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Old 06-08-2009, 10:01 AM   #106
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Great ADRs!! I'm so glad you finally got a LeCellier ressie--and it'll be nice to have it on your last day! I'm nervous about making my ADRs. But they're not til the 22nd... It sounds like you got a lot of really great places!!!
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Old 06-08-2009, 02:51 PM   #107
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Great ADRs!! I'm so glad you finally got a LeCellier ressie--and it'll be nice to have it on your last day! I'm nervous about making my ADRs. But they're not til the 22nd... It sounds like you got a lot of really great places!!!
Thanks! It really wasn't as bad/difficult to get into the places we wanted as I had prepared myself for. As long as you are prepared with back-ups then you will be ok What I did was make a list of all the places we wanted to eat (in order of preference) and then went through my list as I made the ADRs, if choice #1 wasn't available that day then i requested choice #2, then when we got to the next day I started back at the first one we hadn't got yet and went through the list again ... it worked great for us. I hope you have extra good luck as well
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Old 07-13-2009, 09:11 PM   #108
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Huge news!!

SOOOOOOOOOOO....I know I have been a bad, bad Diser and have been away from here for WAY too long, but I pinky promise it's been for good reason. Today it became official that ................

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WE ARE HOMEOWNERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

As some of you may recall we have been working really hard on repairing our past credit mistakes. Unfortunately, in the real estate world they aren't very forgiving. We started to understand and be at ease with the fact that we would either a) stay in an apartment for another year or b) get a very small starter home and pray that it would be worth something when we were ready to sell. And then we got some really sad news mixed with really good news. Some of our friends are having to relocate to Las Vegas for a job. Now, don't get me wrong, we are very sad to see them go and hate knowing that we won't get to see them all the time anymore. And I guess this means we may have to take a vacation to somewhere OTHER THAN DISNEY . However, in the midst of all that they offered to do a lease to own agreement with us on their house. Now, I know "technically" this means we don't own the home yet, but we will and they are being very generous in the terms of the agreement. I could honestly never say thank God enough for giving us friends like them and will be eternally grateful for their friendship and generosity

You guys have no idea ... this home is more than I ever could have dreamed of for our first home together. It is huge and beautiful and has the ideal layout for us and the list goes on and on and on ....


Obviously, this is the front of the house. It's already xeriscaped and pretty and well maintained. It isn't a corner lot but there is quite a bit of space between us and the houses next to us (compared to a lot of other neighborhoods here anyway).


This is the view of the front door if you are standing in the living room. On the right is the half bath and on the left is the coat closet and stairs. The entry way, dining room, kitchen, laundry room and bathrooms all have this same tile. It's 18" ceramic and a beautiful color that goes with all our decor that we already have


This is the room I am most excited about - the kitchen!!! My current apartment kitchen is an alley kitchen which I hate and if I lay on the floor (don't worry it was clean when I tested this theory ) I am longer than the kitchen ... completely sad considering I am only 4'11"! This kitchen however, is big and beautiful and has tons of room for everything. It has cherry wood cabinets and grey/black granite countertops. I totally see some Tuscan decorating going on in here


Ok, the last picture I have is the dining room and the double french doors lead out to the backyard. I know this sounds nuts but I have NEVER had a backyard before ... not even in my house growing up. I can't wait to get a dog and have a garden ... I'm so stoked!!

Ok, I'm done bragging now Hope nobody minds! I promise some Disney updates SOON!!!
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Old 07-14-2009, 11:26 AM   #109
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So, So, So, So exciting!!! Congratulations!! That is so awesome. I know how you feel about finally being in a house where you can have a garden. Even though we don't own ours (we rent from my parents) we have a ton of room and we've planted lots of flowers. You are going to LOVE IT!!! I'm so happy for you!
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Old 08-01-2009, 06:18 PM   #110
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So, So, So, So exciting!!! Congratulations!! That is so awesome. I know how you feel about finally being in a house where you can have a garden. Even though we don't own ours (we rent from my parents) we have a ton of room and we've planted lots of flowers. You are going to LOVE IT!!! I'm so happy for you!
Thank you soooo much! I remember reading about how excited you were to garden when you got your house .... glad to know others share in that same excitement
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Old 08-01-2009, 06:32 PM   #111
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This, that or the other .....

Hello all my Dis friends

We have been moving, slowly but surely, into our new home and I haven't had a lot of computer time lately. I've spent all afternoon trying to get caught up on everyone's TR and PTRs ... if I haven't responded to yours yet, I'm not avoiding ya, I just haven't made it over there yet

It is amazing to me how much stuff we have crammed into our itty bitty apartment. I promise it felt like Christmas as we came across stuff we forgot we had because it's been in the storage for so long. I am so excited to finally have all our wedding gifts out and be able to use them ... I hear the wok calling my name tonight ... stir fry = YUMMY YUMMY

Now, I promised some Disney updates so here we go ......


We have one month and four days to go and I am slightly freaking out. Now, we are very lucky to be moving into a house, but it has dipped into our vacation fund quite a bit. Our original plan was to forgo the WDW trip and book a Disney Cruise instead. Our rationale was that the food is already paid for - technically we could get back on the ship and eat even at port if completely necessary. Not to mention that almost all the entertainment is paid for as well. The only "out of pocket" expense would be airfare, the booking fee for DVC and excursion money. However, when I called to do that I realized I couldn't because of the booking rule with DVC and non WDW hotel properties.

Our second idea was to push the trip back - end of October was ideal because that's Candi's birthday. Well...that didn't work either. I spent over an hour with an incredibly patient and helpful DVC representative and there is nothing for a complete week (+) at any resort in October or November (Food and Wine Festival is going on causing full bookings).

So, now what do we do? I definitely don't want to cancel - especially since I don't want to lose our DVC points we have left for this year. At the same time I know we cannot afford the trip we have planned as we have it planned.

Here is what we have determined so far:

1. We will (once again) re-evaluate the dining plan (this saddens me because we have some AMAZING reservations lined up)

2. We will look at switching the flight to Orlando (we haven't booked the return flight so we can use the credit towards that flight)

3. Evaluating other areas to cut back money (no park hoppers, less days, no WPFM ticket option, no Fulton's since it isn't on the dining plan etc)

Any help you guys could give me on cutting back some money would be incredibly appreciated and helpful

Off to work on the Vacation Budget with Candi ... will check in later tonight. Hope to have good news and see lots of helpful hints when I get back
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Old 08-04-2009, 11:43 PM   #112
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Officially one month until we leave for Disney ... Woot woot!!!!
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Old 08-08-2009, 06:05 PM   #113
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I think I can, I think I can, I think can ....

So, we have been working really hard at reducing the cost of our WDW trip, but have been having an incredibly hard time letting go of anything. Now, I understand that we are blessed just to be able to go, but we have been looking forward to all these things for so long ... it's just so hard

Here is what we have gathered so far:

We are going to cut one day This was a really hard choice to make, but it really does save so much money. We have a budget that we always try to stick to on our trips and by cutting one day we will be saving almost $300. I know that sounds crazy - here's how it breaks down:

$71.99 per person / day Deluxe dining plan = $143.98
$25.00 per day for tips = $25.00
$100.00 per day "go crazy" money = $100.00

Total savings by cutting one day = $268.98

This also works out well, because we will be coming home on Saturday, which will give us Sunday to rest before going back to work on Monday

I also decided to switch our flight to get to Orlando. Originally we had a flight booked that left home at 11:00 and was non-stop to Orlando with an arrival at 4:00. We decided to go ahead and switch it to the "crack of dawn" flight which will leave at 7:00 am and has a layover in Houston with an Orlando arrival time of 2:40 pm. This one wasn't such a hard decision ... for me that is Since we have not booked our return flight we will use that credit towards the flight home

Flight switch total savings = $61.80

Grand total savings so far = $330.78

This is an excellent start but we still need to cut $669.22 (our goal was to cut $1000.00 because that's how much we had to pull out of our vacation fund for the house).

I know it should be simple - take away the deluxe dining plan, but we have been looking forward to that for such a long time. In the end, we may have to do this - it is still better than cutting the trip.

However, after all the moving we did, we realized we have a bunch of stuff that is nothing but "junk" to us. So, we decided that next weekend we are going to have a yard sale to try to get rid of it. I am hoping that the phrase "one man's junk is another man's treasure" holds true for us. I am not, by any means, expecting to earn the entire $600 from this but anything will help. Plus, whatever we don't sell we are going to donate.

In the meantime we are hoping to come across some more ways to cut and/or earn money for the trip. Any ideas???

Have a great weekend everyone!!
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