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Old 01-08-2013, 06:37 PM   #1
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Trip Number 9 ~ It's the Most Wonderful Time of Year ~ Christmastime at the GF & Poly


Welcome to my TR!

Many of you already know me, so I will try to keep the intros short & sweet.

We got back on Dec 16 from our 9th trip to Walt Disney World! It's hard to believe we have been there that many times. Our very first trip was in 2005 and we were hooked and we just keep going back!!

I am the mom, the wife, the Disney lover! I have been married to my DH for almost 15 years and we have 2 wonderful boys. I work part time at my kids school as a Teaching Assistant. I am also a soccer mom, PTO mom, room mom, and all that fun stuff! In my spare time I enjoy shopping, photography, and of course everything Disney!

DH has become quite the Disney fan himself! He works a lot of hours as a Quality Assurance Inspector, so he really looks forward to our family vacations to the sunshine state! In his spare time he enjoys spending time with the boys and being outdoors.

DS13 is our oldest. Hard to believe he's a teenager already. He enjoys reading, being with his friends, playing video games, riding his 4-wheeler, archery, and loves roller coasters! He still enjoys Disney very much and I hope that doesn't change anytime soon. DS13 is very out-going and hilarious and is always the star of the show!

DS11 is our little guy. He enjoys playing soccer, being outside, playing video games, and most of all Legos!! He loves Disney very much and I can always count on him if I want to talk about Disney! DS11 is very laid back and easy-going and doesn't have a care in the world.

Here's a pic from our trip ~

Our WDW trip history includes: October 2005, May 2007, May 2008, Jan 2009, Nov 2009, Nov 2010, Aug/Sept 2011, and Apr/May 2012. When we were there this past spring there was a bounceback offer in the room for 35% off any deluxe resort. At the time we were at the BC and not enjoying the hectic atmosphere there and knew we wanted to be at the Poly next time. The bounceback dates were only through 2012, so we booked the last week available - Dec 9-16. Actually we only booked Dec 11-16, and later added on Dec 9-11 at the GF and turned what was supposed to be a quick little Christmas trip into a full week!

I guess that about sums it up. So come on in and make yourself comfortable and don't be afraid to post!! I look forward to sharing lots of stories & pics with old friends and hope to make some new friends along the way too!

Hope you enjoy!

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Here's a little sneak peek of what's to come!

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Day 1 -- Sunday December 9:
Arrival and Check In ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...1&postcount=39
AK: Dinosaur & EE ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...1&postcount=65
AK: Kilimanjaro Safari & Camp Minnie-Mickey ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...0&postcount=83
AK: Camp Minnie-Mickey & Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...7&postcount=84
AK: Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...3&postcount=85
GF SL Twilight Refreshers & Room Pics ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=111
GF Balcony & View, Lobby & Gingerbread House ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=112
GF Grounds, Pool and SL Cordials & Desserts ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=136

Day 2 -- Monday December 10:
A DIS Meet with JoBird & Family and SL Breakfast ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=157
GF Lobby and Construction Pics ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=158
DTD & T-Rex Lunch ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=196
DTD & Lego Store ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=213
DTD, World of Disney, Art of Disney ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=214
GF Afternoon Tea & Scones in the SL Lounge ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=256
GF Beach Pool & Construction Pics ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=257
GF Balcony View, Lobby & Grounds ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=303
GF Lounge & Grounds ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=304

Day 3 -- Tuesday December 11:
GF Departure, Poly Arrival, and DHS ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=328
DHS: Star Tours & RNRC ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=329
DHS: Sci-Fi Dine In ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=347
DHS: The Legend of Capt Jack Sparrow and One Man's Dream ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=392
DHS: Toy Story Mania ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=393
Poly Room ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=410
DHS: TOT & Osborne Lights ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=445
DHS: Osborne Lights ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=446
DHS & Poly ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=448

Day 4 -- Wednesday December 12:
Kona Cafe Breakfast ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=464
Poly Pics & MK Arrival ~http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=498
MK: The New Little Mermaid ride ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=499
MK: Philharmagic, HM, LM, Casey's Corner ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=533
MK: Adventureland, POTC, Pecos Bill, BTMRR ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=556
MK: Dumbo, Space Mtn, TTA, Buzz ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=580
MK: RocketTower Dance Party and the Castle Lighting ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=581
MK: Main Street & MSEP ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=603
MK: Castle Projection Show & Wishes ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=604
Leaving MK and Back to the Poly ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=605

Day 5 -- Thursday December 13:
Epcot Arrival ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=630
Epcot: The New Test Track ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=631
Epcot: The Seas with Nemo, Test Track, MouseGears ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=632
Epcot: World Showcase, Mexico ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=667
Epcot: World, Showcase, Norway and a DIS Meet with Jodi & Family ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=668
Epcot: World Showcase ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=680
Epcot: World Showcase ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=681
Boardwallk Inn Christmas Decoration Tour ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=692
Yacht Club & Beach Club Christmas Decoration Tour ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=693
LeCellier Lunch ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=710
Epcot: Soarin, Living with the Land, Club Cool ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=744
Epcot: Mission Space and Spaceship Earth ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=745
Captain Cook's Dinner & Poly Shopping ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=764

Day 6 -- Friday December 14:
MK Rope Drop ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=790
MK: Main Street & Peter Pan ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=791
MK: IASW and the Carousel ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=792
MK: Sleepy Hollow Lunch and Haunted Mansion ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=826
MK: Liberty Belle Riverboat ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=827
MK: BTMRR, Splash Mtn, POTC, and Enchanted Tiki Room ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=850
MK: Tiki Room, Castle Stage Show, Main Street, Mickey Mouse ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=851
Poly Time & Pool ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=892
Poly Pool & Grounds ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=893
DTD & Wolfgang Puck Express ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=916
DTD ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=935
Poly: Electric Water Pageant & Holiday Wishes ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=936

Day 7 -- Saturday December 15:
Contempo Cafe Lunch ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=957
Contemporary ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=958
Poly Pool ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=981
Fort Wilderness ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=997
Fort Wilderness Archery Experience ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...&postcount=998
Polynesian ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1058
Polynesian ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1059
Ohana Dinner ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1077
Poly Beach Fun ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1096

Day 8 -- Sunday December 15:
Departure ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1118

Vacation Video ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1136
Final Thoughts ~ http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...postcount=1158

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Yay! You've started! Love the picture of the four of you by the Christmas tree.

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Omg okay well I'm here! This will be fun to read. Pass the popcorn. Or the chocolate. See if your DS11 will share his.
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So excited you started your TR, Shelly! I am so excited for this! Can't wait to read

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Woohoo here we go!! Can't wait to follow along. Also love your family pic!!
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I saw your review of the Poly & GF on the Resorts Board, liked your style, so decided to check this one out!
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OMG I just got home from hockey practice and saw this!!!
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I'm excited to read along!!
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I'm here from across the pond - again!
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Good morning everyone! I just posted our vacation video in post number 2!! Hope you enjoy!
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Originally Posted by mickeystoontown View Post
Yay! You've started! Love the picture of the three of you by the Christmas tree.
Thanks Lisa!

Originally Posted by JoBird View Post
Omg okay well I'm here! This will be fun to read. Pass the popcorn. Or the chocolate. See if your DS11 will share his.
Well, you sort of have to be here since you were involved!

I don't think DS will be sharing his chocolate since it was from a very special girl.

Originally Posted by lala3291 View Post
So excited you started your TR, Shelly! I am so excited for this! Can't wait to read

Hope all is well with your family

Thanks Lauren! I am excited to get this TR started. Could use a little distraction from real life.

Hope you enjoy!
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Originally Posted by thornton0511 View Post
Woohoo here we go!! Can't wait to follow along. Also love your family pic!!

Thanks, so glad you are here!!

Originally Posted by Wicket's Mom View Post
I saw your review of the Poly & GF on the Resorts Board, liked your style, so decided to check this one out!
Welcome! Glad you liked the reviews and decided to join us here. Hope you enjoy!

Originally Posted by ddluvsdisney View Post
OMG I just got home from hockey practice and saw this!!!
Can't wait to read all about it!
You gave me the kick I needed yesterday to get this thing going!! Hope you enjoy!
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I'm here from across the pond - again!
YAY!! Welcome Monica!
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