WE'RE CANCELLING CHRISTMAS (Take 2)- Dec. 4 to 8, 2012 TR (Day 5, Part 2 Posted)
Now, I should probably start off here with an explanation of the title of this PTR/TR. In 2009 my hubby and I decided that we'd rather take a family vacation and have a very tiny Christmas, so that's exactly what we did. The kids got only a few books, some PJ's and a gift from Santa. But in exchange we all got to go to Disneyworld! The TR for that trip was called "WE'RE CANCELLING CHRISTMAS", so it was only natural that we call this the same name (Take 2), since we had decided on a similar situation.
Here's the link to that trip report, in case you want to read up a bit on who we are, how I write and what I like to share.
The Disney Finale: WE'RE CANCELLING CHRISTMAS. Now you might note that this was actually titled "The Disney Finale: WE'RE CANCELLING CHRISTMAS" because we had decided that we needed to take the kids somewhere other than Disney (gasp at the thought!) for a vacation, so we fully intended for this to be the last family Disney trip. Well, push comes to shove and where do we decide to go on our next vacation... Disney, of course!
Index of Posts:
Disneyland Day 1, Part 1
Disneyland Day 1, Part 2
Disneyland Day 1, Part 3
Disneyland Day 1, Part 4
Disneyland Day 2, Part 1
Disneyland Day 2, Part 2
Disneyland Day 2, Part 3
Disneyland Day 2, Part 4
Disneyland Day 2, Part 5
Disneyland Day 3, Part 1
Disneyland Day 3, Part 2
Disneyland Day 3, Part 3
Disneyland Day 3, Part 4
Disneyland Day 3, Part 5
Disneyland Day 4, Part 1
Disneyland Day 4, Part 2
Disneyland Day 4, Part 3
Disneyland Day 4, Part 4
Disneyland Day 4, Part 5
Disneyland Day 5, Part 1
Disneyland Day 5, Part 2
OK, on with the cast of characters:
Here are a few photos of our family from our last Disney trip, WDW in 2009. Keep in mind, they all look so different now!
There's more to come, so stay tuned...
It's all in the Details...
Details time! Here's what I've got planned thus far.
Leave PDX from Portland, OR at 7am on Tuesday. We're flying JetBlue into Long Beach, arriving at 9:17am. We and are still undecided if we'll just take a cab or set up a shuttle service to take us to our hotel, the Best Western Park Place Inn. We chose this hotel because of it's proximity to the parks and the ease of being able to go to and fro any time we want and without transportation.
Tuesday we'll hit the parks once we arrive. We'll have all day Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at the parks. Saturday will be our final day at DLR and we'll have to leave by 4:00 (or earlier) so we make it to LGB and check in before our 6:16pm flight back to Portland.
We're still waiting for details on park hours but I have made reservations at both Cafe Orleans and Goofy's Kitchen. The kids requested that I make reservations at Rainforest too, so we may do that. We've even planned on returning to the room and ordering Marri's Pizza one evening, to give ourselves a break before returning for a late night in the park. Other than those we'll probably eat counter service.
I ordered my Photopass Plus last week and got it yesterday, and I'm so excited for it!
More details to come as the trip gets closer.
Sounds like you have a fun trip planned! You are going to love Disneyland at Christmas -- although it's not as big, it's WAY more decorated per square foot. I was there in 2010 about that same time and it was amazing.
You gotta take these trips while the kids are still around -- my DS is 16 too and I fear our trip next March may be the last one with the whole family. Worth canceling Christmas for!
I just realized that I haven't posted anything new here in a while. Yesterday was our 3 week mark. I'm getting so excited but feeling so unprepared. It's been a crazy month for me. It's a whole story but since you're here and my captive audience, I'm going to share it with you...
DH and I decided to do this trip cash. It's the first trip we've ever done cash and we are so proud of ourselves. Believe me, if you knew where we started and where we've been you'd be proud too. Well, then fate comes along and throws a kink in our plan.
First our dishwasher goes out. One Sunday the pump just goes out. Well there are 5 of us in our family (and 2 teenagers who eat all day to boot) so we go through SOOOOO many dishes. We couldn't live without a dishwasher. So we dip into our Disney food and souvenior fun and buy a new dishwasher. Not so disastrous. We can live with that.
Exactly one week later, almost exactly to the hour, we go to make dinner and the oven won't work. The entire computerized panel has gone out... and they don't make them any more. *sigh* Another, more substantial, dip into our Disney fund.
And did I mention that my precious Nikon d7000 has developed focusing issues and had to be sent back to Nikon for repair. $250 later it's on it's way back to me and will be back before our vacation. *whew*
Oh, and the lawnmower just kicked the bucket. Halfway through mowing the lawn it just made thse horrid noises and ceased working.
Oh, and the toaster went out too.
The good news is that I've been working extra and we'll still make it just fine on cash. Wish there was a little more than what we'll end up with, but we'll make it work.
So there... that's my crazy month.
To top it off it's crazy busy for me. I'm not only working my regular job but it's also the busy Christmas card photo season for my photography business. Multiple shoots every weekend and hours and hours of editing each week. At least that's been good to help offset the cost of all those freak replacements.
Beyond that, things are going well. I've picked out some coordinating clothing for our trip. My matching DIS-signs t-shirts got nixed this trip. Apparently teenagers dressing the same as their parents isn't cool or something. :confused3 It's fine, I wasn't that set on it. But that means finding other ways to make us look good together.
For my part I've nixed the kids and their cartoon shirts. Cause really, Einstein as an MC (my 16yo, proud-to-be-a-nerd son's favorite shirt) doesn't really go with the Disney theme.
I really am anxious to get an idea of what the weather will be. Do I need to plan for cold weather with gloves and thick coats? Or rain with rainproof gear? I'm personally hoping for some sun during our trip, but we'll take Disney however we can get it! :dance3:
I hear you on the non-matching thing. I think any trip with teens is a just a goal to not clash. I hate being the drill sergeant mom telling everyone what to wear and on what day, but they also see the great pictures afterward.
I always plan the majority of my clothes for whatever the weather *should* be, but pack at least one thing for when the weather changes (i.e. one shorts for a winter trip, one long pants for a summer). Coming from Portland it will most likely be warmer at DLR, but most us don't spend the entire day and night outdoors (I end up chilled). I find renting one locker and stuffing jackets in it during the day is worth the investment.
Sound fun, I'm on board! We leave in seven weeks! :hyper:
We leave in 8 days! This time 8 days from now we'll be strolling through California Adventure after riding our first ride - Screamin'!
The first ride was chosen by the kids. I texted them all and asked what they wanted to ride first - any ride in DL or DCA. All three were in agreement - Screamin'! Now there's a little story behind this too. My DD was 5 when we went to DL last time... and she was too short to ride Screamin'. She cried! In Disney! All because she couldn't ride. She had to sit out with one of the adults while the other adults and the boys got to ride. And she has never let us forget that she never, ever got to ride Screamin'. So I think it's a good choice and one we're all excited about, especially her.
Besides, Screamin' was one of the big reasons we decided on DLR this time around instead of going back to WDW. The kids all miss Screamin'!
Now, I will say that I'm getting a little down about the possible weather. I know it's so far out and I hope that things change, but for now it's looking like possible rain for the first few days. Our last trip it poured one day and it really wasn't that far. I know I'm an Oregonian and I'm used to the rain, but the lack of drainage in the parks means that you're slogging through standing water all day. Not fun at all. So I'm hoping things change or that the rain isn't the torrential downpour we got last trip. So good thoughs for good weather would be appreciated.
Holy moly, just 5 days left here in Oregon before we head off to Disneyland! Can't wait!
So, last update had me harried and frantic and stressing it all. I'm still there but in a different way. The weather, thankfully, is looking better than before. That's what I get for even looking at weather 2 weeks out. I should know better...
Right now what I'm stressing is getting everything here done. I finally had to bite the bullet and close my photography business down for a few weeks. I hate turning down the money, but I just can't fit anything more into the next few days. I do have one senior session to finish editing and posting. They're of this beautiful lady:
I can't wait to edit them, I just wish we had a few more hours in each day. After that I just need to get some product to two other customers. Other than that all loose ends of the photography business have been tidied up and I think I'll be ready to put it aside while we go on vacation.
Here's the other stressful part for me - packing. Generally it wouldn't be stressful. I actually enjoy all the tidy piles of clean clothes packed neatly away, but it's hard to enjoy it when you haven't started it! That will be my Saturday plan, as on Sunday we're watching my daughters performance with the local Childrens Choir and taking a trip to the in-laws house so they can watch these adorable grandpuppies while we're gone.
I really am excited about the trip, I just tend to be a bit of a stresser when it comes to all the planning and preparation parts. (And to top it all off, my planning notebook went missing yesterday! I know it's got to be around here somewhere...)
The happiest parts of my day right now... DH has been texting us all pictures of the Disney parks each day, usually 3 or 4 a day to try to get us all in the Disney spirit. I love that and it brightens my day each time I get one!
Cute dogs! We have a black Lab (and a turtle) and always have to find care. My sister-in-law is not a dog person or my brother in law would totally take her, so we usually just board her at a free-range place. We call it her "doggy vacation" because she gets to play with so many others. I think she comes back as tired as we do!
Good luck with the packing!
And on a good note, I did find my planning notebook. Somehow it got under the things that have been piling up near my sewing machine, so I can mend them before our trip. Ugh. Add that to my to-do list. I'm not sure I'm getting ahead here... LOL
If not for the in-laws, we'd totally do the free-range thing. There's a little place nearby that does that and I always thought that at least the dogs would be happy and out instead of cooped up. But I'm happy to save the money and glad my in-laws have 2 fenced acres for them to run in (and 3 additional dogs for them to play with)!
OK, off the computer and on finishing laundry so I can finally pack!
60 more minutes of work and then I'm on vacation! Just had to share that.
We're all packed and ready to go. Tonight will be showers and tooth brushing all around everyone and then the last of the toiletries packed. We're up bright at early at 4am so we can drive to the airport and catch our 7am flight to sunny California! :yay::dance3::cool1:
Have a great trip and share when you return. Safe travels!
Just a short note to say that we've arrived safely and spent our first day at DCA. Carsland and downright amazing. Just the coolest feel to the entire section of the park. We rode tons of rides, got totally soaked, ate some tasty food and enjoying time together. Can't wait for tomorrow!
We have returned! We had a wonderful time. Some good things, some not as good. Lots of pictures coming up and full, detailed trip reports (that I wrote each night while the family was sleeping).
I was pretty sad today when I had to edit my signature and take off my ticker. *sigh* Post-Disney depression sets in...
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