mouse" but has a few issues I hope we can overcome before vacation time. She has a few sensory issues and a speech delay. In general, face characters aren't a problem, but Mickey Mouse and Winnie the Pooh are "scary". She will watch them on TV and sing and dance, but in real life... not so much. She also doesn't like rides. I am hoping we can overcome these fears of hers or work around them.

http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z287/earthartisan/halwell0233.jpg

So that sums up our cast, up next... our story about why we are going.

AlternateEgo
11-30-2009, 02:08 PM
Index:

Cast (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34514842&postcount=1)
Got the Who, Now When & Why (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34515450&postcount=3)
PIN Codes or Free Dining, Oh my! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34523654&postcount=4)
All this thinking about food makes me HUNGRY! (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34535730&postcount=5)
Is it too early for preliminary day planning? (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34537427&postcount=6)
OT - Disney Customs List (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34564583&postcount=9)
OT - Christmas Dresses (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34587156&postcount=13)
To Bring the MIL, or not... (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=34587615&postcount=14)

AlternateEgo
11-30-2009, 02:31 PM
So you have met the cast...

Now the story of why we are going :)

We are looking at being in Disney from September 4th - September 12th.

When we planned to go to Disney World for our Honeymoon the kids were pretty sad we weren't taking them along. So I had promised them a trip in 2010.

Actually, I told them December 2010 and that maybe we could spend Christmas there. The way my DH's work is, they tend to have a few weeks off in the December time frame, so I thought he could use his vacation time instead of having no income flow.

Well... after our Honeymoon I became obsessed that September was the ONLY time we should ever go to Disney. Everything was so wonderful. We walked onto nearly every ride, not having more than a 5 minute wait (except Toy Story), it wasn't crowded, the weather was warm but not scorching hot, free dining... the list goes on.

So I started looking at dates and found that September 6th (our anniversary :cloud9:) was labor day and the children would only miss 4 days of school. I know! I know!

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AlternateEgo
12-01-2009, 09:15 AM
So I received the year long PIN code and am so happy, because now I get to do some calculating :) Not that I love calculating... but I have choices!

Last trip we planned to stay at AKL, but with the cost of wedding, we decided to try the newly renovated Coronado Springs. We absolutely loves CSR, but still wished we had stayed at one of those deluxe resorts since it was just the two of us.
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z287/earthartisan/csr.jpg

The problem with having a big family is that you are limited to the available resorts, with rooms for 5, without costing a fortune. Our choices are ASMu Suite, Port Orleans Riverside, Polynesian, or booking two rooms.

Again, last trip we had the pleasure of visiting a few different resorts and sort of get a "feel" for which resorts really fit our taste. Our favorites were Animal Kingdom Lodge, Polynesian, and Wilderness Lodge. So I have to decide what is really in our budget... and maybe even come up with a budget. :)

So far the cheapest for what I have came up for 8 night stay, 5 day tickets, & dining plan.

$3,938.60 Poly - PIN code
$3,607.40 Beach Club - PIN code
$2,489.27 POR - Free Dining

So next I think I will be looking into menus and places we would like to eat and decide if the dining plan will work for us. :)

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AlternateEgo
12-02-2009, 09:49 AM
I spent most of my day looking at menus and choosing restaurants to determine if we would NEED the dining plan.

I figured up the cost we would save using the dining plan (including tax - not tip), then what it would cost if we were paying out of pocket (including tax). I figured that if out of pocket was more than the dining plan, it would be a better deal. For oop, I figured no desserts (unless buffet) and sometimes some of the kids might share a meal.

Here is our preliminary list:

Whispering Canyon Cafe - $105.75 DDP $86.30 OOP

Ohana - $113.90 DDP & OOP

Narcoossee's - $187.44 DDP $151.23 OOP

Chef Mickey's - $111.77 DDP & OOP

Magic Kingdom - Cinderella's Fairytale Lunch - $198.79 DDP & OOP

Epcot - Akershus Royal Banquet - $140.52 DDP & OOP

MNSSHP - Crystal Palace - $106.45 DDP & OOP

DHS - Prime Time (Lunch)- $52.89 OOP - Will pay OOP either way

Counter Service Restaurants (Based on $38 average) - $40.47 OOP & $47.40DDP (with desserts added in) x 8

Snacks (Based on an average of $3) - $3.20 x 40

This is what came of it:

Actual cost of Dining Plan = $959.60
Dining Plan = $1,471.82
OOP = $1,377.76

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AlternateEgo
12-02-2009, 12:07 PM
Here is a little bit of a plan I am looking at. I don't know which days we will actually do each of these until it gets a bit closer and I can know which days to avoid which parks.

Arrival Day
Quick Service Lunch
Narcoosee’s Dinner
Wishes from Balcony

Magic Kingdom
Snack – Bfast
BB Boutique
Chef Mickey’s

Free Day
Quick Service
Whispering Canyon

Animal Kingdom
Yak & Yeti QS
O’hana

DHS
QS
Prime Time

Epcot
QS
Royal Banquet

MNSSHP
QS
Crystal Palace

Magic Kingdom
QS
Cinderella’s Castle
Dessert Party

I haven't quite decided if it would be best to have a magical last day or first day, with Cinderella's Castle, BB Boutique, and Dessert Party.

Last trip, we had all the best restaurants first and then the last few restaurants were disappointments.

Narcoossee's, Whispering Canyon Cafe, Maya, Boma, Tony's, Coral Reef.

Greens are definite repeats, Red are no way, Blue is possible, and purple is never tried before. So I really need to look at possible replacements for Chef Mickey's & Crystal Palace. Those restaurants won't be missed by DD4 either...

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wdwislife
12-02-2009, 12:57 PM
joined in! looks like a great trip you're planning there!

AlternateEgo
12-03-2009, 10:50 AM
Thanks!

I have been lurking through Disboutiquers pictures coming up with plans to make my daughters some outfits.

I already feel overwhelmed, haha.

AlternateEgo
12-04-2009, 04:43 PM
So far on my clothing list:

Cinderella tutu dress - BBB, CRT, maybe MNSSHP
Tiana tutu dress - BBB, CRT, maybe MNSSHP
Snow White tutu dress - BBB, CRT, maybe MNSSHP

3 Animal Print Tops with Capris - Animal Kingdom

3 Kimono Style Tops with Capris - Epcot

I haven't decided to do "favorite movie" theme or "Hollywood theme" for DHS. It all depends on the fabric, but will most likely be a top and capris set.

I am interested in making the Vida patern for a couple of days...

All depends :) but the CRT dresses will be first on my list.

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DLR29
12-04-2009, 07:05 PM
I'm in. It looks like a great trip!

winkers
12-07-2009, 12:19 AM
Your girls are adorable!

AlternateEgo
12-07-2009, 09:55 AM
I'm in. It looks like a great trip!

Thank you! I am so excited! :goodvibes

Your girls are adorable!

Thank you very much! :lovestruc

AlternateEgo
12-07-2009, 10:05 AM
I made a couple of dresses for the girls yesterday. Their Christmas concert is this Thursday, so I wanted to make sure I had them finished on the weekend.

I made them without patterns. Just sort of had things in mind and went for it. I wouldn't say they turned out exactly as I had imagined (well not at all :rolleyes:) but I think they are adorable.

http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z287/earthartisan/cdress.jpg

I don't know WHY my oldest child gave such a "smile"...

http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z287/earthartisan/cdress2.jpg

Of course the children will be wearing a shirt under the dresses. I am just not confident in my sleeve making skills :)

I think the dress on the right would make an adorable Ohana dress :) ... well with some Hawaiian fabric instead of gingerbread men :rolleyes:

(Ignore my messy house, the kids were using laundry baskets for cars, while i was sewing...)

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AlternateEgo
12-07-2009, 10:44 AM
I don't think I have mentioned the possibility of bringing along DH's Mom. I am kind of torn on this concept.

Pro's

She never goes anywhere, nor has the money to do so.
Extra hand with the children.
Possible babysitter while anniversary dinner with DH.

Con's

Money
Will probably have to stay at ASMu.
If we don't have ASMu, we might have to have 2 separate rooms = more money.

9/4-9/12/10
5 Day Disney tickets
Basic Dining Plan

Currently I am looking at Port Orleans - Riverside, which we can do a 5 person room with the trundle bed. - $2,489.27 (Assuming Free dining)

6 people - ASMu - $3,143.70 (Assuming Free Dining)
The price difference is not bad at all, but I am scared of the value hotels, since we will be using Disney transportation.

I have no desire to stay at the Fort Wilderness Cabins, just personal preference :)

6 people - CSR (Junior Suite) - $4,542.15


Plus, when you add in plane tickets, we are looking at adding another $1,000.

So it is really a challenge for me, I want to bring her, but I don't think we have the money to do so.

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winkers
12-07-2009, 10:37 PM
My first thought about takong your mother in law is, DON'T DO IT!!


I took mine in Feb...most of the time I was glad but there was alot of extra drama.

My best advice is..do you get along well with her or does she cause tension?

AlternateEgo
12-08-2009, 03:15 PM
My first thought about takong your mother in law is, DON'T DO IT!!


I took mine in Feb...most of the time I was glad but there was alot of extra drama.

My best advice is..do you get along well with her or does she cause tension?

Hehe thanks!

We get along :) Maybe I need to think more about what kind of drama could unfold... hmmm

pipersmom
12-08-2009, 08:58 PM
Just finished reading! Sounds like a great family vacation. No matter where you stay, I know you're going to have a great time! Looking forward to reading more about you and your family.

princessbee
12-08-2009, 10:20 PM
If you do decide to bring along your MIL and you're having trouble with space and don't want to buy two rooms, have you looked into staying at the Fort Wilderness cabins? They fit six. :)

AlternateEgo
12-09-2009, 08:58 AM
Just finished reading! Sounds like a great family vacation. No matter where you stay, I know you're going to have a great time! Looking forward to reading more about you and your family.

Thanks Pipersmom! I have been reading along on your PTR and just love how you have managed to keep your secret from DD (hopefully its still a secret, dont think I finished reading)

If you do decide to bring along your MIL and you're having trouble with space and don't want to buy two rooms, have you looked into staying at the Fort Wilderness cabins? They fit six. :)

Well... there is just something about the Fort Wilderness cabins that puts me off. I can't quite put my finger on it though. Have you had experience with them before?

ETA - I just read that you are planning a trip there this January! How exciting, I am looking forward to reading your trip report :)

princessbee
12-09-2009, 11:37 AM
Well... there is just something about the Fort Wilderness cabins that puts me off. I can't quite put my finger on it though. Have you had experience with them before?

ETA - I just read that you are planning a trip there this January! How exciting, I am looking forward to reading your trip report :)

I'm pretty excited! :D And, no, I don't have any experience with them, but everyone on the Camping at Disney board is very helpful and there's a lot of information! (I think I know what you mean, though... While I'm still really excited about the cabins, I do wish we could have stayed in one of the other hotels--I guess next time. :))

AlternateEgo
12-10-2009, 12:51 PM
So I was looking through my plan and realized I have one table credit too many... now I am looking at options. Ughh...

Good thing we still have 9 months :)

AlternateEgo
12-14-2009, 03:30 PM
Its been awhile since I have posted...

So my life has currently been swamped with Christmas.

Not that it is a bad thing, because its really starting to feel like Christmas around our house. I was getting anxious, feeling like everything was creeping in on me.

I found some adorable fabric the other day at Hobby Lobby. It has a real retro/funky feeling to it. I bought 3 yards... and was wanting to make a dress with it, then I thought a purse would be cute... Then from fabric to projects... maybe I could make purses for all the girls in our family... and I could make pajama bottoms for the guys... but realistically I don't have that kind of time on my hands :sad2:

So now I am thinking about making stockings. I mean the pattern would be so simple, but what kind of fabric? I would prefer to make something similar to this...
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z287/earthartisan/blogstocking2.jpg

But maybe a smaller cuff and for fabric... I thought it would be nice to match the fabric to personalities.

For example, my husband is a Cubs fan... so I could make his stocking Cubs. DD5 loves Cinderella and I could use Cinderella fabric. This would be very unmatchy though.

And do I use some kind of interfacing or batting in between the exterior and interior fabrics?

Any thoughts?

pipersmom
12-14-2009, 08:41 PM
I've only made one stocking, and it was out of denim, so nothing else was really needed, with the lighterweight cotton though, I think I would use some batting in between the layers and then do some topstitching..maybe outline some of the pattern or something ? As far as them not being matchy-matchy, maybe you choose a color that matched the different fabrics and use it for the cuff? Ours don't match at all, but it doesn't bother me at all, I'm more of a "homey" Christmas decorations person than a matcher!

AlternateEgo
12-15-2009, 11:42 AM
I've only made one stocking, and it was out of denim, so nothing else was really needed, with the lighterweight cotton though, I think I would use some batting in between the layers and then do some topstitching..maybe outline some of the pattern or something ? As far as them not being matchy-matchy, maybe you choose a color that matched the different fabrics and use it for the cuff? Ours don't match at all, but it doesn't bother me at all, I'm more of a "homey" Christmas decorations person than a matcher!

We went out last night and bought some fabric :)

It was so much fun.

The girls picked Spiderman for DH, DD7 picked pink with silver stars, DD5 picked Princesses, and DD4 picked Tinkerbell. I have some cute fabric I bought the other day that I am using for mine.

As far as matchy goes, I chose a satin lining and cuff. They match the fabric they chose, but they are all silky so they look like they belong together.

I took a picture of DH's lemme see if I can upload it.

http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z287/earthartisan/stocking.jpghttp://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z287/earthartisan/blogstocking2.jpg

LOL! When you look at the two of them side by side... I think I really need to redo DH's. I didn't have a pattern and just copied another stocking.

Oh and also, it is annoying me that the satin doesn't stay where it is supposed to be, so I am thinking about doing as you mentioned with the sewing through all the fabric a few designs (like a quilt).

pipersmom
12-15-2009, 07:47 PM
I admire you for even taking on the satin! LOL. I made Piper's "fairy princess" costume a couple of years ago for halloween out of satin, and errmmm..we'll just say a fairy princess would never say some of the things that were coming out of my mouth!

Don't change the stocking *smiles* part of the great thing of having something homemade in the house is the little idiosyncrasies. Back in "olden days" women always made sure each quilt had one mistake, so as to imply no one is perfect except God. The denim stocking I had made was horrible looking (I had just started to sew, and didn't use a pattern either) but my family would be heartbroken if it disappeared. Then again...if it really bugs ya..change it, but I'd leave it alone . :rotfl:

AlternateEgo
12-17-2009, 02:24 PM
I admire you for even taking on the satin! LOL. I made Piper's "fairy princess" costume a couple of years ago for halloween out of satin, and errmmm..we'll just say a fairy princess would never say some of the things that were coming out of my mouth!

Don't change the stocking *smiles* part of the great thing of having something homemade in the house is the little idiosyncrasies. Back in "olden days" women always made sure each quilt had one mistake, so as to imply no one is perfect except God. The denim stocking I had made was horrible looking (I had just started to sew, and didn't use a pattern either) but my family would be heartbroken if it disappeared. Then again...if it really bugs ya..change it, but I'd leave it alone . :rotfl:

Aww thanks for reminding me it doesn't have to be perfect :)

I still haven't had time to finish the other 4 stockings! I was hoping to do them this weekend while DH is away at work and the kiddos are going with my mother on a short trip... but my cousin has planned us a "girls night out" and shopping extravaganza this weekend :goodvibes

pipersmom
12-17-2009, 07:54 PM
You're welcome..that's what I tell myself when I finish sewing something and see a mistake..LOL. Ermm..the girls night out and shopping extravaganza sounds good to me too...what time are you picking me up? Seriously though, enjoy the relaxation, your sewing machine isn't going anywhere!

-Hope-
12-26-2009, 09:31 AM
Wow, I'm impressed with the dresses you made w/o a pattern! I ran a needle through my finger in home-ec in high school and have pretty much declared myself a non-sewer ever since. I use heat-n-bond and fabric glue for the kids Halloween costumes. :rolleyes1

Glad to know I'm not the only one obsessing about ADRs months in advance (and getting hungry reading the menus!). I can't wait to read more!

pipersmom
12-26-2009, 08:55 PM
Hoping you all had a wonderful holiday and that everything is going well. :hug:

AlternateEgo
12-28-2009, 03:28 PM
Wow, I'm impressed with the dresses you made w/o a pattern! I ran a needle through my finger in home-ec in high school and have pretty much declared myself a non-sewer ever since. I use heat-n-bond and fabric glue for the kids Halloween costumes. :rolleyes1

Glad to know I'm not the only one obsessing about ADRs months in advance (and getting hungry reading the menus!). I can't wait to read more!

Aww thanks!! I never even took home ec... I took drafting instead :) And now I draw houseplans... which is probably why I can make things without patterns. I can view things in my mind and place them.

Heat n Bond works too! I used that for the children's thanksgiving shirts. We drew hands and make tukeys out of fall fabric and bonded them to the shirts. Then used fabric "puff" paint to outline.

Hoping you all had a wonderful holiday and that everything is going well. :hug:

Thank you very much!! I am off to read your report and see how the "surprise" went!

AlternateEgo
12-31-2009, 12:47 PM
So I have been putting together a plan for my sisters baby

Tell me what you guys think...

Crib Blanket - 45 x 60 Using Minky/Cotton with a Rick Rack Border. I was going to use the same general idea as the Free Receiving blanket pattern from YCMT.

3 Bibs - Using leftover Minky/Cotton from Blanket. I want to use a snap, I have seen them on etsy... but I dont know how to do snaps. Any ideas? I also don't have a pattern for this. I want it to have the snaps to the side instead of in the back. Does anyone know of a pattern? Or should I make my own?

3 Receiving Blankets - 40 x 40 Using Flannel/Cotton. I have considered just doing flannel with a rolled edge instead of the YMCT pattern - but most likely not.

Diaper Bag - Using the Onesie Diaper Bag pattern on YCMT. I it and am planning to make myself one as a tote bag (no onesie) My cousin is expecting in August and I think this pattern will get a lot of use. I plan to use coordinating fabrics and Rick Rack somewhere.

Changing Pad - I should have 12 x 54 left from the Crib blanket and was hoping that 12" would be wide enough for a changing pad. If I find some in stores, I can always go up a few inches, but if I order online I have to go up another 1/2 yard. Maybe I could find another use for the leftover Minky.
I was going to use a ribbon for a tie or maybe some Rick Rack, but I think that would be hard to tie.

And Last...
6-12 Burp Cloths- I will have approximately 14 x 126 leftover from the receiving blankets (double if I make them double thick) and am planning to use the YCMT pattern. I found a 12 pack of cloth diapers to use and might make her 12 or make her 6 and save the other 6 for my cousin.

What do you guys think?

pipersmom
12-31-2009, 02:50 PM
So I have been putting together a plan for my sisters baby

Tell me what you guys think...

Crib Blanket - 45 x 60 Using Minky/Cotton with a Rick Rack Border. I was going to use the same general idea as the Free Receiving blanket pattern from YCMT.

3 Bibs - Using leftover Minky/Cotton from Blanket. I want to use a snap, I have seen them on etsy... but I dont know how to do snaps. Any ideas? I also don't have a pattern for this. I want it to have the snaps to the side instead of in the back. Does anyone know of a pattern? Or should I make my own?

3 Receiving Blankets - 40 x 40 Using Flannel/Cotton. I have considered just doing flannel with a rolled edge instead of the YMCT pattern - but most likely not.

Diaper Bag - Using the Onesie Diaper Bag pattern on YCMT. I it and am planning to make myself one as a tote bag (no onesie) My cousin is expecting in August and I think this pattern will get a lot of use. I plan to use coordinating fabrics and Rick Rack somewhere.

Changing Pad - I should have 12 x 54 left from the Crib blanket and was hoping that 12" would be wide enough for a changing pad. If I find some in stores, I can always go up a few inches, but if I order online I have to go up another 1/2 yard. Maybe I could find another use for the leftover Minky.
I was going to use a ribbon for a tie or maybe some Rick Rack, but I think that would be hard to tie.

And Last...
6-12 Burp Cloths- I will have approximately 14 x 126 leftover from the receiving blankets (double if I make them double thick) and am planning to use the YCMT pattern. I found a 12 pack of cloth diapers to use and might make her 12 or make her 6 and save the other 6 for my cousin.

What do you guys think?

Very cool idea :) The only thing I've made that you've listed are the burping clothes from cloth diapers, but I've made a ton to use for shower gifts, etc, and they are always veeery well received! They're just so durable. As far as snaps go, they are easy-peasy, I don't think you'll have any problem with them at all. They come in a kit with everything you need to place and set them. :goodvibes. I don't know if 12" is wide enough for a changing pad, but Piper was 9!! lbs..so I may not be the one to ask, lol. Ribbon sounds like it would make better ties than rick-rack, I agree with you on that one. You could also use velcro for the bibs instead of snaps if that appeals..I hate sewing on velcro, lol, but it is handy for things like that. If you decide the minky isn't wide enough, there are tons of cute minky patterns for things like animals, a blankee with an animal head, etc.

I want to see a piccie of the diaper bag when it's done, never heard of that pattern and it sounds really cute!

AlternateEgo
01-04-2010, 04:43 PM
Ohhh its so hard to plan for Disney when I have so many things going on.

Ok first: I am working on my sisters baby shower gifts. Oh I also have to arrange the shower :) which is supposed to be on March 13th. That is as eary as my sister could beg me to make it.

She says she needs time to figure out what is left after the shower/before the baby. :confused3 lol

Second: I signed up for the Give A Day, Get A Day. We are going to be making blankets for Project Linus in Central Illinois :hug: It really sounds fun! Since we will already have multi- day tickets, I am going to let Alayna choose if she would like the fast passes, the ears?trading pins, or to donate her ticket... and then I will follow suit with mine and DH's tickets. I figured if she chooses the hat/trading pins, the two little ones could have mine and DH's.

Third: I have now decided I definitely would like to go to Island of Adventure, possibly Universal, but probably just IOA.

Fourth: I finally got to join in on my first Big Give :hug::hug:

I am really excited about that!

Fifth: I have a Cinderella-fied dress i am going to be making for my niece who turns 5 in February.

And now... as soon as the clock strikes midnight... ohh I mean 5 :) ... I am headed off to Hobby Lobby to see what fabric catches my eye.

pipersmom
01-04-2010, 05:33 PM
Ohhh its so hard to plan for Disney when I have so many things going on.

Ok first: I am working on my sisters baby shower gifts. Oh I also have to arrange the shower :) which is supposed to be on March 13th. That is as eary as my sister could beg me to make it.

She says she needs time to figure out what is left after the shower/before the baby. :confused3 lol

Second: I signed up for the Give A Day, Get A Day. We are going to be making blankets for Project Linus in Central Illinois :hug: It really sounds fun! Since we will already have multi- day tickets, I am going to let Alayna choose if she would like the fast passes, the ears?trading pins, or to donate her ticket... and then I will follow suit with mine and DH's tickets. I figured if she chooses the hat/trading pins, the two little ones could have mine and DH's.

Third: I have now decided I definitely would like to go to Island of Adventure, possibly Universal, but probably just IOA.

Fourth: I finally got to join in on my first Big Give :hug::hug:

I am really excited about that!

Fifth: I have a Cinderella-fied dress i am going to be making for my niece who turns 5 in February.

And now... as soon as the clock strikes midnight... ohh I mean 5 :) ... I am headed off to Hobby Lobby to see what fabric catches my eye.

I can't believe you're doing all this on top of working..it makes me tired just thinking about it! :worship: Don't forget I want to see a piccie of the diaper bag when it's done! I've been scanning the Give A Day listings, but we don't have Project Linus listed, which is a shame, I know Piper would really enjoy doing blankets, we've done pillowcases for the children's floor of the hospital she goes to, and she loved seeing the looks on the kid's faces when they got the pillowcases. I'll let you know all about Universal when we get back! Really hoping Harry Potter is going to open.. :banana: Piper and I both love the books. Okay, you know what I'm thinking about the Big Give and your first project :rolleyes1 I know someone who would be very excited if you were on their give..prob more excited than you are ;) And hooray for the dress for your niece!! I know she'll love it! Glad you're back on and around :hug:

-Hope-
01-05-2010, 09:07 AM
I'm exhausted just from reading that! I hope you're family appreciates all that you do for them. :)

AlternateEgo
01-05-2010, 09:20 AM
I will post pictures of my creations as soon as they are finished. With an exception of the Big Give :rolleyes1 That will come later.
I can't believe you're doing all this on top of working..it makes me tired just thinking about it! :worship: Don't forget I want to see a piccie of the diaper bag when it's done! I've been scanning the Give A Day listings, but we don't have Project Linus listed, which is a shame, I know Piper would really enjoy doing blankets, we've done pillowcases for the children's floor of the hospital she goes to, and she loved seeing the looks on the kid's faces when they got the pillowcases. I'll let you know all about Universal when we get back! Really hoping Harry Potter is going to open.. :banana: Piper and I both love the books. Okay, you know what I'm thinking about the Big Give and your first project :rolleyes1 I know someone who would be very excited if you were on their give..prob more excited than you are ;) And hooray for the dress for your niece!! I know she'll love it! Glad you're back on and around :hug:

I bought some fabric last night to work on a "diaper bag". It is a very cute design and am planning to make myself a tote bag first. (I like to practice the patterns before making "gifts" - or so thats what I tell myself :rolleyes1)

For Project Linus/GAD - Type in this zip code 62535 and see if she would allow you to mail them in. That is what I am doing. :) That would be great if you guys could get an extra Disney day! Or the alternatives are great too!

I :love: Harry potter! My sister and I vowed years ago to make a trip to IOA when they opened. Oh how jealous she will be when she find out what my plans are...(insert evil smilie) Actually I kinda feel bad now :upsidedow

As far as the Big Give... its reallllllllly hard for me not bust open at the seems right now :rotfl:

I really hope my niece will love her dress. I am pretty sure that she will love it, I am just afraid her mother may not. She isn't snooty, but I can see her not liking my style. LOL... it is so hard to explain.

I'm exhausted just from reading that! I hope you're family appreciates all that you do for them. :)

Thank you! I sure hope they do too :goodvibes

AlternateEgo
01-07-2010, 12:48 PM
So very very bad news... I'm going from a full time salary position - to a part time hourly position.

Vacation planning has to come to a halt :sad1:

pipersmom
01-07-2010, 01:36 PM
So very very bad news... I'm going from a full time salary position - to a part time hourly position.

Vacation planning has to come to a halt :sad1:

Crystal,
I cannot even tell you how sorry I am to hear that. :hug: If you need to talk, feel free to pm and we can exchange IMs or whatever. Is there any chance of finding something else p/t in your field to supplement, or something you can do p/t from home? :hug: :hug: :hug:

Charlefours
01-14-2010, 07:28 PM
Hello! :wave2:

Found your PTR. I am sorry to hear about the cut in hours. I hope that things are getting better. :hug: LOVE all the sewing projects you have going on. I would love :lovestruc to see pictures at some point if you care to post. :goodvibes

AlternateEgo
01-19-2010, 04:48 PM
Hey guys! It has been tough to get online. My laptop has the "inverter" that has gone bad... so I have been having to "borrow" computers until I can get mine fixed. Fortunately DH has declared it on the list of importance, unfortunately fixing the transmission in his truck is # 1 :scared1:

So I promise that even if I am not replying or posting on your trip reports, I am trying to read along, via blackberry :)