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Old 04-27-2007, 08:20 AM   #121
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Somehow I missed your update from the 9th - WHOOPS!

Hopefully your wake-up call isn't too bad, fill us in when you can!
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Old 05-01-2007, 06:33 AM   #122
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Hey everyone! I haven't forgotten about my last day, I promise! Just getting to the "end of the school year" crunch.. and can't seem to keep both of my kids healthy at the same time

I'll be back !!
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Old 05-08-2007, 12:48 PM   #123
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You know... I used to gripe about those TRs that took FOREVER to get an update. I used to think, "How hard can it be to sit at your computer for 30 minutes and type up another installment?"

And here I am... a MONTH after my last installment, and STILL no update?? What is WRONG with me!?!

I really need to get this done, though, because I'm ready to start my Pre TR for my Labor Day trip. I need lots of help with decision making and TODDLER advice!! So my last installment will be soon... honest... please come back and check, okay?

By the way... 14 DAYS UNTIL SCHOOL'S OUT!! YIPPEEE!!!!
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Old 05-10-2007, 07:56 PM   #124
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It was tough to go to bed on our last night at SSR. Not only did we know we were going home the next day, we also knew we couldn't sleep in that morning because of our 8:00 ADRS at Restaurantosaurus. Our wake-up call never had a chance to come though.. thanks to some drama at home.

6:00 am... the phone rings... it's my babysitter. She can't get the kids from our weekend sitter because she's sick. Um... DUDE.... I'm in DisneyWorld... this is ruining all of the wonderful plans and arrangements I had so carefully made to ensure the safety and well-being of my children while we were away... are you SURE you're too sick to come?!?! CRAP!! Scramble scramble scramble. I ended up having to call the back-up sitter, then the friend my kids were already with to tell her what was going on. She had to drive my kids 20 minutes ONE WAY out of her way to work to drop them off at the back-up sitter. So I had to call another person to pick them up... and ... ugh... just remembering the panic and stress is enough to send me into migraine-mode. All of this happens before 6:30 am.

Of course, I can't go back to rest now.. I'm up. I just got HALF as much sleep as the night before. Let's get going. Our word for the whole day was going to be... unfortunate....

We packed up our bags, said goodbye to room 7123 and walked to the main lobby. We had to fix a bad charge on our room (remember that all-knowing CM that worked at the ABC Comissary on the first day? The one who said "Oh, it's on your DDP"... even though I said "It's not on the receipt"...) We checked in for our flight ( I LOVE LOVE LOVE this service!) and stored our carry on bags for the day. We were off to AK by 7:30.

It was an extremely pleasant day, dispite the fact that we were feeling down about our trip coming to and end. We were able to walk right into AK. The rope-drop ceremonies were beginning, but we walked right on to the breakfast.

**Side note*** this is where I stopped taking notes in my little journal, so my report will be vague.. sorry!! I was in denial...

Breakfast was okay. We decided that character breakfasts without kids just aren't as much fun. As the characters were approaching us, I was thinking, "Okay... what do we do?" we didn't have an autograph book, we really didn't need pictures with just the two of us,

there was no toddler to entertain.. it was just kinda bizzarre!!

Well, ladies and gents... after breakfast, we FINALLY did it.... We FINALLY rode EE!!!! And man, oh man, was it worth the wait! Disney did a phenomenal job with this one!! The queue is set up so wonderfully. I never felt bored. We actually had fun at the "target practice":

It's much longer than it looks from the outside, and it is pure fun to ride! The best part for me was when you were FLYING backwards!!! I still think RnR is my fav roller coaster.. but this definitely challenges it!



This was the view as you were going up the large hill. You could see the castle, Spaceship Earth, and ToT.. it was far off in the distance, but you could see it!

My favorite part of the ride happened immediately after this:


We rode it three or four times! It was awesome. Then we headed over to the Dino area. I convinced DH to ride the Triceratop Spin... thing... ride... whatever it is! It's weird! I haven't decided yet if I like it! But after that, I did decide that I do NOT like the Dinosaur ride. YUCK!!! It was so dark and bumpy... I didn't get ANYTHING out of it. But I did see a family get a "dream" while waiting! I guess they were the "family of the day" and got to ride in their own vehicle and were taken behind the scenes and stuff. cool.

We had ridden everything we wanted and had seen all of the shows for now.. so we decided to spend the rest of our time lounging around SSR. We caught our last bus over to our "home" and enjoyed just relaxing by the pool. I had to take a few mental pictures of it, so when I get stressed back at home, I can close my eyes and go back. Does anyone else do this?!!? I do it ALL THE TIME! Sometimes I do it at school. My third graders will see me just stop and close my eyes. They'll say, "You went to Disney World again, didn't you?" They know me well!

It was finally time to wait for the ME bus back to the airport. Unfortunately, it was late.... WAY late. Some of the others waiting with us were getting fiesty... using some inappropriate language and acting very trashy. I had to walk away. I didn't want it to ruin my last images of WDW!! We still made it in time to get to our flight. It was an uneventful trip home... and then we stepped off of the plane ... BRRRRRRRRR. We're hooooooommmmmeeee!!

Overall, it was a perfect trip.. weather, tons of food, deluxe accomodations (Thanks DVC!!!) and a chance to reconnect with my man. If any of you are considering a trip for mommy and daddy only.. I highly recommend it. It takes you back to just the TWO of you.. and the magic of Disney just adds the pixie dust you need!!

Hope you enjoyed my very first TR. Next time, I will TAKE MORE PICTURES!!! In fact, I think I'll be starting my Pre TR for our family Labor Day vacation after Memorial Day.. when I'll be OUT OF SCHOOL!!!

Take care everyone!!
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Old 05-11-2007, 12:22 PM   #125
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Thanks for sharing your magical trip with us. I really enjoyed it.

I am thinking that a mommy and daddy trip might be just what the doctor ordered..... I'm going to have to start looking for babysitters.

I agree with you about EE .. We love that ride.

I will be looking for your pre-trip report soon.
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Old 05-11-2007, 03:43 PM   #126
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Thanks for sharing your magical trip with us. I really enjoyed it.

I am thinking that a mommy and daddy trip might be just what the doctor ordered..... I'm going to have to start looking for babysitters.

I agree with you about EE .. We love that ride.

I will be looking for your pre-trip report soon.
And thank you for enjoying it! Let us know if you ever go on that adults only vacation! And make sure you do a TR!!

Stay tuned... Pre-trippie coming eventually!
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Old 05-11-2007, 05:34 PM   #127
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Thank so you so much for a wonderful TR. I am trying to convice my DH to do a couple trip this summer (I am a teacher too). I have gotten him over the "It will be too hot," excuse but right now I am working on the, "Everytime I see kids I will feel bad that ours are at home," excuse. I think it will be perfect because we are looking at July and already have a BIG family trip to Fort Wilderness in November on the books. That way we can tell the kids it will be just a few months until we all go...
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Old 05-11-2007, 07:46 PM   #128
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Thank so you so much for a wonderful TR. I am trying to convice my DH to do a couple trip this summer (I am a teacher too). I have gotten him over the "It will be too hot," excuse but right now I am working on the, "Everytime I see kids I will feel bad that ours are at home," excuse. I think it will be perfect because we are looking at July and already have a BIG family trip to Fort Wilderness in November on the books. That way we can tell the kids it will be just a few months until we all go...

And let me just say.. there are times when you definitely feel guilty or you are missing the kids... that's true. But there are even MORE times (like when you see a screaming toddler refusing to get back into their stroller, or when you see a mom carrying an overflowing diaper bag and running into a baby care center, or when you see kids being unruly at a dinner table...) when you just smile at each other and say.. ahhhhhhhhh....

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE coming to WDW with my kids.. it's just a TOTALLY different trip, when it's all about THEM. It's SO nice to enjoy time where it's all about YOU for once!! Again, I highly recommend it!
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Great TR! Thanks for sharing it with us!!
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Old 05-14-2007, 12:09 PM   #130
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6:00 am... the phone rings... it's my babysitter. She can't get the kids from our weekend sitter because she's sick. Um... DUDE.... I'm in DisneyWorld... this is ruining all of the wonderful plans and arrangements I had so carefully made to ensure the safety and well-being of my children while we were away... are you SURE you're too sick to come?!?! CRAP!! Scramble scramble scramble. I ended up having to call the back-up sitter, then the friend my kids were already with to tell her what was going on. She had to drive my kids 20 minutes ONE WAY out of her way to work to drop them off at the back-up sitter. So I had to call another person to pick them up... and ... ugh... just remembering the panic and stress is enough to send me into migraine-mode. All of this happens before 6:30 am.
UGH, as if the end of your vacay weren’t enough of a downer.

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I had to take a few mental pictures of it, so when I get stressed back at home, I can close my eyes and go back. Does anyone else do this?!!?
Mmm hmmm!

You guys had such a terrific trip – I’m glad you took the time sans kids! Tahnks so much for sharing with us all.
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I'm so sad that your TR is over! Sorry you had the early morning drama on your last day! I'm glad it worked out OK, but it still must have been hard on you. I think the picture of you two & Mickey is great! Big kids can have fun with the characters, too. I'll admit, it is easier when you have the kids with you. I'm so glad you finally got to ride EE! It's awesome, isn't it?! I agree with you about Dinosaur - ick! That one makes me sick. Too bumpy for me. Anyway, I think you did an excellent job for your first TR!!! I can't wait for your next one!

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Old 05-15-2007, 06:29 AM   #132
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Thanks for the comments, ladies! I'm so glad you stopped by!

I'm extremely excited to get going on my next TR. I hope it will be so much better for two reasons... 1. I learned a lot writing this one, especially about taking more pics! 2. We'll have kids with us... I'm sure the stories will be more plentiful and much more interesting!!
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Old 05-15-2007, 08:18 AM   #133
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WONDERFUL TRIP REPORT I absolutely loved it. Man, you got to ride Expedition Everest 3-4 times, I'm jealous! You had me going with your "dude, we're in Disney World" and your babysitting dilema, I couldn't believe that happened to you with the babysitter, how terrible. I never thought to take notes in a journal for the TR, the pictures I take just seem to jog my memory, but that is a great idea. Enjoyed your pics tremendously and living vicariously through your trip, thanks for writing, love the writing style, you two are an incredible couple, can't wait for our 10 yr anniversary trip in 08' without kids. Glad you had a great time, thanks for sharing with us!
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