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Old 06-26-2011, 07:30 PM   #1
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Counting Our Nuts Like Chip & Dale, a Financially Aware PTR *Update 4/17 Pg 62 *

Hi. After a self-imposed DIS hiatus after my last trip, I'm back and ready to start planning my next Disney adventure.

I'm Leslie, known as LL on the DIS. I'm 29, married to Marc, originally from Maine but living in Massachusetts for the last 4 years. I love to read, take photos, Sex and the City, Dexter and have been known to be crafty as in crafts.



My traveling partner is my husband, Marc. Age 30, has a great sense of humor, indulges my Disney-mania, loves music and cooking.



I have been to Disney 9 times, FIVE times since September 2008, Marc has been twice in that time, three times total. After my January trip of this year, I put myself on a self-imposed Disney hiatus. I told myself NO more Disney trips in 2011, so that I could focus on my weight loss and some financial goals.

Things have been going well. Marc & I have been able to pay some of our debts off, not done but a lot closer. Plus we have been kicking butt on the weight loss front. We both of the Realize Band (gastric band) that has helped us to lose a combined 250lbs in almost two years. Since my January trip I have lost almost 40lbs myself.


Marc & I on our first Disney trip together, September 2008.


September 2010.


A picture of us last month.

We've come a long way in our weight loss and financial goals and to celebrate our 3rd Wedding Anniversary this week, we have decided to give ourselves a Disney Trip! But, it's going to be a very different trip for us. Normally we just wing the financial aspect of it and this time we want to be well prepared and know exactly what we are spending on this trip, from Trip Notebooks to Park Tickets. I hope you will join us for all the planning fun.

**There have been changes to our trip! See Chapter 17 for the beginning of the Changes**
Chapter Links:
Chapter 1: Up Above
Chapter 2: A Place to Hibernate.
Chapter 3: Poppin' & Food Budget Decisions
Chapter 4: Contest Hints & Crazy Husband
Chapter 5: 3 ADRs & Many Other Choices
Chapter 6: Planning Confusion
Chapter 7: Over-Planning-itis
Chapter 8: ADR Success
Chapter 9: 30 Day WDW Park Challenge: Day 1
Chapter 10: Countdown Calendar
Chapter 11: 30 Day WDW Park Challenge: Day 2
Chapter 12: A little of this...a little of that & Day 3 of WDW Parks Challenge
Chapter 13: Once Upon a Time....
Chapter 14: Stupid Hole.
Chapter 15: 30 Day WDW Park Challenge: Day 4
Chapter 16: Another Foot Update
Chapter 17: Bad News / Good News
Chapter 18: A Little Update
Chapter 19: Ch-Ch-Changes
Chapter 20: Too Early to Plan....?
Chapter 21: Adding to the Chaos.
Chapter 22: Two Weeks!
Chapter 23: Single Digit Dancing...?
Chapter 24: Baby's First Mickey Ears Will Say....
Chapter 25: Gender, Car Accidents, Oh My!
Chapter 26: Gender Reveal!
Chapter 27: Party Pictures.
Chapter 28: Timing the Trip.
Chapter 29: An Update...finally.
Chapter 30: Remember Me?
Chapter 31: Miss Violet has Arrived!
Chapter 32: Happy Easter!
Chapter 33: Travel Dates & Little Mouseketeer.

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Old 06-26-2011, 07:36 PM   #2
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OMG Leslie!!! Welcome back!!!! You know I was just thinking what you were up to and where you had gone. So glad to see you are planning another trip. I can't wait to hear all the juicy details
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Old 06-26-2011, 07:41 PM   #3
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I saw the "bat signal" on facebook and low and behold..I made the first page!! YAY for another LL and MARC Trip!!!
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Old 06-26-2011, 07:46 PM   #4
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Welcome Back LL!!! I can't wait to hear about your financially responsible trip. I'm hoping that you are a motivation to me
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Old 06-26-2011, 08:18 PM   #5
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Welcome back. A huge congrats on the weight loss-you both look fabulous. Can't wait to follow along on ur PTR. Happy Anniversary!! Will u need a new perhaps on sale park bag to put those nuts in???
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Old 06-26-2011, 08:38 PM   #6
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Saw the bat signal too!!
I'm on board for another LL adventure Looking forward to your plans!!!
You both look so fabulous!!! So happy for you!!

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Old 06-28-2011, 11:23 AM   #7
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Hey there! So did you crash through that Disney wall or climb over it? Anyway I'm glad you are back in the driver's seat for another PTR!
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Old 06-28-2011, 11:33 AM   #8
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Hey there! So did you crash through that Disney wall or climb over it? Anyway I'm glad you are back in the driver's seat for another PTR!
I slowly climbed over it. Believe it or not we thought about going someplace different but then we came to our senses.

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Old 06-28-2011, 02:20 PM   #9
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Just checking in. I have to go back and read to get caught up.

Okay now I'm caught up.

Y'all look great! Congrats on the weight loss, Anniversary and sticking to your budget.

I'm really looking forward to you ptr.

We not going in 2011 either, but we do have a small 2012 trip planned.
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Joining in, can't wait to hear about your trip plans. Maybe I'll pick up some tips for if we ever plan a third trip
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Joining in!
You both look great!
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Just checking in. I have to go back and read to get caught up.

Okay now I'm caught up.

Y'all look great! Congrats on the weight loss, Anniversary and sticking to your budget.

I'm really looking forward to you ptr.

We not going in 2011 either, but we do have a small 2012 trip planned.
Small 2012 trip?? Details!! Thank you very much!

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Oh I am sure there will be a third...fourth...fifth....you get the idea.

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Old 06-28-2011, 06:10 PM   #13
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Hi There! I also found my way over from CharlestonPrincess and I'm now reading along.

Sadly, we aren't going to be taking a Disney trip for awhile because we are heading to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons next summer. When I suggested the trip, I didn't realize that it would replace our Disney vacation. However, once I saw the cost of airline tickets, I knew that both trips were out of the question.

So now to get my fix, I just follow PTR's and TR's!!!
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Old 07-04-2011, 04:34 PM   #14
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Poppin' & Food Budget Decisions

Happy 4th of July!!!



I hope everyone had a fabulous 4th of July weekend. We had a great one, low key and relaxing but sometimes that is just what you need.

We also spent our holiday weekend talking about our Disney trip. Big surprise, right?

We weighed out the costs and have decided to add a night at Pop Century before our AKV reservation.

Pop will cost us $128 with tax for the night. If you subtract our $51 savings from our AKV reservation than it's costing us $77 for that extra night. I'm happy with that. $77 plus food costs for an extra night of Disney is practically a bargain.

We have been furiously doing math trying to decide if we want to pay out of pocket for meals or if we are going to add the dining plan to our AKV reservation. I keep going back and forth, once we make a decision I will be sure to let you know what we decided.

It's time for a Counting Our Nuts PTR Game!

I am for sure decided on three places that we are going to eat on this trip, your job is to guess which three dining establishments have made our top three list. I think my regular readers will be VERY surprised and I will give this one hint, only one of the places we have eaten at before.

Go forth with your guessing! If one person guesses all three right, I will send them a prize.
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California Grill, Yachtsman, and Brown Derby...there are my guesses
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