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Old 06-20-2009, 09:26 AM   #91
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Old 06-20-2009, 12:59 PM   #92
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Glad you got all of your ADR's! I think 8:20 is the prefect time for CP. We had an 8:10 but it was almost to early. We werent' able to get any photo's from a photopass person before our time. You'll be able too. Plus the way the characters go around you will probably still be done about the same time we were- just after 9am.
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Old 06-20-2009, 04:11 PM   #93
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Made it safely to St. Louis!

All unpacked.....gonna probably go to a mall and then hit the pool later.

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Old 06-26-2009, 12:53 PM   #95
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Whew! We made it back last night at around 9:45 PM.

It was a fun trip and the kids got to do a lot of cool things. Next week, after getting pictures uploaded, I'll give a mini-report on the trip.

Later today, going to try and get caught up on PTR stuff.


[by the way, yay for 1-day work weeks]
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Old 06-26-2009, 02:52 PM   #96
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As of yesterday, 12 weeks to go!!!


Which also means that it is time to move on to the letter "O" now.

Letter O
Ride - Outpost [in World Showcase] (yes, I realize this is not actually a ride, but the best I could come up with)
Non-ride - 'Ohana (our first place to eat at in Disney on this trip....while there, plan on taking the monorail around to see the other MK resorts as well)
Characters: Owl, Oliver, Orville (Rescuers), Olivia Flaversham, Oswald, Olie, Otto (Robin Hood)








by the way, anyone seen the new posters for Alice in Wonderland. Very interesting.
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Old 06-26-2009, 03:02 PM   #97
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Yes! I've seen the Alice pictures. They look creepy but I'm sure it is going to be AMAZING. Tim Burton is genius...except for that whole Planet of the Apes remake. That is better left forgotten.
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Old 06-29-2009, 03:45 PM   #98
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Hey all....sorry for not having much to update. This weekend we really didn't get much done as far as preparing for the trip.

Well, one thing....we did find some cute little Disney fans at Target for each of the kids. These ones had quite a bit of windpower, so we went ahead and snatched them up.


Tonight will try and make an effort to get some St. Louis pics on my flash drive so I can make a little report tomorrow.
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Old 06-30-2009, 10:10 AM   #99
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Alright, I'm ready to give some updates on our St. Louis trip last week.

We ended up taking about 310 pics on the trip....of which, I narrowed it down to around 70 or so (haha) that I'd like to show on this mini-non-Disney-TR.



Day 1 (Saturday, June 20th)

Bridgette and I woke up at 4am to get my car all packed up (we had packed Bridgette's books, tables, and racks in her van the night before). Then, a little before 5am we were out the door. Had to stop at 7-11 to get Bridgette some coffee, then go back to the house to get Joshua's LEAPSTER which we forgot to pack, and then back on the road.

3 minutes later (right before we get on the highway), I pull over to re-tie my shoe....so that it would stop bothering me. I pull off the frontage road and into the parking lot of a Mattress store. My cute little Samantha asked if we were at the hotel. If she only knew how long we still had to go.

So.....long-story short, come right about 3pm later that day, we've made it through the western part of St. Louis and up to St. Charles to our hotel.

We unpacked and relaxed a little at this point. We had planned on going to the City Museum that night, but at $40 total we changed our mind...especially since we finally decided it is probably better for late elementary-aged kids. Instead, we decided to go over to the St. Louis Mills Mall and walk around for a bit.

My kids love mall rides to play on and they found this




My kids have crocs that they like to wear and this mall had a Crocs store....so, we went in and bought them each their first ever jibbett. Joshua chose one that had C-3PO and R2D2, while Samantha chose when with Ariel's head.
Then, we walked past a NASCAR play area....so took a few pics

not sure she fits this thing



but she was having a blast




Joshua quickly started honking his horn





We had dinner at the food court there (in which the Burger King's drinks were ALL nasty that night) and then went over to a cool-looking playground






We finished up there and then headed back. I unfortunately got on the highway going the opposite direction of what I intended, but using my manly intuitive map, managed to safely get us back to the hotel using backroads. (Note: I printed a few maps for the trip, but during the trip from OKC to our hotel, never looked at a map once).


Day 2 to come....off to the Magic House, Children's Museum...including a Beast and some tears.
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310 pictures! I can only imagine how many you're going to take at Disney World!
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Old 06-30-2009, 11:00 AM   #101
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310 pictures! I can only imagine how many you're going to take at Disney World!

LOL


Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. My wife has a new 10MP Nikon DSLR and I am planning on getting a new P&S camera myself. 10 days.....first time with 2 little ones. Man.....this could get crazy.

Plus, out of those 310, 25% of them is as few as I could whittle down for this report......who knows what a) I'll come back with and b) what I'll want to post in my TR from Disney.

OH!! and we already know we'll be getting the PhotoPass.....so throw on a few extra hundred probably on top of what we take.


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Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. My wife has a new 10MP Nikon DSLR and I am planning on getting a new P&S camera myself. 10 days.....first time with 2 little ones. Man.....this could get crazy.

Plus, out of those 310, 25% of them is as few as I could whittle down for this report......who knows what a) I'll come back with and b) what I'll want to post in my TR from Disney.

OH!! and we already know we'll be getting the PhotoPass.....so throw on a few extra hundred probably on top of what we take.



Wow. You are going to document every waking moment of your trip. Better get a few memory cards! I'm planning on buying a memory card just for the Disney trip.

We pre-ordered the Photopass cd. Usually I don't take many but now I'm going to be stopping at every possible Photopass spot I see!
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I wanted to stop by and check out your report. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the alphabet countdown! My daughter is a little young but I think I may start a smaller version of this for her. It sounds like you are going to have a great trip!
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Wow. You are going to document every waking moment of your trip. Better get a few memory cards! I'm planning on buying a memory card just for the Disney trip.

We pre-ordered the Photopass cd. Usually I don't take many but now I'm going to be stopping at every possible Photopass spot I see!
Yeah, we currently plan on buying an extra memory card or two. Plus, I'm going to bring my laptop so we can upload pictures each night.

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I wanted to stop by and check out your report. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the alphabet countdown! My daughter is a little young but I think I may start a smaller version of this for her. It sounds like you are going to have a great trip!
Thanks for popping in! It has been really fun....and it does seem like something that could be tailored to just about any age. Have fun with it!
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Old 06-30-2009, 01:37 PM   #105
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I love that playground; I wish our mall had one like that... I have to agree w/the pp you do an excellant job recording the memories...

I have started a my own little alphabet weekly project...
I have a soon to be three yr old; we started with "A" this week
so we have color sheets for each day Abu, Abigal & A? (just drew a blank--the geese from Aristocrats), Alice & the Mad Hatter, and Ants (Bug's Life). We only do four days a week. Thanks for the ideas...we are watching the movies at nap time to go w/the color sheets...
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