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Old 07-16-2011, 09:35 AM   #1
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*8/7 Chp.7* The Incredible Shrinking Woman Turns 40...TWO trip reports in one!

Hello everyone. I'm back on the DIS after a long self-imposed banishment. For those of you who might have known me when, last July I had a duodenal switch (a form of gastric bypass) and then in September I lost my beloved mother to metastasized breast cancer. I floundered with the idea that the world was going on without me as normal as I went through these profound changes. I even had a difficult time feeling guilty that I was having such successful weight loss and I was completely unable to bring myself to visit things that were "indulgences" like the DIS. After months of therapy and almost a year of trying to live without mom, I'm gradually feeling more like myself and able to recognize the joy in life again. Deep subject for an introductory post, but I felt an explanation was needed for my writing a trip report that covers two trips that took place 9 and 4 months ago.

That's right... Sam (my dh) and I went to WDW to celebrate my 40th birthday in October and then our whole family (plus my "baby" brother) went to WDW & Universal in March. I'm inviting you along on both these trips! Along the way, you'll get to also see what it looks like when you lose 150+ pounds in a year!!

As a start, some introductions:

This is our whole family at DHS in October 2009. Left to right: There's Morgan, my now 9 year old son (I have NO idea what kind of face he's making in this picture!) Mary Alice, my amazing mother-in-law also known as "Granmouse." My mom (sitting on the ECV) aka "Grammie." My now 7 year old daughter Lily sitting in her lap. Me. Sam, my wonderful DH of almost 19 years.

Just to get the visual, here's a current picture:


So, come along to watch me shrink before your very eyes, celebrate my birthday in style with a dear DISer friend thrown in, get some restaurant reviews from lots of TIW and F&W Festival eating, and even visit Harry Potter and the Portofino Bay Hotel! How's that for an epic Orlando year?

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12
1: In the Beginning
2: The Take Off

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13
3: I'm HOW OLD?
4: Epcot's just for Me? Part 1
4: Epcot's just for Me? Part 2
5: Turning 40 in Style Part 1
5: Turning 40 in Style Part 2

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14
6: Practically Perfect Part 1
6: Practically Perfect Part 2
7: Artist's Point and Mickey's party~ for ME! Part 1
7: Artist's Point and Mickey's party~ for ME! Part 2


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Dead Lizards & Deluxe Dining- December Trip Report
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Old 07-16-2011, 10:00 AM   #2
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Celebrating my 50th at the F&WF this Oct. Looking forward to your report.
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Old 07-16-2011, 10:28 AM   #3
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So happy to have you back Shann!! You look fabulous!!! You go girl!!!
I celebrated my 40th last year at Disney....no better place!!

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Old 07-16-2011, 10:50 AM   #4
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Oh, for once I have good timing!!!
Happy to join you Shann!!!

OH my gosh - what a beautiful family and your "transformation" is amazing! You look wonderful!

I remember hearing/reading about you and your mom through your prior TRs and through DizneyDawn. I happy you're back on the DIS! We've missed you! I hope writing the TR can be therapeutic for you!

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Oh Shannon, I'm here!!! Thanks for the PM I can't wait to read along....
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Old 07-16-2011, 11:03 AM   #6
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Just read the intro and I'm all teary (again) thinking about what it was like when you lost your mom... Hugs again.
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Old 07-16-2011, 12:19 PM   #7
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WOOT WOOT Don't you look AHHHHHMAZING darling!!! SO happy for you!!!! What a motivation you are to me!!!

Thank you so much for the pm can't wait to read all about this!!!
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Old 07-16-2011, 12:33 PM   #8
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Celebrating my 50th at the F&WF this Oct. Looking forward to your report.
F&W Festival is my favorite time to visit WDW!! Between it and MNSSHP, October is the very best month...of course I've known that for 40 years!

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So happy to have you back Shann!! You look fabulous!!! You go girl!!!
I celebrated my 40th last year at Disney....no better place!!

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Hey Tracy! I'm so glad that everyone has been so welcoming. It's been a tough year but I'm gradually trying to figure things out. Thanks for the compliments.... it's so surreal to have people not recognize me!

Yay for turning 40 last year! It was so cool to be at Disney while WDW was celebrating 40 as well. It was all I could do not to grab up everything that had a 40 on it!

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Oh, for once I have good timing!!!
Happy to join you Shann!!!

OH my gosh - what a beautiful family and your "transformation" is amazing! You look wonderful!

I remember hearing/reading about you and your mom through your prior TRs and through DizneyDawn. I happy you're back on the DIS! We've missed you! I hope writing the TR can be therapeutic for you!

I'm subbing!!
Hi Sheree! I'm so glad you're here. I think writing the TR will be good for me. I hope everyone can handle my stories...I'm sure mom will pop up in lots of them.

It was amazing to go to the beach this summer and not be afraid of the camera. In fact, we have a photo shoot set up with a very chi-chi photographer for the first week in August. I'm so excited to get new pictures of our family. That picture was actually taken at Isle of Palms where we went to attend DizneyDawn's wedding. It was amazing!

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Just read the intro and I'm all teary (again) thinking about what it was like when you lost your mom... Hugs again.
Anita, I'm so very glad! Your friendship is special to me, and I'm thrilled that we have gotten to continue it through facebook at least! Thanks for being here. You know your support has meant so much to me.

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WOOT WOOT Don't you look AHHHHHMAZING darling!!! SO happy for you!!!! What a motivation you are to me!!!

Thank you so much for the pm can't wait to read all about this!!!
Thanks Jen! I'm so glad you're here. The two trips were about as different as any two could be, so it will be fun to write about them.
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Dead Lizards & Deluxe Dining- December Trip Report
Pole Dancing and Food Porn-October Trip Report

January 2014 Boardwalk Grand Villa/ June 2012 Disney Fantasy Cruise/ March 2011 Boardwalk Villas/ October 2010 Boardwalk Villas/December 2009 Old Key West/ October 2009 Polynesian Concierge/ October 2006 Beach Club Concierge/ 1998 day trip to MGM/ 1989 & 1992 Clemson University marching band Citrus Bowl/1971-1988 many offsite visits
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Oh my goodness, you look AMAZING!!! Wow Oh Wow!! I'm so happy for you!!!!

It's nice to see you back on the DIS.
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Old 07-16-2011, 01:52 PM   #11
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Signing up! Can't wait to hear about your trips. I haven't read any of your past TRs, but what an introduction! Sounds like you have had a difficult time while you were away from the Dis. So sorry to hear about your mom!

Congrats as well on your weight loss!!! That is absolutely incredible!!!
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WOW...you look amazing! Congratulations!! I can't wait for your TR!
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Old 07-16-2011, 07:25 PM   #15
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OMG! Look at your weight loss! My goodness, you've done amazing!!!!

I can't believe I get to read about not one, but two trips. Thank you for starting to write. I am so happy you are here.
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