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Old 03-22-2006, 01:28 PM   #106
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omg~~

toooooo funnnnyy!!!!


tooo coool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

not anticlimactic at all seeing as though we have 1600 more to learn about...I am betting it has something to do with margaritas, table tops and hip swaying....am I hot?? Warm??? Lukewarm????

those farmgirls KNOW how to lay it down...your not foolin' us...SHY...like we are supposed to take your word for it???



your writing is good sistah!

oh nowells: heres the thing...three kids later 500 bucks won't get you a bus ticket to Kansas...you must go for broke when you birth so many offspring
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Old 03-22-2006, 01:35 PM   #107
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Wow! I'd have jumped on the $500 too, but I guess holding out worked out for the best! Great report. Can't wait for the rest.
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Old 03-22-2006, 01:37 PM   #108
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I'm really enjoying your report. Great job!!!
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Old 03-22-2006, 01:48 PM   #109
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I want to hear more about the potty stops!! lol
Those were always such fun with little ones!
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Old 03-22-2006, 03:18 PM   #110
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Very much enjoying your report! Our kids are about the same ages as yours, we also rock the minivan, (no DVD though, couldn't do it) but my daughter only WISHes we had horses and ponies.

Thanks for sharing your family's adventures. I look forward to reading more!

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Old 03-22-2006, 03:19 PM   #111
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Wow - I hope your 4 hours didnt turn out longer than that. I always want to take them up on the offer but I never have - can't imagine doing it with kids in tow. Enjoying the reports - looking forward to more
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Old 03-22-2006, 03:55 PM   #112
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Great report, looking forwards to finding out how you scored that extra $1600!
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Old 03-22-2006, 04:06 PM   #113
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wow that is great, i probably would have jumped at the $500 too. But I bet you are glad you waited. I can't wait to hear the rest. I am hooked. Hurry back .
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Old 03-22-2006, 04:30 PM   #114
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Old 03-22-2006, 04:59 PM   #115
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Ah ha! I figured that's what it was. $500 is chicken feed. Good for you that you held out. DH and I once got bumped twice in a row within a couple hours of the original flight time, then took a third bump that required an overnight stay. We got dinner, overnight in a very nice hotel, breakfast, and three each ticket vouchers (one for each "bump") for flights to anywhere in the continental US within the next 12 months. Unfortunately 9-11 came along and we weren't much in the mood for flying, so only ended up using one set of our free tickets. So, while our "take" was worth around $3,000 we never got the full benefit of it.

Great trip report. I'm enjoying it very much.
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Old 03-23-2006, 08:32 AM   #116
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Just read the whole, thread, darn now I'm late for work, should have waited till I got to work to read it.....lol


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Forever, especially in winter, when you must wait for a warm day to shovel and pitchfork!.......
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So we're sitting at the airport with 45 minutes until blast off. DJ and I get huge lattes-trying in vain to keep up with the kids' adrenalin. I watch the other kiddies in the gate area. Why are they all sitting down reading a book and just mellowing at their mama's breast? Our 3 look like Mike Myers on Saturday night live when he was the tethered little boy eating a chocolate bar with Nicole Kidman. Some of you must know that skit. He's got the leash that parents use with those little ones who tend to roam. Only problem is mother hooked him to the jungle gym and little mikey has so much energy he pulls it down the block. Maybe I am imagining this but everyone else's kids seem so well, tame. There is even a little toddler just contentedly sitting on a chair. No bribes, no restraints, just sitting like a 50 year old. How do people get these kids to do this? Mine have knocked over the ropey things designed to properly queue. You know, the metal posts with the big ropey things that kids love to swing on, and my dear princess keeps running and nearly knocking into people. I try to contain them, I really do. I am not obliviously reading the Times or anything, it's just they are excited.

So I do what always works, pull out the goodies. This keeps there attention for 2 minutes and I think back to our last disney trip 2 years ago when I went a few days early with our 2 oldest and dh and little Jack joined us later.

That trip Sky and Carson and I boarded with blueberry fruit bars in hand. Never do that, never- hand prints all over the ramp walls and plane door that matched only my kids' handprints. And all over their faces. Kidless parents look disgusted.......blueberry on the face is pretty gross, I must say. Anyway we get all strapped in, and wait. I was a less experienced parent then and boarded the minute they allowed parents with younguns to board. Mistake, that was 40 minutes to liftoff. Anyway we finally head toward the runway and turn around. We sit there for hmmm, I think it was an hour and they bring on technicians. We are there for another few hours and finally 5 hours later take off. This was not long after 9/11 and I seriously contemplated getting off and taking another flight. Wait a minute, I did do that. I remember now because the plane wasn't working or something. SO we were rerouted on another airline, but got to MCO like 6 hours after the original arrival time and missed our rendevous with Grammy J (DJ's mom) who is a worry wart and didn't get my message before she flew out that we were delayed.

So for the seconds it takes to play that whole scenario in my mind, as the kids are sitting eating and DJ is working on details like plane side stroller check in, I wonder if something like that could happen this morning. Not a chance I think, and nervously sit there, my leg probably the only clue to anyone who knows me that I am stressing, cause it is moving back and forth a mile a minute.

The boarding call begins and we watch our fellow crewmembers all board. At the last final second we hop on, and within maybe 10 - 15 minutes were are in the air. SUCCESS!!!!! The seating is good, and the kids are finally allowed to break into their backpacks, which really are more like Christmas stockings, as they are stuffed to the brim with new bobbles and fandoogles. There are wrappers and crumbs all over the aisle and at their feet.

The DKs were wonderful on this leg, and for some reason the stewardess whose name was aloha or zuzu or something unique kept throwing bottled water and granola bars at us. I felt like when we go to the movies and I hide the store bought candy bars and drinks in my coat and my pockets are real heavy. Okay, I admit it. I smuggle cheap food into movie theaters. I can't help myself. The only real excuse I can come up with is that I am cheap. Not about some things but about this thing.

I am always in search of the most compact and perfect little goodies to entertain them on long trips. This year's prize were little mini digital cameras that are on keychains. Have you seen them? Gleaming white for Carson like his Daddy's apple laptop, aquamarine for baby Jack who is happy with whatever color and pink for my part princess part prince girl who happens to like all things pink. I couldn't wait to give these to the kids. What a great thing to have for their trip. Fabulous shots from their perspective of cut off heads, ****s, characters from 3 feet high. I had visions of DJ and I downloading them each night and chuckling as the angels slept dreaming of sugarplums. Oh wait that's another story. It took 20 minutes to open each package, but mom and dad were not the one's who figured out how to do it. No scissors allowed in the air, and you all know those impenetrable plastic packages that some security genius came up with in a brainstorming teambuilding session. I cut my finger on one and Jack starts writhing and screaming because he can't wait for it to be open. We still couldn't open them, and finally we just give it to Jack. ANd what do you know, he got his opened eventually. Light bulb!!!!. Let him open his brother's and sister's too. That should be good for a while. This worked and finally after about an hour our three kids had their cameras. It took a while to get them to work, why didn't we preassemble these doggone things like we do christmas eve? DJ is a huge techno geek, not to be confused with a spectro geek (I cannot digress more on them, but feel the need to later!) and he got all the cameras going. Snap, snip, snop. 70 pix on each camera done in a millisecond, I kid you not and we can't download them, as the cords on each of them had the wrong type of fitting. OMG, all that mommy hype and euphoria in finding, hiding and presenting these little beauties to my cuties and after 1.5 hours of tugging, prying and fixing it is done in a matter of minutes. Talk about a mini let down!!! This caused Jack further frustration, because now he can't use the thing- and it turned out we never used them again. I also found great little flashlights on keychains for the kids and aloha zuzu runs over and says we can't use flashlights on board. Great- another gadget snafu and who can blame Jack for being frustrated. My obsessive guilt ridden mind gives itself several wacks for not better preparing and researching the activities portion of the trip. Poor DJ, I made this leg so complicated.......


I have to stop, the bus is here and peter pan (Carson) and snow white (sky) are home. Ta ta all you people.

Ooh, I just came back to fix a typo as my kididdles were coming in right when I was getting ready to proof this. So as I was scanning this text, I see a word blanked out! Very impressive you moderators. I apologize. I try to use my family persona here, but everynow and then the barngirl, horse tracky chick comes out! the word was something like melons that started with a b- as I am thinking some people also have many pix of those taken by their kids- you know eye level and all that...
.... OMG,omg,omg,omg,it'slikeI'm comingdownoffasugar-rush"High"andtheadrenelinisstillpumpingthroughoutm ybody...can't wait till' my next 'fix'...
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Old 03-23-2006, 09:04 AM   #119
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.....Went to Turtleback Zoo and got some autographs one day when I was 7.…..

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I talk too much. I deleted this as it had nothing whatsoever to do with my trip.
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