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Old 07-12-2009, 11:48 AM   #796
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We did have a good shopping trip. We went to the Hallmark store first. Took forever to find it. We were in and out of the store in about 5 minutes.

Next up was the Bass Pro Shop. Lacey's Jeep needed new brakes about two weeks ago and one of the men in the church owns a car dealership so he fixed them for her free of charge. He wouldn't take any payment so we were on the lookout for him some kind of gift. Lacey said he likes t-shirts and hats. Found both and a huge package of AA batteries (we go through them like crazy for some reason) for just $34.00.

On the drive home, we stopped at an outlet mall in Arcadia and got John some new shorts. He got four pair of shorts, some socks and I got quite a few new undies for just $76.00.

It just kills us that we only get to see Lacey a couple of times a year. They don't get the traditional school/college holidays. Their Spring Break is 2 weeks in May and then we see her for just a little over a week at Christmas. That's it! She has so many friends here at home that when she does come home, she tries to see everybody that she can.

Because she lives 9 hours away, we can't just skip over there and visit either. Needless to say, we miss her bunches and bunches. It'll be so nice to have her on vacation with us and all to ourselves.
Sounds like a very productive day --sounds like you did some serious shopping

I don't know how you do it w/Lacey...when Gwendolyn moved out I didn't take it hard but she was just down the road and I think that is why it didn't bother me. Although, now that she has moved back in (in a years time one less female in the house was great )I just don't know how I would feel if either of my children were that for from me. But, she is having a great life experience and I know that helps you
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Sounds like a very productive day --sounds like you did some serious shopping

I don't know how you do it w/Lacey...when Gwendolyn moved out I didn't take it hard but she was just down the road and I think that is why it didn't bother me. Although, now that she has moved back in (in a years time one less female in the house was great )I just don't know how I would feel if either of my children were that for from me. But, she is having a great life experience and I know that helps you
When my older daughter (Sandi) was a junior in high school I would have given anything for her to go away to college instead of staying home and going to one of the local ones. When she was a senior I couldn't bear the thought of her being away. She moved to an apartment after gradutation but stayed locally till she married and moved far away. We deal with texting constantly, phoning, emailing and we manage to get together every 6 weeks to 2 months. I would prefer she be right here. Luckily younger daughter (Sheri) stayed right here and we live blocks from one another. My grandkids save me.
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Neat! Love the trip report, and the ghost office visit is very interesting!

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I hung up and told Hunter that we needed to pray that the sun would come out so his dad wouldn't have to walk in the rain from the bus stop to the park entrance. I'm not just saying that......we really did hold hands and pray. The prayer went something like this. "Dear Lord Jesus, let it stop raining so that Dad won't have to walk in the rain and he won't be mad that we took his poncho to the park with us while he slept in. Amen!" Not five minutes later, the rain stopped. The sun wasn't shining brightly but it did peak through the clouds a little bit as if to say "granted"



I love the pure happiness on Hunters face with Lilo. What a beautiful boy you have!
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OT: sharing great find: Kmart has 50% off selected toys-got Ashton a great Diego dinosaur mountain /if you have kids on that christmas list of yours you need to stop and check and see what is left--some items were marked down to $2 reg $12/20 even clothes were marked down 50% -- we have four 3yr b-days in the next three Sat (w/ Ashton's on the last--shopping for bargins --just need to finish w/Ashton's party stuff and gifts)

Have a great weekend and road trip!!!
I found one in our area too! I thought they had all closed down, but actually afew are still open. I got $850 (befroe tax) worth of stuff for $207 (after tax). I'm done with my DD's Christmas, b-day and my neice too.

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Your last update is great. I love the tree of life pictures. We did walk onto that path in May but then DH decided we should take a break instead . the carvings are amazing. I don't think I have even seen pics of that Walrus, very cute.
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Sounds like a very productive day --sounds like you did some serious shopping

I don't know how you do it w/Lacey...when Gwendolyn moved out I didn't take it hard but she was just down the road and I think that is why it didn't bother me. Although, now that she has moved back in (in a years time one less female in the house was great )I just don't know how I would feel if either of my children were that for from me. But, she is having a great life experience and I know that helps you
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When my older daughter (Sandi) was a junior in high school I would have given anything for her to go away to college instead of staying home and going to one of the local ones. When she was a senior I couldn't bear the thought of her being away. She moved to an apartment after gradutation but stayed locally till she married and moved far away. We deal with texting constantly, phoning, emailing and we manage to get together every 6 weeks to 2 months. I would prefer she be right here. Luckily younger daughter (Sheri) stayed right here and we live blocks from one another. My grandkids save me.
It kills us not to see Lacey any more than we do. We used to do all kinds of stuff together when she lived at home. I miss her soooo much.

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Neat! Love the trip report, and the ghost office visit is very interesting!

Oh, look, my 200th post, neat! So far to go...

Looking forward to the next post! Thanks for sharing!
I'm glad that you're lovin' the trip report. And, congrats on hitting your 200th post.
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I love the pure happiness on Hunters face with Lilo. What a beautiful boy you have!
Hunter is a Disney World fanatic just like his mother. I think he's a pretty cute guy myself. Thanks for the compliment.

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I got behind again. All caught up.

I found one in our area too! I thought they had all closed down, but actually afew are still open. I got $850 (befroe tax) worth of stuff for $207 (after tax). I'm done with my DD's Christmas, b-day and my neice too.
At least your all caught up again Jen. We don't have a K-Mart here anymore. It's now an Academy Sports. Doesn't it make you feel good to now that you've knocked out a large majority of your Christmas gifts already.

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Your last update is great. I love the tree of life pictures. We did walk onto that path in May but then DH decided we should take a break instead . the carvings are amazing. I don't think I have even seen pics of that Walrus, very cute.
Thanks! The Tree of Life is just simply amazing me to me. I could walk around the paths for hours if there wasn't so much other stuff to see in thep ark.
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It kills us not to see Lacey any more than we do. We used to do all kinds of stuff together when she lived at home. I miss her soooo much.
I know it doesn't keep you from missing Lacey but at least you still have Hunter at home to keep you busy. I had to depend on grandchildren for that and now I have to go sometimes 3 days inbetween their visits. Oh for them to be small again and think I was the next best thing to m&m's.
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I know it doesn't keep you from missing Lacey but at least you still have Hunter at home to keep you busy. I had to depend on grandchildren for that and now I have to go sometimes 3 days inbetween their visits. Oh for them to be small again and think I was the next best thing to m&m's.
If I wasn't for Hunter I think I'd go absolutely crazy. He keeps his dad and I in stitches.
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I really must be getting senile because on our drive to Shreveport this weekend, I remembered something we did on our "sleep in/do whatever" day.

Before moving on to more of our Animal Kingdom day, I thought I better throw in the something I forgot.

For years and years, we stayed at the Days Suites on Hwy. 192 in Kissimmee. Back when we first started staying there, it was a nice place to stay and we really liked the fact that it had a mini-kitchen, a bedroom and a separate living room. It was also near Old Town which was a nice diversion. Over the years, it started to get more and more run down until we finally decided to stop staying there and stay onsite. The real decision maker was when somebody broke into our room and stole all kinds of stuff from us while we were at the pool (for 30 minutes)......stuff like my wedding ring, the ring my daddy gave me when I turned 16 and my sister's credit cards! You can't convince me that it wasn't an employee(s) who had been watching and waiting for us to leave the room for even a minute of time.

In 2007, we drove over to Old Town to shop a bit and noticed that the Days Suites was no longer Days Suites and the sign didn't even say what it was. It looked pretty bad.

Well, in 2008, we made another trip to Old Town. Old Town itself was looking better because they had updated some of the store fronts, some new stores had been added, there were new rides, etc. But, the old Days Suites looked absolutely horrible! The sign was an old piece of plywood with Old Town Suites painted on it, the plants were dead, the paint was peeling off the buildings, the patios and balconies were falling down and bugs were, literally, crawling around the parking lot! It was just plain nasty!

Anyway, back to shopping at Old Town. Hunter played in the arcade (kinda still rundown) for a little while and hit Jackpot on the Wheel of Fortune game and won 500 tickets. Guess what he got? A stuff Shrek which was about 10 inches tall. Whooeey! Not! John and I played a little skeeball which I hadn't done in a while. After about 30 minutes, we moved on to what we really went to Old Town for....to shop at Black Market Minerals.

For those of you who haven't been to Black Market Minerals you should. I got all kinds of really cheap stone jewelry, beads and two bamboo windchimes. I have noticed over the years that they've started selling more jewelry making stuff rather than the handcarved wooden things but we still like going to see what they have. It's a nice diversion and just about a 10 minute drive from Disney.

Okay, now that I've added that bit of left off information, I'll try to get busy on more Animal Kingdom.
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I am trying to prepare myself, DS leaves in a month. He'll be going to LSU and living in Baton Rouge. Not sure how I'm going to cope with this, he's my only child......
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Let's see, the day started with Hunter and I leaving John snoozing away at the CBR and us headed out to Animal Kingdom. By lunch, Hunter and I had already danced with Terk, taken a safari, watched gorillas in the mist, I mean rain, shopped a little in Africa, walked all around the Tree of Life and chatted with Lilo.

After taking Hunter's picture with Lilo, John called and said he was on the bus and on the way to Animal Kingdom. He was supposed to call us when he got to the park. We decided to look around The Oasis a bit while we waited on John's arrival. We saw a castmember holding a clear box so we went over to see what she had. It was a tarantula and Hunter had a high old time telling her about the time we saw a tarantula when we were camping in Hot Springs, Arkansas. After a few minutes, another castmember came up holding another clear box and it had a centipede in it. It was huge.

John called to say he was there and I told him we were right up front so he couldn't miss us. I was so glad that the rain had held off until he got to the park 'cause I really didn't want to have to explain why I had his poncho in my backpack. What was the reason? I have NO idea. I guess it was just habit but still I didn't want to get into any kind of argument over a stupid poncho.

John spotted us right away and the first thing on the agenda was food. We were all starving. Pizzafari was close so that's what we chose. John ordered an Italian stack sandwich. I got a side salad and breadsticks with sauce. Hunter got a cheese pizza. We sat in the camoflauge room and found lots of hidden Mickeys but, for some reason, I took no pictures. While we ate, Hunter told his dad about all the gorillas we saw and how the lioness was actually out this time during the safari. So, we decided our next stop would be the safari.

This go round, the animals were still out and about but not as many were active. It had warmed up quite a bit and most were lying around. I won't post as many pictures of the safari this time as some were of the same animals.













After treking through the African plains, Hunter wanted to see if all of the gorillas were out. Of course, they were not. There were just two lazing around in front of the window. I had pictures but I guess they were some of those that were lost.

Then, we got to the meerkat enclosure and saw these ummmmmm.....fighting?



We finished up the forest trail and John said he didn't want to go to Rafiki's Planet Watch so we skipped it. We went back to the store where we saw the walking cane. While we looked at the canes, Hunter talked to a castmember who was from Africa. You all know by now that Hunter is definitely not shy so he was asking all sorts of questions. I can't remember what they were but I do remember being impressed with some of them. Anyway, John and I finally decided on a really neat handcarved cane for my brother-in-law and we had it sent to resort pickup. Hunter said goodbye to his newfound friend and off we went to show John our secret Tree of Life trail.

*****I'll stop here for now. I really need to get some of this work off my desk. Boss worked this weekend so guess who's desk is now a mess.


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We have been there before. Many years ago. I used to get allergy shots every day and before I learned to give them to myself I had to find a dr. that could do it on vacation. There was a real nice office I used to go to everyday. They only charged me $5.00 since I had the medicine. Back in the 80's that was a lot of money to pay every day so I came home and learned how to do it. Back to Old Town. There were lots of fun places to shop and see how other area junk places compared to ours.
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I'm not going to lie and say it's easy because it's not. At least he'll be semi-close to home.
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