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Old 12-11-2011, 05:46 AM   #136
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So I managed to get to a doctor on Friday morning and get my meds refilled. I have now had two nights of blissful sleep and feel almost human again! Another couple nights and it would have been two weeks of no sleep.

Now, all is right with my world, and I promise to stop complaining so much!

Last night we had our family Christmas. It was perfect...everyone loved their gifts, my kiddies got too spoiled, and my Grand Princess got some beautiful clothes that made her extremely angry...she only wanted toys! Once she realizes the clothes matched some of the clothes that my youngest daughter got she will be happy...but last night she was tired and nothing made her happy!

As usual, my middle son didn't show up. I spoke with him the day before and he promised to be there...he causes way too much drama at Christmas. He NEVER buys gifts for anyone and gets mad when other people get more gifts than he does. Sometimes I think he is only 3 instead of 29! Last night he wouldn't even take my call...so I think I will be keeping his gift this year....

The kids are ecstatic...I got a new big tv as an early Christmas gift, and they got the new Xbox last night. They can hardly wait to come home from church services today so they can play. I think I may have a new weapon in my arsenal for good behavior!



Today was another day where hubby wanted to talk about Disney. He was rather upset that I didn't have any news to tell him. I can't convince him that most of the planning is on hold until we can make the final decision as to the dates. So I spent a few hours going over both scenarios...which days in the park, where we would probably eat, that sort of thing...and once again he said he might be willing to pay the $2000 extra if free dining doesn't come through for us for late November. (of course, how he feels about that when the time comes to pay for it is another story!)

He actually started thinking that 10 days might not be enough time....so there is a possibility that if free dining comes through we might spend more time there...I can deal with that! LOL


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So I managed to get to a doctor on Friday morning and get my meds refilled. I have now had two nights of blissful sleep and feel almost human again! Another couple nights and it would have been two weeks of no sleep.
I am so glad you were finally able to get some sleep.

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Last night we had our family Christmas. It was perfect...everyone loved their gifts, my kiddies got too spoiled, and my Grand Princess got some beautiful clothes that made her extremely angry...she only wanted toys! Once she realizes the clothes matched some of the clothes that my youngest daughter got she will be happy...but last night she was tired and nothing made her happy!

As usual, my middle son didn't show up. I spoke with him the day before and he promised to be there...he causes way too much drama at Christmas. He NEVER buys gifts for anyone and gets mad when other people get more gifts than he does. Sometimes I think he is only 3 instead of 29! Last night he wouldn't even take my call...so I think I will be keeping his gift this year....

The kids are ecstatic...I got a new big tv as an early Christmas gift, and they got the new Xbox last night. They can hardly wait to come home from church services today so they can play. I think I may have a new weapon in my arsenal for good behavior!
It sounds like everyone got some wonderful gifts.

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Today was another day where hubby wanted to talk about Disney. He was rather upset that I didn't have any news to tell him. I can't convince him that most of the planning is on hold until we can make the final decision as to the dates. So I spent a few hours going over both scenarios...which days in the park, where we would probably eat, that sort of thing...and once again he said he might be willing to pay the $2000 extra if free dining doesn't come through for us for late November. (of course, how he feels about that when the time comes to pay for it is another story!)

He actually started thinking that 10 days might not be enough time....so there is a possibility that if free dining comes through we might spend more time there...I can deal with that! LOL
Yay for talking about Disney - my DH never wants to talk about Disney. And to be forced to work on park plans... Wow! LOL I hope you get to have extra days, and FD in Nov - that would just be wonderful.

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Old 12-11-2011, 07:35 AM   #138
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Nini so happy you are getting sleep. That is wonderful.

Sorry for any family drama. I hate family drama.

I think it is great that your Dh wants to talk Disney mine will only talk resturaunts when it is time.
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Old 12-12-2011, 05:21 AM   #139
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Husband got the new Call of Duty game for the Xbox from my oldest daughter...it probably will NOT be opened ...ever! He wants the games but never plays them. He has a version for the computer, the Wii, and now the x box. He has never played any of them. I had hoped he would like the Xbox so I could get him some games for it...nope!

At church yesterday I remembered that one of the ladies there is a graphic artist...and hubby has just ran out of business cards! I found one dog eared card in my wallet. I gave it to her and she has sent me some proofs for new cards....she sent me three different designs to decide on. They are so good! I can't make up my mind! And her prices were fantastic! One thousand cards for just $60! The last time he got cards I spent $75 for just 500.

Now that I know what he is getting for his Christmas present, I can now rest a little easier! He is so hard to buy for. One year ...every time we went shopping, he looked at and tried out one of those stupid exercise machines. He spent so much time there, he could tell you all the good points on each different model and which features were the best....so I took that to mean that is what he wanted. NOPE... he just liked looking at them!

He grew up not really celebrating Christmas much. Only kids got gifts, and it was usually something like underwear or socks. Growing up he never had a tree, never visited Santa, nothing. The closest to celebrating Christmas was he went to church and extra time.

He is used to getting what he wants or needs for himself, not as presents. It has really made getting him gifts really hard. I am confident this is a gift he will approve of!

Now, I just have to make up my mind which version will work best!


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Old 12-15-2011, 05:26 AM   #140
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Hey, this IS a Disney Pre trip report...right???

I think I will get back to the Disney pre trip planning now! LOL!! It seems the subject matter lately has been a bit all over the place.

Thanks to some wonderful friends (that be you D~ and Chiara) I have become obsessed about those wonderful cute mini planner pages. Now that I have the directions on how to do them in Word, I am on a roll!

Of course, if I had the actual date and times (and maybe even the confirmation numbers) they would be better...but for now they are satisfying my Disney fix. The only major problem I am having is in the artwork. I can't find the ones I want that are copyright free. While I don't see this as a problem for my personal pages, I am afraid that means I can't post any pictures here.

I guess I am a bit over sensitive about copy right laws.

I will say they are turning out pretty good...I actually have multiple images for each part of the trip. The hard part is going to be choosing which ones to actually use! I am getting ideas about the next trip...I have a list of a couple of different pictures I want to take of things this year so I can have them for planner pages NEXT year! On some things I will have pictures of my kids enjoying a particular ride or a particular dinner... and use those pictures for my planner pages!

I just have to remember to take the list of pictures I know I want with me this trip....

Now, in the 45 minutes I have free before we go to therapy this morning, I think I'll look for some more Disney Christmas-sy clip art....because the kids like the cartoony pages and I like the picture pages...so I will ever use a combination of the two...or make two different ones...hmm...I'm SURE I can have time for both!



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I think I will get back to the Disney pre trip planning now! LOL!! It seems the subject matter lately has been a bit all over the place.

Thanks to some wonderful friends (that be you D~ and Chiara) I have become obsessed about those wonderful cute mini planner pages. Now that I have the directions on how to do them in Word, I am on a roll!
It seems like I get blames for a lot around here?

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Of course, if I had the actual date and times (and maybe even the confirmation numbers) they would be better...but for now they are satisfying my Disney fix. The only major problem I am having is in the artwork. I can't find the ones I want that are copyright free. While I don't see this as a problem for my personal pages, I am afraid that means I can't post any pictures here.
This does help a lot.

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I guess I am a bit over sensitive about copy right laws.
I agree, that is why I put my name over the images I post - not because they are my copyright, but because I don't want people taking copyrighted images from me... They can get them from somewhere else.

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I will say they are turning out pretty good...I actually have multiple images for each part of the trip. The hard part is going to be choosing which ones to actually use! I am getting ideas about the next trip...I have a list of a couple of different pictures I want to take of things this year so I can have them for planner pages NEXT year! On some things I will have pictures of my kids enjoying a particular ride or a particular dinner... and use those pictures for my planner pages!

I just have to remember to take the list of pictures I know I want with me this trip....

Now, in the 45 minutes I have free before we go to therapy this morning, I think I'll look for some more Disney Christmas-sy clip art....because the kids like the cartoony pages and I like the picture pages...so I will ever use a combination of the two...or make two different ones...hmm...I'm SURE I can have time for both!
I can't wait to see what you come up with!

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Old 12-18-2011, 06:34 AM   #142
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Just realized...only one week until Christmas! And my house is not finished being decorated! The tree is finished, and a wreath is on both doors....but the rest of the house is naked!

I still have 6 big boxes with Christmas decorations 'occupying' most of the dining room, and my dining room table is still Wrapping Central (even though no actual wrapping has taken place in over a week!)

All presents have been either delivered or ordered, but there is NOTHING under the tree! Not even the gift my older daughter decided not to give Mr D at the family party...it IS wrapped, but is hiding somewhere in my bedroom!


Since school is officially over, I will have not only Mr D, but Miss B and the Grand Princess all week next week...and on one of those days, a good friend will be visiting with her 4 kids while we make magic Reindeer food!

At some time today I need to clean house! Each year I ask for a self cleaning button on my house and still haven't gotten it...although hubby reminds me I did get a self cleaning button on my new stove...and I remind him that I bought it...not him so it doesn't count as a present!~ LOL!!!

I managed to finish my last customer order and got it to the post office yesterday...that was an event in itself! I could not print the label form PayPal, so I had to run to the PO to pay for the postage... and now I get to wait for PayPal to refund my money! Which will happen, just not before Christmas!

I have the exact amount in my checking account to pay for the business cars I got my husband...I am hoping the lady at church has them for me to day so I can stop worrying about spending the money on something else.

The last thing on my list is to decide what we are having for Christmas dinner...I wasn't planning on making anything special, but my DIL informed me she thought I was cooking Christmas dinner... but we had already had Christmas dinner at her house last week for the family party!

Not sure how I am going to feed a party of 7 or 8 with just $25 and make it Christmassy... but I guess I better get on it!






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Just realized...only one week until Christmas! And my house is not finished being decorated! The tree is finished, and a wreath is on both doors....but the rest of the house is naked!

I still have 6 big boxes with Christmas decorations 'occupying' most of the dining room, and my dining room table is still Wrapping Central (even though no actual wrapping has taken place in over a week!)

All presents have been either delivered or ordered, but there is NOTHING under the tree! Not even the gift my older daughter decided not to give Mr D at the family party...it IS wrapped, but is hiding somewhere in my bedroom!


Since school is officially over, I will have not only Mr D, but Miss B and the Grand Princess all week next week...and on one of those days, a good friend will be visiting with her 4 kids while we make magic Reindeer food!

At some time today I need to clean house! Each year I ask for a self cleaning button on my house and still haven't gotten it...although hubby reminds me I did get a self cleaning button on my new stove...and I remind him that I bought it...not him so it doesn't count as a present!~ LOL!!!

I managed to finish my last customer order and got it to the post office yesterday...that was an event in itself! I could not print the label form PayPal, so I had to run to the PO to pay for the postage... and now I get to wait for PayPal to refund my money! Which will happen, just not before Christmas!

I have the exact amount in my checking account to pay for the business cars I got my husband...I am hoping the lady at church has them for me to day so I can stop worrying about spending the money on something else.

The last thing on my list is to decide what we are having for Christmas dinner...I wasn't planning on making anything special, but my DIL informed me she thought I was cooking Christmas dinner... but we had already had Christmas dinner at her house last week for the family party!

Not sure how I am going to feed a party of 7 or 8 with just $25 and make it Christmassy... but I guess I better get on it!


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I'm with you in that it doesn't seem as though Christmas should be so crazy and stressful. Ah, to be a kid again.

I'm sitting here with a bunch of errands to do, my husband's out of town, and I'm waiting for the Staples delivery truck. I can't go downstairs (basement) or I won't hear the doorbell. I had planned to play while the cat's away, but unless the truck comes soon I'm stuck. (I ordered white bookcases that are 50% off and free delivery. I'm using them to make a "wall" in my sewing quadrant. Last week I got two and liked them so much I ordered two more.)

I haven't even thought about what to make for Christmas dinner. We're going to have a record number of people -- NINE!

Gotta get back to my listening . . .
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Just realized...only one week until Christmas! And my house is not finished being decorated! The tree is finished, and a wreath is on both doors....but the rest of the house is naked!

I still have 6 big boxes with Christmas decorations 'occupying' most of the dining room, and my dining room table is still Wrapping Central (even though no actual wrapping has taken place in over a week!)

All presents have been either delivered or ordered, but there is NOTHING under the tree! Not even the gift my older daughter decided not to give Mr D at the family party...it IS wrapped, but is hiding somewhere in my bedroom!


Since school is officially over, I will have not only Mr D, but Miss B and the Grand Princess all week next week...and on one of those days, a good friend will be visiting with her 4 kids while we make magic Reindeer food!

At some time today I need to clean house! Each year I ask for a self cleaning button on my house and still haven't gotten it...although hubby reminds me I did get a self cleaning button on my new stove...and I remind him that I bought it...not him so it doesn't count as a present!~ LOL!!!

I managed to finish my last customer order and got it to the post office yesterday...that was an event in itself! I could not print the label form PayPal, so I had to run to the PO to pay for the postage... and now I get to wait for PayPal to refund my money! Which will happen, just not before Christmas!

I have the exact amount in my checking account to pay for the business cars I got my husband...I am hoping the lady at church has them for me to day so I can stop worrying about spending the money on something else.

The last thing on my list is to decide what we are having for Christmas dinner...I wasn't planning on making anything special, but my DIL informed me she thought I was cooking Christmas dinner... but we had already had Christmas dinner at her house last week for the family party!

Not sure how I am going to feed a party of 7 or 8 with just $25 and make it Christmassy... but I guess I better get on it!

Nini
Sorry I missed this... I've been so busy these last few days.

I really hope that everything comes together for your holiday stuff. If it makes you feel any better - our house is decorated, but all of the bins are still all over the livingroom... It's almost a waste to bring them downstairs now, since we will have to bring them up again next week.

We have a ham in our freezer, I was planning to have for Christmas. But then DH went out yesterday and purchased a prime rib roast - I've never made one before, but dh is planning to cook this meal. DH decided, since we are spending the holidays alone as a family this year, that we are going to have an extra special meal. So, all the $$ that would have been spent on gas, has now been spent on a roast. Works for me. He is also planning to make home made cheddar potatoes, creamed spinach and bread pudding. I am planning to make a trifle for Christmas Eve - but I have no idea what else to make... I told the family, last night, that we could afford corn dogs and french fries...

For a $25 budget... I was actually contimplating making lasagna for Christmas eve. I can actually make it ahead of time, or earlier that day, and then throw the pan in the oven when we are ready to eat. Make up a loaf of french bread. I know I can feed 8 people with my pan of lasagna... even a salad on the side would make it go further.

Josh's family normally has oyster stew on Christmas Eve... Not in my house. YUCK! I know that's tradition in a lot of places, but I have no idea how much is costs to make, as I have never even considered it.

I would go on some of the recipe sites to look for ideas... I get a lot of ideas from there.

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Thanks for the ideas D~...yesterday my DIL realized (?!) that Christmas was on Sunday and that I expected them to go to church! She said there is no way my grand Princess (who is 4 and is very excited about the whole Santa thing!) could possibly get up, open presents and still have time to get to church without the promise of going back home to play with her toys!

So, we are kind of on hold as to Christmas dinner... My older daughter will be with her inlaws in Alabama, and my middle son may (or may not) show up sometime on Christmas day. Which all in all is pretty normal for us around here.

In trying to be a good mother in law, I have never placed an importance on Christmas day. We started having the family Christmas on a different date back when the older three were all dating. That way, they could show up at the other parent's house with a clear conscience. I am beginning to feel that I get taken advantage of now. (somehow easy going gets translated into not caring!)

My DIL has not spoken to her parents in 4 months (she threatened to turn her sister in for drugs and not taking care of her two boys and her parents thought that was un supportive! Even though last time it happened my DIL and son took the boys in for 6 months while sister was in rehab!)

They spoke again a day or so ago, and I think DIL is wanting to make dinner for her family now....I just wish she would tell me that is what is going on instead of making something up!



ANYWAY...you don't want to hear this drama!


My grand princess will spend the night with me on Thursday so Mommy and Daddy can get their last minute stuff done, and in turn my two will stay at their house on Friday night...but Dad and I are having a date night! I can hardly wait!! I actually think I am looking forward more to that than I am to Christmas itself! LOL!

I feel much more at ease now that I decided to just send the remaining boxes back to storage without decorating more. I grabbed a few dozen candles and I think my house looks festive enough...we are not hosting the annual open house this year for hubby's "guys" so I don't feel the need to decorate every square inch.

Gloomy day outside...rain is on the way, but it looks more like snow (even though we know THAT is not coming)

Nini (who still doesn't know what we are having for Christmas dinner...but is refusing to get stressed on it!)
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Aww... It sounds like you have a lot on your plate right now! But it does sound like some of it is falling into place, so that is good.

We've opted not to do lasagna for Christmas Eve dinner - we decided to do the "no fuss" approach - Take-n-bake pizzas. LOL. I figured, by the time I spent $$ on everything we would need for a Christmas Eve dinner, and the time making it - we might as well just do pizza. I know, it's not traditional - but we do Christmas Eve really relaxed anyways - that's when we open our gifts to eachother and really enjoy ourselves as "our family". We have always done this one Christmas Eve - even when we are with extended family - we come home early enough to have Christmas here. It's one of my favorite parts of the holiday.

Anyways... Sorry for getting off track. So, my next suggestion to you is... Take-n-bake pizzas... No fuss, no mess, no clean up. And maybe a glass of wine to make it more appealing. LOL

I am glad you were able to get the decorations sorted out... I don't decorate as much as I iused to. My biggest pet-peeve is when people leave their decorations out all year. I'd walk around my house 10 times, to make sure I got all the decorations packed away, and it would never fail - as soon as I had everything hauled to the basement - I'd find stragglers, and I'd never get them put away. LOL So, my solution is to not put up as much stuff as I used to. LOL

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Every year we have some kind of Drama with my family at Christmas and it is always involving my brother and his lack of effort. he is my mothers favorite. The golden prince.

This year my mother was extremely ill and he won't make an effort to come celebrate with her. They live 2 miles away

i understand this is a rough year for them but it is a rough year for my mom too and seriously my parents are turing 70 how many more years are we going to have with them.

This year my mom decided that she is dropping the presents off to them and that is it. She usually goes overboard but decided they are getting whatever she has bought.

I think this is why we have started to go away at Christmas.
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Spent my entire day (on and off) reading your PTR!

You are quite an inspiration and your designs are beautiful!! I wish I could sew or even owned a sewing machine.

Can't wait to follow your journey through the next year!

I have a PTR below!! Check it out if you have the time!
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I hope you have a super fantastic holiday.
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Every year we have some kind of Drama with my family at Christmas and it is always involving my brother and his lack of effort. he is my mothers favorite. The golden prince.

This year my mother was extremely ill and he won't make an effort to come celebrate with her. They live 2 miles away

i understand this is a rough year for them but it is a rough year for my mom too and seriously my parents are turing 70 how many more years are we going to have with them.

This year my mom decided that she is dropping the presents off to them and that is it. She usually goes overboard but decided they are getting whatever she has bought.

I think this is why we have started to go away at Christmas.
Funny...I ALMOST had my husband convinced to go during Christmas next year...without even trying! Even funnier...I almost had him convinced to go right now! If Disney had had the info online we would have left Christmas Eve for a week! But I would have had to call...and by the time I got all my ducks in a row to call...he changed his mind! Holding out for next year!


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Aww... It sounds like you have a lot on your plate right now! But it does sound like some of it is falling into place, so that is good.

We've opted not to do lasagna for Christmas Eve dinner - we decided to do the "no fuss" approach - Take-n-bake pizzas. LOL. I figured, by the time I spent $$ on everything we would need for a Christmas Eve dinner, and the time making it - we might as well just do pizza. I know, it's not traditional - but we do Christmas Eve really relaxed anyways - that's when we open our gifts to eachother and really enjoy ourselves as "our family". We have always done this one Christmas Eve - even when we are with extended family - we come home early enough to have Christmas here. It's one of my favorite parts of the holiday.

Anyways... Sorry for getting off track. So, my next suggestion to you is... Take-n-bake pizzas... No fuss, no mess, no clean up. And maybe a glass of wine to make it more appealing. LOL

I am glad you were able to get the decorations sorted out... I don't decorate as much as I iused to. My biggest pet-peeve is when people leave their decorations out all year. I'd walk around my house 10 times, to make sure I got all the decorations packed away, and it would never fail - as soon as I had everything hauled to the basement - I'd find stragglers, and I'd never get them put away. LOL So, my solution is to not put up as much stuff as I used to. LOL

D~ <--- Who really doesn't think she helped out at all, but had a nice conversation with herself, just the same.
LOL! You helped!

Actually, on the 23rd, my DIL took the kids and we had a date night. Then on Christmas Even I picked up the kids for lunch and we ended up going looking at Christmas lights with Dad. Then he took us to eat...Chinese! He said that was our new tradition! We did end up having a small ham and a few of the fixings for Christmas dinner...and my son and his family came over...but for the first time EVER, my DIL did not help with anything or even offer to! It was kind of strange.
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Spent my entire day (on and off) reading your PTR!

You are quite an inspiration and your designs are beautiful!! I wish I could sew or even owned a sewing machine.

Can't wait to follow your journey through the next year!

I have a PTR below!! Check it out if you have the time!
Sewing is contagious and addicting! Welcome...but I don't know how interesting the PTR is going to be! All I seem to be doing lately is whining!



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Hi Nini...

I just had to stop by
to wish you a very...



I hope you have a super fantastic holiday.
And thank you for being such
a wonderful friend to me!

D~
Awww...thank you! If I were handy with the computer I would have made you something....

By the way, I want to say again...my daughter LOVED her dress! She and her doll wore their Christmas dresses to church yesterday. Another girl had the exact same doll...but her dress was from the AG store. The girl (who is very, very spoiled) started screaming that she wanted a dress like that one... it got a little ugly for a minute or two. Mom was upset when she learned it was a 'custom' dress and she couldn't get one.... and that bit of info came from my daughter and not me.

Yes, we did have a discussion about how what Miss B said was not the nicest....but at the same time I saw my daughter beaming, knowing she had finally gotten one up on the spoiled child....so I guess I earned the bad mom award yesterday!

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So, hubby is actually talking about Disney quite a bit lately...and has almost agreed to TWO trips next year. I admit, I 'cheated' by starting to price a 2 week vacation at AKL with the deluxe dining plan...then showed him how much we could save by 'x' 'y' and 'z'...so that by the time I showed him a trip of 10 days, at a moderate with a dining plan...he thought we were saving about $7,000....he was very happy!

He 'almost' had me go ahead and book the second trip. I just couldn't come up with a good date! LOL!



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