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Old 10-16-2013, 11:47 PM   #976
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Dinner at Roy's looks very nice! Too bad you couldn't eat outside....
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Old 10-17-2013, 01:43 AM   #977
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Hot hot hot! Love the yellow bikini and the dress. Yellow is a difficult color to pull off and you look amazing in it.
As do you!!!! It is a tricky color to be sure. One which you look pretty frciken fabulous in! I am sad about the dress pics...it is such a cool dress that had limited wearing opportunities that I was hoping for a decent pic of the 2 of us..it doesn't happen open.

All I know is this. You and I....yellow bikini's, age be dammed... (I am older I can say that! oh and your are tinier!)

DL half (walk, run, show up, whatever!). Pool time. and yes, I want May too but...counting on you for the 1/2...

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Dinner looks delicious but it does look very bright from the photos. Wonder why they stopped seating outside so early?
Sunday????? it was irritatingly bright. The food was outstanding but the rest truly distracting

Jeff Spicioli? [QUOTE=rentayenta;49847806would have changed the entire experience had we been able to be outisde.
Given the verandah, lanai, balcony, patio junkies that we are....

Dunno but it was supremely annoying...[/QUOTE]

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Dinner at Roy's looks very nice! Too bad you couldn't eat outside....
we felt robbed with that to be honest...but the food was quite good
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Old 10-17-2013, 02:18 AM   #978
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A VERY special DISmeet

I interrupt this report to bring you all a very special DISmeet. It is a funny thing being a tourist of sorts in a city you used to live in. All that aside, what a lovely lovely lunch with really, an old friend, cuz that's what it flelt like.

Lovely Kathy



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Old 10-17-2013, 07:34 AM   #979
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I interrupt this report to bring you all a very special DISmeet. It is a funny thing being a tourist of sorts in a city you used to live in. All that aside, what a lovely lovely lunch with really, an old friend, cuz that's what it flelt like.

Lovely Kathy



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I love that you and Kathy were able to meet up. And yes, she got the perfect gift for you!
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Old 10-17-2013, 09:57 AM   #980
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As do you!!!! It is a tricky color to be sure. One which you look pretty frciken fabulous in! I am sad about the dress pics...it is such a cool dress that had limited wearing opportunities that I was hoping for a decent pic of the 2 of us..it doesn't happen open.

All I know is this. You and I....yellow bikini's, age be dammed... (I am older I can say that! oh and your are tinier!)

DL half (walk, run, show up, whatever!). Pool time. and yes, I want May too but...counting on you for the 1/2...

Sunday????? it was irritatingly bright. The food was outstanding but the rest truly distracting

Jeff Spicioli?
May is iffy but not out. I'm in for August. Kids will be in tow I'm sure but not totally sure- lol. What is the race date for August? Late summer is much easier to navigate.

Are you thinking kids in August? Joshua's bday is in August as is our anniversary. We always drive out once a summer so I could combine all those factors to get the green light. My light is green. M's is yellow.
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Old 10-17-2013, 11:13 AM   #981
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I love that you and Kathy were able to meet up. And yes, she got the perfect gift for you!
It was so much fun! And I love my mug

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May is iffy but not out. I'm in for August. Kids will be in tow I'm sure but not totally sure- lol. What is the race date for August? Late summer is much easier to navigate.
Last weekend in August (29-30).

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Are you thinking kids in August? Joshua's bday is in August as is our anniversary. We always drive out once a summer so I could combine all those factors to get the green light. My light is green. M's is yellow.
Probably not on the kids but we will see. They will have WDW in Dec/Jan and the DLR in April for the band trip. Much as I'd love to take them I don't think my wallet will let me.
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Cynthia, it was such a pleasure meeting a dear DIS friend. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule so we could meet for lunch. Although we were together almost 90 minutes, it felt like we just started. Darn work getting in the way of our visiting longer.

You are exactly as I thought you would be...beautiful, charming and sweet. I do hope our paths cross often in the future.
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Oh no! I thought you had the green light to book WDW for 2014?
But I don't have any dates booked. It's not official until you have a reservation and a plane flight!

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Well you can lounge by YOUR pool, so that is something, right? Still though..no vacation?

WAH! Staycation at the Tiki Bar!

Yes, after the stairs and the snorkeling, the rest was pure relaxation and gluttony!
Well nothing soon. I hope we get the house before the weather gets too cold here to enjoy the pool at least once. Realistically we won't be moving into the house until after the new year, with all the work needed, but I would love to spend an afternoon at the Tiki bar and pool just chillin. I don't see that happening, though.

Isn't is so much fun to meet up with DIS folks? It always goes by so quickly though. It seems like you barely get started and next thing you know you are saying goodbye again.
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Old 10-17-2013, 10:04 PM   #984
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Cynthia, it was such a pleasure meeting a dear DIS friend. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule so we could meet for lunch. Although we were together almost 90 minutes, it felt like we just started. Darn work getting in the way of our visiting longer.

You are exactly as I thought you would be...beautiful, charming and sweet. I do hope our paths cross often in the future.
Aw, that is so sweet! I feel exactly the same

Some day we will have a turtle krawl together!

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But I don't have any dates booked. It's not official until you have a reservation and a plane flight!
I agree, and it never really feels real until the flight is booked

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Well nothing soon. I hope we get the house before the weather gets too cold here to enjoy the pool at least once. Realistically we won't be moving into the house until after the new year, with all the work needed, but I would love to spend an afternoon at the Tiki bar and pool just chillin. I don't see that happening, though.
Or get a firepit/outdoor fireplace out there! (I can't recall, is there one?)

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Isn't is so much fun to meet up with DIS folks? It always goes by so quickly though. It seems like you barely get started and next thing you know you are saying goodbye again.
So true, that's why you have to go on actual trips with some of them the 90 minutes just flew by
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I agree, and it never really feels real until the flight is booked
And at this point we haven't even agreed upon dates so as far as I know we don't have a trip!

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Or get a firepit/outdoor fireplace out there! (I can't recall, is there one?)
I don't think there is one. We had one here, but I'm not sure if we got rid of it or what. I just want the pool to be warm, I suppose if nothing else, I can hang out in the hot tub.

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So true, that's why you have to go on actual trips with some of them the 90 minutes just flew by
Even taking an actual trip and having multiple ADRs and a cookout, we still didn't have enough time together. That's just the last one...I hope there are many more.
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And at this point we haven't even agreed upon dates so as far as I know we don't have a trip!
Yeah, you do kind of need dates as a starting point huh!

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I don't think there is one. We had one here, but I'm not sure if we got rid of it or what. I just want the pool to be warm, I suppose if nothing else, I can hang out in the hot tub.
Mnnn, hot tub! That can be lovely in the winter.

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Even taking an actual trip and having multiple ADRs and a cookout, we still didn't have enough time together. That's just the last one...I hope there are many more.
Never enough time, no matter how much you try, isn't that always the case?
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Mahalo Mingling and Hawaii Ohana

We woke up knowing it would our last full day in Hawaii. Always a bit of a sad feeling, no matter how good a trip is or even how much you might miss your kids or even work that is hanging over your head. We had a pretty busy day planned.
First up, I was going on a solo adventure, my very first DVC members event! At Aulani, they have a Monday members Mahalo Mingle and I planned to attend! It is hosted in the convention center and I arrived to find POG and coffee available and tables set with fresh lei’s.





Cool chandelier in the banquet room





I've never been to any of the "welcome home" events and so it was fun to see what it was all about. It was fun to meet people and listen to the presentation. While I didn't win the raffle, I did get a hat which Eric wears often. I can’t say I really learned anything new and while it was nice…and a little bit interactive, it still is a bit of a sales pitch and probably not something I’d go to again. I am glad I went though.

After the mingle I headed to the front desk to pick up laundry tokens. As we were in a studio I didn't have the immediate access I've had in the past. First though I scoped out the facilities so I'd have a better idea of what I might need and how many tokens. And just in case any one was curious about the laundry facilities, here they are!



Nothing you forgot that you can’t buy





The proportion of washers to dryers was oddly off



Then again, you could just use the "free" supplies left by another guest!



I also decided to stop by Oleo and get a breakfast sandwich for myself. I can only eat the same thing in the morning so many days in a row and I was sick of the options in the room.

For some reason I decided to take a picture of the beer tap lineup. Why, I have no idea.





As I ate my breakfast and checked out the view again...(Jeff had eaten while I was at the mingle, and was still enjoying the lanai) we discussed our plan of attack.



First I attacked this





Lots of boats out this morning!





We decided to toss the laundry in and hit the beach for an hour while things washed, and dried and then head out. We were scheduled for a memorial day bbq at my cousins house and were supposed to be there at 2. Which could be tight as we hoped to hit Diamond Head first since it was sort of on the way there.

But first we needed some some beach!





Laundry dealt with we rushed off and made it to Diamond Head by about 12:45. The lot closest to the start of the trail isn't big but it does turn over quickly. And, even better, the attendant will let you wait until a spot opens up, versus turning people away. We waited no more than 5 minutes and were quickly parked and ready to go.



And up we went, again! It's a nice little walk, uphill but not too horribly steep, with a number of switchbacks. Some stairs too which my right quad wasn't terribly overjoyed with after yesterday’s stairmaster adventure. The view from the top though? Worth every stair! It’s pretty cool, you actually go IN the crater into a tunnel and then, at the top is an actual bunker that you go through, and as long as you don’t whack your head, pretty neat to see!









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Mahalo Mingling and Hawaii Ohana, Con't.

Continued from previous



















Given the time though, we basically hoofed it up, and back as fast as we could.



Though we got our fair share of pictures in, there was no time to linger. Back at the base we quickly changed and took off for my cousins. I had really hoped to stop and get a bottle of wine to bring as a gift but we literally didn't pass a single store on the way and I didn't want to be any later than we already were. Which was about 15 minutes by the time we got there. It was SO wonderful to see my cousins and Aunt and Uncle. My Aunt and Uncle(my dad’s baby brother) moved to Honolulu about 20 years ago and other than their oldest, all my cousins moved with them. Their oldest, who is closest to me in age (1 year younger) and whose house it was at followed about 7 years later and they are almost all still there. I had seen her a few times over the past few years; her oldest daughter is a year younger than Kendall and also a soccer player so they've had a couple of tournaments together which has been fun. She is my favorite cousin and I really wish she lived closer!!! Several have married and they have more kids and everyone showed up. Most of them live within 3 blocks of each other lol. Of my 5 cousins, 4 were there(the one who wasn't lives in DC) and of my cousins children 7 out of 8 were there. So it was a nice sized group...about the same size as my family! You know how you have some family that you never see but when you do, it's like you just saw them yesterday? That's how this group is. So much fun, so natural and easy even though I’d never met most of the spouses and some of the grandkids.

We hung out, enjoyed their patio while the kids played in the pool and caught up. One of my cousins had a ton of questions about DVC so that was kind of fun to chat about. They thought we were nuts for doing Koko Head. As you can see...it's in their backyard.



And apparently they hear people getting airlifted off of it all the time! Only one of my cousins had ever done it…and she'd crab walked too. YAY!

Of course pictures had to be taken, I’ll just share all the "girls", my 3 cousins and my Aunt.





We ate and ate and ate and ate! It was quite the spread, everyone had brought something and it was YUMMY! We were there until about 8 and then decided we should probably start heading back. Not before my cousins husband INSISTED on running over to their hose (2 blocks away) and giving us some fresh mango to take home! Which of course we couldn't actually take on the plane but we certainly planned to eat it for breakfast the next day. As we headed back Cara and I were texting, she was feeling a bit better and we made plans to meet in the lobby. I didn't see her when we came in (I forget where they were coming back from but basically we were both getting back about the same time) but right about when I got to the room, I got a text that they were in the lobby. Jeff had already changed into lounge clothes and didn't want to go back out so I left him there and headed down.

And proof that it happened! In the horrible lobby lighting



Cara, her DH and their boys were so much fun to meet! The poor kids were wiped out and crashed on the couch while we chatted. It was a short meet, it was late and all were tired but it was nice to at least be able to say hello and chat a little. Cara was pretty excited, they had just added on to VGF (I think it went on member pre-sale while we were there) so we had fun chatting about that. Jeff felt bad when he heard that her DH and the boys were there...apparently it was ok to be anti social if it was just Cara but then he was bummed when he heard it was the whole family. LOL. I headed up and met Jeff on the lanai for our last glass of wine overlooking beautiful Aulani. As I went to sit down, and found it a bit difficult, I wondered what the morning would bring…I was very stiff and sore. I hoped doing that Diamond Head hadn't overdone it too much but at that moment, my body seemed to indicate that maybe it had.
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What a great update, Cynthia. Love the beach pictures while waiting for the laundry, your hike up Diamond Head. I remember seeing the view from there in Mark's (Captain_Oblivious) pictures and it is just stunning.

What a fun family reunion...you gal all look great!

I am glad you were able to meet up with Cara. And too funny that Jeff was upset he didn't go down when he found out the husband and kids were there. Shame on you, Jeff.
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