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Old 05-13-2012, 12:53 PM   #76
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OK I'm starting to get a bit nervous about all the things left on the "To Do" list! The result of my nerves so far is that I'm avoiding things and finding excuses to have fun! Like these two shirts I found for me and DH, while shopping with DD15 for camp stuff. But honestly, how could I NOT buy them - and they were on sale Buy One Get the Second 1/2 Off!




(for some reason Photobucket keeps rotating this when I post it - Oh yay now it's ok - whatever!)

Only thing is, why I Love Mickey, but then a picture of Minnie? Maybe it's because Minnie loves Mickey? I love the shirt anyway!

Then, there are the FE preparations. I have tried really hard not to "talk" here about them because I don't want to ruin any surprises. But I can't help it, I have to just post one little peek.



My kids will be available to translate the comics!

That's all for tonight. Good night and HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!
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OK I'm starting to get a bit nervous about all the things left on the "To Do" list! The result of my nerves so far is that I'm avoiding things and finding excuses to have fun! Like these two shirts I found for me and DH, while shopping with DD15 for camp stuff. But honestly, how could I NOT buy them - and they were on sale Buy One Get the Second 1/2 Off!




(for some reason Photobucket keeps rotating this when I post it - Oh yay now it's ok - whatever!)

Only thing is, why I Love Mickey, but then a picture of Minnie? Maybe it's because Minnie loves Mickey? I love the shirt anyway!

Then, there are the FE preparations. I have tried really hard not to "talk" here about them because I don't want to ruin any surprises. But I can't help it, I have to just post one little peek.



My kids will be available to translate the comics!

That's all for tonight. Good night and HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!
Love the bazooka idea!!! great FE gift!! (i wonder what the rest of the gift is!!!)
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Old 05-20-2012, 01:22 AM   #78
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Love the bazooka idea!!! great FE gift!! (i wonder what the rest of the gift is!!!)
Thanks! I wanted to get the sugarless ones but my kids said they are yucky. Had a productive day yesterday, hope to post more later with some pics of the finished FEs which are gracing my living room at present!
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Old 05-20-2012, 01:48 AM   #79
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Thanks! I wanted to get the sugarless ones but my kids said they are yucky. Had a productive day yesterday, hope to post more later with some pics of the finished FEs which are gracing my living room at present!
your kids are right, the sugarless ones are YUCKY!!!

you're going to have a great time on your cruise!!

my cruise is in october - i just made the el al reservations last week

i'm not going with my family on this one, i'll be on the cruise with my mom and sister (who'll meet me in florida)..
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your kids are right, the sugarless ones are YUCKY!!!

you're going to have a great time on your cruise!!

my cruise is in october - i just made the el al reservations last week

i'm not going with my family on this one, i'll be on the cruise with my mom and sister (who'll meet me in florida)..
I'd love to do a "grown up" cruise on DCL one day! Maybe I should focus on my first one, though! Are you also addicted to the Disney t-shirts that Fox gets - every new season I have to resist all over again (well, sometimes I don't resist!)!
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I had a really productive day yesterday so I wanted to share some of my excitement! Here are our FEs (!!!) :







It's hard to see some of the detail on the pocket, but you get the feeling. The kids did their own pockets, and I did for me and DH. I'm still considering one last decoration on the top, maybe our family name or a big disney head. I'm "living with it" for awhile and then I'll decide! Living with it for sure - I took down two pictures in our living room and the FEs are hanging there instead!

Other news:
*Our cruise documents are waiting for us in NJ!
*We have finished making 29 small home-made gifts for the FEs. That's just the number that's come out for now. May still make some more. I have a scheme of how to distribute them...
*I printed the map of the staterooms for my FE group and and excited to say that there are a bunch of us on the same hallway!
*I ordered DH kosher meals onboard. He'll be happier with the option. And he can always supplement from other food he finds that works for him.
*I studied the deckplan and it seems that our connecting deluxe inside staterooms have one with a steamer trunk, one without. I'm going to put the 4 kids in the room with the steamer trunk. The double bed is at the back of these rooms so I can pull the curtain on the bed in the parent room and they can also use the rest of our room as a "living room". Maybe.
*Big chores left to do:
PACKING
ARRANGE CAT SITTERS
LABEL DD's stuff for camp
PRINT MAGNETS AND T-SHIRT IRON-ONS
ASSEMBLE THE FE GIFT BAGGIES
That's NOT a small amount to accomlish in 3 1/2 weeks! But, better than this time last week.
Have a good one, folks!
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Old 05-20-2012, 11:10 AM   #82
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very cute FE!!!!

tell DH that the french fries up on deck are made in their own french fry machine with vegetable oil so he can eat them...
there is no intermingling with anything...

also, there is usually a book on board with ingredients of everything so that you can see what you can eat...
for example, most of the breads will be ok for him....
and keep in mind that they don't mix things together when they make them because of allergy issues...
so if the bread recipe says it's made with XYZ, you can know that it is only made with XYZ and won't even be on a cooking table with something else..
they're very good about that...

you can also meet with a head waiter (maitre d') or chef at the beginning who will go through everything with you..
sometimes the head waiters are knowledgeable, sometimes not...
when i say head waiter, i mean the maitre d (DCL calls them the head waiter)
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Old 05-20-2012, 02:37 PM   #83
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Your FE's look great!!!!!!! Can't wait to see them in person in just 4 short weeks!!! I too have got lots to do. Went clothes shopping yesterday. I am doing the FE's for the other couples in my group too so I just got them all finished. Laminated my magnets on Friday so just have to put the magnets on the back - hopefully today. All FE goodies made/purchased so hoping to get the bags together starting Monday night (doing both groups for all 3 couples so like 90 gifts total - I better get to work!!) We will be sailing very soon!!!! Yippee!!!!!!

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DisneyholicFamily, thanks for the advice! It's great to hear from someone who "gets" the issues. You're right, Disney's awareness of food allergies really does help!
PKMingo, I can't believe you're doing ALL those FE gifts!! WOW! I've been having fun with the project, but it does take time! I'm also really intimidated by something totally silly - I'm scared of my printer. I feel like I need the teens to help me print the magnets which is ridiculous - I need to get moving on that!
Time is a-flying - see you soon MAGIC!
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we called DCL in advance, but when we got on board it wasn't quite as easy at the beginning because the first person you encounter in the dining room is a waiter who probably knows zero or less.

i'm talking about parrot cay where they send you for lunch when you board (unless you go up on deck to the buffet - but we went to parrot cay, which is also a buffet, but it was about as treif a buffet as i've ever seen....not even the salads would work)..

so we immediately said to the waiter that we eat kosher...
got a blank stare in return...
so we said it again...
he called over the head waiter (maitre d)
we were very lucky as the head waiter was extremely knowledgeable...
he'd been with DCL for years and had seen all levels of kosher (much more than we are and much less) so he really had an idea of what was flying...

he wasn't our head waiter for the cruise (when you board, if you eat in parrot cay, you might end up with that staff for your rotation, but you might not - this wasn't our rotation staff)..

anyway, this head waiter told us who our head waiter was going to be and that he would let our head waiter know..
and then this head waiter (an australian) went through everything on board the ship (and on castaway cay), letting us know exactly what we could and couldn't eat.....it was amazingly helpful...
and then a chef came out and discussed with us what he could prepare for us right then for lunch (he made us tuna salad as that's what we were in the mood for at that time)...

at dinner that night, we met our rotation staff....our server and assistant server were very good, but then we met our head waiter and he was stupendous!!! from italy........
we had ordered kosher meals and so that was all brought to us, but on the menu there was a dish that we could also eat, so they also brought that to us....
it turned out that it was one of the tastiest things we'd ever had so when the head waiter came over to take our order for the next night, we asked if we could have that again even though we'd be eating in a different restaurant the next night....he said no problem...
and the next night, the moment we sat down, the head waiter went to get us the meals from the other restaurant!!
and we had the same dish all the nights of the cruise (it was a sea bass prepared in water instead of a pan - sounds horrifying i'm sure, but it was the tastiest bass i've had in my life - and because it was sealed and prepared in water instead of on a pan, we could eat it...)
DH also ate all the kosher meals as well - which were ok....just like the ones at WDW....

needless to say, we tipped that head waiter a LOT more than the suggested $2.50 a day.....he absolutely made our cruise for us....

also, you should know that you can have sit down meals for breakfast and lunch in one of the restaurants....(lumiere's? i've forgotten the name).
you can order as much as you want...
DH ordered a Ton of food for breakfast....they had bagel/lox/creamcheese on the menu so he would order about 5 orders just of that....(he's 6 ' 7" tall and is skinny and eats mass quantities of food)...

remember that you can order as much as you want at meals....if you want two entrees, order two entrees.....two appetizers, etc etc

on our second cruise (8 years ago), the staff was also pretty knowledgeable....not on the level of the first cruise, but we knew more then so it didn't matter...
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Two weekends ago, DH, DD15 and I took a drive to the Turtle Bridge of the Alexander Stream.





We live in the center of the country. The Alexander Stream is just north and west of us. The Bridge is a bit inland, and from there it is a 3 km walk to the mouth of the stream where it enters the Mediterranean at Beit Yanai/Michmoret beach.



The stream has been aggressively rehabilitated over the past years, and there is a turtle egg hatchery in Michmoret where the turtle eggs are hatched and turtles are nurtured until they can be released back into the stream. Here at the Turtle Bridge, they apparently have become quite socialized and know that humans don't read the signs that say "Don't Feed The Turtles!". Too bad. Cute turtles?? NOT REALLY!



Many fish (BIG catfish!) and river otters, too.



It was a nice outing, full of green vistas and lots of water! Quite a contrast to the previous two "detours" that I did here, which were more desert and dry.

No more detours until THE CRUISE though!
TWO WEEKS!!!!
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That looks really pretty! Thanks for sharing more pictures from your country - love those otters (they look cuter than the turtles!) Hope you are recouping well following your surgery. I am putting mine off until after the cruise and Disney World so I will be limping around the ship! Can't believe we leave for NYC in 16 days!!! Got all my FEs done and my packing started so we are getting ready!! Can't Wait!!!!!!!
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So I'm feeling a lot better today, finally. Time to get moving again on preparations! (wiggling now, hope to be jumping again soon!)

Made up a packing list for the 4 teens today. It's just for the cruise portion of our trip. Clothing list only.

2 pairs shorts
5 t-shirts
1 long pants suitable for evenings/dinner
1 long pants - nice - suitable for semi-formal for those not wearing dress.
1 sweatpants good for lounging and/or sleeping.
PJ (if needed!)
1 Disney sweatshirt (Mom will supply)
1 other sweater or sweatshirt
undergarments/socks for 5 days
Crocs or flipflops
2 bathing suits
One nice outfit including footwear


Trying to keep it to a minimum but without planning to do laundry on board.

What do you think???
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Old 06-02-2012, 09:32 AM   #89
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I'm about to start checking our lists from the past and editing them. We only have a 2 bedroom house so not a lot of room, but my daughter is super cleaning her room this weekend and then is going to sleep on the couch for the next couple weeks so we can lay out suitcases on her bed and start putting stuff in them.

It's getting close, close, close!!!
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I think you have it covered pretty well! It is harder for me to figure for Canada instead of Caribbean! One thing suggested to us was a rain poncho in case of damp/showers in one of our ports. I got the cheap $ ones at walmart that are in a little pack so I only have to open them up if we need them. And an umbrella too but I am hoping not to have to use either!!!
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