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Old 10-03-2011, 12:50 PM   #16
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Welcome Sheree!!!!I am so excited that you are here and I'm almost ready to get started with my first real update!
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I'm here!! Can't wait to hear all about your trips!!!!
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I'm here! I need to read yet though.
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Here, here, here!! I have to go back and read the intro but I'm here!!!
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Old 10-03-2011, 01:52 PM   #20
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Wow! Page two already! I need to start reading. Just got an IPhone & have been playing with that!

I gotta get busy.
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Old 10-03-2011, 01:55 PM   #21
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I'm joining in! This sounds like it's going to be a great TR(s)
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Old 10-03-2011, 03:20 PM   #22
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Hi MEK - glad I found this at the beginning or I'd never be able to keep up. I'm looking forward to your tripping esp Williamsburg, as its high on my "to do " list - but not sure my 8 YO is ready for it.

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Old 10-03-2011, 05:18 PM   #23
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This looks like it's going to be a fun TR... Hope you don't mind if I tag along.

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I read the intro! I think this will be fabulous!! I can't wait to hear all about Williamsburg, HHI and your trip in Dec!!
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Old 10-03-2011, 06:39 PM   #26
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Old 10-03-2011, 07:43 PM   #27
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You knew I'd be here!

Don't know about this though. Since DW and I will be at HHI the same time you and your girlfriends are there, does this mean we become part of the TR or does what happens in HHI....stay in HHI?
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I'm here!! Can't wait to hear all about your trips!!!!
Welcome Jen!!!!So happy to have you here because hopefully we are sharing a visit at some trips further down in the queue!

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Welcome Brook!Thanks so much for stopping by! So four months until your next trip? Nice!

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Here, here, here!! I have to go back and read the intro but I'm here!!!
Welcome Melissa! I am so glad you stopped by and I even happier that you are back on the boards after being MIA for the summer!
I wish our December trips overlapped. Almost!

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Hi MEK - glad I found this at the beginning or I'd never be able to keep up. I'm looking forward to your tripping esp Williamsburg, as its high on my "to do " list - but not sure my 8 YO is ready for it.

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From one Mary Ellen to another.....Welcome! Thanks so much for joining in. I know what you mean about having to get in on the beginning. That's I am with alot of trip reports. If its too far gone I'll never catch up.
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I read the intro! I think this will be fabulous!! I can't wait to hear all about Williamsburg, HHI and your trip in Dec!!
I'm glad you liked the intro. I still can't believe our timing is off and we won't see each other. But you know what I always say - FOOD & WINE 2012!!!!!

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Don't know about this though. Since DW and I will be at HHI the same time you and your girlfriends are there, does this mean we become part of the TR or does what happens in HHI....stay in HHI?
Welcome Bill! So happy to have you join in! In response to your question......! You know there has to be a token picture. But only with your approval. I still have to get approval from my GF's to post their pictures. They are not well versed in DIS culture, so I need to break them in slowly. KWIM?
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So How Did These Trips All Happen?

The Williamsburg trip was actually the last trip placed in the queue, even though it was the first one to happen. So – I’ll get to the twist and turns of that one in a minute.

But First……The HHI Trip……..

Beginning about 18 months ago I had told 3 of my GF’s that I wanted to do a girl’s trip in honor of our boys graduating highschool. Since all four of our boys went to school together (and have been together for quite a while), I thought it would be fun for all four moms to get together. Well, I could never get one mom to completely commit to a girl’s trip, but the other two moms were in.

Our original plan – May 2011! Let me say that again only louder – MAY 2011! Of course, that obviously didn’t happen. One mom said she couldn’t possible miss her son running track in the state meet and we could never quite negotiate a replacement date. So, I suggested we plan for fall of 2011 when the boys would (hopefully) all be away at college. Yes – we have other kids at home, but just getting my first one off to college is a big deal for me. I pray every day that he does well in his studies, because he certainly loves being there.

So, once we agreed on a time frame, we needed to agree on a location. At the time I hadn’t purchased a second DVC contract so my available points were limited. I offered the ladies 3 nights in a studio at OKW or standard view AKL. I figured two studios would work out well if all four of us were traveling. I really didn’t have enough points for a 2BR and I thought a 1 BR would be awkward. My plan was to stay at a regular resort for another couple of days.

As an alternate, I suggested we do 2 studios at Vero Beach for 3 nights and do a night at Disney at the beginning and the end of the trip. We wouldn’t need a park ticket, but we could purchase a hard ticket to the Halloween party and maybe go see La Nouba.

My last suggestion (and the one I was least interested in at the time) was Hilton Head. I told them I could cover two nights in a 2BR but we would have to split the balance.

Well, my GF’s said they wanted the cheapest trip, so Hilton Head was the winner. When I started fooling around with Hilton Head dates and rates I found out the it was 36 points a night midweek through the whole month of October. However, I found a killer expedia rate of $188/night/plus tax for the last week of October starting 10/24. Seriously??? WOW!!!!!

So I called member services to find out what the member rate was for those same nights. And are you ready for this?????? $150/night/plus tax. Say what? Even the cast member couldn’t believe it. So, I paid for the first night (the higher rate night) with points and paid for the second night in cash (no brainer) and the balance is due on check-in. My GF’s are basically getting the stay for $150/night plus tax. I know – I know – what a great friend I am!

As HHI looms on the horizon I am getting very excited about it. I’ve never driven south of North Carolina and never stepped foot in SC or Georgia, so this is going to be a new experience for me. We have plans for a side trip to Savannah and a return trip through Charleston. Southern Belle cities – Here I come!

Plus, I recently found out Bill (saintstickets) and his wife will also be at HHI the last week of October.

Williamsburg Trip……

My DH, Denny, has been working crazy hours all summer long. Sometimes he just works from home. When I leave, he is on his work computer. When I get home, he is still on the computer. Then at 6pm – conference calls. He originally said he would be completely unable to take any type of summer vacation, but as August rolled around he decided that he would have enough free time to at least take a long weekend. And that long weekend would coincide with the first weekend Brian would be in college, or so we thought. But more on that later.



Here's Denny in May 2010 when we stayed at Villas of Wilderness Lodge. He is on my right.

Anyway - I got the idea of going to New Hampshire, specifically the White Mountains, after I read about DIS Mom Amy’s visit there. Amy lives close enough to the White Mountains to make it a fun day trip. I live, oh at least 8 1/2 hours and 400 plus miles away. That doesn’t sound bad except that if you have ever driven there, or looked at a map, you will see that NH is missing a major east-west route. You either have to drive on slow mountain roads or practically drive to Boston before turning north. It’s not a direct route.

Despite that, I made a reservation. The White Mountains reminds me of my childhood because of all the summer vacations we had there. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that 3 nights in the White Mountains was not going to be enough time. I needed a longer trip and we just didn’t have the time . We had planned to take Nick and his GF with us and Nick would already miss two days of preseason soccer to go away for a long weekend. That, alone, is a major high school sports NO-NO.



(Here's Nick and his younger cousin, LJ, during our 2009 trip to Disney world) But I didn’t care about Nick missing pre season. We didn’t have a summer vacation and I wanted Nick with us. However, I started to think that I needed to shave a couple hundred miles off that route. That’s when I decided Williamsburg would be a nice alternative. There’s plenty to do there, its only 200 plus miles, and I can travel right past Salisbury, Maryland (where Brian goes to school) if need be. Always thinking, I am. Denny was less than thrilled with the Williamsburg idea, but he finally consented. And I found a killer VRBO rental for $360 for 3 nights in a 2BR condo. So it was settled – Williamsburg it was…..Or would Hurricane Irene have other plans????????

Up Next - Hurricane Irene almost puts the kabash on Williamsburg.

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Why Not Just Queue Up Another Disney Trip?
How Do You Think We Stay So Happy?
Inching My Way Closer to the Castle Sept 10 TR
Wheeling & Dealing at the WL May '10 TR
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