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Old 05-20-2008, 10:08 AM   #31
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I noticed a forum on the dis boards devoted to solo travelers you may want to take a look at... in case some of your dis friends may be going at the same time to share a meal or ride if a somepoint you dont want to be totally solo.
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Old 05-20-2008, 10:34 AM   #32
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You go girl!!

You will have a blast at the parks by yourself.. I was wondering if your kids knew yet, but sounds like they have an idea.

I do think our families might be related

Although it would be werid at first to sit and a table service restaurant, it would be soo awsome to actually be able to ENJOY a meal and not have to order for anyone,cut up someone's food, or have to take someone to the potty!!

Like I said you go girl!!!
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Old 05-20-2008, 12:26 PM   #33
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So glad you are here! And I wish our trips overlapped, I really would love to have met you in person!


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Yes, it is too bad our trips don't overlap. I've always wanted to meet a fellow DISer, and I feel like we already know each other!



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Old 05-20-2008, 12:49 PM   #34
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mmmmmmmm....that dole whip sure looks yummy! we missed out on them last trip, but it's on my "to-do" list for this trip!

Allyson, I'm loving the PTR. I know that you'll have a blast!! I can't wait to hear all the plans!

P.S. I started a PTR as well. It's in my siggie.
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I love that Staples Commercial!

I get one hour alone in the morning between my youngest leaving for school and the time I leave for work. That hour is wonderful!

Family trips are so magical seeing things with the kids, but they are also a balance between who wants to see/ride what and who is/is not tired. There are always things I want to do that we don't have time for.

I've already told my kids someday I'm going without them during the flower & garden festival. They have been to gardens with me, so I think they will be relieved not to be with me on a garden trip.

I would definately do one of the tours too!
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Oh you are sooo going to love this trip! I had two solo trips 6 & 7 years ago. The first one was when i was going to Orlando for a conference, so I asked my boss if i could book my flight down a few days earlier and then meet up with everyone else when they came down. She didn't have a problem with that, so my airfare was "free", I booked a few nights at Port Orleans (got a great rate there) and bought an annual pass (my family already had a trip planned for later in the year). It was great - I got up when I wanted to went where I wanted to, did what I wanted to, ate what and when I wanted to.......you get the picture it was all about ME! That fall we went on our family vacation and I appreciated it even more because I had already gotten my way on the last trip so I could let them pick more. Then the following spring rolled around and I called my hubby at work one day and told him I really needed to go back down before my pass expired - he said "go ahead". Now, I knew he was kidding, and he knew he was kidding, but he DID say "go ahead" and since I was already dealing with the travel agent for that years conference (I wasn't going on it - just booking it for those that were) I asked her to look into some flights to Orlando. I called hubby back later and told him what the prices were and he asked who was going - I told him well he said "I" could go. AGain we both thought we were teasing. Until he came home that night with much better airline prices than the travel agent had given me ..... So I booked another trip. This time I stayed at the All Stars, and had to pay for my own flight, and did I tell you .....it was over Mother's Day week-end Another great trip. I went to the Millionaire game and made it in the hot seat when the host asked me who I was with I told him I was there alone - I had run away for Mother's Day.....I got a round of applause. I think there were a lot of mom's in the audience that day with hot, tired, whiney, kids who were wishing they were me that day!
Circumstances haven't worked out for me to do it again recently, but I would sure do another solo trip. Although now that my kids are older we will be doing non-kid trips before too long anyway so this time I am really looking forward to our August trip which could very well be the last time all of us go together.
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Here is a Dole Whip to drench those raging fires....lol
Oh, what I wouldn't do for one of those right now???

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I think your reasoning for a solo trip is top notch! I am a huge proponent of alone time for moms! We need it and deserve it!
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Old 05-20-2008, 09:18 PM   #38
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You are going for free dining then? I am HOPING that going a few days before will be worth it. I'll still be in disney at POR from the 21-25th tho!
Yes I am! I have a room only the first night and Free Dining kicks in the next day.

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Yes, it sounds like the kids have had their time and certainly will again. And I'm with you on the Staples commercial. I'm also the mom who was blissfully happy when DS7 started first grade this year, and I cannot wait until DS5 starts first grade next year. Not that I don't love being with my kids - but we need our time apart. I need my alone time - therefore I am still up when everyone else has gone to bed. You're going for all the right reasons and you're going to have a blast!
Same here, I am rarely in bed before 11:30pm!

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Here is a Dole Whip to drench those raging fires....lol



I noticed a forum on the dis boards devoted to solo travelers you may want to take a look at... in case some of your dis friends may be going at the same time to share a meal or ride if a somepoint you dont want to alone in the world. http://disboards.com/forumdisplay.php?f=54
Thanks for the Dole Whip! Would I ever love one right about now! And thanks for the tip on the Solo board, I have checked it out!

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You go girl!!

You will have a blast at the parks by yourself.. I was wondering if your kids knew yet, but sounds like they have an idea.

I do think our families might be related

Although it would be werid at first to sit and a table service restaurant, it would be soo awsome to actually be able to ENJOY a meal and not have to order for anyone,cut up someone's food, or have to take someone to the potty!!

Like I said you go girl!!!
Thanks and yes I am excited about that! Mostly about not having to run to the bathroom constantly. They never seem to synchronize their bladders! LOL!

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Yes, it is too bad our trips don't overlap. I've always wanted to meet a fellow DISer, and I feel like we already know each other!



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mmmmmmmm....that dole whip sure looks yummy! we missed out on them last trip, but it's on my "to-do" list for this trip!

Allyson, I'm loving the PTR. I know that you'll have a blast!! I can't wait to hear all the plans!

P.S. I started a PTR as well. It's in my siggie.
I wish we were able to meet up too. Just missing you by a few weeks! Drat!

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I love that Staples Commercial!

I get one hour alone in the morning between my youngest leaving for school and the time I leave for work. That hour is wonderful!

Family trips are so magical seeing things with the kids, but they are also a balance between who wants to see/ride what and who is/is not tired. There are always things I want to do that we don't have time for.

I've already told my kids someday I'm going without them during the flower & garden festival. They have been to gardens with me, so I think they will be relieved not to be with me on a garden trip.

I would definately do one of the tours too!
Yes going during F&G would be so nice! I hope you do take that trip someday! I really am a fan of Moms taking a little time out for themselves once in a while! I say the same thing about married couples making time for date nights. SOOOOO important in my book. You need to nurture things like that, be it your marriage or just your own well being, and it takes a little time to do so.

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Oh you are sooo going to love this trip! I had two solo trips 6 & 7 years ago. The first one was when i was going to Orlando for a conference, so I asked my boss if i could book my flight down a few days earlier and then meet up with everyone else when they came down. She didn't have a problem with that, so my airfare was "free", I booked a few nights at Port Orleans (got a great rate there) and bought an annual pass (my family already had a trip planned for later in the year). It was great - I got up when I wanted to went where I wanted to, did what I wanted to, ate what and when I wanted to.......you get the picture it was all about ME! That fall we went on our family vacation and I appreciated it even more because I had already gotten my way on the last trip so I could let them pick more. Then the following spring rolled around and I called my hubby at work one day and told him I really needed to go back down before my pass expired - he said "go ahead". Now, I knew he was kidding, and he knew he was kidding, but he DID say "go ahead" and since I was already dealing with the travel agent for that years conference (I wasn't going on it - just booking it for those that were) I asked her to look into some flights to Orlando. I called hubby back later and told him what the prices were and he asked who was going - I told him well he said "I" could go. AGain we both thought we were teasing. Until he came home that night with much better airline prices than the travel agent had given me ..... So I booked another trip. This time I stayed at the All Stars, and had to pay for my own flight, and did I tell you .....it was over Mother's Day week-end Another great trip. I went to the Millionaire game and made it in the hot seat when the host asked me who I was with I told him I was there alone - I had run away for Mother's Day.....I got a round of applause. I think there were a lot of mom's in the audience that day with hot, tired, whiney, kids who were wishing they were me that day!
Circumstances haven't worked out for me to do it again recently, but I would sure do another solo trip. Although now that my kids are older we will be doing non-kid trips before too long anyway so this time I am really looking forward to our August trip which could very well be the last time all of us go together.
Thank you for sharing that story! I love reading about other Moms who have taken off and gone alone. I love your story of being in the Hot Seat! Too funny!

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Oh, what I wouldn't do for one of those right now???

Allyson,
I think your reasoning for a solo trip is top notch! I am a huge proponent of alone time for moms! We need it and deserve it!
You are so right!

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Old 05-20-2008, 09:37 PM   #39
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So if Lady Luck had not smiled on me a few weeks back this pre trippie would not even exist. You see Grumpy and I have a pretty special trip coming up in January. We are running the Half with our friends and staying at CSR for 3 nights and then we are flying to the Bahamas and staying at Sandals in Nassau for 4 nights. No children, just us and our best friends. It is going to be so much fun. So much fun. Had to say it twice. So all our extra dinero is working off this trip right now. There is no way I'd just decide to make my solo dream come true at this point in time. Unless I won me some money or something.

So let me take you back a few weeks...If you read my last TR you know Grammy and Papa. Well Grammy wanted to go to the casino with me. I go maybe once or twice a year. Usually once with Grumpy and once with Grammy. So I drive to her house to pick her up and Papa comes along to. We get to the casino and first go to this nice Irish pub they have for lunch. I had outstanding Fish and Chips. Delish.

Then it is off to the slot machines. We split up with Papa going to another floor and Grammy and I staying in the same general area. So I had brought a whopping $60 with me. I am not a big gambler and as much as I enjoy playing the slot machines (they are so fun and the bells and whistles, well it just sucks me right in) I really don't like losing my money. So I was comfortable with losing $60 so that is what I allowed myself to bring. I played a while, won a little, lost a little. Grammy and I reunited and started off to a different section. At this point I had $25 left. She found a machine so I grabbed the one next to her. It wasn't even a super cute one. If you visit the casino you know what I mean, some are just so cute with different animals like dancing pigs or fish or even Sea Monkeys in these cute animations. Anyway this was like based on the Trojan War with men in armor, Helen of Troy and the Trojan Horse. It wasn't super cute and I just figured I'd play it since it was next to my Mom. So it is a 2 cent machine. Yes 2 cents. I told you I wasn't a high roller. But I was playing 40 lines at 2 credits a line (for you gambling types who understand that). Okay fast forward.....

If you don't know on most of these machines if you get the right combo of little pictures you get some free spins, 10 free spins on this machine. So it happened and I got my 10 free spins. Basically the machine spins 10 times but it costs you nothing and you win what comes up. Well in those free spins I won more free spins. And more free spins. And more free spins. I sat there for a very long time in awe as I racked up 110 free spins. It just kept spinning and winning and winning and spinning. I was giddy and giggling out loud and my Mom couldn't believe it and the lady next to me stopped to just watch and it really was so fun. I cashed out at the end with $660. Then I played with $60 of that on another machine and turned it into $125. I lost a little but when I exited the building that day my $60 had turned into $720.

So that is how this solo trip came to be. $720 pretty much pays for a 5 day solo trip at a value with airfare and tickets and oh yeah, free dining! I have to kick in a little extra but the bulk of it all is covered.

I hemmed and I hawed and I spent the money a thousand different ways in my head but ultimately I decided to go for it! I emailed my TA and she got me quotes and the night I booked I had the email to her to do it sitting on my computer for literally HOURS before I hit send and made it official. But official it is.

So that my friends is the story of how Lady Luck gave me the nudge to book this and just do it.

What is that? Where am I staying? How am I getting there? Details huh? You got it, next installment!

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You'll never think of the Trojan War the same way again! I bet it is your favorite part of ancient Greek history now!
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Great time winning all that money...I went to play the Munster 5cents slots and spent 5dollers and won 60.00 thats the only time I went.

Im glad everyone enjoyed their Dole Whip...lol
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That's a great story Allyson!
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