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Old 07-28-2010, 05:17 AM   #166
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I love the pictures along the way! I can't get over it...... 9 stops

I'm a bit jealous that you actually made it with only 9. If we ever drove the potty queen (me) would have Joe stopping every freaking hour!

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Loving the TR through the eyes of Chelsea's new camera!!

I always was of the mind that once I got in the car, I only stopped every 5-6 hours but my hubby can't go more than 2 (that nasty cycle of... stop to get a drink, stop to empty bladder and purchace next drink, repeat!) It used to bother me but I have adjusted to the slower pace.

McCafe is the best!!!

Hooray for arrival, love Connor's happy dance
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Old 07-28-2010, 06:43 AM   #168
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Okay! That does it! I will definitely be utilizing my preteen/teen one day for my TRS!!! taking all these pictures along the way!! I felt like I was with you at all those random car stops!!!!!!!!

MCD's does have good coffee drinks, says DH, but I like their breakfast burritos!

I LOVE how Chelsea insisted on sitting in the back only to recognize she couldn't participate!!! FUNNY!!!

I also loved how Charles was awake and talking about flying the whole time... THAT was too funny also!

Now I am really curious where you ended up, and what Chelsea thought of the resort!!! Can't wait!!!

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Old 07-28-2010, 07:13 AM   #169
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That's a lot of stops! But it's also a long drive. So, it balances out.
Would you ever consider flying to Orlando?

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Great update!! It cracks me up that Charles did not sleep this time. Has the world turned upside down? Love the pics of the purple signs. I just love them so much!!
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I really enjoyed the "on the way" pictures! I personally think that the journey to the destination is also a fun part of vacationing! Love all the pit stop shots! And WOW, CB looks beautiful already and we haven't even gotten checked in!!
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Joining in... we are planning two weeks next July. But DH is worried about the heat. We have been in the summer before but the older we get it seems the harder it is to deal with the heat.

Though this summer we are getting a taste of Disney right here in RI.
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If I could drive to Disney in 8 hours with 9 stops I would be the happiest person alive! I would go 4X a year. Fly? Heck - why??????

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Finally! We’re here!!!

Out of the car at last, Connor did a happy Disney dance to celebrate!

Our first Disney line…

The arrival and first few minutes of the trip are so exciting, so surreal, so fabulous!!! Definitely dance-worthy!
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9 stops, huh? . Sounds like me!!!

Connor is so cute doing his dance & Chelsea is taking some great pictures!!
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Old 07-28-2010, 09:50 AM   #176
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Charles stayed AWAKE?!

I find it pretty funny that he finally realizes how long the drive is (now that he's AWAKE during it!) and commented about how you guys should fly next time!

The McCafe drinks are very good!! Back in MN we had one right down the road from us - and not many dining options in our town - I frequented the McDonalds so Henry could play there. A fruit & yogurt parfait + a vanilla latte = yummy!

Connor's happy dance is so great!!!

Looking forward to finding out where your room is, if it's ready and what you should have listened to the kids about!
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Oh, oh! I forgot to tell you...last night Joe and I went shopping (for the September trip! ), we were in the Queens Mall and ate at the food court. About 3 tables away was a kid who looked EXACTLY like Connor, so much so that I did a double take!!!
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Old 07-28-2010, 10:15 AM   #178
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Originally Posted by thechesters420 View Post
Great update! That is an extreme amount of stops!
Thanks! It did seem like we were stopping a lot. LOL!

Originally Posted by SoonerGirl View Post
9 stops huh? During our recent drive to St Louis (which is about 7 1/2 hrs) we stopped twice - I think Don would come unglued if I asked him to pull over 9 times!

Regardless, you're in WDW!!!!
Oh, trust me, most of those stops were Charles' doing.

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Next time Benadryl for Charles!!!!

Glad you made it! Yes, I have heard McDonald's coffee drinks are good but I made the mistake of looking up the calorie count.

Loving Connor's happy disney dance.
No kidding! He was worse than the kids! Oh, don't tell me the calorie count -- I want to live in ignorant bliss. LOL!

Originally Posted by Queenofallthings View Post
Love the pictures along the way! Everyone at work was talking about how good the coffee is now at McDonalds and it really is...I was quite impressed!

Love Connor's happy dance....that's normally what Jasmine does when she gets off the plane

I can't wait for pics ar CB, I really really really want to stay there
I was so surprised that McDonald's could make a good coffee drink.

Connor was so happy to be back on Disney property!

I have lots of pictures of CBR (Chelsea took a lot, too!). You would love staying there!

Originally Posted by DisMomAmy View Post
Yay!! You made it!!

I love that you'll have Chelsea's pictures to add to the trip report!
Chelsea's pictures really helped this update since I almost never take pictures on the drive down -- I just want to get there.

Originally Posted by KatMark View Post
Great update. Chelsea seems to have done a pretty good job with her picture taking.
Thanks! She had that camera glued to her hand most of the trip.

Originally Posted by hlrababy View Post
LOL! Chelsea is too funny keeping herself busy by taking pictures! I do the same thing sometimes!! haha

I can't wait to hear about CBR since we probably are staying there in February.

Oh yes, tomorrow is the big day!! Woo hoo!
Good luck today! Chelsea was having a lot of fun! You would love CBR -- we really enjoyed our stay there.

Originally Posted by SOUTHERNtinkerBELLE View Post
Wow! That's a lot of stops! I'm glad you finally made it there! I can't wait to hear if the room was ready or not.
It was a lot of stops, but we still made it in eight hours so I wasn't complaining too much.

Originally Posted by MRYPPNS View Post
I am so NOT going on a road trip with you! 9 stops? Someone buy this family a cooler!!

If I lived that close I'd be driving down every couple months!
Well, you know Charles likes his drinks "gas station cold."

That drive is so boring, though -- I dread it more and more every year.

Originally Posted by micandminforever View Post
I enjoyed how Chelsea documented your stops. I am more like Conner on our trips, my DH drives and I read. WE are usually good for at least 5 stops.
Chelsea was also the one keeping count. LOL! I was surprised we still made it in eight hours despite all those stops. They were quick ones.
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Originally Posted by 2xcited2sleep View Post
Oh my ... what a great update. So many things I want to comment on.

Are you the designated driver for the whole trip? God bless you, if so.
Yes, I hate being the passenger in the car. I do much better behind the wheel.

Originally Posted by 2xcited2sleep View Post
Glad Charles is comfy with his pillow. So next time you are flying, huh? Speaking of next time, did anyone book bounceback??
We'll see about the driving. I really like having the car and being able to bring down water, drinks, and lots of snacks for the room. Not to mention, it costs us only about $150 in gas to drive down -- I don't think that would even cover the cost of one plane ticket.

No bounceback for us.

Originally Posted by 2xcited2sleep View Post
Looks like the camera was the perfect gift for Chelsea! She's making good use of it!

9 stops seems like a lot. But also seems like you made good time, in WDW by 2:30pm.
Oh, yes! She was in love with her camera.

They were fast stops -- Mapquest says the drive should take about seven and a half hours, and we made it in eight.

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Love the happy Disney dance.
Connor was very happy to be at Disney!

Originally Posted by Mommy2LittleVols View Post
9 stops?! I think DH would most certainly murder me if I asked him to stop that many times. Can't say that I blame him on the Blizzard stop, though.
Trust me, Charles was the force behind most of the stops.

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McDonalds does have good coffee drinks, but I prefer their sweet tea!
Gotta love that Mickey D sweet tea!

Originally Posted by Mommy2LittleVols View Post
Chelsea cracks me up with her teenage-ness. Glad to hear that she is enjoying her camera so much!

LOVE that Walt Disney World sign!! I take a picture of it every time.

Connor's happy dance - too cute!
The kids were in a great mood!

Originally Posted by Mommy2LittleVols View Post
I'm betting that your room was ready, but was located in a less-than-ideal location. And I'm curious as to what the kids suggested that you didn't heed...

Originally Posted by MHTeacher View Post
YAY! You started your TR!

Love all the pictures of Chelsea's birthday meals! Rachel got the same camera, same color, for her 13th birthday!
It's a great camera! I have been impressed with it.

Originally Posted by MHTeacher View Post
Waiting patiently to find out where your room was, if it was a good location and why do you need to listen to your kids?!?!?!

Originally Posted by Lady Lallie View Post
Great update! I have a feeling it's going to be very interesting to see the Disney trip through Chelsea's eyes.
Just you wait!

Originally Posted by Lady Lallie View Post
I see Connor was wearing his Teva Mush Flippies, did they make it into the parks?
It was interesting -- both kids wanted to wear their tennis shoes to the parks every day; Charles wore his everywhere all the time; I alternated between my Tevas and my tennis shoes. I had to laugh because the kids were always complaining that I never let them wear flip flops to the parks beofre the trip, but once we were there, they insisted on wearing their tennis shoes.

Originally Posted by dddisrunner View Post
GOOD LORD, 9 STOPS?!? Bryan and I are so commando, we drove almost 1,100 miles in one shot and stopped 4 times over 17 hours and our stops totaled 1 hour and 10 minutes.......but you made it to WDW Loved Connor's happy dance photo!!
Wow! There is no way we would survive with only four stops in seventeen hours. LOL!

Originally Posted by punkin413 View Post
wow....i gotta say that chelsea is doing a great job of documenting the trip with pictures so far. she even got one of her sprite zero!
Wasn't that funny? I had to include it when I saw it! LOL!

Originally Posted by punkin413 View Post
i hear ya, connor!
It's always a cause for celebration when we reach our resort.

Originally Posted by vamassey1 View Post
Yeah you're there, even though it took 9 stops. DH does the driving for us and he's very stingy with the stops.
I only wish Charles was stingy with the stops. LOL!

Originally Posted by vamassey1 View Post
Chelsea did a good job of documenting your drive down. Did she take any self portrait pictures? That's what Michelle always did and now Danielle is doing it.
Chelsea does take a lot of self portrait pictures, but I noticed she deleted most of them. She is her own worst critic.

Originally Posted by vamassey1 View Post
Love Connors dance! That's the way I feel when we finally get there.
Me too!

Originally Posted by wjchiefs View Post
just started reading sounds like u had a great trip
Welcome! We had a great time!

Originally Posted by BrooklynnsMommy View Post
The purple sign looks so much happier in your pictures then it did in ours. Oh well we get a do over in October!
October will be here before you know it!!!

Originally Posted by IluvXU View Post
9 stops. Are you kidding me! We made 4 from our house to Ocala!

Glad you are there though!
Only four stops between Ohio and Ocala??? I wish! We had made four stops before we even reached Valdosta!
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