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Old 02-27-2013, 08:50 PM   #661
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Welcome back Joni! That was great news about your husband and I am so happy for you. Also another trip this weekend. I am so jealous.

DH and I recently returned from a surprise last minute trip to DL. It wax wonderful and now I am dying to go back to either place. I will say the castle is not very impressiveness though.

I do prefer the animation academy at DL. They post a schedule of what character will be drawn at what time. We wanted to draw Donald and that was the time we went. No wasting time picking characters or drawing one you might not like.

Have a great trip and don't forget about your loyal fans!

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Thank you so much! It was so nice to have him home, but I have really missed all my DIS friends! I'm glad to be back!

AHH that is so cool that you had a surprise trip to DL! I want to go there so badly someday!

Ooh that is a really good idea! I wish the Animation Academy at WDW would try that!

Thank you so much! Don't worry, I could never forget my wonderful friends!
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Old 02-27-2013, 08:57 PM   #662
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"Soak up the Sun"- Sheryl Crow

Hi everyone! I want to say thank you so much to everyone for the warm welcome back and the well wishes about John. It never ceases to amaze me how blessed I am to have so many wonderful friends that I have connected with through our love of Disney! It really is a magical thing!

As you can see in my ticker, my next trip is a very short THREE DAYS away, so I am going to try my best to squeeze in a couple updates before I go. Also, I promise I am working on catching up on everyone else’s TRs! I enjoy reading them so much, so I want to make sure I devote an adequate amount of time to each one so I can fully enjoy it!

Okay, so let’s get back to our trip, and a brand new day!

"Soak up the Sun"- Sheryl Crow

July 10, 2012

I’m gonna soak up the sun
Gonna tell everyone
To lighten up

I woke up the next morning at about 7:30. My original intention had been to wake John up then too, but I looked at the bed and saw this:

…so I decided to let him sleep in a little bit! Disneying is hard work!

While John caught up on his beauty sleep I headed down to the Beach Club Marketplace to grab some breakfast. While I was there I went ahead and bought a couple of reusable resort mugs, so my mom and I would be able to use them when she came down. I considered buying some fresh raspberries, but a pint was NINE DOLLARS. I wish I was joking. I love Disney, and I’m sure their raspberries are magically delicious, but I wasn’t about to find out.

I grabbed our breakfast (sans raspberries) and headed back to the room. I woke John up at about 8:30, and we sat on our wonderful full balcony to enjoy our breakfast! You know what that means…it’s time for a dining review!

Service: Well, I think I would pretty much count myself as the service for this meal, since I bought it and delivered it to John…soooo…it was AWESOME!

Atmosphere: The atmosphere was wonderful, because we ate breakfast together on our quiet, sunny balcony on a beautiful Disney morning! Really, it couldn’t have been better!

Food Quality: For breakfast that morning I picked up an egg and cheese croissant for John:

And a cinnamon raisin bagel with cream cheese for myself:

My bagel was very satisfying, but just a bagel. John said that his sandwich was “pretty good,” but it was just generic quick service Disney fare. Not our best meal, but filling and satisfying enough for us to start our morning!

Overall Dining Experience: Overall it was a wonderful experience! It felt good to let John sleep in and pamper him a little bit by delivering breakfast to him, and enjoying a quiet breakfast on our balcony was a nice change from the hustle and bustle of our typical Disney mornings!

Therefore, I give this meal the following rating:

Category 1- Remy

It was a simple meal, but it was the simplicity of it that made it so special. It’s moments like these with my wonderful husband at Disney that I really truly cherish!

After breakfast I went back inside to get ready for the relaxing morning that we had planned at the amazing Stormalong Bay, while John sat on the balcony and enjoyed a little more sunshine and a little Song Pop on his iPhone!

While John enjoyed his morning a little more, I got out my new beach bag that my in laws gave me for my 25th birthday!

I love the inside! It’s so bright and colorful!

Isn’t it a cute bag? They also got me a shirt that matches it, which you will see me wear later in the trip!

After getting into my bathing suit and getting my beach bag packed, we were finally ready to head down to the pool at about 9:00!

Oooh….it’s so *exclusive* (P.S- Forgive the foginess of my camera. I had just come from the AC inside to the humid air outside, so this is the result.)

Unfortunately we weren’t going to be enjoying the exclusivity () of the lovely Stormalong Bay right away, because apparently it doesn’t open until 10. Womp womp. Classic frump move!

We brushed it off pretty quickly, however, and decided to go sit on the lovely sandy beach while we waited for the pool to open!

That looks inviting, right?

The beach was totally empty, so we had our choice of chairs. I grabbed one and seized the opportunity to take a picture of my sandy toes. Sandy toes are like palm trees- anytime they’re spotted, you know a good time is being had by all.

We enjoyed our time on the beach while we waited for the pool to open. I spent most of the time reading The Help, which I was completely sucked into. However, it got hot REALLY quickly, and by the time 10 o’clock rolled around I was more than ready to go for a swim! On our way over to Stormalong Bay I found someone else’s KTTW card in the sand, and I noticed that it had charging privileges on it, so I quickly turned it over to the CM working at the Stormalong Bay entrance. He thanked me profusely, gave us our exclusive wristbands, and let us into the gorgeous (and exclusive ) Stormalong Bay!

Hello, beautiful!


I can’t imagine a more perfect morning in a more perfect place!

We grabbed a spot by the lazy river, and immediately hopped in for a quick swim. I was instantly in love with the sand bottom! It feels so cool! We didn’t have any kind of flotation devices, so we bobbed around the lazy river a few times. I, unfortunately, am a very weak swimmer, so after a few rounds I started feeling like I just might be drowning a little bit, so I decided to go get some sun.

Here’s the view from my pool chair:

John is way more into swimming than I am, so he stayed in the pool. Don’t get me wrong, I love to swim, but I’m a southern girl to my core, so what I really love is tanning! I could lay in the sun all day, even though my poor skin would probably turn into a fried up piece of bacon. Anyway, while I was relaxing in the sun enjoying my book, John explored Stormalong Bay.

He found one spot with a little waterfall that he really liked. He stayed in the position for about half an hour, so I’m pretty sure he fell asleep:

HAHA I don’t know why, but that picture cracks me up!

He was having such a good time!

I got in to swim with him a few more times, and at about 11:30 he was ready to go inside. I wanted to get a little more sun, so he went in to take a shower while I laid out until 12. At noon I decided to head up too, so I said goodbye for now to the beautiful Stormalong Bay! If you have never stayed at the Beach or Yacht Club, I’m telling you, the pool alone makes it totally worth it. It is seriously the most amazing pool I’ve ever swam in in my entire life!

When I headed back up to the room at noon I had to take a picture of my gross pool self:

Ughhh pool hair. But then it got really bad…I took my ponytail down, and I was left with THIS:

John thought that was pretty hilarious. Yuck it up, buddy. He should try having pool dread locks and see how he likes it!

As you can tell from my disgusting hair, I was more than ready for a shower!

Up Next: We head to Epcot for a lunch date at Le Cellier, but first- I get the royal treatment! Stay tuned!
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:21 PM   #663
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Oh man, I love that pool! I wish I could use it while staying at Boardwalk in September. But, oh well!

I can't wait to see the shirt that matches your bag, cause I'm pretty certain I have it!!!

Lol at the frump post pool pictures! love it!!

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Old 02-27-2013, 09:33 PM   #664
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That beach bag is so adorable!! I'm not a beach person because I'm so fair skinned that I just burn, but I would absolutely go if I had a bag that looked like that, haha.

I hope I get to hang out at that pool someday!
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:51 PM   #665
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Breakfast on the balcony sounds divine! It seems like such a peaceful way to start the day. We always ate our breakfast in the room, but a dark, boring room at Pop doesn't seem as nice as the brightness of a balcony with a view!

Haha, I love that pool hair! You're too cute
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Old 02-27-2013, 10:22 PM   #666
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What a great, relaxing way to start the day! And it looks like it was really a beautiful day!
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Old 02-27-2013, 10:55 PM   #667
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I am joining in a little late. I haven't gotten all the way through your report but I love how you're including songs with each update (not gonna lie, I enjoyed the Aly and AJ one...).

I totally agree about Stormalong Bay. It is so awesome!

YAY for your next trip being so soon!
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Old 02-28-2013, 03:53 AM   #668
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HAHA the John photos are hilarious- can't figure out which is funnier: the mountain under the covers or the bodiless head under the waterfall! And what an abs adorable beach bag! I adore Stormalong Bay- isn't there a slide attached to a pirate ship there or something...? My dream is to whoosh down the volcano slide at the Poly- the pool at Shades of Green, where I usually stay, is unfortunately slideless.
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Old 02-28-2013, 06:17 AM   #669
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Joni!!! So glad you're back and updating! Hope you had an amazing couple of months with John! And you're going to Disney this weekend! I can't believe I missed you by a week, I just got home Monday! I feel like we're always in Disney within a couple weeks of each other!

I have SO many TR's to get caught up on, but I decided to read yours first! I love your drawing! I've never seen UP! Is it really good? I think my mom has the DVD, maybe I should give it a try...I mean, it is a Disney movie, and I think that dog is ridiculously cute!

OMG your Stormalong Bay update made me miss the Beach Club SOOOOO much! I'm not going back to Disney until the end of the year, and we're booked at the Yacht Club, so at least I'll get to see Stormalong Bay again, but not for SOOOOO long! Seriously, I don't know how I'm going to make it!

But yes, Stormalong Bay is the BEST pool ever! Brandon likes swimming more than I do too, but I'm not a big lay out in the sun kind of person either, however, when we were there in May I actually kind of enjoyed it! It's just so beautiful over there, how can you not!

Hopefully I'll get around to updating my TR soon! I'm having a hard time going on the DIS after this trip, knowing my trip is SO far away!

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Old 02-28-2013, 01:23 PM   #670
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Ahhhhh! Nothing better than sandy toes! And you, my darling, are such a cutie patootie!

Love the bag, btw.
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YOUR TRIP IS SO SOON! Feel free to Disney text me again! WOOOO!

John and I have something in common: sleeping with our butts in the air. (I think that's what he's doing at least. I didn't want to stare too long. I felt weird. HAHA.)

That bag is the cutest thing ever! Good choice, in laws.

YOU ARE CORRECT. Toes in the sand = amazing. Toes in the sand at Disney World = living the dream.

SAB looks amazing. One day, I tell ya... one day. AND BTW, your 'gross pool self' picture is the cutest thing! 'Gross pool self' my behind.
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Old 03-01-2013, 12:38 AM   #672
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I love everything about this update. I mean, your morning just makes me happy. I know that probably seems like a weird thing to say but I LOVE those types of mornings where you just take it easy, enjoy some quiet time, and ya know.. SWIM AT STORMALONG BAY!

I love that pool so much, and I think it's one of those places where if you get to stay there and experience that pool, it's hard to want to stay anywhere else! Ugh it's just wonderful. But I loved your face because it's pretty perfect for when entering SAB! SO EXCLUSIVE, you must show proof! I'm glad they do that though, because otherwise so many people would sneak into that pool!

John is hiding under the same waterfall that Matt loves in that photo! Hahaha, also your photos of him swimming made me laugh, too. Hahaha.

Hahahaha your photo with your hair all pool-y made me laugh out loud, enough for Matt to ask me what I was laughing at. I think you should have just left it that way. It's perfect.
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Old 03-01-2013, 01:21 AM   #673
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Stormalong Bay looks like SO MUCH FUN!!! And the beach is so pretty, it must have made the wait for the "exclusive" pool to open much more bearable. John looks like he's having a great time under that waterfall! It totally looks like he's sleeping!

You look adorable even after swimming all morning! I'm so glad you guys had a relaxing time at Stormalong Bay. We always make time for a pool morning and/or afternoon and it's always so nice! I bet that the pool alone must have made the BC the best place to stay!

Looking forward to your next update! Are you so excited for your sister trip?!

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Old 03-01-2013, 03:11 PM   #674
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I LOVE that beach bag!

OMG that picture of John in the water cracks me up too... you know he is just loving life in that moment.

I LOVE YOU FOR TAKING A PICTURE OF YOUR POOL HAIR. This is a fact of life that is very rarely documented for all to see. I salute you.

I WANT MORE UPDATES!! But you'll probably be a bit busy, you know, with going to Disney World and all. So I can't wait for the Twitter updates! ;D
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Old 03-01-2013, 03:52 PM   #675
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Gorgeous pics of SAB, looking at your photos makes me wish I was there right this minute. October seems likes ages ago!

I can't believe you're going again this weekend!!

Have fun and we can't wait to hear all about it
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