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Old 07-15-2011, 09:43 AM   #31
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Hi HD!
My comments are in the form of a list this morning...
1. I want an auto train in Kansas.
2. Love the bags you made for the boys, so cute, great name tags from etsy!
3. You go girl, grab those deck chairs!
4 Mmmmmm, Bahama Mama! I had one too just to start the cruise!
5. Oh no! The black bag!!! Matt seems awfully sure that it's coming...
6. some celebration for yesterday!!!
7. MeMom, that video made me smile!
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Old 07-15-2011, 01:10 PM   #32
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You are so creative with the way you surprise the boys for each trip, I don't know how you keep coming up with new ideas!

LOVE the bags you made too, so cute and perfect for your 'pirate' theme.

Yikes! I'm nervous about the bag!


Yippee for under 3 months now!
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Old 07-15-2011, 08:11 PM   #33
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Your boys look so excited!
Love the letters and the bags. Your door and FE are so cute!
I hope the black bag made it on the ship!

Yay! Now you're under the 3 month mark!!! The time will FLY by!
Yes I think that October is going to be here before I know it, but to be honest, I am really really not wanting it to come quickly BEFORE August 24!!! B/C I want my summer to hang around as long as it can!!!! Once school starts, it can go by in a blink of an eye!!!

More on the bag coming up....

The FE was really fun and I am glad we participated!!! The door was really neat when it was all done!!!

BOY your trip is coming up fast, too!!!!!

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Hurray for three months until your October trip!!!

Love the travel bags for the boys! So many neat goodies! And the letters from Captain Jack -- too clever!!! I bet your boys were so excited! Too funny that they were skeptical about whether or not Jack could write.

What book is your DS reading? I was trying to see the title, but couldn't. LOL!
Hey there! Yes, I am excited for this girly trip. I want to spend some time in Epcot checking things out!

The whole Jack Sparrow guise was Matt's idea I must admit, tho I wrote the letter and created that part of the story... it was collaborative!

He is reading this Percy Jackson book, it is an extension of some plot line in one of the books, I can't remember the title, a spin off of some sort like that... ... I have to check the cover. We bought him two books connected to the Percy J. stories, I will look at them tonight and report back!

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Yeay for being onboard with the DOTD! Yum! Perfect way to start your cruise, but where is the missing bag??? What is in it??? If DH really left it in the car, I hope it didn't have anything too important.
DOTD SCORE!!! So good... and just really needed to have two of those... TWO definitely hit the spot!!!!

Regarding the bag, well.... you'll see

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This was me as a kid - upside down and totally into the book I was reading. He's so cute. I'm really disappointed that we didn't get to meet those awesome little guys.
Awww MeMom I know!!! I know I was disappointed too!!! Soon enough for us, and hopefully you'll meet them soon, too! And, I might add, careful what you wish for.... Those two are a handful and then some!


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Get up!
Get loud!
We're pumpin' up the party now...


Here's a video that might help you celebrate.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqRn5Epa-uE
FUN FUN FUN! Yay! Loved that little bit of sunny Florida this evening! Cute parade! Matt likes the parade, but the song drives him batty!! He can't stand that they don't articulate!!! It took two trips before he understood what they were saying!!!
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Old 07-15-2011, 08:13 PM   #34
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I'm here!!

OK - now I actually went back & read... sounds like you were off to a great start... unless the duffle bag doesn't show up!

I love that you live close to the autotrain. We looked into it once but it's so far away we just decided to fly.

I can't wait to read about all of your adventures to come.

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Hi HD!
My comments are in the form of a list this morning...
1. I want an auto train in Kansas.
2. Love the bags you made for the boys, so cute, great name tags from etsy!
3. You go girl, grab those deck chairs!
4 Mmmmmm, Bahama Mama! I had one too just to start the cruise!
5. Oh no! The black bag!!! Matt seems awfully sure that it's coming...
6. some celebration for yesterday!!!
7. MeMom, that video made me smile!

1. LOL!!! Well, you tell AMTRAK! It wouldn't make sense for you to drive to VA, I am sure, but it is works for those of us North of the Carolinas!

2. Thank you! It was so fun! The crafter made my FE hanger too!
3. Oh you know I did, I am just not going to TELL you that I did.. though I have to say there were still plenty where we were... and I saw plenty with stuff on them...
4. Yep, quite a drink that one! BUT I have to confess my all time favorite is the Tangerine Dream at BCV or the Contemporary, or as I found out, KIDANI!!!!! And perhaps AKL Jambo too, if memory serves!!! LOVE that drink.
5. BLACK bag story/saga coming up!!!!
6. YES! Celebration time YOU know it!!!!
7. Oh I agree that parade just makes you want to smile!!!


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You are so creative with the way you surprise the boys for each trip, I don't know how you keep coming up with new ideas!

LOVE the bags you made too, so cute and perfect for your 'pirate' theme.

Yikes! I'm nervous about the bag!


Yippee for under 3 months now!
Well this one was DH's I have to give the props to him there... He didn't know what to make of the gift bags, but the kids just loved them!!!

Yep, UNDER 3 months now!!! 59 days!!! WOW... that is rather startling!!!! LOL!
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Cliff Hanger...

Yep, that was the moment of crickets in the room...

ME: So you can't say for certain (I repeated...)

DH: Nope, no I can't... we should just wait and see.

What is it with SOME men and this attitude that they don't want to ask for help or look like dorks sometimes!!! I mean honestly! I think he was more in a panic than he was letting on. BUT, my head was ticking...

WE were still docked. The drill was scheduled in 15 minutes, less than, to be honest b/c they were making the announcement reminding us what to do, etc. If we truly left it in the car, we were in the garage and only right off the ship

And in terms of priority, never mind that DH had his cholesterol medication in the bag. YOU better believe that THIS DISer was not going to be without ALL of her footwear for the next six days!!!!!! LOL!!! So thus motivated, I didn't hesitate. I picked up the phone and called guest services.

NOTE: A WORD about the phone. They don't make the list of extensions for things very clear... in fact you are pretty hard-pressed to find said list. Fortunately most of the important stuff, housekeeping, room service and guest services are on speed dial. So I called.

As I mentioned, DH had packed his entire toiletry kit in that bag, but at the moment I was more concerned about my heels!!!!! HA!! (just kidding!) But when I called and explained the situation, that we were missing a bag, that we were not 100% certain that we had the bag, etc. etc, and that there was medication in it.... they said they would check for it, and that we should continue with the boat drill... And to come to Guest Services immediately after. The boat didn't leave officially before 5:15.

SO, we went to our station, as the alarm was sounding, and our location was the main WD Theater... We were some of the last to enter, and DH spoke to one of the CMs by the door, who actually let him slip out a few minutes before the dismissed us all. She clearly got the importance of the situation!!! LOL! So DH, who had his KTTWC as well as his ID, and the car keys, made his way up to the main lobby. I hustled the boys out, and I cannot remember the exact order of events, but if you can believe it, I had already received a text from DH that NO the bag was NOT in the car by the time we got up to the deck for the sail away party. I was FLOORED that he had already gotten out to the car!!! Can you believe it??!!! We were going up to see the Sail Away party, so I went ahead with those plans, thinking he was going to be a bit, but he did that soooo fast!!! I know DH appeared somewhere there at the end. Honestly, I was impressed that the staff on the ship allowed him to move so quickly off the boat with the expectation he'd be back momentarily. It really was fast. He ran I imagine, but he was worried, both of us were, and it was just so odd not to be sure... I just didn't want to miss the opportunity to check if indeed we still could!! He said he definitely checked the entire car, we still had stuff in it, b/c we were camping, if you remember, and we have a Volvo XC90 7-seater, so it is pretty big!

Now though, we could breathe a little easier, knowing that the BAG was still missing, but at least we knew it was on the dang ship!!! And I, for one, was so thankful that I had , told DH to park right there on the first level in the parking garage!!! So here are our Sail Away photos... Alas I think I took better photos in February, but with the comotion I hadn't brought my camera, only my telephone.








However I know my DS9 has some good photos, you can kinda see that this is what he is doing in that last photo (taking pictures), so I will remember to download them! The boys were really interested in the show, but DS6 was complaining about being hot, so after the fun we went over to the deck to see the ship start to leave, but once the horn sounded, gotta love that "when you wish upon a star!" we hopped back downstairs... Dinner was in less than an hour!

Dinner was at Animator's Palatte. We have only been in this restaurant on the Wonder. We opted to go to Palo's during our Animator's night on the four night cruise in February, because we knew it would be a great "first" for everyone when we came back with the boys. It did NOT disappoint!!!

We made it back to the room, just a few flights from the pool deck so that made it a nice "commute"! We quickly freshened up for dinner, STILL no bag, then went back up to see the send off as we finally left the shore! Good Bye Florida and Hello open sea!!!!

Here are some pics from our dinner at Animator's... the cool details... I zoomed in from the table on one of the walls... they had shelves with these artifacts all over the restaurant...





The atmosphere and my boys!!!



The paintbrushes in the middle of the restaurant....



There were Paintbrushes AND Pencils apparently! I didn't remember this until I posted the photo! !!!!



CRUSH!!!! I dont for the life of me know WHY I didn't take a pic of the other "visitors"!!! I could have swore I did, but I will go back and look on my loaded photos again. All I can say is that there were some GREAT characters, all of Bruce and his gang, the starfish, who "fell" off the glass... basically he started to peel off the "glass" and was lamenting his fate as he was!!!! So funny! It was really neat how this technology worked, because all of the characters swam from one screen to the next, so we saw everyone, Dory, the Stingray, etc. It was great.... I have NO doubt that my fellow DISers, Michelle, and Anita and Marc have lots of great photos and I am sure they will share on their own TRs soon!!





Something REALLY cute was our our assistant server wrote the boys names on their cups each night! Tooo sweet. He was really really nice, Andreas, was his name, and the boys liked him a lot. Our team was very nice, and very acccomodating. I cannot remember our main server's name at the moment, but he did everything I asked when we ordered dinner for the kids each night. Really nice to change the menu a little for them, and I really appreciated it.



DS6 was FASCINATED with these light up dalmatian puppies on the floor! I had to take these quickly because it was right where the servers were coming in and out, and I feared that we would be responsible for someone toppling their entire tray!!! MAN they carried a lot of meals at one time!!!





So after a fab dinner, we went back to our room to get a little more organized HOPE for our bag to appear, and to check out the kid's club! the first night's entertainment was a magician/illusionist, so we were going to let them see the club and we were going to go see the show.

Stay Tuned! UP next finally some cabin photos!!! THE BAG??!! and a TOWEL animal!
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We had the screen right at the end of our table on our Animator's Palette night. I do have pictures and video of Crush talking to Baylor. First though I need to get it all off my phone and on photo bucket!!!
Thank goodness Jen is writing most of the trip report, hopefully I'll be able to get the cruise part completed!!!

Hmmmm, that black bag, you haven't mentioned if it showed up yet.
I can remember that sail away party being a warm experience!
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I just started reading your TR and I must say that the one night in the tent is what convinced me to read Can't wait to hear how that went!

The Dream looks amazing.
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Awww MeMom I know!!! I know I was disappointed too!!! Soon enough for us, and hopefully you'll meet them soon, too! And, I might add, careful what you wish for.... Those two are a handful and then some!




FUN FUN FUN! Yay! Loved that little bit of sunny Florida this evening! Cute parade! Matt likes the parade, but the song drives him batty!! He can't stand that they don't articulate!!! It took two trips before he understood what they were saying!!!
I would say I am kid-proofed as they come. I will enjoy talking with your boys and seeing all of their fun energy when the time comes that we do meet them.

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This seems just a tiny bit crowded for one who is clasutrophobic. I'd have to watch from an upper deck, I think. I know a cruise would be fun and relaxing, but I have too many worries about the closed in spaces and a crowd like this. I wish they would give tours of the ship, though, because I would love to see it.
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Okay, at least Matt was able to check the car before the ship left, but where is the bag??? I would be majorly panicked about the medication AND the shoes!

Fun Sail Away party and dinner! Did you have the first dinner seating? My head always swims when I look at all the options for dinner seatings and shows. Which did you go with?
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I'm here!!

OK - now I actually went back & read... sounds like you were off to a great start... unless the duffle bag doesn't show up!

I love that you live close to the autotrain. We looked into it once but it's so far away we just decided to fly.

I can't wait to read about all of your adventures to come.
Hi there! Well, IT DOES!!!!! AFTER dinner!!! I kid you not, the tag was ripped off some how, that happens time to time, I guess, they claim all bags will be delivered by 5:30, so they did deliver it at that point, but we were off TO dinner so we didn't get it before then but it came!!!

More adventures coming!!!!
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Your boys are just adorable~~ and ALWAYS so perfectly dressed!! I think I read your trip reports just to get a glimpse of their fashion.
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We had the screen right at the end of our table on our Animator's Palette night. I do have pictures and video of Crush talking to Baylor. First though I need to get it all off my phone and on photo bucket!!!
Thank goodness Jen is writing most of the trip report, hopefully I'll be able to get the cruise part completed!!!

Hmmmm, that black bag, you haven't mentioned if it showed up yet.
I can remember that sail away party being a warm experience!
Oh the table next to us he was talking with them, we could hear and see pretty well, but that was still plenty fun just being in there! Kinda like a fish tank!

I can't wait to see your photos, I have to confess I was so busy with the kids I took fewer pics with them and us on the ship , but hope to make that up in November. It is going to appear in the next post you'll see!!!

And yes, it was hot on deck!! They were better after they had come downstairs and cooled off and rinsed off.

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I just started reading your TR and I must say that the one night in the tent is what convinced me to read Can't wait to hear how that went!

The Dream looks amazing.
Well you seem to be an old pro at Ft. Wilderness! Cabins? We just wanted to try, it, more on that towards the end of the TR!!!!!

I am glad you are here reading along! I have better pics of the ship on my February TR, so if you want to see more of the ship, check that one!

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Next trip, I want to see video of Matt rockin' out to this parade, k?
DEAL!!!!!

I am sure you are very kid proof, teaching 2nd grade?? OMG. Not me thank you very much, I love them, and kids this age but I would be too stressed to be in charge of their learning at this age!!!! But I bet your kids just love you because you make learning fun!!! You and Anita, I can only imagine!!!

You will meet them at some point I am sure!

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This seems just a tiny bit crowded for one who is clasutrophobic. I'd have to watch from an upper deck, I think. I know a cruise would be fun and relaxing, but I have too many worries about the closed in spaces and a crowd like this. I wish they would give tours of the ship, though, because I would love to see it.
They do give tours of the boat, when you are on the cruise, but you can do that virtual tour on the cruise site! They have lots of cool images and floor plans!! It really doesn't feel claustrophobic, it is massive! Big crowds at the shows, and on the decks at time, but not always, and there are so many places to slip away and grab some personal space! I saw lots of the ship not being used!!!


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Okay, at least Matt was able to check the car before the ship left, but where is the bag??? I would be majorly panicked about the medication AND the shoes!

Fun Sail Away party and dinner! Did you have the first dinner seating? My head always swims when I look at all the options for dinner seatings and shows. Which did you go with?
Okay, it will make it's appearance in the next post, don't worry!!!

The Sail Away party and Animator's made the first night so much fun!!! We did 2nd seating on our own. We did 1st seating with the kids. We are stuck with 2nd seating with the kids in Nov... I may try to get it for 1st seating. My take? With yours? GO for 2nd seating. You end up with a little more time to hang out daily... you can always get something to snack on before the show, then have dinner... it is later, not sure if you usually eat that late? But in the summer, I just felt we could have spent more time hanging out, vs. getting ready for dinner by 4:45 -- if you say an hour before (it didn't take us always that long, but just for an average example, let's say. ) So in my mind, with older kids, I would do the 2nd seating. You go see the show at 6:30, then have less than an hour before dinner, to see the sun setting, etc... and then after, there are tons of things going on , live stuff, movies, etc. So you are breaking up your evening more.... otherwise it is dinner then go go go .... KWIM?

And for some of the shows they do more than the two shows so you can do one earlier than the official seating for 2nd or 1st dinner seating. If that makes sense....


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Your boys are just adorable~~ and ALWAYS so perfectly dressed!! I think I read your trip reports just to get a glimpse of their fashion.

Thankyou!! Well, I try not to be too matchy-matchy with them, people think they are twins sometimes b/c one is barely bigger than the other, but they are starting to get picky about clothes, so who knows they may not look as together as they do when am the one laying out the clothes!!!!
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Now tell the truth - I am sure you were more panicked about the shoes than the cholesterol med? Am I right? I would have been. Of course, with all that food you were about to eat that cholesterol med was going to have to work overtime!

I am glad you were able to check the car. What a relief! And I am hoping that the bag shows up in your room just when you need it.

Cool restaurant! Love the glow pictures!
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Love the theming of the restaurant!
The Disney Imagineers are so creative. I'd love for one of them to come and redesign my classroom.
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