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Old 12-04-2012, 02:30 AM   #1936
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I see your trip is just around the corner. You're so lucky. I know you are going to have a wonderful time!

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Thank You! 10 days! I am very excited to take my parents- there first time ever and my first time at Christmas!
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Old 12-04-2012, 09:40 AM   #1937
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Thank You! 10 days! I am very excited to take my parents- there first time ever and my first time at Christmas!
Nice. I am sure both you and your parents are going to love it. We went last year around the same time and it was wonderful. Christmas is such a magical time in the world. You will just love the Osbourne lights. So amazing.
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Old 12-04-2012, 09:46 PM   #1938
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I have to agree. Tiki Torches do really set the mood. That pool looked really nice and nice and big for a quiet pool. I am quite the quiet pool fan and this one looked lovely.

Well, I wouldn't want to be in a park on NYE, so this looks like a much better option if you ask me. I know the Poly Beach gets crowded, but judging by Pat's pictures, the show looks amazing. It was definitely be my pick for ringing the New Years in!

That rack just didn't look so great! I think I may have used the bench. I don't remember. All I know is that I started living out of a suitcase those last few nights. I hate that, but at that point it didn't seem worth it to unpack!

I know you do!

But isn't it great that you immediately clicked with the place and you made your decision. I think that's fabulous. I can't blame you one bit. If I had known how much I was going to love it there I would have looked at the BWV resales much more seriously. But who knew?

All I can say is - that's SO Denny!

I have two more updates planned - I hope - and then its time to start our TR. If you have name suggestions just pm or email me. I have one suggestion, but it isn't anything to earth shattering.

Thank you Doris! She's 15, but for some reason I thought she was younger. Not that is matters. Yes - they do creep into your heart and the fact that they don't understand what's wrong with them is so heart breaking. Anyway, my mom backed out on putting the cat to sleep yesterday, but I imagine she will change her mind in the next day or so.
So sorry about your mom's kitty I meant to put that in my earlier reply. I know how much you love your fur babies and can guess where that comes from.

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Old 12-05-2012, 04:30 AM   #1939
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So sorry about your mom's kitty I meant to put that in my earlier reply. I know how much you love your fur babies and can guess where that comes from.
Thanks Cynthia. My mom had her put to sleep yesterday. I feel terrible for my mom because she literally spends 99% of her days in the house and that cat was her company. I really wanted that cat to outlive her. I hope that doesn't sound terrible, but I guess what I am saying is I didn't want her to have to deal with that kind of loss.

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I know I need to do replies and I am not sure when I will get to them. I have to go to my mom's tomorrow and help her take her cat to be put to sleep. Poor cat has a complete "whited out" lung from an accumulation of fluid which is most likely due to cancer. She wanted to take the cat home for a few days before putting her to sleep. It's so sad because my mom just loves this cat and it is going to tear her up to put this cat to sleep.

I know that I am going to be pretty upset too because the cat was born in my backyard. A stray wandered into our year 15 or so years ago and had 5 little kittens under our deck. Brian found them and we took them inside, made a cat hut in the laundry room, and waited until they were old enough for a home.
Oh, I'm so sorry to hear this. Often times pets become family members and it's so difficult. I hope it went as smoothly as it could.

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I know you are a big Boardwalk fan and I am totally with you on that one. It's a great location. I loved it for F&W.

Well, no matter where you stay I really hope that you are able to go in Feb or March. I would like to try a March trip. I am trying to visit during every month of the year.
we are trying to do the same thing!!! Total Disney dorks, aren't we?!?! We've done January, February, March, I've done May, August, September, October, November, and December.

We are also looking at a July option - so that would fit in perfectly with our above plan. Our trick is doing it over the last bit of the month, into the next month - 2 months in one trip.
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Old 12-05-2012, 11:18 AM   #1941
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Oh Mary Ellen, I'm so sorry to hear about your mom's cat hugs to both of you.
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Old 12-05-2012, 04:06 PM   #1942
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Hey Mary Ellen,

Gorgeous Gorgeous Wishes pictures from the Poly Beach... (hmmm didn't see Wishes this trip... have to do next summer...)

Not to sound like I just fell off the turnip truck... but is flying out of the Lehigh Valley a better deal... than Philly or is it just less hmmm... stressful?

I am truly sorry about your Mom's cat... not only do I just really love animals but they truly do become companions... (and especially as people get older... It will be hard on her and you as well...)

I have the Girl w/ the Dragon Tattoo... I started to read it... but I didn't get into... I'm going to give it another go...

Hmmm... I'm really thinking about trying the Boardwalk next summer... it is gorgeous and it could save us a few precious DVC points...
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Old 12-05-2012, 08:57 PM   #1943
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Just checking in so I am not a Lurker ,this is such a busy time of year at work !! Co ordinating Christmas shopping for 15 people , house parties, and LOTS of other parties, carol singing , bellringing etc etc !!! Then I have my own family stuff to doWhile it is a lot of fun , it is a VERY hectic time !!
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:22 PM   #1944
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I've been off the boards for a couple days - just wanted to say how sorry I am for your mom. Losing a pet is so sad and difficult.

I told DH I'd like to try the Boardwalk on one of our next trips. And Wilderness Lodge. Ideally I'd like to try them all!
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Old 12-06-2012, 06:12 AM   #1945
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Thanks so much for all the condolences about the cat. It was my moms cat, Tibber, but she was born in my backyard under the deck 15 years ago. Her mom was a stray. I found homes for the mom and all the kittens. My SIL took Tibber, but locked her in the bathroom all the time because she hates cats and Tibber, in defiance, would poop in the tub and NOT in the litter box. Imagine that.

So my mom took Tibber and gave her a good home for 14 years. I feel so bad for my mom because basically she is my dad's caregiver and that cat was a ray of sunshine in her difficult life. So so sad that my mom lost her companion. And my dad, too. He loved her. When he could walk (he has Parkinson's now and doesn't walk much at all), he fed her every morning. They were buds.

Here's a picture of Tibber from last spring. Believe me, she was much smaller than this after getting sick


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Today my brother and I are going to look at assisted living places for my parents.

Yesterday we did a college visit to a local school (in Lancaster Pa) for Nick. The are multiple schools in the Lancaster/Harrisburg area, so it will remain unnamed at this point. But it was a visit with the soccer coach, the engineering department, and an admissions counselor. Nick loved the philosophy of the soccer team and the coach. Unfortunately, the coach had a family emergency so we only got to meet a player, who really represented for his school.

He did a great job touring us and talking about the team. They seem like an incredibly close knit group who believe in putting the team first. Nick is all about that. Their playing field is still a grass field (which is so unusual anymore) and they even have a memorial to a former player who lost his life on 9/11.

Nick really enjoyed meeting the engineering professor and he learned more about electrical engineering. He has been undecided about what field he hopes to concentrate on and I think the math/physics part of electrical engineering intrigued him.

We also had the bubbliest student in the world give us a tour.

I was really hoping Nick would love the school, but I think his preference is still for a bigger school, in which case he would not be playing soccer on a collegiate team.

It will be interesting to see which path he chooses.

On another note, I gave myself an early Christmas present in the form of a macbook pro.

I know that some of you saw it on FB. That's a decal I added and I am still waiting for the sleeve that I ordered almost two weeks ago.


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I promise to get to replies later this evening and I am working on a picture review update, which is pretty labor intensive since this trip was so long.

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There's a lot going on in your life right now! Wow! And then add Christmas into the mix, you've got a lot on your plate. LOVE Snow White on your new computer so cool!
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So sorry to hear about your mom's cat. So sad.
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What a beautiful cat! Bless your parents for giving her a loving, wonderful home for so many years. My condolences go out to all of you.

That is quite a lot you have going on.

Sounds like Nick has some really decent options. My husband graduated with a an electrical and computer engineering degree and has done very well in the software development industry.
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Tibber was adorable, and again I'm so sorry for your parents' (and your own) loss. Animals find such a special place, it's just about impossible to let them go.
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