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Old 09-23-2009, 12:51 AM   #1
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What will we celebrate? BLESSINGS!!*Trip # 10

Hello all!!! Well, I have never done a PTR before!!! Hang with me!!! Technically, this is my 13th trip...our parents took us 3 times as a kid. A little side story---they were NOT Disney Planners like we are! And did we pay for it!! Our first family trip was 1983..I think! I was 8 years old, my little brother was 5. Guess when they took us? Spring Break!!!! Can you believe that? I still remember being soooooo tired and freaked out with the crowds. Our second trip was around 1984/5. I was around 11....June this trip...super hot and extra crowded. Third and final trip....July 1992.. I turned 18 the day after we got home. I think that was the WORST trip of my life. Literally. It was soooooo hot you could hardly stand it...we did the Splash Mtn. with excitement...as it was pretty new! We stood in that line for over 3 hours. And of course, we drove to and from Texas each time. Now, this was a nightmare as well My parents liked to add sight seeing stops along the way home. So, the car rides seemed endless....Hence, my aversion to vehicular vacation! I am a flight girl. If it's more than 4-5 hours...put me on a plane or forget it!!!

Okay! On to my little family!Me and my dh were married right before I turned 20 and have been married for 15 years now. He truly is my Prince Charming! I love him to death!! He is so awesome! We are best friends and I know I laugh at something he says or does daily. Laughter is a big thing for me!One of my favorite Bible verses is in Prov..(15:13) "A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache cruches the spirit." If you ever meet me...I will laugh at some point!!! Dh is (among many things...) a home builder and land developer. We have had our business for almost as long as we've been married. God has truly blessed us and we are so thankful!! I am a SAHM to 3 sweet kids I will introduce you to here shortly!!! I love doing what I do and wouldn't trade a minute of it. We are also a homeschooling family. This is another tremendous blessing for us. I (we) love being with our kids so much and being able to spend so much time one on one with them. They grow up so fast!
I have been a Disney maniac all my life! Dh....not. I had to introduce him to it and I am so glad he's jumped on board with me. He's not totally flipped out about it like me, but he does enjoy it and pays for these trips with a smile on his face, and happiness in his heart. What more could a wife ask for?

This is our family in Jan 09:


Kids: DS13...He will turn 14 the day before our trip!! He is such an amazing kid!! His favorite color is red...loves Mysteries and Dogs. Has great technical talent..he inherited that from his Daddy!!! He loves the PS3 and all things relating to it! We are super picky about the games they play...and he abides with the rules. He is officially taller than me!!! He's around 5'5" or taller, I am barely 5'2". so....he is loooooving that!! He is a wonderful big brother...always has been. He was 3 1/2 when ds #2 was born, and 7 when Sis came along. First one up to help me with whatever I need. Super personality and has a knack for imitating. Can do any movie he has ever seen or anybody he's ever met!!! Never meets a stranger! This is a pic of him at Test Track (Jan 09) in the little Saturn SUV. He fell in love with it!



DS10~ He is a May baby! Got him for Mother's Day!!!! He is a tremendous man in a kid body!! His nickname is the Professor. Has been since as far back as I can remember...if you tell him something, or he hears/sees/reads it....it's locked in!!!!! He is pretty quiet...sits back and lets big brother do all the talking. Until you hit something he is interested in-then watch out!! He will talk soooooo fast and not even take a breath...lest you lose interest, or big brother once again tries to finish HIS conversation!!!! His favorite color is Blue, he's into Legos, dinos, and anything construction. He too is an awesome helper for me.Does anything I ask with never a grumble or complaint. While both boys have been raised in church and love the Lord, he has always had a very mature grasp on Scriptures and Biblical principles. Sometimes the things he says are uncanny. Like I said...a grown-up perspective in a kid body!!! We love the streetmosphere people at DHS..his favorite is Ready Freddy Fiddlesticks:
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Old 09-23-2009, 01:15 AM   #2
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intro part II

I didn't want to run out of page!!! Ha!! Have to add that I am biased, but both boys really are very smart and very sweet. Don't tell them I said sweet...especially my oldest....he's not happy with that description.Entering into manhood does that to you!!!

Ok,now for the baby girl!! She was born in April..right before Easter and my anniversary!!!! She is 6, going on 26. Another mature kid here.Her favorite color was always pink...recently we have vacillated between purple and blue Not sure what that's about!!! She does love Butterflies...they just take her breath away! She is a sweeeeeeet girl!!! Loves her mamma too!!!!! She is in ballet...this is her 3rd year...gotta brag!! She is good!!! She is very quiet too...another one that lets ds#1 get the limelight most of the time. But, she can make herself heard if she has something that needs sayin'!!! Very independent....I think most girls are.At least, a lot of her little friends are (maybe they gravitate toward each other?). She likes her AG dolls...we will be getting the Twins for Christmas!! She has recently fell in love with the LPS (Little Pet Shop stuff) and those little animals that are ____in my Pocket. Most recent: Jungle in my Pocket. Loves that tiny animal stuff!!! Loves to sing and dance. Can't really peg her favorite character...she does change her mind about that A LOT!! I thought this picture really captures her--she's quite shy til you get to know her, but she's always very happy!


We have a little dog that was a stray. Kids had been begging for one and we just couldn't find a fit. Finally after several mis-matching and stolen dogs,,, we did ask someone who knew exactly what we needed and how to get it. The Lord!! Really! We prayed and asked Him to help us and in a few weeks we found out about a little stray weenie mix...dumped at a gas station with a puppy. completely housetrained!!!!! She has become the love of our home!! She is a super sweet girl that just adores everybody. If someone comes up to the door...she is a super dog....she has to protect us, of course!!! But, after she gets the ok from us...she' ll love you to death! This month is our 3rd ann. of having her, and she's around 4 yo. She is pretty spoiled- I wish I had a better pic of her...maybe I will get a better one soon:


Well, like I said earlier..this is my 13th trip. Hubby and the boys...this makes #10...dd is lagging behind with trip #7!!! Actually this could be counted as #8 for her!! I came when I was about 18 weeks pregnant with her!!!!
We went in Jan of 08 and 09...had planned for '10, but my sweet hubby is a Christmas lovin' guy...so he reallllly wanted to see it decorated at this special time again. So we settled for Dec 5-13. We are going to the Cont. and have Theme Park View. That alone is exciting to me!!! Then we got Free Dining!!!! And since ds turned 10 this year, he went to Adult so the price jumped quite a bit!!! We sometimes do surprise trips and don't tell the kids. Last one was this past Jan..so they know about this one. The younger 2 know the day we are leaving,but the older one doesn't want to know exactly yet...so we'll keep him in the dark a bit longer!!!!!! So, as you can see, we are truly blessed..have lots to be thankful for....Hence, my PTR title!!!
We are about 2 1/2 months out...so hopefully this will keep me occupied as far as Disney Mania!!!!! I have most of the days/ADRs, so I will tell you all our plans in the upcoming days!!! Thanks for stopping by!!
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Old 09-23-2009, 03:03 AM   #3
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What a precious family, your boys do sound very sweet. Your little girl is such a cutie. Mine have entered teenhood long ago, I miss those younger years.

I have a trip planned for about the same time as you. Dec3-11. My kids have no desire to see Disney again, so I am taking my mother, she has never been. Experiencing Disney with a newbie is almost as fun as experiencing it with a child.

I'm looking forward to reading about all your plans and ADR's.

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Found you!! YAY ~ Loving the PTR so far, can't wait for more!!


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What an amazing family Shawna!! I'm definitely on board and can't wait to hear more about your plans for your next big trip to Disney!!!!!!
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You truly are blessed with a great family! I often call my kids my "blessings" too. Looking forward to reading all about your Disney vacation plans.
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Old 09-23-2009, 11:13 AM   #8
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What a precious family, your boys do sound very sweet. Your little girl is such a cutie. Mine have entered teenhood long ago, I miss those younger years.

I have a trip planned for about the same time as you. Dec3-11. My kids have no desire to see Disney again, so I am taking my mother, she has never been. Experiencing Disney with a newbie is almost as fun as experiencing it with a child.

I'm looking forward to reading about all your plans and ADR's.

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Yeah! My first reader!!!! You win the award! I hope you and your mom have the best trip of your life!! I will have to try to find you!!!!
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YIPPEE!!! Mamma Snowbird found me!!!!! Like a true mamma!!! Ha!!!Thanks for coming over!!!
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What an amazing family Shawna!! I'm definitely on board and can't wait to hear more about your plans for your next big trip to Disney!!!!!!
Jen!!! I knew you would join me! I know you are soooo excited---your trip is right HERE!!!
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You truly are blessed with a great family! I often call my kids my "blessings" too. Looking forward to reading all about your Disney vacation plans.
AWWW...Thank you!! Kids can be so awesome can't they? Glad you are here!! Thanks to all of you! Hope you enjoy reading a little about our life!
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Shawna, what a beautiful family you have! Your love for them shines through your writing.
Can't wait to follow along with your adventure!
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Yeah! My first reader!!!! You win the award! I hope you and your mom have the best trip of your life!! I will have to try to find you!!!!
I won!I won! I never win, not at bingo, lottery or drawings. What's my prize? What did I win? When do I get it?huh?huh?
Yea, definitely try and find me, we can compare notes and see if we can have an accidental bump into.
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Shawna, what a beautiful family you have! Your love for them shines through your writing.
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I won!I won! I never win, not at bingo, lottery or drawings. What's my prize? What did I win? When do I get it?huh?huh?
Yea, definitely try and find me, we can compare notes and see if we can have an accidental bump into.
Pluto Fan~ YAY!! You are here too!!!!!Girl, you have got to send me some pics of your new homeland!! Isn't it Belgium? Thanks for those sweet words...I will try to keep it entertaining for you! ha!!

Disneyaddicted~Prize? Pixie dust!!! ha!! I will have to try to meet you and your mom!!! I plan to do MK several days,since we are at MK, so arranging a meet should be easy! I am on the 'loop'!!! *monorail, that is~*

Well, my dd has ballet this morning...I am laid on this couch with a laptop like I have no plans!!! For those of you who are not on our old Snowbird thread...I have to update you.I have been redoing our landscaping for about 2 or 3 weeks. Twice I had to stop...once for weather, and once just because I was too dang tired! Ha! I am, for the most part,, not really an outside, dirty kinda girl. I also, do not like summer. Actually, it doesn't like me!!! I am in Southeast Texas, and our heat and humidity can rival any Rain Forest...except for the fact they get rain everyday which alleviates the heat for just a bit. We don't. In fact, we went quite a looooong time this summer with no rain. Something else...I am a thunderstorm girl!!! Especially in the summer! So, when its this hot, I am not fit too kill!! I also, stay pretty drained and get migraines. Fall is my friend!!! We have had a fairly cool Sept already, so I have been able to get out there and work in those beds!!! I have to say, I did a pretty good job!! For someone who doesn't normally do these things, I mean!!! I will try to post some pictures soon...the weather is quite gloomy here....right now it's so overcast I don't know if any pictures would turn out well enough to post!
My back was so mad at me yesterday!! I felt like I was an older lady with athritis walking into church last night....slowly and gingerly!!!! I am great today...just draggin' with this dark weather. If we didn't have ballet, I would definitely let this be a stay in bed alllll day type of morning!! Well, I will post some pictures of our yard and fall decors later. Not a lot of fall stuff...some pumpkins and scarecrows from Hobby Lobby!! Waiting for my local nursery friend to get her mums and pumpkins tomorrow!!
Thanks for stopping by today! I appreciate you all!!!! Stay tuned!!!
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I'm so excited! I tried to find this last night and couldn't, so I'm glad you posted a link.

You're family (plus doggie) are all adorable!
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Shawna- what a wonderful start. Thanks for sharing so much about your beautiful family! Your children are truly blessed to have such a wonderful mama!
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YAY SHAWNA!!!!! A PTR!!!!1 COOL!!!!! (yes I like exclamation marks - my fave form of punctuation!) OK! now I need to back and actually read what you wrote!
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Oh Shawna! Those are the BEST pics of the kids I have see yet! They are all just absolutely gorgeous! You can tell S that he is a VERY good lookin young man! Little G is just like my Nat! Her fave colour changes from pink to blue to purple in a matter of minutes and would gladly chase butterflies all over our yard! Mr. K is just such a dashing young man! I the pic of y'all wearing your shades! Too Fun! Keep it up girl you are doing an amazing job!
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