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Old 10-03-2012, 01:46 PM   #1
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Cool All the Makings of a Disaster, The Wrap up 11/20

Welcome to my Trip report!!!

Here is a link to my PTR if you want to read the whole sordid affair, but Iíll brief you in here for the short version. (warning: Iím going to cheat, and some of this will be cut and pasted from my PTR)

Where: Port Orleans Riverside

When: September 23-30 with free dining (regular plan), and base tickets

Who: This trip consisted of the following cast of Characters. Me(43), DH(43), DS(17), DS(14), MIL (73), FIL(73) .

We all traveled to Disney about 4 years ago, the six of us. We had a fabulous 10 night trip at POR.

Why: This time around, I was thinking that DS17 will be going off to college next year, and the in-laws are in pretty good shape, but they arenít getting any younger, so we should do one last trip together.

I love my in-laws dearly, but they truly turned out to be a handful this trip. I have great in-laws and they enjoy Disney and my kids. Sometimes they are a little absent minded and hard of hearing, which turned out to be a bigger issue than I thought. FIL also loves to ask me a million questions, most of them irrelevant, but I was very patient with him, but there were times I just wanted to ask for a timeout so I could just have a thought myself. I think he just gets excited like a little kid about these things. Iíve been with DH for 25 years, since we were 18, and my family is bizarre, so they sort of adopted me, and are more like my parents than my own ever were. They live around the block from us, and actually donít drive us nuts, however, they are retired and donít know what to do with themselves. They arenít comfortable traveling by themselves, and FIL has only flown one time prior to this trip, which was the last time we took them to Disney. They come to all of my kids sports events and are wonderful grandparents. My MIL likes to come over in the morning after Iíve left for work and do my laundry. My friends think this is strange, but I think itís awesome.

Here they are, we'll call them Pop (hard of hearing) and Nanny(a little absent minded)

Hereís the reluctant teens; Matt(14) and Brian(17)

Now, the reluctant teen part comes in the form of DS(17). He ďlikesĒ Disney, but has a ďbeen there, done thatĒ mentality about most vacations, and says theyíre only going because I have to act like a 4-year old girl (so, whatís wrong with that?). DS14 enjoys Disney and even did a trip alone with me 3 years ago (best trip evaaaa), but he looks up to his big bro, and has formed an alliance with regard to this trip. I have defended myself by blaming it on nanny and pop claiming that they are getting older and we should go while they are still in good health (Iím shameless).

And hereís DH, (Chuck, 43)- with his "Member of the clean plate club" sticker from 50's primetime

DH enjoys Disney, but not as much as me. He thinks I have an obsession and need to get some help (really?, thatís just crazy talk). Last trip we all took as a group, he said 10 nights was too much, so he joined us all on day 4, which was perfect for all involved. I dragged the kids and in-laws from open to close those first 4 days with not one complaint, then once DH came, we needed afternoon breaks. We did that quite a bit this time around too.

Some side info for this trip: DH had a stroke two years ago (I know! he was 41 and in seemingly great health!) and has made an amazing almost recovery. He was a runner before the stroke and in great shape, but unfortunately he now walks with a bit of a limp and gets tired and needed even more breaks this trip. There were times he was quite a trooper, and others where he pouted like a 4 yr old when he needed his rest (use your words, honey)

And then thereís me (Sherri, 43).

DH is correct, I am obsessed. I am most happy when Iím planning a trip to WDW. I havenít been to Disney as much as I would like, and am sorely disappointed I only discovered this whole obsession 4 years ago. I always had it in my mind that Disney was so expensive and out of reach for us, so my kidís first trip to WDW was when they were 10 and 13 (we had been to DL twice-camping- when they were pretty small since we had family out west, but didnít catch onto the obsession there). I had been once as a child, and DH and I went once before we got married, off property. Had I caught on sooner, maybe I would have been able to convert the boys. This was my 4th trip in 4 years (I also went once with BFF for a short xmas trip). I am an avid trip report reader (lurker, hence the name), but have never done a trip report.

So, was it really a disaster? Well, there were certainly some interesting parts, but I suppose none of it was actually disastrous.
Me(45) DH(45)DS(19)DS(16)

All the makings of a Disaster, Sept 2012

Split stay: Yacht Club/Pop Oct 1-Oct 8 DH/me
Art of Animation - April 2013 BFF trip
Port Orleans Resort - Sept 23-30, 2012 (Group trip)
Port Orleans Resort - Dec 10-15, 2010 (BFF trip)
POP Century - Sept 12-18, 2009 (Me and DS11)
Port Orleans Resort - Sept 2-12, 2008 (Group trip)

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