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Old 08-17-2008, 08:45 PM   #331
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I have spent like the last hour or so(probably more..lol) catching up from the beginnning! I have read the pre-TR and the TR and I have had a few laughs and tears along the way. Your family is a wonderful family and you are blessed with beautiful children. I look forward to hearing more about this wonderful trip! And more about your family!
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Old 08-17-2008, 08:55 PM   #332
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Look at how gorgeous she looks!!!
Aww, Thanks! I love these pics too!

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Heather....I am truly loving your trip report ,you are blessed with a beautiful family.
I am enjoying sharing your trip with you thank you.Your children are so cute and so are the outfits the wonderful dis friends made for them.

Waiting to read more.
Thanks so much, we really do feel blessed.The outfits that people made and all the generosity was amazing.

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I love the pictures. Hannah's face painting is incredible. She looks so happy. I love Kali River Rapids but then I love Splash Mountain. I guess I just adore water but don't make me do TOT!

I am getting so excited. Each time I read a report or look at the pictures, I make a note so we won't forget something that would be fun. Of course, everything will be fun. I want to do it ALL. Well, almost all.

Thanks again for sharing.
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Oh, we have some funny pics from splash mountain coming up-you will love them!

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Such a wonderful trip report! I absolutely love the picture of Hannah in her face paint. I cannot wait for more!
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It looks like you all had a great trip, Hannah looks so happy in ALL of the pictures!! I cant wait to hear more about it.
She was so happy.Whenever we talk about it now she gets a huge smile on her face.We made some amazing memories there.

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Wow! She looks sooooo beautiful! The whole face painting story made me cry. I really love AK. It is a close second to MK in my book. Of course we don't go when it is really hot so that probably helps!
Thanks! We LOVED animal kingdom and wish we could have spent more time there.

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I have spent like the last hour or so(probably more..lol) catching up from the beginnning! I have read the pre-TR and the TR and I have had a few laughs and tears along the way. Your family is a wonderful family and you are blessed with beautiful children. I look forward to hearing more about this wonderful trip! And more about your family!
Sorry to steal so much of your time! I do the same thing, get caught up reading trip reports.Thanks for your kind words.
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Old 08-17-2008, 09:57 PM   #333
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After Kali river rapids we squished our way along until we spotted the Yak and Yeti resturant.We were all starving by this point.We decided to do the counter service here and find a table in the courtyard.We found a nice little table in the corner.It was shaded on one half of the table so we all sat on one side and enjoyed a suprisingly good lunch.The kids meals were served on a mickey shaped plate.We ended up keeping them and the kids love to eat from them at home.(don't worry, I didn't steal them, they were plastic disposable ones!)We got a kick out of the paper straws and no tops for the cups.(they are trying to keep the animals from getting hurt.)Even though it was boiling hot it was a pleasant little spot to take a break.The atmosphere was so neat and this courtyard was just so beautiful.I LOVED the themeing here.We really almost felt like we were in Asia.There was music playing from a live band not too far away and there was a beautiful fountain.

We were still soaked to the skin and Hannah decided she wanted to change.Fortunately I brought clothes knowing we would probably get wet here.Hannah changed into the sweetest outfit made by Tifani.Hannah loves this outfit by the way, It is so cute and is very cool and comfy.She has worn it a lot this week at home too.Logan on the other hand didn't want to change, I think he was happy being wet as it did help a little with keeping cool.I din't mind being wet too much but I HATE when my pants are wet.I had brought this little chamois cloth with us and I set it on the seat before lunch.I sat on it while we were eating and by the time we were finished that tiny cloth had soaked up a lot of the moisture. I felt so much better after that! Paul really wanted to do some of the thrill rides while we were there so I decided this would be the perfect spot to wait for him while the kids finished their lunch.It was so pleasant there and right next to a bathroom too! He took off gladly to do Expedition Everest.The kids and I finshed our lunches and enjoyed the area.


Before too long Paul came back very happy.We headed out and soon came to the "it's tough to be a bug show". I love how this is located under the tree of life.I probably forgot to mention the tree-for those who have not been it is the main focus of the park.It has a whole bunch of carved animals in it and is so beautiful and immense.

We quickly were ushered into the waiting area and the kids checked out their 3-D bug glasses.

Can I just say how much we loved this show?? Some people hate it but we thought it rather funny.Flik from "A bug's Life" hosts the show and they do funny things like spray water on you when a bug is supposedly blowing his defensive acid at you.They actually pipe in a nasty smell when the stink bug comes out.The most fun was when the back of the seats poked you like a bug and when they announce that the roaches and such should exit first and it feels like they are running around in your seat.The kids thought this was hilarious.We checked out a gift shop for a while and then we headed toward the Camp Minnie, Mickey area.We spotted Lilo and Stich and Hannah had a fun few moments with them.Paul thought it was so funny as Stich was totally in character and he kept messing with the CM.He kept doing things like unclipping his name tag and such.Hannah of corse loved them.


Then we saw Terk from the movie Tarzan(I think)This was the only time that someone made a comment about Hannah going to the front of the line.I kind of felt bad but the CM explained what was happening to them and they seemed ok with it.Hannah had a great "conversation" with Terk which is funny because she can't talk.We are actually pretty good at sign language at our house so we figured it out quickly.After some hand gestures Terk made it known that she wanted Hannah's outfit for herself! The CM told her she was too fat to wear it and she seemed pretty dissapointed.It was hilarious.


While we were visiting with Terk, Logan had pretty much passed out cold in the stroller.This is pretty unlike him.I had noticed he had some cold symptoms the night before so we became concerned a bit.We didn't know if he fell asleep because he didn't feel well or if it was from heat exhaustion.We kept taking his pulse but I think we both got a little nervous about it.It was just so unlike him.He was really unresponsive.We also had to force Logan to drink the whole trip so it was a real concern.We decided to head for the exit as we still had Epcot to do that day.When we got to the exit, we woke Logan up and Paul returned his stroller.He seemed pretty out of it so I sat in the shade and doused him down with a water bottle and made him drink a juice box.After a little bit he seemed a little better so we headed to the van.We had to carry him the whole way and it was in the full sun.I was never so happy to see that van.It took forever for it to cool down.We headed back to GKTW and went straight to the pool.
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Old 08-17-2008, 11:05 PM   #334
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Ok you got me. I'm hooked. I just found your trip report tonight. I am a former wish-grantor for Make-A-Wish and I am just on your second post where you met your wishgrantors. When I granted wishes, it was difficult to get feedback from the wish family and often hard to tell how much they truly appreciated the opportunity and experience. I am not sure if things have changed, but when I was volunteering, we were not allowed to initiate contact with the family after the wish. If the family contacted us and/or wanted to keep in touch, that was fine, but we often lost touch with our wish children. I am looking forward to reading your wish success story.

It is really fun to read how "magical" you, the family, thought it was that the wishgrantors picked up on so many details to help determine Hannah's wish. We were highly trained in this area. Also, the wish was for the whole family, and it was expected to be the experience of a lifetime. We did everything we could do to make it an over-the-top special event.

I could go on and on, but I have to get back to your trip report. I am so excited to read it.

Incidentally, the only reason I no longer grant wishes is that I moved from Memphis (with St Jude there, the MAW chapter is the largest in the country) to central Texas where there is not as large of an organization. It is still one of the charities that I heavily support.
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Old 08-18-2008, 06:43 AM   #335
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Ok you got me. I'm hooked. I just found your trip report tonight. I am a former wish-grantor for Make-A-Wish and I am just on your second post where you met your wishgrantors. When I granted wishes, it was difficult to get feedback from the wish family and often hard to tell how much they truly appreciated the opportunity and experience. I am not sure if things have changed, but when I was volunteering, we were not allowed to initiate contact with the family after the wish. If the family contacted us and/or wanted to keep in touch, that was fine, but we often lost touch with our wish children. I am looking forward to reading your wish success story.

It is really fun to read how "magical" you, the family, thought it was that the wishgrantors picked up on so many details to help determine Hannah's wish. We were highly trained in this area. Also, the wish was for the whole family, and it was expected to be the experience of a lifetime. We did everything we could do to make it an over-the-top special event.

I could go on and on, but I have to get back to your trip report. I am so excited to read it.

Incidentally, the only reason I no longer grant wishes is that I moved from Memphis (with St Jude there, the MAW chapter is the largest in the country) to central Texas where there is not as large of an organization. It is still one of the charities that I heavily support.
Welcome! How wonderful that you were a wish granter! I really think that Make a Wish is an amazing organization, they really did make our daughter's wish come true! As far as contact after the trip-I am not sure if that is the case or not.I do have our wish granter's phone numbers and emails.I know they are wanting to see pictures and I am hoping to stay in touch.They are very sweet women and we just love them!
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Great updates, you've got great pictures. We are going for the first time in April and looking at your pics I want to be there right now.
And I hope Logan ended up feeling better.
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Old 08-18-2008, 07:11 AM   #337
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I am just lovin your tr and all of the pics. What a magical pixie dusted trip! Hannah and Logan are so cute. I sure hope Logan perks up after a swim!
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I just love your report! It's making me cry. I just know Dilly is going to have the best time. It gets me so excited for him! I hope you keep your Disney magic with you everyday. God bless you and your family.
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Oncw were inside the gates we went and rented our stroller.We knew that we wanted to do the Kilimanjaro Safari in the morning since we heard that the animals were more active then.I really have no memory for the que line there but do remember we had NO wait.I think some behind us had to wait for a new vehicle to arrive but we walked right on to it.The kids LOVED it.I know we have all seen elephants and such before but it really was a thrill for all of us.I think it was just so much fun to buy into the whole story of the poachers and the bridge that seems like it will fall apart.We all got a big kick out of it.I think it makes a big difference who your driver is too.(we had a nice one, unlike poor Heather Sue!)



On our way into the safari we had spotted the stands that do face painting.I wasn't sure that Hannah would want to have hers done.Once I showed her the cool designs though she was all over that.This is the first time she has allowed anyone to paint her face and she LOVED it.This was a really special moment for us.The woman was SO nice to Hannah and that really helped.I will always remember how she treated Hannah.She actually worked quite fast and I was suprised at how skilled she was.The face painting cost $15.00. Any other day I probably would have balked at how much it was, but since it was Hannah's wish trip I wanted her to experience new things we would not normally do.Besides, the face paint was so cool it was worth every penny.I went to pay the woman and she refused my money!She said that wish kids do not pay or the face painting.Another magical moment for us!Hannah was just so pleased with it.Logan once again, wanted nothing to do with it.He really is going through this shy phase in certain situations.I took a lot of pictures, but it was one of those really happy moments.




These are my favorite! You are so lucky to have a girl! I have 4 boys
But I really really want a princess. Just look at her Heather! How beautiful
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But I really really want a princess. Just look at her Heather! How beautiful
Thanks so sweet, I do have to admit I love the girl stuff ,but boy stuff is pretty darn cool too.They actually have some really nice boy designs at that stand.I wish Logan had his done too but he just wasn't into it.I bet Dilly would love it!
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What an awesome trip report! We are in the VERY early stages of planning a wish trip for our son.. but as soon as you posted that there was a LEGO store! that just clinched the whole deal! Those are Nick's two favorite things.. disney and legos!! LOL!!

Love, love love!! all the pics!
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What an awesome trip report! We are in the VERY early stages of planning a wish trip for our son.. but as soon as you posted that there was a LEGO store! that just clinched the whole deal! Those are Nick's two favorite things.. disney and legos!! LOL!!

Love, love love!! all the pics!
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Intermission

I thought I would take a brief break and entertain you all with the PHOTOPASS pictures that came today!!! I am so excited! Some came out pretty cute! Wait till you see Hannah at Magic Kingdom.I know some of these look similar to mine but some have some cool graphics.





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Thank you so much. Every so often, I just need a good cry and I got mine for the day with these pictures. What marvelous memories and beautiful pictures of your wonderful cute family. I hope we are able to have as many great experiences as you and Amy had with your families on your trips!

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