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Old 10-12-2008, 05:09 PM   #76
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I'm on board Mary!!! I can't wait to read your report!!!!!!!!

And, I'm SOOO glad the skirt made it before you guys left! I was worried!
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Old 10-12-2008, 05:14 PM   #77
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OOOOH, so many questions!!! I am intrigued!!! And, I'm so glad you got the skirt. And, how cool that Lauren wore the zebra pink skirt to school!

Yeah Steph!!!

Lauren's principal looks like fun!
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Old 10-12-2008, 05:33 PM   #78
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Hi Mary, I am here. I know you probably won't have installments up before I leave so I wanted to make sure I subscribed so when we get back from our trip I can catch up!!
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Wow! I am going over right now to check out the next part! Looks and sounds like everything was great so far.
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Old 10-12-2008, 05:48 PM   #80
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Old 10-12-2008, 06:09 PM   #81
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Old 10-12-2008, 09:06 PM   #82
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Maroo, I can't wait to hear all about your trip with Lauren and her family!
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Old 10-13-2008, 11:33 AM   #85
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Old 10-13-2008, 12:36 PM   #86
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Can't wait to hear your report! We will be there in 3 weeks!
I know you are so excited! What a great time to go! The weather was wonderful, crowds were low and it was simply wonderful! I can't wait to go back.

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I'm on board Mary!!! I can't wait to read your report!!!!!!!!

And, I'm SOOO glad the skirt made it before you guys left! I was worried!
Yep! The skirt made it!! You guys are so awesome. I can't wait to join the Big Give team!!

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Hi Mary, I am here. I know you probably won't have installments up before I leave so I wanted to make sure I subscribed so when we get back from our trip I can catch up!!
Yes, I can't wait to read your trip report as well!!! Woo Hoo!!

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I can't wait to hear more!!!
I can't wait to tell you more, either! We got more pictures today to add to my stash...I am so excited!!!

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Thanks for subscribing! It was a wonderful trip! I can't wait to tell you guys all about it!

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Hello! A new person! Woo Hoo!! I can't wait to get started! Waiting on one more camera worth of pictures to get this party started!

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Maroo, I can't wait to hear all about your trip with Lauren and her family!
Her family is the COOLEST! I can't wait to tell you about the trip, either. We had lots of adventures!

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Old 10-13-2008, 08:32 PM   #87
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Mary's BORING...or maybe not...drive to Orlando!

Ok...so...disclaimer first. This is my FIRST trip report! I went to DW with such GRAND intentions of taking pictures of EVERYTHING. But, I can already tell, on day one for goodness sakes, that I did not take ENOUGH pictures!! I PROMISE that I have more pictures and more fun stuff for future installments!

So hang in there with me...subscribe...and stay tuned!!

Ok, so this first installment is a little boring...I mean...how exciting can a drive to Disney World be? Well, you never know...

But, first, a little background. Lauren's wheelchair...


is a pretty complex piece of equipment. Even for those of you guys that are familiar with power chairs...this one is a Mercedes! It has an elevator that allows her to rise up to over my height (we wanted her to really dance with her prom date - eye to eye - and it helps when we move her to and from her chair, too) AND it has a recline feature that allows her to recline all the way back so that she can shift around and get comfortable in her chair. Not a cheap piece of equipment. Actually worth twice the value of my car...and I don't drive a piece of junk!

All that to say...we were NOT going to put THAT chair on ANY airplane...no matter how nice they were or how they insisted they would take care of her chair. Lauren calls her chair her "legs"...and we were not putting her legs laying on its side in the belly of the plane to hang out with the luggage. NOPE...sorry.

So...that brings me to the drive. I decided to drive the 12-14 hours from Misssissippi to Disney World so that I could drive her chair, our luggage, lots of food/snacks/drinks to save money, and some more of Lauren's medical stuff AND we would have her van to use while we were there. Lauren and her family were going to fly to DW the next day. This way Lauren would not be so tired before we even got started! (And, if all 5 of us drove down together...we might not like each other so much when we got there, ya know!)

Lauren had school on Thursday...the day I was supposed to leave. So...I had to wait till she was ready for me to steal her legs. (Poor thing!) She told me I could come after her history test and take her chair. Now here is a funny moment...We have the van loaded down with everything but her chair and I show up at her school and tell the lady guarding the door (we affectionately call her the "attendance nazi") that I need to see Lauren so I can steal her legs. The attendance nazi did not think this was funny. I mean, come on, get a sense of humor!! Lauren would laugh!

So, I go to exchange Lauren's mercedes with this piece of junk...but the DISboutiquers should note that she ALWAYS has that pillow you guys made her!

and off I go...Now picture this...If I had an extra hand, I would have taken a picture...

I am driving her EMPTY chair down the hall at school and out the door. Which would be funny enough, except I can't drive it well...I run into the the wall...I run into the door and off the sidewalk before I finally get a handle on driving that sucker! Meanwhile...the attendance nazi is giving me "the stare" ...she was not sure WHAT I was doing...where was I going with Lauren's legs? So I stopped by the desk and told her I was taking it to Disney World and then walked off...and left her staring at me like I was crazy!

So...OFF I GO!! The chair gets loaded and I set my cruise on FAST...uh...I mean...I follow the speed limit all the way to Disney World.

I made it all the way to Orlando by midnight (this should tell you something...but NOT that I sped at all! No, I would never break the law.) Aw...come on...it was all for THE CHILDREN!

So, I found a Best Western. I had Best Western gift cards from the Make a Wish foundation, so that was my choice...Best Western or Best Western. Ok, Best Western. I called and found a place that was close to Give Kids the World, which was my stop for the following morning. Now, at this point, I should have been worried when the directions said, "We are located right behind the IHOP." Ok, I don't have anything against pancakes...but IHOP's are usually not located in the nicest area of town and this was no exception. When I arrived to check in the guy behind the desk was watching TV that was not appropriate for my eyes...or ears... so...once I was checked in...I RAN to my hotel room....LOCKED the door...and went to sleep.

Next installment...GIVE KIDS THE WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!

till then...if you have NO idea what Give Kids the World even is...you can check out this website...

www.gktw.org

and send them money. Or buy some souvenirs.... Or just check out the COOOOOOOLLL stuff that sick kids get to do while they are there!


CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE....

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Old 10-13-2008, 08:38 PM   #88
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love it so far, keep it coming please
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Old 10-13-2008, 08:39 PM   #89
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Old 10-13-2008, 09:07 PM   #90
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OOH, as soon as you said Best Western, I was worried!! Looks like you made it out of there ok though!!! So funny about the lady at the front door of the school!!! Poor Lauren without her cool wheels!!! At least she had her pillow though!
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