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Old 03-03-2013, 03:53 PM   #211
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Thank you Andrea & Taimie We know it's going to be a wonderful trip. We're handling it better today - I figured part of it was how tired we were at the time. It's just been such an emotional rollercoaster - every time we allow ourselves to start feeling excited, something seems to happen to squash it. DH told me the same thing today about the excursion - at least call & see what they say. And we realized that we probably won't be in the room much either.

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So how's that passport coming along?
Hopefully it's coming along very well, but I only applied for it on Wed.
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Trip Report: Angel's Make a Wish DREAM Cruise & extended days at wdw: April 13-25, 2013

Previous trips: 2013 Apr. 18-25 2010 May 8-15 2009 Dec. 4-11 2008 Dec. 15-24 2008 Aug. 30-Sept 7
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Old 03-03-2013, 10:03 PM   #212
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Tom & Angel were able to start making the FE today, and got the back piece finished. They probably won't be able to start the pockets until next weekend. I drew the little cruise ship design, and found some mickey head pics online and altered them on Paint, and I'm having Snapfish print them as photos that we can use to decorate the FE. I just realized that I should have taken pics of them working on the FE - I'll have to remember to do that next time.
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Old 03-04-2013, 09:06 AM   #213
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Sorry there was some disappointment. Did you call about the excursion to see if there is a wait-list? You never know.

I wouldn't worry too much about the room - you won't spend much time there. I've only ever been on one cruise and we got upgraded to a room with a balcony, had chairs and everything. but we never used it! We went out on the balcony to take photos maybe 3 times on the 7 day cruise. Most of your time will be spent elsewhere!

You will have a fabulous time!
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Old 03-04-2013, 12:40 PM   #214
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Thank you Tracy.

I just called, and they don't do a wait list, but they said to keep checking online to see if an opening becomes available. Yay for the upgrade you received.

We know that we will have a great trip.
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Old 03-04-2013, 07:43 PM   #215
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Hi Christi, Just pm'd you some information.

I hope there will be some openings on the excursion so that you and Tom can join Angel. Wished things could have worked out better on the DCL.
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Old 03-04-2013, 08:37 PM   #216
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Thank you Gail
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Old 03-05-2013, 01:41 AM   #217
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One of the many things I've learned about on the DIS is Crocs. At first, I was one that couldn't believe that anyone would actually wear them. I kept reading the posts that said how wonderful they were, and finally tried them. That was Sept. 2005, and I've barely worn anything else since. Even DH wears them. Angel & I have the mammoths too, and people think we're crazy wearing them all winter, in the snow. We have lots of jibbitz for them too, and it was time to switch the Valentine ones for Easter ones, so Angel got her regular crocs ready for the trip & decorated them with ones for the cruise. She's happiest when every hole is full, and if not, it drives her crazy if they don't have the same number in each shoe. She couldn't decide which Disney ones to include, so I told her she could take the Disney ones, and switch them out with the cruise ones after the cruise, which made her happy.

Here's hers, with the extra Disney jibbitz


And mine too



I forgot to say that the sea lion excursion that she chose is the one at Blue Lagoon.

I've been waffling back and forth on deciding our park days. Usually we do AM EMH, and it usually works well for us. With our dates, it doesn't work to do that for MK. I've been thinking about doing the recommended days from easywdw.

That would make our schedule:

Thurs. 4/18: Swim at Pop, look around AoA. It seems like we always plan to just stay at the resort when we arrive, and that we usually end up going to DTD, or to another resort to eat at their food court, and then we regret it because it ends up being much later than we planned.

Fri. 4/19: MK

Sat. 4/20: We get 2 vouchers for DQ, so DH & Angel will go there. We've gone before, but I can't remember how long ago it was. I didn't do too much then, so I'm just fine not going this time. I may do some , but I'm guessing that I'll need to do it Thurs. instead. I plan to go get pressed pennies at Boardwalk, POR, and Ft. Wilderness. Normally we go do that together, but this will give me something to do instead of DQ. We'll meet later to shop at DTD.

Sun. 4/21: HS

Mon. 4/22: EP

Tues. 4/23: AK

Wed. 4/24: not sure yet, depends on if we got the resort pennies, saw all of AOA, finished shopping at DTD. I like having time to pack, instead of trying to do it after getting back late from a park. I'm sure Angel will want to swim some more, it was one of the things she missed doing the most last summer.


Got our online check in done for the cruise, and called to request late dining, a table by ourselves, and added our celebrations. Called and put in room requests for Pop, and had Magical Express added for going home.

I think the next thing I need to work on is getting our luggage from the old house. I have to disinfect it before we can bring it in this house. It's supposed to snow a lot today though, so I probably won't go over to try to get it, because I probably won't be able to even get in the old house - the screen door latch broke last summer, so we held it shut with a flower pot in front of it "temporarily", and now when it freezes, the flower pot freezes to the concrete, and I can't move it so I can open the door.
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Previous trips: 2013 Apr. 18-25 2010 May 8-15 2009 Dec. 4-11 2008 Dec. 15-24 2008 Aug. 30-Sept 7
2007 Sept. 1-8 2006 Dec. 9-16 2006 Sept. 26-Oct.3 2005 Sept. 25-Oct.8 2004 Dec. 11-21 All at POP
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Old 03-05-2013, 05:40 AM   #218
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I wear my Crocs around the house and have worn them to Disney. They really are comfy. I don't have any jibbitz but the ones you and Angel have are cute! Hope you can get your luggage from your old place soon when the weather gets warmed up! Your plans for your stay at DW looks good!
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Old 03-05-2013, 03:28 PM   #219
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Thanks Gail

Angel's school had a snow day, but we ended up barely getting any snow. She's been happily reading some tip threads about the Dream, and has her Parks cds playing. We looked at some deck maps online & on the planning cd, to try to familiarize ourselves with the layout a little.

I forgot that our large suitcase had seen better days, and when we were moving things over to this house last summer DH had decided it was time for it to go. It probably should have gone when we got back from the last trip, but we decided to keep storing all the stuff we only use for wdw in it. DH found a decent set on sale around Black Friday, and picked it up because we knew that Angel would eventually get her trip. So some of our luggage is already here , and all the stuff that had been in the old suitcase is here too - that means I can start packing.
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following along, what an ordeal you have had! so glad things seem to be back on track!! we had a snow day here too, but we are getting quite a bit of this storm coming through.
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Old 03-05-2013, 05:32 PM   #221
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Hi ETHANSMOMMA Thank you It seems like that is how our weather has been most of this winter - they say that we're going to get snow, so school decides to close, and then it tracks north instead (unfortunately where you are). I'm glad that it keeps missing us, but now they've added almost a week of school at the end of the year to make up.
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Old 03-05-2013, 08:23 PM   #222
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We're worried about Chewy, one of Angel's gerbils. He started showing signs of either an ear infection or ear tumor tonight. Either is very serious, especially since he's over 3 years old. We were able to catch DH before he started for home, to have him get an antibiotic bird med (sounds funny, but that's what the book says). Walmart didn't have it though, and the pet store is closed.

Her gerbils were Angel's first pets, and she got them in Jan. 2010. She had kept pestering for a dog, and we decided to go look at hamsters (our family had some when I was a kid, so I knew the care basics). The pet store owner suggested gerbils instead, because they are diurnal (they have periods of activity & sleep both day & night) instead of nocturnal, and their tanks don't need cleaned as often because they don't drink as much, and it's the urine that smells. Despite DH's protests that we were only there to look, and that we should do more research first, we convinced him to let us get a pair (they do best in pairs). DH was right (as usual), we should have researched first. The shop owner recommended a male/female pair, said it was really easy to breed & care for the babies, and that he would buy the babies from us. Once we got home with them & I got online to do some research, I found out that they breed every month , and we would need a seperate tank for the previous litter until they were old enough to be sold. No way could we handle all of that care for them, so we decided to go back & get another pair, and put the 2 females in one tank, and the 2 males in another since we were going to have to get a 2nd tank for the litters anyway. So Angel went from not having a pet, to having 4. After a while, it became apparent that the females were not adapting well to each other, so we had to go get another tank. Even though it's best for them to have a tank mate, they still did well because their tanks were near all of the other gerbils.

The day Angel was diagnosed, and we were off to the hospital for what we thought was 2 or 3 days, we almost forgot about the gerbils. Fortunately her uncle was able to come get them & take care of them for us. Poor guy had no idea he'd have them for almost a month. He had watched them when we went to wdw the last time too, and had grown fond of them. He'll be watching them during our upcoming trip too.

Last spring, one of them had a seizure, and didn't recover. Then in summer, another one had a stroke, but recovered. A few weeks later she had another one that she didn't recover from. Losing them was very hard on Angel.

We now have one female, and one male, (the original pair) in 2 tanks. The female is Cutie Pie. Her other 2 were Sweet Pea & Digby.

I'm not sure who is more concerned about the gerbils during our trip - Angel or her uncle.
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Sorry to hear about Chewy! Hope he is feeling better! Loved reading about how you got all your gerbils too. That's nice of Angel's uncle to care for them when you go on your trip.

It's only a little over a month before your trip! I'm glad that you have your luggage at your place. Now you can start packing!
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Thank you Gail

Yes, Chewy is doing much better today Last night I was able to get the outside of his ear cleaned up (not an easy task, he was determined to take the Qtip from me). After that, he stopped constantly scratching his ear, and it looks much better. There is definitely a mass just inside his ear though. Since it wasn't an ear infection, the meds wouldn't have done any good.

It doesn't seem possible that the trip is just a little over a month away. I really was planning on starting the packing today , but I had other things that needed to be done first.



Tomorrow is clinic. We're all pretty anxious to see what her counts are. Hoping & praying that both her platelets & ANC have gone up. Last month we only saw a nurse, and she emailed the Dr. a few questions we had. He never emailed us back. We had asked her first Dr. the same questions last fall, and never got any answers, and had asked this Dr. when we first switched to him in Nov., and we still don't have any answers (it was about the HLA testing that was done in Memphis a year ago). I did think about calling a couple weeks ago, but decided not to since there was so much going on, but it's very frustrating.
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Thank you Gail

Yes, Chewy is doing much better today Last night I was able to get the outside of his ear cleaned up (not an easy task, he was determined to take the Qtip from me). After that, he stopped constantly scratching his ear, and it looks much better. There is definitely a mass just inside his ear though. Since it wasn't an ear infection, the meds wouldn't have done any good.

It doesn't seem possible that the trip is just a little over a month away. I really was planning on starting the packing today , but I had other things that needed to be done first.



Tomorrow is clinic. We're all pretty anxious to see what her counts are. Hoping & praying that both her platelets & ANC have gone up. Last month we only saw a nurse, and she emailed the Dr. a few questions we had. He never emailed us back. We had asked her first Dr. the same questions last fall, and never got any answers, and had asked this Dr. when we first switched to him in Nov., and we still don't have any answers (it was about the HLA testing that was done in Memphis a year ago). I did think about calling a couple weeks ago, but decided not to since there was so much going on, but it's very frustrating.
Hoping for good counts and some answers from the doctor.
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