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Old 05-19-2010, 12:48 PM   #106
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I think it's wonderful that you made yourself slow down a little bit to take everything in. I am the same way, rushing, making sure we see/do everything and forget to actually enjoy myself. How wonderful that you went in with that mindset. I'm sorry you missed the Up characters. That has got to be one of my favorite Disney movies ever.
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Glad you had a good meal/time at DHS!! I've never visited the animation center-- not exactly an artist! Sorry you had to draw Stitch!!
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Old 05-19-2010, 01:18 PM   #108
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Looks like a great first night! And yes we had a great time seeing Mary Poppins. I would love to go to Caifornia Grill for the view but I am not an adventerous eater at all so it makes me very nervous!
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Katie, love the update. The view from CG is marvelous (we've never dined there).

I love your drawing of the obnoxious Stitch--that is how he'd probably look if I drew him too (very low on my list of Disney characters...and the reason we stopped getting wake up calls).

I'm glad you decided to "slow down" a little this trip and enjoy the moment. I think we all sometimes rush and forget to just enjoy what we are doing at that specific time.
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Oohhhh your dinner looks soooo good! Even the sushi looks pretty although I'm not sure if I would have liked it!! Don't you just love that butter with the salt? The Wave does that too and I know it is something simple but boy do I love it!!
Love your game plan for the night...just walking around and taking the time to enjoy everything....I am looking forward to a laid back trip in October
Awww Stitch is cute!! I loved drawing (I am sooo not good! ) but it is so much fun!!

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Your dinner looks great! I'm so happy they were able to seat you. I'm with Tracy, they even make sushi look good - but I'd NEVER try it

Good for you slowing down, I found myself doing just the opposite and feeling a bit stressed at times because of it
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ooo, love the pork dish at Cali Grill! I got that too!

It's funny cause when I did "what character are you most like" I got Ursula!!! And I did NOT take a pic to remind myslef of that!

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Ok, first, that food looked so yummy! A little different than the places we went with my 3 kids . That view is amazing. So glad that you stopped to take it in. I have to remind myself to do that too and found I was fairly good at it this trip b/c we had just been 2 years ago. But here is what I really have to say:
My son is going to kill me that the "What Character are You Most Like" thing was at DHS all along (a park that we spend lots of time in). I had read about this somewhere and told him about it while we were at Epcot thinking that it was there and of course we never found it. He was so dissapointed. I won't forget where it is on our next trip. So glad you put that up!!
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Your meal looks amazing and I am so psyched that you walked up and got a table. Way to go. I love the pictures from up top and its great that you decided to stop and smell the roses and really spend some time soaking it in. That's how I felt when I was there. I just wanted to keep taking it all in. By the time I got outside it was dark.

Sorry the Up guys weren't there, but at least you had some nice quiet time in the park. Looks like a fun evening. I am longing for a bit of solo time, so I could definitely get into that grove!

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Lovely view! Nice that you got a monorail going by, too.
It is worth taking time to stop and absorb enough of the magic to help carry you through until your next trip.

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Old 05-19-2010, 08:16 PM   #118
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Great update! I never ate at CG but don't think my girls would like it. Didn't make it to the animation center last year but on my list of things to do this year.

I find I always have a better trip if I take it slow because I always seem to get to see and do the things I want but I am not tired and grouchy from trying to keep every thing going smoothly.
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That's so AWESOME you went to CG by yourself and had such a great time and took those AMAZING photos Katie!
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I am exactly the same way when I find out someone is planning a Disney vacation. I have to hold myself back to make sure I don't scare/overwhelm them.

I am SO glad you got to dine at CG. Although I've been there a couple of times, I have not been out on the observation deck. Must fix this next time!!!

Sorry you missed the Up characters.

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