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Old 08-05-2012, 03:59 PM   #136
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Great first day plans, Ann! I am glad you were able to take advantage of the SW sale! I hope Zoe will be okay. At least it will only be 7 hours and not 9. =)

DTD is a great plan for the evening of Day 1. You can get a little bit of Disney but not overextend yourself! Can't wait to hear about Day 2.
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Old 08-06-2012, 01:04 AM   #137
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Your travel day plans sounds really good! I think it's a good decision that y'all are staying home the night before.

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I didn't think it was too bad. Not for flight and 3 nights. My db just is fairly clueless when it comes to travel. He tried to get me to help him one time..and he ended up doing it his own way (and paying way more) cause he wanted a flight at a specific time... on a specific day... from a specific airport) He wasn't flexible... the key is flexibility. He is staying at the Luxor. He has yet to actually book anything wedding related... but supposedly, that is where the wedding will be (yeah..mmmhmm) In theory, it would have been more idea for mom and I to stay there...but staying around the corner at the Excalibur saves us a chunk of change...so flexibility..and we saved.
Excalibur is so close to Luxor.....that's a great location! You can just hop on the tram to/from Luxor. It'll be like a ride on a mini-monorail.

The timeshare we own through Hilton is on the strip in Vegas. We love, love, love Vegas! Now that we have a little one, it's definitely much harder to do trips there. Our last trip was for our 10 year anniversary in 2009.
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Old 08-06-2012, 01:14 AM   #138
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The Excalibur is a wonderful hotel, Ann!
We stayed there on our second visit!

And I should have known it, that there is some more flight changing for your September trip. But thankfully it's all good.

Day one plans sound really good!

Ann, we are leaving at the end of the week and while I will try to catch up with you, I am not sure how much time there will be to reply. So if I am more quiet than usual, please forgive me!
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Old 08-06-2012, 08:01 PM   #139
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Life Update - Posted on Both reports

So wish me luck. Today out of the blue, a rep who works for the company I do quit. It just happens to be for the territory that Zach's girl friend lives in. She has been having a rough time at work lately... and when my manager asked me today if I knew anyone in that area.. I didn't hesitate to say I did. Within an hour.. she was hired and I get to train her over the next couple weeks.


So if you could all wish me luck that a. I train her well and b. that her and Zach's relationship doesn't end badly (or at all... I REALLY like this girl)

The two of them did a 5k dirty dash over the weekend. This is a picture of the two of them (and her friend) I had to ask my son. "son, why did you tackle her if you were on the same team?"



She loved the tackle... I am not sure if you can tell by her face. She is such a good match for him. It makes me happy to see them both so happy.

Here is another shot of their "team" Yes, she got my son to wear a shirt that reads "victorious secret" on it.
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Old 08-06-2012, 08:08 PM   #140
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Great first day plans, Ann! I am glad you were able to take advantage of the SW sale! I hope Zoe will be okay. At least it will only be 7 hours and not 9. =)

DTD is a great plan for the evening of Day 1. You can get a little bit of Disney but not overextend yourself! Can't wait to hear about Day 2.
Thanks, the sale affected Kira more than it did me. I am just happy we are on the same flight now.

As for Zoe, I am sure she will be fine. If I have her cath right before we leave, it will be like a middle of the night thing..so she should be able to make it till 10am.

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Excalibur is so close to Luxor.....that's a great location! You can just hop on the tram to/from Luxor. It'll be like a ride on a mini-monorail.

The timeshare we own through Hilton is on the strip in Vegas. We love, love, love Vegas! Now that we have a little one, it's definitely much harder to do trips there. Our last trip was for our 10 year anniversary in 2009.
I think staying home that night before will be a good thing.

As for making it to the Luxor. Thanks! that is good to know. Thing is... even though, that is where the wedding is suppose to be... he has yet to make any sort of reservation. So..who knows? Maybe we won't even need to go to the Luxor.

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The Excalibur is a wonderful hotel, Ann!
We stayed there on our second visit!

And I should have known it, that there is some more flight changing for your September trip. But thankfully it's all good.

Day one plans sound really good!

Ann, we are leaving at the end of the week and while I will try to catch up with you, I am not sure how much time there will be to reply. So if I am more quiet than usual, please forgive me!
Karin, I am so sorry I have been so quiet. I can't seem to stay caught up with anything any more... my house to dis.. at least my bills are paid. I do need to make final payment here in the next couple days for the trip though, so gotta stay on top of that! So please!!! Just have a good trip!!! I can't wait to hear all about it.
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Old 08-06-2012, 09:28 PM   #141
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That's so awesome that you were able to get Zach's girlfriend the job! I'm sure you'll do an excellent job of training her! They make a very cute couple!
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Old 08-07-2012, 11:00 AM   #142
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We love going to DTD on our first day. However, we land so early on this trip that we'll actually get to go to a park relatively early! We'll still be going to DTD for dinner though. It really stinks that you'll be landing while I'm taking off for home!
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Old 08-07-2012, 12:48 PM   #143
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That's so awesome that you were able to get Zach's girlfriend the job! I'm sure you'll do an excellent job of training her! They make a very cute couple!
I am happy to have got her the job. Honestly, it isn't a bad job. It doesn't pay a whole lot... but it is flexible. I think she was stressing out about her job and how she was going to manage it along side full time school and cheer practice and military duty. Retail/minimum wage places tend to tell you when you are going to work and that is the end of it... not much in the way of working out a schedule that works for everyone. In fact... I swear some managers live to try and schedule people in ways that are the most inconvenient. My only worry is that since she is 20... the flexibility might be not strict enough. It is easy to say... "oh, I have another day or two before that job is due" and then have a crisis cause it all has to be done at once. Course.. this is my irrational fear. She manages school...cheer... guard. I am sure she can manage her time just fine.

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We love going to DTD on our first day. However, we land so early on this trip that we'll actually get to go to a park relatively early! We'll still be going to DTD for dinner though. It really stinks that you'll be landing while I'm taking off for home!
Dinner choices at DTD are pretty good. It makes for a good first day place to eat.

It does stink... we will miss eachother by "this much"
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Old 08-07-2012, 03:08 PM   #144
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I am happy to have got her the job. Honestly, it isn't a bad job. It doesn't pay a whole lot... but it is flexible. I think she was stressing out about her job and how she was going to manage it along side full time school and cheer practice and military duty. Retail/minimum wage places tend to tell you when you are going to work and that is the end of it... not much in the way of working out a schedule that works for everyone. In fact... I swear some managers live to try and schedule people in ways that are the most inconvenient. My only worry is that since she is 20... the flexibility might be not strict enough. It is easy to say... "oh, I have another day or two before that job is due" and then have a crisis cause it all has to be done at once. Course.. this is my irrational fear. She manages school...cheer... guard. I am sure she can manage her time just fine.
Sounds like she's a pretty responsible young adult. I'll bet she'll be able to manage everything just fine. And since you got her the job, she probably won't want to disappoint you either.
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Old 08-07-2012, 03:27 PM   #145
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Sounds like a fun month of October! Wow are you going to be busy and having so much fun. Lots to look forward to.

Sounds like a fun 1st day.
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Good to hear that you and Zoe will be on the same flight as Kira. It will be so much easier for you guys.

Your plans for the night on day one look fun. A nice way to end a long travel day! Taking the boat to DTD seems like such a good way to travel.

Just a question what is the difference between an external corner room and a regular room? Now don't think I am stalking you or anything, but we have changed our resort to POFQ So just wondering what the difference is.
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Hello Ann... Sorry its been such a long time since I last posted on here but I don't come on here very often anymore. I see you will be in Las Vegas soon.. As for that trip all I have to say is pretty AWESOME!!! I LOVE Las Vegas we actually own a condo there on the strip. To get to the Luxor you don't even have go outside. Its actually connected to the Excalibur you can walk to it in the nice A/C they have a walk pathway inside just ask a hostess and they will direct you on how to get to the Luxor.

Anyway I just wanted to let you know that my dh FINALLY has a job. He leaves next week for one hole yr. So I guess my trip to DW is a go but I'm not to sure if I want to go in Oct after all because I'm not to sure if I will actually have funds to make that trip just yet. I may end up going in Dec and just kicking myself when its so crowded and I can do what I want to do. Then again Oct. seems so much fun because of the food and wine fest. and also they have the Halloween party during that time frame. All I know is that I need to make up my mind sooner rather then later.
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Sounds like she's a pretty responsible young adult. I'll bet she'll be able to manage everything just fine. And since you got her the job, she probably won't want to disappoint you either.
I think you are right. I just already find myself falling into that "mom" role and with that for me means I worry.

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Sounds like a fun month of October! Wow are you going to be busy and having so much fun. Lots to look forward to.

Sounds like a fun 1st day.
October is basically gone. About a month till the trip and then we come back.. October is gone and then we get ready for Thanskgiving and then it is Christmas. So... I told Steve today... basically, we have a month until Christmas.

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Good to hear that you and Zoe will be on the same flight as Kira. It will be so much easier for you guys.

Your plans for the night on day one look fun. A nice way to end a long travel day! Taking the boat to DTD seems like such a good way to travel.

Just a question what is the difference between an external corner room and a regular room? Now don't think I am stalking you or anything, but we have changed our resort to POFQ So just wondering what the difference is.
I am glad we are all on the same flight if for no other reason that it is just nice to have one more adult with me. December went fine.. but what if I felt sick..had to run to the closet that is suppose to be a restroom? Leave Zoe in her seat? But really...all of us getting in at the same time... and an hour earlier.. it awesome!

Taking the boat to DTD is one of my favorite things to do and so the POR/POFQ are high on my favorite places to stay because of it.

You switched to POFQ!! Cool. So... and external corner room is only different in that it is in a corner of the building and will have 2 windows instead of one. I believe they are the same size as the other rooms... but also will have one less neighbor. Does that make sense?

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Hello Ann... Sorry its been such a long time since I last posted on here but I don't come on here very often anymore. I see you will be in Las Vegas soon.. As for that trip all I have to say is pretty AWESOME!!! I LOVE Las Vegas we actually own a condo there on the strip. To get to the Luxor you don't even have go outside. Its actually connected to the Excalibur you can walk to it in the nice A/C they have a walk pathway inside just ask a hostess and they will direct you on how to get to the Luxor.

Anyway I just wanted to let you know that my dh FINALLY has a job. He leaves next week for one hole yr. So I guess my trip to DW is a go but I'm not to sure if I want to go in Oct after all because I'm not to sure if I will actually have funds to make that trip just yet. I may end up going in Dec and just kicking myself when its so crowded and I can do what I want to do. Then again Oct. seems so much fun because of the food and wine fest. and also they have the Halloween party during that time frame. All I know is that I need to make up my mind sooner rather then later.
First, I am glad to hear your dh got a job!!! It sucks he will be gone so long though.

Second, for your trip being a go... but I am sorry there is a fair amount of trepidation in it. When in October are you planning? December (as you know)is sooo busy..well, toward the end..not so much at the beginning. Could you go at the beginning in order to avoid crowds but still get the funds together? I cross my fingers that you figure it out soon.
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Old 08-09-2012, 05:23 PM   #149
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Day 2 - 9/26

Day 2 - 9/26

We will start our morning by using a sc’s to buy beniets at POFQ.



That will be a good breakfast, yes?

Next we will try and catch rd ceremony at MK. I am not sure that breakfast might slow us, but RD on our FIRST day would be a goal.

We will try and get as much done in Fantasyland before Zoe has her appointment at BBB. Last time she did this in DTD, so it will be fun to have this done in MK. Surprisingly though, she is a bit reluctant to do this. She says her hair is too short. I showed her the new courtyard package (I think that is what it is called) She was a tad more interested in that.

After Zoe's princess transformation, we will head to head to Epcot for lunch. We will be dinning with the princesses at Akershus.



After lunch, we will either stay in Epcot or go back to the resort for a nap or to swim. I am not going to want to push too hard over these first few days in order to conserve a bit of energy for the 29th.

For dinner will be go back to Epcot (if we left) Dinner will be at Teppan Edo. This one was at Kira's request. I personally could go else where, but this will still be fun.


We can then spend the EMH at Epcot or go back to the resort to sleep. I think a lot will depend on how tired I am. Who knows, maybe Kira and Amanda will stay and Zoe and I will head back. I am really bad about taking the "I can sleep at home" attitude when in Disney... but I can't do this at this point in the trip. I can't go into the race feeling like a zombie.
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Sounds like a fun day! BBB in the MK should be loads of fun! So magical for your little princess. And then that's fun to follow it up with a Princess lunch. I've heard so many good things about Akershus.

And dinner at Tepan Edo should be fun. We've only eaten there once just because we eat hibachi often where we live.

And I think that's a great idea to not run yourself ragged in the days leading up to the race.
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