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Old 04-01-2012, 03:51 PM   #16
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I know we are having similar issues. When we went to the Med it wasn't so bad because we had shorts, tanks and little dresses but for Alaska, we have sneakers fleece, rain jackets hats etc. there is a lot to carry. Make the most of your carry on as well. I am going to pack all my clothes for Seattle in there and my fleece if I can!
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:03 AM   #17
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I know we are having similar issues. When we went to the Med it wasn't so bad because we had shorts, tanks and little dresses but for Alaska, we have sneakers fleece, rain jackets hats etc. there is a lot to carry. Make the most of your carry on as well. I am going to pack all my clothes for Seattle in there and my fleece if I can!
Yeah! I am thinking I will pack all of my heaviest items in my carry-on and then repack everything the actual way I want it when we get to Seattle. But I know I am definitely not going to be able to take everything I want to, I just don't see how I can fit everything in unless I bite the bullet and pay all of those extra fees which I absolutely do not want to do...LOL But then I keep thinking, well darn what if I buy souvenirs, or have loads of FE gifts to bring back. It is just something that I am going to really have no control over and I just need to relax and not worry too much about it!
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Old 04-21-2012, 08:08 PM   #18
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I am so happy I found your PTR and TR!!! Alaska is tops on my bucket list too, and am planning to do the AK cruise in June 2013. I am wanting to spend a few days prior or post cruise at DL. I have been dying to go there as well, and if I'm going out west, I might as well right?

You and your DH are just too cute! Sounds like y'all have tons of fun together. I love me some baseball too, and am very jealous of you visiting 14 MLB parks! I was so focused on squeezing DL in that I hadn't even thought of trying to catch a Mariner (or Angels or Dodgers for that matter we make the CA pit stop as well) game.

Your fish extender is adorable! Can't wait to read more!!
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Old 04-21-2012, 11:02 PM   #19
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Joining in! I really want to go to Alaska next year.

Just a suggestion/hint....think about shipping a box ahead to the hotel and/or ship a box home with your extras. Much cheaper than paying baggage fees. When I went to DL, I found a Fed Ex store where I shipped my souvenirs home so I didn't go over weight (plus one item was too big for my luggage!)

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Old 04-22-2012, 09:50 AM   #20
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I am so happy I found your PTR and TR!!! Alaska is tops on my bucket list too, and am planning to do the AK cruise in June 2013. I am wanting to spend a few days prior or post cruise at DL. I have been dying to go there as well, and if I'm going out west, I might as well right?

You and your DH are just too cute! Sounds like y'all have tons of fun together. I love me some baseball too, and am very jealous of you visiting 14 MLB parks! I was so focused on squeezing DL in that I hadn't even thought of trying to catch a Mariner (or Angels or Dodgers for that matter we make the CA pit stop as well) game.

Your fish extender is adorable! Can't wait to read more!!
Aww thank you!! Yeah we try and squeeze in games wherever we can...LOL Angels Stadium is SUPER close to DL, so it might be worth it to see what you could do! California is crazy with 5 different baseball stadiums. We have only been to Dodger Stadium and Petco Park in San Diego. Once we went to California, I keep trying to find ways to get us back there, I absolutely love the LA area, it is amazing! Thanks so much for reading!! I can't wait to spill out some more info...hehe!

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Joining in! I really want to go to Alaska next year.

Just a suggestion/hint....think about shipping a box ahead to the hotel and/or ship a box home with your extras. Much cheaper than paying baggage fees. When I went to DL, I found a Fed Ex store where I shipped my souvenirs home so I didn't go over weight (plus one item was too big for my luggage!)

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Thanks for the suggestion! I think we are going to ship all of our FE stuff/Door Magnets/etc to the hotel beforehand, I think that will help a lot! I hope you do get to do your Alaska trip! Thank you so much for joining in, I hope I give everyone some information they are looking for! Have a great day!
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Old 04-23-2012, 07:31 AM   #21
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Door Magnets!

Alright, just wanted to let all of you know what I have been up to! 45 Days from today we will be heading out on our big vacation! From the beginning I have always seen how everyone decorates their doors, some have a theme, some are just completely covered over with stuff. It took us a little bit to decide what all we wanted to do as far as our door! With all of our FE stuff ready to go, yesterday I started working on everything for our stateroom! SO, with that in mind here is what we are doing!

We are doing a Toy Story Theme for our Door!
I started making everything yesterday. I love using Photoshop and so, I will give you a little taste of what we are doing, show you a few pictures and then when we get back I will show you how the entire door was decorated!

So the first thing I wanted was something to signify that it was our Anniversary. This and the Porthole Ears will be the only things not related to Toy Story, but it can't be perfect so who cares anyway right...

Next I wanted to get the Toy Story Theme Rolling along, so I made Name Ears for us so everyone will know whose cabin it is:


Once that was completed, we decided we didn't want to go crazy with prepared magnets so I got a lot of different Toy Story/TS2/TS3 characters and put them together on plain sheets, we are going to print them out get them laminated and then cut them out and stick magnets on the back and just spread them around the door, I'll show you a sample page of what I am talking about! I have 3 other pages too everyone from Big Baby and Ken to Jessie and Bullseye!

(I hope this next thing will be allowed? I am not really sure but we will see, if not it will be ok)The final thing we are doing is taking a jump rope and tying it to the door handle, I am going to glue green army men going up the rope and walking across it like in the movie, and then put magnet on the back of the rope so it will stay attached to the door! I hope it will be cute and not too over the top, but hey, it is our first DCL Cruise experience and we want to go all out! DH has been out of town for work and he will not be back until the Thursday, 1 Day before we leave, so I am trying to get all of these things done without him. Its rough but, so worth it! Hope everyone is having a magical day!
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Old 04-24-2012, 07:30 PM   #22
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Emjoying your report!!

Just found it today - little late, but better late than never!

You magnets are adorable - you'll have to let us know you're cabin # so we can come and see it.

I tried to get my dad to go to the Mariner's game Sun pm, but he said he's an "east coast" fan. I'll see if I can get him to Promenade at 3:15 - if not, we'll see you at Palo's (brunch and dinner)!

ps - I know you tried diligently to see if we would participate in FE- and I could not get my brother to think about it over Easter. If your planning windows opens up at all, let me know - we'll add 2 cabins (mostly for the kids).
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Old 04-27-2012, 07:46 PM   #23
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Just found it today - little late, but better late than never!

You magnets are adorable - you'll have to let us know you're cabin # so we can come and see it.

I tried to get my dad to go to the Mariner's game Sun pm, but he said he's an "east coast" fan. I'll see if I can get him to Promenade at 3:15 - if not, we'll see you at Palo's (brunch and dinner)!

ps - I know you tried diligently to see if we would participate in FE- and I could not get my brother to think about it over Easter. If your planning windows opens up at all, let me know - we'll add 2 cabins (mostly for the kids).
I'm glad you found my TR! I am loving my magnets, I got them all printed out today and am very happy with them!! Tell your dad he is missing out! Matt Kemp of the Dodgers is on track to be NL MVP, so BOO! Baseball is baseball! LOL We love all teams and stadiums! Glad we will see you at Palo! I am very excited about going there, I keep watching the videos for the brunch to make my mouth water!! Our room number is 5635 for the moment unless we happen to get a port upgrade I really do hope you will stop by to see it! Thanks again for reading! I hope I do a good job on my TR Have a magical day!!
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Old 04-28-2012, 07:57 AM   #24
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I'm looking into an Alaskan cruise as well so will really enjoy 'coming along' on yours
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Old 04-28-2012, 08:19 AM   #25
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I love the magnets and the jump rope idea...what deck are you guys on? I have to look for your door lol!
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Old 04-28-2012, 08:13 PM   #26
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I'm looking into an Alaskan cruise as well so will really enjoy 'coming along' on yours
Great! I hope my TR wants to make you book one! We are having a blast just planning so I know the trip will be wonderful! Thanks so much for joining in and reading along with us!

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Yay! I am glad you like our idea! We are on Deck 5 Aft! I can't wait to get everything on the door and take pics!
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Old 05-02-2012, 09:00 AM   #27
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Talking Tiny Update

I am going to put Chapter Links in when I actually start the PTR in case anyone was wondering...

1: Purchased our combo tickets for Chihuly Garden & Glass/Space Needle. They save you about $5 per person if you are interested in doing both things. The Chihuly portion is a timed ticket, so be careful of that when getting them in advance. The Space Needle portion can be used any time during operating hours through the calendar year!
Chihuly Garden & Glass

2. Purchased our Savor Seattle Gourmet Indulgence Tour Tickets!
Savor Seattle Tours

3. Received our ORCA Cards in the mail for all of our transportation needs while we are in Seattle! They can be used on anything from buses to street cars and the light rail! We will also be doing a lot of walking (hopefully)!
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4. Door magnets have been completed! So they are ready to go!

5. I have been needing a new camera bag lately to hold a journal and a few other things, so I went on eBay and got a new Manfrotto DSLR Messenger Bag to bring with us on the trip! Yay, everyone loves new stuff (well this is used but new to me.) I am going to be updating my packing list very soon with a few more essential items once I figure out what I plan to wear everywhere...

I am going to have a little guess which restaurant we chose challenge! I am going to give you 4 choices. We are going to have dinner at this place as our last Seattle experience, before we hop on a red-eye flight home! Can you guess which one we chose??

Choice #1: Brave Horse Tavern
Choice #2: Le Pichet
Choice #3: Steelhead Diner
Choice #4: Sitka & Spruce

Let me know what you think! Hope you all are having a magical day! I know I am!! Countdown: 36 Days
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Loved the links for things to do in Seattle - thanks for posting them.

Will tell me dad about ball game. He is turning 85 on this trip. He actually pitched farm league back in the 40's. He and my mom spent their honeymoon en Cleveland at baseball games. Returned there for the same for their 50th (13 years ago). My dad's grand-dad used to manage a semi-pro baseball team in Buffalo during the turn of the century - back in the day when many cities had many organized semi-pro teams. His picture looks like the statue-guy baseball player in the Magic Kingdom by Casey's Corner.

Any way, I will pass your encouragement along - maybe he will change his mind if the weather's good!
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Loved the links for things to do in Seattle - thanks for posting them.

Will tell me dad about ball game. He is turning 85 on this trip. He actually pitched farm league back in the 40's. He and my mom spent their honeymoon en Cleveland at baseball games. Returned there for the same for their 50th (13 years ago). My dad's grand-dad used to manage a semi-pro baseball team in Buffalo during the turn of the century - back in the day when many cities had many organized semi-pro teams. His picture looks like the statue-guy baseball player in the Magic Kingdom by Casey's Corner.

Any way, I will pass your encouragement along - maybe he will change his mind if the weather's good!
That's is amazing about your dad! we have something common with him in that we spent our honeymoon at Dodgers games in LA (along with Disneyland...LOL) I know exactly the statue you are talking about! I hope he does change his mind, it should be nice weather and a great game!

I am going to add some more links to the things we are doing in case anyone is interested! I didn't think about linking everything until you said something!!
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List O' Links!

Here is a list of Websites/Links that have helped me greatly for planning, I may add more as time goes on, but this is a lot of the things that we have "planned" to do, hope they help you as much as they have helped me!

Mayflower Park Hotel

Seattle Light Rail (Sound Transit)

Seattle Streetcar

Seattle Bus System (King County Metro)

ORCA Card Seattle (Used on Majority of Transportation)

Savor Seattle Tours (We are doing Pike Place Market & Gourmet Indulgence)

Safeco Field (Home of the Seattle Mariners)

Olympic Sculpture Park

Red Mill Burgers (Voted Best in Seattle 10 Years in a Row)

Serious Pie Downtown (Tom Douglas Restaurant)

Brave Horse Tavern

Smith Cove Terminal Pier 91 (Disney Wonder Dock)

Skagway Hiking (Walking Tour & Trail Maps)

Tracy's King Crab Shack (Juneau)

Weather Permitting Alaska (Whale Watching Tours)

Alaskan Surf Seafood (Ketchikan)

Island Wings (Flight-Seeing)

Moss Bay Kayaking (Seattle)

Duke's Chowder House (Seattle)

Chihuly Garden & Glass (Seattle)

Seattle Space Needle

Seattle/Tacoma Airport

TV Food Maps, Popular Seattle Restaurants As Seen on TV (thanks globalgoofies)

Shorty's (21+ Pinball Arcade/Bar/Food)(Thanks Pixie08)

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