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Old 05-29-2011, 08:08 PM   #1
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A very overdue Holiday TR ~ A toddler, a reunion & Thanksgiving ~ Update 9/17

To write a TR or not write a TR? That has been the question for a while. Our trip happened 6 months ago and I have been feeling the pressure to write a TR for quite a while. As you can see, I have ignored that pressure pretty well, since 6 months have literally flown by since we have gotten home from our trip. And I’m starting to say to myself, “Will anyone want to read a TR about Thanksgiving / Christmas holidays now that we are getting into the summertime?”

The problem is that it was an amazing trip. Not one that should be allowed to be forgotten without proper documentation. I don’t want to forget the details of this trip that came together to allow a family reunion to happen that spanned 3 generations. At holiday time, no less!

The other problem is that I have had no time to write it, much less take the time to sort through all of the pictures that were taken by multiple family members. Do you know how many pictures a family can take when there are no less than 3 cameras taking pictures most of the time? PLUS Photopass? Not that I’m complaining….but I have written a TR before and I know it is a lot of work. Work that is totally rewarding at the end, as well as while you are writing it.

I finally gave in today and I am taking advantage of my son’s nap time to get it started. I really hope you choose to follow along, but if you do I am warning you that it is going to be a long journey. We were at the World for almost 2 weeks so there is a lot of ground to cover. On top of that, my son was the highlight of my trip (in my eyes, of course), so you are going to see a lot of pictures of my adorable toddler, Dylan. This is him :





The final hurdle for me is the time commitment. I promise that I will do my best to keep this moving along, but there might be times where I have a long gap in between updates. I apologize a head of time, but there are certain times of the year that are crazier than others for me and I tend to disappear a little bit during those times.

So if you are willing to stick with me, let’s get this show on the road! I actually wrote a PTR for this trip. It feels like a very long time ago when I was planning for it, and it was really fun to go back & read it to get ready to write the TR. I am just going to include a link to the PTR so that you can familiarize yourselves with all of the people involved (there are a lot of us) and I don’t have to do introductions all over again. I put links in the PTR so you can scan it pretty quickly, if you choose to. Here is the link. http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2559965

For a quick recap, here are the cast of characters that went on this reunion trip.

This is me (Alison), my husband (Todd) and our 3 year old son (Dylan)



This is my sister (Angelynn), her husband (Bryan) and my nephew Elijah. The main purpose of this trip was that Elijah had graduated high school last June and he got to pick a place to go on a trip to celebrate. He picked WDW and we all were complimenting him on what a great choice he made.



My parents Ed & Susie



One shot of the whole group



That sums us up. Here are a few more details to get me started.

When : Our trip was from November 21 – December 4, 2010. We were in Orlando over the Thanksgiving holiday, so we got to take advantage of all of the holiday decorations around the World.

Where : We own a timeshare, so we have never stayed on-property before. Due to a very lucky set of circumstances, we were able to get some great deals and try out a few hotels during our time there. We started out at Port Orleans Riverside for a few nights, then moved to a timeshare at Marriott Grande Vista, then moving to the Animal Kingdom Lodge for 2 nights.

Hopefully you will read along and let me know that you are here. I love getting to know people on the Dis and have made some really good friends here.

Thanks for reading!!

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Old 05-29-2011, 08:09 PM   #2
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This will be saved for links to all of the chapters.

Day 1 ~ I don’t want to fly on a plane, mom!
Day 1, pt 2. ~ Can we actually come in?
Day 1, Pt. 2 (cont.) ~ Can we actually come in?

Angelyn's First Day, Part 1
Angelyn's First Day, Part 2
Angelyn's First Day, Part 3

Day 2, Pt. 1 ~ The Wall of Water
Day 2, Pt. 1 (cont.) ~ The Wall of Water
Day 2, Pt. 2 ~ No Shows = Crowded Rides

Day 3, Pt. 1 ~Meeting a different Mouse
Day 3, Pt. 1 (cont.) ~ Meeting a different Mouse
Day 3, Pt. 2 ~ The best 1 1/2 hours ever

Day 4, Pt 1. ~ I should have listened...
Day 4, Pt 2 ~ Evening EMH at AK!
Day 4, Pt 2 (cont) ~ Evening EMH at AK!

Day 5, Pt 1 ~ A Perfect Morning
Day 5, Pt 1 (cont.) ~ A Perfect Morning
Day 5, Pt 2 ~ Our Thanksgiving Meal
Day 5, Pt 2 (cont.) ~ Our Thanksgiving Meal
Day 5, Pt 3 ~ This place is huge!

Day 6, Pt 1 ~ That was totally worth the wait
Day 6, Pt 2 ~ You don't like Lord of the Rings?

Day 7, Pt 1 ~ Checking out Coronado Springs
Day 7, Pt 1 (cont) ~ Checking out Coronado Springs


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Old 05-29-2011, 08:12 PM   #3
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I know it will be a lot of work but, we'll all enjoy reading along. I'm in!
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Your TR's was one of the first I started ready when I joined the DIS, and I loved every bit of it. I am absolutely joining in for this one! I cannot believe how big Dylan is now!
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Hi Alison! You know I'm in. Even though you gave me a "sneak peek" a few months back, I am totally excited to read this. I love that we have similar experiences with our kids being the same age.
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I know it will be a lot of work but, we'll all enjoy reading along. I'm in!
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Welcome! You are my first reader. Thank you so much for reading!


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Your TR's was one of the first I started ready when I joined the DIS, and I loved every bit of it. I am absolutely joining in for this one! I cannot believe how big Dylan is now!
Oh wow. That is so cool that you read my first one too. Thank you so much! Yes, Dylan is a giant now. When he was born he was big, and he has never stopped growing. He is 3.5 years old now and he is taller than a lot of his 5 year old friends. He definitely doesn't look like baby anymore!


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I'm here and can't wait to hear about it!
Yay! Thank you for stopping by. It's about time, right? And I am assuming that you had a great time on your recent girl's trip?


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Hi Alison! You know I'm in. Even though you gave me a "sneak peek" a few months back, I am totally excited to read this. I love that we have similar experiences with our kids being the same age.
Hi Ann! I was going to send you a link if you didn't find me in the next few days. When I saw that you started your TR, it got me more inspired to get going on mine too. I'm excited to read yours too!
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I love seeing photos and hearing about WDW at holiday time so I am along for the ride! Looking forward to hearing all about it.
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I love seeing photos and hearing about WDW at holiday time so I am along for the ride! Looking forward to hearing all about it.
Welcome!! Thanks for joining in. I was just looking at your signature and it looks like we were at WDW around the same time as you last time...June 2009. That was Dylan's first trip to WDW when he was 1 1/2 years old.
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Count me in! SO glad you decided to do a TR!!! I can't believe how big Dylan is!
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Hey Sis,

How funny. I haven't been here in a long time but decided to stop by this morning (think it is just that i don't want the 3-day weekend to end! )

And here you've just started this yesterday! I'm looking forward to looking over our trip photos again. Let me know if you need any, but I think you got them all from our camera...

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Oh, yay! I'm so happy you're starting your TR! I've been waiting to hear about this trip! Don't worry about taking a long time, I'm only just starting to write about the third day of our December trip (so, you won't be the only one covering holiday stuff!) Looking forward to following along!
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Count me in! SO glad you decided to do a TR!!! I can't believe how big Dylan is!
Thank you! I'm so glad to finally get started. Now that I have actually done it, I have gotten excited to write it. Dylan is such a big boy now. He is SO tall, and everyone that meets him thinks he is 4 or 5.


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I just subscribed to your combined TR. I had so much fun reading the updates that have already been writen.


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Hey Sis,

How funny. I haven't been here in a long time but decided to stop by this morning (think it is just that i don't want the 3-day weekend to end! )

And here you've just started this yesterday! I'm looking forward to looking over our trip photos again. Let me know if you need any, but I think you got them all from our camera...

That is so weird. I was going to email you today & tell you that I started it. I have really not been on here since our trip. Over the long weekend, I decided to just start. It has been so much fun looking at all of the pictures. I am trying to sort the pictures for each day as I am writing about it. There are certain things that I have where we all took exactly the same picture! So I'm trying to pick the best one & delete the others. It will be slow going, but I will gain space back in my computer.

I feel like I am missing pictures, but it could be that you just didn't take any during that time. I am missing the whole first 4 days from mom, so I am working on getting those too. Hope you enjoy reading, and if you feel like you have good pictures to add after I finish an update, you should add them!


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Oh, yay! I'm so happy you're starting your TR! I've been waiting to hear about this trip! Don't worry about taking a long time, I'm only just starting to write about the third day of our December trip (so, you won't be the only one covering holiday stuff!) Looking forward to following along!
Hi!! Oh, good. I'm glad I'm not the only one who will be writing about the holidays. I need to check out your TR's! I am hoping that since the summer is coming that I will have a little time to dedicate to this, without stretching it out forever. Fingers crossed. Thanks for reading!
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