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Old 09-28-2011, 09:02 PM   #121
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Thanks! Brent and I are both sick (sadface) and our at home reception is this Saturday.

I'm working on the trip report but it may take til next week or so to finish. Somehow it takes much longer than it should to create.
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Old 09-28-2011, 09:43 PM   #122
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Trip Report ~ Day 1 (Travel)

Day 1 ~ Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Travel Day! So very exciting (side note: I don't use the thesaurus so be prepared to read exciting over and over again).

Our plans: Flying Southwest. Driving my mom's car to the airport's long term parking lot (she was on her pre-wedding cruise vacation and I had dropped her and my stepdad off at the airport) for them to pick up the car when they returned from vacation. We were staying at Pop Century for the night, meeting up with my maid of honor and Brent's parents at the hotel, and heading to EPCOT for the evening.

So we:
Depart ST LOUIS MO (STL) at 07:45 AM
Arrive in ORLANDO INTL (MCO) at 11:00 AM

We live 20-30 minutes away from the airport, and trying to be prepared, aimed to get to the airport at 5:45 (Yuck!). So I woke up at the awful hour of 4:45 am, took a shower, was dressed ready to go, had the car partially packed.... and Brent finally got out of bed and decided about 5:15 he wanted to shower.

Needless to say, lots of nagging later (something along the lines of Brent, I am not missing the plane to get to my wedding) we left at the time I wanted to be at the airport originally (5:45). It was pouring down rain and chilly the morning we left, not fun for me to drive in. However, despite driving in the rain in the dark, we got parked, on a shuttle, luggage checked and through security pretty quickly.

We ended up in different boarding groups, so it was slightly strange to board the plan without my (future) husband. But we were only separated by the families. We managed to get seats together, and I annoyed a bunch of people by trying to lay my dress out on top of luggage in the overhead bin, but it wouldn't fit, so I ended up rolling it (and not as nicely) and stuffing it back into my suitcase. Once the flight was all the way boarded, there was a completely empty overhead bin right across from us, so I proceeded to annoy Brent with "I'm worried about my dress, I wish I could lay it out" about 5 million times. Impressive on a 2 hour flight. He was actually really nice and assured me 5 million times that it really would be okay, they press it on the cruise.

The nice cool, calm, non-nervous bride I had been up until this point went completely out the window, or got left behind in St. Louis, because I was a nervous wreck.

And then I made Brent take a picture, so I could document every step of the process.



This documenting and taking lots of pictures, by the way, went out the window once I got tired during the Disneymoon.

Our flight wasn't bad, with 2 exceptions.
  1. The flight was extremely bumpy because of aforementioned rain
  2. A kid cried for about an hour straight on the plane. (And yes I realize I was going to Disney, but even if you don't want to admit it, you don't like listening to a kid cry for an hour straight either. I did feel bad for the parents though, they were trying really hard).
We did not use the luggage service with Magical Express. As we were (or I was) worried if our stuff didn't make it, we wouldn't find out with enough time to find it before the cruise left on Thursday.

Umm, we should have used it. We struggled with our many suitcases, got lost a few times as Magical Express was on the other side of the airport than our luggage was, so finding it was a tad stressful trying to balance all the luggage. Side note: I did re-roll my dress waiting on the luggage at baggage claim which made me feel a little better during this ordeal.

Once we found magical express, I had to hand the suitcase with my wedding dress over to be put under the bus. I had a reaction to that maybe a sort of dance/scream freaking out pre-wedding tribal ritual? and Brent just rolled his eyes at me.

Once I sat down on the bus, I was tired and happy. We were on our way!

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Old 09-29-2011, 04:41 AM   #123
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Brent's shirt is awesome! Do you have the same one on or a different one? Traveling can be so stressful and it seems every time I am coming home (I live in Orlando) there are kids crying on the plane.

I am glad you made it in one piece and all of your baggage did too! You are doing a great job on your TR. I am sorry you are sick!
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Old 09-29-2011, 10:08 AM   #124
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So glad you are starting your TR. I love your siggie photos! Sorry to hear you aren't feeling well and hope you are better for your home reception.

I know first hand how long it takes to write a TR, it took me so long on some that they got moved to the 'complete' section and I couldn't add to them any longer

Cannot wait to hear/see more.
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Old 09-29-2011, 05:32 PM   #125
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Brent's shirt is awesome! Do you have the same one on or a different one?
Thanks! I had on the same shirt (but for a bride). The top said "I'm getting married" under the bride/groom it said "On the Disney Dream" and under that the date "September 17, 2011". My mom got them at the "Make a t-shirt" store in Downtown Disney last year.

Brent did NOT want to wear his at all (and it doesn't help that his dad called him a "tool" when he saw him). I don't get it, as in my family we never cared much for our "image", I mean really its just a t-shirt, and its super cute. We got lots of comments (mainly from women) around the park, saying how cute they were and many looks from their partners that said "oh no, now she is going to want one".

So yes, I appreciate that he was a good sport and wore it all day with a smile on his face.

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Old 09-29-2011, 06:57 PM   #126
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Thanks for posting the picture. I love them! Brent is a great sport for wearing it and gets major points!! Remember that! LOL
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Old 09-29-2011, 07:29 PM   #127
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So happy to see more pictures I think you have a wonderful husband for getting in the spirit of things, who cares what others say! I am SO having my hubby to be wear the Mickey ears and he is dreading it!
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Old 09-29-2011, 08:11 PM   #128
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So happy to see more pictures I think you have a wonderful husband for getting in the spirit of things, who cares what others say! I am SO having my hubby to be wear the Mickey ears and he is dreading it!
I didn't even try with the Mickey ears. It would NOT have happened.
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I didn't even try with the Mickey ears. It would NOT have happened.
OK, now when it comes to Mickey ears, the best I could do was some engagement pictures with them. We even had to do traditional ears and not the bride and groom ones. LOL Men are so funny.
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Day 1 - Continued (Pop Century/EPCOT)

Day 1 ~ Wednesday, September 14, 2011 (Continued)

So we arrive at Pop Century! Get checked in and we get Happily Ever After buttons, and even more exciting, a post-it note with Laura's room number on it. Laura is my maid of honor/Italian sister; she lived with my family my senior year of high school as an exchange student and flew over from Australia to be at my wedding.

We again struggle with the suitcases, check into our amazing room. It was in a nice quiet area, but still a closer building.



And I get my dress hung up, kick Brent into the other room, aka the bathroom, and check the damage. It actually looked fine.



We try to get a hold of Laura, but there is no answer at her room. So we decide to get lunch as its 12:30ish Florida time, (so I sent her an international text saying we went to eat if you want to join us).

At this point I've been up since 6 am Florida time and I'm starving, and I get MEAN if I don't eat. However....

Brent's parents call about this time saying they just made it to the resort, so instead of getting food we are waiting on them. And go to find Laura instead. Walking up the stairs to find her in her building, she is walking down cause she got my text. Yay! The happy reunion!



Just for fun.



We eventually meet up with his parents, and its lunch time! I got a bacon cheeseburger and Brent got a bacon hamburger. But our burgers were disgusting neither one of us ate much of it. It was NOT real meat. Yuck!

So we head out to EPCOT, which I'm really nervous about as EPCOT was essentially my pick as no one else I was with had been to Walt Disney World before. And I HAD to go to EPCOT first, as I heart figment.

We get there and Brent's parents are like, as my family would say, "love you, see you, bye" and take off on their own.

So Brent, Laura and I spend a half day at EPCOT together. And for whatever reason, I don't have a picture of all three of us from that day so you get two pictures instead...





We ride (with the verdict from the other two, I love them all):
  • Spaceship Earth: eh it was okay, but Brent "thought we were going to be able to see out of the big ball" (being from St. Louis, you can see out of the arch)
  • Test Track: awesome (with some miscommunication over how fast you go as Laura doesn't know mph)
  • Figment: which Brent got a good warning of "don't you dare say anything bad about figment because you aren't going to get it and he is different now than he used to be...." and the verdict from him.... "I see why you like it, its a musical" and he didn't dare say anything else
  • Soarin: really awesome,
  • Living with the Land: "this is boring" until we hit the greenhouse part, it got a "huh, thats interesting"
  • The Seas with Nemo: Laura said "the aquarium part is way better than the ride part"

And we moved on to the World Showcase starting in Canada. Which everyone liked, we enjoyed talking to people in the countries and we just explored and shopped and such. Some random pictures...

Oh Canada! Subtitled: you can't go to EPCOT without trying on silly hats



Visiting my Italian sister in Italy



We met up with the (future) in-laws in Germany as his families heritage is German. Brent enjoyed a German beer and we split the best bratwurst ever. Well, in reality wasn't that good, but I was starving after lunch sucked so bad.

We stayed with his family the rest of the way around World Showcase and we ride (without them as they chose not to ride) the two boat rides in Norway and Mexico (verdict being: its nice to sit down). In the front of World Showcase we wait out Illuminations. But Brent's parents get scared away by talking to someone about the "crowds" (which in reality are fantastic in September) and walk back to the bus right before the show starts.

We stay and enjoy the show... Well they do, I try the best that I can as I really hate fireworks and I'm the grown up that always has their fingers in their ears. We walk out, catch the first bus back. And go to bed.

All and all an EXHAUSTING but good first day!
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Enjoying your trip report so far
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I borrowed ideas from the disboards and made passport invitations for the people going on the cruise.

I am really pleased with how they turned out.















What a fab idea! Love this!
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Old 10-14-2011, 05:44 PM   #134
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Hi!

Quick update:

At home reception turned out really nice (despite being sick). Thanks mom!

I'm planning to work on my TR later, I've been really busy. A friend of the family's father died last week so I was busy with funeral stuff . My husband and I decided to paint our bedroom on Sunday (about 3 pm) so that took a couple days to get the house back to normal. And I've been obsessively working on our free photobook the past couple weeks as our Disney Photopass pictures are about to expire.

I am behind in my disboarding duties but am back... I sent the order in this afternoon for our book.
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Old 10-15-2011, 04:04 AM   #135
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Yeah! I can't wait to read the rest of your TR!!
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