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Old 06-09-2012, 07:51 AM   #1
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It's a Stroller Sir, not a Battering Ram!!! NEW PTR LINK POSTED


Good morning everyone! We have been home for a week and things are pretty settled here so I thought I had better get this TR started!

To all of our friends who have followed us in the past, we are so happy that you're back! To all the new friends we will hopefully meet, welcome!

First, let me introduce ourselves to those of you who don't know us. Now before I proceed.....my daughter and I were having a conversation about the beginning of this TR and she thinks at 19 that I can and should be using her real name now You all know her as Jasmine here on the boards but her real name is Shanleigh...so feel free to use either! I am Queen of all Things here but my first name is Jacquie.

On with the report!!!! We would be heading to our favourite happy place from May 19-June 2 and we would be staying at Pop Century! I decided to take Friday May 18 off of work to finish all last minute packing things and for Shanleigh and I to have our manicures and pedicures nice and fresh for the trip. This is a tradition for us whenever we go to Disney and something we both look forward to!!

We were up bright and early in anticipation of the day! We headed out at 8am for our 9am appointments because the first order of business was stopping at Starbucks and Tim Horton's....Starbucks for Shan and Timmies for me! We ended up running behind a little (I am one of those people who is ALWAYS early and can't stand being late) so I was having a bit of an OCD moment once we hit Tim's because the drive thru live was so long. Shan jumped out and ran in to grab my coffee which I thought was very considerate of her considering it was the extra long line at Starbuck's that made us late in the first place We arrived at the salon at two minutes past 9 for our appts and I apologized up and down....Tammy just laughed at me. Here is Jasmine enjoying her morning of being pampered!

My BFF met us at the salon to see us off and slipped Shan some spending money for her trip! She was to have joined us for lunch after, however, she was having unexpected company on the weekend and had to get things in order so off she went and we headed to our favourite little spot for lunch!

Shan`s friend Carrie-Lynn met us for lunch and we had a ball. I was already being challenged about remembering to take pictures (this would become a re-occuring trend thruout the trip) so this was the only one I got.....as we were leaving! Now look closely at this picture.....can you believe that Carrie is almost eight months pregnant...she looks amazing!!! We also had a great time shopping for this little lady, yes, it`s a girl!!!!!

After a delicious lunch we thought since it was almost 3 pm that we should head home and get some things done! When we got into the car Shan was telling me that Jeff was a little nervous about taking us to the airport in the middle of the night and not really knowing where he was going. You see, a year ago, our new airport opened so it would be our first time here! We live 10 minutes from there so on our way home from lunch we decided we would swing by so we could put his mind at ease of how easy it would be to get outta there at 330am

Our wonderful new airport sign!

Arrivals and Departures....we decided these pictures wouldn`t turn out in the middle of the night so we would take them now!

The main terminal! Easy as pie and in the end he did just fine! We headed home and before we knew it Peg and her family and my dad all arrived to spend some time with us before our 2 weeks away! Again, did I think to take pictures here, of course not!! We had a great evening and my dad decided to head out about 730pm but the rest stayed to watch Undercover Boss! The skies started to turn very ugly by 8 so they thought they better hit the road. They no sooner walked out the door and the skies opened.....Shan and I looked at each other and thought we better get our butts in gear in case we lost power! The week before one of the transformers down the road from us blew (scared the begebes out of us) so we thought doing last minutes things by candlelight probably not the best idea!

The final order or business....attaching the ME tags to our luggage! Jeff arrived from work shortly after this and we were set for the evening.

All done! The kids decided they were going to try and sleep and I knew at best, I would catch a few moments just lying on the couch. Before I knew it my phone was telling me it was 1am and time to jump into the shower! Shan got up shortly after me and we let Jeff sleep until 10 minutes before we were ready to leave.

Two weeks without seeing each other.....one last hug before leaving the house!

We were so excited but we decided we would hold our excitement until we were at the airport because we felt so bad that Jeff wasnt coming with us. For 3 am we actually look pretty alert dont we

Because we are classified as international we decided that Jeff should just drop us at the door because we would have to clear security and customs as soon as we went in. I left them to have their final moments together and when my darling came into the airport the tears were streaming down her face. I felt so bad knowing how hard this was and how much she was going to miss him. I also knew once we were there, she would be fine!

There were no agent out yet (they came out at 4am) so I decided how hard could self check in be.....well, clearly at 345am I am not at my best and couldnt figure out how our passports went in. A lovely young man helped me and all was good! We paid for our one checked bag each and we were off to drop our luggage and head thru security.

When we got to the drop off place, the young man that was working saw our ME tags and yelled YOURE GOING TO DISNEY....and we laughed!!! He then asked Shan is we were going to Aquatica and how awesome it was and that it was the best time he had had...to which we replied no, we are not going there. He was so funny! He looked at Shanleigh and said, it actually is not all its cracked up to be, the lazy river was boring after sitting in a tube for 2 hours and on and on. We had a great time laughing with him!

While waiting for the doors to open to security I took this shot of the arrivals part of the new terminal. Both Shan and I were chosen for the full body scan and then it was off to customs...no issues, perfect, on to wait to board!

A former colleague of mine ended up being on our same flight to Minneapolis so we were chatting about their trip when I glanced up at the clock and it was 610am.....wait a minute, we were supposed to depart at 615am, why aren't we boarding!! Turns out the crew is missing, yup, that's what the agent said, the crew is missing! WHAT??? I tried to remain calm thinking where could they be, they must have missed their alarm. Before long they found them and it turned out they thought their report time was 615 not departure time! Before we knew it they had us on board

The Antanov (sp?) sitting on the runway and Shanleigh got this pic as we were speeding down the runway! That monster shakes our whole house when it takes off, but what an amazing bird it is!!!

We landed in Minneapolis at 8am and our connecting flight wasnt until 1010am so we weren`t in a hurray to get off the plane or to get to our next gate. We decided breakfast at Chili`s would be nice so we split, eggs, bacon and potatoes (those potatoes were so yummy) grab a starbucks and we were set for the next leg of our journey! Here is our plane

I thought I would take this just as we were going to get up and board!

Both flights were uneventful and flew by (no pun intended...ok, well maybe a little). Shanleigh took this from the tram

I took this of her on the tram....we were so excited to be home!!!!

As we were getting off the plane we must have had that - we know where we are going and what we are doing look because a young couple thought we were from there and could we help them get to ME because it was their first trip...so sweet. They walked with us and we wished each other well and we were off to Pop before we knew it

Our chariot that would take us to Pop

First sign that we saw that told us our final destination

I thought this sign was so funny because it was so small. This was a different route for us so we were taking it all in

Finally the sign we waited to see since our last trip.........


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May 18, 2012 Getting ready and departure day!
May 19, 2012 Dinner at DTD with a great friend!
May 20, 2012 Epcot
May 20, 2012 con't Our Continuation of WS
May 20, 2012 complete DTD for the Evening
May 21, 2012 Magic Kingdom Morning
May 21 ,2012 CompleteAn end to a magical day
May 22, 2012 DHS and new Dis-Friends!
May 22, 2012 CompleteAn Wonderful End to a Beautiful Day
May 23, 2012 Kona, DTD and the Pool
May 23, 2012 Shopping, a little drama and West Side
May 23, 2012 completeThen End of our DTD day and evening
May 24, 2012 Animal Kingdom
May 24, 2012 completeThe Rest of our AK Day!
May 25, 2012 Star Wars Weekend
May 25, 2012 con'tMore SWW!!
Oct 13, 2012Plan for our next vacation!!!
May 25, 2012 con't SWW Parade!
May 25, 2012 complete!End of our SWW day!
May 26, 2012 Another Day at Epcot!
May 27, 2012 Magic Kingdom
May 27, 2012 An Eventful Evening at the MK
May 28, 2012 A Day at Epcot
May 30, 2012 Morning at DHS
Opening Day at Art of Animation!
May 31Another Evening Spent at DTD!
Jun 1A Very Special Dis-Meet and our last evening at WDW for 2012
Jun 2Departure Day

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Old 06-09-2012, 08:15 AM   #3
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Woohoo, just got my coffee and now something to read.

You're up early.
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I'm in! This will be the 3rd TR of yours that i'll have the pleasure of reading
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Subbing - loved your last report, can't wait to hear about this trip
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Old 06-09-2012, 08:23 AM   #8
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Great start!


The new airport looks nice. I was in the old one once and I was surprised how small it was. Is the new one in the same place or did they move it completely.
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Great start!

The new airport looks nice. I was in the old one once and I was surprised how small it was. Is the new one in the same place or did they move it completely.
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It is literally right next door to where the old one was. I was really impressed with it....but what's not to like when it's brand new....
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I'm here!! Loving your TR so far of course.

I'll be back to comment more after I've caught up with day 2. I'm already jealous and wishing for another trip of my own!

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for the new TR!

Your packing looks so neat and organized I feel like a slob

Poor Shan crying at saying goodbye! I'm sure that was hard on her but since she was the one away having fun, I bet it was harder on Jeff!

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for the new TR!

Your packing looks so neat and organized I feel like a slob

Poor Shan crying at saying goodbye! I'm sure that was hard on her but since she was the one away having fun, I bet it was harder on Jeff!

Can't wait for more
Hi Dawn....so happy to see you!

It really is the packing cubes...when I look at my suitcases on past trips they look so disorganized! I have to say that I am in love with those things and will never travel anywhere without them again. I took them out of the suitcases and put them into the drawers....done, two minutes

Shan looked after setting up all the toiletries etc and we were done in under 15 minutes!

He was so sad not to be going with us but he said having her away made it easier for him to study for exams....
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yay you started the TR! I love the feeling when you get to MCO and get to ME!! That's something I missed about our trip this time. Can't wait for more!
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