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Old 02-12-2009, 12:31 PM   #1
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25th Ann.-2 TR w/over 1500 pics!!!!

So a little about me, I'm a mom of 7 kids (ages 23, 22, 19, 7, 3 & twin 21mths). I know you're going wow, what is she thinking....but let me clarify things: the 3 older are my biological sons, the 7 yr boy we adopted 3 yrs ago out of foster care, the 3 yr girl's adoption finalized Jan 6th (also out of foster care) & the twin girls adoption should finalize within a month (also out of foster care). We also currently have 2 foster kids ages 5 & 6 in our home, so as you can see our house is a bit hectic. (only the 23 yr old doesn't live at home.....getting the visual of my place now??)
My hubby, Mike & I decided to take a week long trip to DL for our 25th Anniversary. We are going March 7-14 & we're very excited as we get closer to those dates!!
We decided to leave ALL the kids at home.
We are planning to do some things we couldn't normally do with all the kids (either due to ages or finances).
We're driving down from Medford the day of the 7th & will be staying the first 2 nights at the Disneyland Hotel. This is something I've wanted to do all my life!! On Monday the 9th, we'll move over to the Tropicana Inn.
We are planning to do the Fantasmic, Dessert seating on the 8th. We're taking the Walk in Walt's Footsteps tour on the 12th. We're dining at the Blue Bayou & Hook's Pointe. We're also taking in some character meals (which seems a bit strange not having kids with us, but I love to see them too).
We've read a million of the threads here to help us plan & decide on which restaurants to try & pretty much have our itinerary set.
Just extremely excited for the trip & to take a break from our crazy homelife. Besides, after 25 yrs of marriage....a trip like this will really help us reconnect as a couple & not just as mom & dad.
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Old 02-12-2009, 12:56 PM   #2
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Oh how exciting and nice for you. You deserve this time to yourselves. There are so many fun things that you can do as a couple. The last trip we took the kids were busy doing their thing together and my husband and I had time alone and it was wonderful. It was the first time we had been alone at Disneyland since our honeymoon in 1992. Be sure and walk under the waterfalls together at the DLH. And stroll the grounds after dark. I am so excited for you.
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Old 02-12-2009, 01:12 PM   #3
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Thank you for reminding me about the beautiful grounds at DL Hotel, I will definately take time to enjoy all of it!!
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Old 02-12-2009, 01:43 PM   #4
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Oh do because it is so worth it. We were lucky enough to be able to leave our kids with my Mom and niece last trip and wander alone and it was kind of romantic.
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Old 02-14-2009, 09:25 AM   #5
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Hooray the trip is fully booked & paid for now!!! Was sitting on pins & needles waiting for fed. refund to show up....but it came & was able to finalize our trip plans.
Has anyone ever used Vacation Planning to order baskets, etc?? I set up 2 suprises with them & hoping we will love the baskets....
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Old 02-14-2009, 04:12 PM   #6
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Hooray the trip is fully booked & paid for now!!! Was sitting on pins & needles waiting for fed. refund to show up....but it came & was able to finalize our trip plans.
Has anyone ever used Vacation Planning to order baskets, etc?? I set up 2 suprises with them & hoping we will love the baskets....
I did a basket the last time we were there. I ordered a birthday basket as a surprise for my Mom's 70th birhtday. It was wonderful. And they had an autograph picture of Mickey and Minnie waiting at the front desk for her too. Although the baskets are expensive they are wonderful. It was so nice and beautiful that she didn't want to open it.
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Old 02-14-2009, 06:14 PM   #7
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Cool Beans....I'm very excited to see them!!!
I've ordered the Mickey & Minnie's Welcome Basket for our arrival & then the 2nd night, I've got the Chocolate Lovers Basket coming for my hubby (tag: for my sweetie) & the Tink's Treasure Basket for me (tag: because I'm spoiled) lol I've also ordered the rice krispies and milk for our late night snack.
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Old 02-14-2009, 06:19 PM   #8
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It sounds like you are going to spoil yourselves and I think that is wonderful. We need to do things like that more often. Right now I am in the planning stages of a family trip next December. I wish we were going to stay at the DLH this trip but not this trip. Enjoy your stay there. We love it.
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Old 02-16-2009, 07:33 PM   #9
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I'm so excited....I just found out that a gal I met on pogo.com 5 yrs ago & had the opportunity to meet in person at Disneyland in 2005 is going to be there again while we're there. She planned a last minute trip, so we could meet up again!!! She's a huge Disney-fan & it will be great to reconnect with an old friend at what we like to call "home".
Just made the next 19 days seem like forever!!!
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Oh how neat. And you are down to less than three weeks. Wow so close.
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So I just realized that people tend to put pics in on their pre-trip reports....so decided to add some:

this is Mike & I (Laurie) at our wedding March 17, 1984

Our 2005 trip for Disneyland's 50th Anniversary:

Our Spring Break Trip last year (only took 3 of our kids)

My entire crew in August 2008:


So at least now you get a little better feel for who we are!!
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You have a sweet family.
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Thank You Very Much!!
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I know we're getting close to our trip when the Disney Travel Package arrives via UPS!!! Super excited to find all the goodies inside!! I also pre-ordered some Disney GiftCards & they arrived at the same time!!
Now just sit & wait patiently for 17 more days........ guess I'll have to fill my time with these forums
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I know we're getting close to our trip when the Disney Travel Package arrives via UPS!!! Super excited to find all the goodies inside!! I also pre-ordered some Disney GiftCards & they arrived at the same time!!
Now just sit & wait patiently for 17 more days........ guess I'll have to fill my time with these forums
To me that is when the trip becomes real.
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