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mrsksomeday 06-18-2008 05:35 PM

Happy Birthday Bill – The 3 Day B'day Extravaganza *New 7/8 Now it's time to say bye*
 
Introduction and first installment - This post

# 2 Nashville Airport, where the heck is it? Part 1
# 2 Nashville Airport, where the heck is it? Part 2
# 3 So happy to be in Epicot Part 1
# 3 So happy to be in Epicot Part 2
# 4 Walking around the World Showcase
# 5 To get up or not? Part 1
# 5 To get up or not? Part 2
# 6 Bill's a Cast Member?
# 7 Tracy asks to do something
# 8 Another change
# 9 Do we stay or do we go?
#10 Fantasyland time!
#11 Now it’s time to say goodbye…

This was a birthday trip for my wonderful man Bill and he wore his birthday button for 3 days, because we went to 3 of the 4 parks. “OMG, oh no, you did what? That is awful”- if you think any of these things quit reading now. We did it, I wouldn’t change a thing and we had a wonderful time.

For those of you that don’t know us here is the cast list:

First up ME, Tracy : I am a long winded TR writer who loves WDW, the DIS, my son, our dog, and a wonderful man named Bill not in that order mind you. Well maybe WDW first just kidding…or am I? This was my 4th time to WDW!!

Next is Bill: He has Cerebral Palsy and is in a power wheelchair. He is a rebel, a daredevil, and most loving man on the earth. He is my best friend, my inspiration, my Prince Charming, and is utterly amazing. He loves Star Wars and especially Yoda. This was his 9th time to WDW.

Us at WDW in 2007:

http://i233.photobucket.com/albums/e...Tracyepcot.jpg



Lastly is Ace: He is our 3 ½ yr old Jack Russell/Rat Terrier that gets totally aggravated when the suitcases come out. He literally moans, sighs loudly, and pouts.

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y14...x/Ace/b698.jpg

We had many changes leading up to this trip and that continued throughout our time in Disney. I picked up Bill from work around 12:30pm. I wanted to be on the road so that we would get to Nashville by 5pm, well that didn’t happen :( . Someone (Bill) was still working on the new website he is building for his job. He just couldn’t leave it alone.

Bill has a locking mechanism in the floor of his van, he rolls into the right place and it locks his wheelchair in place. That is such a great thing to have, don’t you think? It is wonderful when you push a button and it releases him. It was really wonderful when it WAS working. It has went haywire lately. There is a lever I can push to release him manually. I just have to reach under his chair in between a set of wheels to get to it. Fat hand – tiny spot to get into doesn’t equal fun. I decided to take the van to the car wash right before we left to vacuum all around that area hoping that was the issue.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/m...y/e1f3b47f.jpg

I put the quarters in, turn around and see this:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/m...y/55dfc594.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/m...y/eb5d8e67.jpg
I was laughing to hard, I put down the hose and took the pictures.

We didn’t get to Nashville until 7:30pm. I was going to take a picture of the “Welcome to Tennessee” sign, but I barely got the side of it and you can see Acey nose prints on the windshield, I didn’t want to have people seeing how bad a person I am for not having the windshield spotless for picture taking :headache:. We stayed at LaQuintas again. Here is a pic of the room:

http://i233.photobucket.com/albums/e...hville/003.jpg

Does it look familiar :rolleyes1 ? It should I am recycling the pic from our trip the week before when we were in Nashville, we got the same exact room. We went over to Opry Mills and walked the mall a little bit. We went into the Disney store and they had their t-shirts for $4.99. Bill wanted to wait to spend his money, I got a Grumpy shirt.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/m...y/58d8f957.jpg

We decided to go eat. We saw about a thousand of these:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/m...y/68151dc6.jpg

Now I had researched some locations and saw what I wanted. I am trying to watch my caloric intake. Bill saw the KFC right next to the hotel and wanted to go there. I was not happy at all. Greasy and not nutritional. The Tracy in early January would have been fine with this dinner choice. The Tracy in June that has lost about 50 pounds (between 40 and 50, I was allergic to a scale for the first 6 weeks of my life style change) since early January did not like it at all. It really upset me, I was already worried about the food choices in Disney and here we are at grease central. I got a twister with no dressing, but was still upset about it. I finally calmed myself down and thought don’t let this ruin your vacation it will be ok, then I let it go.

We went back to the room and to bed. I still love that bed, we slept very well. There was none of the “it is the day before Disney, I can’t sleep” issues I usually have. The wake up call came at 4am, we were out the door by 4:45am.

Next installment… Did I find the airport, how did check in go?

mkluvsmickey 06-18-2008 05:51 PM

Hi Tracy! I'm so excited to read another report from you!

First off, contratulations on losing the 50 POUNDS!!! That is awesome - great job! :yay: :woohoo: :yay: :woohoo: :yay: :woohoo: :yay: :woohoo: :yay: :woohoo: :yay:

It sounds like Bill had an awesome birthday trip - can't wait to read all about it! :goodvibes

team weasel 06-18-2008 06:28 PM

Woot Woot! Can't wait to read more!:cool1:

PS...why no pic of your adorable Ace? :mad:

Piper 06-18-2008 06:40 PM

Wow! I actually got in early on this one!

luvfigment 06-18-2008 07:00 PM

YAY can't wait to hear all about the trip!!! :banana:

ddstratton 06-18-2008 07:26 PM

I found my way here! And before the thread was many pages long! Love the car wash pictures, by the way.:rotfl2:

GeminiAngel 06-18-2008 07:34 PM

Woo Hoo!!! 50 pounds!!! good for you!!! I know how tough it is, I'm down 35 since Feb. I'm now a size 8!!! Haven't been that since my mid 20's.

Great first installment. Bill going thru the car wash!:rotfl2: :rotfl2:
He's crazy.:rotfl2:

jkCT 06-18-2008 08:53 PM

I'm here! :wave2: I can't wait to hear all about your adventures!

Hedy 06-19-2008 09:59 AM

Did the vacuum fix the lever?

SaratogaShan 06-19-2008 01:34 PM

Tracy,

I was just a lurkyloo on your last trip report, but I enjoyed it tremendously and have been looking periodically for your next report.......

And here it is!!!!!! :yay:

You are a gifted writer. Thanks for letting us come along for the ride.

And, congrats on your wonderful weight loss acomplishment!

Shan

DisneyJo 06-19-2008 01:43 PM

Congrats on the weightloss Tracy and it sounds like a great start to your trip :goodvibes

mrsksomeday 06-19-2008 02:08 PM

Props
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by mkluvsmickey (Post 25751701)
Hi Tracy! I'm so excited to read another report from you!

First off, contratulations on losing the 50 POUNDS!!! That is awesome - great job! :yay: :woohoo: :yay: :woohoo: :yay: :woohoo: :yay: :woohoo: :yay: :woohoo: :yay:

It sounds like Bill had an awesome birthday trip - can't wait to read all about it! :goodvibes

Hi Michelle! Thanks for joining us. Thanks for the congrats. Bill had a great birthday, I can't wait to share it with all of you.
Quote:

Originally Posted by team weasel (Post 25752347)
Woot Woot! Can't wait to read more!:cool1:

PS...why no pic of your adorable Ace? :mad:

Hi TW, Glad you joined us. I added a pic of Ace, I thought I had it on there. Thanks for telling me about it. I love showing pics of our furbaby.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Piper (Post 25752561)
Wow! I actually got in early on this one!

Hi Piper. Thank you for posting. I hope you enjoy our report.

Quote:

Originally Posted by luvfigment (Post 25752856)
YAY can't wait to hear all about the trip!!! :banana:

Hi luvfigment! So nice to see you, thanks for posting.

Quote:

Originally Posted by ddstratton (Post 25753311)
I found my way here! And before the thread was many pages long! Love the car wash pictures, by the way.:rotfl2:

Hi ddstratton! I thought people would enjoy the car wash pics :rotfl:.

Quote:

Originally Posted by GeminiAngel (Post 25753487)
Woo Hoo!!! 50 pounds!!! good for you!!! I know how tough it is, I'm down 35 since Feb. I'm now a size 8!!! Haven't been that since my mid 20's.

Great first installment. Bill going thru the car wash!:rotfl2: :rotfl2:
He's crazy.:rotfl2:

Hi GeminiAngel!! Congrats on the 35 that is awesome!! Bill is crazy and I love it :rotfl2:.

Quote:

Originally Posted by jkCT (Post 25754910)
I'm here! :wave2: I can't wait to hear all about your adventures!

Hi jkCT!! Thanks for being here.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hedy (Post 25761936)
Did the vacuum fix the lever?

Hi Hedy, no the vacuum didn't fix the lever :(. Bill's dad is supposed to look at it the next time they are here.

Quote:

Originally Posted by SaratogaShan (Post 25766022)
Tracy,

I was just a lurkyloo on your last trip report, but I enjoyed it tremendously and have been looking periodically for your next report.......

And here it is!!!!!! :yay:

You are a gifted writer. Thanks for letting us come along for the ride.

And, congrats on your wonderful weight loss acomplishment!

Shan

Hi Shan, thanks for finding us and joining in. Thank you for the sweet words.

Quote:

Originally Posted by DisneyJo (Post 25766219)
Congrats on the weightloss Tracy and it sounds like a great start to your trip :goodvibes

Hi Jo, thanks. It was a great start, I can't wait to share more.

Goofyluver 06-19-2008 02:25 PM

I am signing on! :wave:

carrieannie 06-19-2008 09:56 PM

Subbing Tracy! :lmao:

DisMomAmy 06-20-2008 07:51 AM

Hi Tracy! I'm along for another great ride too! Off to a good start - can't wait for more!! Amy


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