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MK2010
12-28-2012, 05:09 PM
Hi All!:wave2: I'm excited to write about our last trip to Disney World this past September. I know, I know, its been almost four months and I'm just NOW getting around to writing the TR?:crazy2: Well, better late than never. But I have to warn you that this may be slow going. I wrote a PTR Diabetes Can't Stop Us (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2889060&highlight=diabetes+can+t+stop+us) so feel free to check that out. Before I can really get started on this report I need to upload all of my pics to photobucket so I can introduce the whole cast, but let me give you a synopsis of the PTR.

Our trip was Aug. 30- Sept.15. I know! That's a LOOOONG vacation, but here's the catch...we drove...all 24 hours to Disney.:drive: So we broke it up and left after my husband got off work and drove from Amarillo to Greenville, Tx. That's about 7-8 hours. Then the next day we drove 12 hours from Greenville, Tx. to Crestview, Fla. And then finally drove the 6 hours from Crestview, Fla. to Orlando. We could've done 2 12 hour days, but my parents live in Greenville so it was a free stay and that way we weren't getting into Disney at funky hours.

So this trip was my family, Me & DH, DS-12, DD-10, DS-9, and DS-7. I'll come back and add in a photo of us later. My parents also joined us for the first week. The last time they had been to WDW was in 1984. Needless to say, they had NO IDEA what they were in for! I kept trying to tell them, to prepare them, but they refused to believe me.:rolleyes::rolleyes:

We stayed at Wyndham Bonnet Creek and loved it! We booked through Vacation Strategy and booked a two bedroom Deluxe. In reality, I should have upgraded to a 3 bedroom Presidential. We stayed offsite this time because we got our park tickets through the Disney Y.E.S. program so we weren't eligible for the Disney Dining plan. We would've booked room only to stay onsite. Since we weren't flying in we didn't need Magical Express or transportation to the parks.

I promise to get into all of this in more detail, but first I'm going over to photobucket to upload photos. Pass the time reading my PTR because it may be Sunday before I get another update up. I still have two more nights of work this week.

The week of Christmas and somehow I pull 60 hours.:sad2: Its one of those situations where you're not quite sure what happened. I only had three days on the schedule Christmas Eve. Then a co worker called and asked if I could take her Saturday shift so I did. Then last night I looked at the surgery schedule and they added about 3-4 surgeries so now I'm headed in to help out 'cause they're gonna be slammed!

Okay peeps, join up! You're in for a bumpy ride!

Chapter Links
Intros (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47020756&postcount=2)
Travel Day 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47026707&postcount=3)
Travel Day 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47170398&postcount=4)
Travel Day 3 Honey, I'm HOOOOOOOOME! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47170681&postcount=6)
Epcot Day 1 Part1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47171105&postcount=7)
Epcot Day 1 Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47178745&postcount=8)
Epcot Day 1 Part 3 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47190218&postcount=9)
Magic Kingdom Day 2 Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47274369&postcount=10)
Magic Kingdom Day 2 Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47289981&postcount=13)
Magic Kingdom Day 2 Part 3 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47311950&postcount=15)
Animal Kingdom Day 3 Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47333544&postcount=20)
DTD Day 3 Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47395171&postcount=27)
The Holy Land Experience Day 4 Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47413724&postcount=31)
The Holy Land Experience Day 4 Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47413994&postcount=32)
The Holy Land Experience Day 4 Part 3 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47511516&postcount=34)
DHS Day 5 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47511888&postcount=35)
MK Day 6 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47527966&postcount=36)
Blizzard Beach Day 7 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47640827&postcount=47)
Day 8 DHS (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47735056&postcount=63)
Day 9 Typhoon Lagoon (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47802924&postcount=65)
Day 9 Typhoon Lagoon Pt. 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47803653&postcount=66)

MK2010
12-29-2012, 12:20 PM
Intros


Alrighty! So I'm back. I only worked half a shift last night so I got up bright and early this morning, but this post won't be long either 'cause I'm about to go take a nap so I can go back into work tonight. The holidays really mess with our schedules. Bring on Jan. 1st!

Anyhoo, after I left y'all last night my husband spent the evening uploading the pics from our Photopass CD onto Photobucket for me and we made a run to Wal Mart to get a SD card reader for my computer. I just got a new computer right before Christmas because my old one broke. And I mean broke good. My husband is a techie kinda guy and he couldn't get anything off the hard drive. He took it in and they said for between $450-$850 they'd look and see if they could get anything off.No thanks! So, all of my planning tools for Disney, the kids entire year's worth of lesson plans, etc. gone.:badpc: So, the hubby ordered me a new computer, but I forgot to tell him to make sure it had a card reader. So I'll do a quick introduction of who everyone is (with pics!) then I'll go install the card reader and start downloading the pics from my camera onto photobucket.

Okay first up, the ones who paid for this trip:
http://i1156.photobucket.com/albums/p580/djingle7147/ResizedMK.jpg


This is me, Jennifer, and my husband David. I'll hope you can tell which is which!;) As I mentioned repeatedly, I'm a nurse tech at a small surgical hospital, (as in I can only have a maximum of 20 patients a night. But if we're full I kinda pout:bitelip:) I also homeschool our four kids. My paying job is a cush job, but the homeschooling one- that's where the real work is! My husband is currently the Associate Pastor- Minister of Youth at our church. He's been in the ministry since '95 and with the exception of about 2 years about 2 years ago, he has always done youth ministry. He also does all of our audio visual stuff for the church and is in charge of our rec leagues- mainly just softball.

We've been married 16 years this next May and met at college up here in the Texas Panhandle at West Texas A&M University. (Go Buffs!) David is an alumni, but we moved right after we got married so I transferred to Texas Tech in Lubbock (Go Raider Red! Guns Up!). That way I only had an hour commute each way to school instead of a three hour commute each way!:thumbsup2:

Okay up next our three boys:

http://i1156.photobucket.com/albums/p580/djingle7147/Resized%20Photos/3boysresize1.jpg

Our oldest, Jonathan-12, is in the middle. He just earned his First Class rank in Boy Scouts and is a competitive swimmer. He is incredibly creative and keeps me in stitches most of the time. We're starting to enter the teen years though and he is pulling back and becoming more introverted which is driving me crazy (and trust me that's not a far drive!)

Cameron-9 (in this picture), on the left, is the sweetest of all of our kids. He loves Oswald the Rabbit, could have a serious video game addiction if I let him, and is very bright. He does Cub Scouts and will complete his Webelo badge and arrow of Light this year to advance into Boy Scouts with his brother.

That leaves the baby. And oh brother! Stephen- 7, on the right, drives me crazy ALL THE TIME. I'm pretty sure that is his mission in life. Apostle Paul complained about a thorn in the side...meet mine! He's a cute kid, but my gosh he's stubborn! Fights me every day on everything. We're hoping he decides to be a good law abiding citizen when he grows up, 'cause if not there's not a thing you, me, or the whole U.S. army can do to stop him. Did I mention he's exactly like his father?:rotfl::rotfl: He is in Cub Scouts as well.

To round out our happy little family, my daughter:

http://i1156.photobucket.com/albums/p580/djingle7147/Resized%20Photos/SleepingBeautyresize1.jpg

This is Lauren-10, in this picture. No she's not the princess. I mean she's our little princess, but...she's the one on the left okay? This wasn't the picture I wanted to use, but seems the hubby was selective in which of the 400 pics he uploaded from the disc!:laughing: Lauren was diagnosed with Type I diabetes just after Thanksgiving in 2011. We had planned a trip to Disney with my parents in January of 2014, but her hospitalization wiped out all of our savings and then...God smiled on us and we were able to accumulate the necessary funds quickly AND move the trip up! Lauren is a joy. She loves American Girls, drawing/coloring, loves to be artsy craftsy (I hate arts and crafts) :artist:, and mainly tries to stay out of the way of her brothers! She is 100% pre teen with drama trying to make mountains out of molehills. (I don't do drama.)

This brings us to my parents:

http://i1156.photobucket.com/albums/p580/djingle7147/Resized%20Photos/MomandDadresize1.jpg

My Mom is a retired school teacher who now spends her days watching my niece. Her life revolves around her kids and grandkids. (Yes, she needs a life. I don't like sharing mine.) Mom had begged to go with us on our first ever family trip to Disney in 2009, but I didn't think she would be able to keep up. I thought she and Dad would be more excited about this trip since I was finally letting her go. They had an okay time. she finally understood why I wouldn't let her go the first time! The last time they had been to Disney was in 1984. A few things have changed since then.

My Dad has a degree in Electrical Engineering. He works at a defense contracting plant. they invent new gadgets and gizmos for military aircraft. He's worked on everything from Air Force 1 to an Aussie P9 contract. He has been mainly involved in optical engineering and research and development.

So that's the all of us. I will save this spot for links to updates, but for now I shall go install my card reader and see about uploading pics from my camera!

MK2010
12-30-2012, 02:46 AM
Well, I'm at work tonight and thought I'd do a quick TR update. so where were we? Oh yes, just in case I didn't give you the complete run down before let me do so now:

Dates: Aug. 30- Sept.15
Days at Disney: Sept.1-Sept.13
Tickets: 8 days WPF& more through the Disney YES program*
Hotel: Wyndham Bonnet Creek Tower 3 2 bedroom deluxe booked through Vacation Strategies.

*The Disney YES Program is a program offered through Disney to kids ages 5-18. You can individually enroll your child in one of the three hour classes offered seasonally at Disney parks and receive deeply discounted tickets for your whole family.

Now, on with the show! I don't have any pics really until we hit Vicksburg,MS so I'll make this short and sweet for you.

I worked Wednesday night Aug.29. The plan was to leave as soon as DH got off work on the 30th and drive to my parents house, about 7 1/2-8 hours away in Greenville,Tx. He got off about 2p.m. and by the time we had everything loaded it was about 3. So we said, "Goodbye,Amarillo!" and headed out of town. Now the drive to my parents is very flat and very boring. Amarillo is in the high plains. Think flat,open prairie. If you live in Kansas or Nebraska, Southeastern Colorado you know what I'm talking about. The land changes in Wichita Falls. Around here we call it gently rolling hills, but those of you who live in the Ozarks or real mountainous regions would refer to the land as, still, flat open prairie!:rotfl: But hey, the mesquite trees stop appearing as frequently and you start to see less brown and more green.

Wichita Falls is usually where we stop for dinner. There is a Sonic and a Subway on the eastern edge of town. But this time I had already bought Subway sandwiches and packed them in the cooler in the backseat for consumption. I would like to mention one other fact about Wichita Falls, 2 of my four children were born there. We lived there from April 2000 to October of 2003. It was a great town. Big enough to have everything you wanted and small enough that you didn't have to fight traffic and if you wanted a weekend getaway you were close enough to the Dallas Fort Worth area to make it a feasible option even for just a day trip.

So on we journeyed over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house we went. (There was neither river nor woods, but hey that's how the song goes!):thumbsup2 There are a couple of options to get to Greenville once you get to Wichita Falls. You can continue on Hwy 287 to Decatur, Tx. then turn onto Hwy. 380. I don't like this option because there seems to always be a mountain of cars on this thouroughfare, they're always doing roadwork, and Dallas has grown so far North that driving Hwy. 380 is like driving through a suburb of Dallas one stoplight after the next.

We usually take Hwy. 82 and through Sherman, Tx turning onto Hwy 69 through a whole bunch of itty bitty East Texas towns to drop in on the North side of Greenville. That's exactly what we did on this trip. We got into Greenville about 11p.m. My parents live out on about 10 acres on the east side of Greenville. Its not the house I grew up in, which was situated just off I-30 and across a giant field from my elementary school. Its a nice place though, and my kids love to go visit. There is tons of land for them to run around on and my parents have a couple of dogs who love to run with them.

We pretty much walked into the house and fell into bed. We were hoping for an early start the next morning. I kinda wanted to be on the road by 5 a.m. so that we could have lunch overlooking the Mississippi River. My parents had already left and were moseying toward the beach south of Crestivew Fl. for a couple of days before meeting up with us at WDW. But, my Mom, being the good grandmother had left all kinds of goodies for us to take with us in the car to eat. Even some special snacks just for Lauren. She left me a suprise too! Ahe bought me a Mickey tote bag. I'll take a picture of it when I get home to post on here.

The next morning started early about 4 a.m. I took the first shift in driving since David had driven all the way from Amarillo the night before. By the time we got everything loaded back into the car we got on the road about 4:30. Now once again we had a choice on a couple of different road options to take we could head out on I-30 then hit a backroad, meander through some more itty bitty East Texas towns and meet up with I-20 a couple of hours down the road, or I could head 30 minutes South to Terrell,Tx and hit I-20 there. Once again I chose the latter. In Texas, you see, they just raised the speed limit on the Interstate to 75 mph. Fabulous! The drive was pretty good, but I-20 was busier than I thought it would be even considering in was Labor Day weekend. I figured most people wouldn't hit the road until at least later in the day. We made good time though. We stopped at Longview/Marshall about 7:30- 8 ish for a potty break and to get Lauren some breakfast. We didn't have enough carbs for her in the car, but it was a quick stop and then we were on our way. Driving through Shreveport caused my nerves to start working. Those roads were tight and I was hemmed in all around by cars. I didn't like it at all. It started to rain just outside of Monroe which I don't like either so David got to drive!

Up next: Our lunch at the Mississippi River!

MK2010
01-12-2013, 07:24 PM
Okay, so before I continue, I need to brag onmy nurses a little bit. See before I left for this trip, they listened to me plan and whine and plan, then they got me presents! Suzan bought each of my kids character pens, and she made me a Mickey fleece tie blanket, and bought me a new journal to take notes in on my trip for my report. Sadly for you, I did not use it. Shame on me.:confused3 Then before we left, Shelly spent an entire night at work developing an activity sheet to get the kids to Florida. She looked up the map and found interesting points on the towns/states that we were going through and came up with activities to go along with them. Now isn't that awesome?

So, its Day 2 of the trip and we're trying to make Vicksburg to lunch by the Mississippi River. THis was important to me because on my first trip to WDW when I was 8 my family drove from Greenville,Tx and we stopped and took pics at Vicksburg. I wanted matching pics of my kids. Traffic cooperated and we were there. I, by this point, wasn't feeling well. Just a little out of sorts. Not the way I wanted to start my vacation. Looking back, I think it was just exhaustion from working so hard in the weeks leading up to the trip and anxiety over having the perfect trip. #wastedenergy.

We had lunch at the Vicksburg Visitor's Center. I had packed a cooler to make sandwiches, so we unloaded that and watched the barges moving up and down the Mississippi. Jonathan wasn't feeling well either. Apparently, sausage doesn't agree with him! We took our pics which I would love to share with you, but they'reon DH tablet and haven't been uploaded to Photopass *sigh*.

I was really impressed with the kids. They got along great. I was glad that we had upgraded from a Dodge Durango to a GMC Yukon back inMarch when we first started planning this trip. :drive: The drive was nice. The difference between Mississippi farmland and Texas farmland, Mississippi farmland has green AROUND the crops. In west Texas only the crops are green! It was like a whole new planet. We made our way down through Mississippi, we had turned South at Jackson, to Mobile Al.

Now, we weren't impressed with Alabama. Apparently, we opted to stop at a gas station that didn't employ Alabama's smartest citiziens. Also, we wound into Mobile on this teeny, tiny two lane road that was waaaaay overcrowded for 3 p.m. on the Friday of Labor Day. Basically, our entire trip through Alabama was spent stuck in traffic, s we weren't impressed with their civil engineering either! ;) We have a church member who moved in from Alabama. (We're pretty sure from that teeny tiny town.) Our trip certainly explained a few things to us about him!

I've been pretty rough on the poor state of Alabama. Especially considering they are National Champions. (Roll Tide- for those of you who choose to cheer for the Crimson.) Texans are a proud folk. And though we have our faults, we will never admit to them!:goodvibes I will say this about Alabama- they had the good sense to be located MUCH closer to Mickey than us out here in Tx!

We got into Crestview, Fl. arond 6 p.m. and checked into our hotel, the Fairfield Inn. We like Fairfields, but I had booked a suite at this one and only got a double room. It was way too small for 6. The suite was supposed to fit 5 so it was only going to be a little bit of a squeeze.:crowded: NExt time, I will stay at a cheaper hotel and just get 2 rooms. It was my mistake for being a snob. We had a dinner a McDonald's where I ended up chatting the entire time with a local about my daughter's diabetes. She was able to explain to us why our phones had not switched over to EST. Apparently, that happens when you cross the Swanee River, not the state line.

:offtopic: Another slightly interesting fact about Crestview, our pastor's daughter and her husband had recently gotten a job offer and would be moving to Crestview while we were in WDW. In fact, their new house was located behind the Wal Mart which was just across the road and down a little from our hotel.

We headed back to the hotel for showers and an early bedtime. It had been a looooong day and I still wanted to get an early start tomorrow. Up next, arrival day!

MK2010
01-12-2013, 07:29 PM
Okay, so before I continue, I need to brag onmy nurses a little bit. See before I left for this trip, they listened to me plan and whine and plan, then they got me presents! Suzan bought each of my kids character pens, and she made me a Mickey fleece tie blanket, and bought me a new journal to take notes in on my trip for my report. Sadly for you, I did not use it. Shame on me.:confused3 Then before we left, Shelly spent an entire night at work developing an activity sheet to get the kids to Florida. She looked up the map and found interesting points on the towns/states that we were going through and came up with activities to go along with them. Now isn't that awesome?

So, its Day 2 of the trip and we're trying to make Vicksburg to lunch by the Mississippi River. THis was important to me because on my first trip to WDW when I was 8 my family drove from Greenville,Tx and we stopped and took pics at Vicksburg. I wanted matching pics of my kids. Traffic cooperated and we were there. I, by this point, wasn't feeling well. Just a little out of sorts. Not the way I wanted to start my vacation. Looking back, I think it was just exhaustion from working so hard in the weeks leading up to the trip and anxiety over having the perfect trip. #wastedenergy.

We had lunch at the Vicksburg Visitor's Center. I had packed a cooler to make sandwiches, so we unloaded that and watched the barges moving up and down the Mississippi. Jonathan wasn't feeling well either. Apparently, sausage doesn't agree with him! We took our pics which I would love to share with you, but they'reon DH tablet and haven't been uploaded to Photopass *sigh*.

I was really impressed with the kids. They got along great. I was glad that we had upgraded from a Dodge Durango to a GMC Yukon back inMarch when we first started planning this trip. :drive: The drive was nice. The difference between Mississippi farmland and Texas farmland, Mississippi farmland has green AROUND the crops. In west Texas only the crops are green! It was like a whole new planet. We made our way down through Mississippi, we had turned South at Jackson, to Mobile Al.

Now, we weren't impressed with Alabama. Apparently, we opted to stop at a gas station that didn't employ Alabama's smartest citiziens. Also, we wound into Mobile on this teeny, tiny two lane road that was waaaaay overcrowded for 3 p.m. on the Friday of Labor Day. Basically, our entire trip through Alabama was spent stuck in traffic, s we weren't impressed with their civil engineering either! ;) We have a church member who moved in from Alabama. (We're pretty sure from that teeny tiny town.) Our trip certainly explained a few things to us about him!

I've been pretty rough on the poor state of Alabama. Especially considering they are National Champions. (Roll Tide- for those of you who choose to cheer for the Crimson.) Texans are a proud folk. And though we have our faults, we will never admit to them!:goodvibes I will say this about Alabama- they had the good sense to be located MUCH closer to Mickey than us out here in Tx!

We got into Crestview, Fl. arond 6 p.m. and checked into our hotel, the Fairfield Inn. We like Fairfields, but I had booked a suite at this one and only got a double room. It was way too small for 6. The suite was supposed to fit 5 so it was only going to be a little bit of a squeeze.:crowded: NExt time, I will stay at a cheaper hotel and just get 2 rooms. It was my mistake for being a snob. We had a dinner a McDonald's where I ended up chatting the entire time with a local about my daughter's diabetes. She was able to explain to us why our phones had not switched over to EST. Apparently, that happens when you cross the Swanee River, not the state line.

:offtopic: Another slightly interesting fact about Crestview, our pastor's daughter and her husband had recently gotten a job offer and would be moving to Crestview while we were in WDW. In fact, their new house was located behind the Wal Mart which was just across the road and down a little from our hotel.

We headed back to the hotel for showers and an early bedtime. It had been a looooong day and I still wanted to get an early start tomorrow. Up next, arrival day!

MK2010
01-12-2013, 07:54 PM
We headed out the next morning by 6 a.m. The trees lining both sides of the highway and reaching almost to the sky were amazing! It was finally time to turn South and I pulled out the sack with our lunch while we stopped at a gas station. Boy was I glad we were heading South. Apparently, there was a BIG game at UF that weekend 'cause EVERYBODY was headed in.

We finally got to WBC about 3p.m. I just loved passing under the big purple Welcome to Disney sign. It was great staying on Disney property even if it wasn't A DISNEY property. My parents were a couple of hours behind us. THey're not the speedy travellers that we are. I got us checked in. WE had never stayed at a timeshare before. New experiences always make me anxious. That lobby was big and crowded. I don't do well in crowds or noise either, but I finally got checked in. I asked for a fireworks view, but they said they didn't have one available so we got stuck in Tower 3. I hated this because we were there for 10 days and the place was pretty empty after Monday. After getting our parking pass, we headed to our room to unload everything.

I didn't get all the pics I wanted. I think part of it was because we had photopass and the other reason was because I was lazy. I took 3000 pics on our first trip to Disney. But this time I think I felt I could always get the pic tomorrow.

Mom and Dad finally got there and unloaded their stuff. I needed a few things from the store so I headed out to Wal Mart. I had precooked most of our meals and hauled them on ice, but I needed stuff like milk, lettuce, fruit etc. The kids enjoyed the pool and exploring the resort. By the time Mom and I made it back from Wal Mart her scooter had arrived. (She had fallen and bruised her knee pretty good a few days before the trip.) We rented her scooter from Apple scooter and it was fabulous.

After dinner, we cleaned up and headed to bed. The kids all shared one bedroom. The two little boys in one bed, Lauren in the other, and we had brought a cot for Jonathan. It was wall to wall beds in that room. I paid for pretty much the whole trip except for my parents Disney tix, butI should have asked for help and gotten a 3 bedroom 'cause that room was CROWDED. David and I took the queen sleeper sofa in the living room and my parents had the king size Master.

Good Night John Boy!

Tomorrow- Epcot!

MK2010
01-12-2013, 08:33 PM
Okay, finallyan update with pictures! We got up nice and early so we could make RD. After breakfast we gathered all of our stuff, camera's, water bottles, all of Lauren's diabetes meds and got out the door. We had to stop at the ticket booths at Epcot to get our YES tickets. There was a little confusion. We were supposed to get an 8 day park hopper pass with 5 admissions to the Water PArks etc. Instead they gave us an 8 day pass with 8 admissions to the Water Parks etc. I just let it go. We weren't going to be able to use all those extra admissions anway so I didn't feel like Disney was losing any real money. Getting the tickets went so smoothly that we had quite a wait until the park opened, but finally we were in.

http://i1156.photobucket.com/albums/p580/djingle7147/Epcotresized.jpg

So did we head straight for Soarin? Nope. I had a plan. Since we were doing Touring Plans this time around I wanted to monitor the FP return time and get FPs for around 3p.m. when we would be heading out of the park. I LOVE this ride and really wanted my parents to ride, but Mom had been sufffering with motion sickness and refused to wear a patch so I wanted that to be the last thing we rode before we left the park, so if she got sick she could go straight to bed! Instead, we headed for Sum of All Thrills.

Mom hunted down Benadryl because all of the beautiful flowers were irritating her allergies and she had refused to take one that morning because she was afraid it would make her sleepy, but she was miserable as soon as we got out of the car.

The kids had a blast at Sum of All Thrills. We paired the three youngest up with an adult and Jonathan did the experience on his own. From there we headed over to Turtle Talk with Crush. My dad wants to be a techno geek so he really enjoyed the show. After Crush we zipped over to Mission Space.

http://i1156.photobucket.com/albums/p580/djingle7147/MissionSpaceresized.jpg

Now, I had never gotten to ride. David, Jonathan, and Lauren had all ridden the green side before, but this time we were going on Orange! All except Mom who had opted to skip this ride and enjoy the scenery. She didn't want to go on Green solo and didn't want my Dad or me to miss going on Orange. I think I could've handled missing Orange. It was rough! I don't suffer from motion sickness. A minute longer and I think I would have lost it.

Now, I lose the order in which we did things. I think we may have picked up Soarin' FPs at this point. I wanted to leave to go back and have some lunch and take a little rest, but my parents wanted to stay and buy lunch in the park so we did. We headed over to the Electric Umbrella. It was roughly $10/person for lunch so it didn't do big damage to our budget, but in the end not going back and resting would prove to be a mistake.

Up next: OUr afternoon at Epcot.

MK2010
01-13-2013, 05:04 PM
After our yummy lunch, I wanted to spend some time out of the sun! So we headed back to Innoventions. The kids did another Jonathan and Stephen did another round on Sum of All Thrills while the rest of us poked around at some of the other exhibits. Cameron had been begging to do the Great Piggy Bank Adventure ever since I found the online game for it months before. After an hour or so in the shade I was ready to head over to World Showcase.

I wanted to catch Voices of Liberty because I thought my Dad wuld really enjoy it. Everyone made a run for it while I went to grab FPs for Soarin. (Okay, they strolled, while I dashed!) I met up with them just in time for the performance to start. Mom and Dad stayedto watch the American Adventure.

Here is where things got exciting. A friend I hadn't seen from high school was in Disney this week too! So we met up at the Canadian Pavillion! She is on here as KigerKat. We were sooooo excited when we found that we were going to be in Disney at the same time! She even set up a Photopass share for me to participate in. It was fabulous to see her again and I got to meet her husband who is a super smart guy. I mainly believe that because he chose to marry her and she is super cool- even if she is a Democrat! (Now to all you Democrats out there before you get your panties too far in a wad I will confess that I am a Republican- you know- the all knowing party- who always gets it right! *cough* Iran-Contra *cough* *cough* Watergate *cough* ;) ) Anyway, we had a great time catching up and discovered that we had Soarin fastpasses for the same hour!

Soon my parents joined us and had a nice little reunion with Carrie too. Carrie and I had been good friends from about 5th grade until she moved away in the middle of our sophomore year.Off Kilter had started playing and I had really wanted to hear them, but the sun was killing all of us. I think I was probably a little dehydrated. So we said goodbye to Carrie and Brett (her husband) and headed back to the UK. Here the kids did some M&Gs with a few characters.

Off Kilter:

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Character M&G

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And while they met the guys above, Mom, Dad, and I listened to these guys:

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The British Revolution. Now, growing up in my house, in the '80s/'90s I didn't listen to Madonna or Michael Jackson. I listened to the Beach Boys, Beatles, Herman's Hermits, Chad Mitchell Trio (argh) 'cause my parents had control of the radio and thats what we listened to. So this was like listening to my childhood favorites. We all really enjoyed it.



We headed into France and picked up an Agent P mission.The Agent P mission was miserable. I had 1 phone and two kids. THey shared okay, but if they weren't holding the phone they weren't interested in solving the clue. Mainly because it was too hard to see the darn little screen in the sunlight. We FINALLY finished the mission! Lauren met Marie.

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We had a lovely little snack here and Mom, and Dad opted to stay and watch the movie. Cameron had to go potty so David tracked him to the bathroom while the rest of us headed towards:

You'll have to wait to find out!

MK2010
01-14-2013, 04:50 PM
We left off with us heading to:
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That's right Mousegears! But before we could get there we had to stop for a few pictures!

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Soon we were shopping around Mousegears. I bought Lauren a little Mickey head to make eggs in the mornings. I haven't found a way to keep the eggs from sticking to the sides yet though.

After a while in Mousegears, we met up with my parents to ride Soarin'. Mom didn't want to risk it making her sick so she opted to look at the flowers outside. (She wouldn't leave the scooter to even come inside the air conditioning of The Land pavillion. :rolleyes2) I wasn't feeling well at this point, but I couldn't wait to ride Soarin with my friend,Carrie, and her husband Brett! Its one of my favorite rides and this opportunity wouldn't come again!

After a little bit of a wait, we met up with them at the entrance. It was funny because this group pushed right in front of us. We were standing politely single file behind one another and handing the attendant our FPs. Everyone in our group got through and then this group, which had gathered to the side of us, pushed their way in front of my eldest son. They pushed their tickets into the hands of the attendant and practically walked into the ride before the attendant even had their tickets in his hand! :rolleyes2 Jonathan and I just looked at each other! Once they all got through we handed the attendant our tickets and caught up with our group, who had allowed the buttinskies to pass them, so we could all go in together. We just shook it off and got ready to SOAR!

I can see why you would be mad about such an event if you were there when it was really busy. But frankly, this was late Spetember. It wasn't that busy. I mean, I think even standby was only 60-90 minutes and this is late afternoon. Besides, Carrie and I weren't in a huge hurry as it gave us time to catch up with each other.

Soon we were boarding. I was so disappointed this time. Not because of the ride. It was great! I felt so awful. I had a headache bordering on a migraine. I was considering throwing up and I don't get motion sick. I was ready to get off that ride and get back to the hotel. As soon as we landed we said our goodbyes and I insisted on stopping to get a drink. After a few minutes in the cool air I still didn't feel any better. David and I had a hot date tonight at Kona! This couldn't be happening!

We left the pavillion and found my Mom. I concentrated on my breathing and hightailed it out of the park, but even in my sickly state I had to stop for this:

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You can see my Frogg Togg around my neck in this picture. Those things were life savers! I highly recommend them. Anywho, after this amazing pic I hightailed it out of the park. I didn't check to see if anyone was behind me. I didn't speak. I just MOVED IT to the car. I got in the front seat, turned the ac directly on me, and just closed my eyes praying to not throw up!

One of the great things about staying at Wyndham Bonnet Creek is how easy it is to get to and from the parks. From the time we got in the car until we pulled up in front of our Tower was like 10 minutes. Plus, we got practically front row parking at every park! (Except MK, but I'll talk about that later!)

I got upstairs and grabbed about three ibuprofen and a couple of Tylenol and hit the shower. After 20 minutes or so of a nice cold shower I felt tons better. David and I prepared to head out to Kona. We drove to the TTC which only took maybe 10 minutes then hopped on the monorail over to the Poly.

We had eaten at Ohana's for breakfast on our last trip to the Poly.We are just in love with this resort. I've always wanted to stay at the Grand Floridian, but after our date we agreed that when we come back for our 20th anniversary we want to stay here.

We had a great meal. They had like a 2 meals for $60 thing. So we each got an appetizer, entree, and dessert. The bread was soooo good. The service was okay. A little lacking, but we didn't mind that. I hate it when they hover so we didn't mind being a little negelected!:goodvibes Unfortunately, for the table next to us the lack of attention wasn't a good thing. The Mom was there with two kids by herself, a young boy and a pre teen/teen girl. The poor little boy got sick and threw up :sick:. I felt so bad for that poor Mom. The waiter was nowhere tobe seen. We were stuck back in the corner and no one was coming around. I didn't really even notice what was going on until an adult from a nearby table got up and approached her about finding waitstaff. The Mom thanked her. Bless her heart. She had both kids in tears. Finally, waitstaff showed up and helped her out of the restaurant and got everthing cleaned up, sanitized, and restored. They hadn't even ordered yet. That poor Mom. The daughter was starving and was crying 'cause she was so hungry. So to all you parents out there who do WDW solo with kids, kudos to you because it can be incredibly rewarding, but also filled with challenges.:worship:

After our dinner, we moseyed down to the beach to pick out a spot for the fireworks. I loved watching Wishes from the Poly beach. Except for the large drunk group behind us and their rowdy kids. It was a group of friends who had come down on holiday together and were heading back te next day. So they were just trying to enjoy the last of their vacation. Their kids were running and playing tag on the beach (running in and out of other families and getting sand everywhere) and the parents were slightly tipsy and offering loud dialog to Wishes, such as, "Here's the big one. Oh no wait here it is."

Honestly, I really was only a little annoyed. My husband and I were trying to have a romantic date and they were intruding. (The beach was actually kind of crowded that night. THere really wasn't quite spot.) But the kids were having the time of their lives and while it was inconvenient to me, and perhaps slightly inconsiderate on their part for playing tag literally right around me, they were making life long memories. I can only imagine those kids in 10-15 years thinking back on that night! :thumbsup2 And how great is it to have friends that you can travel to Disney with?:cloud9: So while I wasn't a fan of the group, I did think what a great experience itmust have been for them.

We got back from Wishes late and everyone else was already in bed. That's the unfortunate thing about hitting rope drop, you have a tendency to go to bed early. Up next: Magic Kingdom.

MK2010
01-22-2013, 04:05 PM
Today was the day I got to go home! I was so excited! See, I've decided that I am but a sojourner in this land and that only occasionally am I allowed back in to where I truly belong:

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I was up early for this day dragging everyone with me! In case I haven't mentioned it: I'm a Rope Dropper. Every day, no excuses. If you're riding with me plan on getting there early! Lol. So we hopped in the car and off we went. It took us less than 10 minutes to be in the parking lot of the TTC. We had front row parking. In fact we were so close, it made no sense to use the tram so we just walked over to the monorail. Now, when I arrive in the mornings I like to use the monorail, but most of the time if arriving in the afternoon or heading out of the park I prefer the ferry. Magic Kingdom is the only park where I kinda missed being able to take a bus from my resort. It is just a pain to park at the TTC and then head over. However, it is less of a pain than parking in the back forty of say the Wal-Mart parking lot because after all, you are in Disneyworld. Everything is better here!

We arrived in plenty of time for me to take lots of pictures before the Opening Show. But I'll spare you and only give you two:

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Now this is my absolute favorite Opening show. Okay, thats a bit of an overstatement since now it is the ONLY opening show, but you know what I mean right? I just love it. Before our trip was over I had my husband video it and we watch it at least once a week around here. I listen to the song on average once a day. I LOVE it! Have I mentioned I love it?

Anyway, soon we were on our way and I was snapping pictures as we walked. Look what I saw as soon as we got in the gates:

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Its a tour group Lol! I have heard so much on the boards about the tour groups that I had to snap this picture.

Here are some pictures of the fall decorations around Main Street:

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This last picture isn't the best, but see if you can notice the jack o'lanterns on top of the buildings. Jack Spence did a blog about these decorations way back in the fall. You can look through his archives on Allears. There is some real detail in these to match them up to the building that sits below them. For instance, on top of the Fire Dept. is a pumpkin with a fire hydrant carved into it.

Anyhow, we couldn't hang out in this crush for long. We had rides to ride. We split up here. I took the two little boys to ride Dumbo with my Dad and everyone else went to go ride IASW.

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After Dumbo we headed to Fantasyland to meet up with everyone. I grabbed a set of FPs for Pooh and we headed over to ride Pan. Here are some shots of FL.

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Topiaries by the Teacups.

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Look at how empty the park is at RD on September mornings!

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It does look odd with that wall up. Glad its down now. Yay for FLE!:cool1::thumbsup2

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I just love how everything is themed. I mean this could just be a plain building, but instead its made to look like it came out of Hansel and Gretel or Snow White or something.

Anyway, after Pan, we went over to Haunted Mansion. Now Lauren doesn't like this ride. She says its creepy. I think I tend to agree with her. Yet, I still like it! We did the interactive queue somewhat. But honestly with no line, its kinda hard to stop. People don't quite know what to do with you. I would've been happy for people to continue around us. I even told them so, but they look at you kind of funny. After Haunted Mansion we headed back to Pooh. And look who we saw:

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That's my friend Carrie in the blue shirt and her husband Brett is kinda beside her in the hat. They were waiting in the regular line for Pooh! We talked briefly as our lines matched up for a bit and made plans to meet up later in the afternoon. They were headed over to Epcot for lunch and we were headed back to the hotel.

So by now it was about 11:00 and we were done with everything I wanted to get done that morning. So I rounded everyone up to head back to the hotel. It was just beginning to get kinda warm. Mom and Dad thought I was a little bit crazy 'cause clearly we hadn't done everything, but I explained that we had done enough for this morning and it was more important to go back and rest and do more stuff in the cool of the evening. They agreed and we trooped back to the car. This time we took the monorail back because most people were just now heading into the park! I know people must have thought we were nuts as they saw us leaving!

Well, this is only half of our day at MK. Unfortunately, its time for swim practice and for me to head to work here. So, perhaps if I have a slow night at work I'll update you on the rest of our day, which includes a nifty meet up with Carrie and Brett! Until then...so long, farewell, aufwiedershein (I don't speak German)....

lvcourtneyy
01-22-2013, 11:23 PM
So glad you posted on my TR because for our next trip I want to go in September so I'm trying to find out as much about it as possible!!

Aw your daughter must be one strong little girl having to deal with diabetes! I used to ADORE my American Girl doll. She had her own bureau and everything.

I love the picture at Epcot of your whole family- priceless!

I hate not being at parks for rope drop too!

MK2010
01-23-2013, 05:12 PM
Welcome lvcourtney! It was a great trip. The humidity totally zapped my energy so it was a very different trip than what I expected. The part of Texas that we live in now is very dry and not humid at all, but I grew up in the Dallas area which is very humid. (not as humid as Houston) So I thought I knew what to expect. I was wrong! Get Frogg Toggs, misters, and water bottles. take frequent breaks for dole whips and you'll do great!:thumbsup2 The great thing about going in September is that there are no lines! I'll get to it later on in my report, but one day my son drug me on BTMRR 2 times in a row and wanted to go again, but I put my foot down. (He rode again 5 minutes later with his Dad and siblings) But all of that was stand by. We got 1-2 FPs every day, but we didn't really need them. The only rides I felt we REALLY needed them for were Soarin and TSM. The rest you can pretty much walk right on if you get there at Rope Drop. Another great reason to go in September is MNSSHP. We didn't go, but I'm hoping for a trip next Oct. with some of my nurses from work and hope to go then.

MK2010
01-24-2013, 02:57 AM
We got back to WBC and had some lunch. I can't remember what was for lunch this day (or any other day for that matter!) I had pre-cooked most of our meals and then put them in the deep freeze for our trip. Did you know that 10 lbs. of hamburger meat makes something like 18 hamburger patties? Impressive I know. The funny thing is, I cooked so much food for the trip that we didn't eat it all. I just pulled a bag of cooked chicken from the deep freeze last night!:laughing: Anywho, I digress.

We had lunch and then packed a brown bag dinner to take back to the park with us later that night. Everyone rested and then about 2 p.m. we got ready to head back to the parks. Mom's knee was hurting and she was tired so she opted to stay back at the room. My dad was going to stay with her, which I thought was a great idea, but Mom wanted him to go with us. I thought it would've been great for Dad to stay and then they could've met up with us for the parade.Mom really wanted to see MSEP, but she just wasn't up for it.

We headed out. Now, if you didn't already know, let me clarify a couple of things for you. 1) You have to pay to park at Disneyworld. Its $14/day and that is good for all day. Its good if you leave the park and then come back, or if you leave the park and go to another park. Another thing about parking is you don't have to hunt for a spot. In the morning they start filling the lots from the front to the back. As the day wears on, they just keep opening up the lot farther and farther back. So even though we had a front row parking spot in the morning this after noon we would be parking a bit farther out 'cause once those first spots are filled, they don't go back and refill them. As for point #2 I'll get to it in a minute.

So we got parked and hopped a tram up to the TTC. This time we took the ferry over to MK and went through the bag check line. Which brings me to point #2. Yes, you can bring food into Disney parks. We had each packed a sandwich, chips, fruit, and cookies into our little brown bags and put them in our backpacks along with our water bottles and crystal ade individual flavor thingies. Once through bag check I made everyone stop for a picture:

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I also have a shot of this exact same picture with my Dad in the shot, but I guess that one didn't get uploaded to photobucket from the cd.

Here is another pic that I found that we took earlier in the day:

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I just love the partners statue. It makes me tear up every time I see it. "Remember this was all started by a mouse."- Walt Disney

I love you Mickey!:love:

Anyway, after the picture taking, I think I sent the boys for either Space Mountain FPs or Buzz. I strolled down Main Street and was able to catch a performance by these guys:

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My fascination with the Dapper Dans began back in high school when I got a three cd set of Disney Music through the ages. It had "Meet me Down on Main Street" and some of the others that now you can hear the Dapper Dans sing. Also, if you need a Dapper Dan fix, pop over to Youtube and do a search for Dapper Dans do the boy bands. Quite an interesting take! After the Dapper Dans we headed to BTMRR. But I have no pictures of that. I do have pictures of us outside Splash Mtn. which we also rode.

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And:
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Splash got us all wet and even ruined Stephen's autograph book! We picked a shady spot and had some dinner before heading over to Buzz.

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Now, I don't have picture proof, but I'm pretty sure the boys went on Space Mtn. From here we headed back across the park to Adventureland to meet up with Carrie and Brett.

Now here comes the really important part of the day and I can't remember which order I did it in. But, I had my first ever Dole Whip. YUM! there are not words to describe this little piece of heaven. Up until this point my favorite Disney treat had always been a Mickey bar, but I have found an equal. Dole Whips. Even the name must be said with reverence. Here lately, I have been craving them. I even got the recipe off of Allears and made a batch at home. Well, what really happened is I needed a fix and posted on Lines (Touring Plans chat) about my need. A supplier (fellow liner ;)) immediately replied with a link on how to make my own! Another pointed out that you can get almost the exact same thing at Orange Leaf. You can bet your bottom dollar that I was out the door and down to my local Orange Leaf before you can say supercalafragilisticexpialadocious. This Dole Whip awesomeness happened I think as we were waiting for Brett and Carrie and I think while I was enjoying my Dole Whip everyone else went through Swiss Family Robinson.

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I have several more pictures, but you get the idea. My kids are cute.

The real reason behind this whole foray into Adventureland was for this next shot:

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Brett is a professional amateur photographer! He had gotten this same shot of a random family playing around a few months ago and posted on FB. When I saw that pic and realized that we were going to be there at the same time I really wanted this pic. So being the sweet guy that he is, he obliged me! It wasn't an easy shot to get. He had some fancy filter on his camera and we had to position ourselves in a carpet almost exactly across from the kids without getting the center pole in the way. He did a great job!

After playing personal photog for my family, Brett split off to meet up with some local photography friends of his to go get shots of the new Dumbo. (He takes his photography seriously, He often closes down the parks at night! But his pics are good and totally worth the effort he puts in to them.):thumbsup2

I'm almost at my pic limit and since I'm totally doing this on the boss' dime I need to stop and pretend to do my job for a while. So while you eagerly await my next post ask yourself this, What will Carrie and I do next?

lvcourtneyy
01-24-2013, 02:44 PM
Aw love the pictures- so cute!

How cool that you were able to set up the shot on the carpets! Love the idea.

Thanks for the tips on September! We're definitely gonna have to prepare for the humidity!!:crazy2:

MK2010
01-26-2013, 08:32 AM
Okay, so this is going to have to be a quick update because I have to go grocery shopping. Yuck! I hate grocery shopping. But, that's where I make my Disney money! What? Yes, I look for ways to save money on groceries and then I put the extra back for Disney. But as food prices keep going up its getting harder and harder. I generally buy my staples at what we call a salvage store here. Bent cans, overstock, that sort of thing. I can get milk for $2.50 instead of almost $4 at Wal Mart. Eggs are like $1.89 for 18. Bread is $.50 and I can get 10 lbs of ground meat for about $15. I buy my other meat- like pork and whole chickens at United in the mornings when I get off work. I can score a whole chicken for anywhere from $.39/lb to $.69/lb. So anyway, that's how I feed a family of 6 on $600/ month including all of our cleaning supplies and such. Basically, if it can be bought at Wal-Mart I have to fit it into the grocery budget somehow- kids clothes, undergarments, cleaning supplies, toiletries, dog food, batteries. Another really cool money saving tip is to make your own laundry detergent. I know, I know, it sounds a little sketchy, but trust me it works. Its kind of a pain to store (some people do it better than I do), but it really does get your clothes clean. Its also safe for HE washers. If anyone reading this is interested I can post the link that I use or you can just google it. I will tell you it makes a LOT of soap. I do 12-18 loads of laundry here a week and it lasts me a month. Soooo cheap. I pay around $20 or so for about a 4-6 month supply.

Okay anyway, enough of that. Like I said this post will be short, but I'm hoping to do several updates over the next three days or so. I've gotten really bad about doing an update or two at work every week and this soming week the Dr.s decided they wanted to work, I guess, 'cause we're gonna be kinda busy. (Actually, one of our orthopods has been on vacation or off somewhere with the US ski team or something, so he hasn't been doing surgery!) Okay Okay I know on with the show- who cares about our everyday lives right? We want to talk Disney!

So when I left off, Brett had abandoned us. Carrie and I stood around for a bit just talking, then my family and Carrie went over to Jungle Cruise. Now, my kids HATE Jungle Cruise. I think it must be and adult ride. Because Carrie, Dad, DH, and I all loved it! Its the corny jokes I tell ya. I don't have pictures, but I will use this excuse- I was having trouble with my camera battery retaining life. I had two batteries, but one was absolutely worthless and wouldn't even charge :crazy2: and the other just went through the juice fast! So, please excuse my lack of photography. I guess I could go back to our trip from 2009 and pull photos! I only have like 3,000 of those. (3,000 is the number I had before I puled out all of the duplicates and blurry shots- I think its closer to 900 something in reality.)

After Jungle Cruise the kids wanted to go ride Space Mountain so Carrie and I just moseyed through Adventureland, across the bridge, and down Main Street, back to Liberty Square. I don't know why we took the long way. I guess its just because we were talking. We picked out a spot for the parade and settled in. Now we were probably and hour and a half away from the parade. We picked a spot across from Hall of Presidents.

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In September, you don't really need to get her that early. Also, in 2009, we sat in front of Hall of Presidents thats a much better position. And probably even better than that is in front of the stockade. Here are a couple of pics fro m the parade. But I will warn you, they came out kinda blurry.

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A little while before the parade everyone had rejoined us. My Dad and Brett talked photography and who knows what else. Lauren laid down on the concrete for a nap :rotfl::confused3, David kept running kids to the bathroom and buying snacks (well, really I think my Dad was buying snacks.) and Carrie and I just talked and talked. When you haven't seen someone for 15 years you have a LOT to talk about! After the parade, they were heading out 'cause they had to go home in the morning :sad1:, but the good news is Carrie might be at Disney when I go in Oct! We'll have to see though. She'll graduate this spring as a certified teacher in Georgia so she'll have a job next fall and isn't sure that she'll be able to get off work. I'm hoping they'll have a long weekend !

Anyway, from there we jetted through FL past HM, (of course we had to stop for a bathroom break!) and then all the way around through the edge of Tomorrowland, and up to the rose garden for Wishes. ONce the parade comes buy the throng in the hub becomes nearly impassable, hence the long trek around the back. And why the Rose Garden you ask? Well, because Tink flies right over your head when the conditions are just right. I had promised this surprise to my kids in 2009 and poor Tink let me down, but tonight she was flyin' high! Everybody was impressed- even my 12 yr old. (Although, I suspect that has more to do with the fact that Tink is kinda cute!):flower3:

I love Wishes! But after it was over we slowly meandered our way through the crowds out MK. It had been a magical day, full of fun and surprises. I love Magic Kingdom. Its definitely my favorite park. The magic seems most alive there! We took the ferry back to the TTC and caught a tram out to our car. Everyone was exhausted and ready for bed. THankfully, the next morning only Lauren and I had to be up early for her YES class at AK. Everyone else could sleep in a bit if they wanted to.

Alright, I told you it was short, but we have NO food here and I'm still in my pjs and the store opens in 30 minutes all the way across town (which means its only a 15 minute drive! I would never cope in Dallas or Houston!) So pace yourselves and hopefully I'll be back on here later today!

rachel09985
01-26-2013, 01:50 PM
Im in! Great photos!

MK2010
01-26-2013, 04:43 PM
Im in! Great photos!

pixiedust: Welcome! Really I wish I had more pics and had actually kept a journal for this trip. I really felt blah the whole time we were there. Looking back, I think it was the stress of having my parents with us. Not to say that I didn't have a blast. Well, that and my 12 year old was intent on being "too cool" to be excited about on vacation with his parents! :cool1:

LisaKeys
01-27-2013, 08:05 PM
I'm interested in the laundry concoction. :D

MK2010
01-28-2013, 09:17 AM
I'm interested in the laundry concoction. :D

You asked I deliver! Here is what you need:

1) Fels Naptha. (It is is an old fashioned soap found in the laundry isle. Two other options are Zote (which I use, also found in the laundry aisle. Its a bar of soap. It has white wrapping and Zote is written in pink. Its up on a top shelf at my Wal Mart.) Or Ivory.

2) Washing soda. This is in a box in the laundry isle and it is different that baking soda. Mine is made by Arm & Hammer.

3) Borax. Again found on the laundry aisle. Mine is in a light green box and I find it on a bottom shelf bby all the other Arm & HAmmer laundry products.

4) One large bucket.

Recipe:

1)Grate 1/3 of the bar of soap into a sauce pan. Add 6 cups water and wait for the soap to melt.

2)Add 1/2 c. washing soda and a 1/2 c. Borax. Stir until dissolved.

3) Remove from heat and add 4 c. hot water into the bucket. Now add soap mixture to the bucket and stir.

4) Now add 1 gallon and 6 cups of water. Stir.

Let the mixture set for 24 hours to gel*. Use 1/2 c. per load.

*when I say gel, I use that term reaaaaalllllllllllyyyyy loosely. Mine looks like a cloudy liquid. I get clumps too. Lots of times the clumps settle to the bottom so I like to stir mine up. I haven't figured if a difference in humidity makes a difference in my soap. But, the soap works great. It doesn't have a lots of suds. So don't let that throw you off! 1 batch lasts me 4-6 weeks. The soap will make about three batches, but the washing soda and Borax will last me about a year. That's a pretty good return on $12!

Also, if you want a scent you can add .5 to 1 oz of essential or fragrant oil.

Anyway, I was paying about $10/ mo. on laundry detergent, so that's a pretty good savings for me. If you want a stronger soap you can add in more Borax.

My next project is to make my own laundry detergent. There is also a recipe for your own dish detergent. I haven't tried that yet, but I really need to. Dish detergent and trash bags are eating my grocery budget. Well, okay the price of groceries in general are eating my grocery budget!

MK2010
01-28-2013, 10:23 AM
Day 3 Animal Kingdom

This update will be kinda boring because my stupid camera battery was completely dead and I didn't get to take ANY pictures.:sad1:

Lauren and I got up super early and left a sleeping crew to head over to AK for her YES class Wild By Nature. It was a looooong drive to AK from Bonnet Creek. Probably 10-15 minutes. Which isn't really that long, but I'm a nervous nellie and I kept being afraid that I was going to miss it (Like you can miss something on Disney property with all of their GREAT signage!) or that we were going to be late. We got there and parked right up front on the first row. I'm telling you, I LOVE driving my own car to the parks! So worth the $14/day (Well, except for at MK. Then I'm tempted to drive to DTD and take the bus. I'm soooo kidding. If you're new- that's a no no.:scared:)

Anyway, we checked in out front and got our name tags and then headed into AN EMPTY PARK YAY! This is where I found out my stupid camera didn't work. I tried to take a pic of the Tree of Life completely unobstructed by people- no such luck. Grrrr. They tell you at the very beginning that they won't be stopping for pics. So if you're planning on doing a YES class and you want pics of something other than your child in class plan on snapping and walking!

The class was great. It was very interactive. And once again, I wish I had taken my trip journal. Here are some of the places in AK that we went: Discovery Island Nature Trails, Pangani Forest Exploration, Kilimanjaro Safari.

Here are some of the things we learned:

We learned about animal camouflage. Ex: Cryptic Coloration. Zebras move in herds because lions can't tell where one zebra starts and another one ends when their stripes all blend together!

We learned about baby Okapis. Their feet leave a scent in their footprints so their parents can find them.

Namaste and Harambe mean "Hello" in India and Africa. Actually, Namaste means "peace".



They also used carribeaners to teach the kids about natural selection. The leader (teacher) would offer opportunities throughout the lesson for the kids to earn either a red carribeaner or a black one. For instance, he would stop in the shade and offer a time for the kids to get a drink. Every child that got a drink got a red carribeaner those who didn't got a black one. (Drink when the leader drinks 'cause its a safe spot to do so) He didn't explain the purpose of this until the end and all of the kids thought it was pretty cool.

Lauren didn't enjoy this class as much as I hoped she would. However, I think it was because her blood sugar bottomed out!!! She was acting very blah and moody. I finally asked her, "What is your problem?" Here we had this great teacher and all of these other enthusiastic kids and she's moping around like a spoiled brat! Well, she said she didn't fell well, and a light came on in my head. I was like, "Ummm, maybe we should test your blood sugar." Yeah, it was in the 40's!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:faint::faint::faint: Holy Cow! (Yes we were in India at that time :thumbsup2)

Let me give you a quick lesson on Type I diabetes. Generally her blood sugar should be in the low 100s. Maybe around 80 if its time for a snack. Also, generally, heat drives blood sugars up! At 40ish people start to feel really bad. In the 30s they can pass out and go into a diabetic coma! AAAACCCKK! So Mom is officially trying not to freak out at this point. We had a snack with us, but I wanted one with more sugar. Luckily, in every group they had the teacher and another facilitator. I let the facilitator know what was going on and she helped me find a cart that was just opening to get Lauren a coke. I wanted something with a lot of sugar that I could give her over a period of time to raise her blood sugar.

Our Dr. advises us to take her blood sugar every 15 minutes when it is low and keep taking in carbs until it returns to normal levels. It took us 3 rounds to get it up where it should be. I felt so bad that she didn't get more out of the class. But, it really wasn't her fault.

At the end of the class, I thanked the teacher and made sure Lauren thanked him 'cause he really did a great job! It was about 11 and the others were going to meet up with us.

I had left them a detailed plan of what to do for the day. Have I ever posted one of my detailed plans on here? No? Hmmm. pause while I look for that. Well, I can't find my external hard drive. I'll look for it and post a sample later. Anywho, they had all opted to skip Rope Drop and were just now getting into the park. David had gone to get them FPs for Kilimanjaro Safari tho. So while they went to Kilimanjaro Safari, Lauren and I went to Pizzafari for lunch.We met a local who worked there and chatted quite a while about the amazing opportunity to live in Orlando and work for Disney. On the one hand, I would ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! On the other hand, probably not so much. I'm really not that much of a people person! :rotfl:

After our lunch we meandered over to Safari. It took FOREVER to meet back up with the rest of the folk. Earlier when we were on, we probably waited like 10 minutes for the big ol male giraffe to decide to get out of the road! They even had to call one of the rangers to come "encourage" him to mosey along! It was great! So, the rest of the fam experienced the same problem, but with the rhinos! So we both got AWESOME experiences.It was coming up on 1 p.m. and I really wanted to catch this showing of FOLTK so we headed over to Camp Minnie Mickey. WE had a little bit of time before the show so we met some characters.

I LOVE Camp Minnie Mickey. And I LOVE the Character Greeting Trails over here. I am so sad that they are going to replace it with stupid Avatar land. I haven't seen all of Avatar, but I'm not really a fan of what I have seen. I mean, its creative and visually stunning and its just fine as a movie. But I'm not in love with it enough to want to see Disney turn it into a whole land. Okay sorry, rant over. Anyway, first we got to meet Baloo and King Louie:

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Then, we got to meet my soul mate:

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We had great character interaction here. Probably because I flirted over the top and shamelessly with Mickey! I hugged him so tight and told him how much I loved him (With my husband standing right there as you can see!) I gave him my phone number and told him he should Call Me, Maybe :rotfl2: and then after we took the picture, I asked him if he would come home with me! He nodded Yes and proceeded to leave the hut with me! Until his handler told him he couldn't 'cause he had other guests waiting to meet him. :sad: He looked very dejected. So we left Mickey and I was on cloud 9! My Dad was still scratching his head trying to comprehend all that had just happened. (I think he was a little taken aback at my meeting of the Mouse.) My children were suitably embarrassed, mainly the older one! (Yes! My job as a mother is done!) And my husband was just his normal easy going self. He knows I would never cheat on him.....well, except with a Mouse, but I think he feels pretty secure in Mickey and Minnie's relationship!

So after all this fun it was time to go into FOTLK. Because of Mom's scooter we were seated down front in the elephant section. My kids got picked to teach the elephant section how to blow their trunks! I think my Dad has pictures of this, but he hasn't given me a copy of his CD yet. Hmmmm....I think I need to call my Dad.:scratchin

My parents loved the show. But, we were ready to head out. IT was a short day for everyone else here at AK. I kinda planned it that way on purpose. We were here for 10 days and would be back. So today we only hit the stuff I thought my parents would like. We got some Mickey bars on the way out and ran across a PP photog so of course we stopped.

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Then we headed back to the WBC for some rest and pool time!

lvcourtneyy
01-28-2013, 12:01 PM
Wow the class at AK sounds really interesting! How cool that they do things like that for kids!:thumbsup2

Technology malfunctions are awful! At least you were able to get good photopass photos though!

heaven2dc
01-29-2013, 11:03 PM
Really love your TR! Your family sounds like so much fun - loved the interaction with you and Mickey :thumbsup2 You got some great pics on this trip - esp the pic of your kids at Swiss Family Robinson. I love that your kids are agreeable to wearing matching tshirts - I could never pull that off esp with the ages of my kids now :rotfl2:

MK2010
01-30-2013, 02:27 AM
Wow the class at AK sounds really interesting! How cool that they do things like that for kids!:thumbsup2

Technology malfunctions are awful! At least you were able to get good photopass photos though!

The class at AK was really cool. I just wish I had taken a notebook to keep notes. I've noticed that they've really diminished the discount for park tickets on the special YES class. I mean I think our 8 day WP&More with PH was like $400 something or less. 'Cause I think the total for our tickets was around $1300 for the six of us. Maybe it was a little more, but not much and that is certainly not the discount they are offering now!

I am soooo thankful for the photopass. Actually, I was debating about it. I kept going back and forth, but Carrie set up a photopass share and so it only cost me like $20-$25. Can't beat that!

Really love your TR! Your family sounds like so much fun - loved the interaction with you and Mickey You got some great pics on this trip - esp the pic of your kids at Swiss Family Robinson. I love that your kids are agreeable to wearing matching tshirts - I could never pull that off esp with the ages of my kids now

Thanks! On our last trip we did custom made matching shirts that everybody loved! My husband created them using images off the internet. So if we were going to MK it had the castle on the front and different dwarves on the back for each of us. Our DHS day of course had the big hat and different Disney characters dressed up in Star Wars costumes. We got the shirts cheap, but even so, they weren't in the budget for this year so we had to make do with our 4th of July shirts. Luckily we had those from a couple of different years! Lol!

lvcourtneyy
01-31-2013, 01:36 PM
The class at AK was really cool. I just wish I had taken a notebook to keep notes. I've noticed that they've really diminished the discount for park tickets on the special YES class. I mean I think our 8 day WP&More with PH was like $400 something or less. 'Cause I think the total for our tickets was around $1300 for the six of us. Maybe it was a little more, but not much and that is certainly not the discount they are offering now!

I am soooo thankful for the photopass. Actually, I was debating about it. I kept going back and forth, but Carrie set up a photopass share and so it only cost me like $20-$25. Can't beat that!



That is definitely a great ticket discount! How cool that they offered something like that! How did kids qualify for it (not that I have any to enroll in it :rotfl2:)? That stinks that they reduced the discount but not too surprising! lol

Photopass shares are a great idea! I should look into that next time but I really wanted photopass plus so I think that would've been more difficult.

MK2010
02-02-2013, 01:06 PM
That is definitely a great ticket discount! How cool that they offered something like that! How did kids qualify for it (not that I have any to enroll in it :rotfl2:)?

I heard about the YES program here on the disboards and then just googled YES program Individual Enrollment. They have one YES program set up for schools. Of course, Disney also offers homeschool days, but this fit our needs better!:thumbsup2 You have to make sure that you are on the Individual Enrollment page. Other than that its just a matter of picking a class that is offered in the age range of your child and the dates that you will be there. I loved it and would definitely sign my kids up again even without the discount.

I am planning on trying to get in another couple of updates this weekend. I just finished coming back from the store. HAHA- I laugh in advance before I tell this story. One of the family's that we did Scouts with has a son who left last month to participate in the Disney College Program. His family is leaving next Tuesday to head to WDW to take advantage of his CM discount on rooms, food, and park passes. I've been communicating with him and his Mom on FB about picking me up some souvenirs that I can use for my kids in Oct. (A group of us girls from work are going to head down for F&W). Well, his brother works at our local supermarket, but apparently hasn't been privy to all of these conversations. You should have seen him nearly pass out when I handed him $100 and my Disney shopping list!:lmao: He was like, "really?" I had to assure him that his Mom was expecting it!:rotfl: (I also pulled the manager aside and promised him that the $100 bucks his cashier just pocketed was for sure on the up and up!:goodvibes)

Anyway, I'm off to fold laundry~unless someone wants to volunteer so I can post a couple of updates!;)

lvcourtneyy
02-02-2013, 11:38 PM
I am planning on trying to get in another couple of updates this weekend. I just finished coming back from the store. HAHA- I laugh in advance before I tell this story. One of the family's that we did Scouts with has a son who left last month to participate in the Disney College Program. His family is leaving next Tuesday to head to WDW to take advantage of his CM discount on rooms, food, and park passes. I've been communicating with him and his Mom on FB about picking me up some souvenirs that I can use for my kids in Oct. (A group of us girls from work are going to head down for F&W). Well, his brother works at our local supermarket, but apparently hasn't been privy to all of these conversations. You should have seen him nearly pass out when I handed him $100 and my Disney shopping list!:lmao: He was like, "really?" I had to assure him that his Mom was expecting it!:rotfl: (I also pulled the manager aside and promised him that the $100 bucks his cashier just pocketed was for sure on the up and up!:goodvibes)

Anyway, I'm off to fold laundry~unless someone wants to volunteer so I can post a couple of updates!;)

:rotfl2::rotfl2: Poor kid was probably so confused! Good call on the souvenirs though! And good call on giving the manager a heads up! :cool1:

MK2010
02-03-2013, 02:19 PM
So after our adventures at AK we headed back to the hotel early for some rest. We were on Day 3 of a 10 day stay and my parents aren't getting any younger. I didn't want to overwhelm them. Or my kids either. I'm pretty sure I could dothe parks from sun up til sun down without any problems! After dinner however, we decided to head out to DTD. Our first stop was the Photopass Studio. It is by Team Mickey. One great thing is that anyone can use the studio. Stop by and they'll take portraits. You can even stop by more than once. I wasn't thrilled with our pictures on this particular day, but it wasn't the photographer's fault necessarily, check out the look on my boys' faces.

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It was a fun photo session! (I guess the boys didn't think so though!:rotfl2:) So, from here the guys headed over to Legoland and us girls headed ove to the Christmas Store. Now Basin is my favorite store at DTD, but strong scents bother my mother and I knew this wouldn't be my last trip to DTD! I really wanted to take Lauren to Little Miss Matched, but she wasn't feeling well so we headed over to meet back up with the boys. I wasn't sure where they were exactly and they weren't answering their phones. So we headed over to Legoland. Even my mom was amazed at the displays, but the boys weren't there. We finally tracked them down over at World of Disney. I could spend hours in that store! (I think we probably did spend a couple of hours any way.)

Lauren looked at what clothes they had left for My Disney Girl. When I was there in 2011 they had tons of the dolls and outfits. But there wasn't much of a selection this time. The boys looked at lightsabers and Cameron especially looked over and over the video games. My Dad wandered aimlessly with this kid and that. (He isn't much of a shopper) WHile my Mom debated what to get my niece.) I looked over the jewelry, but I couldn't make up my mind. David wandered through the clothes. I swear, that man and his clothes! He has more than the rest of us all put together!

We didn't say very late at DTD. But we had a nice time. It was maybe a 3-5 minute drive back to Bonnet Creek. I'm telling you, if you have a large group like we did Bonnet Creek is the place to stay! So close to everything, in the Disney bubble so to speak, and plenty of space. I loved having the washer and dryer. I think we used it every day for a load or two and we saved so much money being able to cook in the kitchen. Now, I'm just as happy to use the dining plan, but learning to manage Lauren's diabetes has been interesting. It isn't difficult, but it was an added stress on vacation that I didn't want to deal with. It was easier to deal with the tried and true meals that we use at home.

Well, in the interest of breaking things up, I'll stop this entry now and start another post directly concerning The Holy Land Experience which we experienced on Day 4.

MK2010
02-03-2013, 03:01 PM
The Holy Land Experience Day 4

Today wasn't quite an early a start. We had The Holy Land Experience set as our destination today. We had to get there a bit early simply because we hadn't yet bought our tickets. The Holy Land Experience is a park in Orlando operated by TBN. It runs 6 day a week from 10-6. There aren't any rides, but there are displays and shows. My Dad has always wanted to go to Israel so this was his choice to attend. We probably wouldn't have chosen it ourselves as I found it rather expensieve. I think the adult tickets were $45 apiece and the children were around $20. My parents paid for all of the admissions, which disturbed me. I had planned on paying for my family's admission. It is very important to me to be able to say that I never accepted money from my parents. I feel that if I take their money then I have to live according to their wishes. (And my Mother is K-R-A-Z-Y!)

Anyway, when we first arrived even the ticket windows weren't open yet. But here are some of the many displays out in front:

Ok, I'm goingto stop. I'll be back to edit this post, but the pictures don't want to resize and it drives me nuts when they are as wide as they were in the last post. Let me see if I can figure things out and then I'll be back.

MK2010
02-03-2013, 03:46 PM
Okay so far all of my posts have been a lovely size that fits perfectly within the borders. However, in my last post about our evening at DTD they are huge. I have resized them just as I have all the others (or so I thought!) Any pointers out there for what I perhaps have missed or is photobucket just being screwy?

lvcourtneyy
02-03-2013, 10:22 PM
I had no idea you could use a photopass studio at Team Mickey! That's so awesome. Your pictures came out nice, even with the boys' lack of interest:rotfl:

The Holy Land sounds like a different and interesting thing to check out. It does seem a little pricey though, especially with a big group.

I can't offer any help on the photobucket issue. I use Flickr since I can upload directly from iPhoto with it. I have heard a lot of people say that photobucket does have a mind of its own!

MK2010
02-05-2013, 11:37 AM
Day 4 Holy Land Experience Pt.1Ok, so let's try this again and see if photobucket will cooperate. If not, I'm just going to post my update and apologize in advance about the picture sizes! So as previously stated, we were doing the Holy Land Experience today per my Dad's request. It was pricey. I probably would have ruled it out on that, but it was the only thing he really wanted to do. And in the end he beat me to paying the tickets. The Holy Land doesn't open until 10 a.m. so here are some pictures of displays outside the entrance:

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WooHoo! We have a winner! Correct size on the picture! Yay1:cool1: Anyway, the above picture is a representation from their Garden of Eden. Lets carry on, shall we?

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David and Stephen with a Roman soldier.

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Lauren and Stephen. I'm not sure if this is supposed to be the woman at the well or when Jacob sent his servant to find him a wife. I'm guessing the first one.

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Cameron as the angel sent to bind the mouths of the lion in Daniel and the Lions Den.

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Jonathan with his predecessor. All he's wanted since he was 5 was to go to West Point and be a soldier!

I took a lot of photos 'cause we were early and there was nothing else to do. It was already hot. My Mom was just sitting in the shade on her scooter so I could either wander around and take lots of pics or sit and talk with her! (i.e. listen to her complain about the heat, my Dad, coming to HLE, etc.:confused3) I have about 60 pics total from this day, more so than any other day, I think I took more because I knew I wouldn't have PP to rely on. Anyway, we were the first people at the park, but not the first people in. Which was actually okay. This park doesn't do the same amount of business as the other theme parks in Orlando and it was actually rather empty all day. A tour bus of senior citizens pulled up. And there was also a large group of the brazillian tour group that we had seen previously, but they were older. Anyhow, throughout the day I became rather unimpressed with them. They would push in front of you if you were looking at something, walk through your pictures completely oblivious, and totally cut in front of you in line. Now, it didn't matter at this park. There was plenty of room for everyone. Having 20 people cut in front of me in line for a show where there was plenty of room for everyone wasn't a big deal. I kinda raised my eyebrow internally a couple of times just because I thought it was rude. But I was sure glad that other than brief sightings I hadn't really had to deal with this kind of behavior from them at WDW! (Except do you remember me telling you about the group that cut in front of us at Soarin' when we went to ride with Carrie and Brett? I wonder if those people were part of this group!:lmao:)

Our day here was a good one, so let's get on with the storytelling! This park was run by a small staff, so you would see one person doing 2-3 different jobs around the park. When we first got in I sent Mom and Dad one way and we went to the children's area with plans to meet back up with them for lunch.

Our first stop was face painting:


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Stephen ^

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Cameron ^

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Lauren ^

Jonathan opted to not get his face painted. The nice thing about the face painting is, it was free! They did have a tip jar and I don't remember if I tipped $3 or $5. Either way it really wasn't enough for the superb job this guy did. He was trained by Disney, but didn't really feel that was his niche so he moved over here. He felt really rushed working at Disney where as here he could take his time. He was a nice guy and didn't complain about Disney or anything. I thought that was cool! Eventually he would like to see some of his original artwork in galleries, but a guy's gotta pay the bills ya know?!

After getting our faces painted we went over to the rock climbing wall. Now you have to be 8 to do rock climbing. Being the good christian folk that we are we were just going to keep our mouths shut about Stephen only being 7. After all, have you seen the pictures of him? He's the same size as his 9 1/2 yr old brother! However, the kids haven't yet learned how to keep their mouths shut and totally ratted him out! So while the older three did this:

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I took Stephen around the corner and bought him some ice cream. Yep, it was about 10:30, maybe 11:00 and I was buying my son ice cream. But his little heart was broken. :sad1: He was a little happier after his ice cream.

MK2010
02-05-2013, 12:05 PM
Day 4 Holy Land Experience Pt.2 Continuing on, we spent a few minutes exploring and taking pics of the children's area. We were really trying to stretch the time out!

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All of the kids tried their hand at being Samson. (I took pictures of all of them for their trip scrapbook, but I won't bore you with posting the same pic with just a different kid in it! Lol.) This is Cameron.

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Stephen headed into the belly of the whale.

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Inside the belly of the whale. Check out the hose running into Jonah! Lol. Not Disney standard for sure. Jonah moved and the story was retold in the first person. You would hear God speak. And some narration came from a starfish that was on the wall (Didn't know that whales at starfish, but I'm not a marine life expert either. I just think I would've used a clown fish!) It was hard to get good pictures inside there because it was dark. But it was cool! The misters inside there felt wonderful!

Next up, David parting the Red sea and the kids following behind on dry land!

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Oops! I almost forgot this picture of Cameron and Stephen in Noah's Ark.

There just really wasn't a lot to see or do for the kids. Now there were several worship services, praise and worship times, and a couple more educational/informative shows that we would participate in later. And if we had wanted to stay they re enact the crucifixion at like 3 or 4. Honestly, if my parents hadn't been with us we probably would've been out of there at lunch. THis is definitely a park that you could show up at noon and see everything you wanted to see by the time it closed at 5.

They had a show on the tabernacle which is where we headed next. It wasn't quite time, so we waited around and the kids had their picture taken in the Garden of Gethsemane:

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Hehe, I'm not quite sure Lauren "got it"! Cameron did a pretty good job of re enacting the scene though:

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Before long this guy appeared to call us into the tabernacle:

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They erected a canvas and then at certain times throughout the show they would backlight through it. The whole show was a taped narration with just the guy who blew the shofar acting it out. Pretty much, the blowing of the shofar to call us into the temple was the coolest thing there was. I guess our pastor just has a great way of teaching things, 'cause I didn't learn anything new and it was done just as I've imagined it. The kids enjoyed it somewhat though. It was a nice coll place to sit down and rest. It took up time while my parents were off exploring their stuff. So it was worth it in that regard.

Well poopee. My internet is acting up so its hard for me to edit the pics on photobucket to post. I have a picture of the tarp from this show so I guess we'll start with that in my next post. Its noon here, so I'm going to grab some lunch and head to bed for a quick nap before I pick up my cousins kids from school and get ready to go to work tonight. Maybe it will be a slow night and I can squeeze in an update there!

lvcourtneyy
02-05-2013, 02:37 PM
Love all the pictures.

Interesting concept for an attraction. I never knew anything like that existed:goodvibes

MK2010
02-14-2013, 11:03 PM
Day 4 Holy Land Experience Part 3

Sorry for the delay in updates. Its been a little crazy around the house and at work, but tonight, Valentine's, we only have 2 patients. 1 is self sufficient and 1 is on bedrest. So me and my two nurses have to find a way to pass 12 hours. Here I go!

Here's a picture of the scrim from the Tabernacle show that they backlit through.

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Afterwards we went over to The Oasis, their on property restaurant. Here we met up with my parents for lunch. Once again, my attempts to save money were foiled. I had wanted to pack a big cooler in the back of the Yukon and have a tailgate lunch in the parking lot, but Mom and Dad didn't want to do that. I think they've forgotten how expensive it can be to pay theme park food prices for 8 people! Anyway, The Oasis offered a bagged Chik- Fil-A meal that comes with a sandwich and chips for ready for it???? $8!:crazy2:
Plus, instead of just drinking from our water bottles my Dad got everyone a drink for another $2. CRAZINESS!!!!!!!!!! We rushed through lunch a bit. I think it was 'cause Dad wanted to catch another show. The rest of us went to the Shofar auditorium for the Children's shows. They offered two interactive shows. The first depicted several stories from the New Testament and they had audience members come up on stage to help tell the stories.

This is David helping out with the story of The Good Samaritan:

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Then they did another presentation with the retelling of the story of David and Goliath and the boys got to go up and help with this one:

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Now you see Jonathan laughing in the second one, because the sword fell apart when he picked it up! :rotfl: Its okay. He was playing Goliath. He would be dead in a few minutes anyway!:rotfl2:

It was fun to see the kids up on stage and they enjoyed it. David slipped out a few minutes earlier because he wanted to hear a talk concerning the events of Jesus' last days using this humongous Jerusalem model.

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This is maybe a 1/4 of the model. It was huge. I knew the kids wouldn't stand still for this so we wondered around outside and took some pictures:

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This is supposedly a replica of a boat that Jesus might have sailed across the Sea of Galillee in. :scratchin I don't think so because those fishermen took in huge catches of fish. Even back then they would have had a boat big enough to hold their catch of fish. Besides, I wouldn't take a boat like this out on Lake Michigan, much less a sea. But, if you want to believe this is what Jesus sailed around in, there is no harm in that.

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A reinterpretation of what the Temple would have looked like.

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The Fountain of Living Waters. They are supposed to put on a show. Basically they change how high the fountains spray.

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Jesus' tomb.

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Inside the Holy Sepulchre.

By this point it was really hot. We had wandered around for about 45 minutes. We had visited a couple of shops. Stephen wound up buying a little snow globe. Jonathan had looked earlier for a shofar, but didn't find one for less than about $200. Since we were so hot, we wondered back to the auditorium where David, my Dad, and Jonathan were listening to the speaker. It was actually very interesting. My Dad and Jonathan both bought a map of old Jerusalem and my Dad also bought the video of the guy's lecture. By now it was a little after 3 p.m. People were beginning to gather at the small outside amphitheater to watch the live Passion drama. I had no desire to see that. Just visualizing in my mind what Jesus went through on the cross is enough for me. So we gathered everyone up and headed back to the hotel for some swim time.

The kids had a pretty good day. I think my Dad enjoyed it. It was about what I expected which wasn't much. Its not that what they offered was bad, I just thought it was expensive.

That night David took the kids to swim in the pool. Mom and I made another run to Wal-Mart for milk or something. Tomorrow: JTA:cool1::cool1::cool1::cool1:

MK2010
02-15-2013, 03:03 AM
Day 5 DHS Part 1

Today was the day the dark side would be defeated forever! Because nothing can withstand the destructive force of my 7 year old!:rotfl2: When we came to Disney in 2009 Stephen was just 5. I didn't think he was old enough to fight Darth Vader (He probably was.) So this would be his first shot at him. Mom and Dad wanted to go to Epcot today, but I convinced them to come to DHS long enough to watch the 3 younger ones fight and then head over to Epcot.David and I got up and got the kids ready and headed over to DHS nice and early. They've started opening that park at like 8:30-8:45, but they're not publicizing that fact. So it was important for us to be there no later than 8:15. I'm tellin ya' I mean business about Rope Drop.

While we were waiting there were pictures to be taken:

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Then out came Stitch, Minnie, and Daisy:

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My kids fell in love with Stitch on our last trip. We had the Character Breakfast at Ohana's and they've jsut loved him ever since.

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Lauren of course wanted to meet Minnie and since there was nothing else to do Cameron came along for the heck of it. We didn't have time to get to Daisy before the park opened. Yay!

As soon as the park opened David took the three little ones to get them signed up for Jedi Training Academy and Jonathan and I did the TSMM dash. On the way back from getting our FPs we stopped to smell the roses:

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Jonathan took this pic playing around with my camera on the way TO TSMM for FPs.

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This is one of my favorites from this trip. Jonathan was 12 here and too cool to be on vacation with his Mom. I love this pic 'cause he at least looks happy to be with me.( We're working on attitude. I'm trying to be hopeful that its a phase that is going to pass with loving discipline:goodvibes)

As usual, we were in the first show for JTA so it wasn't very long before they needed to be there. About 9 a.m. Mom and Dad called saying they were pulling in the parking lot. Jonathan and I headed over to the stage to scope out seats. We didn't let him fight Darth Vader this time. 12 is the cut off and Jonathan is tall for his age so we just told him he was too tall. When we came in 2009 it was a surprise trip. The kids knew we were going sometime, but they didn't expect to go until 2010. However, Jonathan knew about JTA and had found the youtube videos. He practiced everyday and when he finally got to fight Darth Vader he looked like a pro! (In fact, dear old Darth had a little trouble keeping up!)

The kids did great in the show.

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After the show we hopped on Star Tours real quick with my Dad before they left to go to Epcot. He loved the area and thought the ride was great. Although, I did experience a bit of motion sickness this time around. Mom waited in Tatooine Traders for us. Here's a shot of the AT-AT:

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We said goodbye to Mom and Dad and headed off to ride the big three. Here we are after riding TSMM:

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And RNR:

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And ToT:

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We also did a couple of magic shots. Here's one:

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Trying to get Stephen to just cooperate was something else. He couldn't figure out why he was supposed to be pointing at Cameron's hand. And then to be told to do two thing at once- point and smile- well, we all know he has trouble with the second one anyway.

After our full morning we stopped here at the picnic benches to eat our sack lunches that we had packed. I texted Mom and asked how they were enjoying Epcot. she texted back, THEY NEVER MADE IT!!! Apparently, they got sidetracked inside DHS and never left! Lol. They had ridden the Great Movie Ride and seen Muppet Vision 3D after we left them. They were headed into ABC Commissary to buy some lunch so we made plans to meet up with them after that to watch Indiana Jones.

We finished up our lunch and headed over to Indy. Since Mom was in her scooter they seated us at the very top of the amphitheater. I had seen this show twice in the past 4 years and I wasn't really feeling it, but I think the rest of the family really wanted to see it. My Dad really liked all of the different effects. After Indy, we split girls and guys. The boys went to go see LMA and us girls headed over to B&B.

We had a little bit before we needed to go in, so Mom ordered her some lunch. I let Lauren cheat and I bought us both an ice cream! WE finished ours up lickety split! But my Mom was being a slow poke. So I carried her lunch and we headed across to the B&B theater. Now if you're in a scooter they have this walkway off to the side and you go allllllllllllllllllll the waaaaaaaay down to the front. It was a long ways down! (It would be an even longer road up!)

The show was SO good. Of course I love B&B. It is one of my favorite Disney Movies. I love the lesson it sends that smart girls are beautiful, don't judge a book by its cover, and even when all seems lost still act with hope and sweetness. Plus, the music is amazing. And I swear that one of the male dancers on this trip reminded me of Christopher Borle!

When the show was over and we had trekked out of the canyon, (you think I'm exagerrating!) it still wasn't time to meet up with the guys yet so we headed over to the Great Movie Ride. Again. Well, again for Mom. I hadn't ridden it since high school.

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We strolled down Commissary Lane over to Muppet Vision 3D where we were scheduled to meet up with the boys. I took pictures along the way:

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This was one of Lauren's favorite shows. I let her watch last season. But we stopped watching this season at the very beginnning because of the wraiths. I felt they were too creepy and demonic. Plus, I think its just kind of a grown up show.

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The sad thing about this picture is that my Mom owned this car. For all of 24 hours when she turned 16. Then she wrecked it. She pulled out into an intersection and a lady ran a red light. Totaled her car. She and her parents were devastated. So my grandad bought her an old beat up pick up truck!

The boys soon came up from LMA and then it was time to decide what to do. Everyone was pretty pooped so David, Mom, and the boys headed back to the hotel. But, I talked my Dad into staying to do Animation Academy with Lauren. They both love to draw and I just thought it would be lots of fun. So back across the park we trekked. I don't have anymore pics from this day, but I do have a few stragglers that I'm not exactly sure when they were taken:

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Stephen:
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There is also this one of everyone in front of the sorcerer's hat:

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Dad and I really enjoyed Animation Academy. Lauren, not so much. She was very frustrated by the speed of the class and her inability to get it perfect. We did Chip from Chip and Dale this time. So we took one disappointed little girl back to the hotel. :sad:

Up Next: Magic Kingdom and the last of the YES classes. Foreshadowing: Disaster

MK2010
02-16-2013, 07:33 PM
Day 6 MK

Today was the last day for Mom and Dad. We were headed back to MK. The boys had their YES classes today. All the boys were doing a variation of Physics: Properties in Motion. Basically, they would get to learn the different ways Disney makes things move. From the animatronics, to the piston pumps, to magnets,and even g-forces. They were all pretty excited! We had to be there early because their class started at 8:30. There was some confusion before we left on the trip because I never got any confirmation papers on the classes. All I had were my confirmation emails, which made me nervous. But, I had called the YES number a couple of times to confirm that we were on the list. (I'm sure they thought I was crazy) In fact, the day before I left I called to confirm that the boys classes started at 7:30-11:30 while Stephen's ran 8:30- 9:30. Those times seemed a little wonky to me. In fact, I was told, they had caught the error also and the classes ran from 8:30-11:30. Alrighty!

So, we got up and had some cereal and headed out the door to MK. Since we were there so early, we got front row parking at the TTC. YAY! And we got to take the monorail which the kids love. We got through bag check and went to check the boys in. They didn't have Jonathan and Cameron on the list!!!!!!!!!! WHAAAAT??? Drama! Seems their class started at 7:30 and ran to 9:30! Only Stephen's class was 8:30-10:30.:sad: ARGH! I was so scared that our tickets would be voided! I explained, rather panicked, at this point, that I had never received paper confirmation on these tickets and that I had called a couple of times to confirm and that the cast member and I must have misunderstood each other. She promised me that she would take our names off the naughty list. It probably helped that I had a couple of upset boys and disappointment was written all over their faces! So Stephen and David joined their group while the rest of us went to wait for the park to open. Not believing me about the disappointed boys?

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Does that look like the face of a happy camper?

I tried to stay away from them because any more attitude from a simple mistake was going to result in a "not the happiest place on earth" moment. I took these pictures instead:

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It wasn't long until the opening show, which in case I haven't mentioned, I LOVE! And then we were under the train station on our way! Dad took the two boys off to go ride thrill rides while us girls began the Great Princess Hunt. Of course I took pictures on the way:

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First up was Merida. Even with my picture taking we were first in line. We had a little wait before they opened the gate. While we were waiting I went over to a merchandise cart to buy Lauren a Merida wig.

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Soon the gates were opened and we were ushered in to meet Merida. In fact, since we were the first ones, Lauren got to wake up her brothers who had chosen to stay in bear form!

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I liked Merida. She was a great character who mastered that accent very well and Lauren was super excited that she was the first one! After Merida, we hopped over to see Tiana. She wasn't out yet, but we waited in line. We were the second ones there. We had to wait probably 15 minutes. I listened to the CM talk to the folks in front of us. I wasn't as impressed with the CM. She didn't seem as enthusiastic about her job as some others.:rolleyes2 Finally Tiana came out and we had great interaction with her. She asked us about our trip through Louisiana. She did a great job. We haven't ever seen this movie so the interaction was all on her and she did fantabulous!

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Up next were my favorite characters Aladdin and Jasmine! Now,I love the music in this movie, but I'm not crazy about some of the themes. (Jasmine is less than honoring towards her father. Aladdin has some honesty issues;)) However, I always have the best character interactions with these two. Today was no disappointment!

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We didn't have to wait too long to meet them. They were out and greeting by the time we got to them, but it was 10 minutes or so until we were at the front of the line so I'm guessing there was probably only one family ahead of us.

After Aladdin and Jasmine we flew over to Ariel and Eric. Here we had quite a bit of a wait. I had Mom get us some Dole Whips while we waited. I finished mine up just as we got to the front of the line. Now, this is probably my least favorite of the Princess movies. The theme: Disobey your father and get your hearts desire bugs me more than a little. So no surprise it wasn't my favorite meet either. Ariel did a good job, but poor Eric just kind of stood there like a bump on a log. However, in his defense, most people are probably coming to see Ariel. We told her that we were headed over to see the wicked step sisters soon. She said that she had been working on their manners and to be sure and ask if they were using their dinglehoppers!

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We passed by the fairies and the wait was short so we went on in.

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I don't remember who was here besides Tink. I think it was Vidia? I don't watch the fairy movies, but Lauren begs every time they come out for the next one. Thank heavens for Redbox. I loved the fairies. And I loved the magic portal!

When we came out of the fairies, Peter Pan was greeting, but since he wasn't a princess Lauren didn't want to wait. We looped behind the castle to get in line for the Wicked Step Sisters and we made it just in time.

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Boy those guys were a hoot. And, no, they hadn't been using their dinglehoppers. That was just silly. Who ever heard of combing your hair with a fork? We told them we were headed up to Princess Hall after this and asked if they wanted us to say Hi to Cinderella. Apparently, Cinderella now thinks she is too good for them and will not associate with them so no, they did not want to pass along a message!

As we came in earlier, I had grabbed a FP for Princess Fairy Tale Hall and now was the time to use it. Mom left us to find a bathroom and said that she would meet us by the TeaCups for the Alice and White Rabbit M&G. So Lauren and I hurried up Main Street to meet Cinderella. Even with our fastpasses, the wait was quite long. I was surprised. Lauren was beginning to tire out at this point. Stephen was out of his class so David was going to round everyone up for a trip on Space Mountain and some other fun things while we finished up our GPH. (Great Princess Hunt).

Our m&g with the princesses were lovely. Not all of our photos got uploaded, but here is one with Rapunzel:

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I wasn't as impressed with our Rapunzel meet. I just didn't think she stayed in character very well. But we also met with Belle and Cindy. Those two are just so lovely. We mentioned to Cindy that her step sisters didn't seem very gracious. She said that all of the princesses had been working with them, but sometimes change was difficult for people. She mentioned that she had redone their rooms in the castle recently to make them feel more at home!

I didn't want to miss Alice and the White Rabbit so we hurried to the Tea Cups. We had quite the wait for Alice. Probably a good 20 minutes before she even came out. We were first in line, but we went to the back of the line when she came out because we really wanted to meet the White Rabbit. Even at the back of the line we let a bunch of families go in front of us until the White Rabbit came out. He was a ton of fun. He gave big hugs and he and Alice were quite silly! We asked if he was late coming from the Tea Party and he said yes! I don't have a picture uploaded of this m&g. Sorry.

From here we took our time back over to the back of the castle to meet the Fairy Godmother. Lauren tried to pull out the sword in the stone.

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No luck today. We had probably 30 minutes before the Fairy Godmother would come out, so we got in line where she would be and sat down to eat our lunch. This was where the rest of the gang found us. THey found a spot in the shade to enjoy their lunch too. Even Mom and Dad had packed a lunch on this day!

Stephen had gotten to ride Dumbo and the Barnstormer that morning! Apparently, my Dad had been drug on repeated trips through BTMRR, Splash, and Space Mountain!:laughing: Poor guy! After they finished their lunch they all went off to see Philharmagic while Lauren and I waited for the Fairy Godmother. She finally came out. (Not that I have a picture uploaded of this either :worried:) She was soo sweet. IT was around 1 p.m. when we finished our m&g. Everyone was hot and tired. So we headed back to the hotel so Mom and Dad could rest and pack.

We enjoyed the swimming pool and I really kinda think we may have made a run to DTD that night, but I'm not sure about that. See why you should always keep a journal? :rotfl: Well, our trip is half over at this point, but tomorrow starts the last bit without Mom and Dad. Will we be Disneyed out by the end? Will the sharks eat us at Typhoon Lagoon?

Lyn-CA
02-16-2013, 08:57 PM
Hi All! I'm excited to write about our last trip to Disney World this past September. I know, I know, its been almost four months and I'm just NOW getting around to writing the TR? Well, better late than never. But I have to warn you that this may be slow going. I wrote a PTR Diabetes Can't Stop Us so feel free to check that out. Before I can really get started on this report I need to upload all of my pics to photobucket so I can introduce the whole cast, but let me give you a synopsis of the PTR.

Our trip was Aug. 30- Sept.15. I know! That's a LOOOONG vacation, but here's the catch...we drove...all 24 hours to Disney. So we broke it up and left after my husband got off work and drove from Amarillo to Greenville, Tx. That's about 7-8 hours. Then the next day we drove 12 hours from Greenville, Tx. to Crestview, Fla. And then finally drove the 6 hours from Crestview, Fla. to Orlando. We could've done 2 12 hour days, but my parents live in Greenville so it was a free stay and that way we weren't getting into Disney at funky hours.

So this trip was my family, Me & DH, DS-12, DD-10, DS-9, and DS-7. I'll come back and add in a photo of us later. My parents also joined us for the first week. The last time they had been to WDW was in 1984. Needless to say, they had NO IDEA what they were in for! I kept trying to tell them, to prepare them, but they refused to believe me.

We stayed at Wyndham Bonnet Creek and loved it! We booked through Vacation Strategy and booked a two bedroom Deluxe. In reality, I should have upgraded to a 3 bedroom Presidential. We stayed offsite this time because we got our park tickets through the Disney Y.E.S. program so we weren't eligible for the Disney Dining plan. We would've booked room only to stay onsite. Since we weren't flying in we didn't need Magical Express or transportation to the parks.

I promise to get into all of this in more detail, but first I'm going over to photobucket to upload photos. Pass the time reading my PTR because it may be Sunday before I get another update up. I still have two more nights of work this week.

The week of Christmas and somehow I pull 60 hours. Its one of those situations where you're not quite sure what happened. I only had three days on the schedule Christmas Eve. Then a co worker called and asked if I could take her Saturday shift so I did. Then last night I looked at the surgery schedule and they added about 3-4 surgeries so now I'm headed in to help out 'cause they're gonna be slammed!

Okay peeps, join up! You're in for a bumpy ride!

Chapter Links
Intros
Travel Day 1
Travel Day 2
Travel Day 3 Honey, I'm HOOOOOOOOME!
Epcot Day 1 Part1
Epcot Day 1 Part 2
Epcot Day 1 Part 3
Magic Kingdom Day 2 Part 1
Magic Kingdom Day 2 Part 2
Magic Kingdom Day 2 Part 3
Animal Kingdom Day 3 Part 1
DTD Day 3 Part 2
The Holy Land Experience Day 4 Part 1
The Holy Land Experience Day 4 Part 2
The Holy Land Experience Day 4 Part 3
DHS Day 5
MK Day 6










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MK2010
02-17-2013, 08:23 AM
Well, exciting news and disappointment all in the same post! How about that? DH got a conference invite in the mail for a Youth Leaders Conference in Orlando!!!!! WooHoo! Its the beginning of September and they offer discounted park tickets! The conference is at Coronado Springs. If it was just me and the DH we could swing it for about $2000, but if we took the kids and stayed off site at WBC (which is still a cheaper option even though they are now charging a $12 transportation fee AND you have to pay to park at WDW.) It would be about $3000 for 5 nights. That doesn't include food. So, since I would have to cancel my October trip with my nurses and come up with an extra $1500 I guess we won't be doing that. Although, if I could figure out a way to swing it, I would send my DH and oldest son because they are having Night of Joy on the Friday of the conference and DS13 (Jonathan was 12 on this last trip, but he just had a birthday!) would LOVE that. Toby Mac and Newsboys are going to be there and he loves both. I'm not much of a concert goer. I don't like the loud music whether it be rock, christian, country, or gospel (:laughing:) its not my scene. They were having NOJ on our trip back in September, but those tickets are expensive!! Anywhoo, unless anyone out there wants to send me a couple thousand :rotfl2::rotfl: I guess we'll have to pass on this deal. :laughing:

lvcourtneyy
02-17-2013, 10:40 AM
Wow I missed a lot of updates! You guys sure packed a lot in!


Love the Hollywood Studios pictures. JTA looks so cute. I'm kinda sad I'm too old to participate lol.

Love the character hunt around MK! I made DBF do a lot of that on our trip. Although, I tried to disguise it by integrating it into our other activities. We'd be walking and I'd just say "oh hey a character will be out in 15 minutes. Lets just wait here on this bench!" Needless to say he wasn't fooled for too long.

You guys really lucked out with short character waits. We waited pretty long for some of them. How cute that DD got to wake up the bears with Merida! I really love Brave, I think it's such a cute movie!

Too bad about not being able to make the extra trip. Money and real life are generally what get in the way of all the Disney trips I imagine I should take lol!

MK2010
02-17-2013, 12:10 PM
Considering your job hunt, I really think you should relocate to Fl.! Hee hee. I have no patience so we don't wait for very long at anything. Its one of the reasons I always go with a plan in mind AND why I always make sure we're at RD. I know lots of people aren't morning people, so that's hard for them. But also on the characters, if you didn't know, there's this great blog/app called Kenny the Pirate you can google it or here's the linkKenny the Pirate (http://kennythepirate.com/) and he does a great job of keeping a list up to date of the who, what, where, and when of m&G. I had his list copied and laminated for our trip!!! Complpete with a touring plan of what order to see the characters in! Haha! No, really I'm not obsessed I just hate waiting!

ampc3
02-17-2013, 01:40 PM
Just stumbled across your TR! :) Great family... looks like you got ALOT of Meet and greets in at MK!! wow... Do you have any room pics of or the view you had from WBC? WE are planning on staying there next year for the first time, as it is wayyy to $$$ to stay onsite now with our big family...

We are thinking of doing Y.E.S also it would save us about $400-$500 ( I know with all the changes now it really only saves familes that are more than 4) My twins will be 5 next year when we go and if I signed them up we could save even more $ but they are a crap shoot with their behaviour and don't know how they would do for 3 hours of "structure" lol...

Very impressed you precooked most of your meals! what types of things did you make? I have to figure out how to cut our food bill, but not sure I want to "cook" on vacation lol... but I might have to rethink that ;)

Looking forward to reading more!

MK2010
02-17-2013, 02:02 PM
I'm not sure what happened to my pics of the room :confused3. But there are several videos on youtube. We absolutely loved our stay there. We had a blast playing mini golf and swimming in all of the pools. Best of all, the drives to DHS and Epcot were only 5 minutes. It took a little longer to get to AK. The drive to TTC was short, but the hassle of getting over to MK was tiresome. It wasn't really bad, I just got annoyed because it wasn't as easy as pulling up at the other parks. I'm telling you, driving to the parks instead of relying on other transportation is definitely the way to go! At least when you're staying at Bonnet Creek! I loved passing under the sign that says Welcome just to get to Bonnet Creek!

Everyone who go to do their Y.E.S class loved it. If we were going back for a length of time that allowed another class I would totally sign my kids up for it even without a discount. Stephen our 7 year old is definitely a Tigger and not a Pooh. But he did great. They keep them moving and play lots of little games. That being said, at Lauren's class I noticed some of the parents had to work a little harder than others to keep their kids focused and on task.

I cooked a ton of different food. I made hamburgers, pulled pork, chicken for chicken salad, and a chicken mexican casserole. I pre-cooked chicken fajitas and double bagged them. I did a ton of taco meat for things like tacos, burritos, and taco soup. I took canned stuff to make a black bean chili. We have a discount store here where I can get bread for .69/loaf so I bought and froze bread ahead of time. I made a couple of breakfast casseroles that I froze.I think we took 2 huge ice chests filled with frozen food down there and then an additional ice chest with things like eggs, cheese, butter, condiments, etc. And then another 2 huge plastic bins filled with cereal, chips, bread. Anything that could be bought cheaper at the discount store than Wal Mart I bought here.

Now, I made a couple of trips to Wal Mart once I got there and made the mistake of taking my mother. She went crazy in there buying food we didn't need :confused3. But, I'm all about cheap, especially if it gets me to Disney World!

lvcourtneyy
02-18-2013, 01:02 PM
I have considered relocating to Florida :rotfl:

I used Kenny the Pirate's app a LOT during our trip! The lines, especially in Epcot were so so long even before the characters came out. But I guess that's to be expected because little kids need to be entertained in the WS :lmao:

MK2010
02-25-2013, 01:56 PM
Not A Real Update

Ha! I'm laughing at my own clever little title there. So, no this isn't a real update. Maybe later today. I really thought this TR would go faster than it has, but apparently, I'm busier than I realized! I don't really have the patience right now to mess with photobucket, but maybe later today all snuggled up under my warm covers I'll get the laptop out and update away!

In non-Disney related news: We're in the middle of a blizzard peeps! For those of you who didn't realize I live in WEST TEXAS!!! We're not supposed to get this kind of snow here. We currently have about 16" with drifts of 3-6 feet. Its crazy!! The snow should be coming to an end though. The wind isn't supposed to stop until the wee hours of the morning. That we're used to! Most of our spring is spent enduring sustained winds at 20-30 mph. Today I think its between 30-40 mph. So fun times for the Tx. panhandle. This is what we call Yankee weather. It was the real cause of the civil war. We don't like your business interferin' in our livin'!:rotfl2: I am soooo kidding. But if you could please keep the next snow storm north of the Mason Dixon we would greatly appreciate it!

Really, we don't get this kind of snow often. The last time was five or six years ago. When the weathermen said it was coming, I ignored them because they are notorious for making a big deal out of nothing. Guess maybe I'll listen next time!:sad2: And wouldn't you know it? My DH and DD both got a stomach virus last night. They have gone through all of the medicine in the house. I can't get out to get more. Luckily, I think DD's was just a 24 hour thing and she's on the mend. DH's seems better, but I think he may try to brave the roadways to get to Wal Mart for medicine. Its Texas so we have gigantour SUV's and trucks with 4WD.

Poor DD. I have felt bad for her. One of the reasons I haven't updated is because the kids have a big swim meet coming up and we've been doing two a days at the pool. (Guess I'll let 'em have today off though!;)) Yesterday after an hour and a half practice DD got out and tested her blood sugar and it was 35!!!! 35! Can you believe it? This is only the second time its been that low. I start getting a little freaked when it dips into the 40s and it was 35!!So she had an extra meal and I made her lay around on the couch. She never really recovered. Her blood sugar returned to normal, but then she started throwing up. Yuck! Today I've been having to force her to eat to get enough carbs in her to keep her sugars from dropping.

Yesterday was a big day for us. We made the final decision to use our house remodel money to buy a camper instead!! I wanted to go pick it up today 'cause we bought it off of Craigslist from an older couple in Wichita Falls, which is about 3 1/2 to 4 hours from here. We told them we would get it today, but they were expecting parts of this storm too so we decided to wait until Thursday. Boy, am I glad that we opted to wait now! Its a 2005 25 ft Frontier. Its got four bunk beds and a slide out with a Queen bed on it. It has an (RV) full size refrigerator and freezer. As well as, an oven and microwave. We got it because the hotel fees for the kids swim meets were killing us and we were having to leave at 3 and 4 in the morning to make the meets and then drive back in the same day, but as their times improve so will the lenghts of their meets. So, this will actually save us money in the long run. YAY!:cheer2:

Of course, you all know that my immediate thought was Ft. Wilderness here we come!:cool1: As soon as DH was off the phone I was checking out vacation pakages for Ft. Wilderness! I'm quite impressed. Minus the cost of food we can all go for a week including travel expenses for about 4k. That's about as good as we're gonna get! I don't have a countdown yet for that 'cause we've got some busy times ahead of us. I have a potential countdown for Oct. 23 for a girls only trip and that's the only trip I can swing this year. Next summer (2014) I'd like to take the three youngest to DLR while DH and DS13 go on a 10 day 150 mile Boy Scout hike at Philmont. And in 2015 I'm hoping to do a 1 year web based Bachelor of Science Nursing program. So really the earliest we can look at going back will probably be around 2017. I know? Isn't that crazy?:confused3 Of course everytime I think I have a timeline for our next trip planned out we always end up going way earlier than I thought we would. So we'll see what actually happens!

Okay, I'm off to go find the warmth of blankies! Y'all stay safe and in the future keep the cold stuff to yourselves!!:wave2:

lvcourtneyy
02-25-2013, 05:09 PM
Mother Nature seems pretty mad! You guys are getting blizzards and we got Hurricane Sandy:confused3

I'm glad your daughter is feeling better! 35 is definitely scary!:eek:

As soon as I read about the camper, I thought of Ft. Wilderness:rotfl:
It seems like such a neat place to stay and since you guys already drive, it's not THAT much of a difference (except you're driving an overly oversize vehicle :rotfl2:)! And cheaper is always better!

Stay safe and I hope everyone feels better!

MK2010
02-26-2013, 10:55 PM
Courtney- it doesn't look like you'll escape this storm either. The wind was really bad with the snow. My kids left some toys outside would you grab them when they blow by your house and return them? Thx! :lmao:

The DH and DD are better!:yay: The kids spent the day out in the snow. They were quite frustrated that I made them do their school work first since the public school kids had a snow day. Ahhh...the blessings of being homeschooled!

Tonight, I am back to the grind. We were supposed to have 21 patients which I find interesting considering our facility only has 20 beds!:scared1: However, with the snow storm they rescheduled a bunch of the surgeries and we only have 6 patients. One of the patients is one of my nurses who will be going to Disney with me in Oct.:woohoo: So yay for a new knee!

Since it should be a fairly quiet night. (I know I said the nursing bad word-quiet. I'll knock on wood now.) I shall get right to an update- in my next post. So hold on tight here she comes!

MK2010
02-27-2013, 12:04 AM
Day 7 Blizzard Beach

Well, Mom and Dad had about all the fun they could stand and they were headed home today. They were going to head home via New Orleans 'cause Dad wanted to look around. Not real sure why.:confused3 That's not typically a place that would really hold a lot of interest for us.But hey, its his vacation too! We were headed to Blizzard Beach that morning which didn't open until 10. It was nice to have a relaxed morning. DH and Dad took the scooter over to concierge where it would get picked up later that day. Everyone hugged and said their goodbyes and we all actually ended up pulling out of the parking lot about the same time.

The drive to Blizzard Beach was short, but when we pulled in we were already on the second row of cars. I guess since it was a weekend in September lots of people were looking for a cool place to spend the day. Plus, it was Night of Joy so there were lots of youth groups. With hubby being a youth minister we felt right at home!:thumbsup2

I have quite a few pics, but of course, DH only uploaded a few so you'll have to bear with me. I will tell you, RD is important even at the water parks. I was amazed at how quickly some of the lines filled up. But here are the pics from the day, just so you can get an idea of what the place looks like.

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This was the first thing we did once we got in the park. Because of course, Mom saw a photographer!

Here are another couple taken later in the day:

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The big slide in the back? That was our next destination. Summit Plummet a 120 ft free falling body slide. We took the chair lift up. I was really hoping a couple of the kids would back out so I could use them as an excuse to go back down 'cause I really DID NOT want to go down that thing! We climbed the last flight of stairs and finally the middle two, Lauren and Cameron chickened out! Whew! We went back down and they had another couple of flumes right there (Slush Gusher) that we went down and we were able to be at the bottom to watch the others come down the big slide. I couldn't believe the baby was gonna go down. But he did! Not scared at all and had a blast!

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I made this pic a little bigger so you could actually see Stephen. That's David standing behind him at the top. Watch out world 'cause this kid ain't afraid of nothin'!

Here are pics of David and Jonathan:

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After the fun of that, we went over to the Toboggan Racers. There was a really long wait. IT wasn't that the ride itself was that busy, but I don't think that they had enough mats out. It was taking awhile to get the mats back up to the top. From here we went over to try the Snow Stormers, which was another mat racing ride, but instead of a straight shot there were switchbacks. Then finally we rounded out the morning on the Downhill Double Dipper which was a tube ride. It was all fun, except for the waiting in line part. No fastpasses at the waterparks.

We had found some loungers on the way in by the wave pool where we had deposited all of our stuff. Today we had packed in our lunch. The kids practically inhaled theirs because they had been begging to get into the wave pool all morning! By now that was fine with me. I enjoyed my leisurely lunch and laid back for a bit of a nap. However, not for too long. Blizzard Beach closed at 5 and I didn't really want to stay that long. There were still other parts of the park to explore!

So, after rounding up David and the kids, we took a little float on the lazy river. I could've stayed in there forever, but the kids were ready for some action. We made our way over to the family tube ride,Teamboat Springs!

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David and Jonathan wanted to go back down Summit Plummet so I took the other three kids over to the play area.

Lauren:
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Stephen:
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Cameron
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We were there for quite awhile because the line for Summit Plummet was really long. By this point, the other two had worked up enough courage to go. So David trekked everybody back over while Mommy waited at the bottom!

I was ready to go by now, but the kids still wanted one more pass in the wave pool and since I thought the funnel cakes looked yummy I was okay with that. As soon as they got into the pool, I made a bee line for the funnel cake! And boy was I right, it was yuuuuummmmmmy! Unfortunately the kids didn't stay in the pool long enough for me to eat it, so I wound up sharing.

Soon it was closing in on 4:30. All throughout the day they had given us little photocards on rubber bands that went around our wrists. They snapped the shot and then downloaded it onto a card and handed it to you. So each of us had like 5 or 6 of these cards hanging off our wrists. I stopped at Snowless Joe's to get them all consolidated onto my photopass card. That took awhile. There was some upset customer..I never did quite get what he was upset about, but the CM was staying really calm. I could tell she was a little frustrated by not being able to help the guy, but she was finally able to get her manager to come over and handle the situation. David had taken the kids to dry off and use the bathrooms and such. Apparently, it took me longer than I thought 'cause they were tired of waiting on me!

It had been a long day, but we weren't done yet! We headed back to the hotel for some dinner. (I don't remember what we thawed out tonight.) While dinner was cooking the we all showered and changed. After dinner we were headed for DisneyQuest!

We had never been to DisneyQuest before. Admittance was a little strange. THey whisked you right in and put you on these elevators and you come out on the third floor or something. Well, we got split up and when I made it to the third floor there was no hubby! We looked all around and went up a floor and down a floor and then we finally found him on the third floor! The place was really pretty empty for a Friday night.

The kids all wanted to go on the Buzz Lightyear's Astroblasters (bumper cars) so we did. After that, we almost didn't get off the floor! It was all of the racing video games you could imagine- airplane racing games, Star Wars racing games, motorcycles, etc. You get the picture! We finally peeled them away and went to ride Mighty Ducks pinball slam. You stand on a giant joystickand have to steer through a pinball course. I didn't do so hot at that one, but everyone had a good time. I was ready for a snack so we went up to the snack bar and spent a fortune on a cupcake that was so rich- it made me a little sick to my stomach!

The older kids wanted to go and ride the Comix. Stephen wasn't quite big enough, so he and I set out on an adventure of our own. We went to Cyberspace Mountian! He had a blast.After awhile we went to go find the rest of the crew. IT took a little doing, but we found them once again amongst the racing games:confused3. They had loved their time there, but it was time to head to bed. Tomorrow was another big day at DHS and we wanted to make RD of course!

ampc3
02-27-2013, 06:31 AM
LOVE the update!!! Take some pics of the snow :) your kids must be loving it though!! We are from Chicago and only get snow here in Atlanta about once every couple years.... The last time we had any amount of snow to make a snowman was xmas of 2010... my kids are praying hard for some snow lol... but yes when you are not use to it, it does make for some messy everything shuts down!!

We are thinking of doing a water park this next trip, hubby is on the fence with the twins and not sure how much they would actually be able to do , to justify the cost etc..

IS there enough for the little ones at BP to occupy them??
How fun for a camper!! I think FW would be a soo much fun!

LisaKeys
02-27-2013, 07:56 AM
Loved the update. The first photograph of the whole family standing in the water is perfect. Everyone is smiling and I think where everyone is standing is just right. :thumbsup2

Sounds like you had a fun time at Blizzard Beach. Everyone was able to do quite a bit and you definitely hit the entire park.

We've never gone to Quest, but it sounds like fun was had by all.

Thanks for the update, and looking forward to reading more. :surfweb:

wiigirl
02-27-2013, 08:18 AM
Great pics! :)

MK2010
02-28-2013, 01:36 AM
LOVE the update!!! Take some pics of the snow :) your kids must be loving it though!! We are from Chicago and only get snow here in Atlanta about once every couple years.... The last time we had any amount of snow to make a snowman was xmas of 2010... my kids are praying hard for some snow lol... but yes when you are not use to it, it does make for some messy everything shuts down!!

We are thinking of doing a water park this next trip, hubby is on the fence with the twins and not sure how much they would actually be able to do , to justify the cost etc..

IS there enough for the little ones at BP to occupy them??
How fun for a camper!! I think FW would be a soo much fun!

Hi! Glad to hear from you! Thankfully the snow is almost gone! I live in Texas for a REASON!!! I want to visit snow not have the ugly reality in my front yard!:rotfl: I was a bad Mommy and didn't get any pictures. I'm having severe technology issues at my house! My phone won't keep a charge for more than about 30 minutes. Everytime I open up the camera app it shuts the phone down. My battery for my big camera is old and just needs to be replaced:confused3 However, DH got a video of my oldest trying to do the fly (swim stroke) in the snow. We've seen a similiar video on youtube. Ours didn't work out too well. We waited until the second day and the snow had thawed some and then refrozen so it was really hard. You should see the scrapes all down DS chest! :rotfl2:

How old are your twins? Do you have a waterpark near you that you go to anyway? I grew up going to Hurricane Harbor in Arlington (used to be Wet n' Wild) and we have Schlitterbahn in San Antonio. This is a good waterpark, but it isn't outstanding. However, if you're looking for a cool way to spend the day in Orlando, then I would totally recommend it. In addition, I would recommend BB over Typhoon Lagoon which we also visited on this trip. The wave pool at Typhoon Lagoon was serious business! It scared me. :scared: The waves were big and hard. But I liked the wave pool at BB. There was a great little toddler area that we didn't even check out. They even had pretty cool little toddler slides and depending on how water savvy your kids are you could take them down the double dipper. 1 with each parent. Teamboat Springs would be awesome for them. I wouldn't recommend Summit Plummet!;)

You might check out some Youtube videos of BB before you make your final decision, but ultimately I think you'd like it. We did!:thumbsup2

MK2010
02-28-2013, 01:38 AM
Loved the update. The first photograph of the whole family standing in the water is perfect. Everyone is smiling and I think where everyone is standing is just right. :thumbsup2

Sounds like you had a fun time at Blizzard Beach. Everyone was able to do quite a bit and you definitely hit the entire park.

We've never gone to Quest, but it sounds like fun was had by all.

Thanks for the update, and looking forward to reading more. :surfweb:

Thanks for the compliments! I'm not much of a gamer, but the kids LOVED Disney Quest. This wouldn't be our only visit and I had way more fun on the next trip so stay tuned for that update....of course at the rate I'm going, that update may not be until June!:rotfl2: Nah, I'll get there!

MK2010
02-28-2013, 01:50 AM
Great pics! :)

Hi! I'm so glad to have readers! I see lots of peekers at my TR, but its nice to know that people are actually following and not looking at the first page and thinking, "OMG, are you kidding me? B-O-R-I-N-G. Next." (Not that any of us would do that of course!:rotfl2:) I'm glad you liked the pics. On my last trip we didn't have PP and I took like 3000. I came home with maybe a total of 500 between our PP and what was on my camera. I just keep telling myself quality over quantity...but I don't really believe it! :rotfl: Anyway, I'm glad you're reading along.

MK2010
02-28-2013, 01:58 AM
Okay! I wanted to make a quick note to you guys, and I'm hoping to maybe get back on here later and at least do a little update. But, first my nurses think I should do my work. Whatever. We all know TR's trump stocking the nourishment room and taking vital signs, right?:thumbsup2 Tomorrow is the big day! DH is headed to Wichita Falls to pick up our new trailer so we can take it to the swim meet this weekend! This trailer hasn't been taken more than 150 miles on any one trip by the people who own it. Just by bringing it to our house it will cover 250 miles. Then the very next day we're taking it to Midland which is about another 250 miles. I hope it doesn't fall apart on us. In 72 hours the little thing will cover about 750 miles. Wow!I thought some of you might like to see what it looks like so here is a Youtube link to a make and model just like ours. This isn't the one that we are buying but it is the same make and year model.

2003 Sportsmen Frontier 2505 25' Bumper Pull RV (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXCuV5dTR94)

Anyway, enjoy!

Moira222
02-28-2013, 08:40 AM
Subbed so I don't lose you & will read . Long drive, so it makes sense to break it up into chunks.

Sounds like a fun group! I am looking forward to getting to know you all!!

lvcourtneyy
02-28-2013, 09:38 AM
Courtney- it doesn't look like you'll escape this storm either. The wind was really bad with the snow. My kids left some toys outside would you grab them when they blow by your house and return them? Thx! :lmao:

The DH and DD are better!:yay: The kids spent the day out in the snow. They were quite frustrated that I made them do their school work first since the public school kids had a snow day. Ahhh...the blessings of being homeschooled!

Tonight, I am back to the grind. We were supposed to have 21 patients which I find interesting considering our facility only has 20 beds!:scared1: However, with the snow storm they rescheduled a bunch of the surgeries and we only have 6 patients. One of the patients is one of my nurses who will be going to Disney with me in Oct.:woohoo: So yay for a new knee!

Since it should be a fairly quiet night. (I know I said the nursing bad word-quiet. I'll knock on wood now.) I shall get right to an update- in my next post. So hold on tight here she comes!

We did get A LOT of wind! Luckily the snow skipped us this time :thumbsup2
:rotfl2::rotfl2: I'll keep my eyes open!

Glad they're doing better! I bet I would've protested the school work too:lmao:

Hmmm I guess it's a good thing procedures got rescheduled. That one patient without a bed would've probably been mad!

Hope you didn't jinx yourself lol! Off to read the update now!

lvcourtneyy
02-28-2013, 09:47 AM
Love this update! You covered 2 things I've never done but that are planned to be included in whenever our next trip is! :rotfl2::rotfl2:

Everyone looks like they're having a blast at BB! I love that there's photopass photographers there too! I would be afraid of bringing my camera to the waterpark so now maybe I can get a throwaway waterpark one for a few of my own pictures and the depend on photopass to take care of the rest!

That slide looks like serious business!

Glad to hear you enjoyed Disneyquest! I've only heard a few reviews of it so I'm always interested to hear peoples' experience. I can't wait to hear how your next visit to Disneyquest went also.

Yay for picking up the camper! I hope you guys have a safe and uneventful trip!

Moira222
02-28-2013, 03:12 PM
Jennifer, you have a very fun & funny writing style. love it!!!

I am not multi quoting but am making comments (in notepad!) as I get caught up on your TR. I did not know about the Disney Youth programs. Of course I had to look it up right away. Very cool!!! I wonder if my girl scout troop will ever have it together enough to save for a trip like that. how awesome would that be!


I would be with your mom and pass on even the green version of Mission Space. a day in the park sick to my tummy is a bummer. Last trip I used zyrtec and found that I was pretty crabby and irritable by evenin because the medicine made me so sleepy. I will be looking for a non-drowsy formula next time.

Mental note about Agent P: get one mission for each kid. (We will be traveling with friends in April)

I love the photo of you & hubby kissing & the kids covering their eyes. too cute!

Mickey head - spray the sides with cooking spray, it keeps eggs (and pancakes) from sticking


Honestly, I really was only a little annoyed. My husband and I were trying to have a romantic date and they were intruding. (The beach was actually kind of crowded that night. THere really wasn't quite spot.) But the kids were having the time of their lives and while it was inconvenient to me, and perhaps slightly inconsiderate on their part for playing tag literally right around me, they were making life long memories. I can only imagine those kids in 10-15 years thinking back on that night! And how great is it to have friends that you can travel to Disney with? So while I wasn't a fan of the group, I did think what a great experience itmust have been for them.

You are truly very kind hearted and generous! I think its important to remember that you're not the only ones on vacation when scenes like that come up. Sometimes its easier to remember than others! LOL

I'm glad some cool air and a shower prevented your migraine.


"Now this is my absolute favorite Opening show. Okay, thats a bit of an overstatement since now it is the ONLY opening show, but you know what I mean right? I just love it. Before our trip was over I had my husband video it and we watch it at least once a week around here. I listen to the song on average once a day. I LOVE it! Have I mentioned I love it?"

do you know how long it took me to figure out that only MK had an actual rope drop opening show? I dragged my family to every park 15-20 minutes early trying to catch the elusive show before I realized there were no others! DOH!


That is an awesome photo of the kids on Aladdin's magic carpets. Applause to Brett!!

Make your own laundry soap? I'm curious! You rock at grocery shopping!!! I often find myself bouncing between Aldi, Bottom Dollar and then which ever "mainline" grocery store has my other needs on sale.

BTW _ parking at DisneyParks is free if you are staying on property. We learned that last year. and yeah, it is nice to have a car esp when you are doing a lot of back and forth in a day.

"We had great character interaction here. Probably because I flirted over the top and shamelessly with Mickey! I hugged him so tight and told him how much I loved him (With my husband standing right there as you can see!) I gave him my phone number and told him he should Call Me, Maybe and then after we took the picture, I asked him if he would come home with me! He nodded Yes and proceeded to leave the hut with me! Until his handler told him he couldn't 'cause he had other guests waiting to meet him. He looked very dejected. So we left Mickey and I was on cloud 9! My Dad was still scratching his head trying to comprehend all that had just happened. (I think he was a little taken aback at my meeting of the Mouse.) My children were suitably embarrassed, mainly the older one! (Yes! My job as a mother is done!) And my husband was just his normal easy going self. He knows I would never cheat on him.....well, except with a Mouse, but I think he feels pretty secure in Mickey and Minnie's relationship!"

OMG THis is soooo funny! I am just picturing your 12 year old. So not happy!

Our first stop was the Photopass Studio. It is by Team Mickey. One great thing is that anyone can use the studio. Stop by and they'll take portraits. You can even stop by more than once.

I did not know this. You are a wealth of information!

OOH the Holy Land. YAY that you are posting...I've been curious but DH has no interest in visiting.


Ok finished reading the HLE -- and your photos are great. but I confess my curiosity is completely satisfied having read your day. that sounds like a very admission :)

Your DHS Day sounds like so much fun! Being able to split into guys &girls mid day was a nice way to let everyone do their own thing. I have to chuckle at how Lauren poses with her knee bent & leaning back. I recognize the girlie girl drama queen from my 9 year old :)


"They didn't have Jonathan and Cameron on the list!!!!!!!!!! WHAAAAT??? Drama! Seems their class started at 7:30 and ran to 9:30!

YES classes -so what happened -- did they go to the class late or did they pick a different class on another day?



You were first to see Merida? AWESOME! and second to see Tiana? you are the princess hunt QUEEN. I am in awe of how many princesses you managed to meet that morning. My DD refuses to wait in lines that are more than 10 min long for any characters. I think I am sadder than she at not seeing them all. In fact, I know I am!


WOW crazy wicked snow storm! Your DD's blood sugar was probably also so low because she was getting sick. My friend, who has had T1 diabetes since she was 11 (she is 50 now) can always tell when she's about to be sick because her sugar goes wonky. And of course you know it will go wonky once a month too -- but at least your DD has a bit of time before that hits.

Blizzard beach looks fun. We've not done a water park at Disney before. One of these trips we'll get there!

DisneyQuest --once you pay the admission, are all the game included? Are they all "virtual rides" ? The bumper cars sound like real bumper cars. virtual rides make me really sick.

MK2010
02-28-2013, 08:28 PM
Love this update! You covered 2 things I've never done but that are planned to be included in whenever our next trip is! :rotfl2::rotfl2:

Everyone looks like they're having a blast at BB! I love that there's photopass photographers there too! I would be afraid of bringing my camera to the waterpark so now maybe I can get a throwaway waterpark one for a few of my own pictures and the depend on photopass to take care of the rest!

That slide looks like serious business!

Glad to hear you enjoyed Disneyquest! I've only heard a few reviews of it so I'm always interested to hear peoples' experience. I can't wait to hear how your next visit to Disneyquest went also.

Yay for picking up the camper! I hope you guys have a safe and uneventful trip!

That day was the last day for photopass photographers in the parks for the season. Hence, apparently they are seasonal. :p A couple of days later we went to Typhoon Lagoon and they weren't there.:sad2: So guess what? That'll be a quick update when I get to it because there are no pictures!

David made it back in with the camper. He only got 9 miles/gal. :crazy2: But he said he fought a headwind the whole way home and there are some gentle rolling praries that he traversed. (We call those hills here, but since people from all over are reading this I didn't want to lead anyone astray.Y'all would look and say,"Hills? What hills? I don't see no stinkin' hills?") But if you look there are slight inclines and declines in the roadway!:rotfl2:

It took forever to get it parked in our driveway. We have a rear entrance drive with a narrow alley. I'm thinkin after this trip this weekend that sucker is getting put in RV storage.

MK2010
02-28-2013, 09:59 PM
Jennifer, you have a very fun & funny writing style. love it!!!

Thanks for the compliment on my writing! I can be very sarcastic and DS13 thinks that I could definitely be in the running for the Queen of TMI!:thumbsup2


I am not multi quoting but am making comments (in notepad!) as I get caught up on your TR. I did not know about the Disney Youth programs. Of course I had to look it up right away. Very cool!!! I wonder if my girl scout troop will ever have it together enough to save for a trip like that. how awesome would that be!

Wow! You really had quite a bit to catch up on. It doesn't seem like much when its just a little update here and a little update there, but when you go back and look at it all at once there really is quite a bit to it.

It would be great if your girl scout troop could save up enough and go. There is a group enrollment on the YES program, but I think you only get 1 or 2 adult admissions with that one. I have seen a few threads on here where girl scout troops go to Disney for a program. I don't know if it is YES or something else.

I will be looking for a non-drowsy formula next time.

We get a lot of allergies around here. Our favorite brand is the Sudafed non-drowsy, non-drying. Of course, that's harder to get ahold of these days.


You are truly very kind hearted and generous! I think its important to remember that you're not the only ones on vacation when scenes like that come up. Sometimes its easier to remember than others! LOL


Aww thanks!:goodvibes I must admit though, I'm way more kindhearted after I've had sleep. LEt's not revisit this issue after I've worked my three nights! I might get voted off the Island. Oooooh....there's a thought. Disney version Survivor Island and we can use the old Discovery Island.:scratchin


That is an awesome photo of the kids on Aladdin's magic carpets. Applause to Brett!!

I think he does amazing work. He's an amateur photographer. Just this week, after much harassment by friends and family, he finally set up a website where you can order his prints.

Brett Kiger Photography (http://brettkigerphotography.com/)

You should check it out just to see how amazing his pics are. Carrie, his wife, says that they have a couple days on each trip when she makes him leave his camera in the room!

I often find myself bouncing between Aldi, Bottom Dollar and then which ever "mainline" grocery store has my other needs on sale.

I've heard such great things about Aldi's. I really wish we had one here!

I have to chuckle at how Lauren poses with her knee bent & leaning back. I recognize the girlie girl drama queen from my 9 year old :)

We've been pretty lucky with the whole diva thing. But I notice that the drama streaks are getting wider by the month!


YES classes -so what happened -- did they go to the class late or did they pick a different class on another day?

Unfortunately, they just missed out on the class altogether. Normally, if this happens they put you on the naughty list and you're banned form ever getting YES tickets again. (I'm not really for sure thats what happens, I kinda inferred.) Anyway, trying to take advantage of the program is NOT a good idea! Plus, my kids were really bunmmed.

[QUTOEMoira222;47657949]
You were first to see Merida? AWESOME! and second to see Tiana? you are the princess hunt QUEEN. I am in awe of how many princesses you managed to meet that morning. My DD refuses to wait in lines that are more than 10 min long for any characters. I think I am sadder than she at not seeing them all. In fact, I know I am![/QUOTE]

I used Kenny the Pirate's blog. Now he has an app. BUt that was in development/just released during our trip in September.

I think I posted the link but if not here it is again:
Kenny the Pirate (http://www.kennythepirate.com/)


And of course you know it will go wonky once a month too -- but at least your DD has a bit of time before that hits.

From your keyboard to God's ears! With our luck it will start this weekend at her first big girl swim meet!:scared:


DisneyQuest --once you pay the admission, are all the game included? Are they all "virtual rides" ? The bumper cars sound like real bumper cars. virtual rides make me really sick.

Pretty much everything is free once you get inside. Now, they have an animation academy that is done on like a touch pad. If you want to buy your picture that costs extra. (I whipped out my phone and took a picture of my drawing before they erased it.) Also, they have a little recording studio where you can record your own song and if you want a copy of your recording that costs extra too. And of course the snack bar with their yummy,yummy cupcakes!

But, like the bumper cars, video games, virtual games those are all free. There is a ton to do even if you skip out on the virtual games. Like I said, I didn't think I was going to everyone else pulled away from traditional video games!

lvcourtneyy
03-01-2013, 05:57 PM
That day was the last day for photopass photographers in the parks for the season. Hence, apparently they are seasonal. :p A couple of days later we went to Typhoon Lagoon and they weren't there.:sad2: So guess what? That'll be a quick update when I get to it because there are no pictures!

David made it back in with the camper. He only got 9 miles/gal. :crazy2: But he said he fought a headwind the whole way home and there are some gentle rolling praries that he traversed. (We call those hills here, but since people from all over are reading this I didn't want to lead anyone astray.Y'all would look and say,"Hills? What hills? I don't see no stinkin' hills?") But if you look there are slight inclines and declines in the roadway!:rotfl2:

It took forever to get it parked in our driveway. We have a rear entrance drive with a narrow alley. I'm thinkin after this trip this weekend that sucker is getting put in RV storage.

Hmmm how strange. I wonder why they're seasonal? Maybe there's not enough people going to make it worth paying them? Odd.

Wow 9 miles a gallon is pretty scary! Glad it was a good trip though.

MK2010
03-07-2013, 04:28 PM
Hi guys! Sorry I've been MIA. We had a swim meet this weekend. We left Friday and then the 2 oldest had races ALL day Saturday and we didn't get back until late. The meet was in Midland which is about 4 hours south of here. We took the camper and left here about 10:30. We dropped the dog off at the grandparents house. (They love dog sitting our pooch :confused3) I love my dog, but I'm not necessarily that crazy about others! And then we drove and drove and drove. We finally pulled in about 5- 5:15.The RV park was nice enough for overnight. Midland is in the middle of oil fields. Right now those fields are running at 100% (There are always boom and bust cycles with oil. Right now we're in a boom. ) The housing/rental market there is crazy. They are renting out rooms in senior citizen complexes trying to get enough rooms for the oilworkers to have a place to stay. So there were a lot of longterm campers at this park. David was getting on to the kids for leaving their Nintendo DS in the unlocked car and I'm looking around thinking, "Really, we're the poor people in this park dude!":rotfl: (He was right of course. The other business that makes a ton of money during an oil boom are the bars and liquor stores. Easy come, easy go!)

We've always had a pop up tent trailer in the past. So I was amazed at how easy this was to pack and set up. In the past, we've packed everything in bins, food, eating utensils, clothes, toiletries, etc. But this time I told everybody grab your stuff and go put it in the camper. Then I just grabbed the food I had bought on the way home from work that morning and put it in the refrigerator. 45 minutes and we were ready to go! Since the RV was winterized we opted not to use any water because even though the temperatures are getting warmer we'll still have 1 more good freeze around Easter. When we pulled in it took us maybe 20 minutes to level it. Crank down the jacks, manually pull out the slide, and plug in the electricity. I was cooking a little before 6. Amazing! Before it was a minimum 30-45 minute set up process!

The next morning was so nice. We got up about 7. I used their facilities and took a nice loooong hot shower! Fed the kids and we were pulling out of the RV park about 8:30. We've always driven down the day of the meet which entailed leaving our house between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. and then not getting home until around 10 p.m. We still didn't get home until 10ish, but we didn't have as long a day either. The kids did well in their races. Jonathan placed in 3 out of 6 of his events. And dropped time in all of his races. This was Lauren's first big girl race! There are some itty bittys out there who start at 5, but Lauren just started this year. She did great! She won a couple of her heats. She didn't place in any of her races overall, but she didn't get disqualified either!!!:cheer2: (Baby steps here people! Always look for the positive!:cool1:) She had done a beginner's meet back in December and she dropped time from that meet. So she is making great progress!! I'm trying to talk our baby into joining the swim team. He's thinking about it. But he tells me, "Mom I only like the backstroke." I said," honey that's great! The coaches would love you. They've never seen an Ingle child who can do the back stroke!":rotfl: (The other two are breaststrokers and their flutter kick which is what is used on the backstroke and freestyle is practically non existent.)

So it was a good meet overall. Most of the time I do updates on this at work around 11pm-1am. However, I wasn't feeling well Tuesday. By Wednesday morning I was full fledged sick and spent all day yesterday in the bathroom. I woke up fine this morning. The rest of the family has had this bug, but I thought because of my superior immune system that I had escaped! Ha! So I missed a night of work last night. But I'm back at it tonight.

Alrighty, that's where I've been, but now its time to go to swim practice and then off to work! Toodles peeps!

MK2010
03-07-2013, 09:54 PM
Day 8 DHS

So I would love to give you a great report of what we did this day, but sadly, I don't remember!We got up and got there in time for Rope Drop, but today we opted to not meet any of the characters out front. When we got through the gates Cameron and I headed over to get TSMM FPs while the rest headed to ToT. ToT is not my favorite ride. It has a limit of a once per trip event for me.

But here is a picture of the Pixar sign and the hanging monkeys.

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Cameron found an extra large leaf and wanted his picture made with it.:confused3 Look at this leaf though, I didn't think things were allowed to die at Disney! ;)

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After procuring the oh so valuable TSMM FP we headed over to RnR. For those of you who were concerned, never fear the limo has not fallen down!

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Look who decided he wasn't up for another round on ToT either:

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We waited for the rest of the group who had quite the time on ToT! We walked into RnR and saw all of the pre show and then through the inside queue. It was maybe a 10-15 minute wait? I may be inflating those times because its been so long. Note: TAKE NOTES during your trip. It makes writing your TR soo much easier and your reading audience will love you.

Anyway, when we got to the front of the line we were sent to different lines. Jonathan and Stephen were in the very first car!! David and Lauren were farther down. Somehow, Cameron and I didn't make it on this round and had to wait for the next car. He was a little scared. That kid is so funny, he is scared of his own shadow! I was worried about Stephen, but he had a great time on the ride. We all met back up at the exit and I took this picture of Jonathan:

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It was getting closer to time for our FPs, but we thought we might have enough time to sneak in and see Woody and Buzz:

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Here is a most unflattering picture of Stephen attempting to look scared while strapped to a rocket:

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Finally it was our turn to meet the dynamic duo:

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They had a great interaction! They really liked their personalized pages. And here is a common fact that you may not know if you have not yet been to the parks: Buzz uses a stamp to sign his name. :thumbsup2

Now it was time for TSMM! WooHoo! Bring it on. I don't know why I didn't take pictures of the queue today. More than likely it was because we moved through it so quickly. I remember that I beat Jonathan which gave him a poopy-tude. Gotta love pre-teens!

I think everyone headed over to Star Tours. It was good, but it surprises me how I border on motion sickness with that ride. I used to not have any problems. Welcome to getting old I guess!'I took my picture on the speeder bike since I didn't do it the other day.

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After Star Tours, it was coming up on lunch, but we wanted to drift back by to see Walt: One Man's Dream and Voyage of the Little Mermaid. On the way I grabbed a pic of the boys outside Sci-Fi:

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I wasn't crazy about VOTLM. But, then again, it isn't one of my favorite movies either. I loved it as a kid. Not so much as an adult. After our encounter with Ariel, we headed out of the park and back down the road to the room for lunch.

We were all ready for some air conditioning and rest. It amazes me how much the heat can zap your energy! But I still say September is a great time to go. Of course, we had really good luck with lines on our late Nov. early Dec. trip too back in 2009.

I rested, took a little nap and got up ready to head back for characterpalooza! Characterpalooza is a little known (or maybe its well known and I just didn't know about it!) event that happens at Animation Academy before Fantasmic. Only Stephen wanted to stay behind with Dad so the rest of usl headed over to DHS. Of course David didn't upload any of THOSE photos, but here's who we met before then:

My boyfriend:

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Pooh was quite funny:

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We really wanted to meet Mr. Incredible and Frozone, but this was who was up when we got to the front of the line:

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During characterpalooza we also met, Chip and Dale, Captain Hook and Mr. Smee, Gepetto and Pinocchio, the Queen of Hearts, The Snow Queen, and Meeko. Quite a line up! IT was really cool getting to meet all the characters that you don't always get to see out and around the park. I was really hoping to meet Dopey, but it was cool getting to see Geppeto and Pinocchio. The characters were all fabulous.

At some point we did Animation Academy. I thought it was after characterpalooza, but that would've made Lauren really late for dinner, but I can't figure out the timing if we did it before. I know we went to get in line and the class was full so we headed over to The Great Movie Ride. I was surprised that the kids enjoyed it. They really liked the end trying to look for clips from the Star Wars movies and Indiana Jones. Then we dashed back cause it was starting to rain and got in line again. We almost didn't get in this time, but the CM remembered us and cut the queue off a couple of people behind us. I know Lauren checked her blood sugar and it was fine, so maybe we did just let her have a late dinner.

Today we were drawing Chip. Lauren liked this time around better. I think she just needed to get one under her belt. since she kinda knew how the class was gonna go she kept up better and forgave herself little mistakes. Cameron did okay. Jonathan, Mr. Perfectionist, was sadly disappointed in his effort. Bless his heart, I sometimes have a hard time sympathizing with him because he has an ego the size of Texas and when things don't go the he thinks they should he gets a poopy-tude. His swim coach assures me its just his age.

So with Sir poopy-tude and others in tow we headed out of the park. We did stop at the Apothecary to pick up a candied apple for Suzan, my nurse. She felt certain that we could freeze that and bring it back to her. That did not turn out well. :confused3 I got it back to her and it looked perfect on the outside, but as soon as she cut into it, it just crumbled. Note: you cannot freeze a candied apple and bring it home on a 24 hour car trip.

It was an easy night. David had saved some dinner for us so we scarfed that down and the boys and I went to go play mini golf while David took Lauren swimming in the Pirate pool. It was nice and relaxing. WBC has a free little 18 hole mini golf course and you just check the putters and balls out from the club house.

Okay, I hope this is enough to tide you over for a bit. We're headed back to Typhoon Lagoon for our next day and remember there are no pics. So I may get that up pretty quickly later tonight!

lvcourtneyy
03-08-2013, 08:19 PM
Glad the swim meet went well with the camper! Sounds much more fun than all that driving in one day.


Oh no! It's always when you think you escape the illness that it gets you! Glad you're feeling better though!

Wow totally jealous of the characterpalooza characters you met! I can't wait to go to it if we get to go in September. Its not on in January so we've never gotten to go!

MK2010
03-14-2013, 08:57 PM
Day 9 Typhoon Lagoon

Well, this is going to be a short and boring update. No pictures. :sad2: I didn't take my camera because I was relying on the photopass photographers. But, as you already know, there would be no photopass photographers. How sad. This was a relaxed morning since Typhoon Lagoon didn't open until 10:00. Of course, we were there at opening.We scoped out a spot at the wave pool which the kids begged to go on immediately, but we hustled them over to the Shark Reef. I was a little worried about the whole family doing this. But they give you life jackets if you want. (I wanted! Especially for DS7!) There is a super super brief instruction period. As in, put your snorkels on, breathe through your mouth, don't kick, don't swim, just float. Okay in you go. DH and DS12 hopped right in and were off on their adventure. The other three needed a little encouragement, but got the hang of it. I, on the other hand, was a mess! I had know idea that the inability to breathe through my nose would freak me out so much!:eek: I COULD NOT for the life of me relax and breathe through my mouth. Luckily, they have a couple of little rocks you can sit on as you drift across the pool. I know they were like, "Seriously, lady chill out already." There are lifeguards in the water with you. They kept reminding me to STOP flailing about. I stopped on the rock about halfway across thinking that I would readjust take a couple of deep breaths and then relax. I did readjust the snorkels and take a couple of deep breaths. But as soon as I got back in the water I panicked again!:eek: I mean seriously. Really? Its breathing...like Darth Vader. This isn't rocket science. I made it to the far edge rather frustrated with myself. I mean there are sharks,rays, and all kinds of colorful fish. How cool is it that you get to swim with them?

Everyone else made their way across enjoying the scenery. Once we had regathered we decided to go again. I just knew that it would be better the second time around. There was no line. So we walked around to the other side.Back in the water everyone went. My second attempt did go better. But I had to concentrate on my breathing so I still didn't get to enjoy it as much as I would have liked. DH and DS12, however had a blast.

Since we were on that side of the park we rode the Storm Slides. I don't really enjoy body slides. I never have. It hurts where the pieces of plastic are joined. (Okay, so I just thought about what I've typed so far. I promise. I'm really not as high maintenance as I sound. Really. I promise;)) Anyway, everyone enjoyed the Storm Slides and would return to ride them later.

The kids couldn't stand it any longer so we headed over to the wave pool. Now folks, this ain't your grandma's wave pool. Its serious business.

Okay gotta go get dinner be back later!

MK2010
03-14-2013, 10:28 PM
Day 9 Typhoon Lagoon Pt. 2

Okay, sorry about the interruption, but as many of you know I am paid to play. (I.e. I do these updates in the middle of the night at work!:lmao:) Anyway, we only have four patients tonight so it is a perfect night for trip updates. But the kitchen didn't leave us any food so I had to run out to On the Border to pick up our meal for the evening.

Anyway, We left off with us at the very serious Wave pool. It has some BIG waves. It will knock you down and drag you under for the third time! My oldest is a competitive swimmer and I was strict even with him as to how far out he could go. I wouldn't let him go past his thighs. And the rest had to be in a tube and couldn't go out any farther than that. Plus, either my husband or me had to be right next to them. I know that sounds overprotective, but I'm really lenient with my kids safety. They can stay at home alone while I run errands. I let them ride their bikes with each other along an approved route in our neighborhood without adult supervision. But these waves were that intense. In fact, they use this pool to teach surf lessons in the mornings before the park opens.

I wanted to get in a few more rides before lunch so after 20 minutes or so I rounded everyone up to go check out Gangplank falls. The lines were pretty long. They just seemed to be moving slow. We finally got to the top and doooooowwwn we went. It was fun. We tried out MayDay Falls. It was good, but again the wait...well I think by now you guys realize that I do not have the patience for long waits. After 10 minutes I get antsy and start wondering whats taking so long!!:laughing:

We skipped Keelhaul Falls since it was time for lunch and the line was so long. The kids inhaled their lunches so they could go get in the wave pool. This time DH and I sat back and let them go with the understanding no one could go past their knees. Every so often we would go check on them. In light of recent events at Disney, this was a really stupid move, but God protected us and they were fine until DH went to join them. I took a little nap. I think DH was jealous 'cause he hauled everybody out after a couple of rounds and informed them it was time to go on the lazy river. The lazy river is my favorite ride. I could spend the entire day in the lazy river. We made it around twice today before the kids had absolutely had enough!

DH and DS12 wanted to go check out the Shark Reef again, so I made the others go one more round on the lazy river then I took them back over to the body slides. I waited at the bottom for them. DH and DS12 had finished at the Shark Reef. THey said the sharks, rays, and fish were swimming way closer to the top on this pass. DS12 said he was almost able to touch a ray! The three younger ones were having a blast on the body slides so we continued to hang out there while the other two went do Humunga Kowabunga.

The kids made a couple more passes on the body slides and then they were back begging to go back to the Wave Pool. (Darn that wave pool!) DH and DS12 returned from their trip over the falls and were happy to return to the wave pool. I made a run to the restroom and finally discovered the path leading to Crush n' Gusher and the HUGE quiet pool it emptied into. I went to round everyone up to go give it a whirl. They weren't thrilled with me. Especially when I wouldn't tell them where we were going.

We live in Texas, home of Schlitterbahn. It has some great watercoasters, but my kids have never been to Schlitterbahn. So when we rounded the corner and they saw that watercoaster they're jaws dropped! They were so excited!:yay: All of the kids had to go pee so we used the restrooms right there and then off we were to Crush and Gush! We divided into three groups of two and each tried a different slide. It was soooo much fun! So when we all got to the bottom we switched partners and chose a different. The kids loved it! They wanted to go again! But the line was getting long and the clouds were rolling in so we decided it was time to call it a day. The kids were disappointed, but we had plans to head back to DisneyQuest tonight.

lvcourtneyy
03-15-2013, 02:01 PM
Wow you're making me even more excited to finally see the waterparks!

That sucks about the photopass photographers. I've been wanting to get an inexpensive waterproof digital camera so maybe ill have to do that before we go.

You can never be too safe when water is involved! Better safe than sorry.

ibrokeitmommy
03-15-2013, 02:47 PM
Snorkels freak me out too! I start hyperventilating. I'm dreading our TL day because all my daughter talks about is the shark reef and I'm so scared! Sounds a fun day though!

MK2010
03-15-2013, 11:22 PM
Wow you're making me even more excited to finally see the waterparks!

That sucks about the photopass photographers. I've been wanting to get an inexpensive waterproof digital camera so maybe ill have to do that before we go.

You can never be too safe when water is involved! Better safe than sorry.

We got a waterproof disposable and took pictures at the shark reef, but I'm such a slacker, I haven't had them developed yet. I like the idea of a digital one. Ours was just a regular old one, so you never knew if you were getting a shot with a fish in it or not. Of course if I had them developed I would know, right?:rolleyes1

MK2010
03-15-2013, 11:25 PM
Snorkels freak me out too! I start hyperventilating. I'm dreading our TL day because all my daughter talks about is the shark reef and I'm so scared! Sounds a fun day though!

Depending on how old your daughter is, she can do it by herself. There is so much salt in that water, plus with a life vest and a couple of lifeguards she should be fine in the water. And there are several areas right next to the water that you can stand to watch her. They even have an underwater observatory. Or you could start with hypnotic treatments now and see if you're over it by the time you go! :lmao:

lvcourtneyy
03-17-2013, 07:36 PM
We got a waterproof disposable and took pictures at the shark reef, but I'm such a slacker, I haven't had them developed yet. I like the idea of a digital one. Ours was just a regular old one, so you never knew if you were getting a shot with a fish in it or not. Of course if I had them developed I would know, right?:rolleyes1

:rotfl: That's how I feel with the waterproof disposable pictures! I end up with a lot of pictures of water and not much else! And getting them developed is another project.

I feel like I always buy a few of them every summer and they're like 16 dollars a camera! I think I'm better off with a digital one at this point. Or at least that's how I justify it to myself :rotfl: