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Old 01-02-2011, 05:20 PM   #1
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We'd rather be freezing at WDW than warm at home! LAH LAH's DEC '10 TR! *FINAL 1/18*

...and FREEZE we did!

Welcome! So happy to have you join us!!


Who is this "us" that I speak of? Well, I am happy you asked.


I am the 35 year old Mom and my name is Melissa.

That pretty little girl is my lovely 11 year old daughter, Elsa.

The totally growing up WAY too fast young man is my 13 year old son, Michael.

We love being at Disney. No, wait. We love, love being at Disney. You know...the kind of double wording you do when you really want someone to understand.


I have really struggled getting around to writing this report as I have been in somewhat of a "boo hoo, the Disney trip is over" fog. (Christmas and New Years kind of took up some time too)

I have over 400 pictures (which I widdled down from 700 or so) and I can't promise I will post them all, but I can promise that I am now ready to dive in.



Feel free to jump on over to my PTR if you want to get the inside scoop!

LAH LAH is finally ready...are you?!!



PREP & TRAVEL:
THE DAY BEFORE
WE'RE FLYING TO OUR HAPPY PLACE
*BIG SIGH* WE ARE HOME!

DAY 1 MAGIC KINGDOM:
WAKING UP AT DISNEY!
WE ARE WARM!
MSEP...HERE WE COME!

DAY 2 HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS:
HAPPY FACES!
"IDIOT". DID I REALLY JUST SAY THAT?

DAY 3 ANIMAL KINGDOM
A NEW DAY, A CLEAN SLATE!
♫ BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE ♫
DO THE HUSTLE!

DAY 4 EPCOT
GIVE ME AN E. GIVE ME A P. GIVE ME A C. GIVE ME AN O. GIVE ME A T.
RIDES, RIDES, AND MORE RIDES!
TO PEARL OR NOT TO PEARL, THAT IS THE QUESTION!
SPACESHIP EARTH!

DAY 5 MAGIC KINGDOM
ONE LAST DAY AT MK
OFF TO TOM SAWYERS ISLAND!
PLEASE DON'T LET THIS DAY END!
WISHES!

GOING HOME
TIME TO GO HOME
IT'S STILL TIME TO GO HOME
FINAL THOUGHTS

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Old 01-02-2011, 06:13 PM   #2
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I'm definitely in!! I can't wait to hear all about your trip!! WOOT WOOT!!!
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Old 01-02-2011, 06:26 PM   #3
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Old 01-02-2011, 06:32 PM   #4
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Old 01-02-2011, 06:54 PM   #7
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THE DAY BEFORE

If you didn't read our PTR I suppose I should give you a little more background on our family situation. I am mom...hear me roar! I am a single mom...hear me roar loader!! In addition to Michael and Elsa, we have 2 foster brothers in our house. E is 2 and C is 1. They have been here for 11 months and I tend to refer to them as "the babies" or "the boys". They did not come along with us and this is where our story starts.


We decided to drop the boys off at their respite home the day before our vacation actually started. I wasn't looking forward to it and knew I would be missing them terribly! After dropping them off (and my crying stopped) Michael, Elsa and I went out to dinner at Friendlys. It was weird to enjoy the meal without diaper bags, highchairs, cutting up teeny bits of our meals, and without interupted conversation!

I bet you think we rushed the 45 minutes home to pack our shorts and t-shirts...right? Wrong. We hustled on over to Olympia Sports and bought Under Armour and fleece lined Crocs for our trip. Then we rushed on home!

I was a little giddy about the opportunity to sleep in (for the first time in forever) and as my head hit the pillow all I could think of was "I'm too excited to sleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep!"


Next Up: WE'RE FLYING TO OUR HAPPY PLACE!

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Old 01-02-2011, 07:00 PM   #8
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Old 01-02-2011, 08:08 PM   #10
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WE'RE FLYING TO OUR HAPPY PLACE

My eyes popped open wide at 7am. WHAT-THE-HEY?!!!! This was my day to sleep in. We had 8 hours till our flight left...didn't my eyes know this? Then it hit me. I still had to pack our empty suitcases and doing some laundry surely wouldn't hurt anything either. So up I got and a packing I did go!

I would LOVE to show you our "Here-we-go...we-are-so-excited-to-leave-the-house-for-our-happy-place!" picture, but Michael accidently deleted it on our 4th day in the parks. He was taking goofy face pictures of himself while Elsa and I were using the bathroom in EPCOT and he accidently erased our 1st vacation picture.

So in lieu of our family photo, I present you with this:


Just imagine 3 of us being extremely happy and smiling huge dopey grins!

We were packed up and ready to travel to the airport. Ours is an hour and a half away so we had lots of time to be excited! Both kids were extremely stoked about finally sitting in the captains chairs in the van on the way. I bought the Odyssey after we took in the boys and they have been strapped in them in their carseats ever since. With the removal of the seats came the great joy of sitting in the coveted seats!




She was so excited she fell asleep!


We made it to the airport with plenty of time to spare and waited less than 5 minutes in security. Where else can you be happily barefoot in a public place?


*notice my limeish green toes?*



Elsa can't wait to get up in the air and leave the snow behind:


Michael can't settle till he reviews the safety instructions:


The clouds were so beautiful!


Michael loved the pretzels:


Our flight was pretty uneventful. Elsa studied for some subjects she was missing during the week and Michael played his DS while I read my book as we all tried to contain our overwhelming excitement!

Next Up: *BIG SIGH* WE ARE HOME!

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*BIG SIGH* WE ARE HOME!!!!


It's 6:50 pm and we step off our plane. We look like a respectable family calmly pulling our suitcases, but what you can't see is me internally jumping up and down...kissing the Orlando Airport ground...waving and yelling to everyone. Informing them that we are home. Home for 6 glorious days. 6 days where I don't have to cook, I don't have to clean (well, I do shower daily). I don't even have to drive. And if that isn't enough, we get to soak up as much fun as our hearts can hold at the parks. *big sigh*

We made it through the fake monorail this year without losing Michael, so I would consider that a success!

We walked straight through the lines without even having to wait at Magical Express! This was another success!

It didn't take long and we were pulling up to POP, our home for the next 6 days! This was our 1st visit to POP and it didn't disappoint. We quickly checked-in and headed over to our room in the 50's section.

The kids jumped into swimsiuts and we all headed over to the Hippy Dippy pool.




While the kids were swimming I got our re-fillable mugs and some dinner. I think I forgot to mention this, but Disney Pizza is by far my favorite food! After figuring out how to use the dining plan, I walked out with a delicious pizza, 3 full mugs, 2 bottled drinks, 1 chocolate cake, and a groovy tie-dyed cheesecake. Yummmmm...and the best part? IT WAS ALL FREE!!!!!!


It didn't take the kids long to realize it was a bit too cold for swimming...and the pizza was calling our names! We hurried back to our room, ate our pizza, and settled into bed by 10:30 pm.

Elsa and I shared a bed and I thought that was going to be difficult. Not so. Elsa zonked out and didn't bother me a bit. Michael on the other hand should be thankful I don't punch my children! By 2am I had enough of his getting up to go to the bathroom, his loud breathing, and his snuffly sniffling. I calmly leaned over and through clenched teeth said "Michael, you.have.to.stop.and.go.to.sleep." That seemed to work, because next thing I know I was waking up AT DISNEY!

Next Up: WAKING UP AT DISNEY!

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