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Old 01-28-2013, 07:18 PM   #1
Carissa 80
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Smile Expedition Everest 5k equals motivation

Hi everyone! So I wanted to start my very first pre-trip report! My husband, and two boys are headed to Disney for a long weekend the first week of May for the Expedition Everest Challenge. Now, DH and I are not exactly what you would call "fit." I am far from it. I have a good 75lbs to lose to get down to a comfortable weight... so when a couple of our friends mentioned that they were going to do the 5k... AND we happened to be heading from Maine to Virginia for a wedding... we thought why not drive another 12 hours and go to Disney!?!?! Disney + Getting healthy = GREAT IDEA!!!

So I wanted to share our story and our journey on getting to this 5k.

Some background.. DH and I have been married for over 11 years. We have two wonderful boys. We took our first trip to DW in 2011 for our 10 year anniversary. We went with friends who are DVC members... and we were spoiled. We felt bad going without our boys, so we saved up and drove from Maine to Florida, only stopping for potty breaks and food.... in June of 2012. Star Wars Weekend too!!! Loved it.

We didn't think we would get back there in 2013, so this is very exciting for us. I think our family all thinks we are CRAZY for going back again.... but I don't care! I'm sure many of you can relate and understand!

We are just waiting for the taxes to come in to pay for everything..... We also may be bring a friend along with us to watch the boys for the night of the 5k, rather than paying for a sitter. I'd rather take a friend and spend a little more to be a blessing to her than pay someone I don't know... although I'm sure they are wonderful!

So, here's the plan at this point:

Arrive in Orlando Friday afternoon. Check in changed from POR to All-Star Music Resort
Dinner at Ohana!!! (Love this place!) Going to try and sneak out to see the fireworks from the Polynesian, since we may miss it due to the late time of our dinner at BOG

Saturday - Hanging out at the pool and at Downtown Disney
Breakfast - Chef Mickey's
Lunch - Earl of Sandwich
Dinner - Boys eat at resort... DH and I may save our QS for after the race and try Restaurantosaurus....

Sunday - MK (EMH)
Breakfast - in our room
Lunch - Pecos Bill or another QS.... Suggestions?
Dinner - We had planned on Crystal Palace, but were holding out hope for Be Our Guest... and they FINALLY had an opening!!! 9:20 at night though... I hope it's worth it!!

Monday - HS (EMH)
Breakfast - in our room
Lunch - Backlot Express.... or Studio Catering Co.
Dinner - 50's Prime Time

Head home... back to the land of the north.

Saratoga Springs October 2011
Old Key West June 2012
Expedition Everest 5k May 2013
Animal Kingdom Lodge August 2014 & Disneyland 2014 Avengers 1/2 Marathon

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