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Old 08-18-2009, 02:25 PM   #31
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The "I have nothing to post for an update" update

Well, I did pay off the balance on our trip. Well, sort of. I guess I really should have typed that the trip was charged to my card. It will be paid off next month when I get the bill.

Jeckle has been loading the trip planning DVD into the downstairs computer several nights in a row now. She and Heckle have been busy telling me what rides they will and will not go on. Heckle is insisting that she does not want to go to the Festival of the Lion King. I told her she loved it last time and that we were all going. She said shed just wait outside. I said no. She said shed just take the bus back to the resort. I said no. She stormed out of the room.

Im thinking that if Heckle wants to go on Splash Mountain, shes going to Festival of the Lion King, which she will love. Im not a big fan of SM, but since Im the only one who will be there to go on it with her, Im going. It will be a trade off. Shes not sure about Expedition Everest yet. I know my mom and Jeckle will not go near it. Ive never been and really want to go. So we'll see what happens. She still thinks we're going in several months, as opposed to weeks, so I don't know how keen she'll be on it when it's confronting her.

For the most part, Heckle really likes the roller coasters (she loved Thunder Mountain when we went last year and she was just barely tall enough to ride). She wanted to go on the Comet at Hershey Park and my husband took her, but it was a bit much for her, I think. It's one of those older, wooden coasters. Not too terrifying, but I think bouncing her chin on the lap bar and making her lip bleed sort of took the shine off coasters for her. I like the Disney coasters because of the theming and detail (although I had no idea there was a story behind Thunder Mountain until I read about it in a guide book). I'm not a big fan of the big drop (hence my lack of interest in Splash Mountain).

And after reading pilferks TR from 2007, Im wondering if in the future, we might have to spend a night at the Nick Hotel. They would love it, I think.
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Old 08-18-2009, 05:18 PM   #32
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Hey there fellow PA Lady!!! Loving the report!! Your children are so cute! It's funny that you call your DS "Dude"! I call my son that too!!!

How awesome that you got to squeeze in a trip before your Dec 2010 vacation. Have you been to Disney around the holidays? It's awesome! It is my far my favorite time of the year to travel there!

We are looking forward to MNSSHP as well! Absolutely love that event!
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Old 08-18-2009, 05:38 PM   #33
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Have you decided when you will tell them about the trip? Will you keep it a secret until you arrive at the airport? It's fun how your daughter's are talking about their "next" trip not realizing that this the trip after the next trip.

I am sure Heckle would do fine on EE. The ride itself is fast, but very smooth. I don't like those old wooden coaters either, but EE is lots of fun!! But she might be scared by the Yeti...
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Old 08-19-2009, 08:06 AM   #34
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Hey there fellow PA Lady!!! Loving the report!! Your children are so cute! It's funny that you call your DS "Dude"! I call my son that too!!!

How awesome that you got to squeeze in a trip before your Dec 2010 vacation. Have you been to Disney around the holidays? It's awesome! It is my far my favorite time of the year to travel there!

We are looking forward to MNSSHP as well! Absolutely love that event!
Welcome! Even my daughters call him the Dude. I'm hoping that if I bring home a big Mickey for him, he'll forgive for not taking him.

We went to WDW last year in December, so we saw some of the Christmas decorations. I've never been there at Halloween, though. Do they have Halloween decorations around the park? I wasn't sure I wanted to do the MNSSHP, but everyone I know who's gone raves about it.

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Have you decided when you will tell them about the trip? Will you keep it a secret until you arrive at the airport? It's fun how your daughter's are talking about their "next" trip not realizing that this the trip after the next trip.

I am sure Heckle would do fine on EE. The ride itself is fast, but very smooth. I don't like those old wooden coaters either, but EE is lots of fun!! But she might be scared by the Yeti...
I think you're right that Heckle will be fine on EE. Jeckle was already to go on EE until she realized it was a roller coaster. She thought the Yeti was cool.

I'm thinking I'll either just tell them where we're going on the drive to the airport, or let them guess. DH is going to drop off the Dude at day care as he normally would and we'll just hope he doesn't suspect anything (unlikely). I think my MIL will take us to the airport, since it's only about 20 minutes from the house. They'll definitely know something is up when they aren't going to school that day (and the fact that my mom will be with us). I'm betting that Heckle will guess right away.

On a related note, I know that taking kids out of school for vacation is a sore subject for some, so I won't belabor that point. Heckle is going to be in first grade, so she'll probably have homework to take with or catch up on when we get back; Jeckle misses the age cut-off for kindergarten by about 2 weeks, but we're putting her in a private kindergarten for the year and we'll see if she'll be ready for 1st grade next year or if she'll repeat public kindergarten). I plan to take math and reading workbooks along and Heckle will spend time each night on them and keep a journal of what she's doing. I know at some point, we won't be able to take them out for a week with no adverse effects. We'll cross that bridge when we come to it.

Heckle's godmother dropped off some back to school toys for the girls last night and Jeckle got a coloring set. She drew all over her legs and feet and when I asked her why, she said it was because she wanted a tattoo. DH just about died.

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Old 08-19-2009, 08:27 AM   #35
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Sounds like a great plan for the surprise!

And just to reassure you a little (if you need it...lol)...my parents took me out of school when i was young for a week each year to do Disney and stuff. Probably up until 4th grade or so, maybe later than that. I still graduated high school with honors...didn't miss a beat when I came back. The flight allowed me to catch up on all my homework and a little downtime in the hotel. The kids will be perfectly fine I know it's a touchy subject but every kid is different and you know your kids!
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Old 08-19-2009, 08:46 AM   #36
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Sounds like a great plan for the surprise!

And just to reassure you a little (if you need it...lol)...my parents took me out of school when i was young for a week each year to do Disney and stuff. Probably up until 4th grade or so, maybe later than that. I still graduated high school with honors...didn't miss a beat when I came back. The flight allowed me to catch up on all my homework and a little downtime in the hotel. The kids will be perfectly fine I know it's a touchy subject but every kid is different and you know your kids!
Thanks for the reassurance - my sister and I were never out of school for vacation, but we were always just visiting relatives, so timing wasn't an issue. I think for me, it's more a matter of the heat and humidity than the crowds. I tend to want to hibernate in the summer rather than the winter.
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Jeckle sounds like a handful! But the tatoo story sounds like she would love to get one of those face paintings at WDW!

I think letting them figure out themselves is a grea plan. I would love to be surprised that way myself! I can very well understand your problem with taking your kids out of school. My mother was a teacher so she really was against that. And then in Germany it is actually a misdemeanor is the parents take their kids out of school. But I absolutely understand not wanting to go in the worst of the heat! I guess only you as parents know what your kids can deal with and Heckle sounds like a smart kid who will have no problem catching up with one week. I missed about 1/5 of my first grade due to chronic tonsilitis and still was doing ok!
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Old 08-22-2009, 08:59 AM   #38
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We had 1st grade orientation earlier this week. The policy for vacations is 5 days a year and there is supposed to be an "educational component." Hmm. Not sure about that part. We're doing at least one day at AK and probably two at Epcot. We're not going to be commando at the parks, but will take our time to see things and appreciate them. AK can definitely be educational and Epcot as well. Not sure we can make an argument for MK. The principal didn't seem really fussed about it one way or another.
Flossbolna - I used to get tonsillitis a lot as a kid, but not often enough that they'd take them out. That sort of annoyed me as a kid.
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Old 08-27-2009, 03:44 PM   #39
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So I once again have not much to report. I have, however, decided to suck it up and take the double stroller we already have. It still works, even though its just about impossible to move when both girls are sitting in it. Id rather have it if we need it (especially towards the end of our stay when energy levels will be lowest) than have to rent one. So theres money saved right there! Yay me! Can I count it against the money Ive decided to spend on a Grand Welcome from Mickey?

I took the girls to get their hair cut a few weeks ago. Five minutes after we got home, Jeckle went to the bathroom. About 15 minutes later, we realize she hadnt come out yet. Granted, the child is like molasses about doing just about anything. But she usually doesnt take that long in the bathroom. Unless shes up to no good. My husband checked on her and she decided shed try to improve on her haircut with a pair of nail clippers. Needless to say, she failed. I'm not sure if the expression on her face is because she was mad that I wanted a picture or that we were less than thrilled with her handiwork.


So I made an appointment to get her hair cut again in the next week and the lady did a lovely job of fixing it. She also explained to her why we shouldnt try to cut our own hair. Her next appointment is scheduled for a week or so before we leave on this trip. Haircuts are tricky in my family. My MIL is sort of obsessed with their hair being cut. And its one of the few things I will absolutely flip out and see red over someone cutting my childs hair without my permission. And she knows this. She has an unfortunate tendency to ignore it and thinks she can get away with it. She never does. Fortunately, Heckle knows to run in the opposite direction when she sees Yia Yia approach with a scissors. Jeckle, not so much, so I have to make sure its cut on a regular basis or shell just trim the bangs. Which translates roughly to make the bangs uneven enough to be completely obvious to anyone with eyes and make them feel badly that this poor child has one of those moms too cheap to have a professional do the job.

The Dude was bald until just a few months ago, but the second she even hinted that she was going to cut his hair, I just did it myself for fear shed make good on the threat and a blood feud would erupt.

Here is the results of the second haircut sort of Dorothy Hamill-ish. Im pretty sure I had that same haircut back in the 70s.


After reading PracPerfPatricias review of Sanaa, I decided to make an ADR for it. I was able to get lunch on Saturday Im hoping Ill be able to get something else earlier in the week. My kids would eat there, but might grumble a bit and I think it would be fun to have a dinner with just my mom and they can play at Simbas club, which they would probably prefer to Sanaa.
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Has he been asking for a Red Ryder BB gun, too?

All I can think when I see that photo is the Bunny Suit Ralphie wears at the end of "A Christmas Story".

Though the above "suit" is much cuter....
I forgot to post a response to this earlier - that's exactly what I thought of when I saw the snowman suit.
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Jeckle is certainly a young lady who knows her mind......while possibly frustrating for you now it should serve her well in the future...

(Actually Heckle seems to know her own mind-you are raising young ladies with their own opinions of things...I think that's great...

BTW-the haircut is very, very cute-I love that look on little girls-in fact I always wanted it-but with curly hair it never worked out...

I struggle with the taking out of school issue also...sigh...since my children have a large age spead-7 years-I tend to take my little guy out since every day DD misses (she's going into 9th grade this year...) they cover a more significant amt of material...last year in 1st grade I took him out for a week but I still felt guilty...we were in California and I took some work and tried to build in educational lessons-like when we were in San Fran-we talked about how SF was built during the gold rush and all the different people who came...you get the idea...it's a struggle...(our principal also seemed nonplussed by it...I think I was more bothered by doing it...)

I'm so with you on Splash Mountain-I really dislike that drop-I feel like I'm going to fall out-but I go because I don't want them to remember me as the cranky mommy who didn't go on rides with them...(Personally I think Splash has a multiple personality disorder-all cute and sweet at the beginning-it could be a kiddie ride in Fantasy land...until the "drop" when you're heading up that hill with the vultures cackling and then-POW...obviously this is still fresh in my mind and I'm still recovering...)

On the other hand-EE is really fun-it is intense but smooth-I don't think it really rough...just very fast and possibly a little disorienting...but it really is amazingly themed...

I'm so glad you're going to try Sanaa-I think you'll really like it...
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hahaha I had the Dorothy Hammil haircut too after my grandmother attempted to cut my hair. My parents flipped and immediately brought me to the hair salon Cute!
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We had 1st grade orientation earlier this week. The policy for vacations is 5 days a year and there is supposed to be an "educational component." Hmm. Not sure about that part. We're doing at least one day at AK and probably two at Epcot. We're not going to be commando at the parks, but will take our time to see things and appreciate them. AK can definitely be educational and Epcot as well. Not sure we can make an argument for MK. The principal didn't seem really fussed about it one way or another.
Flossbolna - I used to get tonsillitis a lot as a kid, but not often enough that they'd take them out. That sort of annoyed me as a kid.
We went to our son's kindergarten orientation last night.

My wife talked to the teacher about our trip (which starts exactly 10 school days into the year) who said something like this:

"REALLY??? He's so LUCKY! September is the PERFECT time to go! Have fun and I can't WAIT to hear about the trip! Can you send some pictures in with him so we can talk about the trip in class?"

On Monday, we have an "open house" for my eldest daughter's 2nd grade class. We'll broach the subject with her teacher then but....I don't anticipate any objections. MOSTLY because her 2nd grade teacher WAS her kindergarten teacher (she changed classes last year), and we did something similar back then. Her reaction was pretty close to the one I accounted above.

This will probably be the LAST time we take the kids out of school for trips, at least for awhile. Next time we're going to schedule during Feb vacation, I think.
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I think the haircut is adorable!

We have a strict "no cut" policy on the girls...bangs get trimmed every so often, but that's it. My mom once made a comment about how much easier it would be if their hair was short. My WIFE stepped up and said "I take care of it 99% of the time...and I don't need it to be "easier". It stays long!". End of discussion.

My son just went to get his cut on Wednesday. His cuts always need a few weeks to "mellow" before they're photo-ready.

Mine's going to get cut next weekend...appointment already made!
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I think the haircut is adorable!

We have a strict "no cut" policy on the girls...bangs get trimmed every so often, but that's it. My mom once made a comment about how much easier it would be if their hair was short. My WIFE stepped up and said "I take care of it 99% of the time...and I don't need it to be "easier". It stays long!". End of discussion.

My son just went to get his cut on Wednesday. His cuts always need a few weeks to "mellow" before they're photo-ready.

Mine's going to get cut next weekend...appointment already made!
Good for your wife!

Im supposed to get mine cut right before we leave. When it comes to hair, I am very lazy I like to be able to pull it back and go. However, every few years, I get it into my head that styling hair is fun and I get it cut short because I think it will be nice. Then I remember how lazy I am and grow it right back out. Its been short now for about three weeks. Consequently, I have been growing it out for 2 weeks and 6 days. Im of the opinion that three weeks from now is not enough time for it to grow and a reschedule is in order.

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We went to our son's kindergarten orientation last night.

My wife talked to the teacher about our trip (which starts exactly 10 school days into the year) who said something like this:

"REALLY??? He's so LUCKY! September is the PERFECT time to go! Have fun and I can't WAIT to hear about the trip! Can you send some pictures in with him so we can talk about the trip in class?"

On Monday, we have an "open house" for my eldest daughter's 2nd grade class. We'll broach the subject with her teacher then but....I don't anticipate any objections. MOSTLY because her 2nd grade teacher WAS her kindergarten teacher (she changed classes last year), and we did something similar back then. Her reaction was pretty close to the one I accounted above.

This will probably be the LAST time we take the kids out of school for trips, at least for awhile. Next time we're going to schedule during Feb vacation, I think.
What a great reaction from your sons teacher! Its funny my next door neighbor is taking her son to WDW in November and hes just started kindergarten. She was told that they should just start planning to take trips in the summer because they have school to think about now. And her son goes to the same school as Heckle, so the difference in opinions was a bit odd.

The next time we take them out of school will be next December when were planning a Grand Gathering with my sister and her husband and some friends. I imagine that will be the last time we take them out of school. There are a lot of trips Id love to take when they are older (Yellowstone being high on the list), but for me those dont have the timing issues that Disney has for me (combination of huge crowds and horrible heat and humidity). I will probably take our son on a trip by himself at some point before he starts school Ill have to figure out how to make it up to the girls it will have to be big, I know that.

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(Actually Heckle seems to know her own mind-you are raising young ladies with their own opinions of things...I think that's great...
You are so right about this. They are both very independent in many ways and most of the time its wonderful. Im sure it will cause some angst and grey hairs in the future. Maybe sooner rather than later. Im enjoying the fact that they like to spend time with us, since I imagine that wont last.

I also have curly hair. Its odd because growing up, it was always straight. Since having kids, its gotten curlier and curlier. I have now gotten to live on both sides of the fence as far as hair is concerned. I wanted it curlier when I was younger. Now that it is I realize I didnt appreciate it nearly enough when it was straight.

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hahaha I had the Dorothy Hammil haircut too after my grandmother attempted to cut my hair. My parents flipped and immediately brought me to the hair salon Cute!
My grandparents lived far away, so fortunately my mom never had to deal with the haircut by grandma. Even my husband recognizes that his mom is a freak about hair (his word, not mine, although I dont argue the point). I remember getting shampoo with Dorothys picture on it Breck, maybe (was there any other shampoo sold in 1979?). The cut worked better on my sister than on me, I think.
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