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Old 01-29-2007, 08:08 AM   #61
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Chapter 12 The Final clue!

The Hunt Winds Down, The Final Clue!

As I read the clue, for the first time I get running Commentary from the girls:

Me: “Are you tired yet?”
Mini Me: “NO!”
Me: “Do You need to Rest Your Head?”
Mini Me: “NOOOOO!”
Me: “For your next clue go look under your bed!”
Sweet Child: “You mean you put something under our bed while……?”

Sweet Child then realizes that her sister has a 15 sec head start and runs upstairs to catch up!

They get the box, notice the team work divide and conquer That’s my girls!



Sweet Child finishes off the present while Mini Me gets the clue ready to be read. The next gift? Disney Pirate Hats!



Got them from the Disney Store. We saw them while we were out Christmas Shopping. This was a last minute addition to the hunt. My DW told me in that silent language that parents and Navy SEALS use for me to double back and get the hats.

I ask the CM at the store if I can buy the hats, she tells me no, they give them away free for every $50 purchased. I tell her, “Gee that’s too bad. You see I am taking my girls on a Disney Cruise and there is a Pirate Party on board (Thanks DIS!) and those hats would be perfect!”

The cast member feels pity on our sad author with his sad puppy eyes and asks, “How many kids do you have?”

“Two”

“Here you go, take two but don’t tell anyone”

I leave the store triumphant in my find and then think, “I can buy a gift card and apply it to my account when I get on board, its not like I am spending any additional money, I’ll just take it out of the cruise kitty” So I return and do just that, everyone wins! Thanks kind mystery Disney Store Cast Person!

The girls were too excited to let us take a lot of pictures but here is a shot taken later that day.


Mini Me isn’t sad or mad she is trying to give us her best pirate face! This gift was double cool because Sweet Child’s school has spirit week the first week after Christmas Break and one of the days is Pirate Ninja Day! I’ll post a shot of her later but for now, the last clue!


“You found many clues but there is just one more,
To Find the Last Clue open the Front Door!”


See you nest week with the final clue and the final official installment of the PTR only 10 days till our sail away date!
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Old 01-30-2007, 05:54 PM   #62
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Oh, you are too cruel, Ashman! But I guess if you have to wait until your cruise, I guess it's only fair that we have to wait until your next installment.

Awesome scavenger hunt, by the way!

Thanks for sharing!
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Old 02-02-2007, 07:02 AM   #63
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Oh, you are too cruel, Ashman! But I guess if you have to wait until your cruise, I guess it's only fair that we have to wait until your next installment.

Awesome scavenger hunt, by the way!

Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for the compliments and thanks to all the readers that got this humble littee PTR over 2000 views before I left for the trip! It seems like the closer it gets the slower the days seem to take. Right now the missus and I are fighting colds so we are praying that they go away and don't get passed to the girls. I'll have the end of the hunt pictures up on Monday. Again thanks to all who have read and chimed in!
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Old 02-02-2007, 09:41 AM   #64
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Ooooooo 6 days left Ashman! Can you handle it?!

Take lots of cold medicine. You have to be well for this cruise!!
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Old 02-02-2007, 09:55 AM   #65
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Not long now! Enjoy your cruise. I love those pirate hats....they are fabulous.
We'll all be waiting for a long detailed report when you get back.
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Old 02-03-2007, 12:26 PM   #66
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You're PreTrip Report is Great! Mini Me's fierce pirate scowl is too funny!! Have a wonderful cruise!
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Old 02-03-2007, 02:47 PM   #67
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Oh No I hope you feel better. Can't wait til Monday!
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Take lots of cold medicine. You have to be well for this cruise!!
We seem to be over the worst of it! YEAH! But we are still pumping the vitamins and trying to get lots of sleep! Now it is only 3 days! Last night Mini Me was practically jumping out of bed “I’m soooooo excited daaad! It is soo close! How can I sleep?” Say your prayers and try your best darling. I came back 5 minutes later and she was out like a light! Now if we are only that lucky Wednesday night!

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We'll all be waiting for a long detailed report when you get back.
Yeah those hats were one of the neat surprises that life sends your way. Here is a shot of Sweet Child before pirate day at her school!



She got lots of great comments from her classmates and the older students loved it! It was a good day for her

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Yeah she can be quite a trip but that’s what makes her so much fun!

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Doing much better today thanks! And now on for the next installment!
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Old 02-05-2007, 09:02 AM   #69
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Chapter 13 YES NO MORE HUNT!

Chapter 13, Yes the hunt is now over

The kids run to the front door and open the last gift.



It’s a Planning DVD for DCL! The note reads: You’ve done a great a job and here is our gift to you. Mom and Dad are going to take you on a Disney Cruise! We will leave in 45 days!

Kids: “Yeah we are going to Disney!”

Us: “ No a cruise, we are going on a cruise?”

Kids: “Like when we take grandpa’s boat out on the Lake?”

Us: “Not exactly, let’s watch the video!”

Here is a shot:



This was taken just before the Magic comes on the screen, the reality sinks and the kids start screaming and jumping around! They then realize that the snorkel sets that Santa left are going to come in VERY handy and start to really model them off!



Later that day I am in the kitchen when I hear my wife scream out my name from the upstairs bathroom! I go up there to find her in a compromising position and Mini Me standing in the bathroom with her snorkel set on. She had walked up the stairs with the fins on! We the kids finally took them off, they were dancing and twirling in their Minnie Dresses they would not take them off!

Thus ends our hunt, thanks to all how have read and who have chimed in with your kind words and encouragement. The Dis definitely has made the planning part a blast! I put out a request for some Lotion from the ship and some sweet folks send us some. We have Minnie Lotion and Daisy Shampoo to mom from me. It was the unexpected HIT of Christmas. The girls would give it out to their friends, our friends, the mail lady, Jehovah’s Witnesses, anyone! When asked if they were worried about giving it all away, their response, “Its okay, we can get more on our ‘Bahamas Disney Cruise’ (what they call it!)!”

Yesterday my wife got the summer clothes box down from the attic to start pulling out outfits. I watching pre-game for the super bowl and every few minutes they come out wearing a different outfit saying, “We can wear this on our cruise!” After about the fifth outfit, I go back to their room and comment in my overly dorky dad/man way of observing things, “Uh guys, its only a three night cruise!” My wife gives me the, “I know that look but the fashion divas are loose and there is no stopping them!” look. These girls are going to go through more cloths changes than a rock star in a concert! We winnow the outfits down to a respectable size but my wife still feels it is too much. “I remember the tip sheet said pack what you need and take out half!” (OOOOHHHH she was listening!) I relent, its only a three day cruise so we can probably get away with more stuff”

So here we are less than 72 hours away and the PTR is coming to a close. The next few days will be spent packing, preparing, and raring up! But the kids are in for one more surprise! We are flying down. They have never been on an airplane before. Our plan is to get up at o’dark early and hit the road. About the time we get out of the neighborhood exclaim, “Oh we forgot the DVD player, I guess we will have to fly!

See you next week for the official start of the Trip report, thanks for reading the prequel!
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I came to look for your post. HAVe a magical cruise...Will be thinking of ya.
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Have a great cruise!

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OK................

5 pages and all I want to know is..... WHO GOT THE ELECTRONIC FOOTBALL SET FOR XMAS???????

Great Report!!! I think I feel lucky to have hit this only 3 days out...I could NEVER have waited for the weekly reports!!!

Don't forget to pack the camera!!! We want pictures and play by play the whole way!!!

& Don't forget to get in some of the pictures yourself!!!!
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I came to look for your post. HAVe a magical cruise...Will be thinking of ya.
Thanks mommasita I can't thank you enough for all of your advice, you have been very generous with your counsel and I thank you for it!

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Have a great cruise!

I can't wait to read all about it.
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We will we have over 1G of memory sticks cleared and ready go, I hope that is enough for a three night!

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OK................

5 pages and all I want to know is..... WHO GOT THE ELECTRONIC FOOTBALL SET FOR XMAS???????

Great Report!!! I think I feel lucky to have hit this only 3 days out...I could NEVER have waited for the weekly reports!!!

Don't forget to pack the camera!!! We want pictures and play by play the whole way!!!

& Don't forget to get in some of the pictures yourself!!!!
My precious mom got that for me for Christmas. It didn't work like it was supposed to and that sweet woman got up at 6 am the next day to exhange it because we had to leave early that day. Thanks mom! (PS My kids cheat but love it when they beat dad!)

As far as pictures of me? Just remember you asked for it!
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