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Old 06-10-2012, 09:05 PM   #166
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Day 4 - New Resort

Living room & dining room:














Master Bedroom:










View from master bedroom:








Master bathroom (there were two smaller sink areas - one between the tub & toilet area (with my junk on it) and the other between the closet & the shower (that DH used)):






Toilet was behind pocket door:


Closet on left, door back to master bedroom on right:

I have more pictures from around the pool & resort that I post when I get to them. I'll also post a review a little later. Please ask if you have any questions in the meantime.

After swimming and getting settled in, Tim went out to find dinner. He got McDonald’s for the boys & Panera for us. Zach was in bed by 8:00 and Alex followed around 8:30. I did some laundry & prepared for the morning before we headed to bed early ourselves.

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Old 06-10-2012, 09:22 PM   #167
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Amy, sorry you didn't get in the same building with your friends, but it looks great -- from the pool to the villa. Beautiful and spacious.
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Old 06-10-2012, 10:12 PM   #168
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Sorry about your other bump

WOW!!! on the resort. LOVE everything about it. Sorry you weren't in the same building as Heidi and fam, but at least you were in the same section. The pool looks like a lot of fun, the rooms look spacious.

Can't wait to read more
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You are right about that... you don't notice it when it's good but you can't miss it when it's bad!
I also just reread your post about it, in regards to the holes in the screen and line that is actully how an imax screen is constructed due to it's size (about 10 stories high) and also some of the speakers are hidden behind the screen so the holes need to be in it so the sound can be herd.
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Old 06-11-2012, 06:28 AM   #170
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Wow the new resort looks really nice. The pool area looks like a lot of fun.
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Old 06-11-2012, 06:42 AM   #171
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Ouch to the head bumping!

I am quite jealous of all that space in your villa, especially that kitchen! I really think I (and the rest of the family) have outgrown the normal hotel rooms at Disney. The pool looks like a lot of fun, too!
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It would certainly be nice to have all of that room and the nice balcony. We're not ready to start staying off-site yet, but I am not ruling it out for future trips, as the family grows. A house with a private pool would be really nice for me, so I could actually swim. We've stayed a few first nights off-site before when we've added an extra day.
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Old 06-11-2012, 09:12 AM   #173
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Beautiful resort! I'm glad check-in was smooth.
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Old 06-12-2012, 11:32 AM   #174
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Wow! Your resort looks amazing Amy! We have been talking about maybe staying off-site on our next trip. It would be so nice to have all that extra room!!!
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Wow beautiful resort!!
You can tell it's newer than SVR.
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Old 06-15-2012, 03:53 PM   #177
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Amy, sorry you didn't get in the same building with your friends, but it looks great -- from the pool to the villa. Beautiful and spacious.
We were really happy to be in the same section as Heidi - it wasn't a big deal at all to not be in the same building.

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Sorry about your other bump

WOW!!! on the resort. LOVE everything about it. Sorry you weren't in the same building as Heidi and fam, but at least you were in the same section. The pool looks like a lot of fun, the rooms look spacious.

Can't wait to read more
The resort was really nice! I think it's at the top of our list for our next visit.

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I also just reread your post about it, in regards to the holes in the screen and line that is actully how an imax screen is constructed due to it's size (about 10 stories high) and also some of the speakers are hidden behind the screen so the holes need to be in it so the sound can be herd.
Thanks for the info! I guess I just didn't notice those lines & holes until one of our more recent trips.

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Wow the new resort looks really nice. The pool area looks like a lot of fun.
The pool was GREAT!

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Ouch to the head bumping!

I am quite jealous of all that space in your villa, especially that kitchen! I really think I (and the rest of the family) have outgrown the normal hotel rooms at Disney. The pool looks like a lot of fun, too!
If you don't mind driving to/from the parks, staying off-site really doesn't take longer than using buses. The only issue you might have is if you split up & one or two of you want to go back to the hotel but the others want to stay in the park. Otherwise - the extra space is well worth it!

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It would certainly be nice to have all of that room and the nice balcony. We're not ready to start staying off-site yet, but I am not ruling it out for future trips, as the family grows. A house with a private pool would be really nice for me, so I could actually swim. We've stayed a few first nights off-site before when we've added an extra day.
I can see you & your gang in a private house! You definitely don't feel as immersed in the magic when you stay off-site but the space is worth it for us... especially if we do a partial on-site/partial off-site trip like this one was.

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Beautiful resort! I'm glad check-in was smooth.
Thanks! I finally felt settled once we got checked in.

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Wow! Your resort looks amazing Amy! We have been talking about maybe staying off-site on our next trip. It would be so nice to have all that extra room!!!
Off-site would be a great choice for your family too! Sheraton Vistana Resort or Vistana Villages are both good choices.

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Love all that space, it looks like a lovely resort! Bummer on the head bump though, OW!
I couldn't believe I smacked my head on EE! The resort was great!

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Wow beautiful resort!!
You can tell it's newer than SVR.
We were in the newest section too. Based on the pictures of the other sections (which have been refurbed), St. Augustine is the nicest.
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Old 06-15-2012, 04:16 PM   #178
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Oh my goodness! I have no idea how I haven't seen your TR till now! Going back to catch up...
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Old 06-15-2012, 04:29 PM   #179
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This & That

Before I move on to the next update... hopefully early next week... I thought I'd fill you in on what's been keeping us so busy.

The kids had their last day of school yesterday so we're enjoying our first day of vacation today. It's nice to finally have some time at home!

We've been very busy with baseball, which finally comes to a close tomorrow.




There are always baseball games too! A few weeks ago we went to a Red Sox game at Fenway park and last weekend we went to a Portland Sea Dogs game:


Funny side story for those of you who have followed my previous TRs & know our extended family a little bit... While we were at the game, DBIL (Jeff) texted that he wanted to talk to Zach. We called him up & let Zach talk. When Zach hung up, apparently Jeff had too because he wasn't on the line when Zach handed us the phone. So we asked him what Jeff said. He said it wasn't Jeff, it was Karen and she had called for nothing. Then after some probing, he says that she said something about being married. Moments later we got a text from Jeff & Karen, with their wedding photo! They had eloped in New Orleans earlier that day! It's all good, but was a big surprise!

Alex has also had a couple swim meets, including the Special Olympics state games a couple weeks ago. He won four gold medals.


Alex has been on the Special Olympics team for about 5 years. He also joined the local swim club (which is run by the same coach) this year. The swim meets will continue all summer for him, with a meet this weekend that has us as a pool 30 minutes away at 7am tomorrow and 6:30am Sunday.

We've had a bunch of school activities in the past couple weeks too, starting with field day:


That's Alex out in a kayak with one of the lifeguards. It's hard to find pictures of field day without a bunch of other kids in them!

We also had Alex's band concert last week:


He did "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" as a solo!

Last weekend we got to visit with Heidi & her family up at their house, which is about an hour & fifteen minutes away (if you don't get lost).



They also had a big bounchy house set up from Liam's birthday party the day before!


This week, we (luckily Tim was working from home that day) attended the Young Author's Tea in Zach's 2nd grade class. The teacher also presented each child with an award. Zach got the "Most Enthusiastic" student.


Tuesday night we attended Alex's 5th Grade Celebration (graduation).


It was a really fun night & we got to enjoy a slideshow/video with pictures of all the kids from kindergarten on. One of the other moms spent almost the whole school year putting it together.

And finally, on their last day of school, the boys had a talent show yesterday afternoon. Alex played his trumpet solo (and it was his first time participting in the talent show). Zach did a karate sword form. Sorry haven't downloaded the pictures from my camera yet...

And with that, I have a third grader & a middle schooler!

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