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Twoboysnmygirl 11-10-2012 05:45 AM

GREEN APPLE. A November Anniversary TR with too many photos! *update 12/19*
 
Hello, hello! Welcome to the TR with a dumb name. You might ask yourself what GREEN APPLE means...it means nothing. It was the kind of blowpop my dh had on the airplane when I asked what my TR name should be. That's it. ;) I had all kinds of other TR names brewing, but none of them quite captured this Anniversary trip of ours. Here are a few I considered:

"How to gain 10 pounds in 4 days!"
"We're together, that's all that matters"
"You are going to end up spending $50 just on water!"
"We're staying at Animal Kingdom Lodge and you forgot your ZOOM LENS?!?!?"
"Ever sit on the lobby floor of AKL at 4am? I have!"
"You went to Disney and went on HOW MANY rides?!??!"

Yep, they didn't really do much for me either...so I went with Rey's suggestion when I asked him on the plane. Green Apple it is. :p

I guess I should introduce myself, I'm guessing most reading this know me though, so the short and sweet?? (that's a laugh)

My name is Karen, I'm STILL in my 30s! Barely, but hanging in there for a couple more months! ;) I have my own petisitting business, homeschool my kids, and I'm a photographer (hence the plethora of photos in this TR!). I'm a runner as well and just ran my first 5K! Ok, I can't really make this short, I think I really just like talking about myself. :lmao: I have only been to WDW as an adult, Rey says I act like it scared me for life to not go as a child. :rolleyes: I guess I get to insert a pic here. This is one of the VERY FEW rides we went on this trip. How few? You'll have to wait for that. Yours truly on the People Mover! Yes, I was trying to look all cute...it happens sometimes. ;)

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...arenAKL856.jpg


This was my 4th trip...I actually cannot believe that! We went on our first family trip totally alone (no IL's) this past January and somewhere along the line I decided that Rey & I should go back to celebrate our 21 years together! It was actually way more complicated than that. First, I was going to go back early March 2013 with my BFF, for my 40th bday, but then I started looking ahead to finances/trips and started feeling like I don't have that much time left for vacationing with my family. My boys are 17 & 18 and we are just now finally financially able to vacation, and I want to make the most of it. I decided on a trip with Rey and then another short trip with Savannah, my 12 year old, before another family trip! Luckily, I have the bestest BFF in the world and she agreed that we'll have lots of years after our kids are grown to hit WDW and do the BFF thing!

Ok...if you have JUST NOW realized that I can ramble, you may want to consider your time management and if you can handle my TR. I tend to go off on rambles. I've tried to control it, it's just not possible! :lmao:

Unfortunately, it's a shorter report than my previous b/c it was only 3 nights! Have no fear, fellow reader, I took enough pictures for a full TR!

Rey is my companion on this trip! It was his 3rd trip. We've been together 21 years and this was the first time we actually went away together! We did do 2 nights in "the city" last fall and that made me realize what we were missing, not getting away together! Rey is my funny, incredibly supportive, snarky dh. He likes Disney a lot, but he would tell you that Vegas is his Disney World. He loves Food & Wine, we had briefly spent time at F&W when we went to WDW with his parents, so it was a no-brainer to go on our trip in November! Oh and Rey requested Crystal Palace. He actually got offended when I suggested we cancel it to save a little cash. He loves Piglet, but his picture with Tigger was funnier. Tigger came up behind him when he had a mouthful of food! That's why Rey's smiling so funny. I thought it was hilarious b/c Rey was all polite and smiling but with his cheeks full of food!

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...arenAKL693.jpg

Ok, intro is getting too long! (surprise, surprise!) :p Here are the official details for anyone interested:
Trip dates:
Monday, November 5th-Thursday November 8th (yep, Jersey Week!)
Anniversary trip renting points at Animal Kingdom Lodge for 3 nights
2 day park hoppers (Tuesday & Wednesday)
Flying & using Disney transport
Cash for food, no dining plan this time!

So WELCOME!!! Hope you like pictures of just about everything from the airplane to the food, b/c that's what I got! ;)

A pic of both of us, together, this was while waiting to grab the shuttle to Sanaa for our first meal!

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...arenAKL056.jpg

Oh and here's my Pre-Trip Report if you have way too much time on your hands and want to stalk me. I'm not super interesting to stalk, but I do post a lot of photos! ;)
The BFF-Birthday-bash PTR turned Anniversary Trip and Mother/Daughter trip!

Here's the sunrise view from our balcony at AKL, just to wet your appetite! ;)
http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...arenAKL541.jpg


Twoboysnmygirl 11-10-2012 05:46 AM

Table of Content

Chapter 1-We're on our way!

Let''s Play a Game!

Early dinner at Sanaa

Sanaa part 2

Back to the room & ready for DTD!

DTD & Victoria Falls

3:30AM is a great time to take pictures! AKL lobby

Magic Kingdom in the rain

Crystal Palace breakfast!

Rain, rain, go away...

A New PRE-TR!

Rain stops, crowds are low!

You're leaving MK already???

Sunbathing and Animal Gazing...

The buses are a little more pleasant after a few drinks!

Enjoying Food & Wine!

AKL pool

A morning at DHS

You're leaving another park at 10AM??

International touring and Moroccan fare

It always comes back to GERMANY.

Germany, Africa, & Scandinavia on a windy afternoon.

La Cava de Tequila

A relaxing afternoon & spontaneous dinner

Beaches & Cream

All good things must come to an end...

Final Thoughts & Souvenirs!

Victoriasmom98 11-10-2012 07:03 AM

I'M FIRST, I'M FIRST.....I'VE NEVER BEEN FIRST!!! :cheer2::cheer2::cheer2:

Twoboysnmygirl 11-10-2012 07:06 AM

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Originally Posted by Victoriasmom98 (Post 46672694)
I'M FIRST, I'M FIRST.....I'VE NEVER BEEN FIRST!!! :cheer2::cheer2::cheer2:

It pays to get up early in MY world, Ann! :thumbsup2

-Hope- 11-10-2012 08:20 AM

Woohoo- I can hardly wait to read all about it!!! I am chomping at the bit and Monday seems so long to wait to see you.

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Twoboysnmygirl 11-10-2012 08:23 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by -Hope- (Post 46673006)
Woohoo- I can hardly wait to read all about it!!! I am chomping at the bit and Monday seems so long to wait to see you.

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You are too funny...you realize I won't post any pics on FB until I've posted them in my TR, right? Then you could cheat and go look at the pics instead of reading! That won't do! :lmao: Hopefully by Monday I'll at least have all the pics edited, I took WAY too many! I'm sure you are shocked. :rolleyes:

Tink-erin-belle 11-10-2012 08:29 AM

I'm here! I have to go back to read, but I'm so excited to read your TR :yay:

-Hope- 11-10-2012 08:36 AM

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Originally Posted by Twoboysnmygirl

You are too funny...you realize I won't post any pics on FB until I've posted them in my TR, right? Then you could cheat and go look at the pics instead of reading! That won't do! :lmao: Hopefully by Monday I'll at least have all the pics edited, I took WAY too many! I'm sure you are shocked. :rolleyes:

Mmhmmm, I figured that's what you were doing. Or making me suffer. :p

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Twoboysnmygirl 11-10-2012 08:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tink-erin-belle (Post 46673061)
I'm here! I have to go back to read, but I'm so excited to read your TR :yay:

Yay! Erin is here!! :goodvibes

Quote:

Originally Posted by -Hope- (Post 46673091)
Mmhmmm, I figured that's what you were doing. Or making me suffer. :p

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Yep, suffer. I was only gone for 4 days, you made me suffer a whole WEEK when you left! :p

It's annoying, I would love to upload a day of shots or so, but then I think my only readers here are the same few on FB, so then I would have no one reading the report! :p I'll probably get inpatient and post some on FB before the weekend is up, but there won't be much story to them, you'll have to come here for that! ;)

-Hope- 11-10-2012 09:00 AM

Yes, I was gone longer but I was posting pics and doing status updates ( not to mention sending meltdown texts). I got nothing!! Did you seriously have a trip with no meltdowns?!?!

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DsnyMama 11-10-2012 09:05 AM

I'm here, I'm here, I'm here :cool1: Followed you over from the Nov FB group! Can't wait to hear about your trip!

Twoboysnmygirl 11-10-2012 09:06 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by -Hope- (Post 46673256)
Yes, I was gone longer but I was posting pics and doing status updates ( not to mention sending meltdown texts). I got nothing!! Did you seriously have a trip with no meltdowns?!?!

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Oh you'll just have to wait and see! Bwahahahaaaaa! Actually, I had a tiny tiny meltdown for about 2 minutes once (I think it was alcohol related) and then that was it. Well...unless you call the big meltdown/argument on the drive home from the airport in bumper to bumper traffic! I consider that a "I'm home and don't wanna be-meltdown!" though and not actually a trip meltdown! :lmao:

Twoboysnmygirl 11-10-2012 09:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DsnyMama (Post 46673296)
I'm here, I'm here, I'm here :cool1: Followed you over from the Nov FB group! Can't wait to hear about your trip!

YAY Amber! Glad you are here!! You are in the teens now, right?!?!?! :dance3: You are going to die when you see the AKL photos I got! I was up at 3:30 and headed down to the totally empty lobby and got some gorgeous shots! (I think that's where you are staying, right?!?!?)

Victoriasmom98 11-10-2012 11:00 AM

ok, now that I've saved my #1 spot and done my morning chores, I can come back and comment. First of all, I think Rey looks awesome with his short hair! And your hair has gotten way longer!! Yes, your attempt at looking cute did work! Just look at that pose of yours, huh. ::yes:: Thank you for the teaser picture, but I can't quite make out EE. Should I be looking dead ahead, to the right? to the left? I can't tell. Sorry. Did animals come out onto that savanah area? I guess I just can't wait until the TR really gets going! I promise not to cheat and look at just Facebook. I want the stories behind the pictures!! :hippie:

Twoboysnmygirl 11-10-2012 11:08 AM

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Originally Posted by Victoriasmom98 (Post 46674075)
ok, now that I've saved my #1 spot and done my morning chores, I can come back and comment. First of all, I think Rey looks awesome with his short hair! And your hair has gotten way longer!! Yes, your attempt at looking cute did work! Just look at that pose of yours, huh. ::yes:: Thank you for the teaser picture, but I can't quite make out EE. Should I be looking dead ahead, to the right? to the left? I can't tell. Sorry. Did animals come out onto that savanah area? I guess I just can't wait until the TR really gets going! I promise not to cheat and look at just Facebook. I want the stories behind the pictures!! :hippie:

It's really hard to see in that shot since the sun was coming up. Pretty much right in the middle, just above the palm tree that has the light colored trunk. SINCE you asked, and I'm feeling generous, I'll post another shot, you can see it a little better in this one. You could actually see it really well, but since I had this wide angle lens (you'll hear more about that) it actually made things look SMALLER than my eye could see!

Hopefully you can see it back there in this shot?

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...renAKL1075.jpg


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