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Old 02-09-2014, 12:17 PM   #1666
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Hey Brenda.

Y'all look like you had such a great time at DL. I'm sure it's not as thrilling as WDW, but still!

I'm glad we got to talk that night, we talked right before you went and watched the lighting ceremony for the Carsland.
It was the highlight of my day.

Y'all look beautiful as always, I love your cute little dress and sweater combo, so stinkin cute. And of course Em looked gorgeous in her dress, such a pretty dress on her.

And that cake! Did Michael get that for her or did the restaurant make them? I think I remember you telling me Michael may have gone to get it that day with all his other errands.

Thank you for sharing Em's special day with us.
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Old 02-09-2014, 01:14 PM   #1667
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I love the view from your room, it's so cool!

Your meal looks and sounds wonderful, Em is a very lucky lady We're celebrating my eldest DD's 18th in WDW but unfortunately for her the actual day is our departure day so most of it will be spent travelling. The only good side is she can have her first legal drink courtesy of BA at 30 thousand feet
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Old 02-09-2014, 08:15 PM   #1668
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Originally Posted by emmysmommy View Post
Howdy Jill! I hope you are enjoying the BC! Yes, I'm jealous! That's quite the upgrade! If it was my parents I'd crash their vacation. Is it too cold for SAB? Enjoy your stay!
Hi Brenda! We're back home now unfortunately, but we had a lovely time at the BC! On check in day, it was in the mid 80's so we did get some SAB time. The last couple days were cold and rainy, but we made the best of it of course. Talking Mickey made my 2 year old's week when he sang and danced the "hot dog song" with her. It brought tears to my eyes, it was so amazing. And now I'm sad because we don't have another trip planned... Good thing I can live vicariously through your reports!

Em's birthday weekend looks great! You're so lucky to have a Disney park so close to you.

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Old 02-09-2014, 08:38 PM   #1669
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Alright Brenda I have lurked long enough on your TR's....so I am finally taking the leap and subscribing!
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Old 02-09-2014, 08:47 PM   #1670
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So....first off, I'm getting all caught up on the TR.

NEXT......it's a bit away, but we're planning on a Disneyland trip next year! Just my parents and I and all the grandkids. I figured the one adult per child ratio will be good. But I'll be in your neck of the woods.

If someone told me I was seeing the Dream Suite, I would have leapt up and hugged him too!

Good choice on your Dooney! I've agonized on Dooney's forever!

Nice on having it included in your movie contract. I'll have to remember to have them include it in my next one.

The only thing we ever won during the Year of a Million Dreams was magic fast passes. Whomp whomp. My Mom really wanted another DVC contract. LOL.

Just wow. I don't even have words for the suite. That is all. Haha.

Yay, I'm glad you're doing a DL intermission!

Em looked so pretty at her birthday dinner! The dress is so great.

I can't wait to go back to Disneyland!!!!

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Old 02-10-2014, 10:38 AM   #1671
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Thank you for sharing your tour of the dream suite! I'm amazed how many details you were able to capture - including the "botched" photo that shows the detail of the carpet. What a fantastic and magical place - I'm thrilled you and Em were able to experience it!
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Old 02-10-2014, 12:29 PM   #1672
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the birthday cake looks beautiful! What flavor was it? Was it good?

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Old 02-10-2014, 11:58 PM   #1673
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Not sure if I missed it, but did you bring that cake with you to the restaurant? Looks delicious and pretty!

Okay, i'm such a weirdo, but Em's hair on the Matterhorn...did she do that herself?! LOVE IT! Is that like a french braid? Need to learn how to do this if she did it herself!
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Old 02-11-2014, 07:12 AM   #1674
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Hi Brenda,

Now I am catching up on this trip report. Happy Belated Birthday to Emily. She is a very lucky girl to have so many wonderful family memories. I would love to stay at the Grand Californian. It must be really hard to get a reservation there. Em looked very pretty on her birthday. I love her crown and necklace.

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We are there April 28th through May 8th - maybe the 9th.
Ha - just my luck. I had originally booked a trip from April 30th to May 6th, then I decided to change it to March because I didn't want to wait that long. I'm sorry I'll miss you again. We went to WDW that same time period in 2011 and it is a great time to visit - low crowds and great weather.

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Once everyone had said their good-byes and we parted ways. Em and I went over to the benches by Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and just stared at the castle. We looked at each other and spontaneously squealed EEEEEEEE!!! We were so grateful that someone would even think to ask on our behalf to take us on this amazing tour. We just happened to be blessed enough to be at the right place at the right time once again during this Disney adventure.

We sat there for a short period of time just enjoying the view of that spectacular castle. We'll never look at it the same way again.
I loved your Dream Suite Tour. You were really lucky to get to see it. I did a little exploring when we were at MK in January, looking for the door to the suite and checking out the windows. Just knowing where that suite is makes the castle a little more interesting to look at.
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Old 02-11-2014, 11:26 AM   #1675
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What a great birthday trip for your big 18 year old girl! I love all of the photos Brenda. You and Em are such fun! I can just imagine the giggles.
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Old 02-11-2014, 06:40 PM   #1676
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I so want to go to DLR! What a nice intermission, and it looks like such a lovely stay for Em's birthday. I've spent my past few birthdays at WDW, but I think when it comes time to renew our passes in April, we're going to go with the seasonal passes. Since my birthday's in July, it'll be a black out date Since my nephew is almost three though, my sister will have to buy him a pass too, and it's hard to justify the more expensive one, especially with all the changes still being implemented at Disney World and the future being so uncertain.

Now that I'm finished with that tangent, loved Em's necklace at Napa Rose, so pretty. Looking forward to the second part of the mini-Disneyland TR

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Old 02-11-2014, 10:30 PM   #1677
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Yes, my best friend that I've never met but will in September, needs a time out in our -25 below windchill filled evenings.

I am loving your intermission of Em's birthday. I know I said it on FB, but she looks beautiful.

It sounds like a great time thus far and can't wait to hear more.

You do know that Mark and I are planning to come to Disneyland next year, don't you? We may need a tour guide as we have never been.
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Old 02-12-2014, 05:53 AM   #1678
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Em looks just lovely in her birthday pictures! What a fun way to celebrate.

Nice view from your room! Love it!

And, of course, I am enjoying all the pictures from the park because its a completely new experience for me. I can't wait to see it for myself - next year!

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Old 02-12-2014, 06:42 AM   #1679
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Love the Disneyland update! I'd really like to go there someday. Your daughter looks so pretty on her birthday
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Old 02-12-2014, 09:37 AM   #1680
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Still all I can think to say is WOW. What an incredible experience that must have been for y'all.

Grand Californian looks AWESOME.
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