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Old 02-17-2011, 11:40 AM   #46
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I just used one of those make your own pet ID machines in Walmart. I put their first name only and both DH's and my cell phone numbers on them. It worked out well because they had a heart shaped Tinker Belle one for DD and a camo one for DS.
Oh I love this idea! DD does know our cell phone numbers but this is a great idea because she is still so little that if she were lost she might panic and then not be able to remember. I can pin it to her pin trading lanyard while we are there & she will like that.

And Welcome to my little PTR..... it is filling in the every so long days till May when I get to really be there!!!
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I am subbing. We are arriving on the day you leave and I see you are from
N-E PA and I am from N-W NJ so hi neighbor!
Love your pictures, you can feel the magic, it gets me so excited to get back.
You are an awesome planner, down to mousekeeping envelopes! I have so much more I want to do but with college and kids and that darn work to interfer with fun, its hard. I too have not completed my '08 scrap book, so I think It will be a combo book now,lol. I always wait to tip and thank hotel cleaning staff until the end but seems much more common to do daily from what I read. Ill have to remember that,and see if I can get some nice thank you ideas as well. Once I get through some busy upcoming weeks, I hope to get busy and do some fun pretrip things. We did a 100 day "party" last week with movie and made homemade pizza (pizza planet of course.)
The black Flip Flops you posted I have from 08 WDW trip and love them so much other then when they get too wet(SQUISH, SQUISH.)
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Old 02-20-2011, 12:59 AM   #48
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May 18 - Joe's Birthday

I have been absent from my own PTR because I have been so caught up in reading so many other great reports. I just love reading everyone else's plans and reports, and I have gotten a lot of really great ideas of things to add to our own schedule. I don't know how I didn't know about the Animation studio at DHS but DD and DH were really excited to do this on our trip. We are all on the artsy side and DD has decided that she will be an artist when she grows up now.:artist

This leads me to the fifth day of our trip.
This day is DH's birthday and it will be his day. I didn't plan the day to the hilt because I want him to be able to pick his favorites. I think that a more leisurely morning and taking the WL at 10 am will be an easy start to the day. he plans on running every morning, so maybe DD and I will rent a surrey bike this morning to follow him.

By far Joe's favorite park is Epcot. He enjoys seeing all the WS countries but also many attractions in Futureland. We will for sure hit Test Track, Soarin, The Land and Innovations. We may do a bit of park hopping this day as he also really enjoys DHS TOT and RRC and while we haven't done it yet I think we will love TSM.

We have dinner plans at Poly for the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show ...we are SO looking forward to this!

I have to say that I don't have many concrete plans for the second half of our trip ---I plan to hit the parks hard the first few days, then spend the lst few days hitting our favorites, doing shopping, catching shows and rides that we weren't able to do earlier in the week. In our past trips, we focused on the parks and really did not visit other resorts. I've wanted to see more that the world has to offer, so this trip we are doing just that and having dinner at quite a few other resorts. We (ok, DH mostly) also tend to be creatures of habit so by seeing other resorts maybe we will expand our habits in the future.


Disneys Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course has been on my list too. DH is hit or miss on mini golf....but I just have a feeling that Disney's mini golf course is unlike any other we have been to and will be fun just to see. Any feedback here?

Aside from planning what to do while we are in the parks, I have been trying to plan what to do with Thor, our ever loving scary looking but rather codependent dog. We don't board him, and usually take him with us when we go away (we usually take our camper). With one SIL finishing up college courses, and the other SIL pretty much on full time duty helping my in-laws with a full gamut of health issues, and all of my siblings now having children of their own requiring attention. we have been sort of sweating this one. Happily my BFF has said that provided she is still among the unemployed, she will come stay and house/dog sit. whew! is it wrong for me to hope that she finds a job on May 25? (Love you Les )
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If you end up hopping from Epcot to DHS that day, you know about the boat that goes directly there, right? It's a nice leisurely way to travel between those two parks.

I love your plan of just a "whatever Joe wants" day, it'll turn out great I'm sure!!

And what a relief to have your BFF watch your dog!
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If you end up hopping from Epcot to DHS that day, you know about the boat that goes directly there, right? It's a nice leisurely way to travel between those two parks.

I love your plan of just a "whatever Joe wants" day, it'll turn out great I'm sure!!

And what a relief to have your BFF watch your dog!
Thanks Brook - is it a FriendShip that goes from Epcot to DHS? I remember writing out boat rides, I am not sure if I caught one between the two parks.
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Thanks Brook - is it a FriendShip that goes from Epcot to DHS? I remember writing out boat rides, I am not sure if I caught one between the two parks.
Your welcome!! I'm not sure if it's called a Friendship or not... If you go out the International Gateway (path between the UK and France, on the UK side of the bridge) there is a small entrance/exit gate and the boat is right there on the left. It will stop at the Swan/Dolphin, Boardwalk and Beach Club too. It's a nice, relaxing ride!
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Joining in! Your husband's birthday is the day before my husband's! How cool is that?!? I would love to go when you are going--perfect weather, less crowds, and the beginnings of Star Wars weekends!
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Hi there!

Joining in! I've only read the 1st page, but will be back to read through all your planning fun. I think both you and your DH look amazing! Definitely can see a difference in you from the 2 pictures you posted. Not sure how much you read through my pre-tr, but I am also on WW, but having a very hard time staying focused and losing. I will get there though! Your DD is adorable and of course, I wouldn't be me, if I didn't comment on cute Thor as well. German Shepherds are another of my favorite breeds. Not sure why - I did have one when I was a very young child so maybe my subconscious knows how great they are.

Just curious since you said your DH is a police officer, because my family is also in law enforcement (I saw family because my late father, mom and brother were/are in the police business). Is Thor a K9 officer?
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Joining in! Your husband's birthday is the day before my husband's! How cool is that?!? I would love to go when you are going--perfect weather, less crowds, and the beginnings of Star Wars weekends!
Thanks for joining! The birthdays a day apart is cool...and let me give you my sympathies for being married to a Taurus Does yours go from Prince Charming to Grumpy to Shrek in a short time span

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Joining in! I've only read the 1st page, but will be back to read through all your planning fun. I think both you and your DH look amazing! Definitely can see a difference in you from the 2 pictures you posted. Not sure how much you read through my pre-tr, but I am also on WW, but having a very hard time staying focused and losing. I will get there though! Your DD is adorable and of course, I wouldn't be me, if I didn't comment on cute Thor as well. German Shepherds are another of my favorite breeds. Not sure why - I did have one when I was a very young child so maybe my subconscious knows how great they are.

Just curious since you said your DH is a police officer, because my family is also in law enforcement (I saw family because my late father, mom and brother were/are in the police business). Is Thor a K9 officer?
Hi Shannon! I did read you are doing WW - and know what you mean about having a hard time staying focused. We started doing WW on the "old" points system, so when they switched to the points plus we were done with out prepaid weeks and didn't go back, we've just been trying to follow at home. Joe is WAY better at tracking than I am. its a struggle!!

Thor is not a K9 officer. He does come from a line of schitzun trained dogs, and when we rescued him at 10 mos he had a really really high prey drive. I spoke with the breeder who recommended we NOT use him for any sort of k9 work because he would be unstoppable & not a good pet. So, lots of training later, we have a thoroughly co dependent baby. I will have to upload more pix onto flickr so I can post them.

I am looking forward to seeing more of your puppy pix along with your spring break plans!
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So tonight I am digressing a bit from my Disney planning because.....its my birthday! I am 21 (again). For dinner I enjoyed a yummy sangria for each time I turned 21. You do the math!

Life in our little corner of the world has been rather busy.My FIL fell on the ice in early February and as a result, had knee surgery last week to have screws put in to keep the bone and ligament in place. fun eh? So DH and DSIL have been spending a lot of time at their house to help out. and while I mostly just stick to taking care of DD, I do find myself cooking for 6 instead of 3 more often than not the past week or two.

Spending so much time at his parents had Joe waking to realize he had not bought me anything. So I happily offered to let him take me shopping before he took me to dinner at Red Lobster. Thoughtful, aren't I?

Work was nothing spectacular, but my co workers did try to surprise me with a little cake & coffee get together. I wasn't really surprised but I tried not to let them know. They figured it out though. I can smell coffee brewing from anywhere in the building! I am practicing taking pictures of food .... this will be something new for me. Here is the cake that we didn't finish....moist yellow cake topped with vanilla pudding, a thick whipped topping, toasted shredded coconut and mini chocolate chips. mmmmm

We picked up DD at school and headed up to the shopping area to Burlington Coat Factory -- great little treasures there. So I took a huge pile of clothing into the changing room, with my little fashion diva in tow. Narrowed my pile down to 4 things that I (and the diva) liked. I said "Go take these to Daddy and you and he can pick what to buy me for my birthday". Yippee, Daddy picked everything!! So a new skirt suit and three new tops later and we were out the door.

A 5 minute detour into 5 below landed me a bike helmet for DD, a nifty charger for our USB electronics for our Disney trip (MP3 players, digital camera), and some office supplies for $11.98. yeah! DD was ticked that DH wouldn't let her buy some piece of junk toy but we told her to save her $$ for WDW where she could buy cool stuff. She was not exactly thrilled but eh, she is not the boss, right?

Off to Red Lobster. No wait when we got there (love weeknights!) and a nice cold glass of sangria was quickly delivered to my table. DH and I tried to control ourselves with the cheddar biscuits --and Katie was happy to help by scarfing them all for herself.

After some tic tac toe and word find times, our dinners arrived. Popcorn shrimp for Katie,
Cajun grilled trout for Joe with shrimp on top, Maine lobster and wood grilled shrimp for me. Yummmmm we all three shared a Chocolate wave dessert. Holy crap Joe looked up the calories of the cake when we got home. One piece of cake (not including the ice cream) is a day's worth of calories - 1500!
We both realized that desserts at Disney are going to kill us!!!

Despite the fact that I will now have to eat like a rabbit for the rest of the week, dinner was great! Mostly it was nice to spend a very non-stressful evening out with my sweeties!

I'm off to bed but wanted to share my day with you all. Those sangrias have sort of added to my sleepiness so I will have to catch up on the boards tomorrow. Have a great night!!
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I just realized that Katie's "Pinky Promise" story was in the Disney Spotlight newsletter, and I must have missed it in my inbox! It was in last August. bummer. I would have printed it out! If anyone keeps their Disney Insider newsletters, can you PM me to forward it?

Here is a link to the Insider Spotlight: http://disney.go.com/disneyfans/insi...light/20100831
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Happy Birthday To Mary Ellen!


MARY ELLEN!!

It looks like you all had fun celebrating! The food looks delicious!

I am loving ALL of your plans, especially the slow Birthday day, to do as Joe wants! A surry bike sounds like fun! Looking forward to hearing more!
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!! Sounds like you had a fantastic day! I hope things with your DFIL ease up a bit and he starts to feel better.

I read the Pinky Promise! I NEVER read those things, but that one caught my eye for some reason! I have looked through my emails and can't find it though. I'm going to look again!!
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I am subbing. We are arriving on the day you leave and I see you are from
N-E PA and I am from N-W NJ so hi neighbor!
Love your pictures, you can feel the magic, it gets me so excited to get back.
You are an awesome planner, down to mousekeeping envelopes! I have so much more I want to do but with college and kids and that darn work to interfer with fun, its hard. I too have not completed my '08 scrap book, so I think It will be a combo book now,lol. I always wait to tip and thank hotel cleaning staff until the end but seems much more common to do daily from what I read. Ill have to remember that,and see if I can get some nice thank you ideas as well. Once I get through some busy upcoming weeks, I hope to get busy and do some fun pretrip things. We did a 100 day "party" last week with movie and made homemade pizza (pizza planet of course.)
The black Flip Flops you posted I have from 08 WDW trip and love them so much other then when they get too wet(SQUISH, SQUISH.)
Hi Neighbor! Welcome!! I popped over to your PTR -- your little guy is so cute! I will read in between working as my day goes on!

Mousekeeping -- I learned here on the boards that you may not have the same mousekeeper every day, so if you're going to tip, a little every day makes sure you get the mousekeeper of the day. I read that the average is $1 per person in your room. that's what we are going with unless there is some amazingly awesome thing in our room

Shoes are a struggle for me. I had a great pair of fake crocs for several years but their squishiness last summer just got too much to handle and the inside of the flip flop was too floppy and so I had to retire them. Yesterday I rejected my 3rd or 4th pair (I have lost track) of shoes from Zappos. sigh. I have one more on my favs that I will order once I return the latest pair. I have feet issues.

DH & I are going to have some Star WArs nights in anticipation of SWW opening our last weekend there. We are trying to talk our DD into letting us give her princess leia hair buns!!!
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