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Old 08-15-2007, 09:38 PM   #16
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Loving all the plans so far and the gift baskets sound great. What a great sis you are!
Thanks! I try! I just hope it doesn't go unappreciated...my brother can be weird about stuff like this sometimes.

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That's a bummer about your car. It always seems the whole world knows when you have a little extra cash, and they want it! Don't worry though, you still have time! The gift baskets are a really nice idea. How thoughtful you are!!!
I know, it sucks but I need to drive and my car (knock on wood) hasn't let me down yet and I've had it for 6 full years....It's got 114k miles on it and it's still going so a few hundred bucks here and there to keep her running is more than worth it!

And regarding the gift baskets, both of the Beach Towels I ordered came today so this weekend I am going to search one more time to see if I can find those pillows I was looking for and then send everything off to Peggy!
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Part 7 - Added 8/19

Pre-Trip Report Part 7
Sunday 8/19


Hello everyone!

Not much to report on here, today but a couple of things came up...

1) I've given up on trying to get the MYW Package Discount. First they released the codes for the Disney Visa card holders and I had no luck with that, then they released the codes to the general public this past Thursday and even with that I couldn't get anything for CSR. They just kept telling me they only had SSR available and we don't want to change resorts, especially since it would end up costing us more money to switch.

2) I went out today to search one last time for those squoosh pillows for Mike & Erika's baskets but had no luck. It's funny because every single time I went to Walmart, or Target, or the Disney Store, I came across these pillows and never had a reason to get them. And now that I actually NEED them, I can't find them anywhere. They had a few in the Disney Store in the mall but they were much too big...not the ones I was looking for. Peggy has not emailed me to let me know if she found CSR shot glasses or not...so for now, I have a hat for Mike, the Princess Ears headband for Erika, and a towel and a picture frame for each. Assuming Peggy can find shot glasses, we can add in one of those to both baskets, but if not then I am stuck with getting them keychains.... I still want to add one more thing but I can't think of anything to add! I don't want to do clothes like flip flops or t-shirts because if they don't fit or something then they're useless. My brother is not into pin trading and I'm not sure if Erika will be either, so I don't want to spend the money on the pins and lanyards if they aren't going to be used.... This whole thing has gone from making me really excited to making me really have a headache.... I had wanted to have some WDW snacks included but Peggy can't put food in the baskets due to some FL state regulation or something.... I'm just lost! (Although the towels are VERY nice!)

3) I posted a thread on the photography board to see if I can get any info about camcorders. Lumar and I were both thinking about getting one but neither wanted to bring it up to the other, and last night we were out and saw a display and I mentioned it under my breath and he got really excited about it. So today we were out at Walmart and we were browsing through the camcorders they had there, but nothing really seemed to match what we want. We don't want something that records to a tape, and I don't REALLY want Mini DVD's or DVD's either... I wanted something completely digital, that I can just hook up to my computer and upload the video there, and just hook up to the TV with A/V cables and be able to watch it there, as well. But it seems that the only camcorders with that capability only have like 5x optical zoom and I want something with more than that! I would even take 8x! But it just seems that even the ones with 8x zoom use tape or DVD's.

4) I do have TWO good things to report, one is that we got an email from Mike's CO, and it says that the guys will be back between the 15th and 20th, which is even earlier than Mike had thought a few weeks ago! And I got "The Essential Disney Idea Book" which is LOADED with scrapbooking (and other crafting) ideas. I'm very excited to work on my scrapbook when we come back! I think I am going to put one together for Mike and Erika too...maybe if I can get it done in time, I can give it to them for Christmas....

Stay tuned for more...I'm still searching for more ideas for the gift baskets!

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Old 08-24-2007, 07:14 PM   #18
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Part 8!! Added 8/24

Happy Friday everyone! I'm so glad it's the weekend!

When Lumar gets home from work tonight we are going to be ordering our new camcorder! I'm so excited! I just hope we actually use it when we get to WDW! After talking to some nice folks on the Photography Board, I think we are going with the JVC MiniDV Camcorder (GR-D750):



Can anyone else NOT wait for PotC AWE to come out! December 4th seems SOOO far away! I want to watch it now!! sorry, ADD....

So I don't remember if I told you or not, but I decided to do a surprise gift basket for Lumar too...I'm not going through Peggy for this one though, I'm just going to make it myself. Well, I've found a PotC pillow for him (for the plane ride), a PotC beach towel, a couple pins, and I'm also thinking about adding in the PotC Trilogy Edition Monopoly set. He collects Monopoly games, and PotC stuff (as I'm sure you noticed) so I figure that is a pretty good bet. I also found the pillows I was looking for, for Mike and Erika. Mike's came in yesterday (along with 24 pins I bought on Ebay for trading! ) and Erika's will be here Monday so on Tuesday or Wednesday I should be able to send everything to Peggy and then that's done! After I take care of the baskets, the only thing left to do is start shopping! Can you believe there are exactly 6 weeks to go until we leave? That means that in like 3 weeks I'll be getting our DME stuff! That's exactly 42 days from today!!

BTW, my costume for MNSSHP came in the other day! I tried it on and it looks fantastic! I'm so excited, this party is going to be so much fun!

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Old 08-24-2007, 07:36 PM   #19
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I can't wait for it to come out because I didn't go see it at the movies. It always seemed something was going on. That will be the same for the Bourne Ultimatum! Want to see that too.

Did you get the camcorder?? Remember NO HOME MOVIES!! If you know what I mean.

Are you going to wait and surprise us with a picture from the MNSSHP or can you show us your costume now????
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I can't wait for it to come out because I didn't go see it at the movies. It always seemed something was going on. That will be the same for the Bourne Ultimatum! Want to see that too.
You know, I never saw any of the Bourne movies? I know, I know! I'm a blasphemer! I should rent them this weekend.... And as for PotC 3, I saw it in the theater 5 times. I thought it was amazing and I am totally obsessed with it.

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Did you get the camcorder?? Remember NO HOME MOVIES!! If you know what I mean.
Yes we bought a camcorder although we ended up going with a Canon instead of the JVC model. We are both happy though...should get it in the next few days! And no, there will be no home movies...trust me.

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Are you going to wait and surprise us with a picture from the MNSSHP or can you show us your costume now????
No I'm going to make you wait until after the party! Sorry!
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Also, just thought I would share that our DME stuff came in the mail today!! WOOHOO!!!! 39 days to go!!!!!!!!
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Part 9! Added 9/2

Hello everyone! I know you are all DYING to know what's been happening around here... Honestly, not really anything exciting has been happening although I do have a few tidbits to share.

First, here is what our new camcorder looks like:
(obviously this is a stock photo and I have no idea who the girl in the display is lol). It is a Canon MiniDV Camcorder ZR830 and I love it! It just came in yesterday and I have already charged it up and messed around with it to get a feeling for it. I can't believe how small and lightweight it is! I swear to you that it weighs less than my digital camera and it is considerably smaller as well! We are both really excited about bring it to WDW!

Speaking of which, there are only 33 days to go! It's funny because I keep "forgetting" about certain things we are scheduled to do on this trip, like Cirque du Soleil, and our ADR's, and things like that and everytime I am reminded of them, I get excited all over again! Our luggage tags and official itinerary, along with all of the vouchers we get, came in the mail on Friday, and I shipped the two pillows and towels down to Peggy yesterday! I have also finished shopping for Lumar's basket as well so this whole project is DONE!

Also, I just wanted to throw this in: I convinced Lumar to get a pair of Crocs! They are the flip-flop style ones, not the regular ones. He tried on my Capri Crocs the other day and although they were too small he said they were really comfortable so we went online and he picked out a pair of the Crete style:

I know that my brother is totally going to want a pair of them after he see's Lumar's but he can buy them himself

I wanted to share a few pictures from my past Disney Trips...kind of a stroll down memory lane, which is an idea I am totally stealing from Nikki. I'm going to try and narrow it down to "My Favorite Picture" from each trip. Unfortunately, I need to scan pics from my trips in 2002 and 2004 so I am going to go try and do that now and hopefully I'll be able to post them before the end of the day. Otherwise, you guys will get another update tomorrow! Just to keep in the spirit alive, why don't you guys post your Favorite Picture from your trips? One picture per trip! Have fun! I'll be back later!

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Part 9.5 - Memory Lane - Added 9/2

OK, I wasn't able to scan my old pics because my step-father is currently using the scanner as an extension to his desk (in other words there is a ton of junk piled on top of it). But I was able to take pictures of pictures and my camera is so totally awesome that it actually worked out pretty well. These are my favorite pictures from each trip.

This is Me & Tigger from my first trip to WDW: September 2002


This is the whole family, essentially... from the left: Me, my sister Stephanie, Lumar, my step-dad Lenny, Mike, and my mom Diane. This is from July 2004


I actually had two favorites from this trip. Here I am with my two boys, Lumar & Mike, from the same trip (please pardon the horrific whiteness of Mike and myself next to Lumar. We have to be the whitest Italians in the world....and I mean the WHOLE world not just Disney World )


This one is from the first trip Lumar and I took by ourselves back in 2005:


And this is from May 2006 when we went with Mike and Lumar's brother Robby:


If you want to see pictures from our December trip, you can see them in my December trip report by clicking the link in my siggy (where you see 12/2006)

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Great Pictures!!

You have a very nice family.
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You have a very nice family.
Thank you! They are all a bit weird, but whose family isn't? lol And thanks again for the Memory Lane idea!
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Great report It caught my eye tonight for some reason and I realized you'll be at CSR same time we will... I'm getting so excited... we'll be leaving in 4 weeks!
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Great report It caught my eye tonight for some reason and I realized you'll be at CSR same time we will... I'm getting so excited... we'll be leaving in 4 weeks!
Oh yay! you are the first DISer I've talked to who will be at CSR with us! everyone else is at POP! Thats because we're better!! Thanks for reading my pre-trip! I'm getting very anxious to start the ACTUAL TRIP!! 30 days from today!!!
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Hi everyone!! Just checking in to give you the 25 Days Update! There are only 4 short weeks to go until we leave! Mike is scheduled to be back in the states on September 19 so we are OK in that area! And I was able to make a "last minute" ADR for Crystal Palace on Saturday October 13 for breakfast! I thought for sure that the CM I spoke to was going to laugh at me when I told her I needed an ADR at the MK on a Saturday but to my surprise, she actually had a LOT of times available! So 9:15am on our last day, we will be dining with the Winnie-the-Pooh characters! I ate here for the first time on our December trip and it was so much fun so I'm really excited to be going back!

Lumar left yesterday morning for a business trip in Las Vegas... We left at 4:30am yesterday to bring him to La Guardia Airport in New York and we arrived there around 7am. It's a REALLY good thing we left early because the airline couldn't find his reservation! Lumar called the travel agent and she kept telling him his confirmation number, ticket number, everything...but United Airlines kept saying he wasn't listed under those numbers. So the travel agent made him a new reservation AND bumped him up to first class! He was so excited but a little bummed because the friend he was going with was stuck in coach. Oh well! He said it was a very comfortable ride whch is good because he usually gets nervous when he travels. He had a layover in Denver but the connecting flight to Vegas was delayed so he spent a good 5 hours in Denver... but finally made it to Las Vegas safely! He comes home on Thursday (hopefully with lots of cool swag!) and then NEXT Thursday, the 20th, we are going to see Aerosmith in concert! Woohoo! Just in time to pump me up for the RnRC!!

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