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Tinker_Tam
01-02-2011, 07:16 PM
Hello all and Welcome to my first ever TR!!! I really had meant to get this started much sooner but with Christmas and a nasty round of colds it has taken me longer than I liked. You may wonder, why is this the first ever… Well, because this was our first EVER trip to the world!!!! Yes, I am 21, with 14 years experience (that’s 35 for all the people here with math issues.. I have them too! :LOL ) and this was my first trip to the World. And what an amazing world it is!!!!

I really need to get this disclaimer out before I go any farther. Please forgive my bad spelling and grammar. Yes, I am college educated but with 2 little munchkins, it sometimes sucks the brain power right out of me!

So without further ado… the cast of characters (yes, I am stealing most of this part from my PTR!) BTW, in case you wish to follow the planning, my PTR can be found at… Surprise... It's Someday!! (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2542894)

First, there is me! I am Tammy. Just turned 21, with 14 years experience, this past birthday! (Doesn't that sound so much better than turning 35? Why is it so hard to say 35???? :LOL ) I have the best job in the world...no the real world! I am a stay home mom to 2 fabulous characters you will soon meet. I am a loving wife to another member of our cast of characters! In my free time (what's that?) I love to scrapbook and of course plan my Disney dream vacation. Right now I am so sad that there is no ticker on here… but you will hear all about that soon enough. I have truly been bitten by the Disney bug!!!
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f125/bother_tam/TR/IMG_2625.jpg

Next cast member...
My amazing husband, Jon. Jon is also 35, although most days he doesn't act his age... but who does? Especially at Disney!! My loving husband works 2 jobs so that I can stay home and be with the kids. He is the best hubby and daddy in the world-- I took a vote on that and he won! He has no free time--EVER! What time he gets, when he isn't working, he either spends with the kids or tries to sleep. He tries to catch up on sleep once every 6 months or so, whither he needs it or not! He was in need of this vacation as much as the rest of us… if not more. He really does work his hiney off. There isn’t anything he won’t do for his family. He is the bigger one in the picture! LOL
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f125/bother_tam/TR/IMG_2623.jpg


Next member of the cast...
I have the most amazing daughter, Brenda. Brenda is a very active 4 year old (will be 5 on the 17th of this month)...and that is putting it mildly! What 4 year old isn't overly active though? She is the most amazing little girl... very caring and loving. She has been very understanding because she has had to, a few times, take a backseat to what brother needs. (Which i'll get to in the next cast member's story) Even through it all she remains loving and just overall amazing! She showed how amazing she is several times in Disney! She is the kind of little girl I hope my mom thought I was… amazing! I know I use that word a lot to describe her but most who meet her would agree… unless you get her on a bad day… and those do happen! Here Brenda is having fun at Chef Mickey’s on our first night!
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f125/bother_tam/TR/IMG_2603.jpg

The last member of our cast of Characters...
Is my awesome (only cause I can’t use amazing anymore :LOL) DS, Gavin. Gavin is 3. Gavin is one of the most amazing boys ever!
I am going to put on my serious hat so I can tell you a little about Gavin. He was born with Hirschsprung's Disease. It was immediately apparent and severe, At less than a week old Gavin had a very long and difficult surgery to remove between 2/3 and 3/4 of his total intestine. He was left with just enough to not need a colostomy for the rest of his life. we assumed this would be the only medical issue but the Hirschsprung's Disease had effects on most of his digestive system. There were many time we didn't think he would make it and were told to make the best for him. We have faced losing him more times than any parent should have to but he always seems to bounce back His most recent surgery (8 in the last 38 months) was this past November... 3 weeks before leaving for Disney. I won't go into detail but it has made a great improvement on his life. We will continue to have the same surgery every 3-4 months for the next 2-3 years but at least it is helping. When we originally thought about the WDW trip we knew the first step would be to get the approval of Gavin's team of Drs. Their response was "YES! You should do this!" One dr went so far as to tell us "You should make as many good memories with Gavin while you can". That is a sentence that sticks with you and always taints what you do. Its kinda become my motto in life...not just with Gavin but with everyone important to me....make as many memories as you can. Of course, we took all of Gavin's meds, supplies and records with us, but as of lately I have been a lot less fearful about if this is best for Gavin. He has been doing so much better since his last surgery in the beginning of November. He reminds me that miracles happen everyday.
The other thing I should tell you is Gavin has above average intelligence. The drs believe this is most likely due to overcompensating for what his body hasn't been able to do. His mind has constantly been going, even when all his body could do was lie there. I also spent many hours just reading and talking with him...as has Brenda. One example of how smart he is (I know all parents say it but drs have confirmed it with Gavin) he has been speaking COMPLETE sentences since about 16-18 months. He can count to 27 and knows all his letters. BUT he only does things when he wants to do them. He is very stubborn! Must get that from Jon 'cause I'm not stubborn! NO I AM NOT!!! Taking of my serious hat now and tossing it to the corner...you won't see that too often, I hope! I also want to add in here that we had very few health issues with Gavin on this trip. It is as though he was “normal” most of the time… other than a few stops at first aide to take care of some of his needs. I honestly believe the last surgery he had in the beginning of November was the answer to prayers. I know he still has a long road ahead of him but he was able to enjoy this trip… and that was my short term goal. His strength is just over whelming. Here is Gavin just after getting checked in at Pop.
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f125/bother_tam/TR/DSCF0444.jpg


That brings us to the next important bits of information…
When did we go you ask? Go ahead ask! We left PA in the evening of Nov 28th and we returned Dec 15th. That whole time was not all Disney. We drove ½ way and visited Jon parents while he slept the day away and then traveled the rest of the way. We checked into Pop century (and I can still smell those chocolate chip cookies) or Nov 30th. What an amazing day that was!!!! We were originally planning on checking out on Dec 10th.. But that changed. You’ll have to stick with me to find out how this change comes about! After leaving Disney we would return to NC and spend a few days with Jon’s parents, celebrating Christmas with them. Then return with only 10 days to throw together Christmas here! The kid’s present this year was to be there trip and a FEW things from Disney. Well, I am the perputal shopper and started Christmas shopping right after Christmas last year so it was a huge Christmas.. But didn’t cost us too much! LOL

So, there you have it. The whole “clan” on their very first trip to Disney World. You all should stick with us. There were tons and tons of great times, a few melt downs (even by mommy) and a few bad things… but overall this was a dream vacation for the four of us.

jenseib
01-02-2011, 07:25 PM
I'm here! Hopefully first!

Tinkermom76
01-02-2011, 07:32 PM
I'm here Jen beat me :sad1:

Mickey_Mom
01-02-2011, 07:45 PM
I'm here! Jen and Natalie beat me ;)

smidgy
01-02-2011, 07:46 PM
does being # 3 count for anything?? glad to hear you had fun.. sorry we didn't get a chance to meet.

we thought for sure we would run into a lot you fellow dissers at the pools.. um.. that didn't happen.

we both decided this is our last winter trip. in 2007 we went about the same time and it was in the low 70's! (and nebo laughed at me for bringing my winter coat).

looking forward to reading!

Nermel9
01-02-2011, 07:47 PM
I'm in! :cool1:

jenseib
01-02-2011, 07:51 PM
I'm here Jen beat me :sad1:

I'm here! Jen and Natalie beat me ;)

It's the 1st time I've ever been 1st! :cool1:

stephielela
01-02-2011, 08:07 PM
I'm in!!:banana:

Jen- weren't you first on my TR too? Making a habit out of it?:thumbsup2

jenseib
01-02-2011, 08:13 PM
I'm in!!:banana:

Jen- weren't you first on my TR too? Making a habit out of it?:thumbsup2

HMMM. I will have to check, but you might be right. I was stalking you that night though. LOL! Ok so this might be the 2nd time,,,in about 1 million.

Ok I did check, and I was. LOL!

Heluvsme
01-02-2011, 08:37 PM
Yay!!

Caretames1
01-02-2011, 09:19 PM
YAY :yay: I'm glad I stopped back on the DIS tonight. I'm so excited to see how everything went!

Carey

Tinker_Tam
01-02-2011, 09:22 PM
WOW!! I still have followers! I was afraid I had lost you all.

Right now I am working on Photopass. This could be quite time consuming! :lmao: Will post more soon!

KatMark
01-02-2011, 09:45 PM
Okay...I don't know how many beat me, but I'm hoping I still made the first page. :)

eecteacher82
01-02-2011, 09:51 PM
I'm here..going back to read!

Disney_Jill
01-02-2011, 10:02 PM
I can't wait to hear about your trip. I love hearing about first visits. Your kids are adorable! My daughter is like yours, she's very "spirited." LOL She has so much fun at Disney. Gavin sounds like a real trooper! I am glad your dr. advised you to go on this trip, I am sure it was awesome for everyone!

KNJWDW
01-02-2011, 10:24 PM
I'm in! Thanks for sharing your trip with us! :banana:

Amy

disney<333
01-02-2011, 10:58 PM
I'm here for the ride! You all really deserved this trip and I'm so glad that you were able to take it. Hope WDW is everything you had dreamed of.

20thingamabobs
01-03-2011, 12:25 AM
I'm here too! Can't wait to hear all about it!

brookelizabeth
01-03-2011, 08:39 AM
I'm here! I have to read yet, but wanted to check-in. :goodvibes I laughed out loud at the title, I JUST got done watching Special Agent Oso with Henry. :rotfl:

brookelizabeth
01-03-2011, 09:06 AM
Okay, all read up now! And in tears...I know Gavin's story, but it still gets me.

We will continue to have the same surgery every 3-4 months for the next 2-3 years but at least it is helping

Oh Tam. :hug::hug::hug: You are so strong woman!!

Gah, just the thought of that has be crying!

I am SO HAPPY to read that the November surgery was a bit of a miracle and that he is doing so well!!! I pray it just gets better each surgery.

Okay, wiping tears away. :)

I'm so excited to read about your adventures!!! :hyper:

exwdwcm
01-03-2011, 12:36 PM
I'm here too!

oh and i think we sat right next to you at Le Cellier on 12/8 and didn't even know it was you until you left! You sat near the fireplace by the door to the kitchen?

we were at hte table right next to you- a 6 top- i had my MIL, niece, hubby and Will with me. Your hubby was sitting facing the kitchen door, so I couldn't see him or Gavin. So it didn't click it was you, because i didn't see two kids. But then when you guys left, i heard you call for Gavin, and you were out the door before i could say hi- i was like, hey, i know her!!!! it was too late. so funny though! Hope you had a great time and great meal!

VanniGirl
01-03-2011, 12:59 PM
Your children are adorable - cannot wait to read your report :)

Tinker_Tam
01-04-2011, 12:50 AM
First, Welcome everyone who is joining in! I am so glad you are going to come on over here and read along. It makes it some much more wonderful to know I have readers following along! I'll try not to drag things out too much, but I want to relive EVERY minute of my trip. :)

does being # 3 count for anything?? glad to hear you had fun.. sorry we didn't get a chance to meet.

we thought for sure we would run into a lot you fellow dissers at the pools.. um.. that didn't happen.

we both decided this is our last winter trip. in 2007 we went about the same time and it was in the low 70's! (and nebo laughed at me for bringing my winter coat).

looking forward to reading!

I thought for sure I would run into you and Nebo. The trip seemed to be so much rushing... even for as long as we were there. I am from PA, but there is no way you were catching me in that cold water at the pool. The kids asked a few times but the only days we could have went were already so full.

If things do work out the way we are hoping we are going to try the whole Nov/ Dec thing again. It got me in such a Christmas mood this year... and lasted longer, so I will take that and bear the weather.

I can't wait to hear about your trip. I love hearing about first visits. Your kids are adorable! My daughter is like yours, she's very "spirited." LOL She has so much fun at Disney. Gavin sounds like a real trooper! I am glad your dr. advised you to go on this trip, I am sure it was awesome for everyone!

Thanks. One thing that everyone knows is my kiddos are my world... my real world... although I seem to be happiest when I take them to THE WORLD! :rotfl: It was an amazing trip and regardless of what happens in the future with Gavin's health, I am forever thankful that we took this trip.

I'm in! Thanks for sharing your trip with us! :banana:

Thanks for joining in!

I'm here for the ride! You all really deserved this trip and I'm so glad that you were able to take it. Hope WDW is everything you had dreamed of.
Thanks! Not sure if we deserved it or not but wow! What amazing memories we now have.

I'm here too! Can't wait to hear all about it!
Will be getting up part of our departure day tomorrow... I hope. Brenda started back to preschool today so I am not sure what tomorrow brings. I know she is off but she sometimes gets clingy when there are HUGE changes to her home routine.

I'm here! I have to read yet, but wanted to check-in. :goodvibes I laughed out loud at the title, I JUST got done watching Special Agent Oso with Henry. :rotfl:
Gotta love Special Agent Oso. His plans never work out exactly the way they are supposed to but they are always for the best!
Okay, all read up now! And in tears...I know Gavin's story, but it still gets me.
Oh Tam. :hug::hug::hug: You are so strong woman!!
Gah, just the thought of that has be crying!
I am SO HAPPY to read that the November surgery was a bit of a miracle and that he is doing so well!!! I pray it just gets better each surgery.
Okay, wiping tears away. :)
I'm so excited to read about your adventures!!! :hyper:
No crying in my trip report... except for checking in and checking out! :rotfl: Thank you though. Gavin is the one that is amazing. I don't see myself as strong, just doing what I need to make Gavin have the best life he can. I won't tell you there aren't days I cry my eyes out because I feel so bad for him, but amazingly those are the days he cuddles close and tells me how much he loves me... almost his way of saying its all ok. I cried a lot when he was first born, I cried a lot when I first brought him home and had to do the things he needs done, and I cry a lot before each new step but in the end he is the one that keeps me strong. Its then I know why I was put here to help him have the best life he can... That is my goal in life... to give both Brenda and Gavin the best life I can. Gavin's life just takes more medical attention from me than Brenda's, but she sometimes tends to be the more attention needing one. I am sure its tough for her to be second many times because Gavin needs something done. I do the best I can, but its nothing any mother wouldn't do for their child... Ok, I am moving on now. This is getting too deep! :rotfl:

I'm here too!

oh and i think we sat right next to you at Le Cellier on 12/8 and didn't even know it was you until you left! You sat near the fireplace by the door to the kitchen?

we were at hte table right next to you- a 6 top- i had my MIL, niece, hubby and Will with me. Your hubby was sitting facing the kitchen door, so I couldn't see him or Gavin. So it didn't click it was you, because i didn't see two kids. But then when you guys left, i heard you call for Gavin, and you were out the door before i could say hi- i was like, hey, i know her!!!! it was too late. so funny though! Hope you had a great time and great meal!
Oh no! We were so close!! I wish we had bumped into each other. I am thinking that you probably didn't see us as a family because for some reason I had to take Brenda to the restroom 4 times during that dinner... and Gavin was a REAL handful! :lmao: That is probably why you heard me calling for him. I don't know what it was that night but he really enjoyed running off! :scared1: And yes, it was the BEST meal!!!!

Your children are adorable - cannot wait to read your report :)
Thank you! I think the kiddos are adorable too, but I tend to be a little partial! :rotfl:

Tinker_Tam
01-05-2011, 04:30 PM
Brenda is home sick from Preschool today but I am hoping to get an update on tonight once the kiddos are in bed and Jon is at Bible Study. Keep your fingers crossed! :lmao:

eecteacher82
01-06-2011, 10:43 PM
I'm back! I knew you had started your TR and that I had replied, but I never subscribed so I had to go back and find you again! (Don't worry, I made sure I am subscribed now)!

I hope Brenda is feeling better and the yucky funk leaves your house for good!

KatMark
01-06-2011, 10:53 PM
Brenda is home sick from Preschool today but I am hoping to get an update on tonight once the kiddos are in bed and Jon is at Bible Study. Keep your fingers crossed! :lmao:

Sorry to hear Brenda is sick; I Hope she is feeling better today.

Tinker_Tam
01-06-2011, 11:01 PM
I'm back! I knew you had started your TR and that I had replied, but I never subscribed so I had to go back and find you again! (Don't worry, I made sure I am subscribed now)!

I hope Brenda is feeling better and the yucky funk leaves your house for good!

I have been so trying to work on this TR. I spent a lot of time getting my photopass pictures just right. So now that they are all finished I started typing the TR episode and closed the netbook... without saving. Grrrr! So it was back to starting all over.

Thanks. Brenda stayed home today. We had a MOPS meeting but I didn't want to drag the kids and share germs. They stayed home with daddy. I had no choice but to go. I am on the steering committee and missed 1 meeting in Nov and 2 in Dec! :scared1:

Tinker_Tam
01-06-2011, 11:03 PM
Sorry to hear Brenda is sick; I Hope she is feeling better today.

She stayed home from MOPS today so I am hoping that she is able to go to Preschool tomorrow. She had been playing well, kept food down again, and had no fever... the next thing I have to worry about is the snow! It is snowing out right now and we are to get a few inches. Even if the local school is delayed, Preschool is canceled... and Brenda will once again be heartbroken!

smidgy
01-06-2011, 11:03 PM
It's so good to hear you also are concerned about brenda's needs. you are a perceptive mommy!

I still think your next trip you should try for a time when pool time is an option.. It really is SO much more enjoyable when you're not freezing the whole time!!

we like may or sept. and sept is a value season!! sometimes kids just like some down time by the pool.

have you seen any pictures of the kid's water play area at Carribbean beach? it looks SO cool!. if we ever get to bring our grnadson down I am torn between the kid-friendly icons, etc. at the Value resorts, and the kiddie slide and water play area at CBR. plus the main pool is zero-entry and has a kiddie slide, besides the main slide.

sigh! so many decisions!

mermaid764
01-06-2011, 11:05 PM
I'm joining in:goodvibes

What a touching story about your son, he sure sounds like an amazing little guy.

Looking forward to more

Tinker_Tam
01-06-2011, 11:38 PM
I really have to apologize here. I have no pictures till we get to the state of FL! Yes, you guessed it. Things were so busy that I never once got the camera out. Grrrrr! Makes me mad now but can't cry over spilt milk.. and there were lots of pictures on our way back through.... Anyway, done feeling sorry and moving on to get this thing started.

The morning of Nov 28th rolled around. I had been super busy trying to get everything the few days before. The countdown calendar still had mickey heads on it. I really didn't want the kiddos pestering me those last few days so we counted down the days till we actually got to Disney.

So we get up for Church on Sunday morning. Jon decided when he got home from work at 6 am that morning that it was in his best interest to just sleep. He knew that if he got up he would be so super tired when it came time to hit the road that night. So I got the kids breakfast, dressed and we were off to church.

The one thing I didn't think about in all my planning of the countdown calendar was Church in the morning. I neglected to think about how many people the kids would see and ask if they were ready for Disney. Our Church family was perhaps more excited for us than our real family. :sad2: I was able to talk to the kids and explain that our church friends were so excited for us and we wouldn't see them the next week because we were in Disney. Crisis averted!

After Church I had to make a run to Wal-mart to pick up a few last minute supplies and head to the drug store for Gavin's meds to take with us. After all that we headed home and finished packing those last minute things. The goal of all our craziness was to be out the door by 11PM. I did everything I could to completely wear the kids out that day. Jon had set his alarm for dinner time... OPPS!!! How could I forget dinner??! So, off I go to wal-mart again for a bucket of chicken from the deli. Our WM deli has a yummy chicken bucket that feeds us and leaves some left overs for $10. So I grabbed the bucket and head home. We have dinner and I put the kids down to watch some TV for a while. I know they are getting tired at this point so my plan was working!!! Jon and I start to carry all the bags down from upstairs and Gavin is so tired he is almost falling over. Too funny. I next get them in their PJs they will wear for the ride. I also break one of my very own rules and make Brenda wear a pull up. She has obviously been trained for A LONG time... but I wasn't sure if we would come across too many good, safe places to stop in the middle of the night if she should happen to go. I know... TMI but my point is this totally upset Brenda. I explained the situation and that it was ONLY for the car ride down and back and she was not turning into a baby. Well, it took me almost an hour to get her in it and in her PJs. Finally I just put on the mommy pants and tell her that is the only way she can go... No peed carseats on the way to FL!

So at this point it is nearing 9. Gavin is passed out on the floor in his PJs. Brenda is in hers now and Jon starts to pack the car. I decided this trip not to use the actually luggage but used a tip from a friend. I used those recycle grocery bags that you use. I got some at the Disney store so that is how I packed all our clothes and EVERYTHING we needed. They could be squished into every inch of the car and adjusted. Everything inside was in zioloc bags so nothing could get dirty. I really think this saved us a lot of room. And thank Heavens I did... I am the Queen of Overpacking! :rotfl: Jon comes in several times and asks if that is it... and each time I said there is 1 more bag. Finally we are down to just Gavin's meds which have to go in the front seat with us so he can get them on time. We all go out and get in the car. Get the kids in the carseats and under their warm blankets... and off we go!

The ride itself was uneventful. Remember we are only driving to Newbern NC on this night. Brenda didn't really sleep a whole lot. Seemed like everytime we stopped she wanted something to eat... which is so unlike her. She is so skinny sometimes so I was all about letting her eat when she wanted. :rotfl2: Jon drives all but an hour and asks if I want to pull over and sleep or if I want to drive. He just needs a quick cat nap. I am way too excited to sleep so I say I can drive for a while. That night was a total of about 500 miles but we arrive at Jon's parents at around 10 AM. Took us a total of 11 hours with a few potty breaks. Jon goes to bed in his mom and dad's bed. Me, the kids, and Jon's mom go to her store. She is a professional seamstress and made Brenda dresses for Disney. She had made an Alice dress for the Tea Party, A Minnie dress, a Belle dress, and the most amazing Snow white dress I have ever seen... complete with cape. She also made her a white fleece shawl because we were bound to hit some chilly weather. She also took in the Cinderella dress I had bought. She made Gavin a pair of red Mickey shorts, dinosaur sweatshirt to wear to T-Rex and a Woody vest. Didn't want to leave him out. We were at her shop all day and she still needed to get more work done. Did lunch at the McDonalds near her shop. We finally decide to leave her shop and she would finish up some hand sewing after dinner. We head for one of my favorite places... BOJANGLES!!!!! I love Bojangles but we don't have any near here. So that was dinner that night. After dinner she did indeed finish Brenda's dresses and we got them packed in the car. We left around 10 there. I had thought that NC was 1/2 way... and I was wrong. It would be an additional 750 to Disney!

Up next: The other "1/2" the road trip!

Tinker_Tam
01-06-2011, 11:59 PM
It's so good to hear you also are concerned about brenda's needs. you are a perceptive mommy!

I still think your next trip you should try for a time when pool time is an option.. It really is SO much more enjoyable when you're not freezing the whole time!!

we like may or sept. and sept is a value season!! sometimes kids just like some down time by the pool.

have you seen any pictures of the kid's water play area at Carribbean beach? it looks SO cool!. if we ever get to bring our grnadson down I am torn between the kid-friendly icons, etc. at the Value resorts, and the kiddie slide and water play area at CBR. plus the main pool is zero-entry and has a kiddie slide, besides the main slide.

sigh! so many decisions!

I try very hard to juggle Brenda and Gavin's needs. It can be tough. I think that is one of the reasons why I make girls day a priority. I figure Gavin gets enough one on one... Brenda is the one that needs the one on one.

I would love to do Disney in September/ October. Would love to try the Halloween party. The problem really is that we can't go till 2013. That year Brenda is in 2nd grade and Gavin will be starting Kindergarten. The school district we live in will not allow educational trips in Sept and Oct. Like wise you can't take them in May or June. I think the way our next trip will work is we will go to NC over Thanksgiving and drive the rest so that we check in to the hotel the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Then on the way home we will only stop for Jon to sleep and head right home. This way the kids will only miss about 6 days of school. Did I mention that in PA, the beginning of DEER HUNTING SEASON are in service days for most of the schools... can you say redneck?? :rotfl2: But I will use that to pad the trip! :rotfl:

The other thing I really liked about this time of year is that for the first time in my adult life I was tired of all the Christmas decorations/ music/ etc before Christmas got here. I so enjoyed Christmas more this year, and I really think it was the step from the norm.

I'm joining in:goodvibes

What a touching story about your son, he sure sounds like an amazing little guy.

Looking forward to more
Thanks! Gavin is simply amazing to me. He and Brenda are the greatest little people I have ever known. They never cease to give me a new out look on life. I would be so lost without them in my life.

PRmamiDEdos
01-07-2011, 04:16 AM
Packing the car is always the worst, but I like the idea of using the reusable shopping bags. Lord knows I have plenty of those!

My DS is a skinny thing too and if he's asking for a snack I usually let him have it. Most times he's asking for a pb&j so I load him up on the pb part (they go to a nut-free school so he can only eat them at home).

Can't wait to hear more!

jenseib
01-07-2011, 09:13 AM
Ok, first off is it just me, but this page is weird looking. all the side panal is black?9like where the usernames are?) and so are the quotes. Maybe I hit something..or I'll run a scan and see if my computer picked something up.

Anyways. I know about pullups. Claire has been potty trained for a couple of years, BUT at night she still goes off and on. So she wears a pull up everynight. She doesn't know better, but I also know when I make a comment about her being dry in the morning she i excited. My older two were late bloomers to night time potty training too, so I don't worry too much yet. (it's hereditery ..sp?)
One of her girlfriends knows she wears them and keeps asking her mom if she can wear them too. LOL!

Glad the 1st part of the trip was safe. I can't wait to see all the costumes!

Caretames1
01-07-2011, 09:49 AM
I can't wait to see the dresses and outfits your MIL made. I so wish I could sew well enough to make those kinds of items. My MIL does alterations on wedding dresses and such, and has made dress-up type things for Kadence to wear, but ( and God forgive me for saying this) they aren't what I'd consider "Disneyfied" Although Kadence did get a very close match to Dorothy's dress from the Wizard of OZ. I guess I'll stimulate the economy and buy:rolleyes1

Carey

exwdwcm
01-07-2011, 09:54 AM
Ok, first off is it just me, but this page is weird looking. all the side panal is black?9like where the usernames are?) and so are the quotes. Maybe I hit something..or I'll run a scan and see if my computer picked something up.i've been have some issues on the DIS since last night- sometimes i hit post reply and it comes out all in html or programming code. so there is just something up with the site i think.

Love the updates so far- sounds like a pretty smooth ride too. I can't wait to see pics of all the dresses she made for Brenda! they sound amazing. so did you get much sleep in the car?

Tinker_Tam
01-08-2011, 08:50 PM
Packing the car is always the worst, but I like the idea of using the reusable shopping bags. Lord knows I have plenty of those!

My DS is a skinny thing too and if he's asking for a snack I usually let him have it. Most times he's asking for a pb&j so I load him up on the pb part (they go to a nut-free school so he can only eat them at home).

Can't wait to hear more!
I really think the reusable shopping bag packing saved me! :rotfl: We have a Ford Taurus so its a roomy trunk but no where near enough for the way I pack! :rotfl2:

Brenda loves PB&J!!! Her favorite though is when I do them on hot dog buns and put a banana in it!

Ok, first off is it just me, but this page is weird looking. all the side panal is black?9like where the usernames are?) and so are the quotes. Maybe I hit something..or I'll run a scan and see if my computer picked something up.

Anyways. I know about pullups. Claire has been potty trained for a couple of years, BUT at night she still goes off and on. So she wears a pull up everynight. She doesn't know better, but I also know when I make a comment about her being dry in the morning she i excited. My older two were late bloomers to night time potty training too, so I don't worry too much yet. (it's hereditery ..sp?)
One of her girlfriends knows she wears them and keeps asking her mom if she can wear them too. LOL!

Glad the 1st part of the trip was safe. I can't wait to see all the costumes!

I think the Dis has been a little crazy lately. For a while I was thinking it was me. :confused3

Brenda actually is strange. It was because she was dry at night that we started potty training. She would wake up and tell us at a young age that she had to go potty. She was trained when Gavin came along and there is about 20 months between them. I just think she hated that feeling of being wet. She did have a MAJOR set back and had to go back to diapers once Gavin was born but everything was just so crazy for a while.



I can't wait to see the dresses and outfits your MIL made. I so wish I could sew well enough to make those kinds of items. My MIL does alterations on wedding dresses and such, and has made dress-up type things for Kadence to wear, but ( and God forgive me for saying this) they aren't what I'd consider "Disneyfied" Although Kadence did get a very close match to Dorothy's dress from the Wizard of OZ. I guess I'll stimulate the economy and buy:rolleyes1

Carey

I am going to have to get Brenda to try the dresses on and post some pictures. She only got to wear Cinderella, which we bought and Alice. The rest of the time she had to be in real clothes because it was CHILLY! She is wearing either Belle or Snow White to her birthday party though... the whole reason we switched from Phineas and Ferb to Princess.


i've been have some issues on the DIS since last night- sometimes i hit post reply and it comes out all in html or programming code. so there is just something up with the site i think.

Love the updates so far- sounds like a pretty smooth ride too. I can't wait to see pics of all the dresses she made for Brenda! they sound amazing. so did you get much sleep in the car?

I didn't sleep at all on the way down. I was wired and just ready to get there. So we left Sunday evening, went to NC and left there Monday evening and arrived Tuesday morning at Disney. I never slept till Tuesday night! I really wasn't even tired... just excited! :rotfl2:

mrsksomeday
01-08-2011, 09:23 PM
Tammy, I can't believe I haven't commented yet :eek:. Where is my head at? I have been reading along. I promise to post more. I can't wait to read more!

Tinker_Tam
01-08-2011, 09:51 PM
Tammy, I can't believe I haven't commented yet :eek:. Where is my head at? I have been reading along. I promise to post more. I can't wait to read more!

It's ok... I'll let you slide this time but don't let it happen again! :lmao: :rotfl2: :rotfl: Just joking. I know you have a lot going on!

KatMark
01-09-2011, 12:05 PM
Glad to hear Brenda is feeling better.

I love the idea of the recycle grocery bags...what a great idea to save you room in the car. The trip sounded uneventful. And I'm not surprised you couldn't sleep and wanted to drive that last hour or so...it would bring you closer to your final destination.

Tinker_Tam
01-09-2011, 11:25 PM
After all the waiting I think it is time for an update... after all I think I should at least get you to Disney World before I leave you all hangin'! And then I wonder why I why I lose all my readers from time to time! :lmao:

So when I left off we were just leaving NC. In our already full car I now had to add 2 big garment bags that couldn't be smushed in. We had to lay them gently across things and hope for the best. Just what we needed... more stuff to haul down. :rotfl: We left around 10... with 2 tired kids in PJs. Jon did really well drive. On the way he asked me if I felt like driving or if I would prefer he find a safe place for us to pull off and rest for an hour. I was wide awake and wanted to get there so bad. So we tried and I drive for about an hour. The worst hour for him to drive is that last hour before the sun comes up. I hear its a big problem with a lot of people but when I want to get somewhere it doesn't bother me at all! :rotfl2: So I drive for that hour and he does all the other driving on the way down. The kids were pretty much the same. Gavin slept the whole way and Brenda... well, she didn't sleep so well and was awake every time the car stopped.

I have no idea why it seemed like it was taking forever to get there. With leaving around 10 we never hit the FL boarder till right before 8 AM. Heck, I had planned on being at Disney by then. :rotfl: We got the kiddos out of the car and changed into some real clothes. I knew that the more the were up the better it would be later. At 8 AM the best thing happens! When you drive to FL you come to the Florida Welcome Center... and there you get a glass of Florida Orange Juice! We have always stopped there... ever since I was a kid and we were traveling. It really is just your first taste of Florida. Totally reminds you that everything is great! We took these pictures before jumping back in the car...
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Don't Jon and I look tired?!? LOL We really were wired at this point though. Now that the kids were up though they were getting hungry. We stopped at the first Chick-Fil-A we could find. As a side note, we just got our first Chick-Fil-A here in State College this past fall. We love it! The reason we were looking for a C-F-A though was because they usually have an indoor play area!! The kids were in need of running off some energy. They had been cooped up too long and I really wasn't into chasing them around too much. It really was only a few exits into FL when we spotted the sign. The kids ate and then they played while Jon and I sat at the table right outside the door. We were the only ones in there so it was so nice. We ended up spending probably about an hour and a half there... but the kids really needed it! When they started to wind down a little we jumped back in the car and were off again...

I really don't know how long we were driving but it did seem like FOREVER. Then all the sudden Brenda is in the back seat almost crying!! I am immediately turning around and starting to figure out what is wrong and she tells us that she has to go pee but she didn't want us to stop because she wanted to see Mickey! The GPS had said we had a few exits to go but she couldn't wait... and of course we are in the far lane. Did I also mention that I had taken off the pull up when we put on real clothes? :eek: So we are trying to find out if she can hold it a little or if she is gonna explode! Sometimes she is a drama queen, but not this time. Jon takes the next exit and we find a McDonald's right away. We never notice these signs as we were pulling into McDonald's.
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Once I am coming out of the restaurant with Brenda I spot them.. but Jon has spotted them first. I think GPS was taking us the long way and we were using the back road. So I snag this picture at the red light...
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I am SO disappointed that I never got that overhead shot of the entrance. I had been meaning to go drive out and get it but I never did... so those will have to do.

Soon after we spotted this sign...
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We were home!!!! Did I happen to mention how wonderful the weather was this day. It really could have been a nice day to take a swim... but we didn't! :sad2: I thought there would be lots of nice days to take a swim... but there wasn't! :sad2: But hey! Thats ok! We had a great time. Before checking in we snagged these cute shots of the kiddos!

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We are missing one decade and I have no idea how!
We are finally here! YEA!!!!

So, because I love all my loyal readers so much I will share a secret with you. If you go way back to the pictures outside McD's you'll see the picture at the stop light is not real clear. Well, that is because once I was outside of McDs and I found out where we were I started crying. In fact, that is why I didn't really pop into any of the number pictures with the kids. I was just so completely overwhelmed with where we were that I cried the whole ride in... I cried the whole time Jon took pictures of the kids in those numbers... I cried at check in so much that the poor lady checking us in started to cry!!!!! The poor guy that luggage service, where I had to pick up the double stroller probably thought I was crazy! Our room is ready so I get the stroller and Brenda and I are off to find the boys and see our home away from PA! I finally pull it all together once we are in the room and it hits that I need to pull it all together and start to get ready for the rest of the evening. I know to some I probably looked like a complete idiot but I was just so completely over whelmed that we were at Disney World... with my family. Ok, even now I get a little teared just thinking about it. It really is amazing to me that we got to have the best family vacation ever in Disney World... And truth be known I think Jon was tearing up when we saw those first signs too... but never, never tell him I told you that! ;)

Ok, ending here before I cry some more. Please don't think I am nuts. My family has just been through so much since Gavin was born that this just seemed like a pipe dream till we were there.

PS... that picture of Gavin in the grass that I used in my intro for Gavin is where Brenda and I found Jon and Gavin... just playing in the grass outside.. not a care in the world! :lovestruc

Tinker_Tam
01-09-2011, 11:29 PM
Glad to hear Brenda is feeling better.

I love the idea of the recycle grocery bags...what a great idea to save you room in the car. The trip sounded uneventful. And I'm not surprised you couldn't sleep and wanted to drive that last hour or so...it would bring you closer to your final destination.

Thanks, we tend to share colds and sniffles so much in our house. I just wish this crude would leave and never return. I am just hoping we are all feeling better for Brenda's birthday! Would love for us all to be able to enjoy it... not to mention she is taking her cupcakes and things on Friday since they have off school on Monday. I would hate for her to be sick and miss that day. There is just so much going around.

KatMark
01-09-2011, 11:44 PM
I promise I won't tell Jon. :)

And you have nothing to worry about it or feel like people thought you were a little nuts. I can guarantee you that you are NOT the first person to cry when checking into Disney and you won't be the last. And if anyone deserves all of this happiness, is you guys! So I hope to see you in some pictures in the next installments. :goodvibes

mrsksomeday
01-09-2011, 11:58 PM
Well, that is because once I was outside of McDs and I found out where we were I started crying. In fact, that is why I didn't really pop into any of the number pictures with the kids. I was just so completely overwhelmed with where we were that I cried the whole ride in... I cried the whole time Jon took pictures of the kids in those numbers... I cried at check in so much that the poor lady checking us in started to cry!!!!! The poor guy that luggage service, where I had to pick up the double stroller probably thought I was crazy! Our room is ready so I get the stroller and Brenda and I are off to find the boys and see our home away from PA! I finally pull it all together once we are in the room and it hits that I need to pull it all together and start to get ready for the rest of the evening. I know to some I probably looked like a complete idiot but I was just so completely over whelmed that we were at Disney World... with my family. Ok, even now I get a little teared just thinking about it. It really is amazing to me that we got to have the best family vacation ever in Disney World... And truth be known I think Jon was tearing up when we saw those first signs too... but never, never tell him I told you that! ;)

Ok, ending here before I cry some more. Please don't think I am nuts. My family has just been through so much since Gavin was born that this just seemed like a pipe dream till we were there.



Great pictures. Doesn't it always seem to take forever when you are trying to get somewhere you really want to go?

You aren't crazy at all, it was overwhelming after all that saving, planning, hoping, and praying ... you were finally there :hug:. I get it, I really do. I had a breakdown like that when we took my son and his family, I never thought that would happen and when it did, I just lost it. I bet you weren't the first guest to be crying at check in. You are so sweet.

Tinkermom76
01-10-2011, 07:49 AM
Great Update!!!! I* was 13 the first time I went so I never got to experience that emotion but I'm sure I would have been the same way.

exwdwcm
01-10-2011, 11:04 AM
wonderful and touching update, brought a tear to my eye too. Now all of your readers are in tears......of happiness!:rotfl:;) I totally understand being overwhelmed though, you hope and plan and dream and then the moment is finally here! can't wait to read more of your adventures.

I can't believe you barely slept either! i have a hard time sleeping in cars, but for that long of a drive, i would have had to or i would have been a complete monster. :rotfl:

jenseib
01-10-2011, 07:33 PM
I totally get the tear stuff. It's just so exciting being there.

brookelizabeth
01-11-2011, 09:05 AM
The countdown calendar still had mickey heads on it. I really didn't want the kiddos pestering me those last few days so we counted down the days till we actually got to Disney.

I do the same thing! :laughing: We always have Henry remove the last of the countdown the day we actually leave - not the night before otherwise he probably wouldn't sleep and would be driving me BONKERS!


So, because I love all my loyal readers so much I will share a secret with you. If you go way back to the pictures outside McD's you'll see the picture at the stop light is not real clear. Well, that is because once I was outside of McDs and I found out where we were I started crying. In fact, that is why I didn't really pop into any of the number pictures with the kids. I was just so completely overwhelmed with where we were that I cried the whole ride in... I cried the whole time Jon took pictures of the kids in those numbers... I cried at check in so much that the poor lady checking us in started to cry!!!!! The poor guy that luggage service, where I had to pick up the double stroller probably thought I was crazy! Our room is ready so I get the stroller and Brenda and I are off to find the boys and see our home away from PA! I finally pull it all together once we are in the room and it hits that I need to pull it all together and start to get ready for the rest of the evening. I know to some I probably looked like a complete idiot but I was just so completely over whelmed that we were at Disney World... with my family. Ok, even now I get a little teared just thinking about it. It really is amazing to me that we got to have the best family vacation ever in Disney World... And truth be known I think Jon was tearing up when we saw those first signs too... but never, never tell him I told you that! ;)

Ok, ending here before I cry some more. Please don't think I am nuts. My family has just been through so much since Gavin was born that this just seemed like a pipe dream till we were there.

PS... that picture of Gavin in the grass that I used in my intro for Gavin is where Brenda and I found Jon and Gavin... just playing in the grass outside.. not a care in the world! :lovestruc


Love this. And don't worry - we ALL GET IT! :goodvibes And many, many, many of us cry at Disney. I cried when I first entered our room at the Boardwalk this past trip and often cry at Wishes and other various things throughout the trip. Many people cry at the first sight of the Castle. It is overwhelming and wonderful!!! :hug:

Heluvsme
01-11-2011, 09:38 AM
Great update! Yes I'm crying too, but they're happy tears, happy tears for you and your family! I so get it! We haven't suffered the medical crisis' your family has, but that overwhelming feeling of gratitude I completely understand. I never take our vacations to the World for granted, I am not jaded and I hope I always recognize the blessing of being able to take my family to DW.

Thank you for taking us along!

Dawn

stephielela
01-11-2011, 11:39 PM
I totally understan the crying thing! I got teared up on the Magical Express when they showed a video of the new ad campaign where they show real families surprising their kids with trips to WDW and DLR. I can imagine how emotional it would be, especially for a first trip!

smidgy
01-12-2011, 05:31 PM
just ask Nebo about tearing up. the first time we pulled up to CBRm with the boys many years ago, as he pried himself off the seat of the old statin wagon( with wood grain on the sides), he almost fell to his knee, cryihg out "It's beautifull! so beautiful!"
we often tear up at illuminations.

not a big fan of the "surprise" trips, tho. I think a big part of the fun of the trip is the looking forward to it. if someone surprised me with one, I would feel cheated out of the excitement. kids like to look forward to things, too. and help plan, etc.

Tinker_Tam
01-13-2011, 12:09 AM
I promise I won't tell Jon. :)

And you have nothing to worry about it or feel like people thought you were a little nuts. I can guarantee you that you are NOT the first person to cry when checking into Disney and you won't be the last. And if anyone deserves all of this happiness, is you guys! So I hope to see you in some pictures in the next installments. :goodvibes

Jon would probably laugh if he knew I had spilled the beans. He's not one of those macho men. He is an equal mix of tough love and a big old softy... but mostly a softy in Disney! :rotfl:

I am in some upcoming pictures. In the end I just gave up and said oh well! I'll have red eyes till a month after were are home! :rotfl2:


Great pictures. Doesn't it always seem to take forever when you are trying to get somewhere you really want to go?

You aren't crazy at all, it was overwhelming after all that saving, planning, hoping, and praying ... you were finally there :hug:. I get it, I really do. I had a breakdown like that when we took my son and his family, I never thought that would happen and when it did, I just lost it. I bet you weren't the first guest to be crying at check in. You are so sweet.
I try to be a very positive person about things... when I can be. Life does sometimes get me down so in the back of my mind I knew that Gavin could get sick at any minute and we would have to pull the plug on the trip. And to be honest I think part of my honestly believed that was what was going to happen. Then it was just like an emotional burst when things worked out. I was never so glad to be wrong in my life!


Great Update!!!! I* was 13 the first time I went so I never got to experience that emotion but I'm sure I would have been the same way.
I do think there are a lot of people crying... especially parents on their first trips. Its just entirely different to be able to give this amazing trip to your children... as you know!

Tinker_Tam
01-13-2011, 12:25 AM
wonderful and touching update, brought a tear to my eye too. Now all of your readers are in tears......of happiness!:rotfl:;) I totally understand being overwhelmed though, you hope and plan and dream and then the moment is finally here! can't wait to read more of your adventures.

I can't believe you barely slept either! i have a hard time sleeping in cars, but for that long of a drive, i would have had to or i would have been a complete monster. :rotfl:
So glad you all are hear to tear up with me! :rotfl: We have just had a rough few years since Gavin was born. Seems like we are getting hit with one thing after another. I guess I shouldn't really say that as just his being alive is a great thing... even in the beginning though we had no idea he was sick till the night after he was born. Since then it has just been a world wind, and usually the old 2 steps forward and 1 step back. In my mind I was preparing for the very possible fact that we would have to cancel. I always have to be prepared to "jump ship" on any plan I make.

I think the insomnia I have most nights really helped on the drive. Although, I will spill that I was so tired after I slept in the car more on the way to NC and then on the way home.



I totally get the tear stuff. It's just so exciting being there.
It is such an amazing feeling to be there enjoying this moment as a family... ok, I have to stop thinking about that or I will turn into a blubbering idiot!


I do the same thing! :laughing: We always have Henry remove the last of the countdown the day we actually leave - not the night before otherwise he probably wouldn't sleep and would be driving me BONKERS!

Love this. And don't worry - we ALL GET IT! :goodvibes And many, many, many of us cry at Disney. I cried when I first entered our room at the Boardwalk this past trip and often cry at Wishes and other various things throughout the trip. Many people cry at the first sight of the Castle. It is overwhelming and wonderful!!! :hug:

I had to wait till after Church that day to have the last numbers pulled... In fact I think I waited till Jon woke up. I didn't want to be driven crazy the whole day... and didn't think the Children's Church workers deserved it either!

Its so nice to be here with people that understand. I must tell you there are lots of tears coming up too!

Great update! Yes I'm crying too, but they're happy tears, happy tears for you and your family! I so get it! We haven't suffered the medical crisis' your family has, but that overwhelming feeling of gratitude I completely understand. I never take our vacations to the World for granted, I am not jaded and I hope I always recognize the blessing of being able to take my family to DW.

Thank you for taking us along!

Dawn

Perfectly said Dawn! I don't think I could ever take a Disney trip for granted. I hope that I am teaching the kids that these really are special moments that should be savored and not run of the mill everyday events. I think they do get that. Although, for a while, when we told Brenda we were going she thought that is what everyone does. Then she talked to her preschool friends and found out that it doesn't happen that way. She did think we were going home for Christmas and coming right back to Disney. She did understand when we explained that we were going back but it would take us 3 years to save again.

I totally understan the crying thing! I got teared up on the Magical Express when they showed a video of the new ad campaign where they show real families surprising their kids with trips to WDW and DLR. I can imagine how emotional it would be, especially for a first trip!
Oh man! So glad we didn't ride the Magical Express. I would have been hysterical by the time we got there! :rotfl: I'll be anxious to see if I cry at everything when we go back again.


just ask Nebo about tearing up. the first time we pulled up to CBRm with the boys many years ago, as he pried himself off the seat of the old statin wagon( with wood grain on the sides), he almost fell to his knee, cryihg out "It's beautifull! so beautiful!"
we often tear up at illuminations.

not a big fan of the "surprise" trips, tho. I think a big part of the fun of the trip is the looking forward to it. if someone surprised me with one, I would feel cheated out of the excitement. kids like to look forward to things, too. and help plan, etc.

Jon used to have a wood grain "woody" too! :rotfl2: It was about 2 years into our marriage and he had wrecked his car. We decided that instead of going into debt he would buy a cheap car to get back and forth to work and we would use mine as our main car. He bought the woody from a friend of the family that had redone the engine and things. I think he ended up paying like $300 for it! Ran like a champ... but didn't look so good.

I don't think i could ever completely surprise anyone with a Disney trip. The kids loved talking about everything they wanted to see. I just cheated by the 2 days that we would be driving. Since we weren't leaving till that night it would have been impossible for Jon to get the sleep he needed had they known. :rotfl: They were already so over-excited even with 2 days still left on the calendar! :lmao:

Tinker_Tam
01-13-2011, 12:31 AM
I wanted to let you all know that I won't be getting a new segment up till at least after the weekend. I know I have been slow on posting but I am still working on Photopass... Thanks Natalie for helping out in the fixing department! Monday is Brenda's birthday and she is having her Princess/ Knight in Shining Armor party on Sunday so I have been pretty busy getting ready. She is wearing one of the princess dresses that she didn't get to wear in Disney so I will be sure to post some pictures! She just can't decide between Belle and Snow White! I did say I was willing to change her half way through! :lmao: Anyway, I still have a ton of things to do and she ask me to MAKE (not buy) cupcakes for Preschool on Friday. AND she wants to use my NEW MICKEY SPRINKLES on them! Darn, I am so glad I got them... and glad I am buying the cake for her party. :rotfl2:

I can't believe my baby girl is gonna be 5 on Monday... where does the time go?!?! She'll start Kindergarten in the fall. Wow! I'll be so lonely with just me and Gavin! I'll have to play with boy toys all day! :rotfl:

Forgot to ask too... how is everyone doing with the snow? I read today where FL is the only state without snow right now. I told Brenda it is because Mickey eats it all up so that everyone has a great time there! :rotfl: We only got about 6 inches last night. I hate it though cause Jon worked 11-7 last night. Would be ok to not get anymore all winter but we may get more in just a few days. Praying not on Sunday for Brenda's party though!

exwdwcm
01-13-2011, 09:41 AM
no rush! enjoy the family and Brenda this weekend! i got the mickey sprinkles too! :goodvibes Hope Brenda has a fabulous birthday!! you must post pics!

We got about 2 inches of snow at my house- i live just north of downtown dallas. This was on Monday and there is still a little on the ground, but not much. We've been hovering in the low 20s all week too. So really cold for us! They got as much as 6 inches of snow just NE of me too! no other precip planned for us soon though at least.

KatMark
01-13-2011, 09:50 AM
Take your time, Tam. Hope Brenda has a great birthday and can't wait to see her in her Princess dress.

We only got about two inches here; we've been very fortunate this winter (but it is only mid-January). Friends of ours in CT got almost 30 inches in spots. :eek:

When you have time, my PTR has started (guys were pressuring me).

jenseib
01-13-2011, 02:20 PM
Take your time, we'll be here.

PRmamiDEdos
01-14-2011, 11:18 AM
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I think I have a picture of DH and the kids under that sign too! LOL It's the "I'm here!!!!" picture!

We stopped at the first Chick-Fil-A we could find. As a side note, we just got our first Chick-Fil-A here in State College this past fall. We love it!

I LOVE Chick-Fil-A!!! I hate the fact that they're closed on Sundays and that's probably why we don't have one in NY, LOL! Can you just picture a bunch of angry NY'ers banging on the doors trying to get a chicken biscuit on a Sunday? :lmao: It was on my list this trip and we missed out on it! Oh well. In June I'll make sure we get there on a Saturday!

Well, that is because once I was outside of McDs and I found out where we were I started crying.

I always get my happy tears on when I see the signs!!

Caretames1
01-14-2011, 02:25 PM
I didn't cry when we went through the "gates", but I misted up (just a little:cool2:) when Kadence saw the castle for the first time, and when I see the picture I took of her in front of it all by herself, just like it was hers, not another person in sight.

Carey

disneyaddicted
01-14-2011, 04:27 PM
Hi Tammy, my name is Ty. I love reading about peoples first trip to the world especially with little ones.

Your little Brenda sounds like such a peach, what a sweet girl, and Gavin, Bless his heart, what a cute little miracle boy. I can't wait to read about their adventure at Disney.

I was at Pop Century the same time as you. December 2nd -10th. All of my trips I have stayed at Pop Cenury, I am looking forward to reading your thoughts on Pop.

Tell Brenda Happy Birthday. They do grow up so fast.

Tinkermom76
01-14-2011, 09:59 PM
No prob :thumbsup2 I hope the photopass editing is going well!!!!

brookelizabeth
01-16-2011, 08:07 PM
I have read so many TRs lately that speak of these Mickey sprinkles. I think I need them. :rotfl:

Take your time editing! We'll be here waiting! :goodvibes

As for snow, we have quite a bit, but it doesn't slow us down any. The sidewalks are clear and that is the most important thing. It melts in the City pretty quickly too-so there are just small piles all over the place. I didn't realize FL was the only state without snow! Wow!

Tinker_Tam
01-21-2011, 05:51 AM
Hello all. Just up waiting for the school to call and tell me that Brenda doesn't have Preschool again today. We have been having some crappy weather lately. I just wanted to let you know that I haven't forgotten about this poor little TR. Things here are just over the top hectic right now. Things are so hectic that I had to buy a 7 day extension from Photopass! :sad2: Gavin has been sick (and goes to the Peds Surgeon on Feb 9) and Jon actually hurt his back right before Brenda's birthday party on Sunday (has seen the dr 3 times this week)... and hasn't been able to work this week. He has a strained lumbar and really is in a lot of pain. As my Facebook friends can attest I haven't been around much. I had actually given thought to ditching the TR but I hate when others do it so I won't. I will try to get things going here again soon.

exwdwcm
01-21-2011, 09:57 AM
Hello all. Just up waiting for the school to call and tell me that Brenda doesn't have Preschool again today. We have been having some crappy weather lately. I just wanted to let you know that I haven't forgotten about this poor little TR. Things here are just over the top hectic right now. Things are so hectic that I had to buy a 7 day extension from Photopass! :sad2: Gavin has been sick (and goes to the Peds Surgeon on Feb 9) and Jon actually hurt his back right before Brenda's birthday party on Sunday (has seen the dr 3 times this week)... and hasn't been able to work this week. He has a strained lumbar and really is in a lot of pain. As my Facebook friends can attest I haven't been around much. I had actually given thought to ditching the TR but I hate when others do it so I won't. I will try to get things going here again soon.
Hope Gavin gets well soon and hope you enjoy the snow day best you can! it is actually like 20degrees here in dallas even. How is Jon's back? no rush on the TR, real life and taking care of your family takes priority!!! we will all be here when you get back! ;):hug:

KatMark
01-21-2011, 10:18 AM
Tam, NO RUSH. And I promise we will still be waiting. You take care of your family -- that is top priority. Hope all are feeling better soon.

pintamino
01-21-2011, 05:01 PM
The weather here has been something, hasn't it? I think State College borough forgot how to plow, too -- the sidewalks in town were AWFUL this morning. I've started carrying an extra pair of pants for when I inevitably slip and fall!

Keep warm and stay safe with the kids, and hope Jon and Gavin feel better :goodvibes

crzy4my2
01-21-2011, 10:15 PM
I'm following along too. Love the TR. your kids are adorable and sound like great kids. Gavin is a strong little man.
We were there 11/24-12/1. We just passed you. and your right. The day we left if was SOOO COLD. we were dressed to come back to Boston weather but not ready for it in Florida!

brookelizabeth
01-24-2011, 03:30 PM
Don't ditch us!!! We'll stay with you - life happens! And wowsers - you've had a doozy of events lately. Big hugs! :hug: Take your time my friend!

Tinker_Tam
01-27-2011, 12:44 AM
Hi again! I just wanted to stop in and give you all an update on things here. First, Jon's back is doing better. He is down to only seeing the dr twice a week... and for now is back to work on limited lifting. He is moving around more. Actually, I am not sure if I told you all how that happened. Sunday (Jan 16) was Brenda's birthday party. I sent him and Gavin to get the cake while Brenda and I went and decorated the hall and got her hair all princess-ey. Next thing I know an hour and a half has passed and I didn't realize it. Was so busy working... and then he comes hobbling in. As it turns out he had bent over at the register to get the cake from the cart when his back just snapped. He was in so much pain. He hadn't even picked up the cake. So when he was able to get in to the dr Monday morning it turned out that he had strained his lumbar. The bending was more or less the straw that broke the camel's back... Or in this case, Jon's back.

As for Gavin, he is doing a little better each day. The cold is just hanging on but I think part of it is his Hirschsprung's disease issues. He has an appt on Feb 9th to see the peds surgeon and we will most likely schedule surgery then. This appt has been planned for a while and is really the soonest his dr can see him, although there really isn't much they can do because there has to be certain lengths of time between the Botox surgery. Too much Botox at one time would really hurt him so they have to make sure it has truely left his body. Botox is crazy stuff... I am not so sure I would be to willing to use it for cosmetic purposes after the many things I have read. I must say that it is helping Gavin... until it starts to break down. Gavin's Dr is an amazing dr but he says the next surgery will most likely be the last Botox surgery he will do on Gavin. Then we will have to move on to something more permanent. Not too happy with that but we have been told that many times, by many drs. The Botox has at least bought us some time.

I did finally get my photopass CD ordered this past weekend. Not sure how long it will take to come. I had to get an extension because I just couldn't get them done. I was spending most nights on the floor in Gavin's bedroom so I was there when he needed me.


In any case, I am trying to get an update together. I was thinking you all might like to get to our first day... you know, the evening of our first meal! :rotfl:

exwdwcm
01-27-2011, 11:57 AM
so glad Jon's back is doing better and hope Gavin continues to get better too. Amazing what science can do huh? I worked for a year for a plastic/cosmetic surgery distributor and we sold things like laser and lipo equipment. But i went to a lot of tradeshows and had a lot of involvement in the industry and it is amazing all the cosmetic treatments that evolved from true medical treatments and vice versa!

i hope his appt goes well in Feb and that they find a good more permanent option that isn't too difficult on you guys. Keeping you in my prayers!

Tinker_Tam
01-27-2011, 04:17 PM
Ok, So last I left off, what feels like a million years ago, I had a crying breakdown checking in and finally had pulled myself together in the room. I knew that everyone was tired and it was much later than we had planned on getting to WDW. So, there really wasn't anytime to go to MK like I had debated. Our car was way over packed so it took Jon a million trips to get things to the room. I knew that we should just get showered and ready for our dinner ADR. I knew if we were a little early we could do a little shopping! I was pretty excited about things! So Jon rested across the bed and the kids each rested while I got my shower. Then I gave each of the kiddos a bath and Jon got in the shower. While Jon showered I kept unpacking things. When Jon got out and we were all dressed, Jon decided that we needed to put up the Christmas lights in the window before we left. Remember, he thought I was nuts for getting them in the first place and he is the one that decided it needed done first thing! :rotfl: And, Yes, I am a bad disser! I never got a picture of the window! :scared1:
So next we are off to the bus stop! Where are we going you might ask??? We are headed to the Contemporary! We are headed for Chef Mickey's!!!!! Now I really need to say that to a first timer the transportation can be quite confusing. I knew that we needed to catch the bus from POP to MK. Then we could monorail to CR. Hmmm... when I get off the bus which way to go??? It really wasn't that hard but I was on overload. Also, we were already pretty tired. At this point I hadn't slept in days and Jon had gotten very limited sleep. Even the kids are drained. This should prove that. This is the kids on their first Disney bus ride to MK. First Gavin...
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And then Brenda...
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By the time we get off the bus they are wired again. Me... well, I am on that emotional high. I quickly find the way to the monorail and we are once again off. This time the kids stay awake. They think the monorail is the best thing in the world. I think we could have skipped the park tickets and just rode the monorail all week! :rotfl:

We check in about 20 minutes early for Chef Mickey's. I am one of those people that I am habitually early. I hate when people are late and make me wait so I don't make others wait. I used to be really bad about being super ealry before the kids came. They slow me down a little! :rotfl2:

We get our picture taken, which was the worst picture of the 4 of us on the whole trip. We didn't buy it but did get some of the others. We have a seat on those red couches outside the entrance and about 10 minutes later we are "vibrated" to be seated!

I know that Chef Mickey's gets a bad rap sometimes but we really did enjoy it. Perhaps because it was our first time we didn't know what to expect. As far as food I didn't get many pictures of any food on our trip. I know... I know... bad Diser! But I was a newbie! The only food that sticks out in my memory for Chef Mickey's is the lobster Bisque. It was so yummy that i think I am 500 bowls that night. :lmao: Ok, I know that is an exaggeration but I had at least 3 bowls. :rotfl: While we were eating the people we had come so far to see started to come around... Instead of autograph books we did pillow cases. They were great for the kids. The characters all seemed to like them too. Now the kiddos have them to sleep with each night now that they are home!
First, there was the big cheese himself.
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I have to tell you I had to really fight the tears when the kids would see the characters coming. They would get so excited and want nothing more than to hug them and not let go! Next came the real boss of Disney, she just lets Mickey think he is the boss!
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Of course after these 2 it was time for some napkin twirling!
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After the dancing we were visited by 3 ghosts... uh, no. Sorry. Wrong story! We were visit by the last 3 characters!
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By this time it was dessert time. The desserts were super yummy too. I got a huge plate of everything and we just all shared them. There was some little chocolate dome like thing that I could have eaten all night. Can't remember what they were called. We then got our bill and settled things. Thank goodness for the dining plan!!! :cool1: Then of course we got the biggest hugs from the kids as they are now realizing where they really are and what was going to be happening for the next 10 days.
These are my all time favorite pictures from that first night. Just getting lovens from the kids. Life is AMAZING! And, of course I am crying... again!
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Once we were out of Chef Mickey's we did a little shopping in the CR. Brenda of course saw Minnie earrings that she wanted so badly. If you remember she had been saving her piggy money and we turned it into a gift card for her. She asked if she could use the piggy money to buy them. I knew that she would be wanting earrings... she had only told me a million times before we got there. So that is her very first purchase in Disney. They were the cutest set of 3 pairs of earrings. One was Minnie, one pair of Minnie's purse, and one pair of Minnie's flowers. I am telling you all about these earrings because she had me put them in her ears in the lobby and that is where they stayed... till the night she lost one in her bedroom. She cried and cried when they were lost... just before Christmas. It broke my heart. I called to see if I could get them replaced and it was a completely outrageous price to ship them. Close to Christmas there is no choice in shipping. You pay the air price. Which was more than the earrings themselves. Then of course after Christmas I lost the little card when I was cleaning out and well, lets just say the earrings are a lost cause now. We have never found the lost earrings and sometimes Brenda still says she misses her Minnie earrings. I know they will be on our list again in 2013 when we return.
So, ok... we did some shopping. Saw the cute little Littlest Pet shop like Disney characters and Brenda added to her list for Santa. I did have tons of restraint and didn't get them... that night! :rotfl:
After leaving the CR we took a few laps on the monorail. The kids love the monorail again and were sad when we got off to go back to the room. We did tell them we would ride it a lot this week... and that we would be going to MK the next day. We did get to the castle a few times on our trips on the monorail. Each time Brenda's face lit up. I was so excited to see her face the next day when we finally made it to MK!
After the monorail it was a bus back to POP and back to the room.... Then off to dreamland... and what amazing dreams I am sure the kiddos had that night! We set the alarm because the next day we would step foot into a dream world! But would I cry all day there.. or just part of the day??? :rotfl:

jenseib
01-27-2011, 04:48 PM
What a fabulous 1st day. I love that picture of Gavin slumped over sleeping on the bus. Thats so fummy. I think Brenda looks like she is in shock or amazed at all the characters. :goodvibes

Tinker_Tam
01-27-2011, 09:40 PM
What a fabulous 1st day. I love that picture of Gavin slumped over sleeping on the bus. Thats so fummy. I think Brenda looks like she is in shock or amazed at all the characters. :goodvibes

That is one of my favorites too! :lmao: I had no idea he was falling asleep because I was just taking it all in... and then I noticed he was hanging over my arm... and heavy!!

Brenda was in AWWW of all the characters she met that night. At one point she asked me if we would be going home since she saw everyone. I told her no way! We would see so many more! It was great to see it all through her eyes.

pintamino
01-27-2011, 09:50 PM
I'm going to Orlando for spring break with my best friend and her family -- not sure yet if we're going to make it to the World, but if we do and it would help you out, I'd be happy to pick up a new card of earrings for you and bring them back to State College :goodvibes

KatMark
01-27-2011, 10:00 PM
Tam, what a GREAT first night...the best way to start it with the Fab Five! I love the photos of the kids sleeping on the bus and then pretty much wide awake at dinner.

I can't wait to hear about the first day at the parks.

We are going back in September and I would be happy to look for the earrings for Brenda if you would like me to. Just let me know.

VroomVroomLightning
01-27-2011, 11:13 PM
I loved your latest update!! What room were you in at Disney?? I may of seen your room since we were at POP right around the same time!!

Your kids are so adorable!! Brenda's story with her earrings make me want to go to Disney World right now and get her some!! :banana: (I'm all for it..Lol)

Tinker_Tam
01-27-2011, 11:20 PM
I'm going to Orlando for spring break with my best friend and her family -- not sure yet if we're going to make it to the World, but if we do and it would help you out, I'd be happy to pick up a new card of earrings for you and bring them back to State College :goodvibes

That would be awesome!! I would be so happy if only I could get Brenda those earrings. She got other ones for Christmas but she just loved those Minnie's! Let me know if you are going and I can meet up with you and get you the money! I can post a picture of the one earring we have too!


Tam, what a GREAT first night...the best way to start it with the Fab Five! I love the photos of the kids sleeping on the bus and then pretty much wide awake at dinner.

I can't wait to hear about the first day at the parks.

We are going back in September and I would be happy to look for the earrings for Brenda if you would like me to. Just let me know.

We did have a great first night! I was so glad that we went to Chef Mickey's that night. It was a great kick off and I think we will most likely make that our first night plans on each trip. Its just a great way to see the icons and not wait in line!

If Pintamino doesn't find the earrings I would be so grateful if you could get them in September! I know Brenda would be through the roof if she were to get another pair. I will make sure you have a picture of them. Good thing I held on to the single one. :lmao:

Tinker_Tam
01-27-2011, 11:26 PM
I loved your latest update!! What room were you in at Disney?? I may of seen your room since we were at POP right around the same time!!

Your kids are so adorable!! Brenda's story with her earrings make me want to go to Disney World right now and get her some!! :banana: (I'm all for it..Lol)

You know for the life of me I can not remember the room number right now. Jon has that little pocket thing so I will have to get it from him. It has the room number. I can tell you it was in the 70s building. Back side, 3rd floor and on the corner/ end closest the elevator. We always had a huge laugh because one of the first times we were getting off the elevator Gavin says "Look its Mickey's Butt!!" because when you got off the elevator and look to the right the first thing you see is the back of the Mickey phone! Each time we got off the elevator Jon and I would look at each other and have a little giggle!

I had suggested that we just run right back and pick a pair up. Jon didn't fall for it! :rotfl: He said the best he could do is 2013. Its so funny cause we want to take an inexpensive 3 day trip this summer. Just really to get away together again. I keep suggesting just a quick trip to Disney... he isn't falling for it!

Tinkermom76
01-28-2011, 08:04 AM
What a great first night! Chef Mickey's is a MUST DO for all first timers, it beats standing in a long line to meet the Big Cheese

Can't wait to hear more!!!

exwdwcm
01-28-2011, 09:53 AM
another great update- so glad you enjoyed Chef Mickey's. great pics and love the pillowcases. I did that on the Disney Cruise- you turn them into the guest services desk with your ziploc of sharpies and your name and you pick them up at the end of the cruise, all signed! you don't even have to go hunt down the characters for it! it was great.

cute pic of the kids asleep on the bus too!

Tinker_Tam
01-29-2011, 04:24 PM
Hey all! Working on an update. I am hoping to get it on soon. Just a little behind because Jon and I had DATE NIGHT last night!!!! Jon took a night off work and my aunt kept ours kids and we went out to dinner at outback! Yummy! WE got a gift card for Christmas and just used it last night! I have to say again! YUMMY!!!! Then after that we went to a concert. Not sure if any of you have heard of Winter Jam. Its a bunch of Christian Rock Groups that all get together and put on this major Rock Concert... and its only $10 a person for any seat!!! It was a great time! We picked the kiddos up this morning and have been just playing and enjoying. Now, Jon has gone to work for the night and the kids are tired of me! :lmao: Guess I will get an update going!

Tinker_Tam
01-29-2011, 04:26 PM
What a great first night! Chef Mickey's is a MUST DO for all first timers, it beats standing in a long line to meet the Big Cheese

Can't wait to hear more!!!

I loved Chef Mickey's I think it is the atmosphere! There is just "fun" in the air! The kids loved it too!

another great update- so glad you enjoyed Chef Mickey's. great pics and love the pillowcases. I did that on the Disney Cruise- you turn them into the guest services desk with your ziploc of sharpies and your name and you pick them up at the end of the cruise, all signed! you don't even have to go hunt down the characters for it! it was great.

cute pic of the kids asleep on the bus too!

That would be so great to just leave the pillowcases and come back later! Although, we didn't do a lot of characters in the parks. Most we ran into at a restaurant. It really worked out well. We did want to see Tink but the line was too long on our last day there. :sad2: And that is the day I planned on do it. Brenda really didn't know about it so she wasn't too disappointed. She thought she saw her in Wishes and that was just when you got to see her.

stephielela
01-29-2011, 09:31 PM
It sounds like you had such a great time at Chef Mickey's. I do love the character interaction there. I am considering it for our next trip, but Jack and I only do one TS meal on our fall trips since we pay OOP so I will be waiting for all of your reviews :lmao: Do you still have the card the earrings came on? I have to call and order some other stuff, so I would be happy to order them for you and send them to you myself! If youstill had the card the price tag onthe back probably has enough info for them to find it... or even if you had the reciept... or if you go online and look up the purchase history on the gift card? I think you can do that at Disney's gift card website... I remember the earrings I used to love when I was little and it is devastating when you lose one!

I also wanted to tell you that Jack has just started watching Special Agent Oso so I totally get your TR title now, and i giggle everytime he says that!

Tinker_Tam
01-30-2011, 04:48 PM
It sounds like you had such a great time at Chef Mickey's. I do love the character interaction there. I am considering it for our next trip, but Jack and I only do one TS meal on our fall trips since we pay OOP so I will be waiting for all of your reviews :lmao: Do you still have the card the earrings came on? I have to call and order some other stuff, so I would be happy to order them for you and send them to you myself! If youstill had the card the price tag onthe back probably has enough info for them to find it... or even if you had the reciept... or if you go online and look up the purchase history on the gift card? I think you can do that at Disney's gift card website... I remember the earrings I used to love when I was little and it is devastating when you lose one!

I also wanted to tell you that Jack has just started watching Special Agent Oso so I totally get your TR title now, and i giggle everytime he says that!
I had saved the card the earrings came on, which is how I found out shipping a pair of earrings to me would cost so much. It was too close to Christmas and they would only ship air. The problem right now is I threw the card away right after Christmas. I had thought I was tossing the cards to the other Disney earrings she got for Christmas. I am a bad mom! :scared1: Put all the earrings on Brenda's hanger and tossed all the card without thinking. If I could get that card back I would so be ordering those earrings today.

We are big Oso fans here! With all the plans that were made... and not kept I thought it was a perfect title... although, just like Oso, he figured out where the problems were and things always worked out in the end. That was our trip in a nutshell!

KatMark
02-11-2011, 04:00 PM
Tam, just checking in to see how you all are doing. :hug:

Tinker_Tam
02-21-2011, 11:26 AM
Hello All...

Things have been pretty yucky here lately and I have been neglecting this TR. I am not sure if I have any readers left or not. If I do I will go on with the TR but if not, I so understand.

Gavin and Brenda have both been sick lately. Gavin will have surgery again on March 14th. We are currently waiting for test results from some tests on Brenda. She has been vomiting for over a month... almost everyday. And of course Jon is working like crazy. So as you can see things have really been Yucky... to put it nicely!

Let me know if any of you are still here. Again, I completely understand if you have all given up on me!

KatMark
02-21-2011, 11:31 AM
Hello All...

Things have been pretty yucky here lately and I have been neglecting this TR. I am not sure if I have any readers left or not. If I do I will go on with the TR but if not, I so understand.

Gavin and Brenda have both been sick lately. Gavin will have surgery again on March 14th. We are currently waiting for test results from some tests on Brenda. She has been vomiting for over a month... almost everyday. And of course Jon is working like crazy. So as you can see things have really been Yucky... to put it nicely!

Let me know if any of you are still here. Again, I completely understand if you have all given up on me!


Sweetie, I am so sorry to hear all of this. I'm sending you big :hug::hug::hug::hug::hug:

Of course we are still here for your TR. But we will also understand if you can't get to it as your family comes first.

I'm so sorry Gavin is needing surgery again; and poor Brenda...not the way I'd want to spend a month. Here's hoping for some good news really soon.

Tinkermom76
02-21-2011, 11:33 AM
anxiously here waiting for updates. We understand if you don't update regularily:hug:

Caretames1
02-21-2011, 12:01 PM
Don't worry about us, we'll be here to hear about your trip when your ready to tell us!. Your family is who needs your attention. I will keep you all in my prayers for improved health for both kids, a succesful surgery and fast recovery for Gavin, and strength for you and your DH. Sending :grouphug:

Carey

jenseib
02-21-2011, 02:10 PM
You know I will be here when you are ready. Get those kids well.

exwdwcm
02-21-2011, 03:51 PM
Hello All...

Things have been pretty yucky here lately and I have been neglecting this TR. I am not sure if I have any readers left or not. If I do I will go on with the TR but if not, I so understand.

Gavin and Brenda have both been sick lately. Gavin will have surgery again on March 14th. We are currently waiting for test results from some tests on Brenda. She has been vomiting for over a month... almost everyday. And of course Jon is working like crazy. So as you can see things have really been Yucky... to put it nicely!

Let me know if any of you are still here. Again, I completely understand if you have all given up on me!
so sorry to hear they have been sick. We are here and waiting when you are ready, no rush- family first!!!! I'll pray Gavin's surgery goes well on the 14th!!! :)

stephielela
02-21-2011, 07:31 PM
Don't worry, we will all be right here waiting when your family is well again. I sure hope Brenda feels better soon!!! Fingers crossed for all of you!

vicceja
02-21-2011, 07:54 PM
I'm a lurker and just wanted to say that I am enjoying your TR and look forward to hearing more. Sending lots of :wizard::wizard::wizard: for a healthy new year. Cheers, Ely

Tinker_Tam
02-21-2011, 10:35 PM
Thanks everyone! I will get back to the TR soon. To be honest I have been having a major case of the Disney blues. It just seems like everything (health wise) was perfect than and well, things are far from perfect for us now. What I wouldn't give to be going back soon. In fact, I was just telling Jon that I really need to just get us all away for a little while (anywhere). I know... I know... that is not going to happen but a girl can dream. I think it is just with everything that has been happening lately.

It is nice to know I still have readers though. I will get the next installment going soon... as soon as I figure out where I left off! :rotfl:

smidgy
02-22-2011, 03:01 AM
still here! and sending prayers your way.

20thingamabobs
02-22-2011, 10:54 AM
Just wanted to let you know that I'm still here and I'm sending lots of pixie dust your way for a healthy recovery for your family! I hope everything goes well with Gavin's next surgery and I hope you figure out what's wrong with Brenda and that it's nothing serious! When I was 7, I started getting sick like that too. At least twice a week and usually after I ate... turns out I was allergic to wheat and everything was completely manageable with the right diet. I hope hers turns out to be something minor or nothing at all as well!:wizard:

brookelizabeth
02-23-2011, 04:27 PM
I'm still here too! So glad to "see" you again. Prayers for the kids are being said, I'm so sorry you are going through that. Please keep us posted on Brenda!

Also - PM me if your kiddos would like postcards again - we leave on Saturday! :yay:

Holly324
02-23-2011, 04:52 PM
Then after that we went to a concert. Not sure if any of you have heard of Winter Jam. Its a bunch of Christian Rock Groups that all get together and put on this major Rock Concert... and its only $10 a person for any seat!!! It was a great time!


We went to Winter jam last year!! Third Day and Tenth Ave North - loved it! And of course, newsboys....great time for a GREAT price!

This is (obviously) my first time posting on your trip report. Can't wait to hear more....your kiddos are beautiful! :)

Tinker_Tam
02-25-2011, 09:25 PM
Hello all! I know some of you who are my FB friends have been sending me messages and wondering what is going on. Well... The short of things... Gavin is still having issues. He most likely will till he has surgery on the 14th. They still can't figure out what is wrong with Brenda. We go back on the 8th. All the food allergy test came back negative and so did the blood work for appendicitis. So we keep trying to find the answers. Then there is Jon. Weds morning I got a call that he would be late coming home. He was headed to the ER. He somehow got his finger caught in the cooler/ locking door at work. He ripped a large piece of his finger out. Then after working the last 7 hours of his shift, it still would not stop bleeding so when he finished the shift he thought he should go get it checked... UGH! Men! Waiting till he is done with work! :scared1: So he goes, they can't stitch it because there is no skin to sew back together. It is now packed and has to just try to keep from banging it around and putting more stress on it. Then comes Thursday morning... Kiddos have their dentist appt. Some of you will remember that Gavin fell in the snow and his front tooth has turned black. Well, after getting it checked out, they are going to leave it alone for now (since it is a baby tooth.). Early that morning I noticed Jon was moving slow and not bending and things. I asked him what was wrong. He pulled up his shirt and I see that his naval is EXTREMELY swollen, red and looks like it is on fire. So I get him an appt with the dr after taking the kids to the dentist. Turns out Jon has a hernia. So we are currently waiting to hear back from the dr to see what the next step will be. They are thinking most likely surgery, which Jon says he will put off till April 1 when our insurance starts the new year so that he isn't pay the deductible for nothing. AGAIN! UGH!!! MEN!!! :scared1:

I am sure you all have to be getting tired of hearing our health issues but I swear that life isn't usually like this. Usually we are dealing with only Gavin but now everyone is on things.

So without farther ado I bring you our first day! I am hoping this will get my mind off of everything going on here...

Tinker_Tam
02-25-2011, 09:48 PM
We were all so eager to get out that morning. We had showered the kids the night before so that saved us some time. Everyone was so anxious to get going that we decided to just grab some pop tarts from the food stash we took and head to the bus. Brenda was dressed in her Cinderella gown and Gavin was wearing his pirate costume so I am sure you can imagine where this day was headed. We would catch the Magic Kingdom bus!!!!

We got to MK just in time to see RD! I was so excited. And yes, the tears started to roll down my cheeks as I watched the kids watching the show. There smiles stretched ear to ear and they were so happy and excited. It was BETTER than Christmas morning! Again, you must promise to keep it a secret but I glanced at Jon, who was taping it on our camera and saw too that he was emotional. I know he had to feel amazing for what he had given his family. What an amazing man I am married too! :lovestruc

We took the right hand entrance and we were soon inside. We didn't bother to stop and got our picture taken with the Christmas Mickey Bulb made out of flowers. We were on a mission!

Once we were just inside we see our VERY FIRST CHARACTER of the day...Pinocchio!!! He was enchanted with Brenda in her Princess gown... if only he had seen her later that day!
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f125/bother_tam/TR/DSCF0449.jpg
And of course, a family picture!
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f125/bother_tam/TR/DSCF0453.jpg

Both of these pictures were taken on the side where you really didn't get to see the castle yet. So we walked around the corner and saw this...
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I can remember Brenda's words very clearly because I was thinking the same thing "MOM, We are really here! I have never seen anything so beautiful! Can we live here?" :rotfl: I feel like such a goof telling you all this but it really was such an emotional morning for me. We were here! There were many times I wondered if we would really make it. We really, really were here!

Walking up Main Street we caught some performers. Wow! I can imagine that some people who go often would take these things for granted but I wasn't missing a thing. I was going to drink it all in and not let a single memory pass me by. Besides, I kept reminding myself that this was indeed a once in a lifetime trip. So we stopped and watched the performers....
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f125/bother_tam/TR/DSCF0460.jpg

This is where we split for a little while. Jon and Gavin headed off to the Pirate league. Brenda and I were off to Bippity Boppity.
Here is Brenda before...
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During....
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Here is Gavin before...
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f125/bother_tam/TR/IMG_2635.jpg

So I think that is where I will leave you hanging for tonight. You'll have to wait and see how the kiddos turned out. Were the cute? Did PL scare Gavin? Did Brenda's hair turn out? Come back and find out! LOL :rolleyes1

KatMark
02-25-2011, 09:54 PM
Great update, Tam. Brenda looks beautiful in her princess dress and Gavin looks cute in his pirate costume. I love the family shot with Pinocchio.

francis6306
02-25-2011, 10:02 PM
Hey there!!! I'm your Pop Stalker! hahaha!!! :rotfl2: Can't believe we met at the bus stop and didn't think to get a quick picture! Oh well! I'm all caught up! And trust me... we had PLENTY of tears on our trip too. :rolleyes1

jenseib
02-25-2011, 10:12 PM
I love Brenda's dress. Did MIL make that, or is that one you bought. It's gorgeous.

And Gavin is just too cute. Claire wore the girl version of that pirate outfit one year for Halloween.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v237/jenseib/aarg.jpg

VroomVroomLightning
02-25-2011, 10:49 PM
Everytime I read an update from you on Facebook I always send extra prayers up for you. Such a wonderful family you have!

I know what you mean about finally being there! There were about five planned trips that didn't go through so once I got there in December finally it was wonderful! And to see it through the eyes of my niece and nephew was even better!

I am enjoying your first day so far and know this is trip report I will anxiously be waiting to read updates on!

Tinker_Tam
02-25-2011, 11:09 PM
Great update, Tam. Brenda looks beautiful in her princess dress and Gavin looks cute in his pirate costume. I love the family shot with Pinocchio.

Thank you! The pictures of Brenda get better. Since we were headed to BBB she had to have nothing in her hair, so it is looking wild! LOL

Hey there!!! I'm your Pop Stalker! hahaha!!! :rotfl2: Can't believe we met at the bus stop and didn't think to get a quick picture! Oh well! I'm all caught up! And trust me... we had PLENTY of tears on our trip too. :rolleyes1
I know! I can't believe I met so many Disers but never got a picture of one of them! Makes me wonder where my head was. Besides, its not like I didn't have my camera on me since I was headed to a park! LOL

I love Brenda's dress. Did MIL make that, or is that one you bought. It's gorgeous.

And Gavin is just too cute. Claire wore the girl version of that pirate outfit one year for Halloween.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v237/jenseib/aarg.jpg

This is the dress we bought. It had to be taken in quick while we were with MIL.

I love that pirate costume! We should get Claire and Gavin together for pictures! LOL Feel like a quick trip to PA???

Everytime I read an update from you on Facebook I always send extra prayers up for you. Such a wonderful family you have!

I know what you mean about finally being there! There were about five planned trips that didn't go through so once I got there in December finally it was wonderful! And to see it through the eyes of my niece and nephew was even better!

I am enjoying your first day so far and know this is trip report I will anxiously be waiting to read updates on!

Thanks so much for the prayers. It just seems that lately we are getting hit again and again. We can use all the prayers we can get.

It was amazing seeing Disney through the eyes of my kiddos. I bet you loved seeing it through your niece and nephew. Its so amazing with kids.

I am hoping to get another post going tomorrow. I hate to leave you all hanging on the morning of our first day! :rotfl:

KatMark
02-25-2011, 11:15 PM
We love Cliffhangers. ;)

Seriously, take care of your family...we aren't going anywhere.

Send me a PM with your screenname on Facebook so I can keep up with you there too. :hug:

nebo
02-26-2011, 12:34 AM
I am sure you all have to be getting tired of hearing our health issues but I swear that life isn't usually like this. Usually we are dealing with only Gavin but now everyone is on things.

So without farther ado I bring you our first day! I am hoping this will get my mind off of everything going on here...

OMG! I'm sure you are tired of HAVING health issues! bless your hearts. thinking of you all and prayers your way.

jenseib
02-26-2011, 07:11 AM
I love that pirate costume! We should get Claire and Gavin together for pictures! LOL Feel like a quick trip to PA???

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That would be wonderful, only she wore the dress in 2008 for Halloween and she is now at least 5 inches taller...so sadly it doesn't fit anymore. I have another style we are taking for pirate night on our cruise though.

Caretames1
02-26-2011, 10:04 AM
Love the update! The kids look very cute in their costumes. Cliff hangers are so .........................:lmao:

Sorry to hear of the continuing run of ill health. I'll keep you all in my prayers:hug:

Carey

Tinker_Tam
02-26-2011, 01:37 PM
We love Cliffhangers. ;)

Seriously, take care of your family...we aren't going anywhere.

Send me a PM with your screenname on Facebook so I can keep up with you there too. :hug:

I am planning on ending the cliffhanger soon... although now that you are my FB friend you already know the answers! :rotfl: No cheating! :lmao:

I guess the big problem isn't always finding the time to DIS and take care of the sickies in my family. My problem is when I get really stressed I get SUPER SIZED MIGRAINES. They hurt so bad that I want to just roll into a ball and cry. I still push through them and take care of everyone, but the computer is not my friend when they happen.



OMG! I'm sure you are tired of HAVING health issues! bless your hearts. thinking of you all and prayers your way.
I am so far beyond tired of these health issues that I can't even give you a word for how I feel! :confused: Thank you for the prayers. We will take all we can get. Lets hope Monsoon season ends soon! It isn't just raining here it is MONSOON SEASON!

That would be wonderful, only she wore the dress in 2008 for Halloween and she is now at least 5 inches taller...so sadly it doesn't fit anymore. I have another style we are taking for pirate night on our cruise though.
Ok, so after the cruise make a quick hop to PA for a visit! Gavin's feet/ boot cover thigns didn't fit. He is so short that they went to the his crotch. :rotfl:

Love the update! The kids look very cute in their costumes. Cliff hangers are so .........................:lmao:

Sorry to hear of the continuing run of ill health. I'll keep you all in my prayers:hug:

Carey
Cliffhanger ending soon. Just uploading more picts to Photobucket and then I will end this pain! :rotfl:

Thank you for your prayers. We need them all lately.

Caretames1
02-26-2011, 03:33 PM
[QUOTE=Tinker_Tam;40101454]FB friend you already know the answers! :rotfl: No cheating! :lmao:


If you'd like, I could always use more facebook friends. I pm'd you.:)

Tinker_Tam
02-26-2011, 09:14 PM
Ok friends, I won't keep you in suspense any longer. If you remember I was worried that Gavin would not like PL. I wasn't sure how he would like all the make-up and garb. Well, Jon text me in the middle of Brenda's transformation to let me know that Gavin was loving it!!!! He chose his own face. He told Jon that the other pirate all looked mean and he wanted to be a nice pirate. So this was the final result... and I am sure at this point I don't have to tell you but there were tears involved when I saw him the first time...
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and another shot...
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f125/bother_tam/TR/IMG_2658.jpg

While Jon and Gavin were turning my little boy into a NICE pirate, I was off with Brenda. I am sure you noticed in the last few pictures she really had wild hair that morning. The transformation into a princess was breath taking! Here she is seeing herself for the first time. She is awww struck!
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f125/bother_tam/TR/Photo0201FourBySix.jpg

I got a text from Jon that they were finished and would make there way over to us. Then I got another text that they would be stopping for this...
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While they watched the show Brenda and I went and caught the step-sisters, wicked Step Mother and Fairy Godmother. Gavin and Jon caught us just as we were leaving the FGM.
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f125/bother_tam/TR/DSCF0507.jpg
The step-sisters were awesome! They told Brenda that she was too pretty and they would just cover up that beautiful dress for her! :rotfl:

Then off to FGM...
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http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f125/bother_tam/TR/DSCF0509.jpg

Before we could start over to any ride we had one more stop I wanted to make. I wanted MORE pictures!
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The kids really did love the whole transformation. I know they next time we go back we must do this all over again... if they aren't senior citizens by then! :rotfl:

So this sounds like a great place to stop tonight. Gotta leave you wondering... what was our very first (non-monorail) ride??? Where else did we go this day that was so special???? Sorry for more cliff hangers but I have to keep you coming back for more!

mrsksomeday
02-26-2011, 09:23 PM
I LOVE THE PICTURES!!!!

Your kids are adorable, so precious. I loved the look on Brenda's face when she saw herself, I was all misty eyed. She looks amazed, what a great picture. I also love Gavin's picture where he looks like he is going after Tink with the sword. How sweet was he to want to be a "nice" pirate.

Caretames1
02-26-2011, 10:13 PM
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My Favorites! I'm thinking of doing BBB in Sept, just for the photoshoot!

Carey

boys938
02-26-2011, 10:16 PM
Prayers and good wishes for your family. I certainly know how these health issues can cause so much stress. My husband has been battling some unknown problem for over a year, they just can not figure out the cause. He just had a hernia operation 2 weeks ago for an unrelated matter. We had to post pone our original plans to visit last Spring due to his health but the good news is we are visiting The Mouse in April! Family time has become so much more precious as I am sure you will attest.

So good health to all and keep those TR coming:banana:

By the way, we are from South Central PA too.

stephielela
02-26-2011, 11:21 PM
The kids are ADORABLE!!!!!!! Wow, I think you just sold me onthe idea of taking Jack to PL!!!!! I can only imagine how emotional it was, and I can't think of a family who deserves an experience like that more than you guys!!!!

VroomVroomLightning
02-26-2011, 11:59 PM
Such a great update! Your children are just beautiful! So cute that Gavin wanted to be a "nice" pirate!

francis6306
02-27-2011, 08:56 AM
How sweet! I can't wait til Cortlyn is old enough for BBB, but she's pretty tender headed right now, so I'm sure its a few years off for us...

Oh and we saw the same StepSister in the pink dress, but the other two were different. She really made that character meet! I'm glad we stumbled on their little spot!

jenseib
02-27-2011, 02:08 PM
I love them...as I have told you before.. You need to post that one of Gavin that I love!! it is hilarious! His expressions are so funny..especially with the mustache. And that one pic does look like he is trying to take a stab at Tink.
We are going to skip BBB since we have limited time at WDW this time around. But I may try to take Claire in to the photo place and see if they will take some pics. I know they will if there isn't a line up of BBB girls. Did you have to wait at all?

Tinker_Tam
02-28-2011, 12:16 AM
I have had a special request to post this picture of Gavin on this TR. It is posted on Tracy's report already from the day we met up with her and Bill. It is also on my Facebook. This really is a great picture of Gavin.
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f125/bother_tam/TR/Photo0308FourBySix.jpg

I will get to shout outs tomorrow. I just had photobucket working so I wanted to take advantage of that!

mrsksomeday
02-28-2011, 12:37 AM
a.d.o.r.a.b.l.e!!!!!

Tinker_Tam
02-28-2011, 11:06 AM
I LOVE THE PICTURES!!!!

Your kids are adorable, so precious. I loved the look on Brenda's face when she saw herself, I was all misty eyed. She looks amazed, what a great picture. I also love Gavin's picture where he looks like he is going after Tink with the sword. How sweet was he to want to be a "nice" pirate.

You are always so sweet, telling me how cute my kids are. Brenda was surprised. She kept telling me "Mommy, I am beautiful!" I think if she ever gets low self esteem I will just have to take her back there and it will improve immediately! I was so excited when I was putting borders on things with Photopass. I thought that was too cute! Looks like Gavin is gonna get Tink! LOL

My Favorites! I'm thinking of doing BBB in Sept, just for the photoshoot!

Carey
I'll be honest, at first I thought "WOW! That is a crazy price for them to basically style her hair, put a little make-up on and paint her nails. I could take her to a saloon aroudn her to half that price." In fact Jon and I talked about how much it cost. I will tell you that I have so changed my mind. If we ever get to return, and Brenda is still young and wants to, BBB is on our list for sure... as is PL! THe pictures afterward can not do them justice. They are great pictures though!

Prayers and good wishes for your family. I certainly know how these health issues can cause so much stress. My husband has been battling some unknown problem for over a year, they just can not figure out the cause. He just had a hernia operation 2 weeks ago for an unrelated matter. We had to post pone our original plans to visit last Spring due to his health but the good news is we are visiting The Mouse in April! Family time has become so much more precious as I am sure you will attest.

So good health to all and keep those TR coming:banana:

By the way, we are from South Central PA too.

I am sorry to hear about your husbands health issues. It really can be stressful. For me, I think I could handle it better if it just came one at a time. As I have said, I can deal with Gavin. I expect that. But then this whole thing with Brenda... and now Jon and this hernia. UGH! One at a time... one at a time.

We are practically neighbors!!! I am not sure where you are from but I am near Penn State.

jenseib
02-28-2011, 11:15 AM
This really is a great picture of Gavin.
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f125/bother_tam/TR/Photo0308FourBySix.jpg



I LOVE this!!!! :lmao: :rotfl2: :worship:
That expression is just hysterical and priceless!

Tinker_Tam
02-28-2011, 11:23 AM
The kids are ADORABLE!!!!!!! Wow, I think you just sold me onthe idea of taking Jack to PL!!!!! I can only imagine how emotional it was, and I can't think of a family who deserves an experience like that more than you guys!!!!
Thank you for your kind words. I think PL is a must if we ever get to go back! Gavin loved it and played the part all day! I was sure to tell Jon to buy the picture they take there. That is the only way they will put it on Photopass. I knew they had to get some cute shots of him. Also, If you do take Jack to PL don't forget to take him to the same place BBB gets there pictures taken. I love those pictures. They will take pictures for you there too, as long as they aren't too busy.

Such a great update! Your children are just beautiful! So cute that Gavin wanted to be a "nice" pirate!
Thank you. He is such a sweet boy. I can't imagine him being anything but nice! :goodvibes

How sweet! I can't wait til Cortlyn is old enough for BBB, but she's pretty tender headed right now, so I'm sure its a few years off for us...

Oh and we saw the same StepSister in the pink dress, but the other two were different. She really made that character meet! I'm glad we stumbled on their little spot!

Cortlyn will love it when the time comes. They were great with Brenda. She has a sensitive head. Cries something fierce sometimes when I comb her hair. I left her FGM know that and she was great with Brenda. Brenda never fussed once.

Those step sisters were so funny... but you are right I think the pink one made the meet. I still don't know that Brenda was too excited to have her Cinderella dress covered in the picture though! :lmao:


I love them...as I have told you before.. You need to post that one of Gavin that I love!! it is hilarious! His expressions are so funny..especially with the mustache. And that one pic does look like he is trying to take a stab at Tink.
We are going to skip BBB since we have limited time at WDW this time around. But I may try to take Claire in to the photo place and see if they will take some pics. I know they will if there isn't a line up of BBB girls. Did you have to wait at all?

I posted that picture just for you! :lmao: He really did a great job changing his expressions when he was in the pirate garb. He did the whole ARGH thing too when they were taking the pictures with him and Brenda afterward. The Photopass guy was laughing so hard.
We didn't have a wait at all for pictures. They were just finishing up a set of girls when we walked in. The guy was so nice. I had asked if he would take some pictures of Brenda and he actually suggested doing Gavin too. We got a couple really good shots but Brenda would cheese it up sometimes... those ones weren't as cute.

a.d.o.r.a.b.l.e!!!!!
Thank you! I am not sure where he gets it but I think he is adorable too... but I am biased!

Tinker_Tam
02-28-2011, 11:25 AM
I LOVE this!!!! :lmao: :rotfl2: :worship:
That expression is just hysterical and priceless!

I should have told him that was a mean pirate look! :lmao:

Tinker_Tam
03-13-2011, 02:57 PM
Hello again! I wanted to let you know I haven't forgotten you all! I think I have to the slowest TR on the DIS. I am working on an update so hope to be posting it soon.

Wanted to let you all know, in case you aren't a Facebook friend that Gavin's surgery that was scheduled for tomorrow has had to be postponed. He has a massive sinus infection and they didn't feel safe putting him to sleep. So it has been rescheduled. Brenda's test results all came back clear. Seems she has just had a nasty virus that has been kicking her butt. She has been having more good days lately so I am hoping this is the end of it. Jon got hte results of his CT scan back. He has a 4in X 4in tear. Its an umbilical hernia. He goes for his consult on 4/4. Being the man he is, he is hoping to put off surgery till after the students leave. He says we can't afford for him to take off work right now. I tell him he can't afford if it has to be an emergency because he has done something stupid. UGH!

So that should catch you all up on life here. Keep an eye out for an update soon!

KatMark
03-13-2011, 03:22 PM
Before we could start over to any ride we had one more stop I wanted to make. I wanted MORE pictures!
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f125/bother_tam/TR/Photo0453FourBySix.jpg

http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f125/bother_tam/TR/Photo0590FourBySix.jpg

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HOW THE HECK DID I MISS THIS UPDATE? I know I was behind on all of my subscriptions, but I ALWAYS watch yours to see how the kids are doing.

I am crying happy tears because these just turned out great and I'm so happy for the kids AND you and DH.

Simply wonderful!

KatMark
03-13-2011, 03:24 PM
I'm glad Brenda is starting to feel better; I knew Gavin's surgery was postponed...but better safe than sorry. And Jon should get the surgery done WHEN the doctor tells him to before he makes it worse.

Looking forward to the next update.

Tinker_Tam
03-22-2011, 10:30 PM
You all have been so patient! I jokingly told Tracy that I was going to drag this out till I had another trip to plan... I WAS ONLY JOKING at the time but by the looks of things it will be that way. :lmao: So I guess I should get on with our first day....

After the pictures, that BTW I think are so cute of my kiddos, we decided it was time to hit a ride. Now, this would be our first ride... other than the monorail rides. The kids were so loving riding the monorail. I think next time I will cut 5 days off our park tickets and just take them on the monorail those days! :rotfl: I knew way in advance what our first ride HAD to be!!! I had dreams of taking my kids on this ride.... it is the first thing that comes to mind when I think of Disney World. I am talking about Dumbo of course!

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I knew that this is the only ride in the park that I had my heart set on. I knew too that Brenda had seen this ride in various commercials and each time she saw it she would ask if I would ride it with her. OH COURSE!!!! And I must tell you I was a little scared. Why, you ask... Well, I am a LARGE woman and I was so afraid that I wouldn't fit and Brenda would be heart broken. The whole time in line I stood and just worried about if I would fit or not. I have to tell you what a huge burden was lifted when Brenda and I got in with NO PROBLEM!!! :banana: I was so happy! Its because of this perfect fit that I rode everything I wanted too and didn't worry too much (most of the time) about if I would fit or not. It was super. As I rode I just thought about how lucky I was to be here with my precious family. I thought about how much we struggle sometimes but how this moment made everything perfect... if only for a five minutes. I thought about how I got through so much the last 3 years and felt almost like this was the pay off. And I must tell you a part of me felt so bad for the many families that won't ever have this moment, for one reason or another. And yes, I felt a few stray tears roll down my cheek as I looked and saw Brenda with the biggest smile I have ever seen on her. If I could have frozen time it would have been right there... or at least till the next happy memory moment came along. I took a snapshot of that moment in my mind and try to think of it when the bad things have been happening lately.

When we got off Jon and I chatted for a minute. He had pretty much the same experience with Gavin. He admitted it was priceless and that moment alone was worth the price we paid for our trip. It was then that we heard the words that would be repeated over and over again from our kids... "CAN WE DO IT AGAIN?" I laughed. This was the moment I figured out that I was gonna need to throw my plans out. Like I was gonna say no to another trip on that magical flying elephant!! So we did ride it again! And loved it just as much!

On the way to Dumbo we passed Prince Charming's Horses. I told my very little Cinderella that we would ride them soon! I had to do Dumbo first so our next stop was the carousel... and off course we had to do that twice. But who could resist these too cuties on there horses????

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After the carousel we hoped the train to Toontown.
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We had a few things we wanted to accomplish in Toontown. First was a BIG first for Gavin!!!! Gavin would ride his first EVER roller coaster! I have to tell you I was a little nervous about this because Brenda is my fearless one... or at least she was up until this moment. Now I would have 2 fearless munchkins! So our first stop is Barnstormer!! We actually asked if we could wait for the next car so Gavin could ride in front. We explained that it was his first roller coaster and they were very accommodating. They even asked if we wanted a picture, took our camera and got this great shot of the 4 of us!
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Gavin had no fear! When we got back to the station they gave Gavin this cute little card about it being his first coaster! It was cute! I put it in the backpack so I could take special care of it for him. It will go in the scrapbook... when I get there! :lmao:

Our next mission was to see Minnie's and Mickey's. I knew they would soon be disappearing and this would be our only trip to see them. So we decided to hit Minnie's house first.
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At some point Jon cut out of the houses. He gets a little closed in when there are tons of people sometimes... especially when he is the least little bit tired or hungry. I have a feeling he was both. And he really didn't get the importance of seeing the houses. To me it was a big deal. Brenda also wanted to see them so her and I finished Minnie's house and Jon and Gavin went to grab a snack somewhere. Gavin was happy to go with Jon. Maybe the houses are a girl-thing! :rotfl:

When we were done with Mickey's the crowd in Toontown was getting crazy.... and it seemed like people were just getting rude and pushing a lot. So I decided we would do Mickey's house another day.

So we headed off in search of another "icon-ic" ride... at least in my mind... The teacups!!!! I had been following the pooh size thread and this is one of the rides that it was said I may have a problem getting on. As soon as we came across it and I saw Brenda and Gavin's face light up as they watched the teacups spinning around, I KNEW I had to get on their somehow... Even if I had to hold my breath for the 3 minute ride. After all, Blue is a good color for me! :rotfl2: I must say they only problem I had was getting in the door. That was a little tight squeeze... kinda had to turn sideways but I made it and we all rode together. What a fantastic ride it was for us!!!! Again, another snapshot for my memory.
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At this point it was getting close for us to go check in at our Dinner reservations. We had a very special dinner planned and I couldn't wait to see Brenda's face! I won't tell you where we were eating... you'll have to come back for that! I do promise that I will get it up sooner than I have been. I would like to get at least one more update on before Gavin's surgery on Monday.

KatMark
03-22-2011, 10:42 PM
Tam, what a great update. And I'm glad you rode Dumbo twice and the Carousel twice. And the pictures on Brenda and Gavin's face our just priceless. That is what it truly is all about.

Don't worry if you can't get an update done before Gavin's surgery on Monday...you just take care of your precious family.

mrsksomeday
03-22-2011, 11:17 PM
I knew you would have no issues with the rides!! You look so happy on Dumbo, such a wonderful memory to have.

I loved the Carousel pictures, they are adorable.

How wonderful that you got a picture of all 4 of you at Barnstormer!!

I am happy you got to do the teacups as well.

All the pictures are amazing and I can't wait to read more. I will be praying for Gavin.

jenseib
03-23-2011, 09:02 AM
So excited to have an update!! :cool1: I'm telling you, Gavin with that fake mustache makes his pictures priceless. He is so hilarious looking. Brenda is just gorgeous in her princess get up.

Can you believe I am finally at 1 week away from our trip...and things have changed. Skip can no longer come, so my parents are coming with me instead....makes for a whole new way of planning things. :rolleyes1

Tinkermom76
03-23-2011, 09:55 AM
Great update! The kids look so cute!

I love Dumbo and couldn't imagine going and not riding it

Caretames1
03-23-2011, 10:23 AM
What a great way to start any Disney vacation! I love Gavin's pirate make-over. It just seems to fit:thumbsup2 Brenda looks sooo happy.
Can't wait to hear where you had dinner!

Carey

Tinker_Tam
03-23-2011, 07:44 PM
Tam, what a great update. And I'm glad you rode Dumbo twice and the Carousel twice. And the pictures on Brenda and Gavin's face our just priceless. That is what it truly is all about.

Don't worry if you can't get an update done before Gavin's surgery on Monday...you just take care of your precious family.

It was truly a magical trip for us. Thanks for all the understanding on the slow posts. There is so much going on here. I really don't post too much on Facebook anymore because my dad has recently joined. When I post something negative about Gavin's health or Brenda being sick and I feel overwhelmed I get a call on the phone and told how wrong I am to feel that way. It stinks but I don't want to put up with all the junk.


I knew you would have no issues with the rides!! You look so happy on Dumbo, such a wonderful memory to have.

I loved the Carousel pictures, they are adorable.

How wonderful that you got a picture of all 4 of you at Barnstormer!!

I am happy you got to do the teacups as well.

All the pictures are amazing and I can't wait to read more. I will be praying for Gavin.
I really have you to thank about not worrying all the time about me fitting the rides. You really are the one to ease my fears or I probably wouldn't have even tried Dumbo. Thank you.

Also, thank you for the prayers for Gavin.


So excited to have an update!! :cool1: I'm telling you, Gavin with that fake mustache makes his pictures priceless. He is so hilarious looking. Brenda is just gorgeous in her princess get up.

Can you believe I am finally at 1 week away from our trip...and things have changed. Skip can no longer come, so my parents are coming with me instead....makes for a whole new way of planning things. :rolleyes1

Wow! I have missed so much on your PTR! I went back today while the kiddos were playing and caught up on things. So sorry to hear Skip isn't going but it sounds like you have things worked out now.

I love all the pictures from this day because Gavin is in his pirate get up. Each time I look at him I get a smile on my face and remember what a perfect day it was for all of us!

Great update! The kids look so cute!

I love Dumbo and couldn't imagine going and not riding it

Dumbo is that ride you see in your mind and say to yourself.. "Thats Disney World". Its just such an icon. I am wondering how the new Dumbo will measure up with that image.


What a great way to start any Disney vacation! I love Gavin's pirate make-over. It just seems to fit:thumbsup2 Brenda looks sooo happy.
Can't wait to hear where you had dinner!

Carey

It was such a happy time for us. Its so great to have those memories to hold on to. I know that when we are going through some rough times here I can think back and have such happy memories. Those memories have gotten me through so much lately.

Tinker_Tam
03-24-2011, 05:16 AM
I know that you will all be surprised but you are all getting a special treat... a second update in a timely manner. You all have Mr Insomnia to thank for it. With Gavin's surgery on Monday I having a hard time with just shutting down enough to go to sleep at all. As it is, on any good night I usually get about 3-4 hours of sleep. When the stress in life gets really high I can go with out for days. So far, my personal best so far this year is 3 days... I know, not much to joke about but sometimes you have to or it just gets you even more down. So.... what better way to spend the night than revisiting my Disney trip.

So when I last left off we were on the teacups and I was having the most amazing time with my family. We were having an amazing day. The only negative thing that happened was the nasty crowds being rude in Toontown and we cut our losses and hit the road to the teacups. Even the rude people weren't getting us down though.

It was getting close to our dinner reservation. We didn't really tell the kids where we would be eating until we got close to the castle.... we would be dining at Cinderella's Royal Table. I have to tell you I was a little worried since this was a 2 credit dinner for us. I was hoping it was going to be worth the extra credit. When you live on such a tight budget most days, you really try to make things stretch as far as you. In my heart I knew it had to be amazing, but in my mind I was thinking that is a dining credit that could be used somewhere else. The kids were so excited when they found out we would be eating at the castle. When we first got there we of course got our picture with Cinderella. Where that picture is on this computer right now escapes me. Jon is moving things around so I will have to post that later.

I had decided on something before we even left PA. Each day I was going to try 1 new food. Something completely outside my comfort zone. So after much debate I decided on the duck.... and boy was it delicious! I didn't take any pictures of dinner though. So sorry about that. I was too in awe of everything else.

Brenda didn't realize at first that we would be seeing the princesses. She was just happy to be eating in the castle.
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Then the princesses started coming around...
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Gavin wasn't as into the princesses as Brenda was. After all they really are a girl thing till boys are much older and realize those are GIRLS! They both made their wishes. I so love this picture of Gavin.
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It was then time for dessert. I can't even tell you what I had or what Jon ate for dessert but Brenda had a cupcake and Gavin had ice cream. Pretty normal stuff, so why do I remember? Well, because Gavin chose to put each sprinkle on 1 AT A TIME!!! And this was driving Brenda crazy. So she decided she had best help him. After all, she was gonna wait for him to eat dessert... that was her decision too.
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Then it was time for the princess to dig into her cupcake... For some reason I am sure this is not how Cinderella was eating hers. :rotfl:
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So the thing that I hadn't really noticed as dinner was going on was it was getting dark out! When we came out of the castle it was night. When you got downstairs your only choice was to go forward toward mainstreet. You could not go back. Due to wind and cold weather they had to close it off so that no one would get harmed during the fireworks. So this is the first picture I took after dinner. We are standing there looking up at the lit castle...
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And what would we catch in front of the castle but...
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We stood there and caught most of the parade and then we were ushered down to the front of the castle for Wishes! The castle was simply amazing to us and I don't think Jon or I could talk for at least 5 minutes when we first saw it lit.
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And then Wishes started... as did the tears for me. We were having such an amazing time. I never realized life could be this awesome... at least not with the many struggles we had been having. But it was! I was able, through the tears to get some shots of Wishes...

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Of course Brenda's favorite part was when Tinkerbell flew over our heads!

And then this shot that just made everything so much more amazing to me... my kids watching and enjoying Wishes...
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And after Wishes the castle returned too...
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We then made our way back to Pop for the night. Thinking the night was over I got the kiddos changed into their PJs. I knew we would get them bathed in the morning. I wanted to see how Brenda's hair would hold up. After changing them I got a text from Tracy (mrsksomeday). Bill and Tracy were on a bus back to Pop and were wondering if we could meet up. If you recall from my PTR, Bill and Tracy gave Jon and I the most amazing gift. They gave us 2 adult tickets to MVMCP!!! This is the only way were able to go. Long story made short for all of you that missed it in the PTR... Dad was going to get the tickets and at the last minute backed out. He decided he didn't want to spend his precious money that way. I was devastated! So I went to the PTR readers for some advice that if I cute BBB and PL and a few special things I had planned I could afford for us to do MVMCP. Everyone helped me make the tough decision to keep those and skip MVMCP. A few days later I got a message from Tracy that through luck of their own, Bill and Tracy had 2 extra adult tickets!!! They gave those 2 tickets to us and we were able to afford the kid's tickets! It is ONLY through their extreme kindness that we were able to go to the MVMCP later in our trip. And I will tell you now that I was able to make such amazing memories at that party that I could NEVER repay them for their kindness. So again, Tracy, thank you!

So back to that night... We still needed to meet up and get those tickets. I had promised the kids we would go get a snack and when Tracy text I suggested we meet in the food court area. I totally forgot to grab my camera when I was going out the door so I never got a picture with them. I am so disappointed about that! We got to chat for a little and it was great! They are such kind, caring people. Bill, or should I say Tracy :rotfl2: taught Gavin to push the button on Bills chair and the kids were occupied. I have to tell you though. I was so afraid one of them would push the wrong button and send Bill flying across the room! :rotfl: Bill and Tracy also got the kids a gift card to buy themselves something they wanted. I was so taken with their kindness. BTW, the kids waited till the next day to use it! :rotfl: The kids did eventually get a little rambunctious... after all they were 3 and 4 and mom is talking to these people forever... at least in kid time! So Jon took them over to look for their treat. Gavin comes running at full speed back to us and says "THEY HAVE CARROT CAKE!!!" and then runs away. We laughed! Little did I know this would set the ton for dessert/ treats all week! I think Gavin got carrot cake at least 8 of our days.... and he wouldn't spare even a bite! :lmao: Normally he is the most giving child I have ever met. I remember asking him one night if I could have a bite and he told me "Mom, there is more over there!" and points to the cooler. I took that to mean No way! :rotfl:

So after getting our treat it was super late for the kiddos. We headed back to the room. We were already in our PJs so we were good to go. We got settled in. Brenda was sleeping with me and Gavin with Jon. I couldn't resist anymore. I had to ask Brenda what she wished for at dinner. She waited a minute and asked if it would still come true if she told me. I said of course! I was really hoping she was hoping for some gift that she had seen that day. We really hadn't bought much in the way of WDW stuff. So far really only some small things, like Brenda's earrings.... I was hoping there was something special Brenda had made a wish for. Well, sometimes my daughter is the most amazing little girl. When she did finally tell me her wish it was that we could do this all over again. When we talked I got from her that she wanted the 4 of us to be able to come back to Disney again. I probably should have just left it go but I didn't want her thinking it was an easy task to get back. I explained to her how special this trip was that it was a "once in a lifetime thing". I explained that they way we lived it took a lot of saving to make this happen. I expected her to get pretty upset but she really didn't. She got quiet for a minute and she says to me "But mom, we can all wish can't we?" and right there my heart melted. We cuddled till heard her breathing slow down and then I fell asleep myself... after what was a dream day for us.

jenseib
03-24-2011, 10:53 AM
What a wonderful evening. Bless little Brendas heart.
That carrotcake exclamation by Gavin is so funny. I bet he would have me in stitches if I met him. He has the best expressions.
I am so happy you had a wonderful first day at MK.

KatMark
03-24-2011, 11:10 AM
Tam, what a very special evening you all had. The dinner at CRT seems to have been a hit, you saw the castle beautifully lit, you saw my favorite show -- Wishes, you met wonderful DISer's, Gavin found carrot cake and fell in love and sweet Brenda's wish was just beautiful. :hug:

haleofafamily
03-24-2011, 05:01 PM
I love your updates...no matter how long I have to wait for them :). You usually make me teary eyed over something.

I took my girls to the breakfast in Cinderella's Castle (the boys went to a water park). One of my favorite Disney World memories is my oldest daughter making her wish and then opening her eyes, looking around and saying, "Nothing happened. Mom, nothing happened!"

I have no idea what she wished for but she believed in it.

Merci

Caretames1
03-24-2011, 06:13 PM
Everytime I see the Castle all lit up for Christmas, it just makes me want to go for MVNCP! I bet Brenda was just thrilled to be in the castle. I'm sure was Gavin awed to, he must just keep a good straight face;)

I have a wonderful pic of my Kadence when we ate to the castle making a wish, eyes closed tight with her wishing star pressed against her lips:cloud9:

I loved Wishes the first I saw it. It just seems so grand. It's my favorite show!

Tinker_Tam
03-25-2011, 05:31 PM
I knew I would surprise you all with that post, so soon after the other! :lmao:

What a wonderful evening. Bless little Brendas heart.
That carrotcake exclamation by Gavin is so funny. I bet he would have me in stitches if I met him. He has the best expressions.
I am so happy you had a wonderful first day at MK.
Gavin can be such a hoot sometimes. Both kid's sure can make you laugh sometimes. The whole carrotcake thing was just so funny.



Tam, what a very special evening you all had. The dinner at CRT seems to have been a hit, you saw the castle beautifully lit, you saw my favorite show -- Wishes, you met wonderful DISer's, Gavin found carrot cake and fell in love and sweet Brenda's wish was just beautiful. :hug:
The dinner at CRT is worth the 2 credits. I know it sometimes gets a negative review but it was an amazing dinner for us, and so very special. It was an amazing day all around. Its one of the days where you wish the movie groundhogs day was really... and that it would just play over and over... and over... and over...


I love your updates...no matter how long I have to wait for them :). You usually make me teary eyed over something.

I took my girls to the breakfast in Cinderella's Castle (the boys went to a water park). One of my favorite Disney World memories is my oldest daughter making her wish and then opening her eyes, looking around and saying, "Nothing happened. Mom, nothing happened!"

I have no idea what she wished for but she believed in it.

Merci

Thank you for your sweet comment. I can be such a sap sometimes. I think if Gavin's illness has done anything for me that is I cherish every moment now. I try very hard to remember every single instance of happy moments. I need to know that they will be there... even if, Heaven forbid, one of us is not.

I so loved CRT! I think it is a do again when and if we make it back. They whole wish ceremony is so cute. My kids were squeezing their eyes such as hard as they could. Too cute! So hoping Brenda's wish comes true!!!!

Everytime I see the Castle all lit up for Christmas, it just makes me want to go for MVNCP! I bet Brenda was just thrilled to be in the castle. I'm sure was Gavin awed to, he must just keep a good straight face;)

I have a wonderful pic of my Kadence when we ate to the castle making a wish, eyes closed tight with her wishing star pressed against her lips:cloud9:

I loved Wishes the first I saw it. It just seems so grand. It's my favorite show!

Both of the kids were amazed at the castle. They were so excited. Brenda more so because of the princess while Gavin was just thrilled to be in the castle. I think too by the end of the night they were so tired of pictures! LOL

I am a wishes fan too. I bought the CD to listen to but it seems that the kids are always asking to listen to it to go to bed... looks like I lost that CD! :lmao:

pintamino
03-25-2011, 08:35 PM
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OMG... Gavin's mustache kills me. it just makes him look SO SERIOUS. I sat here laughing for a good five minutes... my roommates probably think I'm crazy.

And FWIW, my dad and I rode Dumbo when we went in November. He's 6'2" and I'm not slim (and he's 52 and I'm 20!), I was afraid our elephant was going to fall out of the sky! But it was something we "had" to do because we apparently did it when I was a wee child ;) hopefully you can go back with your kids in 15 years and do it again and have the same (embarrassing, memorable) experience!

Tinker_Tam
03-26-2011, 04:12 PM
OMG... Gavin's mustache kills me. it just makes him look SO SERIOUS. I sat here laughing for a good five minutes... my roommates probably think I'm crazy.

And FWIW, my dad and I rode Dumbo when we went in November. He's 6'2" and I'm not slim (and he's 52 and I'm 20!), I was afraid our elephant was going to fall out of the sky! But it was something we "had" to do because we apparently did it when I was a wee child ;) hopefully you can go back with your kids in 15 years and do it again and have the same (embarrassing, memorable) experience!

Gavin did look so cute with the mustache. He looked so serious and grown up sometimes you would forget he was just 3. A lot of people we came acrossed in the park commented too.

I know Jon and I never would have been able to ride together! :rotfl: That has me laughing just thinking about it!!!:lmao: Poor Dumbo would have come to a halt and just croaked right there. Thank goodness Brenda is a tiny thing! :rotfl: I hope when Brenda is 15 we can go back and ride again... I hope to make it back before than too!

mrsksomeday
03-27-2011, 03:48 AM
The pictures were fantastic!! I could look at pictures of your children all day long.

I am such a sap, I was in tears reading this installment. You don't have to thank us, we were happy to help out :hug:. I am kicking myself for not getting a picture with all of you!! I am such a bad DISer.

You and Jon are such a wonderful couple, the kids were so sweet. We are so blessed to have connected with you here on the DIS and were ecstatic that we could help you with MVMCP.

The "THEY HAVE CARROT CAKE" phrase will be something I will never forget. It was hilarious.

I believe that one day we will meet up in WDW again :goodvibes. You have to have dreams.

Tinker_Tam
03-27-2011, 02:43 PM
I am having a busy day today but I just wanted to hop on and ask you all to keep Gavin in your thoughts and prayers. He has surgery in the morning. I will try to post an update on him when we get home from the hospital. I will also most likely post to Facebook when he comes out. Surgery is at 10:15 (EST) so he should get out around 11:30-12 (EST).

KatMark
03-27-2011, 03:04 PM
Prayers, good thoughts and hugs are on the way. :hug:

jenseib
03-27-2011, 03:57 PM
Prayers for Gavin!!!!! Goodluck!

stephielela
03-27-2011, 04:38 PM
Everytime I read an update of yours I get all teary eyed!! I am so glad you had such an awesome first day. Dumbo is always our first ride too!!! CRT would be an amazing surprise for a little girl!! Seriously, everytime you write an update, I can really feel how much you appreciated everything and really treasured each moment. It's so awesome!

exwdwcm
03-27-2011, 04:49 PM
;)hey there, not sure how i missed all your updates, i just haven't been on here as much with work being crazy lately.

anyhow, first off- GOOD LUCK, hugs, prayers and pixie dust for the surgery tomorrow. :grouphug:

i LOVE the pics of BBB and PL. we have decided to take Will to the PL in October, so i love seeing these pics- were these PP pics they took? he looks so darn cute- they did an awesome job! And Brenda, my gosh, she is gorgeous. the dress, hair and her. Just beautiful. We also plan to eat in the castle for dinner in October, so glad to hear it was a magical time!!!

and so happy you got to meet Tracey and Bill- what a true blessing!

I cannot wait to read about the rest of your amazing trip with you two special little kiddos. :thumbsup2

Caretames1
03-27-2011, 09:23 PM
Keeping you all in my prayers tomorrow:hug:

lorainfam
03-28-2011, 12:16 PM
Hi, I am somewhat new to the TR's....I came across yours and have loved following along. Your kids are the cutest and I wish mine where that age again. I hope all went well with Gavin's surgery today and sending prayers your way!!!

stephielela
03-28-2011, 03:46 PM
Thinking of Gavin today!:grouphug:

Tinker_Tam
03-30-2011, 11:26 AM
I have so been meaning to stop in and leave you all an update about Gavin's surgery on Monday. Things have been so hectic and I know many of you are friends with my on Facebook.

Monday was a really rough day. Gavin went into surgery and it ended up taking about 30 minutes longer than planned. All I was told was there were some minor complications. I know 30 minutes doesn't seem like a long time till its your child in surgery... then it feels like an eternity.

Being a child, we are allowed to go right into the recovery room with him to wait till he wakes up. If he doesn't see Jon or I first thing he freaks. So the dr is taking his old sweet time walking us to the recovery room. Usually we are almost in a run pace, or at least it seems that way. But this time he is walking, and every once in a while he actually stops and talks. I am thinking "What are you doing, get me to my baby!" but I am nice about things. He stops at the door and tells us that we may be surprised when we see Gavin this time. He goes on to say that they are having some issues with Gavin's oxygen levels. And that the breathing team is in there regulating things. Then he goes on to say that they are also having some issues with his heart rate being too high. Seems that when one was normal the other is way off. When we go in he is so completely pail and looks like he has been fighting hard. When we go in his room his heart rate is running in the 250s. Once he heartrate is ok then his oxygen level drops into the 70s. They have him on 10 Liters of Oxygen which is a HUGE amount for such a little body. I haven't been this scared since he was born. There is a pulmonary specialist, member of the breathing team and 2 nurses in the room at all times. The surgeon is coming in between every surgery he completes. He has to stay on schedule with his other patients too and I understand that. It was so scary. The numbers slowly started to level out. It took about an hour and a half for the numbers to get to a level where the specialists would leave the room. The nurses never left.

It was so scary and such a long hard day for us. He did eventually level out close to normal and regained some color. They debated on him coming home that night and after all of them talked decided that it was fine, but alerted our local hospital that he may have to go there that evening if we run into issues. They would then transport him to the much larger hospital where surgery was done. They had him eat popsicles and things to make sure that the O2 level wouldn't drop when he was doing other things.

I was really hoping to be home by 2 that day. That would have been plenty of time since he usually is only in recovery less than an hour. But we ended up getting home closer to 7:30. I was just glad we all got to come home.

As of today, things are going pretty well. He still is in a lot of pain this time which is unusual but I have been told that its not too far off the mark. He is unable to sit on his behind from all the pay so he does a lot of laying around to play. Thank goodness for all the Cars and Lego. He is able to play those without any problem while he lies on his belly. Each day things should get a little better for him.

I still go in to his room in the middle of the night about every 30 minutes to make sure he is breathing and no issues. Brenda has a nasty cold and I have a feeling she has shared it so we will be keeping an eye on that too.

I am so thankful for all that thoughts and prayers that were sent our way. We are sure that is what pulled Gavin's health back for us. It just seems that soon after I posted on Facebook that Gavin was having issues, he started to improve... SLOWLY.

I think when he is older I am going to scary the daylights out of him after everything he has put me through! LOL :rotfl:

KatMark
03-30-2011, 11:31 AM
Tam, glad to hear he is improving. After you posted about the oxygen, I got worried too and kept waiting for an update. I hope Brenda didn't/doesn't pass him her cold because he doesn't need that. You just keep taking care of those precious children of yours...AND YOURSELF too.

Caretames1
03-30-2011, 11:46 AM
It scary to think about your child having compilcations. I'm glad he's doing much better.:hug:



I think when he is older I am going to scary the daylights out of him after everything he has put me through! LOL :rotfl:

:lmao: Just embarass him, ( you know, you & DH kissing in front of him, calling him your little sweetums in front of his friends, or my all time fav; hugging & kissing on him in front of friends) that will do it :thumbsup2

lorainfam
03-30-2011, 01:38 PM
So glad to hear that Gavin is home. Hope that the healing process goes smoothly and as a parent of a child of multiples surgeries also...make sure during this time that you take care of yourself!!! Even if it is for a few minutes. Also, hope that Brenda gets better also.

stephielela
03-30-2011, 04:59 PM
Wow, I am so glad everything is getting better! I'm sorry it was so complicated this time. Did they have any idea why it wasn't as smooth as the last surgery? I know what you mean about when it's your child and it takes longer than planned, you heart literally stops! When Jack had his surgery last summer, everything went fine, but it took him a looooong time to wake up. I think I was literally holding my breath while my dad and the nurse kept trying to wake him up. I am keeping your family in my thoughts!!!

brookelizabeth
03-30-2011, 09:05 PM
Oh Tammy! I just read your last few updates - you had me laughing and crying! What an AWESOME first day at MK! :lovestruc The pictures of Brenda after BBB and Gavin after PL had me crying! They both look DARLING. I love, love, love Gavin's Pirate face and I just might have to look into that for Henry since he has become recently obsessed with pirates. :laughing:

Your moment on Dumbo was another tear jerker for me. That moment is always so special. And even though we have been able to go often, I still get that moment every time!

And yes, Brenda, we can ALWAYS wish! :love:

I saw your note on FB about Gavin, I'm so glad he's been improving. Hopefully all these craZy medical issues are ending for you guys! :hug:

Okay, just thinking about your last couple updates has me in tears again...LOL

exwdwcm
03-30-2011, 10:31 PM
oh my gosh, i can't imagine how scared you were. but so glad he is home safely and doing well. heck, i go in and check on William when he just has a cold a few times a night, so I imagine I would be checking every 30 minutes too at night after something like this. So glad he seems to be recovering well now. I hope he continues to get well quickly. Keep us posted and know that prayers and pixie dust continue to come your way!:hug:

Tinker_Tam
04-17-2011, 05:34 PM
Hi all! I wanted to pop in and let you all know we are still alive here! Things have been hectic as always. I am gonna try to do something with this trip report soon. I know, I know... I have made that promise so many times before. It seems like I tend to forget about the TR itself, until things are not so happy in life... and well, then it hurts a little to try to update. I know that makes me sound a little crazy but that is how things are. It just seems like we have all been through so much since the trip. So keep an eye out this week. I may post a bunch all at once. I have to have Jon show me where the pictures are now that the computer they were on crashed. Hope all is well with everyone else out there on the DIS!

Caretames1
04-17-2011, 05:42 PM
Hey, you just take care of that family and yourself. We'll all be here when you update. Hope everyones doing fine. :hug:

Carey

KatMark
04-17-2011, 06:03 PM
Tam, as we've said before, we're not going anywhere and we will wait until you have time with all the things you need to take care of with your family.:hug:

jenseib
04-18-2011, 10:39 AM
Take your time .I am so behind anyways that it is kind of nice that you are going slow. LOL!

stephielela
04-23-2011, 09:23 PM
Hey Tammy! Hope everything is going well for you guys, and Happy Easter!!!

jenseib
04-24-2011, 08:02 AM
Happy Easter Tammy!

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chrisw127
04-24-2011, 10:15 AM
I love this trip report. It's nice to see WDW through a first-timer's eyes, particularly one who really values what's happening.

I hope you and your family are doing well and look forward to reading more.

brookelizabeth
04-28-2011, 11:14 PM
Take care of your family Tammy! We will be here when you are ready. I totally understand how painful it can be sometimes to DIS when things in 'real life' are all crazy and hectic! :hug:

Tinker_Tam
04-30-2011, 05:52 PM
Hello all my loyal readers who stick around... even though it takes me too long to get a post together! :lmao: Thank you all for your kind words and understand over the past few weeks. Things here have been pretty nasty, but I am in no way going to dwell on that. What I am going to do is get an update posted! I know, I know... you all are saying "its about time"... so on to our second full day!

This day we decided to change a bit. The original plan was to get up bright an early and hit a park till it was lunch time. We were all still kinda sleepy that morning so the night before we had decided that it would be a great day to just sleep in.. After all its all part of the plan... more or less! :rotfl: So we slept till we woke up which was probably around 9. Someday the kids are going to kill me for this but here is a wake up picture of both of them... :rotfl2:
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and cool man Gavin...
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I was really hoping to get a second day from Brenda's hair but it was all fine. NOTHING was going to get me down! After I thought about it the bun didn't really go with her dress for this day anyway. So I hurried and gave the kids a quick bath and got them ready for the day.

This day we would take the car. It seemed as if we would be hoping from one place to another and only being the second day we weren't too sure about things just yet. So we got in the car and headed to the Grand Floridian. I must tell you all this is a BEAUTIFUL hotel but I don't think I would ever feel comfortable staying there. I think I will stick to Pop! :rotfl:
The first thing that caught Gavin's eye was the big white car... check out my 2 cuties...
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We first headed over to the quick service place for a quick lunch. Brenda was really too excited to eat to much. I had the BEST hot dog in the world!!! It was the Rubin Dog and my oh my was it yummy! They also had this cucumber salad there. It honestly brought tears to my eyes. Not for the usual reason. My gram used to make this ALL THE TIME and I loved it! It was very close to tasting just like hers. I should also mention that my gram died soon after my mom in 2003. I know many people will think I am nuts but there were a few times when it seemed I would run across things that reminded me of mom and gram and made it almost as though they were there with me.
After eating we headed back to the lobby and tried to get a good family picture at the tree... well this is the best we got between our camera AND photopass...
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We also checked out the amazing gingerbread house... They kids couldn't believe that it was all "cookie".
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Finally, it was time for Brenda's special treat! She would be off to the tea party. Here is Brenda in the Alice dress that Jon's mom made her.
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We were a little early so the kids all gathered on the floor to color till it was time to go in. Then it was time to line up.
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Brenda went in and got a seat. Here comes another sweet story about my daughter. There were 2 children that came in together after all the other kids had been sitting down. The one was having a very rough time of things and I do think there was some mental handicap there but I have no idea what... nor was it any of my business. There were 2 empty chairs... way apart. One was beside Brenda and the other was at the end of the table. The one girl sat in the one empty chair beside Brenda and the other child started to cry really hard because she was already having separation issues. BRENDA decides without being asked to give her seat to the crying girl. She tells her to sit with her friend... Then Brenda goes on to give each of them one of the empty coloring sheets she had gotten by being early. She then takes the seat on the end. I know its not a huge thing but at 4 yo it really says a lot about Brenda. She is so loving and kind. So, after this all takes place its time to wave good bye and have some fun...
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I grabbed this quick shot as I was ushered out. Alice and the Mad Hatter before making their entrance...
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The Photopass shot!
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So you all are probably wondering what Gavin was doing with Jon during this time...
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I found them sitting in the TV area enjoying some black and white Mickey cartoons. Gavin goes on to tell me that he thought the color had ran away! :lmao: Then he left me know that Daddy had told him that they didn't have colors when this was made! :happytv: It was too cute. We walked around but didn't go too far. Just enjoyed the scene at the GF. We did buy a Phineas and Ferb Christmas CD to listen to in the car. It came in really hand this day because as you might remember we drove to everything on this day. And we are ALL big Phineas and Ferb fans!!! :lmao:

Soon it was time to pick Brenda back up. The time seemed to have gone really quickly. Here is Brenda with the flowers for me and a beautiful teapot frame she made for me. What a sweetheart!
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I keep the frame on my nightstand with a picture of us from the trip. Its a nice reminder every morning of just how good life can be. I then come down stairs and have a soda in my resort mug. Got to love those mugs! So wish they would have had the cute beachy-water mugs when we were there but that came much later. The resort mug is wonderful because I don't like the kids to see me drinking soda for breakfast, but I usually need the caffeine! We don't let the kids drink soda (other than 2 times on this trip) but I definitely don't want them to see me having it for breakfast.

After I got Brenda from the tea party both kids were asking if we could go on a monorail ride. So we rode around... twice! :rotfl: and then headed back to the car for our next destination of the day.... But where is that???

I am going to work on the update right now....

KatMark
04-30-2011, 06:02 PM
Tam, what a BEAUTIFUL Alice in Wonderland that Brenda made. And what a very sweet, sweet child to offer her seat to the two girls separated. You have done good, Mom. :hug: And I love the photopass picture with the Mad Hatter and Alice.

I love that Gavin thought the "color ran away." :goodvibes

mrsksomeday
04-30-2011, 06:33 PM
The wake up pictures are adorable!!

Brenda's Alice dress is so cute!! She has such a kind heart giving her chair up, you should be proud of yourself Tammy she is taking after you.

LOVE the photopass picture.

How cute is Gavin about the color running away. He has my heart :goodvibes.

Your comment about "how good life can be" made me cry. I am so sorry your family is having a rough time with medical issues :hug:. You are in my prayers every day and I hope things get better very soon.

Great idea to drink out of the mug.

I love that you rode the monorail loop twice, we like to do that too.

I can't wait to see where you go next.

jenseib
04-30-2011, 06:35 PM
Great update. I love the dress. It looks like a lot of kids were there. I heard they now do photopass pictures there now. I sure wish they would've when Claire went in 09. I do want to take her back to it in the future again. It has slightly changed from what I have read, but still looks fun. It was one of her most favorite things she's ever done at Disney.

I am so proud of Brenda. What a sweet girl. Most kids wouldn't even have noticed that, let alone dome anything about it. What a sweetheart.

I hope things get better for you soon.

Tinker_Tam
04-30-2011, 06:49 PM
I am going to try to wrap this day up today.. Don't want to let you all hanging for another month. To be honest, I have to do them on days that are good. If not I start to write, and cry, at the same time... and I just can't do it. The biggest part of me has to wonder if this will ever happen again. We have all had so many health issues lately. Gavin surgery last month didn't go so well and I fear we could have lost him. Jon has surgery next month and will be without income for 6 weeks... and Brenda has been having some issues with her weight and has been unable to gain. And well, lets just skip over me.. I even checked into the whole donating Plasma thing that I jokingly said about before. Only to find out that we are all unable because of being unsure of Gavin's health... and where it is going. Anyway... on with the day...

As we last left off we took 2 spins around on the monorail. When we got off the monorail we hit the gift shop. Tracy and Bill had gotten the kids a gift card to spend on something they wanted while they were there. I knew almost immediately what they would choose. When we went into the gift shop Brenda spotted what she wanted as soon as she hit the rack. It was one of those light up toys... Tinkerbell to be exact. She had wanted one so badly. And of course Gavin did too. Only his was a Buzz Lightyear! We had talked to the kids a few times about how we couldn't buy EVERYTHING we saw. We had also told them that morning that if they saw something they REALLY wanted that they had a GF from Tracy and Bill. This is what they really wanted. I am sure I have pictures of them somewhere with their lights but not on this particular day. They loved the lights so much! It was the best thing in the world. The really funny part is I didn't see this particular Tinkerbell light anywhere else while we were there. And the other funny thing, everyday when we left they asked if it would get dark while we were out and if we said yes they would tell us they had to take their lights. Even now they still play with them almost everyday. Thank you Tracy and Bill!

Ok, after leaving GF we headed back to the car. We had a special reservation for something special for Gavin...
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Brenda changed into regular clothing in the car when we got there. It was getting much chillier at this point. Even the adults were putting on coats. We had about an hour to an hour and half till it was time to check in so we thought we would check out a few stores... A FEW I said! :lmao: instead we made it to 1! :scared1: The Lego store. This is where I would find out so much about my "little" boy! I should also tell you that even at 36 Jon is a Lego fan. I think that is part of the reason he wanted kids... so he had someone to build with! :lmao:

At Lego they have a great play area outside to build with Legos. We had Megablocks at home and I knew the kids loved to build. So first we go inside to check things out...
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The kids then spotted that play area and I told Jon to stay in and look around and I would take them out to build.

I took both kids out. Put Brenda at a table with the little building blocks and Gavin at the table beside her that had duplo... and what I got in return for this kind gesture??? A MELTDOWN OF MEGA PROPORTION!!!! Yes, Gavin had a HUGE meltdown. He went into a rant about how he didn't want these stupid baby blocks and he wanted to be over at the other blocks with his sister! He then went on to tell me how unfair it was that I thought he was a baby and he could build every bit as well as Brenda!!! It so took me by surprised so I told him that as soon as a spot opened at Brenda's table I would take him there. He did his very best pouting till one child left. Let me tell you, I have never seen such a meltdown in my life, from Gavin! Brenda, I get from time to time but not Gavin! So, as soon as a spot opened I took Gavin over beside Brenda and he was once again a happy camper! This is where I also found out that he was indeed right... those duplo blocks were too easy for him. He built great with the little blocks... you know the ones rated for 5+ year olds!!
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And an awesome picture... Gavin has decided that his "big boy" room when we switch him to a twin bed later this year has to be Lego. I am going to blow this shot up!
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When I told Jon about the meltdown you kinda had a laugh... not in front of him though. I did explain to him that all he really had to do was tell me he wanted the smaller blocks. I didn't need the attitude. He of course said he was sorry and I got a huge hug.

It was now getting close to time for our reservation. We had only made it to the Lego store. I had already figured out that Gavin would be getting a Lego set for Christmas so we would be back. That was the only thing that got the kids to leave the table!

We headed over to T-Rex and had a very short wait! The food was awesome!!! I got a burger that was too big to fit in my mouth! :lmao: Here are some shots...
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Gavin loves T-Rex!!!
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We all did really!!
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Then came time for dessert!!! I think this was the most awesome part!! We all shared the Chocolate Extinction.
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It was yummy... Can you tell??? :rotfl2:
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I will give everyone a hint too. T-Rex can be pretty expensive. At least for us. If you belong to MyPoints you can earn FREE Landry Gift Cards that can be used at T-Rex. That saved us $50! This is such a do again for us!!!

After T-Rex our time was limited. As soon as the kids saw Lego I knew we would be going back there. Which was ok since we didn't have much time... and we would be going back to DTD again. So.. back to Lego again. This time I avoided the meltdown and went right to the little blocks! :rotfl2: This is how we ended our night...
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After this it was getting VERY late for the kids. We headed back to the car and back to Pop. We headed right back to the room and got our baths and cuddled into bed. It became a pattern that Brenda and I would chat at the end of the night while cuddling till she fell asleep. I remember this night she had the best day ever and that when we came back we had to do T-Rex again for Gavin... even if it meant no BBB or Tea Party for her. I asked if she liked BBB and Tea party and she said "yes, I just want Gavin to be happy. He is sick all the time, but he really smiled at T-Rex." It warms my heart to know that she loves her brother so much but bothers me a little to know that she will give up things she likes to make others happy. That is a tough balance to teach sometimes. Brenda soon fell asleep and I laid beside her and for a long time trying to doze off. I have to tell you that I love that she wants Gavin to be happy, but it makes me sad that she is willing to give up her happiness to allow him to be happy. Much later than I would have liked I fell asleep and I am sure had happy dreams.

KatMark
04-30-2011, 07:05 PM
Tam, I am so sorry about all the health issues you guys are still dealing with. Could Brenda just be going through a stage? Or is she worried about her brother or her dad? I hope things turn around soon for all of you...you've endured so much.

Gavin, as all little boys, are entitled to a meltdown every once in awhile. I vividly remember several that my boys had...mostly my youngest son. And, of course, Gavin is a big boy and should play with the big boy Legos.

I love the pics at T-Rex. We've passed by it, but we've not eaten there. Without kids, we tend to avoid those type of places (too much like Rainforest Cafe and we didn't particularly care for hte one we ate at in Chicago and Las Vegas).

Can't wait to see what Day 3 brings.

And your daughter just has a good soul and she wants her brother to be happy. Nothing wrong with that at all (there are a lot of people that could take lessons from her!).

Tinker_Tam
04-30-2011, 07:12 PM
Tam, what a BEAUTIFUL Alice in Wonderland that Brenda made. And what a very sweet, sweet child to offer her seat to the two girls separated. You have done good, Mom. :hug: And I love the photopass picture with the Mad Hatter and Alice.

I love that Gavin thought the "color ran away." :goodvibes

Thanks! I think Brenda looks beautiful too but than again she's mine so if I didn't think that there would be issues! :rotfl: Thank you for the comment on the good job on raising her. I try very hard to raise "good kids".

On the good days, Gavin will keep you in stitches! I have no idea where he gets it sometimes! :lmao:

The wake up pictures are adorable!!

I am going to use these pictures to scare off future dates! :lmao: :rotfl2:

Brenda's Alice dress is so cute!! She has such a kind heart giving her chair up, you should be proud of yourself Tammy she is taking after you.

I would love to take credit for Brenda's kind heart but I think its something special she has inside her. She tries very hard to make friends with everyone and make sure everyone is having a nice time. Such a sweetie... but she can get a mean streak sometimes too! :rotfl:

LOVE the photopass picture.

How cute is Gavin about the color running away. He has my heart :goodvibes.
He has such a funny way of looking at things! Its so nice to see this side of him when he is feeling well.


Your comment about "how good life can be" made me cry. I am so sorry your family is having a rough time with medical issues :hug:. You are in my prayers every day and I hope things get better very soon.
I am sure things will look up soon. Everyone has ups and downs in life, if how you find your way out of the bad times that matters.

Great idea to drink out of the mug.
Don't want to pass my bad eatting habits on... or give up my morning soda! :rotfl:

I love that you rode the monorail loop twice, we like to do that too. THe kids could ride it all day!!!

I can't wait to see where you go next.

Great update. I love the dress. It looks like a lot of kids were there. I heard they now do photopass pictures there now. I sure wish they would've when Claire went in 09. I do want to take her back to it in the future again. It has slightly changed from what I have read, but still looks fun. It was one of her most favorite things she's ever done at Disney.

I am so proud of Brenda. What a sweet girl. Most kids wouldn't even have noticed that, let alone dome anything about it. What a sweetheart.

I hope things get better for you soon.
Thanks! They do have photopass at the Tea party now. You just go to the desk on the second floor and have them added. They were basically shots of everyone. There were a few shots of Brenda eating her cupcake. Brenda loved the tea party but talks more now about BBB.

Caretames1
04-30-2011, 10:56 PM
Sounds like you had a wonderful 2nd day!:thumbsup2 Brenda's dress was adorable, and it's a reflection on you and your DH that Brenda is such a sweet giving child. I've always tried to teach my girls to be nice to everyone, and warms my heart to see them act that way.
Gavin is such a cutie. He reminds me a little of my niece(she's little beacuse she was born at 26 weeks) she's a feisty one too! His spirt is what's going to keep him running 2 steps ahead of you!

smidgy
05-01-2011, 12:26 AM
I must tell you all this is a BEAUTIFUL hotel but I don't think I would ever feel comfortable staying there. I think I will stick to Pop



you know, I used to feel this way. not anymore! I would feel comfortable staying anywhere, if I had the means or wherewithall (be it renting points, or 40% off code, or, whatever)to be somewhere.. then I belong! no classism!

first, my prayers are with your family and your health issues. your kids sound so great! wish we could have met your family.

brenda, giving up her seat without being asked.... being PERCEPTIVE enough, having such empathy, what a great girl!

and it's so great that shoe is concerned about her brother's happiness. I am happy that you guys make sure to make her feel special, too!

avin, and legos:sometimes kids know what they can do better than we do!!

jenseib
05-01-2011, 09:13 AM
Sometimes kids have meltdowns over the strangest things...I've been there too. In fact, last night! :rotfl2:

I really want to give T Rex a try someday. I just need to get back first. Who knows when that will be though.

pintamino
05-01-2011, 04:42 PM
Love seeing the updates... sorry to hear why they're delayed. Hope you all enjoyed the beautiful weather we had yesterday and are staying dry today. :hug:

exwdwcm
05-01-2011, 10:48 PM
great update!

I am so sorry you guys are really struggling more lately with health issues. I keep you all in my prayers and thoughts! HUGS!!!

What a sweetheart and kind soul Brenda is, first giving up her spot at the table at the tea party and then speaking so kindly about Gavin and his needs. what great kids you've raised!!!

t-rex looks like fun and we love the lego store too. I think we are ready to step up to the smaller legos for William too now- so we might be spending lots of time in the lego store next time!

can't wait to hear more about your magical trip!

Tinker_Tam
05-02-2011, 01:48 PM
Tam, I am so sorry about all the health issues you guys are still dealing with. Could Brenda just be going through a stage? Or is she worried about her brother or her dad? I hope things turn around soon for all of you...you've endured so much.
Brenda has always been on the small side. Its just been lately her weight is going down instead. She continues to grow taller but she is getting quite thin. She has once again, even at 5 yo, dropped to just over 28 lbs. They have run some tests and we simply wait to see what they can find. I am hoping it all comes down to she isn't much of an eater. We just went shopping for some new spring/ summer things because she has grown taller. Problem is I have to take the waist in on everything! Height wise she is where she should be... weight wise she could wear a 2T. :sad1:
Gavin, as all little boys, are entitled to a meltdown every once in awhile. I vividly remember several that my boys had...mostly my youngest son. And, of course, Gavin is a big boy and should play with the big boy Legos.
I have no idea what I was thinking... perhaps that he was 3 and those blocks are supposed to be for 5+! :rotfl: He sure left me know it though!
I love the pics at T-Rex. We've passed by it, but we've not eaten there. Without kids, we tend to avoid those type of places (too much like Rainforest Cafe and we didn't particularly care for hte one we ate at in Chicago and Las Vegas).
I am not sure its a place Jon and I would have eaten had it not been that Gavin oves Dinosaurs. We have eaten at Rainforest before at a few different locations (MN, Canada, MD) and its always hit or miss. T-Rex was a hit though! But again, I don't know if I would do it without kids.

Can't wait to see what Day 3 brings.

And your daughter just has a good soul and she wants her brother to be happy. Nothing wrong with that at all (there are a lot of people that could take lessons from her!).
She is so sweet! Don't get me wrong, she can get her feisty attitude sometimes but she is always thinking of others.


Sounds like you had a wonderful 2nd day!:thumbsup2 Brenda's dress was adorable, and it's a reflection on you and your DH that Brenda is such a sweet giving child. I've always tried to teach my girls to be nice to everyone, and warms my heart to see them act that way.
Gavin is such a cutie. He reminds me a little of my niece(she's little beacuse she was born at 26 weeks) she's a feisty one too! His spirt is what's going to keep him running 2 steps ahead of you!
It does make me feel good when I see the kids being so kind. I know that there are lots of parents that teach their kids to be out for themselves, and hurt who ever gets in their way. I see that a lot being near the college here. Makes me want to pull them aside and say "don't listen to you parents!" but of course we know we can't do that. :rotfl:
Gavin's spirit is how I can judge how he is feeling... the feistier the better with him. :lmao:


I must tell you all this is a BEAUTIFUL hotel but I don't think I would ever feel comfortable staying there. I think I will stick to Pop



you know, I used to feel this way. not anymore! I would feel comfortable staying anywhere, if I had the means or wherewithall (be it renting points, or 40% off code, or, whatever)to be somewhere.. then I belong! no classism!

I guess I really did state that wrong. If it were just Jon and I, GF would be amazing. I just don't see it as very kid friendly. Pop wins out with the bright colors and things that appeal to the kids. So, maybe GF in 20 years when the kids are either grown, paying for their own trip, or staying home! :lmao:

first, my prayers are with your family and your health issues. your kids sound so great! wish we could have met your family.
Thank you for your prayers. I really wish we could have bumped into you while we were there. When you tell people you stayed 11 nights they saw "wow! You were there a long time" but in reality everything goes so fast that you could stay 3 months and I would still feel rushed... maybe its just me. There were so many Dis friends I was hoping to run into and never got to.
brenda, giving up her seat without being asked.... being PERCEPTIVE enough, emphatic enough, what a great girl!
and it's so great that shoe is concerned about her brother's happiness. I am happy that you guys make sure to make her feel special, too!
Brenda really is a great girl. I lucked out with her that is for sure! She is currently in the other room trying to figure out where we are going on girls day this week. She is too sweet!
Gavin, and legos:sometimes kids know what they can do better than we do!! I guess he sure told me! :rotfl2: It was so funny to hear him though. It was really the first tantrum of that magnitude that I have ever gotten from me... there have been a few since, and well... they aren't so cute anymore! :lmao:

Sometimes kids have meltdowns over the strangest things...I've been there too. In fact, last night! :rotfl2:

I really want to give T Rex a try someday. I just need to get back first. Who knows when that will be though.
It was the first meltdown I have gotten from him! I had to turn away from him so he didn't see me laugh. Then I had to tell Jon when he was involved in something so he didn't see Jon laughing. He does tend to meltdown more often now... and can I just say... not so cute! :rotfl:

If you want to do T-Rex you really should do the whole Mypoints thing. That $50 card came in so handy! Who doesn't like a free $50 for simply clicking on e-mails?!?!


Love seeing the updates... sorry to hear why they're delayed. Hope you all enjoyed the beautiful weather we had yesterday and are staying dry today. :hug:
What happened to our beautiful weather??? I even heard the word SNOW in higher elevations later this week!!! What is with that? Later this summer I will be complaining about how hot it is! No winning with me and the weather! :lmao:


great update!

I am so sorry you guys are really struggling more lately with health issues. I keep you all in my prayers and thoughts! HUGS!!!

What a sweetheart and kind soul Brenda is, first giving up her spot at the table at the tea party and then speaking so kindly about Gavin and his needs. what great kids you've raised!!!

t-rex looks like fun and we love the lego store too. I think we are ready to step up to the smaller legos for William too now- so we might be spending lots of time in the lego store next time!

can't wait to hear more about your magical trip!

We so appreciate all the prayers we get. I know that things could always be worse and I try to remember that but sometimes I just get to feeling a little sorry for us all. If that happens fill free to send me a cyber slap across the head and tell me to get over it already!

I am a pretty proud mom! I have the best kids ever! We had many issues trying to get pregnant and when we did we had several miscarriages. When we finally had Brenda it didn't take me long to figure out I needed to quit my job and stay home with her. I know its not the right decision for everyone but it has worked out great for us. Yes, the extra money would be great with another income but this way I get to teach Brenda and Gavin our family values and that they are and always will be first in my life. Its just what has worked for us.

Enjoy the Lego store! Just take my advice and avoid the meltdown... go straight to the little blocks! :rotfl:

eecteacher82
05-03-2011, 11:36 AM
I finally got on here to read your updates! I LOVE how sweet and caring Brenda is! It shows what a great Mom she has!

I love the pics from T-Rex! That is one place we have never been, but it looks so good!

Olivia loves just riding the monorail! I actually just posted about our monorail riding in my last update to my TR!

Can't wait to read more!

exwdwcm
05-03-2011, 12:56 PM
We so appreciate all the prayers we get. I know that things could always be worse and I try to remember that but sometimes I just get to feeling a little sorry for us all. If that happens fill free to send me a cyber slap across the head and tell me to get over it already!

I am a pretty proud mom! I have the best kids ever! We had many issues trying to get pregnant and when we did we had several miscarriages. When we finally had Brenda it didn't take me long to figure out I needed to quit my job and stay home with her. I know its not the right decision for everyone but it has worked out great for us. Yes, the extra money would be great with another income but this way I get to teach Brenda and Gavin our family values and that they are and always will be first in my life. Its just what has worked for us.

Enjoy the Lego store! Just take my advice and avoid the meltdown... go straight to the little blocks! :rotfl:hey, as i tell my mom, who is losing her sight due to a brain tumor- it is okay to have pity parties every once in a while for yourself. We all deserve that. But have your pity party and then pick yourself back up and put on your happy face. I have a feeling you do that (the happy face) a lot already - i mean it shows in how great your kiddos are!

well your sacrifice to stay at home has paid off for sure! We struggled for 2 years to have William and i am about to TTC again (at 37), so nervous about it and I can't wait to stay at home in a few years with them. It's just not in the cards for us right now. but hopefully one day! enjoy every second with them at home. ;):goodvibes:grouphug:

Tinker_Tam
05-04-2011, 04:41 PM
I finally got on here to read your updates! I LOVE how sweet and caring Brenda is! It shows what a great Mom she has!

I love the pics from T-Rex! That is one place we have never been, but it looks so good!

Olivia loves just riding the monorail! I actually just posted about our monorail riding in my last update to my TR!

Can't wait to read more!

You have been too busy writing your own updates to come visit! :lmao: Busy, busy gal you are!

T-Rex really was a good time for all of us. Brenda enjoyed it too, but it was over the top for Gavin. I was a little worried he would be afraid but he was great with it! Guess I am just too worried to let him grow up.

I told Jon the next time we do go we should knock 2 days of park tickets out and just ride the monorail all day! :rotfl2:

hey, as i tell my mom, who is losing her sight due to a brain tumor- it is okay to have pity parties every once in a while for yourself. We all deserve that. But have your pity party and then pick yourself back up and put on your happy face. I have a feeling you do that (the happy face) a lot already - i mean it shows in how great your kiddos are!

well your sacrifice to stay at home has paid off for sure! We struggled for 2 years to have William and i am about to TTC again (at 37), so nervous about it and I can't wait to stay at home in a few years with them. It's just not in the cards for us right now. but hopefully one day! enjoy every second with them at home. ;):goodvibes:grouphug:

There are days when I can really let the pity party get the best of me. Then the kids do something and I am reminded that how I feel about things should be last thing on my mind. I have 2 amazing kids that need me to be a good mom. So on the smile goes and back to playing with the kids.

Good luck TTC. I hope you are successful right away! I know how much it can hurt to get those big fat negatives each month. I will keep you in my prayers and pray that it works the first month. I really should tell you that when I had Brenda, I had planned to work. To be honest, we have given up so much for me to stay home. When my maternity leave was over Jon had switched his schedule some so that he would be home and work nights (much the way things are now). He would take care of Brenda while I was at work. I taught Preschool so I was home by 3:30. The first week was awful. I cried every break I had and called home just sobbing. Jon couldn't take how sad I was and I couldn't take it anymore. I gave my notice the next week and they informed me that I really should think about using my unused vacation so I didn't lose it. So... I finished out the week and I was done with the exception of the accrued vacation time. There are days that I think about all the things we would have if I were still working and then Brenda or Gavin will give me a huge and I know I am the richest person in the world.

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Hoping to have another update soon. Uploading to Photobucket now!

stephielela
05-04-2011, 05:39 PM
Your family is in my thoughts! I am so sorry about all the health issues you have been having. Hopefully now that spring/summer are here, things will get better. I always feel that a little fresh air goes a long way!

Brenda is too amazing! She has such a kind heart, and that's great but it is hard to find a balance between being generous and giving up too much.

I have found boys have meltdowns over the craziest things! Jack is often that way.

I am glad you had a great second day, I can't wait to hear about day 3!

Tinker_Tam
06-03-2011, 02:57 PM
I know I posted on Facebook that I wasn't going to finish this but after a ton of thought... I really need to. This was such an amazing time for us all. I really want to share our story and what a great time we had with you all. So, if you are a FB friend, please ignore my upsetting post that I wouldn't be finishing this TR. After some of you notice something different here, I will explain my I was so confusing! :rotfl2: But someone has to figure that out first!

So without farther hold up... The 3rd Full day! Friday Dec 3, 2010... Travel with me back in time....

This morning was supposed to be our "empty" early breakfast at Crystal Palace. I had wanted a picture of the family in front of the castle with no one else in the picture. Here is what I got...
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You may wonder why is it so busy before the park is even opened... Well because I didn't bother to think about the fact that the Christmas Parade would be taping.
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Giving myself some credit here. I DID think about it being taped on Saturday... but not on Friday. So, this is a day I was so happy that we got the park hoppers! This is a day we used them. But not before we had Jon's favorite breakfast at Crystal Palace. The food there was so very very yummy! And the characters were priceless! Here are some awesome pictures for all my wonderful followers...
First was Eeyore...
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Than was Piglet...
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Than came Ti-double gggg-er
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Last, but certainly not least.... POOH!!!
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The kiddos of course joined the Friendship parade as it passed by..
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As you can tell it was a LITTLE chilly this morning... well... really chilly! When I called home I found that it was in the single digit in PA so I really didn't mind the chill in the air. Just wasn't what I was expecting. Brenda was started to say she was feeling a little sick. I really think it was more she was getting tired from the constant go.

After our tummies were all super full we headed out of Crystal Palace. Things were really full on Main street from the parade taping. Our plan had always been to eat and run from MK..but the kiddos decided they wanted to get down to the parade music outside. Look at them shake it...
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And another shot of Mariah Carey from just outside CP.
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After a few minutes of standing there we decided it was time to head off to another park. On the way out we saw practically no line for one of hte most important people we would see at WDW... SANTA!!!!
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My favorite shot of the kids with Santa... EVER!!!!
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Gavin was so proud that Santa signed his pillowcase!
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So... now you have to wonder... just what park did we leave and go to??????? Stay tuned... I promise to be better about this!

exwdwcm
06-03-2011, 03:11 PM
You have been too busy writing your own updates to come visit! :lmao: Busy, busy gal you are!

T-Rex really was a good time for all of us. Brenda enjoyed it too, but it was over the top for Gavin. I was a little worried he would be afraid but he was great with it! Guess I am just too worried to let him grow up.

I told Jon the next time we do go we should knock 2 days of park tickets out and just ride the monorail all day! :rotfl2:



There are days when I can really let the pity party get the best of me. Then the kids do something and I am reminded that how I feel about things should be last thing on my mind. I have 2 amazing kids that need me to be a good mom. So on the smile goes and back to playing with the kids.

Good luck TTC. I hope you are successful right away! I know how much it can hurt to get those big fat negatives each month. I will keep you in my prayers and pray that it works the first month. I really should tell you that when I had Brenda, I had planned to work. To be honest, we have given up so much for me to stay home. When my maternity leave was over Jon had switched his schedule some so that he would be home and work nights (much the way things are now). He would take care of Brenda while I was at work. I taught Preschool so I was home by 3:30. The first week was awful. I cried every break I had and called home just sobbing. Jon couldn't take how sad I was and I couldn't take it anymore. I gave my notice the next week and they informed me that I really should think about using my unused vacation so I didn't lose it. So... I finished out the week and I was done with the exception of the accrued vacation time. There are days that I think about all the things we would have if I were still working and then Brenda or Gavin will give me a huge and I know I am the richest person in the world.

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Hoping to have another update soon. Uploading to Photobucket now!

Thanks! here is hoping we don't have to do IVF again. You are so right. You are very RICH!!! Sometimes we get so caught up in money and life that we forget how truly blessed we are. I try and remind myself everyday how fortunate I am to even have William.

Love the latest update and glad you are continuing! we loved breakfast at CP too. sorry it was on the taping day!! but so cute that you got to see Santa with no line- he is an awesome Santa and I love that pic of Gavin with his pillowcase!

KatMark
06-03-2011, 03:21 PM
Tammy, I am thrilled you are continuing your TR (although we would have been happy to see the pics on FB if you just couldn't deal with it).

The pictures of your adorable kiddos at Crystal Palace with Pooh and friends are wonderful. And I love the picture with Santa Claus.

KatMark
06-03-2011, 03:27 PM
YOU HAVE A TICKER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :dance3::dance3::dance3::dance3:

Details, please. :)

Tinker_Tam
06-03-2011, 04:05 PM
KAT IS THE WINNER!!!! I will get your trophy to you soon! :rotfl2:

I do have a ticker now. We haven't actually booked yet... Because you can't book this far in advance. We had every intention of returning Dec 2013... till today.

I have been having some super duper down in the dumps days lately. Seems like with Jon's surgery and the kids having some health issues that we were never going to get anything positive again. We recently looked at a house that was for rent and someone else beat us to it. Things were just getting darker and darker. This morning Beauty and the Beast was on the Disney channel. I was watching it with the kids and Jon and had to fight back the tears. I was remembering us all watching it in HS and how much fun we were having. I didn't realize Jon was feeling close to the same way. Then I started to tell Jon how much I was missing Disney. It is then that he left me know that he was feeling the same way and had been for a while! We BOTH really need something to look forward too. So we started to talk. Brenda will be in first grade then so we really have to look at the school schedule. We so want to go at the same time of year. The Christmas decor there just added a lot to our experience. So we looked at the school schedule and are pretty easy to predict some things. Brenda will be off for Thanksgiving that year.. not sure on the Weds before but we know that, living in central PA, she will have off the Monday and Tuesday after because hunting season is a national holiday here in PA. Bonus for us. We will leave when she gets out of school on vacation, drive to Jon's parents in NC for a few days and then travel so that we get to WDW on Sunday, Nov 25! We know, from both having gone to the same school that Brenda is allowed to easily miss 7 days... and more under certain circumstances. Being that I have my teaching degree I am going to write lesson plans and have study time with Brenda each day which will allow her 2 weeks leave! So... BIG mood change!!!! We are going to Disney in Nov 2012!!!!!! I know that ticker looks huge but it will be what gets me through these tough times!!!

If you are my FB friend, please don't mention our return to WDW on there till much much closer to time. If you recall we didn't get to great of a response when we announced our last trip. This one will be even worse with Jon just having surgery and things. We know that it really is going to take some savings. We aren't crazy. We just know that we need to buckle down and save...with a purpose.

So this will keep me on this TR. I will want to get it done so that in a few months I can start my PTR!! After all planning is half the fun!

Now, feel free to party with me!!!! :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana:

Tinker_Tam
06-03-2011, 05:12 PM
Just because you have all been so patient with me... Here is proof that I am going to try to do better on getting this TR going again! Here is the rest of the day....

So when I last left off... only a few hours ago... We were seeing Santa with practically no line and leaving the MK because it was crazy due to the parade taping. I know htat it was WAY before lunch when we left. I am guessing around 10 AM. We would hop the monorail and head over too Epcot. But of course no day should start with less than 3 loops on the monorail... at least by my kid's standards! :rotfl: So we rode 3 loops on the monorail and got off at Epcot. I am thinking this is actually our first visit to "that big golf ball" as Gavin first called it. :rotfl2: Never too young to get that connection!
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Of course by the time we get the kids in the stroller and settled... we get through bag check, Gavin is asleep.. and misses the first glimpse of the golf all... Here is our first pictures from Photopass at Epcot...
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We decided to head over to World Showcase. You MUST love the giant Christmas Tree that welcomes you...
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Our first stop was Mexico. We wake Gavin up on the way over to Mexico... How many times can you say that.. Waking someone up on the way to Mexico? :rotfl: Gavin spots Donald almost immediately. He decides that he MUST wait and see him. It was so cute when he walked up and put his arms around Donald...
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f125/bother_tam/TR/Photo0979FourBySix.jpg
and all of us together...
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Then we slowly worked our way over to the ride...
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We caught a few story tellers while we walked around World Showcase. The kids loved this story teller most. He was so animated...
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We then grab something yummy from...
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Yes, Caramel Corn!!!!!!! We grabbed some caramel corn and a bunch. It was so very yummy. I made plans to get some more later in the week, but I never did back to do that. Not really sure what stopped me.

Then the kids were off to pound the drums...
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We simply continued to just walk around and enjoy the evening. We each grabbed different snacks and quick service while for dinner that night. Tried a little of a lot of stuff! Jon got Sushi which made him super happy... although more so because he can't get it too often here, and less because it was yummy. This is us near the place where Jon got the Sushi. I love the environment here.
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Before long it was getting late... and the tree lights came on... So pretty..
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We grabbed a last picture of the "golf ball" before leaving. The kids were sound asleep in the stroller at this point.
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f125/bother_tam/TR/dscf1103.jpg

Since the kids were asleep Jon and I took a chance to have a picture of just him and I done.
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f125/bother_tam/TR/Photo1335FourBySix.jpg

Another great day in the world!!!! We had to wake the kids to get on the bus but they drifted right back off on the bus ride. And then we put them in the stroller to get to the room. We forgot all about bathes this night and put the kids to bed instead. They were worn out.. and if you recall Brenda wasn't feeling well earlier that morning. I do think it was just a matter of being tired though. This is one of the few nights Brenda and I didn't to talk to before drifting off to sleep. She was already asleep... but still nice to cuddle up as I dozed off.

What will tomorrow bring????? Stay with me and find out!

KatMark
06-03-2011, 05:26 PM
Tammy, first I am delighted to :dance3::banana::banana::woohoo::woohoo: party with you (and promise to not say anything on FB).

Love the Epcot update. World Showcase is a favorite spot of ours and I love the enthusiasm of Gavin greeting Donald Duck. And good that you and Jon got your "own" photopass picture together.

jenseib
06-03-2011, 07:33 PM
I am so happy for you. I read this 1st update earlier today on my phone, but couldn't respond.
I am also so happy that you have continued writing your TR. I love hearing how magical your 1st trip was.

Tinkermom76
06-03-2011, 10:44 PM
Oh Tammy I am so happy that you will be going back again sooner than expected!!!! We are planning for Oct in 2012 so we will miss eachother again :sad1:

I am also glad you are going to finish your TR because I love seeing it through your eyes, I think I need to slow down some more when I am there. I love that you guys just ride the Monorail, maybe we will try that next trip... Emma loves the Monorail!

Caretames1
06-03-2011, 10:46 PM
WHOO HOO!:banana::banana::banana: I'm so happy for you. Going back was even better then our first trip.

I think my favorite photo in this update is Brenda with Tigger. It's quite the look she seems tobe giving him:lmao:

I also love that you got a picture of just you and your DH. It's a sweet picture:lovestruc

We've been talking about our next, next trip and wouldn't you know we;re thinking Nov 2012! We'd be going around the 14th though. That would be for Kadence's birthday.

Tinker_Tam
06-06-2011, 11:27 PM
Tammy, first I am delighted to :dance3::banana::banana::woohoo::woohoo: party with you (and promise to not say anything on FB).

Love the Epcot update. World Showcase is a favorite spot of ours and I love the enthusiasm of Gavin greeting Donald Duck. And good that you and Jon got your "own" photopass picture together.
Thanks for partying along. Somedays you need a party... even if you have to do it all by yourself! I will let you know when we can hold the party on FB too. Right now there is just too much life hitting the fan... and the last thing I need is the stress of what others will say.

Gavin loved Donald and I am not really sure why this Donald was so special. I guess he just jumped out to Gavin.

I am so happy for you. I read this 1st update earlier today on my phone, but couldn't respond.
I am also so happy that you have continued writing your TR. I love hearing how magical your 1st trip was.
Thanks. I was just having some major issues and feeling like "whats the use, we'll never make it there again". I know its a LONG LONG time off but it helps that I have a set date. I know that a lot can come up in the meantime but I need that concrete piece of happiness coming my way feeling... if that makes sense. I'll just deal with anything that comes up... when and if it comes up.


Oh Tammy I am so happy that you will be going back again sooner than expected!!!! We are planning for Oct in 2012 so we will miss eachother again :sad1:

I am also glad you are going to finish your TR because I love seeing it through your eyes, I think I need to slow down some more when I am there. I love that you guys just ride the Monorail, maybe we will try that next trip... Emma loves the Monorail!

Shoot! One of these trips we will have to bump into each other! Its a must! :rotfl: Its so hard to slow down sometimes. I really wanted to just go go go but I always wanted to remember each and every little piece that I could. It wasn't a trip that we said to too many things... like riding the monorail a thousand times! :rotfl: If that is what Brenda and Gavin wanted to do than that is what we did.

WHOO HOO!:banana::banana::banana: I'm so happy for you. Going back was even better then our first trip.

I think my favorite photo in this update is Brenda with Tigger. It's quite the look she seems tobe giving him:lmao:

I also love that you got a picture of just you and your DH. It's a sweet picture:lovestruc

We've been talking about our next, next trip and wouldn't you know we;re thinking Nov 2012! We'd be going around the 14th though. That would be for Kadence's birthday.
Darn! Maybe you should hold off 2 weeks and make it the end of November! :lmao: I think you might get a fight there from your family though. I guess you can go first and get them all ready for me and my CrAzY family!


Thanks for sticking around. Hopefully another update this week!

mrsksomeday
06-06-2011, 11:52 PM
I could look at pictures of your kids ALL DAY LONG!! Bill and I just adore them so much, they are so precious!! Looks like you had a great time. The Santa picture is amazing.

I am SO HAPPY for you setting a date for another trip!! You deserve to go back to your happy place, as the Wishes song says "just believe". You have a long time to save and I will pray for discounts for your timeframe.

Tinker_Tam
06-09-2011, 12:42 PM
I could look at pictures of your kids ALL DAY LONG!! Bill and I just adore them so much, they are so precious!! Looks like you had a great time. The Santa picture is amazing.

I am SO HAPPY for you setting a date for another trip!! You deserve to go back to your happy place, as the Wishes song says "just believe". You have a long time to save and I will pray for discounts for your timeframe.

Awww.... Thanks Tracy! I have to tell you, for the few minutes we saw you at POP my kiddos are taken with you and Bill too. When we talk about Disney Brenda ALWAYS has to remind me of the night we saw "the guy in the cool chair and that really nice lady". I know who she is talking about but always say "You mean Tracy and Bill" to which I get "Yeah, those really nice people". Its always the same exchange. I think its because you left them blow Bill's horn! :rotfl2: We haven't told the kids we are going back yet. I know when we do tell them they will ask to see you and Bill! I really think they believe you two live there! :rotfl:

stephielela
06-09-2011, 04:35 PM
Yay!!! I am so excited for your new ticker. I've been meaning to ask about the earrings Brenda lost. I am not going till Ocotber, but it's only a few months away, so if you PM me a picture I would LOVE to get them for her.

Tinker_Tam
06-10-2011, 11:50 PM
Yay!!! I am so excited for your new ticker. I've been meaning to ask about the earrings Brenda lost. I am not going till Ocotber, but it's only a few months away, so if you PM me a picture I would LOVE to get them for her.

Thanks so much for remembering but Brook did pick them up for me while she was there. With as hectic as life has been yet, I haven't found the perfect time to give them too her... I mean for Tinkerbell to bring them by! :thumbsup2 Thank you again though!

Tinkermom76
06-11-2011, 08:11 AM
Thanks so much for remembering but Brook did pick them up for me while she was there. With as hectic as life has been yet, I haven't found the perfect time to give them too her... I mean for Tinkerbell to bring them by! :thumbsup2 Thank you again though!

That's awesome, so glad you got another pair!!!

stephielela
06-12-2011, 04:42 PM
Thanks so much for remembering but Brook did pick them up for me while she was there. With as hectic as life has been yet, I haven't found the perfect time to give them too her... I mean for Tinkerbell to bring them by! :thumbsup2 Thank you again though!

Awesome! I am so glad yougot them. I know what you mean, Mickey takes credit for a lot of the things I get Jack :lmao:

Caretames1
06-12-2011, 09:09 PM
Just wanted to stop by a wish you a very :bday:

Carey

KatMark
06-12-2011, 09:14 PM
Happy Birthday, Tam.

jenseib
06-13-2011, 10:57 AM
Happy birthday!

Tinker_Tam
06-13-2011, 02:48 PM
Thanks everyone for the birthday wishes. It was a pretty stinky birthday... even by my standards! Jon ended up getting an infection and we spent most of the night leading into my birthday in the ER. So yesterday was really just a tired yucky day for us. The kid's didn't want to listen and I got no cupcake with butter cream frosting because Walmart was out. I know your thinking "its just a stupid cupcake" but it was more like the straw that broke the camels back. Took Jon to the drs this morning to see his regular surgeon and the dr says he is now not allowed to return to work till after his appt on 7/11. This my seriously set back my trip. I know its still 530+ days away but all of this time is COMPLETELY unpaid... and instead we have to pay almost $200 a week to keep his insurance benefits while he is off... which is something else we found out the day before my birthday. Originally it was set up that they would take a little every check so that we weren't having to come up with money when we have none coming in. Anyway, so I have babbled on and on... again. But it is nice to get things off my chest sometimes.

So thank you for the warm birthday wishes!

stephielela
06-13-2011, 03:36 PM
I am sorry your birthday wasn't good. It really sucks that you guys are having such a rough time! I wish I lived near you, I would have made you a cake!! :confused3 I know this might sound silly, but when I am in a bad mood, I plan a Disney night. It doesn't need to be anything extravagant, maybe just some themed snacks while watching a movie. Maybe some coloring/activity sheets for the kids. It keeps the Disney spirit up and brings a little fun out. I am sorry Jon is still not doing well. I will keep you guys in my thoughts!

jenseib
06-14-2011, 10:36 AM
OH no! I hope things go better and Jon gets well. Go gt yourself a cupcake now as a belated treat.

brookelizabeth
06-15-2011, 01:01 PM
I was a bit behind, forgive me for the old post quotes! :goodvibes

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So you all are probably wondering what Gavin was doing with Jon during this time...
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I found them sitting in the TV area enjoying some black and white Mickey cartoons. Gavin goes on to tell me that he thought the color had ran away! :lmao: Then he left me know that Daddy had told him that they didn't have colors when this was made! :happytv: It was too cute.

Love that picture of your kiddos in the car! I need to remember to get one of Henry there, I don't think we've ever stopped to look at it--or gone in those doors? :confused3

And super cute pic with Alice and the Mad Hatter! What a fun tea party. And Brenda is SUCH a sweetie for doing those things for those other little girls. That is truly proof you are doing something right, 4 year olds don't naturally act that way!!! :thumbsup2

I had to laugh out loud at the meltdown over the big versus little blocks! Henry has done the same exact thing! He wants those big blocks! :lmao:

I'm so glad you have decided to keep your report going AND that you have a trip to look forward to! :dance3::dance3::dance3: I'm sure you know this already, but the 2012 rates are out now!! Yay!!!

Love, love, love your pictures with the characters at Crystal Palace. Isn't that such a wonderful breakfast? We have only done it once, but it's been on my mind since! We HAVE to get back there! :laughing: YUM!

Adorable picture with Santa too!

Thanks everyone for the birthday wishes. It was a pretty stinky birthday... even by my standards! Jon ended up getting an infection and we spent most of the night leading into my birthday in the ER. So yesterday was really just a tired yucky day for us. The kid's didn't want to listen and I got no cupcake with butter cream frosting because Walmart was out. I know your thinking "its just a stupid cupcake" but it was more like the straw that broke the camels back. Took Jon to the drs this morning to see his regular surgeon and the dr says he is now not allowed to return to work till after his appt on 7/11. This my seriously set back my trip. I know its still 530+ days away but all of this time is COMPLETELY unpaid... and instead we have to pay almost $200 a week to keep his insurance benefits while he is off... which is something else we found out the day before my birthday. Originally it was set up that they would take a little every check so that we weren't having to come up with money when we have none coming in. Anyway, so I have babbled on and on... again. But it is nice to get things off my chest sometimes.

So thank you for the warm birthday wishes!

Ugh. What a day. I know what you mean about the cupcake being the end of it all - I've had moments like that. I feel foolish for getting upset over something simple, but it's just one thing piled on top of another, can anything go right?!?!?!

I hope you've gone and gotten yourself a belated birthday cupcake by now--or even two. ;)

I also hope things improve on the home front. I cannot even fathom being without pay for that long...you guys are in my thoughts and prayers as you go through these days! Hopefully they go quickly and fairly painlessly. :hug:

Tinker_Tam
07-06-2011, 12:08 AM
Hi everyone! Hope everyone had a happy 4th of July. I have been super busy lately. We had a huge party yesterday at our house for the 4th. Plus, I have been getting ready for Vacation Bible School. Jon and I each teach our own sections. I do the crafts so I have been putting a lot of time in there. All of this on top of Dr appts for Gavin (surgery is scheduled for Aug 1), Jon who still isn't back to work thanks to that nasty infection last month... and now I have to take Brenda to the children's hospital for that lump on her neck and also the eye dr because she failed her eye test. So I have been 1 busy gal! I am hoping to get another day from our trip posted soon. Thanks for sticking with me. It might be our next trip till I get this trip wrapped up! :rotfl:

jenseib
07-06-2011, 09:10 AM
Take your time and get that family well.

exwdwcm
07-10-2011, 09:41 PM
so sorry your birthday was such a bummer. but wishing you a happy belated birthday! Is Jon healing up okay now at least? i hope he can return to work soon. thinking good thoughts for both of the kids as well! :wizard:

Caretames1
07-10-2011, 11:55 PM
Don't worry, We'll just say you're stretching out the fun!

Tinker_Tam
07-11-2011, 03:27 PM
Thanks everyone for being so understanding!

Jon had a dr appt today... and after 8 weeks off he is able to go back to work!!!! So glad. The savings account is gone so this will be great!! I was really starting to worry about things. The other nice thing is they are short handed at work and can get him on the schedule soon. Then 2 weeks till payday!!! :banana: The other thing is he is going back to 1st shift. He is no longer allowed to lift like the night time job requires. It will be nice to have him home some nights again!

KatMark
07-11-2011, 03:33 PM
Thanks everyone for being so understanding!

Jon had a dr appt today... and after 8 weeks off he is able to go back to work!!!! So glad. The savings account is gone so this will be great!! I was really starting to worry about things. The other nice thing is they are short handed at work and can get him on the schedule soon. Then 2 weeks till payday!!! :banana: The other thing is he is going back to 1st shift. He is no longer allowed to lift like the night time job requires. It will be nice to have him home some nights again!

Great news, Tam! I'm sure this will be a huge relief to you. I enjoyed your 4th of July pictures on FB! :goodvibes

jenseib
07-12-2011, 07:36 PM
Thats great news.

exwdwcm
07-17-2011, 08:25 PM
so happy he got the all clear for work and even better on the earlier shift! hopefully this is the start of many great new things for you!!!

stephielela
07-18-2011, 12:08 PM
That is awesome news!!! I remember how thrilled I was to get off the overnight shift. It's rough. I am glad things are getting back on track!

VroomVroomLightning
07-25-2011, 11:35 AM
Good Morning Tammy!

Casey wanted to send some smilies to your kids today! :goodvibes

:offtopic: :happytv: :cool1: :rotfl2: :worship: :banana: :lmao:

brookelizabeth
08-02-2011, 01:22 PM
Thanks everyone for being so understanding!

Jon had a dr appt today... and after 8 weeks off he is able to go back to work!!!! So glad. The savings account is gone so this will be great!! I was really starting to worry about things. The other nice thing is they are short handed at work and can get him on the schedule soon. Then 2 weeks till payday!!! :banana: The other thing is he is going back to 1st shift. He is no longer allowed to lift like the night time job requires. It will be nice to have him home some nights again!


That is fantastic news!!!

Beana9802
08-07-2011, 12:32 AM
Hello! I am Kathleen, and I found you on Tracy's TR! Your MIL is amazing...ansolutely! Your children are adorable, inside and out. Your hubby is sweet, hard working, and lucky to have you keeping it all together! Thanks for keeping this going. Keep us posted on the Brenda, Gavin, and Jon!

Tinker_Tam
08-22-2011, 03:26 PM
Hello everyone!

Long time no speak! I know.. I know... you are all thinking that I dropped off the face of the earth. We had some computer problems with the computer that the Disney pictures were on. Finally that computer is back up!!! I am thinking that I might just post some pictures after our fall schedule gets back to normal. At least that way you get to see what we really did! I am not sure if anyone is still around though. So I may be posting just for me!:lmao:

KatMark
08-22-2011, 03:31 PM
Hello everyone!

Long time no speak! I know.. I know... you are all thinking that I dropped off the face of the earth. We had some computer problems with the computer that the Disney pictures were on. Finally that computer is back up!!! I am thinking that I might just post some pictures after our fall schedule gets back to normal. At least that way you get to see what we really did! I am not sure if anyone is still around though. So I may be posting just for me!:lmao:

Tam, pictures can be worth a thousand words. And if pictures are all you can manage in a busy lifestyle, we will certainly understand. :hug:

stephielela
08-22-2011, 06:17 PM
Hello everyone!

Long time no speak! I know.. I know... you are all thinking that I dropped off the face of the earth. We had some computer problems with the computer that the Disney pictures were on. Finally that computer is back up!!! I am thinking that I might just post some pictures after our fall schedule gets back to normal. At least that way you get to see what we really did! I am not sure if anyone is still around though. So I may be posting just for me!:lmao:

I would love to see pictures! :yay:

Caretames1
08-22-2011, 06:50 PM
Who wouldn't want to see Disney photos!:confused: I hate comouter problems. I've had even this year to last!

jenseib
08-25-2011, 07:47 AM
:thumbsup2

TyTysMommy
09-05-2011, 10:57 PM
I saw your posts on jenseib’s TR. The links in your signature caught my attention so I started reading your PTR. I read through that entire thread and then read this TR up to this point. I have been reading like crazy over the past 2 days, but I’ve read it all. It has been great getting to know you and your family through your PTR and TR. After reading all of that, I feel like I know you. Brenda and Gavin are beautiful children. You and Jon are doing a fabulous job raising them to be so appreciative of each other. As a child growing up in PA, we never had the money to go on a vacation. (all of my family still lives in PA, btw) Our big trip each year was a day trip to either Sea World or Geauga Lake. We voted on which one we would go to each year. We could only do 1 park since we couldn’t afford to stay over night. I had dreamed of going to WDW my entire childhood. I remember my mom saying several times she felt so bad that I would never be able to go to my dream place. I was the youngest of 4 kids and I was the dreamer, and the princess at heart. When I see how much you sacrifice so that you can give your children a trip to WDW, it makes my heart melt. I remember being Brenda’s age and dreaming of the day I’d go on a trip to the castle. Watching her go on that trip took me back to that place when I was a little girl. I am so glad she was able to go to WDW and make such wonderful memories. It just goes to show what kind of person you are, that you sacrifice everything so that your family can have the best life possible. I have really enjoyed reading your story over the past few days. On a selfish note, I REALLY want you to finish this TR. Just because I want to see pictures from the rest of your trip. I want to see how the story ends. I totally understand that you have life events that are more important than a silly ol trip report. So even if it takes you a year to get back to this, so be it. I just hope to read about the rest of your trip some day. I’ll be cheering for you the whole way until you can take your family back to WDW, if its 2 years from now or 10 years from now. You have a lot of people on this board who have followed your story for a long time and really care about you. I can tell it from their posts how much they care for your family. And now I’m hooked too. So even if you can’t post often, please post whenever you can. Even if you are having a rough day and just need a pick-me-up. Come on and say, “Hey guys I need you!” And know we’re always here for you. I hope to hear more from you and learn more about your family in the future. It is rare that I get invested so much in a trip report, but your family has just caught my heart.

Tinker_Tam
09-07-2011, 08:53 AM
Oh Carrie! You are so sweet! I do intend to get back to this.


LIFE UPDATE--Brenda started Kindergarten yesterday so that frees me up some and Gavin starts Preschool on the 16th. Just 3 days a week for 2 hours a day. The only stipulation to allow him in with his health issues is I have to spend that 2 hours a day sitting in the parking lot with my cell phone. It is the only way he was allowed in with his disability. So, I guess I am ok with that. If he needs anything I have to go in and take care of it. Whatever it takes to get him into a good program. So I think I can use that time to get things caught back up here. I was thinking I could always type it and then just come back to insert pictures. The other nice thing is Gavin is much less "needy" as long as he isn't sick. By that I mean he is to the point where, when its a good day, he entertains himself with his cars and especially his Lego. He would play Lego all day if you let him!

Thank goodness I took the time each day to write about the trip while I was there. It makes things so much easier. I have to admit that I only did this because I scrapbook, but goodness I did! So stick with me! I will be back VERY soon!

Caretames1
09-07-2011, 09:23 AM
I think Brenda looked very cute in the FB pics! She seemed happy to go!

Two hours in a car, I could that. Just think of all the books I read, naps :rotfl2: and of course getting back here!

Looking forward to more Disney from you:flower3:

stephielela
09-07-2011, 10:39 AM
You are an amazing mother. Your children are so so lucky to have a mom who is willing to give up so much to be everything for her children and give them everything possible. Sitting in a car for 6 hours a week may actually turn out to be very relaxing, but I know there are very few moms out there who would make that sacrifice for their children. I know exactly ehat TyTysMommy is saying, and even though I was lucky and we went to WDW as kids, reading your story and seeing the pictures of your kids (and you and DH) enjoying WDW for the very first time is so thrilling, and when you describe how you were all feeling, it is heartbreakingly joyful!. So whenever you can, finish your story, because we could all use a little more input from people like you in our lives!! :littleangel:

TyTysMommy
09-09-2011, 11:01 PM
Tammy definitely gets the Mom of the Year award for doing what it takes to get Gavin into preschool.:cheer2::cheer2::cheer2:
3 cheers for you!

KatMark
09-09-2011, 11:04 PM
Tammy definitely gets the Mom of the Year award for doing what it takes to get Gavin into preschool.:cheer2::cheer2::cheer2:
3 cheers for you!

I could not agree more. :thumbsup2

brookelizabeth
09-10-2011, 11:14 AM
Oh Carrie! You are so sweet! I do intend to get back to this.


LIFE UPDATE--Brenda started Kindergarten yesterday so that frees me up some and Gavin starts Preschool on the 16th. Just 3 days a week for 2 hours a day. The only stipulation to allow him in with his health issues is I have to spend that 2 hours a day sitting in the parking lot with my cell phone. It is the only way he was allowed in with his disability. So, I guess I am ok with that. If he needs anything I have to go in and take care of it. Whatever it takes to get him into a good program. So I think I can use that time to get things caught back up here. I was thinking I could always type it and then just come back to insert pictures. The other nice thing is Gavin is much less "needy" as long as he isn't sick. By that I mean he is to the point where, when its a good day, he entertains himself with his cars and especially his Lego. He would play Lego all day if you let him!

Thank goodness I took the time each day to write about the trip while I was there. It makes things so much easier. I have to admit that I only did this because I scrapbook, but goodness I did! So stick with me! I will be back VERY soon!


I loved the pics of Brenda's first day of school. When I dropped off Henry I gave him kisses up and down his arm and told him he could always "grab one" if he missed me. Your necklace idea-adapted. :cutie:

So glad it sounds like things might be calming down some as school starts! I hope everything with Gavin and school goes smoothly! And you really do get Mother of Year for doing what it takes to get Gavin into the preK program!! :thumbsup2

Tinker_Tam
09-12-2011, 08:59 PM
You all are gonna make me a sappy, crying mom! Really, it isn't anything that any other mom would do for their child. I just want Gavin to have so kind of normal. He is so excited. Friday is his first day! Its a day I get to spend the 2 hours in the room... not in the car with a phone in one hand and a changing bag in the other! :lmao: They have the following Monday off and then start into their schedule on Weds. The first few days I will be busy in the car. Gavin's birthday is the 26th and his party is on the 25th so I will use that time to get things put together for his birthday. Each birthday with Gavin is such a celebration... With Brenda too but thats not till Jan! :rotfl: So you should for sure see an update in the coming weeks. I know I have left you all hanging... just stick with me a little longer. I promise it is worth your time!

Tinker_Tam
09-12-2011, 09:01 PM
Brook--So glad the kisses idea worked for you! Brenda still wears her necklace A LOT. But if it makes her happy I am good with that... besides, it like a little part of me is their to comfort her all day!

Caretames1
09-12-2011, 09:11 PM
Thats what Moms do! I bet Gavin has an amazing time in school, and soon you'll be shouting both kids accomplishments from the roof tops!

Have fun planning the party!

stephielela
09-13-2011, 09:39 AM
Ooooh what kind of party are you going to have for him this year? I remember how awesome last years Toy Story one turned out!! (it was Toy Story right? I'm not getting confused...)

Tinker_Tam
09-13-2011, 12:48 PM
Ooooh what kind of party are you going to have for him this year? I remember how awesome last years Toy Story one turned out!! (it was Toy Story right? I'm not getting confused...)
You have a great memory! Yep! Last year was Toy Story. This year we are doing pirates!!! Gavin is so excited!

Tinker_Tam
09-14-2011, 08:51 AM
Yeppers! You guessed it! Its another installment on the TR. I know you all had some serious doubts about me getting back to it. I actually couldn't sleep last night so I spent the night getting some pictures uploaded and some thoughts gathered from my journal.

So now... BACK TO OUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED PROGRAM!!!

This was a bright sunny morning. I was hoping it wasn't as going to get to chilly. Me, I don't mind the cool temps too much but I have more fat on the bones than the kids do. I had talked to some people back home in the morning and it was REALLY getting cold there. It was even starting to get cooler than normal at Jon's parents in NC. Oh no! I see where those temps are going.

So after waking up and grabbing a quick bite of YUMMY (not so much for the adults) Pop tarts in the room we were off and running. Where you might ask... Well...

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I had wanted to post a picture of the 4 of us in front of the hat but my Photopass pictures are still missing. I have the disk so I didn't really lose them but I haven't downloaded it again.

Hollywood Studios of course! I had read so many mixed reviews. Some said it was a half day park. I must tell you that this turned out to be my FAVORITE park, next to MK of course. Nothing would ever top MK. We had missed rope drop just because we were running a little slower than planned but that really didn't bother me at all. Jon took off to get FP for Tower of Terror and of course Rockin' Rollercoaster! That is the great thing about having 2 kids along. I knew that Gavin was not tall enough to ride either and I knew that while Brenda would most likely love the free falling in TOT it wasn't a ride I was ready to let her on. I didn't want to deal with the nightmares. Call me over protective but that ride is a bit scary for grown ups. While Jon was off to get FP the kids and I caught a bench! And what should come by but the High School Musical kids. Should I call that a float? In any case Brenda was so excited and started to dance in the street.

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Then Gavin joined in the fun... as it was moving on! But he was still dancing... just late!

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This mornings theme was really all about the kids. Yes, there would be fun rides later for Jon and I... and No, we didn't do Toy Story Mania this day. But when Jon got back with the FP we were off to something a little more their style...

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The kids were glued to the show.. and well, I was glues to watching their faces so I really can't tell you much about the show. I think they were getting ready for a birthday party for Minnie but I really couldn't tell you much more than that. I do remember some tears just watching the kids as I realized once again where we were. Sometimes in this trip I was just overwhlemed with the pure emotion of joy. I must tell you that growing up I had many great experiences but NOTHING compared to this trip with my husband and kids. It now breaks my heart that this will most likely never happen again. Anyway... This is how Brenda was the whole show!

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Not the best picture of Gavin but this is how he was...
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We got out of the show just in time to make it to our lunch ARD at...

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The kids are big fans of the morning shows. I think this is one thing that Brenda is missing at Kindergarten. Yes, perhaps I let them watch too much TV but it was an easy way to keep her occupied while I take care of Gavin's medical needs. Also, I am one of those people that I MUST have some noise in the background. And what better noise than the Disney channel! :rotfl:

We didn't have to wait long at all and were seated rather quickly. In fact, I had called home to my Aunt about a sick relative and didn't even find out any info before we were being taken to a table.

The kids had no idea who they would be seeing here so when this first guy came to our table I think you could have picked Brenda's jaw up off the floor. I wish I had gotten a picture of that.

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I heard the "mom, mom!!! Its OSO!!!!!" a thousand times. He came just as we were getting in our booth. Soon behind came one of Gavin's favorites....

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Then last came the Little Einsteins!

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The kids had a great time dancing and interacting with the characters and hosts that at times it was hard to get them to sit and eat... But I knew that in the end they would eat when they got hungry. So I left them dance...

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I had heard such bad reports on the lunch buffet here that I was worried. I was really pleased. I am sandwich eater though and the sandwiches at Hollywood and Vine were pretty yummy! All in all I was a fantastic experience for us. When we left the kids were so over the top happy and thought I was the best mom ever! :lmao:

So... what do we do the rest of our afternoon??? I guess you'll have to come back and find out soon!

jenseib
09-14-2011, 09:11 AM
Wonderful update! I love the looks on their faces. And Gavin with Handy Manny is so cute. He has such a serious face. That kid has the funniest faces, he just cracks me up all the time.

KatMark
09-14-2011, 10:10 AM
Tam, what a great update. I love Brenda and Gavin dancing while HS Musical goes by. And you can jsut tell how captured the kids are with the Playhouse Disney Show and enjoying the character interaction and dancingi there as well. This was worth the wait.

PoppyGirl
09-14-2011, 02:55 PM
Hi Tammy! I'm just starting to catch up on your TR. I saw your post on FB today so I came over to see if I could find it. :goodvibes

VroomVroomLightning
09-14-2011, 05:22 PM
YAY!! Another installment!! I was at work and saw on Facebook that you had posted another update! As soon as I came home I got on here to check it out!! Your kids are just sooo cute! I loved being at Disney and seeing it through the eyes of my niece and nephew. I am sure when I go for my honeymoon in November it will be completely different, but a good different I suppose!!

Can't wait to read more!!

Caretames1
09-14-2011, 07:07 PM
Now thats what a "first time at Disney" picture looks like!:thumbsup2 I'm glad to see them totally enjoying themselves, it does make everything you do to give them the trip worth it!

stephielela
09-15-2011, 10:46 AM
Great Update!!! I am so glad to see they had fun!

exwdwcm
09-15-2011, 11:29 AM
Hi Tammy- you're back! yeah!

So Gavin starts preschool tomorrow then? I hope it is a great day and a huge success. And hope Brenda is enjoying her time back at school too.

Great TR update! Hollywood and Vine is where I worked when I was on the college program. it wasn't a buffet then and only served breakfast/lunch cafeteria style. i wore a lovely hairnet and played cafeteria lady! :rotfl: it is always fun seeing it in pictures and remembering how many times i cleaned those silver tables and vacuumed that floor. It still looks the same. So happy the kids had a good time there. i can't wait to take Will back to the Disney Jr. Show- he is going to go nuts that Jake is there now! MMC is his favorite show!

Tinker_Tam
09-15-2011, 03:52 PM
Wonderful update! I love the looks on their faces. And Gavin with Handy Manny is so cute. He has such a serious face. That kid has the funniest faces, he just cracks me up all the time.
Gavin shows so much with his face sometimes! :lmao: Sometimes even in the most difficult of situations his facial expressions make you chuckle.



Tam, what a great update. I love Brenda and Gavin dancing while HS Musical goes by. And you can jsut tell how captured the kids are with the Playhouse Disney Show and enjoying the character interaction and dancingi there as well. This was worth the wait.
Thanks. I promise not to make you wait that long again. Especially with Preschool starting in the morning for Gavin.


Hi Tammy! I'm just starting to catch up on your TR. I saw your post on FB today so I came over to see if I could find it. :goodvibes
LOL I must have been pretty far down the list. I usually just post that I have updated. I came to the conclussion that as difficult as some family, namely my father, made things I am not about to let him in on the details of the trip.. and to be honest I think it eats at him a little bit! :laughing:

YAY!! Another installment!! I was at work and saw on Facebook that you had posted another update! As soon as I came home I got on here to check it out!! Your kids are just sooo cute! I loved being at Disney and seeing it through the eyes of my niece and nephew. I am sure when I go for my honeymoon in November it will be completely different, but a good different I suppose!!

Can't wait to read more!!

Thank you for the compliment on Brenda and Gavin. I am sure you will have an entirely different trip for your honeymoon... and isn't Disney always good??? :rotfl:

Now thats what a "first time at Disney" picture looks like!:thumbsup2 I'm glad to see them totally enjoying themselves, it does make everything you do to give them the trip worth it!
I don't regret giving up one thing for this trip. It was so worth it. I just pray that someday we can make it back again... and sooner rather than later. I still want the kids to have the magic... and not the attitude that some get when they get older.

Great Update!!! I am so glad to see they had fun!
They had a blast! I don't think there was one thing that morning that wasn't perfect to them!

Hi Tammy- you're back! yeah!

So Gavin starts preschool tomorrow then? I hope it is a great day and a huge success. And hope Brenda is enjoying her time back at school too.

Great TR update! Hollywood and Vine is where I worked when I was on the college program. it wasn't a buffet then and only served breakfast/lunch cafeteria style. i wore a lovely hairnet and played cafeteria lady! :rotfl: it is always fun seeing it in pictures and remembering how many times i cleaned those silver tables and vacuumed that floor. It still looks the same. So happy the kids had a good time there. i can't wait to take Will back to the Disney Jr. Show- he is going to go nuts that Jake is there now! MMC is his favorite show!

Yeppers! Gavin starts Preschool in the morning. Tonight is back to school for Brenda (open house) and then tomorrow I will get her off to school and get Gavin ready. I will get to go the whole time with him tomorrow and then Monday they are off to assign teachers to teh preschool kids. Weds will start the regular program. He is so excited.

I really liked Hollywood and Vine. I think if we were to make it back when the kids were still young enough to enjoy the characters we would do it for sure. It was just such a fun atmosphere. I had no idea that Jake is now in the show. I can't let that slip to Gavin or I will be bugged to death for a trip.


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Thank you all for sticking with me. As you can see my family has been having some really rough times things past summer. Hopefully things can slowly get back to normal, whatever that is for us. The only major thing I see in the near future is Gavin's next surgery. It will be a much bigger surgery than he has been having. The dr is taking a wait an see when approach. We know it is coming, just not sure of the timing. In any case, that means that I should be more on top of this now. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading and sticking with me through all the interruptions.

KatMark
09-15-2011, 04:05 PM
Thank you all for sticking with me. As you can see my family has been having some really rough times things past summer. Hopefully things can slowly get back to normal, whatever that is for us. The only major thing I see in the near future is Gavin's next surgery. It will be a much bigger surgery than he has been having. The dr is taking a wait an see when approach. We know it is coming, just not sure of the timing. In any case, that means that I should be more on top of this now. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading and sticking with me through all the interruptions. [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]

Hope preschool goes well tomorrow (I'm sure I'll read about it on FB).

You are always in our thoughts and prayers, as well as all the family, Tam, and are here when you have the time.

Tinker_Tam
09-21-2011, 07:51 AM
Hope preschool goes well tomorrow (I'm sure I'll read about it on FB).

You are always in our thoughts and prayers, as well as all the family, Tam, and are here when you have the time.

Gavin had a great first day of Preschool. He was so happy to be there. I am hoping to get another installment done on this TR today once I drop him off but we will see.

Thank you for the thoughts and prayers. We can always use them!

stephielela
09-22-2011, 10:34 AM
Yay for Gavin! They grow up so fast!

mrsksomeday
09-25-2011, 01:41 AM
Loved the latest installment. Brenda and Gavin where in awe at the show, I love seeing the wonder on their faces :goodvibes. We know you have a busy life, we are patient. It has taken me a long time to post a new installment on my TR too, you have to do it in your own time :hug:.