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AAshleySEG
07-08-2012, 08:51 AM
Hi everyone! This is going to be a PTR leading into a Trip Report for our upcoming trip, that somehow just keeps expanding. Originally we were planning on just going to Atlanta, GA for a weekend to watch the Dodgers play the Braves, well then we found a great GTY rate on a 5-Night Bahamian Dream Cruise with a Double Dip at CC! Then we thought well why not go to Disney World too! We are big fans of Sorcerers Of The Magic Kingdom and want to get in some playing time as well as see some of the new Fantasyland stuff that has opened, and the new Agent P's World Showcase Adventure at EPCOT, so here we are! This will be my second full-fledged TR, the first was our very first DCL cruise for our 5th Wedding Anniversary and that was to Alaska. We had so much fun that we couldn't wait to go on another cruise! I definitely wanted to get to Castaway Cay, so it was a pretty easy decision when we found the rate! So, here we go with the PTR!

To start off with I am going to tell you a little about us, for those of you that didn't get a chance to read my other TR. My name is Andrea,

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I am 27 years old and married to my Prince Charming, Jeremy (30)

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We love absolutely everything Disney, and I bet most of you here do too if you are reading this report, so I know we are kindred spirits! We are DVC members since 2009 (LOVE IT!!) and couldn't be happier about the decision to go that route! We live in NC so we drive down to WDW a few times a year, whether it be a weekend trip, or a long trip, we always have a blast! We got engaged at WDW during Wishes in 2006, Honeymoon to DLR in 2007, WDW too many times to count (I wish I would have though), DLP in 2010, first DCL Cruise 2012! Our favorite resort at WDW is Animal Kingdom Lodge at Kidani Village and we stay there if we can every time! The pool is just awesome and my favorite on property! We have 4 doggies and a bird. My very kind mother house-sits and takes care of them all for us while we are on vacation! She is the best! I can't think of anything else to to tell you all about us at the moment so I guess I should start the PTR right? Yes! So let's get planning!

AAshleySEG
07-08-2012, 09:38 AM
Day 1: Drive the 3 and 1/2 hours to Atlanta! :drive: We book hotels using Hotwire A LOT! I find that I get to stay in much nicer hotels that way, I know that if I stick with a 4 Star or above and google the area it is in before I book it, I can pretty much count on the fact that it will be great! This time was no different I was able to book a 4 Star Hotel in Sandy Springs, GA, just north of Atlanta for our first night at a $66 rate! I was so happy! We are staying at the Westin Atlanta Perimeter North, it is just a short less than 30 minute drive to downtown, they have Westin Heavenly Beds and Free Parking! That is always a plus in my book because if you stay in downtown in almost all major cities, parking is $20 per night. But this time FREE!! If anyone is skeptical about using Hotwire because they don't let you see the hotel before you book, I would take a chance at least once. We have used it 20+ times and have never has a bad experience with it!

Before we get to the hotel we might stop at Pirate's Cove Miniature Golf in Duluth, GA! We love putt putt and what better way to get out and do something, and put us in the pirate mood...LOL! Hopefully it won't rain on us, if it does though maybe it won't be too bad...

We have been to Turner Field quite a few times to watch the Braves...mostly playing the Dodgers!! We Bleed Dodger Blue and we go to see them as much as we can! So anyway we have never taken a tour at Turner Field, so we thought about doing it this time. That night we are going to the game at 7:35pm! We already have tickets (got them on Ticketmaster) and purcahsed parking on there as well because day of game in the Green Lot it is $15, but if you get it online then it is only $10. So if you are ever planning on going there, you can keep that in mind!

Day 2: Drive to WDW! It is about an 8 hour drive to Disney's Contemporary Resort from Atlanta. For our one night before the cruise we are staying at Bay Lake Tower. We have stayed at Bay Lake one time before and managed to do Chef Mickey's and Top Of The World Lounge. After we check into the hotel we thought about heading over to Magic Kingdom! But first we will have to stop by the Guest Relations Desk and get our DVC PAPs renewed, once we do that we will be set for another year of WDW fun!! We will most likely grab dinner at a QS, but the real reason we want to go to MK is to get SOTMK Cards and play a little more!

Day 3: Port Canaveral and Dream Cruise to the Bahamas! Before we head out we are thinking of getting a quick service breakfast at Main Street Bakery and grabbing some more SOTMK Cards! We are going to drive to the Port and park at Park N Cruise. I have read some good reviews about it and chose it based on them. It will be our first cruise parking out of that Port and so we are new to that. I have been on 2 other cruises out of there, a Carnival and a Royal Caribbean, but both of those we used other transportation to get there. Our check in time is at 11:00-11:30 and then we will be on our way! Not sure where we are gonna grab lunch, but after that I think we are just gonna walk around and get acquainted with the ship until our rooms are ready! So happy that we scored a pixie dust upgrade!! Yay!! We booked an IGT and ended up getting an 8C Deluxe Family Ocean View Room! Can't wait to see it! At 3:15 we have a DIS-Meetup, the not course the Muster Drill, Sailaway Party and other activities! We have late dining, so I am interested in seeing our MDR rotation and if we will be seated with others this time around!!

Day 4: First Day will be at Castaway Cay! We have wanted to see the Nautilus and hidden things in the snorkel lagoon for a while so that is what we are planning on doing at the beginning of the day there, then some relaxation on Serenity Bay! We may rent bikes and go out to the observation tower? We may rent floats, or just sit in a hammock all day long, we will figure that out when we get there!! One thing I know I want to do though is Buy and Send Postcards from the Post Office on CC!

Day 5: Nassau, Bahamas. I have been to Nassau before and Jeremy doesn't really have too much interest in going there. We looked through all of the excursions and nothing really caught our fancy. This cruise is more about the ship and CC more than than Nassau really so we are more than likely just gonna hang out on the ship today. We might go to the Rainforest Room (We went ahead and purchased One Day Rainforest Room passes for each of us ahead of time) There have been some recent reports on the ship saying that you are unable to get them onboard now, so I just went ahead and got them for us!, ride the Aquaduck and just hang around and relax and chill. Get to know the Disney Dream a little and all she has to offer!!

Day 6: At Sea! I never know what we are going to do at sea. I look at Navigator's beforehand but that doesn't necessarily mean that is what is going to be offered the day we are at sea so I keep an open mind for these days, everyone needs a little surprise and spontaneity every now and then right!

Day 7: Castaway Cay Take Two! This is another day when we are keeping our options open! I know I want to check out the Post Office for the Postcards and such but then depending on how we feel, either explore the island a bit or just hang out on the beach. I have been reading about sea lice and have been a little curious about whether the jellyfish will be around in August? I don't really know but thought about going ahead and ordering some of that SafeSea? SeaSafe? stuff anyway just to have peace of mind.

Day 8: Port Canaveral and back to WDW! Sadly we will have to get off the cruise ship now, but wait we are happy, we are going to Disney World! We are staying for 2 nights at AKL Kidani Village. Magic Kingdom is open from 9am-1:00am today with EMH, so we should get in some prime playing time of SOTMK! Update: When we leave the ship we are going to go to Typhoon Lagoon and spend some time there, we love it and since MK is open until 1 tonight, we should have plenty of time to do both!

Day 9: EPCOT! A new thing we want to do is the Agent P's World Showcase Adventure, it looks pretty cool! I never got a chance to play the Kim Possible one so I definitely want to check this new one out! I am sure also that we will maybe do a lunch dining res too, as well as everything else this park has to offer! Update: HS has Morning EMH today, so we are gonna go there first, stay until about 11, We now have an ADR at Biergarten. We are gonna take the boat from HS to EPCOT. After APWSA if there isn't anything else we wanna do at Epcot, we are gonna head on over to AK, stay there until closing at 7 then We also have an ADR tonight at Sanaa, back at Kidani Village!

Day 10: Go Home :sad: But maybe before we go, make a pitstop at Magic Kingdom for you guessed it, Popcorn and SOTMK Cards ;) Make the 8-8 1/2 hour drive back home to NC. Luckily I don't have to wait too long before going back to WDW, I get to go in October for my Bday! Yay!! Food and Wine Festival Here I Come! Oh Yeah and NSSHP!!

AAshleySEG
07-08-2012, 11:52 AM
Packing List:
Hotel Confirmation Numbers
Cruise Documents/Check-In Signature Page
Baseball Game Tickets/Parking/Tour
Passports & Driver's Licenses
Medical/Insurance Cards
Debit/Credit Cards and Cash (Post Office on CC)
Prescription Drugs/Medications (Seasickness, Cold, Headache, Stomach, etc)
Watch/Minimal Cruise Jewelry
Glasses/Contacts/Solution/Case/Sunglasses
Ipads/Earphones/Chargers/
Journal/Pencils/Pens for taking TR notes ;)
Contact Cards for new friends/FE and DIS Meetup
Addresses for people at home for postcards/stamps
iPhones/Chargers
Fish Extender & Zip Ties to keep it from swimming away
FE Gifts for our cruise mates!
Door Magnets & Door Decor for our stateroom door
Folder for Navigators and Other Cruise Documents
Camera Equipment/Extra Batteries/Extra Memory Cards/Etc.
GPS for Geocaching (There is even a cache on Castaway Cay!)
Makeup
Sunscreen/SafeSea
SOTMK Set of Cards
Tables in Wonderland Card

Clothing (For Andrea only, Jeremy likes to wing it when he packs)
Jeans (2)
Ballet Flats (1)
Dodgers Baseball Cap (1)
Dinner Dresses (4)
Formal Dress (1)
Shawl (1)
Heels (1)
Bathing Suit/Coverup
Undergarments (Lots)
Dress Pants (2)
Dress Shirts (2)
Sleepwear
Shorts (3)
Skirts (3)
Short Sleeve Shirts/Sleeveless (10)
Tennis Shoes (1)
Socks (10)
Water Shoes (1)
Running Clothes (2 Sets)
Rain Jacket/Umbrella
Flip Flops

AAshleySEG
07-09-2012, 09:10 AM
So on our first Disney cruise we made one FE gift per stateroom and after I had received gifts from others, I felt like I should have done one per person instead. So this time around I am going to try and do just that. It is so hard to come up with something clever or cool to buy/make for an FE Gift.

Well for me it is anyway! I want them to be original, not necessarily something that no one has done before, but something that no one else on our cruise will give out. I also like things to be at least halfway homemade. I love doing arts and crafts type stuff, so I don't mind doing things like that. Our FE group closes in 3 Weeks and 2 days, so I really need to come up with something soon, so they can be half way planned out before the cutoff date. Eek!

These vacations come up on me so fast that sometimes, I just get overwhelmed and then put stuff off until it is too late. Since we booked so late this time, I really can't afford that luxury. With plans changing daily, at least the major factors are pretty set in stone, like where we are staying and how we are getting there. I decided that this time around I want to go with the flow. On my previous cruise to Alaska, it seemed that everything I planned didn't work out the way I wanted it to. The restaurant I wanted to go to in Seattle was closed to the public, the hotel wasn't going to hold our luggage when we got back, I couldn't participate in some things on the cruise that I thought would have been fun because we don't have kids, we hiked 6 miles for a bench, we didn't see hardly any whales when we went whale-watching, and our big anniversary flight-seeing trip was cancelled and we got rained on the entire day!...Now that I look back on that, it is pretty funny that even though all of that did go wrong, we still had a great time, and most of that is thanks to DCL and the staff! Also, the great friends we made on the ship!

This time though, I am expecting rain. August is the highest precipitation month in the Bahamas and Florida most of the time. So I am going to pack accordingly. I am not planning any excursions on Nassau, or CC. I don't want to be disappointed if they get cancelled because of the rain, or if we don't get to go to CC because of a hurricane or any of the above. We didn't plan any Palo or Remy dining experiences because we want to experience everything this amazing Dream of a Ship has to offer! Everyone I spoke to before we went to Alaska had AMAZING things to say about it, so after we left Alaska, I was a little disappointed because it didn't live up to the hype that was inside my head. This time around, I have none of that. I am going in with an open mind and open plans, and hopefully, just maybe, things will go our way at least a little!

Now then, I made a video of our Alaska trip and everyone at home loved it so much that we decided to make on of this trip as well! However, I did an intro on that one starting in our town, showing the countdown and packing and such, but this new one has to be different! We have already concocted a plan of what we are going to do with it and I am really excited about it! Don't worry, if you are reading this, and continue on with my TR when I start it, you will see the video posted on there. Oh and btw, if you are interested in the Alaska Video or TR there is a link in my Siggy! Moving on...

Pirate Night wasn't too exciting in Alaska. There were no fireworks, the party was inside because of the noise ordinance stuff and so we didn't even go, I'm sorry to say. I didn't even get to see the buffet that everyone talks about. So we didn't dress up really, I mean Jeremy had fake nasty teeth and an eye patch but I would hardly call that dressing up. So this time around he really wants to do it! I know a lot of people think that adults without kids are ridiculous for dressing up, but this time Jeremy really wants to do it. We started looking online for pirate costumes and the ones we found seemed like, from what we could tell, to be really cheaply made? They cost more than I would want to pay for something like that. We priced a couple of things on eBay and then I went to Mary Jo's, which is our local fabric store and priced how much it would cost me to make costumes. It was actually cheaper for me to make it that buy it, well Jeremy's costume at least. So I have been working away on the sewing machine and I almost have his shirt completed! I just work on it a little at a time so I don't get aggravated with it (I am a perfectionist so that happens a lot). I am going to try and finish his costume first before I even buy a pattern and start on one for me. That way I don't have any kind of deadline to keep up with, I can just go with the flow!

I know this was a huge updatey type thing, so if you kept reading this entire time WELL DONE!! I know I ramble a whole lot. I like to make PTR and TR's modeled after the ones I like to read, which is why I give a lot of information. I always find when I read them something I wouldn't have known, so maybe someone will find something out from mine! Until next time everyone! Have a Magical Day!! pixiedust:

AAshleySEG
07-11-2012, 09:47 AM
Hi everybody, we are now 37 days out from our trip and I am still counting down. I have been looking as well at the prices on Fantasy cruises. I really wanted to get on that ship soon. We have already been to the Eastern Caribbean on RCCL, so we are looking more for the Western Cruises. We found one in January but I am not sure whether the weather would be nice in January on a Western Caribbean? I guess I will have to do more research into it. I was just contemplating getting a quote on the Dream cruise. The one in January is around Jeremy's birthday so I am trying to sneakily plan something there, but who knows whether it will work out or not?

So anyway, back to what this post was originally about! I finally decided on what to make for my FE Gifts! I am not going to tell you exactly what they are, but I can tell you that I happened to have all the materials at my house to make them, so they aren't costing me a dime (at the moment) and I have ideas for the adult females, and the kids using the same type thing. I still am not sure about the adult guys yet though, or the older kids (teens) so I might have to come up with something else for them, but anyway! The materials I used are: Photo Paper, 3x5 Plain Index Cards, Comic Book Backer Board, Ribbon, Key Chain Circles (I don't know what they are called), then Photoshop, My Printer, Scissors, and a Hole Punch! I am actually really proud of how they are turning out, and will post pics on my TR as soon as we get back, so if you are interested in seeing them, sorry but you will have to wait a little bit.

There are still only 4 cabins, other than ours participating, with only 21 days left to join in. I checked the DCL website and they are offering GTY rates for our sailing again, so I am guessing they are needing to sell a lot more rooms. Like I said before, there is a lack of chatter on our meet thread. I seem to be the only one putting posts in it. Looks like I might be at the DIS Meet-Up Location by myself...LOL

So as of today we still have a GTY cabin, I know that soon the Cruise Docs will be mailed out and am starting to wonder whether even those will have a room number on them? I am definitely not picky though, all I want is a room with a Magical Porthole! I think those are so cool! I would definitely not complain about being upgraded though, I am just not holding my breath because that seems very unlikely. So for now, I am extremely happy with my IGT, whatever it may be! :cool1:

I am still working hard on the Pirate costume for Jeremy and should I finish a piece of it in the near future, I will gladly put up a pic of what I have done! I just have so many things going on at the moment, my head is about to explode! I never did mention that I am the Matron of Honor for Jeremy's sister's wedding on August 4th in Savannah, GA, so you guys might even get a real PTR in this PTR. I know some people also stop in Savannah on their way when driving to Orlando, so it may help someone if I do it. So for now as always everybody! Have a Magical Day!pixiedust:

AAshleySEG
07-14-2012, 11:49 AM
Hi everyone! I was super excited today when I checked my mail!!! I got my cruise document! I was even happier when I opened the package and found that this one says Castaway Club on it! Woohoo!!!

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If anyone is curious about what is included in your Cruise Documents I will give you a quick rundown. If you don't want to know you can just skip over the next part ;)


Important Information Regarding Passports and Travel Documentation
You Luggage tags
Vacation Checklist
Vacation Overview: Embarkation Information; Vacation Summary; Sailing Itinerary
Important Extras: Onboard Airline Check-In Program; Gratuity Guidelines; Ship Contact Information Cards
Cruise Documents & Forms


This time around we booked a GTY room, and as of today we still do not know what our room number is! We had a great experience in on interior room on the Wonder and I'm sure no matter what stateroom we happen to get on the Dream it will be just as good or even better because of the Magical Porthole! There is a chance that we may get upgraded, but I am not counting on that whatsoever! It was so funny when I opened up my luggage tags and they still didn't have a room number on them, but oh well, I will keep checking every day to see what we get!!

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Some interesting news to report, I know some of you who have been reading my PTR know that I am going to Savannah, GA for a wedding on the first weekend in August. Well now I have another out of town weekend trip to add to that, except this one is technically business, even though pieces of it may still be pleasure! Jeremy and I have to go to Philadelphia/NYC next weekend (that's right...in less than a week) for me to shoot an album promo video for a client. It is very short notice but, with it being all expense paid how could I say No? Random note if you happened to read my last TR, the Dodgers are going to be playing the Mets in NYC, so we may just get to see them again!

Well, I think that is about all for my current update, the days are flying by and there is so much to get done, and places and things to do before our trip! I hope you all are enjoying my PTR! Have a Magical Day!! pixiedust:

travelwith2
07-14-2012, 01:49 PM
Woo Hoo! Love getting cruise docs!:cool1: Love your report and can't wait to read more. We will be on the Fantasy August 25, so I know when you leave for your vacation, mine won't be far behind!pixiedust:

AAshleySEG
07-16-2012, 04:46 PM
Woo Hoo! Love getting cruise docs!:cool1: Love your report and can't wait to read more. We will be on the Fantasy August 25, so I know when you leave for your vacation, mine won't be far behind!pixiedust:

Aww thank you! I am glad you are enjoying it! Lucky!! I would have loved to go on the Fantasy this year, but oh well maybe soon. Thank you so much for reading!! I hope you have a blast on your Fantasy Vacation!!

AAshleySEG
07-16-2012, 04:57 PM
Hi everybody! I am so excited that I just finished the Shirt for Jeremy's Pirate Costume! I am running out of time to do stuff so we went ahead and went to Mary Jo's today and got the cloth/buttons/thread for his vest next!

In case any of you are wondering. We looked all over the place and couldn't find the exact type costume that we wanted for Jeremy, so I told him I would make him one! I used a Simplicity Costume Pattern # 4923

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I do want to say that I have been sewing since I was 12 years old. So these patterns are not necessarily for beginners, but are achievable if you have a little sewing background. Now with that disclaimer, I am going to show you the photo of his shirt! He so graciously tried it on for me! I still have the vest, and pants to make for his, but I am just so darn happy that I finished the shirt! I have just worked on it a little at a time, because I am making all of the FE gifts at the same time, and still planning for the NYC trip Thursday, and me being Matron of Honor at SIL's wedding...and planning for our trip too!! EEEKKK!!! :crazy2: I am definitely on overload here, but am trying to keep up with it all...LOL So anyway, now I'll stop yappin' and show you a pic of the shirt!

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I didn't think about it at the time but I could've had him put Rojo (Our Mexican Red Headed Parrot) on his shoulder, that would have been a cool pirate shot right!! Hmm...maybe I'll save that for a movie!

I finally figured out something to do for the Dad's/Husbands for FE Gifts! Thank goodness because I was having a time trying to come up with something. They are also very cost effective which is another plus!! I think about $1.00 or less per gift! Not bad for what they are, which I will reveal in the TR!

So! I hope you all are having a wonderful day and are enjoying reading my spastic posts! It is a bit of a thunderstormy day here, so I am going to go ahead and start on his vest! Hopefully this one won't take as long to get finished, I can only hope anyway! Have a Magical Day!!! pixiedust:

jedijill
07-17-2012, 01:06 PM
Off to a great start!

Jill in CO

AAshleySEG
07-18-2012, 09:02 AM
Off to a great start!

Jill in CO

Thanks! I seem to be addicted to writing PTRs and TRs ;) We are going to NYC this weekend and hopefully I will get a picture of the Magic to throw in, I am keeping my fingers crossed that I will see it!

EastYorkDisneyFan
07-18-2012, 09:00 PM
Read your last Trip report an thought I would come by and say hi on this one

AAshleySEG
07-19-2012, 09:38 AM
Read your last Trip report an thought I would come by and say hi on this one

Cool! I hope that means you liked the first one enough to warrant reading the beginning of the second one...LOL Thanks for stopping by!! :thumbsup2

spiroff.natasha
07-30-2012, 12:29 PM
Hello! I've been enjoying your updates :) I will also be on the Dream August 19th -- can't wait! Looking forward to reading more.

trish.
07-30-2012, 03:41 PM
Super awesome job on the pirate shirt! :thumbsup2

Sigh...I wish I was sewing talented.

AAshleySEG
07-31-2012, 10:38 AM
Hello! I've been enjoying your updates :) I will also be on the Dream August 19th -- can't wait! Looking forward to reading more.

That's Great! I'm glad I didn't share any of the FE stuff on here...LOL, since you are in our FE Group! We are getting so close now! I am 17 days out from leaving home for the cruise! Can't wait to meet you guys! And wish your mom happy 50th birthday!

Super awesome job on the pirate shirt! :thumbsup2

Sigh...I wish I was sewing talented.

I really love to sew, I'm glad that my grandmother taught me how when I was younger. I am one of those people that likes to try all sorts of things...whether I end up being good at them or not...ROFL! Thanks so much for reading!!

AAshleySEG
07-31-2012, 10:57 AM
Hi everyone, sorry it has been a little while since I have given you guys an update on what has been going on!

Everything in New York went well with the video, so I am very happy about that! I was sad though because with the traffic getting to the Lincoln Tunnel, byt the time we got there it was past time for the Magic to sail. So sadly we did not get to see it in NYC (hopefully I will get to in September, maybe taking my mom on a thank you cruise). On our way to where we were staying, we did however, get to see the Cruise Ship Terminal that the Magic sails out of...for future reference!

We made it home that Sunday and I immediately got back into FE Gift mode/pirate shirt sewing mode/matron of honor mode...etc. On the 27th the Olympics started and i LOVE LOVE LOVE watching the Olympics! Every 2 years my eyes are pretty much glued to the television set on each and every sport! If I am not at home, I record them so I can watch them later, which actually takes less time because of all of the commercials. I am so proud of everything that the USA has accomplished so far and how amazing all of the other countries are doing as well!

Pirate Vest: I have one more seam to sew on the pirate vest, then I have to sew on the buttons, I think there are 15 or 18 of them, anyway, there are a lot of buttons to sew on this vest! I think we have decided that I am not going to have time to make a costume for myself since I have such a limited amount of time considering we are going to be gone this weekend as well. I feel like had we been home, I would have had time to make one for myself, oh well, there is always the next DCL cruise, which I know won't be too far away!

FE Update: I am still working away on the FE Gifts, today is the last day for people to join our group, so I at least will have a final count of everything that I am going to have to make, which is great! I decided on what to do for the teen/adult children. It was probably the most costly project, but still all in all pretty reasonable to do! The only thing left to decide for me on those are the gifts for the infant/toddlers, which is always the hardest for me, I just really have a hard time figuring something out since I don't have children and have never had a lot of experience with a child of that age, so I don't really know what they like to play with, or even need...oh well I still have 17 days right?

This weekend we have to go to Savannah, GA for my SILs Wedding. Being a Matron of Honor for an out of town wedding is very interesting. I think we should have a great time and I just hope that it is not too hot. I received my shoes in the mail for ceremony and am glad I finally have everything squared away, now all I have to do pretty much is pack! Since we leave Friday morning.

Random Life Stuff: Ok Monday I was called for jury duty. The night before we are supposed to call in and see whether we have to show up for that day or not. My juror number was 074, when I called in on Sunday night jurors numbered 075-190 had been excused, I was like are you kidding me!! 1 more number and I wouldn't have had to go in. So I get to the courthouse at 8:30 like it is stated on the summons, find out that court has been delayed until 10:00, then we didn't even make it into the courtroom for juror selection until 11:30! Wouldn't you know it out of those 74 other people, I was picked in the original group of 12 to be a juror on a criminal trial, that the judge said could possibly last until Wednesday, or until its over...I was thinking great, what amazing luck I have. So by 12:30 we were dismissed for lunch, back by 2:00 listened to all of the witness testimonies, had another break, came back got closing arguments from the attorneys, went into the jury room, within 10 minutes we had a decision of Not Guilty on the charge, delivered it to the courtroom, the accused was set free, and we got to leave by 4:45pm! At least I get paid $12...ROFL It was actually pretty cool for me to see our justice system in action. I have never even had a speeding ticket or know anyone personally that has been in a courthouse proceeding. At least now I can't be called for 2 years ;)

So to wrap up this REALLY long update, I feel like I am getting things done in a timely manner and need to start getting laundry done to pack up for this weekend, and get the house ready for my mom, who is staying here yet again to take care of my doggies! Love you Moma!!

HippoHappy
08-05-2012, 08:21 PM
I'm enjoying your PTR so far!
According to your ticker, there are only 12 more days until you leave!!! How exciting!
Great job on the pirate shirt!
Can't wait to read more! Perhaps I'll make my way over to your Alaska TR to fill the time until your next update...:)

AAshleySEG
08-06-2012, 09:51 AM
I'm enjoying your PTR so far!
According to your ticker, there are only 12 more days until you leave!!! How exciting!
Great job on the pirate shirt!
Can't wait to read more! Perhaps I'll make my way over to your Alaska TR to fill the time until your next update...:)

We are getting very close to our trip! Thank you so much about the pirate shirt! I am glad you are enjoying the PTR! My Alaska one is long, so by the time you finish reading it, I may have this TR completed...ROFL!! Thanks again for reading!! :goodvibes

AAshleySEG
08-10-2012, 07:24 PM
Hi guys! I know it has been a little while since I have given you an update, we have had so much going on but I finally have time to sit down and give you a little!!

Last weekend we went to Savannah, GA for my Sister-In-Law's Wedding, of which, I was the Matron of Honor! The weather was wonderful while we were down there and we had a great time! We stayed at the Mansion on Forsyth Park, I absolutely loved our room, we had this HUGE tub, it was really beautiful! I would definitely stay there again if I had the chance!

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We arrived there on Friday afternoon, went and had dinner at Moon River Brewing? I think that is what it was called, the next morning we had breakfast at the hotel and Jeremy was so full after that he plopped himself across the bed to rest for a little while before the ceremony!

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The reception was great, the food was terrific, all in all a really great weekend, on our way home we got a little bit of a treat that made us that much more excited to go on our Disney Trip, which was coming up soon!!!We got to see a Mickey Head hiding in the clouds!! Can you see it too???

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Yesterday, I was checking the internet to see if we had gotten our room assignments yet, because I hear that GTY assignments are usually given out between 10-12 Days before after 3:00pm. We booked an IGT rate for this particular cruise because the deal could not be beat for us! When I booked it, I was really excited because I have wanted to see those magical portholes for a while! On our first Disney Cruise we went on the Wonder to Alaska and had a standard inside stateroom, so I was very happy with our decision to choose an IGT. WELL...yesterday when we got our assignments, I discovered that we did not have a Cat 11 room, not even a 10, or a 9!! We had been pixie dust upgraded to an 8C!! Those rooms are HUGE with that giant porthole window seat and the round shower split bathrooms!! I was ecstatic! I couldn't believe that we were so lucky to get pixie dusted!! Yay!! :dance3:

There has been a lot going on this past week for us, On Sunday when we got home from Savannah, Jeremy's boss called him and offered him a promotion, but the condition was that we will have to move..so we have been contemplating that decision this entire week, then today he decided that he wanted to have a Yard Sale TOMORROW! So all day long we have been going through the house finding stuff (we had a lot piled up already in our "junk" room). At one point he started collecting Disney Souvenir Popcorn Buckets and stacking them up...well one thing led to another and we had a leaning tower of buckets...BUT, these were only from one room, I have these things all over the house, we use them for everything. I have them from Disneyland Paris, Disneyland, Hollywood Studios, I have Christmas and Halloween ones, R2D2 one from Star Wars Weekends...you name it, I have a popcorn bucket for it! I am kind of addicted to Disney World Popcorn, there is no popcorn like it in the whole world...although Jeremy did say that I don't need anymore souvenir buckets!

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So, we are 7 Days away from the start of our vacation. It is about that time to get everything in order and start packing...I am still working on FE Gifts and hope to have them all completed by the weekend...maybe! I FINALLY came up with something to do for the 2 and under age category, and that was the last one I needed to figure out, and those gifts shouldn't be too hard to make! So now, I am going to take a little rest and watch some more Olympics! Go USA! Have A Magical Night everyone!! :wave2:

SamandWill1921
08-12-2012, 10:34 AM
Subscribing! I LOVED your last TR for your Alaska cruise. Can't wait to see how this trip goes for you.

AAshleySEG
08-12-2012, 01:06 PM
Subscribing! I LOVED your last TR for your Alaska cruise. Can't wait to see how this trip goes for you.

Aww Thank you so much!! I am glad you enjoyed my Alaska TR, hopefully this next one can live up to the other...:rotfl2:

We are going to pick up some last minute things for our pirate costumes this afternoon, hopefully if all goes well, I will give you guys another little update tonight! Things are coming up so fast now!!! :banana:

AAshleySEG
08-12-2012, 05:13 PM
Hi everybody!! I finally finished Jeremy's Pirate Outfit, well almost...LOL The only thing left I have to do is to sew on the buttons, and then it really will be finished! So I want to recap for you what all I did, well what we had, and what we had to buy/make etc!

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With the pattern in the previous posts, I made the Shirt and Vest from scratch! The pants are an old pair of gray dress pants, the sashes are two old pillowcases cut down the sides and wrapped around him...LOL The boots he already had lying around for a halloween costume that never cam to fruition. I know random, but he did happen to already have them! He is very excited to wear it on pirate night, and I think we may play around a little and make something else with it too, but you will have to wait and see if that comes to be!

So, since I took all of that time to make him a costume, I never got around to making one for myself. I started looking online to see what was out there, and then when we were going through yard sale stuff Friday, I had a Eureka moment! I found an old Guess snap front corset top that I had and wore when I was in my early twenties. I know it wasn't that long ago, but it is way out of style for me now! So I though..hmmm...I wonder what else I have lying around that could make me a pirate costume and this is what I ended up throwing together, I did make a store run to get some things to complement it, but overall I am very happy with what I happened to throw together TODAY! Here it is!!

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So first off, you have a white button down shirt that I happened to have in a storage tote under my bed! Second the black corset top that was in my yard sale stuff. Black calf-high boots that were in my closet. Now then, that is what I had already, now what I got today. We made a run to Party City to see what they had, we happened to find the necklace on sale for $1.93, the pirate hat headband was also on clearance, I bought a pair of fishnet tights, and some fingerless lace gloves, and that was that for the accessories. Then we made our way over to Goodwill and picked up that skirt which was all of $3.99! Our last stop was Walmart for the burgundy "sash" which is a see through curtain panel with the top portion cut off! I am very happy with what I managed to throw together on very limited time!

We think Pirate Night is gonna be fun! If we have table mates this time around, they may think we are crazy, or who knows what, but who cares! It is our cruise, and we are going to have fun and dress up for pirate night!! It doesn't matter if we don't have kids! So if I see you making fun of us for wearing pirate stuff, I am going to make fun of you for NOT wearing it...ROFL We are very excited, and that is all that matters to us, is that WE have a good time on our vacation!! Have A Magical Night Guys!! :thumbsup2

AAshleySEG
08-15-2012, 02:56 PM
Alright everyone! Jeremy and I have 2 more days to go until we leave for our vacation! Can you believe that I still have not finished the FE Gifts!!! :eek::eek: I have 1 more (Adult Female) gift to finish, then 4 teen gifts to put the finishing touches on, then all but one of the Adult Male gifts to complete! I need to get going on this, before I have to finish them, and figure out how to pack them by tomorrow night! I am such a procrastinator! Yesterday Jeremy took care of all of the yard work that needed to be done before we leave, if he hadn't I swear we would have come back to a jungle for a backyard! We wouldn't have been able to find our two big dogs!

I think this is going to be my last update before I start my TR, unless I can think of something to put up tomorrow or Friday morning before we leave. We are pretty much all set, except for the packing and FE part, Actually now that I think about it, I have a WHOLE LOT of stuff to do, I really need to get started on this stuff! I better get started on everything! If you are going on the cruise with us, I can't wait to meet you at the Meet-Up! If you aren't, then I shall return soon with an action packed Trip Report for you to read! Of course it will have Navigators, Menus, Pictures, and as much as I can remember to write down for ya! So I guess I should say, See Ya Real Soon!!!

Brer Fox and Brer Bear are Causing A Commotion Upstream! This TR will start again momentarily, and by that I mean, when we get back from our Trip...hehe!!! :banana:

jedijill
08-15-2012, 03:06 PM
Have a great trip!!!!

Jill in CO

Timon
08-15-2012, 04:19 PM
Have fun! Say Hi to Mickey for us :wave2: :goodvibes

AAshleySEG
08-26-2012, 10:57 AM
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