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Old 01-09-2010, 09:01 AM   #1
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A Tale of [family madness in] Two Cities - Final Thoughts & PTR Link!

A Tale of [family madness in] Two Cities begins before Saturday, December 26, but I'll just sum it up in this.

We live in Minnesota.

Big snow storm on December 24.

Drive 20 minutes to celebrate with Joe's family.

That night we drive 3 hours to celebrate with my family. Can't drive faster than 45 mph. Yippee.

Tired. Drank a lot of coffee.

Arrived safe. Slept well and hard.

Snow won't stop falling.

Even Minnesotans are amazed at the amount of snow.




My uncle and aunt's home - it was a cozy place to be on such a wintery day!

Christmas is good.


My Grandma (known as GG to Henry) and Henry napping.

Henry starts running a slight temperature. I buy some Children's Motrin from the only open store in the town.

Henry doesn't sleep well that night. Neither do we.

Fever breaks. Henry is left with a bit of a cold. Which I know he caught from me. I ask Joe if it's humanly possible we can go to Disney with NO sickness? Every trip, someone is sick at least a bit. Sigh.

Drive to airport early on December 26. Drank a lot of coffee.

Flight leaves ON TIME!



So before we truly begin the adventure, let me introduce everyone in case you are a new reader/didn't follow my PTR.

My mother and father-in-law, well known as Grammy and Poppa. First timers. Well...MIL was at MK in 1975.


My sister-in-law, known as KK. My nephew started to call her this and it stuck. We RARELY call her by her real name anymore! First timer.


Henry, my little man - age 2. 4th trip.


Joe, my big man. 5th trip.


And me! Brook. 5th trip.


5 adults. 1 toddler.
1 wheelchair. 1 stroller.
3 Disney newbs.
1 Planner. That's me.

2 bedroom at Kidani. December 26-January 1.
2 separate hotel rooms in New Orleans. January 1-January 5.

Ready? Let's ride!
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Old 01-09-2010, 09:02 AM   #2
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Saturday, December 26, 2009
Chapter 1.
Jumping, dancing and...calling the police?!?! Part One.
Jumping, dancing and...calling the police?!?! Part Two.
Jumping, dancing and...calling the police?!?! Part Three.
Chapter 2.
An unexpected surprise and good eats. Part One.
An unexpected surprise and good eats. Part Two.
An unexpected surprise and good eats. Part Three.
--> Additional pictures from Poppa's camera.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Chapter 3.
Where are the crowds? Part One.
Where are the crowds? Part Two.
More pictures from Poppa's camera, and some from KK's
Chapter 4.
Elbows on the table, nose to the wall! Part One.
Elbows on the table, nose to the wall! Part Two.
Elbows on the table, nose to the wall! Part Three.
Elbows on the table, nose to the wall! Part Four.
Elbows on the table, nose to the wall! Part Five.
--> Video links and Photopass Pictures
Chapter 5.
Touring Kidani. Part One.
Touring Kidani. Part Two.
Touring Kidani. Part Three.
Touring Kidani. Part Four.
Chapter 6.
Handy Manny and "choc-choc"....a magical night for Henry! Part One.
Handy Manny and "choc-choc"....a magical night for Henry! Part Two.
Handy Manny and "choc-choc"....a magical night for Henry! Part Three.
Handy Manny and "choc-choc"....a magical night for Henry! Part Four.
Handy Manny and "choc-choc"....a magical night for Henry! Part Five.

Handy Manny and "choc-choc"....a magical night for Henry! Part Six.
Chapter 7.
"Everything is excellent." Part One.
"Everything is excellent." Part Two.
Chapter 8.
BTMRR Square Dancing. Part One.
BTMRR Square Dancing. Part Two.

Monday, December 28, 2009
Chapter 9.
As per a 2 year old, "It's a butterfly!" Part One.
As per a 2 year old, "It's a butterfly!" Part Two.
As per a 2 year old, "It's a butterfly!" Part Three.
As per a 2 year old, "It's a butterfly!" Part Four.
Chapter 10.
A magical moment for me! Part One.
A magical moment for me! Part Two.
A magical moment for me! Part Three.
A magical moment for me! Part Four.
A magical moment for me! Part Five.
A magical moment for me! Part Six.
A magical moment for me! Part Seven.
A magical moment for me! Part Eight.
Chapter 11.
"This was worth the whole trip." Part One.
"This was worth the whole trip." Part Two.
"This was worth the whole trip." Part Three.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009.
Chapter 12.

Is everyone at AK today? Part One.
Is everyone at AK today? Part Two.
Is everyone at AK today? Part Three.
Is everyone at AK today? Part Four.
Is everyone at AK today? Part Five.
Chapter 13.
An AK evening. Part One.
An AK evening. Part Two.
Chapter 14.
Corn Diggity Dogs! Part One.
Corn Diggity Dogs! Part Two.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009.
Chapter 15.

Makin' Music at EPCOT. Part One.
Makin' Music at EPCOT. Part Two.
Makin' Music at EPCOT. Part Three.
Makin' Music at EPCOT. Part Four.
Chapter 16.
Touring the World. Part One.
Touring the World. Part Two.
Touring the World. Part Three.
Touring the World. Part Four.
Chapter 17.
Biergarten = YUMM-O! Part One.
Biergarten = YUMM-O! Part Two.
Chapter 18.
The password is "snowflake". Part One.
The password is "snowflake". Part Two.
The password is "snowflake". Part Three.

Thursday, December 31, 2009
Chapter 19.

Too much food and too much shopping! Wait, is there such a thing? Part One.
Too much food and too much shopping! Wait, is there such a thing? Part Two.
Too much food and too much shopping! Wait, is there such a thing? Part Three.
Too much food and too much shopping! Wait, is there such a thing? Part Four.
Chapter 20.
How long would you wait for Soarin'? Part One.
How long would you wait for Soarin'? Part Two.
How long would you wait for Soarin'? Part Three.
How long would you wait for Soarin'? Part Four.
Chapter 21...which only has one part, believe it or not!
Henry and the arcade.
Chapter 22.
Shopping, fireworks and a big 'ol DIS meet. Part One.
Shopping, fireworks and a big 'ol DIS meet. Part Two.
Shopping, fireworks and a big 'ol DIS meet. Part Three.
Shopping, fireworks and a big 'ol DIS meet. Part Four.
Friday, January 1, 2010
Chapter 23.

Good-bye Disney...

Chapter 24.
Hello New Orleans! Part One.
Hello New Orleans! Part Two.
Hello New Orleans! Part Three.

Saturday, January 2, 2010
Chapter 25.

New Orleans, Day 2. Part One.
New Orleans, Day 2. Part Two.
New Orleans, Day 2. Part Three.
New Orleans, Day 2. Part Four.
New Orleans, Day 2. Part Five.
New Orleans, Day 2. Part Six.
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Chapter 26.

New Orleans, Day 3. Part One.
New Orleans, Day 3. Part Two.
New Orleans, Day 3. Part Three.
New Orleans, Day 3. Part Four.
New Orleans, Day 3. Part Five.
Monday, January 4, 2010
Chapter 27.

New Orleans, Day 4. Part One.
New Orleans, Day 4. Part Two.
New Orleans, Day 4. Part Three.
New Orleans, Day 4. Part Four.
New Orleans, Day 4. Part Five.
Chapter 28.
Vacation - Henry's perspective

Chapter 29.
Final Thoughts and link to the new PTR!



Non-TR Bits
My Little Buzz
Adios, mop!
Mary Poppins on Broadway
New Disney Store on Times Square
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Old 01-09-2010, 09:08 AM   #3
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Hey Brook!!

I've seen you around (a lot)! and thought I'd jump in and follow along!

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I've seen you around (a lot)! and thought I'd jump in and follow along!

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Hey Liesa! I have seen you around (a lot) too! I believe I have your PTR already saved in my subscriptions but just haven't caught up yet! I do read your blog from time to time as well. Life in Somewhere-Stan is very interesting!!
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How awesome is it that Henry is only 2 and has been to WDW 4 times? I'm jealous...
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How awesome is it that Henry is only 2 and has been to WDW 4 times? I'm jealous...
Do you read MeMom's reports? Brooklynn has been to WDW ELEVEN times and she's only three!

It was always my wish on every single birthday cake growing up to go to Disney World. My Mom used to say "Maybe this year..." but we never did....so, I'm making up for my lost time. And now, my Mom REALLY wants to go after hearing our stories and seeing our pictures - she may be along on a trip this year or next!

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My Grandma (known as GG to Henry) and Henry napping.


Awww, that picture is just precious!

And oh, how I hear you about sickness + Disney!

I'm ready to read all about your latest adventure!!


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Love the photo of GG and Henry, what a precious moment.
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Woot, woot...I'm in again!! You are right, even people from MN are surprised at the amounts of snow we have gotten. Ick!! I can't wait to read more Brook, bring it on! And if you have a chance, check out my TR too please. (link is in my siggy)
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Seriously??? I made the first page of a Brook TR????!!! WOW!! I'm ready for another story from you.... I love the new photos of Henry on your signature! Sooo cute!
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