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Old 08-14-2008, 08:52 AM   #16
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Sorry that it took me so long to update. Sorry that I left ya'll hanging like that, believe me it was not my intention! Things have been crazy here and I have barely been at home. Between getting everything ready for school to start and everyone in the school routine again, helping my MIL move into her new house and a death in the family on my DH's side, things have been just a little chaotic to say the least. Things should be better now though, and today should be a relaxing day (I think....I hope, haha).

Ok, now on to the update. Let's see, where did I leave off. My memory escapes me.....but that's not anything new Ok, now....got it..........

When I left off we had booked our trip, inquired about the Free Dining and were planning away. We were basically waiting on April 10th to arrive to see if we were going to get Free Dining, and with the DH's be total sceptics about the offer, we were more that eager to get it and prove them wrong.. Everything was set. I guess I should mention that we booked our stay at POR 9/11 - 9/16. We were beyond excited. DBFF and her DH told their kiddos about the trip and they were super excited, but we decided to wait and not tell our kids that we were planning another trip. We told them about 8 months before our last trip and I was asked EVERY day when we were leaving for WDW, and I really didn't want that again. So we decided to wait....wait.....and wait. At this point they have no clue that we are going at all! I hope it stays that way. They know that DBFF and her family are going and they are totally jealous about it, especially the closer it gets.

Lets back up a little, back to when we were waiting for Free Dining. Me and DBFF had everything figured out. We just HAD TO GET FREE DINING. We set up our plan for the day it was released. We were ready It was the day before "FD Day" and my computer decided to CRASH!!!! I mean every thing GONE!!! I was getting the dreaded blue screen of death and then nothing at all. I was so upset!!! I was going to be in the Dis posting and reading while I was on hold waiting to talk to them about FD I called DBFF and told her and we decided that she would keep me posted through her computer while we were on the phone with eachother. Ok, just reading that last sentence makes me really sound like I need a 12 step program for Dis addiction

Ok so it is the day. I get up bright and early and call DBFF. We were waiting....coutning down the minutes until the phone lines were open....Cup of coffee in hand and fingers ready to dial.....I was getting FD today....I was determined It was 6am our time and I called Disney then called DBFF on the other phone. We were holding.....we had decided that whoever got to talk to a CM first would book the offer for both ressies b/c we were already linked and are part of Grand Gatherings....so we waited....waited and waited. Then after 45 min on hold listening to those favorite disney tunes....I was startled by a lovely CM when she said....Thank you for calling Disney Dining!!!!! I told her that I was calling about the FD offer, and she said "OK I can assist you with that"!!!!!!! I was so flippin' excited and was telling DBFF!!! She was still holding....I asked it I could apply FD to both of the ressies and she let me WE ALL GOT FREE DINING!!!! This is going to be the best trip ever!!! We couldn't wait to tell DH's! We upgraded to the Deluxe Dining while we were at it....so we are going to be at POR for 5 nights with FD with Deluxe upgrade!!! It was awesome!!!

By this time it was 7:15am and I had to get the kids up for school and they were already running late I wasn't stressing though, afterall I had a great morning

Since we had already decided on where we would eat and set our park days we could make our dining ressies. We just had to wait util our 180 mark. Wait, wait, wait....
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Old 08-14-2008, 09:13 AM   #17
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This is a great report! I wish we could have gotten free dining this year. (We did last August. It was great.)

We are going in less than two weeks, so you're report has me so excited!

Your kids are so cute!
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Old 08-14-2008, 10:16 AM   #18
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Girl, we had our ADRs booked weeks before we got free dining! Remember - we were panicking that if we didn't get FD w/a Deluxe upgrade we were going to have to cancel ADRs and we DID NOT want to have to do that! I still remember that day like it was yesterday . . . a phone in each ear . . . on the other end of one was you, and on the other was Disney Dining . . . I remember running around trying to get everyone ready for school while juggling both phones . . . it was wonderful!!! Wow, we are a bit OCDP aren't we? (Obssessive, Crazed, Disney Planners!) Atleast I have someone to share in my mental disorder with me! Anyhoo, can't wait for the next update! Hope to see more pics, too! Hint, hint!
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This is a great report! I wish we could have gotten free dining this year. (We did last August. It was great.)

We are going in less than two weeks, so you're report has me so excited!

Your kids are so cute!
Thanks so much for reading. This will be our first time with Free Dining, so we are super excited!
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Girl, we had our ADRs booked weeks before we got free dining! Remember - we were panicking that if we didn't get FD w/a Deluxe upgrade we were going to have to cancel ADRs and we DID NOT want to have to do that! I still remember that day like it was yesterday . . . a phone in each ear . . . on the other end of one was you, and on the other was Disney Dining . . . I remember running around trying to get everyone ready for school while juggling both phones . . . it was wonderful!!! Wow, we are a bit OCDP aren't we? (Obssessive, Crazed, Disney Planners!) Atleast I have someone to share in my mental disorder with me! Anyhoo, can't wait for the next update! Hope to see more pics, too! Hint, hint!
Hahaha! How could I forget that Like I said earlier in my PTR, my memory escapes me often Must be those "senior moments" I am getting since AARP thinks that 29 yrs old is old enough to start recieving info from them on life insurance lmao: I am so dreading the BIG 3-0! Maybe I should embrace it though, and celebrate Disney style. Maybe someone should call and tell the CM's that I am celebrating my 30th bday and notify our ADR's
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Hahaha! How could I forget that Like I said earlier in my PTR, my memory escapes me often Must be those "senior moments" I am getting since AARP thinks that 29 yrs old is old enough to start recieving info from them on life insurance lmao: I am so dreading the BIG 3-0! Maybe I should embrace it though, and celebrate Disney style. Maybe someone should call and tell the CM's that I am celebrating my 30th bday and notify our ADR's
Yeah, somebody really should do that . . .
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Ok, I don't have but a few secs so I can't do an update...I will leave you with a few pics from out last trip to help you pass the time

The kiddos with the Mouse



Castle during the lighting ceremony







The gang at Yak & Yeti....My family along with DBFF and her DH. This photo is compliments if her DD!


Me and my crazy DH and Yak & Yeti



2nd Row - Our DH's



DD and I enjoying ice cream in Epcot



Last but not least....The kiddos with Jasmine



Stay tuned.......more to come!
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I just LOVE all those pics!!!! I can't wait till we're there again - 27 days to go . . .
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I'm joining in. Love to read about surprise trips. Sounds like your 2 families are going to have a lot of fun. I can only imagine how jealous your kids are that they aren't going anytime soon.

Great pics too!
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I'm joining in. Love to read about surprise trips. Sounds like your 2 families are going to have a lot of fun. I can only imagine how jealous your kids are that they aren't going anytime soon.

Great pics too!
They are so jealous. They know that their friends are going in September, and that it's not that far away! If they only knew!! Haha!
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Don't want to hijack your PTR, but there are some pics from my camera on our last trip that I wanted to share here:

The 5 kiddos enjoying the AK parade


Emma and Syd really got into it


The girlies in line for Test Track



The boys in line - don't know what kind of pose Bo is striking???


This is one crazy bunch!


The DHs refusing to look at the camera for a pic!!!!


The boys amusing themselves at Sunshine Seasons during Epcot EMH



I love these girls!


Your girls all wiped out from such a long day! LOVE this one!


It's Tough To Be A Bug!


I hate that this one is blurry, but it's a way cute pic of your family


Our DH's, Peyton, and Bo (last 2 rows). The DH's are on their cell phones!


The kids using their chopsticks at Yak & Yeti (We LOVE this restaurant!!!)








The DH's "using" theirs too



Blurry group shot (Um, yeah, your DH is using his chopsticks like a wolverine claw, and mine has 2 sticking out of his mouth like a walrus!!!!) Gotta love those 2!


Waiting for FOTLK


Wow! That was alot! LOL!!!
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Thanks for posting pics!!! It helped pass the time a little....I am guessing that it is time for another update.... I am so ready to go....26 days!!!!!
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Did you notice how much the 5 of them have grown in less than a year?!?!?! Can't wait to compare this year's pictures to those! Thanks for letting me hijack! Can't wait for the next update.
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Ok so it is update time. Since I have a few minutes I thought that I would get back to my PTR a little. When I left off, we had just booked the free dining offer and were so excited.

Our DH's could not believe that we were going to Disney with Free Basic Dining, and got the Deluxe upgrade for a great price. They for once saw the potential in the Dis I do believe!!

Our next decision. Should we drive like we have always done previously, or should we fly? DBFF and her family had already told us that they were flying, so we looking into it. Making the trip without that dreaded 12 hour drive was very tempting. We started looking at ticket prices and flight schedules and planning. We decided to go ahead an bite the bullet and fly!!! Much to our surprise though, we weren't going to be spending a whole lot more that driving, and it wasn't going to take us 12 hrs!!!! I was ecstatic! This will be our first time to fly as a family!!! This is when the wait for Southwest to release the September rates began!!! It took forever! I know we waited for a few months, checking daily to see if they had been released, with no luck of course Finally the day came that SW was supposed to release the dates and flights and guess what?????? They DIDN'T!!! It was delayed a few days! How could they do that??? Didn't they know that we were waiting to book our flights and that we wanted to do that NOW!!!Hahaha!!! Oh well, the time finally came. I was doing some shopping with my sister a couple of hours from my house when my phone rang....it was DBFF! She was talking so fast I could hardly understand her She was telling me that someone here on the DIS had posted their Ding code for SW and that she was trying it to see if it would work and it did!!! The rate was awesome!!! She was so funny! I was in the middle of the store rattling off my card number to her so she could book for me and email me the info. I didn't want to chance missing out by the time I got home. Someone defintely sent us some Disney magic that day I still get excited just thinking about it!

It was done. We were booked, my family of 5 and her family of 4! We are FLYING TO WDW My kids are going to be so excited!!! DBFF and her DH told their kids that they are going by plane and they are so excited about that. They have told my children that they are flying so that just added to the envy that my kids have. My DS8 told me that "Brooke and Bo sure are lucky to have parents like that. It would be so fun" If he only knew, right!!!

So it is set, we are going to be leaving New Orleans International at 6:10am on 9/11 and arriving at Orlando International at 8:45am, how awesome is that!!!! We have elected not to do the ME service, but have a passenger van booked via FL Tours. They are picking us up with a uniformed driver and will also be bringing us back to the airport for departure. I can't wait for the kids to see the driver holding the sign for us when we land!!! It will definately be a "Kodak moment"

That is all the time I have for now, but will add more soon.

Up next: Our Itinerary and ADR's!!! Can't wait to take full advantage of Deluxe Dining!!!
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