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Old 10-06-2008, 10:19 AM   #106
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Great update! Coral Reef looks great. I will have to schedule that in for our next trip. Too bad about the Disney Visa pic. We got there at the opening, and they do spend a lot of time with you. Looking forward to more!
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Old 10-06-2008, 11:55 AM   #107
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Just read the first 8 pages of your TR! it's great so far~! I was at the POP from the 16-19th but I didn't see you! I would not have forgotten the two broken arms! I was in WDW with my kids in July. DD sprained her ACL halfway through the trip. It certainly changed the way we vacationed but a good time was still had by all. It's all in my TR! Can't wait to see what happens next!
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Old 10-06-2008, 02:08 PM   #108
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Great trip report. Can't wait to hear more!
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Your family is so adorable!

And yikes about the mishaps, but it looks like you guys had an awesome time despite the broken arms and the food poisoning and whatnot, that's great!
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Wow, what a trip you are (were) having. I am finally caught up and can't wait for the next installment. Looks like you are healed up. I can't imagine trying to type with two broken arms. Your husband sounds like a great guy taking care of everything that you can't. Even brushing your hair and trying to put it up for you. You are a very lucky lady.

I will be waiting patiently for the next installment.

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I am doing much better. In fact, as you read my TR you'll see how my right arm especially improves. My left wrist however is still in splint and s-l-o-w-l-y healing. I'm glad to have my right arm back though. I just can't lift things, other than that you wouldn't know.

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WOW...looks great! I'm so happy Faith had a great 4th birthday!! My best friend and I, with our families, are meeting in DW for the week when we go and we're celebrating both of our sons 4th birthdays there (we delivered our boys an hour 1/2 apart with the same OB years ago and we moved away so we havent' celebrated the kids birthdays together yet....so it will be very special and she doesn't know I've put it together!!). I've alrdeady had the divers set up, so now I just have to submit the pictures for the menues...they turned out great!
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Oh no! TWO broken arms??!

My DH is a cyclist and in September 2007 he had a cycling accident - a guy on a bike in front of him decided to make a U-Turn without looking to see who was behind him. DH flipped over his handle bars and got really hurt - - he broke his left ring finger (and needed to get a new wedding ring since his old one won't fit over his now enlarged knuckle), he broke a bone in his left elbow which required surgery to insert pins, and he had a laceration over his right eye that required stitches.

I remember telling him as he was recovering from his injuries - -"It's a good thing we don't have a trip to Disney planned this year" (we go in October). Yes, I know where my priorities lie ...

OK, gotta go read the rest of your TR.

BTW - Your DDs are beautiful!
OMG yes, cycling is way more dangerous than you'd think. Did your DH have a hard time getting back out there on his bike? I'd like to get into cycling more next summer but am now a little apprehensive.



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Great update! Coral Reef looks great. I will have to schedule that in for our next trip. Too bad about the Disney Visa pic. We got there at the opening, and they do spend a lot of time with you. Looking forward to more!
Yep, if we ever try to do the Disney Visa photo again we will go at opening.

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Just read the first 8 pages of your TR! it's great so far~! I was at the POP from the 16-19th but I didn't see you! I would not have forgotten the two broken arms! I was in WDW with my kids in July. DD sprained her ACL halfway through the trip. It certainly changed the way we vacationed but a good time was still had by all. It's all in my TR! Can't wait to see what happens next!
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Wow, I'll have to check out your TR!

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Your family is so adorable!

And yikes about the mishaps, but it looks like you guys had an awesome time despite the broken arms and the food poisoning and whatnot, that's great!
It is true that in spite of obstacles good times can still be had by all.
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Old 10-06-2008, 11:30 PM   #111
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For those of you that have already read the Coral Reef post. I finally got the video clip up if you want to check it out. P.7, post #103.
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I just got caught back up. We went to the mountains for the weekend. I love the Coral Reef video...that was so cute and the menu is adorable! Now that I'm seeing more and more pictures I think your oldest DD looks more like you hubby and the youngest looks just like you! Speaking of...your DH seems to be enjoying WDW as much as the rest of you! Mine is the same exact way. He'd jumo in the car right now and go if I'd let him.

Great idea taking pics of the girls with the people at the passport signings! I wish I had thought to do that. Those books are great aren't they!? Great updates so far. Can't wait to read more!!!
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Old 10-07-2008, 12:49 AM   #113
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Do you all automatically start hearing that song in your head when you read my title? Or is it just me?

So we left off on the plane to Orlando. The nice lady next to me on the plane must have really thought I looked like a lost cause. Every time I'd try to read a magazine, get a drink, etc. She'd offer her assistance. I was glad to accept it.

The flight was a little bumpy. Hurricane Ike was still in the gulf. It had not yet hit Texas. The fasten seatbelt sign was on more often than not. It wasn't anything too scary. In fact the girls enjoy it.

Upon arrival (BTW what is with that airport? It was under construction 11 months ago for our last trip and still looks the same.) Here's MCO's mini monorail ride.


We found our way to Magical Express. There were pretty long lines. A lot of families had surrendered to sitting on the floor. Even though it was a long wait most everyone around us was in good spirits.

I mean, you're going to Disney. Finally some people came around to tell us that the roads were pretty bad from rain and that they were doing the best to get the buses back to pick us up. We waited for about an hour and visited with the people around us. We thought it was funny. There was an older couple behind us that was traveling to WDW for the first time for their son's 50th birthday. They were a nice couple. She commented on how she was unsure about their trip because there seemed to be a lot of kids in line for the buses. Who would have thunk there'd be kids at Disney?

Finally our bus arrived and our entire bus was filled with people going to Pop Century. It's so funny how excited you get to see the ME bus upon arrival but on the way home it's the grim reaper.


DH tried to get a picture of the Walt Disney World sign. This is the best he could get from the middle of the bus in the rain.


Since I knew the whole bus load was getting off at Pop I told my family to try to move quickly so we could check in infront of most of the crowd. Since we were not retrieving luggage from below we did end of in the front of the crowd.

And we were greated in the best way possible. As we walked in it was exactly 6 p.m. There was a D.J. and several staff members doing The Hussle in the lobby just as we walked in. What a great time for us to check in. It had been a long day of traveling and that was a treat. It was also the only time we got to see The Hussle during our 10 night stay at the Pop.




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OH MY !!!I was standing at the counter when they were doing the hustle!!
Our flight was at 8:20 p.m. with SW. But it was delayed about an 1 1/2. So we stayed at POP a little longer. The rain was pouring!! There was thunder and lighting like crazy!! We were at POP Sept. 1-10th !! WE were leaving when you were checking out!! I just can't believe I was standing right there when you were checking in!!

We were in Rooms 7220 and 7221. What rooms were you all in?
Oh and my DD20 had broke her leg in 2005 and we were at WDW and she had to be in a wheelchair We also thought we would have to cancel. But we said no way we are going !! We had a wonderful time!!

You sure are a trooper, going through the race with broken arms!!
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Do you all automatically start hearing that song in your head when you read my title? Or is it just me?

So we left off on the plane to Orlando. The nice lady next to me on the plane must have really thought I looked like a lost cause. Every time I'd try to read a magazine, get a drink, etc. She'd offer her assistance. I was glad to accept it.

The flight was a little bumpy. Hurricane Ike was still in the gulf. It had not yet hit Texas. The fasten seatbelt sign was on more often than not. It wasn't anything too scary. In fact the girls enjoy it.

Upon arrival (BTW what is with that airport? It was under construction 11 months ago for our last trip and still looks the same.) Here's MCO's mini monorail ride.


We found our way to Magical Express. There were pretty long lines. A lot of families had surrendered to sitting on the floor. Even though it was a long wait most everyone around us was in good spirits.

I mean, you're going to Disney. Finally some people came around to tell us that the roads were pretty bad from rain and that they were doing the best to get the buses back to pick us up. We waited for about an hour and visited with the people around us. We thought it was funny. There was an older couple behind us that was traveling to WDW for the first time for their son's 50th birthday. They were a nice couple. She commented on how she was unsure about their trip because there seemed to be a lot of kids in line for the buses. Who would have thunk there'd be kids at Disney?

Finally our bus arrived and our entire bus was filled with people going to Pop Century. It's so funny how excited you get to see the ME bus upon arrival but on the way home it's the grim reaper.


DH tried to get a picture of the Walt Disney World sign. This is the best he could get from the middle of the bus in the rain.


Since I knew the whole bus load was getting off at Pop I told my family to try to move quickly so we could check in infront of most of the crowd. Since we were not retrieving luggage from below we did end of in the front of the crowd.

And we were greated in the best way possible. As we walked in it was exactly 6 p.m. There was a D.J. and several staff members doing The Hussle in the lobby just as we walked in. What a great time for us to check in. It had been a long day of traveling and that was a treat. It was also the only time we got to see The Hussle during our 10 night stay at the Pop.




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OH MY !!!I was standing at the counter when they were doing the hustle!!
Our flight was at 8:20 p.m. with SW. But it was delayed about an 1 1/2. So we stayed at POP a little longer. The rain was pouring!! There was thunder and lighting like crazy!! We were at POP Sept. 1-10th !! WE were leaving when you were checking out!! I just can't believe I was standing right there when you were checking in!!

We were in Rooms 7220 and 7221. What rooms were you all in?
Oh and my DD20 had broke her leg in 2005 and we were at WDW and she had to be in a wheelchair We also thought we would have to cancel. But we said no way we are going !! We had a wonderful time!!

You sure are a trooper, going through the race with broken arms!!:

Your girls are so cute!!:

I'm enjoying reading your site!!

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Hi! I followed you over from tmkinney's TR and have enjoyed reading so far. I couldn't watch the video because photobucket is doing maintanence, so I'll have to watch it later. Your girls are SO cute! I'm glad that Faith enjoyed her birthday surprise. And the illness, I can only imagine. My DH uncle had a bike accident this year too. He was coming down a hill at about 40 mph when a deer came running out of the woods and plowed into him. He was banged up pretty bad and sore, but nothing broken. We had to giggle a little just because you never would think of a deer hitting a bike. I feel so badly for you that you had to have BOTH arms in a world of hurt. What a great husband you have. I did giggle a little when I pictured your DH fixing your hair and trying to do your girls hair. My DH "claims" he can't put in a pony tail because of his "big man hands".
I look forward to finishing your TR!!
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Couldn't see video do to maintenance. But I love the other pics.
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OH MY !!!I was standing at the counter when they were doing the hustle!!
Our flight was at 8:20 p.m. with SW. But it was delayed about an 1 1/2. So we stayed at POP a little longer. The rain was pouring!! There was thunder and lighting like crazy!! We were at POP Sept. 1-10th !! WE were leaving when you were checking out!! I just can't believe I was standing right there when you were checking in!!

We were in Rooms 7220 and 7221. What rooms were you all in?
Oh and my DD20 had broke her leg in 2005 and we were at WDW and she had to be in a wheelchair We also thought we would have to cancel. But we said no way we are going !! We had a wonderful time!!

You sure are a trooper, going through the race with broken arms!!:

Your girls are so cute!!:

I'm enjoying reading your site!!

Kathy:

That is crazy. Too bad I didn't take a picture in your direction. We were in the 50's section room 3332 I think. Thanks so much for posting. That's neat.

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Hi! I followed you over from tmkinney's TR and have enjoyed reading so far. I couldn't watch the video because photobucket is doing maintanence, so I'll have to watch it later. Your girls are SO cute! I'm glad that Faith enjoyed her birthday surprise. And the illness, I can only imagine. My DH uncle had a bike accident this year too. He was coming down a hill at about 40 mph when a deer came running out of the woods and plowed into him. He was banged up pretty bad and sore, but nothing broken. We had to giggle a little just because you never would think of a deer hitting a bike. I feel so badly for you that you had to have BOTH arms in a world of hurt. What a great husband you have. I did giggle a little when I pictured your DH fixing your hair and trying to do your girls hair. My DH "claims" he can't put in a pony tail because of his "big man hands".
I look forward to finishing your TR!!
Oh wow, I am hearing so many horror stories about bicycle accidents. It's going to take courage to get back on one. Not many people can say their cycle accident involved a deer though. Yep, hubby DOES NOT normally do the girls hair at all. He did know how to do a simple braid though which really helped with DD7's long hair.

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Thanks, I just checked and the video is working now. It still makes me smile every time I watch it.
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Loooove the video...made me teary eyed!! I can't wait to pull off the surprise for my little guy in just 60 days now!! Thanks for sharing!!
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We want the poison! We want the poison!!

(think of Pirates - we want the redhead!)
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(think of Pirates - we want the redhead!)

Well, in honor of piney here's probably my least favorite post. I do want to have some dignity left after this so I probably will not share every disgusting detail.

As we left Coral Reef the rain was really coming down.





It must have cleared out many people because the park looked almost completely empty. My plan was to leave for the night but first DD7 and DH wanted to do Figment of Your Imagination. They really like that ride. So, we made our way to do Figment. After the ride we took our picture and were e-mailing it to my mother. We were going to send it to more people but suddenly out of literally nowhere I needed a bathroom and I needed it quick. I asked a CM and rushed for the bathroom I was worried that I wouldn't make it. I left DH w/ the girls to figure his own way to the bathroom. Anyway, I did make it and it was not pretty.


Good thing we were heading back to the resort and did not have further plans for that evening. DH was not sick quite yet and it was the type you don't know is coming. Thankfully we made it back to the resort but suddenly DH had to run back to our room and I ran to the Pop Women's bathroom with my poor unsuspecting children. Thank the Lord they did not get sick.

When I finally got back to our room DH and I compared disgusting details and realized we had the exact same symtoms. There is no way that it was Coral Reef food. That food wasn't even digested in our stomachs yet and we did not eat the same thing. We did however both eat the wet burrito at Mexico CS for lunch. Lets just say the color that came out of us made us look like fanatic lime green Dis fans. O.K. where's the embarrased smiley. DH remained sick for the rest of the evening. I did recover enough that evening to go swimming with the girls and film some fireworks.

The first several days of our trip we developed a great routine that worked wonderful. Our evening swim was wind down time for the kids. (Then I stole the next idea from another Dis member's TR.) I took their pjs or (if we'd be getting up early) clothes for the next day and had the girls shower and get changed in the locker room. This worked great. DD7 helped wash DD4s hair. Then when we went back up to the room the only thing left to do wash brush there teeth. I loved it. It really seemed to make bedtime more efficient and enjoyable for us all. So this night the girls did put their clothes on for AK the next day. This really did turn out as a time saver because DD4 had trouble getting out of bed the next morning.

Here's a little snip of video I took of the Epcot fireworks that night. It is definitely not of the best part of the fireworks. There are some really neat parts where they shoot much higher fireworks that I did not film this night. It is also very shaky but it gives you an idea of what we saw. About midway through you can see me pan slightly to the left and you can see MKs fireworks going off further back at the same time. Later on during our trip I took better video of it that I'll try to download.


So while the food poisoning episode was not fun or fair. I'm thankful it only lasted for the evening. We were all asleep b/w 9:30-10 and ready for rope drop at AK the next day.

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