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Old 12-08-2012, 03:35 AM   #1231
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It's 1:30 am here and I'm about to head out to Wal-mart to pick up some photo paper and magnet tape to make stateroom mickey ears.

Can't wait to crash at the hotel tonight!
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Old 12-08-2012, 04:12 AM   #1232
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We started our trip out with the dreaded words "aircraft has mechanical difficulties". With a tight connection in Houston things were looking bad. But, the fix was quick and we are sitting on the CA bound flight so all is good!
Those are the words no traveler wants to hear. We were due to fly in and go directly to the ship, worked great last year. However, i started to feel a little uneasy about it this year and decided to change our flight details. Leaving out in a few hours and will be in LA tonight. Hope the rest of the trip went well. See you Sunday.
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Old 12-08-2012, 04:39 AM   #1233
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Welcome everyone to California. It's around 2:30 am and I can't sleep. I'm making my last minute to do list and it seems like I keep adding to it more than I'm crossing off. My need to pack list is getting smaller. I've take my to do list and tried to figure out what I can do between soccer games, what places close first and what can wait till Sunday. Cr**, I just thought of 2 more things I have to do. See, if I was sleeping, those 2 things might not have gotten done. We'll be up in 4 hours to get ready for soccer games today. Who else, besides me needs a vacation?
My girls are so loving getting e-mails from some of the other kids that will be on board. Did you give them our e-mail address yet? I wonder why we haven't heard from them, we text every day. Are they in the US yet? When are they flying in? Do you think they're driving yet? Can we meet them for dinner? I'm telling you, Sunday afternoon can't come soon enough. We will get to the sports deck and meet and greet as soon as our soccer games allow and we so look forward to meeting everyone.
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Old 12-08-2012, 06:14 AM   #1234
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It has been a good Disboard. Thanks everyone!

Our flight from Orlando to L.A. departs in less than 12 hours. We will be leaving DS 17, DD 15, cat and dog home alone for 2 weeks.* DS 18 at college comes home at the end of week 1. How could anything possibly go wrong?

Still time left for unfinished chores, yard work, pool, haircut, housework. Then I can start packing!

Looking forward to meeting everyone tomorrow. Safe travels!


*Grandparents and extended family live very nearby, so they will be supervised and have help if needed.
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Old 12-08-2012, 06:58 AM   #1235
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Wow, that is amazing. We have two checked bags and two carry-ons for the two of us and I thought that was a bit much.
In my defense all 3 carry ons are entertainment for the flights,books,electronics,etc. and 1 is fish extender gifts 1 small checked is shoes, 1 small checked is bathroom stuff( hair fixing,makeup,tummy med,allergy med and the like) and 1 big checked is dressier stuff for dinner. Serenity' s Merida is very poofy as well as her other formal dress is pretty poofy also, they took up a lot of room. It just all added up.
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Old 12-08-2012, 07:08 AM   #1236
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Hello time change. The clock 5am but my body register 8am. We arrived at Fairfield Inn at 10pm/1am checked in and were upgraded to a Princess themed, theme park view room. The crew was very happy to spread out and chatter about Disneyland. We finally turned off the lights around 11/2. Our alarms are set for 7/10. I wonder how long it will take for me to quit thinking in 2 different times?
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Old 12-08-2012, 07:09 AM   #1237
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Safe travels everybody! Welcome Beadel! Just two more hours until we leave for the airport. We have way too much luggage. If you find you are missing something, stop by, as I have probably packed it!
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Old 12-08-2012, 07:40 AM   #1238
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We are all packed. DH has a couple of things to do outside and one last trip to town. We leave for the airport in less than 3 hours!!
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Old 12-08-2012, 07:40 AM   #1239
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Safe travels everybody! Welcome Beadel! Just two more hours until we leave for the airport. We have way too much luggage. If you find you are missing something, stop by, as I have probably packed it!


Oh, how I can relate! 3 carry-ons and 2 checked is our final count for our family of four. I've gone through the "do we absolutely need this?", and the answer is always "yes!". Can't wait for tomorrow morning!
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Old 12-08-2012, 07:50 AM   #1240
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DH teased me yesterday when I said I need a second (small) checked bag. He just came downstairs after finishing packing and said he also needed a second checked bag! At least we are getting dropped at the airport. No parking to deal with. Off to the airport in just a couple of hours. Safe travels everyone! See you on the ship tomorrow!!!
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Old 12-08-2012, 07:59 AM   #1241
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At the airport! LAX about 75 mins away. Both checked bags weighed in at 49 lbs each!
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Old 12-08-2012, 08:10 AM   #1242
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In my defense all 3 carry ons are entertainment for the flights,books,electronics,etc. and 1 is fish extender gifts 1 small checked is shoes, 1 small checked is bathroom stuff( hair fixing,makeup,tummy med,allergy med and the like) and 1 big checked is dressier stuff for dinner. Serenity' s Merida is very poofy as well as her other formal dress is pretty poofy also, they took up a lot of room. It just all added up.
If I knew how to do smiley faces on the iPad I would have put them on there. Whatever you think you need on the cruise is just the right amount. Anything less and you'd be worrying that you left something home you really needed.

Hey the old fashioned way works. Our NASA presentation to the local elementary school went well yesterday and we enjoyed spending the evening with DW's cousins/uncle. We are gathering ourselves up for the drive from Ontario to Anaheim and DL!
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Old 12-08-2012, 08:25 AM   #1243
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It's 1:30 am here and I'm about to head out to Wal-mart to pick up some photo paper and magnet tape to make stateroom mickey ears.

Can't wait to crash at the hotel tonight!
I don't wonder! Didn't you stop pulling 'all nighters' after college?

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Those are the words no traveler wants to hear. We were due to fly in and go directly to the ship, worked great last year. However, i started to feel a little uneasy about it this year and decided to change our flight details. Leaving out in a few hours and will be in LA tonight. Hope the rest of the trip went well. See you Sunday.
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Our flight from Orlando to L.A. departs in less than 12 hours. We will be leaving DS 17, DD 15, cat and dog home alone for 2 weeks.* DS 18 at college comes home at the end of week 1. How could anything possibly go wrong?

Still time left for unfinished chores, yard work, pool, haircut, housework. Then I can start packing!

Looking forward to meeting everyone tomorrow. Safe travels!


*Grandparents and extended family live very nearby, so they will be supervised and have help if needed.
They will probably surprise you by being UBER responsible!

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At the airport! LAX about 75 mins away. Both checked bags weighed in at 49 lbs each!
Ayuh. And where are you going to put the stuff you acquire on the trip??

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Totally stressed out!!
1) Have not packed yet.
2) I found out LAST NIGHT that DD's been assigned a secret santa for her gym's end of year party that she'll NOT be attending. I have to buy a gift, wrap it and deliver it to gym by end of practice tonight (in exactly 80 minutes).
3) Have not packed yet.
4) We're hosting a dinner for DH's family TONIGHT - I think for an early celebration for DH's birthday (he'll be on the cruise).
5) Have not packed yet.
6) DD has a music lesson, a birthday party AND an optometrist appointment tomorrow all before a holiday dinner we're also hosting for our close friends.
7) Have not packed yet.
8) Can anyone believe NOW, 2 days before we leave, DH decided that we really should do the ruins at Costa Maya before we head over to Tropicante???

I just need a vacation... but for now, I have to run and get that secret santa gift!

PS Did I say we haven't packed yet???

PPS - glad to hear everything is getting here safely with no issues. Enjoy DLR for those heading that way! See you all REAL soon!
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We just discovered this forum. I am so happy to find out so many other members of this forum will be on the Wonder Panama Canal Cruise. My husband and I are in our 60's and have a 10 year old son. Long story. Our children's ages range from 50 to 10. We just started laundry and packing today. We discovered that we cannot find one of my son's black shoes and his slacks do not fit (different brand than usual.) I suggested we go shopping in the morning for another pair of shoes and more pants. My husband is threatening to stay at home as it is chaotic here. Of course we are way over packing. I hope we get to meet some of you on the cruise. It is too late for us to sign up for the various experiences planned by the group but hope to meet up with some of you. Anyone with a child our son's age, I hope they can make friends.
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It's 3 am and we're on our way !
YEAAAAAAAAAAAAa. Safe journey!

Had a lovely dinner last night with Jsails & her DH (who is a sweetie) at 22nd street landing.

Doubletree is LOVELY and in a beautiful area right on the marina. Yesterday, I walked to Cabrillo Beach and back. Today, tea at the Queen Mary and then walk up to Ports of Call. . . or maybe back to Cabrillo to the little Aquarium.

Happy Day all! And safe travels to those on the road and in the air!
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Old 12-08-2012, 08:40 AM   #1244
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Welcome all to California!! We are packing the rental car for our drive from San Jose to LA this morning.

This should make many of you feel better we 3 have 6, yes SIX large suitcases/bags and 3.5 carryon bags to Tetris into the minivan along with my parents and their luggage!!

At least 2 are duffels with FE gifts and diaper supplies not to return with us but not sure if we will be be returning on our post WDW flight with all of our clothes as fun souvenirs get first bid. Perhaps if I ever get the blessing of taking a second cruise I will learn how to pack less stuff?! :-)

Safe travels everyone!!!
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Old 12-08-2012, 08:49 AM   #1245
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Welcome all to California!! We are packing the rental car for our drive from San Jose to LA this morning.

This should make many of you feel better we 3 have 6, yes SIX large suitcases/bags and 3.5 carryon bags to Tetris into the minivan along with my parents and their luggage!!

At least 2 are duffels with FE gifts and diaper supplies not to return with us but not sure if we will be be returning on our post WDW flight with all of our clothes as fun souvenirs get first bid. Perhaps if I ever get the blessing of taking a second cruise I will learn how to pack less stuff?! :-)

Safe travels everyone!!!
Tetris into the minivan - love it.
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