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kayrosek
01-06-2010, 04:08 AM
So here it is more than a month since we returned from our first WDW trip ever and I have been seriously debating the wisdom of starting a trip report. I'm just not sure I'll be all that good at it and although I meant to take notes I diden't manage to so I'm not sure I'll be able to really acuratley portray our time in WDW or the rest of our vacation (hence the reason for the + sign but more on that later,) but despite those fears, I need this trip report. Our trip was magical and also more than a little crazy. There is a great deal of back story to it and I just can't get over it. I want to talk about it, but those willing to hear about it around here already have so I will share my story with you instead.

praisehisname
01-06-2010, 05:13 AM
I'd love to hear about it!

mouseketeer_mom
01-06-2010, 07:25 AM
Bring it on... spare no detail popcorn::

(we all thrive on others TR until we get to go ourselves)

kayrosek
01-06-2010, 05:52 PM
I'd love to hear about it!

My Husband will be thrilled!:rotfl:He's a little bugged by my tendencie to bring it up several times a day.

kayrosek
01-06-2010, 05:56 PM
Okay just one thing I can't seem to figure out how to post photos.

DisneyDreamerMom
01-06-2010, 05:56 PM
I'm in - I need some tr's to hold me over for the next 4 mo and 2 days (not that I'm counting!).

kayrosek
01-06-2010, 06:45 PM
And now to begin with I bet you'd like some introductions. So here's a little info on my crazy, nutty, wonderful family.



ME: Krystal, 31yr old mom with a passion for reading and art. I've always loved Disney. My first trip to Disneyland at 11 is permanently etched in my memory and I've always wanted my children to experience the Disney magic.

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DH: John, 38yr old Disabled UMC Veteran. John was involved in a training accident several years ago that left him seriously injured and complications after the fact left his permanently disabled. DH loves fantasy and Sci Fi and is a big Star Wars fan. He's my lovable Teddy Bear but he's got a bit of a Donald Duck personality especially when he's in pain which becomes very relevant to this trip (but more about that later). He's also not to fond of pictures which will be evident in the few I actually managed to get of him.

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More intro's to come (soon hopefully)

kayrosek
01-06-2010, 08:41 PM
More Intro's:


DD12 (soon to be 13): Tessa, Tess is an amazing singer and born performer, loves Tinkerbell, skulls and cross bones, purple and black. She's turning into a teenager with vengence. She has her moody spells and loves to text a bit too much for my taste (we had some texting issues this trip) but she is a great kid all around. She's the only one in our family with practically no medical issues and she's grown up a bit faster than I would have liked so it was good to see her immersed in being a kid. She's also a big part of the reason for this trip (again more on that later, I'm saying that alot already).

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DD10 (11 in 2 :scared1: days): Jenna, Jen is my little bookworm, she loves to learn and sucks up knowledge like a sponge. She's interested in everything and constantly asking qestions. She's also quite the little comedian. On this trip she became obsessed with Minnie Mouse!

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DS9: Jonnie, Jonnie is my little miracle child. He was quite sick as an infant and had alot of unexplained illnesses but he's doing great now. Jonnie can make anyone smile, he's constantly coming up with the cutest comments. He loves Disney, he loves cartoons in general but before this trip I woulden't have said he had a favorite character (I'll save that for later it's a great story). Jonnie is also on the Autistic Spectrum, with ADHD and numerous learning disorders. It's important that you know this because it affects alot of things in our lives including of course our trip to WDW.

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yinyanggirls
01-06-2010, 11:23 PM
You decided to start one! Yay! Those are great pics of the kids. You never mentioned that you have a Tessa too (or did you?). That makes three of us on the DIS, and I've only ever met one in real life. Weird. You've mentioned the miracles of this trip before, so I'm anxious for you to remember the details and unfold them before our eyes. :goodvibes

kayrosek
01-07-2010, 10:59 AM
You decided to start one! Yay! Those are great pics of the kids. You never mentioned that you have a Tessa too (or did you?). That makes three of us on the DIS, and I've only ever met one in real life. Weird. You've mentioned the miracles of this trip before, so I'm anxious for you to remember the details and unfold them before our eyes. :goodvibes
I don't think I did mention it. I followed you over to your PTR because you mentioned your Tessa but I got so caught up in your story I don't think I mentioned my Tessa. Like you I don't find that many Tessa's in real life. Tessa hates it. She actually asked me if we could call her Teresa so she woulden't be the only one around with her name. :rotfl2:

Angies1274
01-07-2010, 11:22 AM
Joining in!!:goodvibes What great pictures!! I can't wait to hear about your trip!!!

kayrosek
01-07-2010, 12:29 PM
Joining in!!:goodvibes What great pictures!! I can't wait to hear about your trip!!!
Welcome! Thanks for the compliments on the pics. Tess hates the second one of her she thinks it looks funny cuz it's grainy. I can't seem to convince her it's supposed to be that way. The rest of them are from this fall. The pic of Jen with the big bunch of flowers was while she was playing around pretending to be famous. I think she was making me call her Madonna. :rotfl:

yinyanggirls
01-07-2010, 09:46 PM
LOL! Well, you can tell her that there's a Tessa in AZ who thinks it's so cool that she has the same name. I showed her the pics and highlighted the name and asked her to read it. She said, all excited, TESSA!! :goodvibes

tarstar
01-07-2010, 10:05 PM
Krystal, as a mom visiting WDW for the first time EVER, with my dd, ds and dh, i'm looking forward to reading your report!

Your kiddos are lovely!

kayrosek
01-07-2010, 11:59 PM
LOL! Well, you can tell her that there's a Tessa in AZ who thinks it's so cool that she has the same name. I showed her the pics and highlighted the name and asked her to read it. She said, all excited, TESSA!! :goodvibes

Oh I'll definatley tell her that! She will be thrilled. I'll have to show her your PTR.

Krystal, as a mom visiting WDW for the first time EVER, with my dd, ds and dh, i'm looking forward to reading your report!

Your kiddos are lovely!

Well I'm hopeful my story will be helpful. The lady who gave us our first visit buttons seemed surprised that it was the first time there for all of us! Thanks, I think my kids are pretty pretty darn cute but I know I'm biased.

kayrosek
01-08-2010, 12:53 AM
I've said before that there was a story behind this trip and I can't tell you about the trip without telling you how it came about. Of course in order to do that I have to tell you a little more about myself and my family. I married my highschool sweetheart and had Tess right out of highschool and like most girls I was sure we would live happily ever after. Now as you might have guessed it diden't quite work out that way but by the time I realized that I had Jenna and was pregnant with Jonnie. There were alot of issues in my marriage but boy was it hard to leave knowing I was going to be a single mom to three :scared1: young children. When I left Tess was just over three and Jenna was about 14 mo. I figured I was done, done with marriage, done with depending on a man, all of that. Well through some weird circumstances I met DH just a few months later. He lived in a different state and he'd call me occasionaly to see how I was doing. He became my best freind but I still thought that was all he would ever be. He helped me through the worst time in my life and I was there for him through the aftermath of the accident that changed his life, the loss of his sqaud and his medical discharge from the Marine Corp. He fought that discharge so hard! Being a Marine was his idenity and he had planned for it to be his career but when it became inevitable that he was in fact getting out and he had to decide what to do he decided to do his Voc Rehab close to where I lived. Well the Voc Rehab diden't work out. All the extra complications made him unemployable and so began the long hard journey to get his benefits. Meanwhile I was struggling to find out what was wrong with my baby boy and spending most of my time in the hospital. Family members were helping with the girls so that I could be with my son and John started spelling me off at the hospital. Well it isen't hard to figure out that I eventually realized that my best freind was so much more than that, but
I'm getting ahead of myself, John hung out around my kids alot and one thing that always bothered him was that every time a Disney commercial would come on Tess would run to the TV yelling "my daddy's going to take me there, he is, he promised." Well John and I both knew that wasen't going to happen my ex had made that promise when we were still married and lived an hour from Disneyland but well we knew "daddy" wasen't really going to keep that promise, and Disney wasen't even an option for a single mom who coulden't keep a job due to all the times her son was in the hospital and the fact that his doctors diden't want him exposed to all the germs in day care until they could figure out what to do for him. So fast forward to a couple of years later when John and I were about to get married Tessa was still doing the same thing only now she would follow up with qestions about why "daddy" (who diden't visit much anyway) diden't keep his promise. It was heartbreaking and one day after Tess did it John promised me that some day he would make up for that broken promise. As I said it was a long fight to get his benefits and there were alot of struggles with his health along the way. At one point he was in a coma on life support but eventually everything came together and he was granted unemployability and disability from the VA but SS diden't agree. John had enough credits to recieve SS disability but they kept denying him. Finally in Febuary 2009 he won his appeal and was granted retroactive benefits. On our way home from that hearing with absolutley no idea how much he would be getting eigther retroactively or monthly John told me it diden't matter how much he got there was one thing he had to do (I was expecting something crazy) but instead he followed up with "I have to take the kids to Disney World. Now! Before Tessa is way too old for the magic!" I was shocked. I'd pretty much forgotten about it, filed it away as one of those things that just diden't exist in the reality of our lives but John haden't he was determined to keep his promise and make up for his little girl being hurt so many years ago. We kept it a secret while we waited to find out how our income would change and by July when everything was finalized John was bursting at the seams. He was like a kid in a candy store when he finally broke the big news to the kids!

kayrosek
01-09-2010, 03:33 PM
Oaky I know I really should be posting about our trip but I'm absolutley exhausted. Yesterday was my dd(now)11's birthday and we've recently started celebrating birthdays with family sleepovers. Jenna and her sister (who's birthday is in a month) are sharing a big birthday party in 3 wks. I'm renting out the locl skating rink and buying two multi-tiered birthday cakes so they can invite pretty much everyone they know for an afternoon of skating but I diden't want Jenna's actual birthday to pass without acknowledging it so I made a molten choclate cake, bought TV dinners (her request, she almost always asks for TV dinners for her birthday dinner :rotfl:), and dragged mattresses and sleeping bags into the living room. We ate and watched movies and ate some more and watched more movies. We watched :scared1:, Fly me to the Moon, Imagine That, Bedtime Stories, and Beverly Hills Chihuahua and I finally feel asleep somewhere around 3 am. It was a long, good night and Jenna had a blast which was the point but I feel totally fried.

praisehisname
01-13-2010, 02:51 PM
Thanks for sharing the background of how this trip came about. You have an awesome man! :thumbsup2

A&Bmama
01-13-2010, 05:14 PM
Wow that is an amazing story.

I can't wait to hear every detail.

Your husband is a Prince!

Lcaemom
01-13-2010, 06:29 PM
Wow!!! I got so filled up reading your story! Can't wait to read more!!!:goodvibes

kayrosek
01-14-2010, 11:00 PM
I'm sorry I haven't been around for a few days. Jennas been sick for a couple of days. Thanks everyone for your replys. I'd love to reply individually to each of you but John need the computer.

bethk78
01-14-2010, 11:36 PM
LOVE those pics!

Ciciwoowoo
01-14-2010, 11:50 PM
What a wonderful start to your story...and I just love the pics of your children... Did you take them? They are beautiful!!!

I look forward to reading more!!!

kayrosek
01-15-2010, 08:24 PM
Thanks for sharing the background of how this trip came about. You have an awesome man! :thumbsup2

Wow that is an amazing story.

I can't wait to hear every detail.

Your husband is a Prince!

Thanks you guys! I think my hubbys pretty great too.

Wow!!! I got so filled up reading your story! Can't wait to read more!!!:goodvibes

Thanks I'm going to try to write the next installment tonight or in the morning.


LOVE those pics!
Thank you so much!

kayrosek
01-15-2010, 08:28 PM
What a wonderful start to your story...and I just love the pics of your children... Did you take them? They are beautiful!!!

I look forward to reading more!!!

Thanks! Yes I did take the pics. Unfortunatley do to circumstances you'll hear about later my Disney pics aren't that great.

KathyRN137
01-16-2010, 08:03 PM
"I have to take the kids to Disney World. Now! Before Tessa is way too old for the magic!" I was shocked. I'd pretty much forgotten about it, filed it away as one of those things that just diden't exist in the reality of our lives but John haden't he was determined to keep his promise and make up for his little girl being hurt so many years ago. We kept it a secret while we waited to find out how our income would change and by July when everything was finalized John was bursting at the seams. He was like a kid in a candy store when he finally broke the big news to the kids!


Hoo-rah!! You can always count on the Marines!
(My daddy was one.)


Kathy

kayrosek
01-17-2010, 05:57 PM
Hoo-rah!! You can always count on the Marines!
(My daddy was one.)


Kathy

Gotta love those Marines. Thanks for stopping by. Your TR's kept me really busy the week before we left.

kayrosek
01-17-2010, 05:59 PM
ATE MY POST! and hubby needs the computer. I promise I'll post about our first day tomorrow. Thanks for hanging in there everyone.

disneylovin24
01-17-2010, 08:29 PM
popcorn::

KathyRN137
01-17-2010, 08:35 PM
ATE MY POST! and hubby needs the computer. I promise I'll post about our first day tomorrow. Thanks for hanging in there everyone.


Hint: Type it out on Word first and then copy/paste. If you "time out" on the reply thread you will lose you post. ;)


Kathy

Angies1274
01-17-2010, 10:01 PM
Thanks for sharing the history behind the trip. What a wonderful story!!!:goodvibes Can't wait to read more!!!

kayrosek
01-18-2010, 07:30 PM
When I left off it was July and John had just broke the news to the kids that we were taking a fabulous vacation including almost a week at WDW. Yes I know I haven’t told you about the other part of the trip yet but hey I’ve got to have something to keep you reading right? So anyway he told the kids and I started planning and planning and of course more planning. :surfweb: We decided on Thanksgiving break as that was the closest time available (except Aug and that was too close for planning) where we could have a fairly long vacation without missing as much school. So all that waiting, and all that planning brings us to…

D-(Disney)Day!


It was here the day I, uh I mean we, had been waiting for, for sooooooooooooooo long! I was excited. I was jumping for joy. I was completely thrilled, well I was supposed to be but I wasn’t.:sad2: What I was, was stressed, tired, stressed, agitated, stressed and ready to strangle the next person to cause me a problem (wait did I mention I was stressed.) How had I gotten this way on the day we were leaving for Disney? Well it all started a few days before when DH broke his right foot. Any break would suck right before a trip to WDW but the fact that this was his right foot was particularly significant. I mentioned that an accident in the Corps. caused John many injuries well a lot of those (32 fractures/breaks to be exact) were to his right foot and ankle. John endured 4 reconstructive surgeries in order to walk again but still has chronic pain in his right foot so having two new fractures in this foot (one in the toe) was agony and right before our trip well that was just a little stressful for me. :headache: John hadn’t been sleeping well since he hurt himself and I had stayed up to finish packing and cleaning after giving our pet sitter the tour and telling her how to care for our menagerie so by the morning of the 23rd. I was exhausted.

I woke up early (around 5am) after a very fitful and short night and checked all our paperwork to make sure it was ready. UH! OH! Problem! :scared1:I don’t know how I did it but I had somehow confused our current flight with the one John and I had taken on our way to an Alaskan cruise a few months earlier. I had their baggage allowances confused and I had been planning on each of us getting one piece of checked luggage which I was totally going to take advantage of and I had eight (yup, eight) pieces of luggage ready to check. I hadn’t budgeted that much for luggage and there was no way I was cutting into our spending money for luggage. It was time for a new plan, which meant it was time to repack so that’s what I did. I repacked our luggage a mere 5 hours before leaving for the airport. Talk about stress. Luckily the kids suitcases were small enough to use as carry-ons so that was taken care of, even though I hated to think of lugging that much carry-on luggage around. I had planned on them only having a small purse or mini backpack. Now I still had 5 suitcases left. One of those I felt I had to have for the second half of our trip (yup I’m teasing you), one was filled with snacks, glowsticks, ponchos and other extras. I wish I had found the DIS sooner because then I would have known to ship a box to the resort soon enough to actually do it. The other suitcases were overflow kids items and me and Johns clothes. I tackled those suitcases pulling out everything I thought we could spare and repacking the rest tighter. I tossed the whole snack suitcase in one half of our big suitcase and shoved sweatshirts in the empty backpack I had been taking for souvenirs. Finally I was done with only two checked bags, whew, that was close but now I was even more stressed and I had errands to do. Oh and in all the repacking I had managed to leave our house looking like a tornado had hit it. I apologized profusely to our pet sitter who had to stay at the house and offered her a little extra money if she’d just shove the clutter in our room out of her way and headed off to Tessa’s school. We had thought the kids wouldn’t miss too much school but unfortunately the girls had been sick the week before and Tessa was flipping out about needing her packets for the last week and for the trip plus I had to run to the store and down to the water company.

Well I got the errands done just about the time my MIL was supposed to pick us up to take us to the airport luckily she was running late. I got home moved all the luggage out to the driveway, and went to check a few things on the computer but my pet sitter was using the computer so I had her quickly check my email (I really should have done it myself) and then my MIL showed up. Unfortunately I didn’t remember why it was so important that I check the computer myself until we were well on our way. Next up finally in the air and what have I forgotten!

KathyRN137
01-18-2010, 09:31 PM
Whew!!

After all that you need a vacation! :lmao:

Someone always forgets something, I don't care how hard you prepare...


Kathy

yinyanggirls
01-18-2010, 11:09 PM
You found a good one! (Man, that is) He sounds like a great guy. I'm sure he burps and farts and gets on your nerves, but his sense of honor and duty is a rare thing these days.
Your mix up with the flights sounds like something I'd do. I can't believe you had to repack 5 hrs before leaving!

kayrosek
01-18-2010, 11:38 PM
popcorn::
Thanks for stopping by I'm going to do my best to post a few new updates soon!
Hint: Type it out on Word first and then copy/paste. If you "time out" on the reply thread you will lose you post. ;)

Kathy
Thanks for the hint!

Thanks for sharing the history behind the trip. What a wonderful story!!!:goodvibes Can't wait to read more!!!
Thanks! I'll try to hurry with more of the report.
Whew!!

After all that you need a vacation! :lmao:
Someone always forgets something, I don't care how hard you prepare...
Kathy
I absolutley did Kathy!
but man your quick two posts before I can even reply back on one.

Yep! I always forget something, but this time.....AHHHH!



You found a good one! (Man, that is) He sounds like a great guy. I'm sure he burps and farts and gets on your nerves, but his sense of honor and duty is a rare thing these days.
Your mix up with the flights sounds like something I'd do. I can't believe you had to repack 5 hrs before leaving!

I did find a good man. I really am lucky. My DH thought I was crazy repacking he just kept saying to just leave it alone but there was no way I was wasting an extra cent of our spending money on stupid airline fees! Plus I had no idea how much we would spend in extra food so I wanted to leave us plenty of room.

Linda67
01-23-2010, 12:44 AM
Just found your report and loving it so far :thumbsup2
Can't wait to hear how your trip went popcorn::
You have a wonderful family :hug:

kayrosek
01-24-2010, 10:36 PM
Just found your report and loving it so far :thumbsup2
Can't wait to hear how your trip went popcorn::
You have a wonderful family :hug:

Thanks so much. I am almost finished with the next update.

praisehisname
01-25-2010, 05:37 AM
Wow, I'm sweating just reading about all the rushing around and repacking you were doing! LOL

Denise

kayrosek
01-27-2010, 06:35 AM
My dear mother in law had offered to drive us to the airport, but she was running a little late, so as soon as she arrived we started loading the suitcases and kids into her SUV. With everybody loaded I hopped into the back seat thankful my pet sitter was at the house so I could avoid my usual pre-trip routine. I get really anxious when I’m leaving the house empty for a time period. My OCD tendencies greatly increase and I have a bit of a habit of going back inside multiple times to double check that everything is turned off and okay. I absolutely realize what I’m doing and even that it is OCD (I’ve gotten over the multiple hand washings and unplugging things at night that were so prevalent in my youth) but unless my husband takes over checking on everything and assures me multiple times that everything is okay I can’t help doing it myself and it can be a bit annoying for all of us. So this was nice. I could relax knowing that I wasn’t leaving the house alone, I knew Manda would take care of it, so I settled back to enjoy the ride without the usual anxiety. We hadn’t eaten too much that morning so we stopped at Wendy’s on our way to the airport

We pulled up to the curb and pulled all the suitcases out for curb side check in. Uh! Oh! Remember that big suitcase I threw all the snacks in well it weighed in at 57 lbs. So there I was on the sidewalk outside the airport with my suitcases open and MIL and I digging through them trying to see what we could shift.:rotfl: DH’s toiletry bag ended up getting us back where we needed to be, well almost but they let 50.7 lbs. slide and we were on our way. We said goodbye to grandma and pushed John inside thankful the skycap people had gotten him a wheelchair so quick. We stopped to eat just inside, at the nearest bench and John mentioned he needed his pain meds. No problem I always carry meds in my purse. Well I looked in my purse and no meds. I practically dumped it out on the bench and still no meds. Oh no did I accidentally check the meds or worse leave them home? :scared1: John was starting to freak out a bit about how there was no way he could go a weak and a half without any of his meds and I was desperately trying to remember what I did with them. After I checked John and my carry-ons I started looking through the kids suitcases even though I really didn’t think the pills would be there. Much to my surprise I had stuck the meds in Jonnies suitcases when I had been looking for a place to shove a few extra things this morning. Whew! That was a close one. So I gave John his pain pill and afternoon meds and he relaxed. I was able to eat a little and then we took off looking for our gate.

We got through security without any problems, thank goodness. The last time John and I traveled they took 45min to check him. They even wiped his hands down for explosives. He always sets the alarms off, he has too much hardware not to, but that time was the worst we’ve ever had to go through. It was also one of the only times John wasn’t wearing a USMC Veteran hat so this time I made sure he had it. I have a theory that they hassle him less when they see it and I’ll do whatever I have to, to make it easier on him. We got onto the plane got our carry-ons settled and sat back to enjoy the flight. The girls kept themselves busy with their DS’s , Jonnie rocked in his chair and messed with his toys. The toys or snacks help keep the stimming manageable When he is stimming (term for self-stimulatory behavior like rocking and flapping, mouthing objects or making noises) he can rock his body into the back of the seat quite hard. He can also get quite loud. He tends to script (repeat) one or two words from a conversation he has heard recently. For example today when I took him to school I asked him to check to make sure he had everything in his backpack. He spent the rest of the car ride rocking (he calls it bonking) and repeating hmmm check backpack hmmm, hmmm backpack, backpack hmmm check backpack over and over again. I’m used to it after all these years and it’s just background noise but occasionally we can get some strange looks or down right rude comments (more about that when you hear about the flight home.) John and I looked at the sky mall magazine for awhile and tried to relax, John was able to cat nap a bit but I had the beginnings of a really bad migraine and we were seated in the back of the plane where the noise was really getting to me. Finally we arrived in Atlanta for our layover. On one hand I was thrilled to be off the noisy plane on the other hand I wasn’t thrilled to have an almost 4 hour layover.

We were met at the gate by an airline employee with a wheelchair who took John to the gate for our next flight. Jonnie spent the walk to the gate complaining of being hungry. Once DH was seated and we dumped off all of our carry-on luggage I asked the kids if they wanted to get something to eat. This obviously appealed to Jonnie and I knew it would make him much easier to deal with so when he found a hot dog place that looked good to him we stopped and got him one even though none of the rest of us wanted a hotdog. He was very adament about wanting what they called a Texas dog with chili, onions and jalapenos. He loves spicy foods! I decided to take him back to daddy to eat so the girls and I could get the rest of our food easier. It took awhile to walk back to the gate and by then he had been picking at his hot dog enough that he had eaten almost all of it but he settled down to rocking and playing a video game rather quickly and the girls and I were off again in search of food. First though we had to stop and get me some Excedrin and Dramamine, by this point my migraine was horrible and I was feeling nauseous:sick:. We found an Atlanta bread company that looked promising and ordered sandwiches for DH and Jenna and very yummy French onion soup for me. It took forever to get the food and the place was crowded and noisy but they let the kids have their pick of theses huge yummy cookies and gave me a couple of free bottled waters which was very nice of them and of course the girls were thrilled, they even gave the Jenna a cookie to give to Jonnie after asking if the she had any other siblings. Tessa hadn’t felt like a sandwich so we stopped at a Churchs on the way back to the gate.

When we got back to the boys we found that the gate area was a lot more crowded and there weren’t many places to sit. A very sweet lady was sitting by Tess and after we had devoured our food we got into a conversation with her. Come to find out she was traveling alone and had a lot of health problems. When her flight arrived she got very nervous about making it to the front of the line and then down the ramp if they didn’t have a wheelchair waiting for her. Tessa immediately asked if she could help her. She ended up carrying the womans carry on for her while she waited. I am so proud of how caring Tessa is. It’s one of the positive things I have noticed as a result of the difficult things she has endured. I know it’s been difficult on her being the oldest with a disabled dad, a mom who is often sick (I have a few health conditions I really try not to dwell on but unfortunately I‘m know it affects my family to see me sick fairly often), not to mention Jonnies past health issues and of course his ASD and other conditions. Recently even Jenna has been having some problems (mostly minor but chronic) and Tessa has always been an amazing helper not to mention kind and empathetic. She so deserved a chance to just be a kid!

We still had a while before our plane so we walked around the terminal some and looked out windows. The kids played video games while I tried to relax a bit and then finally our flight to Florida arrived. Yeah!!!:banana: We had to wait for someone to get a wheelchair for John (they had had him transfer to a chair between flights) so John invented some silly game to keep the kids from getting to hyper. I remember they were supposed to see who could stand still against the wall the longest and there was some silly story to go with it about standing on a bridge and trying not to fall in the water or something like that. Anyway Jonnie loved it and still asks if we can play it. Even the girls giggled and had fun but I suspect this was more about their impending excitement for WDW and less about how clever or fun DH’s spur of the moment game was.:rotfl2:
Finally we made it onto the plane. We had much better seats this time and after getting everyone situated I decided that it was time to take the obligatory “riding in the airplane pic” and this is when I figured out what I was missing!

Okay you’ve probably guessed it, and this is where I get embarrassed because my pics for this trip just aren’t that good at all. You see I have been trying to finish a photography degree for awhile and in the mean time I have taken some portrait shoots and weddings, not to many because my DH and DS keep me busy but enough.I love taking pictures and have tons of equipment. I was lugging a large camera bag with numerous lenses so I could chronicle every moment of our trip. Yep you caught that correctly! Guess where my camera was. Sitting right by the computer where I had set it when I emptied out my SD card early that morning before the whole repacking mess. I was mortified, and angry at myself. My obsession over not paying for all that luggage had cost me my chance to get every moment on camera. After some stressing on mine and DH’s part I decided to let it slide. Or at least pretend to. This was horribly difficult for me but what could I do? I absolutely didn’t want to cast a dark cloud over our vacation. If MIL could get to the house tomorrow we would have her ship the camera over night otherwise well we still had three cameras. I was really trying to talk my self into not being upset. In anticipation for this trip I had bought each of the kids a camera. They were all point and shoots but they weren’t real cheap kids cameras. They are all different, but all 10 mp or more. I had to hope we would be okay either wayI was still a lot more bummed out than I let on but I couldn’t let it affect the trip right? After that big stressor the rest of the flight went pretty smoothly. When we finally got to Orlando we were met at the gate with a wheelchair. I told the guy we were using magical express and I was a little worried about our luggage because it was already 9:40. He took us right to the ME check in. There wasn’t a line and we had a very short wait but Jonnie was still having a hard time. It had been a long day with lots of changes from his routine and he was starting to show it. I took the seat next to him on the bus and tried to keep him calm. I knew from KathyRN’s reports to expect a “movie” on the bus so I told Jonnie to watch the little TV over head. Jonnie likes most anything resembling a movie so once it came on he relaxed a bit although he was still rocking quite a bit. We stopped at AS Sports where I pointed out the giant football. Then AS Music and finally AS Movies.
At check in we ran into a bit of a problem finding the wheelchair I had rented from a medical supply company for the week. but the kids were all glued to the TV in the little movie themed area so the waiting wasn’t too hard on them. I was extremely grateful when they finally brought a wheelchair as I was completely exhausted and we took off in search of our room.
I had been secretly hoping we would be placed in the Toy Story section so I was thrilled when it became apparent that we were about to walk through Andy’s room. pixiedust:The kids immediately perked up at the sight of the giant toys and soon we found our rooms in the back of the building. We had decided on adjoining rooms so we would have extra space we figured we would keep the doors open and the kids could be in one with DH and I in the other. That worked fine except that Jenna immediately started in on how it wasn’t fair that Jonnie got his own bed when she always had to share with Tess on vacation. DH suggested offering her the other bed in our room for the night but she didn’t want that. She still wanted to be in the kids room just with her own space. I told her to figure it out and she did. She made a bed on the floor out of three pillows, (she’s tiny,) and borrowed the blankets off our extra bed. I wasn’t loving the idea of her on the floor but I figured we could always figure it out another day. :confused3: The kids seemed pretty wired even though it was going on 11. Thier luggage had arrived but we were still waiting on ours so I took the kids for a little walk. We ended up stopping at the food court for snacks. Jenna and I got yummy chocolate croissants. By the time we made it back to our room our luggage was there and it was finally time for bed. Next up Epcot..[/SIZE][/FONT]

KathyRN137
01-27-2010, 07:58 AM
Travel days are always tough on kids, especially those on the spectrum. :grouphug: Jonnie seemed to do very well considering all the excess stimulation of the day. Thank goodness for the ME movie!

I was laughing at the thought of trying to get Billy to eat a Texas hot dog! :laughing: He is so not into spicy foods!

So glad you got the Toy Story section at ASM...it's great when things work out like that! I wonder how long Jenna will like camping out on the floor!?

Sorry about the camera bag... I forgot my cell phone charger last time and I was really annoyed with myself for the first few days. Then I realized that you just have to let things go. I will be looking forward to your pictures, anyway. They are probably much better than you realize.


Can't wait for the touring to begin! popcorn::


Kathy

yinyanggirls
01-27-2010, 10:13 AM
Wow, what a long day! I'm tired just reading about it. ;) Thank goodness you found DHs meds. I don't know how you could have gotten around that one. I can understand your frustration with forgetting your camera bag. How awesome that you had just got new cameras for the kids. What kind of cameras did you get? And what kind is yours, that you left home? I need both a new point and shoot, and a DSLR sometime soon. I'd like to have both before the trip but we'll see.

praisehisname
01-27-2010, 10:20 AM
Oh no, I'm so sorry you forgot your camera!

Sounds like the kids did really well for such a long travel day!

Denise

MN Disneyfan
01-27-2010, 12:38 PM
That would be my worst nightmare...leaving my camera at home.
Looking forward to reading more of your vacation.

kayrosek
01-28-2010, 06:10 AM
Travel days are always tough on kids, especially those on the spectrum. :grouphug: Jonnie seemed to do very well considering all the excess stimulation of the day. Thank goodness for the ME movie!

I was laughing at the thought of trying to get Billy to eat a Texas hot dog! :laughing: He is so not into spicy foods!

So glad you got the Toy Story section at ASM...it's great when things work out like that! I wonder how long Jenna will like camping out on the floor!?

Sorry about the camera bag... I forgot my cell phone charger last time and I was really annoyed with myself for the first few days. Then I realized that you just have to let things go. I will be looking forward to your pictures, anyway. They are probably much better than you realize.


Can't wait for the touring to begin! popcorn::


Kathy
They all did pretty well on the trip there. Jonnie had a bit of a hard time but I had expected worse. The way back was an absolute nightmare though.

Jonnie doesn't seem to have as many food issues as alot of kids on the spectrum. He does have an issue with anything he considers gooey but otherwise he's a pretty adventurous eater. He's particuraly into intense flavors. Spicy food is his favorite but if we don't watch him close he will over salt or sugar anything he's eating. I had an OT tell me once that his need for strong flavors is a sensory seeking thing. I geuss that makes sense. He's also like Billy in wanting to overstuff his mouth. I laughed when I read about Billy trying to negotiate more pieces of gum from you on a prior trip. Jonnie does the same thing.

I have to admit that alot of the problems I had this trip with pictures were due to operator error. I haven't touched a point and shoot in years. They diden't have the same capabilities as my camera and I was impatient with them. The pictures suffered. Also it was hard sharing with the kids who had thier own ideas on what they wanted pictures of.


Wow, what a long day! I'm tired just reading about it. ;) Thank goodness you found DHs meds. I don't know how you could have gotten around that one. I can understand your frustration with forgetting your camera bag. How awesome that you had just got new cameras for the kids. What kind of cameras did you get? And what kind is yours, that you left home? I need both a new point and shoot, and a DSLR sometime soon. I'd like to have both before the trip but we'll see.

Yeah. I'm not sure what we would have done had I left John's meds home. He can't go without them that long. That's for sure. I got the kids each different cameras that I read and heard good things about. Tessa's is a Kodak Easy Share, Jenna's a Cannon Powershot and Jonnies a Nikon Coolpix. All of them in about the $150 range. Of the three I liked the Canon Powershot the best, with the Nikon coming in a close second and I may have flipped those rankings if I had used the Nikon more. I have to say I hated the Kodak. I had massive issues with focusing it especially in low light. We have a few DSLR's but my favorite and the one I left at home is honestly my Nikon D80. At the time I bought it it was eigther that or the D200 and I liked that it was lighter and had most of the same capabilities. I have arthritis and Fybromyalgia and I hate tripods. Most of my shots are handheld so weight was an issue for me.The biggest difference between the two was the body style and fpm's. The 200 got 5 where the D80 gets 3 but I don't take sports or action shots so 3 is fine for me. I'm thinking of getting a new one soon and I'm pretty sure I'll stick with Nikon but I haven't researched enough to know what camera I want yet.


Oh no, I'm so sorry you forgot your camera!

Sounds like the kids did really well for such a long travel day!



Denise

Yeah forgetting the camera was a real blow but the trip was still amazing. The kids really surprised me with how well they traveled that day.

That would be my worst nightmare...leaving my camera at home.
Looking forward to reading more of your vacation.

Thanks for reading. I'm really hoping to get the next insallment done soon.

yinyanggirls
01-28-2010, 07:43 AM
Thanks for the tips. I have a Nikon 35mm, and a Mamiya 645 for my "pro" work which hasn't been much in the past 8 years since Phoebe came along. My parents gave us an Olympus digital to take pics of the kids and it's been okay, but seems to be having problems lately. So I want a point and shoot to throw in the purse for everyday stuff and also a DSLR for the pro stuff I hope to get started again. I have two pending weddings this year, so it's a good time to get one. I like the idea of a Nikon because my lenses would be compatible, but only in a manual focus setting. Everyone I know that has a Canon loves it, so wondering if I should branch out....
I laughed when you mentioned not liking the tripod. My DH always rides me about not using, or even bringing, mine along on shoots. It just seems like too much hassle.

kayrosek
01-31-2010, 09:45 AM
Sorry I haven't got another update for you guys yet. We've been having animal issues. We have a cat who recently had kittens and then nearly died from swallowing a string (she had 3 holes in her intestines). The kittens were too young to be without milk so we have been bottle feeding them. Momma Cat came home after recovering from surgery and started moving the kittens around. Unfortunatley cats don't realize that gaps between things are dangerous and two of the kittens fell in the gap and got thier heads stuck. One lived for awhile and we thought we might have caught him soon enough that he would be okay because he started walking and eating and acting pretty normal but a few hours later he was gone. It was heartbreaking and of course the kids were upset. Jonnie doesn't really understand death and kept asking if he could keep the kittens who had died. It about broke my heart trying to explain it to him. Anyway now that things are back to normal (we are still bottle feeding the one survivng kitten) I'll get started on the next chapter today.

praisehisname
02-01-2010, 08:21 AM
Oh no, I'm so sorry to hear about the kittens! :goodvibes Take your time; we'll be here when you're ready!

Denise

kayrosek
02-01-2010, 09:05 AM
Oh no, I'm so sorry to hear about the kittens! :goodvibes Take your time; we'll be here when you're ready!

Denise

Thanks Denise! I'd like to get a new post up as soon as possible unfortunatley my DIS time is reduced now that Jenna is being homeschooled with an online curriculum.

kayrosek
02-01-2010, 09:27 AM
Okay girls I am really sorry to get off topic like this and sorry to vent but today for some reason all the stress I have been dealing with just hit the the boiling point and I really need somewhere to let it out.

I mentioned in an earlier post that Jenna has been dealing with some health problems. Recently it has excalated to the point where she has missed alot of school so we decided to homeschool her. The problem is we still don't have any answers or solutions and it's just taking it's toll on me. For the past two years she has been having on average one full blown migraine a week and no medication we give her, no change in diet or any other treatment we have tried seems to be reducing the frequency. On top of that she has been having these horrible stomach pains that leave her doubled over crying, she can't seem to gain weight and seems to catch and hold onto any bug she's in contact with longer than anyone else. They have run alot of tests but so far haven't come up with any answers. We have chosen to homeschool her while we look for answers rather than have her missing any more school and while she is doing well with her studies the stress over when she will be sick again and how to help her when nothing seems to help and nobody knows why is just getting to me. Like I said I'm sorry to go OT on you but I needed an outlet and I could really use some positive thoughts and prayers right now.

yinyanggirls
02-01-2010, 03:39 PM
I'm sorry they can't find the cause of her pain. It's so frustrating to not have answers, but horrible when your child is hurting. I hope you guys can find the right direction soon and end this. :hug:

kayrosek
02-02-2010, 12:22 AM
I'm sorry they can't find the cause of her pain. It's so frustrating to not have answers, but horrible when your child is hurting. I hope you guys can find the right direction soon and end this. :hug:

Thanks for the hug Melissa! I have faith we will figure it out soon. I'm just not too patient with this.

praisehisname
02-02-2010, 07:06 PM
So sorry to hear about Jenna's health. :hug: I'll be praying that you find some answers!

Denise

KathyRN137
02-02-2010, 09:28 PM
...Sending prayers and positive thoughts. :angel:


Kathy

kayrosek
02-04-2010, 07:15 PM
The phone call from Mickey came too early this morning. John answered the phone as it was on his side of the bed but I wanted nothing more than to roll over and go back to sleep until I heard Mickeyís distinctive voice coming from the receiver. Then the kids phone started ringing and I ran into their room to make sure one of them answered. I wanted them to hear Mickey too. Unfortunately they didnít manage to answer the phone in time and the second call is just a normal wakeup call. Once they were up though it didnít matter. We were at WDW and this was our first park day! Jenna headed for the shower but not before turning on the TV. Jenna canít seem to walk by a TV without turning it on. :rotfl: They had a story on the news about cheap Disney shirts. That made me laugh, we were in a totally Disney-centric world right now and I was thrilled! The plan this morning had been to make it to Epcot for rope drop. Take a look do you think we made it?

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Nope. Not happening we may have been at WDW but we were also tired. The kids were a mixture of excited and crabby and it took a while to get them moving. Not to mention several conversations with Jonnie about what we were doing (go to breakfast, get on a bus, go to Epcot. The park with the big silver ball). He has to know everything in advance or it really upsets him and I had shown him lots of pictures in the days preceding our trip so I reminded him of them a lot during the trip. It was nearly nine by the time we left the rooms. The kids were even more excited about the resort now that it was day time. They oohed and ahhed over the giant figures, debated the pros and cons of getting a temporarily tattoo at the stand near the pool and pointed at the pool itself. On our way into the food court Tessa stopped to check out the guy doing caricatures. She thought she might want one. I could tell John was getting antsy. Heís a pretty purposeful guy. Heís got the attitude that when your going somewhere you should just go there. Donít stop to check everything out on the way and it didnít help that he was in a wheelchair we were pushing so he was dependent on our whims. I got the kids focused on food and found a table to park John at. Breakfast consisted mostly of pastryís and fruit. I had read about people having tons of leftover snack credits on the DDP so I used 3 snack credits on the more expensive breakfast items and saved a few credits for later in the day. I had thought that eating simple breakfasts would speed up the process but it still took 45min. to get our food and eat.

Finally we headed to the shuttles. We started to take John through the regular Epcot shuttle line but a CM ran over to us and told us to just take John around to the front every time there wasnít a specific wheelchair line for a shuttle. I had been kinda worried about the shuttle bus service at ASM after reading lots of comments about it being the last stop at the All Stars and last nights ME shuttle had confirmed that trend so I was pretty concerned. Jonnie doesnít do well with long waits. Luckily the bus showed up right away and we were off to Epcot. We got there without any problems and quicker than I had expected, got off the bus and thatís when the problems started. Jonnie and Tessa started arguing over who was pushing daddyís chair . Dh was a little on edge already. He wanted to take the kids to WDW but large crowded amusement parks are right near the top of the list of biggest stressors for my husband who suffers from PTSD and an anxiety disorder. The argument and itís tantrums (Jonnie) and pouting (Tessa) was just too much and John decided he needed a few minutes. :confused3

I decided to take the kids on my own to get the first order of business settled, getting Jonnieís GAC. Bag check moved quickly and soon the four of us we were through the gates and in the park. I have to admit this wasnít the magical entrance I had expected. I was feeling a little ornery that my vision of us all entering the park together happily wasnít happening and I didnít want to dawdle. We got to guest services and I approached a CM about a GAC for Jonnie and some questions about something that I had been wondering about. I explained Jonnieís needs and was quickly issued a GAC for him then I asked them about John. I told the CM that among other things John had anxiety and PTSD issues and I wanted to know if I could bring him back to get him a GAC just in case we decided to split and ride different rides with different kids. We had discussed John taking the girls on a few roller coasters while I took Jonnie to something he was less terrified of and since that would leave John riding the rides with the longest lines I thought a GAC might help if he got stressed. The CM then did something I know she wasnít supposed to do but that was just so helpful for me that day. She asked where John was and when I told her he had decided to stay outside the park and get a few minutes peace and quiet before entering she gave me a GAC for him too, although she did point out that we wouldnít need both at the same time (I knew that) and he didnít end up using his at all anyway but it eased my mind.

Now that that was done we headed back out of the park and found John on the phone with his mom. He hung up and explained that his mom had to drive a few hours out of town today and wouldnít have time to stop by our house to get the camera but that he was trying to get a hold of our house sitter to see if she could ship the camera to us. It was decided that eight her Jenna or I would push John today and we headed to bag check for the second time. The line was longer this time but moved quickly and entering Epcot with my whole family was much more enjoyable.:thumbsup2 Next up weíre finally having fun and whatís missing now?

KathyRN137
02-04-2010, 09:05 PM
She asked where John was and when I told her he had decided to stay outside the park and get a few minutes peace and quiet before entering she gave me a GAC for him too, although she did point out that we wouldnít need both at the same time (I knew that) and he didnít end up using his at all anyway but it eased my mind.



Peace of mind... that's what it's all about! :thumbsup2 And it's always good to have options and flexibility.


Kathy

kayrosek
02-04-2010, 10:11 PM
Peace of mind... that's what it's all about! :thumbsup2 And it's always good to have options and flexibility.


Kathy

Exactly Kathy. I learned about the GAC from your TR's and that got me thinking. :idea: John has legitimate problems with being in crowds, lines etc. Probably worse so than Jonnie. In a way the GAC's benefitted me at least as much as anyone else. I was able to enjoy the trip knowing that we diden't have to be in situations that would be unessessarily stressful for eigther of my guys. I felt a little guilty asking for two GAC's but I just needed that reassurance that we had it if nessessary.

kayrosek
02-05-2010, 12:26 PM
We had just gotten into Epcot and hadnít walked too far when we saw a favorite character. :cool1: When we approached Stich there was absolutely no line but within just a minute there was a pretty long line behind us. The kids were excited to get their first autographs so I got the Disney themed journals I had bought them to use for autographs out of Johns bag. They didnít need pens as they were each wearing a lanyard with a pen and a keychain flashlight attached to it. Those lanyards became the source of a lot of fun with Stich.

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First Jonnie handed Stich his pen,. Stich didnít like Jonnieís pen so Tessa handed him hers. Stich really didnít like Tessaís pen he threw it on the ground! :laughing: Iíve only got one picture of this but it actually went on for awhile. Tessa would pick the pen up and Stich would knock it out of her hands. :rotfl2: After doing that several times Stich went out to the crowd and took a pen from some other kid. I was laughing this whole time and the kids were having a great time. After the business of autographs the kids posed for a picture and got hugs from Stich. Stich didnít want to let go of Jonnie.

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When we left Stich we were in a better mood. Still laughing over how mischievous he had been we went to find out where to sign up to save the world.

The kids really wanted to do a Kim Possible Mission and I had read that they fill up fast so this was our first order of business. We found the kiosk signed up and resisted the temptation to play with the other activityís surrounding it. Then we headed for Soarin. I had read a lot about this ride and was dying to try it. We found the elevator inside the land pavillion and Jonnie noticed something that looked like a train to him. Jonnie loves trains so of course I hear ďMom! Train! Ride train now.Ē I have no idea what this ride is but I tell Jonnie we will come back to it after Soarin. The standby wait time was 90 min. so we showed the GAC and were lead to the fast pass line. We waited probably ten or fifteen minutes during which time Jonnie debated whether he wanted to ride. Jonnie does this on pretty much any ride. Especially one where he canít see the whole ride beforehand. I was certain he would like Soarin but I had to convince him first. The people in front of us were talking about the ride so I asked if they had ridden before, they had and when I told them Jonnie was nervous about it their teenage daughter explained the ride in detail to him. He felt better once he knew exactly what would happen and decided he wanted to ride (although he was still a little nervous.) We were seated in the second row and Jenna and Tessa removed their shoes before we took off. I hadenít thought about removing my ballet flats but as soon as we were in the air they felt like they were going to fall off. I had to lift each of my legs up one at a time take off the shoes and shove them under me on the seat so I spent the rest of the ride sitting on my shoes. :rotfl: Other than that, the ride was everything I had imagined and more. We all loved it. Even John was impressed by it and we left talking about our favorite parts. As soon as we got out of the elevator Jonnie noticed the train looking ride again ( I couldnít tell what it was that corner was pretty dark) and of course he remembered it(he has documented memory issues but somehow he always remembers when I tell him we will do something later :rotfl2:) so I tell the others that were going to ride whatever this ride is. Turns out itís Living with the Land. Itís not a train itís boats but boats rate fairly close to trains in Jonnies book so were off to ride the boats. The CM directs us to the wheelchair line and we board the next boat. The dark makes Jonnie a little nervous but soon were all pointing out things and really enjoying ourselves. I hadnít planned on riding this ride but I am so glad we did. As soon as we got off the girls start asking about Nemo but a look at Johnís watch shows we are nearing our time for our Kim Possible mission so we decide to skip the Seas pavilion for now and go get our Kimmunicator. This is where we get lost and by the time we get our phone thing itís almost time to be in Japan for our lunch res at Tokyo dining. The only thing we can think of to do is put off the mission until after lunch.

We head towards Japan and the kids get side tracked by a CM trying to get kids to crawl through a moving string without touching the sides and stopping the little machine. All the kids try it. Jen does it on the first try but it takes Tessa a few tries. Jonnie tries a few times but then we have to leave. Donít want to be late for lunch. We check in for our ressie and are told thereís about a fifteen minute wait. The kids have to use the bathrooms so that seems perfect until we walk by the Hibachi tables on our way to the restrooms. Jonnie loves hibachi. He loves watching the chefs cook in front of him and he loves the flames so as soon as he knows itís here he stops being satisfied with the idea of sitting at a normal table. He had a huge meltdown about this and it took awhile to calm him down. During all this Jenna, whoís hypoglycemic started feeling her sugar drop which makes her a bit grumpy. Luckily I have some cashews in my purse to hold her over. I canít tell you how happy I am when were finally seated at our table and have ordered our food. I notice other kids going over to the sushi bar to watch the chefs prepare the sushi so I take Jonnie over for a minute and that seems to placate him. Then our food arrived. I have to say it was fabulous. Jenna and I both ordered bento boxes and I loved the little tempura pancake thing, John got a sushi platter . Tessaís order got messed up and she got a tempura platter instead of chicken with teriyaki sauce but this turned out good as the Tempura plate became our familyís overall favorite of the meal (we always share). Tessa was thrilled with it and still talks about it fairly often. Jonnie loved the little monorail plate (itís a kind of train whatís not to love) and he liked his teriyaki chicken but the portion was pretty small. We all shared with him so he had plenty to eat but he would have liked more of the Teriyaki. I had let Jonnie order my dessert to share with me and he chose the chocolate ginger cake which didnít sound good to me but tasted great. John and Tessa ordered the green tea pudding which was also really good. Overall we loved this meal and it became one of our favorites of the trip.

After lunch it was time to help Kim (so glad the world could wait to be saved until our bellyís were full :rotfl2:)! I have to say we didnít like the Kim Possible mission too much it was just too long winded and the kids (especially Jonnie) didnít stay interested too well. I ended up figuring out how to skip some of the verbage and hurried us through it a bit while John waited in the shade. Itís one of those things were glad we tried once but would never do again. After that we decided to head back to the Seas pavillion before going back to the resort for a rest. As we are crossing over the bridge though Jenna gets distracted. And I stop to get her headed in the right direction. John and Tessa have stopped not to far ahead of me and Jonnie was just in front of me and heads right to them or so I think. Apparently right before he gets to John, Jonnie sees someone who he thinks is me and just keeps following. John sees him pass but he too thinks heís following me and figures we are headed to a bathroom or something and will come back for them so he stays where he is. :confused3 All of this happens within a minute or two at the most and when I get to John heís surprised I donít have Jonnie and Iím terrified to think heís not with John.:scared1: John has me alert a CM at a nearby kiosk and they head off to find him. I had been scared of this before we left and had prepared cards that had our cell phone numbers and the fact that he is Autistic on them in case he wonít talk to them (heís very verbal but not usually with strangers or when he gets upset). John keeps assuring me but Iím starting to panic itís been about ten minutes but it feels like ten hours and I just start sobbing. Iíve been calling out his name in case he hears me but now IĎm crying and doing it. A crowd gathers around asking me whats wrong, several of them offer to help find him but right at that moment Jonnie walks up with two CMís just as happy as can be. He runs into my arms and I thank the CMS profusely all the while hugging my son.:hug: The CMís tell me that Jonnie talked to them but also gave them the card and that they tried to call my phone but apparently I hadnít heard it. After all that drama we decide itís time for a rest now and skip the Seas in favor of heading back to the resort for awhile before Illuminations. Next up pool time and will we make it in time for Illuminations?

DisMomAmy
02-06-2010, 08:35 AM
Hi Krystal! Another Spectrum Mom joining in! What a scary story about losing Jonnie! :scared1: That's my greatest fear at WDW... I attach cards to my kiddos too - they are both very verbal, but you never know what will happen in that type of situation. If I ever lose one of mine, I'll make sure I take my phone out of my bag so I can hear it if it rings. :thumbsup2

Can't wait to hear the rest of your story!

Amy

kayrosek
02-06-2010, 12:11 PM
Hi Krystal! Another Spectrum Mom joining in! What a scary story about losing Jonnie! :scared1: That's my greatest fear at WDW... I attach cards to my kiddos too - they are both very verbal, but you never know what will happen in that type of situation. If I ever lose one of mine, I'll make sure I take my phone out of my bag so I can hear it if it rings. :thumbsup2

Can't wait to hear the rest of your story!

Amy
Hi Amy, thanks for stopping by. Losing Jonnie was scary. Up until a couple years ago he has fit one of those animal backpacks with the tail thats a leash. He liked wearing it. He hates holding hands. I think it's a sensory thing he has never liked having anyone hold his hand. I actually had a cord attached to his backpack for that very reason at the beginning of the day but people kept trying to cross in between us and I was afraid Jonnie would be knocked to the ground so I took it off. Good idea about taking your phone out. My bag never left my side while Jonnie was lost. I thought for sure I'd hear my phone if someone called.

KathyRN137
02-06-2010, 02:18 PM
I'm always getting calls on my cell and not hearing them because the phone is in my bag... even though the ringer is on High! :rolleyes: This very same thing could have easily happened to me.

Sorry for your scare. :hug: I lost Billy briefly at the MNSSHP...surely not as long as ten minutes... and even that was awful.

So glad Jonnie decided to try Soarin'... isn't it awesome?!

They had such fun with Stitch! :stitch2: I love when the characters play with the kids!


Kathy

yinyanggirls
02-10-2010, 01:25 AM
Oh how scary! I just know that we're going to have one of those moments with Tessa. I've even considered renting a GPS for her. ;)

kayrosek
02-10-2010, 07:17 AM
So when I left off we were headed back to the resort after a pretty dramatic ending at Epcot. Once we got to ASM we headed straight to the rooms. John and I took a much needed break. I think John watched TV but after all the stress of losing Jonnie I was wiped out. The kids were still pretty hyped up and the girls were being pretty silly in their room but they were good about letting us get some quiet time. Hereís a little peak at what the girls were doing while I was sleeping and Jonnie was glued to the TV.:happytv:
http://i968.photobucket.com/albums/ae169/kayrosek/Tessacameravacation018.jpg
Yep both girls were covered in marker. I donít know whoís idea that particular form of entertainment was but they both thought it was hysterical.

Obviously the kids were going a bit stir crazy so after they cleaned up a bit and changed into their swimsuits we headed to the pool. Unfortunately the Sorcerer Mickey pool was temporarily closed but I had read that the smaller Mighty Ducks pool was nice, not to mention not too crowded so we took off in search of that. We found it right about the same time it started sprinkling but since it was still pretty warm, there wasnít any sign of lightning and the life guards didnít have any concerns I decided to let them play for awhile. I actually considered getting in myself but the water was a little chilly for my taste. I ended up sitting on the edge with my feet in the pool for a little while. When I tired of that I started walking around the pool and struck up a conversation with a sweet woman who had brought her grandsons to WDW. They had visited Animal Kingdom that day but hadnít visited Epcot yet so we shared our favorites. Then the life guards announced they were closing down the pool for awhile and I gathered up the kids and took them back to the room. I was getting a little nervous. I really wanted to see Illuminations and I was afraid they might cancel it because of the weather. I asked a CM I saw on the way back to the room and he told me it would probably go on as scheduled unless the weather got worse so I decided to continue on as planned.

Now the plan had been to head back to Epcot around 5:30 so we had plenty of time to pick up a counter service dinner at Cantina De San Angel, shop for souvies in world showcase and find good spots for Illuminations, but it was pretty evident when I got back that that wasnít happening. John had fallen asleep while we were gone and he would need time to wake up. I sent the kids in to shower and get dressed while I woke John. It took quite awhile to get everyone ready to go. Johnís pain levels were extremely high besides the pain in his foot the wheelchair he was using earlier in the day was very uncomfortable and had aggravated some of his other chronic pain so he was moving slowly.

Finally we were ready. John moved from the bed to the wheelchair andÖ.snap the foot rest broke clean off. Wow! He wasnít putting any real pressure on the rests at all. He was already seated when it broke so now what? It was already after 6pm and one of the other reasons I should have checked my own computer before I left was that I had failed to get a few pieces of info off of it one of those being the name and number to the medical company that had delivered Johnís chair so even if they had an after hours number I had no idea how to find them. I pulled out the phone book and started looking for familiar names or numbers. John had settled back on the bed pretty much giving up the idea of getting back to the park but I was determined! I called a few numbers but the ones I could reach had no record of us renting with them then I got the idea to call the luggage department and see if they had any record of who had dropped the chair off. They donít have those records unfortunately but they did give me some helpful advice. They mentioned that they companies names and phone numbers were usually on the sides or backs of the chairs. I looked but no such luck, just the number 51. Once the luggage guy heard this he asked a few more questions and determined that we didnít have a rental wheelchair at all. We had one of the hotels wheelchairs. Apparently the woman at the front desk the night before hadnít found our rental wheelchair so she had given us one of thiers. The luggage guy found it and told me just bring the broken wheelchair to him and I could get our rental chair. Our rental chair was a better quality than the one we had been using so I was hoping John would be more comfortable in it. There was no way we would have time to do everything we had wanted that night but hopefully we would still make it for Illuminations. Next up Illuminations,pixie dust, and she said what?

kayrosek
02-10-2010, 07:34 AM
I'm always getting calls on my cell and not hearing them because the phone is in my bag... even though the ringer is on High! :rolleyes: This very same thing could have easily happened to me.

Sorry for your scare. :hug: I lost Billy briefly at the MNSSHP...surely not as long as ten minutes... and even that was awful.

So glad Jonnie decided to try Soarin'... isn't it awesome?!

They had such fun with Stitch! :stitch2: I love when the characters play with the kids!


Kathy

It's horrible losing a child even for just a minute. I read about your scare with Billy. I'm so glad you found him so quickley. I'm sure I would have been terrified had it been one of the girls but with Jonnie there's that extra scare factor that I'm sure you can understand I diden't know if he would talk to or even approach anyone and that definatley made it worse.

Stich was so much fun. The characters who were playful and took extra time with the kids really made my trip.

Oh how scary! I just know that we're going to have one of those moments with Tessa. I've even considered renting a GPS for her. ;)

I know what you mean. I was talking to my FIL who works at sprint the other day about getting a cell phone for Jonnie just so we could activate the GPS on it. The only problem is I'm not sure we could find a way to keep it on him where he woulden't lose it. What are the rentable GPS units like?

kayrosek
02-11-2010, 05:51 PM
By the time John got settled and we caught the shuttle and got to Epcot we were really behind. It was nearly 8pm and I was feeling stressed. We got into the park and headed straight for Mexico to pick up some counter service dinner. Unfortunately the lines at the Cantina were really long and I didnít think any of us were up to a long wait. Tessa was the one who really wanted Mexican food but I had read so many bad things about this CS restaurant that I wasnít all that torn up about missing it. I made a quick decision and suggested that we skip dinner at Epcot, find a spot for Illuminations and some snacks to hold us over and eat a late dinner back at ASM. John agreed and we started looking for a place where we could see Illuminations. The area along the water was pretty full and I was afraid we wouldnít find a spot where the kids would be able to see so when I found an empty spot, still in Mexico, right along the fence lining the water I snapped it up. There was a tree there that I knew might block some of the fireworks but I didnít think it would be too bad. I was pretty surprised nobody had taken that spot but I was just grateful to find something so I parked John, took off with the kids to find snacks and didnít think any more about it. Looking back I think I probably should have but hey at least we had a spot. The kids and I took off to find snacks and ended up walking clear to Germany before we found anything that looked good. We grabbed a Bavarian cheesecake that Jenna wanted as well as a pretzel and apple strudel and turned back toward John and our viewing spot. We made it back with enough time to get settled and eat our snacks. The Bavarian Cheesecake wasnít what Jenna had expected but it was good. We finished our shared snacks right before the fireworks started. The music started and my kids were transfixed .I really liked Illuminations and so did the kids. I had read a review that said this show wasnít really interesting for kids but my kids loved it. Because of his PTSD fireworks sometimes bother John but these werenít too bad, well they werenít too bad until the cannon went off right in front of us. Hmmmm empty space, big ole cannon, they could be related LOL:rotfl2:. We were all really glad we had made it back in time for this at least, but the kids had souvenir money burning holes in their pockets.

They decided to check out one of the stands of light up toys. Jenna quickly decided on a light up musical snow globe on a stick (thatís the best description I can think of) but Jonnie and Tessa were both torn. Jonnie almost bought a cars thing but then he saw the string machine he had tried earlier and decided he must have it. Tessa was the only one left and she really couldnít decide if she even wanted to spend any of her money yet. The whole time her siblings had been deliberating Tessa had been having a conversation with the CM. It turns out they both shared a love of Tinkerbell.:tinker: The CM showed her a light up Tinkerbell pin and Tessa decided to go ahead and buy it but the CM insisted on giving it to her, a gift from one Tinkerbell fan to another.pixiedust: After that bit of pixie dust we left the park commenting on the fountains and light up sidewalks. If entering the park had been a little less than magical, leaving was pure magic. We got out of the park and got in line for the shuttle.

We waited about 15 or 20 min for a bus to pull up and the driver started loading John. As we were waiting for John to be loaded a woman in line started commenting rather loudly that apparently all it takes to be first for everything is a wheelchair. Okay I have to admit I didnít take that comment too well. I am extremely protective of John and his disability. He has been through so much mentally and physically that nobody else can really understand and he got this way because serving his country and preserving peoples rights was important to him (he frequently reminds me that one of those rights involves peoples right to make stupid comments if they feel like it.) Okay so they have the right to make comments but so do I. Except this is Disney and I donĎt want a huge confrontation. Iím fuming,:mad: but a sweet woman in line asks me what branch of service my husband was in (he was wearing his veterans hat again) and if he was hurt in service. I canít help but speak loudly enough for the rude woman and those around her to hear me. The bus driver signals that the kids and I should get on so we do and I figure thatís the end of that but the sweet woman sits down next to me and continues our conversation she asks about how John got hurt and I tell her about the helicopter accident and everything else that has happened since then. A few other people get into the conversation and I canít help but notice that the first woman is sitting not too far away studiously ignoring all of us. The bus arrives at ASM and several people stop to thank my husband for his service while the woman who made the first comment looks away and hurries off the bus. She looks a little embarrassed and I canít help but feel just a little satisfied about this.:rolleyes1 Is that horrible of me?

By the time we get off the bus we are all starving but DHís foot is really starting to bother him so we swing by the room to drop him off and then the kids and I head to the food court to get dinner to bring back to the room. I honestly donít remember much about what we ate this night other than I ordered the grilled cheese because Jonnie really wanted something off the adult menu and grilled cheese sounded okay to me.I was tired and flustered by the time we got to the register and I accidentally told the CM to use TS credits which I realized right as we got back to the room with the food so I to turn around and get them to fix it. I had ADRís for all our TS credits and I wasnít willing to give any of them up. The guy at the register fixed it for me and for some reason while he was getting it straightened out I told him that I had ordered the grilled cheese so Jonnie could order an adult meal so he informed me that CS credits are not split into adults and childrenís like TS credits so Jonnie could order what ever he wanted at CS places. This turned out to be a life saver the rest of the trip. Anyway once that was fixed I went back to the room and ate my grilled cheese. It tasted greasy and sort of off but I was hungry and it was food. I got the kids settled down and we went to bed dreaming of all the things we would do at DHS tomorrow and hoping the weather wouldnít be too bad (they were calling for rain). Next up Darth Vadar and Ursula. Waterlogged at DHS.

yinyanggirls
02-11-2010, 09:47 PM
I know what you mean. I was talking to my FIL who works at sprint the other day about getting a cell phone for Jonnie just so we could activate the GPS on it. The only problem is I'm not sure we could find a way to keep it on him where he woulden't lose it. What are the rentable GPS units like?

I saw them at Orlandostrollerrentals.com. If I can remember, they were small things that you could buckle to pants or shoes or something so they can't just drop it or leave it. If you had a mischievous child I guess they could purposely remove it....

The bus arrives at ASM and several people stop to thank my husband for his service while the woman who made the first comment looks away and hurries off the bus. She looks a little embarrassed and I canít help but feel just a little satisfied about this.:rolleyes1 Is that horrible of me?


Not at all! Hopefully she learned a lesson, and you took the higher ground anyway by not telling her off (which you had every right to!).

Too funny about the cannon! My kids would have had heart attacks!
How sweet of the cast member to give her the pin. And glad that they didn't hassle you about the meal credits. Sounds like a good day overall.

kayrosek
02-13-2010, 12:30 PM
I know I promised you Hollywood Studios next but I forgot that I had intended to do a favorite and least favorite thing about the day list at the end of each park so here it is.
Epcot

DH :donald: :Favorite: Soarin! Least Favorite: Trying to find everything in the park.
Me :ccat: :Favorite: Watching Stich play with the kids! Least Favorite: Losing Jonnie!
Tessa :tink: :Favorite: Soarin with Tokyo Dining as a close second! Least Favorite: Losing Jonnie!
Jenna ::MinnieMo :Favorite: Soarin! Least Favorite: Kim Possible!
Jonnie :sulley: :Favorite: Kim Possible:confused3 Least Favorite: Small portions at Tokyo Dining. He really wanted more Terriyaki chicken!:rotfl:
As I was interviewing the family losing Jonnie definatley stood out as the worst part of the day but Jenna and John wanted to be more park specific in thier least favorite things. Jenna got really bored with Kim Possible and John found the park confusing to navigate. I'm still confused about Jonnies favorite thing being Kim Possible. He likes treasure hunts but this seemed a little long winded for him. I geuss he was paying more attention to it than I thought. I would have thought it would be Stich or Illuminations. So those were the best and worst moments of everyones day. It was a learning experience for all of us. We diden't get everything we wanted to do done but overall it was a good day. We got better at touring the parks as the week went on.

praisehisname
02-13-2010, 03:32 PM
All caught up again. :thumbsup2I loved seeing some of your scrapbook pages; thanks!

Denise

yinyanggirls
02-14-2010, 12:17 AM
How funny that he liked Kim so much. I figure we'll try it even though the girls don't know her show. Couldn't hurt I guess.

kayrosek
02-14-2010, 12:13 PM
I saw them at Orlandostrollerrentals.com. If I can remember, they were small things that you could buckle to pants or shoes or something so they can't just drop it or leave it. If you had a mischievous child I guess they could purposely remove it....



Not at all! Hopefully she learned a lesson, and you took the higher ground anyway by not telling her off (which you had every right to!).

Too funny about the cannon! My kids would have had heart attacks!
How sweet of the cast member to give her the pin. And glad that they didn't hassle you about the meal credits. Sounds like a good day overall.

That GPS sounds like it might work. We did have a good day. There were definatley some stressful moments but overall it turned out good.

All caught up again. :thumbsup2I loved seeing some of your scrapbook pages; thanks!

Denise
Thanks Denise, I think I'll post most of my pictures as scrapbook pages

How funny that he liked Kim so much. I figure we'll try it even though the girls don't know her show. Couldn't hurt I guess.

You never know what they'll like. I was surprised by a few of Jonnies favorites from later in the week as well.

kayrosek
02-17-2010, 09:49 PM
Sorry it's been a few days since my last post. We are all soooooooo sick here hopefully I'll feel up to posting an update soon.

yinyanggirls
02-18-2010, 01:21 AM
Oh no! I can't wait for spring.:sick: Hope you all recover soon!

kayrosek
02-22-2010, 02:00 AM
Oh no! I can't wait for spring.:sick: Hope you all recover soon!

Thanks Melissa, we are starting to feel betteralthough I still have an annoying lingering cough but having mostly recovered from Brochitis, a sinus infection and a stomach bug all at once I feel much better, still a little tired but much better. I'm about three paragraphs into my next installment so hopefully I'll get it posted soon.

KathyRN137
02-22-2010, 08:09 AM
The CM showed her a light up Tinkerbell pin and Tessa decided to go ahead and buy it but the CM insisted on giving it to her, a gift from one Tinkerbell fan to another.pixiedust:


...the sweet woman sits down next to me and continues our conversation she asks about how John got hurt and I tell her about the helicopter accident and everything else that has happened since then. A few other people get into the conversation and I canít help but notice that the first woman is sitting not too far away studiously ignoring all of us. The bus arrives at ASM and several people stop to thank my husband for his service while the woman who made the first comment looks away and hurries off the bus.




Ah, see? The nice people far outnumbered the not-so-nice! :goodvibes

Hopefully wheelchair #2 was more comfortable for John.


Kathy

kayrosek
02-24-2010, 12:50 AM
Ah, see? The nice people far outnumbered the not-so-nice! :goodvibes

Hopefully wheelchair #2 was more comfortable for John.


Kathy

SO true Kathy, especially at Disney. I get a little miffed at the rude people but there are also so many amazingly sweet people.

The wheelchair was more comfortable but we still padded it with pillows from the room and by the end of our vacation he was pretty miserable in it. It's been awhile since he was confined to a wheelchair. He doesn't walk without aid but he's past wheelchairs and even crutches now, he uses two canes though if he's walking even a small distance, and even without a broken foot a long walk is out of the qestion.

kayrosek
02-26-2010, 10:48 PM
The morning of November 25th. dawned cold and rainy but Iíd been expecting it (hoping for better weather but expecting yucky wet weather) so I wasnít too upset. John and I had already decided that if it had to rain DHS day was the best day for it because a lot of what we wanted to do at Hollywood Studios was indoors. We werenít rushing this morning. Our plan called for us to stay at DHS until closing so we didnít really want to get there too early. John was tired and in a lot of pain this morning so I took the kids over to the food court to get breakfast. We ate there and brought a breakfast sandwich back to John. While John ate the kids and I got our park bags together. Once that was done it was on with the ponchos and out the door. We bravely faced the rain in search of some Hollywood style fun. The ponchos were definitely necessary this morning. It was really wet. The ponchos kept the kids and I fairly dry but unfortunately I hadnít really thought about the fact that John was sitting and his lap which wasnít covered by the poncho was going to get wet. He was pretty cold by the time we got to the bus stop which was about the time it hit me that he should be carrying the umbrella we had in our bag. The bus trip there was uneventful but once we got there we realized that John didnít have his Key To The World Card.

A quick stop at guest services rectified that. Then we all needed potty breaks and then it was into the park. We headed straight for Star Tours. We didnít even have a chance to show the GAC they immediately pointed us to the fast pass line. After a few minutes we found ourselves in a line in a little hallway. The people in front of us were taken to get on the ride and it was just us. Or was it? Suddenly we found ourselves face to face with these guys
http://i968.photobucket.com/albums/ae169/kayrosek/vader.jpg
(the pics I tried to get diden't turn out at all so I borrowed this one of the characters we saw just to add a little visual stimulation to the post)
Wow! I think the Jedi show had just ended. Jonnie was beside himself.:yay: Much to my surprise Jenna was also pretty excited and she gave us all a laugh when she told Darth Vader ďEvils cool dude! Were alike. Iím a villain too, a villain to my siblings!Ē :rotfl2::rotfl2:The characters werenít really near us for long but it was definitely a cool start to the morning. Then it was time for our tour of the stars. John and Jonnie both liked this ride quite a bit, but they really liked the gift shop! After looking around a bit Jonnie decided on a Jedi Mickey light saber and DH confessed his desire for a build your own light saber. Because his wheelchair wouldnít fit in the space where you built the light sabers a CM did it for him but she was super sweet about it and very determined to make sure it turned out just the way John wanted it. After my Jedi Knights:yoda: were appropriately armed we headed off in search of our next experience.

We stumbled upon an Indiana Jones show about to start but were informed that the wheelchair seating was filled. The CM said it was pretty much always a packed house. This pretty much made our decision for us.:confused3 I had wanted to see it but not enough to risk John feeling claustrophobic in that crowd. There were some things we were willing to risk it for, but this wasnít one of them. I donít remember what else we passed but I know the next thing we did was Voyage of the Little Mermaid. Jenna was a little ornery and she was sure this was a baby attraction but the rest of us wanted to see it and I suspected lowering blood sugar was a big part of the culprit for JenĎs attitude. With the help of some cheese crackers for Jenna and a few toys for Jonnie from Johnís bag we made it through the wait, which was about 25min, and into the theater. This was worth the wait John and I liked it, Tessa loved it, Jenna admitted it wasnít a baby attraction and she really liked it, and even Jonnie liked Ursula. So what to do next, well I was steadily getting grumpier and those cheese crackers werenít a long term solution for Jen so it was off to find lunch.

I had read a lot about the restaurant options at this park and really hadnít know what to do with our CS option. It didnít seem like any of the CS places got very favorable reviews. I finally decided on Backlot Express so I knew where we were headed. We got there and couldnít find any way to get Johns wheelchair into the restaurant so we chose an umbrella table and wiped the water off. As I remember it there was a bit of a drizzle but not much. It was certainly drier than we had been. I went inside to get food and completely forgot about the grilled veggie sandwich I had read about. I wasnít completely sure what to get the girls either so I ordered two Double Cheese Burgers, two Turkey sandwiches, and an adult portion of Chicken Nuggets and Fries for Jonnie. For dessert I got three cheesecakes and two yogurt parfaits. The girls took the Turkey sandwiches and John and I took the burgers. The burgers were pretty good and very filling. John was too full for any dessert but I nibbled a bit at the yogurt. I really liked it. but the turkey sandwiches were not exactly to the girlsí taste. The arugula and peppers didnít really thrill them. Tess remembers it being okay. I think she picked some of the stuff off it. Jen ate some turkey and a slice of cheese covered bread as well as the french fries. Jonnie liked his nuggets and the adult portion was big enough for him. All three of them liked the cheesecake. While we were finishing eating we got a pleasant surprise. I hadnít planned on watching the Block Party but Iím glad we did and our table ended up being a fairly good viewing spot so we inadvertently timed it perfectly. Next up Oh my goodness itís a frog and a pig and some monsters thrown in for good measure, some JedI dreams (or disappointments) and a disturbing call from home.

SueM in MN
02-27-2010, 09:47 PM
We waited about 15 or 20 min for a bus to pull up and the driver started loading John. As we were waiting for John to be loaded a woman in line started commenting rather loudly that apparently all it takes to be first for everything is a wheelchair. Okay I have to admit I didnít take that comment too well. I am extremely protective of John and his disability. He has been through so much mentally and physically that nobody else can really understand and he got this way because serving his country and preserving peoples rights was important to him (he frequently reminds me that one of those rights involves peoples right to make stupid comments if they feel like it.) Okay so they have the right to make comments but so do I. Except this is Disney and I donĎt want a huge confrontation. Iím fuming,:mad: but a sweet woman in line asks me what branch of service my husband was in (he was wearing his veterans hat again) and if he was hurt in service. I canít help but speak loudly enough for the rude woman and those around her to hear me. The bus driver signals that the kids and I should get on so we do and I figure thatís the end of that but the sweet woman sits down next to me and continues our conversation she asks about how John got hurt and I tell her about the helicopter accident and everything else that has happened since then. A few other people get into the conversation and I canít help but notice that the first woman is sitting not too far away studiously ignoring all of us. The bus arrives at ASM and several people stop to thank my husband for his service while the woman who made the first comment looks away and hurries off the bus. She looks a little embarrassed and I canít help but feel just a little satisfied about this.:rolleyes1 Is that horrible of me?
I don't think it's horrible of you at all.
My youngest DD is permanently disabled and has been her whole life.
We get at least one of those rude comments once each trip. I always feel bad when I hear about someone else hearing one of those commends because I know just how bad it can feel.

I figure those people are tempting Karma. If they think it is so great to have a disability, they may someday find out how it is in reality.

yinyanggirls
02-27-2010, 10:52 PM
I think Star Wars is next on our list to show the girls. I love the comment "a villain to my siblings", LOL!:lmao:

kayrosek
03-02-2010, 02:16 AM
I think Star Wars is next on our list to show the girls. I love the comment "a villain to my siblings", LOL!:lmao:

I saw on your PTR that Tessa is enjoying Star Wars. I was thinking about it and I think Jonnie was about that age maybe a bit older chronologically but about there or even younger cognitively when he first saw Star Wars and he loves it. That villian comment is classic Jenna. :rotfl:

praisehisname
03-09-2010, 02:27 PM
Caught up again, and I'm a little worried about the call from home! :confused:

kayrosek
03-09-2010, 05:38 PM
Caught up again, and I'm a little worried about the call from home! :confused:

Good to see you Denise. Hopefully I'll get the next update posted soon so you won't be in suspense about that call for too much longer.

kayrosek
03-27-2010, 12:02 PM
so sorry it has been so long since I posted here. It has been a very difficult few weeks. Most significantly there was a fire in our house.:scared1: It only affected a few rooms and nobody was hurt but the after math of cleaning and rearranging and wading through our home owners stuff has been crazy. I've been on to other Tr's I'm reading here and there but I haven't had the time or energy to put together another update. Then two days ago I injured my back and neck and now I am under doctors orders to spend only minimal time out of bed at least until my follow up on Monday. As I don't have a laptop that kind of eliminates too much Dising. So hopefully I'll get feeling better soon and be on more. Until then I just wanted you to kno what was going on.

DisMomAmy
03-28-2010, 09:19 AM
Oh no... so sorry to hear about the fire! :scared1: And then your back on top of that! :headache:

Hope you're feeling better soon & the fire mess is cleaned up quickly... :hug:

KathyRN137
03-28-2010, 09:44 AM
:grouphug: :grouphug: :grouphug:

So glad no one was injured in the fire, but Yikes! What a mess!

My sister had a fire in their condo (they were away for the weekend, thankfully.) It took weeks and weeks to clean up and they lost an entire closet full of clothes.

I hope your losses weren't too great. :sad2:

Try to stay off your feet, we'll be here when you're ready to come back. :hug:


Kathy

kayrosek
04-17-2010, 05:36 PM
Oh no... so sorry to hear about the fire! :scared1: And then your back on top of that! :headache:

Hope you're feeling better soon & the fire mess is cleaned up quickly... :hug:

:grouphug: :grouphug: :grouphug:

So glad no one was injured in the fire, but Yikes! What a mess!

My sister had a fire in their condo (they were away for the weekend, thankfully.) It took weeks and weeks to clean up and they lost an entire closet full of clothes.

I hope your losses weren't too great. :sad2:

Try to stay off your feet, we'll be here when you're ready to come back. :hug:


Kathy

Thank you both. I'm finally starting to feel better. We have had a few other things happen (strep throat for the kids and some issues with John's health) but it seems things are looking up. We still don't have the house completley back together but part of that is that we are taking this oppertunity to do a little remodeling in the back of the house and to switch bedrooms the way we had planned to eventually anyway. So now we are in the middle of that but I should still have more time coming up and I'm looking forward to getting another update done soon. I may even start it tonight.

DisMomAmy
04-18-2010, 10:23 AM
I'm glad to hear things are looking up! :goodvibes

praisehisname
04-19-2010, 10:07 AM
Wow, I'm so sorry to hear about the fire and the health stuff. I'm glad no one was injured in the fire! Take your time getting back; we'll be here! :goodvibes

kayrosek
04-28-2010, 11:24 PM
We finished our lunch and checked the times for JedI knight training,:darth: a must for the two Johns. We had some time so we decided to check out our muppet friends in 3D. Since the muppets were a favorite of mine from my childhood I was particularly excited about this attraction. I got more excited :lovestruc when I passed the too cute muppet fountain, but Jonnie was anything but thrilled with the line. The CM assured us it was simply a twelve minute wait and we would all be let in. This didnít sound so bad so we took our place at the back of the line. Unfortunately Jonnie was just not up for any wait right then. It was a bit of a challenge even with the muppet posters to distract him, but scrapping it would have elicited complaints from both girls. Finally, (the wait definitely seems longer with a cranky child) we made it into the main waiting area and got our glasses which was a delightful distraction for Jonnie ( he has quite the fascination with 3D glasses.) What can I say I really liked this attraction but I liked the theatre the most. There was something transporting about sitting in the muppet theatre. I felt like I was actually in one of the movies I watched as a child
After our time at the theatre we headed back to JedI training only to find we were too late. John suggested he and Jonnie stay and wait for the next session (I knew he was hoping to get Jonnie in on the action) and the girls and I could check the time for American Idol. So thatís what we did. We split up and I took the girls, only to find out that the next shows for both American Idol and Play house Disney werenít for awhile but they were were at about the same time. Big problem for me as Jonnie is obsessed with playhouse disney and Tessaís goal for the whole trip was to see AI (actually that wasnít quite it but more on that later) We did some wandering. The girls suggested RNR or TOT but by that time I wasnít sure if we had time for those long lines and John wasnít answering his cell so I suggested we go back and check what was going on with DH and Jonnie. Tessa however had a different plan, I could go back and check on Jonnie and dad and her and Jen could explore some more, on their own. :scared1: Okay can you say No Way! Now I know some people are more comfortable with this than I am but no. Not only did I feel they were too young for random exploring but we were getting lost and having a hard time hearing our cell phones while we were together, none of us had ever been here or had any idea what we were doing so this was not a good time for one of my daughters independent streaks. Unfortunatley my resounding no made it time for one of her pouty,:sad: tantrum-esque :mad:moods. Ugh! I am hating these moody hormonal years with her already. We had a few unpleasant moments but I was determined to stay in a magical mood. So I got the girls cheered up and headed back to JedI territory only to find out that the next show was just about to begin. I was a bit afraid at this point that we would be cutting it close for either AI or playhouse and we still had to make it in time to get good seats to the 1rst. Fantasmic. The day felt like it was flying by so fast, but before John and I could talk or make plans I got a phone call. It was our house sitter Amanda calling to check on us and to tell us she had come home to find a light on in the garage last night and had been scared that someone had broke in so she had called 911. The cops hadenít found anything out of the ordinary but a girl down the street had convinced her that break-ins were common in our neighborhood so now she was scared. This supposed crime streak was news to me.:confused3 Weíve only lived here for a few years but have lots of friends in the neighborhood and everyone has told us that they feel really safe here and have never had a problem in ten or more years in the neighborhood. I had a pretty good idea who had told her this and I knew that it was likely more than a little exaggerated. I also figured that I was the one who had left on the garage light before we left and Amanda hadenít noticed it before, but I knew she was just scared so I tried to reassure that she was safe , reminded her that we had introduced her to our friends across the street if she needed anyone and suggested she invite someone to stay with her. I also assured her that if she felt unsafe she could leave and we would find someone else to watch the animals or get someone to take them to kennels. She told me she had a friend staying that night so she would let me know how she felt tomorrow and she hung up sounding as if she felt better but I hung up totally stressed. :headache:Just the thought of a break in bothered me but it didnít sound as if there had been one and now I wasnít sure what was going to happen to our animals while we were gone. I relayed all this to John and he pointed out that the JedI show had been cancelled due to weather (somehow I had missed the fact that it had started raining again I had gotten so caught up in my conversation) so now we were left deciding what to do again with a deeply disappointed little boy.:confused3

Next up singing and dancing in the rain.

praisehisname
05-03-2010, 07:28 PM
How frustrating to try and handle whatever was happening at home while you're so far away. :headache: I don't blame you for saying no to the girls wandering around alone! :thumbsup2

DisMomAmy
05-04-2010, 08:48 PM
I've been there... I have a sense of how everone was feeling at that point! We had a morning like that when nothing seemed to go our way. I recently found myself speed walking, pushing a stroller, through Epcot trying to find a ride, any ride for the boys before they melted down! I hope your luck changed quickly...

kayrosek
05-08-2010, 10:14 PM
Big News! I have a ticker.:cool1:


http://distickers.com/ticker/tickers/klh1oputrgcr9lrj.png (http://distickers.com/ticker/)



You girls have no idea how big this is! Originally John figured WDW was a one time thing but from the moment we got there I knew we had to go back. I also knew it wasen't going to be easy to convince John of that. I started trying to convince him a few months ago and finally got him to agree on an anniversary trip with the kids along 5-7:scared1: years from now. Then I started working on him about doing a getaway trip for an anniversary, just the two of us, sooner and then a trip with the kids when they were a little older. He finally (I had major convincing to do as he diden't see WDW as an adult place) agreed to a big luxurious couples trip for our tenth anniversary in over two years :confused:, but thanks to KathyRN ;) I coulden't be satisfied with that. So today I used my best fuzzy disney math to convince him that if we were really serious about a that special trip in 2012 it would be better to go down sooner for a short "trial" and then when we liked it book a bounce back.:rotfl2: So after all that he's finally on board for 2011. It's still over a year away but it's oh so much better than 7 years.:thumbsup2 So there's my big news I just had to share.

yinyanggirls
05-08-2010, 11:59 PM
Wow! That's great! I totally want to go back and have no idea if/when it will happen. Good job on getting a date to actually plan for!:thumbsup2

DisMomAmy
05-09-2010, 09:11 AM
Congratulations on the new ticker! :banana:

kayrosek
05-09-2010, 09:32 AM
Wow! That's great! I totally want to go back and have no idea if/when it will happen. Good job on getting a date to actually plan for!:thumbsup2

I know what you mean exactly. When I came home I was so depressed thinking we would never go back, but look at me now. Miracles do happen.:rotfl:

Congratulations on the new ticker! :banana:
Thank you so much I am so excited.

michellem1118
05-09-2010, 11:04 AM
Next time you go, you should consider renting a scooter (ECV) for John, rather than a wheelchair. They're not much more expensive, and it would give him some independence since it's motorized. My mom rented one on our Christmas trip since she was recovering from a knee replacement and can't walk for long periods of time, and it was great - she was able to do things without the rest of the group along... when she got tired, she could take herself back to the room, for example, or she could shop for souvenirs while we rode the thrill rides that she doesn't like. I think it was about $200 for the week, and it was definitely worth it.

mrsksomeday
05-09-2010, 11:44 AM
I know all too well about people like that lady at the bus. One woman was so obnoxious that I finally turned around, looked at her and said "he would gladly give you his Cerebral Palsy then you could get the "special treatment". He would love to be able to stand in line to wait, but he CAN'T." I glared at her and turned around. She hung her head and I didn't hear a peep out of her. Others that got on the bus after us started chit chatting with me, they knew how upset I was. Sometimes you have to embarrass people to get through to them and I will gladly do it again.

Congrats on your big news!! Isn't it great to have a ticker in your siggy line. I am really enjoying your report.

kayrosek
05-10-2010, 07:34 AM
I know all too well about people like that lady at the bus. One woman was so obnoxious that I finally turned around, looked at her and said "he would gladly give you his Cerebral Palsy then you could get the "special treatment". He would love to be able to stand in line to wait, but he CAN'T." I glared at her and turned around. She hung her head and I didn't hear a peep out of her. Others that got on the bus after us started chit chatting with me, they knew how upset I was. Sometimes you have to embarrass people to get through to them and I will gladly do it again.

Congrats on your big news!! Isn't it great to have a ticker in your siggy line. I am really enjoying your report.

Thanks for reading Mrs K. That really saddens me to think that you and Bill run into people like that. I love how you responded though. People can be so rude and thoughtless at times. We also get comments about John being on disability occaisionally. Someone will ask what he does and he'll explain that he's medically retired and disabled from the military and we've had resopnses like "What's it like living off the goverment?":eek: or "Your so lucky not to have to work?" On that last one we walked away and John looked at me and said "He just doesn't get it I'd trade anything to be where he is today, waking up and going to work tomorrow." On a better note it is great having a ticker in my siggy. I wasen't sure I would ever see one of those. I'm really loving your PTR. Maybe if I ever get this TR finished I'll work up enough courage to start a PTR when we get a little closer.

kayrosek
05-10-2010, 07:42 AM
Next time you go, you should consider renting a scooter (ECV) for John, rather than a wheelchair. They're not much more expensive, and it would give him some independence since it's motorized. My mom rented one on our Christmas trip since she was recovering from a knee replacement and can't walk for long periods of time, and it was great - she was able to do things without the rest of the group along... when she got tired, she could take herself back to the room, for example, or she could shop for souvenirs while we rode the thrill rides that she doesn't like. I think it was about $200 for the week, and it was definitely worth it.

Oops. Diden't mean to skip over you. Thanks for stopping by. We are definatley getting him an ECV this time! Latley John's been telling me that with my Arthritis and Fibro I should get one too and the two of us could motor around on our little scooters together.:rotfl: I finally told him I'd consider it at the parks if I was having a bad day but I can't imagine using one for long. I had to use one at the hardware store one time and I was too impatient for the thing. I kept wanting to get up and walk away from it.

KathyRN137
05-10-2010, 09:50 PM
Big News! I have a ticker.:cool1:

http://distickers.com/ticker/tickers/klh1oputrgcr9lrj.png (http://distickers.com/ticker/)




:cheer2: Yay!!! :cheer2:


Kathy

kayrosek
05-29-2010, 12:36 AM
So when we left off. I was stressed, :headache: and weíd just got rained out of JedI training. Jonnie was pretty disappointed and I knew just standing there wasnít going to improve his mood so I suggested we walk towards the giant hat while we talked and hope that the scenery distracted Jonnie a bit. It worked, with a little help from his sisters Jonnie started excitedly pointing out things, especially the sorcerer Mickey hat. He had recently seen Fantasia at his grandmothers and would bring it up any time he saw anything Sorcerer Mickey themed. While Jonnie and the girls were occupied John and I decided that the best course of action was to split up. He would take Jonnie to see Playhouse Disney and I would take the girls to AI. I was a littled bummed about this because I really wanted to see Jonnie react to the songs and characters from Playhouse Disney. Now chronologically Jonnie might be a bit old for Playhouse Disney since heíll be ten in the fall but cognitively and socially heís always been a few years behind. Knowing that Jonnie is probably my last child it has occurred to me that one of the odd silver linings of his diagnosisís is that I get to hold on to those little child moments, that otherwise pass so quickly for just a little longer. Still he wonít be my baby forever and someday, probably soon heíll grow out of Playhouse Disney and Sesame Street and Iíll be left wondering where my little boy went just as I was with the girls.:sad2: We quickly informed the children of our decision (much to the girls delight, they had thought we would all go see Playhouse and skip AI) and headed off to our separate destinations.
I had known since I started planning that AI was a must for the girls, particularly Tessa (in fact it was a big part of the reason I pushed so hard for DHS when John had suggested skipping it) so I was glad to see this one thing go right. We arrived right before the show was about to start and got seats quickly. The girls were in awe of how realistic everything looked and Tessa was so excited to be there she practically forgot her disappointment over the fact that she hadnít been able to audition. This disappointment had been partially to blame for her Iím not a baby tantrum of earlier as Tessa had hoped to convince a CM to let her audition when we had went to check on times but they informed her (as I said they would) that auditions were strictly for people fourteen yrs old and older. Tessa has always had a beautiful singing voice and really, really enjoys performing (sheís been singing solos in front of hundreds of people since she was three and is often referred to as the next American Idol, Hannah Montannah, etc. by impressed school officials, church members and others when they hear her for the first time) so she really had her heart set on auditioning for this experience and was very disappointed by the 14 yr. old age limit. I personally was very grateful for it as I didnít want to spend most of the day dealing with AI auditions and such I just wanted all of us to enjoy our vacation together as much as possible. This was the perfect compromise and even I got caught up in the excitement as we watched our favorite :lovestruc win the competition and be told he would go on to the next round (although this would come back to haunt us later). Once it was done we headed to Playhouse to meet John and Jonnie. They too were in great spirits. Jonnie had loved the show and John had enjoyed watching Jonnie watch it, though he did express how grateful he was for his wheelchair as it gave him somewhere to sit. Now it was time for us to head towards the thing John had been waiting forÖFantasmic!
It was still cold and wet which was probably why the line I had been envisioning never materialized. We headed up the hill to theater steadily, reached the top and were directed to the wheelchair seats at the back by a CM. At this point John was a bit onerey over something but I seriously donít remember what and it passed quickly. Jonnie on the other hand was in full out grump mood. He was hungry, tired, wet, over stimulated and wanted another light toy, The glow wands I brought didnít even phase him and he whined and cried about everything as for a few minutes then he curled up in a ball on the bench. This is when things really started to go downhill. A lady pulled up in an ECV behind us and immediately started complaining that there wasnít enough room for her family. She tried to get a CM to move some of us but was told that the section was filling up and there would be enough room if her family sat in front of each other (this is how we were seated, Jenna and Tessa two rows down. Me and Jonnie on the back row of bleachers and John parked behind us.)Her adult family members showed up and she kept complaining and telling them to scoot over and make people make room. :confused:I got so uncomfortable I put Jonnie on my lap (bad idea he wanted space and was stimming rather consistently by this point and after the show I could barley walk, he's getting too big to sit on my lap that long.)To be fair the womanís husband sat next to me and he was very sweet. He kept insisting he had plenty of room and Jonnie could take as much room as he needed but then his wife started arguing with him about it and I just felt like I was causing problems. Jonnie went back to whining about a light toy and I tried to appease him with the glow wands again. It was generally very miserable until the show started then everyone was entranced even Jonnie who only muttered ďlight-up mommyĒ occasionally and seemed quite interested in the show especially the lights and pyrotechnics. Can you tell he likes lights? We all enjoyed the show some but truthfully we should have skipped it. It was to wet, too cold and we were all hungry. After the show I gave one of the light up wands (with Tessaís permission) to a little boy who was talking to Jenna before the show. He was very appreciative and polite. We waited for the crowds to disperse and then went to find Hollywood and Vine. Our reservations werenít for another 45 min but we were starving and I was hoping they could fit us in. No such luck.:confused3 Next up what to do until dinner, an unpleasant surprise, and are we ever going to eat?

yinyanggirls
05-29-2010, 01:27 AM
Oh my, I can so relate to the waiting too long for dinner! Good idea to split up, I hope. We'll see in your next installment I guess!

kayrosek
05-29-2010, 01:55 AM
Oh my, I can so relate to the waiting too long for dinner! Good idea to split up, I hope. We'll see in your next installment I guess!

Yeah, after reading about your Boma ADR I bet you know all about long waits. We never had extremly long waits for our ADR's but going too long between meals was a bit of a theme for our trip. I had thought that we could space meals out quite a bit and get snacks in between but we got so caught up with other things we rarely stopped for snacks and then everyone got way to hungry before our next meal which caused all sorts of outbursts and stressors. Splittling up was a good idea but AI did get Tess in trouble later that night.

kayrosek
05-29-2010, 12:35 PM
tried to gpost pics but coulden't get any of them to resize right so I'll try again later. Right now the kids are impatiently waiting for me to take the to the pool.

kayrosek
05-30-2010, 08:34 AM
Okay I still can't seem to get the pics to size right. Anyone have any suggsetions. I have resized them several times and they are still huge!

yinyanggirls
05-30-2010, 12:39 PM
I've had that problem before. If I didn't do it right the first time, it's like it won't ever correct. I've had to delete and start over. Maybe just post a couple anyway. I'm sure we won't mind huge pics. :)

kayrosek
05-30-2010, 12:55 PM
I've had that problem before. If I didn't do it right the first time, it's like it won't ever correct. I've had to delete and start over. Maybe just post a couple anyway. I'm sure we won't mind huge pics. :)

I tried to delete and put a smaller version on photobucket, but no luck. Oh well. Here's a pic of Jenna with one of the infamous glow wands. I'd post one of Tess but she hates that pic and she would just flip if I posted it screen size:rotfl2:
http://i968.photobucket.com/albums/ae169/kayrosek/Tessacameravacation024.jpg

KathyRN137
05-30-2010, 04:02 PM
....I really wanted to see Jonnie react to the songs and characters from Playhouse Disney. Now chronologically Jonnie might be a bit old for Playhouse Disney since he’ll be ten in the fall but cognitively and socially he’s always been a few years behind. Knowing that Jonnie is probably my last child it has occurred to me that one of the odd silver linings of his diagnosis’s is that I get to hold on to those little child moments, that otherwise pass so quickly for just a little longer....


Boy oh boy, can I ever relate to this!

My son will watch NCIS one minute and Blues Clues the next! :happytv:

In fact, last November was the first time that Billy (then eleven) did not demand to see Playhouse Disney Live. Of course, he enjoyed the preschool shows' characters and dancing at H&V just as much as ever!

That silver lining is something that I've thought of often... so much of the sweetness and innocence of childhood is prolonged when your child is autistic. In many ways we are lucky... how many other mothers of 12 yr-old boys are greeted with wide arms, hugs, and kisses when their sons step off the bus after school?? :lovestruc :lovestruc

Hope you didn't have too much longer to wait for dinner... that could make everyone a bit Grumpy!


Kathy

praisehisname
05-30-2010, 04:20 PM
That's great news about your trip; you'll have plenty of time to plan out everything! :dance3:


Knowing that Jonnie is probably my last child it has occurred to me that one of the odd silver linings of his diagnosisís is that I get to hold on to those little child moments, that otherwise pass so quickly for just a little longer.

That's a really good way to think of it! Good for you to find the silver lining when it would be so easy to focus on the discouragement. :hug: My DD13 has anxiety and mood disorder which cause her to be emotionally much younger than her age. So many times I get frustrated, but I'm going to try and remember what you wrote above.

sunset30
05-30-2010, 05:32 PM
Really enjoying your TR and looking forward to the next installment!
Lx

lorac4disney
05-30-2010, 06:08 PM
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Subscribing!!

Sorry to hear you had rough spots, but it does happen. DD12 is autistic so I can so relate!

I'm also sorry to hear about your daughter's migraines. Growing up, I had horrible migraines with no explanation coupled with bouts of low blood sugar. They ran every test under the sun. Thought I might have even been having mild seizures. It wasn't until recently that I finally learned that I have pernicious anemia and can't absorb B12. It was the one thing they never tested me for. I've not had another migraine since starting B12 injections. While I can't say that this is happening with your daughter, it wouldn't hurt to have it checked out.

Can't wait to read more of your TR!

Backstage_Gal
05-30-2010, 11:30 PM
Hi, just discovered your TR tonight and enjoying it. Thanks!

kayrosek
05-31-2010, 05:36 PM
Boy oh boy, can I ever relate to this!

My son will watch NCIS one minute and Blues Clues the next! :happytv:

In fact, last November was the first time that Billy (then eleven) did not demand to see Playhouse Disney Live. Of course, he enjoyed the preschool shows' characters and dancing at H&V just as much as ever!

That silver lining is something that I've thought of often... so much of the sweetness and innocence of childhood is prolonged when your child is autistic. In many ways we are lucky... how many other mothers of 12 yr-old boys are greeted with wide arms, hugs, and kisses when their sons step off the bus after school?? :lovestruc :lovestruc

Hope you didn't have too much longer to wait for dinner... that could make everyone a bit Grumpy!


Kathy
Kathy,
Jonnies just like that. One minute it's super heroes and Naruto the next it's Dragon Tales, Handy Manny and Bob the Builder. I was thinking about that precious innocence just the other day. A good freind of mine and I went to the school to spend lunch with our sons. Hers is in he same grade as Jonnie (which technically makes him younger as Jonnie is at least a year and a half older than your typical second grader.) Jonnie spent lunch time cuddling up next to me and diden't want me to leave. He gave me several hugs before finally going back to class. My freinds son on the other hand was a pretty typical eight year old boy, way to cool to hug his mom in front of his freinds.

And yes going without food too much longer did make us all grumpy.

That's great news about your trip; you'll have plenty of time to plan out everything! :dance3:




That's a really good way to think of it! Good for you to find the silver lining when it would be so easy to focus on the discouragement. :hug: My DD13 has anxiety and mood disorder which cause her to be emotionally much younger than her age. So many times I get frustrated, but I'm going to try and remember what you wrote above.

The problem is I've already been planning way to much.:rotfl2:

I know just what you mean about getting frustrated . I feel that same way sometimes. I think it's perfectly normal. I have to look at things from the perspective of "where's the silver lining is this gray cloud" or I'd go crazy. I do the same thing with DH's issues. I just keep reminding myself that the difficultys are worth it. I am very lucky to have him here, to be able to spend so much more time with him than your average couple gets and to be in the unique situation to provide my children with basically two stay at home parents (although my girls would probably argue that the last one isen't such a great thing:rotfl:)

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Subscribing!!

Sorry to hear you had rough spots, but it does happen. DD12 is autistic so I can so relate!

I'm also sorry to hear about your daughter's migraines. Growing up, I had horrible migraines with no explanation coupled with bouts of low blood sugar. They ran every test under the sun. Thought I might have even been having mild seizures. It wasn't until recently that I finally learned that I have pernicious anemia and can't absorb B12. It was the one thing they never tested me for. I've not had another migraine since starting B12 injections. While I can't say that this is happening with your daughter, it wouldn't hurt to have it checked out.

Can't wait to read more of your TR!
Wow that does sound like Jenna. Both the migraines and the low blood sugar. I know it might not be our answer but I'll check and see if they've tested her for those things anyway. Anything that might get us closer to an answer is a good thing. Thanks.

Hi, just discovered your TR tonight and enjoying it. Thanks!
Glad your enjoying it. Thanks for stopping by.

kayrosek
06-14-2010, 12:34 AM
Okay at the very beginning of this TR I told you that my youngest Jonnie is on the Autism spectrum as well as a few other things and I've mentioned it a few times here and there. I have always felt blessed that Jonnie is pretty responsive and cuddly but there are some things that Jonnie has never been okay with. He's okay with hugs, especially big squeezy bear hugs but he has always absolutley hated kisses of any type. When he started being verbal (about age 41/2-5) he told me he could "feel the germs" everywhere but his hair which means I always kiss him good night on top of the head and other than once or twice in his whole life he absolutley won't give daddy or I kisses on the cheek or anything. Well tonight I gave him a hug and a kiss on top of the head and said goodnight and without any warning my little boy kissed me on the forehead then he looked me in the eye and said "Yay". Wow he took that word right out of my mouth and as I sat there awestruck he opened his arms wide and said "mommy hug". I cannot describe how precious that moment was to me.:lovestruc I barley kept from crying then and I'm in tears now as I write this. I'm sorry for the OT post but I had to share and I knew my Dis "freinds" would care and that some of you would understand being spectrum mommies yourselves.
Thank you for being there. Thank you for reading and thank you for giving me a place to share my wonderful moment.

praisehisname
06-14-2010, 12:54 PM
That made me cry, too! You must be over the moon! :hug:

kayrosek
01-16-2011, 03:22 AM
Hello out there to anyone who might be reading. I started this TR a long time ago and due to numerous issues wasen't able to finish and it was moved to the completed trip report board. Recently I had a few requests that I finish it, which I had wanted to do anyway but was not sure how to do, and then I got a very helpful PM explaining that a mod could open it back up for me and so I am back :cool1:. I am particurarly greatful for this because my title mentions how magical our trip was and alot of my favorite magical moments were later in our trip. I plan on jumping right into posting again real soon but for now, just for fun, since it's been so long, how about a few recent pics of our cast.


Me (Krystal) and my wonderful DH (John)
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My girls Tessa(in the black sweater with white blouse underneath) and Jenna (in the white top with black around the shoulders)
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Last but not least my little boy Jonnie (not so little anymore though):sad1:
http://i968.photobucket.com/albums/ae169/kayrosek/1413.jpg
http://i968.photobucket.com/albums/ae169/kayrosek/1418.jpg

DisMomAmy
01-16-2011, 07:32 AM
Welcome Back!! I'm glad you returned to finish up your report. :goodvibes

twinmom
01-16-2011, 08:50 AM
Just found this today!! So glad you are back to finish. I want to know how AI gets your daughter in trouble.

Thanks to your husband for his service. I was in the Navy for 9 years. I cannot believe the woman at the bus stop. You are a better person than me.

Next time you go you should sign John up to be the Veteran of the Day. They do the Flag Lowering Ceremony. I did it last time I was there and it was a great experience.

Keep up the posting!!!!

blessedmom4
01-16-2011, 10:26 AM
YOU DID IT!!! Your BACK!!! After I answered you on our PTR I realized you MIGHT have gone ahead and started so I came over to check...WOO HOO!!! :woohoo: you did!!! I can't wait to read more and I am so happy you posted new photos!:banana:

yinyanggirls
01-17-2011, 12:30 AM
I love the new pics! Glad you found out how to open it again....

kayrosek
01-17-2011, 01:49 PM
Welcome Back!! I'm glad you returned to finish up your report. :goodvibes
Thanks for dropping by. Wow your trip is getting close. I will have a new update up before you leave but I bet your busy getting ready to go. I know I would be crazy busy if I was preparing to leave my family for a few days.
Just found this today!! So glad you are back to finish. I want to know how AI gets your daughter in trouble.
Thanks for reading. I'm really happy to be back and determined to finish this up.

Thanks to your husband for his service. I was in the Navy for 9 years. I cannot believe the woman at the bus stop. You are a better person than me.

Next time you go you should sign John up to be the Veteran of the Day. They do the Flag Lowering Ceremony. I did it last time I was there and it was a great experience.

Keep up the posting!!!!

And Thank You for your service. I was pretty steamed about the bus incident but I really held myself back, after all it's WDW. Had something similar happened at say Walmart all bets would have been off:rotfl2:
I love the idea of signing John up for Veteran of thae day. How do you go about doing that?

YOU DID IT!!! Your BACK!!! After I answered you on our PTR I realized you MIGHT have gone ahead and started so I came over to check...WOO HOO!!! :woohoo: you did!!! I can't wait to read more and I am so happy you posted new photos!:banana:
I am SO excited to be back! Thank you for giving me the little push I needed to actually do it.
I love the new pics! Glad you found out how to open it again....
Thanks for coming by. I'm really excited to finish it.

kayrosek
01-18-2011, 12:46 AM
So we had just checked at Hollywood and Vine to see if they could squeeze us in a bit early but unfortunately they were packed all night:confused3 (as was every other DHS restaurant.)The kids all started clamoring for different activities but my sweet:lovestruc DH insisted that this was my pick. He told the kids I had spent all day making sure they got to do the things they would enjoy and this was my turn. I couldnít think of anything until he reminded me that I had been talking about ďsome light thingĒ for weeks. Awww :idea:, The Osbourne Festival of Lights. How could I have forgotten? So we set off in search of that fabulous display of Christmas cheer, stopping along the way for directions. I swear my mouth drop open as we came upon the display. I LOVE Christmas lights and this was the most magnificent display I had ever seeen I stood there for a moment just staring then I turned and asked Tessa for her camera. Apparently Tess was in one of ďthoseĒ moods because she started complaining that I was borrowing her camera too much, that she was sick of getting it out for me and blah, blah, blah. Jonnie quickly offered me his new camera and this is when we ran into more problems. I asked where it was and DH told me I had Jonnies backpack with his camera in it. UhÖNO I didnít! :scared1: No one did. Ugh what was it about cameras this trip?:confused: Jonnie started getting upset immediately and I was trying to calm him down. It was a few minutes of mayhem. I could tell all the stress was getting to DH and this was confirmed when he looked at me and said ďOkay weíve seen the lights what now?Ē UhÖ A couple minutes with my attention directed elsewhere and no pics (although I later found out that Tessa snapped a few for me which was sweet of her) wasnít really what I was hoping for but I had to agree that it was time to move on, if for no other reason than to give Jonnie something else to think about. I took another moment to try to soak in the beauty of the lights and then let it go and headed off with my family to find a CM. I wanted to see if they had any suggestions on how to go about possibly finding Jonnies backpack. We spoke to a CM near the hat who suggested check Geust Services before heading out of the park or call lost and found at the TTC tomorrow. With that advice we were at a loss for what to do next. Our ADR wasnít for another 40 min., Jenna was complaining about being hungry, Jonnie was upset over the loss of his backpack and John was tired and in pain. We had wandered over in front of where AI was and Tessa noticed that the Finale of AI was showing on a big screen out front. Since AI had been what she had wanted to do when we had gone to see the lights she started lobbying for watching the screens. I could tell John was ready for a break so this seemed like a good idea. Well it wasÖmostly but there were lots of people and Tessa wasnít particularly thrilled with where John and I chose to stop and rest. She complained about not seeing well enough (I could see) but rather than argue we let her and her sister get a little closer but still within our sights. Jenna came back over asking how much longer until food and Tess took that moment to push her bounderies and move farther away. She wasnít really missing as we saw her pretty quickly but it was sort of the straw that broke the camels back that night. :mad: By this time someone had won AI (not the guy Tessa wanted) and John was voting for skipping H and V. Well after a bit of drama and one misplaced husband (I was so overwhelmed I missed the fact that he was headed to the bathrooms) and me and the kids checking geust services (with no luck) for the camera it was FINALLY time for dinner. Now there are no characters at dinner, which was disappointing to Jonnie but also to Tessa who has this obsession with the little Einsteinís characters but we knew this before hand what we didnít know was that this buffet would be rather lacking especially considering some of the other places we would try later. It was okay. The food was fine and we all got steadily less grumpy while we ate so it was a success in that way but Iím not sure weíd eat there again unless one of the kids wanted to and then it would be for the characters at lunch or breakfast. The two most memorable foods this night were some mussels that Jonnie loved and some really good key lime tarts. After dinner the park was closed and we headed back to the resort (the wait was rather long and it was cold) and gratefully fell into bed. Next up: a few Osbourne pics and a few favorites before Thanksgiving Day in The Magic Kingdom.

twinmom
01-18-2011, 07:35 AM
It is very easy to sign up for Veteran of the day. You have to be there early. Right when the park opened I went to Guest Services and asked. No one else had signed up so I was in. You come back around 4:30 or so. They explain what you will be doing. Basically you stand there while they lower the flag. First they announce who you are and what service you were with. They hand the flag to you and you follow the band up Main Street. The whole time a photopass guy is taking pictures. You go off a side alley and they take more pictures. You get a certificate saying you were the Veteran of the Day. You also get a pin and a free photopass picture of your choosing. I went right over and got it. It didn't take very long.

It was a wonderful experience. I just wish I hadn't done it on a solo trip. :sad1:

blessedmom4
01-18-2011, 08:16 PM
:grouphug: Hugs for a very rough day at DHS! I will not be sad though, because I KNOW you said the best was at the end of the trip :yay:...so I am waiting for more story popcorn:: popcorn:: and hoping for some Dinsey magic pixiedust: on finding that backpack and camera. :goodvibes

kayrosek
01-20-2011, 09:59 PM
It is very easy to sign up for Veteran of the day. You have to be there early. Right when the park opened I went to Guest Services and asked. No one else had signed up so I was in. You come back around 4:30 or so. They explain what you will be doing. Basically you stand there while they lower the flag. First they announce who you are and what service you were with. They hand the flag to you and you follow the band up Main Street. The whole time a photopass guy is taking pictures. You go off a side alley and they take more pictures. You get a certificate saying you were the Veteran of the Day. You also get a pin and a free photopass picture of your choosing. I went right over and got it. It didn't take very long.

It was a wonderful experience. I just wish I hadn't done it on a solo trip. :sad1:

Sounds like a great experience and one I would love to have John do. I'll have to look into it for him. Thanks for telling me about it.
:grouphug: Hugs for a very rough day at DHS! I will not be sad though, because I KNOW you said the best was at the end of the trip :yay:...so I am waiting for more story popcorn:: popcorn:: and hoping for some Dinsey magic pixiedust: on finding that backpack and camera. :goodvibes
Thanks for the hugs. It was kinda rough but we still had fun that day. I'm hoping to get to the next day tonight or tomorrow especially because it has one of my favorite stories of the trip.

kayrosek
01-22-2011, 08:37 PM
So here are the pics Tess took that nightat Osbourne Lights while everyone else was trying to deal with the lost camera situation. I diden't know she had taken any until we got home
http://i968.photobucket.com/albums/ae169/kayrosek/Tessacameravacation026.jpg
http://i968.photobucket.com/albums/ae169/kayrosek/Tessacameravacation028.jpg
http://i968.photobucket.com/albums/ae169/kayrosek/Tessacameravacation030-1.jpg

kayrosek
01-22-2011, 08:59 PM
Hollywood Studios

DH :yoda::Favorite: Fantasmic! Least Favorite:Hollywood and Vine

Me :dumbo::Favorite: AI with the girls! Least Favorite: Watching Fantasmic in the cold and rain
Tessa :charac2: :Favorite: Fantasmic with AI as a close second! Least Favorite: Hollywood and Vine and Star Tours
Jenna :darth: :Favorite: AI and Star Tours Least Favorite: Hollywood and Vine
Jonnie :smickey: :Favorite: Probably Fantasmic: Missing most of Jedi Training!

blessedmom4
01-23-2011, 02:44 AM
So here are the pics Tess took that nightat Osbourne Lights while everyone else was trying to deal with the lost camera situation. I diden't know she had taken any until we got home
http://i968.photobucket.com/albums/ae169/kayrosek/Tessacameravacation026.jpg
http://i968.photobucket.com/albums/ae169/kayrosek/Tessacameravacation028.jpg
http://i968.photobucket.com/albums/ae169/kayrosek/Tessacameravacation030-1.jpg

Hollywood Studios

DH :yoda::Favorite: Fantasmic! Least Favorite:Hollywood and Vine

Me :dumbo::Favorite: AI with the girls! Least Favorite: Watching Fantasmic in the cold and rain
Tessa :charac2: :Favorite: Fantasmic with AI as a close second! Least Favorite: Hollywood and Vine and Star Tours
Jenna :darth: :Favorite: AI and Star Tours Least Favorite: Hollywood and Vine
Jonnie :smickey: :Favorite: Probably Fantasmic: Missing most of Jedi Training!

The photos are GORGEOUS! :thumbsup2 It makes me definitely want to go to Disney at Christmas...ahhhh, maybe one day! I didn't win the lottery tonight so I will have to wait another week to see if we can just drop everything and go...even without Christmas lights!!

Isn't it funny how something you love can be someone else's least favorite memory/activity and vice versa...happens in our family as well. Keep the report coming, I am loving it and so excited to read more of the magic! :banana:

kayrosek
01-23-2011, 12:57 PM
The photos are GORGEOUS! :thumbsup2 It makes me definitely want to go to Disney at Christmas...ahhhh, maybe one day! I didn't win the lottery tonight so I will have to wait another week to see if we can just drop everything and go...even without Christmas lights!!

Isn't it funny how something you love can be someone else's least favorite memory/activity and vice versa...happens in our family as well. Keep the report coming, I am loving it and so excited to read more of the magic! :banana:

I really loved going over the holidays. It was a Thanksgiving we will never forget and all the Christmas decorations made WDW even more magical. I'm afraid I might be the tiniest bit disapointed if I went at any other time. We've been talking about what we would do if we won the lottery for the last couple years, of course we just started buying a ticket this month:rotfl2:

We had several times this trip where one person loved something and someone else diden't, just the hazard of traveling with multiple people I guess. To be fair though, the reasons I disliked Fantasmic were the cold, Jonnies mood and the woman seated behind me. They had nothing to do with the show itself. I really think I would have liked it given better circumstances.

blessedmom4
01-23-2011, 01:31 PM
We had several times this trip where one person loved something and someone else diden't, just the hazard of traveling with multiple people I guess. To be fair though, the reasons I disliked Fantasmic were the cold, Jonnies mood and the woman seated behind me. They had nothing to do with the show itself. I really think I would have liked it given better circumstances.

That just goes to show what an awesome Mom you are! :yay: Even though YOU weren't having your best time, you didn't let it ruin the good time for everyone!

I had to laugh about the lottery quote...we also always say WHEN we win...and never play! Although, DH did buy one at the store last night when he got gas because he heard me say it was $118 million...yes, I could go to Disney and have LOTS of with that amount :lmao:

I need to write about Lisa's MAW co-ordinator and my conversation, but I have to finish some laundry first...wish me luck that I get this computer to work in a little while! :dance3:

kayrosek
01-23-2011, 01:52 PM
That just goes to show what an awesome Mom you are! :yay: Even though YOU weren't having your best time, you didn't let it ruin the good time for everyone!

I had to laugh about the lottery quote...we also always say WHEN we win...and never play! Although, DH did buy one at the store last night when he got gas because he heard me say it was $118 million...yes, I could go to Disney and have LOTS of with that amount :lmao:

I need to write about Lisa's MAW co-ordinator and my conversation, but I have to finish some laundry first...wish me luck that I get this computer to work in a little while! :dance3:

Awwwww, thanks! We moms will endure almost anything to make our kiddos happy.
I heard a little story the other day that made me laugh. A man prays the same prayer every night. "Lord," he says "please, please let me win the lottery. If you do all my problems will be solved" This goes on for years, every night. Then one day a booming voice answers "My son, please,please buy a ticket!" :rotfl2:
Definatley wishing you luck on the computer situation I can't wait to read an update (okay so I have slightley selfish reasons :rotfl:)

blessedmom4
01-23-2011, 10:42 PM
Awwwww, thanks! We moms will endure almost anything to make our kiddos happy.
I heard a little story the other day that made me laugh. A man prays the same prayer every night. "Lord," he says "please, please let me win the lottery. If you do all my problems will be solved" This goes on for years, every night. Then one day a booming voice answers "My son, please,please buy a ticket!" :rotfl2:
Definatley wishing you luck on the computer situation I can't wait to read an update (okay so I have slightley selfish reasons :rotfl:)

I agree, Good Mom's are such a BLESSING! :flower3:

I loved the joke, that was good! :thumbsup2 I always say "When I win the lottery"...then I say, "of course I have to buy a ticket first, don't I"....:rotfl2:

I did manage to get the computer :surfweb: to cooperate some...it drives me wild when it will not work.

Praying your week gets off to an awesome start!

kayrosek
01-24-2011, 09:42 AM
I agree, Good Mom's are such a BLESSING! :flower3:

I loved the joke, that was good! :thumbsup2 I always say "When I win the lottery"...then I say, "of course I have to buy a ticket first, don't I"....:rotfl2:

I did manage to get the computer :surfweb: to cooperate some...it drives me wild when it will not work.

Praying your week gets off to an awesome start!

You know reading your TR the type of mom you are toatlly shines through and just amazes me but I know what you mean about feeling blessed to have them as you children. I can't imagine life without my kids.

So glad the computer decided to cooperate at least for awhile. Hope it keeps working. On the computer front here I'm hoping to get around to an update today but all these snow days with Jonnie at home (he goes to public school right now) have messed with the girls (I'm homeschooling both girls now, not just Jenna) school schedule and they really need the computer to catch up some today. Speaking of homeschool I've been meaning to message you sometime about homeschooling, specifically your experiences homeschooling David. I homeschooled Jonnie for his first two years of school and would love to be a complete homeschool family but as Jonnies LD's have become more and more pronounced I am feeling a little overwhelmed and underprepared to take on the responsibility of teaching him full time.

blessedmom4
01-25-2011, 01:42 PM
You know reading your TR the type of mom you are toatlly shines through and just amazes me but I know what you mean about feeling blessed to have them as you children. I can't imagine life without my kids.

So glad the computer decided to cooperate at least for awhile. Hope it keeps working. On the computer front here I'm hoping to get around to an update today but all these snow days with Jonnie at home (he goes to public school right now) have messed with the girls (I'm homeschooling both girls now, not just Jenna) school schedule and they really need the computer to catch up some today. Speaking of homeschool I've been meaning to message you sometime about homeschooling, specifically your experiences homeschooling David. I homeschooled Jonnie for his first two years of school and would love to be a complete homeschool family but as Jonnies LD's have become more and more pronounced I am feeling a little overwhelmed and underprepared to take on the responsibility of teaching him full time.

That is very kind of you, Thank you! :blush:

I spent THREE hours working on the computer yesterday trying to get it fixed and it STILL isn't although if I shut everything off and reboot THEN I can work for a few minutes before it freezes up again...:scared1: I have to leave shortly; however, I am trying to get it to freeze up once more so the computer guy can see what it wrong...thank goodness it is a free call!

I SO understand about the LD's and teaching and the fear of not "doing" it right. The main reason I put Christian back in school in fifth grade was
because I didn't think I was qualifed to teach David...let me assure you, YOU will do a FAR better job than the school system, I PROMISE!
Pick my brain, I will help you all I can! :yay:

I can't wait to read more when you have time!!! :yay:

kayrosek
01-25-2011, 08:32 PM
That is very kind of you, Thank you! :blush:

I spent THREE hours working on the computer yesterday trying to get it fixed and it STILL isn't although if I shut everything off and reboot THEN I can work for a few minutes before it freezes up again...:scared1: I have to leave shortly; however, I am trying to get it to freeze up once more so the computer guy can see what it wrong...thank goodness it is a free call!

I SO understand about the LD's and teaching and the fear of not "doing" it right. The main reason I put Christian back in school in fifth grade was
because I didn't think I was qualifed to teach David...let me assure you, YOU will do a FAR better job than the school system, I PROMISE!
Pick my brain, I will help you all I can! :yay:

I can't wait to read more when you have time!!! :yay:


Ugh, I can imagine how frustrating that would be. I hope the computer tech can figure it out and fix it for you.
There are definatley alot of fears involved with teaching Jonnie. This year he is doing well at the public school but I don't see that as the best place for him in the long run and if we ever even start to have another year like last year we are through. Don't worry I will definatley pick your brain as soon as I can. I diden't get an update up today because Jonnie missed the bus this morning and on the way out to the car to drive him my ankle collapsed underneath me and I fell down the stairs head first. My ankle, back and shoulder are all pretty messed up. I'm actually kinda grateful the stairs were covered in snow otherwise my face and head would have been pretty scraped up. Since you posted another picture of Bandit I thought I would post a few of Princess our long haired Chihuahua
She loves to be dressed up and pose for pictures. She actually ran up to back of the couch so she was even with the camera lense when I took this shot.
http://i968.photobucket.com/albums/ae169/kayrosek/Princess.jpg
http://i968.photobucket.com/albums/ae169/kayrosek/Princess2.jpg

blessedmom4
01-25-2011, 09:37 PM
Ugh, I can imagine how frustrating that would be. I hope the computer tech can figure it out and fix it for you.
There are definatley alot of fears involved with teaching Jonnie. This year he is doing well at the public school but I don't see that as the best place for him in the long run and if we ever even start to have another year like last year we are through. Don't worry I will definatley pick your brain as soon as I can. I diden't get an update up today because Jonnie missed the bus this morning and on the way out to the car to drive him my ankle collapsed underneath me and I fell down the stairs head first. My ankle, back and shoulder are all pretty messed up. I'm actually kinda grateful the stairs were covered in snow otherwise my face and head would have been pretty scraped up. Since you posted another picture of Bandit I thought I would post a few of Princess our long haired Chihuahua
She loves to be dressed up and pose for pictures. She actually ran up to back of the couch so she was even with the camera lense when I took this shot.
http://i968.photobucket.com/albums/ae169/kayrosek/Princess.jpg
http://i968.photobucket.com/albums/ae169/kayrosek/Princess2.jpg

I am so happy you posted pictures of princess: Priscilla...she is SO adorable and I love that she likes to dress up and pose. Bandit is the same way!

I am incredibly sorry you injured yourself, that is HORRIBLE!:grouphug: Please take it easy and stay off of it as much as possible! :hug::hug:Which reminds me...have you called the Cardioligist....she asks innocently...:rolleyes1

Keep Jonnie where he is if it is working...you will know when the time is right to move him. That is exactly what I did with David!

blessedmom4
01-26-2011, 04:48 AM
I was thinking about you and hoping you were able to get some rest last night. You might be more sore today than you were yesterday. Try to take it easy if you can ;)(I know, impossible task for us Mom's). Please try to be good to yourself! :goodvibesPrayers being lifted for you! :hug::hug::hug:

kayrosek
01-26-2011, 06:57 PM
After an extremely tiring night at DHS I was grateful for a slower morning today. Our ADR for the Day was at 4pm and we wanted to see the parade so we decided rather than leave the park and try to come back we would head to MK around noon. The kids came to wake me when they woke up and we decided to let DH sleep for awhile. We got ready as quietly as possible . A few of our things were still wet from the day before so I thought a load of laundry would be a good idea. We got our laundry in a machine and then headed to the food court for pastries and juice or milk for the kids. I donít remember what it was they ate but I do know they ate at a table right outside the laundry area by the baby pool while I worked on the laundry. Once they were done eating they amused themselves by wading in the baby pool. Once the laundry was done we went back to the food court for a bagel for John and something for me and then went back to the room. John was awake and ready for the day so we ate and I made a very important phone call. You probably remember that we had lost Jonnies camera the night before and I had the number for Lost and Found to call that day. The person I reached asked what the backpack looked like and if there was any identifying info on it. I told him there were several cards of our ďIím AutisticĒ cards on the inside and outside that had Jonnies name on them and all of our names and cell phones numbers. He immediately expressed his concern and desire to find the backpack and told me that his granddaughter was also Autistic and he knew she would be frantic without something of hers. He asked me to please be patient and assured me he would check thoroughly for the backpack and itís contents. He wasnít off the phone long and was very excited when he came back. He explained how to find them at the kennel at the TTC and told me the backpack and all itís contents would be waiting for us.:cool1::cool1::cool1::banana::banana::banana: After that we were raring to go and it didnít take long to get out of the room and on our way to get Jonnieís backpack. Next up ďHigh Ho, High Ho itís off to MK we go.Ē

kayrosek
01-26-2011, 07:04 PM
I am so happy you posted pictures of princess: Priscilla...she is SO adorable and I love that she likes to dress up and pose. Bandit is the same way!

I am incredibly sorry you injured yourself, that is HORRIBLE!:grouphug: Please take it easy and stay off of it as much as possible! :hug::hug:Which reminds me...have you called the Cardioligist....she asks innocently...:rolleyes1

Keep Jonnie where he is if it is working...you will know when the time is right to move him. That is exactly what I did with David!


I was thinking about you and hoping you were able to get some rest last night. You might be more sore today than you were yesterday. Try to take it easy if you can ;)(I know, impossible task for us Mom's). Please try to be good to yourself! :goodvibesPrayers being lifted for you! :hug::hug::hug:

It was funnposting those pics of Princess I haven't looked at them for awhile and I had pretty much forgotten about them until I went searching for some pics of her to post. Thanks for the hug. I hate being injured. It is frustrating when my entire family need me and I am hurt. I haven't been doing quite as well staying off it as I should but I'm trying and no I haven't made a call to the Cardioligist yet I'm still waiting to have a few things finalized with insurance but thank you for reminding me. I will take advantage of my injured state tomorrow and call the cardiology dept at the children's hospital tomorrow like was suggested and ask if they know of a doctor who specializes in Adult CHD's. Thank you so much for the prayers. I really appreciate them. We are praying for your family as well.

jecskc
01-26-2011, 10:01 PM
How is your daughter doing ?? I can so relate to her since I get frequent migraines and I have the low blood sugar thingy, too. I used to get about 2-3 migraines a week, but as I get older they have thankfully been tapering off. I take Topomax every day as a preventative and Relpax when I get a headache. I hope you find a solution for her soon. You certainly have your hands full. I am enjoying your trip report. Can't wait for the next "episode".

blessedmom4
01-28-2011, 08:10 AM
After an extremely tiring night at DHS I was grateful for a slower morning today. Our ADR for the Day was at 4pm and we wanted to see the parade so we decided rather than leave the park and try to come back we would head to MK around noon. The kids came to wake me when they woke up and we decided to let DH sleep for awhile. We got ready as quietly as possible . A few of our things were still wet from the day before so I thought a load of laundry would be a good idea. We got our laundry in a machine and then headed to the food court for pastries and juice or milk for the kids. I donít remember what it was they ate but I do know they ate at a table right outside the laundry area by the baby pool while I worked on the laundry. Once they were done eating they amused themselves by wading in the baby pool. Once the laundry was done we went back to the food court for a bagel for John and something for me and then went back to the room. John was awake and ready for the day so we ate and I made a very important phone call. You probably remember that we had lost Jonnies camera the night before and I had the number for Lost and Found to call that day. The person I reached asked what the backpack looked like and if there was any identifying info on it. I told him there were several cards of our ďIím AutisticĒ cards on the inside and outside that had Jonnies name on them and all of our names and cell phones numbers. He immediately expressed his concern and desire to find the backpack and told me that his granddaughter was also Autistic and he knew she would be frantic without something of hers. He asked me to please be patient and assured me he would check thoroughly for the backpack and itís contents. He wasnít off the phone long and was very excited when he came back. He explained how to find them at the kennel at the TTC and told me the backpack and all itís contents would be waiting for us.:cool1::cool1::cool1::banana::banana::banana: After that we were raring to go and it didnít take long to get out of the room and on our way to get Jonnieís backpack. Next up ďHigh Ho, High Ho itís off to MK we go.Ē


You found the camera!!!!!:yay::woohoo::banana::dance3::woohoo: :banana::yay: That is amazing news, I know it helped the rest of your trip for Jonnie...which helped you all! :thumbsup2

Looking forward to the MK day!! :cheer2:popcorn::popcorn:::cheer2:

blessedmom4
01-28-2011, 08:17 AM
It was funnposting those pics of Princess I haven't looked at them for awhile and I had pretty much forgotten about them until I went searching for some pics of her to post. Thanks for the hug. I hate being injured. It is frustrating when my entire family need me and I am hurt. I haven't been doing quite as well staying off it as I should but I'm trying and no I haven't made a call to the Cardioligist yet I'm still waiting to have a few things finalized with insurance but thank you for reminding me. I will take advantage of my injured state tomorrow and call the cardiology dept at the children's hospital tomorrow like was suggested and ask if they know of a doctor who specializes in Adult CHD's. Thank you so much for the prayers. I really appreciate them. We are praying for your family as well.

Rachel and Lisa LOVED:love: the pictures of Princess. It is fun to look at old pictures and remember the feelings they bring back. I hope you are feeling much better today and that
you might be able to get a little rest this weekend. Insurance is such a necessary evil; but, it leaves us far short of what we need to provide adequate care for our loved ones,
ourselves included. :hug::grouphug::hug: for EVERYTHING to work out and I hope the hospital will be able to recommend an EXCELLENT MD!! :thumbsup2

Looking forward to the next update! popcorn::popcorn:::yay:popcorn::popcorn::

blessedmom4
01-28-2011, 09:24 PM
Thinking of you :goodvibes, I hope everything is going well and you are feeling better!

kayrosek
01-29-2011, 08:58 PM
How is your daughter doing ?? I can so relate to her since I get frequent migraines and I have the low blood sugar thingy, too. I used to get about 2-3 migraines a week, but as I get older they have thankfully been tapering off. I take Topomax every day as a preventative and Relpax when I get a headache. I hope you find a solution for her soon. You certainly have your hands full. I am enjoying your trip report. Can't wait for the next "episode".
Jenna's health has been a bit of a roller coaster. The migraines did seem to reduce a little when we took away the stress of misssing school and having work get away from her or teachers accuse her of sluffing but she still has a few a week. I'm glad to hear that yours have redus=ced as you have gotten older. Glad to hear your enjoying the report I know I've been a way for a few days but I hope to post a new "episode" tomorrow.
You found the camera!!!!!:yay::woohoo::banana::dance3::woohoo: :banana::yay: That is amazing news, I know it helped the rest of your trip for Jonnie...which helped you all! :thumbsup2

Looking forward to the MK day!! :cheer2:popcorn::popcorn:::cheer2:
Thanks for coming by. Finding the camera was a great bit of pixie dust. I hope to get MK day up.

Rachel and Lisa LOVED:love: the pictures of Princess. It is fun to look at old pictures and remember the feelings they bring back. I hope you are feeling much better today and that
you might be able to get a little rest this weekend. Insurance is such a necessary evil; but, it leaves us far short of what we need to provide adequate care for our loved ones,
ourselves included. :hug::grouphug::hug: for EVERYTHING to work out and I hope the hospital will be able to recommend an EXCELLENT MD!! :thumbsup2

Looking forward to the next update! popcorn::popcorn:::yay:popcorn::popcorn::

Thinking of you :goodvibes, I hope everything is going well and you are feeling better!

Thank you so much for all your support and all of your posts. There has been alot going onboth with the family and as a result of my fall but I'll make that it's own post.

kayrosek
01-29-2011, 09:20 PM
I wanted to apologize for not being around for a couple of days. A day or so after my fall I realized that it was hurting to breath and especially to laugh or cough. I had noticed some discomfort around my ribs after the fall but had not mentioned it because I figured it was just some bruising and my foot was bothering me so much that I was concentrating on it. Well after a sneeze caused me to break down sobbing my DH took me back to the ER and we discovered I have two cracked ribs. Really not fun. I must have hit them on the edge of the stairs on the fall down. DH blames the fact that I diden't catch it at first on me having a pretty high pain tolerance and not wanting to complain too much. Then yesterday DH had a regular app that I needed to acompany him too and after that he ended up in the ER for the rest of the day and into the evening with Neuro coming in to consult. It was finally decided that nothing else could be done until the results from the MRI we have scheduled for the 1rst comes in, but we spent 11 hours at at the hospital yesterday. Then today we have been running around all day trying to get a computer up and running for a friend of Tessas that really needed one for his homeschool curriculum. The computer was donated for free as was our freinds tech time but we've been busy with it all day. It will be worth it though when he gets it. Anyway I am sorry I haven't been around and I will try to post an actual update tomorrow.

blessedmom4
01-29-2011, 10:19 PM
I wanted to apologize for not being around for a couple of days. A day or so after my fall I realized that it was hurting to breath and especially to laugh or cough. I had noticed some discomfort around my ribs after the fall but had not mentioned it because I figured it was just some bruising and my foot was bothering me so much that I was concentrating on it. Well after a sneeze caused me to break down sobbing my DH took me back to the ER and we discovered I have two cracked ribs. Really not fun. I must have hit them on the edge of the stairs on the fall down. DH blames the fact that I diden't catch it at first on me having a pretty high pain tolerance and not wanting to complain too much. Then yesterday DH had a regular app that I needed to acompany him too and after that he ended up in the ER for the rest of the day and into the evening with Neuro coming in to consult. It was finally decided that nothing else could be done until the results from the MRI we have scheduled for the 1rst comes in, but we spent 11 hours at at the hospital yesterday. Then today we have been running around all day trying to get a computer up and running for a friend of Tessas that really needed one for his homeschool curriculum. The computer was donated for free as was our freinds tech time but we've been busy with it all day. It will be worth it though when he gets it. Anyway I am sorry I haven't been around and I will try to post an actual update tomorrow.

God Bless you, I was worried about you and I see now I should have been! :hug::grouphug::hug: That is why I kept haunting you, so you knew I was here and praying and to let you know I care. :flower3: I am incredibly sorry that on top of everyting else you have to deal with cracked ribs. I hope DH's MRI helps provide answers. Just know that even when you are too busy to be on the DIS, you are NOT forgotten! I know that God will Bless you for helping that young man with his computer. :goodvibes

kayrosek
01-29-2011, 10:34 PM
Judy please check and see if you have a pm from me in your inbox. I just got done typing a long one at DH's request and now it says I have no sent messages so I don't know if I sent it. I hate to be annoying and send it again if you did recieve it.

blessedmom4
01-30-2011, 12:40 AM
Judy please check and see if you have a pm from me in your inbox. I just got done typing a long one at DH's request and now it says I have no sent messages so I don't know if I sent it. I hate to be annoying and send it again if you did recieve it.

I just saw it...WOW...THANK YOU!! :flower3:

kayrosek
01-30-2011, 01:31 AM
I just saw it...WOW...THANK YOU!! :flower3:

Your Welcome. I actually thought I posted the message about the PM to your TR. I'm just glad you saw it.

blessedmom4
01-30-2011, 11:18 PM
Your Welcome. I actually thought I posted the message about the PM to your TR. I'm just glad you saw it.

Glad to see I am not the only one to do that :)

I do hope you are feeling better today and that your pain is improving. I pray this week will bring you much happiness and joy and I am so STOKED about your Vegas Anniversary...as I told you, that is another place I want to go..it would be a blast! I would go to see one of the Cirque de Soleil shows if I could, it would be :yay::dance3::banana:

Be good to yourself, your family needs you!

kayrosek
01-31-2011, 12:05 AM
Glad to see I am not the only one to do that :)

I do hope you are feeling better today and that your pain is improving. I pray this week will bring you much happiness and joy and I am so STOKED about your Vegas Anniversary...as I told you, that is another place I want to go..it would be a blast! I would go to see one of the Cirque de Soleil shows if I could, it would be :yay::dance3::banana:

Be good to yourself, your family needs you!



Thank you so much for the well wishes and prayers. I am getting pretty stoked about Vegas also. Your enthusiasm helped with that. My husband has always wanted to see go to the Tournament of Kings dinner show at Excalibur and since I found out that they will accomodate my dietary needs due to some pretty extreme food intolerances we are planning on that for sure. Also I was thrilled to find out there's an Earl of Sandwich in Planet Hollywood. I really wanted to try it at WDW but we never made it to Downtown Disney. We will do at least one probably two other shows just not sure which ones, possibly a Cirque Show. We took Jenna to a Cirque Show in Branson last summer and loved it. All the kids were supposed to go to summer camp but hers was closed do to lack of interest so John and I took her on a mini vacation just the three of us and let her pick one show. She picked the Cirque Show.

kayrosek
01-31-2011, 12:44 AM
:rotfl:While I was uploading pics onto photobucket I realized that there was one thing I had forgotten to tell you about that Thanksgiving morning. While the kids and I were out doing laundry and such we made a souvenier stop at the gift shop. That place is huge for a gift shop. I went in with a purpose but the kids really wanted to spend more of there souvie money. Tessa chose a rather good sized Tinkerbell doll, Jenna a mini Minnie Mouse set in a clear heart shaped bag that she used as a purse for the rest of the week + and Jonnie a bus set complete with minature characters.He got pretty obsessed with all forms of transportation this trip. My purchase wasen't for me though. John is way to independent to not try to push himself in a wheelchair (he actually has gloves somewhere from when he was stuck in a wheelchair for several months after the accident)and his hands were getting pretty torn up so I was looking for any gloves that might help even a little. I found a pair of knit Mickey gloves with the help of a CM and we all went up to pay for our purchasses. As soon as I paid I asked the CM for a pair of scissors. She handed me them while looking at the customer she was helping at that moment and while she did she mentioned that I would want to be careful so I diden't cut the gloves. Just imagine the look of horror on her face when she turned and saw me cutting the fingers off the gloves I had just bought. :rotfl2:. I could tell she thought I was nuts:lmao:. I laughed when I saw a pic from later that day of John with his cut up gloves and coulden't believe I forgot to share that story. Next up "We return to your regurarly scheduld TR". I have a few getting ready picks but I may work them into the report a little instead of just doing a picture post but we shall see.

DisMomAmy
01-31-2011, 09:50 AM
Hi there!! Just checking in... I'm so sorry to hear you were injured in that fall! I can't believe you were running around with cracked ribs! :scared1: I hope you are feeling back to yourself soon. :goodvibes

I'm also sorry to hear John is having trouble too - I hope the MRI brings some answers.

But I'm thrilled to hear Jonnie's bag turned up! :banana: We've had a lost & found experience that had a happy ending too. DH lost his wallet on our last day in 2009! We didn't find it in time to fly home without his ID but we made it home & his wallet turned up at the bottom of Rock 'n' Rollercoaster within a couple days & it was mailed to us with all of the contents. :thumbsup2

Bolebrothers
01-31-2011, 10:59 AM
Hello, I just found this TR the other day, and all I can say you have some talent for writing for one, and second I admire the fact that you still keep the smile in what you present for us. I have crippling arthritis and Fibro myself, my DW have fibro and our DS(18) is on the spectrum with Aspbergers. Our DD (7) though is an engine all reved up. We tend to take the same approach as you seem to do, go with a smile and try to take things as they happen. Luckily I still cope with just a walking stick and our tryouts at Disneyland Paris worked fine
so we are ready for the bigger WDW now. As long as we keep a slow pace and plan so DS knows what will happen that day we are good.
Again thnx for the laughs and the fun, (and hope you all will get better real soon) you have provided so far, realy looking forward to the next installment :goodvibes

tyandskyesmom
01-31-2011, 12:43 PM
Just found this TR. I have a cousin in England with a TESSA and an old friend with a TESSA in Illinois.

Looking forward ot the rest of your TR.

blessedmom4
01-31-2011, 09:22 PM
I just noticed the link to your TR is gone!!! Love the new pictures though!And you have new visitors!! I hope you are feeling better and the pain has improved. I am off to bed shortly (LONG day), I just wanted you to know I was here, Praying!

kayrosek
01-31-2011, 09:40 PM
Hi there!! Just checking in... I'm so sorry to hear you were injured in that fall! I can't believe you were running around with cracked ribs! :scared1: I hope you are feeling back to yourself soon. :goodvibes

I'm also sorry to hear John is having trouble too - I hope the MRI brings some answers.

But I'm thrilled to hear Jonnie's bag turned up! :banana: We've had a lost & found experience that had a happy ending too. DH lost his wallet on our last day in 2009! We didn't find it in time to fly home without his ID but we made it home & his wallet turned up at the bottom of Rock 'n' Rollercoaster within a couple days & it was mailed to us with all of the contents. :thumbsup2
It's good to see you Amy. I've been lurking on the Spectrum mommies TR and can't wait to read more. I'm hoping the MRI brings some results too. We definatley need some. It's always nice to hear of honest people out there. We diden't have as much with that honesty later in the trip but that's another story for another day.
Hello, I just found this TR the other day, and all I can say you have some talent for writing for one, and second I admire the fact that you still keep the smile in what you present for us. I have crippling arthritis and Fibro myself, my DW have fibro and our DS(18) is on the spectrum with Aspbergers. Our DD (7) though is an engine all reved up. We tend to take the same approach as you seem to do, go with a smile and try to take things as they happen. Luckily I still cope with just a walking stick and our tryouts at Disneyland Paris worked fine
so we are ready for the bigger WDW now. As long as we keep a slow pace and plan so DS knows what will happen that day we are good.
Again thnx for the laughs and the fun, (and hope you all will get better real soon) you have provided so far, realy looking forward to the next installment :goodvibes
Thanks for stopping by. Fibro is one those things I wish would just disapear from existence. For me if I diden't concentrate on the ppositive I think I'd go just a bit wacky (not that I'm not already LOL). It may be a little longer than I thought until my next installment but I will be back as soon as I can.
Just found this TR. I have a cousin in England with a TESSA and an old friend with a TESSA in Illinois.

Looking forward ot the rest of your TR.
Thanks for reading. Wow more Tessa's I'll have to tell my Tessa.

I just noticed the link to your TR is gone!!! Love the new pictures though!And you have new visitors!! I hope you are feeling better and the pain has improved. I am off to bed shortly (LONG day), I just wanted you to know I was here, Praying!

The link's back (actually it was just hidden). That top picture was one of my wedding pics I'll have to fiddle with it more in a couple days. The pain is slowly getting less and less. I've been wondering how your day went. Thanks for coming by and thanks for the prayers.

kayrosek
01-31-2011, 09:50 PM
Well here I am again without a real update :confused3. So sorry about that but I've been busy preparing for tomorrow. We are expecting a very large blizzard tomorrow:scared1: and John and I will be driving through it. His MRI is scheduled for tomorrow about two hours away. I am not thrilled with driving in a big storm but if we cancel it will be months until we are rescheduled. :headache:We need the results of this far to much for that. We are leaving early tomorrow morning to try to miss most of the storm but since his app is not actually until late afternoon we will be staying overnight. The kids are already at grandmas and John and I are exhausted and trying to finish packing so no updat on the horizon. I won't have internet service while I'm gone so I will see you when I get back. I would appreciate any prayers you could send this way though this storm has me nervous.

blessedmom4
02-02-2011, 01:53 PM
I know you will not see this until you get home; however, I wanted you to know I am thinking about you all so much, both for the MRI results and the weather. :hug::grouphug::hug:Just know you are being lifted up and blanketed in prayer! :goodvibes

kayrosek
02-02-2011, 09:51 PM
I know you will not see this until you get home; however, I wanted you to know I am thinking about you all so much, both for the MRI results and the weather. :hug::grouphug::hug:Just know you are being lifted up and blanketed in prayer! :goodvibes

THANK YOU so very very much for the prayers. I believe they helped immensly as we faced many dangerous situations where I cannot logically explain how we made it out of them safely.

blessedmom4
02-02-2011, 09:59 PM
THANK YOU so very very much for the prayers. I believe they helped immensly as we faced many dangerous situations where I cannot logically explain how we made it out of them safely.

You are BAAACCKKK!!! God is good! :goodvibes

I hope when the results come in they will help provide the answers that are needed. :hug:

kayrosek
02-02-2011, 10:12 PM
We are home and safe, although a bit stressed and sore. We ended up back in the ER for John the moment we got back in town. The car ride did him in. I am glad to be home! Hospital waiting room chairs are even less comfortable (I diden't know that was possible) with my injuries. Yet there were some advantages to this trip besides getting the MRI. The evening clerk at the hotel has a grandson she is helping to raise who has CHD's and is getting a wish (probably to WDW or a Disney cruise). I got to share with her all I have learned from reading others TR's about MAW trips, Give Kids the World, WDW and Universal Studios. It was wonderful and she seemend very excited. I told her about The DIS and I hope to see her here. I know this community would be such a great support to her. Also once we did the MRI, found the only open restaurant in the city and were safley in the hotel John and I had a very nice evening and an equally great, relaxing morning today and spent some much needed time together away from kids and doctors and lifes stressors. That in and of it self made it worth it but the MRI results are already back and they helped the ER docs tonight. They explained the results to John but he coulden't really understand them and I had unfortunatley left to pick up the kids so I have a few clues from John but I will have to talk to his docs to get the whole story. I will hopefully be back with a real update tomorrow.

blessedmom4
02-03-2011, 08:40 PM
We are home and safe, although a bit stressed and sore. We ended up back in the ER for John the moment we got back in town. The car ride did him in. I am glad to be home! Hospital waiting room chairs are even less comfortable (I diden't know that was possible) with my injuries. Yet there were some advantages to this trip besides getting the MRI. The evening clerk at the hotel has a grandson she is helping to raise who has CHD's and is getting a wish (probably to WDW or a Disney cruise). I got to share with her all I have learned from reading others TR's about MAW trips, Give Kids the World, WDW and Universal Studios. It was wonderful and she seemend very excited. I told her about The DIS and I hope to see her here. I know this community would be such a great support to her. Also once we did the MRI, found the only open restaurant in the city and were safley in the hotel John and I had a very nice evening and an equally great, relaxing morning today and spent some much needed time together away from kids and doctors and lifes stressors. That in and of it self made it worth it but the MRI results are already back and they helped the ER docs tonight. They explained the results to John but he coulden't really understand them and I had unfortunatley left to pick up the kids so I have a few clues from John but I will have to talk to his docs to get the whole story. I will hopefully be back with a real update tomorrow.

Hello friend, first of all hugs :hug::hug: for YOUR pain, please be good to yourself, you still have broken ribs. :scared1: I am so sorry John had to go to the ER; however, what a blessing he had the MRI results to draw on. It was great the two of you were able to get away for a bit of couple time, I wish it could have been longer...soon! I KNOW your anniversary trip is going to be FABULOUS! Thinking of you. Take Care!! :goodvibes

blessedmom4
02-04-2011, 06:58 PM
I hope you are all safe, pain free and warm! :flower3:Praying you have an awesome weekend! :yay::banana::yay:

blessedmom4
02-04-2011, 08:03 PM
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blessedmom4
02-07-2011, 10:46 PM
I am SOOOOO sorry you are still not well. Please know I am praying for you!! :grouphug::grouphug:
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kayrosek
02-08-2011, 11:59 PM
When I left off we were leaving the hotel to go retrieve Jonnies backpack, but first a few picks from our time getting ready that morning.
One of John's hat (from the infamous bus episode)ready for him to wear for the day.
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Tessa posing.
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Showing off her Cinderella Crown.
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John checking out the crown.
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And then... we were off. We caught the bus to MK then headed for the Monorail to get to the TTC. This was our first experience with the monorail and therefore our experience with the L...O...N...G... ramp up to the Monorail. I must say I really diden't like that ramp:mad:. It was not at all easy to get John's wheelchair up that ramp. Halfway up a nice man:littleangel: took over and helped us get him the rest of the way up and even he was out of breath:lmao: once we got up to the top. Once at the TTC it was easy to find the Kennel and we were soon on our way back to the monorail with one very happy:cloud9: little boy with his backpack in hand. We took the Monorail over to MK finally ready to have some fun. We entered the park and that first view of the castle was breathtaking. :love: and walking up Main Street I felt just the way I did as a kid. Speaking of kids mine were bouncing up and down :banana: with excitement. It was truly an amazing start to our Thanksgiving day. I diden't have long to soak it all in though because John immediatley wanted to know what we were doing next. I reminded him that we had decided on Fantasyland and we headed that direction. We decided to ride Peter Pan first but John immediatley realized that he wasen't going to be able to transfer because of the moving walkway so we parked him out front and took a ride to Never Never Land. When we went to meet back up with him he was imersed in a PSP game so we took the oppertunity to ride yet another moving walkway ride and face Snow Whites Evil Queen after narrowly escaping a poisin apple we were off to find Sorcerer Mickey's hat in Mickey's Philharmagic. Jonnie loved this movie, actually my whole family did but I have a little bit of a comfession to make...:rolleyes1 I sorta fell asleep. After my refreshing nap (the one my family still doesn't know about shhh...):rotfl: We checked the time and decided we better head to the Castle to check in. We got there about 20 min. early and John went up to the desk only to be told that we were too early to check in. No problem we'll just relax for a moment. Jonnie went to get a toy from his back pack and.... OH NO not again....where is it now? We figured out that we must have left it at Philharmagic and John stayed put while me and the kids ran back, but no luck:confused3 so once again I was left conforting a very upset little boy when we were supposed to be having fun. We headed back to the Castle to meet up with John and found him in the middle of a huge crowd of people waiting to check in. Next up a Magical Meeting in Cinderellas Castle or how to make a little boy forget his lost backpack!

blessedmom4
02-09-2011, 07:23 PM
Oh NO! I hope that the backpack was found quickly, how devastating for you all! :sad2: Sounds as if otherwise things are going well though, YEA! I confess, I have fallen asleep in Micky's Philharmaigc myself...my family knew though because I always fall asleep if I get to sit down...I LOVE Peter Pan. :lovestruc

I love John's hat, Pete had one very similar; however, when our house burned down the hat went poof...do you know where John got his? Tessa's crown is so pretty, just like her! princess: I can't wait to hear all about the Castle and the fun!!! :woohoo::yay::woohoo:

kayrosek
02-09-2011, 11:11 PM
Hello friend, first of all hugs :hug::hug: for YOUR pain, please be good to yourself, you still have broken ribs. :scared1: I am so sorry John had to go to the ER; however, what a blessing he had the MRI results to draw on. It was great the two of you were able to get away for a bit of couple time, I wish it could have been longer...soon! I KNOW your anniversary trip is going to be FABULOUS! Thinking of you. Take Care!! :goodvibes

I hope you are all safe, pain free and warm! :flower3:Praying you have an awesome weekend! :yay::banana::yay:
Thank you so much for all your thoughts and prayers. That couple time really was wonderful. We try to take time regurarly to spend time alone as a couple. It is something we decided todo way back when we first married.
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LOVE that Tink!!!! I had to call Tess in too see it. She is a bit of a Tink freak!
I am SOOOOO sorry you are still not well. Please know I am praying for you!! :grouphug::grouphug:
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Oh NO! I hope that the backpack was found quickly, how devastating for you all! :sad2: Sounds as if otherwise things are going well though, YEA! I confess, I have fallen asleep in Micky's Philharmaigc myself...my family knew though because I always fall asleep if I get to sit down...I LOVE Peter Pan. :lovestruc

I love John's hat, Pete had one very similar; however, when our house burned down the hat went poof...do you know where John got his? Tessa's crown is so pretty, just like her! princess: I can't wait to hear all about the Castle and the fun!!! :woohoo::yay::woohoo:

Ugh... the backpack I promise I will get to that story soon. How long ago was your house fire? That is so horrible. We too lost alot of sentimental things, especially pics and my wedding dress a few years ago but ours was a theft not a fire. You know I can't remember where we got that hat. He has several different ones that we have picked up here and there. He's almost never without one. I can't wait to get to the Castle storie. It is one of my favorites.

blessedmom4
02-10-2011, 10:46 PM
Thank you so much for all your thoughts and prayers. That couple time really was wonderful. We try to take time regurarly to spend time alone as a couple. It is something we decided todo way back when we first married.

That is so good, it has been far too long since we had couple time. We plan it and SOMEBODY gets sick...I am happy you are making it a priority!

LOVE that Tink!!!! I had to call Tess in too see it. She is a bit of a Tink freak!

:), Me too! Rachel Loves Tink (and Aurora) as well.


Ugh... the backpack I promise I will get to that story soon. How long ago was your house fire? That is so horrible. We too lost alot of sentimental things, especially pics and my wedding dress a few years ago but ours was a theft not a fire. You know I can't remember where we got that hat. He has several different ones that we have picked up here and there. He's almost never without one. I can't wait to get to the Castle storie. It is one of my favorites.

It was July 9, 1996. To this day I go looking for things that were BF (Before Fire). Then I go OHHHH...I am sorry you lost so many sentimental things as well, those are the only ones that matter. WHY would someone steal your photos, that is horrible!

I am looking forward to reading more as you have time! popcorn::popcorn::popcorn::

Praying you are improving!:goodvibes

blessedmom4
02-11-2011, 10:02 PM
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kayrosek
02-12-2011, 09:16 AM
It was July 9, 1996. To this day I go looking for things that were BF (Before Fire). Then I go OHHHH...I am sorry you lost so many sentimental things as well, those are the only ones that matter. WHY would someone steal your photos, that is horrible! I am looking forward to reading more as you have time! popcorn::popcorn::popcorn::

Praying you are improving!:goodvibes

I do that too, go looking for things from before. The sentimental things really are the only THINGS that matter. As for why well, I'll never know why they did what they did. When we bought our house we had no help moving and knew we woulden't be able to do it all at once so we paid an extra month and a half rent on our rental house and only moved the essential things at first. The plan was to go back everyday for a few boxes and to work on cleaning and fixing a few things. I purposley left my sentimental stuff there thinking I could get it a little at a time and put it right away so it would be safe. Anyway the Landlords found someone else who wanted to move in two weeks after I moved out and they went over one day and cleared the place out. I think they thought they could have both rents that way. I came right at the end of it and they were unapoligetic. Told me they took the painting my grandpa painted for me, read the sweet little note on the back and took it to the dump. Said they figured we must not have wanted that stuff (they knew our plan and had our rent money) to leave it there. What kills me is that my grandmother who had raised me had just passed away and I had all her pictures in tupperware containers to scrapbook after the move. They dumped the pictures and saved the Tupperware:confused3.
Anyway enough of all that negetivity. I want to thank you for all your prayers and well wishes and for stopping by so often. It really brightens my day.

blessedmom4
02-12-2011, 09:52 AM
I do that too, go looking for things from before. The sentimental things really are the only THINGS that matter. As for why well, I'll never know why they did what they did. When we bought our house we had no help moving and knew we woulden't be able to do it all at once so we paid an extra month and a half rent on our rental house and only moved the essential things at first. The plan was to go back everyday for a few boxes and to work on cleaning and fixing a few things. I purposley left my sentimental stuff there thinking I could get it a little at a time and put it right away so it would be safe. Anyway the Landlords found someone else who wanted to move in two weeks after I moved out and they went over one day and cleared the place out. I think they thought they could have both rents that way. I came right at the end of it and they were unapoligetic. Told me they took the painting my grandpa painted for me, read the sweet little note on the back and took it to the dump. Said they figured we must not have wanted that stuff (they knew our plan and had our rent money) to leave it there. What kills me is that my grandmother who had raised me had just passed away and I had all her pictures in tupperware containers to scrapbook after the move. They dumped the pictures and saved the Tupperware:confused3.
Anyway enough of all that negetivity. I want to thank you for all your prayers and well wishes and for stopping by so often. It really brightens my day.

That is HORRIBLE!! Evil people :eek:I will pray for them for they obviously need it. :hug::grouphug::hug: for you, for your Grandparents who obviously meant a lot to you and loved you. :love:

It is easy to pray for you and send you a cheery note now and then. I am HAPPY :yay: it brings you a little cheer!! :cheer2:

kayrosek
02-12-2011, 09:24 PM
http://i968.photobucket.com/albums/ae169/kayrosek/TessaBday14.jpg

Purple frosted Tinkerbell cupcakes all ready for the party!
http://i968.photobucket.com/albums/ae169/kayrosek/cupcakes.jpg

And last but not least...
Tessa in all her purple and sequined glory during present opening at the skating rink today.
http://i968.photobucket.com/albums/ae169/kayrosek/038.jpg

jj0plin
02-12-2011, 10:31 PM
Great pictures, the cupcakes are too cute!! Happy Birthday Tessa!!

kayrosek
02-12-2011, 10:38 PM
Thanks so much. The cupcakes turned out even better than I had hoped and they went over pretty well at the party. Also thanks for dropping by. I love knowing people are reading.

KathyRN137
02-14-2011, 10:15 AM
Hi Krystal... just popping in to see how you're doing!

Hope you're feeling better.


Kathy

blessedmom4
02-14-2011, 10:58 PM
http://dl8.glitter-graphics.net/pub/871/871338jhzpfj5vq8.gif (http://www.glitter-graphics.com)

I am SO SORRY I have been so tied up with medical stuff. Praying your Day was happy and spent with those you love!

blessedmom4
02-14-2011, 11:02 PM
Dear, Sweet Tessa,

PLEASE forgive me for missing your Birthday. The pictures are gorgeous and so are you!!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Praying this is your BEST year ever!!!!
http://dl7.glitter-graphics.net/pub/2943/2943847ckv4ysc9uy.gif (http://www.glitter-graphics.com)

kayrosek
02-15-2011, 04:06 PM
Hi Krystal... just popping in to see how you're doing!

Hope you're feeling better.


Kathy
Thanks for stopping by Kathy. It's good to see you. I need to get by your TR and catch up. I'm really behind. I was feeling better but I ended up getting really tired today. I'm hoping it's just my regular stuff and I'm not getting sick again.

http://dl8.glitter-graphics.net/pub/871/871338jhzpfj5vq8.gif (http://www.glitter-graphics.com)

I am SO SORRY I have been so tied up with medical stuff. Praying your Day was happy and spent with those you love!
Oh, Judy you don't have to be sorry. I'm surprised you even have time to stop by ever. I completly understand being bogged down by medical stuff. I hope everythings okay. I'm headed over to your PTR as soon as I'm done responding here.

Dear, Sweet Tessa,

PLEASE forgive me for missing your Birthday. The pictures are gorgeous and so are you!!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Praying this is your BEST year ever!!!!
http://dl7.glitter-graphics.net/pub/2943/2943847ckv4ysc9uy.gif (http://www.glitter-graphics.com)

Awwww...how sweet Judy. Tessa says thanks

blessedmom4
02-15-2011, 11:16 PM
Oh, Judy you don't have to be sorry. I'm surprised you even have time to stop by ever. I completly understand being bogged down by medical stuff. I hope everythings okay. I'm headed over to your PTR as soon as I'm done responding here.

Awwww...how sweet Judy. Tessa says thanks

You are such a sweetheart, Thanks for understanding! I am SO sorry to read you are still not better, that is NOT good! HUGS for getting better and STAYING that way!!!

blessedmom4
02-17-2011, 04:51 AM
Dear Princess Tessa, between Tink and the cupcakes, how could I NOT think of you!!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ONE MORE TIME!!!
http://dl.glitter-graphics.net/pub/2662/2662251j5o5vlo1zj.gif (http://www.glitter-graphics.com)

kayrosek
02-18-2011, 11:53 PM
Dear Princess Tessa, between Tink and the cupcakes, how could I NOT think of you!!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ONE MORE TIME!!!
http://dl.glitter-graphics.net/pub/2662/2662251j5o5vlo1zj.gif (http://www.glitter-graphics.com)

Oh Wow Judy! Hoew could I have missed this? It is too, too cute! Can't wait to show Tessa in the morning she will :love:it!

blessedmom4
02-19-2011, 10:11 AM
Oh Wow Judy! Hoew could I have missed this? It is too, too cute! Can't wait to show Tessa in the morning she will :love:it!

HOW did you miss it??? :lmao::rotfl::rotfl2: Because you are a BUSY MOMMY with your OWN health issues!!! :flower3:

I hope she liked it! :goodvibes

kayrosek
02-21-2011, 12:23 AM
HOW did you miss it??? :lmao::rotfl::rotfl2: Because you are a BUSY MOMMY with your OWN health issues!!! :flower3:

I hope she liked it! :goodvibes

This is Tessa. Thank you. That was very nice of you to post that for me. I :love::lovestruc:love::lovestruc:love::lovestruc TINK! Thanks again.

blessedmom4
02-21-2011, 01:48 AM
This is Tessa. Thank you. That was very nice of you to post that for me. I :love::lovestruc:love::lovestruc:love::lovestruc TINK! Thanks again.

You are welcome sweetie, I am sorry I didn't post on your special day! :flower3: Now, WHY are you up at 1:23 in the AM??? :scared1: Okay, time difference possibly...we are on EST, how about you? (Sorry, it is the Mom in me, I hope everyone is well and not sick....) :goodvibes

ToonTagTrolleyDollie
02-22-2011, 03:39 AM
Hey, sorry its taken so long but im here :goodvibes Your DH is so sweet taking you all to disney :) But, i am a 12 year old with a 15 and 18 year old sisters and we still go every year to disney, so I have to say your never too old for the magic :lmao:
Bet your sick of that backpack, but I really hope it turns up again soon! And im wishing your all better again soon :thumbsup2
Can't wait to hear more popcorn:: xxx

blessedmom4
02-23-2011, 12:07 AM
http://dl4.glitter-graphics.net/pub/631/631424rbg3g5r2aw.gif (http://www.glitter-graphics.com)

blessedmom4
02-23-2011, 06:43 AM
http://dl10.glitter-graphics.net/pub/110/110370wvzh18jjfe.gif (http://www.glitter-graphics.com)

I am not a coffee drinker but I know you are...Enjoy!

kayrosek
02-23-2011, 11:02 PM
You are welcome sweetie, I am sorry I didn't post on your special day! :flower3: Now, WHY are you up at 1:23 in the AM??? :scared1: Okay, time difference possibly...we are on EST, how about you? (Sorry, it is the Mom in me, I hope everyone is well and not sick....) :goodvibes
It wasn't quite 1:23 in the morning here, we are Central, but it was late. Tessa is a bit of a night owl, like her mom. I don't usually let her stay up late but there are the rare times when she gets caught up in some project (an art project usually) and can't bare to leave it. Being a bit of an artist myself I know how hard it is to leave your work in the middle right when your creativity is going so every once in a while I let her keep working and then let her sleep in in the morning. That night I showed her Tink right as she was heading to bed, after one of those projects, and she HAD to post.

Hey, sorry its taken so long but im here :goodvibes Your DH is so sweet taking you all to disney :) But, i am a 12 year old with a 15 and 18 year old sisters and we still go every year to disney, so I have to say your never too old for the magic :lmao:
Bet your sick of that backpack, but I really hope it turns up again soon! And im wishing your all better again soon :thumbsup2
Can't wait to hear more popcorn:: xxx
Thank you so much for reading. I love having new readers. After this trip I can definatley agree with you that "your never to old for the magic."

http://dl4.glitter-graphics.net/pub/631/631424rbg3g5r2aw.gif (http://www.glitter-graphics.com)

http://dl10.glitter-graphics.net/pub/110/110370wvzh18jjfe.gif (http://www.glitter-graphics.com)

I am not a coffee drinker but I know you are...Enjoy!

Thank you for stopping by and for the adorable graphics (and the coffee:rotfl2:)

blessedmom4
02-24-2011, 11:20 PM
It wasn't quite 1:23 in the morning here, we are Central, but it was late. Tessa is a bit of a night owl, like her mom. I don't usually let her stay up late but there are the rare times when she gets caught up in some project (an art project usually) and can't bare to leave it. Being a bit of an artist myself I know how hard it is to leave your work in the middle right when your creativity is going so every once in a while I let her keep working and then let her sleep in in the morning. That night I showed her Tink right as she was heading to bed, after one of those projects, and she HAD to post.
SHHH, Don't tell anyone; however, Rachel is the same way...The joys of homeschooling! :flower3:

Thank you for stopping by and for the adorable graphics (and the coffee:rotfl2:)

My Pleasure! :goodvibes

Here is one more for you before I crash in to bed...early for me; :lmao: but, I NEED it!
http://dl10.glitter-graphics.net/pub/2504/2504510b0sqm7hf70.gif (http://www.glitter-graphics.com)

kayrosek
02-25-2011, 09:33 PM
Hello everyone,
I just wanted to apologize for not updating latley. It seems like everytime I get better from one thing I get sick again right after and I just haven't had much strength. I have also had a hard time posting about our trip when real life is so dismal latley. It's not horrible but there have been alot of things going on that have just been overwhelmingly real life. Jenna has not been doing well. Her symptoms have increased not decreased and we still don't have any answers. The other day she asked me when our next appointment at the Childrens Hospital is and if we could move it sooner because "maybe, this time they could help her". Ugg, about broke my heart. I hate this not knowing and it's not just Jenna, John too has been getting sicker, having more pain and new symptoms. His appointments have tripled which makes life much busier but also latley very very stressful. I hate this speculating and waiting for test results. Today we came from yet another Dr. with some good news and some not so good news. On one hand this disability progression and his status as a "fall risk" has made him eligible for some services that would include modifications for our house to make it more accessible. This would be wonderful and I can't wait to find out what can be done to help him regain some of the independence he has lost. On the other hand I felt like we were ignored about the fact that his current meds are not helping and not given any viable alternatives. Also this doctor had yet another round of test to run and while I usually try not to let this bother me one thing he mentioned had me chanting "please no, please not that" over and over in my head. I try to be positive, try very hard to submit to the Lords will and know that He has a plan and a purpose for our life, but I can barely handle the idea of this let alone the possibility of it as a reality. I hate to sound so negative but right now I feel like someone (a giant someone) is stepping on my chest and I probably will until all the test results come back. I know I sound silly. I know logically, that it is ridiculous to get all upset over something that hasen't even been, and very well may not be proven but here I am, logical or not, falling apart and asking for prayers. All the prayers I can get, that John will be okay, that we find a different answer, and that if not we can find a way to accept this one. Again so sorry for being so negative here just really, really, really needed somewhere to let that out.

blessedmom4
02-25-2011, 09:46 PM
God sent me right over and now I see why..he also found me this graphic (below) to post...second one I looked at...definitely a sign!

You are feeling much of what I have felt at times and I hope it helps to share your worries and your fears. I am here for the long haul and when you are up to finishing your TR, I will be right here, ready to read! Hugs for both Jenna and John...it isn't easy when our children/spouses hurt and it is HARD when we have more than one health issue to deal with. :hug::grouphug::hug::grouphug::hug::grouphug::hug:
http://dl8.glitter-graphics.net/pub/2187/2187858hf6eozqoti.gif (http://www.glitter-graphics.com)

kayrosek
02-25-2011, 09:57 PM
God sent me right over and now I see why..he also found me this graphic (below) to post...second one I looked at...definitely a sign!

You are feeling much of what I have felt at times and I hope it helps to share your worries and your fears. I am here for the long haul and when you are up to finishing your TR, I will be right here, ready to read! Hugs for both Jenna and John...it isn't easy when our children/spouses hurt and it is HARD when we have more than one health issue to deal with. :hug::grouphug::hug::grouphug::hug::grouphug::hug:
http://dl8.glitter-graphics.net/pub/2187/2187858hf6eozqoti.gif (http://www.glitter-graphics.com)

Judy, once again thank you for your prayers. I feel very blessed to have met you here. Once again, I feel calmed and uplifted by your post. Your kind caring nature just oozes from your writing. I think we may have just missed each other as I was just over on your thread reading your latest posts and posting for you as well:laughing:.

blessedmom4
02-27-2011, 04:35 PM
Judy, once again thank you for your prayers. I feel very blessed to have met you here. Once again, I feel calmed and uplifted by your post. Your kind caring nature just oozes from your writing. I think we may have just missed each other as I was just over on your thread reading your latest posts and posting for you as well:laughing:.

I am so happy we are friends, and I am glad you felt calmer...I hope that is the case today as well :hug::grouphug::hug: I LOVE the new ticker, with the childrens pictures...I am a bit slow the past too days, fever does that to me. :lmao: I hope YOU and YOURS are feeling MUCH BETTER! You have had enough! :flower3:

blessedmom4
02-27-2011, 04:36 PM
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blessedmom4
02-28-2011, 11:41 PM
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blessedmom4
03-02-2011, 05:53 AM
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You are on my heart and in my prayers this morning! :flower3:

kayrosek
03-08-2011, 09:32 AM
I am so happy we are friends, and I am glad you felt calmer...I hope that is the case today as well :hug::grouphug::hug: I LOVE the new ticker, with the childrens pictures...I am a bit slow the past too days, fever does that to me. :lmao: I hope YOU and YOURS are feeling MUCH BETTER! You have had enough! :flower3:

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http://dl6.glitter-graphics.net/pub/1623/1623086kxzrdno2w9.gif (http://www.glitter-graphics.com)

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You are on my heart and in my prayers this morning! :flower3:

Wow Judy, You were busy over here. You absolutley amaze me coming over here to let me know your thinking about me when your sick. As I said over on your thread I'm praying both you and Lisa feel better. I am finally doing better, both physically and emotionally. I was hit pretty hard with something to do with my mom last week but I am feeling more upbeat now and am going to try to pull this TR out of obscurity today, well I'm going to try to post an actual update today. Thank you agin for being such a good friend!!!

blessedmom4
03-09-2011, 05:42 AM
Wow Judy, You were busy over here. You absolutley amaze me coming over here to let me know your thinking about me when your sick. As I said over on your thread I'm praying both you and Lisa feel better. I am finally doing better, both physically and emotionally. I was hit pretty hard with something to do with my mom last week but I am feeling more upbeat now and am going to try to pull this TR out of obscurity today, well I'm going to try to post an actual update today. Thank you agin for being such a good friend!!!

It makes ME feel good to say hello. :goodvibes I was going to sign in yesterday; however, I kept waiting for a notice you updated....:rolleyes1 NO PRESSURE though, I KNOW how busy life can become when you are living life with children. :) I am SO SORRY to hear you are having some problems with your Mom. I am pryaing hard she will be okay and of course, your sweet family is ALWAYS in my prayers!!!! :hug::grouphug::hug:

Praying today is a GREAT day for you, full of GOOD surprises!!! :flower3:

blessedmom4
03-09-2011, 05:46 AM
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kayrosek
03-09-2011, 11:54 AM
More coffee. I:love: it. Thanks so much for stopping by. I will get to that update soon. Today is a little more busy for me but maybe I can write it up while I'm sitting in the VA I always have plenty of time there. Thanks so much for the prayers for my mom. She has really been having a rough time and it came to a head last week, but she is doing much better now and is planning a visit out here in a month so the kids will get to see their grandmother for the first time in a few years. So that's great.

kayrosek
03-10-2011, 01:20 AM
After a fruitless search for the, once again, lost backpack we returned to find John had gone from the very first person in line and too early to check in to the back of a very long line. I was a little annoyed for a moment but before we knew it we were entering Cinderellas Castle and waiting for a picture with the hostess herself. The girls were wearing matching Tinkerbell outfits this day, as Tess had been insistent on meeting Tink on our first day in MK, but now that our dinner in the castle had arrived they had also donned matching Cinderella crowns that my then 12 yr old had picked out in the toy aisle. My two girls love to dress up so they were thrilled to have crowns. I think they would have worn full princess gear if they had it. Jonnie also likes to dress up so I knew from the start he would need something so he diden't feel left out. I had solved this predicemnt by packing a cheap plastic crown I found at a party store for my little prince. Once we made it to Cinderella's side she comented on the girl's crowns and then zereoed in on Jonnie. "Welcome Prince," Jonnie blushed. "Which Prince are you?" (Jonnie blushed some more) "Oh I know, you must be related to Prince Charming, you have his eyes!" By this time my little boy is really blushing but I can also tell that he is loving it:love:.The girls are talking to Cindy and trying to get in on the act a bit and she keeps the conversation going for awhile. Then it's time for pictures. She teaches the girls how to clasp thier hands and stand like princesses and tells Jonnie to pose like he's holding a sword (I'm tempted to photoshop the lightsaber he got at DHS into his hand:rotfl:). It's a beautiful pic and I wish I had a scanner so you guys could see it , but I will try to get it up before I finish the report (shoulden't be hard as this report is taking soooooo long:rotfl2:) but I do have this pic and I think it really shows how much Jonnie loved the prince interaction http://i968.photobucket.com/albums/ae169/kayrosek/Cinderellascrapbook.jpg
After our incredible session with Cinderella the kids and I were led up the stairs while John was taken up in a tiny elevator. He's a bit clausterphobic so he diden't love this part but luckily it diden't take too long. Once he joined us the CM's quickley realized there was a problem with where they were going to seat us. They had planned on seating us right next to the window where we would have had a beautiful view but there diden't seem to be any easy way to get John down there. It seemed to throw them for a moment and they left us there for a minute while they figured it out but soon enough we were placed at a table in the far corner. Honestly I was relieved. I would have loved the view but the hidden silver lining to this back table was that it was darker, a little quiter and just generally less of a sensory overload place for both John and Jonnie so I was quite happy with where we were put. We had a few stressful moments as Jonnie started getting anxious and upset about not having enough food (he was remembering the tiny plate in Japan) but as I was trying to calm him down the waitress offered Jonnie an extra side and promised to check to see that he had enough food so he was quickley appeased. I loved her for just jumping in and helping like that.The chef also came to our table to consult with us about all of the allergies in our family. Soon our food was to our table and we were all enjoying a great Thanksgiving Dinner. I have read bad reviews on the food in this place but we all enjoyed it. Tess went with the traditional thanksgiving meal and liked it more than she thought she would. She had been worried about the stuffing having apples in it but she loved it. She diden't like the butternut squash soup she had as an appetizer as much but I think that was because it was a little sweet and just not her thing. Jenna ordered the wedge salad and was surprised to actually get a lettuce wedge on her plate but she loved the bacon bits and ate a decent amount. For her entree she ordered the bacon wrapped porkchop which I thought was delicious and her only complaint was "needs more bacon" but Jen would think a plate of bacon needed more bacon:lmao:. John and I got salmon cakes and Prime rib which we both enjoyed and Jonnie our little worrier got grilled fish, mashed potatos, a fresh fruit cup and yogurt which he loved and agreed was enough food :thumbsup2. Our deserts were good with everyone getting the choclate buckle but Jonnie and I. Tess was the only one disapointed in it but she doesn't really care for chocolate, as for me I still dream about the Pumpkin Creme Brulee I got and Jonnie gobbled down his raspberry sorbet with fresh berries. The food was good all around and I am disapointed that the menu has changed but most impressive was the atmosphere and experience. This whole meal was one of our magical memories. EVERY CM we encountered commented on having a Prince in thier midst and it really made Jonnie feel special during a meal we had thought would be mostly for the girls. We were there when it was the Fairy Godmother and the mice and I loved the little show. I had heard these characters diden't really enteract with guests but they did with our family. One of the mice seemed especially taken with my DH and pretty soon he was laughing and interacting like a little kid. I wish I could show you that pic but he hates it. I cannot think back on this whole meal without grinning. It was truly a Thanksgiving Dinner we will never forget and a magical experience. Jonnie still talks about the castle and he may never get over his crush :lovestruc on Cinderella. Next up visiting some more mice and a few fairy's...

blessedmom4
03-10-2011, 04:57 AM
More coffee. I:love: it. Thanks so much for stopping by. I will get to that update soon. Today is a little more busy for me but maybe I can write it up while I'm sitting in the VA I always have plenty of time there. Thanks so much for the prayers for my mom. She has really been having a rough time and it came to a head last week, but she is doing much better now and is planning a visit out here in a month so the kids will get to see their grandmother for the first time in a few years. So that's great.

I really WAS out of my gourd last night, I thought I answered this post before I did any other DIS'ing last night!!! :upsidedow

Are you sick of coffee yet?:coffee: As you know, Not a coffee drinker myself; but, Pete drinks it all of the time, so I figured you could use a cup. :rolleyes2 I am here if you need to vent :hug::hug: I hope today will be less stressful/busy and the VA went well yesterday...I am CERTAIN it was long! I am glad to hear your Mom is coming for a visit, so sorry she has to have so many tough things to deal with...:grouphug:

NOW, to read the update, :yay::woohoo::yay::cheer2::cheer2::cheer2:

blessedmom4
03-10-2011, 05:11 AM
After a fruitless search for the, once again, lost backpack we returned to find John had gone from the very first person in line and too early to check in to the back of a very long line. I was a little annoyed for a moment but before we knew it we were entering Cinderellas Castle and waiting for a picture with the hostess herself. The girls were wearing matching Tinkerbell outfits this day, as Tess had been insistent on meeting Tink on our first day in MK, but now that our dinner in the castle had arrived they had also donned matching Cinderella crowns that my then 12 yr old had picked out in the toy aisle. My two girls love to dress up so they were thrilled to have crowns. I think they would have worn full princess gear if they had it. Jonnie also likes to dress up so I knew from the start he would need something so he diden't feel left out. I had solved this predicemnt by packing a cheap plastic crown I found at a party store for my little prince. Once we made it to Cinderella's side she comented on the girl's crowns and then zereoed in on Jonnie. "Welcome Prince," Jonnie blushed. "Which Prince are you?" (Jonnie blushed some more) "Oh I know, you must be related to Prince Charming, you have his eyes!" By this time my little boy is really blushing but I can also tell that he is loving it:love:.The girls are talking to Cindy and trying to get in on the act a bit and she keeps the conversation going for awhile. Then it's time for pictures. She teaches the girls how to clasp thier hands and stand like princesses and tells Jonnie to pose like he's holding a sword (I'm tempted to photoshop the lightsaber he got at DHS into his hand:rotfl:). It's a beautiful pic and I wish I had a scanner so you guys could see it , but I will try to get it up before I finish the report (shoulden't be hard as this report is taking soooooo long:rotfl2:) but I do have this pic and I think it really shows how much Jonnie loved the prince interaction http://i968.photobucket.com/albums/ae169/kayrosek/Cinderellascrapbook.jpg
After our incredible session with Cinderella the kids and I were led up the stairs while John was taken up in a tiny elevator. He's a bit clausterphobic so he diden't love this part but luckily it diden't take too long. Once he joined us the CM's quickley realized there was a problem with where they were going to seat us. They had planned on seating us right next to the window where we would have had a beautiful view but there diden't seem to be any easy way to get John down there. It seemed to throw them for a moment and they left us there for a minute while they figured it out but soon enough we were placed at a table in the far corner. Honestly I was relieved. I would have loved the view but the hidden silver lining to this back table was that it was darker, a little quiter and just generally less of a sensory overload place for both John and Jonnie so I was quite happy with where we were put. We had a few stressful moments as Jonnie started getting anxious and upset about not having enough food (he was remembering the tiny plate in Japan) but as I was trying to calm him down the waitress offered Jonnie an extra side and promised to check to see that he had enough food so he was quickley appeased. I loved her for just jumping in and helping like that.The chef also came to our table to consult with us about all of the allergies in our family. Soon our food was to our table and we were all enjoying a great Thanksgiving Dinner. I have read bad reviews on the food in this place but we all enjoyed it. Tess went with the traditional thanksgiving meal and liked it more than she thought she would. She had been worried about the stuffing having apples in it but she loved it. She diden't like the butternut squash soup she had as an appetizer as much but I think that was because it was a little sweet and just not her thing. Jenna ordered the wedge salad and was surprised to actually get a lettuce wedge on her plate but she loved the bacon bits and ate a decent amount. For her entree she ordered the bacon wrapped porkchop which I thought was delicious and her only complaint was "needs more bacon" but Jen would think a plate of bacon needed more bacon:lmao:. John and I got salmon cakes and Prime rib which we both enjoyed and Jonnie our little worrier got grilled fish, mashed potatos, a fresh fruit cup and yogurt which he loved and agreed was enough food :thumbsup2. Our deserts were good with everyone getting the choclate buckle but Jonnie and I. Tess was the only one disapointed in it but she doesn't really care for chocolate, as for me I still dream about the Pumpkin Creme Brulee I got and Jonnie gobbled down his raspberry sorbet with fresh berries. The food was good all around and I am disapointed that the menu has changed but most impressive was the atmosphere and experience. This whole meal was one of our magical memories. EVERY CM we encountered commented on having a Prince in thier midst and it really made Jonnie feel special during a meal we had thought would be mostly for the girls. We were there when it was the Fairy Godmother and the mice and I loved the little show. I had heard these characters diden't really enteract with guests but they did with our family. One of the mice seemed especially taken with my DH and pretty soon he was laughing and interacting like a little kid. I wish I could show you that pic but he hates it. I cannot think back on this whole meal without grinning. It was truly a Thanksgiving Dinner we will never forget and a magical experience. Jonnie still talks about the castle and he may never get over his crush :lovestruc on Cinderella. Next up visiting some more mice and a few fairy's...

Literally, I am crying...HOW SPECIAL!!!! What an amazing time and what an amazing amount of Pixie Dust was sprinkled on you in what IS (lets face it) THE most magical part of Magic Kingdom,the castle!!!! I am so happy the sadness of losing the backpack didn't ruin this magical moment in time and that you all had such a great, fun, family filled time!!!! :woohoo::yay::woohoo: AMAZING hardly covers it!!!! I love the pics and I just LOVE how Cinderella spoiled Jonnie and the girls as well...note to self, get my guys a crown! Not sure what David would do; but Christian would TOTALLY wear it! He would wear a costume if he was allowed! :lmao::lmao: And you have given me an idea if we DO get to go to MNSSHP!!!! I have always wanted to eat IN the castle, just have never thought we could/should afford it! I am SO HAPPY you did!!!!! :woohoo::yay::woohoo: I am with you, my 12 year old is DEFINITELY going to want to dress up. she is a LOT less shy now, although still quite shy...it used to be painful. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for this update, you have made my day VERY happy!!!! :love::cloud9::yay::dance3::yay::cloud9::love:

blessedmom4
03-10-2011, 05:17 AM
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kayrosek
03-10-2011, 10:24 PM
Literally, I am crying...HOW SPECIAL!!!! What an amazing time and what an amazing amount of Pixie Dust was sprinkled on you in what IS (lets face it) THE most magical part of Magic Kingdom,the castle!!!! I am so happy the sadness of losing the backpack didn't ruin this magical moment in time and that you all had such a great, fun, family filled time!!!! :woohoo::yay::woohoo: AMAZING hardly covers it!!!! I love the pics and I just LOVE how Cinderella spoiled Jonnie and the girls as well...note to self, get my guys a crown! Not sure what David would do; but Christian would TOTALLY wear it! He would wear a costume if he was allowed! :lmao::lmao: And you have given me an idea if we DO get to go to MNSSHP!!!! I have always wanted to eat IN the castle, just have never thought we could/should afford it! I am SO HAPPY you did!!!!! :woohoo::yay::woohoo: I am with you, my 12 year old is DEFINITELY going to want to dress up. she is a LOT less shy now, although still quite shy...it used to be painful. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for this update, you have made my day VERY happy!!!! :love::cloud9::yay::dance3::yay::cloud9::love:
Thank you so much for coming by Judy and for all your comments. I love having someone to share these stories with. Your right it really was magical and the castle is so amazing anyway that having all that extra pixie dust there, of all places, just made it more magical. I think the idea of Christian and maybe David wearing a crown is great. Actually when you said that I thought of these T shirts I saw on Etsy that said "Future Prince Charming" They were in younger boys sizes I think but something along that line in thier sizes could be really fun at the castle if the boys would go for it. With all the princessses there now I bet they would get great reactions.:rotfl: I love that your girls both want to dress up. Actually hearing that and seeing all the cute pics on your TR of them in costume has me even more excited for you to get dates. ;););)

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Thanks so much. I have to say I feel the same way about you. I feel very blessed to have met you here.

kayrosek
03-11-2011, 07:33 PM
Things seem to be settling down here, and getting back to normal. Today we were back at the VA for another one of John's appointments. Generally it was quite productive. First, and best of all, the tests are back and everything I was afraid of is all clear so there was no reason to worry:cool1::cool1:. Also he lost 3 more pounds which is great and I wish I was doing as well. The only negative was a small one and I was expecting it. This doctor has referred him for yet another clinic, this time with the sole purpose of controlling the pain. Basically he was our last option besides painkillers and even he agrees that's the only thing to do now. He told DH not to expect to be pain free but that he should look for a level that helped him have managable and livable pain. We figured we were there so reallly it's okay. I'm glad somebody agrees it's time to concentrate on reliving some of his pain. I'm looking forward to a quiet and restful weekend as next week is going to be a busy one. Hopefully I can get an update done this weekend as well.

blessedmom4
03-11-2011, 11:15 PM
Thank you so much for coming by Judy and for all your comments. I love having someone to share these stories with. Your right it really was magical and the castle is so amazing anyway that having all that extra pixie dust there, of all places, just made it more magical. I think the idea of Christian and maybe David wearing a crown is great. Actually when you said that I thought of these T shirts I saw on Etsy that said "Future Prince Charming" They were in younger boys sizes I think but something along that line in thier sizes could be really fun at the castle if the boys would go for it. With all the princessses there now I bet they would get great reactions.:rotfl: I love that your girls both want to dress up. Actually hearing that and seeing all the cute pics on your TR of them in costume has me even more excited for you to get dates. ;););)

I LOVE :love::love::love: reading them, I am just not always good at responding quickly...I want to say a lot then don't seem to say anything! :rotfl2: HOw cute would that be if they guys would do that (crowns, OPrince Charming...Christian would DEFINITELY play along, David would need some (a LOT) of coaxing, he can be so rigid. I KNOW you understand! He only wants Polo shirt, neatly pressed pants or shorts and a belt...At least he likes to dress nicely, I can't complain! Just getting him to do "fun stuff" is hard...Christian loves to play along though...he even wore princess crowns to play along with Lisa when they were a bit younger...he is such an amazing big brother! I am truly excited for the girls to dress up, I am going to be in frilly girl heaven!!! It will be so much fun. I am going to contact our Wish Granters April 1 and see if we can get the ball rolling again...Rachel is still not well; however, we have made progress with her health and I am going to BELIEVE that she will be well enough to travel by October!

Thanks so much. I have to say I feel the same way about you. I feel very blessed to have met you here.

You are such a doll, God truly DID bring us together. I KNOW how busy you have been and how so much else in life takes your time and energy. PLEASE don't forget to check with your MD about a CHD cardiologist (Just a very gentle reminder, because I care)!:flower3:

blessedmom4
03-11-2011, 11:21 PM
Things seem to be settling down here, and getting back to normal. Today we were back at the VA for another one of John's appointments. Generally it was quite productive. First, and best of all, the tests are back and everything I was afraid of is all clear so there was no reason to worry:cool1::cool1:. Also he lost 3 more pounds which is great and I wish I was doing as well. The only negative was a small one and I was expecting it. This doctor has referred him for yet another clinic, this time with the sole purpose of controlling the pain. Basically he was our last option besides painkillers and even he agrees that's the only thing to do now. He told DH not to expect to be pain free but that he should look for a level that helped him have managable and livable pain. We figured we were there so reallly it's okay. I'm glad somebody agrees it's time to concentrate on reliving some of his pain. I'm looking forward to a quiet and restful weekend as next week is going to be a busy one. Hopefully I can get an update done this weekend as well.

YEA for John and the weight loss, that is WONDERFUL!!!! :yay: I hope the pain management clinic can help him to feel so much better...I had a severe hip injury back in 1985 and Pain Therapy Clinic was a GODSEND to me...it got me back on my feet (I was on crutches for three years) and back to nursing! Get as much rest as you can so you can face next week!! HUGS dear friend, sleep well!

kayrosek
03-12-2011, 01:34 AM
You are such a doll, God truly DID bring us together. I KNOW how busy you have been and how so much else in life takes your time and energy. PLEASE don't forget to check with your MD about a CHD cardiologist (Just a very gentle reminder, because I care)!:flower3:
Awww, thank you, and thank you for the reminder. I know I need a reminder to pay attention to my own needs sometimes. I totally agree that god brought us together. Getting to know you has been such a joy.
YEA for John and the weight loss, that is WONDERFUL!!!! :yay: I hope the pain management clinic can help him to feel so much better...I had a severe hip injury back in 1985 and Pain Therapy Clinic was a GODSEND to me...it got me back on my feet (I was on crutches for three years) and back to nursing! Get as much rest as you can so you can face next week!! HUGS dear friend, sleep well!
He is really doing well with the weight loss. He is down ten pounds in about a month and a half. I am so proud of him. I on the other hand am up a pound and a half, but I will get back on track. They have suposedly referred us to pain mgmt. several times but he has always been deferred to some other clinic as any medication pauin mgmt for him will probably be permanent. So the idea was to wait until there were no other options before resorting to heavy pain killers. He has truly tried every thing else, all the tests they wanted, therapy, tins unit, accupuncture, chiropractic you name it he has tried it. Hugs to you as well. Hope you sleep well also and feel better (without a fever hopefully) tomorrow.

kayrosek
03-12-2011, 01:41 AM
I still don't have the photopass pic scanned but in the mean time here are a few more pics from our castle dinner
Me after I stole Jennas crown. I decided if they got to be princesses I got to be the Queen for at least a moment:rotfl:
http://i968.photobucket.com/albums/ae169/kayrosek/Tessacameravacation034-1-1-1.jpg
And a doctored version of the pic John hates so much. This pop art verrsion doesn't show the details John hates as much so I can get away with it and I think you can still telll how much fun John was having. He had een laughing with the children and the mice who were dancing around him.
http://i968.photobucket.com/albums/ae169/kayrosek/Tessacameravacation032-1.jpg

blessedmom4
03-12-2011, 06:12 AM
Awww, thank you, and thank you for the reminder. I know I need a reminder to pay attention to my own needs sometimes. I totally agree that god brought us together. Getting to know you has been such a joy.
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He is really doing well with the weight loss. He is down ten pounds in about a month and a half. I am so proud of him. I on the other hand am up a pound and a half, but I will get back on track. They have suposedly referred us to pain mgmt. several times but he has always been deferred to some other clinic as any medication pauin mgmt for him will probably be permanent. So the idea was to wait until there were no other options before resorting to heavy pain killers. He has truly tried every thing else, all the tests they wanted, therapy, tins unit, accupuncture, chiropractic you name it he has tried it. Hugs to you as well. Hope you sleep well also and feel better (without a fever hopefully) tomorrow.

That is wonderful for John about the weight loss, he will feel better overall and the meds. will work easier and with a less amount. As for you...it is very difficult to lose weight (or simply not gain it) when you are under so much stress! The Pain Therapy Clinic worked well for me...I was fortunate to NOT be on narcotics, just muscle relaxants and have actually managed to wean myself from those on a daily basis...of course, my situation is very different than what John so bravely faces. There was a lot of rehab/and exercise all day, as well as biofeedback,etc...I was thankful, because it gave me my life back and got me back up consistently and independently on my two feet...I was in my early twenties when I injured my hip. John will of course have a different regimen; howeverr, I am certain it will be life improving! :goodvibes:goodvibes:goodvibes For ALL of you! It truly isn't good when you are in constant pain...

blessedmom4
03-12-2011, 06:38 AM
I still don't have the photopass pic scanned but in the mean time here are a few more pics from our castle dinner
Me after I stole Jennas crown. I decided if they got to be princesses I got to be the Queen for at least a moment:rotfl:
http://i968.photobucket.com/albums/ae169/kayrosek/Tessacameravacation034-1-1-1.jpg
And a doctored version of the pic John hates so much. This pop art verrsion doesn't show the details John hates as much so I can get away with it and I think you can still telll how much fun John was having. He had een laughing with the children and the mice who were dancing around him.
http://i968.photobucket.com/albums/ae169/kayrosek/Tessacameravacation032-1.jpg

LOVE the photos, and Mom's are NATURALLY Queens...even if we don't always get treated that way! I have a friend that always calls me Queen Judy...she says the girls can't be Princesses if I am not the Queen, because they must come from royalty! :rotfl:

Not sure what John doesn't like about the photo (He was laughing so hard tears were rolling down his face maybe...) He DOES look as if he is having a blast and the children definitely are..Love how you did the photo, I am SO happy you shared!

blessedmom4
03-12-2011, 09:53 PM
I hope you have had a great day! I couldn't resist sending this to you! :flower3:
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kayrosek
03-13-2011, 02:52 PM
I hope you have had a great day! I couldn't resist sending this to you! :flower3:
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Thanks so much for the too cute graphic. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. John liked it too he even asked if there was anyway we could blow it up and frame it, isent he sweet? Thanks again for posting it, it really made my day.

blessedmom4
03-14-2011, 12:20 AM
Thanks so much for the too cute graphic. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. John liked it too he even asked if there was anyway we could blow it up and frame it, isent he sweet? Thanks again for posting it, it really made my day.

I am glad you liked it, I like it too! I panicked for a minute when I thougt I had misspelled your name. Of course your name is MOM..:lmao: I hope your Monday gets off to a GREAT start! :hug::hug::hug:

kayrosek
03-14-2011, 01:11 AM
Judy, did you catch the post before I edited it when I was saying Jenna wondered who Krystal was. She just had one of those Duh moments but I wasen't sure it made any sense so I just edited it out. But yes your right my name is Mom that's the problem:rotfl:

yinyanggirls
03-14-2011, 11:18 PM
I love the castle pics! Jonnie is adorable. I bet they don't see many princes there. What a treat for the CMs! How funny that they were going to put you by the window when you really were better off out of the crowd. We requested the window, they said ok, then went to seat us in the corner. We had already messed up the table a tad before I got the guts to tell them we could lift phoebe's chair down the 3 little steps. Thank goodness she's still light! We loved the window seat. :thumbsup2

blessedmom4
03-14-2011, 11:20 PM
Judy, did you catch the post before I edited it when I was saying Jenna wondered who Krystal was. She just had one of those Duh moments but I wasen't sure it made any sense so I just edited it out. But yes your right my name is Mom that's the problem:rotfl:

I get instant updates to my email on your site, so I read it there before I read the site and it had the original update about Jenna! :laughing: It made perfect sense,
just :scared1: me for a moment. :lmao: I am a bit overwhelmed lately.:upsidedow I hope your day went well! :hug: I know this was a busier than ususal week for you! :grouphug:

blessedmom4
03-15-2011, 06:22 AM
I love the castle pics! Jonnie is adorable. I bet they don't see many princes there. What a treat for the CMs! How funny that they were going to put you by the window when you really were better off out of the crowd. We requested the window, they said ok, then went to seat us in the corner. We had already messed up the table a tad before I got the guts to tell them we could lift phoebe's chair down the 3 little steps. Thank goodness she's still light! We loved the window seat. :thumbsup2

Melissa, I actually thought of you and your family when I read what Krystal had written about the seating! :goodvibes

blessedmom4
03-15-2011, 06:32 AM
KING JOHN AND QUEEN KRYSTAL...
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I pray today is a wonderful one for your entire family! :flower3:

kayrosek
03-15-2011, 09:16 AM
I love the castle pics! Jonnie is adorable. I bet they don't see many princes there. What a treat for the CMs! How funny that they were going to put you by the window when you really were better off out of the crowd. We requested the window, they said ok, then went to seat us in the corner. We had already messed up the table a tad before I got the guts to tell them we could lift phoebe's chair down the 3 little steps. Thank goodness she's still light! We loved the window seat. :thumbsup2
Melissa,
It's so nice to see you. Thanks for stopping by. I remember reading about your seating at the castle. In fact I'm pretty sure the corner you were originally seated in was the area we were finally put in. The waitress actually apologized for sticking us so far back, but the place was packed. I hope she believed me that I was actually happy with that table.

I get instant updates to my email on your site, so I read it there before I read the site and it had the original update about Jenna! :laughing: It made perfect sense,
just :scared1: me for a moment. :lmao: I am a bit overwhelmed lately.:upsidedow I hope your day went well! :hug: I know this was a busier than ususal week for you! :grouphug:

KING JOHN AND QUEEN KRYSTAL...
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I pray today is a wonderful one for your entire family! :flower3:

Judy,
Thanks for the thoughts and the adorable GIF. I'll have to show that one to John when he wakes up. Today is a big day for us. We have some people from the VA system coming to evaluate our house for accesibility remodeling. John's doctors have recomended an outside ramp, stair lift, hand railings and possible bathroom remodeling to make the house more accesible and safe for my DH. I'm thrilled thier coming and really hoping the'yll be able to help us make this place easier for John to navigate. This is something we have wanted for awhile but have'nt known how to go about getting. It's one area where I feel very blessed to have John in the VA system as there is no way we could afford to do all this on our own, but according to John's doctor it's considered medical equipment and is therefore covered by the VA due to John's status.

blessedmom4
03-16-2011, 05:03 AM
Judy,
Thanks for the thoughts and the adorable GIF. I'll have to show that one to John when he wakes up. Today is a big day for us. We have some people from the VA system coming to evaluate our house for accesibility remodeling. John's doctors have recomended an outside ramp, stair lift, hand railings and possible bathroom remodeling to make the house more accesible and safe for my DH. I'm thrilled thier coming and really hoping the'yll be able to help us make this place easier for John to navigate. This is something we have wanted for awhile but have'nt known how to go about getting. It's one area where I feel very blessed to have John in the VA system as there is no way we could afford to do all this on our own, but according to John's doctor it's considered medical equipment and is therefore covered by the VA due to John's status.

How did the evaluation go? When can they start or is there a lot of redtape/paperwork that has to be accomplished first? How long will it take to complete the work once they start. I am SOOOOOOOO Happy that, at least in THIS instance, the government will step up and take care of one of thier service members who sacrificed so much for thier country. PLEASE tell John Thank you from us! :flower3: :hug::grouphug::hug::grouphug::hug::grouphug: Have an amazing Day!

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kayrosek
03-16-2011, 11:28 PM
How did the evaluation go? When can they start or is there a lot of redtape/paperwork that has to be accomplished first? How long will it take to complete the work once they start. I am SOOOOOOOO Happy that, at least in THIS instance, the government will step up and take care of one of thier service members who sacrificed so much for thier country. PLEASE tell John Thank you from us! :flower3: :hug::grouphug::hug::grouphug::hug::grouphug: Have an amazing Day!

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The evaluation went well Judy. Thanks so much for asking. We were given the choice of a ramp for the front yard and a stair lift for one staircase of our split level home, a wheelchair elevator (even though John is not in a wheelchair yet) for our back deck or two stair lifts so John can come in the house through the garage. We chose the two stair lift option as that would give John safe access to the basement family room as well as in and out of the house. That process is started though I don't know yet when they will come in to install it. Thier contractors will also have to add two electrical sockets to the stairwell for it to work, but luckily that's all covered. Today we came home from the VA with a bunch of equipment for the bathrooms, (grab bars, handheld shower head etc.) Those are things we have to install ourselves so we got them quickley. The rest of the stuff (widening doorways and a roll in shower) requires his primary care doctor to authorize but that will not be a problem as she is all for anything that will help John. Normally the VA takes forever to get anything done but this has moved remarkably fast so far. It could take awhile to get it all done but it feels great to be moving towards having a more accesible home where John can have more freedom. The doctors that got this started for us have been amazing. His physical therapist in particular has really fought for John. He currently has a rollator for trips out of the house and she had recomended a walker for in the house (the rollator is too wide for the hallway) to reduce his fall risk inside. We got the walker brought it home and the VA called saying they coulden't give him a walker and a rollator and we had to bring one back that day. This was last Friday. I told John to stop and leave a message for his PT about it then. Yesterday we got a call from her telling us she had fixed the problem and we were to come get his walker back, for good this time. She was very apologetic, but I am thrilled to have someone on John's side that will fight for what he needs. Oh Judy, I know you know all about the goverment hoops and having someone you love sacrifice so much while serving thier country. John has asked about your DH as well and whether he is getting any help from the VA for his issues. John and I both have a passion for seeing Vets get the benefits they deserve and helping them where we can. We know so many guys that are still jumping through hoops to get the benefits they need and deserve. We feel very blessed that John has the benefits he does even though it was a headache to get them, but in this instance we have had alot of help and that has been an incredible blessing. I'm headed over to your PTR now to check on you. Hope you have had a good day.

blessedmom4
03-17-2011, 04:18 PM
Only time for a Quick note ( I am cooking dinner). AMAZING news about the renovations and VA. Unfortunately, the VA has NOT helped us on any front. I will be back. I can't think of anyone who deserves a Pot of Gold more!!! :goodvibes

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kayrosek
03-18-2011, 08:54 PM
Only time for a Quick note ( I am cooking dinner). AMAZING news about the renovations and VA. Unfortunately, the VA has NOT helped us on any front. I will be back. I can't think of anyone who deserves a Pot of Gold more!!! :goodvibes

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Thank you so much for stopping by. I am feeling greatful that the renovations appear to be moving forward, but I HATE that your DH hasen't gotten any benefits. I don't mean to harp on it but have you guys spoken to a service rep. someone from the VFW or DAV. The service reps (from the VFW) are who helped John get his benefits.
Thanks for the Pot of Gold I wish I could give a real one to you. We were hoping we would have luck with the lottery this week:goodvibes but no such luck:sad1:

kayrosek
03-19-2011, 08:22 PM
My Tessa is growing up. Tonight she is attending an event for youth 14-18 held by a church ours is affiliated with. Since the event is the Cinderella Ball I thought it was Disney sounding enough:thumbsup2 that I could get away with posting a few photos here.
Tessa all ready for the dance
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The back of her hair. She wanted bling and butterflies so I suggested rhinestones and Grammy and Papa picked up that beautiful butterfly clip while at an event at an art gallery.
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Ahhh, finally one where she's smiling!
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blessedmom4
03-19-2011, 08:24 PM
My Tessa is growing up. Tonight she is attending an event for youth 14-18 held by a church ours is affiliated with. Since the event is the Cinderella Ball I thought it was Disney sounding enough:thumbsup2 that I could get away with posting a few photos here.
Tessa all ready for the dance
http://i968.photobucket.com/albums/ae169/kayrosek/024-1.jpg
The back of her hair. She wanted bling and butterflies so I suggested rhinestones and Grammy and Papa picked up that beautiful butterfly clip while at an event at an art gallery.
http://i968.photobucket.com/albums/ae169/kayrosek/007.jpg
Ahhh, finally one where she's smiling!
http://i968.photobucket.com/albums/ae169/kayrosek/020.jpg

Tessa looks ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!!!! I hope she has a MAGICAL time, she looks like a PRINCESS!!!! princess:

blessedmom4
03-19-2011, 08:28 PM
Thank you so much for stopping by. I am feeling greatful that the renovations appear to be moving forward, but I HATE that your DH hasen't gotten any benefits. I don't mean to harp on it but have you guys spoken to a service rep. someone from the VFW or DAV. The service reps (from the VFW) are who helped John get his benefits.
Thanks for the Pot of Gold I wish I could give a real one to you. We were hoping we would have luck with the lottery this week:goodvibes but no such luck:sad1:

You aren't harping on it...I am not sure what else to do. Every time I have tried to get any help we have been stonewalled and he wasn't "injured" while he was deployed...at least they will not admit to it...and he didn't retire military, we had enough with him going to a war zone when Christian was two weeks old, so he served his time and left. I AM happy John is going to get what he needs/deserves...and when we DO find that pot of gold...Lets go to Disney TOGETHER!!!! :yay:

jj0plin
03-19-2011, 10:23 PM
Tessa looks so beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing!

blessedmom4
03-20-2011, 01:32 PM
How was the Cinderella Ball???? :goodvibes

kayrosek
03-20-2011, 11:30 PM
You aren't harping on it...I am not sure what else to do. Every time I have tried to get any help we have been stonewalled and he wasn't "injured" while he was deployed...at least they will not admit to it...and he didn't retire military, we had enough with him going to a war zone when Christian was two weeks old, so he served his time and left. I AM happy John is going to get what he needs/deserves...and when we DO find that pot of gold...Lets go to Disney TOGETHER!!!! :yay:

I'm glad you don't feel like I'm harping on the subject or bugging you about it. It just really bothers both John and I that Peter doesn't have benefits to help you guys. Gulf War Syndrom is definatley a tricky thing to get service connected although there has been some improvements in that process over the past few years but even without it there are a few things I really think he could be eligible for eigther now or in the future, but that's another conversation. As far as your suggestion, your on! :cool1: I can't think of anything better than to be at Disney AND be with your sweet family.:cloud9: Now we just need to find that gold or win the lottery!
Tessa looks so beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing!
And thank you so much for stopping by. Tessa will be thrilled to know you commented on her photos.

How was the Cinderella Ball???? :goodvibes

According to Tessa "Amazing" and she's already talking about next year so that must be a good sign. I really love that they do this. It's held once a year, is formal dress, includes dinner and a short service as well as the dance, is well chaperoned, with appropriate music and is a great alternative to some of the other activities kids want to be involved in, even some of the ones offered by the public schools.

blessedmom4
03-23-2011, 05:28 AM
I'm glad you don't feel like I'm harping on the subject or bugging you about it. It just really bothers both John and I that Peter doesn't have benefits to help you guys. Gulf War Syndrom is definatley a tricky thing to get service connected although there has been some improvements in that process over the past few years but even without it there are a few things I really think he could be eligible for eigther now or in the future, but that's another conversation. As far as your suggestion, your on! :cool1: I can't think of anything better than to be at Disney AND be with your sweet family.:cloud9: Now we just need to find that gold or win the lottery!

Mega millions was 244 MILLION last night....! Did you win? Me neither....:rotfl: As for Pete, I don't even know where to start anymore...I have spent so much time and effort on paperwork over the years and now I don't have the energy...of course, I KNOW that is what they count on!



According to Tessa "Amazing" and she's already talking about next year so that must be a good sign. I really love that they do this. It's held once a year, is formal dress, includes dinner and a short service as well as the dance, is well chaperoned, with appropriate music and is a great alternative to some of the other activities kids want to be involved in, even some of the ones offered by the public schools.

Forgive me for being so MIA the past few days...I did bring you a cup of coffee though...

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I love that Tessa has a "teen prom" to look forward to for next year, Rachel would love that as well...it is so much fun and it is nice the environment is one you know you want her to be in! :flower3: It sounds like they really do it up right! :goodvibes

kayrosek
03-23-2011, 12:17 PM
:scared1:Forgive me for being so MIA the past few days...I did bring you a cup of coffee though...

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I love that Tessa has a "teen prom" to look forward to for next year, Rachel would love that as well...it is so much fun and it is nice the environment is one you know you want her to be in! :flower3: It sounds like they really do it up right! :goodvibes

Goodmorning Judy,
Awww, there's nothing to be forgiven for you are so busy MIA on my TR is totally understandable. Thanks for the coffee though, I ran out of the real kind so the virtual stuff will have to get me through until I go to the store later today.:rotfl:The dance really is amazing. They actually have several smaller (just the dance not dinner, sometimes a short service) church/appropriate dress ones throughout the year, but this formal one is the one all the girls look forward to. What's neat is that this is the first dance Tessa was eligible to go to age wise so it really started the experience off with a bang for her. I do know what you mean about the paperwork for Peter though, It took us five years to get John's full benefits and technically we still have one more status to finish fighting for to make sure I get his benefits if something happens to him. So the paperwork seems never ending, and yes you getting tired is exactly what they hope for. The one thing we've got going for us is that John's service rep does most of the actual leg work and paper work for us which is really nice. The service reps are a God send. I understand sometimes the last thing you need is one more thing to deal with but if you ever do decide to start the fight up again and you have any questions at all please don't hesitate to ask. John and I have become fairly knowlegable about the benefit process in the hope of being able to help guide other Vets that God places in our lives, through it. Until then you definatley have someone here who understands how frustrating the system can be. :hug: this is tessa here hi my moms freind im an :littleangel: sent from above i just went to my first dance my mom posted piks say hi to lisa for me ive heard so much about her from my mom and i occasionly look over my moms shoulder and just read stuff on the dis! i heard racheal plays guitar im learning to its really been fun i enjoy it well nice chating gotta get off b 4 i get in trouble i dont know to work this thing so i really hope what ive been blabing will just dissa pear when i say bye so bye feeling:guilty:
I found the little note above (in purple)when I returned to my computer after checking on John. Apparenly Tessa was having fun with the smilies, but I thought I would leave it since it made me :lmao:

blessedmom4
03-24-2011, 05:39 AM
Goodmorning Judy,
Awww, there's nothing to be forgiven for you are so busy MIA on my TR is totally understandable. Thanks for the coffee though, I ran out of the real kind so the virtual stuff will have to get me through until I go to the store later today.The dance really is amazing. They actually have several smaller (just the dance not dinner, sometimes a short service) church/appropriate dress ones throughout the year, but this formal one is the one all the girls look forward to. What's neat is that this is the first dance Tessa was eligible to go to age wise so it really started the experience off with a bang for her. I do know what you mean about the paperwork for Peter though, It took us five years to get John's full benefits and technically we still have one more status to finish fighting for to make sure I get his benefits if something happens to him. So the paperwork seems never ending, and yes you getting tired is exactly what they hope for. The one thing we've got going for us is that John's service rep does most of the actual leg work and paper work for us which is really nice. The service reps are a God send. I understand sometimes the last thing you need is one more thing to deal with but if you ever do decide to start the fight up again and you have any questions at all please don't hesitate to ask. John and I have become fairly knowlegable about the benefit process in the hope of being able to help guide other Vets that God places in our lives, through it. Until then you definatley have someone here who understands how frustrating the system can be. this is tessa here hi my moms freind im an :littleangel: sent from above i just went to my first dance my mom posted piks say hi to lisa for me ive heard so much about her from my mom and i occasionly look over my moms shoulder and just read stuff on the dis! i heard racheal plays guitar im learning to its really been fun i enjoy it well nice chating gotta get off b 4 i get in trouble i dont know to work this thing so i really hope what ive been blabing will just dissa pear when i say bye so bye feeling:guilty:
I found the little note above (in purple)when I returned to my computer after checking on John. Apparenly Tessa was having fun with the smilies, but I thought I would leave it since it made me
Good Morning Krystal,

I read this update yesterday just before we went to ballet and didn't have time to respond. Last night I was TRYING to get over here to have a little "chat" when the most turbulent of storms came through. (WE are fine) :goodvibes, some of our neighbors weren't as fortunate.
I hope you were able to get your coffee!!! :surfweb:

That is WONDERFUL that you have a church where the teenagers are being guided to have dances in a Christian way. How exciting Tessa's first one was the formal. :woohoo::woohoo:

I am SOOOOOO Thankful you and John have a service rep to help navigate through the VA system, John's injuries and limitations are HUGE and he deserves everything they do to help you all and more!!! :flower3: I honestly wouldn't know where else to start at this point in time. (any thoughts). We have been told in the past because Pete wasn't a lifer that there just ins't anything they can or will do for us. Tessa us a sweetheart, my next note is for her!!! (I start messages often...this one is a good example that I am writing...and then have to come back to them...something else in common). :lovestruc

I hope that you have a WONDERFUL day and that everyone at your house feels the blessings of God!!
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Blessings,
Judy

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blessedmom4
03-24-2011, 05:58 AM
:scared1:

this is tessa here hi my moms freind im an :littleangel: sent from above i just went to my first dance my mom posted piks say hi to lisa for me ive heard so much about her from my mom and i occasionly look over my moms shoulder and just read stuff on the dis! i heard racheal plays guitar im learning to its really been fun i enjoy it well nice chating gotta get off b 4 i get in trouble i dont know to work this thing so i really hope what ive been blabing will just dissa pear when i say bye so bye feeling:guilty:


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Very nice to have a note from you Sweetie. :flower3: You looked absolutely gorgeous in your dance photos and it sounds as if you had a WONDERFUL time at the dance! :goodvibes I am so happy you were able to have a special time, with friends your age. Rachel LOVES to play the guitar, the two of you would have a great time together. I wish we lived near each other! I am HAPPY your note didn't disappear! :thumbsup2 I hope your day is filled with happiness!!! :cheer2::cheer2:

Blessings,
Judy

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blessedmom4
03-25-2011, 09:18 PM
It is TOO QUIET on your thread...Praying everything is okay. :hug::grouphug::hug:
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kayrosek
03-26-2011, 05:34 PM
Judy,
Your right it's definatley too quiet over here, but nothing to be concerned about. I read your last responses but coulden't get back to respond and Tess hasen't read the one for her yet. Mostly I've just been busy (nothing compared to your schedule but busy for mine). Yesterday was the VA PTSD clinic for John and houshold/homeschool/kid stuff. I had planned to get over hear to post a real update but no such luck. Then today has been errands, laundry, and art show with my DH and now rushing to get ready to take Jonnie to Toy Story 3 on Ice. So I better run but thanks for coming by and as always thank you so much for your prayers.

yinyanggirls
03-28-2011, 12:06 AM
Melissa, I actually thought of you and your family when I read what Krystal had written about the seating! :goodvibes

Too funny!

Melissa,
It's so nice to see you. Thanks for stopping by. I remember reading about your seating at the castle. In fact I'm pretty sure the corner you were originally seated in was the area we were finally put in. The waitress actually apologized for sticking us so far back, but the place was packed. I hope she believed me that I was actually happy with that table.

Normally, I wouldn't want to be front and center but knowing we might never get back there I wanted to make it as memorable as I could. Even if it meant being embarrassed as Tessa scurried around on the floor or Phoebe drooled a little. Who cares? We're eating in the castle!!!:thumbsup2 I enjoyed it, and I know the family did too.

I loved your Tessa's picture. Her hair was perfect!


I HAVE TO show this to my Tessa. She's enthralled with kitties now...
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blessedmom4
03-29-2011, 05:40 AM
Judy,
Your right it's definatley too quiet over here, but nothing to be concerned about. I read your last responses but coulden't get back to respond and Tess hasen't read the one for her yet. Mostly I've just been busy (nothing compared to your schedule but busy for mine). Yesterday was the VA PTSD clinic for John and houshold/homeschool/kid stuff. I had planned to get over hear to post a real update but no such luck. Then today has been errands, laundry, and art show with my DH and now rushing to get ready to take Jonnie to Toy Story 3 on Ice. So I better run but thanks for coming by and as always thank you so much for your prayers.

I am happy you are all doing well, hoping for an update when you have time! :flower3: I KNOW how busy it can be! Just making sure you were all okay!!! :goodvibes How was the ice show? Please know even when I haven't signed in, I am PRAYING for the fmaily always!!!! Huge :grouphug::grouphug::grouphug::grouphug::grouphug: for everyone!!!!
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blessedmom4
03-30-2011, 04:58 AM
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blessedmom4
03-30-2011, 05:03 AM
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blessedmom4
03-30-2011, 05:13 AM
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blessedmom4
04-01-2011, 06:35 PM
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I hope the day hasn't been as wild as this guy! :flower3:

blessedmom4
04-02-2011, 09:01 PM
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kayrosek
04-03-2011, 02:30 PM
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Very nice to have a note from you Sweetie. You looked absolutely gorgeous in your dance photos and it sounds as if you had a WONDERFUL time at the dance! :goodvibes I am so happy you were able to have a special time, with friends your age. Rachel LOVES to play the guitar, the two of you would have a great time together. I wish we lived near each other! I am HAPPY your note didn't disappear! I hope your day is filled with happiness!!!

Blessings,
Judy

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It is TOO QUIET on your thread...Praying everything is okay. :hug::grouphug::hug:
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Thank you Judy for the notes and gifs. Yes I wish you lived closer. I would love too meet Rachel in person I think we would be great freinds. I'm just learning to play guitar I dont know how to play it yet but I like learning songs by ear on the guitar. Like for my sisters 12th birthday party I learned the happy birthday song by ear on the guitar. I can't wait for Rachel to get her present. I'm excited to hear what she thinks. Now it just has to get here so I can write a note to go with it and mail it there.
Tessa
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I Love the little baby Minnie. Thank you for praying for me I am feeling alot better.
Jenna

yodadaisystorm
04-04-2011, 11:44 AM
Has your daughter been tested for Celiac disease? It's one of the most undiagnosed (but common) diseases that doctors don't look for. I have it and I had to PUSH to get tested for it. :headache:

kayrosek
04-04-2011, 10:03 PM
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Judy,
Thank you so much for all the adorable gifs and all the thoughts and prayers I know you send with them. I love the one above. How did you do that?

Has your daughter been tested for Celiac disease? It's one of the most undiagnosed (but common) diseases that doctors don't look for. I have it and I had to PUSH to get tested for it. :headache:

Actually Jenna hasen't been tested for Celiac disease yet. The doctor on call at the children's hospital last week tested for several things based on her history and ruled them out. I am planning on asking about Celiac diesease at our next appt. Thank you for your concern and suggestion.

blessedmom4
04-04-2011, 10:04 PM
I MUST know!!!! Did Jonnie ever get his backpack back???

Praying all is well at your house!!! :hug::goodvibes:hug:

blessedmom4
04-05-2011, 05:53 AM
Judy,
Thank you so much for all the adorable gifs and all the thoughts and prayers I know you send with them. I love the one above. How did you do that?



It was a Gif from "our site", then I just generated the Queen, with "you are the" in regular font. :goodvibes

I hope today is filled with LOTS of
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SURPRISES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Moira222
04-05-2011, 06:03 AM
Call me late to the party but call me!
I just followed you here and haven't even made it to day 1 but just love your pics and the way your hubby so clearly loves your kids that filling their wish is his top goal.

Ttfn!