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Old 07-21-2013, 03:21 PM   #136
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We are really excited now too, I've got some of the suitcases ready on the spare bed and intend to start packing this week once I've finished all our FE stuff. We went away camping in our motorhome this weekend but all I could think about was the cruise!

I think I've finished clothes shopping for us all but I didn't go til last week and I struggled to find shorts for me and the right sizes for the kids. I think I left it a bit late which is crazy since we are still only mid July. Anyone else having the same problem?

I may still need to buy another formal dress though as my plan to drop a size by the cruise isn't working out and we've decided to leave home a week earlier now, if hubby can get more time off, so that now only leaves me 3 weeks to lose about 7lbs! It ain't gonna happen!! On the bright side I will have an excuse to buy another dress!!
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Old 07-21-2013, 07:54 PM   #137
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Wow, that's great to start packing already. Since this is different than a typical cruise for us, I have a lot of lists of things to remember.

We signed up for online checking accounts with Capital One just for the $50 bonus and I was going to close them but now it will be handy to have for this trip.
Just in case we have some glitch with our regular checking ATM card, we can have a 2nd as a spare and transfer $ online between the 2.
Also for dh's online checking acct I can schedule our paychecks to transfer there so bills get paid while we're gone and we're not tapping into that bill $ unknowingly from Europe. I'm doing a test run this week by making a cc payment.

We saw Despicable Me 2 earlier today. (so cute!) and they showed a preview of Planes. That should be playing on the ship, hopefully not at the same time as the shows, or maybe on a sea day would be nice.
3.5 weeks til we leave for Barcelona!!!
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Old 07-22-2013, 02:24 PM   #138
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Yes Pinkytink, I have found it difficult to get a good choice of some summer clothes too! I did do well getting some great discounts in the sales, but there are a couple of things I am finding hard to get - I will cope, I'm sure

Ruadisneyfan2 - my husband and I spent the other evening working out all the ways in which we will conduct our finances for the holidays eg which accounts to use, how many Euros to bring, onboard credit etc. Quite boring, but I was glad to sort it all out!

We have some time in Paris and Barcelona before the cruise, so less than 3 weeks until we leave for our holidays! Excitement levels building!!
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Old 07-24-2013, 06:49 AM   #139
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I PM'd the final FE list to all the participants. If you didn't get it or have any questions just let me know. Thanks!
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Old 07-27-2013, 12:00 PM   #140
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Very excited today! Three weeks to go. And we went on a Rhino trail in Southampton today and there were three cruise ships in - Ventura, Independence of the Seas and we couldn't read the other one - and I think it was the first time DS realised how big the ship is going to be. Lots of conversations today reassuring him that he won't get lost.

Packing is going well - almost two thirds done and we still have space. My problem buying clothes is that I'm short so a maxi dress literally trails behind me. Ended up catalogue shopping and picked up a few nice things.

The Fish Extender gifts are done and packed.

I now have two really horrible weeks at work before my two weeks vacation. Head down and just keep thinking about the trip. Started planning the four days we have in Barcelona finally and decided we are are going to keep it low key and relaxed, maybe the aquarium and beach one day and the hop on hop off another.

Just have to get through the next two weeks.
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Old 07-30-2013, 09:44 AM   #141
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Clothes

If you have any good charity shops near you they will have lots of summer stock. We tend to look at the weather and then fill the shop up accordingly. Hence this morning the window was full of wellies and brollies!
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Old 07-31-2013, 05:11 AM   #142
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If you have any good charity shops near you they will have lots of summer stock. We tend to look at the weather and then fill the shop up accordingly. Hence this morning the window was full of wellies and brollies!
agreed, I've had some great finds in our local charity shops and it's guilt free shopping as the more you spend the more good you are doing!!
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Old 07-31-2013, 05:32 AM   #143
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Does anyone want to plan a meet? We have booked the 1100hrs check in so I imagine we will be hanging around the terminal for a while before embarking starts. maybe this would be a good time if others are checking in early too? (I am making group t-shirts for our family so we'll be easy to spot!) or does anyone else have another suggestion?
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Old 07-31-2013, 05:39 AM   #144
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Barcelona/Spanish tips

I've just bought our sunscreen which made me think I should post that sunscreen is expensive in Spain, in case anyone was planning to buy it there. we travel to Spain to my parents' a lot and we always try to stock up on sunscreen from the UK whenever we take hold luggage.

Also, I don't know about Barcelona airport but you may need a 1 Euro coin for a luggage trolley.
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Does anyone want to plan a meet? We have booked the 1100hrs check in so I imagine we will be hanging around the terminal for a while before embarking starts. maybe this would be a good time if others are checking in early too? (I am making group t-shirts for our family so we'll be easy to spot!) or does anyone else have another suggestion?

We are coming over from the Costa Dorada on the morning of the cruise and have a 11:00 port arrival time. The boys have matching DCL shirts to wear and Heidi has a minnie outfit.

I finished our FE yesterday and I am quite pleased with it.

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We are arriving for 11am too and I think it would be lovely to meet up and say hello. My son has not long turned 13 so it might be nice for him to meet other boys around his age who might also be using Edge. My daughter is 14 - I'm not sure if there are any girls her age, but she will enjoy meeting kids of all ages who are going on the Magic at the same time as us
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Old 07-31-2013, 12:49 PM   #147
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Love your fish extender Lisa

I'm aiming to finish ours tonight. I have had a lovely few days making and packaging our FE and the gifts. I've packed it all this morning so just the hanger left to do. I was silly and put labels on our gifts before packing them so I'll apologise now for the scrunched state they will come out of our case in!

Do we have any rules about distributing them? I was thinking of breaking mine down so the that kids () find something frequently in their pockets.
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Old 07-31-2013, 12:54 PM   #148
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Great! So shall we just use my family in our t-shirts and Lisa's kids in their DCL shirts and Minnie costume (so cute ) as meeting beacons or does anyone know of a physical point at the terminal we could use? I have no idea what the terminal is like.
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A meet

We are staying in Barcelona the two nights before so we are planning on being there for 11am too. We'd love to meet up in the terminal.

I'm not even sure Ben has anything Mickey to wear so the chances are he'll be head to toe in angry birds if we don't pick up a tee before then.

I was going to share a picture of our fish extender but can't figure out how to. The whole thing is eight inches wide but now I'm wondering if I made the pockets a tad small.
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Old 08-01-2013, 01:09 PM   #150
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I know one part of my FE gifts won't fit into 8" pockets so I'm bringing along some carrier bags to hang this on the door. I should have thought about dimensions before getting my gifts sorted! maybe if yo think your pockets are too small you coul hang a plain carrier or shopping bag on the fish behind your FE?? I don't know if this would work as I have no idea how much space there is on the fish
I still didn't finish my FE last night on account of my toddler not wanting to go to bed! So hopefully tonight!........
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