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Old 07-10-2009, 11:28 AM   #1696
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What a wonderful time you all must have had at EPCOT that day....so sorry that it ended badly with the wet luggage!!! EEEWWWWWW!!!!
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Wet luggage - such a bummer! I know how you felt that night (well almost), cause I changed resorts in the middle of a trip and no matter how hard you try to be organized, you just do it as well as you want to. Then to have wet luggage on top of that! Uggghhh! I bet when you went to bed that night you almost wished you have never started at the Contemporary. I think the more people you are responsible for, the worse the disorganization feels. At least they comp'd part of your room. Still - rather pay for the room and have dry luggage!

I hope things get better soon. You pictures of your kids in Epcot are so cute!
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Old 07-10-2009, 08:35 PM   #1698
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GREAT update Laura! That STINKS about the wet bags! There is NOTHING worse than trying to unpack and get prganized when you are exhausted and with a little baby to boot! I am happy for you your meal at Tutto was a good one! Bummer about the rain but how wonderful that your mom got to see the girls with the princesses!
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You got some amazing character shots! Can't wait to see the girls twirling with Aurora.

Ugh, the suitcase situation is so baffling to me. If you're a bellman bringing a wet piece of luggage to someone, wouldn't you mention it? Like I'm sorry, these duffles got a little wet. Hope everything dries quickly, or something? Yours completely ignored the situation hoping, I don't know, that you wouldn't notice your wet bags? I'm glad nothing in those bags was ruined!

I'm hoping a good night's sleep and your AK day made up for your yucky night.
I think he hoped we had so many bags I would not notice, or maybe he was mad they were so short staffed. Either way it was terrible!

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The girls looks just adorable with the princesses. Emily's smile is just contagious in those photos.

I'm glad you had a peaceful dinner. It is always nice when the little man gives the family some peace at dinner time.

I was laughing when you were describing how your DH just threw Luke in the stroller and headed out. Such a Dad things to do.

That really stinks about your bags getting wet! I'm glad they gave you a credit to the room, but what were they going to do with the shirts to dry them out? Throw them in a dryer to shrink them as well?

I had those same thoughts after a horrible series of events in November. I think they happen to everyone who is traveling with more than one child at some point. I could feel your stress trying to load up on the bus because we felt the same way in November and we had one child less than you. Those big strollers are so hard to unload/carry/hang onto on the buses. I'm sorry you lost your ziploc bag too. I hope tomorrow is a better day.
I figured you would find the baby and dad with nothing humorous.... it was the those things that did me in this trip. Although DH redeemed himself our AK day.

Emily had so much fun, A is going to be great this trip. She was so into all the characters. Honestly there are over 100 darling pics of her, whereas Hannah is not good in pics normally. There were moments though that Em was difficult... but you know what I think about about three year olds versus two year olds....she had been easier the past two trips, but really "got" the magic this time!

The shirts were dry by the next afternoon, but they were hanging all over my mom's room. A dryer would have been nice but we were too tired to stay up with them.

I remind myself every trip will get easier with kids... and that I knew going with three kids 5 and under would be insane. We did have a great time, but it was hard, harder than going pregnant for sure.... partially due to our touring and stuff, and I had to let things go at a point... once I reached the ugly moment!

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I've missed the entire Epcot day!! It sounds like your morning was awesome! Getting great character interactions in and seeing so many extras along the way. What a bummer that Crush was broken - I hope you were able to see it later! The princess photos are adorable - I can't wait to spend time meeting all of them. Doug has said his little sister needs to meet all of the princesses on our next trip.

I can't believe the problems with the luggage! Talk baout putting a damper on the contemporary stay!

I hope you are getting lots of rest and staying cool and calm these last weeks!

Meeting the princesses is fun... you have a lot to look forward too.


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Great Epcot day! How cool that you met so many characters. We definitely need to make RD at WS on our next visit.

I can't believe the luggage fiasco! Glad nothing was ruined and that they at least compensated you. I hope you find the Ziploc bag!
The Ziplock is resolved the next day...

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That is too bad that your great day at Epoct got spoiled by a bad ending at CSR due to the bag issues.
Between the rain, getting trapped at the main building and wet luggage I was done by bedtime!

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What a wonderful time you all must have had at EPCOT that day....so sorry that it ended badly with the wet luggage!!! EEEWWWWWW!!!!
Looking at the pics I try to remember all the fun of the day... before things got cruddy!

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Wet luggage - such a bummer! I know how you felt that night (well almost), cause I changed resorts in the middle of a trip and no matter how hard you try to be organized, you just do it as well as you want to. Then to have wet luggage on top of that! Uggghhh! I bet when you went to bed that night you almost wished you have never started at the Contemporary. I think the more people you are responsible for, the worse the disorganization feels. At least they comp'd part of your room. Still - rather pay for the room and have dry luggage!

I hope things get better soon. You pictures of your kids in Epcot are so cute!

No, I wish we had stayed at the Contemporary. We had a hard time fitting our stuff in the CSR room, there was a lot less dresser space--- we outsourced Hannah's clothing to my parents room.


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GREAT update Laura! That STINKS about the wet bags! There is NOTHING worse than trying to unpack and get prganized when you are exhausted and with a little baby to boot! I am happy for you your meal at Tutto was a good one! Bummer about the rain but how wonderful that your mom got to see the girls with the princesses!
You had a bad meal didn't you at Tutto---- it is coming back to me now- right? We enjoyed it and it fit in our schedule better than a dinner at EPCOT on Friday...

My parents loved watching the girls with the characters. At times my dad would joke about how much character time they spent.... but it won't be like that forever. I try hard to get them to see characters where the waits are managable...
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OK - Now I'm even more excited about staying at BLT's now that I read about your stay at the Contemporary!!!
Your kids are very cute! Luke is too cute!! I just love baby boys. If I ever had a third (and I better never) I would want another little guy. Little boys are awesome!

Now that my TR is done - I am really enjoying reading everyone else's!!

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Old 07-11-2009, 11:00 AM   #1701
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OK - Now I'm even more excited about staying at BLT's now that I read about your stay at the Contemporary!!!
Your kids are very cute! Luke is too cute!! I just love baby boys. If I ever had a third (and I better never) I would want another little guy. Little boys are awesome!

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I am going to upload AK now, so I can at least get a start on that day. Tonight we are going out to an adult dinner and right now the girls are with DH at the pool before the rain starts. Luke and I are going to run to get some Scrapbooking supplies... I have gotten the stuff all out again in hopes of getting caught up the next few weeks. (Luckily I am less than a year behind... Luke is done through December, Hannah and Emily through October) Have a great Saturday!
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Old 07-11-2009, 11:04 AM   #1703
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oh, so sorry you guys had a bad night! i hope your mom was able to get her shirts dry. at least you had a decent day at epcot. glad you liked tutto italia - i've been wondering about that place!
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I'm back on the scrapbook train as well. I *wish* I was as caught up as you. Winkflash is having a sale on prints. I can forward you the e-mail if you want it.
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oh, so sorry you guys had a bad night! i hope your mom was able to get her shirts dry. at least you had a decent day at epcot. glad you liked tutto italia - i've been wondering about that place!
EPCOT went pretty well. I was unsure how it would be with three, and we did good. Tutto was a hit... I would go back.

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Thanks... I am working on that tonight~
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Vacation 2010

I know I said we would not be going back in the pretrip report, pre DVC... but now we have points for 2009 that we need to use next summer.

With that said, we do not plan to go to the parks during our vacation... I know some of you probably think we are crazy... even DH said at dinner we could, but for a one day ticket... no and I am not sure I want to buy a longer length ticket with non-expire... but it could change. To be honest I think Luke would be hard to take next summer, and still being outnumbered yikes!

What we are thinking is to use our points at Vero Beach at the 7 month window for next summer. Probably June, probably for about a week. Since Luke does not count, we can stay in a studio... there are different types so we are doing some research. If anyone can share please do!

We also plan to stay at WDW for a few nights...probably a studio. My first choice is BCV, I think our girls would love the pool and we would really have time to enjoy. BWV is tempting, as is SSR since we would be close to DTD. We would hopefully do some of our favorite meals, enjoy the resorts, pool hop perhaps, and explore Orlando a bit

Any thoughts are welcome..

That would then leave us for 2011 having 2010 points, and 2011 points and 2012 available to borrow if needed. We thought we would be doing a trip with my parents that year in a two bedroom at AKV in the summer. My parents though are not sure if they want to go in 2011, they might want to go in 2012.... which then maybe means a trip the five of us in 2011, (Luke again would not be three... free admission, dining and does not count for occupancy) and then 2012 a trip with grandma and grandpa... so many things to think about! If we know for sure we are going two summers in a row----APs for me (then maybe I can get a third trip too)

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How wonderful! I think that would really be the best part of DVC - knowing that you WOULD be going back multiple times. Of course, the accomodations are a perk, too. We're actually looking at OKW for our large family vacation next summer now, even though we're not DVC (with more people to split the rooms with, it's not as expensive). I'd like to try Vero Beach at some point. And I'd LOVE to let my kids explore Stormalong Bay at BCV someday. Have fun with all of the planning!
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I would love to see you get BCV for the start of your trip, Cape May breakfast would be lots of fun to do! As you know I do have ulterior motives.... IF you were at BC a one day ticket to Epcot would be very nice, as you know, it's a great place to hook up with princesses! Then there is storm along bay, Em and Luke would love that sand and Hannah would have a great time in the lazy river and whirlpool! The slide is so much fun too!
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Your future plans sound great! Very nice options. I have seen lots of photos for Vero Beach, does look really pretty! RELAXING.....

We got APs this year, b/c we had already committed to two trips, and then when DH moved dates, he agreed to three... with the DVC it seems a good plan to get the APs, you get a discount I think? And with a family, after the 2nd trip they have paid for themselves.. so you gotta do three to really take advantage of the "free"

Good luck with whatever your plans are!!! I am sure they will be great! Looking forward to your next TR installment

Hope your adult evening was fun!!
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Your plans sound so nice!!! I was day dreaming of a Vero Beach trip yesterday. I haven't a clue what they offer, but just the simplicity of a "beach trip" is very appealing.

We bought APs in January this year because we knew we'd be back in December.

And lookee here...we are going in January too! APs, and a "free child" are wonderful trip enablers.

I wasn't sure if a child under 3 counts toward occupancy. It is very good to read they don't. I have some possible plans stewing and the fact that Henry is under 3 and doesn't count helps a ton!
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