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Old 04-05-2011, 09:04 AM   #16
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All caught up . It is hard enough when your home on Fridays during lent, don't think I would like to be on the road and trying to find something.
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Saw you started your TR looking fw to reading along and hearing all about it!

I don't think I saw your big Mickey Head countdown w/ the park pixs on it that is great I may have to borrow that idea
Also the house looks great another detail I didn't realize where you were staying very cutely decorated!
The drive sounded pretty good too
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Hey julie, and thanks for joining.

The Mickey Head countdown was a lot of work, but for a first trip well worth it, and I think it helped Jack get an idea of what to expect on the trip. I had photos of all the things we had hoped to accomplish and then mickey heads covering them that read: ____days until we _______.
If we were going to stay off property we knew we still wanted a disney themed home and I found it on another TR


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Love the pics of the house where you stayed - we toyed with the idea of staying off site but changed our minds. Am looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the subject
It was a constant conversation in my head the whole trip about staying off property vs on property. My previous two trips to this were on property but never with kids, and the decision to stay off property this trip was all due to the special dietary needs my ds had and a place to get him away from everything for his meltdowns

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Im here!!! I was there that exact week so Ill be tuning in and maybe we hit some of the parks at the same time!! lol thatd be cool if we had seen each other! cant wait to hear more
oh the pressure is on, thanks for joining, let me apologize ahead of time for anyone in my travel parties behavior if they did something wrong they knew not what they were doing and

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All caught up . It is hard enough when your home on Fridays during lent, don't think I would like to be on the road and trying to find something.
thanks for joining and We have been on the road for 3 Fridays during lent, it has been interesting to say the least.



Our Photopass cd should arrive today, I can't wait
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Old 04-06-2011, 11:05 AM   #19
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All caught up... I'm glad you made it through the drive but I'm really scared about Jack breaking his diet. I hope it all worked out OK but whenever Alex broke his diet (he was gfcf for three years and only went off the diet with the help of prescription digestive enzymes) we really paid the price... major behavioral breakdowns!

The rental house looks great - can't wait to hear what you thought about staying off-site!
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All caught up... I'm glad you made it through the drive but I'm really scared about Jack breaking his diet. I hope it all worked out OK but whenever Alex broke his diet (he was gfcf for three years and only went off the diet with the help of prescription digestive enzymes) we really paid the price... major behavioral breakdowns!

The rental house looks great - can't wait to hear what you thought about staying off-site!
thanks, you have no idea, that was my first fear of the trip, but I'll let you know he is still off the diet, doesn't mean we didn't have any issues, but he has already been on supplements, doesn't mean he won't go back on the diet down the road, but for now he is ok

we loved the house, especially the boys and my DH, but we did run into the same issues you did with regards to transportation
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My Photopass cd arrived today



So as promised here is our group shot, and it was the only time we all got in a big group picture I have more in front of the tree, but it was the only time we stopped together



now on to Sunday March 13, 2011
originally this was suppose to be an AK day followed by a big family dinner at Chef Mickey's

Well once I realized the crowd ratings for the week, and the time change, and how my children would be after a long drive, those plans were a complete wash and instead we did:

Jack and John slept in, Joey and I slept in too, but not that late. My parents went to the airport early to get my sister and her family. Joey was still sleeping when they arrived, I was up making coffee and setting up bags from Tinkerbelle and Peter Pan. The kids all got little notebooks (princess and Buzz) and Mickey and/or Minnie pens, with light up bracelets.
After everyone had breakfast, the ladies went to Walmart to get supplies for the week. When we got home, everyone had sandwiches and a mix of things for lunch.
Joeys fear is sharks in water, why he thinks there are sharks in a pool, I don't know, but that is his story. So...

Mommy tricked Joey into his bathing suit and everyone went outside so he couldnít stay in the house, he said he didnít want to go in the pool. I said lets just get our feet wet. He didnít even want to do that, but I picked him up and got his feet wet, then slowly and slowly he eventually got into the pool and LOVED it. He didnít want to get out when it was time to go.






my niece is a little fish


All year Joey talked about seeing the horses in DisneyWorld, so we decided to head to Fort Wilderness....will the kids ride the ponies or will it be a wasted trip????
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Yay on not going to the parks and enjoying the pool - looks like you all had fun!

Looking forward to hearing if the FW trip was successful
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Moving right along.... now that my photopass cd arrived I'm anxious to get to our park days, and I have A LOT of pictures to share

Sunday March 13, 2011 continued....

We had plans to explore Fort Wilderness and go on pony rides, something Joey had been waiting for and talking about all year.
This was our first time entering WDW property so a picture was in order:


When we arrived we ended up needing to park at the Wilderness Lodge and caught a bus over to the Campsites. Jack was a little anxious while waiting on the bus but he had his dry erase board to entertain him:



The pony rides were right next to the bus stop so we headed over.


So who decided to ride the ponies????
















Everyone chickened out except for Jack. This was surprising behavior from Jack but not unexpected, he had recently experienced a pony ride on a field trip with school. If he hadn't done the field trip I'm 99% sure he wouldn't have done it.



Next we walked around to check out the area, we wanted to do a wagon ride but knew they didn’t start until after dinner, and the kids saw the playground so we headed over there:



then we went down to the marina to see the ducks, and then we went to the trading post where we purchased our souvenir penny holder.


While at the Marina we decided we would take the boat back to the lodge instead of the bus, for a change of pace and scenery. My parents would like to bring their RV down to WDW sometime.

The boat ride was uneventful but leading up to the boat ride was slightly exciting only because Jack was tired and upset that there wasn’t a boat right there waiting for him, and he tried to climb past the roped off area and we had to hold him back and keep him from kicking anyone. Once he got on the boat he was so happy and really enjoyed the ride. I let him hold the camera and he took pictures of everything and I do mean everything I ended up deleting something like 50 pictures.




Once we arrived at the lodge my Aunt was out of breath and since she hadn’t brought her walker or wheel chair we had several stops before getting back to the cars, which was fine with us because we wanted to explore. We explored a little and took some pictures. My husband thought it was a cool resort and asked about staying there sometime in the future. Sure honey ;-) He also liked the looks of Whispering Cafť, which was in our plans originally but with all our plan changes all the ADR’s got cancelled.


This next picture while blurry turned out pretty good, but I know the real reason behind it, and now so will you:

Jack was a little flustered at this point and ready to get back to the house, and he was wanting to rip off that nose that he is holding onto. It made for a cute picture.

Once we arrived home, we had burgers and fries, and got park bags packed for the next day.

We would like to one day stay in the cabins at Fort Wilderness and of course would also enjoy a stay at the Wilderness Lodge. We really enjoyed our day exploring.
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Yay on not going to the parks and enjoying the pool - looks like you all had fun!

Looking forward to hearing if the FW trip was successful
Thanks, For me it was a hard decision as I'm all about being immersed in Disney, but this trip was for the boys, and I was fortunate to get my Disney fix in January which allowed me to really focus on my kids needs this trip.

The boys LOVED the pool, it was nice having our very own pool for the week.


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I love the photopass picture - I love them all - I saw them on facebook.

I think you made a good choice to stay out of the parks that day. I'm glad you got Joey to enjoy the pool.

Can't wait to hear about the horses.
Thanks Amy, I'm so glad we decided to get a photopass, our pictures turned out pretty good.

It was a smart choice not doing a park that first day I think, and my DH thinks it will be necessary every trip, so we'll be planning a non park day in to start every trip
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Hi Jess,
Loving the TR... our families have SO many similarities.. My son Jake (4) is on the spectrum... My son Joseph (2)seems to have a little behavioral issue that we are working thru... & my family is JT (all j's too), my name is Jessica LOL and I am a sahm too!

We are planning a trip in Oct w/ the kids & I like hearing what works w/ families. I love everything that I am reading. Your pictures are great & its wonderful you got to experience this all w/ your family!

Cant wait to read more!
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great start! We came just after you. Subbing to compare notes!
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Old 04-08-2011, 02:09 PM   #28
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I just love the Fort!! Sounds like you had a most excellent afternoon there- There's just so much to do around, it's easy to spend a day there!

That's so funny about your hubby suggesting you stay at the Lodge someday!! I so wish mine would say that. I hope you can someday!
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sounded like a fun night glad someone wanted to ride the ponies....Bekah wanted to but she was to big/old when we visited the campground in Nov. WL is a wonderful resort, huh? we enjoyed looking around there too....even though it has DVC villas...that is probably the one place we wouldn't stay not becuase there is anything wrong w/ it...but too similar to Wisconsin and the waterpark/resort we frequent when we go to the Dells...Kathy's family stayed there and I think they all enjoyed it

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Loving the TR... our families have SO many similarities.. My son Jake (4) is on the spectrum... My son Joseph (2)seems to have a little behavioral issue that we are working thru... & my family is JT (all j's too), my name is Jessica LOL and I am a sahm too!

We are planning a trip in Oct w/ the kids & I like hearing what works w/ families. I love everything that I am reading. Your pictures are great & its wonderful you got to experience this all w/ your family!

Cant wait to read more!
I can not believe the similarities, that is so crazy. Right down to names. Are you writing a PTR Jessica? I was also looking into an Oct trip, but my DH won't let me go alone with the kids due to some of the issues we had on this past trip. My 3 yo is Joseph, but we call him Joey. And Jake, so close to Jack, lol. I hope my TR will help you with planning your trip, but there are a bunch of moms that have taken several more trips than me and could help you too. One lesson I learned will be revealed on day 3 in the parks, but I have to wait until I share the first two days

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That's so funny about your hubby suggesting you stay at the Lodge someday!! I so wish mine would say that. I hope you can someday!
Oh I really enjoyed the Fort too. My DH and I are very different in that he has never ever gone camping not even as a kid, so he needs the comfort of a bathroom/showers/etc. in the room. I would love to stay at the Fort and let me kids experience "camping out" with the campfire, fishing, etc that is offered there.

He said he would love to stay at WL, then I told him how much it cost So if we can get a good PIN he said maybe in 2013


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sounded like a fun night glad someone wanted to ride the ponies....Bekah wanted to but she was to big/old when we visited the campground in Nov. WL is a wonderful resort, huh? we enjoyed looking around there too....even though it has DVC villas...that is probably the one place we wouldn't stay not becuase there is anything wrong w/ it...but too similar to Wisconsin and the waterpark/resort we frequent when we go to the Dells...Kathy's family stayed there and I think they all enjoyed it

looking forward to hearing more
That stinks Bekah was too big/old. They have big horse rides too, but they are like on the trails I think and it costs significantly more

I'll have to chat with Kathy a bit more, I don't remember her staying there
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