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Old 09-01-2010, 08:53 AM   #1
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The Boss is Back on Board, Sept 19th!! Castaway Cay updated Jan 12!

Oh my gosh, it's that time again! The “L” Family excursion, trip of the year, shennanigans galore, trouble abounds..... Basically “The Boss” is back and with additional people to boss around, yay me!!!

This particular excursion came about as the result of an afternoon laying around the pool (drinkingandsuch) with my friend listening to me babble on and on about going away and how she has not yet taken her dd, 6, on vacay to the great DisneyWorld yet . I mean, seriously, how can she live with herself? I had done the Disney Cruise the year before and totally fell in lurrrrrve with it, my kids also decided they'd rather do DCL than WDW. Now, since they have a habit of complaining 75% of the time we are not within 5 feet of a pool whilst on vacation, going to the parks can be slightly annoying. I have a difficult time with annoying. As well as a few other things. You'll see I'm sure.

So we checked out a few prices and figured Sept would be a good time to go, less expensive, less crowded, pretty much sounds like a recipe for fun! My friend, Jen, had JUST started dating her man, after sweating him for 5 years, so the original plan was for my fam of 4, my friend and her dd, her mom, stepdad and sister. We booked through the travel agent I used before cause she offered pretty good OBC and since there aren't really any discounts for DCL this is what you have to look out for. Jen's mother payed for her and her dd, Kylie, to go. Um, SCORE!!!

Fast forward a few months and due to unseen financial bizniz Jen's mom had to cancel (waaah, she used to work with my dh and it would have been a gigglefest) (mmm, it still will be) BUT since Jen and her bf, Chris are 2 seconds away from getting married he's coming instead. SO, she's been cutting his hair for 5 years and by chance I got an email from my brother and noticed his name was right in front of mine. I knew how much she liked him so I told my brother and apparently Chris felt the same way. For 5 years. Awwwwww! No wonder he got a haircut every 2 weeks...... It's happily been a year and everyone at our salon is convinced they are going to go ring shopping in the islands! Hmmm, I WONDER?!

Ok so that's the background, lets get some pics and intro's going!

I'm Leyla, I wrote 2 other trip reports and loved doing them. Mostly so I can print them out and use as ammo when my kids say I ruined their lives and never did squat for them. Dh is Pierre, he pretty much lets me run this show which is very nice of him. Seriously, he's not the most organized person so I'd have to pretty much be dead to let him handle it. And I don't mean just the vacation. Here we are with our ahem, Dasani water.

Bella is 10 ½. She's pretty much always been a tomboy but has been making the transition to tweenhood. Help me now! Nah, she's a great kid, I'm lucky!

Cooper is 7 ½. He's fun, great sense of humor like his Dad but has little hissy fits like his Mom when he doesn't get his way.

He looks like the kid from Christmas Story here, haha!

Here is a picture of Kylie, 6. She's a hot ticket and also a tomboy! She's made her countdown calendar and keeps me updated on the # of days we have left! In this picture Cooper had just lost his top front tooth while they were wrestling and playing. Kylie's top front was also loose so I gave it a poke (musta been harder then I thought. Ooops) and out it popped. She was kind of mad but Chris and Jen took her for icecream afterwards so not bad tradeoff. Plus, HELLO, toothfairy?!?! Seriously, when I was 6 I took rocks to my teefs so I could get money. Sat there and tried to knock them right out, what is wrong with me?

I've yet to get some pic of Jen but this is her first time to experience Disney so she's gonna love it and become addicted. I wish she had time to take Kylie to WDW while she's down there but she's already used up vacation time. About 10 times over....

So here are the deets so far:

~Driving (help me now!!!!!) more discussion on this to come, help and advice needed, leaving home on the 16th of Sept. Woohoo 16 days!!!

~stopping here and there on our very long drive down

~hoping to get to Orlando late on the 17th. We have some friends there and would like to possibly crash for the night. Guess I should let them know, huh?

~booked a hotel room in Port Canaveral for the 18th. I'd like a night to recover and getting psyched up for the CRRRRRRUISE!

~Sept 19th. Rock on mah baybeees, time to hop on the wonderous WONDER!!!!!

~drink, drink, spa, beach, drink, hottub, eat, drink and drink. Rinse and repeat.

Day 1 link!
Day 1, part 2 link!
Day 1, part 3 link!
Day 2, part 1 link!
Day 2, part 2 link!
Day 3, part 1 link!
Day 3 &4 part 1 link!
Day 4 part 2 link!
Day 5 part 1 link
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