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Old 09-08-2008, 01:54 PM   #151
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Great installment, T. Your little girl is just too cute and Evan has the most pinchable cheeks! We'll definitely have to try to get together when DH and I make out way out to DLR in January. I'll let you know when our plans firm up!

So, what meal did you have at Akerhus? Lunch? I booked breakfast because I figure even the Norwegians can't ruin scrambled eggs, right?

Sounds like you had a great night with V and LL! I can't wait for my DISmeet in October. It will be great to finally meet some people in real life, right?
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CATCH UP TIME!!!!!

HOT MEN and IN UNIFORM, I wouldnt have been able to sleep either
T nose always knows
At least Faye was good for something, it got Andy to do the DVC tour!!
Maddie looks so cute, like a true princess!!
WHAT IS IT!!!!?????
HOLY CARP your forgot the clothing spreadsheet!!!!!HOw did you ever go on
I am so glad your bag was still there phew!!!woohooo for instant FP
BTW my boys love the 3 caballeros ...ALOT. It so funny to hear them sing the song
Whats up with Princess Aurora??she looks more than off KWIM???
Waldo is so cute taking pics with the princesses
I am so glad you, V and LL had a great time getting together again, the kids looked like they were having a great time .wish I was there too. One day.

P is opening another office in CA near LA and I am trying to work on somehow getting us to tag along with him one trip
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Old 09-09-2008, 07:57 PM   #153
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Your princess is adorable, Tracy! Maddie looks beautiful in her Belle dress. Sorry the food wasn't great. We went there once after it became a Princess thing, and that was enough. Ick.

Glad you had fun with the girls. Thanks for letting me tag along in cardboard form. I hope to raise a glass (or three) with you in person soon!

Sorry the Champagne Mojito’s didn't sit well... but thanks to you, I have a new drink to try out! I've never had one before.
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there's so much i want to quote in that installment , but i don't have time..............cuz............sit down for this T.....................i leave in 2 days and haven't started packing!! but, i did make a spreadsheet for our clothes!!! thanks T

the kids are adorable !

okay , waldo is cute too!!!

focker meet !!!

and then . don't think i'll eat the bread, cuz there are too many good beverages at epcot!!!



ohh,, i just realized about the pic of maddie. your secret is safe with me!
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Old 09-10-2008, 06:45 PM   #155
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OMG, sometimes he’s worse than a little kid. I finally had to snap at him that we would get called when OUR table was ready.
AWW, poor Waldo!

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Naturally, 2 seconds before they “announced” us, Waldo disappeared. The area in front of the restaurant is relatively small, but somehow he got away. I send out the search and recovery team and they brought him back within a few minutes. We’re really getting better at finding him these days. He generally wanders into food or candy shops and sure enough, we found him a the Kringle thingle bakery.

[quote[[CENTER]Evan, Belle, Maddie & Belle.

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That's fantastic, though Evan is not looking like he is having fun.

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OK, is it me, and this is not the first time with Yakerhaus, that the princesses are looking less then princessy.


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entered AP, I heard V yell out “HEY, T!” I did my infamous stroller run/walk


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as I had an idea the evening would entail booze!
now why would you think that

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Secretly I had hoped Tony would start talking about DVC and really seal the deal for me.

[quote]Her head was like a freakin’ clown car, pins just kept coming out! [quote]

OMG, you ain't kidding!

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Hmmm – Don't you mean a night that you would mostly not forget. Seems there was a little fuzziness there.

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I took mom shopping one day and have you noticed that receipts from the department stores now tell you how much you’ve actually saved from shopping? Well, that line is mom’s favorite part of shopping. Anyway, last time we went shopping we spent roughly 96 dollars or so. Well that little line at the bottom of the receipt said by spending 96ish dollars, we saved $90! Well mom thought that was the greatest and came home to tell Waldo how she saved him $90 today. Yup, fuzzy spending and fuzzy savings.
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I wasn’t really impressed with the menu there. No burgers, no pasta, just flat breads, salads and sammies. You’d think with it being such a large resort, they’d have a larger menu.
I totally agree! I couldn’t believe their counter service was so bad. I was disappointed.

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We did the whole tour and looked at the AKL villas – OMG, they’re so beautiful! The details are incredible.
We just stayed in a studio – concierge level and loved it. Before we left, we went to SSR to check out the 1 bedroom model. DH is saying he wants to add more points. He didn’t even want to buy the few points we have there.

The kids were so tired and zonked out! How precious Evan is. Love the photos of Maddie and her doll. Her hair really held up well!
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Shoot. Has it really only been 4 days since the last update? I'm jonsing for more T!
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Awwwww! Looks like y'all had a great time!

Sorry sorry for the wuckity barfing
NOW, I must have me some school bread! That's as good a reason to go back then any

V- your son is so precious! Love him!!!
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Hey! I thought you said you were writing about the meet! You big liar! Guess I'll be back in a few days or a week to recheck!!
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Princess Maddie is just beautiful and you hubby is so sweet to have bought her doll the matching dress! Evan is just adorable in his Mexico pic! Looking forward to Waldo's antics...
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Great Update!The pix of the Princesses were sooo cute even if the food wasn't !!I've decided next Sept. with the family to do 1900 .I checked the menus and hands down it sounds better !!
I would recommend 1900 over Yakershaus any day! Enjoy!
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I just adore that picture with Belle, simply adorable.
Glad that the rain didn't totally ruin your girls night.
What a little rain when you've got Champagne Mojitos?
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Waldo the Mac-daddy, eh???
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Yes, we had no trouble at all settling in as if we were "home."
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But I do!!!!
I remembered that, but I didn't want to snatch it, KWIM?
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I love the picture of the three Belles.
I'm glad Flat Michelle was enjoying herself.
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Cute. Evan looks like he isn't too sure:
Nope, his favorite Princess is Cinderella. He likes the blondes.


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I come to find out they didn't even talk about it! D'Oh!

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Hooray for school bread but BOO for it being revisited! Did you like it at least? I never did get any this trip...oh well.
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And the 3 belle's was adorable! Don't you get a pic with the meal now??
Yes, the photographer told us it was complimentary, but I knew better. They raised the prices to cover the photo package.
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Lapu night all over again huh
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Great installment, T. Your little girl is just too cute and Evan has the most pinchable cheeks! We'll definitely have to try to get together when DH and I make out way out to DLR in January. I'll let you know when our plans firm up!
Jodi, I would love to meet up with you and your DH! You just tell me when, and I'm there!
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So, what meal did you have at Akerhus? Lunch? I booked breakfast because I figure even the Norwegians can't ruin scrambled eggs, right?
We did the lunch, regretfully. I think we should have done the breakfast - however, Belle is not the "picture" Princess - I think it's Ariel at breakfast and whilst Waldo would have been happy, Maddie would not have been.
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Sorry the Champagne Mojito’s didn't sit well... but thanks to you, I have a new drink to try out! I've never had one before.
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there's so much i want to quote in that installment , but i don't have time..............cuz............sit down for this T.....................[B]i leave in 2 days and haven't started packing
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I remember reading your older Waldo reports and just loving them - your family is so fun! The picture of your daughter with Belle and her doll-Belle is especially adorable
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Land Of The Lost!

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This is what my handy dandy itinerary said:

8/22 Animal Kingdom

8:00a Bus to AK
9:00 Rope Drop
Head to EE - go stand-by
Grab FP's AND Baby Swaps (yeah, I'm working the system)
10:00 Head to Dinoland
Ride Dino Dumbo
Back to EE - use FPs & Baby swaps
Ride Kali River
Walk Maharaja Trek
12:00 Lunch & Leave Park



HERE'S WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED:


The alarm went off at 6:45 am and I ... well I don’t remember exactly what I did except I know I didn’t get up.

We slept. Everyone was beat and we needed just a wee bit more sleep. Finally around 8:30 ish, we all started stirring and slowly began to wake up. I texted V and LL to let them know we’d just gotten up and we’d meet them somewhere in AK around 10am ish.

I headed to the kitchen to start some coffee and noticed Waldo was awake and watching TV with an empty coffee mug in his hand. He’d been waiting for me to get up and make coffee. Seriously. He’s got functioning arms – he can make coffee. But he likes the way I make coffee, so he waited. And then he reminded me that he’s been waiting. For awhile.

It was nearing 10 am and I knew we wouldn’t make it in time, so I sent another text to the girls to let them know. Apparently we all were slow that morning and as we headed to the bus stop, we ran into LL, Tony and Michael. The AK arrived shortly and we made our way through all the SSR bus stops and low and behold, V & Leo jump on at The Springs and we’re all off to AK.

It was close to 11:00 am by the time we made it to the turnstyles, and the park was looking pretty empty. Tony needed to renew his AP, so we waited for them to take care of that whilst the rest of us took care of business; potty breaks, hat shopping and stocking up on water. Finally LL & company joined us and we walked toward the Safari’s with Leo as our tour guide. He was a very gracious host, leading the way and chatting about the ride and the animals & the famous “upside down” tree all the while Maddie held hands with Mr. Michael. Of course, being the proper young lady she is, she did in fact ask Michael if he would like to hold her hand. Naturally, he shrugged “Um… OK.”

LL had received a special FP for the Safari’s since the CM had taken such a long time to get Tony his new AP, so that took care of them and I still had the magical FP’s so I could use them all to get the rest of us on quickly as well.

When we finally made it to the ride, it had a 10 minute wait time, so we just nixed the FP idea and literally walked right on. We were a party of 11 and they divided us into 3 rows. I don’t remember who rode with who, but I do remember Michael telling Maddie that she had to stay with him. It was so funny, because he said it in typical husband fashion. I got a kick out of it.

With the weather being what it was, we saw lots of animals; probably more than we’d ever seen before. It was loads of fun and our driver was great!







Next we all walked the Pangani Forest trail.

Seriously, a rabbit? C'mon.



This guy was HUGE!


This guy ... well not so much.




After we finished there, we were ready for some lunch. Michael spied the Train to Planet Watch, so he and his family headed there. The rest of us went in search of some lunch. Waldo and TE really wanted ribs – blech! And Leo, Maddie & Evan wanted pizza. I hesitated letting Waldo and TE go off on their own, but I really didn’t feeling like dealing with meat on a bone, so I asked them if they minded if we went our separate ways for lunch. They were fine, had cell phones with them and I gave them explicit directions on how to get to Flame Tree. I told them to call me when they were finished and we’d meet up with them at the Majarajah Jungle Trek.

The rest of us headed to my favorite CS, Pizzayucky. I wasn’t feeling the pizza, so I opted for a Caesar salad whilst the rest of my group chowed down on pizza. Yucky. My kids enjoyed Leo’s company as they all chatted about the circle of life and which animals devoured which animals. It was lovely.

We ran into Turk on our way in.


I got a good laugh from my friend CE, who sent me the funniest text message. It read:

“DO I GET A PRIZE? I FOUND WALDO!!”

I busted out laughing and texted her asking if she was at FTBBQ. Then I laughed again to find out she was at Yak & Yeti! Apparently Waldo didn’t follow my directions and instead of turning right at the 2nd bridge, he turned left, right into the Yak & Yeti counter service where CE was dining with her family. Too funny!

~CONTINUED IN NEXT POST~
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