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Old 08-19-2010, 10:08 PM   #1
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Arrow Spectrum Moms Take on The World! Our Last Day...Multiple Posts!

INTRODUCTION:

Well, I’d better kick off this Group PTR before my fellow “cast members” burst from excitement!
I’ll start with the absolute basics and let the others join in…

WHO: Essentially we are moms with kids on the AUTISM SPECTRUM who love to hang out on the Trip Report Boards. Needless to say, we’re all crazy about Walt Disney World and the Magic it has brought into our lives.

My name is KATHY and I’ll be the one posting in Blue!

I’ve been married to ED for fifteen years. Our daughter Tricia is 14yrs old and our son Billy is twelve. He was diagnosed with PDD (Pervasive Developmental Disorder) at age three and with AUTISM at age five.

WHAT: This will be a MOMS-ONLY trip!

WHEN: Thursday, January 20 – Sunday, January 23

WHERE: We’ll be staying at SARATOGA SPRINGS RESORT & SPA.

WHY: We’re getting together at our mutual Happy Place for a weekend of fun, friendship and sharing. Most of us have never met in person!

Okay, Gang! Let’s get this party started!!



PTR LINKS:


Some More Background
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...0&postcount=26

Amy Introduces Herself
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...57&postcount=3

Anne Marie Introduces Herself
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...99&postcount=4

Tracy Introduces Herself
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...89&postcount=5

Tracy's Planning
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...5&postcount=33

Julie Introduces Herself
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...0&postcount=13

Julie's Planning
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...0&postcount=22

Two New Cast Members and a Resort Change
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...0&postcount=40

Heidi Introduces Herself
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...5&postcount=50

Jessica Introduces Herself
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...6&postcount=56

Anne Marie's Planning
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...2&postcount=61

Julie's Puzzle Piece
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...4&postcount=74

Amy's Planning
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...5&postcount=99

Tracy's Puzzle Piece
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=120

Amy's Puzzle Piece
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=156

Our Resort
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=170

Prizes Revealed!
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=172

Holland
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=203

Schmolland
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=204

Jessica's Puzzle Piece:
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=241

More Fun and Games!
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=249

More Fun and Games II
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=372

Itinerary Posted!
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=446

Our Animal Kingdom Day
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=448

Not-So-Off-Topic: Autism Program/Quiz
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=470

Chicago DVC Event (with PIX!)
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=482

Our EPCOT Touring Plan!
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=499

Our MK Touring Plan!
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=546

Our Studios Touring Plan!
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=564

How's The Weather?
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=594

To Tell or Not to Tell... That is the Question!
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=601

Every Trip Needs at Least One DISign...
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=615

Time to Start Making Lists!
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=640

Nerd Alert!!
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=651

Sip 'N Snack Game
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=722

Let's Celebrate (with wacky pix!)
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=739


Well.... umm... I kind of stopped making links for the PTR (sorry!) BUT, I can tell you that the Trip Report starts on pages 71/72 !!


Trip Report Links:


Scrappie's Travel Day
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1078

Amy's Travel Day
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1081

Kathy's Travel Day, Part One
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1090

Jessica's Travel Day
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1092

Tracy's Travel Day
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1093

Heidi's Travel Day, AH EMH
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1105

Heidi: Day One, Magic Kingdom, Part One
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1113

Heidi: Magic Kingdom, Part Two
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1119

Kathy's Travel Day, Part Two
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1129

A Magical Arrival at Kidani Village
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1131

Amy's Travel Day, Part Two
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1132

Our Room and More Arrivals
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1136

Kidani Room Pix, Part One
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1137

Kidani Room Pix, Part Two
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1141

Heidi Passes Time at Kidani
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1167

Scrappie's Lunch Post
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1168

Kathy's Lunch Post
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1172

Getting Settled...
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1195

Tracy's Arrival!
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1199

Amy: DHS Part One
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1211

Kathy: One (Mom's) Dream!
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1239

Amy's Pix: One Man's Dream
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1247

Super Moms!
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1262

A Ghost Town
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1279

Midway Maniac Moms! Part One
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1285

Part Two...
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1291

Part Three...
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1296

Kidani, We've Come Home
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1312

Tracy: First Look at the Villa!
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1313

Where Was Tracy?
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1371

What Jessica and Kathy Were Up To!
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1368
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1380

More Magic Kingdom Fun!
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1385

One Mountain and a Pair of Captains!
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1398


Faces in the Queue: Meet Nathan!
http://www.wdwfanzone.com/2011/04/fa...e-meet-nathan/

It's Dole Whip Time!
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1425

Transition Time
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1430

Interlude on the Savanna...
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1459

A Little Sip, A Little Snack (part 1)
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1466

A Little Sip, A Little Snack (part2)
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1471

Sip 'N Snack (part 3) Like White on Rice
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1486


A Little Something to Tide You Over...
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1509


Next Stop: Germany!
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1514

Next Stop: Japan!
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1517

More Karamelle Kusch Pix...
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1519

Saving Japan!
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1529

Mickey Mom Says MMM! in Morocco!
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1539

France and... Sip 'n Snack WINNERS!
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1554

The Rhyme of the Orange Mariner
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1560

Illuminations...
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1574

...and God Save the Queen!
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1575


Soarin' and Speedin' to the End of Day Two!
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1588


Day Three: Animal Kingdom: ASIA (Post 1 of 2)
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1610

Day Three: Animal Kingdom: AFRICA (Post 2 of 2)
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1611

Animal Kingdom: Team Competition!
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1624

Continued....

http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1625



Kathy

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Am I first??? I think the is the first time I have been a "first reponder".

I think I know at least one spectrum mom on board besides you. You guys will have a blast!!!

And for having a new trip to talk about!

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Spectrum Mom #2

Unless someone else beats me to the post, I'm spectrum mom #2 aka DisMomAmy! I'll be posting in purple!

I've been married to my DH, Tim, for almost 14 years and we have two boys, Alex, 9 & Zach, 6. Alex was diagnosed with PDD-NOS at 2 and Zach was just diagnosed with Aspergers this summer.

I'm so excited to join Kathy & the other spectrum moms for our weekend getaway!
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Hi I'm Spectrum Mom #3

Well, I'm Spectrum mom #3 aka irishdancer and I'll be posting in turquoise.

I've been married to DH for 15yrs and we have 3 kids. Daniel was diagnosed PDD-NOS/ASD at age 5. We also have two girls Mairead 13yrs and Deirdre one week shy of 9yrs.

I can't wait for this trip! I think we're going to have so much fun at our "Happy Place". It's also going to be great to add a new ticker.
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Hi there! I'm Tracy, aka Mickey_Mom and I'll be posting in pink. My wonderful husband and I have been married 16 years this October and we have three beautiful children..... two sons, Alex-15 and Demetri-5 and a daughter, Ariana, who will be 14 this September. Ariana was diagnosed with autism at the age of three (and her favorite color is pink!).

I am thrilled to be joining these fellow spectrum mom's and very excited to be taking on the World!

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Am I first??? I think the is the first time I have been a "first reponder".

I think I know at least one spectrum mom on board besides you. You guys will have a blast!!!

And for having a new trip to talk about!

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Hey you! Welcome aboard! My first time leaving the kiddos behind and feeling a tad guilty about it but so very excited too!

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Whew! Got this thing off the ground at last... now I can relax!

Welcome to all you readers (and lurkers!!)

Yay Margaret... you ARE first!! I have NEVER been able to do that!


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Hey you! Welcome aboard! My first time leaving the kiddos behind and feeling a tad guilty about it but so very excited too!
Try not to feel guilty about leaving the kids behind. This is a good thing for all of you! You will have more of yourself to give by taking a break and having fun!

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Whew! Got this thing off the ground at last... now I can relax!

Welcome to all you readers (and lurkers!!)

Yay Margaret... you ARE first!! I have NEVER been able to do that!


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I am not sure how I managed to be first, but I tell you what -- my heart was racing while I was posting hoping to be first! Look where my life has taken me -- excited to be the first to post on a message board. I have to tell you. It totally made me feel giddy to know I did it!

So how long has this been in the works?

Can't wait to read more about it!
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So how long has this been in the works?

Can't wait to read more about it!

Plans came together recently, we've been plotting for the past week or so!
Our family trip got bumped out until 12/11, so this was my "consolation prize!"

(I think Ed agreed only to keep me relatively sane!) :laughing

And I am wildly jealous that you made it to "first poster status!"
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I am excited for all of you!

It will be wonderful to get away and just be yourselves - not mom or wife or PTA person or teacher or nurse or whatever else you do out here in the real world. Just go and relax and have fun and be you, and in the process develop some special friendships. Sounds awesome to me!

And some Florida sunshine in the middle of winter sounds lovely, too.
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Hello Kathy and Amy! And hello to Tracy and irish dancer - nice to meet you both.

Sounds like an awesome trip and can't wait to hear all of the details!
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I am excited for all of you!

It will be wonderful to get away and just be yourselves - not mom or wife or PTA person or teacher or nurse or whatever else you do out here in the real world. Just go and relax and have fun and be you, and in the process develop some special friendships. Sounds awesome to me!

And some Florida sunshine in the middle of winter sounds lovely, too.
Thanks for joining us!! We're all VERY excited for this trip! I feel extremely lucky since I already have a girls weekend planned for this fall!

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Hello Kathy and Amy! And hello to Tracy and irish dancer - nice to meet you both.

Sounds like an awesome trip and can't wait to hear all of the details!
Hi Carissa!! Thanks for reading - this should be a really fun PTR!
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Spectrum Mom #5

OK...little late to the party here

I'm Spectrum Mom #5 aka MouseScrapper or just Scrappie or Julie I have some more name too....

I'll be posting in Green and I am the one busting at the seems for this trip...kind of funny I was the last Mom to introduce myself....

For those of you who don't know me or my family yet...here is a picture of us from our last trip to WDW:



I've been married to my DH (Matt) for 14 yrs and we have 4 children. Naomi-Ruth (going on 4), Rachel (going on 8), and twins (11) Nathan and Rebekah.

Nathan and Rebekah are both on the Spectrum and have ADHD. Nathan has struggled since age 3, but was not diagnosed w/ Aspergers till age 8. Rebekah (or Bekah) was just recently diagnosed last yr w/ PDD-NOS.

as well my youngest Naomi-Ruth has been treated for a significant speech delay and attends pre-school based on need for social speech & anxiety.

I first found the boards when planning our June 2008 trip and Kathy and Amy were two of the first Disers I met and we instantly become close ...these ladies have been my Autism support group really from the start...

Anne Marie and I are lucky enough to live just a few towns apart and have mini Dis-meets every few months.

Tracy and I have met through our "fearless leader" Kathy...and have instantly bonded.

I am so excited to be part of this trip and can't wait!

J~

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I'm joining in ladies. I know a few of you and a few of you I am happy to meet.

I'm very excited that you all get to have this trip together.
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