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Old 01-13-2011, 01:35 AM   #16
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So glad you are here. Although, there isn't much planning going on right now. I think I started the PTR just as a way to keep myself organized. I actually thought about all I have going on this year...wow... I have few months that I don't have SOMETHING that is going to happen.
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Old 01-13-2011, 01:47 AM   #17
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Okay as I was just mentioning to Kathy...I have a very full year ahead of me. How full?? Let me break it down for all of us to see (again...mainly to keep myself organized)

January -
no big events

February -
Zoe's 6th bday
Zach's 18th bday

March -
Steve's trip to FL (maybe I will go...but probably not)
Zoe pre surgery appointments
Zach ships out

April -
Zoe's "big" surgery (although this isn't set in stone, but with everything else this would be the month as she will be in the hospital several weeks and then out of school the remainder of the year)

May -
Steve's trip to CA
Kira's wedding

June -
no big events, but I should be able to get my ADRS

July -
Steve's birthday

August -
Kira and Josh move across the state

September -
Zach maybe coming back (we don't know for sure how long he will be gone, but probably till September or October)

October -
Kira's 21st birthday
Josh's 21st birthday
Alex's 16th birthday

November -
No big events other than Thanksgiving

December --
Our trip!!
oh..then my birthday (which we may be in FL for)

I am thinking my year is going to go by very fast!
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Old 01-13-2011, 08:37 AM   #18
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We are going to be there too!!!

We will be there the last part of your trip! I haven't started my PTR yet, only because I can see it consuming a large chunk of my day, lol. Can't wait to hear more!
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Old 01-13-2011, 08:47 AM   #19
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Great start, Ann. How are you dealing with Zach shipping out? What fun to be planning a wedding? If not imposing, what is Zoe having surgery for?
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Old 01-13-2011, 09:20 AM   #20
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Hi Ann!!! I came over to join your planning fun, too!!! I finally finished your September PTR & TR so I feel like I know you and your family already!!! You sound like me in being the "clearence queen" and finding bargains galore. I've been to Disney at Christmastime and it's beautiful!!! Can't wait to read more!!
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Old 01-13-2011, 11:09 AM   #21
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I found you in Ann's PTR and spent all morning reading your TR from your last trip! I'm really looking forward to your PTR as I have the Disney itch pretty badly right now!
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Old 01-13-2011, 11:25 AM   #22
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We will be there the last part of your trip! I haven't started my PTR yet, only because I can see it consuming a large chunk of my day, lol. Can't wait to hear more!
I am glad you joined. You should start a PTR...you don't have to let it take up all of your time. Just a little here and there. I wasn't sure I wanted to do one so early, but I thought "why not" I have so much to keep straight this year...I figured it would help me in doing so.


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Great start, Ann. How are you dealing with Zach shipping out? What fun to be planning a wedding? If not imposing, what is Zoe having surgery for?
Thanks, Kathy.
Zach shipping out...well... I am torn. On one hand...we have pretty much known his entire life that this was the path he was heading down...but not actually being a military family ourselves, it is kinda scary and a whole knew territory. I will miss him terribly. He is big joy in my life (when he isn't being a big pain ) His first six months will just be on home soil in training..so at least that is good.

The wedding has be a bit rough to plan. Kira's priorities (like mine ) tend to revolve around disney. A big chunk of her budget is going toward her disneymoon. We still have to get an officiant, but everything else seems to be falling into place. I will make sure and post more details on the wedding as we get closer.

And Zoe... she was born with a birth defect where her abdomen was not closed nor was her pelvis and she had an incomplete urinary tract system. When she was born they gave us such a pessimistic outlook (like she may never walk) that now it almost seems funny. (almost) She has had many surgeries and procedures and in most ways she is doing fine and functions just like any other 5 year old. She does suffer recurrent infections and is incontinent hence the reason for her next surgery. The goal will be to give her a bladder that is larger than that of a newborn infant's and to help her have some resistance. Probably more than you wanted to know...but there ya go.

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Hi Ann!!! I came over to join your planning fun, too!!! I finally finished your September PTR & TR so I feel like I know you and your family already!!! You sound like me in being the "clearence queen" and finding bargains galore. I've been to Disney at Christmastime and it's beautiful!!! Can't wait to read more!!

Wow! I am impressed you took the time to read those. I am so glad you are here!

I do love sales. I can't wait to go at Christmas and..deciding to go this early has meant that I have combed the christmas clearance for disney items.!! Later today I might post some pics of my finds. Poor Steve just shakes his head and smiles.. I think he thinks he married a crazy woman
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Old 01-13-2011, 11:28 AM   #23
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I found you in Ann's PTR and spent all morning reading your TR from your last trip! I'm really looking forward to your PTR as I have the Disney itch pretty badly right now!
I am so glad you are here. It is always nice to make new friends I can't believe you and Ann took the time to read my TR. I hope I don't bore you too much with this PTR. It will be a long one!!!
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Old 01-13-2011, 06:33 PM   #24
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Disney Rewards Visa

For my last trip, I was lucky enough to get an offer for the Disney Rewards Visa. I was unsure if I wanted it. It seemed like I should at least get it for no other reason than the offer. ($200 rewards card after 1st purchase) It was so nice to have extra money that I wasn't planning on for the trip.

Well, I continued to use it since and have really liked how easy it has been to get points. I have yet to pay any interest on this card so I am proud of myself for that. ( credit cards and me are not always a good mix)

With Kira going on her disneymoon, I knew I would put that amount on the card. 6 months interest free will give me enough time for tax return to come in and such...plus I figured I would get a bit more points and maybe have a small gc to use on our december trip.

Well...I am so excited because I got a triple point offer on my Disney Visa. I think with the points I already have and the points I get from charging Kira's trip and then any incidental purchases between now and fall, I should have a $100 gc to use on our trip!!! Pretty cool, eh?
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The Disney CC is great. I kept saving our points, and by the time our trip arrived we had 986 Disney Dollars. Wish they would have had the offer for 200 free points when I first got it. We are already up to 56 again.

So cool that you will be at Disney on your Birthday. We left a few days before mine.
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Great news, Ann. I love our Disney CC--I ended up with almost $500 last year.
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Old 01-14-2011, 11:08 AM   #27
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The Disney CC is great. I kept saving our points, and by the time our trip arrived we had 986 Disney Dollars. Wish they would have had the offer for 200 free points when I first got it. We are already up to 56 again.

So cool that you will be at Disney on your Birthday. We left a few days before mine.
Wow, that is a LOT of Disney dollars! I bet that helped to pay for some things.

As for my birthday... We will probably not be in Disney on my birthday. Right now, the plan is to check out on 12/22. From there the plan is to head down to probably..maybe..Annamaria island. My in-laws like to stay down near Sarasota and depending on where they are will influence where we go. If we end up doing it, it would be our first Christmas with them in 20 years! If they end up not going down there, I might change our Disney dates. We will have to just wait and see a bit.


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Great news, Ann. I love our Disney CC--I ended up with almost $500 last year.
Wow..that too is a good amount of Disney dollars. Not that I am still not excited about the $100 we should have...but $500 or $1k would be great!
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Old 01-14-2011, 12:19 PM   #28
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Top Ten dos and don'ts from last trip

On my last TR, I never really finished up my thoughts regarding the trip. Had I done so, I would have listed the things I want to do different next time and the things I thought worked well.

Things that I liked;
1. Flying in early enough to enjoy a meal after checking in but not so early that we went to a park.
2. Bringing items from home to help organize the room. The toothbrush holder I got to stick on the mirror was my favorite item.
3. Eating at other resorts instead of limiting ourselves to just meals at the park.
4. Having a character breakfast before the park opened to put us in the park early.
5. Actually, going to DTD. I had only gone there briefly before and it was only to eat at Raglan Road before we had to hustle back to catch DME back to the airport.
6. Booking both the Fantasmic dinning package and the Finding Nemo Musical dinning package.
7. Eating/drinking around the world at Epcot.
8. Bringing someone who had never been to WDW and enjoying seeing it for the first time through their eyes.
9. Staying in a different resort.
10. Letting Zoe finish an entire mask at Epcot.

Things I didn't like
1. The buses at Pop.
2. Not making better use of our mugs
3. Not spending more time enjoying the resort
4. Caring about making sure that everyone was happy
5. Participating in a fridge swap
6. Missing the aquarium at Epcot
7. Not getting more photos with the pp taken
8. Scheduling a TS meal after eating all day in WS at Epcot
9. Missing all the performers in WS
10. Bus stops at Pop not being covered.

Based on these I can come up with a to do list for our next trip. I am not sure it will be limited to a top ten... but this give me a starting point.
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On my last TR, I never really finished up my thoughts regarding the trip. Had I done so, I would have listed the things I want to do different next time and the things I thought worked well.

Things that I liked;
1. Flying in early enough to enjoy a meal after checking in but not so early that we went to a park.
2. Bringing items from home to help organize the room. The toothbrush holder I got to stick on the mirror was my favorite item.
3. Eating at other resorts instead of limiting ourselves to just meals at the park.
4. Having a character breakfast before the park opened to put us in the park early.
5. Actually, going to DTD. I had only gone there briefly before and it was only to eat at Raglan Road before we had to hustle back to catch DME back to the airport.
6. Booking both the Fantasmic dinning package and the Finding Nemo Musical dinning package.
7. Eating/drinking around the world at Epcot.
8. Bringing someone who had never been to WDW and enjoying seeing it for the first time through their eyes.
9. Staying in a different resort.
10. Letting Zoe finish an entire mask at Epcot.

Things I didn't like
1. The buses at Pop.
2. Not making better use of our mugs
3. Not spending more time enjoying the resort
4. Caring about making sure that everyone was happy
5. Participating in a fridge swap
6. Missing the aquarium at Epcot
7. Not getting more photos with the pp taken
8. Scheduling a TS meal after eating all day in WS at Epcot
9. Missing all the performers in WS
10. Bus stops at Pop not being covered.

Based on these I can come up with a to do list for our next trip. I am not sure it will be limited to a top ten... but this give me a starting point.
What a great list, Ann. You definitely have to see the performers at Epcot next trip. What is the dining plan for "Finding Nemo?" I don't think I ever heard of that one and it might be something we'd be interested in.

You took care of the "bus stops" not being covered by switching resorts so that helps.
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What a great list, Ann. You definitely have to see the performers at Epcot next trip. What is the dining plan for "Finding Nemo?" I don't think I ever heard of that one and it might be something we'd be interested in.

You took care of the "bus stops" not being covered by switching resorts so that helps.
It's a lunch package, just like the Fantasmic package. You have lunch at Tusker House (package) and get to go to a designated show of "Nemo".
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