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MEK 05-15-2010 12:13 AM

I Kicked it I Played it and now..Wheeling & Dealing at the WL final 9/9 p87/88
 
Well Dis friends and Lurkers alike....It's that time again. Yes indeedy, time for a new trip report. This will be my third in this calendar year and my 5th TR in all. I love TR's. They are a ton of work, but they have allowed me to meet some wonderful Dis friends. I think the nicest people on the boards hang out on the TR threads! And I think meeting Dis friends in person is so fun because everyone is just as nice in person as they are on the internet.

As luck would have it, several Disers planned a May trip and were at the world during the same timeframe that I was. Let's see - Ellen (Podsnel) and the collective Dismoms stormed the Beach Club, Tracy (manntra) and her friend Sue kicked back at Kidani, and Katie and her SIL camped out at Coronado Springs. So it was fun to run into all these cool Disers during my trip. :thumbsup2

Trip Details
Ever since we joined DVC in the fall of 07, trip planning has become a way of life for me. I am always planning my next trip....always thinking ahead, always counting points, always enabling myself and those around me. I started planning this trip in March of 09. Yup - that's right - the wheels started spinning 14 months before the actual trip commenced. Denny and I were visiting his brother and SIL at their beach house. Their kids are all grown and out of the house, so I asked if they would like to visit Disney "next spring" of 2010. They were enthusiastic and since my BIL is a girls highschool basketball coach, we decided the first week of May would work out well for everyone's schedule. I told them I would confirm dates about 8 months out from the trip.

Well at 8 months things had changed a bit for BIL & SIL....seems they were expecting their second grandchild right around departure time, so they opted out. But not to be deterred, I knew I could enable my friends Chuck and Cathy. Chuck had graciously watched my boys last September while Denny and I hit the world for free dining. I figured taking Chuck to the place of my addiction was his just reward for watching my teenage boys for a few days. I was psyched when Chuck and Cathy agreed to this trip.

The only thing left to do was to make the reservation. Since we've joined DVC I am on a mission to stay at all of the DVC resorts. I have stayed at Vero Beach, SSR, and Kidani. That left VWL, BC, Boardwalk, BLT, and OKW on my list. I picked VWL because I fell in love with the WL when Denny and I ate at Artist Point in September. After a fabulous dinner, complete with a wine pairing, we walked hand in hand to the beach and stared out on Bay Lake a I declared, "I MUST stay here". The seed was planted, all I had to do was wait for my 7 month window to open.

And when it did I was on the phone to member services at exactly 9am. I asked the cast member to check VWL, BC, and Boardwalk for a 2BR....in that order. When she came back to the phone and said a 2BR was available at VWL, I did not hesitate. "Check no further", I declared. The reservation was made!

Making the reservation was the easy part. As the trip got closer it looked like keeping the reservation was proving to be difficult. If you've read my previous TR's you know that I have two teenage sons - Brian 17 and Nicholas 15. I'll be honest - this has not been the best year for Brian. Sometime during the fall I noted that he was becoming increasingly oppositional. Not just oppositional, but defiant and verbally abusive. This has been very difficult for us as a family. There were several moments during the last 6 months when we did not think both of us would be able to go on the trip. We did not think it was safe to leave Brian home, even with adult supervision. He was becoming so difficult and unpredictable that we were afraid for his safety.

Well, I started doing a lot of research on oppositional defiance in teenagers and I learned something very, very important. Often this disorder is associated with ADD or ADHD. To a lesser degree it is associated with anxiety disorders, depression, or bipolar. I started to really analyze Brian's behavior over the past few years and I realized I needed to have him tested for ADD. Brian has never had problems with his teachers and until this year has had reasonable grades. But I have never felt like he has reached his full potential. In fact, every year I found him getting further and further away from his potential. I always wrote this off to lack of motivation. I finally realized that was I thought was lack of motivation, was something more. So in the weeks that lead up to this trip I was busy having Brian tested and he ultimately started on Adderall.

I don't think any parent wants to start their children on medication, but sometimes you reach a point where you are desperate. So despite my hesitation, I filled the prescription and Brian started it. Interestingly, Brian admitted to me that he had taken Adderall on two separate occasions before he was actually tested. I was alarmed to find that high school students share this medication. But armed with this knowledge, I realized that I needed to dispense this controlled medicine myself.

So what happened when Brian started adderall?????

So far this medication has made a huge difference in his oppositional behavior. He is much less angry and impulsive. He seems happier and better organized. His grades are slowly improving. He's really like a different kid. I know its not a panacea, but it's definately improved his quality of life and things are a lot more peaceful around the house. I don't know what each day will bring, but I feel hopeful that Brian can learn organizational techniques that will help him be successful in his senior year. And its so refreshing to see him calm and content. I hope he wlll now be more receptive to suggestions which help him stay organized and on task.

So, needless to say, there was quite a bit of stress in our house prior to this trip. Fortunately, a coworker of mine proved to be a God-send. She works nights and is single and she agreed to stay at my house for several of the nights that we would be away. My kids balked, but ultimately the really enjoyed having her here. I knew they would. She's a cool person and she saved me a huge amount of stress and concern.

So trip planned, ADRS made, Dismeets confirmed, teenager supervision arranged.....the trip was a go. Well....not quite a go, because there was one other little problem that almost caused my carefully laid plans to crumble.

So....up Next......"I Have What???????":sick::scared::sick:

MEK 05-15-2010 12:42 AM

A Very Special Toy.....
 
Before I do my next update .... I mean, come -on, I gotta leave you in suspense a little longer.....I would like to tell you about a very special purchase I made prior to this trip.

I bought a very cool DSLR camera. After perusing the boards and researching on the internet, I decided to purchase a Cannon Rebel. I bought the camera on NY's Eve and I had great intentions to practice, practice, practice. Well, I practiced a bit, but not quite as much as I wanted. Despite that....let me share a few of my pre trip practice pics with you.

http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/e...l/IMG_0697.jpg

http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/e...l/IMG_0718.jpg

http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/e...l/IMG_0811.jpg

http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/e...devent-149.jpg


http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/e...IMG_1241-1.jpg

http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/e...m/IMG_1378.jpg

15isto2 05-15-2010 04:51 AM

Signing up, I so enjoy your reports

kschafer 05-15-2010 06:26 AM

I'm here Mary Ellen!

Sorry things were so stressful with Brian! The teen years can be really rough for lots of kids and I am not looking forward to going through them with my own boys!!

I'm still so bummed about cancelling Ohana with you :guilty: We just hit that wall, you know? A nap, a swim, talking to the kids and a late dinner at the resort was the best revival I could have hoped for.

Can't wait to hear about your adventures!!

dawnbu40 05-15-2010 06:28 AM

I'm here! :) So glad to see you've started! Glad to hear Brian is coninuing to make progress and I hope the improvements continue! :goodvibes

The "practice pictures" are beautiful!

Can't wait for more! popcorn::

Charleston Princess 05-15-2010 06:48 AM

I'm here, Mary Ellen!!! :yay:

I am so excited you have a new trip report! I can't wait to read all about your stay at the Wilderness Lodge and see all the great pictures I knew you took with your cool new camera! :goodvibes

Glad to hear the Adderall seems to be working with Brian! What a stressful time for you! :hug:

ILuvCrush 05-15-2010 07:12 AM

Hi Mary Ellen!

Letting u know I'm 'lurking' along.;)

Sorry about the stress with Brian, but glad it's looking up!

Rebel pics areawesome! great job!

Paula

wigdoutdismom 05-15-2010 07:27 AM

Some strange sounds are coming from the bedroom so I will sub in for her......(This is Shocker)
I was doing my PT stretches...
you stop it Shocker!

wsushocker 05-15-2010 07:29 AM

I am here and hoping to interject some humorous pictures to your TR.....

jenjolt 05-15-2010 08:03 AM

I'm here MEK!! I really enjoy your TRs!!!

Glad things are looking up for Brian!!

What gorgeous pictures!!! You really took some nice ones!!!! YAY for a new camera! I think after the move we'll be looking into a very nice camera and some photography classes for me!!

Can't wait for more!

MEK 05-15-2010 08:11 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 15isto2 (Post 36654237)
Signing up, I so enjoy your reports

Welcome 15isto2 :cool1: Thanks for being the first to join in! So glad to have you along for another TR. I promise drama, heart break, Dismeets, and some interesting pictures!

Quote:

Originally Posted by kschafer (Post 36654370)
I'm here Mary Ellen!

Sorry things were so stressful with Brian! The teen years can be really rough for lots of kids and I am not looking forward to going through them with my own boys!!

I'm still so bummed about cancelling Ohana with you :guilty: We just hit that wall, you know? A nap, a swim, talking to the kids and a late dinner at the resort was the best revival I could have hoped for.

Can't wait to hear about your adventures!!

Welcome Katie :cool1: So glad to have you join in. I am already really enjoying your TR. No worries about Ohana. I completely understood how you felt that night. I was actually considering canceling the ADR, but I knew my friends would really enjoy it. IT was a long, slow meal and I found myself getting inpatient after the apps were done. I just wanted to get back into the MK and time was ticking.

I was actually very impressed with how hard core you went on Wednesday. I never could have gone that non-stop without a break, so kudos to you!

Quote:

Originally Posted by dawnbu40 (Post 36654375)
I'm here! :) So glad to see you've started! Glad to hear Brian is coninuing to make progress and I hope the improvements continue! :goodvibes

The "practice pictures" are beautiful!

Can't wait for more! popcorn::

Welcome Dawn! :cool1: Thanks for joining in! And thanks to you and Caitlin for providing insight into the whole ADD diagnosis. Knowing how amazing Caitlin is and her early struggle is really inspiring. I guess my only regret is I didn't get him tested early. Another revealing thing is that I am almost certain that I have some degree of ADD. I think it explains why I still do some of the things I do and why I still possess some of my more annoying traits.

Glad you like the pics so far. It will be interesting to see how my trip pics look after editing and posting them.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Charleston Princess (Post 36654428)
I'm here, Mary Ellen!!! :yay:

I am so excited you have a new trip report! I can't wait to read all about your stay at the Wilderness Lodge and see all the great pictures I knew you took with your cool new camera! :goodvibes

Glad to hear the Adderall seems to be working with Brian! What a stressful time for you! :hug:

Welcome CP! :cool1: So glad to have you along. The Wilderness lodge was pretty cool, but I have to admit that I liked Kidani just a tad better. But I did get some extra special pics at the WL that I will reveal at the end of this TR. They are really unique and will be quite a surprise!

Thanks for the :hug:with Brian. I know you probably experience kids with ADD everyday. I am a little disappointed that I didn't get concrete teacher feedback before this. It's interesting, but now the teachers are writing on his progress report -"has potential to do better work". Duh - I always knew that, but now they are saying it after he was diagnosed. :mad:

Quote:

Originally Posted by ILuvCrush (Post 36654505)
Hi Mary Ellen!

Letting u know I'm 'lurking' along.;)

Sorry about the stress with Brian, but glad it's looking up!

Rebel pics areawesome! great job!

Paula

Welcome Paula! :cool1: I was just thinking about you the other day. I know my disboard time has been lacking, but I knew I hadn't seen you around in a while. I figured you have just gotten really sucked into real life with the kids, family, and life.

I hope you will continue to follow along. I hope I can continue to add some pics that come anywhere close to your level of expertise.

Thanks for the :thumbsup2 for Brian.

Quote:

Originally Posted by wigdoutdismom (Post 36654571)
Some strange sounds are coming from the bedroom so I will sub in for her......(This is Shocker)
I was doing my PT stretches...
you stop it Shocker!

:rotfl2: OMG...you two crazy kids. Am I gonna have to come down there and separate you????????

Quote:

Originally Posted by wsushocker (Post 36654581)
I am here and hoping to interject some humorous pictures to your TR.....

I promise to give you plenty of fodder for outrageous pictures. We had a lot of "OH NO" embarrassing moments starting right with the day of departure, so get those pics warmed up and ready. There were a lot of Denny moments on this trip! :rotfl: And I must confess, I was equally as absent minded at times!
Welcome Wigd & Shocker! :cool1:I expect that "Mr I Won't Rent a Car" will be along shortly.

MEK 05-15-2010 08:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jenjolt (Post 36654769)
I'm here MEK!! I really enjoy your TRs!!!

Glad things are looking up for Brian!!

What gorgeous pictures!!! You really took some nice ones!!!! YAY for a new camera! I think after the move we'll be looking into a very nice camera and some photography classes for me!!

Can't wait for more!

Welcome Jen :cool1: I missed ya girl! So glad to have you join in. The camera was fun and I managed to take quite a few pictures despite all the lens changes. I still need the photography class, but that won't be anytime soon!

MEK 05-15-2010 09:02 AM

I plan to update later today and I think I am caught up on mostly everyone's TR, at least the ones I am subbed to. So before I sign off for this morning, I feel like I should post a few teaser pics from our arrival day. So here goes.....

Oh Yeah....Where Am I?

http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/e...0/IMG_2867.jpg

A Familiar Sight....

http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/e...0/IMG_2859.jpg

For Dawn and Caitlin....
http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/e...0/IMG_2894.jpg
There's Just something about a Black & White Classic
http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/e...0/IMG_2871.jpg

Does a Tripod Help? Well, Yes...I think it does!

http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/e...0/IMG_2931.jpg

Disneymoon09 05-15-2010 09:10 AM

I'm here! I have looked forward to this one. My sister and her family were there at the same time!

IluvXU 05-15-2010 09:17 AM

I am in too. I love it when I find things beginning. I can only imagine all the worrying and struggles with Brian. Any time medication and diagnosis are happening it is hard. I think as a teacher you sometimes don't put all the pieces together, coming up with different reasons why children perform/act as they do. I have a student this year who I have really struggled to understand... and now after a year I think she is ADD, just not the typical one you see.

Glad you got the Wl at the seven month window too...


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