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Old 06-10-2009, 04:28 PM   #151
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Love how you were yelling out "6" too funny!! A great feeling I bet though! I don't love the dollar store ponchos, but I like the heavier ones! It should be interesting to see what happens when we are there during the summer rainy season though! Poor Shaelyn, I am glad her nervousness didn't last long! Looking forward to more!
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Love how you were yelling out "6" too funny!! A great feeling I bet though! I don't love the dollar store ponchos, but I like the heavier ones! It should be interesting to see what happens when we are there during the summer rainy season though! Poor Shaelyn, I am glad her nervousness didn't last long! Looking forward to more!
Yeah... yelling "SIX" was fun! Then, as we got closer to the end of the trip, it got sad.. because it would be no fun to yell "TWO and a HALF!!!"

Shae was pretty trusting after that first episode! Thankfully!
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Old 06-11-2009, 11:12 PM   #153
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GREAT update Sooze! Tim and I were laughing out loud about your poncho comments, Tim is the EXACT same way, he NEVER will wear them, too funny! Loved the pics of your kids playing in the rain, Luke and Lauren are the same way. Sorry about Shae's freak out but glad all was well in the end, can't wait for more.
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Old 06-12-2009, 08:49 AM   #154
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GREAT update Sooze! Tim and I were laughing out loud about your poncho comments, Tim is the EXACT same way, he NEVER will wear them, too funny! Loved the pics of your kids playing in the rain, Luke and Lauren are the same way. Sorry about Shae's freak out but glad all was well in the end, can't wait for more.
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Thanks, Lesley! Hoping to squeeze in a few more before you go! I think Tim and I should develop a picture that we can put in our signature. Something anti-poncho!
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As Matt and Tyson were busy making sure the imaginary city had plenty of power, Dean, Adrianna, and Abby found their way to us. After several celebratory minutes of "oh my gosh we're really here" cheers, we decided to head out to the rest of the park. Tyson was just dying to get on Mission:Space. Abby and Shae were begging for Nemo. So.. what to do? Well, what any good band geek group would do... DIVIDE AND CONQUER!!

Tyson and I headed to MS, Matt, Shae and the rest of the crew went to Nemo. Thanks Matt!! He spared me from yet another ride in the clammobile.. well, until later, of course!

Tyson threw a curve ball at me when he told me he wanted this:



Yeah, seriously... that's a GREEN side ticket. BORING!! See the look of disappointment on his face? I think he really felt bad that he was just a bit nervous to jump on the orange side right away. That's okay.. I only harassed him for about 20 minutes

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Ty playing with the Stitch topiary:


On our way across Future World, we made a stop in one of Ty's other favs at Epcot, Innoventions:


We just love the hands-on stuff:



One of the things I really wanted to see was the House of Innoventions. In January Matt and I took the "Undiscovered Future World" tour and learned about this 'attraction'. I had walked by it a million times and never knew (or cared, honestly) what it was. As luck would have it, when Ty and I walked by it on our way out, they were just letting in the next show, and there was no line!

The technology on display in this 'home' was quite unbelievable!! My favorite was the entertainment system... the TV/computer basically controlled the home electronically. Ty and I enjoyed seeing the gadgets of the future, but I was a bit turned-off by the incredible amount of product placement. Understandably... the exhibit is completely run with the help of sponsors.. but the whole thing felt like an infomercial. I was waiting for Billy Hayes(is that the Oxy Clean guy?) to jump out at any moment!!

We met back up with our clan and started to walk towards the American Pavillion in World Showcase. All of us (ok.. maybe not the kids).. but the rest of us were really getting the VOL itch. Having all of these band geeks together makes you eager to hear some FINE music. On our way over, however, the rain made one more appearance.

Our friends whipped out their ponchos... but us... remember us? We don't DO ponchos!! So we played "DART FROM OVERHANG TO OVERHANG" until we made it... to France! We took shelter and decided to see the movie. This is another true Band Geek moment. Matt and I (and, obviously, our kids) have NEVER sat through the France movie. Dean, on the other hand, considers it one of the greatest spectacles in Disney. The soundtrack alone moves him to tears. Well, hey, we're in here escaping the downpour, why not check it out?!

The kids had fun messing around with the gargoyle:



Shaelyn decided to use the moment for some blankie cuddles!


I just love how her hair curls up when it's wet!

Finally, she was ready to play around too:


Having Abby with our group was just AWESOME for Ty. He had someone his age who laughed at the same things he did. Sometimes it's hard for adults to remember, get, or laugh with some of that 8/9-year-old humor, you know? The two of them were like peas in a pod. It was great!


So into the theatre we go. The movie was, I must admit, stunning. The music is fabulous and the screen was huge!! Unfortunately, I had to leave 2/3 of the way through. My little potty-trained princess announced that she had to 'tinkle'!! Luckily, we were in the back, so I made an easy escape. We waited for the rest of the group outside, since the rain had let up.


Come on guys! Let's go see Voice of Liberty!! YIPPEEEEE!!!


We sat through yet another chill-producing set of VOL. It was fun watching Dean's face throughout. He's such a true musician, down to the core... and when he hears such moving music... he can't hide his emotion. It was wonderful to experience this with friends! If the four of us ever go on an adults-only trip, I have a feeling we'd be spending LOTS of time here!!

Finally, we called POP and found out our room was ready. We were DYING for our post-drive naps, so we parted ways again with our Band Geek friends.

So... In which decade did we land? How much sleep did we really get? What do we think of our lovely value resort after being spoiled with DVC?

Stay tuned!!
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GREAT update Sooze! I was cracking up reading about you harassing Ty...that is SO something I would do! LOVE the darting from overhang to overhang and then seeing the rain drop spots on Shae's shirt How fun for Ty that he had someone to pal around with! Too funny how you keep refering to yourselves as band geeks We are hoping to see the VOL this trip too, I actually forgot to put it on my wishlist so now I must go add it on! LOVE the pic. of Shae on the fountain, she is a DOLL!
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Great update. Tyson's face with his green side card was too much : ) You are Tim would do so well together in Disney avoiding poncho's at all costs. That's funny about the infomercial, I feel Innoventions has been taken over that way, most of the fun stuff is gone and it's like a huge advertisement now (sigh).
You have me inspired to check out the other shows at World Showcase now, you've ALREADY inspired me for VOL, we'll definitely check it out this year and report back ; )
Can't wait to read more and see what you think of Pop!
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GREAT update Sooze! I was cracking up reading about you harassing Ty...that is SO something I would do! LOVE the darting from overhang to overhang and then seeing the rain drop spots on Shae's shirt How fun for Ty that he had someone to pal around with! Too funny how you keep refering to yourselves as band geeks We are hoping to see the VOL this trip too, I actually forgot to put it on my wishlist so now I must go add it on! LOVE the pic. of Shae on the fountain, she is a DOLL!
My poor son... he actually has TWO parents that LOVE harassing him! I'm glad you're adding VOL to your list... they are a true gem at Epcot!!

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Great update. Tyson's face with his green side card was too much : ) You are Tim would do so well together in Disney avoiding poncho's at all costs. That's funny about the infomercial, I feel Innoventions has been taken over that way, most of the fun stuff is gone and it's like a huge advertisement now (sigh).
You have me inspired to check out the other shows at World Showcase now, you've ALREADY inspired me for VOL, we'll definitely check it out this year and report back ; )
Can't wait to read more and see what you think of Pop!
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Unfortunately, Innoventions is not my favorite place.. but Tyson just loves it. So I suffer through it! Are you guys going to check out the new money exhibit they have there? It sounds good... we shall see!
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Hurray for six! And I am totally with you on ponchos!
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Great Epcot update, I loved the pictures of Shaelyn and her red curls.

Dh and I never visit Epcot without going by for a listen to VOL.
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Hurray for six! And I am totally with you on ponchos!
We just booked our Spring Break for 2010... and this time, we get to say "SEVEN"!!!

I'm so glad to know I'm not alone on the poncho thing!

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Great Epcot update, I loved the pictures of Shaelyn and her red curls.

Dh and I never visit Epcot without going by for a listen to VOL.
Thanks, I could look at pictures of my baby all day!

VOL are fabulous, aren't they?
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Love the updates! Too cute in the rain- even though they're a little soggy- smiles prevail at Disney!
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Well, let it be known... SOOZE DOES NOT DO PONCHOS!! I hate them! I hate the way they smell, I hate the way they feel on my already wet skin, I hate the way they trap the humidity and heat around my body, I hate the way you have to deal with them when the rain is over (and, no, I'm not throwing them away until Disney recycles plastic rain ponchos!!)... so there.. I got that off my chest. I would rather sit, soak in the rainy Disney atmosphere, or just get rained on than wear a poncho.
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I always feel like the lone dissenter around here, lol! I HATE ponchos. They don't keep my dry and they drive me up the wall for all the same reasons you listed. But living down here I had to come up with something for rainy season and we now do the umbrella-rain jacket-swim towel method. Regular rain gets the umbrella treatment. Full-on, horizontal storm gets a rain jacket added in. Need to get on a ride seat wet from previous poncho'd occupants? I whip out the swim towel and with one swipe - dry seats!

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Finally, the rain let up. We headed first to Spaceship Earth. There was no line and we walked right up to the ball... then it happened... Shaelyn started to freak a bit!What?! She's ridden this already?! Oh no.. I think we've hit the age of fear of the unknown... the age of wanting to be in control instead of just riding whatever the family wants. Dang..
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I was waiting for Billy Hayes(is that the Oxy Clean guy?) to jump out at any moment!!
How fun would that be, though?! Or better yet, the Sham-Wow guy?!

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Love the update, I'm happy you went to the show in France. It really is a huge theater, and I think it is the most beautiful music. I hope the rain did not continue your entire trip. We stayed in the 50's Pop section June 08'. Our room overlooked the pool, well kinda, if you looked to the left of our balcony you could see the pool, and then the lake was to the right.

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