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Old 08-23-2008, 05:22 PM   #1
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Tom & Heidi 1/19/09 Italy WD/WP/Narcoossee's/Sago Cay...Sprint to the Finish!!!

Hello DISers!

Okay, I'm finally doing it. I've broken myself away from everyone's PJ long enough to start my own!

I'll start with a little background.

First off, we're already married. We had an Escape Wedding in June (see my TR), which was very impromptu, but the Jan wedding was THE plan all along, so we're sticking with it. Plus, if DH is willing to let me have two DFTWs, who am I to argue?

DH and I met in Germany. We're both stationed here with the Army. We actually got together on a group trip to Paris with friends. We had been flirting beforehand, but I like to think it was the romance of the city that clinched the deal!

Here's where I warn you that I love pictures, so if you don't...I apologize (but keep putting them in your PJs anyway, because I love them!)

Here's us in Paris!



We dated for a year and did some pretty cool things (traveling around Europe...a benefit of living over here...the down side is it's a LONG way from WDW!)

Here's Cinque Terre in Italy. Go there if you EVER have the chance.



Well, the whole year, we knew I would deploy for a year, and then he would deploy the NEXT year, so we convinced ourselves it wouldn't work to be separated for two years while we were dating. So, we broke up a couple months before I deployed and were determined to make it as "just friends."

This is us as "just friends." Do you think it was working?





So, I deployed and NOW my DH tells me that was a horrible day for him, and from that point on, he just locked his heart up and dedicated himself to work.

This is us the day I deployed.



We stayed in contact, and I would send him pictures, just like I did my other "friends." Here's the funny part...this picture is special to him, because he says when he saw it his heart sank and he knew what he had lost. Bear in mind...it's August in Iraq...probably 120 degrees! And I'm sitting in a HMMWV in PT uniform! I tell you what, if a man can love you when you look like that...



I have to throw this one in, because I think it's funny! It was all the girls in my company acting "mean." We really aren't at all!



This is where I get a little mean. I was planning my R&R trip to Australia with a girlfriend of mine. But, I hadn't packed my civilian clothes. So, I asked DH to go to my house and get me some clothes and to "help" him, I gave him a "list" of pictures of outfits I wanted. Of course, they all had the two of us in them together

MY DH is a bit OCD about ziploc baggies, so when I got the clothes and they were painstakingly packed in ziploc baggies...I knew it was love

Soon afterwards we had an IM conversation where he hinted that "we could work" and he talked about lining up our future assignments together. I thought he meant date ad naseum and I said "I'm 32!!!! I want to get married someday." So, he said "how 'bout we have a goal...say my R&R trip." I thought he meant get engaged on his R&R trip. Well, he meant get married!!!

Now I'm sure that's not the most romantic proposal ever, but it does get better! I told him promptly that it wouldn't get him out of proposing (he said he wouldn't want it to) and the next thing out of my mouth (or hands, really, since I was IMing!) was that I wanted a DFTW! He had never been to WDW, and he said it sounded like a great idea!

Long story somewhat shortened...we were supposed to overlap in Iraq for two months, and we wanted to be married (mostly because that's the only way we'd be allowed to share the same room on Balad! ), so we were going to get married by proxy in TX. He was going to visit my parents and marry "me." Then, I found out I was coming home early to take a different job...so the proxy was off, and we were able to take leave together!

So, I told him I needed to go to WDW to plan for Jan anyway, so why don't we just get married there. He did most of the coordination for the Escape wedding in about a week (see my TR).

He met me at the airport and brought me home to a house full of flowers. They were spread out through the house...but I combined them for a picture.



Then he proposed...but we still didn't have a ring. More to follow on that...

So...the day of our wedding (I know...we were nuts!), we had our sort-of PS. I'll put that in another installation!

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Old 08-23-2008, 05:41 PM   #2
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YAY for starting your PJ, i am so happy that things worked out for the two of you in the end! congrats!
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Old 08-23-2008, 06:06 PM   #3
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WOW what a great story!!!! You and you husband are so awesome!

I look forward to hearing all your plans
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Old 08-23-2008, 06:20 PM   #4
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Heidi,

So glad you started your NEXT PJ!!!! How awesome, two DFTW in such a short time. Can't wait to read more and post those pics, I love looking at them too.
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Old 08-23-2008, 07:11 PM   #5
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great story, I cant wait to read more !

What beautiful flowers

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Old 08-23-2008, 07:51 PM   #6
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Oh yes - keep sharing those pictures - you can never have too many of those.

Congratulations and good luck with your planning. You have such a great story. And as I just posted in your June TR - thank you so much for all that you and your DH do. I am a proud family member of a recent member of the Army and you all are just amazing.

Looking forward to following along with your planning. Thanks for sharing!
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YAY I am so glad you started your PJ!!!! Your story is so cute and how awesome that you get TWO DFTW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am officially jealous!
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I'm jealous too!

I'm sure this wedding is going to be beautiful.. if you threw that one together in a week at Sunset Pointe! I loved the flowers! Can't wait to see pics from this one, I am sure they will be beautiful!!!
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I'm so glad you started a PJ! Can't wait to hear more!!
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Soooooo happy you started your PJ! I loooove the pics, but i especially love the one of you girls in Iraq... you gals rock!!!!!!! Can't wait for more!
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Yay you started! Can't wait to read more!!
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YAY for starting your PJ, i am so happy that things worked out for the two of you in the end! congrats!
Me, too!

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WOW what a great story!!!! You and you husband are so awesome!

I look forward to hearing all your plans
I'm glad you liked the story! But, now that the "introductions" are out of the way, I can post "wedding stuff!"

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Heidi,

So glad you started your NEXT PJ!!!! How awesome, two DFTW in such a short time. Can't wait to read more and post those pics, I love looking at them too.
Good! I have more And I kinda wish I had more time to plan the second one...because y'all have such good ideas to "borrow!" But, if we wait till he comes home from Iraq for good, it will be July (hopefully...if he's not on a 15 month-er!), and I'd rather be at WDW when it's calmer.

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What beautiful flowers

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He shocked me with the flowers. I kept running from room to room seeing more flowers. I really love flowers!

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Oh yes - keep sharing those pictures - you can never have too many of those.

Congratulations and good luck with your planning. You have such a great story. And as I just posted in your June TR - thank you so much for all that you and your DH do. I am a proud family member of a recent member of the Army and you all are just amazing.

Looking forward to following along with your planning. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you! I am glad to finally get this thing off the ground.

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YAY I am so glad you started your PJ!!!! Your story is so cute and how awesome that you get TWO DFTW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am officially jealous!
Toni, I thought your story was cute, too! I can't wait to see your final product! And there's always VR!

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I'm jealous too!

I'm sure this wedding is going to be beautiful.. if you threw that one together in a week at Sunset Pointe! I loved the flowers! Can't wait to see pics from this one, I am sure they will be beautiful!!!
We went very basic Escape wedding for June, so that made it quite a bit easier. Plus, I had low expectations, since I didn't have time to obsess about it! January will be different...PLENTY of time to obsess!

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Thanks! I am going to do more this morning!

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Soooooo happy you started your PJ! I loooove the pics, but i especially love the one of you girls in Iraq... you gals rock!!!!!!! Can't wait for more!
I'm glad someone got a kick out of it I was a maintenance company commander (Blackhawk maintenance), and we don't usually have a lot of girls (girls don't gravitate toward repairing things), but the company commander (me), executive officer, one platoon leader, one platoon sergeant and the production control officer were all girls! My poor first sergeant had to deal with all of us! I think he secretly enjoyed it!

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Old 08-24-2008, 07:31 AM   #13
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Wow your having two disney weddings?!? Thats sooooo cool!!!

Can't wait to here all your plans!
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Well, I had breakfast and then read your first installment - it was wonderful, Heidi!!! What a lucky girl you are; it sounds like you hit paydirt I come from a military family and grew up all over so I feel a bit of kinship with you already More, More
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Heidi -- Your story is so romantic! Your DH is awesome and I am so glad you are getting to plan a wedding at WDW! You are getting married (again) a week after DH and I get married (again)! LOVE the pictures and can't wait to hear more.
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