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Old 09-02-2012, 07:48 AM   #1
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It's August! It's HOT! It Rains! Wait, Where's Mikey?

That's right we went in August. It was Hot and it rained. These facts seemed to never really be understood by my DD and her fiance. I don't know why as my DD has only been to Disney in August.

OK, these facts will make more sense as we go along. First when did we go - August 18th to the 25th. Only 6 days were actually spent in Disney, the other 2 were travel days. My family is insane - we drove straight through each way. Over 1,000 miles each way, 2 vehicles with 3 kids and a teenager. The insanity is my DH's fault. The man hates to fly and loves to drive. It is also my SIL's fault as he does not fly. He gave up free tickets to an Eagles game in a fancy box with all the bells and whistles including transportation because he had to fly.

Who went on this crazy trip?

Obviously I did. I am Lorrie, Mom, Grandmom, MeMo, I answer to just about anything. I fell in love with Disney World late in life. I already had 3 kids by the time I took my first trip to my happy place. I have been back many times since then. I love Grumpy. It's a Small World is my favorite ride. I know I hear the groans. I rode the prototype at the 1964 NY World's Fair. It's a sentimental favorite.

Then there is DH Jim, Dad or Poppy. He enables my Disney addiction. He doesn't like Disney nearly as much as I do but he goes along because I let him drive. He loves Donald Duck and does a great Donald impression. He loves roller coaster rides and hates heat. His favorite time to visit is early December.

He we are 2 years ago. DH looks a little different now - he lost over 80 pounds since this trip

Next up are DD Jennifer or Mommy. She is my middle child. She had her first trip to Disney when she was 3 y/o. She loves Winnie the Pooh, the Crystal Palace and roller coaster rides.

SIL Mike or Daddy. OK technically he is not my SIL as they aren't married yet but they have 3 kids and live together. SIL is better than whatever he is. He went to Disney once when he was 9 and hated it. His only memory of the trip was his Pirates gun being confiscated at the airport. He has no favorites and doesn't do many rides due to a bad back. He also HATES heat. It was his decision to go in August because the kids have school when it's cooler out.

The kids:
First there is DGS Jay or James. The name confusion played a part in the trip. Jay was 13 turning 14 on the trip. He is my son's oldest child. He was our only grandchild for almost 6 years so he was spoiled for a bit. He is your typical teenage boy. He loves girls, won't admit that he likes Disney and refuses to get in pictures with characters. OK I can get him in a few and the little ones can get him to do anything. His cousins adore him.

Then we have Crystal or Princess. She is 8 y/o, her birthday was 3 days before we left. She loves Princesses and Tinkerbell but has reached the age where she can be embarassed easily if her friends know this. She is my beautiful, sensitive and loving DGD. She thinks of her brother and sister before herself. She is her mom's mini-me.

Next is Ella she is 3 1/2 y/o going on 16 . She is the baby of the family and gets away with a lot because of it. Not with Grandmom though. She LOVES Minnie Mouse and the Princesses, expecially Tiana. She is tough. She was 39 & 7/8" when we were in Disney. She loves wild rides and wanted to ride all of the mountains. That 1/8" created some problems because she couldn't go on the rides. She LOVED Haunted Mansion so it was a great distraction.

Last but not least is Michael or Mikey. He is 6 y/o. He is a cuddlebug and has a way of getting into a lot of trouble fast. He gets lost everywhere. Hence the Where's Mikey. He has some issues that can cause problems. He cannot tolerate loud noises, is terrified of bugs, and has a 1 second attention span. He is such a loving child though and I tend to be a little over protective of him.

And a bonus shot - all of the kids plus Jay's brother Kyle.

So there you have the when and cast of characters. I only have 1 month til my next trip so I am hoping to get this report moving along. Now to hope my internet co-operates.
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