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mousescrapper
05-21-2010, 06:35 PM
A little fun to share...

On Wednesday I finished up my friend's little girl's First WDW Memory Book (one of my Julie's Mickey Memories Projects) as well DH-Matt helped me create two very cute Custom bags w/ the help of Marion's DISigns

My first Trip to Walt Disney World...

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sorry the images are tiny...have to make them small for the BLOG...should have copied here first then re-sized, duh?

I updated my BLOG w/ the pictures and info as well there is a link on my BLOG where you can see all the pictures from the new book:

Julie's Mickey Memories Blog Update (http://juliesmickeymemories.blogspot.com/2010/05/im-on-roll-yay.html)

Here is the cover:

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They just loved the bags and books :goodvibes They were floored I had done this for them. I also included some little board books, Disney socks and 1 little toy apiece.

It was so fun to spread some Disney Magic to them before they go... pixiedust:

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as well today I had a fun non Disney Dis meet w/ irishdancer again...

and yes you can be :headache: we didn't take pictures yet again...:sad2:

we had a fun bagel breakfast at Panera while talking about our kids, school, etc, and mostly Disney of course and our two upcoming Thanksgiving Break trips...let's hope all works well tonight for her and her family as they visit a DVC event and add some points on...to help make this trip a reality and then we actually have a Dis meet in Disney :woohoo:

we decided since neither DH was keen on dining w/ strangers :rolleyes: we'd try to meet up once or twice in the parks and so far based on our individual itineraries we have at least 5 possible times/days that can work...:thumbsup2

We were busy at work w/ our planners and notebooks out on the table...I wonder what the people around us were thinking...:chat:

Up Next will be the big ADR reveal of how my online experience treated me and what we got...


not that I look forward to waking up at 4:30 something in the morning...but it is for a good cause...

J~

jenjolt
05-21-2010, 08:11 PM
Love the pictures of the bag and the pages!! You do some fantastic work!!! I can't wait to hear about your ADRs!!

Glad you had a great DIS meet!!!

Native NYer
05-21-2010, 08:32 PM
The bags and memory book pages are adorable!

DisMomAmy
05-21-2010, 09:08 PM
Your latest project came out great! :thumbsup2

I'll be anxiously awaiting your ADR results!

Marshay
05-21-2010, 09:21 PM
Yeah for your Disney projects!!!

Re: checking out right after a few or not...i guess it's up to you and how risky you might feel. I've read (on DIS) that your cart is supposed to be good for like 30 minutes (but don't quote me). I know when I made our 10 days worth of ressies, I was able to make all of them at one session and just saved them. It was quick, painless and I got everything I wanted within 15 minutes of the time I requested ... even Le Cellier!

Best of luck to you!!

Charleston Princess
05-22-2010, 09:23 AM
The bags and memory book turned out great!!!

Can't wait to hear about your ADR experience! :goodvibes

mommytothreeboys
05-22-2010, 11:44 AM
Your projects are fantastic Julie! :thumbsup2

How fun to meet for a "planning meeting!" Sounds like a good idea to meet up in the parks...hopefully you'll be able to cross paths at some point.

Good luck with the ADR's on Monday! :goodvibes

mousescrapper
05-22-2010, 10:15 PM
Love the pictures of the bag and the pages!! You do some fantastic work!!! I can't wait to hear about your ADRs!!

Glad you had a great DIS meet!!!


The bags and memory book pages are adorable!

Your latest project came out great! :thumbsup2

I'll be anxiously awaiting your ADR results!

Yeah for your Disney projects!!!

Re: checking out right after a few or not...i guess it's up to you and how risky you might feel. I've read (on DIS) that your cart is supposed to be good for like 30 minutes (but don't quote me). I know when I made our 10 days worth of ressies, I was able to make all of them at one session and just saved them. It was quick, painless and I got everything I wanted within 15 minutes of the time I requested ... even Le Cellier!

Best of luck to you!!

The bags and memory book turned out great!!!

Can't wait to hear about your ADR experience! :goodvibes

Your projects are fantastic Julie! :thumbsup2

How fun to meet for a "planning meeting!" Sounds like a good idea to meet up in the parks...hopefully you'll be able to cross paths at some point.

Good luck with the ADR's on Monday! :goodvibes

Thank you all for the sweet words and :thumbsup2 on the Disney things...and yes I am geeting nervous and excited for the ADR morning...

it will be a fun day, tired, but good. irishdancer and I always have a great time when we meet...

tomorrow night we say goodbye to LOST too...it will be a late night before my early Disney morning, last time I made ADR's I slept in Mickey Jammies, but I gave them to Bekah..have to sleep in a Mickey t-shirt for good luck ;)

be back later on Monday to share...may be afternoon just do to a Spec Ed Team meet for Naomi-Ruth before school ends. but don't worry, I will post.

plus I am all pre-packed for the Atlanta weekend next week (memorial weekend trip, you know me very prepared...

J~

Charleston Princess
05-23-2010, 07:26 AM
We are all ready for the season finale of Lost here, too! Very excited but a little sad at the same time. By the time you finish watching it tonight, it will practically be time to get up to make your ADRs! :eek:

mousescrapper
05-23-2010, 10:34 AM
We are all ready for the season finale of Lost here, too! Very excited but a little sad at the same time. By the time you finish watching it tonight, it will practically be time to get up to make your ADRs! :eek:

yay...I know...;) and since we'll set the tivo and start a little late...can you spell t-i-r-e-d

MRYPPNS
05-23-2010, 12:50 PM
Just catching up now....Good Luck with the ADRs! :wizard:

KathyRN137
05-23-2010, 05:02 PM
The projects all came out so well... no wonder they were floored! I would've been, too!

Good luck with ADRs!

I can't believe Memorial Day is next weekend! :eek:

Kathy

Charlefours
05-23-2010, 06:35 PM
the bags and memory book looks great--what a very special thing you did! :goodvibes

I need to start packing for our Memorial weekend trip too. I hate feeling rushed.

Good luck with the ADRs!

Native NYer
05-23-2010, 08:33 PM
Good luck with your ADRs :goodvibes

DisMomAmy
05-23-2010, 08:45 PM
Hope you are enjoying Lost!!

Can't wait to hear about the ADRs tomorrow!! pixiedust:

mousescrapper
05-24-2010, 06:56 AM
Just catching up now....Good Luck with the ADRs! :wizard:

The projects all came out so well... no wonder they were floored! I would've been, too!

Good luck with ADRs!

I can't believe Memorial Day is next weekend! :eek:

Kathy

the bags and memory book looks great--what a very special thing you did! :goodvibes

I need to start packing for our Memorial weekend trip too. I hate feeling rushed.

Good luck with the ADRs!

Good luck with your ADRs :goodvibes

Hope you are enjoying Lost!!

Can't wait to hear about the ADRs tomorrow!! pixiedust:

Thanks for the last minute ADR well wishes....

Kathy and Stephanie thanks for the sweet compliments about the Disney gifts

Amy, we did enjoy it, cried like a baby :sad1:

ADR teaser....waiting for it to turn 6 am here...can't believe I've been up since 4:30 am and sitting at my computer just before 5 am :surfweb:

just need to call WDW Dine to book BBB and PL now...but the ADR's look ...












popcorn::

DisMomAmy
05-24-2010, 07:16 AM
I'm guessing you got everything you wanted. :goodvibes

I can't believe you had to get up so early the morning after Lost! :headache: I got to sleep right around midnight and I'm beat after waking up around 6:15! I can't imagine how you must feel. I hope you have time for a nap in your busy schedule today!

Can't wait to hear the details of your ADRs! popcorn::

Charleston Princess
05-24-2010, 10:00 AM
Another Cried-Like-a-Baby Lostie here, too! :goodvibes

Hope you got everything you wanted!

Native NYer
05-24-2010, 11:33 AM
I hope you got everything you wanted :goodvibes

mousescrapper
05-24-2010, 02:18 PM
All righty then…..

As I cried my tears saying good-bye to ‘ol friends it felt like last night for the final episode of LOST and stayed up till past midnight…I anxiously went to sleep for what was coming this morning…

By some Disney Miracle I slept like a rock till my alarm went off at 4:30 am and hit the snooze but once.

Got up, turned on the light by the computer desk…woke up my eyes and the computer:surfweb:

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And got started…opened up 2 additional windows to Disney Dining and started putting in my info and waited :bored: till 5 am appeared…

At first it wouldn’t open anything past the 18th….but after a refresh I was good to go.

1st up was entering in 11-20-10 under the CRT choice and BINGO! :rainbow:

We're in! did the dietary requests, cc guarantee and we are booked! How easy was that…I’m astounded. :hyper: Then moved on to my next set window and went straight thru and booked HDDR…again so easy.

Next popped back to first window and did all the rest of the Resort Dining and it was about 5:18 am or so w/ 6 booked and 1 to go. Went to book Tutto Italia in my 3rd window but my session timed out. I didn’t realize I needed to add my ressie # back in and had a minor panic :eek: when I couldn’t book anything past the 18th…but then in business and booked.

I had a slight hesitation when choosing the time and wondering how that may mess w/ early WS touring :confused: …but decided just to go w/ it for now.

I printed out all the confirmation sheets and jotted down the exact ADR times plus my confirmation #’s on my handy chart. I had trouble printing the 4 ressies made together, but luckily the email confirmations were quickly in my inbox and printed them that way…

It felt a bit weird not talking to anyone and hearing a voice tell me the numbers…but I got my numbers, got the emails….we are in business.

I had about 20 minutes till 6 am now and needed to call WDW DINE to book BBB and PL so I decided to check in on the Dis…teased you all…sorry. :rolleyes1And said hello on two TR’s. than just past 6:00 am I called down and had to wait just under 4 minutes…phooey.:headache:

if you are curious...some PHDL song was on (which is just a bit too much at 6 am IMHO and then HM music, that I can live w/)

Can’t remember the CM’s name who helped me said her name so fast I didn’t quite understand…she wasn’t the overall super friendliest to talk to at 6 am either. :worried:

I wonder if those 7 minutes or so past 6 am cost me a better pre-park time but I’ll take what I got… it will work.

Booked BBB for the girls in the castle/MK and noted it was Naomi-Ruth’s b-day plus I then booked an afternoon appt for another day at the PL for Nathan.


Turned off the lights went back to my room, just before 6 :30 am and woke up Matt for work. Told him all was good…and dozed on and off till the kids awoke for school…boy oh boy I was dog-tired at that point :faint:…Bekah actually made breakfast and lunches this morning as I didn’t haul my lazy butt out of bed till almost 8:30 am :guilty: half hour before the kids need to be at school…plus I actually had to get dressed and cleaned up for a morning meeting w/ Naomi-Ruth’s teacher and speech therapist (which was just fine…despite a couple surprises for next yr I wasn’t anticipating…but that is another topic)

It was a good morning…YAY! :banana:

Here is what I got!

Fri 20th BBB for 3 girls all together at 8:30 am (wanted 8 am)

Fri 20th CRT lunch at 11:55 am (wanted 12 pm)

Sun 21st Cali Grill for GP’s at 7:45 pm


Mon 22nd HDDR 5:00 pm tier 2

Tues 23rd 1900 PF 8:00 am

Tues 23rd PL for Nathan at 12:30 pm pirate:(wanted btwn 12 and 1 pm)

Thurs 25th Chef Mickey’s 9:30 am and WCC at 4:50 pm (wanted 5:00 pm)

Sat 27th Tutto Italia lunch 11:30 am

Very excited….:thumbsup2

UP NEXT…a mini Atlanta report and more Disney pre-planning and fun, plus the countdown to booking the airfare last big thing left to do!


Thanks for reading,

J~

MRYPPNS
05-24-2010, 02:35 PM
Congrats! Now go take a nap!

Can't wait to hear the news on N-R's school for next year.....

Charleston Princess
05-24-2010, 02:59 PM
Hurray for scoring all those great ADRs!!! :yay:

I think we should definitely declare a naptime this afternoon -- I am dragging a little myself.

Looking forward to the Atlanta mini-trip report!

jenjolt
05-24-2010, 03:34 PM
YAY for getting your ADRs that is so exciting!! Glad you got everything you wanted!!

Hope you got a nap today!!!!

irish dancer
05-24-2010, 04:13 PM
Yay!! So glad you got everything you wanted a nearly the times you wanted. :banana:

Personally, I didn't drag my lazy behind outta bed until 6:20a. :rolleyes1 Still got everything we wanted. Decided to hold off a bit on HDDR until next pay period, if it's not avail then I guess we'll just have to put it on our list for next time.

Native NYer
05-24-2010, 06:31 PM
Congrats on getting everything you want :goodvibes
As for BBB, I would call back and see if you can get the 8 am slot. You never know. There might be a cancellation.

mousescrapper
05-24-2010, 06:56 PM
Congrats! Now go take a nap!

Can't wait to hear the news on N-R's school for next year.....

Hurray for scoring all those great ADRs!!! :yay:

I think we should definitely declare a naptime this afternoon -- I am dragging a little myself.

Looking forward to the Atlanta mini-trip report!

YAY for getting your ADRs that is so exciting!! Glad you got everything you wanted!!

Hope you got a nap today!!!!

Yay!! So glad you got everything you wanted a nearly the times you wanted. :banana:

Personally, I didn't drag my lazy behind outta bed until 6:20a. :rolleyes1 Still got everything we wanted. Decided to hold off a bit on HDDR until next pay period, if it's not avail then I guess we'll just have to put it on our list for next time.

Congrats on getting everything you want :goodvibes
As for BBB, I would call back and see if you can get the 8 am slot. You never know. There might be a cancellation.

I so wish I took a nap...didn't do much but enough...feeling it now...dinner and then the couch is calling my name

CP I will let you know my final Atlanta plans via a PM later this week...becuase of the BlackHawks and Stanely Cup my brother and SIL may not be coming now...so don't know if any sightseeing will be in order :confused:

so yes i am very happy, it was quite easy. Anne-Marie are you serious??? JK. good choice on waiting for HDDR...hope you can get it still. and Jen I agree I will try calling again and see what happens...but that eaxtra 30 minutes may be good after all that room/resort switching stuff...

so my question:

Ok now how I hinted at the hesitation on Tutto Italia at 11:30 am for early lunch...nomrally this doesn't bother me we like early...but since this day is mostly about WS and the Holiday storytellers would we be wasting prime early WS touring by booking lunch right as it opens :confused3

I just went back online and booked at 2:25 lunch as well...


thoughts please don't want to keep the one I don't need for too long...need to discuss w/ matt too.

plus of later lunch a nice mid-day break...and early tour advantage, but negative could be longer wait and more crowded restaurant...:confused:

not sure which is more important...

it is the Sat after Turkey day...so either way it will be crowded but which way do we maximize our best options...

thanks

J~

mommytothreeboys
05-24-2010, 09:15 PM
Congrats on the FANTASTIC job getting your ADRs!

Oh...and I felt like I was saying good-bye to good friends last night as well....I'll miss all my LOST friends.:sad1: How nice that Bekah helped you out by making breakfast and lunches! :lovestruc

Not sure about the lunch question....but, I'd probably go with the later lunch. Tour early, eat later. But, with the kids, I'm not sure how a lunch that late will work out. :confused3

Charleston Princess
05-25-2010, 06:24 AM
I will be looking for the PM -- hope you are able to get some sightseeing in!

As far as the times for holiday storytellers, I wonder if someone has a times guide from last year? That way you would be able to get a better idea of when they start -- if they don't start until later, then you would be able to do your early lunch and still catch them all. What day of the week are you headed to Epcot? If crowds are low that day, then, also, you might not have to worry too much.

DisMomAmy
05-25-2010, 08:53 AM
Congratulations on the ADRs!! I think the 8:30 BBB is a good thing with all the craziness you'll have going on that morning! :thumbsup2

As far as early or late lunch... I'd go with early just because it would keep with the kids' schedule better... but that's just me. Like CP said, if you can get the schedule, you could plan around that. Maybe keep the extra ADR for now until you can figure that all out...

Can't wait to hear about the school meeting. popcorn::

mousescrapper
05-25-2010, 09:17 AM
Congrats on the FANTASTIC job getting your ADRs!

thanks...this online thing was a bit intimadating at first, but actually less stressful than doing it over the phone.

Oh...and I felt like I was saying good-bye to good friends last night as well....I'll miss all my LOST friends.:sad1: How nice that Bekah helped you out by making breakfast and lunches! :lovestruc

I know...yes glad someone had their act together yesterday morning

Not sure about the lunch question....but, I'd probably go with the later lunch. Tour early, eat later. But, with the kids, I'm not sure how a lunch that late will work out. :confused3

so glad I have lots of brains to ponder this...kids eating late...duh, that variable didn't even cross my mind

I will be looking for the PM -- hope you are able to get some sightseeing in!

we'll see...the Cup now looks like it will start Sat/Mon in Chicago and my brother has season tickets...I'm bummed if they don't go.

As far as the times for holiday storytellers, I wonder if someone has a times guide from last year? That way you would be able to get a better idea of when they start -- if they don't start until later, then you would be able to do your early lunch and still catch them all. What day of the week are you headed to Epcot? If crowds are low that day, then, also, you might not have to worry too much.

great thought...I will start to ask around on the other boards. Sat. it's a green or best day on TGM and touring days...but still it's the Sat after Thanksgiving :confused:

Congratulations on the ADRs!! I think the 8:30 BBB is a good thing with all the craziness you'll have going on that morning! :thumbsup2

that's sort what I'm thinking...

As far as early or late lunch... I'd go with early just because it would keep with the kids' schedule better... but that's just me. Like CP said, if you can get the schedule, you could plan around that. Maybe keep the extra ADR for now until you can figure that all out...

early is my inkling too, just not sure on this touring scenerio

Can't wait to hear about the school meeting. popcorn::

Well I'll look around and see what kind of time schedule I might be able to obtain on the storytellers now...anyone know if Steve Soares has any back info on his site? let you know what I come up w/...

So Naomi-Ruth's school meet...

nothing huge ladies (Amy & Heidi) or anyone else interested. She is doing wonderfully...any of my past readers may recal and for my new ones...Naomi-Ruth had a significant speech delay through age 3 and socially was struggling. She started preschool on need in these areas and over the past 6 months she has made leaps and bounds...school, home and beyond...it is really wonderful.

I touched base yesterday and glad things are well. I'm nervous how much she'll retain over the summer w/out that major consistency, but I will have to work hard at maintaining social structure for her beyond just us or family.

my two surprises were that she does not keep the same teacher...bummer. They are hopefull she can start moving into a inclusion style class next yr. sounds like half self contained (which she is in now) and half inclusion. That is good...but that means diff teacher most likely and since she 'll be 4 at the end of the yr...probably be put in the PM slots as that is generally how it works...

eh! my whole schedule is morning driven..chores, errands, stuff like that, school meetings, volunteering, etc and it has been great not to drag Naomi-Ruth w/ everywhere...my afternoons are clean-up, me time, etc not to mention Naomi-Ruth still naps consisitency 2 + hrs...yes tha will start to ease up sooner or later as she hits four...but if she is in the PM schedule...everything will change for her and me...:guilty: plus will have to wean her off a nap.

Oh well...

ok sorry for the OT part here...need to get moving on my day.

J~

MRYPPNS
05-25-2010, 09:22 AM
In regards to the lunch....I guess it really depends on what is more important to you....touring/storytellers or lunch in Italy. If you stick with the lunch I'd do the early one....the farther it gets from the opening of the restuarant, the greater the chance of having to wait for your ADR....

....but if it was me... I'd eat CS at about 11am so I could be touring when everyone else is having lunch since that Saturday is going to be crazy busy. That's the thing I don't like about the dining plan....the desire to use up those credits so you don't waste them and it and it kills flexiablity.

mousescrapper
05-25-2010, 04:07 PM
In regards to the lunch....I guess it really depends on what is more important to you....touring/storytellers or lunch in Italy. If you stick with the lunch I'd do the early one....the farther it gets from the opening of the restuarant, the greater the chance of having to wait for your ADR....

for me the holiday stuff....

the Itlay dinner came about since Nathan wants to eat pasta and yes we can get many other places...but we also want to do the CLP so thought why not add on the dinner pkg have the "reserved seating" area, not as bad of a line plus burn off two TS credits...

now it's all crazy since we can't book the pkg till Aug.

....but if it was me... I'd eat CS at about 11am so I could be touring when everyone else is having lunch since that Saturday is going to be crazy busy. That's the thing I don't like about the dining plan....the desire to use up those credits so you don't waste them and it and it kills flexiablity.

I like the DDP but yes not the tied to the TS meals...

Ok if I drop the TS from today I do need to put it somewhere and it has to be just the 6 of us and it has to be pasta...so I'm thinking either DHS Mama melerose (msp) or MK Tony's or the Plaza ? but nights or days...

Sat 20 MK no

Sun 21 night MK possible but it is an eve EMH...we are tempting fate here.

Tues 23 MK/DHS no

Fri 26 late MK or DHS no

or keep Tutto but move to Wed Epcot day that is mainly do FW.

what do you think?

also found this:

AllEars post about the Storytellers/schedule:

http://land.allears.net/blogs/michaelbachand/2009/12/ready_holiday_storytelling_aro.html


jeez...I know we won't drop the CLP unless the kids just can't deal...but I need to squeeze that meal in...I want to see all the story tellers a 1 hr+ TS meal maybe we can't. :confused:

UGH!!!! thought I had this stuff good...oh stinkers...if I'm going to switch I need to do it ASAP. HELP!!!


KIM I will still call in Aug just to see if the CLP pkg thing will work but and then if we go yes on that we'll drop the single TS meal and the CM on Thurs too...but need a good back up plan and Matt is leaning toward regardless keeping the CM so no pkg meal and try our luck for the line/wait for CLP on the 27th

mommytothreeboys
05-25-2010, 04:47 PM
So glad to hear that Naomi-Ruth is making such great strides! As a mommy, that's so great to see!

NO...say it isn't so! All that work to get your ADRs just so and now you may need to do some switching up?? Well, if anyone can do it , you CAN! :thumbsup2 Moving the meal you already have to the other Epcot day may be the best plan. UGH!! I'll be watching to see what you decide!

Charlefours
05-25-2010, 07:43 PM
:yay: for the booking process going well!!

I know you will figure out a schedule that works well for you next school year--just will take some reorganizing and planning. :thumbsup2 You'll figure it out and it will be great.

I would eat an early lunch, if it were me and my family. :goodvibes

DisMomAmy
05-26-2010, 01:19 PM
My advice is to book a couple extra ADRs and give it some time to get the schedules, etc. You know I don't think it's a problem if people book extra ADRs as long as they are cancelled ahead of your trip. :rolleyes1 I think I'm the queen of extra ADRs. I already have two ADRs booked at the same restaurant for a trip that may or may not happen... ;)

Save yourself some stress and consider a plan B, book the ADRs associated with that plan, then let it play out & cancel the extras later once you've decided. :thumbsup2

Also happy to hear Naomi-Ruth is doing so well... Is the school offering her a summer program?

MRYPPNS
05-26-2010, 05:29 PM
Also happy to hear Naomi-Ruth is doing so well... Is the school offering her a summer program?

I was thinkng the same thing about summer school. I can't remember does Naomi have an IEP? Liam is going for 6 weeks....the last two are jst for kids with autism. Oh and get this.....he is the ONLY kid going to pre-school 5 days a week....

mousescrapper
05-26-2010, 07:43 PM
So glad to hear that Naomi-Ruth is making such great strides! As a mommy, that's so great to see!

thanks :goodvibes

NO...say it isn't so! All that work to get your ADRs just so and now you may need to do some switching up?? Well, if anyone can do it , you CAN! :thumbsup2 Moving the meal you already have to the other Epcot day may be the best plan. UGH!! I'll be watching to see what you decide!

I know...I'm usally not this indecisive :confused:

:yay: for the booking process going well!!

thanks!


I know you will figure out a schedule that works well for you next school year--just will take some reorganizing and planning. :thumbsup2 You'll figure it out and it will be great.

thank you for the vote of confidence...some possible good news see below:

I would eat an early lunch, if it were me and my family. :goodvibes

that is my inkling too

My advice is to book a couple extra ADRs and give it some time to get the schedules, etc. You know I don't think it's a problem if people book extra ADRs as long as they are cancelled ahead of your trip. :rolleyes1 I think I'm the queen of extra ADRs. I already have two ADRs booked at the same restaurant for a trip that may or may not happen... ;)

all righty I followed suit...

Save yourself some stress and consider a plan B, book the ADRs associated with that plan, then let it play out & cancel the extras later once you've decided. :thumbsup2

I don't know if it's a Plan B persay...but something like that

Also happy to hear Naomi-Ruth is doing so well... Is the school offering her a summer program?

I was thinkng the same thing about summer school. I can't remember does Naomi have an IEP? Liam is going for 6 weeks....the last two are jst for kids with autism. Oh and get this.....he is the ONLY kid going to pre-school 5 days a week....

to answer the summer school thing...unsure but no she is not enrolled at this time. Suggested to try regular play dates or park district programs...

Yes she is on an IEP...and to a good note today her teacher emailed and said she probably will stay AM and have her for a teacher again for 1/2 the time :yay: don't know if it's offical but sounds good...

onto DISNEY....

I booked another Tutto Italia on Wed 11-24 our other full Epcot day as I guess the "plan B" want to cancel one of the other ones on the 27th ASAP just need to hash it out w/ Matt but not sure if we'll have time to figure it out before I leave for Atlanta.

J~

DisMomAmy
05-26-2010, 09:57 PM
I know...I'm usally not this indecisive :confused:

that is my inkling too

to answer the summer school thing...unsure but no she is not enrolled at this time. Suggested to try regular play dates or park district programs...

Yes she is on an IEP...and to a good note today her teacher emailed and said she probably will stay AM and have her for a teacher again for 1/2 the time :yay: don't know if it's offical but sounds good...

onto DISNEY....

I booked another Tutto Italia on Wed 11-24 our other full Epcot day as I guess the "plan B" want to cancel one of the other ones on the 27th ASAP just need to hash it out w/ Matt but not sure if we'll have time to figure it out before I leave for Atlanta.

J~

First - I'm glad to hear you came up with a Plan B! Hopefully that will relieve some of the stress for now. :thumbsup2

Second - I'd revisit the summer services idea with school... you talk about how far N-R has come this year, I'd hate to have you guys facing regression. I'd be happy to talk more about it off-line... :goodvibes

KathyRN137
05-29-2010, 11:25 PM
I missed out on all the ADR drama! Eeep!

Sounds like you've got your contingency plan for Tutto Italia... you might want to let the decision marinate a bit (excuse the pun!) :rolleyes:

Glad to hear Naomi-Ruth is doing well and will likely have her same teacher, at least for half the day. It will make for an easier transition. :thumbsup2

Kathy

mousescrapper
05-30-2010, 11:01 AM
First - I'm glad to hear you came up with a Plan B! Hopefully that will relieve some of the stress for now. :thumbsup2

thanks...still have to chat it over w/ Matt when we get home...though this coming week is crazy...


Second - I'd revisit the summer services idea with school... you talk about how far N-R has come this year, I'd hate to have you guys facing regression. I'd be happy to talk more about it off-line... :goodvibes

hugs...we'll see


I missed out on all the ADR drama! Eeep!

no worries...it's just that one for Epcot that is being a pain.

Sounds like you've got your contingency plan for Tutto Italia... you might want to let the decision marinate a bit (excuse the pun!) :rolleyes:

Glad to hear Naomi-Ruth is doing well and will likely have her same teacher, at least for half the day. It will make for an easier transition. :thumbsup2

Kathy

me too, hard to believe this school yr is basically over...

Atlanta is going well....hot but nice change from crazy up and down Chicago weather...having a good time. Will post all about later next week w/ pictures.

J~

ladybugmom
05-31-2010, 01:16 AM
I'm back and glad to hear you got the ADRs you wanted!! My TA books ours tomorrow morning!!!

mousescrapper
06-07-2010, 10:45 AM
I'm back and glad to hear you got the ADRs you wanted!! My TA books ours tomorrow morning!!!

just read about your ADR list on your new PTR...:thumbsup2


new posts coming ASAP.....

mousescrapper
06-07-2010, 12:04 PM
Hey everyone….

It has been a crazy week (last week) of getting back from Atlanta (CP’s neck of the woods) after a very fun but quick Memorial weekend away…and jumping right into all of the end of the yr events at my kids school as the last official day is wrapping up right now…

To make this go quicker and avoid using up more of my free space in my photobucket account I’m going to provide you w/ several links to photos and video’s on my Facebook page…

Hope this will be OK….:idea:

So to move this OT :offtopic: report along…let’s talk Atlanta Road Trip:drive:….

5 adults and 1 child hit the road from the western suburbs of Chicago around 6:00 pm on Thursday night May 27th for our exciting 12 hr all-nighter down to the suburbs of Atlanta to visit my Aunt, Uncle and Cousins….

We crammed in my minivan several duffle bags, my brothers 4 pairs of shoes….seriously for 3 days? Books, drinks, snacks, suckers and 1 cello….

I drove the first leg past Indianapolis, Indiana and we stopped around 10:30 ish at night if I recall correctly for dinner at the ever wonderful Steak and Shake…oh boy…and of course I looked like the dorky tourist as I took pictures. Including the one of Bekah enjoyed her grape Kool-aid shake. I had a yummy BLT sandwich, my favorite…now as my SIL (the math teacher) helped Bekah figure out what change she’d receive back when paying the bill and sent her on the way…I had turned around to check on her up front and saw some man approach her….well I must have been tired cause that “some man” was my brother…. :rolleyes:

My brother Dan did the next run till about 2 am when my poor and very courageous SIL got the carp shoot portion of the drive from 2 am till 6:30 am or so and drove us in almost the rest of the way at night through the mountains as well….I sat in the way back w/ Bekah and tried to sleep w/ my Disney sweatshirt on backwards w/ the hood over my eyes…

I took over at less than 2 hrs away from my Aunt’s house and we pulled in just before 8:30 am…

Crazy but we made it….

That day was spent catching up, napping and going to the pool… fun! My Uncle, 1 cousin and my SIL and Bro went to a Braves Baseball game on Friday night after driving through crazy hail in downtown Atlanta…they said they have never seen weather like that and couldn’t believe the amount of cars just stopping on the highway…now us northern folks…we aren’t that scared…they described my Uncle swerving in and around parked cars yelling “get out of my way” oh man what a way to start the weekend….

On Saturday I got to do a little scrapping and “shopping” in my Aunt Scrapbooking Store oh I mean room….and then my Bro, SIL, Bekah and cousin MK took the Marta into downtown and ate at the infamous Varsity and I made everyone pose in the red hats…then we took the Marta a little further in and went to Olympic park and walked around…but it was HOT…and oh man I had completely forgot again for day 2 in a row to give Bekah her ADHD/PDD med’s so by this time so was so off… :guilty: if Nathan is off his med’s he becomes completely hyper where as poor Bekah just shuts down…we stopped outside the World of Coke and my brother treated us to some $1 mini cokes the bottles were so cute. That night we hung out in my Uncle’s Sports Bar and watched the Hawks win Game 1 in the Stanley Cup, played pool which I won finally after 3 games I was so ecstatic I jumped in the air! Then we played Wii Rock Band :rockband: which I learned I seriously stink at.

Sunday was another fun day as I helped my Aunt get ready for the graduation party for my 2 cousins 1 who graduated 8th and 1 graduated from HS…we had great food, laughs and fun…plus played LRC, a dice $3 gambling game at night…I almost won the 2nd round…

Monday it was time to head home and my brother was flying home to Chicago to make it home in time for Game two when I thought of fellow Diser Missy and her travel story on the way to her cruise…so my brother had booked this 1-way flight on Delta for pretty cheap but didn’t have a seat assignment…we were already on the road for awhile when he text’s my SIL to say the flight is delayed due to weather in Indy and Chi-town plus he still has no seat….OH CARP!!!!! :scared1:

We were feeling mighty bad at this point, you see my Bro is a season tix holder for the Blackhawks and sold his game 1 to still go to Atlanta and it would totally suck if he now missed game 2 due to airline chaos…already an hour delayed and barely going to make it to the game he is one of 6 people still to board when the man at the gate says don’t worry man I’ll get you on the plane…well he did all right…for the $150 my brother paid he flew home in style on First Class baby…. :cool1:

After the car driving crew made it home after keeping entertained w/ playing MASH and fortune teller (which I had to google the directions HA) we dropped my Aunt off at about 11:15 pm and just had to stop and get hot dogs and fries and the other infamous eatery in Franklin Park IL Gene and Judes…we got to my Mom’s a ½ hr later where my brother was waiting for us after the game to be driven home (my brother and wife live less than 20 minutes from me) we ate our dogs and and laughed over my brother’s travel story of getting home…he said it was like that old John Candy film Planes, Trains and Automobiles….

Check out this link to see some of the pictures:

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=8736&id=100000841526955&l=1653159212


As my week continued I chaperoned and set up the 5th grade outing to the local pool…it was a great HOT day so a perfect day…it was way tough getting up that morning and getting the kids off to school…but sitting by the pool for two hrs wasn’t so bad… :beach:

The next day was the 5th grade chariot races which both of the twins were on different teams and after some crazy drama and poor Nathan breaking down w/ frustration and confusion plus some carpy parent not realizing he was calling my child a “cry baby” to my face….I shut him down fast :mad: ….that is my Son, he is Autistic…Nathan’s team won the whole thing….good for them and him!

Then Thursday of last week was my whirlwind day finalizing everything w/ my committee for the school’s end of the yr big event Exploremore Day….plus I helped the kids hand out their teacher gifts and Nathan, Bekah and I took a moment to say “good-bye” to all their old teachers at their school and thank them for teaching them over the years…plus Matt and I made a video for the school’s principal looking back on their school yrs and how they have grown from K to 5th… :cloud9:

Here is the link:

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2600&id=100000841526955&saved#!/video/video.php?v=121745457863504


Plus here is the link to an ongoing photo album of my kids…I still need to upload Matt’s pictures of Naomi-Ruth’s last day but just go to the bottom and last page and you’ll be able to see pictures from the Chariot races, Exploremore Day and field trip to the pool…

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2600&id=100000841526955&l=8de1432101


Hope you enjoy this OT report and up next it’s time to get back to Disney Planning….. :mickeyjum

Thanks for reading as always,

Scrappie J~

KathyRN137
06-07-2010, 12:24 PM
Here is what I got!

Fri 20th BBB for 3 girls all together at 8:30 am (wanted 8 am)

Fri 20th CRT lunch at 11:55 am (wanted 12 pm)

Sun 21st Cali Grill for GP’s at 7:45 pm


Mon 22nd HDDR 5:00 pm tier 2

Tues 23rd 1900 PF 8:00 am

Tues 23rd PL for Nathan at 12:30 pm pirate:(wanted btwn 12 and 1 pm)

Thurs 25th Chef Mickey’s 9:30 am and WCC at 4:50 pm (wanted 5:00 pm)

Sat 27th Tutto Italia lunch 11:30 am

Very excited….:thumbsup2




...and I'm very excited for you! :yay: What a relief!

Congratulations!


Kathy

mousescrapper
06-07-2010, 01:45 PM
Back to Disney Planning….

Hard to believe but due to so much else going on, our WDW trip sorta took a back seat for me as in planning and prepping….

But like any good Diser it wasn’t completely forgotten….

Before I left for Atlanta I worked on finishing designing all my daily itinerary pages on the computer so I could add in the basic plans for each day (1-10)

Included is

Wake-up time:

Expected weather

Main Activity (park choices or other non-park item)

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner Plans

Basic itinerary plans broken down by Morning, Afternoon and Evening

Notes

I created each page on the computer and will add stuff to it as we finalize our plans then I will print…I’m going to ask my DH Matt how I can share the files online so I can add a link so you see what I’m talking about.

Looking at my overall MASTER TO DO LIST for Planning I’m a bit behind…but that’s ok….summer should allow me to catch up a bit…

This is what is on the horizon for the next 3 months as we get closer and closer to the 110 day mark and our official Disney Fun Countdown begins:

JUNE:

**Plan out the extra fun stuff and begin to order any custom things I need
I have decided on the custom things and since $ is super tight I have devised a spread out plan of when to order…let’s just hope the things I’ve eyed on Esty will still be there…

6-10: Naomi-Ruth Custom Mary Poppins jumper dress from Esty and Mom’s custom Mary Poppins shirt

7-10: Rebekah’s custom Belle dress from Etsy

9-10: Girl’s custom Clippies (Princess and Turkey) from Becky (ladybugbows)

10-10: Magic Guidebooks & Journals from website Guide to the Magic for Kids

**Book Airfare on Thursday June 10th!!!!!

**Call WDW and DVC MS to give them my flight info and set up DME transfers

**Start going over our personal Top Choices for each park, Overall Top 5 choices and then each Parks TOP picks to help plan a more specific touring plan per park day.

**Start working on my personal customs: Make the little girl’s custom b-day shirts, Bekah’s custom Alice shirt and other misc personal customs for the trip (b-day buttons, Nathan’s autism awareness card, Matt and Nathan’s AiW customs for 1900 PF, signs for our resort door

JULY:

**Start posting themes of each Park: favorites from past trips, our must do’s for the current trip and lessons learned…starting w/ DHS

**Get the 110 day Countdown to Disney Fun chain ready w/ our 10 day Disney-Fun Adventures, plus post all about our plan…

**Start making the kids custom Autograph books

AUGUST:

**Start 110 Disney Fun Countdown on Sunday August the 1st

**Continue posts about each park

**Make custom birthday/memory books for Rachel and Naomi-Ruth (to add in pictures later when home)

**Master Packing List- update and share

Also on the to-do list just not outlined by month yet….

**Order the GP’s park passes from UT

**Type out needed notes from my pre-planning notebook

**Make food cheat sheet cards for each possible CS restaurant for my reference re Naomi-Ruth

**Have my sister pimp up Bekah’s Tink sweatshirt and make Naomi-Ruth’s Disney Logo shirt


**Fill out my park cheat sheets and laminate plus add notes from touring plans and TGM for optimal touring suggestions

And I’m sure there is more

Well please stay tuned…lots to do, plan, create and more is in store as the months tick down closer and closer to November…..

Thanks

J~

mommytothreeboys
06-07-2010, 02:16 PM
Hi Julie! Your video was absolutely beautiful! What a great idea. :thumbsup2 Watching the kids grow up....bittersweet, I'm sure!

Sounds like you had a busy, but so fun, weekend! You are a brave woman to travel that far with all those people! Talk about a road trip! ;)

As always, I love all your To-Do lists. You have a great plan to spread purchases out over time...the big advantage to planning a trip so far out.

Oh....and a big UGH for the Atlanta airport!! I'm glad your brother made it in time for the game! :)

irish dancer
06-07-2010, 03:36 PM
So glad DBro made it back in time for the game - phew. Sounds like you had a great weekend in Atlanta!

What a busy end of the year! Hopefully you can get a bit of a break now.

FYI.....just checked SWAs site and the next reservation window is not opening until June 15th now. :confused:

I like the idea of spreading out the costs for the 'extras'. I'm going to make a list and do the same.

Off to follow your links.......

Charleston Princess
06-07-2010, 09:41 PM
Glad you had a good time in Atlanta! Love the pic of y'all in your Varsity hats! :thumbsup2 That's also a great picture of you celebrating winning your pool game!

I can't believe how busy you have been! I am tired just reading all about it!

Oh, and you are way more organized with your trip planning than I have been. I am usually so Type A when it comes to getting ready for a Disney trip, but I have just been so, "La la la" about the whole thing for some reason. I think when it gets a bit closer, I am going to go into panic mode.

mousescrapper
06-09-2010, 10:23 AM
Hi Julie! Your video was absolutely beautiful! What a great idea. :thumbsup2 Watching the kids grow up....bittersweet, I'm sure!

thanks....it is fun and yes bittersweet to see how much they have grown...before I know it, they will be heading off to HS and beyond...

Sounds like you had a busy, but so fun, weekend! You are a brave woman to travel that far with all those people! Talk about a road trip! ;)

it was an adventure...but I'll do that drive anyday w/ just 1 kid vs four

As always, I love all your To-Do lists. You have a great plan to spread purchases out over time...the big advantage to planning a trip so far out.

thanks...let's just hope the $ cooperates

Oh....and a big UGH for the Atlanta airport!! I'm glad your brother made it in time for the game! :)

us too

So glad DBro made it back in time for the game - phew. Sounds like you had a great weekend in Atlanta!

we did!

What a busy end of the year! Hopefully you can get a bit of a break now.

many things on the horizon but nothing real crazy...

FYI.....just checked SWAs site and the next reservation window is not opening until June 15th now. :confused:

oh buggers! I re marked my calendar...either day I'll be ready!

I like the idea of spreading out the costs for the 'extras'. I'm going to make a list and do the same.

Off to follow your links.......

:thumbsup2


Glad you had a good time in Atlanta! Love the pic of y'all in your Varsity hats! :thumbsup2 That's also a great picture of you celebrating winning your pool game!


yeah funny right? :rotfl:

I can't believe how busy you have been! I am tired just reading all about it!

I've been zonking out on the couch each past night before 10 pm

Oh, and you are way more organized with your trip planning than I have been. I am usually so Type A when it comes to getting ready for a Disney trip, but I have just been so, "La la la" about the whole thing for some reason. I think when it gets a bit closer, I am going to go into panic mode.

Oh I try...but don't be fooled :rolleyes1

A new update coming soon....

J~

MRYPPNS
06-09-2010, 10:29 AM
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A new update coming soon....

J~

:goodvibes

DisMomAmy
06-09-2010, 05:48 PM
Thanks for sharing all the photos & the great video!! :thumbsup2

The time is going to fly by until your trip!! You have a great to-do list... as usual!

I was just looking at my kitchen calendar and noticed that Southwest opens up through early January tomorrow. :cool1: That's what reminded me I needed to come check in on you.

Good Luck tomorrow!! I can't wait to find out when Feb/March tickets are being released.

ladybugmom
06-10-2010, 01:43 AM
WOW! It looks like you had a g reat time in Atlanta!! LOVE the planning list!! That's right up my alley!! LOVE the organization of it all!! :goodvibes

DisMomAmy
06-10-2010, 02:14 PM
So did you book your air yet?

DisMomAmy
06-12-2010, 07:54 AM
So did you book your air yet?

Oops... I just realized Southwest doesn't release new flights until June 15th! :rolleyes1 Good Luck on Tuesday!

mousescrapper
06-13-2010, 01:02 PM
WOW! It looks like you had a g reat time in Atlanta!! LOVE the planning list!! That's right up my alley!! LOVE the organization of it all!! :goodvibes

thanks...O love me a good list...now just to find the time to work on that list and tell you all about it....haven;t noticed on FB but have you sold yet :confused3

mousescrapper
06-13-2010, 01:03 PM
Oops... I just realized Southwest doesn't release new flights until June 15th! :rolleyes1 Good Luck on Tuesday!

I know I'm annoyed...but only a few more days now

mousescrapper
06-13-2010, 01:25 PM
Let’s get down to some nitty critty….

What to do over the next 5 + months as we plan this next trip? You saw my summer to do list, boy that is a lot…I better get cracking or is it cranking.

Now that the food stuff is basically figured out ADR’s done, plan B w/ Tuttio Italia at Epcot done, pretty good outline of our CS choices done…the only things left in the area of food will be

1) cancel one of the Tuttio Italia ADR’s when we decide on a more firm plan for the two main Epcot touring days

2) call end of August for the CLP dinner pkg and decide if we do want this or not

3) after making more general touring plans per park per day figure out which CS places should be in our path

4) make Naomi-Ruth’s food cheat sheet cards

5) come up w/ a yummy snack list…I feel like we do good w/ our snack credits…but miss out on some of those really good things

6) decide on how much food we need for meals in the villa what I can bring from home and what needs to be ordered

Since I feel like my brain is on overload w/ the food stuff…I think this can be put on the back burner till the end of summer (minus Naomi-Ruth’s cheat sheets)

The next obvious planning choice IMHO after resort, tickets, park days and food/ADR’s is a more general to specific touring plans for each day.

How do I do this?:confused3

Here’s my plan of attack for this trip….I shall use this analogy:

BLT MAGIC


B-be flexible

L-lot’s of goals vs specific from this to that

T-time for the little things

M-makin memories

A-arrival time is key this trip

G-good balance between touring and rest

I-icicle lights on the castle (need I say more?)

C-concentrate on Holiday things


The Steps to my Plan...


Step 1): Gather each member of our traveling group’s TOP choice per park

Step 2): Gather each person’s TOP 5 overal choices

Step 3) start putting together a list per park/day of “Must/See or Do” List and an “If Time” List


I have a worksheet for each park touring day that I can write down the rides, attractions, showes, etc per park day and spaces for EMH, Parades, Dining and Notes

Step 4): Take the info from Step 3) and start formulating a tour plan

Step 5): get the Diser seal of approval….

Step 6): tweak as needed when it get’s closer based any entertainment schedules, changes in park hours or parade/nighttime entertainment schedules…

Step 7): decide how I want to use this info at the park…

*Custom tour maps from touringplans.com

*My own custom goal sheets

*Park planning cheat sheet cards

*Or some combination of….

Step 8): after I do all that…I will make Nathan his own set of the same thing w/ notes pertinent to him and his touring needs

Let's get started...

Step 1): Gather each member of our traveling group’s TOP choice per park (I have to admit normally I don’t do this, I just go right to an overall TOP 5…but I was intrigued by Stephanie (Charlesfour) question asking what 1 thing do you not miss at each park…

Since I am trying to be more flexible and keep to a more goal oriented plan of touring this time…I thought it would be good to have a set goal for each park based on what each of us wants to see or do and make sure it can be accomplished over the course of which days or times we’ll be visiting each park…


Here is what I have so far:

MK:

Me- BTMRR w/ Bekah or Space Mt

DH- PPF w/ the added note of sitting w/ Mommy (me not his mommy)

Bekah- BTMRR

Nathan- HOP

Rachel- walk through Cinderella Castle

Naomi-Ruth- IASW

GP’s-

*** honorable mention Spectro & Castle at night

EPCOT:

Me- Holiday Story tellers

DH- Malestrom in Norway

Bekah- Test Track

Nathan- live entertainment in WS

Rachel- KPM

Naomi-Ruth- music play area in the Imagination pav or anywhere she can play

GP’s-



DHS:

Me- Drawing Academy or ToT @ night

DH- TGMR

Bekah- TSM

Nathan- TSM

Rachel- VotLM show

Naomi-Ruth- PHDL show

GP’s-

*** honorable mention Osborne Lights


AK:

Me- FotLK show or EE

DH- Jammin Jingle or Jungle Parade

Bekah- Safari

Nathan- Safari

Rachel- Boneyard

Naomi-Ruth- Boneyard

GP’s-



I still need to get some feedback from Matt’s Parents (the Grandparents or GP’s) want to make sure I plan stuff for them too…though I have a feeling they’ll just say whatever you plan will be fine and they will join in as they can…

and the reason I have some or choices is since this would be items we'd have to split up to do as I am the only one who will go on the thrill rides w/ the exception of BTMRR and Splash...but still our whole family can not go on...


So if you had to pick ONE top thing to do at each of the 4 parks…what would you choose?


Up NEXT: Our TOP 5 General WDW to do lists….
Thanks for reading as always,

Scrappie J~

Charleston Princess
06-13-2010, 04:48 PM
Love the analogy!!! That will be a great way to remind everyone what you are hoping to get out of the trip!

Hmmm, one thing per park? That is a tough one...

MK -- riding Haunted Mansion or Splash Mountain
Epcot -- Soarin'
DHS -- Star Tours (I love that ride, but I think it will be closed for a refurb while you are there)
AK -- Safari :)

So much harder to decide than I thought it would be. :laughing:

KathyRN137
06-13-2010, 05:49 PM
Hmmm. That is a toughie...

MK: Castle Lighting Ceremony
Epcot: Soarin' (FW) Holiday Storytellers (WS)
DHS: TSM
AK: EE


Kathy

MRYPPNS
06-13-2010, 07:36 PM
MK: Wishes (or whatever fireworks is showing at the time)
EP: Stop in at the Japan dept. store and buy little rice bowls and plates
DHS: TSM
AK: Safari

-o/n u[k.klmkl,,kllllkoyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy-=-[p5o7yu67pyuo:3dglassesk mmmmmmjmmmmmmmmm

That was Liam saying hello.

Native NYer
06-13-2010, 08:17 PM
Love that each family member picked their not to be missed attraction/experience at each park.

It was hard to chose one thing at each park. I love so many things.

MK: Haunted Mansion
Epcot: Soarin'
DHS: TSM
AK: FOTLK

DisMomAmy
06-13-2010, 10:06 PM
I love your acronym! BLT MAGIC... genius! :thumbsup2

My top picks for each park would probably be:

MK: This is the toughest one... there are so many good things! BTMRR?

Epcot: Soarin' & the whole WS

DHS: RnRC

AK: EE

irish dancer
06-13-2010, 10:17 PM
Love the BLT MAGIC theme!

Hmmmm, only one attraction per park - that's tough but here goes.......

MK - have to do a top 5 here, Tiki Room, HM, PoC, BTMRR and Wishes
Epcot - Soarin (FW) Holiday Storytellers (WS)
DHS - TSM
AK - FOTLK

mommytothreeboys
06-14-2010, 07:26 AM
One attraction per park, huh?

MK: Does the afternoon parade count? If not, then HM.

Epcot: Soarin (FW), Morocco (WS)

DHS: ToT

AK: Everest

Wow...that's hard! I love it all so much, it's tough to choose! Choosing which one to skip would be easier.

mousescrapper
06-14-2010, 10:28 AM
Love the analogy!!! That will be a great way to remind everyone what you are hoping to get out of the trip!

Hope it reminds me the most so I don't get too lost in the planning I forgot to just go w/ the flow too....;)

Hmmm, one thing per park? That is a tough one...

MK -- riding Haunted Mansion or Splash Mountain
Epcot -- Soarin'
DHS -- Star Tours (I love that ride, but I think it will be closed for a refurb while you are there)
AK -- Safari :)

So much harder to decide than I thought it would be. :laughing:

It is way hard! I agree....how about just picking 1 favorite ride overall...that was the conversation last night in the car


Hmmm. That is a toughie...

MK: Castle Lighting Ceremony
Epcot: Soarin' (FW) Holiday Storytellers (WS)
DHS: TSM
AK: EE


Kathy

OK love how you (and Missy) sneaked in two choices for Epcot w/ splitting into FW and WS :laughing:


MK: Wishes (or whatever fireworks is showing at the time)
EP: Stop in at the Japan dept. store and buy little rice bowls and plates
DHS: TSM
AK: Safari

-o/n u[k.klmkl,,kllllkoyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy-=-[p5o7yu67pyuo:3dglassesk mmmmmmjmmmmmmmmm

That was Liam saying hello.

You and your rice bowls...love to see a picture of your collection :thumbsup2

and ajfdhjyfuiretkljadkjqwoi4820423iekw "hello" back to Liam :cutie:


Love that each family member picked their not to be missed attraction/experience at each park.

thanks...figuring it will be so crowded...if we go in w/ the right expections we will still have a BLAST!

It was hard to chose one thing at each park. I love so many things.

MK: Haunted Mansion
Epcot: Soarin'
DHS: TSM
AK: FOTLK

I love your acronym! BLT MAGIC... genius! :thumbsup2

My top picks for each park would probably be:

MK: This is the toughest one... there are so many good things! BTMRR?

Epcot: Soarin' & the whole WS

DHS: RnRC

AK: EE

I agree MK is the hardest!

Love the BLT MAGIC theme!

thanks! :goodvibes

Hmmmm, only one attraction per park - that's tough but here goes.......

MK - have to do a top 5 here, Tiki Room, HM, PoC, BTMRR and Wishes
Epcot - Soarin (FW) Holiday Storytellers (WS)
DHS - TSM
AK - FOTLK

tiki room fan huh...that is so cute! Nathan would love to go w/ you!

One attraction per park, huh?

MK: Does the afternoon parade count? If not, then HM.

sure, Matt picked the parade in AK as his top choice!

Epcot: Soarin (FW), Morocco (WS)

DHS: ToT

AK: Everest

Wow...that's hard! I love it all so much, it's tough to choose! Choosing which one to skip would be easier.

I agree...I certaintly can think of the skip lists this yr...not neccessarily cause the things are bad either....


I love that you all took the ONE thing challange and I certiantly see a theme w/ Soarin, thrill rides and the fact that there are so many great things it is hard to narrow it down...

wait till you see everyone's general TOP 5 choices and this yr and I asked them to broaden their thoughts picking beyond just attractions and rides...you'll love 1 of Matt's totally cracks me up!

OH and BTW....for those of you w/ iphones or smart phones....which app's have you used and liked...Matt just got a new phone through work and it's a DROID...so we'll for sure add some Disney app's before we go :thumbsup2

1 more day till buying the plane tickets...wish me luck tomorrow (Tues 6-15)!

J~

Charleston Princess
06-14-2010, 02:33 PM
Good luck on the plane tickets tomorrow, Julie! :wizard:

hhockman
06-15-2010, 01:03 AM
Hey Julie! Okay so I just spent a couple of hours catching up. I only read your posts with links except for the last page, so I'm not sure what I missed in chatter, but I have the overall gist.

First of all, GOOD LUCK WITH PLANE TICKETS TOMORROW (or rather today as it's 1am).

Second, you are doing an amazing job. I am so impressed.

Third, I guess I'll chime in on park favorites if I can get my brain to work right this second...
MK: Buzz Lightyear or POC...probably both
EPCOT: Yep, Soarin'
DHS: No question, TSM
AK: Expedition Everest, but if you're not doing "thrills" I'd say the Safari

Looking forward to the rest of your PTR. I'm hoping I'm actually back to checking in every couple of days. :) Can't wait to hear about plane tickets tomorrow! :wizard:

mousescrapper
06-15-2010, 09:06 AM
Good luck on the plane tickets tomorrow, Julie! :wizard:


First of all, GOOD LUCK WITH PLANE TICKETS TOMORROW (or rather today as it's 1am).



UM....I thought SW was going to open up through end of Nov today 6-15.....not yet on their site and no emails in my inbox...

8:00 am CST time...UGH...I really want to book these tickets. be back later w/ an update...hopefully.

J~



EDIT...so since I can't figure out SW site except for the ticket purchasing part...I just went on the transpo board and it says 10 am CST for the new fares...just under 2 hrs...should have stayed in bed

mousescrapper
06-15-2010, 09:10 AM
Hey Julie! Okay so I just spent a couple of hours catching up. I only read your posts with links except for the last page, so I'm not sure what I missed in chatter, but I have the overall gist.

First of all, GOOD LUCK WITH PLANE TICKETS TOMORROW (or rather today as it's 1am).

Second, you are doing an amazing job. I am so impressed.

Third, I guess I'll chime in on park favorites if I can get my brain to work right this second...
MK: Buzz Lightyear or POC...probably both
EPCOT: Yep, Soarin'
DHS: No question, TSM
AK: Expedition Everest, but if you're not doing "thrills" I'd say the Safari

Looking forward to the rest of your PTR. I'm hoping I'm actually back to checking in every couple of days. :) Can't wait to hear about plane tickets tomorrow! :wizard:

welcome back to the boards :cool1:

you didn't miss much if you just read through the posts listed on pg 1...just some misc life stuff....

what are you doing posting at 1 am? hope to see you around more and thanks for joining in!

love your picks and I see you have re-started your TR...I'll be there.

J~

irish dancer
06-15-2010, 10:13 AM
UM....I thought SW was going to open up through end of Nov today 6-15.....not yet on their site and no emails in my inbox...

8:00 am CST time...UGH...I really want to book these tickets. be back later w/ an update...hopefully.

J~



EDIT...so since I can't figure out SW site except for the ticket purchasing part...I just went on the transpo board and it says 10 am CST for the new fares...just under 2 hrs...should have stayed in bed

I'm waiting right along with ya! :surfweb: I did get an email from SWA though telling me they're booking through 1/7/2011 but still not updated on the site, even when I follow the link in the email. Trying to be patient. :rolleyes1

mousescrapper
06-15-2010, 10:23 AM
I'm waiting right along with ya! :surfweb: I did get an email from SWA though telling me they're booking through 1/7/2011 but still not updated on the site, even when I follow the link in the email. Trying to be patient. :rolleyes1

yes just hanging on the boards watching the time tick away...

Charleston Princess
06-15-2010, 10:26 AM
Only thirty-five more minutes, Julie! :goodvibes

mousescrapper
06-15-2010, 11:04 AM
AHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!:mad:

I can't believe it....the time changes the dates open up then I click search for flights and BOOM!

This portion of the Southwest Airlines website is undergoing maintenance and is currently unavailable.
Please try again later. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


are you kidding me? :scared1:

OK almost 1 hr later and still no luck....planned CP's Epcot day though that was fun...well off to take a shower and get ready to take Nathan to his 12 pm dr appt...will check again before we go...let's hope it's up for sure when I get back after 1 pm....UGH!

irish dancer
06-15-2010, 04:43 PM
SWA certainly was a pain in the neck today!! :mad: After all the problems I finally got through and the fares are high! We've decided to make it a road trip unless something else comes along. It was over $1700 for the 5 of us going Fri-Fri, it was even more on the Sat. I know we can drive for under $1000 so we'll just save the airfare and car rental and use our own.

Never driven so this will add a new planning element. Off to research.........

mousescrapper
06-15-2010, 06:28 PM
SWA certainly was a pain in the neck today!! :mad: After all the problems I finally got through and the fares are high! We've decided to make it a road trip unless something else comes along. It was over $1700 for the 5 of us going Fri-Fri, it was even more on the Sat. I know we can drive for under $1000 so we'll just save the airfare and car rental and use our own.

Never driven so this will add a new planning element. Off to research.........

OK irishdancer you had better sit down (or maybe you all should :confused:) if you think over $1700 for 5 was bad how about over




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$3000 for 6 people :scared1:


Ok so I knew it was going to be bad...but I was still hopeful...

Oh man what a pain in the XXX this was to do today....

so I last checked in at around 11 am CST and was unable to check the site again before leaving for Nathan's appt and then after attacking some really icky bugs :crazy2: living in my mailbox/post...I came in and found the site to be working...

so here is me 1) thinking I can open two windows of SWA and book our's and the GP's airfare flights at the exact time...uh no :headache:

I then went into massive panic mode shorly after...

I put in our departure, destination, dates, amount of people and hit search...

Friday 11-19 not to bad but not :littleangel: either...I figured the $150 sounded good and called to confer w/ Matt unless he wanted to go eariler or later for a little less and still avoid a layover...he said to go w/ the $150 at 8:20 am and then I move down the screen to our next flying date Sunday 11-28 and :eek:

I see 4 flights w/ prices and everything else sold out...I completely freaked...:crazy:

6 am something

10 am somethings

and 9 pm something Bekah in the background "take the night flight Mom I'll help carry sleeping kids"...me "who will carry you?"

Of course I'm on the phone w/ Matt what do we do...$318 to fly out at 10:45 ish (I think)...crazy high and we'd have to bolt from our room straight to the DME bus after getting up...no lesuire check-out...:sad2:

I then go to the other window to check the fares/times for my inlaws flights...they will do better than us w/ the senior rate plus flying home on the Wed before Thanksgiving (the flights were surprisingly cheap!)

I then go back to the 1st window which I thought had our info to discover it was changed to the GP's info....what :confused3 :badpc:

so after some crazy back and forth I then realized the sold out column meant on those "get-away" fares not the flights...called back Matt again....:chat: (i think he was getting annoyed I must have called him 5 times during this process)

and told him there was plenty of flight options but we are looking at $351 to fly home....YUCK what can we do...

driving is just not an option for us....w/ 4 kids or our schedule (not to mention Nathan this is not easy...he can last maybe 4 hrs well)

so I booked it :scared:

then after some other crazy things like needing to call my MIL and ask her her actual birth yr for the TSA info and then my FIL cause something was screwy w/ the card code he gave me...

I booked 8 seats on 3 diff flights...:faint:

I felt more giddy w/ joy :hyper: that is was done than holy carp that is a ton of money :worried: ($3134.40 to be exact) I guess good thing all along I knew we'd have to charge this portion and pay down...too bad it will end up costing like way more in the end....but let's not think about that...

so we are heading down on Friday 11-19 at 8:20 am w/ arriving at MCO by 11:55 am...this seems to be a standard flight going down for us on the past 2 trips now...hoping for no major delays and be at POP no later than 2 pm :thumbsup2

and then our return flight on Sun 11-28 will be at 2:50 pm and arriving back in Chicago at 4:40 pm...this allows a non paniced departure and hopefully some time to mill around and check-out calmly...plus not get in super late even w/ potential of delays...


we'll pay to park our van so coming and going from the airport should be fine too...

the GP's will fly home on their Wed flight similar to our going home flight times ...

still need to call Disney and DVC MS to set up the DME stuff....tonight or sometime tommorrow...

well I am glad to put this crazy flight stuff behind us and just move foward w/ the trip planning....plus MIL offered if needed to help pay for some of our flight cost...so we'll discuss that later.

BTW they are flying for under $600

coming soon as promised before our TOP 5 general WDW to do lists....

thanks for reading,

J~

mousescrapper
06-15-2010, 06:42 PM
Never driven so this will add a new planning element. Off to research.........

OK depending on what time you can drive and how far you can go...here is my advice....

we have driven to WDW once but that was no kids and over 10 years ago...

but after just long hauling it down to Atlanta..it can be done....how does DS do in the car for long periods...

if you can leave say Thursday or Friday night after dinner and do the I-80 through Indy/Louisville KY w/ minimal stops for a late night dinner and potty breaks you could make it to Atlanta early morning the next day....the hardest part will be the early morning section and mountains

then you could stay in a hotel there breakfast and sleep say till 1 pm ish...then drive the rest of the way in...maybe CP can chime in here...but I think you'll have just over 1/2 day drive now into Orlando...get to OKW and just drop...have dinner, swim and chill out...

Then you can start your Disney vacay the next day...

I know you have to pull the kids the week of Thanksgiving wondering if you could pull them on the 19th too and be there that day by driving all night on Thursday then you can still start your trip on the 20th as planned...

JAT hope that helps a bit...

Charleston Princess
06-15-2010, 07:46 PM
$3000 for 6 people :scared1:


:eek::eek::eek:

What an ordeal!!! Glad you finally were able to book those tickets, though!


if you can leave say Thursday or Friday night after dinner and do the I-80 through Indy/Louisville KY w/ minimal stops for a late night dinner and potty breaks you could make it to Atlanta early morning the next day....the hardest part will be the early morning section and mountains

then you could stay in a hotel there breakfast and sleep say till 1 pm ish...then drive the rest of the way in...maybe CP can chime in here...but I think you'll have just over 1/2 day drive now into Orlando...get to OKW and just drop...have dinner, swim and chill out...

From Atlanta to Orlando, it is about seven or eight hours depending on how fast you drive and traffic. It is a relatively painless stretch of driving though -- all the way down I-75 and then, you get on the turnpike towards Orlando -- it's about as easy a drive as you can get although a bit boring as the landscape is totally flat.

Native NYer
06-15-2010, 10:04 PM
:scared1: That's a lot for flights. But at least you got it booked. Hopefully, the prices will come down and you'll get a SW credit.

irish dancer
06-15-2010, 11:27 PM
$3000 for 6 people :scared1:

J~

All I can say is :scared1: and :eek: and :scared:


OK depending on what time you can drive and how far you can go...here is my advice....

we have driven to WDW once but that was no kids and over 10 years ago...

but after just long hauling it down to Atlanta..it can be done....how does DS do in the car for long periods...

if you can leave say Thursday or Friday night after dinner and do the I-80 through Indy/Louisville KY w/ minimal stops for a late night dinner and potty breaks you could make it to Atlanta early morning the next day....the hardest part will be the early morning section and mountains

then you could stay in a hotel there breakfast and sleep say till 1 pm ish...then drive the rest of the way in...maybe CP can chime in here...but I think you'll have just over 1/2 day drive now into Orlando...get to OKW and just drop...have dinner, swim and chill out...

Then you can start your Disney vacay the next day...

I know you have to pull the kids the week of Thanksgiving wondering if you could pull them on the 19th too and be there that day by driving all night on Thursday then you can still start your trip on the 20th as planned...

JAT hope that helps a bit...

Luckily DS is great in the car as long as there is a movie playing. :rolleyes1 We've done 16hrs straight through to HHI and he did great! He's not the best at sleeping in the car though so that's an issue. The girls OTOH, they sleep no problem. :laughing:

Our tentative plan is to leave right at 2:40p when the kids get out of school on Fri. Drive as far as Chattanoga (10hrs), sleep and then finish the trip Saturday which was our original arrival date. We'll then do the reverse leaving Sat and getting home Sunday. Will also keep an eye on airfares just in case. ;) By driving though we'll have the flexibility to leave whenever we want so if it looks like it would be OK for the kids to miss Fri too then we'd head out earlier and get to the other side of Atlanta the first day to make the second much shorter.

ladybugmom
06-16-2010, 12:05 AM
Whew!! I'm tired just reading about your ordeal booking flights!! YIKES on the price!!! :scared1: Glad you got what you needed, though!! :goodvibes

hhockman
06-16-2010, 11:28 AM
Wow! That's crazy. We paid less than that for our whole trip last time. But you got the tickets. That's the important thing.

Deep breath...

As far as the drive from Atlanta to Orlando, CP has it right. It took us about 7 1/2 hours last year I think. Don't get a speeding ticket like we did, though. ;)

You guys are making me want to go so bad!

mousescrapper
06-16-2010, 02:02 PM
All I can say is :scared1: and :eek: and :scared:


I know I know...at least everything else is all paid for or at least have the maoney waiting to be used...and you thought I was crazy when I said $3000 a few weeks back...wish I was wrong but we have to fly.


Our tentative plan is to leave right at 2:40p when the kids get out of school on Fri. Drive as far as Chattanoga (10hrs), sleep and then finish the trip Saturday which was our original arrival date. We'll then do the reverse leaving Sat and getting home Sunday. Will also keep an eye on airfares just in case. ;) By driving though we'll have the flexibility to leave whenever we want so if it looks like it would be OK for the kids to miss Fri too then we'd head out earlier and get to the other side of Atlanta the first day to make the second much shorter.


sounds like a good one....can't wait to see you down there (well and before I'm sure)

Whew!! I'm tired just reading about your ordeal booking flights!! YIKES on the price!!! :scared1: Glad you got what you needed, though!! :goodvibes

I know it's an OUCH...but a good ouch...right ;)

Wow! That's crazy. We paid less than that for our whole trip last time. But you got the tickets. That's the important thing.

Oh man I don't think we have ever gone to Disney for under 3 grand w/ kids...what am I doing wrong? well maybe cause we have 6 people :rolleyes:

Deep breath...

yes I'm done w/ it...scary when I see the bill...



thanks for reading all...

mousescrapper
06-16-2010, 05:40 PM
Just wanted to let you know I was able to check another thing off my June to-do list I called down to Disney today and gave our flight info to get the DME transfers set up and I asked about our luggage being held at bell serivces at POP vs being delievered to our room and the CM I spoke w/ said we can just tell DME at the time of check-in down at MCO and they can do that...

so very cool.

we'll still have to stop over and grab one bag w/ our needs for the night and next morning...but it should work out quite well.

I opted not to request anything further on our rooms and just let the MAGIC unfold where ever we may be...it will be just great to be at Disney... some fun POP for 1 night and a great time at BLT later...seriously I can't think there is a bad view there excpet for maybe over the service bay...

Plus I just pre-ordered two tickets for Nathan and I to go and see Toy Story 3 on Sat. morning for our Mommy and Son outing since he'll be leaving for camp for 1 whole week on Sunday w/ DH...it will be weird not seeing him for that long...

can't wait to give you my review...

J~

MRYPPNS
06-16-2010, 08:57 PM
Don't give away any spoilers to Toy Story 3......I can't see it until the 26th. DH and I are going for our anniversary.

mousescrapper
06-17-2010, 09:23 AM
Don't give away any spoilers to Toy Story 3......I can't see it until the 26th. DH and I are going for our anniversary.

No worries I won't...I'll just tell how we liked the experience and such...no movie details. My other family isn't seeing it till later too....

oh and happy pre-anniversary...how many years?

I can give you all a spoiler to something else though how about a sneak peek at some of our TOP 5 choices....

your challange who picked what....

I will type it up soon...need to get ready to take Bekah to a dr appt...busy week!

J~

Charleston Princess
06-17-2010, 09:26 AM
Hurray for checking DME off the list!

I am so excited about TS3 -- I think we will be going to a Monday matinee -- I don't want to fight the crowds this weekend, and I have a feeling it will be very crowded!

Native NYer
06-17-2010, 09:45 AM
DME is so easy to do with DVC. We made our arrangements online.
Have you been bitten by the addonitis bug yet?

I can't wait to see Toy Story 3.

mousescrapper
06-17-2010, 03:47 PM
Hurray for checking DME off the list!

I am so excited about TS3 -- I think we will be going to a Monday matinee -- I don't want to fight the crowds this weekend, and I have a feeling it will be very crowded!

Oh I'd wait to if he (DS) could he has been counting down the days...this is a HUGE deal for him. He loves TS :cool1: I pre-bought tickets for the 1st show of the day on Sat...and we are just seeing the reg version not the Digital 3D

now I wish I had an appropriate shirt to wear, he'll wear his TS shirt

DME is so easy to do with DVC. We made our arrangements online.
Have you been bitten by the addonitis bug yet?

I can't wait to see Toy Story 3.

Aw man didn't know I could do it online...oh well had to call reg Disney travel for the inbound flight info anyways for POP...

if you mean addonitis as far as points...Oh I had that back like less than 2 months after buying...kinda bummed we didn't add the 50 extra on then to BLT...but probably smart we didn't...money wise

I do want to, but it will have to wait a few more yrs and trips (right now w/ some banking and borrowing) we can go 1 big (2 BR) and 1 small (studio) through 2013 planned...but I want to have enough points to do GG and stay in a 3 BR some day...plus I so want to go to Hawaii....I'll treat the family (my parents, brother, SIL (future kids maybe) and sister, BIL and nephew) to the DVC resort...everyone else figure out how to get there and such...but man we'll need some major add on for sure for that...but I don't want to buy Hawaii just go ... hoping in say 4 yrs you can still add on to BLT or somewhere

mousescrapper
06-17-2010, 04:08 PM
A small sneak peek into my family of 6 TOP 5 general WDW to do list….

If you recall in my planning post about my “steps” to achieving my touring plans…after each person’s TOP choice per park…I ask about their general wishes or TOP 5 things they want to do while we are there…

This can be anything from an activity, outing, dining, attraction….whatever they can think of (that is reasonable)…I mean we can’t scale the side of Cinderella’s castle or pretend to be a Pirate animanictronic (?msp) in POC…

So your challenge is to see how well do you think you know my family and I based on one of each of our’s TOP 5 choices…

* try Test Track

* go on the train

* swim & go on the waterslide at BLT

* go to MK at night ride one attraction and then leave

* try new snacks and drinks

* find/look for Hidden "Magic"

have fun w/ that….


J~

DisMomAmy
06-19-2010, 11:17 AM
Yay for booking airfare!! :cool1: But ouch :headache: on the cost!!

Hope you enjoyed Toy Story 3... we're going tomorrow for Father's Day! Not sure if Alex wants to go or not, so he might stay home with one of his Grammas and do something special with Tim today.

Love your top 5 selections, I'll post my guesses next.

DisMomAmy
06-19-2010, 11:23 AM
Guesses below...



* try Test Track Nathan?

* go on the train Naomi-Ruth

* swim & go on the waterslide at BLT Rachel

* go to MK at night ride one attraction and then leave Rebekah

* try new snacks and drinks Matt

* find/look for Hidden "Magic" Julie

have fun w/ that….


J~

How did I do?? :confused3

carissanboys
06-19-2010, 01:24 PM
Can't wait to hear what you thought of Toy Story 3! :cool1:

DisMomAmy
06-19-2010, 09:53 PM
We were planning to go tomorrow, but thought a movie would be a good way to beat the heat. I loved it!! :thumbsup2 Got a little teary a couple times... :sad1:

irish dancer
06-20-2010, 12:11 AM
Can't wait to hear what you thought of the movie. DD8s recital was cancelled tonight because the venue had no power - bonus for us is we got to see the movie. We loved it! Daniel turned to me not too far into it and said "we HAVE to get this on DVD when it comes out". :rotfl:

mousescrapper
06-20-2010, 11:16 AM
Guesses below...



How did I do?? :confused3

you got 1 out of 6....keep trying...


any other takers? :confused3


Can't wait to hear what you thought of Toy Story 3! :cool1:

We were planning to go tomorrow, but thought a movie would be a good way to beat the heat. I loved it!! :thumbsup2 Got a little teary a couple times... :sad1:

Can't wait to hear what you thought of the movie. DD8s recital was cancelled tonight because the venue had no power - bonus for us is we got to see the movie. We loved it! Daniel turned to me not too far into it and said "we HAVE to get this on DVD when it comes out". :rotfl:


My Mom was w/ out power for over 6 hrs and the rest of her block alnmost 12...glad we were fine, but tons of tree damage on our side lot


my thoughts of TS3 (w/out spoilers) and other TS3 fun Nathan and I had yesterday...coming soon :thumbsup2

Happy Father's Day to all your Dads, Grandpa's and Hubbies out there...:goodvibes

J~

DisMomAmy
06-20-2010, 11:51 AM
Fist gueses in red, second guesses in purple. ;)


* try Test Track Nathan? Naomi-Ruth

* go on the train Naomi-Ruth Matt

* swim & go on the waterslide at BLT Rachel Rebekah

* go to MK at night ride one attraction and then leave Rebekah Rachel

* try new snacks and drinks Matt Nathan

* find/look for Hidden "Magic" Julie Julie

have fun w/ that….

How many this time?

MRYPPNS
06-20-2010, 02:53 PM
* try Test Track Rachel

* go on the train Rebekah

* swim & go on the waterslide at BLT Matt

* go to MK at night ride one attraction and then leave Nathan

* try new snacks and drinks Naomi-Ruth

* find/look for Hidden "Magic" Julie

mommytothreeboys
06-21-2010, 08:41 AM
Ok...I'll give it a shot!



* try Test Track--Rachel

* go on the train--Naomi- Ruth

* swim & go on the waterslide at BLT--Rebekah

* go to MK at night ride one attraction and then leave--Nathan

* try new snacks and drinks--Matt

* find/look for Hidden "Magic"--Julie

mousescrapper
06-21-2010, 11:08 AM
Ok...I'll give it a shot!



* try Test Track--Rachel

* go on the train--Naomi- Ruth

* swim & go on the waterslide at BLT--Rebekah

* go to MK at night ride one attraction and then leave--Nathan

* try new snacks and drinks--Matt

* find/look for Hidden "Magic"--Julie



so you have the 3 girls correct! :thumbsup2

* go to MK at night ride one attraction and then leave is Matt

* try new snacks and drinks is me

* find/look for Hidden "Magic" is Nathan....


:goodvibes

MRYPPNS
06-21-2010, 11:26 AM
OK you have to explain Matt's "go to MK at night, ride 1 attraction and leave" because I'm a little baffled on that one. :confused3

mousescrapper
06-21-2010, 11:32 AM
Our own TOY STORY 3 Mania….


Nathan (11) has loved Toy Story since basically it came out…or at least when he first saw it as a toddler. Over the years he has dressed up like Buzz and Woody (even Bekah and Rachel dressed as Jessie). He has made up his own adventures in his room using “Andy’s” toys….anytime road trip movies are being decided on Toy Story 2 (his favorite) was always packed…


His collection of Toy Story toys, figures, books, etc has grown…at our old house, Matt and I decorated his room just like Andy’s (2nd) room…complete w/ over 50 hand drawn and painted yellow stars.


He probably plays w/ his action figures on a weekly basis…whether it’s his version of a Toy Story Chess game or just lining them up…Toy Story has been a big part of his young life!


We all loved seeing 1 and 2 released to the show this past Feb. and just over these past several weeks as most kids were counting down when summer vacation was to begin he was counting down the days to when TS3 would be opening at the theatre.


Since this past weekend was such a busy one, it was decided just Nathan and I would see it on the opening weekend (Rachel will get to see it next weekend at a birthday party and Bekah will go and see it w/ her Dad after he and Nathan get home from BSA camp).

We dressed for the occasion:

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/108_5921.jpg


And off to the theatre:


http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/108_5922.jpg

I had pre-bought the tickets and we went in found seats and waited for the show to start….


All I can say is it was awesome! :cool1:


I didn’t know much except for the trailers and was so pleasantly surprised…I definitely became sentimental and got teary eyed…it was just so good….certain parts were laugh out funny and other parts just gave you a huge warm fuzzy feeling…plus a few uh will Buzz and Woody save the day moments…

It made me never want to throw any toys away or go downstairs and play w/ the some of my old toys that my children have… :goodvibes

It was a wonderful end to the trilogy.



After the show Nathan and I went on the hunt for the TS3 Junior Novelization at Borders…really under his reading level but it was a fun book to buy him (he read it in the car on the way home). Next was our stop in Target…I had to pick up some groceries and he got to go in the Toy Story aisle:

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/108_5923.jpg


He had so much fun picking out some new friends to add to his collection (w/ some b-day gift cards)


http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/108_5924.jpg

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/108_5925.jpg

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/108_5927.jpg


Once he is home from camp (so appropriate huh? ;)) I will have him pose up his collection in the basement for you all to see…

Can’t wait till you all see the movie too.

Have a great Disney Day….oh and you know how a little Disney always finds you? Yesterday I went w/ my Dad, brother, SIL, and Bekah to the horse track on Father’s Day to see the horses and hang out…there was a DVC Doorway to Dreams kiosk there and they had a huge raffle basket…I asked if I could still enter being a member the CM said yes and gave me this:

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/110_5942.jpg


Sweet!

Thanks for reading as always…

Scrappie J~

mommytothreeboys
06-21-2010, 12:07 PM
Ok..so I guess half isn't bad! :thumbsup2

So glad you and Nathan enjoyed Toy Story 3. We went yesterday to celebrate Father's Day.....and LOVED IT! So well done!

Charleston Princess
06-21-2010, 01:48 PM
Great pictures from your Toy Story adventure! I feel the exact same way about getting rid of any toys now!!! How will I ever tackle Connor's room???

How fun that you received a DVC button! It's very cute!

MRYPPNS
06-21-2010, 06:07 PM
I better purge somemore toys before I see the movie on Saturday! I was throwing stuff out left and right today but nothing with a face so I hope that makes it OK :rolleyes:

mousescrapper
06-21-2010, 06:18 PM
Ok..so I guess half isn't bad! :thumbsup2

impressive!

So glad you and Nathan enjoyed Toy Story 3. We went yesterday to celebrate Father's Day.....and LOVED IT! So well done!

yes it was great...I'd love to see it one more time at the big show

Great pictures from your Toy Story adventure! I feel the exact same way about getting rid of any toys now!!! How will I ever tackle Connor's room???

I know....good thing we have such a large storage area...I already have 2 huge bins full of the toddler-preschool age favorites...

How fun that you received a DVC button! It's very cute!

Yes a pre-Disney "welcome home" treat :thumbsup2

I better purge somemore toys before I see the movie on Saturday! I was throwing stuff out left and right today but nothing with a face so I hope that makes it OK :rolleyes:


Oh man I have been purging like crazy too....luckily mostly old papers, crafts and games right now...no faces either for us...I try to keep some things to just have for future baby nieces and nephews...my SIL and bro better get a move on...yes I know they haven't even been married 6 mo...and then for the kids to pass down.

I feel lucky to have had my parents save some of my treasures and special toys for the girls to play w/ now...

You will LOVE the movie!


side note massive crazy creative splurge this afternoon....:dance3: I will post piictures soon...created two more Disney timeline books to keep adding to: Bekah's and the AK sign through the years, plus I made two more framable layouts one of Rachel and one of Nathan...plus just about finished a very belated gift for Matt (suppose to have given him last yr Father's day :guilty:) but a cute little chipboard album on a chain...

YAY! feel so accomplished....


J~

DisMomAmy
06-21-2010, 09:12 PM
I have a hard enough time getting rid of toys as it is... the movie didn't help! :sad2:

I'm cracking up picturing you stalking Nathan throughout Target with your camera! :laughing: But I'm glad you did so we could see him too! ;)

mousescrapper
06-22-2010, 10:39 AM
I have a hard enough time getting rid of toys as it is... the movie didn't help! :sad2:

I'm cracking up picturing you stalking Nathan throughout Target with your camera! :laughing: But I'm glad you did so we could see him too! ;)

Yeah right....it's all a ploy :rotfl:

he's a good sport....though in a couple years I doubt he'd let me even be seen in Target w/ him....the other day we were at Old navy and Bekah tried on her clothes in a different dressing room...ah they are growing up...:rolleyes:

mousescrapper
06-22-2010, 02:03 PM
As promised here is a peek at some of my creative endevors yesterday...:cool1:

nothing for the upcoming trip...but still fun to look at:

A gift for Matt...

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/Julies%20Mickey%20Memories/JMM%20sample%20albums/110_5962.jpg

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/Julies%20Mickey%20Memories/JMM%20sample%20albums/110_5967.jpg

Bekah's Disney time-line book...

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/Julies%20Mickey%20Memories/JMM%20sample%20albums/110_5943.jpg

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/Julies%20Mickey%20Memories/JMM%20sample%20albums/110_5944.jpg

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/Julies%20Mickey%20Memories/JMM%20sample%20albums/110_5947.jpg


AK timeline book:

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/Julies%20Mickey%20Memories/JMM%20sample%20albums/110_5950.jpg

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/Julies%20Mickey%20Memories/JMM%20sample%20albums/110_5952.jpg


Framable layouts for Rachel and Nathan...

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/Julies%20Mickey%20Memories/JMM%20sample%20albums/110_5959.jpg


http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/Julies%20Mickey%20Memories/JMM%20sample%20albums/110_5961.jpg


If you want to see all the pgs I've done for Matt's gift album or the two time line books...here is the link to my sample photobucket album

Julie's Mickey Memories Sample Albums (http://s232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/Julies%20Mickey%20Memories/JMM%20sample%20albums/)

just in case password is scrappy

as well I attempted updating my BLOG...but like Amy...photobucket is giving me some issues w/ transferring my edits :confused3

if you care to read (and see some dup pictures) you can click on the link below...

I'm getting excited now to start working on my Disney craft projects for the trip!!!!

J~

Charleston Princess
06-22-2010, 09:12 PM
Oh my goodness!!! I love them all! You are so talented, Julie!!!:worship:You have motivated me to get out all of my scrapbooking stuff! I think my goal will be to finish last year's trip before this one. :laughing:

mousescrapper
06-22-2010, 09:33 PM
Oh my goodness!!! I love them all! You are so talented, Julie!!!:worship:You have motivated me to get out all of my scrapbooking stuff! I think my goal will be to finish last year's trip before this one. :laughing:

THANKS!!

check out the scrapbooking threads here...there is some great stuff

Charleston Princess
06-22-2010, 10:12 PM
THANKS!!

check out the scrapbooking threads here...there is some great stuff

Oh, good idea! I should wander over there!

mommytothreeboys
06-23-2010, 08:24 AM
Love all the projects Julie!

I'm working on a digital scrapbook for our 2009 trip....just to try something different. I've done digital books before, but never for a big trip.

I wish I had more time to work on my albums...looking at yours makes me want to go scrap right now! ;)

mousescrapper
06-23-2010, 12:38 PM
Love all the projects Julie!

I'm working on a digital scrapbook for our 2009 trip....just to try something different. I've done digital books before, but never for a big trip.

I wish I had more time to work on my albums...looking at yours makes me want to go scrap right now! ;)

thanks...are you using Creative memories things?

carissanboys
06-23-2010, 02:18 PM
Glad you guys liked Toy Story. I loved all of Ken's lines. :rotfl:

mousescrapper
06-23-2010, 03:34 PM
Glad you guys liked Toy Story. I loved all of Ken's lines. :rotfl:

Oh yeah that whole bit was quite good....some stuff that went of Nathan's head...but that is part of the overal Pixar/Disney appeal!

here is a link that someone else shared too about hidden Easter eggs and a few fun facts...good one about Ken's clothes :rotfl:

http://movies.yahoo.com/feature/movie-talk-toy-story-3-easter-eggs.html

J~

mousescrapper
06-23-2010, 04:03 PM
WDW Tour/Itinerary Planning Step 2: (part 1)


Ok so I basically have everyone’s TOP 5 general things they’d like to do while we are there this yr and have begun taking them into consideration for the day to day planning…This is the fun part for me, the tour planning, beyond just the rides or order of attractions to see….I like coming up w/ themes for each day Like last yr’s AK Day “Put on your Pith Helmet, we’re going to Africa!” …or clothes themes for each day like “Tourist Day” one day last yr we all wore shirts that said WDW on them…


Of course at 5 mo out I’m sure things will change here and there and several days already having Plans A & B or notes of we may have to play it by ear….ooh words you normally don’t hear in a mouse scrapper plan….;)

I tried out a test on you all w/ writing out 1 of each of our choices and thanks to Amy, Heidi and Missy for playing along…


Let’s pick things we haven’t done before or new to the individual or basically their favorite things beyond just rides or stuff I know for sure we are doing…like eat in the Castle (got the ADR it’s gonna happen)

Naomi-Ruth’s list is the cutest in my opinion where Nathan’s is the most experience the true Magic of the all of them and a few of Matt’s choices just crack me up….

Let’s take a look:


Rebekah:


She will be just about 11 ½ on this trip and this will be her 4th trip to WDW.

1) See horses at Tri-Circle D Ranch (this request was downgraded from horse-back riding) are they still there and anyone know how to find out best times to accomplish this? :confused3

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/tri-dcircleranch.jpg


2) Go mini golf (this is a trend amongst the kids…but not for Daddy, as well this has never been done and we have had it on the agenda list several trips now. The cost would be high $68 for the 6 of us based on pricing on the official site allears mention possible AP discount...is there a DVC discount? and/or is it worth it? )

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/minigolf2.jpg

3) Swim and go down the waterslide at BLT (this request should be easy as long as the weather cooperates and the pool water is heated if it’s chilly)

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/bltppol.png

4) Balloon ride at DTD (I’d be happy to go on w/ her…but am concerned about adding too many extra budget costs into the plan here it is A-$16 and C-$10, plus unsure if a whole family excursion to DTD is going to happen on this trip…)

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/Disney-Balloon-Characters-i.jpg

5) See the FotLK show (this is for sure on our list) Here is a picture of the twins as part of the show in 2008

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/100_1604.jpg

As a side note…she also wants to try and wake up Tink in the Treasures store at MK….need to research this if this is still something you can do?

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/tink2.jpg

one guide said Tink isn't in the "drawer" anymore and one blog said you can wake her up anytime of day now not just first guest/thing in morning...

Plus she will be bringing another mini AG doll on this trip Felicity to photograph, should get some good shots in Liberty Square in MK.



Nathan:


As well he will be almost 11 ½ on this trip and this is his 4th trip as well.

1) go swimming (I guess those guidebooks are right in reference to what kids want to do :rolleyes:)

2) Buy more pins and do more pin trading (need to pre-order pins from ebay or a pin site!)


http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/pintrading.jpg


3) Mini golf (see?)

4) Ride TSM (don’t worry buddy we will!) This is him in front of the ad sign outside DHS last March...

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/100_2298.jpg

5) Find Hidden Magic and Mickey’s throughout the parks (he has read the Hidden Magic book and is very intrigued by all the cool extra’s you normally don’t see or take time to see, plus as a pre-Christmas/trip gift we’re going to buy him the Magic Guidebooks’ Lost Journal guide…that should be tons of fun for him)

Ok here is something I found on a web site listing some of the best Hidden Magic bit’s http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.secondstarfilms.com/images/HDList/17_woodenleg.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.secondstarfilms.com/Videos/Hidden%2520Disney/HD%2520List/&usg=__vy2dSISI9LlUGDB78NKsG5GgMGo=&h=691&w=1037&sz=377&hl=en&start=12&um=1&itbs=1&tbnid=f8WvZ_PSOiAYUM:&tbnh=100&tbnw=150&prev=/images%3Fq%3DWDW%2Bhidden%2Bmagic%26um%3D1%26hl%3D en%26rlz%3D1T4ADBS_enUS309US310%26tbs%3Disch:1

click on the pictures on the site to see the hidden thing too

Mickey Laundry on the Line
Park: Magic Kingdom
Land/Area: Fantasyland
Location: Snow White's Scary Adventures

It's all in the details. If you look carefully inside Snow White's Scary Adventures you'll spot some nifty Hidden Mickey's, but it's outside the ride where you'll want to look for this treasure. Painted on the wall opposite the queue is a mural of Snow White with all seven of her pals hanging out in front of their cabin. Look closely on the laundry line and you'll see that someone has been shopping at the gift shop. There's a pair of Mickey Mouse boxers hanging with the rest.


A side note, Nathan would like to attempt writing a Dining review on the Disboards when we get back from a child’s perspective….he talks about being a WDW food critic when he grows up…so I’m going to make him a little notebook ahead of time to fill in his notes as we dine around the world!


Rachel:


She will be turning a fresh 8 on the 5th day of our trip (as you know) and this will be her 4th trip too.

1) go mini golfing (I think she got this idea from the other two)

2) Try Test Track (this would be great if she would and if Naomi-Ruth meets or exceeds the 40” mark we could all go on together…ut I am going to schedule this (plus Soarin) on the 1st Epcot touring day since the GP’s will be us and I know my MIL will not want to do TT but she’d be happy to sit w/ the little girls if Naomi is still to short and/or her and Rach don’t want to…)

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/TestTrack_01b.jpg

3) Tour the Italy Pavilion (unsure why? As we have before…I think she just wants pasta…maybe we can request a KP Mission here? can anyone confirm have you done that...)

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/E-Italy-02.jpg

4) Go on TTA (her favorite ride…we all like it too…day and nighttime versions are a must…I also just read in the Complete WDW 2010 book they updated the music and soundtrack on this…anyone confirm? ...plus we have decided this has to be Rachel’s timeline picture…)look at her on it in 2005 her 1st trip at 2 ½ yrs old


http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/100_1224.jpg

5) Start a Pressed Penny Collection (she likes Nathan’s and I saw a “girl” version of the books last yr…have to come up w/ a set number of coins she can do so we don’t go overboard on the extra cost….)


http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/pressedpennymachine.jpg


Thoughts comments especially the questions in red... this is aiming to be a pretty awesome trip....


Up NEXT: the other 3 choices....Naomi-Ruth, Matt and mine

thanks for reading as always,

Scrappie J~

mousescrapper
06-26-2010, 05:49 PM
popcorn:: just bumping myself :rolleyes1 don't know if no one likes my lists or you all are just busy...

DisMomAmy
06-26-2010, 07:44 PM
Camping this weekend, but lots of good stuff to comment on when I get back!

MRYPPNS
06-26-2010, 07:44 PM
I didn't see that you had posted an update til just now. (Amy is camping this weekend)

When we went to FW to see the horses we just showed up one morning and there were a few in the barn and there is the little "museum" part too. I would suggest that you take the boat to FW instead of a bus because the boat dock is closer to the non-horseback riding stable (just a short walk). Ohterwise you have to transfer from resort bus to internal bus.....then walk. I think I have pictures and such in my TR from 2008 (Day 1 or 2)


The wake up Tink thing is different....don't know the details but a CM would be able to help her out I'm sure because the sparkle lights were still there in Oct 2009.


I picked my country for Kim Possible....just ask the CM before they "program" the phone-thingy

And yes the spiel on the TTA has been changed....to what exactly I don't know.

mousescrapper
06-27-2010, 07:40 PM
Comments to come later...but for now here is a short Video interuption:

Hint: let it load up/buffer for a minute before viewing...
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/th_BoPeepsRescue.jpg (http://s232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/?action=view&current=BoPeepsRescue.mp4)

Charleston Princess
06-27-2010, 08:46 PM
Love the kids' Top Fives! I think Nathan should definitely do a dining report from a kid's perspective! How cool and different would that be???

Love the video, too! Connor's ears perked up as soon as I start playing it -- he came over to watch and gave it his seal of approval! Of course, we are always suckers for the ol' Death by Monkeys! :lmao:

Native NYer
06-28-2010, 08:44 AM
A dining review from a kid's perspective is a great idea!

Momof2Disneyboys
06-28-2010, 03:11 PM
Wow great PTR Julie!! :cool1: And I've only read the first page so far! :faint:

Jumping on-board and looking forward to counting down to November with you!

jillyb
06-28-2010, 03:34 PM
I'm joining in! Will have to go back later and read everything. :goodvibes

MRYPPNS
06-28-2010, 04:17 PM
Awesome video!!! I watched it twice :woohoo:

If Nathan does a dining review he should be prepared to take food pictures! DISers love looking a food!!!

mousescrapper
06-28-2010, 05:38 PM
Camping this weekend, but lots of good stuff to comment on when I get back!


Hope you are having a great time and good weather too....Matt is still unpacking and put away his and Nathan's camping gear...

I didn't see that you had posted an update til just now. (Amy is camping this weekend)

it's okay...I was just feeling loney :charac2:

When we went to FW to see the horses we just showed up one morning and there were a few in the barn and there is the little "museum" part too. I would suggest that you take the boat to FW instead of a bus because the boat dock is closer to the non-horseback riding stable (just a short walk). Ohterwise you have to transfer from resort bus to internal bus.....then walk. I think I have pictures and such in my TR from 2008 (Day 1 or 2)

Yes I so remember that I really I believe your TR is one of the reasons she wants to see this stuff...I am hoping before HDDR will be an OK time to see them :confused3

and yes I plan to do a boat transfer...do you think we can go right from CR or would we need to walk up to MK first?

The wake up Tink thing is different....don't know the details but a CM would be able to help her out I'm sure because the sparkle lights were still there in Oct 2009.

:tinker: we will and report...


I picked my country for Kim Possible....just ask the CM before they "program" the phone-thingy

I will make sure we do that!

And yes the spiel on the TTA has been changed....to what exactly I don't know.

looking forward to it...but I kind of liked the corney space galatic banter...:laughing:

Love the kids' Top Fives! I think Nathan should definitely do a dining report from a kid's perspective! How cool and different would that be???

Yes I think it will be a fun

Love the video, too! Connor's ears perked up as soon as I start playing it -- he came over to watch and gave it his seal of approval! Of course, we are always suckers for the ol' Death by Monkeys! :lmao:


thanks...it was fun to do...long but fun..it was all Nathan's idea

A dining review from a kid's perspective is a great idea!

I made him some critic cards on the computer now just need to print and decided how we will carry them in the parks...


Wow great PTR Julie!! :cool1: And I've only read the first page so far! :faint:

:welcome: so glad you came by...it has been fun hanging out on the Nov threads too... as you tell I am a bit :rolleyes1 fanatic

Jumping on-board and looking forward to counting down to November with you!

You bet...you'll just get to Disney before me...

I'm joining in! Will have to go back later and read everything. :goodvibes

Hi jillyb...glad you came to see what was happening w/ me too...

Awesome video!!! I watched it twice :woohoo:


thanks...I realized we spelled Monkeys wrong in the credits...you can see where my kids get their great spelling skills from :laughing: for under a minute of video it took all day...my favorite part those has to be Naomi-Ruth

If Nathan does a dining review he should be prepared to take food pictures! DISers love looking a food!!!

Oh yes....let's hope I remember too! :thumbsup2

MRYPPNS
06-28-2010, 06:04 PM
I just found my brochure of the Tri-Cirlce-D Ranch....home of the happiest horses on earth dontca kno'! It's from Oct 2008, but this is what it says:

Pony Rides Daily 10am to 5pm
T-C-D farm Daily 10-5
Draft Horse Barn Daily 8am to 8pm (this is the barn that I have pictures of and is located near the Settlement area)
Blacksmith various days 9am- 4pm

mousescrapper
06-28-2010, 06:27 PM
I just found my brochure of the Tri-Cirlce-D Ranch....home of the happiest horses on earth dontca kno'! It's from Oct 2008, but this is what it says:

Pony Rides Daily 10am to 5pm
T-C-D farm Daily 10-5
Draft Horse Barn Daily 8am to 8pm (this is the barn that I have pictures of and is located near the Settlement area)
Blacksmith various days 9am- 4pm


Awesome thanks

irish dancer
06-28-2010, 06:59 PM
Just catching up on everything......summer has just been crazy around here - sorry to miss your surveys.

I think a kid's perspective food review would be a great idea! Looking forward to reading what he thinks.

Loved the video, Daniel was playing TS3 for PS3 and perked up immediately and said "hey, that sounds like TS3". I told him it was your homemade video, he said "cool".

You are so much more organized than I am, I'm feeling very far behind. ;) This week is a tiny bit more quiet so maybe I'll be able to tackle some touring ideas. Thinking I'm going to follow your lead and have everyone give me their top 5 for each park.

mousescrapper
06-28-2010, 07:18 PM
Just catching up on everything......summer has just been crazy around here - sorry to miss your surveys.

I think a kid's perspective food review would be a great idea! Looking forward to reading what he thinks.

Loved the video, Daniel was playing TS3 for PS3 and perked up immediately and said "hey, that sounds like TS3". I told him it was your homemade video, he said "cool".

You are so much more organized than I am, I'm feeling very far behind. ;) This week is a tiny bit more quiet so maybe I'll be able to tackle some touring ideas. Thinking I'm going to follow your lead and have everyone give me their top 5 for each park.

Hi I was wondering how you were...we must try and get together after the 4th...:thumbsup2

that is so funny how Daniel and CP's Connor instantly perked up by the video sound...:rotfl: Nathan is all ready to make another one....w/ Mr. Potato as One eyed Bart :idea:


are you still driving or any other deals for air....our one flight down went up 40 bucks...:headache: glad we bought when we did...

I have tweaked a few of our plans the other day w/ Matt nothing major...will tell later...trying to get the next 3 lists up....share some of your family's too if you'd like here (I know we'll chat ;))

J~

mommytothreeboys
06-28-2010, 08:52 PM
Oh my goodness....things are so crazy here! The boys just finished up school last week and now we are getting ready to head out on our week-long camping trip. Well, really I'M getting ready! :rolleyes1

LOVE the kids' top 5 lists. Funny that mini-golf made the list so many times!

I love the idea of Nathan doing a dining review! That would be a great learning experience for him and I'd love to see dining from a kid's perspective! Good for him! :thumbsup2

Oh, and I agree with your point about adding too many extras. They add up so quick especially with a large family!

The pic of Rachel on the TTA is adorable! :cutie:

DisMomAmy
06-29-2010, 02:59 PM
First of all... Love the video!! :thumbsup2 Very cute & creative! Looks like it was a fun family activity. :goodvibes

As far as your top 5s... sounds to me like you need to go mini-golfing! :rolleyes1 Other than that, I think I'd try to stick with the "free" stuff. Would everyone want to do the DTD balloon?? Is that something you or Matt could do with just Rebekah? Maybe you could incorporate one special thing for each of Rebekah & Nathan since you'll be doing special birthday stuff for the little girls?? :confused3 Or would that get too complicated?

I LOVE the idea of Nathan's food report. I think it would be so much fun to read & he would have a lot of fun doing it. :thumbsup2

I can't wait to read the rest of your top 5s. popcorn::

jillyb
06-29-2010, 07:31 PM
All caught up! Whew! I feel like a slacker compared to your planning Divaness! :worship::worship::worship:

That video was hilarious!! Loved it! Hannah caught the end of it so I had to play it again. She gives it a :thumbsup2

Charlefours
06-29-2010, 09:19 PM
Catching up...

Sounds like you had a great time in Atlanta. :goodvibes Busy end of the school year! Good for you for standing up for your DS!! Some people are so rude, it just amazes me. :confused2:

I like all your plans on your to-do list! I need to get cracking on mine.

LOVE :love: the BLT Magic!! Yay for choosing one thing that you do not want to miss! :yay: I'm glad I got you thinking. ;)

:dizzy: holy smokes, that is expensive airfare! I priced out for us to fly and were topping out at around $1000 before luggage fees. I thought that was bad! :eek: It sealed our plans on driving down. I am, oddly, looking forward to it though. I am looking at it as part of the adventure!!

Love the scrapbook stuff you posted!! So talented :goodvibes

I am not sure on Tink--I know the shop got converted for the BBB picture location but other than that, I am not sure where she is at anymore. Love all the top 5s! I think it is really cute Nathan wants to do a dining review! Good for him! :thumbsup2

mousescrapper
06-30-2010, 11:44 AM
Oh my goodness....things are so crazy here! The boys just finished up school last week and now we are getting ready to head out on our week-long camping trip. Well, really I'M getting ready! :rolleyes1

wow your summer is just beginning I guess...we are into week 4 of being off

LOVE the kids' top 5 lists. Funny that mini-golf made the list so many times!

Yes being something we have yet to do it keeps coming up...

I love the idea of Nathan doing a dining review! That would be a great learning experience for him and I'd love to see dining from a kid's perspective! Good for him! :thumbsup2

I agree....it will be fun for us to do together then too when he get's home as I'll do the after work w/ posting pic's and typing up his thoughts...

Oh, and I agree with your point about adding too many extras. They add up so quick especially with a large family!

Yes when I added up potential golf, water craft rental (even w/ DVC discount) and a couple passenger tickets for the balloon lift it was almost $120

The pic of Rachel on the TTA is adorable! :cutie:

I know...she sort of looks like Naomi-Ruth now

First of all... Love the video!! :thumbsup2 Very cute & creative! Looks like it was a fun family activity. :goodvibes

it was...:thumbsup2


As far as your top 5s... sounds to me like you need to go mini-golfing! :rolleyes1 Other than that, I think I'd try to stick with the "free" stuff. Would everyone want to do the DTD balloon?? Is that something you or Matt could do with just Rebekah? Maybe you could incorporate one special thing for each of Rebekah & Nathan since you'll be doing special birthday stuff for the little girls?? :confused3 Or would that get too complicated?

based on budget left for what $ we have to have to avoid paying for anything on credit...the mini golf is pretty unlikly at this point...but we'll see. I do agree something special for the older two would be ideal...as of right now each child including the twins is getting a Disney makeover either BBB or PL so that is something special IMO...plus Nathan won't have to share w/ any of the girls (they are not going) as well I am hopeful Bekah and I will get a alone MK night again this yr being so close to the park :thumbsup2


I LOVE the idea of Nathan's food report. I think it would be so much fun to read & he would have a lot of fun doing it. :thumbsup2

me too...it was initally his idea I just helped nuture it into something he could share on the boards...:idea:

I can't wait to read the rest of your top 5s. popcorn::

working on it :surfweb:

J~

mousescrapper
06-30-2010, 11:50 AM
All caught up! Whew! I feel like a slacker compared to your planning Divaness! :worship::worship::worship:

thanks Jill...I'm either real good or seriously from the "outside world" I'm have some real issue :rotfl2:

That video was hilarious!! Loved it! Hannah caught the end of it so I had to play it again. She gives it a :thumbsup2

thanks Nathan has loved all the :thumbsup2

Catching up...

Sounds like you had a great time in Atlanta. :goodvibes Busy end of the school year! Good for you for standing up for your DS!! Some people are so rude, it just amazes me. :confused2:

I like all your plans on your to-do list! I need to get cracking on mine.

LOVE :love: the BLT Magic!! Yay for choosing one thing that you do not want to miss! :yay: I'm glad I got you thinking. ;)

:dizzy: holy smokes, that is expensive airfare! I priced out for us to fly and were topping out at around $1000 before luggage fees. I thought that was bad! :eek: It sealed our plans on driving down. I am, oddly, looking forward to it though. I am looking at it as part of the adventure!!

Love the scrapbook stuff you posted!! So talented :goodvibes

I am not sure on Tink--I know the shop got converted for the BBB picture location but other than that, I am not sure where she is at anymore. Love all the top 5s! I think it is really cute Nathan wants to do a dining review! Good for him! :thumbsup2

Hi Stephanie...

missed you over here...thanks for reading through all that...yes that day (end of school yr) was really tough for him and I :sad2:

I figured the airfare was gonna be bad...wished not...but 6 people + thanksgiving holiday...:confused: oh well....if it is the only thing we charge...it's not that bad...

We'll have to play it by ear for the Tink thing...but hopefully it will work out since most likely a few of her other things will be scratched due to budget...

mousescrapper
07-01-2010, 12:03 PM
The other 3 Lists….


I know many of you are busy w/ the full swing of summer (trips, camps, etc….) but I find myself in full DISNEY swing here….so I’m sorry for my need of love :rolleyes: w/ my fast burst of planning posts….

I figure come mid August the tide will switch and w/ school back in full mode I won’t actually have as much time plus the reality of a job for me would come in handy for daily expenses not to mention this little obsession of mine :rolleyes1….could be once again eminent come fall….

So w/ that let’s just keep Planning: :fish:

More of my Family’s TOP 5 general WDW choices:


Naomi-Ruth:

She will be a fresh new age 4 on the 2nd day of our trip….and this will be her 3rd trip to WDW (wow what a lucky little girl)

Her choices are her words…so let’s see what we can come up with.

1) meet Beauty…which means she wants to see and talk to Sleeping Beauty (no problem we should hopefully see her at CRT) Here she is last year having a little chat w/ Beauty

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/100_2207.jpg

and this is her meeting "Beauty" in 2008:

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/image123.jpg

2) Go on the train….(Daddy wants to do this too and as long as the train is operational during the Fantasyland refurb we should be able to fit this in) Here she is enjoying the train in 2008:

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/100_2295.jpg

3) Play with Mickey…(well who wouldn’t want to do that let’s have a meet and greet w/ the Big Cheese for some face to face play time shall we…options in park or at our Chef Mickey’s breakfast) Here is Mickey playing w/ Naomi-Ruth last yr and her blankie…


http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/WDW%20SB09/Image101.jpg


4) She says she wants to “move it”…. (well how about we try and see the Move it Shake it Celebrate it street show at MK…I don’t know much about it except this: it's a partial parade/party like thing starting on Main street and ending in front of the castle, it seems like it can can loud and a bit overcrowded very easily something Nathan would not like, time wise it appears it runs before and after the 3 pm parade. Here is what the Steve Soares site says: It’s party time when a cast of Disney characters, stilt walkers and other performers process down Main Street, U.S.A. toward Cinderella Castle to high-energy tunes such as “Breakout” and “I Like To Move It.” Floats decked out as gift-wrapped packages are part of the procession, and near the castle, Mad Hatter, Genie, Lumiere and Sebastian – the life and light of the party – pop out of four huge boxes. They join about a dozen other Disney characters headed by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse to mix and mingle and dance in the street with Magic Kingdom guests during a 12- to 15-minute party that takes place three times daily.
Daily at 11:00am, 12:30 & 5:40pm ) and here is a picture:

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/MKstreetparty.jpg

5) She wants to have a picnic (so I know they have done those picnics in the parks, but not sure if this is seasonal or how that works for DDP credits…but I bet a sandwich or snack sitting on the beach

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/CRbeach.jpg

could do)


Matt:


Or DH or Daddy, this will be his 8th trip to World (all but one not w/ me)…

1) go on the train at MK (he really loves the trains and someday would love to do the Behind the Steam Tour, he likes to see the engines roll out too)

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/100_2270.jpg

2) See Spectro (I’m right w/ him on this request, seriously no trip is complete w/out this parade…but will it be there? Will it be similar or completely different…we should have at least for sure 2 nights at MK that can work to see it)

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/WDW%20SB09/100_2546.jpg

3) See either the Gorillas or Tigers (walking trails) at AK…(we have not done this since our 1998 trip or maybe 2005. We have this on our must list so it should be doable and w/ planning 1 morning and 1 almost full day at AK it would be sad if it didn’t work out…please just don’t let it be so hot….) Which trail do you recommend?

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/gorilla.jpg

4) Have a 1-ride night…. (he wants to walk over to MK go in, pick one ride go on it then leave….he thinks why not when we’re staying like a block away…you go for it honey!) I don't know his choice but I bet this would be one:

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/100_2339.jpg

5) Take the time to see more of the Street Acts/Live Entertainment at World Showcase…(another thing I think we’d all like and it’s Nathan’s top choice for our non Holiday Epcot day…I will be studying Steve Soares site quite a bit before we leave to tinker out a good plan for our Wed Epcot day)


http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/chineseacrobatswdw.jpg

And for a sneaky write in: sneak into old river country….um the bail money was spent on a new watch for your wife….hehehe…he actually found a thread all about this once on the Disboards about some person or CM who walked all around old River Country just documenting how basically its all still there just nature run amuck over it…



Julie:


Me, myself and I….Scrappie takes on Disney! This will be my 8th trip as well (once as I child in the 80's, then '94, '95, '98, failed attempt in '01, '05, '08, and '09 plus 1 trip to DL in the late 80's as well)

1) new character experiences…(yes I’m still a big kid at heart and want to try and meet Tink and her friends, Tiana (and maybe get that cool new PP pic w/ the Frog Prince in my hand), go through the new Toy Story Character line (I saw cool pictures of Becky’s ladybugmom kids in the “toy boxes” I want to do that…)


http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/FairiesMeetAndGreet_998.jpg

2) Try new snacks and drinks…(don’t worry this will have a whole post just dedicated to it…but a few that stick out…the Butterfinger cupcake at SRC in DHS and my first ever Dole Whip plus CP has me enticed by her drinks from World Showcase…where to start?) here's my favorite...

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/mickeyricekrispie.jpg

3) Go up in the Top of the World Lounge at BLT…(we’ll see how this works…seems to be 1st come 1st serve and not sure how crowded it get’s up there during Wishes…I love to go up see the views and see Wishes at least once!) plus my other BLT related request is to eat a BLT while I’m there…

http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee26/DVC_Mike/20090814_1254.jpg

4) Have some awesome DISmeets! ..(I know irishdancer and her family we’ll try to meet up once or twice while we are there and jillyb and her family we are going to try and work out one meet as well, plus it would be super cool if Becky and I might be able to work out a visit too during our last two days and her 1st two depending on their arrival…now I have tried in the past like meet Carissa at Sci-Fi but we both forgot the #’s duh)

:disrocks:

5) Get our new Mickey Family Photo w/ Safari Mickey at AK…(as always a family photo w/ Mickey is a requirement on every trip and I have a little area downstairs showcasing each of these and so far Mickey has been different in each one…2005 Classic Parks Mickey, 2008 Hawaiian Mickey from O’Hana, and 2009 Sorcerer Mickey.) as long as I’m talking pictures of course I will make sure I get each of the kids timeline shots, DH & I by the NY backdrop and we need to get an awesome picture w/ something Holiday-ish for our Christmas card/letter…

here is our Mickey Family Photo from 08:

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/100_2031-1.jpg


Lastly as a side note…(it was really hard to pick 5 things) see Wishes and the Castle lighting (into icicles) is a MUST! Multiple times if we can…


Well there you have it….now let’s make a TRIP! :genie:


Up NEXT: the nitty critty budget details….

Thanks for reading as always,

J~

MRYPPNS
07-01-2010, 12:19 PM
Get update! I'm thinking this would be the perfect vacation to really explore BLT and relax! You have to go to that lounge....too cool!

mousescrapper
07-01-2010, 12:36 PM
Get update! I'm thinking this would be the perfect vacation to really explore BLT and relax! You have to go to that lounge....too cool!

Yes I agree...I have tweaked a bit of my inital "bones" itinerary to really allow the time to be there and hang out...I will start posting that stuff in the next month or so.

Marshay
07-01-2010, 02:59 PM
Oh, I love reading about the top 5 choices of things you all want to do.

I had to laugh at the "one-ride" night. I don't think I could go into MK and just do 1 ride ... but I like the idea of just going and doing 3 or 4 rides and relaxing in the park for a night.

DisMomAmy
07-01-2010, 04:57 PM
The other 3 Lists….

Naomi-Ruth:

3) Play with Mickey…(well who wouldn’t want to do that let’s have a meet and greet w/ the Big Cheese for some face to face play time shall we…options in park or at our Chef Mickey’s breakfast) Here is Mickey playing w/ Naomi-Ruth last yr and her blankie…


http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/WDW%20SB09/Image101.jpg

Matt:

And for a sneaky write in: sneak into old river country….um the bail money was spent on a new watch for your wife….hehehe…he actually found a thread all about this once on the Disboards about some person or CM who walked all around old River Country just documenting how basically its all still there just nature run amuck over it…

Julie:


2) Try new snacks and drinks…(don’t worry this will have a whole post just dedicated to it…but a few that stick out…the Butterfinger cupcake at SRC in DHS and my first ever Dole Whip plus CP has me enticed by her drinks from World Showcase…where to start?) here's my favorite...

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/mickeyricekrispie.jpg

4) Have some awesome DISmeets! ..(I know irishdancer and her family we’ll try to meet up once or twice while we are there and jillyb and her family we are going to try and work out one meet as well, plus it would be super cool if Becky and I might be able to work out a visit too during our last two days and her 1st two depending on their arrival…now I have tried in the past like meet Carissa at Sci-Fi but we both forgot the #’s duh)

:disrocks:


I love that picture of Naomi-Ruth with Mickey!!

I have read that River Country thread... it's really cool!! My one and only Disney waterpark experience was at River Country when I was 9 with my family. We camped at Fort Wilderness. The lifeguard had to pull my mother & brother out of the water at the bottom of a waterslide! :headache:

I'm with you on trying new foods... I too have yet to try a Dole Whip! :rolleyes1 And I'm not a big drinker, but I'm tempted to try something new at Epcot - all of those yummie slushie drink pictures floating around look so good! :thumbsup2

(2012 could be interesting... a couple of lightweights running around sampling slushies! :rotfl:)

And DIS-meets are always good! :goodvibes

mousescrapper
07-01-2010, 05:41 PM
Oh, I love reading about the top 5 choices of things you all want to do.

Thanks Marsha...

I had to laugh at the "one-ride" night. I don't think I could go into MK and just do 1 ride ... but I like the idea of just going and doing 3 or 4 rides and relaxing in the park for a night.

I know it's kind of crazy, but I guess because he can he just wants to say he did...




I love that picture of Naomi-Ruth with Mickey!!

I know it was one of the best moments from the trip last yr...

I have read that River Country thread... it's really cool!! My one and only Disney waterpark experience was at River Country when I was 9 with my family. We camped at Fort Wilderness. The lifeguard had to pull my mother & brother out of the water at the bottom of a waterslide! :headache:

the pictures were cool but weird at the same time...everything is just so and pristine at Disney hard to believe they'd let something go like that :confused3

I'm with you on trying new foods... I too have yet to try a Dole Whip! :rolleyes1 And I'm not a big drinker, but I'm tempted to try something new at Epcot - all of those yummie slushie drink pictures floating around look so good! :thumbsup2

I know there is so much I get distracted by the regualr fare or what meals are at hand...need to concentrate this time :laughing:

(2012 could be interesting... a couple of lightweights running around sampling slushies! :rotfl:)

oh yeah....good thing we won't be driving...:rolleyes1

And DIS-meets are always good! :goodvibes


Yes I am really looking forward to having a "real" one or more this trip...

Charleston Princess
07-01-2010, 10:00 PM
Love Naomi-Ruth's list -- so cute that she wants to ride the train, play with Mickey, and have a picnic! You must have a Grey Goose Slushie in France -- they are wonderful -- kind of like lemonade! :thumbsup2

ladybugmom
07-02-2010, 01:30 AM
WOW!! Look at all of those lists!! Impressive for sure!! I'm hoping Spectro is back as well--LOVE it!! And that family pic with Mickey is just precious!! Yes, the TS photo ops are a lot of fun!! And I also hope we can meetup!! As soon as we find out if there will be a deal for Nov/Dec, then I'll know our exact dates!! :goodvibes

carissanboys
07-02-2010, 07:41 AM
Looks like some great lists and must dos! :cool1: Every time I see Naomi-Ruth, I get a huge smile on my face. :goodvibes

irish dancer
07-02-2010, 04:09 PM
Love the rest of the lists. That pic of Naomi-Ruth and Mickey is TOO cute!! I want one of those Butterfinger cupcakes too! :laughing:

I still need to get my family to do their top 5 lists, we haven't sat down to dinner together in forever - too much going on! We're off to the Dells next week though so we'll have some time together to talk.

mousescrapper
07-03-2010, 10:25 AM
Love Naomi-Ruth's list -- so cute that she wants to ride the train, play with Mickey, and have a picnic! You must have a Grey Goose Slushie in France -- they are wonderful -- kind of like lemonade! :thumbsup2

I know her list was so cute...hopefully what she asks for now will somewhat match what she actually wants to do in Nov...ooh lemonade you say...I love lemonade :rotfl: France is on the list for countries this yr...basically cause I must get some snacks in there :thumbsup2


WOW!! Look at all of those lists!! Impressive for sure!! I'm hoping Spectro is back as well--LOVE it!! And that family pic with Mickey is just precious!! Yes, the TS photo ops are a lot of fun!! And I also hope we can meetup!! As soon as we find out if there will be a deal for Nov/Dec, then I'll know our exact dates!! :goodvibes

Thank you, thank you...can't wait to hear your dates!

Looks like some great lists and must dos! :cool1: Every time I see Naomi-Ruth, I get a huge smile on my face. :goodvibes

aww...thank you she is quite the cutie :lovestruc

Love the rest of the lists. That pic of Naomi-Ruth and Mickey is TOO cute!! I want one of those Butterfinger cupcakes too! :laughing:

I agree...I just loved how Mickey improvised and made her feel so comfortable during that meet and greet :cloud9:

and I just drool over the picture of that cupcake...

I still need to get my family to do their top 5 lists, we haven't sat down to dinner together in forever - too much going on! We're off to the Dells next week though so we'll have some time together to talk.

Oh have fun at the Dells where do you stay? we have not been up there since the winter of 08...:sad1: we love the Wilderness resort and eating at Monks...the dive in downtown though just feels so much cooler than the big restaurant...


HAPPY PRE-4TH OF JULY ALL.... pixiedust: pixiedust:


no huge plans here...my folks are out of town till tomorrow night, Matt's are in MI at the lake house, and most of our friends are busy (but we have a weekend w/ them the following one) the fireworks by us are tonight and I plan to make my usual red, white and blue rice krispies...

post pictures later plus a fairy village...:tinker:

mousescrapper
07-03-2010, 10:44 AM
Our Disney Budget: :teacher:


You know I had a bit of a panic earlier in the planning process when it dawned on me how much this trip actually would be costing and that was just the big stuff of park tickets and dining plan costs…

Once over the intial shock and realization this family of an official "Disney" 6 w/ 4 “adults” I breathed and kept planning….all I can say…go lots and lots when they can be free and under 10! :idea:

I had a basic budget in mind for airfare and the other misc items like souvenirs, gifts, OOP food and extra’s but w/ under 5 months out I figured I had better see what was left, what still needs to be saved and what money do we have…

Here is a look (and yes it’s scary…):

4 park passes for the kids (2 A and 2 C) we bought 7 day PH through UT using mousesavors additional discount = $1069.81 (paid through savings)

2 AP’s for Matt and I = $778 (w/ DVC discount) will purchase at WDW have $ set aside

DDP regular plan for 6 people (4 A and 2 C) for 8 nights = $1535.52 (will pay at checkin for w/ $ set aside)

Tip money (this covers airport, bell services, mousekeeping, TS restaurants, BBB, PL, DME, & a taxi) = $107 (need to save up still)

OOP food cost (this covers our Day 1 expenses B at airport, L & D at Disney and some drinks for B on Day 2 and drinks and food at airport on way home) = $140 (need to save up still)


Garden Grocer order (includes fee of $12 and food for 6 B, 1 L, and 1 D) = approx $110 (need to save up still)

BBB 3 appointments (w/ approx tax) = $162 (need to save up still)

PL 1 appointment (w/ approx tax) = $34 need to save up still

Pressed Penny Money (I want to have at least enough for 20 pennies) = $10.20 (have all the change already)

Souvenir Budget this is so hard to come up w/ a figure for so for now I’m shooting for $400 some of this will roll over into B-day presents for girls and maybe below… (need to save up still)

Christmas Shopping Budget (for us, kids, and 1 small thing per extended family) = $250 (already saved)

2 rooms at POP for 1 night = $258.74 paid

Parking for the van at airport for 9 nights approx = $90 (need to save up still)

Airfare for 6 roundtrip = $3134.40 paid-charge

I almost forgot this, will need to adjust my total yet again :headache:…small custom cake for Rachel’s b-day (not doing one for Naomi because of her allergies) let’s say $40 for now (need to save up still)

Oh and as in any good budget there is always a few surprises and things you don’t exactly plan for…

Totaling up to $8119.67… :scared:


Holy carp buckets….um and this is why the next family trip isn’t till 2013…



of the money left to be saved most will be sifened from Matt's pay each of his next paydays...and then I will get some more through a toy garage sale and selling of some more of Naomi-Ruth's and Nathan's to small clothes...plus if I fin a p/t job my money covers debt and savings which includes trips...




Coming Up NEXT: some crafty things for the trip thanks to some great ideas on the boards and the DISigns...plus start talking about DHS...:3dglasses


thanks for reading as always,

J~

jenjolt
07-03-2010, 11:05 AM
Hope you have a great 4th of a July!!

ladybugmom
07-03-2010, 12:58 PM
Happy 4th of July, Julie!!! I hope you have a wonderful weekend with your family!!

WOW!!! That's a lot of money! But I have to keep in mind that you have 2 more kids than I do!! :goodvibes It's good that you're planning out your budget!!

MRYPPNS
07-03-2010, 02:55 PM
Now the bookkeeper in me wants you to add in your fixed cost for the DVC room. Did you ever do an amortization schedule over the 40 something years that you will own it?? :rotfl:

mousescrapper
07-03-2010, 06:15 PM
Just checking in while I wait for some water to boil...

Hope you have a great 4th of a July!!

thank you, you too!

Happy 4th of July, Julie!!! I hope you have a wonderful weekend with your family!!

thanks and back to you!

WOW!!! That's a lot of money! But I have to keep in mind that you have 2 more kids than I do!! :goodvibes It's good that you're planning out your budget!!

Yes it's harsh...but I know you guys understnad and I don't have to justify the ends...and now that 2 kids are paying adult prices it's tough

Now the bookkeeper in me wants you to add in your fixed cost for the DVC room. Did you ever do an amortization schedule over the 40 something years that you will own it?? :rotfl:

:laughing: very cute...

Native NYer
07-03-2010, 08:22 PM
I made a Disney budget chart this week too. It just makes it easier. We're a party of 5 adults and 2 children (6 and 2) and it gets expensive. I'm happy my nephews are still considered children by Disney. I wish they'd raise the age of a child to 12.

Is the Christmas shopping budget to buy gifts for each person at WDW? Or for gifts to buy at home to take to WDW?

DisMomAmy
07-03-2010, 09:03 PM
OK all I can say is that budget scared me! :scared1:

The scariest part is that it is accurate! :headache:

Charleston Princess
07-03-2010, 09:37 PM
Wow! That budget is pricey! :eek:

I like how detailed it is, though, and how you have a plan for everything. I agree completely about the traveling lots and lots when the kids are under 10. I wish we had done more of that beforehand. Now, both Chelsea and Connor are considered adults by Disney, and we sure can feel the difference in the price!

Have a great Fourth of July!

irish dancer
07-03-2010, 09:39 PM
Happy 4th Julie and family!!


Hmm, thinking I'm not going to add up our budget. ;) We are one less kid than you, it's those darn 10yr old 'adults'. :rotfl: Actually come to think of it we're almost done with any kids as Deirdre will turn 10 next August - ugh! Good thing our 2011 trip will be in June. :lmao:


As for the Dells, we're staying at the Kalahari. That's where the competition is being held. Kind of wishing we were going to be somewhere else but she'll be happier being with all her friends at the Kalahari. I've read about Monks, will have to check it out. Have only been to the Dells once in Nov. 2000 for two nights. Open to any tips/suggestions you have!

mousescrapper
07-05-2010, 09:02 PM
Hope everyone is having a good 4th...

sharing some pic's on the bottom

I made a Disney budget chart this week too. It just makes it easier. We're a party of 5 adults and 2 children (6 and 2) and it gets expensive. I'm happy my nephews are still considered children by Disney. I wish they'd raise the age of a child to 12.

It does make it easier...just one thing sep doesn't seem so bad but you do need to keep tabs on it all...and I agree 12 would be a better fit to increase...

Is the Christmas shopping budget to buy gifts for each person at WDW? Or for gifts to buy at home to take to WDW?

It's actually for presents once home...I figure we'll buy a gift per child for under the tree and then little things for our family...I mean why wouldn't we so close to the Holiday and not buy something...

we are having a pre-Christmas celebration just for our 6 as several things I have already bought for the trip also are Christmas presents and as much as I hint to the kids don't expect much under the tree as Disney is Christmas in a way...its a hard concept to get...

OK all I can say is that budget scared me! :scared1:

The scariest part is that it is accurate! :headache:

thanks...glad someone doesn't thinks it's all :scared1:

Wow! That budget is pricey! :eek:

I agree but only a small portion is actually extra...I am trying to see where I can snip corners too...probably in the OOP food/groceries and sad to say souviners

I like how detailed it is, though, and how you have a plan for everything. I agree completely about the traveling lots and lots when the kids are under 10. I wish we had done more of that beforehand. Now, both Chelsea and Connor are considered adults by Disney, and we sure can feel the difference in the price!

thanks only way to stay on top of it...I now it's rough but we love it and for us the price justifies the time we have and the memories too...but I know all of you agree...

Have a great Fourth of July!

thanks...you too

Happy 4th Julie and family!!


thank you! you too....hope the rain hoilds out for fireworks...Sat night was great over by us for the DuPage Co. ones:thumbsup2

Hmm, thinking I'm not going to add up our budget. ;) We are one less kid than you, it's those darn 10yr old 'adults'. :rotfl: Actually come to think of it we're almost done with any kids as Deirdre will turn 10 next August - ugh! Good thing our 2011 trip will be in June. :lmao:


Yes it was great for us to squeeze in last march's trip before the twins turned 10 too

As for the Dells, we're staying at the Kalahari. That's where the competition is being held. Kind of wishing we were going to be somewhere else but she'll be happier being with all her friends at the Kalahari. I've read about Monks, will have to check it out. Have only been to the Dells once in Nov. 2000 for two nights. Open to any tips/suggestions you have!

Dells...

Monks is a great burger dive. like I had said the orginal location is in the strip in town vs the "resturant" next to the Wilderness resort...

we have not done much there mainly staying at the resort to swim and we usally always go off season so lots of things are closed...

we did do Ripley museum once...it was cute for younger kids and did see the ski show...very classic dells. The duck boats is great, the scenery is very spectacular I highly recommend that if you do one thing...there is a great candy store in town too (hopefully) the amusement park looks cool too...but haven't been yet.


Now a little life report...

Bekah got her hair cut 2 weeks ago because she wanted to donate it

before

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/109_0007.jpg

and eight + inches shorter

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/110_6015.jpg

We found "big baby a home"

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/110_6075.jpg

our very own "big baby" it's actually an old doll of Rachel's she carried around constantly between the ages of 2-4...well now "big baby" has been w/ Rachel non-stop when she was found in the outside toy shed :laughing:

Here is a special fairy village that the older girls and I made last week:

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/110_6054.jpg

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/110_6052.jpg

and look we had some visitors move in:

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/110_6058.jpg


Plus here are some pictures from our 4th:

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/110_6080.jpg

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/110_6086.jpg

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/110_6098.jpg

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/110_6114.jpg

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/110_6115.jpg

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/110_6116.jpg

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/110_6119.jpg

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/110_6099.jpg


Well we have a busy week w/ more swim lessons, appts and my van is in the shop again w/ the air not working :headache: again :headache: plus getting ready for a long weekend away w/ friends...there will be 28 of us together in two house...and of that 28 18 are kids ranging from 12 to 3 1/2 months...

I hope to get started on some more Disney planning posts w/ starting to talk about DHS....pictures from the past, top choices for this trip, days we are going...what we like and don't like....

stay tuned...

Scrappie J~

MRYPPNS
07-05-2010, 09:10 PM
Love the family pictures....you are so good about taking those pictures of the front step!

mousescrapper
07-05-2010, 09:12 PM
Love the family pictures....you are so good about taking those pictures of the front step!

thanks it's the perfect frame...and w/ a tripod simple :thumbsup2

DisMomAmy
07-05-2010, 09:14 PM
Great pictures... looks like you have been busy this weekend! I love Bekah's hair - it looks so cute! And good for her wanting to donate it! :thumbsup2

That is a great family picture of all of you. You look cute in your red, white & blue theme. Love the fairy garden too. And :lmao: about Big Baby!

PS - I have that same magnet on my minivan! ;) Hope your air gets fixed! I just got a nice check from Kia for all the trouble I had with my van leaking... it's paying for my girls weekend trip!

Charleston Princess
07-05-2010, 09:15 PM
Bekah's hair is adorable -- the perfect summer cut!

It is Big Baby!!! :lmao:

The fairy village is wonderful!!! Your kids are so creative!

Love all the Fourth of July pictures! :thumbsup2

DisMomAmy
07-05-2010, 09:19 PM
thanks it's the perfect frame...and w/ a tripod simple :thumbsup2

And kids that can sit still long enough for the camera to take the picture! :rotfl:

irish dancer
07-05-2010, 11:06 PM
Great pics from the 4th!! We had great fireworks in Itasca and so glad the rain stayed away!!

Hope the van repairs are manageable - DH just had his Cadillac fixed and it ended up costing $700+ (ouch).

Thanks for the info on the Dells. I think we're just going to stay within the Kalahari except for some meals. Need to save the budget for a trip to NJ at the end of the month for DHs family reunion.

Well, break time is over - off to finish packing.......

mousescrapper
07-06-2010, 11:28 AM
Great pictures... looks like you have been busy this weekend! I love Bekah's hair - it looks so cute! And good for her wanting to donate it! :thumbsup2

thanks...yes she got it cut while Matt was out of town...he was a bit shocked

That is a great family picture of all of you. You look cute in your red, white & blue theme. Love the fairy garden too. And :lmao: about Big Baby!

thanks :goodvibes

PS - I have that same magnet on my minivan! ;) Hope your air gets fixed! I just got a nice check from Kia for all the trouble I had with my van leaking... it's paying for my girls weekend trip!

:thumbsup2 on the magnet and oh man that is great news about your lemon-van ;)

Bekah's hair is adorable -- the perfect summer cut!

I agree...I am happy w/ her hair, it was fine long too...but this is way more managable

It is Big Baby!!! :lmao:


too funny huh?

The fairy village is wonderful!!! Your kids are so creative!

I found the directions on the family fun site...it was a bit tricky, but a fun afternoon activity

Love all the Fourth of July pictures! :thumbsup2


thanks

And kids that can sit still long enough for the camera to take the picture! :rotfl:


yes...that is required...the end shot looks easy but not always easy to get

Great pics from the 4th!! We had great fireworks in Itasca and so glad the rain stayed away!!

:thumbsup2

Hope the van repairs are manageable - DH just had his Cadillac fixed and it ended up costing $700+ (ouch).

YUCK...I know we seriously do not need any more unexpected expenses right now

Thanks for the info on the Dells. I think we're just going to stay within the Kalahari except for some meals. Need to save the budget for a trip to NJ at the end of the month for DHs family reunion.

Your welcome...sounds good and hey anytime away from home is fun...those waterpark resorts are pretty cool too!

Well, break time is over - off to finish packing.......

I'm packing too and really appreciate myself when I pack for big trips like Disney more than just the week of...;)

lexmas
07-06-2010, 09:11 PM
I am subbing even though it's going to take me awhile to catch up!

mousescrapper
07-07-2010, 12:20 AM
I am subbing even though it's going to take me awhile to catch up!

well AWESOME!

:welcome:

use the post links on page 1 post 2...to help speed it along...and yes the names will change half way through but still same kids...

thanks for saying hi here too

lexmas
07-08-2010, 10:24 AM
Alright, all caught up. DS is sick and DD still takes two naps a day, so that helped me speed through.

I loved every word of it! That is a crazy amount of stuff you have going on (well, with four kids, I guess it's bound to get a little crazy!) but you seem to be planning really well.

I'm taking notes and trying to get organized. I think you're inspiring me!

Those t-shirts are too funny. Is it sad that when I saw the picture of your "disney box" I was like, "those are shirts from disneyshopping!" just based on the packaging.

I love all the designs you have planned out for shirts. I can't wait to see how they turn out.

I think it's so great that you and DH have a no-TV night. That's so sweet!

BLT looks gorgeous. That lounge is just so amazing. I hope you get to spend time there!

Oh, the food lists. I know how that is. I haven't contacted anyone yet about DD, but I'll probably have you send me the lists you have anyway. I'll be in touch about that soon!

You had a lot on your plate with ADR's, but it seems like you got it all in. It sounds delicious!

I bookmarked your blog...I'll hop over there when I get some free time!

Can't wait to read more, I'm so glad that I'm caught up now!

Native NYer
07-09-2010, 09:30 AM
Bekah's new cut is adorable.
How is your Disney planning coming along?

mousescrapper
07-10-2010, 09:35 AM
Alright, all caught up. DS is sick and DD still takes two naps a day, so that helped me speed through.

well glad I can help fill that down time ;)

I loved every word of it! That is a crazy amount of stuff you have going on (well, with four kids, I guess it's bound to get a little crazy!) but you seem to be planning really well.

I'm taking notes and trying to get organized. I think you're inspiring me!

thanks that is sweet

Those t-shirts are too funny. Is it sad that when I saw the picture of your "disney box" I was like, "those are shirts from disneyshopping!" just based on the packaging.


:laughing: yes lots of pre-sale shopping

I love all the designs you have planned out for shirts. I can't wait to see how they turn out.

thanks I was hoping to do them a week ago but hopefully DH & I can do them very soon

I think it's so great that you and DH have a no-TV night. That's so sweet!

BLT looks gorgeous. That lounge is just so amazing. I hope you get to spend time there!

me too it looks like a great place to chill and see the views

Oh, the food lists. I know how that is. I haven't contacted anyone yet about DD, but I'll probably have you send me the lists you have anyway. I'll be in touch about that soon!

glad to help

You had a lot on your plate with ADR's, but it seems like you got it all in. It sounds delicious!

yes not doing a TS each day helps not to be too tied to a massive time schedule each day

I bookmarked your blog...I'll hop over there when I get some free time!


cool I need to get some more projects done so I can update over there too


Can't wait to read more, I'm so glad that I'm caught up now!

Bekah's new cut is adorable.
How is your Disney planning coming along?

thanks Jennnifer!

I have a huge DHS post but I am up in MI this weekend, so it will have to wait till I get home...

I am also working on my MUST lists and basic info for each major park and just transfer some dining info over on some other palnning sheets I found on the boards..plus making a cool trip note pad...

will share all soon

J~

Native NYer
07-10-2010, 03:16 PM
Can't wait for the next update.
Hope you're enjoying the weekend!

DisMomAmy
07-10-2010, 09:26 PM
Happy weekend!! :goodvibes

Charlefours
07-11-2010, 05:17 PM
Hi Stephanie...

missed you over here...thanks for reading through all that...yes that day (end of school yr) was really tough for him and I :sad2:

I figured the airfare was gonna be bad...wished not...but 6 people + thanksgiving holiday...:confused: oh well....if it is the only thing we charge...it's not that bad...

We'll have to play it by ear for the Tink thing...but hopefully it will work out since most likely a few of her other things will be scratched due to budget...

I am enjoying reading your PTR :) I may not get over as often as I hope, but when I get a chance I do enjoy catching up.

I really love Naomi-Ruth's list. So completely adorable and reminds me the simplest things matter. :thumbsup2

Ak trails: from what I remember, I really enjoyed both. We walked them after we got off the safari (which was first thing in the morning) so we were able to see quite a few of the animals. Definitely high up on our list of things to do at AK too. I love your list!!

Wonderful family photo on the 4th! Can you believe I forgot to take on during our celebration? :headache: Bekah's hair is really cute! What a wonderful thing for her to do. :goodvibes

mousescrapper
07-13-2010, 06:20 PM
Can't wait for the next update.
Hope you're enjoying the weekend!

coming up ASAP!

Happy weekend!! :goodvibes

thanks it was a great weekend away w/ our friends...good food, fun and tons of laughing :rotfl:

I am enjoying reading your PTR :) I may not get over as often as I hope, but when I get a chance I do enjoy catching up.


:goodvibes

I really love Naomi-Ruth's list. So completely adorable and reminds me the simplest things matter. :thumbsup2

yes it is fun to be 3-4 yrs old :cutie:

Ak trails: from what I remember, I really enjoyed both. We walked them after we got off the safari (which was first thing in the morning) so we were able to see quite a few of the animals. Definitely high up on our list of things to do at AK too. I love your list!!

that is my thinking and DH wants to do it first thing too

Wonderful family photo on the 4th! Can you believe I forgot to take on during our celebration? :headache: Bekah's hair is really cute! What a wonderful thing for her to do. :goodvibes

I know I hate when that happens...w/ just the 6 of us...I can remember...Bekah was very proud of herself!

mousescrapper
07-13-2010, 06:49 PM
Disney Hollywood Studios….


“is a theme park dedicated to the process of making films, theatre productions, televisions shows, and music. The park also pays tribute to classic achievements in film and other arts, especially those that have become part of popular American culture.”

-excerpt from the Unofficial Guide Color Companion to Walt Disney World


“is a theme park dedicated to the mad rush of guests trying to ride and get FP’s for Toy Story Mania, or scream and be thrilled on some great thrill rides like Tower of Terror. It has a confusing layout not a hub and spoke style like the magic Kingdom and it can require lot’s of zigzagging to catch your FP attractions and live shows. Most of the park’s attractions are live shows which makes this park one of the most difficult to fully plan in advance. Rain at this park is a blessing in disguise as it helps clear out the non brave patrons. This park can appeal to all ages, but not as well as the classic magic of MK. It is doable in one long day of touring, but still not possible to see it all. This park has some of the best hidden secrets and fun extras that most people don’t see or go right past…”

-excerpt from Scrappie’s guide to WDW;)

Let’s talk DHS:

Lessons Learned from our previous trips:

* If we do not want to see everything, this is still a 1-day park for us

* pictures from the BrownDerby restaurant look cool in B&W

* Star Wars Weekends are cool, but you can not do the Star Wars stuff and still have a full day of regular park stuff to accomplish…must split it up between two days…1 non SWW day and 1 SWW day

* I think it always rains in Disney's Hollywood...

* ABC comm. Counter service is mediocre for food and service…but still if you time it right before the normal dinner rush is one of the best quiet indoor areas to take a break in…

* GAC card works semi well here

* Touring list needs to be a bit smaller for breaks, meals, etc at this park for us

From our 2009 trip:

What we missed that was on original touring plan for the day:

* Action Stunt show- times didn’t work once there

* HSM pep ralley- rain had it stopped and canceled several times

* HISTK playset- after rain just too wet

* Eating at Studio Catering Co CS

* We skipped Beauty and Beast Show and MV3D

* Some of the stores

What we’d like to Do AGAIN!

* Arrive for pre-park opening to see the opening show again…try to get there earlier to be farther up

* Participate in the Drawing Academy

* Fantasmic

* If ever possible again time in right for the awesome character explosion meet and greet in the Animation area

NOT again for 2010:

* I should try RnRC instead of ToT for a change

* Skip beginning of Animation Tour…though kids thought Mushu was funny…just not necessary or worth waiting for.

cont in next post (need to upload pictures)

mousescrapper
07-13-2010, 07:47 PM
Past trip FUN and MEMORIES:

check out these pictures of some of our best memories/moments...

Twins w/ Woody-2005 (ages 6)

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/100_0979.jpg

Matt and I on the NYC back-drop- 2005

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/100_0986-2.jpg

Rachel playing in the HISTK playset-2005 (age 2 ½)

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/100_0996-1.jpg

Matt and Sorcerer Mickey -2005

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/100_1006.jpg

Meeting the “Director” – 2008 (Rachel age 5 1/2)

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/100_1913.jpg

Nathan outside of his new Favorite Ride TSM-2008 (age 9)

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/100_1924.jpg

Naomi-Ruth meeting Jo-Jo-2008 (age 18 mo)

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/100_1928.jpg

Trading w/ the Jawa-2008

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/100_1990-3.jpg


Matt and I on a speedracer-2008

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/100_1999-1.jpg

Naomi-Ruth getting ready for TSM-2009 (age 2)

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/WDW%20SB09/100_2306.jpg

Grandma (my Mom) and Rachel waiting to be seated at Sci-Fi-2009 (R-age 6 ½)

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/WDW%20SB09/100_2334.jpg

Ja-Ja (my Dad) w/ some of the kids -2009

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/WDW%20SB09/100_2361.jpg

Meeting BOLT and Rhino-2009

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/WDW%20SB09/100_2399.jpg

Meeting Mike and Sully-2009

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/WDW%20SB09/Image099.jpg

Nightime-2009

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/WDW%20SB09/Image123.jpg


cont in next post...

mousescrapper
07-13-2010, 08:06 PM
What’s in the works for Nov 2010?


On the starting out MUST LIST:

* TGMR
* TSM
* Backlot Tour
* VotLM
* Picture of Matt and I on the NYC backdrop
* Drawing Academy
* Osborne Lights
* Take picture by Singing in the Rain Umbrella
* Have kids pull Indiana Jones Rope
* Meet and Greet w/ Buzz, Woody….
* Any new characters?
* Get a Butterfinger Cupcake at SRC

On the Starting If Time List:

* Characters
* Beauty and the Beast Show
* HISTK play set
* PHDL
* One’s Man Dream
* Mom-ToT or RnRC


Eating Choices:

QS only-Studio Catering Co, Sunset Market (Heidi’s recommendation), Backlot Express, and Staring Rolls Café (snacks)

Dining Plans…lunch once and snacks


Touring Days:

Day 4 Monday 11-22
Opens at 9:00 am PM EMH this park
Tour day w/ GP’s (grandparents-Matt’s parents)


Basic starting plan:

* Arrive pre-park opening shooting for 8:30/8:45 am

Must do’s

* Matt get FP’s for TSM (for GP's)
* TGMR
* Backlot Tour
* Picture of Matt & I NYC
* TSM
* VotLM or FP and come back
* Buzz & Woody Character Meet and Greet
* Drawing Academy (may split up for this-PHDL ?)
* LUNCH in there somewhere shooting for the elusive 11:30 time frame

If time allows:

Other characters
Beauty and Beast Show

***think the time allows list is unlikely w/ our time frame for the day...

Try to leave by 1PM…

Concerns:

* I feel like we have a small list…but maybe it’s still to big for only 4 hrs in the park…we (our 6) can always push an extra hour and let the GP’s head back to BLT first and skip resort hop to BCV for holiday sighting?

* How will we save time on transportation? Taking bus back to CR or going through EP and taking monorail?

Other plans for the Day:

Possible resort hop to BCV to see Holiday chocolate carrousel
Cut through Epcot (no rides) to take monorail back to BLT
Break and rest
HDDR at 5 pm

Try and arrive around 3:30 pm to look at Horse Barn/Museum before check-in

Back to resort for night

Most likely night for Matt to do his 1-ride night at MK, just needs to avoid Spectro/Wishes crowds

Changes from 1st plan….originally all going back to MK for Spectro and Wishes but decided to crazy to try and crunch that in w/ HDDR ending at 7 pm and making it over to get a decent spot…still have two other nights to try and see it.



Day 5) Tuesday 11-23 or Day 8) Friday 11-26Park closes at 8 pm each night
F! on Tues 6:30 pm, unsure Fri
The night option is based solely on if OL is up and on…

Going in the evening ONLY
Tues tour w/ GP’s Fri just our 6

Basic Starting Plan:

Arrive before dusk…what time would that be around 5 pm? :confused3

Must do’s:

* Grab snacks (butterfinger cupcake) from SRC
* Find a spot to sit and wait (is that how you do it?) for Osborne Lights to
be turned on (location Streets of America)

If time allows:

* HISTK playset
* PHDL last show is roughly ???
* Mom-ToT or RnRC
* stuff missed from other DHS touring day

Concerns:

How does this whole OL thing work? :confused:

If we don’t leave before the F! (scheduled for 6:30 pm) crowds exit will we get caught up in a mass exodus? :eek:

The PLAN B option for both of these nights is going to MK.

Tues MK plan is for Spectro/Wishes

Fri MK plan is for possible night for just Bekah and I

Other plans for the day:

Morning Tues is 1900 PF B at 8 am, MK touring through mid day, Nathan’s PL appt at 12:30, and a rest at BLT, dinner at CS in CR

Morning Fri is AK or MK first then hop to AK in early afternoon for parade then resort break and dinner at resort villa


well how does that look?

thoughts on our possible touring plans

ideas regarding my concerns

suggestions or :thumbsup2


Up NEXT...a look at some creative fun for our trip...

thanks always for reading,

J~

Momof2Disneyboys
07-13-2010, 08:07 PM
Love all the DHS pics! :thumbsup2 I just love that park!

DisMomAmy
07-13-2010, 09:06 PM
Welcome Back!! Love all the pictures from past trips! :thumbsup2

It sounds like a lot of your plans depend on OL... when will you know the timing on that? This seems to be the biggest unknown leaving many of your other plans up in the air. I'm guessing a lot of things will fall into place once you have that figured out.

I don't think your to do list is too long... some of the things on there are quick things. But I agree it's a hard park to plan with all the shows.

It sounds really fun to walk through Epcot & take the monorail... just not sure if it will save you time or not. :confused3

Native NYer
07-13-2010, 09:41 PM
Your plans look great! I like that you listed your musts for your DHS day. The studios does have a confusing layout. We end up walking back and forth a lot.

The photos of your family from past trips are beautiful!

lexmas
07-13-2010, 10:05 PM
Oh my, that was a lot! I love all the flashback pictures, too cute!

When we saw the osborne lights (in January of 2006) we just arrived after dark and walked through. It wasn't very crowded and it wasn't like, lines or anything, you just showed up and enjoyed them. Very simple.

I too, am going to try cupcakes from starring rolls. It may be one of my most anticipated things! Is that sad?

MRYPPNS
07-14-2010, 09:06 AM
Concerns:

* I feel like we have a small list…but maybe it’s still to big for only 4 hrs in the park…we (our 6) can always push an extra hour and let the GP’s head back to BLT first and skip resort hop to BCV for holiday sighting?

* How will we save time on transportation? Taking bus back to CR or going through EP and taking monorail?

Ok here's my 2 cents:

Skip the BC this day. It's too much to stop touring a park, get a break in and then go to HDDR for 5pm. I just can't see going thur the effort for something that you will only view for like 10 minutes.

Taking the monorail is not going to be quicker by a long shot. I'd bet it would take 20 minutes just to walk from the International gate to the front. Not to mention that gives everyone another chance to have to go to the bathroom or stop for something and hold you up. Take the bus. Mid-day buses run pretty good from the parks.

One other thing I noticed. Is Nathan getting his Pirate thing done at 1230pm and then you are leaving MK almost right after that? If so, wouldn't he enjoy being "done up" in MK for more time? That's where he's going to get the most special attention. Just a thought.

Most of the shows at DHS don't change their times every much. Beauty and the Beast is pretty much on the same schedule year round. So isnt' the car show. Let me know if you want more details.

Charleston Princess
07-14-2010, 09:09 AM
Great DHS update!!! I love seeing all the pictures from your past trips, but I think my favorite one has to be the Jawa! :lmao: (Yes, we are big Star Wars geeks at our house!)

DisMomAmy
07-14-2010, 09:16 AM
Ok here's my 2 cents:

One other thing I noticed. Is Nathan getting his Pirate thing done at 1230pm and then you are leaving MK almost right after that? If so, wouldn't he enjoy being "done up" in MK for more time? That's where he's going to get the most special attention. Just a thought.


This crossed my mind too...

mousescrapper
07-14-2010, 10:28 AM
Love all the DHS pics! :thumbsup2 I just love that park!

thanks it was fun to look back at our past 3 trips...DHS is actually my least fav of the 4 parks...but then taking a trip back through time...I was findly reminded of many of the great things we do love there!

Welcome Back!! Love all the pictures from past trips! :thumbsup2

thanks...I'm sure you remember some of those from the first time :goodvibes

It sounds like a lot of your plans depend on OL... when will you know the timing on that? This seems to be the biggest unknown leaving many of your other plans up in the air. I'm guessing a lot of things will fall into place once you have that figured out.

yes in a way...really it is just those two nights that are up in the air, but it's one park or the other so nothing major is riding on which way we go. I'd really like to see the lights before Turkey day as I expect crowds to be getting worse as the week moves forward...plus it would be nice for the GP's to see them too.

I don't know when they post the official schedule...have not checked in awhile...maybe 90 days out sometime in August :confused3

I don't think your to do list is too long... some of the things on there are quick things. But I agree it's a hard park to plan with all the shows.

thanks for a :thumbsup2 on the list size

It sounds really fun to walk through Epcot & take the monorail... just not sure if it will save you time or not. :confused3

I will respond to this after Heidi's thoughts below

Your plans look great! I like that you listed your musts for your DHS day. The studios does have a confusing layout. We end up walking back and forth a lot.

thanks Jennifer...I feel like we do a lot of back tracking too...I think w/ a smaller must list and utilizing FP's for the GP's we should not have to

The photos of your family from past trips are beautiful!

thanks

Oh my, that was a lot! I love all the flashback pictures, too cute!

sorry :rolleyes1

When we saw the osborne lights (in January of 2006) we just arrived after dark and walked through. It wasn't very crowded and it wasn't like, lines or anything, you just showed up and enjoyed them. Very simple.

ok that sounds reassuring...but will it be that simple Thanksgiving week?

I too, am going to try cupcakes from starring rolls. It may be one of my most anticipated things! Is that sad?

no...I have it on my must list too ;)

Ok here's my 2 cents:

I can always count on you :worship:

Skip the BC this day. It's too much to stop touring a park, get a break in and then go to HDDR for 5pm. I just can't see going thur the effort for something that you will only view for like 10 minutes.

I was starting to lean that way too...your thoughts help nip that

Taking the monorail is not going to be quicker by a long shot. I'd bet it would take 20 minutes just to walk from the International gate to the front. Not to mention that gives everyone another chance to have to go to the bathroom or stop for something and hold you up. Take the bus. Mid-day buses run pretty good from the parks.

Ok you are right...now that you say that "outloud" it doesn't seem like a waste of time...besides your right we'd probably get distracted by something...just do the bus

One other thing I noticed. Is Nathan getting his Pirate thing done at 1230pm and then you are leaving MK almost right after that? If so, wouldn't he enjoy being "done up" in MK for more time? That's where he's going to get the most special attention. Just a thought.

I will respond after Amy's comment on the same thing below

Most of the shows at DHS don't change their times every much. Beauty and the Beast is pretty much on the same schedule year round. So isnt' the car show. Let me know if you want more details.

ok that is good...I will start studying Steve Soares site :thumbsup2

Great DHS update!!! I love seeing all the pictures from your past trips, but I think my favorite one has to be the Jawa! :lmao: (Yes, we are big Star Wars geeks at our house!)

that was like our only SWW encounter that day...sorry the pic was so big :confused: his eyes look HUGE :laughing:

This crossed my mind too...

Ok to answer the PL thing pirate: ...so first I'm a bit worried about this whole experience for him...

for those of you who don't know...Nathan my DS (11) has autism...Aspergers/HFA

he is looking forward to this and has read about, looked at pictures etc...but I still wonder will it be too loud, overwhelming and will the make-up be a disaster...

now I found a thread about the PL and it looks like the OP is actually a CM who works there

I asked a few questions to help ease my mind and prepare for this day...

he says the make-up can not be pre-altered ahead of time...such as Nathan picks the Hook make-up but only wants on a scar nothing else...it seems they do not want to do special requests understandable but for a special needs issue :confused: it seems flexible enough they can work around this and w/ this during the process, but may depend on the CM too.

to make this time more special and less stressful for Nathan, Matt and I have decided it would just be him and maybe Grandpa accompanying him to the PL.

what do you think?

as far as the time...I left that up to Nathan and his comfort level. He wanted it to be after he has eaten, he doesn't want to eat w/ the make-up on.

so hence the 12:30 time frame.

the park attention did not really come to mind untill you mentioned it Heidi :confused:

I do plan POC after his PL experience and yes that would have been basically it for the day at MK...

(I do plan to do a whole 3 part posting on MK too BTW)

let me talk to Nathan and Matt and get their opinions...I wonder if it's too late to change the time...the other thing is....this day the PL is scheduled for is Rachel's b-day...so I don't want to split up immediately once arriving in the park..."end of the day" not a big deal...

oh :headache:

J~

MRYPPNS
07-14-2010, 12:58 PM
I really don't know much about the whole PL thing......it never occured to me that it could be loud in there. Could be thou....so many places in Disney that you would never think of as loud and/or dark can be. :confused3

Just throwing this out there....what about those face painting booths that they have.....I know there is one in Animal Kingdom (Jackie's kids had it done last year). Would he like that as a Plan B?


On a personal note I have to bend your ear soon about lactose intorlance....we think Liam has that.

SwansLoveDisney
07-14-2010, 03:01 PM
Joining in! Have to go back and read!

irish dancer
07-14-2010, 03:29 PM
We always find DHS hard to navigate and plan for too. Loved the pics! I've also got Starring Rolls on my list! :rotfl:

I agree with the others, trying to squeeze in BC might be too much. Also, I would not walk thru Epcot to the monorail, it is a very long walk. If you do go you could hop a bus from BC to MK and then walk to BLT.

My girls have done BBB a couple of times, wonder if Daniel would like the PL thing. He's done the face painting before and been OK with it. One time though he got some sort of thing that was full face and he was so funny trying to talk without moving his mouth because he was afraid it would ruin the face painting. :laughing:

As for OL, I think much of the 6:30p F! crowd will head for OL and won't be leaving then as I'm fairly certain you can't do them before the first F! show. I'll be interested in this too, if I find out anything I'll let you know.

mousescrapper
07-14-2010, 04:48 PM
I really don't know much about the whole PL thing......it never occured to me that it could be loud in there. Could be thou....so many places in Disney that you would never think of as loud and/or dark can be. :confused3

it could be just me being nervous something we have never done...kwim?

Just throwing this out there....what about those face painting booths that they have.....I know there is one in Animal Kingdom (Jackie's kids had it done last year). Would he like that as a Plan B?

it is a great Plan B...I have seen her pictures...but for Nathan the story, theme of the whole place is what appeals to him, not the make-up only...

I still want to run the time thing by Matt...but now that I have thought more about it...think the 12:30 time should work great for him and I will send some baby wipes...so if he hates part of it, we can wipe it off...pirate: it's not as expensive as BB so we'll see it will be a good learning lesson and something he and I can share w/ the boards


On a personal note I have to bend your ear soon about lactose intorlance....we think Liam has that.

aw...bummer...feel free to pick my ear (ok that sounds gross) , send an email and we should chat sometime too. I'm awaiting my new phone :woohoo: then I can actually talk to my NH gals :thumbsup2

Joining in! Have to go back and read!

:welcome: Julie...so great to have you come by!

We always find DHS hard to navigate and plan for too. Loved the pics! I've also got Starring Rolls on my list! :rotfl:

maybe we can have that snack together ;)

I agree with the others, trying to squeeze in BC might be too much. Also, I would not walk thru Epcot to the monorail, it is a very long walk. If you do go you could hop a bus from BC to MK and then walk to BLT.

thanks...feeling better about dropping that

My girls have done BBB a couple of times, wonder if Daniel would like the PL thing. He's done the face painting before and been OK with it. One time though he got some sort of thing that was full face and he was so funny trying to talk without moving his mouth because he was afraid it would ruin the face painting. :laughing:

cute :laughing:

As for OL, I think much of the 6:30p F! crowd will head for OL and won't be leaving then as I'm fairly certain you can't do them before the first F! show. I'll be interested in this too, if I find out anything I'll let you know.

great! be good to hear your thoughts too and so basically I can think we can see the lights while most of the park is sitting watching F! :confused: is it best for us to leave before official closing? I'm just wonderfing is it like leaving say MK after Wishes or EP after Illuminations?

you (Anne-Marie) are not on hoppers right? but if you were just arriving for OL what time would you get there?

TIA

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Ok so I purchased 2 adult AP's today for Matt and I by calling DVC MS this morning...I kept thinking I was going to buy them there and had myself confused trying to remember is it the AP's or the DDP you can't purchase in advance staying DVC points vs a reg Disney package ressie :confused: I started looking around on the boards and then called MS

and got the AP's :goofy:

glad I did just in case the prices go up in a few weeks...but

WHOOPS!

somewhere along the way in my inital budget of the price I messed up as I was budgeting $778 but it was $828 and change...$50 more... :teacher:
I kept thinking w/ discount it was $389 each, but I paid $414 (plus change) each to have hopping privledges..so I don't know...but we got what I wanted

not a huge problem...just have to re-save that $50 that was set aside for something else...would have been way worse if we realized it down there :headache:

so the only other major thing to be paid for is the DDP when we check in and I need to purchase my inlaws passes for them from UT...they just need to decide if they want hoppers or not as we will for sure hop only 2 of the 4 days they will be with us

Ok off to get some organizing done...I've decided to pull a couple of the kids Disney shirts to the trip pile and want to make sure I don't have too many shirts set aside...plus need to get cranking on my July projects

J~

mommytothreeboys
07-14-2010, 05:13 PM
All caught up!

I love the July 4th pics! SO cute! :thumbsup2

Bekah's hair cut is adorable. Good for her for wanting to donate it. :thumbsup2

Scary budget...but since when is Disney about the money we spend?? ;) The great thing is that you are on top of it and aware of what you are spending. Save, save, save! :thumbsup2

I can't wait to hear more planning! I'm in full-on "don't know when I'll be back to Disney" mode, so I need to live through you! :)

mousescrapper
07-14-2010, 05:17 PM
All caught up!

I love the July 4th pics! SO cute! :thumbsup2

Bekah's hair cut is adorable. Good for her for wanting to donate it. :thumbsup2

Scary budget...but since when is Disney about the money we spend?? ;) The great thing is that you are on top of it and aware of what you are spending. Save, save, save! :thumbsup2

I can't wait to hear more planning! I'm in full-on "don't know when I'll be back to Disney" mode, so I need to live through you! :)

live away my friend :goodvibes

SwansLoveDisney
07-14-2010, 05:52 PM
Yay for getting the APs. :banana:

And Boo for having to pay more than you thought.

DisMomAmy
07-14-2010, 06:05 PM
Yay for APs!! :banana::banana::banana:

Sorry they were more than you budgeted... :headache:

irish dancer
07-14-2010, 06:10 PM
Julie - DVC APs are $389 ea but that is without tax so the extra $50.xx you paid was tax. Darn that tax. ;)

As for our passes, we're still kicking around APs since we're planning a June 2011 trip for Mairead's graduation. Only problem is we're talking almost $900 more out of pocket now but will end up saving us around $200 overall.

My thoughts on OL is they'll probably start 6-6:30p so if you're arriving for just the lights I'd be there by 5:30-6p. You'd have until after 7ish to really enjoy them before the F! crowds would arrive. If you get there a little earlier you could always fit in something like GMR. If you want to avoid the crush I'd try to leave before the 2nd F! if they have one.

lexmas
07-14-2010, 06:53 PM
Glad you got your AP's bought, that's exciting! Too bad they were more than you had thought, but better to know ahead of time. At least all you have left to pay for is DDP!

Charleston Princess
07-14-2010, 11:23 PM
Hurray for getting those Disney APs!!! :yay:

Native NYer
07-15-2010, 06:12 AM
Yay for purchasing APs!! :yay:
And sorry for the price difference surprise. I agree it's better to have that surprise at home, than at WDW.

I think I can explain the difference in price as we just bought our DVC APs from the website last week. According to the receipt Disney emailed me, the cost of the AP with the DVC discount is $389. $25.29 tax is added to that to make the total $414.29 for each AP. All of the ticket prices listed on the Disney website are before tax. If you want to see the price after tax, just put in the number of tickets you're thinking of buying and hit checkout. You'll see the total, with tax.

KathyRN137
07-17-2010, 08:52 PM
Howdy! :goodvibes


Kathy

mousescrapper
07-18-2010, 07:38 PM
Hey everyone do a little DISNEY bootie shakin with me I'm going to WDW in 4 months!!!:dance3:

Momof2Disneyboys
07-18-2010, 07:47 PM
:cool1::woohoo::yay: 4 MONTHS!! :yay::woohoo::cool1:


:banana::banana::banana::banana:

Native NYer
07-18-2010, 08:13 PM
:dance3::dance3: 4 months!!! :dance3::dance3:

MRYPPNS
07-18-2010, 09:04 PM
:cheer2::cheer2::cheer2::cheer2:

irish dancer
07-18-2010, 09:31 PM
:banana::banana::dance3::banana::banana:

Dancing right along with you, since we're driving we'll be leaving now on the 19th too!

:banana::banana::dance3::banana::banana:

jillyb
07-18-2010, 10:17 PM
:dancer::dancer::dancer:party:party:party::banana: :banana::banana::banana::banana: :cool1: :cool1: :cool1: :cool1: :cool1: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

We hit our 4 month mark tomorrow!!!

disney<333
07-18-2010, 10:20 PM
Joining in! I'll be there for Thanksgiving, too.

jenjolt
07-19-2010, 01:17 PM
:banana::cool1::banana: WOOT for 4 months :banana::cool1::banana:

So glad you got the APs!!!!

Mickey_Mom
07-19-2010, 01:31 PM
I'm down for a little booty shakin' !

:banana::woohoo::dance3::woohoo::banana:

lexmas
07-19-2010, 01:42 PM
4 months! :cool1::cool1::cool1::cool1::cool1::cool1::cool1:: cool1::cool1:

mousescrapper
07-19-2010, 01:55 PM
Thanks for all the awesome dancing for my countdown! I can't wait to leave very cool Anne-Marie that we are leaving on the same day now I may be arriving earlier but you are getting there cheaper Happy 4 month jillyb and welcome to my new readers!

B]edit note[/B]...boy it is hard to post a reply using my new phone...but still fun...I will have to post a couple quick updates while we are there this yr...like hi standing in line for Dumbo or Hi I'm eating/drinking a Dole Whip...;)

mousescrapper
07-19-2010, 05:32 PM
Howdy! :goodvibes


Kathy

Howdy back my friend! Glad to see you back on the DIS!

DisMomAmy
07-19-2010, 06:36 PM
Yay for less than four months!! (Sorry I missed the actual day...)

:banana::banana::cheer2: :rockband::dancer:party::dancer::rockband: :cheer2::banana::banana:

And yay for posting updates with your new phone... it definitely isn't the easiest thing! Can you get the eTicket app on your blackberry or is that just an iphone thing?? It makes it a little easier to post, but it's hard to find the different threads.

mousescrapper
07-20-2010, 01:59 PM
Yay for less than four months!! (Sorry I missed the actual day...)

:banana::banana::cheer2: :rockband::dancer:party::dancer::rockband: :cheer2::banana::banana:

And yay for posting updates with your new phone... it definitely isn't the easiest thing! Can you get the eTicket app on your blackberry or is that just an iphone thing?? It makes it a little easier to post, but it's hard to find the different threads.

thanks for the dancin :goodvibes under 4 months is still good ;)


I know I'm not sure how to add size, clor or smileys...just have to come back in and edit from the computer....not sure on the eticket thing...I will look into it!


as well another post is coming up.....soon I promise. Busy working on crafty projects so I will have some cool stuff to share shortly and the start of our 110 days to Disney countdown is coming up fast yeah!

here is a sneak peek:


http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/110_6161.jpg

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/110_6199.jpg


J~

disney<333
07-20-2010, 02:03 PM
t
as well another post is coming up.....soon I promise. Busy working on crafty projects so I will have some cool stuff to share shortly and the start of our 110 days to Disney countdown is coming up fast yeah!

here is a sneak peek:


http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/110_6161.jpg

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/110_6199.jpg


J~
Oh my gosh, I can NOT wait to see everything. I need ideas for countdown calendars and autograph books.

DisMomAmy
07-20-2010, 08:30 PM
Can't wait to see your projects!! :thumbsup2

mommytothreeboys
07-21-2010, 04:23 PM
Ooohhh.....Disney projects! Very cool!

Oh and I'm a little late, but Happy 4 months to go! :banana: :banana:

lexmas
07-22-2010, 06:59 AM
So excited to see your projects! They look amazing just from the sneak peek!

Native NYer
07-22-2010, 07:03 AM
Can't wait to see your projects!

Charleston Princess
07-24-2010, 09:07 AM
Hurray for being four months away!!! party:

DisMomAmy
07-25-2010, 01:26 PM
Hope all is well! Just popping in to say hi! Did you have some bad weather in your area recently?

mousescrapper
07-26-2010, 05:35 PM
Hope all is well! Just popping in to say hi! Did you have some bad weather in your area recently?

About 7 inches of rain overnight just this past Friday and well can you just imagine the havoc that can cause?

Seepage for us has thrown our whole basement into a disaster zone including wet carpet and now it stinks…oh man….here is what my scrapbook room looks like:

Pre carpet pulled up

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/110_6277.jpg


And after

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/108_6281.jpg

Not good for my nose, paper or Disney karma here folks….UGH!

Here’s our basement as you look in from the stairs:

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/108_6279.jpg

Not horrible but still a pain…

Sorry for my short absence…last Thursday I drove in what felt like a monsoon for 5 hours on the expressway up to very far Northern Wisconsin (Three Lakes) to pick up Bekah from her camp where she had been for the past 11 days…

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/110_6222-1.jpg

Luckily once we arrived the rain stopped and we had a great afternoon into evening of looking around her camp and getting to see what she had been doing. She had a blast and was sorry to leave…but can’t wait till next yr!

On the way home the next morning we drove down to Wisconsin Dells and had lunch at Monks Bar…if you ever travel through that area…it’s a must stop….YUM! burgers, fries and onion rings served on wax paper and Frisbees for the kids.

Then just a little further away after some crazy winding farm roads…uh hello GPS lady where are we going? We made it to the Cave of the Mounds…this was a bit steep in cost…but an excellent thing to see. Here we are (minus Naomi-Ruth she was at home w/ Grandma and Ja-Ja) in the Cathedral room:

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/110_6242.jpg

And then the kids purchased sand sifting treasure bags and here they are w/ their finds:

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/110_6254.jpg


After a few more hours in the car and dinner on the road we made it home….after a late night of laundry (doing up all of Bekah’s clothes from camp) I was awoken early on Saturday morning (7 am) by my Mom calling to see if we are OK?...it had rained that 7 inches that night and that is when we found the seepage in our basement and my parents were getting water and the pond was over flowing again…

This is looking out in the neighbor’s backyard right behind my parents:

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/110_6268.jpg

My SIL picked me up after helping Matt get up bins etc in our basement I headed to my folks…


Not again:

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/110_6260.jpg

time to wade on down the street...

It was not nearly as bad as two yrs ago…but still can’t believe we were sandbagging again… :sad2:

Here we (SIL-Angie, me, my Sis-Jen and my Bro-Dan) are taking a rest on our own version of a lazy river:

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/110_6269.jpg

Matt’s parents also were hit badly w/ being evacuated from their home and leaving it w/ water in it…. (they are OK...lots of floor damage mostly)

Things are getting back to normal now…but have days left of clean-up and helping both sets of parents…

Also the previous weekend on Sunday night we went to a special needs swim night at a pool/beach in a nearby suburb...it was great! the next one is the 1st...we hope to go again.

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/110_6153.jpg

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/110_6144.jpg

Now prior to all this crazy…I did manage to get my Disney craft groove on and here are some of the projects to share:

The little girls B-day shirts, design courtesy of Marion (rustmanfan):

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/110_6200.jpg

My trip notes, small journal pages design courtesy of DISigner Natalie (donatalie):

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/110_6201.jpg

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/110_6202.jpg

I just printed the pages as 3 x 5 cut and trimmed and then punched holes in the corner, reinforced w/ hole reinforcer stickers, added a thin cardboard back, a cardstock cover and held it all together w/ a little chain.

1 of 4 custom autograph books, w/ character pages designs by Natalie:

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/110_6203.jpg

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/110_6204.jpg

I decided to make 4 different books w/ 10 different characters for each child. I printed out the character page designs as 3 x 5’s again on thick printing paper and then used a chipboard album backed w/ cardstock (and inked edges). The character photo page is for the Characters to sign and then the blank cardstock page is for a photo to be added later. I also added a little saying or a quote about each character.

I will add the words “Rachel’s Autographs” to the front of the book too (just need the right stickers).

The characters in Rachel’s book include:

Tiana and Naveen (Princess and the Frog)
Aladdin and Jasmine
Safari Minnie
Iridessa
Human Ariel
Belle
Alice
Mulan


I saved and customized on the computer then printed off several dining/restaurant invites and an invite for the girls to BBB plus an invite to the PL for Nathan.

Here’s Nathan’s:

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/110_6207.jpg

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/110_6209.jpg


The DISigns were from Marion (pirate) and Natalie:

Here’s a group shot of the other ones:

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/108_6282.jpg

Plus I am working on door signs for our BLT door…

Here is one for Thanksgiving day:

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/110_6210.jpg

Lastly I am making a little Disney ABC book for Naomi-Ruth…don’t have anything to show yet…as Matt took the papers to work to laminate for me…

I’m hoping to set up a make ship scrap area in our dining room while the carpet airs out downstairs and keep my fingers crossed by week’s end we can have the basement almost back to normal…

I want to get the other 3 kids autograph books done in the next week too if I can too!

I have a few other projects in the works too…so I will post more when I can get some more done!

Up Next I will announce and share our plan for our BIG 110 day countdown complete w/ a 110 piece paper chain and 20 special planned activities…

Stay tuned and thanks for reading as always,

Julie

Oh and Rachel’s coming down w/ a bit of a cold so after I dropped Nathan off at camp I stopped at CVS and bought this:

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/110_6276.jpg

I bought cold med too :rolleyes:….I’m going to save the bands for Disney and yesterday when Bekah and I were at Target we found these:

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/108_6285.jpg


Now I almost want the kids to scrape their knees ;)

MRYPPNS
07-26-2010, 06:16 PM
Thanks for posting such a great update in the middle of your chaos!

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/110_6202.jpg

Did she email them to you as a file or files???? If she did could you email them to me? or point me in the right direction to grab them off the internet please???

Native NYer
07-26-2010, 06:21 PM
Oh I am so sorry about the flooding!
Glad Bekah had a great time at camp.
Love all of your craft projects. The birthday shirts are adorable.
Can't wait to see your countdown chain.

irish dancer
07-26-2010, 06:39 PM
Yikes! Glad the flooding for you wasn't worse. Sorry about the parents though. We were out of town at DHs family reunion in NJ and knew nothing about the storms until my DMom called and told us. Luckily we stayed dry, DSis not so lucky she got 2ft!

Happy Bekah had a great time at camp. Those bunks look exactly the same as my girls had at Girl Scout camp last year!

Love all the projects! Have not done anything yet for ours. Still haven't told the kids about the trip yet and might keep it a secret until we go so I'll have to wait to do any projects until after they go back to school.....

Mickey_Mom
07-26-2010, 07:13 PM
Love seeing all your projects! What a heck of a lot of water... hope things get back to normal for you soon.

DisMomAmy
07-26-2010, 09:29 PM
Sorry to hear you guys are flooded out again!! I'll be thinking of you and your families hoping everything dries up quickly! :goodvibes

Love all of your great projects!! :thumbsup2

Charleston Princess
07-26-2010, 09:40 PM
Oh, I hope you dry out quickly and things return to normal!!! What a bummer! :hug:

You have been a very busy crafter -- all of your stuff for the trip is so cute! Love it all!

jillyb
07-26-2010, 11:17 PM
Sorry to hear about the flooding. We have an area close to our house that floods like that. The area is called Rocky River because there's a river right there (doh! LOL) and whenever we get lots of rain it floods horribly there.

Love your craft projects! Looking forward to seeing your 110 day countdown chain. I'm working on a 10 day countdown calendar. I've got exactly two days on it. :laughing: :laughing: Need to get crackin' on it since we're at 119 days today!

mousescrapper
07-27-2010, 10:47 AM
Thanks for posting such a great update in the middle of your chaos!

why your welcome :goodvibes

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/110_6202.jpg

Did she email them to you as a file or files???? If she did could you email them to me? or point me in the right direction to grab them off the internet please???

Ok here is a link straight to her thread:

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2421068

and then in her siggie you will find two sites a 4share and a photobucket...click on the photo bucket one.

She has tons of stuff so scroll down till you find journal pages...BUT as well in her thread the very next post #2 you will see a direct link to the above pages in her photobucket area click on the parks to your left and then you will need to open each picture file to enlarge it and then save into your Pictures Folders on your computer...

I also use a free photo organizer called Picasa it is great! it's downloadable from Google sites. It was easy then to click all the pages I wanted choose 3 x 5 and print...

I am also using some of her more elaborate journal desings to create custom Jounrals for the kids too...working on those...

Oh I am so sorry about the flooding!
Glad Bekah had a great time at camp.
Love all of your craft projects. The birthday shirts are adorable.
Can't wait to see your countdown chain.

thanks...it seems crazy how like every other day on the news you hear of flooding in your area or around the country...:confused:

I am very happy w/ the shirts...glad I went w/ the readers advice and make them. very easy :thumbsup2

Yikes! Glad the flooding for you wasn't worse. Sorry about the parents though. We were out of town at DHs family reunion in NJ and knew nothing about the storms until my DMom called and told us. Luckily we stayed dry, DSis not so lucky she got 2ft!


Aw man I am so glad to hear that...I have heard some street near you after the village did work it constantly floods now...we heard one of our neighbors got two ft in their basement too...YUCK!

Happy Bekah had a great time at camp. Those bunks look exactly the same as my girls had at Girl Scout camp last year!

us too...the cabins were very nice!

Love all the projects! Have not done anything yet for ours. Still haven't told the kids about the trip yet and might keep it a secret until we go so I'll have to wait to do any projects until after they go back to school.....

thanks! that will be so cool about a surprise...very fun! and can you belive like less than a month now till the kids go back (well at least for us)

Love seeing all your projects! What a heck of a lot of water... hope things get back to normal for you soon.

thank you :goodvibes us too....

Sorry to hear you guys are flooded out again!! I'll be thinking of you and your families hoping everything dries up quickly! :goodvibes


thanks...just crazy...I know you remember the pictures form 2 yrs ago :sad2:

Love all of your great projects!! :thumbsup2

it has been fun having all this time to create some new things and have fallen in love w/ the DISigns threads...

Oh, I hope you dry out quickly and things return to normal!!! What a bummer! :hug:

thanks...and welcome back

You have been a very busy crafter -- all of your stuff for the trip is so cute! Love it all!

it is so fun, just wish I had even more time to work on things like this

Sorry to hear about the flooding. We have an area close to our house that floods like that. The area is called Rocky River because there's a river right there (doh! LOL) and whenever we get lots of rain it floods horribly there.

;)

Love your craft projects! Looking forward to seeing your 110 day countdown chain. I'm working on a 10 day countdown calendar. I've got exactly two days on it. :laughing: :laughing: Need to get crackin' on it since we're at 119 days today!

115 for us....wow can't believe 100 days is getting closer...I will post pictures and the plan for our countdown before the end of the week...feel free to borrow some of our ideas!


be back soon w/ more fun!

J~

DisMomAmy
07-27-2010, 12:20 PM
I remember the pictures... That's exactly what I thought of when I heard there had been flooding in your area!

Marshay
07-27-2010, 12:57 PM
Ok here is a link straight to her thread:

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2421068

I am also using some of her more elaborate journal desings to create custom Jounrals for the kids too...working on those...

Oooh, I may have to lift these, too!!

[QUOTE=mousescrapper;37465726]thanks for the dancin :goodvibes under 4 months is still good ;)

here is a sneak peek:[/SIZE]


http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/110_6161.jpg

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/110_6199.jpg


J~


Ooooh, I love the projects!!! You definitely inspire me!

My door sign was a big hit -- got about 10 comment cards (although someone did steal my marker :headache:).

I did the Mickey tickets showing the mileage for all the major cities on the way down...DD5 liked that, esp b/c with each ticket she got a new surprise (either food or small toy).

Can you list your days again ... particularly Nov 21 -23 since we just booked a last-minute trip and will be there the same time!:thumbsup2

mousescrapper
07-27-2010, 03:41 PM
I remember the pictures... That's exactly what I thought of when I heard there had been flooding in your area!


I know when my DSIL and I drove down the street toward my parents...we both could not believe it....

[QUOTE=mousescrapper;37560145]Ok here is a link straight to her thread:

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2421068

I am also using some of her more elaborate journal desings to create custom Jounrals for the kids too...working on those...

Oooh, I may have to lift these, too!!

you bet...I will post what I am doing w/ more of her stuff too...I'm going to use some of her pages to for Nathan's new WDW/Autism guide this yr...


Ooooh, I love the projects!!! You definitely inspire me!


same back to you!

My door sign was a big hit -- got about 10 comment cards (although someone did steal my marker :headache:).

love it and yes bummer

I did the Mickey tickets showing the mileage for all the major cities on the way down...DD5 liked that, esp b/c with each ticket she got a new surprise (either food or small toy).


too cute...I am so glad she liked those it sounded too fun!

Can you list your days again ... particularly Nov 21 -23 since we just booked a last-minute trip and will be there the same time!:thumbsup2

YEAH :cool1: I know I read on the NEW Nov thread you are making a quickie back down....

so this is the pretty basic plan for Sun 21st through Tues 23rd...don't forsee much changing...

my inlaws will be w/ all these days too

21st-AK in the morning hopefully as close to RD/opening as possible, tour through very early afternoon hit the big stuff then a rest/play at BLT and then just our 6 will be braving the MK EMH...we'll head over early for dinner and then play it by ear...

22nd-DHS in morning once again hopefully as close to RD/opening as we can manage, tour through early afternoon if you look back a few posts you'll actually see my full agenda for DHS on this day...break back at BLT then HDDR at night and back to BLT for the night.

23rd-Rachel's b-day 1900 PF ADR 8 am, then over to MK for touring into mid afternoon, Nathan is doing the PL at 12:30 pm. we'll take a small break at BLT and then plan to hop back over to DHS for the OL (as long as they are up) otherwise back to MK or maybe EP ????

anything match up?

J~

Marshay
07-27-2010, 06:00 PM
[COLOR="seagreen"]YEAH :cool1: I know I read on the NEW Nov thread you are making a quickie back down....

so this is the pretty basic plan for Sun 21st through Tues 23rd...don't forsee much changing...

my inlaws will be w/ all these days too

21st-AK in the morning hopefully as close to RD/opening as possible, tour through very early afternoon hit the big stuff then a rest/play at BLT and then just our 6 will be braving the MK EMH...we'll head over early for dinner and then play it by ear...

22nd-DHS in morning once again hopefully as close to RD/opening as we can manage, tour through early afternoon if you look back a few posts you'll actually see my full agenda for DHS on this day...break back at BLT then HDDR at night and back to BLT for the night.

23rd-Rachel's b-day 1900 PF ADR 8 am, then over to MK for touring into mid afternoon, Nathan is doing the PL at 12:30 pm. we'll take a small break at BLT and then plan to hop back over to DHS for the OL (as long as they are up) otherwise back to MK or maybe EP ????

anything match up?

J~

Very cool! We have a lot in common.

We are (tentatively) planned:

11/21 - MK in the AM and HS in the PM for osbourne lights. IF (and that's a big one) we are still awake we'll go to MK EMH. (so we may overlap for EMH)

11/22 HS in the AM and MK in the PM (so we should overlap in the AM)

11/23 MK in the AM and HS in the PM for the osbourne lights (we should overlap for both MK and HS)

We are making a list of the attractions we missed on this July trip or those we want to do again. I'm sure we can meet up somewhere one of those times. I'll PM you my cell # and if nothing else we can call each other when we're in the park. I currently have dinner and lunch ressies for LTT and Kona but they are more like placeholders. We actually really like the food choices at MK so often times we just end up at CHH, PVH, or CR.

PS My Rachel would be excited to meet another Rachel! She thinks it's cool to meet other kids with her name!

motsmom
07-28-2010, 09:42 AM
Ugh... what a mess with your craft room but 7" of rain! Yikes!

Where is best place to get scrapbook stuff at Disney? Haven't been there in ages and never to DTD?

mousescrapper
07-28-2010, 12:14 PM
Very cool! We have a lot in common.

sweet :cool1:

We are (tentatively) planned:

11/21 - MK in the AM and HS in the PM for osbourne lights. IF (and that's a big one) we are still awake we'll go to MK EMH. (so we may overlap for EMH)

11/22 HS in the AM and MK in the PM (so we should overlap in the AM)

11/23 MK in the AM and HS in the PM for the osbourne lights (we should overlap for both MK and HS)

hey you forgot to mention this day in your pm...but I jotted it down in my notes


PS My Rachel would be excited to meet another Rachel! She thinks it's cool to meet other kids with her name!


Rachel is quite the social butterfly too...she'll get a kick out of too :goodvibes

Ugh... what a mess with your craft room but 7" of rain! Yikes!

yes I am glad it wasn't any worse than seepage... I did get a make ship area out in the regular basement area...it's drying out...but still days till I am back in and starightened up...UGH is right...

Where is best place to get scrapbook stuff at Disney? Haven't been there in ages and never to DTD?

I have found various things at ALL gift shops throughout property...they have themed packages of stickers, paper, etc and then smaller sticker packets...I especially want to buy there the little stickers that say the parks names on them or have the park logos as you can't find that stuff anywhere else (at least I've noticed)...they also will have scrapbook albums w/ generally the current yr on the cover. I bought these really cute albums for my 3 older kids in 08 at one of the gift shops at the Poly resort...but didn't see anything around property in 09...bummer...hope I can find some in Nov.

DTD basically the Marketplace area is where all the great shops are...some shops will have merchandise you can't find else where...but mostly everything in the regular Disney shops you can find at the resorts and in the parks...

if you have time to go there...I would it's a fun morning or late evening...plus a couple of great QS places to eat...

You can find plenty of generic Disney things at the scrapbook stores and online too :thumbsup2


as well....


:welcome: to my PTR...thanks for saying hi


J~

lexmas
07-28-2010, 01:12 PM
Oh my, that is a lot of rain. I'm happy to hear you escaped the worst of the damage.

5 hours is a long time to drive in the rain! But it looks like Bekah had fun at camp, and like you had a fun detour on the way home!

Swimming looks fun too! Glad you enjoyed yourself!

And I am totally jealous of those disney bandz...DH thinks that DS is too little to get into them. I say, who cares about DS? I want them! :laughing:

And yet, you still managed to get such a big update up! I LOVE all the projects, they are all so beautiful! I'm hoping to make a little journal for myself from Natalie's designs too, but I'm not sure how to make them smaller than a whole page for printing. I will figure it out though. I also absolutely love that sign for your door for Thanksgiving! Too cute!

motsmom
07-28-2010, 05:45 PM
thanks.. I see Disney stuff at my LSS and everywhere on line but am glad for the tips on smaller park stamps etc that may not get elsewhere... I have always admired all my friends' Disney albums.. so that's really the reason for our trip.. so I can do one too?:rotfl2: well, not the "real" reaon

mousescrapper
07-29-2010, 10:44 AM
And I am totally jealous of those disney bandz...DH thinks that DS is too little to get into them. I say, who cares about DS? I want them! :laughing:


:rotfl: love it....yes I can see myself taking a few while we are there too

And yet, you still managed to get such a big update up! I LOVE all the projects, they are all so beautiful! I'm hoping to make a little journal for myself from Natalie's designs too, but I'm not sure how to make them smaller than a whole page for printing. I will figure it out though. I also absolutely love that sign for your door for Thanksgiving! Too cute!


thanks :goodvibes our basement is getting closer to back to normal so yay!!!!! maybe just 2 more days I can start getting my scrap room back in order!

for printing her pages smaller...if you save the picture files into a pictures folder on your computer or a photoorganizing site like Picasa that you can use to print at home...you should be able to choose a smaller size...some of her designs get a little cut off being smaller...but not bad...

I have always admired all my friends' Disney albums.. so that's really the reason for our trip.. so I can do one too?:rotfl2: well, not the "real" reaon


the things we tell ourselves ;)

mommytothreeboys
07-29-2010, 02:42 PM
So sorry about the flooding. Soggy basements are never fun or convenient! :sad2: It's been a really rainy summer here too...lots of baseball rain-outs!

I'm so glad Bekah enjoyed camp! Jonah went last week and my two older boys are at camp this week. Yay for summer camp! (BUT UGH on the laundry!)

I adore all of your projects! You are very talented! :worship: The autograph books are my favorite.

mousescrapper
08-01-2010, 01:25 PM
So sorry about the flooding. Soggy basements are never fun or convenient! :sad2: It's been a really rainy summer here too...lots of baseball rain-outs!

I'm so glad Bekah enjoyed camp! Jonah went last week and my two older boys are at camp this week. Yay for summer camp! (BUT UGH on the laundry!)

I adore all of your projects! You are very talented! :worship: The autograph books are my favorite.

Hi Missy...

yes we are still in the process of clean-up...the dehumidfier is still pulling out water....:headache:

but my scrap room is finally back in order hope to get down there today!

I woulnd't say it's been a rainy summer here...actually quite hot and dry...just when you add up 7 inches in one night...well that is when disaster stirkes...

hope your older boys are enjoying camp!

and thanks for the sweet praise...too kind, I really am pleased w/ the autograph books too :goodvibes

mousescrapper
08-01-2010, 01:34 PM
110 Days to Disney…..:banana:


We are on our way now, come join our countdown celebrations as we begin to countdown the days till we leave for our next WDW Adventure…

As the summers come to an end & school begins, the seasons change into fall and then Winter will be approaching, as Halloween passes and preparations for Thanksgiving and the Holiday rush begin…all along in the Mouse Scrapper house we will be getting ready for some Disney fun…

Matt and I several months ago were sitting in our living room commenting on the very long paper chain that is hanging up (the girls made over Spring Break the end of March) and deciding what should we do with it? :confused:

Take it down and throw it away?

Or


Save it and use to help countdown to Disney!!!!

We cam up w/ a plan that starting on August 1st our 110 day mark to our trip…we have mini celebrations/family nights & days every 10 days leading up to the final 10 days till Disney.

As you saw in a previous post I hinted to this countdown…

We came up w/ 20 themes of things to do and then I made these little colored Mickey Heads:

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/110_6161.jpg

Each Head has the number of days to go and the theme for the night or day’s celebration…


We start today w/ a simple but fun way to kick it all off:

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/110_6162-1.jpg

During the non “Disney Days” we’ll shorten the chain each day by removing the next 9 links…

Here is the very long….room wrapping chain:

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/110_6192.jpg

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/110_6194.jpg

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/110_6193.jpg

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/BLT%202010/110_6195.jpg


And to give you a sneak peek as to what is ahead, here are a few of our upcoming days:

Pirates Day pirate:

Finding Nemo Night

Mary Poppins Day :goodvibes

Our own MNSSHP and MVMCP nights/days :santa:

And more…

I will try and post on the day of each countdown and then again w/ some pictures from what we did…


This should be a great and fun way to help countdown, pass the time and spend some great quality time together….

Coming up soon and NEXT:

More Disney trip crafts and Scrappie’s Guide to the Animal Kingdom

Stay tuned and thanks for reading,

J~

jillyb
08-01-2010, 03:13 PM
Yay for 110 days!!!! :cool1: :cool1: :banana: :banana:

Love the countdown chain and all the fun things you have planned. Hannah came up while I was reading your update and she thought it was cool too. Looking forward to hearing all about the fun things you'll be doing leading up to your trip!

Mickey_Mom
08-01-2010, 05:15 PM
Love the chain! I've often wondered if Ariana would 'allow' a chain to stay up the entire time before our trip so we've never done one. She'd just as soon pull it down and wrap it around herself.

This year I was going to do stickers on a calendar but I'm thinking we might give the chain a try. The Disney nights sound so fun.

MRYPPNS
08-01-2010, 05:54 PM
Can I be in your family????? Please.

Native NYer
08-01-2010, 07:25 PM
I love your countdown chain. The Disney family nights every 10 days is such a great idea!

DisMomAmy
08-01-2010, 08:19 PM
Wow! Great countdown chain!! It sounds like you have a ton of fun things planned!! :cool1: Can't wait for you to share them with us!! :goodvibes

disney<333
08-01-2010, 09:21 PM
I'm sorry to hear about your basement! Flooding is just horrible, isn't it?! You have your own room just for scrap booking?!?! I'm so jealous. I just have a few drawers for my stuff. Whenever we visit family up north the girls say they would like a basement. Too bad there are none of them in Florida.
I LOVE your countdown calendar. We do Disney nights every 10 days, too. I still don't know what to do with my countdown calendar. There is a good chance I'll be in DHS in 2 weeks. DH wants to go right before school starts but he won't know if he can take off until 5 days before! A little stress-full for the obsessive planner in me but I have a plan and ADRs set.:thumbsup2

Marshay
08-01-2010, 10:06 PM
Love the chain!! We did a 30 day paper chain for our July trip and then used the paper chains to create a "funny face" of all 30 chains -- some were the eyes, nose, mouth and hair...we gave the Funny Face a mustache and earring and necklaces -- all from that day's paper chain!

It was great to see the chain get smaller and our Funny face get larger!

and like I said on the other thread ... I'm going to make invites for 4 special Disney nights based on your idea -- this way we have one for each month. I can't wait to see what you do!

Charleston Princess
08-01-2010, 10:15 PM
Happy 110 Days Until Disney!!! party:

More ideas for me to steal! I am so excited!!! :laughing:

What was the movie choice and special dessert?

lexmas
08-02-2010, 07:55 AM
I love the countdown chain idea. So creative! It will definately help to pass the time!

mousescrapper
08-02-2010, 12:22 PM
Yay for 110 days!!!! :cool1: :cool1

Love the countdown chain and all the fun things you have planned. Hannah came up while I was reading your update and she thought it was cool too. Looking forward to hearing all about the fun things you'll be doing leading up to your trip!

thanks I just love how all the Diser kids get a kick out of what we are reading and looking at on the boards, mine included....:goodvibes

Love the chain! I've often wondered if Ariana would 'allow' a chain to stay up the entire time before our trip so we've never done one. She'd just as soon pull it down and wrap it around herself.

:rotfl: would be fun though

This year I was going to do stickers on a calendar but I'm thinking we might give the chain a try. The Disney nights sound so fun.

thanks...I have done the sticker one too for 30 days and then the last trip we just had cross off calendars and 10 days of Disney...so this should be lots of fun!

Can I be in your family????? Please.


anytime :thumbsup2

I love your countdown chain. The Disney family nights every 10 days is such a great idea!

thanks! Your trip is getting really close now

Wow! Great countdown chain!! It sounds like you have a ton of fun things planned!! :cool1: Can't wait for you to share them with us!!

You know I will! We have some really cool things planned!

I'm sorry to hear about your basement! Flooding is just horrible, isn't it?! You have your own room just for scrap booking?!?! I'm so jealous. I just have a few drawers for my stuff. Whenever we visit family up north the girls say they would like a basement. Too bad there are none of them in Florida.

I know...my parents house (the one I grew up in is a split and they have had many, many yrs of this issue and funny thing many time I have found myself looking at the real estate ads in FL and tell myself oh man do they have like 6 BD homes...cause w/out that extra basement space where will I put my scrapping ...yes it is a luxary..orginally the spare room in the basement was to be shared by DH and I...well :rolleyes1

I LOVE your countdown calendar. We do Disney nights every 10 days, too. I still don't know what to do with my countdown calendar. There is a good chance I'll be in DHS in 2 weeks. DH wants to go right before school starts but he won't know if he can take off until 5 days before! A little stress-full for the obsessive planner in me but I have a plan and ADRs set.:thumbsup2

thanks...and wow cool about DHS...would it be just one day?

Love the chain!! We did a 30 day paper chain for our July trip and then used the paper chains to create a "funny face" of all 30 chains -- some were the eyes, nose, mouth and hair...we gave the Funny Face a mustache and earring and necklaces -- all from that day's paper chain!

fun way to re-use the paper...sorry to say our's will go to the recycling bin...it's been up there a while...kinda faded and dusty now

and like I said on the other thread ... I'm going to make invites for 4 special Disney nights based on your idea -- this way we have one for each month. I can't wait to see what you do!

yes very cool...pm if you want any sneak peek ideas

Happy 110 Days Until Disney!!! party:

More ideas for me to steal! I am so excited!!!

go for it!

What was the movie choice and special dessert?

coming up below!

I love the countdown chain idea. So creative! It will definately help to pass the time!

thanks...I know when we planned this out several months back...seemed like August was so far away and now it's hear...Nov should come quick...



So what did we watch and what was the treat....

I'm actually quite proud of my treat....I had (sad to say) I batch of homemade brownie mix w/ M n M's still in the pantry since Christmas....and well looky what I came up w/ (the picture is pre oven...it still looked great after baking...and that little blob was suppose to be a Mickey head...I tired)

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/108_6306.jpg

Naomi-Ruth was quite excited there was a "W" on there...she is getting really good w/ labeling her letters!

We actually had the treat after our movie choice:

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/108_6309.jpg

we went old school and watched a classic....I love watching this! Yes that is my original 1994 VHS copy :rotfl: For those of you who didn't know, I worked for the stores back in 1993-1995 (why did I ever leave :sad2:) and this movie came out during my time working for Disney...as you recall in the stores back then they'd show movie clips from upcoming releases...when the movie came out...a whole bunch of my Disney co-workers & I went to go see it and it was a blast...this was also a trying time for Matt and I early on in our relationship...we were engaged to be married and Matt had enlisted in the Air Force..for reasons we did not forsee he was medically released during basic...and he wasn't home when the movie came out...so this holds a special place in my heart for that time in our lives....

Here is a picture (on our "movie screen") downstairs in the opening scene...which always gives me chills...

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/108_6311.jpg

After the movie we dug into the treat:

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/108_6320.jpg

and since Naomi can't have the brownies I made she had one of her own GF, DF, EF cookies w/ a special Timon/Pumba touch of a candy worm :cutie:

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/108_6315.jpg

and of course before all that happended...we explained to the kids what the chain and Mickey heads were all about and they are very excited :dance3:...Matt cut down the first head to get us started:

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/108_6307.jpg

and Nathan eagerly read the first one outloud...

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/108_6308.jpg

It was a great night!

Next Disney countdown night will be at 100 days on Wed 8-11

Also to share...yesterday I made these very clever Test Track Licenses for the 4 kids...I used Natalie's designs found on your photobucket site...I first copied the image over into my photobucket account, erased the yr up top (all of her's including the blanks still say 2009), then saved into my Picasa files and added the dates and names.

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/108_6299.jpg

printed them out on card stock and used self laminating sheets to cover them, trimed the edges and rounded the corners (no sharp points)...I will give them or try and a get a CM to give them to them later when we arrive at Disney or Epcot...we plan to ride on the 2nd day...I don't know if Naomi-Ruth will be tall enough or if we will take her on...but didn't want her to be left out...

Plus I added two more pictures of DH & I to our mini NYC backdrop book from '94 and '98:

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/108_6303.jpg

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee134/Dizmama5/108_6305.jpg


Still working on the kids cutsom guidebooks/journals...we decided the purchased ones were no longer in the funds, and I am starting Nathan's special Autism friendly guidebook...

I still have to finish the autograph books too...but trying to do most of this in secret...it is tricky w/ the kids always lurking around...;)

I will get started on my next Park update soon, hopefully this week.

J~

SwansLoveDisney
08-02-2010, 03:09 PM
You are so creative! I'm going to have to remember that countdown idea when Claire is old enough to understand what a countdown is!

Those brownies look delicious. I totally see the Mickey Head!