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Old 10-10-2012, 07:37 PM   #1096
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Old 10-10-2012, 08:58 PM   #1097
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Great update, Glenn. The fishing excursion looks perfect for a boy and he was really doing a great job catching those fish. And what a beautiful area too.
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Old 10-11-2012, 01:38 PM   #1098
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Wow the resort pictures are just beautiful. What a great resort. Fishing sounded fun and productive. I think Danielle would have loved it too.
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Old 10-12-2012, 12:03 PM   #1099
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Just looking for another update !! Leaving on Thursday morning !!! So can you hold the updates till I get back !!!!
Well, I didn't make your timeframe unfortunately. And I have another update ready to go....sorry 'bout that.

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Another great update Glenn. The fising excursion looks like a nice activity. Great pictures and thanks for sharing.
We had a nice time. For someone not very familiar with fishing, it was worth it.

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Looking forward to the shark tooth necklace activity.
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Great update, Glenn. The fishing excursion looks perfect for a boy and he was really doing a great job catching those fish. And what a beautiful area too.
Thank you! He had a great time. Definitely made some memories, at least.

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Wow the resort pictures are just beautiful. What a great resort. Fishing sounded fun and productive. I think Danielle would have loved it too.
I'm glad you liked the picture Vanessa. If you ever get there, I recommend the little fishing trip to the pond.
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Old 10-12-2012, 12:04 PM   #1100
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Sharktooth Necklaces and I find Gram’s bathing suit

After the Fishing FUNdamentals excursion, I decided to stop into the gift shop in the Inn, the Island Grove Packing Company, to take some pictures for you DISers who like to have this kind of info.

Here are some hats.



And some jackets.



The lineup of snacks.



Some refrigerated items.



And even more refrigerated items.



Unfortunately, I didn't get a broader picture of the store in general because at this point I was taking a lot of flak from James. He was embarrassed that his dad was taking pictures of store refrigerators, apparently. But other than what you can see here, they have a small selection of Disney character t-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, bags, and of course other items like trading pin starter kits and magnets and such. It's a pretty small store, but they keep it about as full as their space will allow.

Back out on the sidewalk, we ran into the girls on their way to the refill station to get some drinks before lunch. I accompanied them to the refill station and got another picture, since it was closed up when I took the pictures on my early-morning stroll.



From there, we went back to our suite to have lunch. Sorry, again no pictures! But it wasn't too exciting -- just sandwiches of lunch meat, cheese, and lettuce. Lauren was mad because we hadn't thought to buy any mustard or mayo. We did have some Ranch dressing though, and we told her to try that. She said, "Hey, this is pretty good!" And I said, "We're expanding your horizons one sandwich at a time", to which I got a .

After lunch, we all went over to the Community Hall for the Sharktooth Necklace activity. While we were waiting for it to start, I got a text from one of my sisters who told me that Mom (ie. Gram) had bought a new bathing suit for the trip, and now they were tagging their luggage and trying to find some shorts in the attic. One text said Dad will have white legs. (Sometimes his grandkids call him "Whitey" for that reason...he almost never wears shorts. I wouldn't be surprised if one day I saw "Poppy's Legs" as the name of an off-white paint chip sample at Home Depot.)

I walked into the hallway next to the Community Hall and saw this picture:



I texted it to my sister and said, "Just found Grams suit ;-)".

Forget the suit. Look at those shoes...they look like what a boxer would wear! I could see Charlie Chaplin showing off a little fancy footwork in those.



Anyway, our instructor for the activity came in and it was none other than Maryann. She said "Hi James!". It's always nice to know the teacher.




Other kids were arriving, and one parent brought a girl who hadn't registered ahead of time, to see if they could squeeze her in. Maryann said that they were full by the number who registered, but they could hang around to see if anyone didn't show up. Eventually everyone showed up and they had to turn her away. I felt a little bad since my kids were older and didn't really need to do this activity, but hey, we signed up and they offer it pretty much every day, so she could catch it another time.

Once everyone was seated at the tables, they had the kids take turns going past the table in the front to pick out their yarn, beads, and shark tooth. Then Maryann showed them how to string some beads, tape their yarn to the table, and make some basic knots and braids.



Lauren was thrilled when she got back to the table and discovered that she had chosen a similar color palette as both her brother and sister.



Back a couple of years ago, Lauren had a hobby of making hemp wrist-bands and anklets and things. (In fact, in my 2010 trip report you can see that I'm wearing one at the beginning of the trip, but lost it by the end. ) Consequently, she knew lots of neat ways to braid and twist their yarn and helped James and Marlene with theirs. A little girl across from her also needed a little help.



James definitely needed some help for his ambitious attempts.





Judy took a cellphone picture of me with the kids to prove that I was there.



Most of the younger kids I think, just tied some knots, threw on some beads, tied more knots and called it "done", which is fine of course. My kids worked hard...braiding, knotting, twisting, starting over...braiding, knotting, twisting. And they were the last to leave, but they made some nice necklaces, in my biased opinion.



At $10 each, it was probably a little pricey for some yarn, beads, and a necklace-ready shark tooth. But hey, you're on vacation, and you get an activity and a souvenir all at the same time. And maybe when you look at it like that, it's not too bad.


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Old 10-12-2012, 12:14 PM   #1101
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Those are some very very nice necklaces!!!! I was surprised Evan didn't call this out as an activity he wanted to do, I think he'd have loved it.

Oh my goodness our turtle walk updates are going to be close together, I'm still a couple away but not far behind. It will be cool to see how your experience compared to ours.

Dying over the Poppy whitey pants comment.

I was relatively impressed with Island Grove, I have some similar pictures in my next update. Until I saw the store at Jambo which, from a grocery standpoint, blew it away.

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Old 10-12-2012, 01:17 PM   #1102
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Yes. Yes, they are.

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Unfortunately, I didn’t get a broader picture of the store in general because at this point I was taking a lot of flak from James. He was embarrassed that his dad was taking pictures of store refrigerators, apparently.
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From your teenage daughter? No way!

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That's still better than me: Thermonuclear Blast.

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Anyway, our instructor for the activity came in and it was none other than Maryann. She said “Hi James!”. It’s always nice to know the teacher.
Teacher's pet!

I bet Maryann also checked you in at the front desk, changed your sheets, maintained the pH balance in the pool and supervised the turtle nests.

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Nicely done! They look great!
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Old 10-12-2012, 01:36 PM   #1104
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Ooooh...I'm here for another update and not three days later again (although Mark already beat me to how many Judys).

The necklaces look great and you can tell they really worked to make them look that way. I don't think $10 is bad at all for what they got.
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Old 10-12-2012, 02:36 PM   #1105
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Hey! You were sitting in our lucky bingo seats!!!




Love the necklaces!!!
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Old 10-12-2012, 03:52 PM   #1106
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Ahhhh, gotta love the obligatory Disney store shop pics! For the amount of pictures we get on DisBoards in those places and the unintentional advertising we make, it is strange they haven't started paying us. Oh well... I'll just grab one of those Mickey ears on my next trip

LOL @ the old-time swim suit for your Mom. I saw that coming just as I was scrolling down to see the picture. And I could definitely see Charlie Chaplin jamming it up with those shoes haha

Oh the sharktooth necklace class looked like lots of fun. They really do keep you busy at the non-Disney park resorts. I don't think $10 was much of a waste there... oh wait, you said for EACH person. Yeah, that does seem much. Well... it's Disney A completely legitimate excuse right there! Oh and the necklaces came out great. (:

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Late but still here and congrats Mark for the Judys.


Nice activity and thanks for the shopping pictures.
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Old 10-12-2012, 06:41 PM   #1108
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The shark tooth necklace activity looks like a fun activity/souvenir! I remember making those braided/woven bracelet things at camp - those look much better than my attempts though! (Plus they have the added bonus of a shark tooth!)
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Old 10-12-2012, 07:00 PM   #1109
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Was Mark stalking the DIS boards this morning again?

Cool activity. It's so great that you are taking advantage of all the fun activities the resort has.

And that James - teacher's pet!
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Those are some very very nice necklaces!!!! I was surprised Evan didn't call this out as an activity he wanted to do, I think he'd have loved it.
"Necklace" sounds like a girls activity, but throw in "sharktooth" and it suddenly becomes unisex. He might've liked it, but I'm sure you did some other good activities.

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Oh my goodness our turtle walk updates are going to be close together, I'm still a couple away but not far behind. It will be cool to see how your experience compared to ours.
It will be interesting! I'm so tempted to say some things, but don't want to get ahead of myself.

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Dying over the Poppy whitey pants comment.


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I was relatively impressed with Island Grove, I have some similar pictures in my next update. Until I saw the store at Jambo which, from a grocery standpoint, blew it away.
It really wasn't too bad, considering the size. It takes some knocks on the boards for being so small, but it has quite a few things.

Oh yeah, Jambo's is practically the super-Wal-Mart of resort gift shops.

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Yes. Yes, they are.
I guess I hadn't gotten rolling, creativity-wise, at that point in the chapter.

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Rightfully so, I'd say.
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Teacher's pet!
Were you "that kid" in school?

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I bet Maryann also checked you in at the front desk, changed your sheets, maintained the pH balance in the pool and supervised the turtle nests.
Why yes, how did you know? Fortunately for her, with DVC you don't get full housekeeping service very day.

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Nicely done! They look great!
Thank you (on their behalf, 'cause I can't take any of the credit).

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Ooooh...I'm here for another update and not three days later again (although Mark already beat me to how many Judys).
Yay, I'm glad you were able to pop in when I had a fresh chapter posted. Or is it pop-tarts, a fresh pastry toasted?

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The necklaces look great and you can tell they really worked to make them look that way. I don't think $10 is bad at all for what they got.
Thanks Kathy!

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Love the necklaces!!!
Well no wonder the necklaces turned out nicely! Thanks for the luck!
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