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jeremysdisneymom
07-19-2011, 03:42 PM
You Said What to Alice and the White Rabbit?

:wave2:Hello and :welcome: to my family's 6th trip to Disney World! For those of you who followed along on my pre-trip report and for those of you who are new, I am glad you are here to read about undoubtedly our best trip to my family's Happiest, most Magical Place on Earth-Walt Disney World!

Let me start with just a short background about who we are.

Erika-DM to Jeremy and DW to Tom and Disney Enthusiast Extraordinairre! I live, breath, and dream Disney. By day, I am a CFO for an electric utility, and by night, I am the uber volunteer. The biggest flaw I have is that I cannot tell someone no. So, I volunteer on our hospital board, am PTO president and am our son's Cub Pack Committee Chair. If you followed on my pre trip you know that I just recently had a lap band so Disney was a bit different this time for me but oh, so much better. I am an avid walker now (up to 4 miles a day) and am a zumba addict. My favorite park is Magic Kingdom, character is Daisy, resort is Bay Lake Tower, and restaurant is Chefs De France.

Tom-DH and DD to Jeremy. He used to be referred to as the Disney Grump in our house but has finally came to his senses and loves Disney as much as I do. He is the workaholic in our family. He works full time for the local sheriffs office and the works part time on his days off for the local EMT. He is Jeremy's cub scout den leader and is the cubmaster for our local pack. His favorite park is probably EPCOT, not sure on the character, resort is a tie between Animal Kingdom Lodge and Wilderness Lodge, and restaurant is a tie with San Angel Inn and Le Celliers.

(Note: pictures are coming!!! Just be patient!)

Jeremy-our DS9 who is the newly acclaimed TWEEN! And no, that is not a good thing. He is our one and only child and the only grandchild on both sides of his family so to say he is spoiled would be an understatement. I say that he is very lucky boy as for the past 6 years he has been able to vacation at Disney World. He is an honor roll student and will be in 4th grade this year. He loves cub scouts, 4-H, piano, and just found a new love for karate. Jeremy wants to be an Imagineer (yes, I raised him right!) when he grows up and will tell anyone he knows that. His favorite park is EPCOT, character (who knows with that one----I have a feeling his picture is up in the character's locker room as the STAY AWAY FROM THIS CHILD WARNING after what he said to Alice!), favorite resort is Bay Lake Tower and that would only be for the one thing he found there that he loves (more to come), and favorite restaurant is probably San Angel Inn or Chefs De France.

We were at Walt Disney World June 25th-July 5th. We recently purchased DVC so this would be our first office trip home to Bay Lake Tower. However, our trip would start with an African adventure!

Our journey to Disney started on Friday, June 24th. I went to work really early that morning so I could leave early. Tom and Jeremy had been at Cub Scout Day Camp all week. Friday was Family Day and Jeremy really wanted me to attend. So, I was able to leave work and get there around noon. They had a cookout, each den did skits and songs, and at the end, they made a giant slip and slide for the scouts. It was really neat as they took plastic covering and put hay bales around it so it wouldn't move. They then put soap on it and the funnest part was the local fire department brought out their big truck and watered it down.

Here is Jeremy taking his first plunge!

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After several slides down, we all headed home to shower, finish packing and get on the road. I think we finally left the house at 5:00 p.m. Our plan had been for me to drive the first part so Tom could rest and then he would do the night driving. We love to drive at night. For one, there is less traffic and driving through Atlanta is a breeze in the middle of the night. Second, we get to Disney earlier. Third, the newly acclaimed TWEEN is asleep!

I get about 1/2 hour from home and of course the usual, what did I leave behind is playing in my head when it dawns on me that my diamond earrings are not in my ears but on the dresser in my bedroom! So, I would be without earrings the entire vacation! No biggie. Remember this --- there was something else beside those earrings that I forgot that ALMOST ruined the newly acclaimed TWEEN's vacation (yes I am being dramatic so that you will get the full effect!).

We make it to Berea, Kentucky and stop at the family favorite-Cracker Barrell for dinner. Tom takes over driving so I can rest a bit. We hit the Tennessee welcome center for the usual restroom/stretching break.

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I drive the entire state of Tennessee while Tom and Jeremy sleep. Tom takes over at the first rest stop in Georgia. He wakes me and Jeremy as we breeze past Atlanta. A few hours go by and I am wide awake so I take over again and it is soon 5 am and we are crossing over into Florida.

Of course, we stop at the Florida welcome center. Tom is still asleep in the car while Jeremy and I are exploring. I had to get his picture in front of the sign even though it is dark.

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We stop in Lake City and have breakfast at Cracker Barrel. This must have been where the wildfires were as everyone around us was either a fireman or forest ranger. By 9 am, we see this lovely sign...........

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Up Next:

Where did we go first and what would our first purchase be? It's a biggie.
Would our room be ready?
You did what in the AKL lobby?
I can't believe this is a Standard View. :confused3
Will a cast member put a damper on our vacation?

Kat in GA
07-19-2011, 04:08 PM
Yippee!! You are starting your report! I can't wait to read all about it since we never managed to meet up (and really - with as long as we were both there - how did that happen?!:confused3)

Now, I need to get started on a report of my own!

Grumpy's Wife
07-19-2011, 04:56 PM
Great start! I have a "tween" and two teens of my own so I know what you are going through. Not sure which one is better though. :rotfl: There is a light at the end of the tunnel. My DD 19 is so nice and loving now. I think going away to college really helps them grow up and they realize just how much we do for them. You just have a few more years and all will be right with the world again. :)

Can't wait to hear all about the AKL. It looks beautiful.

Poolrat
07-19-2011, 10:55 PM
I'm here. Going back to read.:cool1:


Great start- A tween boy - good heavens you never know what will come out of their mouth next. :scared1::lmao:

wigdoutdismom
07-19-2011, 11:03 PM
Can't wait to read along!!!

Caught up to say that I can't wait to see your AKL view, and hope you love BLT as much as I do!!!

These cliffhangers are killing me!

micandminforever
07-19-2011, 11:06 PM
Present, and looking forward to your report.:surfweb:

SoonerGirl
07-19-2011, 11:16 PM
So glad to see you started your report! Can't wait to hear all about your trip :cool1:

MeMom
07-20-2011, 06:02 AM
Checking in before I head off to make pancakes for the camp gang. I will be along for your trip fun.

DisMomAmy
07-20-2011, 06:47 AM
I'm here!! Thanks for the PM!!

Sounds like a great trip with lots of interesting stories. I can't wait to her them all. :banana:

Lady Lallie
07-20-2011, 07:31 AM
Yay! You have started your trip report. I am very excited. :banana:

Charleston Princess
07-20-2011, 08:10 AM
Here for all the fun!!! :yay:

petals
07-20-2011, 08:36 AM
Joining in :)

bluejasmine
07-20-2011, 11:13 AM
Hey your leaving me in suspense! LOL Cant wait to read more!

Sooze
07-20-2011, 12:32 PM
I'm HERE!!:wave2:

I am SO excited to hear all about the Tween-ness, because you KNOW I'm in the exact same boat!!

Your reasons for driving are identical to ours... Atlanta at 2 am is probably the best reason!! :goodvibes

Ready for more! And I'm glad you are feeling better!

lbuzz52
07-20-2011, 01:49 PM
great start! im looking forward to hearing more!

shannon47142
07-20-2011, 03:39 PM
great start!! Cant wait for more:cool1:

ZFamily5
07-20-2011, 04:43 PM
I'm in! Can't wait to hear all about your trip! :thumbsup2

teachermommy78
07-20-2011, 06:41 PM
Yay!!! Joining in!!!

jenjolt
07-20-2011, 09:25 PM
I'm here !!! I'm so excited for this TR!! WOOT WOOT!!!

disneyfan61
07-20-2011, 10:07 PM
I'm here too!! I love the pic of Jeremy under the sign. I did not even realize he was there until you mentioned it.

Cannot wait to hear more about it.

jeremysdisneymom
07-21-2011, 12:25 PM
Yippee!! You are starting your report! I can't wait to read all about it since we never managed to meet up (and really - with as long as we were both there - how did that happen?!:confused3)

Now, I need to get started on a report of my own!

Not sure! I always have the best laid plans and something never pans out! You need to get that trip started! :)

Great start! I have a "tween" and two teens of my own so I know what you are going through. Not sure which one is better though. :rotfl: There is a light at the end of the tunnel. My DD 19 is so nice and loving now. I think going away to college really helps them grow up and they realize just how much we do for them. You just have a few more years and all will be right with the world again. :)

Can't wait to hear all about the AKL. It looks beautiful.

Glad you are here! It is beautiful. I could have stayed there and explored every day. Boy, I sure hope there is light at the end of the tunnel or I will not survive. :sad2:

I'm here. Going back to read.:cool1:


Great start- A tween boy - good heavens you never know what will come out of their mouth next. :scared1::lmao:

Yes, you NEVER know! I still have to figure out the appropriate way to let you guys know what he told Alice without getting kicked off the boards! :confused3

Can't wait to read along!!!

Caught up to say that I can't wait to see your AKL view, and hope you love BLT as much as I do!!!

These cliffhangers are killing me!

Okay, I am going to do an update today! Part of the suspense will be over then. We :love: BLT. I really want to stay at all the DVC resorts eventually but I could kick myself for giving up that ressie for Thanksgiving to spend a few days the Boardwalk.

Present, and looking forward to your report.:surfweb:

Glad you are here! :)

Checking in before I head off to make pancakes for the camp gang. I will be along for your trip fun.

And you will be an appearance as well!!! :hug:


I'm here!! Thanks for the PM!!

Sounds like a great trip with lots of interesting stories. I can't wait to her them all. :banana:

It was lots of fun--probably one of the best trips we ever took to Disney. I can't wait to share it all with you. :)

Yay! You have started your trip report. I am very excited. :banana:

Thanks! I can't wait to share it all with you.

Here for all the fun!!! :yay:

Glad you are here! :)

Joining in :)

Glad you are here! :)

Hey your leaving me in suspense! LOL Cant wait to read more!

Post coming later today that will get rid of part of the suspense! Glad you are here for the fun! :)

jeremysdisneymom
07-21-2011, 12:34 PM
So glad to see you started your report! Can't wait to hear all about your trip :cool1:

I can't wait to share it all with you. We had the best time. :)

I'm HERE!!:wave2:

I am SO excited to hear all about the Tween-ness, because you KNOW I'm in the exact same boat!!

Your reasons for driving are identical to ours... Atlanta at 2 am is probably the best reason!! :goodvibes

Ready for more! And I'm glad you are feeling better!

I want to know when there became such a thing as a tween! Good grief! Didn't they know it would be more headache for parents! :rotfl2:

Love Atlanta at 2 am! We hit it at about 10:30 am on the way home and Jeremy thought it was really cool to see the big Delta jets coming overhead. That is the only advantage to driving it during the day!

Yes, I am feeling much better! Tom had pneumonia and I had pink eye last week. :sick: It was definitely not a fun week.

great start! im looking forward to hearing more!

Glad you are here! Update coming soon! :)

great start!! Cant wait for more:cool1:

So glad you made it over from the pretrip. Not sure I responded on that one but I am really glad you are here! It is going to be a lot of fun.:)

I'm in! Can't wait to hear all about your trip! :thumbsup2

It was lots fun! Glad you are here! :)

Yay!!! Joining in!!!

Welcome! Update coming soon! I hate that we didn't get a chance to ever meet up. :)

I'm here !!! I'm so excited for this TR!! WOOT WOOT!!!

I :love: your WOOT WOOTS! I may have to still that one!! Glad you are here-WOOT WOOT! :)

I'm here too!! I love the pic of Jeremy under the sign. I did not even realize he was there until you mentioned it.

Cannot wait to hear more about it.

My camera gave me fits the entire trip. I wanted to take another picture but when I looked behind me I noticed we had woke somebody up sleeping in their car. I felt so bad so I didn't dare try to get one where you could really see him.

Glad you are here! :)

photographymom517
07-21-2011, 01:02 PM
You even told me about starting your TR and I still didn't make 1st page! :lmao: :lmao: :lmao:

I loved your intro & can't wait to hear more!!! You're doing another update today, right? ;) Just kidding!!! No rush at all! (I am one to talk, right? It took me over 8 months to finish a 10 day report!) I just love reading your reports because you always include the "hints" for the next update & include questions for us to answer! Your reports are soooooo much fun!!! It will definitely get me through the next 55 days I have until Disney!!! Woohoo!!!

I cannot wait to hear what Jeremy said to Alice & the White Rabbit!

jeremysdisneymom
07-21-2011, 01:32 PM
You even told me about starting your TR and I still didn't make 1st page! :lmao: :lmao: :lmao:

I loved your intro & can't wait to hear more!!! You're doing another update today, right? ;) Just kidding!!! No rush at all! (I am one to talk, right? It took me over 8 months to finish a 10 day report!) I just love reading your reports because you always include the "hints" for the next update & include questions for us to answer! Your reports are soooooo much fun!!! It will definitely get me through the next 55 days I have until Disney!!! Woohoo!!!

I cannot wait to hear what Jeremy said to Alice & the White Rabbit!

You are so sweet! :cutie: Thanks! I think you made the very first post on my pre-trip didn't you!

Oh, 55 days! I hope they fly by for you. :thumbsup2

What Jeremy said is a doosie! I have to make sure I find a way to tell it in an appropriate way that will not get me kicked off the boards! :confused3

Update will be up in a few!

jeremysdisneymom
07-21-2011, 03:00 PM
Before I start the next update, I wanted to add a little more info about the drive down.

First of all, I have renewed a passion of mine this summer-reading! I used to always read all the time. However, the past few years I would push it to the side while I took care of other things. I decided that this was going to be the summer to break that cycle and I have been reading non stop since June. I don't watch a lot of television other than my daily soaps and the news (yes, I am addicted to the news and to soap operas!). You will now find me reading at lunch and before bed and any other "me" time that creeps into the day. I also have a new favorite author--Nicholas Sparks. I have read about every John Grisham book out there so I spent some time meandering over the books at the library and saw where he wrote the books to some of my favorite movies-Dear John, Message in a Bottle, The Last Song. So, 2 of his books made their way with me to Florida. Jeremy also recently checked out Kingdom Keepers 1 at the library which I read and yes, I am addicted to those as well! Kingdom Keepers 2 came with me to Florida as well and I can't wait to get to the library tomorrow as #3 is waiting for me there!

Why do I mention this? Well, it was relaxing to enjoy Disney with my family and to spend some time reading by the pool, the balcony, and most excitedly, in the car!!! I can finally read in a car without getting sick which made those hours of daylight where I was awake and Tom was driving just fly by. And yes, all three books were read by the time we arrived back in Ohio.

So, I am always looking for new authors so if anyone has read a good book lately, please share it throughout my report!

The next thing I wanted to mention before the update is my newly acclaimed Tween. First, when did the word Tween come into existance? I was never called a tween. Didn't even know what that was until recently! Jeremy first took over the title this summer when he signed up for the summer reading program and he was put in the "tween" group (age 9-12). He is 9 and I would have never thought of him as a tween. However, I soon realized that was the oh so obnoxious, know it all, don't need my parents who are no longer cool, mr. independent, want my own way boy who thinks grumbling can be fun who really doesn't consider himself a tween but a teenager! :confused3 The first sign came on the way down when out of the blue Jeremy informed us that meeting characters was for babies and please don't ask him to as it will not happen. No exceptions! Now, you already know that didn't happen as my title suggests he did meet Alice. There were very rare occurences when the child came out and oh, how I did enjoy those moments of seeing the innocence back in him. However, there were many times when the grumbling got the best of me with him and the ride down was one of those. The music we were listening to was not what he wanted to hear, and no way was he watching Chicken Little on the DVD when Pirates of the Caribbean could be watched. Seriously! I was relieved when he went to sleep!

So, enough ranting! We had just arrived at Walt Disney World. We hadn't planned any parks for the day. It was going to be a resort day, but first we had to stop and make a big purchase. We headed to Downtown Disney and stopped at guest services and purchased our very first annual pass!! :dance3: I was soooo excited! I had never gotten annual passes before and this was huge for me! It meant there would be more trips to come. In all of my excitement, I left the camera in the car so there are no pictures. :confused3Tom's annual pass is Mickey, mine is Pluto, and Jeremy's is Donald Duck.

With annual passes in our hand, we headed to the car and Animal Kingdom Lodge. Once again, the camera is tucked away in the back so no pictures as we approach the gate but here is one of Jeremy as we are walking in.

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I had this nice Castmember in training check us in. He was from Michigan and we had a nice chat about the Ohio State/Michigan rivalry. He got a kick that I was not an Ohio State fan but a UK Wildcats fan. When you are born in Kentucky, you naturally bleed blue even when you move to Ohio!!! What can I say! :rotfl2:

He said our room wasn't ready but told me the general area it was. Okay, I panicked but didn't say anything to him. It was in an area of the Kudzu trail. Now, I thought a standard view at Jambo house for DVC was of the pool. I was worried we were going to be looking at a parking lot or some maintenance entrance for the next 5 days. He took my phone number and said a text would be sent once the room was ready. This was about 10:30 am in the morning so no biggie. I quietly conveyed my worries to Tom but also told him that maybe we would have some Disney pixie dust coming our way and it would be a savannah view. We kept quiet with our fears and hopes as to not disappoint Jeremy.

We decided to do some exploring. We toured the lobby, the pool area and went out to see what animals could be seen from the Arusha Rock. This is what I found.

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Yes, a lizard! I hate lizards. Not too long ago one got in my house and I about died!

I took a few pictures but my excitement was making me forget to take pictures.

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We decided to cool down and enjoy lunch at the Mara. This place was a little confusing to us and we had never done counter service where you order and pick it up later. Tom had a burger, Jeremy the cheese flatbread, and I had the turkey ciabalta (not sure of the spelling) with cuscus (one again, not sure how to spell). I loved the cuscus!!! My dessert was zebra domes!!! Those things were great and did not bother my band like other desserts will. Of course, I couldn't eat it all and the boys shared what was left.

It was about 1 p.m. and we still had not gotten a text. Jeremy wanted to swim so I went and got our bag of swimsuits out of the car and he and I changed in the restrooms and headed to the pool. Tom wasn't feeling it so he was going to sit in the lobby with my phone and let us know when the text would come.

Jeremy and I enjoyed the pool until about 2 pm when the skyies opened and it started pouring rain. We changed and found the rocking chairs to enjoy looking at the Arusha savannah. I sent Jeremy to find his dad and he comes back to let me know he found him but he was asleep in the lobby! :scared1: Okay, I could have died at this point. When Tom goes to sleep he snores---VERY LOUDLY. I sent Jeremy back to wake him up.

Guess what, he was already awake as the snoring was getting so loud that a cast member came over to check on him. :rolleyes1 Once again, I could have died!

(Bare with me, there is a lot of narrative today but the pictures are coming!)

So, 3:00 rolls around and we still don't have a text that the room is ready. Tom decides to go to registration and see what is going on. Now, this is the point where a cast member could have really ruined the beginning of the trip. Thank goodness, Tom was determined to not let people, crowds, and even rude cast members get to him or it could have spelled disaster. He goes up and explains that we have been there since 10:30 and have never gotten a text about the room, it is now past check in time and we still don't have a room. The cast member looks it up and says and I quote "Oh, you are staying DVC, their check in is at 4. We have an earlier check in for our PAYING GUESTS. We have to take care of them first." He wouldn't call housekeeping to see when it would be ready but told Tom to come back at 4 pm. Tom thanked him and walked away. I was shocked that he didn't go off on him!

Here is my comments to this: First, in all my Disney knowledge, how did I miss that DVC check in is at 4 pm. Second, uh, excuse me, I think I have committed to paying for Disney for oh, I don't know 40 years!!!! So, please don't insult me that way.

So, 4 rolls around and still no room. It had let up raining so Tom and Jeremy went to get some of our luggage so we would have it when the room was ready. I went back to registration and got a nice CM who had someone go physically check the room and in fact it was not ready. However, she gave me another one. Once again, I was perplexed as it was at the end of the Arusha savannah and the Uzima savannah.

(continued in next post)

jeremysdisneymom
07-21-2011, 03:20 PM
It was a long walk to Room 5547. I took some pictures when we entered.

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Wait a minute, I took those after we stopped jumping up and down because guess what view we had!!!

We were looking at the end of the Arusha savannah and Uzima was in the distance. :cloud9: :wizard:Pixie dust had come our way!

Those are zebras in the distance.

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This is where the fencing separates the savannahs. The giraffes are on Uzima.

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I loved watching these African Cranes!

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We all got showered as we had a Boma reservation at 6 pm that evening. I had to get some more pictures before we leave.

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Those are gazelles and a wildebeast in the background.

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Up Next:

Dinner at Boma
Exploring the Lodge
What is wrong with Tom?
Where do we head the first day?
What goes squeak squeak in the night?
What surprise did the African cranes leave the next day?
Where did we meet the nicest cast member ever?

Lady Lallie
07-21-2011, 04:03 PM
I'm chuckling at the image of your husband loudly snoring in AKL. :rotfl2: Luckily Marc's snoring has gotten much better but I feel your pain! It is not pretty to listen too.

What an AWESOME view in your room. I think I would have slapped that CM. My goodness, how freaking rude! I'm glad you didn't have to deal with that rude CM, men can let things like that roll off their shoulders much more easily then us women most of the time.

Tween. *Shudder* I can't even imagine that age. I wish you lots of pixie dust! :wizard:

SoonerGirl
07-21-2011, 07:20 PM
Seriously? That CM referred to you as a 'non-paying' guest?! Tom handled the situation much better than I would have, I don't think I would have been able to let that comment slide :sad2: At least you ended up with a great view for your trouble though!

Poolrat
07-21-2011, 07:44 PM
What a stressful way to start your vacation.

That CM was a piece of work, implying that you are not PAYING customers. I think I was have set him straight and requested another CM to help me. :sad2:


:woohoo: On getting that savanna view after all.

reelmom
07-21-2011, 09:20 PM
I'm curious to know what was said to Alice. I have a new 9 year old TWEEN also. Boy, is it fun.:rolleyes1

jeremysdisneymom
07-21-2011, 10:32 PM
I'm chuckling at the image of your husband loudly snoring in AKL. :rotfl2: Luckily Marc's snoring has gotten much better but I feel your pain! It is not pretty to listen too.

What an AWESOME view in your room. I think I would have slapped that CM. My goodness, how freaking rude! I'm glad you didn't have to deal with that rude CM, men can let things like that roll off their shoulders much more easily then us women most of the time.

Tween. *Shudder* I can't even imagine that age. I wish you lots of pixie dust! :wizard:

Tom's snoring is so bad that if I don't fall asleep first, I have to go to another or be up all night. Luckily for me, he was diagnosed with sleep apnea a year ago and wears a cpap at night so I sleep really well when that is on.

The view was awesome. Honestly, I could have stayed at the resort every day and been happy sitting on the balcony. The animals seemed to always congregate there in the evening and mornings. I know one thing, I will never want to stay at AKL again unless it is savanna view.

Tom was actually a lot calmer than normal. He is not a big crowd person so sometimes people can really bother him at Disney. He promised he would be on his best behavior this trip so he didn't want me upset to begin with. I, on the other hand, would not have left until a manager and the employee had apologized profusely!


Seriously? That CM referred to you as a 'non-paying' guest?! Tom handled the situation much better than I would have, I don't think I would have been able to let that comment slide :sad2: At least you ended up with a great view for your trouble though!

I agree, patience paid off in the end. That view was amazing. Luckily, that was the only rude cast member and actually person we encountered the entire trip.

What a stressful way to start your vacation.

That CM was a piece of work, implying that you are not PAYING customers. I think I was have set him straight and requested another CM to help me. :sad2:


:woohoo: On getting that savanna view after all.

I really think a manager heard him say that to Tom as when we came back to the lobby he was never back out on the front line.

Savanna view was awesome! I have a ton more pictures for the next day and we had something we thought was awesome happen that day as well. However......I probably won't get that post up until later next week. I have a Dis Meet this week in Charlotte.......:rolleyes1 Really looking forward to meeting you! :hug:

I'm curious to know what was said to Alice. I have a new 9 year old TWEEN also. Boy, is it fun.:rolleyes1

Bless you heart! I can really feel for you. It happens on the last day of our trip. I thought Tom's snoring was embarrassing but Jeremy's incident put the icing on the cake!!!

teachermommy78
07-22-2011, 09:34 AM
What a great update! Karma was on your side on this one!!! I would have been fuming. Kudos to Tom for not flipping out. Did you go mention this at guest services? The DVC rooms look so nice!!! Someday...

Poolrat
07-25-2011, 08:33 PM
It was great meeting you and your family today. Thank you so much for lunch.
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Have a safe trip back home.

MeMom
07-25-2011, 08:52 PM
Jeremy and I enjoyed the pool until about 2 pm when the skyies opened and it started pouring rain. We changed and found the rocking chairs to enjoy looking at the Arusha savannah. I sent Jeremy to find his dad and he comes back to let me know he found him but he was asleep in the lobby! :scared1: Okay, I could have died at this point. When Tom goes to sleep he snores---VERY LOUDLY. I sent Jeremy back to wake him up.

Guess what, he was already awake as the snoring was getting so loud that a cast member came over to check on him. :rolleyes1 Once again, I could have died!


I got a good laugh from this. I am a snorer, too. A LOUD one. Heaven help whoever would be around in a lobby if I were to fall asleep. They'd be checking the Richter Scale to see how severe the earthquake was.




I'm curious to know what was said to Alice. I have a new 9 year old TWEEN also. Boy, is it fun.:rolleyes1

You guys have not even gotten to the good part yet. ;)
You are going to have more 'fun' than you could ever imagine.

The good part is, they do come out of it on the other side of tweendom/teendom, and they actually end up being pretty awesome people. :goodvibes

martinolichfamily
07-25-2011, 10:20 PM
I'm here....finally!! :) Cant wait to get all caught up!

DisMomAmy
07-28-2011, 12:06 PM
Sorry you had to wait so long for your room to be ready! But hooray :banana: for Savannah view!!! :banana:

kathleen27
08-01-2011, 08:56 PM
Great view! So nice that you ended up with a Savannah view!

Can't believe what the CM said! :eek:

Too funny about your husband sleeping / snoring in the lobby! :rotfl:

jeremysdisneymom
08-02-2011, 12:15 PM
What a great update! Karma was on your side on this one!!! I would have been fuming. Kudos to Tom for not flipping out. Did you go mention this at guest services? The DVC rooms look so nice!!! Someday...

No, I never reported it. I didn't want to let it ruin the trip. Yes, karma was on our side. Savanna view was awesome!

It was great meeting you and your family today. Thank you so much for lunch.
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Have a safe trip back home.

It was our pleasure. We had a great time!


I got a good laugh from this. I am a snorer, too. A LOUD one. Heaven help whoever would be around in a lobby if I were to fall asleep. They'd be checking the Richter Scale to see how severe the earthquake was.

You guys have not even gotten to the good part yet. ;)
You are going to have more 'fun' than you could ever imagine.

The good part is, they do come out of it on the other side of tweendom/teendom, and they actually end up being pretty awesome people. :goodvibes

Sure hope so! Too funny about you snoring!

I'm here....finally!! :) Cant wait to get all caught up!

Glad you are here Heather! Hope you are doing well. Have you moved?

Sorry you had to wait so long for your room to be ready! But hooray :banana: for Savannah view!!! :banana:

Yes, it was so worth the wait!

Great view! So nice that you ended up with a Savannah view!

Can't believe what the CM said! :eek:

Too funny about your husband sleeping / snoring in the lobby! :rotfl:

Glad you are here! We loved the view. I was so embarrased with him. I am just glad Jeremy was the one who found him!

Aurynn
08-02-2011, 01:42 PM
I'm so curious as to what your DS said to Alice and the White Rabbit.
Props to your husband for not losing it with that annoying CM. Karma pays of in the end eh :)

jeremysdisneymom
08-02-2011, 01:58 PM
I'm so curious as to what your DS said to Alice and the White Rabbit.
Props to your husband for not losing it with that annoying CM. Karma pays of in the end eh :)

It is a doosie and quite embarrasing! It happens the last day we are there.

My husband behaved very nicely. It was so unlike him as he normally would have been all upset.

The view was priceless!

martinolichfamily
08-14-2011, 06:54 PM
Hey Erika!
Hope all is well with you and your family!
We are good and yes! we did finally get moved...it's been about a month and half...now we are just waiting for baby! Oh...and school is starting in a week for DS (4th Grade) and then DD will be going to preschool that following week.

DisMomAmy
08-29-2011, 02:41 PM
Just checking in... I can see that you're around today... maybe an update?? popcorn::

jeremysdisneymom
08-29-2011, 03:11 PM
The Rest of Arrival Day and Day 2

It has been over a month since I last updated. :confused3 I hope I still have a few followers out there. I do apologize. We got home from Disney in July and have been on the go ever since. Tom and Jeremy went to Fun with Son scout camp. Then the boys went with me on a quick business trip to Charlotte, NC. We had a great time and met a wonderful Dis friend, Poolrat Pat. Then we all went on another scout camp the first of August. PTO and Cub Scouts have kicked into full swing again! To say I have been overwhelmed and exhausted lately would be an understatement.

Jeremy started fourth grade a week ago today. Our school system started a dual bus system this year so he is now riding the bus to school. He loves it but the downside is the elementary students go to school from 9-4. He is exhausted when he gets home!

I actually had to go back and read my prior post to see where I left off so let's get this trip moving along.....

After finding out we had a wonderful savanna view room, we headed to Boma for dinner.

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I had every intent of showing food porn this trip but once again, Tom drew the line when I started to take a picture of our plates. So, no food porn! You can thank Tom for that. Boma was okay. It seemed like they didn't have a lot of the dishes I liked before.

With our bellies full, we wondered through the gift shop where Jeremy found his first purchase---Stitch gloves! Remember me mentioning that I had left my diamond earrings at home and something next to it! Well, it dawns on me that I never unpacked Jeremy's envelope of souvenir money. He had been saving for quite a while and had a pretty hefty loot. That sinking feeling sets in especially after I remembered throwing away some things out of the side of the suitcase I had found from other trips. Tom had already took a bag of garbage to the bins with all the food packaging I had unpacked. I calmly tell Jeremy that I left his cash in the room and we would have to go up and get it.

On the way to the room, I fill Tom in that 1. I left the money at home or 2. I threw it away! :scared1: We get to the room and the money is nowhere to be found. My friend was watering my flowers for us so I called her to see if she had been over for the day. She hadn't and was heading over in a few minutes. I told her how to get in the house and she said she would call me as soon as she did so we could see if in fact I had left it. Jeremy was soo upset. He didn't throw a major fit but there were some tears shed that mommy lost his money. I calmly told him that if it was not at home that Mommy would make sure he had the money from her stash for his souvenirs.

We passed part of the waiting time looking out the balcony.

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We loved watching these birds. Tom had a theory about what they were up to in these pictures, and for once, he was right. More to come on that later.....

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My nerves were starting to get the best of me. I was soo worried that I had thrown that money away. It was getting the best of me. So, Jeremy and I decided to go explore Kidani Village. Tom was yet again asleep. And, of all places, he was asleep on the balcony. I did wake him up and got him to go inside so he wouldn't have the neighbors calling for help because of his snoring.

It was a nice walk to Kidani. We looked around but I didn't take any pictures. On the way back to Jambo house, my friend called. I told her to look where I thought I had put the money bag and it wasn't there. She looked around my bedroom and guess what was next to my diamond earrings---the money bag! Crisis averted! I thanked her profusely and promised her and her daughter a special souvie would be on its way home to them. Jeremy was happy, I was happy so off to the gift shop we headed.

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We got back to the room and Tom was still asleep. He hadn't even remembered that we had gone to begin with.:confused3 I think the man was just worn out. He works so hard and does too much that I think this vacation was just what he needed.

Continued in next post.....

jeremysdisneymom
08-29-2011, 03:32 PM
My only complaint about Animal Kingdom lodge would be the beds. Well, what goes squeak squeak in the night at AKL is not a mouse or any animal for that matter, but the bed. Every time one of us rolled over, it squeaked and woke the other person up. It was very annoying to say the least. Jeremy did not like the pull out sofa at all there. Tom and I agreed with him that it was very uncomfortable.

I awoke on Saturday morning June 25th very early. I got dressed as I knew the boys wouldn't be up for a while so I head out for a 30 minute walk around the property. It was nice but was starting to get very hot and humid! I went and got our mugs filled up and the boys were still asleep when I returned.

I got breakfast and headed to the balcony when I spotted this.....

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Tom had thought the African cranes were making a nest in the grass. For once, he was right. The mommy crane had laid an egg. I was soo excited and ran in to tell him. He and Jeremy started getting up then as they wanted to see it as well.

I just love the wildebeast! There was only one on the Arusha savanna when we were there but over at Kidani they had a whole herd. I think I have a picture from later on.

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Jeremy finally made it out of bed!

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Enjoying breakfast on the balcony!

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I loved watching these guineas. They can move very fast and are always in a group. The crane didn't like them in this picture.

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While we were there, one of the cast members who takes care of the animals comes out onto the savanna. She was making noise to get the guineas to come back and eat. She saw us out and struck up a conversation. We told her what direction the guineas had went and then she asked if we had seen the cranes.

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We told her about the egg. She was excited and glad we let her know as I guess the cranes can be aggressive and tend to take after the workers. She proceeded to tell us about all the animals on the savanna and gave us the names of the giraffes and how they were related to each other.

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It was a wonderful experience. We learned a lot and really enjoyed it. She told Tom he was the official egg watcher the rest of our stay.


Up Next:

What will we do our first day?
What restaurant will become our least favorite?
Update on the Thanksgiving Trip

jeremysdisneymom
08-29-2011, 03:39 PM
Hey Erika!
Hope all is well with you and your family!
We are good and yes! we did finally get moved...it's been about a month and half...now we are just waiting for baby! Oh...and school is starting in a week for DS (4th Grade) and then DD will be going to preschool that following week.

Hi Heather! Great to hear from you. Hope you are doing well. Oh my, sure hope you survived DD's first day of preschool!

Just checking in... I can see that you're around today... maybe an update?? popcorn::

I was updating when you sent this. Thanks for sticking around!

DisMomAmy
08-29-2011, 03:47 PM
Yay!! An update!! :cool1:

We start school tomorrow (was supposed to be today) & I do the PTO thing too so I know what you mean about things being crazy! I'm lucky to have my good friend & next door neighbor, Laura, to co-chair the PTO with. Lots of other activities on the verge of starting up soon too - soccer, trumpet & swimming!

I'm soooo glad you found the money!!! I can't imagine how you were feeling when you thought you might have thrown it away!!! :scared1:

The savannah is so beautiful. So cool that you found that egg!!

Can't wait to see what's next.

Poolrat
08-29-2011, 07:11 PM
How stressful! I know that sick feeling when either it is there or you threw it away and you have to wait to find out!!! I am so glad you found the money - and the earrings. :)

I was able to score AKL sav view during the NYE trip. :cool1::cool1:

Can't wait to see what the day brings. :goodvibes

shan23877
08-30-2011, 03:05 AM
following along- I cannot wait to find out what Jeremy said to the white rabbit! So glad you found the $. Thank goodness!:thumbsup2

MeMom
08-30-2011, 05:05 AM
I'm lovin' all the AKL pictures.

So glad the money was found. I know that was a sick feeling for a while.

You got a nice morning walk! I love walking around in the quiet of a Disney morning. :)

I hope Jeremy has a good school year. :teacher:

momof2TNboys
08-30-2011, 10:09 AM
Love the pics of AKL. We just bought DVC also and I cannot wait to stay there. I am from Kentucky also and actually graduated from UK. Great report. Can't wait to hear more!!

jeremysdisneymom
08-30-2011, 12:20 PM
I had to post a quick little update today to share some exciting news! As most of you know, we are heading back to Disney World to celebrate Thanksgiving.

I love Disney at Christmastime and can hardly wait to get back and soak up all the holiday cheer. Originally, our plans had been to arrive on Sunday, November 20th - Monday, November 28th and do MVMCP on Sunday, November 27th.

A couple of weeks ago, we changed our minds and decided we would leave on Thursday, November 17th after school and stay through Saturday, November 26th. It would give us more time in the parks before the Thanksgiving crowds arrive and a day to rest before we have to head back to work. We are doing MVMCP on Friday, November 18th--what better way to kick off our vacation!!!

So, when I made the change I had us at three resorts, OKW for 2 nights, BW for 2 nights, and SSR for 4 nights. To say Tom was not happy was an understatement! :sad2: Well, guess what happened today............................................. .................................................. .











my



Waitlist




came


through!!!! We are at the BW for the first 4 nights and SSR the last 4! :cool1::banana::dance3::yay::yay: I am bursting with excitement. Jeremy can't wait to stay at the BW. He was bummed we couldn't stay there the entire trip. He is going to be sooooo excited when I tell him tonight. He can't wait to swim in that scary clown pool! :woohoo:

It would be nice if the last 4 nights waitlist came through but I will not complain if it doesn't. Look for another update later today!!!

DisMomAmy
08-30-2011, 12:29 PM
That's fantastic news!!! :cool1:

I don't think it's going to happen at this point, but I'm hoping our waitlist comes through for our November trip. We are currently booked at BWV but are waitlisted at BCV. I'll be completely happy with BWV but I've stayed at BWI before & DH would REALLY prefer BC over BW.

DVC reservations have to be canceled 30 days out in order to keep the points, right? I'm hoping someone will cancel their reservation around that time so our waitlist comes through!

Here's some pixie dust that the rest of your trip opens up at BW!! pixiedust:

jeremysdisneymom
08-30-2011, 12:34 PM
Yay!! An update!! :cool1:

We start school tomorrow (was supposed to be today) & I do the PTO thing too so I know what you mean about things being crazy! I'm lucky to have my good friend & next door neighbor, Laura, to co-chair the PTO with. Lots of other activities on the verge of starting up soon too - soccer, trumpet & swimming!

I'm soooo glad you found the money!!! I can't imagine how you were feeling when you thought you might have thrown it away!!! :scared1:

The savannah is so beautiful. So cool that you found that egg!!

Can't wait to see what's next.

I like doing PTO but we have a new supt. who is making life difficult for us. We can no longer do anything during the school day (ie. Santa Shop, Mother's Day Flower Sale) unless we do it at lunch time. The students barely have enough time to eat their lunch let alone do those things as well. If this continues, I am afraid he is going to make a lot of parents want to quit PTO. It is very frustrating. What fun activites does your PTO do? I am always looking for new ideas!

It made me sick to think I could have thrown that money away. I was glad it was found!

I love the savannah. I could have spent all day on the balcony watching the animals.

How stressful! I know that sick feeling when either it is there or you threw it away and you have to wait to find out!!! I am so glad you found the money - and the earrings. :)

I was able to score AKL sav view during the NYE trip. :cool1::cool1:

Can't wait to see what the day brings. :goodvibes

Guess what......I lost one of the diamond earrings a couple of weeks ago! :scared1: I know it is in the house somewhere. I need to get the vaccuum bag out as I think I may have sucked it up in there! :confused3 I used to never be this careless!!

You will love savannah view!!! I am so excited for you. Be sure to take lots of pictures!

following along- I cannot wait to find out what Jeremy said to the white rabbit! So glad you found the $. Thank goodness!:thumbsup2

It will be toward the end of the trip as to what he said. It is funny at that age the things they learn and how they have no idea the true meaning of them. He has been back in school one week and the things he comes home telling is awful! I think some parents never screen what their child sees or hears. :confused3

I'm lovin' all the AKL pictures.

So glad the money was found. I know that was a sick feeling for a while.

You got a nice morning walk! I love walking around in the quiet of a Disney morning. :)

I hope Jeremy has a good school year. :teacher:

I actually thought of you the morning I was walking around AKL. My texting is not the best in the world or I would have sent you some pictures! I am almost cellphone illiterate. :lmao:

School should be interesting this year. Jeremy is in 4th grade and they switch teachers. He seems to be adjusting fine. The district has placed a lot of expectations on the teachers and went so far to tell some that if their test scores don't come up, they would have to find another job next year. In reality, I think they are putting more pressure on the students. He doesn't go to school now until 9 and gets out at 4. He is exhausted when he comes home and often times has homework. He only has 10 minutes of recess a day and 30 minutes lunch. Beyond that, it is all instructional time. They are not allowed to have anything "fun" during the day that is not instructional in nature. Will see how it goes.....

jeremysdisneymom
08-30-2011, 01:24 PM
Love the pics of AKL. We just bought DVC also and I cannot wait to stay there. I am from Kentucky also and actually graduated from UK. Great report. Can't wait to hear more!!

:welcome: It is always nice to have a fellow Kentuckian here! I am a huge UK fan, however, I graduated from Morehead State. Glad you are here.

We loved staying DVC. It was the best decision we made. I think you will really enjoy it.

jeremysdisneymom
08-30-2011, 02:12 PM
That's fantastic news!!! :cool1:

I don't think it's going to happen at this point, but I'm hoping our waitlist comes through for our November trip. We are currently booked at BWV but are waitlisted at BCV. I'll be completely happy with BWV but I've stayed at BWI before & DH would REALLY prefer BC over BW.

DVC reservations have to be canceled 30 days out in order to keep the points, right? I'm hoping someone will cancel their reservation around that time so our waitlist comes through!

Here's some pixie dust that the rest of your trip opens up at BW!! pixiedust:

:wizard:I am going to send you some pixie dust for your trip!!! I would love to stay at the BCV also! Sure hope it somes through for you.

Not sure about the cancellation policy. For some reason, I think you are right. I really need to read up on all this stuff a lot more!

Lady Lallie
08-30-2011, 04:31 PM
Phew! I am so glad you found that money. I hate that sinking feeling that you get when you realize something like that. Eeek!!!

How cool about the nest and egg, very cool!

You are going to love Boardwalk, it is just so awesome. :lovestruc

lbuzz52
08-30-2011, 05:58 PM
i am still laughing about the snoring. you can hear my husband snore in every room of the house, so i can relate.
i'm so glad you didn't lose the money! those stitch gloves are pretty cool:thumbsup2
glad your waitlist came through. i think that is a great combination of resorts/ resort areas!

jeremysdisneymom
08-31-2011, 08:05 AM
Phew! I am so glad you found that money. I hate that sinking feeling that you get when you realize something like that. Eeek!!!

How cool about the nest and egg, very cool!

You are going to love Boardwalk, it is just so awesome. :lovestruc

We are soooo excited about the Boardwalk. Jeremy is so looking forward to that clown pool!

i am still laughing about the snoring. you can hear my husband snore in every room of the house, so i can relate.
i'm so glad you didn't lose the money! those stitch gloves are pretty cool:thumbsup2
glad your waitlist came through. i think that is a great combination of resorts/ resort areas!

We are looking forward to the BW and SSR. We have never stayed at either so it should be lots of fun.

Sooze
08-31-2011, 05:51 PM
I'm still here Erika! I am JUST as bad with my own updates right now, so no apologies necessary!

So GLAD you found (or your friend found) that money!! What an awful feeling!!

We are staying at AKL for our very first time in October and I sure hope we get to see some of the great things y'all did!

Congrats on the waitlist coming through. I always LOVE getting those DVC envelopes in the mail when I'm on a waitlist.

Ready for more... whenever you are!;)

martinolichfamily
08-31-2011, 09:35 PM
Yay Erika! So glad to find an update! :)

Glad you found Jeremy's Souvie $$! At least it was at home and not in a trash can!

The view from your room is so cool! I so want to stay there one day!

I'm doing good..counting doen these weeks til baby arrives...I;m ready! The 100 + degree days here in TX are no fun...i basically stay in the house! ;)

I did survive DD's first day of preschool this week! There were tears but I came home and took a nap! :rotfl: Tomorrow is day 2 for her! She loved it...hope she does as well tomorrow as she did on the first day!

Can;t wait to read more updates! I'm going through those Disney Blues right about now! :sad1:

Yay for you getting the waiting list to come through!

jeremysdisneymom
09-01-2011, 09:58 AM
I'm still here Erika! I am JUST as bad with my own updates right now, so no apologies necessary!

So GLAD you found (or your friend found) that money!! What an awful feeling!!

We are staying at AKL for our very first time in October and I sure hope we get to see some of the great things y'all did!

Congrats on the waitlist coming through. I always LOVE getting those DVC envelopes in the mail when I'm on a waitlist.

Ready for more... whenever you are!;)

Hi Sooze! It is hard to update now with school and everything else going on.

You will :love: AKL. We had visited it several times before and really thought I would never want to stay there but it really changed my mind. Not sure what part you are staying in but be sure to check out Kidani. If Ty and Shae are with you, be sure to take them to their pool. They would love it (it's my next post!!!).

I was very excited when my waitlist came through! I really never thought it would happen.

Yay Erika! So glad to find an update! :)

Glad you found Jeremy's Souvie $$! At least it was at home and not in a trash can!

The view from your room is so cool! I so want to stay there one day!

I'm doing good..counting doen these weeks til baby arrives...I;m ready! The 100 + degree days here in TX are no fun...i basically stay in the house! ;)

I did survive DD's first day of preschool this week! There were tears but I came home and took a nap! :rotfl: Tomorrow is day 2 for her! She loved it...hope she does as well tomorrow as she did on the first day!

Can;t wait to read more updates! I'm going through those Disney Blues right about now! :sad1:

Yay for you getting the waiting list to come through!

You will definitely have to give AKL a try. However, I don't know if I could ever stay there again and not do savannah view. It really spoils you.

Ugggh, about the heat! That's miserable enough let alone being pregnant.

So glad you got through DD's first day. Jeremy is riding the bus for the first time this year since the elementary kids have their own bus now and I will admit, I was so sad the first day to see him go. Not sure why it was different than me dropping him off but it was! Funny thing is, its an all elementary bus but there has already been 2 fights! :scared1: And of all things, the one starting the fight was a kindergarten girl! :rotfl2:

Good Luck with the Disney Blues! It can be terrible! We are heading back in November but not sure about next year. We have another land we are wanting to visit next summer....................:rolleyes1 More on that later!

MeMom
09-03-2011, 09:34 AM
School should be interesting this year. Jeremy is in 4th grade and they switch teachers. He seems to be adjusting fine. The district has placed a lot of expectations on the teachers and went so far to tell some that if their test scores don't come up, they would have to find another job next year. In reality, I think they are putting more pressure on the students. He doesn't go to school now until 9 and gets out at 4. He is exhausted when he comes home and often times has homework. He only has 10 minutes of recess a day and 30 minutes lunch. Beyond that, it is all instructional time. They are not allowed to have anything "fun" during the day that is not instructional in nature. Will see how it goes.....

This sounds very familiar. Beat the teachers more to get the kids to perform better so that numbers in boxes can look good. On the way down the hall, be doing Math problems. On the way to lunch, be reciting Vocabulary. Never give them a minute to relax or learn how to socialize with each other. Put all your fun in a box and put a heavy lid on it. Work, work, work - teach to the test. Yep, that sound very, very familiar. Don't you know how this makes kids so anxious to get up and go to school every day?!?!?

Can you tell that I will be more than ready to retire when my time comes? :laughing:

DisMomAmy
09-03-2011, 10:29 AM
I like doing PTO but we have a new supt. who is making life difficult for us. We can no longer do anything during the school day (ie. Santa Shop, Mother's Day Flower Sale) unless we do it at lunch time. The students barely have enough time to eat their lunch let alone do those things as well. If this continues, I am afraid he is going to make a lot of parents want to quit PTO. It is very frustrating. What fun activites does your PTO do? I am always looking for new ideas!


We have a back to school BBQ, which is keeping me busy right now, a father/daughter dance, a mother/son event (in the past it was dances but last year we did a bowling night, not sure about this year yet), ice cream social, green eggs & ham lunch during Read Across America week, an end of year family dance, planting flowers around the school with the first graders, teacher appreciation lunch... that's pretty much it for events. We went to a minor league baseball game a couple times but interst faded so we're taking a break from that. As far as fundraising events, we have a boring fundraiser every fall (selling wrapping paper, flower bulbs & school apparel), we hold a craft fair every November that raises money for the 5th graders to go to a week of environmental camp. We have a tiny school that feeds into a very large middle school so the camp is nice because our school goes the same week as several of the other smaller schools. We also run the Friday pizza lunch program, which actually raises a little money & we do a really fun spring funraiser with the art teacher where parents can buy their kids' artwork in various formats (mugs, tshirts, quilt squares, matted prints). We sell pies at Thanksgiving.

What do you guys do? I'd love some new ideas!

jeremysdisneymom
09-07-2011, 01:10 PM
It seems that these updates from me keeping coming too few and far between. I promise to do better. I want to have this trip done before we leave in November for Thanksgiving.

To recap what has happened so far, we were pixie dusted with a savannah view room, Tom snored in the lobby at AKL, a crane had laid an egg outside our room, and the beds squeaked all night long! It was the makings of a great trip.

Tom had rather frankly stated that he did not want "run to death" this trip and would like to go with the flow. It took some will but I did not plan any park days this trip other than those involving sit down meals. I did make a daily index card with the park hours, shows, etc. but nothing was planned.

So, guess where we went our first day? Here's a clue....

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If you guessed the pool at Kidani Village then you were right! :thumbsup2
I think it is called Samawati Springs. We got there super early to stake out our spot. They didn't even have the slide or children's play area open. It was very relaxing and lots of fun once everything was running. Jeremy had a blast as you can see. It is a great place for kids.

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I think he was pretending to fight off the alligator for my picture!

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The slide was very fun! I know....I gave it several tries as well. ;)

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(continued in next post.....it may be a bit...I have to run to the bank!)

jeremysdisneymom
09-07-2011, 01:52 PM
The only drawback to the Kidani pool was that the bar area was not open when we were there at lunch time so we had to go back to Jambo House for lunch. It ended up being okay since the rains started coming while we were eating! After lunch and a quick nap for the boys, we headed to EPCOT.

Our first ride was none other than Spaceship Earth! As you can can see, Jeremy and I rode together and Tom was beside himself.

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And away we gooo..............

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As always, we really like this ride. It is so relaxing and I just love the earth scene. Afterwards, we checked out some of the activities.

Jeremy and I started this game but Tom took over for me. Goodness, there would be no power in the city if I had to play this! :confused3

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It was getting close to our dinner ressie time so we made it over to the Garden Grill. We have eaten here every trip once we discovered the dining plan. It used to be one of Jeremy's favorites and high on mine and Tom's list. However, the menu had changed some this trip and it was probably one of the worst meals we had. I don't think we will be going back here anytime soon. As always, the characters here are great and Jeremy would get up and get a picture with them.

Jeremy with the Living with the Land ride in the back.

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Look, the tween actually gave a character a hug and he is smiling about it! :woohoo:

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After dinner, we headed to what I think is a very cute ride but Tom thinks is very annoying. He can never get the song out of his head....Imagination.....Imagination...... you know how it goes.....
Jeremy likes being a conductor at the end!

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I love all the fountains at EPCOT!

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We decided that since the wait for all rides were long and fast passes were gone, we would enjoy a stroll around the world. Imagine my surprise when I saw that these guys were still up.

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I know I will eventually make it to the Flower and Garden Festival.......................................... ..

(continued in next post)

jeremysdisneymom
09-07-2011, 02:39 PM
I wanted to start on the Canadian side but Jeremy was in the mood to ride something so we thought Mexico would be the perfect start!

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After a quick ride in search of Donald Duck and Jeremy's search for the perfect sombrero (no, he didn't get one right then), we continued our trek around the world. I was super excited when we came out and saw the Mexico Donald was out. We had never seen him before. However, the tween was not a bit thrilled. He refused to get in line. So, what does a tween's mom do? :confused3 Jumps in line herself! Guess what?! That embarrassed the tween more so he decided to get in line himself! I was glad he did and I think he enjoyed himself. I just love these pictures!

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On to the land of Vikings!

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Maelstrom had a ridiculously long wait so we kept moving on to China.

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We had never set and watched the China film but did this time. I can remember doing this with my parents when I was younger and the thing made me motion sick. However, it didn't this time and we all really enjoyed it.

Afterwards, we spent some time browsing the shops. I think there are some really neat things in China. It was at this point that Jeremy had his sights set on something he really wanted, however his father did not. Tom thought it was a waste of money. Knowing Jeremy, I knew he would have a lot of fun with the toy. So, Tom and I conferred and agreed that he would have to buy it from his money and that when he ran out to not ask us.

With bag in hand, we continued on to Germany.

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We stopped in the caramel shop and got some caramel popcorn. :cloud9:

Of course, Jeremy spent a long time looking at the trains.

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We were getting tired given the fact we had just walked halfway around the world so we took the boat back and went to see Nemo and his friends before heading back to the resort.

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I love this hidden Mickey!

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It had been a great day and a wonderful start to our vacation.

Oh, I almost forgot. Here is a picture of what Jeremy purchased in China. That poor Ostrich was all over the room at AKL and BLT and has since been all over my house!

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Up Next....
Our new favorite restaurant with a special guest.
Is something wrong with Jeremy?

jeremysdisneymom
09-07-2011, 03:01 PM
One more little update....(yes, I am on a roll today)

I was able to book the Tomorrowland Terrace Wishes Dessert Party for November 23rd! That is the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. :cool1::banana: Jeremy knows I have been trying but I may keep it a secret that I was successful. He was sooo excited when I told him last week that I got us two more nights at the Boardwalk. He even thanked me and gave me a big hug!

I did cancel the dinner reservations I made as we decided that the dining plan is too much for us and especially me. So, I booked Chefs de France and and a Crystal Palace breakfast. I also booked a CP package at Le Cellier the last day we are there. That should be a fun way to end our vacation. We plan on actually eating off property some this trip.

One more thing...l finally broke down and got on facebook. So, please pm if you would like to be friends and I can give you my info. Would love to keep up with all my dis friends there as well!

Poolrat
09-07-2011, 08:07 PM
What a great set of updates!!!

Fun at the pool and EPCOT.

I will pm you about FB.


I can't wait to try out the AKL pools. :cool1:

reelmom
09-07-2011, 09:23 PM
Oh yes, the puppets. My DH and I had that same conversation a few years ago with our boys. The boys won out and we have two dragon puppets that haven't been played with since they got in the car after they were bought. And everytime we pass by the kiosk that sells them, they both want another one. Crazy kids.

MEK
09-08-2011, 03:39 PM
Just found your TR and subbing. Will be back to read very soon!

jeremysdisneymom
09-08-2011, 03:50 PM
What a great set of updates!!!

Fun at the pool and EPCOT.

I will pm you about FB.


I can't wait to try out the AKL pools. :cool1:

You will love their pools---Very nice! I like Kidani's the best. Are you staying in Jambo or Kidani?

Oh yes, the puppets. My DH and I had that same conversation a few years ago with our boys. The boys won out and we have two dragon puppets that haven't been played with since they got in the car after they were bought. And everytime we pass by the kiosk that sells them, they both want another one. Crazy kids.

Guess what, I noticed Jeremy's in the corner of his room yesterday. :confused3 Sort of made me mad. I will know better in the future.

Just found your TR and subbing. Will be back to read very soon!

Welcome! I have been enjoying your girls trip. You take some great pictures. I actually explored Moracco more this trip after see all your great pictures from there. That is later on. Glad you are here.

lbuzz52
09-09-2011, 03:46 PM
that pool area looks really fun!
sounds like you have some nice times set up for your November trip! I can't wait to do the Dessert party next trip!

MeMom
09-09-2011, 07:23 PM
It was getting close to our dinner ressie time so we made it over to the Garden Grill. We have eaten here every trip once we discovered the dining plan. It used to be one of Jeremy's favorites and high on mine and Tom's list. However, the menu had changed some this trip and it was probably one of the worst meals we had. I don't think we will be going back here anytime soon. .


I know I will eventually make it to the Flower and Garden Festival.......................................... ..



We are glad we tried Garden Grill, but for the price, it wasn't a big hit with us. The character interaction was very good, and the food was fine. It just didn't go on the 'must do again' list.

Flower and Garden is lovely. After a cold winter, it is incredible to see all the pretty flowers and greenery.

Poolrat
09-09-2011, 07:59 PM
I have a savannah view at Jambo house booked. I am driving DVC nuts by calling almost every other day to check on Dec 29-31. Have rooms for the 29th and 30th but nothing for the 31st. The points for a 1 bedroom are nuts so I am trying to stick to a studio.


I sent you a pm. Try FB again, I adjusted my privacy settings so you should be able to find me now.

MEK
09-09-2011, 08:33 PM
Welcome! I have been enjoying your girls trip. You take some great pictures. I actually explored Moracco more this trip after see all your great pictures from there. That is later on. Glad you are here.

Thanks. Glad you are enjoying our TR and the pix!!!!

I am all caught up on your TR. I know all about the tween thing. By the time my tween was 13 he was practically done with Disney. It's a tough age, so good luck cause it gets tougher before it gets better!

You view is awesome! I can't believe the CM said the 3pm check in is for the "paying" guests. That type of comment could get him in trouble, so I would hope he just wasn't thinking when he said it. I'm hoping it just came out wrong.

Congrats on getting BWI for November. I have never stayed there yet, but I hope to either next summer or next fall.

Looking forward to more!

jeremysdisneymom
09-10-2011, 09:34 AM
Quick update today! I was home sick yesterday so I am behind on housework, laundry, you name it!

Well, I have some bad news and some good news! For the bad news, it looks like the Christmas trip will be shorter than planned and less one member. :sad2: Tom's part-time job with the squad comes to an end the end of this month due to a new law in Ohio that requires drivers to have more certification. Therefore, he has decided to get his EMT certifcation again. Yes, I say again because he had it several years ago and let it lapse once he went to work with the sheriff's office. :confused3 So, he lucked out and a new course just started that he was able to join. However, it runs until the first of December and he will have to use a lot of vacation time to attend so there is no way he can go the week of Thanksgiving or even later in December.

So, Jeremy and I will be going solo! :woohoo: I am actually looking forward to it as I know he and I will have a blast and it will be the first time we have ever done anything just the two of us. Tom insisted that we both go as well so that made it a lot easier. I am going to spend the afternoon looking for flights and changing things around. We will probably come home the day before Thanksgiving which means we will miss the candlelight processional but that is okay.

For the good news, Tom wants to go over Spring Break! :dance3::banana:So, I have to do some work on that as well. It looks like those AP's are going to pay for themselves after all. Plus, I will finally get to see the Flower and Garden Festival!!

Hope to have another update up tomorrow and an update on all of our changes. :)

jeremysdisneymom
09-10-2011, 09:43 AM
that pool area looks really fun!
sounds like you have some nice times set up for your November trip! I can't wait to do the Dessert party next trip!

See my post on page 6. My November trip is changing some. Still not sure if I will do the dessert party or not. It will depend on airline prices today!

The pool was a lot of fun.

We are glad we tried Garden Grill, but for the price, it wasn't a big hit with us. The character interaction was very good, and the food was fine. It just didn't go on the 'must do again' list.

Flower and Garden is lovely. After a cold winter, it is incredible to see all the pretty flowers and greenery.

I am going to Flower and Garden!!!! See my latest post. I am super excited as I always wanted to see it!!

I have a savannah view at Jambo house booked. I am driving DVC nuts by calling almost every other day to check on Dec 29-31. Have rooms for the 29th and 30th but nothing for the 31st. The points for a 1 bedroom are nuts so I am trying to stick to a studio.


I sent you a pm. Try FB again, I adjusted my privacy settings so you should be able to find me now.

I found you on FB and sent you a message. I loved staying in Jambo House. While I liked the pool at Kidani, there is no counter service other than a few offerings at the pool bar which was closed while we were there. I know what you mean about the one bedroom. Those points are outrageous!!! We are sticking to the studio as long as we can. I am not sure if your son is going with you (I think I read he was) but be careful about the sleeper bed. We didn't realize it until the end of our stay but the vent was over it and Jeremy got a bad cold with the air on him all night.

Thanks. Glad you are enjoying our TR and the pix!!!!

I am all caught up on your TR. I know all about the tween thing. By the time my tween was 13 he was practically done with Disney. It's a tough age, so good luck cause it gets tougher before it gets better!

You view is awesome! I can't believe the CM said the 3pm check in is for the "paying" guests. That type of comment could get him in trouble, so I would hope he just wasn't thinking when he said it. I'm hoping it just came out wrong.

Congrats on getting BWI for November. I have never stayed there yet, but I hope to either next summer or next fall.

Looking forward to more!

I dread the day when Disney is not as much fun to him! I keep my fingers crossed that it will never come.

We loved AKL and really lucked out on the view. I was soo excited.

I am looking forward to the Boardwalk. Jeremy cannot wait to give that scary clown pool a try! I am sure he will be in it even if the weather is not so warm in November. :)

Poolrat
09-10-2011, 01:26 PM
I found you on FB and sent you a message. I loved staying in Jambo House. While I liked the pool at Kidani, there is no counter service other than a few offerings at the pool bar which was closed while we were there. I know what you mean about the one bedroom. Those points are outrageous!!! We are sticking to the studio as long as we can. I am not sure if your son is going with you (I think I read he was) but be careful about the sleeper bed. We didn't realize it until the end of our stay but the vent was over it and Jeremy got a bad cold with the air on him all night.



Thanks for the tip on the studio. You may need to send me another message. I didn't get a request yet. :confused3

Chris is planning to go and we have flights booked. :cool1: However I am not sure if he can stay the whole time due to school but we are planning on it.

MeMom
09-10-2011, 02:48 PM
You and Jeremy will have a blast! You won't have to worry about Dad getting tired of it, and he will be more ready to go back and enjoy it in the spring. You will love going in the spring, especially if the winter is as long and drawn out as it was last year!

I'm going to try to find you on FB, too.

shannon47142
09-10-2011, 05:12 PM
your pool time looked fun:goodvibes

your next trip should also be fun for the two of you:cool1: but Im sorry Tom cant make it

reelmom
09-10-2011, 05:40 PM
I took my two boys down 3 days early before the rest of the family came in June. I was a little nervous at first but we had the best time. We were able to go from open to close if we wanted to because DH usually doesn't like being in the parks that long. We were so tired but it was the best part of the trip.

jeremysdisneymom
09-10-2011, 10:00 PM
Thanks for the tip on the studio. You may need to send me another message. I didn't get a request yet. :confused3

Chris is planning to go and we have flights booked. :cool1: However I am not sure if he can stay the whole time due to school but we are planning on it.

Yea, you found me!!!! :banana: I still have a lot to learn on that Facebook thing.

You and Jeremy will have a blast! You won't have to worry about Dad getting tired of it, and he will be more ready to go back and enjoy it in the spring. You will love going in the spring, especially if the winter is as long and drawn out as it was last year!

I'm going to try to find you on FB, too.

Jeremy is really excited. Jeremy is a lot like me and gets up earlier than Tom so I think we will have a great time. Even though Tom is not going, he is really happy about this EMT class he is taking. Actually, this is the first time I have seen him so excited in a while about work!

I am really excited about the spring trip. I scored some awesome deals on airfare today out of Lexington so I hope those prices will continue in April! Plus, I got my second choice on resorts with DVC.

I will PM you my last name but I am sure you are friends with Pool rat, it may be easier to find me off her friends list.

your pool time looked fun:goodvibes

your next trip should also be fun for the two of you:cool1: but Im sorry Tom cant make it

Jeremy and I are really excited. It will be different without him but fun still.

I took my two boys down 3 days early before the rest of the family came in June. I was a little nervous at first but we had the best time. We were able to go from open to close if we wanted to because DH usually doesn't like being in the parks that long. We were so tired but it was the best part of the trip.

:thumbsup2Great to know! I have always wanted to do something like this with Jeremy and I know it will be extra special.

jeremysdisneymom
09-10-2011, 10:11 PM
It was a busy morning in my house making the changes but I think we are done for now! I was able to get Jeremy and I some pretty cheap flights out of Lexington, KY on Air Tran. I like flying out of Lexington since it is a much smaller airport. I have never flown Air Tran but you couldn't beat the prices. :thumbsup2 I called DVC and took Tom off the ressie, added the flights, and did changes the dates! We are going to come home the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. We are still at the Boardwalk the first four nights and move to SSR the last. Really hoping beyond hope that the last night's waitlist will come through so Jeremy and I don't have to move our things.

I decided I am going to do the quick service dining plan. We had originally planned to bring stuff with us when it was the whole family and eat supper off property. But, with no car that really would not work for Jeremy and me. Since table service was too much for me in the summer, I thought this would work nicely plus we would have plenty snack credits to bring Tom home some treats! I did book us a Chefs De France ressie and we have an early morning Crystal Palace breakfast before MK opens.

I still have to cancel the Wishes Dessert Party but I ran out of time today. We spent the afternoon in KY visiting the grandparents for Grandparent's Day--a day early!


Now, on to spring! I can hardly believe I have another trip to plan!!!

I called today and was able to get the Boardwalk for the entire Spring Break trip! :yay::yay: I am so glad that Tom will get to experience this resort plus it will put us closer to the Flower and Garden Festival! :woohoo:

reelmom
09-11-2011, 08:02 AM
Congratulations on getting the Boardwalk for Spring Break. We have never stayed there but it is such a beautiful resort to visit

SoonerGirl
09-11-2011, 10:19 AM
Hey Erika! I am woefully behind on all of my subscriptions :sad2: Looks like you have been busy too though, I didn't miss too much over here!

I'm so glad that your friend found Jeremy's money envelope, what a relief to know that you didn't accidentally throw it away - I would have been nervous waiting to find out as well.

Funny that you had a problem with squeeky beds at AKL, we didn't have that at all :confused3

Very cool about the crane egg!

The pool at Kidani Village looks awesome, I really wish we had had more time so that we could have seen more of the resort.

Congratulations on getting BW for your spring break trip! I really want to stay there, even though that clown slide gives me the creeps :laughing:

Bummer that Tom can't go with you in November, but it will be fun to have some time with just you and Jeremy!

I'll PM you my FB info :thumbsup2

DisMomAmy
09-12-2011, 07:26 AM
Sorry Tom can't make the Thanksgiving trip but congrats on the spring trip!!! What are your dates? We'll be there April 22-29 - which is later than most spring breaks (so the crowds aren't usually bad). Yay for the Boardwalk!!! :thumbsup2

Lady Lallie
09-12-2011, 09:02 AM
I'm loving all the changes!! I think it's going to be a blast for just the two of you to go to Disney, something neither of you will ever forget.

Congrats on the Spring trip and I honestly thing Boardwalk for Flower & Garden is the way to go!! :thumbsup2

jeremysdisneymom
09-12-2011, 09:44 AM
Congratulations on getting the Boardwalk for Spring Break. We have never stayed there but it is such a beautiful resort to visit

I am really excited. Jeremy can hardly wait to try out the clown pool.


Hey Erika! I am woefully behind on all of my subscriptions :sad2: Looks like you have been busy too though, I didn't miss too much over here!

I'm so glad that your friend found Jeremy's money envelope, what a relief to know that you didn't accidentally throw it away - I would have been nervous waiting to find out as well.

Funny that you had a problem with squeeky beds at AKL, we didn't have that at all :confused3

Very cool about the crane egg!

The pool at Kidani Village looks awesome, I really wish we had had more time so that we could have seen more of the resort.

Congratulations on getting BW for your spring break trip! I really want to stay there, even though that clown slide gives me the creeps :laughing:

Bummer that Tom can't go with you in November, but it will be fun to have some time with just you and Jeremy!

I'll PM you my FB info :thumbsup2

Yes, it has been crazy busy around here. It seems like once school started we have been on he go ever since.

The clown pool freaks me out as well! Jeremy thinks it looks great so he is very happy about it. I am sure he will be in it some in November and a lot at Spring Break.

Sorry Tom can't make the Thanksgiving trip but congrats on the spring trip!!! What are your dates? We'll be there April 22-29 - which is later than most spring breaks (so the crowds aren't usually bad). Yay for the Boardwalk!!! :thumbsup2

We will be there April 6-11. I wish we could stay longer but Jeremy's spring break is only for 2 days.

I just realized I never replied to you about what we do as a PTO. Sorry about that! We have a fall carnival every year. The teachers run the games and we give them the money from their game for their classroom. We sell spirit wear that is specific to the elementary school. The teachers do a walk a thon. This fundraiser is huge and usually nets $10K. We are planning on a spelling bee fundraiser this year where the student would take pledges for every word they get correct. We are doing the art fundraiser you mentioned for the first time this year! I think it will be a big hit. We also have plans to do a 5K run/walk in the spring. We do a flower sale in May around Mother's Day. This usually makes some money but we always make sure every child has a flower to take home to their mom. I have done PTO for 3 years now so a lot of these things come easy however the first years was VERY stressful!

I'm loving all the changes!! I think it's going to be a blast for just the two of you to go to Disney, something neither of you will ever forget.

Congrats on the Spring trip and I honestly thing Boardwalk for Flower & Garden is the way to go!! :thumbsup2

Jeremy and I are both really excited. I always wanted to do something like this with him and I know it will be a memory we will both never forget.

I think it will be great being so close to EPCOT for Flower and Garden!

MEK
09-12-2011, 10:19 AM
Sorry to hear that Tom can't go on the November trip, but I do think you and Jeremy will have a great time. I took my younger son Nick with me when he was around 12. We had a lovely time. I really enjoyed it!

And :thumbsup2:thumbsup2:thumbsup2 to a spring trip - Doesn't get any better than that!!!!!

jeremysdisneymom
09-12-2011, 11:12 AM
Sorry to hear that Tom can't go on the November trip, but I do think you and Jeremy will have a great time. I took my younger son Nick with me when he was around 12. We had a lovely time. I really enjoyed it!

And :thumbsup2:thumbsup2:thumbsup2 to a spring trip - Doesn't get any better than that!!!!!

Thanks Mary Ellen. Jeremy and I are really excited. We spent all day yesterday talking about what we wanted to do and ride. He loves Disney as much as I do so it should be lots of fun.

I am giddy about the spring trip!!! I have always wanted to see the Flower and Garden Festival. I know there will be a Mickey gnome coming home with me!!! Plus, Jeremy will be 10 by then so I think I might schedule the Steam Train tour. He loves trains and this would be perfect for him.

lbuzz52
09-12-2011, 12:13 PM
I think the one on one trip sounds grand! It will make for some very special memories!

jeremysdisneymom
09-12-2011, 12:20 PM
I think the one on one trip sounds grand! It will make for some very special memories!

Thanks, I am really looking forward to it. I know we will have a great time.

kthshh
09-12-2011, 01:54 PM
subscribing....

Enjoying the trip report so far!

hlrababy
09-13-2011, 10:35 AM
Hey girl!! I am here! Late, but here!! lol

martinolichfamily
09-14-2011, 03:43 PM
Great updates Erika! :goodvibes

We also enjoyed Garden Grill...too bad it wasnt good this time! The characters there are great!

yay for a spring break trip! So exciting! The weather at that time is super nice!

Facebook...yay! :thumbsup2 I'm going to PM you!

Ready for more updates and pics!

jeremysdisneymom
09-14-2011, 09:15 PM
subscribing....

Enjoying the trip report so far!

Welcome! Glad you are here. :) I see you have a report. I will have to go over and check it out.

Hey girl!! I am here! Late, but here!! lol

Welcome Heather! Glad you are here. I have really enjoyed your report and look forward to the next one! :)

Great updates Erika! :goodvibes

We also enjoyed Garden Grill...too bad it wasnt good this time! The characters there are great!

yay for a spring break trip! So exciting! The weather at that time is super nice!

Facebook...yay! :thumbsup2 I'm going to PM you!

Ready for more updates and pics!

I sent you a friend request! So glad we can meet up there as well.

I am really looking forward to spring break. Like the trip in November, it will only be for 5 nights but it will be lots of fun. I can't wait to see the flower and garden festival!!

I am loading pictures tonight so hopefully an update tomorrow or Friday at the latest!

jeremysdisneymom
09-26-2011, 03:23 PM
I am going to try and get a quick update in today. We have been super busy at home! It is popcorn time for scouting and I am our pack's popcorn kernel! What a corny name! On top of placing our first round of orders, I made a gigantic mistake and ordered 32 cases and not 32 bags of one type. So, my house is popping over with popcorn!!! My pack is doing a great job getting rid of it but I have been extrememly stressing lately.

Plus, it is the week all kids and big kids at heart look forward to in our town--fall break and particularly the little state fair!!! Yes, our county fair is known as the little state fair and it is fabulous! There is so much to see and do and we will be there every night! Jeremy did his first individual 4-H project this year in woodworking. He got 3rd place and we are super proud of him. He was the youngest kid in the class and a lot were high school aged so he did well. Tonight is the huge fair parade and our scouts have a float. The parade usually lasts at least 2 hours and always ends with a fly over from air care. I will post pictures of everything and share it with you later on this week.

So onto Sunday, June 27th. We had spent a nice evening at EPCOT the night before and had a not so great meal at Garden Grill. So, where would today take us?

Jeremy enjoyed these games at the bus stop while we waited for the..........

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EPCOT bus. Yes, we were headed back to EPCOT.

I know we missed rope drop and for some reason, I went and got the Soarin fast passes. I think Tom's back may have been hurting him some and I agreed to be the runner that day. After I got back we headed to Test Track and a 20 minute wait that was more like 5 minutes! :yay:

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Jeremy enjoyed this ride much more than any other trip so I know it will be a must do for he and I in November. We checked out all the nice cars at the end and I had to hear from Tom once more why I should have gotten a Tahoe and not a Trailblazer when someone hit me and totaled the last Trailblazer. :confused3 This is never ending in my house!!! I wish he would just go by himself a tahoe and shut up about it.

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Some day I will have the extra money and surprise Tom with the Petty driving experience! For now, a picture with Jeremy in front of the car will have to do.

We headed to Innoventions to kill some time until the World Showcase opened at 11.

Jeremy seeing how strong he is.

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Jeremy sending something back home.

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A family favorite--the piggy bank game!

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I can't remember what Jeremy was saving for.

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Here comes the piggy!

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With money saved, Jeremy wanted to try some video games.

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Then it was time to make our own video game! I love this game. It is so much fun to play once you get home.

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The world showcase had opened so we headed out of innoventions and toward the world.

Up Next:

What is our new favorite restaurant on property?
What is going on with Jeremy?
What time will be go to bed? ---Guess, you will be amazed!

Lady Lallie
09-26-2011, 03:43 PM
I'm going to guess you went to bed at 7PM! :lmao:

I can't wait to see the fair pictures, I miss going to fairs.

Kat in GA
09-26-2011, 04:16 PM
Woo-hoo!!! An update! I am so on the edge of my seat to know what he said to the white rabbit!! ;)

The girls loved doing the piggy bank game this summer. I think I was off getting fast passes, so I really didn't see too much of the game. My older girls played and then my husband helped the younger ones. They wanted to keep their piggy.

Our November trips are getting closer! We need to compare notes on where we'll be because our paths HAVE to cross this time!! Right now, we are planning on:
Fri 11/18 MK (we are eating dinner at 1900 Park Fare - unless I change it ;))
Sat 11/19 HS (Sci Fi for lunch)
Sun 11/20 EP
Mon 11/21 AK - and we are doing the Wishes dessert party
Tuesday - we are planning to stay for a while before we head home - but I'm not sure which parks we'll tackle.

MEK
09-26-2011, 05:19 PM
Great update but you're killing me with the cliffhangers. :rotfl: I hope you come back soon!!!!!

Have fun at the state fair and good luck with the popcorn sales. I bet you WERE stressed when you ordered all that extra popcorn. Oh my!!!! That's a lot of popcorn to sell.

SoonerGirl
09-26-2011, 06:33 PM
Hey Erika, why didn't you get a Tahoe? :confused3 :laughing: Sorry, couldn't resist ;)

Looks like a fun morning! I've never seen the 'make your own video game' thing. How does it work?

Poolrat
09-26-2011, 09:27 PM
, I made a gigantic mistake and ordered 32 cases and not 32 bags of one type. So, my house is popping over with popcorn!!! My pack is doing a great job getting rid of it but I have been extrememly stressing lately.
:scared1: That's a lot of popcorn. I hope the whole neighborhood starts eating popcorn.


Jeremy did his first individual 4-H project this year in woodworking. He got 3rd place and we are super proud of him. He was the youngest kid in the class and a lot were high school aged so he did well.

:cool1::cool1::cool1: Way to go Jeremy!! Great job.



We checked out all the nice cars at the end and I had to hear from Tom once more why I should have gotten a Tahoe and not a Trailblazer when someone hit me and totaled the last Trailblazer. :confused3 This is never ending in my house!!! I wish he would just go by himself a tahoe and shut up about it.

I'm sorry. But :lmao: watch he will come home with one!!

What is our new favorite restaurant on property?
What is going on with Jeremy?
What time will be go to bed? ---Guess, you will be amazed!
The San Angel Inn really ??? :cool1:

I will go with too much caffeine and Jeremey is up until midnight.





Looks like a fun morning! I've never seen the 'make your own video game' thing. How does it work?

You go and video yourself running , jumping and doing a victory dance and then it makes you into an avatar and you play a video game. It is lots of fun, even more if you get silly.
I emailed it to my self but never got it. I guess if it is still there I will have to try again TOMORROW.:cool1:

lbuzz52
09-30-2011, 03:49 PM
There are so many fun things at innovations! i can't believe that my dh said there was nothing for the kids to be entertained with there.

MeMom
09-30-2011, 04:13 PM
What is going on with Jeremy?

What time will be go to bed? ---Guess, you will be amazed!




Uh oh...does the tweenageness rear its ugly head again? ;)

Sometimes 8:00 in Disney World feels like a hundred o'clock. We crash and burn early some nights.

On the flip side, sometimes we are out until 2 a.m., which never happens at home.

We shall see if you were crashers or out-on-the-towners that night! :laughing:

jeremysdisneymom
10-12-2011, 03:54 PM
I am becoming such a bad Diser. I haven't updated in two weeks let alone responded to my own trip's comments. :eek: Really hoping I can do a much better job in the next few weeks.

So, I left you on our second full day at Disney. We were back to Epcot. It was 11 am and World Showcase had opened.

We started making our way to lunch via the Canada side. I had hoped to see the film this time but was worried it would make it to close to lunch. We never did make it back this trip.

Jeremy obliged me with some pictures along the way. I hate that his sunglasses are on in most but I didn't feel like the argument with him. His tweeness was out this morning and I was just happy he was willing to stop and take the picture.

I was really enjoying our stroll. We stopped by several of the shops and looked around. Tom inquired about our family's crest in the UK but didn't want to spend that much money so early in the trip.

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We got to our lunch destination and still had time to spare. The France film had just started so we missed that one. We decided to explore Morocco.

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Jeremy said he was Aladdin on a magic carpet in this one!

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Morocco is a very pretty pavillion with so much detail. My pictures does not do in any justice.

It was soon close to noon so we headed to Chef De France for lunch.

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This was our first time eating here and it quickly became our favorite restaurant on property. I loved the atmosphere, the food, and meeting this guy!

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Yes, Armando was a riot!!! He was Remy's matre'd (not sure if the spelling is correct!) for the day.

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He had Jeremy laughing so hard before he even introduced Remy. He thought Jeremy was wanting to see him and not the rat.

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Remy was adorable. He talks--rat of course! He doesn't spend a lot of time at your table but it was worth it. Jeremy enjoyed it and honestly, Tom and I did as well.

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I don't have any food pictures but Tom and I had the price fixe meal. We each had french onion soup, the ham and cheese sandwich, and vanilla creme brulee. It was delicious! Jeremy ordered from the childs menu. His appetizer was some type of cheese pastry that he loved. However, his cheeseburger was not that great so he shared with me. I have a reservation for Jeremy and I when we go in November and another one for all three of us in April.

After lunch, Jeremy was getting more grumpy and rather tired acting. He told me his throat was hurting so we decided to head back to the front of the park.

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By the time we got to Future World, Jeremy was feeling worse. So, we gave our Soarin FP's to a family of 3 at the gate and headed to AKL.


I am out of time this afternoon and have to get Jeremy. Will be back tonight or tomorrow to finish up this day, reply to comments, post some fair pictures.......

So, until then,

What time do we go to bed this night?
Guess which park we hit the next day!
Plus, some exciting news for November

DisMomAmy
10-12-2011, 05:11 PM
Uh oh... I hope Jeremy wasn't getting sick!

We at at Chefs in March... for some reason I don't remember how we liked it... :confused3 But I know we enjoyed Remy & Armand! :thumbsup2

jeremysdisneymom
10-12-2011, 09:05 PM
Uh oh... I hope Jeremy wasn't getting sick!

We at at Chefs in March... for some reason I don't remember how we liked it... :confused3 But I know we enjoyed Remy & Armand! :thumbsup2

Uh oh is right!!! More to come....

We loved Chefs---all three of us! That is the only sit down mean other than one breakfast I have planned for Jeremy and I in November. We are all going back at Spring Break. Of course, I booked on a day and time when Remy woudl be there, but actually, I would go even if he was not! :thumbsup2

jeremysdisneymom
10-12-2011, 09:19 PM
I'm going to guess you went to bed at 7PM! :lmao:

I can't wait to see the fair pictures, I miss going to fairs.

Well, your guess is close for one night!!! I learned that I am getting older this trip. I actually enjoyed going to bed early on vacation! :confused3

I am loading fair pictures as I type. Hope to update them tomorrow.

Woo-hoo!!! An update! I am so on the edge of my seat to know what he said to the white rabbit!! ;)

The girls loved doing the piggy bank game this summer. I think I was off getting fast passes, so I really didn't see too much of the game. My older girls played and then my husband helped the younger ones. They wanted to keep their piggy.

Our November trips are getting closer! We need to compare notes on where we'll be because our paths HAVE to cross this time!! Right now, we are planning on:
Fri 11/18 MK (we are eating dinner at 1900 Park Fare - unless I change it ;))
Sat 11/19 HS (Sci Fi for lunch)
Sun 11/20 EP
Mon 11/21 AK - and we are doing the Wishes dessert party
Tuesday - we are planning to stay for a while before we head home - but I'm not sure which parks we'll tackle.

I am going to speed this thing along so hopefully I will be to what he said before we leave in November! :rotfl2:It is a doozy and quite embarrassing.

Here is what I have planned:

11/18 MK in the evening (we are doing the party)
11/19 Epcot (lunch at Chefs De France) We might hit up the Osborne Lights that night. Will you still be there?
11/20 HS
11/21 MK We might still be there or back when you do the dessert party. If we don't meet up before then, we could at that time.
11/22 AK
11/23 Head home on an early Magical Express.

Great update but you're killing me with the cliffhangers. :rotfl: I hope you come back soon!!!!!

Have fun at the state fair and good luck with the popcorn sales. I bet you WERE stressed when you ordered all that extra popcorn. Oh my!!!! That's a lot of popcorn to sell.

The popcorn is moving verrrry slowly!!! It wouldn't bother me if I never see another kernel for a long time!!!

Going to start updating a lot faster. Should have another one up tomorrow.

Hey Erika, why didn't you get a Tahoe? :confused3 :laughing: Sorry, couldn't resist ;)

Looks like a fun morning! I've never seen the 'make your own video game' thing. How does it work?

Trust me, I hear that a lot about the Tahoe. Honestly, if someone had not hit me head on, I would have probably bought it. It seemed so big at the time and I was soo nervous to drive anything. I am an SUV fan. I work about 30 miles from home on windy roads for an electric company. So, when it is snowing or there is ice, I still have to be there. The power is always on! So, I like my 4 wheel drive.

You should do the video game in Epcot when you go, uhhh in two days!!! :banana: It is a lot of fun and they email you the game to play at home. Your boys would get a kick out of having a game with you in it!

:scared1: That's a lot of popcorn. I hope the whole neighborhood starts eating popcorn.



:cool1::cool1::cool1: Way to go Jeremy!! Great job.




I'm sorry. But :lmao: watch he will come home with one!!


The San Angel Inn really ??? :cool1:

I will go with too much caffeine and Jeremey is up until midnight.



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You go and video yourself running , jumping and doing a victory dance and then it makes you into an avatar and you play a video game. It is lots of fun, even more if you get silly.
I emailed it to my self but never got it. I guess if it is still there I will have to try again TOMORROW.:cool1:

You already know thanks to my update that it was France. However, San Angel Inn was a close 2nd for someone on the trip. More on that coming soon.

Wish I could have caffeine. It has been a year since I got rid of pop for my band surgery and I have very little caffeine. It hinders weight loss.


There are so many fun things at innovations! i can't believe that my dh said there was nothing for the kids to be entertained with there.

Oh my, he would have been entertained himself! Men......:confused3

Uh oh...does the tweenageness rear its ugly head again? ;)

Sometimes 8:00 in Disney World feels like a hundred o'clock. We crash and burn early some nights.

On the flip side, sometimes we are out until 2 a.m., which never happens at home.

We shall see if you were crashers or out-on-the-towners that night! :laughing:

Oh Memom, I am soooo much a crasher!!! :eek:

MEK
10-13-2011, 10:06 AM
I had the exact same meal when I ate at Chef's in May. I absolutely loved that sandwich. I saved half for breakfast the next day! :goodvibes super Yum!

Hope Jeremy feels better quickly.

Don't make us wait too long for the November news!!!!

jeremysdisneymom
10-13-2011, 10:15 AM
I had the exact same meal when I ate at Chef's in May. I absolutely loved that sanwich. I saved half for breakfast the next day! :goodvibes super Yum!

Hope Jeremy feels better quickly.

Don't make us wait too long for the November news!!!!

Awww, that is such a good meal. I think Jeremy and I might share it this time with him getting his own appetizer and he can have the dessert. It is more than plenty for the two of us.

Another update coming later today!! Pictures are loaded and I am on a roll.

Kat in GA
10-13-2011, 08:28 PM
How is it that we are off kilter again with our schedule?! :-) Actually, our November trip has had a few changes as well...first - it's no longer me and the girls - my husband has decided to join us. Then we switched from All Star Movies to Animal Kingdom Lodge (so excited about this!). We also canceled our 1900 Park Fare and are going to Boma instead. I still have dessert party reservations (I was able to add in Michael!). We could absolutely meet up around the dessert party - or at HS. We'll just have to be texting away to keep up with our teens and tweens - and we can see if either of our plans change.

We are going spring break now, too -- when is your Spring Break? Ours is the first week of April - right before Easter. It's just me and the girls and we'll be there Monday - Saturday.

jeremysdisneymom
10-13-2011, 10:42 PM
How is it that we are off kilter again with our schedule?! :-) Actually, our November trip has had a few changes as well...first - it's no longer me and the girls - my husband has decided to join us. Then we switched from All Star Movies to Animal Kingdom Lodge (so excited about this!). We also canceled our 1900 Park Fare and are going to Boma instead. I still have dessert party reservations (I was able to add in Michael!). We could absolutely meet up around the dessert party - or at HS. We'll just have to be texting away to keep up with our teens and tweens - and we can see if either of our plans change.

We are going spring break now, too -- when is your Spring Break? Ours is the first week of April - right before Easter. It's just me and the girls and we'll be there Monday - Saturday.

Texting sounds great! It is nice that your husband gets to come. You will love AKL. It is so beautiful at Christmas time.

Our paths will cross at Spring Break. We only get a few days so we will arrive in Florida on Good Friday and leave the following Wednesday. So, there will be at least two days we can possibly meet up! We will be at the Boardwalk.

I see you leave in 1 week for Food and Wine. I have never been so it is on my Disney Bucket list. Have a great time!

disneyfan61
10-14-2011, 10:25 PM
Great update. Oh no Jeremy is getting sick?? I got sick once down there & no fun!!!

We love Chef's. I think I will be making an ADR there for next April trip!!:)

jeremysdisneymom
10-18-2011, 03:07 PM
Great update. Oh no Jeremy is getting sick?? I got sick once down there & no fun!!!

We love Chef's. I think I will be making an ADR there for next April trip!!:)

Chefs was awesome. Jeremy and I are eating there in November and then all of us again in April.

Yay for your April trip. We will be there Good Friday - Wednesday after Easter. We have a short break this year but it will still be nice to get to Florida for a few days.

jeremysdisneymom
10-18-2011, 03:53 PM
I think it is time I get this trip report moving. I am beginning to think there are very few people still following for my lack of updating. I do apologize (once again).

I would like to get this finished as in 30 days Jeremy and I will be in our happy place-Disney World getting ready for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party!!! I am super excited! I know we will have a great time.

I do have some exciting news!!! We will be at the Boardwalk all five nights!!! :woohoo: My waitlist came through for the last night. So, my first two times with DVC waitlist and score, they both came through!!!

Also, our magical express documents and luggage tags came last week---super exciting as it has been 3 years since we flew into Disney. I can't wait for the ride to property!!!

I did want to share a funny story with you that happened to me yesterday regarding our trip. I was at work when I got a call from a lady Tom works with. Now, mind you, I know this lady. We are friendly to each other but to say we are close friends would be an understatement. Our boys played baseball two years ago but they go to different schools so Jeremy doesn't even remember him. Well, she tells me that she was working on the November schedule and realized that Tom had cancelled his vacation for Thanksgiving week. She asked him why and he told her that it interferred with his EMT class so he wasn't going but Jeremy and I was. Well, she told him she would go then. And guess what.............................................. ...
yes, you guessed it--she called me at work wanting to know if she and her son could go with us! :eek: Talk about totally awkward and weird. I kindly told her that Jeremy and I were really looking forward to a Mother/Son trip. She then proceeds to act mad about it and was mad towards Tom the rest of the day. I really don't get people. I would never call someone up and ask to go on their vacation. It was totally out of place and very odd.


Before I get on with the summer trip, I wanted to share some photos from our county fair. Our fair is not like many counties fairs. It is really nice and known as The Little State Fair. We go every night and really enjoy it. There is a huge parade one night, three nights of horse shows (I love watching the draft horses), rides, and I could go on and on. I will let the pictures show you the fun we (and especially Jeremy) had.

Jeremy and his birdhouse. It was his first year he could do his own 4-H project. He built the blue and red birdhouse and got 3rd place in his category! We were so proud of him. He was the youngest and most were high school students.

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Jeremy and his blue ribbon pinewood derby car. He got the ribbon for design.

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Jeremy will not ride Space Mountain but he rides this crazy thing! Go figure!

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This ride is called the round up. I had promised Jeremy last year at the fair that once I had my band and lost weight, this would be the first thing I rode with him. Well, I did. And let me tell you, once was enough......

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The Scrambler..

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The fair's version of Tower of Terror which Jeremy loved but refuses to ride at Disney. :confused3 If you saw my pictures of Jeremy on this on facebook, I am in the red next to him. A friend took those pictures.

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The Himalaya.....I got tired one day and literally watched Jeremy get off and on this thing for over an hour!! :eek:

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What fair wouldn't be complete without the fun slide! I loved these when I was a kid.

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Jeremy's favorite ride---The Bull!!! He just wanted to do it to get this annoying cow bell. Funny thing.. Tom hid it after one night of listening to it in the house and Jeremy still hasn't asked for it!

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Tom driving the scout float. That is Tom's dad with him. I wish I had gotten a picture. A lot of people commented how cute it was that the scout float vehicle had a Minnie cupcake antennae topper!

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Jeremy is the one in sunglasses. Thieir float was a pinewood derby car.

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Jeremy getting his derby car ready to race in the fair pinewood derby.

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Watching it come down the track! He made it to the semifinals. It is a county wide race. One of our scouts won.

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When I last left you with the summer trip, Jeremy wasn't feeling well and we were on our way out of Epcot. However, I did stop by Mouse Gears and get Jeremy the new tram toy he had been eyeing for several days.

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We went back to AKL and rested. Jeremy was feeling better so we decided we would venture off property for dinner.

On our way out...

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I forgot to mention that our second night there, Tom had run out of his chew (yes, it is a disgusting habit that he has!!) and I refused to go with him late at night to get it. So, he asks a bellman who was getting off duty where the nearest gas station was and he offered to show him if Tom would give him a ride. So the man's addiction won over his better judgement and game him a ride! Luckily the guy was not an axe murderer and Tom made it back fine but Tom decided to go to this same area to look for a restaurant and the real reason---get more chew. While Jeremy and I are waiting in the car, Tom comes out and some woman offers her services! OMG, we high tailed it out of there and back near DTD. We found a nice Joe's Crab Shack and ate.

Afterwards, we ventured to DTD and the Lego store.

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Jeremy bought some lego sets with his own money and then we headed back to the room. We got back around 9 and went straight to bed! We are on vacation and in bed earlier than ever! But wait, the next night would be even earlier.

Up Next.....

We have been in Disney 3 days and only seen 1 park. Where do we go on day 3?
Will we make it to meet Sooze and her family?
What time do we go to bed this night?
Will the rain ever stop?

Lady Lallie
10-18-2011, 04:08 PM
I love the pictures from the fair! I used to go to a lot of fairs like that in Maine but not so much anymore. I miss them!

I'm very relieved that Tom didn't get killed by an axe murdered in his quest for chew. :rotfl2:

Poolrat
10-18-2011, 08:30 PM
How crazy theat you were approached while you were off property. :scared1:

Now that makes we want to NEVER leave the property. :scared1:

:lmao::lmao:


Crashing early is OK on vacation. I am running on so much adrenaline that if I don't wear myself out, I don't sleep well.

MEK
10-18-2011, 09:08 PM
Fun update. I enjoyed the state fair pictures and I will admit that some of Jeremy's choices make me wonder why he won't do some of the rides at WDW. Kids - go figure! :laughing:

I really can't imagine my husband's coworker calling me up and offering to go to Disney with me. What???? Maybe she really wants to go and lost her good judgment in her enthusiasm? :confused3

Oh - I love Jeremy's bird house. Nicely done.

Thanks for the update!

jeremysdisneymom
10-19-2011, 09:15 AM
I love the pictures from the fair! I used to go to a lot of fairs like that in Maine but not so much anymore. I miss them!

I'm very relieved that Tom didn't get killed by an axe murdered in his quest for chew. :rotfl2:

Even though Tom works for the sheriff's office and sees the worst of people, he is still too trusting. I think he has no fear.

I really enjoy the fair. It is nothing like the one where I grew up in Kentucky.

How crazy theat you were approached while you were off property. :scared1:

Now that makes we want to NEVER leave the property. :scared1:

:lmao::lmao:


Crashing early is OK on vacation. I am running on so much adrenaline that if I don't wear myself out, I don't sleep well.

The funny thing was I was sitting in the car with Jeremy, she saw us, and still approached him. :confused3 It was a bad part of town. The area around DTD is nice. We stayed there one time at the Royal Plaza. It is very clean and some nice restaurants in the area.

Fun update. I enjoyed the state fair pictures and I will admit that some of Jeremy's choices make me wonder why he won't do some of the rides at WDW. Kids - go figure! :laughing:

I really can't imagine my husband's coworker calling me up and offering to go to Disney with me. What???? Maybe she really wants to go and lost her good judgment in her enthusiasm? :confused3

Oh - I love Jeremy's bird house. Nicely done.

Thanks for the update!

Kids--go figure! I keep hoping that I can get him to do space mountain and tower of terror this trip when it is just he and I. My DH would die!!!

Tom come home last night and I guess she asked him if he was going to Disney in April for his vacation and she is now planning to take her son then. :scared1: I guess her son won't ride anything with her and his stepdad and she is hoping he will with Jeremy. Luckily, they won't be staying with us but I hope she realizes that I am not spending my entire vacation with them. :eek: I couldn't believe it when he told me.

DisMomAmy
10-19-2011, 09:09 PM
Still here! :goodvibes

Your local fair looks like so much fun! We have one around here that we avoid! It's totally crazy & so expensive.

That's so crazy about your "friend" inviting herself on your trip! :eek: She'll get over it!

Looks like some fun shopping at DTD! :thumbsup2

disneyfan61
10-19-2011, 09:22 PM
Great fair pics!! What a great job Jeremy did with the birdhouse.:thumbsup2

I have about 4 birdhouses in my backyard. All bought though not made by anyone here.

I would never invite myself on someones vacation.:confused3

jeremysdisneymom
10-20-2011, 08:34 AM
Still here! :goodvibes

Your local fair looks like so much fun! We have one around here that we avoid! It's totally crazy & so expensive.

That's so crazy about your "friend" inviting herself on your trip! :eek: She'll get over it!

Looks like some fun shopping at DTD! :thumbsup2

Our fair can be expensive. Luckily, Jeremy gets a weekly pass for doing 4-H and Tom gets one for being an EMT. We try to not eat there a whole lot because the food is outrageously priced!

Great fair pics!! What a great job Jeremy did with the birdhouse.:thumbsup2

I have about 4 birdhouses in my backyard. All bought though not made by anyone here.

I would never invite myself on someones vacation.:confused3

Me too---I would never dream of inviting myself. The whole situation was totally weird!

wigdoutdismom
10-22-2011, 12:26 PM
Hey Erika!
I'm still here!

Oh goodness, that Tom and his chew.....
at least he found some and made it back safe and sound.

Did you enjoy your Joe's Crab Shack? I really like it when we get the chance to eat there!

Now that we're back for 64 days I'll try to keep up and be here for your big send off!!!

jeremysdisneymom
10-25-2011, 02:48 PM
Hey Erika!
I'm still here!

Oh goodness, that Tom and his chew.....
at least he found some and made it back safe and sound.

Did you enjoy your Joe's Crab Shack? I really like it when we get the chance to eat there!

Now that we're back for 64 days I'll try to keep up and be here for your big send off!!!

We loved Joe's Crab Shack. We have one near us but never seem to make it there.

Wow, 64 days and you will be back! Christmas and New Years sounds awesome.

jeremysdisneymom
10-25-2011, 03:25 PM
Before I start on my next update, I had to share with you Jeremy's prize winning pumpkin for our school's Fall Carnival. He won for Most Original in his age group. Notice the cute pumpkin trophy next to it!

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Of course, those who know us knew it was Jeremy's pumpkin when they saw it. Who else would think to do Mickey Mouse they said! I was very proud of him.

We also got some new pets in our house that night---2 goldfish! Tom was not very happy about it but by the next evening, he had brought 4 more goldfish and 2 sucker fish home. It must have been a bad omen as 5 goldfish and 1 sucker fish died that same night. However, the biggest goldfish Jeremy won at the carnival is still alive. Anyone want to guess his name.................



Mickey, of course!!! I have raised my child well! :)

Let's move on to the next day of our trip-June 28th. We had been there driving day, plus two other days and only made it to Epcot. So, where would day 3 take us.....

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As much as I love Epcot, I was ready for a change of pace. Plus, we were going to Donald's Safari Breakfast before the park open which was something new for us.

Jeremy showing off his Donald Duck annual pass.

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It was exciting to go through this turnstile!

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Animal Kingdom is the only park we have ever done EMH's and those were years ago and at night. We enjoyed it so much as it really felt like we were the only ones in that park at night. This morning was no different. It was nice taking our time and I got some nice pictures along the way.

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We made it to Africa!

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I had never eaten at Tusker House and thought the entire process was a little too long.......You check in then go get your picture with Donald........then go in the restaurant. It was a horribly long, disorganized process I felt that day and took about 15 minutes. Way too long if you wanted to be in the park at rope drop.

We did get our pictures with Donald but I failed to put it on photopass so I will have to scan it and load later. It was a really good picture of all of us so I did buy it and had it sent to the front of the park for pick up later.

We each got a plate of food and before long the characters started coming.

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Daisy is my favorite character so I was bummed that Tom was getting another plate when she came or I would have jumped in this picture as well.

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Breakfast was just okay here. Not sure that I would do it again. Jeremy was not eating much and we soon realized that he still was not feeling well. However, he didn't want to go back to the room but wanted to do things. I settled the bill early when we got there so we were done with breakfast by 9 and out at the rope by Tusker House.

(continued in next post)

jeremysdisneymom
10-25-2011, 03:43 PM
cAs soon as the regular rope drop crowd could be seen, the cast members lowered the rope and walked us to the safari. We were toward the front so there was no need to fast pass.

Now, this was probably one of the highlights of our trip. Do you notice our safari vehicle?

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Notice there are no others in front of it, other than one to the side. Do you know why? This happy boy does!

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We were on the first safari ride of the day!!! It was very exciting to us and the animals were out great that morning!

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I just love the wildebeast!

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This is the best picture I could get of the little elephant!

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Mingos as MeMom's Bella calls them.

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We were all excited to see the lion raise his head!!! How pretty!

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In the end, we all agreed that this was the best safari ride we have ever been on. It made it more special to be the first vehicle with no one in front. It was a very neat experience. It made breakfast even more worth the hassle it had been.

Up Next:

the rest of AK day
What keeps making Jeremy sick?
What animal does AKL coral in their holding pins?
My lapse in good parenting judgement

DisMomAmy
10-26-2011, 07:11 AM
How fun to be on the first safari! :thumbsup2 Sorry breakfast didn't live up to your expectations. We liked it but didn't love it when we were there for a pre-park opening breakfast a couple years ago. I'm in no hurry to get back.

Anxious to hear what's going on with Jeremy!

jeremysdisneymom
10-26-2011, 09:25 AM
How fun to be on the first safari! :thumbsup2 Sorry breakfast didn't live up to your expectations. We liked it but didn't love it when we were there for a pre-park opening breakfast a couple years ago. I'm in no hurry to get back.

Anxious to hear what's going on with Jeremy!

It was so much fun to be the first ride out that morning. The animals were very alert and the driver we had was superb. He stopped and let us take pictures. He got more excited than we did when the lion raised his head! It was a lot of fun.

Tinkermom76
10-26-2011, 12:33 PM
we did Tusker this year and were seated a long time after our ADR time so I was not impressed either.

I would love to see the Lion lift its head... I usually get a tail :sad2:

jeremysdisneymom
10-26-2011, 01:02 PM
we did Tusker this year and were seated a long time after our ADR time so I was not impressed either.

I would love to see the Lion lift its head... I usually get a tail :sad2:

It was exciting! I have always seen him asleep.

Poolrat
10-26-2011, 07:57 PM
Sorry breakfast was not all that but I am glad it did get you the first safari of the day. I like it when the guides get excited about seeing things. :goodvibes

MeMom
10-26-2011, 08:12 PM
I have been trying to think of who Jeremy reminded me of, and in this set of pictures, it finally hit me. He could be the twin of a kid Trent went to school with named Taylor. I am going to show him Jeremy's picture and ask him who he looks like, and I would bet a thousand bucks he will say Taylor. I will let you know. ;)

You love the wildebeest?
Who gnu??? :laughing:

You know I couldn't pass that up, right? :goodvibes


Great safari pictures. We love an early morning safari. ::yes::
So glad you got to check in on Bella's mingos, too. :cutie:

jeremysdisneymom
10-27-2011, 10:21 AM
Sorry breakfast was not all that but I am glad it did get you the first safari of the day. I like it when the guides get excited about seeing things. :goodvibes

It was lots of fun! The food was actually pretty good there but it was just too long of a process for my liking. I like early breakfast meals to get in the park right when it opens.

I have been trying to think of who Jeremy reminded me of, and in this set of pictures, it finally hit me. He could be the twin of a kid Trent went to school with named Taylor. I am going to show him Jeremy's picture and ask him who he looks like, and I would bet a thousand bucks he will say Taylor. I will let you know. ;)

You love the wildebeest?
Who gnu??? :laughing:

You know I couldn't pass that up, right? :goodvibes


Great safari pictures. We love an early morning safari. ::yes::
So glad you got to check in on Bella's mingos, too. :cutie:

That is funny! Jeremy actually looks identical to a cousin of mines' sons. They could easily pass as brothers.

I love that part of Samantha Brown's show when she tell the wildebeast they are beautiful! They had a whole heard of them at Kidani and I didn't get one picture. :confused3

I too really like Bella's mingos! :cutie:

Lady Lallie
10-27-2011, 01:08 PM
I'm sorry breakfast wasn't that great! Boo!

Uh Oh, I am very curious as to what is making Jeremy not feel well.

How neat to be the first ones on the safari, what a magical moment!

jeremysdisneymom
11-01-2011, 09:13 AM
I'm sorry breakfast wasn't that great! Boo!

Uh Oh, I am very curious as to what is making Jeremy not feel well.

How neat to be the first ones on the safari, what a magical moment!

It was a very magical moment! Update coming in a little bit...

jeremysdisneymom
11-01-2011, 09:33 AM
After a wonderful safari, Jeremy and I head to Dinoland while Tom went to get fast passes for Kali or Expedition Everest. Not sure which we did first but we did do both that day.

A picture along the way.

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Getting ready to fly a dinosaur in the air!

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As you can see, it was not busy at all so we got off and back on. Jeremy is now in the back.

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Looking at my pictures, I now remember that we did Kali Rapids first and then dried off on Everest. We weren't that wet as some on our raft were. Sorry, no pictures. Afterwards, we visited the animals in Asia. I cannot remember the name of that area at all this morning.

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This trip was all about doing new things and Disney a different way with no set plans. So, my AK new thing list was to see Flights of Wonder. We were one of the first there and got a good seat up front.

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I am not a big fan of birds. They really creep me out and I avoid those areas of any zoo or aquarium we visit. However, this show was AMAZING!!! It quickly became a family favorite and we will never miss it on any trip to Disney. I am looking forward to seeing it 3 weeks from tomorrow!! :rolleyes1

The rest of our AK day was spent riding the train to Rafiki's (no we didn't get off), saw Its Tough to be a Bug, The Lion King show, and Finding Nemo. We ate lunch at Pizzafari---I love their sandwich in there! It was about 2:00 in the afternoon when we left AK. We had accomplished all we had planned for the day and we were getting tired.

Now, at this point Jeremy was feeling better. This had become a norm on the trip. He would feel bad in the morning complaining that his throat hurt and start feeling better by afternoon. So against my better judgement, I let him go swimming at AKL. I figured he would be okay and he was feeling better.

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After an hour of swimming, I knew I had made a mistake. He was feeling bad again so off to the room we went. He got a good bath and layed down on our bed and that is where he stayed until morning. I got caught up on laundry (love that DVC can do laundry for free!!!). We got dinner at the Mara and ate in the room and Jeremy and I were both asleep at 8 p.m.!!!! Yes, we were on vacation and in bed at 8!!! Tom wanted Jeremy to rest so he slept on the pullout sofa and guess what............................................


He was feeling bad the next morning. Tom figured out that the air vent was directly over the sofa and had blowed cold air on him all night. :idea: That was what had been making Jeremy feel bad.

(continued in next post)

MEK
11-01-2011, 09:48 AM
I know I shouldn't interrupt now because you are in the middle of posting but I just wanted to say I am all caught up. :cool1: Except I can't see pics right now. I can't wait to see Jeremy's prize winning pumpkins.

Boo to all the fish dying except for Mickey. Yeah Mickey! The only word of advice I have is frequent water changes. Goldfish food and poop causes so much ammonia to build up that it kills them.

Sorry you didn't love Tusker House. I have actually never been there for breakfast. Score on the first ride of the day on Safari.

Hope Jeremy starts feeling better really soon!

jeremysdisneymom
11-01-2011, 10:12 AM
Wednesday, June 29, 2011

This was our last day at AKL. We were slow moving that morning. I got up early and Jeremy and I called my mom to wish her a happy birthday.

We enjoyed our last breakfast on the balcony watching the animals.

Jeremy doing his best Vanna White showing the animals!

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Do you know what animals they corral in this?

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Do you remember several days back when we talked to the nice CM who was working on the savanna? Well, Tom asked her and we were surprised to learn that is not for animals at all but for us humans! :rotfl2:She said that when the lodge was built and before it opened, Disney realized that the fire escapes all lead right onto the savannas. They built these holding areas so that in case of fire, humans would not be directly with the animals. The plan is to bring trams in and take the humans off the savanna. It was an interesting fact to know.

Our african crane now has two eggs! Of all the animals on the savanna, I enjoyed watching her the most. She laid one egg the first night we were there. Then, two days later the cast members were afraid that she was abandoning her nest. Then, low and behold, she lays a second egg right next to the first. I wonder how long it takes before they hatch.

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This was our fifth day at Disney and we had been to only Epcot and Ak. Where would today lead us?

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Yep, back to Epcot. Now, I love Epcot but I was starting to get really tired of it and still had not saw the MK yet. However, we had a lunch ressie at San Angel Inn.

I know we rode Test Track that morning along with Soarin, Living with the Land and saw the Circle of Life.

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We had never eaten at San Angel Inn. While I would have liked to tried the new Mexican restaurant, Jeremy really wanted to eat here to watch the ride go by. We actually really enjoyed it and I am glad we ate here. Our plans were to hopefully meet Sooze and her family afterwards. However, it was pouring rain when we got done and the boys just wanted out of Epcot so we went back to AKL.

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It had stopped raining for a bit so we headed to Fantasia Gardens for some mini golf.

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It was fun but I prefer the theming at Winter Summerland much better.

After a few holes, the rain started coming again in buckets. We got a rain check for another day and left. Cars 2 had come out a few days prior so we went to DTD and watched it. It was lots of fun-----way overpriced to see a movie!!! :eek: I will never pay that much again!

We went back to AKL, ate dinner at the Mara, and packed up to change resorts.

Up Next.....
It's time to go to our DVC Home!
Will our room wait be as long as it was at AKL?
What did Jeremy find that is his new favorite thing to do at Disney?
Will we finally make it to MK?

jeremysdisneymom
11-01-2011, 10:18 AM
I know I shouldn't interrupt now because you are in the middle of posting but I just wanted to say I am all caught up. :cool1: Except I can't see pics right now. I can't wait to see Jeremy's prize winning pumpkins.

Boo to all the fish dying except for Mickey. Yeah Mickey! The only word of advice I have is frequent water changes. Goldfish food and poop causes so much ammonia to build up that it kills them.

Sorry you didn't love Tusker House. I have actually never been there for breakfast. Score on the first ride of the day on Safari.

Hope Jeremy starts feeling better really soon!

I can't wait for you to see his pumpkin. It was adorable.

Mickey now has Minnie (that is what Jeremy named the sucker fish) and for Halloween he got a fancy goldfish (not sure what they are called but it looks like they have long tails). The new goldfish is Pluto. The sucker fish is doing a good job keeping the tank clean so far. I hope they make it.

Lady Lallie
11-01-2011, 11:54 AM
I never would have guessed it was the vent over the bed but it totally makes sense as to why it was making Jeremy feel sick. Oy!

I love that AKL has a people corral! :rotfl2::lmao::rotfl:

Tinkermom76
11-01-2011, 12:59 PM
Did you mention anything to them about the vent over the bed making Jeremy feel bad. Maybe you are not the only one that has happened to

jeremysdisneymom
11-01-2011, 01:02 PM
I never would have guessed it was the vent over the bed but it totally makes sense as to why it was making Jeremy feel sick. Oy!

I love that AKL has a people corral! :rotfl2::lmao::rotfl:

It was only at AKL. The sofa bed at BLT did not have a vent over it. I know to look now. ;)

I thought that was hilarious too! When we first saw it, we got excited thinking that maybe they put the animals in there to care for them or something during the day. But no, it was for us! :rotfl2:

jeremysdisneymom
11-01-2011, 01:03 PM
Did you mention anything to them about the vent over the bed making Jeremy feel bad. Maybe you are not the only one that has happened to

I did. Plus, I told them about our bed squeaking all night! I was ready to get to BLT. :)

Poolrat
11-01-2011, 02:05 PM
Thanks for the tip about the sofa bed. I will be sure to check. Since it will be in Dec it may just be the heat blowing on DS but if I need to move a sofa I will. :laughing:


You need to get to MK woman!!! So funny that you have not gotten there yet. However with Jeremy being older I get it too.
Hopefully being at BLT and the short walk over helps.

jeremysdisneymom
11-01-2011, 02:43 PM
Thanks for the tip about the sofa bed. I will be sure to check. Since it will be in Dec it may just be the heat blowing on DS but if I need to move a sofa I will. :laughing:


You need to get to MK woman!!! So funny that you have not gotten there yet. However with Jeremy being older I get it too.
Hopefully being at BLT and the short walk over helps.

I will be sure to check the air vent from here on out. And yes, we moved the thing as well for the last night!

I should have added to my spoilers list this:

Once we get to the MK side of things, what is the first thing Jeremy wants to ride?



We have a whole park right next to us and you will never guess what he chooses to do................................................ .................................all I can......I sure do love that kid! He enjoys the simple pleasures of Disney. More to come tomorrow.......................................... ........:rolleyes1

Poolrat
11-01-2011, 06:38 PM
I will be sure to check the air vent from here on out. And yes, we moved the thing as well for the last night!

I should have added to my spoilers list this:

Once we get to the MK side of things, what is the first thing Jeremy wants to ride?



We have a whole park right next to us and you will never guess what he chooses to do................................................ .................................all I can......I sure do love that kid! He enjoys the simple pleasures of Disney. More to come tomorrow.......................................... ........:rolleyes1

Oh my Gosh I can only imagine. :lmao: They sure keep you guessing at that age don't they?? I can't wait to find out. I have a few ideas but I can't wait to see if I am on the right track. :rolleyes:

jeremysdisneymom
11-01-2011, 11:20 PM
Oh my Gosh I can only imagine. :lmao: They sure keep you guessing at that age don't they?? I can't wait to find out. I have a few ideas but I can't wait to see if I am on the right track. :rolleyes:

Awww, there was track.......but what type of track!!!:)

jeremysdisneymom
11-04-2011, 03:29 PM
Two weeks from today, Jeremy and I will have arrived at the Boardwalk!!! :banana::dance3::cheer2::yay::woohoo:

I can hardly wait!!! It is starting to become very real to me and I am getting soooo excited. I went ahead and ordered our MVMCP tickets for the night we arrive. I have already told Jeremy to not ask about jumping in the pool first thing as we will need a nap to get rested for the party that night. I plan to enjoy every minute of it this time around --even if it rains!

I still haven't decided about the dining plan. Originally, I thought we would do the Quick Service Plan since I only have two table service meals. However, I have a feeling the doctor will adjust my band this Monday so not sure if that would even be beneficial. We will have to wait and see.....:rolleyes1

So, with 2 weeks left, I am determined to finish this summer trip. Thanks to those of you who are left reading with me!!! Plus, I am going to do a one week from today starting next Friday!!!

So, onto summer. Moving on to June 30th. We had spent five glorious nights at AKL even though Jeremy hadn't felt his best. I loved everything about the resort. It was magical getting upgraded to Savanna view. The lobby is stunning. Kidani pool was wonderful for Jeremy. Walking around the grounds is breathtaking. I enjoyed the food at the Mara. But, it was time to go home!!! Our DVC home that is...

But first, a few more shots of our fabulous view.

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I don't know if I mentioned but the giraffes on both savannas kept staying around the fence where the two meet. The cast member told us they were all related. One was the grandmother, mother, and siblings. It was pretty interesting.

Goodbye Dear Wildebeast! I know we will be back one day to visit again.

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And look, our African crane is now sitting on her nest.

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We left Kidani around 9:00 that morning I believe. Finally, I get a glimpse of something related to the MK.

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I think I was so excited and overwhelmed to be staying at BLT, I never got a picture of the CR or BLT when we drove up. We parked in the main parking lot and went in the CR lobby to check in. If you do a split stay on DVC and have the same ressie number, you can't do online check in. So, I was hoping our experience at the CR would be better than what it was waiting for a room at AKL. I went to check us in and it was a little confusing. All the cast members were busy so I got in this line. I noticed afterwards that someone had come out to direct people and he was directing anyone coming in to the next available cast member. So, I went and asked him if I was in the wrong line. :confused3 Yes, I was in the line for the concierge desk. Duh, I can read but sure didn't know how to pay attention! So, he got me the next cast member, and score, our room was ready! :woohoo:

We drove over to the BLT parking and got the luggage unloaded and in the room. However, I didn't get any pictures as we had a late breakfast ressie at Chef Mickey's.

I wasn't for sure how I would like have to walk from BLT over to the CR but geez, the view was priceless!

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Now, it was Jeremy's request to eat here. I don't think it is as much about the characters as it is about watching the monorail. The child loves the monorail! Heck, he loves the train at MK. He could spend all day on them.

He was in good spirits and did get in the action.

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Wow, the tween is actually smiling when Donald hugs him!

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jeremysdisneymom
11-04-2011, 03:50 PM
After our late breakfast, I proposed that we might walk over to the MK for a little while and come back in the afternoon and swim. However, both of my boys had other plans.

They wanted to ride something, but not an ordinary park ride---the monorail! Go figure. I finally get near the MK and they are going to ride the monorail to the ticket counter, get on the Epcot line and ride it, and then come back. Seriously!!! I needed a break. I had went along with no park plans for 5 days and was about to have a melt down. So, I suggested they enjoy their monorail ride and I would go back to the room and unpack. And that is just what we did!

I did take some pictures of the room before it was a mess. Now, I know BLT and the CR gets mixed reviews about the theming, but I absolutely loved this resort. There was not one complaint I had even with our standard view room.

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I got everything unpacked and started getting ready to hit the pool. The boys ride took about an hour. I guess they were a big hit with some older lady on the monorail. She thought they were just too cute riding the monorail. :rolleyes1 Oh my....

Jeremy loved the slide here! Actually, I did too! It was lots of fun.

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Jeremy really got into the poolside activities at BLT.

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Up Next:

Will I finally make it to MK this day?
Which character does Jeremy get excited to meet (no, its not Alice just yet)?
What happens at the pool that will happen again later in the trip?

Poolrat
11-04-2011, 05:19 PM
I was thinking monorail but I wasn't sure. :lmao:There is nothing better that staying on the monorail resorts and riding the monorail, especially at the Contemporary. The only one you don't have to stand outside for. :)


I glad Jeremy still gets a smile with some characters. :love:

2 weeks !!!! Where has time gone?


I sure hope there is no brown flag at the pool. :rotfl2: Maybe just thunder and lightning since it look so cloudy? :confused3

MeMom
11-04-2011, 07:46 PM
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Maybe you can visit on the next trip and see the little ones. :)

Very Merry Christmas Party in two weeks! We need this guy :santa: doing this :dance3:!

MEK
11-04-2011, 07:54 PM
Saw tonight's update, but didn't know I had missed a previous update. oops!

:cool1: Woo hoo to 2 more weeks! You must be so excited.

I bet it was hard to leave that savannah view! You had some great animal encounters. Imagine a bird laying eggs right outside your window.

So glad you finally made it to BLT. I see they changed the location of the sink in the studios. How did you like the studio? Did you feel like it was too cramped?

Imagine - picking a monorail ride over going to MK. No wonder you went back to the room to unpack.

Jeremy's pumpkin is really cool. Love it!

Tinkermom76
11-05-2011, 01:08 PM
I would have gone to MK without them while they rode and took some nice pics and got a Dole Whip!!!!

I love the theming of the CR, In fact when we stayed there they gave out a smaller version of the Yellow Mickey head picture above the bed and I have it framed on my wall

wigdoutdismom
11-08-2011, 07:32 PM
Oh goody! Another BLT lover...
Every time we stay there, it grows on me more and more!
I almost feel like I'm cheating on the Beach Club.:laughing:

I would have never guessed that your "boys" went to ride the monorail.
For an hour!:eek:

jeremysdisneymom
11-09-2011, 03:46 PM
:santa::santa::dance3::yay::woohoo::cheer2:I hit single digits today!!!! Jeremy and I are 9 days aways (my ticker is off 1 day so don't pay attention to it!:confused3) from Disney fun. It is really starting to sink in and I am getting soooo excited!!!!

I am going to call tomorrow and add the quick service dining plan--not so much for me but I think it will calm Tom down. He is worrying himself to death about us going without him and whether or not we will be okay. :rolleyes1 I told him the other night I had decided to not do a dining plan and he freaked out. He started the what if game....what if my wallet gets stolen---how would we eat, blah, blah, blah. So to shut him up, I am adding it. I think he just wants me to use the snack credits to bring him some goodies home! ;)

I will do online check in tomorrow. I need to go back and revamp my schedule and then on Friday, look for one week from today to begin!!!!

Let's keep plugging along on summer!

After an afternoon of the boys "riding" the monorail and some family fun at the pool, we got showered and finally headed to my favorite place...........


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I had finally made it!!!

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And in pure Jeremy fashion, his first ride would be the train! Honestly, it is a family favorite to do this first. We have since his first trip and it still gives me goosebumps watching him enjoy it so much.

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We rode the entire loop around, got off, and walked up main street.

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We headed to Fantasyland. There was no wait for the carousel so Jeremy and I hopped on.

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I think all we rode that night was It's a Small World and Pooh, plus we watched Mickey's Philharmagic. Our real reason for going was to see the Main Street Electrical Parade. We walked back toward the hub to see if there were any spots left.

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This is the last picture I took this evening. We found a spot to watch the parade in Frontier and this time, I decided I wanted to enjoy it without trying to get that perfect picture. I adore this parade. I love the music and everything about it. It is so much fun to me.

Up Next:

What character does Jeremy get really excited to meet (not Alice just yet)?
What happens at the pool that happens again while we are at BLT?
Will Jeremy finally ride the Haunted Mansion?
What is something we do for the first time that we will never do again (at least not at the Boardwalk)?

jeremysdisneymom
11-09-2011, 03:53 PM
I was thinking monorail but I wasn't sure. :lmao:There is nothing better that staying on the monorail resorts and riding the monorail, especially at the Contemporary. The only one you don't have to stand outside for. :)


I glad Jeremy still gets a smile with some characters. :love:

2 weeks !!!! Where has time gone?


I sure hope there is no brown flag at the pool. :rotfl2: Maybe just thunder and lightning since it look so cloudy? :confused3

No brown flag!!! :rotfl2: I will try to get that post tomorrow. I am sure as a lifeguard you have seen this plenty of times before......

I like that Jeremy still has the love of Disney and characters still excite him at times. I was worried that at the beginning of the trip, his tweeness would ruin it but there were some good moments. I think he will have a greater love for characters this trip in 9 days! :banana: He adores Disney like me and seems so much more excited. I often think he gets embarrassed acting young with his dad around. Go figure! :confused3

jeremysdisneymom
11-09-2011, 03:59 PM
Maybe you can visit on the next trip and see the little ones. :)

Very Merry Christmas Party in two weeks! We need this guy :santa: doing this :dance3:!

:santa: I agree! He does need to :banana:! I plan on doing some resort visiting this trip. I think there is a public window near where her nest was so I definitely want to check it out.

Saw tonight's update, but didn't know I had missed a previous update. oops!

:cool1: Woo hoo to 2 more weeks! You must be so excited.

I bet it was hard to leave that savannah view! You had some great animal encounters. Imagine a bird laying eggs right outside your window.

So glad you finally made it to BLT. I see they changed the location of the sink in the studios. How did you like the studio? Did you feel like it was too cramped?

Imagine - picking a monorail ride over going to MK. No wonder you went back to the room to unpack.

Jeremy's pumpkin is really cool. Love it!

Thanks, he was very proud of his pumpkin. I loved the studio at BLT and the layout. I liked where the kitchenette was off to itself. I never stayed the old way but there is a sink in the bathroom which was probably my only downside to the room. I like it away from the shower so I can get makeup/hair done while the boys are getting their showers in the morning. However, there was an area in the kitchenette that worked great for that.

I would have gone to MK without them while they rode and took some nice pics and got a Dole Whip!!!!

I love the theming of the CR, In fact when we stayed there they gave out a smaller version of the Yellow Mickey head picture above the bed and I have it framed on my wall

I should have done that! Later on in the trip Jeremy and I venture out by ourselves. I think it was just what I needed to boost my confidence to do our trip coming up next week!

Oh goody! Another BLT lover...
Every time we stay there, it grows on me more and more!
I almost feel like I'm cheating on the Beach Club.:laughing:

I would have never guessed that your "boys" went to ride the monorail.
For an hour!:eek:

Yes, I am a BLT lover. I was afraid that after AKL it would be a disappointed but was definitely not. I need to get over to the BC. We have never stayed there.

Poolrat
11-09-2011, 08:09 PM
I like that Jeremy still has the love of Disney and characters still excite him at times. I was worried that at the beginning of the trip, his tweeness would ruin it but there were some good moments. I think he will have a greater love for characters this trip in 9 days! :banana: He adores Disney like me and seems so much more excited. I often think he gets embarrassed acting young with his dad around. Go figure! :confused3

Hopefully he can be giddy with characters when you both go back.

I was able to convince a 16 year old to " go with it" and have fun and he surprised me at 1900 PF so it can happen. :goodvibes

jeremysdisneymom
11-10-2011, 08:20 AM
Hopefully he can be giddy with characters when you both go back.

I was able to convince a 16 year old to " go with it" and have fun and he surprised me at 1900 PF so it can happen. :goodvibes

Don't you just love those little surprises! He says we are meeting characters all night at the Christmas Party. We will see if he sticks with it! :santa:

MEK
11-10-2011, 10:06 AM
Congrats on only being 9 days aways! That is worth celebrating about. :cool1:

jeremysdisneymom
11-10-2011, 10:34 AM
Congrats on only being 9 days aways! That is worth celebrating about. :cool1:

I am getting very excited!!! I have a lot to get done here at work but the best motivation ever. :santa:

MEK
11-10-2011, 09:33 PM
Cute Jeremy pictures! Glad I finally am home to see them!!!!!!

jeremysdisneymom
11-11-2011, 10:47 AM
One Week From Today......

To say that I am getting excited would be an understatement. I am over the moon thrilled that in one week I will be back to my happy place and enjoying it with just Jeremy. I think this will be one of the best trips ever and we will have such good times.

With that said, it will be a little different not having Tom there. It hits me every now and then and makes me a little sad as this was supposed to be the celebration for our 10 year anniversary. We had decided in February that instead of doing anything then, we would go to Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and those plans changed to buying DVC and going back over Thanksgiving. Of course, we added summer into the mix and it appears that we will be back for Spring Break as well so I can't complain! :laughing:

So, one week from today, Jeremy and I will get up early to tell Tom bye as he heads to work. I am sure there will be no going back to bed so we will get ready and finish the last minute packing and head to Lexington Airport in Kentucky.

Depending on time, we may stop for breakfast at Cracker Barrel. It is a family tradition that cannot be broken. :rolleyes1 I want to get to the airport no later than 10:00. It is a relatively small airport so I know there will no long lines however it will be our first time flying Airtran and I have read that they tend to board super early.

We will be in the air no later than 11:30. (Side note: the pictures I am sharing are from our November 2008 and some from September 2009 trip so there is about 50 pounds more of me than there is now!!!)

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Our flight touches down close to 1:30. We will have to find baggage claim as I want to get our suitcase and take with us on Magical Express. I want to make sure I have it with us so we can be ready for the evening and not be late.

Oh, how nice it will be to see this bus!

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I think there are two stops before ours and by mid-afternoon we will be arriving at the Boardwalk. This will be our fist time staying here so I know we will have lots of fun exploring the resort.

Hopefully our room will be ready and we can get some lunch. Plans are to get a short nap that afternoon and head to the MK around 5 to enjoy.........

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I will be keeping my eye on the weather the next week and I am hoping beyond hope that there will be no rain this time around. The one and only time we did the party before it rained off and on most of the night. We had fun but did not get our money's worth that night. Only part of the parade ran and we never saw any characters or was able to see the castle show.

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I would like to catch the castle light show first thing and get some great pictures this time. I can't find any from 2008! :confused3

The we will grab something to eat while standing in line to wait and see these guys!

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There are some must dos the rest of the evening and we will go with the flow on how it gets done. I am sure Jeremy will want to see the parade twice so we will probably watch it the first time in Frontierland and then once the crowds clear out we will watch it on Main Street.

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Here is the list of must dos per Jeremy:

see 7 Dwarves
Christmas Parade
Holiday Wishes
Castle Stage Show
List of Characters (yes, he made a list last night!!!! I think the tweeness is gone for a while and the little boy in him is coming out!!! :santa:)-Belle and the Beast, Duffy the Bear, Cinderella with the Stepsisters, Mickey and Minnie, Tiana and Naveen, and Rapunzel and Flynn Rider. Oh, and Captain Jack--I can't forget him....I want to see him!!

I know we will stop for cocoa and cookies along the way. And if time allows, we will hit the last show in tomorrowland. If not, no biggie. I miss that they no longer do the Night before Christmas. We loved that one.

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It will be a long day so we will head back once the party is over (yes, we are planning to be night owls this trip and stay out past mighnight!!!). I am sure we will drift off to sleep with visions of sugar plums in our head...

I thought I would end each of these posts with todays goal to get ready for the trip:

1. Clean the house and get all laundry caught up so I won't be far behind for next week.
2. Update my park hours and make schedule for MVMCP with list of all characters and where they are.
3. Go to doctor and get stitches out of my neck. I had spots removed from my face and neck last week. All turned out fine but the neck stitches are in my hairline and come out today. I can hardly wait. They have been a pain trying to fix my hair.

Tomorrow's post will probably be later in the day. We have a cub scout function all day tomorrow. We will have 30 scouts enjoying the bb and archery ranges at our council's camping facilities. Please say a quick prayer that we don't go insane!!! :eek: Tomorrow is also a big anniversary for me. Can anyone guess what happened a year ago that changed my life for the best? Lady Lallie should be able to guess this!!!

MEK
11-11-2011, 10:57 AM
: Tomorrow is also a big anniversary for me. Can anyone guess what happened a year ago that changed my life for the best? Lady Lallie should be able to guess this!!!

Gosh, I have no idea unless its the day you bought DVC. :laughing: What a great choice picking DVC over the Macy's Thanksgiving parade! :thumbsup2

Very excited for you with your trip being only a week away!!!! :woohoo::yay::woohoo::yay::woohoo: That is awesome. Sorry your DH can't be there, but I am certain the two of you will have a wonderful time!

Good luck with your stitches today!

jeremysdisneymom
11-11-2011, 11:35 AM
I am determined to get this summer report done and it should only take a few more posts for that to happen. Photo bucket was giving me fits last night or I could have probably completed it today. In looking at my pictures, I think this is the point where I had it with my camera. I didn't take many pictures the last few days of the trip so these last posts will be short and sweet. My camera had been giving me fits the whole vacation and finally bit the dust a month ago. I have yet to replace it and been using the camera my dad bought Jeremy for Christmas last year. :confused3 Yes, I know who would buy an 8 year old a digital camera for Christmas---leave it to my father. It is coming in handy now until I go buy a new one. I hope to find one on sale Black Friday.

July 1, 2011

So, looking at my pictures last night, it dawned on me that we did not make it to the MK this day but opted for Blizzard Beach. Since we had been before, I left the camera in the room so there are no pictures that day. We had tons of fun, especially Jeremy and I. I could really tell the difference my weight made here and we rode a lot of rides I would have never gotten on the year before. Of course, my families favorite was teamboat springs and we rode it several times that day.

That evening we ventured over to the Beach Club for dinner at Cape May Cafe. All I can say is Yum!!! That was a wonderful meal. After dinner, we took the boat over to the Boardwalk.

I had always wanted to try something every time we have stayed at WL. But somehow, we never did it. So, I was determined that this trip I was going to ride a surrey bike.

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We all three hopped on a four seater and took off. It was lots of fun until we reached the first tiny hill. Oh my, I thought I would die trying to peddle so hard to get up that thing. If you stopped you were doomed. The other hill on the way back was worse. :scared1: To make it worse, we chose to go around a second time. Now honestly, it probably would have been better if Tom and I both were in better shape. Granted I may be 50 pounds lighter but I still have a ways to go. In the end, I am glad we did it and would love to ride a surrey bike again......on flat ground.

We looked around the Boardwalk a bit and enjoyed the entertainment.

When we got back to BLT we went to the Top of the World lounge and enjoyed Wishes. That lounge is a true gem in my opinion. What a great view!

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July 2, 2011

This is the day we finally got back to the MK and made it for rope drop. :woohoo:

Tom went and got FP for Splash and Jeremy and I hit up Dumbo first thing.

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Progress is being made!! I wonder if there will be a Beast castle set in the future......

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As we were getting off Dumbo, Jeremy noticed that Mary Poppins had come out and he got very excited. He had never met Mary Poppins before. He and I had finally watched the movie this past Easter (I know---I can't believe we had never seen it before either). So off he ran to get in line.

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Mary was just perfect that day and spent time talking to him. She asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up and when he said and Imagineer she thought that would be the most perfect job for him. He was grinning from ear to ear.

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I know we rode everything that morning in Fantasyland and then headed to the Haunted Mansion. Jeremy was finally willing to ride it.

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It was lots of fun and we all really enjoyed it.

We then rode POTC and the Jungle Cruise. Afterward, my boys enjoyed the boats next to the JC.

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On our way back to Frontierland, we hit up Aladdin's carpets and Jeremy and I went up the treehouse.

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We rode Splash Mountain and dried off on Big Thunder Mountain. We decided it would be nice to ride over to Tom Sawyer Island.

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We just walked around and went over the barrel bridge. It was starting to get really hot and we had been to every land except for Tomorrowland. We still had two days left at Disney so we opted to head back to the pool.

Jeremy really enjoyed the pool games this trip.

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Up Next:

Will we make it in time to meet our dis friends?
Do we ever go to DHS?
What did Jeremy say to Alice?

jeremysdisneymom
11-11-2011, 11:39 AM
Gosh, I have no idea unless its the day you bought DVC. :laughing: What a great choice picking DVC over the Macy's Thanksgiving parade! :thumbsup2

Very excited for you with your trip being only a week away!!!! :woohoo::yay::woohoo::yay::woohoo: That is awesome. Sorry your DH can't be there, but I am certain the two of you will have a wonderful time!

Good luck with your stitches today!

We bought DVC in March. You may not know what I did last year as it was part of my pre-trip. I will post about it tomorrow!!

We are getting excited as well. I talked to Tom a while ago and he said Jeremy is planning Disney movie night for us to lead up to next Friday. :) He was all excited about it getting ready for school this morning. I can't keep from smiling when I think about it. I am so glad he loves Disney as much as I do.

wigdoutdismom
11-11-2011, 12:35 PM
First. I'll say you had your surgery a year ago!
Second. Yay Jeremy for riding HM! Now he needs to ride it with our expert Jen to tell him all the secrets...
Finally. I'm getting so excited for you! Meeting the characters will be so much fun at the party! I'm a little sad that we are missing all of the parties by the time we arrive on Christmas Day.

Poolrat
11-11-2011, 01:12 PM
I will second that you had your surgery last year.

You had a fun filled day at MK. Glad that Jeremy did HM.

Less than a week. In one week you will be in Disney. :cool1:

jeremysdisneymom
11-11-2011, 01:15 PM
First. I'll say you had your surgery a year ago!
Second. Yay Jeremy for riding HM! Now he needs to ride it with our expert Jen to tell him all the secrets...
Finally. I'm getting so excited for you! Meeting the characters will be so much fun at the party! I'm a little sad that we are missing all of the parties by the time we arrive on Christmas Day.

:yay:You are right Anita!!!

Ooo, I bet it would be fun to ride with Jen.

I am looking forward to the party. It will be so much fun.

I will second that you had your surgery last year.

You had a fun filled day at MK. Glad that Jeremy did HM.

Less than a week. In one week you will be in Disney. :cool1:

:yay: You are right as well Pat.

:dance3::cheer2:I can hardly wait!! It is getting so close and I am getting soooo excited.

Starscream275
11-13-2011, 07:03 AM
Don't worry Jeremysdisneymom, I have a sibling that's much like Jeremy: my own sister Freya. She's 13 and can be very annoying and whingy at times though she does like Disney she can be quite a handful to be with most of the time anyways. But it's good to know that Jeremy enjoyed himself. But ya know something? All that talk about meeting characters is childish wasn't the matter of hating them it was just a matter of warming up to them. Like they always say you can never be too old for Disney World.

jeremysdisneymom
11-14-2011, 12:46 PM
So in typical Erika fashion, I am running behind...AGAIN! The weekend was just to busy to post and my computer at home would not cooperate for nothing. So, there will be 3 days of 1 day from today......

1 Week from Today---Saturday

I have a feeling that even keeping late hours the night before, we will be up and at the Epcot rope drop coming in through the International Gateway. This will be a first for us so hopefully I can figure out where it is!!!

Not sure if Epcot's Christmas decorations will be up yet or not. If so, we might see something pretty like what we saw in 2008.

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We wills start the morning riding our favorites: Soarin, Livin with the Land, Test Track, Journey into the Imagination with Figment, and Spaceship Earth.

Oh, and Nemo!!

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However, I don't think there will be any Kidcot stations this year like we did at Thanksgiving 2008.

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I am sure we will enjoy some Innoventions fun.

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At 11:00, we will venture into the World Showcase starting on the Canada side.

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Not sure if we will have enough time for the movie in Canada. If not, we will come back as we have never seen it before and I really want to this trip.

Our destination will be leading us to Paris.

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We will have lunch with a dear friend at Chefs De France...

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After lunch, we will continue around the world showcase after seeing the French film (another must this trip). There will be some shopping in Germany to bring Tom home some caramel corn.

I don't think Jeremy will do any masks like he did in 2008.

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Now, if it is warm enough for Jeremy to swim this day, we will head back to the Boardwalk and enjoy the scary clown pool!

As for the evening, it will be a go with the flow night. We may head to DTD, go back to MK, or head to DHS.

I am sad that since we are traveling earlier this year we will not get to see one of my favorite Disney events.

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I am sure Santa and Mrs. Claus will not be in Epcot yet. There is always next year.....

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However, maybe I will get lucky and their tree will be up.

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Now as far as goals for the trip on Saturday....There wasn't any. We spent the day with our cub scout pack on the bb and archery ranges. It was lots of fun but we were worn out when we got home. If you saw my facebook page, you noticed that I got a BB bullseye. It was the first time I had ever shot a gun of any type and I was super happy.

jeremysdisneymom
11-14-2011, 12:57 PM
1 Week from Today-Sunday

Jeremy and I will be headed to DHS this day. It will probably be one of those "stay at the park all day" days.

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I am hoping that Daisy and Donald will be out in their Hollywood attire so we can get some pictures with them. I had saw it on other posts and would love to see them as Daisy is my favorite character.

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I plan to be there at rope drop so we can head to TSM and FP and hop in line.

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Our list of must dos is:

Beauty and the Beast show
One Man's Dream
Backlot Tour
Great Movie Ride
Indiana Jones

Depending on how the day goes, we might add in some new things such as American Idol, Drawing Class, and Lights, Motor, Action. Our real reason for staying all day is we would like to see the afternoon parade.

Plans for the evening will be seeing a favorite Holiday event....

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We may go to Fantasmic this night for the last showing as well.

Trips Goals for Sunday were to start laying out the clothes (didn't happen---I will post as to why in next update) and put up Christmas tree so I don't have to when we get home (done!!! Yes, my tree is up!).

jeremysdisneymom
11-14-2011, 01:13 PM
1 Week from Today

With only 5 days of Disney and really only 4 full park days, we will head to MK today even though I think it will be crowded.

I have an early breakfast reservation at Crystal Palace.

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However, I am not sure we will keep it. I will decide by Saturday so we can cancel and someone else can have it.

If we don't do breakfast, we will definitely watch the opening show which is a favorite of mine and Jeremy.

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We will hit as many of our favorites this day as possible.

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We might take in a parade. Who knows, Jeremy might even join in the fun!

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We are definitely staying to see the afternoon parade.

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At some point, we are doing to take a MK break and visit the monorail resorts and go over to WL to see the Christmas decorations.

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We will head back to the MK in the evening to see Wishes and our favorite night time parade.

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Today's Goal: Laundry, laundry, laundry!!! I am still not caught up like I need to be.

Get my park hours cards done!

With that said, my excitement level has gone down a lot for this trip. Tom has not been feeling well for a few weeks. He has been hurting a lot in his stomach near his chest. The pain got worse last week. However, he would not go to the doctor. :confused3 I conned him into going with me Friday to get my stitches out and the doctor examined him. He said it was definitely not his heart but thought something could be going on with his acid reflux. He had him double his meds over the weekend and take some over the counter medicine. It didn't help and the pain/pressure has gotten worse. He went to the doctor this morning and they think it could be his gall bladder or something going on with his stomach. He has two tests in the morning and we should know something by Wednesday. Please keep him in your prayers.

MEK
11-14-2011, 01:27 PM
Oh No - I am so sorry that Tom is not feeling well. Thank goodness his PCP does not think its his heart. Is he going to need an endoscopy before you go? I hope he starts to feel much better by the time you leave. fingers crossed and prayers going your direction. :hug:

Love, love, love all your park plans and I really hope there are tons of Christmas decorations up that you can enjoy.

Keep us posted re: Tom!

jeremysdisneymom
11-14-2011, 01:56 PM
Oh No - I am so sorry that Tom is not feeling well. Thank goodness his PCP does not think its his heart. Is he going to need an endoscopy before you go? I hope he starts to feel much better by the time you leave. fingers crossed and prayers going your direction. :hug:

Love, love, love all your park plans and I really hope there are tons of Christmas decorations up that you can enjoy.

Keep us posted re: Tom!

Thanks Mary Ellen. I think they are going to start with an ultrasound and some other x-ray. He called me earlier and said he had wrote down at home. I don't think it is an endoscopy as he told me he would be able to drive himself home. He does have to drink something before hand so I am not sure what that test that would be for.

I really hope a lot of the decorations will be up. They were when we were there in 2008.

disneyfan61
11-14-2011, 07:34 PM
Well I had quite a few updates to get caught up on!!

First of all I LOVE Jeremy's pumpkin. How creative!:thumbsup2 Good job!

Love the pics from AKL & the bird laying on the eggs!! How cute.

Glad you enjoyed your stay at BLT. In my dreams I will stay there.:goodvibes
Although I have stayed at BC & just love it there so much so that we are dolling out the $$$ to stay there in April with the boys. They have never stayed there & I want them to experience it.

I am so excited for you & Jeremy for your upcoming trip but I am praying for Tom. Please let us know how he does with his tests. Thoughts & prayers for him.:hug:

jen22984
11-15-2011, 12:52 AM
Long time lurker here (as I don't have much tiime to post with a new baby in the house). But I wanted to say that I totally get your reservations about getting excited about your upcoming trip. I actually found out on Friday night that I have to have my gallbladder removed due to gall stones & a contracted gallbladder, waiting on a referral so I can schedule it. I found out by having an ultrasound after going to the ER with severe stomach & chest pains. They said the surgery schould be quick & easy and the recovery should only take a couple of days. Luckily because mine wasnt inflamed or infected the surgery isnt something that has to be done right away (although I will be scheduling it as soon as possible). Just wanted to say if it is what Tom needs done, the surgery isnt usually an emergency & the recovery is relatively easy!

jen22984
11-15-2011, 01:06 AM
Duplicate post

jeremysdisneymom
11-15-2011, 07:56 AM
Well I had quite a few updates to get caught up on!!

First of all I LOVE Jeremy's pumpkin. How creative!:thumbsup2 Good job!

Love the pics from AKL & the bird laying on the eggs!! How cute.

Glad you enjoyed your stay at BLT. In my dreams I will stay there.:goodvibes
Although I have stayed at BC & just love it there so much so that we are dolling out the $$$ to stay there in April with the boys. They have never stayed there & I want them to experience it.

I am so excited for you & Jeremy for your upcoming trip but I am praying for Tom. Please let us know how he does with his tests. Thoughts & prayers for him.:hug:

I let Jeremy "chug" all of our pumpkins last night into the woods behind our house. I had just Mickey's base setting on my porch and a raccoon got in it! :eek: It was time for them to go.

Ooo, I want to stay at BC. Stormalong Bay looks like so much fun.

Tom has his tests today. We are supposed to know something tomorrow.

jeremysdisneymom
11-15-2011, 07:58 AM
Long time lurker here (as I don't have much tiime to post with a new baby in the house). But I wanted to say that I totally get your reservations about getting excited about your upcoming trip. I actually found out on Friday night that I have to have my gallbladder removed due to gall stones & a contracted gallbladder, waiting on a referral so I can schedule it. I found out by having an ultrasound after going to the ER with severe stomach & chest pains. They said the surgery schould be quick & easy and the recovery should only take a couple of days. Luckily because mine wasnt inflamed or infected the surgery isnt something that has to be done right away (although I will be scheduling it as soon as possible). Just wanted to say if it is what Tom needs done, the surgery isnt usually an emergency & the recovery is relatively easy!

:welcome: Glad to have you here! Oh, a new baby in the house--how precious!

I know that one of his tests today is an ultrasound. I am anxious to see what it actually is. I predicted all along it could be his gall bladder. Good to know the recovery isn't that bad. Thank you for sharing! Hope you do well with your surgery. :hug:

Poolrat
11-15-2011, 09:08 PM
I know that one of his tests today is an ultrasound. I am anxious to see what it actually is. I predicted all along it could be his gall bladder. Good to know the recovery isn't that bad. Thank you for sharing! Hope you do well with your surgery. :hug:

I hope Tom is on the mend soon. Thoughts and prayers for him to have a quick resolution to his pain.

MeMom
11-16-2011, 04:38 AM
Just catching up over here. Sorry to hear about your other half not feeling well. Let us know about the results, and we will certainly keep him in our thoughts and prayers for quick solutions. He's too nice of a guy to be hurting! :) I hope he starts feeling better and you are able to go and enjoy your trip to its fullest.

wigdoutdismom
11-16-2011, 11:09 PM
How is Tom doing?

jeremysdisneymom
11-17-2011, 07:47 AM
Well, life has got in the way of my dising yet again. Not sure I will get this report done tonight or not. If not, will do once I get back next week.

I did want to update you on Tom. He had his tests on Tuesday and learned his gall bladder will have to be removed. It is full of gall stones. He also has a fatty liver which the only way to fix is through diet. I have been reading up a lot on both the removal procedure and how to best help him with the fatty liver issue.

The surgeon is out of town until Monday so I am calling today to get him an appt next week. Jeremy and I are still heading to Disney. Tom insisted. Right now it is not an emergency issue to have it removed so I am hopeful he will be okay. It still worries me being so far away in case something was to happen but we can always catch an earlier flight home if need be.

Keep him in your prayers. I am not so much worried about the surgery as getting him motivated to change his eating habits and exercising. If he doesn't, the liver could become a bigger problem down the road.

Thanks for all your concern. I will keep you posted. I really appreciate all my Dis friends.:hug:

martinolichfamily
11-17-2011, 06:18 PM
Hey Erika! I have been MIA since Baby has been born...so busy around here! I;m all caught up on your TR! Cant believe that your trip is now! :woohoo: So exciting! Hope ya'll have a great time and enjoy your Mother/Son time! We were actually suppose to be a Disney over next week too but changed that plan once I found out that baby would only be 2 months olds...but if I knew he was going to be such a great baby, I would've kept our thanksgiving trip! Oh well...always another time! I am trying to work on a trip to Disneyland next summer.

Sending prayers for Tom! I had my gall bladder removed about 4 years ago....I was in so much pain and finally found the right doctor to determine what the problem was! Once it was gone...I was great! :)

Cant wait to read all about the trip and see pics!:goodvibes

Sooze
11-19-2011, 06:32 PM
Just stopping by to let you know I'm all caught up!! I hope you and Jeremy are having a wonderful time in Disney, filled with amazing mommy/son memories. I'm also praying for Tom and hope the surgery will help with the pain and discomfort.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!:hug:

DisMomAmy
11-20-2011, 09:49 AM
Is Tom having his gall bladder removed arthoscopically (sp?)? I had mine removed 8 years ago, right after Zachary was born. I had the procedure done on the same day as trick or treat & I didn't want to miss it so I was out trick or treating that night! Not something I'd recommend as I was walking around bent over in a little pain. But for the most part it was a really easy recovery. I hope it goes well for Tom & that everything is OK while you & Jeremy are gone on your trip! :goodvibes

DisMomAmy
11-20-2011, 09:53 AM
Also wanted to add that I love all of your trip plans! Good news... I wasn't expecting to see it, but the tree was up at Epcot when we were there earlier this month!! I think it was up on our very first day which was 11/8.

jeremysdisneymom
11-30-2011, 07:18 PM
Hello everyone!!! I wanted to let everyone know that Jeremy and I had a great time on our trip. It was so relaxing and lots of fun.

However, I came home to a very sick hubby. Tom's gall stones are getting the best of him so we decided that in order to speed up the surgery we switched surgeons this week. We met with him today and are very happy about the change. He will be having surgery Monday. The surgeon doesn't think it will be a big deal however during his pre op tests they now have some concerns about his heart. It is beating much less than what it should in a minutes time. :confused3 I really have no idea what that means other than Tom seemed worried when he came out and told me they were going to have the anesthesiologist and surgeon look at. Please keep him in your prayers. He is now off work until he is able to go back after the surgery which could be at least 2-3 weeks due to his job and the phsyical demands of it.

I am in the middle of getting my companies budget done to present to the board so my dising time has been limited. Hopefully I can finish this report this weekend and start my new one!!! I took over 590 pictures! :)

Hope each of you had a nice Thanksgiving!

MEK
11-30-2011, 07:24 PM
Welcome Back!

So sorry to hear about Tom and his GB. I hope he can get his surgery done quickly. A slow heart rate may be absolutely normal, but they may want to have an "official" cardiology clearance which might be an echo and/or stress test.

So glad you had a wonderful time, but take your time with your TR and get things straightened out with Tom.

MeMom
11-30-2011, 07:46 PM
Hello everyone!!! I wanted to let everyone know that Jeremy and I had a great time on our trip. It was so relaxing and lots of fun.

However, I came home to a very sick hubby.


Hopefully I can finish this report this weekend and start my new one!!! I took over 590 pictures! :)



Good to hear that you had a great trip. :thumbsup2

Not so good to hear about Tom, but hopefully the surgery will be a quick fix and he will be feeling better pretty much right away. ::yes::

I will enjoy the pictures when you have the time. Doing trip reports takes time, and sometimes we just don't have that.

wigdoutdismom
12-03-2011, 08:17 AM
I'm glad that you and Jeremy were able to get away and enjoy some time together, sounds like you needed that get away to charge up to take care of Tom.....
Wishing him the best of all outcomes with his surgery!:hug:

Poolrat
12-03-2011, 08:26 PM
Oh goodness. I am sorry Tom was worse when you came back.

Hopefully a cardiologist can "clear" him and the slow heart rate is normal for him.

I hope his surgery goes well and he is feeling better once it is done.


We will be all be here when things slow down so you can finish up and start the new one.

martinolichfamily
12-10-2011, 10:32 PM
So glad yall had a great trip!
Keeping yall in my prayers!

jeremysdisneymom
12-24-2011, 08:41 AM
Wishing all my Dis Friends a very, Merry Christmas! Hope you have a magical holiday with your family! :santa:

I promise to finish this report by New Years and start my new one soon! Life has been very hectic lately. I did want to tell you that Tom came through his surgery great and is feeling much better. He goes back to work on New Years Eve. Thank you for all the prayers! :hug:

Sooze
12-24-2011, 09:07 AM
Merry Merry Christmas to you, too!! So glad to hear Tom is doing better... that's the best Christmas gift of all!!

And you are SOOOOO not alone in your inability to finish your trip report due to life's complications!! I'll hang in for you, if you do the same for me!:hug:

Happy Holidays!

Poolrat
12-25-2011, 06:53 PM
Glad to hear Tom is doing better.

:santa: Merry Christmas :santa: to all of you.

MEK
12-27-2011, 11:34 AM
So glad to hear that Tom's surgery went well! Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season. :santa: Looking forward to an update when you get the time! :flower3:

jen22984
12-27-2011, 03:58 PM
So happy to hear that Tom's surgery went well! I am still waiting to have mine. It was scheduled for Dec 2nd, but cancelled just before surgery due to a cold I had. Now I am waiting to be able to reschedule the surgery. My husband will be gone most of January (3rd-25th) so hopefully we can get it scheduled for soon after he gets back!

martinolichfamily
12-29-2011, 03:59 PM
Hope y'all had a very Merry Christmas!
Have a Happy New Year!

jeremysdisneymom
01-04-2012, 01:04 PM
Wow, I can't believe how long it has been since I last updated on this trip! :scared1: Sorry it has taken so long to get through it. It shouldn't take me much longer and then I am on to mine and Jeremy's pre-Thanksgiving trip!

I last left you at the pool from enjoying a wonderful morning at the MK. However, I forgot to mention what happened at the pool this day. We were up at the top of the slide at the BLT pool and a mother and her child was in front of us. The little girl looked like she was probably three. She had no life vest on. The mother lets her go down the slide and steps over to look at her come down. She then starts screaming and yelling. The child was going under. The mother started screaming that her daughter couldn't swim!!! The mother races down the steps and by the time she got there the lifeguards already had her out of the water. The little girl was fine. It still shocks me thinking back on it. I can't imagine why that mother let her go down first if she knew she couldn't swim. It was very puzzling. :confused3

After a fun afternoon at the pool, we headed in to get cleaned up for dinner. We were heading to the WL and a dismeet. However, we waited for almost 45 minutes for a boat to the WL. People were trying to get to FW for their dinner events and almost all the boats that came were full and only a few people could get on. I was starting to get worried.

When we got to the lodge, I sent Tom to WCC to check us in and I went in search of MeMom and her gang but couldn't find them. I joined Tom back at WCC and saw MeMom leaving so I hurried out to meet them. As usual, Caren, Jill and the girls were so nice. We got a picture but it appears that it didn't load in photobucket. So, Memom---you owe me one!!!

Dinner at WCC was good but sort of odd. The waitress was wonderful. She went and made Tom his own pitcher of sweet tea. Jeremy got in the ketchup action some.

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However, the salad never came until way after the main course. That is the highlight of my meals anymore so it was a little disappointing.

After dinner we browsed throught the gift shop and took the boat back to the MK to take the monorail back to our room. I did some laundry before we headed to bed.

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We headed to DHS the next day. I think it was at this part of the trip that Jeremy had misplaced his sunglasses. That child cannot keep sunglasses! He goes through at least 3 pairs a year. :scared1: I am going to let the pictures tell you what we did that day and speed this trip up a little bit!!

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Lunch was at pizza planet.

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I think Tom likes pizza planet as much as Jeremy does!

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We left DHS mid afternoon and rested some back at BLT.

Dinner was at O'hana's that evening. The food was good but at this point, I had decided that the dining plan was way too much for me and it seemed like a waste of a lot of money. I am not sure that we will ever do the dining plan with table service again. Time will tell.......

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I am not sure if I had mentioned it or not but Jeremy fell in love with Community Hall at BLT. He loved going there. As soon as we got back from the Poly, he was headed down there to see what he missed. It looks like it was Character Mask night and he brought me back one of my favorite characters-Daisy.

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Earlier in the week he made a Mickey ceramic and it was finally ready for him to bring back to the room.

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I loved this view walking from the CR to BLT.

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Well, I have to get back to work. My desk is piled high and lunch is over. I will post the last day tomorrow and start getting caught up on all my Dis friends wonderful reports.

Up next:

Is it really the 4th of July at the MK? Where are the crowds?

Finally, what did Jeremy say to Alice?

Poolrat
01-05-2012, 10:05 AM
A good couple of days.

The lady at the slide at BLT :sad2: Why do parents forget the slide empties into water?

DDP is a lot of food. We only did it for half the trip and half was enough.

jeremysdisneymom
01-05-2012, 10:42 AM
A good couple of days.

The lady at the slide at BLT :sad2: Why do parents forget the slide empties into water?

DDP is a lot of food. We only did it for half the trip and half was enough.

I don't get people and water. To this day, I am still looking for Jeremy in the pool and he is a great swimmer.

We built our house several years ago and put in a pool in the backyard. At the time, I really didn't swim that well. You would have died laughing watching Tom and me. I was determined that I wanted to be able to save someone in case that ever happened in our pool. Tom would go to the bottom and I would dive down to try and bring him up!!! It was hilarious but I finally got it!!! If I could save that man, I would hopefully be able to save anyone.

Hope you are doing well!

MEK
01-05-2012, 05:42 PM
That slide story is unbelievable. Where did that lady think the slide was going to end.....in some nice soft sand? Please? Maybe she had one too many adult beverages. Stupid mom.

Great day. (except the pool part). Love O'hana. I love Jeremy's Mickey - that is very cute! :goodvibes

mickeysmyboy
01-06-2012, 09:59 AM
I thought for sure I posted at some point but I guess I didnít! But, I remember reading a bunch of your posts!

UGH!! What a check in experience! I would not have been pleased! But, envisioning your hubby snoring in the lobby made me giggle!

Oh my goodness! Iím so glad the money envelop was safe and sound at home!!!

Woo hoo for a pool day at Kidani! This is going to sound odd in a July TR but both times weíve stay at Kidani it was too cold to swim!!!

I LOVE Jeremyís puppet!! Does he still play with it? Iíve looked at them several times for the kids but havenít purchased one!

Ahhh, Remy!! So cute! Armand is quite funny! He found my picture taking and large camera lens amusing last May. Although, I know a Diser or 2 who saw him out of Chefís and it seems that accent is very good acting ;)


What a fun county fair!! Love it!

Iím so sorry that the air vent is what was making Jeremy feel sick! YIKES!

My kiddos LOVED the slide at BLT as well! DS9 must have gone up and down 9 million times!

Your pics from your 08 holiday trip are fabulous Jeremy looks so little! So sweet! I love to look back at pics from trips past! DD10 was almost 4 her first trip, DS9 was 2 at the time!! DS4 was 9 months old his first trip! Well, not counting the in-utero trip ;)

Iím so glad Tom is feeling better! That must have been a little nerve wracking! I had my gallbladder removed after DD9 was born and I can tell you for sure a gallbladder attack is AWFUL!

Ummmmm, why in the heck would the lady let her daughter go down the slide if she couldnít swim?! OMG!!!

Woo hoo for a Dismeet with MeMom! Are you sure the pics got llost in photobucket? I know how MeMom doesnít like her picture taken! ;)

Love Jeremyís ceramic mickey!! Too darn cute!!

Canít wait for more!

jeremysdisneymom
01-06-2012, 03:07 PM
That slide story is unbelievable. Where did that lady think the slide was going to end.....in some nice soft sand? Please? Maybe she had one too many adult beverages. Stupid mom.

Great day. (except the pool part). Love O'hana. I love Jeremy's Mickey - that is very cute! :goodvibes

I thought the Mickey was very cute also. He also made a duck bobble head but for some reason I missed getting that picture. :confused3 He thought community hall was lots of fun.

I thought for sure I posted at some point but I guess I didnít! But, I remember reading a bunch of your posts!

UGH!! What a check in experience! I would not have been pleased! But, envisioning your hubby snoring in the lobby made me giggle!

Oh my goodness! Iím so glad the money envelop was safe and sound at home!!!

Woo hoo for a pool day at Kidani! This is going to sound odd in a July TR but both times weíve stay at Kidani it was too cold to swim!!!

I LOVE Jeremyís puppet!! Does he still play with it? Iíve looked at them several times for the kids but havenít purchased one!

Ahhh, Remy!! So cute! Armand is quite funny! He found my picture taking and large camera lens amusing last May. Although, I know a Diser or 2 who saw him out of Chefís and it seems that accent is very good acting ;)


What a fun county fair!! Love it!

Iím so sorry that the air vent is what was making Jeremy feel sick! YIKES!

My kiddos LOVED the slide at BLT as well! DS9 must have gone up and down 9 million times!

Your pics from your 08 holiday trip are fabulous Jeremy looks so little! So sweet! I love to look back at pics from trips past! DD10 was almost 4 her first trip, DS9 was 2 at the time!! DS4 was 9 months old his first trip! Well, not counting the in-utero trip ;)

Iím so glad Tom is feeling better! That must have been a little nerve wracking! I had my gallbladder removed after DD9 was born and I can tell you for sure a gallbladder attack is AWFUL!

Ummmmm, why in the heck would the lady let her daughter go down the slide if she couldnít swim?! OMG!!!

Woo hoo for a Dismeet with MeMom! Are you sure the pics got llost in photobucket? I know how MeMom doesnít like her picture taken! ;)

Love Jeremyís ceramic mickey!! Too darn cute!!

Canít wait for more!

Oh my, too funny about Armand. I would have never guessed that.

Boy, I can't believe how fast Jeremy has grown up. Looking back at all our Disney trips it is hard to believe how little he was when we first started going. He will be 10 next month--a dining plan adult! :eek: He is getting a little birthday surprise in Feb---I am booking the train tour at MK as one of his presents since he will be 10 when we go in April. :) He loves trains so he will be super excited about that.

Thanks for joining in. I have one more update to finish this report and then I am off to start the one from November. :confused3 Who knows if I will have it done by April.

jeremysdisneymom
01-06-2012, 03:52 PM
So in my haste to get through this report, I left some details out from my last post. I should have noted that the day was July 3rd. It finally dawned on me that Jeremy and I did something extra fun that afternoon. We were about to head out of DHS when Jeremy asked to go see the Little Mermaid show. Tom wasn't feeling it so I told him we would go by ourselves and he could go back to the room. This was the first time I had ever ventured alone with Jeremy at Disney. After the show, we went back to the room and Tom was in a deep sleep. We weren't that tired yet so we decided to do some shopping at the MK and hopped on the monorail. We bought some things and then enjoyed an ice cream sandwich at the Bakery---all I can say was yummy! We went back to the room and got a little nap before O'hana's. Now, while it may not mean a lot to some, I felt so good about myself that I could navigate my way around Disney with just Jeremy. I sometimes feel that the 24 year old independent went out the door when Tom and I married. Now I am a 35 year old mess!!! Who knew that little bit of confidence would be enough to take Jeremy on my own in November. Well, enough babbling....

Also, that night after O'hana, we went back to Fantasia Gardens to play a round of miniature golf from the day we got rained out. We had hoped to get back to BLT prior to the pre-4th of July Fireworks at MK but they were already starting and boy, what a line of traffic to get into the CR. We watched them from the car while we waited. It was crazy. :scared1:

We changed our plans for the 4th of July. Originally, we planned to go to Epcot and have dinner at Coral Reef. But we weren't feeling it so I cancelled the reservation and we got up bright and early and went to ..............

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I have never done the MK on a holiday so I wasn't sure what to expect. As you can see, so far the crowds weren't too bad. Our main goal was to do Tomorrowland since we hadn't been in that area yet.

We started at the Tomorrowland speedway. Jeremy drove by himself for the first time.

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I didn't take a lot of pictures as we were running from one ride to the next, literally---no one was there. We did the speedway several times, Buzz Lightyear, the people mover, and Jeremy and I did astro orbiter for the first time. Yes, we have been to Disney how many times and never rode that. Oh my, that thing scared me to death while Jeremy loved it. Tom and I let him ride it again several times by himself while we watched from the ground. We went to the carousel of progress and the CM actually suggested we go to a more popular ride as the park would fill up fast. Sorry bud, we are true Disney fans and think the CofP is a classic so we are going on. It was good as usual.

We got everything completed in Tomorrowland when Jeremy wanted to head to Fantasyland and then the Hall of Presidents. We decided to take a spin on the tea cups (he and I that is---Tom sits this one out. I need to!)

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I wasn't looking at Tom for the picture because more than likely I had my eyes closed so I wouldn't get sick!

When we got off Alice and the White Rabbit were getting on so I let Jeremy ride by himself so could join in the fun.

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As soon as he got off he ran to get in line to meet Alice and the White Rabbit. Once again, the tween was gone and the child was out in full force. I love these rare moments!

Disclaimer: Now, before I tell you what he said to Alice, I must tell you my child is a VERY good kid. He doesn't give Tom and I a lot of grief. He does well in school and is nice to other kids. He lets other kids pick on him more than any person should but has a very high tolerance level. (He sure didn't get that from me!) He is also a lot like me and very naive to the ways of the world. He hears A LOT of bad stuff at school and often time doesn't even realize the meaning of what he repeats.

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As you can see he is having some nice conversation with Alice and the White Rabbit. I am too far back and can't hear what he is saying or what they are saying to him.

Then, as I take this picture I notice the smile is gone off Alice's face and she quickly says to Jeremy, "Well, let's get your picture" and is completely ignoring him.

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I thought it was odd but she smiled very nicely for the next picture and we were on our way.

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We decided to walk back through Tomorrowland as Fantasyland was getting really crowded. I said to Tom that I thought Jeremy had said something to upset Alice. Tom asked him what he said and boy, it was a doozy.

Alice asked him if he knew any good jokes and Jeremy proceeded to tell her one he heard at school about the local Cincinnati-syle chili chain in our town. They are known for their three-way which is spaghetti, chili and cheese. Here is Jeremy's joke:

What did the bus driver say to the blonde at the drive thru window?

Can I get a three way of chili?

Oh, but wait......Jeremy left out the of chili part! :eek: So, yes, my son was telling a bad joke. Tom and I could have died. Tom immediately started getting on Jeremy about not repeating what he hears at school and telling jokes unless he tells us first. Jeremy was totally confused because he thought the bus driver wanted chili.

After that fiasco, Jeremy need to cool off some. The child was embarrassed and still doesn't understand what he did wrong to this day and I think it should stay that way.

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Can you tell from this picture where we ate lunch?

I am out of time for the day so there will be one more update to complete this report.

Up next:

What was our best lunch of the trip?
What does a CM do that makes Jeremy's day?
Will there be a repeat at the pool?
What park's fireworks will we watch?

reelmom
01-06-2012, 04:53 PM
Oh My! Poor Jeremy and poor Alice. One day, he will be mortified when he realizes what he said. I bet Alice will never forget Jeremy. When she is older, he will be the memory that stands out the most about her days at Disney. That is a funny story though.:rotfl2:

Poolrat
01-06-2012, 06:27 PM
I don't get people and water. To this day, I am still looking for Jeremy in the pool and he is a great swimmer.

We built our house several years ago and put in a pool in the backyard. At the time, I really didn't swim that well. You would have died laughing watching Tom and me. I was determined that I wanted to be able to save someone in case that ever happened in our pool. Tom would go to the bottom and I would dive down to try and bring him up!!! It was hilarious but I finally got it!!! If I could save that man, I would hopefully be able to save anyone.

Hope you are doing well!

Thank you for be a responsible pool owner. It takes guts to go to that length to protect yourself and those that use your pool.

That woman at the pool was another example of Disney brain. She turned hers off. :lmao:


Oh my word on what Jeremy said to Alice. :lmao: He is so innocent and was thinking chili but Alice ... I am sure she is regretting asking Jeremy if he knew a joke. :lmao: It was better you found out later what he said.

mickeysmyboy
01-06-2012, 07:55 PM
Poor Jeremy!!! I have to say, that's really, really funny!!

My DS9 is very, very much the same as Jeremy! He is very naive! Numerous times he's said things he's heard from the older boys on the bus and it ended up with me nearly having a heart attack!

Poor kid!!!

DisMomAmy
01-06-2012, 08:24 PM
Oh no!! That sounds like something Alex would do! He says things sometimes that he has no idea what they mean! Poor Jeremy! Poor Alice! But what a funny story to tell later! :rotfl:

jeremysdisneymom
01-06-2012, 10:12 PM
Oh My! Poor Jeremy and poor Alice. One day, he will be mortified when he realizes what he said. I bet Alice will never forget Jeremy. When she is older, he will be the memory that stands out the most about her days at Disney. That is a funny story though.:rotfl2:

Tom and I swear up and down that Alice probably had the Photopass guy give her Jeremy's picture and put it up in the Cast Member area as the kid to avoid!!!

Thank you for be a responsible pool owner. It takes guts to go to that length to protect yourself and those that use your pool.

That woman at the pool was another example of Disney brain. She turned hers off. :lmao:


Oh my word on what Jeremy said to Alice. :lmao: He is so innocent and was thinking chili but Alice ... I am sure she is regretting asking Jeremy if he knew a joke. :lmao: It was better you found out later what he said.

Thanks! I am really a great swimmer now. Tom was a big help. Had anyone ever told you that if someone is bigger than you and you can't get them up easily to bring them up by their hair? Tom told me to do that this summer and it worked with him. I wondered if he was pulling my leg. He is a big joker you know! :rolleyes1 Just curious.

I meant to tell you what he said when we were in Charlotte but I knew it would embarrass him to death and then I forgot.

Poor Jeremy!!! I have to say, that's really, really funny!!

My DS9 is very, very much the same as Jeremy! He is very naive! Numerous times he's said things he's heard from the older boys on the bus and it ended up with me nearly having a heart attack!

Poor kid!!!

Don't you just love that age! Kids hear things at school now they should never hear. Or at least they won't hear at our house. I can't believe some of the jokes/songs/ riddles Jeremy comes home saying and has no clue about it.

I guess we should be proud. If our kids are naive they have never been exposed to those things so we are doing a great job!!! :thumbsup2

jeremysdisneymom
01-06-2012, 10:14 PM
Oh no!! That sounds like something Alex would do! He says things sometimes that he has no idea what they mean! Poor Jeremy! Poor Alice! But what a funny story to tell later! :rotfl:

I don't think that is one we will ever forget! I am sure Tom will share that with a daughter-in-law (or I hope a DIL as I would hate to scare her off before Jeremy married her!! :rotfl2:) in the future! ;)

eandesmom
01-09-2012, 04:15 PM
Poor Jeremy! And Poor Mom and Dad, I'd have been mortified. I'd imagine Alice may have figured he didn't realize what he was saying. I can see my youngest doing the same thing, he is absolutely clueless. Which in the big picture is often a good thing.

jeremysdisneymom
01-10-2012, 12:29 PM
Poor Jeremy! And Poor Mom and Dad, I'd have been mortified. I'd imagine Alice may have figured he didn't realize what he was saying. I can see my youngest doing the same thing, he is absolutely clueless. Which in the big picture is often a good thing.

I was mortified!!! I sure hope she didn't know what he was saying. :rolleyes1 God only knows what she thought if she did!

jeremysdisneymom
01-10-2012, 12:59 PM
Going back and reflecting on the 4th of July morning, we did salvage the embarrassing moment by visiting the Hall of Presidents. We love this show and it was even more special seeing it on the 4th of July.

For lunch, we ate at the Plaza which was a first for us. I can't remember what each of us had but it was delicious. This was a new found gem for us. Not sure I would ever use a dining credit as it is reasonably priced but we will definitely go back. :thumbsup2

It was a little after noon when we finished lunch and the 4th of July crowds had arrived. We were tired and ready for a break so we slowly made our way out of the park. There was a noon parade so we watched part of that (sorry no pictures!!! The crowds were too much for me to take!).

We finished up some shopping in the emporium when a CM did one of the nicest things to Jeremy. She had waited on he and I the day before and remembered us. She gave him another American flag pin and told him he needed a Celebrating button. Jeremy told her it wasn't his birthday. She said that didn't matter-it was America's birthday and he should have a pin! She made his day.

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CMs would tell him Happy Birthday and never notice the pin said USA on it. He would just laugh, smile and go on. He was in pure heaven over that pin.

We left the MK and hopped on our last monorail ride over to BLT.

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When we got there, they were doing Mickey Tie Dye's in Community Hall so Jeremy and I stopped by to do that.

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I should have gotten more pictures of him in community hall but there were a lot of kids in there at the time.

After finishing the shirt and bagging it up to come home, we hit the BLT pool for some afternoon fun.

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Jeremy and this little boy next to us enjoyed playing in the pool and we soon found out that the parents were from an area close to where I grew up. We had actually attended the same college at the same time. It was fun talking to them and we knew a lot of the same people. It truly is a small world at Disney! :)

The afternoon would not have been complete without some pool excitement and lifeguard action. We were sitting there when the whistle blew and a lifeguard went diving in the water. This time it was a lot more serious as they were actually doing CPR on the child. He ended up being okay and was sitting up in no time. In a matter of minutes, there were extra lifeguards on site and management was rolling in (on segways I might add). Oh, and finally, a parent showed up! Yep, I said that right, once again we have a parent not watching their child who was clearly 3 or 4 years old!!! Evidently, the child came down the slide too soon and head first and hit another child. It knocked him out a little bit and he started drowning. And of course, the dad is not even watching the water but having a drink. He finally noticed the commotion and realized it was his child. :confused3 Before long he makes them bring security out and he starts looking for the child that "hit" his kid---unbelievable! The lifeguard had seen the whole thing and quickly set the record straight. At this point, it was obvious he was out for some type of "reward" from the resort for what had happened to his child. Management had them take the child away on a stretcher to get him further checked out and I think to get the dad away from everyone else. This went on for about 30 minutes and it was probably at minute 25 when Mom showed up from their room! Once again, this was another incident that could have been avoided had the parent being doing their job.

We stayed at the pool until 5 or 6. We had dinner at the Contempo Cafe and enjoyed the MK fireworks at the Top of the World Lounge. Whew, it was packed that evening but we got a good spot to watch them.

As we came back to the room and started packing up, we could hear and actually see the Epcot fireworks in the distance. I tried to get a picture but it didn't work really well.

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Tom and I packed up a lot of the car that night. We got up at 4 a.m. the next morning and started the long ride home. Getting up early helped us make good time and were pulling in our driveway around 7:00 p.m. that night.

This was one of the best vacations we have taken as a family. It was very relaxing and it was nice to just go with the flow.

Some of our highlights was buying our first annual pass, having a savannah view room, staying DVC and even Jeremy's bad joke. I think we will never forget this trip for that reason alone! :)

It was also nice knowing that with DVC we would really be going back home very soon!

Thank you for being patient and reading along with me. I can't wait to start my new trip report as I have a ton of pictures and it was a wonderful trip with just Jeremy and I. Look for that to come in the next few days!

Grumpy's Wife
01-10-2012, 02:40 PM
I enjoyed your report. Thank you for sharing.

jeremysdisneymom
01-10-2012, 03:22 PM
I enjoyed your report. Thank you for sharing.

Thanks for reading along! I enjoyed writing it.

martinolichfamily
01-10-2012, 04:45 PM
Great TR! :goodvibes. Glad that it was a great trip...bad joke and all! That was too funny!:rotfl:

Can't wait to hear all about Mom & Son trip!

MeMom
01-10-2012, 08:50 PM
Jeremy and this little boy next to us enjoyed playing in the pool and we soon found out that the parents were from an area close to where I grew up. We had actually attended the same college at the same time. It was fun talking to them and we knew a lot of the same people. It truly is a small world at Disney! :)


That's cool. :thumbsup2

Looking forward to the newest report to come. :banana:

Poolrat
01-10-2012, 10:27 PM
Tom and I swear up and down that Alice probably had the Photopass guy give her Jeremy's picture and put it up in the Cast Member area as the kid to avoid!!!

:rotfl2::rotfl2:



Thanks! I am really a great swimmer now. Tom was a big help. Had anyone ever told you that if someone is bigger than you and you can't get them up easily to bring them up by their hair? Tom told me to do that this summer and it worked with him. I wondered if he was pulling my leg. He is a big joker you know! :rolleyes1 Just curious.

I meant to tell you what he said when we were in Charlotte but I knew it would embarrass him to death and then I forgot.

Way back when I was first trained ( in the stone age) we had a hair tow. We have ways of moving victims who are bigger that we are an now we use equipment which really makes it easy.


I cannot believe that pool story!!!!:eek::eek: What a nightmare. Traffic control on the slide can contribute to many injuries especially if the parents are not watching. Yeesh!!!



Thanks for sharing your trip and I can't wait to hear about the next one. :goodvibes

Kat in GA
01-12-2012, 10:41 PM
I can't believe that you had no crowds on the 4th in the morning - tis a good thing to know!

You'll have to be sure and post the link when you start your next TR - can't wait to follow along - and maybe I can supply some pictures since we managed to meet twice :-)

eandesmom
01-13-2012, 12:42 AM
Oh those parents at the pool! Two times, I can't even fathom. I freaked out at SAB when we couldn't find Eric and he was 9 at the time and knew where he could and couldn't go based on his swimming ability. Even though he was in a fine spot, that place was SO huge it was crazy easy to lose him. And honestly, he wasn't lost, we just couldn't spot him to save our soul.

At 3-4???? No life jacket???? In an adult pool??

:scared1:

I love the happy birthday USA pin, what a wonderful CM and how very very Disney and very very perfect. Great memory!

MEK
01-13-2012, 05:01 AM
Can't believe I missed the comment Jeremy made to Alice and the white rabbit. I personally think its hysterical. :rotfl2: That's something you'll really be able to laugh about when he's much older. So funny how such an innocent comment can come out SO wrong. I bet Alice told other CM's that day, "I can't believe some little boy asked me if I wanted a 3 way". :rotfl2:

I think all your pictures of Jeremy are great. He looks like such a cute, sweet boy and he always seems to be having a fab time.

I really enjoyed your TR and I'm sorry to see it come to an end, but looking forward to hearing about the November trip.

Oh - and the pool - OY to the Vey! How can you NOT watch a child that age go down the slide???????? Not only for safety reasons, but that's just what parents do to see the huge excitement on their faces. And no life jacket? :sad2: I have to tell you when I took my 9 year old nephew to the world a few years ago I wouldn't even take him to a water park because I didn't feel like watching him like a hawk in the wave pool. I knew it would be so stressful for me to have my eye on him every second that I made up an excuse for not going. :rolleyes1

MeMom
01-13-2012, 07:09 AM
I guess we should be proud. If our kids are naive they have never been exposed to those things so we are doing a great job!!! :thumbsup2

Keep them kids as long as they can be. :thumbsup2 I have second graders who already know far too much about things they should have zero knowledge of, and it really makes me sad for them.





For lunch, we ate at the Plaza which was a first for us. I can't remember what each of us had but it was delicious. This was a new found gem for us. Not sure I would ever use a dining credit as it is reasonably priced but we will definitely go back. :thumbsup2

We had an ADR for here in December, but we ended up going to a different park, so we cancelled it. We'll put it back on the list and try again another time. We try to get a new restaurant every trip, and we like to repeat our favorites. There are too many places to choose from!

jeremysdisneymom
01-16-2012, 09:30 PM
I finally started my mother/son trip!!! Would love for you all to join in the fun.

Here is the link

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2862257

jeremysdisneymom
01-16-2012, 09:36 PM
Oh those parents at the pool! Two times, I can't even fathom. I freaked out at SAB when we couldn't find Eric and he was 9 at the time and knew where he could and couldn't go based on his swimming ability. Even though he was in a fine spot, that place was SO huge it was crazy easy to lose him. And honestly, he wasn't lost, we just couldn't spot him to save our soul.

At 3-4???? No life jacket???? In an adult pool??

:scared1:

I love the happy birthday USA pin, what a wonderful CM and how very very Disney and very very perfect. Great memory!

She was a wonderful CM. She really made Jeremy's day.

Can't believe I missed the comment Jeremy made to Alice and the white rabbit. I personally think its hysterical. :rotfl2: That's something you'll really be able to laugh about when he's much older. So funny how such an innocent comment can come out SO wrong. I bet Alice told other CM's that day, "I can't believe some little boy asked me if I wanted a 3 way". :rotfl2:

I think all your pictures of Jeremy are great. He looks like such a cute, sweet boy and he always seems to be having a fab time.

I really enjoyed your TR and I'm sorry to see it come to an end, but looking forward to hearing about the November trip.

Oh - and the pool - OY to the Vey! How can you NOT watch a child that age go down the slide???????? Not only for safety reasons, but that's just what parents do to see the huge excitement on their faces. And no life jacket? :sad2: I have to tell you when I took my 9 year old nephew to the world a few years ago I wouldn't even take him to a water park because I didn't feel like watching him like a hawk in the wave pool. I knew it would be so stressful for me to have my eye on him every second that I made up an excuse for not going. :rolleyes1

Tom and I both think Alice had the photopass guy keep his picture to warn the other characters!

New link is up!

Keep them kids as long as they can be. :thumbsup2 I have second graders who already know far too much about things they should have zero knowledge of, and it really makes me sad for them.





We had an ADR for here in December, but we ended up going to a different park, so we cancelled it. We'll put it back on the list and try again another time. We try to get a new restaurant every trip, and we like to repeat our favorites. There are too many places to choose from!

I totally agree with you. We need to keep our kids young! It seems like so much any more society keeps pushing them to be older. Makes me very sad.

mickeysmyboy
01-26-2012, 04:49 PM
I'm so sad to see your TR end! But, I'm going over to checkout your new TR next!

Sounds like a good last day! Although, I can't believe that incident at the pool! Completely insane! Who the heck leaves a 3 or 4 year old to on their own while they have a drink?! I'll admit to being the most paranoid, over protective mother in the world! But, there is absolutely no excuse for that!!

Glad you had such a nice trip!! I'm sure you made some fabulous memories! Thanks for sharing them with us!