3rd Time's the Charm!? A 2014 PTR *NEW 11/21!*
Welcome to my PTR!
I have gone back and forth so many times about whether or not I was going to start this report, and I decided to take the plunge and go for it! I will be taking my next trip (girls only) in 5 days, so I have nothing to plan anymore, and I really need things to plan!
First things first. The title. 3rd Time's the Charm. What does that mean, you ask? Well let me explain...
DH and I got married in September of 2010 at the Wedding Pavilion in WDW. Here we are
Photo courtesy of Mr. Randy Chapman (he is amazing)
Photo courtesy of Disney Fine Art Photography - This is a picture of a picture because I haven't bought my disk yet, but it is one of my favourites
The day was perfect. Everything was so well taken care of, I was completely relaxed - which is uncharacteristic of me! DFTW does an amazing job - I always tell people that we are so lucky to have been able to get married there. We had our honeymoon at the GF and it was fantastic.
Okay, I'm getting a little off track here, I will tell you where the 3 comes in. My reasons are 3-fold:
First of all, this will be our 3rd anniversary
Second of all, we have not taken a proper vacation in 3 years
Third, we tried to take a vacation twice last year, and that didn't work out. So this will be our 3rd attempt at a vacation for us to celebrate our anniversary.
We had a cruise booked for Sept 2012. Then I lost my job because the company is closing. We changed it to January 2013 to give us some time to save up the money to go. Then I found out that I was pregnant, so we decided to just cancel that trip. Unfortunately, 3 months ago, we lost our sweet baby. So life has not really been great for us lately. I now have a new job and am finishing up my degree at school, so we feel that we deserve this vacation. Hopefully when we book (for the 3rd time) we will get to actually go on this vacation!
So I wanted to start a PTR to have a place to gather all of my thoughts and planning ideas for this trip. At this point, nothing is solid, other than the fact that DH said Yes to a vacation in September. And really, 9 months is not that far away, so the way I see it, I really need to get planning :rotfl:
Coming up next... meet the cast
I like having an index on a report, so I am going to do my best to keep up with this one. I'm going to post trip related updates in this colour, and life and baby updates in this colour.
Trip Options - Where, oh, where are we going to go?
December 2012 Pictures
September vs. December Rambling
Possible Resort - WL
Possible Dining Choices - Parks - MK and DHS
Possible Dining Choices - Parks - Epcot
Possible Dining Choices - Resorts
WDW Resort List
Magic Kingdom Plans
Baby Appointment Update
New Trip Preliminary Plans
Quick Weekend Update
Updated MK Plans
Life Update! Baby is a...
Updated Epcot Plans
Updated Plans for DHS, DAK, and DTD
Life Update - Weekend Away, Baby Shower, Christmas Tree Decorating
Teeny Update - Life and Trip
Another small update - Life and Trip
Booked at BLT!
Baby Girl is Born!!
ADRs and Park Plans
Flights Booked Update
3 Months To Go!
Passport Troubles and Updated Schedule
Updated Schedule and FP+
So I'm really not good with the "suspense" thing when I write PTR's and TR's... I get too excited and just want to share everything I have all at once! I will keep some things to post another day, but I am going to at least do the "Cast" post. Hopefully that will hold me over, it isn't overly exciting anyway :rotfl:
So here we gooo... off to neverland!!... okay, really, cast members!
Not the best picture of me, but probably the most recent. This was taken while having our annual decorating-mom's-tree-get-together. I am holding my cockapoo, Scarlett. She is not looking impressed in her Santa hat! She is a great little dog though, I love her to bits. She will be staying with our families while we are gone.
Some info about me: I am 25, got married to DH September 9th, 2010 at the Wedding Pavilion in WDW. I am currently finishing a degree in Psychology. I enjoy all things Disney, as well as scrapbooking, yoga, reading, crafting, card making, and spending time with the people I love.
This is him in the summer of 2011.
Some info about M. He is 24 and has the same birthday (but a year later) than me! He is almost finished an apprenticeship in Autobody. He loves cars, Kiss, hockey and spending time with family and friends. He is not a big Disney fan like I am, but I am working on him :rolleyes1
Up next... where are we going?
I'm in :banana: I'm not to good at the creating suspense either...:ssst: haha! Have fun on your trip, post pictures!
New day, new post! So we left off after Cast Members were introduced. And now it is time to discuss where we are going. Hmmm... Let me think... This trip is barely in the works right now, and all DH has said is "Let's go on a trip". That leaves us with a few options to consider...
1. Cruise and WDW
This is the trip that we tried to take already and had to cancel. DH has never been on a cruise before, so I really want to take him on one. Plus, while we are there, a few days at WDW never hurt anyone...:rolleyes1 The prices for this trip can be pretty flexible depending on where we stay and flights to MCO from here are usually really cheap - Big Plus! We have a lot of flexibility with dates, and lengths of cruise and WDW stay. I like things that are familiar to me, and this definitely fits that category. A cruise is also a nice, relaxing vacation, which we definitely need.
DH and I both want to go to California, and with this trip we could do that and go to Disney! Plus, I have never gone to DL before, so this would be something new for me as well. I don't know how I'd feel about DL after seeing WDW so many times (I'm a WDW girl at heart) but it can be fun to try new things. I haven't looked into any pricing at all for this trip but I'm sure it will cost us more for flights anyway. I'm not sure what other things DH would want to do in California, and I want this to be a relaxing vacation, so we might have to save this one for another time. I will look into logistics and see what DH thinks. Even if it isn't super relaxing, a change of scenery is always nice.
I want to go to Hawaii so bad, and if I can do it Disney-style, all the better! This is a great trip for DH and I to take, just the two of us. It is the relaxing trip that we both really need right now. The only problem with this option, is the pricing. As things stand right now (after being laid off all summer) I am not sure if this is an option for us. Flights alone would probably cost as much as a short cruise! I did look at Aulani pricing for dates around our Anniversary though, and it is "value" season, so the room pricing was not bad at all - definite plus!
*None of those pictures are mine, I googled to get the images*
So as you can see, I've got a lot of work ahead of me! But I like this type of "work". Feel free to give me your vote on which vacation you think we should take!
All of your choices look fabulous, I would do any of those happily. It will be fun to see what you decide on. Hawaii is my dream destination some day. I truly hope the third time IS the charm, you have had a very difficult time and I can actually relate to some of it all too well. You are/were an absolutely GORGEOUS bride! :goodvibes
Awwww your cockapoo is so cute!!! I do like that color.
You definitely do deserve a vacation.
I love your wedding data! My birthday is September 9th!
I'm subbing on... I can't wait to hear what you decide to do... How awesome to get married at Disney... I want to go back through your reports to see if there are more photos...:goodvibes
I am really sorry for your loss... :hug: I don't know all of your details... but I do know a think about pregnancy loss... there aren't almost 8 years between my son & daughter on purpose...
I'm going to go and check out your girl's trip report next...
I am leaving for my quick girls trip today!!
We are leaving here when my mom finishes work and crossing the border to spend the night at the airport hotel. Our flight is fairly early (although not as early as we usually fly) so it is just easier, and then nobody has to worry about driving us there or picking us up.
So I doubt that I will be on the boards at all while I'm in WDW - it is a vacation after all! So I will see you real soon!
You guys are so cute! :goodvibes
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