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Old 04-09-2012, 05:02 PM   #16
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What a fabulous trip you have planned. I second your description of your parents. They are obciously very generous and loving people. Lucky you!
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Old 04-09-2012, 05:40 PM   #17
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I love your Dad too.

What a meal plan and to think I have trouble making reservations for 8.
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Old 04-09-2012, 06:09 PM   #18
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This almost brought tears to my eyes. After reading so many reports where family members are at each others' throats, this was such a joy to read. I'm looking forward to more.
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Old 04-09-2012, 07:29 PM   #19
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I love reading this. My mom is planning our family trip for 12 next summer (and that includes my Dad and his NEW WIFE--but that is another story). I am glad to see it is possible for everyone to enjoy the planning, researching and just being together.

We live north of Detroit so I know I am spoiled with non stop flights to MCO. I have never checked Air Tran but I might especially with the first class upgrade option! We usually like to leave early (Delta leaves at 8:30) but I can see the logical in getting in a little later! Can't wait to read more.
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Old 04-09-2012, 07:36 PM   #20
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Wow -- loving the PTR. Loving your dad too!

We just got our family of nine to commit to a 2013 trip. I'm so excited already! I'll learn much from your experiences!

We will be booking a 2BR and a studio at BLT -- couldn't believe the premium for a GV. Just not worth it, IMHO.
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Old 04-09-2012, 08:34 PM   #21
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Great parents! Keep writing, this is great....
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Old 04-09-2012, 10:38 PM   #22
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What a great pre trip report this is! Thanks for taking the trouble to tell us all about it!
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Old 04-09-2012, 10:55 PM   #23
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I am loving your PTR so far. Your parents sound like amazing and generous people. I hope you all have a wonderful time!
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Old 04-23-2012, 02:58 PM   #24
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Hi Everyone!

I have a little break in my day so I thought I'd pop in and do a little "journaling".

I went over to the 'rents house today to help mom figure out how to get her library books on her Kindle. Dad is a computer guru...mom, not so much. So, after I took care of mom and sent her off to read, dad called me into the office and wanted me to walk him through the process of upgrading to business class at the 24-hour mark. Good grief!...We're still more than 7 weeks out! I don't know who I get my planning obsession from.

When he saw what our airfare would be if we booked today ($680/person!) and what he actually paid for it, he was in awe. My streak continues. The last 5 flights I have booked have never gone down in price after I booked them, and they were never cheaper before I booked them either. I think I posted it earlier, but I believe the total airfare with premium seat fees included came to about $3700 for the 15 of us.

I can tell that Dad is getting antsy. I've been distracting him by inviting him and mom to come with us to HHI next April. With our 11-month booking window opening next week, I've shifted the focus to next year. At least this will help lessen the post-vacation depression that he is sure to have. After planning for THIS LONG, I have to believe that there will be a significant sense of deflation after the trip is over. Hopefully, planning a golf vacation to HHI will raise his spirits.

He hasn't mentioned the DME packet yet. They've never used DME so I don't think he realizes that the packet will be arriving in the next few weeks. I'm not going to tell him because I am afraid he will start stalking my mailbox.

That's all for now...
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Old 04-23-2012, 03:25 PM   #25
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You will know how antsy he is by how quickly he puts the DME tags on his luggage!

We have 18 going in October 2013 and that number could easily double. I have 9 siblings, and 44 nieces and nephews, and there are about 30 "maybes" out there. We really are going to start planning it later this summer, with the hopes that we can book the entire thing on points (many rented!!!). I am curious, you said you are doing points/cash/points, did you look into renting points for the whole thing?

I am eager to follow along with your trip, June will be here before you know it. Sounds like you have it well covered.
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Old 04-23-2012, 03:49 PM   #26
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We live north of Detroit so I know I am spoiled with non stop flights to MCO. I have never checked Air Tran but I might especially with the first class upgrade option! We usually like to leave early (Delta leaves at 8:30) but I can see the logical in getting in a little later! Can't wait to read more.
Check AirTran out of Flint...They have a non-stop that leaves around 7am!
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Old 04-23-2012, 03:55 PM   #27
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I am curious, you said you are doing points/cash/points, did you look into renting points for the whole thing?
The member we "rented" from charges $12/point (and 100% worth it) so the weekend nights would be $576* on points. We got the member cash discount so it came to only $535* for the weekend nights. (*That is per 2BR, per night)
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Old 04-23-2012, 04:16 PM   #28
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Old 05-11-2012, 04:48 PM   #29
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Another Step Completed!! What's Next?

I went to my mailbox today and found my DVC lithograph for the webcast last month...


....oh, AND MY DME DOCUMENTS CAME TOO!!!

Now what?...we wait....

The next step will be online check in, but I don't think we are going to do that. Since we have so many people and our reservation is a cash/points combination, I would rather just do it all in person to avoid any snags. I've done online check in before and it really didn't seem to save too much time.

We're down to 5 weeks from today and we still have a LOT to do..

...get the A/C in my truck fixed (OUCH...it's about $700 for the "patch job", $2K to get it fixed completely)
...lose 8 more pounds
...help out at mom and dad's condo association garage sale (next weekend)
...get extended family portrait taken (also next weekend)
...DD6 field trip next Wednesday...
...DD8 field trip next Thursday...
...DD6 kindergarten "graduation" program on the 25th...
...LAST DAY OF SCHOOL on the 6th...

Of the 35 more days until we leave, I work 14 of them. On top of that, I've just found out that my new field intern starts with me next week. The first few weeks of the program are really the most stressful, especially when the new paramedic is right out of school. I will be SO ready for a vacation, but I will have about 3-4 more months of training to look forward to when I return.

I'm headed over to dad's tonight. Mom is visiting her sister in Illinois this week so dad has been home with the cat. I'll update later if there are any new developments after our "meeting".
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Old 05-16-2012, 04:35 PM   #30
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A Last-Minute Decision!!

Well, this is a new twist....

Waaaaay back when, I mentioned to my dad and my sister that they might want to look into renting some "baby equipment" for Emilee since there is nothing more than a pack n play at OKW. At the time, the answer was, "No, we won't need any of that...she'll be fine". Ok, if you say so...

Today, my sister had to take a major exam at work. Since Emilee hasn't been sleeping well (and therefore, neither has my sister), my parents took her overnight last night. Guess what? Emilee has a little problem sleeping away from home too.

Since we are sharing a villa with my sister's family, I re-visited A Baby's Best Friend. I want to make sure that we don't have to deal with a cranky baby too. I saw that they offer the same bouncy seat that she has at grandma's house. I e-mailed both my sister and my dad and really stressed that they should consider renting at least a bouncy seat and a rocking chair, if not more.

Surprise!! NOW they think that would be a good idea. Dad told my sister to pick what she wants and he will get it reserved. I'm just hoping that it isn't too late. She said that Em will probably end up sleeping in one of the beds with her so she doesn't want a crib. I am going to talk to her tonight and finalize what she wants...

...stay tuned...
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