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Old 08-30-2009, 07:22 PM   #46
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Great updates! Poor squishy all he wanted to do was come in and get dry.
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That was some crazy rain the day you drove down. I remember seeing the big green blob on the radar and wondering how you were holding up. Why does that seems like ages ago?

Squishy looked tiny...was he really that small? And you wouldn't let him stay? Of course, this is coming from the momma who let her 6 year old adopt two crickets as pets.
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Love the pre-sunrise pics at CBR - how peaceful!
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No idea where Michael gets his funny from!
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I swear we’re like Focker Forces of Nature when we all are within a few square miles of each other. It doesn’t just rain, it pours.
Now I know who to blame for the rain that whole week. At least the weekend was nice though.
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Honesty can be brutal.

Oh yeah, the first drink while on vacation is heaven! I haven't make up my mind whether it will be a margarita from Capt'n Jacks or something from the T-Rex bar. I love choices like that.

V having the App Attack is a keeper!

Poor little Squishy. Michael is quite the frog wrangler. He has a nice technique. With the exception of relocation.

I love all the pics especially the ones with the kids with your DH. Too cute.
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Go Evan...It's Your Birthday...We're Gonna Party Like It's Your Birthday!!

Well rested and wide awake I was again up before the dawn. And the boys. Big, heavy sigh.

I took my coffee outside and walked around the resort for a bit, watching the sky get lighter and lighter. For you smokers out there, I did manage to find a sweet little DSA at CBR...I don't know why there can't be something like this everywhere...it's out of the way, with plenty of seating...covered seating actually. And I met quite a few nice people there.


Anyway...

Finally when I couldn’t take it anymore I showered and got dressed and began to make louder and louder noises to rouse the troops.

I set the wake up call. When the phone rang, I pressed “speaker”…and wondered when they’d ever change the whole Stitch “no sleeping” bit…but there was finally movement under the covers.

I refreshed the boy’s memories’ of AIS.

The grudgingly started getting up and ready to head out for the day. M had breakfast – some cereal we’d picked up the other night and although he still wasn’t quite as awake as he should be, he was pretty excited to spend the day with all of our friends.

I’d already talked to V and we decided that I would drive today since there was now one more of us (Tony) so we headed out to open up the third row seat in the Mazda.

Which is not a mini-van.

Just sayin’…

So anyway, we all piled in and headed to the Magic Kingdom. Michael and I were looking forward to this day for weeks. Each morning we’d start our (very) early day with the Welcome medly in the car…you know…the rope drop song. We’d sing it at the top of our lungs as we drove to daycare and it seemed to make our crappy day ahead seem a bit more bearable.

We’d heard from T and AIS wasn’t working for her. At all. She was still on the bus. DOH! That’s ok though, there was a meeting place all picked out and she’d catch up. We went through the bag check and I was more than ready to enjoy the little opening number. I needed Magic. I needed Fantasy. I needed Pixie Dust. Actually, Michael and I both did. We were looking forward to this morning for weeks. No. Months, actually.

So imagine my surprise when immediately upon entering the turnstiles, something had happened to my sweet little boy. I don’t know what it was, or when it happened exactly. But he was ugly. Not happy at all.

Perhaps it was because he couldn’t bring some silly toy with him.

Perhaps it was because Minnie Mouse is on his AP.

Who the heck knows…but he was ugly. And mad. And in no mood for Magic.

Period.

The show began and he basically pout-cried through the whole thing. What the??? He was really killing my Disney buzz. When I asked him what his problem was, he burst into tears and yelled “I lost my Disney spirit, OK!?!?!”

Wow…it was serious.

So instead of my family enjoying the magical moment of leaving the real world behind and stepping over the line into a world of fantasy…my little guy was having a very real-world meltdown.

In my Happy Place.

Grrrrr…

He didn’t want to get closer to the center to be showered with streamers and pixie dust.

He didn’t want to be there at all as a matter of fact.

He also couldn't tell me exactly why, or when, or where for that matter, he’d lost his Disney Spirit.

By that point, all I was…was aggravated.

He was just going to have to suck it up.

The show was over. My magical moment was gone and reality was still with me.

Like a monkey on my back.

We walked up Main Street and took no pictures with the castle behind us.

We bypassed every Photopass photographer.

Yes, that’s right. NO PHOTOPASS. In fact, there wasn’t a single Photopass picture taken at all that week. Why? I gained a lot of weight in the last few months and Michael had a hockey player smile.

And pictures last forever.

So no Photopass for us.

We did have a couple of group shots taken when we got to the Castle. Although they were crooked and my lens was fogged up. But it should have been a magical day. Notice the unhappy, almost-in-tears look on M's face...

The trash cans were blowing bubbles.

The cast members were waving their big Mickey hands at everyone.

The boy, however, was still in a foul mood.

And then it hit me.

Directly in front of us was the trolley.

During our last few weeks of planning (or lack thereof) and fantasizing about our trip, Michael and I talked about riding the trolley that we sang about every morning…

Clang, clang, clang went the trolley…
Right down the middle of Main Street USA…

So I asked M if he’d like to ride the trolley. He’d never done it before. My mom always took me on it. And maybe, just maybe, if we rode it back down Main Street, we’d find his Disney Spirit…

He agreed and so we told V we’d catch up to her. And headed for the trolley.

In a non-ditching sort of way. Just sayin’…

We hopped on the trolley at the Castle hub as it emptied out and it was just us.

And the four Dapper Dans who joined us.

All in matching suits this morning. That was odd.

They were so fun to talk to…and to listen to as they bantered back and forth, making fun of each other and an “undercover” Dapper Dan who was there celebrating his birthday and had hopped on the trolley as it was leaving.

Riding the trolley and waving to people who were watching us seemed to perk Michael up a bit. We watching for T and her crew but never saw them. They apparently saw us though. One of the Dapper Dan’s we were chatting with asked where we were from and when we told him we lived in Newnan, Georgia, he excitedly asked if we’d eaten at Sprayberry’s BBQ…he knows Newnan very well and apparently has relatives that live there and Sprayberry’s was one of his favorite places to eat. So we chatted a bit and then they sang to us. It was awesome. They were great and best of all…they apparently helped Michael find his Disney Spirit! YAY!! The Mayor even stopped and chatted with us for a bit...the bantering going back and forth between him and the Dapper Dan's was so funny. The Mayor is quite a riot. Michael was pretty impressed with having met a famous politician too. Sadly I forgot to take a picture until it was too late...


We rode the trolley all the way back up to the Castle where I caught up with T via text – they were heading to ride Buzz so we’d meet up with our gang there.

Spirit found, springs in our step once again, we made our way through Tomorrowland and caught up with our friends, where Buzz was a walk on. In fact, it was all ours. Awesome!

Awesome, however, was not how you’d describe my score. UGH…I had a bum blaster. Bummer.

With The Plan fully abandoned, I couldn’t quite tell you what we did next. I can tell you what we didn’t do.

We didn’t ride AstroOrbiter.

Nor did we go to Laugh Factory. Or my beloved Carousel of Progress.

In fact, I think we headed back toward Liberty Square for a spin on some Doom Buggy’s. We did have a celebrity sighting though…Barbie was alive and well and walking through Tomorrowland. In a bright pink camel-jockey sweatsuit…heh heh. See V’s TR for pictures.

We all split up – My gang, Andy, Evan, Rick, Debbie, Max and Michael all went to the Haunted Mansion whilst V, Leo, Tracy and Maddie went to get our FP’s for BTMR. We’d meet up over there when we were done. At least I think that’s how it went.

I had no notes at all from this trip.

But I hear there’s an App for that…heh heh…

While waiting to be let into HM, Rick and Debbie were telling us about the differences between their Mansion and ours. The two sound so different. I can’t wait to see their “house” some time. During this conversation, a woman was eagerly listening to our talking back and forth and Rick’s descriptions of what’s at their “house” and I think she even asked him if he lived in a mansion or something…it was funny.

So eventually we were let in and rode our Doom Buggy’s as Grim Grinning Ghosts came out to socialize…a headcount after the ride indicated that none of our group became the 1,000th spirit to reside permanently at Master Gracey’s Mansion…Phew!

All alive and in one piece we headed to Frontierland to catch up with the rest of our gang. Leo was excited to ride BTMR with his friends. We’d talked about it for weeks. Who’d ride with whom, etc…So our party of 11-ish went to get our ride-scream on. I rode with Tracy, Tony and Michael rode together with Evan. V got oh-so-fabulous pictures from the ride – check them out on her TR.

The Wildest Ride in the West was apparently a bit too wild for our buddy Leo in the end. His body was shaking. His teeth were chattering. His eyes were wide with fear. It was painful to watch. And oh-so reminiscent of Michael’s ride on TOT last year. You know, the one I ruined him for life on? Yeah, Leo had THAT look.

V and Leo went off for a little mommy-son comforting time and we all headed somewhere…but where? I know we tried to ride Splash but it was down. We grabbed FP’s for Splash to ride later and then what? Oh…I think we headed back toward Liberty Square again.

Yes, The Plan was long gone, my friends. Never to be seen or heard from again.

My boys were starving and took off to get a hot dog. Leo and V had some popcorn. And then I think we headed into the Hall of Presidents. The new and improved Hall of Presidents, that is. Newly re-opened with President Obama included, Morgan Freeman as narrator…I’d been anxiously awaiting this.

I recall we all went back and forth. We all wanted to go see it, but differed on our ideas of exactly when. Not today, later in the week, right now…I was part of the group that voted for Right Now…a temporary break from the feeling of walking on the surface of the sun. God it was hot!!

At the HOP, we caught up with TE and Waldo and hugs went all around. It was so good to see them again. We adore them. Heck, we adore all of T’s family and it was very much like a reunion once TE and Waldo showed up. Poor TE has a bum knee, but she had a scooter so it wasn’t keeping her down. We headed into the HOP once we all got together and our group, which started at 5 at 8am was now up to 13. We were one flag and a bunch of soccer jerseys away from looking like a Brazilian tour group! Our group was much more considerate of others around us though, TFI.

I didn’t take the time to check out the new exhibits inside like I wanted to though. I was too busy enjoying the company of good friends and air conditioning. And it was getting pretty packed in there. When they let us in, we got the ummm…Presidential Suite thanks to TE and her scooter where we proceeded to break all kinds of rules – like drinking, and eating…but we did NOT use flash photography. To do so would have been un-American.







It was a great show – one that I’ve always liked – but this new and improved version was awesome and I’ll admit, more than one time a tear or two came to my eyes.

After HOP we were all ready for some lunch and decided to head for CHH for Magical Tuna. Well, not for me anyway. I’m no fan of tuna. Magical or not. Unless it’s sushi or a tuna steak, I want no part of it. I’m all about their fish. So anyway, off we all went to CHH. Except my guys. Michael needed popcorn because Leo had some. So Tony and Michael grabbed some popcorn and THEN we got lunch. The kids all sat together in the same row – gravitating together like magnets as they continue to do each year.

Where we chart their growth with pictures like these…

Because we had a big night planned…oops, I forgot to mention that it was a special day! Evan turned 5 today! YAY!! We were all going to Chef Mickey’s for his birthday dinner and then to the MK afterward for Wishes and Spectro so we were going to call it an early day and get some pool and rest time in before going back out that night.

We left CHH and headed towards POTC and then eventually the exit. That’s when my phone rang. Our very good friends from North Carolina were there somewhere and were trying to find us. They were in Frontierland and were going to head toward POTC to catch up with us. We separated from our rather large group, took the time for a butt break and a potty break and tried to find Jason and Margarita.

The text messages were just flying back and forth…T and the rest of the gang were at POTC, Jason and Margie were now by the Adventureland sign and we were outside POTC watching the Pirate Tutorial.

Of note…this would be the last time we would enjoy Mark Priest’s character of Mack. He would fall and hit his head and end up in the hospital and sadly pass away just a couple of days later. RIP Mark. You’ve provided so much laughter and entertained so many people….sniff, sniff…

We hit POTC with everyone as a group and to hear Rick and Debbie tell it, our POTC sucks compared to theirs. Really wish I could go to Disneyland one of these days. Hopefully when the economy gets better. After all, we can stay on DVC points now!! GCV's baby!

As we exited and all separated we tried one more time to catch up with Jason and Margie, but the afternoon show was going up Main Street and it was an absolute zoo. We told them we’d be back that night and try and catch up with them later.

Back at the resort, we enjoyed some pool time where saw an amazing transformation take place.

My husband, the big burly tough guy, becomes an instant pool toy-slash-kid magnet. I’m actually kind of used to it – even at our apartment pool kids just sort of float over to him. And the next thing you know, kids are climbing on him, getting thrown around the pool by him and having a grand old time with him.

It’s pretty amazing to see him…he has such patience with kids and he’s so good with them. In the parks it’s the same thing. They want to walk with him, ride the rides with him…All he needs is a flute and he could be the Pied Piper!

So while V and I enjoyed a good soak in the pool, Tony was a gymnast, a strong man, an acrobat and a water horse…and a darn good babysitter for Michael and Leo! Heh heh…Eventually we all split up headed back to the rooms to relax. We’d catch up later.

A short, late nap was in order so we could have a nice late night.

Rested and showered we were running a bit behind so between V and I, we decided that we’d take separate cars to the Contemporary. We were all going to Chef Mickey’s for Evan’s birthday. Big thank you to T and her whole family for welcoming us into this family celebration. We had a great time and were glad to be a part of the party! I won’t even go into the whole party of 11, then 13, then 15 then 18 confusion. T and V can beat that horse. It really was a fun night though and I enjoyed our time together. I really wish we could get together more often.

Dinner was yummy (as were the Nectar of The Gods Margaritas!) and Michael, Mr. I’m-too-cool-for-character-meals, had a great time. Eventually he was looking forward to seeing Mickey and the gang and forgot that he was too cool for this. And he ate like he knew it was all-you-can-eat. A huge plate of Mac & Cheese and several chicken nuggets…then more chicken nuggets.

The characters were fun and seemed to be pretty attentive compared to some other character meals I’ve been to.

Michael had a lot of personal attention from Mickey..


As did the birthday boy!





In fact, I seem to recall that my husband and Minnie Mouse had a moment…Minnie actually seemed to have a moment with just about every male in our party!

Isn't this a great picture of V and Leo?? And how about his eyes? Dreamy, no? He's gonna grow up to be such a heartbreaker. Watch out ladies!

And then it was time for dessert where Michael continued to eat…I think he ate 4 or 5 brownies, cookies and he may have even had ice cream. I couldn’t keep up. I couldn’t help but have a second where I worried about how what goes in, must come out…ugh…

After dinner it was off to the MK for the night.




And it was pretty busy too. I'm not used to going when it's this busy...not loving it. At all.

Oh and did I mention that it was still really darn hot out? And all those people made it feel even worse? We headed back to Fantasyland, and having given Michael the choice on what to ride, he first chose Dumbo whilst everyone else I think headed toward Barnstormer. Then we saw it.

The line.

No way. Too long. Too hot. And it’s generally not us.

We don’t stand in long lines. That’s not how we roll. So we decided to hit Philharmagic instead. No trip to the MK is complete unless you’ve seen Philharmagic anyway. It’s the epitome of Disney magic all wrapped up in yellow glasses. I won’t lie to you…it brings a tear to my eye every time. That’s how much I love it.

And yes, I still jump when things fly out at me and still try and grab for Donald’s hand…love it, love it….and so do my boys...

I can't wait till his teeth grow in....just sayin'...

Anyway, once out of there, we caught up with everyone on the phone and began to make our way toward Splash to use our FP’s. We did finally manage to meet up with Jason and Margarita there. It was nice to catch up finally. Eventually we all split up and agreed to catch up the following day.

It was so hot and so stinkin’ crowded that after riding Splash we decided to leave. No staying for Wishes. Skip Spectro. Let’s blow this joint.

Only by the time we got to Main Street, Spectro had already started. We were…

Trapped like rats.

In the Mouse’s house.

We cut through the Emporium and ended up with a really great spot by the fire station and managed to enjoy Spectro. With what felt like 50,000 smelly, sweaty people. Michael was the only one who didn’t want to leave so we came up with a plan to go swimming back at CBR.

Finally back at the Contemporary to retrieve our car…it started lightening and raining.

Figures.

Just as well anyway. We had to pack because tomorrow we were movin’ on up Weezie…

Going to our Home Sweet Home….errrr…Away From Home…

Saratoga Springs here we come baby!!!

Up next…meet me at the corner of Beer and Pool...Thirty...

And what's this?

Laundry??? And why is my son telling complete strangers about my underwear?!?!
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I have to admit - I was mostly unaware of this whole situation until you told me. Poor little guy!

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In a non-ditching sort of way. Just sayin’…
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Plan? What plan?!

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LOL, I forgot about the popcorn debacle!

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But I can't comment more - there's a big space saved in my TR for an Ode to Tony!

[QUOTE] It really was a fun night though and I enjoyed our time together. I really wish we could get together more often.[/QUOTE]
Amen, sistah-friend.

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Which is not a mini-van.

Just sayin’…
I was waiting for this line!

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Seriously? That'd make Evan pissy too!

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Ok, funny story ... We're walking up Main St. and Andy tells me "Hey, there goes LL, Tony and M on the trolley!" Pfft! I tell him. No way they'd be going on the trolley back down Main St.

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At the HOP, we caught up with TE and Waldo and hugs went all around. It was so good to see them again. We adore them. Heck, we adore all of T’s family and it was very much like a reunion once TE and Waldo showed up. Poor TE has a bum knee, but she had a scooter so it wasn’t keeping her down. We headed into the HOP once we all got together and our group, which started at 5 at 8am was now up to 13. We were one flag and a bunch of soccer jerseys away from looking like a Brazilian tour group! Our group was much more considerate of others around us though, TFI.
Actually we're now up to 15.

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Where we chart their growth with pictures like these…
I love it! I remember our first year together... Evan was what... 2? Both M Mads and Leo were around 5? Yickes, they've all grown so quickly.

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We hit POTC with everyone as a group and to hear Rick and Debbie tell it, our POTC sucks compared to theirs. Really wish I could go to Disneyland one of these days. Hopefully when the economy gets better. After all, we can stay on DVC points now!! GCV's baby!
Yup! I can't wait to report on the villa's to you girls!

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It’s pretty amazing to see him…he has such patience with kids and he’s so good with them. In the parks it’s the same thing. They want to walk with him, ride the rides with him…All he needs is a flute and he could be the Pied Piper!
So, so true! You should have had a dozen, LL!


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Rested and showered we were running a bit behind so between V and I, we decided that we’d take separate cars to the Contemporary. We were all going to Chef Mickey’s for Evan’s birthday. Big thank you to T and her whole family for welcoming us into this family celebration. We had a great time and were glad to be a part of the party! I won’t even go into the whole party of 11, then 13, then 15 then 18 confusion. T and V can beat that horse. It really was a fun night though and I enjoyed our time together. I really wish we could get together more often.
Are you kidding me? It was a family celebration!




Dude we all looked **** faced!

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Michael had a lot of personal attention from Mickey..
I was surprised to see M so into the characters this time. It was really cute!

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We cut through the Emporium and ended up with a really great spot by the fire station and managed to enjoy Spectro. With what felt like 50,000 smelly, sweaty people. Michael was the only one who didn’t want to leave so we came up with a plan to go swimming back at CBR.
Are you kidding me? We were right in the center hub directly infront of the fire station.

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Laundry??? And why is my son telling complete strangers about my underwear?!?!
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LL I am exhausted! What a jam-packed day. The party looked like so much fun. Too bad about the crowds at night in the MK.
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I have to admit - I was mostly unaware of this whole situation until you told me. Poor little guy!
Yeah...I don't know WHAT the heck happened...it was like someone flipped a big switch...he went from happy to mad/sad in like 2.1 seconds...and when he kind of yelled/cried "I lost my Disney spirit!" it was kind of sad...he was SO upset...I honestly don't know what the heck started it?!?!

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But I can't comment more - there's a big space saved in my TR for an Ode to Tony!
Awwww...I can't wait to read it!!

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I can't comment much on the rest of the night... it was one of those weird nights where each of us had a tale from the same place, but completely different scenarios! Just wait I guess, and all shall be revealed.
So umm....is it coming any time soon??? I can't possibly be ahead of you, can I? Wait, what day are we on? Hmmm.....


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AIS is the BEST! Too bad mine was WAAAAAAY off!
Yeah, what the heck happened that morning anyway??? Get writing Sista!


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Ok, funny story ... We're walking up Main St. and Andy tells me "Hey, there goes LL, Tony and M on the trolley!" Pfft! I tell him. No way they'd be going on the trolley back down Main St.
Darn it, we were looking for you guys too!!

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Actually we're now up to 15.
I totally couldn't keep track.

And I ran out of fingers to count on whilst I was typing...heh heh...

I did, however, use the word "epitome", of which V took no notice...I should get bonus points for using a fancy word like that...just sayin'


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I love it! I remember our first year together... Evan was what... 2? Both M Mads and Leo were around 5? Yickes, they've all grown so quickly.
Haven't they though?!? I love looking back at these pictures and the great memories we've made each year! LY girls!!!


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Yup! I can't wait to report on the villa's to you girls!
Me too...I'm dying to see them!!


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So, so true! You should have had a dozen, LL!
You take that back Tracy!!



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Dude we all looked **** faced!
Ummmm...you guys weren't?

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I was surprised to see M so into the characters this time. It was really cute!
Me too! He's so funny...it changes from trip to trip. In fact at the beginning of dinner he didn't want to have anything to do with the characters, but yet another switch was flipped...maybe it was 'cause Mickey came and sat with him...not sure, but I was glad to see him acting like a little kid and enjoying himself though...too many times he's too grown up for this stuff. Or at least he thinks he is...


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Are you kidding me? We were right in the center hub directly infront of the fire station.
NO WAY!!! DOH!

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LL I am exhausted! What a jam-packed day. The party looked like so much fun. Too bad about the crowds at night in the MK.
OMG - it was so hot and crowded Kristel...ugh...it was actually hard to really enjoy it.

This is where I need to stand up and remind my friends about value season and how it's TOTALLY ok to pull the kids out of school for a week!! I'm all about it...

There. I've said it.

I'll step down off my soap box now...
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