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Old 02-10-2009, 04:49 PM   #197
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Glad to hear everything went well---I will hope for a VERY speedy recovery for both of you!!!!
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Old 02-10-2009, 06:26 PM   #198
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Glad you checked in to let us know it went well. Take care of yourselves. We're thinking of you.
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Old 02-10-2009, 10:12 PM   #199
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Laura, I noticed your comment on testing, what grade do you teach? We take reading, math and science.....4th grade. So much to do, lots of test prep..... and our principal is predicting that we won't make AYP this year! Oh well, can't stop trying.
It's great to be planning a trip to take the edge off, isn't it?

I teach third grade, half day. I am responsible for reading and writing. The third grade takes reading achievement tests both in the fall and spring. I have a very split class... good high students and low. There is no middle as seen on a set of papers from earlier that I graded.

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We start testing in late April, right after Jill's baby is due. I'm hoping she goes a little early or at least right on time. I've already told them I'll be out for a few days. I might miss a crucial time, but I've spent the entire year drilling this stuff into their heads, so hopefully it won't make a difference if I am there or not. Unless she goes way late, and I doubt the doctor would allow that, then I'll be back for the actual testing.

Nashville 3rd graders do Reading, Math, Science, and Social Studies. We have a high 'free lunch' population. I think we're at 93% this year. We have been making AYP, by some miracle. Third grade is the first year our kids test, and there's so much pressure. I've been asking to move down to a non-TCAP grade for two years, but so far no luck. I'm asking again this year. I'm ready for a break from all the stress!!!

Here is hoping that the baby arrives and testing goes well. I totally agree I feel huge pressure since third grade is the first year for testing. AYP TCAP---- yuck!

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Hey Laura---I hope you are feeling somewhat better and that Little Miss Em's surgery goes well today!!! I'll be thinking of her and you all---Megan has had to be put under several times, and it just kills me each time!!! So glad that the warmer weather is here---what are the odds that it will just hang out and stay like this into Spring and Summer?!?!?!?!?! Yeah............didn't think so either, but hey, we can hope!!!!

I just hope the wind tomorrow is not too terrible. It was hard to watch her go back and know she was going under. I hope she won't this whole thing!

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Here in IN, we do reading/language arts, math and science in 4th grade, too. And yes, I sat through a meeting on Wednesday morning with all kinds of tips to pass on to the kids to bump their writing scores up...the pressure is on big time. It's our first year taking it in the spring, so this is a switch for us. The kids also took it in the fall one last time (while I was on leave - I really hoped I'd skip the ISTEP this year).

Yuck - another snow day!!! And sick to boot. Well, I hope you're still thawing as well as we are here, and that you really start feeling better. Being sick as a mom really stinks!!
I felt worse again today... I actually slept almost two hours after dinner which I never do. Calling the Dr tomorrow.

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Big hugs for you and Emily, Laura!!!
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Hope you and Emily get some much needed rest! Prayers coming your way for a speedy recovery to both of you!

Today was a better less stressful day!

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Hugs for Emily!! I'm happy everything went well. Hoping for a speedy recovery!
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Glad everything went well!! Hugs to you and Emily.
It was a better day... we will see what tomorrow brings!

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i haven't been reading along with the chatter - what kind of surgery did emily have? i read a few pages back that you had a sinus infection. glad to hear you're feeling better! whatever kind of surgery it was, i'm glad it's over and that she did well! sorry i'm behind - i usually don't read until i see someone has updated. it's a bad habit!
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Wishing Em a speeeeedy recovery!
She almost bounced back too much... she needs to rest, which is not something two year olds do!

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Hope all is well and you are back on the trip planning train soon!
June hours will be out before I know it!

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Glad everything went well!! Wishes for a speedy recovery!!
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Glad to hear everything went well---I will hope for a VERY speedy recovery for both of you!!!!
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Old 02-10-2009, 10:17 PM   #200
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Between Facebook and this I am realizing that I never explained Emily's surgery here. She went in to have her tear ducts unclogged. When she gets a cold she gets really matty gunk filled eyes. This has been noticable the past year or so, mainly winter time, but she also had stray tears a lot down her cheek. After the first of the year she saw a specialist and he confirmed they were blocked. So they went in and opened them... inserting a stent to keep them open for 6 months. Not much fun for her but in the long term it will be so much better. It might be six months until we see that this indeed is fixed though.

Today was much better. The problem is you cannot not watch her. She wants to blow her nose (not able to do it yet) wipe her eyes (must be clean to do) or get her nose junk cleaned out (we finally today found out we can saline it). We also want to make sure she rests... because she needs to still, and no two year old likes to do that. Hopefully tomorrow is even better! Thanks for the concern!

As for me feeling better.... I was exhausted today I guess since we were up at 5 yesterday after a terrible night of sleep worrying about the procedure and stuff. Then Emily was up past 11, we iced and cared for her as I was up with Luke, and then back to school this PM. After dinner I even took a nap (2 hours--- that never happens!)... but am calling the DR. to get something prescription strength tomorrow I hope!
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Oh Laura, I cannot even imagine keeping a 2 year old still, hands off, and resting!!

I'm sorry you are still feeling bad. Hopefully the Dr. will give you something over the phone.
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Old 02-11-2009, 11:52 AM   #203
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Hang in there kiddo---it is so hard to take care of it all when you need taking care of yourself!!! I hope you all feel much better SOON!

I have a quick question for you: I have started to consider trying to take Megs to a CRT lunch this year---it will be our first. We usually just schedule a 1900 Park Fare dinner to see Cindy, but was thinking it might be fun to see lots of princesses at the CRT luncheon---or breakfast. I know you have gone in the past, so I was wondering if you had an opinion on:
---which is better.....breakfast or lunch?
---what time of the day do you tend to shoot for?
---who have you seen there in the past?
---have you ever had any problems really getting a ressie for CRT? I know they make it sound downright impossible, so I was wondering if I really need to freak out and panic about getting an ADR here----do I need to follow the UG's instructions verbatim?

Any other comments or advice you think is appropriate, please let me know!!! TIA for your help! Jen
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Thanks Kathy... I got an antibiotic today, so hopefully things will get better.

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Oh Laura, I cannot even imagine keeping a 2 year old still, hands off, and resting!!

I'm sorry you are still feeling bad. Hopefully the Dr. will give you something over the phone.
She is back to being a busy little girl... hard to keep her down and out!

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Hang in there kiddo---it is so hard to take care of it all when you need taking care of yourself!!! I hope you all feel much better SOON!

I have a quick question for you: I have started to consider trying to take Megs to a CRT lunch this year---it will be our first. We usually just schedule a 1900 Park Fare dinner to see Cindy, but was thinking it might be fun to see lots of princesses at the CRT luncheon---or breakfast. I know you have gone in the past, so I was wondering if you had an opinion on:
---which is better.....breakfast or lunch?
---what time of the day do you tend to shoot for?
---who have you seen there in the past?
---have you ever had any problems really getting a ressie for CRT? I know they make it sound downright impossible, so I was wondering if I really need to freak out and panic about getting an ADR here----do I need to follow the UG's instructions verbatim?

Any other comments or advice you think is appropriate, please let me know!!! TIA for your help! Jen
Jen, I have only done CRT at lunch. We loved it last year... it was a cool calm resting place to dine away from the heat. We ate a late lunch, around 1, which I made the ADRs in like March, so way late...I think the hardest are the before the park opens breakfast ones. We saw Jasmine, Snow White, Aurora and Belle in the dining room and Cinderella downstairs. I thought the "show/story" was cute and the dessert for the was darling too. It was a great break, and we in fact stayed the rest of the day because we left lunch rested.

Hope this helps. I plan to go for a lunch ADR this year!
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poor little em! i can't imagine how you must feel seeing her not happy and trying to keep her still, etc. i broke my arm when i was 4 and had to have surgery on it and my mom has told me how difficult that was for her, so i'm sure you're going through something similar. take care of yourself too!
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Thanks for your help on that Laura!!! That is what I was thinking of doing....a late lunch. We love our morning Fantasyland time too much to cut into that!!! I thought it would be a great break from the heat, and a nice way to chill out without having to go back to the hotel. I thought it would also give Megs a nice way to see the princesses this year because I'm not sure if we are going to do Akershus again or not. I think I may go back and read about your meal there from last year!!! Thanks hon, hope everyone is doing well today!!! I had to take Megs to the doctor---she came down with STREP!!! This is her first case of it ever, and the first time in her entire life (outside of IV antibiotics at the NICU) that she has ever taken any antibiotics....not bad for a 2lb. preemie 5 years later!!! BUT, I do feel bad for her---strep is never any fun!!! Hope you all survived those storms last night---a transformer blew near us, so we were out of power until 7am!!! Is there somewhere on this planet that never gets snowstorms, thunderstorms, or windstorms? Because I think I need to move there!!!! ;o)
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Thanks for your help on that Laura!!! That is what I was thinking of doing....a late lunch. We love our morning Fantasyland time too much to cut into that!!! I thought it would be a great break from the heat, and a nice way to chill out without having to go back to the hotel. I thought it would also give Megs a nice way to see the princesses this year because I'm not sure if we are going to do Akershus again or not. I think I may go back and read about your meal there from last year!!! Thanks hon, hope everyone is doing well today!!! I had to take Megs to the doctor---she came down with STREP!!! This is her first case of it ever, and the first time in her entire life (outside of IV antibiotics at the NICU) that she has ever taken any antibiotics....not bad for a 2lb. preemie 5 years later!!! BUT, I do feel bad for her---strep is never any fun!!! Hope you all survived those storms last night---a transformer blew near us, so we were out of power until 7am!!! Is there somewhere on this planet that never gets snowstorms, thunderstorms, or windstorms? Because I think I need to move there!!!! ;o)
Sorry about the strep. I hope it does not mess up preschool valentine party- I know Hannah has sorted hers 3 million times. for Megan!
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To hop or not?

Right away I said no to my parents, who have always had hoppers. Up until last trip we DH and I had also hopped. But I was fine with not doing it this trip, but now....

I cannot believe this, but I am really considering buying hoppers this trip. I finally have kids that would see Fantasmic, but I hate the new schedule and don't want to spend my HS day in a huge crowd. Also with seven days we probably would enjoy the chance to hop... we could hit HS, EPCOT and AK all a bit more than one day. I think this would be the best way for us to see what we want and not tour commando style. Plus if we wanted to split up with hoppers it might actually work. I sure want to see the AK parade, Fantasmic, and without a hopper I worry it won't happen. Any advice thoughts.

I sure want June hours out and TGM to get his days done.... come on March!
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HI there Laura... Hope everyone is feeling better..

We got hoppers last year and we only used them 2x all week.. however it was so nice to know we could hop if we wanted to... I think one of the reasons we didn't hop as much is b/c we discovered how many rides we could do in the PM when we saved our FP and child swaps through out the day to use at night.. which would only work if we were coming back to the same park... It is a hard decision, but it is nice to have that flexiablity especially if you are going to be on the DDP which I think you said you are...
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Hi Laura,

How funny, Ed and I were having the PH debate, too!

We always get PHs, but this year I suggested the MYW Base tickets because I thought it would be a good way to save a little money. He didn't want to give up the flexibility. Then, I did the actual breakdown:


7 day MYW PH (no exp) X 4 = $1652.88
7 day MYW base (no exp) X 4 = $1439.88

Total savings = $213.00

In the grand scheme of things, I didn't think it was worth $213 to give up the flexibility of park hopping, so we're going to stick with the PHs.

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