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Old 03-08-2011, 07:03 AM   #1
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A Complete Turnaround!UPDATE-Rain/Lots of Pics! WDW Celebration Trip March '11!

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing” -Walt Disney

Thanks, Walt! I agree…quit talking and begin doing! This is exactly what I began doing on September 10, 2010. Why, you ask? Because I was so very tired of the previous 2 years…one of the most miserable periods of my life. I would rather not revisit the past but let me give a brief overview, before that breezy September night, I was positive my marriage of nearly 12 years was over. 24 months of questioning, wondering, losing trust, stressing, making myself ill came to a screeching halt. I had enough…so I quit talking…quit “threatening” to leave if things didn’t get better, quit fooling myself that the kids weren’t affected…quit all the talking and began doing. I called off of work that night for personal reasons and would you imagine, THAT was his wake-up call! I never call out of work unless I am extremely ill…he realized I was serious and my final attempt at “working things out” had passed him by. I began looking at my options, where would I go? Should I move closer to family with the kids? Should I stay put where I have a job I enjoy with a company that encourages advancement? I was making future plans and he wasn’t included. It scared him. It scared me. That following Tuesday, September 14, 2010, we were seeking professional help and nearly 6 months later, things have never been better! I am grateful everyday for the resources provided which played a large part in keeping my family together. Things aren’t perfect but I don’t need them to be!

Thanks for sticking with me this long…now onto my first PTR ever; I hope to see you all there!

During all my attempts to “make things better”, I planned our first family trip to WDW in November of 2009 (Thanks to my Mother and Father In Law who were joining us from Delaware and the kids had no idea!) This was also a test for the In-Laws as they were recently reunited after a pretty terrible separation. The trip was filled with many, many great memories and many, many terrible memories…not even Disney World could make everything right…it was a rude-awakening. Check out the link in my signature for a small overview of the trip…minus personal family details. This all leads me to where I am today. My husband informed me at the beginning of the year that he wanted to take our family on a Disney Celebration Trip before our already planned Disney Cruise on the Dream/WDW vacation with friends in October 2011. What?! You want to take 2 trips this year? Yay! Wait…no, that is not a good idea….way too much money, let’s just wait until October. Nope. He was insistent we take this trip…a trip of new beginnings and positive changes for our family…a trip to celebrate the good that has come over the past 6 months and all the good in the future…he has apologized repeatedly and genuinely so for the 2 years he caused so much heartache and pain but now he wants to seal it all with a trip to the World! Ok! Let’s do this!! And better yet, let’s not tell the kids…not until we arrive at the airport on March 28th! And even better, another Disney loving family of friends added a trip to WDW during the same time! Awesome!! Is this a dream? Someone please pinch me!! Ouch! This is real, yo! So very real! Onto the cast and details!

When: Monday, March 28-Friday, April 1
Where: POP Century Resort
Who: Me (S) DH (B) DS12 (M) DS9 (C)
Who Else: Another Disney loving family of friends visiting at the same time at the same resort!

The Cast:

Me (S): I love my family and I love all things Disney...that pretty much sums me up but let's add a bit to make it more interesting! I am the proud Mom of 2 amazing boys who are my world and wife to B, who despite a rough patch, means more to me than I can ever express...he is my soul mate, best friend and forever has my heart! When I'm not working as the Overnight Supervisor of a luxury hotel in Downtown Denver, you can find me at home with the family or Disney Researching! We moved from Maine to Colorado 4 years ago for my husband to continue his education and have made great, long-lasting friends over the years. I don't know where the future will take us...I just know everyhing is pretty great for us right now. Favorite Park: Magic Kingodom Favorite Ride: Kilimanjaro Safari

DH (B): Boston Red Sox fan extrodinare! Genuine, kind, huge heart, loving, funny, always open to new things. Yes, he loves Disney. Well, he likes it well enough but I think he says he "loves" it for my sake. In any case, this trip was all his idea and I couldn't be happier to plan and execute the week of festivities...all the while sharing bits and pieces of information with him as he offers input and suggestions but trusts me to make this a spectaular vacation! DH is a Chef by trade and showcases his talents at the dinner table...he is partially responsible for my connection to Weight Wathcers! Needless to say, Dining is a very big part of vacationing for him...for all of us really, we love our food!! Favorite Park: I would say it's a tie between Magic Kingdom and Epcot Favorite Ride: Splash Mountain

DS12 (M): My first born...my baby. M is a loving, caring, polite little man who is wise beyond his years. He is my responsible son who enjoys Disney World and loves to read all of my reference books but "can you please not talk about Disney everyday, Mom? Please?" Hmmm...No, sorry, not possible kid! A big swimmer in the summers, we hope to put him on a swim team after the school year. Last year was also his first year playing Hockey and he loved it so much, we will continue it this year. HUGE Criss Angel fan! We would love to take him to a one of the Magic Shows in Vegas for his 13th birthday next February. He's a collector by nature...always has been; he can turn pretty much anything into a collection. Rocks, shells, coins, silly bands, pokemon cards, all cards...so it's not surprising he LOVED starting his WDW pin collection in Nov 2009! He also has a vinylmation collection started from that trip...well, if you can call one character a collection! Favorite Park: Magic Kingdom Favorite Ride: Splash Mountain.

DS9 (C): My baby, baby. C is a lovebug...always has been; he is one of the sweetest, kindest, loving most affectionate little boys I have ever known. His heart is large as is his love for his friends, reading, video games and yes, even Disney. Although he tends to repeat the same thing as M..."Mom, I love Disney too, but everyday?" Haha! yes, everyday! C will be playing tackle football this Fall and is so excited. He also plays Hockey like his brother and loves it! C's relationship with B is extremely close and gets stronger everyday...he is an absolute Daddy's boy where M is a Momma's boy...hmmm, Momma's boy just doesn't have the same ring! C also strated a pin collection during our Nov 2009 trip but isn't as crazy about them as his brother is. Favorite Park: Magic Kingdom Favorite Ride: Spalsh Mountain

There you have it....My family. My heart. My everything

Family Picture: Epcot Nov 2009

Boys being Surprised by their Grandparents: DTD Nov 2009

Next Up: changes, changes, changes!

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