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Old 02-26-2012, 05:46 AM   #1
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(WE ARE BACK! TR LINK!) The-BFF-Birthday-bash PTR turned ANNIVERSARY trip

We are back!!! TR link: Green Apple. November 2012 Anniversary TR

Welcome! Welcome to the Double trip report! (TRIPS: November 2012 & Feb/March 2013!)

I'm going to be 40 next year. Yep. Need I say more?!?!

*Edited for new readers: BFF trip turned into an Anniversary trip and a Mother/Daughter trip. Confusing, I know, but I like to keep people on their toes!

Actually, yes, I ALWAYS need to say more. So, if you have way too much time on your hands, you have arrived at the place to be, my friend!

If you like a plethora of photos and snarkiness, you have also arrived at the right place.

and if you like to drink, then you are automatically admitted to the club!

I guess I should introduce myself! My name is Karen, I'm the co-writer of this PTR! My BFF, Hope, will also be posting here, she'll post in green and I will post in purple...unless I forget, which happens often, and then I'll post in green and you'll be confused. got it?!?! AND, this just proves what a great BFF I am b/c green is both our favorite colors!

I'm a photographer, runner(when not injured), homeschooling Mom of three. My husband of 20 years is a truck driver and we live out in a pretty rural area, in a small town. I grew up in St. Louis, however, so it's been an adjustment! Disney keeps me sane most of the time. I'm a vegetarian who is vegan and raw most of the time as well, but all bets are off when I'm at Disney!

OHMYGOSH! All this talking and not enough pictures! Here I am, at the end of January 2012, on our fabulous first-alone-without-ILs-trip! That's my baby, Savannah,(on the left) with me and her friend who came with us on the right.


So, back to this old business! I'm turning 39 in just mere weeks, but pay no attention to that, I will be 40 next year! I have been running for a few years (between injuries!) and I decided last year that I wanted to run the Princess 1/2 at WDW! I'm PUMPED about it, although my body is less excited, but I'm dragging it along whether it wants to or not!


Of course what could be better than running a 1/2 marathon right before you turn 40? DRINKS, of course! Grey Goose slushie, anyone?!?!? Or 10???


Ok, I admit I'm being a bit spirited about this PTR, but I just finished up my TR from an amazing trip (see my siggie if you are interested) and I'm super excited to get back to WDW...aren't we all?!?

Where was I? (get used to this folks)

Oh yes, DRINKS! So who better to have copious amounts of drinks with??? My BFF! I cannot tell you how this friendship saved me from a slow death out in rural Missouri, but it did. Hope is the best friend a girl could have, we are eerily similar in our thought processes, although we rarely agree on books!

I'll let Hope post a pic of herself...or I could dig up that Christmas shot of us Hope???

I'm talking too much, aren't I?

Edited to add: I am ALSO now planning a quick 3 night getaway in November 2012 with my husband! I cannot seem to get enough of WDW and since he loves it as well, why not get away for a 21st Anniversary trip?!?!?

So, since I'm a photographer, so expect there to be a photo in nearly every update! I'll even post mundane photos if I have to, as long as I can post one! We are going from February 23rd to the 28th, 2013 and it seems far away, but I know it will fly by! In the mean time, there are sure to be lots of training, lots of photos, lots of laughs, and DRINKS! We have to practice, ya know.

Here is one of my favorite shots from our trip we just took, this is my husband, Rey:


Please join in the fun, let us know you are out there! If you don't, we'll just talk to each other and we do that all the time already!

Oh and Hope, we can totally change the name of the PTR, I just threw something up there.




Table of Content:

Green stuff=BFF trip (Feb/March 2013)
Red stuff=Anniversary trip! (Nov. 2012)

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT

Resort Quandary!
It's my birf-day
Itinerary plan A
Itinerary plan B

Double PTR?!?!
Life Update & skating pics
November Anniversary trip Itinerary
Booked November Anniversary Trip!
November airfare!


November ADRs made!

Leave it to me to make more changes!!
18 and Drinking around the World (not together though!) LOL
Happy 4th of July!
88 Day update!
Some pics for your viewing pleasure

63 Days and 168 Days???
Pink for Mother/Daughter trip...our resort choice!
50 Days & a new kitchen!
46 Days and now a new car?!!!

ONE MONTH LEFT!!!
Disney Running outfit/halloween costume

TWO WEEKS TO GO!!! & Savannah's Birthday

Day 1&2 plans

Day 3&4 plans
8 Days and 5K's!
6 days to go!!!!
5 DAYS!
Halloween and 4 days to go!

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Old 02-26-2012, 08:31 AM   #2
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Hi! I really enjoyed reading your family TR and was excited to see you had started a PTR for your girls trip!

Can't wait to follow along with your plans!
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Old 02-26-2012, 08:51 AM   #3
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Hi everyone! I'm Hope, the aforementioned fabulous BFF.



That's me and my family on our Sept. 2010 trip. I homeschool my two kids as well and my daughter, Kya 11, and Karen's daughter are good friends as well (thank goodness- for a while they were lukewarm to each other but we just kept pushing them together so WE could hang out)! I also have a son, Jace, who will 13 next week! And my fabulous hubby, Robbie, and I have been married for 17 years. He does not love Disney but I decided it wasn't a deal breaker.

That trip was magical for lots of reasons (which you can read all about in my TR linked in my sig) but I'm SO looking forward to going to Disney with Karen! She is the REASON I'm a Disney nut (although a tiny little nut compared to her). I always refer to her as the Fairy Godmother of the Mouse Mafia because she recruited HARD to get me to go Disney. And I'm so glad she did because it was while she was helping me plan my family trip that we realized what kindred spirits we are.

Aside from Disney I just love travel in general. I've traveled all over and love to go to new places- but a trip to Disney is almost like a new place every time because it's always changing and impossible to see it all in one trip!

I'm also a photographer but have pretty much hung up my hat for doing it for others and just enjoy it as a hobby now- but no worries that just means more pics for me to share with all of YOU!

So, let the pictures and planning commence!




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Old 02-26-2012, 08:56 AM   #4
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Yay!!! You are first, it means you get something special...I'm not sure what yet, but I'll let you know if I ever figure it out!

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Hi everyone! I'm Hope, the aforementioned fabulous BFF.


That's me and my family on our Sept. 2009 trip. I homeschool my two kids as well and my daughter, Kya 11, and Karen's daughter are good friends as well (thank goodness- for a while they were lukewarm to each other but we just kept pushing them together so WE could hang out)! I also have a son, Jace, who will 13 next week! And my fabulous hubby, Robbie, and I have been married for 17 years. He does not love Disney but I decided it wasn't a deal breaker.

That trip was magical for lots of reasons (which you can read all about in my TR linked in my sig) but I'm SO looking forward to going to Disney with Karen! She is the REASON I'm a Disney nut (although a tiny little nut compared to her). I always refer to her as the Fairy Godmother of the Mouse Mafia because she recruited HARD to get me to go Disney. And I'm so glad she did because it was while she was helping me plan my family trip that we realized what kindred spirits.

Aside from Disney I just love travel in general. I've traveled all over and love to go to new places- but a trip to Disney is almost like a new place every time because it's always changing and impossible to see it all in one trip!

I'm also a photographer but have pretty much hung up my hat for doing it for others and just enjoy it as a hobby now- but no worries that just means more pics for me to share with all of YOU!

So, let the pictures and planning commence!



Whoohooo! Let's get this planning ON! I feel totally up to it now that I'm finishing up my TR and "closing that chapter".

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So my Goddess running friends are running the Princess 1/2 RIGHT NOW, THIS MORNING! One year from now we'll be there too!!!
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Oh I can hardly wait to read all about their trip!
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Old 02-26-2012, 10:46 AM   #7
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Sounds like a fun trip can't wait to hear all the details along the way.
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I'm excited to hear about your plans!
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signing on! excited for you! I'm planning to run the wine & dine 1/2 in November - it's on my birthday!
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signing on! excited for you! I'm planning to run the wine & dine 1/2 in November - it's on my birthday!

You should all be warned that we are obsessive, snarky and prone to change our minds! At least you know it won't be boring!
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Followed you from your TR you just finished

So excited to read this one! Also, DBF & I are going in May and the only alcoholic beverage we had last time was a Lapu Lapu so I am very much looking forward to learning which adult drinks are yummy

I've heard mixed reviews about the grey goose slushie... but of course I have to try it myself!
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So excited to read this one! Also, DBF & I are going in May and the only alcoholic beverage we had last time was a Lapu Lapu so I am very much looking forward to learning which adult drinks are yummy

I've heard mixed reviews about the grey goose slushie... but of course I have to try it myself!
WELCOME!

If you want tips on adult drinks you have definitely come to the right place- Karen and I are happy to take the hit and do that research for everyone here on the dis!

MIXED reviews about my beloved slushie! I can NOT imagine that anyone wouldn't find it to be divine! And just to show you how marvelous it is I have to share my pic of the Gran Marnier Orange Slushie that Karen bought for me on my trip. Via gift card which she sent with me for that specific purpose.




I haven't tried the Lemon Citron one yet and I know Karen prefers it to the orange so it's on my "Must Do" list.
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I'm here for this one too. I'll be back later to catch up.
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signing on! excited for you! I'm planning to run the wine & dine 1/2 in November - it's on my birthday!
You will have to come back and report about it! It sounds like fun, although I'm an early bird, so I'm not sure how well I would do running at night! How perfect that it's on your birthday!!!

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Never fear! I love writing TR's so much, I will just have to keep taking trips! I am actually doing one last update this morning, so don't forget to go read it!

So excited to read this one! Also, DBF & I are going in May and the only alcoholic beverage we had last time was a Lapu Lapu so I am very much looking forward to learning which adult drinks are yummy

I've heard mixed reviews about the grey goose slushie... but of course I have to try it myself!
Mmmmm, I LOVE the Lapu Lapu as well (IS there a drink I don't love?!?!?) BUT, I only have a slightly blurry pic of it from our 2009 trip...I drank TWO of them! Maybe that's why the picture is blurry!




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I'm here for this one too. I'll be back later to catch up.
I'm so glad you came over!

Hope is right, we will be HAPPY to do the research on Disney drinks and report back! Ooooh, we should make a list and try to taste a whole bunch of different drinks! I kind of forget stuff like that when I get there, so maybe a list...or CHALLENGE!

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