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Old 01-30-2014, 02:56 PM   #1
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Desperately Driving from WI to WDW(2/20-3/2 PTR) DH Lost His Job, We're Going Anyway!

We leave in 22 days! Oh my! Twenty Two Days! 22! Deux Deux! No matter how I say it, 22 days will fly by before we know it and I still have tons of planning to do. Help!!

With our departure date right around the corner, I'll get right down to the nitty gritty and introduce our Cast of Characters before giving you a bit of history.

This is my family.

Top left there, that would be me (Mom, Stephanie, 36) - I am a stay at home mother of 3 girls. I enjoy scrapbooking, dabble in photography, and dedicating myself to my kids and their activities. And Disney....oh boy do I Looooooove Disney!

Top right is my DH, Ben (35). He's pretty much the best dad ever and in his spare time he manages a large retail store. He also coaches soccer and one day hopes to win big at the World Series of Poker.

Front and center, that would be DD14 also known as AJ (short for Adrianna Jadyn). She's not shy. She's a freshman in high school and enjoys soccer, golf, gymnastics and is a great student. So great, that when punishment is necessary, we take away her books. She's growing up too fast, but still loves Disney!

Off to the front right you will find Kennedy, DD12. A complete opposite of her sister, Kennedy enjoys working with power tools and building cars. No Joke! Her favorite pasttimes are welding and driving on a real racetrack. Kennedy's favorite character is Tinkerbell, and they often share personality traits.

And rounding out the gang there on the bottom left is Bella, DD9. She's a miracle wrapped up in cuteness and topped off with personality plus. Her story is a lengthy one which I will reserve for later, but I will tell you she is a self proclaimed real life princess whose love for Disney rivals my own.

This will be our 6th trip to the world and our Distory includes the following visits:
January 2007- Polynesian - 10 days - Grandpa's spoiling the grandkids trip which begun our Disney obsession.
September 2008 - Caribbean Beach - 7 days - Fun in the Sun at CBR
December 2009 - Give Kids the World Village - 10 days = Bella's Make A Wish Trip
January 2012 - All Star Movies - 5 days?
October 2012 - All Star Sports - 4 days
February 2014 - All Star Sports and off property (gasp!) 7 days

Let me be completely honest here.....I have let people down before. Strangers, friends, dedicated readers. Maybe even you. And definitely me. I'm sorry.

The last time I posted on the DISboards was in 2010.

My hiatus wasn't due to a rude comment or inappropriate action of a DIS-er, I wasn't put off by a policy change on the Boards, nor did I ever waiver in my devout love of all things Disney. I was pouting. For 3 years. Yea, I know....

I started with a fabulous Wish Trip pretrip report and promised readers an equally if not exceedingly fabulous trip report would follow upon our return from the World. But I let them down.

I had the best of intentions - thousands of pictures, handwritten notes about each day of the trip, and videos to refresh my memory while I wrote an exceptionally detailed trip report. But my flashdrive had other plans. After posting about several fabulous days of our trip, I returned to my monitor one day only to find one of my two flashdrives containing nearly 1500 pictures on each, was completely empty. I don't know how, or why, but it was inexplicably erased and not even the cleverest of computer experts could recover the pictures from my daughter's Make A Wish trip. Left with just a handful of pictures from the second half of my trip, my heart just wasn't in it and I stopped writing the trip report.

One of my biggest regrets is never finishing that Trip Report. So many generous people contributed to the overall success and incredible memories of our trip and I should have seen the trip report through to it's conclusion - as a way of thanking them for their generosity if nothing else. They deserved to see the faces of my daughters as they pranced and danced around the World in their beautiful custom made clothes and enjoyed the maximum amount of magic and pixie dust because of the advice and tips given to me by the wonderful DIScommunity.

Even the text alone of a completed trip report would have made for a fabulous scrapbook for my daughter's one and only Make A Wish trip, and to this day, I continue to kick myself in the pants for giving up. I'm not a quitter, but back in 2010, I quit.

But we are headed back to Disney in just 22 days and I want to do better this time around. I am not going to vow to never give up this time or make any promises I can't keep. And if you want to stop reading right now, I don't blame you. But now here I am, giving it another go, and I'd like to invite you to come along for the ride!

Table of Contents:

1: The Plans......well, at least the start of them!
2. Magic Bands have arrived & and Dollars to Disney Dining
3. Paint and Ponderings
4. Setbacks are Trumped by Pixie Dust
5. More Characters!
6. DISBoards Peeps are the Best! Mini Give in progress!
7. 10 more sleeps til DISNEY!
8. Just 4 More Sleeps Til Disney - What Could Go Wrong?

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