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Old 09-22-2011, 08:51 AM   #2117
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Jen, sorry I got behind again (family drama and getting ready for our trip today). The pictures are great and I really enjoyed your report.
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Old 09-22-2011, 10:10 AM   #2118
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I can totally understand your meltdown! That's a long time to go and a lot to accomplish on such little sleep! It looks like your trip was highly successful! I hope you can talk Skip into a trip soon, and I hope you can make it to the next AEP because I WILL be there! I will not miss out again!!!
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Old 09-22-2011, 12:40 PM   #2119
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I would love to take a 7 nighter, but Skip worries about being away from the farm that long, especially with no phone service. And then he doesn't like sea days very much. We went on a cruise for our honeymoon and I thought he was enjoying the day, but he later told me there wasn't enough to do on that day. But the newer ships do have more activities. And with Claire, thats an activity all by itself.
You *can* get cell service at sea...you need to talk to your provider about setting it up. Just find someone reliable to take over at home. My husband isn't crazy about sea days either...that's why only 2 on this cruise. The other 4 were port days. I think if you found the right ship (w/ activities) he'd be fine...and Claire is getting older each year, so she has more she'll want to do. So many ships, so little time

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Old 09-22-2011, 01:18 PM   #2120
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I can completely sympathize with your last day meltdown. I've been there (more than once). When you are the vacation planner, the one everyone looks to for everything, it just gets really overwhelming. I wonder if I will ever have the experience of having someone else plan a trip for me. Somehow, I doubt it.

Claires tummy issues sound a lot like my Allison. It always happens to her when we travel. Not sure if its nerves throwing her system out of whack or what. She's always be hyper-sensitive in that area.

Your Dad sounds so much like my grandfather. I loved him, but the man could drive me absolutely crazy sometimes.

We are on a 7 night Fantasy in August 2012. I also have a dummy booking for a 3 day December 2012 Dream, unless I can convince DH that he should spend his 40th birthday with the Mouse.

It was a great report, funny and sweet! I hope you get to write another one someday soon.
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Old 09-22-2011, 01:28 PM   #2121
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You *can* get cell service at sea...you need to talk to your provider about setting it up. Just find someone reliable to take over at home. My husband isn't crazy about sea days either...that's why only 2 on this cruise. The other 4 were port days. I think if you found the right ship (w/ activities) he'd be fine...and Claire is getting older each year, so she has more she'll want to do. So many ships, so little time

I did check inot that for this past cruise, but we have Nextel, so it's about impossible. It's through Sprint, but only certain Sprint phones work (so I was told) and with Nextel, they said none of them do. But I still plan to keep looking into it.
I think he would be fine too. I think his memoroy fo that day is getting sunburned (because the fool wouldn't put sunscreen on when I told him to) so thats what he thinks of for a sea day.

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Jen, sorry I got behind again (family drama and getting ready for our trip today). The pictures are great and I really enjoyed your report.
I can't beleive you are even reading today. You must be trying to waste the day away at work!

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I can totally understand your meltdown! That's a long time to go and a lot to accomplish on such little sleep! It looks like your trip was highly successful! I hope you can talk Skip into a trip soon, and I hope you can make it to the next AEP because I WILL be there! I will not miss out again!!!
Stephanie, I am REALLY hoping they have an AEP for the Fantasy. I will be begging Skip if they do.

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I can completely sympathize with your last day meltdown. I've been there (more than once). When you are the vacation planner, the one everyone looks to for everything, it just gets really overwhelming. I wonder if I will ever have the experience of having someone else plan a trip for me. Somehow, I doubt it.

Claires tummy issues sound a lot like my Allison. It always happens to her when we travel. Not sure if its nerves throwing her system out of whack or what. She's always be hyper-sensitive in that area.

Your Dad sounds so much like my grandfather. I loved him, but the man could drive me absolutely crazy sometimes.

We are on a 7 night Fantasy in August 2012. I also have a dummy booking for a 3 day December 2012 Dream, unless I can convince DH that he should spend his 40th birthday with the Mouse.

It was a great report, funny and sweet! I hope you get to write another one someday soon.
Yep. I love my Dad and he can be great fun...but he can drive you mad too. He has a hard time getting over things that have no meaning..like me passing the right exit. Who cares. We weren't on a time limit. LOL!
I would love to do the Fantasy. It's going to have a BBB onbaord and I would love Claire to try that out there!
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Old 09-22-2011, 01:51 PM   #2122
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I think he would be fine too. I think his memoroy fo that day is getting sunburned (because the fool wouldn't put sunscreen on when I told him to) so thats what he thinks of for a sea day.


Tell him MY DH is NOT a 'sun' person either. While I was laying in the sun (for about an hour) on our sea day, he went and found other things to do. There's always more to do than sit in the sun on deck and fry! (maybe this time he'll listen to you....and apply sunscreen)
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Old 09-22-2011, 02:39 PM   #2123
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Home safe and sound. Glad for that, but sad your TR is over. I think it is so cool your travel buddy was Claire. I foresee my dd will be mine since I do like to go and do things...but no one else here does. :
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Old 09-22-2011, 05:31 PM   #2124
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Thanks for hainging in with me.
How was your cruise. Let me know if you do a TR.[/QUOTE]

I'm not planning a tr really wouldn't know where to begin but we had a fantastic cruise and are planning on taking another one next yr on carnival sensation with our kids and hubby's parents but the yr after that prob disney with our kids so they can experience the dream or fantasy. Can't wait to read your tr for the aep trip
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Old 09-22-2011, 05:37 PM   #2125
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Tell him MY DH is NOT a 'sun' person either. While I was laying in the sun (for about an hour) on our sea day, he went and found other things to do. There's always more to do than sit in the sun on deck and fry! (maybe this time he'll listen to you....and apply sunscreen)
I think I have finally gotten him to use sunscreen now. And for some reason he kept saying he wanted to lay in the sun all day that day, so I let him and I actually went and did stuff...while he fried.
I know if he gives it anohter chance, he'l lbe fine, it's just getting to that point.

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Home safe and sound. Glad for that, but sad your TR is over. I think it is so cool your travel buddy was Claire. I foresee my dd will be mine since I do like to go and do things...but no one else here does. :
She is a great buddy. She loves to travel too

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Thanks for hainging in with me.
How was your cruise. Let me know if you do a TR.

I'm not planning a tr really wouldn't know where to begin but we had a fantastic cruise and are planning on taking another one next yr on carnival sensation with our kids and hubby's parents but the yr after that prob disney with our kids so they can experience the dream or fantasy. Can't wait to read your tr for the aep trip
how exciting!
I hope to get that started this weekend.
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Old 09-22-2011, 08:03 PM   #2126
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luvin the trip report.
Bummer bout the phone but yay for getting it back!
I loved all your pics
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Old 09-22-2011, 08:36 PM   #2127
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Glad to hear you got your phone back! I had my cry at 1900 Park Fare on our last trip - lol!

Sounds like you had a great trip! It's great that Claire was looking forward to seeing daddy - that is so sweet!
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Old 09-22-2011, 08:40 PM   #2128
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Well, I finally got caught up with your TR & all of my others!

The Rapunzel tower was there as of last week, I noticed it when in Germany. I didn't see it at night, so can't tell you if it still lit up.

I did the crying thing also, Grandmas do it too. WDW kicked our butts, didn't do our usual way of touring as DIL wanted to ride everything. We rode stuff that we hadn't ridden in years.

I did the pearl thing at Sea World Ohio years ago. That pearl was made into a ring. A friend gave me a canned oyster for my birthday that had a pearl in it. I got one of those coach cages & put that pearl in it.

I've enjoyed your TR very much. Too bad it has come to an end. I hope to start one of my own soon. I haven't finished with my Photopass photos yet.

I did have a Dis meet with Karin & Tom. They are so nice & lots of fun.
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Old 09-23-2011, 07:51 AM   #2129
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luvin the trip report.
Bummer bout the phone but yay for getting it back!
I loved all your pics

Thanks. I hope to start my next one this weekend some time.

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Glad to hear you got your phone back! I had my cry at 1900 Park Fare on our last trip - lol!

Sounds like you had a great trip! It's great that Claire was looking forward to seeing daddy - that is so sweet!
Sometimes a good cry just helps. LOL It was nice to be home. I wish we could go for longer though.

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Well, I finally got caught up with your TR & all of my others!

The Rapunzel tower was there as of last week, I noticed it when in Germany. I didn't see it at night, so can't tell you if it still lit up.

I did the crying thing also, Grandmas do it too. WDW kicked our butts, didn't do our usual way of touring as DIL wanted to ride everything. We rode stuff that we hadn't ridden in years.

I did the pearl thing at Sea World Ohio years ago. That pearl was made into a ring. A friend gave me a canned oyster for my birthday that had a pearl in it. I got one of those coach cages & put that pearl in it.

I've enjoyed your TR very much. Too bad it has come to an end. I hope to start one of my own soon. I haven't finished with my Photopass photos yet.

I did have a Dis meet with Karin & Tom. They are so nice & lots of fun.
Let me know when you start yours so I can read along. I hope to start the next one soon.

Good to know the tower is still there.
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Old 09-23-2011, 11:38 AM   #2130
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Loved reading along on this TR. I did know the phone was retrieved, but I don't remember how...your PTR maybe? Sounds like such a great day in Epcot. It is always sad when the vacation has to end though. Claire posing with all the topiaries was too cute! You will probably have to remind her of it when she gets older. Great story to tell in front of her friends! My parents like to tell the one how I was terrified of Snow White.

I am so sad I had to cancel my next trip because I need knee surgery. My friend is going in Feb and is trying to convince me to rent a scooter and go with her family! lol.
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