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Old 02-13-2013, 04:09 PM   #811
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Old 02-13-2013, 05:44 PM   #812
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We slept great after our Hungry Adventures in Epcot the night before. Today would be our last day and night in our wonderful THV. I wasnt ready to say goodbye but we were looking forward to our move to AKV tomorrow.

Our plans for the day included some much needed SSR pool time, possibly meeting Cynthia and her friends at the DIS meet, grilled Tri Tip dinner for the 11 of us at the THV, and then MNSSHP. We had a fabulous day planned.

We let the girls sleep in and took Joshua over to the High Rock Springs Pool. We didnt bring the big camera so Ive only got iPhone photos. As much as I wish I had more pics, it sure was nice not to stress about lugging that thing around and keeping it dry.

First stop after grabbing some chairs right by the pool: the bar. Admittedly I much prefer a few cocktails during the day vs during the night. Add water and sun and its an ideal day for me.



Bloody Mary time:





Joshua got a Virgin Pina Colada or Vir Colada as we called it in our bartending days. No photos.

The girls called and said they were on their way. Thank goodness because I was that woman saving lounge chairs. It wasn't crowded so my guilt level wasn't overflowing.

I strolled around and snapped a few photos:









Jenna et al were also coming over to chill at the pool with us. The plan was some early pool time, break to all go change into costumes, and then back to our THV for dinner. After my first Bloody Mary, I knew I wouldnt be making the DIS meet. We were on day 6 of the trip and it was really nice to just chill and not have to be anywhere.

The girls finally arrived, grabbed their Vir Coladas, and proceeded to do a little sun bathing:



Chloe isnt much of a sun lover and much prefers to be in the pool:









The High Rock Springs Pool is quite nice. We ate lunch at Artists Palette. Its a CS but doesnt really have a to go window. I think the HRS pool needs to add food to their bar menu. The bar only served chips. We would have bought more munchies had we not had to get dressed etc to go inside and order food. What we did order was delicious. We ordered:

Caprese Flatbread - Olive Oil, Roasted Garlic, Plum Tomatoes, Buffalo Mozzarella, Fresh Basil, and Reduced Balsamic Vinegar $10.69

Chicken and Spinach Flatbread - chicken, artichoke, baby spinach, Alfredo sauce, and cheese $10.69

And a chicken Casaer Salad which I dont see on the menu.



A little pool time fun:









And of course, it wouldnt be a day at the pool if Joshua didn't get totally into the pool party. Jenna's Chris really liked it too.







I know Michael took photos on his iPhone too but unfortunately, hes at work right now so Ill have to add those later.

After the pool, Jenna et al went back to their room to get ready.

Im going to lose my feeder card over this......we didnt end up making the Tri-Tip. We spent a lot of time at the pool just relaxing and enjoying each others company and didnt leave enough time to grill by the time we got back.

We ended up grilling the rest of the hot dogs and brats and still having a great dinner. I refroze the Tris and when we left put a note on them explaining that I had defrosted them and refroze but they were there to be taken or thrown away. I have no issue refreezing but I also eat pizza etc thats been left out overnight wothout issue.



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Looks like you had a great day at the pool. What a gorgeous day! I'm sorry I didn't get my nephews over to that pool last summer. It always looked so crowded so we used the Grandstand pool instead.

That's so great that you actually cooked out. When we were there in June I remember thinking how fun it would be to cook out, but its so stinking hot that the idea was quickly dismissed. October must have been wonderful!
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Old 02-13-2013, 07:10 PM   #814
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Looks like you had a great day at the pool. What a gorgeous day! I'm sorry I didn't get my nephews over to that pool last summer. It always looked so crowded so we used the Grandstand pool instead.

That's so great that you actually cooked out. When we were there in June I remember thinking how fun it would be to cook out, but its so stinking hot that the idea was quickly dismissed. October must have been wonderful!

It really was a nice pool. The kids seemed to really enjoy it. Had we not had MNSSHP plans, we would have stayed longer. Next time we'll plan a full pool day at SSR with dinner at the Turf Club. I haven;t been to the grandstand pool, is it nice too?

It was a beautiful day too. We've only had one rainy trip to WDW and that was out first one 9/07. Even then it didn't rain all day. It'd go from sunny to stormy and back in a flash. it was very muggy though. I'm not sure I'd choose Sept. again if there were other options. May was pretty warm too so out of the 3x we've been October was my favorite so far. Great weather and F&W.

We used the THV grill twice. I don't know how to vacation anymore without a full kitchen. Even if we don't cook, I love the space. Did you stay in the THV? How did you like them?
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Old 02-13-2013, 07:18 PM   #815
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You and UncleR can bond over the freezing/refreezing and eating stuff that's laid out thing.

I get scared after 15 minutes. She says I'm a bit freaky that way, and she says she's survived this long.

So, do you refrigerate chocolate syrup? Just wondering...
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You and UncleR can bond over the freezing/refreezing and eating stuff that's laid out thing.

I get scared after 15 minutes. She says I'm a bit freaky that way, and she says she's survived this long.

So, do you refrigerate chocolate syrup? Just wondering...


I'm with Uncle R. I do not refrigerate chocolate syrup.

Girl, I thaw and refreeze all the time.

I hope someone took the tri tips. They were beautiful and would have been shameful to throw out. Michael thought I was insane for leaving a note but I know there are some freaky peeps when it comes to thawing and refreezing.
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I'm with Uncle R. I do not refrigerate chocolate syrup.

Girl, I thaw and refreeze all the time.

I hope someone took the tri tips. They were beautiful and would have been shameful to throw out. Michael thought I was insane for leaving a note but I know there are some freaky peeps when it comes to thawing and refreezing.
UncleR and I had this whole disagreement over chocolate syrup after we moved in together. I basically told her that she was going to die after eating non-refrigerated chocolate syrup, she told me she'd lived her entire life using it, and she'd never refrigerated it at all.

I blame my mother for my freaky foodie obsessions. Plus, the warnings on the bottle make it sound scary.

We once left a whole package of hot dogs, water, and diet coke. I hope someone took it.
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Yay an update! Those pics are great even though they are from your phone, they allowed me to pretend for a moment that I'm not in the windy, frozen, cold, snowy, sunless north I noticed on your PTR that your home sick today, I hope you are feeling better soon.
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Old 02-13-2013, 07:45 PM   #819
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UncleR and I had this whole disagreement over chocolate syrup after we moved in together. I basically told her that she was going to die after eating non-refrigerated chocolate syrup, she told me she'd lived her entire life using it, and she'd never refrigerated it at all.

I blame my mother for my freaky foodie obsessions. Plus, the warnings on the bottle make it sound scary.

We once left a whole package of hot dogs, water, and diet coke. I hope someone took it.

Hope you left the hot dogs in the fridge. My mutha is the same. She won't even eat leftovers. I live on leftovers especially when Michael is working. If it weren't for leftovers, the kids and I would surely parish. I'm embarrassed to say how much we left.

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Yay an update! Those pics are great even though they are from your phone, they allowed me to pretend for a moment that I'm not in the windy, frozen, cold, snowy, sunless north I noticed on your PTR that your home sick today, I hope you are feeling better soon.

Thank you. I feel okay as long as I'm laying/sitting down. The minute I get up, I feel loopy. I should be packing as we're going to Southern Utah for a soccer tournament tomorrow. Its about a 5 hour drive. DH is at the FD then going to Santa Barbara for an Abercrombie shoot. This is not the best weekend to be a solo parent.

I feel ya on the cold and snowy and sunless and frozen. This is the longest winter ever.
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Looks like a lovely relaxing day by the pool. I don't blame you for not cooking the Tri-Tip. I would have preferred to stay by the pool too.
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Old 02-13-2013, 08:27 PM   #821
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Looks like a lovely relaxing day by the pool. I don't blame you for not cooking the Tri-Tip. I would have preferred to stay by the pool too.


I learn something every trip. Next time, we'll do a resort pool/dinner only day. I just love DVC. I guess we did that at AoA but we were tired and didn't arrive until early evening so we missed that coveted pool time.
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I haven;t been to the grandstand pool, is it nice too?
For a quiet pool its really nice. It has a nice little splash area, a pool bar, and a mug refill station. I guess the best thing about it is its not crowded. But I still think my favorite pool is at Congress Park. I just love that view of DTD.


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We did - we stayed for 5 nights in June. We invited my brother's family to stay with us. So there were 9 of us total and it was still comfortable. I really enjoyed it. Then after my bro's family left we transferred over to BWV. Great trip! But June -so hot.
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Thank you. I feel okay as long as I'm laying/sitting down. The minute I get up, I feel loopy. I should be packing as we're going to Southern Utah for a soccer tournament tomorrow. Its about a 5 hour drive. DH is at the FD then going to Santa Barbara for an Abercrombie shoot. This is not the best weekend to be a solo parent.

I feel ya on the cold and snowy and sunless and frozen. This is the longest winter ever.
Have a safe drive! What's with this "Abercrombie Shoot" in Santa Barbara?
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Oh I'm sad about the tri! Mostly as the thought of not cooking something that cost that much is physically painful to think of. I really hope it was used. I've heard, and don't know if it's true, that they toss anything opened or fresh but who really knows? I always hope things get used and can only imagine the sheer volume of food left behind.

A pool only / villa day is pure heaven, I think it is a must to build into a trip if you can (though not sure it will work in Dec lol). I'd have been hard pressed to leave the pool as well. Afternoon drinks by the pool tend to cause me to nap by the pool. Which isn't a bad thing at all if you ask me!

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