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Old 05-13-2010, 10:52 AM   #31
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Your villa is gorgeous!!!

Did you like your Tangerine Dream? I had one this past December and didn't really care for it.
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Woohoo! Another DISmoms trip!

I am ashamed to say that this is my first DISboards post in 5 months! Wha??? Anyway, I just HAD to make my way back to the boards for this trip report. You see, I had the great pleasure, (and I do mean pleasure,) of meeting four of these six DISmoms on their trip last year. LOVE THEM!! I'm excited to be subbing and along for the ride.

No pressure or anything, but this is what I expect from this trip report:

- Ellen - the great narrator, OUTSTANDING photographer, and lover of all things Disney. You've set the bar too high for yourself with past reports and we expect nothing less on this one!! Also, one of the nicest and coolest people evah...

- Cammie - probably my first DIS buddy and a passionate WDW lover as am I. Avid Jonas Brothers fan (although she will tell you her DAUGHTERS are the big fans...but we know the truth!) I suspect we'll see lots of good food porn pics and drink pics! Also, one of the nicest and coolest people evah...

- Kara - keeps me laughing always and I totally get her since of humor! Kara is the self-proclaimed "queen of the upgrades." You go girl! Also, one of the nicest and coolest people evah...

- Lonnie - uh...you're name is still Lonnie right? (just kidding! I loved the reference to the song! Just goes to show how cool you moms really are! I wonder if by "Stacy" the song is referring to the character once portrayed by Fergie?) Also, one of the nicest and coolest people evah....

I don't possess the 'mom-parts' myself....otherwise I'd be right there with them. Perhaps someday I can pursuade them to "adopt-a-dad?"

Anyway, can't wait to read the report!
Alan, we will adopt you ANY time!!!! You, too, sir, are one of the coolest people EVAH!!!!

I've been off the boards for a couple of months, too, in fact I never did finish your last TR! What is up with that?????

Glad you're back to experience our trip with us!!!!
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Old 05-13-2010, 11:01 AM   #33
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The end of year stuff is crazy this year for me at both schools. Especially Tyler & Tim's, I have to go to everything because I'm the new PTA president.
Rock on Mama!! Good luck! I'm on the excutive board for another 2 years myself.
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All of you are very entertaining. I can just imagine how much laughter was occuring in the villa. You probably had folks banging on the walls trying to quiet you down. And those poor young men you were stalking...
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Hi Alan..i've been following the new resturant. I think they might adopt you

I can only imagine Kara hanging off the balcony.
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It wasn't foam- the axe was REAL!!!! And may I say it definitely came in handy, keeping Kara in line....

We were REALLY excited to see that 1st class upgrade on this flight- I was able to upgrade last year when I was by myself, but I did it when I booked the flight, that one cost me $50 + 15,000 points. This was MUCH better! I'm saving my miles for a trip to Hawaii in 2012!
Lol Well ya gotta have something to keep them in line

Wow Hawaii in 2012 sounds awesome, have always wanted to visit. Hope you have a great time

Great updates. The BCV look lovely and spacious and I love the look of that huge bath, was it a spa bath?

Spa treatments on arrival day sounds like the best thing to do to get everyone in the mood for Disney, esp when there are cocktails involved too
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Nice, new flat screen including remote that DOES NOT WORK!!!!


Oh now that would just not do! I would have demanded a room change! I'm serious. A friend of mine got married at some gorgeous old hotel on Block Island and the room had NO t.v. For two whole days and nights I was tv-less. I made DH read to me until I fell asleep because I can't stand the silence!
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Wonderful pics you ladies took of the villa. All the drinks you have look and sound wonderful....it makes me wonder if I should stray from my usual beer! May not be the best idea to test those waters at Disney tho, just in case.....lol. Can't wait to read and see more!
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Great start to your trip report! I am just so sorry I only discovered it today and you are already on page 3!

Love the photos of your villa. Can't wait to see and read more of your adventures!
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Great start to your trip. I followed along last year. You gals know how to have fun! I have one question: How does "Handsome Sailor" compare to "Hot McHottie"?
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WooHoo!! Loved the last trip report although i caught it after the fact since i wasn't on the dis at the time. But glad to get this one!! I need all the tips i can get. Planning my first girls Trip to the world with one of my long time BFF's from elementary school. She hasn't been in a while so we are doing a long weekend. Can't wait to hear more!!!
AWESOME!!!! When are you going? Where are you staying? For how long? It's such a great trip! When Loni & I went 2 years ago, we hadn't seen each other in a really long time, and it was just incredible to reconnect with her.

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Next year I WILL be joining in the spa treatments!!!! - Stupid Bank of America mortgage process made me cancel this year. There is nothing worse than going through a mortgage right now - they are soooo nitpicky about EVERYTHING!!!! I fell like I'm under a microscope! I mean, I understand why they have to do this, but after 4 mortgages with them, you'd think they would know by now that we are a good risk.
Hope you're almost through the process...I was sad you weren't coming with us.....

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Woohoo! Another DISmoms trip!

I am ashamed to say that this is my first DISboards post in 5 months! Wha??? Anyway, I just HAD to make my way back to the boards for this trip report. You see, I had the great pleasure, (and I do mean pleasure,) of meeting four of these six DISmoms on their trip last year. LOVE THEM!! I'm excited to be subbing and along for the ride.

No pressure or anything, but this is what I expect from this trip report:

- Ellen - the great narrator, OUTSTANDING photographer, and lover of all things Disney. You've set the bar too high for yourself with past reports and we expect nothing less on this one!! Also, one of the nicest and coolest people evah...

- Cammie - probably my first DIS buddy and a passionate WDW lover as am I. Avid Jonas Brothers fan (although she will tell you her DAUGHTERS are the big fans...but we know the truth!) I suspect we'll see lots of good food porn pics and drink pics! Also, one of the nicest and coolest people evah...

- Kara - keeps me laughing always and I totally get her since of humor! Kara is the self-proclaimed "queen of the upgrades." You go girl! Also, one of the nicest and coolest people evah...

- Lonnie - uh...you're name is still Lonnie right? (just kidding! I loved the reference to the song! Just goes to show how cool you moms really are! I wonder if by "Stacy" the song is referring to the character once portrayed by Fergie?) Also, one of the nicest and coolest people evah....

I don't possess the 'mom-parts' myself....otherwise I'd be right there with them. Perhaps someday I can pursuade them to "adopt-a-dad?"

Anyway, can't wait to read the report!
Well, Alan, you have had more going on this year than most with your UBER successful BF DAWGS! But I am so glad you're back- we've missed you so much!! And you are the only man allowed to be an honarary DISmom- we have had MANY MEN apply- all applications have been DENIED!!!! Anyway, thanks for all the kind words.... and ITA with Kara, YOU are one of the nicest and coolest people EVAH!!!!!!!!
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Your villa is gorgeous!!!

Did you like your Tangerine Dream? I had one this past December and didn't really care for it.
I absolutely did NOT enjoy that tangierine dream- it was like a screwdriver with tangerine instead of orange juice, & it had tons of pulp, which I hate. What idiot takes away a CREAMSICLE drink and replaces it with JUICE? How is that any kind of improvement?? BLECH!! What's next? Replacing all the steaks with hot dogs? All the lobster and scallops and shrimp with canned tuna??? Cheesecake with a scoop of cottage cheese?? Go, go, go, Disney Dining Nazi!

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Rock on Mama!! Good luck! I'm on the excutive board for another 2 years myself.
Fun, fun stuff!! But I have a LOT to learn!! My term is 2 years, too.

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All of you are very entertaining. I can just imagine how much laughter was occuring in the villa. You probably had folks banging on the walls trying to quiet you down. And those poor young men you were stalking...
Thanksfully, we never had a knock at the door for us to quiet down...I personally think we must have been on a vacant floor. Really, I think BCV must have great insulation in its walls- I never heard one child or anything else either above, below, or next to us while we were there. Although there was this one night that Kara heard US coming home....

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Hi Alan..i've been following the new resturant. I think they might adopt you

I can only imagine Kara hanging off the balcony.
I wish I could say I had a pic, but I don't. I thought about taking one, but didn't get the camera out in time. So you will all just have to picture it in your minds....

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Lol Well ya gotta have something to keep them in line

Wow Hawaii in 2012 sounds awesome, have always wanted to visit. Hope you have a great time

Great updates. The BCV look lovely and spacious and I love the look of that huge bath, was it a spa bath?

Spa treatments on arrival day sounds like the best thing to do to get everyone in the mood for Disney, esp when there are cocktails involved too
Yes, it was a jacuzzi tub. All the 1bdrm and up DVC villas have them. We will be married 25 years in 2011, and DH also turns 50...and I turn 50 in 2012, so it is a combo celebration of all of that. We would have preferred to go in 2011, but I don't think the DVC in Hawaii will be open by August that year, so we're waiting til 2012. We'll be bringing our two younger sons with us.

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Oh now that would just not do! I would have demanded a room change! I'm serious. A friend of mine got married at some gorgeous old hotel on Block Island and the room had NO t.v. For two whole days and nights I was tv-less. I made DH read to me until I fell asleep because I can't stand the silence!
Well, I'm with you, I like to watch tv in bed before I fall asleep. Fortunately the remotes in the bedrooms worked- it was just the livingroom one that had a mind of its own. I can't believe you made him read to you until you fell asleep!! Should I even ask what he read??
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Wonderful pics you ladies took of the villa. All the drinks you have look and sound wonderful....it makes me wonder if I should stray from my usual beer! May not be the best idea to test those waters at Disney tho, just in case.....lol. Can't wait to read and see more!
Oh....the really good drinks have not EVEN begun to be seen in this TR! Just wait!!

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Great start to your trip report! I am just so sorry I only discovered it today and you are already on page 3!

Love the photos of your villa. Can't wait to see and read more of your adventures!
I am so happy you're here!! You have hardly missed a thing- there is sooooooooooooooooo much to tell! ANd did you ever tell me what your September dates are?? I am so in awe that you are staying for 21 days!!!

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Great start to your trip. I followed along last year. You gals know how to have fun! I have one question: How does "Handsome Sailor" compare to "Hot McHottie"?
From the photos I saw, HMH was more of a Hottie- but I have never had the pleasure of HMH's acquaintance, so Kara will have to tell you for sure. But, what can I say?? I'm a sucker for a cutie in uniform!
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Love the pictures of your Villa....I have stayed there once before but it was before I was DVC...cute bedspreads!!
I really think the walls are extra insulated on the deluxe resorts or villas. When I was at Pop for the one night I don't even want to get into what I heard

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Old 05-14-2010, 09:32 AM   #45
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The Magic Man of the Mandara Spa

Joan and I headed over to the Swalphin....did I mention the heat? It was HOT in Orlando, my friends. Hot like in July or at least late June hot. And muggy. SO by the time we got to the Mandara Spa, we were sweaty, stinky women. NICE... Right as we were walking through the spa door, my phone rang- it was the one stressful phone call from home of the trip. Perfect timing. It seems Pods (DH) had gotten a phone call from the DDD (Department of Developmental Disabilities) saying that they needed to know when our son, Sean, would be attending camp in August. Or else he couldn't go. HUH??? There was no deadline any other year, so this was all news to me! In case you don't know, my oldest son is autistic. He is almost 16, and attends school until the end of July every year. Then in August, he goes to daycamp. Because if he stayed home for a month, we would all lose it- especially him. He needs structure, and he needs to know what to expect. Sooo...Pods wants to know the dates of when he should attend the camp. Some weeks we pay for, some weeks DDD pays for- the weeks you must be in the DDD to get into the camp. Sorry if I'm confusing you. So I tell DH we want him in the first 2 weeks of the DDD camp, and the last 2 weeks of the regular camp. He wants to know the dates. I am like, "Oh, sorry, looks like they took the calendars down in the hallways at the Swalphin- I have no idea!" He calls the DDD and then tells me that Sean will be in camp the first two weeks in August. HUH??? That leaves 3 weeks of nothing, which is two weeks too many for our boy. So I ask him to call them back and then call me back. Which of course, he doesn't do. But I keep my phone with me anyway- ya know, I bring it into the massage because the stress of an anticipated horrible phone call can only enhance my massage experience, right??


So we check in- Joan is told she will be with a woman for her Hot Stone Massage, and I am told I will be with...a MAN for my Elemis Aroma Spa Seaweed Massage. Okay......



Just to be clear, I am not getting just some massage. I am getting THE massage. Here is the description-

Combining the richness of sea plants and marine algae with aromatherapy, this treatment is deeply detoxifying at all levels for women and men. A warm seaweed body mask containing a synergy of cleansing oils is applied to your body before you are cocooned in a comforting foil wrap. Let your thoughts drift away and relax with a scalp massage and foot massage while the active ingredients work to detoxify, decongest & stimulate your body systems. Then we follow with a full or half body massage. Includes a 25 or 50 minute massage.

So, here is how it is- I am sweating like a smelly pig, and some guy is going to rub mud all over me and then bake me to a stenchy finish in some very clingy tinfoil. NICE.... Needless to say, Joan and i BOTH showered before our treatments.



I set off with my therapist... who can I just say, ended up to be a full fledged, New Yawker transplant he-man with a love of football and golf. NICE... Am I creating enough of a visual image for all of you?? Please keep in mind, I have given birth to THREE children. And there will be mud slathered pretty much all over me, including on to my not-even-close-to-a-six-pack belly. HOLY. CRAP.

Well, let me just say, I would do it again in a heartbeat! This Magic Man of the Mandara Spa, named Bill, was a FABULOUS mud slatherer and scalp rubber. For everyone who is afraid to have a massage therapist of the opposite sex, can I just say...get OVER it!! Men have BIG, STRONG HANDS!!! It was...aaaaahhhhhhh..... And it was the BEST scalp massage I have ever had, it was just ...ahhhhhhhh.... In the middle of the treatment, you rinse off the mud (I was in a shower alone behind a curtain) and then hop back on the table for a massage. To which he added extra time because my shoulders, he said, were tighter than most. Can't IMAGINE why, can you?? Would my friend mind if I took a little longer??? Friend? What friend? Needless to say, I was very, very much more relaxed leaving that room than I was going in, and I tipped Bill extra because he really was THAT good.

Joanie & I relaxed and sipped our citrus water and herb tea for a while in the most beautiful and peaceful oasis of a room before getting dressed and walking back-





I give the Mandara Spa, hands down, 5 stars... it is FABULOUS!!!! I am sooooo booking it in the fall for DH & I.

But I get Bill.


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