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Old 09-27-2010, 03:22 PM   #1
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Cool Lots of Characters, Lots of Firsts but Lots of Drama: Why We Say NEVER AGAIN!! 3/21

Hello and Welcome to my first TR! I set out almost a year ago writing my first PTR, 1 Child 10 Adults A GG to Celebrate DD’s 4th Bday, so I could have a place to write out thoughts and feeling when I embarked on planning my family’s first vacation. My husband and I had been once before but we went with who I call the “Disney Master” so she planned the whole trip, except she let us have input on where we would stay. It was a great introduction to Disney for DH and me but we knew we wanted to do things differently this go around.

The Nitty Gritty Details:
Dates: September 11-18th (along with two travel dates on either side of the date range)
Why: To Celebrate DD’s 4th birthday (and her first trip)
Transportation: We Drove
Resort: Coronado Springs Resort
Perks: Free Disney Dining Plan!

I hope you all will stick around as I dive into discussing our trip but I warn you: not all was magical and I will share some less than stellar parts. So if you are looking for a TR that is glamorized through rose colored glasses this is not it—keep on moving! If you want to read about how our trip really went, what worked and what did not, tips on surviving a grand gathering, balancing and juggling five grandparents and one grandchild, what I learned along the way and why we say NEVER AGAIN, feel free to read along and comment!! I would love feedback on what you would like to read about or any questions that I may be able to answer.

Come enjoy my vacation rollercoaster!!

**When I put up an update, I will add the date to the title of the TR. I cannot add much more than that as I have almost maxed out the space with the title itself.

Table of Contents of the posts--click here!
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Old 09-27-2010, 03:28 PM   #2
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I'm here...and so glad you are doing a TR. And I'm first. YAHOO!!!!
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Old 09-27-2010, 03:35 PM   #3
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Oh my...I am VERY excited, and terrified. We're doing an extended family trip in January/February, and we don't all get along well in the best of circumstances. This should be quite the adventure! I can't wait to hear all about your trip!
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I'm in. Though your title sounds very ominous.
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Christine! Glad you could make it over. I hope your trip went well!!
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Old 10-19-2010, 02:28 PM   #10
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The pics of Lilian on the MTP are awesome Stephanie! I have never thought to try and take pics while spinning! Looks like she had a wonderful and fun time!! Glad you finally made it to MK!!! I love all of the Halloween decorations and all of your pictures are fantastic!! Can't wait to see those princesses!!!!
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Oh my...I am VERY excited, and terrified. We're doing an extended family trip in January/February, and we don't all get along well in the best of circumstances. This should be quite the adventure! I can't wait to hear all about your trip!


We had good moments and not so good moments, don't be terrified. Thanks for joining in Christa!
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Old 09-27-2010, 08:12 PM   #13
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to my TR!! I am glad you could join us.
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