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Dylan_&_Blake's_mom 03-11-2008 09:10 AM

Baby's first trip to the world...my first TR w/lots of pics!!
 
Ok, so I decided I would take a stab at this TR thing. I probably won't be any good at it but I wanted to do it for our next trip so I figured I'd dabble in it a little bit with the trip we took in November. Hopefully by the time our next trip (probably in Dec.) comes around I will know what I'm doing.

First I will tell you about the cast:

Me:Tracy, 26 years old. I am a very proud mother of 3 boys. They, along with their daddy, are my whole world. I'm completely addicted to Disney. My dad took my 2 brothers and I when I was 13 and then my husband and I took our older two boys in 2006 and since that trip and seeing it through their eyes I became obsessed with wanting to go to Disney. I hope to do it at least once a year.

DH:Jerry, 29 years old. He is not addicted to Disney :( In fact, he actually said the phrase " You do know we aren't going to Disney for every vacation right?" I'm working on him though.

DS: Dylan, 9 years old. He was easitly converted into a Disney World freak. He's a little bit more on the cautious side. He wants to do all coasters and such but then gets to nervous at the last second and changes his mind on some. He loves all things POTC and Star Wars.

DS: Blake, 7 years old. He also was easily converted. He is our little dare devil. He will try any coaster at least once and generally ends up loving them all. He also loves all things POTC and Star Wars.

DS: Cole, 10 months old. He is our baby boy who I am determined will also be a huge Disney fan. He loves the characters and I think he thought they were all big stuffed animals to cuddle. He is a very happy, charming little guy who everyone loves. He seems to like Pluto the best for now.

We decided to take our trip during the first week of November. We were going to Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom and Sea World. I also had surprised my car obsessed hubby with one of his dreams. He was going to drive a Nascar type car in the Richard Petty Driving Experience for our 10th anniversary which happened to fall during this vacation. I'm scared of flying so we were driving to Florida. It takes 19 hours to get there from where we live. We were stopping just over half way to spend the night in a hotel and then go the rest of the way the next day. We knew it would take little longer this time because we had our 6 month old (at the time) with us who was still breast fed only.

Without further adu (Spelling?) I will begin. Since I didn't actually plan on doing a TR for this one I probably won't have much detail. Pretty much just pictures and whatever I can remember. As I said this is really just a trial run for next time. I hope I get a few people to come along for the ride.


The first day on the road was pretty uneventfull. We took off a little bit behind schedule but not too bad. The older boys were set up with DVD players, books, crayons, toys, etc. The baby was in the middle of them so that they could help entertain him.

Here is Blake:
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Here is Dylan:
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Here is sweet baby Cole who fell asleep holding brothers hand:
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Here is my husband, Jerry driving:
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Dylan_&_Blake's_mom 03-11-2008 09:15 AM

OK, Please bear with me!
 
I have to figure out how to post my pics on here and then I will be back. Like I said, I'm new to the Tr thing.

Dylan_&_Blake's_mom 03-11-2008 01:31 PM

Arriving in Florida
 
After a very long first two days we finally made it to Florida!! We stopped at the welcome center first of course to stretch our legs and take a much needed break before heading to Orlando.

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Everyone had to sample the yummy Florida orange juice!
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Then we hit the road again and headed to our resort. We were staying at the Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa in Orlando. We had stayed at their leisure resort last year and were excited to stay at the main place. When we finally arrived it was dark and everyone was tired but glad to stop and be at our destination. We took time to explore the resort before crashing for the night.

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This is our bedroom. It had patio to balcony.
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giant whirpool tub in our room
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Living room with patio to balcony over looking gorgeous pool
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dining room/kitchen
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older boys' room
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just to show how big the tub was.
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part of the pool our room overlooked ( back of the main building)
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Well, I guess that's enough pics for one post. I hope I will have some people to come along with me and I will start our first official day in the next post. Where will we go first?????

fraggle551 03-11-2008 02:29 PM

I'll be the first to say hello! You're doing a great job so far, and you're boys are adorable. I love that you all jumped in the tub for a picture...im show the boys thought they could swim in there! Cole seems like such a happy baby. I just want to grab those cheeks! Looking forward to reading more.

Kate

DisneyFairy66 03-11-2008 02:35 PM

Great job on your trip report...If i didnt have to go to work now I would read more...But your children are gorgous...They really are! Congratulations.

My parents own a timeshare with westgate...Isnt it great to stay there...its soo convenient!

Ill be back on later to read more and reply too...Bye bye.

Dylan_&_Blake's_mom 03-11-2008 02:38 PM

Day one: Sea World Day
 
We woke up very excited to be in Florida!

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The plan for the day was to go to Sea World. We wanted to do it first so it didn't seem like a let down after WDW. I LOVE dolphins so we just have to come here while in Florida. We took a pic of the boys by my favorite fountain and headed off to SW.
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The first thing we came across was the line to see Shamu so we went ahead and hopped in it.

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It was already pretty warm out even though it was early and so when we came across this mister the boys just 'had' to go in.
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Much to my kids dismay I am a picutre nut (took over 900 this trip) so there are a lot of times we have to stop for a photo op. This is one of them.
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Then it was on to the penguins. They are Blake's favorite! This photo cracks me up how they are all lined up.
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more in next post, don't want to make my posts too big.

Dylan_&_Blake's_mom 03-11-2008 02:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DisneyFairy66 (Post 23735808)
Great job on your trip report...If i didnt have to go to work now I would read more...But your children are gorgous...They really are! Congratulations.

My parents own a timeshare with westgate...Isnt it great to stay there...its soo convenient!

Ill be back on later to read more and reply too...Bye bye.

YAY:yay: my first reader. Thanks for coming along! Westgate is a gorgeous place. We love it there. Your parents are very lucky. Unfortunately we have to stay somewhere else next time. (we didn't purchase a time share) Thank you for the comments on my boys. Of course I think they are the most handsome boys in all the world but it's nice to hear others comment on them as well. They are wonderful boys.

Dylan_&_Blake's_mom 03-11-2008 02:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by fraggle551 (Post 23735649)
I'll be the first to say hello! You're doing a great job so far, and you're boys are adorable. I love that you all jumped in the tub for a picture...im show the boys thought they could swim in there! Cole seems like such a happy baby. I just want to grab those cheeks! Looking forward to reading more.

Kate


OH MY GOSH!! SO SORRY. I guess YOU are my first reader. :cool1: I'm so glad to have people come along on this journey with me. I hope I can do and ok job. Like I said, I've never done this before so bare with me. Thank you for the comments on my boys. Cole is a very happy baby, that is what everyone says about him...we are blessed for sure with all 3. Yes, the boys did pretty much think of it as a pool. We put them all in there a couple of times and they loved it, especially Cole.

mom2mek 03-11-2008 04:07 PM

I will add my 2 cents as well - your boys are precious! That baby is just beautiful! Don't worry about the trip report writing - it gets easier. I did my first one (well, still writing it actually :rolleyes1 ) and at first I was very intimidated, but rest assured it does get a lot easier (either that or you just don't care about it sounding good anymore ;) )

You take great pictures! :thumbsup2

Can't wait for more...

Sara

EpcotLove 03-11-2008 04:15 PM

Your pics are so adorable! I can't wait to see more!!

P.S. That hotel looks very nice!

Dylan_&_Blake's_mom 03-11-2008 04:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mom2mek (Post 23737812)
I will add my 2 cents as well - your boys are precious! That baby is just beautiful! Don't worry about the trip report writing - it gets easier. I did my first one (well, still writing it actually :rolleyes1 ) and at first I was very intimidated, but rest assured it does get a lot easier (either that or you just don't care about it sounding good anymore ;) )

You take great pictures! :thumbsup2

Can't wait for more...

Sara

Thanks for reading and for the comments on my babies! Your children are beautiful also. I will be popping in when I can to read your TR. I don't plan on winning any writing awards that's for sure. I don't remember every detail because I didn't plan on writing a TR this time but like I said, I'm just trying to get my feet wet for next time. Thanks for the encouragement.

Quote:

Originally Posted by EpcotLove (Post 23737987)
Your pics are so adorable! I can't wait to see more!!

P.S. That hotel looks very nice!

Thank you and thanks for reading, I'm so glad to have people come check it out. The resort was very nice.

Dylan_&_Blake's_mom 03-11-2008 05:31 PM

Right outside the penguin house we saw a coin press so Blake chose the penguin one of course.

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Then it was on to the shark encounter. The aquariums there are beautiful.

This was actually some sort of sea horse, it looked like a plant.
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Then the sharks
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Outside the shark place you can view some sharks and stingrays
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When we left the shark area Cole had just had enough and crashed on my shoulder.
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We wandered around some just looking at different things.
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Cole was still sleeping peacefully
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so we decided to get a bite to eat.
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and the boys thought about where we would go next
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What will we do next?

DisneyFairy66 03-11-2008 07:21 PM

So far soo great, your pics are really good. Im liking the trip report...Cant wait for more!!!!!!!

DisneyFairy66 03-11-2008 07:42 PM

oooh by the way i was at sea world in november as well....the weather was nice to be at seaworld!

lucky978 03-11-2008 07:43 PM

I'm joining!!! Love your TR so far - and your children are beautiful! Can't wait to read more. By the way - I'm not very patient...so you're going to have to keep this moving along!!! :woohoo:


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