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Old 09-21-2012, 11:59 AM   #91
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GET HIM A LEASH...

I said in Amish country and I will say it now.

The pic of Ella with the Jessie hat is so cute.

We are so turned off by 'Ohanas now that Vinny has put it on the "no list".

How nice that you got to see Kathy. I can't wait till October to see her and meet Lily.

Jay does not like his photo taken it seems.

Hope you find the laynard.

That is bad about the cameras.

Okay waiting for more.
I responded to this yesterday and lost it to cyberspace.

I would love to put Mikey on a leash at times. The only problem is he gets down on all 4's and barks like a dog. It's embarassing.

Ella was really cute with that hat.

I will put Ohana on the no list after this trip. Kristel likes Stitch so I'll do it for her. Unless, I can convince her to cancel and do something else.

Jay is a teenager. He gets a little ornery sometimes. I of course am a horrible grandmom and constantly try and sneak in a picture.

The lanyard will be explained soon.

I really was upset about the cameras but the waterproof one dried out and worked. I didn't even lose a picture so that was good. The Canon sadly got worse on the trip. It went to the repair shop and was fixed under warranty so all is good.

More will be coming. My modem stopped working. I replaced it and then it wouldn't sync with the router. I should have that fixed tonight. I am also busy trying to finish the photopass edits as it will expire in a couple of days. Add to that watching the kids and ball games PLUS getting ready for the trip in 2 weeks and I have been busy.

It really was nice being able to see Kathy and meting that adorable baby. I'm looking forward to seeing them again in a couple of weeks.
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I'm so sorry . Life has really been in the way for the past 2-3 months. I've been MIA for everyone's reports and have been playing catch up for 2 days now.

Let's see:

Red Roof Inn - Wow, sharing towels

Jim's Pluto -

Kids at BBB and PL - So dang cute! But Crystal and two days with all that hair gel and spray.

Kathy and Lily - Aww. Kathy is just glowing with pride.

Mikey running off - Very scary.

Neighbor - Blow up his house. That will make the trash can episode look like child's play.

Hanging in for more, great fun this report is!
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Old 09-21-2012, 01:11 PM   #93
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I'm so sorry . Life has really been in the way for the past 2-3 months. I've been MIA for everyone's reports and have been playing catch up for 2 days now.

Let's see:

Red Roof Inn - Wow, sharing towels

Jim's Pluto -

Kids at BBB and PL - So dang cute! But Crystal and two days with all that hair gel and spray.

Kathy and Lily - Aww. Kathy is just glowing with pride.

Mikey running off - Very scary.

Neighbor - Blow up his house. That will make the trash can episode look like child's play.

Hanging in for more, great fun this report is!
Red Roof Inn - totally agree. The manager actually commented on Trip Adviser that I should stay there again. I don't think so.

Jim's Pluto - even he laughs at it. The man cannot draw.

BBB and PL - thanks they were cute. I think Crystal could have lasted all week with that hair. She said it was getting itchy.

Kathy really is a proud mama.

I would love to do something to the neighbor but since we share a wall blowing up the house might take mine with it. Then again I could get the house completely redone. His latest antic is trying to block me in so I can't open my car door. Give me 2 inches your car gets dinged. Oh well! Jim actually will park in the driveway when I let him. An F 150 super crew pick-up is one big truck. The neighbor had to climb over seats to get in his car.

I will have more coming over the weekend. I'm trying to get everything done before I go back to Disney so I can do a TR of the Ip Dips and more. Plus I love taking pics and showing them off.
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Nothing is more terrifying than a missing child!!! Thank God for that kind stranger. But you're right.....he need to understand not all strangers are nice!!!

You certainly had a mixed day of emotions!! What a moron for a neighbor!!!
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Old 09-22-2012, 03:50 PM   #95
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Nothing is more terrifying than a missing child!!! Thank God for that kind stranger. But you're right.....he need to understand not all strangers are nice!!!

You certainly had a mixed day of emotions!! What a moron for a neighbor!!!
I used to lose his mother all of the time, once in Sesame Place. But usually with her my son, who was a real brat, hid her somewhere and always knew where to find her. That man really was nice to keep him in one spot til they found Mikey or he spotted a CM. We are working on stranger danger with him but he is a slow learner. Every one is a friend he hasn't met yet.

It certainly was a mixed day motion wise. And I agree moron works for the neighbor. What I call him isn't board friendly.
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I cannot believe the trip is 2 weeks away. So exciting. Glad 1 camera worked for you.
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Old 09-24-2012, 10:05 AM   #97
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I am trying to multi-task today. I'm editing my photopass pics while the site lets me do it and trying to get an update in. I will be back at my happy place in 13 days.

We are up to DAY 5

This was my last planned early day. I warned everyone the night before that we had to be up by 7 and out of the resort by 7:45. Right! I was up at 6:30 and getting coffee by 6:40. I shower fast. When I left I had at least managed to get Jim up.

I got back to the room and woke up Mikey. He then started banging on the connecting door to wake up his mother. I knew this would be a problem so I was prepared for it. I watch the kids while Jennifer works. I drive her to work. She doesn't get there on time very often. Good thing her boss loves her. We did get the girls up and dressed.


We had 8:20 ADR's and I was worried after the bus issue the night before. Crystal and I decided we would go over to the bus stop and at least get in line. As we got there a MK bus pulled away. That could be good or bad. We got into line and a very nice CM working the bus stop asked where we were going that day. Normally I would get a little sarcastic but I knew that sometimes with early ADR's you could be heading to a monorail resort also. Just as I told him MK another bus pulled up and was almost empty. YAY!! Room for the ECV. I called Jim and he said. "Look to your right!" They were just arriving. Double YAY!!!

I let the driver park the scooter. I am actually quite good at this but when I may hit a toe or two I get nervous PLUS I was worried about our ADR. We were on our way and soon seeing


Mikey got excited when he saw that and told me to take a picture. We arrived at MK about 8:20. Just in time for our ADR but we had to get me off of the bus. I told Jim to hurry ahead and get us checked in. I don't know why I did that. Jim has 2 speeds - slow and stopped - when we need to be somewhere! I took this at 8:23 so we were making good time.


I got through bag check and through the entrance with the rest of the gang. Who did I see? Jim of course. He was just ahead of us. They also changed the ADR line. It now goes in to the left not by the stroller rental. After telling the CM 2X that there was 8 of us and we were late for an ADR we got in and saw the most beautiful sight - an almost empty Main Street. I got misty. Of course it could have been my camera lens. The temperature changes are murder on the lens. Slightly off topic - I learned a trick that worked really well. Wrap the camera in a hand towel and put it in the luggage or in with clothes. It doesn't get cold from the AC and therefore the lens doesn't fog up.

Back to Main Street - I got a picture of my girls


The beautiful sight and only picture I took of the castle


We got some photopass pics that I will post if I ever get the edits done and Jim called to tell me we were being called in to eat. Where


This was another OOP meal but we were treating for this one. It's Jennifer's favorite and we knew the kids would be happy. Jay for all he can eat food and the little ones for the characters. We had an absolutely awesome server. She brought me a POT of coffee not a cup. I had caffeine. She explained the drill to Jen and Mike and Jay was already headed up for food. I wanted one thing


I love the Puffed French Toast. The characters made the rounds






The waitress brought out birthday cupcakes and cards for Jay and Crystal. He saw her coming and left the table for more food. Crystal was excited


There were some parades and the kids joined in. Ella wasn't sure she wanted to do it but she did


And we were ready to go but wait - yes we were still short a character. Piglet. The kids did not want to leave til they saw him. Then the one bad part of this meal - the "handler" skipped our table. I said something and got a look but piglet was there


We had our bill and I left the money for Jim to pay. I told him to make sure it was right because we weren't charged for the 3 kids. He told me later she said they didn't eat - Happy Birthday! I love Disney.

While they settled the bill I went back to Town Square to try and see about the photopass plus lanyard. I was amazed at how easy it was to replace it. Of course I made it easy also. I have gotten into the habit of taking pics of photopass cards. I also took a pic of the code for redemption. And for once I saved my receipt. That was all that was needed. So if you purchase the photopass plus (or any photopass) - take a picture of it, save the receipt and take a picture of the redemption code. I was on my way within 15 minutes with all of the pics on the new lanyard.

As I exited the building I got a phone call from my son. He got up early so that he could call animal control first thing in the morning. He managed to get the officer still in his office. He explained the situation with the animals to him. He basically confirmed what we already knew and said that animal control has to investigate those claims. Jamie said we understood that and would not ever do anything like that. The control officer was really nice about it and said that there was no problem at all. Case dismissed! I did cry this time. Just a tear or two but I was so relieved. The neighbor doesn't realize that the more he antagonizes Jim the bigger hole he is digging for himself. His sewer lines run onto our property. Don't ask, I think the contractor who built the houses may have been drunk. But the moron's pipes have never been repaired. We know that they will have to be since his pipes were in bad shape when we replaced ours. The neighbor back then refused to fix them since he was selling the house. What does this mean? Jim will not grant an easement to dig up our sidewalk for repairs. He will have to get all of his pipes rerouted. So what could have been an easy $3000 job will be a complicated $!0,000 to $15,000 job or more. OK that was off topic but when he starts his moronic games I think of this and laugh.

Back again. I caught up with the family, or most of it, by Casey's Corner. Jennifer had run in to the emporium. Why? Mikey as I have said is very friendly and will talk to anyone. He walks away with a new friend every time. This time it paid off for him big time. He chatted with a CM for about 5 minutes. The CM asked him who his favorite character was. My Mikey picked - Perry the Platypus. The CM gave Jennifer a voucher to take Mikey into the Emporium to get him a FREE Perry hat. I could not believe it when I heard the story. This is what people don't get when they hear I am going to Disney again. That hat made this little boy's day. It really is a magical place. Here is Mikey in his Perry hat


OK back to the photopass edits. More updates later.
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I usually love Crystal Palace especially for breakfast but we decided to eat dinner there and it was awful, the food was gross and nobody ate, the characters were good.

We decided to skip buffets after that and after dinner I ran over to city hall to cancel our Chef Mickey's and booked lunch at Akershus which is so much better.
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I usually love Crystal Palace especially for breakfast but we decided to eat dinner there and it was awful, the food was gross and nobody ate, the characters were good.

We decided to skip buffets after that and after dinner I ran over to city hall to cancel our Chef Mickey's and booked lunch at Akershus which is so much better.
I'll have to check that out when Jim and I go next year. It will be just the 2 of us so I don't know if we will be out of place. I like CP for the puffed french toast but can live without it. Plus breakfasts are cheaper and money was tight for the kids.
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Old 09-25-2012, 11:27 AM   #100
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I am couch bound for the next couple of days so any lurkers please stop by and say Hi. I would love to make some new friends or just meet some new people.

To my faithful followers I will be updating a little more over the next couple of days unless the boredom puts me to sleep. I tripped getting the kids from school yesterday and managed to get a severe ankle sprain. Of course I will be in Disney in less than 2 weeks so not a great time for this to happen.

So on with Day 5!

As I left you all hanging we had a good breakfast. My animals were in good hands and not getting seized by animal control. I had a new lanyard and Mikey had some pixie dust.

We decided to head over to


Mikey loves to pose and got Crystal to join him




We passed over into Adventureland and I spotted the Tinkerbell and friends meet and greet area. It said there was a 15 or 20 minute wait. KNowing that later in the day it would be much longer we headed in to see some Fairies. They had a stretchable Perry to help pass the time




We saw Rosetta


then Tinkerbell


Then it was off to do some rides. First the Magic Carpets of Aladdin. Ella sat with me




I managed to get a shot of Jim while he waited


Ella saw a couple of boys playing here and decided to have some fun. I'm sure it was very cooling for her as it was really hot already


Next up




Stopped here and I finally got a semi decent pic of the headhunter


Next up was Pirates. The kids really liked this ride. Of course the fact that I will break out into random choruses of Yo Ho Yo Ho a Pirates Life For Me helps. We watched it on You Tube quite a bit also. No pics here. I took them but we have all been on it. When the ride was over we spent some time in the dump shop. Mikey turned into a pirate and Mike, Jay and Mikey had sword fights and gun battles.






I noticed that we were about 20 minutes from the next Pirate Tutorial. Jim really wanted to see that so we told Jen and Mike where we would be and got a spot. In the blazing HOT sun with no shade. I am now going into a small rant. We knew where the rope would be. I got a spot in the center of the area and had the stroller next to me so the kids would have room. Within the few minutes it took them to meet us several families came and sat on the stage. I knew they would be chased so where did they pick to sit - in front of me. When the CM came with the rope she told me to back up so the other families had room. I don't know if it was the sun and heat or what but I snapped. I refused to move. I was there first and I was fed up with being treated like I didn't exist. They moved to either side of me and forced my grandkids out of the way. Jim and Jen just moved over to the kids. Then to add to my anger the one family kept hitting me in the leg and head. I gave the mother a nasty look and basically told her to back off and control her kids. I was as nice about it as I could be but I was fed up. Then to add to my anger when Jack chose his pirates to do the sword fight both of these families had a kid chosen. I know that one of our kids might not have been picked but was really infuriated that these families were rewarded for rudeness. Mikey and Crystal did get picked at the end


They were happy and Mikey had us laughing the rest of the trip. He woould get his swords and fight with us. Then he would go "Look it's Blackbeards daughter" and he would run away. He said it with a perfect accent too. It did help me get over the incident anyway.

To be continued
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Too bad about your ankle, hopefully it feels better in a couple of days and it is not broken. At least you already have a scooter booked for your trip.

I hate pushy people we had that happen when we were waiting for the MSEP one night.
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Too bad about your ankle, hopefully it feels better in a couple of days and it is not broken. At least you already have a scooter booked for your trip.

I hate pushy people we had that happen when we were waiting for the MSEP one night.
I have to add one day for the sccoter. I was going to turn it in saturday morning and walk the last day. Don't think that will happen now. The ER said no break but it is really swollen and based on google, not always a good thing to do, I have a moderate to severe sprain. I have to call the back-up ortho since my regular can't see me til late next week.

I hate pushy people. We are all there for the same thing - to have a good time. I don't understand why some people think that they are more entitled than every one else is.
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breakfast at CP is fun for the empty park pics.

Sounds like a good mornign except for pushy people. Good for you sticking up for yourself and staying put.

for your neighbor when the pipes go.

Hope the doctor says not too many limitations
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Did I read that right, they didn't charge you for the meals the kids didn't eat? Wow! You know how many times I have paid $30 for mac-n-cheese my child didn't eat. That was some that day.

And love Mikey's hat! That was very cool of the CM.

I have a hard time with the headhunter too.

That would have made me mad about the families being pushed in front of you. I wish the CM's would pay more attention to things like that.
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Sounds like a good mornign except for pushy people. Good for you sticking up for yourself and staying put.

for your neighbor when the pipes go.

Hope the doctor says not too many limitations
I love CP more for the empty park pics than I do for the food.

The pushy people were really getting to me this trip.

I will laugh myself sick when the pipes go. He now waits in his kitchen to yell obscenities out the window at me. I totally ignore him and I think it is really starting to get to him. Seriously grow up.

I am in a boot for 4 weeks so Disney should be fun. I can takes it off and wear shoes if I stay on the scooter. We shall see.


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Did I read that right, they didn't charge you for the meals the kids didn't eat? Wow! You know how many times I have paid $30 for mac-n-cheese my child didn't eat. That was some that day.

And love Mikey's hat! That was very cool of the CM.

I have a hard time with the headhunter too.

That would have made me mad about the families being pushed in front of you. I wish the CM's would pay more attention to things like that.
I was shocked when I got the bill. She entered them as infants. We really did get some major that day.

Mikey loves that hat. I wish I had been there to get the CM's name. I would have loved to have been able to let customer service know how great they were.

There are some shots that are hard to get. I like when a ride stops near them.

I get used to people pushing in front like that. If I don't have kids with me and they are nice I will actually let the little ones sit in front as long as they behave. I like to see too, but when they act entitled? Nope I am not being a nice guy any more.
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