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Old 05-08-2011, 07:37 PM   #16
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Hope YOU were given the royal treatment!
Happy Mother's Day Katie!
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Old 05-09-2011, 08:32 AM   #17
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And spending 15 nights at Disney sounds wonderful!!!
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Old 05-09-2011, 02:30 PM   #18
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I'm here Katie!!! If I didn't have this cruise coming up I would be sooooo stinkin' jealous of your 15 day trip, as it is I'm just moderately jealous

Hope you had a fabulous Mother's Day!!
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Happy Mother's Day Katie!
It was a nice day! I got breakfast in bed complete with a mickey mouse club card, a couple hanging baskets of pansies for the porch a birdfeeder for the flower bed outside the kitchen window. I had my morning coffee while watching a cardinal eat breakfast this morning

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We are very excited and ready for the school year to be over!

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I'm here Katie!!! If I didn't have this cruise coming up I would be sooooo stinkin' jealous of your 15 day trip, as it is I'm just moderately jealous

Hope you had a fabulous Mother's Day!!
I could say the same thing about your cruise! Not sure I'll ever talk Greg into that. Glad you found me
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Old 05-13-2011, 07:48 PM   #20
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the reveal

Sorry to have taken so long to get back to you! I wrote this update a few days ago but just needed to add the photos. When I went to find them...they were gone I had uploaded them to the computer when Patrick borrowed my camera for a field trip and somehow they didn't get saved...grrr! So tonight the boys cooperated with me a bit although they would not recreate the excitement of the first time.

On we go...

When we first started a serious discussion about booking a trip, Greg wanted to keep it secret from the boys. In fact, we talked about doing the surprise-them-at-the-airport thing which did sound like fun. However, I love the whole planning thing and I knew the boys would too. Also, in order to go for so long in June, the boys will have to give up some of their summer activities (in particular, Patrick has to give up the June session of Kids in College which he absolutely loves) and I wanted them to understand why.

We discussed various ways to tell them and finally settled on a puzzle surprise. I purchased a 100 piece puzzle and after putting it together, I wrote a message on the back. We then placed all the pieces in a jar and told the boys they would earn a couple pieces each day by doing their jobs without complaint and having good behavior. It took about 1 month but last weekend they finally earned the last pieces and started putting it together

They had figured out that it was a Star Wars puzzle and had lots of fun trying to read letters on the pieces and guessing what the surprise might be. I had hinted the puzzle picture might be a clue but this was more to throw them off since they didn’t know anything about Star Wars Weekend before.



Then we flipped the puzzle over



I don’t know who was more excited, me or the boys. I was really glad to not have to keep this secret any longer! Our first task following the reveal was to make our vacation countdown. I found these really cute countdown chain links and we put together the chain starting at 5 weeks.



They get very excited each morning to remove the links!



Next, let’s talk Disney food…if that won’t keep you coming back, I don’t know what will
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Hurrah! The secret is out and "we" are in countdown mode! The boys look excited with their links.

I can't wait to hear about what yummy goodness you have planned for your TWO WEEKS in WDW!
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Every time I hear that it just sounds better and better!
Disney food is always a good topic of conversation.



The countdown chain picture is cute. They look very happy!
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Yayyyy the reveal! I love the countdown chain

Can't wait for Disney food talk...I do me some Disney food!
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I love love love the reveal to the boys! How fun! I can imagine their happy faces even if the camera wouldn't cooperate! And I love the idea of taking links out of the chain! Very cool! I'm certainly excited to hear about the food! Not long now and you'll be out there eating it! Oh heavens I am so jealous....
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Cute countdown chain and cute boys!

I'm ready to talk food!
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Loved how you surprised the boys! I'm glad they were as excited as you - can't wait to read all about the trip
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Wow! How did I miss this????? I am so glad things worked out for you for a June trip! 15 days! Seriously - that is one long trip. I have to go back and see where you are staying. Did you say? And the free dining pin, too? That is excellent.

I am sure the boys must be super excited and June 7th is not that far away now. Happy packing!

Looking forward to hearing about your wonderful ADRs!
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Hurrah! The secret is out and "we" are in countdown mode! The boys look excited with their links.

I can't wait to hear about what yummy goodness you have planned for your TWO WEEKS in WDW!
I'm glad I didn't have to keep the secret until June! The boys are so excited and love talking about it, watching the planning DVD and looking at the maps (thanks again for those! )

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Disney food is always a good topic of conversation.

The countdown chain picture is cute. They look very happy!
Oh Disney food...how I love to think of thee! I think our ADR's are set but I still find myself looking and searching for some I can't get

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Yayyyy the reveal! I love the countdown chain

Can't wait for Disney food talk...I do me some Disney food!
It was fun to watch them put the puzzle together and their reaction was priceless...Daniel just jumped up and down and Patrick stood there with his mouth hanging open

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I love love love the reveal to the boys! How fun! I can imagine their happy faces even if the camera wouldn't cooperate! And I love the idea of taking links out of the chain! Very cool! I'm certainly excited to hear about the food! Not long now and you'll be out there eating it! Oh heavens I am so jealous....
the boys are holding on to the chain links with the intention of using them as bookmarks, I may have to snag a couple myself!

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Me too...hmm, I wonder how quickly I can put that update together

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We talked about putting the puzzle pieces in easter eggs and hiding them as a part of their hunt but Greg wanted them to earn them. It was kind of fun to listen to them try to guess the surprise based on the letters they could figure out

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Wow! How did I miss this????? I am so glad things worked out for you for a June trip! 15 days! Seriously - that is one long trip. I have to go back and see where you are staying. Did you say? And the free dining pin, too? That is excellent.

I am sure the boys must be super excited and June 7th is not that far away now. Happy packing!

Looking forward to hearing about your wonderful ADRs!
Hmm, let's see...I believe someone was off having a good time when this started! Are you girls going to have a TR? I can believe perhaps your memory is slightly impared (Tracy's FB updates certainly had a common theme!) but I have no doubt there are plenty of pictures we can see to piece together the story!
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What a great reveal!! I love the SW puzzle how creative!!!! I need to write down these ideas for the future!!! LOVE IT!!!

WOW your chain looks awesome! I'm sure the boys are having a great time taking a piece down everyday!! Especially with school almost being done!!!

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