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Old 07-05-2011, 07:30 PM   #736
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Love the real-life pics. The pictures of Amish country are cool, too. I have family in Maryland and we took a tour of Lancaster Co. at one point, many years ago. Really fascinating. Looks like you're enjoying your summer, which is certainly as it should be.
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Old 07-05-2011, 08:25 PM   #737
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Looks like a great weekend! I have those Mickey Mugs too. You looks fabulous, BTW.
It was a fun and very hectic weekend. It was hard getting up for work today.

Did you buy the TJMaxx mugs? I want six of them, but I just don't have enough room right now, so I settled for one. I love it.

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Great pictures of Amish country MEK! Just drove through it this afternoon.
Really? Cool. It was really crowded on Saturday afternoon. We couldn't even find a parking space in one of the outlets. It was THAT crowded. I love it up there. It's such a pretty ride from Delaware once you get north of U of D.

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Judy and I used to be members of the church with the steeple you can see in your picture....Wesley United Methodist, back before we moved to NC for 3 years and then back here to PA, but closer to DE.
See - it IS a small world. I bet you loved living there. I still always think of those kids that were murdered and injured in that school house when I go past the road to the town where it happened (the name escapes me now, but I know exactly where it was).

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I see a trip to TJ maxi in my future! Did you get that mug recently? I'm converting to all Disney mugs!
I just bought it last Thursday. I found them in the check-out line and I gave in and bought one. $4. How could I not buy one?

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I love hydrangeas too. I'm going to put in some more this year. Vie got one called blushing bride and it's a gorgeous pale pink/white. Not blooming yet!
I bet its beautiful. I don't think our soil will support a pink one and I never see the white ones, although I absolutely love them and always want to cut them down out of other people's yards. I haven't yet, but I fight the urge every summer.

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I've been eyeing the Vera wristlets do you have the all in one? I want one the iPhone will fit in.
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Cute cups from Melissa too!
Melissa and Cynthia are both so talented!
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Old 07-05-2011, 08:28 PM   #738
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Love the real-life pics. The pictures of Amish country are cool, too. I have family in Maryland and we took a tour of Lancaster Co. at one point, many years ago. Really fascinating. Looks like you're enjoying your summer, which is certainly as it should be.
I enjoy taking real life pics and I love taking them on my phone because of the automatic uploads to photobucket. I mean, I am lazy and I still have pictures from Disney I haven't downloaded yet, let alone uploaded.

Lancaster is really cool. I think I would love a "behind the scenes" type tour of it. Not the touristy things, but the cool things.
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Old 07-05-2011, 08:49 PM   #739
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And - yes - I always do bring my Disney mug when out and about.
I use mine at my in-laws' lake house and get ribbed over it all summer by just about everyone there. I don't care - no one ever grabs my beer by accident!

I got lost there for a while, but I'm finally caught up. Well, at least I WAS caught up until this latest update
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Old 07-05-2011, 09:19 PM   #740
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Skipping the Spa

Monday May 2, 2011

Hard to believe it was the start of my fourth day in Disney (3rd full day) and I had yet to do a ride. How was that possible????? I am all about firsts when it comes to Disney trips and THIS was certainly a first!

Originally 5 of us had plans for the spa, but Tracy, Jen, and I canceled. I was looking forward to the spa, but since I had missed my MK day I knew I needed to make it up. I was worried if I didn't go to the MK today, I would not be going at all.

And guess what???? I was right. It ended up being my only time to visit MK.

I decided to get up and go for a short run before I left for the parks. I had always wanted to run around the boardwalk region. I took my phone so I could take a few pictures.

First I ran past the Swan. Well, actually I think I ran behind the Swan to the front of the building where the buses came in.



There was plenty more path there, but I decided I wanted to go over to the Boardwalk and check out that area.



Hello Boardwalk.....



I ran in the direction of HS, but I decided not to go to the end of the path. I still didn't feel like I had my normal running energy and, even that early in the morning, I was dripping with sweat.






I wasn't totally enjoying myself because I felt like I needed to rush and get back to the room to get ready to leave for the MK. When I did get back I just sat for a good 5 or 10 minutes. I felt whopped. It was easy to see that my recent poor health had affected my endurance and recovery.

Oh Well. While I was out running, Cynthia was at the health club. I got back before her. I showered, changed, and headed over to the gift shop to pick up a breakfast pastry. Then it was off to wait for the bus.

My rather plain, and not so nutritious, breakfast.



Hello bus stop





Hello cute little girl playing with the bean bags at the bus stop



It didn't take long for the bus to arrive, but for the life of me I can't remember which resorts we stopped at next. I do know for a fact that we stopped at the Boardwalk, which seemed way out of the way. Whatever. One thing about POP. Say what you will about those values. One Stop. One stop only!

Not complaining. Seriously, I am not. But there is a certain luxury that comes with getting on the bus and not having to stop again until the final destination.

I missed rope drop, but not by much. I was actually pretty pleased at how early I had arrived and how smoothly the morning was going. I was also thrilled to be free and clear of a headache, although I was nervous it might come pounding back if I took a ride on my favorite, Space Mountain.

When my kids were younger and we came here for family vacations the rule was always the same- First Park - MK. First Ride - Space Mountain. That was just the way it was. No deviations allowed.

But I didn't hang that first right over to tomorrowland. Instead, I gazed at the wonder of this beauty.



Nothing chokes me up quite like the castle. So, with a lump in my throat, I took another picture.



Then, still being in slow mode, I took pictures of these familiar statues.









I decided that it was probably a good time to head straight through the castle and get some pictures of the mosaics.

So up the stairs I went







I thought I might be able to get some uninterrupted photo time, but there will still enough people milling around that I felt rushed.

















I used to know the story behind the mosaics - who did them, when they were done, how long it took, ect., but I forget all that now. They go over it during the KTTK tour.

And when I came out on the other side of the castle I decided to take of picture of my very own shadow.



And, with that I am going to call it a night. I know I cut this short, but Up Next.......The New, Improved, Haunted Mansion Queue!

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Old 07-05-2011, 09:25 PM   #741
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I use mine at my in-laws' lake house and get ribbed over it all summer by just about everyone there. I don't care - no one ever grabs my beer by accident!
Exactly! Most grown-ups don't want to be caught with a Disney mug outside Disney. I, on the other hand, display mine quite proudly.

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MEK - sounds like you had an exciting weekend! Your MK pictures are stunning! I can't believe you get up and go running, even at WDW! On vacation! That is discipline! I love the mosaic pictures...I can never get them without people in them! Lovely!
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Old 07-06-2011, 12:27 AM   #743
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It was a fun and very hectic weekend. It was hard getting up for work today.

Did you buy the TJMaxx mugs? I want six of them, but I just don't have enough room right now, so I settled for one. I love it.

Melissa and Cynthia are both so talented!
I do like the TJMaxx one, but I was talking about the resort mugs I guess everyone has those!
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Those mosaics are really intricate. I don't know if I've ever really taken the time to look at them.
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Old 07-06-2011, 06:08 AM   #745
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I hadn't booked the spa at all for this day and trip b/c overall it was a quick trip and i knew I wanted enough sunshine time AND we had a fun lunch planned this day that I wanted to be sure to be ready for! . I would like to try it someday though!!

So proud of you for exercising on vacation and even more so when not feeling 100%. The excuses come way too easily to me.

Looks like a fun morning in the MK!
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Old 07-06-2011, 06:20 AM   #746
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Great pics of the castle mosaics! It seems like there's always someone milling about there, making me feel all rushed too!

Can't wait to see your pics of the new HM queue - I must say, that's one of the things I'm most looking forward to seeing in January!
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Old 07-06-2011, 08:28 AM   #747
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Bright blue skies and a a beautiful day to click away and enjoy the MK!!!

Enjoying the journey.
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I love your MK photos!
There is nothing like seeing the castle for the first time.
Now, time to catch up on the other updates.
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Yeah. Yeah. Yeah! Seriously, I completely understand. Your kids are getting your undivided attention and I saw how they stalked you while you were at Disney. I am sure they NEVER leave you alone at home.

How is your leg? I hope its better!
You are so very right! They, never, ever leave me alone!!!! EVER!! I can't even go to the bathroom alone! I must admit, I'm really looking forward to Ryan being in preschool 5 mornings a week in the fall!

Aww, thanks for asking about my leg! It's still hugely swollen and hurts like a son of a gun! I got the script for the MRI yesterday, just waiting for the authorization! I really hope nothing is torn or anything!!!
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I love your pictures MEK. They are so pretty. I really love the Castle ones and the mosaic ones.
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