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Old 09-01-2009, 08:38 AM   #46
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Glad to see you! I'm working on another installment now!

I'm also working on planning another trip!!! I've got my husband pretty well convinced, but now the question is try to go this year for Food & Wine or go next January in hopes of another killer deal like the 4/3 we took advantage of this year... decisions, decisions.
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Old 09-01-2009, 09:59 AM   #47
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Sounds like you had smooth sailing into "Port". Hooray for you! You certainly could feel your excitement right away upon stepping into your home away from home. Nice!

Hope you update soon
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Old 09-01-2009, 12:29 PM   #48
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YAY! You're back! And thanks for the videos! I'm excited to hear more!
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Old 09-01-2009, 02:44 PM   #49
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A room of our own!

I loved loved LOVED walking across Ol’ Man Island. There was a slight drizzle falling and it was just so quiet and peaceful and green… unlike the frozen brown we’d just left behind at home.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUhj9_RdTHs



It didn’t take long to get to our room at all; I was a bit concerned about how often I’d want to make that walk after a few long days in the parks, but I figured in the grand scheme of things it was a minor sacrifice.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLAfCV3osWo

Oh look, our building is FOUND!



Home sweet home… for ten glorious days.



A corner room! So much light and quiet… it was perfection.





Tatiana in search of lost pirate booty.



Hurray, Mickey!



After dropping off a few of our carryons we headed out to Downtown Disney for a good look around and of course… some shopping!



Anastasia, ever ready to be photographed!



And Alexandra, always bright and shiny.



Though that could just be the exposure of the camera…



Kyle looking… startled.



Waiting on the dock for the boat to DD





And here it comes!



Enjoy the ride!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuDMOKfMG6w

We enjoyed seeing French Quarter for the first time…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3B7twr8LA8

And the then unfinished Treehouse Villas!



Lexi on her first ever boat ride!





Tatiana enjoying the scenery…






Up next… Downtown Disney and “You’re going WHERE?”
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Old 09-01-2009, 08:12 PM   #50
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Score on the corner room! How exciting!

Everyone looks so excited to be at Disney and headed down the river!!!
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Old 09-02-2009, 08:59 AM   #51
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Riverside looks charming...I love the looks of the grounds-very atmospheric...

I love the picture of Kyle...I have some DD ones that are similar...

Looking forward to see what you did at DTD-how nice to have a boat to take you...
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Old 09-02-2009, 09:04 AM   #52
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I've always wanted one of those corner rooms. It looks so lovely and sunny. The videos are making me a bit homesick though to go back!
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Old 09-02-2009, 09:19 AM   #53
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I think writing this TR is what made me NEED to book for November! lol

Patricia, I just noticed you have a 14 year old too! Kyle's birthday is the 11th of this month. I can't wait till the 'meh' attitude passes!
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Old 09-02-2009, 12:31 PM   #54
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Lara! You're back!!!

I'm so excited to hear all about your trip, and good luck with school!
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Old 09-02-2009, 10:25 PM   #55
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You're going WHERE?!

Seeing Downtown Disney for the first time was AMAZING. I'd been reading about it online (living vicariously through all of you!) and we were finally here to see it ourselves. We went up the ramp that runs alongside the Rainforest Café and were immediately greeted by this!



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9WJ-Pvccdc

The first thing I needed to do was find Guest Relations in order to buy two gift cards for Kyle and Tatiana. They were getting their very own money with which to do whatever they wish! …Within reason. But when I finally found a map and tracked the building down, there was a CM outside redirecting everyone to the other side of the area where a temporary setup had been established while the building was under renovation!

So off we trekked, in search of buildings I’ve never heard of to try and follow the verbal directions we’d received. Luckily it wasn’t so difficult to miss THIS:



Two gift cards and several hundred dollars later we were finally off to explore Downtown Disney!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWxYgcT3oKk



Only, it was about this time that my Jose started to feel poorly… REALLY POORLY. Bless his heart, he looked absolutely worn out and I didn’t even bother pulling the “BUT WE JUST GOT HERE!” card I normally would have. So I let him take Alexandra back to POR to take a breather while the rest of us made our way through the shops (and let’s face it, I feel far less guilty shopping when my husband’s not standing over my shoulder!).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEok_6NpOc8

We absolutely love the Lego creatures!





And Kyle had to give a shout-out to the Motherland!



…Before we headed into the Lego store to spend most of the money I’d just given him.











“My PRECIOUS!”



Then it was time for Kyle to suck it up while we shopped for his three sisters.



Finally we thought we’d head back, get Daddy and Lexi and decide where to have dinner. So back on the boat we went, and the kids had a grand time playing on the bridges leading to our room.









Coming up next: Decisions, decisions…
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Old 09-02-2009, 10:26 PM   #56
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Lara! You're back!!!

I'm so excited to hear all about your trip, and good luck with school!
HI! I'm so glad to see you! How's it goin', what's new, what's the down-lo?
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Old 09-02-2009, 11:22 PM   #57
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I'm so glad you're back!
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Old 09-02-2009, 11:25 PM   #58
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HI! I'm totally reading your TR right now. lol

Your comments about the cheerleaders are spot on. We started running into them around Feb. 7 or 8th (our last days) and it made me realize how blissful the rest of our trip had been without 'em. Oy.
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Old 09-02-2009, 11:32 PM   #59
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HI! I'm totally reading your TR right now. lol

Your comments about the cheerleaders are spot on. We started running into them around Feb. 7 or 8th (our last days) and it made me realize how blissful the rest of our trip had been without 'em. Oy.
the best is when you're on a bus with them and they decide the other 69 sardines riding want to hear their chants. good times, good times.
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Old 09-02-2009, 11:34 PM   #60
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Word. My 13 year old son was chasing after them, clapping like a darn fool and repeating every chant they bellowed out.

I tried to stop him. Sort of...
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