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Old 04-01-2012, 11:41 PM   #31
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Hey Jen! Just found this! Welcome back!!!

I love all of the outfits you got Claire! I'm glad I have three boys or else I would be broke all the time!!!

Can't wait to hear about your adventures at Universal! I haven't been since 1999 so I'm curious to see how it's changed!

LOVE your tote -- I didn't know you bought a Disney Dooney!!!
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Old 04-02-2012, 12:18 AM   #32
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Page 3!!!!!!! Can you forgive me, Jen? I blame it on being fast asleep because of the 6 hour time change!

But I am here now ....... and now going back to read!
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Jen,
I wnt to bed on page 1 at 730 p, and woke up on page 3 at 4 am. What a following. Cant wait to read more.
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Old 04-02-2012, 06:10 AM   #34
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Here are the bags. Claire thought we should take a picture.
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Suuuuure, Claire thought you should take a picture. I can't believe you would stoop to blaming your precious daughter for your photo obsession. For shame.
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On a side note, 12 hours, only two official updates, and we are on page 3???
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Old 04-02-2012, 07:29 AM   #35
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I'm in!

I know what you mean about your heart still being with Disney. I've looked into a cruise through Royal Car. b/c I thought it would be cheaper (and they actually have more to offer on their ships it seems), but I really don't think I can bring myself to do it. It just doesn't feel the same. I'm just sold on Disney all the way! And when we went to Seaworld... same thing... it was fun, but it's not Disney.

Can't wait to read all about your trip!
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:19 AM   #36
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Here's the photobomb thread for ya!
http://www.disboards.com/showthread....ight=photobomb

I need to re-visit this thread because I posted a few pics on there, too!
I'm loving this thread! Too funny.

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I always love what you have Claire wear to the parks. Those two outfits are AH-dorable!!!
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Hey Jen! Just found this! Welcome back!!!

I love all of the outfits you got Claire! I'm glad I have three boys or else I would be broke all the time!!!

Can't wait to hear about your adventures at Universal! I haven't been since 1999 so I'm curious to see how it's changed!

LOVE your tote -- I didn't know you bought a Disney Dooney!!!
Hi Hope! 1999 was my last trip too.

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Page 3!!!!!!! Can you forgive me, Jen? I blame it on being fast asleep because of the 6 hour time change!

But I am here now ....... and now going back to read!

I figured you were sleeping.

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I wnt to bed on page 1 at 730 p, and woke up on page 3 at 4 am. What a following. Cant wait to read more.
It's kind of exciting!

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Suuuuure, Claire thought you should take a picture. I can't believe you would stoop to blaming your precious daughter for your photo obsession. For shame.
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On a side note, 12 hours, only two official updates, and we are on page 3???
OK, you might be right.....

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I'm in!

I know what you mean about your heart still being with Disney. I've looked into a cruise through Royal Car. b/c I thought it would be cheaper (and they actually have more to offer on their ships it seems), but I really don't think I can bring myself to do it. It just doesn't feel the same. I'm just sold on Disney all the way! And when we went to Seaworld... same thing... it was fun, but it's not Disney.

Can't wait to read all about your trip!
Hi ya!!!!I've looked at other lines too, and really with all the extra cost of things onboard, you don't save a lot verses Disney. My next goal is to save enough to go on the Fantasy...maybe in 2014.

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Old 04-02-2012, 08:38 AM   #37
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Can't wait to hear about your trip!!! Too funny about your husband insisting on a day at MK. Mine did that too during our Dark Side trip!

Claire's dresses/skirts/bow are TOO adorable!

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Old 04-02-2012, 08:52 AM   #38
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Can't wait to hear about your trip!!! Too funny about your husband insisting on a day at MK. Mine did that too during our Dark Side trip!

Claire's dresses/skirts/bow are TOO adorable!

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Welcome!!! I so enjoyed your Universal TR too. Yep, Skip would neve admit it, but he said we needed to do it for Claire! I really think Claire wouldn't have cared though. She had a ball at Universal.
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Old 04-02-2012, 11:33 AM   #39
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Enjoying your trip report! Cute outfits for the parks. Love that idea!

I'm curious about the tips you got from Bubbasmom...could you post them for us?
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Old 04-02-2012, 11:45 AM   #40
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I can't believe you already started! Yay! I am on a business trip in Montreal this week shut off from everything! This will keep me entertained! Claire is gonna be on the disboards soon I think if she is having you take photos of the luggage! Another dis-aholic has sparked!
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Old 04-02-2012, 11:49 AM   #41
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Enjoying your trip report! Cute outfits for the parks. Love that idea!

I'm curious about the tips you got from Bubbasmom...could you post them for us?
I will post some as I go along.

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I can't believe you already started! Yay! I am on a business trip in Montreal this week shut off from everything! This will keep me entertained! Claire is gonna be on the disboards soon I think if she is having you take photos of the luggage! Another dis-aholic has sparked!
I was antsy. It's only been about a month since I have written one. LOL
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Old 04-02-2012, 11:53 AM   #42
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March 26, 2012. Monday

The day had arrived. I slept pretty decent and got up at the crack of dawn…..but I normally get up early anyways.
I started out with a little computer time and sending out those last minute emails.
I then started packing all the last minute stuff. At 8 AM I see a bouncy little girl emerge from her room shouting that she was too “esscited” to sleep. Claire never gets up this early on her own. Each school morning is a ritual of basically dragging her out of bed and dressing her while she flops around. Today she was in high gear and wanted to get dressed and just leave.

Soon the chanting began. “Is it time to go yet?” over and over….then on to “let’s leave now, let’s leave now”. It got old real fast.
We did make it to the bank, I got a shower and she got a bath and hair wash. She took extra time to be sure she was nice and clean for Florida.

Around 3:30 or so, we dressed in our traveling clothes, and Skip came in to shower. We gave a once over and at 4:15 my Mother arrived to take us to the airport. It was kind of funny, because earlier in the day my Mom had called and talked about which car to take to the airport. She hates my car…because it isn’t new, and she worried my car wouldn’t make it. I was like what? We are only going to Toledo airport…that’s only like 12 minutes away.
She had thought we were going up to Detroit. I bet she was relieved to have a much shorter drive.

Since Mom came early, and we got her car loaded within minutes, we actually left for the airport a head of schedule.



We unloaded, said our goodbyes and got in the check in line.
Not long after we arrived I heard Skip talking to someone. It was my friend Jenny. She, her son and her boyfriend were also going to Florida on the same flight. I had totally forgotten that she was going. She had told me a few months back asking me some Disney questions since she know we go frequently. They were staying with friends in the area and doing some local stuff.
We checked in easily and said goodbye to our bags and turned around to see Skip’s sister Dee Dee. She works for Hertz at the airport and she was helping a client who had a wheel chair.

We said hellos and good byes to her and made our way to security. A few days prior to leaving, Claire had asked if she had to take her shoes off again and why. I told her probably, but we did find out kids 12 and under no longer have to do this, and I told her the why….because they check for bombs….then I told her NEVER to say the word bomb at the airport or they will strip search you. LOL! So she kept saying bomb, bomb, bomb over and over at home to get it out of her system. I prayed she wouldn't say it now, and all was good and we cruised right through.

Skip was worried because this was his first time traveling since his hip replacement and he showed his card out and they didn’t seem to care. He went through the body scanner without a hitch. (We were told they are not metal detectors and won’t go off). Claire and I went through the old detectors though.

We gathered our things and up to our gate to wait. Toledo only has a couple of gates, so you basically can wait anywhere and still see your gate.

I pulled out the new kindle and realized that Toledo now has free wifi and played around with that.

Of course we had to take a few pictures.





I took a few of another plane outside.





We decided we should get something to eat. The choices are just awful at Toledo airport. Basically cardboard pizza or subway. Claire chose the pizza, which was a little better this time around.



Skip and I share a subway tuna.



Claire and I made a bathroom stop. I love the bathroom here, it is so pretty, but I feel weird taking pictures in there. I did snap this one of Claire washing her hands. The sinks are very unusual. Toledo is the glass city, so I guess that is the theming of this bathroom.



We finally spotted my friend Jenny and gang. I think they might’ve gone to the bar downstairs while waiting. We talked a bit and found out they were flying the same flight home as well.
Before we knew it the Allegiant plane arrived and I snapped a few quick pictures of it coming to the gate.





I told Skip to go to the bathroom and he said he didn’t have to. He does this every time and then as soon as they start boarding he runs to the bathroom. Sure enough, he did it this time too. That drives me nuts. Claire asked what were we going to do and I said he had 30 seconds and if he wasn’t out, we were boarding without him!
No worries, he made it!
We got settled into our seats and waited to take off.



My phone wouldn’t shut off for some reason. It kept cycling in shut down mode. I haven’t turn the phone off in several months, so I’m not sure what was up with it. I finally just opened the back and pulled the battery out.

The flight was good and smooth. Claire liked watching the sunset out the window. Being on the end, I couldn’t see much of anything. Of course we had to make a bathroom run on the plane. These things are not made for 2 people, no matter how small the second person is. And let’s just say YUCK!

I handed Skip the tip sheets I had made for him to read while on the plane. One tip is that Richters burgers gets bad reviews and you should avoid going there. Skip thought it was awful that I wrote that. He said he was going to eat there and prove me wrong. He never did, but it was a little joke all through the trip.

We landed about 15 minutes early and our bags came rolling out fast as well. Skip went to get the car and he seemed to take forever. We had a good rate through Hertz from his sister, but I found out he fell for the “you need insurance” line. UGH! I tell him over and over not to get it. They were out of cars too, but they borrowed one from someone else.

While Claire and I waited, we saw Jenny and gang once again and said our good byes and have funs.
Skip led the way out to the row he remembered the car to be in and that’s it. He couldn’t remember the make, model or color. He kept hitting the panic button on the fob and nothing lit up or sounded an alarm. I was a little annoyed that he couldn’t remember what we were getting.
Finally he said he thought it was an Altima and it was silver and we had been standing next to one the whole time. I tried opening the trunk, but it wouldn’t work. I opened the door and started it, so that worked. We finally realized you needed to press a button on the trunk to get it to open. This car caused problems like this throughout the trip. You needed step by step directions to get the thing open.

And we’re off! Of course that sounds easy, but Skip didn’t like the directions I was giving him, so he would argue a bit, but finally he realized I was right.

As we rode along, Skip loves to read road and town signs and turn them into dirty words. Yep, we have nothing but class! Soon we ran out of good names and Skip decided it was time to sing different lyrics to the songs on the radio. I have to admit, it was pretty darn funny.

We made a stop at a carry out for a pop and went back on our way.



Claire was worried about food. She said she missed supper and we were supposed to eat at the airport. I told her we did, but she had thought we would ALSO eat at Sanford. I told her we had snacks packed and she could have something as soon as we got to the hotel.

We did get a little lost. Not bad, but the road we were to turn on did not have a sign so we cruised right by it. Finally we got our bearings and found it and checked in quickly.

We stayed at the Quality Inn. This has just changed hands. It was formally a Fairfield Inn. They are in the process of renovating it.

Our room was decent, a nice size, and good for what we needed it for.











This was the view out the window.





I unpacked a bit and found one thing I wasn’t too happy about. The drawers had that shut up/no air smell. They were in need of a stick up thingy. My other complaint of the room was that the heavy drapes did not close any further. So we had lights from those tower things all night long and some noise from that area as well. Why on earth they wouldn’t make it so the curtains could shut all the way was beyond me? There were just shears covering that area.
The towers though were a lifesaver. I think it was some sort of bungee shoot thing. When driving back to the hotel each day, we would just look for the towers to know we were heading in the right direction.

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Old 04-02-2012, 12:04 PM   #43
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Hey, there's nothing wrong with cardboard pizza..... as long as it's AIRPORT cardboard pizza! Cuz that means you're on your way!!!!

So did Skip make fun of you taking pictures of the bathrooms????

I'd be pretty annoyed too about the curtains not shutting all the way. That's pretty short sighted. Unless their goal was to get everyone checked out early every day......
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Hey, there's nothing wrong with cardboard pizza..... as long as it's AIRPORT cardboard pizza! Cuz that means you're on your way!!!!

So did Skip make fun of you taking pictures of the bathrooms????

I'd be pretty annoyed too about the curtains not shutting all the way. That's pretty short sighted. Unless their goal was to get everyone checked out early every day......
Thats true. Claire liked it anyways. It was much better than last years, which she even didn't want to eat.

Skip doesn't know I took that bathroom picture. He would just roll his eyes though.

My biggest complaint was the curtain set up. I like it dark. Skip said he swore it got lighter in the middle of the night too.
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