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Old 11-02-2008, 08:38 AM   #151
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A newbie, a nana, two princess, and......the Planner! (Updated 1/4--DTD & head home)

Well, I'm going to try to start my trip report.........hopefully I can figure out how to do this. Some of you may have read my trip report, which can be found here Pre-trip report.

This was our first trip as a family as well as my DH and DDs' first trip. We had a great time, and I can't wait to share about it with all of you. There's lot of pictures too .

Introduction--Our Travel Party 11/2/08
#1 The Reality of the Beginning of Our Trip 11/2/08
#2 Our Travel Day and the Flight
#3 The Limo Ride.........WE'VE ARRIVED!!!
#4 Pinocchio's Lunch
#5 Some time at the Magic Kingdom
#6 Chef Mickey's
#7 A quick update--The hotel
#8 Crystal Palace
#9 Magic Kingdom AM
#10 Magic Kingdom PM
#11 Cinderella's Royal Table
#12 Animal Kingdom
#13 Safari
#14 Yak and Yeti
#15 Dinorama and the rest of the Evening
#16 'Ohana's
#17 Bibbiddi Bobbiddi Boutique
#18 Cool Dude and Photo Session
#19 Tony's Town Square Restaurant
#20 MNSSHP
#21 Photopass Pics from MNSSHP
#22 10/24 AM and Askershus
#23 Epcot AM--Future World
#24 World Showcase #1
#25 World Showcase #2
#26 World Showcase #3
#27 Coral Reef
#28 The End of Epcot
#29 Our Free Day
#30 1900 Park Fare
#31 Date Night at the Magic Kingdom
#32 Hollywood Studios #1
#33 Hollywood Studios #2
#34 DHS Afternoon and a DREAM!!!
#35 The rest of DHS and Fantasmic
#36 DTD and Our Flight Home
#37 Link to new pre-trip report
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Old 11-02-2008, 08:40 AM   #152
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Ok, I've finally started my actual trip report.......I hope I did it the right way. The Trip Report can be found here. I hope you'll all come on over .
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Old 11-02-2008, 08:52 AM   #153
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Old 11-02-2008, 09:10 AM   #154
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Good! Hopefully that means I did it right.......I'm working on getting pictures uploaded right now, and then I'll get started.
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I just read your pre-trippie, and I'm joining in for the trip report! I can't wait to read about your trip!
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Old 11-02-2008, 10:19 AM   #158
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I just read your pre-trippie, and I'm joining in for the trip report! I can't wait to read about your trip!
Hi.........glad to have you here! I just got the first set of pictures uploaded, and I'm ready to get started.
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Old 11-02-2008, 10:27 AM   #159
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Ok, I'm going to start off with some basic information in case someone didn't read my pre-trip report. Our travel party includes:

Me (Tristin)........This is my third trip to Disney, and I'm a little obsessed . I did all the planning, ADRS, etc.

DH (Adam).........This is his first trip to Disney, and our first vacation as a family. We've been married 6 and a half years. His family never really took vacations, and he definitely does not understand my love for Disney......at least not yet!

DD #1 (Anna)........My 5 year old princess. She loves everything princess or girly, in fact it's what her room is decorated in. I would have said prior to this trip that she's pretty passive and not much of a thrill seeker, but she kind of changed my mind at Disney .

DD #2 (Addyson....usually known as Addy)........Our 14 month old sweetheart. She is very independent and opinionated........if she doesn't like something, you're going to know about it. Turns out characters would be one of those things, but we'll get to that later.

And, last but certainly not least, my mom (known as Nana).......my mom pretty much raised me by herself from the time I was a year old. She's wonderful and is a huge help with my little girls. I hope that I can do as good a job with them as she did, by herself, when I was growing up. This trip was supposed to partly be a "thank you" for everything she does for us.

Our trip was October 20-27, and we stayed at Port Orleans Riverside.
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Old 11-02-2008, 10:44 AM   #160
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Old 11-02-2008, 10:46 AM   #161
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Old 11-02-2008, 10:49 AM   #162
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Glad to see you both here! We had a great time! I'm going to get the first "real" installment up when DD #2 goes down for her nap in about 20 minutes. She's never real thrilled about me sitting at the computer.
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Ok, now we're going to get started with the real stuff......not the FUN stuff just yet, but the real stuff!

Those of you that read my pre-trip report know that both DDs, as well as DH, had not been feeling great the week before the trip thanks to a rather vicious cold. They seemed to be doing better by the end of the week, but then the REAL problem hit. At about 2 am Friday night/early Saturday morning, I woke up to DD #1 crying hysterically . I ran over to her room in a panic because she never does that unless she's really sick. She told me that her ears hurt too bad for her to sleep. This made me completely freak out........here we are, two days from her first plane ride, and she clearly has a VERY bad ear infection!

I gave her some tylenol so that she could sleep and basically resigned myself to the fact that we'd be spending most of the next day in the Emergency Room begging a doctor to give us antibiotics for her ear infection (since docs don't like to give anything for ear infections any more). Turns out that we got lucky, and there was a local clinic open. The nurse practitioner there had no problems giving us antibiotics (turns out both of the girls had double ear infections), and also gave us some nasal spray for DD #1. This is what DD #1 looked like for most of the day Satuday....
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Pretty awful, I know......I was pretty worried. She wouldn't eat anything all day, but I think she did drink an entire container of orange juice by herself.

DD #2's ear infection was as bad, but she was not in a great mood either. Not real helpful since I was trying to finish up packing and such.

Luckily, the antibiotics seemed to take effect quickly, and we saw improvement by the next morning in both girls. This was probably also helped by the fact that everyone got a good night's sleep......well, everyone but me because I was too busy stressing about things.
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Our Travel Day and the Flight

Well, Sunday rolled around, and both DDs seemed to be doing at least a little better. We managed to get my mom picked up on time and stuff all of the luggage in the back of the van. I drove the first half of the trip, my mom sat up front with me, and DH sat in the middle row with DD #2 and watched Sesame Street . DD #2 sat in the very back row and watched the Disney channel for pretty much the entire trip.

We drove to the first major city......which took us three hours, and decided to stop to have lunch because it was after 2. We ate at one of my favorite places--The Olive Garden. I admit, not very gourmet, but not someplace I get to eat very often, and I LOVE IT!!!! There will be some food pictures in my report, but none from here I'm afraid. DD #1 still wasn't feeling herself, so she didn't eat very much. DD #2, on the other hand, probably ate more than me. Nothing seems to stop her from eating.

After lunch, we made a quick run into Babies R Us to grab a few last minute items for the trip. Then, we all piled back into the van and continued our drive. It took us about another hour to get to my cousin's house, and then she drove us to our hotel. It was the Radisson Airport in Kansas City, and it was NOT a very pleasant hotel. I was complaining about it to my friend, but she was kind enough to remind me that we would only be there one night, and then we would be in Disney World !

So, we got set up with the shuttle for 5:40 in the morning and all went to bed. I knew it wasn't going to be a whole lot of fun to get either DD up that either (or DH either for that matter), but it had to be done. I hadn't flown in several years, DH hadn't flown in over 10 years, my mom hadn't flown in 20 years, and neither DD had ever flown. No one was familiar with regulations, check in, etc, so that made me a little nervous.

I got up about 5 and took my shower.......then I dragged DH out of bed and he helped me get the girls ready. At about 5:30, the girls and I made our way downstairs and DH and my mom tried to get all of the luggage loaded on a cart. I kind of had to hold the shuttle because it took FOREVER for DH to get down. There was only one other person on our shuttle, so it was a pretty quiet ride.

We did curb side check in with our bags and realized we were missing a bag .........it was an important one too because it had DD #2's blanket in it. We called the hotel and they said they'd send the shuttle back over ASAP with our bag. DH waited outside and mom and I made our way in with the girls. We got in line for security, and luckily had no problems......they did go through my mom's carry on bag, but I think that's only because she had her portable DVD player in it and it was really heavy.

DH showed up shortly thereafter, and we all got settled in to wait for our flight.

As you can see, DD already looked much better ......thank goodness! The flight was completely full, but luckily we had "A" boarding passes, so we didn't really have any trouble finding two rows of seats close together. We didn't know this when we got DD #2 her own seat, but it turned out that she had to be in the seat next to the window since we were using her carseat, so she sat next to the window, I sat in the middle, and DH sat on the end of our row. My mom and DD #1 sat in the row directly across from us, with DD next to the window.

An older woman sat in the third row in that seat which was nice because DD spent most of the flight yelling things across the aisle to me .

DD #2 fell asleep almost immediately when the flight took off, and slept for about the first hour.

The flight was very smooth, and the view was just gorgeous.

When DD did wake up, she wasn't in the best of moods,

but shortly thereafter they brought our snack,

and having something to eat made her happy again.

The flight was just short of three hours, and had the smoothest landing of any flight I've ever been on. We made our way to baggage claim and started looking for our driver.

Up next..........where the heck is our driver !
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Old 11-02-2008, 02:56 PM   #165
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great first installments, its a good thing the girls were feeling better. Can't wait to hear where the driver was and how the Disney portition went.
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