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Old 10-14-2009, 01:00 PM   #16
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Logisitics are crazy, but doable. It's mostly that I'll worry about her the majority of the trip and not be able to enjoy WDW as much as I normally do. I have to make sure she doesn't stress herself too much and I watch her like crazy to make sure she's fine. She's the type of Mom who doesn't want to say that she's feeling bad because she doesn't want to "spoil" or ruin the fun for everyone else. What she needs to understand is that we've all been the WDW before, will go to WDW again and it's no big deal if we miss anything.

Oh, and my DD has already begun her xmas list as well. If she sees something that she wants in a commercial she will take out an imaginary list, pretend to mark down what she wants and finishes it all off with a big "Check!" that she says really loud.



My Dad passed away about 5 years ago as well . I know what it's like when your all your Mom has left. I also work with my Mom in our family business so things can get a little more stressed sometimes. Oh, and my DH works with us too.

So I guess it sounds like all 3 of us are obsessive planners, and especially obsessive Disney planners. It's normal to me . Most of my other friends can't understand why I am on a message board talking to other people a year and a half before the cruise even begins. They just don't "get it".

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Hopefully you can slow the pace down for her so she doesn't try to push herself too hard. It's great though that your mom wants to do this with you. My dad is disabled and pretty much house bound now and my mom won't go far from him, but even then I can't imagine her trooping all over WDW.

It's so true about other people not getting it with the Disney planning. I have one friend who's as much of a Disney nut as I am, but she's the only one. And the longer until the trip, the more time to obsess over everything.
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Old 10-14-2009, 07:13 PM   #18
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Got a call from IC yesterday we were able to upgrade to a cat 3 midship right off from the elevators. I am so excited we have been on the wait list for one of these for almost every single cruise and it has not come through. It will be nice not to be stuck in a small cabin with three adults.

None of my friends understand why I'm planning a trip so early or why I'm talking to people on line about a trip that is so far off. I've tried to explain but they just don't get it.

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Old 10-15-2009, 09:52 AM   #19
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Melissa -- That's great!

I'm still excited because I got one of secret veranda rooms for my family. Cat 7 price for a Cat 6 room.
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Old 10-15-2009, 09:55 AM   #20
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A Cat 3 upgrade, that's wonderful! And the secret veranda room too. We're in a Cat 9A, which is the old Cat 8. I was going back and forth over whether to get the veranda or not, but decided to save the $$ since we're going to have our time in London before the trip.
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Old 10-16-2009, 06:04 PM   #21
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We decided that since we had to give up our cruise in 2010 that we would splurge on this one. We usually book on points and stay in a cat 10 so it will be nice to have the veranda and the two bathrooms. We are only doing 3 nights in Barcelona before and one night after so that really didn't add to much more to the cost. I would've loved to gone to Paris after but my brother can not get that much time off of work.

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Old 10-20-2009, 09:44 AM   #22
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Wow. You guys even know how long you are going to stay before and after. I just know that I am going on this cruise. I have a lot of points saved up via work that we are going to use for our airline tickets. I have a few ideas floating around in my head, but nothing concrete.

I think it will all depend if my in-laws actually come and visit us next summer like they told my DH they wanted to. But, if they don't come then I will probably feel too guilty not to make a stop over in England so my DH and DD can see them. But since the in-laws don't really talk to me (only DH) it can be very difficult and frustrating making plans. Oh -- and we all do speak English and I do understand their accents and slang, they just don't really address me too often . It's very weird. The 2 week trip I planned last year can attest to that .

So....if there is no England in the mix (I do love the country though) then we will probably do a few days before in Barcelona to get over the jet lag and maybe one day after.

No matter what I better get saving now for the before and after part. That Euro is a killer! Ahhh, the days when the $ was actually more than the Euro...I miss those months!

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Old 10-20-2009, 11:37 AM   #23
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Wow. You guys even know how long you are going to stay before and after. I just know that I am going on this cruise. I have a lot of points saved up via work that we are going to use for our airline tickets. I have a few ideas floating around in my head, but nothing concrete.

I think it will all depend if my in-laws actually come and visit us next summer like they told my DH they wanted to. But, if they don't come then I will probably feel too guilty not to make a stop over in England so my DH and DD can see them. But since the in-laws don't really talk to me (only DH) it can be very difficult and frustrating making plans. Oh -- and we all do speak English and I do understand their accents and slang, they just don't really address me too often . It's very weird. The 2 week trip I planned last year can attest to that .

So....if there is no England in the mix (I do love the country though) then we will probably do a few days before in Barcelona to get over the jet lag and maybe one day after.

No matter what I better get saving now for the before and after part. That Euro is a killer! Ahhh, the days when the $ was actually more than the Euro...I miss those months!

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Ouch on the in-laws issue. Maybe you could make a brief visit before the cruise if they don't come to you next year.

I had been tentatively making plans to take my DS on his first trip to Europe in 2011 and then actually almost decided to do one of the Alaska cruises instead. I had our TA price the Alaska and Med cruises when she was doing booking for her gold and platinum members. I was pleasantly surprised at the cost of the Med cruise and less so at the cost of the Alaska. Originally I had planned to go for a week to London, then to Paris and maybe to Rome. Instead now we'll go to London and then probably straight onto Barcelona. We'll do more of a land trip another time.
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When they announced this cruise and we knew we were going to be going on it we know from the past med cruise that there was so much we wanted to see in Barcelona that we would need 3 days before to see all of it and recover from jet lag before the cruise. The day after is to get a little sleep before flying home and then driving the four hours from Atlanta back to Asheville. The advantage of teaching is I have the month of july off so I do not have to worry about whether or not I can get the time off from work for a long trip.

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Just wanted to say hi. Hope everyone is having a good weekend. Found out Friday that I've got to have my gallbladder taken out. Can't schedule surgery till the second week of November due to work so that should make for a fun Thanksgiving.

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Sorry to hear about the gall bladder surgery and having it so close to Thanksgiving. I had mine out 9 years ago and it was a relief to have it done to stop having the attacks. FWIW, I had it done laparascopically and was up and around and back to work in about a week.

It's hard to believe Thanksgiving is so close already. Halloween in the big thing in our house now. This week in school my son has a craft party where they paint pumpkins, a costume parade on Friday during the day and a Halloween magic show on Friday night. And of course there's the big day itself. They're predicting shows next Saturday, but I hope that changes before then. Then the day after is my uncles 60th birthday and we're having a big surprise party for him. My son thinks we should bring him some trick or treat candy as a present, lol.
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Just wanted to say hi. Hope everyone is having a good weekend. Found out Friday that I've got to have my gallbladder taken out. Can't schedule surgery till the second week of November due to work so that should make for a fun Thanksgiving.

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Sorry about the sugery. That doesn't sound like fun at all

Halloween is my favorite holiday as well. I've been known to throw some big Halloween parties and I go all out for them. My entire house gets decorated and our front lawn gets a spooky makeover. But this year we decided not to do that party and to take it easy.

This week it's also my birthday. I have no idea what my DH and friends have planned for me. They asked me what I wanted to do and I didn't have any suggestions. I am great at planning events for other people, but not myself. I just find it too weird. My friend told me that she was going to take over my plans so now I have no idea what's up her sleeve this week.

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I'm not really looking forward to the surgery but I've been dealing with this sick April and I'm just tired of being sick so I'll be glad when it is over.

We don't really do Halloween. Our big holidays are Thanksgiving and Christmas. I love to decorate and bake.

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In my family business I am really busy in December (so is my DH), but we still manage to have a big Christmas each year. We don't go all out as some do, but we manage to set up a tree and do some decorating inside. We don't do much decorating outside with lights since with work we get SLAMMED in Jan. -- especially the beginning. Our Xmas decorations have been known to stay up a bit longer than I'd like sometimes and our homeowner's association doesn't like that...

I will do the "Elf-on-a-shelf" thing though with my DD leading up to Christmas. I don't know if you are familiar with it or not but we use a reindeer named Gumdrop who visits our house to keep an eye on my DD and to report to Santa. He'll come to our house after Thansgiving and return to Santa when he picks him up on Xmas Eve. Gumdrop has been known to get into some slight trouble at night. Last year he made "snow angels" in the flour on the counter, made a complete mess when he made hot chocolate for himself, "decorated" the tree with her clean underwear and he even had a bowl of candy corn for breakfast! My DD loved it last year and while I can I want to keep it up for a few more years. I'll need to think of some new ideas for this year...

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They do Elf on a shelf in my son's school. He comes and visits each of the classrooms.

I just love this time of year, once you get into fall and then leading into the holiday season. I've havingThanksgiving for the last few years, although this year we need to have Thanksgiving at my parents since my dad isn't really mobile now. I'm still going to do all the cooking which should make it interesting, I'm going to try and get what I can done in advance. And I love the xmas season, and especially while my DS still believes in Santa, I want to make the most of it.
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