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Old 09-06-2010, 07:06 AM   #31
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I'm in! Your PTR looks great! Oh and my little guy had a baby power incident a few months ago...only he sprinkled it all over his bedroom. I don't think any of it made it on himself. That stuff is hard to get off of windows, walls and doors.

I am looking forward to reading more!

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Old 09-06-2010, 10:17 AM   #32
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Great job getting somewhere to stay free!!!!

I love your autograph books, I'm not creative so I just buy them at the park but Donatalie has great stuff!!
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all though the one-site perks are great, finding a place to stay for free during Christmas is a great deal. I love the autograph books
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Old 09-06-2010, 03:18 PM   #34
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The Great T-Shirt Debate

What to do, what to do.

Back in February, when I was suffering from a lack of sunshine and deep-seated hatred of cold weather, the thought of making 7 custom t-shirts for each day of the trip made perfect sense. I mean, really, it's 49 shirts. How bad could it be?



As the trip has drawn nearer I (obviously) started questioning my decision. Just the expense alone made me do a double take, add to that the one-time-wear of so many iron-ons and the cost of ink and the time involved?

So, I waffled. I thought about it. I wondered if the entire trip would hinge on the matching shirts. Could we possibly be happy in Disney World wearing non-matching shirts?

Then I started thinking about the weather. I know December weather in Florida is up in the air, much like here at home. We may be wearing shorts and t-shirts, or we may be bundled up and braving freezing temperatures. There's just no way to know! And how disappointed would I be if all of my hard work was covered in layers in an attempt to stay warm?

So, I think I will hit up the Disney Outlet store and buy each person a couple of shirts. They won't match, but they'll be Disney and can be worn in the park. And if they get covered with a jacket, so be it.

One less thing to worry about.

So, what have I done this morning?

I made pressed penny money tubes:



And I made custom crayon boxes for the kids:









These will go in their travel day gift box. Since we leave so super early on Christmas morning that's what Santa will be bringing. It will also have a coloring book, small toys, snacks, and any other little special things that Santa can find. They get to open that Christmas morning and pack it in their airplane carry-ons.

My mom and dad will be getting a Disney Survival Kit for Christmas. Each will have chap-stick, hand sanitizer, travel size OTC meds, blister band-aids, and other stuff that might come in handy. Mom is also getting the Hidden Mickey handbook, cause I think she'll enjoy that.

I have to go research more Christmas gifts and get started on that shopping. I want to be done before Thanksgiving so I can spend December doing the final prep on Disney without distraction!

Up next - The great flight frustration.
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Old 09-06-2010, 03:29 PM   #35
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I'm in! Your PTR looks great! Oh and my little guy had a baby power incident a few months ago...only he sprinkled it all over his bedroom. I don't think any of it made it on himself. That stuff is hard to get off of windows, walls and doors.

I am looking forward to reading more!

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Yeah - the powder was a huge mess and I still see some of it in cracks and corners.

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Great job getting somewhere to stay free!!!!

I love your autograph books, I'm not creative so I just buy them at the park but Donatalie has great stuff!!
Thanks! When I started making these I wasn't sure about the timeline and I didn't want to use valuable park time tracking down albums. This seemed easier.

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Old 09-06-2010, 10:38 PM   #36
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The Great T-Shirt Debate

What to do, what to do.

Back in February, when I was suffering from a lack of sunshine and deep-seated hatred of cold weather, the thought of making 7 custom t-shirts for each day of the trip made perfect sense. I mean, really, it's 49 shirts. How bad could it be?



As the trip has drawn nearer I (obviously) started questioning my decision. Just the expense alone made me do a double take, add to that the one-time-wear of so many iron-ons and the cost of ink and the time involved?

So, I waffled. I thought about it. I wondered if the entire trip would hinge on the matching shirts. Could we possibly be happy in Disney World wearing non-matching shirts?

Then I started thinking about the weather. I know December weather in Florida is up in the air, much like here at home. We may be wearing shorts and t-shirts, or we may be bundled up and braving freezing temperatures. There's just no way to know! And how disappointed would I be if all of my hard work was covered in layers in an attempt to stay warm?

So, I think I will hit up the Disney Outlet store and buy each person a couple of shirts. They won't match, but they'll be Disney and can be worn in the park. And if they get covered with a jacket, so be it.

One less thing to worry about.

So, what have I done this morning?

I made pressed penny money tubes:



And I made custom crayon boxes for the kids:









These will go in their travel day gift box. Since we leave so super early on Christmas morning that's what Santa will be bringing. It will also have a coloring book, small toys, snacks, and any other little special things that Santa can find. They get to open that Christmas morning and pack it in their airplane carry-ons.

My mom and dad will be getting a Disney Survival Kit for Christmas. Each will have chap-stick, hand sanitizer, travel size OTC meds, blister band-aids, and other stuff that might come in handy. Mom is also getting the Hidden Mickey handbook, cause I think she'll enjoy that.

I have to go research more Christmas gifts and get started on that shopping. I want to be done before Thanksgiving so I can spend December doing the final prep on Disney without distraction!

Up next - The great flight frustration.
49 shirts is def. alot. I am making a couple sweatshirts and t-shirts. I am hoping I don't wait until the last minute. We are trying to not go too crazy with the gifts, so I already started shopping on our trip in May. Love the crayon boxes.
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I'm trying to figure out t-shirts right now as well...and with time running out, it may be a Disney Store trip.

Congrats on the free place to stay. I know you wanted to stay onsite, but you can't beat the price of that. I'm sure it'll be great.
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Old 09-15-2010, 04:33 PM   #38
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Alright folks. Today is a super exciting day! It is oficially 100 days til Disney. Which is exciting caus etomorrow we're in the DOUBLE DIGITS!!!

And even better? The kids got a letter from Mickey Mouse!

Dear MOTS, Hollywood, & Captain Chaos,

Donald Duck just left my office after telling me that you guys are coming to my house in just 100 days!

I can hardly believe that you will be here so soon! Donald, Daisy, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto and I are so excited to get to see you again and hope that you are super excited to come stay at my house for a whole entire week at Christmas time!

Speaking of Christmas, I called my good friend Santa and let him know that you are going to come to my house for Christmas and he agreed to make sure that all of your gifts get delivered here so you can open them when you get here.

You better start counting down the days! Christmas will be here before we know it. I will be sure to send you more mail between now and when you get here. I can hardly wait!

Love,
Mickey Mouse


Good thing he told them to count down the days cause we'll be making our countdown calendar tomorrow!

Anyway, after tha letter came I got all kinds of questions about how Mickey knew we were coming and how many letters must he mail out, etc. It was so fun to see them all excited about the Mickey mail...

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Old 10-10-2010, 10:31 PM   #39
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So, we are 10 weeks out!

75 days!



I am busy gathering little Halloween things for a "package" from the Haunted Mansion on Halloween.

Other than that I haven't done much. I did manage to get the rental car (minivan) reserved. I will be ordering tickets sometime soon, probably November.

I still need to do the Epcot Passports. Need to get on that one!

I will be honest that I am a little nervous about being there Christmas week, but am hopeful that going in with a plan we will get to do what we want.
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I will be honest that I am a little nervous about being there Christmas week, but am hopeful that going in with a plan we will get to do what we want.
Don't get yourself worked up about the crowds. I think you are going to be fine. Yes, there will be a lot of people there, but you have a plan and most of those people don't. Just be sure to get the parks for rope drop and hit your "must-dos" first. Relax and enjoy your trip. Don't get stressed out. As much as my kids LOVE WDW they still love to go to the pool while we're there. Take your cues from the kids and don't stress. You'll have a great time!
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Don't get yourself worked up about the crowds. I think you are going to be fine. Yes, there will be a lot of people there, but you have a plan and most of those people don't. Just be sure to get the parks for rope drop and hit your "must-dos" first. Relax and enjoy your trip. Don't get stressed out. As much as my kids LOVE WDW they still love to go to the pool while we're there. Take your cues from the kids and don't stress. You'll have a great time!



Thanks for that. I think I will come back and read this post at least once a week from now until Christmas!
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Old 11-06-2010, 11:20 AM   #42
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Great PTR, really looking forward to hearing about the rest of your plans as they happen!

We're going 17th-31st December and staying offsite too...
Christmas week does tend to be busy, but don't worry about it - you're in Disney! Just enjoy the magic!

Love all your creations too - I was going to make autograph books and passports, but I'm gonna cheat and buy them... or get DBF to buy them for me!

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