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Old 11-21-2012, 01:24 PM   #376
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CRAP! I hate my Dell! I did not mean to post yet! Anyway....

More turtle time.....



That snorkeler was trying to get away from the turtle, but the turtle kept swimming towards him. Literally, up and down the beach, people were watching all the turtles.

It was totally righteous, dude.









How it is on the beach-





Really makes you want to visit the North Shore, doesn't it? Chalk it up to yet another fascinating, unparalleled spectacle of nature in Hawaii....

Back at the surfer dude's house....



Ricardo was loading up his van with scuba gear. We followed him down the road to Shark's Cove-







Ricardo lined up all of our gear, and gave us a 45 minute (I'm guesstimating) lesson before we put on our wetsuits (which he supplied) and went down to practice in the water. OOPS! Time to upload- I'll be back later!



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I'm so happy when I see that you've updated your TR! Thank you so much for all your wonderful pictures! We head to Aulani in 5 days and I'm just so excited!! I haven't been to Hawaii since I was a teenager and my DDs have never been so your pictures have really been getting us revved up to go!
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Old 11-21-2012, 04:25 PM   #378
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What you will be in my hometown! Darn it and I cant get to DL to see you.. SOMEDAY LOL. Where in Pedro are you staying? Oh and Tell Jim.. BRING IT Ducks are goind down! Fight on SC lol!



Stay safe my friend!

Loved hearing your story about how you and pods met that is such an great story, what is meant to be will be. You being the pea in the pod was just faite too how cute.

The resort is AMAZING. I agree it looks a lot like AKL and the Poly combined. Sounds like you had a nice relaxing day also. I was going to say Tylers outfit was cracking me up. Thats something that my kids would do too... with the "eh good enough" look. You never stear wrong of the good food porn too. it all looks amazing!
It is the same architect who did AKL and WL- so, yea- there are a bunch of similarities. This visit to AKV, tho- I felt like I was at Aulani. Wonder what I'll think of VWL in MArch with Tim?

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Okay - it is August - you were planning your drive down the coast, so I thought you had planned a quick post anniversary trip! - for WDW on Friday!

Stay safe, my friend!




ETA: Didn't see that Drea wrote the same thing! - great minds, I guess! Or lots of prayers for your safety.
Thanks- we were fine, and miraculously so were all our friends- homes with damage at the beach, but still standing. Very fortunate.

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Gorgeous! I would love to go there too. Add it to my list of places my husband will tell me no about!
You have to work on him, Jen- it is soooo worth the trip.

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All caught up, Ellen!

I love your meet/fall in love story!

Thank-you!

And you finally made it to Aulani. May I say it's BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks so much for all the photos .. very much appreciated!
I hope you will go one day!

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Old 11-21-2012, 04:31 PM   #379
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Darn it! I am driving up there and throwing that thing in the trash! It's always messing you up.

So welcome back stranger. Sounds like you had a great trip to WDW and a grand villa - not too shabby!

Kayaking in Hawaii looks way cooler than kayaking around here. Of course, you look like the only one doing actual work.

Lunch - yum!

Sea Turtle jackpot. Wow - they are so cool and bigger than I thought they would be.

Can't wait to see how the scuba diving goes.
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Old 11-21-2012, 04:53 PM   #380
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So glad your family is safe and sound and there was minimal damage. After experiencing too-many-to-count hurricanes down here, you realize that all those physical items (cars, furniture, house!) can be replaced but lives cannot. You say a prayer thanking God for your blessings, ask for help for your neighbors, patience to weather the cleanup and His grace to sustain you through it all....or at least until you get your internet connection back!
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Oh, I stayed there in Feb and am returning in Jan, had NO idea about the murphy bed. That could come in handy, as the living room is my son's bedroom too!
They LOVE the murphy bed because they HATE to sleep in the same bed anymore, so that bed was a big hit!

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Very well said and a great way to look at what life hands you.
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Ok, I'm caught up again after the dumb storm interrupted my DIS time. I hope you guys are ok and have survived Sandy. Sounded like NJ got hit the worst of everyone.

All good here- beaches, not so much.

Aulani looks just amazing. I hope we get the chance to see it. Love the room, love the view.

I felt like we scored big with our room. But I almost ALWAYS feel that way, LOL! I was just at the end of Jambo in the last possible GV, and I was even happy with that! I guess I'm easy to please.

As we all know, the idea that men hate shopping is a myth. We love shopping if it involves hardware stores, sporting goods, and golf pro shops. Anything else is pointless.

You make very good points.

You and Bill (saintstickets) have me totally freaked out about Oahu traffic now. I'm worried we're going to see nothing but brake lights the whole trip!
It will be FINE- just don't travel during rush hour and don't make a wrong turn!!
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Old 11-21-2012, 05:03 PM   #381
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After this I think a WDW is well deserved.



Excellent planning on your part. I remember one of our DL trips I took the day off before to wash and pack and of course storm came in so no electricity to do either. I ended up buying a couple of outfits and taking a load to my my DD to wash to finish up.
Well, careful planning only goes so far. I left one of my carryons up in the bedroom (too dark to see) and I never put the DME tags on- Pods realized when we got to the airport! I felt sooooooo out of sorts from all the pioneer living, it actually took me a few days to be "normal" once we got to WDW.

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So glad you and your family are okay. The climate in Orlando and the electricity will be a welcome relief from what you've been experiencing this week. It's like anything, you don't realize how much it means to you until it is taken away! Have a great trip, stay safe and we look forward to any updates and posts!
We all enjoyed watching TV more than usual this trip- especially when it was being watched while taking a jacuzzi (in the GV),

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That's awful that you have to toss out steaks and tht NJ is a War zone, but I'm sure you will REALLY appreciate your WDW trip! Heck I would really appreciate your WDW this point!

Have a great time! I can't wait to hear about it!
Not sure when I'll do a TR, but I will do something- it's a GV after all- pretty frekin exciting just going to sleep there!

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Have a great trip Ellen. Glad you'll get a reprieve from the stress of all of this.
Jenny- I felt like I was losing my mind! I was forgetting everything for days!

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Ellen ~ I was thinking about you and wondering how your family was doing! You're about the only one I know (ha, like I really know you) in NJ.

You probably know more about me than some other people who actually do know me- know what I mean?

So glad you checked in and we know everyone is ok!

My nephew is an EMT from PA and is helping in NYC and told his Mom it is unbelievable! They are suppose to be working 12 hr. shifts but it has been more like 18 hrs.

Have a safe trip tomorrow and ENJOY! Can't wait for another trip report from you! Praying you guys have alot of sunshine next week and come home to electricity!
Please tell your nephew thank-you from us in NJ, and that I hope he has caught up on his sleep- 18 hour days are ROUGH!

And we did come home to electricity- it came back on 9 days after it went out.
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Old 11-21-2012, 05:10 PM   #382
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hope you are having a WONDERFUL time!!!!! with a shower and electricity and no braids or rollers LMAO
Hey- I ROCK the braids and rollers look like nobody else, babe!

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Finally caught all the way up!

Gosh those pics are so gorgeous. I may have to start DH on a 7 year plan, so we can go there for our 20th?

Too long to wait- you need to go for your 15th!

I wouldn't be much into the hiking, but more of the beach and snorkeling, as I am definitely a water child! Love living right on Lake Erie!

So loved the pic of the murphy bed, but where did Tyler sleep? Was the couch another foldout?

In all the DVCs the coach pulls out to a queen size bed- which he happily had to himself.

Glad you're all safe! We had some nasty wind here in OH too. My parents lost power for 24 hrs, and major waves on the lake 15-20 footers!

WOW! It must have looked like the ocean!

Hope you're enjoying Disney, sunshine and electricity!
We did! Every bit of it!

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Ellen I am sorry you lost power!!We faired much better !!But what a perfect time to leave it all behind !! Have a Great Trip!!!
I was kind of the family hero for choosing the dates I did, I have to say.

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If only I was at WDW too! Our whole town is out too...in fact, most of Long Island was out. We've been without electric or heat for going on 7 days now, without a clue as to when it will come back. One uncle and one cousin have lost their houses (both lived on canals on the south shore) to extreme flooding. Most of my family in neighboring towns are without power too, so we haven't be able to bunk with anyone else. Hotels are full and lines for gas are miles long. Its crazy.

If school wasn't in session (and if had the vacation days to take), I would take my aunt up on her offer of a vacation to her house in Arizona.

So sorry you had a rough time- how long did yo u go without power? Did you have a generator?

We've been experiencing a little of this too. Michael was ok for two days. By day 3, he was sucking his thumb (hasn't done that since he was 4). By day 4, his OCD was in full swing. By day 6, he was having potty accidents. Thankfully, school started again today so I'm hoping that's going to get him back on track soon.
I bet school starting again really helped. Routines are so important for our boys.
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And pulled over when we saw all the cars everywhere- at Laniakea Beach. Also called Sunset beach. Also should really be known as Hawaiian green sea turtle beach, because THAT is why everyone was there. For who knows what reason, sea turtles like it here...a LOT! It was INCREDIBLE!!!! They were sunning themselves on the shore, swimming in and out of the waves....very, very cool place to visit. Here is what we saw the day we visited- this was probably around 1:00 or so that day.



Don't feel bad about the delay in posting...I haven't been the best myself. Maybe it has something to do with the lackadasical, devil-may-care attitude of the Hawaiian locals and we carried some of it back with us? But you have to update, you have too many loyal followers that want more!

Yep...I remember seeing that church and yes, Aoki's and yes, we stopped at Sunset Beach too! Oh yeah, that NARROW bridge! And we saw some turtles as well as the beach bum that did nothing but put the red rope around the turtles once on shore to make sure no one got too close!

I love reading your TR and seeing all over again many of the places we visited. Take your time with another update but not too much time!
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Timmy working on his awesome tan while Mom does all the work!
EXACTLY!!!! What a bum!

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I'm so happy when I see that you've updated your TR! Thank you so much for all your wonderful pictures! We head to Aulani in 5 days and I'm just so excited!! I haven't been to Hawaii since I was a teenager and my DDs have never been so your pictures have really been getting us revved up to go!
That is so exciting!!!!!!!!! You will love it- Aulani is gorgeous, the people are wonderful- and I bet it will be less crowded than it was in August-what are your plans?

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Darn it! I am driving up there and throwing that thing in the trash! It's always messing you up.

I am inviting you personally- would you like me to come down and escort you up here? Actually, you don't know the half of it- I also have to post all the middle school stuff on probably the world's worst website, and I can't post PDF files- because of- one guess, only- YOU GOT IT! My computer! I know there is a MAC on the way tho- not for me, of course, but for Tyler. That seems right, doesn't it?

Please excuse me- I need to go jump off my roof now....


So welcome back stranger. Sounds like you had a great trip to WDW and a grand villa - not too shabby!

You. Have. No. I. Dea.

Kayaking in Hawaii looks way cooler than kayaking around here. Of course, you look like the only one doing actual work.

Yea that!

Lunch - yum!

Sea Turtle jackpot. Wow - they are so cool and bigger than I thought they would be.

I have snorkeled with them in STJ and the ones in Hawaii ARE so much bigger! They were incredible!

Can't wait to see how the scuba diving goes.


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Don't feel bad about the delay in posting...I haven't been the best myself. Maybe it has something to do with the lackadasical, devil-may-care attitude of the Hawaiian locals and we carried some of it back with us? But you have to update, you have too many loyal followers that want more!

Well...OK! If you say so!

Yep...I remember seeing that church and yes, Aoki's and yes, we stopped at Sunset Beach too! Oh yeah, that NARROW bridge! And we saw some turtles as well as the beach bum that did nothing but put the red rope around the turtles once on shore to make sure no one got too close!

Yea- but what could he do in the water about it, right?

I love reading your TR and seeing all over again many of the places we visited. Take your time with another update but not too much time!
And I love reading yours- so we're EVEN!
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Old 11-21-2012, 10:04 PM   #385
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Love your trip report! I have boys the same age and we are going to Aulani for Spring Break. i can't wait to hear what your boys thought of it. Please share any excursions you went on. I'm trying to decide which ones to book. Hope you had a great trip to WDW
I missed you! I'm so sorry! The boys had fun- but it would have been better at AUlani if there had been more kids their age and if there had been more things going on for their ages. But, based on what I saw of Bill's TR and his IWAs, it looks like there already IS more to do, as well as there will probably be a ton more kids for spring break for your family. Remember, when we were there, alot may have already been back to school (we were at Aulani August 21-27). We LOVED the day I'm talking about here, the boys golfed twice, Surfing with Hawaiian Fire was the highlight of our trip- Tim and I also did the Aulani stargazing with the high powered telescope, and we loved that, too! Lots of good, great stuff- your kids (and you) will have a great time!
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awwman the pics just get me every time. the view is great cant say that enough, looks like everyday was a great adventure too!
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Your trip looks awesome! I'm so glad you are back to updating! Can't wait to hear more!
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Another awesome update! I've added Sunset Beach, turtles and shaved ice to our list of items to cover next month.

Now if we could only get better back rests in the kayaks.
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awwman the pics just get me every time. the view is great cant say that enough, looks like everyday was a great adventure too!
Hawaii is amazing- there is no question! We did have an adventure every day- I think I heard my kids say one time they were bored- probably the 1st day at Aulani- but Mom & Dad needed some RnR!!

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Your trip looks awesome! I'm so glad you are back to updating! Can't wait to hear more!
Thanks! Happy to be reliving it again!

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Another awesome update! I've added Sunset Beach, turtles and shaved ice to our list of items to cover next month.

Now if we could only get better back rests in the kayaks.
That beach with the turtles is a must do. You will know you are there because it's the beach with cars parked everywhere- and when you look over at the beach, everyone is standing up pointing instead of lying down sunbathing. It was incredible to see those turtles like that!
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More fabulous updates. Those turtles are so neat to see. Scary how big they are.

I am a little worried that you are going to go diving in a place called Shark Cove though!
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