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Old 08-13-2012, 09:23 PM   #1
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Feb 23 2013 - MAGICal 6 Night Western Cruise, Galveston, TX

Just transferred our reservation and will now be sailing with my DD(7)for our yearly princess & Mom trip on the Magic for 6 glorious days away from the real world! DD is super excited to make friends before we embark and I have a craft problem and cannot wait to start making FE gifts!

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Old 08-15-2012, 05:07 PM   #2
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Hi! I am so glad to finally see a meet thread for the 2/23/13 cruise! Me and DH are taking a belated honeymoon / birthday trip (me). It's a first cruise for both of us. We have 3 boys, 7 and 2 y/o twins that will cruise with us next time (I assume there WILL be a next time!)

Very much looking forward to 'meeting' others.
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Old 08-15-2012, 05:59 PM   #3
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YAY!!!! I was hoping I wasn't the only one!

I am bringing my DD(7) for our annual Mommy and Me Disney trip. We have a full house at home.. with me, DH, DS17, DD7, Ds2 and my disabled mom. This will be the longest I have gone without the chaos that is home- since Mom's stroke. I am excited and somewhat nervous that the house will implode while we are gone.

So, two adults, one being a Bday girl? Awesome. I can start working on FE gifts for y'all. Are you staying the night before in Galveston or Houston? We are in Mississippi and as such, will be driving in the day before. I am an obsessive planner beforehand so that I can relax and have fun during... at least that's what I tell people. I am actually just a list loving goober.

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ETA- I originally asked where y'all were from.. then actually read your screen name thingie and saw Dallas. My DH is from Houston, I am from College Station and my Dad lives in FW. I miss TX sooooo much.
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Old 08-15-2012, 06:42 PM   #4
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We might drive to Houston the night before and stay with friends but I haven't decided yet. Driving down that morning is an option but we'd be pushing it on time.

Like you, I am nervous about the household shutting down without me there. It will be the first time being away from the twins. They will be 3 in October, so it's time.

Yep, many bday will fall on that Tuesday. Since I am a cruise newbie, will you 'splain the FE thing. I read up a little but I wasn't 100% clear. So we exchange stateroom numbers and all get/make little trinket gifts to put into everyone's pockets? How do the people know who the gifts address from? Or is it anonymous? I definitely do want to participate.
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Old 08-15-2012, 06:45 PM   #5
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btw, I am also an obsessive planner. Call me crazy but planning is fun for me. ( I am also a spreadsheet nerd and already have one started for the cruise)
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Old 08-15-2012, 08:35 PM   #6
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OK.. so, you make or buy a fish extender to hang on the fish hook outside your stateroom door. You can see about a zillion on the boards or in google images. Then, you join the FE gift exchange group on your cruise meet thread (which is this thread) ... we exchange stateroom numbers, and who is in the room.... ages gender etc. Then, we drop off the goodies we made or bought etc in the Fish Extenders for the people in the group. That's how I understand it.

I would assume we would need some sort of database (if this group ever grows) to know how many men, women, boys, girls and ages for the children... then staterooms and some way to let people know if your stateroom changes in case of upgrades etc. Another thing to research (woowee! )

I have ideas for girls, boys, teens and adults... now I need a Bday one..lol

I'm a stylist with Stella & Dot, so I may bring some jewels for the Mommies.
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I think we're going to stay in Texas City the night before.. 20 minutes to the port and 1/4 the price of staying on the island. Already planning on catching dinner with an old high school friend. SOOOO excited to see her.. we both have special needs kiddos. Her's is a 16 year old and ours 2yo. So, I will be in fine refreshed form when we embark.

What excursions have you chosen? We are going light on the excursions since it's just us girls. Prolly the turtle farm in Grand Cayman.
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Old 08-16-2012, 08:51 AM   #8
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DH and I have looked at excursions and made a list of what interests us but we haven't picked anything yet. The one that we really want to do in Cozumel is Xplor Park but it's a 7.5 hour excursion and the online info shows port times for that day to be 9:30-3:30 so we'll have to see if they offer that on for this cruise. We might try snorkeling in GC, as we have never done that.

FEs are going to be super easy if it's just you and I. haha. I need to go pin some FE ideas. My husband is going to HATE this idea...he's not much for gaudy decor, which, IMO, an FE needs to be just a little bit gaudy.
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I've budgeted about 100 for FE gifts.. so if it's just us? Your Hubs won't have to worry about kitschy..lol. Saw on Nat'l news that Dallas has a state of emergency due to west nile? crazy.

Oh, and I am a research freak... shocking, I know. I found out that wet ones are the wipes that kill the norovirus. Great to know for the cruise.. and in general.
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Old 08-19-2012, 09:16 PM   #10
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DH and I have looked at excursions and made a list of what interests us but we haven't picked anything yet. The one that we really want to do in Cozumel is Xplor Park but it's a 7.5 hour excursion and the online info shows port times for that day to be 9:30-3:30 so we'll have to see if they offer that on for this cruise. We might try snorkeling in GC, as we have never done that.

FEs are going to be super easy if it's just you and I. haha. I need to go pin some FE ideas. My husband is going to HATE this idea...he's not much for gaudy decor, which, IMO, an FE needs to be just a little bit gaudy.

Please let me know who is making your FE I need to get mine done for my granddaughter she is 4 and has been looking forward to this cruise . I showed her some threads on here with the pics and she is super happy !
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Old 08-15-2012, 08:53 PM   #11
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Ooh...another opportunity for me to make a spreadsheet. Hahaha. I am totally IN on the fish extender thing. I saw a pic thread with some super cute ones.

Ladies love jewelry! I have no ideas but I have a ton of time to think about it.
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Old 08-19-2012, 09:12 PM   #12
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I FOUND YOU GUYS !! YES !

I thought my first Disney Cruise would be alone , the fear that I alone would have to bring the DIS to the ship was overwhelming LOL
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Old 08-23-2012, 07:11 PM   #13
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Not offended in the slightest! I am not crafty at all. Afterall, I am an accountant....but don't tell the others....don't want them thinking I am boring. Haha.
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Not offended in the slightest! I am not crafty at all. Afterall, I am an accountant....but don't tell the others....don't want them thinking I am boring. Haha.
It looks like you are up in Dallas . I am too

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BTW, I have started a spreadsheet for the FE exchange.



Cupcake - is it just you and your 4 y/o granddaughter on the cruise, or are their others? Can I get ages and genders for all in your group?

ETA - I don't need adult ages, really only the kids. I probably wouldn't give a 15 yo girl the same items that I would give a 3 yo girl, so I think kids ages are important to some.
Its myself and my Daughter who is 26 and her two kids the Grandson will be about 19 months and the little Princess is 4 . I am a young gramma at 46 so dont think I cant keep up ladies LOL

My Dh is a and couldnt get off and so I didnt let my SIL come lol

I hate to admit this but I am more excited since finding you two because it makes it more real and it was so far away.

Now we go for a week every year to Disney World in Oct . If you girls need anything I can grab for you while there let me know . We dont leave till Oct 20 ( post cards to hype the kids up , my granddaughter gets a post card every week from Mickey reminding her he cant wait to see her)
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Old 08-23-2012, 07:34 PM   #15
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Awesome! I am going to add everyone in your group to the FE list. This thread makes me more excited too! It's so far away but chatting about it makes it seem more real.

I actually live in The Colony but it's usually easier to just tell people that I live in Dallas. What part of Dallas are you in?
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