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Old 06-25-2011, 11:00 AM   #136
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Welcome home Katie

Hope you had a fabulous trip!!

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Old 06-25-2011, 11:25 AM   #137
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The boys absolutely were in love the moment we arrived. It really grew on Greg and I with only a couple minor annoyances. Our room location was great!
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Daniel was in tears last night at bedtime when he asked when we were going back and I said I don't know (I could cry too)
Poor fella. We all know how he feels. At least for us, we never want to leave.


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Please hang in there, I'll get this going in another couple days!
Don't worry about the report. We'll be here when you get to it. Heaven knows it takes a while to get back into the groove of real life, especially if you come straight back to a party and company. You'll probably get it started about the time we leave, so I can sit in my room at Pop and enjoy reading it late at night or early in the morning. What did your guys especially like at Pop? I can take a picture just for them. Do I have your phone number? You can PM me, if you want me to send them a picture. Unless it would be too painful. Don't want to upset them.
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Old 06-25-2011, 10:49 PM   #138
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Welcome back Katie - I know you had a fabulous time and I can't wait to read all about it!!!!!!!
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welcome back. Cant wait to here how your trip went!
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Old 06-29-2011, 06:10 PM   #140
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Welcome home Katie

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Nice to hear.

Poor fella. We all know how he feels. At least for us, we never want to leave.

Don't worry about the report. We'll be here when you get to it. Heaven knows it takes a while to get back into the groove of real life, especially if you come straight back to a party and company. You'll probably get it started about the time we leave, so I can sit in my room at Pop and enjoy reading it late at night or early in the morning. What did your guys especially like at Pop? I can take a picture just for them. Do I have your phone number? You can PM me, if you want me to send them a picture. Unless it would be too painful. Don't want to upset them.
Yes, looks like I'll be getting this started while you are gone you lucky girl!! Hope your trip is as magical as always

The boys really liked the bowling pin pool but I'm sure would love any pics you want to send! I think you have my # but let me know if not.

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Welcome back Katie - I know you had a fabulous time and I can't wait to read all about it!!!!!!!
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welcome back. Cant wait to here how your trip went!
just a bit longer I promise

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UGH! Seems like I haven't had a chance to start my summer vacation Our trip started the day after we finished at school. The day after we returned home, I started unpacking and working on laundry. The next 2 days I finished that job, cleaned the house and prepared for Patrick's birthday party.

Thought I would share...


The next couple days we had family visiting and today I had to go to work. I'm going to finish downloading pictures from the trip tonight and will start on the first update tomorrow.

I haven't forgotten you I promise!!
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Old 06-29-2011, 07:39 PM   #142
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VERY cool cake and cupcakes! COOL!

Girl, we NEED to make a plan and meet soon. We are SO close to each other. Let's make a plan to do that before the summer is up. I'd be happy to drive down to you, have lunch, do some shopping, visit, whatever.

Have a great night!
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my DS12 would LOVE that cake, I will have to show him that picture tomorrow. We saw Cars today - loved it!
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Love the cake! My Star Wars loving boyfriend would definitely approve too
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Old 06-30-2011, 05:46 PM   #145
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Joining in from Jen's PTR! Can't wait to read all about your 15 day trip!!!
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I'll admit I am not the biggest Star Wars fans but that is a cool birthday cake/cupcake set up!!!
I confess to knowing very little about SW as well (most of what I know, the boys have taught me) but I do enjoy watching them light up over it!

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VERY cool cake and cupcakes! COOL!

Girl, we NEED to make a plan and meet soon. We are SO close to each other. Let's make a plan to do that before the summer is up. I'd be happy to drive down to you, have lunch, do some shopping, visit, whatever.

Have a great night!
It does seem silly that we are only 1 hour from each other and haven't met yet! I'm afraid M'town doesn't hold much to do though Maybe I can find a day to sneek away and come to you

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my DS12 would LOVE that cake, I will have to show him that picture tomorrow. We saw Cars today - loved it!
We haven't made it to Cars yet. Maybe we should go today since it will be too hot to do anything else

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I told Patrick to look online for an easy idea and this is what he found. The hardest part was the lightsabers because my first and second ideas didn't work out.

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And we're off! Part I

Alrighty then…let’s get this going shall we!!

Day 1 - Tuesday, June 7

Our day began with the alarm going off at 2:30 am. Greg and I both took quick showers, brewed a pot of coffee, and did the last minute house preparations. Everything had been loaded up in the van the night before. About 3:15, we shook the boys…Patrick sat upright quickly and asked “DisneyWorld?” Yep baby…let’s go!!

I anticipated the boys would just crawl into the van and fall back asleep but apparently they were too excited and they were awake for the next several hours. We picked up my parents who dropped us off at the airport. The airport was surprisingly busy at the wee hours of 5:00 am and we waited in line a bit before checking in. Luckily, security went quickly and we were soon at our gate ready to board!

I won’t do this throughout the TR but I thought I would share our pattern of picture taking during this trip:
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“Now this time look at me”
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And so it went for the next 2 weeks! Luckily, Patrick was more cooperative



Our first leg was quick and painless, only 1 hour to Milwaukee. We were scheduled to have a ½ hour layover but found our plane was delayed an hour. Oh well, what can you do? We killed some time looking through the gift shop.



Then were on our way once again. Patrick and I watched a movie and Daniel and Greg napped on the 2 ½ hour flight to Orlando. We arrived and excitedly made our way onto the faux monorail





We breezed through the ME line and were led right onto the bus!







We enjoyed the video and anticipated the sight of that colorful arch



The first stop was at CBR then we were on to



The bus we had ridden was themed



Things were a little crazy at check-in but the boys kept busy while I waited in line



Turns out the computer systems were down and we weren’t able to formally check-in yet. We were given our welcome package and told our room was in building 5. We were also given comp park tickets to use since they couldn’t issue our package tickets yet. We had no plans to head to a park that night but they came in handy later on!

Our room was not ready but we had anticipated that so we headed to the pool since we packed the boys swimsuits in our carry-ons.







And we waited for our text message that the room was ready. And we waited, and waited. The phone buzzed several times but it was always someone else! After about 1 ½ hours, it was time for us to get ready for our dinner ADR’s and we hadn’t heard about our room. The boys changed again and we dropped our bags at bell services and headed out.





I can’t remember which park we changed buses at (I’m thinking DHS but surprisingly, I have no photo evidence of this). Before long, we were being dropped off here



It wasn’t quite dinner time yet but we killed some time looking around, browsing the gift shop and making wishes.



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And I played with the panoramic setting on my camera





We checked in and were immediately seated for my much anticipated dinner at Whispering Canyon Cafe



We all ordered the skillet. It stared with cornbread and salad (with shakes to drink)



Soon followed by the main meal



Although the boys both got the skillet too, they got their own plates and sides



And for dessert, Greg got the apple pie with a mocha



And I chose the smores cheesecake



The verdict? The boys and I all loved the air of the place (Greg wasn’t swayed yet by all the fun but Daniel told me a couple days ago it was his favorite restaurant because he and the waiter had a game of poking each other ). The salad and cornbread were both excellent and the potatoes to die for! The desserts were fine but the meats were much too heavily spiced for my taste and I’m sad to say I was a bit let down by this much anticipated meal. I suspect though I would find myself here again given the right circumstances in order to enjoy the atmosphere and those rockin potatoes! Perhaps for lunch when they have sandwiches and such

After dinner, the plan was to take the boat over to MK to pick up the bus back to POP. I knew the geyser went off at the top of the hour but we weren’t really sure where it was and I had feared we’d missed it. We stopped and grabbed a couple pics



and were making our way past the pool when we heard the geyser start so we ran toward the sound





As you can see, the boys really enjoyed this!





Then we rode the boat





And got our first glimpse of the glorious MK!!



We briefly contemplated using those comp park tickets but decided to make it an early night instead so we returned to POP



We still hadn’t heard about our room yet, turns out, it had long been ready but the system was still down and we had failed to get our notice. Luckily, we arrived to find all our bags waiting for us! Daniel was excited to find this little guy also waiting for us



We unpacked, put on jammies and set the alarm to get us to rope drop the next morning
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Love it!!!! I think we were having the exact same problem as you except we were at Vero!! Our room had been ready for awhile too but we never got a notice about it!!!

Hmmmm...that smores cheesecake looks delightful!! I want some for bkfast LOL!!!!! Glad you guys had a good meal!!!!

Swimming...definitely a great way to spend the afternoon!!!

Can't wait for more!!!
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Great start! The pics at the airport are great! I bet the boys love the pool! Well your dinner looked wonderful, sorry it wasn't all that you hoped it would be. I'm impressed you were able to walk away from MK, I think the temptation would have been too much for me!

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