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Old 01-27-2011, 10:45 AM   #1
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Thumbs up Limos, Planes, AND Puke~ OH MY! Allison's Wish Trip Report*3/27 COMPLETED *

The Cast: My name is Amy. I am the mother of four wonderful kids and Navy wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest son is 15 (soon to be 16), our wish princess is 12 then we have 2 more little guys. 4 years and 9 months.

The Why: My daughter was diagnosed almost 2 years ago with Indeterminate Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Although, they are now saying it is more specifically Crohn's. She has had symptoms since she was 2 and it took 8 years and A LOT of doctors to finally figure out what was wrong. Allison has always been a trooper. Happy and goes with the flow. Rarely did she complain, but when she did.....you knew she was sick. After several failed treatment plans, they finally found one that seems to be working. That's the nutshell anyway. So here we are!!

Once I figure out how, I plan to make some sort of table of contents with links... Anyone want to PM with instructions???

Where Make Wish comes In: She was referred to MAW by the nurses in her hematology/oncology treatment center. It took quite a while to hear anything back (MONTHS) because the doctors papers "didn't make it back" to MAW. Once they got them, it moved VERY quickly. We got the letter in the mail that our Volunteers would be calling. Less than 2 hours after opening the mail they called. They were at our house 2 weeks later. They brought Allison a MAW Barbie!!
So cute. It is displayed on a shelf in her room. More paper work, birth certificates, more papers for the dr. Which by the way, her dr. was deployed very suddenly to Afghanistan in October. So the one doctor that finally figured out what was wrong AND gave her quality of life back..... Is now gone. But that's a whole other story. So the papers again finally make it back to MAW. Her first wish was to meet Harry Potter's George and Fred. We were told we would have to be willing to leave within 48 hours of being notified, which with a Sailor you just can't do. Her second wish was to go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. They decided to have us go to GKTW and visit the Orlando parks, which includes IOA where Harry Potter is. She is a huge Potter fan. Our Wish Granter calls and literally wanted us to leave in 2 weeks from when everything was approved. We decided to hold off and go in a month.
Allison during the Send Off Party
Allison and her Make-A-Wish Volunteers
During my short time on DISboards, the wonderful ladies from DISboutiquers “adopted” Allison and our family and sprinkled a very generous amount of PIXIE DUST on us!! We certainly don’t have the words to express to them how much we appreciated it! Nor how much more special and magical it made Allison’s WISH trip.

Day 1~ Allison's Wish is coming True
Day 1 ~ Welcome Home~ Villa 247
Day 2~ Who All does Alli meet?
Day 2~ Part 2 You broke what??
Day 2~part 3 Wishes do come true!
Day 2~ part 4 COMPLETE!!
Day 3~ Part 1 Ice Cream
Day 4~ part 1Mickey Waffles and Stitch start the day!!
Day 4 We meet TInk Complete!!
2011 YEAR IN REVIEW, why I got sidetracked from my TR
Day 5~ Wish Upon A Star!
Day 5~ Wish upon a Star COMPLETED
Day 6 Back to Universal~ Trip is almost over
Day 7~ Last Day of Wish TRip

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Old 01-27-2011, 11:02 AM   #2
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Day 1 December 12, 2010

Sunday DECEMBER 12, 2010 DAY 1
The morning starts off quite early 0500. Mom is up to feed the baby and grabs a quick shower. 0545 Time to wake up the three older kids. Not the most fun thing to do, but at least I could say it was so we could ride the LIMO to the airport…. For DISNEY!!! I can’t believe it’s the day!

Kids drag themselves out of bed, Husband and I help get the last few things together. 0620 everyone is waiting anxiously for the LIMO to arrive at 0630. At 0625 the LIMO arrives!! A great big white Limo! All for Allison!! She is so excited as are Jake and Jonathon. So Dad and Jake carry out the luggage and start to put it in the trunk. Naturally, there isn’t enough room for the OVER ABUNDANCE of luggage that I packed for the 6 of us, for 1 week in Disney. One of the large suitcases had to go inside on the floor with us. Baby’s seat is buckled in, kids are situated, Mom and Dad are in….. Off we go to the airport!

After a 45 minute drive, we arrived at Newport News/Williamsburg airport. Having never flown with kids, I was a bit overwhelmed. We didn’t have tickets, as MAW had it set up for us to check in and get them. So up to the counter we go. Easy enough…. 4 kids and a TON of luggage. The lady at the counter was having a bad day. I think she must have rolled out of bed on the wrong side, because she was grumpy from the moment she said Good morning. Obviously, to her nothing about it was good. She begins to check us in and I inquire about the luggage rates. (I had contacted Airtran ahead of time and found out they don’t charge MAW families for luggage~and brought the email with me) This apparently frustrated her because she kept doing the “typing” on the computer keyboard “looking” for something?!?! After what seemed like forever she called her supervisor to see what to do. Apparently there was no “note” on our reservation that it was a wish trip. Anyway, he said to waive the fees and now we are ready to check our bags.
You seriously weren’t thinking Ms. Ray O’ Sunshine was going to make this process any easier than the tickets!?!? First bag up, over by 5 pounds, OK let’s check the next… over by 4 pounds. Call back to the supervisor. Hushed tones on the phone. “OK, my supervisor says that we can waive the luggage fee, but not the overage fee” WELL~ at the rate they charge for heavy bags, it wasn’t worth it. We brought two extra duffle bags for our goodies, let’s just take one out and put stuff in it and check that as well. “Fine” she said and walked away. We got the stuff out, stuffed it into another bag, reweighed the bags and were good. Everything under weight. Ready to move on and check the bags. After all, we still had security to get through. At least 20 minutes go by before she graced us with her presence again. Back to weighing and typing on the computer. FINALLY our bags were on their way to our plane. But if we don’t hurry, it will make it to Florida and we won’t.

Luckily the airport was small and security wasn’t hard to find. All of us had carry-ons and shoes and coats. The security people were fantastic! They helped us through, and even though they had to check our medication bag we were through in less time than it took to check in!! We are waiting at the gate, get some breakfast and wait for them to board us. Once we are on the plane, our oldest walks in first with the 4 year old. They decide to sit together. Jonathon (4) closest to the window, then Jake (15) in the middle, and Alli (12) on the end. My husband, baby and I sit behind them. Take off was smooth, the baby did great. We gave the kids gum to chew, and Jonathon only got a small piece as he has never had gum before. A little into the flight we hit a bit of turbulence. Nothing too bad…. At least that’s what I thought. Next thing, I see Jonathon “choking” on his gum. I figured he tried to swallow it. I told his brother to help him, and no sooner did the little guy PUKE! EVERYWHERE! Just him and his brother…. So the seatbelt sign is still on, we hit the button for a flight attendant. They were very nice! The moved Jake up a row, Alli moved back with me and Daddy moved up with Jonathon to “clean” him up. It seemed like it took forever. They got situated, and within 5 minutes he was fast asleep. 40 minutes later we were landing in Orlando. We made it. Not without a few glitches.. But we were there!!!

GIVE KIDS THE WORLDTwo wonderful GIVE KIDS THE WORLD greeters met us as we came out. They helped us to the luggage pick-up where we had to stop to change Jonathon. (As you may remember he puked all over himself mid-flight) They then took us to our rental pick-up and off we went to GKTW!!
30 minutes later we were passing Wal-Mart and pulling up to the gates of GIVE KIDS THE WORLD!!!
We check-in and get the run down for orientation. The Volunteer takes us to our Villa so that we can quickly order lunch and get to orientation to get our tickets!
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Old 01-27-2011, 11:24 AM   #3
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Villa 247, welcome home!!

Allison was so excited that we were staying at the "Princess Castle"!

The Villa was decorated for Christmas, and even had a tree!
We quickly order lunch from Katie's Kitchen so that Dad can get to orientation. Our plan was to go to SeaWorld when he was done. Apparently the kids had other plans.... This is how I found them when I finished feeding the baby.

Our oldest was passed out in the bedroom. I decided to lay down with the baby until Dad got back. When he did, we all fell asleep!! Oh well, it was such an exciting day.. right?!?!?

Once our nap was done we decided to go across the street to "Matthews Boundless Playground" Jake stayed behind, he needed more beauty rest.

Back to the Villa to eat some dinner. The Gingerbread House was already closed, so we ordered Pizza and had it delivered to the door! Then to bed for what is to come!! ISLANDS OF ADVENTURE~ WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER!
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Great start, can't wait to read more! My 14 year old sister's name is Allison Taylor!
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Yay you started!!

Wow, that was quite an adventure at the airport and on the plane. So sorry to hear the lady at the counter was a grump. I can't believe she wanted to charge you for the extra bags and for the bags being overweight. I guess they've never come a MAW family before at that airport. It's a good thing you did that research. I can't wait to read more!

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Old 01-27-2011, 03:07 PM   #6
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YAY!!!! I am so happy you started!!!! I cannot wait to follow along
Read about Abby's PTR


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Feb 24-March 2, 2011
So sad it is over, but wonderful memories were made and awesome smiles and lots of happy tears!!!

Mom Dad Kaila Tilear Abby
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