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Old 04-21-2012, 06:04 PM   #46
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Enjoying your TR!! We are going in July! Can't wait to hear more!
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Old 04-21-2012, 06:40 PM   #47
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We are excited despite how hot it will be. Do you have a PTR? I love reading trip reports.
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Old 04-22-2012, 05:28 PM   #48
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Hello!

I just found your PTR today and ended up reading the whole thing during DD's nap! So much for doing the laundry...

Our next trip isn't til April 2013, but I've really enjoyed reading about your plans, and can't wait to hear how the trip goes. I'm so sorry for the loss of your husband. I completely understand the need to get away and have that vacation time - especially at a place as magical as Disney where you can make new memories with your beautiful children, have a little break from the realities of everyday life, and experience some fun and much needed MAGIC in your lives!

Like you, I'm an eBay and etsy addict. I bought quite a few things for last year's trip there, and I'm already stalking favorites and adding things to my watch list for our next trip!

Tell me more about the Handy Manny you were hoping to get for your DS. I purchased one from the Disney Store for DD this year, but she only gave it a few hugs before he was relegated to the Extra Stuffed Toys basket. I'd be happy to pass him along to you if you'd like! I'd just need to know where to ship him!

Time to run because DD woke up from her nap...Can't wait to read more!
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Old 04-23-2012, 07:15 AM   #49
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Hello!

I just found your PTR today and ended up reading the whole thing during DD's nap! So much for doing the laundry...

Our next trip isn't til April 2013, but I've really enjoyed reading about your plans, and can't wait to hear how the trip goes. I'm so sorry for the loss of your husband. I completely understand the need to get away and have that vacation time - especially at a place as magical as Disney where you can make new memories with your beautiful children, have a little break from the realities of everyday life, and experience some fun and much needed MAGIC in your lives!

Like you, I'm an eBay and etsy addict. I bought quite a few things for last year's trip there, and I'm already stalking favorites and adding things to my watch list for our next trip!

Tell me more about the Handy Manny you were hoping to get for your DS. I purchased one from the Disney Store for DD this year, but she only gave it a few hugs before he was relegated to the Extra Stuffed Toys basket. I'd be happy to pass him along to you if you'd like! I'd just need to know where to ship him!

Time to run because DD woke up from her nap...Can't wait to read more!


Thanks for reading along and for your kind words. We are anxiously awaiting this trip, but we are really busy in the meantime so that helps. Ebay has become addictive as has etsy.

How kind of you to offer your Handy Manny. Iím mainly looking at 2 now. Mainly I wanted him to have the tool belt, the gloves on or both so ds will know itís Manny. Here are pictures of the ones on my watch list.



If youíre sure your dd no longer wants him, Iím sure ds will give him lots of love. Heís loved Manny since he was a baby. I can pm you our address if you're sure. Thank you.
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Old 04-23-2012, 11:54 AM   #50
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If youíre sure your dd no longer wants him, Iím sure ds will give him lots of love. Heís loved Manny since he was a baby. I can pm you our address if you're sure. Thank you.
I'm sure! My DD would play with him for a few minutes if I pull him out for her, but she really doesn't LOVE him the way your DS will! Plus, she has so many stuffed friends, and we need to start making room for the new ones that I'm sure will join them after our trip to Sesame Place this summer and WDW next Spring!

Please PM me your shipping info and I'll get him out to you this week. He looks the same or similar to the one in the first pic - both the gloves and the belt - and is in super clean, near new condition.

I forgot to mention that my DD has a pillowcase dress almost identical to the one you got. I also bought it on etsy. Here's a pic of her wearing it for her Mickey Mouse themed birthday party in February. She's not looking too smiley in the picture because she was exhausted and overwhelmed from her party, but you can sort of see the dress!I layered it with a black tee and leggings for the colder months.



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I was thinking about the picture of J on my PTR where he is smiling. That was a huge ordeal. He completely refused to get in any pictures. Eventually, i stopped trying to get him in a picture. He just happened to grab a ball. The photographer went over and started rolling the ball back and forth. He thought it was so cool that she was playing ball with him and was just giggling up a storm. If it wasn't for that fun distraction, we would not have had any of him at all that day.

Your kids were beautiful on Easter! and so well coordinated!

I hope that your dd changes her mind about Peter Pan! But even if she doesn't, a date day with DS sounds so great! I bet they will both talk about that afternoon for a while!

M had issues for a while with not wanting to change earrings. She finally shared that her ears were itching/ hurting. Turns out that even the "sensitive" earrings were causing problems for her. We had to switch to all sterling silver. even a pair of acrylic hearts on a sterling post caused issues.

Those dresses are so beautiful! who is the seller?

You did a great job on all of your printing so far!
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I'm sure! My DD would play with him for a few minutes if I pull him out for her, but she really doesn't LOVE him the way your DS will! Plus, she has so many stuffed friends, and we need to start making room for the new ones that I'm sure will join them after our trip to Sesame Place this summer and WDW next Spring!

Please PM me your shipping info and I'll get him out to you this week. He looks the same or similar to the one in the first pic - both the gloves and the belt - and is in super clean, near new condition.

I forgot to mention that my DD has a pillowcase dress almost identical to the one you got. I also bought it on etsy. Here's a pic of her wearing it for her Mickey Mouse themed birthday party in February. She's not looking too smiley in the picture because she was exhausted and overwhelmed from her party, but you can sort of see the dress!I layered it with a black tee and leggings for the colder months.



She is unbelievably cute, even with the exhausted look. Iíll pm you the information. Thank you so much on behalf of ds and me.

I know he will be happy. Handy Manny was his favorite until Mickey Mouse took over, but he still loves him. Here he is meeting him on our first trip. Iím so hoping he is as warm with the characters this time as he was then. We stood in the line because I had to cancel our Hollywood and Vine breakfast after dd got sick temporarily the night before. Sheís taking a break off to the side. We have it scheduled again.

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Old 04-23-2012, 12:48 PM   #53
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I was thinking about the picture of J on my PTR where he is smiling. That was a huge ordeal. He completely refused to get in any pictures. Eventually, i stopped trying to get him in a picture. He just happened to grab a ball. The photographer went over and started rolling the ball back and forth. He thought it was so cool that she was playing ball with him and was just giggling up a storm. If it wasn't for that fun distraction, we would not have had any of him at all that day.

Your kids were beautiful on Easter! and so well coordinated!

I hope that your dd changes her mind about Peter Pan! But even if she doesn't, a date day with DS sounds so great! I bet they will both talk about that afternoon for a while!

M had issues for a while with not wanting to change earrings. She finally shared that her ears were itching/ hurting. Turns out that even the "sensitive" earrings were causing problems for her. We had to switch to all sterling silver. even a pair of acrylic hearts on a sterling post caused issues.

Those dresses are so beautiful! who is the seller?

You did a great job on all of your printing so far!
Thanks, even though both of the outfits came from Sears, I couldnít believe how well the colors matched up. Balls get my sonís attention too. In fact, for one shot during our Christmas session, the background was all ball shaped ornaments. We barely got the shots done with dd and ds in them together. He thought they were balls and kept looking back at them. She had to take one shot in a hugging pose because it turned out dd had to hold him tight to get him to face the camera, but it is one of my favorites.



When it came time for him to take one alone though, it was a no go. He would not sit down and when she rolled one of the toy ornaments to him, he kept getting up. We eventually had to switch to a snow background.

Iím hoping she changes her mind too. Cub's Den has a credit card guarantee just like a lot of the restaurants do so she's going unless she changes her mind by 4:30 on June 22nd. I wouldnít mind doing the rides twice though. I have left them on the schedule for a time dd is with us. If not though, we'll do something else with that time. I know sheíll have fun in the Cubís Den. She loves that kind of thing.

Iím not sure what is going on with her and earrings. I would try another kind, but as of now, she wonít even let me near her with a pair. I got her ears pierced early so she would not remember what it felt like. Mine were done at age 6. If she wants to wear earrings one day she will likely have to get them redone.

The seller on etsy is DIPdesigns. I love the dresses, but I have also enjoyed corresponding with her. It was really hard to pick. She has a Belle dress that is amazing.

I havenít decided yet if Iím going to have the cards spiral bound on top or cut off that blank space and make a photo album. I may end up using ziplock bags to hold the cards and make that decision when we come home. The activity books are coming along well. Dd did say though she doesnít want to journal about this trip, just wants to take pictures, so Iíve decided instead of adding a few journal pages to her book, Iím going to make a journal for myself. I found some amazing journal pages in DoNatalieís file. I love everyoneís work, but I tend to gravitate to her designs because they usually donít use as much color as some of the others (therefore less ink).

I'm having way too much fun with this probably, but dd still looks at her autograph book from our first trip almost daily. I just wish I'd finished my TR. I did a full PTR, but got 2 days into the TR when life got in the way. I'm thinking having a journal will help. I did finish the one for Sea World and I'm determined to have one for this trip.
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Thoughts on packing

I was going over my touring plan on the TP site and realized I had not posted the details of our days here yet. I'm going to do that after I work on them a bit more. First a few thoughts about packing and later a post about departure day.

Iím going to try to do laundry on this trip, but in case it doesnít work out, Iím going to pack like I wonít be doing any. Still, Iím going to try to limit us to the two large wheeled uprights and pull one with each hand. Summer clothes donít take up nearly as much space, but with the heat and sweating weíll likely have to change to go back out after breaks and to have dinner after swimming. One bag will have ds and ddís clothes, toiletries and shoes and the other will have my clothes, shoes, toiletries, and whichever bag has the space, will get ddís princess dress and the other extras that doing get carried on.

If either bag feels like $50 (meaning is overweight) Iíll add a small upright and attach it to one of the large bags so it is not more to carry. We should get 3 DME tags. Iíll bring all three either way. We got three the first time and I only had two checked bags, so I left the extra tag at home. Turned out my large bag was overweight. The lady at the counter offered me a SWA duffle bag to put some of my things in from the overweight bag. It would have been $25 instead of $50, but Iíd left that tag at home and because I was carrying dsí carseat, I wouldnít be able to carry another thing. Not making that mistake again.

Packing list

I have one of course, but itís long and would take up a bunch of space. Iíll summarize for each of us, which might knowing me take up just as much space. Iím a shorts/t-shirts kind of girl. Iím much more into being comfortable than I am being girly. Iím working on combining both. I did order my shirts from the womenís section of jiffy this time. I am bringing one dress for our dinner at Ohana. I ordered it on ebay. This is the picture from there.



Of course that was before I read that Ohana doesnít do a photo at dinner. But maybe Iíll ask someone to take our picture. So, my packing list is mainly shorts, tank tops and t-shirts and pretty much all cotton. I pack a shirt for each day then add on an extra shirt for half of the days. I pack bottoms to mix and match so not quite one per day. For undies, I take 1.5 times the number of days. Iíll pack two swimsuits and a cover-up. I wear sock and sneakers but Iím bringing some sandals to alternate. I will pack jewelry and some pressed powder, blush, eye shadow and lip gloss. This is a step up. I havenít taken makeup on vacation since dh died.

Dd is more girly than I have been, but she will tell you that she is proud of how far I have come. She does make it a point to compliment me when she can see Iíve made more of an effort. I was super girly until dhís illness really progressed. I didnít know how to be a dainty girly caregiver, advocate, warrior, etc. Her wardrobe is full of color: pinks, purples, yellow, shades of blue and red. Her suitcase will show it. I love dressing her. Sheíll have her vacation shirts, tank tops, shorts, skorts, and some sun dresses. Numbers for her will be the same as mine, outfits to equal 1.5 times the number of days. Sheíll wear socks and sneakers on her feet and alternate with sandals. She has two swimsuits and a cover-up too.

My baby is all boy even though he lives with 2 girls. In his clothes, other than Disney characters, youíll see balls, planes, trains and automobiles. Itís typical, shorts, t-shirts, tank tops, and muscle shirts. He wears a rash guard with his swimming trunks. He has two of each and a cover-up. He has socks and sneakers and sandals too. For him, the number of outfits will equal 2.5 times the number of days. I donít have the blow-out worries I had on the first trip (had one so bad we ended up tossing his outfit) but he does manage to attract stains.

All three of us will have hats for our heads and dd and ds will also have sunglasses. I wear glasses. Dd and I just sleep in camisol type tops and shorts and ds sleeps in a t-shirt and a diaper, nothing special. I am planning on putting the childrenís outfits in ziplock bags this time. In the next update, Iíll talk about the other stuff: toiletries, medication, what goes in the carry-on and our Garden Grocer order.
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Just found your pre-trip report. Really enjoyed reading it so far. Your love for your children really shows . Because of reading your report I have discovered Etsy, so a big Thank You is in order. I look forward to the rest of your report and hope you come back and tell us about the trip itself. Have a great time!!!
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Just found your pre-trip report. Really enjoyed reading it so far. Your love for your children really shows . Because of reading your report I have discovered Etsy, so a big Thank You is in order. I look forward to the rest of your report and hope you come back and tell us about the trip itself. Have a great time!!!


I'm glad to have another reader. I found etsy reading someone's PTR as well. Beware it is habit forming. I just placed an order today for a Disney Princess pillow case dress for my daughter. It had the exact princesses we should see at Akershus and each princess' dress has sparkles on it.

Now back to my other addiction: ebay. Someone else going in June mentioned Disney themed nails and a search on there revealed lots of choices for decals that look like they go on pretty easily. Right up my little diva's alley. I may even get in on the action.
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Just wanted you to know that it's beena crazy week, so I was running a little behind schedule, but I mailed your package out today! You should have a little Disney mail by Tuesday!

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Just wanted you to know that it's beena crazy week, so I was running a little behind schedule, but I mailed your package out today! You should have a little Disney mail by Tuesday!



Thank you so much for your generosity.
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Subbing! Just came across your PTR! I also travel as a single parent, just me & DD. She isn't a "little one" though, as she'll be turing 17 on our upcoming trip! We're going to be there right before your dates. We're going June 13-19.


Love all of your purchases and crafts!!
Can't wait to hear more!
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Subbing! Just came across your PTR! I also travel as a single parent, just me & DD. She isn't a "little one" though, as she'll be turing 17 on our upcoming trip! We're going to be there right before your dates. We're going June 13-19.


Love all of your purchases and crafts!!
Can't wait to hear more!


Yay for the upcoming trip.

Sometimes I feel like I'll blink and my daughter will be a teenager. She'll actually be 9 years old tomorrow. I know the answer, but I still ask my self where all of that time went. I'll try to check out your PTR this weekend.
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