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Old 06-11-2009, 05:18 PM   #136
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Looks like a good ending to a great day! We became one of "those" families who takes pictures in the hats. I figure it saves us bundles of cash! DDs can have the picture and I don't have to have a hat here at the house that they will never wear again except for crazy hat day at school .

We are also another commando family! Last summer, for the first time, I took DDs withOUT DH along for the trip. It was just a quickie 3 day'er (2 in the parks). I tried to take the girls back to the room for a quick dip in the pool. No sooner were they in the pool did they decide they were "boring" (I love it when they misuse that word i.e., "we're boring and want to go back to the Magic Kingdom.") and wanted to go back to the park.

In a few weeks, DDs and I (once again without DH) will be tackling the world for 6 days. I have already warned them that at least ONCE we will be going back to the room so I can do a load of laundry. They're going to "suffer" in the pool and arcade.......
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Finally found ya!

I love the Illuminations photos. Sorry to hear dinner at the Rose and Crown wasn't what you expected, though. It's always a bummer when that happens at Disney, especially expensive TS meals.

I'm dying to know... how did the shrimp potato chips taste?!

And you have a beautiful family!
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Old 06-11-2009, 05:57 PM   #138
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Looks like a good ending to a great day! We became one of "those" families who takes pictures in the hats. I figure it saves us bundles of cash! DDs can have the picture and I don't have to have a hat here at the house that they will never wear again except for crazy hat day at school .

We are also another commando family! Last summer, for the first time, I took DDs withOUT DH along for the trip. It was just a quickie 3 day'er (2 in the parks). I tried to take the girls back to the room for a quick dip in the pool. No sooner were they in the pool did they decide they were "boring" (I love it when they misuse that word i.e., "we're boring and want to go back to the Magic Kingdom.") and wanted to go back to the park.

In a few weeks, DDs and I (once again without DH) will be tackling the world for 6 days. I have already warned them that at least ONCE we will be going back to the room so I can do a load of laundry. They're going to "suffer" in the pool and arcade.......
For some reason, I just never got into putting the hats on and taking pictures but as you'll see in future posts, I ended up taking lots of pictures with various hats.

As far as commando touring goes, that's us. We do like to build in our breaks during the day but those breaks are in the parks. If we leave the park, we feel like we are missing something. Love the use of "boring"! Hunter used to say "purfuse" instead of "purpose". "Lacey did that on purfuse!"

I hope that you guys have a wonderful trip. I wish my ticker was on just a few weeks.

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Finally found ya!

I love the Illuminations photos. Sorry to hear dinner at the Rose and Crown wasn't what you expected, though. It's always a bummer when that happens at Disney, especially expensive TS meals.

I'm dying to know... how did the shrimp potato chips taste?!

And you have a beautiful family!
Hooray that you found the report! I wish my fireworks pictures turned out as well as some of the other posted around on these boards. Like I said, the camera was still semi-new and I really didn't know how to fool around with the settings. I just did the "point and shoot" like the commercials say.

I was pretty bummed about our dinner at Rose & Crown. Our bill was around $100.00 and it totally wasn't worth it. As a matter of fact, as soon as we made it back to the room, we were looking through our snacks to see what we could find to eat.

The shrimp flavored chips were disgusting! They had a super strong fishy taste to them which was just overwhelming. We ate them and the other snack items later in the week.

Thanks for the compliments on the family.
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Just read the tooth "episode". OMG! I would be freaking and my family would be laughing too. I have my front tow teeth, but on each side is a bridge so my fear is one or both fall out someday.
I think I saw your sister when I was there in March. She told me my sweatshort was "perdy" and I think she was missing more than 1 front tooth! LOL! And I think her DH forgot to bring along shampoo! LOL!
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I'm not laughing at your crown falling out but at what your DH and DS must have looked like laughing at you!
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Just read the tooth "episode". OMG! I would be freaking and my family would be laughing too. I have my front tow teeth, but on each side is a bridge so my fear is one or both fall out someday.
I think I saw your sister when I was there in March. She told me my sweatshort was "perdy" and I think she was missing more than 1 front tooth! LOL! And I think her DH forgot to bring along shampoo! LOL!
Sounds like you need to put super glue on your packing list too! Even though it's been almost a whole year since my tooth went bouncing across the table, I still tote that tube of glue around in my purse.

And, hey, that wasn't my sister's husband, that was her "old man".

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I'm not laughing at your crown falling out but at what your DH and DS must have looked like laughing at you!
Oh, it's okay, just say it....you really were laughing at me. Like I said, John and Hunter were, literally, wiping the tears from their eyes. When they start laughing, they really laugh....those deep belly laughs. Even now, I start grinning (a full toothed grin) thinking about it.


I was just talking with John and he said those people on the discussion board must think we are a bunch of hillbillies. I ain't no hillbilly. I'm a Louisiana girl!
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Sounds like you need to put super glue on your packing list too! Even though it's been almost a whole year since my tooth went bouncing across the table, I still tote that tube of glue around in my purse.

And, hey, that wasn't my sister's husband, that was her "old man".
I was just talking with John and he said those people on the discussion board must think we are a bunch of hillbillies. I ain't no hillbilly. I'm a Louisiana girl!
That is too funny! I laughed outloud!
Of course I was making a redneck joke and realized I had spelled sweatshirt wrong. LOL!


I am wondering since you said that your camera was semi new...did you ever reformat the card to the camera. Alot of people don;t do this and this is one way that the card will lose pictures. I've heard of it happening a few times now...speaking of which I should reformat all my cards again. I know I did one with the new camera, but not sure if I did the other ones....and can;t remember which one I did, I assume the one IN the camera...but you never know.

My DH seems to have a phone thing going on during vacation too. For one his brother beeps him on the two way part ALL the tiome, and then he always talks to this one guy each vacation as well. He will almost never talk to him, but I swear anytime we go somewhere that when the guy calls.
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Great update . I am glad to read about Rose and Crown. I have toyed with the idea of eating there and now I know not to waste my time or an ADR.
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Maybe I should have put some of our Louisiana Tabasco sauce in my backpack.
Right next to the super glue

I may not be from LA but I don't do bland! And I've been to England. Unless you are eating a curry...or fish and chips, well....breakfast is pretty good lol. Kind of a bummer as it's such a lovely location with a Illuminations view, I guess it's a trade off at times, see the show or have better food. I was surprised to get the ADR's I did in Epcot during presidents week at the 45 day mark, not realizing the Illuminations hours had been changed so we ate really well in the WS, twice, but never saw the fireworks.

All that said, I would gladly have a pint at the Rose and Crown

I love the hat pics btw....I'm not good at taking pictures of the kids when they try them on (trying not to encourage purchases!) but oh, they are obsessed with hats...and masks.

DS10 REALLY wanted that nightmare before xmas one Hunter has on. He had to settle for a Jack charm to put on his necklace instead!

I love how into it all Hunter is. At 12 DSS would have been the same but at 12, DSD is a young middle schooler and wow, once they hit 7th grade, they change. 6th is so much sweeter, sillier and I miss that silly fun side. It sneaks out when DSS16 isn't looking but seeing Hunter reminds me of it.
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Just caught up!! from where I left off. I wish I would have realized Ochsner had free internet I would have brought the lap top. I could have really used your update

This would have def. kept me going in a much better mood!
Danny told me I was a grouch don't know why.
I only had not had a decent nights sleep since June 6 Sat.

He also told me I was rude and mean to the doctors (the ones who didn't count) they now have these doctors that specialize in staying on the floor and watching patients (I thought that what nurses were for) while their doctors are in clinic, surgery, or home.

I love the update of Epcot! I can't wait to go back!!!! I am now trying to figure out if we could do a Mardi Gras trip instead of Christmas '10. wonder what the crowds are like than
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That is too funny! I laughed outloud!
Of course I was making a redneck joke and realized I had spelled sweatshirt wrong. LOL!


I am wondering since you said that your camera was semi new...did you ever reformat the card to the camera. Alot of people don;t do this and this is one way that the card will lose pictures. I've heard of it happening a few times now...speaking of which I should reformat all my cards again. I know I did one with the new camera, but not sure if I did the other ones....and can;t remember which one I did, I assume the one IN the camera...but you never know.

My DH seems to have a phone thing going on during vacation too. For one his brother beeps him on the two way part ALL the tiome, and then he always talks to this one guy each vacation as well. He will almost never talk to him, but I swear anytime we go somewhere that when the guy calls.
I knew that you were just joking that's why I planned along with it. As you can tell, we are a bunch of nuts anyway. You never know when to take us seriously. And, like I said before, our life plays out as a big joke anyway so why not just go with it.

My sister did show me how to reformat the card to the camera right after I got the camera. I just don't know yet how to work all the different settings. I am working on it though. and hope to have it mastered by the time our August trip rolls around. At least when I take pictures, there are heads on the bodies. If John takes the picture, we are headless. Well, I take that back, since we bought our first digital camera a few years back, his picture taking skills have gotten better. I think it's because he can actually see the people on the screen of the camera.

John hates to talk on the house phone but his cell phone is going all the time. He comes from a large family (6 kids with lots of nieces and nephews) and he has a bunch of friends that he talks to. Plus, we use his cell phone as our company phone. His clients call him on his cell phone more than they do the house phone.

Right now the big thing he and his oldest brother are talking about is how they think my new office is haunted. Yep, haunted. It's a partly renovated hotel that was built in the 1800s. There are a few weird things that go on around here. For instance, my dictaphone powers on and starts running by itself. We have a door that separates two large rooms that just comes open by itself. That, in itself, isn't that creepy but what is creepy is the fact that we have bells hanging on the doorknobs so we know if somebody comes in through that way. But, the bells don't ring when the door comes open by itself. When we open it, the bells hit the door and ring.

The other back door is a real heavy wooden door and you have to give it a good shove to open it and when it does open, it makes a scraping noise where the wood rubs up against the metal plate on the floor. We'll go back there and the door is open but we didn't hear the scraping/rubbing noise.

We know that it can't be some stranger walking by the "other back door" and opening it because there is a garden/sitting area in the back that is surrounded by a high wooden fence that is kept locked at all times.

Oh, and our bathroom door locks by itself overnight. When we leave, it's unlocked. When we come to work, it's locked. It's a brand new addition to the building since this part of the hotel had just one tiny bathroom which the guests had to share back in the day. We don't know if the ghosts don't like the new addition or what.

Just weird things happening around here but it's not scary.

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I seriously wouldn't recommend the Rose & Crown. It was just sooo bland to us. I am sure for you Alabamaians (is that a word?) it would be taste that way to you too. I hated that much money out of my pocket and coming away feeling unsatisfied.
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Oh, that is just creepy about your office. You should play a game: leave the bathroom door locked and see if it maybe becomes "unlocked" during the night!
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Amen! Thank goodness they make super glue! It's a wonderful invention.

I may not be from LA but I don't do bland! And I've been to England. Unless you are eating a curry...or fish and chips, well....breakfast is pretty good lol. Kind of a bummer as it's such a lovely location with a Illuminations view, I guess it's a trade off at times, see the show or have better food. I was surprised to get the ADR's I did in Epcot during presidents week at the 45 day mark, not realizing the Illuminations hours had been changed so we ate really well in the WS, twice, but never saw the fireworks.

All that said, I would gladly have a pint at the Rose and Crown

My boss has traveled to all parts of the world and he warned me that the food was going to be tasteless. I really don't know if the tabasco would have helped.

This year, we were able to get some really good ADRs and we're going to try a few new restaurants.


I love the hat pics btw....I'm not good at taking pictures of the kids when they try them on (trying not to encourage purchases!) but oh, they are obsessed with hats...and masks.

DS10 REALLY wanted that nightmare before xmas one Hunter has on. He had to settle for a Jack charm to put on his necklace instead!

I'd never buy one of the hats Hunter tried on. Every time I see one of the kids (and some adults) walking around with one of those big things on their heads, they were sweating like pigs. I wonder why? Maybe 'cause they have a big ole' furry hat on their head!

I love how into it all Hunter is. At 12 DSS would have been the same but at 12, DSD is a young middle schooler and wow, once they hit 7th grade, they change. 6th is so much sweeter, sillier and I miss that silly fun side. It sneaks out when DSS16 isn't looking but seeing Hunter reminds me of it.
I really don't think that Hunter's going to change too much. Lacey never went through a phase where she was "too cool" (wait that saying was back in my day but you know what I mean) to do something. Both of my kids just love life and spending time with their family and friends. Hunter and Lacey have no problem, whatsoever, hugging us in front of their friends or climbing up in their Mamaw's lap.

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This would have def. kept me going in a much better mood!
Danny told me I was a grouch don't know why.
I only had not had a decent nights sleep since June 6 Sat.

He also told me I was rude and mean to the doctors (the ones who didn't count) they now have these doctors that specialize in staying on the floor and watching patients (I thought that what nurses were for) while their doctors are in clinic, surgery, or home.

I love the update of Epcot! I can't wait to go back!!!! I am now trying to figure out if we could do a Mardi Gras trip instead of Christmas '10. wonder what the crowds are like than
I wish you had taken your laptop. I would have loved to put a smile on your face while you were going through such a hard time. I really don't mind when people laugh at our family's antics. Otherwise, I wouldn't have posted them for all of you guys to see. The way I look at it is this....that's just the McBride family and there's no reason to hide it 'cause it ain't gonna change any time soon.

I'm sure you were really "mean" to the doctors and nurses. You were just being "forceful" . That sounds more politically correct.

I hope that you guys can go back during Mardi Gras but from the things I hear over on the Louisiana Walt Disney World Lovers thread, it sounds like all of Louisiana packs up and heads to Disney during that time. It might make for some really big crowds.


I hope to get another updated posted soon. Our next day doesn't include any mishaps so ya'll might get a little bored.
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Oh, that is just creepy about your office. You should play a game: leave the bathroom door locked and see if it maybe becomes "unlocked" during the night!
You know, we've talked about doing that.

We moved our offices on a Friday afternoon/evening. We threw everything into the offices that night and were open for business again on Monday morning. We had my office furniture/equipment and my boss's office furniture/equipment put in place but everything else just got thrown into two empty offices. Slowly but surely, we started getting things organized and put in the right place. But, then, when we would look for a certain item, it wouldn't be there. Just little stuff like a stapler or a box of file folders or other things like that. We'd look and they'd be in the one of the two empty offices. Maybe we never took them out of there in the first place?

I am always hearing stuff bumping around upstairs but I figured it was nothing.

Now that we have doors opening and dictaphones turning on by themselves, we are wondering if the ghosts were moving around the staplers and stuff too? Or walking around above us. Who knows?
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I can't believe I missed two pages! Your TR is great and I'm having a great time reading it.

I do have a PTR (it's in my signature), but apparently it isn't very interesting, because the couple of readers I did have left. So now I'm just talking to myself. But that's okay. I talk to myself in real life too...and sometimes I even answer.

We still have a little over 3 months to go, so there's not that much to say right now. Although I get to make ADR's next week (and THANK YOU for your Rose and Crown report. We've never eaten there, but we'll definitely keep it off of the list this time too!).

And I think...I think...we're in double digits TODAY. I think. I have to check, but I think we're at 99 days. Or maybe it's even 98. I'll have to run over to disneyworld.com to check, since my ticker does months instead of days.

I totally know what you mean about going with people. We have the whole family going this time. Well, my brother, his wife, and his baby and my parents (and probably grandparents part of the time). We love to be out all day and all night too, but my brother's already talking about naps for the baby. So we've warned them that we just might "do our own thing" some of the time. To which both my parents and my brother have replied "why would you do your own thing, I thought we were going together?" Thankfully we arrive a day before and are leaving a day after everyone else, so we'll get some time in where we aren't following people around.

We've never done the hat-picture-taking thing, but we may just have to try that this time. And I LOVE the "snack collecting" for Illuminations. I always have to get the Rice Candy in Japan and we usually get raspberry candy and gummies in Italy, but I've never done it with all of the countries. Definitely going to try that this time.

The possible ghosts in your office just creeps me out. You have such a great sense of humor, though.

I can't wait to hear more. I'm hooked!

P.S. We'll be lucky if we can manage to keep the surprise until September. We're taking a friend of my son's and his mom said something about it last night. I looked at her and said "It's a secret!" and she just said "They didn't hear me". Which they didn't. But, my older DS has heard us talking recently when we thought he wasn't listing. He blurted out "I want to ride Expedition Everest with Cole!" I just said said "When would we be going to Disney World at the same time as Cole?" I'm hoping he's forgotten the incident.
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