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Old 12-30-2009, 08:47 AM   #1
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There's a First Time for Everything! A Christmas In November TR

Well, here goes my first attempt at a trip report! First of all, let's get the introductions out of the way. This is a picture that was taken of my little family last year during a Grand Floridian photo session at WDW.



We had the same crew for our trip this year. We have learned the hard way that we shouldn't vacation with others, so it is always just the three of us.

First up is my DH, aka the most wonderful father and husband in the world, who claims that he goes along with all this Disney business for his girls, but I know he secretly loves it. He is a hard worker and a great provider for our family. DD and I love him dearly! If I had to pick a Disney character that he is most like, it would be Mr. Incredible!

Next is DD, aka the center of my universe! She loves all things Disney and wants to go back again already. She is in kindergarten this year, and is a very smart and sweet little girl, although occasionally a drama queen. I think she is most like Ariel for sure.

Then there's me, the writer of this report! I am a thirty-something, stay-at-home mom who absolutely fell in love with Disney World last year. I taught third grade until I got pregnant with my DD and decided to hang up my chalk for a while to be a mom. That was the best decision I have ever made. I also keep children after school to earn a little extra income. I honestly think they created the character of Marlin (Nemo's Dad) based on my personality!

Now a little background.............. Last November, we took our very first trip to WDW. None of us had ever been. It was the most incredible experience for all of us. I couldn't think of anything else when we got home except how I was going to get back there! I thought we would never be able to go back in 2009, but everything fell perfectly into place and we were able to go after all. So come join us for our 10 day journey through the world.

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We stayed at Pop Century from November 7-16, 2009.
We had the regular dining plan (FOR FREE!!!).
Our mission was to do as many "firsts" as possible.

The trip title came about because almost everyone we talked with before our trip asked us the same thing, "Why are you going back to Disney World when you just went last year?" or "What could you possible do that you didn't do last year?". So I was on a mission to prove them wrong. Let's see how we did!


Up Next: The biggest "first" of my life!

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Old 12-30-2009, 08:55 AM   #2
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I'm here! I am so glad you decided to start a trip report!!! Your little girl is just darling!!!
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Old 12-30-2009, 09:09 AM   #3
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I'm here! I am so glad you decided to start a trip report!!! Your little girl is just darling!!!
Boy, you are fast! I'm so glad you came over. Hopefully you won't be the only reader!
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Can't wait to hear all about your trip. Your family is just beautiful!
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I came over, too! I love that picture of your family from the Grand Floridian. It would make a great Christmas card!
Where do you live in NC? I don't live too far from the NC border. Not that I ever go-but my sister drives down to the Outer Banks some times with her family. I think we might try to do that this summer. I also have relatives in NC.
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Your daughter is adorable! Can't wait to read all about your trip!
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ADORABLE family!
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Looking forward to your report, and joining your ten days of first.
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What a cute picture!! I'm a first time TR writer too, so come on by mine.
Looking forward to hearing about your "firsts"!
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Jumped over from Memom and Jill's report. We were the ones there the same week as you. It will be fun to follow you along - it will bring back such great memories. I think you may have seen our DD in Tink's Treasures dressed like Pincess Tiana and her friend dressed like Aurora on Monday.

Looking forward to the report.
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WELCOME! I just started reading your report also! I haven't posted yet but I will. From what I have read so far, I expect that you understand why I said that we travel alone!

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I came over, too! I love that picture of your family from the Grand Floridian. It would make a great Christmas card!
Where do you live in NC? I don't live too far from the NC border. Not that I ever go-but my sister drives down to the Outer Banks some times with her family. I think we might try to do that this summer. I also have relatives in NC.
We did use that for Christmas cards last year. The lady who did our photo session did a great job. We are not too far from the VA border. We love the Outer Banks. You should definitely check it out. It is so beautiful and peaceful there.

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Thank you. She is my world!

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Thank you very much. The photographer did work a little magic though!

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Jumped over from Memom and Jill's report. We were the ones there the same week as you. It will be fun to follow you along - it will bring back such great memories. I think you may have seen our DD in Tink's Treasures dressed like Pincess Tiana and her friend dressed like Aurora on Monday.

Looking forward to the report.
I remember. Maybe when I go back through, we will be able to figure out if we were in the same place at the same time. I can't remeber what day I saw those little girls at Tink's Treasure, but they may have been yours. It will be neat to see. Thanks for signing on!
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'Tis the Season for Miracles!

After we returned from our Disney vacation in November 2008, I think I reminded DH nearly everyday how much I wanted to go back. Well, I never thought it would happen in 2009 because DH is not the fan of Disney that I am. I mean, he really liked it, but I knew he didn’t want to go two years in a row. But after a long summer of sickness and surgery for me, DH told me that he would be willing to go back this fall. I think he felt sorry for me and just wanted to give me something to look forward to. I had been very sick since March with fibroid tumors and had been in and out of the hospital several times. Finally in July, I had to have a hysterectomy. We were pretty disappointed, because we both wanted one more child, but it just wasn’t to be. So I think that was his way of trying to give me something positive to focus on.

Needless to say, I was thrilled that he wanted to go back. The first thing I asked my surgeon on my follow-up visit was “Will I be able to ride a roller coaster by November?” She just laughed and said, “Go for it!” That was all I needed to know!

However, there was one catch to this deal. One enormous catch! After driving for 10+ hours over two days last year to get to WDW, DH informed me that he would never drive that trip again. Well I was really hoping that he had forgotten that little tidbit, because I DO NOT FLY. I wanted to be a travel agent my whole life, but I was so afraid of flying that I became a teacher instead (a decision I have always regretted). That is how terrified I am of flying. (Remember I have the Marlin mentality.)

Well, I had already booked the resort, planned out our days, and reserved all the meals when DH decided to tell me, “You do remember that I told you we are not driving to Florida anymore?” So I decide we would take the train. HA! That was not happening! It was a 15 HOUR train ride to Orlando from NC. So I was left with the choice of cancelling the trip to my beloved WDW or getting on a plane. I was literally sick to my stomach at the thought of either of those things happening.

After many sleepless nights, I finally broke down and booked a flight. This truly was the biggest "first" of my life. Yes, it was bigger than marriage or even childbirth. Those things didn’t frighten me at all. Even DH said that he now understood the depth of my love for Disney because he never thought I would do it. Come to think of it, maybe that is why he offered to go back in'09, because he never thought it would actually happen! Anyhow, it was done. Three nonrefundable tickets had been purchased, so my fate was sealed.

DD marked the last day off of our countdown calendar, and with that, it was time to go!



We decided to get a room near the airport for Friday night (Nov. 6th) that had a shuttle and free parking. We had an early flight on Saturday morning and this was just more convenient. DD loved the Sleep Number beds they had. She kept pumping them full of air and then deflating them!



We arrived at the airport stress free on the hotel shuttle. We grabbed a bite of overpriced, under flavored food for breakfast, although by this point, my nerves were shot and nothing would have tasted good to me.



DH and DD checked out the runway. DH said we looked like “country come to town” being that this was our first adventure at an airport. (None of us had ever flown.)









DH is a big talker. He found a couple that was headed to Disney on our flight and struck up a conversation. They were very nice people, and we actually ran into them again at WDW.



It was finally time to board. My heart is racing just typing this part. I took my seat and snapped a few pictures. Then I just prayed and told Jesus that I was putting it in His hands. No one else on the plane knew it, but a miracle occurred on flight 1403 that day.











Before I knew it, we had landed, I had survived, and my misery was over. Now let’s get on that bus!!! Busses, I can handle!

We stopped for our first official Disney picture!



Waiting for ME. Someone’s getting sleepy already!!



A very excited little girl headed to Disney.



Cont. in next post...........

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Old 12-30-2009, 01:11 PM   #15
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Headed to Pop.



Oh what a wonderful sight to see!





First contact with Disney soil ! (well concrete)



Yes, I took a picture of the Pop rug!



We did the online check-in so we breezed through here fast. And we got what we requested............. 60’s building, 4th floor!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Whoooo Hooooooooo!



Our room was right by the elevator so it was a very quick walk to the bus and food court.





We decided to break in the dining plan with some lunch in the food court.



We wasted no time heading out to the bus stop. DD thought she had found a hidden Mickey in the railing.





I took this to remind me how long it took to get from NC to a Disney bus. We left NC at 8:00 a.m., checked out the room, ate lunch, and made it to the bus by 11:41. Not bad. That was the ONLY good thing about flying.



So, our tally for firsts is now at 2. This was our first time flying and our first stay at Pop Century!


(Bear with me on the picture quality of this update. I was using a cheap camera that I brought because it was small, but I quit using it because the pictures were not good. The rest of the pictures will be with my good camera.)

Up Next: Where is that Disney bus headed?
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