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Old 11-18-2010, 02:52 PM   #91
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Thoughts and Prayers continue to be with you. Hang in there next week you will be in Disney World filled with Pixie Dust Magic.
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Old 11-19-2010, 02:01 AM   #92
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I just discovered your pre-trip report & read all 7 pages in one sitting! Your courage, strength, & devotion to your children are truly inspirational. Your upcoming trip will be a magical experience that you & your DD will treasure for years to come. I can't wait to hear about your DD's reaction when you tell her where you're going!!

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PS - I live in the Triangle area of NC, too. "It's a small world after all."
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I was trying to forget that little piece. Don't want to need another bag for the trip home. Of course I'm sure they sell those too.
You probably don't want to know this either, but Disney stores can box up your purchases & ship them home for you.

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Old 11-19-2010, 08:45 AM   #94
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I just discovered your pre-trip report & read all 7 pages in one sitting! Your courage, strength, & devotion to your children are truly inspirational. Your upcoming trip will be a magical experience that you & your DD will treasure for years to come. I can't wait to hear about your DD's reaction when you tell her where you're going!!

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PS - I live in the Triangle area of NC, too. "It's a small world after all."
Thank you for your kind words. Having found this board has been priceless in planning this trip. I really appreciate all the information and everyone's responses to my PTR.

People around here who know us, and know what is happening are ecstatic for us as well. When I told the director at ds' daycare this morning (they are open through Wednesday next week) that ds would be out and where were going, I thought she might jump out of her chair.

I can't believe I get to tell dd tomorrow and we're leaving the next day. I've wanted to do this ever since I became a mom, but dd has actually been asking to go since she was 4. The planning has been fun, even stalking the dining site and calling Disney multiple times a day was fun.

I'm looking forward to seeing it all come to fruition now. Before this week, I would think about telling her maybe 1 or 2 times a day. Now, every time I look at her I think about it. I looked at her in the rearview mirror on the way to school this morning and just smiled inside.

Yeah, it really is a small world. Thankfully that ride is back up for next week.
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Old 11-19-2010, 08:53 AM   #95
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You probably don't want to know this either, but Disney stores can box up your purchases & ship them home for you.

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Yes, I remember reading about that somewhere. They are so good at making it easy for you to spend your money.

I was just telling someone this morning, that it wasn't real hard...make the deposit and have it paid 45 days out and I was telling her that even though we didn't get a chance to due to not knowing the dates, you can book really far out from your trip. They were really surprised.

I am using Orlando Stroller Rentals and Garden Grocer and as an adult traveling alone with 2 children, those two things are life savers. Because I won't have to have a stroller at the airport, I could bring ds' carseat and get him his own seat on the plane.

I've dropped a nice chunk of change on the trip and all the extras, but some of the extras will be used for subsequent trips to other places too. And because it was over a span of a few months I didn't really feel it like I have when I've gone other places.

I see you have a trip in just 3 more months. I think it said Feb 2011. Have a great time.
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Old 11-19-2010, 12:53 PM   #96
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Have I mentioned how much I love my darling son? Yesterday I was in our 2nd team meeting of the day when my cell phone vibrated. Took a look and saw the number for the daycare, whispered to someone "I have to take this," and ducked out the door.

He'd had a blow-out diaper and that had destroyed his last change of clothes. Given the time of year, it would not be good for him to be in a diaper only and even his socks didn't escape the mess. And given we leave Sunday, I was not about to leave him there like that and risk him getting a cold. So whoop, I had to go. Before I could get out the door it was, "take the loaner laptop so you can finish your report…" Ahh lovely.

Fortunately I had an outfit for him in my van and didn't have to either go home or stop to buy him one. When I got there, they'd manage to dig up a t-shirt. He was happily crawling around and when he saw me, he smiled, let out a big squeal and crawled over to me at Olympic pace. Just what you need after a short but trying day. I picked him up and thanked him profusely for getting me out of that meeting and his caregivers were cracking up.

After they got him dressed, I took him and went and filled the van's gas tank, then went back just in time to get dd. She had a hair appointment at 4:30. Got food and got over there in time. The hair dresser had her daughter with her which was nice. She and dd are a month apart and quite close, but only get to see each other when either I or dd have an appointment or one of them has their birthday party. Left there about 7:00 happy to have that done.

Ds fell asleep in the van on the way home, so I changed him and put him to bed. I put dd to bed and took out the computer for work. After 3 hours it was way past my bedtime. I fell asleep while I was typing. The whole team is working their butts off so we don't have to work tomorrow. Nobody wants to work on Saturday and I really don't want to. I mean it's not like I have nothing else to do.

Dd has choir rehearsal tomorrow from 11am to 1pm and then another mom is taking her for a play date with her daughter. I plan to have the big reveal set up when she gets home.

I've decided to take the backpack I got her, with everything in it, and put the princess wands and dresses I got her in a gift bag next to each other on the couch and put the post card "from" Tiana on top. I just have to get batteries for her camera and a gift bag for the wands and dresses. What I haven't decided is whether I let her look at the stuff first and try to figure out what it means and then give her the card or do it in the reverse order. Decisions...decisions.

Not much longer now.
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Old 11-20-2010, 08:48 AM   #97
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I get to tell today!!!!!!

Well, today is a big day. We leave tomorrow which means a whole lot will be going on.

I get to check us in on Southwest today

Dd has choir rehearsal and I asked my mom to pick her up by 10:30. We'll see how that goes. Hopefully it will mean she gets here by 10:45. Rehearsal starts at 11 and usually she gets here at 10:55. But she volunteers with the children's choir which dd really loves and comes to pick her up and brings her back which I appreciate, especially now that I have ds.

I thought I was going to have to work today and I wouuld have but they are going in at 9:00 and I could not get there until 11, so that leaves me out. I'm working from home for a while before 9 though.

I got off work last night an hour ealier than I thought I would, so I stopped before picking up the children and did some shopping last night I was going to have to do today.

Got myself some jeans, socks, and a couple of shirts. I got ds some onesies and socks. Got dd some undershirts and a Disney Princess watch (Tiana, Cinderella and Aurora). It was cute, an LCD watch. I just had to search them until I found the 1 they had with the correct time. I hate setting those things.

I also picked up some travel sized toiletries and some small empty bottles to transfer lotion and hair products into for packing. I also got two more SD cards, some batteries, and finally managed to get the right printer ink.

Having that out of the way will make things move a bit faster today. By the time dd gets back from her playdate I plan to be ready for the big reveal.

For now, time for breakfast.
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Old 11-20-2010, 09:23 AM   #98
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That's the tough thing with kids you just don't know how they are going to react!!!! Have you though about having the WDW vacation planning video going so when she walks in the door she can hear it playing. That would lead her into the room with all of the gifts you have setup for her...and then just pop the question....

How would you feel about going to Disney World???? You know her the best, but sometimes just seeing that shocked little face trying to calculate it all and then I would hope she would start jumping up and down in excitement with probably tears in her eyes and then let her start ripping all of her presents open.

I am just looking forward to reading your report tonight!!!!

Good luck and if I don't get a chance....Have a WONDERFUL trip and maybe we will run into each other at the World!!!!! Save some sunshine for us!!!
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Old 11-20-2010, 01:59 PM   #99
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We're checked in for our flight

Got in the A group, but with ds we'd be boarding before the B group anyway assuming they still do family boarding.

Anyway, not sure how many are in each group, but it looks like we are at the end of the A group. I got A56, dd got A57 and since ds was on a separate reservation I had to go back and do his after and he got A60.

Going to set up EBCI for the return since we'll be in Animal Kingdom at the 24hour mark and I don't want to have to think about it.

Since dd left with my mom I've been packing and setting things up. Our main suitcase feels pretty heavy, but when I weighed it, it was only 35lbs. Still, in case the scale is off, I took ds' food and the toiletries out and switched them to the smaller bag. After dd looks at all her stuff, I'll put her dresses and wands in the larger one.

I've got our travel clothes laid out, got ds' carseat adjusted and put into the bag and I have my backpack in the seat even though I still need to toss my camcorder and camera in after I tape and snap pictures of dd's big moment.

My mom called though to let me know that even though I told her 3 times we weren't going to be in church tomorrow, the choir director gave dd a little (one line) individual part in the song they are doing. She had told me she was going to give her a part in the song for December, not November.


Hopefully dd won't think about it when she finds out she won't be going to church tomorrow.

Ds is napping, so I'm signing off for now to go print some things out I need.
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Not that you have time...but hoping you will post before you leave.
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Old 11-20-2010, 11:25 PM   #102
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The Big Reveal is done

And dd is finally asleep. My one fear was that she wasn't going to sleep tonight. But she doesn't have to get up early.

She got home around 6:30 and I held her at the door while she said good-bye to her friend. I had all that stuff laid out in the living room.

So I had her close her eyes. She's about to come out of her skin at that point. She loves surprises. I got the camcorder and brought her over to where she could see the couch.

She squealed when she saw the couch with all that stuff laid out.

I had her Akershus dress on the left with her Belle wand and Tiana wand, the backpack was in the middle and her 1900 Park Fare dress on the right with the Cinderella wand and Ariel wand. She also had some miniature Disney Fairies.

Inside the backpack was pile of loot. She already started coloring in the Disney Princess coloring pad.

I gave her the card, which I transcribed onto a Tiana card I printed from the DISign board because the other one lost some of the ink.

She finished reading the card and was clueless as to what was going on All she said was "I hope you are going to pack some juices." Drinking helps her ears, so when she read she was going on a plane, she knew she'd need juice

I asked her if she knew where she was going. No idea. I asked her again. No clue.

I told her to look at her backpack (6 princesses on it). I asked her where she could see them. She looked at me and smiled and asked...

"Does it start with a D?"

I said yes....yes it does.

She threw the card in the air and said.....





"YEAH! DISNEY WORLD HERE WE COME!"

Then she started jumping up and down cheering, then she hugged me saying

"Thank you...thank you...thank you...thank you" She went on and on. "I can't believe it!" "Yea..yeah...yeah, you're the best mom ever...I'm going to Disney (dancing)...I'm going to Disney...yeah."

Then she looked at me and said, "Seriously mom...we have to have juice." I told her not to worry.


I say it went well. You know it went well when you get the "best mom ever" line

So, the bags are packed and we're ready to go. And the last piece of news is........


I did the shirts.

After all the drama with the printer ink and going back and forth and getting the wrong transfer paper and then getting the right transfer paper, once I sat down and got the designs printed, with the exception of one that came out blurry, it was so easy. The hardest thing was making sure to remember to print the designs for ds' at half the regular size. Ironing them on was real easy, just time consuming with ds crawling around my ankles and dd asking questions about the trip.

Can't believe I got that many shirts made and cleaned, but we each have 3 t-shirts and a sweatshirt.

Chef Mickey's
Crystal Palace
Thanksgiving (personalized)
Thanksgiving sweatshirt (personalized)

Got to sleep. Hope things aren't too interesting at the airport.

Thanks everyone for reading my PTR. I can't believe it's time to go. It must be though. I'm up 'til midnight just like before every other vacation.

I'll probably make one more entry in the morning.
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I am so thrilled for all three of you!!!! Your reveal went off as planned and I think that is something DD is going to remember for the rest of her life!!! I was DDs age when I went on my first and only childhood trip to WDW and my memories are the airplane ride, my Dad's head banging on my head during the entire Space Mountain ride and the waterslide at the Poly!! But I think when your DD gets older the reveal is going to be one of those memories burned into her memories!!!

Get ready for a trip of "thank you" and "your a great Mom" - I think that will be a big part of your magic. When we both get back we will share TRs with each other!!!

I will be thinking of you and your family as I get ready for my trip!
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Traveling mercies this morning, my thoughts and prayers will be with you. May your trip be filled with pixiedust. Do not forget the juice.
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Well, the van is loaded and except for ds who is taking a morning nap after getting up at 4:30am, we are dressed and ready to go.

Of course this day couldn't be without some drama. Because I got ds' ticket at the infant rate, I have to have his birth certificate at check-in. Course he looks no where near 2yo, but I know there are rules. I had grabbed it to put in my carry-on days ago, but got side tracked and didn't pack and this morning it was nowhere to be found. No biggie I thought, I have another copy. Nope, submitted with some paper work after dh's death.

The search ended in the laundry room where somehow things tend to end up sometimes.

Hopefully that is all that goes wrong today.

I did everything else and now I'm going to get him dressed and we're out. Going to make a quick stop at Wal-Greens for some toothpaste for dd and head on to the airport.

Will try to post some time during the trip.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
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