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Old 02-01-2008, 07:05 PM   #46
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moments of Mommy guilt....

So I've been asking myself if it's worth it for "just" my job and "just" Disneyland, and it gives me some comfort to see that you had similar thoughts....

I'm trying to tell myself that I'll come home to them as a more refreshed and relaxed wife and mother -- did it work that way for you?

I did come back more relaxed, and I did come back with much more happiness.

Now, it's not MY fault that my husband picked a fight with me on the way home, thereby causing some of my happiness and relaxation to fly out the window. Would it have been so hard for him to drive like he did when we were first dating, and take my fear of sliding on icy roads into account like he used to, instead of fighting me, and feeling worse for the impatient people in cars behind us, than he did for ME?

Not my fault.

I also pushed myself too hard, and the 2 hours of sleep I had before going to Anaheim didn't help. Since you will have business beforehand you will likely be more rested, and that will be good for you. I brought EmergenC packets with me, but didn't take them until I was in the throes of that heinous headache/nausea phase of the second day.

So when I got home, I was super-lazy (even lazier than usual, LOL).

But I do indeed feel better about things!

And the biggest thing is that since I've now experienced the parks like I want to, I feel like I will really be able to be Zen when we have our family trips. I can even think about letting my cousin plan much of a WDW trip that is taking place at the end of this year, rather than me being the one to plan it (she was a Disney Store CM when they were actually Disney and had free passes to WDW, spent her courtship with her husband hanging out at WDW, and had her honeymoon there, too, so she definitely SHOULD be the one to plan this reunion, but it's amazing that I can even think about giving up control to someone else).

So it was good. And really, plane travel is so much safer than car travel, and we put ourselves in cars all the time, so really, being afraid of plane travel is silly, statistically.


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Loving the report Molly. I'm going to have to check out those light things...Ayden would probably love one too.
They are really cool. I'll try to take some pictures of them, both off and on. I just wish he hadn't misplaced his first one, the green one, that "Tinkerbell" brought him as a congratulations for going on Star Tours the first (only) time!
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Old 02-02-2008, 04:19 AM   #47
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Well, to wrap things up...


I am so glad I went! Not everyone is as selfish as I am, or rather, not everyone has been as selfish as I have been on family trips. But to be able to do just what I wanted, when I wanted, even for such a short time, was very nice!

I wish I had won a Dream!

I'm glad I met Maynard, b/c that's probably the only time I ever will.

I wish I had seen the other Dis'ers that were there!

I should have re-checked for other hotel rates earlier than I did (I got to about a week out and stopped checking, but that's when the rates lowered, and then shortly after that it was too late to cancel my reservation).

I should have taken better care of myself! Staying up so late trying to pack perfectly was crazy, and then circumstances causing me to go to bed so late at the hotel hurt me. If you do this, take your vitamins and get your sleep.

That said, I think it would have been that much more perfect to have had one more night and day. We couldn't do that because we were planning on an early February getaway, and Robert had taken off a Sunday for that. Well, we canceled that trip, so that Sunday would have been possible...but then there was also the "extra" play money issue for that extra night. Just made more financial sense. But an extra full day could have allowed me to really be part of the Rally, then a nice night's sleep and half day the following day...that would have just been even more terrific. Oh well!

I can't think of anything else right now, so I guess I'll leave it at that!
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Old 02-02-2008, 08:19 AM   #48
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Bumbershoot,
What a great trip report. I don't find you going on your own selfish at all. I would love to do that. All us Mom's need a break now and again and if it is at DL then all the better for us . Again thanks for sharing and it sounded so wonderful.
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Old 02-02-2008, 09:09 PM   #49
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Great trip report... love your pics!



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Old 02-03-2008, 03:31 PM   #50
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Great TR, Molly! I really enjoyed reading it! I LOVE your pictures! Please tell me more about your Canon s3 and how much you love it! I need some persuading into buying a s5!
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Old 02-03-2008, 05:04 PM   #51
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Finally catching up on your trip report. You were sure busy! Love your pictures. You must have a great camera. My little point-n-shoot digital doesn't take anything like that. I liked the pictures you got at GRR. I probably stood there for an hour just watching the rafts go over the geyser and soaking everyone! That's almost worth the price of admission right there.
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Old 02-03-2008, 05:36 PM   #52
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Thanks to all of you for reading and enjoying!


I looooove my new Canon S3. It's still at heart a point and shoot, though there are many settings other than auto. But you can't twist on the lens to manually focus it (though there are kits to add a lens like that to it).

And it looks like a "real" camera, which I like. The newer p&s digital cameras do not make me happy, aesthetically. They just look like skinny little boxes, and I hate that. Since I somehow lost my older Olympuses (one digi, one film) that looked more like proper cameras, if I were replacing them with a normal looking point and shoot, I would have flipped out b/c of the looks of the cameras (and ask me how long it's been since I bought a purse, since I can't stand the look of any purses right now!!!).

But I read about the S3 and S5 on the Photography forum, and loved loved loved their looks! We decided that "my" Yule present was going to be one of them (and it was).

I was fortunate enough to find a store that had an S3 and S5 right next to each other on display. I wanted the S5 b/c, well, I like having brand new things with lots of bells and whistles, and there are a couple more goodies on the S5. But I hated how the external flash "shoe" looked on the top of the S5 flash, and was worried I would scratch myself on it. In addition, many people said that the higher megapixels of the S5 caused a "lesser" picture than the S3 could produce. But the kicker was the feel of them. The S3 is just a tiny bit "shallower" from front to back than the S5, and I could sense that I would have more hand fatigue with the S5, since it made my hand stretch just a bit more than with the S3.


I use the viewfinder instead of the big LCD screen (I read that the viewfinder is actually just another LCD screen, actually) b/c it uses less battery time. And I really like it!!!

Even though I had small issues with the S5 doesn't mean anyone else should.

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Old 02-03-2008, 06:38 PM   #53
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Thanks to all of you for reading and enjoying!


I looooove my new Canon S3. It's still at heart a point and shoot, though there are many settings other than auto. But you can't twist on the lens to manually focus it (though there are kits to add a lens like that to it).

And it looks like a "real" camera, which I like. The newer p&s digital cameras do not make me happy, aesthetically. They just look like skinny little boxes, and I hate that. Since I somehow lost my older Olympuses (one digi, one film) that looked more like proper cameras, if I were replacing them with a normal looking point and shoot, I would have flipped out b/c of the looks of the cameras (and ask me how long it's been since I bought a purse, since I can't stand the look of any purses right now!!!).

But I read about the S3 and S5 on the Photography forum, and loved loved loved their looks! We decided that "my" Yule present was going to be one of them (and it was).

I was fortunate enough to find a store that had an S3 and S5 right next to each other on display. I wanted the S5 b/c, well, I like having brand new things with lots of bells and whistles, and there are a couple more goodies on the S5. But I hated how the external flash "shoe" looked on the top of the S5 flash, and was worried I would scratch myself on it. In addition, many people said that the higher megapixels of the S5 caused a "lesser" picture than the S3 could produce. But the kicker was the feel of them. The S3 is just a tiny big "shallower" from front to back than the S5, and I could sense that I would have more hand fatigue with the S5, since it made my hand stretch just a bit more than with the S3.


I use the viewfinder instead of the big LCD screen (I read that the viewfinder is actually just another LCD screen, actually) b/c it uses less battery time. And I really like it!!!

Even though I had small issues with the S5 doesn't mean anyone else should.
Yay!! Your answer really helped me! I'm going to shop around and find a store with both so I can get a feel for both of them before I choose.. I'm so excited!! Thank you, Molly!!
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Old 02-08-2008, 10:51 AM   #54
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Wonderful Trip Report as usual Bumbershoot! You have inspired me. My husband and I are going to take off for our 5 year anniversary in September and leave our little one, (who will be just over 2) with my mother for 4 nights.

I know there will be some Mom Guilt... but it sure will be nice not to have to deal with the stroller, napping or crankiness.

I'm excited!!!!
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I ahve finally reached the end of your TR and I'm glad I read it! It's been very entertaining and helpful. I think the 3 days that I've been considering for my solo trip will be perfect. Thanks for sharing your journey!

On a side note though, how do I view your pics? They're coming up super small and I can't see them.
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