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Old 06-12-2012, 03:08 PM   #16
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However our children (then 18 mos and just turned 3) decided to take off down the bench (that runs the length of the restaurant) and knocked several (empty) wine glasses off tables. We were mortified, paid and left very quickly. Our reservation's for earlier this time. Unfortunately the earlier reservations also means more people in the restaurant - instead of it just being us.

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I love that! It sounds like something that would happen to us! Kids just being excited kids though...lots of that going on at WDW! I agree about the food, we love eating at the restaurants just as much as going to the parks!

Thank goodness for all the walking involved!
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I love that! It sounds like something that would happen to us! Kids just being excited kids though...lots of that going on at WDW! I agree about the food, we love eating at the restaurants just as much as going to the parks!

Thank goodness for all the walking involved!
Looking back it's really funny. Dh and I ordered a bottle of wine and were almost done - feeling rather happy, but it slowed down our reflexes and didn't dull the sound of breaking glass.
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Old 06-14-2012, 03:45 PM   #18
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My fondest memories as a child are Disney memories. Nothing specific, an image, anticipation, feelings of delight. All cares and troubles melted away for five idealic days. I'm not sure how my parents managed, with 4 kids and staying off property. Making meals and cleaning. At Christmas too (packing presents and tree unbeknownst to us kids to have everything ready come Christmas morning).

I doubt we'll ever take our kids on that type of a vacation - I like to travel light, hauling a tree is NOT light TYVM, but I want those feelings for my girls. Anticipation, joy, magical delight just because we're going to their favourite place.

I know the things I loved most are different than my girls will love. My family drove all the way from central Alberta, Canada every year. Can you imagine? 6 people in a van for 3 days straight. But nothing damped our sports as we anxiously watched for the FL state line, stopping at the welcome centre for our first taste of FL orange juice before continuing on our way.

When we drove under the welcome sign on Disney property, I think we all exploded each year. My parents were as excited as we were. Then we'd hop on our first ride. The tram from theparking lot to the TTC My girls have never even SEEN one of those trams. Oh the differences.

Our second ride, the monorail, doubled our anticipation. The giant mosaic on the wall of the CR will always bring back happy memories of the first glimpse of Disney every trip More than anything in the world I wanted to stay there. My girls will never experience the same anticipation when riding a monorail. They arrive at the airport and hop onto the ME. The ME desk will be their shining light.

There's magic in a memory and we want our girls lives to be filled with hundreds, thousands, millions of happy memories. Taking them to Disney is one way we do that.

While we're at Disney we seldom buy souvenirs, instead we use our money to buy memories. Experiences that will stay with them for a lifetime.

This year we're trying to decide which magical extras we'll purchase. Tickets to MNSSHP, an in-room celebration, BBB or the PL, the possibilities are endless, but we're still awaiting our final decisions.
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Just checking in....is the trip still on???
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Old 06-18-2012, 12:09 AM   #20
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The trip is still on!
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We've had a heck of a few days - we discovered our slightly off neighbours are actually certifiable and think we owe them money - which given the situation we can understand - but that's not the issue - the issue is, they got angry at us when we said 'sure, no problem, we'll pay you' - instead of being happy, they got ticked off b/c we didn't hand them apple of money immediately. Of course understand after talking to a lawyer, a priest, a doctor, and 450 ppl on Facebook about ti everyone agrees we don't need to pay them anything. So they're completely out of line. But you can't fix stupid. Oh well. We're just hoping it'll all blow over and we won't need to spend the next 4 years looking out the window to be sure they're not out before we go out

In other news, we have a new baby niece born today at 1207! very excited but no info other than all is well.

The rain has finally stopped, so the landscaper should be out in a few days to get things started. Of course we're hoping to get the weeds pulled before that happens, but todays the first day we've been able to walk off the sidewalk to even try pulling weeds. Only about 6 more hours of weed pulling to go!


Now back to our regularly scheduled programming!

Flights came down in price We're hoping if we hold out one more week, they'll come down even more - we're still $400 more than we've paid in the past - and still 2 weeks out from when we normally purchase - so things should work in our favour I hope!

We also realized when booking AoA we (almost) booked an extra night, so saved another $250 from what we'd thought we were paying. IN the grand scheme of things, it doesn't amount to much, but it's something!

We were watching some friends kids today (6 kids!) they just returned from WDW and we were all talking about the rides and looking at pictures - I can hardly wait to get back there!! OUr little think was so small, only a couple teeth - now she has a full mouth (and isn't afraid to use them!). I can hardly wait! But no, we haven't actually paid. It'd take a lot for us to not go, but there's one last item up in the air that could potentially cause us some trouble - we'll have that all sorted by Canada Day if things don't turn out as planned, then things could get tricky, but we've always figured it out in the past, I'm sure we will this time as well!
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We've added a small crimp in our plans. Nothing that effects whether we go or not, but could possibly effect enjoyment

Our entire family has celiac's disease so we have to be extremely cautious about even looking at gluten. But our youngest DD, our little Tinker Bell, also has food allergies. We're not certain to what exactly though we know corn is definitely an issue. Tree-nuts could also be an issue.
AND so could eggs!!! So we need to contact special diets to see what she'll be able to enjoy while we're there. Unless the formula's changed, she won't be able to have dole whips, or Mickey Bars, but I'm really worried that even the Gluten-free Mickey Waffles will be out of the question. I want her to be healthy, but I also want her to enjoy all the Mouse has to offer. In the meant time I need to go back through all our ADRS and add the multiple food allergy issues. We've already made a note of the gluten-free - and we've eaten gluten free at WDW many times,s o we're not concerned, but even gluten-free takes many things off the menu. I'm really worried that she'll be left with nothing to eat, and since I'm still breastfeeding her, I'd be left with nothing to eat since the allergens go through me and into her.
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Only 72 more days!!:banana:

AS each day passes we spend more time preparing our girls for our trip. With three children 5 and under, traveling can be difficult, so we do what we can to lessen the stress. We read books about flying - talk about each step. Waiting in line, baggage check, customs, waiting, sitting, fastening seat belts. We talk about how long we'll be how many flights, and then what'll happen when we arrive at MCO.

We begin small by reading books (Usborne has a great my first flight book), as we get closer we mention more specifics related to our trip. We don't have a direct flight, so on the day we travel we talk to our girls non-stop about what to expect each step of the way.

We know once we arrive at the resort the girls will experience a million and one new sights, sounds, smells. We prepare them before we go by spending time at a very large shopping mall with lots of people. Preparing both them and us to not lose anyone as well as to help them prepare for crowds.

Sorcerer radio is on almost non-stop. We listen to the sounds of the resorts, parks, rides, everything. Pictures from previous trips are invaluable. The girls remember wha they enjoyed and we prepare them for experiences the tmay have been difficult in the past. Last trip our Lilo refused to have her picture taken except for certain moments. I want pictures of her this trip, so we're already talking about being in pictures, and taking her picture around the home more often to prepare. We're also talking about meeting characters. LAst trip she wouldn't go up to a character she hadn't met previously. I felt kind of upset when she'd runs nd hide from the characters when she'd never done so before. If it happens gain, I'll be prepared and hopefully not so upset - but hopefully by preparing her for new characters and giving her tips to cope with the stress she'll be able to meet them.

Each afternoon we turn on Disney Jr and watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Jake and the Neverland Pirates. Special Agent Oso, Handy Manny, and Doc McStuffins also get watched a lot. Though my personal favourite is Phineas and Ferb.

When we go to Disney, we want our girls to be in awe. We want them to see the magic and be amazed. WE don't believe they can be amazed if they have nothing to base it on.

Our day to day life is pretty mundane and even on our busiest days, we seldom come close to anything comparing to Disney.

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I know what you mean about helping them remember it all. Not a day goes by when we are not talking about our last trip, looking at pictures, videos, everything. I have to be careful though, as the last time they all started crying because they missed Disney!
Sorry to hear of all your eating challenges. How stressful for ou all! We don' t have any experience with this issue but from what i Hear you are in good hands at WDW.

Sorry for my lack of responses, we just got back from a weekend away....
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I've started writing a post so many times over the past few days - but something keeps coming up - and it's way too dangerous to leave posts open on the computer here otherwise I end up with gibberish posted on my behalf. life's busy with 3 kids - add a sick puppy into the mix and life is positively crazy!

A little more about us - I'm a SAHM who enjoys baking, and gardening. I'm anxiously awaiting our landscaper getting here (when will it stop raining?) and putting in our fence and patio. with 3 small children I can't do very much without worrying about someone running away - and since there's so much construction around us, it's a bit scary without a fence.

DH works in the oil industry - we live in Alberta where else would he work? he used to be a teacher, but the good ol' gov't cut back those positions years ago. In the long run I think we're better off now then we'd have been had he remained in education. He's anxiously awaiting our yard as well - it gets the kids out of the house while he's sleeping for shift work.

Lilo - is also anxiously awaiting our yard since she wants to garden! She's also fascinated by bugs and has a blast finding and identifying all the little creatures she finds in our weed covered back yard.

Aurora - also wants our yard b/c she hates that I have to leash up the puppy and take him out so many times a day. She just wants to open the door and let him out. She also wants to garden, but I think she's more interested in picking flowers than actually growing flowers.

Tinker Bell just wants out. She really doesn't care where she wants out of the house. Oh and she learned a new word - 'No!' She runs down the hallway singing 'No, no, no, no!' It's really actually cute. But so far it's also pretty easy to give her options to get her to agree to something that works with us instead of against us. Little Think has also received her first epipen hopefully we never need it). We're waiting to see the allergist, and hoping we get in before the trip - we've discovered all the antihistamines on the market (in syrup form anyhow) have corn in them - which creates a bit of a problem when she's allergic to corn.

I've really been mourning the past week and a bit as we contemplate our trip - I've also been putting off contacting special diets - I know from previous trips my 2 favourite treats both have corn in them - Mickey Bars and Dole Whips I'm really worrying that other treats will also have corn in them - thus limiting our magic even more. I have been contacting various manufactures that (at least int he past) provide gluten-free items for Disney. I want to find out what the likelihood is we'll be able to have MIckey Waffles etc. So far things are looking good. In the past Disney always used Namaste brand mixes - and they do not contain xanthan gum (derived from corn) or other sources of corn.

I'm not much of a pop (soda for all you Americans out there) drinker to begin with, but I do enjoy their raspberry lemonade and figure that'll be out of the question - also I won't be able to have Dansani (sp?) water since the bottle is made from corn - I have to find out what bottled water will be available for us while we're there. Obviously if I have no choice, we'll drink tap water, but I really want to avoid that if at all possible.

We're on a big learning curve food wise right now - We've been gluten-free for a while so we understand what needs to be done, but corn is in everything. Plus we believe she may also have tree-nut allergies and possibly egg. I feel heavy (or is that hungry) just thinking about what we can't eat.

My plan is to contact special diets in the next week - and maybe I'll be surprised by what's actually available. I know we'll have something, and we'll have more available than other places, but my concern is that we'll have very limited choices. They will accommodate, but that often means we end up with the same selection everywhere we eat. We expect that for dessert, but would really prefer it if we weren't limited to plain chicken breasts the entire 2 weeks.



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Glad you're back! Wow I can't even contemplate what you are going through with the allergy issues. It just adds a whole other dimension of things to think about with your vacation.

Actually this past weekend over here my youngest DD woke up with hives. We can;t think of anything out of the ordinary she had to eat the day before except I bought ROLO ice cream with peanut butter in it. Now all my DD's have been eating peanut butter for a really long time, so I am wondering if this could really be it. Can one suddenly develop a reaction to something they have been having for a long time?

My eldest DD is allergic to amoxicillin and reacted with hives at the time too. My middle DD is not allergic but is borderline with chocolate. Everytime she eats it she has an ezcema outbreak around her mouth, torso and buttocks.

SO....long story short now I am slightly concerned about peanut butter with my youngest. THoughts?

Sounds great to have your yard done! I know what you mean about someone running away...we have those issues too.
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Glad you're back! Wow I can't even contemplate what you are going through with the allergy issues. It just adds a whole other dimension of things to think about with your vacation.

Can one suddenly develop a reaction to something they have been having for a long time?

My eldest DD is allergic to amoxicillin and reacted with hives at the time too. My middle DD is not allergic but is borderline with chocolate. Everytime she eats it she has an ezcema outbreak around her mouth, torso and buttocks.

SO....long story short now I am slightly concerned about peanut butter with my youngest. THoughts?

Sounds great to have your yard done! I know what you mean about someone running away...we have those issues too.
Allergies can develop at anytime, so even at 50 my MIL developed a peanut allergy. Though I don't believe it's very common for older kids and adults to develop allergies. I think what it is more than anything is that the allergy was already there, but very mild. It is common for an allergy to worsen at any moment.

What one day causes your eyes to get a bit itchy can, the next, cause anaphylaxis. Which is why we have an epipen for her. Who knows when this could turn even uglier.

For instance tonight we put a diaper on her for 1 hour - basically just long enough to make dinner without paying attention. When we put the diaper on, her skin was clear. When we took it off her entire diaper area was a giant red welt. fifteen minutes later she had blotchy hives on her belly and onto her back. HEr eczema flared up causing her elbows knees, wrists and ankles to turn bright red and swell. Just from touching a product containing corn (who'd have thought diapers and wipes contain corn? ) If she ingests corn it looks a lot worse.

But we're lucky b/c we know the cause - it's a lot more tricky when you don't know the cause. So a possible peanut allergy can be very scary - if it is, just avoid them, but what if it was something else? And chocolate? I had no idea that was possible.

This does add a couple issues to our travel plans. First the only brand of diaper we can find that's actually safe might not be the easiest for traveling. I don't want to deal with laundry at all, but it's a combo cloth disposable diaper (gdiapers) and even though nothing so far has leaked through the inner plastic cover, the inner plastic still needs washing pretty much each use. :laundry: Not a huge deal, Tinks started potty learning yesterday. Just up and decided it was time to strip and sit on the potty - once yesterday and twice today - as well as twice where she stripped and left a little puddle BESIDE the potty. at least she's getting the idea. Swim diapers are another issue, at home we use cloth swim diapers, but while traveling we always used disposables. Not this time it seems.

The allergy check list begins. How will this trip change now that we're faced with both gluten-free and corn-free? Hopefully the magic (and desserts!!) will still be there!
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Amazingly enough we actually have the allergist appointment next week (less than 10 business days front eh refer all going out!!) it's a miracle since around here it's typically 6 months minimum wait time to get in - plus we got the Dr we wanted and we know he's awesome!

So as soon as we take little Think for her appointment we'll contact special diets - that way we'll know for sure how many foods we need to avoid!

in the meantime we only have a few days until it's time to pay. Things have been really stressful around here - if you recall I mentioned something could prevent us from going to WDW?

That something happens to be a house. Almost 2 years ago we began building our house - no worries there - the problem came when we need sold our first house. So a year ago we moved into the new house - and have been carrying both houses in the meantime. We did attempt a rental for a few months - but $50k later we don't ever want to be landlords again

We'd originally said if we couldn't sell the house, we wouldn't take the trip. Even though we could technically afford it - we didn't want that much debt. However we talked to the bank - we wanted a nice clean way to get rid of the house - without ruining our credit - but the bank went nuts threatening us yada yada yada - so now we're looking at possible foreclosure (in Alberta that's not a bad thing!) But If the banks cause the trouble they're threatening before we foreclose, then we won't be taking our 2013 trip after all - which means we have no choice - we must go this year come hell or high water We'd already decided we were going, but this just means we won't feel guilty about the 'poor' financial decision we're making.

I'm just a bundle of nerves lately and the only solace I have is planning this trip - it cannot get here fast enough!
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Whew, sound like a stressful time for you all. Glad you have WDW to take your mind off things. I too have been contemplating downgrading to save some $$$. DH just won't agree to it, but lately I can't sleep!! We want to take 2 trips down next year, and then extra savings from not staying at the Poly would really help. I have lost my solid financial mind after experiencing Disney.
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