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Old 12-28-2011, 12:01 PM   #76
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^^ I'll have to remember where I wrote this so I can just quote this post for future instances.


I think I can make it up to you though...

And another email with no update. What are you doing!!!!!???????
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Life’s a Beach 2.0

This will be a quick and boring update. I don’t have any beach pictures from this day, so you’ll have to tolerate my use of words.

Our second day at St. Pete started at around 8 am once again. We ate some cereal in the room for breakfast and watched for the cabana guy to start setting up for the day. Once we saw the 4 wheeler head out to the beach, we decided it was time to head down and pick our spot for the day. We were the first ones there, so we chose one on the front row at the very end so DS would have plenty of room to run and play without having to worry about him bothering other people.

We sat on the beach until about noon and headed up to the hotel’s outdoor bar to grab some lunch. DS was getting a little impatient but we made it through lunch and took him into the pool for a bit. We (meaning DW and I) decided it was time to get out of the pool and go back to the beach. DS didn’t agree with that idea and decided to let us know about it.

Change of plans… I let DW go back to the cabana to relax while I took DS back to the room for a bath and a nap. We laid down on the bed with a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse DVD playing and he was out fairly soon. I turned the DVD off and started watching football. I think it was Tampa Bay vs. Tennessee. A game I didn’t really care about, but it was something to watch.

DS slept a couple of hours and DW came up to the room to check on us. Apparently she felt that everything was fine and I was doing an adequate job of the parenting duties so she headed back down to the beach. DS finally woke up about an hour later and we headed back out to join her. Today would be different from yesterday, and they would be awake to enjoy the sunset… on the beach, from our cabana.

After the sun set, we went back to the hotel’s outdoor bar for some (nasty) buffalo wings and (delicious) potato skins. I always love some good buffalo wings. I saw someone eating them at lunch and thought they looked great. I decided then that we would come back and just share some appetizers for dinner. They brought the wings out and they looked good, but that is by far the nastiest sauce I’ve ever had. I really can’t even describe it. It really wasn’t all that hot, but I was drowning the wings in ranch just to make them edible.

We finished our dinner and headed back up to the room. We got everything packed with the exception of the clothes we’d be wearing on Monday and a couple of bags. I went ahead and carried everything else out to the truck so that we could get an early start in the morning.

We went to bed early that evening. We were going to need our rest. We had to get up early and drive about 2 hours so we wouldn’t be late for our breakfast plans with a few of our favorite rodents, water fowl and dogs.
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Old 12-28-2011, 12:03 PM   #78
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And another email with no update. What are you doing!!!!!???????
Wow, you're fast!!!
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Makes me appear to be far creepier than I am



Great update though!!!
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This will be a quick and boring update.
Oh, so par for the course, huh? (Sorry, I've got a lot of work ahead of me if if I want to catch up to the number of zingers I've felt from you. )

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Our second day at St. Pete started at around 8 am once again. We ate some cereal in the room for breakfast and watched for the cabana guy to start setting up for the day. Once we saw the 4 wheeler head out to the beach, we decided it was time to head down and pick our spot for the day.
To heck with the cabanas, I want to take the 4 wheeler for a spin. Those things float, right?


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We (meaning DW and I) decided it was time to get out of the pool and go back to the beach. DS didn’t agree with that idea and decided to let us know about it.
I'm sure he did this is calm, dignified manner befitting any toddler.

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and they would be awake to enjoy the sunset… on the beach, from our cabana.


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They brought the wings out and they looked good, but that is by far the nastiest sauce I’ve ever had. I really can’t even describe it.
How's this for a description --->

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so we wouldn’t be late for our breakfast plans with a few of our favorite rodents, water fowl and dogs.
That sounds almost as nasty as the buffalo wings...
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Love the update! (no wings)

Sounds like a nice relaxing day... minus the temper tantrum.

Can't wait to hear about the rodents!!!!!
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I love a good relaxing day at the beach.......until the toddler decides it's time for the obligatory temper tantrum. Oh, yeah, that just makes the day soooo much better!

And I'm scared to think of what must've been in that wing sauce to make it so nasty.

Can't wait to hear all about y'alls Disney adventures!
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Thats weird about the wings .. how do you mess up Buffalo wings ?? Oh well .. sounds like a nice, relaxing day anyway !
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Makes me appear to be far creepier than I am



Great update though!!!
Hmmm... I hadn't considered the creepy factor.

I was just honored to have someone that eager to read the garbage I'm writing.

(the next ding will be an update)

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Oh, so par for the course, huh? (Sorry, I've got a lot of work ahead of me if if I want to catch up to the number of zingers I've felt from you. )
Well, good luck. You've got 1 TR to get them in. I've still got part of your July report and your cruise to help pad my lead.

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To heck with the cabanas, I want to take the 4 wheeler for a spin. Those things float, right?
He took the key... not that I looked or anything.

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I'm sure he did this is calm, dignified manner befitting any toddler.
If you mean kicking and screaming, then yes. You just have to be careful picking him up when he's kicking. I 've learned to always keep him at arm's length until I can secure the legs. The alternative is rather painful.

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How's this for a description --->
That works better than any words I could use on these boards.

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That sounds almost as nasty as the buffalo wings...
Not to Cousin Eddie.

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Love the update! (no wings)

Sounds like a nice relaxing day... minus the temper tantrum.

Can't wait to hear about the rodents!!!!!
What's a vacation with a toddler without a tantrum or 2 thrown in for good measure?

This one was actually minor in scale.

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I love a good relaxing day at the beach.......until the toddler decides it's time for the obligatory temper tantrum. Oh, yeah, that just makes the day soooo much better!

And I'm scared to think of what must've been in that wing sauce to make it so nasty.

Can't wait to hear all about y'alls Disney adventures!
He just needed a nap. He likes to refuse to sleep when there's anything else that he can be doing, but when he's tired it's like a ticking time bomb. We were hoping he'd nap in the cabana, but there was just too much going on.

I don't know what the sauce was. It didn't really have the hot flavor to it. It had kind of an odd sweet taste to it that just wasn't right. That's why I just use Franks when I make them at home. I put that $#!% on everything.

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Thats weird about the wings .. how do you mess up Buffalo wings ?? Oh well .. sounds like a nice, relaxing day anyway !
That's what happens when they mess with something good and try to make their own sauce. All I can figure is that they must have left an ingredient out or added too much of something. Surely that isn't the way they always taste. At least I hope that's the case.
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Duck!!!

We woke up bright and early on Monday morning. The forecast had indicated some storms moving into the area overnight so I looked out the window to find that the sun was shining and it was a beautiful morning. The waves coming in from the Gulf gave me an indication that the storms would probably be arriving, but maybe just slightly later than predicted. Oh well, can’t control the weather. It either will rain or it won’t. Either way, we’re headed to Disney World!

I told DW that I wanted to be on the road by 7:30. We were in the truck and on the road right on time at 7:45. To be quite honest, I’ve learned a little trick. If I need to leave by 8, I tell her 7:30. Occasionally, we end up making it out the door by the actual target time. Odds are still no better than 50/50.

We made the drive across Florida on I-4 and arrived at Wilderness Lodge at around 9:30.



DS fell asleep on the drive, so I left him and DW in the truck while I went to check in. We knew that we were early and didn’t know if our room would be ready. We were planning to just check-in and get our KTTW and head over to the Contemporary to look around. I walked into the lobby and was blown away by what I saw.



I had done the online check-in, so I proceeded to that part of the counter. To be quite honest, there was no line at check-in at all. I think there was maybe one other person checking in at that time. The CM gave me my paperwork and some pixie dust. Our room was ready!

We decided that since we had a little over an hour before we’d have to head over to the Contemporary, we’d unload the truck and get settled into our room. We had bell services come and help haul all of our worldly possessions up to our room. I think the bell man only had to stop 3 or 4 times to rest on his way in.

When we walked into the lobby, we had our first “Disney through your kid’s eyes” moment. DS took one step through the door and just stopped and pointed at the Christmas tree. “Tree, Mommy, tree!!!” He was pretty excited and had to run around it and investigate.

We went on up to the room and unpacked everything and got it all situated in its proper place. I had an epic battle with the bedrails we requested for DS and I think I won. I’m really not sure how they’re supposed to work (since there are no instructions) but DS was climbing on them and jumping on the bed and they held, so I must have done something right.

A few pictures of our home for the week:









The room was beautiful, but I have to be quite honest. I was a bit disappointed by our “woods view” room. We really just had a few trees, a courtyard and a view of the Villas.







It was about 10:45 at this point so we made our way out to the docks and hopped on the boat to the Contemporary. This is the point where I got goosebumps. I could see the Contemporary, the monorails, Space Mountain, the castle… we are really here!!!!



We checked in for our breakfast at Chef Mickey’s about 20 minutes early, so we were going to have to wait.



The waiting area was packed! DS ran around and settled down for a couple of minutes to watch Little Einsteins on the TV. He got bored with that and started running around some more. I happened to see Donald just on the other side of the wall, so I picked DS up so he could have a look.

“Duck!!!”

“Yes, that’s Donald Duck. Can you say Donald?”

“Duck!!!”

“Eh, close enough.”

It was his first time seeing a Disney character ever and he was pretty pumped about it. Having picked him up once, he wanted to be held so he could keep watching them. He had found his favorites, Mickey and Duck and he’d even pointed out Plu. He seems eager to see them, so maybe it was a good plan to introduce him to the characters right away with a character breakfast!





Or was it???
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I told DW that I wanted to be on the road by 7:30. We were in the truck and on the road right on time at 7:45. To be quite honest, I’ve learned a little trick. If I need to leave by 8, I tell her 7:30. Occasionally, we end up making it out the door by the actual target time. Odds are still no better than 50/50.
If this isn't already a DIS-dads rule, I think it should be!

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The room was beautiful, but I have to be quite honest. I was a bit disappointed by our “woods view” room. We really just had a few trees, a courtyard and a view of the Villas.

That looks like a corral for humans down there!

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It was about 10:45 at this point so we made our way out to the docks and hopped on the boat to the Contemporary. This is the point where I got goosebumps. I could see the Contemporary, the monorails, Space Mountain, the castle… we are really here!!!!
Always such a great moment.

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Having picked him up once, he wanted to be held so he could keep watching them.
See what you started...now you're going to get a workout.

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Or was it???
Uh oh, cliffhanger.
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Awww, that's so sweet that your DS was so excited by the tree at WL. They do have some gorgeous Christmas decorations there.

Can't wait to hear how did with getting all up close & personal with the characters!
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I told DW that I wanted to be on the road by 7:30. We were in the truck and on the road right on time at 7:45. To be quite honest, I’ve learned a little trick. If I need to leave by 8, I tell her 7:30. Occasionally, we end up making it out the door by the actual target time. Odds are still no better than 50/50.

I'll have you know that I am the one always making sure everyone is on the road by the time I want to go; my dad always said that I was very reliable and prompt for a woman.

DS fell asleep on the drive, so I left him and DW in the truck while I went to check in. We knew that we were early and didn’t know if our room would be ready. We were planning to just check-in and get our KTTW and head over to the Contemporary to look around. I walked into the lobby and was blown away by what I saw.



I had done the online check-in, so I proceeded to that part of the counter. To be quite honest, there was no line at check-in at all. I think there was maybe one other person checking in at that time. The CM gave me my paperwork and some pixie dust. Our room was ready!

Gotta love that pixie dust of your room being ready.

When we walked into the lobby, we had our first “Disney through your kid’s eyes” moment. DS took one step through the door and just stopped and pointed at the Christmas tree. “Tree, Mommy, tree!!!” He was pretty excited and had to run around it and investigate.

Love this!

It was about 10:45 at this point so we made our way out to the docks and hopped on the boat to the Contemporary. This is the point where I got goosebumps. I could see the Contemporary, the monorails, Space Mountain, the castle… we are really here!!!!





We checked in for our breakfast at Chef Mickey’s about 20 minutes early, so we were going to have to wait.



The waiting area was packed! DS ran around and settled down for a couple of minutes to watch Little Einsteins on the TV. He got bored with that and started running around some more. I happened to see Donald just on the other side of the wall, so I picked DS up so he could have a look.

“Duck!!!”

“Yes, that’s Donald Duck. Can you say Donald?”

“Duck!!!”

“Eh, close enough.”

It was his first time seeing a Disney character ever and he was pretty pumped about it. Having picked him up once, he wanted to be held so he could keep watching them. He had found his favorites, Mickey and Duck and he’d even pointed out Plu. He seems eager to see them, so maybe it was a good plan to introduce him to the characters right away with a character breakfast!





Or was it???[/COLOR]
Uh oh...now you have me worried.
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I was originally planning to hunt down some “good” pictures to illustrate your last update for ya’ (just cause I’m such a nice nemes… errrr… guy), but you put this one up so quickly that it just wouldn’t be all that humorous any more. Meh… maybe next time.



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To be quite honest, I’ve learned a little trick. If I need to leave by 8, I tell her 7:30.
I do that with my in-laws, but subtract a minimum of an hour to hopefully be on time.
If I actually NEED to be on time, I subtract two.

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The CM gave me my paperwork and some pixie dust. Our room was ready!
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We had bell services come and help haul all of our worldly possessions up to our room.
We were lost having bell services haul our bags.
Only richer folks then I get that kind of attention.
It was very, very strange.

Actually, it was so strange that I was compelled to haul all the bags out to the car myself when we checked out.

Having someone else do it for me just seemed soooo wrong.

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“Tree, Mommy, tree!!!”
Leave it to our kids to get right down to the heart of the matter.

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I had an epic battle with the bedrails we requested for DS and I think I won.
A video of this would have been good… but I suppose we can take your word for it that you won.


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The room was beautiful, but I have to be quite honest. I was a bit disappointed by our “woods view” room. We really just had a few trees, a courtyard and a view of the Villas.
Naaaaa…. You got a good one. We had a “standard view” room
(which I’ll be talking about in the next chapter over in my excuse for a TR).

Trust me… the view that y’all got is quite nice.


Quite…



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It was about 10:45 at this point so we made our way out to the docks and hopped on the boat to the Contemporary.
I loved being able to use the boats to get around the different spots in the loop.
They are like attractions all by themselves.

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This is the point where I got goosebumps. I could see the Contemporary, the monorails, Space Mountain, the castle… we are really here!!!!


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“Duck!!!”

“Yes, that’s Donald Duck. Can you say Donald?”

“Duck!!!”

“Eh, close enough.”


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…and he’d even pointed out Plu.
Priceless

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Or was it???
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