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Old 02-19-2009, 07:15 AM   #496
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A DIS Meet!

HEY! I'm back with a couple of off topic photos-

First, a few weeks ago, I had a Dismeet with the very lovely Bride 2 B, NikkiLovesWDW! She came over to borrow my navigators to get psyched for her honeymoon cruise, and generously loaned me the first 2 issues of Celebrations magazine- Thanks Nikki! I'm really enjoying the magazines, and I LOVED meeting you! Here's a pic DS11 took-



Nikki, YOU are going to be one BEAUTIFUL bride!!

I also remember someone (as a joke) wrote "I can't wait to see what you do for Valentine's Day. Well....we did this! DH & I went out to our favorite restaurant, Theresa's, in Westfield, on Friday night. Dinner was delicious, but the BEST part was the wine- which we brought from home (in NJ we have BYOB restaurants, it is the BEST thing EVER!!!!)- it was actually part of a case of wine that was a gift from my DGF Clare and her DH Tim. The wine was CAYMUS cabernet sauvignon. O. M. G. If you EVER have the opportunity to drink this wine, you HAVE TO try it!! It is like drinking smooth, dark chocolate. MMMMMMMM.... Anyway, on Saturday we had a romantic evening with the boys! Although, while I was slaving away in the kitchen, DH was on the couch having a romantic interlude with ANOTHER GIRL!!!! WTH? Do you think I should be worried?





It looks pretty serious, don't ya think?

We had another bottle of Cabernet from our gift case- this was excellent (although that Caymus is in its own catergory)



Time for dinner!



It was a really nice night. I made a rib roast with a roasted garlic horseradish crust, string beans and baked potatoes- the easiest meal ever! I was going to make heart shaped crab ravioli, but I bagged it because I forgot to pick up the right size cookie cutter when i lost my old one. And the fact that I was probably chatting it up on facebook half the day. Oops.

All the loving boys-





DH gave me Fleetwood Mac tickets- WOOHOO!!! I'm seein Stevie aGAIN!!! And the boys made me some major big Valentines. What did I give DH?



The elemis massage stuff I bought on the cruise. And I gave him a VERY happy massage to go with it! Not that I'm showin you any pictures of THAT excursion!!

Happy Belated Valentine's Day!
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Old 02-19-2009, 07:20 AM   #497
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Ellen - you crack me up!!!

Quick OT question - what color are your hardwood floors? They look like what we are looking for - we're getting ready to rip up our carpet and tile and do hardwoods on the main level - FL doesn't do a lot of hardwoods b/c of the humidity, but I HATE all this tile!
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Old 02-19-2009, 08:51 AM   #498
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Ellen - you crack me up!!!

Quick OT question - what color are your hardwood floors? They look like what we are looking for - we're getting ready to rip up our carpet and tile and do hardwoods on the main level - FL doesn't do a lot of hardwoods b/c of the humidity, but I HATE all this tile!
I'm not positive- I can let you know later today-
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Old 02-19-2009, 04:29 PM   #499
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Hey Kara-

I used Ipswich Pine from Minwax, and my wood is red oak. The were not pre-finished, they were put together here when we added on and they were stained and finished while we were away in LBI on vacation.

Cammie says she did Kim Possible Challenge with Lauren today and it was sooo cool- think we can do it in May?
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You found the pic!! Awesome! Although I am NOT a fan of the extreme close-up! Thanks again for letting me borrow the navigators and for the cruise tips! I really am getting super excited for the trip. Less than 5 months now! Do you think we can keep your trip report going until then? How about start from the beginning and tell us again. You really do have the best western trip report I've found. (No offense to anyone else who's done one. To be honest, I haven't looked for one in a while.)
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HAHA I love DH's other "women" and dinner looks yummo!

Nikki are you doing a Disneymoon trippy? Would love to hear all about your adventures!
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Old 02-20-2009, 12:57 AM   #502
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Awe! great DISmeet! Nikki will be a beautiful bride!

Loved your Valentine's report - thanks for sharing! Thanks for the wine recommendations! A cab I love that is smooth like chocolate is Sterling (either founder's or estate - I can't remember) You might try that one some time and see how it compares.
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Oh yes I am!!! We are on a 6:30am flight out the morning after our wedding! Heading to the Poly from Sunday through Saturday morning and from there, the DCL western cruise!! I am so excited and I will definitely tell all about it when I get back!

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That's very nice of you to say!
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Old 02-20-2009, 06:27 AM   #504
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Hey Kara-

I used Ipswich Pine from Minwax, and my wood is red oak. The were not pre-finished, they were put together here when we added on and they were stained and finished while we were away in LBI on vacation.

Cammie says she did Kim Possible Challenge with Lauren today and it was sooo cool- think we can do it in May?
Thanx for that color! I think we're gonna lay the prefinished hardwoods (we're gonna do it ourselves in my office and if it's as easy as "they" say, we're gonna do the whole downstairs! ).

Yes! I think we're gonna do the KP Challenge in two weeks with Ally so if it's as cool as "they" say, I'm all over it! Who are "they" anyway?
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Old 02-20-2009, 08:24 AM   #505
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Outstanding trip report

Ellen,

Wow...I'm sad to see this trip report come to an end. This has truly been one of the best trip reports ever.

Did your boys enjoy DQ? Our DS loved it, but it was sooo crowded and all the bigger teens seemed to take over the day we were there. Still, we plan to do DQ again on our last day of our upcoming trip. Pods looks like was WAY too into that boxing thing!!

Those new BLT rooms look very nice, but if we were DVC I think I would go AKV instead.

Congrats on the DISmeet with Nikki! How cool is that?

Absolutely love your dog....she's beautiful! I wanted a big, mellow yellow dog like that, but we ended up with a silky terrior! Well, as you know, I do love my terrior, Truman!

Oh, thanks for the V-day food porn. Nice! Next thing you know, your boys are going to be like my kids...."Dad, can we eat our food now, or do you need to take a picture of it first?" Poor kids - I've warped them into thinking that taking food pictures is just a normal thing that every family does!

We are excited about our DISmeet with you & DGFs in May! Maybe next time we can meet Pods and the boys as well.
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Old 02-22-2009, 07:16 AM   #506
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I have really enjoyed reading your trip report! It was my first cruise trip report--and just by chance, I am from NJ too! I am not sure how I stumbled on your TR--just by chance I guess.

I have taken lots of notes/tips for our upcoming cruise (in 2011 ). I don't think we can do a Jersey Week cruise but possibly the week after. The weather looked great which was a big concern for me!

Again, thanks for sharing your family memories with us!

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I also remember someone (as a joke) wrote "I can't wait to see what you do for Valentine's Day. Well....we did this! DH & I went out to our favorite restaurant, Theresa's, in Westfield, on Friday night. Dinner was delicious, but the BEST part was the wine- which we brought from home (in NJ we have BYOB restaurants, it is the BEST thing EVER!!!!)- it was actually part of a case of wine that was a gift from my DGF Clare and her DH Tim. The wine was CAYMUS cabernet sauvignon. O. M. G. If you EVER have the opportunity to drink this wine, you HAVE TO try it!! It is like drinking smooth, dark chocolate. MMMMMMMM.... Anyway, on Saturday we had a romantic evening with the boys! Although, while I was slaving away in the kitchen, DH was on the couch having a romantic interlude with ANOTHER GIRL!!!! WTH? Do you think I should be worried?





It looks pretty serious, don't ya think?
That was too funny .

I have loved reading your reports and will keep checking back.
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Old 02-23-2009, 12:36 PM   #508
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You found the pic!! Awesome! Although I am NOT a fan of the extreme close-up! Thanks again for letting me borrow the navigators and for the cruise tips! I really am getting super excited for the trip. Less than 5 months now! Do you think we can keep your trip report going until then? How about start from the beginning and tell us again. You really do have the best western trip report I've found. (No offense to anyone else who's done one. To be honest, I haven't looked for one in a while.)
Hi nikki! You need to look for anewmac's TR and Zweihund's tr- they're both really good and about the Western. But thanks for the big compliment, I feel honored!!
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Old 02-23-2009, 12:42 PM   #509
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Ellen,

Wow...I'm sad to see this trip report come to an end. This has truly been one of the best trip reports ever.

Did your boys enjoy DQ? Our DS loved it, but it was sooo crowded and all the bigger teens seemed to take over the day we were there. Still, we plan to do DQ again on our last day of our upcoming trip. Pods looks like was WAY too into that boxing thing!!

Those new BLT rooms look very nice, but if we were DVC I think I would go AKV instead.

Congrats on the DISmeet with Nikki! How cool is that?

Absolutely love your dog....she's beautiful! I wanted a big, mellow yellow dog like that, but we ended up with a silky terrior! Well, as you know, I do love my terrior, Truman!

Oh, thanks for the V-day food porn. Nice! Next thing you know, your boys are going to be like my kids...."Dad, can we eat our food now, or do you need to take a picture of it first?" Poor kids - I've warped them into thinking that taking food pictures is just a normal thing that every family does!

We are excited about our DISmeet with you & DGFs in May! Maybe next time we can meet Pods and the boys as well.
Thanks for reading so faithfully, Alan!! Can't wait for our Dismeet in May!! I'll be back to Disney with the whole family in November, don't know if you'll be there then-but if so, we'd love to hook up!!

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I have really enjoyed reading your trip report! It was my first cruise trip report--and just by chance, I am from NJ too! I am not sure how I stumbled on your TR--just by chance I guess.

I have taken lots of notes/tips for our upcoming cruise (in 2011 ). I don't think we can do a Jersey Week cruise but possibly the week after. The weather looked great which was a big concern for me!

Again, thanks for sharing your family memories with us!

Blakely
Hi Blakely!! Thanks for reading- you will have a great time on the cruise!! Do you live nearby in NJ?

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That was too funny .

I have loved reading your reports and will keep checking back.
I loved the dog pics, too! When I looked over and saw them sitting there like that, it totally cracked me up. Then i was sayin, "Kids- bad Valentine's Day news!! Daddy's found a new girl!" and we were all laughing at the photos!
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I also hate to see this TR end, you are so good at this my dear!

As to the other woman, you should worry, she's gorgeous!
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