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Old 10-13-2011, 05:22 PM   #31
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Ok I'm "here" but please don't start updating till after the 20th looking forward to hearing all about this 2 kid/Mom adventure as I can see myself doing somenting similar in the future too


and a Space mt incident...rah-ro
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Ok I'm "here" but please don't start updating till after the 20th looking forward to hearing all about this 2 kid/Mom adventure as I can see myself doing somenting similar in the future too


and a Space mt incident...rah-ro
I can't let Tracy wait till the 20th or we will end up like her TR from last December

I'm sure we won't get to the Space Mt incident till you are back
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I'm here! I can't wait to hear all about it!
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Old 10-14-2011, 05:16 PM   #35
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Hey everyone thanks for joining in!!!! We are hoping to get the travel day posted tonight or tomorrow so we can get rolling

I called Southwest today about my travel voucher and apparently they can not extend the dates for me so I have $300 in vouchers I need to use before Oct 3 2012 and since I was not planning on taking the kids till after that I either have to use it or lose it.

This got me thinking that I would love to go for my birthday but now I have to try to talk one of my friends into going with me cause I really don`t want to go alone

Wish me luck
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Cool hat Demetri. Did you get you hat at the park?
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Old 10-14-2011, 07:57 PM   #37
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Luck!! Wish I could do it but I'm plotting my own use out of those travel credits.

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Isn't that hysterical? We didn't buy the hat but sure had a lot of fun trying it on. It's from one of the Main Street MK shops.
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Old 10-14-2011, 08:26 PM   #38
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Day 1 (Sept 23)


Travel Day


I woke up bright and early this morning and was so excited to be off to my happy place! I set my alarm for 6am and got up and had my shower. I went to Timmies to get coffee for me and my brother since he was driving us to Tracy’s.



I couldn’t believe my kids were still sleeping at 7am so I woke them up. If I was excited, they were going to be excited too!


After the girls got up, got dressed and had breakfast I took a last look around to make sure I had everything. I went to Timmies to get coffee for me and my brother since he was driving us to Tracy’s.


I packed all the bags in the car and we left just after 8am.


I got to Tracy’s house around 9am and got all my bags out of the car and got them in the van. It was at this point I realized I forgot the stroller. Oh well I will figure it out later.
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Old 10-14-2011, 08:27 PM   #39
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The night before our trip, I was doing last minute packing. The kids were showered up and in bed and Alex was helping me by printing off our boarding passes and some do it yourself window clings. I’d found on the DIS a couple of cute Halloween themed Mickey heads that I put the kids names on, a fabulous 999 Happy Haunts with the hitchhiking ghosts and even found a Red Queen one I put Natalie’s name on to surprise her.



I happily made it through the last of the items on my to-do list and it was only just approaching 10pm! With only my carry on bag left to finish up, I started to stack up the window clings and immediately realized that while Alex had carefully checked the first one he printed, he hadn’t on the others and they’d printed on the wrong side. When I stacked them, the ink all ran together and the whole lot was ruined. My fault for leaving it to the last minute, I had no other sheets to reprint them. Mental note for next trip: don’t leave anything to do on the night before.

We had two suitcases that were now at the front door and three carry ons. On our last two trips, Ariana had become stressed when she didn’t immediately get her Tink suitcase upon arrival. She’d get so preoccupied that she’d constantly ask for it and it made for a somewhat less than enjoyable arrival, so this trip I planned to use it as her carry on so she’d always have it with her.

Demetri had one too and in them they had bathing suits and towels to go swimming right away, jammies in case our luggage arrived late and the airplane activity books I’d made for them. It proved to be a little much through airport security and Demetri needed reminders to keep it with him and wheel it properly. Mental note for next trip: don’t give each kid a carry on – one will do.

For once, my sleep was not bad at all and I woke up in the morning bright eyed and bushy tailed. The kids only needed telling once that it was time to get up and with the last of the items packed away, we said our goodbyes to Alex as he was off to school. Wah!

Natalie and the girls arrived and my hubby loaded up the van with all our stuff. We were so organized and on the ball that we were ahead of schedule and decided to hit the road. A last goodbye to my hubby and we were off! First stop --- Tim Hortons! Gotta have that last Canadian coffee staple before going without it for the next 11 days!
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We got to the border around 11am and the lines were a little backed up. I remember all of us rocking out to Adam Lambert’s “If I Had You” while we slowly creeped up to the booths and searched for the shortest lines to get there.

I was very surprised neither of us was asked for travel letters or custody papers with taking the kids across, but they could probably see when they scanned our passports the multiple trips to Florida.





After that William (the name I gave my GPS) led us nicely to the airport and we found a spot in the Long Term B lot.






Right away there was a shuttle there and the kids were in a big rush to get on it so we had to hurry and get the bags out and on the shuttle. Maybe they were starting to get excited!


As convenient as it was to have the shuttle right there waiting for us - though I’d done a quick scan of the van to make sure we had everything, it was too quick and I ended up leaving my glasses behind. Doh!


We got to the terminal and we both already had our boarding passes so all we had to do was check our bags. Going through security was fairly easy for me and the girls. They are in charge of their shoes and jackets and I have the rest.


It wasn’t too bad for us at security either. Demetri was chitchatting with the guard who was going over our passports and I remember looking over my shoulder at Natalie and the girls in the other line who’d already gone thru. Nice to get a chatty guard as opposed to a sourpuss but let’s go already shall we?!


After security I was on a mission. I love the breakfast sandwich at Which Wich and I was praying that even though it was after noon I would still be able to get it, well I DID and it was so good!!! Now I know I can order it any time of the day so I won’t worry about flight times.











After we’d eaten our lunches, the kids were anxious to head over to the gate while I was quite content sitting at the table for a bit longer. To quiet and calm all of them I brought up the timer on my phone and said whoever can stay absolutely silent for a full 5 minutes will get a prize. Lo and behold, they all won! I couldn’t actually do anything with my phone in those 5 minutes though because they wanted to watch the timer go down – oh well it was quiet anyway!


Our gate was right across from Which Wich and the kids wasted no time getting to the play area.








It wasn’t too long before our plane arrived.





We boarded the plane and were in rows beside each other. Demetri wanted to sit with Emma and me so Eryka sat with Tracy and Ariana.








For those of you that remember from our PTR, I’ve gotten air sickness on the last few trips I’ve taken. For this trip I’d found non drowsy chewable Ginger Gravol lozenges. Though they’re not the best tasting, I’m happy to report they worked beautifully and I had no nausea at all!


The flight was pretty uneventful and I was very excited when we landed in Orlando. I always look out the window for Disney World but I can never find it


I got off the plane and Tracy had to wait for her stroller so I got a good pic of them coming into the airport.





Where were the balloons and streamers and confetti? Didn’t they know we had ARRIVED?!


We made our way over to the mini monorail and to the next terminal.









Notice the Lady stuffy that Demetri has? Take a good look; she won’t put in any more appearances for the rest of the trip.


We found our way down to the Magical Express and I couldn’t believe the area was empty.





We hopped on a bus at 5:35pm. The bus was almost empty and we waited for a few more people before we left. The bus left the airport at 5:55 and we pulled into Pop at 6:30pm.



I tried to get the WDW arch pic but it was raining and I was a few rows back so there was no hope. One day I will sit up front and get it.
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We arrived at Pop and headed in and the kids went off to play in the TV room. There was no one in either line to check in but we’d checked in online so we headed there.





We checked in together since we had linked our reservations and were hoping for joining rooms. Well we lucked out because we were given joining rooms (requested) in building 3 (requested) on the lake side (requested). I got room 3320 and Tracy got room 3321. They gave us our room keys and packages and birthday buttons and we were done.



Great line mojo we had going so far. Ariana’s birthday button was cute with the mickey head dotting the “I” but it proved to be a difficult thing for most people to read and I changed it as the week went on.


I tried to get a pic of Emma’s birthday button but for some reason I couldn’t get a good one so I figured it was the lighting and I would get one later.






Now the plan for this day was to eat and swim, but since it was raining we had to change our plans so we started with going to the room and taking some pics before going to eat. We got to the room and I started taking pics but they weren’t turning out very good.








Then I figured it out, my flash was broken and wouldn’t stay up so the flash wouldn’t flash. Great now how was I going to fix this. I looked around and saw the Kleenex box (light bulb) I folded up a tissue and stuck it underneath the flash so it would stay up and it worked!!! It might look silly but it works and that’s all that matters!



Entering my room, the kids were going bonkers running around everywhere and I snapped one or two pictures off before casually asking Demetri where Lady was.










After our Lady and the Tramp movie night, Demetri had grown very fond of our Lady stuffy, even making a bed for her out of a cardboard box to keep in his room. Well after a moment or two of wide eyed wonder on his face, he realized he didn’t have her anymore and she’d been left on the Magical Express bus. The next twenty minutes was spent calling the front desk and being transferred many, many times before creating a claim to try and recover Lady from the ME bus. (Sadly, she wasn’t turned in and didn’t come home with us. I think for Christmas I will buy him a new Lady stuffy and wrap her in a hat box with a bow under the tree.)


After all that we made our way to Everything Pop for some dinner. I had been waiting all day to try the Mom’s night out meatloaf and I have to say it was ok but I was not in a rush to try it again.


I didn’t know what I was going to have until I was standing in the food court. In the end I chose the nachos and cheese which was pretty boring. Demetri ended up eating some of Natalie’s green beans after his chicken nugget kids meal.


After we ate we headed back to the room and hoped our luggage had arrived so we could unpack, unfortunately it hadn’t. Shortly after we got there though, there was a knock on the door and we each got one of our suitcases so we started unpacking. Shortly after that there was another knock and the rest of our luggage had arrived.
We unpacked all our stuff and decorated our windows.








Natalie was sweet to share her window decorations with me. I just realized that I left it all there!



Then at 10pm I decided it was time for bed so we could get started bright and early in the morning.


Both of my kids are thrashers in their sleep and I hadn’t been looking forward at all to sharing a bed with either of them. I’d brought an air mattress with the intention of having Demetri use it so we all had our own space, but realized I hadn’t packed enough D-size batteries for the pump. I think it was Natalie’s suggestion to use the comforters off of both beds, folded on the floor, and with extra pillows and blankets we created a third bed. It worked out perfectly and with that, after posting our picture itinerary on the wall, it was off to Neverland for us too. We had a rope drop to get rested up for!
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Yay, you've arrived!

Every Canadian TR I read, I hear about Tim Horton's. I swear, I feel like I'm missing out on something! I'm not complaining, I love Dunkin Donuts, but it's all so mysterious!

Poor Demetri losing Lady on ME.... I know what that feels like. I loved my plushies when I was a kid. I think the idea of buying a new one and packaging her like the movie would be awesome!

I love the decorations that you guys used. Awesome! I'm not that savvy.
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Every Canadian TR I read, I hear about Tim Horton's. I swear, I feel like I'm missing out on something! I'm not complaining, I love Dunkin Donuts, but it's all so mysterious!

Poor Demetri losing Lady on ME.... I know what that feels like. I loved my plushies when I was a kid. I think the idea of buying a new one and packaging her like the movie would be awesome!

I love the decorations that you guys used. Awesome! I'm not that savvy.
Timmie's coffee is a MUST every morning for me. Mmmmm!

I think I'll have Tramp with a big bow on him sitting beside the hat box. Luckily Demetri was distracted enough throughout the week that it was only once in a while he missed Lady.

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Sounds like you were off to a good start aside from the missing stroller, glasses & Lady!
We also didn't get our Petals drink that first night while poolside, but we made up for it a bit later into the trip.
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Yay for arrival!! Glad the flight went well but sorry for the forgotten stroller and glasses. There's nothing quite like that feeling of arriving at the airport and having your whole vaca ahead of you.

Love your window decorations. That is one fun thing about values and mods, the outside window that you can decorate. Miss that now that we're DVC, it's just not the same on the balcony door.

Bummer about Lady, that's too bad it never turned up. Your idea to wrap it in hat box with the bow is too cute.
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