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Old 01-01-2010, 08:57 PM   #31
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Having raised two girls it is really fun with the grandsons. They are so much easier than teenage girls. Not complaining. I had the best girls in the world. Truly. They are now 38 and 40 and are amazing young women.

I'm excited to read more.

I did forget to mention that Tim the Razorback lives in Tennessee and they bought a house with 20 foot ceilings. Well, there is an OU vase up there and they have never taken it down. It's hilarious.



What is sad is that they have lived in this house 3 years now.

Just to get a look
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Hey! What a great start! Can't wait to hear how your arrival goes! SO fun -- your countdown party and chain! CUTE! looks like your guys are having fun with the countdown experience too.. great idea for the envelope and the activities!! I have not been able to do a proper count down because all our trips have been "surprises" in a way. I think this June we will tell them in advance!
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Old 01-01-2010, 09:34 PM   #33
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I'm here and ready to hear how it was during Christmas. We were there Dec 14-20th at Port Orleans building 15. Crowds weren't bad at all, walked on to many rides with no/minimal wait. Restaurants looked full, we made ressies for Ohana's but took the rest as we went and were ok.
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I love all your fun countdown activities. I may have to steal a few of those ideas!
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Glad that Dallas had better flights for you guys. I always check Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Austin when we fly out. One year we drove to Houston, paid for a hotel for one night that had free parking/shuttle to the Houston Hobby airport and saved 500$ off our airfare had we flown out of Austin!


Gotta love pre-Disney excitement! I've had to squash it a few times and hope to have to squash it many more times in the future!

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Dallas usually has better flight times and fares. We used hotel points for our stay in Dallas, left our car parked for free at the hotel and took their shuttle to the airport. Even if we had had to pay for the room we would have saved enough to make it worth our while to drive down.

I felt bad squashing their excitement because I was excited myself - but we HAD to get some sleep!
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I did forget to mention that Tim the Razorback lives in Tennessee and they bought a house with 20 foot ceilings. Well, there is an OU vase up there and they have never taken it down. It's hilarious.
Too funny about the vase! Is it painted on, it almost looks like it is in that picture.

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Hey! What a great start! Can't wait to hear how your arrival goes! SO fun -- your countdown party and chain! CUTE! looks like your guys are having fun with the countdown experience too.. great idea for the envelope and the activities!! I have not been able to do a proper count down because all our trips have been "surprises" in a way. I think this June we will tell them in advance!
I'd love to surprise my kids, but I have a big mouth I did take Jared last summer for a short 3 night stay and kept it a surprise until the night before we left, but man that was hard!

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I'm here and ready to hear how it was during Christmas. We were there Dec 14-20th at Port Orleans building 15. Crowds weren't bad at all, walked on to many rides with no/minimal wait. Restaurants looked full, we made ressies for Ohana's but took the rest as we went and were ok.
Wow, we overlapped by a couple of days then! We arrived the morning of the 19th. We found the crowds to be very manageable early in the trip, but it got busier as the trip went on.

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Steal away! That's how I get most of my ideas - gotta love the DIS!
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Hi, I wandered over here to join in the fun, and I am so glad I did!

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My oldest, Justin, is in the eighth grade and in true teenage style likes to test his mother’s patience. And when he has that teenaged mouth closed, he is very sweet.
I could so write this about Chelsea!!! It's so true!!! As a middle school teacher, I knew this would happen, but I guess I was in denial about it happening to "my" child.

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Early the morning of our departure, while the rest of the world was still asleep, I hopped out of bed and hit the shower. Funny how much easier it is to get up when Walt Disney World is your day’s destination! The kids got up pretty easily too, and we were down waiting for the airport shuttle before 5am.



We got checked in at the airport and received our bill for our checked baggage, $60. I don’t know about the rest of you, but those stupid fees really irritate me. That being said, I was expecting to have to pay $80, so $60 actually sounded like a deal!

Our flight arrived right on time, and I only had to tell the boys half a dozen times to stop arguing and keep their hands to themselves so our morning thus far could be considered a success. But as we got off the plane, Don stopped dead in his tracks and said ‘I left my sunglasses in the car’. Of course, he wasn’t about to purchase “Disney” sunglasses, so we had to stop at the Sunglass Hut in the airport, and of course, he couldn’t just get any pair of sunglasses, it had to be some almost identical to the Ray Ban’s he left in Dallas. Sooooooo, we left the gate area $130 poorer than we were just a few short minutes before. As I was waiting for Don to pick out his sunglasses, I had a call from Garden Grocer; the groceries we had ordered had been delivered already and could be picked up at bell services at our convenience.

Now, it’s off to the Magical Express counter and on to WDW!! Only problem was, I couldn’t find it. Yes, I’ve done this before, several times in fact, but for some reason I thought it was on the “A” side of the airport. After walking all the way up and down the ground level, I realized that I obviously was remembering wrong and we headed over to the “B” side. Once we were in the right place, we found the counter with no problem at all, and true to what the CM had told me the night before, there were no issues with me having left the transfers at home. The CM behind the counter printed us new tickets, got us set up for airport check in at the hotel for our return, and sent us on our way. There was no one in our line, and as soon as we got to the front, we were lead to a ready waiting bus. Here we are on the ME bus, looking a little tired, but excited none the less!





I got us checked into the hotel and our room was ready. I had the CM check on the box that we had shipped down and it was at Riverside, where apparently all of their deliveries go. He called over and said we would need to come back by later and sign for it. Then I got in line to have the concierge transfer Don & the boys park tickets to their room keys. The lady behind the counter there gave me a bit of a hard time because she wanted to know how I had a room with dining and didn’t have park tickets included in the package, because that wasn’t supposed to be allowed. I told her obviously it was, because we had no trouble booking it that way. She told me it had to be a mistake, but she would add the tickets to the room keys like I was requesting. I didn’t want to argue with her, so I didn’t mention that I’m booked for a room/dining only package in May as well……she apparently needs to be brought up to date on what is available to passholders......

After all of that was taken care of, we headed off to find our room. We were in building 1



Room



A few shots of the room (just ignore my family getting in the way of my empty room shots )







Hidden Mickey on the bedspread:




We were all pretty hungry at this point and decided to grab a bite to eat at the food court before heading over to Epcot for the rest of the day. I took a few photos of the resort as we walked back to the food court. I think our building was about as far away from the lobby/food court/bus stop as you could get, that being said, our walk was only about 5 minutes. POFQ really is a very pretty resort.











Continued in the next post.....
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We made our way over to the food court. It is decorated like a float warehouse, so if large heads looming over you make you nervous – don’t eat here.







Here’s what we all ate for lunch (these will be the only food porn pics in this report – I just couldn’t get past feeling weird pulling out the camera to take pictures of food, sorry!)

Don & I each had the chicken ceaser salad.



It was okay, the chicken was rather bland, but the salad was good.

Justin had the meatball sub.



He said it was good, but way too messy.

Jared had the kids chicken nuggets with fries & grapes. I guess it was fine, he ate every bite.



He also got beignets for dessert – he was very excited about these.



Enjoying those beignets





And needing to be hosed off when he was finished!



After lunch we headed over to the bus stop. I took a few more pictures along the way.









Up next, we head to Epcot, hoping all the FPs for Soarin’ weren’t already gone for the day…..
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I could so write this about Chelsea!!! It's so true!!! As a middle school teacher, I knew this would happen, but I guess I was in denial about it happening to "my" child.
Isn't it funny how they go from sweet little child to mouthy teenager seemingly overnight?!

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Thanks, it really was alot of fun. And it helped make the trip seem not quite so far away.
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Just wanted to let you know I'm reading your report and love it. I have 3 boys and we went to the World the past 4 Christmas (except one year we spent totally at Universal). We couldn't go this year so I'm going to live vicariously through you!
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I love the popcorn buckets! I had looked at them several times and never bought them, just thought they were something that I didn't need to waste money on. But when I decided to do the countdown party it was apparent that I needed them.

I got little bits of trivia from all over. I bought a book that was full of little details, like the meaning behind numbers or names on certain props in different attractions, some of it I got from just googling "Walt Disney World Trivia", and I also filled in with just some question & answer type stuff that I stole from our Disney Trival Pursuit game It took awhile to come up with the list and make the strips, but we had a really good time with it.
Haha, I love that. It's apparent that I will also need them when I have my kiddies! Thankfully, I don't think my DBF would disagree with me

Ooo, the trivia sounds fun! Haha, can I be part of your family

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We made our way over to the food court. It is decorated like a float warehouse, so if large heads looming over you make you nervous – don’t eat here.

Here’s what we all ate for lunch (these will be the only food porn pics in this report – I just couldn’t get past feeling weird pulling out the camera to take pictures of food, sorry!)
Haha, I thought that about the large heads before I read what you said because I saw the pictures! I would probably flip out and refuse to step in there. They'd have to bring my beignets out to me

I always tell myself that I'll take a ton of food pictures. I say, "I'm on vacation; no one's around that I know so who cares what they think of me!" Then I get in the situation, and I feel kind of awkward ... haha. I'm getting better though and taking a lot more food pictures just because I love having the photos after. My DBF's camera can be set to a high ISO setting so it can still take good pictures when there's not that much light AND without a flash. That way it can be done discreetly!
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Oh right, and with the food pictures, we used to take pictures of each other WITH the food so that it wouldn't look so strange either! That's how we get pics of the restaurant too ... pretend to focus on the other person but make sure to get background!
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Great report!!! I love your 100 day party! All of your pictures are great...you are a great story teller...did you keep a journal to remember all of your details? Looking so forward to reading more!
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Hey girl!
I'm here....going back to read...I've been MIA, so hope that your trip and holidays were wonderful!! Subbing!
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