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Old 07-08-2012, 10:59 PM   #1
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Go ahead and put it on DisBoards. Beware, I will get you...eventually Final Photos!

Celebrating 20 years + in Walt Disney World !

Welcome to my latest trip report! I hope you enjoy reading along and please please comment – I love to read your feedback, thoughts and experiences! (plus I spend enough time talking to myself without doing it in cyber space as well!)

Let me introduce the characters on our trip:

First up is our daughter Katie, who did NOT make the trip with us.

But she was never further from our thoughts than our phones were from our hands. Katie is 9 (as of today!) --going on 18. While we traveled to Florida, she stayed with my wonderfully fantastically generous and patient sister Jean and her family. So my only child joined a family of 5 for the week. Mom & Dad taking a trip without her was a learning experience but she had fun with her cousins for the week, and she had school for most of the week.

My BFF Lesley joined us on this trip. You may remember that when we were planning this trip, the total travel party was up in the air for quite a while. Finally I planned what Joe and I wanted to do & then kept options open for Lesley & Colin. A few weeks before our trip, Colin said he was staying at home. We had hoped that when we arrived at her house in North Carolina that her hubby would make a last minute change and go with us, but it just didn’t happen. There are just too many things at Disney that won’t work for him due to some health issues, and he couldn’t see spending the $.

Lesley and I have been friends since ummm well over 30 years.

She is just like a sister to me. Les is a total Disney fan, having lived in San Pedro for a few years and visiting Disneyland probably once a week while she was there. yeah, THAT kind of fan!!! She has been in Disney withdrawal since returning tothe Northeast two years ago. I think she may have gotten me started loving all things Disney as an adult, for sure she was the one who started me collecting Disney movies long before I had Katie.

(this is Lesley as one of my bridesmaids, 20 years ago )

Next up is my hubby Joe. Joe is pretty adamant about me not posting his picture online – anywhere.(he has forgotten about my past TR's. shhhh)

During our trip, I took random photos of him holding something over his face and posted them to facebook.

I tried to get him okay posting his picture here but have to respect his wishes – so you’ll see a fuzzy spot where Joe is. boo.

This trip was a celebration of our 20th wedding anniversary, and also coincided with the 23rd anniversary of our first date. We wanted to celebrate our marriage and to just take some time for ourselves. We explored quite a few different vacation options, but always came back to Disney – it really has turned into our happy place, and continues to be so after our fourth trip as well!

Finally there is me – Mary Ellen aka mom, moira222, crazy lady taking food pictures, and generally a fun loving person.

I love planning trips, especially Disney Trips. I learn new things every time, and try to change the “flavor” of the trip each time. I actually have thought about getting paid to plan other people’s vacation but somehow don’t see me finding the time to add that into my already busy schedule.

You may have noticed that my board time has significantly decreased in the past few months. I completely blame Joe. He gave me a nook color for Christmas and I have been over indulging in my reading addiction. Seriously giving me a Nook is like giving an alcoholic the keys to a bar. So my free time has been split with reading books and reading Dis – and I didn’t have a lot to begin with!

Oh yeah, one final note to you. If you had heard on the Dis that there is a FANTASTIC photographer named Mary Ellen and you just HAD to come check out the great photos, well, you are TOTALLY on the wrong TR! That would be MEK – while I LOVE to take photos, I have a tendency to go for totally spontaneous and random photos, and as a result they can be out of focus (thank goodness for auto focus cameras), too far, too dark, or the people not looking. Plus I used a random mix of cell phone camera, my Kodak Playsport camera, and my seven year old Canon Powershot. So I will just apologize now if the photos are not fantastic.

Let’s get this show on the road!

Last edited by Moira222; 12-19-2012 at 01:19 PM. Reason: an update, FINALLY!
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