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Old 04-20-2012, 10:20 AM   #136
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So glad you are enjoying the TR. This is my first, and does not have as many pictures as I would like, but I am enjoying writing it. It keeps the magic alive for me as I wait for our next trip...
I wasn't quite sure how to express my appreciation to you and others who have the writing ability and know how to "keep the magic alive" while we are counting down until our next vacation. I love the pictures you included. Thank you.
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oh wow, that food looks SO WONDERFUL!!!! Now I want to add a Chef de France ressie to my trip!!! I wonder if DH would notice if I snuck another ADR in???
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Old 04-21-2012, 01:08 PM   #138
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Ok all caught up, what a great TR! I didnt make one when we went in February 2011 and I wish I had, I don't feel computer saavy enough. Really enjoying all the food pics and your family is adorable! I love French Onion, so I definatly want to try that next time. We are hoping to go Jan/ Feb 2013 but another trip for my oldest daughter has come up so keeping my fingers crossed we can swing both!
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Old 04-23-2012, 04:23 PM   #139
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OK - NUM!!! This is definately at the TOP of my list for our next trip!

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Oh yeah~Chefs is one that will always be remembered...the food was just that delicious. Go and come back with more drool-worthy photos for us!

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I think I would just wither up and die if I didn't have the Disboards to feed my Disney addiction between trips! Okay, maybe that is being a little mellow-dramatic, but I do my Disboards!

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oh wow, that food looks SO WONDERFUL!!!! Now I want to add a Chef de France ressie to my trip!!! I wonder if DH would notice if I snuck another ADR in???
Aw, go ahead, he'll never notice! Anyhow, you take him to Chefs and he will soon be thanking you for the most heavenly dining experience he has ever experienced!

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Ok all caught up, what a great TR! I didnt make one when we went in February 2011 and I wish I had, I don't feel computer saavy enough. Really enjoying all the food pics and your family is adorable! I love French Onion, so I definatly want to try that next time. We are hoping to go Jan/ Feb 2013 but another trip for my oldest daughter has come up so keeping my fingers crossed we can swing both!
Aww thanks for the compliments! I am having fun doing this. I wasn't sure I could do it either, but with a little help from a few Disfriends when I needed it, I have been able to figure it out. I enjoy doing it and I am glad you enjoy reading it. You should definitely give it a go sometime. Just PM me for any questions you have. That's what I did!
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Old 04-23-2012, 06:21 PM   #140
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Hi, I followed you over from Lidan's TR. I was at POFQ the same week, we had to come home the 10th.

Your surprise video was so cute. I tried to surprise my DS our Dec '10 trip, I was going to just see how long it took him to figure out where we were going but he freaked out about getting on the plane so I told him at the airport. He then decided we should just drive. He finally got on the plane and loved it, after he asked the flight attendent to please ask the pilot to fly slow.

I'm sorry to say I had to laugh really hard at the squirrel story. I have known for a while that squirrels are evil, they tease my dog unmercifully. I could also see my DS doing the same thing.

Can't wait to read more.
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Hi, I followed you over from Lidan's TR. I was at POFQ the same week, we had to come home the 10th.

Your surprise video was so cute. I tried to surprise my DS our Dec '10 trip, I was going to just see how long it took him to figure out where we were going but he freaked out about getting on the plane so I told him at the airport. He then decided we should just drive. He finally got on the plane and loved it, after he asked the flight attendent to please ask the pilot to fly slow.

I'm sorry to say I had to laugh really hard at the squirrel story. I have known for a while that squirrels are evil, they tease my dog unmercifully. I could also see my DS doing the same thing.

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Your story of your DS at the airport had me cracking up! I am sure since he had a great experience with a slow flying airplane, he will make that request every time now!

Don't feel bad about getting a chuckle from Gabe's antics...after the shock and horror wore off we used that all vacation long to get a laugh. We have family squirrel jokes to this day about it!
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DAY 2, MARCH 9, 202 cont.'d

Dinner was scrumptious, but there are must do's that we must do. We have to split up at this point. Jillian, Gabe and Brian have some Soarin' fastpasses burning holes in their pockets. Why aren't Charity and I going? She is afraid of heights, and cried through the whole wonderful ride last year. That's okay, though because she and I have our own must do that we must do. We all left France. While they head to Future World for some California Soarin' we go the opposite direction...to where? We are obviously headed to another country, but to which? Ah lets mosey past Morocco, that's not where our must do is...



BTW- this picture is totally stolen. Why? Because ALAS, Brian has the camera with him in Furture World! Does he take any pictures while they are gone? Of course not!

Where was I? Oh, we were moseying past Morocco. Our destination is just past Morocco...in Japan! We are headed to Pick a Pearl!!!! I already knew exactly what I wanted to spend my wad on, and Charity had her heart set on something specific too. The problem for both of us is that our hearts are bigger than our wallets...but more on that later!

Since Brian had the camera, I have no pictures of the actual experience. I had read about it on the Dis (), and I was so excited to do this. I had even seen a picture of the setting I wanted on the Dis (). I really love the Dis (), can you tell? For those of you who have not had a chance to do this I will explain...

You go up to the counter and they will give you a number. When your number is called, you get to pick an oyster from the tank. So, since I am an avid Dis reader I knew ahead of time that you should pick the UGLIEST oyster in the tank to get the biggest, prettiest pearl. So Charity and I carefully chose our oysters. The ladies at the counter make a great ceremony of opening your pearl and presenting it to you. They have this whole speil they do, that frankly I could not understand much of...but it is done with a great big smile, so you just know they are saying something exciting. Our pearls are opened and....drums are beaten and...an announcement is made to everyone standing around watching and...


I got a white pearl that was 6 3/4 cm's and Charity gets a yellow pearl that was 7 1/2 cm's. What?!? Hers was bigger than mine?!? Ah, she's my baby girl, how could I hold it against her? I was actually excited for her. She just loved the whole experience.

As I stated earlier, our hearts were set on very specific settings, but our wallets just weren't big enough. What to do? Why, we call Daddy and ask for more $$$ of course! He knew that this was what she and I had been looking forward to all along, so he readily told me to go ahead and put the remaining balance on the debit card. See folks, he is becoming the Disney man of my dreams on this vacation...

We picked out our settings, handed over our pearls, and payed. At this point we were given a return time to pick up our new pearl jewelery in 45 minutes. Brian and the gang were just getting ready to board Soarin', so Charity and I still had some time to spare.

OH, I totally know where I want to head for while we wait! There is yet another must do that I must do....and this one involves more food!!! We mosey on past The American pavilion...


*another stolen image...

and past Italy...


*stolen image #3...

and straight to Germany! Was I going for a Brat? A Pretzel? Nope, I had my sweet tooth in mind. So where in Germany do you go for some delectable sweets? Karamel Kouche! You see, I knew before this trip started just what I wanted to snack on while we watched Illuminations, and it could only be had in Karamel Kuche...that delicious, crunchy, sticky and very fresh Caramel Popcorn. YUM! I grabbed a small bag, and Charity drooled all over the glass case trying to figure out what sinful temptation she should fall victim to. After careful deliberation she chose this giant sized chocolate covered caramel. Seriously folks, this thing was like the size of a rice crispy treat. It was just a big old chunk of pure caramel covered in milk chocolate...OUCH! My teeth hurt just thinking about it!

We got a text from Brian as we were headed out of the shop that they were on their way and would be there in a minute. We just sort of strolled around for a few minutes scoping out a good spot to watch Illuminations from. We all joined up in Germany and decided on the next game plan. Jillian wanted a snack at this point. Charity and I both were ready to share our treats with the whole family, but alas Jillian has braces and cannot eat caramel, poor kid! She decided she wanted a funnel cake. So the game plan was that she and Gabe and Brian would head over to the funnel cake stand in the American pavilion while Charity and I trek back over to Japan to pick up our baubles. After much ado, here are the treasures we chose:


Charity chose a starling silver ring with a heart setting for her big, beautiful pearl. She LOVES this, and will always cherish it.


I chose a setting with a pure Disney theme for my white pearl...Cinderella's carriage. I wear it ALL the time and truly do love it, too. PS~try to ignore the wrinkled, age-spotted "background"!

We still have a few hours left. What will we do? Did we get a good spot to watch Illuminations? Is Jillian able to get that funnel cake her taste buds are tingling for? Oh, and there are still must do's that must be done! Do stay tuned....

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Love the carriage necklace! I really want to do this for my cousin while we are there. Her birthday is June (so is mine), so pearl is our birthstone. I just think it would be a neat experience for her to remember. Love the ring too. Wow, that's a big pearl
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OMG!!! I love that carriage necklace too!! I never saw that one there!

You are making me hungry for Disney food all over again.... NUM... Just as I am planning to post pictures of our scrumptious Napoleon in my TR... We could have snack wars Oopsi??? :P

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Love the carriage necklace! I really want to do this for my cousin while we are there. Her birthday is June (so is mine), so pearl is our birthstone. I just think it would be a neat experience for her to remember. Love the ring too. Wow, that's a big pearl
It is such a fun experience. You should definitely do it...and take pictures of the whole experience to share! (unlike I did...)

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OMG!!! I love that carriage necklace too!! I never saw that one there!

You are making me hungry for Disney food all over again.... NUM... Just as I am planning to post pictures of our scrumptious Napoleon in my TR... We could have snack wars Oopsi??? :P

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I am quite sure you would smoke me for real in the snack wars since you actually have PICTURES of your snacks. I mean, for all you all know I could totally be making all this stuff up since I have no pictures to prove any of it...
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Can you tell me how much was the carriage pendant and did you get the chain there too? I really want one now!
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Can you tell me how much was the carriage pendant and did you get the chain there too? I really want one now!
I had the chain already, but they do have chains there if you want to purchase one from them. The pendant was $49.95 plus tax. The pearl is $15. It is so worth it!!!
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I went back and forth on doing the pick a pearl. I wanted to but didn't want to I love your DD's ring so pretty. I wish now I had waited. We were at Epcot for the second time the same night as you. That was our last night and by that time we were so tired and I was cranky and ready to go back to POFQ.
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I went back and forth on doing the pick a pearl. I wanted to but didn't want to I love your DD's ring so pretty. I wish now I had waited. We were at Epcot for the second time the same night as you. That was our last night and by that time we were so tired and I was cranky and ready to go back to POFQ.
Pick a Pearl was a great experience. I hope you will try it next time!

A little personal note: My wonderful Brian sent me a text message yesterday with just a few words, but they were words that melted my heart...

"I am ready to go back to DISNEY!"

He used to be one of the eye-rolling, dollar sign-seeing Disney grouches...now he comes home with the latest Disney news and talks about Disney all the time. Apparently yesterday he heard the song "Good Life" on the radio and it gave him a bit of the Disney blues. This curmudgeon has been officially Disneyfied!!!

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That is one of the few songs I don't mind that they overplay on the radio. It takes me back every single time! Hopefully someday my hubby will jump on the bandwagon too. I'll work on him
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