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Old 12-02-2009, 11:50 PM   #1
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Sloan takes over the world! Our pre-WISH-trip report! (Dream Factory)

I'll start off by introducing you to the cast of characters.

I'm Ashley, AKA Momma. I'm 26 and currently working part time at a daycare down the road. Up until 5 weeks ago, I had not worked a day since February 2003, right after I found out I was pregnant with DD #1. I loved being a stay at home mom, but finally decided it would be best for everyone, both emotionally and financially, if we all got out of the house a few days a a week, interacted with others our age and made a few bucks to show for it.

I went on my first WDW vacation when I was 5. That was just the start of an obsession. We went again when I was 10, 15, 17, Most recently, after 9 long years of no Disney, we finally were able to scrounge up the money and go on "our" first vacation. It was just my husband and DD #1 and I. We loved celebrating Ireland's 6th birthday (with free dining no less) in such a magical place.

Here is a picture of Ireland and I. (Thanks to my wonderful Mom for the awesome Snow White custom! We had an outfit for everyday. Unfortunately, there will be none of that this trip. She doesn't have enough time and I don't have enough money. Clearance Disney store shirts it is!!)

Who can tell me where this picture was taken? Anyone?!?



Next is my husband of 7 years, (we will celebrate #8 during this trip!) Shawn AKA Daddy. We met on the internet back in October 2001. We were married by January 2002! He's 31 and an over the road truck driver. He's gone most of the time. We are fortunate that he gets to come home most weekends, but for a trucker, a weekend is generally around 36 hours, give or take a few. None of us really like living the trucker's (or trucker's family) life, but it pays the bills and puts food on the table. After a couple of rough years, numerous lay offs and job changes and 2 rounds of unemployment, one lasting 6 months, we're just grateful he has a job.

Shawn's only been to WDW once. He always wanted to go as a child, but his parents always planned vacations they wanted (which normally revolved around French/Indian war encampments they partcipated in) without regard to any input from Shawn. His first trip was just a few months ago! He loved it and was planning our next one before we even left! Disney sucked him right in!!! I almost forgot, as an only child with older parents, DH often found ways to occupy himself. One such was teaching himself how to do the Goofy laugh. He still loves Goofy and still does the laugh. And yes, he had his picture taken with Goofy!!



Next there is Ireland. She's our 6 year old. She's in kindy this year. (She was more than ready last year, but missed the birthday cut off by 13 crummy days.) She's never met a stranger...ever. She's super smart, outgoing, a great big sister and a wonderful daughter. She loves Hannah Montana and all things princess, but her favorite is Aurora. Ariel comes in a close second. She alos loves Mary Poppins.

Ireland's first trip was just a few months ago. She had been wanting to go for several years and we had been trying (Heck, we had been trying since a few months after we got married, but the money was just never there.) without any luck. Then after my brother and SIL went on there honeymoon to WDW in May, it's all she talked about. In turn, it became all I talked about. Finally, after many failed attempts, we made it happen! Ireland loved celebrating her 6th birthday at Disney. (Technically we were there a month before her birthday, but she didn't care.) Free dining made it that much better. Her favorite meal, hands down, was eating with the princesses in Norway. Runner up for best character meal was 1900 Park Fare.

My princess with "the" princess!!



And just because I love this picture....even a princess needs her beauty sleep!



Now to Sloan, but more often than not, he is referred to as Sloaner. He's our wish kid. Sloan is 3 and is the sweetest most loving child you will ever meet. He has a very sensitive side as well. The best part about Sloan is that he almost always has a smile on his face and everyone he runs into comments on that. I'll get into why he was granted a Wish later on so stay tuned.

Sloan has never been to Disney World. We decided to leave the 2 youngest behind when we went in September. We wanted to make this trip all about Ireland. With the kids being so close together (At one time, I had 3 kids 3 1/2 and under.) she really doesn't remember it being just us. She doesn't remember all the one on one time I spent with her, the things we did, places we went, etc. I wanted her to get to experience that again. This was her trip. We were also afraid of how well Sloan would be ableto handle everything. Again, I'll share more about that later. But, back on track now, Sloan hasn't ever been, but loves all things Disney. Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Handy Manny, Cars, Toy Story, Finding Nemo...you name it! He's been talking about Disney World a lot lately (Normally I would say the WDW commercials are evil, but in this case...Thanks Disney!!!) I really didn't think he would use his wish on a trip there though. I hoped he would, but was thinking he would want something more along the lines of a toy or something. Especially since he's been scoping out a few things in the Christmas Wish Book lately. Imagine my shock when he said he wanted to go to Disney World! Besides Disney, he also has a huge interest in fire trucks. I would love to incorporate the Main Street Fire Department fire truck into his wish somehow, but I'm not sure how possible that is.

Here are a couple of pictures of Sloan from my brother and SIL's wedding. I'll post more when I tell you all about him later.



Last but not least is Cambell. She was quite the suprise coming along just 372 days after Sloan, but we can't imagine our lives without her. She was the best baby ever (I always commented that she had no choice!) and to this day is such a wonderful child. She's 2 and has the best personality. She can be so funny at times, but other times soooo serious, just to crack up a minute later. She loves her Ireland and Sloan to pieces and wants to do everything they do. Cambell doesn't really have a favorite character. She seems to love all things Disney. She knows the theme songs to pretty much every Playhouse Disney show even though she has speech/language delays as well as a couple of other developmental delays. She wakes up every morning asking to watch Handy Manny or Mickey Mouse.

Just like Sloan, this will be Cambell's first trip as well. I'm a bit worried about how things will go during the week with her (she asks to take a nap everyday...same goes for bedtime...sometimes as early as 6 or 6:30) but we will make it work.

Here are a couple of pictures of our sweet baby girl! (also from brother's wedding) These just give you a glimpse to her serious as well as funny side.



Here are a few more random pics I thought I would share.



Here is a very sweet moment that I was very thankful my cousin was able to capture.



I missed most of this as I was inside helping with my niece, but apparantly Shawn had to go take pictures with the wedding party. Sloan was upset that he couldn't go with his Daddy.



Ireland, being the great big sister that she is ran to the rescuse. I can so here her now..."It's okay, buddy."



She proceeded to pick him up (Keep in mind at the time he weighed only about 6 -8 pounds less than she did!) and carry him to Daddy.



Go ahead...I know you want to....AWWWW!!!!!

It's past my bedtime so I'm going to wrap this up. I'll try to move on to more about Sloan and what lead up to him being granted his dream very soon so stay tuned.
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Last edited by momma_mouse; 12-05-2009 at 02:31 PM. Reason: Ha! 262 days...ummm no! 372 days apart is close enough thank you! Gees...I need some sleep!! LOL!
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Old 12-03-2009, 08:05 PM   #2
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So I left off with the cast of characters. Now for the details...

After submitting our application to the Dream Factory I asked Sloan if he could get anything, go anywhere, do anything, what would he want. He told me he wanted to "go to Disney World and see Mickey and Goofy. Goofy's going to give me a kiss." So when the Dream Factory volunteer came over (just a short 2 weeks from when I submitted the app) and asked him what he wanted, he told her he wanted to go to Disney World. She immediately started telling us what all would be available to him. She left some papers for us to sign and told us to come up with some dates. A week later I got the papers to her and called her with out dates. Only a week later (last week) she called me to let me know everything was booked. We will stay in a hotel in Nashville the night before we fly out. Our flight leaves at 8 am on January 23rd. We'll get a rental car when we arrive in Orlando where we will be staying at Give Kids the World. We'll be there for 6 days and 7 nights. We know we're for sure using the 3 day park hopper to Disney as well as the Sea World ticket. We're not sure about Universal at this point. We'll figure that out later on. We're super excited and can't wait. Everytime we watch a Disney movie and Sloan sees the fireworks over the castle in the begining he starts screaming "I want to go there! I want to go there!" I think we're going to make a countdown chain this weekend so he can have a visual of how far away our trip is.

Coming up next...What led up to Sloan's wish trip...
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Old 12-04-2009, 10:18 PM   #3
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The picture is outside of the bathrooms at Akershush, right?

Your kids are so adorable!! I was awwwwwing at the pictures of Ireland comforting Sloan! Your trip is coming up soon! How exciting!

Your mom is a Disboutiquer and she didn't even know it! Ireland's Disney outfits are beautiful!

You need to put a link to your PTR in your signature so we can find it easier!
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Old 12-04-2009, 11:16 PM   #4
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Wow, Im so happy Sloan is getting him wish and everything seems to be coming together so fast. The pics are wonderful and your kids are just adorable!
I would let Maroo know you started a PTR so she can add it the the wish thread so more people can find you and follow along. (if you havent that is)
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Old 12-04-2009, 11:21 PM   #5
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I hear you on the job thing. It took DH 8 years of marriage before he found his dream job, which thankfully also pays the bills. We feel very grateful in this economy that his is secure and we are doing okay. Even with long hours and less family time, it all works out in the end.

And I agree, total AWWWWW moment.

I can't believe how fast they set this up for you! At least you don't have to wait long!
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Old 12-04-2009, 11:25 PM   #6
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I just found your thread, how awesome! The kids are all sooo cute..I can't wait to hear more. Everything has come together so fast for you guys, that's so great.
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Old 12-04-2009, 11:27 PM   #7
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Beautiful family !

AWWWWWWWWWWW !

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Old 12-05-2009, 12:03 AM   #8
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AWWWWW!!!!!!!!

They are PRECIOUS!!!

What a precious family.

Looks like some folks found ya, but I am going to link you guys on the wish trippers thread, too!
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Old 12-05-2009, 08:22 AM   #9
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Your kids are so cute! I think the third child is the charm. Hayley is my youngest and she is just happy to be alive. We just came back from our Wish trip and Hayley would just sleep in the stroller if she got tired. Kids are pretty resilient. I think you will have a wonderful time with low crowd levels. I can't wait to hear how the planning goes!
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What adorable sweeties! I am so excited for you all! We are a Wish Tripper as well and are still learning. Looking forward to going on this journey with you. Your trip sure came together fast. That is Awsome!!!
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Sorry I haven't been back on here. Our weekend has been incredibly busy.

I don't even have a lot of time right now. I just wanted to let you know I haven't forgot and will update more later.
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Old 12-08-2009, 04:12 PM   #12
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Can't wait to read more. Your children are adorable!
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Old 12-28-2009, 08:05 PM   #13
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Sorry I haven't posted anymore. It's been one thing after another between problems with Sloan's school, illnesses, etc I haven't had much time to get on here. At one point I had typed out a big long intro about Sloan and what led up to our trip...and my computer froze and I lost it all.

Anyway, I just wanted to update that Sloan got an envelope in the mail from GKTW today! Things are starting to seem more real now. Only 3 1/2 weeks! I'm excited and nervous but can't wait!

Alos, our going away party is going to be next Friday. There is another family heading to Disney so they are combining our parties. We're having pizza and there will be characters there. Things are happening so quick!
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Have Fun!!

Have a great time!! Excited to hear about your send off party and the rest of your planning!!!!
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Very cool that your party is coming up so soon! Can't wait to hear all about it! I'm sorry you've been having to deal with illness..maybe they're just trying to get being sick out the way before Disney!
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