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Old 09-24-2010, 11:06 AM   #16
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Yipee for the Ergo!! I want to order one but haven't for the exact reason you mentioned...can't decide on a color I thought I had decided on the gray one but now i am afraid of how dirty it will get. Oh well, I have time to decide still!

One payment left, woot woot!!

And congrats to your DD for her excellent school perfromance. She definitely earned a spot on the cheer squad!

Hope the little man's teeth pop in quickly and without much fanfare!!
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Hi! I'm looking forward to this trip for you! You and your children sure do deserve it.
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Old 09-27-2010, 10:10 AM   #18
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Short update today. Internet is out at home. Ugh! Unfortunately I may need a new computer. Internet isn't the only issue. I've tried multiple things and it just isn't working properly at all. No viruses or spyware or anything like that on it. Great timing right?

Well, the Jiffy shirts order arrived as did the Ergo. So I got to check a couple of things off my "to buy" list. Dd thought nothing of it when I was put one of the shirts and one of the sweatshirts on her to see if they fit. Ds loves the Ergo as do I. I could barely tell he was there once I got him in it and he isn't tiny…nearly 9 months old and nearly 19lbs with the some adorable chubby thighs.

Real busy weekend. Went to the cemetary planning to release a balloon as dh would have been 46 on Tuesday. It was rainy so it wouldn't fly so we just tied it to the flowers that were already there. Then spent some time with my Mother-in-law. It's an hour each way, but felt a lot longer in the rain.

Back to the daily grind.
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Old 10-02-2010, 09:11 PM   #19
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My first post on my new laptop.

I'm beginning to wonder how long I had my other one. This one feels like less than half the weight and the screen is so bright.

Anyway, picked up some stuff for the gift bags I'm going to make for the children. Got dd some miniature Disney Fairy dolls and some Disney Princess ballerina dolls, plus some necklaces and bracelets. Got ds some Buzz Lightyear and Cars toys.

The best thing happpened when ds and I went to KMart while dd was in choir rehearsal. They had some clearance racks outside. Since there's the possiblility of very warm weather in Florida, I was really glad to see a children spring and summer clearance display. Everything was $1.99. Got dd some tanks and shorts and ds 2 sets with a pair of shorts and matching hat Buzz Lightyear (he loves Buzz) and Cars.

Picked up dd and we headed to Wal-Mart. More grown up stuff. The children needed more fall clothes. We finally made it home and dd went upstairs to watch her new movie. Picked up the new Tinkerbell movie as a reward for her being a big help today. She pushed ds in his stroller and kept him thoroughly entertained while I shopped for them.

She was so cute. She'd move a few feet away to look at something and never forgot to take him. Then every time she'd stop she'd put the parking brake on I took a couple of pictures with my camera phone. She looked so cute standing there with one hand on her little hip and the other on the stroller.

So so so glad to have the net back at home. It's amazing how dependent we get on things. Those breaks at work are not nearly long enough.

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Old 10-05-2010, 09:36 AM   #20
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This reservation is now paid in full!!!!!!!!!!!

That is what the agent said on the phone just a little while ago when I made my final payment on our package.

I almost can't believe it. Hooray for under 50 days. Thursday is the 45 day mark.

Yesterday the lanyards I got off ebay were in the mailbox. I got dd two (just in case) adorable Disney Princess lanyards. I love them. They are the same. They have Snow White, Belle, Aurora, Ariel, and Cinderella in full color and the castle drawn in white. Mine is blue and a bit longer and has Mickey Mouse. I picked these because they also have two different kinds of hooks at the bottom. The hook you open with your thumb and the thread kind like the wrist strap that comes with most cameras. This was crucial because I'm giving her my old digital camera which has that type or wrist strap so she'll be able to wear it around her neck.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...=STRK:MEWNX:IT

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...=STRK:MEWNX:IT

Last night, I went back on ebay and ordered our Cinderella carriages for pick a pearl. There were two I really liked, but I picked this one because it won't matter what size pearl is inside the oyster.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...=STRK:MEWNX:IT

I've almost finished shopping for their "Welcome to Disney" gift bags. It was a little difficult shopping for ds, but the Disney store had "Cars" and "Handy Manny" bath toys and Wal-Mart had these adorable rattles. It's a small soft blanket with a Disney character head and arms attached. The rattle is in the character head. I got Mickey, Pooh and Tigger. I got him some other stuff that I'll likely have to keep until he's older and not putting everything in his mouth.

Got dd Disney Princess ballerina dolls…very inexpensive and easier to play dress up with because the bodice is painted on. I know girls change dolls' clothes a lot, but I detest seeing those things laying around naked. Had Cinderella, Aurora, and Ariel. Picked up Tiana and Belle yesterday. Also picked up some Disney Princess silly bands. Only left is to get the princess wands for her from the Disney store and a Buzz Lightyear ball ds saw there that he loved. Going to take care of that next week after ds' 9 month checkup since dd will be at school. Whenever I see them playing with this stuff, I will be able to think of this trip.

I am super super excited to have the package paid for. Words just can't describe it, but then on this board those words are understood.
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Old 10-05-2010, 05:36 PM   #21
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for being paid in full

sounds like you have some great loot for their Disney bags!

you guys are going to have a magical time!

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Old 10-07-2010, 10:45 AM   #22
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Plan, plan and plan some more. Thanks Touringplan.com

for 45 days.

Well, spent some time on touringplan.com to get our basic plans down for each day. I made my own using the "Holiday Touring Plan for Parents with Small Children" they have as a guide. Pretty neat tool how you can put in what you want to do in what order and it puts it on the map of the park for you. I may not follow it strictly because well what plan gets followed strictly on vacation with small children, but being there during a holiday week, I am sure I will try to follow it closely. Plus it helped me make sure I wasn't going to be doing something and planning my next activity way across the park.

I was even able to add in visits to fast pass booths, and it showed where the restrooms are, which is of the utmost importance when traveling with children.

So far (and I don't think it will change based on the crowd calender) we have:

Sunday: (arrival day) Depending on what time we arrive: Check in at the resort then take the bus to MK to eat and see the decorations.

Monday: breakfast at the resort (hopefully) around 7:00 to 7:15. Catch an 8am (or therebouts) bus to MK to be there for the opening.

My plan for MK on Monday includes Adventure Land, Fantasy Land and meeting Tiana and Naveen. We will stop at 11 for lunch (hoping for Cosmic Ray's) and at 2:00 get a snack and find a spot to rest and wait for the parade. DS naps around this time, but only sleeps an hour so it is not worth going back to the resort. My plan is to get a spot near the beginning of the parade route so when it goes by us we may be able to get back to Fantasy Land a little quicker to do a couple of things before our Crystal Palace ADR. It's at 5:20.

After dinner, we'll visit the Baby Care Center to wipe ds down and put him in his pj's. Then we're heading over to DHS. It's evening EMH and Fantasmic is showing, but we're only going to see the Osborne Lights. With that park closing at 8:00 every other day of the week, Monday will likely be our only chance to see them. We're spending Thursday there, but we have dinner at 1900 Park Fare at 5:30 before they turn them on.

Tuesday: Catch the bus to MK around 7:45 and either walk or take the Monorail to the Contemporary for 8:40 ADR at Chef Mickey's. After breakfast, either walk or take the Monorail to MK.

My plan for MK for Tuesday includes Toontown and Tomorrow Land. Now with breakfast at Chef Mickey's and a Dinner scheduled at Akershus on Wednesday, I'm not thinking I'll end up in the character lines there except for maybe the Fairies, but I did include the others in my plan anyway just in case. This day will be less about rides even though I do hope to ride Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin with them. We'll do QS for lunch again but a little later since breakfast will be later.

Not planning on seeing the parade again after our break unless dd wants to. We'll either use the parade time to repeat a favorite ride or two or catch one we missed. Or if possible, we'll go through the shops on Mainstreet to get to the exit because we're heading over to Epcot for the rest of that day, hopefully on the Monorail.

My plan for the evening there is to hopefully do the things outside WS: Imagination Pavilion, Land Pavilion, and Living Seas (Nemo Ride, Turtle Talk and exhibits). A QS dinner will be in there. Plan to be out of there around 8:00 to head back to the resort even if it means we skip the Imagination Pavilion and go a little earlier the next day.

Wednesday: Sleep in a little, which for ds means 7:30. For dd it means 8:00-maybe. Breakfast at the resort around 8:30 or so. Catch a 9:30 or so bus to Epcot to hopefully arrive around 10:00. This is our full day at Epcot. We'll start outside of WS since it doesn't open until 11. I want to check out Innoventions, take some pictures in front of Spaceship earth, and hopefully see Captain EO (dd is a huge MJ fan even though she had no clue who he was until after his death). Head into WS when it opens and make our way from one side to the other. Since our dinner ADR is at Akershus in Norway, we'll start on the UK side.

No real plan here except to see them in order and have a light lunch in Italy or wherever we are at 1:00. I know I want to do Pick A Pearl in Japan, but other than that and seeing the entertainment in each place and getting dd's passport filled out I have no firm plans. We'll do Kidcot stops if she wants. Hopefully we'll see Mulan in China and Jasmine and Alladin in Morocco. I’m playing it by ear as far as our break on this day since we're getting a late start and there's no parade. We'll just take one when we need one.

Our ADR is at 5:40, so at 4:30 or so we'll get the clothes from the locker and go to the Baby Care Center so I can change ds and dd can change. Then we'll make our way to Norway. If we have any countries left, we may try to see them after dinner. I'm really hoping that by this time hopefully we've gotten dd's passport done and after dinner, we can just check out the decorations for a while and then head back for the bus. I want to be out of there by 8:00.

Thursday: Catch a 7:30 or so bus to DHS. We have H&V at 8:30. Now, if we don't ride TSM, no one will feel bad. I think my one advantage of this trip is that dd is really oblivious to all there is to do at WDW. I will not likely be forced to deal with DHS's most popular attraction. I did put it in my plan to obtain a fast pass for it, but from what I have read if I am able to get one, the return time may be after we've left there for our dinner.

So for that day, I have HSM 3, Voyage of the Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast Live, Play House Disney Live, Muppet Vision, Character meetings and the afternoon parade and TSM only if time allows (and I doubt it will). We haven't even seen Toy Story 3. I know crazy right? The others are must do's although I admit Muppet Vision may be skipped if time doesn't allow for it. It's a bit away from everything else and is more for me anyway. Dd knows Kermit from Sesame Street but that's it. Due to the fear factor, we'll be skipping Honey I Shrunk the Audience. After the parade, we'll make our way to the lockers and Baby Center to get ready for "1900 Park Fare Happily Ever After" dinner at GF.

No plans to see DTD on this trip and I definitely don't even want to see DTD on Thanksgiving, so my plan for getting back to the resort is to use Epcot as a transfer point from the Grand Floridian. If we're up for going in for a while, cool. If not, back to the hotel.

Friday: AK. My dd loves animals. Grab a light snack at the food court and catch an 8:00 or 8:15 or so bus to AK. We have Tusker House at 9:40. Interesting thing here is I thought I was getting an 8:40 ressie. By the time I realized it was 9:40, nothing earlier was available. I'm still checking, but for sanity's sake we'll grab a snack before going to the bus stop. If the reservation remains at 9:40, my plan is to do rope drop, go in, take some pictures and hopefully grab fast passes for KS before we go to the restaurant. Setting up a touring plan for AK was a little more difficult cuz it's a bit spread out, but on the agenda (in no certain order here) is Camp Minnie Mickey, Finding Pocahantas characters, Dinoland (Boneyard and Triceratop Spin), Festival of the Lion King, Tree of Life Exhibit, Asia, KS, Affection Section (if it still exists) and the train ride. Somewhere in there we'll stop for a snack or a QS lunch, but we'll definitely do our regular break around 2:30 or so to get a good spot for the Jamming Jungle parade at 3:45.

Right now I have it so I save Dinoland until after the parade, but if we're ahead of schedule enough and do it before the parade, we will leave AK after and head back to MK. Either way I plan to go back to MK. Friday is our last park day and I'd like to end things there…see the castle again, etc.

I'd love to see some fireworks on this trip, but I think it will be just too late to hang out for us. Plus I really don’t want to be trying to leave any park when it is closing. As a family we are much better getting started early, hanging out all day and settling in early in the evening. Wishes at 10pm is way too late. Fantasmic is early, but dd would be frightened by the fire. Illuminations is a small possibility since we're getting a late start on Wednesday, so I'll see how we feel. It will likely come down to how crowded the park is that day and from what I have read, it is going to be pretty crowded. More than likely though fireworks will have to wait for another trip.

So that is it. Our flight home is at noon on Saturday so all we'll have time for prior to DME pick up is breakfast and checkout as I imagine they'll pick us up around 9am.

Still a lot to do. Have to get our memory books and dd's passport book printed out and put together. Have to make our shirts and finish shopping. My time is limited since I'm keeping the trip a secret from dd. But I have a day off next week on 10/14 to take ds for shots and hope to get some things done while dd is in school Then on 10/16, dd has choir rehearsal and will be out of the house for at least 2 hours. Thankfully ds can't talk yet. I do so much thinking out loud I joke that he will have flashbacks of hearing about this trip.
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Old 10-07-2010, 09:22 PM   #23
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About to call it a night, but had to post, I'm loving ebay's help with this trip. Posted previously about the adorable lanyards I got and today the Cinderella Carriages I ordered for Pick a Pearl were in the mailbox when we got home. Thankfully dd isn't fretting over being relieved of her mail checking duties. I replaced it with carrying ds's bottle bag from the van, but she hasn't complained. Last time she checked the mail she just missed seeing some Mickey Mail so I've checked the mail ever since.

I opened the box and was really happy. They looked better than the picture online and they came with the chains. I thought I was going to have to buy chains after the charms came. They are so adorable.
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So the major thing going on here that I haven't really talked much about in this trip report is the issue with my dining reservations. I remember the night I made them. I had gotten home from my Orientation at my daughter's school and finally knew the dates for our trip (I was planning it around her fall break). I was so excited because her being out the week of Thanksgiving meant we'd have a longer trip. I made 6 ADR's and was so happy with them.

It was about a month later when the bomb dropped. I should have counted the baby in the party size when I made them. It was a little fact I picked up on here while searching for tips on doing Disney with an infant. So, since then I'd been trying to get them changed and had only managed to do one of them, Hollywood and Vine and going by my searches, that one does not seem to be a hard one to get.

Two previous calls to Disney Dining I got the "It will be okay" spill from the CM. The 2nd one did look for availability and found none. She said I'd probably have to wait longer if the restaurant was at capacity but should not be turned away. I figured I'd keep trying even if just to avoid having to have that awkward conversation whenever we went to eat.

Well, I just got off the phone with Disney Dining again and the CM managed to change 2 of my ADRs to include my baby. Counting the one I already changed, I'm now set for 3 of the 6.

I had already changed Hollywood and Vine. She got both the 1900 Park Fare and Chef Mickey's changed to include him and at the same times.

She encouraged me to keep calling. She said getting Chef Mickey's changed was a major accomplishment, so I'll call again after the system comes back up on Thursday.

Of the 3 left, I'm most concerned about the Akershus reservation. I may try to get a breakfast there instead when I get home tonight. I think I'll be standing in the princess line at MK on Tuesday just in case.

I celebrated getting the 1900 Park Fare dinner changed by ordering my dd this adorable Cinderella dress online from Toys R Us. I had sworn I'd not spend money on these, but she does love to play dressup and when I saw this dress my heart melted. The fact the dress was on sale didn't hurt.
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Oh Yeah! Oh Yeah! Oh Yeah!



Logged on tonight and saw the gift card offer at the bottom of the page. 5 night non-discounted package qualifies you for it. We are at a value resort so the offer in our case is for a $200 gift card.

I called Disney and asked for the offer to be applied. The lady put me on hold for a couple of minutes, but when she came back she said it worked and the gift card would be waiting for me when we arrive.

I know I have said it before, but I love this site.

That's $200 less that I have to come up with for spending money.
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Okay so today was the long awaited day off. The reason for the day off was to take my son for his 9 month check-up. He's doing great. Weighs 20lbs and is 28in tall, which the pediatrician says is pretty much perfect. He got a couple of shots, which was why I took the day off.

After the appointment I got a few things done. Left there and went to our Disney store to get a few things. Finished up the gift bags and got most of my Christmas shopping done. Got another $200 gift card to go with the one I got through that Disney offer.

Then I went over to the library and printed out all the pages for our memory books. I still need to print the covers, but I need to get some ink for my printer.

I was thinking today I just can't believe we are really going. It is less than 6 weeks away and it still doesn't seem real yet. I guess that is the effect of the first trip.

Edited to add: I went ahead and reserved my son's wheels for the trip with Orlando Stroller Rentals last night as well. Stroller, rain cover and insurance plus tax came to $110. A bargain over renting from the parks, not that those strollers would accommodate my son anyway. That new design cuts out the infant set or really any child that might want to lie down.

But the one from OSR will be great. I have coveted the Baby City Mini every time I go to Babies R Us, but when they had their trade-in event and I prepared to trade in my Jeep three-wheeler (I love it but it's bulky), they were out. The Mini folds with ease, isn't heavy and if I need to I can put ds in the Ergo and let my daughter sit in it.

I love the fact I can pay for so much of this trip in advance. Should need very little cash really.

I've spent a good deal of money but it is spent. The written plan has me paying all household bills before leaving save the electric bill which isn't due after we get back. Last vacation I had to go online and pay something (can't remember what) during the trip. Blech!
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More changes-thank you Southwest lady

More changes. Hoping this one will make the trip easier and not harder. It's okay if it isn't easier but definitely don't want it to be harder.

For several reasons I did not initially purchase a seat for my son on the plane. Mainly I didn't think I could handle dragging a carseat in the airport and have to deal with putting anything under the DME bus.

I just began to think about how much more relaxing the actual flight might be if he had his own seat, mainly the fact that we could take up an entire row the three of us and not worry about a stranger sitting next to us and it being the first stranger we ran into that didn't adore my son.

Some unexpected money came and I was able to add a gift card offer to our reservation so I purchased a seat for him. I called Southwest and a nice lady helped me get it at the lowest price I could. The outbound flight was still available at the web fare of $112 that I paid for dd and me, but for the return flight the web fare was sold out and the lowest available was $209. She told me to book the outbound flight for him online and put in my confirmation # when the system asked who would be traveling with this minor and she would simultaneously book the infant fare for the return flight, which was $165, so saved me over $40 and I know what I'll be doing with that money.

I'll have to buy another carseat for this since there's no way I'm taking the one he uses everyday.

http://www.toysrus.com/product/index...ductId=3882167

I love the thing, but it's a monster. Heard a lot of people travel with the Scenera (sp?) and I see it is only $39. Although that isn't nearly as much of a factor as having to lug it around. It does appear to be lightweight though.

I feel great about having purchased him a seat, I'm still thinking about the best way to get the seat through the airport though. I have not traveled with a carseat on the plane before. Dd flew once as an infant and I held her since dh was with me. Next time she flew she was big enough for the airplane seatbelt. I always checked her seat as luggage and installed it in the rental car upon arrival. So, I have carried one into the airport, but not past the luggage counter.

There's this thing onestepahead.com has you can put a seat on and wheel it around like luggage, but I'm not sure we'll fly enough to justify the $90 it costs. Plus it leaves the carseat exposed and I want it covered when it goes under the DME bus. There's this other thing called Traveling Toddler that looks great…attaches your carseat to a rolling carry-on. Then I read it has to be detached when you go through security. I'm thinking I'll get a bag I can use as a backpack and stick the carseat in and plop my backpack in the seat. Traveling sans stroller I believe will make this all doable.

Only downside is now I'll definitely have to sit in the middle seat between dd and ds. But I think the flight will be better for all of us. I expect dd to be looking at her things, mainly her memory/activity book and given my son's love for paper, it's best if they are separated.
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Old 10-16-2010, 10:06 PM   #28
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Mickey mail!!!!

I go to the mailbox everyday looking for something that has to do with this trip.

The Magical Express packet came yesterday. I just stared at those yellow tags and thought wow. It was one of the many "we are really going," moments.

Today, dd's Cinderella's dress arrived. We were in Wal-Mart doing some shopping today and I picked up the transfer paper for the shirts I'm going to make and some other supplies. Then I found a few things I wasn't expecting but really wanted for ds.

Wal-Mart had a clearance rack in the infant section full of Disney shirts. Long-sleeved ones for $6, short-sleeved ones for $3. I got him a short-sleeved Buzz Lightyear shirt (he loves Buzz, his face brightened when he saw it) and a short-sleeved Lightening McQueen shirt. The 2 long-sleeved ones I am really in love with. One had Mickey Mouse on ice skates in the snow. It says Totally Cool at the top. But the find I'm most excited about is the other shirt.

As I have prepared for this trip, I thought, "Ds really loves Handy Manny, a Handy Manny shirt would be nice for Hollywood and Vine." I was in the Disney Store and they had one, but the smallest they had was a 2/3-way too big. I was thinking it again while I was looking through the shirts tonight and there it was. Manny is walking and the tools are in the box, except Flicker is outside it. It says "Let's Go Tools" on the top and has a little patch that says "We Fix it" at the bottom.

Went to pick up the Scenera today and all they had was pink. I'l try another Wal-Mart tomorrow. We have 3 around here.
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It is getting so I might be disappointed if I go to the mailbox and there's no Mickey Mail. I wonder if dd has noticed that she got fired from collecting the mail. I have her carrying ds' bottle bag instead. If she checked the mail the cat would long be out of the bag.

Yesterday, there was a letter with all of the details of our reservation. Not sure what I'm going to do with the Planet Hollywood vouchers as I don't have DTD is our plans unless we get there and dd says she doesn't care to see the castle yet. Yeah, that'll happen.

Anywho, mid-October came fast. On Thursday we'll be down to 30 days and I'll really have to start thinking about packing. Streamlining is the name of the game so my overpacking tendencies that resurfaced after having ds, will really have to be under control. I am going to purchase a larger suitcase since one of the wheels broke on mine anyway in hopes of getting everything in one and only having one other small bag dd can pull when we get to the airport. I'm going to try a trick I picked up on here of putting outfits into large ziplock bags and pushing the air out of them for organization and space and try to get everything into them except my jeans and dd's princess dresses.

As I mentioned previously, I'm going to order snacks, bottled water, milk, juice, diapers, wipes, baby food and formula (still debating on that one due to the $9 markup) from Garden Grocer. Not having to pack diapers and wipes is really going to help. 50+ diapers take up a lot of packing space even when removed from the packaging. Only diapers I'll put in the suitcase are 8 or 10 Huggies overnights I'll bring specifically for him to sleep in at night. Lately the boy wakes up ready for a wet t-shirt contest and I know I point the fountain down before putting him to bed.

Some non-disney stuff is going on too. Parent/teacher conference and report cards this week. Forking over money for cheerleading this week...$140 but it's a deal really because it's one payment covering a uniform package and althletic fee. They practice an hour twice a week and it's right there at school in the hour between dismissal and the start of aftercare. Compared to paying a monthly fee and carting her to a lesson it wins hands down over any other activity. Didn't even mind the $45 I shelled out for real cheerleading sneakers.

Ds is crawling and finding life to be a real adventure. I picked up outlet covers. Most of the outlets remained covered from when dd was younger, but a few were open. People who had the house before put the cabinet things in so we're set there. I had to put a pillow under the coffee table to keep him from going under there because as I found out this weekend he doesn't know how to get out. Happened with his sister too. I think he kicked a toy under there and went to get it. Spent some time moving things he tries to pull down and cushioning the corners of the TV stand because everything is a drum to him now and he likes to go over there and pound on it. And so it begins...life with a mobile baby.

Working on a new me as I pass through the stages of grieving. Dh has been gone over 7 months now and I can tell I have changed. I can feel I do have my own identity outside of being dh's wife and even being dd's and ds' mom. So, I got myself some more makeup and clothes. I even started wearing makeup to work and I haven't done that in years. I lost my desire to "be pretty" some time ago as dh's illness progressed. But I figured out a way to get the makeup on in 5 minutes and while I still walk around some mornings shaking my head in disbelief he isn't coming home, I'm feeling better.
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I just found your PTR and it's been a pleasure to read! I am truly sorry for your family's loss and I am SO glad that you are taking this wonderful trip with your children. It is definitely deserved.

I can't wait to read what's coming next!! Subscribing!

Its so close!!!!
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